August 14, 2006

Thank God for sweet grapes! ( Day 1)

The 5 day diet.

It hasn't even been 1/2 a day and I'm already fighting my cravings for a slice of bread! Haha. It's a good thing that bread wasn't on our grocery list last week!
An extremely bitter mixture of gourmet lettuce with a dash of balsamic vinaigrette and grapes. *sigh* the lettuce I bought at the supermarket this week was probably the worst I've ever tasted! Haha What a way to start the diet! If it weren't for the grapes; I probably would have starved all afternoon! *laughs*I popped over to my beloved gym in the afternoon for an hour of pilates; felt pretty good on the way home; but as I entered the kitchen to start off with dinner preparation, all hell broke loose!!! I couldn't contain my hunger as I chopped, diced and handled the chunks of meat and vegetables! Haha I had to grab a couple of carrot sticks and cashew nuts to calm my stomach down.

Dinner: Pan fried chicken breasts marinated in Tarragon served with roast pumpkin, steamed asparagus and a tomato based puree.
3 slices chicken breast marinated with 2 tsp salt, dashes of pepper and 1 tsp chopped tarragon leaves.
Pan fry on a non-stick skillet till cooked thru. Set aside and keep warm.
1 onion sliced
3 cloves garlic chopped
2 large tomatoes

1 can tomato puree
1 tbsp capers
1 tsp sea salt
cracked pepper
tabasco sauce(comes in handy for something a little spicy)
Cook all ingredients in a deep non stick pan and simmer till tomatoes soften and sauce is thick. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon over cooked pieces of meat.
Butternut Pumpkin: Cook pumpkin chunks in a microwave steamer for 5-8 minutes. Remove and grill in preheated 200 degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until corners are brown and centers are soft.
Asparagus: Wash, drain and rub lightly with salt. Cook in the microwave for 3-4 minutes till bright green and tender.
Taste Verdict: wasn't as bad as the lunch; but I guess it tasted alright. I'm not a fan of 'light' meals and this was probably one of the best greaseless meal I've ever eaten. *sigh* I remember trying hard to resist reaching out to the bottle of olive oil to pour in a little drop, I could hear it calling to me!!! Half way through my cooking; I grabbed it and shoved it into the pantry out of sight! Haha..I think diets drives my screws a little loose!


xenia said...

This chicken looks very yummy... Not even look like you are suffering with this diet. What did you have for breakfast?

Lex said...

Go su yin, GO! I can't believe today's my first day of college and I skipped breakfast and lunch :D

Lexi said...

I thoguht it sounded absolutely delicious. With all those greens who needs pasta or potatoes or rice? I wish you were my roommate so I could try your cooking!

Su-Yin said...

haha thanks guys
xenia: I had yogurt and fruits for breakfast...and tons of snack meals in between! hahaha just nibbling on fruits and nuts the entire day

lex: hope it doesnt get you too tired though. I always eat breakfast cause I feel it gives me a boost in the morning. good luck with college!

lexI: I NEED BREAD!!! hahaha...I'm almost at the verge of breaking everytime I see a think of softt....white...tasty...breadd....mmm...
*argGHh* Laughs*

Anonymous said...

good luck with ur diet plan^^
haha agree with lexi, love to hav u as a housemate^^

vonzi thats my page=)

Helen (AugustusGloop) said...

Why don't you increase your intake of steamed (non-starch) vegetables like broccoli, zucchini, carrots, cabbage, Chinese vegetables etc? I'm had many friends do Weight Watchers and most vegetables are zero points.

Participants are encouraged to eat themselves silly on these which are pretty much fat-free and sugar-free. This will mean you will not feel hungry or be prone to binging.

Apparently if you aren't eating enough calories (ie. if your stomach is rumbling) then your body will slow down your metabolism and go into "starvation mode". And of course the important thing to remember is that realistically you can only ever lose weight as fast as you put it on. ie. Noone ever gained 3kg in one week, so it'd be hard to expect you to lose it that fast either.

Su-Yin said...

thanks vonzi :)

hey helen; nice to hear from you,
The girls and I havnt exactly been starving much. I guess my part of the suffering comes more from the craving more than anything! haha I WAnt MY BREAD!!
We have carrots, broccoli, cucumbers and chinese vegetables on the menu thru the week. Just havnt gotten to them yet. I'm slowly working my way through all the vegetables stacked up in the fridge.
I guess i'm not expecting to loose any weight from 5 days of eating healthy. But i hope it'll help curb a little of my appetite and reduce my sugar and saturated fat intake.
Thanks for the pointers helen :)

Helen (AugustusGloop) said...

I tend to go for the "everything in moderation" philosophy. Otherwise once I try to restrict myself with something, I inevitably find myself craving it even more!

And I know how you feel. I love bread too!

Su-Yin said...

I constantly try to have everthing in moderation, but I have a problem with cheating! Haha. I need to give myself a reason, like a challenge to force myself to say NO! My love for food supersedes the need to lose weight.-- which I personally feel is a badd..badd..thing
I hope my self discipline develops as I age.