April 18, 2016

The Food We Eat: Is your child safe from toxins?

Daddy A and I cook all our family's meal everyday. 

We want to make that our son eats safe and healthy food.

However, even though we cook our own food, we aren't sure if our son will be safe from toxins. Apparently, most of our vegetables and meats came from market of unknown source. And our kids are vulnerable to toxins coming from the food that they eat.

With that let me share this good information to learn more about food safety especially for our kids.

From the Press Release Kit:

The food we eat may have toxins that can pose serious health risks particularly among our children who are most vulnerable.

To provide for the increased demand for food, conventional commercial farming resort to artificial growth-promoting hormones and synthetic pest control substances such as pesticides and herbicides for faster production of crops, meat and dairy products. While adults have developed immune system to help fight these toxins, children are defenseless because of their immature organs and systems.

“Several studies have linked the harmful effects of chemical residues in food to pesticides. These chemicals are increasingly found in the food we eat and have been linked to the rising incidence of developmental disorders among children such as autism and ADHD, immune disorders such as allergy and asthma, as well as metabolic disorders leading to obesity and type 2 diabetes in later life,” said Edwin Feist, Chairman and CEO of ANTECH, Inc., the distribution and marketing partner of the largest global producer of organic food, HiPP Germany.

The World Health Organization reveals chemical contaminants significantly contribute to foodborne diseases, which is linked to child mortality globally. Artificial growth promoting hormones and prophylactic antibiotics regularly used in small doses to fatten up farm animals and to increase production of cow's milk used as raw materials for milk and dairy in conventional farming, coupled with feeds that have pesticide residue and GMOs may be detrimental to our children's health and cognitive development.

Exposure to pesticide residue that may be present in conventional food and dairy products like cheese and milk, even in low doses is particularly damaging to children because it is the timing of exposure and not the dose that makes it poisonous.

Ingestion of these harmful pollutants through food may bring irreversible and lifelong harm to children’s health and cognitive development, which may lead to learning disabilities and developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD.

“One of the most effective ways to reduce exposure of children to these harmful substances is giving them organic food. Organic farming does not use synthetic growth-promoting hormones, antibiotic for prophylactic purposes among farm animals, and GMOs are prohibited, thus avoiding toxin residue that may be present in conventionally-grown food,” said Feist.

The production of organic food begins from the selection of farmland, ensuring that the soil is free from pesticides and harmful chemicals. Animals are fed with organic feeds and pesticide free crops and are raised using natural methods; prohibiting use of artificial growth promoting hormones and antibiotics unless for treatment of disease. The produce like meat and dairy products are then tested from detectable residue of pollutants and made sure to comply with organic standards before being sold in the market or used as raw materials. When cows get sick and are given antibiotics, they are cared for in isolation and are tested to be free from antibiotic residue before returning to the herd.

Simply put, organic food produced through organic farming minimizes the risk of exposing children to harmful chemicals that may affect their health and intelligence. Without foreign chemicals negatively interacting with its pure nutrients, organic food has greater nutritional value. It has more antioxidants that help boost children’s immune system, higher Omega 3 that supports heart and brain development, and more mineral content like zinc and iron.

With the knowledge that food may be exposed to toxin residue, it is important to make an informed choice about your children's nutrition.  Ensure the good health of your family and give your children a good start by choosing organic.

After reading this, Daddy and I will definitely push through with our organic garden at home. Will share that with you soon :)

Have a Blessed week everyone!

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April 15, 2016

Spring Break Travel Must Haves

For those who are living in countries with spring season, it's the perfect to to plan a trip or travel out of town. Spring is great time to enjoy the sun and nature to create wonderful memories with families and friends.

But before you plan a trip, here are a checklist spring break travel must haves.

A simple newsboy hat is alright for both ladies and gents. Other hats is okay as long as it will protect the face from the sun and hair from the wind.

White shirts is a must when preparing for the spring travel. This can be worn perfectly with any bottoms like pants or skirts. White tops is also perfect for all occasions.

A loose and breathable jeans will definitely a good pick. This will be applicable in day or night parties.

A colorful and a bag that can hold everything you need – sunscreen, towel, clothes, etc., is a better option.

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If planning for a walking tour or outdoor activities, it is better to have a pair of kicks. This will make your feet more comfortable than flip-flops.

Pick a single piece that will go on every occasion than packing a lot of pairs in the bag.

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On spring season, chilly nights is still experiences. Having a piece of hooded jacket should be added in the bag.

Crossbody bag is also needed in case you wanted o bring your phone and other accessories.

Those are the basic spring break travel must haves. The amount of basic needs you have to bring depends on how many days your break will be. Based on spring break survey conducted, most people’s spring break trips will only be 4 or 5 days. 

No matter how long your spring break trip will be, what is important is that you enjoy and create wonderful memories :)

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April 14, 2016

Easy Vanilla Pound Cake

I’ve been looking or an easy and nice recipe of pound cake to try. Though there are some I tried, it doesn’t give the finished product I wanted. There might be something in the recipe or in the procedure that I might miss.

Until one weekend, I got another recipe (I forgot the source) of a simple yet almost-perfect vanilla pound cake to try and I got it as what I expected.

Here is the simple and very easy recipe of pound cake. This is perfect for breakfast paired with a cup of tea or coffee.


1 ½ cups APF, sifter
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ cup butter or margarine at room temperature
1 ¼ cup white sugar
3 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup milk, I used evaporated milk

Pre-heat oven to 150ÂșC.
In a bowl, whisk all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
Using hand mixer at high speed, mix butter, and sugar until softens and smooth.
Lower the speed to medium setting then add egg one at a time.
Add vanilla. 
Add 1/3 of flour mixture and ½ of milk. Mix until just smooth. Do this step twice.
Add the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

Pour the batter into a greased pan.
Bake for 50-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
Serve plain or dusted with confectioners sugar.

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April 6, 2016

On Wearing Safety Shoes at Work

Last week, our HR Department advised that we will be requiring to wear protective gears as part of the requirements of Occupational Safety and Health Administration by the Department of Labor and Employment.

Safety Shoes (Source:ecplaza)

Since our department involves mainly in-line inspections, we will be needing a hard hat and safety shoes. Currently, we are already given with hard hats. We are given one month to have our safety shoes.

What makes safety shoes different from regular shoes?
Safety shoes are made to be impact and heat resistant soles protecting feet from hot work areas like roofing, paving and hot metal industries. Some safety shoes are made of metal soles that protect from punctures by sharp and spiked objects.

But what makes the safety shoes really safe for our feet?
Safety shoes must protect our feet from heavy objects like tools and barrels that might roll onto the foot. It must also protect from sharp objects like nails and spikes. Working in a metal industry must require safety shoes that can withstand any molten metals. It should be also slip-proof and can protect from electrical hazards.

Special Purpose Shoes
Aside from the regular safety shoes, there are also special purpose shoes. These are recommended in some work areas like explosives and electricals.

For those working in an explosives manufacturing facilities and grain elevators, an Electrically Conductive Shoes are required. These shoes are used to reduce the build-up of static electricity in the body preventing from producing sparks that may start explosion or fire. Precautions must be also taken in wearing this type of shoes. Application of foot powder must be avoided because it reduces the conductivity ability. Also, socks made of nylon, silk, and wool should not be worn because this produces static electricity.

Working in an electrical hazard environment requires another special purpose shoes. These are made to be nonconductive and will prevent employee’s feet from completing an electrical circuit to the ground. This type of shoes must be carefully examined and inspected for any worn out parts because when the metal soles are exposed, this may put someone’s life at risk. This type of shoes must never wear in explosives manufacturing facilities.

I already saw some safety shoes and heard different complaints like it was heavy, bulky and expensive. But wearing protective gears like safety shoes can save you from workplace injuries. Check this: http://www.losangelespersonalinjuryattorney.net/personal-injury-law/workplace-injuries-numbers/ to know more about the workplace injuries.

Keep safe at work!
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