Tuesday, July 29, 2008


My 10 megapixel Canon Ixus gave up on me a long time ago..and so nanay got me a new Samsung digicam..its cute, easy to use and takes respectable pictures. I should buy myself a SLR next time (starting up a business makes me control impulse desires like getting a sexy camera..) so, this will do for now..

been on a drinking spree lately courtesy of kiting's latest romantic status ( read: heartbreak city here we come!)..any ho, with din-din's margarita and vodka sprite as the usual suspect..it really makes being heart broken a little bit bearable. aegis' basang-basa sa ulan and luha sang in the loudest, angsty rendition should also be credited as part of the therapy.

These are the cast of characters:

kiting "kerbel" a.k.a. star of the night

yna "sabado nights" rrrraaymundo

dindin "just din din"

and the rest of the cast:

Friday, July 18, 2008

cheap nutritious food

i got this article from my google reader, i just forgot exactly where..

10 Most Inexpensive yet Nutritious Food

One of the biggest complaints among those who are attempting to eat healthy is the price. In general, processed foods are cheaper but may end up costing us more in the long run. Since the fuel crunch is causing the prices of almost everything to rise, DivineCaroline has assembled a list of the 20 healthiest foods for under $1. Check out the top 10, inside...

10. Watermelon

You can't buy a whole watermelon for a buck, but a serving is only 20 cents or so and it has good amounts of Vitamin C, potassium and lycopene.

9. Broccoli
Is low in calories and price. It also a good source of vitamins A and C, potassium and fiber.

8. Garbanzo Beans
They are high in fiber as well as iron, folate and manganese.

7. Bananas
They are high in potassium and contain about 3 grams of fiber in a single banana.

6. Nuts
A good source of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and protein. Most nuts, except for pecans and macadamias, are low in cost

5. Apples
A good source of pectin and Vitamin C.

4. Potatoes
Eaten with the skin, potatoes contain a half day's worth of Vitamin C and have a decent amount of potassium.

3. Kale
This is a dark, leafy green and has a healthy amount of Vitamin C, carotenoids, and calcium.

2. Eggs
You can get a half-dozen eggs for about $1. They are a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin.

1. Oats
Oats are high in fiber and carbohydrates. A dollar can buy you over a week's worth of oats which you can eat with fruit or bake into cookies.

What are some of your favorite inexpensive health foods?

Thursday, July 17, 2008

My intention to do raw food diet for 5 days last week failed on the 3rd day. I had a bad case of flu and then a massive toothache followed. so my raw food diet turned into a no food diet. well, at least i was not able to have anything solid.

I got my nutrition during the whole ordeal from a black soya milk drink.. i found this one in a korean grocery store near timog cor mo. ignatia.

It taste like vanilla more than soy and its really really yummy ( i finished 2 cartons in 5 minutes). I can live on a year on this and my tuna apple sandwich.

" 25 grams of soy protein per day may reduce the risk of heart disease. Recent research suggests that soy may lower risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers as well as osteoporosis and other bone health concerns, and emerging research also indicates that soy protein may reduce high blood pressure and some symptoms of menopause. Additionally, two studies presented at a symposium on soy and breast cancer at the American Dietetic Association's annual meeting in October 2002 point to the teenage years as an especially important time to consume soy in order to ward off breast cancer." - Wang Black Soy Drink, FDA approved health claim.

Well i'm not saying that this drink may be the holy grail of my health (and long life). But man! the taste! I think being breast cancer free may just become a bonus..

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Day 2

i thought i would wait till tomorrow to log my second day of dieting just in case i would munch some snack later on. but, looks like my day would end without midnight snacking.

i had oranges for breakfast since i thought i would be needing vit C which was silly ( i know) because i am already sick but my decongested nose wanted citrus so i had 2 oranges. I would have bought a bag of lemon or mint tea had i not been too dizzy to get up and walk to the nearest Starbux.

Princess bought me lunch and although i had dimsum soup the previous day, when you are sick you can never have enough dimsum soup

and then i snacked on a banana. i was contemplating on what to have for dinner and i figured out that i did not have enough appetite for a full meal. Spending the whole day in bed was not ideal for me. My body is just not cut out for a day without physical activity. I needed to walk and I wanted something cold after walking. So i had Razon's halo-halo with double leche flan..very very sinful yet yum!! i guess i'll just try harder on my diet tom. But hey!! i'm sick!! i need my comfort food.

what did i tell you about the banana and other facts that i found in the internet today

1. howie severino wrote about my favorite fruit today here is the link..

2. and i also found this article on yahoo about dieting..

Study shows value of food diary in losing weight

By Will Dunham Tue Jul 8, 3:25 AM ET

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Keeping a food diary -- a detailed account of what you eat and drink and the calories it packs -- is a powerful tool in helping people lose weight, U.S. researchers said on Tuesday.

The study involving 1,685 middle-aged men and women over six months found those who kept such a diary just about every day lost about twice as much weight as those who did not.

The findings buttressed earlier research that endorsed the value of food diaries in helping people lose weight. Companies including Weight Watchers International Inc use food diaries in their weight-loss programs.

"For those who are working on weight loss, just writing down everything you eat is a pretty powerful technique," Victor Stevens of Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research in Portland said in a telephone interview.

"It helps the participants see where the extra calories are coming from, and then develop more specific plans to deal with those situations," said Stevens, who helped lead the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

The technique also helps hold dieters accountable for what they are eating, Stevens said.

The study involved people from four U.S. cities: Portland, Oregon; Baltimore, Maryland; Durham, North Carolina; and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Their average weight loss was about 13 pounds (6 kg). But those keeping food diaries six or seven days a week lost about 18 pounds (8 kg) compared to 9 pounds (4 kg) for those not regularly keeping a food diary.

The average age of people in the study was 55.

They were asked to eat less fat, more vegetables, fruit and whole grains, exercise 180 minutes a week mostly by walking, attend group meetings, and keep a detailed food diary.

Blacks made up 44 percent of the people in the study. The researchers noted that blacks Americans have a higher risk than whites for conditions linked to obesity including type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

"Keeping a food diary doesn't have to be a formal thing. Just the act of scribbling down what you eat on a Post-It note, sending yourself e-mails tallying each meal or sending yourself a text message will suffice," Dr. Keith Bachman, another Kaiser Permanente expert, said in a statement.

(Editing by Todd Eastham)

Day 1

Day 1 was a good start. For breakfast I had 1 banana and 2 glasses of water then I headed to Makati after. Around 2pm I knew I would be hungry any time and then
I found a Big Chill cart and ordered my usual mango, banana with yogurt drink. That is usually already a meal for me.

Then I need to take a cab to Salcedo. The cab driver does not have change for my 200 bucks and I only had to pay 50p so i hopped into a 7-11 grabbed a banana in the counter and handed the driver his exact fee. And he had the gull to dart me an evil look..hey! times are hard! prices are skyrocketing ..and i need to buckle up.. so no more cabbie tips from me!

Inevitably, I got hungry at around 5pm. By this time I was officially not feeling well ( good thing i was hanging out at Kiting's office and not out fighting the traffic). I was already nursing a cold since Sunday so when Kiting suggested we order soup from Chowking, i welcomed the thought. And there goes the 25% of 'unraw' food in my raw food diet. So far so good.

We got to QC around 8.30pm and Kiting wanted to have dinner. So we checked our friend Din-din's new Urban Cafe in Teacher's Village..Kiting opted for the heavy thai rice and Montano's Spanish Sardines and I had my Tuna Apple Sandwich. My sandwich was alright though I would prefer a much thicker slice of apple. I wanted the sweet crunchy taste of the apple to blend in with my cheese and tuna.

The tuna brought me enough comfort to battle a high fever when i hit the bed at around 10pm. I think I did pretty okay for my first day considering I got sick.. I will try harder today.

Monday, July 7, 2008


i do my raw food diet once in awhile. i am not turning vegan anytime soon and that is why 'once in awhile' are the operative words in the previous statement.

Anybody who gets curious on what it is.. raw food diet is just simply eating 75% of you daily intake raw. it proves to ward off degenerative diseases but that is not my main reason for doing it. it also proves to be effective in losing weight...

so again, you know the drill..banana is my friend..and so are a lot of greens, carrots and sushi and raw nuts. i'm doing it starting today for 5 days. so i will be posting to see how it goes.