Coffee Alternatives for Coffee Addicts

If your doctor ordered you to stop taking more caffeine and yet you need your coffee fix, you can substitute these healthy and filling options instead.

Water

Nothing beats clean water when you’re thirsty. It doesn’t have caffeine and added sugar after all. Drink at least half a gallon of water a day to fight off fatigue, hunger, and dehydration.

Tea

It still has caffeine, so you need to pick green tea instead of regular tea which ahs about the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee. Green tea or matcha helps you concentrate at work because it has memory-enhancing properties. If green tea isn’t to your liking, there are other types of tea not made from the tea plant (Camellia sinensis).

Probiotic Drink

There are dozens of probiotic drinks to choose from in markets in Singapore. Not only do they taste good, but they are packed with the good stuff to help balance the bacteria in your digestive tract. You can substitute this healthy drink for coffee on your break time.

Sparkling Water

If you want something with more kick than plain water, sparkling water is your best bet. It is sugar-free, hydrating, and delicious as long as you choose varieties made with fruit extracts.

Coconut Water

Instead of coconut smoothies, choose coconut water which has natural sweeteners and is packed with enzymes and electrolytes to help you replenish lost nutrients after a hard day’s work. It’s not only a healthier substitute to coffee, it also works better than energy and sports drinks.

Hot Apple Cider

The tangy taste of the apple cider will remind you of coffee, plus it contains natural sweeteners and will help you feel energized in a lazy rainy morning.

Fruit or Vegetable Juice

You can’t go wrong with fruit or vegetable juices that are made from fresh products. They are easy to make, delicious, and contain less sugar than the juices sold at stores. It’s easy to create fruit juices at a home with only a few items in less than 10 minutes.

Fruit or Vegetable Smoothie

Have fun creating different smoothies from fresh fruits and vegetables, which are packed full of vitamins and nutrients you will not get in a cup of coffee. All you need to create a variety of smoothies is a food processor or blender and an ice maker.

Yerba Mate

This type of drink will remind you of tea and contains slightly less caffeine than coffee. It’s made from the leaves of the holly tree which contains natural caffeine. What’s great about it is that it can also be prepared in so many ways similar to how you make tea and coffee. This is a recommended substitute if you have caffeine sensitivity and jitters. It won’t make you less sleepy, but it almost has the same effect as coffee.

Handy Tips for All Fitness Beginners

So, you’ve finally taken action on your New Year’s resolution of going to an ActiveSG gym (or any gym for that matter). The thing is, going to the gym or starting a fitness regime, in general, is a learning experience. You will make mistakes at the start and, of course, that’s okay. But, there are some mistakes that may affect your progress in the long term without you noticing. So, here are some things you should take note of to keep things smooth during your first months of training.

Work with a trainer

We cannot stress enough how important having a trainer is when you’re just starting out. If you’re going to the gym for the first time, it’s only natural that you’ll feel anxious and intimidated. But having a trainer during those first few sessions will do wonders for your confidence and motivation. The simple idea that you have someone guiding you can be very reassuring. Of course, you will also be taught about the right exercises to do and how to do them correctly. This is important if you want to keep yourself safe from any injuries or accidents in the gym.

Your workout schedule

The thing is, you can always adjust your workout schedule in line with your daily activities. If you can go to the gym 5 times a week, that’s great. If you can only go three times a week, there are also workout plans that can be effective for that! Don’t worry too much about the schedule. What you should be focusing more on is being consistent with your time. Even if you can only go for 3 days a week, be sure to stick with it and not miss a day at all.

Do compound lifts

One of the most common mistakes beginners make is that they only do isolation exercises. Isolation exercises are movements that only involve one particular muscle. If you want to gain more muscle though, you have to focus on the compound movements. Basically, these are exercises that work multiple muscle groups. These are the bench press, deadlift, barbell squat, shoulder press, etc. Because you’re working multiple muscles at the same time, you’re making your workouts much more effective and time-efficient.

The importance of rest and recovery

Let’s say you have enough time to go to the gym for 6 days a week. When it’s your very first time, you’ll usually feel as if you can exercise for hours and days straight. Although that shows your great motivation, you will still need rest periods. If you don’t allow your muscles to rest, you’re beating them up to a point that they might not grow anymore. Plus, it’s during the recovery phase that your body can really maximize muscle growth!

Simple Things That Make You More Attractive

In Singapore, we’re lucky enough to get a lot of great dating spots. But, of course, finding a good dating spot is too easy compared to getting someone to actually like you. So, without further ado, here are some things you need to know to make you appear more attractive!

Taking the time to groom yourself

Let’s start with probably the most obvious thing that makes one attractive, grooming and looking clean. Of course, if you want a person to get attracted to you, it’s obvious that you should always look presentable. Having clean hair or a good haircut, appropriate clothing, and even good posture can mean a lot when presenting yourself to others. Grooming yourself well can show your value as a potential partner.

Smiling more

For one, smiling more makes you look more friendly and approachable. Interestingly, the effects of smiling can be more profound for females than males. When a woman smiles a lot, it can be very effective for attracting the opposite sex, but it isn’t the same case for males. Of course, that’s not to say that males aren’t attractive when they smile more. You can still do it and expect someone to at least notice you. 

Having a sense of humor

This is also another pretty obvious factor of attraction. Although males and females both consider sense of humor as an attractive trait, a man’s desirability is more affected by how funny they are. This is why it’s considered that women are more likely to like men who can make them laugh, while men are likely to choose women who respond to their humor well. A big part of why humor makes one attractive is because it shows that can always create a good mood. That simply suggests you are more fun to be with!

Being kind

More than anything, it’s being kind that awards you the most points in attraction. When it comes to having a certain “type”, people are almost always asked to choose between looks and personality. Of course, it would be great to have both but usually, having a good personality is more preferred. Simple acts like greeting a janitor, opening a door for someone, and being polite to a waiter, can be very appealing to many.

Not playing hard-to-get

Over the years, more and more people prefer choosing a partner whose thoughts and emotions they can easily understand. Before, people liked to keep their partners guessing. But today, that’s proved to be less effective. If you think about it, it makes sense why we would prefer someone who doesn’t make us feel unsure about their feelings. Bottom line is, don’t play hard to get anymore or at least don’t do it too much!

4 Common Costs That You Can Actually Avoid Easily

Everyone has their own habits that they don’t want other people to find out, but aside from the weird and disgusting habits, there are also the ones that could make wallets and piggy banks cry. These are the wasteful spending habits that make you wonder where all your money goes when you take a look at your bank account or your wallet.

Be sure to watch out for these small things that are making you spend more money than you should:

Paying for unused subscriptions

Are you still subscribed to that Netflix account you don’t have time to long into? How about that gym membership you never got around to actually using because of your hectic schedule? If your answer to this is yes, you can start saving money right now by cancelling your subscription to these services. It’s still okay to retain some subscriptions, but only if you’re still using them actively.

Recreational shopping

When you’re trying to save as much as you can, one of the worst things you can do for a hobby is shopping. Not only is it expensive, but the feeling of happiness you also get from every haul only lasts for a really short amount of time. In fact, the more you shop recreationally, the more likely you want to spend money to buy more and keep that feeling going, and this can drain your wallet or bank account really quick.

Losing receipts

Do you have a tendency to just throw away your receipts without reading them? If so, make it a habit to always keep them the next time you go out shopping for anything that you want or need as part of your daily expenses. Keeping your receipts and writing them down is a great way to track down your expenses and find out where most of your money goes.

Once you do know where, you can budget around it to better suit your needs. Keeping receipts also let you avail of warranties when dealing with factory defects, allowing you to take back the defective item and replace it with a brand-new unit.

Letting food spoil

Saving money on food might seem simple at first, but it really takes a lot of effort to be able to cook your own dishes that you can bring to work or eat at home. If you’re too tired to do this, you might find yourself wanting to save time ordering take-out instead. While this may be fine once in a while, you’ll notice that this will make you more likely to forget about the groceries or leftovers you have in your fridge, and leaving them to spoil.

How Blue Light from Devices Hurts Your Eyes

While everybody already knows that too much exposure to sunlight and air pollution can affect us and it’s sometimes just better to stay indoors, not many people really understand that the same indoor environment can also be damaging to the skin and eyes.

This is because of blue light, which more studies are showing to be responsible for creating free radicals that can harm both skin and eyes much like ultraviolet light.

And because nearly all of our workdays are spent exposed to signficant amounts of it, the effects can compound and result in significant damage over time. But what exactly is blue light, and how exactly can it damage you?

Photodamage and Blue Light

Blue light is the light on one end of the visible spectrum that has the shortest wavelength, with yellow and red lights on the other end of that spectrum and having the longest wavelengths.

However, blue light has a really high energy, giving it the name “high-energy visible” light. This high-energy light usually comes from sunlight, but it can also come from the screens of different devices, such as computers and smartphones, as well as fluorescent lights commonly used in offices.

Negative Effects of Blue Light

While our eyes are capable of blocking out ultraviolet light, it’s not as good at blocking blue light. This means that it can have some pretty bad effects after exposure to significant amounts over time, such as the following:

  • It increases the risk of eye strain
  • It contributes to macular and retinal degeneration
  • It can cause uneven skin pigmentation

Reducing Blue Light Exposure

Keep in mind that not all blue light is bad, however – more studies are also showing that a certain amount of it is essential for good health. In fact, in the right levels, it can boost alertness as well as help with memory and cognitive functions.

What makes it bad is too much exposure, so the best thing you can do is to limit your exposure when you can in order to reduce the harmful effects that it can have. You can limit your exposure to blue light by using two things:

  • Using blue light filters on your devices – The good news is that there are now more devices that include a feature that filters the blue light emitted from the screen, especially in the case of smartphones and tablets. You can even have physical filters installed for your phones and computers installed for this purpose.
  • Investing in protective eyewear – Special pairs of glasses dedicated for use around computers have yellow lenses in order to decrease the wavelength of blue light, and they are usually available without a specific eyeglass prescription.

7 Principles on Building Wealth Taught in a Book Way Older than You

Considered a classic book on financial advice, The Richest Man in Babylon was published in 1926 by George S. Clason as a collection of parables from ancient Babylon. Almost a century from its first release, it still remains in print because of the valuable lessons it teaches regarding money.

1.  The Start: Keep 10 percent of your income

Simply put, you can start “fattening your purse” by saving 10 percent of your income. In the parable, Arkad uses an egg basket as an example. If you put 10 eggs in the basket in the morning and take 9 out in the evening, you’ll have one more extra egg for the next morning. Arkad likens this idea to saving money. If you are able to keep 10 percent of your income, you’ll slowly build up wealth.

2.  Control your expenses

Arkad teaches that though everyone has different labors and incomes, if they all equally have no money, it’s because they easily confuse desires with necessities. This also very much applies to our time today. The second principle, then, tells us to learn how to spend less than we make.

3.  Make your money multiply

If you want to build your wealth, it won’t do you any good to keep your savings untouched. What this means is that you should open up part of your savings to make investments. This simply means you have more than one way to gain income. Invest in stocks, look for real estate investments in Singapore, and etc.

4.  Invest smartly

Guard your money against loss by making smart purchases and investments. Arkad told a story about how he lost his savings because he gave it to a brickmaker who went to look for jewels as an investment. His mentor then asked him why he would go to a brickmaker who has no knowledge of jewels, and not the jeweler.

5.  Use your dwelling for profit

Let’s say you’ve attained a certain amount of wealth and you’re able to buy a small apartment building. You keep a part of it as your dwelling and you rent out the other rooms. This is another way for you to get money easily. Getting paid for rent is, of course, better than you paying for it.

6.  Guarantee a future income

As we all know, it becomes harder to work as we age. The sixth principle tells us to plan ahead of retirement. By keeping long-term investments, you’ll be confident that you can still get money even you’re no longer able to work.

7.  Learn, Learn, Learn

Simply put, if you have a lot of skills to offer, you’ll have more opportunities to work and earn. Building wealth comes with learning new skills. If you learn a new language, for example, you’ll be much more valuable in a business. That said, broaden your horizons and keep learning!

How to Get Rid of Weird Smells in Your Fridge in 5 Simple Steps

Funny smells in your refrigerator aren’t always a sign that something’s wrong with the fridge itself, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it when you smell it – in fact, having that funny odor in your fridge is reason enough to find out what exactly is causing it. And if the case is usually leftovers gone bad, it’s time to not just throw them away, but also to clean out your fridge to remove the smell.

Here’s how you can do it:  

Clean it out completely

Cleaning out your refrigerator may be the most daunting step, but once you’ve managed to clear everything out, everything else will be much simpler and easier. When cleaning out your fridge, be sure to keep your frozen produce separate in an icebox to keep them cold while you clean. And since you’ll be holding the door open, you might also consider unplugging and de-frosting your interior.

Use natural cleaners

When it comes to cleaning appliances, your safest best is making sure to use only natural ingredients that are completely safe: baking soda and vinegar. Simply pour half a cup of baking soda dissolved in a bucket of warm water and scrub the mixture all over the surfaces of your fridge. To really make it shine, mix equal parts of white vinegar and water after the baking soda mixture.

Put odor remover on the shelves

Baking soda isn’t just for mixing with water to clear out the gunk – it’s also great for getting rid of the smell. All you need to do is spread baking soda on a metal tray and place it inside to soak up the nasty odors. Alternatively, you can also mix a half-cup of baking soda with a tablespoon of vanilla for a more thorough job at neutralizing tougher smells. Other substances also work, like a cup of white vinegar or pieces of charcoal.

Use airtight containers

If you have any leftovers that you need to store, be sure to use an airtight container. By doing this, not only do you keep the interior from smelling, but you also make the items inside your fridge more manageable. You should also label and date them to serve as a reminder to use them as soon as possible before they start going bad.

Keep fresh foods in sight

Fresh foods are best consumed quickly, but when they’re in the back of the fridge, you’re much less likely to notice them. In fact, many foods can often go bad because of this, and this means more food goes to waste. To deal with this problem, simply put them in front instead. This makes you more likely to remember that they’re there and that you should eat them first.