Green Tea & the diet

Its a bit of a cliché to be blogging about dieting in January, sure, but I need to do this. For those of you who don’t know, I am of Asian descent – I’m half Filipino & half Chinese. What this means1 is that I eat a lot of rice. And before I turned 25, it didn’t matter how much rice I ate – I didn’t gain much weight. Sure, I’d gain a few pounds here or there, but nothing compared to the 10lbs I gained2 after I hit the quarter-life mark.

I’m not getting married anytime soon3, and if I do get married I don’t want to be overweight in my wedding photos so as much as possible I’d like to stay as svelte as possible4. With my hatred for exercise it grew increasingly difficult to keep my weight down. One day, he introduced me to the ‘diet’, after he had already lost almost 30lbs on it.

I was reluctant to start the diet because I know how easily a diet can fail, but its proving to be quite an easy diet to follow because it still allows me to indulge myself in sweets if I so choose. In fact, I still eat popeye’s chicken for dinner with my parents. The difference is that instead of eating fries, I’ll eat a freshly cut salad without dressing5 instead. Because I haven’t followed the diet as religiously as he has, I haven’t lost as much weight6. I lost a modest 8lbs in 1 and half weeks before I went on holidays. I gained a pound while I was on holidays7 but I’ve already lost it and another half a pound on top of that8.

So what’s the deal? What is this magic formula that has resulted in all this weight loss? Its not rocket science, I’ll tell you that now. I also need to tell you that this was not my creation, its a diet given to a friend of his by a chef9. If you want to know who is responsible for this diet, you can email me at reggysy [at] yahoo [dot] ca and I’ll tell you.

  1. 8:00 a.m. – 1 bowl10 of hot quick oats. No sugar/sweetner of any kind11.
  2. 10:00 a.m. – 1 whole fresh fruit.
  3. 12:00 p.m. – 4-6oz protein12 with field greens and side veggies.
  4. 2:00 p.m. – 1 whole vegetable13.
  5. 6:00 p.m. – 4-6 oz protein14 with side salad and grilled greens. Remember, no cream based sauces.
  6. 10:00 p.m. – 1 bowl15 of mixed berries. This is an important step in the diet as it will help you detox.

Some helpful tips:

  • Water: If you’re hungry throughout the day, drink loads of water. You’re supposed to have eight 8oz glasses a day. Or drink low-fat milk.
  • Dressings & sauces: The diet says to avoid all cream based sauces but I try and avoid dressings and sauces in general. If I really need to, I’ll use fresh lime & fresh cracked pepper.
  • Sides: I don’t like the idea of having double veg sides in my meals so if I’m having salad I usually won’t have steamed veggies as well.
  • Oatmeal: I actually mix one tablespoon of flavoured quick oats with two table spoons of regular quick oats and its still fine. I find without this, the oatmeal is too salty to taste because our milk isn’t creamy enough.
  • Timing: The times listed above are a guideline, you can create your own timeline that fits your schedule. For example, my dad looks more like this: 8:30am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 4:30pm, 7:30pm and 10:00pm. The only reason I follow the 10pm guideline is so I can be in bed by 11pm.

Some answers to questions you may have:

  1. Are you hungry16? Not more than I was before I started the diet.
  2. Do you snack? I snack constantly, but instead of snacking on chips I’ll snack on popcorn17 or vegetable sticks or if I really feel like chips, I’ll snack on wheat crackers.
  3. Do you eat chocolate? I have, but as I’ve mentioned I don’t have that much weight to lose to get to my ‘ideal’ weight so I wouldn’t suggest doing this until you’ve reached a good milestone. Also, I am able to limit myself to one or two and don’t need to eat a box or a bar of chocolates in one sitting so this probably helps me in not gaining weight through ‘sweets’.
  4. You haven’t talked about green tea?! I almost forgot; because the diet is pretty much trying to get you to cut out all the fat & bad carbohydrates out of your diet I decided to cut out coffee18 and invested in a good tea pot and some amazing green tea leaves. I’m awake and I don’t feel nauseated after my morning beverage anymore. Plus, green tea has been known to help you lose weight. I think its because it helps improve your digestion, but he disagrees. All I know is, it makes me feel so good.

Now, I’m not saying you should all go on this diet. I’m just sharing some information that I hope will be useful to you. The most important thing is to know your body, and to know what works and what doesn’t. If you don’t know that, no diet can ever help you lose weight.

Would you try this diet or have you tried it already? What do you think?

  1. at least in terms of diet []
  2. in 8 months []
  3. This line is for you, trench []
  4. Of course, there are always health-related reasons to stay a healthy weight, but vanity is so much more powerful isn’t it? []
  5. or with lime juice & fresh cracked pepper []
  6. besides, if I did people would mistake me for having an eating disorder []
  7. as you do when indulging in ‘holiday’ food & drink []
  8. Despite indulging on all the chocolates I got for Christmas []
  9. and if you don’t know, Chef’s can be quite protective of their work []
  10. cup []
  11. This is meant to be your ONLY source of carbs for the day []
  12. grilled fish or chicken or 2 hard bioled eggs []
  13. sliced carrot sticks, celery, peppers []
  14. grilled fish or chicken []
  15. cup []
  16. as in all the time []
  17. lightly buttered, and mini-bag versions only []
  18. there were financial reasons for doing this as well []

Breast Cancer prevention, part 4

This is the final1 part of my series on Breast Cancer prevention as part of Pink for October. I got a bit distracted by Halloween that I didn’t get to finish2 this series in October, but we should all be aware about Breast3 Cancer all year round anyway so I figured it would be ok to continue it now.

If you haven’t already, you should really check out Parts 1, 2 and 3 in this series so that it all makes sense to you.

9. Continuing where Part 3 left off, the next tip is for those who are at high risk of getting breast cancer; they say to consider taking drugs that are ‘anti-estrogen’ such as tamoxifen, though I’m not quite sure what that means. I assume it means it kills the excess estrogen that is being produced by your body to help decrease the chance of cancer.

10. How here’s a kick in the pants4, it is suggested to have your children young and breast feed them. “Young” is before 30 apparently. Well, that means I have 3 years and 4 days to have my first child and I’m sorry… but I’m just not ready. I’m still too much of a child to have one of my own. But its a statistical finding so I’m not going to take the advice with a grain of salt and conclude that its ok to have my first child even in my early 30’s. After all, who knows what variables they ignored while conducting their survey?!

11. This one’s a bit of a no-brainer at this stage, though not necessarily for preventing cancer. Avoiding exposure to pesticides is something that we’ve been trying to avoid for a very long time now. But I’m guessing there’s a reason this is at the bottom of the list, apparently there hasn’t been any conclusive evidence linking exposure to the actual disease.

12. And last but not least (Drum roll please)… I wish I had put this as the number one reason but I didn’t want to mix it up in case I forget the order I did them in: Don’t Smoke! Ok so its only indirectly connected to breast cancer, but its directly linked to lung cancer and that’s one cancer too many to be linked to, so why do it? Just stop. Stop. Just stop. Ok? Ya done? Cool.

And finito! I really hope you guys have enjoyed this series. I’m not so sure how good I am at writing series posts so I won’t be doing them that often. But I know I enjoyed trying it out and I’m glad I finished it5.

Have you learnt something from this series?

  1. and very delayed []
  2. or write any other posts for that matter []
  3. and all sorts of []
  4. for me []
  5. even if I didn’t finish it on time — I definitely couldn’t work in Journalism []

Breast Cancer prevention, part 3 of 4

To continue where we left off…

7. The next tip is one that I’m not sure I can do because I don’t like taking something chemical everyday1 but they are suggesting that taking seven or more aspirin can inhibit oestrogen production in your body2.

8. Here’s one that the guys will certainly love to help out with: Practice breast (self-)examinations. I’m sure I don’t need explain why these are important in preventing breast cancer. But just so we’re clear, its like getting your teeth checked regularly3 or going for your annual physical. The earlier you find something wrong, the easier it will be fight/fix it.

I know this is one thing I need to do more often, its not so much fear of finding a lump but more so that its boring – but I suppose it wouldn’t interfere with that day that much if I add it to my daily shower. I mean I’m in there naked already, and I usually run my hands all along my body while rinsing anyway… I can just take an extra few seconds to rub around the right areas right?

So there’s a tad bit more to think about… You may notice that I’m dragging this out as much as possible. That’s because I find if I don’t read over the information more than once and let it sink in for sometime the information will just fly out of my brain soon as I put it there.

So, what did you learn today?

  1. even though I already take allergy meds, and multivitamins everyday []
  2. I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume that it will limit it to a healthy level []
  3. which incidentally, I wouldn’t know anything about since I never go []