Thursday, February 25, 2010
After posting a few of my recent "creations" I'm ready to get back into reporting how things are going with the lifestyle change. So, here comes the rambling...
Food: I'm an over-eater so I am working through my addiction to large proportions that somewhere along the lines I have gotten myself into as a habit. I watched this documentary once (hmm or was it a scientific journal - can't remember) that mentioned that Americans have started to eat on larger plates throughout the years. In correspondence, humans are consuming more food than previously on smaller serving plates. It really hit me strong that maybe this was my issue. Since college I got married and purchased two nice sets of china. The new china set is in fact larger than what I was using in college and before then. Before college my parents used the china set that they were given when married. They have been married for around 35 years so that means that the serving plates were smaller. So, I decided that maybe it wasn't the types of foods that I have been eating but rather my proportion sizes. This dimension change in plates in the last few weeks has given me the chance to feel much more full than before... yes, it's completely psychological but it in fact works. When a full plate of food is placed in front of a person, the person will most likely eat the entire thing. Hence, a smaller plate dispenses a smaller amount of food. When I get up from the table, I am less full but my pant buttons have been thanking me I believe...
Exercise: Last weekend I was able to run along with my hubster (playing with his new garmin watch) everyday. We ran at least 4 miles a day outdoors and it was amazing! We were running casually (not training right now for anything) and we were getting between 8-10 minute miles. Love running outdoors! It just lets your mind wonder and your heart improves from it not only from the exercise but the fresh air. Unfortunately we decided to do our own taxes this year instead of going to an accountant. We sold a house in another state and I work as a translator (freelance) from home, so it was very technical in all the new/old rules that we had to take into consideration for filing four things! Yikes! It was just so much work even though we were doing it through Turbo Tax! Accounting jargon is neither of our forte, so... We were really tired and couldn't seem to find the time to get to the gym. I guess housework and cooking is the only exercise that we have gotten. But, we are finished with the tax paperwork and thankful we can get back to exercise. That is if we can get through all the snow we are getting at the moment.
Health: Even though some of you have expressed your concern about my less than 1200 calories a day consumption, I am feeling better than ever! I have been eating small portions and three to four times a day! I have tried to subtract protein bars with fruit as a small between meals. I think this has given me more energy than the energy bars. In addition, I think that it is helping my stomach feel more comfortable when eating fruits during the day hours instead of at night. Consuming fruit at night will give you ah-hem (sorry) constipation because it is hard to digest but will digest faster than meats and etc. Not sure if its the fruit or just plain healthier lifestyle however my head has been more clear and I have not had any headaches lately. Yay! In addition, my hair, nails and skin look amazing! I still have some issues with adult acne but since it's hereditary, I am told it has nothing to deal with my eating habits.
Thank to all of you for your love and support! Please continue since each message (good or bad) keeps me going stronger. Motivation throughout this whole process has been my worst enemy. I am my worst enemy usually so I am learning to love myself and how to do just that...
Motivation Right Now which is on my Computer: (Colossians 3:23)
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men...it's the Lord Christ you are serving!" Amen!
It's still Lent.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Here is something that I have been wanting to try for a long time... well, the veg recipe. It is very colorful but unfortunately had very little taste. I think next time I will try some herbs, onions, and maybe a few other things. I thought I would post it though for those of you that like bland food compared to fire in your mouth food. We served this with homemade kimchee but you can have it plain too if you want.
Korean pancakes: bin dae duk (not traditionally a breakfast food)
Serves 4 adults= 196 calories per person
2 cups mung beans (called “peeled split mung beans")
6 tbsp rice
1 red bell pepper
3 spring onions
1 yellow onion
Handful of sesame leaves (shiso) (or cilantro)
1. Combine mung beans and rice. Mix with fingers.
2. Next, add enough cold water to cover the beans and rice.
3. Let this sit for about four hours.
4. Use your best knife or mandolin to shred zucchini into thin strips.
5. Right after shredding the zucchini, sprinkle a flat teaspoon of sea salt on the zucchini and give it a good toss. You want to let this sit for a good hour or so to draw moisture out of the zucchini. I know this seems like a lot of salt, but you're going to lose a lot of it a bit later, and any salt that remains on the zucchini will help season the pancakes.
6. Next, finely chop your red bell pepper. Remove the white flesh and seeds. (Chunks)
7. Now slice up the sesame leaves or cilantro.
8. Slice the green onions diagonally for a nice fit with the pancakes.
9. Once the mung beans and rice have finished soaking, strain and transfer the beans and rice to a strong blender. Add 1 and 3/4 cups of fresh room temperature water to the beans and rice, along with a teaspoon of sea salt. Blend until you have a nice batter. Should look like thick pancake batter.
10. Now give the yellow onion a rough chop, add it to the batter, and give it another good blend until smooth.
11. Now transfer batter to a large bowl, much larger than what will comfortably hold the batter, as you'll be adding a small mountain of vegetables.
12. Rinse salt from zucchini. Place in batter. Add rest of veggies and shiso.
13. Gently fold everything together with your most trusted wooden spoon.
14. Once you're ready to make bin dae duk that really should be eaten hot off the pan, heat a little olive or coconut oil over medium heat, then add generous pancake-size dollops of the batter to the pan.
15. Serve hot with kim chee.
Note: You can enjoy hot bin dae duk pancakes on their own, or if you'd like a dipping sauce, combine 2 parts soy sauce with 1 part sesame oil and 1/2 a part vinegar - be sure to whisk well with a fork or chopsticks before dipping.
Recipe from Dr. Kim - you can find him on the internet.
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
I love green peas! So this was right up my alley!!! Fantastic taste and even the husbster loved it! He wanted it for a lunch even at work! That's high compliment from him!
Here's my dinner: The soup along with some steamed broccoli! Yummy!!!
The simple bento I made my hubster upon his request. He had grilled pork, steamed broccoli and the yummy green soup!
Green Pea and Chickpea Soup
Serves 4 adults = 220 calories per serving
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen or fresh shelled green peas
1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
2 ribs celery, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
Sea salt and pepper
2.5 cups chicken broth (or veggie broth)
Handful chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (optional for garnish)
Extra-virgin olive oil
1. In a large soup pot, cook onion, garlic, and celery with a couple of tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil over low to medium heat. Cook for about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are soft. Stir occasionally.
2. Add chickpeas, peas, and broth, and bring to a boil over medium to medium-high heat.
3. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for about 15 minutes, or until chickpeas and peas are tender.
4. Use a hand-held blender to partially blend ingredients in the pot. If you prefer smooth soups, blend everything until well homogenized. If you like texture to your soups, just blend for about 5-10 seconds, which should allow some of the peas and chickpeas to remain intact. If you don't have a hand-held blender, blend small portions in a regular blender or food processor; then transfer back to the pot.
5. Season with sea salt and pepper.
6. If you have fresh chopped parsley or cilantro on hand, sprinkle a tablespoon over each bowl before serving.
Got this recipe from Dr. Kim online for free.
Note: This would be great for St. Patty's Day!
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