Monday, April 30, 2012

Confinement Food


New moms are advised to eat as much as possible according to traditional Chinese confinement practices. After reading many many articles from websites, newspapers and magazines, I can conclude that it is not necessary to eat that much during confinement period because what new moms really need is a BALANCED DIET to help in recovery. Instead of eating more, it is better to eat good quality food. If you eat more than what you need, it will end up giving you extra pounds and even change your eating habit.


I'm definitely not that kind of new mom that can finish eating one chicken a day. Rice wine chicken for 30days is also a absolutely NO NO for me. According to the diet practice of Taiwanese, you are advised to take light, less oily and easily digested food for the first 14 days after delivery.



Okay, just to share with you all on the things to prepare before delivery.


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Soft cotton mamma confinement shoes. I think socks are not good enough especially when walking on the floor in an air-conditioned room. Super love this pair of sweet and comfortable shoes.


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So Hup pills are well known for dispelling wind from body



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Sheng Hua Tang helps in excretion of lochia



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Soup


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Chicken essence


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Brown rice


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Ginger, the most important ingredient in every dish


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Some of the traditional Chinese herbs


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Liquor and wine


Everyone is aware of the benefits of a properly prepared confinement meal but not everyone can actually prepare it properly and deliciously. And I was so lucky to get a confinement lady who can tasty delicious confinement food.



HERE'S MY CONFINEMENT FOOD! Really miss all these taste so much.



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Steamed chicken with ginger. Tasted super nice.


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Steamed fish with ginger.


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Stir fried meat balls with mushroom 


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Stir fried fish with wine


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Stir fried fish with shredded ginger


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Braised pork knuckle with black vinegar


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Typical rice wine chicken


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Sesame oil chicken


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Pan-fried minced meat patties


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Steamed chicken with angelica and boxthorn fruit


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Stir-Fried Pork with Ginger and Black Fungus


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Pan fried chicken with black pepper


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Braised potato with chicken


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Steamed chicken with rice wine and herbs

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Stir-fried broccoli with chicken and rice wine

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Stir fried sweet potato leaves with shredded ginger


My confinement period was relaxing and yet torturing. I was like a QUEEN during the precious one month period. No work, no stress. I really enjoyed being served by people. But the cons are no outing and no hair wash.


Speaking of no hair wash during confinement, I found many experts' advice on this and many concluded that hair wash is permitted after 14 days provided you blow dry your hair immediately after washing it with hot water with special herbs. Is it a good news to all the moms-to-be?


I hate those traditional Chinese taboos honestly. But I gotta follow the fundamental one to ensure I regain my health. According to the traditional Chinese physician, air-cond room is definitely NO NO for me because my body is weak and wind will easily get into my body which will cause a lot of health problem when I grow old. Sigh..... This is the sacrifice of being a mum.


All moms-to-be, please remember that, what may work for one, may not work for another.


11 comments:

  1. Lots of good healthy food.....

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  2. My confinement period is coming.. I hope the confinement lady knows a lots about these and can cook me nutritious food! hehe ;)

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  3. All look so yummy! :D

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  4. Anonymous10:31 AM

    hi, can I hv the contact of your confinement lady. Thanks.

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  5. wow, ur confinement lady is a good cook. U r so lucky.

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  6. 谢谢分享,你的坐月餐很有道理,我也认为不要一味的吃补不停,到最后是增重很多kg而不是补回身子,哈哈哈!

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  7. Hayley: Hope you enjoy the confinement food!

    ~珊姑娘~: 除了要补,最重要是营养均衡哦

    Anonymous: I'm the last customer to my confinement lady. She's no longer in this field... so sorry ya

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  8. I love ur confinement shoes. May I know where did u buy them?

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  9. Inn: I bought the shoes in China.

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  10. Hi Carrie,

    another question. I saw you have a lot beautiful maternity dress and shirt. May i know where you buy? Online?


    Thank you
    Regards,
    Michelle

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  11. 米雪猪: I bought those dresses in boutique. And mostly are not maternity wear. Just the cutting/design of the dress is loose.

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