Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Keep Calm 2018!

The year 2017 seems to have passed by like a Ferrari in a F1 race. It travelled so fast like a speeding bullet that it left many scrambling to see what had flown past right in front of them. It left many grasping at the wind with perplexity and much regret. Many bemoaned if only they had more time. If only they could turn back time.

(cue Cher's "If I Could Turn Back Time")

If only, if only, if only...

So what shall we do about 2018?

1. Do Something!

Do something. Anything. Don't just let IA ruin and rule your life! Even a 1-minute walk will do you good for starters. Or a 5-minute meditation to help you keep calm. Or some arts and crafts. Read more books. Write poetry. Play Sudoku. Conquer Mount Himalaya in your mind. Play a musical instrument. Listen to music. Listen to MORE music.

2. Try Something New!


What would you like to do in 2018 which you've never done in 2017 but had wanted to do so? (Something that doesn't jeopardizes your health!) Just Do It!

3. Eat Healthy & Move That Bum!
Eat food that your system is able to accept. On top of that, have some movement. Walking about in your house is a good start.

4. Say No to Sugar!

Try eliminating sugar from your diet. You'll see a huge change in your health.

5. Stay Happy

Happiness = Healthy Mind & Soul = Healthy Body!

6. Just Fake It!


The mind is a powerful weapon! So by believing in yourself, YOU can make it happen in 2018.

7. Relax! Enjoy Life!


Life is too short to not enjoy. Enjoy in whatever ways you can. It can be just relaxing on your couch and listening to music. Or you can enjoy the silence. Learn to relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour.

8. No Means No!

Learn to say NO when you're not able to help others and YOURSELF. Sometimes you have to say no even to yourself. You know, when you want to indulge in forbidden food that you know you won't be able to survive. NO!

9. No Junk Food!

That includes junk food for the soul too. Such as mindless and aimless time wasted trolling on social media reading, liking and spreading fake news.

10. You Can Do Better!
Last but not least:

11.

*taken from HERE


**All Keep Calm pictures were taken from HERE


Saturday, 6 January 2018

Allergy to Meat Caused by Ticks!

Imagine eating meat that was bitten by ticks. And that bite on the meat can cause allergy reaction to the ones who eat the meat!

Click on LINK to read more about this.

Also click HERE.

Monday, 1 January 2018

Product Reviews (4) - Nellie's All-Natural Laundry Soda



One blue scoop is all you need.

When I got my front loading HE washing machine, I had to look everywhere for a laundry detergent which was not perfumed AND suitable for my HE washing machine. The one that I had been using wasn't suitable for the HE machine. It foamed up to the point that it almost overflowed out from every outlet of the machine.



I found Nellie's All-Natural Laundry Soda at ACE Hardware for RM109+. It can wash 100 loads. 1 load is RM1.09. I think that is reasonable. And the clothes have no fragrance at all.

The ingredients are coconut oil based surfactants, sodium carbonate (soda ash), sodium metasilicate, fatty alcohol ethoxylate and sodium chloride.

Like I said, when I find something suitable, the universe will go all out against me. ACE Hardware has discontinued importing this product. All their old stocks are sold at 50%. I went to whatever outlets that still had this product and bought it all. That will at least give me some time to look for a new one.

Verdict: It has no smell, no foam - perfect for a HE washing machine.


Wednesday, 27 December 2017

It's About Time!

Click on LINK to read more about the FDA making it easier for generic Epi Pens to come into the market.

Friday, 22 December 2017

Product Reviews (3) - DeMitze

They have different sizes: single, queen and king.

I have used this for almost 10 years now. The material is super smooth and the sewing is very tiny to ensure minimal gaps.



Our mattresses, pillows and bolsters are all encased in this. The best way to using this is to wrap your stuff when they are new. That will minimise dust exposure and thus minimising dust mites (dust mites thrive on dust).

But you can do so with your old stuff too.

The DeMitze cover.
Normal protector.
Bolster case.
Washing instructions.
They have dust mite spray too, but I have never bought this nor have I used this. 
Verdict: Buy this to encase your mattresses, pillows and bolsters. I have no regrets. They work well for us.


Sunday, 17 December 2017

Thermomix Millet Flakes

I have craved for corn flakes for a very long time.

Crave is an understatement.

PICA is more like it. 

The ones sold at the grocery stores have added flavourings, colourings and the usual ingredients that I can't have.

And then when I find the ones I can have, they are loaded with SUGAR!

So when I saw this in the grocery store, the wheels in my brain turned and I knew I had to try to make my own MILLET FLAKES!

 Ingredients:

1. 1000gm water
2. 260gm millet flakes
3. 5gm sea-salt

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1. Place all ingredients into the TMX jug.

2. Set 6 minutes/90C/speed2.5.

3. Once it is lumpy and thick, it is done.


4. Line baking tray with baking paper.

5. Spread paste onto baking tray as thinly as possible.

6. Preheat oven to 180C.

7. Bake for approximately 1 1/2 hours.

8. Turn the whole sheet of millet over. Certain parts underneath will still be soft.


9. Bake for another hour. The whole sheet will be crunchy and crispy.

10. Allow to cool.

11. Break the millet sheet into small pieces.

12. Keep it in an airtight container.


Bon apetit!


Tuesday, 12 December 2017

December 2017 Update

Today's the 196th day I've been off my meds!

To read about how this journey started, click on LINK.


*picture taken from HERE




Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Product Reviews (2) - Ecover Washing-Up Liquid

 Today's product review is Ecover washing-up liquid.
Chamomile & Marigold
Lemon & Aloe Vera
(I did not realise that this picture is the product BEFORE the latest ones. The ones I bought do not have FRAGRANCE as in the picture above.)
This is the one I have, the older version.

I have been using these for years now. They are gentle on the hands. The smell is very, VERY faint and that was what caught my attention. It hardly had any smell.

When I first bought this many, MANY years ago, it was only approximately about RM15 for 1 litre. Now it costs RM23+ at many supermarkets and hardware shops. But ACE Hardware is still selling this for RM20+.

*The ingredients are plant-based. They are DI water (deionized water), sodium lauryl sulfate which is derived from plant oil (coconut oil), lauryl/myristyl glucoside which is derived from plant sugars and oils, ethanol which is from fermented plant sugars, sodium chloride (salt), glycerin from vegetable oil, sodium citrate from plant sugars, citric acid derived from fermented plant sugars and T-butyl alcohol which is from fermented plant sugars.

*taken from HERE

Apparently they have a fragrance-free wash liquid but I've never seen this in Malaysia.

Not only do I use these two for my dishes, I use them for my bathrooms. Yes, I use them to wash the bathrooms! They work very well. 1 litre can last for 9 months! After every wash, the bathrooms do not smell as though they got bombed by chemical-fragrance bombs. And they clean the bathrooms very well. No residue and no smell!

Unfortunately, when I find something suitable, the universe will go all out against me. Products are either discontinued or have their ingredients changed.

The revamped products: IMPROVED FRAGRANCE!
I don't know how strong the scents are. I haven't taken a whiff of the new improved versions. I have not bought the new ones as I still have a lot of the old ones.

I might have to start scouting for new smell-free washing up liquid with reasonable prices.

Verdict: The old version was awesome. No comments/feedback on the new ones.


Friday, 24 November 2017

How to Survive When You Get Struck by the Lightning of Life

The storms in Life are horribly unpredictable. Sometimes you know a storm is coming and you are able to seek shelter from the lighting. Sometimes, it just hits you with no warning whatsoever. And it isn't in the form of Thor. And most of the time, we are blindsided.

Many people have written to me asking me for help to how to overcome ailments which have struck them very suddenly in life. First and foremost, I am not a doctor. But I can share with you what I had adopted in my life to overcome the salicylate sensitivity which resulted in an anaphylaxis (which also caused my life to come to a screeching halt).

1. Keep Calm

I know, it's easier said than done. A thunderbolt just struck your life. How to be calm??? "You are INSANE for even suggesting this Evelyn!" you say.

If you're not calm, how can you plan your next step? It would be running around like a headless chicken.

So, my two cents worth of advice would be this:
*picture taken from HERE


*picture taken from HERE

OR, you could try this:


OR this:


*picture taken from HERE

2. Research, Research, Research

You need to research until the information oozes out from every single pore that you have, from your eyes, your nose, your ears.

You cannot ask another person to do the research for you. Did you ask someone to study for you and sit for your driving exam? Or your school and college exams?

YOU did all the studying and research for your exams! It's the same now. Don't ever ask me to READ and SUMMARIZE all the information in the links that I gave you. The time that you spend researching about the ailment that has struck your life will give you understanding to what you must do and how to do it. You need to internalize the information.

3. Patience

Rome was not build within a day. Thus, your immune system will not be 'normal' overnight. It takes time. And it takes patience. And sometimes, it may take forever.

This isn't a 50 or 100 metre dash. This is a marathon race. So if you think you can outrun the ailment, you'll be in for a very great disappointment.

I would say that the anaphylaxis chose the right person to strike. I was a very impatient person. You can ask my mother. Having this medical condition has taught me much patience.

4. Know Your Limit (Will POWER)

Just because you are now finally able to eat the food you've not eaten for so many, many, many years, it does not mean you can now gorge yourself like a glutton pig. Just because you can now smell some fragrance, it does not mean you can expose yourself to the Eau de Parfums (a.k.a. Little Miss/Mister Stinky) all around you.

You need to have the will power to hold back.


OR, you can do this:

*picture taken from HERE


5. Use Common Sense

If you know you cannot eat a certain food or smell a certain smell, why must you go and eat or expose yourself to it? What are you trying to prove? Have some common sense.


*picture taken from HERE

6. It's OK to Fall Down and Fail

I've lost count of the times I fell down and failed throughout these 8 years plus. If a person tells you that they've never failed or fallen down in life, that person is full of shit.


*picture taken from HERE

*picture taken from HERE

7. Keep on Moving

Once you've picked yourself up from where you fell down and failed, you need to move on. And to keep on moving forward.

*picture taken from HERE

8. Get Help

If you're unable to pick yourself up and move on, get help. Talk to people who can help you. Seek help when you need it. There's nothing to be ashamed about in needing help.

*picture taken from HERE

9. Be Happy

Find that one thing in your life that makes you happy even though life truly sucks generally.

It could be your family or your child.




10. Last but not least, SWEAR LIKE A SAILOR!


*picture taken from HERE



*picture taken from HERE