Eat Clean with Cedele and get back on track with your wellness goals post CNY

“You can’t outrun your fork” - this popular saying has proven to be overwhelmingly true by medical research. Diet is the key factor to long-term weight and health management, and what you put on your plate accounts for 80 per cent of your weight outcome.

Start achieving your wellness goals post Lunar New Year and get back on track with a healthier diet with Cedele. It just takes a small tweak - just one healthful meal a day - so it won't affect your active lifestyle. No counting calories or restrictive diets like going carb free, just a healthier diet filled with nutrient-dense ingredients, antioxidants, vitamins and fibre.

Combine this Eat Clean diet with exercise such as a long walk or yoga three to four times a week to feel better holistically. Afterall, exercise will still help with relieving stress, improving sleep quality and your mood, and decreasing your risk for cardiovascular disease over time.

Meatless Monday @ Cedele
Get $1 off every plant based sandwich and plant based salad bowl on Mondays in the month of March 2019.

The Cedele difference:
You’ll get the freshest and most nutritionally dense ingredients made delicious without nasties. Fresh ingredients pack greater nutritional value which is why Cedele's cooked ingredients which are also made from scratch daily. Salad leaves are triple washed and there are three zero fat dressings made in-house to choose from - roasted carrot ginger (vegan), cashew lime (vegan) and spicy aroy.

Clean eats tips:
Pack your plate with lots of plants and greens – the high water content and fibre will help to detox your gut and reboot your system after a deep cleanse. Add beans, whole grains such as quinoa and root vegetables like sweet potato to your meal. Food with a low glycaemic index will help you feel full for longer as they take a longer time to digest.

For carbs done well, there’s no better choice than Cedele’s signature “Clean Bakes” breads made using a 22-year-old in-house sourdough yeast and unbleached flour that is freshly milled every week. No additives, artificial flavouring, dough improvers, chemical additives, trans fats. Plus, look out for ingredients which are cooked healthier and cleaner. Poaching and roasting are healthier cooking methods which result in a lower fat content for meats.

Recommended Eat Clean salad suggestions from Cedele’s salad bar

1. The right base - Pick a salad base of romaine or spinach for greater dietary fibre, vitamins and antioxidants (spinach has extra iron).
2. Deep cleanse the digestive system - sweet potato, pumpkin, broccoli, carrots, organic red and brown rice all have a high fibre content that helps to cleanse your gut.
3. Detox heroes - special toppings like alfafa sprouts improve digestion and helps detoxify your gut while beetroot detoxifies your liver.
4. Protein power – top your salad with miso mirin salmon, sous vide egg, roast chicken, tofu and lemon tuna for more protein to repair muscles post workout.

Recommended Eat Clean sandwich suggestions from Cedele’s signature sandwiches

Avocado & Veggies Sandwich Grilled Beetroot Patty & Avocado Sandwich Rosemary Chicken Sandwich

1. Whole food plant based sandwiches include the Avocado & Veggies Sandwich ($8.50) and Grilled Beetroot Patty & Avocado Sandwich ($8.50).
2. Rosemary Chicken Sandwich ($8.50) has tasty rosemary herb-flavoured chicken, a white meat that has lower fat and cholesterol.
3. Roasted Chicken & Avocado Sandwich ($9.50) has avocado which is super nutritious and full of good fat that your body needs.

Available at all Cedele Bakery Cafes (except Frankel, which does not have a salad bar).

"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are." - Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (translated from French)

WOULD YOU AGREE that what we eat is intricately linked to our mood, emotions and behaviour? Consider this: do you find yourself reaching for comfort food when you feel sad? More often than we'd like to admit, it's usually fatty, sugary and processed food. Since International Day of Happiness starts this week, we've decided to zoom in on 6 foods that makes us happy. For a mood boost, grab these healthier options instead!


For a mood boost, eat these:

1. Seafood

fish collage

[From left to right: Fish Pesto Pasta, and our new Shellfish Pasta, available at all-day dining outlets]

More commonly known as food for your brain, consuming seafood is an easy way to lift your mood. Shellfish like oysters and clams are packed with vitamin B12, an essential vitamin your body needs to produce dopamine and serotonin. Oysters, in particular, are rich in zinc. Low zinc levels are typically linked to anxiety.

Similarly, oily, fatty fish like salmon, tuna and trout are full of omega-3, a key mood-boosting nutrient. Omega-3 fatty acids alter your brain chemicals linked to mood, specifically dopamine and serotonin. Most of you would know that low levels of serotonin are linked with depression and anxiety. Dopamine, on the other hand, is a "reward" chemical the brain releases in response to a pleasurable experience.


2. Coffee


Caffeine lovers rejoice! A Nurses' Health study found that women who drank two or three cups of coffee a day were 15% less likely to become depressed. The magic of this mood lifting bean is well-known. Caffeine increases dopamine and serotonin transmissions within just 30 minutes. Admit it, you reach for a cup of coffee in the morning to boost your mental focus and alertness. Here's the catch: the less you consume, the better it works.


3. Yoghurt


[Left to right: Our newly launched Super Acai Bowl, and our Berry Punch Yoghurt Cup] 

Since majority of serotonin is made in our gut, cultured dairy products are the way to promote a healthy gut. Consuming yoghurt or kefir helps enhance the population of healthy probiotic bacteria in your gut. Just make sure to choose yoghurt labeled with "contains live and active cultures", to cultivate healthy bacteria you need for a positive mood.


4. Avocado

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[A couple of our avocado-filled sandwiches: our Beetroot Avocado sandwich and our Pulled Pork sandwich]

Time to put avocados on your shopping list! Deficiencies of folate, vitamin B6 and tryptophan have been linked to depression, but fret not, avocados contain plenty of all three. Also known as a natural hormone balancer, avocados ensure your brain is making the right chemicals needed to keep you happy.


5. Quinoa


[Our vegan-friendly, Portobello & Tri Colour Quinoa]

As a complex carbohydrate and complete protein, quinoa helps keep your blood sugar and energy levels steady. This prevents blood sugar spikes, which can make you irritable and unfocused. A flavonoid found in quinoa, quercetin, has also been shown to have anti-depressant effects.


6. Leafy Greens

greens collage

[Right: Our hearty Prawn & Bacon Spinach salad]

For your 5 a day, choose dark leafy greens like spinach, bok choy or kale. These vegetables are rich in folic acid, a nutrient that affects your brain's neurotransmitters and alleviates depression or fatigue. Moreover, spinach comes packed with B vitamins which regulate serotonin production and repair tired muscles.


Happiness is just a mouthful away!

Since you now know about these natural mood boosters, head over to our outlets to eat yourself happy! Specially for International Day of Happiness, we have a treat for you, our loyal customers. Head on down to any of our outlets for some good vibes!

'Inspired by' is a series which highlights a person, movement or object that has inspired us here at Cedele. We believe in giving credit where it is due, and these posts aim to do just that. Take it as a peek into what drives us and our ethos. Hopefully, you'll get inspired too. 

WE ARE CONTINUING our 'Inspired by' series, and just in time for International Women's Day this week, we're putting the spotlight on physician, speaker and New York Times bestselling author, Lissa Rankin.

If you recall, our previous post in the series featured the work of Brene Brown, specifically her TED talk on vulnerability. Similarly, we came across Lissa Rankin from a TED talk in 2011.


The Shocking Truth about Health

Titled "The Shocking Truth about your Health", she opens her 2011 TED talk with a bold statement: "Caring for your body is the least important part of your health". Rankin believes that the medical profession has got it backwards. Instead of shaping how we live our lives, the body is a mirror of how we are living.


"The body is brilliant this way. It speaks to us in whispers, and if we ignore the whispers of the body, The body starts to yell." 


According to Rankin, our bodies are well-equipped with natural self-repair mechanisms. But these mechanisms are deactivated when your body is in stress response, also known as the body's natural fight-or-flight response. From much of Rankin's research, it is clear that she is passionate about finding out what makes people healthy and what predisposes them to illness. But beyond that, she is "on a mission to merge science and spirituality", to "facilitate the health of the individual... [and] uplift the health of the collective".

Her following talks at TEDx events point to this. In the most recent talk, she alludes to loneliness as the "#1 public health issue doctor's aren't talking about". Emphasising the power of the tribe, she encourages us (her viewers and readers) to befriend ourselves, to be vulnerable. In sum, her research reinforces the notion that the greatest risk factor for disease is not a poor diet or lack of exercise, but loneliness.


Mind Over Medicine


[Left to right: 'Mind Over Medicine' by Lissa Rankin, Rankin speaking at a TEDx event]

Rankin's turning point from conventional medicine came when she took a job in the posh Marin County, California. Despite following organic diets, working out with personal trainers, sleeping 8 hours every night, and spending money on the best healthcare, her patients were still ill. She began looking into the medical case studies of people recovering from seemingly "incurable" illnesses. The mind-blowing data is compiled in her book, Mind Over Medicine.

Her findings reveal a recognition of the body's innate ability to self-repair. According to Rankin, our thoughts, feelings and beliefs can alter our body's physiology. Her book digs into the scientific data that proves how loneliness, pessimism, fear and anxiety cause harm to the body. On the flip side, intimate relationships, gratitude and authentic self-expression allow the body to heal itself.


If you have the time, listen to Rankin's interview with Jonathan Fields for The Good Life Project. (Perhaps in the car or this weekend over tea at one of our outlets?) Through the interview, you learn about Rankin's own story - of how she felt called to medicine since 7 years old, how quickly her medical career derail and how she came back from that.

As you know, our philosophy here at Cedele is to help our customers "Eat Well, Be Well". Rankin's story and findings inspire us to take wellness a step further. Beyond providing wholesome food, we're reminded to listen to our bodies - they are a mirror of how we are living. More than that, we hope that she inspires you to open your heart, to be kind and to remember we're all connected.


NOW THAT WE ARE ABOUT HALFWAY into the 15-day festivities of Chinese New Year, chances are that your body has had its fair share of food. Festive parties and gatherings are common overeating traps, with friends and family asking you to "try this!" or to "eat more!" If you have had one too many treats, you probably feel less than stellar and in need of a reset.


Were you overeating?

Firstly, it's important to recognize the difference between overeating and feeling full. According to Dr. Shanker Pasupathy, a surgeon at Gleneagles Hospital Singapore, there is no real "tipping point". Anyone can eat continuously for hours when seated at a table. Getting up to walk around can help you get a better sense of how full you really feel. The most common problems associated with overeating are indigestion and bloating.

Have you felt 100% satisfied but still continued eating? Or have you realized that you've stopped appreciating every mouthful of food? If your answer is yes, you're most likely overeating. Experts believe that the first few bites of food provide the most pleasure. Beyond that, you are mindlessly putting food into your mouth and losing sight of your actual appetite. Registered dietitian Keri Gans suggests that the best time to put your fork down is when you feel about 80% full.


What happens to your body when you overeat?

Our stomachs are a muscular bag that sits inside the abdomen and is usually no bigger than a fist when empty. It has, however, the capacity to expand and accommodate a much larger volume. The specialized muscle expands as the stomach fills, producing acid to help break food down and churning to smash up food. While the "full" volume of the stomach is about 800 to 1,000 ml, this is increased in people who are obese and binge eat.

When you overeat, the food can either go further into the digestive system or back where it came from in the form of vomiting. Your liver also has to work overtime to convert the food into nutrients that your body is able to absorb. Overeating causes indigestion, when the stomach acid churns up into the oesophagus. And while the stomach is used to this acid, the oesophagus isn't, which is why acid reflux burns. You will also feel tired and drowsy because the body has to divert its energy to digesting the food.

Eating too fast also heightens the risk of bloating because you swallow air along with all that delicious festive food. It usually takes up to 20 minutes for the feelings of fullness to reach your brain and tamp down hunger, so slow down, take breaks and say no to seconds.


Practical Remedies for Overeating

Herbal Remedies

Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) physician Neo Min Jun of Eu Yan Sang TCM Clinic offers some herbal remedies for digestive issues you may encounter. For example, if you have overindulged in oily food or meat, go for some hawthorn oolong tea. The acid in hawthorn will aid in quicker digestion. However, since hawthorn promotes blood circulation, this tea is not recommended for pregnant ladies. If you're vomiting due to overeating, a ginger-orange peel tea is a better remedy. Fresh ginger will help enhance qi (vital energy) circulation to relieve vomiting and indigestion. The orange peel helps reduce muscle spasms in the stomach and small intestine. Head over here for other herbal tea remedies.

Gentle Cleanses

If you're not one for herbal remedies or crash diets, there are gentler ways to help your body get back on track. Try beginning each day with warm lemon water. This will alkalize your body, rev up your metabolism and curb your cravings throughout the day. It is also important to keep hydrated throughout the day - the water will help your liver and kidney filter out toxins. And while it is tempting to eat less after a night of overindulgence, opt for a plant-based meal instead. Fruits, vegetables and plant-based proteins will provide you with the much-needed nourishment without you going overboard.

Beat the bloat

Our discomfort from bloating can be due to eating in a rush or stressed state. As such, deep breathing or yoga can calm you down, alleviate stress and help fully oxygenate the lungs. This ensures more fresh blood circulates to the digestive system, reducing bloating and gas. Others suggest a morning elixir of lemon and apple cider vinegar. The vinegar acts as a probiotic rich in enzymes that aids digestion and will rehydrate you if you take it upon waking. The alkaline-rich lemons will also correct your body's pH level and help start the process of cleansing.


Ditch the guilt

After overeating, your first instinct might be to feel guilty. The festive season is as a good a time as any to practice patience, compassion and kindness. This includes fighting the urge to criticize yourself. Most of us are guilty of eating one-too-many New Year treats. Feeling guilty or using exercise as punishment is known to increase your risk of binge eating. Instead, try incorporating daily workouts that don't feel like a chore. This will make it easy to keep up with them during busy or festive periods. Keep in mind that moderation and consistency is key to maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. Lastly, focus your attention on spending quality time with your family and friends, instead of the food and drinks surrounding the New Year season.

WE HOPE YOU FIND these tips useful and feel better soon!

THE COMING 15 DAYS of Chinese New Year are often a time of indulgence. Once you get into the festivities, it's easy to let yourself go. So instead of falling into habits of overeating, here are some healthy strategies you can adopt this festive period.

1. Build Your Immunity

Especially with the recent haywire weather and the busyness of preparing for the festivities, take the next few days to build your immunity and lower your vulnerability to illness.

Incorporate self-care

You're going to need your strength, so make an effort to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night. This one habit affects your well-being more than almost anything else. You need sufficient sleep to promote healthy brain function and emotional well-being. A recent study also found that adults ate an extra 300 calories and tended to choose foods high in fat and calories when they lacked sleep.

Go one step further and allow yourself a self-care routine. Treat yourself to a long bath or a weekly massage. People with chronic stress often have weaker immune systems, and are therefore, more prone to anxiety, insomnia and a host of health issues.

Sneak nutrition into your meals

Adding nutrition to your festivities doesn't require a drastic change. In fact, you can start small by infusing your water with lemon as you stay hydrated throughout the day. Doing so will help boost your immune system, aid in weight loss and digestion, and purge toxins to clear your skin. Alternatively, try adding a pinch of turmeric to your food (soups, stews) or drinks (teas). Turmeric is anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, helps protect the liver and boost brain power. Remember to start off with a small amount and scale up - turmeric can be a strong flavour, but no one will notice a little pinch.


2. Keep Moving

Although it is difficult to fit in time for exercise during this festive period, it might just be what you need. The benefits of exercise are well-known: it helps release endorphins and helps you keep away the extra weight from holiday snacking. But more than just that, exercise also stimulates a sluggish digestion, regulates metabolism and aids in removing toxins in your body.

Simplify your routine

Instead of forgoing your exercise routine, trim it down to one activity that will make the biggest impact on your mood and energy. It could be as simple as a brisk walk, a short yoga session or deep breathing exercises.

Commit out loud

If you're finding it hard to commit to your exercise plan, voice it out to someone. Saying it out loud will help your family and friends hold you accountable. They might even share a similar need and decide to join you.


3. Eat Mindfully

When it comes to Chinese New Year, we easily fall into the trap that over-indulgence is enjoyment. Avoid this faulty logic by planning in advance to let yourself be more flexible this time of the year.

Choose your indulgences

Instead of mindlessly eating, allow yourself to enjoy the few treats that you look forward to on this special occasion. Research has shown that our first few bites are the most enjoyable, so save your taste buds for what you really love. You'll be more satisfied, have less cravings and will be less likely to overeat later on. According to registered dietitian, Lindsey Joe, "eat what you love, leave what you like". You don't have to eat something just because it's "holiday food".

Concentrate on what you're eating

Focus on your food while you eat it. Multitasking (watching tv or having a conversation) during a meal has been found to make you pop mindless calories into your mouth. Nutritionist Anne Ricci suggests to focus on enjoying the smell, taste, and texture of each bite of food. Eating mindfully will help you slow down and naturally stop when you're full.


IF YOU STILL FIND YOURSELF overeating, don't beat yourself up for going overboard (we all do from time to time). Remember to show yourself some kindness. Confine this "setback" to just that one meal. Ditch the guilt! Remember that it does not reflect poorly on you or your character. After all, these social gatherings are for you to catch up with family and friends. Take the time to socialize and be fully present, and approach the next day with confidence.


HERE AT CEDELE, we are constantly on the lookout for great things to share with you. But this time, instead of food, it'll be in the form of sharing who and what we are inspired by.

We're including a new series for our blog which will highlight a person, movement or object that has inspired us here at Cedele. We believe in giving credit where it is due, and our 'Inspired by' posts aim to do just that. Take it as a peek into what drives us and our ethos. Hopefully, you'll get inspired too.


Inspired by: Brené Brown


If you're a fan of TED Talks, we're sure you've heard of Dr. Brené Brown. We first came across Brown when we watched her viral 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability.

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent about 13 years studying topics such as vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame.

As an author, she wrote three #1 New York Times Bestsellers: Rising Strong, Daring Greatly and The Gifts of Imperfection. She has two online platforms: COURAGEworks, which helps individuals and families live and love bravely, and BRAVE LEADERS INC, which makes her research on leadership development and culture change accessible to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs and change makers around the world.

On Vulnerability

"Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness." - Brené Brown


Brené Brown's 2010 TEDx talk on vulnerability is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 25 million viewers. Watch it below.

Near the end of her talk, Brown emphasizes that we need to "believe that we're enough." According to Brown, when that happens, "we stop screaming and start listening, we're kinder and gentler to the people around us, and we're kinder and gentler to ourselves."

ISN'T THAT such a poignant reminder, to be kind to others and ourselves as we step into this new year? You can listen to her other TED talk on 'Listening to Shame' here. Visit her website for more information on her talks and what she stands for.


A photo posted by Brené Brown (@brenebrown) on


AS WE REFLECT on the past year and eagerly dive into the New Year, one thing on all our minds is New Year's resolutions: what will you set out to do in 2017? But wait, will they work this time, or will we end up lowering our self-worth?


New Year's Resolutions: Yay or Nay?

We really enjoyed this recent article by Huffington Post, which suggests a new framework to thinking about New Year's Resolutions.

When it comes to setting New Year's resolutions, we often get ahead of ourselves and shoot for the moon. Most of us set absolute goals to go to the gym more often, to eat healthy or quit a bad habit. But why do we find ourselves back at square one three weeks later?

According to research at the University of Scranton, only a mere 8% of people achieve their New Year's goals. There are many reasons why people don't keep their resolutions. They may set overly ambitious goals or become uninspired when they face too many small failures.


Instead of Resolutions, Choose to 'Reset'

The key might lie in setting smaller, incremental lifestyle changes, like daily "resets". Dr. Roberta Anding, a registered dietician and nutrition professor at Baylor College of Medicine suggests moderating your resolutions. Doing so might just be what is needed to create a lasting lifestyle change.

"January 1 signifies a new beginning.  However, each day allows for a new beginning, and hence it is a reset."  - Dr. Roberta Anding, Baylor College of Medicine


What's the difference? Resolutions are a firm decision to do or not do something. Whereas a reset is an "opportunity to 'set again', or set your habits differently". A reset will allow you to be flexible as you progress and figure out what does or doesn't work for you. Instead of a lofty goal, you commit to smaller realistic goals and make changes every day, step by step.

Moreover, New Year's resolutions typically have a start date: January 1. This inadvertently tricks your mind into thinking that they have an end date as well. On the other hand, a reset is about creating healthy habits that are sustainable in the long run.

For instance, if one of your goals next year is to eat more fruit and vegetables, you can 'reset' this goal daily, to re-evaluate and decide good steps to take to help you achieve this.

Lastly, no matter how you plan to think of the new year, set goals to pursue your health and wellness. According to Anding, "this is your most important 401K: Investing in your body and your sense of wellbeing." And here at Cedele, we agree.

If you're curious about New Year's resolutions, watch the video below or read more here. Blessed New Year from all of us at Cedele!


AS MUCH AS WE WOULD LIKE the festive season to be relaxing, the truth is that this time of the year can make us feel frenzied. Whether it is days of meet ups, cooking, hosting or last minute Christmas shopping, we often find ourselves struggling to stay afloat this year end. Not wanting you to struggle through this period, here are some simple tips that will help you savour the season, and appreciate how wonderful this time of the year can be.

1. Don't Be Afraid to Ask For Help

Hosting a big holiday gathering can be extremely stressful, even if you've been doing it for years. You're not superman, so don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Here are some suggestions:

Recruit your guests for small tasksGuests usually prefer to take on small tasks, instead of standing around while you attempt to do everything yourself. Don't be shy to ask them to greet other arriving guests, offer drinks or set the table while you busy yourself in the kitchen.

Make it a potluck! Instead of bearing the burden of feeding everyone and slaving away in the kitchen, get each guest to bring a dish. You can even offer suggested dishes that will help the meal come together.

Save time and effort by ordering your food. There's no shame in catering good food for your meal. You could order a turkey as the centerpiece for dinner. Or grab a log cake for a sweet end to the meal. For more ideas on how to satisfy all appetites, read our previous blog post. You can also check out our Christmas offerings on Cedele Market.


2. Embrace the Imperfections

Be satisfied with "good enough". Face it, even the best laid plans often go awry. Make it a point to let go of the small things this season. Do presents really need to be perfectly wrapped when your nephew is going to tear them to shreds in seconds? Do you need to scrub your home from top to bottom so that it appears spotless for the holiday meal? Take a deep breath and let go, no one's judging you.

Stick to the tried and true. A special gathering is not the time to experiment with a new recipe. It's better to stick to what you can do, and do it well. That way you can focus on the people without stressing out on the preparations and menu.


3. Focus On What's Important

Reconnect with loved ones. Send a personal text message or email to people you care about but have lost touch with. Keep it short - don't feel like you have to update them on the last five years of your life.

Drop expensive or stressful rituals. If you're feeling overwhelmed with the dozen of Christmas cards you send out, choose to send 10 of the most important ones and put the rest on the back burner.

Have compassion. We know that family time during the holiday season is often more stressful than enjoyable. Instead of falling into familiar habits and frustrations, respond to your family members by putting yourself in their shoes, throwing in some humour and giving them a chance to do something better. Perhaps you'll be able to break through the tension and learn to love your family more this season.


4. Show Yourself Some Love

Enjoy your treats the right way. Too much sugar is known to cause blood sugar highs and lows which in turn affect your mood and leave you feeling more anxious. Lauri Wright, PhD, RDN, assistant professor, department of nutrition and dietetics, University of North Florida, suggests small changes that can help significantly reduce your overall sugar intake. Instead of a handful, have just one cookie or a piece of candy so you can have a taste without overdoing it. Also, place your treat on a plate, then walk away from the rest of the goodies so that you won't be in sight of more temptations.

Take time to reflect. What were your highlights this year? List what you would you like to achieve in the coming year, and start making plans to work towards it.

Find reasons to be grateful. Events around the world are a present and poignant reminder that life is precious and fleeting. Take time to be grateful for the luxuries and the little things: from loved ones to a simple good cup of coffee.

SO HERE'S TO A MORE JOYOUS SEASON! Keep your plans simple, and savour this season before it ends. Merry Christmas!

WE OFTEN TALK ABOUT giving during Christmastime, and there's nothing wrong with giving presents and showing others you care for them. But perhaps it is time for us to go beyond gifts, and think about giving back to society and community.

Here are some meaningful ways you can give back this season.

1. Donate

We have to admit that many of us in Singapore have more than what we truly need. If you have been thinking of donating some of your possessions, now is a good time to start! Whether it is household supplies for migrant workers living in shelters or donating baby-related to help ease the financial and emotional burdens of young mothers, there are a wide variety of ways you can contribute to those in need.

If you prefer to give financially, there are countless needs all around us: internationally and locally. To help the people Aleppo and the escalating crisis in Syria, here are some ways to contribute. Choose to give financially to the millions of people who still do not have access to clean drinking water or who live without proper sanitation. From pets to the intellectually disabled, there are also many causes for you to invest your money into social good closer to home.

Donating Surplus Food

As a bakery and cafe, food is naturally on our minds. We want to highlight the work of The Food Bank Singapore, who collects unwanted yet perfectly fit-to-eat food and provides it to organisations and people in need. Food wastage is a big issue in Singapore. Just last year, food waste amounted to a staggering 788,600 tonnes-that's 108 double-decker buses worth!

healthy-food-bundle_food bank (Image from The Food Bank Singapore)

Contribute by making a deposit of canned food or dried goods at the various Bank Boxes around Singapore. Alternatively, you can adopt a Bank Box, which you can place at home or in your office to allow others to contribute their unopened and unexpired goods. Visit their website to find out more.


2. Choosing Socially Conscious Gifts

Since many of us will be searching to find the perfect gift this season, why not choose one that makes a difference as well? There are plenty of companies that produce quality goods and take on big inequalities and noticeable causes at the same time.

band collage (Top: Conscious Step's gift box: Conscious Collection: Books, Water, Poverty; bottom: Matter's Sideswept Dhoti collection)

For instance, US-based Conscious Step sells high quality cotton socks which are matched to key issues in the fight against poverty, such as providing safe water or treating HIV. A little closer to home, local brand, Matter creates "pants to see the world in", using artisan printed and loomed fabric. They collaborate with artisans in India, creating modern fashion pieces with time-honoured techniques like ikat, jamdani and block printing. This in turn supports the artisan communities and helps conserve their native crafts. For more ideas on gifts that give back, head over here and here.


3. Volunteer

Since we live in an increasingly busy society, the year-end is as good a time as any to slow down. While you're at it, why not pick a cause close to your heart and volunteer some time and effort for the betterment of others?

wh_collage (Images from Willing Hearts Singapore)

We suggest volunteering your time with Willing Hearts, a secular soup kitchen we have been supporting over the years. They prepare, cook and distribute about 5,000 daily meals to the needy in Singapore. They are open daily and run wholly by volunteers who prepare the ingredients, pack lunch boxes and clean up the kitchen. Visit their website to find out how you can get involved. For more opportunities to volunteer locally, visit the online portal, run by by the National Volunteer & Philanthropy Centre.


4. Starting Small - One Act of Kindness at a Time

"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa

At the end of the day, it is not just the grand gestures that make a difference. Random acts of kindness work just fine. It can be as simple as showing you appreciate your parents, anticipating what your loved one needs before he or she even articulates it or buying a sweet treat for a colleague who's stressed out. After all, it's these small surprises that make our day, isn't it? two-glasses (Image from Charity: Water)

We really like Charity: Water's simple suggestion to 'pledge your birthday' to raise money for clean water instead of receiving gifts. If you're feeling uninspired, head over to Food52 to explore 50 over ways you can help a loved one (or a stranger) this festive season. two-glasses (Image from Food52)

Get Inspired

THIS IS JUST THE TIP of the iceberg! There are so many opportunities and worthy causes you can get involved in. All in all, we hope that reading this will get you inspired to act thoughtfully and bless others meaningfully this season – there’s plenty of good to go around.

"Help one another; there’s no time like the present and no present like the time." — James Durst

IT'S BEEN AN EVENTFUL few months here at Cedele, and seeing that it's Thanksgiving, our team took some time to reflect on what we're thankful for this season.


As October came to an end, we held three parties to say 'Thank You' to you - our loyal Cedele customers. The parties were held at three of our outlets: Workspace Espresso Bar at Marina Bay Financial Centre, and Cedele outlets at Ocean Financial Centre and Mapletree Business City. Members who RSVP-ed in advance were treated to an exclusive door gift and a sumptuous spread of food.

image (pictured, L to R: Chocolate Matcha Sake squares, Beef Ribs Stew with pasta, bite-sized Lychee Champagne Tiramisu log cake)

To say 'Thank You', we decided to let you have a sneak preview of our Christmas menu, which has since been launched on 15 November in Singapore. Cedele members who were present would have tried our wide selection of Christmas sweets, from our limited edition Lychee Champagne Tiramisu log cake, to the crowd favourite, our Chocolate Matcha Sake squares. We also hope you enjoyed our Korean-inspired beef ribs stew and our signature Rosemary Christmas Turkey, which was served with a delicious mix of black rice, millet, edamame and mushrooms.


(Some photos from the three events! Clockwise from top, L to R: happy customers with Cedele director, Ms Yeap Cheng Guat; a customer snaps a photo of her plate of food; enjoying the selection of Christmas sweets; bite-sized portions of our Eggnog Speculoos Cheesecake; our special ‘Thank You’ party door gift; happy Cedele members surveying the spread of food)


WE ALSO HELD OUR THIRD Cedele Food Market on 6 November, at The Star Vista. Set up like a farmer's market, we offered over 160 items that ranged from hot food and baked goods, to fresh produce and cold cuts. The market also showcased exclusive menu items from our latest F&B concepts: Workspace Espresso Bar, Chiak Salad & Noodle Bar and Toss & Turn.


The market also saw our first collaboration with Soulscape, and short talks by a host of knowledgeable speakers (Ms. Anthea Ong, Ms. Theresa Shan, Ms. Pauline Salmenhaara, Mr. Tony Tay) who shared their expertise on Mindfulness, Yoga, Superfood and Food Wastage. We are inspired by their convictions and are encouraged to strive towards a healthier lifestyle.


(Pictured clockwise, L to R: We are extremely thankful our loyal customers; local Singapore charity, Willing Hearts; our friends at Soulscape; and our speakers, Ms. Anthea Ong (pictured here), Ms. Theresa Shan, Ms. Paulina Salmenhaara, Mr. Tony Tay)

We are thankful for the generous work of Willing Hearts, a secular, non-affiliated charity that operates a local soup kitchen, producing and distributing about 5,000 daily meals to 40 locations all over Singapore. Cedele has been a supporter of Willing Hearts for the past nine years, and at the event, to show our continuous support, we donated 1.2 tons of superfood and 10,000 fresh farm eggs to the good work of the charity.

"Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom." - Marcel Proust 

LOOKING BACK at these events, our hearts are warmed and we are filled with gratitude for you, our customers, and the support you give us over the years, since our beginnings as a small bakery. To view more photos, head over to our Facebook page, or watch highlights from the day over on Soulscape's website.

IN THE SPIRIT OF THANKSGIVING, we want to thank you by offering a special Thanksgiving promotion - visit our stores islandwide (Cedele, Chiak, Workspace Espresso and Toss & Turn) to enjoy in-store offers, and head to Cedele Market for other great offers.