7 kinds of food to help reduce fat build-up / 七種專「吃」脂肪的食物

April 30, 2012 § 7 Comments

Losing weight is a constant battle for people nowadays not only to stay healthy but also to look fit and beautiful. And the key thing to lose weight is to get rid of that extra bit of fat! And I guess it is sometimes called “war” when we have to sacrifice things we love to eat or go on a special diet (plus exercises too!). However if you eat the right food, you don’t have to be mean to your empty and can still lose weight! I have recently been forwarded an email (in Mandarin) talking about 7 kinds of food that help to reduce fat build-up:

減肥不僅是為了自身的健康,更是要讓身材苗條有型的一種挑戰,對現在的人來說可真是一大戰爭。而減肥最主要的是要減去多餘的脂肪!除了要做適當的運動,均衡的飲食,還得犧牲一堆可口美味的東西,對很多人來說還真是一種掙扎啊...但基本上只要你挑對東西,你在減肥的過程中就可以不用愧對自己的肚皮了。最近我收到了一封郵件,內容則是告訴美女們 7 樣有助於減少脂肪堆積的食物(原文是中文信件):

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1. Bananas – even though it is rather high in calories, it has rather low in fat and full of potassium. It not only is very filling but also helps reducing the building up of fat, especially the lower parts of your body!

香蕉 – 雖然卡路裏很高,但脂肪卻很低,而且含有豐富鉀,又飽肚又低脂,可減少脂肪在下身積聚,是減肥時候的理想食品。

Peeled, whole, and longitudinal section

2. Apples – apples contain malic acid which increases the process of metabolism.

蘋果 – 內含蘋果酸可以加速代謝,減少下身的脂肪! ! !

Česky: Jablka jsou všeamericky úspěšná potravi...

3. Eggs – The contained riboflavin (Vit. B2) is helpful in reducing bodily fat. Plus, thiamine (Vit. B1) as well as niacin (Vit. B3) found in eggs are able to trim slim our hips and legs.

雞蛋 – 禽蛋內的維他命B2有助去除脂肪,除此之外,它蘊含的煙堿酸及維他命B1可以去除下半身的肥肉。

Eggs

4. Seaweed (Nori) – full of vitamins and minerals that helps to flush toxins and wastes from the body as well as excess of water that’s accumulating around your legs (edema) that makes you look chubby!

紫菜 – 除了含有豐富的維他命A、B1及B2,最重要的就是它蘊含豐富纖維素及礦物質,可以幫助排走身體內之廢物及積聚的水分,從而收瘦腿之效。

Nori, geröstete Blätter aus Algen, die vor all...

5. Pumpkins – According to TCM, it is a wonder vegetable that benefits our internal organs such as stomach and spleen. Its high fibre content is surely needed to lose weight!

南瓜 – 味甘性溫,補養脾臟及胃之元氣,且潤肺及利尿,食用既養身又減肥。

A shot of a pumpkin, focused on its stem.

6. Papayas – they are known for a special enzyme to prevent your body storing extra fat. Papaya pectin also helps to cleanse colon naturally to avoid building up of unwanted wastes in your body.

木瓜 – 含有獨特的蛋白分解酵素,可以清除因吃肉類而積聚在下身的脂肪;木瓜肉所含的果膠更是優良的洗腸劑,可減少廢物在下身積聚。

Papaya - two half fruits of different size

7. Tea – there are many compounds that tea contains that helps to fight the physical absorption of fat, such as theaflavins and thearubigins. Though it only works when you have tea without milk~

– 茶類裡的茶黃素以及茶黃素有去除體內脂肪的作用,不過前提是要單獨喝不能配牛奶唷!

This time it's green tea.

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We are our own SUNSHINE / 我們就是自己的陽光

April 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

Dear all,

A friend of mine sent me this lovely poem and I’d like to share it with you all It is an important message that all of us need!

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Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.
生活不是等著暴風雨過去,而是學會在風雨中跳舞

If you feel sad for burning it in your heart,then just smile and let it go.
如果放在心裡會覺得難過,那麼就請微笑著放手吧。

Smile and keep being fabulous are the best ways to get revenge on your haters. They hate to see you like that.
對討厭你的人最好的反擊就是
~保持微笑和光芒四射,因為他們最不希望看到這樣的你!

Life has its ups and downs. You will never fully appreciate the ups unless you have some downs.
人生充滿了起起落落,沒有在低處歷練過的人,也無法享受高處的快感。

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine.
無論去哪兒,什麼天氣,記得帶上自己的陽光。

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Warm honey and cinnamon drink to relief cold symptoms / 蜂蜜肉桂來減緩感冒的症狀

April 15, 2012 § 2 Comments

If you do a quick search on Google by typing “honey + cinnamon”, you’d get a whole list of results telling you how incredible this simple home remedy is!! Well, personally I cannot validate its effectiveness on heart disease, toothache or pimples etc; but I can say that it does help with alleviating cold symptoms!!

Honey has been extremely valued because of its nutritional and healing properties. It is a natural product with beneficial effects, where the application dates back for many centuries. According to TCM, honey is able to release excess internal heat and dryness in our body, as well as the function to relieve pain and soothe our respiratory system. A lot of TCM prescriptions and pills require the addition of honey to strengthen its effectiveness. Just to note that honey isn’t suitable for infants less than 12 months old because their immune systems are still weak!!Honey

Cinnamon is also a common ingredient in TCM prescriptions. It is said to help restore internal heat and Yang energy in the human body, as well as the ability to reduce coldness and pain. This is best for people who often ‘feel cold’ especially when the climate is warm.

I use this type of drink as a nourishing method rather than seeing it as a type of medication. As mentioned in the topic, it is to relief cold symptoms as both ingredients have the ability to ease pain. On top of that, it helps calming on the throat if I cough too much and to maintain my body temperature to keep me warm. This is not a magical elixir that cures colds faster, in saying that, I’d suggest you also drink lots of warm lemon water to boost your Vitamin C while are you sick.

How to make the drink

  • There’s no definite measurement for me, but I normally use 1/3 teaspoon of cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of honey.
  • The key thing is to mix the cinnamon powder first with a bit of water to make a paste in the cup. It is because the granule of cinnamon powder is too fine, so it will only float on the surface of water and won’t mix well if you add in honey later.
  • Fill 8/10 of the cup with warm to hot water (not exceeding the temperature of 40°C so you do not destroy to valuable nutrients from the honey) and honey to mix well with the cinnamon paste.
  • Enjoy~~~

Caution: This drink would not suit those who constantly gets diarrhoea, because of honey. Pregnant women should also avoid cinnamon as it is a blood-circulating stimulant.

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在網路上常常流通著蜂蜜肉桂神奇療效的文章,但說實在的,我個人覺得有很多的主張還有待證實;好比說在心血管疾病的預防、牙痛以及消除痘痘等。但是感冒如果喝蜂蜜肉桂茶真的有助於減緩感冒的症狀喔!!

蜂蜜含有豐富的營養以及療效的性質,自從古代就應用於醫療藥物的領域。中醫認為蜂蜜潤肺止咳、潤燥、止痛、解讀、矯味、具有補中緩痛、解毒潤燥的雙向性功能,許多中藥物的炮製及丸類藥物的製作,都需蜂蜜的加入達到功效。不過要注意的是12個月以內的幼童因為免疫系統尚未發育完全不能服用蜂蜜。

另外中醫也常以肉桂入藥,它味辛、甘,性大熱,具溫中補陽、散寒止痛的功能。適合脾胃體質虛寒者用,有發汗、溫經的功效。Cinnamon

與其把這飲品當作藥物,到不如說這是感冒專用的養生茶。我的標題也指出這有助於減緩感冒的症狀,因為蜂蜜和肉桂都同時具有止痛的效果。另外,當我咳嗽咳得很嚴重時它可以舒緩我的喉嚨;而肉桂散寒的功用在我感冒時也扮演重要的角色。這不是甚麼可以讓感冒趕快好的神奇仙丹,說到這,我還是會建議你在感冒時也多喝溫溫的檸檬水來補充身體所需的維他命C。

飲品的調配

  • 我其實沒有絕對的配量,不過一般說來我都是用 1/3 茶匙的肉桂粉加上一大匙的蜂蜜。
  • 在調配的重點是要先用少量的水在杯子裡把肉桂粉拌成肉桂泥!因為肉桂粉太細太輕了,如果直接用一杯水去攪肉桂粉很難攪散,你會發現肉桂粉都浮在水面上。先做成泥狀的話可以避免這個問題!
  • 杯子之後再加入熱水至八分滿(水溫不要超過 40°C 以免太熱就會破壞蜂蜜的營養素),之後再放入蜂蜜好好攪拌就成啦!
  • 很好喝喔~~~

注意事項:這飲品可能不適合容易腹瀉的人,因為蜂蜜有通便的作用。孕婦準媽媽們也最好避免,因為肉桂有活血的功能。

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