It’s The Lenten Season and I have given up Diet Coke or Coke Light and other cola type products for the next 40 days. Not so much as a sacrifice, more because I got blood test results back the other day and if numbers are to be believed, I have managed to reduce my overall cholesterol WITHOUT medication for the past 3 months, but still have BAD cholesterol up the wazoo AND a liver that is not happy. So my latest self-diagnosis is that Coke Light is not doing my liver any good… And I will test that theory over the next 40-50 days and take yet another blood test at the end of that period and see if there is any change. If not, I will take a bath in Coke LIght at that point and hope it doesn’t act as a skin whitener. :) Meanwhile, I have started daily walks at a brisk pace for 30-40 minutes and am starting to watch what I eat in an effort to curb outrageous weight gain. Here is one of my “lighter” and “healthier” meals that also happen to be meat free.
First a bowl of Japanese buckwheat noodles. Just boil in water for 5+ minutes and cool under a running tap. Then chill in the fridge. A package that cost some PHP120 in the grocery could easily feed 3 people. Next, the classic soy/sweetish dipping sauce. I’m sure you could craft your own, but I just bought the bottled version. And with all of that, I did a veggie stir-fry with broccoli, beans, fennel and asparagus (all leftovers in the fridge) with some small shrimp and a touch of soy sauce and lemon. Didn’t feel like a diet meal. But probably contained 30-40% less calories than I usually consume for lunch. And yes, I made it through the afternoon to dinner, with only a TEENY TINY slice of Dayap and Coconut Cake with some tea. :)