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I’ve realised that LONG blogs make people lose interest, so I divided this one into two 😀

Many people claim that a low carb diet is the best diet: “it helps people lose weight with almost zero efforts, it makes you energetic, and it’s a cure for diabetes.”
Is it really? Are there any bad side effects of this diet?

I did some research, in fact, FIFTY articles to be exact, on a low-carb diet and how it impacts on our body and health.

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I’m writing this post because my next one is going to take some time with lots of reading, researching and thinking!

I came across to this debate (almost like fighting) on Facebook regarding LCHF diet yesterday.

Grow up Tammy!

While not being against this diet, I disagree with that it’s “the best and correct diet for everyone” as many people have claimed.

How low is low? What is the effect of low carb on glucose and insulin resistance? Is it suitable for type 1 AND type 2 diabetes? How does it affect the lipid profile?

We all know that if you consume at least 100g CHO a day, that’s actually fine for your brain functioning, but anything below that? Are there any SERIOUS downsides of this diet, which LOTS of people claim to help lose weight and control blood glucose?

While limited research have been done on the LONG TERM effects of this diet, are we dietitians really “old fashion” and refuse to believe in what’s against what we were taught? Are we wrong? Or can I find evidence to find a correct way?

SO MANY QUESTIONS!

Also I read an article last night that the low carb diet surprisingly does NOT worsen gout when it comes to clinical trails, where in theory it should. (Still going to read the whole thing and more research on it)

 

Please wait for the new post 😉

 

Xoxo Love Tammy

This is a recipe that put me off when I first saw it until I decided to give it a try!

Unfortunately all the recipes I found on the internet basically ALL use the SAME recipe as if it’s the perfect ratio… but when I tried it out, I actually needed to adapt it a bit…
So this is my adapted version of this special chocolate mousse.

But I have to say, even though it isn’t as airy as the normal chocolate mousse, it’s certainly very yummy!
It tastes like a dense chocolate mousse that you can either enjoy on its own or with some fruits.

Ingredients:

1 ripe avocado
5 sachets of sweetener
1/4 cup soy milk (or any type or milk)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of salt

Method:

  1. Mash the avocado in a bowel
  2. Mix everything together
  3. Place the mixture in the blender and blend it well
  4. Serve with fruits

Hope you enjoy it!

Xoxo Love Tam

I have had people asking me how to make ChowMein (chinese fried noodles) and telling me that the noodles they make just doesn’t taste as nice as the once they buy from a restaurant.

The chow mein from the Chinese shops can be too oily and salty, with a lot of MSG in it…
Why not make your own with this easy, under budget and delicious recipe?

I used spaghetti for this recipe because I like the chewy noodles, you can use chinese egg noodles too.

Ingredients:

3-4 portions of spaghetti, boiled till half cooked
1 table spoon of oil
1 onion, sliced
2 carrots, sliced
5 baby marrows, sliced
5 mushrooms, sliced
2 big chicken breasts, sliced (I added a bit of left over steak)
3/4 cup of low sodium kikkoman soy sauce (please don’t use other soy sauce unless it’s from a chinese store)
1/4 cup of pasta water
1 table spoon of sweet chilli sauce

Method:

  1. In the frying pan, or a wok, heat up oil and fry onions over medium heat.
  2. Add chicken and cook it until it’s done.
  3. Add the vegetables and fry for 2 mins.
  4. Add the noodles and mix well.
  5. Mix the soy sauce, water and sweet chilli sauce in a bowl.
  6.  Pour the sauce mixture into the pan.
  7. Turn the heat down and put the lid on, cook for 2 mins.
  8. Open the lid and stir well until the top part of the noodles is in the sauce.
  9. Cook until the vegetables are soft and noodles have the flavour.
  10. Serve.

Xoxo Love Tammy

It is just heart-breaking to see your little one suffer from allergies – whether it’s food allergies, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), or atopic dermatitis (eczema).

Food allergy

A food allergy reaction occurs when a person’s immune system overreacts to a food (or a substance in food) and triggers a protective response. Allergies tend to run in families; errors in a gene that helps regulate the immune system are associated with higher rates of allergies, but it’s difficult to predict whether a child will inherit a parent’s food allergy.

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Want to impress your family, friends or partner with a meal?

As a pasta lover, this is one of my FAVOURITE recipes! It’s easy, quick, and yummy. It cannot go wrong if you follow this recipe. 🙂

I’ve adapted this recipe a little bit to include more vegetables.

Information:
Cooked tomatoes are associated with greater health benefits compared with the uncooked ones; the heating process allows all carotenoids to be more easily absorbed by the body.

Ingredients:

1 table spoon cooking oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 carrot, grated (optional)
1/2 cup mix vegetables (optional)
1/2 cup mushrooms (optional)
2 big tomatoes, diced
300g mince (beef, pork or chicken)
1 block beef stock
1 sachet (50g) tomato paste
1 table spoon Italian herbs
3 drops of lime juice
1 ~ 2 table spoons sugar
1/2 tea spoon salt

 

 

Method:

  1. In a sauce pan, heat the oil, fry the onion until soft
  2. Add the vegetables and fry until cooked
  3. Add the tomatoes and fry until cooked
  4. On medium heat, add the mince, cook until the mince are cooked
  5. Add the beef stock and stir well
  6. Add the tomato paste and herbs, stir well
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  7. Add the lime juice, sugar and salt. Stir well. Cook for another 5 minutes
  8. Enjoy!

 

Xoxo Love Tammy

 

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  1. Negative calorie food…?

Have you ever heard of “negative-calorie food”? It means the food requires more energy from your body to digest than the calorie the food provides, resulting in weight loss. People like to use celeries or apples as the example.

This is NOT true. (Sad, I know.)

Proteins have the highest thermic effect (20 to 30%), which means it requires more energy to digest protein than the food that has 10%. But there are still plenty of calories left over in your body after you ingest proteins.

The only negative-calorie food would be cold water. Water contains 0 calories, and it requires your body to warm up the cold water when you drink it. However, your body only burns 100 calories if you drink ONE LITRE of cold water. I mean, drinking water is good, but probably not the greatest method to rely on if you want to lose weight.

However, foods that are low in calories may help with weight loss because you can fill with your stomach with fewer calories. Imagine that your stomach needs 1000ml of something to feel full; the calories of 1000ml of pizza are a lot higher than the calories of 1000ml of carrots!

  1. Diet soda help you lose weight…?

I have no clue why some people say this.

Diet soda is made with sweetener instead of sugar, therefore the calories in diet soda are less than the regular ones. For instance, If you normally drink 1 litre of coke a day, and now you decide to change to 1 litre of water, or coke zero, it may help you lose weight, because you cut down the calories you take in; but if you order yourself a large pizza, 2 burgers, 8 chicken wings and a bottle of diet soda, the soda won’t magically make all the calories from those food disappear.

P.S water is the best.

  1. Food that help you lose fat in certain body parts…?

You may find LOTS of posts on the internet that tell you food X helps you lose your belly, or that Y food gives you a thigh gap. The thing is, everyone’s body is different, and your body has no control over where the fat is going to grow or lose. This means, when you gain weight, or when you lose weight, it’s up to your body to decide where it’s going to be.

One thing that may help you to look thinner on a certain body part is exercise. You can do workouts that target a certain body part, when you’re toned up you will look one (or more) size smaller!

  1. Detox diet is the best…?

Or cleanse diet. The diet claims to “detox” your body, get rid of harmful substances, boost your immune system and give your organs a break.

However, there is no scientific evidence that any of these so-called cleanses really benefit a person’s health. Our organs, especially liver and kidneys, together with immune system, can handle detoxification in your body. As long as you don’t drink the excessive amount of alcohol or over-dose on some medications, your body, if healthy, can detox those little toxins on its own. (Let me skip all the physiology of liver.)

Dietitian Katherine  pointed out: “So why do so many people claim to feel better after detoxification? It may be due in part to the fact that a detox diet eliminates highly processed foods that have solid fats and added sugar. Simply avoiding these high-calorie low-nutrition foods for a few days may be part of why people feel better.”

The best detox is an overall healthful eating, which includes plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain, less processed food and refined sugar, limit intake of alcohol and avoidance of nicotine.

  1. Fresh veggies are better than frozen veggies…?

Ok, I know I have been saying “fresh vegetables” everywhere in my posts, but what about frozen vegetables? I have had people debating with me that frozen vegetables are bad.

Most of the fresh vegetables you get from the markets have to go through a long transportation to get to where they are. Besides, we seldom finish the vegetables we buy within 1 to 2 days, the longer they are exposed to the air after being picked, the more nutrients they lose. By the time you consume them, they may not have the same nutritional value as the frozen vegetables, which the fast freezing process helps to slow down nutrient loss. Of course, if you have a vegetable garden, those vegetables would be the best!

Xoxo Love Tammy

Did someone say Meat-free Monday? 😀

No time to cut the chicken? Crave pasta but also don’t want to feel guilty? Looking for a vegetarian meal? Chick peas are a good source of fibre and protein, and they are low in fat – Win win!

This creamy pasta is so tasty, quick and easy. You have to try it out! 🙂

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Serving: 2~3

Ingredients (for the sauce only)

  1.  1 table spoon olive oil (or any cooking oil)
  2.  Half of broccoli head, cut to small pieces
  3. 100g Mushrooms, sliced
  4. 2 cups of Spinach, finely cut
  5. 1/2 tin of chick peas, drained
  6. 250ml fresh cream
  7.  1 table spoon flour
  8. Salt to taste
  9. 1/2 cup Cheddar cheese (optional)

Methods

  1. Heat the oil in a sauce pan on medium heat
  2. Put in broccoli, mushrooms and spinach.
  3. Cook until mushrooms and broccoli are soft
  4. Add chick peas, stir well
  5. Cook for 5 minutes
  6. Add fresh cream, stir well, cook for 3 – 5 minutes
  7. Add in flour, cook until the sauce thickened
  8. Add salt for taste
  9. Move away from the heat, add cheese
  10. Stir until all cheese is melted and mixed well in the sauce
  11. Add the pasta, stir well
  12. Serve

Enjoy!!

Xoxo Love Tammy

Pilchard is a good source of omega 3 and calcium. Omega 3 has anti-inflammatory properties, and calcium is important for your bones and teeth health.

I made this recipe and it was really yummy. If you feel for fish, this economical meal would be one of the best options!

P.S Pilchard is high in Purine, therefore should be avoided if you suffer from gout. 🙂

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Ingredients:

1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves or 1 tea spoon of crushed garlic
2 chilli
3 medium tomatoes, diced
2 table spoons of fruit chutney
1 tea spoon of curry powder
1 tin of pilchard in Tomato sauce, slightly mashed with a fork
1 packet of tomato paste
2 cups of mix vegetables
100 ml water
salt and pepper for taste

method:

  1. Fry the onion in little oil until golden brown in a sauce pan.
  2. Add the garlic, chilli, mix well and add tomato
  3. Cook until tomato is soft and add chutney and curry powder
  4. Add pilchard, tomato paste and mix vegetables, stir well
  5. Add water, mix well and simmer for about 10 – 15 minutes, stir occasionally
  6. Add salt and pepper for taste
  7. Serve

Enjoy! 🙂

Xoxo Love Tammy

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