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What are those numbers in the ingredient list?

Today we wanted to talk about those letters and numbers you often find in pre-packaged foods. E numbers are codes for substances that are permitted to be used as food additives: they include food colouring, preservatives, antioxidants, emulsifiers, stabilisers, thickeners and gelling agents. Although they are permitted from the food authorities, it does not mean they are good for […]

What’s Sourdough?

Today we wanted to talk about sourdough. Sourdough bread is an old favourite that has recently risen in popularity. Many people consider it to be tastier and healthier than conventional bread. Some even say that it’s easier to digest and less likely to spike your blood sugar. It’s believed to have originated in ancient Egypt around […]

What’s worse, carbs or fat?

Today we wanted to talk about carbs vs fat. All the diets out there have some sort of ban towards either carbs or fat but what’s truly healthy? Carbs and fats act in very different ways in the body. Carbohydrate is the most efficient source of energy for your body. Regardless of your activity level, complex carbs provide the […]

How to incorporate flaxseeds daily

Today we wanted to talk about how to incorporate flaxseeds daily. Flaxseeds, known as one of the richest sources of essential omega-3 fatty acids and having around one hundred times more cancer-fighting lignans than other foods, have also been demonstrated to prove helpful against breast and prostate cancers; controlling cholesterol, triglyceride, and blood sugar levels; reducing inflammation; and successfully treating constipation. How […]

How to choose a truly healthy bread

Today we wanted to talk about how to choose a healthy bread. With low-carb, Paleo, and gluten-free diets on the rise, bread is slowly fallen out of favor. However, unless you have specific intolerances or sensitivities, a wholesome slice of bread on some days will not havoc your health. The issues with commercial breads are many and the buzzwords that bread makers […]

What’s BPA?

Today we wanted to talk about BPA. BPA stands for bisphenol A. BPA is an industrial chemical that has been used to make certain plastics and resins since the 1960s. BPA is found in polycarbonate plastics and epoxy resins. Polycarbonate plastics are often used in containers that store food and beverages, such as water bottles. […]

Butchers’ Dirty Tricks

Today we wanted to talk about Butchers Dirty Tricks. Selling meat is not an easy task, it spoils quickly and it is expensive so there are a few dirty tricks that the butchers use to make the most of this dirty business. Chiara has a personal insight from when she worked in a butcher shop during the […]

25 Sneaky Names for Palm Oil

Today we wanted to talk about Palm Oil. Every hour 300 football fields of rainforest are cleared to make way for palm oil plantations. Grown in tropical regions of Africa, Asia, North and South America, 85 percent of palm oil production happens in Indonesia and Malaysia, where a third of all mammals are on the verge of extinction […]

Can meatless Monday make a difference?

Today we wanted to talk about Meatless Mondays – one day a week can make a world of a difference Meatless Monday was founded in 2003 by Sid Lerner in association with the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In May, 2009, Ghent, Belgium, became the first non-U.S. city to go meatless. Shortly thereafter, Paul McCartney introduced the […]

How to eat slower

Today we wanted to talk about how to eat slower. Eating slowly is extremely important as our digestion begins in the mouth with chewing. According to the macrobiotic diet, the Zen Buddhist diet, you should chew every bite at least 30 times for optimal health and digestion. I know 30 times might be a lot […]

What is NLP?

Today we wanted to talk about NLP NLP is considered one of the most effective practices used to support people in changing their limited beliefs and achieving their full potential. Offering a set of tools and techniques that will support your growth, NLP does not dwell on the past looking for traumas to explain your […]

What is glutathione?

Today we wanted to talk about glutathione. Glutathione is a substance produced naturally by the liver. It is also found in fruits and vegetables. It is probably the most important detoxifier antioxidant in the body, also if we are loaded with toxins. Glutathione is involved in many processes in the body, including tissue building and repair, making chemicals and […]

What is PLA?

Today we wanted to talk about PLA. PLA, or poly lactic acid, is a so-called biodegradable bioplastic. Traditional plastic is made from petroleum-based raw materials. Some say bioplastics—made from 20 percent or more of renewable materials—could be the solution to plastic pollution. The often-cited advantages of bioplastic are reduced use of fossil fuel resources, a smaller […]

What is oxo-biodegradable plastic?

Last week, we talked about PLA, and today we wanted to talk about another bioplastic, oxo-biodegradable.  Traditional plastic is made from petroleum-based raw materials. Some say bioplastics—made from 20 percent or more of renewable materials—could be the solution to plastic pollution. The often-cited advantages of bioplastic are reduced use of fossil fuel resources, a smaller […]

Healthy Recipes

Looking for something to cook? Whether you are better at reading recipes or more of a visual learner, you will find here so many different healthy recipes for your meals. The recipes in red are written, while those in green are videos! Start checking them out right now… All ingredients are available in Saigon! Want to know where? […]

Coach’s Corner: Vietnam Mountain Marathon 2018 Race Review by Rob West

Date: 21 – 23 September 2018 Location: Sapa,  Lào Cai Province, North-West Vietnam Organiser: Topas Travel Result: 70km – 2nd place, time 10:02:11 Overview 6 different distances to choose from. 100km which starts Friday evening. 70km, 42km and 21km take place on Saturday. Finally 15km and 10km races which take place on Sunday. You run through […]

Benefits of Snacking

Today we wanted to talk about the benefits of snacking. Healthy snacking provides some benefits, physically, mentally and emotionally. Physically, healthy snacking will improve your overall health, increase your energy level and help you lose weight. Mentally, healthy snacks can improve concentration, increase memory and enhance mental alertness and awareness Emotionally, healthy snacking can help you deal with stress. Hopefully you are not […]

What’s Water Kefir?

Today we wanted to talk about water kefir. Water kefir is a probiotic beverage. Our water kefir is made with water and coconut sugar, and fermented thanks to very high quality kefir grains. While it does contain enzymes and acids, they don’t seem to have quite as strong an effect as those in kombucha so you do need […]

Why is matcha good for you

Today we wanted to talk about matcha. Every day, countless people throw away valuable antioxidants and minerals. While seemingly unimaginable, that’s exactly what happens when you brew a cup of green tea because water can only extract a fraction of green tea benefits. The majority actually remains unused, trapped in the tea leaves. In reality, […]

Resistant Starch

Today we wanted to talk about resistant starch. Most of the carbohydrates in your diet are starches. Starches are long chains of glucose that are found in grains, potatoes and various foods. But not all of the starch you eat gets digested. Sometimes a small part of it passes through your digestive tract unchanged. In […]

High-Frequency Vibrational Foods

Today we wanted to talk about High-Frequency Food. High-Frequency Foods are those left in their native state, unprocessed, with no chemicals or genetic modifications. HFFs are also grown in abundant sunlight and in nutrient dense soil. Also, try to buy organic food as much as possible. Yes organic food costs more than non-organic food, but it’s worth it! […]

The Healthiest Sweetener

Some sweeteners do have some nutrition, others are pure empty calories. An article in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association measured the antioxidant content of many of them. Which one is the healthiest (in alphabetical order)? Agave nectar, blackstrap molasses, brown rice syrup, corn syrup, date sugar, dark brown sugar, light brown sugar, maple syrup, honey, […]

What’s a Raw Cake?

Have you ever heard of a cake that makes you beautiful? As we know, beauty comes from inside out. What you put into your body will reflect on your skin, hair and nails. How great would it be if we could have a dessert that did that for us?! Raw cakes are made only with […]

Optimal Vinegar Consumption

Today we wanted to talk about vinegar. Consuming vinegar with a meal reduces the spike in blood sugar, insulin, and triglycerides. No wonder many cultures have taken advantage of this fact, mixing vinegar with high glycemic foods like white rice – in Japan, for example, to make sushi or dipping bread into balsamic vinegar in the Mediterranean. […]

The Second-Meal Effect Of Beans

Today we wanted to talk about beans, our favourite food!We’ve known for decades that beans have an exceptionally low glycemic index. You give someone cooked beans, peas, or lentils, and you don’t even get half the blood sugar spike you get with the same amount of carbs in the form of bread, pasta, or potatoes. […]

Anti-Inflammatory Nuts

Today we wanted to talk about the best anti-inflammatory nuts!Do all these anti-inflammatory plant foods actually have an impact on mortality linked to inflammatory disease though? A recent study in Australia reported some interesting findings after following about 2,500 older adults and their diets for 15 years. During that time, about 200 died of inflammatory diseases. And so, the […]

Honey Substitutes

Today we wanted to talk about substitutions for honey: Did you know that it takes between 6 and 12 bees their WHOLE lifetime to produce ONE tablespoon of honey? If you are looking for something natural to sweeten your food, you can try any of the alternatives below: Maple Syrup, this honey substitute is nutrient-rich, high […]

Kombucha Benefits

Today we wanted to talk about Kombucha’s health benefits. Kombucha is a fermented sweet tea and we have been producing it for years here in Saigon. In fact, we are the first company to make Kombucha available in Vietnam stores, also the only one using Organic Teas and Coconut Sugar instead of refined white sugar (that is actually not […]

What Food Should You Get Organic

Today we wanted to talk about organic foods. Organic foods often have more beneficial nutrients, such as antioxidants, than their conventionally-grown counterparts and people with allergies to foods, chemicals, or preservatives often find their symptoms lessen or go away when they eat only organic foods. Organic produce contains fewer or no pesticides, which is extremely good for long term health. […]

High Volume Foods

Today we wanted to talk about high volume foods. Very often I see food pictures from our clients or from other online bloggers about very small meals and sometimes we have the feeling that people think they need to eat little to stay in shape. Actually, there are many foods that are virtually calorie-free, and […]

How To Make A Flax Egg

Today we wanted to teach you how to make a flax egg. Flaxseeds have been consumed for at least 6,000 years, making them one of the world’s first cultivated superfoods. Flaxseeds contain anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids along with antioxidant substances called lignans that help promote hormonal balance. Flaxseeds also help improve digestion, skin, cardiovascular health, cholesterol and hormone balance […]

High Fiber Foods

Today we wanted to talk about fiber. Fiber is something the body needs but never actually digests—in fact, it remains more or less the same from plate to toilet. It comes in two varieties – soluble and insoluble – and most plant-based foods contain a mixture of the two. Soluble fiber turns into gel in the stomach […]

Anti-inflammatory foods

Today we wanted to talk about anti-inflammatory foods. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of body tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, damaged cells, or irritants, and is a protective response involving immune cells, blood vessels, and molecular mediators. It can be beneficial when, for example, your knee sustains a blow and tissues need […]

Anti-viral foods

Today we wanted to talk about anti-viral foods. A virus is a small infectious agent that can only replicate inside the living cells of other organisms. Viruses can infect all types of life forms — humans, animals, plants, and microorganisms, including bacteria and archaea. They’re found in almost every ecosystem on Earth, and they’re the most abundant type of biological entity. The scary thing about contracting a virus is that antibiotics do not work. Vaccines […]

Iron

Today we wanted to talk about iron. It is commonly thought that those who eat plant-based diets may be more prone to iron deficiency, but it turns out that they’re no more likely to suffer from iron deficiency anemia than anybody else. This may be because not only do those eating meat-free diets tend to get […]

How to crowd out bad foods

Today we wanted to talk about ‘crowding out’. People don’t like food being taken away from their diet, that’s why Health Coaches focus on the concept of crowding out. By simply adding healthy foods to your diet, the unhealthy ones will slowly exit it. A clear example: If your morning breakfast consists of refined flour and deep-fried pork Banh […]

Why and how to activate brown fat burning

Today we wanted to talk about ‘brown fat’. Unlike white fat—which makes up the vast majority of the fat in our bodies and is used to store any excess calories we consume—brown fat actually burns calories to produce heat (under the right conditions). In fact, when fully activated, brown fat generates three hundred times more […]

Are Fat Really Healthy?

Today we wanted to talk about ‘dietary fat’. With the spread of Ketogenic diet, people are more and more stuffing their face with high-fat animal foods, but is it healthy? The body uses fat primarily for energy storage when no food or other immediate source of fuel is available, and cholesterol is needed for many critical cellular functions, so […]

The Easiest Way to Stay on Track

Today, we wanted to talk about the most important thing to have to stay on track on healthy habits. You know, many of us think that if we find the right diet or the right exercise routine, everything will be perfect. But in reality, we struggle to find what works for us long term. To make long lasting […]

#1 Factor for Sleep Quality

Today, we wanted to talk about sleep quality. In the recent months, we have been helping many people optimising their sleep quality and we have realised that there is a common issue when it comes to poor sleep. The number one factor for poor sleep, whether you cannot fall asleep or stay asleep (for example waking up at […]

How Much Turmeric is Enough?

Today, we wanted to talk about turmeric. Many of you know turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory effects and is a very strong antioxidant but did you know that turmeric can: – improve brain functions and lower risk of brain disease; – lower risk of heart disease; – be useful in preventing and treating Alzheimer’s; – help with […]

The Daily Dozen Challenge

Today, we wanted to talk about The Daily Dozen Challenge launched by Dr. Greger and NutritionFacts.org. Dr. Greger, like us, is a big believer in crowding out the food that aren’t good for us and adding more nutritious ones. This is why he created the handy checklist of the 12 foods you should eat every day. We have translated in […]

Gluten-related unwellness

Today we wanted to talk about gluten-related unwellness. So the first thing to clarify is that gluten intolerance and celiac disease are not the same thing. As a matter of fact gluten intolerance and gluten sensitivity aren’t the same thing either. Technically, a sensitivity is an immune response, meaning the immune system detects gluten and there’s a […]

What are antioxidants and how to consume them more easily

Today we wanted to talk about antioxidants. We have already discussed the foods you should be eating for your gut, but what about the foods that protect your cells? Those would be the ones packed with antioxidants, a buzzy term you’ve probably heard before. Antioxidants occur naturally in plant-based foods such as fruits, vegetables, cacao and green tea. Note that animal-based products DO […]

What’s B12 and why should you take it?

Today we wanted to talk about vitamin B12.  Vitamin B12 is not made by animals or plants, but by microbes. Although vitamin B12 is found in animal foods, it is not synthesised by plants or animals. Only bacteria make biologically active vitamin B12, animal tissues store “bacteria-synthesised B12” which can then be passed along the food chain by animals […]