Sasha Gonzales

Sasha Gonzales

Sasha writes about a variety of subjects, from health and beauty to design, architecture, food and travel. Her work has appeared in a number of publications in Asia, including Wine & Dine, The Peak, SilverKris and Her World Singapore. She has been writing regularly for the South China Morning Post since 2011.

Latest from Sasha Gonzales

How to age well: playing golf can add years to your life, studies suggest

Elderly golf players are physically healthier than their sedentary non-golfing counterparts, but they also enjoy greater emotional well-being, thanks to the social, interactive and relaxing nature of the game.

Elderly golf players are physically healthier than their sedentary non-golfing counterparts, but they also enjoy greater emotional well-being, thanks to the social, interactive and relaxing nature of the game.

How to age well: playing golf can add years to your life, studies suggest
2 Mar 2021 - 5:15AM
Explainer | What is Ayurveda? History, treatments and doshas of traditional Indian medicine loved by Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Demi Moore explained

Ayurveda originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Its practitioners treat the symptoms of a disease or illness and help individuals strengthen their immune system. 

Ayurveda originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. Its practitioners treat the symptoms of a disease or illness and help individuals strengthen their immune system. 

What is Ayurveda? History, treatments and doshas of traditional Indian medicine loved by Madonna, Naomi Campbell and Demi Moore explained
10 Feb 2021 - 12:15PM
Why dogs and cats help us deal with grief and loneliness, and how fostering a stray dog filled a void in this woman’s life 

Owning a pet has been shown to relieve depression and loneliness after the loss of a spouse. Susan Bamber, who lost her husband to cancer in 2011, recently fostered two-year-old rescue dog Sammy, and he has filled a void in her life. 

Owning a pet has been shown to relieve depression and loneliness after the loss of a spouse. Susan Bamber, who lost her husband to cancer in 2011, recently fostered two-year-old rescue dog Sammy, and he has filled a void in her life. 

Why dogs and cats help us deal with grief and loneliness, and how fostering a stray dog filled a void in this woman’s life 
9 Feb 2021 - 9:59AM
How to stay sane while working from home: add structure to your day, take regular breaks outside, and play music to relax

The pandemic has meant many have found it hard to work from home, but it has also presented an opportunity to develop a more resourceful workforce.

The pandemic has meant many have found it hard to work from home, but it has also presented an opportunity to develop a more resourceful workforce.

How to stay sane while working from home: add structure to your day, take regular breaks outside, and play music to relax
27 Jan 2021 - 3:03PM
To stay happy amid uncertainty, live in the moment – but plan ahead to reduce stress

The key to being happy in these difficult and uncertain times is a mix of living in the present, while making plans to reduce stress in the future. Don’t worry about things you cannot change, try to enjoy nature and ‘mindful moments’ in your day.

The key to being happy in these difficult and uncertain times is a mix of living in the present, while making plans to reduce stress in the future. Don’t worry about things you cannot change, try to enjoy nature and ‘mindful moments’ in your day.

To stay happy amid uncertainty, live in the moment – but plan ahead to reduce stress
9 Jan 2021 - 5:31PM
Couples workout: exercise together to lose more weight, the science says. Meet one couple who got fit quick

Working out with your partner can help you lose more weight and achieve your fitness goals quicker. Couples can encourage and hold each other accountable. We talk to a pair who got fit by training together.

Working out with your partner can help you lose more weight and achieve your fitness goals quicker. Couples can encourage and hold each other accountable. We talk to a pair who got fit by training together.

Couples workout: exercise together to lose more weight, the science says. Meet one couple who got fit quick
3 Jan 2021 - 1:22PM
Caregivers risk depression and burnout looking after a loved one – how to practise self-care and when to seek help

‘We didn’t think our friends would understand,’ says a Singaporean who, with his wife, nursed a daughter through ADHD but felt they had no one upon whom to unburden themselves. Therapists explain why caregivers need self-care to avoid burnout.

‘We didn’t think our friends would understand,’ says a Singaporean who, with his wife, nursed a daughter through ADHD but felt they had no one upon whom to unburden themselves. Therapists explain why caregivers need self-care to avoid burnout.

Caregivers risk depression and burnout looking after a loved one – how to practise self-care and when to seek help
29 Dec 2020 - 8:11PM
Cinnamon benefits for health, diabetes prevention, and when to use it ground or as sticks in cooking

Cinnamon contains antioxidants, which have health benefits, and is effective in regulating blood glucose levels and slowing the progression to Type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon contains antioxidants, which have health benefits, and is effective in regulating blood glucose levels and slowing the progression to Type 2 diabetes.

Cinnamon benefits for health, diabetes prevention, and when to use it ground or as sticks in cooking
15 Dec 2020 - 7:32PM
Protect your mental health during and after the pandemic: be open with your emotions, practise mindfulness and remember it won’t last forever

Recent studies show that the pandemic has led to a rise in anxiety and depression. Here’s how you can better safeguard your mental well-being.

Recent studies show that the pandemic has led to a rise in anxiety and depression. Here’s how you can better safeguard your mental well-being.

Protect your mental health during and after the pandemic: be open with your emotions, practise mindfulness and remember it won’t last forever
13 Dec 2020 - 7:53PM
Walnuts: health benefits, how to get the most out of them, plus a walnut-based dip recipe to try this Christmas

Walnuts have long been accepted as ‘brain food’ and are known to be good for the heart, but new research on their health benefits has found they’re great for the gut too.

Walnuts have long been accepted as ‘brain food’ and are known to be good for the heart, but new research on their health benefits has found they’re great for the gut too.

Walnuts: health benefits, how to get the most out of them, plus a walnut-based dip recipe to try this Christmas
9 Dec 2020 - 5:02PM
Feel the burn: Jane Fonda’s 1980s workout aerobics is back on trend, and it boosts your brain and body

Jane Fonda, queen of aerobics in the 1980s is back: she appeared on TikTok and her 1980s workout is trending. A recent study shows how aerobics benefits your brain and mood as well as your body – leg warmers are optional.

Jane Fonda, queen of aerobics in the 1980s is back: she appeared on TikTok and her 1980s workout is trending. A recent study shows how aerobics benefits your brain and mood as well as your body – leg warmers are optional.

Feel the burn: Jane Fonda’s 1980s workout aerobics is back on trend, and it boosts your brain and body
1 Nov 2020 - 8:15PM
World Mental Health Day 2020: how rituals like yoga and deep breathing can keep us calm and grounded and lower stress

The Covid-19 pandemic has people stressed out and on edge, but rituals like deep breathing and yoga can keep us calm and grounded and reduce stress and anxiety.

The Covid-19 pandemic has people stressed out and on edge, but rituals like deep breathing and yoga can keep us calm and grounded and reduce stress and anxiety.

World Mental Health Day 2020: how rituals like yoga and deep breathing can keep us calm and grounded and lower stress
13 Oct 2020 - 7:15PM
Be kind and offer help to others for a dopamine and serotonin high, and lower blood pressure

Benevolence, offers of help, volunteering – whatever the form it takes, giving has health benefits. Think lower blood pressure, dopamine and serotonin highs, and longer life.

Benevolence, offers of help, volunteering – whatever the form it takes, giving has health benefits. Think lower blood pressure, dopamine and serotonin highs, and longer life.

Be kind and offer help to others for a dopamine and serotonin high, and lower blood pressure
30 Aug 2020 - 10:32PM
How a strong romantic relationship aids cancer recovery – a loving couple share their story

A Stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis was devastating for Teresa Tam, 33, but her husband vowed to support her through her treatment. She credits her recovery to his attention and efforts to cheer her up.

A Stage 2 breast cancer diagnosis was devastating for Teresa Tam, 33, but her husband vowed to support her through her treatment. She credits her recovery to his attention and efforts to cheer her up.

How a strong romantic relationship aids cancer recovery – a loving couple share their story
26 Jul 2020 - 6:37PM
How loneliness from social isolation harms the elderly and dementia sufferers – and ways to help them overcome it

The elderly aren’t just more physically vulnerable to Covid-19, they are also more prone to feelings of loneliness and anxiety as a result of lockdown. Here are some ways to keep them calm, especially those suffering from dementia.

The elderly aren’t just more physically vulnerable to Covid-19, they are also more prone to feelings of loneliness and anxiety as a result of lockdown. Here are some ways to keep them calm, especially those suffering from dementia.

How loneliness from social isolation harms the elderly and dementia sufferers – and ways to help them overcome it
28 May 2020 - 4:42PM
Tempeh, keto diet and weight loss go-to that’s high in vitamins, minerals, protein and prebiotics, is a versatile meat substitute

Tempeh, great for the keto diet and for weight loss, is low in carbs and high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. It can be fried, grilled, and used as a meat substitute. Angeline Leong began making it at home, and now has a business making it full-time.

Tempeh, great for the keto diet and for weight loss, is low in carbs and high in protein, vitamins, and minerals. It can be fried, grilled, and used as a meat substitute. Angeline Leong began making it at home, and now has a business making it full-time.

Tempeh, keto diet and weight loss go-to that’s high in vitamins, minerals, protein and prebiotics, is a versatile meat substitute
14 Dec 2020 - 1:50PM
Why men need bromances like Justin Bieber and Usher’s or Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s to live longer and happier lives

A bromance, like that between singers Bieber and Usher, is good for men’s mental and emotional health. Men need to overcome the perception that they don’t need anyone, and learn to open up about their emotions, say experts.

A bromance, like that between singers Bieber and Usher, is good for men’s mental and emotional health. Men need to overcome the perception that they don’t need anyone, and learn to open up about their emotions, say experts.

Why men need bromances like Justin Bieber and Usher’s or Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s to live longer and happier lives
12 Apr 2020 - 4:48PM
Coronavirus and pregnancy: experts share how to minimise the infection risk for you and your baby

The coronavirus has everyone worried, especially pregnant women, who also have to think about their unborn child. Medical experts give advice on everything from breastfeeding to prenatal check ups and the delivery itself.

The coronavirus has everyone worried, especially pregnant women, who also have to think about their unborn child. Medical experts give advice on everything from breastfeeding to prenatal check ups and the delivery itself.

Coronavirus and pregnancy: experts share how to minimise the infection risk for you and your baby
5 Apr 2020 - 8:33PM
Why mushrooms are magic: health benefits, nutritional properties and how they can even help depression

Mushrooms are popping up everywhere as more people discover their health benefits and nutritional properties. In addition to fresh mushrooms, consumers can also now munch on tasty mushroom snacks.

Mushrooms are popping up everywhere as more people discover their health benefits and nutritional properties. In addition to fresh mushrooms, consumers can also now munch on tasty mushroom snacks.

Why mushrooms are magic: health benefits, nutritional properties and how they can even help depression
26 Mar 2020 - 9:47AM
Fall prevention: Facebook, WhatsApp workout videos for Singapore elderly boost their confidence and improve their health

An online campaign encourages elderly people to exercise more and raises public awareness of the importance of strength, balance and flexibility exercises to reduce the risk of suffering a fall.

An online campaign encourages elderly people to exercise more and raises public awareness of the importance of strength, balance and flexibility exercises to reduce the risk of suffering a fall.

Fall prevention: Facebook, WhatsApp workout videos for Singapore elderly boost their confidence and improve their health
26 May 2020 - 1:38PM
Coronavirus: how to stay positive and not let anxiety get the better of you

In this unpredictable and frightening time brought about by the coronavirus, how do we keep ourselves on an even emotional keel? Experts weigh in with their tips on staying positive, calm and not letting anxiety overwhelm you.

In this unpredictable and frightening time brought about by the coronavirus, how do we keep ourselves on an even emotional keel? Experts weigh in with their tips on staying positive, calm and not letting anxiety overwhelm you.

Coronavirus: how to stay positive and not let anxiety get the better of you
15 Oct 2020 - 7:24PM
Does morning exercise mean faster weight loss? Yes, if Jennifer Lopez, fit and fab at 50, is anything to go by

Does the time of day that you work out make a difference? A study suggests it might – and that exercising early in the day promotes faster weight loss. Whatever time of day you exercise, do it consistently, a coach says.

Does the time of day that you work out make a difference? A study suggests it might – and that exercising early in the day promotes faster weight loss. Whatever time of day you exercise, do it consistently, a coach says.

Does morning exercise mean faster weight loss? Yes, if Jennifer Lopez, fit and fab at 50, is anything to go by
15 Jun 2020 - 6:32PM
Five sex experts offer tips on how best to satisfy your partner and yourself in bed

From reading erotic stories with your partner to being open to trying new things and learning how to express your thoughts and feelings, five relationship experts share advice on how to best satisfy your partner and yourself.

From reading erotic stories with your partner to being open to trying new things and learning how to express your thoughts and feelings, five relationship experts share advice on how to best satisfy your partner and yourself.

Five sex experts offer tips on how best to satisfy your partner and yourself in bed
12 Feb 2020 - 8:14PM
Poor diet, lack of exercise in childhood a ticking time bomb – how to live longer, healthy lives

Children allowed to become overweight or obese, and who lack exercise, are storing up heart problems that will hit them as adults; if you lead by example and teach them good eating and exercise habits, it can extend their lifespans.

Children allowed to become overweight or obese, and who lack exercise, are storing up heart problems that will hit them as adults; if you lead by example and teach them good eating and exercise habits, it can extend their lifespans.

Poor diet, lack of exercise in childhood a ticking time bomb – how to live longer, healthy lives
9 Feb 2020 - 7:29PM
Why do beans cause gas? We clear the air about flatulence and legumes

Legumes – beans, peas, and lentils – are packed with nutrients but ferment in our gut, causing flatulence and bloating for some, so many don’t eat them. The effect is short-lived, though, and some are easier on the digestive system.

Legumes – beans, peas, and lentils – are packed with nutrients but ferment in our gut, causing flatulence and bloating for some, so many don’t eat them. The effect is short-lived, though, and some are easier on the digestive system.

Why do beans cause gas? We clear the air about flatulence and legumes
5 Feb 2020 - 10:13AM
No, Kendall Jenner: charcoal dental products won’t whiten your teeth – and could even damage them

Kendall Jenner might be promoting an activated charcoal whitening product and the trend may have hit everything from toothpaste to dental floss, but experts say they won’t whiten your teeth, and some could even cause harm.

Kendall Jenner might be promoting an activated charcoal whitening product and the trend may have hit everything from toothpaste to dental floss, but experts say they won’t whiten your teeth, and some could even cause harm.

No, Kendall Jenner: charcoal dental products won’t whiten your teeth – and could even damage them
20 Jan 2020 - 7:30PM
Red wine – is it good or bad for you? It protects against obesity and Alzheimer’s, studies show – but only if drunk in moderation, experts say

Yes, red wine can be good for you – but only if drunk in moderation and balanced with exercise and a healthy diet. Non-alcoholic red wine has all the same benefits, and none of the harmful effects of drinking too much.

Yes, red wine can be good for you – but only if drunk in moderation and balanced with exercise and a healthy diet. Non-alcoholic red wine has all the same benefits, and none of the harmful effects of drinking too much.

Red wine – is it good or bad for you? It protects against obesity and Alzheimer’s, studies show – but only if drunk in moderation, experts say
10 Jan 2020 - 6:36PM
Have diabetes? From depression to anxiety, the mental health issues you could face, and how to keep a lid on them

From Halle Berry to Nick Jonas, people diagnosed with diabetes often feel scared or upset. Although the diagnosis can affect a person’s mental health, those willing to change their lifestyle will feel better about the condition.

From Halle Berry to Nick Jonas, people diagnosed with diabetes often feel scared or upset. Although the diagnosis can affect a person’s mental health, those willing to change their lifestyle will feel better about the condition.

Have diabetes? From depression to anxiety, the mental health issues you could face, and how to keep a lid on them
7 Jan 2020 - 7:28PM
Four ways to deal with grief at work – a psychologist’s tips for what to do when you can’t shake the sadness

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has spoken about the grief of losing his wife and daughter in 1972 and his son in 2015, and having to push on. A psychologist offers tips on coping with grief while continuing to work.

Former US vice-president Joe Biden has spoken about the grief of losing his wife and daughter in 1972 and his son in 2015, and having to push on. A psychologist offers tips on coping with grief while continuing to work.

Four ways to deal with grief at work – a psychologist’s tips for what to do when you can’t shake the sadness
1 Jan 2020 - 7:06PM
How mindfulness lessons at school help children study better and handle their emotions

Mindfulness training is growing in popularity in schools around the world, helping youngsters to be better equipped at handling difficult times. Children who are mindful have higher self-esteem and concentrate better.

Mindfulness training is growing in popularity in schools around the world, helping youngsters to be better equipped at handling difficult times. Children who are mindful have higher self-esteem and concentrate better.

How mindfulness lessons at school help children study better and handle their emotions
8 Dec 2019 - 5:23PM