Friday, October 21, 2016

Cataracts and a vegan diet

Before we go into how diet affect cataract development... a friend of mine has been raising funds for A New Vision - a charity organization giving free eye surgeries for the poor and blind in indonesia to help them see again. Indonesia is the 2nd country in the world after Ethopia with the largest number of blind - and guess what? 4 out of 5 of these blind people Can Be Cured with a simple cataract surgery.

I urge you to help them recover their sight, you can click on the crowdfunding link below to take a look at their campaign and contribute... hurry though, the campaign will expire in a few days. The campaign has expired, see updates below. You can still donate to A New Vision here.

UPDATE 25oct16: For those who donated to A New Vision, thank you very much! You have helped them meet the target amount raised, this means more eyes will not have to remain blind!

Currently the campaign is still accepting donations and it will end in less than a day, if they receive a good sufficient number of unique donors during this period (repeated donations from the same individual not counted) they will stand a chance to win the Mastercard Grand Prize of US$25K for their charity. So do inform your family and friends about this good cause, the more support they can receive, the closer to getting more funds for the blind beneficaries. Thanks once again!

UPDATE 1nov16: Thank you to all who supported! A New Vision has now entered the Grand Finals to pitch their project to the judges. Check out Project Inspire's facebook post below.  

Now about sight and diet... how is the amount of meat we are eating related to cataract development later? have summarised a study on this pretty well... Take a look at the video.

Key points
Cutting back on meat cuts down your risk about 15%.
Just do fish, down 21%.
No fish, 30% drop in risk.
And then, no eggs and dairy for the full 40% drop in risk.

Overall, compared with meat-eaters who consumed 100 grams of meat and meat products a day, fish-eaters, vegetarians, and vegans had approximately 20%, 30%, and 40% lower risk of cataracts, respectively.

It's great that we still have our sight now, and have the blessings to learn how to lower the risk of getting cataracts through dietary intake - compared to the blind in Indonesia whom many have no access to the proper education and medical facilities. What better way is there to celebrate and be thankful for our sight by going and staying veg and make a small donation to help the blind recover their sight?

Saturday, September 10, 2016

I am still vegan

Hi Everyone,

It's been so long since I blog.

I am still vegan :) Don't worry, I didn't go back to eating meat. Will be hitting my 12th year as a vegan soon on 26 Nov 2016.

Life's just very busy nowadays that I can't find time to blog.

I did went through the "health dip" which some vegans went through after some years on a vegan diet. It is this health dip that cause many vegans to give up and went back to meat or animal products. But I didn't give up because I know deep in my heart a vegan diet is workable.

Many changes were made. The key is: ELIMINATE, DETOX, NOURISH - Yes my "END" method :) The END of an unhealthy diet.

I totally ELIMINATED the following foods:
Mock Meats,
Black and White pepper,
Spicy Food (curries, chilli, jalapeno peppers etc.),
Deep Fried food and food with a lot of oil used in the making/cooking.

(These foods are SO PREVALENT in Singapore and South East Asia.)

and MINIMISE the following:
Processed food high in fat, sugar, salt, addictives, preservatives etc.

If you cannot eliminate the Mock Meat due to its texture, use MINIMALLY this to substitute:
Textured Vegetable Protein that is not fried, and not flavoured - ensure you chew it really well and soak it longer when rehydrating so it is less taxing for your hardworking stomach.

I went to see a Traditional Chinese Medical Doctor to DETOX my body to purge myself of the RUBBISH I have been filling myself with all these years.

DETOX also involves ROUTINE EXERCISE (that has enough exertion!). This will purge you of more toxins from your body. Yes you need to get off that chair. I am going to implement this very soon.

After that, NOURISH your body back with WHOLESOME VEGAN NUTRITION. I am biohacking the effects of different vegan sourced nutrition on my body. Some of which are not frequently use in a vegan diet. There has been quite a number of positive effects.

Follow the END method to END your unhealthy diet and lifestyle, and you will gradually feel less and less weak, even now going into the late DETOX phase and starting to try out the NOURISH phase, my health has already stopped dipping free fall.

I believe I can crack the secret to THRIVE on a clean vegan diet soon.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

The kid and the fridge

A picture speaks a thousand words... If all kids (and some adults) saw these animals in their fridge, and there were no parental pressure, you bet they will go veg. Nobody likes to see killing and dead bodies - it brings up a strange indescribable feeling in the heart...  unless they have been conditioned and be really apart from their own natural heart.

... If people tell you plants feel pain, tell them to ask themselves deeply and use their heart.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Ask Ketki - Top 5 vegan sources of vitamin B7, B9, B12

Vitamin B7 (Biotin)
1 whole       Avocado 
1 cup          Cauliflower (raw)
1 cup          Raspberries
1 packet     Yeast (7 grams)
1 slice         Bread, whole wheat

Vitamin B9 (Folic acid)
1 cup          Fortified breakfast cereal   
1/2 cup       Lentils (cooked)
1/2 cup       Garbanzo beans (cooked)
1/2 cup       Asparagus (cooked) (~ 6 spears)
1/2 cup       Spinach (cooked)

Vitamin B12
No veg sources

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Coupon code: 15% off vegan bags

Finally found a little time to blog again!

Check out Estella design - where you can get vegan bags. Handmade from vegan fabrics, these bags are long lasting and durable.

You can use the code: LIVINGVEGAN15 to get a discount of 15% off from now until 7th May.

Happy shopping!

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vegetarian Society AGM + Great vegan food

Yesterday I participated in the Vegetarian Society Singapore Annual General Meeting. This year there had been some changes as George left as president and the VP Clarence is now taking over as president. We hope to see more new programs and stuff rolled out by VSS! As always we have nice vegan food during the annual general meeting.

This vegan cake was for George, who had served for 10 years - baked by expert vegan baker Halimah. But I didn't manage to get a piece, gone in 60 seconds I'd say!

Nice special natural vegan meal VSS reserved for us at Kampung Senang.

Nostalgic Vegan chocolate ice cream on a cone by Kampung Senang - gosh it had been so long since I had ice cream in a cone!

The texture of the ice cream was grainy, but it was all natural - made from sunflower seeds and coconut oil. I still prefer brownice ice cream, but this passed the test. They had a really big tub and I went for 2 cones :)

Kampung Senang has got really natural food, it's near Aljunied MRT and I really suggest all health conscious people to try their food. :)

Monday, January 21, 2013

Ask Ketki - Top 5 vegan sources of vitamin B3, B5, B6

Vitamin B3
1 cup          Fortified vegan breakfast cereal
1 cup          Unfortified vegan breakfast cereal
1 ounce       Peanuts (roasted)
1 cup          Lentils (cooked)
1 cup          Lima beans (cooked)

Vitamin B5
1 whole      Avocado, California     
1/2 cup       Sweet potato (cooked)
1/2 cup       Lentils (cooked)
1/2 cup       Mushrooms (raw, chopped)
1/2 cup       Broccoli (cooked)

Vitamin B6
1 medium    Potato, Russet, baked, with skin
1 cup          Fortified vegan breakfast cereal
1 cup          Spinach (cooked)
1 medium    Banana
1 ounce       Hazelnuts, dry roasted

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Antioxidant workshop

Merry Christmas! Happy New-Mayan-Era! Happy new year! After missing in action for a month, it's about time to be back here. Food picture posts will be coming up soon as well as the next post in the "Ask Ketki" series... Meanwhile I had been busy last december helping out my friend at his antioxidant workshop. My friend Yeow was running "raw" health workshops for the public. These workshops teaches people how to make green smoothies, soy yoghurt, edible enzymes and stuff. I was tasked to prep the stuff and serve the participants. Check out the pictures.

Soy yoghurt with dragon fruit enzyme and bananas yummy...

Sprouted green beans with trial mix for an energy packed snack...

His raw and green energy drinks are the best... blended on the spot and drank on the spot. Taste simply full of goodness and energy.

Orange pineapple punch with red dragon fruit enzyme.

Mango passion fruit

Yeow has these for his meals day in and out and hardly eats cooked stuff. Most people's antioxidant levels fall into the red and orange danger zone, vegetarians in the yellow zone. His level was way past the blue zone, in fact out of range in the chart. Yeow will be running his future seminars at Kampung Senang, so do look out for his events if you want to learn how to boost your antioxidant level.
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