The saying “so much to do, so little time” was once a cliché we could all relate to. But these days, such seems to be inapplicable, for most of us are at home due to the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). With more time on our hands now, we ask, what more can we do to stay productive?
If there’s anything we are learning from our current reality during this time, it is that we can now do what we’ve always wanted to accomplish in the comforts of our home—be it baking, cooking, gardening, and other hobbies we had no time to learn before.
Interested? Here are some activities you may want to try to make the most out of the ECQ period.
What will I cook for today’s meal? was the most question that came into my mind especially that I’m working from home and have much time to cook because of the Enhanced Community Quarantine Order to keep us safe from this deadly pandemic.
Social distancing, using a facemask, frequent handwashing, and healthy lifestyle and food are ways to keep us safe from the COVID-19 pandemic. Mentioning healthy food, what I have below is a menu that rich in nutrients, budget-friendly and easy to cook as well.
Youthful and vibrant-looking skin: we all want it, and we spend billions each year in our attempts to get it. The stores are full of anti-aging skin care products, while every magazine headline touts the best ways to stay looking young. However, the real secret to great skin is about a lot more than the topical products you use; it’s about how well you take care of yourself. By following these tips, you can have the healthy, glowing skin you’ve always wanted.
Use Non-Toxic Sunscreen
In the past, we’d slather on the baby oil and lie in the sun to get a deep, dark tan, but that’s not the healthiest idea. Almost 90% of skin cancers are caused by sun exposure, and sunscreen will protect your skin from damage that brings other problems such as wrinkles and premature aging. Be sure to select a non-toxic sunscreen, as some common chemicals may trigger an allergic reaction or affect hormone levels.
The country has been facing the rise on the number of underweight and overweight Filipinos for more than 20 years. The World Health Organization (WHO) defined this phenomenon as the “Double Burden of Malnutrition” or the “prevalence of both undernutrition and overweight in the same community, nation, or region.”
To address this problem, our government launched the Pinggang Pinoy® campaign in 2014. Pinggang Pinoy® is an easy-to-understand food guide showing proper food group portioning on a per-meal basis. This reflects the principles of MOderation, VAriety and BAlance (MOVABA) to promote healthier eating habits.
Solving the Philippines’ Double Burden of Malnutrition should be a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors as it is not an easy feat. With this, Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with government agencies to conduct education programs to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® in malnutrition hotspots, where incidences of Double Burden Malnutrition are high. This training was given to homemakers/mothers who have malnourished (underweight, stunting, wasting, overweight and obese) school-aged children.
The pilot run resulted to improvements of the knowledge & attitudes of households related to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy® within target areas. However, behavior changes towards healthier eating habits remains to be a challenge. The program uncovered a number #MalnutritionTraps that some Pinoy households easily fall into. The following #MalnutritionTraps provide a picture of how unhealthy eating habits may lead to Double Burden of Malnutrition: