After two weeks of happy, healthy eating (and some little excusable cheats in between), I hit the beach last Saturday with my friends and fell off the wagon.I ate chips, chocolates, candies, and local delicacies (I love Pinoy sweet treats) throughout our overnight stay in Laiya. It felt so gooooood at the start..as soon as the saltiness of the chips touched my tongue, I felt a frenzy! Nagwala talaga ako, munching on all the junk food I could find! Para akong si Derek Ramsey falling for Anne Curtis in No Other Woman..I couldn’t resist! The temptation was too strong..ang sexy ng Soft Batch Cookies! But just as anything bad feels good only at the start (again an ode to No Other Woman hahaha)…I started to crash after my last Yan-Yan and my stomach just felt really rotten by Sunday. My body felt awful after the binge and oddly enough I was starting to crave for my healthy snacks! I was dying for food that would make me feel stronger and nourished again. I woke up extra early this morning, excited to go back on track and I welcomed my spinach egg omelette, whole wheat bread, and apple slices with open arms. I never ever thought that I would actually become this type of person, I was always a proud junkie..and I think I will still allow myself to enjoy it once in a while..but after feeling so much “cleaner” for the past 2 weeks, I guess I find myself liking the good stuff almost as much as I used to love the bad stuff. I knew that this Happy, Healthy Foodie Project wouldn’t be a walk in the park and I wasn’t expecting swift results. I didn’t do this to lose lots of weight or develop six packs overnight..I needed this for me to change my perception towards food and to eliminate bad habits. I’d like to believe that even if I have failed miserably this weekend, the fact that I’m willing to get back up and start walking towards that healthy direction again is worthy of a slow clap! *clap, clap,clap*
The thing about healthy eating is that you have to always listen to your stomach and cater to its needs. I like to call my tummy, Bundee, short for BUNDAT. Bundee likes to eat ALL the time. Kung hindi mo siya papakainin, nagwewelga talaga siya..and trust me you don’t want to see the WRATH of BUNDEE!!! Den-den-den!!! Patrick even messaged me this morning “I have to work hard.. I need to earn enough money for all the food you consume!” Ay, kaluoy. Hindi ako maluho sa gamit, magastos ako sa pagkain. Hahaha 🙂
What I learned through the NUIU program is that you should always be munching to keep the metabolism machinery constantly churning. Don’t ever skip a meal.. don’t ever starve yourself. Now I eat breakfast, a morning snack, lunch, an afternoon snack, dinner, and maybe a light snack again and yakult (yum!!!) before I sleep. Because I’m always eating every 2-3 hours, my body feels satisfied and happy all day. And because I’m also trying to monitor my blood sugar, eating constantly is good for diabetics who need to control their blood sugar. A simpler way of explaining it to you is to take you back to grade school. We were ALWAYS eating as kids, right? Hindi pa uso yung diet nung bata tayo, we were constantly fed good, home-cooked and healthy food. Breakfast, Recess, Lunch, Merienda, Dinner. Because we all had fixed daily routines, it was easy to set eating schedules as well. But as you grow older, with erratic work demands, it’s harder to find time to actually sit down and eat..and what happens is, meals are skipped and binge eating occurs after a long day at the office when you’re too tired to think and you just want to satisfy your hunger pangs. We have to eat like “growing boys and girls” again, to have small nutrient-packed meals spread out throughout the day.
Except for the last 2 days, I was a diligent healthy eater with Nicole and was very pleased with the results! Here’s our foodie journal from Week 2 of the NUIU Program. 🙂
I loved the Walnut Orange Prawn Salad with Honey Orange Dressing, Stir Fried Pork with Beans and Peppercorn, Asian Beef Omelette, Almond Lychee, and Enchiladas Rojas. While Nicole enjoyed the Spicy Beef Salad, Poached Egg Hash Breakfast, Spaghetti and Meatballs, and Dorre en Papillote.
If you’d like to avail of their special packages, simply text +63.917.528.3283 so the nutritionists of NUIU can prepare a program similar to our Happy, Healthy Foodie Project as seen on this blog! 🙂