Last night, Shai and I went to the Beer House for St. Patrick’s day. He had a liter of Kwak, and I had a liter of Castille Rouge. We also had chips which I regretted more than the drinking in the morning, but it was worth it.
Earlier, we went to Achim Marcel (Marcel Brothers) to stock up on things that might be difficult to get during the Pesach holiday. My favorite soup mix, Mivina chicken and vegetable stock was on sale 4 packets for 10 shekels, so I got some of that. It’s like crack in a bowl for me…not the most natural thing, but it’s light, hot, and extremely tasty.
“Condiment” powder is also, as I found out, the Russian diaspora diet secret. It’s not that big a surprise since there is the “soup diet”. It’s just that this particular soup isn’t exactly marketed as a soup, but as a seasoning. It’s made of a special mix of dried vegetable concentrates and extracts, salt, and spices. A whole packet of 100 grams has maybe 100 calories in it, but you only use about a teaspoon per cup of hot water. It’s also great for what it’s marketed for, as a seasoning for meat, beans, rice, or whatever else you’d use soup mix to flavor.
I’m not a calorie counter in principle, but I can see how it would be a lesser evil for someone who isn’t disordered but needs to lose a few pounds. It’d be poison for a disordered eater or lifestyle anorexic though, because it would make it too easy. I mean, the stuff is tasty. That with a handfull of baked oyster crackers is a hundred calorie meal. Because the stuff is like powdered vitamins, you don’t feel like you’re missing anything.
A person needs a balanced diet though. You can’t just have soup and crackers and be okay. There needs to be some real fruits and vegetables, and some meat or at least eggs and dairy from time to time. Otherwise, you’ll become anemic and B-12 deficient, and that will kill your energy, which will make you prone to gaining weight. So, all things in moderation. It’s a good tool, but it shouldn’t be the only one.
I like to have it at those times when I’m hungry, but don’t feel like eating a big meal. Summers here are hell, so heavy food can be very unpleasant. Some soup, a salad, and maybe a piece of chicken, and that’s dinner. 🙂