Novella Lui

Novella Lui

Novella Lui is a registered dietitian in Canada and is a freelance writer for Style SCMP. Based in Canada and Hong Kong, Novella is a registered dietitian who wears many hats: a bilingual nutrition and health writer, a speaker, and a subject matter expert for food companies, not-for-profit organisations and corporate wellness programmes. As a foodie and a globetrotter, she loves to seek new flavours and explore different cuisines. When she is not travelling, you can find her looking for hidden food gems in the neighbourhoods of Hong Kong, Vancouver and Toronto.

Latest from Novella Lui

Netflix’s (Un)well made intermittent fasting trend, but does the divisive weight loss regime really work? Before you start the 16/8 or 14/10 diet, these are the side effects

Few realise how difficult – or detrimental – time-restricted intermittent fasting can be if attempted without the facts

Few realise how difficult – or detrimental – time-restricted intermittent fasting can be if attempted without the facts

19 Sep 2020 - 8:00AM
Adele credits the sirtfood diet with her weight loss transformation – but does it really work? We asked a registered dietitian

It worked for Adele, but is the sirtfood diet the latest weight-loss fad or a dream diet that’s here to stay?

It worked for Adele, but is the sirtfood diet the latest weight-loss fad or a dream diet that’s here to stay?

4 Aug 2020 - 11:22AM
Working from home during the coronavirus pandemic? 4 healthy snacks to satisfy your cravings while keeping the weight off

Sweet, salty, gooey and spicy snacks to get you through your workday as you self-isolate and work from home during the coronavirus outbreak

Sweet, salty, gooey and spicy snacks to get you through your workday as you self-isolate and work from home during the coronavirus outbreak

29 Apr 2020 - 5:56AM
Coronavirus shopping list: avoid panic buying – the essential foods to stock up on during the Covid-19 pandemic

To stay fit and healthy while during home lockdown, it’s essential to have a well-stocked pantry – STYLE’s registered dietitian tells us what every kitchen shouldn’t be without

To stay fit and healthy while during home lockdown, it’s essential to have a well-stocked pantry – STYLE’s registered dietitian tells us what every kitchen shouldn’t be without

29 Mar 2020 - 6:00AM
Can eating sushi be bad for you? 9 hacks for a healthier Japanese meal

Fish with high mercury levels, fried foods and too much sodium can all be part of a Japanese sushi meal, but are there healthier options?

Fish with high mercury levels, fried foods and too much sodium can all be part of a Japanese sushi meal, but are there healthier options?

24 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM
Does drinking lemon water really help you lose weight? 5 common nutrition myths busted by a registered dietitian

Drinking lemon water, avoiding fats, carbs and sugars – will these fads help you lose weight and get fit?

Drinking lemon water, avoiding fats, carbs and sugars – will these fads help you lose weight and get fit?

15 Jun 2020 - 6:23PM
Dim sum swap series, part 2: which is healthier – barbecue pork or chicken bun?

In the second of STYLE’s two-part feature on healthy dim sum dishes, we weigh up the steamed buns, bean curd sheet rolls and Chiu Chow-style dumplings that pack fewer calories, sodium and fat

In the second of STYLE’s two-part feature on healthy dim sum dishes, we weigh up the steamed buns, bean curd sheet rolls and Chiu Chow-style dumplings that pack fewer calories, sodium and fat

30 Dec 2019 - 11:18AM
Dim sum swap series: which dumpling options are healthier and better for you?

In part one of a two-part article, we highlight healthier choices for dim sum and other Cantonese dishes

In part one of a two-part article, we highlight healthier choices for dim sum and other Cantonese dishes

30 Dec 2019 - 11:22AM
5 hotpot food swaps for a healthier restaurant meal

The favourite Hong Kong restaurant meal, hotpot, can be healthier by just swapping out a few items for those that are lower in calories, cholesterol and fat

The favourite Hong Kong restaurant meal, hotpot, can be healthier by just swapping out a few items for those that are lower in calories, cholesterol and fat

14 Nov 2019 - 4:00PM
Breast cancer awareness month: 5 tips to help you stay healthy and reduce your risks

By just making a few changes, such as losing weight, altering your diet and avoiding alcohol, you can drastically reduce the risk of getting breast cancer

By just making a few changes, such as losing weight, altering your diet and avoiding alcohol, you can drastically reduce the risk of getting breast cancer

28 Oct 2019 - 10:28AM
What foods should you eat to keep your brain sharp and healthy?

Brain and heart health are linked: diets high in sugar, unhealthy fats and calories may cause poor circulation to brain. But foods in Mediterranean diet can help reduce the risks

Brain and heart health are linked: diets high in sugar, unhealthy fats and calories may cause poor circulation to brain. But foods in Mediterranean diet can help reduce the risks

15 Sep 2019 - 2:00PM
How hot can you take your chillies – and are they bad for your health?

Why do people crave the burning sensation that chillies provide in spicy food, and are there any health benefits?

Why do people crave the burning sensation that chillies provide in spicy food, and are there any health benefits?

29 Jul 2019 - 10:26AM
Kate Middleton’s Dukan Diet: what is it, and do you have what it takes?

The diet was created in the seventies the French general practitioner Dr Pierre Dukan, who recommends a high protein, low-fat and low-carb diet

The diet was created in the seventies the French general practitioner Dr Pierre Dukan, who recommends a high protein, low-fat and low-carb diet

10 Jul 2019 - 12:11PM
Accidentally vegan? 8 cruelty-free Asian foods to try in Hong Kong

Instant ramen noodles, roasted seaweed and Chinese red date cake are among the many tasty treats that everyone can eat

Instant ramen noodles, roasted seaweed and Chinese red date cake are among the many tasty treats that everyone can eat

6 May 2019 - 2:00AM
7 foods vegans think they can eat in Hong Kong that have hidden animal-based ingredients

Chinese noodles, doughnuts, vegetable spring rolls and jelly sweets are just some of the things that may contain ingredients such as eggs and gelatin

Chinese noodles, doughnuts, vegetable spring rolls and jelly sweets are just some of the things that may contain ingredients such as eggs and gelatin

3 May 2019 - 10:00AM
Is it vegan? 7 Chinese dishes that are completely plant-based

Vegans should be aware that the terms vegetarian and vegan are often interchangeable in Chinese restaurants

Vegans should be aware that the terms vegetarian and vegan are often interchangeable in Chinese restaurants

5 Apr 2019 - 6:00PM
Drinking bubble tea: what’s in it, and how can you cut back on all the calories?

Can you really drink bubble tea without feeling guilty?

Can you really drink bubble tea without feeling guilty?

30 Mar 2019 - 10:08AM
How dim sum lovers can stay healthy – and avoid 900-calorie meals

Hongkongers regularly enjoy the traditional meal of choosing dishes from bamboo baskets, but many are high in fat and sodium

Hongkongers regularly enjoy the traditional meal of choosing dishes from bamboo baskets, but many are high in fat and sodium

18 Mar 2019 - 3:11PM
The big, fat truth about the health risks of Hong Kong street food

Eating too many of your favourite ready-to-eat treats – including curry fish balls, siu mai and rice rolls – is not good for you. Ever think about how many calories they pack?

Eating too many of your favourite ready-to-eat treats – including curry fish balls, siu mai and rice rolls – is not good for you. Ever think about how many calories they pack?

6 Mar 2019 - 3:24PM
How to enjoy the Lunar New Year feasts without putting on weight

It’s a question of making wise choices and not overindulging when confronted by the sheer volume of foods, says registered dietitian

It’s a question of making wise choices and not overindulging when confronted by the sheer volume of foods, says registered dietitian

11 Feb 2019 - 1:41PM
Can eating hotpot be guilt-free? A nutritionist shows you how

Hotpot is one of the best meals for staying warm in winter, but some favourite meats, sauces and soup bases can be fattening, so how do we make it healthier?

Hotpot is one of the best meals for staying warm in winter, but some favourite meats, sauces and soup bases can be fattening, so how do we make it healthier?

26 Jan 2019 - 12:28PM
Opinion | Food packaging decoded: how to unpack that mind-boggling list of ingredients

Food products come in attractive packaging, but consumers need to pay attention to the list of ingredients

Food products come in attractive packaging, but consumers need to pay attention to the list of ingredients

30 Dec 2018 - 3:01PM
5 ways to avoid eating your way into a food coma this festive season

Postprandial drowsiness, caused by overeating, can be overwhelming; here are some tips to help you steer clear of that need to take a nap after a meal

Postprandial drowsiness, caused by overeating, can be overwhelming; here are some tips to help you steer clear of that need to take a nap after a meal

26 Dec 2018 - 5:56PM
Turkey or ham? How to make healthy food choices and still enjoy Thanksgiving dinner

With Thanksgiving coming on Thursday, followed by Christmas and new year’s celebrations, how can you survive without adding inches to your waistline?

With Thanksgiving coming on Thursday, followed by Christmas and new year’s celebrations, how can you survive without adding inches to your waistline?

21 Nov 2018 - 6:26PM
Happy Movember: what men should know about cancer prevention

November is when moustaches are grown to raise awareness about the second most common type of cancer found in men, and the steps they can take to reduce that risk

November is when moustaches are grown to raise awareness about the second most common type of cancer found in men, and the steps they can take to reduce that risk

8 Nov 2018 - 3:48PM
Organic vs biodynamic wines - what's the difference and is one better than the other?

Next time you buy a bottle, read the packaging carefully to ensure you get what you pay for

Next time you buy a bottle, read the packaging carefully to ensure you get what you pay for

27 Oct 2018 - 1:02PM
What does it really mean to eat like a vegan?

Eliminating meat, poultry, eggs, fish and seafood from your diet can bring dramatic changes to your life

Eliminating meat, poultry, eggs, fish and seafood from your diet can bring dramatic changes to your life

13 Oct 2018 - 4:02PM
The 'halo effect' of superfood, gluten-free and organic food - are you getting scammed by marketers?

Words on packaging such as superfood, all-natural, organic and gluten-free can make us think that something is better choice … but it’s not always the case

Words on packaging such as superfood, all-natural, organic and gluten-free can make us think that something is better choice … but it’s not always the case

26 Aug 2018 - 10:34AM
Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian approve of ‘keto’ diet, but is the bad breath worth it?

Celebrities raved about diet that allows only a low-carbohydrate intake each day – but deodorant and breath mints are essential

Celebrities raved about diet that allows only a low-carbohydrate intake each day – but deodorant and breath mints are essential

14 Dec 2020 - 1:51PM