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Rants & Raves: Eating Better

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One of the things I need to do is eat better and I think that’s my key goal for 2013. By eating better, I don’t mean going on a starvation diet or go crazy counting calories. I’m looking into nutrition for better overall health as well as benefits like better skin and more energy. (And for ethical reasons.) I’ve quit drinking and smoking in September 2010 and I’ve been really good about it though temptation is always round the corner. I have also stopped eating red meat – no beef or mutton (oh god, I love lamb chops). I have also cut down on caffeine and haven’t had coffee or tea (except for herbal teas) in months.

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In 2013, I’m going to do selective vegetarianism.

WHAT?! Yes, selective vegetarianism. I’ve thought about this very carefully. On Wednesdays, I have long department meetings that last almost 3 hours. I’m usually quite drained at the end of it and junk food usually saves the day. I do most of my socialising with friends and family over the weekend and I don’t want to be an inconvenience to anyone so I’ll eat almost anything you put in front of me (unless we’re ordering individual portions and I have vegetarian options). So that leaves Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays which I’m going to go full-on veg. Not vegan though. I’ll eat eggs, milk and cheese (oh gosh I love cheese).

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Eventually, I hope to also give up chicken (oh gosh I love fried chicken) and pork (oh gosh, I love bacon). I’m also thinking of Pescetarianism (for life) by July 2013.

My main hurdle would be giving up my random cravings – cupcakes, fried chicken and carby foods (oh gosh, I love rice with gravy), that happen every other day. I comfort-eat and I’m not sure how I’m going to cope with that. I’ve started telling this to anyone and everyone who cares to listen, in hope that they will help me find healthier options to overcome my bad eating habits.

In light of my New Year’s resolution to eat better, I’ve started making a list of local breakfast foods I normally eat and its nutritional values.

  1. Kaya Toast Set (2 half-boiled eggs, 2 slices of white bread, 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp kaya) – 448 calories (Soure: The Health Guru)
  2. Roti Prata with Egg – 288 Calories (Source: The Health Guru)
  3. Masala Dosa – 540 Calories (Source: Live Strong)
  4. Mee Rebus – 555 Calories (Source: Fat Secret)
  5. Chinese Congee with Century Egg and Pork – 256 Calories (Source: My Fitness Pal)
  6. Youtiao (Dough Fritters) – 123 Calories (Source: Live Strong)
  7. Chee Cheong Fun (Steamed rice flour rolls) – 133 Calories (Source: Live Strong)
  8. Soon Kueh (Steamed turnip-filled dumpling) – 88 Calories (Source: Fat Secret)

Do you live to eat or eat to live?

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Author: Chloe Happ

I left Singapore for the US of A in 2013 and now live in Las Vegas with my indie game dev husband and our son Gummi Gumdrop. I am also probably much older than you think I am.

2 thoughts on “Rants & Raves: Eating Better

  1. Hey Chloe – I struggle with food a lot too! I have no problem going to the gym 6 times a week, I like exercise and find things like boxing class pretty fun. But food is SO hard! I have fallen off the wagon a bit lately with my food, but planning to get back into healthy eating in 2013. So you’re not alone in your new years challenge. You can do it 😀

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