To travel the world has always, always been my dream. There’s so much to see and even after cycling 18,000km across continents, I still want to see more of it. But for that to happen, I need to be healthy. I need to live long enough to make my dream come true!

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Besides having good sleeping habits and exercising, eating healthy has got to be on top of my list. While I’m incredibly proud to be Malaysian and have glorious food like nasi lemak and char koey teow, it’s sad to say that most of our food isn’t all that healthy. The fried, oily ones that taste the best, the most ‘jeng’ ones are usually least nutritious. Not to mention the amount of excessive oil, salt, sugar and preservatives added in when we’re eating out. Before I know it, I’m another kg heavier and a little less fit.

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A friend of mine once told me that, “If we’re born sick, it’s not our problem but if we die sick, it is.” I didn’t want to die sick, not in this lifetime! From then on, I invested time into understanding what my body needs to stay healthy. The second step was to make whatever it takes to be healthy, a habit. After some time I realised that a huge obstacle to eating healthy is eating out! That was when I began cooking at home. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it just had to be healthy and tasty. Once I knew it was doable in my own home, a healthy lifestyle became a lot easier to achieve. Trust me, all you need is a basic rice cooker (a steamer or multi-purpose cooker works just as fine). The secret to it: STEAM EVERYTHING!


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It really works. Skip the oil, sugar and salt and if you really need your flavours, sprinkle some black pepper or herbs. Not only is it affordable, it saves time and it tastes good.

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In my next post, I’ll teach you how to make something that’s spicy, salty, deeply flavoured AND healthy!

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