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“I’m so excited!!” says seasoned traveller Big Brother Riduan.

“This can’t be happening!” My engineering-super calculative alter-ego screamed really really loudly inside my head.

At the check-in counter we found out that we’re in for an 8 hour delay. How are we going to get through this!


We’ve been travelling as a family ever since Big Brother Riduan was 2 and a half months old. Little Brother Atief is following close in his footsteps too. So that line coming out from my now almost 4 year old excited toddler would have normally sent me and my husband high on a parental ecstasy. But today, that sent chills down our back.

With nothing but our hand luggage with us, we started to device our own strategy on the fly.

Strategy #1: Cheap and Cheerful Drugstore Toys are Your Bestfriends

You know what I’m talking about moms and dads. One of those plastic-super-artificial-excuse-for-a-toy that you vow never to buy for your toddler because you are going to raise your kids on montessori wooden toys... are going to save your life today.

Cheaper than cheap, they can entertain your toddler for the first few hours of flight delay. And you can find them in any of the drugstore/shopping marts in Malaysian airports. We did bring 2 (ahemm …educational) toys along but the novelty of a new toy can keep toddler tantrums at bay. 


I used to really hate buying these kinds of toys. But I’ve learnt on certain occasions to just go for it!

Side note: We conveniently lost the plastic-flash-light toy a few hours after arriving at our destination. Since it was so cheap, we mourned at the loss of the cheerful little flashlight for a little while but after a couple of minutes later we forgot all about it.

Strategy #2: Fill up those tummies!

Luckily my husband always carry around a magical number of vouchers to be used when occasions call for it. PLUS MAS Airways gave us 4 food vouchers worth RM20 each to spend food in any of the restaurants in the airport.



Armed with the food voucher, we headed off to find a quick bite for the kiddos (focus on the kiddos!) and then we headed towards the airport’s Golden Lounge (we got vouchers for this from CIMB. Thanks CIMB!) and spent the next 5 - 6 hours entertaining the kids with different kinds of food and enjoying the free Wifi they provided.

Strategy #3: My Aha! Moment. Embracing my children’s energy.

I used to be the kind of mom that gets embarrassed very easily when my kids do pretty weird stuff in public. When the run around amok, I apologised to anyone that are watching. When they opted to jump and roll and jump and roll instead of walking, I apologised. When they would break out into singing songs, I apologised. I would apologise for anything that my children would do in public. 

But then a moment just struck me on this long flight delay that…they are not going to be kids forever. They are not going to have not a care in the world forever. This moment would last for a couple of years and then it will be gone. MasyaAllah. Thinking about it now makes me cry. So at the airport, I made a promise to myself to let them be kids and enjoy the childhood that few have. Not many kids travel as often as they do. Probably the entrepreneurial life that me and my hubs chose to live shapes how my kids are. Its not a bad thing, it pretty good actually.


InsyaAllah that’s one of the few 2016 New Year’s resolution that I have made for myself. I am chosing to keep it and get better and better when travelling with my kids…and hopefully my next little one will enjoy the same lovely childhood as their elder brothers had.

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Herbalife Malaysia Wellness Tour Review 

Can you guess how much fat content is in all of these different types of potato products? At first glance I would have said pretty much the same, probably varying by a few grams here and there. But wow, was I wrong! The difference is massive! Glad that I learnt something new this week by attending the Herbalife Malaysia Wellness Tour instead of lying in bed all day. Tee hee!

Different types of potato products courtesy of Herbalife Malaysia Wellness Tour

So last Saturday, my husband and me with two kids in tow went to the Herbalife Malaysia Wellness Tour... all ears to hear the talk by Dr. Marion from Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board. She came all the way from Ulm, Germany where she does research and treat obesity patients. Bringing our two kiddos along was pretty appropriate since part of her work includes child obesity. I was all geared up to hear how we can help our kids to maintain healthy body weight through their lives plus I do have clients with children who are overweight. This is despite the fact that their parents are on a proper calorie controlled and nutritious diet. No better time to learn than at this young and tender age me thinks ^_^

Meet Dr. Marion!

What I love about Dr. Marion is that she walks the talk. Although I have no idea how old she is, she looks pretty fit on stage. She’s been on Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board for 20 plus years which is very telling of her age. She’s an expert on metabolic disorder and you can review her credentials on this link here.

Doctor Marion in Herbalife Malaysia Wellness Tour
When I was a child, I wasn’t very overweight. In fact, I looked pretty lean looking back in the old picture albums. However, just about when I reached the age of 12 my weight just exploded way out of control. Those were the days of potato fries, potato chips, potato mash, pizza, burgers, frankfurters, gassy drinks, chocolates, cakes, sweet “fruit” juices, candy…you name it, I consumed it. I used to be so confused why my hips and thighs were growing out of proportion to the rest of my body. It was even more terrifying when my skin cracked and formed the dreaded stretch marks. My body continued to grow fatter into my teenage years and it does nothing for my self-esteem/hormonally-charged-emotions. Wouldn’t it be great if we can avoid this from happening to our own kiddos?

So here are three take aways that I got from Doctor Marion's talk.

One Potato, Seven Ways To Increase Its Fat Content

Or how not to increase it actually.

One of the discussion that I found interesting was that Dr. Marion walked us through the fat content in different types of potato products. Boiled potato weighing 200g would have a fat content of 0.2g compared to potato chips which would have 78g. That’s 390 times the difference in fat!!! Sometimes I can mindlessly go through a bag of chips and still feel hungry at the end of the bag. I think that is true for any type of chips.

Fat content in different potato products courtesy of Herbalife Malaysia Wellness Tour

In Malaysia, there’s a whole industry that markets chips made from tuber and fruit produce. So for the sake of comparison, here’s the statistics that I found in 200 grams of different type of chips that Malaysian snacks on:

  • Kerepek Bawang (Onion Chips) - 60 grams of fat 
    • Main ingredient wheat flour - 2 grams of fat
  • Kerepek Ubi (Tapioca Chips) - 50 grams of fat 
    • Main ingredient tapioca - 0 grams of fat - WHAT!!
  • Kerepek Ubi Sambal (Tapioca Spiced Chips) - 48 grams of fat
    •  Main ingredients tapioca - 0 grams of fat
So cook your food the intelligent way people! :D

How to Calculate Your BMI

The calculations are quite simple. Get your weight in kilograms and your height in metres. Then do the below calculations:

BMI = Weight / (Height x Height)

Or simply click this link to calculate it automatically .

However, Dr. Marion pointed out that the Caucasion BMI range and the Asian BMI range is different. Check out the reference below to see if your BMI is within range:

Caucasian

  • Normal Weight: 18.5 - 24.9
  • Overweight: > 25

Asian

  • Normal Weight: 18.5 - 22.9
  • Overweight: > 23

Fun Facts:

  1. Malaysia has the fattest population in South East Asia
  2. Malaysia is the 6th fattest in the Asia Pacific Region
Our mission to fight the obesity epidemic seems to be bigger than ever to me!

Unhealthy Habits of Our Modern Society

In my opinion, Dr. Marion perfectly describes the way Malaysians are eating and gaining weight little-by-little. In one category we have the Busy Excutives who has no time to eat meals. I was in this category before. I would skip breakfast all together and have brunch which will mainly consist of roti canai, nasi lemak, kuih-muih… the works! And then I would go on to have a big lunch…get sleepy by the afternoon. Skip my evening snack and dinner. And have a late supper. I was wondering why on earth I was gaining weight even though I skipped meals. I should be losing more weight right? Wrong! Having meals at a consistent period of time and of course having the right kind of food will help us to reduce the weight and keep it at a healthy level.

Next we have the Young Generation. Fast food all the way. Its just too convenient plus with living in a rental, there’s no need to have a stove or cookware. All you have to do is pick up the phone and food is delivered to your door! High in calories and low in nutrition. Its just not the way to go.

And finally, Families. Eating out constantly, bringing children along. There’s just no raw food to prepare and no mess to clean up. And you can order your food in just mere minutes. What a dream! However this is a nightmare just waiting to happen.

Those categories just shed some light to me and our team at Raudhah Nutrition Club in Shah Alam. Does Herbalife work to help at least these three categories to lead a healthier lifestyle? It sure can! Check out my post on how my own family incorporate Herbalife Nutrition into our daily mealy plan (it is in the Malay Language).

Herbalife Malaysia Review on Astro Awani

Dr. Marion did a great Herbalife review recently on Astro Awani. What I love about it is that it is backed up with science and making it our daily habit simplifies a lot of the tough decisions on meals that we have around the house.



Watch the video and leave a comment for any questions.

Thanks for reading!

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Saya nak fit!
Saya nak lebih sihat!
Bina kekuatan daya tahan itu dari dalam, bukan yang dipinjam dari luar.
You can do it!
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‪#‎positive‬
‪#‎justdoit‬

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The Happy Ummi Weight Loss Program

In this highly digitised world, showing up is hard but those who consistently shows up produces magic. Putting this into our perspective, have you ever wondered why an amazing weight loss product that everyone is raving about just doesn’t seem to work on you? Or have you ever searched for hours on end online to get the best tips to lose those agonising extra weight? Or is this the umpteenth time that you’re trying yet another weight loss program? I may just have the answer for you. It’s all about the secret of showing up and losing weight. Discover why this could be your ticket to declare yourself a Weight Loss Winner!

We’ve been cooking this up for quite a while and FINALLY its out! I am so blessed and grateful to have such an amazing team in Shah Alam who are committed to help as many people as they can to live a more healthy and active lifestyle. Before I dive in deeper into how we can contribute to a healthier community, I would like to introduce you to my team - Raudhah@7!



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