|Chicago-style pizza at Due's|
|Spain: where beer is cheaper than water|
One thing I love about being in the Dominican Republic now is my diet. My fiancé and I do not eat Dominican food very often, but we incorporate a lot of the staple ingredients into our meals. For example, instead of having rice & beans as a heavy side dish each day, we buy brown rice and eat beans as protein in salads. Here, stocking up on fruits and vegetables is much cheaper than stocking up on packaged and canned goods, so healthy, clean eating actually costs less than eating junk! This is one of the ways I wish that the US was more like the DR!
|See my "country" eating post here|
When I first moved here I avoided drinking fruit juice and eating more than one piece of fruit a day, because I was afraid of the sugar. Now I think, was I crazy?! Had I been so brainwashed in the US to believe that too much fruit would make me fat?! I have slowly let go of this misconception, and as a result of eating less "healthy" packaged goods and replacing them with LOTS of fruits and vegetables (sugar and all), I have lost 13 pounds! Coming from someone who has PCOS, and had been unable to change her body's "set weight" for 10 whole years, this is huge for me! Yes, its been very gradual (over the course of an entire year), but I'm a believer in slow and steady wins the race.
|Last Sunday's ice-cream|
Its true what they say - eating more plant based foods works best when trying to maintain a healthy weight. Of course, exercising also helps, but thats for another post. ;)
|Sipping on a fresh coconut in the car|