Wednesday, 28 January 2015

An Egg-lectrifying Meal

Ingredients:

1. 8 medium sized chicken eggs
2. 100gm french beans (finely chopped)
3. Sea-salt
4. Sunflower oil

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1. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs together with the french beans and salt.

1. Heat a wok on medium-high heat.

2. Drizzle the wok with sunflower oil.

3. Pour the egg mixture into the wok.

4. Stir fry until eggs are cooked and slightly browned.

5. Scoop up onto serving dish and serve with piping hot rice.

Bon appétit!

Monday, 26 January 2015

Did You Know....

... That bananas, tomatoes, watermelon, pumpkin and avocado are all berries???

And the strawberry, raspberry and blackberry are not berries??

Technically, a berry is a fleshy fruit which is produced from a single seed. (Click on LINK to read more about berries.)

The strawberry has its seeds outside of each separate fruit. The true berries would be the blueberries and cranberries.

According to stories from way back then, the children of the 19th century would pick the fruits and string them on grass straws. They then sold them as 'Straws of Berries'.

Interesting eh?

Who would have thought...

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Gluten-Free Pie


Ingredients:

1. 2 cups of cooked salted, garlic rice
2. 3 sticks of celery (peeled and sliced into thin pieces)
3. 1 small sized lettuce iceberg (shredded into small pieces)
4. 500gm of minced chicken (seasoned with sea-salt)
5. *Spinach (Omit this if you cannot tolerate this. I had plenty in my garden and I had to harvest and use them before they became old.)
6. Sunflower oil
7. Sea-salt
8. Home-made mashed potato seasoned with sunflower and sea-salt (about 3 to 4 cups)

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1. In a large mixing bowl, pour the minced chicken, celery, lettuce iceberg, and (*spinach-optional). Drizzle some sunflower oil and sprinkle some sea-salt onto the ingredients. Mix all ingredients throughly.

2. Line a bread pan with a baking paper.

3. Fill the bottom part of the bread pan with the mixture.

4. Then layer the rice as the second layer.

5. And finally, layer the mashed potato as the last and highest layer.

6. Preheat oven at 220C.

7. Bake for about 50 minutes or until potatoes turn golden brown.

8. Serve it hot.

Bon appétit!



Thursday, 22 January 2015

The Gut - The Root of All Health (Part 4): PHYTIC ACID

Your grains, seeds and nuts have to be soaked in order for our bodies to get the best of it! To find out why, continue reading.

What Is Phytic Acid

Phytic acid (inositol hexakisphosphate - IP6) was first discovered by Palladin in 1895. (To read more on the history on phytin and physic acid, click on LINK.) It is a saturated cyclic acid which is the principal storage from of phosphorus in many plant tissues especially in bran, seeds, nuts and grains. This functions as the energy store for the plant.

How Is Phytic Acid Stored?

Phytic acid is mainly stored in the seeds of the plants. It can also be found in roots and tubers but in lower amounts. It is most concentrated in whole grains and beans. It is usually concentrated in the aleurone layer in majority of the grains which makes it concentrated in the bran. For legumes, it is found in the cotyledon layer of the seed.

When Is Phytic Acid A Problem?

Actually phytic acid has some good. But it poses problems for some people. Phytic acid tend to bind minerals in the gut before they are absorbed and also influence the digestive enzymes. It also reduces the digestibility of starches, proteins and fats. In long term, consuming large amounts of unprocessed bran can trigger the IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome).

People with sensitive digestion too will have problems when they consume food with large amounts of phytic acid.

People with problems of building up iron stores in their body and also have an iron-defiecency anemia will have problems when consuming phytic acid.

Who Benefits From Phytic Acid?

When physic acid binds minerals in the gut, apparently it prevents the formation of free radicals, this making it an antioxidant (taken from HERE). It also binds heavy metals, thus preventing them from accumulating in our body.

Phytic acid also reduces the chances of our arteries from hardening.

Phytic acid's iron-binding properties can protect against an iron overload (hemochromatosis) in our body.

*What Are The Methods of Reducing Phytic Acid?

1. Heat

Heating foods with phytic acid can reduce some amount.

2. Processing

Milling grains and removing the bran reduces the amount of physic acid. The bad part of milling is, it also removes much of the minerals.

3. Soaking

Soaking beans and grains can reduce phytic acid.

It is recommended to soak in either warm water or in an acidulated water (such as plain yoghurt, whey, kefir, buttermilk, vinegar or lemon juice).

It is best to soak overnight or more than 7 hours. The water that has been used to soak the beans and grains MUST be thrown away!

To read more about soaking your grains, click on LINK.

4. Fermentation

Fermentation breaks down phytic acid by activating the phytase enzymes which reduces the number of phosphate.

5. Sprouting

Sprouting enhances the phytase activity and thus decreases the phytic acid (this is used up as it sprouts).

*taken from HERE. There are some extra points on how to balance up and reduce phytic acid which are stated in the link. Do click it and read.

Also click on PHYTIC ACID to read more about it.


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The Gut - The Root of All Health (Part 3): The Destroyed Gut (Part 4)

9. Additives & Preservatives

An example of a preservative is benzoic acid. This is used in the food industry as it prevents molds, yeast and some bacteria. It is usually used in acidic food and beverages like fruit juice, sparkling drinks, soft drinks, and pickles.

An experiment was conducted on piglets who were fed with diet that contained benzoic acid. The end result was that the bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract were reduced. Click HERE to read about it.

Colouring which is a food additive can cause digestive disorders. Click on LINK to read more about this.

10. Pesticides, Herbicides & Fertilizers

Glyphosphate a herbicide wrecks the digestive system by killing the beneficial bacterias. Glyphosphate is used in GMOs. Click on LINK to read.

11. Stress

The dreaded 'S' word! STRESS! It is known as the number one killer today.

*The American Medical Association has stated that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. (*taken from HERE)

Stress can also cause digestive disorders, upset stomach, abdominal pain and irritable bowel syndrome. *Exposure to stress leads to changes in the composition, diversity and number of gut microorganisms. (*taken from HERE). Stress changes the balance of our beneficial bacteria in the gut.

Do click on LINK and read on how stress wreaks havoc on the microflora in our gut.

That was what my gastroenterologist told me. Stress triggers IBS.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

The Journey in Healing the Gut (1)

It has been two months now since I stopped eating sugar and gluten. I even reduced the intake of oil. In the beginning it was so difficult. I was going crazy with all the smells of food that were around me. I was having cravings so bad I could kill. I was on the verge of clawing up the wall. I wanted to eat everything that I saw and smelt. It was THAT bad.

Today, I have become accustomed to this diet.

I cook, make drinks and bake without sugar.

I don't eat gluten. There are times where I accidentally ingested gluten (as I had forgotten), I end up in severe pain.

The gut has somewhat settled down. And the severe excruciating pain which I had everyday in my shoulder, neck and arms is gone!

But if I eat the 'trigger food', all hell will break loose again.

My trigger list is butter, oil, sugar, gluten, and sometimes beans.

If the IBS returns, then porridge and chicken noodle soup will be the food for the gut until it overcomes the attack.


Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Did You Know....

...That fish roe is good for you?

Fish roe and all other marine animals' eggs contain omega-3 fatty acids. More than 30 percent of the fatty acids that are found in the eggs are EPA and DHA. Both of these are crucial for the brain's function and also the cardiovascular system.

Two fish roe that are very rich in EPA and DHA: Salmon and mackerel.

Extracted oil from fish roe has a higher content of omega-3 than regular salmon and tuna oil!

Click on LINK to read more on roe.

What are you waiting for? 'Roe' away to healthy food!


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

The Gut - The Root of All Health (Part 3): The Destroyed Gut (Part 3)

5. COFFEE

I'm sure the coffee lovers are about to stone me for writing this! Yes, there has been studies which say coffee is indeed good for us humans. But yet, it has some negative effects on the gut.

INCREASED ACIDITY

*The stomach produces large amounts of hydrochloric acid when you drink coffee.
(Clink on LINK)

Hydrochloric acid is one of your gastric juice which is released after a meal to break down your food. Imagine drinking coffee on an empty stomach everyday!

HEARTBURN

The caffeine relaxes the esophageal sphincter muscle. This causes acid reflux which is heartburn.

IBS (IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME)

Coffee is known as an intestinal irritant. It causes stomach-ulcers-sufferers to be in even more agony.

Die-hard coffee fans still get IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) even after switching to decaf. Apparently it's the enzyme in the beans which irritates the gut.

LAXATIVE EFFECTS

Coffee has laxative effects which actually stimulates gastric emptying which causes the intestines to empty itself before the food is even digested.

Instead of absorbing nutrients from digesting food, the acidic stomach contents are being sent into the small intestines too soon causing injury and inflammation.

DEHYDRATION

Caffeine in coffee is a strong diuretic.

*(A diuretic is a substance that promotes the production of urine in the body.) All diuretics increase the excretion of urine in the body. (taken from HERE) This means you will have frequent urination and and if you do not consume enough water, you will end up in dehydration.

STRESS LEVELS ELEVATED

Coffee actually elevates the stress hormones cortisol, norepinephrine and epinephrine. This will cause the heart rate to increase, blood pressure to increase and also activate the 'fight or flight' switch. These are not meant to be 'switched on' all the time. It's only supposed to be switched on when you are in danger. Just imagine drinking coffee everyday which triggers your adrenaline everyday when there isn't danger.

GABA METABOLISM INTERFERED

GABA (Gamma-aminobutyric acid) is a neurotransmitter. This is produced in the brain and the GI tract. The role of GABA in the GI tract is to produce a calming effect. GABA also plays an important role in mood and stress management. Caffeine has been found to interfere with the GABA neurotransmitter.

Click on LINK to read more on the effects of coffee on our gut.

6. SUGAR

The bad guys in the gut THRIVE on sugar. They become super-powerful when you feed them sugar. Sugar is kryptonite to the good guys in your gut.

Therefore, if your diet is mainly high in starches, carbohydrates, sweets, cakes and cookies and all which spells S.U.G.A.R, then your gut bacteria would be overloaded with the bad guys and not the good ones.

And that is definitely trouble for the gut!

7. ASCORBIC ACID

The good new is, the synthetic version of Vitamin C, which is ascorbic acid is a bacteria killer! The bad news is, it does not know how to differentiate the good guys and the bad. Thus, it wipes out all form of bacteria it comes across.

Last but not least, *ascorbic acid is synthesized from corn dextrose fermentation. Most of the synthesized Vitamin C is sourced from GMO corn. (taken from HERE)

8. VITAMIN S

This is not some vitamin that you can take as a supplement. This vitamin is called Vitamin Sleep. Not only does our brain produces melatonin, even our gut does too!

Melatonin is a hormone that is produced in the brain that helps regulate our sleep and maintains our body's natural clock (AKA the 'circadian rhythm'). The melatonin that is produced in the gut helps regulate and promote healthy digestion.

Melatonin in the gut helps regulate the internal clock of our bowel movements, regulates peristalsis and reduces spasms and aids motility through the GI tract.

As melatonin corresponds according to the circadian rhythm, nighttime light exposure suppress melatonin. People who work at night makes less melatonin than those who work in the day. And those who produce less melatonin have a higher incidence of gastrointestinal disorders.
(click HERE to read more on melatonin and sleep)

(to be continued...)


Monday, 12 January 2015

The Gut - The Root of All Health (Part 3): The Destroyed Gut (Part 2)

2. STEROIDAL & NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory) DRUGS

Oral steroids such as prednisolone and NSAIDs such as Ibuprofen reduces inflammation. But it also reduces the protective anti-inflammatory hormones in the GI tract that protect the gut from inflammation.

Long-term usage of steroids and NSAIDs cause gastric ulcers.

Click on LINK to read more about the steroids, NSAIDs and the leaky gut.

3. CHLORINE

Apparently chlorine can mess up your health big time. Chlorine is used to treat our tap water. It is used to disinfect the water from harmful bacterias. There is no escaping from chlorine.

*According to a study which was conducted by Belgians in 2003, chlorine which is used in swimming pools can trigger asthma in children. When chlorine mixes with human organic matter (sweat, urine), a gas called trichloramine is produced. This gas causes the body to elevate certain proteins which in return attack the lining of the lungs. This causes the person to be more prone to asthma and allergies.
(*taken from HERE)

You do not need to drink chlorinated water to get it into your system. Showering with hot or even warm chlorinated water will cause the inhalation of chlorine through steam or vapours. Warm water opens up the pores and thus allowing it to be absorbed into your system. In one of my 'Did You Know Series', I wrote about how fast it took our skin to absorb anything we come in contact with. 26 seconds. That is how fast anything we come in contact gets absorbed into our system.

Click HERE to read more about chlorine and our life.

There isn't any solid-rock proof that chlorine destroys the good guys in the gut. *But a 1987 Toxicology report stated that fairly low levels of monochloramine (a type of chloramine - this lasts longer in the water as it travels through the pipes) disrupted the immune system in rats. And our immune system is in the gut.
(*taken from HERE)

Click on LINK to read about a research conducted by WHO on chlorinated water.

4. FLUORIDE

Apparently fluoride is used as an insecticide and a roach killer. I never knew this! You can click on this LINK to read the scary side-effects of what fluoride can do to you! According to this article, fluoride is more poisonous than lead and slightly less than arsenic.

Drinking water which has had fluoride added to it will cause damage to the enzymes in the muscle and organs. It also weakens the immune system that may lead to allergies.

*High levels of fluoride can cause 'skeletal fluorosis' which is a condition where the bones harden and looses their elasticity. People with 'skeletal fluorosis' have nausea and ruptures of the stomach lining.
(taken from HERE). Do click on the link to read more.

Adding fluoride to tap water has been stopped in certain countries. Netherlands, Sweden, Finland and Japan are some of them.

Click on LINK to read about what fluoride does to our system.


Sunday, 11 January 2015

The Gut - The Root of All Health (Part 3): The Destroyed Gut (Part 1)

Since the immune system lies in the gut, many people in the world today with so many health problems have malfunctioning guts. (Me included!)

I've been reading so much on the gut (and how screwed up mine is) that I feel totally gutted.

So we know that our gut thrives on bacteria (the good guys, that is). And yet this ecosystem can be easily upset or even destroyed by many things. Here is a list of them:

1. ANTIBIOTICS

This is the biggest threat to the microflora in our gut. The word antibiotic comes from the Greek word where anti means 'against' and bios means 'life'. As bacteria are life forms, antibiotics wipe them out. Of course antibiotics are good when bad bacteria overcomes our system to the point that we become so sick that we cannot overcome it. Antibiotics can save lives when used properly. But at the same time, it also wipe out the good guys, which are the ones in your gut keeping your immune system in check.

Diarrhoea is the most common side-effects when antibiotics are consumed. This happens as there is a rise in sugars in the gut after a course of antibiotics. Thus, the harmful bacterias (the bad guys) will take a foothold and cause another round of infection. Antibiotics not only wipe out bacteria, it also wipe out fungi and parasites. In my previous post on 'The Gut Series', fungi is also a part of our gut microflora which helps keep our gut in tip-top condition.

Another common side effect after a course of antibiotics is thrush. That's why vaginal infection is very common after a course of antibiotics.

Probiotics is a very good remedy for after-effects of antibiotics. It replenishes your gut with the good guys. The very well known strain of probiotic bacteria is the Lactobacillus. There are many probiotic supplements which are sold.

Probiotic Foods

a. Yoghurt

If you are buying yoghurt from the store, make sure that it has no sugar, artificial flavours or preservatives in it. The better option would be to make your own home-made yoghurt.

b. Milk Kefir

This is a fermented milk drink made with kefir which is inoculated with cow, goat or sheep milk. Not only does milk kefir contains several strains of probiotics, it is also packed with nutrition.

Kefir also contains strains of yeast that can metabolize lactose. It is a powerful drink indeed for the gut.

c. Water Kefir (Tibicos)

This drink is for people who do not wish to make their kefir with milk (dairy) of any kind. The kefir is added to a sugary liquid and is allowed to ferment for 24 to 48 hours. The bacteria would feed off the sugar to produce lactic acid, alcohol and CO2. The probiotics that are produced are endless. The end product would be a carbonated beverage.

Water kefir is popularly known as 'healthy soda'.

d. Kombucha

This is a fermented tea drink which is made from SCOBY (Symbiotic Colony Of Bacteria & Yeast). The bacteria and yeast feeds on the sugar and caffeine in the tea.

Interestingly, the kombucha culture is also used to make artificial leather!

e. Fermented Vegetables

Sauerkraut and kimchi are two very famous probiotic powerhouse. The only ingredient that is used to ferment these two is SALT!

Naturally fermented sauerkraut contains 15 lactic acid producing strains! And kimchi is not only a probiotic powerhouse, it has the ability to lower cholesterol.

Prebiotics

Prebiotics ARE NOT probiotics. Prebiotics are specialized plant fibres that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria that live in the gut. The plant fibres act as fertilisers which promote the growth of the good bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics nourishes the good bacteria in our gut!

The role of prebiotics is as important as probiotics.

Two particular prebiotics which are beneficial to the gut are trans-galactooligosaccharide and inulin.

There are natural dietary sources of prebiotics. *Below is a list of the top 12 foods which contain prebiotics:

1. Acacia Gum
2. Raw Chicory Root
3. Raw Jerusalem Artichoke
4. Raw Dandelion Greens
5. Raw Garlic
6. Raw Leek
7. Raw Onion
8. Cooked Onion
9. Raw Asparagus
10. Raw Wheat Bran
11. Cooked Whole Wheat Flour
12. Raw Banana

*taken from HERE

Bone Broth

I don't know how true this is but after reading numerous web sites (which I am sure all quoted from just ONE source), bone broth apparently can raise Lazarus from the dead! (Ok, that was me being sarcastic.)

Bone broth can apparently heal the leaky gut, overcome food intolerance and allergies, improve joint health, reduce cellulite and boost the immune system. Now why did none of my doctors tell me to go home and boil TONS of bone broth and be healed????

All bones (beef, chicken, fish, lamb) can be used to boil the bone broth. The bones, marrow, skin, feet, tendons and ligaments are all used to boil the bone broth. Apparently, it is to be boiled and simmered over a period of days! The simmering is the one that causes the bones and ligaments to release collagen, proline, glycine and glutamine which can heal us of lots of ailments.

Bone broth also contains gelatin which is also an anti-inflammatory food.

Click on LINK to read more on this miraculous bone broth.

(to be continued...)


Friday, 9 January 2015

Did You Know....

... That the average person walks over 80,000 miles during their lifetime? That is more than three times around the Equator!!!

Walking is a gentle, low-impact form of exercise which is suitable for people from all walks (pun intended) of life.

According to the Stroke Association, having strolls daily for 90 minutes can help prevent and control high-blood pressure which causes strokes. (Taken from HERE) Also click HERE to read more.

Just by having a half-hour walk a day can reduce stress, improve concentration and boost fitness.


Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Lightly Fried Fish Roe


Ingredients:

1. 2 big pieces of fish roe (thoroughly washed and dried with kitchen paper towels)
2. 1 egg (beaten)
3. Sea-salt
4. 1/4 cup of Potato flour
5. Sunflower oil

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1. Coat the 2 pieces of fish roe into the potato flour and sea-salt.

2. Then dip the fish roe into the beaten egg.

3. Heat up a wok.

4. Drizzle some sunflower oil onto the heated wok.

5. Place the pieces of fish roe into the wok.

6. Once one side has browned, turn it over.

7. Once the other side is browned, scoop them up onto a serving dish.

8. Serve with hot rice.

Bon appétit!

PS: Unfortunately my fish roe exploded and broke and became one big huge blob. But it was still very delicious!


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Did You Know....

... That the average bed contains over six billion dust mites!

And ten percent of the weight of a pillow which is approximately two years old comes from dead mites and their droppings! YUCKS!!!

The feces of the dust mites is the one that causes allergies and asthma.

And the dust mites favourite food is our dead skin! My immunologist told me to wash our bedsheets and everything that is on the bed every week. Yes, I do that every single week.

To read more about dust mites, click on LINK.


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Baked Salted Butter Prawns


Ingredients:

1. 2kg of giant sized prawns
2. Sea-salt
3. 30gm butter (melted)
4. Black pepper (*optional)

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1. About a week before this meal is to be cooked, buy 2kg giant prawns fresh from the market.

2. Wash them throughly and then dry them.

3. Place them in a large bowl and season with sea-salt and melted butter. (If you are able to tolerate pepper, then add grounded pepper at this stage.)

4. Mix the prawns thoroughly with the seasonings.

5. Place them in a freezer bag and place in the freezer.

6. One day before you are to cook the prawns, take them out from the freezer and defrost them in the fridge.

7. Preheat oven at 180C.

8. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

9. Arrange the prawns on the baking tray.

10. Cook for approximately 15 minutes or until the prawns turn orange-red and thoroughly cooked.

11. Scoop onto serving dish and serve hot!

Bon appétit!


Saturday, 3 January 2015

Did You Know....

... That an average can of soda contains approximately NINE teaspoons of HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP??!! That is binging on sugar my friends.

To read more on what drinking soda does to our body, click on LINK.

According to a study, consuming sugary drinks on a regular basis causes your cells to age! To read about it, click HERE.


Thursday, 1 January 2015

The ABCs - J is For Junk Food

According to the Medical Dictionary, junk food is defined as 'any various prepackaged snack foods high in calories but low in nutritional value'. Junk food are also often very highly salted, high in refined carbohydrates and high in saturated fats. (*Taken from here)

The term 'junk food' is a slang for foods with limited nutritional value. My question would be, would consuming these types of food be detrimental to one's health? Strictly in my opinion, I think if you were substituting junk food for nutritious food every single day, three meals a day, that would be wrong. But if it is an occasional indulgence, how wrong could it be? Unless you have multiple allergies or even by eating it you would swell up and die from an anaphylactic shock, I guess an occasional, once a BLUE MOON is fine, in my book of strict eating.

Junk foods too have different grades. The cheapest and absolutely-finger-licking-lips-smacking-ones can be filled with all sorts of colouring, additives and flavourings. You can choose the ones that are lightly salted and also ones that state they do not use any preservatives and etc (although many times we do know that they are bullshitting to some certain extend). How about you make your very own homemade junk food? THAT would be the best and healthiest junk food that you can ever put in your body!

Did you know that there are junk foods masquerading as HEALTH FOODS?

YES!

IT'S TRUE!

1. LOW-FAT & FAT-FREE FOOD

Did you know that fat-free food tastes HORRIBLE? In order for the packaged fat-free or low-fat food to taste scrumptious, LOADS of sugar are added to it. How fat-free can that be??!

2. FRUIT JUICES

Whenever we enter supermarkets, rows of fruit juices will greet us screaming, 'BUY ME! I'M GOOOOOOD FOR YOU!!!!' Just take a minute to think. The juice that we juice at home, does it not oxidize and go bad if kept for a day in the fridge? What more these bottles and boxes of juices are kept at the shelves for weeks and months and some even YEARS (although there are some which are refrigerated). How can this be?

Basically you're just drinking FLAVOURED SUGAR WATER. And it has preservatives to keep it fresh for a period of time. By the way, did you know fruit juices have a same amount of sugar as a sugar-sweetened beverage? Don't believe me? Click on LINK to read.

3. MARGARINE

When the health fads started rolling in and butter became a luxury food, butter was seen as the devil himself. Margarine was birth forth as the saviour Jesus. The thing is, margarine is not what it claims to be. Margarine is made from refined vegetable oils and packed with chemicals. You're replacing good old butter with trans-fats! How healthy can that be? Click on LINK to read how the margarine has been disguised in sheep's clothing. I would say to you: EAT THY BUTTER!

4. SPORTS DRINKS & FLAVOURED WATER

Why does anyone need flavored water? Why must flavour be added in anything and everything that we consume? Yes, we do need to replenish our body of electrolytes after an exhaustive session of exercise. You can drink the ORS (Oral Rehydration Salts) AND water!!! And then eat nutritious food and have plenty of rest. That would do wonders for your body rather than the SPORTS DRINKS which has added sugar and the flavoured water which has F.L.A.V.O.U.R added to it.

5. VEGAN JUNK FOODS

Here's an example of a supposedly healthy vegan junk food. VEGAN BACON. What the bloody hell is that supposed to even be?! Vegan bacon is actually marinated strips of tempeh or tofu which is then deep fried. I guess occasional home made ones are fine. But everyday of deep fried stuff isn't healthy. Imagine the ones that are commercially manufactured.

Here are some bacon flavoured foods.

6. PROCESSED ORGANIC FOOD

I think the words processed AND organic raises red flags. Anything that is processed isn't healthy. To me that is. And the term 'organic' today has become an overkill and overly used word. Organic this and organic that. We even have 'organic salt'. Wow! You mean you planted the salt plant and harvested the salt from the organic plant?! Organic sanitary pads. Organic notebook. Amazing. Just amazing.

Lots of processed food use an overly abundant amount of sugar. And just because they replaced white sugar with organic cane sugar does not mean it has become healthy to eat. It is still glucose and fructose.

7. GLUTEN-FREE JUNK FOOD

Let's be honest to ourselves. The term 'gluten-free' has somehow become a fad.

'Oh, I am on a gluten-free diet,' does not make you any healthier than a gluten eating person.

The problem with gluten-free food is that they are made with refined starches that still spikes the blood sugar immediately after consumption. And they are loaded with sugar, fats and salt.

Click on LINK to read on the gluten-free junk food.


Let's indulge in some healthy junk food shall we?


Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Did You Know....

... That clothes dried outside smell better because of photolysis?

The sunlight breaks down compounds that cause odour.

(Taken from HERE. Click to read more.)


Monday, 29 December 2014

Christmas 2014 (Part Five): The Feast!


From top (clockwise):

Salted, butter giant prawns, The Feast, baked butter corn, stir fried broccoli with carrots and baby corn, fu chok and bitter gourd chicken soup, the prawns, baked potatoes, char siew pork, Empress chicken & turkey (which was bought).

I didn't have any turkey.