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Health Problems Related to Diet

Published July 29, 2008 by starvillanueva

A Healthy Diet

At least six health problems have been proven to relate to diet. The first four problems occur in children as well as in adults. The last two occur primarily in adults.

  1. Iron deficiency anemia

This type of anemia usually occurs between 6 months and 2 years of age. The main symptoms are fatigue and delayed motor development. Iron deficiency anemia can also cause behavioral symptoms such as restlessness, irritability, and poor attention span.

  1. Overweight

Obesity is one of the most common nutritional problems in this country. Obesity is also one of the most important contributing factors in heart disease, hypertension, and some cancers.

  1. Tooth decay

Tooth decay is more likely if a child has a lot of sugar in his diet. (Poor toothbrushing habits also contribute to tooth decay.)

  1. Intestinal symptoms

Too little fiber in the diet can cause intestinal problems such as constipation, abdominal discomfort, appendicitis, gallstones, and some intestinal cancers.

  1. Coronary artery disease

A lot of animal fat (especially cholesterol) in the diet contributes to coronary artery disease. This disease hardly exists in poor countries where the population subsists on low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets. It is also less common among vegetarians.

  1. High blood pressure

High blood pressure has been associated with an increased amount of salt or a decreased amount of calcium in the diet of some susceptible persons. Most people, however, get rid of extra salt through their kidneys and don’t develop hypertension.

RECOMMENDATIONS FOR A HEALTHY DIET

  1. Learn the four basic food groups:
    • milk products: milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream
    • meat/eggs: red meats, poultry, fish, and eggs
    • grains: breads, cereals, rice, pasta, and so forth
    • fruits/vegetables; may be consumed as solids or juices.

Twenty percent of a healthy diet should consist of milk, meat and eggs, and 80 percent should be vegetables, fruits, and grains. (Fiber is found in grains, fruits, and vegetables.) This is similar to the recommendations that children receive 55 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, 30 percent from fats, and 15 percent from proteins.

  1. Eat three meals a day.

Breakfast is essential for children. Skipping breakfast can compromise performance at school. For dieters, skipping breakfast usually doesn’t lead to weight loss. All meals should contain fruits or vegetables, as well as grains. Meat or milk should be included in two of the meals.

Eating snacks is largely a habit. Snacks are unnecessary for good nutrition but harmless unless your child is overweight. If your child likes snacks (and most children do), encourage fruits, vegetables, and grains, but don’t give them close to mealtime.

  1. Decrease the amount of fat (meat and milk products) in the diet.

Americans eat excessive amounts of meat and dairy products. Although cholesterol is important for rapid growth, children over age 2 should consume it in moderation (not eliminate it).

To decrease the amount of fat in the diet, follow these guidelines:

    • Remember that one serving of meat per day is adequate for normal growth and development.(Don’t serve meat more than twice a day.)
    • Serve more fish and poultry and fewer red meats, since the latter have the highest cholesterol levels. Lean red meats are lean ground beef, pork loin, veal, and lamb.
    • Trim fat off meats and the skin from poultry.
    • Don’t serve bacon, sausages, spareribs, pastrami, and other meats that have a high fat content. Cut back on hot dogs, lunchmeats, and corned beef.
    • Limit the number of eggs to 3 or 4 per week. (Eggs have the highest cholesterol content of any of the commonly eaten foods. The cholesterol in one egg is equivalent to the cholesterol in 14 ounces of beef, 1-and-1/2 quarts of whole milk, or 1 quart of ice cream.)
    • Serve 2 percent milk instead of whole milk for children over 2 years of age.
    • Decrease the amount of milk your child drinks to 2 or 3 cups per day. (Encourage your child to drink water to satisfy thirst.)

On the other hand, some teenage girls may need to be reminded to consume adequate milk products (the equivalent of 3 glasses of milk) to lay down the bone mass required to prevent osteoporosis later in life.

    • Buy margarine instead of butter.
    • Keep in mind that red meat may be hard to give up because of the widespread misconception that red meat helps to build muscle mass and strength.
  1. Increase the amount of fruits, vegetables, and grains in the diet.

Follow these guidelines:

    • Children should consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. (Fifty percent of American children eat only one fruit or vegetable per day.)
    • Try to serve a fruit at every meal.
    • Offer fruits as dessert and snacks.
    • Start every day with a glass of fruit juice. (Caution: limit fruit juices to 2 cups per day to prevent diarrhea.)
    • Since fruits and vegetables are interchangeable, don’t force children to eat vegetables they don’t like.
    • When making casseroles, increase the amount of vegetables and decrease the amount of meat.
    • Serve more soups.
    • Encourage more cereals for breakfast.
    • Use more whole-grain bread in making sandwiches.
  1. Include an adequate amount of iron in the diet.

Throughout our lives we need adequate iron in our diets to prevent anemia. Everyone should know which foods are good sources of iron. Red meats, fish, and poultry are best. One serving per day of these foods will provide adequate iron. Although liver is a good source of iron, it contains 16 times more cholesterol than beef and should be avoided. For young children who refuse meats in general, use low-fat luncheon meats as a meat source. Adequate iron is also found in iron-enriched cereals, beans of all types, peanut butter, raisins, prune juice, sweet potatoes, spinach, and egg yolks. The iron in these foods is better absorbed if the meal also contains fruit juice or meat.

  1. Avoid excessive salt.

Salt is not usually harmful for people without high blood pressure. However, to discourage a taste for excessive salt in infants do not add it to their foods. Remove the salt shaker from the dinner table. Use other herbs and spices instead of salt. Purchase salty foods such as potato chips and pretzels sparingly.

  1. Avoid excessive pure sugars.

Sweets are not bad, but they should be eaten in moderation. Most humans are born with a “sweet tooth.” They seek out and enjoy candy, soft drinks, and desserts. The main side effect of eating candy is tooth decay if the teeth are not brushed afterward. Eating food with a lot of sugar (“a sugar binge”) can cause, 2 or 3 hours later, jitters, sweating, dizziness, sleepiness, and intense hunger. This temporary reaction is not harmful and can be relieved by eating some food. A love of sweets is not related to obesity (if the total calories per day are normal) or hyperactivity. A high amount of sugar in the diet has not been correlated with coronary artery disease or cancer.

  1. Know what to eat before exercise.

Eating meat does not improve athletic performance. The best foods to consume before prolonged exercise are complex carbohydrates. These include bread, pasta (noodles), potatoes, and rice. These should be consumed 3 to 4 hours before the athletic event so they have passed out of the stomach.

Water consumption continues to be important up to the time of participation and every 20 to 30 minutes during the activity.

Racism! – scene took place on a British Airways between Johannesburg and London

Published July 29, 2008 by starvillanueva

A White woman, about 50 years old, was seated next to a black man.

Obviously disturbed by this, she called the air Hostess. “Madam, what is the matter,” the hostess asked. “You obviously do not see it then?” she responded. “You placed me next to a black man. I do not agree to sit next to someone from such a repugnant group. Give me an alternative seat.”
“Be calm please,” the hostess replied. “Almost all the places on this Flight is taken.

I will go to see if another place is available.” The Hostess went away and then came back a few minutes later. “Madam, Just as I thought, there are no other available seats in the economy class. I spoke to the captain and he informed me that there is a seat in the business class.

All the same, we still have one place in the first class.” Before the woman could say anything, the hostess continued: “It is not usual for our company to permit someone from the economy class to sit in the first class. However, given the circumstances, the captain feels that it would be scandalous to make someone sit next to someone so disgusting.” She turned to the black guy, and said, “Therefore, Sir, if you would like to, please collect your hand luggage, a seat awaits you in first class.”

At that moment, the other passengers who were shocked by what they had just witnessed stood up and applauded.

Managing Stress

Published July 28, 2008 by starvillanueva

We all talk about stress, but we are not always clear about what it is. This is because stress comes from both the good and the bad things that happen to us. If we did not feel any stress, we would not be alive!

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight  stress response. Some stress is normal and even useful. It can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, or trouble sleeping.

How can you relieve stress?

You will feel better if you can find ways to get stress out of your system. The best ways to relieve stress are different for each person. Try some of these ideas to see which ones work for you:

  • Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. Walking is a great way to get started.
  • Write. It can help to write about the things that are bothering you.
  • Let your feelings out. Talk, laugh, cry, and express anger when you need to.
  • Do something you enjoy. A hobby can help you relax.
  • Learn ways to relax your body. This can include breathing exercises, massage, aromatherapy, beauty & SPA treatments, yoga, or relaxing exercises like tai chi
  • Focus on the present. Try meditation or Listen to relaxing music. Try to look for the humor in life. Laughter really can be the best medicine.

 

Almost Done!

Published July 28, 2008 by starvillanueva

I can’t believe I survived my unbearable schedule for this month and July is about to end! This is definitely one of the bussiest & strenuous month I ever had because only few crew are trained for Boeing, the ones I’ve flown with are facing the same problem like me. Imagine arriving 7 in the morning from Dubai nightstop then Dubai again the following evening at 6:30pm pick-up time! I’ve been doing these for over a week now! I’m glad they’re training more Boeing crew now. Too much Dubai & Washington! I can’t take it anymore and the worst part is, even if I reported sick, they will just adjust the dates, they will not remove Dubai from my roster even if I’m day-off! I only have 5 days off this month + my sick leave = 8

Next month as predicted, no new layover, no other destinations. I just have 4 Dubai & 6 Washington till September 3 (if anyone wants Washington just inform me, you may drop swap form in my pigeon hole: 1778 – I will accept any layover flight) Ugh! Even if I’m smiling my face still looks so tired! My eyes looks so stressed! I deserve to pamper myself…I feel so restless… I need vacation leave…



 

My Long-Term easy to follow diet

Published July 23, 2008 by starvillanueva

 

Not knowing the healthy benefits of it, I always like whole grain products such as bread, cereal, oatmeals & wheat bread eversince I remember. (Since I was in grade-school to be specific) I’m literally patronizing the high fiber diet  without me knowing it! I don’t even wanna call it a diet because it’s more of a routine for me. My grocery cart & suitcase on the way back to Doha (as shown in the picture) is usually filled up with oatmeal & granola bars – It’s my favorite anytime snack besides from chocolate. I ate a lot! I never deprive myself to eat whatever I want. If you deprive yourself you’ll just end up eating more. Another secret is that Eat-sleep-pattern is a big no-NO!!!

High fiber diet is "less strict" than many other diet plans. Just increase fiber consumption! Just focus on foods high in fiber so you should eat more whole grain foods such as cereals and bread. Fresh fruits and vegetables are also high in fiber, as well as being an excellent source of important vitamins and minerals. Fiber is important for the health of the digestive system and for lowering cholesterol. Foods containing fiber often are good sources of other essential nutrients. This diet +  some  yoga  stretchings = Flat  Abs!

 

 


On getting a healthy weight…

Published July 23, 2008 by starvillanueva

When it comes to nutrition, it’s easy to spend a lot of time worrying about what to eat. Just as weight gain is caused by eating more calories than you burn, the only way to lose weight is to eat fewer calories than what you burn. People can cut back on calories and lose weight on almost any diet, as long as they stick to it. The real challenge is finding a way to keep weight off over the long run.

Low-fat weight loss strategies don’t work for most people. Low-fat diets are routinely promoted as a path to good health. But they haven’t fulfilled their promise. One reason is that many people have interpreted the term “low-fat” to mean “It’s OK to eat as much low-fat food as you want.” For most people, eating less fat has meant eating more carbohydrates. To the body, calories from carbohydrates are just as effective for increasing weight as calories from fat.

Low-carbohydrate, high-protein strategies look promising in the short term. Another increasingly common approach to weight loss is eating more protein and less carbohydrate. Some of these diets treat carbohydrates as if they are evil, the root of all body fat and excess weight

* Regularexercise or physical activity can do everyone a world of good. It helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and a host of other diseases, and is a key ingredient for losing weight or maintaining a healthy weight.

My Favorite Chocolate Drink

Published July 22, 2008 by starvillanueva

One day, I’ve seen a commercial about a skinny woman tells you how wonderful it is to fit into her old clothes again. They show a picture of how she used to look, so you can compare it to her current body state. Then they will tell you how you can get the body etc.  I know I’m not fat but I’m not skinny either! Hehe! But I ate a lot! I crave sweets every hour of the day and I cannot resist it. So I’ve tried the slim-fast milk chocolate and really like it to help fulfill my chocolate cravings and it taste so good! I really like it!  Did it work? It work for me. I could drink one when I was reading my morning email and wouldn’t need to eat anything until lunch but during lunch I still eat. I never skip meal & I snack in between. I never deprive myself from eating because when you deprive yourself you’ll just end up craving more food!

Phyto Fiber diet drink

Published July 22, 2008 by starvillanueva


I ate a lot so I have to search for a helpful product that will help me maintain my weight.Well according to their ads it is a fast & effective way to eliminate congested waste matter, also helps lower bad cholesterol,
cleansing function and anti-oxidant properties that promotes better complexion and has an anti-aging effect.  Out of curiosity  I was able to finished 1 box which contains  20 sachet.  (it cost  85 riyals here in Doha)  I’m not sure whether  it’s effective or not  but one thing I’m sure of is you’re not supposed to drink  it if you have other plans rather than staying at home!  because you’ll  definitely  end up going to the toilet after or 5-6 hrs!!!  =)

The Psychology of Being Organized

Published July 21, 2008 by starvillanueva

I always wanted my stuff to be organized, for me there is always a room for improvement. I rearrange & clean almost everyday because my accommodation is located in front-corner side of the building it’s so dusty! Being organized is totally a part of me wherever I go. As a sneak peak to my soon to launch blog site here’s an article on being organized.

Individuals who are organized in their personal lives most generally constitute efficient and organized in their work environments, succeed in their personal endeavors . Once an organizational state of mind is established, your status of efficiency in all areas of your life will benefit. A well kept room tend to indicate a well-ordered existence in every area of your life, whether it is financial, emotional or physical.

 

* My shoes as of June 1′ 2008 (some are left in Manila)

Organization is having a system for everything. By utilizing these systems, or routines, you manage to run a household, you manage to be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there, you manage to do everything that needs to be done and you manage to find the time to do the things you enjoy. The only way you can manage to do it all these days is if you are organized. And that means having a system.

Self-discipline is the only required equipment you will need to make any necessary change in your life. There is always room for improvement and there is always a simpler, better, and more efficient way of getting things done if you look hard enough to find it.

 

Low Calorie Pancake Syrup!

Published July 21, 2008 by starvillanueva

During one of my layover in Washington, I woke up so early (5am) I was craving for pancake so I ordered at Panera-nearby cafe connected to the hotel where I’m staying.. The pancake & syrup was so good so I planned to make my own version but why would I buy a high calorie maple syrup if there’s alternative “Sugar-Free & Low calorie” at same great taste!?! I’m glad I found this 70% fewer calories than regular syrup… If you’re calorie conscious person or has a diabetic family background this is definitely a good alternative instead of buying a high calorie syrup.

Coppertone Ultraguard Sunscreen

Published July 21, 2008 by starvillanueva

Protect yourself from the harmful UVA/ UVB rays that cause skin aging & burning, for sunblock I preferred to use lotion spray because it’s easier to apply. You’ll just spray it evenly to your existing moisturizer 20-30 mins. before sun exposure. I bought this for only $12 last June ’08 with the sun’s harmful effect it must be used daily but I only used it  occasionally or whenever I feel like! hehe! =)

Coppertone

Coming Soon!

Published July 16, 2008 by starvillanueva


 

I rarely write blog entries because I’m more of a reader, I browse a lot, read a lot! From endless beauty tips, fitness, healthy food, exercise, skin care to cosmetics! If I don’t have flight my entire day will just be spent in front of my laptop! I have lots of beauty tips to share, skin care to recommend and a lot more!

Lately, there are lots of people sending me messages in friendster,multiply & ym  (Honestly! online & offline messages not just about vanity but anything under the sun wholesome questions such as how to become a cabin crew, about faith, about life and of course beauty stuff which I do enjoy answering) It makes me glad when they appreciate my response & when they say I inspired them… I appreciate being asked, it gives me a feeling that I was able to help someone in my own simple ways…  They usually call me Ate, Ms. Star, Sis all the time… It’s pretty amazing how powerful the internet is… We can gain new friends, keep in touch with family, relatives & friends…

With these circumstances, I realized that I should be blogging more often to share my insights , reviews and recommendations…  I definitely won’t review a product I haven’t tried yet… (what’s the purpose of reviewing anyway!)  I’m currently working on a new blog site… A better more informative website with categories that will suit your interest. My roster is quite hectic nowadays with only few day off – So I will launch it by the end of the month! I consider this multiply a success because it reaches 2,000+ viewers every month. I hope you will all continue to support my new blog site when I launch it soon… Thank you…

When Least Expected

Published July 13, 2008 by starvillanueva

July 9′ 2008 – I was on standby from 6am-6pm but they changed my roster to single Bahrain departing at 8pm.. Since I don’t like the flight I didn’t confirm it and I just sleep instead.. I woke up around 7 am because I saw a missed call from rostering so checked my roster again they changed it to Washington which I supposed to operate on July 12 and they removed my double dubai, gave me 3 days standby,only 1 day off then Washington again…

To sum it up, my day doesn’t start well, waking up with lots of errands ahead of me, roster changes, lack of time to pack my stuff, short sleep & time pressure! I really hate the feeling because I’m a very punctual person, I’m always ahead of time & never gets late.

I managed to be ready at 8:32 am just in time to wait for the transport bus. The Rostering called again to say “THE FLIGHT WILL BE DELAYED-I WILL BE ON HOLD-JUST STAY HOME”  It’s too early to be pissed off so I just return to my room, had breakfast, read our Lady of Perpetual prayer book & think positive that there’s maybe a reason why all these  unecessary things are happening…

Around 11:30 am I arrived at Technical bldg. since not everyone is on the briefing room. I went out to check my pigeon hole and was surprised to read a letter with this intro –> “CONGRATULATIONS ESTRELLITA” for someone who haven’t been flying for more than 2 years & without experience It never cross to my mind that I will be promoted so soon. It was so unexpected because there are lots of senior crew than me, some were like 3 years flying and just recently got promoted.

* I feel so blessed & contented in every single moment of my life,  I’ve learned that never place a period where God has placed a comma.. God has been so good to me all these years ..Copied From my multiply online diary...

 

 


Osaka – Japan

Published July 5, 2008 by starvillanueva

July 4-5 2008

**More Osaka Pictures in my multiply Photo Gallery

* I love Osaka Flight!!! I don’t know this kind of flight exist! at 11 hrs flight it’s so unbelievable that no one press the call bell at all! Japanese passengers are so quiet,behave & shy – they don’t need anything! Some even have their own food with them while some of them are simply asleep!
Osaka-Incheon Crew

* Sobrang nakakatuwa talaga yung flight! Ako na nga nag initiate mag offer ng anytime snacks sakanila (Which I don’t normally do) hehe! ayaw parin.. sabi ko nga "Just take it,take it!" Natutuwa talaga ko sakanila kasi Kabaliktaran ng Washington flight na puro P.G ang passenger at nagiging christmas lights ang cabin sa dami ng Call Bell!!!

* Just one thing I don’t like is that hotel is 1 1/2 hr away from the airport! but it’s in a nice & convenient location walking distance from subway, malls, restaurants and the hotel has free WiFi.. =)

* Didn’t get lost this time because I was with Mira (From Korea) she’s good in directions! haha! I love this girl! she’s so funny & we have something in common- Our child-like gestures! I wish to have Osaka layover again to buy more Shiseido cosmetics & skin care – it’s cheaper there compare to other countries!

**More Osaka Pictures in my multiply Photo Gallery