December 5, 2023

Dear Manang,
My sister is so high strung and always irritable. She has so many stress-related illnesses and I am wondering if a pet could help her be kinder and get a little distracted from her night shift work. She has some allergies too. Are there some hypoallergenic pets?
Dolly of Rimando Road, Baguio City

Dear Dolly,
Yes, there are hypoallergenic pets if you like dogs and cats. What about a pig? Just kidding.
I have a friend who has a friend who has a pet pig and says his pet is so smart. He even smiles and poses for photos. But that needs a yard. What about a fish? That needs some tending too and I used to have a fish who knew how to let us know he/she was hungry. But that’s not the point, the point is yes, pets bring out the better part of us.
Encourage her,
Manang

Dear Manang,
I am so fearful of gaining weight that I am gaining more. How does it happen that I am eating the same amount of food and gaining weight? Does stress make you gain weight? I am in my 30s and still too young to be worried about weight.
Gaia of Tuding, Itogon, Benguet

Dear Gaia,
Your age is the culprit. Metabolism is said to slow down when you’re in your 30s and grind to a halt when you’re 40. Well, that’s what they say, and I can witness that because I am in my mid-40s and my eating habits remain the same but I have gained more than nine kilograms. The secret I guess is doing more exercises or eat less carbs. I prescribe only to do more workouts or find food burners in the activities that you can do easily.
Stop worrying,
Manang