Happy MORSELICIOUS MONDAY!
Let’s talk about Meatless Monday or how about
“Don’t dig your grave with a knife or fork.” - English proverb
Doesn’t that pretty much sum it all up?
If there’s one thing I learned during our latest
harrowing medical nightmare in Tahiti,
it was SURVIVAL-MAINTAIN health, no matter
what the cost. An oxymoron?
Tahiti is NOT known for healthy food, let alone vegetarian cuisine.
OK…sure, I could have munched on white bread,
tons of sugary/salty/overly processed snack foods and
lots of starchy fruits if I wanted to eat my regular “VEGGIE diet.”
But that defeats my entire mission and philosophy on eating
Yes, I prefer a plant based diet, but
if choosing plant based JUNK over fresh fish or egg white scramble is my option,
I choose fish or egg white scramble with as many veggies as I can chew.
Namely, cabbage and carrots. That seemed to be the #1 “salad”
option in Tahiti.
Pure-Peanut Butter? HA! The closest I could find, and trust me,
we shopped everywhere we could walk, including various Mini Mart’s.
Scary, YES. So, we settled for what we called, ‘crap peanut butter,’
because the alternatives were candy bars and more white bread.
They even served white bread at Chinese Restaurants.
Speaking of Chinese Restaurants, we were so excited to find one
close to the hospital, and even saw “aubergine” on the menu.
French for ‘eggplant.” Voila!!
NOT…they soaked and fried it in fish oil…none of us could stomach it.
In addition to the white bread that came with our meal, they also
served white rice. HOLY STARCH! The ICU doctors and nurses
told us “sugar and starch are the downfall of Tahiti & diabetes
is an epidemic over there, too.”
My vision of Tahitian food before our “adventure,” was that of
fresh veggies and fruits a plenty.
Not so, Mo!
The MORSEL of this story:
try to stop putting labels on everything