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Eating Healthy is Expensive

What do I mean by this?

 

Several weeks ago, I made a dreamboard and one of the items I included in that is eating HEALTHY or Eat Healthily. That would mean more veggies, more fruits and less red meat and stuff with oil and high cholesterol foods. But see, I am in the Philippines and quite honestly it is expensive.

 

Why?

Usually the current staple here is RICE – WHITE rice.

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Oh yes, that one. A kilo of it usually costs around P40-45 (Philippine Pesos) now. And mind you, the usual amount we partake is not just a cup of it. lol 2-3. But that’s cheap. Yet unhealthy. Some says white rice is not good since it does not provide VITAL NUTRIENTS needed, it has low density and the husk is totally scraped thus removing the nutrients. YET it is greatly consumed here since it is what people are used to (including me). NOT HEALTHY at all but CHEAP compared to the healthier variety like BROWN RICE.

I tried switching to be able to “convert” us (my family included) to follow my goal.

brown rice

I looked it up online and found out that..

Brown rice (or “hulled” or “unmilledrice) is whole grain rice. It has a mild, nutty flavor, and is chewier and more nutritious than white rice, but goes rancid more quickly because the bran and germ—which are removed to make white rice—contain fats that can spoil. Any rice, including long-grain, short-grain, or sticky rice, may be eaten as brown rice.  source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown_rice

see? it is a whole not healthier YET a lot expensive because of its scarcity in supply. Thus an average Filipino person could not afford on my opinion. I could not afford it too. sad.

This is just one comparison that I could share right now. The reason why I wanted to do this personally is that my family has a history of diabetes and one cause of it is from eating lots of white rice. I would like to take a small step of changing from white to brown. but for now I could not do so because of the price YET I was still able to make small steps by minimizing the portions of rice we intake.

From 2-3 cups of rice,  I was able to cut it down to 1 cup per meal. I definitely could feel a change. My blood sugar is lower than before. I am not sure how I would start with the kids. They are used to eating white rice, like I have said its part of being a Filipino.

I wonder if anyone here can give some tips or advise? Even in bread – we use flour, white flour which is almost same as consuming rice. Whole wheat bread are also expensive is not available to common average Filipinos.

 

Take for one this:

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This is a common food item, PAN DE SAL – cheapest kind of bread that we, Filipinos love to eat every morning when it is still hot paired with a steaming cup of coffee. But see, it is not as healthy as it looks. lol. but again we buy this, including me because I like its taste and it is CHEAP!

 

250px-Vegan_no-knead_whole_wheat_bread_loaf,_September_2010

 

 

 

 

 

Now this one is a whole wheat bread, made from whole wheat which is healthier. Right? but a lot expensive so most Filipinos ignore it, well common average ones.

 

There are lots more to compare if I think of it. Probably in my next post I will. for now I will have to wait for any ideas from some of you who might be able to give me some tips on how to change the usual staple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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time to chill

Lately things have been too much.

Feel like puking even.

So it is time to chill. relax.

Had dinner with family the other day as it was my husband’s niece’s birthday..

the one in white is my daughter…and of course the one in gown is Joelle, my huby’s niece.. she is 9 years old…

and there is my hubby with my little boy… the restaurant we went to was by the sea.. it was a nice change of environment even for awhile…away from my pile of work lol..

and here we are..me and hubby goofing around…

its nice to laugh again after several days of toxic work 😛

and yes i saw these two! TWINS!!! Lyka and Angel.. i cannot tell now which is which, i was fascinated as how much they look alike.. i believe twins are like one of God’s miracle. One of the two was seated beside me and as i was eating Halo Halo ( yes they have a bar there which allows you to make your own halo halo) she was looking at me, gawking and asking me to give her some which i did and she heartily ate it! They are cute…

the restaurant / hotel where the party was held is actually one of the best in the city.. they have these as designs..by the beach 🙂 which is nice…

and yes that is me..lol bad bad pic..my daughter was the one who took this..and it came as a blur but i showed this to show the cabana type..people can dine here..they even have this eat all you can scheme for P150.00 i think..

a clearer view of it… 🙂

me and the bday girl..

the halo halo hubby made lol it wasn’t the best looking though but he loved it as it was full of pinipig! Hindi daw cya halo halo unless may pinipig – or rice krispies in english right? anyways it has ube ice cream ( yam) some gelatin in it..plus milk, banana..yummm!!!

all in all, i glad i went there, as i was able to chill…to enjoy 🙂 plus the place was great too – Lantaka Hotel by the sea ( am i endorsing again? 😛 )

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