Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Eating Fermented Cabbage, Could This Be A Wonder Food?

Hello weight losing fans...

Today I stepped up onto the Magical-Mystical-Digital-Scale weighing in at 184-pounds. That's up two pounds from yesterday. Has the extra calories from the last couple days effected me? I don't know. I guess we'll see over the next few days if the extra pounds stay put.

This morning I woke up and decided to eat something in the morning for breakfast that I think caused me to have the squiggles (that's loose foof). I had some cheese left over in the refrigerator. It wasn't much, but I put it in my breakfast omelet. I should have tossed it because it smelled bad, and it was open. I bit into it in the omelet and it was hard. The cheese didn't melt like it should have.
Me being the bachelor that I am, decided to eat it anyway thinking how bad can cheese get? I think I found out. Argh.
It's too late now, it's in there in my belly creating it's havoc.

Yesterday I went to the Japanese food store. It's a mall where many Asian products are sold. I purchased a jar of Kim Chi. I didn't know that the jar didn't have one of those wax seals. I let the jar of Kim Chi sit sideways in it's bag on the front seat of the car. When I got home the bottle was leaking. Oh that was a big mistake. That stuff leaked on my front seat. Oh my what a smell that created. Now, not only does my car smell like a fisherman's boat, it also smells like dirty feet. Argh...

I like the taste of Kim Chi, but the smell leaves something to be desired. Let's face it, it's rotten cabbage. It's cabbage, and in some cases other vegetables mixed in, that has been permitted to begin to decay in a jar in a warm place.

Now, cabbage doesn't have the most pleasant odor for a vegetable, but imagine what it smells like when it begins to go bad. It's obnoxious for sure. I will have to figure out how to get out that smell.

When I eat Kim Chi I find myself flashing back to when I was in the Army. I had a friend who would bring me to a bar by the military base that was owned by a Korean woman. She served many foods that Koreans liked to eat.

My friend and I would buy a tall mug of beer, and order a dried white fish, and Kim Chi. I don't know why I liked it, but that Kim Chi tasted so good with a real cold beer. Back then we would eat the fish with this meal. The fish was dried like shoe leather. We would grab an end of this tough fish and strip it like tree bark. Then we put it in our mouth and began the long arduous task of chewing this stuff. It was like chewing leather. It was tough. At first I hated eating it. For some reason it grew on me.

That year I was shipped off to spend 14 months of my life in Korea. I took to Kim Chi like a duck takes to water. When I was there I ate Kim Chi, white fish, and beer.

When I left the military I said good-bye to that food. I even gave up beer, and alcohol for well over 15 years, I didn't touch a drop.

Well, I read how good fermented cabbage is for the digestion, and decided to go looking for it. I found the fermented cabbage in the form of sauerkraut. Then I found some Kim Chi yesterday and purchased a bottle. Oh, I had forgotten how much I enjoyed the blast to my tongue and nostrils that I used to get when I ate this stuff. Eating Kim Chi really does take getting used to.
Phew, it stinks, and when eaten burns the tongue and lips. This is because it's loaded with red pepper.

I like eating the Kim Chi. There is only one serious problem with this stuff. It's the same problem Italians suffer with when they consume so much garlic. The Kim Chi begins to create an obnoxious body odor, and bad breath. Yes, even I the teeth cleaning fanatic that I am, will have to watch my breath after eating this stuff. It's because many people who eat the stuff can breath and knock a buzzard off of a dead man's decaying body fifty feet away.

As far as it's benefits go, fermented cabbage in the form of Kim Chi, or sauerkraut is super for the digestion. The rotting cabbage has fiber, and enzymes that help move the poop up and out of the bowels. There is also mounting evidence that the rotten cabbage helps to delay the onset of cancer. This is because scientists have been finding chemicals that are known to inhibit cancer in the cells.

I am no food expert, so you'll have to do the research. But, I can tell you this. I don't have to keep drinking down that chemical fiber while I eat this rotting cabbage. My poop has been moving on out very well thanks to consuming sauerkraut, and now the Kim Chi.

I know for many people eating rotten cabbage may be an obnoxious thought. But, do consider adding sauerkraut to your diet. Also, if you like spicy food, consider going to your local Korean, or Japanese food store and purchasing a jar of Kim Chi. I like the stuff. Of course, I like being tortured too. Just kiddding.

I have also found one more benefit of the sauerkraut. It seems to stave off hunger. That's right it's been knocking out my hunger. I have been going longer between meals, and not feeling so hungry after eating sauerkraut. I don't know what is in this stuff that does that. Maybe it's because it provides bulk.

Number Counter when I completed this post today: 6426

Bye for now...

And that's the way it is...I'm David Dane

1 comment:

nyjennybee said...

I LOVED YOUR ARTICLE!!! I loved your sarcasm and deep knowledge...you made me feel like I was there..smelling the Kim Chi...it spilling...DO write some more!!!!