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

Month: July 2012

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

Varicose Veins During Pregnancy

I started to have swollen varicose veins on my legs when I was pregnant with Sherilyn. The swell on the varicose veins subsided after delivery of the baby but they were still quite obvious as I have very fair skin. When I was pregnant with […]

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Lego Requires Patience

Lego Requires Patience

The girls received a bag load of goodies from their aunt from Hong Kong recently. Some of the gifts include 2 boxes of Star Wars Lego blocks, which cost a bomb over here. The 2 boxes of Star Wars Lego will keep the 3 girls […]

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Simple and quick-to-whip up lunch for the kids

Simple and quick-to-whip up lunch for the kids

Here’s a very simple and quick-to-whip up lunch which I prepared for the girls.

Green tea noodles with sesame seed oil, toasted sesame seeds, a drop of soy sauce and stall bought roast chicken and lean ‘char siew’ .

Before eating lunch, my girls will always have a bowl of fruits first.

Easy peasy meal without much preparation but I just hate the washing up after each meal.  I think I will need some time to get used to washing the dishes, after having had a live-in helper to help me for 10 years.


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Rascal #2 Paid The Price Of Not Listening To Mummy!

Rascal #2 Paid The Price Of Not Listening To Mummy!

It has been a long and tiring day for me. I barely had the time to sit in front of the PC to do my online work since yesterday. Today our live-in helper left home for good.   I thought I could call it a […]

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Wearing of Face Mask

Wearing of Face Mask

My baby girl had a slight runny nose recently.  Just as she was about to leave for school, she rummaged through my cupboard where I place some first-aid stuff and fished out a cute face mask with Disney cartoon characters which grandma bought from Hong […]

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Do You Eat Mangosteen Seeds?

Do You Eat Mangosteen Seeds?

In the recent years, mangosteens have been over-rate and touted as one of the world’s top Super Foods, citing it as amongst the most powerful antioxidants found in nature. One of these life-enhancing antioxidants is found in Mangosteen pericarp and is called Xanthone.

Some of the claimed health benefits of eating mangosteen:
Anti-viral
Anti-bacterial
Free radical fighter
Cardio support
Immune system Enhancer
Powerful antioxidant
Skin rashes, infections and wounds
Diarrhea
Anti-inflammatory
Vasorelaxant

Whether mangosteens are the acclaimed super food or not, all of us in the family love eating mangosteens. We normally grab a bag of mangosteens after buying durians. This is because mangosteens are believed to be ‘cooling’ for the body and durians are ‘heaty’. Thus eating mangosteens after eating durians may balance the yin and yang of the body, by expelling some ‘heatiness’ from the body.

While I love eating mangosteens (minus breaking them up), I find that the seeds of the mangosteen rather irritating. In the past, I used to spit out the seeds until recently, where I chew them together with the flesh and swallow everything down. I find that if I keep spitting out the seeds, I would have nothing much to eat! Since mangosteens are considered a super food, I guess there is no harm in swallowing the seeds too. But just the other day, as I was eating mangosteens and chewing the seeds too, it just dawned on me whether it is safe to eat the seeds too. I know that the seeds of certain fruits (like lime) are toxic to the body. For mangosteen, I am unable to find much information on whether the seeds are harmful to the human body.

I wish to seek an answer and hope someone can enlighten me.

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Bizarre Insurances

Bizarre Insurances

I know of a local former beauty queen who had a boops job done and then insured her heavy assets! I also know of a local super model with legs so straight and long that made heads turn wherever she went to, who insured her […]

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Busy Weekend

Busy Weekend

The rats are now having a whale of their time, doing what they are not supposed to do, as the big, fierce cat is too busy to prey on them! This is how I feel when my kids are monkeying around though they know they […]

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Warding Off Throat Infection

Warding Off Throat Infection

For someone with a very ‘heaty’ body, I used to get throat infection very frequently when I was younger. Till today, my body and throat will surely act up after a meal of KFC or deep fried fritters. My hands are also perpetually very warm. The Husband is not much better. He too has tonsils and is very prone to getting throat infections and mouth ulcers (which was so horrible that he was hospitalized for a week for a mouth infested with ulcers one time). So naturally, ‘by default’, our 3 girls have our DNA and have a pretty ‘heaty’ body and they used to get throat infections and fevers very frequently too when they were younger (Alycia and Sherilyn). But a change in what we eat can put a stop to the monthly trips to the paed’s clinic. We avoid deep fried food and fast food as much as we can. A drink of fresh coconut water is a must at least 4-5 times in a week, on top of downing lots of plain water, fresh fruits and fresh vegetables. I find Manuka honey pretty effective in warding off a throat infection too. And not forgetting the nightly gargle of sea salt water just before bedtime. With this daily regimen, my kids and I are fine.  There has been no more frequent trips to the doctor’s clinic *thank GOD!*

2 weeks ago, after having a feast of durians by the roadside on a hot and hazy afternoon, I felt feverish and could feel an impending sore throat and cough.   At the advice of the MIL, I made myself several cups of American Wild Ginseng tea on top of  downing coconut water.  Thankfully the next day I was fine again.    Last week we had pizza and chicken nuggets delivered home for dinner.  To ‘counter’ the heatiness of pizza and deep fried chicken nuggets, I downed several cups of American Wild Ginseng tea.  For my kids, I gave them Manuka honey with freshly squeezed lemon juice, not forgetting the nightly gargling of sea salt water.  Thank God we are fine too 😀


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