Black Fungus

Healthy Mummies - Chicken with Black Fungus, Ginger and Chinese Rice Wine
Chicken with Black Fungus, Ginger and Chinese Rice Wine

Black fungus is a fungus with an edible jelly-like texture. It is a type of mushroom wildly grown in the highland regions in Asia. However, nowadays it is widely cultivated by major Asian countries such as China. It is normally sold in dried form. It has to be soaked with water for at least an hour before using it for cooking. It absorbs the taste of other ingredients as it does not have much taste and is a popular ingredient in Chinese cooking. It also has a slightly crunchy texture. Continue reading “Black Fungus”

Low Milk Supply

Healthy Mummies Low Milk Supply

Some mothers who are breastfeeding can experience low milk supply. This can be very frustrating and distressing. Low milk supply can be due to some reasons as listed below:

  • Health conditions such as thyroid disease, polycystic ovaries, obesity and high blood pressure.

  • Baby health conditions such as premature birth, Down’s syndrome and suffering from severe lack of oxygen.

  • Medications that may affect milk supply such as decongestant, Pseudoephedrine.

  • Postnatal reasons such as traumatic labour and anaemic due to large maternal blood loss.

  • Stress, some mothers can be suffering from stress because of low milk supply.

There are numerous ways that are recommended by the NHS to help you to increase your milk supply. Speak to GPs or midwives for further advice if required. Continue reading “Low Milk Supply”

3 Most Common Confinement Practices New Mums Would Ask Healthy Mummies

3 Most Common Confinement Practices New Mums Would Ask Healthy Mummies

Q: Do I have to follow these confinement practices during my postnatal confinement period?
A: It is a very personal choice. We would say it depends on many other factors that may influence that personal choice, however the focus should be about having a relaxing and hassle free period to recover and bond. Continue reading “3 Most Common Confinement Practices New Mums Would Ask Healthy Mummies”

What really is Chinese Yam?

Healthy Mummies - What Really Is Chinese Yam?

Chinese Yam is called Wai Shan or Shan Yao in Chinese. Shan Yao literally means ‘Mountain Medicine’ in Chinese. It is a flowering species from the yam family. The Chinese Yam is a slender rounded rod, thick, hard root and generally up to one meter in length. The inside is white in colour, with a slimy texture once the skin is peeled off the root. The Chinese uses the peeled Chinese Yam in their cooking or as part of alternative Chinese medicine. They use it to nourish the spleen, lungs, kidneys and skin.

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The Benefits of Chinese Black Vinegar

Healthy Mummies - Chinese Black Vinegar

Chinese black vinegar is made from the fermentation of glutinous rice and malt. It has a woody, smoky, malty and sour flavour. It is also another popular Chinese ingredient in Chinese postnatal dishes. There are two main types of Chinese black vinegar, one has a sweet taste and the other which only has a sourish taste. This is consumed by many in China and other East Asian countries as part of their daily diet.

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Chinese Rice Wine in Postnatal Meals

Chinese Rice Wine in Postnatal Meals

Rice wine is an alcoholic drink made from glutinous rice. This wine is made by fermenting rice with yeast and spring water. It can be drunk neat or used in Chinese cooking and other Oriental cuisines. Its taste resembles the taste of dry sherry.

It also contains a high level of proteins (amino acids) due to the fermentation process of the glutinous rice. As Chinese Rice Wine is a fermented product, it can be considered as a probiotic which can help to improve the digestive system.

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Sesame Oil in Postnatal Diets

Sesame Oil in Postnatal Diets

Our bodies do need some fat as it can provide essential fatty acids that our bodies cannot produce. In a small amount of fat, it is useful to the body. This is because we need fat to provide our bodies with energy. It can also help to absorb fat soluble vitamins such as vitamins A,D and E. There are two main types of fat found in food which are saturated and unsaturated.  We should aim to cut down saturated fat and to replace it with unsaturated fat. Unsaturated fat can reduce the risk of heart disease. Unsaturated fats can be either polyunsaturated or monounsaturated. These two fats can be found from some types of oil such as olive oil, rapeseed oil and sesame oil.

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Key Challenges in Preparing Postnatal Food in London

Healthy Mummies - Key Challenges in Preparing Postnatal Food in London

Most new mums who want to follow this tradition would either have their own mothers or their mothers-in-law to cook and help out in the household during the postnatal confinement period. What if you are on your own – how about following a recipe and cooking your own postnatal food in London instead? It isn’t a difficult task, the food should taste delicious and you will be eating the right food according to the traditional Chinese nutritional values during this period. How do you achieve these? What are the important factors?

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From the Old ways to Our way: Postnatal for the Modern world

From the Old ways to Our way: Postnatal for a New world. The Chinese traditional postnatal beliefs and practices - warming pork and ginger soup

Many cultures around the world have their own traditional postnatal beliefs and practices.

This tradition has been going on behind the closed doors of family homes that dates back centuries and stretches across continents. It is a tradition that has been passed on woman to woman – from grandmother to granddaughter, and from midwife to new mums. It is all not written down and there is no scientific literature about it. However, this tradition is still practising throughout the world not only in Chinese continents but other countries too. It has been connecting women from one generation to the next from India to South America countries and Russia to China. I guess it holds families together.

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