Food and Nutrition (6)

Why Are You Always Hungry?

Do you find yourself spending more money on food than usual? Are your thoughts always filled with yummy treats? Do you still feel hungry even after several small meals within the day? If you have finally noticed how your life is slowly spiraling into an obsession with food, maybe it’s time to step back and ask yourself if something’s wrong with your body.

• Stress. Chronic stress messes up the level of cortisol in your body, so that even if you do not need the extra energy, your body is telling you that you need to eat more. Do not underestimate what stress can do to your physical and mental health, because you’ll end up with more serious problems later.

• Dehydration. For some people, constant hunger is a silent symptom of being dehydrated, but they are mistaking the signs for hunger instead of thirst. If you feel thirsty, do not substitute water with other beverages to avoid health problems.

• Insomnia. If you have had problems sleeping for some time, your body’s hormones will make you feel hungrier no matter how much you eat. You’re more likely to gain weight that way, because you will be craving for food high in calories and fat.

• Hypoglycemia. When your body’s glucose levels are too low, your body will tell you to eat more so that it can convert more sugar into glucose. If this is the case, then you need to visit a doctor to determine potential causes, such as diabetes, kidney disorder, and pituitary gland disorder.

• Diabetes. The sugar you consume is converted into glucose and is supposed to power the cells, but if you have diabetes, all the converted sugar is not used. This will send a wrong message to the rest of the body by telling you to eat more despite not being able to gain weight.

• Monthly Period. Hormonal changes in women can drastically affect their appetite, especially during the days leading to or during the monthly period. Your body is demanding more calories because of its heightened energy state.

• Skipping Meals. Depleting your store of energy can make you hungrier for your next meal. If you’re trying to lose weight by skipping meals, you should reduce the food portions instead.

• Medication Side Effect. If you’re taking medications, check the label for a list of side effects, because some drugs tend to increase a person’s appetite. As long as you eat healthy food though, it should not be problem.

• Fast Metabolism. You can’t do anything about this, but at least try to eat a complete, healthy meal on time and always stay hydrated.

• Not Enough Protein and Fat. Perhaps the constant hunger you feel is a sign that your body is telling you you’re not getting enough fat and protein. But if your diet consists of refined carbohydrates, you will still feel hungry no matter how much you eat.

Why Airline Food Can be Bad for Your Health

In-flight meals has taken on a bad reputation for the past few years, with the prejudice is warranted for a number of reasons. With bland meals laden with unnecessary calories, along with the increase in appetite being in the air brings, flying on a plane can ruin your diet regardless of whether or not you are tempted by the food they offer.

There are exemptions to this, of course. Singapore Airline’s famous Suite Class has received nothing but good word-of-mouth from passengers. Various individuals have complimented on the amazing service by the crew and the fantastic meal options whether in business or economy class. Such cases are rare, however, and airline foods still are dominated with lots of raised issues and concern.

People are still divided over the idea of consuming airline food while in flight, even if airline food has mostly improved its quality over the years. In a book entitled Gastrophysics: The New Science of Eating, research suggests a number of reasons behind why in-flight meals can be bad for you.

1. There’s more sugar
Professor Charles Spence, together with other inflight food experts, issued warnings regarding the 15 to 20 percent more sugar added to the meals we eat while in the air to give it the same taste perception. Factors like low cabin air pressure and dry air contribute to our inability to properly taste food, which is why a lot of airlines opt to add sugar content if it means less dissatisfied passengers.

2. You’re eating due to boredom
With limited things to do while in flight— like watching inflight entertainment in a cramped space or listening to others snore, food turns into an appealing distraction. Particularly when it’s free, most passengers would ask for second servings of desserts, alcoholic drinks, and fruit juices. When you are convinced there’s nothing better to do anyway, you tend to develop a mindset you might as well eat.

3. The meals aren’t fresh anymore
Most inflight meals are generally prepared between 12 to 72 hours prior to the time they are served on the plane. They are reheated again merely a few hours before consumption, giving it a sense of being ‘newly cooked’, but it is indisputable how the quality of these meals change over long periods of stalling. Now you don’t have to wonder anymore why your chicken lunch option looks undercooked, unappealing, and just plain sad.

4. You’ll feel bloated
Passengers often refuse free airplane food because they hate the effects it has on the body after landing. Yes, this may be impractical considering you’ve paid for these meals, but it could not compensate the unsatisfactory feeling it brings to people afterwards. For instance, eating salty, stale food at thousands feet up in air usually just bloats you. It may also lead to indigestion which then leaves you feeling awful upon arrival. Because of this, some people choose to snack prior to their flight and keep their stomachs full.

5 Tips on How You Can Eat Healthy Even at Work

Although they are motivated, some people still fail in their endeavour of maintaining a healthy diet because they simply don’t know how to eat healthy at work. Committing to a diet plan will be difficult when you’re at work especially if you’ll be surrounded with lots of delicious, but unhealthy food, and you’ll likely be tempted to try each of them out. Yet, if you’re more than willing to stick with your diet plan, simply use these tips as your guide on how you can eat healthy in your workplace.


  1. Eat Anywhere But Your Desk. While it may make you feel like an office rock star, working through lunch will only encourage you to unconsciously snack later in the day. This is because you’ll likely reward yourself with extra food for working during your lunch hour, instead of doing some random things. If you can’t completely get away, just sit somewhere other than your desk like in the break or conference room.
  1. Indulge Then Distract Yourself. Ignoring the birthday donut offered by your co-worker will only make you crave them more. Instead, treat yourself to it and immediately dive into an unfinished project, or take a 15-minute walk in the hall to distract yourself from craving for more. This way, you’ll be able to cut your snacking tendencies at work by 50 percent.
  1. Opt for Water Instead of Coffee. Instead of carrying a cup of Starbucks in your meetings, just tote a bottle of water. A study showed that people who drank two cups of water before their meals lost an average of 15.5 pounds in two weeks. So ensure that you’re hydrated all the time, as a slightest amount of dehydration can cause you to eat unnecessary calories.


  1. Carry a Handful of Pistachios. These munchies will surely satisfy your 3PM snack cravings and keep you fuller for longer periods of time. So skip on the sugar and calorie-loaded snacks on the vending machine and opt for these healthy nuts.
  1. Avoid the Candy Bowl. They may seem small, but candies are actually loaded with sugar and calories. So practise bypassing the candy bowl in your office, even if it means taking a longer route to completely avoid it. Just think: You’ll be able to avoid an extra calorie intake, while sneaking in some walking exercise.

Eating healthy at work is difficult, but if you’re disciplined and determined enough to stick with your diet plan, having a healthy lifestyle is still possible even at your workplace.


Drink Up: Singapore’s Best Japanese Sake Bars  

Sake is one of the most famous type of liquor worldwide. Served hot or cold, this popular liquor – made by brewing fermented rice – brags an array of complex flavours like no other. We scored three of the best sake bars in the City of Lion. Here’s our review:


  1. BAM! Tapas-Sake Bar

The arrival of BAM! Tapas-Sake Bar is something of a milestone for aficionados of modern Japanese cuisine here in Singapore. This restaurant features a unique and brand new concept that pairs ancient Japanese sake with traditional Spanish cuisines to bring an element of surprise to the taste buds. If you’ve developed a fine appreciation of sake, BAM! is the ideal place for you to enjoy this drink, with its list of over 80 sakes created by sake professional Derrick Lim.

Address: 38 Tras Street, Singapore 078977

Tel: +65 6226 0550

  1. Aoki Restaurant

Located at the first level of Shaw Centre, Aoki Restaurant is easily identifiable by its modern Japanese facade and interior. Popularly known for its impressive selection of sakes, which have all been personally handpicked by restaurant owner Kunio Aoki, you’re assured that all you will be drinking are of the highest quality. One of the best varieties to try is the award-winning Nakatori Junmai Daiginjo 35%. With an SMV (Sake Meter Value) of +5, this sake gives off a nice tingly sensation yet very smooth texture as it slides down the throat.

Address: 1 Scotts Road, #01-19 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

Tel: +65 6333 8015


  1. Mikuni

While most bars import their sakes, Mikuni offers homemade sakes by their in-house sake sommelier. Among their bestsellers are the yamahai sakes, which are concocted using a unique method used in specialty brews to add an earthy flavour to the drink. If you’re a seasoned drinker, you will surely appreciate the full-flavoured Kariho—a yamahai junmai that’s fruity, crisp, and refreshing to the palate.

Address: 80 Bras Basah Rd, Fairmont Hotel 3/L, Raffles City, Singapore 189560

Tel: +65 6431 6156

Singapore is a home to many international bars and restaurants. With the country’s colourful F&B scene, anyone can experience the world’s best delicacies without leaving the heart of the Lion.


6 Quick and Simple Lunch Ideas for the Kids  

Most of the time, the idea of meal planning only revolves on dinner. For many moms out there, it’s challenging to whip up a quick lunchtime meal for their kids to bring to school. If you’re oftentimes caught up standing in front of the fridge, pondering what to make for your kid’s lunch, here are some easy lunch ideas that you can quickly whip up in a matter of minutes.


  1. Arnold Palmer Sandwich

Combine smashed boiled eggs and finely chopped pickles with mayonnaise and mustard, and then spread it on a slice of whole wheat bread. Create another tasty sandwich by combining drained canned tuna, chopped onions and celery, lemon juice, and mayonnaise, spread on another slice of whole wheat bread. Sprinkle with finely chopped basil leaves and pack with love.

  1. Turkey Salad Roll

If you have leftover turkey, dice it and combine with chopped toasted almonds, thinly sliced celery, halved grapes, and mayonnaise. Put it in an airtight food container, packed with a multi-wheat bun or loaves of bread for your kid to assemble.

  1. BLTA Wraps

Mach avocado slices with lemon juice, and then spread it on a wheat wrap. Top it with crumbled bacon, sliced romaine lettuce, and chopped tomatoes. Roll it all up and wrap it in a wax paper or parchment paper to secure.


  1. Stuffed Sweet Potato

This one can be really quick if you have a couple of sweet potatoes baked the night before. Cook two or three small sweet potatoes in the over until they become crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. Pop them in the fridge, and then reheat them in the microwave the nest day. Slice open, fill with anything from the leftover tuna or Bolognese and mayonnaise.

  1. Banana-Peanut-Butter Wrap

Spread your kid’s favourite peanut butter on a toasted wheat wrap, sprinkled with crumbled bacon and drizzled with honey. Place a banana at the edge of the wrap and roll it up. Or you can also slice the banana and scatter it all over the wrap before rolling it up.

  1. Barbecue Chicken Burger

Toss shredded chicken barbecue and chopped carrots and tomatoes with barbecue sauce, and heat them in the microwave. Sprinkle the mixture with chopped parsley or cilantro and transfer it to an airtight food container. Throw in some burger buns for assembly at lunch.

Your kid’s lunch need not to be complicated. After all, what matters most for the little ones is the taste of the food, not the cooking techniques used to prepare them. With these six simple lunch ideas, preparing lunch for your kiddos early in the morning should no longer be time-consuming for you.


Nutritious Vegetables and Fruits for the Festive Season

There is no doubt that the festive season has arrived. If you go around Singapore, you will see the lights and you will feel the joy. This is indeed the season to be jolly. Festive season brings two challenges for you – presents and food. For presents, it can easily be remedied because discounts and sales are everywhere.


The real challenge will be the food especially if you are on a diet. There are people that suspend their diet efforts during the festive season so they can totally enjoy it but if you are strictly following your diet no matter what, you have to know that there are nutritious vegetables and fruits you can eat without worrying about adding few pounds.

Here are some nutritious vegetables and fruits that you can consider for the festive season:

  • Avocado: Avocado is a pear-shaped fruit with a dark colour. Many people consider this because it is a good source of potassium and fibre. You can eat it plain or you can make a guacamole and whip it on your burgers, salads and sandwiches.
  • Cherries: Cherries are small and luscious. Cherries are a good source of antioxidant. Antioxidants can make miracles. If you do not want to eat it plain, you can make a salsa and mix it on your grilled chicken.
  • Corn: Corn is a good source of vitamins such as vitamin C, folic acid and niacin. You can boil it and eat it plain or you can put some butter to add taste. No matter how you eat it, you will still get the vitamins.


  • String beans: String beans or green beans are a good source of calcium. It does not end there because string beans are also famous because they are low in calories. If you cook string beans, some of the nutrients are removed so it is better to eat them raw. Try it.
  • Lime: Lime is a common alternative for lemon. Lime is an excellent source of vitamin C. You can make sauces and dressings out of lime.
  • Mangoes: Mangoes are present in most occasions here in Singapore. This fruit is juicy and sweet. You can eat it plain. You can also make a dessert out of it. If you want a drink, it can be made into a juice or a shake. You can make a lot of things with mango. The important thing is it helps reduce body fat.
  • Watermelon: Watermelon will make sure that you are hydrated at all times. It is an excellent source of water and vitamin A which helps preserve eye health.