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Archive for April, 2014

24
Apr

Tips on Beating Your Cravings Effectively

Cravings are normal. Sometimes you indulge yourself, sometimes you let it pass. If you let it pass, you are in control but if you indulge yourself to the point of binge eating, you will have bigger problems at the end of the day. Here in Singapore, you can simply tolerate your cravings by going to food centres, hawker centres and restaurants.

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However, if you are having problems with your cravings, it is time that you learn a few tricks on beating your cravings effectively. Overcoming the desire to eat is challenging but if you are serious about beating it, you will succeed. To help you get started, here are some tips:

Learn the value of willpower

Nothing beats a strong willpower. If you have the determination to control your cravings, you will have no problems at the end of the day. Sometimes you feel powerless and you are unable to resist. When this happens, trust your willpower and it will do the rest.

Incorporate healthy carbs

If you have carb cravings, the best way to deal with it is to incorporate healthy carbs. Healthy carbs include whole grains, vegetables and fruits. Healthy carbs can help tame your cravings because it regulates serotonin production.

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Establish regular eating patterns

You think of food when you are hungry. If you are serious about beating your chronic craving, you have to clearly establish a regular eating pattern. You have to include three meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and two snacks. That should do for a Singaporean like you.

 

Use your imagination

When you find yourself craving for something, you need to use your imagination. For instance, when you are craving for bread, you can simply think of other pleasurable things like going to the beach or watching movies.

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Learn what substitution is all about

If the craving is there, the best strategy is to find the healthiest substitution. If you eat just anything as a substitute, that will not matter. If you opt for healthy foods as a substitute, you will surely enjoy it. The best part is you will not regret it afterwards because it is healthy.

Cravings are indeed part of life. Who hasn’t at some point in his/her life experienced it? When you eat foods with sugar or salt, the brain will release dopamine which makes you good. Your cravings can also be attributed to the smell because when your brain interprets the smell, it automatically recalls the happy feeling.

With everything you uncovered, hopefully you can now effectively beat your cravings. It is not easy especially if the temptations are imminent but once you set your mind to it, nothing is impossible. Good luck!

 

21
Apr

How to Protect Yourself from Facebook Scams

Before Twitter and Instagram, Facebook reigned supreme over the social media. Nearly everyone here in Singapore have their Facebook account. Even young Singaporeans have their own account in Facebook. Facebook is the means of people to show what they do and what they are. There are other groups who do not consider Facebook because it exposes you to security threats.

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If you do not prefer Facebook, that is okay but if you do not want to deprive yourself of the good things Facebook brings, you should consider Facebook. Although there are Facebook scams present, you can do something about it to protect yourself. You should know that everyone can be a victim of scam. That is the reality. In fact, thousands of people are victimized.

You have to be wary. Spotting a scammer is difficult especially if you cannot physically see them and talk to them face to face. However, do not lose hope because here are some easy tips that you can consider to avoid scammers:

Communication is ambiguous

You will know if it is a scam if the communication is ambiguous or unclear. You will notice that the messages are repeated. Sometimes the messages make no sense at all. There are times that the messages are hard to understand.

Some facts are missing

When you are telling the truth, everything should make sense and the facts should be there. Scammers often forget to give details why they need help. You have to look out for that. Details are important because it will shed light. If it is not provided, do not respond to that person.

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Different people using one profile

If you notice that there are different people using one profile, it should give you a warning. You will know that different people are using one profile if the tome, words and the grammar are changing throughout your conversation.

It is all about the money

When you talk to scammers, money is always the issue. They will be insistent that they need money and they need your help. They do not require many things but money. They will even make promises. There are scammers who will try to get your credit card number.

These are just simple red flags. There are more brilliant people who will try to conceal everything so you won’t suspect. Just remember this: if you do not know the person asking for money online, do not give money no matter the reason or the story.

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06
Apr

New Healthcare Solutions

gov_healthcareThere is no doubt that Singapore is the primary medical hub in the region. The healthcare of Singapore concentrates on utilizing technology and conducting research to increase its efficiency. In this particular case, there are new healthcare solutions made by the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) and Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP).

There are four prototypes developed by KTPH and NP. The two agencies collaborated to make the lives of the elders easy and better. This is the answer for the ageing population of Singapore. These new innovations will also help healthcare professionals to focus on their patients. If you want to know the four prototypes, here’s a look:

  • Touch It: Touch It is an innovation that is created to gauge the patient’s reaction or reflex time to calculate the probability of him/her falling. Falling is one of the biggest problems of the elders.
  • Sense Me: Sense me is an innovation that is created for the nurses. If the patient is in the toilet and he/she collapsed, the device will alert the nurses. This is to give assistance right away.
  • hitech healthcareLight Up: Light Up is an innovation that is developed to alert the healthcare providers or family members when the patient tries to get out of the bed. The device will light up if it detects motion.
  • Tap & Step: Tap & Step is an innovation that is developed to delay the beginning of dementia. This device will specifically stimulate the minds of the patients. Dementia refers to the intellectual and cognitive decline.

The innovations made by KTPH and NP are easy to handle and meet the standards. Healthcare professionals and the patients needs not to worry about this.

03
Apr

Avoiding Identity Theft

11514588-how-can-prevent-online-identity-theftThere is a woman here in Singapore who dared to steal her sister’s identity card and credit cards. The woman made unauthorized deals on behalf of her sister. She forged documents to retract her sister’s insurance policies plus she used the name of her sister to apply for three phone subscriptions. The woman was apprehended and she pleaded guilty. The sentenced was announced on December 4, 2013. Because of her offences, she will spend twenty seven months in jail.

It is unusual for your sister to steal your identity but this happens. For people who are driven, the family ties do not matter. It is important that you know how to avoid identity theft. You can do the following things to strengthen your protection:

  • Digital security: Identity thefts happen in the internet. It is important that you fortify your digital security. The first thing that you need to do is choose strong PINs or passwords. You have to be careful with spyware, viruses, malware and other things that might harm your system.unnamed
  • Card security: When you are planning a trip to the ATM, you should be careful because there are people who will use that opportunity to get your details. You should block other’s view of the screen. When you key in your PIN, cover it with your hands.
  • Home security: If you have a shredding machine, you should use it. Documents and statements with important information should be shredded not thrown directly to the garbage can. If you are expecting snail mail, you need to protect it by getting a post office box.

If you are a victim of identity theft, you need to act immediately. Do not wait for that person to wreak havoc to your name. Call the authorities right away.