Sira-sira Store: Wise restraint

HOW would you react if someone were to tell you there is a month dedicated to going off a diet? This is called the wise restraint.

Perhaps if you are on a life-saving, restricted and strict (how redundant can I get?) program, maybe veering off the good path to take the juicy and yummy road of burgers and steaks would be foolish. This celebration is clearly for people who have no health concerns or chronic diseases. But for those who are on a self-imposed diet, perhaps celebrating a no-diet-day would be allowable.

I heard from my niece Kystalle that May 6 is an unofficial No Diet Day, giving people the permission to eat something outside their meal programs. The aim is not to destroy the body, but to give dieters time off from their rigid fare.

“In fact, there are people who allow themselves one day a month to eat anything they want. There’s this local actress, Vanessa del Valle, who said that Sundays she eats anything she wants in moderation naturally. Kris Aquino also once said that she has been allowed to have meat at least four times a week, but she does it in moderation.”

“So the key in the no-diet activity is moderation,” I observed.

“Yes, and La Kris even said that if you have meat once a month, make that meat count,” Kristalle replied.

Dedicate this one day to verboten foods but with responsibility and moderation. Go about it with as much joy and ritual as you would with the Christmas meal.

Meat. If you allow yourself one meat dish a month, make sure to choose something special. If it’s lechon, try one of the restaurants in Cebu that specialize in lechon. Take your friend or sibling with you to share the meat meal with you.

Don’t eat steak sold by your suki nga karinderia or even steak cooked at home. Make it a proper steak dinner, Wagyu or Kobe if it must be, at a hotel restaurant. Since this is an annual celebration, you can actually save money for this grand dinner. It might also be eating the best burger in town, like a burger meal at P2,500 or more per serving in a four- or five-star hotel. If that sounds too much, try new fast food places that offer deluxe burgers. Bring a close friend to warn you if you are overdoing the celebration.

Pizza. If pizza is off limits, you can include it on this one day. Forget about mom-and-pop types or pizzas not nationally advertised. Go for the fanciest flavor you can afford. There’s an Italian pasta and pizza eatery around town that sells very good spinach lasagna and deep-dish pizzas to share with a friend.

Fish. Seafood might be in your diet plan, but this time eat something aside from bland steamed fish or poached scallops. For the no-diet feast, it can be escabeche, but this time try the dish that a Pinoy restaurant serves.

Egg. Some dishes contain eggs like what one hotel features, the potato cake or tortilla. It’s a hefty tart that you can match with fish croquettes.

Stuffed food. You don’t have to eat empanada, but a tartlet filled with chorizo might be the stuffed food to try.

Sweets. Anything goes here although make sure you only take two bites and pass the rest of the serving to the other dinner buddies with you.

As you can see, you are eating everything you want but still with restraint, and making others happy to be with you.

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