Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Diet Notes When in Turkey

With a number of times visiting and staying for a few months here in Turkey, I learned that I have to stick to my personal diet regimen no matter how tempting the food is and despite their eating lylifestyle. I will still follow breakfast-lunch-dinner with snacks in between and no skipping of meals. Plus, less carbo, sugar and fat. I know that this is very important or else I will surely grow bigger and bigger-- something that I really fear.

It's okay to sometimes give in to their offer of tasty köfte (meatballs) and kebabs matched with either a loaf of bread or pilav (rice) or both and salad on the side for as long as you eat in acceptable portions. Mind you, those grilled meaty goodness are really delicious and pretty much define Turkish cuisine for me.





However, be careful during kahvahlti (breakfast). A typical Turkish breakfast is consisting of tea, at least 4 kinds of cheese, 2 kinds of olives, salami and or soçuk (sausage), boiled egg or omelette, slices of tomatoes and cucumber, different kinds of jam, and finally bread and pastries. Just eat up to 3 slices of bread with the right amount of filling or topping. Focus on the veggies instead of the meat and dairy, as well as fresh fruits instead of jams.

I am not sure if this is traditional all over Turkey but at least in my in-laws' household, lunch is not a common thing but kahvahlti anytime of the day is. I supposed this why they tend to overeat during their last meal for the day.

Be mindful with supper or dinner time. This is when a heavy meal is prepared which normally starts with çorba (soup), followed by a kind of salad, oily rice (pilav) or macarna (pasta), a meat or vegetable dish, and finally a dessert if there's any.

Right after dinner is tea time. Thanks goodness I not a tea nor a coffee person so I just avoid this as much as I can. All those sweets, imagine baklava and Turkish delight, kurabiye (cookies) and pastries before bedtime. Too much calorie loading at night when you are about to rest and when the body has no activity is definitely a no-no. Doing it habitually will make my jeans tight and add more number to my weight.

So, what to do when staying in Turkey for the spring? Yavaş yavaş. Take it slowly. You can still eat anything, but please, put it into moderation.



Disclaimer:
This entry is not published to mock or shame anyone. This is merely based on my personal observation and experience and is written to remind myself as I am being careful with my health having a history of diabetes in both sides of my family.






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