I was happy to receive a $100 gift card to Amazon this Christmas, since that means I will be able to buy some more exotic ingrediants for my newest venture of learning more about traditional Asian cuisine and how to prepare it. If you look at a place like Japan, you can plainly see that there are not a lot of over weight people - partially due to their diet, but mostly due to their activity levels. As I get back into the gym, I'm going to experiment with an Asian centered diet low on meats, rich in veggies, and of course; steamed rice. In observing HOW many Asian countries eat, I notice that the rice is the main dish, and everything else seems to compliment the rice - broth, soups, sauteed fish or other meat, tofu, and lightly cooked veggies contribute to most of the meal's flavor. I also noticed many sites say that they eat much slower than the typical American, with 1/3 of the calories since they eat until satisfied, but not stuffed. Along with the diet, they also have daily exercise and methods of reducing stress through meditation and yoga - I'll be experimenting with both! I think this will be fun.
I could spend my gift card on ingrediants along, not counting the fresh ingrediants - my Amazon shipping list is limited to certain seasonings, and sauces that I have not been able to find in the stores, or at least, not at a good price. Being right after Christmas, I'm also low on funds, but I really hope that doesn't stop me from enjoying my new thing.
This isn't a diet, but I will be watching my measurements as time progresses to see if I'm losing inches through the relaxing workouts and stress relief - again, it's an experiment. I think too with the balanced, low calorie eating plan, I should see some great results!
I'll keep you updated :)