While I was on Blog Hiatus

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.

On our way to pick up my parents

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 πŸ™‚

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! πŸ™‚

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 some of the gluten free bread I bought - topped with avocado it was so dreamy yummy. πŸ™‚

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).

I've been enjoying berries and cherries lately. They're in season now πŸ™‚

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!) πŸ™‚

How does your family view your fitness/dietary choices?


I’ll be MIA for a bit because my parents will be visiting and staying with us for 2 weeks. In the meantime, you could always follow my random posts on my Facebook page if you’re interested πŸ™‚

Anyway, I spent quite sometime in the kitchen today preparing food for this coming week so at least they won’t be hungry while we’re not at home..haha!

I’ll post some details once I got everything set up.

See you guys soon!

The Week in Pictures

Happy Mother’s Day to all the fabulous moms out there πŸ™‚

My mom is not here with me but she’ll come next Sunday with my dad for my brother’s graduation ceremony. Besides in Indonesia, Mother’s Day is on December 22. Anyway, we had a nice dinner yesterday at my in-laws place.

Avert your eyes if you don’t want to see my off-road Paleo eats. Yes I ingested all kinds of sugar, soy, gluten and grains but I don’t care. Besides it’s once in a while thing and the next day I jump back on the clean paleo eating wagon. See no need to stress over little stuff. And I admit, those bbq pork skin are very yummy. πŸ˜€ Plus father-in-law’s homemade fish noodles is worth it.

Our weather has been pretty nice lately so I’ve taken advantage to have my lunch under sunshine to soak up Vitamin D as much as possible. I’ve been taking Fermented Cod Liver Oil/Butter Oil blend for almost 2 months plus Vitamin D3 supplements to increased my Vitamin D3 level so hopefully extra sunshine will help as well.

Guess what? I’m doing 50 Burpees per day for 50 Days Challenge..AGAIN! πŸ˜€ Yup, I’m that insane. I even want to burpee this train platform..haha!

And I am also happy that I finally found another great trainer, Tatianna from Loving Fit. I’ve been doing some of her workout and her workout routine and have been feeling great! I could feel my strength increased even though I add more rest days. Apparently more doesn’t always better, don’t you think? In addition, I also incorporate Zuzana’s ZWOW workout as well. Gosh it’s just so many great workout videos out there but so little time to do them! Ugh!

Set up for my usual morning workout

In addition to that, I also have these daily stairs that I have to go thru everyday to work. πŸ˜€

Remember the kimchee incident a while back? Well after a while, I braved myself to eat them again, and guess what? No stomachache! I think I know what’s the limit πŸ™‚

I was bored while waiting at the doctor’s office so I snapped this picture. I bet it’ll be useful for me to learn more about our digestive system and any digestive system disease related.

Weekday breakfasts are the usual hard boiled eggs with avocados or some veggies if any.

But weekends are reserved for fried eggs/omelette πŸ˜€

sorry for the blurry picture

Can you tell that I’m obsessed with Instagram? I just recently switched my ancient Blackberry Pearl phone to iPhone 4 and I’ve been taking a lot of pictures with it. My little Canon camera is a little abandoned now..so sad.

Have a great Sunday everyone! For the next week or two, I might not update this blog as my parents will be here and taking over the computer room, so if you want, you could always like Delightful Taste Buds Facebook so you could follow some of my random posts/pictures..if you are interested πŸ™‚

What Have I Been Doing Lately

Hey beautiful/handsome people!

Sorry for the lack of activity here lately but I could assure you my eats have been pretty good though not exactly 100% perfect paleo. Besides we gotta live a little, right?

I won’t bore you with the exact details. Instead I just gave you some highlights of what I’ve been doing for the last free days before I start going back to work tomorrow.

Friday we were out for the whole day driving from one place to another. It was for Hubby K’s 2 interviews which was happened on the same day at 2 different places. Since he had been nice enough to drive me around when I had interviews it was fair enough for me to drive him as well right so he could concentrate practicing while sitting in the car. Since I knew I had short time in the morning for a workout, I just did super quick workout and quickly snacked on post WO meal before hitting the shower and drove us off to downtown Pasadena for his first interview.

Roasted Curried Cauliflower, 2 slices Applegate Uncured Ham and some kabocha

We stuck in the traffic for a good 30 minutes and were nervous enough that we might not make it on time. Luckily it cleared up and we able to reach our destination on time.

While waiting for him, I walked around to The Container Store which located within walking distance from the office. Can you tell that I am obsessed with containers? I admit, I LOVE containers – all kinds and shapes πŸ˜€

After the interview, we had lunch at Choza Mama, a Peruvian restaurant in Old town Pasadena.

Later on, BIL (brother-in-law) and his wife came and joined us as well since they work around in the area. Everyone shared this basket of bread with these three dipping sauces except me.

For starters, I ordered Ceviche Mixto to share with everyone. It was a refreshing dish mixture of seafood marinated with some citrus juice served with sweet potato and corn. I actually requested to remove the corn but they might forget. BIL tried them and he said they were too dry and weren’t that great.

Then each of us ordered our own dish, little we knew that the dishes served in big portion!

I ordered Lechon Adobado (pulled pork roasted in red wine and Aji Panca sauce served with either mashed yams or garlic mashed potatoes)-guess which side did I order? πŸ˜€

I asked the waiter to make sure there’s no wheat/flour added as sauce thickener. The waiter was nice enough answering my questions regarding the dishes.

Hubby K ordered Lomo Saltado (stir-fry fillet mignon strips with onions, tomatoes, french fries sauted in soy sauce served with either white or brown rice). He requested the waiter to sub the french fries and rice with 2 side salad dish instead.

Overall the dishes were super yummy! The pulled pork was super tender and had that melt-in-your-mouth texture. Despite the yumminess, we still couldn’t finish our dishes so we boxed them (yay for instant left-overs!) Afterward, BIL and his wife went back to work and we drove off to Hubby K’s second interview and then came back home after being stuck in the traffic for at least 1 hour.

We weren’t super hungry for dinner so we kept them simple: left over protein with some fat and veggies.

Our Saturday was pretty mellow and simple. I took day off from working and just chilling and made simple quick fix dishes since we had left overs from Friday.

Saute Sprouts Cajun Chicken sausage with summer squashes and pear

And we had dinner at the in-laws.

So that’s pretty much it. I admit I might miss these free times that I’ve been having for the past 4 months but hey someone gotta bring home the paycheck to cover the bills and food expense right?!

Taking Care of Some Stuff

Hello all…

Nothing much today either actually. As usual I started off my morning with a workout. This time I only did 12 minute workout as prescribed as I wasn’t really in a mood of a longer workout.

I had the usual post workout snack: 1/2 baked sweet potato.

And I’m not afraid to admit that I had one slice of my homemade whole wheat cranberry bread. Hm..soo good, especially toasted.

Then I made Braised Coconut Shredded Chicken and One Pot Baked Mixed Vegetables (combo this time was cabbage, tomatoes, carrots, and zucchini seasoned with celery salt) for our lunch.

And I went to my dentist for my usual teeth cleaning (gotta use up the insurance coverage before I am out of it after this month!) Did I tell you that I hate going to a dentist (no offense). I just never enjoy having my teeth being scrapped by the tool. And the noise…UGH!

We stopped by at my in law’s house to pick up some mails. My MIL (mother-in-law) was so kind that she offered us some bread that she got from her friend who owns a Chinese bakery. Reluctantly, I accepted some. She got 3 bags FULL OF bread! Although we can’t really communicate well (she doesn’t speak English and I don’t speak Chinese), at least I could understand her telling me to just take my time to look for a job. It’s always like this in the US. How could I refuse her for giving me the bread? She did that out of her kindness. Well I might have a bite here and there but poor Hubby K will be the only one who’s eating them. Ah!

Our dinner was a mix match of leftover from yesterday and this afternoon.

And I made another tray of Baked Yucca Root Fries πŸ˜€

Just remember to steam the yucca root before baking them! After steaming, sprinkle some salt and drizzle some oil, bake in 400Β°F for about 20-25 minutes. YUM!

Btw, I’d like to thank you for all the supportive and encouraging email, twitter etc (you know who you are :D) and I also want to apologize that I haven’t got a chance to comment back on your blogs. I’ll try to get around them as soon as I can. Again, thank you πŸ™‚

Have a great night, everyone!

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