Recipe: black pepper and cheese crackers

This is a recipe for paleo black pepper and cheese crackers. This recipe is not my own. I bought Peter Reinhart’s The Joy of Gluten-Free Sugar-Free Baking from The Book Depository recently. This book contains “80 Low-Carb Recipes That Offer Solutions for Celiac’s Disease, Diabetes, and Weight Loss”. Now Peter Reinhart is an expert bread baker who has written many books about bread making, including “The Bread Baker’s Apprentice”.

In his introduction, he said that had been overweight for 20 years. He weighed 214 pounds at the start of the writing the book but within two and a half weeks of eating a low-carb diet, he lost 14 pounds. He keeps his carb count to under 120 grams a day and sugar to about 15 grams a day.

His recipes rely a lot of nut flours and sugar substitutes. I’m not very keen on sugar substitutes after my disasterous Stevia experiment. So I chose a savoury recipe as my first since it would require little sugar.

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Power yoga class at Yoga Movement

I tricked my friend into joining a yoga class with me yesterday.

We had been to yoga before. A year ago, I convinced him to try out Hot Yoga with me at True Yoga. I managed to get a one-week pass for him. Not only did we not complete the class, it was the first and only class in the entire week he attended.

There was a lot of sweating and slipping on the mat. There was no flow to the series, just a bunch of strange static movements that weren’t necessarily yoga poses. Needless to say, he didn’t enjoy the experience very much.

Since then, I have learnt my lesson. No more hot yoga for him. Singapore was humid enough.

So it was with some apprehension that I sent him an email asking him to accompany me to Yoga Movement. It was going to be my first time there and I needed company, pretty please.

“Not a hot class!” I added in the email.

Yoga Movement has two outlets. We went to the older one at Carpenter Street, which was located just across The Central and close to Clarke Quay MRT. Service was great. We were supposed to arrive 15 minutes before class but we got lost looking for the entrance. We actually received a call from the receptionist asking if we were still attending the class as they were waiting for us. The big yoga studios would never call you asking where you were! Continue reading Power yoga class at Yoga Movement

I bought paleo rosemary bread from Nature’s Bakes

Did I mention that I love bread? Because I love bread, I’ve been baking on my own using paleo baking ingredients. I’ve had some successes (banana muffins and “pizza” turned out well) but had experienced many more failures. It’s not easy. Every measurement must be precise and the slightest change in the recipe can cause problems.

I decided to go to the experts and order a loaf of Rosemary bread from Nature’s Bakes. Not only is Pauline an excellent baker, she also coaches at Crossfit Singapore.

We met up for the first time today at an MRT station. I felt like I was on a blind date. “I’m wearing a sleeveless grey top,” I messaged her, “I’m sitting on the left hand side.”

The reason why I was meeting her was to buy a loaf of rosemary bread. The base of this bread was coconut and almond flour. There was no sugar or honey or fruits. Pauline warned me that it might be a bit plain so it was best to eat it with butter. Personally, I prefer my bread without sugar or fruits so then I can add whatever toppings I want.

The bread was given to me wrapped in plastic.

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Intro class at Crossfit Hub

In my quest to become stronger, faster and more flexible, I signed up for a trial class at Crossfit Hub. This is one of the six CrossFit gyms in Singapore and I chose this one because it was the most reasonably priced. I went there for the 11am Sunday introduction class.

Crossfit Hub Singapore

This is the entrance of the “gym.” It was just a medium-sized space with barbells, rings and tyres for exercise. There were no machines because it is believed that your body weight is the best resistance. I like this philosophy; the machines at my gym intimidate me!

Crossfit, in the words of the trainer, is essentially a strength and conditioning workout class (I forgot to ask for her name). When I arrived, I was put in a group of four other beginners. I was the only girl. There was little in way of assessing our fitness level or any prep talk. We were shown how to do a proper squat then paired up for warm-up. Continue reading Intro class at Crossfit Hub

Vinyasa and inversion workshop at Hom Yoga

hom yoga workshop

I took my first yoga workshop this Saturday at Hom Yoga. This is a boutique studio located on the 6th floor of Orchard Central (Somerset MRT) that specialises in hot yoga. The subject of this workshop, however, wasn’t hot yoga but vinyasa flow and inversions.

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Would you send your child to this “skool”?

my first skool singapore

Have you seen this childcare centre around the neighbourhoods? The first time I passed by “my first skool” I did a double-take. Are they seriously misspelling “school”?

Singaporeans already have so much trouble with the English language and here we have 98 childcare centres around Singapore teaching kids that school is spelled as “skool.” It was mind-boggling.

Apparently, this re-branding was done by NTUC to “reflect its philosophy, which includes encouraging children to be creative and not penalising them when they make mistakes such as spelling errors.” Continue reading Would you send your child to this “skool”?

Useful carb and calorie counters

One advantage of being on a paleo “diet” or lifestyle is the freedom from counting calories. No longer do you have to worry about creating a calorie deficit to lose or maintain your weight. You simply eat unprocessed, nutritious and anti-inflammatory food and the rest will follow. Or so the theory goes.

I’ve found that it has been useful for me to keep track of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) I consume because it makes me aware of what I’m eating. This is especially pertinent if you’re trying to limit your carbohydrate intake to lose weight. I also want to know the nutrition content of my baked goods so that I know I’m not going overboard with the honey or nuts.

The first useful tool is My Fitness Pal, which is available online as well as on your iPhone and Android phones. You have to sign up for an account and you can add friends and view their intake for the day. You can also leave encouraging messages for them so there’s a whole community to spur you on. Continue reading Useful carb and calorie counters

I’m guilty of buying too many workout clothes

I must admit. I’m a bit obsessive when it comes to shopping. On one hand, I really dislike going to the malls and fighting to breathe above the crowd, but on the other hand, when I find something I like, I need to buy the same piece in different colours or styles. There was once when I was shopping for work shoes and I bought the same pair in three different colours. Heck, it saved me from going shoe shopping for another year.

It’s the same with workout gear. I can’t just have one. I need to have a few pieces of the same top.

Trousers

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I have about eight pairs of trousers. Most of them are black and blue. They all go to the knee and they all look the same. Continue reading I’m guilty of buying too many workout clothes

Where to get paleo baking ingredients

Having experimented with paleo baking for a few months now, I must say it has been tedious trying to get ingredients. I’ve scoured the island and this is what I’ve found. I don’t use all of the ingredients listed below because it’s too complicated but I’ve seen them pop up often in paleo recipes:

Flour

  • Coconut flour – replacement for wheat
  • Almond/or any nut flour – replacement for wheat

For texture

  • Gelatine – helps hold baked goods together because there is no gluten in the flours
  • Arrowroot powder – thickener from a starchy tuber, used for sauces and to make almond flour products lighter

For moisture and taste

  • Coconut oil – to add moisture
  • Coconut milk and cream – replacement for dairy
  • Almond milk – replacement for dairy

Sweeteners

Restaurant review: Mookata Tradtional Thai BBQ

I didn’t know what a Thai BBQ steamboat was until I tried Mookata Thai BBQ for the first time yesterday. In fact, yesterday was the first time I stepped into Golden Mile Complex, which is located at Beach Road. I’ve only been to Golden Mile to take the bus to Malaysia and didn’t know that it’s considered to be “Little Thailand.”

I wanted to do a review of Mookata because I think it’s a great place for paleo eating. The first thing I noticed when we sat down to eat was that lard was used to coat the grill.

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