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Food Diary

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.

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That’s me having lunch in the Taipei Airport on my way to San Francisco.

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.

That is what I'm eating in the previous picture. It's turkey stuffed in a burrito pocket.
That is what I’m eating in the previous picture. It’s turkey, cheddar cheese and sunflower sprouts stuffed in a burrito pocket.

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.

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These are all chicken breasts which is my favorite part of the chicken. Lots of greens underneath.

This is the view from our table. Couldn’t be happier eating your meal with this gorgeous view.
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This is what my sister had. It’s  pesto pasta. She said it was a decent dish not a WOW dish.

This is what my sister's host mom had. It was spaghetti with eggplant and red sauce.
This is what my sister’s host mom had. It’s spaghetti with eggplant and red sauce.

We were on our way to the meeting and Mexican food! Yeahh!
Next station is Mexican food in semi-fast food version. We were on our way!

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.

This is what I had. It's chicken enchilada with beans and rice.
This is what I had. It’s chicken enchilada with beans and rice.

This is what my sister had.
This is what my sister had.

Chips and salsa.
Chips and salsa.

This is at the Red Robin. I believe this is called Asian chicken salad. I love this dish. I think they call it Asian because the chicken is cooked in teriyaki sauce and there are tropical fruits in it as you can see. Oranges and pineapple. One thing I didn't like about it is that oranges and pineapples were surely from the can. Not fresh. However, it was a good combination of salad.
This is at the Red Robin. I believe this is called Asian chicken salad. I like this dish. I think they call it Asian only because the chicken is cooked in teriyaki sauce and there are tropical fruits in it as you can see that there are some oranges and pineapples. One thing I didn’t like about it is that those oranges and pineapples were surely from the can. They weren’t  fresh. However, it was still a good combination of salad to have.

Then we went shopping at Hollywood and Highland.

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This is what I had. Chicken salad. Again. I know. I just can't resist having lots of greens each meal and chicken breast is my favorite.. Also the feta cheese in this dish and the balsamic vinegar and olive oil Dressing.
We had dinner at French Crepe in Hollywood and Highland. This is what I had. It’s called Mediterranean salad. Chicken salad. Again. I know. I just can’t resist having lots of greens each meal and chicken breast is my favorite.. Also the feta cheese in this dish and the balsamic vinegar and olive oil Dressing. I just love everything, don’t I?

This is what my sister's host sister had. It's a vegan sandwich.
This is what my sister’s host sister had. It’s a vegan sandwich.

This is what my sister had. I believe it was chicken crepe.
This is what my sister had. I believe it was chicken crepe.

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It’s called Mucho. A mexican bowl. I can’t have enough of Mexican food. There are black beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, nopales, salsa verde, cashew nacho cheese, spicy pepitas, romaine, sprouted probiotic brown rice and quinoa.

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?

This is what my sister's host sister had. I don't remember what it's called but I remember she said it was incredible.
This is what my sister’s host sister had. I don’t remember what it’s called but I remember she said it was incredible.

This is what my sister had. She said it was pretty good. I can't remember the name.
This is what my sister had. She said it was pretty good. I can’t remember the name.

This is one their dessert I had. So good. Amazing. I can't believe it's vegan. I wish I could have more of these whenever I want.
This is one of their dessert I had. So good. It’s key lime pie. It was amazing. I can’t believe it’s vegan.  It’s soft, creammy, not too sour, not too sweet, it was just a perfect ingredient of happiness. As you bite, it automatically melts. It has some kind power pulling me toward and craving for more and more bites. I wish I could have more of these whenever I want.

I had this dish in downtown of Chico city at the cafe called the Upper Crust.

Simple tuna sandwich with potato salad. It was a decent dish. I like how there is purple cabbage mixed with tuna. The potato salad was ok. Overall, a good dish. One thing I didn't like the sandwich was too big. The tuna stuffing kept falling off as I bit it.
Simple tuna sandwich with potato salad. It was a decent dish. I like how there is purple cabbage mixed with tuna. The potato salad was ok. Overall, a good dish. One thing I didn’t like the sandwich was too big. The tuna stuffing kept falling off as I bit it.
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! 🙂

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  1. Interesting post! Made me quite hungry. But also interesting to see the journey you have behind you. I find nutrition a very challenging topic and quite difficult to implement in real life (since the junk food awaits everywhere) but also try to eat healthier. I have a professional health coach writing articles over there on http://my-thai.org/tag/angel-chan/

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    • Thank you and I will check that out definitely. And indeed, it is very hard to cut down all the junk food but it’s only the beginning, it gets easier when your body kinda have some good reaction when you focus on nutrition you intake.

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