Power of Yellow & Orange Fruits and Veggies

In many cultures, yellow is the color of happiness and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring. It’s said that bright colors like yellow can be an instant mood booster. In fact, some fast food restaurants use yellow as the main color in their interior design and logo (you know which one 😉 to…

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…

Yoga Twists for Digestion

One thing I am thankful for in this pandemic is that when working from home I found myself forming the habit of doing some easy yoga stretches in the morning, between tasks, after work, and before bedtime. Now that I’m no longer working from home, I still try to carry on with that habit. I’m…

Should You Cook With Olive Oil?

It’s widely known that Extra Virgin Olive Oil has many health benefits: modulate gut microbiome, improve insulin sensitivity, and lower risks for cardiovascular disease, prevent neurodegenerative diseases, etc (check out this post for a summary). However, there’s been a heated debate on whether olive oil is suitable for use as a cooking oil. Opponents say…

What Does Your Poop Tell You?

Alright, let’s talk about poops, a topic that we all want to avoid (other than gas?) because we feel embarrassed about our poops? But come on… we eat, we digest, we poop, and we repeat! It’s as simple as that. Actually, poops can tell us a lot about our health. How often should you poop?…

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…

Is Red Wine Good for Gut Health?

It’s Wine Down Friday! A glass or two doesn’t hurt, right? In fact, some say it can even be good for your health, including gut health. Red wine is a major component of the Mediterranean Diet and also key part of what makes the French Paradox a paradox… hmm another food dilemma?! According to a…

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…

Should You Eat Breakfast? How Soon Should You Eat After Waking Up?

In this post, I’ll talk about How skipping or delaying breakfast may help boost metabolism and promote fat burning (a brief on intermittent fasting) But how skipping breakfast may increase your risk for liver disease, obesity and diabetes, and affect your energy and productivity on the other hand (conflicting, eh?) How soon you should eat…

A Brief History of Breakfast

As I was doing some research on the topic of breakfast (i.e. how soon should you eat after waking up, intermittent fasting vs. several small meals a day…stay tuned!), I came across some interesting articles and videos on how breakfast evolved throughout history in the western world. Let’s start with Ancient Egypt. it is said…

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….