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Food: find my way

As I mentioned in my pregnancy update post. I’ve been experiencing extreme bloating and water retention in my belly for the past week. I didn’t know what was going wrong and it occurred to me that I could play with my diet to see if it makes a difference. And this does! 😆

For breakfast, I’ve been having either protein cake or kabocha waffles.

accompanied with silk soy milk (50% of daily calcium per cup!)

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spreading waffles with Peloponnese Hummus. A giveaway to come soon.

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Or with fresh picked strawberries, LC and soy milk

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Lunch last week was kind of random. One time I had subway turkey veggie sandwich on wheat bread

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Another time I had bibimbap: white rice, assorted korean pickles, seaweed, teriyaki cod and fried egg.

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Now, here let me show you two dinners that seemed “innocent” but caused a major water retention and bloating the next day.

Stir-fry veggies with Trader Joe’s chicken sausage and “noodles”, seasoned with soy sauce and sweet chili sauce

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It was really tasty but I think the sausage (processed food) and the heavy seasoning was the problem.

And the second problematic meal: Trader joe’s turkey meatball, frozen veggies and “noodles” cooked in 1 cup of marinara sauce, S+P

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The same problem, processed food and too much sodium in the sauce.

I think both of them are healthy meals. In non-pregnancy state, I’d happily eat them often because I enjoy the taste of them and they’re healthy. But in my current state, my body is extra sensitive to seasoning and sodium, so I won’t have them, at least at night.

Switching to more pregnancy-friendly meals. I’ve had some successful combos that did not cause bloating nor water retention.

#1:  stir-fry whole wheat couscous with celery, broccoli and tofu, lightly seasoned with low sodium tamari and pepper.

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it was quite tasty as well

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#2 salad made with arugula, tomato and beets, dressed with olive oil and balsamic

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and grilled chicken breast, simply seasoned with salt (after cooking) and lemon

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I had this on Friday for lunch and I liked it so much that I had the same combo for lunch on Saturday again

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this time the salad with made with butter lettuce, tomato and cucumber.  It’s so fresh and it provides a good source of protein.

I made a dessert over the weekend: blueberry cheesecake

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Blueberry cheesecake

Ingredients (8 servings)

  • 3 cups of fage 0% with blueberries preserve
  • 2 whole eggs plus 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 1/4 cup trader joe’s lightly whipped cream cheese
  • 2 tbsp of honey
Blend everything and bake for 60 min at 325F.
A dessert that is high in protein, low in fat and sugar. 🙂
#3: macrobiotic plate made with 1/2 cup of wheat berries, firm tofu, chopped bell pepper, steamed broccoli and shredded nori. The sauce was made with silken tofu, miso and tahini

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full of vitamins and minerals, and very low in sodium

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#4: Macrobiotic plate made with brown rice, steamed butternut squash (in love with it!) and sautéed veggies

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I used 1/2 package of collard greens, some shiitake mushrooms and black fungus. I sautéed them in 1 tbsp of sesame oil, 1 tbsp of low sodium tamari, add 1/4 cup of water, and cover it for 5 min.

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topped with shredded nori

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#5: macrobiotic plate made with cucumber (marinated in vinegar and pinch of sugar), sautéed collard with celery (same method), butternut squash and boiled wakame.

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I didn’t have rice that night because I had half package of this rice cake as snack in the afternoon. It’s soooo good! 🙂

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I’m happy to find my way out of the extreme bloating and water retention situation through diet. I’m a true believer of the power of using food to heal our body. Whenever I feel imbalance in my system, the first thing I’d check is my diet, and I’ll play around with it to balance it out. This time the way out seemed to be to eat extremely clean, no processed food, low seasoning, low sodium, specially at dinner time. I’ve decided to have macrobiotic meals for dinner from now on. And during the day I’ll make sure to get enough protein. This way I can ensure that I get all necessary nutrients and feel good at the same time. 🙂

Q: How diet/food affects your body? Do you notice a difference in your body when you switch your diet?

Disclaimer: by diet I don’t know a diet to lose weight, but to refer a way of eating.

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Food: two breakfast combos

I’ve been trying more sweet breakfast last week and I have to say, I enjoy both of these combos and plan to make them more often! 🙂

First, because they’re so pretty!!!! 😆 It’s a visual pleasure just looking at it.

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blueberries pancakes with TJ’s european whole fat yogurt and strawberry preserves.

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To made 5 mini pancakes, I use 1/4 cup of Bob’s Mill high fiber pancake/waffle mix, 2 egg whites (beaten) and 1/4 cup blueberries.

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Scrumptious!!

The second combo is an old one. Last weekend we bought a new waffle maker because I missed this combo

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waffle topped with aduki coconut mousse, served with homemade soy milk made with soy bean, millet and red dates.

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To make the waffles I used 2/3 cup Bob’s Mill’s high fiber pancake/waffle mix, 3 egg whites (beaten), 1 cup homemade soy milk and 1/2 tbsp coconut oil. It makes four waffles. I had two and freeze the other two. I love toasted waffles! 🙂

Q: Do you prefer pancakes or waffles? What’s your favorite topping?

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Saying NO!

I’ve never had problem before saying NO to people/request and I didn’t understand people who has problem with that. Well… until recently, until I saw myself struggling, stressed out simply because I was afraid to say NO and to put a limit to abusive people around me. Why it’s hard to say no? Because we’re afraid of what others might think about us, we’re afraid of the consequences if we say no to them, because we want to feel useful. But you know what? NONE of these is more important than our SPIRIT, our MORALE. If they can’t accept it, it’s their problem, not ours. We need to put ourselves in FIRST priority.

I’ve been having this problem lately and it has been hard. Yesterday I finally made the decision and declined the request. It was liberating!!! 😆

Variations of How to Say no (source)

Plain No: All you do is say no and move on. This is the least effective of the various techniques.

Mirroring No: This variation involves sympathy where you communicate an understanding of the person’s situation and follow it up with your declining statement. Your child’s sports coach asks you to be the team manager. You could respond with a mirroring no by saying, “I understand your after a team manager. It must be tough trying to organize the team… but I won’t be the team manager this season.”

Reason-why No: Many studies have proven that if a person provides a reason for carrying out an action then the action is more likely to be accepted. If a charity worker asks for a donation you can say, “No I won’t donate because I’ve donated to another organization last week” or “No I won’t donate because I don’t want to.” The second example’s reason for not donating seems stupid but even though no new information was provided the reason adds persuasive power.

Delayed No: Just say “You’ll get back to them at a later time.” In the mean time, the person may find someone else to do the job or the problem may have been solved.

Conditional No: You state the conditions that you would accept the person’s request and if these conditions aren’t met you will decline their request. Only use this technique if you are willing to accept the request. The person may end up adjusting the initial request for you under your listed conditions which will put the burden on you to follow the adjusted request. Your child’s sports coach again asks you to be the team manager and you respond with, “I will be the team manager if you can guarantee that it requires no more than 2 hours of work a week. If not, I’ll have to say ‘no’.”

Painful No: This variation of saying no involves stating the future pain the person would receive if you declined their request at a later time. Your boss asks you to take on an extra assignment and you reply with, “For both our sake I’m going to say no. The quality of my work declines when I’m not focused on one assignment and I don’t want to give you bad work, hurt my position here at the company, and as a result make you get someone else to redo the assignment at a later date.”

Respectful No: Firstly, use one of the above variations. If the person persists with their request then use the respectful no variation. What you say communicates your wishes for the person to respect your decision. An example is “Please don’t make the same request again. I’ve said ‘no’ so can you please accept that?” Do this with “soft” body language so you don’t come across as aggressive.

These are useful tips, I wish I’ve read them earlier 😉

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First oatmeal this summer (or end of it): blueberries + AB + flax meal + blueberries, topped with cottage cheese

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mmmmm……it was good but I still prefer some bread now

Throw together salad continued: lettuce, tomato, steamed broccoli, mozzarella, 3 tbsp olive + 1 tbsp balsamic.

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and steamed corn. Enjoyed watching TV at home! 😀 Working at home is good! . 🙂

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I know some lady likes sweet dessert… but I don’t have sweet tooth, so I had edamame instead  😉

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Took a powerful 30 min nap and back to work! 😀 Working at home is good x 2 😆

I didn’t feel like snacking anything solid, so I made a black rice and lotus seed drink

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look how many drinks I had in my desk

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I went to the gym for 40 min ET while watched the night news (fancy gyms are good! ;)) and a power yoga class. It’s indeed a gym yoga class, a lot of flow and core work at the end, and lady gaga music as background. Yeah~ picture it… doing yoga with lady Gaga’s song.

Dinner time!!! FIRST HOMEMADE PIZZA!!! 😆

okay.I’ve made unconventional pizza but I didn’t make the crust. So, crust was on the project.

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I made the dough few days ago and freeze it. It was easy and convenient to make a big batch and save it for later.

I like thin crust pizza so I rolled it well

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as topping, I shredded a large zucchini, put it in a milknut bag

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squeeze it well to drain the extra liquid

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ricotta cheese + nutritional yeast + S&P

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base was simply tomato paste

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top with dry and fresh basil

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bake at 400F for 20-25 min. Meanwhile… I snacked some more edamame and roasted kabocha 😀

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homemade PIZZA!!! I LOVE IT!!!!

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the crust is perfect, thin, chewy and crunchy!!!

Side dish was black fungus and shiitake mushroom salad.

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A fusion dinner right? 😉

Q1: Do you find hard to say no?

Q2: What’s your favorite type of pizza crust? thin, thick?

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