The other night I had some great Fried Rice and it was completely OK for my Keto Diet! It was Cauliflower Fried Rice! The cauliflower is cut up in small pieces that look like rice. It also had mushrooms, green onions, tomatoes, egg and perhaps a few other veggies that I have forgotten! For the protein we used shrimp. In the video below, you can see Australian Chef, Pete Evans, making Cauliflower Fried Rice. Pete is into the Paleo diet/lifestyle. Paleo and Keto are very similar, the biggest difference that I can find is that Paleo does not allow dairy, while Keto does. So, don’t be thrown off when they talk about Paleo, because that is fine for Keto too! The fried “rice” was really great. Even all of my family – wife and kids – really liked it and they are big rice eaters, being Asians! I told Feyma that I liked it at least as well as regular fried rice. Cauliflower is quite expensive here in the Philippines, but it is worth it for the great health advantages! I really loved this dish! If you like Fried Rice and miss it on Keto, give this a try, it gets my thumbs up!
Today’s Expat Answerman Podcast is a little different. Today we cover several different topics and it is a longer episode than we have been doing. Let me know what you think. Do you like a podcast with several topics, or do you prefer a shorter podcast that focuses on one question and answer per episode? Today we start out with an update about PhilHealth for foreigners. This information adds on to what I shared in my article a little while back, 2017 PhilHealth Update, where I talked about PhilHealth coverage for foreigners living in the Philippines. After the PhilHealth update I
The Motocross Riders showing off their amazing talents. The crowd was surprised and had so much fun watching the show. MAITUM, Sarangani (January 25, 2017) – Members of the UA Team led by Bornok Mangosong perform a bike stunt Tuesday, January 24, to the awe of spectators at the Bangsi Festival 3rd National Invitational Motocross Competition. (Afren de Guzman/MAITUM INFORMATION OFFICE)
A couple days ago, on Saturday, I had a regularly scheduled appointment with my Endocrinologist. I see him every 2 months, and it was time for a visit. His name is Dr. Ho. It just so happened that I was on my last day of the 10 Day Fast when I saw him, and I was a bit unsure how that was going to go over. I told Dr. Ho in December 2016 that it was my intention to be completely off of Insulin and all Diabetes medication by the end of 2017, one year to do it. He told me it was impossible. He felt that we could do things to minimize the need for insulin and medication, but there would never be a day when I did not need anything anymore. When he said that I told him that I am stubborn about reaching my goals, and if I set a goal I usually achieved it. Dr. Ho had seen in the past year that my blood sugar levels were quite low for a diabetic, and he always warned me that he expected that I would be experiencing hypoglycemic episodes and that he would prefer if my blood sugar was a little higher. So, I last saw him in January, 2017. Since then there have been a lot of changes in my health. I went back to being very strict on my LCHF diet, and then in mid February I started doing Intermittent Fasting. In mid-March I started a 10 day longer term fast. I also stopped using all insulin and other diabetes medication on February 16. What would he think about all of this? When I entered Dr. Ho’s office on Saturday he asked me how I was doing. I told him that I was doing great, and I expected that we were going to have a very interesting discussion. He looked at me in a puzzled way and asked me what I meant. I explained to him everything that has been going on in my life and the health related accomplishments that I have done since seeing him last. I was not sure what would come next, it could be very bad or very good.
It was GREATDr. Ho was shocked at all of the changes, and he was very happy. He also noted that I had lost about 24 pounds since last seeing him, even before I had a chance to mention that to him. He started about fasting, and told me he was a big supporter of fasting. I asked him that if he was a big supporter of fasting, why he had not suggested it to me previously. He replied that “Probably only 1% of people can do it, so I don’t promote it that much.” Makes sense. I feel, though, that fasting is very easy if done correctly. Getting your body into ketosis before fasting takes the hunger almost completely away. Anyway, our conversation went on and on for a long time. I mentioned to him that one of my other doctors was lecturing me about ketoacidosis and did not seem to understand that ketosis and ketoacidosis were completely different things (almost opposite of each other). Dr. Ho confirmed that my understanding of the two was completely correct and that I had a very good understanding of the concept. Dr. Ho even advised me that I was free to fast for as long as I wish, as long as I felt OK. He suggested that I could safely fast for even much longer than the 10 days that I recently completed. He said that fasting and LCHF in combination was certainly having dramatic positive effects on my body.
I was so happy!Unless anything comes up out of the usual, I will be seeing Dr. Ho again around the end of May. Should be another interesting visit, I believe!
Bangsi Festival was a big help to all fishermen, additional salary to support each family. They can’t resist the wide smiles on their faces. MAITUM, Sarangani (January 25, 2017) – These fishermen in Barangay Old Poblacion meet their daily needs with income from Bangsi (flying fish), with most of them being able to send their children to college. Maitum is celebrating Bangsi Festival until January 28. (Ener T. Toguin/SP-IPMR Staff for SARANGANI INFORMATION OFFICE)