The P100-A-Day Challenge
Short of wallowing in self-pity because the irony of it all was that I was a video game producer. A video game producer, much like a film producer, handles money. A producer decides what to spend money on, vetoes game features that would cause resource drain, decides which talents/people are worth it etc. etc. etc. Basically, a producer has the power to make the development team’s life a living hell (or heaven), depending on how much she has to spend. When it finally dawned on me (d-oh) to apply what I do at work to my personal life, balancing became easier. I created a worksheet on Google Docs and called it my personal Cost-Benefit Analysis.
I honestly didn’t think I could make it because I didn’t know where else to eat in Makati, where I live and work. So I experimented. Again, during that time, it did not occur to me to fix my lifestyle/health first so I wouldn’t have to spend so much on medication.
Anyway, this will be a four-part series. Let’s start with breakfast:
I always start off with a fiber-rich meal. Nestle Fitnesse & Fruit breakfast cereals cost approximately P150 and can last for about 5 days. I pair this off with either soy milk (cheaper) or almond milk (more expensive). I am now using almond milk more because I’m lessening my soy intake. Too much of it can cause some hormonal imbalance.
Anyway, I alternate this with oatmeal.
This is my favorite variant of Quaker’s instant oatmeal. I love the texture of fruits and nuts but I don’t like dried pineapples, which is present in their “Tropical Fruit” variant. Unfortunately, “Fruits and Nuts” has become more and more difficult to find.
Oh and take note, this is my first breakfast. In a way, I am a hobbit: I eat a second breakfast two hours after.
The good news here was that my company served free pandesal for breakfast. I’d eat 5 of those. The bad news is, for you dieters out there, a piece of pandesal is actually equivalent to one cup of rice in terms of calorie content. Meep!
When I left Anino Games to become a part-time university professor for health reasons, I found more time to cook my second breakfast.
There are times when I like perfecting pancake shapes…
I have to admit, my 2nd breakfast choices are not always the healthiest, but I try to balance things out:
Oven-baked bacon with softened brown rice. A simple lettuce salad with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and parmesan cheese for dressing. Warm cup of four fruits/berries tea.
I prefer baking bacon as it helps you separate the oil with less the effort while keeping it crisp. I hate seeing bacon swimming in grease when frying.
And this one is even less healthier, haha! Poached egg on baked bacon over brown rice. Yeeha!
Whenever I gorge on cholesterol for second breakfast, I make up for it by eating more fruits, vegetables and white meat during lunch and dinner. I don’t want to be overzealous about healthy eating but there must always be balance.
Up next: The P100-A-Day Challenge: Lunch.
This will be a longer post (with more pics) because lunch has always been my most challenging meal of the day.