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Best shit ever.

9 May

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Literally.
Your best remedy after a meal of savory fried food or when you’re constipating from too much junk!
Works like magic and it’s au naturel. 😉
I know I’ve said it before, but good stuff have to be reinforced!

xo Shinna

P.S: I’m on instagram! @shinnalim

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Launch of Life Nutrition’s Core Essential Range by WATSONS

23 Oct


Last Tuesday, i was invited to attend the launch of Life Nutrition’s core essential range of supplements! It will be exclusively available at selected Watsons stores and i’m excited to share with you what differentiates Life Nutrition’s products from the rest. 🙂

As we all know, there are millions and zillions of vitamins and supplements out there in the market…. so what makes Life Nutrition different from the rest?

A few distinct features –

  1. Life Nutrition uses Whole Foods – i.e their supplements are unlike many others in the market that are synthetically made, Life nutrition uses natural ingredients only. As a result, our body would have a high tolerance for such supplements because they are merely very efficient foods for our body.
  2. The materials used in their packaging are absolutely recyclable. They are also the first company in the world to use aluminium cans for their products and even won an award for it!
  3. Currently, Life Nutrition has only 11 products to their brand and these supplements are tailored to suit Men, Women and Children. Rather than producing many different products for different purposes, Life Nutrition actually maximises the goodness that one capsule can do.

Bryant Shu, Managing Director of Life Nutrition came down and shared with us so much about how our body needs these vitamins due to our hectic schedule. Rather than hard-selling his products, it was more of a knowledge sharing session and i thoroughly enjoyed it. 🙂

Personally, i was very interested to try out the Acai Berry supplement because i’ve heard so much raves about this very special berry that is packed with antioxidants, and i’m glad Life Nutrition gave me a bottle to try it out!

If you remember this post that i mentioned about how Omega 3 is important to our body, i was also given a bottle of fish oil capsules yay 🙂

What is Acai berry?

The Acai berry looks like a blueberry but just slightly darker and it is bitter in taste.
You don’t find it in grocery stores especially in this part of the world because it starts rotting within 24 hours after harvesting.
The Acai berry is also part of the Brazilian diet and it is used in traditional medicines, and is the Most efficient antioxidant amongst all fruits and vegetables.

The M.D engaging in a very passionate sharing session 😉

 An array of healthy delicious finger food throughout the evening :p
So these are the 3 bottles that Watsons and Life Nutrition has sponsored us and hopefully i will be religiously taking these supplements for a healthier better me. 🙂

You can find out more about their products at http://lifenutritionusa.com

xo Shinna

A Thank You To My Body « Thought Catalog

29 Jul

A Thank You To My Body « Thought Catalog.

Currently Browsing – CLEAN & LEAN Flat Tummy Fast! By James Duigan

22 Jul

Here’s a book i bought off a shelve recently, and it only took me one night to finish cos i couldn’t put it down!

The tips are absolutely in-your-face and the diet recommended is quite extreme i must say.

I wouldn’t follow strictly to it, but i will keep in mind all the health facts i got to know!
I learnt so much about food nutrition and also FINALLY realised after 19 years…….
that i’m allergic to Gluten.

After suffering from itchiness at my joints but clueless about it all my life,
‘Really? Thats it??!?!?!!?!’

Hallelujah, the million dollar mystery is finally resolved.

I did see doctors over the years who gave me creams that never worked and i also went to the skin centre and the doctor said its because i shaved(legs) and told me to shave downwards instead.
(A curse follows after this sentence but i’m keeping my blog children-friendly)
Well, i think its because my case was not life threatening nor disfiguring so no one really bothered to do tests and stuff.

Anyway, the book is worth a read if you want a flat tummy(and have discipline dohhhhhhhh)

Don’t say i never share!!!


And no, i didn’t buy it because Rosie Huntington-Whiteley gave a foreword. (Damn it)



*winks winks*

Have a kick-ass weekend!!

♥x, S.L

TIP OF THE DAY – HEALTH: PESTICIDES IN FOOD (IMPORTANT!!)

14 Jul

For past decades, the rise in affluence worldwide have put pressure on food supply and farmers have gone to extreme methods just to put food on plates.

Pesticides have been greatly overused, splashed all over our staple food,
Every Single Day, we are consuming these unnatural ingredients that could render harm to our bodies.
Unknown to most, as statistics are rarely publicized,
The ugly truth is, it is existent in almost all of our fruits and vegetables, which are vital to keep us healthy.

Little do we know about the distressing effects of the long-term consumption of pesticide-induced foods, which is scientifically proven to be linked to health problems to the nervous system toxicity, cancer, hormone system effects, and irritation of skin, eyes, and lungs among them.
A recent study also proved the link between ADHD in children and consumption of pesticides.

 

Celeries for example, have been tested to be 95% contaminated, with 13 different chemicals and 67 different pesticides.
Unless we go organic, it is almost impossible to abstain from these tainted food completely.

I uploaded a pdf file of list of foods shared by ewg.org, that you can print and keep it with you.
You can download a wallet size copy of it here.

My mum used to tell me that things that are not visible to the human eye are the most powerful,
Like Wind, Electricity, Airborne diseases, Higher-power. (arguable of course but you get the flow)

You can’t differentiate an organic apple from a non-organic apple.
And things that we can’t see, are the most deathly when it hits us.

I urge you to note this down, share it with your family and friends, Mums and helpers, to be conscious about foods that we consume, to eat better and enhance the wellbeing of yourself, and people you care about.

♥x, S.L

Sources: Huffington Post, ewg.org

THE BATTLE OF THE MERLION vs KANGAROO

12 Jul

(Just to clarify, the entry has got nothing to do with the animals(or make-believe ones) 😀 )

Few days back home in Singapore and i’m still adjusting to the switch…..
( Everything becomes ‘Wah, so cheap!!!!’)

Its winter in Sydney and coming home to this fiery climate is Tormenting.

For the past few days, i can’t help but observe, and compare the difference in diets and lifestyle of the Aussies and the Singas.(lol)
The food culture, the way of life and the availability of healthier choices people can make.
But of course, the cost of living varies starkly too,
Everything is so expensive in Sydney if you compare it to Singapore – E.g. A regular plate of rice there costs $8AUD and up.

Then again, they have high wages, so a regular position in the retail line would probably earn you $17-20/hr.
(Siao!!!!! I Know, Right)

With inflation escalating in most part of the world, our wages in Singapore at approx. $5-$6/hr have remained STAGNANT for the past 10-15 years.
2 Things :

1. Most can barely survive with this nominal pay.
2. We can’t stop foreigners from coming in to do these jobs either.

I bought Hokkien Mee last night(Not for me lah) from a regular neighbourhood coffee shop which costs a jaw-dropping $4.20.
Assuming i get $6/hr, that is 70% of my pay.
If i were in Sydney, and a meal costs me $8, and i get $17/hr, that is 47% of my pay.

A bus ticket of 10 short-distance rides cost $16, about $1.60/ride which i think is very much reasonable(high wages), compared to us which charges about half the price and often left with only standing spaces on the bus.
Another thing i observed in buses in Sydney, is that the bus driver would not allow more than 15 people standing, and the remaining boarding passengers would have to wait for the next bus.

That made the bus ride relieving and peaceful, without having to bear with the squeezing and temperaments of sore commuters.

Note that life is more laid back in Australia, no one’s rushing and people don’t shove and say ‘SCUSE!!!’, or roll their eyes at you just because they don’t get their way around.
And Thus, waiting for a bus is not that painful an ordeal.

Needless to say, there are still many other expenses that we have to factor in – Taxes, Petrol, Electricity Bills etc.
But, i think our COE beats the other comparisons Hands Down.
FYI, the front page of the Straits Time today mentioned that transport fares are going up, Again! It will be the biggest hike in recent years..

Let me move on.

One thing that i found ironic in Sydney, was that despite the sizeable amount of healthier choices available, at the same time there was also an equally whooping lot of not-so-healthy starch/carbo/fatty-laden foods…… Displayed just beside the healthy stuff.

You can’t have ABBA and Metallica in the same concert,
but you could love both though.
(For me at least… *shrugs* lol)

It seems to be a trend to have stores in malls and streets that promotes Whole Foods, Organic, Gluten-free, Low-calorie, Healthy yada yada.
Indistinctly suggesting that ‘Okay what you buy and eat from my shop will not cause any weight gain’.

So much so that it becomes a bubble-tea phenomenon in the F&B industry.
(Oh btw they also have bubble-tea there and very popular, called ChaTime and Easyway, so funny to see Angmohs drinking bubbletea and eat pearls lolol)

Just to show you a few –

And next door would be these –


These pastries are EVERYWHERE, haunting every corner of your eye, not to mention that servings are in XL portions.

Yours truly with the smallest serving of yogurt available.
The lady behind the counter had to deal with my incessant “How on earth do you not have a smaller serving than this?! How i eat dinner like that?!’

Lol.

What’s even more shocking are the magazine racks that blatantly promotes headlines like – ‘See how this Hollywood celebrity lose 20lbs in 10 days’ or ‘Check out this slutty-celebrity’s diet’ or ‘1 month guaranteed weight loss regime’ E T C.

There were like 9 magazine covers on the one magazine rack in the convenient store that i chanced upon that had these made-believe ideas.
I stood there, and it took me a minute to process this national obsession.

Crazy, crazy stuff.

Both the healthy and unhealthy stuff are so commercialized and profit-driven. Makes me wonder if the healthy stuff are really that healthy……

Well, there’s no perfect world. They have their own battle to overcome.

It also enlightened me about why people in the western world are enslaved to fast-food.
In Asian societies, prices of normal meals are cheaper at $2-3 ,and fast-food to us, are the costlier alternatives. Unlike for them, fast-food is cheapest and tastes good.
And thus, the struggle.

(Well, we also have our char kway teow and Ba Chor mee extra ba chor extra chilli)

However, they do have the necessary support system in place to easily jump on the healthy lifestyle wagon.
Gyms are everywhere in the neighborhood, fruits and vegetables of vibrant colours pile up on shop fronts. Most restaurants also make substantial efforts in their menu to cater to the calorie-conscious.

i was also utterly envious of the healthy foods that were easily found in supermarkets that do not rob the daylight out of my pockets.(huge cereal boxes go for 2 for $8. in SG, one of the same size and quality can be $10) There were so many choices and endless alleys of cereals, plus yogurts and salads and sold everywhere!
These to me,




Paradise.

At the end of the day, there’s no perfect world that we can live in, its all about the choices that we can make for ourselves.

♥x, S.L

For your reading pleasure…..

24 Jun

A new Harvard study shows what types of food could help you lose weight – or gain it….. but feel free to keep tucking into all the nuts and yogurt you want. –The Straits Time Pg. A18

Here’s a great article you SHOULD check out 🙂

I’m QUITTING Potatoes for good!!!

♥x, S.L