Yes, fruits are a typical meal that lasts throughout the day for me. That platter above – which is about how much of the stuff I eat daily (maybe a little less than that) – includes fresh-cut Solo Papaya, Strawberries, Cantaloupe and Seedless Grapes. Of course I switch things up, depending what looks good at the farmers market and grocery store.
Along with fruits, providing the foundational base to my food pyramid are lots ‘n lots of veggies. With that, a typical trip at the Saturday Kapiolani Community Colllege Farmers Market yields this spread in my reusable shopping bag….
That “spread O’ greens” includes from left to right: Chinese Parsley (Cilantro), Nakatani Farms Watercress (my favorite!), Pak Choy, Choy Sum, while above that is fresh dill weed, ginger and Smoked Marlin. Woo!
Along with EVOO and TONS of garlic, I use the fresh dill to flavor pasta, as well as to top my Bagel Lox (smoked salmon on a cream cheese-topped bagel); both of which dishes I eat in moderation as my special “treat”.
I make salads in your typical variations, including Manoa or Romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, plus I love brussel sprouts on it, as well as a sprinkling of chopped olives, nuts and cheese for added dimension. My favorite dressing is Italian and the Oriental Sesame Dressing Costco sells, while on weekends as a “treat”, a good quality rich ‘n creamy Thousand Islands hits the spot. The Tropics Oriental Dressing is another fave’ of mine, of which I’ll add wonton chips and that’s it.
As for Chinese Parsley, I pretty much garnish all my dishes with it. It even goes great with Smoked Marlin!…
Since I’ve eliminated red and white meat, including beef, pork and chicken (or anything related) out of my diet, my protein source now includes fish (the healthy “meat”!), eggs, vegetables and soybean, including edamame (steamed soybeans), tofu and natto…
I really don’t understand why Natto is so maligned. Other than its “snot-like” texture (which I really dig!), all it really tastes like is smoked beans, in my opinion. Absolutely OISHII on a bed of hot rice, the latter of which I keep to a minimum, with just enough to accompany the Natto beans. Yumm-ohz for “Snotty Beans” lol
I’m actually currently using up all my white rice, which when that runs out, I’ll replace it with the much healthier brown rice. Same for pasta, which I’ll convert to the brown Whole Wheat variety, where Costco sells it. I already only eat 100% whole wheat bread, particularly for my tuna and egg salad sandwiches.
Along with Chinese Parsley and/or Green Onion, my meals usually also includes Tsukemono, which are Japanese Pickled (preserved) vegetables. The ones shown above served with the Natto are Daikon (Turnip) and Beni Shoga (ginger).
I keep my highest protein consumption (soy, fish and eggs) reserved for lunch, while for dinner after I workout, I go back to veggies, such as this serving of wok stir-fried (not deep fried!) Pak Choy….
That’s about three dinners worth for me. The way I make my Pak Choy (or Choy Sum) is simply by chopping it into bite-size pieces and stir-frying it in a wok with sesame oil, CHOKE ginger, garlic, along with Oyster Sauce, Shoyu and Salt ‘n Pepper. That’s it. I top it with sliced green onions and Chinese parsley. Here on that plate I added cherry tomatoes for color and added flavor profile. Nice. I tell you, the Oyster Sauce really makes it taste “meaty”, so you don’t miss that actual element at all. At least I don’t. The somewhat rubbery texture of the leafy part of the Pak Choy also lends a meat-like feel to the dish.
Back to lunch, another fave’ for me is Ochazuke…
I also sometimes go on Shrimp Cocktail “binges”….
I’m also a huge Kamaboko (Japanese Fish Cake) fan, with its only drawback being that it’s high in sodium. Protein-load on Kamaboko “Sashimi”, a.k.a. “Poor Man’s Sashimi” and I’m good!
That would be sliced Amano brand (Hilo) Kamaboko, plated over a bed of thinly-sliced cabbage, served with a side of shoyu and wasabi (choke da’ wasabi!).
I also often get my groove on now with some Somen Salad action…
Sans the Charsiu (Chinese Roast Pork) of course (that’s from a previous Tasty Island entry).
For both breakfast AND late night snack, cereal with fruit and 2% milk is my go-to game…
That there is Kashi’s “Go Lean” Whole Grain cereal, which I of course buy the bulk box from Costco. I LOVE Costco! I HATE shopping, but I LOVE Costco! lol
I’ll share more “Revolution 2012” meals in specifics in upcoming posts, including recipes if I have any I think you might be interested in making yourself.
Reviewing once again a typical “Revolution 2012” meal I’ve custom-tailored for myself to follow goes pretty much like this (some of which not mentioned previously):
Breakfast: Fresh fruit with cereal or yogurt, plus one 16 oz. cup of hot Green Tea.
Morning snack: Fresh fruit and/or roasted nuts and/or dried fruits (raisins, craisins, plums, apricots, banana), plus one 16 oz. cup of hot Green Tea.
Lunch: Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich or Tuna Sandwich (substitute Mayo’ with EVOO) on whole wheat bread with Chinese Parsley or Ochazuke with Salmon, or Somen Salad or Natto with Rice (about 1 cooked cup of the latter) or Tofu Watercress Salad or Shiitake Mushroom, Basil and Olive Pasta (I’ll share the recipe later). Any dish I eat that has rice with is always accompanied with Tsukemono (either Ume, Daikon, Beni Shoga or Kim Chee Cucumber), plus one 16 oz. cup of hot Green Tea.
Afternoon snack: Fresh fruit and/or roasted nuts and dried fruits or popcorn (light butter and salt), plus one 16 oz. cup of hot Green Tea.
Dinner: Steamed Broccoli flavored with EVOO and Sea Salt or Tofu Salad or Chinese Cabbage Stir-Fry. Tsukemono and Miso Soup or Oden served on the side, plus one 16 oz. cup of hot Green Tea.
Evening/late-night snack: Fresh fruit with cereal or yogurt or popcorn or boiled peanuts or steamed edamame or Häagen-Dazs Mango Sorbet (<I LOVE that stuff!).
Weekend Treat: Fully-loaded Baked Potato sans bacon bits and/or Bagel Lox and/or Shoyu Ramen (no Chashu) and/or Ahi Poke from Ono Seafood and/or Nigiri Sushi from Kozo on Kapuhulu. I also on occasion get a Large Fries from McDonald’s and Filet-O-Fish Sandwich, the only two things I like from there; the latter of which about as “bad” as I get. He he.
Workout regimen: Jog for 1 hour after work daily. Every other day, weight train “livingroom style” for 1 hour at night while watching TV and/or YouTube. Swim at the beach on weekends.
Pomai’s “Revolution 2012″ weight log**
5.05.12 – 207.0 lbs.
5.27.12 – 195.8 lbs.
6.02.12 – 194.6 lbs.
6.03.12 – 194.0 lbs. (BMI score – 28.6)
Target weight for 6.30.12 – 187 lbs.
Final target weight – 160 lbs.
**5’9″ height, male.