Month: April 2017

Things I Love: Marks & Spencer Fruit Gums

fruit gumsI am obsessed with Fruit Gums from M&S. Like seriously unconditionally OBSESSED!!!

I grew up eating these soft, chewy sweets as a kid living in the 852. There are 5 flavours: blackcurrant (black), lime (green), orange (orange), raspberry (red), and lemon (yellow). My aunt used to pick me up occasionally from ballet practice in Tai Koo and we’d wandered over to the Marks & Spencer near there. She’d buy herself wine gums while I go straight for the fruit gums and red currant puffs. Many many years later, I’m still extremely fond of fruit gums. Alas, I’m now based mostly in the States, where sadly, there’s no Marks & Spencer!!! Although, it’s really for the best because I tend to eat literally 3 packs by myself in one sitting. No joke, these fruit gums are crack!!

You can find these fruit gums at the food section in Marks & Spencer (obviously) or online here. Note: they’ve since changed packaging. The picture on the website I linked to isn’t even the most recent packaging. The most recent one is orangey yellow and has a see-through section so you know what you’re getting. Personally, my favourite flavours are red and black!!

 

 

 

Things I Love: Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar

I was 16 when my doctor diagnosed me with PCOS (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome). To sum up, PCOS is a hormonal disorder where a woman’s insulin-producing cells create way too much insulin. This doesn’t sound too bad, right? False! Too much insulin causes a shit ton of trouble. For one, it causes our ovaries to produce too much testosterone.  And because of elevated androgens (testosterone and male hormones), women with PCOS often have irregular or no periods. Other symptoms include obesity, hirsutism (excess body and facial hair), infertility, acne, thinning hair, pelvic pain, etc. You may have some of the symptoms or all of them – each woman’s case is different. But the worst news?

THERE IS NO CURE!!!!!

Can you imagine being diagnosed with this incurable disease at your most vulnerable age, when you already feel ugly and unloved and…what’s that you’re telling me? I’m going to be fat and sprouting chin hair forever and can’t ever have children????

Life can be very cruel.

Yet, it also goes on. It has now been over a decade since my diagnosis. Birth control helps with regulating periods, Metformin helps with weight control, and a tweezer gets rid of chin and chest hair. Yes it’s the hairy truth…I have to pluck hair from my chin and my boobs 😦

 

Anyway, from my years of experience, I found that all my PCOS symptoms are lessened if I stay under a certain weight. For example, my period usually becomes regular without the help of birth control pills if I’m under 138 lbs. But here’s the tricky thing – losing weight. Losing weight is SO HARD for most* women with PCOS. Because of our difficulties with insulin and slower metabolic rate, we gain weight easily and struggle to lose weight…even if we eat right and exercise. It’s crazy unfair!!

So, for my fellow ladies suffering from PCOS, I want to share a thing for me that has worked – Bragg Organic Raw and Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV). A few weeks ago, I started drinking ACV in the morning and at night. Here’s my recipe: 2 tablespoons of Bragg ACV + 1 tablespoon of organic honey + warm water. I drink mine quite concentrated (the honey helps) but I think you can also take it cold…just add more water because straight vinegar is disgusting. I didn’t make any drastic changes to my diet or exercise, but still find myself losing weight. I also got my period and just feel more energized and skinny in general. This makes sense since ACV helps detoxify and control blood sugar. So there’s my testimonial! I’m loving Braggs ACV (I don’t think other brands are as authentic or effective, so I recommend buying this specific brand) and have made it part of my daily routine.

Give ACV a try! You can buy Bragg Apple Cider Vinegar at any grocery store or online.

*Not all women with PCOS are overweight, but majority are. I’m actually at normal weight for my height and look slimmer than I weigh, but I still have elevated level of triglycerides and other symptoms of PCOS. 

 

Things I Love: MUJI 0.25mm Gel-Ink Hexagonal Ballpoint Pen

These pens are what I call affordable luxury. Not all of us can afford a Montblanc or S.T. Dupont, yours truly humbly included. So these Muji pens are the next best thing IMO.

I’ve been using these 0.25mm gel-ink pens for a few years now and it was love-at-first-write. The tip is super fine and the ink comes out really nicely. Somehow, even if you normally have shitty handwriting, your handwriting becomes crisp and awesome when you write with these pens. I swear.

Tip: don’t leave these pens lying around, because people will steal them!

You can buy them on Amazon or at Muji stores. Happy writing.