Cooking tutorial: Homemade Gourmet Burger!

Today’s cooking how to is going to feature a dish I think everybody freakin’ loves. You may not openly admit it, but this might just be your secret guilty pleasure!

A nice, big, fat, greasy & satisfying burger. 

With a juicy chunky beef patty, thick portobello mushrooms, fresh crisp lettuce and tangy tomatoes, cheddar cheese and a soft toasted buttered bun…. Preferably accompanied by shoestring fries, for maximum yumness. HALLELUJAH BAYBEH.

You know I really like burger joints but in Singapore we don’t have places like In-N-Out (which I haven’t even tried yet but lawdy lawdy it looks good as in pictures), so we settle for Carls Junior. But god damn it, Carls Jr is NOT cheap at all for fast food!!! $15 for a portobello burger meal.. Are you kidding me? That’s already restaurant pricing. With that money, I can cook up way nicer gourmet burgers using fresh, real ingredients… This is what I’m talking about.

TELL ME YOU DO NOT WANT TO PUT THAT IN YOUR MOUTH. If you don’t then, well… go away. :D

Since this was requested in my cooking post (published a long time ago I’m so sorry it takes me so long to do these things but I’m awfully busy wtf) I’m going to share with you guys a pretty simple recipe for home made gourmet burgers. It is easy to prepare, however relatively time consuming and there’s quite a few steps to be done.. But it will be fun!

So here’s how ya do it!! This is one recipe the MEN in your lives are going to LOVE, and diet watching females are going to hate.

YOU WILL NEED: (this recipe serves 3-4 people)

Beef Patty
♥ — 300g minced beef
♥ — 4 cloves garlic, minced
♥ — 3 tablespoons olive oil
♥ — 1 small white onion, minced
♥ — 1 egg
♥ — half teaspoon salt
♥ — half teaspoon sugar
♥ — a teaspoon of your favorite herb, I used oregano, you can use thyme, parsley, whatever you like

♥ — Optional to include in beef patty: Truffle Oil to mix into the beef patty to make it Y-U-M-M-E-H. It is pricey, so no real need to go out and buy it just for this recipe, but use it if you have it lying around. For good measure I also sprinkled a little “all-purpose seasoning” and paprika because I get a little too excited when it comes to seasoning my food.

Everything Else
♥ — several burger buns
♥ — 150g mini portobello mushrooms, sliced thickly
♥ — 1 large white onion, roughly chopped
♥ — 2 tomatoes, sliced
♥ — several pieces of streaky bacon
♥ — two tablespoons of cream
♥ — chedder cheese slices
♥ — fresh lettuce
♥ — butter for frying and glazing the buns

Step 1: Mix all the ingredients stated in Beef Patty list together. Combine well, cover and let marinate for 30 minutes at least.

Step 2: Preheat your oven to 180 degrees, and butter your buns generously. Use baking paper so they don’t stick to the pan. See the above? That is not enough butter. Lol. I regretted not adding more. Don’t be lazy and skip this step of toasting the bread ok. Untoasted bread = yuck.

Toast bread in oven for approximately 10 minutes or until crisp and soft.

Step 3: Melt a tablespoon of butter and a teaspoon of sugar in medium heat, and sautee your onions until they are soft and translucent but not brown or too caramelized. Set aside in a plate.

Step 4: In the same pan (no washing of pan required throughout these steps), fry your sliced portobello shrooms in medium heat with two tablespoons of thickened cream until they are just cooked – not shriveled! Creamy, juicy portobello mushrooms are the best :’)

The above looks weird and kind of gross because of the cream and the caramelized bits from the onions before combining, but don’t worry – that stuff tastes good. *nods* Once done, set aside on a separate plate, again.

Step 5: If your pan is a little sticky, deglaze with some water, throw that out and move on to frying the bacon pieces over medium-low heat, without any oil because bacon is naturally super oily. It is done with the edges are slightly browned, then remove from pan. Or if you like it super crispy and slightly charred, go a little longer!

Step 6: Roll the beef patties into appropriately sized balls, then press them flat to form the disc shape, and gently fry them in the bacon oil over medium-low heat.

I found it was easier to just shape them into discs directly but most people use the above technique. Be gentle when frying and don’t break the patty apart!

Now, it is important to fry the patty in bacon oil so that its adequately salty (and tasty)!

If you’re eating halal and skipping the bacon, you have to add more salt to taste in the beef patty mixture before frying. Maybe use another type of bacon like turkey or beef? After 15-20 minutes, it should be done on the inside and nicely browned on the outside, depending on the size of your beef patty. Check to make sure it is cooked through, but do not cook it longer than it needs to otherwise it will be too dry and chewy. It will probably start sticking to the pan after a few minutes, so add some water every now and then to ensure it doesn’t dry up.

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So when you have finally made it through all of that mess, the fun part begins…. The assembling of ingredients!!!

Prepare all your stuff in individual bowls, like so. You’re supposed to use sliced cheese in the recipe but that’s the one thing I forgot to buy -_- Please ignore my retarded shredded cheese…..

Step 7: Assemble your burger!! This is a messy affair. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty because burgers were not meant for gu niangs or sissies. Because there’s so many amazing ingredients in this gourmet burger, it’s going to be a little wobbly.. but that’s ok – just stick a toothpick through it at the end and it should hold most of its shape!

By the way… this is why you should use sliced cheddar cheese instead. And go for 2 slices :P

Omgggg look at that watery fresh tomato and JUICY PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS GAHHH I can’t even…. and THAT is why I recommend frying your portobello shrooms with cream! I am so hungry now, Jess why do you have to blog about food at midnight?!

You: “IKR Jess, why do I have to read about your food at midnight?! D:”

Congratulations. You have just made your first homemade gourmet burger.

This is what you slaved away in the kitchen for the past hour.
This is completely worth it.

This will impress your man and papa (and probably your whole family, unless the girls are extremely health conscious people, to which you say “Screw You!” and proceed to eat all the burgers by yourself)

This is NOTHING like any other half-assedly made burgers from fast food joints or any lazy restaurants. This is the real freaken deal and I assure you it is delicious. I mean just look at that beef patty.

Step 8: Open your mouth… close your eyes… bring the burger to your mouth… sink your teeth into it. Chew that hearty mouthful in utter content. Swallow.

Smile. Log onto shiberty.com and thank me. You’re welcome!

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Extra notes:

• You may have noticed the bun isn’t as glossy in these pictures, compared to the first. I was a little worried about getting really fat all over again. Like I said before, more butter = better. How did I get the first bun so glazed?! Simple – dip your finger (or pastry brush or whatever) into melted butter, lightly brush all over the bun on both sides. A little bit goes a long way, it is more for looks than taste anyway.

• Serve with potato salad or deviled eggs or best, shoestring fries. Vegetables? Are you kidding me? People who eat burgers don’t want a freaking salad on the side. OMNOMNOM BRING ON THE FAT. (for this meal, at least… then go exercise afterwards)

• I didn’t have any sauces or dips to go with my burger because I like it pretty classic and plain, but you can always slap on some mustard or mayo or ketchup, whatever you like. I recommend dijonnaise or honey mustard if you’re going without the thickened cream when frying the mushrooms.

• Use a decent brand of burger bun. The second one I used was nowhere near as nice as the first one. The thicker and fluffier, the better.

• If you want to be extra kick ass, you can go the extra mile and turn the sauteed onions into onion rings instead. That would be orgasmic. But you’re on your own for that recipe.

• Don’t worry about the calories too much. This whole burger has less than your average mooncake, which ranges from 600 to about 1000 calories. How many mooncakes have you had this Mid-Autumn Festival?

Bon appetit.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

HP TopShot LaserJet Pro

I can’t believe it’s been 1 year and 6 months since I’ve started my online customized cake store, Shiberty’s Sweets

What started out as a humble hobby and innocent interest, has exploded into a business opportunity that allows me to be both an artist and entrepreneur at the same time.

Thinking about all the difficulties and hurdles I’ve had to overcome to get to where we are today, I feel tearfully proud of both Sam and I. Couldn’t have done this without him being there with me every step of the way, through good times and the bad. It’s really not easy at all to juggle a full-time business, blogging, and being a normal 19 year old who has a healthy lifestyle at the same time. X_X Many times I have felt like giving up, but I’m glad I haven’t (yet LOL choy choy) I think my biggest triumph in this business so far (monetary value aside), is how we’ve gained the confidence of the public enough so much that a good number of people out there choose to let us be part of very special occasions in their lives, including 21st birthdays, wedding ceremonies, engagement parties and hen’s nights.. I know I’ve probably said this a million times before.. But it’s incredibly heart warming when people insist on having cakes baked & decorated by us when there are so many other great options out there, it’s like they trust us to make their special day even more precious for them. So thank you for believing in me. I’d like to share some love with you guys…. find out more towards the end of this post!!! ♥

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Before you know success, you must first experience failure. *attempts to sound wise*

And while I’d like to think I did not exactly fail at maintaining my business in the beginning, I experienced obstructive bumps here and there along the road.. and I can’t help but think how much easier life would have been from the start, with the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro around to help me get my business sorted out.

The HP TopShot LaserJet Pro M275 MFP is one of HP’s coolest new gadgets. It lets you print, copy, and scan documents / 3d objects with ease.

It’s most useful for small businesses and entrepreneurs as it streamlines your work flow, allowing you to have more time to attend to other things. (Such as more time for sleep and play.. Something I desperately need to catch up on!!!)

So what sets the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro apart from other printers / scanners?

• It has no annoying flat lid that almost ALL traditional scanners come with

• An 8MP camera is mounted on the top of the scanner to capture high-res scans of documents & 3d objects, taking 6 different pictures with 3 flashes, combining all of that into one picture

This means I can actually scan whole cupcakes for my business – instead of only being able to scan paper documents!! If you run a small business like I do, and need relatively sharp images of your products quickly uploaded to your email or website, then the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro does the job for you in 5 seconds because it

• Scans / copies to your computer / prints documents in one single touch

Instantly removes the background of the object, making it look more professional





Wanna sell accessories on your blogshop, or other small items on eBay but don’t have a good camera on hand? No problem – scan away with the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro like I did in the above! How good does that look?


• Scan WITHOUT a PC directly to email addresses and network folders or to a shared folder on a networked computer

• The HP ePrint function allows me to send photos, PDF documents, and various other files from virtually anywhere using my mobile phone to a customized HP ePrint email address, and my HP TopShot LaserJet Pro at home will automatically start printing out the files..



I took a photo with Sam’s phone earlier that day, then had him e-mail it to my HP ePrint account when he went out so that I may admire myself all day…. Just kidding, I just wanted to see how an average iPhone quality pic would turn out when printed!



(yes I know I look really creepy.. I don’t know why also LOL I blame the lighting and heavy eyeliner and strange head tilt. for the record this photo was taken months back, really late at night and when I just dyed my hair red.)


I’ve never come across another printer besides the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro that has this ultra convenient function.

I don’t even have to be at home to toggle with the settings – my documents will be ready and waiting for me by the time I get back! I figured this is also quite a romantic feature. :P This would’ve been perfect if I had it around when I was in a long distance relationship with Sam… I’d make him type surprise love letters and send it to my HP ePrint email every night before he goes to sleep, so I have something romantic to read the moment I get up. LOL idea right? In fact I think I’m going to make him do that the next time he goes overseas. HAHAHA. If I go overseas without him and he’s all alone, I’ll take pictures of where I’ve been all day then have it printed out for him to view at home :)

Here’s what a scanned cupcake of mine using the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro looks like, with zero editing done to it except resizing (original file is really big)

Not bad for a scanner, huh? But wait till you see the next picture.

The effect would be even better if it wasn’t a creamy cupcake, the glossiness and one color tone kinda throws off the lighting a bit. Say if it were a necklace it would look a lot nicer. I tried it with some accessories and the results were super crisp and clear




AMAZING quality for a scanner / printer!!!! O_O

 I was honestly impressed when I saw this. And once again, no traces of any background. Love it. (Btw, isn’t my necklace pretty? Hehe)


If I didn’t know any better, I would’ve thought the photo was taken with a good digital camera / DSLR and assumed the person must have spent some effort to remove the background from the photo to have it look like that. But nope, zero seconds of my life will be wasted any further. To scan this necklace into my computer took mere seconds.

No fussing around with DSLRs, no rushing to set up decent lighting at night. Ace the lighting any time of day! Did you know that to take pictures of my cupcakes at night, I used to set up a huge studio ring light (that alone costs $100++!) and my cupcakes would actually MELT before I could get a proper picture due to the heat from the harsh lighting of the ring light!! Ffff. I’ll take a 5 second job by the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro any time. It is basically like a mini studio in a box. I don’t even need to extract the picture’s data from a memory card because I can directly save the image from my computer, as long as WiFi is connected!

Additionally, the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro also boasts…

• Impressively vivid color prints, especially for a laser printer

Professional-quality text prints for all your business documents

• Ultra user-friendly touch screen navigation makes printing and scanning seamless to do

• Offers a range of apps free-of-charge for businesses and everyday people to use

I was fascinated by their extensive range of free-of-charge applications that are both useful and fun to have. You can schedule for your favorite Yahoo news to be printed daily so that you get your morning paper before everyone else. The kids can also have fun with it by printing out Sudoku and Crossword puzzles. There are more apps available for download from the web.

Most notably, I like the Biztree app that comes in-built with what looks like hundreds of different forms you could print out and use for your business!!! Imagine all the different possibilities for entrepreneurs around the world.

They’ve got everything from Resume Application Form, Stock Checklist Form, Customer Complaint Form…

This is what the premade Customer Complaint Form looks like, taken with my expensive DSLR:

Zero editing. Camera lens distorted the text… annoying camera flash sheen around the blue color area and it just looks kind of meh.

Next, check out what my HP TopShot LaserJet Pro printer scanned for me:

BAM.

Now, that’s professional stuff right there. Would anybody have guessed I printed and scanned this sleek document from my home printer? Probably not. Having said that hopefully none of you business owners would ever need a good Customer Complaint form ah.



The thing I love most about the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro?

When a customer orders a specific customized design for their cakes or cupcakes, I print high quality true-to-color scans out with my HP TopShot LaserJet Pro so that I have a reference picture to look at while designing the cake. It’s impossible to store so many designs and intricate details in my brain. This is vital for my business because if I were to invest in a shitty printer that messed up the contortions or colors of the actual cake design they give me to use as reference, then I’m going to be getting angry emails and phone calls from said customer…

Cake customers are *extremely* picky about the EXACT color their cake comes in, so I need to make sure I’ve got the quality nailed in the head! Before HP TopShot LaserJet Pro came along, I actually had to use my iPhone to open up the image and that was so stupid because

1) It drained my battery faster.. as if iPhone batteries don’t already drain fast enough

2) The iPhone screen is so small, resulting in inconspicuous details

Since we’re on the topic of my iPhone I randomly scanned it for you guys to see, lol ;)

3) My iPhone would be covered in buttercream everyday because it sits in the middle of my messy workplace… gross, lol. This is all a true story, btw.

Another real life example of how my HP TopShot LaserJet Pro is being used in my kitchen right now!!! We just got a new helper and she helps us bake rainbow cake sometimes. Fearing she might forget the colors of the rainbow (my previous one always did?!?) I printed out a rainbow cake picture for her to look at every single day until she sees rainbows in her sleep. LOL.

So, in a nutshell, the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro is an innovative new invention to make the lives of entrepreneurs and blogshop / small business owners that much easier.

As convenient as the HP TopShot LaserJet Pro is to use, do also take note that extremely reflective / glossy surfaces, large items that do not fit within the scan area, or white colored 3d objects are not so ideal for usage.

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As mentioned before, I’d like to show my appreciation for your having your support all this time!!!

I will be having a TopShot Blogger Sale, specially for my blog readers.

From now (26th September) until 3rd October, anyone who orders THIS design of cupcakes (specifically this flower taken by my HP TopShot LaserJet Pro! can change color) will have it at $20 for 6 cupcakes instead of the usual $25 for 6.

This is a real steal because the $25 for 6 pricing is already a promotion and the lowest price possible for basic cupcakes, the quotes for more intricate customized cupcakes are at a totally different rate! Please clearly insert code: “HP TOPSHOT” when ordering your cupcakes via the 6 for $25 order form on my website, so I know you’ve read this. ;)

Limited to the first 10 sets of orders only…. so, fastest fingers first!!! Go go go!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

Eu Yan Sang – Weight Management Program Post 3

My journey with Eu Yan Sang’s Weight Management has now reached an end.

 Bear with me as I tell you a long winded but absolutely essential story, about my struggle with my weight.. and how Eu Yan Sang has helped me work towards my goal to be healthier, and happier.

I will never forget the day I walked through those clinic doors, because that day changed my life. I was bursting with excitement, yet afraid at the same time.

Excited that someone out there was willing to offer their help to manage my weight problem, but also terribly afraid of the possible outcomes. For some reason, the idea that I was going to be fat forever was drilled into my head… What if even Eu Yan Sang couldn’t help me??? I haven’t always been drastically overweight. For my earliest blog readers, you would know that I used to be much more confident of the way my body looked and did photo shoots in skimpy bikinis for the heck of it and some part time casual modeling as well. I would put on make up and dress up in nice clothes literally every other day because I enjoyed looking nice. But somewhere along the way I somehow just stopped caring so much about whether my butt looks big in these jeans (my butt looks big in everything anyway), or if people think I’m good looking or not. I formed the idea that looking hot and pretty is overrated. I met my boyfriend Sam, who was insanely nice to me at the start, and assured me that no matter how I end up looking, he would love me all the same anyway. I naively believed it, and thought that gave me the OK to stuff my face with food every single day… because it’s okay to be fat as long as people who love me still continue to love me, right? At that point in time I’d already stopped taking photo shoots. I figured there wasn’t much of a reason for me to wanna strive to be slim anymore. I’ve never looked back since.

Well, not up until half a year ago. When I finally realized how grossly and scarily unhealthy I had become, I knew I had to do something about it. I had wayyy passed the stage of “not conforming to society’s expectations of beauty” to “plain unhealthy, pure negligence” and…. dare I say it? Denial.

The thing about being a “curvy” girl is that you’re always just one meal off from being fat. The most frightening part about gaining weight is how fast it actually happens, and how some times you can’t exactly wrap your head around the idea that you’re bigger because you see yourself in the mirror everyday and you don’t realize the magnitude of the differences until you look back at old, thinner photos of yourself and go “WHAT THE HECK happened?!?” I didn’t spend the past 2 years gaining weight, as some people might think. I probably gained all the weight in the first 8 months and then spent the rest of the time not doing anything about it. I didn’t do anything about my weight for such a long time, for a few reasons.

1) I liked food too much.
(And I didn’t like exercise, at all) You could even call it an obsession. I give a more in depth explanation of why this is so, here. I don’t know when I decided I loved food a helluvalot more than I love my own body, health and image, but I’m glad I’m not like that any more. I mean obviously I still freaken love food but I love myself just as much, too.

2) Everyone kept pointing out to me that I was fat. 
Clearly nobody likes to be told they’re ugly or unappealing to the eyes in any sort of way, but I didn’t feel upset, hurt or insulted as much as I felt pure annoyance. I remember thinking to myself, why on earth is it normal and totally okay for someone to casually say “You’ve gained weight!” when no one ever says to people, “Hey, you’ve gotten uglier”, even when the latter also happens to be true? I mean, just the way people go about addressing weight issues REALLY pisses me off. There are much worse things in life than fatness. Like I have mentioned in an earlier post, and I will say it again, Singaporeans in general are disturbingly allergic to fat people. In a way, the retarded rebel in me decided if these annoying people are telling me to lose weight, then NOT losing weight is exactly what I’m going to do. WHY should I let these jokes who don’t mean crap to me tell me how I should look, how I should eat, how I should look?! Mind your own business!

3) Eventually, though, reality sinks in, and I woke up to realize that even I don’t like my own body no more.
Opinions from others aside, I admitted to myself that I’m worth so much more than this. It really doesn’t matter what people say, how I feel about myself holds a ton more weight (if you know what I mean). My figure and physique became more of a burden than something I take pride in, or something I could be proud of. The days of modeling now seem so long ago…. how did I ever let myself fall this far? When that day of realization actually came, I cried long and hard. I now know it wasn’t just about I didn’t care what others had to say about me. The truth was that I just didn’t even care about myself anymore. Inadvertently, besides gaining weight I let my hair roots grow out and I never bothered to brush it, I settled for ugly clothes because it was the only thing I could ever fit in and my health was worse than any other 19 year old I knew… I was just so sick and tired of the situation. I NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. For real this time.

Lucky for me, somewhere around May, Eu Yan Sang stepped into the picture and offered their Traditional Chinese method of weight management to help me keep my weight under control. If you haven’t already, read the start of my experience with them here, and post 2 here, because I talk a lot about how the treatments (acupuncture & herbal medication) are carried out, the costs, side effects, and everything else you need to know.

This post is more of a conclusive one to summarize what life is like after my 2 months plus long treatment with them has ended.

This is me, on my very last session of acupuncture with Eu Yan Sang….. You can see the needles poking out from my back. I’ve gotten so used to needles poking out from all sorts of angles in my body that I could camwhore, use my phone and play games with the same hands that have needles in them. No problem.

I felt very emotional that day, because I was so thankful to have been given this opportunity. I don’t know how long I would have procrastinated before doing something serious about my weight if not for Eu Yan Sang. Prior to my collaboration with them, I restricted myself to less soft drinks, more exercise here and there etc but I wasn’t trying anywhere near as hard because nobody was there to give me a helping hand and pushing me along, but everyone at the Eu Yan Sang clinics did. The people I’ve had the pleasure to meet while on this journey are so nice and encouraging, they always made me feel welcomed and comfortable, which is a huge plus point because losing weight should be something positive, not a miserable activity. It is vital in weight loss to keep determined, to BELIEVE you are worth the change, and some times you need other people to convince you so.

On this note, I would like to give special mention to my physician, Ms Yang for being the most amazing physician in the whole wide world. She is kind, smart, funny (made me laugh on every single trip to her clinic), but most of all, extremely caring. She motivated me the most and believed in me every step of the way, pressurizing me in all the good ways possible. Even when I was bad, and strayed off my low carb diet some times, she never seemed disappointed but instead tried to encourage me to stay resilient even more. It was lovely to see how genuinely happy she was for me as she saw my weight dip lower and lower, under her guidance and care.

It was sad to have to say goodbye to all the lovely people at the Eu Yan Sang clinics after seeing them at least twice a week for more than two whole months. I promised them that the next time they should see me, I would show off a more lean figure than before!!! I’m going to work on it for another few more months before paying them a visit, lol.

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Now looking back on previously taken pictures of me, I’m inexplicably glad I set out to make a difference in my life, because the results are paying off.

Since Feb 2012 to September 2012, I’ve lost about 11kg, and dropped from a dress size of UK 16 to a UK 10. 

Pleaseeee try to maintain your gasps of horror at my fat pictures…. Lol. I was considering a long time whether to post up the fat pic or not, because its basically social suicide, but I did in the end to show you guys what’s REALLY going on here. The above “Before” photo was taken in September 2011. One year later, in September 2012, I took the “After” photo on the left, in my home and in PJs, no make up or editing because this is the real me. I only decided to make a change about my weight 6 months ago, in the start of February, however since I do not have a suitable full body hot to use from the start of February, I used a pic from September 2011 as my weight didn’t increase or decrease from Sep 2011 – Feb 2012. (Is it just my imagination or do I look like I’ve got male genitals? Must be because it’s tight around the thighs…)

I know I’m not that slim still (I can’t change the fact that I will always be bottom heavy, just the way I’m built) especially not by Singaporean standards, but I’m not going to beat myself up for not losing weight fast enough. I don’t mind if it takes me another year, or two, to reach my ideal physique. I know I still have a long way to go before I’m ideally healthy. However, as long as I’m putting in enough effort, making a difference and improving myself, that suffices for me. At least I don’t feel like a giant slob any more. Ain’t about how fast I get there… ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side – It’s The Climb. I know in my heart that I have Eu Yan Sang to thank for much of my weight loss thus far. :’)

Thanks to Eu Yan Sang, I managed to lose 5.2kg while on their TCM Weight Management Program… in under 3 months. 

And my tummy / hips / butt area actually lost more than 10cm after comparing the Before and After measurements. Pretty amazing. No fad diets, no slimming pills, everything done healthily, and properly. I almost couldn’t believe how well the treatment worked for me, and to think I didn’t even follow my low carbs diet strictly… I wonder how much more I could’ve lost if I did. Sure, my results were more than satisfactory because it was coupled with a better diet and exercise routines a well, but on the whole my general well-being has improved by leaps and bounds. Acupuncture has been known to treat many various health problems. For me, it increased my metabolism rate, lowered my heart beats from 112 (super unhealthy) to 80+ per minute (healthy range) and also gave me a great kick start to achieve the weight I want to. I have not regained any weight since I’ve stopped the treatment, and in fact have lost even more (slowly, but surely) rather effortlessly as well. I’m wearing so much more pretty clothes now and I love it!!!!!

Now that the treatment has ended… I have to maintain the weight loss myself, of course! I exercise relatively frequently these days. Badminton, swimming, gym / long periods of walking are part of my usual routine. As you can see in the above picture I wanted to give up….. But like someone once told me, don’t stop exercising until you feel the burn in all your muscles. And when you think you’ve had enough, GO SOME MORE. Sweat is fat crying, after all.

I find that theory works for me. When I’m on the treadmill after 20 minutes I’m all like “Omfg I’m going to die I can’t do this anymore” but once I occupy my mind with other thoughts other than how tired I am from running, I realize its now 40 minutes on the treadmill and it wasn’t so bad, after all. Funny I should say this but I actually LIKE exercise these days. Badminton is superrrr fun and swimming is so relaxing!

Being aware of what I eat is also super important! You can’t out-exercise a bad diet. I’ve grown to enjoy and like the taste of fresh salads (with enough dressing and ingredients lol) and my favorite one is Sumo Salad! I frequent the outlet at One Shenton. Super healthy and yummeh, and absolutely guilt free.

There was once I showed a picture of my eggs benedict breakfast to my physician (upon her request), who was completely appalled by it. I didn’t think it was that bad in that point in time. Only 2 slices of bread, some bacon, eggs and sauce…. how fattening can it be? How little does she want me to eat?!?

Then I realized that dieting is NOT just about eating lesser. It is eating smarter. I did some research and attempted cooking eggs benedict myself, and discovered there’s approimately 500+ calories in one serving of eggs benedict (2 eggs) and the reason why this is so high is because the hollandaise sauce is essentially 65% butter, 35% semi cooked egg yolks. That is approximately over half a cup of melted butter and 4 whole egg yolks that is used to cook hollandaise sauce. Gross!!!!!!!!!

4 eggs yolks in the sauce + 2 egg yolks in the poached eggs… can you say heart attack on a plate? A greasy McDonalds DOUBLE cheeseburger is apparently less than 500 calories. Dear Benny, I love you and everything…. but I think it is time we broke up! It’s not working out.

Eating frequent but small meals also helps keep my weight down. Instead of a decent sized portion of pasta for lunch as seen on the left, on weight conscious but still greedy days, I would have some cheese, crackers and sausages. I’m still getting protein (sausage), carbs (crackers), and yumz factor (jalapeno cheese), and while it isn’t the healthiest thing in the world to eat if you’re trying to go on a diet, its light enough to not make me fat but way more satisfying than vegetables or other diet food. The crackers assemble will digest way quicker than a heaping bowl of pasta, which is 99% carbohydrates. I could never survive on REAL diet food…. sustainable dieting is the key for me! Most people attempt too difficult diets to maintain, so they give up halfway and never achieve the results they wanted in the first place. My way may be slower but it keeps me sane… and hey, slow and steady wins the race.

Me, on my 20th birthday on 20th September.. in a pretty UK 10 dress I’d never dream about fitting in less than a year ago!!

…So, having typed out allll of that are sharing with you guys my experience with trying to lose a large amount of weight, I hope it provided some useful insight on Eu Yan Sang’s TCM weight management program and gave some motivation for people who needed it.

I highly recommend the treatment for people who just can’t seem to find a proper stepping stone or a way to start, or even people who aren’t that overweight but have stubborn problem areas such as love handles *raises hand*.. Having a qualified TCM physician to guide you along the path of wellness is very helpful! Best of luck to anybody out there hoping to lose weight, be it through Eu Yan Sang or not. Always remember that your health comes first!!! As mentioned before, I participated in a Mediacorp program about TCM, documenting my experience about this weight management from Eu Yan Sang… they have episodes from 25 Aug till 27 Oct every Saturday 9:30pm on Channel 8, and my episode is airing tomorrow, on 22nd September! Brace yourselves. Lol. You have been forewarned.

• To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Eu Yan Sang Clinics is raising funds for Thye Hua Kwan Moral Society (THK) through various fundraising activities. Besides giving direct cash donations in the donation boxes placed in clinics, you can also drop by any of Eu Yan Sing clinic to pick up a special red commemorative THK-EYS umbrella for S$10, from which proceeds will go to THK.

• A new question regarding Eu Yan Sang / Traditional Chinese Medicine will be posted every week on this website. Send in your answers and stand to win a Eu Yan Sang goodie pack worth more than $32! Next week’s question: The TV series airs on which channel and which day?

Head on over here to answer!

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess
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