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So I have decided to eat healthy for a week. And I mean real healthy. Now I am not obese and I don’t gorge on pizza and cake on a regular basis, but even a slight lapse into the delightful realm of junk food gets me wondering why my pants don’t fit anymore, and why my face keeps getting rounder.

I have come to the realization finally that we don’t really eat healthy at all. The food we eat on a daily basis is not even close to being healthy and it affects the way we look and feel and think. This is what my daily meal list would look like

  • Breakfast – Toast and jam or toast and egg and baked beans or soy sausages
  • Lunch – Standard rice and curry (vegetarian)
  • Dinner – Bread and a curry or a rotti or two and a curry.

I tend to have chocolate or ice cream for dessert fairly often, with a piece of cake off and on. Now this diet is not terribly terrible but even a slight ice cream binge gets me bloated. Here’s what I think is wrong with the diet: too much starch, too much sugar, too much processed food, and too much spice.

As Sri Lankans we eat too much bread and too much rice. Our food is over salted and our tea is basically tea flavoured sugar syrup. I believe the spice too plays a part in irritable bowels and irritable moods. So, I am going to experiment with a diet without (or very low on) rice or wheat products, without processed sugar and without the heavy spices and chillie we are known for. I vaguely considered trying a paleo diet but that was too hard core for someone with my sweet tooth. I will see what it does for me in terms of weight, energy and mood.

Breakfast today was muesli and lunch is a small portion of potato salad, a small slice of brown bread, lightly steam green beans and carrots and a banana. I wonder how long it will be before I miss my bath parcel, but I am going to rough it out for the week.

I have to admit that it was reading about Joel Runyan and his impossible abs is what inspired me to give this a shot. It would be nice to see my abs again. I mean it’s there and all, but it’s just.. hidden.

Being a vegetarian all my life, I usually don’t bother trying to convince anyone to become a vegetarian either. It is a life style choice, and I like animals and have no intentions of eating ’em, but to each his own.

However when I came across this video, I was disgusted. It was a video of KFC factory workers in the States slamming chickens against the wall and stomping on them like so many bugs..

I wouldn’t even eat vegetables that have been treated this way!

Watch video here 

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Decided to take the family out for a meal yesterday. Everyone was tired of Indian, and Chinese was overdone, so the majority favoured Italian. Now I am not that great a fan of Italian food. In Sri Lanka, among the people I have been with, a really good meal is one that makes you cry. One that has so much chilli, salt and curry, that the vegetables are simply a vehicle to cart the spices into your stomach. But Italian it was decided, and Italian it was.

In Bangalore City, on 100ft road, is this place called Little Italy. What is unique about this place is that it is completely vegetarian. So there was where we stopped off for supper. The ambience was good, nothing fancy, just quiet light and colour, and the option of seating inside the a/c room, or dining under a canopy outside. The music was something I didn’t recognize, but I am happy to say, it was not pop. The service was not brilliant, but adequate. But the food was excellent. Each dish had its own particular character. I say character in preference to flavour, because it had just that: character. Normally in some restaurants you will find a few dishes recycling the same flavouring for different dishes, but not here. Each was unique. I could tell when the garlic was roasted, when it was plain, when different cheeses were used in sauces for pasta dishes. It was delicious. We ordered about ten dishes and passed them around, so we had a good idea of the variety. The salads are not special, while the pizzas are good, (I think my aunt’s pesto is better though, just in case she reads this). The first course is mainly pasta, but my favourite dishes are in the second course. I’d recommend the crespelle and the gnocchi. You also have the option of requesting garlic or chilli oil to garnish your food.

The desserts were good, though by that time we were too full to do it justice. Little Italy is definitely a place you should check out.