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New health words you must know to keep your fam­ily healthy

Women's Weekly (Malaysia) - - Front Page -

So you’re all caught up on last year’s hip health buzz words and phrases like HIIT (high-in­ten­sity in­ter­val train­ing), or hygge (a Dan­ish term mean­ing cosi­ness)? Well, there’s a new wave of must-know words out there, like lagom, poke and de­pre­scrib­ing. Here’s what they mean – and how they can help your health.

This buzz phrase has come from the US, where body neu­tral­ity work­shops are the new way to boost self-es­teem. “Be­ing body neu­tral is the bridge be­tween body sham­ing and body pos­i­tiv­ity – sim­ply learn­ing to ac­cept your body for what it is,” says Chris­tine Mor­gan from The But­ter­fly Foun­da­tion.

A good place to start is to ac­knowl­edge your body for what it helps you do, rather than how it ap­pears. Try spend­ing a few min­utes each day think­ing of three things you couldn’t have done without the body you have. This word comes from Swe­den, and it’s been called the next big trend after hygge. Lagom means ‘not too lit­tle, but not too much’ in Swedish; in fact, its lit­eral mean­ing is ‘enough is as good as a feast.’ It’s sug­gested that we ap­ply this con­cept to ev­ery­thing in life – from eat­ing to spend­ing to how we work and play.

Ac­cord­ing to the prin­ci­ples of lagom, it’s okay to have a piece of cake ev­ery day (as many Swedes do), but only a very, very small one. Ditto al­co­hol – it’s not bad to have a drink ev­ery day, but limit it to just one small glass, which is enough. It’s claimed that no more than five per cent of our daily calo­ries come from ‘free sug­ars’: Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, they are any sug­ars added to a food (ei­ther by a man­u­fac­turer or by you when you’re cook­ing or eat­ing), and the sug­ars in honey, fruit juice and syrups like agave. These are the sug­ars we need to cut back on.

Free sug­ars don’t in­clude those found nat­u­rally in milk and whole fruit and veg­eta­bles. These are ‘in­trin­sic sug­ars’, and don’t need to be limited. You may have heard of white noise, which helps screen out back­ground noise and aids sleep. Pink noise is a sim­i­lar idea, but uses a slightly dif­fer­ent fre­quency, which ex­perts claim is more re­lax­ing. That’s not why it’s a buzz phrase, though – that’s come about as it might also boost brain health. One new study shows that older peo­ple sleep­ing with pink noise in the back­ground ac­tu­ally im­proved their mem­ory by 33 per cent the next day. Try the Pink Noise app, which can be down­loaded for free on the App Store and Google Play. This healthy food con­cept from Hawaii is spring­ing up in cafes and restau­rants all over Malaysia – just look at Paper­fish, Kurin and The Fish Bowl. It in­cludes raw chopped fish (usu­ally mar­i­nated in a soy-based sauce), served with in­gre­di­ents like av­o­cado, car­rot and sea veg­eta­bles, all served on a bed of sushi rice. It makes a great light meal, and is packed with healthy omega-3 fats.

To make it your­self, try recipes in The Poke Cook­book by Martha Cheng (avail­able at bookde­pos­i­tory. com), or Poke by Celia Far­rar and Guy Jack­son (avail­able on ama­zon.com).

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