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The Blood Type Diet

Happy New Year, dear friends! :D

I was watching a TV programme just now called “The Path To Health”, a Chinese documentary that discussed various foods, how we eat, what we eat, etc…for good health. It was based on Traditional Chinese Medicine practices and towards the end of the programme, the host of the show talked about a new way of eating that was introduced in 1996 by naturopath, Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo, who said that what we eat should follow our blood types.

The fact that the Chinese health programme I watched did talk about D’Adamo’s diet method got my attention. Hmmmm………now, I got to look more into this new way of eating. :roll: How interesting indeed! Luckily for me, my family members are all from Blood Type O, so this will make it easy for me to adapt my cooking to this type of diet! Wow!

According to naturopath Peter J. D’Adamo, our blood type is a genetic fingerprint that is more powerful than race, culture or geography. It all has to do with lectins, a diverse group of proteins that are present in certain foods. D’Adamo, who is a naturopath, claims that negative reactions between food lectins and our blood are responsible for many ailments. His solution is to avoid the foods that contain all those bad lectins. The list of what’s good and what’s bad, however, is extensive and differs dramatically according to your blood type. The book states:

  • Type O’s (46 % of the population), belong to the oldest genetic group and need to eat meat virtually every day to satisfy your ancient, hunter-gatherer genes. Type O’s should also avoid oats, wheat, and most grains, because they are all products of an agriculture that didn’t exist when O’s originated.
  • Type A’s (40% of the population) evolved after the start of agrarian society and are best off as a vegetarian.
  • Type B’s (10 % of the population) emerged as humans migrated toward colder, harsher climates. Bs’ can have the most varied diet, including meat, and theirs is the only blood type that does well with dairy products.
  • Type AB (4% of the population) is a relatively modern adaptation that arose from the intermingling of the A’s and the B’s. Therefore, AB’s have the benefits and intolerances of types A and B.

Below are some interesting videos -

Blood Type O

Blood Type A

Blood Types B and AB

What do you think of this type of diet :?: I shall try this for a while and see how it goes… :lol:

Good night and sweet dreams from KL! :D

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The Lemon Juice Diet

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Good morning, dear friends :D

Ah, during this part of the year when we have so many festivals and holiday feasting – Winter Solstice Festival, Christmas, New Year parties – there is a thought that is bound to be on most people’s mind ===> that “we have certainly indulged ourselves with all the yummy food and may need to go on diet soon!”

Some would go on crash diets for days and weeks after their partying is over! However, this will not be very good as this method will actually backfire later on and the pounds shed will come back on again. :roll:

Some will be very hardworking – they will actually exercise more to burn off those extra weight that they have put on during the holidays, which is the right way to go and will be very effective when they also eat lighter, healthier meals at the same time.

Thus, it is all a matter of juggling and balancing our food intake and exercises. It helps if we know that 3,500 calories makes up 1 pound and 2.2 pounds equals 1 kilogramme.

I would like to share with you this article on the Lemon Juice Diet that came out in my newspapers a few weeks ago, and thought that it really made a lot of sense in helping us to lose weight. This is not the same thing as the Lemon Juice Cleanse or Master Cleanser (that was introduced by Stanley Burroughs) which requires a fast of lemon juice and saline liquids for 2 weeks (I won’t be able to fast on liquids like this!)

Read on and see for yourself how this works….

The Lemon Juice Diet by Louise Atkinson, The Star Newspaper, 18 December, 2007

DRINK lemon juice with warm water every morning to stimulate your digestive system.

Hoping to lose a few pounds before Christmas and New Year but gloomy about your chances of success with conventional diets? Then lemons could be the answer!

In a new book, The Lemon Juice Diet, leading health writer Therese Cheung suggests that the reason why so many of us battle with our weight is because our digestive systems are not working properly – and that the conventional dieting tends to excarbate that.

However, including lemons in your diet – both JUICE and PEEL – will boost your digestion and if you also eat healthily and exercise, can help you lose weight.

“Research seems to show that if your digestive system is not working correctly, healthy weight-loss is almost impossible,” saus Cheung. “The problem is that poor digestion can stop your body getting the nutrients it needs to burn fats. It can also cause a buildup of toxins in your body, leaving you feeling sluggish and depressed.

“This, in turn, slows down your metabolism, making any weight-loss goals unattainable.”

Furthermore, she says, if your body isn’t absorbing the right nutrients, then no matter how overweight you are, it thinks it is malnourished and constantly craves nutrients, telling you that you are hungry when you are not!

The solution is LEMONS. “When it comes to boostings the body’s digestive and detox systems, lemon is a natural powerhouse, ” says Cheung.

Lemons are rich in citric acid (at 7 to 8 %, they have the highest concentration of all the fruits), which, she explains, “combines in a complex interaction with other acids and enzymes to ensure healthy and problem-free digestion by stimulating stomach juices.”

“Thanks to its acidity, even a little lemon juice can improve your digestion and lower the impact of any meal on your blood sugar,” she adds.

The pectin in lemon – found in the peel – is a great source of fibre that helps weight loss by turning into a sticky gel when you digest it, preventing your stomach from absorbing sugar too quickly.

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found pectin can eliminate the urge to eat for up to four hours , because after eating it you tend to feel satisfied for longer.

Lemon juice is also one of the most food sources of Vitamin C. Not only is this great for warding off colds, but a recent research at Arizona State University suggests that people who eat fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C have more efficient digestive systems and are more likely to lose weight that those who don’t.

In addition, lemon juices increases the acidity of the digestive system. This helps the body absorb calcium, which is then stored in fat cells. Research has shown that the more calcium there is in a fat cell, the more fat the cell burns.

It seems the humble lemon could be a powerful aid to digestion, and a useful diet booster.

But it’s not a case of eating only lemons: the good news is that you can eat perfectly normal foods on this diet, including cheese and other proteins, You can even have chocolate ice-cream!

You can also eat as much as you like of the right sort of foods: there is no calorie caounting involved. All you have to do is make sure that at least one meal a day includes lemon ===> either a squirt of juice or some peel.

The Lemon Juice Diet advocates a simple healthy-eating plan based on 7 principles, If you combine these 7 principles with an exercise regime involving 20 minutes of aerobic activity five or six days a week, within just a week you should start feeling healthier and your clothes will be looser.

By week two, you will be dropping pounds… :D

The 7 Principles

1) Drink lemon juice with warm water every morning. Starting the day with the juice of a lemon in a glass of warm water will stimulate your digestive system.

2) Eat at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. All vegetables and most fruits are low-calorie nutritional powerhouses, rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and nutrients that can boost immunity, balance hormones, calm the nervous system, aid digestion, and help weight loss.

3) Balance your blood sugar levels. Irritability, poor concentration, fatique and headaches are all symptoms of fluctuating blood sugar levels; which can make you crave sweet and fattening foods. When the blood sugar levels swing too high, so does insulin. This hormone helps shuttle blood sugar (Glucose) into your cells to be uses as energy. In other words, it promotes fat storage.

Sprinkling lemon juice over your meal can be enough to lower the blood sugar impact by as much as 30 % – use it in all your cooking.

Eat protein with each meal, as it steadies your blood sugar by delaying the absorption of carbohydrates and fats. Eating 5 or 5 times a day will combat food cravings.

4) Cut down on sugar-rich foods. This will give you a brief high, followed by a big slump and leave you feeling edgy and tired. Refined foods – such as white bread, white rice, instant potatoes and corn flakes – can act like sugar in your system, and end up being stored as fat. Instead, stick to whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein.

5) Forget low fat – your body needs some fat to lose weight. Unsaturated fats can help with weight loss by delaying the passage of carbohydrates into your bloodstream, keeping blood sugar levels stable and insulin down.

Increase your consumption of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, found in nuts, seeds and oily fish, and unsaturated fat found in extra virgin olive oil.

6) Eat lots of fresh whole foods. Switch from processed to whole foods to boost your intake of the nutrients your body needs for weight loss. Whole foods such as beans, pulses and lentils also contain fibre, which stimulates the digestive system and can slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose.

Best of all, whole food are free of hidden sugar and chemicals that overload your liver, making it hard for your body to digest food and burn fat. Choose brown pasta, wholegrain bread and cereals, vegetables, fruit, fresh soups, smoothies and juices (not from concentrate), and eat a salad with every meal.

7) Slow things down. Eat slowly and chew properly. Chewing relaxes the lower stomach muscle and triggers nerve messages that activates the digestive process. If food is not properly chewed, nutrients remain locked in and undigested.

Your stomach and intestines are sensitive to stress. When you feel anxious, digestion will shut down, leaving food partially digested. So, finding ways to manage stress is not only important to your emotional health, but your digestive health, too.

Note -If you suffer from heartburn, kidney or gall-bladder problems, or have a citric allergy, consult your GP before going on this diet.

Happy Dieting! :D

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Here is a picture of my Lemon Juice Drink that I had made for myself yesterday. See the little bits of lemon peel floating at the top? I decided to chop the lemon peel up so that as I drink my lemon juice, I can also eat the peel. I had also added a tablespoon of honey to make this drink tastier. Be sure to put cold water into your glass of lemon juice, then only top up with a little hot water to make a warm lemon juice drink! Hot water will destroy the Vitamin C in the lemon juice as well as the nutrients in the honey! :wink:

This morning, I made myself another glass of warm lemon juice but without the honey added and wow, did it perk me up! :lol:  

Have a wonderful weekend! :D 

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White Radish & Roast Pork Bones Soup To Reduce Heatiness

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White Radish Soup With Roast Pork Bones

Good Day, dear friends :D

This is another popular and delicious soup that my late mother used to make occasionally to help lower the level of “heatiness” in our body. The surprising thing here is that we are using Roast Pork Bones (either the bones or the legs/trotters) – because roasted foods are considered as heaty to our body but when combined with white radish and boiled over a few hours, the Roast Pork Bones provides a perfect balance to the cooling efficacy of this soup, which simply tastes superb! The bones are usually purchased from the person that sells Roast Pork or “Siew Yoke” in the market, but these days, Eurodeli in supermarkets also sells them but at a higher price.

Ingredients (serves 6) -

500 gms Roast Pork Bones (“Siew Chee Guat in Cantonese)

2 white radish, cut into chunks

2 carrots, cut into chunks

1 handful of wolfberries (this is optional. Usually I would put in a handful of red dates but I ran out of them)

5 dried oysters (optional but if you put these in, the soup is even better for reducing heatiness)

1/2 tsp white pepper

Salt to taste

4 litres water

Method -

1) Bring water to a boil. Put in all ingredients (except salt) and bring to a boil again.

2) Reduce heat and simmer for 4 hours.

3) Skim any fat or oil that comes to the surface of the soup. Season to taste.

If you can’t find Roast Pork Bones in your area, you can substitute this with fresh pork bones or ribs……….or if you happen to roast a chicken or some pork at home, throw in a few pork bones at the same time. You can store these roast pork bones in the freezer for use in soups later. Oh, I just remembered that I have even used leftover roast turkey bones/wings before  for this soup and the taste was also fantastic! :idea:

Bon Appetit! :D

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Easy Feng Shui Remedy For Insomnia & Restless Sleep

Dear friends, :D

This is the second remedy that I had used last night to make sure that I had a good night’s sleep – it is a Feng Shui remedy. Earlier, I had posted that we can also DRINK THIS SOUP to cure insomnia and restless sleep that was caused by heatiness in the body.

It was taught to me by the Feng Shui Master at the www.dhealing.com Forum and it is known as Kimberly-8’s Sleep Cure (hehe, it is named after my Danish sister :wink: )

If you can’t sleep well at night or often wake up in the morning tired, do try this easy Feng Shui method and see for yourself -

Kimberly-8’s Sleep Cure

Just before you go to bed at night, do the following -

1) Use a see-through glass (or clean jam jar).

2) Fill up to 90% with tap water.

3) Add a pinch of salt into water.

4) Place glass of water on bedside table next to you. Prepare for sleep as usual.

When you wake up, pour away the water from the glass into the sink or toilet in your bathroom. Keep glass in the bathroom for the time being.

Before you go to bed later that night, repeat the procedure again, i.e. fill up glass with tap water, add pinch of salt, place glass on bedside table. Sleep. Dispose the salt water upon waking up….etc..

Do this every night for 7 days in a row, i.e. 1 week. See if your sleep is improved. At the end of the 7 days, please dispose the glass in a dustbin outside your house.

Warning – Do not reuse the glass.

I wish you a Good Night’s sleep and Sweet Dreams! :D

With peace, joy and prosperity,

choesf :D

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Easy, Nutritious Soup Remedy For Restless Sleep & Insomnia

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Delicious Soup Remedy For Insomnia & Restless Sleep

Good evening from KL, dear friends :D

I thought I better post here the 2 remedies that I had used last night to help me have a good night’s sleep….

For the past week, I have been busy most of the time and despite going to bed tired, my sleep wasn’t of good quality. I would wake up many times during the night, unable to go back to sleep, and come the time to wake up, I would be too exhausted to get out of bed – even when I was in bed for 8 hours!

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), there is a vicious cycle happening when we don’t sleep well at night – the lack of sleep or sleeping much later in the night (usually after midnight) will result in a build-up of “heatiness” in our body. But when there is heatiness in our body, then we may experience a poor quality of sleep. What is considered poor quality of sleep is when we have many dreams at night, we wake up very often, and the most telling sign is when we wake up very tired and not refreshed at all. Another sure  symptom of heatiness affecting us is when we wake up with “gummy” or “gunky” eyes. Often during the day, a “heavy” head with mild tension headaches are experienced.

On Tuesday, I brought my husband (who was also not feeling well) to see my healer/massage lady for an acuppressure and massage treatment and it was then that she reminded me to make this nutritious soup to counter the heatiness that was affecting my sleep. She called this heatiness a “heatiness that affects our heart” and that was causing all those frequent dreams and even nightmares. So, yesterday I had cooked this soup for dinner and I noticed that  about an hour after I had this soup, I feel myself more relaxed and lighter in spirit. Often when we are heaty, we feel tensed, foggy brained and lethargic.

So, I would like to share this recipe with those of you that are interested in trying this soup remedy for a good night’s sleep -

Easy, Nutritious Soup For Good, Restive Sleep 

Ingredients (serves 6) -

600 gms Tai Bak Choy vegetables

Some salted fish bones – about 250 gms

1 large block soft Tofu

500 gms pork ribs or pork bones, washed

3 slices ginger

1 tsp white pepper

3 litres water 

Method -

1) Wash vegetables and cut into 1-inch lengths

2) Wash salted fish. In a little bit of oil, fry ginger slices for 1 minute and then fry salted fish bones for about 3 minutes until fragrant. 

3) Cut Tofu into 1-inch chunks

4) Bring water to a boil. Add in all the ingredients. Bring to a boil. Lower to small heat and simmer soup for 4 hours.

5) Taste the soup and if it is not salty enough, you can add a little salt.

I especially love to eat the Tofu and soft vegetables as they are so delicious and I will have a giant bowl of this. :D

This soup is very cooling and will balance the heatiness in our body. The Tai Bak Choy is said to be extremely cooling and therefore, this soup must be boiled for the recommended time to cut down the overly cooling properties to make it more “balanced”. 

A word of caution though, it is advised that those of you with backaches not drink too much of this soup as its cooling properties can aggravate the backaches. Personally, I have lower backaches from an old injury but they don’t get worse whenever I have this soup.

Bon Appetit! :D 

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Kitchen Feng Shui For Good Wealth & Health

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Dear friends, :D

In Chinese Feng Shui (FS) – pronounced “Fung Shway” – the kitchen is very importantly associated with our prosperity (wealth) and health. Because the kitchen is also considered as the “heart of the home”, any problems in this area will result in a significant impact on our family – health wise or money wise.

Of course, first and foremost, good housekeeping is good feng shui. When our kitchen is clean, shiny and free from clutter, then it allows the best of positive energy to come into it. Conversely, if we have too much clutter and dirty things or we hardly declutter our kitchens, then this leads to a buildup of stagnant, stale and negative chi in our kitchen.

Now, we don’t want this to happen because negative energies will impact negatively also on aspects of our life, like our money, career, prosperity. Logically, this does make some sense because when our kitchen is cluttered and not clean, then it hampers our efforts to cook a really good and nourishing meal for our loved ones. In fact, I don’t think we would like to do anything or stay any longer in the kitchen if it is unclean and messy! :roll:

But when we can’t cook nourishing meals at home and we eat out most of the time, then our body is likely to be under nourished, thus leading to a less than optimal health and hence, lesser efficient ability to work well in our job.

We are taught the 10 Don’ts in Kitchen Feng Shui by Retired Feng Shui Master, Master atan at his Dhealing Forum as follows -

1. Do not place your kitchen under or next to a bathroom. A bathroom is deemed as a place where we wash away our dirt and where the toilet is located, and therefore, having a kitchen under this is deemed very inauspicious.

2. Do not place your stove under a big beam. A beam is considered a heavy support and if your stove is under it, it is like the energies of your stove are being oppressed by this beam. Not good to cook in such a situation. Why? Because the stove is symbolic of wealth and in such a negative placement of stove, it means your wealth is being suppressed. You can’t prosper.

3. Do not face your stove to water basin or refrigerator, this can lead to arguments and conflict within the family. Fire and water are opposites of and fight each other, and so the placements of the sink and stove are important. If they are directly opposite each other, then this may lead to arguments, conflicts and figthing among family members. Conflicts and tension at home means negative energies. A stove and sink side by side also means a weakening of the energy of the kitchen.

4. Do not clutter your kitchen – stagnant and dirty chi is no good for food. Clean out your food cupboards, pantry and refrigerator regularly.

5. Do not place stove near windows and skylights – the chi can flow out of the house through them.

6. Do not design the kitchen door be in a direct line with the back door or front door of the house. That placement allows the chi to flow from the kitchen all the way outside. If your doors are placed in line, keep the kitchen door closed, or use plants to block the flow.

7. Do not delay in maintaining the stove. A stove that is not in good working order implies a problem with financial resources. If any part of the stove (burners, oven light, fan, etc.) does not work, get it fixed as soon as possible.

8. Do not leave you stove unused – an unused stove implies untapped resources or ignored opportunities. Even if all you do is boil water for tea, rotate which burner you set the kettle on so that all of them get regular use! And use the oven, too, from time to time, instead of always relying on the microwave.

9. Do not place your kitchen in the North West sector of your house, because it will bring negative elements to your family. The NW sector of your house represents where Heaven’s energy flows into your house, and by having a kitchen there, it means that fire will destroy this good energy. A term for this kitchen location is “Fire At Heaven’s Gate.” The family breadwinner could lose his job, lose his wealth, or worse, lose his health. If your kitchen is already in this sector, try to move the cooking elements like the stove or oven away from this sector.

10. Do not use any odd shaped objects in the pots or frying pan at any time. They may seem like piercing weapons of some sort. I will discuss some of the remedies that can be carried out if the above Kitchen Feng Shui rules are broken later…..

Meanwhile, for those of you looking for a new home to buy or rent and you believe a little in FS :lol: , I hope these Kitchen FS tips will help you to avoid getting an “inauspicious” kitchen. There are also many other “Do’s & Don’ts” for other aspects of a home but we start with this post for now. :wink:

May your life be blessed with good wealth, good health and many successes!

choesf :D


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Yummy Juicy Natural Health Drink

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Dear friends, :D

Here is a really simple, natural and delicious health drink taught to me by Healer and Feng Shui  Master Atan :-

Natural Health Drink Recipe

Ingredients

1 orange

1/2 lemon

1 tbsp pure honey (or more if you like it sweeter :wink:)

Method -

1) Combine the juices from the lemon and orange.

2) Stir in the honey.

3) Enjoy health drink immediately. Yummy! :D

This easy-to-make delicious health drink portion is meant for 1 person, and it is recommended that we drink this twice a week to build up our body immunity, maintain good health, and it is especially good to have during the flu and sore throat seasons because it packs a lot of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. :wink: Coughs and colds are reputed to be helped as a result.

Below is some good information on honey obtained from an e-zine article :-

Nature’s Energy Booster

The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural fruit sugars, fructose and glucose plays an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise and are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream digested by the body. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. So, to experience these health benefits of honey, here are a few tips for you:

1. Next time before you go for a workout, take a spoon of honey to enable you to go for the extra mile.

2. If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning, try honey. Spread it on hot toast or replace the sugar in your tea with it for a refreshing surge of energy.

3. If your kids are finding hard to cope with the physical strain from the buzzing activities at school, prepare them some sandwiches with honey, butter and ham to make sure they have enough energy to sustain through the day. They will appreciate the great health benefits of honey by experiencing them.

Immunity System Builder

Amongst the many health benefits of honey, what is most impressive to me – it can be a powerful immune system booster. Honey’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Start every brand new day with this cleansing tonic if you want to see this health benefit of honey: before breakfast, mix a spoonful of honey and juice from half a lemon into a cup of hot water and drink it.

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Yoga Technique To Prevent Lower Back Injury

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Hi there, dear friends, :D

Since I picked up Yoga 3 weeks ago, I have learned a few techniques that have helped me tremendously (aside from the slimming or toning aspects) in my life – specifically on injuries related to my strenuous house chores, like mopping the floors, picking up heavy things, bending a lot, and so on. I have had a lower back slipped disc injury many years ago and whenever I bend often in my work, I usually end up with lower back pains for days.

But since I have been applying this Yoga method whenever I have to exert myself or bend over too much, I am very happy to say that now I no longer have lower backaches! :D

This Yoga technique is called a Mula Bandha or a Root Lock, one of the three Bandhas (Locks) that were taught by my Yoga instructor. (I will describe the other equally good Bandhas later on.) Basically, we apply this interior lock whenever we have to bend over to lift something heavy, do strenuous activities, or like in my case, having to put my whole weight on my mop to wring it dry. In addition to protecting our spine, this Mula Bandha also have other good health benefits.

Benefits

1) Increases flexibility of our spine and stimulates heat (good for those of you who feel cold during winter?)

2) Helps to prevent back injury by guiding us to move from our centre of body – when we have this lock in our lower spine, our back is stronger.

3) Ovaries in the female and the prostate gland in the male receive an increased flow of blood circulation. For ladies, this will benefit those with irregular mentrual periods.

4) Helps to prevent haemorrhoids.

5) Beneficial for toning up the kidneys and bladders.

6) Good for those with incontinence problems that most ladies would often get when they reach middle age.

Method

Mula Bandha focuses on those muscles that form a sling in our pelvis, from the pubis in front to the coccyx at the back. These muscles support the upper part of our vagina, the uterus, the rectum, the bladder and the prostate. We ladies usually know this technique as Kegels’ Exercises, which is often prescribed by gynaecologists after childbirth. For men, the area of these muscles can be identified by imagining that you are urinating and that you must stop the flow of urine by using (or contracting) these muscles.

When the Mula Bandha is engaged, we prevent prana (chi or lifeforce) from escaping from our lower body and prana flow is directed in the body. That is why heat is generated internally when prana or chi is flowing well in us. This lock is also used during Yoga asanas (postures) to prevent injury.

1) Sit comfortably on the floor or on a chair, or stand up in a relaxed manner.

2) Take a few breaths slowly, counting 1 to 4 for each inhalation and exhalation.

3) After you have exhaled completely, hold your breath and start contracting your pelvis muscles, as if you are stopping the flow of urine during a pee. For beginners, this will take a short time for you to get used to this step. Contract the muscles as much as you can …..and then, LOCK them in place.

4) With the Mula Bandha or LOCK engaged, continue to breathe in slowly and do normal breathing a few times.

5) Release the Mula Bandha or Root Lock, and repeat steps 3 and 4 again. Do this about 5 times or more if you wish or are able to.

This really beneficial Yoga technique can be done a few times a day…for me, I often have to engage the Mula Bandha when I am mopping the floor, when I reach down to pick up things, and even when I am sitting in front of the PC. It helps my spine to be firm and strong.

Note – DO NOT do the Mula Bandha if you are pregnant, having your menses, or right after a meal (best is 2 to 3 hours after a meal).

For those of you that often get lower back pains like me, I hope you will try to do this Yoga Technique and later say “Bye Bye” to your backaches! :wink:

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Simple Herbal Drink For Blood Cleansing & Detoxification – Hung Teen Wu Plants

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“Hung Teen Wu” plants & Dried Honey Dates (Mutt Joe)

 

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Dear friends,

The above herbal drink was taught to me by my healer lady last year and I make this drink very frequently for my family to detoxify as well as to cleanse our blood circulation. I have no idea what is the name of this plant in English or its scientific name but its Malay name is “Daun Kurma Merah” and it is known as “Hung Teen Wu” in Cantonese.

Added on 30 August, 2010 -

Blog visitor “Fern/Sau Chun” from Singapore was very helpful in letting me know the scientific name of this herbal plant (see comments below) ===> Sessile Joyweed

This herbal drink became very popular last year and the plants are sold in bunches costing US 60 cents or so each (RM2 in wet markets/pasar, RM6 per kg in Tesco), and is easy available here in KL.

For my large family of 6, I would need 3 bunches of “Hung Teen Wu”, weighing about 700gms and I boil these with 12 large honey dates (mutt joe) in a large pot containing 15 litres of water. This drink is to be simmered for at least 4 hours over a small fire, and then poured into bottles or jugs to be drank in place of water during the whole day (that’s why no sugar is added but the honey dates do provide some natural sweetness there.) Keep in the fridge when cooled. :wink:

There are many benefits of this herbal drink and I myself have heard first hand accounts from people who had this drink. There is this butcher in his 50’s who went for a medical checkup and was told by his doctor that he has three main arteries blocked, and he was scheduled to go for a bypass surgery in a few weeks’ time. He told me he got frantic and went looking for alternative medicine to help him. He was recommended this Hung Teen Wu plant which he boiled with honey dates, and drank this in place of water everyday for 2 weeks.

When he went back to his doctor, amazingly, his angiogram results showed that his arteries were no longer blocked and he need not have to go for the bypass surgery anymore. Wow! :shock: These days, he drinks this for health maintenance.

For my healer lady, she said this drink is very good for removing blood impurities, “heatiness” in our body and body cleansing in general. This is a very gentle herbal remedy and is not known to have any side effects as it was actually an old Chinese herbal recipe. It is so safe that we can even make this drink twice a week, which was what I did last year when I started my family on this. For 2 months, we would drink this twice weekly and because my husband is a heavy smoker and is often stressed from work, he drinks about 3 litres of this a day, to detoxify. My children would drink 500 ml. only. Sometimes I have jugs of this herbal drink in the fridge and it can be drank for the next day (I usually give my husband a litre of it to bring with him to work, too). These days, I will make this herbal drink like once every one or two weeks, just for blood cleansing maintenance. :wink:

For those of you in this part of the world, I hope you can find this type of plants/herbs in your markets and do try this herbal remedy for blood detoxification. After all, it is a cheap and natural remedy. In the Klang Valley here in KL, this drink is now a household favourite….as evidenced by the sale of Hung Teen Wu plants even in the Tesco hypermarkets! :lol:

Have a blessed and relaxing weekend! :D

Note – I am not suggesting that those with blocked arteries drink this in place of their recommended surgery….but to use this simple, herbal remedy for maintenance of good health.

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Time For Rewards In Dieting/Slimming

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Good Day to all, :D

Hehe, after nearly 2 weeks of healthy eating, yoga exercises and cut down in calories…..ah, it is time for a little reward for myself today! :lol: Usually on weekends, I would cook a special dinner for my family (none of our usual Chinese rice and soup and stuff) and tonight, we are having Lamb Chops, Coleslaw, Crinkled Cut Fries and Potato Wedges. When it comes to this type of meal, any dieting has to be thrown out of the window! :roll: If you see the mouth watering picture of lamb chops (which I have marinating in my fridge since last night….mmmmm) below, you will know what I mean …..

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In case you want the recipe for my lamb chops, please CLICK HERE

So, tonight, I shall give myself a little treat by enjoying this meal together with my family, except that I am going to have a much smaller portion than them, and I will be sure to drink lots of Green Tea after that to wash away those fat in the lamp chops and fries. :wink:

For the past 2 weeks, I was having mainly vegetables and soups, no oily and fried stuff, no sweets/desserts/soda pops, and my rice intake was reduced to only 2 tablespoons’ full per meal, instead of the usual 1 1/2 cups for a Chinese. Bread was cut down to 1 slice, instead of 2. But in between, there would be some healthy snacking like an apple, a banana, an orange or a cup of hot brown rice cereal beverage. We must not skip any meals but instead eat more frequently daily, but in really small portions to keep our metabolism rate going high, instead of the rate dropping. Later I will post here a Yoga technique to increase our metabolism.

By eating lesser food and eating less meat, we are also giving our digestion system a break. Best is to drink lots of water (at least 2 – 3 litres daily) to flush our system and remove some toxins as well.

Initially, my energy levels were low due to my lower intake of daily calories, and it was a bit tough for me because I usually do a lot of energetic house work daily like walking up and down the stairs of my 3-storey home (I counted that I take up to 300 steps a day on the stairs) , mopping the house, etc……but by doing some Yoga breathing exercises a few times daily and energising my body with oxygen at cellular levels, my energy levels got better actually and my mind was crisp and alert! :D

Oh, another thing that I forgot to mention in my breathing technique posts earlier – my skin and facial complexion actually got better with the breathing exercises! :wink: So, do more deep and slow breathing exercises if you want good, healthy looking complexion and skin! No need to buy those expensive face moisturisers that contain oxygenated stuff in them! Hahaha! :lol:

My husband and I always believe in giving ourselves a little reward now and then if we had worked hard at something. By doing this, we are motivating ourselves to continue with whatever we were doing that was tough for us to undertake. On this food reward, I will actually be stopping the cravings that I face occasionally during my dieting. :lol: The important thing to remember is not to indulge too much in the yummy but highly caloric meals, and then end up failing in our dieting/slimming attempt.

Talking about cravings, the other day I read in a magazine that if we have strong cravings for sweet stuff like cakes, candies, chocolates, etc….if we eat a bit of lemon skin, this will remove or cut down our cravings for sweets. I didn’t have a chance to try this as I didn’t have strong cravings for sweet stuff but will try to eat some lemon skin if the opportunity arises. So, for some of you out there who will try this lemon tip here, I hope you will give us some feedback. I’m sure many of us are very interested to know if this lemon skin will work in stopping our cravings for cakes! :wink:

Hmmm…perhaps next week I wll reward myself by baking an Apple Pie or a Banana Orange Cake!! :lol:

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! :D

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