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Life Happening 10.21.19

This week has been relaxing. My new mantra is more life-work balance. hahaha… not that I haven’t before but now that I am not too busy at work, I try to leave office by 5pm so I get to spend more time with the girls and just chill out.

Lizzy finally embraced painting at school. When she started, she refused to draw saying she doesn’t know how. Then we started to practice more at home with Sofia leading her. I find that when sister shows her how to do things, she’s more willing to try than if adults ask her to.

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I’m in post-marathon recovery mode so I got a two weeks unlimited yoga class pass this week. I went there on Thursday and Saturday. Vinsaya 1 and 2. I think I prefer to do it at home. I don’t physically feel I need recovery, at least not evidently as I felt recovered the day after the race. But everywhere I read says our bodies need 10-14 days to repair muscle damages,  so I try to not do anything intense. What I need is a mental break of having to follow a schedule. I love schedules and routines, I need them, but it’s nice to break them once in a while so I enjoy them even more when they are back. Other than yoga, I jogged twice with Sofia (3-4km) as part of our new routine, and joined our sunday run (10km). I did feel more effort on Sunday, mainly on my chest and HR, not so much my legs. Other than that, I’ve tried to walk more as I found it so calming and allows me to listen to podcast.

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I took Friday off on Friday and welcomed Lizzy when she got home. She loves making funny faces and I snap it whenever I can 🙂

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Saturday was the usual: Sofia activities, me doing groceries, and Lizzy playing at home with Daddy.

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Sunday: Sofia had a playdate in the morning while I spent the whole morning in the kitchen. After the nap, Sofia did some crafting while I did my reading. Lizzy is wandered around. Tony was out for golf for most of the day.

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this week I took more pics of my food.

Breakfast was the same old same old. Pumpkin oatmeal with PB2 and chocolate granola. Love this combo so much!!!

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similarly combo using cacao nips

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Lunches: avocado toast (brought from Melbourne) with tomato soup

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massive salad. This one had lettuce, tomato, cucumber, red onion, roasted cauliflower, avocado and hummus tahini dressing and nutrition yeast

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another one with lettuce, tomato. cucumber, roasted pumpkin, avocado, hummus sauce, and a vegan tuna salad made with pulp of soy milk, seaweed, mirin, soy sauce and shredded carrot. It tastes amazing!!!

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I am very happy to report that Tony is finally venturing out to vegan meals. The change has been gradual in the last couple of months, from cutting out almost all meat from his diet except fish, to cut fish consumption to 3-4 days a week to now 1-2 times a week. I’ve been cooking more vegan meals for him to try and he’s accepting them! YAY!!! That’s the prefect combo, he gets to eat healthy and yummy vegan meals, and I get to try new recipes!!! It makes me so happy! 🙂

I made this vegan corn chowder and it tastes quite good

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I also made vegan mac n cheese for the girls. They were not impressed 😦

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Snacks:

homemade soy yogurt with cereals

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fig bars (my fav bar)

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more avocado toast

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Heading to Bohol for work now 🙂

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Going vegan

It’s official, I’m going vegan. Not sure for how long… but my body and mind is in peace going vegan at this moment.

It has been a while that I wanted to try vegan, not for ethical reasons but more for health reasons. I was curious to know what vegan diet would do to my body, whether all the claims are true, or which ones are trues. But going vegan means a shift in life style and it could be restrictive. I don’t like being restricted and for a long time I enjoy eggs for breakfasts, and seafood for meals. I don’t think they’re bad per se, everything in moderation works for me usually.

But since beginning of 2018, the urge to try vegan, even for few weeks, was intense. So I decided to try vegan for a month or so. I started mid-january, then during our trip in Kuala Lumpur I had some seafood, and then I started vegan for good. So I’d say I started officially in February.

Having my dad passing away due to heart attack was the final straw. Somehow I felt responsible for what happened to him. With all the nutrition knowledge I had, I didn’t help him enough, I didn’t advocate enough to change his diet for good. When he was first diagnosed with diabetes, I helped him to change his diet and he was cured after just few months of dietary change. But after his 2013 heart surgery, I didn’t advocate because I lacked knowledge of the link between heart disease and animal protein. I didn’t do proper research to help him. I shut down the thought of losing him from another heart attacked because I was too scared. So I chose to be blind of what was happening, as result, he never made the much needed change. Now, it’s too late.

Suddenly the thought of eating meat or any animal products just disgusts me. And knowing my dad is still “sleeping” in Argentina alone makes me feel really sad and guilty. I know this sounds silly and nonsense, but that’s what I feel at the moment and I’ll just go for it. So the plan is to go vegan until we bring dad back to home (shanghai), that could be 6 months, one year, or two. We don’t know yet.

For many going vegan might be hard, for me it’s not and I enjoy my meals. I used to love toasts with eggs but lately all I want is a bowl of comforting oatmeal cooked with pumpkin/banana, chia seed/flaxmeal, cacao powder, and top with almond butter and/or PB.

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when oatmeal is not accessible while traveling, I’d just have toasts with jam.

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for meals I’ve been having salad with roasted vegetables with tahini sauce

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with added beans

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or tofu and sweet potato

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with quinoa

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or simple stir-fry of veggies with tofu in spicy peanut sauce on a bed of lettuce

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sautéed zucchini, tofu, cauliflower rice, quinoa with tahini and nutritional yeast

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black rice sautéed with red cabbage, tofu, and steamed broccoli

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I wouldn’t say I’m 100% vegan because I’m not super strict. I don’t check all the labels, that would be obsessive. One time I had few spoonful of yogurt and I felt sluggish and bloated for the rest of the day. Lesson learned that diary is not my friend.

Of all the benefits of veganism, I’ve experienced the following:

  • I feel nourished, not hungry often and don’t have cravings
  • I’m no longer bloated most of the time
  • I don’t feel stuffed even though I had a big meal
  • I sleep deep and long
  • I recover faster from my running
  • my skin feels soft and clearer

In 2-3 months I’ll have a physical check, I’ll report back how my stats compared to last years.

Traveling while being vegan is more challenging, I am still trying to find a way to balance the fun of trying new food while sticking to what makes me feel the best. We are heading to Tokyo this Friday, I’ll report back my experience in Tokyo.

 

 

 

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What I Ate this week

It has been ages since I did a WIAW post. Since our move to the Philippines and frequent travels, my eating habits have suffered. I often relied on quick fixes and snacks way too much. So as part of new year resolution, I’ve made the decision to get back to simple real food (cut added sugar, meat, white everything and limit processed snacks), even if I’m traveling. So here are some of my eats last week, part of it happened in Thailand. Yes, I returned to Thailand 3 days after we got back from our family trip, for a safety training which was absolutely the best training I’ve ever had! 🙂

I arrived Bangkok and check-in at Siam Kempinsky hotel, which is absolutely stunning! I loved everything about it, from lobby decor

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to room decor and that bath tub! oh mine….

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the welcome fruit plate

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okay. back to food.

Breakfasts:

My latest favourite breakfast combo after morning workout no matter it was 3 miles or 12 miles is oatmeal, cooked with roasted pumpkin, flaxseed, 2-3 egg whites, topped with PB2 sauce and almond butter! Love it. It’s so comforting and leaves me full for at least 3 hours.

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this time with cacao powder added in

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hotel breakfast choices: toasts with butter, jam

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fruits

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miso soup

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eggs

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since they didn’t offer oatmeal, I sticked to whole wheat toasts for carb in the morning

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two eggs are a must

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porridge with two soy-ginger eggs

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high fibre cereal with milk, fruit and two poaches eggs

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a packed breakfast by the hotel since I had an early flight back. I requested WW bread with cheese and egg. It was perfect!

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I also got some steamed sweet potato for the flight. Three kinds, all super sweet

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Lunches:

airplane food is tasteless, oily, and simply not good, so I bought alternative this time around. Roasted pumpkin and two hard boiled eggs. I felt so much better than eating airplane food.

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lunch during training

stir-fry vegetables with shrimp and a mushroom soup

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stir-fry veggies with shrimp, sautéed squid with eggs, and vegetable soup with tofu

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stir-fry veggies with shrimp and tom yum with seafood and mushroom

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stir-fry frozen vegetables with tofu topped with siratcha. First lunch at home after the trip.

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salad with tofu and asian peanut butter sauce

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Dinners:

noodle soup with fish cakes

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greens, mushrooms, and red rice

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red soup with noodle, fish cakes and fish

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for two nights that I was especially tired after finishing training at 7pm, instead of going out for dinner, I went out for thai massage and got frozen meals from 7/11 instead. This is glass noodle with vegetables and soy meat, not bad

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and a corn to make it a meal

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dinner at home: steamed fish

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sautéed greens

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desserts and snacks:

yogurt

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tangerines

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sticky rice with mango which was absolutely delicious!

 

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salted broad beans

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apple

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just WW bread

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and chocolates (stress relieving device ;))

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more oatmeal

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That was it. 90% clean simple meals that are filling, nutritious, and makes me feel good. 🙂

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