Category Archives: Healthy Bits

Today is Saturday August 18, 2018
  • Tokyo in TWO days! – Day 2

    After carrot and walnut muffin with cafe latte… We headed to Ginza, shopped around for a bit before sushi and sashimi lunch (yes! again!) at Matsukan Restaurant (t: 03-3455-4923).

    And I couldn’t leave Tokyo without having me some Katsu!!! So at tea time…

    Apparently the best chocolates in the world… the best he’s ever had, according to Sweet V, at USD5 each;

    And then we went to the sakae bar next door to get some sakae glasses – and because we couldn’t resist also had a glass of sakae each;


    And pre-dinner!!!

    And the best meal of the trip… I would really recommend this. It’s a small cozy place, great service with great selection of wine (so I am told, since I don’t know that much about wine). Their specialty is charcoal grilled meats.

    And these are the young talented chefs in-charge who cook for the love of food!

    Les Vinum

    Adress: 106-0031 4-8-5 1F Nishi-Azabu, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
    Tel&Fax: 0 3 – 5 4 6 6 – 8 6 0 7 Business Hours
    Tues-Fri 18:00 – 25:30 (last order)
    Sat -Sun 17:30 – 23:30 (last order) Closed on Monday

  • Maggots and rodent hair in your peanut butter

    Yuck… I was reading this article… and did you know… the FDA approves the following contents in your food:

    Food Can contain up to…
    Canned Pineapples 20 percent positive mold tests
    Canned Tomatoes 5 fly eggs and 1 maggot per 500 grams
    Frozen Broccoli 60 mites per 100 grams
    Ground Cinnamon 400 insect fragments and 11 rodent hairs per 50 grams
    Peanut Butter 30 insect fragments and 1 rodent hair per 100 grams
    Popcorn 20 gnawed grains or 2 rodent hairs per pound
    Potato Chips 6 percent rotten chips

    Oh, yummy…

  • Friday Night

    Mum’s in Penang, fave sister has gone sailing, and the bf is out of town.

    What’s a girl gotta do?

    Boston Legal

    Wahhh!!! I like! so much Boston Legal, and even more Alan Shore! But you have got to watch it to know what I mean. In not so many words (I am lost for words because it is a Friday night after a long week) – it’s absolutely hilarious, witty and very entertaining.

    And then I came across this article about “How Free is Free-Range” and I felt ALL of EE-YEW!!! And GROSS!!! And then sad all at once.

    Did you know??!!! That a chicken can live up to 10 years but we slaughter them at the age of 1 to 2 because they are not fertile anymore? The male chickens because they don’t produce eggs are slaughtered at an even younger age! Via selective breeding and growth stimulating drugs, a chicken can be full sized in less than TWO months! But full sized only in body where the meat is. Their hearts and lungs don’t develop fast enough and many die from diseases. As if that is not bad enough, their structure doesn’t grow fast enough either so they all have leg disorders! YUCK! So much for chicken drumsticks.

    I am not even going to start on the cows and pigs and sheep because that is just too depressing. This weekend – I think I’ll only eat fruits and vegetables.

    WOO-HOO!!! It’s going to be a long weekend!

    Selamat Hari Merdeka!

    Malaysia is celebrating 51 years of independence.

  • Freaky! Growing meat without the animal!

    We’ve grown livers, bladders, hearts and blood vessels in labs for transplant.

    And now we’re going to grow a piece of meat for food?

    If it tastes just like chicken, or beef – but it was GROWN! Would you eat it? Would you?!

    It’s skipped the entire process from egg to chicken, or baby cow to big cow. BUT IT IS JUST LIKE, A PIECE OF MEAT, CULTURED AND TASTES JUST LIKE CHICKEN OR BEEF!

    Eating a drumstick from a chicken that was never an egg? That would eliminate the ‘chicken or egg’ debate of course!

    Eating steak that has never moo-ed?

    Ee-yew!

    I’m feeling kinda sick – and don’t think I could eat that.

    Ha! Says me who eats meat that has been slaughtered! Mercilessly? Mercifully?

    For full story, read here.

  • Sleep vs. Exercise

    These are the facts on sleep:

    – If you do need to exercise in the morning – you shouldn’t do so at the expense of sleep. (This is my favourite fact)

    – On the other hand, from a different source – exercise early in the day. Exercise in the morning or the afternoon. Avoid exercise 6 hours before sleep. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.

    – Women sleeping less than 7 hours a night had increased risk of coronary events compared to those averaging 8 hours of sleep a night.

    – The best time to go to bed is between 9pm to 12am.

    And these are the facts on exercise:

    Afternoon exercise is a good way to prevent injury and get maximum performance.

    – Don’t exercise at least 90 minutes after a heavy meal.

    Given such information, I should ideally go to bed at 11pm, so that I can wake up at 7am after 8 hours of sleep. And if I need to exercise, I should do so at 5pm – 6 hours before I sleep. But I don’t get off work that early! Hardly anybody gets off work that early.

    And since I am not a morning person, there is no way I can sleep at 10pm, to wake at 6am for my exercise. Going back to the point where we shouldn’t exercise at the expense of sleep.

    And when the heck am I suppose to have my dinner?

    Well, I suppose we can’t have it all. The most important thing about exercise is that we do some. It’s far less important what we do and when we do it.

    The best time for all of us to exercise is the time that is free of interruptions, when we have sufficient energy and body temperature, and that can allow us to exercise as consistently as possible over the long term.

    And since I sometimes have problems sleeping, tossing and turning for hours and sometimes even needing to resort to artificial means of getting sleep I thought I’d share this information that I came across the internet;

    Tips on getting a good night’s sleep:

    • Follow a consistent bedtime routine.
    • Establish a relaxing setting at bedtime.
    • Get a full night’s sleep every night.
    • Do not go to bed hungry, but don’t eat a big meal before bedtime either.
    • Avoid alcohol, foods or drinks that contain caffeine, and any medicine that has a stimulant, prior to bedtime.
    • Avoid any rigorous exercise within six hours of your bedtime.
    • Make your bedroom quiet, dark and a little bit cool.
    • Get up at the same time every morning.

    For other sleep tips, click here.
    For sleep tips the ayurvedic way, which shares with us interesting facts about sleeping – including; sleeping on the back harms the brain and the best direction to sleep in, click here.