Go Bananas for Health

June 30, 2009
Upsized banana

Super banana from Davao, Philippines

I love bananas because of its delicious taste and it has versatility in preparation. Basically these were just the reasons before why I love this fruit. Until I have noticed my boss who is lately eating lots of bananas. My curiosity rose because my boss is a super health conscious guy plus the fact that he has a major triathlon career. My suspicion is that he may be joining an Ironman race soon, I was correct he is a participant for the Ironman Germany this July 2009. Because of this curiosity I began researching about this fruit. And here are what I have learned about bananas.

Bananas have vitamins, minerals, and proteins which are all good for our body’s well being. It is very rich in carbohydrates and natural sugar (sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber).
With all the other nutritional contents it gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. It has been proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. Thus makes the banana the number one fruit for the world’s leading athletes.

For detailed nutritional facts you may browse NutritionData website and appreciate what you can get from a cup mashed of banana.

Aside from a great source of energy I learned many other benefits one can get from this fruit. I summarized the some that are worth knowing and helpful for our daily activities.

Cure for hangover
Believe me I already tried this. I replaced the usual coffee with a banana drink. To prepare this put 2 big bananas in an osterizer add fresh milk and sweeten with honey. It cures hangovers because of its energy boosting properties.

Helps improve blood pressure
I observed this in my own family. My grandmother and father have hypertension and there are times they feel the side effects of the fluctuating blood pressure like headaches, pains somewhere in the nape area, and irritability. Instead of pain killers they eat banana to ease these discomforts.

Stress buster
Bananas contain Serotonin a hormone that is known to give our body and mind a happy feeling thus relieves stress and improves moods.

Help ease menstrual pains
The Vitamin B6 content helps in regulating blood glucose and the Serotonin hormone improves mood swings.

Good for the skin
Its Riboflavin, Thiamin, and other vitamins contents helps in improving skin appearance. I read in one article that banana skin can help in removing warts (cover the warts with the inner skin of banana). One of my favorite home made facial mask is mashed banana and honey, it really does give my face that healthy glow. Try it.

Helps in weight loss
I already tried this. Instead of starving myself I eat one banana 30 minutes before meals thus I’ll eat less during mealtime. Or I replace pastries with banana-q or turon.

Helpful for people who wants to quit smoking
The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal. (I should try doing this soon)

Brain power
Bananas for breakfast make us more alert because it’s high potassium content. Since I learned this brain power boosting benefit I always include banana in my breakfast menu and I guarantee that this helps me to think better.

Enhance food recipes
Bananas can be garnish to our favorite desserts like ice creams and pancakes or its extract can amplify the taste of baked pastries. It also makes traditional home cooked viand extra special like Nilaga or Puchero. This fruit is very versatile whether raw or cooked.

Bananas can also help cure anemia, diarrhea, constipation, lethargy, ulcers, morning sickness, heart burn, strokes, warts, and even mosquito bites (mash and make a paste, rub on affected area).

Wow, so many health benefits. Perhaps we should rather say “A banana a day keeps the doctor away”.

Sliced super banana. Half of it is as long as a bank note.

Sliced super banana. Half of it is same lengthsize of a Peso bill.

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Tsoko.Nut

June 24, 2009

There are times that I look for comfort food and this usually happens when corporate politics is getting in my way. Sounds negative and unhealthy but what the heck I discovered the perfect place where I pamper myself with oral gratification.
Before you continue reading imagine this Dinuguan at Puto. Wow very comforting…Wait there are more to imagine Suman at Mangga…Bibingka and Hot Choco. Sarap-sarap (very delicious).
So where should you give in to please yourself? I recommend Tsoko.Nut. This restaurant serves a fusion of simple dishes but will surely satisfy your cravings. Simple it may sound but all dishes are well presented and the taste will bring you back to a happy place. The first spoonful of Dinuguan that touched my tongue sent me back to a kitchen where when I was still young just like the scene in the movie Ratatouille (when the food critic tasted a simple dish—just watch the movie).

Suman at Mangga

Suman at Mangga


The restaurant’s appearance will also give you a feel that as if you are in a fine dining but in fact you will only spend the same amount you spend for a meal in a fast food. Hey, don’t fret when I say fast food, the serving amount compromises the price.

Top to Bottom: Meaty Spaghetti and Spaghetti Aligue

Top to Bottom: Meaty Spaghetti and Spaghetti Aligue


Oral Gratification

Oral Gratification

And as for me, aside for my craving satisfaction, I ran to Tsoko.Nut to recharge after a stressful office day and ponder on how I can get even tomorrow…Bitchy me.


LOCATION: RCBC Plaza and Level2, SM Makati
TASTE: Sosyal and Rapsa
SERVINGS: Sakto lang
BUDGET: Panalo
OVERALL: Addicting


Roasted Milkfish (Bangus)

June 16, 2009

I added taba ng talangka to enhance the taste of this traditional dish.

Ingredients:
2 boneless bangus
3 medium sized tomatoes chopped
1 medium sized onion chopped
1 tsp ground pepper
Taba ng talangka (crab fat)
1 small pack of any ginisa or sauté mix (optional)

Procedure:

  1. Pre-heat the oven 350 deg for 5 mins
  2. Mix tomatoes, onions and ground pepper. Set aside.
  3. Spread crab fat evenly on the bangus meat.
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  5. Then stuff the bangus with the tomato and onion mix.
  6. Sprinkle the bangus skin with ginisa mix. This will give the roasted bangus a brownish color.
  7. Semi wrap the bangus in aluminum foil. Letting one side exposed to oven heat.
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  9. Place inside the oven and set it to 300 deg. Let is roast for 20 mins.
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Serve with calamansi, toyo, siling labuyo, and hot plain rice.


Earthquake Safety: Triangle of Life

June 12, 2009

I got this e-mail last year during the week when China was struck by a strong earthquake. I am again spreading this article through my blog because it is always good to know these life saving techniques.

This is worth reading and please pass to your loved ones

FROM DOUG COPP’S ARTICLE ON THE “TRIANGLE OF LIFE”

My name is Doug Copp. I am the Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team International (ARTI), the world’s most experienced rescue team. The information in this article will save lives in an earthquake.

I have crawled inside 875 collapsed buildings, worked with rescue teams from 60 countries, founded rescue teams in several countries. I was the United Nations expert in Disaster Mitigation for two years. I have worked at every major disaster in the world since 1985, except for simultaneous disasters.

In 1996 we made a film which proved my survival methodology to be correct. The Turkish Federal Government, City of Istanbul, University of Istanbul Case Productions and ARTI cooperated to film this practical, scientific test. We collapsed a school and a home with 20 mannequins inside. Ten mannequins did “duck and cover,” and ten mannequins I used in my “triangle of life” survival method. After the simulated earthquake collapse we crawled through the rubble and entered the building to film and document the results.
The film, in which I practiced\my survival techniques under directly observable, scientific conditions, relevant to building collapse, showed there would have been zero percent survival for those doing duck and cover. There would likely have been 100 percent survivability for people using my method of the “triangle of life.” This film has been seen by millions of viewers on television in Turkey and the rest of Europe, and it was seen in the USA , Canada & Latin America on the TV program Real TV.
The first building I ever crawled inside of was a school in Mexico City during the 1985 earthquake. Every child was under their desk. Every child was crushed to the thickness of their bones. They could have survived by lying down next to their desks in the aisles. It was obscene, unnecessary and I wondered why the children were not in the aisles. I didn’t at the time know that the children were told to hide under something. Simply stated, when buildings collapse, the weight of the ceilings falling upon the objects or furniture inside crushes these objects, leaving a space or void next to them.
This space is what I call the “triangle of life”. The larger the object, the stronger, and the less it will compact. The less the object compacts, the larger the void, the greater the probability that the person who is using this void for safety will not be injured.
The next time you watch collapsed buildings, on television, count the “triangles” you see formed. They are everywhere. It is the most common shape, you will see, in a collapsed building.

TEN TIPS FOR EARTHQUAKE SAFETY:

  1. Most everyone who simply “ducks and covers” when buildings collapse are crushed to death. People who get under objects, like desks or cars, are crushed.
  2. Cats, dogs and babies often naturally curl up in the fetal position. You should too in an earthquake. It is a natural safety/survival instinct. You can survive in a smaller void. Get next to an object, next to a sofa, next to a large bulky object that will compress slightly but leave a void next to it.
  3. Wooden buildings are the safest type of construction to be in during an earthquake. Wood is flexible and moves with the force of the earthquake. If the wooden building does collapse, large survival voids are created. Also, the wooden building has less concentrated, crushing weight. Brick buildings will break into individual bricks. Bricks will cause many injuries but less squashed bodies than concrete slabs.
  4. If you are in bed during the night and an earthquake occurs, simply roll off the bed. A safe void will exist around the bed. Hotels can achieve a much greater survival rate in earthquakes, simply by posting a sign on the back of the door of every room telling occupants to lie down on the floor, next to the bottom of the bed during an earthquake.
  5. If an earthquake happens and you cannot easily escape by getting out the door or window, then lie down and curl up in the fetal position next to a sofa, or large chair.
  6. Most everyone who gets under a doorway when buildings collapse is killed. How? If you stand under a doorway and the doorjamb falls forward or backward you will be crushed by the ceiling above. If the door jam falls sideways you will be cut in half by the doorway. In either case, you will be killed!
  7. Never go to the stairs. The stairs have a different “moment of frequency” (they swing separately from the main part of the building). The stairs and remainder of the building continuously bump into each other until structural failure of the stairs takes place. The people who get on stairs before they fail are chopped up by the stair treads horribly mutilated. Even if the building doesn’t collapse, stay away from the stairs. The stairs are a likely part of the building to be damaged. Even if the stairs are not collapsed by the earthquake, they may collapse later when overloaded by fleeing people. They should always be checked for safety, even when the rest of the building is not damaged.
  8. Get Near the Outer Walls Of Buildings Or Outside Of Them If Possible – It is much better to be near the outside of the building rather than the interior. The farther inside you are from the outside perimeter of the building the greater the probability that your escape route will be blocked.
  9. People inside of their vehicles are crushed when the road above falls in an earthquake and crushes their vehicles; which is exactly what happened with the slabs between the decks of the
    Nimitz Freeway. The victims of the San Francisco earthquake all stayed inside of their vehicles. They were all killed. They could have easily survived by getting out and sitting or lying next to their vehicles. All the crushed cars had voids 3 feet high next to them, except for the cars that had columns fall directly a cross them.
  10. I discovered, while crawling inside of collapsed newspaper offices and other offices with lots of paper– that paper does not compact. Large voids are found surrounding stacks of paper.


“No to Con-Ass” Rally Pictures

June 10, 2009

Photos(using Nokia Supernova) and Captions by Gemma Morfe

Start of rally along Paseo De Roxas.

Ready na ha, get set go...

Ready na ha, get set go...

BA Lepanto main entrance was closed at exactly 4:21pm.

Pre nag-uwian na sila ha, pero bakit tayo nandito pa?

Pre nag-uwian na sila ha, pero bakit tayo nandito pa?

And here are the rally participants…

Parang mamamlengke lang ang outfit.

Parang mamamlengke lang ang outfit.

Rally buttons for sales! Business opportunity talaga ang rally.

Rally buttons for sales! Business opportunity talaga ang rally.

Bonding ng mag-ina sa rally. Ang sweet.

Bonding ng mag-ina sa rally. Ang sweet.

Foreigner: Oh, a street party!

Foreigner: Oh a street party!

Mga pag-asa ng bayan.

Mga pag-asa ng bayan.

Effort sa props.

Effort sa props.

Kumikitang kabuhayan sa rally.

Kumikitang kabuhayan sa rally

Naaalala nyo pa ba si manang fishball? Tuwing may rally na lang sya nag tatayo ng kiosk a sa Paseo de Roxas.

Naaalala nyo pa ba si manang fishball? Tuwing may rally na lang sya nag tatayo ng kiosk a sa Paseo de Roxas.

We are the gwapings!

We are the gwapings!

Only in the Philippines - Habang nag rarally magtinda!

Only in the Philippines - Habang nag rarally magtinda!

Pati pala si Gloria naki rally

Pati pala si Gloria naki rally.

Their presence makes me feel safer.

Their presence makes me feel safer.

Ang kalat-kalat naman.

Ang kalat-kalat naman.

Ayun ang salarin ng kalat. Sya pala ang nag sasaboy ng confetti.

Ayun ang salarin ng kalat. Sya pala ang nag sasaboy ng confetti.

Mga raliyista ba ito? Ahhh nanginginain lang. Mga pahinadora pala...PAGER!

Mga raliyista ba ito? Ahhh nanginginain lang. Mga pahinadora pala...PAGER!

At syempre yours trully participant din ako. Kaya nga nasa blog ko eh.

At syempre yours trully, participant din ako. Kaya nga nasa blog ko eh.


Healthy Buffet

June 4, 2009

Image0073Whenever I am invited to eat in buffet style I’ll always feel a surge of guiltiness because I know that I have the tendency to taste all that is showcased on the buffet table. I do love food but now I am avoiding buffet style lunches and dinners because I do not want to trigger hypertension and other health disorders related to cholesterol, fats, and sugar that I presume inherited both from my father’s and mother’s sides.
Then one evening I was walking inside SM Makati on my way to the exit going to the MRT station I noticed from afar this kiosk that has a long queue and each person is holding a plastic container filled with colorful edibles that looked so appetizing, I said to myself “Hmmm sweets, sinful, yummy, must have one”. So from the second floor I went to the ground floor to look closer and these colorful edibles turned out to be fruits and vegetable. The kiosk is a big salad buffet!
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Like the traditional buffet, the customer is provided with a plate however for this buffet a plastic container is more suitable. The fruit salad container is larger than a pint and for vegetable salad it is a plastic rectangular container that that is approximately 5in x 4in x 2.5in. When you already have your container you can then fill it in with your favorite fruits or veggies. For your fruit salad you can choose from an array of sliced bite size apples, watermelons, papaya, pears, pineapples, grapes, and other fruits in season. And for your vegetable salad they have mixed greens and other bite sized veggies. And then pick the dressing of your choice. The price will depend on the weight of your salad. Hmm I forgot how much per unit but it is not expensive because last time I overdid my fruit salad and I only paid 91 Php.

LOCATION: Ground Floor, SM Makati
TASTE: Natural
SERVINGS: You are in control
BUDGET: It depends on the serving
OVERALL: Make this a habit