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My Weight Loss Chicken Stew

Published Agosto 9, 2012 by jptan2012

Trying to lose weight is really one of the hardest things that I’m trying to do in my life. I think it becomes harder because my metabolism is really slow, I love to eat, and I was born fat and has never been really thin my whole life. On top of that, after losing 40 pounds, my body has adjusted to the exercise routine that I have been doing thus I need to push myself further.

Losing weight entails a lot of discipline and self – control, and one of the easiest ways for me is really to take control of what I eat. I need to decide and plan what I eat everyday, it cannot be ‘grab anything when hungry’ type of plan, I really have to plan and think about it.

Taking control and planning also entails that I cook my own food, because my family loves to eat those unhealthy food.

It is because of this that I came across the blog of Ann Curtis’ boyfriend who said that he used to be fat. On his blog he shared a recipe, which I adopted and revised a little base on my taste.

I would like to share this with you now, well, if you like me needs to lose weight.

I’m calling the dish the Weight Loss Chicken Stew…I really don’t know whether I can call it Chicken Stew, but since I don’t know how it is called, I decided to call it as such.

I don’t want to sound ‘mayabang’ or boastful but I honestly think that this is a good, delicious, and healthy dish.

I say healthy because a lot of the ingredients in the dish are what you call negative calorie food. If you want to know more about negative calorie food please read my previous blog about it by clicking here.

Going back to the Weight Loss Chicken Stew…

The ingredients are the following: Celery, carrots, bell pepper, chicken breast fillet (cut into small cubes), chorizo (this is the only unhealthy ingredient of the dish, so don’t put too many of it), onions, chicken stock, paprika, pepper, chick peas (garbanzos).

First, in a pot put a little oil and sauté the onions and chorizo.

Wait until the chorizo has ‘sweat’ a little, put in the celery, carrots, and bell pepper.

Make sure that you stir it so that the ingredients will mix.

After about 2 minutes you can put some chicken stock or for more flavor you can replace this with spaghetti sauce.

Cover the pot for about 5 minutes then put in the chicken, and a generous amount of paprika. Make sure you stir them together.

About 7 minutes, put in the pepper and chickpeas. Again stir the ingredients together.

Cook for 5 more minutes and it’s done! You can put some fresh basil if you want it adds a lot of flavor to the dish.

You notice that I didn’t put in any salt or sugar, because the chicken stock or spaghetti sauce and paprika and pepper will gives flavor to the dish, not to mention the chicken breast, chorizo, and the vegetables contributes to making the dish really flavorful.

Also, notice I didn’t put any measurements as to how much celery you should put, etc. That is because I always ‘play it by ear’. I just make sure that the vegetables are the ¾ part of the dish, the chicken, chick stock, etc, only consists ¼ part of the dish. The chorizo although it adds flavor to the dish should be negligible.

Try it and hope you enjoy the dish. But what I can assure you that it’s heavy on the stomach, but the calories shouldn’t be that high, plus all the vegetables in the dish are negative caloric vegetables so it should not put on too much calories on your body.

I know it doesn’t look very appetizing, and I blame bad lighting and the phone camera phone! Hehehe! But try it. It’s flavorful and healthy.

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Negative Calorie Food

Published Hunyo 29, 2012 by jptan2012

People who know me personally know that I’m currently trying to lose weight. After losing about 40 pounds in a year’s time, I now find it hard to shed the rest of the weight that I need to lose, especially; my metabolism is sort of slow. The fight against the bulge is a constant battle, and one needs to come up with different ways of fight the bulge because our body get used to what we eat and do and sort of creates a certain ‘relax’ mode that makes the fight a little slower.

In my new quest to lose weight, I found out that there is such a thing as a negative calorie food; basically, these are foods that have a low calorie index and will take out more calories for us to digest them. Scientists are divided with regards to this belief, some say it’s impossible and say its true. However, if you look at the arguments of both sides, regardless whether ‘negative calorie’ theory is true or not, one thing is certain, these are foods that has low calorie index. Meaning, you may eat a lot and there’s a low chance that you’ll get fat from a ‘negative calorie’ food. Furthermore, most of these foods included in the list of ‘negative calorie foods’ are high in fiber and will tend to make us feel full longer. A lot of them are also high in nutrients.

Allow me to share the top fifteen ‘negative calorie’ foods.

CELERY. This is the best of all negative calorie foods because it is high in fiber and essential nutrients. Plus, you need to eat about 1.5 kilos of celery before you get 200 calories out of it, so it’s really a low calorie food.

 

ORANGES. Is another negative calorie food. Furthermore, it’s high in vitamin C.

STRAWBERRY. Another fruit on the list is the beautiful and very delicious strawberry, this is one of my favorite fruits. However, strawberries are considered one of the ‘dirtiest’ fruit in terms of the amount of pesticide it gets before it reaches us. Here in the Philippines, it is almost if not totally impossible to get organic strawberries.

KIWI. A fruit that I also really love is kiwi and I’m lucky enough for it to be included in the negative calorie list. On top of that, a kiwi has one of the highest amount of vitamin C.

GRAPEFRUIT. I never really liked grapefruit, but I’ll try to eat more of this fruit because other than being a negative calorie fruit it’s also high in essential nutrients and anti-oxidants.

CARROTS. Need I say more? We all know the benefits of eating a carrot, we’ve been told about this by our parents and teachers.

APRICOT. They look like peaches but not as delicious, at least, for me. However, here in the Philippines, it is very rare that we have fresh apricots, and take note, dried ones are not as good.

LETTUCE. I really don’t know whether we can cook a lettuce or what’s the best way of cooking it. However, it’s one of the most common vegetable you’ll find in a salad. But again be careful with the kind of dressing that you use. It’s just sad that my favorite vegetable Arugula is not in the list of top fifteen negative calorie foods.

TOMATOES. What’s so nice about tomatoes is that one can eat it raw, but they say if you want to benefit from lycopene you must cook it. By the way, a tomato is a fruit and not a vegetable.

CUCUMBER. A cucumber has a very high water content, therefore it will easily make you feel full.

WATERMELON. I love a really cold watermelon, but they say it has no nutritional content.

CAULIFLOWERS. One of the best way of eating a cauliflower is simply to blanch it and then dip it in a non-fat salad dressing.

APPLE. Even before I found out that an apple is a negative calorie food, I’ve started eating it whenever I’m craving for food. I believe that it has help me in my weight loss. However, apples are also one of the dirtiest fruits in terms of pesticide use on them. In fact, the saying an apple a day keeps the doctor away is no longer true.

ZUCCHINI. Not my favorite.

HOT CHILI PEPPER. Okay, I don’t know why this is in the list, it’s not like we eat like we eat the other foods in the list. However, aside from being a negative calorie food, a chili also has a certain property that aids in weight loss.

Also add in the list are most green leafy vegetables, however, it should be noted that some say for them to be truly negative calorie they should be eaten raw. It’s not a problem with the fruits, but with some of the vegetables, eating them raw tends to make it bland, so be careful with the dressing if you’re making a salad out of it. Nevertheless, some say they’re negative calorie regardless whether they are raw or cooked, but you have to be careful with the other ingredients if you decided to cook them, because they will add calorie to the negative calorie food.

 

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