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You Better Believe I do!
I have kind of let the cat out of the bag already on articles these past days. Mostly due to comments that already said that they know I like Durian.
But, just for confirmation, yep! I love Durian!
Didn’t like it at first
I had never tried Durian back in the 90s when I would travel here to the Philippines every couple of years.
When we moved to the Philippines in 2000, we lived in General Santos City. Durian is not the huge thing in GenSan that it is in Davao City, so I really did not feel any pressure to try Durian.
In 2002, we moved to Davao City. Durian is a part of the culture of Davao. Friends here in Davao were constantly after me that I needed to eat some Durian, but I resisted. We moved to Davao in June, and Kadayawan Festival is in August. Durian is a huge part of Kadayawan, and the pressure was huge to eat some durian.
I decided to try Durian
Yep, during Kadayawan I decided that I needed to give durian a try, and I did.
I hated it.
But, friends kept telling me I needed to eat more because I would come to love it. So, what did I do?
I ate more
Yeah, I ate more. After a few days, I was ready for round 2. The odor gagged me, but I ate some. It was not as bad as my first shot at durian, but it was not good.
A few days later, I tried it again. Hmmm. not too bad. As time went on, I started liking it and wanting some.
What about the smell?
When I did not eat durian, and the first few times I tried it, I thought the stuff stunk. I gagged just smelling it.
But, guess what? As time went on and I started liking the flavor, I started loving the fragrance. Yep, I don’t call it the “smell” anymore, I call it the fragrance because it is a fragrance that I love.
During August when it is Kadayawan time and Durian is everywhere in the city (and at its peak of flavor), everywhere you go around Davao City the fragrance is in the air, and it is strong. I love going around Davao and smelling the durian. Nothing is better. Well, maybe I can think of a few things that are better. 😉
I’m a Durian Guy, but I no longer eat fruit!
For about 2 years I have been eating a low carb diet. I live a Ketogenic lifestyle. High Fat, Low Carbs. Moderate Protein. About 80% of my caloric intake comes from fat. About 15 to 20% protein, and just 5% from carbs. I have lost about 200 pounds and I have cured diabetes, after 25 years as a diabetic. I no longer take any kind of maintenance medications. My health is very good, after a life of obesity and poor health.
About a year and a half ago, I started doing intermittent fasting, then extended fasts. I have fasted for as long as 28 days at a time. It has only improved my health even more.
One thing I don’t eat is fruits, too many carbs. I did eat a small amount of durian in December 2017 when we had some visitors here from Baguio. I may eat some more durian soon because it is Kadayawan time. But, it is generally something that I don’t eat.
Even if I don’t eat it often anymore…
I still love durian. The fragrance alone makes me happy! 🙂