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Our Interview with A Kissing Tree's Founder, Serge Kisin

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Our Interview with A Kissing Tree's Founder, Serge Kisin

How does one become a berry specialist?  We posed this questions to Serge Kisin, the founder of A Kissing Tree, a Hong Kong company established in 2017 with a mission to bring the world’s best berries to Hong Kong and Asia Pacific. “Everyone has a story about how they started their small business.  For us it was as organic as our berries” As a little boy growing up in Yugoslavia, now Serbia, Serge played with kids on the street and frequently picked wild berries, which were growing near his grandparents’ house.  They were mostly wild blackberries called “kupine” in Serbian....

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How to Properly Combine Foods for Optimal Digestion (No More Post-Meal Bloat Ever Again!)

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How to Properly Combine Foods for Optimal Digestion (No More Post-Meal Bloat Ever Again!)

Have you ever felt super bloated some days and perfectly light and fine the next? Certainly, overeating is a probable cause but in fact, many times it’s the foods that you combine that wreaks havoc on our digestive system.

As a general rule of thumb, our bodies can only digest one concentrated food at a time.

What’s a Concentrated Food?

A concentrated food is essentially starches (grains, rice, potatoes, etc.) and proteins and fats (meat, fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds), which makes non-concentrated foods, fruits and vegetables.  The reason why you can only digest one concentrated food at a time is because of the type of environment your digestive tract needs to be to break down the food. 

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The Problems with Artificial Sweeteners and What to Use Instead

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The Problems with Artificial Sweeteners and What to Use Instead

Two packs of splenda please.  

Give me those pink and blue sugar packets please.

Can I have one diet coke please?


Haha that was definitely me 15 years ago but my perspective of these chemical-laden sweeteners have certainly changed.


In 2002, the world saw a surge of consumption of artificial sweeteners and the diet industry simply went bonkers on all sugar substitutes because of its effect on weight loss.  As the years progressed, more and more low calorie sugar alcohols entered the market and all the decadent desserts had a “healthier “ sugar free alternative. Consumers were certainly aware that these were anything but natural but as long as they get to save on calories and lost weight, they didn’t care about potential health issues later on.  

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Oat Milk - What's the Craze and Is it Better than Almond Milk?

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Oat Milk - What's the Craze and Is it Better than Almond Milk?

Is it me or is there suddenly an influx of Oat Milks everywhere in Hong Kong?

 

I’ve even noticed oat milk boxes selling in 7-11!

 

For years now, soy milk has been available at various cafes and grocery stores as dairy-free alternatives to cow’s milk.  Other popular options were: coconut milk, rice milk, and nut mylks (almond, cashew, macadamia, and hazelnut).

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The Undiet-Diet Approach: Guide to Intuitive Eating

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The Undiet-Diet Approach: Guide to Intuitive Eating

Phew - we know all too well how exhausting this string of festivities can be.  
It is then usually followed by many people setting out their weight loss New Year’s Resolutions and convincing themselves that this is the year and it’s going to be a fresh start!

 

Sounds familiar, or is it just me? Haha…

Well, if you’re a chronic dieter like me who has pretty much tried all the diets in the book, you would probably know that in the end, all the extreme diets will probably lead you back to square one (or even worse than where you started). 

I mean, we really can’t blame ourselves.  The dieting culture that we live in today is constantly bombarding us with new diets every year with the latest one claiming to be the most “effective” for sustainable weight loss.

 

These are a list of diets over the years (and this isn’t even the full list!)

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