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I am a healthy, very informed mother and this is a well-researched baby. I am going to FOLLOW my intuition, HONOUR my able, strong and flexible female body, USE my yoga and birthkeeper’s wisdom, and TRUST that Almighty Above would not give me what I won’t be able to handle.

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Waiting to an angel to cross over our world as my baby,
thought I’d share some photos from my Green + Organic Baby Shower & Blessing Way at Upward two Sundays ago.

Thank you to all important women in my life who were there at my yogi baby’s shower & blessing way.

To those who couldn’t be there or
couldn’t stay in the end for the blessing way prayer and birth visualization,
please keep us in your prayers.

TRUST

“It is not hope I ask from you.
Hope conceals the possibility of failure.
It is not faith, for that too is too ephemeral, too hard to grab hold of and pocket.

I ask yourself to trust with all your might, with your entire body and soul.
Trust that you know all there is to know.
Trust that the wisdom of the Mother is within you.
Trust fully that when the time comes,
you will rise to the occasion.

Nothing is ever given to us that we cannot handle.
God would not have made women go through childbirth without giving us the tools to manage is.
Trust that you are a perfect mother,
trust that your body will perform to its highest potential,
trust that the baby knows her way out.
Trust, simply trust, then let go of all control and relax into the ride of life.

When you truly trust, be loved – worries will melt away, tension will be unknown, and the miracle will come forth joyfully and painlessly.”

~GIUDITTA TORNETTA,
Painless Childbirth (book, 2008)

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January 27th, 2013 at 8:05 pm

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don’t want, drink what you don’t like, and do what you’d rather not.” ~MARK TWAIN

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If you haven’t came across this already..

To feel fresh and to stay healthy,
feed our our body with food that are fresh and healthy.

To not feel fried and dead,
just don’t eat that.

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September 8th, 2012 at 8:56 pm

“Since 1986, 82% people who have gone on plant-based diet, no dairy, no meat of any kind, no chicken, no turkey, eat very little fish, have begun to heal themselves. Their arterial blockage cleans up, the calcium deposit around their heart breaks up.” ~BILL CLINTON

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Since Bill Clinton blew everyone away today,
I cannot NOT share this :cool:

Please don’t give me heart time about not eating meat anymore (6 years this October, woo hoo!),
I did it to live longer :)

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September 6th, 2012 at 4:21 pm

I invest and take care of my earth now so my children and my children’s children will still breathe the same air and live in the same planet.

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I am beyond honoured and thrilled to announce that

..I AM YOUR FIRST MALAYSIAN BOXSTAR!

According to Boxfool.com’s FAQ, Boxstars are individuals who are interesting, influential, cultured and which they believe have good taste!

Well, if you say so :lol:

And Boxfool is a subscription service that allows you to discover and receive awesome stuff on a quarterly basis. Every three months, you will receive a Box fool of interesting items handpicked by an influential curator according to a theme.

Each Boxfool contains 4-5 items that have been handpicked by a Boxstar according to a given theme that he or she is passionate about. The content remains a secret until you open it!

For a start, Boxfool is kicking off with a quarterly environment-friendly package called Boxfool of Eco. New themes will be introduced in the future.

I am the first ever Boxstar for Malaysia representing Boxfool of Eco and I could not be any prouder.

This much I can tell you, each item in your Boxfool is personally handpicked by me consisting my favourite organic and environmental-friendly products I cannot live without. All the products I picked for you are 100% NOT endorsed by the brands and I am not getting paid for promoting the products. I am simply sharing my favourite organic products that you can eat or plant or carry or drink in support of making more Malaysians support organic movement in Malaysia so we can buy them off the shelves for cheaper in the future!

I did an interesting interview for Boxfool on my take and effort on being environmental-friendly,
you can read all about it here.

For the third question on ‘What are some of the eco-friendly habits that I’ve developed?‘,
I made this video in continuation with this earlier video so you can have a look at what’s in my kitchen sink and recycle bins!

I don’t know why my mouth uttered ‘incinerated’ at minute 3:28 when there’s no burning involved! Can I blame my pregnancy brain?

For only RM60 per box, you will get my handpicked choice of organic and environmentally-friendly products worth almost RM200! Maybe you can get a couple other boxes for your favourite friends or as Hari Raya hamper as well!

Come, come, come, get your own Boxfool curated by me NOW!

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July 22nd, 2012 at 3:25 pm

iOrganic

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For the past months of knowing I got pregnant,
my morning sickness and nausea are not pretty.
I threw up in almost every New York cab ride and flight from KL to North America and back rolleyes

Apparently, morning sickness when you are pregnant is a good thing!
Endure, Ninie. Endure..

Two things that keep me going
(and from throwing up while teaching at Upward..)
are lemonade and red apples.

I can finish the two bottles of lemonade and these apples in two days!
You can buy these from major grocery stores, I usually get mine
from either Village Grocer (BV) or Jaya Grocer (Empire).

I am a big advocate of organic produce way before I got pregnant to make sure my body, soul and DNA are not contaminated from GMO, MSG, synthetic preservatives, colourings and hazardous chemicals in my food.

Going organic can be very expensive especially in Malaysia where organic movement is only picking up and many fruits and vegetables don’t even grow in our climate so my husband and I make sure that we eat at home at much as we can (how else can we ensure that the food that go in our body are clean and made with love?) and buy organic at least for the ‘dirty dozen.’

DIRTY DOZEN (12 most contaminated produce – with pesticide, wax, GMO, etc)

  • Peaches
  • Apples
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Celery
  • Nectarines
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Pears
  • Grapes (Imported)
  • Spinach
  • Lettuce
  • Potatoes

12 LEAST CONTAMINATED (if we are on a budget, these don’t necessarily have to be organic)

  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Sweet Corn (Frozen)
  • Pineapples
  • Mango
  • Asparagus
  • Sweet Peas (Frozen)
  • Kiwi Fruit
  • Bananas
  • Cabbage
  • Broccoli
  • Papaya

(list from Organic.org)

Unfortunately, the ‘dirty dozen’ are really expensive in Kuala Lumpur :cry:

A pair of organic red or green apples cost RM15 (USD5) and a stalk of celery is at least RM30 (USD10)!

Back to my organic apples story,
as I love snacking the apples when I am in front of my laptop,
I began developing another habit of peeling the stickers off the apples and sticking them anywhere accessible..

Of course that irks my husband, right?

So I came home one day to find this..

KO ADA?

Will share my organic prenatal care supplements hopefully tomorrow :)
Love and light for now.

I eat clean food today and do yoga everyday to stay healthy and to still be able to control every part of my body when I am no longer 30 (and 50. And 70. And 90).

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I wish I have the answer to this..

I also know

  • half a dozen female Malaysian celebrities in their mid-30s who chain smoke, drink Coke like water and party everyday like it’s Saturday, yet they still look younger than me
  • my mom at 54 (and with seven children and does not exercise) looks younger than some of my seniors who were former athletes from my boarding school
  • my dad at 57 (and only eats free-range eggs and has not eaten chicken or anything canned for as long as I could remember) looks younger than Rosyam Nor who is only 45. And errr, in fact I think my dad actually looks a lot like Rosyam Nor Rosyam Nor looks like my dad, a lot..

The Ahmads

I don’t know about looking younger but I do know that the oldest Malaysian is a vegetarian (and THAT I don’t want to look like Nigella Lawson in her swimming suit).

.  .  .  .  .

I can only speak for myself and look up to vegetarian yoga teachers being masters to their own body at their 70’s and 90’s with no health issues and rocking arm balancing like there’s no tomorrow.

93-years-old Tao Porchon-Lynch

73-years-old Dharma Mittra

I keep doing what I have been doing and I keep eating (or not) what I have (and not) been eating as
when I grow up, I want to be and look just like them.

Love and long life (to all humans and animals).

I am healthy, compassionate and prosperous as I only allow clean, cruelty-free and organic food to build every fibre in my being.

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Since I shared my interview with Natural Health mag, I have been showered with these questions:

  • What’s wrong with eating meat?
  • What is organic diet?
  • I also want to not fall sick in years! How do I start?

This entry is strictly for those who asked..

And those who wish to initiate change in your body, our community and this country.

What’s wrong with eating meat?

Before you start with me on ‘eating meat is not a sin / haram in Islam’, let me just stop you there. In the Islam I know and believe in, NOT eating meat is also NOT a sin in Islam if you avoid eating them to live longer.

Forget about (if you have the heart to :P ) animal suffering and that worldwide livestock farming generates 18% of planet’s carbon footprint (by comparison – ALL the world’s cars + trains + plaves and boats account to a combined of 13% of gas emissions),

..meat is simply:

(summarized from What’s Wrong With Eating Meat book)

1. Full of chemicals
Animals that you eat, eat at fields that are treated with poisonous chemical (pestisides and fertilisers). When you eat meat, you consume higher concentration of chemicals that accumulated during the animal’s lifetime.
2. Full of diseases
To produce meat at highest profit, animals are force-fed, injected with hormones to stimulate growth, given stimulants, antibiotics and sedatives that cause cancer. Animals with undetected tumours and cancers will pass them to their meat-eaters. That simple.
3. Full of decay
Meat passes very slowly in human digestive system, it takes at least 5 days to pass out of human body as opposed to vegetarian food which only takes 24 to 36 hours maximum. During this time, decaying meat are in constant contact with the digestive organs and the habit of eating animal flesh in its state of decomposition creates a poisonous state in the colon and wears out human’s sensitive intestinal tract prematurely.
4. Full of bacteria
Beef, poultry, lamb and pork, even when untainted with disease, contain massive amounts of saturated fats and cholestrol that fasten clogging of arteries, hospitals and cemetaries worldwide. That is why all studies proved that meat-eaters live shorter lives.
5. Main cause of cancer, heart disease, hypertension, obesity, gallstones, kidney disease, gout, arthritis, constipation, diabetes, ulcers..
I could go on if you want.

What are ‘bad’ foods?

Bad foods are chemical-laden food with additives and preservatives (MSG, colourings, bulking agents, hormones, etc) to mimic natural flavours, to colour food to make them look more ‘natural’ or ‘fresh’ and to preserve foods for longer shelf life.

Why manufacturers make ‘bad’ food anyway?

(summarized from Avoid Chemical In Your Food book)

1. Profit
Manufactured ingredients are cheaper that natural ones so synthetic foods generate more profits from natural foods. Fruit flavourings are cheaper than real fruits, most artificial sweeteners are cheaper than real sugar.
2. Product life
Preservatives and antioxidants are used to prevent product decaying in the natural way (this is important to retailers and possibly consumers who may expect the products to last an unrealistic length of time).
3. Physical stability
- Emulsifiers are used to stop ingredients from clumping
- Anti-caking agents ensure lump-free powders
- Bulking-agents add to product weight without increasing nutritional value
4. Appearance
Products may be dyed, coloured or glazed to fulfill visual demands and expectations of certain consumers.
5. Flavours
Flavourings are used to provide a taste corresponding to product’s description when food ingredients cannot provide it sufficiently.
6. Convenience factors
Certain so called ‘convenience foods’ require additives to allow for their method of preparation (includes products to which hot water is added to serve and products that are to be heated in microwave ovens).

All the books I referred to above are available at Justlife (my favourite local organic, vegan / vegetarian and fair-trade shop) nationwide

What are organic foods?

(From Wikipedia)
Organic foods are foods that are produced using methods that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers, do not contain genetically modified organisms, and are not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives.

Organic VS ‘Natural’

(From Nature’s Path)
While both ‘natural’ & ‘organic’ mean no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, only certified organic foods guarantee no fertilizers, toxic pesticides, irradiation, GMOs and hormones were used.

What’s in my kitchen / fridge?

What I ban in my kitchen / fridge

1. Any products with MSG (‘perencah nasi goreng’, Ajinomoto and the likes)
2. Any form of poultry, meat and shellfish
3. Instant food (instant noodle, instant porridge, instant pizza)
4. Carbonated drinks
5. Usage of microwave
6. Usage of Teflon / non-stick pans
7. Plastic containers / water bottles especially to store leftover food (generic / brand name: Tupperware. Now you know why I just don’t get advertorials anymore)
8. ‘Vegetable’ cooking oil

Hey, you asked!

Love and long life to all beings everywhere.

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