BRAND’S Lutein Essence Promo Code (Lazada)

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If you’d like to try BRAND’S Lutein Essence, there’s no better time than right now, when there’s a $3 discount code plus free delivery. πŸ˜€ The lutein essence is on sale right now at lazada.sg (S$21.90) and you can use my promo code and get an additional discount of $3, so you pay just $18.90. So it works out to just over $3 per bottle. Delivery is free.

It’s a small price to pay. Buying vegetables like kale, asparagus and brussel sprouts to give me an equivalent amount of lutein would cost me way more than S$3.

So I’ve paid for yet another box of lutein essence. It’s delivered in a huge cardboard box… πŸ˜€

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This code is valid only till 31st March 2018. So, hurry and get S$3 off your purchase of BRAND’S Lutein Essence from Lazada. πŸ™‚

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How I’m Keeping To My Health Resolution

Health Resolution

Last year, my health resolution was to go to bed by 10pm every night, and I wasn’t successful 100% of the time (obviously). But by and large, I kept to it and reaped the health benefits of sleeping early – from a better complexion to not needing any sort of caffeine or sugar boost to get me through my day. This year, building on the habit I’ve formed in 2017, I also want to incorporate more ‘nature time’ into each week. But it’s terribly easy to say “I’ll go for nature walks every weekend” or “I’m going to hit the gym 5 times a week” and eventually realize that the initial enthusiasm doesn’t last very long.

This is why most gyms are pretty empty by February:

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Pic: RobertPlank.com

The reason I want to head out more often is simply, to get fresh air and to take myself away from digital devices. The latter is possible because I’m not one of those crazy people who continue texting WHILE cycling.

texting while cycling

Photo Source: christopherdwheeler.com

It’s so dangerous, guys!

To help me keep to my New Year’s Resolution, I’m incorporating a ‘reward‘… that already exists. πŸ˜‰ Before I go for a meal I know I’ll enjoy (such as a buffet, or a chili crab dinner), I’ll head out for a run, jog or even just a brisk-walking session.

I’ve recently gone for a 40-minute walk before enjoying the curry chicken dinner my Mom cooked, and repeated that another time before a dinner with steamed crabs. πŸ˜€ Because there’s a “reward” after the brisk-walking session (as if fresh air and great views aren’t enough), it’s easier to keep to this New Year’s Resolution. In fact, I think I’ll have no trouble keeping to it the whole of 2018. Feel free to check in with me at the end of the year!

Also, I’ve asked 4 other women, who run various businesses, to share with me their health-related New Year’s Resolutions. So watch this quick video I’ve put together for you:

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As Eugenia (co-founder of hafbox) mentioned in the video, we get exposed to blue light when we use our computers and other digital devices. And yet most of us have trouble reducing our usage of these devices, possibly because our work demands that we face these screens for many hours a day. *You can even track your screen time on your mobile phone by downloading a free app – my friend found that he uses his handphone up to 12 hours a day! To find out how blue light harms our eyes, read this blogpost I’ve uploaded previously.

You can combat the harmful effects of blue light by getting enough lutein in your diet, from foods such as kale, brussel sprouts, asparagus, and dark green leafy vegetables. If you’re not getting enough lutein from food, then supplements would really help.

Since participating in the 10-Day Challenge with BRAND’S Lutein Essence, my friends and I have found that we’ve taken more ‘eye breaks’ from screens, incorporated more lutein-rich foods in our diet and spent more time outdoors. This has helped our eyes feel less tired and less dry. And it’s really convenient to just drink one bottle of the lutein essence a day.

So here’s a gift for you to kickstart a healthy 2018: A promo code for BRAND’s Lutein Essence, so you can give your eye health a boost this year. Go ahead and share it with your loved ones too!

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This code is valid only till 31st March 2018. So, hurry and get S$3 off your purchase of BRAND’S Lutein Essence from Lazada.

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Tracking Our Smartphone Usage + Cooking A Lutein-Packed Meal :D

mobile phone usage in Singapore

You probably know of someone who’s a smartphone addict, right? You might even have spotted quite a few of them “glued” to their cellphones while they’re crossing the road, walking to the MRT platform, or even have them bump into you accidentally as they aren’t watching where they are going. In fact, the Chinese have a term for these mobile phone zombies – δ½Žι ­ζ— (literally: folks with lowered heads). You may or may not have a smartphone addiction problem but have you actually tracked how much time you spend on your handphone every single day? I have, and I can tell you the result is surprising!

As I’m curious about how much time other people spend on their phones as well, I invited two of my friends (Philip‘s 50 years old and Steven is 70!) to track their screen time for a week too. Guess who spent the most time on the phone? πŸ˜€

My phone usage (around 4 hours) vs. Philip’s (almost 7 hours) and Steven’s (8.5 hours)

singapore handphone screen time tracking

*Steven’s on holiday (as usual) so he made me tell you this: He’s using his phone more often than usual for photo-taking, uploading of pictures to his social media accounts, etc, and that retirees aren’t actually that “free” so please do not be mistaken. πŸ˜€

I’m actually quite surprised, though, that both of them spent more time on their phones than I did / do. In fact, Philip (who’s 50) spent over 12 hours on his phone on one particular day! He wasn’t catching Pokemon – it was just a really busy work day for him. πŸ˜€

Truth be told, I don’t spend as much time on my handphone compared to these two as my phone’s pretty old. I’m using the Samsung S5 which refuses to die. But it does run out of battery juice pretty quickly so I try not to do too much work on it. I abhor phone calls too (so please don’t call me) and I got myself out of just about every Whatsapp chat group as just reading the messages alone consumes too much precious time.

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Have you ever wondered how much ‘screen time’ you clock every day? Add the time spent on your handphone plus your computer plus time spent watching television or reading an ebook on your ipad. I bet you are spending a lot of time with your digital devices… and consequently getting exposed to blue light from them.

And don’t forget about blue light from the sun AND fluorescent and LED lighting! πŸ˜›

Point is, we’re constantly being bombarded by blue light. And what are we doing to protect ourselves? Your answer might be… “nothing”. (>_<) But you’ve definitely felt the ‘effects’ of using your digital devices for prolonged periods of time. Ever experienced dry, tired eyes that doctors term ‘digital eye strain’? And what happens in the long run? πŸ˜‰

Why the fuss over blue light exposure, really?

Blue light does more than just tire your eyes out. Blue light reaches deep into the eye and can potentially cause damage to the retina. Doctors warn of its involvement in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) too! If you’re concerned about AMD and/or cataracts and want to protect your eyes starting today, make sure you up your intake of Lutein and Zeaxanthin so as to block out blue light.

In a recent study, researchers also noted an improvement in the “overall sleep quality, and reduced frequency of headaches, eye strain and eye fatigue,Β as well as improvements in visual performance measures in the macular carotenoid (Lutein) group compared with the placebo group.” So, besides blocking out blue light, Lutein and Zeaxanthin are great for overall health!

Not sure how you can get a sufficient dose of Lutein and Zeaxanthin (which are found in food)? There is a simple solution: just drink a bottle of BRAND’S Lutein Essence. Just one bottle a day is all it takes.

BRANDS Lutein Essence

If you’d like to win BRAND’S Lutein Essence and give it a try (I recommend drinking it chilled – so tasty) then here’s another giveaway for you! πŸ˜€

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As the first giveaway featuring BRAND’S Lutein Essence was well-received, I’m back with another one! πŸ˜€ This time round, I’m picking three winners to each receive a $120 Blue Light Protection Kit from BRAND’S! Each kit will include:

2 packs of BRAND’S Lutein Essence
$50 Nanyang Optical voucher
Eye drops
Eye mask

And all you need to do is to head over to the giveaway post on my Facebook page and submit a photo of your meal with at least 2 food items containing Lutein. πŸ˜€

Here’s my dinner on Tuesday night:

food high in lutein

The prawn dish has broccoli, carrot and brussel sprouts (underneath) – all good sources of Lutein. The salmon dish has ‘crispy skin salmon’ sitting on a bed of spinach (great source of Lutein) and mushroom. And there’s also the stir-fried tomato and scrambled egg dish (*eggs contain Lutein, but as I have shared in my previous post, there isn’t enough for our daily requirement unless we’re eating over 80 eggs, which is plain impossible).

So snap a picture of your meal and you’re on your way to winning this fabulous prize.

Pretty simple, right?

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If your meal is full of Lutein goodness, you just might be one of the three lucky winners of BRAND’S Blue Light Protection Kit featuring their Lutein Essence! Entries will be judged based on creativity, number of food items with Lutein and how delicious they look! πŸ˜€ There is no limit to the number of entries per person (as long as the pictures belong to you). All the best!~ πŸ™‚

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*Update: The 3 winning dishes by popular vote are #1, #2 and #5. Congratulations! πŸ˜€ Winners, please drop me an email at gracewwg (at) gmail (dot) com with your name, IC and mobile number by 26th Dec 2017. πŸ™‚

food high in lutein

lutein rich foods

Meal high in lutein

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Update #2: THANK YOU ALL for voting for your favorite dishes, or else I’d have a pretty hard time selecting the top 3! πŸ˜€ I’ve picked the 2 winning voters; 1 local and 1 international. Local voter gets BRAND’S Lutein Essence and the international winner gets a box of Minion goodies. πŸ˜€

And they are: Jimmy Chua andΒ Charine Garces Camarines!Β Congratulations!!! πŸ˜€

Winners, please drop me an email at gracewwg (at) gmail (dot) com with your name, mailing address and mobile number by 26th Dec 2017. πŸ™‚

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Make sure you check out my previous blogpost about BRAND’S Eye Health Talk because there’s important information about cataracts, how to combat digital eye strain, and more about foods with Lutein and Zeaxanthin and how much of each you need to eat. πŸ˜€

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BRAND’S Eye Health Talk: What Blue Light Does To Your Eyes, And How To Get Enough Lutein

Brand's Eye Talk 2017

At BRAND’S recent eye health talk, held in partnership with StarHub, I came to realize new things about eye health I didn’t know before. For instance, that I can go for Lasik surgery a second time – which would be great since my myopia (with astigmatism) symptoms are back again, about 7 years after I had Lasik done. And for the rest of the audience, what probably came as a revelation to most is that we don’t have to wait for cataracts to “ripen” and risk complications in the process, the role our diet plays in promoting eye health, and what Lutein and Zeaxanthin are and how important it is to have them in our diet to combat digital eye strain because of the blue light from the environment and our increased usage of digital devices. Read on for my 5 takeaways from the session, and find out how you can win BRAND’S new Lutein Essence (which I’ve tried and enjoyed) from my giveaway.

Finding out I need glasses again… (>_<)

Brand's Eye Talk

Doesn’t come as a surprise since we can’t escape from all sources of blue light…

blue light

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Here are my 5 takeaways from the talk which featured 3 speakers: a prominent ophthalmologist, a nutritionist and BRAND’S own scientist:

Dr Leonard Ang

#1: Dr Leonard Ang: Don’t wait for cataracts to “ripen”

There is no age restriction, so you can go for the surgery even if you are 80 or 90 years old. The treatment is permanent too, unlike glaucoma which requires constant maintenance. But the key is to get it done early, so it doesn’t lead to complications in later stages.

And if you’re wondering how prevalent this is, well, more than 30% of people in Singapore, age 45 and above, have some form of cataract. This figure goes up to a stunning 80% for people over 60!

#2: Apart from taking breaks, there are many other ways to combat Digital Eye Strain

Digital Eye Strain

Just 2 consecutive hours on a digital device can cause eye strain and fatigue! And I do often spend more than 2 hours in front of my laptop. 😦 That blue light can also increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which slowly leads to a loss of vision. I’m definitely worried. While cataract surgery is safe and fast (10 – 20 minutes) these days, I do want to keep my eyes healthy for as long as possible to avoid multiple surgeries, especially if I’m getting Lasik done again. <- The tearing and discomfort is not something I look forward to.

#3: Julina Halim: We don’t get enough Lutein in our diet

Julina Halim

Lutein goes directly to your eyes, and is concentrated in the macula. Unfortunately we don’t consume enough of it. We need about 6mg a day, but we get only about 2mg (or less) from the food we eat, but supplements can provide up to 10mg. Having too much fibre in your diet, however, slows down the absorption of Vitamin A and carotenoids, impacting the absorption of lutein in food.

#4: Block blue light and prevent incident cataracts with sufficient intake of Lutein + Zeaxanthin

filtering blue light

In a decade or so, I might be one of those folks having cataracts and considering surgery options. So what I can do now is to take care of my eyes by having adequate eye breaks from digital devices (follow the 20-20-20 rule Dr Ang recommends), wear sunglasses when I’m outdoors, and have a pair of glasses which blocks blue light for when I’m facing digital screens. I used to own a pair that was sold at Watsons, and I’ve indeed realized my eyes get tired less quickly when I’m wearing them. But after they were dropped and broke, I’ve yet to replace them.

Getting enough Lutein from my diet is also important, so dark green leafy vegetables like kale are now appearing on the dinner table. If I’m eating out, then a supplement would definitely come in handy.

#5: BRAND’S, long known for their chicken essence, now has a Lutein Essence too

Brands Lutein Essence Singapore

Apart from Lutein and Zeaxanthin, there’s also Vitamin E in that petite bottle. You’ll only need to drink one bottle of Lutein Essence a day, with or after your meal. Each bottle has 10mg of Lutein, which is more than enough for your daily requirement. So don’t worry about needing to drink it 3 times a day with each meal (because you don’t have to).

Dr Tan Zhen Wei from BRAND’S Health Supplement Division also shared that you can get Lutein and Zeaxanthin from the food you eat, if you consume enough of them, which can be anything from 80g of spinach to 84 eggs…

lutein and zeaxanthin in food

~ GIVEAWAY ~

Brands Lutein Essence

I’m picking 3 winners to each take home TWO boxes of Lutein Essence (worth $45.20).

Head over to my Facebook page for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

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