I think I acquired some superstition while in the Philippines, serving my mission. It has to do with bread. I feel dumb saying this, but I here I am owning it: I believe that if I eat too much bread, I will gain weight and regain my stomach pooch that I worked so long to destroy.
Why do I feel dumb? Because bread isn’t bad, and there is a lot more to weight gain than bread.
So here’s where my superstition came from.
Oh and by the way, I’m going to throw in a bunch of my Philippines pictures just for fun. I never showed these to people because I was so embarrassed by how I looked…sweaty, chubby, ugly hair, ugly clothes. But it’s 5 years ago now. Who cares?? Still, big step here!
I started out at my heaviest when I arrived in the Philippines. Then slowly I lost a bunch of weight, and I have tried to figure out how. As far as I know, it was portion control (especially with rice), healthy vegetable snacks, and the fact that Filipinos don’t eat very much bread (or dairy).
I was a bread addict before my mission. I think that was the biggest change in my diet. They sell bread on the streets but only as a treat. They came in bright colors. I’m so glad they don’t do that here. I would be a goner.
I remember being asked all the time about what Americans ate. They thought that all we ate was bread and spaghetti. It was pretty funny.
I’d tell them we ate more than that…like…um…well, good point. Hamburgers? I explained how we ate sandwiches for lunch. They couldn’t believe it. How could anyone feel satisfied with a meal if it had no rice?!
I did get to the point where I also thought it was very strange that Americans ate sandwiches for lunch…how could that sound good to anyone?
Well, I got used to not eating bread all the time, so when I got back from my mission, bread just seemed strange..and so foreign.When I got back, I stuck to rice. No bread. Bread was strange and I had a subconscious superstition that told me I would gain weight if I ate bread.
Through college (nursing school) I stuck to alternatives to bread. Having a sandwich for lunch seemed like a cheap cop out, and way too American(as if it were a bad thing?). It’s like I wanted to prove to myself that I could eat more than bread.
I’ve been married, 1.5 years, I have never ever bought a loaf of bread. We eat awesome alternatives. A lot of Asian type meals. We both served missions in Asian countries so it suits us well. Once in awhile we will make bread. Josh experiments with sourdough. I love that. We have pizza nights a few times a month, and that’s our bread fill.
Ooo I just remembered another huge turn off to bread that really cemented my decision to not buy bread.
At the office I was working at as a nurse, we had a kitchen full of snacks. We bought bread, PB and jelly once for emergencies. We had that bread in the cupboard for at least 3 months. One day I was super super hungry and grabbed the loaf of bread. It was 3/4 gone. I looked at it and realized it was the same bread we bought 3 months ago. Opened…and still perfectly fine. No mold.
That grossed me out. That makes you wonder how much of that loaf is bread, and how much is chemical. I’m not that picky, but I’m not cool with that. I’ll eat it if offered, but I won’t buy that. There are better ways to do bread. Crazy, right?
That really does show how companies mess with the nutrition content in order to be able to mass produce it and make it last long. Just be aware of that:) Homemade is always the best to go!! The quicker it molds, the better!
Anyway, while here in Nebraska I’ve been wanting to explore and experiment with cooking and different diets. I do want to conquer my fear of making bread—only because I have no confidence that I can make good bread successfully! I’m scared of yeast! It seems so delicate, and that somehow I’ll mess it up. But I have bought it and am ready to experiment over the next while. I have some awesome recipes from my mom, Josh’s mom, and ourbestbites.com.
Wish me luck!
As a sum up–bread is great, just eat it in moderation. Most people can’t do that. I can’t—so I make sure it’s not in my presence all the time.
If you are going to buy bread, always aim for the whole grains or the sprouted grains. If you are wanting to lose weight, I wouldn’t eat bread for a bit. If you do, keep it minimal. If the idea of letting go of bread for awhile totally scares you—you may have a problem that you should face pretty soon. Can you say addiction? The sooner you get over that, the sooner you have total control over yourself. That’s an amazing feeling! Don’t be dependent on any one food.
I love what Josh said to me once. He said, “Eating bread is like eating a slice of cotton candy. It’s pure sugar.” That gave me an awesome image that helped me avoid it once in awhile.
What are your thoughts about bread?
Do you have any ‘superstitions’ about a certain food like I do?