Day 15: Just Another Normal Day

I’m back from my mini-vacation up the mountains so it’s the usual daily grind for me. Sitting. Writing. Very sedentary.

Once again, MyFitnessPal gave me a reminder that I didn’t eat enough today. Below the minimum 1000 calories.

June 21, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 930 calories

+Exercise: 49 calories

=Remaining: 319 calories

I practically stayed at home, wrote as usual, and cleaned my apartment for some 15 minutes. I did my usual morning and evening drive routine. Prepared my meals as usual. Nothing too different from the usual.

Today I had some fresh strawberries which I brought home from my trip. Added some potassium and vitamin C to my diet. I sliced some and added to my oatmeal.

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: Whole grain rolled oats, honey, fresh strawberries

Afternoon Snack: Roasted almonds, 5 pieces of Mentos Soda Mix Flavor Candy

Dinner: Brown rice, leftover Gumbo with added Hungarian Sausage

Water: 1000ml

So how did some candies ended up here?

Well, somebody I know slipped it along with the pack of fresh strawberries. She’s so thoughtful. It’s been a while since I had these candies so I didn’t mind eating some. Yeah, I know. Sugar. Those 5 pieces contributed 6.2g of sugar. But mind you, overall for the day, I DID NOT go beyond my limit of 47g. So, for me, that’s totally fine.

The Hungarian sausage was the 2nd of 2 pieces left in my freezer. So now that it’s gone, I can focus on other meats. Chicken breast is a staple, so I might be cooking with it these coming days. Plus I have some beef too. Tough cuts of beef! I wonder what I’ll be doing with it?

I don’t want them to go to waste. Hate leftovers!


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.