Day 27: The Last Cornmeal Muffin

Today is a historic day in this weight loss project. Thank goodness I finally wiped out the last 2 cornmeal muffins in the fridge!

And for sure I won’t be making another batch soon. It’s just coming out of my ears! :p

Anyway, I had to “force” myself today to eat a little more just to hit the minimum 1000 calories. It’s that kind of day when I don’t feel like cooking, just grabbing leftovers here and there.

Managed to hit these figures:

July 3, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1072 calories

+Exercise: 39 calories

=Remaining: 167 calories

Since I began this weight loss project, I started replacing my food staples with healthier versions. Like cheese, for instance.

I am crazy about cheese. Like, major crazy.

It’s not hard to figure out why my cholesterol level spiked up many moons ago. I’ve been eating and tasting a lot of goat, sheep, cow and buffalo cheeses!

So I did my “cheese pause” and skipped the mozzarella, brie, camembert, gouda, emmental, blue cheese, parmesan, manchego, and fontina for several weeks. But today I gave in, welcomed cheese back into my loving lips in the form of Bega Super Slim cheese slice.

The cheese package says it’s 65% reduced fat, with only 2g of fat per slice. Plus, it’s 62% real cheddar cheese. Let’s not talk about the 38%. At least it’s “mainly”cheese. This nibbler is quite happy.

Here’s the rest of what I ate today, mostly leftovers:

Breakfast: coffee, gluten-free cornmeal muffins

Morning Snack: some Philippine anchovies (a.k.a. dilis) fried to a crisp

Lunch: Brown rice, scrambled eggs and lite tuna

Afternoon snack: coffee, green tea, a slice of Bega Super Slim

Dinner: Clam soup with some homemade whole wheat basil croutons, and gluten-free cornmeal muffin (I swear, the very last piece!)

Water: 2000ml

I wonder what I’ll be cooking again tomorrow. More shrimps?


Day 13: Exploring New Orleans Cooking

The other day I bought some fresh okra from the supermarket with no specific menu in mind.

Today I decided to make some gumbo.

Gumbo is a stew that originated in New Orleans, that is a meal in itself with all the ingredients. For my version, I used a combination of sausages and chicken for the protein, and had some carrots, onions and okra for the veggies. To add flavor, I used bay leaves, basil, ground cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, and black pepper.

The great dish of New Orleans, and which it claims having the honor of invented, is the GUMBO. There is no dish which at the same time so tickles the palate, satisfies the appetite, furnished the body with nutriment sufficient to carry on the physical requirements, and costs so little as a Creole Gumbo. It is a dinner in itself, being soup, piece de résistance, entremet and vegetable in one. Healthy, and not heating to the stomach and easy of digestion, it should grace every table.” – William H. Coleman, ‘Historical Sketch Book and Guide to New Orleans and Environs’ (1985)

Gumbo is quite filling, and really goes well with rice. It was so good I felt I’d go beyond my calorie limit today but I didn’t.

Here’s my score card for today:

June 19, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1330 calories

+Exercise: 147 calories

=Remaining: 17 calories

As you can see, it’s possible to enjoy the food you love, get the right nutrients, and feel no guilt after eating. It takes some effort, but it’s worth it.

I’ll say it again: it’s worth it.

Breakfast: coffee, banana

Morning Snack: almonds, 20 pieces

Lunch: Brown rice, Gumbo

Dinner: Brown rice, Century Tuna Lite Flakes in Veg Oil 

Midnight Snack: A few spoonfuls of white rice, Spam, and sunny-side up egg + Peckish Rice Crisps Cheddar Cheese Flavor

Water: 1500ml

Let me explain the midnight snack part.

That meal transpired while in transit. I was onboard a bus for a 4-hour trip up North with my sister who couldn’t finish her packed dinner. That explained the few spoonfuls that was left — I hate having leftovers so I ate them 🙂

It was my first time to try this snack (Peckish Rice Crisps) and I liked them. They’re zero trans-fat, gluten-free and baked/not fried.

So yeah, chips are still part of my diet. Occasionally.

Moderation is key.