It’s that time of the year again. The season for endless celebrations, parties and socializing. With all the hustle and bustle of the Holidays, it’s not unlikely to find it hard to stay on-track when it comes to wellness. Late nights socializing and attending parties may be a given within the next few weeks but this doesn’t mean we should completely succumb to everyone else’s mindset of the Holidays being an excuse to just forget about staying healthy.
Here, I write 6 simple hacks to staying healthy this season. The most common, and I mean common, question I get is how not to put on the weight during Christmas and New Year’s, knowing how much we all like to bond over food and drinks. After all, who needs another resolution in 2017 when you have no trouble keeping at it now? Continue reading Holiday Hacks | 6 Ways to Stay Healthy this Season→
I love surrounding myself with real women who truly inspire others. Who doesn’t? And you’ve probably heard of the saying strong women lift others up, not bring them down. And that’s exactly what pushed me to start this four-part series (four-part for now!).
Over the next four weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at four ladies you might only often see on television. We’re stripping them off of their characters and roles to, hopefully, get to know them a little better as real people. All gorgeous, all with great personalities, I love that we finally get to look past their artista image and just get to see them sweat and talk about other things they are into right now. Continue reading Woman We Love: NT Sweat with Gabbi Garcia→
We all bear witness to an annual flooding of New Year’s Resolutions in nearly every social media platform. Many post status updates, snap photos and caption them with their resolutions or type up a 165-character version of it for all their followers to read. Whether you’ve heard them from your friends, your family or maybe even said them yourself each year, I’ve rounded up five of my favourite health resolutions that often end up, well… being on the list again the following year. Continue reading 5 Health Resolutions You Need to Stop Making Every New Year→
Your grocery cart is your vehicle to a healthier diet. But although many groceries and supermarkets these days carry healthier options, the most affordable yet fresh produce can still be found in wet markets. Going vegan and/or cleaning up your diet doesn’t always have to start with a pricey juice cleanse. With just a bit of creativity, the regular amount of money you spend on the food you currently eat will definitely go far.
We’ve just gone past our second week and so far Shirley hasn’t shown any signs of giving up. Good. While it’s still very early to tell, I’m glad she’s been showing real progress.
She’s been sticking to her workout schedule, pre-planning and packing her meals and, hasn’t been craving for sweets (her biggest enemy. So far it hasn’t been a chore for me to keep her going during workouts since we began. I think the reason why she was easily motivated was because we often trained with other friends. She was almost never alone when we workout.
Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to the past week.
We, Filipinos, are huge fans of coffee. A great majority of our population either have the occasional one to two cups per day or have the brown, aromatic fluid running through their veins.
Brief background: One of my regular students who NEVER comes to my class without a shot (or two) of espresso arrived before Zumba started last night with her usual cup. I raised my own cup of Americano and told her I felt like getting a boost after my personal yoga practice (something I don’t normally feel like doing). She laughed and went “Oh, no. We (the whole class) are all going to pay for that.” I usually have a good amount of energy when leading a class—okay not just good, I see to it that I go on like the Energizer bunny. But today, my students noticed the difference that cup of coffee made. I wasn’t just the Energizer bunny, I was Ricochet Rabbit. I felt the crash a couple of hours later, then it was time for bed. This blog entry is inspired by her and dedicated to her, one of my most enthusiastic students. Continue reading Ricochet Rabbit is the Post-coffee Energizer Bunny: Best Bets in Caffeine Cut-downs→
Just last week after teaching my evening Zumba Class at Beyond Greenhills, I was dragged to dinner by one of my favorite girls, Nadia. We haven’t spent time with each other in so long that she promised to take me to a vegetarian restaurant to make sure I won’t say no. She lived close by so it wasn’t hard for her to find a quiet place for us to catch up. And so we, together with Nic, tried VeggieZen for the first time. Continue reading CHECK THIS OUT: Vegetarian Chinese at VeggieZen→
It’s the morning after The Global Mala Project and if you went and made the most out of the event, you’re probably feeling sore like I am. But GMP or not, we all have our days when tightness, stiffness and soreness all come to visit and ask for a bit of TLC. And because many have asked me for this recipe, I’m sharing with you the really easy, really quick recipe to a natural (and soothing) recovery drink. Continue reading Pineapple-Ginger Recovery Smoothie→
Ever got yourself a light meal for lunch, like a salad or sandwich, and heard “are you on a diet?” from the person you’re eating with? The word diet, in our culture, has been given so many different meanings. It could be anything from cutting back on food intake to all-out fasting. It could last anywhere from a day to 7 days to a lifetime.
But are short-term diets really sustainable?
Don’t get me wrong. Nearly all the diet programs out there DO work. These deliver visible results in a really short span of time helping you drop pounds in just a matter of days. I went on a popular 7-day diet about 7 years ago and lost 8 pounds in just 3 days. I was happy it was working but on the 4th day, I had to stop. I was feeling lightheaded and cranky and barely had enough energy to concentrate in school (I was in college at the time). I began eating normally again and gained those 8 pounds back by the end of the week. The good thing was, I was able to focus again and I didn’t get any more of those mood swings.
I guess my point here is, short-term diets are mostly meant for people with medical conditions. The 7-day program I tried was designed for patients who are about to undergo heart surgery and needed to lose weight FAST.
My conclusion: You WILL lose weight but you’ll only gain it back as quickly as you lost it.
So let the word DIET mean something different. Turn your entire view of the subject around and you just might find yourself shedding off all that excess weight quicker than you can finish that vegan chocolate cake.
Your diet shouldn’t be something you go on when you need to lose weight for an upcoming wedding but something you live out every single day, reflecting in each one of your meals.
Don’t make your diet a punishment for not being able to live up to the standards you set for yourself. Rather, let it be your medium of nourishing your body and fuelling up for greater things ahead.
NO IDEA HOW TO START? A FEW THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO TAKE NOTE OF:
It’s okay to start by tracking the amount of calories you consume. However, you can only do this for so long. Use calorie tracking as training wheels and get a feel of how eating good food is like. Learn to let go of it eventually. If you really feel the urge to watch what you’re eating, keep a food journal so you can monitor your eating habits and the kinds of food you eat.
If you do count calories, think of your caloric limit as a daily budget. You either spend it on something worthwhile or you spend it on something unnecessary. Choose quality food over empty calories. Oftentimes, the better ones leave you with so much more room to eat (*cough* vegetables).
Count the nutritional value of the food you eat rather than just focusing on other things like calories and fat all the time. Highly beneficial food can be high in calories and contain much (good) fat. See The Many Faces of 200 Calories
Eat until you’re satisfied, not FULL. That’s about 60% of your stomach. 20% of the space should be left for water and 20% should be empty leaving room for food to move around as the stomach digests it. This way, you help your body absorb nutrients from your food more and you don’t end up wasting the calories you consume.
GET MOVING. This is a really old one but I just had to bring it up. Moving burns calories. Regular exercise boosts your body’s capability to burn calories and fat allowing you to trim down and shed excess fat faster. Remember though, that exercising is still not an excuse to binge or to consume food that doesn’t bring any nutritional value.