Archive | April 2015

3 Food I always eat to lose weight

Over the course of 9.5 months, I lost about 46 lbs.  From 180 lbs in June 2014, I am now down to 134 lbs.

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This is my photo today, taken at the office.

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This was me sometime in March 2014.

Weight loss or weight gain is governed by the calories we take in.  Calories is the measurement of the energy that our body needs to function.  Calories that are not burnt are stored as fat. Thus if we take more calorie than what our body needs, we gain weight.  The opposite of course is true, thus it is important to eat food with low calorie content.

Walking, jogging, running, going to the gym, and eating real food helped me in my journey. Exercise burns calories faster than when I am sedentary.  I didn’t starve myself. I just kept on eating real food.

Here is a list of 3 of my favorite food that helped me with my healthy weight loss journey.

1.  Sweet Potato.   This high fiber, low calorie root crop is packed with nutrients.  It is an excellent source of Vitamin C, B6, manganese, potassium, B1, and B12. A regular spud contains about 400% of my Vitamin A needs for the day.  Vitamin A is an excellent antioxidant and is good in the prevention of different types of cancer.  This excellent staple has 90 calories only for every 100 g.

2.  Chinese Cabbage.   This green leafy vegetable is called pechay in the Philippines.   1 cup of sauteed pechay has 50 calories only.   This vegetable is also labeled as negative calorie food as it takes our body more calories to burn pechay than the calorie that pechay has.  This vegetable is also a good source of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, and Vitamin A.

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My lunch today, fried chicken with vinegar dip and pechay greens. 

3.  Chicken.  This white meat is good source of protein.  Protein is important in building and repairing muscles.  Chicken is also a good source of Vitamin B6, Phosphorus and Copper, Thiamin, Niacin and Vitamin B12.  My favorite fried chicken part is the thigh and it has 158 calories only.  Definitely a calorie bargain for such a tasteful meat.

These 3 food type definitely helped me with my healthy weight loss journey.

Just keep on eating. 🙂

 

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For the love of coffee

Coffee is super food packed with loads of antioxidants.  With just 2 calories per 1 mug of 8oz black coffee, I enjoy my fill of coffee everyday. I usually take 2- 3 cups of coffee in a day and no more than that.  I always follow the rule of moderation.

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Black coffee on my breakfast.

I’ve found that adding 1 teaspoon of virgin coconut oil or adding 10 g of unsalted butter on my breakfast coffee,  gives this hot drink more flavor,  pleasurable aroma, and better body. Although the fat from butter and virgin coconut oil adds more calories to my coffee, I welcome it still.  It’s because 10 g of Anchor unsalted butter only has about 74 calories  and Cadia Virgin Coconut oil has 120 calories only per 1 tbsp.  These good fat cause your body to feel full and suppress craving for food for a longer period of time.

Coffee keeps me alert and awake at work too while the good fat from butter and/or from the virgin coconut oil makes my thought process more sharp.  Whether it’s brewed or instant coffee as long as there is no added creamer or sugar in it, I dig it.

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Coffee at Krispy Kreme. And yes, I didn’t get doughnuts. 

When I go out to the mall and want to relax for a longer period, I would go to the nearest coffee shop.  I would get my brewed coffee, black, with no creamer and sugar, and just enjoy it’s full flavor and aroma.  Drinking coffee while hanging out with friends makes the coffee drinking experience more pleasurable and fun too.

Coffee drinking is a force of habit that makes me happy.

P.S.

To check out the calorie count of your food, you may visit:  https://www.myfitnesspal.com/.

Vegetables and fish: Perfect harmony

Lunch was awesome again today.  I had fried horse mackerel with vinegar and chilly dip paired with a serving of sauteed Chinese cabbage.

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This crunchy green leafy vegetable has loads of phyto-nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant content.  1 cup of this high fiber and very filling vegetable which is about 100g has 13 calories only.  It’s perfect for individuals who want to eat a lot but do not want to gain weight.  This is also perfect for those who are into their healthy weight loss journey such as myself.  This vegetable is also considered as negative calorie food, which when eaten would practically add zero calories in the body but increases calorie burn, thus helps in shedding off unwanted weight.

Fried mackerel, one of my favorite dishes, has good amount of potassium, dietary fiber, and protein.   It has good amount of vitamin A, D, E, B1, B2, B6, B12, Folate, and panthothenic acid. It is perfect for muscle strengthening.  Plus, it only has about 215 calories per 100 g of fried horse mackerel.

From 180 lbs in June 2014, the type of food I eat helped me lose 46 lbs thus far.  I now weigh 134 lbs.  By April 21, 2015, my weight will go down further to 132 lbs.  For my 5ft and 3in frame, my target is to maintain a weight range of 121lbs t0 125 lbs. I should be able to hit my target by May 2015.

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Me back in February 2015 at the gym.

As long as I continue with my walk and run,  exercise at the gym, and keep myself from eating junk food and eat only real food, I am certain that I will meet my target on time.

Just keep on eating.  🙂

Today’s dose of wellness: Porterhouse Steak at Mamou

It was my first time to have a taste of Peter Luger Steak House Old Fashioned Sauce.  My boss had this shipped all the way from the USA to pair with the porterhouse steak.  He explained to me that he only uses this sauce together with the porterhouse steak that he enjoys at Mamou in Serendra.  I am glad that he shared this totally tasty sauce with me during lunch today.

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The Peter Luger Steak House Old Fashioned  Sauce we paired with our porterhouse steak during lunch today. 

I love the sauce.  This 125 year old recipe from the 125 year old Steak House icon in the USA, has this spicy with horseradish taste that explodes with the tender and juicy texture of the steak.  It’s awesome. Plus this sauce is fat-free and has 30 calories only per 100 grams.  Totally healthy, you wouldn’t mind dipping the steak on it generously.

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The porterhouse steak at Mamou’s was also excellent.  Mamou serves only dry aged USDA prime meat for their porterhouse steak.  Dry-aging causes the beef to lose it’s moisture and the flavors become more concentrated.   This dry-aged meat is still juicy when cooked but the taste is compounded several times compared to regular steak.

I’ve read several reviews comparing Mamou’s porterhouse steak with that of Peter Luger’s itself.  I haven’t been to Peter Luger so I cannot make the same comparison.  But definitely, the steak was fantastic.  It was the best steak I’ve ever tasted in the Philippines. The other steak that could come close is of that from Albert’s at Salcedo.

This steak is healthy too plus it only has 170 calories per 85 grams.  Totally worth it.

If you want to try Mamou’s famous porterhouse steak, you can visit them at  Mamou Serendra, 26th St Fort Bonifacio, Taguig Metro Manila Philippines (02) 856-3569.

A refreshing treat

Lunch today was an awesome treat from the boss.  He brought his management team in 2nd’s restaurant at Bonifacio Global City.

The food was excellent too.  I had the crispy chicken fillet fried in butter, some vegetables on the side, a slice of corn muffin, and lots of water.  Water is good for the health. It has zero calories, refreshing, and it flushes out body toxins.  What is better than that? 😀

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Today’s lunch.

The waiter gave me vinegar for my dip.  I always prefer vinegar over any other dip as it makes body metabolism fast and consequently burns calories faster too.  The Tabasco sauce that came with my lunch today was also good and healthy.  It has 1 calorie only for every teaspoon, plus, it tastes really good.

“Anna, how’s your food?” the boss asked.

I rated it 10/10.  The chicken had the right crisp on the outside and juicy and tender on the inside.  The smell of the butter was perfect too.   The vegetables on the side were also cooked just right.  They all retained their crispiness and their individual sweetness.  I would also commend the baker for baking the corn muffin perfectly.  It had the right softness and crumbliness.

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Me, the boss, and the management team.

I’m excited to have my own version of this dish over the weekend using a mix of coconut oil and Anchor unsalted butter to give the chicken it’s distinct crisp and buttery aroma.

I’ve lost a total of 46 lbs over the last 9.5 months since I started my healthy weight loss journey last June 2014.  From 180 lbs I am now down to 134 lbs.  My new food choices has definitely helped me with my journey.

If you want to try the food at 2nds, you may visit them at the  2nd floor, Building 1, B3, 9th Avenue, Bonifacio High Street, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City, Philippines.

Just keep on eating healthy and keep the stress away! 😀

 

 

Today’s dose of healthy: Shopping

I’m happy I’m back working at the 6788 Ayala Avenue in Makati City. It’s been a month and 2 weeks that I came back in this building.  It’s always exciting each day. I’m loving it.

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A little photo op on my break at work, yesterday. 

Today I decided to unwind and do some shopping after another productive day at work. Thanks to my boss who dropped me at the mall.   I got to save time from waiting for a cab and I got to have another productive conversation with him during the ride.  I hit two birds with one stone.  Excellent!

Shopping is today’s dose of healthy. 

1)  Bought a pair of earrings.  I love buying earrings every month.  It’s a dose of wellness for me. And I love it even better because today, I bought a blue one. Blue is my favorite color.

2)  Bought a sofa bed and a coffee table.  I’m replacing my sala with a new one now.  It’s perfect as  I do like taking naps in my sala but my current set is a little small for me.  The one I bought now is just right for my naps and for my book reading.

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My sofa bed and coffee table I bought today. 

 

3) Bought a set of bed sheet, a blanket, and pillow cases.   I’ve changed my bed cover and cleaned up my room.  I’m feeling comfortable.

 

It’s always good to unwind after a day’s work.  I’m happy.