Food Allergy Vs. Food Intolerance

Food allergy and food intolerance is more common than you think. However, not as many know the difference of the two, or at least know which of the two conditions they are suffering from. On one hand, you may be allergic to, say, dairy; but it could also be that you’re lactose-intolerant. If you want to find out what that bloated feeling really means, start by knowing what sets food allergy and intolerances apart.

Food Allergy
This condition is an immune system reaction; when the body mistakes the food—usually a protein—as harmful and tries to fight it. Usually, symptoms of food allergy show up within minutes up to a couple of house and can range from mild reaction to life-threatening cases. Such symptoms include difficulty in breathing, hives, nausea, and in worst cases, anaphylaxis or a total-body shock.

Food Intolerance
Conversely, food intolerance is more of a digestive condition, which can be caused by one of these two things: the body’s lack of enzymes to digest the food and your sensitivity to a particular food additive such as gluten and lactose. Unlike food allergy, the reaction of food intolerance isn’t as severe and appears within 48 years. Surely, the symptoms are not pleasant, but it’s easier to remedy than allergic reaction.

Tips to Minimize Onset of Symptoms
If food allergies and intolerances have something in common, it is that they are both preventable and manageable. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

1. Read the Label
Nowadays, pre-packed foods contain a lot of ingredients. Take the time to go through the labels and read the ingredients. For someone with food allergies and intolerances, make it a habit to be aware of what you are putting into your body to save yourself from unpleasant reactions.

2. Keep track of the food you eat
This is very helpful for those with food intolerances. Keeping a food diary will help determine which food(s) could be causing the problem.

3. Look for substitutes
Whether you have allergy or intolerance, you really need to avoid those food that causes the reaction. Gluten, for example—should be part of your diet as it is a great source of fiber. However, if your body reacts to gluten, you have to avoid. Instead, eat more quinoa to make up for the nutrient you need.

4. Always have on-hand medicine
Always have antihistamines ready at home, and make sure to bring some wherever you go. Because, really, you may not always know what ingredient in your food may trigger your allergic or intolerance reactions.
The bottom line is, talk to your healthcare professional ASAP if you think you have either of the two. They will not only treat your reactions, but will also tell you exactly what to do to help manage your condition.

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8 Tips to Help You Manage Your Time

Many of Singapore’s millennials are sleep-deprived for numerous reasons, some related to work either on-the-job or in school. Surely, it’s not easy to say that there is a clear answer to being more productive and working efficiently. But, learning to manage our time effectively can maybe help ease out on the stacking papers.

1. Wake up early
You’ll be surprised at how many things you get done in the morning if you get out of bed early. You’ll be able to think more clearly about your objectives for the day, you can get some exercise in to get yourself energized, and you can even get to work and start early.

2. Establish goals
Determine the things you have to do and finish for the day. Having a list can help make it clear to yourself that you’d want to finish these tasks as efficiently as possible. You’ll also be able to determine which things to prioritize and things you can simply do for later.

3. Set a time limit for each task
Establish a time limit in which to finish a task. By doing so, you challenge yourself to fully commit to finishing that task while not getting distracted. This can help you focus and complete the task successfully and possibly faster.

4. Finish the important ones first
Prioritize the bigger, or more important tasks before anything else. You don’t want to start with the smaller and easier ones and be too tired to finish the major tasks later on. And because you’ve finished, you will find yourself relieved of a heavy burden.

5. Take breaks
Some may think that this is counterintuitive to time management. “How can taking a break even help us save time?” But having our brain work non-stop doesn’t really help us in the long run. Giving our mind a time to rest can help keep it fresh and alert.

6. Avoid multitasking
Many would think that they’re good at multitasking, but this is actually a delusion. When we do multiple things at once, we’re making ourselves more prone to making mistakes. We’ll then waste more time trying to fix our mistakes rather than spending the time to make progress.

7. Do something while waiting
There will be times when you’re not doing anything relatively important, like if you get stuck in line or when you’re just sitting on your commute. In these times, try to read books or listen to their audio versions. This isn’t multitasking, though, because you’re only doing one thing.

8. Say no
Sometimes, the temptation to go out with your friends can far outweigh your intentions of finishing a project. But instead of accepting invitations directly, developing the habit of saying no to unnecessary things can help you use your time more efficiently.

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Benefits of Waking Up Early

Many of us hate that worn out, groggy feeling that we get when we wake up early. Sometimes waking up is just hard to do. Nevertheless, there are still a lot of benefits to getting out of bed early. And here are only some of them.

You get to have breakfast
When you rise up early, you can get an important meal off first thing in the morning. Being able to get a healthy breakfast can be a start to better eating habits. You won’t have to feel too hungry and end up eating food full of sugar and fat while waiting for lunch. If you’re late to rise, you often have to rush and just get something “convenient” instead of having a full, healthy meal.

A time to exercise
Waking up early gives you the opportunity to get some exercise in your daily routine. Of course, exercising can be done any time of the day, even after work. But chances are you’re going to be too tired or you’ll still have obligations at work or with your family. Furthermore, exercising in the morning can give you a boost and keep you energized throughout the day.

Better sleep
Having enough time to sleep by going to bed early and waking up early can improve sleep quality. If you consistently sleep and wake up at the same times each day, you will find that you’ll be sleeping deeper and more comfortably. When the body gets used to your schedule, it will help our internal body clock and facilitating sleep more naturally.

Increases productivity
Establishing your goals first thing in the morning will help you achieve accomplish them. After waking up from a good, quality sleep, the brain becomes fresh and ready to hustle. You’ll be able to focus more and make better decisions. There will also be less interruptions early in the morning so you can get things done without much to distract you.

A time to enjoy peace and quiet
These days, it’s very hard to get some “quiet time” for yourself. The silence and peacefulness early in the morning allows you to enjoy a certain calmness and may help you have an amazing start for the day. In addition, because you get nearly no distractions, you can have a time to think about important things and focus on your day.

Easier commute
Traffic really isn’t much of an issue in Singapore because of its efficient road network, but the rush hour crowd is no joke. Especially with the MRT being used by thousands daily. But when you wake up early and leave for work early, you get to avoid contesting for a ride and get in a train that’s not too crowded. Plus, remember that you get 50-cent discounts when you enter stations before 7:45am.

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What is the Difference between Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing?

Fishing is a good pastime to get into as a way to relax as well as get in touch with friends. It’s also a great way to get acquainted with what nature has to offer, since Singapore is home to a wide variety of freshwater fish.

However, the debate between saltwater and freshwater fishing still continues today, and asking different anglers in Singapore will only give you different answers.

But what exactly is the difference between the two?

Saltwater vs. Freshwater Fishing

Specific locations aside, there are a few differences regarding the natures of the two, as both present their own challenges and their own rewards if you put in the time and effort into angling in these waters.

Freshwater is still much cheaper compared to saltwater fishing – freshwater fish is much easier to catch, and the currents are much weaker. Freshwater fishing is also more relaxed and laid-back.

Meanwhile, saltwater fishing can be quite different. Unless you live near the coastline, you won’t have too many opportunities to do so, and saltwater fishes are generally more aggressive. It’s also particularly difficult to get right on the first few tries, as the currents are stronger.

The fish species that you can catch in Singapore arealso quite different in both biomes: saltwater fishing can get you species suchas barracuda while freshwater fishing can hook you peacock bass (a prized fishamong anglers) or catfish that weigh as heavy as eight kilograms.

Which one is better?

The short answer: neither.

The long answer: Both saltwater and freshwater fishing present their own unique advantages and disadvantages, and you will need different equipment to be prepared for each.

While freshwater angling is much better in terms ofbeing a laid-back activity, saltwater fishing is more challenging because ofthe tides, and the adventure of saltwater fishing is a key part of the charm.  

Most freshwater fish, especially the trophy and edible fish, are crepuscular feeders, which means that they go out to feed either at sunrise or at sunset. Meanwhile, saltwater fish are often more active during daylight hours.

However, whether it’s saltwater or freshwater fishing, the best tool you can take with you to either is still patience – waiting for something to snag the bait will take hours.

You will need a lot of this and remember to not lose it the instant you cast your line into the water. You can’t catch if you don’t wait for the fish to find the lure and make your floater sink, and to know this, you will constantly need to keep a watchful eye on it.

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Try these 4 Vegetables in a Different Way for Your Next Healthy Meal!

The next time you’re struggling to compromise between eating healthy and actually eating food that tastes good, be sure to try out these five vegetables that you can easily find in your cupboard (or at the nearest market) to give your next meal a delicious twist:

1. Broccoli – Broccoli can cooked in a variety of different ways, whether it’s oven-roasted, pan-fried, of steamed along with a generous pinch of salt and just the slightest drizzle of olive oil.

When steaming broccoli, don’t forget to check after five minutes to see if they’re tender using a fork. Once they are, you can remove them from the heat and proceed to dig in.

(Tip: As much as possible, steam yourvegetables instead of boiling them – this is perhaps the optimal way of cookingthem without taking out their nutritional value.)

2. Cauliflower – Braise the florets (tight white or purple heads – make sure that there are no brown or yellow spots) by placing them in a large skillet, along with half a cup of dry white wine and half a teaspoon of caraway seeds, and letting them simmer.

Once the cauliflower florets start to simmer, reduce the heat and cover the skillet. Cook them for about four minutes until they become tender, after which you can proceed to serve.  

(Tip: You can microwave most vegetables ifyou’re not sure whether you’ll like the taste – except for cauliflower. This isto preserve its vitamins and various phytonutrients, which are said to helpfight cancer.)

3. Carrots – Cook these in a skillet along with a tablespoon each of oil and sugar, along with ¼ cup of water. Smaller carrots (or baby carrots, if you prefer) are ideally cooked whole, while larger carrots should be cut into smaller rounds or chunks.  

Carrots are also delicious roasted, and are a must-have for any instant hors d’oeuvres you plan on making.  

(Tip: When sautéing vegetables, be sure to give them a good stir to prevent them from burning!)

4. Brussel sprouts –Be sure to add just a slight drizzle of soy sauce and olive oil before roasting them in an oven over high heat to bring out their flavors.

One great thing about roasting vegetables is that they take virtually no time at all to prepare before placing them in the oven. With only a small amount of oil and herbs (to add some flavor into the mix), you can place your veggies in a baking dish and leave them to roast.

(Tip: With the right vegetables, roasting can bring out a unique flavor that you otherwise don’t get with other methods such as boiling or steaming. This also slightly caramelizes their internal sugar content, which in turn brings out their natural sweetness.)

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