Importance of a Healthy Lifestyle

Yes, a mom to be here is going to lecture you guys on getting up on your feet to make some small habit changes that could probably save your life in a long run!
It isn't easy trying to eat healthy especially when i don't exactly have a gas cooking stove nor time to cook dinner by the time i reach home from office, hence eating out is my only option or my lil parasite will start giving me hell for starving it lel, whatever it is die die i must eat right now and with my sudden increase of appetite, i gotta be careful with the food choices too since i can't do vigorous workouts anymore and my initial calorie intake was only 1200 kal a day due to my slow metabolism, right now i am eating about 2000-3000 kal a day and gaining 2-3kg as my pregnancy progresses.
Weight gains are scary but it's necessary for me to gain some fats for the baby's brain to grow lol, everything in moderation of course!
Wouldn't want to end up being too overweight for no reason and use my lil parasite as an excuse to justify my lack of self discipline >.<


#mylilparasite at 23 weeks!

We are constantly learning new things everyday, recently I've just read up about the effects of pregnancy on my heart health. Currently my blood circulation has increased to support the growth of my baby, doesn’t feel much difference really lol which is how it should be and your blood pressure shouldn’t vary too much from before your pregnancy maybe “slight” towards the end of your 2nd trimester onwards, but for those with a family history of high blood pressure, please be wary about your BP levels and get them checked regularly to avoid complications. So getting frequent light walks allows your blood circulation to move smoothly which is needed since we are transporting double throughout our body anyways, that also means it has to work extra harder and with exercises it will slightly ease the process plus it also helps elevate our mood as well as they always say:- “Get the blood (& adrenaline) pumping during a workout!”

How about you guys?

It's passed mid year and any of you heading towards our fitness goals yet or at last took some baby steps into getting in changing your lifestyle for the better?
If the answer is no, then you'll need to read this post, not trying to scare you guys but a lil reminder that we have only one body and why it's important for us to take care of it regardless of the excuses we tend to give ourselves for letting go.


My favorite grilled Chicken Tikka Boti from Tasty Chapati, Jalan Ipoh
I would usually go for vegetables and lean meats to keep myself full whenever i eat outside, lesser on carbs for me as first of all i am allergic to wheat/ rice but i get the glucose (which coverts into energy) from fruits :)

It should be obvious to everyone by now that having a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle lessens the risks of health problems and also a healthier heart!
But alas, a surprising amount of people are still ignorant to this fact or choose to ignore it altogether thinking we are just scaring them into this "fitness craze" but what they aren't aware is they are shortening their lifespan unintentionally. Eating a balance diet is a good first step for one who wants to make changes in their unhealthy typical Malaysian lifestyle (eat oily food 24/7) but having exercises is also needed to make sure than your body gets enough activity to keep a good blood circulation going and you don't have to be a gym goer to be called "healthy' you know.
Simple things like swapping your sweets with fruits or satisfying your midnight hunger pangs with a glass of Nestlé Omega Plus which not only provides calcium for your bones but studies have proven drinking 2 glasses of Omega Plus a day can manage one's cholesterol levels.


*This product is not recommended for Pregnant women (*sobs* for me) but for those of you who aren’t pregnant with a baby but a food/ beer belly you may try Nestle Omega Plus for a healthier heart since it's proven effective!

Not everyone can afford a gym membership nor have the time to spare for it due to their hectic lifestyles but parking slightly further and walking to the office or by just taking the stairs up instead of the elevator, you are already getting your blood and heart pumping in the right direction!  
Even i who started having a semi sedentary lifestyle from my new job (occasionally got go out in the field la lol) is trying to squeeze in as much walking as i can before my feet starts swelling up later around my 7th-8th month.
Yes, i do get tired more easily now but that doesn't mean i should just sit down and do nothing right? Instead, this is a sign for me to get my adrenaline and mood up so i can be more progressful rather than always complaining "tired" and "sluggish".

You'll be surprised that cases of young people getting heart attacks are much more common these days compared to last time, and by young i mean barely even 50 they are already having such risky heart conditions!
Next most common health problems next to heart & obesity are cholesterol levels, you don't necessary have to be obese to get this. Even my old man who is rather normal size for his age has this problem, so he's been watching his food intake and going for jogs every evening whenever possible.

Another unfortunate case that has just recently happened to a colleague of mine who just lost a friend to a heart attack and he was only in his late 30s. It was totally unexpected, and the friend wasn't even a heavy drinker nor smoker  (Bless his soul) :(


As you can see, this CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE.

We are not asking you to change overnight but start somewhere and gradually grow from there, Malaysia has no doubt one of the top countries in the world with delicious rich food that's available all around the clock but sometimes we gotta give and take in life :)
Can't have everything and nobody is or will be perfect.

The 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey revealed that nearly 20 million Malaysians above the age of 18 years are at risk of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which may in turn lead to the development of heart disease. One out of two Malaysians are suffering from high cholesterol. Heart disease manifests itself in many different forms – a heart attack, narrowing of arteries, abnormal heart rhythms, breaking down of the heart valve or heart muscle and degeneration of blood vessels, amongst others. Collectively they are known as cardiovascular heart disease, or CHD.

It's great to see big brands like Nestle Omega Plus jumping into action by making it their mission to be Malaysia’s heart health advocate. So come join them next month on a Saturday morning- 3rd sept  Lake Gardens (Perdana Botanical Gardens) for Walk-A- Mile, Malaysia’s longest running walk for heart health advocacy, jointly organised by Nestlé Omega Plus and Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM).
Hopefully through their efforts, we can create a healthier lifestyle awareness for Malaysians of all ages. Take charge of your heart health now, register at mro.myraceonline.com/wohd16/registrations to join Walk-A-Mile 2016.
And YES, i will be joining too, so no excuses and see you guys there! :)





XOXO,

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