Fastfood for Convenience

My son’s class went to a burger joint to observe how the food was prepared. This was part of their class project. Afterwards, the students ordered a meal of burgers, fries, and a large soda. To many of the students, it’s unthinkable to go to a fastfood restaurant and not order anything. So, they offered to share their fries and sodas with my son. My son was embarassed to refuse their offers, but he did it anyway, because of what I have been reading from a book entitled, “Fastfood Nation.”

For those of you who want to know more about what goes on behind the scene of burger and fries preparation, this book is a must read. I warn you though, that once you finish reading the book, you’ll never want to eat burgers and fries that are not homemade.

Most people know that fastfood is not good for the body. It is not natural. The body has difficulty digesting fastfood, so what it can’t digest, it puts into storage. Our belly, thighs, and underarms then become the warehouses where food that the body cannot utilize is stored. It’s as simple as this.

However, many of us (myself included before I changed my ways), think that a trip to a fastfood joint once in a while won’t hurt. Pretty soon, it becomes once a week, then thrice a week, and maybe daily when we find ourselves too busy to prepare our meals.

Furthermore, fastfood is cheap and we can eat it on the go. So, convenience, low price, and that enticing smell of fries create cravings that people who eat fastfood can not resist.

However, for us who have not eaten fries for years, we can’t stand the rancid smell of these chemically engineered food. It’s like a smoker and a non-smoker. A non-smoker can not stand the smell of cigarettes, but a smoker can. In fact, the smokers’ sense of smell is ruined.

So, back to the burger and fries story. It seems that this particular chain offers a scratch and win card for purchase of their food. The prizes include a car, gold jewelry, and an iPad. Hmmm. That’s very interesting. Sales must be down. Otherwise, if the food is good and sales is not a problem, why would they offer such big prizes?

11 more days before dragon Boat festival!


Why We Need to Watch What We Eat

The photo shows the spread we feasted on in December of 2008. This was held in our home and most of the food was brought in by the people who attended the party. It included a mixture of  Chinese, Filipino, and Western cuisines. This is pretty much the usual banquet fare in most gatherings this part of the world.

Let me backtrack to 2008. It was the year Jimmy and I celebrated because we lost a total of 27 kgs (59.4 lbs) in weight. We were on top of the world because many of our friends followed us. We were so happy to have helped our friends achieve their desired weights. This was also the start of a great business in the health industry.

We were, and still are committed to a healthy lifestyle. At that time, we seldom ate out. I chose to serve roasted, steamed, boiled, or baked meals. I threw out all the junk food in the house, and completely outlawed soda and bottled juices. Water was our thirst quencher. We shunned buffet restaurants and ate out only on special occasions. We love to eat but refused what I called, “sinful food.”

People told us we were too thin. We kept hearing this comment to the point where it started to bug us. So, we started thinking, maybe, we really are too thin. Maybe, we can indulge a little bit.

So, we would sometimes indulge in “sinful food.” A slice of cake here, a beer there, some peanuts here, a crepe there. The sugar started creeping in ( not white, but brown)…surely, that’s okay?! Hmmm.

Furthermore, a friend loves to bake. My kitchen is her testing ground. Although we use organic, brown sugar, honey, type of ingredients, I noticed that after a year of eating these delightful goodies, we needed new clothes. Alarm bells started to ring. This can not go on. The fat menace slowly crept into our lifestyle, again.

So, we decided to go through the weight loss program one more time. Some people still think we are okay. But, we feel heavier and honestly, we really don’t like the feeling of not being able to get into our pants. I don’t like the feeling of my thighs kissing each other when I walk. I get heavy around the butt and thigh area. Jimmy’s belly is starting to show.

Unlike the last time where I refused to keep a diary of our adventure, this time, I have decided to chronicle our thoughts, feelings, and other matters in this blog.

We will start our weight loss journey when we get back from a business trip. Until then, I will be writing about whatever strikes my fancy until the day we start our weight management program.

It’s 18 days to go before Dragon Boat Festival! Get your eggs ready.



What’s up Doc?

I have always associated this question with Bugs Bunny. I can just imagine Bugs munching on his carrot, languidly asking Elmer Fudd, how the latter is faring.

Naturally, Elmer is fuming because he still hasn’t found a way to capture “that wabbit.” Elmer tries everything, but he is always outwitted by Bugs Bunny. Sometimes, Elmer thinks he finally got Bugs, but in the end, Bugs is always one step ahead of him.

I have just finished reading an article about doctors who want to get out of clinical practice. They want  a career change, but don’t know how to go about it. If doctors are not careful, they might become the Elmer Fudds of this world.

It’s too bad when that happens, because doctors are among the most hardworking people in the world. They have been trained to work under pressure, and to put other people first before themselves.

Nonetheless, there comes a time when most, if not all doctors experience burn-out. Some go back to getting another diploma. Others take on leadership roles like becoming a hospital director. Still others become writers, astronauts, media consultants, career coaches, and politicians. Many want to  lead more leisurely lives, and spend their days fishing or retiring to Las Vegas.

Not all doctors have the luxury of retiring, especially when they had to pay off large college loans at the beginning of their practice.

So, how can doctors become more like Bugs Bunny? These are my suggestions: Take a self-assessment test to determine where their passions lie. Next, get some networking skills and learn how to use social media to widen their network of friends. Finally, take self-development courses in line with their passion. For example, doctors who want to write can take short writing courses while still in the clinics.  Whatever the doctor puts his/her mind into, he/she can do it. After all, who survived sleepless nights studying for that Anatomy exam, or going on 24 hour shifts with relatives shouting at you for asking too many questions while the patient is groaning in pain?

You might be wondering why I am writing on this topic. Well, I’m a psychiatrist turned entrepreneur/writer/business coach, and I’m lovin’ it!