FITANDWELLDAILY Newsletter: August Edition

Welcome to August. This issue  will explore food and dining experiences near and far, healthy happenings in Bangkok and frequently asked questions regarding diets and reasonable strategies for success and long term sustainable lifestyle choices. I look forward to seeing more success stories this month. Wishing you a happy, healthy and productive August! Exploring Singapore: FITANDWELLDAILY did some traveling this month and explored the lovely Singapore; a combination of clean air and amazing, health inspired restaurants. This trip to Singapore was eye opening as I explored the Holland Village area of Singapore. On the other side of Holland Avenue is Chip Bee Gardens, a neighborhood that was formerly developed as British military housing in the 1950s and is now bustling with restaurants and a fusion of cultures. This charming little pocket of Singapore did not disappoint as I was very impressed with the restaurant we tried: The Original Sin Mediterranean vegetarian. The Original Sin restaurant opened in the 90s and started a trend of upscale vegetarian dining when its Australian-Italian owner introduced Singapore to her first Mediterranean vegetarian dining experience in Chip Bee Gardens. I was happy to have stumbled upon this fantastic place as I generally have to be wary of  creams and dressings, but not here…this place was a true gem! When I ordered and expressed my usual plea for dressing on the side, I was told “ We always put the dressing on the side and given a big smile” Not only was this place highly accommodating, and with extra friendly service, but the food was amazing!  While, tempted to order everything on the menu, Here was...

News about Popular Seeds: Basil, Chia and Flax Seeds: Are they beneficial and why?

Basil, Chia and Flax Seeds: Are they beneficial and why?   Lately, there has been a lot of talk about seeds. Every year there is a news breaking  study that touts something is either wildly fantastic or suddenly awful for you. So, as with all things health, the one consistent factor that we must bear in mind is that we are all different. Each of us was born with a unique genetic code, so we cannot just suddenly stumble upon the one magic bullet that works for all of us. As an example, some people have allergies and sensitivities to a number of ingredients, while others breeze through life without any aversions. At any rate, my point is there is not a magic food, pill or mantra that will suddenly make you healthy or give you superpowers.  Now for the topic at hand: Seeds- good, bad or somewhat beneficial, here is what we know to date: Nutrition facts: *Using 1 tablespoon Chia seeds vs Basil and Flax seeds as a guide.   CHIA BASIL FLAX Calories 60 38 46 Fat 4.4g 1g 3g Protein 3g 1.5 g 2g Carbs 5g 8g  3g Fiber 5g   2.5g Calcium 6% 366 mg 8% Zinc 4% 1%   Iron 4% 14 mg 10%  Note: To optimize the benefits, it is suggested to mix the seeds, as they contain different types of antioxidants. However, Chia seeds are a complete protein and lead in both protein and fiber content. Other notable claims: *Chia seeds have 2 times the amount of potassium as bananas and have 3 times the amount of antioxidants that blueberries have....

Yoga: Now and Then…

The Yoga Guide:   Looking for a low to moderate way to wind down your week? Yoga might be the answer.  Yoga is known to provide a calming experience and health benefits to help manage stress, increase self confidence and manage musculoskeletal health. Yoga is defined as “union or integration” of mind and body disciplines which stem from Buddhist, Jain and Hindu practices throughout Asia. There are six branches of yoga: Inana, Karma, Mantra, Tantra, Raja and Hatha.  There are so many forms of yoga available, so here is a list of programs available so you can chose according to your needs (*note, your gym may have a variety of names according to a variety of adaptations which have stemmed from the following practices.)  Classical programs which were designed over 200 years ago include: -Tai Chi  and Qigong – Known for assisting in improved balance, decrease in blood pressure and overall psychological well being. Tai Chi styles include: Chen Style – Known as the original form, embracing jumping, leaping, bouncing and other quick movements ; suitable for a broad range of levels. Yang Style – a graceful  of flow of martial arts and chi.  Chang Style – Developed in the 1930’s with over 100 movements and modifications to the yang style. Wu Style – An easy adaptation with use of small steps and movements involving the legs and knees. 36 postures are used in this practice. Sun Style – Created in the 1800’s, the sun style draws from the Wu and Yang styles and uses  lively, easy to learn steps; simple for older people and a variety of fitness...

FITANDWELLDAILY: Newsletter – July, 2014

FITANDWELLDAILY July in Bangkok:  A reminder of why I love Bangkok: The energy in this vibrant city never stops, constant openings and closings. New friends made and the transition of  people coming and going; always new things to explore, the place is certainly never dull. In this issue, I have noted a couple of  little spots that are new to me to add some variety to your list of places to visit for a coffee or casual meal. I am also happy to see so many people reach their personal goals and be successful in their healthy endeavors over the past few months: Keep up the good work! Let’s set the bar high and challenge yourself by setting a new goal and trying new activities this month. Here’s to a successful July! Coffee Talk: Coffee is good! … No, it’s bad!……. I know people that drink loads of coffee all day and have no issue with it, while others cannot sleep, get shaky and completely hyper, so in their case it is probably best to find another drink of choice. So, what is the right approach? With most things in life, the right answer is how the works for you. What might be great for me, may be entirely wrong for someone else. Simply: It truly depends on you. Here are the facts: There are many misperceptions about caffeine. For starters, the most common sources of caffeine are coffee and tea leaves. But did you know kola nuts and cocoa beans are also included among the most common caffeine sources? Also caffeine content varies greatly from food to food....

Sesame Ginger Quinoa Salad

INGREDIENTS: 1 cup quinoa, rinsed 2 cups water 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups shelled frozen edamame! 3 medium carrots, peeled and diced! 1/2 yellow pepper, diced 1/2 red pepper, diced 1 cup red cabbage, chopped 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons white vinegar 3 teaspoons fresh ginger, finely minced 1 tablespoon sesame seeds   DIRECTIONS: Place the quinoa, water, and salt in a covered pot. Heat on high until it boils, lower the heat to low, and cook for about 15 minutes or until the quinoa is soft and the water absorbed. Pour the quinoa into a medium-sized bowl, and mix in the frozen edamame, carrots, peppers, and cabbage. In a small bowl, make the dressing by mixing the oil, vinegar, minced ginger, and sesame seeds. Pour the dressing over the quinoa and veggies, and mix thoroughly. Enjoy immediately, or store in a covered container for later. I made this today and it is delicious. Enjoy!  ...