Saturday, October 30, 2010

Food journal

Ok... so was home with the folks during the weekend. I have read that when trying to lose weight it is important not to deprive yourself cos that can cause violent withdrawal symptoms.

So, i usually indulge a little during weekends... so this weekend...

Breakfast -- had papaya with bliss (really works on the digestive system
Lunch -- mom made vege and chicken soup and had a bit of wan ton
Snack -- had grapes and a bit of durian ice cream (not together of course!)
Dinner -- had indian meal with dad and aunty (2 idaly, with vege curry)
Snack -- durian fruit.. :-P

Today... (this is going to be a nasty list :-P)
Breakfast -- chinese beef soup (without the noodles), with satay
Lunch -- Sambal fish with vege
Dinner.... er, later will update... not done with lunch yet! :-P

Food journal

I havent updated my food for a while... but never the less, I NEED to do it, as mentioned for accountability sake to whoever may stumble upon this. Hope I can recall everything...


Breakfast -- Cereals with milk
Snack -- a box of carton ribena
Lunch -- savory oats and half a corn
Dinner -- (this might be gross) corn with baked beans... :-P (was just something I was dying to have!)
Snack -- 2 ginger cookies


Breakfast -- banana with a cup of coffee
Lunch -- (was so hungry) bought 2 vege with taufu
Snack -- grapes
Dinner -- (ok... had to go for a food tasting... so... dont cringe!)
1. Pasta aglio oglio
2. Roast chicken with rosemary
3. Lamb stew
4. Dory fish (with loads of chilly paste!)
5. Stir fried vege

But it was all sample portion lah!

Breakfast -- banana with a cup of coffee (had late breakfast)
Snack -- orange
Lunch -- homemade greek salad
Snack -- grapes
Dinner -- Decided to sin for a bit, so had some instant noodles with vege

I am trying to track my weight loss....

maybe by putting this up publicly might push me harder because of accountability... :-P

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Food journal

Ok - today's menu was...

Breakfast -- weetabix with milo
Lunch -- Soya bean, salad and tau fu far
Dinner -- savoury oats.
Snacks -- I had another packaged soya during tea time

What was great - saying no to any of the stuff they have during the tea time and I said no to Lindt chocolates!


True Beauty

By the way... the lyrics to Mandisa's True Beauty mentioned here...

Do you think that a California girl is supposed to have curls and wear a jean size 3?
All the curves in all the right places, spray tanned faces just like on TV?
And we read in the gospel of Vogue that we're all suppose to dress and move and be
Visions of perfection
Such a misconception
'Cause the real connection is deeper than the eye can see

What's inside of you
What's inside of me
The hands that made the moon and stars
The mountains and the seas
Made you wonderful, beautiful, marvelously
Let the whole world see your
True beauty

Don't know much about Dolce & Gabbana
Seems like a lot of drama to me
And you can keep all your red high heels
And open-toed shoes - I'm good in my bare feet
Let's gown to the nitty gritty
Enough sex and the city
What about purity?
Skin is just the surface
The passion and the purpose that's burning down inside us
Is really what we need to see

Doesn't come in a bottle, doesn't come in a box
You can't spray it on, you can't wash it off
You can't nip and tuck, you can't sew it up
So don't waste your time
It's the love in your heart, the peace in your soul
The hope in your smile lets the whole world know
This little light - you gotta let it shine 

What's your true beauty?

Psalm 139 : 14-16
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

So, this is a struggle. The bible tells us that we should rejoice in how God has made us. And every flaw I have should also be a gift from God... so remind me again why am I trying to lose weight?

Even Mandisa sings about how God has made us wonderfully marvellous...

Well, for one, whilst I am made perfect in the image of God, He also gave me free will to decide what is good for me and what is bad. And if I know over-eating or being overweight is bad, shouldnt I do something about it?

AND, if my body is a temple, then shouldnt I do something to take care of it?

I think, (I could be wrong) both the psalmist and Mandisa was trying to focus on the fact that we should rejoice in the "me" He made, and not keep looking at someone else and say, "why cant I look like her?" or "why cant I have her butt/boobs/mouth/legs/abs/eyes/etc..."

I think when we start comparing, we lose focus of how wonderfully marvellous we were made, and therefore, lose focus on the Creator himself.

But, if we go forth to rejoice in how we were made, find ways to use ourselves and our body for His glory, then losing weight has a much higher purpose then just being able to fit into a smaller size jeans.. Losing weight literally means multiplying the talents God has given us to testify of his gifts in our lives...

Does this make sense?

Monday, October 25, 2010

Healthy Tips # 2

I LOVE soya... soya milk, tau foo far (chinese soy pudding) and taufoo in itself. But some ppl have voiced out to me that I may be putting myself at risk for breast cancer because of it's natural compound that mimics the female hormones.

Also, I was told that the home made soya milk which I actually love is unhealthy because it hasnt been purified of any fertilisers / toxins when planting it. So that also, I have stopped drinking for a long time. I have been encouraged to drink carton packaged soy - which I sometimes find too sweet and too light (not filling unlike the home-made).

Anyway... got this off the net - so you decide lah.


Q: Should I worry about eating soy?
A: No. If you’re a healthy woman with no history of breast cancer or thyroid disease, soy can be part of a balanced diet.
Chances are you’ve heard confusing reports about soy. Some say it’s a healthy superfood; others claim it boosts cancer risks. Here’s what we know for sure: Soy foods are high in protein, fiber, calcium, potassium, and B vitamins. And a European research review found that soy could lower heart disease risk and relieve hot flashes. So, eating a little soy each day is OK for healthy women, experts agree. But there are caveats.
For starters, soy is most healthful when eaten in its most natural forms and limited to one serving a day, says Maria Romano, RD, an oncology dietitian at Montefiore-Einstein Center for Cancer Care in New York City. She suggests choosing edamame or tofu over refined items such as soy “meat.”
Soy should be eaten in moderation because it contains phytoestrogens, which act like estrogen in your body—and too much estrogen can cause some breast cancers to grow. In fact, studies show that high-dose soy supplements might up breast cancer risks. “To be safe, women with a personal or family history of breast cancer shouldn’t eat soy or take supplements,” says Katherine Lee, MD, a surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Center. Soy may also interfere with the functioning of the thyroid gland, which controls how efficiently you burn energy.
Bottom line: If you’re a healthy woman with no history of breast cancer or thyroid disease, soy may help you. If you’re interested in soy supplements for menopausal problems, ask your doc first about your personal risks.
Safest ways to enjoy soy
It’s OK to eat soy once a day in natural forms like edamame, and the foods below.
  • Tempeh
  • Miso paste
  • Soy milk
  • Tofu
The latest soy research:
  • One study showed you can cut five points from your total cholesterol by eating soy foods instead of red meat.
  • 30% of people eat soy foods at least once every month.
  • Women who eat soy as children may enjoy a 60% decrease in breast cancer risk.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

This is hard!

My first declaration of ambition was Sept 27 and after that, proudly posted one issue if health tip and then abandoned ship. *sigh*

Well, I am back again... These past few weeks, I have been trying to lose weight, with a bit of exercise thrown in and also managing my food. I tried the no carbs thing, while most of the time I succeed, sometimes I crash and burn. My greatest temptations are biscuits. Chocolates I can say no to. Ice cream also yes. But chocolate biscuits! Now that  is painful to reject. 

To date, I have managed to only lose 1 kg, and I am aiming for 15 kgs... 5 kgs in the next 3 weeks - if that is possible! 

Anyway, I said I should do a food journal as well. So...

Breakfast --> 2 Weetabix with milo (no sugar) 
Snack --> Coffee, less sugar 
Lunch --> Home made greek salad with little olive oil and lemon juice dressing. Washed it down with 2/3 liter of water to fill up the gaps. 

Today's message from the book which I havent shared about is Matt 6 : 33
Seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all things shall be added unto you. 
And one of the key things that jumped out at me was this:
 Putting God first means seeking out to know whom He loves and loving them too. 
 I have already identified 2 people that has been getting on my nerves... well, one is removing himself from my life tomorrow onwards, but I will wish him all the best. The other... well... this one I am still learning...

Wish me luck!

* I was so hungry at 5.30 I had a cereal bar...
Dinner --> corn and a yogurt.

hope I dont snack later... :-P