The Only Thing I Want for My Birthday


Kapalai Island, 2008

Kapalai Island, 2008

Birthdays used to be a big deal for me, just because everyone says so. There had to be celebration(s), presents and cakes until recent years. I prefer spending a quiet birthday by myself and it’s not because I’m getting older (and not wanting others to know 😀 ).

As I reflect on what I want this year for my birthday, a birthday greeting or gift doesn’t excite me. I realised how much time (too much actually) I’ve spent thinking and creating how to help people eat better, on and off my blog. What I would really love to know is if and how my efforts are working for you guys in your daily lives.

This year, for my 38th birthday my one wish is to hear from you, if you have made any changes as a result of my work here at Just As Delish.

Did you cook more often at home? Eat more greens? Start to read food labels? Lost weight?
Or are you facing challenges?  Trouble getting started with cooking? Don’t know where to start? Let me know how I can help.

I would love to hear your story, triumphs and of course challenges, if you’d be willing to share. Not only that, your story will inspire and benefit others as well. Sharing your challenges is not a sign of weakness, it takes a lot of courage to show a little vulnerability and let others support you. There are many others who might be facing the same situation but yet dare not reveal it. You sharing it could help others live healthier.

Please tell me in the comments below. If you’d like to share but are feeling a little shy, leave me a private reply, it will go directly to my private inbox.

It doesn’t matter what you have to share, big or small, it will make my year.



  1. Happy Belated Birthday! Your blog has been an eye opener, especially helpful are your ‘made from scratch’ posts. With so much processed food readily available nowadays, it is really tempting to just take a shortcut, but nothing beats homemade stuff. Things like condensed milk are not even made from milk nowadays!!! It takes a bit more effort but when our health is on the line, there should be no shortcuts. It is nice to know that many things can be made at home. I try to feed my kids healthy food as much as possible, unfortunately fries and chicken nuggets still rules but I ban it at home, we only eat fried stuff when dining out.
    And since you started posting about your herb garden, I’m following closely as I have zero green thumb and hope to start my own garden when my house renovation is completed.
    So keep up the good work!

  2. Happy belated birthday, Shannon!! (Just saw this post after came back from vacation)

    I only started to follow ur blog not too long ago after reading ur G+ posts, I didn’t know Malaysia have someone like u that share gluten free recipes on blog (It’s kinda hard to find gluten free food in Msia ><) and ur food always looks so delicious!

    Glad I found my way here ^^

    • Hi Irene, thanks for the birthday greeting, it’s never too late 🙂 Ah there’s many people who follow me on G+ but keep a low profile. come say hello ya.. I only make gluten free recipes that requires wheat flour. I’m only wheat intolerant, so my food are not fully gluten free. Yes, it is difficult and expensive to find gluten free food in Msia. It’s quite easy and cheap to make at home. Hope I inspire you to cook more often 😀

  3. I like your google+ for inspiration to try new food combinations and recipes which I may have not considered before. My friends and family love my cooking so you’ve not only helped me out but helped to make happy tummies too. Thank you.

    • Hi Ryan, you made my day and year! Do say hello on G+, I don’t even know one tenth of those who circled me on G+. Glad that I’ve made many tummies happy and keep cooking 😀 xoxo

  4. Hiya – I have only been reading your blog for a few months, but I love it! I have a pancreas that doesn’t work, and so fats and oils are an issue for me. I love how you love food, and make it accessible and easy to make. I do sometimes have problems locating items here in Australia – mostly probably because I am in a rural area – but overall I love your recipes and your perspective on life. I have just received in the post a spiraliser so that I can try your zucchini noodles. I am very excited about this! Thankyou so much for writing this amazing post where I can get ideas about what to cook that is good for me.
    Much love and hugs

    • Hi Lorrelle, great to get a hello from Down Under, you made my day and year! I’m not familiar with pancreas issues, I read that it too will affect digestion. I also have digestive issues. I’m excited about your spiraliser for you, so many fruits and veggies to spiral 😀 Noted on my recipe ingredients that are not so accessible, I’ve also realised that in the past few months and have started to use common ingredients in new recipes. All the best.. xoxo

  5. Happy birthday Shannon. I love reading your posts. Your recipes and style is so simply simple that it doesnt take much to try it out. Esp on your raw food – something that my kids love. The one thing that reminds me so much of you is the Chia seeds. How it is now an essential item in the kitchen these days. Tq so much for enriching my kitchen with your new wave ideas, Shannon. Have a wonderful birthday sweetie.

    • Thanks for dropping a comment here, you made my year Nor Akmar! It’s usually chatting on FB. Happy that my recipes have inspired you, and also benefitted your family. One little change at a time 😀

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