The Health Guru

Facts, Hints, Tips, Advice and Inspiration on everything to do about health & weight loss.

Merry Christmas !!


Well I know that I’m a little early with the Christmas wishes….. but today is my last blog for the year. I absolutely love Christmas.  I still get as excited as I used to when I was a child.  So, I thought I’d share a little bit about what a ‘normal’ Christmas in Australia is […]

The most offensive 4 Letter word: D.I.E.T

I hate the word Diet

When I hear the word ‘Diet’ it’s almost as painful as hearing fingernails scratch down a blackboard. It’s become the most misunderstood and misused word I can think of.

“I need to go on a Diet” “My diet starts on Monday” as well as all of those rediculous money making schemes: “Lemon Detox Diet, South Beach Diet, Blood Type Diet” blah blah blah blah

Effectively what we’ve been conditioned into thinking is that “Diets” are all about these temporary stages in your life (say 3 – 4 weeks) where the goal is to lose weight in a hurry – eating as little as you can – not caring about energy or nourishment – cutting out important food groups. Of course the outcome for many that go on ‘diets’ is that it’s painful and hard to achieve for any length of time, they’re starving, tired, have no energy, yes they may lose weight but when they return to eating normally again, will gain weight back on. The net result for most is being very disappointed and using the word DIET like it’s an offensively naughty 4-letter word.

The Biggest Loser Asia: Episode 3

I’m going to have another whinge about last nights episode. (Maybe I should give up watching) This time I’m going to have a whinge about the weigh in and scales. There were a number of contestants that had much smaller weight loss on the scales from the previous week and one person unfortunately didn’t lose anything. You can see it on their faces and I can completely empathise with how they feel considering they’ve worked their butts off all week for little to no results. WHICH IS WHY – WEIGHT MANAGEMENT IS ABOUT MORE THAN WHAT YOU WEIGH ON A SET OF SCALES, it’s about your body shape, composition and function.

Outrigger Racing at Sentosa

Took part in my 1st outrigger race at Sentosa. The first race was a 12 km race the length of the island, up and around a few buoys. We got off to a bad start as we got sandwiched inbetween the other Aussie boat and the rookies. The rookies should have moved over to give us some more room – but with currents & waves & rookie drivers – it ended up in a little bit of a crash. Later in the afternoon we then did Mixed team race. I guess the best way to describe it was like a relay.


I have mixed emotions about episode 2. As an exercise physiologist I saw a few negatives in the show that highlight what not to do if you’re trying to lose weight. I’m sure they have a strong team of medics available to attend to the contestants and of course they have to dramatise things so the show is watchable – but here are some negative things that stuck out for me:

Nutrition Info: Calories in Hainanese Chicken Rice

The Famous Chicken Rice

There is no doubt that Singapore has a diverse and delicious range of food and for Singaporeans, eating is a way of life.  A typical greeting is “Have you taken your lunch yet?” or “Lets go makan”.  For newbies to the country it can be quite overwhelming and it’s expected that you sample your way […]

Rum Balls & Apricot Balls – Merry Christmas!!

Rum Balls & Apricot Balls

Well it’s nearly that time of year again…….. and I’m not necessarily referring to Santa Claus arriving – I’m referring to the pain staking task of making Rum Balls & Apricot Balls.  All too fast I forget about gummy apricots, how long it takes to chop them, hours of rolling them into little balls, sticky […]

Singaporean Chilli Crab


The number one thing you must eat in Singapore is Chilli Crab. Uniquely Singaporean, there are many variations of preparation including Steamed, Black Pepper, Butter and Breaded but in my humble opinion Chilli is the best. Look in any cookbook at the recipe and you’ll find that the tangy gravy base is made simply from a bottle of tomato sauce and sweet chilli sauce. Considering one tablespoon of these sugar laden sauces contain about 50 calories, this is yet another calorie loaded Singapore meal.

Read more to find out The Health Guru’s advice how to stop weight gain when eating Chilli Crab.

Dragon Boating: American Thanksgiving Challenge

I took part in my 1st Thanksgiving Challenge over the weekend.  A ‘fun’ race was organised in Kallang River where we had to paddle through a set course with stations to complete succesfully in order to collect letters to spell our T.U.R.K.E.Y  (now I say ‘fun’ as I’m sure it’s supposed to mean we’re less […]

How Food IS Killing You: Sugar (Sucrose)

Sugar Sugar Sugar

I’m about to tell you something a little controversial.  I believe that sugar is the most crippling ‘drug problem’ that the world is currently facing.  Yes – I did say drug.  Why?  Because as the world is now flooded with pre-packaged / manufactured foods and drinks containing mountains of sugar –  the harmful effects are […]

Easy protein snack bars


I am loving the slim secrets protein bars lately… Such a quick & easy thing to carry with you so if you’re out you don’t have to buy an unhealthy snack if you start to feel a little hungry. Only 120 – 145 calories. 12 – 13 g of Protein, 7 – 10g Carbs & Less […]

Penang: The Verdict

Nonya Food

Well  I survived the weekend in Penang.  At the last minute I was assigned a friends parents as tour guides to give me the inside knowledge of the island. I saw Fort Cornwallis, Clock Tower, Ferringhi Beach, Eastern & Oriental Hotel, Batik Factory, Gurney Plaza, Gurney Drive, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion (aka Blue Mansion), Khoo […]

The Biggest Loser Asia: Episode 1

Well I’m sorry to say that I only caught the last 20 minutes of the first episode of The Biggest Loser Asia (already set my alarm for next week) – but my friend ‘K’ has filled me in. She mentioned that the trainers placed a ‘healthy, portion controlled meal’ in front of the contestants and […]

Nutrition Facts: Calories in Cocktails

Singapore Slings from the legendary Raffles Hotel

Let’s face it.  Cocktails taste delicious. They look good, taste delicious and really get the party started.  But what alot of people don’t consider is how many unnecessary calories & sugar they are happily drinking. The average cocktail contains 2 x 30ml pours of liquor  (average about 90 calories / 30ml).  They are then mixed […]

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