Pai Mei Diet
I just wanted to share something that is working for me. Trying to shed a few pounds and I
decided in addition to my exercise I would diet.
But which diet? I finally
decided to just kind of invent one for me and so far the results are
promising. Nothing special about
this diet and it probably exists under a whole host of other names.
I was inspired by the Pai Mei character on Kill
Bill vol.2. In the film he pretty
much only eats rice and fish heads (yuck!). I decided that I should try to adopt
the spirit of the thing though and eat only what a movie warrior ascetic like
Pai Mei might eat.
So first things first. I try very hard to limit
my meat intake to fish. It's not
always possible. For example if we
are out at a restaurant and the choice is between grilled chicken and fried
fish, I go with the chicken. The
main thing is I seek purity in the food, for lack of a better term.
I ask myself, what is healthiest here, and I choose to eat
The only carbs I choose come from mostly brown
rice. I accept that I get enough
carbs accidentally throughout the day so when I am making choices I avoid
them. I steer clear of bread and
Vegetables, Vegetables, Vegetables.
Pai Mei isn't shown eating them but many real life monks are vegetarian
so I figure it's within the realm of possibility.
The cheapest source of veggies seems to be the big bags of frozen mixed
veggies for stir fry or teriyaki.
These usually come with a little pouch of sauce, I usually just chuck
that little pouch of fat and carbs right into the garbage.
What's left is a colorful and tasty assortment of veggies.
Now I have no illusions I am an American and the
junk food is fairly inescapable here.
So my goal is to be a 2/3's good guy and a 1/3 bad guy.
In other words if I can eat this way for two out of my three meals a day
I am in good shape. This really
helps keep the cravings for all things junk food under
So far it's working beautifully.
The pounds are coming off and I am not suffering from horrible
cravings. In fact I feel
incredible. This is week three of
the Pai Mei Diet and so far I've lost seven real pounds (not water weight
fluctuations). I know some of you
may find this slow but bear in mind that for one meal a day I can pretty much
have whatever I want. Sometimes
if I am feeling particularly warrior-ish I eat all three meals Pai Mei style but
never fewer than two.
Teacher and Hapkido Online Developer.