Eat Less Rice!
In some parts of Asia , rice forms up to 85% of the plate. Actually, rice and other grains like wheat and corn are actually worse than sugar. There are many reasons:
Rice becomes sugar – lots of it! This is a fact that no nutritionist can deny: rice is chemically no different from sugar. Rice is digested to become sugar. One bowl of cooked rice is the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. This does not matter whether it is white, brown or herbal rice. Brown rice is richer in fibre, some B vitamins and minerals but it is still the caloric equal of 10 teaspoons of sugar. To get the same 10 teaspoons of sugar, you need to consume lots of kangkong-10 bowls of it.
Rice cannot be digested before it is thoroughly cooked. However, when thoroughly cooked, it becomes sugar and spikes circulating blood sugar within half an hour-almost as quickly as it would if you took a sugar candy.
Fruits come with a sugar called fructose. However, they are not empty calories as the fruit is packed with a whole host of other nutrients that help its proper assimilation and digestion.
Rice has no fibre.
The fibre of the kangkong fills you up long before your blood sugar spikes. This is because the fibre bulks and fills up your stomach. Since white rice has no fibre, you end up eating lots of ‘ calorie dense ‘ food before you get filled up. Brown rice has more fibre but still the same amount of sugar.
There is no real ‘ built in ‘ mechanism for us to prevent overeating of rice:
How much kangkong can you eat?
How much fried chicken can you eat?
How much steamed fish can you eat? Think about that!
In one seating, you can not take lots of chicken, fish or cucumber, but you can take lots of rice. Eating rice causes you to eat more salt.
As rice is tasteless, you tend to consume more salt-another villain when it comes to high blood pressure. You tend to take more curry that has salt to help flavor rice. We also tend to consume more ketchup and soy sauce which are also rich in salt.
Eating rice causes you to drink less water.
The more rice you eat, the less water you will drink as there is no mechanism to prevent the overeating of rice.
Rice, even when cooked, is difficult to digest.
Can’t eat raw rice? Try eating rice half cooked. Contrary to popular belief, rice is very difficult to digest. It is ‘ heavy stuff ‘ . If you have problems with digestion, try skipping rice for a few days. You will be amazed at how the problem will just go away.
Rice prevents the absorption of several vitamins and minerals. Rice when taken in bulk will reduce the
absorption of vital nutrients like zinc, iron and the B vitamins.
Barry Sears, author of the Zone Diet, advises ‘ eating rice like spice ‘. Instead, increase your fruits and vegetables. Take more lean meats and fish. You can even take more eggs and nuts.
Have ‘ riceless ‘ meals.
Take no rice or wheat at say, breakfast. Go for Herbalife healthy breakfast shake!
Go on ‘ riceless ‘ days.
Go ‘ western ‘ once a week.
Take no rice and breads for one day every week.
That can’t be too difficult. Appreciate the richness of your food. Go for taste, colours and smells. Make eating a culinary delight. Enjoy your food in the original flavours.
Avoid the salt shaker or ketchup. You will automatically eat less rice.
Eat your fruit dessert before (Yes! No printing error) your meals.The fibre rich fruits will ‘ bulk up ‘ in your stomach. Thus, you will eat less rice and more veges..
It ‘ s your life.
Decide what you want to eat! Go on “Rice-Less, if not Riceless” days!