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1036  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2013, 10:04:43 PM
Former fast sweet addict here.... I had an unhealthy addition to 2 litres of Coke a day, could eat a bag of cookies when I was down, and lost control whenever someone brought donuts to work. When I decided to go cold turkey for sweet things, it was really hard to find replacements for all the things I liked to have. Water instead of Coke...? Bleah.

But after a month.... I actually CRAVED vegetables. Me, the picky eater who turned down morsels in vegatable form unless fried and salted first? I liked water. I felt strange if I didn't have food that wasn't "unhealthy".

Now I indulge in some sugar (although I avoid the chemical replacements), but I still enjoy healthy foods.

Maybe if you can avoid sugar for awhile, make an effort to eat "real food" for awhile, you might find you don't crave it AS much.

Funny thing is I don't have any refined sugar despite my sweet tooth. After cutting out artificial sweetener, the only thing I have been having is a fruit based sugar sweetener called lo-han. And my diet really only consists of green veggies and poultry (which I love, so long as I spray em down with lo han) (no bread, no grains, no starchy-anything).

Clyde, one thing my old roomate did is she decided the only sweet things she'll eat she HAS to cook them.

She'd still eat cake and stuff like that but:
- It was healthier than anything you could buy
- It was much cheaper, and
- It was enough of a bother to bake for her to cut down on it a lot.

That is essentially what I do now... I just spray that lo-han crap on and in everything...

Have you looked into truvia? It's a natural sweetener, not like aspartame, but not sugar either. Might be something to look into if you really gotta have that sugar rush.

I don't tolerate either stevia nor Erythitol (the two main ingredients in truvia) stevia will drop my blood pressure so low its scary and erythitol makes me so sick I feel like I'm using anti-freeze to sweeten things. My search for something that didn't spike my insulin nor upset my stomach led me to the lo-han (also known as monks fruit). It is also completely natural like stevia, but substantially less refined than most stevia products. It is actually just a matter of simmering the monks fruit in water and taking using the liquid that is leftover as a sweetener. Virtually calorie free, doesn't impact blood sugar and most importantly is doesn't hurt my tummy.

After posting and reflecting a bit on the situation, I realized this has not always been a problem yet the lo han and sweet affinity has always been there... so now I'm starting to wonder if I'm not missing something else...

I did reincorporate a bit of dairy back into my diet after not having it for like 5 years. I tend to wonder if maybe it wouldn't be wise to try cutting that back out first and just seeing if I could moderate my sweet tooth then (i never really had too much trouble in the past). From what I have been reading lots of other folks seem to have extreme cravings as a result of dairy yet I can't seem to find even 1 argument against lo han.... And I did notice that nearly the moment I decided I was gonna try and go without the "taste of sweet" my mind almost immediately jumped to "just put cheese on everything".

I tend to be a bit of an extremist you see... Something that never really works out for me... so somewhere in me I know intuitively the answer to this riddle is moderation of my lo han (not complete abstinence). I just need to figure out why I started going nuts with the stuff in the first place.

I sincerely thank you guys for your suggestions and paying mind to my complaints. I seriously NEEDED to bitch about this problem for a moment.
1037  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: What's the haps? on: April 06, 2013, 05:26:49 PM

Well guys, in the wake of my "lets quit sweet n' low" experiment I have determined that I must give up the "taste" of sweet. I have come to the conclusion that I am highly addicted to sweet tasting things and (strange or simple as it may seem) it is the root of great strife for me. This effort is irrelevant in regard to weight (as by anyone standards I don't think a full grown adult male of 125-130 lbs needs to lose) and is purely in the interest of better cognition and saving money.

I never really looked at how disrupting the "tasting of sweet things" is to my life (and wallet). Upon examination I came to some startling conclusions...

1.I spent well over 100 dollars on non-nutritional food items in the last 3 days (things I didn't need but just simply wanted because they were sweet).

2.I will literally not consume meat, vegetables or ANYTHING if I can't sweeten it somehow.

3. I will and am late for things because I can't stop drinking sweet coffee.

4. (Dumb as this may sound, it is the most disturbing point to me) I watch less anime then I have in the past and play less games to acomodate my sweet coffee habit.

5. I drink 1 gallon of almond milk a day or more. If I don't sweeten it, I don't even want a single glass.

6. I find myself distracted by the thought of sweet things at the most odd times, this is becoming too frequent to point of almost constant. While I am tattooing, playing games, running, drawing, driving... you name it.

I can go on but you get the idea. I am very distressed over this situation. While I am happy and hopeful at the prospect of making a positive change in my life... I FEEL FREAKIN' WEAK AT THE KNEES OVER IT!!!

I don't know why I am even posting this crap... I just feel like garbage over the whole thing and needed to vent I guess. As I have expressed in the past, this is my preferred social outlet and I have somehow come to identify you all as my friends... As such, you must put up with my ellipses and whining-LoL

But seriously, I feel so down about all this it isn't even funny. I could have paid my electric bill, paid off soul hacks and pandoras tower, probably watched a entire season of anime and easily have beaten persona 2 IS in the last 14 days if I wasn't "sweet" addicted.

The kicker? Because of my limited diet I can only have certain things that aren't always the easiest to find... the other night at 2 am I drove over 40 miles to buy one of my "sweet treats" because my local store was sold out... as I was counting change to fill my tank and drive back ( because I spent all the cash I had on me to stock up)  the thought occurred to me " Klyde... there is something wrong here..."

On the upside, it only took about 1 full day to stop seriously craving the sweet n' low so I can't imagine this being too bad...
1038  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 05, 2013, 09:49:55 PM
I only found the Persona 2 fans -- specifically, the Innocent Sin fans -- to be really unbearably elitist. 

After playing IS this week I understand why this is... they got toward the end of something with a story they couldn't let go of, only to find in their anticipation of a climax they had to first meander their way through a string of dungeons that lasts the better part of 10 hours before seeing more (relevant) plot.

The whole enchilada proves to be so compelling yet torturous all at once the gamer in question can't help but develop a superiority complex if they do in fact make it through the aforementioned final stretch of title. LoL

Seriously though... I don't think I'll ever be able to see any reference to the scorpio zodiac sign for the rest of my days without experiencing some sort of dread. I hated that freakin' temple... it wouldn't have been so bad without other 3 but damn... I feel like I've been in dungeons since monday... oh wait... I have...
1039  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Black Rock Shooter: The Game on: April 05, 2013, 05:44:05 PM
Wow, this really came out of left field! I was pretty excited about this a year ago before my hope completely dwindled without hearing so much as a peep about it.

Too bad its only digital too, not that I can really expect much else at this point. This totally had the potential of being a an awesome LE with all the cool BRS figurines and whatnot.

In any event, this is certainly one I will get to in time. I highly doubt I'm gonna make it a day 1 priority though. It never does seem as pressing for me to get to it when its download-only.
1040  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Bravely Default: Flying Fairy on: April 04, 2013, 03:14:32 PM
Well this was a pleasant pseudo-announcement to wake up to today!

This is, without a doubt, a good time to be a 3DS owner.... now if I can just conquer my aversion to handhelds.

I have been trying to polish off just one 3ds title, but for some reason I just can't commit to handhelds. My completion rate for console games is great (in the last 4-5 years I can count the games I didn't finish on one hand) but geeeee golly do I have a difficult time with my 3ds.

If the SMT titles and bravely default don't compel me enough to finish and break me of this handheld-problem I don't think anything will.

I can't believe no one else has trouble staying dedicated to handheld titles. I REALLY love my games, probably to an unhealthy degree, but I truly have difficulties in this regard! Worst part about it is, with so many stellar titles for the DS and 3ds, my shelf is quickly filling with stuff I haven't even opened yet (all the dragon quests immediately come to mind).

This is one demon in need to exorcise so to speak... if bravely default gets localized and I still have this problem I think something terrible may happen to my psyche...
1041  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 03, 2013, 08:59:57 PM
i have always been curious to check out SMT's origins on the super famicom. has anyone had any experience with them? I feel like having pretty much made it through P2 IS (i'm at the temples before xibalba) I can handle anything whether it aged well or not as long as the story is solid.

EDIT: On the note of the SMT Fan vs. Persona fan thing... I can say nothing.. although I was a fan since revalations came out on ps1, I didn't REALLY get hooked until P3. So I myself am a Persona fan convert. I really can't see how one can dig persona without eventually becoming a full fledged SMT fan. And the greater the fanbase the more games we get right? If my logic in that regard is sound then I say the mainstream attention fostered by p3 and p4 can only be considered a good thing... Then again many wonderful things across the board in media came crashing down after gaining too much popularity, although I truly feel in my heart SMT is immune to that somehow..
1042  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: MLP!!!!! on: April 03, 2013, 04:22:35 PM
Sorry to double post. I was too touched... I couldn't figure out all the finer points of the creator so I had to use photoshop to finish it off... sorry it looks a bit different.

1043  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: MLP!!!!! on: April 03, 2013, 03:42:56 PM

For Klyde, I felt bad and came out of retirement for him.  Rainbow hair, I remember he dyed his hair real cool once, and the "baka" in honour of Photon who wrote it on everyone (no, I don't mean to say you're an idiot, honest) ... I thought I was the only one who ever watched it (loved the music).  ...and famous ellipses. ;)

Dice you have scored major points with me. I LOVE IT!! In fact I am going to make a print of this and hang it in my tattoo room. I am beyond touched. This is officially the coolest freakin' thing anyone has done for me online ever.  If this were 15 years ago, I would IM you now on AIM and ask you to be my "online girlfriend" LOL
1044  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 03, 2013, 03:34:22 PM
Well I wasn't going to chime in on the discussion of the SMT price tage but seeing as how it is still going strong I'll throw out my misguided opinion on the matter.

The simple fact is JRPG's do not sell as well as other titles. Yet we all want to them localized. The people who want these games will gladly pay whatever is asked for them, when the want them (myself included), as illustrated in "completed listings" on ebay (just look up Suikoden 2).

With the aforementioned being fact, it only seems reasonable they charge a bit more IMO. I'm actually surprised we don't see this more often. And when it comes to a company like atlus that pumps out quality localizations I not only accept the price hike, I support it. If an extra 10 bucks per title helps to get more games I want to play available in a language I can comprehend I'll gladly pay.

Cost vs. hours is irrelevant to me. What is relevant, is what actually gets localized. The only way to increase odds of localization is to increase how profitable said projects are. Translating and publishing a JRPG in NA now cannot be nearly as profitable as it was 15 years ago yet we all still want to see it happen. It seems to be as simple as that to me. And when I look at that way I am fine with paying more.

1045  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Pandora's Tower is Coming on: April 03, 2013, 03:12:46 PM
happy as I am that we are getting the game in NA I do wish we were getting a LE Edition. Looks like I'm gonna be dropping more money on April 16th than I had anticipated... I learned my lesson with things like this in the past. I either buy this now or resolve myself to paying 100 bucks for it a year or two down the road when I actually get around to playing it.
1046  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Fire Emblem 3DS on: April 03, 2013, 03:05:13 PM
Pardon the Double Post but: http://www.siliconera.com/2013/04/02/why-fire-emblem-awakenings-characters-have-no-feet/

And now the biggest mystery of the Fire Emblem: Awakening is solved.

(Honestly though, with the game's plot as it is, the feetless character models kinda fits with the game's Saturday Morning Cartoon theme).

Ahhhh, closure at last. That bothered me since I got the game. Albeit silly I know, I just couldn't help but be irked by it. You'd think after 20 some years of enjoying SD characters and whatnot I'd be ok with this but something about those character models lacking feet was just... weird...
1047  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Megami Tensei Topic on: April 02, 2013, 06:08:34 PM
I'm so torn right now! I want to move onto a 3ds SMT title as soon as I am done with P2 IS but I can't decide whether I should go for soul hackers or overclocked. I sampled overclocked and loved it. But i get pretty excited over new releases and I know I'll be picking up soul hackers day 1 (to get the soundtrack and whatnot)

Any suggestions?

EDIT: I am already a few hours in on overclocked... I've been nickel and diming it at work in my spare time.
1048  The Rest / General Discussions / Re: MLP!!!!! on: April 02, 2013, 01:35:06 PM
Well I may not have been pony-a'-sized **tear** personally but I will tip my hat to you, none the less, dice. Freakin' awesome thread! You have more then made up for the Persona 5 gag you got me with yesterday-LoL

The cuteness level of things around here has increased greatly due to your contribution.
1049  Media / Single-Player RPGs / Re: Persona 5 Confirmed for Winter 2013, PS3 on: April 01, 2013, 04:58:10 PM
The April fool is that you believed her when she said it's an April fool.


ok.... this thread is once again confirming for me why it is I use the avatar and title that I do...
1050  Media / Anime, TV, and Movies / Re: Anime/Manga Journal on: April 01, 2013, 04:07:10 PM
Well folks normally I don't dig comedy (with some exceptions such as "The idiot adventures of Photon Earth") but after breaking my aversion to subtitles in recent weeks I decided to go back and watch "Humanity Has Declined" on CR.

Wow, I can't say enough good about the series. Highly entertaining. Albeit short, each episode was thoroughly enjoyable with the exception of one brief (but necessary) lull toward the end. It goes from funny, to charming, to clever, to damn-near brilliant very swiftly. It becomes confusing in a whacky sort of willy-wonka fashion but doesn't leave you in the dark long enough to feel lost, hasty to make sense of the insanity your bearing witness to. And the icing on the cake? The fairies in the series may very well be the cutest thing I have ever beheld in animation... seriously I want one of those little f****rs tattooed on me I liked em' so much.

And I have one more review...

Bear with me here... this could get longwinded...

Persona Trinity Souls... my official verdict... absolutely freakin' sucked... with a capital "SUCK"... worst thing I have watched in at least a year... take note of my ellipsis-relapse in trying to convey my disgust...
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