This is something about the food and nutrition field that frustrates me so much, as I feel as though it's built on shame, telling people that the root of all their health problems is something as fundamental as rice.
I used to struggle with my own weight, feeling personal failure any time I indulged in refined carbohydrates, but I soon learned that thinking about healthy eating in this way in not just ineffective, but completely counterproductive. Only when I began adopting moderation and enjoying my meals again did I see any substantial changes in my health-- it takes a bit more time maybe, but it's much longer lasting.
So I don't see rice as unhealthy. If you enjoy it, add it to your meals! If you like brown rice, great, as it has a much better fiber and nutritional content. If you like your meals just fish and raw vegetables, that's fine too. But forcing myself to eat foods that I didn't inherently enjoy and seeing the foods that I did love as "bad" did nothing for my health. For me it was about balance, moderation, and helping me feel more comfortable in my own skin.
If you have any questions or further comments for me, feel free to reach out at email@example.com! I would love to help you in your health journey in any way I can. 😊 Best regards, Kaki.