All posts tagged: health and well-being

10 Superfoods to Eat Today

Superfoods are foods high in nutrients and phytochemicals, with few negative properties such as artificial ingredients, saturated fats, and other chemical additives. Although the term “superfoods” has been contested to be a purely marketing gimmick, I can’t say that I prefer loading up on vitamins to these natural foods. All or most of the foods listed below, which we have highlighted to be particularly good for women in the 20s and 30s, are readily available at your local grocery stores, and perhaps in your fridge. I’ve also included delicious serving ideas to pair with each superfood. Start and end your day right for a happier and healthier body! APPLES Apples are rich in fiber, a great food to help us feel satiated, giving our body the necessary dose of pectin, a soluble fiber believed to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol, and the risk of colon cancer, breast cancer, and diabetes. Serving suggestions: eat with peanut butter, juice with other fruits (I like apples with carrots), or consume as is. TOMATOES Loaded with the antioxidant lycopene (the …

Drugs: to Take or Not to Take?

It seems like these days many are feeling the bite of dengue fever. If not us, our neighbors are catching it. And we are sitting at home fearing we’ll be next. This malady, a tropical household disease not foreign to those of us living in Indonesia, is one of the reasons for round-the-clock doctor appointments and expeditious drug dispatch. It almost feels like we are experiencing an alien phenomenon unheard of before. Families and communities are panicking, rushing to equip their homes with fogging machines and pesticides for mosquito control. All this precaution and alarm is understandable and justifiable, except when it comes to the pile of pills we are consuming, or those the doctor makes us believe we need to consume. I accompanied my boyfriend Kyle, who tested positive for NS1, to the doctor yesterday. His helper, Ben, who’s had the virus for about a week now and was almost fully recovered, also came along to get checked. The clinic, a private practice with an in-house pharmacy, is located in West Jakarta. We signed …

Healthy Snacking Tips and Tricks

Most of us readily accept a snack offer, but the rest of us, meek and timid, experience a universal sense of guilt at the idea of consuming extra calories. We are here to say that there is nothing wrong in nibbling on something between meals. In fact, snacking is one way to satisfy your nutrient requirements and healthy snacking can offer you a whole lot of benefits! For example, having a glass of milk amounts to 50% of your calcium requirement and crunching on a carrot fulfills your vitamin A requirement for the day. Snacking also helps in keeping your blood sugar stable throughout the day, preventing you from feeling too hungry and overeating during meals. If you sometimes find your energy level drop between meals, keeping your blood sugar level stable will help you feel energized and awake throughout the day. However, remember that snacks will add to your total calorie intake. Here’s a tip. Do not judge calories by their size. Those mini-sized treats may not be as mini in calories as they seem. In snacking, a little may actually hurt. Did you know that just by consuming …

Tips for Eating Out the Healthy Way

Dining out has become most everyone’s favorite pastime. Being a big part of the everyday lifestyle, it’s even become a necessity for some. This is particularly true here in Jakarta, where people are always on the lookout for all things novel and adventurous, and new restaurants offering a variety of cuisine types are sprouting in every corner, rendering our options endless. While dining out is a great way to unwind, meet new people, and engage in conversations, studies have shown that the more people you dine with, the more food and drinks you will consume. Worry not, I am not here to counsel you to abdicate dining out. But here are some tips on how you can continue to enjoy your dining experiences in a smarter (healthier) way. FRENCH CUISINE French food used to be notorious for being high in fat thanks to the French love of butter (think Julia Child). Luckily, the nouvelle cuisine has introduced a lighter, more delicate method of cooking. Now, before going on those fancy dinner dates, remember these few tips: DO’S French bread with olive oil dipping sauce Bordelaise or other wine-based sauces Have your …