Tuesday, 23 May 2017

The Day I Need Not Cook (Almost!)


This year's Mother's Day was the first ever that I needn't cook. Well, except for boiling the rice and baking the salmon. Hubby cooked lunch. And then hubby and Joel vacuumed and mopped the floor. It was my day! And a great day it was.


Minced pork with potatoes
Stir fried chayote
Baked salmon

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Powdered Rice & Millet Drink


Ingredients:

1. 60gm of organic red, brown and black rice
2. 20gm of millet
3. 1500gm water
4. Sea-salt

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1. Wash the rice and millet thoroughly.

2. Soak them for two days in the fridge. Change the soaking water a few times.

3. After two days, drain the water and do one final rinse.

4. Sprinkle some sea-salt and mix it thoroughly with the rice and millet.

5. Preheat oven at 180C.

6. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

7. Spread the rice and millet mixture evenly on the baking paper.

8. Bake for 1/2 hour. Halfway baking, stir the mixture with a spoon.

9. Once the baking is done, allow to cool before grinding it with the TMX.

10. Set 1 minute/slowly increasing the speed to 8.5.

11. Store in an airtight jar.

12. You can keep it in the fridge for longer storage time.

Bon appetit!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Candida & Dr. Yadav

After trying the FODMAP diet, things were going really well at first. Then I added back foods with FODMAP for one month before I maxed out the threshold which caused the IBS symptoms to have a party all over again.

I then went back to FODMAP diet but the IBS wouldn't shut up and quiet down!

It even reached to a point that chicken, fish and EVERY SINGLE thing that I ate triggered IBS. I had even stopped having rice. The intestines were churning out rap songs, vibrato passages and electronic music. Sometimes I could even hear an orchestra in there. 

That was when the kinesiologist's diagnosis of Candida being the cause of my IBS lit a 1,000,000 watt bulb in my brain.  

How could I get Candida even when I wasn't having sugar, gluten or even rice?

And then it hit me.

PPIs!

NEXIUM.

20 years of Nexium off and on. I've had GERD since I was 19. And I'm 40 this year. It's been break-up and then make-up with Nexium. I hate it, can't stand it but when it's gone, my stomach goes bonkers, has a breakdown and meltdown and Nexium is back in my life again. 

Click on LINK to read about GERD.

Nexium is a PPI (Proton Pump Inhibitor). It reduces acid in the stomach so that the acid reflux would not injure the stomach lining and esophagus. 

And that is when the sinister characters are able to infiltrate the gut. Bacteria and fungi are able to create havoc in the gut. Especially H pylori and Candida. 

So the million dollar question would be "How shall I get rid of Candida"?

Do I even have Candida in the first place? Why was I never tested for Candida?

I then decided to see Dr. Yadav about it. Maybe this Candida thing had something to do with screwing up my immune system. 

The night before I saw him, I had a terrible episode of IBS. This time I broke out in hives! This has never happened to me before. I started itching from head to toe. It was as though I had hundreds and thousands of ants crawling all over me. I felt so terribly sick that I woke my hubby up in the middle of the night and told him that something was so very wrong. He of course went into panic mode. (The anaphylaxis episode 8 years ago flashed before his eyes.) I swallowed a Piriton antihistamine and then monitored myself. The hives and itch disappeared. 

Morning finally arrived. We went to see Dr. Yadav. Stoned and groggy like the Walking Dead, I stumbled into his office and related to him what had happened. He said that I had eaten something which had some bacterial activity and I had a reaction to the toxin that the bacteria produced!

What did I eat? And then it struck me. I had forgotten about some food which I had cooked and left it on the dining table for a few hours. Even though it smelt good and tasted good after reheating it to boiling point, the bacteria had taken a foothold in the food. And I basically had food poisoning (with no diarrhoea)!

So we talked about Candida. I told him I read about Nystatin being a good medication for Candida. He said that it is and it's one of the pioneer drugs for Candida. The good thing about Nystatin is that it does not get absorbed into the blood stream. It enters the stomach, cleans the gut and out it goes!

I also brought up about being bitten by ticks back in November when we went on a vacation. The bites were still flaring up 5 months later! And they flared up pretty badly whenever I had chicken eggs or prawns. I could have chicken eggs and prawns prior to these bites. Dr. Yadav explained that shellfish and ticks have a similar chemical compound. So that could be causing the flare ups whenever I had prawns. Chicken eggs are high in histamines. So he took some blood for some tests.

We went to purchase Nystatin after seeing Dr. Yadav.

It is supposed to be taken three times a day; 5ml each time. I remember about 10 years back ago, a doctor at the ER in a hospital adviced me that whatever medicine I took, I should take a small amount and wait to see if I had any allergy reaction to it. And if I didn't, then I would take a little more the next round and waited.

So I took 2ml of Nystatin in the evening and waited. And I was fine. I took 5ml the next day in the evening and continued with one dose only. By the third day, all the bloated feeling and gassiness were gone. I could eat food that were on the high side of the FODMAP diet with no issues. I continued Nystatin for two weeks.

The Candida problem was finally solved!

But the nagging pain in the stomach didn't go away....

(...to be continued)



Friday, 12 May 2017

A Not So New 'Toy'


I got this pressure cooker many months back. This has travelled with us to Penang and to Johor. This pot is quite the traveller!

The best part about this pot is that it can be used with or without its cover. If you want to have fried rice, you can remove the lid and use it like a wok/frying pan.

I've cooked many dishes with this. I've used the bake function with fish, chicken and pork. I've even 'stir fried vegetables' with it. The pressure cooked boiled soup is fantastic.

I haven't tried the cake function yet.

Black eye peas soup
Hairy gourd with scrambled eggs
Fish balls fried rice
Minced pork with potato strips
Why a pressure cooker?

For people like me with salicylate sensitivity, we sometimes can be sensitive to histamine, amines and a whole lot of other stuff. Cooking food for long periods of time releases histamines, amines and glutamates. Thus a pressure cooker can achieve a dish which is supposed to be cooked for a long period of time in a short time.


P.s. Phillips should pay me for the advertisement.... Haha.


Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Thermomix Boiled Rice (Revised Version)

Ingredients:

1. 400gm rice
2. 1500gm water

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1. Place the 400gm rice in the simmering basket and place it in a container large enough for the basket to be covered in water.

2. Fill the container up with water and allow the rice to be soaked overnight.

3. Pour and drain the water away. Rinse the rice a few times under running water.

4. Fill the TMX jug with 1500gm water.

5. Place the simmering basket into the jug, cover the lid (without the MC) and set 21 minutes/90C/Speed 4.

I selected Speed 4 so that the water will wash over the rice. Look at the foam that came from the rice.
6. Once the rice is done, I covered the lid with the MC and let the rice sit in the jug for 1/2 hour before serving.

The starchy water. Apparently plants love this water. I have yet to try giving this water to my plants.
Bon appetit!


Thursday, 27 April 2017

An Alternative to Painkillers

Due to my allergy to painkillers and NSAIDs, it's horrible when pain decides to strike. Especially backaches or muscle sprains in the neck or shoulders.

There were two incidences about two years back where the pain was so bad that I was placed on physiotherapy by my orthopedic.

I have had weak back muscles for as long as I can remember. Other than teaching me muscle strengthening exercises, my physiotherapist also used the TENS machine on my back.

TENS stand for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation.

TENS machine is a small battery operated machine which has sticky pads attached to it via wires. Small electrical pulses are transmitted to the body.

*It is believed to be able to block pain signals sent to the brain on high pulse rate (90 to 130Hz). When it is set to low pulse rate (2 to 5Hz), it is believed to trigger the body to build endorphins to block pain signals.

*taken from HERE

Click on LINK to read more about the TENS machine.




These are three types of TENS machines. You can drop by shops which sell them and ask the sales people for their advice.

I have the red and blue machines. They've helped me a lot when I have pain.


Monday, 17 April 2017

1000 Kilometres and Candida

We went down to Johor and Singapore for a holiday in March.

Hubby insisted that we drive back up during one of the days to Tangkak to see a kinesiologist who was 1 hour and 40 minutes away from where we were staying at. And we had to travel back to where we were staying and that was another 1 hour and 40 minutes!

I found out about this doctor from one of my blog's readers who is a Malaysian. She was very sensitive to chemicals and smells at one point of time. And many food made her ill. She saw many doctors but found that this man helped her. 

Since we were in Johor, hubby said we SHALL see him. And we did.

The doctor's name is Wong Meng Kiang. He is a kinesiologist who specialises in allergy. His clinic is quite old and rundown. But it was full of people! 


His room was full of test tubes! They contain all sorts of allergens. There was even one labelled "Salicylate"!




He will first ask you for a brief history of your health and condition. He will then give you a 'test tube' with an allergen which he suspects that you're allergic to. You are to hold it in your left hand. He will then lift your right arm to a 90 degrees position and if you're allergic to the allergen in the tube that is in your left hand, your right arm will have no power to fight him as he pushes it down.

*According to the dictionary, kinesiology is the science dealing with the interrelationship of the physiological processes and anatomy of the human body with respect to movement.

(*taken from HERE)

Click on LINK to read more about applied kinesiology where allergies are concerned.

Joel saw him first and he concluded he was allergic to mint (which was in his toothpaste), eggs and also dust mites.

Then came my turn. When I told him I have had anaphylaxis episodes and was also salicylate sensitive and what I have achieved today after 8 years, he said this:

"WHAT ELSE DO YOU WANT?!"

I told him to ask my husband. I never wanted to see him. My husband was the one who insisted on us seeing him.

He then continued, "Anaphylaxis is already at the worst state. There is no cure once you reach that stage. You can never be fully healed. But we can help you to achieve he stage where you won't reach anaphylaxis but achieve the just-break-out-in-hives-stage."

After diagnosing the three of us, he then brought us to a room to the back where he had a machine where he mixed a concoction specially for his patients based on their allergies/condition.


He uses saline water which he fills into the white bottle which is on the right section of the machine.



He then places the test tubes with the allergen that one is 'allergic' to. A 'homeopathic' movement (he said that there was a magnet inside the machine) is used to 'transfer' the 'energy' of the allergens to the white bottle. Thus, a dump-down level of the allergen is transferred to the white bottle. As one drips the solution everyday and also avoid whatever allergen that one is allergic to, one can be healed!
He said that many times blood tests are not accurate. Thus, this method of kinesiology is used to treat people with allergen. His wife and kids were healed of allergies with this method. And they are healed up till today.

I am sorry to say that I was a sceptic before I went, and I am still am a sceptic today. I have read up and watched YouTube videos about kinesiology allergy and yet my mind and heart cannot accept it. The science somehow do not add up to me. My mind somehow couldn't click to this theory.

BUT!

He diagnosed something in me which I had never thought of at all! Of course no doctors thought of at all too.

He said my IBS is caused by CANDIDA!!!!

But I have no fungal infection at all! Zilch.

But a light bulb went off in my head and that made the wheels in my head turn and it got me VERY excited. I started researching about it immediately that very day.

For you who would like to try this option, below are his clinic address and contact number:

Klink Specialist Wong,
114, Jalan Payamas,
Tangkak,
Johor. 

Phone number:
+606-978-1576


Coming up Next: Candida and Dr. Yadav


Wednesday, 12 April 2017

It's All About Diet (Part 2-FODMAP [The How, Why and What])

The HOW

Normal and healthy people who ingest food that has FODMAP would result in mild flatulence. But for people who have IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and who have very sensitive guts, it can result in bloating, excessive flatulence, stomach cramping, non-stop of intestines churning, excessive burping, diarrhoea and even constipation (or alternating between the two).

It can reach to the point that you feel that your whole existence exists ONLY in the gut. I know what I'm talking about. I've lived in the toilet for many hours everyday for a period of time. It came to a point that I lost so much weight that people commented about the weight loss to me every single day when I went to pick my son up from school.

What to do?

I went on a low FODMAP diet. I tried as much as possible to eat food which do not consist of FODMAP. I mean food with FODMAP are healthy food. Vegetables, fruits, beans, legumes. It's not even Frankenfood. It was very frustrating. I kept asking what was wrong with me. Unfortunately, my gastro Rock-Star doctor didn't believe in this and told me that I was anxious and stressed out. I was given anti-anxiety medication instead.......

WHY FODMAP?

By taking away FODMAP from our diet (for a period of time), it can lower the overall gastrointestinal symptoms. It worked for me. Click on LINK to read more about this.

The WHAT

Not everyone react to FODMAP the same way. Some can digest lactose. Some cannot. So it's different to each individual.

Fermentable are foods which are broken down by bacteria in the large bowels. If your gut bacteria is off track, probiotics are a good source.

Foods rich in probiotics such as kefir, sauerkraut, yoghurt, miso, kimchi and kombucha tea are some of the natural probiotics that one can try. (Bear in mind some people who are histamine and amines intolerant won't be able to tolerate fermented foods or even probiotics.)

Two of the Oligosaccharides are Fructans and Galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS). Fructans are naturally occurring carbohydrates that exist in vegetables, fruits and cereals. Wheat, rye, barley, onions, leeks, shallots, the whites of spring onions, garlic, legumes, lentils, artichokes and chicory.

Two Fructans are Inulin and Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS). These two have been getting more and more popular as they are well known for their pre-biotic effects. Our small human intestines are not capable of digesting these two as we do not produce the enzymes to process these food. These go straight to the large intestines.

Some foods that are high in Inulin are chicory root, dandelion root, asparagus, leeks and onions, bananas and plantains (when they are slightly green), sprouted wheat (which is used in Ezeikel bread) and garlic.

*table taken from HERE

Fructo-Oligosaccharides (FOS) are in foods such as onion, chicory, garlic, asparagus, banana and artichoke. FOS is also found in wheat and barley.

FOS is used in the food industry as an alternative sweetener. Interestingly, this is a *popular sweetener in Japan! (*taken from HERE)

Nowadays, many products (for example; vitamin enhanced flour and powdered drinks ) have FOS added to them.

Disaccharides are Lactose. This is in milk, evaporated milk, yoghurt, custard and ice-cream.

Monosaccharides are sugars that cannot be changed into simple sugars. Examples are Fructose, Glucose, Ribose and Galactose. They can be found in honey, mango, watermelon, apples, pears and high fructose corn syrup.

Click HERE to read more.

And finally we come to the last one.

Polyoyls are more famously known as Sorbitol, Mannitol, Maltitol and Xylitol. Natural foods that contain polyols are apples, pears, apricots, nectarines, plums, mushrooms and cauliflower.

Polyols are also commonly used as artificial sweeteners in chewing gums, lollipops and mints.

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Bean sprouts, cabbage, onions, garlic, celery, soy beans, leeks, lettuce iceberg, everything that were wheat and gluten, chickpeas, cashews, siu bok choy, sugar and many more which were low on the salicylate diet started to create havoc and hell for my gut.

It was depressing at first. I eliminated those food from my diet. Anything that triggered IBS were eliminated for many, many, many months. And for once in a very, extremely long time, my bowels were silent. You could even hear the ant fart in the silence of my bowels.

Once I felt I was strong enough, I started adding back the FODMAP food bit by bit. Cashews, cabbage, celery, garlic, onion, chickpeas. I lasted for one month plus before all hell broke loose in my intestines. I'm back to FODMAP again at the moment. Now I know the treshold of the FODMAP that I can take. The only thing I won't be having in my life anymore is sugar. Yes, I have to admit, bread is EXTREMELY tempting!

Here is a table of the FODMAP diet:



*table taken from HERE

Here is a table of examples of some of the food that contain high FODMAP:



*table taken from HERE



A MUST READ: Click on LINK

Click HERE


I think this picture below says it best.


*picture taken from HERE


Friday, 7 April 2017

Epi Pen Recalled

I received a call from the pharmacist of the hospital that I bought my EpiPens from. My Epipens are affected by the recall.

Do get yours checked.


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Malfunctioning EpiPens

Many EpiPens are believed to have a problem which may cause it to not be activated. *Apparently there were two cases where the EpiPen failed to work.

*taken from HERE

There is a massive recall of the EpiPens.

You can take a look at the picture below and check to see whether yours is affected.



*picture taken from HERE

Click on LINK to read more about this.



Sunday, 2 April 2017

It's All About Diet (Part 1 - FODMAPs [What is FODMAP])

The acronym FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides And Polyols

Fermentable means that carbohydrates and sugar alcohols are fermented by the bacteria which are in the large bowel**. This is the process where the gut bacteria break down undigested carbohydrate to produce the hydrogen, methane and CO2 gasses.

Oliogosaccharides is a literal translation as "few sugar". Oligo means few and saccharide means sugar. These are molecules that are made up of individual sugars which are joined together in a chain**. 

Disaccharides are double sugar molecules**. 

Monosaccharides are single-sugar molecules**.

And 

Polyols are sugar alcohols**.

They are a collection of short chain carbohydrates and sugar alcohols found in foods naturally*. They are also used as food additives.

These short-chain carbohydrates are incompletely absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract and can be easily fermented by gut bacteria. 

FODMAP include fructose, fructans, galacto-oligosaccharides (GOS), lactose and polyols (sorbitol and mannitol).


*taken from HERE

**taken from HERE


Friday, 24 March 2017

It's All About Diet! (An Introduction)

I'm not talking about fad dieting. It's not about FAT dieting either. I'm talking about diets which we have to adhere to in order to live a 'normal life'. A 'diet' which enables us to function, live and yet thrive and be healthy.

But there are so many types of diets out there! Which ones to follow?

The best is to get a dietician to work with us.

Unfortunately, I do not have one. Why? Simply because I could not find one who could understand what my immune system has transformed into.

I had some basic advice from Dr. Yadav. But after that I was on my own.

What to do?

Read up and research. And it's been 8 years of researching.

Thus I will blog about some of the diets that appealed to me and have helped me in becoming stronger.

Disclaimer: If you wish to experiment, please get the advice of your doctor. What works for me may be fatal for you. So be wise in experimenting.


....to be continued


Sunday, 19 March 2017

Thermomix Ground Sea-Salt



Ingredients:

1. 300gm sea-salt crystals

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1. Set 30 seconds. Slowly increase speed to 6.5.

2. Scoop up and keep in airtight container.


Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Did You Know....

... That a man by the name of Edward Stone discovered salicylate?

He chewed on a piece of willow bark and realised that it had analgesic effects. The bark's active ingredient was isolated in 1827. It was named salicin which comes from the Greek word 'salix' which means willow.

For more information, click on LINK.


Thursday, 9 March 2017

8 Years

Damn.

In a blink of an eye, 8 years have passed by.

Someone asked me this question recently, "How come you're not well after 8 years? Shouldn't you be well by now? I mean, you have been on your salicylate-free-diet for 8 years now!"

If I could answer that question, I would be the world's leading geneticist!

First of all, I am not only salicylate sensitive. I am also chemically sensitive. And I'm sure most of us know how many gazillion types of chemicals there are in this world. I mean some have names longer than a railway track.

Don't believe me?

Read below.

The chemical name for Titin has 189,819 letters! This is only PART of its name;
Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylalanyl...isoleucine.

Even with our smartest brains around on this earth, we humans are still unable to test for every sickness that exists today. Thus, the term idiopathic!

"Doctor, I have this pain in my body which does not go away!"
And after months of tests which do not yield any results that pinpoint the source of the pain, the doctor will say "It's idiopathic!"

"Doctor, I can't seem to overcome this severe weakness in my immune system."
Test and test and test for months.
Doctor comes to the conclusion; "It's idiopathic!"

And then "Idiopathic" will slowly evolve to "You're stressed!"

Me: Of course I am stressed! YOU stress me out doctor! You don't know nothing and yet you prescribe me medicines like candies on Halloween night! Hell, you even sound like Nightmare on Elm Street.

Doctor: "Eat this medicine and you'll be well! See me in two weeks."

And the bi-weekly appointments will repeat themself with even more candies being given out as though they were free.

So how come I am not HEALED after 8 years?

These are what I can come up with:

1. I don't know. I am not a doctor. My doctor doesn't even know what's wrong with me.

2. I don't freaking know. All I know is that SHIT HAPPENS.

3. I really don't know and I really don't care.

4. I can only come up with one word: IDIOPATHIC.

Happy 8th Idiopathic year to ME!

Haha....


Friday, 3 March 2017

Thermomix Mango Sorbet

Ingredients:

1. 150gm of frozen bananas
2. 150gm of frozen papayas
3. 100gm of frozen mango

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1. Place the frozen fruits into the Thermomix jug.

2. Close the lid and MC and set 1 1/2 minutes. Slowly increase the speed to 10.

3. Serve immediately or keep in airtight container to be placed in freezer.

Bon appetit!

Saturday, 25 February 2017

The Glorious Heavens (Part 25)

Sunrise at 6something.











“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.” - Leonardo da Vinci


Just For Laughs (17)


Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Thermomix Prawn Balls

Ingredients:

1. 250gm of blended prawns (Click on ----- to learn how to make blended prawn paste with the Thermomix)
2. Sea-salt
3. Sunflower oil (30gm)
4. 1 egg
5. Chopped chives
6. 25gm of rice flour

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1. Pour all the above ingredients into the TMX.

2. Close the lid with the MC.

3. Set to KNEAD function for 45seconds.

4. Line a baking tray with baking paper.

5. Preheat oven to 220C.

6. With a tablespoon, scoop out the prawn mixture onto the lined baking tray. Once all the mixture is used up, they are ready to be baked.

7. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Allow to cool before serving.

9. Serve as side dish or with soup. It can also be one of the main dishes.

Bon appetit!