Whole 30 Trial#2

Dec 5, 2015
Why did I even consider doing this Whole30 challenge during the holiday month?
Day 1 started today. Yay!
As lazy as I am, I took my recipes on GoodCheapEats.com and worked my way from there. I will show you my grocery list and price of each item when I have the time.

For breakfast, I made Poached egg with Spinach and Leek.

 

Now, I haven’t tried poaching my eggs before, I had no idea how a spinach look like and I had to google how to prepare leeks, so for me, the challenge had already proved beneficial.

Eating egg with vegetables wasn’t so bad actually. The taste was new to me but it wasn’t as awful as I was imagining. I have to put the eggs much earlier tomorrow when I cook though because the greens almost burned and I don’t like raw runny eggs. Worked out fine.
I also tried this Monkey Salad consisting of banana, coconut chips and cashew nuts. Instead of pure coconut chips, I had found this fruit mix instead. It looks like dehydrated fruits and I thought maybe it’ll make the salad more interesting. It was perfect! Not only because I love bananas, but because it was also so satisfying.

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I didn’t expect that my breakfast would fill me up. I have to use lesser fruits on my mix tomorrow because the sweetness was overpowering the other ingredients.


I didn’t drink the Whole30 friendly coffee because I still have to sleep for my night shift later on, so I downed it all with a full glass of water.
I also tried the plastic wrap on the bananas to make them last longer.

We’ll see about that.
I also haven’t found the Tamari yet. No Onion Powder and Celery Seeds as well.
My morning was so busy as I have to prepare all my food for the week!

I had to wash and cut all the greens and prepare the chicken and marinade them in individual plastics. I also learned this freezer cooking on the site. The only challenge with freezer cooking for me is that I live in a shared flat so the refrigerator is always full. When I transfer to another house, I have to consider that.
Dinner was not as magical for me. As I’ve said I tried starting the challenge last month, so I was looking forward to eating salad. Maybe it was because the Balsamic Vinaigrette I made wasn’t stellar. I could only use yellow mustard so the taste wasn’t what I was trying to accomplish. Maybe when I finish the bottle of dressing I’d just go back to the good ol’ Balsamic Vinegar and Olive oil.
The coffee was also devastating. I miss drinking my coffee but I can’t learn to drink this black sugarless concoction mixed with coconut milk. I have to try again, with a smaller cup next time, because my mug of coffee went down the drain today.
My snack for work would be Melons. Diced them up for later.
My day wasn’t bad. It feels amazing knowing that I had no junk food or sugar inside me. All the vegetables I ate today hopefully would normalize my craving and kick my metabolism.
Day 1 complete!

Now, off to work.
:)

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Diet-Dietan Drama

December 4, 2015
Friday
1:38 pm

veggies

Health Living Kuno

Bumili ako ng groceries ngayon, para sa Whole30 program na gusto ko itry this month. Ano nanaman kasing pakulo to diba?

Nagsimula kasi yan nung inintroduce saakin nitong ka service ko sa work yung Ensure powder (ginagamit ng mga pasyente sa ospital) na sinearch ko naman. Complete nutrition kasi siya at pwedeng ireplace ang isang meal mo, at sa busy schedule namin at dahil nga nagluluto na ako everyday magang ideya talaga siya. So si ako naman, inaral ko muna kung talagang maganda siya na gamitin everyday. Okay naman siya, nandun nga lahat, hanggang sa kaka hanap, napunta naman ako sa protein shakes hanggang dito sa isang website na ito na nagtururo tungkol sa pagkain ng organic, real foods. Tinuro niya dito at inisa-isa ang mga sikat na brands ng pagkain na ginagawang substitute ng mga tao sa pagkain nila. Tinuro din niya kung paano magbasa ng ingredients list sa ng isang product at iba’t ibang alias ng High Fructose Sugar na mortal enemy #1 ng katawan natin. Ang dami kong natutunan sa article niyang yun at nadala ako sa panghihikayat niyang kunain ng tamang pagkain. Doon ko din nakilala ang Whole30 foods. Yung Whole30 ay challenge na gagawin mo for 30 days kung saan may mga pagkain kang idedelete sa diet mo para madetoxify ka at mareset yung tastebuds mo at food cravings.
Actually, sinimulan ko na siya last month, okay naman at nakita ko talaga yung pagkakaiba sa katawan. Alert ka and energetic at hindi madaling magutom. Kaso lang, ika nga nila, if you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Naubusan ako ng food supply. Hahah!
So weeks before naghanap na ako ng Whole30 friendly recipes and naglista ng grocery list para mabili ko every week. Ang plano ko Chicken, Beef, Seafood and Pork for Weeks 1 to 4 respectively, at sobrang hirap pala maghanap ng 100% at organic foods. Halos lahat ngayon mas madami pang chemicals kesa sa food content mismo. Hindi lang isa, dalawa o tatlong isle ang dinedma ko dahil punong puno ng sugars and salts ang mga pagkain. Makes you wonder, kung ganito nga naman ang diet na mayroon tayo araw-araw, nakakapag taka pa ba talaga na tila sipon na lang ngayon ang Cancer?
Ang bigat ng pinamili ko infairness, ang tagal kasi dumating dito ni The Boyfriend. At habang ineexplain ko sa sarili ko kung bakit mas makakabuti na mag bus ako kesa magtaxi pauwi, bitbit ko ang dalawang malaking bag ng grocery na halos sumayad na sa sahig. Haha parang tanga bite-sized kasi :)

Chini-cheer ko nalang ang sarili ko habang unti-unting kumikirot ang braso ko, “go Che, kaya mo yan. You’re a strong independent beautiful sexy amazing fantastic woman!” Char. Hanggang nakalabas din at nakauwi ng pagod. Thanks to baba, my patient, at natulog siya ng 3 hours straight kagabi. Haha. :)
6:20pm
Actually may pansit sa bahay, pinili ko lang talaga kumain sa fastfood. Bachelorette party ika nga, para i-launch officially ang new eating habit ko for a month.

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Kunain ako sa Taza bago pumasok. Di naman ako actually bothered kumain mag-isa, sarap nga e. Sabi ko lang sa sarili ko “go Che, kaya mo yan. You’re a strong independent beautiful woman!”

Hahah!
Day 1 bukas.

Wish me luck!

Lipat Bahay

November 27, 2015
Friday
7:07 am

Naghihintay ako ng bus ngayon papasok. AM duty ako today at ang lintek na bus mukang late, pero imposible kasi Friday ngayon at ang Friday dito sa UAE ay parang Saturday sa Pilipinas kaya weekend ngayon at walang pasok dito, maluwag ang kalsada. Hindi ko kasi chineck ang schedule sa Wojhati (Dubai transpo app) bago umalis ng bahay. Ganyan naman tayo diba? Porket nasanay sa isang bagay, iaassume na ganun na lang palagi. #HugotLines brought to you by Chicken Empanada and Nescafe Coffee in can! (na kakatapos ko lang almusalin dito sa bus stop). Ang gastos ko na lately, almusal sa labas, dinner sa labas. Paano, simula ng bumalik ako sa dati kong pasyente e hindi na libre ang food kaya kailangan ko nang magluto paguwi, kaya lagi ako napupuyat, tapos late na ako nakakauwi, so ano? Hindi na ako matutulog? Hindi ko pa din naaayos ang budget ko at ang dami ko pang paplanuhing kabagayan. /rant 

In short, hindi na ako maka cope sa buhay ko! Kaya bilang Libra, sobrang out of balance ako ngayon kaya’t hindi ako mapalagay.

Time check: 7:20 am

Nag taxi na lang ako kasi mamaya pa yung bus dadaan. Tuwing binibigyan talaga ako ni baba ng hadiya (gift) na folus (pera), napapataxi ako. Grrr

Medyo stressed ako lately (kelan ba hindi?) kasi naghahanap ako ng bagong bahay. Diba nakatira ako sa isang flat kasama ang tita ko? Doon malinis, maluwag, tahimik. Ngayon kailangan ko maghanap ng bagong lilipatan na maaring masikip, madumi, mahal at magulo. Sobrang nakakastress, hindi lang yung maghanap at isingit ang viewing ng room after duty ko, kundi nakakastress totally na makita yung bago mong lilipatan na wala sa kalingkingan ng iiwan mo, parang ex mo na nanghinayang nung narealize niyang wala sa kalingkingan mo yung ipinangloko niya sayo. #HugotLines brought to you by Chicken Empanada and Nescafe Coffee in can!

Nag view kami kagabi, ang sikip sa kwarto bali sa isang room walang tao, sa kabilang room apat na partition (walong tao) so maximum of 16 people, sa isang maliit na kusina at sala na maghahati hati isang washing machine at dalawang CR. 

At, maliban pa doon, mahal.
Nakakalungkot. Hanap pa Che.

Hay. God will provide! :)

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Photo Courtesy of Gulf News


“Rest and be still, I got your back girl!” — God

Time Travel

I love how a certain music makes you close your eyes and smile. 

How the swift intro melody flies you back to a certain memory and makes you remember the way you were lying down in the darkness, wrapped around a pillow and your heart wrapped around a bomb. 


Connected by an earphone,  You and this person are meeting on this third plane where only the both of you exist, and in the hush of the static, that same music floats softly in the background of the other line.  

That was the night you confessed to each other. That was the music in the background which you never knew then would latch you and that memory forever. That little magical force so strong, that it could control a wave of emotions in just a span of three minutes. And all you could do to control the swell in your heart is to close your eyes and smile.

Disappointment


Disappointment is like an emotional cancer. Every time you hurt me, I make myself numb to the pain. In the process of protecting me, I accidentally kill parts of my love for you as well, until I am completely empty inside, but alive enough to feel the little love that’s left. 


That soft heartbeat that only reminds me the entirety of what I have lost.