Category Archives: Health

A lunch bottle

In a bid to eat healthy, I was trying to dispense with ordering drinks whilst out for lunch.

Mr H supported my initiative with buying me this water bottle which was going at 20% off at Robinsons.

It came wrapped.

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Zojirushi – a loved brand at home

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In pink no less

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Yay to bring-your-own-green-tea around days.

On the mend

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With the month of November coming to an end, I hope we have to the end of bad viral spells at home.

After 3 major ailments, X has lost some of his chubbiness. I do not usually fret over children losing weight due to falling sick. As long as they have ‘reserves’ which means room to suffer the hard knocks, I will take it as a ‘market correction’.

However, falling sick three times in 6 weeks is triple market correction! I doubt such an instance could be observed in our local property market.

Nevertheless, we see it as building immunity but still hope little X would be well and about for the upcoming birthday parties.

Healthy children, happier days

There was a direct correlation between both factors. Having both children illness-free meant that we could spend our weekends out and about, and hence, lesser time to prepare scheduled blog posts.

Both Z and X generally enjoyed good health, especially more so for Z.  X was still very robust compared to average but Z was way more robust.  Furthermore, Z loved herbal tonic soups and supplements. I hoped X would adopt his brother’s appreciation for such tonics.  X definitely shared the same preference for junk food as he attempted to snatch Z’s gummies with such a firm and decisive grip a few days ago.

I had never been a firm believer of Chinese tonics till my first pregnancy.  I developed such strong immunity back then that I did not fall sick for a record period of 18 months.  During the second pregnancy, I took my health for granted and skipped for the last trimester, I fell sick.

It was not like we did not take supplements or balanced diets.  These Chinese herbs were so effective.  I started off being a total noob but there were 3 types of must-know Chinese herbs to save our lives literally.  To me, prevention was always better than cure.  Good health always meant as easier parenting time.

‘Yang Shen’ – this had cooling properties and was great for days when you felt an onset of fever/sore throat coming up.  We always bring this out for travelling.  How on earth do you think we could hop off for long, winter holidays with Z?  It was not that Z would not fall sick but we minimized the down time.  I also had other tricks like packing our own water but that would be another blog post altogether.
How to use: Wash and put a few slices into a glass, add very hot water (cannot use boiling as it would kill off some properties and if it was not hot enough, it could not draw the flavour).  Drink when the water had cooled and repeat the process till the herb had become tasteless.  The last step was more for maximizing the investment, else it was quite wasteful!

‘Pao Sheng’ (American ginseng) – this was for boosting immunity and honestly worked better than all western supplements put together.
How to use: Same as yang shen.

‘Dan shen’ – I usually confused this with pao sheng but if I did not remember wrongly, this was to combat fatigue.  I reckoned this as pretty true because when I used to take this every alternate day during my first pregnancy, I could stay up till 1am to do my post-graduate assignments.
How to use: You would have to boil this for 15min, ideally with dried longans and red dates.  The additional ingredients were to boost the taste and provided some additional functions.

The massive world of Chinese herbs was probably too much for an average person to understand but the above 3 worked like miracles in the arena of prevention.  In my 1st pregnancy, I alternated between ‘pao sheng’ and ‘dang shen’ daily.  Post pregnancy, it was supposed to be on a weekly basis.  Well, penning this down was a good reminder to get the groove started.  In terms of concentration, it was up to our own personal preferences.  For young children, it would be best to dilute.  On exact details, do consult your nearest medicinal hall such as Hock Hua, ZTP, Eu Yan Sang…

When I first started buying these Chinese herbs, I had been overwhelmed.  Over time, I learnt what cordyceps, dried huai shan, yu zhu, gan cao, bei qi, bei xin etc were.  While I used them every once in a while, the above 3 ‘shengs’ were any mom’s best bets.

Running shoes

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Isn’t it annoying that our metabolism and even collagen reproduction rate drops as we get older?

I have two pair of track shoes. One for outdoor use and one for indoor use, so that I don’t have an excuse on why I can’t squeeze out time to exercise.

I miss the younger days when polishing one tub of ice cream means nothing to the weighing scale and the waistline.

Back to school

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It had been a while since we headed out as a whole family in the morning.

Dear X, we wished you good health and please stopped putting every object in your mouth and absorbing all the viruses and germs!

His school was so sweet to email us (him) a get well soon note and his teachers expressed that they had missed him.

Meanwhile, I was glad to be relieved of the driving duties and to be able to take my morning snooze in the back seat.