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Stop Dieting is the New Diet

For as long as I can remember my mom has been on a diet. When I think back to all her attempts, whether successful or not, it is the latest diet fad. Cabbage Soup, Lemon Water & Cayenne Pepper, Cinch, 30 Day Juice Cleanse, Atkins, South Beach, Weight Watchers. The list goes on and on.

After traveling through Asia for three months, you see a lot of poverty. But you also see a fair amount of great food, grown naturally, and sold at open markets. The overweight people are few and far between.

I am not sure if this is what lead to our recent game with friends, but while sitting at a restaurant I ask, ‘If you had total control over the planet, what is the first thing you would do?’

This took some thinking on everyone’s part, I mean the world is so fucked up, where do you start. I decided I would feed the world, ensuring no chemicals, steroids, or genetic modifications were made. Just good old carrots from the garden like when I was a kid.

I am not sure if this thought was linked to our travels or advertisements I had recently seen on the internet. Twice in the last week, ads have popped up stating that the secret to dieting is to stop dieting and just eliminate foods that are bad for you. Makes sense to me, and I would think it would make sense to many of you.

So I decided to explore the 5 dangerous foods that has our waistlines growing. I have to admit a few of the items I never saw coming.

First was Orange Juice. You know the drink everyone has been having forever to get your vitamins. Orange juice is a processed food, for that matter, all concentrated juices are processed.  That means they remove the fibre and leave the sugar behind in the concentration process. Think about it, fresh fruit only lasts a few days, so buying juices that can last months on the shelf is not good for you. Foods that are processed should never be consumed as they have chemicals added to extend their life and your waistline.

Second was Margarine. I am sure I don’t even need to talk about that at all. We all have heard of trans fats and how they use hydrogen to change liquid vegetable oil into a solid. Some countries have gone as far as to ban the use of trans fats in foods, including restaurants. As you guessed, these are not countries in North America. Always remember that butter is better and is know to help burn fat during the day.

Third was Whole Wheat Bread. Surprised? I was, but whole wheat, or for that matter, whole grain, is still processed. They are milled in such a way that the nutrients are removed. Then they must be fortified. They do have more nutrients than white – but barely. So now you need to change your shopping and look for Sprouted Whole Grain breads.

Fourth was Refined Soy. The fad that soy is better for you has taken a turn for the worst. Companies are now processing soy, that means changing its chemical make up to ensure it last longer. Soy milk, milk and almond milk don’t last if produced naturally. Usually their life is only 24 to 48 hours. Manufacturing plants have additives placed in these to extend the life. These chemicals are passed to us. I keep mine in a nice little roll around my waistline.

Fifth was GM Corn. This one stumped me, but apparently it means Genetically Modified Corn. This was done to fatten the live stock it was fed to, and you guessed it, we are part of that live stock. This corn is then used in many other foods, so it is the product that just keeps giving.

It went on to talk about things most of us know. Like, if you don’t eat three meals a day, your body starts to save fat. Not knowing when your body gets to eat next, it starts to hoard fat like a squirrel hoarding nuts for winter. That is why heathy snacks during the day are good for you. It is recommended to have a banana since the higher natural sugar will help burn more fat.

What I loved best about this eye opening list was the end of the informative video or like I called it ‘ad’. This was just the beginning, if you signed up with them, for a fee, they would plan your meals for you. Ensuring you got all the foods you love to eat, with exception of the five listed, and watch the pounds melt away.

So, in the end, the new diet is not dieting, but eliminating these foods that are bad for you. Signing up to get help with your meal planning and the shopping lists to make these foods, plus updates on how to keep the weight off. There was also a support group to talk with success stories and encourage you to stay on track to lose pounds.

Hmmm, does this not sound like a diet to you? What do you think?

For those that are interested in these Non Diets, here are two links. Beyond Diet OR Trim Down Club.



The Interview

After Seven Countries, Twenty-Eight Cities, Seventeen Airports, I hope this answers everyone’s questions.

Q: What was your favourite Country in S.E. Asia?

I have come to realize that each of these countries are very much the same. There are slight differences in religion and culture, but for the most part they are the same. They all eat rice and noodles, drink shit beer, they all sell the same shit from China and they all drive scooters.

So I would have to pick Bali, Indonesia as it was our first country and everything was so new. Although, Cambodia did have the friendliest people of all the countries.

Q: What was your least favourite Country in S.E. Asia?

Each country was new and exciting, but I would have to say Malaysia. I can’t put my finger on why. I have even asked Dirk why he felt the same way. I think it came down to some silly reasons. One being, the internet in Malaysia was terrible – sucked pretty bad.

Q: When you think of Asia, what stands out the most for you?

I am a clean person. If I was a superhero I would be ‘Krystal Klean’ – ensuring all garbage is disposed of properly in my wake.

Asia is a fucking pig sty.

I have never seen so much garbage and disrespect for the planet as I have seen in Asia. I understand these are families in poverty, but living in one’s own garbage makes no sense to me.

Driving along in a van, our host opens the window and just tosses his empty water bottle out. WTF! Standing waiting for a train, I observe a women eating fruit. She is peeling each with her teeth and just spiting the skins onto the platform. By the time she is done, she is standing in a puddle of her fruit skins and seeds.

I saw no signs of a government program for garbage or recycling collection. No fines for littering, spitting or pissing on the streets. I am thinking there is a big business opportunity here!!

Q: Which country had the best food?

Although, Vietnam was the only place that ripped us off, the food made up for it. I had the best meals there over any other place we have been.

Q: Were there any interesting people you met along the way?

Met an Aussie guy that asked us where we were from. Once he heard ‘Canada’, he mentioned he was not interested is visiting a country where you can’t say ‘cunt’. He was awesome!! Here is the link to the song he told us about.

On a scooter night tour, our three guides were university students taking business and tourism. Running the tour company was a project to help them learn English. We are all chatting talking about where we are from and what we do. This tiny little guide starts to speak, he tells us he has not seen his father in three years. His father was a fisherman that just didn’t come home one day. Both Dirk and I will never forget him.

Again on a night scooter tour, which by the way, is the best way to see a city. They take you to places tourist never go. Anyways, another of the operators had only been in the city a year. He came from a small village of 600 people. His family wanted more for him, so work hard to get him out of the village and into the city. At the bar he told us he had never been to one before and ask if we had ever been to one. He said he was very lucky as he was the only one from his village ever to leave. Yikes!!

Q: Would you go back to Asia again?

Yes, we weren’t able to do and see all the places we wanted. Plus at the start, we were not very good travellers. Some places we stayed too long, while others we didn’t stay long enough.

Here are the final pictures of Thailand.

Travel Tip:

Travelling you need to be smart. Don’t let every person suck you in. We read trip advisor and lonely planet to help us understand local scams. For instance, that the lady begging for formula has an arrangement with the local grocery. You buy the formula – she returns it for cash. 

Know your prices before you buy. When you negotiate a price, ensure it is clear. Sales people in all these countries are very pushy – they will see you coming. Stay strong and try not to engage them if you are not really interested.

The Ladies of Beauxbatons Academy

Over these last four months we have been in thirteen separate airports. Each of these airports are the same in many ways.

Same grande entrance to the same high ceilings and the same modern designs. Same checkin and baggage counters. Same long lines to get through security. Once past security, the same flurry of shops, bars, cafes and duty free stores faces you. Each with the same unreasonably high prices for inedibly small portions of food.

Same moving walkways. Same waiting areas at each of the gates. Same amount of construction ‘to improve your travel experience’.

There was something that did stand out. The Flight Crews. In Asia, they flowed through the airports like the lovely ‘The Ladies of Beauxbatons Academy’. Prefect make up, hair and uniforms. Uniforms are elegant and flattering. They exuded class, beauty, and grace. They seemed to float as they walked pass you.

Dirk comments, “”It would be nice if in Canada they’d stop dressing our crews in ugly uniforms made for men.””

I stare after the crew, then looked down at myself wearing the same clothes I did yesterday, I have no make-up on and my hair which is due for a wash is tied in a messy top knot. I guess I am going to have to pick up my game when flying if they are full of Fleur Delacours.

Travel Tip:

I always recommend that you do ‘web check-in’ when flying. During this trip we have had great luck at surpassing very long lines. Cruise right by everyone to simply drop off our bags. You can also pick your seat, ensuring you get the window and your partner gets the middle seat. It works out perfectly. It also has the added advantage of ensuring they know you are coming, even when you are stuck in traffic or delayed since you don’t have a ticket proving you are leaving the country in 30 days.