• 08Jan

    Despite my best intentions to keep my eating under control during the food-filled year-end holiday recently, the excess cakes, pastries and meaty feasts with friends and family were near impossible to resist. With my parents here to celebrate the year-end festivities and hubby’s birthday with us, we had 3 large meals a day for almost a week. There was hardly any time for my stomach to digest each heavy meal before the next meal rolled along too soon. As a result, I felt miserably stuffed and had a terrible discomfort in my tummy on New Year’s day.  Dad made a pitcher of lemon juice with raw honey and this potion worked like magic! The moment I stepped into the kitchen while he was squeezing the lemons, the refreshing citrus scent of lemon gave me an instant lift. After sipping two glasses of chilled lemon juice with raw honey along with having a dinner consisting of only fruits and tomatoes, my tummy was healed the next morning.

    We all have our cheat moments, but is there anything you can eat or drink immediately after to help minimize the damage? Yes definitely!

    Adding some lemon or lime to your water will help extinguish your digestive flames better. No cheating here, though. Add the juice of half an organic lemon or lime to a glass of water; not just a slice, and not a lemon-flavored powder or drink.

    Lemon Juice, Honey & Hot Water for a Cough

    You might know that drinking a glass of honey and lemon juice (in warm water) early in the morning helps you to lose weight. But this mixture can also put an end to your indigestion problem.

    Yes, this mixture has been used as an age-old remedy to treat abdominal pain and bloating due to indigestion / overeating.

    Here’s what you need to know about this mixture before you start using it.

    Lemon juice contains high amounts of vitamin C, a potent antioxidant, which flushes out the harmful toxins from the body. As lemon is acidic in nature and might hinder the digestion of starch, mix it with honey. Also, honey helps the growth of gut bacteria (good bacteria) which in turn aids in better digestion


    Other Health Benefits Of Lemon 
    Besides aiding in indigestion, the health benefits of lemon are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, niacin, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, and protein. It is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion, as well as improves the skin, hair, and teeth.

    Studies conducted at the American Urological Association highlight the fact that lemonade or lemon juice can eliminate the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals.

    When life throws you lemons, make lots of lemon juice with them!

  • 08Jan

    People who have decided that they’re no longer willing to deal with substandard health should know that they don’t have to tolerate unwanted outcomes like low energy levels, lethargy, mental fog, and/or mood instability. If you’re trying to overcome these issues and want to step into a world of great health now, consider the value of utilizing some or all of the following strategies:

    1. Examine Your Eating Patterns
    One of the best ways to make extraordinary health happen in your life this year is by examining your eating patterns. This approach can be empowering for multiple reasons, one of which is that doing so will help you determine whether you have a proclivity for consuming fat-laden, salty, processed foods that accelerate weight gain while also inducing lethargy and other unwanted physiological outcomes. Note that when you consistently eat the right foods, you avoid these unwanted outcomes while also optimizing your body’s ability to complete all of the functions that keep you in a state of vitality.

    Top Tips for Healthy Eating Whilst in Orlando, Florida

    If you lack basic knowledge regarding nutrition, don’t worry. The internet is full of tools, resources, and articles that will empower you to make prudent food choices. Utilize a free resource like Cronometer to start tracking and analyzing your eating patterns right now.

    2. Focus On Cultivating A Lifestyle Of Fitness
    In addition to analyzing and optimizing your eating patterns, be sure to start cultivating a lifestyle of fitness. This step will empower you to gain more body confidence, improve your metabolism, enhance your posture, and optimize the functioning of your cardiovascular system. There are multiple strategies you could deploy to start getting fit. One is working one-on-one with a personal trainer or yoga instructor. Another is joining a local gym where you can take a wide range of group fitness classes like pilates, yoga, kickboxing, and step aerobics.

    3. Make Mental Health A Must
    If you’re really serious about kissing mediocre health goodbye, get serious about mental health. Optimizing the health of your mind and brain plays a key role in promoting holistic wellness because it ensures that you will be thinking in a clear manner that enables you to make healthy decisions. There are many strategies that you can deploy to promote mental health, and one of them is meditation. This technique helps you gain access to your inner thoughts, thereby empowering you to change any cognitive patterns that may be detracting from your productivity and positivity. Also consider the value of learning more about the inner workings of your brain by gaining more knowledge about neurology. To get started, consider using some of the resources provided on the Peach neurology Palm website.

    When you start thinking about cultivating a lifestyle of wellness, lack of knowledge or fear of the future may hold you back. Rather than remaining trapped in the realm of uncertainty and stagnation due to inaction, start implementing the strategies outlined above so that you can start experiencing the positive health changes that lead to greater dimensions of well-being!

  • 05Jan

    Rice congee / rice porridge is my all-time comfort food, my go-to meal whenever I feel under the weather or fancy eating something easy to digest.  If you want to get congee with a smooth consistency, use rice grains that are easily cooked / soften easily. I only use organic baby porridge rice, bought from the organic store or the organic section of the supermarket.  The organic baby porridge rice that I use is a combo of quinoa, millet, buckwheat and white rice. It cooks/softens very fast.

    A cup of plain congee, made with just rice and water, has about 138 calories, 1.3 g of fat, 28 g of carbohydrates and 1.3 g of fiber. The same amount of pork congee with egg, however, has 208 calories, 10 g of fat, 170 mg of cholesterol, 16 g of carbs, 13.6 g of protein and no fiber. In contrast, 1 cup of plain cooked white rice has 242 calories, 0.4 g of fat, 4.4 g of protein, 53 g of carbs and 0.6 g of fiber.  So if you are on a low carb diet and fancy eating rice, choose congee with a thin consistency, i.e. cooked with more water/stock.  What’s more, congee retains heat for a longer time compared to rice, so you’ll tend to consume it at a slower pace. It takes the stomach around 20 minutes to communicate to your brain that it’s full. The slower you eat, the faster you’ll feel full and as a result, you’ll consume less.

    People of many cultures turn to rice congee as a go-to meal for those who aren’t feeling well. White rice congee/porridge is an excellent choice when your digestive tract is weakened from chronic or acute illness. It is easily digested.

    Thin rice congee cooked with carrots, vegetables and minced meat (cooked till really soft) is my go-to food whenever I need something easy on my tummy.  This is the meal that my mother would whip up for me whenever I fell ill when I was little and a bowl of hot porridge always made me feel better.

    My bowl of quinoa, millet, buckwheat and white rice congee cooked with chopped garlic, chopped cabbage, carrots, minced organic pork, dried oysters and seasoned with sesame seed oil, scallions, organic soy sauce and pepper. It’s my mother’s recipe.

    I encourage you to give rice congee a try the next time your digestive tract needs a bit of a break.  It’s definitely a healing dish but make sure you cook it with only healthy ingredients like carrots, sweet potatoes, vegetables, goji berries, red dates and ginger. Go easy on the meat, salt and oil in your porridge.



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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!

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