Journal – October 19-20

Journal - October 19-20

 

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Gratitude

I’m grateful for decent sleep two days in a row. I still felt fatigued both days but I can feel the sleeps were deeper.

Mystery Wound

The craziest injuries are the mystery ones. Noticed a small line of blood on my knee while drying off after a shower. It’s a cut or scratch, I don’t know. And how did it get there when I’ve been wearing long bottoms all month? I must have got it in the shower but how?

Camel

Logging water intake is a pain but it’ll make me try harder. Drank 550ml today. Such a disgrace!

Milky Woe

I had dairy milk for the first time in nearly four months. It wasn’t the sublime experience I anticipated but it was pretty nice. Adam said I could try low lactose dairy products for a bit, so I got some lactose-free milk. (And cream and cheese!) But after a breakfast of spelt bran flakes with raisins, I suffered major bloating. What is going on, then? Am I not intolerant to lactose but to casein? Is the lactose-free milk a sham? Is it the bran flakes? My damned gut is killing me softly.

 

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Journal – October 11-12

Journal - October 11-12

 

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Gratitude

I’m grateful for fruits! Had a sweet and juicy mango I had to wait a week to ripen adequately but it satisfied my need for sugary desserts!

Temptation

Going to monthly WI meetings is going to test my willpower because they always serve cakes at the end of the meetings! I managed to resist the Victoria Sponge tonight and am very proud but I so miss the days when I allowed myself to eat whatever I wanted!

Health

But my efforts have paid off! My health score at Adam’s has improved again!

August Health Score – 62%
September Health Score – 73%
October Health Score – 77%

If my blood pressure is already too high, often only Lasix https://www.aspirinworks.com/lasix-water-pill/ will help. But if you take care of yourself and live healthily, you can reduce the medication, but only in consultation with the doctor treating you. If you only have slightly elevated values, you can initially try to lower your blood pressure without medication.

Sleep

What is going on? Managed to sleep 8.5 hours without much trouble but Fitbit only recorded 4 minutes of deep sleep! Mind, you are not co-operating!

Upset

This box has been empty for a whole hour as I stared at it and wanted to fill it in but didn’t want to write anything that came to mind because I had a sudden upset and my mind is screaming and my heart is heavy.

 

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Our laughable cooking adventure

In a bid to feed Kay nutritious food that will aid healing after his surgery, we decided to do simple cooking in the apartment.

We’d be staying in Korea for two more weeks (till Dec 16), and Seoul seems to have a dearth of eateries that serve healthy (bland) food.

Our kitchen is quite limited. There’s only one single induction stove, one microwave oven, one pot and one frying pan. And very limited cutlery and crockery.

But the biggest problem is that neither of us are much good at cooking. And, besides limited tools, we are also faced with the challenge of limited ingredients because many foodstuff and condiments are restricted, such as red meat, seafood (except fish) and salt.

With all those obstacles circling dizzily around our heads, we went shopping.

 

Groceries

 

Groceries

 

We couldn’t buy too much on our first trip to the supermarket because Kay only has one free arm and our apartment is about 10 minutes’ walk from the supermarket.

We were mostly only picking up stuff recommended in articles for convalescing patients (as much as we could find in the neighbourhood supermarket) with only scant ideas of what meals to cook out of them.

So far, we’ve cooked three meals and they’ve been quite laughable attempts. Our incompetence in the kitchen has never been more pronounced, especially when faced with limited resources.

 

During our shopping, we decided that brown rice is more beneficial to Kay than white rice. Besides, all the white rice in the supermarket come in, like, 10kg bags.

But we didn’t know what brown rice looked like. There was this section full of small packets of mixed grainy stuff that we couldn’t identify because it was all in Korean.

(On a related topic, we cannot find a single loaf of wholemeal, whole wheat or multi-grain bread in Seoul, which is quite puzzling.)

Anyway, we settled on this “rice” (left):

 

Brown rice and soy bean paste

 

But, it was, like:

“Is this a ricey thing? As in, used as a substitute for rice?”

“I don’t know. Seems like it.”

“Do you know how to cook it?”

“Should be the same as white rice?”

“I heard this kind of rice takes a longer time or you need to do something special with it.”

“Should be the same.”

“Okay, let’s try it anyway.”

 

We also bought some soy bean paste (above picture, right) to use as soup stock since we couldn’t use salt or pork bones or whatever the heck people use to cook soup.

I think it’s miso paste, although the packet has English words on it that say “soy bean paste”.

 

Day 1 – Dinner

Even as we started cooking, we still didn’t have a clear idea what we were going to cook.

Of course, the rice was the most obvious first step. But we were kinda undecided whether we wanted to cook rice, porridge or a rice-in-soup thingy.

In any case, we weren’t sure how much water to use for any of the above, so it was more or less like, “Let’s try this level of water and see what turns out.”

We washed the rice, then squeezed some bean paste into the pot together with the rice. We still didn’t know what we were going to make at this point of time.

 

Cooking rice

 

Of course, we needed a veggie dish so we thought eventually that the easiest way would be to just dump it in the frying pan and cook it.

We had trouble identifying vegetables when buying them.

“Let’s get spinach. I like spinach.”

“Is this spinach?”

“Looks like it.”

“Or not.”

“Well, it looks closest to spinach.”

“Okay.”

 

Vegetables

 

Finally, we settled on rice, vegetables and canned mackerel. (We wanted to buy sardines because it’s recommended for bone healing but there’s no sardine in Seoul, so we figured mackerel should do the trick.)

 

The pathetic fruits of our hour-long labour:

Dinner

 

The rice took the longest but it was fortunately edible:

Rice

 

We didn’t have garlic and cooking oil, so we just cooked our mystery veggies with butter and a few drops of light soya sauce:

Vegetables

 

The mackerel just needed to be removed from the can and microwaved:

Canned mackerel

 

The meal actually turned out quite tasty. I love the funny grain rice thing. The veggies tasted good enough with just soya sauce, and the mackerel, being canned food, was of course tasty, although not the most healthy.

 

Day 2 – Lunch

Lunch was better because I went out to buy garlic and eggs for it.

 

Slicing and dicing the garlic (the supermarket sold ready-peeled ones):

Dicing garlic

 

Dates are stamped on each individual egg. I think this is maybe the birth date (if I can call it that) because there’s a later date on the lid of the crate, which I assume is the expiry date.

 

Eggs

 

Our lunch took 90 minutes to cook because we tried to soak the rice for 10 minutes before putting it to boil, thinking that might make it softer.

But it turned out to be harder. I think maybe we didn’t use enough water this time.

And we had one more dish than the night before, a plain omelette.

 

The one in the middle is our leftover canned mackerel:

Lunch

 

Our garlic-veggie dish was a bit burnt cos we overcooked the garlic and the heat on the pan was too strong at one point of time.

Garlic-veggies

 

Day 2 – Dinner

We decided to make a soup meal this time because Kay didn’t want to eat too much rice.

Also, we went out to the supermarket again and bought a fresh fish – a mackerel – cos we know we shouldn’t eat canned fish too much. (The canned ones are just calcium cos you can eat the bones.)

I don’t know why Kay likes mackerel that much. He chose the fish because I’ve never cooked fish in my life and the only edible fish I can recognise (in the uncooked and whole state) is pomfret because of its unique shape.

 

Mackerel

 

We marinated it with soya sauce. Trying to restrict salt in Kay’s diet. Soya sauce is not as bad, I think.

We sort of mangled it. The fish stuck to the pan (maybe cos we used just a bit of butter instead of cooking oil). And we didn’t have a spatula and had to pan-fry the fish using a spoon and chopsticks.

 

Mackerel

 

Our veggie dish was better this time. We didn’t burn it.

 

Veggies with garlic

 

Our soup, though, was quite, erm, let’s say, tasteless.

Inside the soup:

– Soy bean paste
– Some green leaves
– tofu
– canned chicken breast meat

We didn’t expect the canned chicken breast to be oily, so it made our soup oily. Unfortunately, we can’t seem to find fresh chicken breast in the supermarket. They only have the fatty parts or the whole chicken.

 

Tasteless soup

 

The soup was very bland but we still ate it since our priority is health and nutrition, and not taste.

But we’ll try to cook something more tasty next time.

Tonight, we’re eating out. We found from the Internet this vegetarian restaurant not too far away. Hopefully it’s still around.

Our kitchen gets a break tonight.

My secret to being slim

It’s no great secret and it’s not very healthy.

Nevertheless, I’ve decided to blog about it because my readers have been complaining that I remain skinny despite appearing to be a glutton.

But a disclaimer before I go on:

KIDS, DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!

In fact, not just kids. Anyone. Try it at your own risk.

And here’s the secret: Snacks!

This is the snack pantry in my room.

It’s stuffed full of junk food right now because I’ve been snack shopping a lot in the past two weeks.

Well, snacks isn’t the whole secret. The secret to the secret is that you have to eat snacks in lieu of main meals.

Because I work freelance and keep irregular hours and work from home quite a lot, I don’t have access to proper meals. So I will usually just grab something from my snack pantry and eat while I work.

I believe this is what really keeps me skinny. I was fleshier when I had a day job and ate proper meals. I think it’s because snack portions are smaller while proper meal portions are usually huge and you try to finish your meals because you don’t want to waste food. As a result, your stomach expands so that you can stuff even more food into it the next time.

I’ve loved junk food since I was a kid so I’m not, like, doing this on purpose to keep slim. In fact, some of you may not even believe that this is what keeps me slim. As a matter of fact, I’m not sure myself, but it just seems logical to me.

Last year, my friends gave me snacks for a birthday present. I have chronic cystitis and every autumn I undergo treatment. When the weather turns bad and it gets cold, I immediately feel painful sensations. I already know what medications I need to take, including antibiotics, so I don’t go to the doctor. I order them on https://janesaddiction.org/generic-antibiotics/. The prices are very pleasant there.

(The Goonfather not included.)

That’s how much I eat these things.

By the way, I found a Japanese snack shop in Central. Oishii okashiiiiiii!!! (Er… that’s not the name of the shop. It means “delicious snacks” in Japanese.)

It’s located in B1 and has all kinds of amazing snacks you can’t get anywhere else in Singapore!

They even sell leather jackets!!!

Don’t ask me. I really don’t know.

These are the two items which list “leather jacket” among their main ingredients.

The one on the left is dried sea urchin. The one on the right… I can’t remember.

I was quite conservative that night because I’ve been spending too much lately, so I only bought these:

They gave me freebies (two sticks of Hi-Chew candy and two squares of Venezuela Bitter chocolate)!

OMG I love this shop!

And, talk about coincidences…

I was in the middle of writing this blog when a good friend dropped by to pass me something he bought for me from Japan.

MORE SNACKS!!

I just love Green Tea flavoured snacks.

I’m not sure what that “Calorie” thing is, yet. It’s some kind of energy bar for busy people, according to the description, but there’s no picture showing what it looks like.

Wow. With all these new additions, I’m going to be sooooo skinny (and so unhealthy) in the next few weeks!