Day 13 of 16

Never thought I’d come this far, my aunt told me she’s pretty amazed I could be this disciplined … well, it’s easy, having a weak immune system that couldn’t fight the simplest virus is motivation enough to make sure this little pet parasite makes his way to parasite heaven where he belongs 🙂  So it was brown rice puffs for breakfast.  Lunch is a favourite of mine when I’m not on this diet.  So it’s steamed eggplant, broccoli and carrots, lightly stir fried with pasta without sun dried tomatoes though :p

Still yummy enough to get me through another day of no sugar and no soy sauce.  Can’t wait to make it again with sun dried tomatoes O_0

Dinner was an experiment that I probably won’t try again :p  It wasn’t bad bad, it was just strange … it was a mix of spices I don’t normally do for bee hoon but I thought what the heck.  It was alright but not good enough.

Thankfully, my sister found this snack rice crackers that is pretty yummy.  It’s simply rice crackers, cayenne pepper and sea salt.  So that kinda tied me over a somewhat failed dinner 🙂  3 more days!!!

Day 12 of 16

Today will be known as the leftover day on my 16day diet. Breakfast was bee hoon from yesterday. Steamed up so it was piping hot and filled me right up till lunch time. All I could think about though was ketchup. Yes, growing up I ate ketchup with my Granny’s bee hoon specialty. My veggie bee hoon is a veggie adaptation of my Granny’s so yes, I was thinking some ketchup would give my breakfast a kick I’m craving … bet that’s the parasite talking again :p

Again I’ll be out for dinner so I had to get both lunch and dinner ready in 70minutes!! So leftover curry came to the rescue 🙂 and I went safe with a pasta salad for dinner again :p

That’s my bento for the day.

Day 11 of 16

Nothing new for breakfast and lunch.  In the morning, it was brown rice and millet puffs.  In the afternoon, it was bee hoon.  So when dinner time came around, I found inspiration to get adventurous and made my mix veggie curry.  The recipe called for me to blend the curry base but I was too hungry to do that and I actually found that I do like the little bits of spices 🙂  Served with brown rice, it was another yummy success.

Day 10 of 16

I now know I won’t ever be able to make it on Survivor, just 10 days of food that lack variety, I’m already climbing up the walls.  Ok ok, that’s a small exaggeration :p but seriously, I can’t imagine if it was 10 days of no food, let alone variety, I can honestly say I’d go more than a little batty :p

With that, I had brown rice and millet puffs for breakfast again.  Despite my opening, it still is something I can eat daily.  I think it’s the rice milk … while it has no sugar, it has a semblance of sweetness 🙂  I’m actually enjoying the no sugar bit of this diet.  So much so, I’m going to keep my sugar levels low after the 16days.

What I’m really itching for is bread :p  This whole thing has made me empathise with my dear little friend Renn who is allergic to wheat.  I’m determined to find a decent wheat-less bread recipe and make him a loaf this year!!!  Poor little guy loves bread too.  Well, hopefully bread made with rice flour will make a good alternative :p

Meanwhile, I got adventurous with lunch.  I steamed some eggplants and lady’s fingers.  Gently fried some ginger, cumin seeds, curry leaves and turmeric. Mixed them all together with rice for a new taste 🙂

It was pretty yummy and I had to sneak it to a somewhat new-ish fast food place in Vivo, Barcelos.  If you’re familiar with the flame grilled chicken chain, Nandos, it’s kinda like that but more fast food-ish.  My friends were just ok with the food and reckon it was too expensive for the setting and type of food.  Some good news, it had vegetarian options on the menu, which wasn’t wholly enticing but if my friends ever check it out again, I’ll try it.  Till then, I was happy with my new experiment 🙂 will try it again this weekend but this time with green chillies, which I reckon will be yummier.

Dinner was pasta salad as I caught up with Nis and Gen at Adam Road … yes, for a fleeting moment I was wishing for a vegetarian murtakbah and teh but after the moment was gone, I was actually quite happy with my salad 🙂

I wonder if this diet has changed my taste buds.  My husband reckons it would, and I won’t like eating overly processed stuff.  I’m not sure … … for now, I’m craving chocolates but not any ole’ overly processed fake chocolate bar, I want one of those divinely expensive pralines that cost like S$4 a piece 🙂  6 more days!!!

Day 9 of 16

One more week to go, from today onwards I have lesser days to go than I have been on this diet 🙂 So today I decided to give myself a breakfast treat. The night before, I made soup stock from a different recipe!! It’s actually really simple and something I’ve ALWAYS wanted to do but was always too L.A.Z.Y. :p So I’m please to report it was a success again!!

In the morning, I just heated it up with some cabbage and rice noodles aka bee hoon for a scrumptious bee hoon soup breakfast 🙂 Totally yummers … but I couldn’t shake off the feeling that it’d be even yummier had I been able to add a dash of soy sauce :p

For lunch, I decided to make another one of my favourite dishes from this diet – lightly stir fried rice with steam veggies. Needless to say, I was kept full for the day, enough to meet a friend for dinner, where he ate and I sipped on herbal tea :p

When I got home, I felt like having something soupy. So it was the soup stock again, this time with old cucumber and rice for a simple porridge 🙂

Simple and satisfying.

Day 8 of 16

Halfway there!!! *doing the happy dance* While the diet has actually been good for my energy level, I am so looking forward to a slice of watermelon or papaya or a simple squeeze of lemon in my veggie smoothie :p Actually, I think the first thing I’ll eat is a slice of bread 🙂

So counting down to day 16, today I had a mix of millet and brown rice puff for breakfast. Hmm … not too bad but I still prefer just millet puffs. Lunch was a pasta salad. Quick to make when I don’t have much time in the morning to cook … yes, I overslept slightly today :p Dinner was curry from yesterday with steamed radish.

Here’s where the lack of variety starts to bug me … but you know, it’s all mental, if I could eat anything I wanted, I could eat the same thing everyday. I’m also starting to feel the withdrawal from the sugar … not intense irritation but there is … kinda like PMSing … yes, I do feel bad for my husband :p So for anyone who’s going try this diet, you’ll start to find it tough halfway through it.

Strangely, I feel a little bad for the parasite … starving to death isn’t the best way to go … yah, my husband reckons I have attachment issues. In all fairness, he’s been in me for like the last 3 months or so … he’s almost like a pet now :p Ok ok, I have issues.

Day 7 of 16

It was millet puffs again for breakfast, which reminds me I’m running out so I’ve got to get some more when I go to the supermarket again today. Lunch was a simple combination of steamed broccoli and carrots with some nasi lemak that my sister cooked up 🙂 It was really quite delightful.

Dinner was my adventure. I made chickpea curry!! I’ve been wanting to do it for such a long time but never got around to do it. So there’s some good things that’s coming out of this diet.

I’m rather happy to report that it was really quite good .. ahem … if I don’t say so myself. I can’t wait to try a mixed veggie curry later this week. I’m now thinking of coming up with a cookbook for this diet. In case anyone else out there is interested 🙂

P/S: Went to the supermarket and they were out of millet puffs so it’ll be brown rice puffs once I finish this batch of millet ones :p

Day 6 of 16

10 more days to go. All things considering, I’m actually doing way better than I expected 🙂 I’m eating bread though … only vicariously through my husband, so much so he begged me to please do something else as he ate his veggie sandwich for supper … I was watching him and asking him how it tasted … about every three bites or so :p

So today, I got lazy, didn’t experiment so no pictures. Breakfast was millet puffs … yep, again, if I like something I can eat it everyday :p Lunch was leftover veggies, soup and more rice and millet pasta. Made another veggie smoothie for a snack … this time I added some ginger, yummy 🙂 Met a couple of friends for dinner, I made some beehoon 🙂 Tomorrow I can’t wait to try chickpea curry.

Today though, I had a visitor. This is what I found when I walked into kitchen.

It was a beautiful beautiful moth. I don’t usually get to observe one close up and her wings looked almost like it dripped into shape.

I remember someone once telling me visit from moths mean something … hmm … if they are as pretty as this, I wouldn’t mind more 🙂

Day 5 of 16

About one third into the 16days and I’m slowly feeling the effects of the diet.  I was amazingly achy today, was going to run but when I woke up … … let’s just say the flesh was too too weak.  My nutritionist said this is normal, it’s just the toxins finding their way out.  That’s why I should actually get out of bed to run and make sure I get my 2litres of water in everyday.  So hopefully I’ll find the will to run this weekend :p

Meanwhile, breakfast is the usual quick millet puffs.  I’m really enjoying it.  Since my husband and I were meeting some friends for dinner.  I had to make both lunch and dinner before heading out for the day.  It was quite chaotic in the kitchen as I had strategise how to efficiently cook both lunch and dinner in about 85mins :p

Lunch was a simple fried rice with steamed zucchini and eggplants 🙂  I’m actually enjoying my lunches, I just wish they were quicker to make :p  For dinner, I decided to make  pasta salad … need to balance cooked veggies with raw ones.

Topped with fresh basil it was yummy.  I’m totally getting use to this but I’m already thinking of a list of fruits to eat on day 17 :p