A 7-day diet

Filed in Food & Drink, General

I have just completed a 7-day diet, apparently designed to take 7 to 10 pounds off, although not permanently. No real diet is easy but this one wasn't bad. While it didn't take 7 pounds off, it did take a few off and I felt better overall. Unfortunately, today was the 7th day and being Sunday, I was unable to adhere to the diet while my wife and I had a day in the shopping centre.

The mainstay of the diet is a soup made up principally of tomatoes, cabbage, onion and celery. Whenever you're hungry, you eat and drink this soup. It's supposed to burn off the fat. I'm not sure whether it actually burns fat but I can assure you that you'll make frequent trips to the bathroom to release the extra urine.

The big thing about the diet is that there are no 'filler' foods. There is no bread, rice, spaghetti or anything similar. It's all fruit, vegetables and meat; nothing else. It really makes a difference. You feel better, and in my case, you actually lose weight.

My goal should then be to eat as little 'filler' as possible. It won't be easy though. Every restaurant serves food built around filler, and much is it is very tasty, especially the breads I just discovered in a bakery near home.

Apparently, the designers of the diet recommend against eating the diet for more than one week at a time. Once a month is ok, so at least until next month, I'll try to avoid the filler foods and see how it goes.

A wet day in HK

Filed in General, Hong Kong

It feels like we're living in a cloud. The floor takes a long time to dry after being mopped, and envelopes of just-delivered mail are dampish and soft. In Hong Kong, this weather phenomenon doesn't usually occur until the beginning of Spring. In fact, it is normally the accepted indication that Spring has begun. But we're still in Winter and this 'cloud' weather is already here. It's not normal.

For the past few weeks, the weather has wavered between being cool and extremely dry, to being damp as it is today. It's the perfect weather for colds and flu, and many of my acquaintances have already come down with something. I myself caught a slight case of the flu from our Indonesian maid. She was coughing pretty badly for a few days, although the doctor-prescribed medicine did help to relieve the coughing a little. My flu begin with a slight burning pain in my throat. Thankfully, it never developed into a full-blown sort throat. I had a runny nose for a few days, waking up with flam in my chest. I almost never coughed, and my throat never lost its layer of protective mucus. I'm almost completely recovered now, just in time for a quick performance I have to give during the Chinese New Year a week or so away.

Others are not so lucky, and many people fear the flu, especially after the SARS outbreak a couple of years ago. Flu vaccinations are being advertised and people are preparing themselves. As has been the case for the last couple of years, the doctors and scientists are hoping that the forecast Asia Flu epidemic doesn't happen soon.