Hey beautiful people! As I “promised”, I finally posted something this week! Yay me! Seriously, I would hate myself for not keeping my own words.
Anyway, if you’ve been following me on Facebook, I’m sure some of these pictures below will look familiar.
So the past 2 weeks while parents were here was pretty nice although there were some adjustments needed. For example, I had to be a little quieter while exercising in the morning or if I didn’t have enough time in the morning to workout, I just sneakily did it in the bedroom after I came back from work.
Hmm why should you do your workout sneakily you asked.
Ehm well it felt a bit awkward to workout in front of them, especially they thought my workouts were super intense and overwhelmed them a bit. Same thing with Hubby K as well. He even could do some stuff that I couldn’t even do yet like headstand and crane pose..if my parents would to see those, they’d be more overwhelmed.
They brought some goodies from back home. Not exactly Paleo but if you stretched it out, they still considered to be more paleo than any other snacks that we’ve known here.
Like this Dry Baked Fish Chips – might look like a cardboard but they taste OH SO GOOD! One of my favorite childhood snacks. Ingredient wise: featherback fish meat, salt, tapioca starch -nobody knows exactly the ingredients since only a handful of people know how to make these so the exact recipe is heavily guarded. According to my parents, the fish meat was grounded then pounded to become a flat disc, and baked in the oven that uses coconut shell charcoal. In the process, the chip was taken out and pounded flat until it’s completely baked. A lot of work, I’d say.
Or this boiled ground featherback fish meat filled with an egg (Ingredients: ground featherback fish, salt, tapioca starch and some water) – another traditional snack from my parents’ hometown.
The best one is this Homemade Coconut Oil! My mom made these from real coconut, cooked them and strained the oil from it. 100% extra virgin coconut oil
I took them to the Universal Studios by taking the train and the subway. They seem to enjoy it. No need to sit for 2 hours on our butt in the traffic jam, it was a win win situation!
And since we all know there won’t be any great food choices there, we packed our own lunch. Parents and bro packed their fried rice while I packed veggies and some stew meat.
My mom made this Shrimp Jicama Mushroom Soup, which is totally Paleo and Whole30 friendly. I definitely will post a recipe once I successfully re-created this dish one of these days.
However there were a few hiccups. As much as parents understand my Paleo way, I on the other hand couldn’t really convince them to give up gluten and sugar. So these sneaked into my pantry:
No that wasn’t the gluten free bread that I bought a while back. Apparently I should buy a lot more since they really can’t survive breakfast without having any bread slices *sigh*. Well I just had to be diplomatic seeing these gluten and sugar bombs in my house.
I tried to make some breakfast snack for them by making these Plantain Fritters (recipe from Chris Kresser – I added chopped green onions on mine). They were so good but then parents said it was ok to eat in small amount. Too much would be too greasy so bread still win..*INSERT DOUBLE SIGHS*
Just like my parents perception with my workout, they also see me being way too strict on my food. How they said it? Well the usual “just eat everything in moderation – balance..etc etc.”
Hm actually I do eat a balanced meal. I picked the most nutrient dense source food like meats, veggies, starchy tubers, and fruits over empty calories and sugar bombs like bread, pasta and noodles. Not only that, my mood is actually better after I reduce my sugar consumption (my only sugar source is fruits).
So even though parents once in a while lecturing me, I just let it slide and didn’t fight it. Previously, I’d be so worked up and being defensive about it.
Overall it was nice to be able spend time with them without getting worked up regarding our different views on fitness and food. In fact my dad, even though already in his late 60s going to be 70s still be able to jog 2 miles 3-4 times a week and once a year he’d jog for 7 miles. Compare to average people, I’d say he’s pretty fit for his age (though he would be able to shake off a few jiggles on his tummy if only he’s giving up bread and sugar completely!)
How does your family view your fitness/dietary choices?