How Safe Is Your Family In Your Own Hands?

Nothing matters more to me in this world than the health and safety of my family members. I’d do anything to keep my family members in the pinkest of health. Some of the things that I do now to keep my children healthy is to give them a good brand of health supplements and ensure that they have healthy meals. I try to go organic as much as I can. I also buy toiletries and household cleaners that contain no harsh chemicals as much as I can.

I am fortunate that I stay in a place where I can buy organic food and other healthy food stuff conveniently.  From time to time, I have  blog readers emailing me to ask me where I get my organic food stuff as their location makes it very difficult for them to get hold of such items.

For those of you who have been desiring to purchase healthy food stuff, organic food, healthy personal care products and supplements but have no easy access to them, you can now shop for these items online at Green Wellness.

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What I like about Green Wellness is that they carry an impressive panoply of healthy products. I could find organic spirulina capsules, organic oat noodles, organic sauerkraut,  healthy snacks for my girls  and much more interesting healthy items.

I have already placed an online order for some healthy food items and can’t wait to receive them soon!

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Did you know that apricot kernels contain Vitamin B17 which many cancer patients eat to fight cancer cells?

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Happy shopping and stay healthy always 🙂

Iron Rich Foods

Ever since I was told by my doctors that I am severely anemic (reading of 6 g/dL), I have been pumping iron rich foods into my body. Every. single. day. I feel like I am on a blood chase marathon where time is limited and I have to stuff myself with iron rich foods to build up red blood cells before my next menstrual cycle begins! The days are ticking away and I have only a few days left before the next war of blood begins.  I don’t feel woozy actually and only short of breath when I run. Brisk walking, swimming and shopping for 10 hours don’t make me breathless though 😀  And my heart flutters too. That’s because red blood cells (RBC) carry oxygen to the rest of the body and being short of RBC, I have a feeling that I lack oxygen when I exert myself physically. It is also highly dangerous when the RCB drops to a very low level as my heart may fail me!

My breakfast would consist of an egg each day now. I used to eat an egg a day (sometimes two) but have since stopped when blood works showed an elevated cholesterol level a year ago. Now that my cholesterol level has dropped to 4.9, I have the ‘allowance’ to indulge in an egg a day again 🙂

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I add a teaspoon of organic and unsulphured blackstrap molasses to my egg as blackstrap molasses is rich in iron.  This gooey liquid is not the tastiest of food and I cannot bring myself to down in with a glass of water. Think swallowing a spoonful of dark soy sauce. Yup, that’s how it actually tastes.  I need savory food to help mask the texture and taste of the molasses. Or mix it with a bowl of plain vermicelli.

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I try to include beef in my diet each week, though beef is not my favorite type of meat.  And lots of spinach too.

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My diet these days make me feel like I am in confinement😊   The smell of boiling red dates water  wafting in the air at home each day reminds me of my confinement days.  My mil would boil red dates soup with chicken or a plain concoction of red dates + black dates water everyday.  On some days, she would double boil chicken essence for me. Bless her for all her TLC 🙂

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I would also chew about 2-3 organic dried red dates each day.

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And chew on organic goji berries too. Goji berries or wolfberries or gei jie is rich in iron and are good for the eyes too.

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As well as graze on nori seaweed sheets (plain ones with no salt, no sugar and no oil) like a cow.  Did you know that not only is nori high in iodin, calcium, protein and fiber, it is also high in iron and your bones love it?Nori lowers cholesterol too.

 

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With such rich and nutritious food pumped into my body for the past one week, I feel more energetic, my lips are starting to turn reddish again and my heart has stopped fluttering. Oh and I forgot to mention that I pop 2 Sangobion iron tabs each day.

Ladies, if you feel like you lack stamina, feel tired, have heart palpitations and have heavy menstruation, it’s good that you have a total blood count done. It can be life saving.

 

Roselle Tea For Good Health

I made a big pot of Roselle tea for the family yesterday.   My late grandma used to boil Roselle tea for us when we were younger. We would call the Roselle tea “Ribena” as it tastes very similar to Ribena and has the bright red color of Ribena as well.

Roselle is a species of hibiscus native to West Africa. In Iran, it is typically known as sour tea; in English-speaking countries, it is called red sorrel. It is commonly used to make jelly, jam, juice, wine, syrup, gelatin, pudding, cake, ice cream and flavouring.

There are three types of roselle, identified by their colours – the dark red type has the highest content of anthocyanins, followed by the light red type, while the green type has only traces of the antioxidant pigment or none at all, reported the Journal Of American Science in 2010.

Anthocyanins are said to promote cardiovascular health. Roselle flowers, whether fresh or dried, have similar levels of efficacy.  The flowers should be whole and free of contamination during purchase.

I boiled the roselle flowers with screwpine leaves (pandan) for about 45 minutes.  Then sieved and poured out the roselle tea.  As roselle is naturally sour, I added raw honey to it. The lightly sweetened roselle tea is for the girls. I prefer mine sour and without any honey.

I read from some recipes that the seeds are removed prior to boiling the petals but busy lazy me gave up removing the seeds after I discovered that the process was pretty time consuming. I never like to spend too much time in the kitchen.  I  did a quick google search to see if the seeds are poisonous or edible and what I found was an eye-opener.  Roselle seeds are a good source of lipid-soluble antioxidants, particularly gamma-tocopherol. These seeds are even packaged for sale. So what the heck, after washing the flowers thoroughly, I dumped everything into the pot, filled up the pot with water and boiled it for 45 minutes or so.

The RM3.50/packet of roselle flowers bought from the organic shop managed to yield about 10 glasses of roselle tea.  What a cheap health drink this is and the girls loved it when chilled or with ice-cubes added. I am definitely going to prep this tea more often. I can also use it to make jelly for my jelly crazed girls.

Roselle pandan tea with raw honey is so refreshing, especially when chilled.

 

According to an article extracted from The Straits Times in Singapore, people with neutral or “heaty” bodies can benefit from taking a “cold” herb, such as roselle flowers, to balance their body constitutions. It is also suitable for those with hypertension and high cholesterol.

WHAT RESEARCH HAS SHOWN (excerpt from The Straits Times, Singapore)

Daily consumption of a tea or extract produced from roselle flowers has benefits for adults, according to a review of human and animal studies published in the journal for the study of medicinal plants, Fitoterapia, in March 2013.

Specifically, it helped to significantly lower one’s systolic and diastolic blood pressure in people with pre-to moderate primary hypertension and type 2 diabetes, based on results from randomised controlled trials.

In addition, the tea was as effective at lowering blood pressure as the drug Captropril, but less effective than another drug, Lisinopril. Both drugs are used to treat high blood pressure.

More than half of the trials showed that daily consumption of roselle tea or extracts improved one’s lipid levels.

Namely, it lowered participants’ levels of total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein or “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides. At the same time, it boosted their levels of high-density lipoprotein or “good” cholesterol.

The observations were likely a result of the antioxidant effects of the anthocyanins. These compounds inhibit the oxidation of “bad” cholesterol, hence impeding the development of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), which can lead to cardiovascular disease.

Roselle tea makes for an excellent low-calorie healthy beverage for the entire family. I love the bright red color of this drink that packs a healthy punch too.

Savory Oats

I have never really fancied eating oats, though I eat it pretty often, for health sake.  I have genetic high cholesterol and oats are one of the most readily available and affordable foods that can help to bring down bad cholesterol level.   Thankfully Cass likes eating oats. While her two sisters have toasts for breakfast every morning, she’s happy with a cup of hot sugar-free cocoa drink with fresh milk and organic oats.

This reminds me that I must fix an appointment with my doctor to check my cholesterol reading again!  What I HATE about getting cholesterol levels checked is the darn fasting for over 10 hours. That’s my number 1 turn off. I don’t understand why most doctors never come into their clinic on time!!

Note to self: must stop procrastinating!

Today I had organic rolled oats with vegetarian crispy floss for breakkie.  I like to experiment combining a variety of foods to break the monotony of having food prepared the same way over and over again. And this combo is for keeps. I love it!  The lightly salted and crispy vegetarian floss with seaweed and sesame seeds add a lot of flavors and texture to the otherwise dull and tasteless oats. I love food that is crispy and this combo sure beats the boredom of eating oats hands down!

 

Nature Quest’s vegetarian crispy floss can be purchased from organic shops, Cosway outlets and selected supermarkets. I got mine from the organic foods section of De Market.

I add the crispy floss to spice up porridge, as filling for sandwiches and tossed onto fried rice, noodles, salads and  yoghurt.  Crispy Floss can also be used as one of the ingredients for sushi.

Healthy Tuesday – 2 August 2016

I woke up feeling zombified today. I’ve not had a single day of sleeping in the whole of last week.  Monday through Sunday started at 4:45 am for me, with each day ending around 11-ish pm.  When I don’t get a day or two of catching up on my beauty sleep for that week, the following week spells trouble for me.  But I still went for my pre-dawn brisk walk today, interspersed with running up ramps.   I swam 26 laps in the pool yesterday morning and ended my day with 30 bicycle crunches (image below) on the bed last night 😀

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After 40 minutes of outdoor workout this morning, I downed a packet of Izumio hydrogen water, which gave me an instant power boost.  Since I felt rejuvenated, I did some back stretching and Swiss ball crunches (image below) on my fit ball. Suddenly, I didn’t feel sleepy anymore!

 

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When our muscles are fatigued, lactic acid is released and our body produces hydrogen to compensate. When we pump in more hydrogen into our body, the hydrogen which is a natural antioxidant neutralizes the over production of lactic acid in the blood stream very quickly. Thus we recover quicker and feel rejuvenated.   Try it!!! If you are active in sports, do away with whatever you’re drinking now and try Izumio. You can email me at shireenyong@gmail.com to inquire more.

Breakfast was sugar-free and additives-free plain yoghurt with organic chia seeds, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sugar-free peanut butter and a swirl of palm sugar.

 

Lunch was pork porridge with shredded carrot strips and sweet potato, seasoned with pepper, sea salt and spring onions.

The big girl just announced that she needn’t have to go to school this Saturday, wooohoooo!!!  Finally I get to sleep in this Saturday, can’t wait for that!

 

Health Freak Mommy’s Meals – 24 February 2016

My breakfast yesterday morning…

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Skinny sugar-free, preservative-free and additives-free yoghurt with Pic’s sugar-free cashew butter, toasted pumpkin seeds, organic chia seeds, raw walnuts, blanched skinless almonds, drizzle of maple syrup and a small handful of coconut cookies.

I am surprised that Cass  loves Farm Fresh’s sugar-free yoghurt, which is a tad sour and light. She says it tastes like Moo Cow frozen yoghurt, except that Farm Fresh yoghurt is not frozen. I agree with her too!  She likes to eat her sugar-free yoghurt with cashew nuts and crumbled homemade cookies.

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Lunch was baby greens salad with organic cherry tomatoes, Korean kim chi, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, toasted sesame seeds, sauteed minced pork and salad dressing composed of organic apple cider vinegar + maple syrup + dash of naturally brewed soy sauce.

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Dinner was at our all-time favorite neighborhood restaurant which serves  delish dishes at really affordable prices. The mil was still feeling a wee bit under the weather and yesterday was our part-time maid’s off day.  And I wasn’t in the mood to cook too 😀

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Stir-fried baby spinach, braised tofu with fish paste and sweet and sour fish fillet.

 

Genetic High Cholesterol

Ok, I have genetic high cholesterol 🙁

My doctors told me that it would be really, really difficult to bring down the cholesterol reading however hard I alter my diet and exercise. I could be stick thin and eat nothing but green veggies and exercise 2 hours a day, but my cholesterol reading would still be slightly high.  My younger brother who is a fitness buff with 6 packs also has high cholesterol, all in the name of genetic 🙁

How unfair can life be!

Oh well. Nothing is fair in life.  Like, why do some people who lead a healthy lifestyle still get cancer?

For all the hard work I put into my diet and exercise regimen for the past 8 months, my cholesterol reading has gone done a wee bit. And that’s without medication. Only with supplements like fish oil, Izumio hydrogen water and Super Lutein. That’s why I am pushing myself to swim 24-26 laps on top of brisk walking for 15 minutes, 5 mornings in a week. Exercise is important to bring down cholesterol. And I am about 80% vegan now. I  can’t give up on meat totally now as I am slightly anemic.  I have a fibroid in my uterus that causes heavy menstruation each month. I need meat to supply me with the iron.  No doubt I can ditch the meat and eat red beans, spinach and other iron-rich veggies but it is hard when I have carnivorous kids.  I am still training them to go easy on meat and they are aware that too much meat is too taxing on their innards, besides all the growth hormones and antibiotics that go into the animal feed, which eventually end up inside our bodies.

These days, my meals compose of mainly greens, whole grains, nuts, seeds and fiber.

This is my breakfast today…

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A packet of Izumio hydrogen water, high fiber cereal with added organic oats, organic chia seeds, roasted pumpkin seeds, raw walnuts and skim milk drizzled with extra virgin coconut oil and a squirt of palm sugar syrup to give me the oomph.

Lunch was half a punnet of organic raw alfalfa and broccoli sprouts with apple cider vinegar and roasted sesame dressing and a quarter bowl of Ipoh ‘kai see hor fun’ (shredded chicken flat noodles), which I shared with Cass.

Thankfully I love this kind of meal. And hardly do I crave for nasi lemak, ‘char koay teow’ or other oily fried foods. Heck, I don’t even miss my top favorite food in the world – durian! From queen of musang king, I am surprised that I can even go cold turkey on durians. Yes, I can’t believe that during the last durian season, I wasn’t even craving for it. See how powerful our mind is?!   I believe that we can condition our mind and taste bud to eat healthily. If I can do it, so can you 😉

 

 

Avocado Oat Bran Almond Chocolate Milk Shake

My brekkie today (after a 20-lap swim in the pool), fit for a health freak and those planning on losing some weight 😀

Composition: Half avocado + 3 tablespoons organic oat bran + a handful of baked almonds + fresh chocolate milk + chilled water (ice cubes would be more refreshing) blitzed for about 20 seconds in my Blendtec blender.

This avo oat bran almond choco milk shake was so yummy and it filled me up well too.  I also had a handful of Edamame beans, left over from the girls’ breakfast at 6am.

 

Refreshing Salad With Satay Sauce

I concocted this very delish, light and refreshing meat-free salad for lunch yesterday.

Royale Butterhead leaves with satay sauce (made by hubby’s cook), two spoonfuls of ginger + egg fried rice with garlic and sesame seed oil (black rice and Basmati rice) and Ipoh pomelo (pink and white).

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I still have another head of Royal Butterhead and it looks like I am going to have salad for lunch again today.  I really need something light for lunch today as I’ve just gorged on 5 seeds of Musang King durians and a handful of poppy seeds corn chips for breakfast just now and guilt-stricken now! 😀

 

Sprouted Mung Bean Salad

After 2 weeks of sinful binging, I started back on eating raw sprouts for lunch today! 🙂

Here’s my sprouts-of-the-day for today’s lunch…

Triple Combi sprouts, consisting of alfalfa, mung beans and snow pea.

 

Triple Combi sprouts salad with homemade spicy acar (pickled vegetables), hard-boiled free-range egg, meat floss, baked cashew nuts, a drizzle of Japanese sesame dressing and fresh apricots.

Today is the first time I ever tried eating raw sprouted mung beans. Initially I had doubts that those raw baby mung beans would even be palatable but I bought them anyway coz they are healthy and good for me! And they are really good, taste wise! Though the sprouted mung beans feel hard, they are not hard at all.  The taste and texture are similar to that of raw turnip – crunchy, juicy and naturally sweet. iLike!

Mung bean sprouts are low in calories, high in fiber and B vitamins and deliver a boost of vitamin C and vitamin K.

And I ended my lunch with a little guilty pleasure – a handful of natural Salsa tortilla chips from Food For Friends 😉