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Get Fit With Piloxing

Piloxing is a new and exciting form of fitness exercise. It incorporates a mix of pilates, dance and boxing into a fat-burning and muscle-sculpting workout that is both fun and challenging. The power, speed and ability of boxing is combined with the beautiful sculpting and flexibility of pilates. In addition to the movements, the exercise employs the use of weights to help tone your muscles and work your cardiovascular system.
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This session is great for beginners! It is a small class, so that we can focus more on techniques and have at the same time.

A non-stop interval fusion of Pilates + Boxing + Dance that will push you past your limits. A unique combination to burn maximum calories and build lean muscle.

Get Funky With Fun Dance Moves! Find Balance With Pilates! Build Power With Boxing!

Experience includes:
  • Pilates: helps produce longer, leaner muscles, you will stand taller, killer abs.
  • Boxing: see the difference in your arms and abs + feel physically and mentally empowered
  • Dance: Improve coordination + gracefulness

Have fun in any of the piloxing classes in February for only S$15 per class! Registration can be done here.

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Perfume Workshop – Make Your Own Signature Scent

During this workshop, you will be guided by Prachi, founder of Je t’aime Perfumery, who will teach you how to create a perfume for yourself or someone you love. Take a “Perfume Personality test”, explore which ingredients fit your personality, start putting them into a bottle and by the end you will have created your unique Signature Scent.
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Prachi and her team will be there to guide you through the process.
You will make three travel size samples of 10 ml each and one big 75 ml crystal bottle filled with your brand new perfume.

“Having your own Signature Scent is like having a narrator for your life, announcing your presence with eloquence before you speak a word.”  – Michael Edwards

Experience includes:

  • 105ml to take home (your own perfume!)
  • Perfume Personality Assessment
  • Understanding of your nose and sense of smell
  • Explanation of important perfume-making concepts

This perfume workshop costs S$125 per person and will be held on the 15th Feb and Mar. Register by clicking here.

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Lemons For Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer remains as one of the most worrying diseases that are mentioned constantly, for marches to charities that aim to help it, it’s something that a lot of women have to live with the knowledge of. Because of this, women have also grown accustomed to doing their own self-checking, in the off-chance that they might be developing something that could in turn lead to breast cancer. Doctors teach some methods for self-checking as well.

However, all they usually tell you is to feel for a lump, but that’s not where it all ends. Lumps aren’t the only sign of breast cancer and sometimes it can be hard to really gouge out how big they are of if they’re even in there. In fact, these lumps have actually been compared to lemon seeds in size (and breasts themselves have a similar shape and make-up to lemons).

And that’s where these dandy image, courtesy of the folks at World Wide Breast Cancer comes in. It’s been making the rounds and has become viral in almost no time, with the goal of showcasing the different telltale signs of breast cancer. This is more than just lumps too; it also showcases different types of indentations and popping veins.

Do remember, if you see any of those symptoms you should consult with your doctor immediately, also, make sure to check out more at World Wide Breast Cancer’s website for more information on this method and what to do.

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5 Tips On Dining Out Healthy

Eating out is fun! Whether it’d be having a meal with friends, family or business partners, the feeling of being able to go out and enjoy good food, well…it’s to die for. No cleaning, no worrying about cooking and how the food will turn out. Unfortunately, there is one very big caveat with all this, especially if you’re trying to eat healthy.

And that caveat is the fact that, as good as it is when you want to eat and live better, it can be harder to go out to eat. It’s easier to eat healthy in the comfort of your home where you’re in complete control of what goes into your meal, but when you’re out and you’re surrounded by tasty (but not necessarily good for you) food, it can be hard not to get weak in the knees and just say, “Eh, I can make it up” or that it is your ‘cheat day’.

You don’t have to be ashamed of it though, we’re only humans. But dining out shouldn’t mean that you need not follow your health goals or that you can’t eat well – in the healthy sense. In fact, here are 5 tips on how you can dine out with your loved ones, be social and not feel guilty about eating bad.

Plan Out How You Eat

Regardless of where you’re going, you should probably have a plan of how much food you want to have that day. There are different approaches to this, and people will tell you that one is better than the other, but at the end of the day it’s really up to you.

If you’re planning on giving yourself a treat and going all out, then the best you should do is eat light meals during the day so that when dinner time rolls around, you can eat a meal that satisfies you, just as long as you go back to make up for it the next day.

Granted, if you don’t want to go all out and want to keep up with the habit you’re forming (which can be grueling), the opposite is also a solution. Instead of eating light so that you can have a heavy dinner, you should eat a good breakfast and a light lunch as this will make it so that you’re not as hungry as you would be otherwise, and be able to make better choices in what you can eat, plus you’ll be full faster.

Remember, you shouldn’t deprive yourself of food just because you have a dinner thing. There are studies that show that the stress of denying yourself of food when you’re hungry will just make you hungrier later. It’s great if you want to wait it out but if your stomach demands food, then you should give it food.

Pick a Good Restaurant and Think Healthy

If it’s up to you to pick where you’re going to eat, then the job might be a little easier. You do have to take some things into consideration though. According to a study done by the Journal of the Academics of Nutrition and Dietics, the types of restaurants that are more fattening or serve bigger serving sizes (which have been increasing gradually over the years) are American, Chinese and Italian restaurants.

So, if you want to eat healthier, it’s recommended that you go to restaurants that specialise in more balanced meal – whether it’d be whole grains, vegetables or lean protein. Restaurants that serve Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and other Asian cuisines are amongst the best you can go with.

Another tip for when you’re picking the restaurant – get a good look at the Menu. Nowadays, most restaurants have websites that feature what they offer. So hey, why not see what they serve and prepare in advance? You could even have fun and look forward to what you’re going to eat if you’re prepared for it.

Leftovers Are Good for the Soul

So, as stated before, portion sizes have grown gradually over the years, just look at how big soda sizes have gotten! That’s a lot of soda! This isn’t all bad though, just as people try to see if they can finish eating all this food, you can turn it to your favour by doing the opposite.

Instead of ordering a small dish that might leave you hungry, you can order something that catches your eye but is too big. This way, anything you can’t eat can be saved and taken home as leftovers, which you could eat for lunch the next day. You’ll essentially be getting two meals for the price of one and if it’s a good wholesome meal, that’s even better!

Go With a Small Group

While it’s fun to eat amongst friends and family, especially big dinners (one of the best things about the holidays!), there have actually been studies that found that the number of people you eat with also influences how much you eat. The more people you’re with, the more you want to eat. It makes sense when you think about it. If you’re seeing everyone eating and having fun (especially if they’re all having different dishes), it can be hard to not want to keep eating or trying a little bit of everyone’s meal to ‘taste’.

Focus on Your Food

If you’re eating out, chances are you’re not just eating. You’re talking, interacting, maybe paying attention to something on TV or the like. The problem with this is that it’s really easy to lose sight of what you’re eating.

A study done by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that the less you focus on your food, the more likely you are to want to eat more. Since you’re not paying attention to what you’re eating you also don’t pay attention to the feeling of fullness, this in turn causes you to overeat.

That’s not the only thing that may cause you to overeat either though. One of the advice usually given to people when it comes to wanting to eat less is to also eat slower. If you eat faster, then your brain can’t process the feeling of fullness until after you’re done with the whole dish. This also happens to be the technique that eating champions implement in order to win competitions. Thus, if you want to ensure that you’re not overeating,  it’d be best to start by also watching the speed with which you eat.


Photo Credits: Wellness Hub, More Magazine, Ebbs Ebps Verona, Christina’s Cucina, Food Navigator, EVOKE

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Your Fave Chinese New Year Goodies Calorie List

As the year of the Rooster arrives, the Lunar New Year celebrations (just like any other celebrations) comes with lots of delicious goodies to feast on. Although we do not advocate calorie-counting, it is good to know what you’re consuming over this New Year celebration so that you do not over indulge in empty calories and still have a balanced diet. Don’t forget our 5 tips on how to prevent the bulge, which is applicable for any holiday season!

Don’t worry…it’s not all bad and as mentioned above, this is just a rough guide so that you are able to control your snacking while visiting family and friends. Plus, there are a lot of hidden sugars in these foods so you may actually be consuming more than you ought to. Regardless, we wish you all a Happy New Year!

 

 

 

Mandarin Oranges

These sweet juicy Mandarin Oranges can come with up to 53 calories per orange (100 grams). You can burn them pretty quickly if you move around for only a few minutes though and they have fibre and Vitamin C, which makes this the best go-to snack besides presenting a pair to your relatives and friends.

Watermelon Seeds

These are a staple in every household’s goodies assortment and one cup of watermelon seeds amounts up to 108 calories, so eat them carefully! Nonetheless, it does take a bit of effort to crack them open so it might actually be worth the calories!

Bak Kwa

Who can resist Bak Kwa? This sweet, yet salty barbecued pork jerky is a staple of Chinese New Year and it’s honestly to die for, plus with all the fruits and the like it’s nice to also get some meat in there right? Well, as good as Bak Kwa is, it can also equate to seven bowls of white rice if you eat just three slices of them. Not just that but just one slice of Bak Kwa amounts to 179 calories, and it is not mainly protein but is quite high in sugars, so…sorry for ruining it.

Kueh Bahulu

These snacks have become a favorite for children and adult alike, thanks to their sweetness and consistency that resembles that of sponge cake, they are special treats better to have during the lunar new year. They’re not as innocent as you might think however, for as good as they are, each Bahulu is 40 calories. It’s still lighter than the other biscuits and snacks, but Kueh Bahulu is mainly flour, sugar and a bit of egg. Thus, that’s 40 calories of yumminess but little nutritional value.

Kueh Bangkit

These coconut cookies have become a definite crowd pleaser for Chinese New Year; they are sweet and tasty as can be. It can even be hard to put them down once you get started. Thankfully, even calorie-wise they fall on the low side of this list, with only 23 calories per piece although you shouldn’t eat too many if you want to enjoy a variety of goodies.

Pineapple Tarts

Pineapple Tarts have become a lot of people favorite Chinese New Year’s treats, they are, however, also pretty heavy on calories, just one piece of Pineapple Tart has a total of 82 calories, which isn’t as much as other entries but could easily become hard to keep up with if you eat more than three pieces. So, as delicious as they might, it might be best to not lose control so much around them.

 

Remember that the average calories a man should intake per day is about 2,000 while it is 1,500 for females. While you’re enjoying your Chinese New Year goodies, simply remember to keep a balanced diet, which to us means keeping your input and output relatively similar. No need to resist these yummy treats (who is able to do so?) and simply practice moderation!

Without further ado, we would like to wish all of our readers a Happy Lunar New Year. Huat ah!

 


Photo Credits: Freepik, Fragrantica, Styles at Life, The Straits Time, Dishmaps, Singapore Marriot Tang Plaza Hotel, Pinterest

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Our First Basic Kombucha Workshop

We conducted our first Basic Kombucha Workshop as well as our first workshop for the year on the 21st January 2017. Although the workshop was limited to only ten people, it was soon oversubscribed and there is a short waiting list for the next workshop. Looks like there are a lot of people who know what kombucha is and are interested in making their own!

Giving instructions and answering FAQs

What is kombucha? It is fermented tea and through the fermentation process, it contains lots of probiotics, amino acids, vitamin C and B vitamins. As emphasised during the workshop, it should be treated more like a supplement rather than a substitute for water but it is a good alternative to soft drinks. Especially for children who do tend to go for the sweet stuff.

Besides learning the process of making kombucha, attendees also got to taste some and they were wowed by the flavours of Banana, Pomegranate and Ginger. Most of the attendees were pleasantly surprised by the banana kombucha as they were not expecting it to taste that flavourful. Ginger was also a great hit as it was like drinking ginger ale. Some preferred the pomegranate kombucha as it was light and refreshing.

Another highlight for the day was when our nutritionist, Bonnie Lau, gave a short presentation on the nutritional facts of kombucha as well as other things to take note of in a balanced diet. One attendee asked, “What is prebiotics?” to which Bonnie replied that it was the ‘food’ that probiotics feed on within your gut. That is why certain foods, such as beans, tend to cause a bit more gas as this is a sign of your gut bacteria feeding on the prebiotics.

Apple Rosemary in Jasmine Tea Kombucha

A few attendees got really excited when they learnt how I’ve managed to increase the alcohol content in the kombucha brew by brew, and they too wanted to know how to do so. If you are interested to learn how, then you’ve got to stay tuned to our updates on when our next Kombucha Workshop will be held!


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DIY Organic Skincare Workshop

Commercial skin care products enlist many different chemicals to achieve fast visible effects, but often leave undesirable side effects too. Even though most countries require all ingredients in the product to be listed, but we still have cases where some companies are dishonest or withhold information. How can we be certain of what is exactly inside our skincare products?

Simple. We make them ourselves. For centuries, herbal women, shamans etc use natural ingredients to create all sort of remedies. We can emulate that to a degree, by using easy-to-obtain ingredients from supermarkets, art stores etc and mixing them up to suit various purposes.

skincare workshop

In this skincare workshop, you will learn:

  • The benefits of each ingredient
  • How to substitute ingredients in recipes you find elsewhere
  • How to tweak the recipes to suit your preferences
  • How to create a plethora of remedies with the same ingredients by varying proportions, mixing methods etc

You will make 3 items to bring home:

  1. Hair wax for the guys
  2. Body moisturising cream for the ladies
  3. Healing balm/salve for the kids
Experience includes:
  • Bring home your very own organic body moisturising cream, hair wax and healing balm.
  • Learn the benefits of each ingredient.
  • Learn how to substitute ingredients in recipes you find elsewhere
  • Learn how to create a plethora of remedies with the same ingredients by varying proportions, mixing methods etc

This skincare workshop will be held on Sat, 18 Feb and costs S$78 per pax. To register, please click here.

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POUND – Rockout. Workout

POUND® – Rockout. Workout. is the world’s first full body drumming workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.

Join a class on 23 Jan or 31 Jan for only S$22! It is suitable for all levels, although we do recommend first-timers to pace yourselves according to your own fitness level. POUND® is all about letting loose, getting energised, toning up and rockin’ out! The workout is easily modifiable and the alternative vibe and welcoming philosophy appeals to men and women of all ages and abilities.

drumming workout

Experience includes:

  • Light weighted exercise sticks provided
  • Burn up to 900+ calories per hour
  • Full body drumming workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements.
  • Classes are suitable for all levels

Click here to join your first drumming workout today!

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