Yup. It’s not a resolution. It’s a realization.
Last year when I was in a writing hiatus (I still am by the way) I acquired a very kingly gift – Gout. Now for those of you who don’t know what gout is, click this underlined part of the sentence and once you are there it will tell you that it is very much complimentary to what I do (or did, and am going to considering I was absent for the last 2 years) as a food blogger. But if you click this underlined part of the sentence here, you will realize that I really did a good number on myself. Read that link first before you proceed to reading my next line which is –
I hate gout.
For those of you who have had gout at least once in their life, you know what I’ve been through and I feel for you. For those who haven’t had it, gout gives you such a professional pain that is very consistent no matter what kind of position you do in bed at 3 in the morning. I had 2 attacks since and it has won both times.
You still don’t know what gout is? Good luck, I won’t tell you.
What I will tell you though is that there are findings that gout is very common to Filipinos. Yes. Filipinos and Gout are best of friends. Why? Let me explain this and for you who still don’t know what gout is, I might answer your question. Are you ready? Now this is how I understand what gout is:
Gout is hmmmm…. wait. Certain foods are rich in purine. For example, innards or in our beloved Filipino language – barbecue – such as hearts, livers, intestines, gizzards are some of the foods that are rich in purine. Once they land in your stomach, your body produces Uric Acid to digest these foods that are rich in purine. But if you eat a lot of these stuffs that are rich in purine, your body produces a lot of Uric Acid and once they hit the level of “you just ate too much dude”, they go to your joints, crystallize there and once you move, bingo. Your joints tell your brain that it is very painful and your brain tells your whole body that it is that most painful thing that it has experienced all its life.
Now back to the realization….
How bad is the Filipino diet?
*insert horror music here*