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Instant noodles with bacon

During the work-week I tend to eat the same thing everyday in order to keep down the decision fatigue. For lunch my go-to is instant Korean ramyun, which isn't the healthiest thing in the world but man is it not the greatest comfort food known to man. Anyways, it obviously lacks in protein so to supplement I've been going with the beloved bacon. 

Not just any bacon, I buy the thick-cut ones Costco sells as a two-pack. Unlike most people I'm not fond of bacon burnt to the point it resembles jerky: I prefer it cooked just enough with a slight browning to the edges, and the inside parts still soft and juicy. 

In the interest of saving time however lately I've forgone pan-frying the bacon and instead dump it into the same pot of water for the noodles. The meat fat and juices really augments the flavor of the broth, and the bacon itself has the consistency of braised meat. Pair it with kimchi and it's fantastic as hell. 

It's easy to make, too: bring water to a boil, add everything at once, and when the noodles softens it's ready to eat. 

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Be thankful for the food

One of my worst habits is I eat food too quickly - especially when I am hungry or the food is extra delicious. Both my father and brother wolfs down food with much speed too so I guess it runs in the family. I've no doubt it contributes to my chronic stomach acid problems (it remains disappointing that I can't drink coffee), and more importantly I am not taking the time to savor the plate. 

Sure saves a lot of time, though. 

A mechanism I've gotten into to combat the ingestion haste is to be thankful for the food before commence eating. Not dissimilar to what Christians do in saying grace before a meal, when I give thanks for the food, I give myself a reminder what a blessing it is to have the opportunity to eat the particular meal - no matter how extravagant (or not) it is. In that mindset of gratitude, I find myself deliberately slowing down to enjoy each bite, and it's been highly beneficial. 

In concurrence I also acknowledge having the good fortune to not have to rush through a meal: there are no deadlines or work pressures that would otherwise require me to eat fast to return to what I am doing. For sure there are others that don't have such luxury. 

Lastly, when I eat slowly, I also end up eating less - those satiation signals after 20 minutes or whatever, which isn't so bad now that I'm on this side of the 30 divide. 

 

The war on sodium

Sugar is not the problem anymore. You know what is prevalent problem these days in the American diet? Sodium. For the non educated type, that means the common salt. Who convinced the mainstream eateries out there that ungodly amount of sodium is the proper way to cook food? Everything is just so salty these days and is void of their natural flavors.

But that is not the major sticking point. All the intake of sodium just makes a person wants to drink water ceaselessly. Recently I had breakfast at an ihop ordering the usual breakfast food. For the rest of the day I could not stop drinking water for I was just constantly thirsty. And it is not like you piss it all out either, because sodium causes the body to RETAIN water thus you will look bloated (not good ladies)

And you wonder why Chinese people tell you that the food at restaurants is largely way different that authentic home cooked Chinese food. Not because the ingredients are different, but its the way they season the food (or lack of). All they do at Chinese restaurants is fry the food (yes even veggies get a oil bath, notice how shiny they are) and add MSG (see, a sodium that taste even better!).

This has to stop. I don't want to not enjoy the great human societal joy of eating out just because more and more there are just not anything kosher to eat.

For sure I'm not saying go gorge on some ice cream (I wish), because eating tons of sugary products (or it is not even sugar, it is more often than not corn) will still make you obese and have large risk of diabetes.