Good Day to all, 😀
Hehe, after nearly 2 weeks of healthy eating, yoga exercises and cut down in calories…..ah, it is time for a little reward for myself today! 😆 Usually on weekends, I would cook a special dinner for my family (none of our usual Chinese rice and soup and stuff) and tonight, we are having Lamb Chops, Coleslaw, Crinkled Cut Fries and Potato Wedges. When it comes to this type of meal, any dieting has to be thrown out of the window! 🙄 If you see the mouth watering picture of lamb chops (which I have marinating in my fridge since last night….mmmmm) below, you will know what I mean …..
In case you want the recipe for my lamb chops, please CLICK HERE
So, tonight, I shall give myself a little treat by enjoying this meal together with my family, except that I am going to have a much smaller portion than them, and I will be sure to drink lots of Green Tea after that to wash away those fat in the lamp chops and fries. 😉
For the past 2 weeks, I was having mainly vegetables and soups, no oily and fried stuff, no sweets/desserts/soda pops, and my rice intake was reduced to only 2 tablespoons’ full per meal, instead of the usual 1 1/2 cups for a Chinese. Bread was cut down to 1 slice, instead of 2. But in between, there would be some healthy snacking like an apple, a banana, an orange or a cup of hot brown rice cereal beverage. We must not skip any meals but instead eat more frequently daily, but in really small portions to keep our metabolism rate going high, instead of the rate dropping. Later I will post here a Yoga technique to increase our metabolism.
By eating lesser food and eating less meat, we are also giving our digestion system a break. Best is to drink lots of water (at least 2 – 3 litres daily) to flush our system and remove some toxins as well.
Initially, my energy levels were low due to my lower intake of daily calories, and it was a bit tough for me because I usually do a lot of energetic house work daily like walking up and down the stairs of my 3-storey home (I counted that I take up to 300 steps a day on the stairs) , mopping the house, etc……but by doing some Yoga breathing exercises a few times daily and energising my body with oxygen at cellular levels, my energy levels got better actually and my mind was crisp and alert! 😀
Oh, another thing that I forgot to mention in my breathing technique posts earlier – my skin and facial complexion actually got better with the breathing exercises! 😉 So, do more deep and slow breathing exercises if you want good, healthy looking complexion and skin! No need to buy those expensive face moisturisers that contain oxygenated stuff in them! Hahaha! 😆
My husband and I always believe in giving ourselves a little reward now and then if we had worked hard at something. By doing this, we are motivating ourselves to continue with whatever we were doing that was tough for us to undertake. On this food reward, I will actually be stopping the cravings that I face occasionally during my dieting. 😆 The important thing to remember is not to indulge too much in the yummy but highly caloric meals, and then end up failing in our dieting/slimming attempt.
Talking about cravings, the other day I read in a magazine that if we have strong cravings for sweet stuff like cakes, candies, chocolates, etc….if we eat a bit of lemon skin, this will remove or cut down our cravings for sweets. I didn’t have a chance to try this as I didn’t have strong cravings for sweet stuff but will try to eat some lemon skin if the opportunity arises. So, for some of you out there who will try this lemon tip here, I hope you will give us some feedback. I’m sure many of us are very interested to know if this lemon skin will work in stopping our cravings for cakes! 😉
Hmmm…perhaps next week I wll reward myself by baking an Apple Pie or a Banana Orange Cake!! 😆
Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! 😀