As the month of love comes to an end, we wanted to remind you that showing yourself some love will always be necessary. You can gift yourself a little self-love every night with a calming cup of tea, relaxing aromatherapy oil, or even a soothing scented candle – anything that will help you press pause and indulge in some quality me-time.

We also wanted to share our self-care must-haves with you! Treat yourself to a well-deserved break with these small gifts from some of our favourite local brands:

 

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A soothing blend, this herbal tea promotes relaxation, helps reduce stress and anxiety, and improves sleep.

 

 

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Lavender, Clary Sage, Peppermint – this is the perfect combination for deep relaxation, as well as the relief of headaches.

 

 

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This night serum will have you waking up with glowing skin thanks to its exfoliating AHA and collagen-boosting Vitamin C ingredients.

 

 

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A refreshing blend of eucalyptus, mint and lavender, lighting this candle will help put your mind at ease after a long, stressful day.

 

 

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This heart-shaped rose quartz gua sha stone evokes the spirit of self-love – use it give yourself a relaxing facial massage with your go-to oils.

We’ve all been there – scrolling through our phones with our eyes barely open after a long day of work. Another busy day awaits us in only a few hours, but we fight to stay awake for some well-deserved me time. Our jam-packed schedules show that these late-night hours are finally our time to relax, but this isn’t self-care – it’s actually an unhealthy form of procrastination. Self-care is supposed to leave us feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, but by doing this, we end up feeling even more depleted the next day. This self-sabotaging behaviour is called Revenge Bedtime Procrastination

Revenge Bedtime Procrastination is a common occurrence among busy parents or caregivers, overworked students or employees, and people with anxiety or poor time management skills. It’s their way of ‘getting revenge’ for not having time for themselves during the day. They prioritise me time over sleep time for a sense of freedom and control. We all deserve a break, but these pauses should help us restore our energy not contribute to our burnout. Here’s how you can break this bad bedtime habit:

  1. Set a sleep time
    As adults, we’re recommended to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. Set a bedtime and a wake up time that meets this goal, and stick to this schedule as much as possible.
  2. Establish a wind down routine
    You should be getting ready for sleep at least an hour before bedtime. Avoid using any devices during this time, and instead engage in more relaxing activities, such as reading, meditating, journaling or listening to a podcast.
  3. Take breaks during the day
    When planning your day, don’t forget to schedule in time for breaks. Keep them short, around 15 to 20 minutes excluding meal times, but also make them frequent after short bursts of work, around 50 to 90 minutes.

We should be getting at least 8 hours of sleep a night in order to function at our optimal level. Not enough sleep can affect your overall health, so focus on setting boundaries and breaks during the day itself. You’ll also be able to experience control and freedom, while still feeling renewed and focused, by planning your time properly.

Don’t worry, a healthy relationship with food isn’t another diet. It’s actually going against diet culture by developing a positive attitude towards eating. As Malaysians, how can we not love food? We have a variety of mouth-watering cuisines to indulge in, but does it still count as enjoyment if we feel bad afterwards?

Unfortunately, we all have beaten ourselves up for eating in a way that society says is ‘too much’ or unhealthy. As drool-worthy as our dishes may be, most of us look at our food with fear (even when we’re snapping a pic of it). It’s this fear of judgement, and the guilt that follows after, that’s unhealthy. 

A healthy relationship with food allows you to listen to your own feelings, cravings and needs, instead of external (and totally unfair) ‘rules’. Developing this relationship does take conscious effort. We’ve asked Nutrivin, a platform run by soon-to-be dietitian, Jane Chong, for some advice on how to feel at peace with food:

 

What does it mean to have a healthy relationship with food?

“It’s not about the types of food you eat or the quality of your diet, but rather why you choose the foods you eat. Besides getting nourishment from food, you’re also connecting to different cultures and people, exploring new food and finding joy in them.”

 

Why is it important?

“It’s so common for us to comment on the food we or others eat, that it’s considered ‘normal’ or socially acceptable. This is actually a vicious cycle that can be damaging to a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. When we have a healthy relationship with food, it relieves this stress and anxiety around eating.”

 

What is considered a bad relationship with food?

“Not giving yourself permission to eat. For example, you follow strict diets or feel the need to ‘make up’ for eating unhealthy food. When you restrict yourself from eating, you end up ignoring your body’s hunger cues. You may do this because you’re afraid of being judged.”

 

How can we improve our eating habits?

“By improving your eating experience. Find out what would satisfy your body and mind. Practice mindful eating to truly enjoy your food – you can do this by engaging all your senses and eating without any distractions. This will help you appreciate food better and develop a more positive attitude towards eating.”

 

Please do not blame yourself for your eating behaviors – diet culture has dictated how we should eat for far too long. Start by being kinder to yourself and paying attention to your body’s wants and needs. You’ll soon begin to feel what it really means to enjoy food and eating!

Follow Nutrivin on Instagram for more advice on nutrition, health, body image and wellbeing.

Did you know that in Malaysia:

These are the dire consequences of undetailed sexual health education. 

In a society such as ours, sexual health isn’t counted as physical health – it’s a subject that’s actually avoided. Youths are taught the very bare necessities, leaving too much room for misinformation. This has caused many to make harmful decisions, including baby dumping, having teenage pregnancies, and spreading sexually-transmitted infections.

It has become crucial for us to openly start acknowledging sexual health in order to protect our physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as others’. But how do we turn this taboo topic, which continuously sparks criticism, into a positive dialogue? 

We asked Jasmine King (a sex positive advocate, speaker and sexual health educator), for her advice on breaking the stigma and normalising conversations around sex. She currently does this on her Instagram page, Jas Explains, where she promotes sexual empowerment by creating educational content, sparking important conversations and sharing sex positive resources.

What exactly is sexual health?

According to WHO, sexual health is the “positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence”. In ensuring everyone receives adequate sexual health, it is important for us to have:

Simply put, sexual health encompasses everything that is connected to our sexual wellbeing, whether it be reproduction, relationships, laws and reforms, or diseases and dysfunctions.

 

What are the common misconceptions Malaysians have about sexual health?

A common one would probably be that sexual health is only about sex and the health of our reproductive organs, but it spans beyond that. It’s about health and rights, as well as the social aspect of sex. This encompasses our reproductive health and rights, sexual relationships, knowledge and education, diseases and dysfunctions, sexual violence like harassment or abuse, and harmful practices like female genital mutilation.

 

Why is it so important?

It’s important because sexual health is an aspect of our health, and despite the taboo and stigma that’s attached to it, it’s still very much important for us to educate ourselves on it – despite being married or not, young or old. Usually sexual health is only prioritized when couples want to start a family or when something traumatic happens like abuse/harassment.

 

How can we overcome sexual shame as a society?

A first big step to overcoming sexual shame is to first of all educate ourselves. We need to unlearn years of education and beliefs, which are masked by layers of taboo, stigma and shame, and relearn everything again from the start. By relearning and normalizing the conversation, we are then able to provide a safe space to educate others and receive without judgement.

 

As individuals, what are the benefits of overcoming sexual shame?

It releases us from some of the shame, judgement and fear that we carry. Sex and our bodies are a normal and healthy part of our lives and should be treated with respect, instead of disgust and shame. By allowing ourselves to overcome shame, we would be able to fully embrace our sexual and sensual side instead of fearing them.

 

What does it mean to be sex positive?

Someone who is sex positive values consent, communication, education that allows people to make informed choices about their bodies, and pleasure. They respect and do not judge those who consensually practise diverse sexuality and gender expressions.

 

As sex is a religious stigma here, how can we promote a more sex positive culture?

We can do this by not focusing so much on the term ‘sex’ and changing the language to make it more accessible and neutral for everyone. Hence why, sex education is also known as ‘comprehensive sexuality education (CSE)’ and sex positivity is also referred to as ‘positive sexuality’. Changing the language as well as acknowledging that it’s more than just about sex can promote a more sex positive culture. CSE covers an array of topics which includes:

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For more information on sexual health, tune into Jasmine’s podcast, I Wish Someone Told Me, to hear stories by Asians, or those living in Asia, on gender, sexuality, dating, intimacy and sexual empowerment. You can also follow @iwishthepod and @jasexplains on Instagram for more sex positive content and resources!

Galentine’s Day may look different this year, but it doesn’t have to feel any less special! Even with dinner off the table, you can still dress your best for a fabulous Zoom call to celebrate your fave friends. Show your pals some love with handmade and heartfelt gifts – think of it as a socially-distanced hug and the perfect reminder that you’re still there for them!

We’ve found 8 TikTok tutorials to provide you with some Galentine’s Day #giftspo:

@samishomeTried making candles for the first time! Let’s make 2021 bright 🕯#homemade #candle #candletok #diy♬ midnight sun – Ramzoid


Beach holidays may be on hold right now, but you can still bring the vibes to your best travel buddies with these adorable shell candles! Mix together a tropical scent (fruity like the pina coladas you would sip), and have them light it up during sunset.

 

@ellena.10She do be bending candles doe #bendingcandles #candle♬ pretty girl – ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ

These candles are too cool to light! You’ve probably seen them all over Instagram, adding a pop of colour to dressing tables and bookshelves. Pick their favorite colours and twist them into fun shapes!

 

@interhiorsDIY modern art decor 💓 pt 2 coming soon! #tiktokmalaysia #diy #paint #interhiors♬ Steven Universe – L.Dre

You don’t have to be artistically inclined for this one – pull out your paints and just doodle for some fabulous wall pieces. Since they’re abstract, they’re simple enough for anyone to try! You can find more ideas on Pinterest.

 

@interhiorsDIY Pampas using a broom!? Idea from @manaff_maspur ✨ #diypampas #pampas #tiktokmalaysia♬ YRN (tik tok) – Tyler April

These will perfectly complement your modern wall art decor, as well as add a soft, natural touch to any space. Instagram has been digging the classic vintage vibe it exudes – making it the perfect prop for photos!

 

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Face masks have become essential, but they don’t have to be boring! Jazz up a plain white face mask with tie dye – a trend that’ll never go away. It allows you to unleash your creativity with bold colors or pastel feels.

 

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Scrunchies, on the other hand, are a trend that’s come back as wristwear. Create a cute matching set for your bestie, with a tie dye scrunchie and face mask, to help accessorize their fave loungewear looks!

 

@samishomePrada keychain flip. Turning a vintage find into 3 necklaces 🌟 #diy♬ Drake GREECE Slowed L.Dre Remix – L.Dre

You don’t need pricy designer pendants to make a statement piece, just grab anything cute and shiny, and put it on a chunky necklace. What about making matching friendship necklaces with pendants that best represent each other?

 

@tiffoodsReply to @caleb_sungaa Matcha cookies 🍵 #fyp #matcha #matchacookies #foodtiktok #foodie♬ drivers license x ocean eyes – carneyval

Sometimes, the way to our heart is simply through our stomachs. Fill up your friends’ hearts, and stomachs, with these yummy matcha cookies! Cut them into fun shapes to accentuate the cute color. 

We now have more time than ever to make heartfelt gifts for our loved ones. If you’ve been stressed and anxious, handmade gifts can also help with your mental health. They go easy on your budget as well. Happy creating!

 

Whenever we introduce ourselves as a wellness website, we’re thought to cover yoga and meditation and positivity, but that’s not wellness – it’s a very narrow area, which has been so commercialized that it distracts from the true definition of wellness: “the quality or state of being healthy in body and mind, especially as the result of deliberate effort”. Not toxic positivity or veganism only, but a realistic balance of activities that satisfy both our minds and bodies.

Mental wellness has us paying attention to our needs and feelings, and physical wellness has us eating intuitively and exercising regularly, but what about sexual wellness? After all, it does involve both our emotional and physical wellbeing. JamuGlo, a herbal beverage brand founded by Atika Suhaimi and her husband, Mohamed, aims to shift the taboo surrounding this dimension of wellness. 

What is sexual wellness?

“Sex is not just intercourse to begin with – it is related to our overall inner health. It’s the relationship we have with ourselves, how comfortable we are in our own skin, and a direct measurement of how connected we are to our partners.”

Atika has been an avid jamu-drinker her entire life and wanted to share the benefits she’s experienced from the traditional healing aid, but with a modern twist. The 100% organic, gluten-free juices boost sexual health and highlight the brand’s belief that intimacy starts from within.

“Prioritizing our sexual wellness does not mean you have to talk about sex, immediately have sex, or even be sexually active – asexuals aren’t easily driven by sexual desires. It’s all about accepting yourself, and understanding your own sexual wellbeing.”

How can we break the stigma surrounding sexual wellness?

“In Malaysia, the challenge we have been facing is to educate and create awareness regarding sexual wellness, as well as change the way people see it other than the way sex has been portrayed in the media or pornography.”

Our society fears that sex education will encourage sex, but in reality, the lack of sex education has caused a dangerously innacurate and unhealthy understanding of sex and sexuality. This barrier of shame and embarrassment that exists around sexual wellness has harmed relationships, the overall wellbeing of individuals, and their general quality of life. It prevents people from making informed choices for safe and fulfilling sexual experiences and relationships.

“We are on a mission to push and elevate women’s lifestyles by truly educating and empowering them to embrace their own sexual wellness. This gives them the chance to be enlightened, and hopefully connect better with their loved ones, and even with themselves. We’re doing this by bringing back the traditional superfoods of our ancestors, but for the modern woman – we’ve made it lighter and more drinkable!”

What is jamu?

“Jamu is a traditional medicine from Indonesia for overall health. It is predominantly a herbal drink made from natural materials, like roots, herbs, flowers, seeds.”

What are the benefits of your drinks?

Kencur Juice

De-tox

When should it be consumed?

“We highly recommend consuming our juices on a daily basis, with De-tox consumed in the morning before or after breakfast (after breakfast if you suffer from gastric), and the Kencur Juice consumed in the evening.

We must stress that it is important to be consistent in your journey with us. Compared to modern medicine, the effects may take a bit longer to show, but their benefits remain substantially longer in your system.”

Who should avoid consuming it?

“Those who are menstruating, pregnant, or hold current medical conditions or illnesses. If you are on any medication, please consult your doctor before consuming our juices as the chemicals may not mix well with natural herbs.”

How should it be stored?

“As all our juices are naturally made, carefully pasteurised, and contain no artificial preservatives, we highly recommend keeping them chilled. They may be kept under normal fridge temperatures for up to 2 weeks (14 days), or stored frozen in your freezer for a period of 3 months (90 days).

A typical jamugloer would purchase between four to eight bottles at a time, leaving their first 2 bottles of Kencur juice and De-tox in the fridge, and the remainder in the freezer.”

Learn more about Jamuglo and join them on their mission to shift the taboo surrounding intimacy by following them on Instagram!

If you’re interested in purchasing their juices, check out their Valentine’s Day promo below: 

Buy 4 or more bottles, between the 2nd and 9th of February, to get a free bouquet of flowers! Your package will be delivered on Valentine’s Day itself for the perfect dose of self-love and an opportunity to reconnect with your loved ones. Order now.

 

The hardest part of working out is showing up, but that changed when we began working out at home – the hardest part became starting. It was easy to get motivated at spin classes and running clubs, but at home, the lack of energy and readily-available equipment makes for an excuse to not workout.

You can still enjoy a (safe) group workout or get the help of a trainer through Zoom, but with the right equipment – you can do your own sweat-inducing exercises at any time. From living room essentials to easy-to-do moves, we asked Coach Kyrie, a strength and conditioning coach at District 13, for his recommendations and advice when it comes to working out at home:

 

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What equipment do we need to set up our own home gyms?

I believe we only need 3 to 4 pieces of equipment to really maximize our home workout sessions:

  1. A yoga mat – this helps create the surface area you need with the right grip, support and cushioning with the right thickness, so invest in a good yoga mat!
  2. If strength training is your thing, then adjustable dumbbells are definitely an essential to have at home with you. They don’t take up a lot of space and are sufficient enough to get that strength in.
  3. A good jump rope is one of the best investments you can make, especially when you’re unable to move regularly and get your steps in on a daily basis. Personally, it’s a good alternative to get your steps in and also improve your cardiovascular exercise. The best part about it is that it doesn’t require much space! 
  4. Lastly, a pull up bar – they fit in most door frames without taking away too much space in your lovely home, and it’s easy to put away when not in use. It’s definitely a game changer if you’re looking to get your first ‘pull up’ at home!

If we can’t get the equipment, are there any household items we can use instead?

For sure! Need a kettlebell? Fill up a backpack with some books / magazines, and you’ve got yourself a homemade kettlebell. Looking for something heavier? Try using a gas cylinder! What about a dumbbell? Pick up large laundry detergent bottles. If those are too heavy for you, you can use soup cans as small weights.

When there’s a will, there’s always a way! One of our most experienced members at the gym took it to the next level by filling up two pails of water and using a broomstick to simulate an olympic weightlifting movement. That’s dedication! There are plenty of ways to get creative when using household items for your workout, but the most important factor to consider when using them as equipment would be safety.

 

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As a fitness coach, what are your favorite home workouts to do? 

I love my Olympic weightlifting setup at home! I am lucky to be living in a house with a decent amount of space on the porch to store my equipment – such as my barbell, plates, squat rack, and rubber floor mats. 

You were previously an indoor-cycling coach at Cycology. For those who are used to spin classes, but don’t have their own bike, what similar exercises can they do?

I just had this conversation with my coach a couple of days ago – on how to simulate the same stimulus of being on the bike if you don’t have a bike at home. You definitely can’t simulate the feeling of riding on a spin bike, off the spin bike. It’s like asking someone to practice their pedalling skills on the bike without having a bike. It would be best to work on exercises that could improve your riding performance on the bike, such as glute and core strengthening exercises!

 

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Personally, how do you find the motivation to workout at home?

I used to believe that you need motivation to do anything, but then I realised, how am I supposed to look for motivation every single day for 365 days? My advice to everyone out there is to start with understanding what your goal is when it comes to working out at home. The next step would be to have a plan of how you’re going to execute it. Thirdly, action. With action, motivation will automatically kick in and more motivation will flow once you slowly achieve those goals.

What’s your go-to pre-workout snack and post-workout drink?

I consume dates as a pre-workout snack. Post workout drink would be coconut water – nature’s best electrolyte!

 

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As a former competitive athlete (Kyrie was a state volleyball player representing Selangor, an amateur competitive cyclist representing Reclaim Sports, and an amateur CrossFit athlete under Reebok Malaysia), what empowered you to become an instructor?

Helping others in need work towards self development on an individual and global scale. 

If you need assistance in setting up a home gym, an online home program or nutrition, you can email Kyrie or drop him a message on Instagram!

 

 

With the many restaurants at our fingertips, it can be tempting to cave in to our cravings. Greasy pizzas and burgers, sugary cakes and cookies – yes, they make us happy, but it’s only temporary. In reality, these foods make us feel sluggish and invite other physical problems.

To look and feel our best, we need to begin from within. It can be as simple as eating well! With the right nutrients, we’ll be able to have a stronger body and clearer mind, as well as thicker hair, healthier nails, and glowing skin.

What’s even better news is that every single nutrient we need as humans can be found in non-animal sources. From protein and healthy fats to essential vitamins and minerals, we’ve curated the ultimate plant-based grocery list to help you thrive this Veganuary and in the months after!

Grocery Shopping List

Vegetables

Fruits

Protein

Whole Grains

Healthy Fats

Others

Building Your Plate

After crossing grocery shopping off your list, it’s time to pick, mix and put together your nourishing meals.

The Harvard School of Public Health recommends filling the plate with:

If you’re planning to go vegan long-term, you are usually advised to take vitamin B12 supplements and get your daily dose of vitamin D from the sun. Please consult your doctor first for personalized medical advice.

Now that you have your diet down, remember to also hydrate with plenty of water, sleep 7-9 hours a night, and stay active for all-round health and happiness!

We’ve been working from home for almost a year now, shifting our offices from the bed to the dining table and the couch. Now you can add yoga mat to the mix! Upgrade your at-home workouts to a side hustle with MOVE – a fitness video sharing platform that allows users to monetise their content. As studio doors open and close, owners and instructors have made themselves at home on the platform, along with fit-fluencers and enthusiasts, to share uplifting content and support each other. What’s more motivating is that you don’t have to have any experience to get in on the action! MOVE provides a safe, judgement-free environment for fitness and social interaction. Here’s how you can join them on their mission to inspire more active lifestyles:

What is MOVE?

MOVE is the world’s first dedicated video sharing platform for fitness. MOVE aims to become THE platform to watch, as well as upload original user-generated content and uplift the fitness community more holistically. Our mission is to motivate, support, inspire and empower others wherever they are in their fitness journey. From videos on demand to livestreams, USERs and MOVERs can interact with one another, as well as gift REP$ – our currency which can be cashed out.

How much does it cost?

It’s completely FREE. Users can tune in, watch and workout, as well as upload their own content without any payment. If anything, they’re able to earn money!

What equipment do users require?

To date, most of the workouts uploaded by our MOVERS do not require any equipment. A few incorporate light dumbbells, resistance bands etc. but if you have a yoga mat handy, you’re pretty much good to go.

How experienced must you be to share your videos on MOVE?

Zero requirements as long as it’s fitness content. Certified instructors may use MOVE to educate, while budding instructors can practice teaching or recording their workout videos. Others who are not looking to teach can also share workout progress videos to gain feedback from others, or simply to record their own fitness journey.

What sets it apart from other online fitness platforms?

Community. As all our videos are user-generated and uploaded by content creators – MOVERs, this creates a safe and encouraging environment for those who are looking to workout, share their workouts, or even kickstart their fitness journey. The platform also provides the flexibility to work out anywhere and anytime — there’s always something for everyone. No charges apply unless you want to reward a MOVER for their contribution.

How can users motivate themselves to workout at home?

A key tip would be to share a video with a friend or family member and workout together. Recording and uploading their workouts to MOVE also allows them to track their progress, gain feedback from other viewers and also motivate others who are on their fitness journeys as well!

Sign up now for a free account and receive 300 REP$ to gift any MOVER!
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Social media has fashion moving faster than ever! And that’s not a good thing.

You’ve probably seen the term ‘fast fashion’ plastered all over social media, but what is it exactly? Fast fashion can be described as inexpensive, mass produced clothing designed to meet the latest trends.

With Instagram and Pinterest taking over magazines and catalogs as the place to find #outfitinspo, clothing brands are constantly having to keep up with the fast-changing trends churned out by these sites. Have you ever noticed how everything the Kardashians wear is already available to wear just a few days after they press post – at only a fraction of the price?!

These high speeds, and low prices, have caused a huge problem with pollution, waste and human rights abuses. As the issues become more pressing, many consumers, and brands, have become more conscious about their fashion choices – keeping an eye out for sustainable, as well as ethical, alternatives that benefit the planet, people and animals.

One of these brands is Love, Light, Lemons – a local charity initiative with the intention to curate sustainable products while continuously uplifting the lives of communities in need. Founded in 2017 by writer and yoga instructor, Raisa Gabrielli, they’ve offered the public sustainable products, from candles to now activewear, that benefit different charities each year.

Why should you choose their activewear? Well, for starters, its made from 100% organic cotton (GOTS certified) and sewn by refugees under UNHCR. Not to mention, their designs are super cute, just like the animals at their current beneficiary, The Strays of Shah Alam.

The brand aims to raise awareness on the impact of fast fashion, as well as the unfair treatment of refugees in Malaysia by providing a sustainable and ethically made alternative to consumers. Those who purchases these pieces will be supporting the production of 100% organic cotton over modified cotton (which has led to environmental degradation, and even deaths within Indian farming communities), and avoid wearing clothing made with plastic.

When it comes to reducing the negative impact of fast fashion, we all have the power and ability to make responsible choices. Play your part by supporting fair brands who strive to make a positive impact. This can help influence the industry to become more sustainable and ethical!

During the last lockdown, did you experience cooking burnout? Even those who once enjoyed creating in the kitchen found themselves stressed and burned out from having to solely rely on their own efforts. We used to be able to grab coffee and lunch, which conveniently fit into our busy schedules. Now we have to squeeze in the time for grocery shopping, preparation, cooking, and cleaning up.

Having said that, eating healthy at home does not have to be difficult and time-consuming when there are prepared meal deliveries you can simply store in your freezer. All you have to do is heat them up! Not only will it save you time and money, but you’ll also get to plan and control your portions – developing a healthier relationship with food. Here are 8 local meal prep delivery services to help you eat with ease:

  1. DietMonsta

 

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DietMonsta offers a wide range of protein options, as well as no carb, muscle gain and performance meal plans. Their ‘Blackbox’ meals also come with a variety of delicious sides and flavours for their proteins. Reheating these meals only take about 6 minutes, and they can be stored in the freezer for a month.

  1. Meals In Minutes

 

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Meals In Minutes provides halal ready-to-cook meals that can be customised. They use all-natural ingredients, are precisely portioned, and can be cooked Sous Vide style – perfect for those who don’t own a microwave! There are several mouth-watering proteins to choose from, including butter parsley prawns, burgers, and Thai lime fish.

  1. CauliHeathyFood

 

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CauliHealthyFood offers halal frozen meal preps that are catered for different diets. Their menus change every week, and their packages come in both weekly and monthly options. Reheating takes less than 2 minutes, and their meals can be kept in the freezer for about 2 months.

  1. Medofu

 

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Value-for-money fitness meals can be found at Medofu! Talapia, Dory fish, and salmon – these are just some of the tasty protein packs available. They also offer a wide array of carbohydrates and sauces to be paired with the proteins.

  1. Fitbox Meals

 

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FitBox Meals offers healthy meal plans that help you reach your fitness goals! Customise your meal packages according to your preferences, and enjoy dishes such as pasta with salmon fillet, Dory curry with brown rice, oats with berries, and more.

  1. Chunky Monkeys

 

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Keto-friendly, low-carb, and halal meal preps can be found at Chunky Monkeys. Be spoiled for choice with their wide variety of healthy meals, like shrimp and caulimash, nasi lemak sambal udang made with caulirice, and loaded caulimash with cheese and bacon bits.

  1. HeavenEat

 

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Healthy meals can be heavenly too with HeavenEat! The chickens used contain no antibiotics or hormones, and no MSG or preservatives are used in any of their meals either. Their chicken breast comes in four different flavours – classic, pesto, spicy mala, and hot paprika. You also have the option to pan-fry or grill the chicken.

  1. Tear N Eat

 

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This is for those who need a truly on-the-go meal! Tear N Eat offers chicken breast protein packs that can be conveniently eaten anywhere. Like their name suggests, just tear and eat your chicken from the packet after reheating it. It comes in so many fun flavours like Sichuan Ma La, Chinese herbs, BBQ, and more.

With these healthy deliveries, you don’t have to sweat about meal prep when you’re stuck at home anymore!

 

Licensed hair stylist, Zach of Zig Zach KL, shares how scalp care is key to healthy hair.

Have you noticed more hair on the floor that can’t be blamed on the cat? This time you’re the one shedding and it may be related to stress. Yup, another pandemic side effect caused by the stress and anxiety we’ve had to endure these past few months. How do we get to the root of this problem? Literally – by taking care of our scalp.

Scalp care is crucial to hair care. You can’t have healthy hair without having a healthy, clean scalp. But what we tend to forget when we’re scrubbing our scalps is that it is skin, and should be treated as well as we take care of our face. When your scalp is strong and healthy, it will be able to retain more hair. With the uncertainty we’ve been facing causing hair loss in many, we asked Zach how we can start giving our scalps the attention it deserves.

  1. Stop using hot water! That doesn’t mean you have to give up the comfort of a hot shower, simply make the water warmer when it comes to your hair – hot water strips it of moisture and essential oils.
  2. If you can, use cold water instead to seal the moisture in your hair. This will hydrate your scalp and prevent dirt from entering it by closing the pores. You’ll also get a good energy boost!
  3. Check your shampoo labels – believe it or not, some contain harmful chemicals. Avoid sulphates, chemical fragrances and Parabens as they cause hair loss.
  4. Oily hair needs to be washed daily to keep the scalp clean and healthy. When your scalp is too oily, it can form a fungus that will leave it feeling itchy and flaky.
  5. For those who dye their own hair, make sure the colour doesn’t contain ammonia, peroxide or paraphenylenediamine (PPD). Most use a combination of these, which are harmful to your hair and scalp.
  6. Internally, you can start consuming vitamin A or multivitamins, but do consult your doctor first. Vitamin A is known for increasing hair growth and keeping your scalp healthy.

Get more advice from Zach here and follow him on Instagram for the latest looks.