May 31, 2015

The Suckiness of Clean Eating

Zucchini Brownies

I decided to do dabble in clean eating when I saw this article on Buzzfeed. I told myself: "I can take pictures of the dishes I make and show them off on Facebook." 

And so the cooking fever began...

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No. Seriously. That was my motivation. 


Everything you see here is low calorie/low fat/low sugar/low carb. I just want to rub that in. 

Paleo Almond-Crusted Chicken

Low Calorie Hummus and Cauliflower Crust Pizza
Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes with Herbs

Zucchini Spaghetti with Spicy Shrimp Marinara Sauce

Egg - Turkey Ham Roll

Rhubarb-Berries Smoothy and Homemade Apple Sauce (no sugar added)

Let's discuss the ugly side of eating clean first. Don't expect an in depth analysis of calorie consumption and the correlation between gut microbes and food cravings. I'm not here to impress you with fancy terms and I don't know shit about the subject matter, anyway.


THE UGLY:



It can be expensive.  I don't need to explain this one, do I? 


It's a lot of work.  Take the Cauliflower Crust Pizza for example, I had to cut the cauliflower head into florets, grind them using a food processor (Once, I used a cheese grater. It was even more time consuming.. and more painful), precook the ground cauliflower for 5-7 minutes, cool it down, wrap it in cheese cloth and squeeze until there is little to no water left. Before I was done, I had mega muscle cramps and I was ready to bite heads off. 

Bloating galore!  I look like I am 6 months pregnant EVERY. FUCKING. TIME I eat the clean food I prepare at home. This is what pisses me off the most. Who wants to spend money and waste energy to look like a marshmallow? Fuck you, veggies!

However, everyone is different. You might get luckier than I am. I'm starting to hate you already. 


Rebound.  Because... temptations. It is much easier to order a pizza, inhale a tub of ice cream, open a bag of Doritos or  dump a kilogram of bacon in the frying pan. Plus.. said temptations are yummy. 

Junk food is life. Junk food is love. 



Low Calorie Carrot Cake

Carrot Fettuccine with Classic Tomato Sauce

Low Calorie Pita Bread

Oven Baked Salmon with Cauliflower "Rice"

Grain-Free Tabbouleh



THE PRETTY


It makes you feel superior. Those peasants who eat crap because they don't know any better or cannot afford organic super foods? Your heart will bleed for them. 


You can preach and make others feel shitty. You're eating healthy now. You know everything. You should make the cheeseburger-eating fatties feel guilty for their sucky life choices.  


You *probably* won't eat as much. Don't lie to yourself. Oftentimes, skinny/diet foods are not as tasty as their normal counterparts.. unless you put a shitload of salt and chili (goodbye, kidneys). 


You will always have an excuse for your mediocre cooking. Refer to the point above. 


Toast with Cream Cheese and Berries

Minced Chicken with (sad-looking) Basel and Chili

Carrot and Mixed Berries Smoothie

Carrot Fettuccine with Light Zesty Cream Cheese Sauce and Oven Baked Chicken Coated in Quinoa and Münster Cheese

Crispy Zucchini Fries

Skinny Pancakes



Kidding aside, it is very enjoyable. Cooking was something that stressed the hell out of me before but nowadays, I am faring well. Some of the dishes were surprisingly full-flavored, despite taking out one or two key ingredients and replacing them with healthy substitutes (e.g. cauliflower instead of flour, apple sauce instead of butter and eggs). Also, my friends and family start to believe that I am not a hopeless cook, after I uploaded these pictures on Facebook. Yay, to me!  If they only knew... 


If you're interested in giving clean eating a try, you might want to check the links below. 










Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bars



May 22, 2015

REVIEW: Avène Very High Protection Spray SPF50



I was born with pale skin that easily burns and gets peppered with rashes if I stay a tad too long under the sun that's why I make it a point to religiously apply sunblock before I go out outside.

I had been on the hunt for a good SPF lotion for a while and I ended up getting Eau Thermale Avène Spray. It is formulated for sensitive skin (according to them) and claims to have a high sun protection factor.

Most of the sunblocks on the shelf have tanning effect.. which I did not need because I just bought a new foundation and cool shades of lipsticks. If I would get tanned (which I rarely do, I just turn roasted piglet color), I would have to get a new batch of makeup that would suit a copper skin tone. Not worth all the hassle, really. When I told the sales assistant that I only needed a normal sun protection cream without the suntanning bonus, she gave me a disapproving look.

I mean, what the FUCK? If you want to have a bronzed skin, good for you.. but don't give me that stupid look and get all judgey if I choose to stay with my pasty, unsexy complexion. Bitch, please?!



Moving on to the review. I hope you're not expecting a thorough one because I'm lazy.


The PRETTY: 

- It did protect my skin. There were times that I forgot to reapply it but I still did not have a nasty sunburn.

- It's a spray.. makes it easier to apply.

- Water resistant.

- The bottle is orange. I like orange.


The UGLY:

- It feels very sticky and gross during the first several minutes.

- It made me break out. I had pimples EVERYWHERE after a day of using it: my chest, my neck, my legs. It's disgusting!

- Price is unreasonable. I got it for CHF 38.90 (USD 41)



CONCLUSION: I'm sure there are other better sunblocks in the market. I won't be buying this one again, unless I am left with no option.



May 20, 2015

Showing Off: May Picks

Ever since I moved to Switzerland, I have been deprived of all things kawaii. I even dressed ugly for monthssss. It's a sad story, really.

To rectify the situation, I shopped like a maniac online. Now, I feel like life is worth living again. Gotta love retail therapy.




I got these cutesy brushes from Essence. They're cheap but the quality is not so bad. The bristles are soft. I also like the short handles. It makes them easy to stuff in my purse. 



Tony Moly Kiss Lover Lip Master is quite good. I got it in Festival Pink. It makes my lips look plump, moist and.. pink. Duh. This will probably be one of my fave daytime lippies. 

Peripera Peri's Tint is also a great buy. It is easy to apply, pigmented and long-lasting. It also looks like a pen. I can't wait to use it in public and see people's reaction. I got the shade Bloody Kiss --- it makes me look like someone has punched me hard across my mouth, which is the look I'm going for, anyway. 

A friend did a review on this HERE



Because oiliness is next to poverty.



I'm excited to try Etude House Face Blur. I hope it's like Photoshop in a bottle. Imagine how convenient that would be!



This travel brush set is from Claire's. I have no idea why I bought it.



Lip Concealer from Innisfree.  I also don't know why I got this.


It's so fluffeeeh I'm going to dieeeee!

I live in a place where it is rather unacceptable for a woman my age to indulge in cuteness.. so I'm going to fucking wear this bag proudly everyday from now on. God, I miss Asia!

Enough bragging for today. Toodles!


NOTE: This is not a sponsored post. I'm not that poor.