Sunny Choice Organic Cafe

Hi Everyone,

Last weekend, I made a trip down Sunny Choice Organic Cafe. Sunny Choice has been on my “Must Check Out” list for quite some time now but I’ve always been putting it off because it’s so far from where I stay. But boy am I glad I finally made the trip down.

Sunny Choice is located at The Rail Mail, along Upper Bukit Timah Road. Don’t be fooled by the name because unlike the typical high rise malls you see all over Singapore, The Rail Mall is actually a long row of 1 storey high shops and eateries. The mall is located next to the old Malayan rail way track and is surrounded by an abundance of lush greenery. I simply love this area and am so glad I to have found such a quaint, secluded spot in our bustling city.

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Before I get on to the food, I have something really happy to share! My carnivorous bf has finally agreed to go vegetarian one day per week…weee! For someone who doesn’t eat much veggies, that’s a pretty good start=) So we’ve christianed the day as Super Veggie Saturdays and Sunny Choice was where we kicked off his first full vegetarian day.

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You place your order through this tablet attached to your table. Thought this was pretty high tech for a small cafe! And smart too !

mini-20131027_132624 Ok, finally for the food! We ordered 2 sides, 2 mains, 2 drinks …and
the portions were pretty huge! The family beside us even commented ‘wow can the
both of you finish all that?’ We answered with a resounding YES! I’ve read a
few reviews saying that the dishes are bland. I can understand why because the
dishes here aren’t the typical vegetarian dishes – they are healthier, use less
seasoning and oil, and don’t serve alot of fried stuff….but that’s not to say
it isn’t tasty.

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Tau Hu Goreng

This dish is a much healthier version of the typical deep fried and oily Tau Hu Goreng (Fried Tofu). Combined with shredded carrots, sprouts, cucumber, radishes and a generous topping of peanuts and pumpkin puree, the tofu is lightly fried to perfection and has almost no oil. In fact, I’m not sure what the method of cooking was. I like that it is lightly seasoned yet flavourful. My bf attacked this dish with so much gusto and kept saying in-between mouthfuls how he would come back for this.

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Veggie Sushi

My favourite! This simple veggie sushi roll is filled with carrots, radishes, beetroot, alfafa sprouts and lettuce , served with a side dressing of wasabi soy sauce. It is SO DARN FRESH and the sauce is delicious. I think I could eat 2 – 3 plates of this anytime.

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Vegetarian Curry Set Meal

This set comes with brown rice, a bowl of veggie curry, pumpkin chips and some side vegetables. Hearty and satisfying whilst not overly seasoned…but its right up my alley. LOVING the chips and was so tempted to grab an entire pack from the store =X

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Salad Noodle

This dish was a little weird for me but still tasty nevertherless. Though I’m not a big fan of heavily seasoned salads, I quite liked the vinegar noodles because it balanced out the taste of the fresh veggies quite well. Its a little too heavy to be called a “salad”….more like a noodle dish.

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There are many other popular items like the Thunder Tea Rice, Abacus set and Spagetti… so I guess I will have to make a trip back real soon!

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Sunny Choice is also an organic store. The store sells a good range of products like fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts/grains/dried food, baby products, health supplements, oils/seasonings/condiments and even skin/body/hair products. Basically all your basic necessities for leading an organic and vegetarian lifestyle. What I also noticed and loved about the store is that there is a good variety of both western and asian products! mini-20131027_141916 mini-20131027_133944 mini-20131027_133904 mini-20131027_132950

Here are some other products I spotted in the store:

Oligo  – diabetic friendly sugar. like Xylitol

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\Purple Sweet Potato and Pumpkin chips –  This came together with the curry veggie set and was SO yummy!! Its the Asian kinda chips which i LOVELOVELOVE.

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The very first smoothie i ordered on my recent trip to London was a pretty pink smoothie that was decorated with dried roses …and  I swore to recreate that drink at home! Tadah I finally found the dried roses!

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Kelp buds, great for soups=)

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Don’t like the taste of chia seeds on  its own? Have Chia Crisps!

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Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Sunny Choice very much – Healthy, delicious food at a very reasonable price, what else can you ask for? Will be back to try out the rest of the menu soon. Real soon.

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Sunny Choice Organic Cafe

434 Upper Bukit Timah Road
The Rail Mall
Tel: 6892 2383
Open Daily from 10am – 9pm.

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Watermelon Strawberry & Mint Smoothie

Morning all!

I made the mistake of watching a horror show before going to bed last night and spent the whole night tossing and turning half awake. Boo hoo Lesson learnt! Anyway, was super tired in the morning and decided to make myself a refreshing smoothie. Mum was also having a bad night and this smoothie (more like a juice than smoothie)  really perked the both of us up! Its extremely simple and the title for this post pretty much sums up all the ingredients you need =) The portions I used below really balance the flavour so you can taste abit of all three ingredients, and not one overpowering item.strawberry watermelon mint smoothie

WATERMELON STRAWBERRY & MINT SMOOTHIE

3 cups chilled watermelon (cubed)
1/2 cup strawberries (frozen)
8 – 10 mint leaves (or more)
2 TBS water
*optional  ( you might wanna squeeze in some lime juice too!)

HERE’S HOW:

Blend on high! That’s all! One refreshing smoothie…CHECKED =)

Raw Mango Cheesecake

Hello All,

Its been a while since I posted a raw dessert recipe and today I’m gonna share one of my favourite cheesecake recipes of all time!

raw mango cheesecakeMost homemade raw cheesecakes use pretty much the same ingredients – cashew nuts, sweeteners, lemon/lime and some fruit. But a while ago, while surfing through the AMAZING Detoxina’s blog, I realised she used zuchinnis in her cheesecakes! So I decided to give it a shot and the result was a texture and taste more similiar to the normal cheesecake than my previous recipes. No kidding !! I’ve since used zuchinnis in many of my cheesecakes recipes whilst playing around with the measurements and quantity…..and today’s recipe is by far the one I’m most satisfied with and its super easy! Sorry no step by step pictures for this post because I forgot to charge my camera battery :X

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RAW MANGO CHEESECAKE

INGREDIENTS

Base
½ cup raw almonds
½ cup raw pecans
2 TBS agave nectar
1 TBS coconut oil
1/2 TSP vanilla extract
1/4 TSP sea salt

Middle
2 cup raw cashews
1 cup zucchini, peeled and chopped
5 TBS lemon juice
2 TBS coconut oil
1/3 cup agave
1TSP vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Top
1 heaping cup mango, chopped (use ripe mangoes)
1/4 tsp turmeric powder

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HERE’S HOW
Base
1. Pre- soak the almonds and pecans for around 4 – 6 hours
2. Process the almonds and pecans until the nuts are broken down into very small bits and crumbly.
3. Add in the agave, coconut oil, sea salt and vanilla and continue processing.
4. Transfer the mixture into your cake tin and press the down the base firmly. Try to make it as even as possible.
5. Leave the cake tin the freezer.

Middle
1. Blend all ingredients using a high speed blender till smooth.
2. Pour slightly more than ½ of the mixture into the cake tin and let it set back in the freezer for another 45 min – 1 hr.
Top
1. Add mangoes and turmeric to the remaining mixture in your blender’s container. Blend till smooth. Don’t worry you won’t taste the turmeric (won’t that be weird!) , it’s basically a natural yellow food colouring.
2. Pour the mango layer into the cake tin and let the cake set in the freezer for at least 5 hours.

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Thaw for 15 min before you cut and serve. Garnish with cube mangoes and mint!
I really hope you enjoy this recipe and do share with me what you think after you’ve tried it!

Going 801010 – Day 1 to 10 and FAQS

Hi All,

Sorry for the lack of posts! Been extremely busy last week – running errands, interviews, catching up with friends and preparing something exciting for Eat Green Cake *hint hint*! And erm I’ve also be binge watching the entire season 5 of Breaking Bad….How awesome is the finale?? ALL HAIL WALTER WHITE!

Anyway wanted to write about how the first 10 days of going 80/10/10 has been. I have to be honest here; I was pretty diligent for the first 5 days….but not so much the next 5 days because of the long weekend and social obligations.

 

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The first few days were actually quite a breeze for me because I LOVE fruit. I ate as much fruit as and when I wanted. I also made light salads when I started craving food that wasn’t so sweet. On the 5th day, I started getting a very bad migraine. Wasn’t sure if it was because I wasn’t sleeping well or because the detox effects were kicking in. Either way, it went away on day 6 because I started to eat non-raw food. I think I’ll have to go on the 801010 on a longer period before I can give you a more accurate account of my experience.

Even though I’ve went off track the past couple of days, I’ve started gearing up again on Wednesday! That’s also something I’d like to address when it comes to fasts and detoxes. If you fail and fall off the bandwagon, the most important thing is not to give up, be discouraged. I know of friends (and myself too) who have gone on fasts and detoxes only to break their streak by giving in to their cravings midway….and then deciding “what the heck, since I’ve already broken the fast, might as well just eat what I like”. Hey, its not the end of the world if you have a cheat meal. No biggie, just pick yourself up and continue where you left off!

I’ve compiled a few common questions about going on a Low Fat Raw Vegan lifestyle:

FAQs

What do you eat on a daily basis

I start of the day with a LARGE jar of green smoothie, normally made with a bananas, a sweet/citrus fruit and organic vegetables. Try an easy combination of  2 ripe frozen bananas + flesh of 1 mango + 1 cup of organic baby spinach + 1 cup cold water.  Lunch is normally a salad with only lemon juice as a dressing. Dinner will be a fruit platter of my favourite fruits. In between meals, I also munch on, you guessed it, more fruits!

So … I can eat as much as I want?

The 801010 diet claims that you can eat unlimited amounts of fruits each day and still lose weight  and hit your nutritional intake *gasp*!  Sounds too good to be true? Well I’ve tried, tested it out, and did abit more research…..and yes its too good to be true. The 801010 diet is ideal for endurance athletes because of the high amounts of carbs consumed. But even if you’re not an Olympic runner, you can still follow this diet as long as you keep active. So you can eat alot of fruit but you need to make sure you set aside time for exercise. For my first 5 days of the 801010 diet I actually put on weight *sob* because I didn’t have time to exercise

Are there any side effects?

Some side effects from going such a detox include

–       Migraines, Flu like symptoms, pimples, lethargy, body ache etc

It’s pretty common because its your body’s way detoxifying itself by getting rid of all the piled up toxins inside you. Do read this article that will do a much better job at explaining. Note that side effects vary from person to person.

 What is a mono- meal and must I eat this way?

Eating a mono meal meals eating ONE fruit per meal …and normally its a large portion of that one fruit. The reason behind eating a mono meal is simple – different fruits take different amount of time to digest. And eating the same fruit actually makes it simpler and less complicated for your body to digest the food since it doesn’t need to sort them out. A 80/10/10 lifestyle highly encourages you consume mono meals to aid digestion.

* This is something I struggle with because I love variety! Am not sure how people are able to eat 6 – 8 bananas in one go…because I sure as hell can’t. But I’m trying to pace my eating by consuming smaller amounts of one fruit each time, giving it some time to digest , then eating a different fruit.  Or simply blend 3 – 4 bananas in a go for a yummy smooothie!

How do I get enough calories from just mainly fruits?

– You will definitely need to consume more to hit your calorie intake. I recommend that you start off the day with a HUGE smoothie – my typical smoothie contains at least 600 – 700 calories. Its easily digestible, gives you the energy to start off your day and helps if you’re not used to eating large amounts of fruit. Sometimes I have a smoothie for diner too! I also downloaded the Cron-0-meter app on android to track the amount of calories I’m getting so as not to under-eat. This app is pretty awesome! It not only tracks your calorie intake but also tracks if you are getting enough of your daily nutrients. See the screen shot I took. Another tip, try to exercise in the morning so it kick starts your appetite and metabolism for the day. I also eat more during the day when I do yoga in the morning.

Even though the diet suggests that you eat as much fruit as you want, I also think you should not take that as a green light to stuff your face with fruit every living second. The most important thing is to find a balance between listening to your body, making sure you get enough calories and doing some exercise.

Should I take supplements?

In Dr Graham’s book, he deosn’t recommend taking additional supplements because fruits and exercise should adequately provide the important nutrients that we need. But I do beg to differ. After looking at my Cron-o-meter chart for the first 5 days, its kinda obvious that I don’t consume any Vitamin B12 or D. So I still take my regular Vit B and Multi Vit supplements.

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Is eating 801010 expensive?

For me, its actually pretty much the same as my High Fat Raw Food lifestyle. I spend ALOT on raw nuts, sweeteners, superfoods etc…now I just transfer to cost to fruits! I don’t buy very expensive fruits either. My staples are bananas, papayas, apples, dragon fruit and oranges. I try to buy fruits that are on sale too – like berries or those really ripe ones because it tastes great in smoothies!

One way to help you lessen the cost is to plan your meals. I find that when I don’t plan my meals, especially when I’m outside, I have to buy the most available option and that’s usually costly. (Seriously the cost of fruits in town are crazy!)

Is eating 801010 too restrictive?

I wont’ deny, it is. I’ve heard everything from “wow you’re so extreme”/ “ How do you enjoy life?”to “Why make life so difficult?”…. haha. I really think this is a personal choice –  finding the right lifestyle that suits you and having fun with it.  I’ve also learnt to be flexible and choose the next best option when the time calls for it.

Can I eat dried or dehydrated fruits?

In Dr Graham’s book, he discourages eating too much dried and dehydrated food because these are no longer whole foods. I still take a handful here and there…am not super strict on this myself.

Will share more in the coming days!

Going 80/10/10

Hello All,

Today I wanna share with you how I’m going to go Back To Basics with the 80/10/10 Raw Vegan diet over the next few weeks. But first …

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WHAT IS THE 801010 DIET?

The 801010 diet was coined by Dr Douglas Graham, a long time raw foodist and athlete. This diet is essentially a low fat version of the Raw Foods Diet  and promotes that you should get 80% of your daily intake from fruit/veg carbohydrates, 10% from protein(non-animal sources) and 10% comes from whole fat sources, such as avocado and raw nuts. Dr Graham who has been a raw foodist for almost 30 years claims that this ratio optimises one’s energy, ability to maintain weight and boost athletic performance. A typical meal a day consists of consuming large amounts of fruits, some leafy vegetables and a small amount of nuts and seeds. As compared the the typical Raw Foods Diet which is more highly laden with fat because of the large consumption of nuts, seeds, oils and sweeteners.

WHY IM DOING THIS

When I  started my raw foods lifestyle a few years ago, my meals were very basic. I didn’t own any fancy equipment like a blender, a food processor or a dehydrator. All I had was a chopping board and a peeler. My knowledge of raw foods was very limited –  My meals consisted mostly of fruits, large raw salads , nut milks and small portions of raw nuts and seeds. I felt great, full of energy, positivity, had a stabilised weight and most of all healthy – alll the benefits of going RAW! Looking back, I unknowingly started off my raw foods journey as a Low Fat Raw Vegan eater.

If you’ve been following my blog, you’ll know that this year, I quit my corporate job to work at a raw food restaurant in Singapore. It was such an eye opener for me! I got introduced to a wider spectrum of the raw cuisine and the  many possibilities . I started consuming alot more complex raw meals (like raw pizzas, burgers, sauces, cakes) which used a range of ingredients and different techniques (from soaking, sprouting, marination, dehydration etc). You have to give it up to raw foodists/vegans – they manage to recreate all their familiar favourites in a way that is in line with their ethics while feeling no sense of deprivation. Oh and i loved and embraced this new way of eating raw! The creativity, the flavours, the endless possibilities… i was hooked!

I have a huge weakness for desserts. While I was at the Living Cafe, on top of the raw meals, I ATE SO MUCH RAW DESSERTS. Seriously, I’m not kidding you. It was like Buffet Town everyday and “eating in moderation” was not a slogan i identified with.

The result? I put on around 3Kg in 7 months…and even more after I came back from London last month. Though I’ve finished my stint at the Living Cafe, my love for high fat, complex raw foods stayed. I always have raw chocolate and some sort of raw dessert in my fridge, and basically use nuts and sweeteners in almost all my dishes (from appetizers to mains to snacks). Even when I’m not making raw foods, I make vegan dishes that similarly use lots of nuts and oils too. I slowly started feeling more bloated/sluggish and because my digestive tract is very sensitive, I also got constipated more easily. But I didn’t listen to my body and continued eating the way I did.

Last month, after undergoing a 5 day juice cleanse, I felt GREAT! After the fast ended I went back to my normal way of eating raw foods and then the bloatedness/weight came back. I was actually quite demoralized. Like…what was I doing wrong? I’m wasn’t eating anything unhealthy! Then while scrolling through Instagram around 1 week plus ago, one my favourite instagrammers (@Serenesayyian) mentioned that she was going on a 801010 cleanse.  I read up abit more bout this 801010 diet …and the more I read up and researched, the more I realised what went wrong – I was eating a High Fat Raw Vegan diet.  And I decided it was time for a change. Time to go back to basics.

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THE RAW DEAL

While happily indulging on guilt-free raw meals, its easy to forget that though these meals may not contain unhealthy stuff like dairy products or animal fat, they are not devoid of fats and calories. Especially so for raw desserts as they seem to be missing the large quantities of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals that come from fresh fruits and vegetables.

Take a typical raw cake for example – its made up of 60-70% nuts, uses natural sweeteners (like agave, xyltiol), coconut oil,  fruits high in fat like coconut and avocados and cacao/cacao butters. Likewise, a raw pizza uses a nutty/grainy base, marinated raw vegetables (ie, marinated in oils & seasoning) and mostly nut/oil based dressings.

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BUT…NOT ALL FATS ARE BAD RIGHT?

This was the first question that came to my mind when I read about a High Fat Raw Vegan Diet. Surely the fat that comes from nuts, seeds and plants are healthier than saturated or trans fats right? And aren’t there many studies that support the fact that unsaturated fat (fat from plants) have benefits such as improving your HDL and reducing the risks of heart diseases? I’m no doctor or nutritionist but my thoughts are that whilst these fats are essential and not harmful…they should also be taken in moderation and within the required daily intake. Its VERY easy to consume more fat than you normally need (will touch more about this in the later weeks)

Do you know ? An average …

Vegetarian diet contains 42% fats

Vegan diet contains 42% fats (think non-dairy milks, vegan margarine, vegan packaged food, soy cheese, coconut products etc)

Raw Vegan diet contains 60%+ fats! (easily more if you’re living in a country with easy access to pre-packaged raw snacks, butters, desserts and entree in health food stores)**

**Data take from Dr Graham’s book : The 80/10/10 Diet

I guess what I’m trying to say here is that : I believe in a Raw Vegan diet and have personally benefited from it. But as I’ve come to realise this past year, there is also such a thing as an Unhealthy Raw Vegan diet too. You definitely don’t have to stop eating raw cakes and entrees of course ( God knows I can’t do that!! ) but its best to find a balance so that you don’t over consume your intake of fats and calories.

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I’ll be going back to simple, basic raw meals that’ll follow closely to the 801010 diet for the next 3 weeks (7 – 31 Oct). I’ll share my experiences, results, meal intakes, FAQs, tips, health issues etc during this period too. I’ve downloaded the Cron-o-meter app to track the number of calories and nutrients I’ll be getting to make sure I’m not under eating or risk being malnutrition. Drop me a comment if you have any tips/advice or thoughts! =)

September – Product Round Up

September has been a truly awesome month! It’s my birthday month and I’ve been so blessed to receive so many gifts from family and friends. And since most of my gifts are related to food and equipment for my raw food lifestyle, I’d say my loved ones know me very well! 😀

My lovely poly friends got me a huge box of goodies and some food products from iherb! I have shamelessly gone to dug up the prices (prices in SGD* but may fluctuate depending on exchange rate):

Kelp Noodles

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I’ve heard so much about kelp noodles and its staple in many other raw foodist’s diets and have been very keen to try this. I very un-subtlety hinted to my friends that I wanted this haha! Kelp noodles are made out of kelp (a sea vegetable) into the form of an easy to eat noodle. Kelp noodles are fat-free, gluten-free, low in carbs and calories. One packet contains 3 servings…and each serving is only 6 calories! You can eat this 100% raw too.

When I first removed it from the packet and tried it, I really hated it. It was chewy and had this strange bitter taste and I was so disappointed. So I decided to add it to my salad and mix in a walnut-miso sauce. I allowed it to marinate for around 1 hr and was surprised to see that the texture of the noodles had softened. Taste why, thank heavens, there was no more bitter taste as it absorbed the flavour from the vegetables and sauce. I kept half the bowl over night and the next day, the noodles were even softer and tastier. Woohoo, so excited to use this is many more recipes to come…best of all, it tastes like glass noodles which is one of my favs!

Price: $5
Where Price: to buy : iherb.com. See here.

Go Raw! Chocolate Super Cookies

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To be honest, when I first opened this packet, the bite size “cookies” reminded me a similar dog treat that I bought for oreo haha! I actually quite like this but beware it has a very strong coconut taste so if you’re not a fan of coconut you should avoid this. I think a MAHJOORRR plus point is the price! The Go RAW! Products are really expensive in Singapore…and I’ve seen this being sold for around $9.90 at one of the leading organic food stores.

Price: $5.40
Where to buy : iherb.com. See here.

Go Raw! Live Granola Bars (10 bars)

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These granola bars are made with organic sprouted grains and seeds and I love that it’s not very sweet. Also love that it’s nut-free! But my family preferred the super cookies to this because they thought it tasted too healthy. The bar is rather flat, and I can probably finish it within 5 mouthfuls so it’s an ideal snack if you’re looking for something light and healthy to munch on. Definitely beats the conventional sugar filled bars they sell outside. Oh and each bar is only 70 calories woohoo.  I’ve been munching on these after yoga class for the past week !

Price : $13.38 for a box of 10 bars
Where to buy:  Iherb.com.  See here.

Artisana Cacao Bliss Raw Chocolate Coconut Butter

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What can I say. Chocolate + Coconut butter? Matchmade in heaven! I’m a huge fan of the Artisana range but its deliriously expensive in our local stores (almost twice as ex)…so glad its available online. I like to add a TBS of the cacao coconut butter to my “raw” banana ice cream. Sometimes I also add in lucuma powder, almond butter etc …tastes great!

Price : $11.20
Where to buy : Iherb.com. See here.

21st Century Health Care Sentry, Multivitamin & Multimineral Supplements

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Multi vitamins – important for vegans because we might not get sufficient vitamins like B12 and D.

Price : $12.05 for 300 tablets
Where to buy : Iherb.com. See here.

Mason Jars with Lids (pk-6)

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My siblings got me a very sensible present – mason jars! I think I hog too many of the containers and jars at home haha. Love the size because its not too big and fits just nice in the lower end compartment of my fridge. I’ve been using this to store all my food stuff like sauces, nut butters, soaked seeds etc. I previously mentioned to my sister that the mason jar lids seem to rust easily (does this happen to any of you too?). Not sure if its because of the humidity in Singapore or? But anyway, she got me a set of 12 lids too! So do head to Howards Storage World if you’re looking for Mason Jars in Singapore because the prices are so reasonable.

Price:  JARS : $21.95 – $24.95 (depending on size)

            LIDS :  $8.95 (w/o ring) $9.95 (with ring)
Where to buy : Howards Storage World

Oh and my dear siblings made  me a pineapple raw fruit boat as a cake substitute. How clever! On my birthday night, we had a fruit feast….and no fruit feast is ever complete without DURIAN! First time trying the Butter Pahang durian and it is……………….FREAKINGDELICUOUS!

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Paderno Spiralizer

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Ahh another new toy for my kitchen collection. I’ve been making lots of entrees of spiralized zucchini/beetroot/carrot noodles lately (so sorry deserts!) because its so much fun. This spiralizer works like a breeze and it can also make different shapes.

Here are some of the dishes I took pics of: The first is carrot & beet root noodles with pumpkin seed dressing/ the second is a very delicious creamy avocado + hemp zuchinni pasta. raw carrot and beetroot noodles with pumpkin seed dressing

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Price: Around $50 plus (including shipping )
Where to buy : Amazon

Sedona Raw Food Dehydrator.

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Last but not least, here’s my birthday pressie to myself! Happy 27th birthday me! It has been such an amazing year…I’ve taken many leaps of faith, travelled, met so many new people and encountered difficult and challenging circumstances that have made me stronger and more humble. Kinda at the crossroads now, but I trust that God will lead me through this=)

Okay, enough of my self reflection. Currently I have an ezi dri snack dehydrator – though it works fine, its well, for snacks. I wanted something more professional and to suit my raw foods lifestyle. Did some research and narrowed down my choices to the Sedona brand and Excalibur Dehydrator. Will talk about the Sedona Dehydrator in a  separate post because there’s too much to write. But for now, I must say that I LOVEEEEE it! Have been putting it to good use almost every day! Plus it looks so sleek and sexyyy =)

Price : $699 (excluding mesh trays and sheets)
Where to find : Tott store

Till the next product update…meanwhile, I hope that you have an amazing last quarter of 2013!

My 5 Day Juice Fast with Beauty Cleanse

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Early last month, I was thrilled when Beauty Cleanse approached me to sponsor a juice fast.  Beauty Cleanse offers nutritionist designed juice cleanse programs which are 100% raw, vegan and organic!

The offer couldn’t have come at a better timing because I just came back from feasting like a king in London and was already planning to detox for a bit!

So here’s how my Juice Cleanse went!

Before the cleanse –

Like every other type of fast, its important not to dive right into it and give your body the shock of its life. 3 days before I started the cleanse, I prepared my body by consuming lots of raw fruits and vegetables.  If you’re fasting for the first time, I would strongly advice pre-planning your week and clearing your schedule so that you can have lots of rest during this detoxification.

Then for the fun part- I had to choose the type of cleanse plan I wanted, how long I wanted to fast for and whether or not I wanted supplements.

Beauty Cleanse has 3 different types of cleanse plans to target different needs.

–          The Skinny Genes plan (to lose weight and boost your metabolism)

–          The Beauty Boost plan (achieve a radiant complexion and high energy levels)

–          The Bride – Me – Up plan (to obtain that bridal bliss and glow on your big day!)

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I choose to go for the Skinny Genes plan for 5 days with supplements to further support the cleansing process.  Read more about the supplements here.

Beauty Cleanse also sent me a Pre-Fast guideline and a Daily Routine Summary as a reference to how and when I should take my supplements and juices throughout the day.

MY 5 DAY JUICE CLEANSE

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The night before my juice cleanse, the Beauty Cleanse team delivered juices for the first 3 days of my fast to my home.  I was actually quite excited when I saw all the colourful bottles because it looked so pretty!

Here’s a journal log I kept during my 5 day fast.

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DAY 1  Really excited to kick start this detox and well, get back those skinny genes!  The juices come with a  handy size Juice Cleanse booklet which basically guides you through your fast, contains tips on how to get through the day.

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So I followed the steps and started off my morning with a glass of warm lemon juice and my supplements. During my previous fasts, I had constipation because I wasn’t consuming any fibre, so this time I opted for the colosan powder to help eliminate waste and cleanse my colons thoroughly. Note* It’s important to start off your fast with a clean colon so that your body can absorb the nutrients much better.

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(Above : Spirulina, Flax seed oil, Liver supplemets and Acai berry supplements)

I stirred in 1 TBS of colosan powder with my morning juice and was expecting myself to run to the toilet but nothing happened. Oh well maybe I have superman colons :X

The day went pretty smoothly, no cravings or hunger pangs whatsoever. In fact, I was pretty full and couldn’t even finish all 6 bottles for the day. The juices were delightful though! My favourites were definitely the green juices (made using kale!)  and cashew milk YUMYUM. The beetroot juice with red cabbage was probably the hardest for me to drink but I gulped it down with my supplements.

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DAY 2 – Woke up feeling pretty much the same as Day 1 but surprisingly not hungry at all. I followed my morning ritual of lemon juice and supplements but this time, I took 2.5 TBS of colosan powder since the 1 TBS didn’t have any effect on me. But do note that this is because I have chronic constipation and sometimes even powerful laxatives don’t work on me!

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After around 2- 3 hours, the effect took place. I don’t want to gross you out but well, I eliminated alot of waste throughout the day. I’ve been taking laxatives since I was young, so believe me when I say that this is one of the gentlest, least painful forms of colon cleansing that I’ve undergone.

I felt so LIGHT by evening time so I went for 1hr yoga + a 4Km jog.  And no, I didn’t feel weak or dizzy because I wasn’t consuming food. I felt really….clean!

DAY 3– Since I’m currently not working at the moment, a normal day for me starts at 11am. Sometimes even later haha… but today I miraculously woke up at 730am and wasn’t even tired. Can’t remember the last time I needed that little sleep. Was feeling so energetic I brought Oreo out for a morning walk and went for yoga again at night.

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I admit, I was initially sceptical about the juices remaining fresh after 3 days…but I was really surprised that the juices tasted as fresh on the third day as on the first day. I think its because Beauty Cleanse uses the awesome cold-pressed Norwalk juicer that maximises nutrients and enzymes and provides oxidation-free juices (aka, my dream juicer!!!)

Plus the bottles are sealed really tight!

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No symptons or whatsoever so far….except the familiar fuzzy feeling on my teeth which is slightly annoying.

One thing  to add, one of the juices was a mix of honey  + cayenne pepper and I found it really spicy! Couldn’t really finish the bottles and had to dilute it with water. When the Beauty Cleanse team contacted me to check up on how I was doing, I mentioned this to them and they added less spice for my next batch. So if you find the juices too “bitter” or “unbearable”, the great thing is that you don’t have to suffer in silence because the team can tailor it to make it more palatable for you.

DAY 4  – Woke up feeling a little more tired today. Was out running errands the whole day today and I brought my juices in the cooler bag that was given to me. To be honest, I was worried about how to colosan powder would affect me outside and whether or not my juices would still be nice and cold.

I had to go the toilet more often than usual , like maybe once every 1.5 hours?  Luckily I was in a shopping mall so it wasn’t inconvenient. My juices were also kept cold in that cooler bag for at least half a day. This cooler bag is so useful and not “obiang” at all. I’m still using it to bring all my raw foods out!

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Got a bit more lethargic towards the end of the day was dozing off at the bus-stop/in the bus/in the mrt….so I went home early to rest.

Every day, I would receive an email from the Beauty Cleanse team with cleanse tips and encouragement letters. Kinda cool because you feel like someone is actually cheering for you on the sideline =) Oh one interesting thing I learnt about the fast today – One bottle of 500ml juice contains approximately 1KG of fresh, organic produce! So…5 bottles of juices = 5KG worth of living nutrients! So much easier to consume nutrients this way …compared to say eating 5KG worth of salads and fruits!

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DAY 5  – Last day of my cleanse…woke up early again but luckily I wasn’t feeling as tired as yesterday.

Have to talk about the main highlight of my day – ran into a friend of mine during yoga and she commented on my sans-makeup face saying that I looked really “alive” and “glowing” and quizzed me about the facial product I was using.  I couldn’t stop looking like this – 😀 !   I actually took a before and after shot of my face (and pores) to show you all the difference….but ALAS I recently changed my phone last week and didn’t backup my photos! Urgh..:(  I had one pimple that was popping out as part of the detoxification process, but other than that, my pores were smaller and my face looked…brigher. So essentially, even though I chose the Skinny Genes plan, I was also getting a Beauty Boost!

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I didn’t get any uncomfortable symptoms or feel extremely sluggish throughout the 5 days. But everyone’s body is different so if you’re on a juice fast and have detox symptoms showing as early as day 2, don’t worry because its perfectly normal. Read more on what I wrote about detox symptons on a previous juice fast.

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OVERALL

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I felt that this juice cleanse was such a breeze. It makes a HUGEEEEE difference when you don’t have to shop, wash, chop and juice your produce.  I had so much more time on my hands – no need for visiting the super market (u have no idea how much time this saves me!), conceptualising my juices, prepping my ingredients and most importantly, the hideous task of cleaning your kitchen and washing your juicer.

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I also wasn’t fantasizing about solid food because I wasn’t anywhere near it.  When I did my previous juice fast , I was surrounded by so much fruits and vegetables (at home & in the supermarket)…and I admit , many times I was very tempted to pop that grape into my mouth or munch on that juicy apple. I guess the theory “out of sight, out of mind” really does work.

Most importantly, does the Skinny Genes plan allow me to wear SKINNY JEANS?  Yeah! I lost around 2kg and felt so light….not alot to some people but for my frame it’s quite a difference. Some people have mentioned that its easy to pile on back the weight after you’ve stop fasting. Well that’s true, since your calorie intake will increase once you start eating normal foods. But its possible to keep off ALL that weight from piling back. Now that your palate has been cleansed, it’s easier to crave healthier foods and the decision is up to you to consciously choose what goes in your body.

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The juice cleanse is a little pricey …but I think it’s definitely worth it if you want a thorough detox and to get your health back on track. Especially so if you lead a busy life or don’t have a clue where to start! Because this cleanse is so convenient, palatable, fuss-free and guided…you won’t have any excuses haha! Would I do this again even if it wasn’t an advertorial? Hell yes I would! So a BIG thank you to Beauty Cleanse for helping me get back on track! =)

** BEAUTY CLEANSE is giving 10% OFF all Juice Cleanse Packages if you book during the month of October 2013!! Seize the opportunity and don’t close the door to good health! ***

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