‘Not a death sentence’: DOH says 98% of nCoV patients get better

‘Not a death sentence’: DOH says 98% of nCoV patients get better

‘Not a death sentence’: DOH says 98% of nCoV patients get better(Philstar.com) – February 6, 2020 – 11:16amMANILA, Philippines — Most of the people infected with the novel coronavirus will recover from the disease, the Department of Health said Thursday.Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo said 98% of the individuals affected by the illness that has killed 560 people in China will recover.“The infectious disease doctors are willing to admit these patients and treat them because 98% of these patients will get better,” Domingo said in an interview on the ABS-CBN News Channel.He added: “It’s not a … (more…)

Air Selangor encourages employees to stay active, fit and healthy

Air Selangor encourages employees to stay active, fit and healthy

In a move to encourage its employees to lead a healthy lifestyle, Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Air Selangor) in collaboration with one of the world’s top insurance companies, kicked-off the programme within the organisation.

The keep-healthy-and-stay-fit programme was launched by Air Selangor Chief Executive Officer, Suhaimi Kamaralzaman recently, in a fitness themed event held at Bangsar South.

The programme is aimed at helping employees live healthier, longer, better lives and at the same time rewarding employees for their efforts to stay healthy. The programme empowers employees with the knowledge, tools and motivation to achieve their health goals revolving around their main pillars which are all about knowing your health, improving your health and enjoying the rewards.

Moving beyond just promoting and inculcating a healthy lifestyle for employees, Air Selangor hopes that with this structured health awareness programme, the organisation can help boost engagement between management and employees, reduce the medical costs as well reward employees with benefits and discounts for taking sustainable steps, however small, to improve their health and wellbeing.

A total of 400 employees participated in the launch of the programme and more activities have been planned to cascade the message to its 4,500 employees. At the event, Suhaimi also presented 224 FitBit watches to Air Selangor employees who had never taken medical leave throughout 2018 as a token of appreciation.

Participants at the programme were also briefed about how the programme works as well as the rewards that come with it, as it has collaborated with 12 partners to offers members discounts and rewards for gym membership, wearable fitness devices, fitness apparel, healthy food, health screenings and fitness assessments, hotels, airlines and movies.

In addition to that, those who engage in the programme will get between 15% and 50% through its partners, namely AirAsia, Berjaya Hotels and Resorts, BP Healthcare, Fitbit, Fitness First, Garmin, Guardian, Marriott, Medklinn, Reebok and Mongoose Publishing’s Men’s Health and Women’s Health magazines.

This programme is also integrated with a variety of mobile applications and wearable fitness devices, making it easy for the members to track their goals and record their activities to earn points.

Those present at the launch also took part in a Zumba session led by a professional trainer to start their fitness regime rolling.

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The wonders of oats

The wonders of oats

No, I’m not about to preach about the benefits of oats and its nutritional facts because:

  1. Most, if not all of us are already aware of how good they are for our bodies
  2. There are plenty of articles out there on that; here, here and here!
  3. I’m not an expert in the “science of oats”

So instead I’ll share about how we can turn these healthful, nutritious, and wholesome oats into amazing, delicious meals. As per usual, my recipes are so easy and under 10 minutes to prep. No excuse for not having your oats guys… 😆 To any oat haters out there, I get you because I used to feel the same; that they are bland and tasteless. Little did I know there’s a secret to it and it’s all in its pairing ingredients and cooking methods.

You can cook oats in different methods to achieve different textures. You may not be a fan of one, but may be crazy over another. I’ll share with you 3 methods (and recipes) that’ll give you different versions of oats; I would like to call them the hot, the cold and the crunchy. 😄

 

Overnight Oats (The “Cold”)

This method involves no cooking, short prep time, but a longer waiting period (overnight or at least 4 hours). This is great for those of you who are always on the go, and in a rush in the morning. Grab the jar from your fridge and off you go! 

Coconut-Choc Overnight Oats Recipe

Ingredients:

40gm Rolled Oats | 1 Tbsp Gula Melaka | 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa | 2 Tbsp Chopped Almonds | 150ml Milk (Optional: *Homemade Cashew Mylk)

Directions:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients in a jar.
  2. Pour in milk, and leave overnight in the refrigerator (or at least 4 hours) to soak.
  3. Serve and enjoy.

*Homemade Cashew Mylk Recipe

Ingredients: 100gm Cashews | 500ml Water | Pinch of Salt
Directions: Blend, strain and serve.

Note: Can keep for 1 week, refrigerated.

 

Cooked Oats (The “Hot”)

This method involves cooking over a hot stove, but requires the shortest cooking time. Ready in under 5 minutes! This is perfect for those of you who want a quick fix and you’re just too hungry to wait for longer than 5 minutes…

Almond-Choc Oat Porridge Recipe

Ingredients:

½ Cup Rolled Oats | 1 Cup Water | ½ Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa | Pinch of Pink Himalayan Salt | 1 Tbsp Almond Cinnamon Butter | Drizzle of Raw Honey 

Directions:

  1. Add oats, water, cocoa, and salt into a saucepan. Cook for 5 mins or till your desired consistency.
  2. Take the saucepan off the heat, stir in almond butter.
  3. Serve in a bowl, with drizzles of honey and your favourite toppings.

 

Baked Oats (The “Crunchy”)

This method takes the longest time but they can also keep the longest compared to the other recipes. This is great for those of you who like to meal prep beforehand and always have something handy to use. I love them in my smoothie bowls and on my nut butter toast

Cinnamon Granola Oats Recipe

Ingredients:

1 Cup Rolled Oats | ½ Cup Mixed Nuts and Seeds | 1.5 Tbsp Olive Oil | 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar | ¼ Cup Coconut Flakes

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven at 180C.
  2. Add oats, nuts and seeds, and olive oil into a baking tray. Mix well.
  3. Bake for 15 minutes.
  4. Add coconut sugar and coconut flakes, mix well.
  5. Bake for another 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!

You can be creative with your ingredients and switch up the ones given in the recipes above, and make your own favourite bowl of oat MEALS 😉 For more meal inspirations, oat recipes or other easy recipes, you can head over to The Pantry by Erina. Hope you’ll find more recipes there that you’d like to try.

I hope this inspires you to try something new or food that you may think you’re not a fan of. And if any of these recipes convert you to a fan of oats, it’ll be so amazing to get to hear from y’all personally 😆

Have an amazing week ahead loves and remember to take a moment to stop, live, breathe, love and share moments with people around you. Be that light to someone who needs it 😘 Life’s too precious for us to live for ourselves.

Much love, Erina

Tips to eating healthy while dining out

Tips to eating healthy while dining out

How do you define a “healthy” meal?

Some would say, a meal with no refined/processed ingredients, others would say a meal with no carbs, and then there are some who define a healthy meal as one with loads of greens.

What’s your definition?

I used to be obsessively concerned about every little bit of ingredient that goes into my food, as if eating something unrefined in one meal was going to be detrimental to my health. Through all my crazy obsession at different points of my life, I have finally come to a place where I have found my own definition of “healthy eating” that’s balanced and not restrictive. I believe it’s different for everyone because we each have our own likes/dislikes and routines/schedules.

The key is finding the definition that allows you to nourish your body and enjoy food without excessive unsustainable restrictions in your life; socially, mentally, or psychologically.

Here, I’m sharing how I maintain my healthy lifestyle while dining out in ways that are suited to my lifestyle and likings.

Order side salad or a veggie dish

So, to me, a big part of nourishing myself is having my greens. When I cook at home, I will always include them in most of my meals. With dining out, it gets a bit trickier. Most meals you get in a restaurant include only a few strands of greens. Then there’s the option of ordering a salad dish as a main, but that wouldn’t usually be enough for me especially if they include just greens without protein and carbs. So the win-win to me is ordering a salad or a veggie dish on the side, and have it to share with others. 

A cup of hot tea does the work!

I’m never really one with the habit to order a drink with a meal. But I do have days where just water would not suffice and that’s when ordering a cup of hot tea does it for me. If you’re one with the habit of ordering a beverage with your meal, try tea instead! Plus, there’s something about slowly sipping a hot cup of tea that centers you and eases cravings for sweets/snacks. It’s not that it’s “bad” to have dessert after a meal, but I find that sometimes enjoying a cup of tea after a meal will leave you not wanting that dessert anymore. 

Stay mindful while ordering and eating

Being mindful is a big part of eating healthy because it allows us to feed our body what it truly needs or desires for.

How many times do we order something only to find we didn’t quite enjoy it or feel satisfied or feel good after..?

So upon ordering, I find myself asking these questions; “How will i feel after having this meal?”, “Is this what I really want right now?”

If I’m hungry at the point of ordering food, being mindful about the amount of food that I’m about to order help. It’s easy to go crazy because our hungry state makes us believe that we can eat a whole lot! Asking myself questions like “Do I need that amount to fill my stomach?” or “Will i feel my best/satisfied after these amount of food?” helps me make better choices most of the time. 

While eating out, most people are likely to be distracted by the environment or conversations that are ongoing around them. So it’s easy to have a meal and end up overeating or feeling like wanting more even after having a full meal. I eat mindlessly all the time when I’m not paying attention to what I’m feeding myself. By just being mindful about every mouthful of food that’s being consumed, allowing myself to enjoy the different flavours and textures that the food presents, I always find myself enjoying my meal better and feeling completely satisfied after.

These are just a few tips that have helped me with eating well and feeling my best, whilst dining out. Just thought these might help some of you out there who struggle with it. However, do keep in mind that these are ways that are suited for me and my lifestyle. It’s different for everyone. Hope this inspires you to keep finding methods and ways that will help you eat well and enjoy food and life!

Have a great week ahead and let us all remember to always speak words that build and not destroy, share with/give to someone who is in need (be it love, care, kind actions, words of encouragement or material goods). Enjoy your week! 

Lots of love,

Erina