IT is well with my soul, no matter how hard life has become.
I want to be as cryptic about this as possible, to be as tight-lipped as to the details of my “financial life.” Maybe I only want you to know I’m not a member of the lower middle class earning club in the country. I was shocked to learn this from “Who are ID rich, poor... income brackets in PH” (ABS-CBN, Sept. 17). I can’t even buy land on the game The Tribez.
Be that as it may, the family can still eat. Man doesn’t live on bread alone because he needs vegetables, fruits and bits of protein.
On this humorous note, let me share with you some eating tips (emro.who.int) to beef up your strength during this pandemic.
Be a veggie “plantito” like me if you want to supplement your dietary needs. Eat fresh fruits and leafy vegetables and root crops.
The website included eggs and chicken to your diet.
Eat four servings of fruits (two cups each), and five of vegetables (2.5 cups). Have meat and legumes once or twice a week, and poultry two to three times per week. Personally, I limit my intake to two of either, and devote myself to fish.
Drink eight to 10 glasses of water a day. Raise your liquid intake with fresh fruit juices. Avoid canned and powdered juices since they are sugary.
Shun processed food, fatty products and sweet or salty snacks. You are allowed to eat red meat but no more than twice a week.
Reduce salt and sugar intake, including syrups, fish sauce, soy or oyster sauce, and food enhancers. I take this to mean that if you use 1/2 cup, go for 1/4 instead. Keep within five grams of salt!
If you find this hard to follow, I’ll show you how next week.