(R)awfully delicious!

Food is always something that brings families together. The times we share breakfast together. And the dinner times where we exchange the latest happenings in our day.

It’s not just about eating together. Having fun together to prepare a home-cooked meal is precious family bonding time too. What’s even better if the meal can be healthy and nutritious – parents can help kids learn about a healthier palate that will bring benefits for the rest of their lives.

At our upcoming family retreat on March 11, we have designed a program for hands-on raw cooking for kids. Here’s a sneak preview of what a raw food dish could be!

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Mini Raw Cone – a rainbow full of goodness with greens, red cabbage, cucumber, avocado, cherry tomatoes in raw tahini ginger garlic dressing with toasted sesame and multi-seeds almond garlic crackers! (Photo courtesy of Tiko Sukarso)

 

Our friend, Tiko Sukarso, shares more about the benefits of raw food cooking:

“According to Dr. Amy Rachelle ND of Pure Raw School, raw food has fresh abundance of oxygen, water, enzymes, bio-availability, bio-electrical current, and living energy. The same quality elements as low glycemic index raw living food with slow-releasing glucose pace from sugar and carbohydrate, together with the practice of good food combining, allows for better digestion and self-absorption. These elements are needed for a constant thorough flushing and cleansing of our inner workings of the gastro-intestinal tract, rebuilding the good army of bacteria and healthy flora, balanced production and work of hormonal glands; an overall abundance within us. This is our physical and emotional well-being. Our belly, is our second brain. To be able to listen to our body and belly is to connect to our self.

Raw food is a form of fasting itself by eliminating and skipping a certain food that we have been attached to for a long period of time; a form of cleansing, flushing, and letting go of bad energy (any attachment from food). There is no good food and bad food, yet there is only too much stored ‘junk’ food (attachment and addiction) that is not serving for The Highest Good. These stored stagnant addiction energy must be moved or flushed thoroughly.

By consuming raw food, we’re adding more oxygen and water to our digestive system and hence cleansing and oxygenating blood for better flow of body’s detox (by second), as detox mostly occurs at the respiration system when breathing as much as O2 and flushing as much as Co2. Raw food and fasting is one form of physical and emotional well-being practices to be 100% content and enjoyable; to be able to give love, to be loved and to receive love.

By listening to our body and belly, we are working together with ourself.”

This Valentine’s Day – Did You Say I Love You

Valentine’s Day was just over. Did you remember to say “I love you”? If you have said so to your spouse – well done. How about to yourself? How about to your kids?

The foundation of the family starts with love. It’s about love between spouses. It’s about parental love. It’s also about loving yourself too.

Often, when couples become new parents, they get caught up in the hectic routines of physical care-taking of the little ones. It’s not unusual to hear sleep-deprived parents lament about the lack of time for themselves.

Making time to take care of yourself is important. Spend time to do something that nourishes your heart and soul – a favourite hobby, a quiet stroll, whatever that let’s you pamper yourself. And when you take care of yourself, you can take better care of your family.

Making time for your spouse is important too. Protect the time when it’s just the two of you. Even if it’s just 15 minutes a day or weekly date-night.

And make time for your kids. It’s not just about quality time, as quantity matters too. It can be together as a family, or it could be daddy-daughter time, or it could be mom-and-kid outing. No matter how old your kid gets, spend time with them. Just because they are independent in daily routines, doesn’t mean they need less love or attention.

A family is where love never ends.

 

Program Facilitators

We come together from diverse backgrounds but bonded by a common belief – that we can help make this world a better place. We are focused on helping families to strengthen their bonds and love with each other.

Here’s a brief background of our program facilitators:

GAIL

A certified yoga instructor and a chef by profession. Kids will love her bubbly personality and infectious laughter.

YIN

A mother of two daughters and a full-time communications professional. She’s learnt many lessons from her parenthood journey and enjoys the never-ending discoveries in life with her children.

PATRICK

A certified counselor with a passion for helping youth and the community. Having worked as a management consultant for more than 15 years, he’s adept at helping organizations find their vision and purpose. Now, he’s sharing the knowledge and experience to help families.

CHARIS

Still a full-time student, she is an active volunteer and loves kids. Her zest for life brings color to people around her. Doing her part to protect Mother Earth, she wants to inspire more families to do their part.

HUI LEE

A travel enthusiast with an eye for design and creativity, she enjoys the outdoors and nature. She’s passionate about building connections amongst people, and for more families to build connections with nature.

KENG ANN

An intuitive counselor, she loves to lend a helping hand. Experienced in events management and planning, nothing goes out of control whenever she’s around.

 

 

 

 

Disconnect to Connect

It’s Chinese New Year festive period. Families are visiting homes of relatives and friends. But very quickly, you will probably notice that some of the little visitors would soon be huddled in a corner, or seated silently on a chair, in a quiet space of the home. That’s the power of mobile gadgets today – used as babysitters to keep young ones entertained, or perhaps, out of adults’ way?

Easy access to the Internet via mobile devices has brought about tremendous benefits, including education. Moderated use, especially amongst children, is good. But excessive usage, is not. Whilst children can learn a lot from the online videos or kids educational games on their gadgets, it’s also taking away meaningful interaction time for them – amongst their siblings and with their parents or grandparents.

Take a break – parents can encourage children to put down their devices. Play a family game together. Set aside time for a family chat. Disconnect from devices during dinner time. Read a bedtime story together.

We can disconnect (from devices) to connect better as a family. Let’s start today.