About The Blogger

My name is Tammy and I've been blogging for over a decade now. I work full-time in my dream company while juggling love, life, this cute blog and a blogger's community called The Butterfly Project. People often tell me that I'm a wonder woman, but in reality - if it's something you love, you can do wonders.

When I'm not wondering, I'll be on my computer searching for the next fountain of youth or hunting down a fantastic deal. I'm also a shopaholic, wanderluster, spa enthusiast and proud hipster who loves planning special occasions and surprises for her loved ones.
  • Top 10 Female Bloggers in Malaysia
  • Founder of The Butterfly Project Malaysia
  • Winner of Cleo's Next Top Blogger Malaysia 2011



  • Leekaja Cinderella Treatment Review

    11.19.2019

    Leekaja is one of Korea's top salons

    Leekaja's Signature Cinderella Treatment was on my frizz radar since I discovered them on Instagram last year. Not only does the name spark that fairy tale makeover I needed but I actually got to know about the popular Hair Botox as they called it when I was in Seoul, Korea two years back. I remember myself innocently trying to understand the posters at the salon but only could be amazed at the Cinderella word and the before and after photographs.

    Leekaja's Signature Cinderella Treatment

    If you have been following me, you know that I am plagued with frizzy, unruly hair since my teenage years and I have tried almost every Keratin treatment in Malaysia (except for Cinderella until now). I've done hair straightening, rebonding, relaxer, Brazillian Keratin Treatment (BKT), Keratin Treatments, Platinum Keratin Treatment, Steam Pods, etc I can't keep count anymore but in my heart, I was dead set on trying the Cinderella Treatment at Leekaja Beauty Salon which is a one-stop all-in-one beauty salon providing not just hair services, but facial, eyelash, nail, men's barber services as well as a cafe serving Korean flower tea in their menu.

    Have you heard of Botox treatment for hair? Using organic ingredients like aloe vera, vitamins, and collagen, Cinderella Treatment will moisturize and nourish your hair, achieving soft and smooth locks without resorting to chemical treatments such as rebonding. A sensational treatment that is already famous in Korea, there is no one who did not return for the treatment.

    If you take a peep at their Instagram, you're going to be amazed at their Instagrammable interior! It's like an urban jungle just pop up in the middle of the city. To be precise at the Four Season's Robinson, Jalan Ampang (just next to KLCC). To get there, look for Maxis building and you can cross over to Four Seasons Place.

    this is the new section of Leekaja

    fresh, green, luscious urban jungle in a modern setting


    Madam Leekaja at Leekaja Singapore
    "A hairdresser who is more famous than K-pop stars"
    image source: yahoo lifestyle

    Curious about the name? Leekaja is actually founded by Madame Leekaja back in 1972 in South Korea and was the first salon franchised brand that has set itself apart. If you ever pass by their salon in Robinsons, Four Seasons, you'll know they're dead stylish and "atas". With over 200 shops in Korea alone, they're also available in the USA, China, Australia, Singapore, and Malaysia!

    "Atas" does come with a price and also it's the line of services to make you feel like a queen. 








    Been wanting to try @leekaja.my & then last week, I saw they were giving away their signature Korean Hair Cream Bath so I joined and boy did I get lucky! Won myself a RM290 hair treatment yipeee 🤩 I won & hopped over to Robinson’s Four Season to find them. It’s a jungle looking salon thats refreshing and bold. They have their own cafe too ☕️ Upon being seated, I was given a menu to select my choice of drink (coffee/tea) with pastry and a banana. Oh wow! 🍵🍌🥐 While having my hair washed, I looked up and saw a ceiling of more jungle lush plants (not sure if it’s real?) 🌿 I like how they’re so gentle to the hair, no tugging no obscene pulling and combing. That’s so different from all the salons I’ve been. I’ve been having my hair falling so I was worried about losing more hair to nonsensical hands going about my head. Yeap, that’s one lesson I learnt from keto & intermitten fasting. U better take your supplements & biotin! 😏 Thank you Leekaja for letting me experience what’s it like having a Korean Cream Bath in your lovely lush salon 🥺 #plusizekitten #koreancreambath #ketotammy #leekaja #leekajamy #koreanhairsalon #robinsonsmalaysia #fourseasonsmalaysia
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    I participated in one of their Instagram contest a few months ago and won their Korean Cream Bath Hair Treatment and had the first Leekaja experience that impressed me as a consumer. Their welcome service was excellent and they offered me a welcome snack with a choice of drinks from their cafe. I could choose from their cold-pressed juices, tea or freshly brewed coffee. It came with a coffee bean-shaped waffle and a tasty banana (for energy?). 

    Their leather seats were comfortable, I could enjoy the free wifi, phone charge (you know that's always a big problem!) and look decently covered in a nice salon treatment gown (IDK about you but it does make you feel so much better especially when you need to take a step out of the salon to the bathroom or for fresh air).

    P.S: Apparently the treatment gown is one-time use only! For hygiene purposes (omg loving this salon's attention to details).

    The service that set them apart, or at least for my visit, was then I was in a strict Keto and had lost a lot of weight, including my hair (refer to my weight loss post). I was so worried about my hair being pulled, mangled, and comb because that's usually what I experience at other salons. There's like this conspiracy going on where they kind of make you beautiful but also destroy your hair in the end. High heat, rough handling, and combing of your hair like it's some kind of pony. Have you experienced that?

    Surprisingly, here, they were so gentle with my hair! They weren't pulling it, they were treating it with utmost care like they know my hair's so fragile at the moment.

    That made the deciding factor if I would come back again.

    Seriously


    behold the before & after of my damaged, frizzy hair

    Ok, let's get down to the very reason for my post today. It's the Cinderella treatment. The most coveted hair treatment in town that if you have the money to splurge, should at least once, try it.

    Quoting their shampoo area with the neon quotes "Believe me if I looked good, it's not an accident". I'm going to interpret it as nobody looks good without doing anything. The Cinderella Treatment isn't just any hair treatment. It's the perfect anti-frizz solution for frizzy, dull, uncontrollable, damaged hair from chemical services (coloring/perming). Turning back the clock on your unruliness, to rejuvenate, strengthen, and revive your hair.

    Cinderella Treatment Key Benefits:
    • Achieve Easy-to-Manage Hair
    • Attain Straight and Smooth Hair
    • Organic Products used to minimize damage
    • Possible to achieve straightening effects on bleached hair

    Especially when they have promotions because the must-try treatment costs anywhere from RM600 to RM1500 depending on your hair length. This makes it the most expensive keratin treatment I have ever gotten in my Malaysian life.

    This comes with a reason,  not only are they a premium beauty salon with value-added services, they use the latest haircare tech and gears like Dyson hairdryer (you know your locks are getting some good stuff). The treatment also uses organic ingredients such as aloe vera, vitamins, and collagen.

    It's the hair botox without all the harsh nasty stuff and I can attest to it in my review.


    Click to watch my IGTV vlog on my Cinderella experience above!


    The Cinderella Treatment Process

    bleached, frizzy, damaged, loss of shine, untamed

    After being seated, my hairstylist Shane inspected my hair and checked with me my hair history so he could advise me if the Cinderella Treatment was suitable. He notices that I have many baby hairs due to my hair regrowing back after my keto hair loss. He said it might not be advisable as the treatment would not last as long, but I was willing to take the plunge. I just couldn't wait anymore for my Cinderella makeover. I also couldn't stand my lion hair and needed to look good until my birthday in January.

    I did all my research before coming here so I knew what would go on with the steps. I anticipated the whole treatment for my hair length to be at least 2hours on average. To watch the entire process, check out my IGTV above! Below is a photo step-by-step of my experience.

    step 1 - hair wash & rinse
    so relaxing! I was enjoying the head massage

    step 2 - treatment cream application
    I read that one of the ingredients onion can make you cry so there's an eye protector for me
    my head was wrapped to marinate the treatment cream

    step 3 - warm for 15mins
    I was amazed at the "spaceship" looking warmer haha
    at this point, I did not feel any irritation/strong chemical smell
    very good, as I usually feel the "product" at this stage

    step 4 - blow drying
    it's quite a scene watching two cute guys blow drying my hair
    using Dyson of all hairdryers! first-class service IMHO

    step 5 - ironing to seal the Cinderella cream
    I can already see my hair transformed here, I was so happy
    Christmas came early for me, I'm going to be a princess soon!


    step 6 - rinse & blow-dry again
    I get to enjoy the hair wash again + the last Dyson session haha

    step 7 - hair cut & styling
    Shane trimmed my hair to suit my new Cinderella look
    I requested for my bangs to be corrected from him

    It's pretty much the standard straightening/BKT process where you'll need to first wash your hair to remove residues and oils before your treatment (a clean start / fresh slate). I truly enjoyed my time in the shampoo area with a relaxing head and scalp acupressure massage. When I open my eyes, the gaze of flowers welcomes me. I feel so peaceful and relaxed. If they put essential oils aromatherapy for my face to inhale I think that's going to be fabulous!

    I was usher back to my seat where my yummy treats were waiting for me. I pour my green tea and took a bite onto my coffee bean-shaped waffle (so cute). Shane my hairstylist came to lightly blow dry my hair. Then the most interesting thing happened, he started sticking this plastic screen over my eyes to protect my eyes from the cream. I read online that one of the ingredients is onion and it makes you cry so this was to protect me from crying haha!

    Usually, I could smell the strong application cream (from other treatments) and while the technology has advanced to removing formaldehyde from BKT, I could still smell the strong creams used on my hair. While I do not know in-depth the makeup of this Cinderella cream, I know that it is 90% organic and uses collagen, aloe vera, cedarwood oil, pomegranate, and green tea extracts from online reviews. This may explain that I did not pick up on any of the strong smell nor did I experience any irritation or burning sensation on my scalp.

    When the application of the cream was done, he clings wrap my head and started the UFO looking machine - a warming machine. It was set to 15mins so I was casually sipping my tea and surfing on my phone. When the time is up, they blow-dried my hair again before ironing it.

    The ironing is the last step to seal in the keratin into my hair. At this stage, I could see my hair becoming beautiful, silky, soft and healthy! I was amazed already. I couldn't wait till this is over to see the new Cinderella me.

    To my surprise, I needed to rinse my hair after the ironing. I thought it was already perfect and even asked Shane why haha. Anyway, I enjoyed the head massage during the rinsing so I closed my eyes wishing it would not be over so soon. I seriously would come back again just to have my hair wash!

    Shane was soo nice! He trimmed my hair (he knew I didn't have a cut for some time lol from looking at my overly grown hair during the hair inspection haha). He said this is normal, usually, for the finishing look, they would trim a bit.


    RECAP: BEFORE CINDERELLA TREATMENT

    my hair before the treatment: Can join Lion King show

    my hair after the treatment, I feel like a Kpop artist

    My verdict:
    I don't need to put it into words! Just watch my video to see the after results. My hair was light, airy, healthy, glowing (shining!), so smooth and silky. It has been restored to its baby glory days. So tamed, you won't believe the before and after pictures. Like seriously? Did I have such awful looking hair?! OMG!!! This is really a Cinderella hairy-tale story! Leekaja is my fairy godmother for sure now.

    Would I do this again? I would save up for this and await their next promo if I need to. Between many normal in-salon hair treatments and leave-in hair treatments/masks you would buy, a one-time off that lasts for up to 3 months could be time and $$, saver. Not to forget the first-class service + beautiful lush environment at Leekaja Robinsons, Four Seasons!

    Update: After a month and plenty of hair wash, my hair is still looking smooth and fine. I have Dyson hairdryer at home so the level of heat-blow drying is not as bad as a normal hairdryer. I am hoping this lasts till my birthday.


    Cinderella Hair Care
    Shane advised me to use the right hair care for post-Cinderella care and maintenance. It would help in prolonging the effects. I knew that a typical keratin treatment would last up to 3 months with good care and since this is a less offensive treatment, I really needed to invest in a good sulfate-free shampoo and stay away from swimming for a while (chlorine would destroy my Cinderella hair!). 


    Show King Pod RM150/250g
    Korea's No.1 On-The-Go Treatment

    At the cashier, I picked up the Show King Pod that Shane recommended to me as a moisture-locking treatment that I could use in place of a conditioner to care for my Cinderella hair. It helps strengthen hair follicles (to prevent hair loss) + natural shine + promote hair thickness. He said it's RM150 but currently, they're offering an RM150 cashback credit on any hair service with if I buy this. I totally love any good deals to come back again so this was a good buy!

    I get back RM150 credits for my next hair wash or cut and live like a queen again for a few hours. The promotion is extended until the end of November and the credits last 2 months (pls double-check with them).

    As part of your queen service, if you're unhappy with the service or it's not up to your expectation they have an 8-day customer satisfaction guarantee to come back for retouching within 8 days of your service (haircut, color, perming rebonding). 

    • 8 Days Promise - An eight-day Satisfaction Guarantee for the customer who not satisfied with their hair services!
    • Dyson Hairdryers - Best Hairdryers use by most of the professional salon!
    • Superior Customer Service from Head to Toes!
    • Umbrella Rental - Fret not, We provide umbrella rental when its rain suddenly
    • Mobile Charger - Phone battery almost dead? Don't worry we have a phone charger for you!
    • Treatment Gown - For hygiene purposes, our gown is one-time use only.
    • Serves with Beverage, Tasty Banana, and Coffee Bean-shape waffle

    Leekaja Beauty Salon

    G5-9 | Robinsons, Shoppes at Four Seasons Place,
    145, Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur.

    WhatsApp: +6012-8330040 | Email: stylist@leekaja.my
    https://www.leekaja.my | Leekaja Facebook | Leekaja Instagram

    Their referral promotion = 15% OFF on services if customers refer friends (so you can quote my name haha since I am a customer for that 15% off)

    belif Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil Review

    10.14.2019

    a rose oil to romance you off your skin

    Self-care or self-love has been increasing topic these days if you notice. With everyone hurrying about their day with work, studies, parenting, adulting and just carrying out everyday life can take a toll on your mental. Take a chill pill, de-stress, go for a massage, escape with a holiday or a change of scenery - that helps. They say looking at the beach or ocean waters reduces stress (by a lot) but what happens when you can't get on Air Asia and do just that?

    You stay home and self-care.

    One of the easiest ways is to do a skincare ritual. It could be anything, what you already have, or what would greatly inspire you to just drop 10kg off your shoulders.

    For me, I love oils - essential oils. I think I have swap 80% off my skincare to oils over the years.

    I love oils! It's my no.1 must-have in my beauty regime

    I do write about them now and then, and I have a collection of over 60 essential oils at home including carrier oils. Carrier oils are oils that help carry the more potent oils like frankincense, clary sage, and lavender essential oils to name a few from the drop to your skin. It dilutes the potency (strength) of essential oil so it doesn't harm you. Yes, essential oils are potent (strong) that you're advised not to use them directly. There's a whole lot of information on the net about it if you want to get started on essential oils.

    Today it's all about self-care at home, which is the most neglected of all. Home is where you can make time for yourself, no matter how busy you are. Twice a day, indulge in a mini pampering session just to relax both your skin and your soul.

    I love to just put on slow sexy lounge jazz, diffuse my favorite oil into the air and have my man-slave *cough* I mean fiance give me a face massage. It's so relaxing and rich.


    Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil = Radiance + Moisture + Smoothing

    Just recently we got ourselves the belif Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil and that was exciting to me because you can hardly find a nice rose oil that's not overpowering! If I'm not mistaken, this is the only product made of oils apart from having essential oils as one of the ingredients like the prime infusion line.


    This got me excited because I practically collect face oils / dry oils from brands I love. Rose oil happens to be one of my favorites because my favorite flowers are peonies and roses. I have risen perfume at home too but my olfactory is more skewed towards a lighter, natural, English rose scent.

    Like most face oils in the market, they're multi-functional so you can reap not just 1 benefit but many benefits to a glowing complexion. Brands such as belif take their research and development seriously as their brand philosophy is not about putting nasties on your face. Take a step into their store and you'll see products label and mark to let you know what you're in for. 

    It feels like a lab right?
    I must admit that I'm honestly, super lazy these days. I have taken a step towards being a minimalist, starting with my skincare because you know I have a ton at home. I am frankly, sick and tired of using everything on my face and I just want to keep it simple, clean and true. I have Marie Kondo my face.
    And when I have a nice Saturday with the sun shining into my studio apartment and the light hits the spot just right. I take my "tools" and start deconstructing my beauty products into the inspirational elements they are made off. I hope it does help, my readers to feel a product via the eyes.


    The belif Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil is a multi-functional dry oil suitable for any skin type. Dry oil does not mean the oil is dry or it's for dry skin. Dry oil gives you the benefit of oils but without the greasy, oily feeling. It's lightweight, fast-absorbing and non-greasy.
    • additive-free facial oil with real rose petals in it.
    • formulated with sunflower oil, camellia oil, sweet almond oil and more than 71% of natural oils which helps to keep skin moist
    • it has fresh rose petal scent and absorbs instantly into the skin without any stickiness.
    • It contains Vitamin C and Vitamin E that works as an anti-oxidant, and thus protects the skin external environment, prevents water loss, and makes skin smooth and radiant.



    real roses petals + natural plant, seed and nut oils
    makes this a good nourishing oil for dry rough skin

    The packaging? The signature belif in a bottle with its main ingredient labels and %. The bottle is rose pink-hued dropper bottle with real handpicked Centifoloia Rose Gemma petals infused with ultra-lightweight oil made from a blend of 71% oils from natural origin (Centifolia Rose Gemma Oil, Sunflower Oil, Camellia Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, and Calendula Oil) sink into skin instantly, delivering moisture and nourishment without the weight of conventional face oils.


    Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Isononyl Isononanoate, Sunflower Seed Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Octyldodecanol, CP, Methyl hydrogenated rosinate, Rosa Centifolia Flower, Octyldodecyl Xyloside, Tocopherol, Sweet Almond Oil, Calendula Officinalis Flower Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil, Lavender Oil, rose flower oil, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragance, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Water

    Rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C and Vitamin E, this multi-tasking wonder leaves skin delicately perfumed with the scent of fresh rose petals. Capture the vitality of radiant, rosy skin! 

    Why Centifolia Rose Gemma? 
    • Rich in antioxidants, protecting skin from free radical damage and aging 
    • Helps to restore and retain moisture to dry skin
    • Astringent properties help tighten pores
    • Reduces sensitivity, redness, and inflammation
    • Promotes wound healing
    • Its soothing scent alleviates stress and negative feelings

    Made with Napiers Original Formula #2:  
    A blend of anti-aging herbal oils and extracts to help treat skin issues by removing impurities and improve skin’s texture. 

    * Does not contain any mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, synthetic dyes, synthetic preservatives, and animal-origin ingredients (making this a vegan beauty product!).
     not just for your face, use it to treat, care and love anywhere

    How to use Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil
    • As an essence: After toner, apply 2 – 3 drops directly to face and neck, massaging gently until fully-absorbed to give you that natural glow. 
    • As a moisturizer booster: Mix 2 – 3 drops with your favorite belif moisturizer or cream for intensive moisture!
    • As a stress reliever: Warm a few drops between palms and inhale deeply to let the natural rose scent de-stress you.
    • As a facial massage oil: Warm a few drops between palms. Starting from the nose, spread hands outwards towards the ears. Stroke downwards following the neckline. Place fingertips on collarbones and press lightly. Repeat 3 times for the best results.
    • As a radiance primer: Mix with foundation or BB cream in a 2:1 ratio for smoother application and a radiant, dewy finish.
    • As the base for DIY rosewater: In a spray bottle, mix 1 cup distilled water, 1 tbsp witch hazel and 15 drops of Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil. Shake well and use it as a soothing face mist.
    • As a body care treat: Mix with body lotion in a 3:1 ratio and apply all over the skin to banish dry patches. Use it on your knees, elbow, and ankles for added protection.
       
    on my Instagram @hellotammylim

    I have sensitive skin so this did not irritate nor cause me any kind of discomfort. Lovely nourishing, free of nasties, has Vitamin C and Vitamin E anti-oxidant rich ingredients packed into a rose color bottle with an equally lovely scent of English roses. Great for spa, the bath, your diffuser, aromatherapy, self-care, beauty care, scalp, cuticle the list goes on.

    I'll rate this a 4/5. Reserving the last star should they even consider bringing down the price point for the Malaysian market. While I do love the oil, I wish it could be more affordable to the masses to enjoy the pleasures of using this oil.

    belif Rose Gemma Concentrate Oil (RM256/30ml) is available at belif outlets:
    Mid Valley Megamall & selected THE FACE SHOP stores: Pavilion (Lot 4.52.01, Level 4), Setia City Mall (LG50, Level LG), Paradigm Mall Johor Bahru (Lot 56, Level UG), The Mall Mid Valley Southkey Johor (LG001, Level LG), Aeon Cheras Selatan(Lot G29, Level GF), Aeon Melaka (G21, Level GF), Kinta City (Lot G30, Level GF), Berjaya Times Square (Lot 01-07, Level 1), Sunway Velocity (Lot 1-37, Level 1), The Spring Kuching (Lot F150, Level 1), Wisma Sanyan (Lot 1.06, Level 1), Gurney Plaza (Lot 170-01-07, Level 1), The Spring Bintulu (Lot G21, Level GF), IOI City Mall (Lot L1-10A, Level 1), Vivacity (Lot L1-039, Level 1).

    Shop your favorite belif products online at www.thefaceshop.com.my.


    My Keto Weight Loss Journey

    9.29.2019

    10 kg difference - see it in the jeans!

    I've been meaning to put a post on how I lost a total of 23kg from the time I was heaviest 83kg (2018) until the best numbers I have ever seen in a long time on the scale - 60kg (2019). It started with cutting down on sugary drinks and increasing more wellness activity until the day I started keto. In the past, I have successfully lost 10kg and 7kg on two separate occasions in 20 days. You can read about it here 2014 10kg lost and 2013 7kg lost.







    I guess what’s a better time to share about my weight loss journey (by turning keto) than now? @ reason is because I could’ve died if I didn’t. This pic here is a difference of 5 months before and after. Yeap I was serious, because it’s serious. . . My years of enjoying the good life, eating & drinking whatever I want anytime of the day was just a heart attack waiting to happen. I didn’t take care of myself well on top of the stress I have. . . I know it’s hard to realise all this does affect us, to realise every food and drink u put into your mouth does and will affect you either now or to come. You think you’re young so it won’t happen to you. This is just “old ppl” sickness and I’m good for now. It won’t happen to me. Yes that’s what I thought and perhaps that’s the denial everyone is on. . . Ever since my doctor told me I could die, I have regretted not taking care of my health. It’s still not too late now, and even more so for everyone regardless of age. . . This is the era of diabetes, hypertension, kidney failure, stroke and heart attacks. The food we eat needs to be scrutinised just like the ingredients you check on your beauty products. Hidden sugar, carbs and high calorie food is this generations silent killer. You can say “it’s my life” I do what I want but u know that’s just you not wanting to allow yourself the chance to live a better and healthier life. . . It’s been 6 months since I quit smoking, quit coca cola, and reduced refine sugar, carbs and process food. I’ve never felt better, more energetic, more focus, and feel healthier than before. I’ve lost nearly 20kg the first 3 months on keto, and maintaining this for the next 3 months. It’s not easy. . . The struggle is real, the change is hard bcoz “they” (the F&B industry) has paint a pic that it’s normal to eat, drink and be merry. You’ll only realise this when it’s too late. Early screening / detection is the prevention. Your second chance before it happens. . . . #dontstentinmyway @ihealmedical
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    By now you know I have tried almost everything related to weight loss and shared most of the reviews on my blog. Of course, it always yoyos back and that's not because the program failed or the bounce backs are worst. The answer is simple, it's because I went back to my old ways.

    Let's be honest, no weight loss program will help if we don't change the way we consume our food. You can't blame it on the programs when you're back to indulging yourself on carbs and sugar. It's not easy staying off that delicious path because we live in the best food region of the world Asia where food is abundance - fried, grilled, steam or bake.

    Our love for sugar and carbs in this generation is the real evil.

    But of course, it's hard to say no. We have been conditioned to think it's normal to consume a large amount of refined sugar and carbs in our diet. From being brainwash to eating breakfast, three meals to five meals a day to having desserts after every meal. Are those normal? According to Dr. Jason Fung from the Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code, no that's not normal.

    Highly recommended reading if you want to change the way you eat.


    this pic was taken during my Sabah trip to celebrate Baby G's birthday
    and while there, I met up with local beauty blogger Myra
    I looked like a stuffed turkey here

    The food conspiracy is all over the internet. From sugar to carbs to fast food and milk. Google to read. The plague these days are bubble milk or boba craze which has gotten us into a frenzy and self-denial of why shouldn't we indulge in such pleasures of life when it's widely advertised. The Ministry of Health isn't putting a stop on it, so why should we?

    I know it's easy to deny yourself the path to good health, I myself am under denial most of the time. It is when I learned I could've died from the very food I eat that I started taking my weight seriously (I am still struggling with temptations).



    the Keto eating guide
    going wholefoods is easy and better for health

    It was the day I quit the loves of my life - sugar, carbs, and late-night eating. Too late because my body has already suffered from it. I have been feeling less of myself in the past 2 years with health issues such as inflammation, lack of energy, weak immune system (so I get sick easily), my period was irregular (so I thought I was pre-menopausing), yeast infections, skin infections and so on.

    Tired of the issues, I went to see the doctor and after a blood check, my doctor told me I could've died. I don't want to share the details because I am not ready but I want to say it woke me up and I made the decision to change.

    The first step was to lose all that toxic weight. The second was to change the way I eat. The third was to increase activity even though I hated exercising so much.

    there are many versions of Keto online
    (it's healthy fats and not bad fats that u should eat)

    I scour the internet to find how I could do that. I found Dr. Jason Fung and read his books. I learned about the benefits of intermittent fasting from him and staying on a low-carb, whole foods diet. Then I found out about Keto from Thomas DeLaure dub the Keto guru on youtube.

    watch this to get started on what's Keto

    There are many versions of Keto on the net, but I find Thomas's the most accurate about Keto. I highly recommend watching his videos to understand what's Keto and also intermittent fasting. His videos can sometimes be too much because he doesn't want to miss the science of why. It can get boring, yes but it is helpful.

    What is Keto Diet?

    The keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, and shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones. - Healthline.com


    keto food list to refer


    I started the Keto diet on 11th March 2019. I did not document nor take photographs to track my weight loss journey because I didn't know it would affect me that much. All I wanted is to feel better, be healthier and lose all that toxic weight.

    The first month, I lost 10kg
    The second month, about 5kg
    The third month about another 3kg

    I have a few pictures to show of my keto weight loss journey and how I have evolved from being on a low-carb diet. The first three months I was quite serious about losing a chunk of toxic weight. It was also the easiest and hardest for me to do. Easiest being I was serious because, at that time, I was really unhealthy and facing issues. Hardest was because I went cold turkey on day 1 and decided to take a risk to subject my body to an extreme change, I was weak for the first week and slept early for that period of time (by 9pm).

    The second week I became keto-adapted (fat adapted) and it was easier to be on intermittent fasting which I started to experiment on 16:8 and then 18:6 and then became OMAD (one meal a day). The third month, if I remember correctly I started extended fasting (June) for 3 days straight with just water and coffee. It was then that I reach my goal weight of 60kg.

    use this guide the next time u go out grocery shopping

    I had turned to whole foods for the first month and only allowing myself chicken breasts as a luxury at that time. I ate a lot of green leafy vegetables, cook soup and meal prep at home. I ate my dinner early (like 5 - 6pm) and then going to massage at night to help detox or improve my lymphatic flow. I drink lots of water every day. Now I have started to enjoy black coffee and ice americanos during lunchtime when I'm fasting.

    It's not hard just google keto foods and look at the articles and images even recipes that you can find. Just follow. It's always leafy vegs, lean meat proteins such as chicken breasts, any kind of berries (I take strawberries and kiwi).

    The trick is to just avoid refined sugar (sugary drinks, desserts, etc) and refined carbs (rice, noodles, pasta, bread, potatoes, etc). That will help you lose toxic weight fast. It will also help with water retention as carbs retain water and make you bloated and tired all the time. Sugar is addictive so cut it down (will be tough) try to drink lemon water which helps!

    By nearly 3 months, I decided to allow myself the luxury of eating hot pot because Yee Ming wanted to eat Haidilao at Sunway Pyramid. It was at that time, I started to relax and allow myself more variety and luxury of dining out. On weekdays I would maintain my salads with protein and weekends I would keto cheat with hot pot (protein with vegs) or Korean bbq (bbq protein with vegs).

    These items had become my must-haves during this weight loss journey. Just click on the links to go to the shop. If you're new to iHerb do use my link bcoz I would get 10% reward to deduct my purchases. This helps me to continue buying my stuff!
    1. Carb Blockers
      Which I order from iHerb (US website) which gives really good pricing on supplements, health products etc. I buy Irwin's Natural Carb Blocker. They're made from white kidney beans which helps to stop the enzymes that break down complex carb into simple carbs for the body to absorb and turn into glucose.
    2. Atkins Chocolate (Keto friendly)
      I also buy my Atkins chocolate from here (low carb, zero - low sugar). I would recommend the peanut butter cups, caramel chew nut, and caramel chocolate nut bar.
    3. Zero Calorie Rice/Noodle/Kuey teow)
      Shirataki or "Miracle Noodles" that's made of glucomannan fiber (konjac plant root). Go shopee to buy. These help to supplement your craving for carbs because they're soluble fiber and helps make you feel and satisfy your craving for noodles or rice. Because it's 97% water, it's best eaten wet/soup which gives u a near likeness of what you're missing out in real carbs.

      The kuey teow is definitely a pho-substitute if you're ordering Super Saigon just opt out for noodles and use konjac kuew teow instead.

      For the konjac rice, they are beautiful with soups instead of fry as rice. They can't beat real rice because they don't have that starchy body. They're more like rubbery Japanese rice.
    4. Probiotics
      Helps to improve your gut health and digestion. We don't think much of it but it does help because if your stomach good bacteria is good, it helps to break down food and clear rubbish out.
    5. Biotin
      If you're going low carb/keto, I would advise you to start taking biotin so you don't lose your hair in the process.
    6. Vitamin B / Supplements
      Make sure you're getting your minerals and vitamins for your body. Extreme changes in diet or a cut down from usual dietary habits may affect your body. You'll lack certain nutrients normally found so vitamins help. Get multi-vits from anywhere.
    7. Milk Thistle
      If you've a fatty liver or a prone to it after a blood work check. You can get Milk Thistle to help. Just read about it, it's recommended by doctors to start taking milk thistles and probiotics for health.
    8. Fish Oil
      For better heart health, lowering triglycerides level (bad fat/cholesterol). 
    9. Braggs Amino Acids (soy sauce replacement)
      Soy sauce is high in sodium, swapping it for amino acids or coconut amino acids can help lower the sodium intake greatly. It makes a great marinade as well. If you love coriander, garlic, chili and soy sauce like me, make your own sauce at home to eat with your keto meals. iHerb has coconut amino acids in original, teriyaki and garlic. 
    10. Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
      There are many sources on ACV being a powerful support for lowering blood sugar level, aiding in weight loss and etc. Google to read. I dislike the smell but many keto gurus swear by it.  I try not to take this while on fasting because it makes me hungry instead of helping me to be full. 

    There are many keto supplements that you can take. I would recommend doing some reading on what you need and don't need as it's also depending on what you're eating e.g if you don't like salmon, avocados, do take fish oil. Magnesium? It's from our leafy greens, nuts, avocados. These help as well to counter keto flu. Read five keto supplements or google to find out about keto supplements here.

    What's Keto Flu? It's carb flu. This happens when you start keto somewhat like a carb withdrawal symptom. It's flu-like symptoms. I experience this after a week on keto. I had flu, cough, etc. I counter with an increase of fluids (water) and taking magnesium and potassium-rich food/supplements. It will soon pass don't worry!

    it's all about research and preparation. If you don't understand what's keto, you will be confused about what to eat.


    My Keto Weight Loss Journey
    (I only started to notice the changes after a month)

    the first time I realize I looked different

    I started feeling better and more energy

    a dress that I couldn't fit in suddenly I could wear it!
    (10 years I kept this dress hoping one day I could wear it)

    people started noticing I was getting better

    the time I could fit into UK8 size jeans! OMG

    started enjoying life again but still monitoring my food

    finally, reach my goal weight 60kg after 3 months
    (but I look too haggard & have loose skin)

     started exercising more by walking a lot

    went to Penang to celebrate & cheated for 5 days
    (fell ill on the last day so I have become carb-sensitive)

    hair loss affecting me at this point

    started gaining 3kg-5kg to look better
    (also bcoz hair loss is scary)

    28th Sept at Butterfly Coachella party tagbooth
    maintaining my weight between 63kg - 65kg right now

    Soon I was receiving messages from friends and family about my weight loss. My auntie was a particular concern as she texted me that I was already at a good weight and shouldn't lose anymore. She cautions me against looking haggard which I will not hide, yes I did look haggard at one point now from losing 18kg in 3 months.

    I also started losing my hair because I did not take biotin or Vitamin B supplements which those on Ketogenic diet would need. So this is one lesson I learned and I lost a lot of hair at this point for 2 months. It scared me. I would run my hair with my fingers and hair would just come off.

    My doctor advised me to start taking in more protein and supplements such as Biotin so I did. Now my hair loss is under control after a month on Biotin and antioxidant supplements.


    going healthy is expensive

    Now going Keto for the first 3 months is good or every now and then. Maintaining it would be even better if you can. Not everyone can be on Keto long because you'll soon get bored of the limitation in variety unless you're creative and innovative on your meal preps. Going Keto or any kind of healthy diet is also expensive so here's a Keto budget food guide you can refer to. If you can make your own salads at home, grill, bake, steam your proteins, buy whole foods, cook soups or broths, stay away from delicious but unhealthy hawker food, fast food and processed food (which is cheap yes.. but seriously not good for your health) is the best.

    I could go on and on but I would recommend if you're interested in starting Keto, you need to:

    1. Have the right mindset so you can reach your goal easily.
    2. Go wholefoods (means more natural clean food like vegetables, fruits, nuts).
    3. Avoid carbs - rice, noodles, pasta, bread, pizza, kuey teow
    4. Drink lots of water
    5. Drink lemon water, coffee and green tea
    6. Take vitamin supplements and biotin
    7. Take probiotics
    8. Take carb blockers if you're keto-cheating
    9. Dark chocolate to satisfy your cravings
    10. Walk every day if possible whenever, wherever.

    I hope my basic tips help, please watch Thomas Delauer and read Dr. Jason Fung's Obesity Code (Can buy from shopee for RM1 e-book).

    P.S: I am still struggling to lose weight. It's not easy to stay away from yummy food in Malaysia. I wish everyone the best in losing toxic weight and feeling better and becoming healthier. Looking better after losing weight is a bonus from all this! GAMBATE!

    Follow me on Instagram @hellotammylim as I share about my weight loss & keto journey. There are highlights on my bio to refer to my Keto tips!

    Launch of US HighBush Blueberries Season In Malaysia

    9.19.2019

    US Highbush Blueberries are in season now till the end of September
    Did you know that Blueberries are one of the most nutritious, low calorie and health beneficial superfoods on the planet?! Yes, it's true these little blue antioxidant-rich fruits are highly recommended by Doctors, Nutritionists and Scientists in reducing your risk of developing chronic diseases.

    Only 80 calories per cup & Virtually no fat!
    Blueberries might be small in size but definitely prove that great things come in small packages! These sweet and hugely popular berries are packed full of nutrients and are known to fend off heart disease, cancer and brain ageing. The US Highbush Blueberry Council recently launched "The Little Blue Champion" campaign @Village Grocer MYTown Shopping Mall KL, celebrating the amazing health properties and benefits of these little health powerhouses.

    From Left to Right: Miss Ong Siang Mun - Area Manager, Village Grocer, Mr Bill Verzani - Agriculture Attache US Department of Agriculture, Foreign Agriculture Service, Madam Phorthip Poolprasert - US Highbush Blueberries Council, Mrs Retna Malar - US Highbush Blueberries Representative, displaying the blueberries at the launch of Little Blue Champion Campaign at Village Grocer, MYTown Cheras. 

    I will share with you all 10 proven health benefits of including blueberries as part of a balanced diet:
    1. Low in Calories but High in Nutrients
    2. King of Antioxidant Foods   
    3. Reduce DNA Damage, helping protect against Ageing and Cancer
    4. Protect Cholesterol in your Blood from becoming Damaged
    5. Lowers Blood Pressure
    6. Prevent Heart Disease
    7. Help maintain Brain Function and Improve Memory
    8. Anti-Diabetes Effects 
    9. Fight Urinary Tract Infections
    10. Reduce Muscle Damage after Strenuous Exercise

    Native to North America, blueberries flourish from April to late September. The good news is that they are conveniently available frozen, all year round. Frozen blueberries available in retail are frozen straight from the farm, with all the nutrients, freshness and flavour locked in. They can be kept in the freezer for at least 10 months and is a healthy option, whether you're grabbing a quick snack, a topping for oatmeal in the morning or making a smoothie at home.

    Present at the launch, Mr Bill Verzani, the Agriculture Attaché at USDA-Foreign Agricultural Service said US Highbush Blueberries are cultivated by around 2,500 farmers in farms where climates are perfect for the best blueberries. "The US is the world's largest producer of blueberries and we work hard to produce the best quality cultivated blueberries which are shipped fresh to the rest of the world." He added that the world is witnessing a renaissance in the enjoyment of blueberries thanks to its powerful health benefits and its versatility in recipes.

    Ms Phornthip Poolprasert, Regional Marketing Representative of the US Highbush Blueberry Council for SE Asia believes Highbush Blueberries are the best in the world. She gave some tips on choosing the best and freshest blueberries at the supermarket. "Look out for the silvery sheen that's known as bloom. The more bloom, the fresher the blueberry," she advised.

    Linora Low presenting her 2 easy healthy recipes 
    Blueberry Milk & Cauliflower Blueberry Muffins 
    During the launch, I got to meet Malaysian fitness icon and health advocate, Linora Low. She shared 2 easy recipes - Blueberry Milk and Cauliflower Blueberry Muffin. She is a big fan of Blueberries, as she leads a healthy active lifestyle with a packed schedule and says, "They're a great snack that keeps you feeling full & satiated, reduces inflammation and lowers blood pressure. They also contain only 80 calories per cup, virtually no fat and are low in sodium."

    She recommended getting kids as young as toddlers to start snacking on blueberries to benefit from its ability to improve cognitive abilities. "This is a creative way to get your kids to drink their milk every day and can be prepared quickly with fresh or frozen blueberries," she added.

    Blueberry Milk quick and easy to make perfect for a healthy drink on the go

    Blueberry Flavored Milk Recipe

    Ingredients:
    2 cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen)
    1-2 cups of full-fat milk/almond milk/coconut milk
    2 tablespoons of honey
    1 teaspoon of chia seeds

    STEPS
    Add everything to a blender and press go! Serve with fresh blueberries.

    Baking Cauliflower Blueberry Muffins are a
    healthy & fun way to get the kids involved

    Cauliflower Blueberry Muffin RecipeFor 10 Muffins

    Ingredients
    1/4 cup of blueberries fresh or frozen
    1 1/2 cups unsweetened applesauce -
    100g (weighed) raw cauliflower florets
    3 eggs
    1 1/2 cups almond flour
    1 teaspoon of baking powder
    4 tablespoons PB butter
    1/3 cup coconut sugar
    2 teaspoons cinnamon
    2 tablespoons chia seeds

    STEPS

    1. Set oven to 350F. - 180C
    2. Place all the ingredients EXCEPT the blueberries in food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. 
    3. Lay out the baking muffin cups. Lightly spray with olive oil or cooking spray / brush olive oil on the cups, then evenly divide the batter. 
    4. Place the desired amount of blueberries into each muffin cup - can be about 4-5 blueberries, depending on how big your cups are. If you feel like you want more blueberries you can garnish more on top, but bear in mind it'll make the muffins moister. 
    5. Then bake in the oven for 20 – 22 minutes, or until the center is cooked through and a toothpick comes out clean.

    Tastes delicious and super healthy somore

    Blueberry Tarts, Blueberry Tiramasu & Blueberry Granola Bars - more examples of the versatility of blueberries
    US Highbush Blueberries are now available at all your local major Supermarkets nationwide till the end of September so now is the time to stock up before the season ends. Remember you can also freeze them for 10 months so no need to worry about them expiring anytime soon!

    For more info, please visit US Highbush Blueberry
    Website: www.blueberrycoucil.org/Facebook: www.facebook.com/usblueberries/Instagram: @ushighbushblueberries

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