Posts Tagged ‘weight loss’

Eating based on blood type-The Chrono Geno Nutrition Diet

In Living a Life Off-Center on May 27, 2013 at 4:37 pm

It’s been some time since I’ve come out with a blog. 2013 has certainly been a busy one for me, but one filled with an enormous about of blessings. From travels, to seminars, to new work opportunities, I cannot share enough of how grateful I am for this year, and look forward with open arms and an open heart to even more blessings coming in. One thing that I am not wanting to welcome in is more weight gain, and since early May I have committed myself, with all seriousness to finally changing the shape and health of my body.

First of all, I went semi-vegetarian for fifteen days, and then I plunged into Stanley Burrough’s Master Cleanse for ten days. Some of you may know this as the “lemonade diet” or the diet Beyonce went on to get fit and trim for the movie Dreamgirls. Suffice to say, I lost around 11 lbs in those intense 10 days and that gave me the confidence to continue shedding more of my excess weights. My former beauty editor in my former magazine job, Erica Paredes, recommended I try the Chrono Geno Nutrition diet from Belle Today ( The diet was to be customized based on one’s blood type, activity level, food tolerance (if any) as well as eating lifestyle. I decided to give it a go and after the election holiday I decided to start.

The website with personalized coaching as well as diet suggestions and plans.

The website with personalized coaching as well as diet suggestions and plans.

I spoke to my personal dietician Charmaine who interviewed me on what my eating habits were. Mine are not great, only because I’m always on the move and find myself eating out more than eating at home. Plus, I don’t have the talent for cooking, so that is an even greater challenge as I normally eat what’s put in front of me when I dine at home. My activity level was good, as I do yoga 3-4x a week, walk 5k almost everyday and have started doing a crossfit type aerobic and weight resistance program called HEAT 1x a week. Still, I was told, being a type O, there were certain foods that were considered favorable (can eat with frequency), neutral (foods that don’t give too many benefits) and unfavorable (foods that should NOT be eaten more than twice a week.) I was asked to commit for three months, although with only about 10lbs to shed, I was assured I could probably take that off and keep it off after one month of commitment.

I was also given several online tools; to journal my weight loss, inch loss, see what meals I would eat for phase 1-4 as well as a shopping list of what to buy for the week ahead. There was also a daily video and a weekly call promised to keep me encouraged enough to go on as well as track my progress. The pros and cons of knowing your blood type and seeing which foods to eat is to show how much genetics plays into our weight loss. Dr. Chauchard, a french doctor who came up with this program says ” “We eat and lose weight based on our genes.” Sadly, mine was quite intolerant to starch (rice, pasta, breads, desserts-which I love) as well as most dairy, but it did allow me a good amount of protein such as beef, lamb and seafood, with of course, lots of greens and fiber.

Healthy balance of protein, greens and fibers is key for my blood type.

Healthy balance of protein, greens and fibers is key for my blood type.

There was of course, some resistance from me when I was first given my meal plan. Certain foods that I don’t look forward to such as oat bran (for fiber) and chicken ( I prefer red meats) but I was told that I could switch the chicken with seafood or lean beef, as for the oat bran-well, that was a non-negotiable, as it would help regulate (for lack of a better term) the way I would process and eliminate what I ate. Also, there was the “Chauchard tea” that I was supposed to take three times a day that would help in reducing bloating as well as help my metabolism. The meal plan, although not as appetizing as a restaurant menu guaranteed I wouldn’t feel deprived the whole day. Oh, and because Chauchard is french, the continuing phases allowed for chocolates, cheeses and even wine. Thank goodness. The first two weeks though had me munching on dark chocolate and almonds for a snack, and dairy wise I was only allowed low-fat soy milk and  yogurt.

The meal plan includes recipes, for certain foods that you may not normally serve at home such as a quiche-like egg dish for breakfast. What I enjoyed about having so much personal attention from my dietician is that I didn’t have to sacrifice my social life, I would tell her where I was going for lunch or dinner, if she could pull up the restaurant’s menu she could advise me on what to order that would still be acceptable for my program. Genius. Thank goodness for the internet as most restaurants do have their menu (or part of it) available for viewing online. Needless to say, there were days when I cheated a bit, having a little starch here and there, but I would always be honest and write this all down on my online weight loss journal. At the end of the first week, Charmaine would make a comment about what I did that was “ok” for my diet, and what I could have chosen instead of what I did on days that I veered off my program. Nothing negative, just giving me (for example) why I should have chosen a certain fruit instead of what I ate due to its glycemic index, thereby slowing down my progress.

Salad ways: Changing up when eating out. My nicoise sans potatoes and the dressing.

Salad ways: Changing up when eating out. My salad nicoise sans potatoes and the dressing.

Today, I’m on Day 1 of Week 2 of my Chrono-Geno Diet. I have lost about almost  3 lbs plus an inch from my waist, hips, biceps and thighs. Although I do find myself craving still, I also am enjoying the challenging of eating within the parameters of my diet (hopefully I don’t cheat too much this week) plus having someone to talk to about my progress as well as a cool shopping list that makes me feel like I’m on a mission every time I hit the supermarket. Hopefully, by the end of week 2 I will already hit my target weight, and can enter phase 3 and 4 that allows starch and dairy with more eating mindfulness.

Fingers crossed and weight scale waiting…

A fat-converting hormone is new weight-loss secret

In Philippine Star Column on August 11, 2011 at 11:52 pm

Blame it on the hormones: If followed strictly, the HCG diet can result in a weight loss of two to three pounds a day.

The “ber” months are fast approaching and if the rainy weather has kept you covered up, you may not notice you’ve packed on a few pounds. Rainy weather or not, this columnist likes to eat, so rain or shine I never shun a lunch/merienda or dinner date and this has left me rather displeased with the image I see staring back from the mirror. My lifestyle is relatively active, but no amount of yoga or workout seems to match my food intake so rather than spend on a whole new wardrobe (which would just allow me to eat more) I decided to look into diet options. There were the more commercial choices, such as South Beach or the growing-in-popularity Cohen diet; but in the span of a week two friends turned me on to the benefits of the HCG Program and I took that as a sign to try something relatively new.

HCG stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin and, yes, quite a mouthful to say, hence the shortened version which is easier to remember. Before I begin, a caveat: I am not a dietician, a doctor or a nutritionist by anyone’s standards; I simply did research on my own and HCG fell under the homeopathic way of losing weight. If, after reading this, you feel HCG is for you, take the time to do your own study, and definitely ask your doctor if this is something you can do. The regimen is definitely not easy, because aside from ingesting the drops sublingually (three times a day 10 to 15 minutes before each meal) you have to combine it with a 500-calorie-a-day diet. Yes, you read right: 500 calories a day and that’s it.

So how exactly does HCG work? As explained in the info sheet I got with my kit: “Human chorionic gonadotropin is a hormone produced in women during pregnancy. As soon as the new embryo starts to develop, the mother’s body begins releasing large amounts of HCG into the bloodstream. Current scientific philosophy believes that HCG helps maintain the pregnancy and the early growth of the fetus. By moving nutrients from the mother’s stored fat supply into the bloodstream, HCG helps ensure that the developing fetus always has an adequate food supply, even when the mother is eating too little.” In simple English, if you are keeping your calorie intake on a lower than normal level, HCG kicks in and uses your “abnormal” fat and converts it into energy. To quote the website: “In the 1950s, Dr. A.T.W. Simeons discovered that HCG can safely be used as a weight-loss aid in people who are not pregnant. It works for both women and men. He found that HCG moves about 2,000 to 3,000 calories per day of stored fat into the bloodstream where it becomes available for metabolism. With these additional nutrients in the bloodstream, a person can successfully stay on a very low-calorie diet without experiencing extreme fatigue, weakness, or hunger.”

Followed strictly, people can experience a dramatic weight loss of two to three pounds a day. Also, since HCG “grabs” from abnormal fat, you may soon kiss that double chin, potbelly or inner thigh jiggliness goodbye. A childhood friend of mine, who started the diet a month before I did, lost 43 pounds in under two months and good-naturedly joked that one of her chins disappeared. She was very strict, though, as the HCG diet recommends you remove all oil from your lifestyle; she even changed her oil-based cosmetics and refrained from getting massages. Other results weren’t too dramatic, in my case (and this is because I cheated quite often). I averaged about four to five pounds a week. I didn’t feel sluggish or weak (dizziness can also be a side effect in the beginning) but I did sigh and whine a lot while inputting my calorie count into my iTouch. (Oh, if you are going to do this, I would highly recommend you download the free app called Calorie Counter by My Fitness Pal which has relatively accurate calorie amounts and even includes some Filipino dishes like adobo and karekare.)

The program recommends you follow its four phases: Loading (right before), Core (during), Transition (as you are about to end) and the most important, Maintenance. These steps allow you to get into the habit of portioning and bring greater awareness of how much food your body really needs in order to function. You will be surprised at how little it does need; in fact, fluids are way more important (and I mean water and fresh juices, not sodas and coffee!).

It’s been almost three weeks since I finished my HCG regimen and even with two holiday jaunts, I have been able to keep my weight down although it is still a struggle not to go for seconds or thirds at hotel buffets. All in all, I was able to break my weight plateau and reawaken my sleepy metabolism. Plus the HCG kit, which is good for a month, cost me only P5,000, quite reasonable. Other friends have since jumped on the HCG bandwagon and each experience is different: the results are strongly dependent on whether you follow the caloric restrictions or not, there is no other excuse. If you’ve had a love/hate affair with your scale or are tired of crash diets, it may be time to give HCG a try.

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More on the all-natural detox pill

In Living a Life Off-Center on October 26, 2010 at 12:41 am

Again, I am reposting, as I am sorely tempted to try this when I get back from a gluttony rich trip in Europe!

If anyone can post some feedback I’d super appreciate it! Dr. Jason Penaranda is a lightworker in every sense, and I am pretty confident that he has put a lot of love and positive energy into his product.

I’ve also attached an article on his JCaps that came out in my former magazine, Metro.

Written below is something I’m reposting from his Facebook page:

Dr. Jason Peñaranda’s Digestive Cleansing is a 2-day detoxification that cleanses the liver, gallbladder, small intestines, and colon. The procedure is actually just 14 hours but there is a diet and fasting preparation and runs to the toilet after.


This method is a modification of Dr Hulda Clark’s (1929-2009) Gallstone and Liver Flush. In Manila, similar procedures are being offered in wellness centers and some hotels where you will be booked overnight. The procedure will be administered to you and you will be pampered with a lot of other things. Depending on where you do it and the type of your accommodation, you will be charged anywhere from Php 8,000 to Php 30,000 or higher. If you feel that you need to be assisted personally while doing it, it is advisable that you go to those places where it is done.


However, not all of our patients can set aside 2 days to be confined in a center or part readily with their hard-earned money for this procedure. To address this issue, we prepared all the materials for the cleansing in a kit. The formulation is enhanced with local herbs to make it more effective and cover even the small intestines and the colon. We then teach our patients how the procedure is done, which they can do conveniently at their homes and at their own time. We also provide a hotline they can call while undergoing the procedure. If you can follow instructions with minimal supervision, you can have a do-it-yourself digestive cleansing for a small fraction of the usual cost.




The Digestive Cleansing is a high-impact, short-term detoxification method. It removes a big bulk of the toxins in the liver, gallbladder, small intestines, and colon, in a short period of time. It basically jumpstarts the detoxification so you begin the cleansing process faster and start the momentum easier.


For General Health. Nutrition is one of the major factors affecting health and well-being and is dependent on an efficient digestive system.  Doing the Digestive Cleansing helps “tune-up” the digestive system to digest and absorb nutrients from food better, allowing you to maximize the benefits of the food that you eat.


For Weight Loss. The liver is the main organ that metabolizes fats. Unfortunately, the liver is also the most abused internal organ since most of the toxins that enter our body end up in the liver first.  Liver functions eventually get compromised. By cleansing it, the liver gets to metabolize fats better and weight loss exercises become more effective.


For Other Illnesses. The accumulation of toxins in the body is a major contribution to the generation of a lot of our health problems. By cleansing the digestive system and the the whole body, you are providing your body with an internal environment that it needs in order to bring you back to your ideal healthy state. Common conditions that have been noted to improve after doing the Digestive Cleansing include allergies, asthma, irregular bowel movement, irregular sleeping patterns, elevated cholesterol, abnormal liver function tests, fatigue, and many more.




The Digestive Cleansing starts on Day 1 with an all-plant-based diet. You will have lots of fruits and/or vegetables which are either taken whole, as juices, smoothies, or soup. You will also take a lot of water. Any food from animal sources is not allowed. You will also refrain from having oil, caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine. You can still go out and do your regular activities while at this stage as long as you follow the diet restrictions.


Fasting starts at 2pm. At this period, you will not take any food or water. This is the time that you should just be resting at home so you won’t easily get thirsty or hungry.


From 6pm to 10pm, there will be a series of drinks that you will take (included in the kit). At this point, you might have several episodes of bowel movement.


On the morning of Day 2, there will be another series of drinks. It is also at this time that you experience a lot of bowel movements.


By lunch time, you’re done. You can go out if you need to but it is recommended that you just stay home and rest. Or just simply refrain from doing anything physically strenuous.


Depending on your toxic load, your ability to clear out toxins, and your compliance to the recommended diet and lifestyle modifications, the Digestive Cleansing is usually done once a month for 3-4 months. After that, the Digestive Cleansing may be done only as needed.

All-natural detox in a pill

In Living a Life Off-Center on October 24, 2010 at 6:39 am

A good friend of mine, Dr. Jason Penaranda has been making waves with his product called J-Caps. This is something I’ve promised I was going to try to get ready for the gluttony of the Christmas season. As I’m going abroad for about 2 weeks I thought I’d defer and try them once I returned.

In the meantime, you may be interested in what J-Caps is all about, feel free to try them out for yourself and I welcome any and all feedback!

A better (not bitter) pill!

Dr. Jason Peñaranda’s J Caps® is an all-natural herbal detoxification supplement. It was originally formulated as a response to demands for a natural supplement to help manage weight. Weight management is complex and involves a lot of factors – diet, metabolism, physical activities, stress, lifestyle, etc. In natural medicine, the approach is always holistic so these factors need to be addressed. 

Fat accumulation is the most obvious thing that needs to be addressed. The liver is the main organ that regulates metabolism of fat (and most everything else). Unfortunately, the liver is also the most abused internal organ since it has to deal with all the toxins that enter our body from processed food, synthetic drugs, pollution, etc. Eventually, liver function is compromised, fat metabolism is hampered, and fat accumulation begins. To manage weight effectively, an efficiently functioning liver is required. This is the missing key in most weight management programs.

Other important factors include nutrition and digestion, fluid balance (regulated by the kidneys), circulation (blood vessels and lymphatics), exercise, stress, and sleep.

For effective weight management, all these factors need to be addressed. This is the thought in mind when J Caps was formulated. The formulation has to cleanse and rejuvenate the liver. It has to aid digestion and elimination, support the filtering and fluid regulating capacity of the kidneys, purify the blood, improve the circulation, unclog the lymphatic vessels, help manage stress, and help raise metabolism. Fortunately for us, a lot of local herbs and spices with the properties we need are available locally. By combining these healing herbs in a capsule form, the J Caps was born.

While it was made primarily to manage weight, it is mainly a detox formulation. As such, it can help resolve a lot of health concerns by cleaning up the toxins in the different organ systems and thus create an environment that is closer to the ideal for the body to “reboot” itself.

Although it is a natural supplement, not taking any supplement is still the most natural way. Diet, exercise, adequate rest, stress management, and healthy lifestyle are still the most natural and most effective ways to detoxify, manage weight, and maintain health and well-being. But since most of us are not there yet, we can use a little help through supplements.


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