All posts tagged: food

PH360 – World’s First Personalized Health Tool

I have recently been given the privilege to be one of the pioneers in Singapore to experience a new personalized health assessment tool you can do on your own in the comfort of your home called PH360, which stands for having a 360 degrees view on your Personal Health. PH360 is created by internationally renowned health expert, Matt Riemann, who was diagnosed with a terminal illness 9 years ago. Since then, he has spent the past decade gathering an international team of collaborators who are leading scientists, researchers, medical doctors and health professionals with expertise in the fields of anthropometry, endocrinology, molecular biology, epigenetics, phenotypology, nutrigenomics and neuroscience, to tackle this seemingly impossible task. Since then, he has not just recovered but in 2014, Riemann and his team launched the world’s first personalised health tool PH360 based on gene expression, combining concepts of Chinese medicine, Ayurveda and conventional medicine to produce a platform with the ability to predict the exact foods, fitness, environments and lifestyle – or epigenetic factors – to make intuitive decisions for one to stay healthy and avoid disease. So, to start …

Healthy (and convenient) snack options in Singapore!

Ever since I turned 100% vegan and as raw as I be, one consistent challenge at 9pm that N and I face is – “We are so hungry and we have run out of juice/blends. What do we eat?” This puts us face to face with temptation.. Do we cook something convenient like instant noodles or stock up on convenient non-GMO chips so we can satisfying our roaring tummies before we sleep at night? (Btw I did succumb to some branded fried non-GMO chips which made my tonsils feel really uncomfortable the next day so I stopped. *sigh* Listen to the body, right?) Somehow when you have had a long day, eating healthy fruits at night is the last thing on my mind. So that started my hunt on healthy plant-based snacks that we do not need to make on our own! Yessss.. lazy busy city people 😛 Of course, my most preferred snack is still our own dehydrated kale chips – recipe here. However, we have now discovered healthy options that are ready made! …

Top 6 Food Ingredients that is making you sick… (and more likely to get Cancer)

Before my mum was diagnosed with cancer, I hardly read food labels. Because I struggled with my weight, the most I would do is to glance at the calories and fat levels before deciding on the purchase. Now that I am aware and actively checking ingredient lists, it shocks me how much potentially harmful ingredients I was ingesting without realizing. So I took a walk around a random supermarket in Singapore today to see common ingredients we should avoid to improve our health to share with all of you. And I hope you too, will start looking at food ingredient labels when purchasing food for yourself and your families.  1) Sugar (and refined sweeteners) If you have cancer, sugar in any form is a big no-no. All cells, including cancer cells, need glucose in order to produce the energy necessary for survival. Cancer cells have developed a very effective strategy (glycolysis or fermentation), to ensure they survive; they grow many extra insulin receptors – 10-19x more than regular cells – on their surfaces in order to …

Peek into the Life of Health and Nutrition Guru – Mr Jack Cross

The integrated oncology centre where my mum is recovering from her Stage 4 Colon Cancer has a Lifestyle Program called School of Life – a comprehensive program to help educate my mum to keep cancer at changing her lifestyle and to maintain when we return home  . This lifestyle program encompasses: Education classes – to teach us about disease, the human body, our digestive system, eating for nutrition, how to achieve optimal health  and the common carcinogens we are exposed to in everyday living Food Preparation classes – to equip us with the skills and recipes to keep us enjoying Raw, Living food when we venture back into the real world Yoga, Breathing and Meditation classes – to train the mind and spirit to be calm and to focus on the present Exercise with Oxygen Therapy – to get more oxygen in the system as cancer do not thrive well in oxygenated environments. And we have been very blessed to have Mr Jack Cross leading the lifestyle program, supporting my mum’s recovery journey. Jack was trained …

Vino di Zanotti Italian Food @ Khaoyai, Thailand

I am so excited to write this post because Vino di Zanotti @ Khaoyai is easily one of the best Italian meals I ever had! Vino Khaoyai is opened by the main Zanotti Group, which has a few restaurants throughout Thailand focused on fine dining and quality Italian products. Vino is just opposite Palio, so it’s relatively easy to find. Vino has alfresco seats which are perfect for cool evenings in Khaoyai, and has a live jazz band playing in evenings as well. So my tip is to go for dinner (rather than lunch) so you can sit outdoors and enjoy the music and occasional breeze. So, first up, the most creamy amazingggggggg appetizer – Burrata Cheese!! (Tip: this is not on their usual menus, so ask if they have it as a ‘special’!) Firstly, the presentation already tantalizes one’s taste buds. With the vinaigrette and cherry tomatoes, this dish looks like a dessert! Secondly,  this is a huge serving of Burrata. In Singapore, the bigger ones I have had at Brunos is probably only half of this serving, and at …

Palio Khaoyai

If you want to feel like you are in Italy (or Europe) in this part of the world in Asia, Palio is the place to go! Palio is a shopping centre housed in a picturesque village on the way to the entrance of Khao Yai National Park, about 2 hours drive from Bangkok. This cluster of strikingly coloured Baroque-style buildings built like a little village will be hard to miss on the drive. There is no entrance fee, just 20baht for parking. Palio gives me the feeling that I get in Disneyland – free and happy – complete with accordion music in the background. Maybe because for Asians, being in Europe is associated with being on a holiday, so all Thais and tourists appear very happy in this ornately designed town. It also helps that Palio is elevated at higher altitude so it is usually at least 5 degrees cooler than in Bangkok. Even if you feel warm, you will be welcomed by rows of cool juices and food booths pathing the way from the carpark to …

The Side of Thailand More People Should See

Having worked and lived in Bangkok for a short period of time from 2009-2010, I had the privilege of exploring some of the interesting sites around Bangkok such as Ampawa and Ayutthaya. Among them, Khao Yai left the deepest impression because of the 13 degreesC night (yup, you read it right – it does get so cool especially from Nov-Jan at night), which is very rare cool weather in this part of the world near the equator. I also recalled European looking architecture with vineyards so Khaoyai is a short getaway to feel far from our Asian roots. So when we had a chance 3 weeks ago to plan a short trip over the long weekend, I decided to re-visit Khaoyai and also introduce N to this beautiful province of Thailand. Khaoyai is a beautiful mountaineous province, 2.5 hours drive from Bangkok, and is a popular short weekend getaway spot among Bangkok city folks to switch gears over a slow weekend. For me, I hardly repeat my eating and travel spots as I want to …

Snapping photos of meals helps control diabetes: Study

More reason to do the Asian camwhore thingie on our food 😛 And all the excuses to take photos for this journal! 🙂 http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-news/singapore/story/snapping-photos-meals-helps-control-diabetes-study-20130918