Ways You Can Help People With Cancer

A diagnosis of cancer can change a person’s life and turn their world upside down on the spot. In some cases, the diagnosis is not severe and the problem can be handled with medication or surgery. But then there are those cases where the outcome is not as certain and the future is not so guaranteed. People who get told that they have cancer are always in need of support and assistance, and there are plenty of ways that you can help.

Get Involved With An Active Group
Many churches do cancer crusades where they raise money and awareness for the need to fight this deadly disease. Sometimes getting involved with a group that is focused on helping with a problem can give you the determination you need to help. It can be difficult to really understand what cancer patients need from day to day, but being part of a crusade will help you to maintain contact with the people who need help the most.

Be Part Of A Support Group
Support groups are made up of a wide variety of people who want to help cancer patients to handle the day to day pressure of fighting such a disease. The misconception is that you must have some kind of experience with cancer to be part of a support group. The truth is that anyone who cares and wants to lend a shoulder for patients to lean on is welcome.

Visit Patients In The Hospital
You do not have to be a pro athlete or celebrity to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients. If you want to help brighten a cancer patient’s day, then arrange with the hospital to bring flowers or balloons and maybe a song to sing to help patients out. You may not be a doctor offering treatment, but you are doing the next best thing by giving patients something else to focus on for a while.

Be Active In Fundraising
Cancer fundraising groups can always use more volunteers to help bring in funds and get the word out to the public. If you want to help, all you need to do is volunteer your services to a local cancer fundraising group.

It is normal to want to help cancer patients, but not everyone knows how to get involved. Sometimes all it takes is a little of your time to make a big difference in the life of someone suffering from a horrible disease.

 

Preventing Eczema Naturally

Our 3 girls had eczema on their faces during the first 6 months of their lives.  Alycia’s eczema flare-ups were the worst of the 3 girls. Being a first time new mom, I trusted our pediatricians fully.  They prescribed her with hydrocortisone cream and sure enough, the eczema would be tamed quickly as it contains steroid. But the moment I stopped applying the cream, the eczema would flare up again. It hurt me just as much as it hurt my babies to see their faces (especially on the chin and around the mouth) covered with patches of raw and red itchy skin.

Eczema or Atopic Dermatitis is a very common skin disorder in young children and even in adults.  Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition that commonly starts during infancy and continues through into childhood. Some people outgrow the condition while some people will continue to have it into adulthood.  Thankfully our girls outgrew eczema pretty quickly.

If your child or know of any child suffering from eczema, you may wish to introduce hydrogen infused water into his/her diet. The product is 100% safe even for babies and children.

Also do note that for eczema, if you have been on steroidal creams, it takes a longer time to heal as there is increased amounts of toxins within the body.  I have been told that if you truly do heal your gut, you CAN heal from eczema or at the very least keep it very controlled. Get rid of toxins from your body and your guts will heal.

Whilst hydrogen water can nourish and heal the body, if you keep abusing your body with junk, then of course you have to keep consuming more nutrients to fight off more free radicals, isn’t it? Common sense, right?  So eat clean, stave off stress (try ok!), get sufficient sleep and stop putting crap into your body. If you have been battling eczema all your life, maybe it’s time you re-look at your diet and lifestyle. Do a spring cleaning and revamp your diet and lifestyle and I am sure your eczema flare-ups will be gone or at the very least be reduced.

Here’s a little boy who had chronic eczema on his face. After consuming 1 packet of hydrogen infused water for 6 months and eliminating trigger foods from his diet, he now has tofu smooth baby skin. I am so happy for him and his mummy!

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With permission from Patsy.

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Living Hope Charity Bazaar 2016

We spent our Sunday morning at The School @ Jaya One to attend the Living Hope charity bazaar.  Living Hope is a non-governmental organisation for poor children. They hold charity bazaars every year to raise funds for the less fortunate children.

With over RM400 worth of coupons to spend, courtesy of the girls’ grandaunt, we bought cookies, cakes, Nyonya kuih, kaya, Cube tarts, nasi lemak, noodles, coconut jelly, soy bean green tea pudding, chicken curry, Thai beef and Pokemon toys.

We bought cheese cake and orea cake from this stall @ RM20 for two.

Also bought sesame seed cookies and almond cookies from Auntie Mey’s stall.  Love the homemade cookies from this stall as they are not sweet.

My roller skate girl clutching on to her pack of nasi lemak. This fiery girl can really eat spicy stuff but I have to clamp down on her intake of spicy food which stimulates her bladder.

The girls bought quite a bit of Pokemon plushies and Poke balls as souvenirs and gifts for their friends.  Remember I wrote about how disappointed Cass was when she didn’t get to buy or redeem any Pokemon plushies at our church charity bazaar about 3 weeks ago? Well, she finally got her Pokemon plushies this time. She left the bazaar a very happy camper.

The problem with the bazaar is that there was no proper place to sit and enjoy the food.  The gourmand hubs spotted this restaurant at the bazaar area and quickly got a table for us to place our loot. Then ordered more food!

 

Part of the girls’ Pokemon loot… and they bought more later.

Pokemon is the big Princess’ first love. She first got obsessed with them when she was eight.  Five years down the road and she still loves them Pokemon!

My foodie hubs ordered beef noodles, chee cheong fun and char koay teow from Lameeya.

Drama Queen and the big Princess are really chummy these days. They have so many things to talk about from school to diva to even politics! Last night I overheard them talking about the Clinton – Trump election!  They are both just as excited as our friends in the US on the outcome.

Dashing dance performance by some kids at the bazaar…

After attending the bazaar, we visited a close friend in the hospital who had just undergone a surgery.  I brought along packets of Izumio for her. This is our second visit in two weeks visiting friends in the hospitals down with kidney ailments.

 

Kitchen’s Best Hack – Install A Table Fan

I discovered by accident  that by blowing a fan directly at the onions that I am chopping can remove tearing – 100% tear-free!!!!

This is by far the most valuable kitchen hack that I have discovered today… all by accident. Can you believe it? Ha ha ha!  I am SO happy. Here’s to cheering myself on to add more onions to my dishes.  Onions taste awesome and this disease-fighting food is chock-full of nutrients.

How did I discover?

Ever since Drama Queen has to stay back in school for additional classes in preparation for the students’ UPSR next year, I don’t have anyone to help me in the kitchen anymore. I have to chop onions and garlic myself.  Since last week, I was in awe as to why I don’t tear up anymore each time I chop onions. Not a drop of tear. That’s unbelievable. I thought that my eyes had become immune to the tear-causing fumes from the onions.   All these while, I have the table fan blowing at my direction while I cook in the kitchen.

Today I was late in dinner preparation again. I was rushing and did not turn on the table fan. While chopping onions, I ‘cried’ my eyes and nose out.  Why was I tearing this time?  Then I realized that the table fan had not been turned on and a eureka moment happened. I turned the fan on and almost instantaneously I stopped tearing! Like magic!!

For fans of onions, try this hack. It will help you speed up your onion-chopping chore. Even if you don’t like onions, try adding them into your dishes. Here’s why you should eat more onions…

Here’s a quick glimpse at the incredible health benefits of onions:

  • The phytochemicals in onions along with their vitamin C help improve immunity.
  • Onions contain chromium, which assists in regulating blood sugar.
  • For centuries, onions have been used to reduce inflammation and heal infections.
  • Do you enjoy sliced onions with your food? If yes, rejoice! Raw onion lowers the production of bad cholesterol (LDL), thus keeping your heart healthy.
  • A powerful compound called quercetin in onions is known to play a significant role in preventing cancer.
  • Got stung by a honeybee? Apply onion juice on the area for immediate relief from the pain and burning sensation.
  • Onions scavenge free radicals, thereby reducing your risk of developing gastric ulcers.
  • Those bright green tops of green onions are rich in Vitamin A, so do use them often.

 

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.

French Toast Sticks & Bites Cooked By Kids

Today is another day of Deepavali holiday for the girls. I just found out from Alycia in the car this morning that her holiday ends today while Cass and Drama Queen have another day of holiday tomorrow. WTF?!! I thought I was going to have another day of sleeping in tomorrow morning, but my holiday officially ends today too *boo hoo hoo hoo*

We had Indian food again today (all of us except for Drama Queen who preferred to stay home since she has to abstain from spicy and heaty food).

I didn’t know what to takeout for Drama Queen. Everything sold outside is oily and has MSG, which is a big NO NO for someone recovering from inflamed tonsilitis. So I got back empty-handed and told Drama Queen that I was going to prepare French Toast Sticks and Bites for her since we’ve got so much bread left in the fridge.  I got her to help in the preparation.  But Cass and the Big Princess wanted to play masak-masak in the kitchen too, so it was a bit of havoc in the kitchen with too many hands. But the girls had fun with their masak-masak which churned out really delish French Toast.  It was so delish that the girls could not get enough of it and they finished off the entire loaf of bread for French Toast!  One loaf  has 13 slices of bread! 😀

Dust some vanilla powder or cinnamon powder on the sticks just before serving…

And drizzle maple syrup over…

Alycia cut her bread into cubes and heart shape and I could even saute the bread on the pan.  Bite-size French Toast seems to taste better as they are crispier and easier to pop into the mouth.

I thought that Cass and Alycia were already pretty stuffed from tosei rawa and chicken Murtabak with curry fish but they stuffed in several slices of French Toasts when they got back.  If anyone can gobble down several slices of these even after a heavy meal, these French Toast Sticks and Bites must be dang good!

 

Our Deepavali Holiday Weekend (29 – 30 Oct 2016)

On Saturday which was Deepavali, we spent our afternoon at Mid Valley and Gardens Mall.

Hubs the epicure wanted to try something different and we settled for An Viet @ The Gardens. Good choice made as we enjoyed the delightful and very flavorful authentic cuisine of Vietnam, comprising mainly of fresh aromatic leaves, flowers and vegetables.

Ãn Viet’ translates into ‘Eat Viet,’ and its aim is to encourage people to truly eat their food and to curb wastage. Serving portions of noodles and rice can be customized so that patrons order only what they can finish; plus, for everyone who finishes his or her entire meal, the restaurant channels RM0.10 to KOTO, a social enterprise that helps disadvantaged Vietnamese youths gain access to skill development opportunities.

The first item that arrived was a hot bowl of beef Pho Bo.  I love Ãn Viet’s concept of curbing wastage and order only what you can eat. You can order an amount of noodles based on weight – 80gm, 120gm, 160gm or 200gm – all for the same total price of RM18.90 per bowl.

The coconut ice-blended creation is simply delightful, aromatic and refreshing. It will surely tantalize the taste bud of any coconut fan. We all fell in love with it, even the hubs.

I ordered a glass of lemon grass & ginger drink and it was really refreshing as well with the aromatic fragrance of lemon grass.

Deep fried rice paper wraps.

A Vietnamese meal is never complete without Goi Cuan (fresh spring rolls).  As expected, the girls hadn’t quite acquired the taste just yet just like I did when I was much younger. Hubs and I polished off this dish.

Grilled chicken with lemon grass is another mouth-watering aromatic dish.

Banana flower salad – this salad is highlighted by the hot-tart play of chili and lime off the crisp rings of the banana flower.  It is a very refreshing and aromatic dish with such fresh and healthy ingredients as lime juice, julienned banana flower, julienned carrots, roasted peanuts, raw shallots, cucumber strips, mint leaves, basil leaves and prawns.

The girls loved this Vietnamese baguette pork chop the best.  Cass didn’t even want to let me have a bite of it until I growled at her, ha ha ha!

The big princess enjoying every bite of the pork chop baguette.

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And Drama Queen had takeout fish congee from Canton-I (just next to An Viet). She is recovering from inflamed tonsilitis.

 

Sunday, 30 Oct 2016:

Sundays are maid-free days.  Today I taught Cass to mop the floor with a magic mop and wet floor wipes. She was pretty thorough I must say.  My condition set on the girls before they are allowed to use any e-Gadgets is that they have to help out in house work. They will be very thankful to me one day for all these domestic on-the-job training 😀

Molecular Hydrogen in the Huffington Post

Today I read an interesting article on “Hydrogen Water Could Help Reduce Free Radical Activity” in the Huffington Post dated 30 August 2016. WOW! For those of you who had emailed me with skepticism on hydrogen water, do give this article a read ya 😉

Yes I know our regular tap water has hydrogen but this particular hydrogen infused water that I am drinking now has much, much more.

There are nearly 400 studies on the effects of hydrogen water issued by universities and research institutes.

The hydrogen water that I am consuming now has the purest grade of commercially produced hydrogen with the highest quality to remove those free radicals in our body.

Do drop me an email at shireenyong@gmail.com or Whatsapp 019 266 4290 to know more.

 

Kids Friendly Avocado Mushroom Pasta

It’s been a while since I last cooked mushroom pasta.  I am not a fan at all of anything creamy with milk / whipped cream cooked into a savoury dish. So is the big girl.  Only Drama Queen likes creamy pastas, especially Carbonara.

This time, I decided to be a tad adventurous and added avocado into the pasta sauce. And we all fell in love.  I just love the pretty hue of pastel green from the avocado and pistachios in the sauce.

Our very green and healthy dinner, bursting with phytochemicals…

I used 2 whole avocados. Thankfully the avos were perfect with no dreaded bruise inside.  Don’t you just LOVE the beautiful green and yellow color of the avocado? I love it!!

Pulse the avocado, a handful of pistachios with about half cup of fresh milk for a few seconds. I prefer a little texture from the pistachio nuts, thus I didn’t pulse till smooth.

 

Add the avocado pistachio puree to the pasta just before serving. Or you can add it to the pasta sauce in the pot to heat it up a little if you prefer warm.

Directions for pasta sauce:
1. Saute chopped garlic and onions
2. Add chicken breast (optional). I omitted meat as we have had quite a bit of meat already over lunch.
3. Add in fresh Portobello mushrooms. I used 2 punnets.
4. When the mushrooms have withered and browned, add whipping cream and cheese. I also added some julienned carrots.
5. Add cracked black pepper and salt to taste.
6. You can add chicken broth too if you have some on hand. I didn’t.
7. Pour the sauce onto the cooked pasta and mix well.
8. Pour avocado + pistachio puree over and serve while still hot.

Vegetables of the day was stir-fried organic French beans with Daylily bulbs, julienned carrots, garlic and onions.