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Gratitude exercise: Food that makes you happy

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Since food is one of our essential needs, I ask myself why not enjoy them more and let them make me happy.

On the last Thursday of August 2013, l squeeze a South African orange that tasted so sweet. A previous orange from the same batch tasted sour. In an analogy, l hope that sour relationships in our life turn sweet, when we are patient. Being patient is an art.

On the 2nd Monday of September 2013, I had a lunch with Thai friends. A guy who is returning to his home country praised my hard work, he often saw me also working in the weekends. During the lunch, I also tried stir fried fresh bamboo shoot, they taste crunchy, I like it!

In October 2013, I meet up with a mentor Keith Ferrazi, an Italian American. His surname sounds like Ferrari, the fast driving luxurious car to me. Keith’s main message of never eat alone is like a wake-up call for me. Up until 2011, I signed myself up for a challenging project with a deadline of 2011. I was struggling and stressing, I put extra efforts, energy, sweat, time, and even tears into my project. Since my time was limited, I often chose to eat during off-peak hours (I saved time on queuing and finding a seat), but that also means that I could not find someone to eat with (at weird hours). Gradually, I have learned to be comfortable with eating alone and be happy with myself. This is not necessarily a bad thing, because we have to be independent. However, I sacrificed opportunities to develop my inter-dependent skills by eating alone. Now, it is time to form new relationships, to revitalize old relationships, and to sustain harmonious ongoing relationships.

Free food served in association with conferences / talks. Actually, there is no free lunch, someone else is paying for our food, so I can only be grateful. It often makes me think how to increase the production of healthy food to sufficiently and sustainably feed the fast-growing world population.

Simple, relatively bland homemade / home-cooked food after a day of eating strongly-flavored, mass-produced food, to detox and re-balance our body. I am not totally anti-junk food. It is ok to have the indulgence of e.g. desserts, ice cream, curry, etc, but not for every meal!

Some nights, I cook soup overnight using the slow cooker. Having a (sometimes 2!) bowl(s) of hot soup in the morning really makes me more grateful than ever, especially to Mom & Dad who bought the ingredients for us. Thank you for loving us!

In December 2013, I packed snack to work. My snack includes different kinds of fruit (including Thailand longan, Korean Jeju Mandarin, nectarines from Australia), bread, and KitKat Hazelnut! Sometimes, I got free snacks. Life is awesome.

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February 17, 2014 at 9:08 am

Let us go for food hunt in the summer 2013

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Food that I crave in the summer 2012
Bun Mam, Vietnamese stinky aubergine soup.
Crab with spicy sauce.
Creme brule.
Salmon sashimi.
coffee with milk.
green tea latte.
oxtail soup.
satay beehoon.

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July 1, 2013 at 10:31 am

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Do-not-eat food list (up to 100 days after giving birth)

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No prawn.
No shrimps / no dishes cooked with shrimps-based chili.
No shrimps-based chili (aka belacan).
No sashimi.
No cockles.
No cuttlefish / squid / sotong.
No crab.
No mackerel.

No unknown mixed meat^ including dim sum siu mai, har gow, mixed meat, bakwa.
No outside noodle-based food (concern about the type of oil being used for cooking).

No cabbage (because it will wash away the Chinese medicine).
No napa cabbage 大白菜.
No kimchi*.
No radish 白萝卜.
No kangkong (Ipomoea aquatica) / water spinach / water morning glory.

No watermelon.

* After 100 days, the chili in kimchi can balance the cold white cabbage, tentatively add ginger reduce the cold of white cabbage.

^ mixed meat may have neck part of pork. The old says 有毒.

Note: The list is a subset of do-not-eat food for confinement, which has more food that one should not eat according to the Eastern tradition and knowledge.

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March 9, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Good foods for gastric problems

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Brown / basmati / grain rice.
Dark green, leafy vegetables e.g. asparagus, spinach.
Steamed vegetables e.g. steamed broccoli.
Soy products: soy milk, tofu.
low-fat proteins e.g. lean meats, fish.

spicy foods.
caffeine (coffee, tea).
cocoa / chocolate.
orange juice.
tomato products.
raw broccoli.
high-fat proteins.

Some people may experience gas, bloating and stomach pain after consuming:

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December 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

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Foods that help you live longer

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dark chocolate (over 70%, anti-oxidant)
fruit, vegetables (dark green, yellow, The Okinawans): The Okinawans replaces rices with sweet potatoes.
green tea.
oily fish (salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout).
olive oil.

How long human beings can live?
Jeanne Louise Calment (lived a grand total of 122 years and 164 days).

What’s next?
Ask people in Bama, Guangxi what they eat, simply because 1 of every 3,400 people is a centenarian there.


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March 18, 2012 at 6:09 am

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Do not mix these food

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template: food 1 x food 2
crabs x persimmons
crabs x tea
shrimp x vitamin C (DANGEROUS poisonous arsenic)

bean curd (tofu) x spinach
Bean curd (tofu) x green onion
milk x choco
milk x pomelo
ham / bacon x yoghurt (CANCER causing!)
soy milk x egg

durian x alcohol
mutton x vinegar (harm the heart)
mutton x watermelon
beef x chestnut

white radish x carrot
persimmon x sweet potato (cause gastric)

References: (so many rules!)

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January 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm

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Food adventure

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Our food adventure in Singapore, a red dot in South East Asia.

# Dec 2009: Ghim moh Hakka yong tau fu. I like the crunchy lotus root.

# Tried Uni-President Papaya Milk which costs $1.33. It tastes too sweet for me. (8-12-2009)

# Dinner at Ken Noodles House with Polar Bear (22-12-2009). Paid $12 +10% for a ramen with boiled egg. Thirsty after meal and the water served has weird taste. I found Santouka at Clarke Q tastier.

# Bee Cheng Hiang laksa fish floss. I tried it at Changi airport in Dec 2009 and loved it, but when I tried it again at Orchard outlet, it was too spicy to me, so I canceled my wish to buy it.

# Dinner at Vittles (369 Sembawang Road #01-05 Sembawang Cottage). I had grilled dory with olio spaghetti. Dear had sirloin steak burger, the meat was overcooked. The waffle dessert is not bad (27-12-2009).

# Tried Koka noodles, manufactured by Tat Hui Foods (29-12-2009), which has a label MSG-free. I still think it has to contain some MSG and prefer IndoMie Mi Goreng.

# Dinner at Shin Nichi, Fusionopolis. Very thirsty after meal. The char siew (pork) ramen is better than the gyuniku (beef) ramen (30-12-2009).

# New Year Eve dinner at 7th Storey Hainan Kitchen. Reasonable price for buffet! Grateful for the free flow of prawn. The Pork Chop, seasoned with sweet-tangy tomato sauce and accompanied with french fries, is a must-try. Bye 2009, Happy New Year 2010!

# Dinner of prawn noodle at Yishun81 Food Court (3-01-2010). Like the wetness of the prawn noodle. *

# Ampang Yong Tau Foo at Foo Chan food court, Ang Mo Kio (10-Jan-2010). I think the yong tau fu is normal, so is the Ampang gravy.

# Sawadee (Opposite Sembawang Shopping Complex). I found that the pandan chicken is too oily, Polar Bear likes the green curry. The pineapple rice is not bad. It is relatively expensive. 10-Jan-2010.

# Kim’s place fried Hokkian prawn mee at Holland Village hawker center. I was attracted by displays of awards. The price is expensive, $4 for the smallest plate. Generally, the food at the hawker center there is more expensive than elsewhere. They gave 3 prawns for my prawn noodle. The taste is ok, I still prefer the Yishun 81 Food Court one. (12-Jan-2010)

# Ngee Fou Restaurant Ampang Yueng Tow Fu (16-Jan-2010). This is a famous stall, and I like the gravy. The choice is limited, only rice, no kway teow or beehoon, is available.

# Auntie Kim’s Korean, 265 Upper Thomson Rd (23-Jan-10). We ordered Soon Dubu and La KalBi. Soon Dubu is a kimchi tofu soup of $14.5, Polar Bear said not worth it. The meat had many fat parts and big bones $23. Yet, I like the tofu side dishes. Though the food is average, we will not go back there again. I still preferred the Korean at Esplanade and we will adventure on other Korean restaurants elsewhere. Indeed, we are going to Korea in Jan 2011. God thank you for your blessing.

# Manhattan Fish (30-Oct-10). We used voucher from credit card for a part of the bill. Darling likes my grilled fish and found his chips too salty.

# Watami (4-Nov-10). Darling loves the salmon stone pot rice and sukiyaki beef.

# One day in 2010. The wood-fired Beijing duck of Min Jiang at One-North. It is the only Chinese fine-dining restaurant housed in a stylis, 2-storey black and white colonial bungalow. I am not paying for the food from my pocket. Thanks a lot!

# New Year Eve dinner at Ichiban Boshi. We like the beef sukiyaki dipped in raw egg.

# : durian cakes. Too bad that my roommate does not like durian, but likes the Goodwood Park hotel durian stuff!

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December 31, 2011 at 10:18 am

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Food for detox

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Why detox? Radiant skin, beautiful lady

Here are some suggestions:

ELIMINATE fast foods, red meats, pork, junk foods, sugary drinks.
stay away from sugary, and caffeinated drinks as much as possible.
Avoid fried food.

broccoli, red and green vegetables, cauliflower, beets, onions and garlic.

All fresh vegetables. Vegetables thought to be particularly good detox foods include broccoli, cauliflower, broccoli sprouts, onions, garlic, artichokes, beets, red and green vegetables.

All forms of rice, including rice cakes, rice crackers and rice pasta. Brown rice is typically preferred.

Other Grains
Quinoa, amaranth, millet, and buckwheat can be used instead of rice. They can be purchased at a health food store or in some grocery stores.

Split yellow and green peas and lentils are easiest to digest and require the least soaking time. Other good options include kidney beans, pinto beans, mung beans, garbanzo beans (chickpeas) and adzuki beans.

Nuts and Seeds
Unsalted nuts or seeds can be sprinkled over salads or eaten as a snack. Good options include flaxseed, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews and walnuts. Nut butters are permitted. Peanuts and peanut butter are usually not recommended.

Extra-virgin olive oil is a preferred oil.

Herbal teas, green tea.

Other Beverages
Water, lemon water, pure unsweetened fruit and vegetable juices, rice milk

Daily Detox Do’s

* Drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day, warm or room temperature.
* Take the time to chew food well, especially grains.

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July 30, 2010 at 3:02 am

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Healhty and cheap food

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These are recipes for fast-to-cook healthy meals, collected when I am living in California.

For 2 china bowls
Mix an egg gently with chopsticks to avoid making bubbles.
Add 1 teaspoon light soy sauce & Japanese dashi stock.
Add any of additional ingredients.
Steam for 10 minutes over medium heat.

Additional ingredients:
shitake mushrooms, shrimps, bite-size pieces chicken, Ginkgo nuts, an egg, anything we can find on our fridge.

Boil water using low heat
Put seaweed, shitake mushrooms, golden mushrooms, a tomato, a bit of spinach, lettuce, scallop, white soybean paste.

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June 15, 2009 at 4:17 pm

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How to reduce abdominal obesity? 18 healthy tips

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  1. Keep well-hydrate ∴ carry water everywhere you
  2. Never skip breakfast
  3. Color your plate
  4. Eat well and don’t starve yourself (this is counter-productive)
  5. Eat more fat burning foods, such as brown rice, whole grains, vegetables, natural fruits, skim milk, lean poultry or meat, seafood, and egg whites.
  6. Drink a glass of water before you eat, this is because people tend to eat more when they are thirsty
  7. Eat 5 small meals a day
  8. Eat slowly because it takes a few minutes for your tummy to realize it’s full
  9. No fast food!
  10. No soda!
  11. A once-in-a-while small treat is ok
  12. Do exercises in moderation: swimming, brisk walking
  13. Dance
  14. Have a specific goal in mind for losing abdominal fat, write it down and repeat it: it’s our new mantra.
  15. Ignore the hype when it comes to commercial products e.g. a special diet plan, a pill, or a piece of workout equipment.
  16. Maintain a good posture. Suck your tummy in, put your shoulder back, keep your head up, and, with this good posture, you’ll look (and even feel) much fitter.
  17. While shopping, read the labels / food ingredients
  18. minimize stress

Meat substitutes that I hope to eat more instead of meat:

  • mushrooms

  • tempeh

  • tofu

  • lentils & beans: black bean

  • chickpeas

  • quinoa


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May 23, 2015 at 5:15 am