• 30Jan

    I was reading the January issue of the Reader’s Digest and a very interesting health article caught my attention. Reading the article made me glad as I found out that my favorite food and foods that I include in my daily diet are anti-cancerous foods.

    I would like to share the few foods here that are worth adding to your cancer-fighting menu:

    Eggs
    A recent US National Institutes of Health study suggests that eating one egg a day can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 24 percent. Eggs are rich in choline, a B vitamin. Meat and nuts are other top sources of choline. I have been eating an egg a day for umpteen years. I find that eggs fill you up easily and it’s one of the cheapest source of good protein.

    Mushrooms and Green Tea
    A new study of Chinese women by the University of Western Australia found that women who ate at least 10g of fresh mushrooms daily were 64 percent less likely to develop breast cancer. Women who added green tea to their diet saw an even greater benefit. I’m just right on track. Having a cuppa green tea every morning is a must-have for me.

    Wholegrains
    New research from Sweden’s Karolinska Institute suggests that low-GI foods may also have a protective effect. The researchers found that a high-glycaemic-index diet can increase breast cancer risk by 34 percent. High-GI foods increase insulin and sex hormones in the body, which may contribute to the spread of breast cancer cells.

    Another interesting fact on Antioxidant and Cancer Treatments that I read from the January issue of Reader’s Digest:
    Doctors warn that taking antioxidants at higher-than-recommended levels may interfere with certain treatments. Some radiation therapy and chemotherapy medicines work by producing free radicals that attack cancer cells. Since antioxidants destroy free radicals, it’s possible that taking high doses of supplements might reduce the effectiveness of the treatment.

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  • 29Jan

    Baby has been driving me bonkers lately. As usual, she is hyper active and does not seem to get tired a wee bit. She wakes up at 6am and does not nap until around 11:30am when I force her to. She also sleeps late, at around 11ish pm. Lately, she’s also into climbing up table tops. Just the other day, she pushed a stool in the kitchen and tried to grab something from the counter top. She slipped and knocked her chin on the tile counter top of the kitchen. Now, there is a blue-black mark on her chin. But this is not deterring her a wee bit in performing her heart-stopping stunts!

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  • 29Jan

    Sherilyn my #2 is musically inclined. She loves listening to music, has photographic memory when it comes to memorizing the lyrics of song (though she may not know the meaning of the words) and dances very well too. Almost every day, she would bring out her mini battery-operated stereo player cum karaoke player and switch it on to full blast while she sings and jiggles. I think very soon, she will pester me to shop for MP3 players, I am quite certain she’ll do just that, just like Alycia who has already started to bug me for a Playstation.

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  • 29Jan

    Have I ever told you in this blog that I had a very bad experience with my very first car? It was a bright red Kancil and my dad helped me pay part of the car more than a decade ago. The first week I drove it, I crashed the rear part of the car into a glass door of an office building when I reversed the car!! Thank God my car was only slightly dented but the glass door of the building was shattered. And thank God again that I wasn’t injured but was quite traumatized. I think if it were some kind of steel buildings, the butt of my car would be totally ruined lol!

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  • 29Jan

    I have never ever liked careers in the medical field. However all that in me has changed ever since Baby C was born. Since Baby C was 7 weeks old, she has been in and out of the hospital, with the peak in May last year when she was hospitalized for 3 weeks after her 2 surgeries. Now, I think a career in nursing is such a noble job. A good nurse and doctor can really make a huge difference to how a patient or the patient’s loved ones feel during their stay in the hospital.

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  • 26Jan

    I was at the pharmacy shopping for my fish oil yesterday when I noticed that several well-known brands of fish oil now has the word “molecularly distilled” printed on the bottle. I am still popping fish oil, all because I am still breastfeeding Baby and I want her to get the DHA, Omega 3 and what not nutrients from the fish oil, through my breast milk. Anyway, back to the molecularly distilled fish oil. I didn’t know what molecularly distilled (MD) meant but I knew it must be something good, an added advantage over non-MD fish oil. So I got a bottle of the molecularly distilled fish oil, which is slightly more costly than non-MD fish oil.

    Today out of curiousity I googled what molecularly distilled fish oil is. Here are some excerpts that I have extracted from http://www.nutritional-supplements-health-guide.com/molecularly-distilled-fish-oil.html:

    First, let me remind you why it is important to choose your omega3 supplement well. With fish oils, there is slight danger because some fish sources may contain toxic chemicals such as mercury and PBAs due to environmental contamination. Toxins such as mercury in fish oil will undoubtedly bring danger to your health.

    However, this should not stop you from taking fish oil supplements. The health benefits of fish oil are just too important to forego. To ensure safety and effectiveness, you should choose high purity, molecularly distilled fish oil.

    What is molecular distillation anyway? Molecular distillation is a purification method which is conducted in vacuum. It is actually an industrial standard procedure which is best for the purification of vitamins. Molecular distillation is the only process that can effectively remove metals, PCBs and other harmful toxins to a level that is perfectly safe for human consumption.

    Molecular distillation is a very expensive purification method. The equipment you need and the conditions required are expensive and difficult. Not all fish oil supplement manufacturers have the resources to produce molecularly distilled fish oil.

    In fact, other companies simply produce fish oil only by one straight, filtration process. After this lenient filtration, the fish oils are then encapsulated and bottled. A simple filtration process obviously will not take away much of the toxins. Hopefully, these companies’ fish sources do not have as much contaminants. But we can only hope. The question is: are you going to risk your health with these cheap fish oil supplements?

    On the other hand, note also that molecular distillation as a purification process uses a solvent for distillation. This is also an important factor to consider. Some companies use hexane as solvent because it is cheap. Sadly, hexane can retain residual components so it may not be very efficient in removing harmful substances which may have been ingested by the fish.

    Better fish oil supplement manufacturers use ethanol (food grade) which does not leave residual component. With ethanol, you get the purest fish oil possible at the end of this highly tedious process.

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  • 24Jan

    On Saturday, we spent almost the whole day at Times Square. We spent almost 3 hours at the Cosmo’s World indoor theme park, which is the largest indoor theme park in Malaysia. We only had lunch at about 3pm and had some light dim sum and wan tan meen at a restaurant at Times Square. Half way through eating, Sherilyn complained of tummy ache and wanted to do her poopie business. After pooping at the toilet, she still complained of tummy ache but she was still very active. After lunch, we walked around Times Square and snapped some pix of the beautiful Chinese New Year deco. Just as we were about to leave, Sherilyn puked all her lunch out.

    Sherilyn continued vomiting in the car throughout our journey home. Luckily I had kept a baby plastic changing mat in the car and let her sit on it. I used up all the plastic bags I had in my bag to store her vomit. After dropping us at home, hubs brought Sherilyn to the ER. She was given an anti-vomiting suppository and a bunch of meds. Back home, she continued vomiting. When she had nothing else to vomit, she vomited yellow bile liquid.  I think she puked about 7-8 times yesterday evening.  But she had no spike in temperature and no diarrhea. I was quite certain that she had trapped wind in her tummy coz I am one who would surely have tummy ache and bad nausea if I skip a meal or feel very stressed up.

    I read from www.chinesemedicinetools.com that an irregular diet, whether cold or hot foods / no scheduled meal times can cause spleen dysfunction, thus causing phlegm to go upward with stomach Qi and cause vomiting. Lesson learned for me. In future if we bring the kids to any theme park before lunch, we will smuggle in some buns and biscuits for the kids to munch on.

    This was how we treated Sherilyn without using any meds:

    1) Let her have small sips of water at every half hourly.

    2) Let her sleep and rest.

    3) No food for her.  Only gave her plain cream crackers when she stopped puking and asked for food. However, she had not much appetite and only took a small bite of the cream crackers.

    4) No milk for her for 1-2 days.

    5) Applied some anti-wind oil on her tummy.

    6) Gave her 100 Plus and oral rehydration salt (ORS). Sherilyn preferred the former and when she felt better, she drank almost half a cup of 100 Plus. I poured out the 100 Plus into a cup and stirred it to release the gas from the drink.


    The bunch of meds that the MO prescribed to Sherilyn.  He even prescribed antibiotics.  But I fed none of these to Sherilyn.  Today, Sherilyn is back to normal and her appetite came back.

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  • 19Jan

    Your health depends on the balance of an alkaline environment, created by eating foods such as tomatoes, avocados and green vegetables…striking the optimum 80/20 balance and regulating your body’s acid/alkaline chemistry through simple changes in diet can result in weight loss, increased stamina and strength, a stronger immune system and a greater sense of well-being.

    Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 – 7.45 ). Below or above this range means symptoms and disease. A pH of 7.0 is neutral. A pH below 7.0 is acidic. A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.

    An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

    An acidic balance will: decrease the body’s ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it’s ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it’s ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness. A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.

    Each one of us is different – but most of us should aim to eat 70-80% alkaline foods and a maximum of 20-30% acid forming foods.

    Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.

    Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.

    Here are the lists of alkaline foods and acidic foods, extracted from http://www.rense.com/1.mpicons/acidalka.htm :


    ALKALINE FOODS

    ALKALIZING VEGETABLES
    Alfalfa
    Barley Grass
    Beet Greens
    Beets
    Broccoli
    Cabbage
    Carrot
    Cauliflower
    Celery
    Chard Greens
    Chlorella
    Collard Greens
    Cucumber
    Dandelions
    Dulce
    Edible Flowers
    Eggplant
    Fermented Veggies
    Garlic
    Green Beans
    Green Peas
    Kale
    Kohlrabi
    Lettuce
    Mushrooms
    Mustard Greens
    Nightshade Veggies
    Onions
    Parsnips (high glycemic)
    Peas
    Peppers
    Pumpkin
    Radishes
    Rutabaga
    Sea Veggies
    Spinach, green
    Spirulina
    Sprouts
    Sweet Potatoes
    Tomatoes
    Watercress
    Wheat Grass
    Wild Greens

    ALKALIZING ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
    Daikon
    Dandelion Root
    Kombu
    Maitake
    Nori
    Reishi
    Shitake
    Umeboshi
    Wakame

    ALKALIZING FRUITS
    Apple
    Apricot
    Avocado
    Banana (high glycemic)
    Berries
    Blackberries
    Cantaloupe
    Cherries, sour
    Coconut, fresh
    Currants
    Dates, dried
    Figs, dried
    Grapes
    Grapefruit
    Honeydew Melon
    Lemon
    Lime
    Muskmelons
    Nectarine
    Orange
    Peach
    Pear
    Pineapple
    Raisins
    Raspberries
    Rhubarb
    Strawberries
    Tangerine
    Tomato
    Tropical Fruits
    Umeboshi Plums
    Watermelon

    ALKALIZING PROTEIN
    Almonds
    Chestnuts
    Millet
    Tempeh (fermented)
    Tofu (fermented)
    Whey Protein Powder

    ALKALIZING SWEETENERS
    Stevia

    ALKALIZING SPICES & SEASONINGS
    Chili Pepper
    Cinnamon
    Curry
    Ginger
    Herbs (all)
    Miso
    Mustard
    Sea Salt
    Tamari

    OTHER ALKALIZING

    Alkaline Antioxidant Water
    Apple Cider Vinegar
    Bee Pollen
    Fresh Fruit Juice
    Green Juices
    Lecithin Granules
    Mineral Water
    Molasses, blackstrap
    Probiotic Cultures
    Soured Dairy Products
    Veggie Juices

    ALKALIZING MINERALS
    Calcium: pH 12
    Cesium: pH 14
    Magnesium: pH 9
    Potassium: pH 14
    Sodium: pH 14

    Interesting fact:
    Although it might seem that citrus fruits would have an acidifying effect on the body, the citric acid they contain actually has an alkalinizing effect in the system.

    Note that a food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so, lemons are alkaline forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion, but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid forming.

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    ACIDIC FOODS

    ACIDIFYING VEGETABLES
    Corn
    Lentils
    Olives
    Winter Squash

    ACIDIFYING FRUITS
    Blueberries
    Canned or Glazed Fruits
    Cranberries
    Currants
    Plums**
    Prunes**

    ACIDIFYING GRAINS, GRAIN PRODUCTS
    Amaranth
    Barley
    Bran, oat
    Bran, wheat
    Bread
    Corn
    Cornstarch
    Crackers, soda
    Flour, wheat
    Flour, white
    Hemp Seed Flour
    Kamut
    Macaroni
    Noodles
    Oatmeal
    Oats (rolled)
    Quinoa
    Rice (all)
    Rice Cakes
    Rye
    Spaghetti
    Spelt
    Wheat Germ
    Wheat

    ACIDIFYING BEANS & LEGUMES
    Almond Milk
    Black Beans
    Chick Peas
    Green Peas
    Kidney Beans
    Lentils
    Pinto Beans
    Red Beans
    Rice Milk
    Soy Beans
    Soy Milk
    White Beans

    ACIDIFYING DAIRY
    Butter
    Cheese
    Cheese, Processed
    Ice Cream
    Ice Milk

    ACIDIFYING NUTS & BUTTERS
    Cashews
    Legumes
    Peanut Butter
    Peanuts
    Pecans
    Tahini
    Walnuts

    ACIDIFYING ANIMAL PROTEIN
    Bacon
    Beef
    Carp
    Clams
    Cod
    Corned Beef
    Fish
    Haddock
    Lamb
    Lobster
    Mussels
    Organ Meats
    Oyster
    Pike
    Pork
    Rabbit
    Salmon
    Sardines
    Sausage
    Scallops
    Shellfish
    Shrimp
    Tuna
    Turkey
    Veal
    Venison

    ACIDIFYING FATS & OILS
    Avacado Oil
    Butter
    Canola Oil
    Corn Oil
    Flax Oil
    Hemp Seed Oil
    Lard
    Olive Oil
    Safflower Oil
    Sesame Oil
    Sunflower Oil

    ACIDIFYING SWEETENERS
    Carob
    Corn Syrup
    Sugar

    ACIDIFYING ALCOHOL
    Beer
    Hard Liquor
    Spirits
    Wine

    ACIDIFYING OTHER FOODS
    Catsup
    Cocoa
    Coffee
    Mustard
    Pepper
    Soft Drinks
    Vinegar

    ACIDIFYING DRUGS & CHEMICALS
    Aspirin
    Chemicals
    Drugs, Medicinal
    Drugs, Psychedelic
    Herbicides
    Pesticides
    Tobacco

    ACIDIFYING JUNK FOOD
    Beer: pH 2.5
    Coca-Cola: pH 2
    Coffee: pH 4

    ** These foods leave an alkaline ash but have an acidifying effect on the body.

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  • 18Jan

    One of my 3 gals’ favorite noodles is buckwheat noodles. When there is green tea noodles or buckwheat noodles served, meal times are such a breeze – no coaxing, no bribes, no threats and no yelling at rascal #2 to finish her food.

    Here’s one of the ways I prepare buckwheat noodles for Baby.  Boil the noodles al dente and season with a little Bragg’s liquid amino acid, toasted sesame seeds and a little ground almond (both for added calcium).

    Another of my gals’ favorite and quick-to-prepare dish is onion omelette.   

    Baby’s bowl of wholesome dinner – buckwheat noodles with onion omelette and veggie.


    Baby enjoying her dinner.

    Some interesting facts on buckwheat extracted from http://www.healthyreader.com/2006/07/19/the-health-benefits-of-buckwheat/:

    It may surprise some people to learn that buckwheat is actually a fruit even though it is commonly thought to be a grain. Buckwheat is a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel.

    Whole buckwheat is a very nutritious food. The protein in buckwheat contains the eight essential amino acids and is also high in lysine. Buckwheat is also rich in many B vitamins as well as phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese. Buckwheat is also a good oil source of Alpha-Linolenic Acid, which is one of the two essential fatty acids we must have to be healthy.

    Health Benefits of Buckwheat

    1.  Buckwheat is high in fiber. 1 cup of cooked buckwheat groats contains over 4 grams of dietary fiber.
    2.  Buckwheat contains the eight essential amino acids.
    3.  Buckwheat contains many minerals including: phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, copper and manganese.
    4.  Buckwheat contains a rich supply of flavonoids, particularly rutin.
    5.  Buckwheat lowers glucose levels and is beneficial for managing diabetes.
    6.  Buckwheat has been found to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol.
    7.  Buckwheat is a fruit seed and is a gluten-free alternative to grains.

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  • 15Jan

    I am sure many of you have never seen or heard of kombu.  Kombu (pronounced as khuan poa in Cantonese) is a type of seaweed that is cultivated in Japan. Kombu is available fresh, dried, pickled, and frozen in many Asian markets. It is sweet and it is used mainly to flavour broth, soups and sauces. My mil would never fail to buy packets of dried kombu whenever she goes to Japan. She has 2 ways of preparing the kombu. One is to boil it with lean pork to prepare soup and the other way is to make kombu salad, ala Japanese. The kombu salad is really delicious and no cooking is required. When she returns from HK, I will ask her to whip up a kombu salad for dinner.

    Here’s the double boiled kombu soup with lean pork.

    When I was shopping at Jaya Jusco several days ago, I saw a booth promoting kombu from Korea. I bought a packet for my mum. My mum has goitre and kombu, which is rich in iodine is good for goitre patients.

    Health benefits of Kombu

    Kombu seaweed is a very nutritious food and is high in protein, calcium, iodine, magnesium, iron and folate.

    i) Reduces risk of cancer
    Lower rates of breast cancers have been reported in Japanese women eating a diet high in kelp. It is claimed that Lignans, which help to fight cancer are found in high quantity in kelp and may provide protection against certain cancers.

    ii) Good for Iodine deficient individuals
    Seaweed can be treated as an energy booster in those who are iodine deficient and have underactive thyroids.

    How to select and store
    Very often you will notice a fine white film which appears on the surface of kombu. This is entirely normal and is not harmful. You just need to wipe the sheets of kombu with a damp cloth or wash it before use. Pickled kombu can be stored for long periods under refrigeration but it need to be finished within short period of time once opened.

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I am a WFHM with 3 beautiful girls - Alycia, Sherilyn and Cassandra. I quit the job that I love to stay home with my 3 angels as that's what I've always wanted to do. I am a health freak, fitness freak and a clean freak too. I love to eat and live healthily and I want my kids and hubby to do the same too. Apart from being obsessed with good health, I am obsessed with fashion! I own an online store that sells ladies and kids clothing. Check out my online store at Old & New Stuff For Sale

I always believe that your health is your wealth and if you have good health, that's the best gift you can ever ask for from God.

Do check out my other blogs Health Freak Mommy and Health Freak Mommy’s Journal too!

I have been writing product reviews, food reviews / restaurant reviews and product advertorials since 2007. Please email Shireen at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire if you are interested to place an advertorial or review in this blog.

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