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Eat’s OK

AS I was munching on crispy bacon one morning, my niece Krystalle made a comment.

“So, Uncle, you’re on a ketogenic diet now.”

“Keto, what?”

“It’s a kind of diet. It hastens the metabolic formation of ketone that uses fat as energy source instead of carbos,” she said. I didn’t understand a thing she was saying.

“Is ketone like acetone, Auntie?” Pannon asked.

“Iketone is a compound, and kinda like acetone, the simplest type of ketone,” Krystalle said.

“You mean I am eating acetone?” I asked.

“Some people!” my Uncle Gustave said. “They try not to understand the simplest thing. Ketogenic diet means you can eat from the fatty group, fruits that are not high in carbos, dairy, healthy oils, coffee and wine.”

My cousin Dona joined our conversation. “My favorite diet is still ‘see food.’ I eat what I see and just sweat it off on my treadmill.”

“What did your Cardio tell you the last time you visited him?” said Peetong, Dona’s husband.

“He said, ‘Ma’am, please go slowly on soft drinks and pork.’ Oops, let me check the roasted pork for our dinner. I’ll do it slowly,” Dona said.

“My favorite diet is hotdog with spaghetti. Hotdog with java rice. Hotdog with ketchup,” Pannon told us.

“I call that Hotdoggenic Diet,” my aunt Tita Blitte said. “My favorite diet is coffee, boiled corn grits, veggies and fish.”

“Blitte, they call that Minimalist Diet,” said Uncle Gustave. “My favorite diet is rice, coffee and any protein in the morning. I like my lunch to have protein except eggs, sauteed veggies, clear soup and fresh fruit. I want dinner to have some kind of carbo except rice, green salad, fresh fruit salad and grilled chicken or pork.”

“I know what they call that: Energy Overload Diet,” said Ellen, my other niece. “My favorite morning diet is miso soup. My drink of choice is green tea. For lunch, I want spinach spaghetti sauteed in olive oil, black mushroom strips and garlic, then sprinkled with nori strips and Parmesan cheese. I want to pair that with teriyaki chicken fillet and fruit in season. Dinner has to be a bowl of cubed fruits and yogurt shake.”

“They call that Finicky Diet,” Peetong said. “My favorite diet is simply red rice with a choice of authentic pinakbet, dinengdeng, sauteed veggies, fried fish, pickled veggies, tomato salad, fresh fruits, coffee and goat cheese.”

“Ah, that’s the Green Diet,” I said.


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