Hi, everyone! Did June go by fast or what? It’s crazy to think I already have a June favorites post for your guys. I’m really excited about this one because almost all these favorites are food related. I have also discovered some things about my health which require me to adopt a new diet. I’ll explain that at the end of this post.
Here are my favorites for the month of June:
According to pinoychow.com Ginataang Mongo is a dessert made of toasted mung beans, coconut milk, and evaporated sugar. The one my mom bought also included some Filipino fruits. This childhood favorite was reintroduced to me through a shopping trip at a Filipino market near an uncle’s house. My local Filipino store doesn’t have it so we have to go out a little further…but it’s so worth it! This dessert tastes best when served warm.
Do not Disturb Mode- iPhone 5s
When I started graduate school last month I knew I needed to find a way to keep from getting distracted by my phone. I had only used the Do not Disturb mode a handful of times in the past because of group message notifications. This month I used it every time I needed to give my homework full attention. This feature on my iPhone allows me to focus on the task in front of me first before getting to any text conversations.
Sprite with light ice
When afternoons started getting warmer there was no better way to cool off than with a glass of Sprite with just a little bit of ice.
2 for 1 Pizza
On Thursdays we normally are out of the week’s supply of food for dinner, so we get pizza and salad from our nearby 2 for 1.
Can I just say….BEST PIZZA EVER! Even when we have leftovers, slices taste just as good re-heated like the day they were ordered. Not too salty, not heavy on the tomato sauce, and certainly not boring. Normally I don’t like pineapple in my pizzas, but 2 for 1 somehow made it taste amazing on their Hawaiian pizza without that overly sour taste.
They also have great salad which pairs well with my next favorite
Feast from the East Sesame Dressing
My sister hates sesame. She doesn’t even like sesame seeds on her burgers. For me, sesame is great on anything! I used to put sesame oil in my instant soups. I’ve made healthier choices since the last time I had instant noodle soup and I’m glad I didn’t have to sacrifice the sesame taste I craved for so long when I started putting this design on my salads. The tangy taste of this dressing works so well with the watery, crisp flavor of iceberg lettuce salad.
Pastries By Edie- Crème Brulee
Crème Brulee has always been a favorite dessert of mine, but having it was a rare occasion. Few places serve it. Or so I thought. Pastries by Edie has been a family favorite for desserts in my since I was a kid. Only thing is, all those birthday cakes, cookies, and tarts were purchased by my mom. We never went to their with her. When My sister and I made the trip to Edie’s for ourselves we had to try their crème brulee.
FAN-TASTIC. Delighted in my purchase and happy with the taste I had just encountered, I jokingly told my sister ( who had the marzipan pictured above the crème brulee) that I want crème brulee served at my future wedding instead of a traditional wedding cake. Hey, why not?
Sprouts Black Tea Orange Pekoe
My family and I don’t normally shop at Sprouts. But on a recent trip their with my mom where she allowed me to get any tea I wanted along with her choices of chamomile and peppermint, I had to go with black tea. Reading further into orange pekoe when I got home I learned that their are different gradings for how black tea leaves are prepared. Orange Pekoe is high quality.
It was actually through this tea that I discovered I may have a medical condition and will need to limit my intake of many foods and beverages…including caffeinated tea.
I have always suspected I might have it, but never looked into it too much because I was dealing with other things (if you have been reading my blog for a while you know what I’m talking about). After journaling my symptoms for a few months I have found I may have PMDD-Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder, an extreme form of PMS with symptoms appearing about every two weeks and causing so much pain and emotional struggle they can interfere with a woman’s daily life. Lately I’ve been having very painful cramps in my abdomen and right ovary. Emotionally the smallest things can cause me to have a meltdown. Last month when my old computer stopped working I threw it down on the ground in a rage.
I act like the Hulk, but without the cool transformation. My poor family has had to put up with my irritability for years now.
People might find these things funny, but it isn’t. So many women don’t know why for two weeks out of the month they feel out of control or suicidal only to feel completely normal after their periods have started.
Some doctors recommend anti-depressants. I’ve already been down that road. I do not want to use medication like that to treat my moods. So, I looked into some natural remedies.
Cutting caffeine out of my diet, eating high calcium, low fat meals free of fried ingredients, drinking lots of water, and getting plenty of rest and exercise are recommended.
Here’s a recent journal entry that gives an example of the kind of changes I will need to stick to. I hope to see improvement in my physical symptoms and mood.
Oatmeal for breakfast
Salad and rotisserie chicken for lunch
(Maybe if I stay on a diet like this I’ll be less irritable…all that caffeine I had been drinking this month to stay awake for school must be doing real damage if I’m getting irritated and having stomach pains similar to menstrual cramps)
Greek yogurt with fruit jam for snack
(I feel like I’m becoming a reluctant vegetarian…oh well. Whatever I have to do to stay healthy)
Cabbage soup and potato with ground turkey for dinner. Had some peppermint tea after dinner for my cramps which were at their worst just before dinner. Seems to have helped a bit
Thank you so much for reading!
I would truly appreciate your prayers at this time as taking on a new diet will have its difficulties. I do hope to get better and report on some new favorites from my diet that I can share with you all in my July favorites!