Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I can do this!

I'm on the 2nd day of my "no rice" diet. Yesterday for lunch, I only had steamed shrimp and sauteed veggies on oyster sauce. For dinner, I didn't cook because Monday dinners are held at my SIL's house. In fairness to her, she has no clue that I've decided to try giving up rice. When I got there and saw what she had cooked, I had to brace myself for a serious challenge. There was Kare Kare and Steamed Fish. You would think I opted for the fish, right? So much easier to eat alone compared to Kare Kare. By the way, for the benefit of those who are clueless, here's what Kare Kare is :

Kare-kare is a Philippine stew. It is made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef, and occasionally offal or tripe. Meat variants may include goat meat or (rarely) chicken. It is often eaten with bagoong (shrimp paste), sometimes spiced with chili, and sprinkled with calamansi juice. Traditionally, any Filipino fiesta (particularly in Pampanga region) is not complete without kare-kare. In some Filipino-American versions of the dish, oxtail is exclusively used as the meat.

So yes, it's almost unthinkable to eat this dish without rice because of everything that's in it! But guess what? I did it successfully. Although I think I had just a little bit more than my usual serving. It didn't make me feel depressed though, so I knew I'd be up for this challenge.

Today, I cooked lunch again and, of course, I had to consider the others in the household who are not skipping rice or carbs. Besides, I really want to test my will power so I cooked Chicken Curry. Again, all that delicious sauce minus rice!

Seriously, I'm alright. I was never a big fan of rice and I'd only consume one whole cup when I'm starving. Otherwise, it's always just half a cup or 3/4.

The question is ... can I keep it up?

My online buddy, Phoebe sent me this for inspiration

Yes, I can!!!


  1. You sure an do it! I stopped eating rice Dec 2008 and never looked back. :)

  2. Yay for you! I hope to be able to do the same :) Hope to see you soon!