Don’t Exercise to Eat, Do Both to be Healthy

The fact of the matter is this, if you eat junk food, your weight loss progress will be hampered. You could work off the extra calories, but think about how much stress you would be putting on your body to make it happen, and it may not even be enough. You run the risk of permanent injuries. There’s also time invested. Overall, it’s probably not worth it. So the next time you’re about to eat something high in refined sugar and processed carbs, think about how much you would have to exert your muscles in order to burn off those calories!

Even if you’re not concerned about an attractive physique, reckless eating should be always be minimized. Just because you work out, doesn’t mean your body can handle all the fat and sugar you’re throwing at it. Diabetes, heart attack, or cancer can still result even if you do “work out” regularly!

8-Grain Congee Recipe ( 八寶粥)

My new favorite diet-food is my mom’s 8-Grain Congee. It works for whatever diet you’re on. It’s vegetarian, but contains protein and essential vitamins and minerals to support good health. The multigrain gives it a low glycemic level while the high fiber and water content fills you up and keeps you full until the next meal.

Ingredients: All dry

Instructions:

  1. Put all ingredients in an electric pressure cooker
  2. Set on high pressure to cook for 45 minutes
  3. Serve

If you don’t have a pressure cooker, I would recommend buying one because it’s so versatile and it makes cooking so much easier and faster. Brown rice that normally takes up to an hour to cook, takes 20 minutes in the pressure cooker!

But if you don’t want to dish the money, cooking in a slow cooker will also work, but just double the time or cook until the beans have softened. If you must use the old-fashioned pot on the stove method, make sure you have a HUGE pot and fill it only half-way. You run the risk of the content spilling over if the temperature is not controlled correctly at low.

Be Wary of Fat-Free Items

I know I have at some point in my past made the mistake of believing that as long as I cut down on fat, I am guaranteed to slim down. It’s true to some extent, but cutting out all fat is extremely dangerous! But I digress. My main point here is to advise you to reconsider food that you have always deemed as “eat as much as I want” food just because it’s labeled “fat-free”.

For example, fat free yogurt. Just because the yogurt is void of fat, doesn’t mean they don’t contain sugar, natural or otherwise. In fact, companies may put in MORE sugar to compensate for the taste. Remember my last tip? Processed sugar is BAD however you look at it. Make sure you always check the sugar content on the label beforehand.

Lastly I want to say, any food consumed at an overabundance will hamper your health and weight loss goals. Portioning and variety is key to any healthy diet.

Break Your Sugar Addiction Today

I know you can’t avoid it all the time, but you don’t want to consume it every other hour of the day either! Take it out of your food choices slowly until you can go without it for days at a time. Because honestly, it’s the worst possible legal substance you’re putting into your body on a daily basis. So before you pick up a cookie, think about all the sugar that goes in there and how SCARY that is. 1 cookie will become 2 and 3… trust me, it’s addicting.

Frozen Gourmet Lunch

A happy discovery in the frozen food section – Vegetable Souffle!

I purchased this box of broccoli souffle at my local supermarket the other day for $4.50. After trying it for the first time today at lunch, I must give it a two thumbs up! It’s quick, easy and delicious though a bit on the sweet side. I would have liked to add a squirt of Sriracha or Tabasco sauce.

So I popped it into a glass Tupperware and microwaved it for 5 minutes.  The souffle is about 4 inches in diameter and 1 inch thick. It’s made with all natural ingredients that’s been frozen upon the completion of the cooking process. The flavor is good and it’s just the right portion. 140 calories with 11 grams of protein! Because it’s also puffed up with air, it helps to promote the feeling of being full.

Here’s more info on the Garden Lite website along with a coupon for $1 off!

I can’t wait to try the roasted vegetable one I have at home!

Have a Water-Rich Breakfast in the Morning

Just think of waking as your body has just gone through 7-8 hours of fasting, it’s hungry! We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but did you know it influences your metabolism for the rest of your day and it happens within the first 30 minutes? You’ll want to satisfy that immediate need for calories but also replenish the nutrients it had expended throughout the night on repairing your body. I’m talking about muscles, brain cells, bones, and even your hair. This is the time where your body can absorb the most nutrients that you ingest, so take advantage of it. You’ll also want to replenish the water in your cells.

I like to start with my daily dose of vitamin supplements along with half a cup of water to wash it down with. After washing up, I’ll prepare a personal smoothie and take it with me on my way to work. I like to start my day with a spinach smoothie. Recently, I also like adding flax seeds or half a lemon to help detox my system. I like the taste of sour so I add the lemon, but that’s just my preference. If you still prefer a sweet smoothie, you can add a banana or sweet pineapple chunks. Think of the smoothie as a healthier, cheaper and more filling option than going on the juicing diet. The fiber and air bubbles will help you feel full until lunch time. As if right on queue, your stomach will growl when it’s lunch time and not a minute sooner.

Vinegar Soaked Black Soybeans

We all know vinegar and black soybeans are nutritious foods on their own, so is it surprising that putting them together will create a super food combo?

Benefits – high in vitamins E and B, skincare, whitening, weight loss, lower bad cholesterol, antioxidant

Ingredients

If you don’t have a Chinese supermarket close to you, aged balsamic vinegar will do as well.

Instructions

  1. Pour soybeans into the pan and stir on medium heat (do not add oil) for 5 minutes
  2. Stir soybeans in low heat for another 5 minutes until the shell have been opened
  3. Remove soybeans from pan and leave for 15 minutes to cool
  4. Place the cooled soybeans into a glass container that has a lid
  5. Pour vinegar until it has covered all the soybeans
  6. Close the lid and let the soybeans sit for 2-3 days or once they have absorbed most of the vinegar

Eat 10-20 beans a day