My food diary aka taking a picture of everything I eat. I am showing you my food diary during my summertime in California.
Why do I take a picture of everything I eat? Why do I have to have a food diary? First of all, I have always been a chubby girl and I still am. I don’t have a perfect body but I am healthy and I am happy. I believe every single girl and guy have all hated their body at least once in their life. I’m not gonna lie. I did. I did hated my body and there are still some thoughts in my head reminding me how much I wanted to have those skinny type of body but I am erasing those ideas every single day by loving and treating myself better with consuming healthy food so I have turned into a vegetarian or plant-based diet for almost a month now and I feel so so so much better about myself. I did not choose to become a vegetarian because I want to lose weight. I did it only because it makes me feel freaking great about myself and my body reacts to this diet much better than I expected. My body just loves plants more than meat but don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that consuming meat is bad or unhealthy. It’s a personal choice I made (I sure did some research on “why become a vegetarian or a vegan”) and I’m not going to pour in academic or technical reasons why it is better and why it made me decide to go for plant-based diet.
When I first started or finally realized how badly I need to treat myself better was when I weighed 83 kg. (182.6 pounds) while I’m only 163 cm. tall (5.3 feet)—yes—I was overweight. Now, I weigh 60 kg. or 132 pounds. It took me four years to lose 23 kg or 50 pounds. Four years ago, my weight was always up and down until last year when my dad approached me and dragged me to the gym and he said, “Daughter, you need to be healthy.” He woke me up and made me realize a lot of things. One important thing is my diet needed a change. In 2013, I took one summer to lose 15 kg. or 33 pounds—indeed, It doesn’t take just one night. Apparently, getting healthy doesn’t only require exercise but also good nutrition.
So, today I’m showing you how I cut down my favorite crappy food. I first started with jotting down everything I eat each day. I downloaded an application on my phone which it tells the calories of each dish you consume, records all the meals and even makes a memo graph for you. It doesn’t only remind me how much calories I already consumed each day but also what food I had so if I had a bar of chocolate on Monday, I will allow myself to have another one in another two weeks. I do say no to all the fried foods but not fully nope to the bakeries and sweets so I have to jot them down to remind me when I can have it again. It helps me moderate my diet. Now, I stopped using that application because I don’t do counting calories anymore. I think choosing the best nutrition with healthy calories for your body is much better than eating crappy food with low calories. For example, consuming sugar from fresh fruits are way better than drinking sugar from a box of juice.
Now? I take a picture of everything I eat. Every meals, snacks and bakeries. Lately, I’ve been losing track of taking picture of food I consume but I automatically list it in my head because I used to count calories I intake so my brain is still working on its own calculating the calories and reminding me of what I have eaten daily. Now I’m back on track! However, when I went to the U.S. last summer for visiting my sister’s host family and also mine, I took pictures of everything my sister and I eat except fast food. I had to eat fast food while I was there because we were mostly on the road and it was an easy quick choice but we also did a lot of eat out at decent restaurants.
Alright! Let’s start with my food diary in California with my sister and her host family. I was in California for eleven days so… there are tons of food photos. Ready to embrace what I decided to have each meal?
This is my first meal in San Francisco at Luigi’s pizza pier 39. I had a dish of chicken salad. A big dish. Each dish in the U.S. is two times bigger than what you will get in Thailand.
Funny thing with this dish is that I forgot what’s the difference between red and green sauce is and I spent hundreds seconds standing confusingly trying to make a decision which one I should try so they made the decision for me instead. Putting both sauces for me to try.
Then we went shopping at Hollywood and Highland.
This is my most favorite dish of all the dishes I had eaten out in California. It’s called Mucho. If you live in California, you should once in your life visit this place. It’s Cafe Gratitude. Visit their website. One thing I love about this cafe other than it’s all vegan is that when you order you have to say, “I AM” and then follow with the name of the dish. And their dishes names are like spectacular, bright, dynamic. Awesome names. It makes you feel great about yourself when you say it. Don’t you agree?
I had this dish in downtown of Chico city at the cafe called the Upper Crust.
Writing this post makes me not only craving for food, greens and my favorite Mexican bowl from the Cafe Gratitude but also miss the U.S. so much. These are the dishes I eat out in California that I want to share with you guys. Next? Homecook, Maybe? or…. what will it be?
Stay tune people! 🙂