Monday, February 15, 2010
Let's Eat: Crazy Eastern European Rice Diet
A few weeks ago, I embarked on a Crazy Eastern European Rice Diet with my flatmate Zuzanna. She's apparently done this diet lots of times before (and each section of the diet is supposed to last for 9 days or something ridiculous like that). I was only willing to commit to one day for each of the four sections, just to try it out. Each day consists of 3 meals of the following:
Day 1: just wholegrain brown rice
Day 2: 75% wholegrain brown rice and 25% selected steamed vegetables
Day 3: 65% wholegrain brown rice, 25% selected steamed vegetables, and 10% legumes
Day 4: 60% whole grain brown rice, 20% selected steamed vegetables, 10% legumes, and 10% fresh vegetables
It was not a pleasant 4 days for me. I can see the value of this diet for someone who has a meat, dairy, or fat heavy lifestyle. It's a stripping down to very basic food elements of whole grains and vegetables, without any salt or fats. But I'm a lifelong vegetarian and an almost 10-year vegan who tends towards raw foods, so this diet, for me, just felt very limiting. No fruit and only certain vegetables [ones that are supposedly "cleansing"] prepared in certain ways.
I did not feel particularly "cleansed" by this diet. Mostly I felt tired, but I did not feel especially hungry, which I suppose was a good thing. One side effect was my skin [which is normally fairly clear] looked like a 15 year old male pizza delivery boy's face. It's getting better now, but I was not pleased. Zuzanna said its the toxins in my body coming out through my pores. I'm not sure that I buy that, but I do not like having gross skin, so I'm happy my skin is returning to normal.
So would I recommend this diet? Only if you're really eating poorly and need a dramatic change of pace. Otherwise, just try to eat more vegetables and fruits and less burgers and fries.
PS - the picture is from Day 3 of a mixture of wholegrain rice, steamed vegetables, and legumes.