29 September 2014

Lifestyle : My Paleo Journey


Smoked salmon on bed of beansprout, baby tomatoes, sliced onion, chive and shredded coconut - my typical Paleo lunch menu

My 80/20 Paleo snack - mix nuts, blueberries and flax seed 

Kale and chicken breast in clear vegetable soup - Paleo dinner

80/20 Paleo breakfast of banana, mix nuts, sultanas, berries and pomegranate 

Dinning out menu choice of Tuna steak on bed of steamed vegetable and olive oil

Satay or spiced beef and chicken on skewer, the best Paleo dinner!

Dining out menu choice for brunch of poached eggs on bed of smoked salmon and spinach. 
Skip the Hollandaise sauce!

A Paleo must, coconut oil

Another Paleo choice for dining out, Sushi salad with no dressing

Homemade mayonnaise with almond oil


Captain and I, we are quite peculiar when it comes to eating. We do not belong to any diet group; not vegetarian, not vegan, not lactose free or gluten free, but we have our phases. For an example, when we travel to the US we usually go vegetarian. Well, why not when we can take advantage of the best of many vegetarian restaurants which we can only dream of here in Dubai. Sometimes we would go gluten free or fully organic, just to take advantage of what the places we visit has to offer. But a few month ago, I was attracted to a type of eating style called Paleo. I'm sure to many of you Paleo is a no brainner but to those whom may not be too familiar of this word, allow me to give a bit of explanation.


Paleo or Paleolithic diet or in plain English, Caveman/Stone-Age/Hunter-Gatherer diet is a type of diet that was designed to allow us to eat the closest possible to the way human did during the Paleolithic or Stone Age era where agriculture was not known of. Human back then eat what they gathered or hunted - meat, fish, nuts and fruits. Robb Wolf the author of Paleo Solution, The Original Human Diet and probably the person that started the whole Paleo craze, claimed that it is the healthiest way we can eat as it gives us what the body needs to stay lean, strong and energetic. Research has shown that today's diet or eating habit that filled with process and refined food, sugar and trans fat was the main contributor to diseases like obesity, cancer, heart problem, Alzheimer, Parkinson and depression. The idea is to eat lean proteins, lots of fresh fruits, vegetable and healthy fats, the cleanest possible. Not bad, huh?


So there I was, drawn, intrigued, all hyped up and excited to start living healthy life and try my best to go Paleo for as long as I could. Before that lets see what are the dos and don'ts of Paleo diet :



Dos

Oil - Olive, Canola, Coconut
Coconut milk/cream
Balsamic
Coconut flour
Almond Flour
Nuts except peanuts
Meat - Beef, lamb, chicken
Fish and seafood
Veggies
Fruits
Salt


Don'ts

Wheat- even whole wheat
Grains and seeds including rice, quinoa, corn, oats, cereals
Beans - cheakpeas, red beans, black beans, peas
Bread of any kind
Pastas even whole wheat
Rice even brown or wild rice
Sugar, added sugar, artificial sugar even honey
Dairy and its product
Alcohol 


As I scrolled the don'ts section I had to do 'double take' a few times. What?? No quinoa? And oats?? But these are the good stuff, stuff that are healthy! This can't be right. So I did more reaserch and found out that grains and seeds were not part of our ancestors' diet as they were only available after the knowledge or agriculture. Bummer! Still, I went with it. Was it hard?  Well, honestly I might be an Asian but I can really do without rice. I was never a fan of pasta, hardly eat bread unless it's really good bread and milk, what am I, 3? But, after a while I was missing cheese.. and then quinoa and a month later rice. I then started incorporating some of these things I missed back in my diet, you know, a scoop of rice every couple of weeks, a tablespoon of Parmesan with my salad once in a while, some quinoa and flax seed... (Oh, c'mon! Flax seed is good for health!).


Then it came the time for my vacation and what is a trip to Italy without the fresh Mozzarella and Burrata? Well, lets just say I tripped and savored every bite of those cheeses. Back in Dubai I tried going back on track but I found myself trying to justify the healthy things under the don't list that I was told by every health book I read as good for our body like grains, honey and seeds. After much deliberation and further consideration , I agree that too much of 'good' things is never good for me and decided that I will continue eating the Paleo way but once in a while I am going to give my self a break and have that scoop or rice or slice of bread with cheese, a dash of milk with my coffee.. after all there are people who live to be 90 or more and some I am pretty sure do not even know how to spell Paleo let alone know what it is all about. Conclusion is, I'm sure Paleo is good (or not?) but for me moderation prevails.




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22 September 2014

Trend : The Jeans Report - Ripped No More



  








I was in a book store one day catching up on my weekly free read when I overheard a young couple chatting while flipping through some fashion magazines. I didn't mean to eavesdrop but they were quite loud so I couldn't help it. Basically the guy just could not understand how fickle and unstable trend can be. They were discussing how one time she went crazy with the ripped jeans trend and now she was thinking of patching them up! It was quiet amusing actually, I was trying so hard to stifle a giggle. I knew right then that I had to do a piece on this trend they were talking about. 

I must have been in my cocoon too long that I actually missed this news.. cool jeans are ripped no more! So, I went home and did some research, start looking through Pinterest and there they were, hundreds of them. Honestly, in my opinion, this trend can be kind of cool if done properly meaning it should look like you really are trying to salvage your favorite pair of jeans and had it done yourself like the one in the last picture. It oozes the right amount of laid-back bohemian/hippy flair that I love. The moment it start looking like the patch quilt, then I seriously feel it is overdone and a big NO. 

Anyway, back to the couple in the bookstore, I can understand how bizarre and incoherent it might be to some on how trend can be so inconsistent and absurd sometimes, but unfortunately that is the funny thing about trend, it is suppose to be that way, always evolving. You either get it or you don't but always take trend with a pinch of salt. Lucky for me Captain seems to have no problem understanding. 

Now your turn, what do you think of this patched jeans trend? Does your man 'dig' the ups and down of trend? I would love to hear your story so do tell! :)



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15 September 2014

NY Fashion Week



How ironic, that a person like my dear husband, Captain, got to be in New York city right smack in the middle of Fashion Week when his only care was how to get to Cafe Zipetto for that cup of good espresso. Yes, he was there and had it not been for the fact that it was the boys' first week at school when all the chaos normally happen, so would I. Seriously, I am not the kind of girl that must be at Fashion Week because the life of my blog or my existence depend on it but once in a life time as a blogger, why not. For me it is just to merely experience the hustle and bustle of the city during this important moment of fashion industry, of which after all, we all are involve in either directly or indirectly. It would be nice to just be there and do a bit of people watching.. who needs the runway when you have the street, right? Anyway, for all of us who didn't get to be there or who doesn't really care but just wondering what's in store for SS 2014, here's some sneak peak from the week.

The ever so lovely and never disappointing Marchesa

Stripe galore by Preen

Bold and glamorous from Rodarte

Delpozo embracing the structure and texture

Feminine - Oscar de la Renta

Full skirt and midriff baring at Tibi

DVF celebrating the prints

 Ralph Lauren did it again, the Safari look

The Olsen twins' creation for Row

Marc Jacobs and his military inspired casual

Modern sophistication by Pamella Roland

.. and my favorite, BCBG Max Azria, a mix of retro and old school glamour yet 
so wearable by mere mortal like us!




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