ATTENTION FILIPINOS!!! Can you live a day without eating rice?

Philippines
July 3, 2009 2:41am CST
We are all aware that Filipinos are rice lovers. A meal is not a complete meal without rice for almost 99% of the Philippine population. We have experience a tremendous increase in the prices of rice this past few months. As average earnign Filipinos, we had a hard time coping up with this crisis. Many have resorted to finding food that we can substitute to rice.These are bread, corn, and potatoes. But I am just wondering, can we relly live a day without eating rice? Specially for Filipinos whose basic food necessity includes this precious grain?
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16 responses
@CJay77 (4440)
• Australia
4 Jul 09
Hi Joie! It's funny because before I thought I would die if I wont eat rice in a day, lol! My Husband is Australian although he also like rice, but he prefers not to have it everyday and I don't mind to not eat rice everyday. We eat rice every other day and sometimes we go for few days without rice and I'm getting used to it, but I still love rice and I don't think I'd go for a week without it.
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• Philippines
15 Jul 09
Well good for you. For me a day without rice is an incomplete day.
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
I can't,especially since I love to eat vegetables(pinakbet) and fish (boneless bangus,yum!).I can't imagine eating them without rice.I am trying to follow the banana diet,but I have to eat rice for lunch.I think I'll be grumpy without rice.
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• Philippines
4 Jul 09
yup. not eating rice also makes me feel irritated and grumpy too.
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
I also like eating rice as well though I limit my rice intake daily as I am hypoglychemic. I usually eat 1-2 cups of rice in a day but not more than that. I also eat bread or potatoes in substitute to rice. There was a time two years ago when I became overcame overweight and had to lose weight. I didn't eat rice for three months and my weight went down to my normal weight again. After that, I started eating rice but in small amounts and I have kept my normal weight until now.
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• Philippines
4 Jul 09
Good thing you were able to find a substitute for rice without depriving you from the satisfaction of eating. whenever i need to loose weight i also limit my rice intake. But not eating rice at all is hard for me to do.
@tipay26 (872)
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
Hi there! I don't think I can last a day without rice.I don't know, rice gives me this feeling of being full every time I eat rice.I've tried it once but it's easy for me to get hungry at a short period of time and the result is I ate too much more than my regular meal hahahahaha..true hahaha..
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• Philippines
4 Jul 09
rice is really a necessity. hope rice prices wont increase soon.
@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
4 Jul 09
Hi Joie, though I'm not a filipinos I still have great interest to share my views here. Hope you don't mind Rice is the staple food of the people here, in Malaysia as well. We usually would take rice as our two meals, lunch and dinner. I still could stand if without taking rice for one or two days. I will feel uneasy if without taking rice for more than a couple of days It seems that we are still hungry if taking other foods as our main daily meals. We did experience the same situation last year. The price of rice went up tremendously when announced that there was less rice imported due to certain reasons. Anyway hopefully that there are always enough harvested rice for all the rice consumers. Happy posting and take care!
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• Philippines
4 Jul 09
Sorry if I created an impression that this discussion is only for Filipinos. I am not that informed on which country mainly depends on rice as one of their staple and basic foods. Forgive me for that. Rice really makes me full. My meal would not be complete without rice. Just like you, no matter how much I eat, I still feel hungry without eating a cup or two of rice.
@mimpi1911 (25475)
• India
3 Jul 09
Hi Joie! I am not a Filipino but you can bet on me. I cannot survive without rice. We, Indians, specially, the Bengalees are known for their rice and fish habits. And there would be no day without both in almost every household!
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• Philippines
4 Jul 09
hi there. I can feel you. Living a day without eating rice is an incomplete day for me.
@gracie04 (4554)
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Rice is a staple food and the majority of of filipinos eat rice.. as for me, i can live a day without eating rice.. i can eat a slice of bread and pair it with century tuna lite everyday.. =)
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• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Thanks for the response. I guess we really shoud practice to eat bread and other carbohydrate rich food inplace for ricein case the rice prices gets on a high again.
@xingtwo (48)
• China
3 Jul 09
of course not,and regardless of the philippines or other countries are ,so the body's consumption and emission processes are the same ,so what can be only the beginning of the body and accepted by default like the foode,their hearts will also default to this is their only food,but if the rice in the world disappear,I belivev that Filipionso will not become extinct, they will continue to eat other's mistakes, because in the hungry What time can stop the. Can statisfaction with the landlord?
• Philippines
3 Jul 09
Hi there . Welcome to mylot. I really could not comprehend your response very well but my point here is can we survive a day without rice? Or will it be hard for us. Compared to Americans who get their carbohydrates from potatoes, corn and bread, Filipinos are morused to eating rice. Personally, my meal would be incomplete without rice since I am accustommed to eating it. I am just wondering about fellow Filipinos and rice lovers out there if it will be the same for them..
@Shebang (244)
• Philippines
4 Sep 09
I've tried it. Substitute rice with bread. I can't stand it. Nothing beats rice. I can't get full if I don't eat rice. But it will have to be only one cup per meal. Because rice can really increase blood sugar.
@mhae15 (744)
• Philippines
20 Jul 09
Hi joiemarvic. I think yes I can. Sometimes I do not eat especially when I'm not feeling well. I only eat noodles and sandwiches when I'm sick and not feeling. But if for my regular days maybe I can still be able to live without eating rice as long as there's spaghetti, pizzas, sandwiches, noodles and fruits. But of course having rice everyday is really different because that's our primary food here in the Philippines. Rice with savory dishes are the best.Happy mylotting.
@jpso138 (7866)
• Philippines
17 Jul 09
I think we can. It's a matter of adjusting and getting used to. Definitely we will survive. When I was in other countries, it was very difficult to find rice. There were places that I have stayed where they serve potatoes or bread instead. So I have to adjust and of course I was able to. So I do not see any reason why others cannot.
@andygirl (53)
• Philippines
9 Jul 09
I can't! It seems I feel weak if I don't have rice in a day. I can manage to have just one meal in a day with rice and the remaining two with bread, potato or pasta. With rice also I can control my diet as to the right amount of food I take and know when is too much. I am happy my Canadian husband joins me with my yearning for rice every day but not with all three meals.
@Preciousgem (1189)
• Philippines
9 Jul 09
I can live a day without rice, because, many food can substitute rice in our country, such as potato, sweet potato, corn, pizza, bread, when i eat all of that i feel i am full like rice, and it is the same vitamins and nutrient that i get into it.
@silverglint (2001)
• Philippines
7 Jul 09
I think it would be hard especially for those who grew up knowing rice as their source of carbohydrates. I would hear people say that they do not feel full if they eat only bread or corn. It may be just all in their minds. The higher class is able to adjust to eating bread or pasta instead of rice, while those who want to diet would go without rice for months. But then again, Filipinos have always been adaptable to their situation, it may not be easy for them but I believe we will still survive
@aseretdd (13736)
• Philippines
7 Jul 09
Yes i can... i can even survive like a week without eating rice... i have trained myself not to be too dependent on rice... and aside for that... i love pasta... and that can be a very good substitute... even bread...
• Philippines
4 Jul 09
I'm able to cope myself to live without rice for a day or more because i got use to eat bread, pasta (one of my personal starchy favorites), pizza, noodles, potatoes (i prefer them mashed or turned into french fries), and corn (i love mexican cuisine) as often as i ate from time to time. Not to mention that i want to try couscous which has similar texture as rice, it cook a lot more faster (i remember that couscous can cook up to 5 minutes which i've heard that it was the fastest cooking pasta) but someday that i'll try some (i hope!).