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Eating The Right Food

Dear Mummies, planning a confinement diet can be daunting. At ACM, we believe for every time you eat well, it is an opportunity to nourish your body. Confinement is an old practise, passed down through women across distance and time. Having it done right, it will ensure that you have the time and space to recuperate properly, which helps to keep postpartum depression at bay, as well as for you to provide the best nutrients for your newborn through lactation. This way, you can then enjoy your motherhood journey wholeheartedly.

Eating The
Right Food

Dear Mummies, planning a confinement diet can be daunting. At ACM, we believe for every time you eat well, it is an opportunity to nourish your body. Confinement is an old practise, passed down through women across distance and time. Having it done right, it will ensure that you have the time and space to recuperate properly, which helps to keep postpartum depression at bay, as well as for you to provide the best nutrients for your newborn through lactation. This way, you can then enjoy your motherhood journey wholeheartedly.

Foods to consume

  • Ginger – To remove “wind” from the body and lowers cholesterol levels.
  • Turmeric – Nutrient-rich with potassium, magnesium, fibre, vitamins, and exhibits anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Pork liver, trotters – Great source of iron content which new mothers need. High in collagen and protein with a myriad of benefits such as improved heart health and appearance.
  • Almonds – A healthy and convenient snack. Nuts like almonds are nutrient-dense with protein, fibre, vitamins and omega-3 acids.
  • Fish soup with papaya – Widely considered as one of the best foods to boost milk production, and is rich in antioxidants and vitamins.

Foods to avoid

  • Raw foods – New mothers have a weak digestive system and raw foods might upset the stomach and cause digestive problems.
  • Spicy foods – This can cause digestive issues, constipation or discomfort.
  • Oily foods – Foods that are very oily are high in calories and can be difficult to digest.

Our Ingredients

Organic Fresh Vegetables
To produce the finest dishes, we use only fresh organic vegetables which not only contain fewer pesticides, but are rich in nutrients such as vitamins, iron, and protein. For example, spinach is high in protein, fibre and iron content. Pumpkin will boost your immunity system and is particularly rich in vitamin A.
Beans, Seeds and Nuts
Beans, seeds and nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and healthy fats. Black beans for instance are high in fibre and contain antioxidants that can help to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of conditions like heart disease.
Kampong Chicken
Instead of regular chickens are fed with antibiotics-laced feed, kampong chickens are fed with the digestive enzyme Bromelain, extracted from premium MD2 Pineapple which allows for better absorption of nutrients. Kampong chickens also tend to have a nice firm texture and less fat content.
Healthier Oils
While we use less oil in our food, we also use healthier oils such as sesame, canola, and olive oil that contain healthy fats and help to lower the risks of diseases. For instance, olive oil is known to promote cardiovascular health and lower the risk of stroke and cancers.
Rice
Rice is a good source of fibre and carbohydrates that can help to lower cholesterol. Brown rice for example is a fantastic source of complex carbohydrates that promote fullness. It has a low glycemic index so it will not spike your blood sugar and insulin levels.

Our Library of Herbs

Adenophora Root 沙参 (Sha Shen)
It alleviates stomach yin deficiency, strengthens the “qi” in our body, and can help to treat coughs.
American Ginseng 花旗参 (Hua Qi Shen)
American ginseng is known to improve “qi” energy, regulate cholesterol and blood sugar levels while encouraging tranquility as it lowers stress levels. It is considered to be more “cooling” compared to the asian ginseng.
Asian Ginseng 人参 (Ren Shen)
The Asian ginseng in comparison to the American ginseng is more invigorating and revitalizes the body by nourishing the “qi” energy. It supports and strengthens the immune system and promotes healthy skin, in addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Astragalus 北芪 (Bei Qi)
It enhances the body’s immunity and revitalizes the “qi” energy. Being rich in antioxidants, it also supports the liver and cardiovascular health while slowing down the ageing process.
Basil 罗勒 (Luo Le)
Basil has strong antioxidant characteristics that can enhance the immune system and slow down the ageing process. Its essential oils can also boost milk lactation for breastfeeding mothers.
Bulbus Lilii 百合 (Bai He)
The bulbus lilii is known for its calming effects and can mitigate coughs and eliminate phlegm. It nourishes and supports the health of our heart and lungs.
Black Date 黑枣 (Hei Zao)
Its numerous benefits include regulating blood sugar levels, energy-boosting, providing strong support to the nervous and heart system with its low sodium and high potassium content. It also contains plenty of vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium, and magnesium which nourishes and strengthens the bones and hair.
Chinese Angelica Root 当归 (Dang Gui)
This plays a major role in supporting women’s health as it can alleviate menstrual cramps and certain menopausal symptoms. The herb cleanses the blood and increases its production and circulation which makes it essential postpartum. It also fights against inflammation and hypertension and has a calming effect.
Chinese Motherwort 益母草 (Yi Mu Cao)
This plays a major role in supporting women’s health as it can alleviate menstrual cramps and certain menopausal symptoms. The herb cleanses the blood and increases its production and circulation which makes it essential postpartum. It also fights against inflammation and hypertension and has a calming effect.
Codonopsis Root 党参 (Dang Shen)
This vitalizing herb strengthens the spleen and lungs and is beneficial for the respiratory and immune systems. It also promotes digestion, lowers blood pressure and helps with anemia by boosting the production of healthy red blood cells.
Chinese Yam / Dioscorea Polystachya 淮山 / 山药 (Huai Shan / Shan Yao)
It nourishes the blood, heart, spleen and helps with liver and kidney conditions. While it clears the arteries, it is also beneficial for the gastrointestinal system and digestion. It can alleviate menstrual cramps and menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes.
Cordyceps 冬虫夏草 (Dong Chong Xia Cao)
Cordyceps nourish the blood by relaxing its vessels, improving its circulation and lowering blood pressure. It also supports and strengthens the lungs and kidney while enhancing the immune system with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cordyceps Flower 虫草花 (Chong Cao Hua)
Cordyceps flower invigorates and strengthens the lungs, kidney and liver functions. In addition to its anti-ageing property, it can also boost and fortify the immune system.
Eucommia Bark 杜仲 (Du Zhong)
With its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, this herb promotes cardiovascular health by regulating blood pressure and preventing hypertension. It greatly supports the functions of the liver and kidney, and keeps the immune system strong. It also strengthens joints, bones, ligaments and tendons which thereby prevents chances of osteoporosis.
Fenugreek 葫芦巴 (Hu Lu Ba)
Fenugreek is known to promote milk lactation and flow which is highly beneficial for breastfeeding mothers. It regulates blood sugar levels, reduces unhealthy cholesterol in the body and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ganoderma Lucidum 灵芝 (Ling Zhi)
This herb vitalizes and replenishes the “qi” energy in the body while strengthening the immune system. It greatly facilitates the functions of the heart, lungs, kidney and liver, and has anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory properties. In addition to regulating blood pressure levels, it also exhibits calming effects and is beneficial against asthma.
Ginseng Root 人参根 (Ren Shen Gen)
Like ginseng, the ginseng root reinforces the “qi” energy in our body and strengthens the immune system.
Goji Berry / Wolfberry 枸杞 (Gou Qi)
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, nourish the liver and kidney, strengthen the immune system, and rejuvenate the skin. It is rich in antioxidants such as beta-carotene which is beneficial for the eyes.
Kudzu Root 粉葛 (Fen Ge)
The kudzu root nourishes and protects the functions of the liver and kidney. It also removes excess heat, clears toxic materials from the body and is believed to have anti-inflammatory properties and support cardiovascular health.
Longan 桂圆 (Gui Yuan)
This helps to maintain a good cardiovascular health as it stimulates the heart and has calming effects which improves general well-being. It invigorates the spleen, nourishes the blood and facilitates digestion.
Polygonum 何首乌 (He Shou Wu)
It vitalizes the body and regulates the flow of energy within which is said to improve general well-being. It also nourishes the kidney and blood while strengthening the bones and tendons. It is commonly known to promote the growth of healthy hair as well.
Red Date 红枣 (Hong Zao)
Like the black date, one of the many benefits of red date includes its high nutrition content as it is abundant in dietary fibre and antioxidants. Packed with Vitamin C, it enhances the body’s immune system, prevents hypertension, protects the liver and spleen. It also exhibits calming effects.
Red Glutinous Rice 红糟 (Hong Zao)
This reduces unhealthy cholesterol levels and strengthens cardiovascular health. As it can improve blood flow and discharge blood clots more effectively, it is beneficial for postpartum mothers for lochia discharge.
Solomonseal Rhizome 玉竹 (Yu Zhu)
This nourishing herb is known to improve lungs health by providing moisture to dry lungs which can cause dry coughs. It strengthens the stomach and the body’s immune system while exhibiting anti-inflammatory properties.
Szechuan Lovage Root 川芎 (Chuan Xiong)
This facilitates lochia discharge and soothes postpartum pain in the abdomen. It also promotes blood circulation and flow of the “qi” energy throughout the body while removing “wind” from the body.
Turmeric 姜黄 (Jiang Huang)
It is rich in nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, fibre, and vitamins. Its strong anti-inflammatory property makes it beneficial in a postpartum confinement diet.
Astragalus Root 黄芪 (Huang Qi)
The astragalus root strengthens the immune system, lungs, spleen, has antibiotic properties and is effective against kidney and heart conditions. It is also anti-inflammatory in nature.
There’s nothing like a well thought meal, freshly prepared daily for mothers’ to sufficiently rejuvenate and revitalize.
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