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Why I loved visiting Cambodia, a tourism hot spot

betty ming liu Travel 9 Comments

Cambodia is a tiny country with incredible ancient ruins, brutal politics and really good food. Visiting here taught me so much about being human — and having hope. I went into this poor nation of 15 million people totally ignorant of its history. Turns out it consistently ranks on top-10 tourism lists for its huge, sprawling temples that date back 900 …

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10 days in Vietnam changes my life

betty ming liu Inspiration, Travel 14 Comments

Our mother-daughter dream vacation just wrapped up 10 days in Vietnam. The trip made memories that bonded us as adult buddies for life. How marvelous to have a 21-year-old adult child who is now one of my best friends. And the trip isn’t over yet! Vietnam offered us everything from nature and incredible eats to military history. Gabi and I kayaked …

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Cauliflower steak recipe with chef Peter Berley #vegan

betty ming liu Food 9 Comments

All hail the star of my Thanksgiving feast: the lowly cauliflower. Rise up, you lumpy, white cruciferous. Dazzle us with your transformation into cauliflower steaks. That’s right. A meatless steak. Actually, even better than real steak. Instead of 500 calories for an 8-oz. beef steak, a plate of that much cauliflower weighs in at barely 50 calories. Even if you …

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Cutting back on sugar is sexy

betty ming liu Food, Health 13 Comments

My struggle to live sugar-free made me a no-fun frump. At least, until recently.  I’m starting to see young and sexy millennials waking up to sugar danger. To quote them: Yassss! Imagine what could happen if America’s largest living generation truly reduces its sugar intake. Finally, our consumer culture might start eating, drinking and partying in healthier ways. At the moment, …

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Weight loss: How I’m transforming my fat head

betty ming liu Food, Health 4 Comments

After a first life filled with fun food, the stir-fried chickens have come home to roost. Getting older means my body burns calories at a much slower pace. Eating the way I used to also means weight gain and possibly worse. Over the past five months, my search for a better eating lifestyle led to losing 12 whole pounds. And then, …

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How Weight Watchers helped me knock off 8.8 lbs. in 2 months

betty ming liu Health, Inspiration 15 Comments

Yes, I’m doing Weight Watchers. So far, it’s been two fascinating months. Slowly and steadily, I’ve been shedding both fat and bad habits. This is a freakin’ miracle. This is also not your mother’s Weight Watchers. The program got its start in the early ’60s with the late Jean Nidetch, a Queens housewife with big blonde hair. She gathered friends …

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