The See-food Diet

The women in our fam­i­ly are sel­dom thin. Most of us were blessed with ample bosoms and hour-glass fig­ures, until we give birth. After hav­ing my son Seth, I resem­bled a whale. Through the years, it was a hit or miss bat­tle with the bulge, espe­cial­ly when I hate exer­cis­ing. I miss the days when I could eat any­thing, have beer, and not gain an inch. The only good thing is when I get seri­ous with diet­ing, I lose weight fast.

Diet­ing is very chal­leng­ing as Fil­ipino cui­sine is a fusion of Span­ish, Chi­nese, Japan­ese, among oth­ers. So many food, so much calo­ries! Case in point, salpi­cao. Nobody real­ly knows the ori­gin of this food. Some say it was Chi­nese or Spanish/Portuguese. Salpi­cao is a beef or pork dish cooked in olive oil, a lit­tle oys­ter sauce, liq­uid sea­son­ing, chili (option­al), and pep­per. This is my ulti­mate com­fort food. It goes with anything—rice, bread, or John­nie Walk­er. I think this dish should be a major food group

I’m not a big fan of Japan­ese cui­sine but late­ly, I’ve been crav­ing them. It doesn’t help that Chris sends me pic­tures of Japan­ese food that he usu­al­ly cooks. One of my close friends is into Japan­ese food. Most of the time, we would go to a Japan­ese resto, and I don’t com­plain any­more.

Most of these are Chris’ cook­ing, except for the yakiniku. It’s sexy when a man can cook. I guess I’ll nev­er go hun­gry, or be stick thin.

I was think­ing of going on a diet again, but my tim­ing couldn’t be more off. Christ­mas in the Philip­pines is absolute­ly the worst time to go diet­ing. After the hol­i­days, it is back to healthy liv­ing, eat­ing wheat bread, and cry­ing over a sal­ad. The time to eat and be mer­ry is upon us because frankly, no good sto­ry ever starts with “so I was eat­ing a sal­ad…”

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