|KAPU sign at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki.|
KAPU Foods & Drinks:
- "fat-free" foods like cakes, cookies, cereal bars, & salad dressing (they take away the fat and replace it with tons of sugar instead).
- "sugar-free" juices, sodas, & treats
- cakes and pies
- french fries
- hamburger and hot dog rolls
- processed meats (spam. baloney, luncheon meat, hot dogs)
- juice "drinks" (Meadow Gold guava juices, etc., and POG juices)
- fried foods (won tons, chicharron, korean chicken, etc,)
|Meadow Gold "Juice" and POG|
If your born and raised in Hawaii, then you probably grew up eating white rice with all your meals like I did. A local persons house will ALWAYS have a full pot of white rice in the rice cooker at ALL times. It is also mind-boggling to local families that one could eat a meal WITHOUT white rice on your plate. In fact, it may be pretty strange to malihinis, but we even eat rice with meat spaghetti (noodles and all).
|White Rice, my form of Crack|
I LOVE RICE. But I gave it up 3 years ago because I could eat heap fulls of it, especially with some kind of gravy or even mayo (I know, GROSS! a local "potogee" staple/condiment). You see, I suffered from "Skinny-Girl Syndrome", which meant that no matter how much weight I started to gain, I still thought I was relatively skinny. This is the opposite of "Fat-Girl Syndrome", when a big girl gets thin, but still sees herself as large. One day I saw my picture and realized I had gained 30 pounds and I couldn't relate to the picture staring back at me. It was a real eye-opener and I decided that day that I would delete all refined sugars from my life and my mantra became "White is Not Right!" It is also important to note that I had always been able to eat whatever I wanted my whole life and not gain weight and that my metabolism was slowing down with age causing me to gain weight.
|White Rice with Gravy: Soooooo Gooooooood AND Sooooooo Baaaaaaaad!|
|Best Foods Real Mayonnaise, the ultimate "Potogee" (local Portuguese people) condiment for rice, beef stew, chili, and whateva your heart desires.|
|Your average "plate lunch" in Hawaii, consisting or white rice, macaroni salad, teriyaki beef, & chicken katsu.|