25 Day Challenge: Day 16

I woke up at 6 am today to prep for my meeting at 7:30 am in downtown Minneapolis.  We had breakfast at Basil restaurant.  I had the Minnesotan Egg Bake (Egg custard, roasted peppers, Vidalia onions, smoked bacon, Wisconsin white cheddar) and coffee to wake myself up.

egg bake

Immediately after I arrived at my office, I made my regular morning tea.  I have been drinking this tea to continue the detox process, and it has been extremely helpful.  It is a natural laxative tea that helps move through all the stuff that is stuck in your stomach which can be a cause of lower belly fat.  I am never a fan of Western medicine laxative pills because it flushes everything through you including good bacterias that helps you.

teadetox

The good bacterias helps digest food and (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/ultimate-social-network-bacteria-protects-health/).  That is why yogurt with probiotic is extremely beneficial for you, “Probiotic are live bacteria. We all house trillions of different bacteria in our bodies but those considered beneficial play an essential role as our first line of defence, supporting efficient digestive function and our immune systems” (https://uk.lifestyle.yahoo.com/probiotic-benefits–when-good-bacteria-can-help-125330565.html)

Lunch: Vietnamese cabbage soup.  The Vietnamese recipe is super simple, cut the green cabbage into little slices.  Boil the chicken broth.  If you want to add protein, you can add ground turkey (less fat) or ground chicken or ground pork.  I prefer to add the dried shrimp for more flavor (you have to soak the dry shrimp in hot water for a few minutes to take away some of the salt and smell, then you can ground them or add them as they are in the boiled broth). Add the cabbage in the boiling broth.  Turn off the heat and cover the pot with a lid for 5 minutes.  I like my cabbage a bit crunchy, but if you want it to be more cooked, you can keep the heat on low for 5 minutes instead of turning it off.

This is a super quick and healthy recipe to add more vitamins and antioxidant into your diets.  “Cabbage in general—but also Savoy cabbage in particular—turns out to be an especially good source of sinigrin. Sinigrin is one of the cabbage glucosinolates that has received special attention in cancer prevention research. The sinigrin in cabbage can be converted into allyl-isothiocyanate, or AITC. This isothiocyanate compound has shown unique cancer preventive properties with respect to bladder cancer, colon cancer, and prostate cancer.” (http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=19)

cabbage

Dinner:  I am going to a benefit dinner tonight for the Neighborhood House non profit organization.  This is a wonderful organization that “[R]egardless of where a participant is in their life’s journey, Neighborhood House provides the tools needed to move from “survive to thrive,” working to help break the cycle of poverty by helping families meet Basic Needs, and offering Life Long Learning” (http://www.neighb.org/).

Exercise for the day:  walking up and down the 16 flights of stairs at work during lunch time and possibly another one before I leave for the day.

Loosing weight and maintaining the weight for a long time is not extremely hard if we do it right.  We can do this!

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