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the almond myth-busters!

6 Oct

Hi everyone!

Just following my previous post about almonds, I thought I share with you some myths around almonds.

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These might be true for other nuts too!

1. I’m trying to lose weight. Does it mean I can’t have nuts?

That is nonsense! Latest research shows that enjoying a handful of nuts regularly as part of a healthy diet can help with weight management. If you’re trying to lose a few cms doesn’t mean you can’t eat nuts. Enjoy a handful of nuts, along with 2 serves of fruits and 5 serves vegetables and you’re on your way!

2. My cholesterol is through the roof. I heard that nuts are very fatty hence I should avoid them.

The fats in nuts are healthy fats- predominantly unsaturated fats that help reduce your risk of heart disease. It does not increase your cholesterol level- in fact, almonds can lower total and ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol, as confirmed by one study which shows that a 73g serve of almonds each day reduced LDL cholesterol by almost 10% while 37g (a handful) reduced by around 5%.


Almond. Nuts For Life.

Strahan ™. Nuts for cardiovascular protection. Asia Pac J Clin Nutr. 2004;13(suppl):S33


the Rain

23 Jun

All night the sound had come back again,

and again falls this quiet, persistent rain.

What am I to myself that must be remembered, insisted upon so often?

Is it that never the ease, even the hardness, of rain falling will have for me?

Something other than this, something not so insistent- am I to be locked in this final uneasiness.

Love, if you love me, lie next to me.

Be for me, like rain, the getting out of the tiredness, the fatuousness, the semi-lust of intentional indifference.

Be wet with a decent happiness.

Robert Creeley, “The Rain” from Selected Poems of Robert Creeley.

Source: Selected Poems (1991)  the Regents of the University of California.

a quick catch up from me!

18 Apr

Hi everyone!

It’s been forever since I updated Grainddiction- at least that’s how long I felt. I’m sorry I’m so slow this month.

I promise it’s for good reasons!

As obvious as the title, it’s gonna be a quick update from me, what’s been happening with me this month.

Firstly, this month I am the sub editor of the month for The Scoop on Nutrition of Emma Stirling. yes that Emma Stirling! Yay- for a month I get to spend time with her, and actually learn from her how to utilize social media effectively and efficiently to spread nutrition messages. Below is a quote from Emma’s blog, The Scoop on Nutrition on Sub of the Month.

We are passionate about supporting dietitians and nutritionists to be strong communicators. Ultimately this helps our cause to see credible nutrition information in the media and online. Once a month a dietitian joins us as the guest sub editor. Usually this is final year nutrition or dietetics student, new graduate or someone with experience, but not in the digital world. The sub of the month gets their hands dirty in the newsroom, helps manage our facebook and Twitter chat and learns the ropes of blogging.

If you want to look at my bio at The Scoop, head over to Emma’s website- click this link. It will take you to my short bio 🙂

So this month, I help Emma manage her Facebook page, The Scoop On Nutrition page, together with Adelaide Giddens. Everyday, either Adelaide or myself, update The Scoop Facebook page on the latest nutrition news. Follow The Scoop on Nutrition Facebook page for an up-2-date nutrition news- and you will hear from me daily 🙂

I’m very very excited to be the sub editor of the month! I even joined my first #EatKit, monthly Twitter chat hosted by Catherine Saxelby of Foodwatch and Emma. It was really great to get in touch and hear from others and chat for an hour. Last night we talked about home-grown fruit and vegetables and urban foraging. How exciting was that!

Another exciting news is my graduation! I finally graduated, wearing the academic dress and all that, last Friday, 12/04/2013. It was such an eventful day. Graduated as Masters of Nutrition and Dietetic, from the University of Sydney. Very proud of myself 😀 a dietitian now, no longer a student!

My parents and sister flew up here from Indonesia to be with me on this special day. Below are pictures from my graduation day 🙂


me and my closest friends at uni- study partners, lunch partners, travelling partners, dancing partners- sisters! (from left: Anastasia Hourdas, Candy Lin and me) missing another friend- Michelle Ho



me and my family (from the left: my brother, my sister, mum, me and dad) missing my brother, Daniel, who is currently at Seattle

and then there is me. wearing Indonesian kebaya top and Dedittie’s sarong skirt

I want to also specially thank my family, mum, dad, brothers and sister for all the prayer and support for me, you have always been there for me- whenever I need the most.

Special thanks to my friends, Anastasia Hourdas, Candi Lin, and Michelle Ho, and all the MND 2012 girls and boy (you know who you all are!)- and lastly but not least- my special person, Pranav Gore for always always always been there for me, through my happiness and sorrow, you have always been my shoulders to cry, my ears to complain and my other hand to clap.

until next time, peeps! 

It’s Easter, Hallelujah!

31 Mar

Happy Easter 2013 everyone!

May this Easter bring you joy and hope 🙂

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Happy Chinese New Year!!!

10 Feb

Happy Chinese New Year for everyone who celebrates!

May this snake year bring us happiness, success, and joy!

Gong Xi Fa Choi!


Share a peanut cookie?


a quick update on what I’ve learnt in past week!

13 Sep

hi everyoneee!

I miss you so much! I miss grainddiction heapsss. I’m so sorry I was missing in action for quite some time..
things have been all over the place and…well. you know the rest.
anyway.i’m back! and i’m ready to rock and roll LOL

how are you?
i hope you are well- i hope you’re not down with flu (like me). the weather was nice on the weekend but it’s raining and windy today. such a dramatic change- hence the flu kicks in.

today’s post won’t be too long- it’s more like a quick update from me- because i want to share with you all i have learnt in past week.
last week was the ICD week (International Congress of Dietetics). I am so lucky because this year it’s in Sydney and I had the opportunity to attend this wonderful event!
This congress happens every 4 years and the next ICD will be in Spain!

Now, I promised myself that I will work hard so that I can go to the next ICD in Spain 😉 after all, I have 4 years to save 🙂 I have no excuse, do I?!
It is an international event and yes- I got to meet dietitians from all around the world!! I was very excited!!!

I met Catherine Saxelby in person-from Foodwatch -yes yes yes ‘the’ Catherine Saxelby!!! the author of Complete Food and Nutrition Companion and Nutrition for Life and many other books. She’s so nice and friendly.

my friend Anastasia- Food with a Little Character, Catherine Saxelby and me!

I also met Emma Stirling of The Scoops on Nutrition and Ash Jones of Off-Duty Dietitian– proud Australian APD bloggers!! Unfortunately I did not take any picture with them, but I swear I met them 😉 It’s so nice to see and talk to them in person!! They are all very friendly!

I also met Carina Venter (UK)- author of Food Hypersensitivity- the expert in food allergy and intolerances. Also sat in one symposium by Sylvia Escott-Stump (USA) the author of the Krause’s Medical Nutrition Therapy- the textbook I had to study last year!!!

and many moreee! I met so many dietitians- too many to mention! I just wish that the ICD could last one day longer- with one extra day just to be allocated for social and networking day- that would be so awesome!


There are many things I have learnt in past week. And here are a few to mention:

  1. web-based weight loss program does work quite effectively! (woot woot- this is future trend for us dietitians to go online!) interestingly enough, male does better on online weight loss program than female!
  2. teleconferencing is another new way of delivering dietetics consultation! it’s feasible so long we have fast and secure connection. a study done in USA shows that teleconferencing was particularly beneficial for people who live in rural area.
  3. we have heard about low FODMAP diet in IBS symptoms management. wht’s new? low FODMAP feeds are currently associated with lower diarrhoea incidence in enteral nutrition patients.
  4. the mutation of MTHFR, low folate, elevated homocysteine: not only play role in spina bifida- but also associated with other diseases. nutrigenomics is another future opportunity in dietetic world.
  5. recent study has shown that there is no significant association between total high fat dairy consumption and CHD incidence. meaning? it doesn’t matter if you drink full fat milk, the recent study shows it does’t affect your risk of CHD incidence. HOWEVER this is still not conclusive. but very interesting to know! that study also shows that full fat cheese does not increase LDL cholesterol as much as butter does, in patients with high cholesterol level.
  6. there is a new malnutrition terminology- ‘micronutrient malnutrition’. sadly, it’s observed more in children in developing countries. they eat sufficient calories and foods, however they are lacking in vitamins and minerals. so unlike protein malnutrition where children are presented thin and stunted/wasted, micronutrient malnutrition children are often overweight, if not obese.
  7. there is an increase in rice allergy prevalence in Japan– which is also parallel to the increase in nut allergy in USA.
  8. there is a new product in the market called Kivia, which is a natural digestive health supplement derived from New Zealand green kiwifruit. This product claims to help keep regular and assist in reducing abdominal discomfort.
  9. pssstt!! there will be a new Pepsi in the market!! It will be called Pepsi Next– which is 30% reduced sugar (mixed with Stevia). we were lucky to try it last week- before it’s launched! it’s due for launching in 2 weeks.
  10. Smith’s potato chip range is now cooked in 100% high oleic sunflower and/or canola oil- removing 1,800 tonnes each year of saturated fat from the Australian food supply. Grain Waves, Cool Pak Popcorn and Red Rock Deli chips are all cooked in 100% sunflower oil.

so there we go- those are things I learnt last week.

I actually learnt a lot more than that- I just don’t want to bore you, I don’t want you to scroll my page down, get bored and navigate away LOL

so, i will keep you updated over next few posts! 🙂

have a good night everyone!

ps. i’m going back to the kitchen now- working on my Recipe ReDux for next week!! excited much?

Fast Ed- chef Ed Halmagyi cooking mushroom in the Australian Mushroom Grower’s Breakfast Seminar!

and that’s me! hihi 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day <3

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day 2012 everyone ❤


Don’t forget to share the love…:)

Cheese Tim Tam- the revelation

5 Jan

Here is something new!
Cheese TimTam!


This TimTam is a special edition produced by Arnott’s Indonesia and developed specially for South East Asia market (Indonesia, Phillipines, Malaysia and Hongkong). Didn’t know about this though, until a friend of mine in Sydney told me (thanks, Aimee!).

So I thought…hmmm. Why not giving it a try? And post a little bit of review.
And so here I am. Writing this post by the swimming pool, quite nice ey!

On the front packaging, Cheese TimTam is described as sandwich biscuit with cheese flavoured cream coated with white chocolate.

It also has the halal logo from MUI or ‘Majelis Ulama Indonesia’, which means it is suitable for consumption by Muslims. It does not contain pork and pork products.


Here is the look of Cheese TimTam:

It looks like white chocolate TimTam. Somehow, I feel like this TimTam is smaller than the TimTam in Sydney.
Inside is the cheese flavoured cream filling:


For taste, Cheese TimTam is so-so, I would say- it’s not something extraordinary. It could have been more cheesy and creamy. I personally thought that the sweet and salty combination between the white chocolate and the cheese flavoured cream filling is a bit imbalance. It’s me though. I am not a big fan of too-sweet-biscuits. My brother loves it and he could easily eat 2-3 biscuits.

Ingredients-wise, Cheese TimTam contains sugar, wheat powder, cheese powder, which contains food colouring agent, food flavouring agent, etc.


It also declares:
1. May contain traces of sesame seed and peanut
2. Contain emulsifier as permitted food conditioners
3. Contain permitted coloring and flavoring substances
It does not declare that it contains wheat though, maybe because it’s not mandatory just yet.
It does contain wheat flour, so it is NOT gluten free and NOT suitable for coeliac disease.

Based on the ingredient lists, it contains only cheese powder, not cheese in solid form, which might explain the lacking of cheesy and creamy taste.
Sugar is the first ingredient to mention in the ingredients list, which means that sugar is the MAIN ingredient that makes up the biscuit. Sweet-tooth much?

Nutritionally speaking, one biscuit contains 60kcal (30kcal from fat), 3g total fat, 1g protein, 8g CHO or 1/2 exchange), 4g sugar and 34mg sodium. It’s a bit suprising that 1 biscuit equals to 60kcal, because I expected it to be more than that. Anyway, it’s not a good 60kcal. It’s high in fat and sugar, with only little to none protein.


It’s okay though to have them once in a while. You don’t have to be afraid or completely avoid them. As long as you have an overall balanced diet and exercise regularly, 1-2 piece of TimTam won’t kill. 😉 Although, it’s not a good idea to have them everyday when you’re trying to lose weight. So, don’t go overboard with it! Just like any other dietitians would say, enjoy them in moderation 🙂

This post is only for general
knowledge and education purpose, there is no advertising or marketing whatsoever 🙂


Happy New Year 2012!!

1 Jan


Happy New Year, everyone!!
Stay happy, stay healthy, stay grainddict-ed 😃

Merry Christmas 2011 :)

25 Dec

Hi guys..just a quick post to wish you all……

Merry Christmas 😀

I hope, wherever you are, whichever timezone you are in, you are celebrating this wonderful day with your loved ones- family, friend, boyfriend, relatives, cousins, etc. 🙂

And remember, even though you might not be with the people whom you want to share this Christmas the most, just think of them and they will think of you too and you shall be close at hearts regardless the thousand hundred miles and huge oceans in between.

May this jolly season brings you warmth and happiness

Share a chocolate 🙂

or mum’s baked macaroni- slurp

Sharing is caring 😛

Enjoy your Christmas 🙂

Love, hugs and kisses from Jakarta


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