day 1967 – yankee swap

img_20200130_2120406846074870050997038.jpganother year pass by and it comes time for our design christmas lunch and yankee swap in the boardroom. lunch was served with a combination of pasta, salad, cake and sparkling juice. we work hard all year round so it’s good to end the year off by getting the whole department together where we don’t talk about work issues. i got to know a few design people a little better over the last little while. i took home a gift very suitable for me – an organic back wrap microwaveable for both cold and heat aromatherapy. now this is a ticket to continue to go wild with my sports and activities

day 1253 – hearty meal

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all my favourite dishes were on the dinner table because i’m finally home for dinner on last day before parents leave for mexico. it’s her way of saying it’s good to have me home for dinner for once. it was a great homecooked meal; i enjoyed every dish and stuffed myself too much. i have yet to get back on track with eating the way i would like to and that needs to be done starting tomorrow. now that she’s going on vacation, i might as well not cook to solve that problem

day 949 – so green

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dinner full of green food felt like the way to turn the corner and slowly leave that nasty cold behind. getting back to eating more greens is the goal instead of grabbing what’s most available. never thought i would ever say i missed my veggies, but i really do after a stretch of not so health conscious food. time to get healthy and stay healthy, the big events are fast approaching

day 881 – eating right

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holiday seasons are terrible when it comes to indulgences. there’s just so much food everywhere i go, as if everyone is ready for bulking season. i am so sick of seeing food that sometimes i feel hungry but have no appetite. getting my greens today and sticking to my plan because i want no part in holiday food anymore. i know i made the right decision cause i felt so much more refreshed not having consumed dense food

day 877 – christmas homecooking

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enjoying a homemade dinner feast on christmas day. the food on the table shows my family has some proven chefs, and that’s not me, cause all i did was toss the salad. festive seasons like this reminds me that i am truly blessed with the people i am surrounded by, for all these people listen and help me through my many troubles and insecurities. but none more so, than those that share the tong genes, for they work tirelessly to guide me through no matter the situation. my life wouldn’t be the same without any one of you out there and tis the season to reflect and be thankful for all that i have. let it be known that each and every one of you have a place in my heart

day 847 – secret stash

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i think my mom’s addiction to avocado just got worse. i came home and my mom was eager to show me the four new packages of ripe and ready to eat avocado sitting on the counter. this is good news for me because i will never run out of avocados for my salad. feeling a little under the weather today, with my headache getting worse throughout the day on top of a sorry back from all that deadlifting yesterday. but toughed it out for yet another trip to the gym and also out to run some errands

day 845 – gate six

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it’s chilly but it’s not raining, so why not enjoy a sunday stroll from hipster land to downtown. as long as i am dressed appropriately for this weather, i would be glad to be out making this trek. somewhere in between we stopped for vegetarian food at a hipster restaurant, canucks store at rogers arena, coffee at blenz and vegan gelato in false creek. my first time trying out vegetarian and vegan food; i actually don’t quite mind it at all and debating if i should give converting a try. i really wished my gyms closed later on weekends because i didn’t make it in before it closed

day 828 – munch time

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prepared my very own salmon sashimi salad today made with lettuce, salmon sashimi, tomatoes and avocado. a meal i was looking forward to all day, maybe that explains why i was so hungry this morning. tasted yummy except next time i would pair it with a different dressing to go along with the sashimi. don’t worry, i am not going vegetarian, i don’t think i ever can because i still love my meat and fish

resolution series: [eleven] eat clean

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there’s a saying “you are what you eat” and i couldn’t agree more. understanding the value of eating well goes a long way to staying healthy. i have always been told you must eat regularly and not skip meals so not to ruin your body clock. too late it’s already ruined and that’s exactly why i have chronic stomach issues. a lot of the times it can’t be helped because when i get busy cramming for deadlines, i lose track of time and forget to eat my meals. this is one of the things i have put emphasis on in trying to correct and make better. i can’t deny i am a picky eater and there are many things i choose not to eat simply because i don’t like it. but there’s also i lot of things i choose not to eat because my digestive system just doesn’t want to accept it. it has taken me a long time to realize my body actually doesn’t like starch all that much and that my digestive system is very sensitive to oily foods. simply reducing starch has made a positive impact to my well being, and the bonus is my stomach has thrown less tantrums. i still have a lot of inexplainable cravings at the most random times but i am trying hard to reduce and control that department. not saying i cannot have them, but just need to keep a close tab on it and only use it sparringly. staying hydrated still troubles me since i can never consume enough water to maintain what people call hydrated, and no one will believe me when i say my body operates just fine with less water. my conclusion is: eat like shit, feel like shit

day 438 – potluck

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a thanksgiving potluck with a large selection of  of delicious food was called for. so many choices of desserts available, i don’t even know where to begin. i only managed to try half the dishes and was already enough to keep my stomach satiated until 10pm. too much eating over this weekend isn’t a good thing at all. too much food to tempt me but can’t eat it if it doesn’t fit my macro