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My No Diet Diet Diary

Dear blog readers! From today on you will have to suffer from yet another reality show. This is how my first days of the no diet diet worked out:

16 March 2006

I drank three liters of tea in the morning. Very good. Also for my swollen tonsils which have been bothering me for years. No exercise. Come on, I am on vacation....
Ate too much rice at dinner
Bought safflower oil which is the healthiest oil out there.

17 March 2006

Drank a lot of tea! No exercise, well, I went for a walk...
My parents came to visit us. Invited us for dinner. Ate a lot of lamb...... so good... so much....
Bought Kefir powder to make home made kefir, very healthy, very good for the immune system. Decided to make it once I am back in Budapest.

18 March 2006

Drank a lot of tea! Avtandil broke my tea pot! What am I supposed to drink my tea out of from now on?
My parents invited us for lunch. Ordered a baked potatoe with sour cream and a "side dish" of salade. Everything turned out to be humongous! The potatoe could have fet three people, the sour cream was everywhere and the salade was super sized. Did not eat all of it.....
Wanted to buy walnut oil. Could not find it. Found Almond oil instead, very expensive...... might buy it tomorrow.
Just in case you are wondering: decided to cut down on meat and dairy and will experiment with different kind of vegetal oils...
no exercise.....
19.3.06 12:13

The No Diet Diet

While I was visiting my parents in Hamurg my mother decided that I should pay a visit to her doctor. My mother has been diagnosed with diabetes 2 a couple of months ago and was told that I should be tested too because it usually runs in the family. For all of you who do not know: Diabetes 2 is what fat people get after a life of no exercise and bad eating habits. Of course you need to be genetically predestined but even if you are that does not mean that you will get it if you take good care of yourself. Anywasy, I did the test and of course my blood sugar was too high. This is why I am now on the no diet diet. Let me explain: The last time I dieted I developed gastritis and intestinal problems and after about a year after the end of the diet I started to gain weight again. This is why I decided to never diet again. If I change something now I have to now that it is for ever and not just for some months.
My current weight is 82 kg which is A LOT considering that I am only 1,69m tall. My ideal weigth would be around 56-60kg. I have to do something!!! My family doctor, my orthopedist, and my neurologist also agree.
This is why I have worked out a strategy to lose weight without dieting. I have made a plan for the next year how to change my lifestyle and it is not about making a diet, no, it is about changing my habits for "time and all eternity". So this months I am concentrating only on drinking plenty of fluids and getting a lot of exercise, next months I will concentrate on eating five meals per day and on chewing each bite 20 times (quite difficult with my braces). During the third months I will purify my body and strengthen my immune system. During the fourth months I will continue what I did during the first and second months. Only in the fifth months will I start to think about what to eat, how much and when. For one month I will note everything I eat and drink. But I will not diet! I will eat normal portions (in the medical sense). Hopefully after a year of eating healthy I will have lost some weight, have better blood sugar results, be fitter, and have less health problems....
19.3.06 11:53

What I Have Been Doing Lately

I guess most of you have been wondering why I have not written anything lately. Well, the answer is easy: I am pretending to write my thesis statement. Unfortunately things do not reall go the way they should. I went to Germany in January until the beginning of February. I went back to Cluj for three weeks where I had to organize some stuff, and then I went to Budapest to find an apartment. Yes, my goal is to spend as much time as possible in the Hungarian Capital because I think that I can concentrate much better there. Unfortunately the day I arrived in Budapest my brother in law died. After a week of not being able to do anything whatsoever, I decided to visit my parents in Hamburg because it is kind of frustrating to be alone in a city where you hardly know anyone when someone in your family just died. Avtandil had left for the funeral in the Republic of Georgia. He came back six days later which was last thursday when we met in Münster. I will go back to Budapest on tuesday but Cluj is already waiting for me because I have to go to the orthodentist and to talk to my landlady. You see my life is busy and already I have to think about what will happen after I graduate. It just seems that I will have to continue my nomad life for some time......
19.3.06 11:27

Surviving Budapest

I stayed in Budapest unti 14 January, three weeks in total. I had never intended to stay that long when I first came which is why I only had 170? in my pocket. I thought that that must be more than enough for a week or so considering that I would not have to pay for a room. After a couple of days the first incident happened....outch... and I had to pay 10? to go to the hospital and have a doctor look at my wound. Two days later my shoes were all wet and I put them on the heater to dry. The next morning the soles had melted and I had to spend 32? for a new pair of shoes. The next days were ok. I spent most of my money on bus tickets and did not even have to pay for food since Francesco and Giancarlo, the other two hospitalityclub members that were staying at our host Zsuzsi?s house, were cooking every day. After Zsuzsi had left I moved into Akos?s living room for three days and during that time a piece of my braces broke off and I had to go to the dentist. 30? just to glue it back into place and 10? more for a little gengiva treatment. I had run out of money and it was already clear that I would stay for one more week. Luckily I was able to withdraw 25? from my bank account, which was a miracle itself. I also remembered that I still had 30? in Lei with me. Since you cannot change Romanian money into any other currency outside of Romania I asked my friend Willu if she would give me Euros for it since she was intending to go back to Cluj soon. Luckily she agreed and that way I was able to pay for the dentist. I spent the last four days at my third host Tom?s place. I had to calculate very carefully how much money to spend on metro tickets and food from the market but in the end I still had 200 Forint (almost 1 ?) in my pocket when I flew to Germany....
25.1.06 13:35

Dinner in Budapest

Last friday I enjoyed a very special dinner party. Francesco and Giancarlo had contacted Balacz the guy at whose house I had stayed in October. In the end they decided to stay at Zsuzsi?s house but had stayed in contact with him. On Friday morning we decided that we would like to visit him and sent him an sms that we would come that evening to prepare some pasta for him and his wife. At 8:30pm we were ringing the door bell. Balacz responded over the interphone and when he realized that it was us he sayed: ?Oh, great, I just have to put on some.... shoes!? After a couple of minutes he arrived in his pyjamas at the front gate. He had not received the message and did not know that we were coming!

It turned out to be a wonderful evening. I really admire the way Italians value food. Giancarlo patiently prepared the "soffritto" for the tomatoe sauce stirfrying onions for at least 15 minutes before adding the tomatoes. We drank wine, I broke a glass and talked about Balacz?s and his wife?s trip to Vietnam, their possible move to Milano, and about Itlian cuisine. Later that night two friends of Balacz came. One was a Hungarian who had lived in the US for many years and the other one was his American brother in law who had decided to live in Hungary with his wife. We spent the evening, eating, laughing, joking and talking and I really felt that it is these moments that make your life special...... A bunch of strangers sitting together having fun.
9.1.06 13:07

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