[BLOG] Breakfast, is it really important?

Hi lovelies!
Hope you are having a good week, behold, spring is coming!

I am pretty excited today because I am writing the first ever blog on Nutrition!
And it is about one of my favourite subjects: breakfast.

One of the Mac-Nutrition Uni* (MNU) homework tasks was to pick a myth that I believed in for a long time and find evidences that debunk the myth.

I admit, I was a “breakfast worshiper”. I blindly followed all the anecdotes that glorify breakfast, making it sound like the most important meal of the day.

Did I ever question those anecdotal advices? NO. I just believed that it was healthy to eat breakfast no matter what. I would even compromise my sleep hours to eat breakfast, so I can be a healthy person(?!).

Some of you may be confused right now, as I am talking like breakfast isn’t important.
“What? Isn’t it healthy to eat breakfast?” “Doesn’t it help weight loss?”

Let me tell you, NO. NOT NECESSARILY.

 
 
breakfast myth - the muscle tailor
 
 
 

Breakfast doesn’t make you healthy?!

 

“But, lots of breakfast eaters are healthier than non-breakfast eaters!”
Hence, eating breakfast makes you healthy…?

There’s something called “correlation. This means there’s a link between A & B, which is different from “causation”. Causation means A causes B to happen.

In case of Breakfast, I have to say it’s a correlation.

Imagine a person who eats breakfast everyday, 6AM in the morning before work. They have to be pretty determined to get up half an hour earlier to have breakfast at 6am… or however early that is. Why are they so determined? Perhaps, they are health seekers.

Health seekers tend to eat breakfast because of the anecdotal advice in media that “eating breakfast makes you healthy”. What else do they do? They tend to eat less junk food, do regular exercises and to be “conscious” about their diet and lifestyle.

Do you see some co-relational link here between breakfast and health?

How about non-breakfast eaters? Apart from those who may seek health whilst skipping breakfast, most breakfast skippers may not be so keen to become healthy. Or they perhaps are shift workers who usually have a worse lifestyle! (not enough sleep, irregular routine etc)

So it seems more of the lifestyle that has stronger link to health, instead of just breakfast(1).

It maybe healthier than snacking on chocolate bars and crisps… if you eat fish, meat, loads of veg etc for breakfast. Some Asian countries like Korea and Japan traditionally have breakfast including veg, rice and fish/meat for breakfast so perhaps you can find positive association between breakfast and health.

However, eating bowl of sugary cereals along with fruit juice and jammy toast doesn’t seem to create that positive association to me.

breakfast question - the muscle tailor
 

Should I eat breakfast or not?

 

It’s totally up to you, if you like eating breakfast, go ahead!

BUT if you don’t have a habit of eating breakfast in the morning, you don’t have to make an effort to wake up earlier than the usual hour to give yourself a bowl of cereal(2).

What I am trying to tell you, is that eating sugary cereals for breakfast doesn’t make you healthy nor lose weight(3). As long as you have a relatively healthy snack ready instead of chocolate bars or biscuits, you are OK not to have breakfast!

How about eating a big lunch after skipping breakfast? As long as you choose a healthy option, that’s fine too.

In terms of weight loss, it is all about energy balance. If you eat more than what you burn, whether you have breakfast or not, you will gain weight. I will write another blog on this sometime soon. 😃

Let me be clear here, I am not an anti-breakfast person.

I personally love it. It fuels me to get things done in the morning. However, I am planning to try Intermittent Fasting(IF)** over this Lent to see if I can cope without breakfast, and it suits me rather better. I will post a blog about IF for those who don’t know about it, including my IF  journey here. 🙂

 

Thanks for reading,
and I will see you in my next blog.

Bye!

 

H xx

 
*Mac-Nutrition Uni is one of the best online nutrition course you can take.
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[VIDEO] Haz In Korea | Foods In Korea

Hi guys,
Sorry for a long wait since the last blog; I am still alive!

This is another vlog of my adventure in Korea and it’s about food 🙂
I love how foods in Korea, whether it’s Korean, Japanese or Western cuisine; they just do it very well!
You may say I am biased BUT really, you would definitely agree if you tried the food out yourself.
From the actual taste of food to the presentation of it, I just can’t say enough how much I enjoyed eating out in Korea.

I hope you guys enjoy having a peak of what Korean meals out are like!

xx

[BLOG] Haz In Korea | Wonderfully Weird Korean Gyms

Hello lovely people!
I hope your week is going wonderfully.

I visited my motherland, South Korea, last month for 3 weeks and it was just amazing.
One of things that I did during my visit was, of course, to work out at Korean gyms! I have a friend who’s a PT at this gym in Seoul, and so I could use the gym for FREE. So I send special thanks to my friend Hansu who gave me vouchers for the gym & sauna 🙂
Anyway, including the one in Seoul, I went to two Korean gyms; and both managed to impress me with their special features!

 

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Doing a rehab exercise at the Korean gym in Seoul 🙂

 

1. Free-to-use Tshirt, Shorts, Towels & Socks

I know right, which gym in the UK does provide gym clothes let alone towels?! However, it seems very usual for gyms in Korea to provide such kit. The shorts had mesh inside so if you were a man, you wouldn’t need to bring anything! It doesn’t limit your freedom to wear your own gym clothes though, but I just wore them for the sake of convenience and.. you know, they are free :p

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Fully kitted with a free t-shirt, shorts, socks and a towel; in the sauna room 🙂

 

2. Amazing Sauna Facility

I absolutely loved the sauna facility at the gym, you are given a key for both shoe locker and clothes locker in the sauna room. So you may… 1) take your shoes off  2) get into the sauna/changing room 3) put your things in the clothes locker and 4) go to either the gym or sauna. I think the one I went to was probably a little nicer than some other gyms in Korea. They had hot & cold baths, showers, steam sauna and a room with hair dryers, combs, cotton buds, lotion etc etc… Wow just wow!!! I could spend hours in there!

 

3. Weird Machines

These machines have taken Korean gyms to another level. They were amazingly popular to elderly people, so I couldn’t easily get a hold of them. However, at one evening, I finally did..!!!

 

korean-gym-machine 1First one is some kind of massaging machine, mainly for your calves. When you switch it on, the machine starts spinning at a speed, and these wooden balls(?) on the machine give your calves a massage. My husband managed to get his forearms done on this machine though. How creative!
Click here to watch a video on it 😀

 

korean-gym-machine-2Second one is this vibration belt, again this is to give yourself a massage. I think it is mainly for your lower back but I saw some people getting their WHOLE body massaged with some awesome maneuvering skills. My skin got really sore after 10 minutes of it though, so I do NOT recommend it to people with sensitive skin!
Click here to watch a video on it 😀

 

korean-gym-machine-3Third one is my least favourite, I have to say; it is an upside-down machine. It simply flips you upside down at a very slow speed. I think it’s designed to help elderly people with their blood circulation, but I found it so uncomfortable!! I felt like my nose was bunged up and all the blood was going into my head, which isn’t a pleasant experience really. Still, it was worth a try!

 

korean-gym-machine-4The last one is actually my favourite, it’s a little sauna machine. I really wanted to take it home once I had tried it… it was that nice! I am sure it would be very very nice in winter, mmm… This was at another gym in Pangyo, a relatively new techno-valley near Seoul. You basically sit in the machine, pull the lid towards you, switch the button on and enjoy the sauna! You can control time and temperature to your liking too. Oh how lovely!

 

4. Wide Range of Population

I was really impressed by how many elderly people were at the Seoul gym. The major age group was over 50s and I was one of the few youngsters there. Even more, they exercised with a passion, which motivated me a lot! The gym in Seoul was combined with a rehab facility to aid the elders physical conditioning, which might well have been the reason for such number of over 50s. Still, I hadn’t seen so many elderly people in the gym before so it was inspirational for me. It was just great.

 

Overall, I had a great experience at Korean gyms, gaining some inspirations and motivations for a more enthusiastic gym life. Oh how I miss the weird machines and lovely saunas!

Thank you so much for reading,
and I will see you in my next blog 🙂

H xx

[VIDEO] Haz In Korea | At A Korean Gym

Hi guys,

Here’s the very first video of my Korea Vlog, and it’s on my first Korean gym experience! Korean gyms are truly amazing, they give you a couple of towels, a t-shirt, a pair of shorts and even a pair of socks! Also the gym I went to had a great sauna facility as well which is always a plus.
I hope you guys enjoy sharing my standard gym routines as well as what Korean gyms are like!

xx

[VIDEO] Haz In Korea Teaser

 

Hi guys!
I know, I am so sorry it’s been absolutely ages since I saw you in the last video… I’ve been on a holiday visiting my motherland… KOREA!
Aaaand I am going to share what I have been doing on my holiday with you guys in the next few videos 😀
I hope you guys enjoy the teaser, and am looking forward to seeing you guys in my next video very very soon!

Bye for now xx

[REVIEW] Mac-Nutrition Uni LIVE 3 2016

Hi lovely peeps! I hope your day is wonderful. 🙂

In September, I attended one of Mac-Nutrition Uni (MNU) Live lectures and made it into a vlog- but I thought I would write up a review on here too.

You could attend these live lectures for FREE if you are either a FULL ONLINE student or a FULL ONLINE with HONOURS student*.

MNU LIVE 3 was held in Loughborough, which was about 2 hours away from where I was based at that time. So I got up much earlier than usual (6am was very early to me… No judgement please haha) and set off!

The venue, Burleigh Court, was great for the event, endless teas and coffees and nice snacks in the lecture room as well as in the foyer! It’s good to know that most of live lectures and the upcoming conference are held in this venue as well.

The Mac-Nutrition team was very welcoming and helpful during the whole day of the event, working their socks off behind the scene while Martin was teaching us.

MNU LIVE 3 Lecture Room

The live lectures were on Optimal Health, including “Is There An Optimal Diet for Human Health”, IBS and PCOS. Most lectures were pitched at an advanced level for later in the course; but it was still very interesting to learn about new concepts in Nutrition, and having a better understanding of IBS etc. 🙂

One thing that I really loved about these lectures was Mac-Nutrition team’s evidence-based approach to each subject. For example, on Optimal Diet(s) for Human Health, Martin presented a case study on Kitavan diet in South Asia. The diet contains high level of carbohydrates(~69%), but the obesity & heart attack rate in the region is lower than the Western society**! Martin also provided either complementary or contradictory case studies on different diets like Gluten-free and Fasting.

Another thing I loved about the day was the group of people that I got to mingle with. We all were from different backgrounds but gathered altogether for the same reason- learning more about Nutrition to help others. Now I am a member of this amazing MNU Mentoring Group where people constantly supporting each other! Please let me know on comments if you want to know more about this group, I will write a little blog 🙂

MNU LIVE 3 Interview with Martin

I was able to interview Martin on a few questions including how he pursued Integrity in Nutrition/Fitness industry, which was a great advice to me if not us all 🙂

All in all it was an amazing day, I really enjoyed every minute of it.

Thank you for reading, and I will see you in my next post.

Bye! xx

*Click here for more information on the MNU course
**Low serum insulin in traditional Pacific Islanders—the Kitava Study (Lindeberg et al., 1999 Metabolism)