Loving Healthy Eating


I am not here to preach, but I am sharing in this post the reason why in the past few years I am trying my best to shift from a typical city girl way of eating (fast food, processed, lots of junk) to one that is more focused on natural fresh food.

It doesn’t have to happen overnight, but I encourage you to start (or continue) the journey away from industrially produced food (canned/packet/frozen), highly refined sugars, and nutritionally barren flours. Before these products made their way into your house, many are treated with chemicals and stripped of most of their vitamins, minerals, fiber, and flavour. And worst of all, there is no life force in these products which has 3 years of shelf life – it is DEAD food that we put into our ‘LIVING’ body.

The good news is that the “processed food” can be replaced by delicious, nutritious alternatives and it can be totally fun preparing food from scratch! I need to add that I’m not super strict, but over time I did make a conscious effort to shift my everyday habits. I certainly indulge in the occasional sweet treats – double chocolate cake or strawberry ice cream!

I, for one, know how difficult it is to change my habits. My high enthusiasm usually made to give myself total change, but after a few days (max 2 weeks), then I slowly revert back to my old habits. Sounds familiar?? I found a useful method –  slow transition. Like myself, I had known brown rice is healthier but I don’t like the taste. BLAH. At the beginning, I mix my white rice with 20% brown rice. After 2 weeks, I increase brown rice to 40%. Then 60% and 80%. Then it was “Eh it’s not that bad after all”. Now i am having fun with my colourful rice – brown, red and black.

Here are some of my Tips on Start Healthy Eating Habits


  • Use olive oil for sauteing and salad dressing. Vegetable and Canola oil for stir frying and deep-frying
  • Look out for bins at your local grocery store – beans, legumes, chickpeas.
  • Visit morning / night market (pasar malam) for your fresh and locally grown produce. The export produce needs to use chemicals to stay fresh in the long journey to reach here. Besides supporting local farmers, the prices at the markets are cheaper.


  • Mix part brown and part white rice
  • Quality vs Price – you pay for what you get. Eg. Good quality soy sauce vs cheap unbranded one. Trust me, the taste is really different.


  • Use unsalted butter for baking, you can add in salt later.
  • To sweeten food & drinks, use brown sugar or raw honey instead of white refined sugar. Best is to use pure cane sugar or jaggery (ask for brown sugar at Indian grocery shops, they sell in loose weight)


  • Keep nuts and dried fruits in your car and office as your snack. (Dried fruits have high sugar content, so diabetics have to be extra careful with dried fruits intake)
  • Have a Meatless Day once a week, let your digestive system rest

Do you have other tips to share?

That being said, it’s every individual’s personal journey to figure out a way of eating that works for them. To me, the journey is more important than the destination.



  1. Hahh,I got a treasure here…how to setup a LIVING kitchen.
    Will share wz you once I completed the kitchen. Have been reading your post everyday…frm all aspects to make sure the setup is correct,not 100% at least I can cook almost everything in your blog.

    what do you mean by indian grocery?
    What do they sell?
    In brickfield area or any indian operate grocery?
    I don’t have any indian friend…so sad? !

    • this post only have very little to for kitchen setup, but at least it’s a start. i will post the important ingredients soon.
      why so sad, you can make new indian friends. i love indian cooking, and i like to go indian grocery store in brickfields to get the beans/chickpeas/ millet/ragi/spices/coconut oil. you can also get raw brown sugar/jaggery in many grocery store or supermarket. I use this brown sugar to make cleaning enzymes.

  2. Dear Shannon,

    Nice post but diabetics need to be careful of dried fruits as they contain relatively high levels of sugar and it can sometimes be the “wrong” kind of sugar too.

  3. Great post. I like how you keep a realistic view on things. We all fall back sometimes and your attitude of accepting that while continuing on the healthy eating quest is inspiring. I’m always trying to make healthier choices when cooking. I think that eating sweet treats is fine but I would rather make something homemade than buy something processed. Thank you for your tips on gradually switching to brown rice. My husband hates brown rice but I’ll try your method and see if I can reform him!

    • Thanks Val. sometimes when I get too strict on myself, i will tend to feel like giving up. I try to find new ways & fun recipes to keep myself motivated, kitchen became my playground 🙂 goodluck with the brown rice!

  4. I’m totally with you. I’ve been eating a whole grain and whole foods home-cooked diet (with homemade soups) ever since I can remember – thanks to my mom who has always believed in eating natural foods even before the whole trend started. I’m glad you’re making a switch! =)

    • My mama have always cook and eat naturally. After moving out from home, hectic work and lifestyle had me neglect and forgot how important this is to my health. Also laziness and not really knowing how to cook much, until i rediscovered cooking again this year. And fell in love with cooking..

  5. Informative post. Over the years I have realized the importance of alternative flours,meatless days and addition of more vegetables and fruits in my diet. My family is not gluten free but because of me they discovered a new world of flours and enjoy more healthier food.

    • thanks balvinder. I’m also searching for alternative flours because according to blood type diet, wheat reduces the immune system of blood O. I also read that many athlete are going gluten free to improve their performance.

  6. What a great post Shannon! Some really great tips as well…excellent!

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