Protein Content of Top 30 Plant-Based Foods

Have you ever wondered, “How much protein is there on my plate?” If so, you are definitely not alone. Often vegans and plant-based eaters are criticized for their perceived lack of adequate protein intake. The good news is that there are many protein-rich sources in the plant-based world, so those eating a variety of plant-based…

Brussels Sprouts

Fall and winter are a wonderful time for Brussels sprouts to feature prominently on family and holiday meal menus. Why? Because Brussels sprouts thrive in colder weather and it’s no wonder since its modern variety was cultivated a few hundred years ago in Belgium in Northern Europe. Contrary to its appearance, these sprouts are not…

Going Plant-Based: A Year In Review

This month, since it is the year end, I’m going to take a bit of time to look back and reflect. It’s hard to believe it’s already been a year since our family embarked on our transition to a plant-based diet. At first, the prospect seemed daunting because I was new to using plant-based foods…

What You SHOULDN’T Expect From Breastfeeding

I was debating whether to put this under the ‘Milk Milk Milk’ section or under the ‘You and Your Body’ section, but finally decided on the latter. This has much more to do with protecting your body from the possible long term effects of breastfeeding than on milk production. Read on ladies! Prolapsed Nipples. Yep,…

A New Breastfeeding Position: the “Bear Hug”

You’ve already heard or may have tried these common breastfeeding positions: Cross-Cradle Hold, Cradle Hold, Football Hold and Side-Lying Hold. I’ve tried all of them. But I ended up having to invent a new position basically out of necessity. I call this the “Frontal Hold” (or more affectionately known as the “Bear Hug”) position. Why?…

Should I Sterilize My Baby’s Bowl and Spoon?

A question I often get asked is, “Do I need to sterilize the baby bowls and spoons?” The answer is, “No.” In today’s germaphobic culture, there is often the pressure to want to sterilize everything, and sometimes the emphasis on sterilizing new baby bottles, teats and rings before first use when making infant formula doesn’t…

A Simple Way to Treat Cradle Cap

After moving back to the United States, I was surprised to find that there may be slightly different attitudes towards cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis) between pediatricians in Asia versus pediatricians in the States. My child’s pediatrician in the US seemed quite relaxed and unperturbed. He simply said the cradle cap may be present until one…