Starting a Healthy Eating Habit

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My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate is a Tasty and Healthy Plating Method

I guess everyone will agree that it is quite difficult to start eating healthy when you are so used to having those fast food meals, those pizza slices and those french fries. But come to think of it, a quick search on the Internet for “healthy eating habit” will give you about 4,820,000 links. And they would leave you rather dizzy on which tips and advice to take instead. Oh well, fret not as our friends from Ajinomoto just came up with this very simple guide on how you can jump start that healthy eating habit for a healthier, fitter you.

Avoid Fad Diets

Fad diets would ask you to deprive yourself of certain nutrient that your body needs. And although these types of diet will give you instant results, the benefits are only temporary and they will prove to be unhealthy in the long run. Ajinomoto’s resident Culinary Nutritionist Manelie Cruz warns, “You should avoid fad diets. Always remember that the best diet is something that will influence your long term health prospect.

Good Nutrition = expensive?

Most people believe that they have to spend much to be able to eat or serve a healthy meal. But with a little effort in the kitchen, you will discover that preparing healthy home-cooked meals is still the most convenient and economical way to sustain a healthy diet.

Healthy or delicious?

Imagine holding the healthiest but the most horrible-tasting plate of food. It may be possible for you to eat a plateful, but you, much less your kids, would not be able to keep doing it every meal.

Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation (APC) believes that making truly delicious meals remain to be the best course to a life of wellness. Taste need not be sacrificed for health’s sake and vice-versa. Recently, APC launched “My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate” during the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge to show that healthy dishes can be tasty and affordable too. This is in line with the company’s culinary nutrition advocacy, which is about creating delectable and nourishing meals by cooking with culinary confidence and nutrition alertness.

My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate

My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate is a plating method that visually represents the recommended measurement or proportion of each food group. It is also a guide on how to choose, cook and serve healthy food ingredients. Here are the components of My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate:

  1. Vibrant-colored vegetables: refers to variety of colorful vegetables which are the major source of vitamins and minerals in the diet
  2. Fresh fruits: refers to fruits that contain more nutrients but lesser calories.
  3. Healthy carbs: refers to healthy choices of carbohydrates that are also high in fiber and other nutrients. Not only limited to rice but also other choices like root crops and corn.
  4. Good quality protein: refers to safe and quality meat or fish during purchase and after cooking
  5. Healthy beverages: refers to drinking water or other low calorie beverages packed with vitamins, minerals and/or other essential nutrients rather than just sugar.

Counting colors

Take a photo of your plate and count the colors; My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate encourages variety by requiring each plate to have at least 5 colors. This concept can be likened to the Japanese Bento Box with defined color groups for balance nutrition.

In an effort to promote the practice of My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate, the young culinarians competing at the Ajinomoto® Umami Culinary Challenge were requested to create their own versions of the My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate for PhP 50.00 or less. 25 school teams were able to produce their versions of the My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate, proving to all that healthy meals can be delicious and affordable.

Get on with the program and enjoy your own version of My Eat Well, Live Well® Plate!

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Making the Best of a Bad Situation

healthy tips, all about healthIf you or a close loved one becomes ill, it can turn your whole life upside down. Illnesses can come at anytime, and it seems that you are never quite ready for them. But as awful as it may seem at the time, you can always try to make the best of it. There are always ways that you can improve on the situation. Here are some suggestions, including using places like Med-Center, to help you lessen the burden.

Make Use of Down Time

It can be easy to feel as if you are accomplishing nothing all day in a hospital. Whether you are the one admitted into the hospital or whether you are there visiting most days, it can become tedious and frustrating. Instead of letting hours slip by without accomplishing anything, try to be as productive as possible. Obviously, if you are very sick, you should only worry about getting better, but if you are able, you may want to consider keeping yourself busy. It will help the time go by faster and you won’t feel like you are wasting so much time. You can write letters, read a book, write lists of things that need to get done, learn a new skill like crocheting, etc.

 Think Positive

A great way to make the best out of a hard situation is to try to be grateful for the things you have. Maybe they caught the illness early on; maybe you are able to spend more time one on one with a child or spouse; maybe you simply have more time to reflect on your life. These are all things that can be viewed in a positive light.

 Stay Close

If it is someone else that is sick, like your spouse, child, or parent, and you want to stay close to the hospital, you can make a situation easier on yourself by staying close. Instead of traveling back and forth each day to visit, you can stay at a place like Med-Center. Living in one of these Houston medical center apartments will allow you to focus on the important things and not on time or money being wasted while traveling each day. These types of things can really help a situation become less stressful and easier to cope with.