Starting out strong. Health before wealth.

in #food7 years ago

Today, I finally got back on my schedule.


Going to bed early(ier), having a coffee while steeming, and meal prepping for the week. My stomach has been on vacation with me, and this extra baggage has now got to go!

I absolutely love junk food. Chips, chocolate, ice cream, peanut butter, cereal, pizza... Etc. But, the guilt! Waking up in the middle of the night with indigestion, and not loving the person staring back at me in the mirror; Has made me make some (hopefully long-term) healthy eating and exercise habits.

I have always consistently lived fairly healthy. I never eat past 8pm, and always fast through breakfast until lunch. This gives me roughly 16 hours of no food daily. Intermittent fasting. My boyfriend has been doing this for 8 years now, and since I have known him, he has only had breakfast 3-4 times (on special occasions). The only way this is feasible for us is by drinking coffee in the mornings. Caffeine helps hold over your cravings, allowing you to forgo breakfast.

By fasting, I don't have to feel such guilt when I plow through 3 rows of Oreos... However, this is surely not a routine I can stick with without regret.

So I woke up this morning, on a mission!


I had my coffee, got into my gym clothes, and paired my new Senso brand wireless ear buds. I had a pretty decent workout, especially considering I have been MIA for the past 2 months :)

After my workout, I snacked on some nuts and had a salad that I prepared last night for the upcoming week.

I found that if I just make a classic 'lettuce tomato and onion salad', I get bored easily. These salads lack substance, aren't exciting, and leave my stomach grumbling a mere minute after I eat. So, I like to create these vegetable medleys with nuts and cheeses :D

In the Philippines, there are a lot of people living with diabetes. This angers me, because when they go to the local Dr.'s offices, they always give them awful advice and they walk out with numerous prescriptions. Diabetes here is obviously caused by the awful diet staples we Filipinos adore. White rice, chips, pasta sauce with refined sugars to sweeten it, etc. I don't know how many of my followers have ever visited the Philippines, but we seriously LOVE our sugary foods.

When people ask my boyfriend about the Philippines, he is quick to mention that Filipinos are the nicest people he's ever met, but the traffic and food is god-awful. When people ask about the food, he is always quick to ask them if they have ever eaten at or saw a Filipino restaurant anywhere outside of the Philippines.

Eating healthy is a chore. It requires a lot of shopping, as there aren't any one-stop markets that carry all of the items one would need. In order to go grocery shopping for the week, you would literally have to spend an entire day driving around to different shops and markets, as well as fighting to find a decent parking spot. If only there were Whole Foods, and Trader Joes! (I have never been to either, but I have seen videos of walkthroughs, and have been on the receiving end of some delicious gifts from these stores!).

...And this is why this upcoming summer, I absolutely cannot wait to move to Ecuador! Fresh and organic fruits, meats and vegetables galore. I mean, just check out this market in Otavalo, Ecuador... (Supposedly its the biggest and oldest outdoor market in all of South America!)

As a Filipino, it is not easy for me to get a visa to many countries, but many places in South America are visa free, with a Tourist visa obtained on arrival. Most of the flights from the Philippines to South America have layovers in USA, and even these flights I cannot take. Without a transit visa I will have to fly from Cebu to Manila, to Dubai to Brazil to Ecuador! I guess it will be worth it all, when I step foot into perpetual spring-like weather! Oh, and since I have never seen and felt snow... We will spend our first full winter in Patagonia. Probably the Chilean side. Will I still love the snow after this? I hope so.

A little news about Steemit: Since the latest hardfork, there is no longer an incentive to auto-upvote your post as soon as its published. Instead, to maximize rewards you should wait at least 15 minutes.

And if you took the time to read this far down, and you are in the Philippines... I have a giveaway for you. (Only Steemians in the Philippines since it is requiring me to ship an item through postal mail). So, if you are living in the Philippines and leave me an awesome comment... I will reach out to the best one, and send you a New years gift. Trust me, it is very worth it :)

Thanks to all of my friends here, and I am grateful to have made such great lifelong friends and allies in my 5-month journey on Steemit. I will continue to support those, who support me.

Have an excellent start to an even better year. 2018 is OUR year to shine, and to make names for ourselves!



XOXO,

Gilaine

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Nice. People in the west always eat junk food and die very early, it is good to eat better.

Eating healthier is always my new year's resolution... :P
But, I like meat!

All time need to target is health fast then anything @justyy

The most important thing is your meat source. Wild-caught, free range, and organic is best. Animals that had happy free lives are more nutritious and taste better. Also organic means they weren't fed growth hormones and don't have chemicals in their system that are detrimental to your health. More expensive, but in my experience, totally worth it.

We do not need meat to survive, look at the energy and power of a gorilla What does a lion after eating? He sleeps a few hours ;-)

yeah right bro

Exactly, If you study plant based diet and meat based diet you'd find that you don't necessarily need to eat meat although it's a choice.
Even if you're a vegan you can have a great healthy body just google "tore Washington" before saying you need meat to have a great body! 👍 #vegan #vegetarian

We do not need food to survive! Look at rocks, they can last for thousands of years without a drop of water!

yeah...there are more calories in white beans then any kind of meat..so yeah meat is not necessary to eat. its just an option or for special occasions

now at days many of us are not taking a whole meal of sleep which is around 8 hours ,which is very hard for us to do because of our busy schedule .

for some meat is essential

Of cause...I just think we should not eat too much meat but more vegetables beans, fruits,nuts.As colorful as possible the healthier it is in my opinion

well i dont know how old you are but i do know that eating meat is healthy, but for the young. It also depends on the kind of meat you eat. Red meat isn't good for the old or elderly but white meat is. By red meat i mean the likes of beaf, pork, bacon etc, and by white meat i mean, chicken, fish and any meat that doesnt really have blood deep in its skin that makes it look reddish. I love meat too a lot but i watch the kind of meat i eat. #smiles

Have you seen Forks Over Knives or What the Health?

I haven't seen forks over knives yet. But What the health is all lies and propaganda to get you to stop eating meat. I have nothing against vegans or their beliefs, i actually support most of it. But the truth is much more important than forcing fear on their unknowing viewers.

What part of it do you view as propaganda? Are there specific associations he makes that are fundamentally untruthful?

The documentary is targeting the meat industry and all affiliates. They do this because it is from an aggressive vegan perspective which makes their opinion biased.
This is the exact same situation as when the sugar industry paid for and promoted research and documentaries on how eating fat makes people fat and not sugar.
They are simply pushing their agenda. Also they provide zero proof for their evidence. So therefore if you believe what they are telling you, you are blindly trusting them.

eating fish is better than eating chicken

Hmm meat is the best you can eat! :-)

I agree! Everything in moderation. I think if you're active and make sure to eat lots of veggies, eating meat isn't going to hurt you one bit.

Correct. but its important that if you eat vegetables, you are not going to kook all the vitamines away...

correct, everything you do have to be in balance. Look at all things in nature. Everything is in balannce.

Yup, like meat, like everything else! Having a balanced diet is one big signal of a long life!

correct, everything you do have to be in balance. Look at all things in nature. Everything is in balannce.

Meat is super tasty. Most of the dishes I love to cook have meat at their core! I love it's color and texture. It's totally irreplaceable. Vegans always try and give me alternatives, but I haven't ever found something even half as good a replacement as the original thing.

Hello..

i also like meat...Though over meat is not good for health..@justyy

Well, over-anything is not good for the health, right from the meaning of the word over-

Does over-health exist?

lol that's a good question, that I don't know haha

It is absolutely true that healthier food is necessary along with wealth.

Exactly! Money is but a tool you use to live well, but if you spend your life suffering, wealth is without a purpose (and even debatable).

Nicely put, Sharon
Money = options for your actions.
How you eat, exercise, sleep, have fun.
More money = more options. Less money = less options.

lean meat is your friend....or just moderation

Measure is the key
Watched the movie Eat Pray Love recently
Well, seems like Balance is very important in our lives.
A little bit of this a little bit of that

i am a fresh,i wanna make friends here

welcome curry

There's nothing wrong with meat. It contains easier obtainable proteins as well as iron, that a lot of vegetarians are low on. Also the fat is extremely healthy. Sugar is bad. Fat is good. Of course, not 2 kg of fat pr. day. Just add some veggies and some fish and you're good to go.

excellent explanation !!! ... the meat is not harmful, eating the excess is what harm

yes of course eating healthy and living well should be everyone one steemit new yr resolution while we steem

You literally typed what was on my mind.

Meat is not unhealthy in moderate quantities! It's bad for the animals, though. They die from it! (Like, when we kill them to eat them 😂.

If you can stay away from meat enough time you'll realize one day that it is not as good as you might think. Without counting the fact that it is the first factor of civilization's illness like cancers and diabete, industrial farming plays also an evil role kept generally untold on major medias in climatic changes.

Meat is life!

Really, Why you like eat meat?

Meat is the best. Look at the strength of Goku :-)

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I miss your fresh vegetable salad ate @purepinay 😗😍 . Hope to see you soon before you leave. 😭😭 .. Love you te 😗😗

@gerel

Thats right:-)

I'll see you before I leave, I was even hoping you'll move to Cebu. It's better here than Manila. Too much traffic, more pollution, and crowds everywhere.

Aaaa, I looked up Cebu on Google Images. It's such a beautiful place! I want to visit it someday ❤️❤️.

ada 'fresh vegetable salad gud? haha It's called salad, lol well, we have salad the "filipino salad" means the dessert. That gave me really bad gas, remember I always complain about my tummy?

You have to be careful on what you eat, you have to take care of your health. I taught you about the fasting 'diet'. It's not really a diet, you have to change your lifestyle.

Can you cook the kuletz some mixe veggies with coconut milk tomorrow, they have to eat a lot of veggies and not process food.

Good night, Love you!

Always remember to remain mine @gerel. Thanks!

Woah that's a lot of greens. Wish you long life kababayan! I wish I could've joined your free gift. I've been away from the motherland for a few years now. Can you send it to my relatives there instead?! Lol.

Have an awesome day!

"A little news about Steemit: Since the latest hardfork, there is no longer an incentive to auto-upvote your post as soon as its published. Instead, to maximize rewards you should wait at least 15 minutes."
curious , why wait 15 mins @purepinay

As a newbie, I was wondering the same thing. I don't know of this makes sense, but if you up vote, will it make it seem like it's trending more if you wait 15 min?

As a newbie, I was wondering the same thing. I don't know of this makes sense, but if you up vote, will it make it seem like it's trending more if you wait 15 min?

Hi Gilaine! Checking your account, I believe you're from Cebu. I even saw a picture of you taken from Parkmall. Am I right? Hahaha. Anyways, lodi kaayo tika! I think usa kas pinakasikat sa steemit. Pwede mangayo ug tips? Aw. Hahaha. I'm curious tho if it eas a hard start for you too or since maayo man kaayo ka mu post, dali ra sa imu pag una? Please inspire the newbies! <3 @purepinay

Hello! Yes, I do have some photos at Parkmall :D

Thank you for the lovely comment. Since I chose your comment as the best on this blog, I have a gift for you :D When is the next time you will be at or near Parkmall? Or tell me your FB, and I will reach out to you on there.

"And if you took the time to read this far down, and you are in the Philippines... I have a giveaway for you. (Only Steemians in the Philippines since it is requiring me to ship an item through postal mail). So, if you are living in the Philippines and leave me an awesome comment... I will reach out to the best one, and send you a New years gift. Trust me, it is very worth it :)"

Gilaine.

Oh my! That's so thoughtful of you! Since you earn a fan in me, I think it'll be a pleasure to receive a gift from an idol! :-D My facebook is Glenna May Jumao-as. :-D

Hi there! I'm new to steemit and you are my first reply!
I love what you write. I am a fellow foodie, hoping to write about my food adventures on here much like you do. So if you have any advice, I am all ears :)
ie. your upvote comment above that says to wait 15 minutes after you publish. Things like that I'm sure will be great to know, so thank you for adding it into your post.

Now, back to your actual post.
I had no idea it was challenge to eat well in the Philippines. Congrats on doing so regardless of the difficulty. I wish I was there now so this comment could be considered for your New Year's gift; I'm sure it is awesome and whomever wins it will be very fortunate.
Moving to Ecuador is so exciting! My friend, a seasoned hiker around the world, spent Christmas in Patagonia. She said it was incredibly beautiful, but you have to be cautious about hiking due to the deep muddy trails from the rain. So, I hope you have some great hiking boots!
I've never been, but I have been to Peru. I highly recommend you take a trip to Machu Picchu if you have the time. It was one of the most amazing places I have been to. The scenery, the history, the people, the alpaca, the peruvian food in Aguas Calientes...everything was phenomenal.

WOW! I'm surprised that so many people in the Philippines have diabetes. Americans mostly eat junk too! And we really love Trader Joes but it is far from us. Whole Foods is often called "Whole Paycheck" because the food is so expensive.

So we tend to grow our own with a big garden and raising our own healthy meats.

Lets upvote :-)

hi, @mericanhomestead!

I am a huge fan of your youtube videos "American Homestead" few years ago, even before I learned about Steemit.

I even subscribed to your channel. My boyfriend and I almost bought a farm lot here in the Philippines to start our homestead, till plans changed.

You have a point with the price at Whole foods but to be honest it's still cheaper than what I pay here in the Philippines. I do buy some crops on the local markets or on the side of the street but so many times I got so disappointed because most of the time they ran out of good quality produce, one time I bought lettuce at the local market and it was very bitter, maybe because of the soil ph? am not sure

I am so jealous of the number of crops you grow. I hope to visit your homestead in person (maybe when I finally get my USA Visa), woud love to buy some of the canned fruits that your wife makes. ohh they must be good..

Have a good one!

funny how many of us are going through the same process now :D Me definitely yes, full on "After-Christmas" detox :) Green smoothies storm full on! Cheers to you @purepinay! Followed, upvoted!

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I think it also has to do with the New Year phenomenon. When people think of it as a new year, they think of a new life and how they need to improve it! I myself am also changing my routines in order to be healthier and wealthier 😜.

Absolutely! There's whole studies done about how long the NY resolutions actually last :D

Good motivation.

Yeah! It got me thinking about my choices. Truly inspiring.

that's good to know! I love to see my fellow steemians who take care of their health.

I did green smoothie detox before and I was great, I hope to remember to make some this week. How many glass of smoothie do you have to drink in a day? for me I have to drink at least 3 glass in a day so I won't get hungry =)

I actually drink green smoothies every morning, for years already. Like 1 liter (3 glasses?) It's my only food until late lunch, or no lunch :) Boosts your immunity like nothing else. Don't know what it is to be sick anymore! I don't do "only smoothie" kinda thing since I am pretty healthy all year long, and if I slip (christmas) it's not for long so I can catch up fast:) Cheers!

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