Book Review: The Plant Paradox by Steven Gundry

This book is centered around the naturally occurring plant component lectin, which is part of plants’ self defense-mechanism to protect them from their predators (humans included). The author discussed how these components may have a negative impact on human health, and proposed that by eliminating lectins in our diet, we can alleviate many health conditions…

Mushrooms for Gut Health

I love mushrooms. They’re packed with umami flavour and health-boosting components. There’re so many varieties of mushrooms out there – other than the familiar cultivated varieties like button mushrooms and creminis (which are just baby portabellos!), wild mushrooms are also very much treasured, then comes the increasingly popular medicinal mushrooms like reishi and chaga, just…

Banana Oatmeal Pancakes (Gluten & Dairy Free!)

I found this super easy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes recipe made right in the blender from Ambitious Kitchen. They’re gluten and dairy free, and also don’t contain any white flour or sugar. They’re fluffy, moist and subtly sweet on their own, or you can add maple syrup for extra sweetness! Perfect for a Sunday breakfast. Recipe…

Kombucha & Living Vinegar Cocktails?!

So I’ve been brewing kombucha for a few weeks now (at my 7th batch!). It’s super fun and actually not as complicated as I thought it would be. Since I started water kefir brewing first, I couldn’t help but to compare the two very similar and increasingly popular probiotic drinks. I thought the use of…

Why Are Sprouted Nuts, Grains, Seeds and Legumes Better For You?

The sprouting of nuts, grains, seeds and legumes has been an age-old practice in many cultures around the world for thousands of years. I wonder if our ancestors somehow knew about the health benefits of sprouting at the time, or it all happened simply by accident due to the shortage of food and preservation methods,…

The Best Gluten & Dairy Free Pizza! + Product Reviews

I’ve been curious to try gluten & dairy free pizzas at mainstream pizza chains just to get a sense of what they’re like so I can set an expectation before I make my own version to satisfy my occasional pizza craving. After all, they’re not real pizzas so it’s almost unfair to compare them to…

Non Medical Ingredients in Supplements

There’s been lots of debates on whether one should take supplements (multivitamins and probiotics seem to be the most popular ones, along with vitamin D especially for those of us living in northern latitudes). My opinion on this topic has changed many times throughout the past few years as I went through college & university…

Got Milk? Why the Craze for Plant-based Milk?

The rise of plant-based milk has been unstoppable in the past few years as more and more people are looking for dairy alternatives, some for health reasons such as food allergy & sensitivity and concerns for growth hormones & antibiotics in cow’s milk, others for ethical and environmental reasons. Soy & coconut milk have been…

Nightshades…What the Heck?

Nightshades refer to a group of flowering plants that belong to the species Solanaceae. While many plants that belong to this family are not edible or even extremely toxic, some common edible nightshades include tomatoes, eggplants, peppers (sweet bell peppers, cayenne and chili peppers), potatoes and goji berries… They are packed with nutrients and are…

10 Interesting Podcasts on Food and Health

I listen to podcasts when I’m stuck in traffic commuting to work, going for a long walk by myself, doing meal prep, or even just taking a break after scrolling on the phone for too long (a great way to relieve eyestrain from smartphones but still embrace the technology!) What I love about podcasts is…

My Food Intolerance Test Review

I did a Food Intolerance Test (aka. Food Sensitivity Test) last year as I have been having painful GI symptoms for quite a while and I was tired of guessing what food makes me feel bad and what doesn’t. Also, I wasn’t pinned down on any specific disease or syndrome name by a conventional doctor….