Tuesday, January 08, 2013

New Year Resolutions

It is always hard to keep a promise. Though, I am proud to say I was able to keep one very well. Last year 2012, my new year's resolution was just one main thing: I would stay away from BUBBLE TEA. Yes, those yummy, creamy and sweet bubble tea that was all the rage. I was so hooked to them, yet after every drink I would feel so bad. Unsure if it was because of the calories, the fats or the sugar in them... I just felt bad afterwards. So at the start of last year, I swore off these Bubble Tea stuff. It was H-A-R-D to do it. Especially whenever I walk across Gong Cha at the Gardens Mall. A month became two, then three... until 2012 passed. I am so happy and proud of that achievement. And perhaps it was one of the things that helped me maintain my weight.

I am still finalizing this year's resolution though I did have some random thoughts : like radically lowering rice consumption and eating much more veggies. Hubby and I would often have a discussion about vegetarians and he does not believe we will one day turn into one. I don't aim to, honestly. I just want to be much more conscious about our meat intake. We occasionally still enjoy our meat stuff, though now it is not as frequent as before.

One of the things I have done since the start of 2013 (we arrived in Kuala Lumpur on Jan 1 after our Manila Xmas escapade) is to make fresh veggie-fruit juice. We often cannot chow down a lot of fresh veggies and the easiest way to enjoy those vitamins and pack more of it in the tummy is to juice them.

Bought the new Philips Juicer (which had the Smoothie function) at Jusco and it has been put to a lot of good use.  We would blend fruits and veggies together and the mixture tastes good. A glass a day will help with the digestion and food processing (this was the good effect for me)!

What would we put into the mix? Half a cucumber, a small chunk of bitter gourd, one green apple, a stalk of celery, half a lemon (including the skin; just ensure you remove the small seeds), and sometimes I would add some malunggay (Moringa). Moringa has a lot of health benefits and you would probably have heard of it if you were from the Philippines as they claim it can prevent and cure many things. My mom has personally taken Moringa every day for the past 3 years and many people have commented about her radiant skin and how it helped her "preserve" her youth much better than others.

Anyway, whatever your new year's resolution is ... what is important is you TRY your best to do something new and good for yourself... and stick to it. Don't lose hope and maybe it will help if you have a buddy to remind you about that resolution of yours. Best of luck in 2013!
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