Friday, October 26, 2018

Healthy Living: My Breakfast Combo

Friday, October 26 – Breakfast and I’m satiating myself with what else, Coke and nasi lemak

For those of you who are wondering why I’m telling the whole world what I’m having for breakfast every morning since this week Monday – it’s because I’m doing my bit to promote "healthy living". 

Yes, believe it or not – this breakfast combo has kept me energized all these years. 

From a calorie point of view, a plate of nasi lemak with some chicken, meat or fish/sotong contains between 800 to well over 1,000 calories. 

So, having nasi lemak for breakfast means that over half the daily calories needed by most people are already ingested – which is a good thing because I prefer to have my calories at the start of the day. 

Nasi lemak is essentially white rice cooked in coconut milk. In spite of what you think you know, this rice provides a significant amount of manganese and also some zinc, phosphorus and vitamins B5 and B6. 

Besides, the other ingredients bring benefits too. 

Cucumber is a good source of vitamin K, roasted peanuts introduce a bit more fat, fibre, vitamin B2, magnesium and some other trace minerals. Anchovies are a source of protein and some Omega-3 fatty acids and an egg contains some vitamins (A, B2, D), iodine, phosphorus, calcium and thiamine. 

And Coca-Cola is not all bad either – as most people would like you to believe! 

I read that doctors have found that one of the best treatments for gastric phytobezoar, a condition where a person has difficulty with food moving through their digestive tract and suffers stomach blockages, is a glass of Coca-Cola. 

The high acidity in the fizzy drink acts like gastric acid and can ease severe abdominal pain, break down the blockages and get things moving again. 

You would be surprised that many people swear by a glass of flat coke when it comes to settling an upset stomach and eradicating nausea. 

While the jury is out on whether the drink is actually capable of curing a nasty bout of diarrhoea or sickness – what is agreed upon is the fact the sugar content in it will make you feel better – for a while at least. 

Just like your morning cup of coffee, Coca-Cola offers a good whack of the stimulant caffeine (it’s a caffeinated drink after all). As the caffeine enters your blood stream, it can spark increased concentration and mental focus  and so, if your attention levels are dipping drastically, a mouthful or two of Coke can get you back up to speed. 

Best of all, if you’re all out of juice and in need of a quick blast of sugar to give you back that zing – just have a Coke! 

So now you know. Please don’t believe the lies they tell you about how unhealthy nasi lemak is or how hazardous Coke is.

They give me my daily energy boost but more importantly, they make me happy! You know you're a Malaysian when food makes you happy!! 

Yes, Coke and nasi lemak, as Malaysian as you and I. (Even Coca-Cola is sporting the Jalur Gemilang!)

Celtic's Europa League hopes took a beating after the Scottish champions conceded two sloppy goals in four first-half minutes against RB Leipzig in Germany yesterday. 

We now really have to beat the Bundesliga side by at least 2-0 in the return game at Celtic Park if we want to progress. On this evidence, that will be a very stiff test indeed come November 08.

Brendan Rodgers insists our side can win in Glasgow. We have no choice but we simply must win!

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