The Danish Copenhagen Diet Menu (Detox and recharge your metabolism)

August 1, 2016 Update: If you have a question, and please post it in the comments OR tweet /DM me @kitmlau for quicker responses. I don’t check this as often as I should, and I’ll try to answer quicker on twitter!

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So I am trying this new diet call the Danish Diet, also known as the Copenhagen Diet, and the 13 Day Royal Danish Hospital Diet.  My sister-in-law has just completed this diet to the tee, and she has lost nearly 10lbs. This is her email to me:

亲爱的,我吃这食谱这两个星期减了7、8斤,… 有个朋友按这个食谱瘦了12斤 [Translation: My dearest, I followed this menu for two weeks and lost 9-10lbs, I have another friend who also lost over 13lbs]

After her raving reviews, I am determined to give this a try. I mean, when you hear someone who is close to you lose 10lbs in 2 weeks with a diet, it doesn’t take much convincing to try it especially if you’re a girl who already has a little bit of padding (or in my case, quite a bit of padding) that you need/would like to lose.

Base on my internet googling, the diet lasts thirteen days and promises the loss of up to twenty-six pounds. However, it is a VERY strict diet: any kind of deviation from the menu stops the diet and prevents its resumption for the following six months. If the diet is stopped after six days, it may be resumed after three months.For the diet, the green salad must be always fresh, the yogurt 100% natural, without any fruits, and hunger may be avoided by drinking water. The coffee may or may not be replaced by tea, so base on my own judgement, I am going to swap coffee out with oolong tea (which is also high in caffeine but with no additives) and cod with trout or skate.  I would only recommend this diet to people who are perfectly healthy, not pregnant, or menstruating.  As with any diets, it is highly recommended that you do not binge the day after diet, as this is the fastest way to gain the weight you lost back.

I am going to start this next Monday, I’ll post my progress in a follow up post throughout the two week, hopefully I will have enough will power and perseverance to power through the 13 days!  If you have tried this diet, and also the tomato soup 7 day detox diet, let me know which one you like more, and how it works in comparison in the comments section!

1st Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white)

Lunch: 400g of spinach (cooked), coupled with two hard-boiled eggs and a tomato

Dinner: 200g steak (any kind, grilled), with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

2nd Day

Breakfast: Coffee with single cube of sugar (either brown/white)

Lunch: 250g of ham with 1 cup of yogurt

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

3rd Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) and a slice of plain toast

Lunch: 1 slice of ham, with 1 cup of lettuce and 2 hard-boiled eggs

Dinner: 1 tomato, with 1 piece of celery (boiled) and 1 piece of fruit (your choice)

4th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) and a slice of plain toast

Lunch: 200ml of any fruit juice (freshly squeezed or all natural) with 1 cup of yogurt

Dinner: 250g of fruit (assorted bowl) with 1 hard-boiled egg and a carrot

5th Day

Breakfast: 1 carrot with lemon juice

Lunch: 200g of cod (boiled) with lemon juice

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast), with butter and celery (1 piece)

6th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) and a slice of plain toast

Lunch: 2 eggs (cooked the way you like it) with a carrot

Dinner: ½ a chicken (boiled) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

7th Day

Breakfast: Tea

Lunch: Water

Dinner: 200g of lamb (grilled) with one apple

8th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white)

Lunch: 400g of spinach (cooked, coupled with two hard-boiled eggs and a tomato

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

9th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white)

Lunch: 200g of ham with 1 cup of yogurt

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

10th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) with a plain slice of toast

Lunch: 1 slice of ham with a cup of lettuce and two hard-boiled eggs

Dinner: 1 tomato, with 1 piece of celery (boiled) and 1 piece of fruit (your choice)

11th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) with a plain slice of toast

Lunch: 200 ml of fruit juice (freshly squeezed or all natural) with 1 cup of yogurt

Dinner: 250g of fruit (assorted bowl) with 1 boiled egg and carrot shavings (1 piece)

12th Day

Breakfast: 1 carrot with lemon juice

Lunch: 200g of cod (boiled) with lemon juice

Dinner: 200g of beef (roast) with celery and butter (low-fat)

13th Day

Breakfast: Coffee with a single cube of sugar (either brown/white) with a plain slice of toast

Lunch: 2 eggs (cooked the way you like it) with carrot shavings (single piece)

Dinner: ½ a chicken (boiled) with green salad, lemon juice and oil (dressing)

Why we love our dogs (cats, or any other animals)

dog and polar bear playing

It’s obvious that our society has an obsession when it comes to cute cuddly animals.  News stories with animal encounters are often sensationalized, and overshadows other more important national issues.  Cute cats playing with a box is much more entertaining to watch than an economist talking about the fiscal cliff.  Regardless of our obsessions, one thing is for sure – we can’t get enough of it.  I for one, is definitely one of those people who has an above average obsession with my dog. Okay, maybe not just above average, maybe well above average.  My dog Panda has a Twitter account, a Facebook fan page, a Facebook page, a website, and last but not least business cards and holiday cards made out specifically for him and his friends.   Call me crazy, but when you have an awesome well-behaved brilliant dog like Panda, it’s hard not to e-idolize him.  My friend said it would be a good idea to compile a list as to why I love my dog or why I love dogs in general and the awesome reasons as to why I would gladly pick him over any guy any day, I accepted this challenge. So here is my list as to why I love my dog. If you think I missed anything here, or something I should add on to here, please feel free to drop a comment and I’ll keep adding it onto here.

  1. My dog will always be there for me.
  2. My dog provide unconditional love.
  3. My dog will never lie to me.
  4. At the end of the day, I can always count on my dog to cheer me up.
  5. My dog keeps me warm at night.
  6. People sometimes talk to much. I enjoy the silence with my dog.
  7. Watching my dog do tricks for food = instant entertainment.
  8. My dog keeps all of my secrets and will never tell a soul.
  9. My dog will never judge me.
  10. Dogs don’t require a whole lot to be happy.  Love and nourishment is all they need.
  11. My dog doesn’t care how much money I have in my bank account.
  12. My dog doesn’t care how crappy my car is (even though it isn’t a crappy car, in fact, I have a nice car, but still).
  13. Dogs never talk back to you. Ever.
  14. You can’t get into an argument with a dog.
  15. Regardless if I weigh 200lb or 100lbs, my dog thinks I look fabulous.
  16. Dogs = fun.
  17. I don’t have to floss, shower or even wear makeup for my dog.
  18. Seeing how others treat my dog lets me know what kind of person they are.
  19. My dog can sense what I am thinking, and before I know it, he’s already a step ahead of me. He really can surprise me sometimes.
  20. Dogs are drama free.
  21. My dog thinks hot dogs are just as delicious as filet mignon steaks. In other words, cheap date.
  22. My dog never complains.
  23. My dog is always loyal to me.
  24. My dog doesn’t mind me being a lazy ass. In fact, he quite enjoys it.
  25. Dogs will never be two-faced; they will always let you know what they’re thinking right then and there,
  26. My dog will never try to argue with me.
  27. Dogs never wake up on the wrong side of the bed.
  28. My dog makes a better sleeping partner than any other bf.
  29. My dog is the best pillow ever.
  30. My dog will never ask me to buy him stuff.
  31. My dog will never borrow stuff and never return it.
  32. My dog enjoys watching whatever show/movie I am watching.
  33. My dog cleans my plates, bowls, glasses, forks, spoons, and whatever dinnerware that has food particles.
  34. My dog will always forgive me.
  35. My dog will always follow me.
  36. My dog will always protect me (or try to at least).
  37. My dog will feel and act guilty when he’s actually done something wrong.
  38. My dog will miss me when I am gone.
  39. My dog thinks my crazy driving is perfectly fine.
  40. My dog won’t leave me for another owner.
  41. My dog is easily satisfied with a belly rub.
  42. I can neuter my dog legally. Bwahhaa
  43. My dog will never try to manipulate me.
  44. My dog doesn’t know how to NAG.
  45. Dogs in general, are more focused on their job (if trained for that specific service).

More to come. Time to rest up for now!

30 before 30 – the Bucket List

I was perusing the internet in the middle of the night (as always), and when I found a series of bloggers who had created their own 30 before 30 bucket lists, I knew I had to jump on this bandwagon.  I am 26, turning 27 in November, so I only have just a tad bit over 3 years to complete my list of 30 things before hitting the big three-O.  Time is flying by, and I’ll be graduating from grad school next Friday. Gone will be the days where I get to stay up till the crack of dawn doing whatever the fuck I want.  I’ll have to find a real job like any responsible tax paying members of the society, contribute to good causes, and maybe in the future, I’ll finally settle down.  The thought of actually growing up sounds pretty scary.  I am not sure if I want to be an adult yet, even though biologically and technically I already am one.  Anyways, here is my 30 before 30 bucket list:

  1. Jump or dive off a cliff somewhere, preferably not too high (and land in water)
  2. See some amazing fireworks for more than 30mins
  3. Visit another country other than China, Canada, or Mexico (as I frequent those often)
  4. Go on a vacation with my dad (this might be the most difficult task of my 30 lol)
  5. Attend a music festival
  6. Zip-lining
  7. Replenish my savings account
  8. Go sailing, or at least be in the boat that someone is sailing in
  9. Give away 30 things
  10. Rescue another animal
  11. Reduce my existing wardrobe by 30%
  12. Volunteer for a meaningful cause, instead of just donate money like I usually do
  13. Go vegetarian for a month
  14. Stay at a B&B for a weekend
  15. Lose (and never find it again) 15lbs
  16. Own a piece of property
  17. Shoot a gun
  18. Be surprised
  19. Take lessons on how to tango, and actually tango with someone without looking like an idiot
  20. Start and finish 5 paintings
  21. Get my ears pierced
  22. Camping trip/getaway with someone special, and spend an evening watching the stars (higher elevation = better view, you can actually see shootings stars)
  23. Own a scooter (and ride it regularly too)
  24. Leave 30 random notes of inspiration at random places where people will find it
  25. Have a picnic with my significant other.  Spend an afternoon lying on the grass under a tree shade, cuddle, look at the clouds and enjoy the moment
  26. Swim with sharks or dolphins
  27. Travel somewhere with just my backpack (I am leaving this open-ended to anywhere)
  28. Build up the courage to finally crop my hair short
  29. Moved and lived/live in a different city since I made this list for an extended period of time
  30. ?????????

Keeping my last item open — just in case something brilliant comes a long.

Let me know what you think!

My birthday wishlist – because I am shameless

Here is my attempt to create a birthday wishlist… because apparently my friends think I am hard to buy gifts for.

After you have decide to purchase a certain gift on the list, please comment anonymously on the item number so others will know. Thank you thank you thank you~

  1. I cook a lot, and nothing would make me happier (and perhaps reciprocating the gifter a lot of wonderful gourmet meals as a gratitude of receiving this wonderful gift) than having the Rolls Royce of cookware, an All-Clad 12-inch nonstick stainless steel pan with cover. Glorious!
  2. New break pads for my FX35. It’s starting to make the “noise”…
  3. Temptu from Sephora. I’ve always wanted to try my hands on these air brush makeup applicators.
  4. I am in love with the Satusuma as well as the Tobacco Flower home fragrance oil from The Body Shop.  I love getting them when they’re on sale or when they have a deal going… and then I go crazy and buy like 10.
  5. This amazing 5-quart KitchenAid Stand Mixer in either Tangerine, Gloss Cinnamon, or Pear. If you get me this I promise that I’ll bake you goodies on a regular basis! A smaller 4.5 version is also greatly appreciated.
  6. Also, this awesome electric tea kettle.
  7. Griffin cases for my iphone 4 because I change phone cases like toilet paper rolls in a sorority house bathroom. You might be able to get it for cheaper on eBay than the Griffin website. I like this one, this one, this one, and this one.
  8. Either a PS3 or a XBox 360 with Kinect. I couldn’t resist 😀
  9. I know I just totally talked smack about gift cards… but I wouldn’t mind an iTunes gift card… if you HAD to get me one.
  10. Donate to the Sierra Pacific Great Pyrenees Rescue (same rescue that I got Panda from) under Panda Lau 🙂

Birthday and holiday wishlist

Birthday gifts have become a ritual of appreciation between friends… and sometimes gift-giving is a necessity. I won’t elaborate on that subject matter, but the fact of the matter is, gift-giving is something we cannot avoid, especially during special occasions. I thoroughly enjoy, and practice the ritual of gift giving like most other thoughtful people that live in this world. As much as I love receiving wonderful, useful, and appropriate gifts, I have also received many other gifts. Granted, I for one have not only been an offender of terrible gift-giving, I have also been a victim as well.

This whole birthday wish list thing is not a new thing for me and this is perhaps the 3rd time I have done it. The surprise element of gift exchange is a binding part of the process. As far as these surprises go, the result is always the same: “Oh my god! I love it!”

Confusing as that sounds, there is a lot of truth in it. Regardless how much you dislike or like the gift, you have to give an obligatory happy response after receiving the gift. So why should one have to pretend to like something when he or she really doesn’t? So here is my rebuttal for those who defend the art of “surprise” gift giving.

The surprise element: You want them to be surprised when receiving the gift right? And you might think that if you get a gift out of a list, the other person is going to already know what you got them right? Not necessarily. By having a list, the gift receiver is still going to have to wonder about what you are getting them. So in the end, the surprise element is still there, followed by genuine gratitude of receiving something that they actually wanted.

The creative element: Unfortunately, a lot of gift-givers want to hold-on to the idea that no matter what gift you choose, the other person will love it. The fact of the matter is, for that to actually happen, the probability is really like 1/100. I have made many friends throughout my lifetime, and for me to count the number of friends who actually was able to get me something like that without a list is probably a handful. Be real, unless they tell you it’s something they want, your gift is probably just as crappy as the last.

The difference between gift cards and wish list: Wish lists are better, for many reasons. Gift cards sort of have a negative connotation to them. Most people think that gift cards are tacky, lazy, and not thoughtful – all are which true to some degree. However, unlike a gift card, a wish list requires the gifter to go through the process of choosing the gift, getting the gift, as well as giving the gift… so in the end, you get all of the appreciation, without the tackiness.

Why the wish list: A lot of times we tell people what we want out of nowhere (or vice versa), it’s hard for them to remember. Although, one might argue that a birthday wish lists are tacky and shameless… well then don’t make one. But when you actually have friends that want to get you gifts, and are often stumped about what to get you, a birthday wish (or Christmas) wish list is something that will not only save the other person time, but also guarantees a positive result of gift appreciation. As much as I like cash, I do find them as tacky as gift cards.  I don’t know why, they were never my “thing”… unless its Chinese new year, then cold crispy bills are always appreciated.