Author: Beatrice

Consultation on how to eat right during and after chemotherapy or radiotherapy

5 Strategies For Cancer Patients To Eat Right During And After Chemotherapy/ Radiotherapy

Originally posted on Oriental Remedies Group (ORG)Written by Nutritional Therapist Katherine Khoo and TCM Physicians at ORG Our nutritional status directly impacts our body’s metabolism. Too much or too little of a certain nutrient, affects our cellular metabolism. This is true for all cells, including cancer cells. Our nutritional status plays an important role in preventing cancer development and cancer growth. I know that many people are well aware of the importance of eating right during cancer treatment. However, not many know how to eat right, to complement their treatment. In this article, I will be sharing my take on this question – what is “eating right” for cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiotherapy? What is an ideal cancer diet plan? I laid out 5 strategies, in partnership with Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Physicians from Oriental Remedies Group, to help you plan your diet during and after cancer treatment.  1. Calorie matters For cancer, calories do matter. Numerous studies have shown that dietary energy reductions (calorie reduction) significantly reduces the growth and progression of several …

Cup Of Tea For Better Immunity

5 Ways To Strengthen Your Immunity Naturally | The TCM Way

A collaboration with our TCM partner, Oriental Remedies Group Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) came under the global spotlight earlier this year when it served a critical role in China’s battle with COVID-19. As scientists around the world are racing against time to formulate a vaccine, more individuals worldwide are turning to traditional remedies to strengthen their immune system. In TCM, your body houses a vital energy called Qi which essentially creates a protective shield, protecting you from external pathogens. This is why TCM focuses on nourishing your Qi to strengthen your immune system! Signs of weak immunity A simple 👅 test can also indicate the state of your immunity – take a mirror or use your smartphone camera to do a quick check! A tongue with scallop outline/teeth marks and a greasy coating (middle picture) is a sign of Qi deficiency and weakened immunity. Other signs of a compromised immune system: Frequent colds/ flus/ body aches Chronic Fatigue Digestive Issues Chronic skin conditions, allergies and inflammation So what can you do to improve your immunity? …

Top 7 Organic Produce Delivery Providers in Singapore

A lot of things have happened since the last update. To be honest, N & I chose not to keep to a 100% raw vegan diet for two reasons. One is that socially, it makes things very difficult when we dine out with our loved ones (of course, no longer an issue with Covid-19 induced circuit breaker) but we find that it created a lot of stress for our friends when deciding where to eat or what to cook for us. And two, perhaps my body has always been a ‘cold’ constitution from TCM point of view, so prolonged raw, vegan diet made me feel more tired over the very long term. However, we are still committed to staying healthy so I would say we are on a 80% vegetarian, organic/natural and as little processed foods diet! This has been the best balance for us both physically and mentally (otherwise, I become stressed trying to be a purist).  During this Circuit Breaker period at home, we have been on a hunt for fresh organic produce …

[Updated] Top 10 Places to Buy Organic Produce in Singapore

*Updated May 2020 I’ve updated our post with the latest store details so that you can find what you need easily! Stores that are no longer around have been removed; some shifted or rebranded – scroll down for the refreshed list 🙂 I also highlighted places with online delivery since it is better for us to stay home during the Circuit Breaker period 🛒 — Both my mum’s and my health recovery involved living on a raw, organic, vegan diet. And since Singapore is so short of land, the frequent question I get is – where do you get do organic food shops good, fresh yet affordable organic produce in Singapore? Hence, I am featuring my top picks of organic food shops based on: 1) Convenience – 1 stop for large selection2) Affordability3) Quality of Produce — 1) Zenxin Organic Food Singapore Zenxin Organic Food (Zenxin) is Malaysia’s leading producer, distributor and retailer of organic produce, since its 2001 setup. As the farms are relatively near Singapore, the produce’s freshness remains when they arrive in …

[Updated] Where to buy good quality Kale in Singapore?

*Updated May 2020 I’m still actively trying out new places to buy Kale in Singapore, my list below has been refreshed with my favourite stores as well as new places that I came across. — I use Kale for my green juices, vegetables blends and yummy kale chips! But Kale can be hard to find. These are my list of places to buy in Singapore. Please let me know where else we can get good quality organic kale so I can add to the list! Online: Quanfa Organic Farm  Zenxin Organic Online Store  Supernature Nature’s Glory – previously only available in stores *I’ve yet to purchase from these stores below but am planning to give them try sometime soon. They source mindfully and are great choices to support local! Little Farms  Ryan’s Grocery – sourced from local farms 🙂 Sasha Fine Foods – sourced from local farms 🙂 Physical shopfront: Zenxin Organic @ Pasir Panjang Jasons Marketplace – we usually go to the one at Tanglin mall Cold Storage/Giant – selected stores, stocks from Zenxin Organic & …

How we improved our [Male] Fertility using Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

N and I are quite open that we tried for a child for a while, and eventually turned to IVF supported by complementary therapies such as TCM and Negative Ion Therapy and managed to birth a beautiful baby boy in August this year! So we understand the frustrations of trying for a child!! If you and your spouse have been actively but unsuccessfully trying for a child, please know that you are definitely not alone! ~40% of married Singaporean couples who are actively trying for a baby are “not happy” with their progress, according to a 2019 survey on fertility health. While women traditionally bore the stigma of childlessness, the man’s role in infertility issues is gaining awareness. Recent statistics show that married couples experiencing infertility are due to problems arising from the male partner.1  I am glad that N was open to get medically checked so we could work on the right issues, and also glad to have Senior Physician Lim’s permission to publish some of his content that will help patients struggling with male infertility. We …

3 mistakes you are committing that prevent you from having a good night’s sleep

In a recent report done by a market research firm, Singapore is the 2nd country with the most sleep-deprived people, where around 62% of the population is estimated not to get enough sleep. (First on the list is Britain.) Also, in the same report, more than 8 in 10 Singaporeans spend their weekends sleeping in to repay the sleep debt they accumulate over the weekdays. Prolonged sleep deprivation can lead to depression, anxiety and a poorer immunity system. In other words, both your mental and physical wellbeing are taking blows from a lack of sleep. Understanding Insomnia with Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) Traditional Chinese Medicine theory associates insomnia with the ‘heart spirit’ (a direct translation of 心神 xin shen). The phrase ‘heart spirit’ probably sounds weird to you, but what it actually means in TCM theory, is that the heart houses an energy and force that controls your mental and physical body, guides your consciousness and wields your sense of awareness. When there is a disruption in the heart spirit, causing a deficiency in this …

Possibly the BEST cruise and experience of Russia – Part 2

Continuing from Part 1 of our epic Russia trip, Part 2 is about our trip after the cruise ship sets sail from Moscow! The starting point from which we start cruising the Moscow Canal… Uglich While cruising through the 128-kilometer Moscow Canal, our first glimpse of rural Russia is in Uglich. We are thankful to arrive in Uglich on a day with beautiful blue skies, with the colour building glistening in the bright light! Yaroslavl, Cruising Lake Rybinsk We arrived in Yaroslavl on another beautiful day.  I like the Uniworld tour arranged a special tour to the Yaroslavl State Puppet Theater. Even though I am not usually a puppet enthusiasts, but it was interesting to look at over 50 puppets on display, admiring all the hard work handicraft to make them! Founded in the 12th century, the Unesco Monastery of the Transfiguration of the Saviour was one of Russia’s richest and best-fortified monasteries by the 16th century.  The interior of the cathedral is known for its colourful and vibrant 16th – century frescoes. Goritsky The only way to get to Goritsy …

Possibly the BEST cruise and experience of Russia – Part 1

With all the World Cup fever going on in Russia now, I wonder if people have similar misconceptions of Russia as me? Firstly, I thought that Russian cities were historic but high-rise… but apparently, they have so much land that even dining on the 16th floor at White Rabbit (World’s Top 50 Restaurants) could give us a panoramic view of Moscow! Then, I thought that Russians were tough and fierce. Well, they were still tough, but after a dash of vodka, they become the warmest people ever! Finally, what blew my expectations were the most gorgeous towns and beautiful countryside along the Russian waterways along the Golden Ring. I will let my pictures (either shot by N’s Sony 7 with his watermark or my awesome Huawei P20 Pro sponsored by my dad :P) do the talking! Day 1-3: Moscow Moscow was founded in 1156 and it was the capital of the medieval nation. Moscow lost its status as capital to St. Petersburg but it never lost its significance to Russia, and it has reestablished its dominance over the nation’s culture, …

What would happen to your body if you ate more than 20 apples a day?

We all know the phrase “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, and we also know from research that 1 apple a day is definitely not enough nutrients for our body to achieve that. But what if there is a way to eat 20 apples EFFICIENTLY every day? Imagine all that antioxidants helping our body daily! For those who are reading on free radicals and antioxidants for the first time, I recommend reading up on the scientific rationale for antioxidants to fight off free radical damage here, as well as why antioxidants are important for you here.  Those of you who frequent Eatprayflying will know we only write about products we have tried personally, especially when it comes to supplements. Because we are very particular about what we consume, trying to take in fewer chemicals to our system at all times. As such, I was really excited to chance upon an all NATURAL Phenolic Antioxidant supplement made from ONLY APPLES, which are ‘Australian Made and Grown’, invented by University Of Newcastle (UON) scientist Dr Vincent …