Category Archives: Food

Save Half Your Lunch for Later!

A good healthy eating tip is to halve your lunch and save the second half for a few hours later.  That way you guarantee yourself more opportunity for your metabolism to burn both portions and minimize the amount of fat that your body stores.  You can pretty much do this with any of your meals but for me, it seems to work best for lunch because if I eat the whole thing, I usually get sleepy or congested or fat or all of these.  Also I have something to look forward to in the latter part of my work day.  Instead of coffee, I just go for the second half of my lunch.

Most health conscious people will say that one should eat smaller meals more frequently.  Instead of the traditional three American sized meals a day, try four to six meals and see where that gets you.  Eating is half the battle in the war on fat.  You can work out all you want but if you’re not eating properly, you’re pretty much undoing a good chunk of what you accomplished in the gym.  Figure out how many calories you should be eating a day and then try to estimate how much you should be eating per meal, whether that’s four or six meals per day.  For me, a 6’0″. 205lb male who is moderately to very active, I should consume anywhere from 3,100 to 3,500 calories a day.  That’s approximately 620 to 700 calories per meal.  It’s obviously hard to hit this figure on the dot exactly each time but I just try to get near it as best as I can.  Knowing myself, I tend to overeat so I just tell myself, when in doubt, cut it out.  Corny, but can be very effective.

In order to follow this approach, you have to debunk the definition of a meal.  A meal can be a glass of soy milk (80 calories) and a protein bar (200 calories).  I’ll usually eat that between breakfast and lunch.  For breakfast, I’m usually eating oatmeal or Greek yogurt with blueberries, strawberries, bananas, flax seeds, granola and some honey.  Sometimes I mix in protein powder because I have to dull my withdrawal from steroids.  For lunch, I just go to my superbly prestigious law firm cafeteria and get a sandwich (below) or some chicken breast with greens and whatever else they got going on.  For dinner, I tend to rely on what Mama Lee or Gramama Lee whips up.  Typically, they’re doing some traditional Korean fare, which includes plenty of white rice, rice cake, white noodles or other carb-rich dishes, but to combat this, I just take whatever they give me and dump half of it back in the pot.  I compensate by eating more of the veggie or protein dishes.

All of this is easier said than done but if done, one will be quite happy with the results.  Once you start trying this method of healthy eating out, you’ll realize that not feeling full, just satisfied is the perfect feeling after a meal.  You won’t get food coma as much and you’ll still be on top of your game.  Typically, when I tell myself, “Mang, I just want one more bite,” that’s usually a good sign to stop eating.  It’s January now but there will come a time this year where the consequences of your eating habits will be exposed.  Judgment Day will come like a thief in the night.  Secure your abdominals!  They’re highly prized!  If you don’t have any, go get some!

A Much Healthier Manwich: pepper turkey, cucumbers, hot peppers, tomatoes, monterey Jack, red onions, avocado spread, honey mustard, all healthily placed on seven grain bread with carrot sticks and sweet pickles on the side.


Snow Day = Fun & Fat Day!

Below is phase one of Snow Day.


My Famous Breakfast Manwich: two slices of honey maple bacon, two slices of thick bacon, two eggs, one hash brown, caramelized onions, peppers, cheddar, monterey jack, mozzarella, sun dried tomatoes, chives all healthily placed on toasted seven grain bread.


.: UPDATE :.

My once glorious Snow Day got cut short.  The trains started running again.  At least I got a few Snow Hours.

BCS Bowl and BCS Bowl Food!

Last night the BCS Bowl game where Auburn narrowly beat Oregon 22-19.  It was a great game and I enjoyed watching it thoroughly, especially because we had someone cook amazing food to accompany our good times.  Pictured below, you will find lasagna, toasted garlic bread and blueberry shortcake conjured by MJC Culinary Services.  It’s this one-man catering operation authored by a guy named Mikey, a French Culinary Institute graduate, who comes to your place and cooks whatever you want for a really reasonable price.  This was literally the best lasagna I ever had in my life.  I know that this proclamation is a little skewed because I haven’t had that many opportunities to eat it but this was really good.

The lasagna was perfect.  All the noodles were perfectly soft but not too soft.  The sausage was cooked well and not burnt.  The sauce was flawless and there was just the right amount of ricotta.  He even had tiny cubes of potatoes in the lasagna as well, which gave it a really hearty flavor.  It was awesome!  My pictures kind of suck because I already started digging into my food but that’s how good it was.  I almost forgot to pray before I ate!


MJC Culinary Services Lasagna. Awesome.


MJC Culinary Services Garlic Bread. Toasty.

The blueberry shortcake was actually made by one MJC’s assistants but it was still really good.  I think the assistant’s name was Clara.  Sweet but not too sweet.  Perfect.


MJC Culinary Services Blueberry Shortcake. Really good.

Overall, had a great night.  I got really tired and slept over my friend’s place because I live all the way out in Strong Island.  Because of this I am also wearing the same exact work clothes as yesterday but thus far, no one has noticed.  Good thing I keep extra underwear in my office.  Also good thing for non-iron shirts.    My face feels bloated from all the lasagna I ate.  I also won $26.09 from betting on the under (72) of the BCS game.  I also bet on the spread on Oregon (+3) but that outcome was pushed.  A win is a win.  Money is monay!

Stop Saying “Happy New Year!” And Prestigious Lunch!

After getting my lunch from my prestigious cafeteria, I got on the elevator along with the CFO of our firm.  As we get on, a person he knows greets him with, “Hey Prestigious CFO, happy new year!”  After said person leaves, he asks me, “At what point do people stop saying “Happy New Year” to each other?  Wasn’t that two weeks ago?”  Thinking I was the witty conversationalist, I replied that people stop saying happy new year in February.  He gave me a small grunt and left when his floor came.  I guess me not so witty.

In other important events, I ate arugula, chickpeas and some chicken breast with herbs on it.  I eat nice for lunch so I can eat naughty for dinner.


Non-Naughty Lunch

.: UPDATE :.


Very naughty dinner!

My Lunch Today at the Cafeteria of a Supremely Prestigious Law Firm

This is my lunch today.  It’s very random.  A bowl of hot angus beef chili topped with cheddar, mozzarella, hot peppers and red onion accompanied by a plate of five Swedish meatballs (I ate one in the picture), a risotta ball, a potato croquet, six baby tomatoes and a bunch of sliced cucumber with watercress and chopped tomatoes.

I normally pray before I eat and usually I’ve been saying, “God, thank you so much for this food.  SERIOUSLY, thank you so much.  If I didn’t have this food in front of me I would still be hungry, so thanks so much.  In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, Amen.”

Sometimes I pray for other things too like dissipating someone else’s hunger with each bite I take, North Korea’s perpetual famine, stronger family bonds, for my friends and other higher minded ideals.  I wonder what it is that you, the fantastic reader, pray for before eating or if you don’t normally pray before meals, what would you pray for if you did? Just think about the possibilities.



happy new year’s day everyone!

The Korean tradition of eating tteokguk on New Year’s Day persisted in the Lee household.  It’s basically a carb happy dish comprised of rice cakes in soup.  It’s not sexy or anything but it can be when dumplings are added, which is exactly what Mama Lee did.  She makes them by hand filled with kimchi, clear rice noodles, tofu, eggs and beef.  My mom also makes her own kimchi.  One day, when I open my own Korean barbecue restaurant, it’s going to be stocked with her kimchi.  It will also be on sale separately in large and small jars.  No medium  because you either go hard or go small, not medium.


Mama Lee's Mandoo (Dumpling) Tteokguk with dried seawood on top.


An army of Mama Lee's mandoos, complete with pink toothbrush to ensure cleanliness.

Although the origin of eating tteokguk on New Year’s is not known, I believe a certain amount of bad luck befalls the Korean who fails to do so.  But who needs luck when you have handmade dumplings so fat that it’ll make you look skinny while making you fatter in the end!


Mama Lee's Mandoos.


Mama Lee's Mandoos without flash.


Mama Lee also make her own kimchi by hand with love. Look at the red love!