Healthy Eating

I’ve been preparing for this blog post for a long time… documenting on my everyday meals and doing research on the most effective methods of weight lost. For me, weight has always been a issue I struggle with. Food presented itself to be my virtue and vice, causing me so my happiness and pain at the same time. Something like a lover I never had, my toxic partner in life. All this emotional trauma and hate for my body started at a young ripe age of 13. Puberty just hit… and the sensitive, awkward me began to emerge. It was a painful transition from a stick-like figurine to curvy, wide hipped young adolescent. Also my white gene did take prominence, i was larger and fuller in size compared to my peers. I felt really out of place and subjected to close scrutiny by everyone around me. Even though I had a loving group of friends who supported and encouraged me in whatever i did… i still questioned the reasons why my body looked this way. Furthermore, i did receive some teasing for my “thunder thighs”. To revert to my skinny past, i would torture myself by starving- a drastic measure, not advisable. All in all, my personal body image was unhealthy and I had placed unrealistic demands on my figure. Which affected me emotionally and mentally. Media also played a large part in my contorted body aspirations. I know many resonate in the pictures of girls on tumblr which their thigh gap, hip bone, ribs and skinny arms… I really wanted to look that way and see the shorts hang loose on my hips- those slender thighs that every girl wanted.

Through the years, my views have changed and have grown to love myself more. However, I still aspire for that perfect body. My perception of skinny has shifted though to a more fit, idealistic and achievable body image. I’ve tried many diets such as the no carb diet… I practically lived off soup for 3months… not fun. That produced fantastic results but after the diet was over, it was very hard to maintain that weight. So today, i present to u the IIFYM- if it fits your macros. It customises your required dietary needs to ur goals. My boyfriend enlighten me on this so thank him for the tips 🙂 Macros are the nutritional requirements for your body aka protein, cargo, fat and fibre. They are further divided into sub categories… but its damn lehchey to mention. Major apologies

Step 1:

Fill in your information. For the formula chosen, i picked the first one cause I’m unaware of my body fat. But if you do know, pick the 2nd formula 🙂
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Step 2:

Select the goal… obviously for me its weight lost. So i picked the first one. You can adjust ur calorie intake by alternating between the 3 sup options.
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Step 3:

And lastly record down ur macro needs 🙂
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I admit it’s really hard to record down for every meal its nutritional intake but to make life easier i use the app- My fitness pal. If not u can always use the website. Most singaporean cuisine is found online. I mostly eat subway if I cant find any healthy alternatives, all of it’s nutritional information is available on it’s website. It’s under the menu and nutrition tab. Also do stray away from the full body sauces like bbq, chipotle southwest. It’s mostly empty calories that just makes u gain the pounds.

Here’s the recipe for the cauliflower pizza i made as well as the siracha chicken:

Cauliflower Pizza:

1 1/2 Cups (150g) FRESH Cauliflower (not frozen)
1 Cup (112g) Fat Free Cheddar Cheese
1/2 Teaspoon Basil
1/2 Teaspoon Parsley
1/2 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning (or Oregano)
Topping ingredients:
3 Ounces Lean Beef/Turkey/or Chicken
1/4 Cup (28g) Reduced Fat Mexican Blend Cheese
6 Tablespoons (90g) Salsa

Calories per pizza (without toppings):

Calories: 218
Fat: 0g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Sodium: 1165mg
Carbs: 16g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 4g
Protein: 39g

Calories per pizza (with the toppings I used):

Calories: 426
Fat: 9g
Saturated Fat: 5g
Sodium: 1854mg
Carbs: 23g
Fiber: 4g
Sugar: 10g
Protein: 63g

this is how the crust should look like when it’s ready.
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With toppings.
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Another tip i have is to leave the pizza to rest so the crust will harden thus not falling into pieces! 🙂 It should rest for about 10min.

Siracha Chicken:

3 Pounds (48 Ounces) Chicken Breasts
1 Teaspoon (5g) Sriracha (For every piece)- It can be replaced with sambal chilli
8 Ounces (227g) Salsa

Calories in the WHOLE recipe:

Calories: 1715
Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Sodium: 1708mg
Carbs: 31g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 16g
Protein: 373g

Calories per Piece (if you make 8 Pieces):

Calories: 214.3
Fat: 1.37g
Saturated Fat: 0g
Sodium: 213.5mg
Carbs: 3.87g
Fiber: 0g
Sugar: 2g
Protein: 46.6g

The website to find out your macros- http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/
Subway’s website- http://www.subway.com.sg/layouts/page_menu_nutrition_info.html
Video instruction on how to make the pizza- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YjYz-RFxa1Q
Video instruction on how to make siracha chicken- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yDOCq1GVtaI

Japan captured in Film

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Nothing much to say here besides the fact that I love capturing memories on film. I’m using Fujifilm Natura on Kodak Gold film, sometimes I switch between a canon SLR but only on rare occasions- since it’s so bulky and manual focus on that camera is way too hard. Friends ask me why I prefer documenting my travels and everyday experiences on film, well my standard reply is it looks so much more awesome. People just say that I’m trying to be hipster or at least I assume them to be. Whatever the case, film is way too underrated. Film provides so much more character- with the grainy resolution and wondrous light leaks, every picture captured is a hallmark of your camera’s creative ability. Furthermore not knowing how your pictures turn out just feeds the excitement of finally holding it in your hands. The tangible aspect makes all the more worth while. I’m no expert in film photography but it’s really fun when u have an automatic camera and various types of film to play around with. My favorite photography blog would be NIC OJAE, most of his pictures are captured in film and I draw tons of inspiration from him. His work is just….. too good. Hopefully I helped combat the digital revolution by defending film, and inspired some of you to pick up a film camera and document your everyday activities! 🙂