Zucchini pasta

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I fell in love with zucchini. It’s such a nice little sweet veggie. It’s very sweet and got great texture either cooked or raw, so I just bite the whole thing like I would a carrot if I’m really too busy. It’s also a great pasta substitution.

I shred zucchini with the veggie shredder into noodle shapes. Mandolines or spiralizers also work very well, too. 1 large zucchini will be enough for quite a large serving of pasta. After shredding the zucchinis, I can either just treat it like a raw noodle or stir-fry it with a little bit of olive oil, garlic, basil and oregano.

Here’s a few ideas (as a lazy bachelor)
– Hemp pesto – blend 1/4 cup of hemp hearts with 1 – 2 tbsp of olive oil, 1 clove of garlic, a few basil leaves and oregano, then squeeze in some lemon juice
– Alfredo (as pictured) – saute basil, oregano, garlic and onions until tender, add chicken or seafood, 1/3 cup of fat free cream cheese, and about 1/2 cup of milk of choice, stock or water, then season with salt and pepper

My ultimate comfort food in a hybrid – Tom Yam Sukiyaki

In Thailand, we eat Tom Yam as a main course with rice (i.e. we don’t eat soup as an appetizer). Some noodle stands will sell Tom Yam noodles, which is the typical noodle soup with Tom Yam soup. My favorite one is the one with fish and seaweed.

We make Tom Yam soup by boiling lemongrass (1 – 2 stalks), lime leaves (5 – 6) and galangal (1 – 2 inches) in a clear stock (chicken, fish, seafood, vegetables, or anything) then add meat, and you have Tom Yam. Like any other dishes I make, if I don’t have all the spices, one of them is fine for Tom Yam. I also like to add mashed garlic and onions or shallots. In Toronto, I can only get these herbs in huge batches so I freeze them down, which seems to work just fine. I prefer to just add the thin rice noodles because they cook within a matter of minutes, no need to cook rice and wash another container. And I won’t forget soup veggies like napa cabbage, seaweeds, carrots, mushrooms and beansprouts. The soup is typically seasoned with lime juice, fish sauce and Thai chilli peppers.

Beansprouts have been my favorite one because I don’t need to cut them. They are so nutritious and inexpensive.

I make these really often especially in the winter or when I’m not feeling great, and I just add what I have. When I am cutting carbs and want something filling, I use Shirataki noodles which is made from Konyakku (a yam-like plant). It has zero net carbs with a unique texture.

I finish making this within 5 minutes after the water boils (that will beat any pre-packaged or pre-frozen meals that you even have to heat up the oven). Perfect when I’m starving. It makes me feel really comfy and happy, not to mention the herbs in the soup is great for you too.

 

Don’t compete with the negatives

We all have our own life challenges and it may be preventing you from getting on with your life. Let’s learn to stop. Ever got into this conversation when everyone competes about how terrible their life is. “Oh you had it bad. I had it worse. You can never handle this.” Does that ever impress anyone? By doing that, you are stopping yourself from growing. Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Let go of whatever you went through and live the best of it.

The importance of mindset

I heard tons of quotes about how the mindset is the key to everything.
“It doesn’t matter if you lose a thousand pounds. If in your mind you are fat, you will always be fat.”
“The mindset is the key to success.”
“Lots of people try to change their actions, their looks and everything without changing their identity because it’s easier. If you don’t change your inside, it doesn’t matter how much your looks change, you will always revert back.”

Thinking about it, this is probably why I have successfully changed in my life. Something clicked in my head. It may have been easier for me because I’m a decisive, go-for-it type person that I don’t need to see or know everything before I make it happen. Changes are not easy. One most important part of it is believing in yourself and believing that you are changing for the better.

Changing your lifestyle habits is the same, and it’s harder because the results are intangible. You can say you have a professional career so you are always too busy to exercise, but can you believe the most successful people always find time to exercise; because the energy they get from that less than one hour a day makes them more productive for the bounds of their lives. When you are healthy (or relatively healthier if not perfectly healthy), your physical improvement transcends your emotional health, so you gain confidence and a sense of control. Plus there’s no such a thing as rich and fat people. Think Barack and Michelle Obama, Donald Trump. The richest and most successful people don’t put their health in the back burner. Period.

To a majority of people who don’t have my personality, a lot of times it’s about making them believe that it’s possible to change, to get into that mindset. That’s why I learned about coaching and coaching these people in baby steps. In the beginning it’s changing the mindset that it’s possible and will produce positive results. That maybe asking people to take vitamins daily or simply showing up to the gym or grocery store regulary while enjoying some type of positive results. It’s amusingly hard to believe how some people find it hard to just take one pill a day. It’s all about their mindsets.