health & nutrition

The Postpartum Mind

The postpartum mind. It is such a strange thing.

Within a breath of a moment, you become a mother and the events leading up to the grand dramatic entrance becomes a distant blur as time works her magic eraser.

And suddenly you are left with a little human in your arms — helpless, hungry and searching for food. It’s like watching a documentary, except it’s happening to you. This is your baby.

Two possible things can happen when your baby is born. You are either flooded with emotions of love and adoration of the little creature nested in your arms, their cheeks rested against your skin as they cling onto the sound of your beating heart.

Or you feel nothing.

The dreaded deep nothing.

Continue Reading

By

Read More

How consuming only 1 cup of coffee a day changed me

Coffee is the magical dark liquid that a majority of the population lives and run on. For some, coffee is life’s necessity and without it, withdrawal symptoms can wreck havoc on their lives.

Whilst pregnant with my daughter, I gave up coffee altogether. It was a cold turkey kind of cut off that turned me into a grouchy zombie for a good two weeks.

Is coffee safe to drink whilst pregnant? Most likely. Would I be able to keep within the recommended maximum 200mg of caffeine? Unlikely.

I’m the kind of person that needed to have a cup every other hour. It was an unconscious addiction that also gave me an excuse to go to the office’s kitchen and take a 5 minute break. Working in IT also meant that there’s a culture and expectation for coffee consumption.

For a good 7 months, I didn’t drink coffee.

Continue Reading

By

Read More

What it means to be vulnerable

Vulnerable. adjective. Exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally.

Vulnerability — something many of us avoid due to fear of being judged, hurt or failure. To be vulnerable means to put ourselves in a position that could potentially hurt us.

Many of us that fear vulnerability because somewhere in our lives, we’ve been hurt before. Weather it be a heart break, a rejection or a criticism. It made us aware of ourselves and we consciously avoid the possibility of being vulnerable again by dodging situations that could cause us the same pain, embarrassment or sense of rejection again.

Continue Reading

By

Read More

A comprehensive approach to chicken broth

Making a delicious chicken broth is easy. All you need is some chicken bones and whatever root vegetables you have in your fridge.

You don’t even have to use fresh chicken bones.

The thing with chicken broth is that it can be assembled using scraps and leftovers from your other dishes. The last one I made used the discarded bones from chicken thighs that I cooked up for dinner. Rather than letting it go to waste, I just chucked it in a pot of water and let it simmer with a carrot for a good hour.

Continue Reading

By

Read More

Is MSG bad?

I grew up on MSG.

My mother had a small container of it in the kitchen, next to the assortment of soy sauces that are common in an Asian household. For us, it was the holy grail of making anything taste good.

However, over the years, MSG’s reputation went down the drain after word started to spread about how bad it is for your health.

It didn’t take my mother long to jump onto the healthy bandwagon and got rid of the offending white crystals that could have been mistaken for really large grains of salt. But not everyone got rid of it.

Her friends still use it in their cooking and the compound is still used widely in ready-made foods and instant noodles. It’s not outlawed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and is considered “generally recognized as safe”.

So how bad can it really be? I decided to go investigating.

Continue Reading

By

Read More

What is textured vegetable protein?

My first encounter with textured vegetable protein was at my great aunt and uncle’s vegetarian home restaurant in Thailand. The vegan and vegetarian food culture out in Asia is strong and has an ecosystem of fresh produce. The abundance of locally grown fruits, vegetables and herbs make a fantastic place to eat non-animal based meals.

I don’t go back to my birth country very often, but when I do, I’m always enlightened by the way food is prepared, cooked and consumed.

In the world of vegetarians and vegans out in that part of the world, textured vegetable protein is highly accepted and is sold in giant sacks for anyone that wants to bulk buy.

But what is textured vegetable protein? What does it taste like? and how do you cook with it?

I’ve recently started to foray into textured vegetable protein as part of my regular diet and here are my findings.

Continue Reading

By

Read More

× Close