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Healthy habits for a (less) stressful holiday season

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2013 at 1:50 am

In a blink of an eye, we find ourselves approaching what is possibly the most anticipated (and dreaded) month of the entire year. “Winter is coming” may have served as an appropriate reminder of the chaos that would ensue on Game of Thrones, while back here in the non-fiction world, the same amount of shivers may be elicited when the words “Christmas is coming” are uttered. So how to keep the stress to a manageable level, before, during and even after the holidaze? Getting into a routine of healthy body, mind and spirit habits, which can carry you past the resolution-energized start of 2014. Here are a few tips to live by:

Drink your vitamins

Pill popping may not be your thing, and if you’re rushing from here to there, you may find yourself forgetting to take your supplements with a meal. So take out the proverbial middleman by getting your daily dose of antioxidants in a potent potion made out of fresh vegetables and fruits. You can even choose to supplement one, two or all three of your meals and go on a full-on juice detox just to give your digestive system a rest. The benefits of a juice cleanse are not only a cleaner overall system and a sharper mind, but also a lot more energy. Juju Cleanse has great-tasting juices that can ease you into it (Level 1) or take you all the way with their mostly green Level 3 concoctions. Their website is also highly informative, which may tempt you into doing a full-day or even five-day juice detox. Should you decide to go liquid before the onslaught of parties and party food, make sure you take time to ease yourself into it and out of it. Want a taste before you commit? You can pop by their restaurant Juju Eats in Makati ( where you can grab a juice drink and combine it with a freshly made salad or wrap and take them with you. You can also call 0917-5763012 for more information.


Eat lighter or Eat for a cause

Since we are on the subject of nourishment, if liquefying your life may be too extreme (or seemingly impossible for you) as Christmas draws near, then you may want to look at supplementing your meals with vegan food. In other words, fare that is animal-product free. Edgy Veggy ( has a full menu that can be delivered to your doorstep, or you can grab a bite at their commissary in Pasig. Their newest offering, vegan longganiza (P180) is made with mushrooms, non-GMO tofu and spices, plus every order of this particular meal gives 10-percent of its proceeds to the I Can Serve Foundation. None of their dishes are made with preservatives or animal fat and they serve generous proportions so even the hefty eater can feel satisfied without feeling the usual heaviness and sluggishness associated with eating commercially produced fast food. Meals that contain fewer preservatives and fewer chemicals also lessen the risk of adrenal fatigue syndrome, which is both an energy and mood killer. Spread the joy of the season by starting from the inside with healthier food choices when possible. For more information or to order, call 0917-8474831.


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Free your mind

A monkey mind is what a majority of us possess. This means simply that we process what seems like 10,000 thoughts in a day. The total is actually much higher than that: it has been documented that we have about 60,000 thoughts a day! Imagine the stress you carry cerebrally daily; no wonder the term “brain fog” has become more the norm, and it’s hitting us at any age, when it used to be reserved for those who were well into their 60s. So how to free yourself from a mind that can’t seem to shut up? Meditation and breathing exercises are the tools to find your center and be the master of your mind, rather than be the slave to it. The Third Eye Wellness Center ( located in Bonifacio Global City is a new all-in-one wellness center that offers therapeutic practices that are beneficial for one’s outer and inner being. Its Transcend Spa offers massages, facials and care for your nails,  a vegetarian café (Chakra Café) where you can order light fare as well as freshly made smoothies and energy healing modalities such as Theta DNA Healing, Access Bars, Crystal Layout, Tarot Card Readings, Past Life Regression and the like. The energy healing modalities allow one to clear or remove limiting beliefs or blocks that may have been taken on from childhood. If you’re feeling like it’s you against the world, then check out what’s happening in your internal world first. You can also call 808-2984 or 0917-6362800 for more information.


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Rawlicious Juice-ing Day 2

In Uncategorized on January 4, 2012 at 12:51 pm

So this is Day 2, and I have to admit, after almost three weeks of high-fat, high-sugar and high-carb eating, my body is going into withdrawals. I have cravings for chocolate and I am getting headaches. I am not feeling weak and I know this is just part of the process, this happened to me before when I cut out all animal products from my diet for 10 days, I got headaches, and I don’t get headaches on a normal basis. Tried out both the Kiss (pineapple, organic celery and greens and banana) as well as the Sebby (coco water, apple, organic ginger, greens and banana) today. I have to say that so far the Sebby is my favorite and I asked Rawlicious’ owner, Joanna Lichauco about it and she said that if I wanted I could add more of my favorite ingredients (in this case, it was ginger). Although I’m still fighting off hunger pangs I stayed good the whole morning and I even weighed myself. From yesterday today I lost a whole pound! Problem is, by the evening I caved in and ate half a cup of brown rice, half a grilled fish and beansprouts mixed with broccoli and cauliflower. I know, still relatively healthy compared to the Christmas feasting but I did want to try going three days with 90% juicing. In this case it dropped down to 80% more or less. 😦 Better luck to me tomorrow, will try out the Tummy drink and see if it will make my tummy smaller, or at least allow for another pound of weight loss. At the very least I am giving my digestive system a bit of a break!

Raw is the name of the game!

Rawlicious-juice do it!

In Uncategorized on January 3, 2012 at 8:47 am

My three day detox diet begins. I overindulged over the holidays, big time. I’m not a heavy meat eater (although I love it) but this was just day after day of steaks, burgers, cold cuts, the works, not to mention the lack of green options as my friends, family and I indulged in everything that tastes so good but doesn’t do a body good. I remembered on my way home from the beach that a good friend of mine recommended a juice-ing service that was reasonably priced and great tasting. I’ve done juice fasts before, and they’ve been highly effective with JujuCleanse here in the Philippines so I wanted to try another service that would give me freshly blended fruit juices that I could take to supplement my lighter, healthier meals prepared at home. I called up Joanna Lichauco who patiently explained to me that their juices are made out of fresh and organic ingredients and seasoned with wild honey. They only deliver 2x a week and the juices only last refrigerated for three days so I decided to order 7.5 liters worth of juice to sustain me from Tuesday to Thursday. Lichauco suggested I juice up with one full healthy meal so that my body wouldn’t go into shock. Day 1 begins today, the juice delivery was a little late, so I was pretty hungry by the time it arrived. I forgot to read the instructions and gulped down the Xavier concoction (made up of organic ginger, pineapple and green banana) which is a no-no. The juices are meant to be enjoyed and sipped with love to benefit them fully. My afternoon drink was a lot gentler. I asked Lichauco to just mix-up the different juices so I would just “grab-a-surprise” everyday. So far, so good. Will plan my dinner tonight carefully around this detox.

Juicy couture in my ref 🙂

Let’s see what happens on Day 2!