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Day 2 – 9/2/15
Thoughts on Portion Control & ONE WEIRD TRICK that will Revive Your Rice
“OMG, are you starving?” is the most common question I get when I tell people about the $50/mo challenge, coupled with concerned looks and dropped jaws as a physiological response.
No, I wouldn’t say that I’m starving, and I only get a little hungry as I go through the day right before my meals. But I can’t really ever say that I’m full.
I’ve always been overly indulgent when it comes to food. My solo Seamless orders always came with at least 4 pairs of chopsticks. Sometimes, I get two entrees at a restaurant. Once a bag of Cheetos are opened, there is no saving some for next time. So, it is proving difficult now to practice such strict portion control. It’s difficult, but I do it. If I overindulge today, it could only mean a hungrier weekend ahead. So I measure carefully, 2 cups of rice + 1 drumstick + 5 pieces of potato.
It sort of feels like when you are at a potluck, and you grab a light first plate because you want everyone to have a chance to eat, but you plan to go back for a heaping plate of seconds and even thirds as soon as everyone’s done with their first round…but in my case, I only get the first plate.
It could be worse though. While I’m eating my delicious, home-cooked, healthy meal, there are people who are picking through their freezer, making the choice to feed their children or feed themselves.
On a brighter note, I learned a cool trick to revive refrigerated rice! It won’t be as good as fresh or even frozen rice, but it’s something. See the steps below:
- Sprinkle water on the rice with your fingers. 2) Cover the rice with a wet paper towel. 3) Microwave for 1 minute.
And it’s almost as good as new again!
Chawanmushi with rice – $0.50
Braise Cabbage with rice– $0.28
Banana – $0.19
Chicken, potatoes, onions with rice ~$0.60
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