Making the move...
Made the move! Head over to my new blog at Wordpress -- it's a work-in-progress: The Audrey Project
I love dim sum. It's one of the few Chinese dishes (technically, it's an entire meal) that I can't live without. I remember being a kid that absolutely hated the fact that my dad would drag me out of bed on a weekend morning to have go "yum cha" (literally means to drink tea) with my grandfather who's daily morning ritual involved going to Tai Tong, a Chinese restaurant for dim sum. As much as I hated giving up my precious weekend sleep-ins, my crabbyness would usually be traded in for a hot, steaming, basket of shrimp dumplings "har gow" and BBQ pork buns "char siew pau."
I'm a picky eater and one that wants to try a little of everything. And dim sum lets me do just that. Tapas doesn't really do it for me because I still find their portions slightly too big. Dim sum is perfect. Even the name is perfect. "Dim sum" I believe means to touch the heart, but in my head, it means little parcels of goodness that make you go mmmmm!
I've had some of the best dim sum in San Francisco (Koi Palace!) and Hong Kong (Lei Garden, Maxim) and always on the look out for more. Everyone has a favorite dim sum dish. For me, it's tough picking one, so I always tell people that I'll eat anything with shrimp it it (any steamed dumplings with shrimp or crab, deep fried shrimp in beancurd skin, steamed shrimp rice roll "cheung fun"), followed by BBQ pork "char siew" (steamed BBQ pork bun, baked BBQ pork pastry "char siew soh"). For dessert, one way to tell the quality of the dim sum chef is the steamed custard bun or "lai wong pau" or "lau sar pau" which is custard with yolk. Also, nothing beats a warm egg tart "dan tat."
Best way to eat dim sum is a with a big group of friends, so you can have everything on the menu! So whether you're new to dim sum or a dim sum veteran, check out The Essential Guide to Dim Sum -- lots of photos and even how to pronounce the dishes in Cantonese and Mandarin!
Last day, last day! I still can't believe that I made it this so far. The good news is, although I'm not supposed to have any meat today, I found out that (a) I can have some chicken and (b) I can have fish because iti doesn't affect the diet.
The diet plan recommends starting the day with brown rice, which looking back, I wish I did. I only had a fruit salad with coffee for breakfast, followed by a bowl of soup for lunch. The problem with that is that by 4:30pm, I was starving -- like hands shaking, lightheaded starving. Unfortunately, we were also doing a grocery run at the Asian supermarket at Irving Street, which only has bubble tea shops! Never knew how difficult it was to eat healthy until I had to go searching for a snack here. I was hoping to find herbal tea eggs but ended up sharing a portion of salt and pepper chicken with the boyf instead. This was probably my only slip-up this week, resorting to eating fried chicken pieces -- sigh, that's what hunger does to you.
I felt really gross and fat after the chicken, so decided to have healthy dinner instead. I had brown rice with vegetables and seared ahi tuna. So good I wished I had it for lunch instead! Never knew brown rice would be so satisfying!
So what's my verdict on the GM Diet?
It's a tough diet. It may not sound tough and 7 days may not sound that long if you've never tried it, but be prepared for a week like no other. Be prepared to go to sleep hungry, have out-of-control cravings for chocolate, desserts, grilled meat and eggs (at least I craved for everything mentioned!) and be prepared to feel lethargic and lightheaded, especially the first 2-3 days. Physically, Day 2 was the toughest because I was tired, hungry and lightheaded. Mentally, near the end of Day 6 was the most difficult for me because I didn't have anything sweet for 2 straight days and my craving for a Snickers or Reese's Peanut Butter Cups was totally out of control.
But I do have to admit that I did feel really good during the week. I felt lighter, slimmer and more active. I wanted to go out and do stuff. I've also learnt that some things were easy to give up, like sugar in my coffee.
Would I do the GM Diet again? Probably not. But I would definitely try a clean/detox diet the next time round. Feels good to know that the body can feel this good just by controling what you eat.