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Introducing JoyFood Ang Ku Kueh (Not Your Ordinary AKK)


Not your ordinary Ang Ku Kueh

 

I love Ang Ku Kueh. Unfortunately, my delicate gastrointestinal tract couldn't tolerate glutinous rice well. If I'm not mistaken, the sticky ang ku kueh skin is made of glutinous rice flour. I avoid glutinous rice products as much as I can because they upset my stomach and I will stay bloated for many hours.


So, when my friend, Yibin, registered Dietitian and Founder of Beyond Food introduced her version of Ang Ku Kueh to me, I was beyond delighted!


 

What is JoyFood AKK (Ang Ku Kueh)?


JoyFood AKK (Ang Ku Kueh) is made with all-natural ingredients and high protein ingredients. They come in 3 different flavors, i.e., mung bean, black sesame, and peanut.

 

Fun fact: JoyFood AKK looks and tastes like ordinary ang ku kueh, but without the sticky texture of glutinous rice flour.

 

 

Yibin created and developed her JoyFood AKK according to the international guidelines of IDDSI level 4 (pureed diet). IDDSI stands for International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative.

 

JoyFood AKK is suitable specifically for individuals with chewing and/or swallowing difficulties.

 

Not only so, they are also a great option for health-conscious individuals who are looking for high-protein snacks.



These AKKs are freshly prepared using cook-freeze method to retain nutrients and provide convenience.

 

They are pretty easy to prepare. Just take individual AKKs out from their frozen packaging. Do not need to defrost (yay!). Steam for 8-10 minutes over medium heat. Do not over-steam (yep). Serve immediately.





 

Why choose JoyFood AKK?


I choose JoyFood AKK over ordinary AKK because of their high protein content. Another reason is there's no glutinous rice flour (easier for digestion) and they are so easy to swallow because they are non-sticky!

 

I'm having them for breakfast. I bought all 3 flavors so I get to decide which 2 flavors I want for breakfast. They are also a good option for snacks in between main meals.



Who can benefit from JoyFood AKK?


Those who can benefit from JoyFood AKK are senior citizens or people with swallowing and/or chewing issues, people who are not eating well, people who are losing weight, people who wants to have high protein snacks, and vegans.

 

I personally think they are great for people with digestive issue and for children too!






Source: Beyond Food website | Beyond Food Facebook

 

How to place order?

 

Contact or WhatsApp Yibin at 01124341408 to purchase JoyFood AKK.


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Time Management & Concentration Improvement Tips for Work Productivity

 

Time Management Tips

 

More often than not, I experience not having ample time to complete my daily work. Below are five quick time management tips that I'm trying out to manage my time wisely and be more productive.



1. Set Clear Goals


Set SMART goals: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-Based. 

 

This by far is the hardest tip but I'm getting there.


2. Prioritize Wisely


Learn to prioritize tasks based on urgency and importance by using the Eisenhower Matrix (Urgent vs Important).

 

I find this matrix very useful because it helps me to group my to-do list good enough to keep procrastination at bay, or else all tasks will end up in the 'urgent & important' box and I will be dead. LOL.

 

 Source: Hive.com


3. Organize Yourself


Write down the deadline and allocate time to complete each task and project.

 

Apart from the word 'goal', 'deadline' is another scary word. However, I realize that it's very important to set a deadline to avoid tasks from getting nowhere. Going with the flow doesn't help most of the time; setting a deadline does.


4. Take A Break


Always make time for a short break between tasks to refresh yourself. Of course! I will be taking my fruit-break or coffee-break around 4pm daily.

 

The keyword is make time. No one has enough time, you just have to make time.


5. Plan Ahead


Make it a habit to write down your "to-do" list for the next workday. My good friend Amanda is adamant that this tip of planning ahead helps her throughout the day as she manages her music school schedules.


Concentration Improvement Tips

 

Below are six quick tips to improve concentration and focus for better work performance.

 


 

1. Ensure Quality Sleep


Get at least 7-8 hours of quality sleep every night.

 

I diffuse Lavender essential oil at night because it helps me to have longer deep sleep (I keep track with my smartwatch). I also take supplements (ageLOC Reset) to help me sleep better.


2. Get Physically Active


Engage in exercise or physical activities at least 3 times or up to 150 minutes per week.

 

Physical activity immediately boosts the brain's dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin levels—all of which affect focus and attention. (Source: The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise)


3. Stay Hydrated


Drink water regularly and at least 8 glasses in a day to avoid dehydration.

 

Lack of water to the brain can impair short-term memory function and the recall of long-term memory, as well as cause a variety of symptoms such as brain fog, exhaustion, headaches, sleep issues, stress, anger, and depression. (Source: Staying Hydrated Boosts Brain Power)


4. Focus, Focus, Focus


Learn to focus on one task at a time to avoid mistakes from multitasking.

 

Multitasking reduces your efficiency and performance because your brain can only focus on one thing at a time. When you try to do two things at once, your brain lacks the capacity to perform both tasks successfully. Research also shows that, in addition to slowing you down, multitasking lowers your IQ. (Source: Multitasking Damages Your Brain And Career, New Studies Suggest)


5. Train Your Brain


Try brain training activities such as sudoku, chess, or crossword puzzles.

 

Doing certain brain exercises to help boost your memory, concentration, and focus can make daily tasks quicker and easier to do, and keep your brain sharp as you get older. (Source: 13 Brain Exercises to Help Keep You Mentally Sharp)


6. Meditate


Try yoga or deep breathing exercises while meditating.

 

Meditation is an excellent practice for reducing stress and increasing happiness, but it also helps your ability to focus. (Source: Here's The One Hack You Haven't Tried Yet For Overcoming Procrastination)

 

 

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Join the #ListenToYourHeartWithPantai campaign at Pantai Hospitals


How well do you know your heart?

 

Did you know that the No. 1 cause of death in Malaysia is heart disease for the past 18 years? Every year, more and more Malaysians suffer from heart diseases.

 

Heart disease is no longer an age-related disease like how we used to believe. Someone as young as 35 years old may suffer from heart disease too. The trend of younger people getting heart disease is increasing and this is a worrying scenario.

 

Do drop by Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Block A lobby, as they are running the #ListenToYourHeart campaign to raise awareness about heart diseases and encourages more people to live a heart-healthy lifestyle.




On-ground interactive games


When you are at the lobby, look out for the above area. Play the game on the TV screen and find out what makes your heart healthy!





Tips to care for your heart

 

Fortunately, we can take charge of our heart health to minimize the risks of heart diseases.

 

We can do so by understanding heart disease risk factors, symptoms, preventive measures, and treatments. Then, we can do our part to spread the word and make a positive difference in our community by taking the lead to make some important changes in our life such as:


  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Stay physically active
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Do not smoke
  • Regularly check your cholesterol and blood pressure



Take loads of selfies & photos


Look out for the colorful frames at the campaign corner and do take selfies and photos!




Caring from the Heart care box


Walk away with a care box, courtesy of Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur!




Join the #ListenToYourHeartWithPantai online contest

 

Just follow the steps below from 1-31 July 2022 and stand a chance win amazing prizes! More information about the attractive prizes can be found on the #ListenToYourHeart campaign website.

 

Step 1: Like/Follow one or more of the 11 Pantai Hospitals Facebook (FB) or Instagram (IG) accounts in Malaysia.

 

Step 2: Upload a photo or video of you practicing a healthy lifestyle of your choice and write a creative caption by telling us what inspires you to do so.

 

Step 3: Tag 3 friends/family with the hashtag #ListenToYourHeartWithPantai and challenge them to participate.

 

Step 4: Post your photo or video entry and make sure your FB/IG profile is set to PUBLIC for the duration of the contest.


Let's #ListenToYourHeartWithPantai and together, let's raise the awareness of taking care of our beloved heart! Let's stay active, healthy, and young together!


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