Monday, April 4, 2011

White, brown or mixed?

I've been trying to live healthier for the past few months and I've been exercising regularly and it's actually not been too difficult. Even though my main objective wasn't to loose weight, I would be lying if I said it wasn't a welcomed consequence.

I have been working out several times a week, I've made adjustments in what I eat but I'm not loosing weight! Sure, I'm stronger, healthier and cloths fit me better but it would be fun if my bathroom scale got with the program! At this point I'm wondering how I didn't gain weight more rapidly before I started exercising.

I wouldn't say I excessively count calories, but I have looked at the calorie content of some of my favorite foods. I know it's debatable how good it is to count calories, but I use it more like an educational tool so I can make better decisions. For instance, I now know that fruits such as oranges are high in calories (two oranges equals one can of Coke). I know that a 9 piece nigiri sushi dinner is as bad as eating a Big Mac. I still eat oranges and sushi, but now I know I might as well substitute with a Coke and a Big Mac.

The biggest disappointment, this far, when it comes to calories is rice. I've known that white rice isn't nutritious but I had no idea how bad it is for you. Not even brown rice is that great. This becomes even clearer when you look at the glycemic index as well. All in all, it looks like it's better to eat white pasta than brown rice. This is very discouraging news. I might be raised in Sweden, but I eat like a Chinese. I don't want to be too stereotypical, but I need my rice!

I guess I will try to substitute my beloved white jasmine rice for brown rice. I haven't even begun doing it yet and I'm already disappointed. Maybe I can mix half and half... Next time I feel like indulging, maybe I will shun the pizzas and burger and stuff my face with a big bowl of lovely white grains of heaven.

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