Thursday, 1 April 2010

我的小孩也能轻松长高10cm

The title of this post is in fact the title of a book "我的小孩也能轻松长高10cm" which means "my child can grow taller by 10cm". I have two boys; my younger child is quite tiny compared to his peers. Although his parents are not very tall, we are not that short either. My elder child is average in height and built, however, he doesn't seem to be growing very much lately..some children of his age have already grown so much taller and bigger. So naturally, this book caught my immediate attention when I saw the title on its spine.

I read with great interest how a child could grow much taller through exercises which involve moving the body through a full range of motions, sports such as swimming, basketball, volley ball, badminton,  are good examples. These sports help to stimulate the bone and cartilage growth. Doing stretching exercises; yoga; maintaining a good posture will also help to strengthen the spinal column.

The next important factor for a child to grow taller is to have enough rest. This means having at least 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep, especially during one's growth period or adolescence. It is during sleep that our body will produce and release growth hormones which causes the thickening and lengthening of our bones. The first couple of hours of sleep is the most critical, this is the time when the pituitary gland produces the maximum growth hormones for release to the body system. Incidentally, while writing up this post, I read from several websites that sleeping without a pillow will be easier for our spine to align (as straight as possible) and allow it to be fully decompress. Sleeping on a firm and yet comfortable mattress also helps flatten our back. Using a pillow will cause the neck to bend forward and arches the back as well. In my opinion, a pillow provides support to our neck, as long as the pillow is not too high, causing the head to bend too much forward, I wouldn't force my kids to sleep without one.

Besides exercising and adopting a good sleeping habit, the third factor to help a child grow taller is through eating a proper balanced diet that contains calcium-rich food and proteins. It is also important to include food that is rich in Vitamin D as it helps to assimilate the calcium for better bone growth.


I would regard this as a cookbook rather than a parenting/child-development book. More than half of the book is covered with simple and yet delicious looking meals which I think most adults would even find them appealing.

The first recipe (which happens to be the first recipe in the book) I followed is this Fried Rice with Dried Anchovies and Vegetables. Dried anchovies or better known as Ikan Bilis over this part of our world, is a good source of calcium. According to the book it is considered the king of calcium (eaten with the bones in tact). A 100g of dried anchovies (small ones) contains 902mg of calcium, whereas a 100g of milk (normal, not fortified with calcium) contains only 120mg.


Besides carrots, green and red bell peppers, I added sweet corns and stir-fried the rice with an egg. Instead of ikan bilis, I used dried silver fish. While I was cooking the dish, the aroma from the dried silver fish reminded me very much of this common hawker fare, nasi goreng ikan bilis (fried rice with anchovies).

Please pardon me for the poor image quality, the photos were taken under florescent lights, as a result, the colours lose their overall balance and appear unnatural. My photos didn't do any justice to this delicious one-dish meal. It is such a satisfying meal by itself that we can have it for week-day lunch or a hassle-free dinner on any nights :)

15 comments:

  1. Lovely post! Thanks for your kind sharing. My son just asked me to bring them to nearby playground to play basketball, after see this post, I immediate say Yes, hehehe..My kids like this simple fried rice too.

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  2. Hi HHB,

    thanks for the informative post. Sure gives me an idea what to cook for my child this weekend.

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  3. Very interesting to know that anchovies contain so much calcium. I'm at high risk for osteoporosis, because my grandma had it, so I have to get as much calcium into my diet as possible. And let's just say I don't particularly love milk, and it doesn't love me back, either. Love anchovies, though.

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  4. simple, appetizing and a pretty dish.

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  5. Just wondering if the dried silver fish contains as much calcium as the ikan bilis. The reason being the calcium is in the bones of the fish. So for the ikan bilis, the bones are quite obvious (so perhaps more calcium?) compared to the silver fish. Although the fresh silver fish is easier to eat for toddlers cos they are softer.

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  6. oh my! it looks so delicious!

    by the way, happy and tasty easter!

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  7. I didnt know anchovies were a good source of calcium

    Thank you

    Kelly :)

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  8. this post was really helpful for me! the dish looks delicious (:

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  9. Hi Anonymous, I am not sure whether dried silver fish or whitebaits have as much calcium as ikan bilis. Based on this chart here: (http://www.iofbonehealth.org/patients-public/about-osteoporosis/prevention/nutrition/calcium-rich-foods.html)
    80g of fried whitebaits contains 688mg calcium. So maybe fresh silver fish is actually better? I prefer to use silver fish to cook the fried rice as my kids find ikan bilis too 'hard' to eat when mixed with rice. They don't mind eating ikan bilis as a side dish though.

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  10. Very interesting to know that anchovies contain so much calcium. I'm at high risk for osteoporosis,
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  11. Very interesting and lovely this....it's a great hassle free meal for busying mum like me. Thanks for sharing... and also your informative sharing on kids growing... :) Happy Easter to you and your family :)

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  12. I love a good fried rice =) What did you use for seasoning? I find it's easy to make an average fried rice but not so easy to make a really delicious good-thai-restaurant-quality one!

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  13. Hi Clare, I season it with 1 tbs of soya sauce, 1/2 tsp sugar, a pinch of salt and some white pepper. This dish is certainly different from thai fried rice, which is usually seasoned with fish sauce, and you will probably need to add some chicken stock to stir fry the rice over very high heat, known as wok hey, which we can't achieve at home.

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  14. It's always good to eat healthy, but don't worry abt the kids' height or size. My son was the small Asian boy in elementary school, but now he is 6ft! There was another kid, Caucasian, and he didn't grow till the 2nd year of high school. He is abt 5' 8", and both parents are quite tall.

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  15. Hi Chris, thanks for the assurance! I hope my child will grow up to be that tall!

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