It’s very daunting to constantly feel that whatever you do and whatever you eat could potentially kill you because your immune system is responding aggressively not just to germs and allergens but mainly to yourself, your own tissues, your body…What in the world, right? Only people who have such health condition can completely understand this.
The world is a giant globe, filled with amazing living and none-living things. Unfortunately, it is also filled with problems and deadly diseases too…it’s scary…but life has to go on… because it is not worth worrying about things we cannot change and diseases we cannot cure. I know it’s easy said than done but when you think about it, what’s the benefit of being so worried? Except you will make yourself sicker, become anxious and drive your loved ones crazy. Your friends will disappear one by one…
It’s wise to be resilient about what’s going on around you and situation you are in. It’s even better if you do research, learn and find solutions to your problems because no one knows you better than you and no one can save you but yourself.
There will be times when we encounter situations where we are feeling overwhelmed because our body and mind cannot cope with what’s going around us and within us. We just need to slowdown, take a step back and retreat to regain our strength, rethink our strategies to deal with issues that occur in front of us so we don’t damage ourselves and worsen the situation. If doing nothing makes you feel better then do just that. It feels great when you are able to close your eyes and let the world pass by. It’s healthy when you are able to let go even for a short while.
Once we gain our strength physically and emotionally, we will be able to think rationally and see things beyond ourselves. We will see a bigger picture and how things unfold. We will be able to cope and solve our complicated problems better than ever. People can do what they want to do in life if they just slow down – Angela Lockwood
Life with Systematic Scleroderma is like living in complicated jigsaw puzzle. The more stressful we become the puzzle gets harder to solve.
For years, I have been desperately trying to solve my complicated health puzzle. I have asked for help from experts whom I believe they knew my problems and I relied on them to guide me through the process. After working so hard to solve the same puzzle again and again, I began to feel very anxious, I got really frustrated, sad, dismayed and sometimes scared. Because the puzzle was extremely important to my existence. It’s life and death…and it’s not easy to talk about death with anyone, not even with your loved ones believe me 😐. I was either stopped or ignored. I can understand why people don’t want to talk about death. It’s harsh and emotional topic but I also understand myself why feel what I feel and that’s ok. I am just human.
Since my youth, I always have been comfortable talking about death. This maybe because in the past, I had often experienced my family’s members passing in unexpected circumstances. I often consoled myself that we all are going to end up the same place, sooner or later and that’s ok too. In fact, it’s good. It’s circle of life and it means to be that way.
I am comfortable talking about death because it reminds me that life is not something I take for granted. I expect my time on this planet to end anytime and that’s ok. What matter is how I spend my time now…I am standing tall to fight deadly disease with pride and and I am not giving up. I am not letting sadness and disease swallow me whole because I want to live, I want to love and be loved, I want to travel to see the world and meet wonderful people. There are so much in the world I don’t know about.
What did I do to get out of this tricky mind boggling situation?
From my experiences, yes…experiences, it happened countless times. The best way to deal with such situation is to step away from it but not to abandon it. It’s good for me to forget about the problems I can’t solve for a while yet be resilient. I stop crushing myself and start talking to people whom I trust about my feelings and thoughts. I try to enjoy other little things in life such as a coffee or short walk with my dog. It makes huge difference.
It’s important for us to be resilient to survive difficult situations. When we are resilient we will be able to think and act rationally under any circumstances.
Trust in your ability to heal yourself
Like I mentioned before, no one know you better than you and no one can save you but yourself…How can we save ourselves? I believe education is the best tool to help us improve our knowledge and confidence in dealing with problems. We are so lucky that these days information is just at the tip of our finger because access to information has never been so easier with the help of technologies and internet. We just need to harvest information we need wisely and from reliable sources.
When you have knowledge of what you want to do, you will have confidence to deal with any issue regardless. The knowledge will open up your mind for more options and possibilities and you will be more resourceful. However, you should allow yourself to make mistakes and errors, forget, forgive yourself and move on, celebrating everything you achieve no matter how small that is.
In a nutshell, when you are encountering any tricky situation, don’t forget to step back, educate yourself, unpack the problem, think and rethink of the possibilities. The outcome will likely be more pleasing. Once, you have done that, you will be amazed at your abilities to achieve anything you desire.
I have many people asked me how I lost more than 10 kilos of my weight in 5 months and manage to keep it off for good. My answer is, wheres there’s a will, there’s a way.
I didn’t just lose weight but I am feeling fantastic, energetic and energized through out the day, most days, despite I have chronic health conditions called Systematic Scleroderma and Lung Fibrosis. My quality of life has improved dramatically, sometimes people around me forget about my conditions and my capacities in carrying out tasks. Well, I can’t really blame them but my enthusiasm.
I do sometimes have to eat carbs to keep my weight from going down too much. I know, I sound ironic but that’s the truth. However, I am always making sure I eat good quality carbs such as sweet potatoes, nuts, pumpkin and vegetables. Because bad carbs, mainly sugar and white grains make me gain weight very easily. They add more problems to my health and put restraint on my finance. After eating such kind of food, I will suffer for weeks. Then I need to detox my body and fully be rested. In worst case scenario, I would end up in ER.
7 months ago, losing weight was a huge struggle for me. I tried all kind of diets, managed to lose few kilos in few weeks, but at the end of it I was like a dried sponge waiting to absorb all the water in the world. My water retention was very high and I was swollen. I put weight right back on as soon as the dieting was ended. It was frustrating.
The truth is that losing weight is extremely hard. It’s almost a rocket science! Because it needs determination, knowledge and practices.
Human body and mind is so complex, more over each of us are just so different. A Weight-loss or dieting is not one size fit all. Our genes are made up differently and we have different hidden health issues. The most obvious thing is that we have different mindsets because we were brought up in different background and social/economic status. I believe, weight-loss needs to be individualized. You need to understand and listen carefully to your body.
In my Asian Culture, food is the symbol of prosperity and wealth. Whenever we invite guests home, food has to be the best and as much as we can offer. We even pack food for our guests, regardless the number.
In my opinion, there’s nothing wrong with Asian culture. If you can afford to be generous, it’s fantastic. Our world needs generosity. But one thing need to change. The quality of food you are offering to people!!! As I mentioned before, sugary food, white grains, gluten and dairy contained food are more likely to affect you than benefiting you.
A person ‘s health is paramount, especially your love ones. I am sure you want the best for them, and the best gift you can give them is to look after their health and well-being. Although it’s once in awhile.
Now, right at the point! How to lose weight effectively?
To lose weight effectively I’ve looked into many factors. I categorized them into two main factors as follow.
1. External factors
Understand and gain full picture of your physical situation. If you’ve tried to lose weight multiple times and failed like me, you probably need to look at these factors👇🏼
Get yourself tested for you have any food allergies, celiac, fructose intolerant, etc.
Replace sugar intake with Stevia or Ethanol in your diet; or get rid of all kind of sugar completely.
Reduces amount of fruits you eat to one serve a day and avoid high sugar fruits.
Check your medications side effects. If side effects of medication is weight gain then talk to your doctor about alternative medicine.
Get your vitamins and minerals levels up to scratch. Lack of vitamins and minerals can have huge impact on your health and effects your weight-loss progress.
High fat, low carb and moderate protein is known to be the most effective diet for weight-loss and weight management. The minimum period for you to be on strict diet of 5 weeks to see obvious results. After that you should remain on the diet most of the time. It’s also reasonable for you to be off the diet for a special event or a dinner with friends. However, you need to get right back to the diet the next meals to keep you on the right track.
Intermittent fasting helps to accelerate your weigh-loss. The period of fasting should be at least 12 hours.
2. Internal factors
Like I mentioned before that weight-loss is almost a rocket science. It’s more complex than it sounds. It might be easier for some young healthy people and certainly not the sick and people above and beyond 30 years of age, especially ones with chronic illnesses like myself.
Weight-loss take a lot of efforts, commitment and money.
The first question to ask is why do you think losing weight is important for you?
Is your physical health in jeopardy?
Does your weight gain affects your health and well-being?
Are you concerned about your appearance? Forget about other’s opinions.
Just one YES of these questions is enough for you to build your willpower and combat your weight issue because without healthy body and mind, money means nothing at all. Like saying Your Health Is Your Wealth.
To maintain your willpower, motivation and be successful in weight-loss
Be mindful of who you are associating and hanging out with regularly. The chances are if you are associated with healthy eating and supporting group of people, you probably will be a healthy eating person too. For example, because of my lung condition, I certainly can’t go out with a smoker as I knew cigarette smoke will hurt my lung. I love and respect my friends who smoke but I just can’t be hanging out with them.
Be complacent but not negligent on your well-being. Learning to say no to your urges for carbs and to people who offer unhealthy food.
Know your limit, meaning know what you can and can’t eat. Once you’ve learned and understand your physical and mental health situation, you probably know your limit very well.
I have been living with lung condition called Lung Fibrosis or idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, assume to be caused by Systemic Scleroderma since 2012. The symptoms including.
* Dry coughing
* Chest discomfort, shortness of breath and chest pain
* Fatigue and weakness.
It can be scary living with a lung condition because I tend to get viral and bacterial infection very easily. Therefore, staying in a clean environment is one of my top priorities.
Lung is one of the most important organs in human’s body. We need healthy lung for our body to properly function. It is our lifeline because lungs have the role to bring oxygen into the body to feed the heart, the brain and the entire systems. It protects the body from allergens and fights off viruses and bacterias.
I was officially diagnosed with Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis six months after I was diagnosed with Systemic Scleroderma. I was always fatigued and as the result lost my abilities to work.
Once my lungs were given the name tag, the disease already claimed 20% of the lungs. I was prescribed methotrexate and presnisolone to suppress my immune system and stops the body tissue to attack itself (I was told). Besides these medications I also took high dose of cymbalta and Endep to help managing pains and aid sleep. Nexium was also prescribed for severe acid reflux. However, after 5 years of taking those medicines, I realized they just suppressed the symptoms and didn’t stop the progression of lung fibrosis or eliminate the pains. 6 years later my lungs capacity reduced from 80% to 65%. I can only breathe in 1.9 liters of oxygen instead of 6 liters. Due to less oxygen in the body, I often have dizziness and become exhausted easily.
The Rheumatologist told me I am one of the luckiest Systemic Scleroderma and Lung Fibrosis patients who has a better condition than her peers.
I definitely was not excited to hear the statement but I am grateful that my efforts and experiments with food and exercises paid off. I knew why I am one of the luckiest among those lung fibrosis patients. I believe I have been working very hard in looking after my health and well-being. On other hand, I simply don’t have any choice but do whatever it takes to survive the illnesses so I can live longer with my family and friends and travel the world to see new places. Traveling makes me feel alive and appreciate the life I am living.
Generally, lung function of a person declines as we aged. But if a person has lung conditions the lung function declines very rapidly.
When I was young and healthy I thought physical heath and appearance was very thing to a person’s well-being. Obviously, I was naive. The good health and well-being of a person involves all elements of a person’s life. When a person is unwell it needs a holistic way of treatment, especially for those with chronic diseases. We need mind, body and spirit approach!!!. I wish I knew this 7 years ago.
After years of struggling with deadly diseases, I turned to holistic health healing to gain my health back. I started my healing with 360 Degree Cleansing.
I quickly realized that body cleansing reduces inflammation in body. As the result, I become more energetic and able to do more exercises and archive daily tasks easier. I can even hike but in my own pace.
After discovery about food and holistic healing, I am very excited and continue to do researches and gain more understanding about natural healing. I experiment and apply what I’ve learned daily.
I believe natural health care is the most affordable health care. It’s in our food, our daily activities and environment. It’s in our CONTROL!!!
It’s true that in many cases modern medicine saves lives. However, it’s also very expensive and inaccessible to those who have disadvantaged social-economically. It’s also true that every medication has side affects. Modern medicine to date isn’t able to cure chronic diseases such as Diabete, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Scleroderma and Lung Fibrosis. I am the living proof of such examples. However, I consider modern medicine and medical technologies as valuable tools to optimize my healing. It provides me clearer picture and extends my time to learn about natural healing. It’s a safeguard for the unforeseen, especially the lung condition.
I used to fully rely on modern medicines because I was brought up around my father who was a medical doctor. He dedicated his life to his work of saving lives with his skills and so I trusted my father and his knowledge, no questions asked. At the same time, I was raised and looked after by my grandmother who believed in self-sustainability. She was brought up during World War II, when money meant almost nothing. Due to poverty and war along the Laos-Vietnam border, grandmother and her family moved from place to place, surviving on wild vegetables, roots, insects, wild animals and bamboo-shoot. Some time they went to bed hungry. Grandmother and her family were forced to immigrate from Son La, Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam to resettle in Laos.
In Laos, grandmother had a piece of land to farm and it was the best thing she ever had had in life – Growing her own food was a very serious business.
My grandmother and her friends used to tell us that we shouldn’t simply eat any food if there’s an internal injury. They said some foods would slow down the body’s healing or in the worst case, it even causes death.
My mother gave birth to 3 daughters, myself and two younger sisters and my grandmother looked after her diet and well-being during all those times. She would only allow my mother to eat grilled ginger with salt, rice and drank herbal tea, taking an herbal shower in the morning and be seated on warm herbal salt for the first week of childbirth, then foods were gradually added back to her diet. After 3 weeks, my mother could eat her usual diet again and the warm herbal salts sitting also stopped. My mother was healthy young mother until after she had my youngest brother.
After my father graduated from a medical school in Russia. We moved with his job away from grandmother. Therefore, my mother was under my father’s care during the birth of my youngest brother. She was allowed to eat whatever she wanted and was given antibiotics and pain killers. Over the years mother’s health was deteriorating. She became over weight and eventually developed diabetes with a heart condition. Mother passed away at the aged of 63 from health attack. Grandmother lived a long healthy life. She died t the aged of 93.
Why am I telling you the mortality of my respected beloved ones?
After two years living with Systemic Scleroderma and Lung Fibrosis, I couldn’t help but reflect on myself and my family’s history, especially my grandmother’s. Because I believed I have an incredibly short life as there’s no cure to my illnesses. There’s no medication could take away my pains. I was living a hopeless life. Although I am very grateful and I don’t have any regret, I do have concerns and worried about my young family. My young son needs me, the functional me!
I begin to ask myself a lot of questions
What could I do to slowdown the progression of the diseases?
What kinds of food causes inflammation or heal human’s body?
What else can be done besides modern medical interventions?
Are there scientific reasons behind grandmother’s food protocol?
It took me years to find answers to my questions. I studied all diets that claimed to eliminate some illnesses like Paleo, Low FODMAP, low fat, low calorie and GM diets. I started experimented each of these diets one by one. The first goal was to lose weight I gained during those years from side affects of medications. Unfortunately, none of these diets alone actually helped me, not for long term.
In May, 2017 during my Japan trip with one of my best friends. I learned about Ketogenic diet from her because she wouldn’t stop talking about it. Ketogenic diet is high fat low carb moderate protein diet. It’s proven to help people with diabetes to manage their blood sugar level and reduces inflammation. My best friend started the diet when she found out she was at borderline of getting diabetes. It works very well for her. I was thrilled for her! She lost a lot of weight and became a healthier happier and more beautiful version of her. Her blood sugar level is normal again.
21 May 2018, on my flight back home from Tokyo I started Ketogenic diet. It’s easier for me to do so on the flight because plane food was boring. I fasted for more than 12 hours to cleanse my body and kicked start the Ketogenic diet.
After two weeks of Ketogenic diet, I felt very energetic. The inflammation in my body drastically reduced. At the same time I also learned that not everything in this particular diet is good for me. So I did food elimination in the limitation of Low/FODMAP which I have been doing for years plus the Ketogenic diets. The experiments paid off! Inflammation in my body almost vanished and I was able to stop most of medications. The diet also helped me lost 12kgs of my weight. It helps me live quality life with lung fibrosis and combats inflammation in a big way.
What causes my lung to scar?
According to medical explanation, my lung scarring is caused by the Systemic Scleroderma, a form of autoimmune diseases. Lung Fibrosis can also be caused by other factors such as viral infections, smoking, inhaling metal dust, wood dust, agricultural products and dangerous chemicals substances.
How do I look after my lungs and slow down the scaring?
As I mentioned above I have turned to holistic healing. Because there’s no one size fit all treatment for Scleroderma patients. Everyone is different and our body reacts differently to the same food and medicine.
Diet. I believe through my diet interventions, I am able to control most of the symptoms caused by scleroderma. As a result, it reduces inflammation in the body including lungs and other internal illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome, reflux, brain fog, muscle pains, and arthritis. Diet is the first and most important element in healing my body, especially my lung.
Exercise. It helps to stabilize my lung capacity. Exercise such as yoga focuses on breathing and stretching improves body movements, joint stiffness and ability to breathe much comfortably during daily activities.
I am still working on how to increase my lung capacity through singing which I would like to share with you in the near future.
Music. It has positive impact mainly on my mental and emotional health. Music lifts my mood and stimulates me to sing along and dance any time of the day. I also believe it helps with my breathing, especially the slow melodies music and songs.
Meditation. I include meditation in my daily routines. Meditating 5 to 10 minutes daily has great benefits on the body and mind. I feel the sense of calmness and it provides me peaceful time to be present within myself. The prayers I am chanting every day is also helps with my breathing and lung condition.
It’s scientifically proven that chanting particular Hindu words has healing power on human body and mind.
I believe holistic healing is the most effective method to treat chronic illnesses as it has proven to me time and time again in my experiments and experiences that it works instantly and in the long run.
I am focusing on healing my body naturally, using science and modern technologies to determine of where my health is at. I need to be mindful, thoroughly understand my body and health condition so I am able make the healing methods that are suitable for my body and conditions.
Finally! I got to really pen down my lessons, experiences and knowledges about myself and my relationship withfood!!!
After 6 years of procrastinating, 6 years of living with massive pains every single day and heavily medicated. I am now putting everything behind and move forward.I am now a better me. A bit broken but better.
Now, I decided to blog and document my heart out! Because I am hopeful and wish to get messages across. I am hopeful that one day in near future we all will live painless life regardless what your illness is!
When I talk about FOOD, I meant the organic food that helps me heal and lead me on the road of recovery from serious illness. The illness that no human should endure. I am talking aboutSCLERODERMA!!! In my case it becomes even more complex. It’sSYSTEMATIC SCLERODERMA. It takes me forever to learn to say the word. It attacks the whole system inside out. There’sno cure for it.However, I am not a unique case. There are many hundred thousands of us worldwide. But if compares to the world’s population we are relatively very small. Sclerodermais a complex disease, once you get it your life becomes complicated too. I completely felt alone at the first few years of diagnose because whatever I tell to people around me, it puzzles their faces.
What do you do to survive when there’s no cure to your illness and you want to live a quality life?
There are two things you can do yourself a tremendous favor.Oneis to completelyCLEANSEyourself. You need to change your lifestyle, starting from the food you consume to the environment you are in.Twois stay happy but resilient. There’s no benefit of being sad and stressed because it makes your health spiral and worst. I’ve been there believe me!
Once you starts practicing those two advices you are on your road to recovery and live a quality life withSCLERODERMAand with other illnesses such as diabetes, lupus, arthritis or any inflammatory illnesses.
Stay tuned!!! More positivity is heading your way. As I promise, I will keep doing researches and keep you posted.
Don’t you wish you were like succulents 🌱🌱🌱 They are more adaptable and can survive in tough environment and thrive on so little!!!
I believe we are similar. We can also be adaptable and equally as tough as succulents, or maybe like our ancestors, cavemen!
Given the reality of our changing environment, one would assume that our bodies, our genes, could also change so quickly. Unfortunately, this is not the case. We certainly can’t cope with the rapid environmental changes. That’s why the number of people with chronic illnesses has rapidly increased every year!
What can we do about it???
I believe, the best way for us to live in harmony with the changing environment and save ourselves from being chronically ill, is to change our ways of thinking, doing and living…Although we are surrounded by 5G network, pollution, chemicals in our food, clothing, air, daily products, we can still somewhat protect ourselves and go back to the basics. A lifestyle complete with the basic foods, drink, clothing, makeup, etc can have the power to restart the immune system…after all we are the most intelligent creatures on this planet, we have the ability to create and innovate what benefits us. We can start to do somethings to protect our next generation.
Ironically, going back to basic isn’t easy as it sounds, because we have become so sophisticated and digitally driven society, we had come so far away from our roots. Hence, we do need disciplines and guidances to do the basics, which is not so basic for many people anymore.
But…here’s what COVID-19 event has taught us! We don’t really need fancy cars, offices, clothing, jewelries, expensive boots, etc. This life event has taught us, we can live with bare minimum.
So, what is the next chapter of humankind?
Can live, survive and thrive like succulents?
Can you imagine yourself eating fruits and vegetables right off trees like our ancestors did? Or wearing cotton clothing, walking barefoot without the sting of judgement, but still having access to digital screens whenever you needed them? I mean – I don’t want to take away everything modern but adjust to our best abilities to live and thrive as human being.
Can you imagine the possibility of living in such a carefree society without ticket fines when you illegally park, instead you are sent off to grow fruits and vegetables and look after animals for your misconduct? Wouldn’t that be fun and perhaps increase productivity and reducing cost we spent on mental health? This is a thought for those who are actively working to form, create rules and manage our societies as well as individuals – Why??? In According to Mental Health Services in Australia, in 2017-2018 alone, AU$9 billion dollars was spent on mental health and in 2018-2019 4.3 million people received mental health-related prescriptions!!! After looking at these numbers, one can’t help but think. What’s wrong with our society? Why are we so depressed? Is it the food we eat and water we drink, the boxes that we needed to be fit in, or our way of life that has driven us deeper and deeper into the black hole?
Somethings need to change for better…don’t you think so?
We need to foster the humanity in humankind before it’s too late, and we are at the point of no return. We need more carers, healers, and motivators than we do profit makers. After all, you will not have any profits if people don’t exist – Just food for thought 😉
If the society doesn’t change, we don’t change, our next generation is going to suffer. In fact, they are suffering right now! and it’s going to get worse.
As parents and leaders, we need to guide and lead by examples, and bring positive changes. Our consumption habits today will influence our children’s consumption habits and health in the future, and in a very big way…
1. Mix baking soda with 500ml of filtered water and set aside
2. Wash, cut and skin Aloe Vera leaf and keep only Aloe Vera gel (see video link at the end)
3. Cut Aloe Vera gel into cubes of your preferred size then soak them in soda water.
4. Pour 3 cups of water into a pot, add pinch of salt and boil on high heat
5. Strain/rinse Aloe Vera cubes from water then pour them onto boiling salt water. Then cook for them about 5-10 minutes or till water turn into pink color.
6. Turn off the heat then add sugar and leave it to cool down to room temperature.
7. Separate Aleo Vera gel from water. Refrigerate water for drink later.
8. Add 3 tbsp of Aloe Vera gel into a desert serving bowl, add 3 tbsp of soaked chia seeds, 3 tbsp of coconut milk. Decorate with dried marigold and serve at room temperature or add a bit of crushed ice is good
💚 Mix all dry ingredients together well and set aside;
💚 Mix ghee/butter with vanilla extract and warm water;
💚 Add mixed wet ingredients onto dry ingredients and mix them together well.
💚 The cupcake solution should be a bit runny and smooth.
💚 Pour cupcake solution onto cupcake cup or bowl. Then cook in microwave for two minutes. If you decided to divide the solution to make two cups (see photo), I suggest only 1 minute for each cup, and cook one cup at a time for the best result.
You can serve the cupcake with any topping you prefer. I like to serve mine with creamy coconut yogurt and raspberry jam 😋.
❤️ Mix all dry ingredients together well and set aside;
❤️ Mix ghee/butter with vanilla extract and warm water;
❤️ Add mixed wet ingredients onto dry ingredients and mix them together well.
❤️ The mixed should be a bit runny and smooth.
❤️ Pour the mixed solution onto cupcake cup or bowl. Then cook in microwave for two minutes. If you decided to divide the solution to make two cups (see photo), I suggest 1 minute for each cup, and cook one cup at a time for the best result.
I am cooking histamine-free food/AIP recipe because I am histamine intolerant and I have multiple autoimmune conditions. I am delightful to share this recipe with you all because this recipe makes me feel good and energetic through out the day after eating it, and it’s delicious!
This dish is high fat, high protein and very low carbs. It’s designed to support immune system, blood sugar balancing, and it’s low histamine.
I used organic produces from local store for my cooking as much as possible. I can’t emphasis enough about the important of where your food come from. It’s crucial to pay attention on what goes into the soil to grow your food. Because good soil grown good quality food.
250g cool freshly cut grass-fed beef
10g mints leaves, roughly chopped
10g coriander leaves, finely chopped
2 small red radishes, thinly sliced
1/2 medium size cucumber, sliced
1/4 tsp grounded black pepper
1/2 tsp Himalayan salt
1 clove finely chopped garlic
1 tbsp avocado oil
Pan fry beef on medium heat for 5 minutes or till cooked. Transfer cooked beef to salad bowl and let cool down. Add olive oil, salt, garlic, pepper and mix them well with beef. Add coriander, mint and radishes, and toss them gently and taste to your liking. Serve with sliced cucumber.
This recipe is for one person. Increase ingredients proportion accordingly base on number of people you want to serve.
There’s more than just fun and joy in making cookies during this time of the year, the Christmas 🎄🎄🎄. I am also taking this opportunity to educate children about food, treat and healthy options at our display, body awareness and eating with consciousness. Although at times, we let ourselves enjoy some sugary treat 😊
I am providing meaningful and fun experiences and creating a long lasting memory for everyone including myself.
1. Add butter on to a pan and put on low heat and let the butter melted. Set aside.
2. Add egg yolks onto a bowl and whisk them till become smooth. Add salt and continue whisking. Add butter, vanilla extract and bio-carb soda and continue beating till everything mix up well (Keep adding one ingredient at a time while whisking).
3. Add flour and use spatula to fold the flour and ingredients together well. Then use hands to form firm dough.
4. Preheat oven at 175c for 5 minutes.
5. Divide dough into 2-3 portions and form into balls
6. Place a dough ball between 2 equal size of baking papers and roll to flatten it, about 1,5cm thick. Use your prefer cookies cuter to cut out the cookies.
7. Place cut out cookies on baking a paper in baking tray and blush egg yolk on each cut out cookie.
8. Bake cookies at 175c for 6-7 minutes. Turn off the heat, leave oven door slightly open and them to cool.
9. Once all the cookies are cool down at room, use a flat knife to spread icing all over the top, then decorate them with icing decoration items of your choice or decorate with any toppings you prefer.
You will get 12-16 cookies depending on the the thickness of your dough and the size of your cookie cutter.
Soup is such a comfort food especially in a place like Melbourne, Australia where the weather has four seasons in a day and it’s most of the time cold and chilling.
I like soup also because it increases my fluid intake and keep body hydrated and give the body nutrients it needs. Here is another soup recipe that I love and want to share with the world!
Broccoli is one of cruciferous vegetables family. It contains high vitamin K, Bs, C and magnesium.
Broccoli has wide range of health benefits. It’s known to help regulate hormone level in our body by eliminating accessible estrogen and balance hormone.
Artichokes contain high in vitamin C, magnesium and potassium. It’s also known to help regulate blood pressure because of its high level of potassium, a mineral that plays a major role in the regulation of blood pressure and counteracts the negative effects of excessive sodium consumption through eNOS, an enzyme that helps blood vessels widen.
Brazil nuts are one of tree nuts family. Brazil is one of the most nutrient-dense food. It contains 106% magnesium, 104% phosphorus, 54% B1 and calcium. It also contains high essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6. Fatty acids is the building bock of every single cell in our body except red blood cell and brain cell.
2 cup steamed broccoli
2 steamed and sliced Artichokes
4 steamed asparagus heads
1/2 cup Brazil nuts
1 tbsp avocado oil
1 tsp Onion flakes
1 tsp Himalayan salt
1 tsp white pepper
1 tsp Black cumin seeds
2 cup filtered water
1. Steam broccoli, artichoke and asparagus for 15-20 minutes.
2. Sprinkle a bit of salt and pepper on asparagus and set aside
3. Blend Brazil nuts till smooth, add steamed broccoli, 1 cup of water and blend them till smooth
4. Heat up soup pot on medium heat, add avocado oil, black-cumin seeds and fry till golden, add onion flakes and fry till golden and aromatic.
5. Pour blended broccoli and Brazil nuts into soup pot and keep stirring and bring to boil. Add last cup of water, salt, pepper and bring to boil. Turn of heat and set aside.
6. Spread sliced artichoke onto two soup bowls, pour soup over it. Then garnish with asparagus head and serve hot with gluten-free bread or by itself.
This recipe was born because a mother’s love for her children 🧡💛💛! She requested me to create healthy cookies recipe for her children so they can decorate, have fun and eat healthy treats.
There’s no other love greater than a mother’s love 🧡💛💛
Why Almond flour and egg yolk?
Almond is high energy food!!!
It is one of the food that have the most balanced macronutrient and micronutrient that you should keep in your diet if you can tolerate it. It contains 21.1% of protein, 21.6 % carbohydrates and 49.9% good fat. It’s also filled with essential vitamins and minerals for our bodies’ functions.
Almond could be your natural pain relief because it has such high vitamin E at 171%, very high vitamin Bs, 75% magnesium, 69% phosphorus, 32% zincs, 29% iron and many more…
It’s high protein food and most importantly it’s delicious 😋 even my dog 🐶 Leo loves eating egg yolks!
1. Add butter onto a pan, put on low heat and let the butter melted, turn off the heat. Set it aside.
2. Add egg yolks onto a bowl and whisk them till become smooth. Add salt and continue whisking. Add butter, vanilla extract and bio-carb soda and continue whisking till everything mix up well (Keep adding one ingredient at a time while whisking).
3. Add almond flour and use spatula to fold the flour and ingredients together well and form a firm dough.
4. Preheat oven at 175c for 5 minutes.
5. Divide dough into 2-3 portions and form into balls
6. Place a dough ball between 2 equal size of baking papers and roll to flatten it, about 1,5cm thick or as per your wish. Use your prefer cookies cuter to cut out the cookies. Repeat with the other portion.
7. Lay a baking paper on baking tray, place cut out cookies on baking paper (use a flat knife to move them because they are rather fragile) and blush egg yolk on each cut out cookies.
8. Bake cookies at 175c for 4 minutes. Turn off the heat, leave oven slightly open to them to cool down.
9. Once all the cookies cool down, bush them with raw honey and sprinkle coconut flakes on top. You may also use any other toppings you wish.
This recipe offers 12-16, depending on the size of your cookies cutter.
Enjoy joy your healthy flourless cookies in just minutes.
It’s perfect healthy snack on regular day or as Christmas treats 🍪 delicious 😋
I’ve never thought I would ever get to make such a delicious low carbs cupcake in just minutes!!!
I have tried to make cakes, using multiple recipes available out there, so far…non of them actually turnout well for me. Also, I found the ingredients just don’t agree with my delicate body. I need simple, few ingredients recipe that my system can accept. So I keep looking and experimenting for myself for quite a long time.
Today, here I was in my kitchen, suddenly my sweet hunger soul clicks and I get my recipe within minutes of brainstorming.
Why egg yolks not egg whites?
According to Palmer Kippola, the author of Beat Autoimmune, egg whites contain lysozymes, which can act like a Trojan horse, penetrating the gut barrier and allowing other large protein molecules and bacteria bacteria like E. coli into the bloodstream, potentially setting off an immune system inflammatory reaction. In addition, egg white consumption may contribute to autoimmune disorders via a process of molecular mimicry that is similar to the issues with dietary lectins found in wheat, legumes and grains.
This is very true, based on my observation, due to my autoimmune conditions, I found eating egg whites and all food items mentioned above makes my conditions worst.
Besides, egg yolk is full of goodness. It’s high in protein and packs with vitamins and minerals that our body needs.
• 3 tbsp almond flour
• 4 tbsp melted purified butter or ghee
• 2 egg yolks
• 1 tsp bio-carbs soda aluminum free
• 2 tbsp maple syrup
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 1 tbsp raw honey
• 1 pinch of Himalayan salt
• 10 almond flakes
1. Add butter on to a pan and put on low heat. Let the butter melted then turn off the heat and set aside.
2. Add two egg yolks onto a mixing bowl and whisk them with egg whisker till become smooth. Add salt and continue whisking till salt is melted. Add butter and continue whisking. Add maple syrup, vanilla extract and bio-carb soda and continue whisking till everything mix together really well.
3. Add almond flour onto mix ingredients, one tbsp at a time while using spatula to fold the flour and ingredients together well.
4. Pour the mix into a ceramic a baking cup (size 150 ml)
5. Place the cup into microwave and turn on 900w and cook for 40 seconds.
6. Use a toothpick to check if the cake is cooked by poking into the middle of the cake. If it’s not cooked, the toothpick will be sticky with some cake mixed. In this case cook again for another 20 second.
7. Remove the cup from microwave and let cool down.
8. Transfer the cake to a serving plate
9. Pour raw honey on the top of the cake and decorate with almond flakes.
Enjoy joy flourless cake in just 5 minutes. I prefer to have it with match green tea 🍵 delicious 😋
This recipe is for one serve. Simply multiply the amount of ingredients to make more serves.
It has been a while since I wrote my last post. The reasons? I was busy researching for answers, I was looking for a cure!!!
While I was getting better doing Ketogenic diet, I was in the second phase of Nitendanib medical trail, the real pills. In phrase I, I was very hopeful that I would be able to contribute to medical research to find a cure for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, using my conditions as an advantage. But Nitendanib shouted loud and clear, it is not for me!
I started the medication at 150mg, twice daily for a week. Unfortunately, the side effects were brutal. I had serve reactions to the medication. Symptoms included heavy diarrhea, dizziness and fatigue. The trail team prescribed me Gastro-Stop and Metoclopramide (Pramin) and encouraged me to continue the medication for another 3 months. The Gastro Stop reduced the diarrhea sequence and Pramin helped reduced dizziness, but Nitendanib robbed me of energy. My energy level was plummeted to the bottom.
Second month into the trail, I requested for reduced dosage of Nitendanib to 100mg, hoping the side effects would subside but I was disappointed. The side effects remained the same. However, I decided to continue the medication anyway. I thought I needed to be in it to win it.
My conditions kept deteriorating…everywhere I looked, the people who came for treatment, around me were slowly fading away…It was depressing.
After a long hard debate and consideration with medical research team, friends and family, I called the trail quilt. At this point, I didn’t realize more damages were done to my body. I was surely naive.
Few months after quilting the trail, my skin was crawling days and nights, I had serve reaction to all most every food I ate. I had sleepless nights because the level of skin itchiness and mood irritation was unbearable. Even after ultra violet light treatments, 3 times per week and daily intake of antihistamine plus low histamine diet, I didn’t find any relief. Ultra violet light treatment used to be my savior but not this time 😭.
I suspected my gut was damaged by Nitendanib, killing my microbiom just like when I had food poisoning 8 years ago, which brought the autoimmunity on me, big time.
I started to have blisters on my face and chest, which I never ever experienced before. I raised my concerns with my specialist team, they told me it’s part of Scleroderma package. I was told to take the medications they prescribed. It was what it was, and there’s not much they could do to help. I was outraged, quietly…
How would I survive another year if I felt the way I felt???. I couldn’t even breathe properly and I felt exhausted all the time. I was worried because I have a young son who I adore and love. I have a husband who cares so much about me and loves me regardless of what we are going through. How could I just let myself slip away when I have not visited Hawaii yet??? Lol…I was not ready to move on with my declining health. Not now anyway.
Again, I turned to Dr. Google to search for answers. Reading Facebook posts about numerous people with scleroderma are in remission with Functional Medicine. It gave me hopes and excitement. But I was also skeptical about my ability to heal at the same level as other have, because I have multiple autoimmune conditions and a scarred lung.
From Google I also found the best rated Naturopathic in town. I hesitantly gave them a call for a free consultation. The cost of service though was shocking with no medical rebate!!! and to have access to the services I had to purchase a starter pack. I was very disappointed with the financial aspect of it but went ahead with the treatment plan anyway, thinking if this could help to turn my condition around, it would be worth it.
After 2 months with Naturopathic, we ran numerous tests and found out I am fructose and lactose intolerant. Now, that makes so much sense. It explains why I can’t eat a whole fruit and drinking fresh milk. So AN APPLE A DAY is bad slogan for me for sure!
The OAT (organic acids test) results showed I had mild fungal infection, nutrients deficiency, and neurotransmitters issues. I also have genes that prone to develop Alzheimer.
The food intolerant test shows I am intolerant to cocoa, cinnamon, chili pepper, yeast and swords fish. How exciting!!! (that’s sarcastic…) I am Asian who is calling Australia 🇦🇺 home and I love spicy food! I was raised and fed chili at the age of one! It definitely killed my passion for food and cooking. However, I had to do what I had to do to get better. So my food list was trimmed shorter than ever and it looked like this 👉🏼 low-FODMAP – Keto without dairy – low histamine. Now, do you see the picture?
Another most challenging issue is, I have severe Raynaud’s attacks. Therefore, the thyroid function test was ordered to find out if there’s any thyroid dysfunctional issue. But the results came out fine. I wasn’t sure to be happy or sad at this point.
We had the data!!! What’s next???
I continued to have severe reactions to food even after eliminating food items that known to be safe for me to eat such as spinach, lemon and green tea. So that’s when the treatment plan become really confusing. My naturopathic puzzled and I was frustrated, very frustrated…
We spent the next two months exploring with oxalate , Salicylate and Low histamine food with fuzzy directions. My food allergies was getting more and more severe, and so we put it down to Mast Cell Activation Syndrome and leaky gut. Here, I was prescribed L-Glutamine and Pre-probiotic to heal my gut along with other vitamins and minerals. I was told it would take 6 to 12 months or more to heal my gut.
At this point, my physical and mental health was tempered. I felt alone and defeated. I dipped into depression, silently…WHY? Because I felt I had let my family down. I put them on financial restrain for no reason. The treatment was going nowhere. I felt so selfish so I retreated into my shell, refused to see Naturopathic and specialist all together for 2 months. I stopped doing things I love to do…no more cooking, socializing and writing.
While I was retreating and recouping, my diet regime was always here to stay, simply because I was scared to eat anything else rather than restricted diet. I stuck with few food items such as herbs, cucumber, lettuce, carrot, Bok Choy and some protein. At least, these food items didn’t trigger the symptoms of my multiple autoimmunity. I bought my time by adopting anti-inflammatory diet because I knew the diet is always my savior. But I also knew I have nutrients deficiency. I was very depleted!!!
On the positive note, with Functional Medicine, I found some root causes such as food intolerant and an infection, which enabled me to further treatments.
While I was waiting for the next chapter to unfold…I meditated , attending pilate classes and did yoga daily to keep me zen.
Have you ever heard of saying “What you think You become,”? It’s believed the statement is generated from Buddha’s teaching. I believe in the saying because it makes sense to me. It’s one of my favourite quotes. It’s my reminder to be in good state of mind not the opposite.
Positivity thrives me and negativity sinks me to my core. Unfortunately, sometimes I still impose negative views and opinions on myself and others when things get difficult.
Positivity does not always occurs by itself. Often, it needs to be created, to be scaffolding and fostering for it to thrive within our mind.
We need to create and grow positive mindset in order to have positive outcomes and happy life, especially for those who are suffering chronic illness like myself. We need not just medicines but strong happy mind to live and heal our sclerotic body.
Since childhood years, we all had been experiencing our own master mindeffects. We created our thoughts and dreams and then our dreams become our life’s goals. We worked hard to make them come true. We were all able to achieve our dreams, although in different timelines and at different levels. Our persistent and determined minds drive us to achieve what we want to achieve. Although, we may experienced disappointments, failures and heartbreak but that have been surpassed too. Why? Because of our mind told us so. It’s survival mechanism of human mind.
What is mind anyway?
Mind is the faculty of thought and consciousness. It holds our thoughts, cognitions, imaginations, memories and enables us to act. When we are conscious of our surroundings and situations we usually prepare ourselves and act according, outcomes are desirable.
In my childhood, I was not the smartest kid in my neighbourhood. I experienced bullying at school and among my peers. I felt sad and disappointed but I was determined and resolute. I always told myself to show them who you are. The friendly and compassionate you.
Life’s goals change when priorities change
My childhood’s dreams were to go to university, get a decent job, and own a house. I had achieved all the goals by age of 30, although things didn’t come easy. I worked my ways through as hard as I could to achieve what I achieved. Sometimes, I made decisions I myself thought I could never do. But I did.
My family. I was the tallest.
I was born in a very poor social-economic family. My grandparents and parents were victims of Vietnam War. They were refugees repatriated to north of Laos by force. My generation was raised and educated in communist era. Life was not full with luxuries but love. To get myself out of poverty, I was a scholarships hunter because my parents couldn’t afford to pay for my higher education. Because I knew, education was the only way to get me out of poverty.
At middle age, my dreams were to live and raise my family in Australia. I had achieved my dreams here too. I am now an Australian citizen and raise my family in the first world. However, my first world dreams didn’t come cheap. I had to leave everything I built for decades behind, including my job, family and social circles. It was the biggest decision of my life. But I took a leap of faith. Why? Here, I found Love and Hope. The unconditional love that drove me to move forward and the hope that my life would get better and happier. I looked forward to my new life in the first world country.
But life took wrong turn… and it is not in my control…
When life purpose is in question, mind is weakened
Our life purposes are formed based on our upbringing and values. We shape our lives with dreams, perceptions and actions. Due to our different values, we developed and have different life purposes.
Life purpose is something bigger than ourselves. My life purpose is well-being of my family, children’s education, social-economic status and contribution to build society. However, after I was diagnosed with Systematic Scleroderma and Lung Fibrosis, my physical being has not allowed me to do the duties I set out to do. My life purpose has been tampered by Scleroderma.
My mind is my everything to me meaning, my mind is the main element of my survival. I was in bad state of mind, I would not be able to fight my health battle. When my mind is weak, it makes me feel really sick. It literally takes my energy away. Therefore, it is important for me not to allow my mind to be weakened.
How to keep my mind in the right state?
Communication and meditation are my saver. I like to communicate my feeling and my thoughts. I am not sleeping on my problems. This might sound very intense for some people but this is how I maintain my mental well-being. Seeking to eliminate serious threats to my mental well-being is my first priority. Because I know without good mental health, I am nobody. I believe, my mind drives me to be who, where I want to be and what I want to become regardless of my physical condition. When mind is focused and inspired. It is determined to achieve the expected outcomes. I am determined to beat Scleroderma!!!
I’ve learned how to make low-carbs gluten free Chapatis and other gluten free stuff out of desperation because I can’t eat anything that contains gluten. They make me feel really unwell. So I jumped on internet to look for alternatives to solve my IBS issues. I mean, I want to eat Roti, Chapati, Paratha and bread just like anyone else without having to go through IBS symptoms. I found countless recipes out there but none of them as close to the original wheat flour Chapatis, and of course to my liking. So I decided to make my own recipe.
After experiment after experiment, I finally came up with this one that I am satisfied with. It is moist, tasty and easy to make. Well, not as easy as wheat flour but very close if you use baking paper or plastic sheets to help shape them.
Almond Chapatis have different flavor, texture and color from Coconut Chapatis/Parathas/Pooris, which I shared with you in my last post. But I like them both. They all taste great.
1 cup Almond flour
2 tbsp flaxseed flour
2 tbsp psyllium husk
1/2 tsp Himalaya salt
1/2 tsp bi-carb soda
1 cup hot water
3 tbsp olive oil/ghee
S shape mixer (optional)
A rolling pin
A wooden spoon
2 sheets 30x30cm of baking paper
Sieving all ingredients together and make sure there’s no lump then add sieved flour into mixer
Add hot water and turn on medium speed for 30 seconds to a minute or till all ingredients mix together well.
Remove mixed dough from mixer, place it in a plastic container with lid or ziplock bag and leave it in room temperature for 15 minutes.
Divide dough into 6 equal portions
Roll each dough to make a ball
Place a dough ball between two baking paper sheets and roll it gently to make a round shape Chapati. I use a pot’s lid to cut it out to make perfect rounded shape Chapati.
Heat up olive/ghee oil in nonstick pan on medium heat. Carefully place rolled Chapati sheet on the pan and cook each side till turns golden.
Repeat the process till all Chapatis are cooked.
💡If you want to mix dough by hands, make sure to use spoon while water is very hot, then use hands to kneel the dough after it cools down. I use S blade mixer because it’s easy, fast and less messy.
💡If you want your Chapatis to be fluffy, store mixed dough in a fridge overnight and bring it out in room temperature for 30 minutes before cooking.
💡Apply few drops of water on dough ball before rolling it.
💡You may use same dough to make Pooris and Parathas.
Low-carb gluten free Parathas are preferable breads over any other breads on our dinning table these days because of their taste! and health benefits. It’s easy to make and shorter time to cook than ordinary bread. The taste of the Paratha generally is undeniable. It’s rich in flavors and you can create any flavor as per your wish.
This Low-carbs gluten free Paratha is even much better in flavor than ordinary gluten free bread because of the natural sweetness and inviting aroma of coconut and the crunchiness of flaxseed. It’s drawing me in every time, no kidding!
When I first introduced this Paratha recipe to my family, I was greeted with their raised eyebrows 🤨. But I’ve proved to them that my Low-carb coconut gluten free Paratha tastes as good or better than the ordinary gluten free one.
Ingredients for dough
1 cup of coconut flour
1/2 cup of flaxseeds flour
2 tbsp of psyllium husk
1/2 tsp of Himalaya salt
1 tsp bi-carbs soda powder (aluminum free)
220ml/2 cup of hot water
Ingredients for filling
150g chopped paneer
30g chopped coriander leaves
1/2 tsp cumin seeds
1tsp Turmeric powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp coriander powder
1tsp Himalaya salt
4 tbsp ghee/olive oil
Tools to make Paratha
2 sheets of baking paper/plastic sheets, size 30x30cm or similar
A Rolling pin
A nonstick pan
A wooden spoon
Sieve coconut flour, flaxseed, salt and psyllium husk together and make sure there’s no lumpy flour.
Add mixed flour into S blade mixer, add first cup of hot water and turn on medium speed for 30 seconds, then turn the power off. Use a spoon to move dried flour to the center of mixer. Add second cup of hot water onto the mixer, close the lid and turn on medium speed for a minute or till all ingredients are well mixed together.
Transfer dough to a tray, use hands to kneel and form dough into six equal balls. Fill them up with the prepared paneer.
Place a filled dough ball between two sheets of baking paper and gently roll it to make a round shape bread or Paratha (see videos at the bottom of this post)
Heat up butter/ghee in nonstick pan on medium heat and carefully place the Paratha, let each side cook to gold color. I like my Paratha to be crispy so I tend to cook a bit longer till it’s dark brown.
Repeating the process till all the Parathas are cooked
I use mixer to mix dough because I found it’s quicker and less messy. You may mix dough with hands but because we are dealing with hot water here, you should use gloves or use a spoon to mix till dough cools down then use hands to kneel the dough.
You may use the same dough to make Pooris as showed in the photo.
Add a drop of water on dough ball before rolling if you want your Paratha to be softer.
Can you imagine you can’t eat the vegetables that said to be good for you?
If you have Autoimmunity issues, some of you might know this.
Since childhood, I always love eating vegetables regardless their look, taste and smell. At least, I would give it a try.
My grandmother grew her own food and vegetables her entire life. My mother and she used to make LAO salad, called Mieng. The dish was loaded with wild organic vegetables, fruits and herbs from our farm and garden that looked similar to picture below. I will share the recipe with you in my next post if you request.
After I was diagnosed with Systematic Scleroderma, I found out I couldn’t eat some of my favorite vegetables and fruits, I was devastated and in denial. I continued to eat them although I knew they hurt my body. The impact though was excruciating.
The side affect includes joints pain, itching skin, swelling hands and feet, acid reflux, fatigue and brain fog.
Eventually, I learned that my external physical pains and swelling actually is associating with my lung fibrosis condition, which led me to stop eating those listed vegetables and fruits besides grains all together. I realized that whenever I have joints pains, swelling hands and feet, I would at the same time get serve shortness of breath, dry cough and fatigue. The dry cough will continue for weeks. This also means that the scarring in my lung is deteriorated. This condition usually have to be treated with antibiotics. This means money out of my pocket and my health is deteriorating.
My vegetables and fruits list for consumption is getting limited. I am desperately looking for more alternative vegetables I can eat, and I discovered herbs are actually my friends. They are now my new favorite greens. I literally use herbs in my cooking to make up for what I miss out such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, onion and garlic etc. In my youth years, I love to eat onion and garlic!!!! because they are so flavorful. I even made onion curry! Now, whenever I eat them, the bloating and reflux is instant and lasted for hours. The worst though, joints pain and swelling,?which could take weeks to recover with the help of body detox.
The herbs that I can eat in big quantity as vegetables are
The Benefits of herbs
The benefits of eating plenty of herbs is very obvious for me. I get all positive side affect from herbs. When I consume herbs daily while excluding gluten, dairy, msg and sugar. I generally feel very energetic and has minimum inflammation. I intended to look into the value of the four herbs that I like to eat often and found the distinctive facts and values about them.
There are variety of basils: Sweet Basil, Thai Basil, African Blue Basil and Holy Basil also known as Tulsi.
Basil is high in Vitamins A and K. It’s also has substantial amount of magnesium, manganese and iron.
Different type of Basils suitable for particular dishes and ways of cooking. So take time to experiment your cooking with them.
Sweet basil has more subtle taste than other type of basils. It goes well with almost every dish, eat raw or slightly cooked, stir fried or soup or salad. I prefer Sweet basil with Salmon, avocado dips and making pasta sauces.
Thai Basil has lightly stronger flavor than sweet basil. It has purple branches and darker green leaves. Thai Basil is good with noodles soup, Asian Salad and sour soup like Tom Yum.
Holy Basil (Tulsi) has very strong aroma and flavor. It’s good for tea and stir fried dishes such as chicken basil cashew stir-fried and Pork basil.
I have never seen or eaten African Blue Basil. However, it’s known to have very strong aroma and good in pesto. It’s one thing I am going to look out for in the future and put it on my next to taste herb.
I considered dill as a medicinal herb. It has properties for anti-fungal and antibacterial.
I believe dill provides great benefits for a person with scleroderma like myself because one of the suspecting factors that causes scleroderma is overgrown yeast or fungus, and bacterial infections. Therefore, including dill in your diet might help to eliminate unwanted parasites from your body. It also contains 90% of iron, 84% of fibers, 64% of magnesium and 16% of protein. It sounds like perfect green, especially for vegetarians.
Dill has strong aroma. It’s wildly used in Asian cooking, especially very compatible with fish dishes.
It’s very well known herb and wildly used in households as well as in commercial kitchens . In the west, mint is wildly used as decorative herb in fine dining and in recent years this herb gained its popularity as one of detoxing elements along with lemon and bi-carb soda.
However, this aromatic herb has been used and consumed daily for thousands of years in Southeast Asia as one of main ingredients in salad such as meat, chicken, fish salads called LAP
Mint has high Vitamins A, C and moderate
Parsley is my favorite herb and green because of its sweet and subtle flavor. I cooperate this herb in almost every dish I make.
There’s so much benefits parsley has to offer. It’s loaded with Vitamins and minerals. It contains 221% of vitamin C, 168% of vitamin D, 34% of iron and only 2% of carbohydrates. So it’s perfect green to consume during weight management. It’s also mentioned to have an effect of producing type of hormones called Oxytocin. Oxytocin hormone promotes cervix and uterus stretching, improves mood and social bonding. Pregnant woman shall be cautious of excessive consumption of parsley as it may causes miscarriage or premature birth.
In summary, all these herbs are loaded with Vitamin A and C. They have substantial amount of minerals such as magnesium, calcium and iron. They contain very low carbohydrates except dill.
The best part though, these herbs can be consumed together at the same time such as Mieng or Lao Salad. The flavor might be a bit intense if you are not used to eating them. But you will develop the taste just like I did. So keep it a try. After all these herbs are like medicines with great health benefits.
I’ve been doing research on superfoods and foods that help to eliminate inflammation to ease my health conditions, Systematic Scleroderma and Lung Fibrosis. I got inspired by the goodness of Matcha and Turmeric, what they have to offer and eventually fallen in love with them. I drink Matcha tea and love Matcha Ice-cream. Anything Matcha is cool.
I personally love drinking coffee too but because of my health conditions I opt for Matcha instead, especially during intermittent fasting or body cleansing. Matcha tea keeps me energized and suppresses my hunger. I am able to go about my day without any trouble for at least 12 hours.
Matcha is the king of antioxidants and filled with vitamins and minerals such as vitamins K and C. It boosts your metabolism and aids weight loss.
In Southeast Asia, turmeric are scattered and grown in almost every household. It’s the most important ingredients for holy water making, which is used for watering Buddha and elders during water festival. Turmeric is also widely used for healing fresh cut wounds and flavoring dishes.
Turmericis known to have anti-inflammation property called Curcumin, which is believed to ease arthritis pain and improve digestion. It also contains high manganese and iron.
Almond milk is the milk generated from almond nuts. It’sideal for people who are allergic to dairy milk and very popular among Ketogenic dieters.
Almond contains high protein and is low in carbs.Almond flour is being used widely in Ketogenic diet community in baking instead of wheat flour.
1tsp Matcha powder
Pinch of salt
30g butter or Ghee
220ml Almond milk
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
Add homemade or organic almond milk in a pot, put on high heat and bring to boil, then reduce to low heat.
Add turmeric powder and stir till it blend well with milk.
Pour turmeric almond milk into blender, add butter/ghee and Matcha powder, then blend in high speed. The bubbles will become quite firm on the top of the blend.
Pour blended milk onto a serving cup slowly to leave cream behind.
Use spoon to scoop the cream and place on top of the cup, then garnish it with Matcha powder or Turmeric powder as you wish.
You don’t have to feel the guilty about eating sweet dish like Kheer (a traditional Indian sweet delicacy) any more!
I never thought I would be eating and making this India dessert so often. But now I do!!!
The original Kheer usually contains fresh milk and lot of sugar. It’s tasty, but has lots of carbs. It also makes my stomach bloats because of milk and high sugar content.
After experimenting a few times, I’ve come up with this Low-carbs gluten free Kheer recipe and happy to share with you all as per requests of some of friends and followers.
If you are health conscious and are looking for low-carbs desserts, this is one of them. I can say you won’t miss the original Kheer ever again! It’s so tasty and satisfying 💕. It also has very low-carbs and loaded nutritious ingredients. Total amount of carbs is 15% or 50g for the whole pot of 10 – 12 serves.
1 cup arrowroot flour
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp finely crushed cardamom
2 tbsp Ghee or coconut oil
1/2 cup Almond flakes
4 tbsp sweetener Stevia or Erythritol
1 cup thickened cream
200 ml hot water
Shift 1/2 cup of arrowroot, 1/2 Almond flour and salt together into a mixing bowl. Add hot water slowly and use a spoon to mix them together while still very hot. Once it cools down a bit, use hands to knead the dough well. Then form the dough into a ball.
Sprinkle remain arrowroot flour on rolling board, then place a dough ball and sprinkle more arrowroot flour all over to prevent the dough from sticking to the board.
Once the dough is flattened to the thickness you prefer then cut it into noodles shape or any shape you like.
Boil 1.5 liter of water in a pot. Add handful of arrowroot noodles and bring it to boil. When noodles are cooked they will surface.
Add 2 liters of ice-water in a pot or big bowl.
Use a strainer to strain the noodles out from boiling pot into icy water and let them cool down. Then use strainer to remove noodles from icy water into another bowl and sprinkle with coconut oil or ghee to prevent noodles stick on each other.
Keep repeating the process till all noodles are cooked.
Add cream, Stevia or Erythritol salt, with 1 liter of water and bring to boil. Add chopped almond nuts and crush cardamom, then let boil for 5 minutes.
Add noodles and bring to boil. Taste to your liking.
As I promised in my opening post about how I want to share with you all about my journey of body healing and road to recovery from serious illnessSystematic Scleroderma.
Inflamed to painless body in 10 weeks
It’s my wish to help and support others who are suffering from any kind of illness as many as I can without them going through financial hardship and mental burden. I want to do it because I truly understand how it feels liketo go down such path.
Why 360 Degrees Cleansing?
Well, this might sounds too much for some people but…please read on…
When you are so sick and no one can help to take the pains away, I mean no one including health professionals, you certainly have only a choice you must make 360 degrees cleansing your life’s first priority. Nothing else matters at this point. That’s Me. I had no choice.
If you are sick and taking a handful of medications just to suppress the symptoms you have every hour, you definitely have to do it.
If you are obese or borderline obese and want to lose weight, cleansing is one way to achieve it. So pen it down in your To-Do-List.
When you are a healthy person but get tired and worn out easily on daily basis, you need to do cleansing because your body needs a reboot.
What you need in order to achieve your health goals.
To achieve your health goals, you need:
Relax and have a life
How to go about 360 degree cleansing?
Food and Drinks
Food and drink are the most important elements of cleansing process. Please follow the instructions strictly to maximize the benefits.
First, clean out your fridge and pantry!!! Eliminate all processed food and many other fresh food except:
Green tea, matcha tea and minerals water, soda water, lemon water
Himalayan salt/rock salt
Some spices like turmeric, cinnamon, black pepper
Olive oil, macadamia oil, coconut oil, Ghee and butter
Green organic vegetables but not cruciferous and nightshade if you have joints pain and reflux
Berries and lemons
Grass feed meats, eggs, organic tofu
Nuts: almonds, pagans, macadamias
When prepare a meal keep the ratio of 100g protein, 100g vegetables and 2 tablespoons of any mentioned oil.
Try to stick to 3 meals per day and avoid snacking
Get rid off all chemical cleaning products and replace them with earth friendly products or baking soda, lemon juice, vinegar, essential oils and water.
To have full benefit from cleansing you need to breath in clean and pure air. So pick places you visit wisely. Avoid all the polluted, smoky places while you are allowing your body to heal. If you are smoking you need to quit it before you start this process, or else cleansing isn’t counted.
Your mental health
When you have clear mind and are in a good mental stage you can achieve a lot of things. So what and who stresses you out, just try to avoid them as much as possible.
Meditation! It’s one of the ways to de-stress yourself and refresh your mind and thoughts. 5 minutes of meditation is beneficial to our mental health and calmness.
I found that watching funny movies, listening to jokes and music are very effective mood lifting activities
Stretching exercises! It’s a great way to release tension in your body. It also relaxes your mind. Try to do gentle stretches at first then gradually move to Pilates or Yoga.
Additional Notes and Tips
While you are cleansing your body it’s important to keep your vitamins level in-check. You may ask your health professional to conduct tests to find out what your body is lacking and follow their advices promptly and of course trust your intuition. Listen to your body carefully and be patient with yourself.
Drink enough water and keep your body hydrated to avoid exhaustion.
The best way to cleanse your body effectively is to fast at least 12 hours before starting the cleansing. The best time to start fasting is after dinner. It’s easier to fast while you are sleeping.
After 3 weeks of cleansing, slowly reintroduce other food back in your diet. One item a day. Take time to listen to your body and observe your body reactions to it. Does the food make you feel good or it gives you pain or feeling sluggish? If it gives you trouble, eliminate the food from your diet immediately. Everyone has different reactions to food. The food that is good for you might not serve others well.