Friday, January 21, 2011
Last night was shopping night - yay! I'm definitely a foodie because I get all giddy when I go grocery shopping. It's always my rule that we get to try one thing new each and every time we go. The "darling driver" has to put some restrictions on me, otherwise, I would go crazy in Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.
This week, I went for chia seeds. I have been reading about chia seeds for a while and wanted to try them. Unfortunately a small bag is around $10-20.00. I'm all for healthy but saving money is always nice too. Thankfully I purchased a bag and am already letting the wheels turn to see how they are going to work out. I'm thinking of first going with chia seed pudding made with agar agar. My husband had a blueberry vanilla smoothie this morning with a tbsp of chia seeds and flaxseeds. We will see how he liked it. They are full of Omega-3's, so I'm thrilled to see if it helps with nails, skin and hair. I'll keep you updated.
Thanks to everyone for your kind comments - I really do love to cook/bake. I find that it is much, much cheaper and also saves so much time! I've researched processed foods too much and love myself too much to put it in my mouth. So, we try to make everything fresh and with the best ingredients. So much fun too!
On to the food:
Breakfast: Another boring bowl of traditional oatmeal with strawberry preserves. I've kind of not been in the mood for a large breakfast in the morning full of healthy vegetables so I've tried to embrace oatmeal this week. Unfortunately, it's just still not happening for me. I'd rather take three minute to cook a plate of vegetables than three minutes to make oatmeal. At least the whole strawberry preserves was delish! I love biting into a whole strawberry.
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Snack: Oatmeal really does not fill me up, so I decided that I wasn't going to starve myself and had a two tortillas (that have been sitting in the fridge waiting to be finished up for a few weeks) and some vegan "cheese". Yeah, not healthy but at least I'm getting it out of the household, right? haha Additionally I had a Japanese Rice Cracker too.
Lunch: I had a small bowl of KRN brown rice and leftover hayashi. mmmm No umeboshi today though to reduce sodium.
Snack: Since we were out grocery shopping, we picked up some Trader Joe's Lentil Chips. Yum! We only have chips on shopping day, so it's a slight "treat". They are made from lentil powder - no preservatives, no chemicals, no colorings, just good healthy, whole ingredients.
Dinner: It was snowing really bad - visibility was quiet low so it took us an hour to make the twenty minute drive back home. Burritos ended up being on the menu plan instead of the udon I was going to make. Fat Free refried beans with no preservatives, no colorings, no chemicals and so on. We used Whole Foods Sprouted Whole Wheat Grain tortillas, some corn salsa and a little organic mixed greens. The tortillas were new to us but man are they delish! They have no processed anything and totally healthy! Never again do I want to eat flour tortillas again!
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The handsome man in my life and I had a terrific time shopping together and chatting all night. We do life rather busy lifestyles, so it is nice to have a little time together even if it is just shopping for healthy foods.
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Thursday, January 20, 2011
Today I was really busy with work, so I'm loving every bit of it! I am a workaholic when I get the chance but working from home doesn't really fuel the flame all that much. Today was a good day though. Yata!!!
Felt good the whole day and I knew that it was going to be a good workout. So, I ate properly the whole day before my workout to assure I felt good in the gym. Since before Christmas I have felt really under the weather, so today I'm glad that the feeling is all over. (crossing fingers)
Breakfast: Oatmeal with strawberry preserves along with creme brulee coffee (we buy from a small family business in our city that roasts to order!!! Yum!!!) I made a serving and a little extra so that I knew I would get full. Oatmeal seriously never fills me up so I have to make sure that I eat something along with it to assure I am eating enough. Added grapefruit to the mixture too for health. Made the husband a Thai Pastry filled with sweet bean paste and also a "peanut butter and jelly smoothie" (my creation- haha).
Snack: Just a herbal tea since I was running around the whole morning.
Lunch: Full plate of organic mixed greens and whole foods hummus (all four kinds). Sliced Japanese baby cucumber (yep, they are different).
Snack: Water and another herbal tea. It's really cold today!
Dinner: After working out, I was hungry, so I ate a lot to fill my stomach. We were tired and I hadn't remembered to prepare anything before we left so it was box dinner night. We normally do not have this type of dinner, but sometimes there are just nights like this that nothing sounds good and it just makes sense to eat something that is going to be slightly healthy and filling. So, we broke into our Japanese boxed dinner stash and found Hayashi Sauce which I added two carrots, an onion, and a potato. (Serves 8) Handsome man came and made korean brown rice in the rice cooker and we had ourselves a lovely dinner! Additionally, we had sliced Japanese baby cucumber, organic mixed greens with Japanese ginger dressing, and I sauteed up some Chinese bok choy (not sure of the specific one- maybe khao long?) with ginger root and garlic.
Last night I was really busy - busy keeps me from thinking about food. So, I made myself a crocheted hat (can't buy them since my head it big...haha) and also a small ball for our adventurous cat.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Today was a hard day for me. I was extremely bored today, hence, I returned to my main issue which is boredom binge eating. It's a major problem that I have, probably my #1 issue of why I am heavier than the needs of my body frame. So, I overate in the morning and a little in the afternoon. I ate healthy food but still overate with the attention to reduce boredom.
Breakfast: My husband really wanted to have oatmeal again this morning, I think he's in a rut. So, I made him some loaded oatmeal with sliced banana, sliced dates, raisins, and mixed nuts. Additionally, I made him a blueberry smoothie with extra protein powder. No photo of the oatmeal so I added a nice photo of grapefruit.. mmmm
Snack: I snacked a lot - Japanese rice crackers, organic stash pomegranate strawberry herbal tea, and a PPK chocolate chip ginger scone. Grr to myself...
Lunch: Leftover Khao Soi Pasta Dish and a homemade inari.
Snack: Another mug of tea
Dinner: I was feeling really bad about myself for eating so much the whole day. I took a spearmint hot bath though and reflected upon the day and myself. I also read a little of the bible and I was guided out of my habit of old. So, I pushed through my personal demons, got out of the bath, and made myself a little dinner to eat along with my husband. I ate half a cup of Korean Brown Rice, organic mixed spring greens with some organic whole foods hummus and a sliced Japanese baby cucumber.
Although I'm still a little depressed about how I overate, but I'm still working through it. I have been able to get over my want of starvation and eat a healthy low-calorie dinner. Yay! Exercise was smaller than I would prefer again with only 30 minutes of wii exercise. I was able to burn off around 100 calories.
I have found a hot bath, the bible and reflection helps to reduce bad eating habits. How do you handle overeating or under-eating?
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Day off in America - hooray!! Another day we can hide from the snow. I hear ya, EMILLER22, I too am hiding from the cold outside too. Entertainment room has a tiny heater that we are sharing among two humans and two furry babies. At least we can play the Wii and workout.
Food: DH wanted something sweet in the morning (thanks to his mother, who is now pre-diabetic, he has a sweet tooth in the morning) so I found a lovely recipe by PPK. The Bikram Yoga Chocolate Ginger Scones- British style not American. They were very tasty and around 200 calories per scone. Ah well, at least they were vegan and made with whole wheat flour instead of nutrition-less white flour. We drank freshly roasted coffee and ate scones and a half of grapefruit as we chatted it up together. Very delightful! We forgot to take photos that morning here are some that I packaged for my husband to take to work.
Lunch: Mixed Organic Salad with Whole Foods Organic Sampler hummus on top.
Dinner: Since it was our last day to a three-day weekend, so I decided that it was going to be a special dinner night. I made a special dinner of Japanese foods. I made Inari, Sesame Spinach, Spiced Baby Bok Choy, Sliced cucumber, Korean brown rice, and gingered mock "pork". These were all basically my recipes that I have veganized.
Husband Leftover Bento for Work This Next Week:
Happy New Wii-k! Hope this week is special for all of you!
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Is there anything better than a three-day weekend? My husband teases me since I am one of the greediest wives in the world – since I extremely dislike sharing my husband with others. Hence, an extended weekend with my husband and furry babies is just one of those blessings from God that is priceless!
Exercise: Friday night as I had planned a cold walk to the gym with the hubster, I got a surprise from my husband stating that he was taking me to the store to pick up a present. The present was the new Wii Fit Plus with Balance Board kit that I have been waiting patiently to receive. Yay! (Jumping up and down) For those of you that are unaware, the Wii Fit Plus is the second addition to the Wii Fit. The back of the pkg suggests it has more than 60 games that are for active-minded players. It is not a “sit down with a bag of chips” type of game. So, as expected, you can tell what we did the whole weekend. Let’s just say we didn’t get out in the freezing temperatures outside to run but rather only left to go to the coffee house and also church.
Food: Personally I love to cook, therefore I take every week as a new adventure to try various ethnicities of food. Last week we went ahead and had an entire menu list full of You Are What You Eat Cookbook recipes. It was our first attempt at the cookbook recipes since we bought the book over Christmas holiday; we found that the recipes were more bland than we generally prefer… So, this week we are going all out with flavor and delighting in Asian cuisine. MMMMmmmm
Saturday: DH woke up with a slight stomach ache, no wonder due to the frozen menu we had the night before – really bad choice once you start to eat healthy again. So, I made Irish Oatmeal. Mine I put a little pour of organic unsweetened soymilk and some brown sugar. Husband had a sliced banana, sliced dates and the cow-friendly milk I used.
Lunch: Salad with Whole Foods Natural Organic Hummus – four kinds. Sliced cucumber and a few glasses of water… Also, I believe I had a Japanese rice cake that is sweet on one side and salty on the other.
Dinner: Khao Soi (a Thai Pasta) which is similar to pasta with coconut curry sauce. It was slightly too creamy for me but I loved the curry flavor it in. DH loved it! He has been impatiently waiting for curry again. The noodles were pre-packaged from our local Asian store – more of a udon style noodle instead of ramen (egg filled) that the recipe called for in it.
Sunday: Today we had some homemade bread toasted. The bread has sprouted sunflower seeds and flaxseeds. Additionally, it is made from Whole Grain Flour instead of white.
Lunch: I had a trivial time after church because my husband wanted to go out to eat but I thankfully convinced him into having a healthy meal at home instead. His stomach was rather bad this last week, so I wanted to make sure that he had the right nutrition to build his immunity back up before work on Tuesday. General leftovers…
Dinner: Vegan Bibimbap was on the menu. It is a mockup of the traditional bibimbap that I used to make before going vegan. This time we made it veganized. It turned out a little different but it was a good healthy alternative to the original. It does not have meat, or sesame oil, or a generous portion of sesame seeds. First Photo: DH bowl with extra spicy tofu (nasty smell so we threw out) and second photo: mine with extra Korean Red Pepper Paste.
It was wonderful to have this weekend together with the husband and furry babies. We had tasty meals and healthy portions. We stayed indoors away from the cold weather and got exercise through the wii fit plus.
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