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COVID-19 Food Diary: Going Low Carb and Doing Intermittent Fasting

Since there is no cure for COVID-19 yet, the best defense we have right now is social distancing, proper hygiene and staying healthy.

More studies is still needed about this virus. Right now, we seem to be fighting an unknown enemy, with no conclusive information of where it came from and what the treatment is.

Anybody can get infected. But as far as survival is concerned, we’ve heard from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are:

  • older adults and
  • people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions

Which to me translates for a slim chance of survival. Hence, if you are an elder or if you have medical conditions, it is best not to go out at all to lessen the risk of getting infected.

This COVID-19 caused panic, anxiety and fear. Who wouldn’t be? We are being placed in a period of uncertainty with no vaccine yet in the horizon.

In just matter of days, this virus caused disruption of our daily lives, and it changes how our society operates. All these waiting and apprehension can be really tormenting and stressful.

One Month and 18 Days of ECQ

It’s only been over a month but it seems this ECQ is taking forever. I haven’t been out for a while. I miss going to the mall and doing my groceries. I miss seeing my friends in person. I miss dining out.

We are all on the same boat. I’m certain you are feeling the same way too.

It seems that we are all in prison – a prisoner of our own homes. This isolation can be tormenting. And if you are feeling depressed, that is really understandable given our situation. Just imagine how animals in their cages feel when they are stock there for a long time.

With the extended ECQ in Metro Manila coming to completion, we are both excited that the quarantine will soon be over but at the same time we are worried if our country is ready to go back.

Also Read: COVID-19 Food Diary: My Health Journey in this Time of Crisis and Online Grocery Shopping

Meditate and Get Healthy

Due to COVID-19, we are forced to be cautious of our habits – from simple habits we tend to ignore like proper hand washing and eating habits, to our way of social engagement with other people.

This pandemic reminds us that our health is very important. And not just our physically health but our mental health as well.

You’ve come across articles telling you of how to stay healthy during this time. But honestly, whether there is a COVID-19 crisis or not, the keys to getting healthy remains the same.

Meditation helps us relax our mind, quiet our monkey brain and boost our serotonin.

Getting healthy is a combo of enough sleep, proper diet and exercise. Nothing new about that really.

But because most of us are so busy with our daily lives, this sudden crisis put everything to halt and force us to get back to basics and think of what is really essential to our lives

Being diabetic and hypertensive person, this crisis made me realize a lot of things. Since, I consider myself vulnerable because of my disease, I push myself to do better when it comes to my health.

I have completely eliminated rice in my diet since January. However, I was still eating some forms of carbs and sugar. But recently, I tried to cut it down further.

So, recently, I bought these ingredients from LittleRetailPH via Shopee: shirataki noodles, shirataki rice, chia seeds and coconut flour. These are to replace all the carbs (specifically the noodles and the bread) that I was still eating, and coconut flour to substitute the white flour.

If you want to stock on some keto ingredients you may also find LittleReailPH on their Facebook page.

It may seems that I am doing a ketogenic diet (or dirty keto) because I’m eating high fat and low carb meals lately. But honestly it is just more of a low carb diet . This is complemented by IF (Intermittent Fasting), which I do a 16-hour fast.

Intermittent Fasting was advised by my doctor. She told me about Dr. Jason Fung and how IF can treat Type 2 Diabetes.

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It is through his videos that I understand that we should not only be mindful of what we are eating but also when we are taking our meals.

Every time we eat, our blood sugar rises. Being a Filipino who always have rice during meals and who eat snacks in between meals, plus a sedentary lifestyle, I am really a perfect candidate for Type 2 Diabetes.

My change in diet these past several months has helped me a lot in reducing my blood sugar. But what I am most thankful for, is slowly regaining my energy back and minimizing the frequency and intensity of my migraine attacks.

My goal now is to get rid of my medications. My doctor said that I can actually do that but I need to maintain my diet and do my exercise. And I need to do that forever.

Also Read: COVID-19 Food Diary: Delicious Realizations

COVID-19 Food Entries and Pro Diabetic Meals

I’m still enjoying food. There may be some restrictions but there are also some addition to my diet, which are actually healthier and better options.

Surprisingly, this intermittent fasting and low carb diet helped in minimizing my cravings and lessen my hunger.

Despite of the challenges in buying food because of the ECQ, I try my best to get some fresh vegetables and meat from the market. Thanks to delivery services like Lalamove, Grab and Angkas.

With my recent purchase of keto products, I enjoyed some healthier versions of the food that I love.

But does it taste good? It actually does and it depends on how you cook it.

The shirataki noodles and shirataki rice do not have that starchy feeling. Its consistency is like of a sotanghon. It is tender but firmer to the bite and it doesn’t really seem to absorb the sauce you put in it.

What exactly is shirataki?

According to

Shirataki noodles are made from the Japanese konjac yam (also known as devil’s tongue or elephant yam). These translucent, gelatinous noodles consist almost entirely of water and glucomannan fiber (a viscous, soluble dietary fiber), meaning they are practically calorie- and carb-free.

Kimchi Rice

The first in my to-cook list is kimchi rice. I’ve been wanting to eat some kimchi rice for a while. But having to give up rice, I thought it would be possible to eat it again. Thankfully, we can buy shirataki rice.

This is my version of kimchi rice using shirataki rice.

The recipe is actually very easy.

  • Cook rice as per instructions.
  • In a pan, put some oil.
  • Fry some kimchi.
  • Add in the shirataki rice and mix them well.
  • Add some of those kimchi sauce.
  • Pour some sesame oil.
  • Seasoned it with salt.

I served my shirataki kimchi rice with dry pork adobo and fried egg. Sorry about the egg (it doesn’t looked good).

Shirataki Spaghetti with Meatballs

I’m surely glad that I can eat pasta again.

It may not taste exactly the same as the pasta we are used to because of the noodles, it is very close to reality 😁

Being a lazy cook, my way of cooking this shirataki spaghetti is very simple and fast.

For the meatballs, I simply prepared the ground pork, finely chopped carrots, and seasoned with salt and pepper.

The sauce is store-bought. I have Clara Ole Three Cheese Sauce. I’m not exactly sure how much sugar is in it though.

In a saucepan, I heat the sauce, add some water, and drop my meatballs. I cooked it in slow to medium heat for like 10 minutes. After that, you can serve it on top of the shirataki noodles.

Shirataki spaghetti with meatballs

Shirataki Carbonara

It’s a good thing that I tried it so I know the taste. But honestly, it’s the least of my favorite for the shirataki noodles. It doesn’t taste awful but I don’t think the noodles is perfect for this kind of recipe.

Pasta alfredo could work probably but not carbonara.

Carbonara has different version. The Filipino version is more of pasta alfredo. But the Italian style carbonara just uses egg for the recipe.

I’m not exactly sure if I did something wrong but this is how I did my shirataki carbonara.

  • In a large bowl, I whisk 3 medium sized egg.
  • I add melted butter.
  • Added some parmesan cheese
  • Seasoned with salt and pepper.
  • Shirataki noodles was cooked as directed.
  • In a saucepan, I add some butter.
  • Cooked the sliced bacon.
  • Then, out the cooked noodles and add the sauce.
  • Keep stirring to make sure it doesn’t clump and it doesn’t turn into scrambled egg.

Iced Coffee with Almond Milk

I enjoy my own version of iced coffee. Dalgona coffee? Nah!

Since I am sensitive to dairy, I substitute milk with almond milk.

This is just a mixture of coffee powder, almond milk, Nestle cream, and stevia. Using a blender, mix them together and serve it with ice. Perfect!

Vegetable Salad

Sometimes, I would eat lettuce as it is especially if my meal consist of meat. But when I’m the mood, I would crease some delicious vegetable salad like this.

Fried Chicken Using Coconut Flour

I wasn’t able to achieve the desired crisp. It’s still good nevertheless.

I seasoned the chicken with salt and pepper. And for the breading, I used the coconut flour and seasoned with salt, pepper and some magic (with Magic Sarap).

Fried Chicken Using Coconut Flour

This is lettuce, mixed with some avocado, chopped tomatoes, bacon and parmesan cheese. I eat with Kewpie. Yum!

That’s it for my COVID food diary / diabetes food journal for now.