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Goodness of Prunes!

I’ve been searching for a right snack for a long time. Main criteria is high in fibre! Anyone who knows me well knew that I eat very unhealthily : with the LOVE of fried food, instant food, junk food & outside food.

Not mentioning coffee/caffeine, sweet stuffs, preserved & highly processed food. Yes, I love them all~ I eat very little portion of fruits and even smaller portion of vege as I am not a great fan of vege.

But last week, I found this ==> Prunes! Yes, it is full of fibre (3 times higher than banana!!!), contain modest amounts of vitamin A, vitamin B3 and vitamin B6 and other nutrition as well.

Well I think and I hope I will stick to this healthy snack for as long as I can. 3 to 6 prunes on working day~

Keeping Broccoli Fresh

 broccoli

I was told to wrap it with newspaper when you put in the refrigerator. And I did just that, cutting my broccoli into half and put half into the refrigerator after wrapping it. I wanted to cook another half and then decided the half was too much. So I cut another portion and put it in a plastic container and put it in the refrigerator.

After 5 days, I took out both broccolis. The one wrapped in the newspaper is yellowish and soft. But the one in container is still green and fresh~

P/S : On another attempt, the broccoli maintains its freshness after 7 days in the container and fridge!

 
 
 
 

 

Yummy Beverage

Torn between the love of coffee and the need to be healthy, I’ve decided to integrate both need and want together for my morning sip .

 

I mixed a small cup of delightful coffee with half a packet of Dutch Lady chocolate milk and stir them; yielding a rich, creamy aroma of chocolate coffee milk which is smooth and simply delicious~ *yummy*~

 

margarine VS butter


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I don’t know how true is this but I received a forwarded email regarding butter vs margarine! Very disturbing as I have margarine very frequently weekly..

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back. It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow coloring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it?


They have come out with some clever new flavorings. DO YOU KNOW…the difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end…gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories. Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams compared to 5 grams. Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods. Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few only because they are added! Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavors of other foods. Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine.. Very high in trans fatty acids. Triple risk of coronary heart disease. Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good  cholesterol)Increases the risk of cancers up to five fold. Lowers quality of breast milk. Decreases immune response. Decreases insulin response.


And here’s the most disturbing fact….
HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!
Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC.. This fact alone was enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance). You can try this yourself: Purchase a tub of margarine and leave it in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will note a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)
* it does not rot or smell differently because it has no nutritional value;
* nothing will grow on it Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic!

Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?

 

Is all the above true??? TFRF9

HEALTH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION

If this is true, I think we all will have a happy and wonderful life~ 

 

Here’s good news for a change: Eat All You Can, and Drink All You Can.
HEALTH QUESTION & ANSWER SESSION

Q: I’ve heard that cardiovascular exercise can prolong life; is this true?
A: Your heart is only good for so many beats, and that’s it… don’t waste them on exercise.  Everything wears out eventually. Speeding up your heart will not make you live longer; that’s like saying you can extend the life of your car by driving it faster. Want to live longer? Take a nap.

Q: Should I cut down on meat and eat more fruits and vegetables?
A: You must grasp logistical efficiencies. What does a cow eat? Hay and corn. And what are these? Vegetables. So a steak is nothing more than an efficient mechanism of delivering vegetables to your system. Need grain? Eat chicken. Beef is also a good source of field grass (green leafy vegetable).
And a pork chop can give you 100% of your recommended daily allowance of vegetable products.

Q: Should I reduce my alcohol intake?
A: No, not at all. Wine is made from fruit. Brandy is distilled wine, that means they take the water out of the fruity bit so you get even more of the goodness that way. Beer is also made out of grain. Bottoms up!

Q: How can I calculate my body/fat ratio?
A: Well, if you have a body and you have fat, your ratio is one to one. If you have two bodies, your ratio is two to one, etc.

Q: What are some of the advantages of participating in a regular exercise program?
A: Can’t think of a single one, sorry. My philosophy is: No Pain…Good!

Q: Aren’t fried foods bad for you?
A: YOU’RE NOT LISTENING!!!. Foods are fried these days in vegetable oil. In fact, they’re permeated in it. How could getting more vegetables be bad for you?

Q: Will sit-ups help prevent me from getting a little soft around the middle?
A: Definitely not! When you exercise a muscle, it gets bigger. You should only be doing sit-ups if you want a bigger stomach.

Q: Is chocolate bad for me?
A: Are you crazy? HELLO …… Cocoa beans! Another vegetable!!! It’s the best feel-good food around!

Q: Is swimming good for your figure?
A: If swimming is good for your figure, explain whales to me.

Q: Is getting in-shape important for my lifestyle?
A: Hey! ‘Round’ is a shape!

Well, I hope this has cleared up any misconceptions you may have had about food and diets.

And remember: “Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways - Chardonnay in one hand - chocolate in the other – body thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and screaming “WOO HOO, What a Ride!”

The morale of the story is…….DON’T EXCERISE, IT WILL ONLY HURT YOUR BODY JUST EAT AND BE MERRY………. YEAH!

Home Cooked Meal

We were so bored of eating outside everyday. Not only it is expensive, the food is oily, salty and full of MSG which is bad for us and not nutritious too.

That is why my housemate, Mary sometimes offer to cook for us during the weekend. Today, she bought us a egg tart each in the morning for breakfast and it was yummy.

For lunch, she cooked chicken herbal soup, egg omelette and steamed vegetables! Of course I helped in preparing the food and cooking as well. We enjoyed the simple lunch very much and I volunteered to do the washing up.

Guess what are going to have for dinner tonight!

Japanese Snow Pea Benefit!

I always love to eat the Japanese snow pea and never fail to buy them during sales as it is much cheaper than to eat at Sushi King. I would buy two packets today again.

And as my habit lately, I like to check out the benefit of food that I am consuming.

So, is snow pea good for me? Apparently it is yes!

Here are the benefit or goodness of snow pea :

“Snow Peas, Sweet Peas, and other green peas are bursting with nutrients. They provide good to very good amounts of 8 vitamins, 7 minerals, dietary fiber and protein. Green peas’ supercharged nutritional profile can supercharge your health.

Snow Peas and other green peas provide nutrients that are important for maintaining bone health. They are a very good source of vitamin K1, which activates osteocalcin, the major non-collagen protein in bone.

Snow Peas and other green peas also serve as a very good source of folic acid and a good source of vitamin B6. Snow Peas and other green peas a very good source of thiamin-vitamin B1 and a good source of vitamin B6, riboflavin-vitamin B2 and niacin-vitamin B3, all of which are nutrients that are necessary for carbohydrate, protein and lipid metabolism.

Green peas are also a good source of iron, a mineral necessary for normal blood cell formation and function, whose deficiency results in anemia, fatigue, decreased immune function, and learning problems.

Snow Peas and other green peas provide nutrients, including vitamin C, which are instrumental in helping to prevent the development of cancer”

Healthy Breakfast Is A Happy Breakfast!

I had a healthy breakfast today! Or at least it is partially healthy. =)

I made corn in cups (more to Tupperware) and steamed it at home. After that, I put to dab of margarine into that container and brought to office.

I reheat it using the microwave at office and ate all of them, yummy! Surprisingly I didn’t feel hungry after that which I did when I had corns sometime ago for breakfast. And after an hour, I couldn’t stop myself from making a cup of coffee! =P

Well, at least I tried, didn’t I? =P

Expensive Lesson

Today I learnt a bitter lesson at the expense of my friend’s health. I am plagued by guilt as I failed to help her and it might make her condition worse. She’s having some sort of knee problem and I wanna help her.

 

So we went to see a master, who then suggested that she undergo a massage. Without enough information, I brought her there to a traditional massage. We tried to explain to the massager the condition of her problem and without much explanation, he already performed the massage on her and it was painful.  

 

Today she told me that her knee and thigh had swollen and suspected that it got worse.  She still went to her Chinese traditional doctor today and he gave her more medicine in hope that it would get better soon. I really regretted my rush and hasty decision of bringing her to the massage center at the first place. I can now only pray and wish that her knee would get well soon.

God bless..