February 5, 2018
How to ‘survive’ the festive season?
How to ‘survive’ the festive season?
With the onset of the Chinese New Year season, the ‘sin’ of gluttony is here once again. Our affluent lifestyle turns every festive season into an overindulgence and gluttony affair.
I am not implying that we should not enjoy ourselves with nice food. The real problem is overeating. As mentioned in my book Leaf to Life, moderation is the first key to good health. Perhaps the Chinese tradition of eating vegetarian meals on the first day of the New Year is meant to prepare ourselves physically and mentally so that we can set good resolutions for the New Year.
How can we enjoy ourselves and at the same time minimise or be free from all the discomforts and fatigue associated with all the visitations, eating and drinking?
Suggestions stated below may seems troublesome for some of you. However, you will thank us for it when your stomach is ‘happy’ and at the same time enjoy the feast.
First of all, abide by these eating habits –
- Do not drink much water during and immediately after a meal. If you wish, drink water an hour or so after the meal.
- Eat the protein part of the meal first.
- Do not eat too much heavy protein such as pork, chicken, eggs, and cheese or even vegetarian soy protein isolate found in mock meat and in some supplement with concentrated starches such as bread, rice, and noodles. When you cannot avoid mixing, drink herbal tea such as Seeds Garden’s Fennel Digest or Peaceful Chamomile to assist in digestion.
- Do not take dairy-related products with heavy protein such as meat. Milk is a food and not a drink. This is why cheese with oysters is a bad combination.
- Do not eat more than one protein at a single meal. Therefore you are asking for stomach trouble if you eat chicken, fish, and pork all at the same meal. Pork is especially a heavy protein and barbequed meat should be avoided. Also avoid any soy protein isolate protein products as in vegetarian Ba Kua or supplement. Soy protein isolate is a denatured product and is not easily broken down in the digestive tract, causing toxin build up.
- Fat and protein taken together is a poor combination. For example, any food fried in oil.
- Try to avoid sweet and starchy desserts immediately after a large meal of carbohydrates such as rice, noodles and concentrated protein.However, if you need to eat in this manner, take them with digestive herbs.
- Eat fruits as a separate meal and not together with the main meal
- Don’t eat too fast; chew your food. Don’t use your smartphone and eat at the same time.
- Laughing and singing after meals is good for digestion.
For further tips on digestion, read the book Leaf to Life, available in Seeds Garden.
Happy Chinese New year
Seeds of Transformation – Passion, People & Planet
February 1, 2018
St Hildegard spelt diet – The healthy aging diet
‘Spelt is the best grain, warming, lubricating and of high nutritional value. It is better tolerated by the body than any other grains. Spelt provides its consumer with good flesh and good blood and confers a cheerful disposition. It provides a happy mind and a joyful spirit. No matter how you eat spelt, either as bread or in other foods, it is good and easy to digest’
Saint Hildegard of Bingen, (1098-1179)
Benedictine abbess, healer, herbalist, composer, botanist, and visionary, Saint Hildegard of Bingen was the first German women physician and one of the pillars of European herbal medicine. Triticum spelta or spelt is not modern wheat (Triticum sativa). Though spelt is mentioned in the old testament of the Bible and consumed by people more than 9000 years ago, thanks to her published works, Hildegard was the first to teach spelt, the ancient grain, as a medicinal food.
Scientific studies and clinical works in Europe have revealed the superiority of spelt nutritional and medicinal properties compared to other grains such as rice, wheat, oats, and rye.
Spelt is used effectively by thousands of patients in Germany for over 30 years by Dr Hertzka and Strehow to treat numerous diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, celiac disease, gastrointestinal diseases, colitis, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, allergies, obesity, high cholesterol, angina, herpes, multiple sclerosis, arthritis, cancer and pre-cancer stage, depression and drug poisoning. 80% of all healing successes are related to the spelt diet.
The spelt diet was first introduced in the year 2006 to people in Singapore and some parts of Asia by Sebastian Liew, a medical herbalist under the mentorship of Dr Wighard Strehlow of Hildegard clinic in Germany.
The Wonders and Benefits of a Spelt diet
Easy to cook, nutty flavor and tasty;
Promotes healthy aging and youthfulness by supporting production of stem cells and blood cells;
Helps in mental concentration among students and young children;
Spelt causes no allergies as it is the most easily digested grain and most tolerable by the body, even for those with wheat allergy or with inflammatory digestive diseases;
Spelt support regeneration of myelin fibers, thus useful in cases of nerve disorders such as multiple sclerosis;
Contains 6 to 7 times more protein than brown rice and the rare anti-cancer minerals such as selenium;
Spelt helps sports people to build physical and mental endurance;
Is a super prebiotic- promotes good bacteria;
Contain special carbohydrates (mucopolysaccharides) – essential for blood clotting and immune system;
Optimal food for those suffering from indigestion, gas, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, celiac disease, colitis, stomach ulcers, gastritis, hemorrhoids, sick liver and gall bladder
Regenerate the entire body and organism as spelt is a rich source of nutrients such as the indispensable B vitamins;
Spelt enhances mental and spiritual well-being; has high quantities of tryptophan and enhances serotonin (happy hormones) production;
Normalizes cholesterol, blood sugar, and triglycerides (bad fat);
The best healing diet for those with heart disease, various digestive disorders, diabetes and cancer.
Excellent for those on fasting, severely ill persons, post operative, terminally ill, sick babies etc.
Ecological sound crop; do not require chemical fertilization, nor pesticides nor fungicides.
St Hildegard spelt products available in Seeds Garden. Kindly contact Ms Tan at +60-628-145-94