Minced Meat Salad and Lettuce Cups. It’s the little things.


I told someone today that sometimes all it takes are a lot of small changes to make a big impact on something. Take it as you will but this is something you can apply to life in general or just to “dieting”. As usual, I use the term diet loosely, because it has taken such a negative connotation in the last couple of years. I rather talk about a lifestyle, a way of eating, a way of life.

You have to make conscious decisions that you know will have an impact In your daily food intake, how you view food and at the end of the day, aid in your weight loss and fitness goals.

This is actually really simple, I always tell people, set daily goals, something you can track and have a palpable success rate for. For example:

  • Keeping a food diary will make you aware of everything that you eat.
  • Removing sugar from your food intake will increase your weight loss.
  • Removing that one extra cup of rice that you know you shouldn’t be having in the first place.
  • Making the switch from white rice to brown rice.
  • Drinking alcohol only on one day of the week.
  • Not eating anything that isn’t natural

The list is endless and I’ve gone through it so many times. People tend to complain that something isn’t working after just 2 weeks of trying. Nothing good comes out of a short term effort. You need to be looking at sustaining something for at least 90 days to see its full benefit. After 90 days, to avoid plateauing, review and switch it up again to keep your body confused and contain that chances of you regressing. Also, information is literally EVERYWHERE! So for people who are looking to lose weight, stop saying you don’t know how, get out there and educate yourself and use common sense when applying certain eating tips in your life.

Again, the most important is, eat natural, mostly vegetables and fruit, some proteins, some nuts, a little fat, a little whole starches/ whole grains. Simple right?

Here is a Larb Gai variation (a minced meat salad from Laos), but in reality minced meat is seen in many different cultures around the world as a staple. So it’s a little of South America and some Asian as well.  This is the kind of dish i make when im so lazy. All you really need is to fry off some vegetables (garlic, onions, shallots, herbs, tomatoes, bell peppers, etc…) and add in some minced meat (chicken, pork, beef, or lamb) and stir fry the whole thing quickly. Top it off with your seasoning and maybe a little chili. Place some of the cooked mix in some crisp cabbage or lettuce and you have a Taco like (yes, tacos are still better…) consistency and a filling meal to boot.


    1. Jo Canonizado April 3, 2014 at 8:23 am

      Man you are that one person in the world who really inspired me to take that first step on weight loss and eating healthy. Even my wife loves reading your blog. After 2 months of chasing the fat kid i’m few steps away across the finish line. Thank you Erwan

    1. Kiangky April 10, 2014 at 4:47 am

      So guapo! Kilig!

    1. Destiny Nicole April 12, 2014 at 5:46 pm

      You really made this one look quick and simple Erwan! :D I’m going to try this but I’m gonna use ground chicken breast. I hope it’ll taste as good as it looks! God bless! :) P.S. I’m stalking all your Paleo recipes, *beware.*

    1. Margaret April 22, 2014 at 4:19 am

      How many calories is that???

    1. Shyra May 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      Wow i really love ur blog. Give such an inspiration. Love the way you made it simple to follow and good quality of ur videos. Looking forwward to do those lovely dishes. I really need some ideas and looking for some alternatives specially when i don’t wanna eat so much carbs. Thank you :) God bless




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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