A health freak mom's thoughts on health and all things healthy

Month: October 2008

Chicken Stewed With Sweet Chestnuts

Chicken Stewed With Sweet Chestnuts

My mil stewed a big pot of chicken with sweet chestnuts and mushrooms yesterday. I can never get fed up with this dish and it’s my all-time favorite. She uses fresh chestnuts, not the pre-peeled or dried ones coz fresh chestnuts taste better. Since it […]

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Is It My Imagination Or A Fact?

Is It My Imagination Or A Fact?

Baby C was purging for the past 2 days and yesterday, my heart sank when I smelled her soiled diaper at around noon.  It smelled foul a little.  So for the rest of yesterday, I kept feeding her with plain water, barley water and my milkie […]

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The Goodness Of Broccoli

The Goodness Of Broccoli


I went into the kitchen and saw some broccolis being cut up and soaked in a stainless steel bowl. My mil will be cooking broccoli for dinner tonight, together with some baby corns, sweet peas, carrots and fish cakes. I used to hate eating broccoli when I was young coz of the raw taste and hard texture but not until I found out the goodness of them.  And that’s when I started to include broccoli into my menu everyweek. Thankfully my 2 older gals love broccoli, so I don’t have to bribe or force them down their throats.

Did you know that :

Broccoli is
Low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol,
High in Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin B6, Folate, Potassium, Manganese, Protein, Vitamin E, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus and Selenium?

The nutritional value and health benefits of broccoli makes it ideal for:
o Maintaining optimum health
o Weight loss – don’t include too much broccoli in your diet if you’re interested in weight gain.

Wow, I never knew that broccoli can aid in weight loss. I will surely polish off the plate of broccoli tonight then!

One cup of broccoli only has 30 calories.

Along with all other veggies in the cruciferous family, broccoli is important because it contains natural substances that may help the body fight certain cancers.

Broccoli also helps heal kids’ cuts and wounds—it’s a particularly good source of vitamin C.

For a vegetable, broccoli has very good source of calcium and it helps build strong bones and teeth, which is perfect for growing up kids, as well as adults. Broccoli is one of the best nondairy sources of calcium—better absorbed by the body than spinach.

You can hide broccoli in Oprah’s recipe for Chicken Nuggets.  I am going to try it too myself.  Oprah’s chicken nuggets recipe even has flaxseed meal in em.  Pretty healthy and wholesome for kids!

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Strabismus In Babies

Strabismus In Babies

When Sherilyn was a baby, she appeared to have Strabismus or what people call ‘cock-eyed’ or cross-eyed.  For many months until she passed her 1st birthday, I was worried sick and had brought her to see several pediatricians to check her eyes out.   Upon checking […]

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Clean Freak

Clean Freak

Ever since Baby C has been having frequent attacks of UTI and having bacteria detected in her pee most of the time, I have taken many precautionary measures to minimize bacteria from entering her body. Yesterday, I bought some Dettol wet wipes and a box […]

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Prolactor Probiotics

Prolactor Probiotics

Hubby was informed by his pharmacist friend that one of the best brands of probiotics in the market is Prolactor.  Prolactor has 10 billion CFU (colony forming units) of good bacteria.  Most other brands of probiotics only have 5 billion CFU of good bacteria.  The packaging for Prolactor is pretty impressive.  It is packed in an aluminium resealable bag and comes with a Thermafreeze (something like dried ice). I had read from a health magazine that probiotics that requires refrigeration works better than those that can be kept at room temperature. Hubby bought it from a hospital and the price?  Darn expensive at over RM90 for a bottle of 30 capsules or over RM3 each capsule.  Hubby doesn’t mind as long as his precious baby gets the best treatment.  Hopefully the probiotics will be able to help Baby C’s body fight off the bad bacteria and win the battle, thus prevent another UTI.  

Hubby has to spend close to RM500 per month just on Baby C’s health supplements, exluding Baby C’s consultation with our doctors and urine tests which cost another RM300-RM500  per month.  That makes it almost RM1,000 a month just on Baby C’s health supplements and medical consultation fees and medication.  What about diapers?  I dare not even calculate how much she spents on diapers per month as our doctor has advised us to change her diaper after just one pee.  I think she uses more than 10 diapers a day.   Sigh… that’s the reason why hubby and I have to slog like a dog to earn more moolah 🙁

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Update On Baby C’s Urine Culture Test

Update On Baby C’s Urine Culture Test

continuation from here.  I called our pediatric nephrologist this morning.  The urine culture test shows that there is very scanty growth of bacteria in the urine.  Our dr. said that the amount is so insignificant that it is not considered a UTI.   That’s why the […]

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Hallucinations Arising From High Fever

Hallucinations Arising From High Fever

I got a scare outa my wits one time when Alycia had high fever and started to have hallucinations. That happened 2 years ago when she was almost 3 years old. She was having high fever for a few days, despite being on medication and […]

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Sprouted Wheat Bread

Sprouted Wheat Bread

I first found out about sprouted wheat bread 6 years ago, during the height of my weight-loss journey. I had gained 6kg in 2 months due to PCOS, a hormonal disorder (my weight shot up from 42kg to 48kg). Most PCOS sufferers are resistant to insulin and have a hard time loosing weight. I found out that in order to loose weight, I had to be on a low-carb high protein diet. That’s when my obsession with low-carb food started.  I then started to avoid most food made from white flour, went cold turney on rice, white bread, noodles, cakes and even fruits with high sugar content like mangoes, grapes, durian, red apples, melons, etc.

When I found out that there is a 100% flour-free bread, I was ecstatic. I ate it for dinner almost everyday – 2 slices of Adventist sprouted wheat bread with sugar-free peanut butter and cheese and sometimes boiled some sausages or microwaved some burgers to go with the sprouted wheat bread.  I ate that in my office almost everyday as I had to work late on most days.  Sometimes my tea-lady would help me microwave the burgers and toast my bread.  With rigorous exercise everyday, I lost weight, albeit it wasn’t easy at all as I had PCOS.

I stopped buying sprouted wheat bread about a year ago when I was carrying Baby C.  When I first bought it 6 years ago, it cost RM4.50 a loaf.  My jaw almost dropped when I saw the price tag on this loaf of bread at Bangsar Village last week.   It now costs RM6.90 a loaf, an increase of more than 50%!!  Unbelievable!  Even a crate of 10 eggs cost 90 sen to a ringgit more now.   Sorry, divert a little here…..


A slice of the sprouted wheat bread only has 12gms of carb…. and it has a low Glycemix Index (GI) too, which slows down the release of insulin.  A slice of white flour bread has over 20gms of carb and has a high GI.


My breakfast today – 2 slices of toasted sprouted wheat bread with peanut butter and some ’boutique cheese’ – Lemnos Black Forest fruit cheese and Seriously Matured Cheddar Cheese.


My breakfast yesterday – untoasted sprouted wheat bread with peanut butter and kaya…. and of course with my favorite Lemnos Black Forest cheese.

The sprouted wheat bread normally turns mouldy within 1-2 days of purchase. I normally keep them in the freezer.

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Update On Baby C’s Urine Test

Update On Baby C’s Urine Test

I called our nephrologist today.  The initial urine FEME test shows that there are no WBC (white blood cells) and no bacteria in the urine.  There are however 2 RBC (red blood cells) in the urine…. which means that there could be an infection in the […]

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