Recipe: Cold Vegan Soba Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing

As I’ve said several blog posts back, one of my goals in life is to encourage more people to eat healthier. What most people don’t like about eating healthy are: 1) they think healthy food just doesn’t taste good; and 2) they feel that there is lot of work involved in the prep.

You see, these days, healthy food is not anymore limited to just boiled or steamed (aka boring) protein and veggies. More and more people are starting to embrace living healthier so you’d be surprised at the amount of delicious, and easy-to-prepare recipes you can find online if you only actually just googled it!✌😊

So let me share with you my super simple and tasty recipe for cold soba salad. This noodle salad bursts with flavor and is quite filling, but takes no time to make. Great for either pre or post workout and a perfect match for this unbelievable summer heat! ☀

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Recipe: Fried Caulirice

Happy 2017! My first post of the year is also going to be my first ever recipe post. One of the things I knew I wanted to do when I thought about starting this blog is sharing my own healthy recipes; grub guaranteed to have low to zero refined carbohydrates, sodium, fat, and sugar, yet nutritious and still delicious! I think encouraging people to eat healthier and to make healthier food choices  will be more effective if they found out for themselves, through my recipes, that it can be done and that eating healthy need not be boring. Most people have an aversion to healthy food and wouldn’t touch it with a 10-foot pole because they’re under the impression that it’s bland and unpalatable. I want to change that.

Switching to healthier food choices may take some getting used to, especially if you have been accustomed to eating fatty, salty and/or starchy food for a long time. Healthy food might not be as appetizing as a juicy charbroiled cheeseburger or classic southern fried chicken at first, but if done right with lots of creativity, it won’t at all be as repulsive as some expect it to be (and it won’t leave you with with an icky and guilty feeling after!). It will take some time to retrain your palate, but hopefully, my recipes will help make healthy eating more exciting for you.

For my first recipe, I wouldn’t want to scare you away with anything too leafy and raw, so I will start with Fried Caulirice. Cauliflower “rice” or just “caulirice” is a low calorie and less starchy alternative to rice. It’s finely chopped/almost minced cauliflower prepared to look, feel, and taste like rice. It’s filling and neutral-tasting, just like rice, so it could carry seasoning or flavors well.

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8 Tips to Surviving a Strict Diet

I was on a very strict diet for almost nine months. How strict is “very strict”, you ask? Very low sodium (1 tsp. of salt per day!), low dairy (just plain yogurt and three types of cheese were allowed) no sugar (just from some fruits), no processed/junk food, no bad carbs (grains and grain products), no pork, no alcohol, no soda or flavored drinks. Every meal had a protein (chicken breast, lean beef, and select seafood only) and vegetable component and I could only pick food to cook or buy from a list of allowed food. I had to weigh my protein and veggies for every single meal. Meals needed to be at least five hours apart and I had to be asleep by 10PM. So yes, when I say “very strict”, I mean very strict.

Overall, I think I did pretty good, but truth be told, there were days that having to cook my food after a long, exhausting day at work made me want to cry and pull my hair out. There were good and bad days and those bad days can sidetrack you. It’s easy to tell anyone that they just need to be very disciplined and dedicated in order to be a successful dieter, but how? How does one stay focused while keeping sane? Dieting is mental battle as much as it is a physical one. So for those who are about to start on one, here are my 8 tips to surviving a strict diet:

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Choosing Wellness

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This was me in 2011. Obese and close to 200 lbs. Happy, but not exactly healthy.

I was overweight most of my life, but it didn’t really bother me growing up. I have always been confident with myself and I didn’t really care much about my weight or how I looked. I was happy being just the way I was, until I hit my 20s. After graduating from college and landing my first job, I felt pressured to do some serious life-planning. I was at a point in my life wherein I thought I could try many different things and engage in a lot of different activities almost worry-free because I was young(er), single, and in my prime. However, the active lifestyle I wanted for myself required a fit and healthier body to go with it and that was when I realized I had to do something about losing the extra pounds.

I didn’t suffer any medical conditions (that I knew of), but engaging in physically demanding activities was challenging. I lacked agility and endurance. I was hesitant to go into sports or other forms of exercise because I felt that my body won’t be able to keep up. Another difficulty was shopping. Shopping for clothes was frustrating having all the extra surface area to cover up. Only a number of shops would have my size. All the cute tops and dresses that I liked came in smaller sizes and the styles of those that came in bigger sizes are limited and are almost always the most unflattering ones in the bunch.

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