i thought i'd combine a few days, since you can only talk about-or read about- lentils, rice, and curried vegetable so often. let me recap days 3, 4, and now 1/2 of day 5...
it is tough!
i have almost completely lost the desire to eat. don't get me wrong- i am hungry. i just don't want to eat because i am bored with my food choices. interestingly, i am more bored when i eat all three of the dal-bhat-tarkari in a single sitting, and have found some relief by "mixing it up" a little. on day 3, i ate rice and lentils for lunch and lentils and veggies for dinner. day 4 was a little harder. i took rice and lentils for lunch, but couldn't make myself eat the rice so only had lentils. for dinner i didn't have anything. i opened the fridge, stared a while at the three bowls holding my dinner possibilities, and i closed it again without selecting any. i had an apple and called it good. if you know me and how much i enjoy eating, that is a shocking revelation. without endless choices, food has become uninteresting. for a good part of my life i have suspected that it is healthier and less indulgent to view food as uninteresting...to view it as fuel instead of entertainment. i am still convinced that this is probably true, but its confirmation has kicked off a little mourning in my soul. i will have to examine that another time. there is an upside. the pounds are coming off.
day 5- a tiny rejoice!! i have decided that it would be acceptable, and completely natural, for me to be a little more creative with the food on hand while still staying true to the resolution to eat like they do in nepal. more accurately, i have kind of morphed it into eating like i would in nepal. what i mean by that is this- i am using the ingredients that i would find there but tweaking them in ways that the nepalis probably wouldn't and i probably would, if i lived there. for instance, for breakfast i made spanish eggs. (i have added a small breakfast to the regimen, since i am on a medication that has to be taken early in the morning with food). i took eggs- which are available in nepal- and fried them over medium. i topped them with a chutney (i like to call it salsa) made of simmered tomatoes, garlic, onions, chiles, and cumin (which is a favorite nepali seasoning). by NOT adding curry and only using garlic and cumin, i produced something with more of a spanish or southwest flavor. in essence, i got a little reprieve from my mexican craving. yay!!!
now for lunch, i plan to take the rice and fry/simmer it with the rest of the diced tomatoes, onions, chiles, garlic, and cumin to make spanish-style rice. i can't wait! oh...what is that??!! excitement for the coming meal??
who is winning- me, or the food? stay tuned to find out. ;0)