Welcome. Haere Mai. Ahlan Wasahlan. Selamat Datang.
Firstly, who is the brain behind Slice Of Torch Ginger (SOTG)? A health and fitness enthusiast who from her young age has an enduring passion for food in all its glories and fascinating aspects: eating, creating, entertaining and sharing. Being avid traveller, nomadic and global expat taught her to appreciate diverse blend of culture delicious dish can offer and be adventurous in experimenting new cuisines. Shuttling between Dubai and her new base in Singapore, SoTG draws around expat experience mixing well her recovered memories, excitement and discovery of new location.
Why and what is SOTG? A blog in sharing passion for full-flavour, well-balanced healthy food, living well and active living. Aside from demonstrating versatile recipes that can be enjoyed from vegans to omnivores alike, SOTG bring thoughtful platform of writing on area of interests; food ethics, farm-to-table, organic produce, culinary discoveries, travel and fitness. In addition, SOTG will document journey of life continuous improvement with aim to inspire and take charge – learning new things, living fully, and taking new challenges.
Aside from food, what else will be in this blog? Health and fitness related with focus on running and participation in various races (trail and ultra mainly), as well as travel and lifestyle in general.Recommendations, tips, product and gears review including interviews with inspiring individuals are other coverage areas.
With regards to food journey, have I always eaten this way? No. Back in 2002, my very important household member has being diagnosed with gout in his early 20s. It was excruciatingly pain on the toe joint that caused difficulty in walking. Gout is a disorder that involves abnormal metabolisms of uric acid. Sedentary lifestyle and cooking style were the culprit. This was a turning point in the way I cook: the ‘how’ and ‘what’. It was also a reminder on the concept of ‘input’ and ‘output’ in food consumption that is to burn it by regular work out – which admittedly was neglected at the time.
Fast forward to today, my relationship with food had gradually taken me to experience various series of changes and diets; minimise refined carb, sugar, salt, and trans fat, finding sugar substitute, going low carb and fat, reducing meat consumption, plant base, gluten free, and paleo. To me it is a relationship worth ‘going to’ for intimacy as I felt my overall wellness improved. Central to all of the discovery is how much I enjoy cooking with natural and nutrient densed ingredients, less processed, less preservatives and simply, back to basic.
Since September 2012, I had flourished as an ultra-runner (ultra being any distance beyond 42.2km). This has further impacted the way I consume food – in way of food for fuel and hydration to maximise athletic performance. I learned that I am not simply what I eat, rather I am what my body absorb. Eating for digestive efficiency to get the gut work in harmony become important for my performance and wellbeing.
What is SOTG philosophy? Holistic, sustainable, big picture approach in eating and healthy lifestyle with 80/20 rules work best for me. Eat and live with an eye on balance, moderation and practicality. What I develop is a conscious eating by asking myself: what are the consequences of eating this. I won’t say no to a piece of red velvet cake home bake by a dear friend, a croissant for breakfast when in Paris, a piece of dark chocolate post workout treat, or that ‘must’ have fizzy drink during grueling long run.
As for the name of this blog? The inspiration came from a unique pink flower bud of a torch ginger plant – a rare find in countries I lived in the past two decades. The aromatic fragrance, the surprising flavour and the magical taste common in the South East Asia cuisine.The long-stemmed flower resemblance a torch define the essence of this blog – to ignite, inflame and kindle a healthy way of life.
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Why wait? Look forward to active inspiration, healthy, abundance of wholefood and gastronomically rewarding future.
Live to thrive.