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Published on January 15th, 2013 | by Paz


Easiest trick to getting healthy

If you checked out our post a few days ago on “Not joining a gym and losing weight with us” and have been following us for awhile you will know that we are all about fun and easy and not dull and complicated. Our easiest trick to getting healthy and our one week weight check in!

The easiest trick to getting healthy is…….

Drum roll please!!

Changing your dinner bowl or plate by 2 inches…minimum….down of course!

What does this mean? Well that means that if you are use to eating off of a 11″ plate you need to go out and get yourself a 9″ plate. If your bowls can hold two cups of fluid then you need to go out and find one cup bowls.

Why this works!

It is a mind game, but in your favor. So let’s play. You automatically put food on your plate and feel as if you have received something, we put a net worth on it. When you go to a restaurant and they give you two pounds of noodles on a huge plate with a few vegetables and charge you $12.99, we feel as if we have gotten what we payed for. However those two pounds of noodles probably cost them hmmmm .50 cents and the amount of veggies and or meat is their real cost, but the feeling of all this mass on your plate makes us feel as if we won, when in fact we have lost.

At home it is the same thing. We feel like we have accomplished making a fulfilling meal if we have enough to cover the corners of our plates at home too.  Okay so let’s not try to change our psyche 180 degrees quite yet, let’s start small.

Just change your plate!

By simply changing your plate/bowl to a smaller size you achieve that same feeling but with less food, because your plate is smaller.  Bababang! See how simple it is.

At first it might sound silly or feel silly doing, but it WORKS!  Plain and simple.

Here are an example of dishes that you can pick up.


We weighed in!

Remember we also talked about the new Lose It app that we are so in love with because of its’ bar code scanning ability. We can see how good or bad a food really is both natural, fast, or at restaurants before consuming it. Which is very handy with being on the run. 🙂

One week after getting back to our Chinese eating style and using our Lose It app (in the U.S.) Zeek, me and my mom have lost….

Drum roll please……

We have lost

Zeek 5.5 lbs
Paz 4 lbs.
My mother 4 lbs.

We are all very happy and even happier to see what will happen this next week.

I will be filming my first cooking video this Thursday and am super excited and can’t wait to see it.  If you want to try out our Pork and Green Beans recipe here it is below.

Pork And Green Beans


  • 1/2 lb of green beans
  • 1/3 lb. of pork thinly sliced
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Chicken bouillon
  • oil


Pork should be either ground or chopped extremely fine. Just whack your knife at it a few times does it just fine. Add 1/8 tsp salt, 1/8 corn starch, 1/8 Chicken Bouillon into the pork and mix with chopstick or fork. (You don’t have to add the chicken bouillon if you don’t want to.) Slice the garlic into small slices.

Prepare Sauce

  • Add oil
  • First cook garlic for 1 minute on high heat
  • Add pork and cook for 2 minutes
  • Add green beans and cook for 2-3 minutes. You want the green beans to be flexible. Continue to mix and keep on high heat.
  • Serve


  1. 2 cups of water into fry pan and bring to almost a boil and add broccoli. Leave for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Drain broccoli & set aside
  3. Add oil to pan and add beef, mix fast
  4. Add broccoli and mix until your broccoli’s green color starts to show. We want the broccoli to be a bit crisp.
  5. Add sauce (recipe above)
  6. Cook and mix for another 2 minutes on high heat.
  7. Serve!



About the Author

Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

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