All the things I ate in Bali and Malaysia (Part 2): Good meals gone bad!

As I said in my previous post, I stuck as much as possible to SCD/paleo for the first week of my trip. But during the second week, things deteriorated a little!

Fortunately, my week of indiscriminate indulgence resulted in nothing more than a little gained weight and a lot of guilt – no dodgy BMs, no pain, no cramps, no discomfort, no bleeding. In fact, I had pretty perfect BMs but I’m trying not to equate the two!  As I said, I think the fact that I was suuuuuper relaxed and blissed out contributed to my belly loving me while I was on holiday.

After starting off with amazingly healthy fresh meals like this:

Healthy chicken salad and nasi goreng on the balcony of our bungalow in Bangalan, Bali

Healthy chicken salad and nasi goreng on the balcony of our bungalow in Bangalan, Bali

… my diet rapidly deteriorated as I decided to enjoy ALL THE THINGS I’d been missing out on for so long. Plus, how would I ever know how Domino’s Pizza tasted if I didn’t try it in Malaysia?? We don’t have it in South Africa! (the answer: super spicy but otherwise quite dry and tasteless).

Here are some of the naughtier things I shovelled into my face in Bali and Malaysia:

My first Starbucks - I WAS THIS EXCITED!

My first Starbucks – I WAS THIS EXCITED! MY NAME WAS ON THE CUP!

I chose the Americano with vanilla flavouring, which was a relatively okay-ISH compromise... so I had to throw in a cookie of course. K had the new caramel ribbon which tasted like calories and flares.

I chose the Americano with vanilla flavouring, which was a relatively okay-ISH choice… so of course I had to throw in a cookie. K had the new caramel ribbon – a sugar, fat and lactose bomb that tasted like calories and flares.

A selection of Chinese fare at Melaka, Malaysia, including rice balls, bean sprouts, pork and miso soup with dumplings. It's not that the ingredients themselves were bad, but that they were super oily and salty, and gave me the only discomfort I experienced during my trip.

A selection of Chinese food at Melaka, Malaysia, including rice balls, bean sprouts, sweet and sour pork covered in whole, tiny dried/fried anchovies (for real!), and miso soup with dumplings. This resulted in the only discomfort I experienced during my trip.

The 'Honeymoon' cocktail at the West Bali Nature Reserve...

The ‘Honeymoon’ cocktail at the West Bali Nature Reserve…

...Tasted like more and maxed credit cards. Drinks in the East don't come cheap!

…Tasted like more and maxed credit cards. Drinks in the East don’t come cheap!

PIZZA! After a million months of no pizza! And it was Domino's!

PIZZA! After a million months of no pizza! And it was Domino’s!

Seriously guys, look how small it is. The size of my hand. I don't know what that Diet Pepsi is doing there. I was just holding it for a friend.

Seriously guys, look how small it is. The size of my hand! I don’t know what that Diet Pepsi is doing there. I was just holding it for a friend.

Tasting durian ice cream. Ice cream. And durian. Please go and Google durian. Right after this photo - ONE lick - I left it on the pavement.

Tasting durian ice cream with the mom-in-law. Ice cream. And durian. Please go and Google durian. Right after this photo  I left it on the pavement.

Did you Google durian? Did you really? I’m not sure you did. Here, I did it for you. THE MOST VILE THING ON THE PLANET THAT SOME PEOPLE LOVE. Did you know it’s illegal to eat it in certain public places and on public transport because of the smell? There are signs up everywhere! K describes it as rotting, sweet garlic, which is a pretty accurate description of the taste.

Anyway, there were a lot more things that I didn’t photograph, like the Toblerone I ate that kinda signaled the beginning of the end; the cashew dairy milk chocolate; the Hard Rock breakfast gorge-fest, and numerous, numerous cocktails. I did avoid all cream and most dairy though – and when I asked one bartender not to add whipped cream to my pina colada, he simply added more booze!

It’s been almost two weeks since we got back home and my eating has completely returned to normal. I’m eating more cashews than I’d like to admit, but other than that, it’s fruit, veg, meat and eggs – no sugar, no dairy, no grain, and all totally healthy and natural.

The indulgence was fun – and delicious – but one week was enough 🙂

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