• 17Dec

    It’s been eight days since we arrived in Auckland and I think I had only pooped thrice! Yep, my worst traveling nightmare came true and this disorder has never once left me alone whenever I travel – near or far!

    I have taken everything that is supposed to beat constipation but nothing seems to help. My diet here has been pretty high in fiber. I start off my day with psyllium husk, followed by smoothie made from a combo of fresh berries, orange, green apple, celery or parsley, avocado and baby spinach. Then I have a slice of high fiber bread and more fruits. But still I am badly constipated and darn bloated! I have been taking Forlax – the laxative that Cass has been taking and it only helps me evacuate the following day. And the next day will be another day of bloating and constipation again.

    I admit that I have not been drinking as much of plain water that I normally do when I am in KL, for fear of using toilets when we are traveling. And to top it up, I think I have a sluggish bladder ever since Cass was born. I have had three C-sections and I developed incontinence after the birth of Cass. Thank God it was only for 2 days.

    Traveler’s constipation—a most unwelcome side effect of any getaway, courtesy of travel-induced changes to your diet, weird timing of your meals, and limited access to restrooms. Here’s how to prevent this uncomfortable disorder.

    Take your probiotics
    Start popping probiotic supplements a few days before send-off. These healthy bacteria, found in foods like yogurt or kefir, can help reduce gas and bloating, issues that usually crop up because you consume less fiber and exercise less on holiday than you do at home. Your best bet may be probiotic capsules, which can have up to 10 times more probiotics than fortified foods.

    Chew these before takeoff
    Swallow some activated charcoal tablets before flying the friendly skies to help absorb gas, suggests gastroenterologist Patricia Raymond, MD. All that gum chewing and candy sucking you do to pop your ears could cause “jet bloat,” she says. The higher the altitude, the more the gas in your body expands.

    Pack your own food
    You know nothing backs you up more than a greasy (and admittedly delicious) truck stop snack, but the discomfort it will cause you later simply isn’t worth it. Whenever possible, pack a whole-wheat sandwich, a bag of trail mix, and easily portable (and fiber-filled!) fruits like apples and bananas.

    Drink up
    When you arrive, drink plenty of water and consume at least 25 grams of fiber on a daily basis to keep things running smoothly. (Check out these easy ways to get more fiber.)

    Take advantage of the hotel breakfast
    “Eating stimulates the reflex that causes stuff to move forward in the gut,“ says Joanne A.P. Wilson, MD, a gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC. And when nothing moves, you won’t go. Give your system the kick it needs early with breakfast, even if you eat it on the beach.

    Beware of laxatives
    If you need to get things moving but don’t want a laxative-induced accident far from home, bring along milk of magnesia or prune juice, or sip on hot tea for a gentle, safe way to give your system a kick.

    Make it an active trip
    Experts agree that when you’re active, so are your bowels. Try that tandem bike, hit the slopes, or even walk along the beach in the morning—just be sure to drink plenty of water while doing it.

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  • 05Dec

    Cass is such an easy-going child.  She is not as persnickety when it comes to food, unlike her 2 older sisters.   She will even be happy if she is given just Honey Stars or bread for lunch or dinner!  But would I do that?  Only if I am super duper busy and unwell to cook.

    Today is the first day that Alycia and Sherilyn are away.  With just Cass, cooking for her is such a breeze!

    This morning, I bought a piece of chicken keel to boil radish soup. Yes, only 1 piece of chicken keel vs. 4-5 pieces if I were to prepare soup for 2 more kids.

    Actually,  I ain’t in the mood to cook anything today due to sleep deprivation (I got up at 4:30am to prepare A & S for their early morning flight) but I forced myself to make a trip to the mini mart to buy chicken for the soup as well as some veggies for tonight.   I had to finish cooking all the perishables in the fridge before we leave for Auckland on Tuesday.

    For lunch, I blanched some Japanese colorful noodles (which tastes like ‘min sin’) for Cass.   The colors of the noodles come from vegetables.

    Seasoning for the noodles is pretty simple and just a few — sesame seed oil, a dash of organic soy sauce, toasted sesame seeds, fried onions, seasoned Korean seaweed and some radish soup.  The turmeric chicken was left-over from dinner last night.

     

     

    And my baby girl noshed away this bowl of noodles in a jiffy, as though it was some tasty, MSG-laden noodles from a Japanese restaurant!

    Tonight’s dinner will be grilled chicken drumsticks, blanched veggie and radish soup.  No wonder friends of mine with just 1 child are so free!   Cooking for just 1 child is sup sup sui!!  *feeling proud of smug*  HAHA!

     

     

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  • 03Dec

    A few weeks ago, I had a sharp pain on my left knee cap each time I squatted down.   Sometimes there was a cracking sound and the knee felt cold and numb. The pain went on for about 10 days. The funny thing is that when I did my usual run in the morning, I did not feel the pain. The pain only came about each time I squatted down.   I was really upset and worried, fearing that I may be in a similar situation as the mil who has pain in her knees. I thought that my knee cartilage needed help or that I may have developed a mild osteoarthritis of the knee. I googled for an answer and found out that I had Runner’s Knee. So much for my love for running all my life, I have now succumbed to Runner’s Knee!

    The hubs advised me to pop his Glucosamine tabs but I was reluctant. I eased the duration and intensity of my run each morning. Instead of running 5 rounds each morning, I brisk-walked 3 rounds and jogged 2 rounds at our condo jogging trek. I also spent some time doing knee exercises before I started running. On some mornings, I just did 4 rounds of brisk-walking and 1 round of running. After approximately 10 days, the pain was gone when I bent my knees! I was so relieved! Now that it is the school holidays, the timing is right for me to use the gym.  I now spend half an hour on the air-walker every morning.   Air-walking does not put so much pressure on the knees as running and jogging. I can also increase the duration of my exercise and sweat more when I work out on the air-walker.

    What is Runner’s Knee
    As the name suggests, runner’s knee is a common ailment among runners. But it can also strike any athlete who does activities that require a lot of knee bending — like walking, biking, and jumping. It usually causes aching pain around the kneecap.

    Runner’s knee isn’t really a condition itself. It’s a loose term for several specific disorders with different causes. Runner’s knee can result from:

    Overuse. Repeated bending of the knee can irritate the nerves of the kneecap. Overstretched tendons (tendons are the tissues that connect muscles to bones) may also cause the pain of runner’s knee.

    Direct trauma to the knee, like a fall or blow.

    Misalignment. If any of the bones are slightly out of their correct position — or misaligned — physical stress won’t be evenly distributed through your body. Certain parts of your body may bear too much weight. This can cause pain and damage to the joints. Sometimes, the kneecap itself is slightly out of position.

    Problems with the feet. Runner’s knee can result from flat feet, also called fallen arches or overpronation. This is a condition in which the impact of a step causes the arches of your foot to collapse, stretching the muscles and tendons.
    Weak thigh muscles.

    Symptoms of runner’s knee are:
    Pain behind or around the kneecap, especially where the thighbone and the kneecap meet.

    Pain when you bend the knee — when walking, squatting, kneeling, running, or even sitting.

    Pain that’s worse when walking downstairs or downhill.

    Swelling.

    Popping or grinding sensations in the knee.

     

    What’s the Treatment for Runner’s Knee?
    Regardless of the cause, the good news is that minor to moderate cases of runner’s knee should heal on their own given time. To speed the healing you can:

    Rest the knee. As much as possible, try to avoid putting weight on your knee.

    Ice your knee to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every 3-4 hours for 2-3 days, or until the pain is gone.

    Compress your knee. Use an elastic bandage, straps, or sleeves to give your knee extra support.

    Elevate your knee on a pillow when you’re sitting or lying down.

    Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like Advil, Aleve, or Motrin, will help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs can have side effects, like an increased risk of bleeding and ulcers. They should be used only occasionally, unless your doctor specifically says otherwise.

    Practice stretching and strengthening exercises if your doctor recommends them.

    Get arch supports for your shoes. These orthotics — which can be custom-made or bought off the shelf — may help with flat feet.

     

     

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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

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