Is the north wind upon us already? It certainly feels like that to me. The air is dry. I know it is. My lips are dry, my palms feel odd and I keep blinking my eyes. Lethargy is slowly sucking the life out of me. This is one of the few times of the year that I dread. In olden China, this is the season they make waxed sausages, waxed duck, waxed pork and every other thing they can wax. These are hung out to dry in the cold winter winds blowing in from the north. I am beginning to see the similarities.
Fortunately, I have a cache of agar-agar in the fridge to tide me over the next few days. I like them less sweet and with a hint of pandan fragrance. I do not know how far this is true but I was told that eating too much of these will cause the hair to fall off. This could be an old wives’ tale. I will never know because for a while now, every time I brush my hair, clumps of it get entangled in the brush and come off, long before I started making agar-agar. It will not make any difference if it is contributing to my hair loss. I was already losing a fair share of hair every day without eating it anyway.
The weather has also caused me to drink more than the usual amount of water. Going to the toilet often is least of my problems. While drinking fluids is encouraged, too much of it will overwork the kidneys. This is not good news for my compromised kidneys. As is with my diet, moderation is the keyword. I am trying hard to balance between quenching my thirst and not drinking excessively. It is a little difficult when the mouth is screaming for hydration while they kidneys are begging for some self-control.