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My Paleo Manila Diet: Week 5

Birds flying high, you know how I feel? Sun in the sky, you know how I feel? Breeze driftin’ on by, you know how I feel? It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me. And I’m feeling good!

Yep, that’s the way I’m feeling right now. I really believe that you are what you eat. And since I’ve been eating healthy for the past month, I’ve been feeling healthy too! All thanks to my PALEO MANILA family! <3

The biggest challenge for me was really exercise. After my short bout with Crossfit Manila, I had to find one that suited me best. Something low impact that I can look forward to doing, not dread. And whad’ya know? It was in my own back yard all along! @_@


I don't like to sweat. It's an icky feeling for me, so this is the perfect low-impact cardio for me at the moment until I build my strength! :) I alternate wading& walking in water for an hour. Gentle on my body & legs! \m/

I don’t like to sweat. It’s an icky feeling for me, so this is the perfect low-impact cardio for me at the moment until I build my strength! :) I alternate wading& walking in water for an hour. Gentle on my body & legs! \m/ Ate is so funny, everything I do is adorable for her. That’s how much she loves me haha!

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Now I’m hoping that along with my low-impact exercise, I will be able to lose more by following my PALEO MANILA diet in the coming months. I have noticed that my clothes are a bit loose now so that is a great incentive for me to keep going. :) Although it’s not noticeable yet because they say you notice on the first month, your family notices on the 2nd month, and your friends notice on the 3rd month, I’m still happy because 15 lbs less is still that. LESS. <3



By now, eating healthy is not so hard anymore. It’s actually become a habit. Speaking of which, do you know they say that habit starts forming after 21 days, so just keep doing it one step at a time. And you’ll get there. My cravings for soda & junk food has actually left my mind & body. So whenever I am asked to taste anything of the kind, I really veer off because it’s a hard habit to break.



My week 5 diary:

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Day 1

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Clockwise from left: Soft scrambled egg clouds with sauteed shrooms & asparagus (Yum!), Apple maple bacon turkey burgers in maple dijon with avocado salsa (Yum!), Mojito brownie muffins (omg YUM!) & Watermelon arugula salad with balsamic reduction (meh), and Spiced lemongrass pork & prawn skewers (Yum!).


Needless to say, I loved by cloud-like eggs! Must learn how to make such pillowy-soft scrambled eggs! <3 Mushrooms & asparagus don’t hurt. I loved all the flavors & textures.

Lunch was a turkey burger, so I was basically having a great day with my Paleo Manila meals. My tastebuds have adjusted so just a hint of flavors goes a long way for me now.

The salad was too mushy because it’s been sitting in dressing for a long time so it didn’t look appetizing & I skipped it. I liked the muffins though. Hooray for dessert! <3

I’ve loved the lemongrass pork skewers on my first week, and I loved it just the same this 2nd time around. I must say, I have to congratulate Pale Manila for being so inventive with their meals, For one whole month I’ve never had repeats!


Day 2

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Clockwise from left: Mexican pork empanadas filled with the butchery’s jalapeno sausage (Yum!), Thai beef cabbage noodles with sesame sriracha sauce (omg YUM!), Gluten-free Oreo cookies (Omg YUM!) & Polynesia rumaki bites (omg YUM!), and Sticky chicken leg quarters with garlic citrus lemon glaze (good).


The empanada for breakfast was also a repeat, but I didn’t mind because I liked it the first time. Plus it was really filling. So it was a win-win sitch for me.

The Thai beef was SUPERB! It didn’t taste like diet food at all, and the serving was pretty big so I was in heaven. ;)

OMG! Take away everything but just leave me the oreo cookies please!!!! I LOVE all of Paleo Manila’s cookies & cupcakes but this one really is the ace! MORE PLEASE??? May I have a secret stash???

The roast chicken was simple but it served its purpose & kept me full the whole night. Nothing is worse than a grumbling tummy. :)


Day 3


Clockwise from left: Louisina tater tots casserole puffs (Yum!), Chipotle meatballs with roasted garlic & tomato sauce (omg YUM!), Pineapple upside down carrot cake (omg YUM!) & Mexican chocolate avocado mousse (omh YUM!), and Middle eastern style chicken musakhan with tahini sauce (meh).


The egg-based casserole puff was a great meal to keep me energized all morning long. There was an interesting topping of something that I couldn’t actually identify though.. sweet potato perhaps? Or squash?

I loved the marinara-like sauce of my meatballs. It reminded me of the huge meatballs of TUS.

For snacks, I loved both on Day 3. The pudding was oozing with chocolatey goodness, exactly what I needed! <3 And the pineapple upside down carrot cake was just heaven!

I didn’t fall in love with the chicken musakhan. I ate my soup instead. :P


Day 4


Clockwise from left: Hawker style scallion pancakes with soy ginger sauce (ok), Cider pork chops with garlic mash (ok), Diced grape & apple salad in honey mustard (ok) & Banana bread macarons (ok), and Filetto di Pesce en salda verde (omg YUM!).


My thursday meal wasn’t as eventful as I had hoped. :'( I found the consistency of the pancakes a bit weird, as I did the first time.

The pork chop was ok. Same goes for my snacks. Not bad actually.

BUT! My dinner made up for the lackluster half-day meals. I really loved the Filetto di Pesce plus it had CauliRice so I went to bed in a great mood, and of course, with a smile dreaming about my light but oh-so-good dinner. <3


Day 5


Clockwise from left: Protein pancakes with coco syrup, Fujian sweet & sour fish with yang chow caulirice. Peter piper pickled peppercorn eggs & Wakame sea mustard, and Carribean-style grilled pork with winter beet salad.


The pancakes this time was better, the consistency I mean. I guess I’ve been used to flour for so long that it has ruined me for any other pancake. :P But this kept me full throughout the day, so it’s all good.

And like my fish meal the previous night, I also LOVED my flavorful fish meal for lunch with caulirice. My seaweed snack I was afraid to try hehe sorry.

Dinner was pork chop which I again ate with lettuce to keep me feeling full. ;)



Week 6, BRING IT ON!!! <3 Thank you my PALEO MANILA family! :-*


Disclaimer: All my food posts from hereon out until August 30, 2014 unless otherwise stated, were from previous food trips & have been scheduled for publishing way before I committed to Paleo Manila’s lifestyle change. Being a food blogger, I will still go to events from time to time & post photos of all the food served from various restos, but I will be choosing carefully what I eat, and only according to what is in the PALEO diet. I value PALEO MANILA’s support & confidence in me & I will do my best not to fall off the wagon, and achieve the goals they have set out for me.

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