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How many days has it being since I become vegetarian? I really lost count…

Ok, I admit it. I took a little meat here and there. Had another piece of fish cake. And a fish burger. The day before, I ate chicken rice. 😛 But I also resisted 6 pieces of tempting chicken nuggets. Sometimes when you are outside, it is very hard not to eat meat at food stalls and fast food joints. Like yesterday, I was staring at the McDonald’s menu. I think there is no full meal that is vegetarian. Sure you can eat the fries, the side salad, desserts ( apple pie, ice cream, apple dips ) but why no veggie burger? Burger King is no better either. Maybe you can eat the onion rings.

The only fast food joint that offer a vegetarian burger is probably MOS Burger. At least they have veggie burger ( potato patty ). Plus a few more choices of salad, big chunky chips, curry crouqette ( potato ).

As far as the yoga practice is concerned, I do not feel any difference. But I feel more sleepy… I am guessing is the intake of more carbohydrates like bread, noodles and rice. Anyway, figuring out what to eat for lunch is really a big headache. But I am currently in the vegetable miso soup phase. Really yummy and filling and it’s not heavy. No oil used! Miso is a soybean based paste that originates from Japan. It is often used in Japanese cooking and it is good for the body!

Here is my Hearty Veggie Miso Soup recipe :
Hearty Veggie Miso Soup

miso ( large grain types… which is not too salty plus it gives the soup a nice body )
a quarter of tofu – this is the protein in the meal
some mushrooms – I use straw mushrooms but you can use any type you want
vegetarian meat – you need to get this from the shops, I got the “mutton” balls
half a carrot – cut into thin slices ( to cook through fast )
a few leaves of cabbage – chopped into strips ( gives the soup a sweetness… )
spring onions – chopped
Optional – pieces of crackers

Boil water in the sauce pan. Dissolve the miso ( taste the saltiness to make sure you do not add too much miso ) in the boiling water. Add the carrots. Cook until carrot softens. Then add in the cabbage. Also cook until the cabbage softens. Then add in the rest of the ingredients like tofu, mushrooms and vegetarian meat. Put to full boil.

Serve in a bowl with the spring onions sprinkled on top.

Goes great with a piece of buttered toast too…

But I do find that it is getting easier. It was much like 6 years ago when I gone off pork. Since then I have not taken pork consciously and have not missed it at all… ( ok I lied… I do miss bacon… but it is a good loss… helped me shaved off a whopping 5 kg ). I was talking to a yoga friend who made a suggestion that made sense to me – allow one or two meals a week to take meat.

What do you think?


The Truth About Fiber

In a world where every fad diet and magazine article has a different opinion on what you should and should not be eating, one doctor is here to tell you the truth about fiber and weight loss.

Joseph J. Colella, a bariatric surgeon that has performed over 4,000 weight-loss surgeries, somewhat challenges the conventional idea that a high-fiber diet is the key to successful weight management. Far from being an easy solution for weight loss, Colella characterizes a high fiber diet as “helpful …with some caveats.”

What are those caveats, you may ask? Colella cautions those looking to slim down against getting “lost in a sea of endless suggestions” about dietary guidelines, which may advocate anything from a low fat diet to a no carb diet.

From Colella’s perspective, the most successful long-term weight loss strategy is to adopt a simple high-protein, low-sugar regimen.

This is where his issue with fiber comes in – often people get wrapped up in the idea of a high fiber diet, and make it their mission to consume more fiber at any cost. That is, they eat the fiber-rich oatmeal, but then they’ll drown it in brown sugar, milk, and honey, which increases the sugar content and negates the beneficial effects of the fiber.

Similarly, many fiber-rich granola bars can contain as much as nine grams of fiber per serving while also packing in upwards of 20 grams of sugar.

Colella does advocate fiber-ful foods, however, like naturally sweet fresh fruits and vegetables that can pass through the digestive tract with minimal sugar molecule absorption, thus giving you the fibrous benefits without an influx of sugar.

Avocados, lentils, and beans also provide healthy doses of fiber, among other nutritional benefits.


Source: Shine.Yahoo

Cool Sculpting : Non Surgical Liposuction Made Possible

Coolsculpting is a revolutionary non surgical liposuction, developed by Harvard scientists, that freezes fat cells while leaving the overlying skin undamaged. The procedure is FDA-cleared and clinically proven to reduce fat in the treated area up to 20% in just one visit.


Fat! (Photo credit: LexnGer)

If you have stubborn, exercise resistant fat deposits and have been looking for a surgery free solution with no downtime this may be the perfect procedure for you. Coolsculpting utilizes cold temperatures to target and damage fat cells in the treatment area. These damaged cells are then naturally disposed of by the body, leaving a more contoured, sexier look.

What to Expect with This Revolutionary Procedure?

Because the procedure is non-invasive and targets only unwanted fat cells, there is no recovery time after the procedure. The affected fat cells are gradually eliminated through the body’s normal metabolic processes, like fat from food. The result is a gradual reduction and smoothing of fat bulges that is apparent in most patients in two to four months. This method is completely non-invasive, which allows you return to normal activities on the same day after the procedure, such as work or exercise. Redness may appear in the treated area, which may last from a few minutes to a few hours. Some localized bruising may occur, which clears within a few weeks. Some may experience a temporary dulling of sensation in the treated area lasting one to eight weeks.

Who Are The Candidates For This Procedure?

The ideal candidate are people seeking to decrease specific areas of fat, such as abdominal fat, love handles and back fat. Patients who are generally interested in a non-invasive therapy or  non surgical way of removing unwanted fat that offers noticeable and fast results. This is not intended for weigh loss or obesity; nor is it a substitute for liposuction procedures that remove a large volume of fat. A good candidate should be relatively fit and have modest-size fat bulges in areas that are not easily reduced through diet or exercise.