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 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

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?