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Would you try a Meatless Monday?

I started going vegetarian when we moved in our new home. The reason for not eating and (hence) cooking meat was to avoid attracting cockroaches to our spanking new place. It helps that I have a mother-in-law who is vegetarian (and very enthusiastic about it!) and a husband who is very pro-saving the environment. The MIL is always trying to impart her vegetarian culinary skills to me and I must say I benefited quite a bit. I will share her recipes in other posts, so stay tuned!

Even cats are going vegetarian?

We weren’t actually “meatless” on Mondays. In fact, we were “meatless” on Saturdays and Sundays. Meatless Monday is actually a movement started in the US by a group of environmentalists from the John Hopkins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. The aim of this initiative is to encourage people to eat less meat and more vegetables to improve health, reduce carbon footprint and in turn combat climate change. Meatless Saturday and Meatless Sunday just doesn’t sound as catchy 😛

I personally think going meatless once a week is a great habit. Go for more days if you can “afford” it. I do know of some people who simply cannot live without meat! Going meatless once a week may be less daunting for most of us.

And the health benefits of going meatless you say?

1. It definitely helps in the looks department. Decreasing meat intake and increasing vegetable intake helps in weight management.
2. Reduce risk of type 2 diabetes, heart attacks and stroke
3. Reduce risk of cancers such as colon cancer

The environmental benefits of consuming more vegetables and less meat mean using less of the world’s resources. Did you know that it requires 10 times more water to grow livestock compared to the same weight of soy/grain? 20 times more energy is required to produce protein from beef compared to the same weight of protein from soy.

Love yourself and the environment by eating less meat! I’m proud to be part of the Meatless Monday movement!

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Do you read the labels of your toiletries?

I remember when I was in primary school, I had a science practical and had to bring wrappers with “ingredients list”. Back then I had no idea what the ingredients on the wrappers meant. When I got older, of course I learnt that ingredients list refers to the ingredients that were used in making the product. But did you know ingredients are listed according to their concentration in the product? Ingredients are listed in descending order, this means that the ingredient listed first is present in largest quantity while the ingredient listed last is present in the least quantity.

Do you read your products’ labels?

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Perhaps the next question one would ask is what should you look out for?

For a start, look out for these ingredient names – Methyl, Ethyl, Propyl and Butyl Paraben. These compounds are used to inhibit microbial growth in daily toiletries (shampoo, moisturizers, shaving gel, cleansers…) to extend the shelf life of the products. Although current scientific literature does not support the claim that these compounds are toxic, low concentrations of parabens were reportedly found in tumors of breast cancer patients. Furthermore, some studies suggest that the application of methylparaben on the skin may react with UV light resulting in skin aging and DNA damage. Parabens can cause skin irritation and rosacea in those with paraben allergies.

Do you really want to expose yourself to such risks?

Have a look at what’s in your toiletries today!

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Hello world!

my inaugural post.

organic is really quite a buzz word now. so many people advocating that we should go organic because of the many health benefits. i recall that my first encounter with organic food was in my uni days, my professor briefly mentioned about organic food stuff. he said “organic food simply means that they were produced without any chemical fertilizers or pesticides. while they don’t contain any chemicals, the bacteria count of the food items may be high and these food may be prone to spoilage”. he didn’t make organic food sound very sexy at all.

my next encounter of organic food was when i met my then future mother-in-law. she tries to eat organic food when possible. her motivation was her allergies. she has very sensitive skin and “unclean” food seem to be the trigger. she also told me “you have a lot of pimples, you should eat more organic fruit and vegetables”  ‘>.<

well, that seem to be my turning point. i began reading up more about organic food and skin care, trying to find out if it was really effective or just a hoax. for one i realized that organic food really taste different from non-organic ones. organic food have more flavour and often sweeter than non-organic ones. as for skin care, organic products irritate my skin less.

i will share my experiences of going organic here. its definitely not easy “going organic”. but i hope with my sharing, you will find it worthwhile to spend a little more for better health! and skin!

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