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A Harem Boy's Saga- Book I - Initiation
A memoir by Young
"A strong, positive self-image is the best possible preparation for success."
When our local waiter brought us the menus, we looked cluelessly to our professors for guidance. "The Nejdi Kabsa is popular among the people of Dammam,” Professor Grjotheim said. “This dish is made with chicken, instead of lamb meat. The Yemani Mandi is also popular.”
He ordered Shorabah Hareira (Hareira soup,) Madhbi (chicken grilled on stone,) Madfun (literally meaning buried,) Ma'asoob, Magliya (a Hijazi version of Falafel, and Hummus.
All the students looked at our professor with blank stares, not knowing what he was saying. He might as well have been speaking Swahili for all we knew! Our professor continued our education. “Hejazi cuisine is also delicious. Grilled meat such as Shawaman, Kofta and Kebab, Sambousak and Ful are the most popular meals during Ramadan, eaten only after dusk and before dawn. These foods are usually found in Lebanese, Syrian, and Turkish restaurants" continued our teacher.
As soon as the waiter had taken our orders, our Grooming, Nutritional & Diet Professor, Sherlock, continued, "Getting in shape is important and it is especially necessary for all of you who are being groomed for a special task. Two vital aspects of being in good shape are proper nutrition and eating habits.”
He continued, "There are a number of different things that can be done to ensure one gets the vitamins and nutrients necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Nutritious meals, combined with an exercise regimen, ensure that one maintains a healthy weight throughout one’s life.”
Mr. Sherlock advised, "The first tip is to eat a variety of different foods every day. There are over forty different nutrients necessary for proper health. Fruits, whole grains and vegetables should be eaten on a daily basis. Many people do not get the daily, recommended servings of these foods.”
He added, "Many times portions are exaggerated and it is all too easy to overeat, especially when dining out. Consider ordering half of a serving or splitting an order with a friend.”
Dr. Grjotheim continued to speak, "Between meals, snacking is a helpful way to get needed calories and energy. But snack smartly. Sweet snacks are acceptable as long they are eaten in moderation and in reasonable portions. Moderation is the key."
Finally, our teacher said, "For you to eat properly and have good habits, know your strengths and weaknesses. Know your problem areas. Then, you can monitor yourself, and improve your habits. Keeping a record of what you eat is a good idea.”
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