a little bit about Bee
Bee. Mid-twenties. Bake-a-holic. Lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I love the beach, chocolate, cinnamon, cats, shoes, fresh air and berries. My family and friends mean the world to me, and I thank them for showing me their support through everything that I do.
a little bit about Bee Healthy
I started this blog to document my journey for a healthier lifestyle in order to improve my quality of life as I deal with a rare chronic illness, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS for short). The illness is really limiting and can make simple day-to-day tasks a challenge. At it’s peak I could hardly get out of bed, was easily exhausted, felt dizzy all the time, and suffered from painful bloating and nausea paired with constant heart palpitations and low blood pressure. Exercise was impossible. It took five years and three doctors to even come to the right diagnosis, with one wrong diagnosis in between that lead to me taking the wrong medication that made me feel even more ill (and made my hair thin out AND made me put on weight! It was a nightmare!). Although the new medication has generally improved my well-being, I still have off-days which is why I decided to take action and take care of my overall health to be able to live life to the fullest.
Since exercise is still not very easy for me, my first line of action is to improve my eating habits. Number one on my list is wholesome, less processed foods, since I already have to take all sorts of chemically-laden medication. I suppose it was easy for me to embrace eating this way because I truly enjoy eating vegetables, fruits and whole grains. Eating this way really does make me feel so much better – I feel like I have more energy, my skin and hair looks so much healthier and I just feel ‘clean’ on the inside.
Being more aware of what I am putting into my body, I realised that gluten and dairy made me feel unwell, so I decided to avoid gluten completely although I find dairy difficult to give up, so I limit my intake to the occasional yoghurt (which is beneficial since the good bacteria helps protect your digestive health), butter (mostly limited to baked goods), cheese and ice cream (super occassional). I personally prefer a diet that focuses less on meat, especially less red meat as it is inflammatory, but I do have to keep an eye on my iron intake so they do make an occasional appearance. My philosophy is: if I have to choose between a salad with grilled chicken or fried vegetables, I will pick the salad with chicken. At the end of the day, it is about eating well.
As the kitchen is my place of refuge, I take what I make for my family, friends and myself very seriously. It simply has to be good. Rest assured that what I share here has to pass the flavour test!
I sincerely hope that you’ll enjoy browsing my recipes and perhaps give them a go yourself, and that you’ll enjoy them as much as I do.
Thanks for visiting my blog and have a lovely day!