06 Sep2007

A Restrained Lunch…

by Marketman


Geez, the first 350 votes are in on the poll and it seems 72% of respondents felt they were heavier than their ideal weight, while nearly 50% felt they were 11 pounds or more heavier than their ideal weight…yipes! I think we ALL need to eat a little healthier and do a whole lot of exercise!!! I won’t bore you with a daily rundown of my meals while I try to reduce weight, but I WILL occasionally feature a representative meal in case some of you are trying to lose weight in tandem with my efforts. For lunch today was a simple green salad with lots of romaine lettuce, roasted red peppers, carrots, tomatoes and 1/2 of a grilled chicken breast, skin removed and sliced thinly. Dressing was a little balsamic vinegar and a touch of extra-virgin olive oil. I put all of this on my new plate purchased for PHP90 and it looked so full and abundant, but really, the plate was just smaller than normal…

Together with this salad a had a bowl of tomato soup and one slice of toasted whole wheat bread. One can of Campbell’s reduced sodium soup with some water added equals two servings of soup for me. I like soup when I have a salad because the warm liquid fools my stomach into thinking I have had a hearty hot meal. For dessert I had half a kiwi (the fruit, not a human, silly) and one fourth of a pear. This salad will appear dozens of times over the course of my diet, but the protein will change to canned tuna, salmon, grilled or boiled shrimps, sliced beef, hard-boiled eggs, etc. Vegetables may also include asparagus, broccoli, fennel, celery or artichokes, etc. For dinner this evening I had a soto ayam (an Indonesian noodle soup) with limited serving of noodles, some red rice and a mandarin orange for dessert. I have been wicked good today, despite the clam episode yesterday…



  1. Silly Lolo says:

    MM: Are you sure that’s a small plate? Looks normal to me but I’ll take your word for it. Just don’t forget, portion control is key. Great looking salad and I will try it with fresh King Salmon for lunch today plus, I happen to have a hunk of just baked San Francisco sourdough bread.

    Sep 6, 2007 | 1:05 am


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  3. eej says:

    My family have always sticked to this motto “Eat only half a portion of whatever is on your plate” and definitely “No second servings.”

    Sep 6, 2007 | 1:28 am

  4. buffy says:

    I say, I think you’re doing the right thing with this diet MM. I can see that you’ve incorporated a lot of healthy food in that meal. I totally did it the wrong way years ago, somehow I developed a distaste for a lot of different foods (uhh, borderline anorexia I guess) and lived off Skyflakes, tea, diet Coke and Wendy’s fresh salad for months. I lost so much weight until I reached 98 lbs. I’m 5’3″ and me weighing just so much made me look like an extra from Night of the Living Dead. Not pretty. Now I’m at a healthier weight, 135 lbs. I could stand to lose 10 lbs right now but this time, I’ll do it better- I’m gonna follow the diet recipes that you’ll post and see if I lose any weight! Good luck to all of us!

    Sep 6, 2007 | 1:44 am

  5. Maria Clara says:

    Quite nippy and substantial rabbit diet in there. Yin and yang concept looks good hot soup and cold salad. Enjoy your greens!

    Sep 6, 2007 | 1:45 am

  6. smiles4angels says:

    kiwi… i thought is was the animal :)

    It’s nice to have an “online support group” through dieting. Count me in.

    Sep 6, 2007 | 6:00 am

  7. bedazzle says:

    speaking of restrained lunch.i had a delicious early dinner, i guess you could call it ‘coz it was only around 6 pm, at cibo trinoma.had the seafood salad (deliciously refreshing!).cibo always has the freshest ingredients. hubby had the beef tenderloin panini. took a bite of that, too and the beef was tender. i also love their potato chips. kudos to margarita fores! promise i’ll be back as soon as i save enough to pay for dinner :=)

    Sep 6, 2007 | 7:04 am

  8. Mila says:

    A friend is on a one month soup not-diet. She says she eats a lot of soup, so it can’t be a diet, but she’s losing weight (steadily). Most of her soups are made from scratch and they’re mostly vegetarian. She doesn’t want to do more than a month though, but will alternate.

    Sep 6, 2007 | 8:50 am

  9. portugalbear says:

    i agree with you MM on soup. I love soups. The first sip always hits the spot. You could lose weight faster if you coupled your healthy eating with some cardio activity like badminton or just simply walking.

    Sep 6, 2007 | 9:29 am

  10. Mrs Kookie says:

    Hi Marketman, your pictures will also serve as an inspiration to us who want to diet/have to diet/are dieting that even if the food they eat are low on calories, they can still look good and appetizing :)

    Sep 6, 2007 | 10:28 am

  11. Blaise says:

    Why, I’m inspired to be on diet na rin.. hehe.. ;)

    Sep 6, 2007 | 11:29 am

  12. jules winnfield says:

    if only there were places like souplantation in manila…

    Sep 6, 2007 | 12:22 pm

  13. Kongkong622 says:

    I lost a lot of weight eating adobong kangkong and papaya. And yes, with rice. Sometimes I would have tofu with oyster sauce. The diet wasn’t as punishing and it worked. I also went on a crazy peanut butter sandwich diet. That’s all I ate for 2 weeks. I lost 12 pounds on this diet.

    Sep 6, 2007 | 2:41 pm

  14. iya says:

    who knew dieting could be fun?

    MM: the sald looks gorgeous. i love roasted peppers!

    kongkong: peanut butter sandwich diet? wow! ayos ah! :D

    Sep 6, 2007 | 7:50 pm

  15. Cookie says:

    MM, don’t foget to exercise. I don’t mean kill yourself in the gym, but 30 minutes of walking a day, at least, could help boost your weight loss.

    Sep 6, 2007 | 8:54 pm

  16. Marketman says:

    Cookie, thanks, and yes, I do try to get decent exercise in 5x a week or so…

    Sep 6, 2007 | 9:14 pm

  17. Apicio says:

    And in case you want a bit of departure from this, Gourmet magazine from January 2006 on page 90 reprised a favorite from the year 69 (which in of itself is not a bad number) Men’s Favorite Salad, a really delicious coleslaw dressed with mayonaise and cottage cheese that you can make in a big batch and eat as is in unlimited quantity or use to flank thickly sliced smoked turkey breast or mixed with left-over fried chicken for a nice and different filling for pita. Men’s Health pointed out that cabbage along with guavas are two of the ten food items we should be eating a lot of but do not although personally I would hesitate on the guavas, really I would.

    Sep 7, 2007 | 3:32 am

  18. kitkathie says:

    Hi,MM. You might want to try some vegan resto– there’s one in Timog area. Just recently been there. Enjoyed there spinach soup,three for all platter, sheperd’s pie, sisig and lassi. All these are vegan dishes. Goodluck!

    Sep 7, 2007 | 4:22 am


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