Postnatal 'Confinement' Food – Part 2

Everyone will ask you to eat only 'healthy' food and avoid cold or cooling food as your body is cold after childbirth. This applies to the 3 main races in Malaysia but sometimes, what is considered 'healthy' may be 'cooling' for another which increases our dilemma. The best option is to try out the food as far as your culture and religion advices and learn to substitute the ingredients wherever possible to suit your taste. I am afraid that my culinary expertise is limited to Chinese and Western food so I can only talk about this type of food at this moment in time.

Traditional Chinese confinement food consoles mainly of old ginger, rice wine, sesame oil, black vinegar, some warming alcohol, lots of meat especially kampong chicken and lean pork, white fish such as white pomfret and some vegetables.

Appropriately, you are expected to eat 30 chickens, 12 bottles of rice wine and 15 kilos of old ginger root during this period. Whatever you can achieve this target is up to you but I find that most women nowdays can not manage it. On average, if you do practice what is recommended, the cost could easily be about RM 1000.00 ++ just for the food only.

Food to avoid during the first week only

Ginger – Delays healing of wounds and increase risk of jaundice in baby. Substitute with peppercorn or garlic.

Fish – Causes foul smelling lochia or discharge.

Alcohols which are recommended for consumption during the confinement month are: Brandy, Yomeishu, rice wine and Guinness Malta because they are 'yang'. If you are a non-drinker, this sudden consumption may cause alcohol rash, redness in the face and heart palpitations, so do take it easy. Alcohol does go to the baby through breast milk, so if you want a good night's sleep, drink the alcohol after your dinner. The content of alcohol is reduced during cooking therefore you might consider adding it to your food during cooking instead of drinking it neat. Guinness Malta is non alcoholic and has high iron content there before is suitable if you are anemic. Pulut rice is rich in iron therefore is used to make rice wine for postnatal nursing mothers. The rice is low in fat and free of cholesterol with high dietary fiber to reduce risk of heart attack and diabetes. It is better known as Shaoxing wine.


It is believed that iced or cold drinks may cause severe shock to the system and further weakened the 'cold' body there before it is strongly recommended that boiled warm teas are consumed throughout the day as they are provided to help heat up the womb. For those who do not believe in these teas you may try drinking Chamomile tea which is beneficial for the baby as well, because it helps to reduce wind


Soup is a nutritious replacement for water. You can use any meat for stock. The meat supplies fat that is essential for extraction of fat soluble nutrients. Drinking soup about 1 hour before breastfeeding may help to increase milk flow. Chinese soups are usually clear and easier to drink compared to creamy western soups and it is less fattening.

Below are some food ingredients that you might want to add to your diet during the postnatal 'confinement' month.

Boxthorn fruit or Chinese wolf berry is best known to correct poor eyesight and eye strain. Used in conjunction with other herbs it is effective for improving energy and strength

Chinese angelica root or dong kwai is alleged to nourish the female organs, alleviate menstrual pain and prevent hemorrhage.

Chinese yam (wai san) used in conjuction with meat and other herbs aids digestion, regulate sugar level and control inflammation of the uterus. The dried variety must be soaked for at least 15 minutes before use to remove the powder

Solomon's seal (yok chuk) is used to alleviate many ailments especially those affecting the throat and lungs

Sesame oil, coupled being rich in Vitamin E, Iron & Calcium, helps heal the womb and rid it of "dirty residual blood".

Chestnuts invigorate vital energy. Resolves fatigue depression and irritability. High in phosphorous, selenium and calcium

Black vinegar is made from glutinous rice and lowers ph of food. It leaches calcium from bones cooked with it, therefore it is used to prepare high calcium food especially for breastfeeding feeding mothers and it also relieves a windy abdomen.

Dill has antibacterial and antispasmodic properties. It is a warm herb which aids digestion, gets rid of gas, encourages lactation, freshens the breath and soothes colic. It is the main ingredient in Gripe water.

Almonds and walnuts contain leucine and isoleucine which are amino acids that regulates growth, blood sugar and wound healing.

Malay confinement food is the same as normal but with a lot of jamu which is basically natural herbal remedies used internally and externally for health and beauty. Make sure the products are registered with the Ministry of Health and that they are locally produced

Kani seeds contain antioxidants to promote youthfulness, tight vaginal muscles, advances excessive discharge, odor and itchiness. It firms the breasts and promotes healing of the reproductive system after childbirth.

Gallanggal is a member of the ginger family and it functions as an antibiotic. It warms the body, cleanses the blood, improves appetite, reduces wind and energizes the muscles.

Pegaga leaves increases energy, helps ease sleeping problems, improves blood circulation.

Turmeric functions as an antibiotic and promotes a healthy circulatory system.

Drumstick leaves are rich in proteins, vitamin C and A, beta-carotene, iron, calcium, potassium and other minerals. Because of their nutrients and ability to encourage milk flow, they are a valuable food for survival in impoverished countries.

The most important thing to remember is that you must be comfortable with what you eat. Do not force yourself to eat something that you do not like or will cause problems later. Although you are 'in confinement' you are not a prisoner per se.

IBM-powered DNA sequencing could find bacteria in raw milk

To be able to build those tools, they first need to be intimately familiar with the substance and the microorganisms that tend to contaminate it. They’ll sequence and analyze the DNA and RNA of dairy samples from Cornell’s farm, as well as of all the microorganisms in environments milk tends to make contact with, including the cows themselves, from the moment it’s pumped. Their tests will characterize what’s “normal” for raw milk, so the tools they make can easily tell if something’s wrong even if it’s an unknown contaminant we’ve never seen before.

This project however, is just the beginning. They plan to apply what they learn to other types of produce and ingredients in the future in order to ensure that they’re safe for consumption, especially if they were imported from abroad. Martin Wiedmann, Gellert Family Professor in Food Safety, from Cornell University said in a statement:

“As nature’s most perfect food, milk is an excellent model for studying the genetics of food. As a leader in genomics research, the Department of Food Science expects this research collaboration with IBM will lead to exciting opportunities to apply findings to multiple food products in locations worldwide.”

Lose Diets – Because They Just Do not Work

When you deprive your body of calories – which most diets do – your body goes into what's known as "survival mode" and your metabolic rate dramatically slows down for conservation purposes. The adaptive capabilities that our body's possess are nothing short of amazing. Deprive it of calories and it will slow itself down to preserve nutrients. In other words, the fire in your calorie burning "furnace" will be extinguished.

Initially, the approach of restricting calories is all well and good as you'll drop weight. However, when you take this approach, your weight loss success will be short lived. Once you return to your regular eating habits, your weight will then skyrocket – often to new heights. When dieting, your body gets used to functioning on a restricted intake of calories. Once you've reached your ideal weight and get yourself off the diet, those extra calories are a lot more likely to be stored as fat because your body has conditioned itself to function on such a low intake.

So, you want to lose diets all together. Diets are a temporary solution. Rather than seeking out a temporary solution, what you need to do is opt for a permanent lifestyle change. The key to doing this is through education. The first step in the quest to lose diets and essentially change your life for the better is to start eating frequent portions of nutrient dessert food. Doing so will rev up that metabolic "furnace" so to speak.

I know all of this can seem somewhat complicated.

Top 10 Tips For Starting a Successful Multi-Restaurant Delivery Service

When planning to start a restaurant delivery business, here are 10 tips to help you plan, start and succeed in starting up your own food delivery service.

1. Do a research first.

Before starting any business, be sure to find time to dig up resources and valuable information about the business. This also applies when you have decided to start a multi-restaurant delivery business.

Reading informative articles would be really helpful but you should also find time to talk to people who you think would give you additional information about the business. If you find a website that offers information about food delivery service business, try to contact them through email or call them if the number to reach them is available on their contact page.

2. Find an experienced guidance.

When starting up your own multi restaurant delivery, consider sharing your plans with a close family relative, a trusted friend or a business person who is close to you. Get their suggestions, thoughts and find time to consider all these. It is better to have support from your family or spouse than doing this alone. Starting up can be a bit daunting phase of the business.

It is best to have an experienced businessperson to support you and guide you as you start your own restaurant delivery service. If you can’t find any immediate person to talk to, you can try to search for forums or business communities online, try to mingle with like minded people who are seriously considering starting their own food delivery business.

3. Be sure that you are really serious on this.

As what most business experts tell us oftentimes, “Start up a business that you are really interested about”. One reason why most business fails is because the person behind it lacks enough motivation to continue after a stroke of problems arises.

Before starting up a multi restaurant meal delivery service, be sure that you are interested with the business and that you are really sold with the idea before you’ll be able to effectively do it as a business.

If you still have doubts about it, don’t tolerate these doubts and find answers.

4. Get ready with a business plan.

Having a business plan will show you firsthand if the business itself is feasible. It would allow you to see if the business is scalable. If you plan to start a food delivery service business as a franchisee or investor be sure to study the food delivery service business plan and analyze the business’ potential before putting your time and effort.

5. Test the waters first.

Don’t jump into the business immediately. What’s good about restaurant delivery service is that you can do it part time or full-time. This only means that you can start doing part time meal deliveries first.

If you have a day job, don’t quit your job right away. Having a day job while you’re still starting up a new venture will definitely help you financially while your food delivery service is still on its early stages.

6. Prepare the investment needed.

It would be hard to decide about what business to start if you don’t have enough financial fuel to run the business. Save up or consider taking a business loan or approach lenders if possible. Every business requires initial investment to start with.

Food delivery service business does not require a huge amount of investment and preparing for the investment may not be that difficult acquire.

7. Prepare for the legalities.

When doing a research about food delivery service, also consider the legal and tax duties or obligations required. It is better to have this all looked at and fixed beforehand rather than fix a legal mess afterwards.

8. Market your business to your customers early on.

You don’t have to wait for your restaurant delivery service to formally start before you start promoting it to your customers. Start distributing brochures, printed menus or stickers to homes, offices near your business location and start making contact. Supply your customers with enough information early on.

9. Hire professional assistance if needed.

When starting up a food delivery service business, it doesn’t mean that you will have to do all the work. In a typical scenario, you may need a person to answer calls and a person or two to deliver the orders.

As for the legalities, you may also want to get assistance from professional lawyers on legal matters concerning the business.

10. Be professional.

This only means that you need to establish your business in a professional manner. To do this you need to create professional business cards, put up your own multi-restaurant delivery service website, a business phone number and a business email address.

Raw-some, Some Raw Foods Just Taste Better – Dr. Polucki Family Health Hour — Hometown Station

Recently scientists discovered that cooking destroys digestive enzymes and how this causes digestion problems for a lot of people.

By Dr. Thomas Polucki

In fact many chronic health conditions have their roots in inappropriate food choices.

For example, diet factors into heart disease, cancer, diabetes, stroke — four out of five of the Top 10 killers.

But what about the more real-time health concerns of energy, sleep and weight management?

Not to mention the various forms of indigestion treated by too many of us with daily medication.

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Of course, good food choices become even more important for young energy, performance and appearance.

For this reason, you may want to consider eating more raw vegetables.

Raw organic vegetables provide an excellent source of pH balancing water, vitamins, fiber and even some protein.

But wait, there’s more…

RELATED ARTICLE: Done With Dieting

A friend introduced me to his private raw chef about a year ago.

Whole Foods calls Steve Factor “The Pure Energy Chef,” and recently I had the pleasure of talking with him about the benefits of raw food.

Together with his Pure Energy Cleanse of fresh vegetable and fruit juices, Steve often works as a private chef.
You could have him prepare delicious raw food meals for you and your family for a meal or a month.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to create food and show people what is possible through the colors of the rainbow!”  — Steve Factor

You can see Steve Factor every day at noon, live on Facebook sharing his latest Pure Energy discoveries.

I like Steve’s energy and love his vegetable juice cleanse, as do so many other of his satisfied clients.

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Diet Required For Colon Cleansing

What all we consume is utilized in our body in different proportions for different functions of our body. Not all foodstuff are healthy are required to maintain a fit body. Some are harmful and may cause various diseases and malfunctions.

Certain diets are required to be consumed for proper maintenance of the body.

Natural cleansing of the colon is always preferable then artificial drugs and laxatives. They are free of various chemicals and thus don’t cause any side effects. Sometimes less food intake or consumption of liquid diet consisting of juices and fruits may clean the colon.

Favorable food stuffs which are required for colon cleansing is diet having high content of fibers such as fruits fresh vegetables etc, pulses like sprouts, beans, whole grain like wheat. Green vegetables contain high percentage of fiber which is very much required for colon cleansing. Some of the vegetable contain fiber are spinach, cabbage, cucumber etc.

Fruits are the richest source of fibers. Some the fruits include blackberries which include highest proportion on fiber. Consuming few fruits on daily basis may help the body to meet the fiber requirement o the body. Fibers not only clean the colon but also help to meet other nutrition requirement of the body. One should never neglect intake of fruits as the are totally natural and healthy.

People should avoid junk food and try to maintain a balanced diet which includes high quantity of fruits. This will enable them to maintain a proper health and fit body.

Get Better With Dr. Polucki – Raw Food – June 19, 2017 — Hometown Station

Hosts: Dr. Thomas Polucki and Toni Polucki

Topic: Raw Food

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Guest: Steve Factor – Pure Energy Chef

How can you do your best to live in line with nature and your body’s energies? On today’s episode of Get Better With Doctor Polucki, Thomas has Steve Factor of Pure Energy in studio to discuss some great things about raw foods and how to live your healthiest life.

“The fastest digesting comes in the morning, and the slowest comes at night.”

Pure Energy Cleanse

“This is the first five of six.”

  1. Lemon Water – “A great start.”
  2. Orange Juice
  3. Orange Smoothie “Now we’re adding a bit of fiber.”
  4. Antioxidant Smoothie “We have a big purple party … banana, date leading the show, and the berries.”
  5. Green Smoothie “Green, leafy vegetables to slow down the car.”

About Steve Factor from

“RAW” foods can be synonymous with “LIVING” FOODS or “PURE ENERGY” foods. These are the foods that are found in NATURE and have not been altered or denatured by heat. These are the foods that are in alignment with our species. These are the foods that love us back!

Dubbed by Whole Foods as “THE PURE ENERGY Chef,” I have had the pleasure of teaching about the benefits of RAW food for people over the last few years at various markets and restaurants around the Los Angeles area.  Day in, day out, sometimes five times a week, I’m grateful to have the opportunity to create food and show people what is possible through the colors of the rainbow! Over the years, I have seen these classes grow and have seen more chefs that are creating LIVING foods and teaching these classes as popularity of RAW food continues to increase.

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Dog Food Secrets Review: Is This Worth You Spending Money On?

Dog food has certainly progressed in recent years with a lot more science behind it all than ever before and this can largely be seen in the various adverts and marketing materials produced by the dog food manufacturers that all claim that their product is the best. The truth of the matter is that there are various dog food secrets that you really should know about and Dog Food Secrets Review written by Andrew Lewis is a book that aims to tell you the truth about what really goes on in the pet food industry. The commercials that you see are very well put together and love to paint a particular picture about the industry, but do they hide the truth about what actually happens? Why should you listen to what Andrew has to say? This review aims to answer those questions.

Why Andrew Lewis Was Prompted Into Checking Out The Industry

By understanding what prompted Andrew into studying the pet food industry it does mean that you will find it easier to take on board the information that appears in the book. The sole event that triggered all of this research was actually the death of his four year old beagle as Andrew then decided to look at what may have contributed to the illness that claimed the life of his dog. During this search he discovered that the apparently healthy dog food was not all that it seems and he had, in essence, poisoned his dog simply by what he fed it.

Clearly this discovery did initially add to his anguish, but it also prompted him into writing Dog Food Secrets as it became his aim to prevent other dog owners from doing the exact same as him and stop them from losing their pet. What his research has done has allowed him to find out what really goes into the production of dog food along with working out what a dog really needs when it comes to nourishment and, as a result, stay healthy and live for longer. The hope is that by reading this information you will be able to help your dog and avoid running into the same problems as he did a few years ago.

What Is In Dog Food Secrets?

Obviously it makes sense to really look at what is in the book to allow you to decide if it is something you would like to buy and as the name suggests its sole subject is to look at dog food. During the book, Andrew looks at the commercial dog food business and uncovers some things about it that will undoubtedly shock dog owners as he spells out the various dangers of feeding them something that the manufacturer would lead you to believe is the best thing you can give your pet. After reading it, you will quite probably want to take action immediately.

As the book tells you about the dangers of commercial dog food, it does also then balance the situation by taking you through an alternative way to feed them without putting their health at risk. The information that is provided in this section does go against everything that commercial companies say as they will state that homemade dog food is bad for them, but it is important to remember that they will say that to entice you into buying their product, but Andrew shows how that is not the case especially when you hear that homemade dog food can help your dog to live up to eight years longer.

Finally, most people will not know how to make this homemade dog food, but you are also provided with a recipe section that offers you step by step instructions on what to do. These recipes will also then show how to make sure that your dog gets all of the nutrition it needs to stay healthy and also how these nutrition values need to change according to their age, their general health, and also how active they are.

What Are The Best Parts Of Dog Food Secrets?

There are a number of real positives connected to this particular book and one of the first positives is that there has been years of research carried out prior to it being written and you can benefit from all of that research just by reading one single book. On top of that, you are taught in easy to understand language all about the bad side of the dog food industry and shown why you really do need to make some changes to what you feed your own pet because you may be actually harming them even though you have been tricked into thinking they will be healthier by eating various brands.

The book does of course help to take you in another direction when it comes to feeding your dog, which includes how to make their food yourself, and it explains in basic terms once again how you cannot only improve their health, but also extend their life and your dog will, in turn, also be a lot happier than before and you can spend more time together and enjoy one another’s company. By feeding them the correct food it does also mean that with them being healthier you will save yourself money on veterinary bills and to top it all off the book comes with a 60 day money back guarantee should you purchase it and feel that it is not for you.

Are There Any Negatives With The Book?

In short, no there are no negatives with the book as it is not written to promote certain brands where you could claim it was produced as a marketing tool, but instead it has been written by another dog owner who is just a normal person like the reader. All it does is it looks beyond the marketing that is pushed in front of you and lets you see how you can make the life of your dog a lot better.

The Conclusion

To conclude this Dog Food Secrets review it is important to say that the book is very easy to understand and it is certainly going to open your eyes to what is going on within the dog food industry. The book tells you what is included in the food and how it can be killing your dog rather than improving their health and if you do indeed care about your dog, then Dog Food Secrets written by Andrew Lewis is certainly a book that you do not want to miss out on.

Healthy Eating – Five Unusual Additions To Improve Your Diet

You may have asked others for their opinion on how you could improve your diet. The quality of feedback you will receive from your peers will vary. Some advice may benefit you, while some will not. Through trial and error, you will discover what works best for you.

Here are a few changes you could make, choices you may not have considered before. Below are five additions you could make to improve your diet and digestive health…

1. Consume probiotics. To the uninitiated, taking in any form of bacteria would not sound like a good idea. But probiotics happen to be not only beneficial to your body but also essential. Bacterial cultures in the form of probiotics are needed for optimal digestive health.

Eating yogurt or taking a probiotic supplement are the most common ways to supply your gut flora with what it needs to enhance your ability to absorb the nutrients you consume.

2. Eat more protein. Protein is not just for “gym rats” or meat lovers. Protein is indispensable for a variety of reasons. It is often overlooked as most attention, both positive and negative, is given to carbohydrates and fats.

As a bonus, increasing your protein intake will help with satiety. Tempering your cravings is the first step to lowering your blood sugar levels or losing weight.

3. Drink plenty of water. This might be considered the least unusual addition on the list, but it is arguably the most important. Most people are chronically dehydrated as the habit of drinking enough water daily is not a common one.

By drinking more water, you will avoid snacking which people often do instead of hydrating themselves.

4. Eat more fiber. Fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain sources are the most abundant sources of fiber. Unfortunately, these foods are overshadowed in most diets. A low-fiber diet poses a host of problems.

Eating more fiber will help you normalize the function of your digestive system. It will also help with portion control. Berries and all vegetables are the best sources available.

5. Lactase. Lastly, include lactase as a supplement to your diet: unless you are sure your body cannot easily digest lactose. Most people cannot process dairy as efficiently as they think, so it’s not just those who are clearly intolerant that are affected. Even mild indigestion is to be avoided, as it gives rise to inflammation within the body.

If you drink milk or consume any dairy product like cheese and yogurt daily, consider adding lactase to your daily regimen. Lactose-free milk is also available and is a viable alternative.