All posts tagged: healthy living

Things Girls Get Away with during That Time of the Month

The monthly cycle—the single most unforgettable experience a girl can have. How could we forget? It comes to us every. single. month. Predictably too! And even though we should in fact be thankful because a regular period signifies a healthy body, this bloody monthly episode gets to us, or rather, is out to get us. In turn, you may feel we are out to get you (and/or vice versa). But trust us, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do to be spared of the pangs and throbs of the cycle. Here’s the truth: we may or may not be our complete normal selves, and here are some things we (like to think) we can get away with during that time of the month. This list is by no means exhaustive (and we admit we are crazier in some departments more than others), so feel free to add your two cents in the comments section below! Skipping the gym. Yes, we know that it’s supposed to be good for you to still exercise during your period. We know. With …

16 Things Only People Who Are Constantly Hungry Can Relate To

Call it greed, gluttony, voracity. Or weakness, passion, lust, or love. There’s always one or two among us who are constantly hungry. They eat an entire meal with you, and 40 minutes later, they’re soliciting a hot dog stand and a pretzel cart. And you think to yourself, what are these people made out of? And where is all the food going? Well, we’re not here to educate you on the science of digestion. You can look that up on Wikipedia. But what we have done is made a list of 16 things people who are constantly hungry can definitely relate to. Any of these remind you of someone? Share the list with them and watch their reaction!  1. Supper? Why the food not? No more being all hush-hush about the idea of supper. What’s wrong with eating a meal after dinner? 2. Hit the gym in the name of pizza. The only reason for working out (well not the only reason, we know it’s supposed to good for health and stuff) is so we can enjoy all the pizza we want. …

12 Habits of Highly Punctual People

Punctuality is hardly a superpower, although it may feel like it for some. It’s simply a habit, as are brushing your teeth, taking a bath, and eating breakfast. One-year olds don’t know that their teeth need brushing. But over time, as their caretakers brush their teeth for them, they learn that teeth need daily brushing. We all started out not knowing that we have to do certain things in order to maintain ourselves. But with learning and practice, we develop habits that keep our lives in order. Punctuality seems to be an elusive concept to many people these days. It’s a rare trait that few people take seriously. We all joke about having a “watch made out of rubber,” meaning it can stretch time. But in reality, it’s not cool to show up late, waste other people’s time, cause unnecessary upset, and potentially compromise good relations. We think you owe it to others and yourself to be on time. Like any habit, practice is key! Here are 12 habits of punctual people: 1. They Start …

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 …

10 Tips for a Refreshing and Rejuvenating Sleep

I love sleep. I love sleep so much that I refused to come out of my mother’s womb. My twin had to be born first because I was still sleeping. I kept hitting the snooze button. That’s what happens when it’s warm and cozy and comfortable. I was born 51 minutes later. When I was a shift worker in my early twenties and doing back-to-back evening, morning, and evening shifts, I would count down the hours until I could go back to sleep as soon as I woke up. It was during this time in my life that I was diagnosed with a chronic illness with fatigue being the the overarching symptom. My sleeping patters were irregular, I was tired allthe time, and my mood was stuck on irritable. If you’re thinking, that’s me too, know that you can have a refreshing and rejuvenating sleep just by making a few simple lifestyle changes. There are many restorative processes that take place when we are sleeping. Ideally, we should be aiming for around eight hours of shut-eye every night. The …

10 Ways to a Happier You

We all get excited and pumped up around New Year’s. Resolutions are on a roll and we feel good. But come February and March, those habits we were so keen on keeping up are starting to be forgotten. We’re back to picking up chips rather than carrots. But we’re here to reignite your motivation to be better. Here are 10 ways to be happier today. Share them with your loved ones so they too can be inspired! 1. Reconnect with someone. It’s easy to lose touch with someone. But it’s also as easy to get back in touch, thanks to today’s virtual inboxes and pokes. 2. Be grateful. Every single day. Start the day thinking about the things you are grateful for, and end the day thinking of all the good things that happened that day. Gratitude reciprocates. Unhappiness is the result of the lack of gratitude. So be happy, there’s always something to be thankful for. 3. Try something new. Learn to tap dance. Bake a pie. Pick up a clarinet. Go to a Zumba …

How to be A Morning Person (When You’re Not)

If Neil Sedaka sings, “breaking up is hard to do,” many of us would say waking up (early) is also hard to do. But it doesn’t have to be. Being a morning person isn’t necessarily something you are born or not born with. Like many things, it can be learned, practiced, and mastered over time. What better way to start the day than being fresh and awake in the morning? Donuts, maybe. Here’s that donut. HOW TO BE A MORNING PERSON (WHEN YOU’RE NOT) 1. Baby steps. If you’re not a morning person to begin with, you’re not going to suddenly spring out of bed at 6 am (just because you are reading this article. But kudos to you if you do!). Make gradual changes as you go along. If you are used to waking up at 9, set your alarm for 8.45. The next day, set it for 8.30. The following day, 8.15. And so on. You get it. Do this until you have reached your desired wake-up time. 2. Strategically position your alarm clock. Place your …