Monday, June 29, 2009

A rather shitty video I took a few months ago on a trip to Jeonju

Sorry no footage of 비빔밥. I just had this in my camera and am finally getting it out.
video

Monday, June 22, 2009

Fell off the wagon a bit, but back on.

Last week was kind of hectic. The weekend before last I went to teach an English camp out in the wilderness and had to eat non diet foods. I restrained from the temptations of ice cream and stuff like that, but once the camp was finished I found it necessary to indulge in a bit of Kalbi. For those of you who don't know, Kalbi is a magical Korean rib barbecue dish that is generally prepared at the table over open coals. Last Sunday I had Kalbi at perhaps Jinju's finest Kalbi spot, hyosung kalbi. Tender, sweet morsels of pork rib grilled over bamboo charcoal made both me and my stomach smile. Topped off with a small bowl of cold noodles (Naengmyun, video to come) made for a nice end to a hectic camp day.

The next day I still couldn't keep to the diet since I went over to my fiance's house, both to have her parents see that I was a fit spouse, but mostly to memorialize her grandfather in the Korean ceremony called a "Jessa." I had to eat a lot on that day as well, since a Jessa celebration involves a feast.

Monday also marked the end of phase one of my instinct dieting. This meant that I could resume consuming alcohol. Since I was at the camp during the weekend with no free time, I also couldn't buy any more groceries to continue dieting. Therefore I was stuck for one week for one week with no food, it also meant that I had to dine out more nights that week. (More on that later.)

By Wednesday I finally got around to weighing myself, and I found that I had lost another few tenths of a Kilogram (the week before I was 85 something something this week I was 84 something something.)

Friday night I went out for dinner and discovered that I kind of hate tuna sushi. I like sushi, however tuna is usually frozen. Let me tell you fishcicles, are really quite disgusting. And at 35000 won for two people. I feel that I had lost a meal that night.

Now this all brings us to last night June 22nd. After extensive shopping, I finally built up a nice war refrigerator chest full of goodies that I plan to make and eat this week. Last night I had another wonderful "I diet," meal from the book. The meal was "I diet Asian pork barbecue."

You need:
One pork tenderloin
Some garlic
Some Ginger
Some Hoisin sauce
Some wine
And some onion.

Chop up all the vegetables with the wet ingredients to make a marinade. Then put the pork in the Marinade and let it sit for a day.

The next day, grill it.

I served mine with some rice and salad. Rice isn't very good i-diet food, but last Sunday I bought some award winning rice from Jinju that I wanted to try (Five Kilograms I think). My Gff said that the meal was fantastic, she said, "Best Barbeque ever." Personally I thought it was good but I don't know that it warranted such praise. This is a meal that I would recommend though.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Week 1 complete

Week 1 complete, on my diet. Very satisfied so far. According to "The Instinct Diet," book; I have to follow a more strict diet than what I have been following. This has been a bit impossible due to the availability of some foods and the lack of things like a microwave at school. Nonetheless, here are some positive results.

Weigh in 85 Kilograms. That is down two from last week.

Bright spots on the diet front.

I tried 3 recipes out of the "I diet" recipe section. All were delicious.
The cucumber, tomato salad was simple and great. This is merely a combination of cucumber, tomato, lemon juice beans (recipe called for canned beans but I used cooked and soaked Indian lentils) and then salt, pepper, and oregano really gave this salad a nice zest.

The vegetable lentil soup was also great. This was chicken broth, tomato, lentils, carrots, celery, onion, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and some bay leaf.

And finally Tomato barley soup has also been great. This is broth, tomato, barley, onion, garlic, and fresh basil, with some Parmesan cheese on top. So far this has been my favorite, I had this tonight with an oven roasted sweet potato with some corn on the cob and a piece of low GI toast. That was about 2 hours ago and I am still full.

A sore spot about the diet has been the nightly pain in the ass of making my lunch for the next day. But a bright side has been an abundance of boiled chicken that I have been buying weekly in order to boil to make broth. (Canned Chicken or vegetable broths don't come easily here.) So my lunches have generally been, a half a chicken sandwich with some fruit and a salad. Some times I threw in some apple sauce or yogurt.

But for the most part I have been satisfied up to this point. Yesterday I cheated a bit and went out for sushi. Gff and I have a new favorite sushi place. Yesterday's lunch was a California roll with ten pieces of halibut sushi (negiri is the term I think they use in Japan for it, here it is Cho bob, ie fish with rice on top) Here the flavor is great, the meal comes with a salad, some kimchi, some Japanese pickled radish, shallot, and ginger, side salad, apetiser of some kind of shell fish porrige, and a side of miso soup. All small portions, but it was all only about 8 dollars. Good stuff.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Diet Day 1

No, Alcohol for one week, and then after that I have to moderate myself for six weeks. I think that is a good thing.

Here is what I had to eat today.
Breakfast:
Sultana bran cereal with lowfat milk, yogurt, coffee.

Snack, some almonds and apple sauce, washed down with a cup of barley tea.

Lunch half a chicken sandwich with mustard on something from Paris Baggette called "dietary fiber," bread. The stuff is basically white bread that claims to have 13 grams of fiber per slice. There were also some cucumbers involved with lunch.

Snack 2. Some watermelon and Darjeeling tea.

Dinner
a baked sweet potato (excellent number 9 on the dong yang magic panel)
Some steamed tofu (not too bad)
A cucumber tomato salad, recipe from the instinct diet. (This was a great little salad that involved
1 cup cucumber
1 cup tomato
1/4 cup chickpeas (I used Indian Dal)
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 table spoon lemon juice
1 table spoon olive oil
some salt and pepper to taste)

I still haven't mastered the art of cooking raw beans yet so the dal was a little crunchy, but all and all it was a nice little salad.

When I tested for my various degrees of black belt, over at Chung's Black Belt Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan, I would have to do these three day fasts. I'm happy to say that after the first day of dieting, I don't quite feel like that. Instead I feel like I will loose most of my weight from the rigors of preparing my daily breakfasts and lunches the night before. I spent about a half hour tonight chopping fruits and vegetables, and measuring oatmeal.

Today's weight 87 kilograms. This is actually three kilograms less than last summer, but back then I was pumping iron regularly, so I think i just lost some muscle. I feel a lot flabbier these days.