Hello, and thank you for visiting my humble corner of the internet! I’m Emily, an avid foodie and health enthusiast based in Singapore! While my days are occupied by medical school shenanigans, my love for food – recipe creation, food styling and photography, is one of my greatest joys. Hence, the birth of herbiflora (herbs + plant life – my favourite things, in case you were wondering)!
I’m a medical student, but I also have a deep interest in dietetics, nutrition, lifestyle medicine and public health. I’m a strong believer that prevention is better than cure. In our current day and age, the number of people suffering from non-communicable diseases is on the rise. A lot of this is preventable through proper nutrition and physical activity. Education is so important to allow individuals to adopt healthier lifestyles, so that they can thrive.
By sharing science-based nutrition and healthy plant-based recipes, I hope these will convince you that maintaining a healthful lifestyle is not only easy, but also enjoyable and vital.
Growing up with hypothyroidism (a condition that among other things, slows your metabolism), I was severely overweight as an adolescent. My mom tried putting me on a diet, which did help me start on my health journey. In the past, I didn’t really care about my health or how I nourished my body at all. I only really cared about how good something tasted when I put it into my mouth. It was only when I started taking charge of my own health that I learnt about the importance of proper nutrition, and that’s how I gradually came across veganism.
When I first started incorporating more plant-based meals into my diet, I realised how good I felt after every meal. Adopting a plant-based lifestyle was primarily a health decision, but as I learnt more and more, I began to see how there were so many benefits – in terms of environmental and ethical aspects, to a plant-forward lifestyle. Studies have shown that there are many long-term beneficial health outcomes to adopting a diet that places a strong emphasis on plant-based whole foods. I hope that I’ll be able to show you that feasting on plants is not only nutritious and compassionate, but so enjoyable too!