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Thursday, December 17, 2009

I am a Christian

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not shouting "I'm clean living."
I'm whispering "I was lost, now I'm found and forgiven."

When I say... "I am a Christian"
I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible but God believes I am worth it.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches so I call upon His name.

When I say..."I am a Christian"
I'm not holier than thou.
I'm just a simple sinner who received God's good grace, somehow!

-by Maya Angelou

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Sago worms, anyone??

During our recent trip to the weekly market (Tamu)at donggongon, Jerome stopped by at a stall selling sago worms. In our native language it is called "butod". As he was negotiating with the seller I asked him what he wanted to do with the butod. He said..."for you to cook!" I was flabbergasted! Actually the thought of eating butod has been on his mind eversince we had sago worms as one of the games during our daughter Joelle's birthday. Somehow it never occurred to me that Jerome would really want to eat them! After paying RM10 per packet of live sago worms he went on to tell me that sago worms are the cleanest 'animal' as they lives on eating sago only. Fyi, they are also very nutritious because of its high protein content.

At home, seeing the wriggling creatures Joelle was overjoy! She held, kissed, and played with them. These creatures don't smell at all. Frankly speaking, they are actually very clean...

You may wonder...did I really cook these wonderful creatures?? Yes, I did. But I didn't eat...I just can't...I felt gross...Jerome and kids ate them and they were in fact enjoyed the delicacy.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Raw food diet

Most natural healing practitioner including homeopath encourage their patients to increase their intake of raw food to 75% in order to achieve optimum health. During an illness, correct nutrition will expedite healing. Even if you have recovered from your illness, it is of vital importance for you to continue consuming a balanced diet which is low in fat and high in fiber.

I am personally convinced that a raw food diet of at least 75%  is essential for those who wish to take control of their own health. The raw food diet is a diet based on unprocessed and uncooked plant foods, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, sprouts, seeds, nuts, grains, beans, nuts, dried fruit, and seaweed.
Heating food above 116 degrees F is believed to destroy enzymes in food which is supposed to assist in the digestion and absorption of food. Cooking destroy the nutritional value of food and may bring more harm than good to our precious body.
My daily food intake: Breakfast (6.30am): fruit juice, post breakfast (9.30am): fruit smoothies, Lunch (12.30pm): a bowl of vege salad + raw nuts, such as almond, cashew & walnut, tea break (3.30pm): fruit smoothies, Dinner (6.30pm): Plain rice, grilled fish/chicken, & 2 type of stir fried vegetables.
Of course, once in a while I have to sacrifice my raw food breakfast and lunch to cooked food when I'm outside my home and when there's no raw food available outside.

Monday, December 7, 2009


A patient came to see me in the wee hour of the morning to get a fast relief of diarrhea. She said that she visited the toilet for more than 10 times the night before and was not able to sleep due to the problem. It must be something that she ate. Diarrhea is a signal of a problem in the digestive system. It is a natural reaction of the bowels to purge the body of toxins. Diarrhea can be caused by unclean water, spicy food, eating too quickly or eating contaminated food. Mixing too many foods, such as vegetable and fruit salad, pickles, drinks and other snacks, or eating too much heavy, creamy food, can cause the digestive tract to react adversely and expel the overload. For her case, as she admitted that she overindulged during dinner that night along with a few glasses of alcohol. Based on this and other symptom, I prescribed her with Nux Vomica 30c to be taken four times daily.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Keep it natural

Talking about natural food, my own family is the most difficult to convince of its goodness. They just love to eat what I would call 'junk food'. One thing that made it so difficult is that we love to go out to the mall either to watch movies or to just stroll around the mall to hang out as family. This is when the danger strike. With all the tempting food offers in the classy restaurants or in the numerous fast food outlets at the mall, one can really fell into the 'eating temptation'. Of course, the smell of food makes it even worse for those who just love to eat. To compensate this bad lifestyle, I cook or rather prepare only healthy food at home..... with lots and lots of vegetable. To this date, I am still struggling in converting my family members into raw food eaters.