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Protein, carbs, fat, calories – the REAL deal… July 28, 2009

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Click me for the real deal on the topics below and more!

Click me for the real deal on the topics below and more!

*How to determine the exact types of foods that are most appropriate for your specific body and metabolism type.

*The dangers of eating certain types of soy products…

*What you need to know about dairy before ever buying another dairy product again

*Why “whole grains” are not always as healthy as the label claims

*Is organic food worth the price?

*Over 100 healthy meal plans and even detailed shopping lists

*The honest truth about carbohydrates and how much you really need

*The major misconceptions about dietary fat that you need to know about

*Ideal protein-carb-fat ratios based on your specific metabolism and body type

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Jacob’s Shawarma June 13, 2009

Posted by bigfatyellowchair in Food, Product Review.
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Tucked along a side street in Ortigas lies a treasure from the Middle East. Jacob’s Shawarma, home of the real Turkish döner kebab, is a glorified shawarma. What makes this different from the run of the mill shawarma you (used to) see in every corner, is that it comes with a lemon wedge instead of the usual aioli. That fact alone already makes it a winner in the Loser’s book (Lemon has less calories, not to mention Vitamin C!). Healthier (it’s grilled on a panini maker and packed with veggies) and tastier, it enhances the flavor of the meat (chicken) instead of masking it in the garlic  sauce.
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The restaurant also offers other authentic Turkish delights. Turkish coffee (as seen below) and baklava (a nutty dessert) is also available.
Yum!

Yum!

Ratio Shawarma:iPod

Shawarma : iPod Nano Ratio

Jacob's Shawarma along Sapphire Street, Ortigas

Jacob's Shawarma along Sapphire Street, Ortigas Center. And yes, that's Jacob himself on the logo. Drop by the resto to see the real deal.

What: Shawarma/Turkish Döner Kebab

Where: Sapphire Road, Ortigas Center, Pasig (The resto is clean, has seats, and is airconditioned.)

When: Anytime! It’s open 24 hrs. (except on Sundays)

Variants: So far, they only have 1 kind. And it comes with a lemon wedge instead of the usual aioli (garlic)  sauce.

How much: P120

Thanks For The Calories June 3, 2009

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Guess who’s back and up for the challenge… Not yet officially weighed-in, and already on sabotage mode? Hmm, better watch out, there’s a new loser in town!

Got Ghirardelli?

Got Ghirardelli?

Calorie counting: 1 (THIN!) Ghirardelli square is a whopping 220 calories. Yikes!

Oh Snaps! There goes the diet...
Oh Snaps! So much for that diet.

This one is the lesser evil. Just 15 calories for a curve. =P

Healthy Pretzels?

Healthy Pretzels

Only 120 calories for 7 pieces of pretzels. Yay!

Welcome back, (name TBA)! And thanks for the calories!

The Answers & The Winner June 1, 2009

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First, the answers… these are all based on research I did online. I’ve shared some of my links with you below.

1. YES (It’s just like how a ton of feathers weighs as much as a ton of bricks. A calorie is a unit of energy contained in the food you consume. It does not, however, count nutritional content. So, you may eat something that is low-calorie, but does nothing good for body.But, you could also eat extremely healthy food and still gain weight because you don’t burn any of those calories.)

2. 4:30PM (This is ’round about the time our tummies start a-rumblin’. Smart snacking is key, losers!)

3. SWIMMING burns more calories. (light/moderate swimming = 590-863, jogging = 413-604, light/moderate cycling = 413-604 calories.  Find out about more activities here. )

4. 1 medium MANGO has more calories. (Different sites have different calculations but most say banana = 105 calories,  mango = 107 calories — beware! It’s also much higher in sugar content! For a free calorie counter, click here.)

5. It contains less than 0.5 grams of total fat. (Remember to check your food labels! Low fat may not mean low calorie!)

6. The Starbucks Walnut Bran Muffin has 430 calories. The Dunkin Strawberry Donut only has 240 calories.

7. FALSE
(No foods can burn fat.  Some foods with caffeine may speed up your metabolism — the way your body uses energy or calories — for a short time, but they do not cause weight loss. Click here for more diet myths uncovered.)

8. You need to consume 3,500 calories for an extra pound of body fat.

9. 8 ounces of RED WINE has more calories. (red = 150 calories, white = 140 calories — small, but if you’re really watching your calories, it counts!)

10. FALSE
(Lifting weights on a regular basis can actually help you maintain or lose weight. These activities can help you build muscle, and muscle burns more calories than body fat. So if you have more muscle, you burn more calories — even sitting still. Doing strengthening activities 2 or 3 days a week will not “bulk you up.” Only intense strength training, combined with a certain genetic background, can build very large muscles.)

So, our winner is… with 8 out of 10 correct answers

Congratulations, CHUNKY MONKEY! By the way, sure I’ll make dark meat for you. But white meat is still healthier!

Tangerine Dream Chicken w/ Curry-Carrot Couscous June 1, 2009

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So you know what you’re competing for, below is the recipe for the delicious lunch that’s up for grabs. More yummy and healthy recipes like this are available at www.rachelray.com.


2 tbsps EVOO
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper
Juice of 4 tangerines or 6 clementines, zest of 1
2 tablespoons brown sugar (it’s still good without this!)
1-inch piece of ginger, peeled and sliced
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2 cups chicken stock, divided
1 cup shredded carrots
4 scallions, thinly sliced on the bias
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 tablespoon turmeric
1 1/2 cups couscous

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat with one turn of the pan of EVOO, about 1 tablespoon. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and cook in the hot pan until brown on both sides and cooked through, about 12 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Add the citrus juice and zest, brown sugar, sliced ginger, cinnamon stick, hot sauce and 1/2 cup chicken stock to the skillet and simmer until syrupy, 5-6 minutes.

While the sauce cooks, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon EVOO in a saucepot over medium heat and sauté the carrots and scallions for 3-4 minutes. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups stock, bring to a boil, then stir in the curry, turmeric and couscous. Cover the pot and turn the heat off. Let the couscous stand for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

To serve, slice the chicken breasts on the bias and fan them out on a bed of couscous. Drizzle the tangerine sauce over everything.

Quaker Oats® Oatmeal Cookie May 23, 2009

Posted by bigfatyellowchair in Food, Product Review.
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Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie

Quaker Oats Oatmeal Cookie

Oatmeal + Cookie = Healthy Hearty Snack

Before you reach out for that 4-letter treat that starts and ends with an “O”, give oats a chance. With 1/3 less fat, no artificial flavoring, and 0% trans fat (okay, I’m just reading from the label here), it’s a yummy and healthier alternative that will surely be good for your heart. Really. You won’t feel shortchanged at all! =)

  • What: Oatmeal Cookie
  • Variant: Honey Nuts
  • Other variants available: Apple Cinnamon, Raisins
  • How much: P10.00 for a 3-pc. pack

This Is Why We’re Fat May 15, 2009

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Deep fried triple cheeseburgers? Bacon chocolate cakes?! Tempura fried cheesecake with whipped cream?!! And you still wonder why?

http://thisiswhyyourefat.com/

Truth or Myth: Ice Cream Can Be Good For You? May 15, 2009

Posted by bigfatyellowchair in Food, Uncategorized.
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We all know that ice cream is heavenly, but can it be good for you?

Yes, it does contain fat and sugar. But you need a certain amount of
fat in the diet, as well as carbohydrates. And ice cream does not have to contain loads of cream either. In fact, it can be a a good source of dairy because it can also contain eggs and fruit.

I also hear about other benefits from ice cream such as it can help shed belly fat and make you gain muscle. (Hmm, how true is this?)  

So what are you waiting for losers? Grab a cup NOW!!! ;-)

Mmmmmm, buffeeeet May 14, 2009

Posted by bigfatyellowchair in Food, Tips, Uncategorized.
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Easier said than done, but here’s our take on buffets.

How NOT to lose control in a buffet:

  1. Scan before you plan. Check out the spread (from appetizers to desserts) and mentally start limiting your portions. Remember, you’re paying for quality over quantity too. So choose the best (or favorite) dishes and you’ll end up enjoying the meal more!
  2. Limit your appetizers (like breads) and go straight to the main course.
  3. Go salad/veggie crazy.
  4. At the carver’s area, ask for the lean parts.
  5. End the meal with fat-busting green tea.

Some buffets worth checking out:

http://www.ourawesomeplanet.com/awesome/2009/05/best-buffets-in-manila-circles-shangrila.html

http://docgelo.wordpress.com/2009/03/16/feast-fit-for-families/

High Protein Diet Plan? May 14, 2009

Posted by bigfatyellowchair in Food, Tips, Uncategorized.
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This works!

 Protein Pounder

http://www.brothersburger.com.ph/menu-burgers.html

Who says you can’t enjoy a burger once in a while? Depriving yourself will  only make you binge on an off day- and probably with a side order of fries and an upsized soda at that. The healthier option: Lose the bread and wrap it in layers of lettuce instead!