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I'm givin' it up!

Ok, I know it's late and all.  But I've finally decided what to give up for LENT this year.
I'm giving up..*drum roll please*...

Yeah Italian food.  Well mainly spaghetti, pizza and doria.  I have a tendency to eat those a lot during the week..at least when I'm not eating Mickey D's or white rice.   Lately I've been having pasta a lot and well it's been getting to the point where I've been having it almost every other day.  So this will be a good thing to give up since I do love it a lot.  Also would be great if I could lose some pounds from this lenten sacrifice.:p

Well good luck to me and my non-Italian food diet.  Of course the one exception is when I have no choice to eat school lunch or if I'm at an enkai then I'll let that slide, too.


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Mar. 11th, 2007 08:57 am (UTC)
so true. you have been slowly but surely turning into a blimp. but i think you should be a little stronger & give up desserts like cake and parfaits. you have more of a tendency to crave those than anything else.
Mar. 11th, 2007 09:26 am (UTC)
not really. i havent had a parfait in ages and the one cake i had during hinamatsuri was my first one in months. it had been so long since i had a shortcake.
i personally think u need to give up chinese food yourself dear.
Mar. 11th, 2007 10:04 am (UTC)
Ahaha~ you guys are so funny. =D

I think giving up pasta is great!! I personally have no problem doing it-- gee, wonder why. ^_^;

If you want to lose weight, just walk with me! ^_^ I've been walking every other day this last week, for at least 4 hours (not by choice necessarily, but it happens..) Ahhh the places that I ended up! I would do it more, but when it's cold or rainy, I can't go.. (yesterday was so nice though!! I couldn't resist!)
Mar. 11th, 2007 10:56 am (UTC)
Yeah, I wanna walk too. I've just been lazy on Saturdays recently. I'm usually so exhausted from the whole week that I just wanna sleep Saturdays in. And when I wanna go out on Sundays it's raining. Well at least today, it became sunny as the day went by but it was chilly and windy which put me out of the walking mood. I should've gone out yesterday. :/
Mar. 11th, 2007 01:03 pm (UTC)
rofl. don't give me that face.
Mar. 11th, 2007 10:32 am (UTC)
Seriously girl, I don't know what you have in mind but I don't think giving up italian food to lose weight it's useful.
Pasta is not the problem, I know it because diets here have pasta just maybe not the quantity you use to eat.(not to mention the mediterranean diet is the most complete and healty diet around^^;)
Everything can be eaten, it depends on the "size" and on the sauces.
When I'll come there this summer it'll be hard for me this time XDDD
As of why...I'll say it only in a few months XD
But seriously, I think the biggest problem in Japan is that everything you drink or eat contains too much sugar or too much sauces.
Personally I don't think you need to give up eating pasta, if on the contrary you share that big portion with someone it's ok. Just try to not eat anything else not even desert plus try to eat pasta at lunch and not for dinner.
Just refrain from taking it with a heavy sauce, prefer something lighter like a simple tomato sauce^^;

XDDDD Plus pasta and rice have basically the same quantity of calories, so remember that if you eat lot of rice, that too will be a problem if you want to lose weight.
When you eat pasta, don't eat rice on the same day, same for bread. (especially jap bread which is sweeter than normal bread)
And avoid potatoes if you eat bread or rice or pasta.

These are the only things I can tell you.
Mar. 11th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
ummm...my sis was playing around.
but i think everyone forgot the reason I'm giving up pasta. It's because it's the food I like the most recently and I've been eating it almost everyday. So that makes it hard to give up for lent. And for lent I usually abstain from the food I like most. Of course, I'd think of giving up rice but recently I haven't been eating much rice at home (lots of cheeseburgers and pasta eating lately) and that would mean I'd be wasting a lot of the food I get at work so that would defeat the purpose so I chose pasta instead.

But yeah I know pasta can be a healthy diet.
But pasta along with rice and bread are all carbs. And carbs aren't very good for losing weight. So I figured by giving up pasta I'm essentially cutting one part of the carbs in my diet which can only benefit me, ne. Of course, I wouldn't eat more rice just because I've stopped eating pasta.^.-

I agree about Japan. There's lots of fat and grease in their food despite what they say. The main reason I can't stand eating fried chicken here is because it's loaded with fat. Not to mention the beef in some of the meals. And well katsu doesn't help either. And yes tho they say they don't really like sweet things they sure eat a lot of sweet anko and drink sugar-filled drinks like calpis and melon soda. I tell you it's the cigs that make them skinny.:p
Mar. 11th, 2007 11:12 am (UTC)
I think Japan has a big problem with the size of what you eat. They tend to give you a big size of everything when you order things...they should make them smaller^^;
Of course rice/bread/pasta are all carbs, which is why they should never be eaten together on the same day and especially for dinner.(add potatoes too, they are deleterious...)

One thing even if I did understand it's not only for diet that you decided to do this.
Metabolism gets used to food easily, and when it gets used to food it's hard to lose weight. The secret is to change everyday. Even when you cut pasta if you continue to eat bread and rice it'll be the same.
Try to alternate them during the week, I don't know...for example, rice on monday, bread on tuesday, pasta on wednesday etc etc especially because japanese bread is too sweet and my guess is that it's more caloric than both pasta and rice O_o
But try to vary your diet, so your metabolism won't get used to always the same food. You don't have a lot to lose IMHO you don't have anything to lose but anycase it makes it harder for someone already skinny to lose weight, even more than for someone who is overweight that's why you should just pay attention to the small things like vary the food and eat smaller sizes.

Honestly I have no idea on how I'm going to eat in japan, I've gotten used to certain things now and fixed my way to eat, it will be hard in japan since there is sugar everywhere, I'll just stick with eating carbs at lunch and eating fish or meat at dinner, it's the best way to keep in check your weight. Cigs make people skinnier yes, but I remember Sonja saying that jap cigs are even lighter than european ones. I think the main reason is that usually when they eat at home japanese people eat grilled fish and rice which is a good combination and even if they fry something at home they tend to make it light?
Don't know I can't understand how they can be so skinny considering how full are the restaurants there...at any time of the day.
Mar. 11th, 2007 11:27 am (UTC)
And school lunch at a lot of elem and jr. high schools are filled with mayo and sometimes sugar when we have that special agepan. I find Tokyo schools filled with much more fattening food than the schools in Akita. I remember always looking forward to school lunch in Akita. It always balanced with like soup, a main meal w/rice or bread and dessert. But in Tokyo it's always like a bikkuri-meal. I never know what I'm gonna get.

Well at least Japanese portions are smaller than US portions. I always thought the food at restaurants is served in big portions here because most Japanese tend to share their meal with whoever they're eating with.:p Us greedy foreigners are just too greedy or picky to share.:p
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