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Paul:
I've only been back in Romania less than two weeks and I'm already having trouble getting my pants on in the morning  :innocent: Romanian food is delicious and, I'm not just saying that because I'm with a Ro woman... Also having kiosks that sell pastries, pretsiles, etc. everywhere does not help.

Do you gain or lose weight when you visit Ukraine or Russia? Borscht is okay and, Kiev chicken is pretty good but, things like pickled herring  :sick0012: What Ukrainian or Russian food helps you put on the most weight?

dbneeley:
Paul,

As you know, I'm not exactly "visiting."

If you indulge in the typical FSU sweet tooth, it is very easy to gain weight. For those who haven't been, there are sizable portions of each supermarket here devoted to candy and to pastries of all sorts. As with supermarkets everywhere, they would not devote so much space to these things if they weren't big sellers.

However, I am diabetic so my intake of such things is severely limited. Also, I have trained myself to stop eating before I feel full--which has helped me to lose weight at a slow, controlled pace since I've lived here. In the past two years, I'm down about fifteen kilograms, in fact.

Most of the foods we eat are quite nutritious, prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients. That also contributes to controlling weight. (I also control my intake of potatoes, which as you know are huge here--again because they are highly glycemic).

If you think you have a problem with weight maintenance now, just wait until your lady is with you full time! As you probably know, married men tend to be heavier than single men anyway.

David

Paul:

--- Quote from: dbneeley on January 20, 2011, 02:58:37 AM ---Most of the foods we eat are quite nutritious, prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients.
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Same here, for example, Ada has never had mayonnaise bought from a store, it has always been homemade. Ada does not own a can opener and, when I offered to buy one when we were at a store together, she said "what for, I can use a knife when I need to open a can", which does not happen often.


--- Quote ---As you probably know, married men tend to be heavier than single men anyway.
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It was never an issue when I was married to an American woman,.. who would not have known a can or can opener if one bit her on the @$$ (for different reasons).

dbneeley:

--- Quote from: Paul on January 20, 2011, 03:10:56 AM ---
Same here, for example, Ada has never had mayonnaise bought from a store, it has always been homemade. Ada does not own a can opener and, when I offered to buy one when we were at a store together, she said "what for, I can use a knife when I need to open a can", which does not happen often.

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I presume Romania is like Ukraine or Russia, in that mayonnaise is HUGE. When I first came full time, I joked that Irina was the "mayonnaise queen"...she has since moderated it in foods for me as I don't go for *quite* as much as she likes.

She also remains suspicious of using vinegar on salads, by the way--and I have yet to see lettuce in the stores or markets here. During my trip to the States this past Summer, I made up for lost time on the salad front!

I also keep several kinds of vinegar here, and add it to many salads in addition to the oil that is already on them. I had to show my wife on the Internet the references that refer to a regular bit of vinegar as being good for me. Previously, she mostly used it as a cleaner.

David

Paul:

--- Quote from: dbneeley on January 20, 2011, 03:19:14 AM ---I presume Romania is like Ukraine or Russia, in that mayonnaise is HUGE.
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Yes, it is used in just about every salad that you can imagine.

Vinegar is used here mostly for pickling vegetables but, it can be found in chain restaurants as a dressing occasionally as well.

The oddest thing I have seen so far in the supermarkets here is celery root being available and not celery stalks (and some other similar things).

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