As you get older, you become a little bit more conscious (okay, just a wee bit) about the things that you eat or take in. In my case, for example, I try as much as possible to stay away from processed or fried food.

For breakfast, I try to confine myself to oatmeal and wholewheat bread. For lunch or dinner, I prefer vegetables, chicken, and fish/seafood to beef or pork. I also try to eat about 3 servings of fruit every day. On top of that, I keep away from sweets and junk food, except maybe when it's that time of the month. (Excuses! Excuses!). If ever I take in sweets or junk food, I also strive to never do it after 6pm.

So far, so good. I've been able to maintain my weight (and even lose some pounds) although I'd really like to lose a few more pounds. Paniguro na para sa Pasko. =)

With my dietary preferences, the rest of the household adjusts too. The kids and Manuel eat more of chicken, fish, veggies, and seafood than anything else. We are heavy on the soups -- sinigang, nilaga, tinola -- and preferred grilled, boiled, steamed, sauteed food rather than fried food.

On Fridays though, like today, we do allow ourselves to eat some "bad fried food" and processed food too. Friday is the day we eat corned beef or hotdogs for breakfast so the kids really look forward to Fridays as they like the food and it's the end of the school week (they most definitely like that too.). So today, we just had lunch of upo (a kind of veggie), fried fish, atchara, and fried camote with sugar for dessert. Well, thank goodness for Fry-Days. We all need to stay healthy but we need to enjoy life too.

[By Angelica Viloria | Friday, July 13, 2007]

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