Diet Matters

I was reading this article the other day about The Alkaline Mediterranean Diet and came across this sentence which I whole-heartedly believe in:

DIET MATTERS – no creams, potions, vitamin supplements, prescription medicine or surgery can compensate for an unhealthy diet.

When I say diet, I talk about the definition which means “food and drink regularly provided or consumed” and NOT “a regimen of eating and drinking sparingly so as to reduce one’s weight”. Just because I naturally like to eat healthier food than most people, it doesn’t mean I’m on a diet… it’s just my preferred choice of food.

For example, my favourite drinks are mineral water, mineral water with some freshly squeezed lemon juice, young coconut water (straight from the shell with no sugar added and I love to eat the soft coconut flesh inside — what a treat!), and fresh watermelon juice with no sugar added (although I much prefer eating the watermelon instead of drinking it). People usually think I’m a health nut but I’m really not. I just am not into coffee, tea, soda and juices (I would always prefer to eat the actual fruit).

As for food, I loooooove eating clear meat/chicken/seafood soup with the veggie cooked in it. That way all the nutrients are in the broth right? I super love a good, spicy Tom Yam, a hot bowl of Vietnamese Pho, or just a simple clear vegetable soup. All that soup just makes me so full that my stomach has no space for any additional beverage.

But of course, like I said, I’m not a health nut. I do love delicious cakes and cookies. So having a healthy diet allows me to splurge once in a while on naughty desserts.


A Little History of My Food Habits

When I was young, I remember that:

1) I didn’t eat a lot of candy because Mum was frugal and didn’t think it was a necessary purchase. Plus she had to say no to certain items as they were not ‘halal‘ (permissible according to Islamic law). We were living in the States at the time.

2) I drank a lot of plain, cold water because that’s what Mum stocked in the fridge

3) I loved eating anything spicy — noodles, crabs, chips

4) I loved to bake cookies and cakes

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As an adult, I find that:

1) I still don’t eat candy because (besides it being unhealthy) I find them too sweet. Thanks, Mum! I love you!

2) I still love drinking plain room-temp water. And whenever I can, I drink lots of young coconut water. Alhamdulillah, I live in Malaysia where it’s so easy to find. I really wish I had a coconut tree plantation though.

3) I really love spicy Thai food. I could eat a good, spicy Tom Yam everyday for the rest of my life

4) I still love baking cookies and cakes. Even more now since I get to control what goes in it