Just recently, Enzo got sick and so I brought him to the pedia. Upon checking, he just caught up a viral infection called Scarlet Fever. The doctor said there was nothing to worry about it cause it is easy to cure. However, upon checking his weight, he was underweight for his age.
I had a feeling that he was really not getting the right nutrition with the food that we eat. I don’t cook a lot so we always buy food for lunch and dinner. He goes to school early so sometimes we miss having breakfast and just wait for his recess in school. Also, he loves biscuits,and cookies for snacks. He eats heavy meal whenever he loves the viand but sometimes it gets difficult for him to finish all his food. I also don’t offer much of a variety and sometimes even forget to offer fruits as snacks.
All these were validated by the pedia as she prescribed multivitamins and milk to help him gain weight. I realized that to help him gain weight, vitamins and milk aren’t the only solution. Such a great timing for me to come across, Ajinomoto’s article on “Falling into #Malnutrition Traps”.
What is #MALNUTRITION TRAPS?
In the Philippines, a number of Filipino families and children experience the phenomenon called Double burden of Malnutrition. This happens when both undernutrition and overweight is prevalent in the same country, nation, or region.
With this the government launched the Pinggang Pinoy campaign in 2014 which aims to provide easy-to-understand food guide showing proper food group portioning on a per meal basis. It reflects the principles of MOderation, VAriety, and BAlance (MOVABA).
However, solving the double burden of malnutrition should be a collaborative effort between the government and private sectors. Which is why Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation partnered with the government to conduct series of education programs. These programs aims to raise awareness and promote the practice of Pinggang Pinoy in malnutrition hotspots, where incidences of Malnutrition are high. This training was given to homemakers/mothers who have malnourished (underweight, stunting, wasting, overweight and obese) school-aged children.
The program has resulted to improvements and attitudes of households related to the practice of Pinggang Pinoy within target areas. However, behavior changes towards healthier eating habits remains to be a challenge.
KINDS OF MALNUTRITION TRAPS
One of the good results of the program is uncovering some #Malnutrition traps that most Filipinos fall into. These traps are shown in the documentary below:
1. Overconsumption of carbohydrates: Rice eaters can easily fill half of their plates with rice. Others have bread and noodles as regular meal deprived of other nutrients derived from a well-balance meal.
2. Underconsumption of vegetables and fruits: It is common for some to be content with rice and meat to satisfy their hunger and skip/take insufficient amount of vegetables/fruits. Fact is, the variety of colors in the GLOW foods are important sources of vitamins and minerals to sustain our energy and keep us from getting sick.
3. Overconsumption of protein: Typical Filipino “SILOG” meals include double serving of proteins. Eating different kinds of protein is fine for as long as they are taken in moderation. We must also avoid protein dishes served in high fat, cholesterol, and sodium.
PINGGANG PINOY: BREAKING FREE FROM THE #MALNUTRITION TRAPS?
As stated above, the Pinggang Pinoy is a guide for mothers and other caregivers of children to an easy-to-make recipes. These recipes address the required nutrients for school aged children and even adults. This will help solve the double burdens of malnutrition minus the stress.
I say minus the stress because for a non-cook like me, I easily get stressed of what to cook or make Enzo eat. With this recipes I can now just relax and follow the menu. What is even more amazing is that the budget for the entire family to only Php200-P250! Yey! I love how they have really researched on it and made it accessible to all Filipino families.
A healthy plate consists of Fruits, Vegetable, Rice, and Fish. They even have a specific menu for the entire day, breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It really is just amazing. You can download the Pinggang Pinoy recipes here. This all just made my job to help Enzo gain weight super duper easy.
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Will try this for two weeks, and I’ll update you on our progress. Have you heard of Pinggang Pinoy? Share your thoughts with me on the comment section below.