I am very excited to go on a one week journey of changing what I eat and to be more aware of what I cook as we should always analyze and watch what goes into our system. We are all familiar with the saying “You are what you eat”, but how many of you actually know what is going into your body? For this next week I challenge myself to document everything that I eat, and for 7 days I shall maintain a change in what I intake and see if it helps my overall well-being. At the same time I am going to research the various diets that is currently out there and if they really work. I shall also read up on books and articles to educate myself and research. because after this week, I will select readers and followers from my Facebook to compete in a one month challenge and the winner will get a prize at the end of the 30 day challenge. More on this later.
Yesterday was day 1 of my 7 day challenge. I felt pretty good about it and didn’t feel like I was starving at any point. For me, weight isn’t the issue at all because I can eat a ton and still keep my metabolism up – lucky me with Asian genes!!!
I started my morning with an orange. It was a good size orange and not one of those small dinky ones. I love fruits but am easily bored with eating the same ones. I can never get tired of oranges and I had a few laying around so I decided that I should sink my teeth into one. It was juicy, sweet and delicious. The one thing I miss about Asia is the amount of fruit choices we get. One of my favorite fruits is mangosteen which we definitely cannot find here in California.
After my orange, I then sat down and started reading. I bought these two books awhile ago and never truly delved into it. I began reading and trying to understand the concepts and went through the recipes to see what appealed to me. While both books are well written, I felt that the Raw Food Essentials didn’t make as much sense to me as the Crazy Sexy Diet. Both were informative but I think that Kris Carr did a better job in terms of what I was looking for perhaps. To me a diet isn’t about starving yourself or restricting yourself solely to one way of eating. It is more about a lifestyle and eating with the right proportions to have an end goal that allows you to continue this way of eating for a long time to come. I don’t believe in fad diets nor anything that promises losing “x” amount of pounds in “x” amount of days. The book really focuses on teaching you how to become a vegan, which may not be what I am exactly looking for, but I was definitely interested in learning more about it and what it entails. A lot of the things that we’ve been taught about food are myths and products of subsidies and other deals. Eating right and being healthy is not hard if you want it!
While I was reading, I decided that an orange wasn’t quite enough. The next thing I had was a strawberry smoothie with oats. Instead of using regular milk, use almond milk or soy milk. Both taste amazing in smoothies. A smoothie is always a good replacement and deliciously refreshing too.
An hour later, I had to head out to a meeting with a client. I grabbed a handful of nuts and threw it into a zip lock snack pack and took it on the road to munch on whilst driving to my meeting. Almonds are a tree but that provide many nutritional values and don’t require refrigeration. Unlike many other nuts, almonds contain high levels of “healthy” fat, which are good for your health. Raw almonds have increased health benefits over processed almonds.
After my meeting, I sat down in front of my computer for the rest of the day. I immediately indulged in a nice scrambled egg and mushroom dish along with some asparagus. It hit the spot and was just enough to stop my stomach from wanting more. The key is to have many small meals during the day and evenly spread out with snacks in between. Try and stay active and walk around instead of always sitting down. If you don’t have much time to exercise and have an insane schedule like mine, there are little things you can do. Take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. Go for an early morning walk before work for about 30 minutes. Do that every day and I guarantee you will feel a difference in even a week.
Last but not least this was my dinner. I went to a cooking demo for Saladmaster and it was Indian vegetarian night. I typically try and stay away from carbs in the evening but being as my first day I think I did pretty well. Don’t you?