Day 11: Where Have You Bean All My Life?

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about weight loss, and one food that stands out are beans. All sorts of beans! From red kidney beans, to black ones, white, yellow, green, split peas, lentils, etc. There’s just a whole wide world of beans for me to explore and include in my diet.

Beans are not new to me, but I rarely had it in my usual diet. Before I began this weight loss project, driving thru KFC was becoming a habit for me. At first I didn’t worry about it, it happened once a week. sometime twice. But eventually it became more frequent.

It became my default mode. All those Chicken Hot Shots. Plus fries on the side. Lots of them. And soda. Then I lost interest to cook meals home, and relied too much on fast food.

Ugh. Then I gained all those extra pounds.

So for today, it’s mung bean festival for me. It’s both my lunch and dinner, and I plan to have it again for the coming days. Maybe I’ll switch to a new type of beans every now and then, to add variety to my menu.

June 17, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1008 calories

+Exercise: 108 calories

=Remaining: 300 calories

Thanks to these mung beans, I had 30g of fiber for the day — achieving my 25g goal! Woohoo! I love these beans!

Here’s the rest of what I ate today:

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: Brown rice, Green Mung Beans Soup with Moringa Leaves

Afternoon Snack: coffee

Dinner: Brown rice, another round of Green Mung Beans Soup with Moringa Leaves, Lecso (Hungarian Sausage Stew with Lager)

Water: 1750ml

Lecso is a traditional sausage, tomato and bell pepper stew from Hungary. I saw a couple of Hungarian sausages in the fridge, some bell peppers, and my last bottle of Hite Beer – so I had the idea to make one.

By the way, it was a huge temptation for me! Had to watch out how much MEAT I put into my mouth. Ended up having half of a sausage.

Not bad. I was still within my limits.

Aaarggh! I still don’t have a weighing scale.

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Day 10: Today I’m Eating More

With MyFitnessPal’s warning yesterday, I tried to catch up today by eating more and striving to hit the recommended 1000-1200 calories for women.

June 16, 2017

Goal: 1200 calories

-Food: 1223 calories

+Exercise: 14 calories (2,039 steps, mostly made during shopping)

=Remaining: -9 calories

Went over by 9 calories. Yup, 9 calories. This should be fine, not losing sleep over these minute details.

As I have planned, I’m having some leftover grilled fish today for lunch.

Here’s what I had today:

Breakfast: coffee

Lunch: Brown rice, leftover grilled milkfish, fresh avocados

Afternoon Snack: Strawberry shake, cream cheese-stuffed almond soft pretzels from Auntie Anne’s

Dinner:  Fried chicken tenders with curry mustard dip, Taco Bibimbap from Bonchon

Water: 1750ml

The Taco Bibimbap is a Mexican-version of the Korean rice dish bibimbap, with red kidney beans, salsa, and crushed nachos instead of the usual kimchi and veggies. I ordered this because of the beans. Love them!

However, the rice used here (unfortunately) is white rice, not organic brown rice which I normally have at home.

You see, this is the limitation when you eat out, and the resto does not provide its diners much choice. Like the option to change your rice from white to brown, or something like that.

Here’s the main difference between white and brown rice in terms of nutrients, from Livestrong.com:

One cup of white rice contains:

  • 242 calories
  • 4.4 grams of protein
  • 53.2 grams of carbohydrate
  • 0.4 gram of fat
  • 0.6 grams of fiber
  • 24 milligrams of magnesium
  • 0.8 milligram of zinc

One cup of brown rice contains:

  • 218 calories
  • 4.5 g of protein
  • 45.8 grams of carbohydrate
  • 1.6 grams of fat
  • 3.5 grams of fiber
  • 86 milligrams of magnesium
  • 1.2 milligrams of zinc

Since I am trying to reduce my cholesterol level, I need a lot of fiber in my diet. So brown rice really works for me. Brown rice has 8x more fiber than white rice! Although here’s something I didn’t expect: brown rice has more fat than white rice. So I try to balance this off by adding more good fats into my diet, like fatty fish such as sardine, mackerel, tuna and salmon.

I think it’s about time that Bonchon upgrades its menu to include healthier options for their rice.¬†Don’t you think so?