You are what you eat.


 

Muchaluva,
Stace

Food Diary: PASSION



BREAKFAST

1 packet instant oatmeal with brown sugar and honey

1 handful goji berries

1/2 avocado

1 spoonful virgin coconut oil

MID-MORNING SNACK

CLIF bar chocolate chip

LUNCH

tuna, salmon, avocado brown rice sushi

1/3 c sliced mangoes

LATE AFTERNOON SNACK

chocolate protein shake

raw nuts

WATER: 4 liters + innumerable little cups of green tea and other teas

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Notes:

- That’s a sneak preview of what I’m doing at the moment, lurking in the background of my protein shake picture above.

- Hmmm… Apparently I’m craving a lot of chocolate, nuts, and fats these days to make up for my losing vitality, lack of sleep, and iron deficiency post-menstruation. Or just pure stress. I really can’t go on a day without at least 6 to 7 hours of sleep. As much as I can get this high-maintenance, you will be surprised that studies have proven that people who take frequent naps or get restful sleep every night are more productive. Normally when I take naps to recover from the lack of sleep the night before, it would take about 2 hours, and then I’ll sleep later the next night, and would have to do my homework again anyway.

- I guess the most important thing college life has taught me is to make time for the rest of your life doing your PASSION instead of a “JOB” you that you “HAVE TO DO”. I’ve declined many jobs that pay well but I don’t want to work for… It’s either I’m an ungrateful bitch or an over-ambitious worker, maybe both. I have very low self-confidence that I fake all the time. You can probably tell, by me typing these words down on a public domain, that I’m currently in a drowsy mental state of mind, in a packed room with big luggages and cardboard boxes, sitting in front of a desk full of clutter and pretty much looks like a shipwreck, sharing my bed with my big brother (he can’t sleep in the living room tonight because my roommate’s going to sleep on the couch; her bed will be moved out by tonight) and mentally breaking down how the hell am I going to finish 5 finished illustrations nicely in one week’s time (plus a completed piece of sketchbook too). You know I DON’T smoke, I DON’T drink, not even coffee. Just plenty of tea.

*brewing a cup of Twinings Pure & Natural Green Tea*

- I got tea. I need rest.

- OK. Being completely honest now. I’m actually really, really, really jealous of the people in my school. They are driven by PASSION in this school, not by external motivations such as getting a degree, designing a better resume, and enjoying San Francisco. They are willing to go through sleepless nights just to have every single flawless finish they can put into their portfolio. The moment I knew I don’t belong here was, like I’ve said before repeatedly on this blog, 2010 – when I got depressed, slowly becoming crazy, decided to quit school, had very little mental rest and no menstruation cycle for over a year, gained all the weight I’ve lost back again, lost touch with my peers, looking for weird jobs and switching major courses and obsessed about making money rather than spending time in school. The only good thing out of it, a priceless thing actually, is to rediscover my passion for writing, which comes naturally to me, as I’ve been reading for pleasure for all my life and wrote a lot of argumentative essays in high school. When I chose to do art for college, every English teacher I had was surprised about my hidden “talent” to doodle. It’s a nightmare to doodle as a living for me if it’s for some “JOB” that I “HAVE TO DO”. Actually, I am thinking of revisiting these haunting year sometime later on, if I really do face my fear of going back to that year again, reciting each bad memory after another in the form of an exposee. Financial freedom and breaking ties from my dad’s financial support would let me be free, or so I thought. Then he just told me: “I never finished high school because I was immediately looking for money. Papa don’t want you to be like that. You always draw Sailor Moon when you were a kid. Stay in school.”

PASSION to me: Proactivity, Assertiveness, Social, Spirited, Open-minded, Natural. Proactive in seeking out opportunities. Assertive in communicating with others about what you feel and standing up for yourself when others bring you down. Social and influential, only with a mere glimpse of a smile and you’ve made an impact on a stranger’s day. Spirited and energetic, because we know we can always learn something new everyday, being Open-minded to all kinds of things. Above all, a natural feeling toward that particular area your PASSION lies, not because of the money, is your answer to how you must spend the rest of your life, doing just that for a living. 

- Guess I should start counting my blessings for the next 8 days. Every. Single. Day. It might get me a fresh perspective amidst these negative self-talks I often have playing in the back of my mind, like, everyday. #WhatMadeMyDay I saw an old couple today that made my heart melt. The old man gave a light peck on the old woman’s cheek with his eyes closed. I couldn’t see her face as I was facing her back. The old man smiled kindly at her, took her hand gently, and they walked hand in hand towards the bus stop. Okay that wasn’t my experience, but I really love watching tender, genuine love in action, not some made-up Hollywood drama.

Muchaluva,
Stace

Food Diary: Love avocado and mango


BREAKFAST

1 packet instant oatmeal with brown sugar

apple

2 extra dark chocolate Lindt balls

1 glass nonfat milk

LUNCH

peppered quinoa with mushrooms, onions, soybeans fried in Gochujang sauce

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

1 string cheese

1/4 c goji berries

1/2 avocado

1/3 c sliced mangoes

LATE AFTERNOON SNACK

1/2 avocado

1/3 sliced mangoes

1 extra dark chocolate Lindt ball

*UPDATED*

MIDNIGHT SNACK

1 handful goji berries

WATER: 5 liters + innumerable little cups of green tea and other teas

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Notes:

- So I guess stress makes you eat more and drink more water, huh? It’s been a while since I drank 5-6 liters of water a day. Seriously, why am I always thirsty? All my life I’ve been wondering why. But yes, I really need water. And my homework is not done yet. But I’ve finished 2 assignments today. Working on that poster design I mentioned.

Muchaluva,
Stace

I could live on…

FRUITS! Apples, mangoes, avocados, bananas, blueberries, longans, kiwifruits, watermelons, ahh… I have no particular favorite because I simply LOVE all of them! ALL. OF. THEM.

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Muchaluva,
Stace

Food Diary: Out of raisins.

 

BREAKFAST

1 packet instant oatmeal with brown sugar and honey

banana

LUNCH

2 small bowls of mushroom quinoa with tofu

2 fried eggs

MID-AFTERNOON SNACK

1/4 c nonfat vanilla yogurt with goji berries

apple

LATE-AFTERNOON SNACK

1 packet Greenmax yam & black sesame instant cereal

1 extra dark chocolate Lindt ball

WATER:  3 liters + innumerable little cups of green tea and other teas

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Notes:

- Congratulations for Nathan Krah for owning it at 2:26:55 and Devon Crosby-Helms for winning the full-marathon (at 2:44:10) in the 2012 WIPRO San Francisco Marathon this morning! These long-distance striders inspire me today to be hopeful, to persevere, and be patient for things in the long haul. I WILL surely do a marathon before I’m 30. I will. I will.

Muchaluva,
Stace