Archive for the ‘organic Malaysian’ tag
“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
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.
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.
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
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!
I am not having any weird cravings yet,
just longing for my mom’s cooking like never before.
I don’t really restrict what I eat now,
as I have been eating pretty clean and healthy years before I got pregnant.
Interview with Natural Health magazine, October 2011
I planned to get pregnant three months after I started taking folic acid in January early this year. Lucky strike, I conceived in April and I immediately searched for what options do I have for organic prenatal vitamins & supplements as I have never been a fan of allowing synthetic, drugs, processed and chemical-laden products in my body.
New Chapter Organics® Perfect Prenatal Multivitamin
Unlike many if not every other vitamins and prenatal vitamins in the market, New Chapter’s Multivitamins are probiotic and whole (not lab and synthetically produced), non-GMO, fair-trade certified and made with organic fruits and vegetables.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a vendor that sells this in Malaysia so when I found it pretty much in almost every corner in New York City, I bought and stocked them for as long as I am pregnant.
New Chapter Wholemega® Prenatal Extra-Virgin Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
Selling side-by-side beside it is, New Chapter Wholemega® Prenatal Extra-Virgin Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil listing halal Gelatin capsule, B.A.S.S (Botanical Antioxidant Stability System with extracts of organic rosemary, organic oregano and organic sunflower oil) and 100% Wild Alaskan Salmon Fish Oil.
I am not a vegan and I do take fish when I eat out sometimes so I didn’t hesitate on taking fish oil supplement when I am pregnant to promote my baby’s brain and eye development.
The only downsides to this organic supplements are:
- the big bottle of Perfect Prenatal multivitamin you see above containing 96 tablets is only for 33 days and cost US$46.95 / RM135 (not including tax) PER BOTTLE A MONTH and the Wholemega Omega-Rich Fish Oil’s bottle is only for 22 days and cost US$29.95 / RM90 (not including tax) PER BOTTLE A MONTH! That makes about US$500 or RM1,500 for 7-months pregnancy marathon supplements!!!!
- the Perfect Prenatal multivitamin has to be taken three times a day the Wholemega Prenatal Omega-Rich Fish Oil has to be taken twice a day with two tablets each time because of their whole food and organic properties that take longer (time release) to dissolve naturally.
Apart from the organic prenatal supplements, I also have been indulging in bottles of organic skin care oil to prevent / reduce stretch marks. I have been using Neutrogena’s Sesame Formula Body Oil (not sold in Malaysia..) before I got pregnant and in my early weeks of my pregnancy and have switched to these organic and natural brands since I found them in Canada.
To ease my horrible morning sickness (and to substitute my coffee..), I have been using these organic teas by Earth Mama Angel Baby as well.
Would highly appreciate it if anybody knows New Chapter organic supplements and Earth Mama Angel Baby products selling in Malaysia as I would love to recommend a natural, healthy, chemical-and-cruelty-free start to my pregnant students and friends as well.
Love and light.
Photos of my evergrowing big belly soon!
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
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)
- Sweet Bell Peppers
- Grapes (Imported)
12 LEAST CONTAMINATED (if we are on a budget, these don’t necessarily have to be organic)
- Sweet Corn (Frozen)
- Sweet Peas (Frozen)
- Kiwi Fruit
(list from Organic.org)
Unfortunately, the ‘dirty dozen’ are really expensive in Kuala Lumpur
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..
Will share my organic prenatal care supplements hopefully tomorrow
Love and light for now.
Another awesome perk of being a yoga ‘person’ is,
your husband and in-laws just seem to know exactly what to stuff in your Christmas stocking!
For Christmas 2011, my ’stocking’ looked like this
Among the things I found in my stocking for Christmas were
organic (and fat-free!) Yogi Chips
organic chocolate bars
organic toothpaste and socks (rock!)
a table calendar
another Power-Y tank (hooray to NOT having to wear bra to yoga anymore!)
..and this beyond cute water bottle!
See, I’m not that complicated a girl.
- anything Lululemon organic
- paraben-free cleansers and BPA-free bottles
- not fur coats and not leather bags (yes, I only carry cheap handbags..)
- non-genetically modifed (GMO) fruits and colouring free snacks (without corn syrup please!)
and I am one happy Ninie
See you back at Upward this week!
Love and light.
I am healthy, compassionate and prosperous as I only allow clean, cruelty-free and organic food to build every fibre in my being.
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 ) 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)
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
Products may be dyed, coloured or glazed to fulfill visual demands and expectations of certain consumers.
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?
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.