Eat not, drink not?

‘Now, let’s weigh yourself!’ A weigh-in has become Hubbie’s new morning ritual. Do you know what? He has lost a stone in less than three weeks! We are completely won over by this detoxing business.

Vegan and gluten-free cupcakes we bought at a pop-up stall in Old Street tube station…

Hubbie had a chocolate & peanut butter one and mine was a lemon & strawberry. Gluten-free sponge was a little too dense for my liking but the frosting was divine.
We also drink cups of rooibos tea with soya milk nowadays. Even though my first drink of the morning has to be English breakfast tea with semi-skimmed milk, I tend to drink caffeine-free drink more since Hubbie has cut out the substance altogether. Of course, I sneak out for a mug of mocha sometimes. But I do so less than once a week, so it is not too bad.

Now, I have a question about Matcha latte…

I had a bowl of Matcha latte at Le Pain Quotidian in Notting Hill recently while I was waiting for Bella to be groomed. “Does milk in the latte stop the antioxidant of Matcha green tea being absorbed into my system?” A doubt crept into my head as I sipped the warm liquid from the cup. It is well-known fact that chocolate has to be a dark-chocolate kind if it is consumed for an antioxidant benefit. Dairy, such as milk, hinders the absorption of the substance, therefore, the chocolate has to be eaten alone or with milk-free beverages. ‘So, the Matcha goes down the pan then, nutritions-wise.’ I looked down at the bowl with a mixed feeling.

Please don’t get me wrong because I have no intention of becoming a healthy food bore.

Obviously, Hubbie does have a list of “What not to eat” because of his migraine, and I have to be very aware of the list when I prepare food for him. We happened to come across an advert for a burger the other day, and he sighed, ‘I can’t touch burger & chips for three months, can I?’ Yup, the burger and chips combo is very Migraine-unfriendly. It has refined carb like  a bun – especially, Hubbie loves brioche, red meat, tomato, ketchup, onion and cheese. Chips are also no better if they are made from white potato. ‘I’m sure you can have it once you finish the detox.’ I consoled him.

I am sure he will be a changed man once he completes the regime – more nutritionally-savvy and more in tune with his own body. Then, he will be able to enjoy what life offers with more appreciation and in moderation.

I am detoxed too! At least my fur is clean!

Bella was extra fluffy and extra tired.

Let’s go home, you fur ball! I have lots of cooking to do…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Don’t lose your head!

Eep! Where the hell is my card wallet?!?! I patted myself down furiously after rummaging through the content of my tote bag. Oh, shit! Where has it gone? What have I done with it? A cashier at Liberty’s stationary department went very quiet as she didn’t know how to intervene in my panick-stricken pantomime. ‘I’m sorry but I have to go NOW!’ I grabbed my bag and ran out on to Great Marlborough Street.

My first destination in search of the missing wallet was The Photographers’ Gallery’s cafe in where I had a mug of mocha early on. ‘No, we didn’t find anything by the till.’ A man in apron replied apologetically. Ahhhh, I was out on the street again, the next destination, Zara!!

All the blissful moment I enjoyed with my mocha was completely out of the window. Is this a divine punishment for feeling smug after my fortune of not having to cut out caffeine out of my daily life like poor Hubbie?!

Last Friday, we went to see his neurologist, and she advised him to have no caffeine and minimal sugar for at least three months in order to control his chronic migraine. He was already deprived of coffee, tea or chocolate for the past two weeks because of the detox regime prescribed by the nutritionist, therefore, he received the doctor’s recommendations with a resigned sigh. After the consultation, we had snack at Patisserie Valerie by Holland Park tube station. ‘Can I have a sip of your mocha?’, he pined as he sipped a glass of water. ‘No, you can’t. I am afraid.’

Anyway, back to my missing card wallet saga. After dashing out of the gallery, I made a beeline to Zara on Oxford Street. After running down the escalator, I rushed to the till and blurted out, ‘Did I leave my card wallet on the counter?!’ A girl at the till replied with a smile, ‘Yes, you did, madam. The wallet is kept at the main till on the ground floor.’ Thank god! And thank you, Zara!! Ahhh, how my legs felt like jelly after mad sprinting. I truly can’t trust myself nowadays. Should I chain my wallet to a belt loop like a skater?…

One more thing about Hubbie’s treatment for his migraine. Apparently, he has to detox his brain! The doctor has ordered him not to take any painkiller for the next three months even if he has migraine attacks. He was having way too many Nurofen Plus for far too long, and his brain needs to be cleaned out for good. ‘I have to go cold turkey.’ ‘Alrighty, I shall throw all the painkillers out of the cabinet!’ And that was the first thing I did when we got home.

I am very, very happy because Hubbie has finally realised his quality of life matters more than his workaholic lifestyle. Let’s hope he won’t have too many headaches during the detoxing period…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Give them our love

As Hubbie was leaving for a meeting in Mayfair in a short while, I opened a BBC website to check the weather for him. Then, I saw a headline, “Palace of Westminster in lock down”. Oh no, no, no.

Now, we all know what happened yesterday afternoon. My heart aches with sadness. And I feel my face flushes with anger every time I think about the incident.

All those innocent people who were killed or injured yesterday had absolutely nothing to be blamed for. It was a pure bad luck, being in a wrong place at wrong time. However, it makes the matter worse in some way.

I know nothing can replace the pain of losing loved ones. However, we can show them, who are directly affected by this tragedy, how desperately we feel sorry and how much we care about them. It is a very very small gesture but I have donated some money for the family of PC Keith Palmer. Money can’t bring back this brace policeman, but it will help his family to endure the darkest time of their life and comfort them by letting them know that there is still a plenty of goodness left in the world.

Please donate whatever you can afford at here.

Thank you very much. Kaori X

Choose life (for better)

Another grey sky, another grey morning. And I am nursing a mild headache with a glass of water. Hubbie has been in a miserable mood since last Tuesday, and the effect of it has started to get hold of me too. Oh, go awayyyyy!!! 

First of all, let me explain why Hubbie is in a bad mood. 

Two weeks ago, we went to see a nutritionist who was recommended to us by one of our friends. Hubbie suffered from chronic migraine, and we were hoping if, by changing his rather monotonous eating habit, the crippling headache may be alleviated or hopefully eliminated altogether. 

Caroline the nutritionist asked Hubbie loads of questions during our consultation at her clinic and sent him an email later on with piles of PDF files. 

Now, it has been exactly one week since he embarked on a “no caffeine, no dairy, low sugar & no carb after 4pm” diet. Guess what what effect it has produced? He has lost 5 kilos in one week! He should be dancing with joy, however, he is having none of it. Instead, he moans, ‘How long do I have to feel so bad?’ His system seems to be putting up an epic fight against the change, employing all sorts of symptoms, such as headache, muscle ache, constipation and sleep disturbance, begging him to go back to his old way.

Ever since he started this “detoxing journey,” I’ve been cooking every meal for him from scratch and finding the task a bit stressful but also fun. I always thought about “mindful eating” but never had enough motivation to practice it 24/7. Then, I was thrusted into it full-on. 

I’m cooking kabocha squash for him…

The squash is cooked with soy sauce, Japanese rice wine, mirin and honey. Hubbie loves it because the sweetness of the dish helps his craving for cakes and biscuits. 

Let’s hope he can shed more weight as well as migraine attacks in the coming weeks! Bring it on!!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Bu**er!

Ugh! Don’t you find it most infuriating when a WP app crashes and erases your post which is almost ready to publish with it? This is what exactly happened on me just now, and I have no energy or willpower to rewrite it again. Damn you, WP! 

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