Day 18: Just Keep Cooking

If yesterday I only ate a total of 914 calories, today was worse -I had 847 calories. Am I sick or what?

I actually feel great. So I wonder why I ended up with these metrics:

June 24, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 847 calories

+Exercise: 13 calories

=Remaining: 366 calories

As usual, my activities were pretty much the same: driving, doing light cleaning, cooking, writing.

Here’s the food I consumed today, help me analyze:

Breakfast: coffee

Morning Snack: a piece of banana

Lunch: Brown rice, leftover No-Meat Kare Kare the other day

Afternoon Snack: Chippy (the less salt version)

Dinner: Brown rice, Chili, Grilled Chicken Kebab — both home made

Water: 1000ml

Did I mention that I love cooking? I love it as much as I love eating, and when I am happy I tend to cook more. So it really puzzles me why I didn’t eat enough today.

So today I was inspired to make my own version of chili, especially since I wanted to boost my intake of beans.

According to The Bean Institute:

All types of beans—including black, cranberry, Great Northern, dark red kidney, light red kidney, white kidney, navy, pink, pinto, and small red—are good sources of protein, excellent sources of fiber, and naturally fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free. Many types are also good sources of potassium.

For this particular version of chili, I tweaked the tomato-less, chicken chili recipe by The Domestic Geek. I also didn’t put in tomatoes, I also used chicken, but instead of thickening it up with cream cheese, I just added some greek yogurt with it. I also used red kidney beans since that’s what I have in my pantry.

I also tried a new marinade for my chicken breasts. Told yah, this chicken breast is gonna be a staple. So I might as well add some variety to how I season or marinate them. Today it’s marinated in Greek yogurt, apple cider vinegar, paprika, chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder, turmeric, black pepper, salt and some EVOO.

And I skewered them. Tadaaa! Chicken Kebabs!

Now excuse me as I enjoy my brown rice, chili and chicken kebabs with some K-drama.


Day 6: Sadness Made Me Eat Less

It seems ironic that I ate less because I felt sad and depressed. Usually if I’m down in the slumps I would load up and eat and eat and eat. Today is quite different.

At the end of the day, I found myself with still 155 calories left. Note the exercise reflected by my iPhone as 256 steps = 1 calorie. Not even sure if this is accurate since my phone is not strapped to my body. Yeah, I would bring it wherever I go, but not 100%.

Anyway, here are the metrics today:

June 12, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1046 calories

+Exercise: 1 calorie

=Remaining: 155 calories

It’s one of those days when I felt depressed over my life in general, so I practically sulked the entire day. Stayed in my room the whole time, didn’t talk to anybody. Such a bleak day.

Didn’t feel like cooking at all, just ate the leftover chicken from last night’s dinner and grabbed some canned tuna for dinner.

It was one of those days when I was too lazy to even put away the soiled dishes. Too lazy to clean the apartment. Too lazy to even do anything. Blech.

I did have some sense left to snack on healthy stuff, as you can see in my food diary below:

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: Brown rice, leftover chicken dish from last night

Afternoon Snack: an apple and 21 pieces of almonds

Dinner: Brown rice, canned tuna (lite, 50% less salt)

Water: 1250 ml

Thanks for these almonds, I got some Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated Fats, 9g and 3g respectively. It’s becoming my snack of choice, and it helps to know how many pieces approximately are in a serving.

I’ve been keeping this online journal for almost a week now and it seems to be working, i.e. I’m doing progress. Compared before I am now more aware of what I put into my mouth, and knowing the nutrients that it contains gives tremendous impact.

I can’t wait for find out IF and WHEN these dietary changes will affect my weight and cholesterol levels.