Lotus Bloom Soaps Review - After showering I wanted to get dirty again just so I could shower with the soap again! Lovely handmade cold-pressed soaps with pure ingredients.
Mind - Gut Connection, Functional Foods, & Stem Cell Enhancement - Free Seminar on October 21, 2012, Sunday, at the Makati Tuscany Condominium.
Sustainable Shopping Guide - Updated our map and directory listing of shops and suppliers of organic, eco-friendly, biodynamic, handmade, healthy, and sustainable food and goods in Metro Manila!
… after my first Peak 8 jump rope workout in a long while! Gotta get back to my fitness routine. Although I don’t really gain a noticeable amount of weight when I’m not exercising… I really notice a difference in how I feel. Exercise regulates hormones, metabolism, digestion, etc. I’m definitely moodier and grumpier when I don’t get my daily dose of endorphins!
Speaking of which, I should record my funny “I’m Not In Love I’m Just Hormonal” song that I’ve been working on for a while now. In the meantime you can still listen to and download (free) my other songs at my Soundcloud account :)
In other news, I’ve tried going gluten-free and refined-sugar-free and it really makes a difference! Foods to avoid are neatly summarized here: Principles Of Healthy Diets— avoid vegetable oils (except for olive oil and virgin coconut oil), refined flour, refined sugar, fake foods.
Anonymous said: Because you speak as if you are a learned food analyst. I think it's the thorough research that you do and the citations of authorities that make you convincing that you're good at it. It may be good. It may be bad. But one thing is sure. You make a following. And, that gives you more pressure to work harder. Not to appear convincing but to be responsible advocate of what you espouse because people believe in you. How's tha?
Thanks! I try my best to be up front with my research, and to empower people to learn on their own and make independent informed choices about their health :)
People often ask me whether this or that food is healthy, and why or why not. I’m not a scientist or doctor or farmer, so I’m not a licensed expert, and I don’t have all the answers. I’ll try my best to figure it out, though! I do have plenty of curiosity, and a large vested interest in preserving my health, my community’s health, and my planet’s health. These, along with an open and critical mind, are great tools in figuring out answers.
Here’s a basic guide for figuring out the health value of any food:
Assess dosage, form, and culture.
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Anonymous said: Hi! This is super cool. I am trying to gain weight but I can't because I have so many allergies. I do notice that drinking cow dairy is really bad for my skin. I would love to try Arce Dairy ice cream. Aw, I really hope it doesn't give me pimples! Thanks.
Hi there, thanks so much! :) I’ve struggled with pimples myself, and believe me, sometimes it’s really a mystery! If you don’t mind me asking, what kind of cow dairy were you drinking, and what allergies do you have? I also recommend: avoiding refined sugar and refined flour and vegetable oil. Also avoid gluten if you can. Drink lots of water, eat fresh foods, get lots of fresh air, exercise, sleep, and sunshine (go to the beach!) :D
Check out our Sustainable Shopping Guide on our brand-new Sustainable Manila blog for a map and directory listing of shops and suppliers of organic, biodynamic, eco-friendly, healthy food and goods in Metro Manila! Some of them even deliver to your doorstep.
We are constantly updating this guide, so come back from time to time! Your feedback and suggestions are also very welcome. :)
This project is something I’m working on with my friend Tess from Weston A. Price Foundation, super excited :D follow us on Twitter too— @SustainablePH
Food for thought: eat your way to dementia excerpt:
Poor sensitivity to insulin is typically associated with type 2 diabetes, in which liver, fat and muscle cells fail to respond to the hormone. But results such as de la Monte’s have led some researchers to wonder whether Alzheimer’s may sometimes be another version of diabetes - one that hits the brain. Some have even renamed it “type 3 diabetes”.
115m people globally will get Alzheimer’s by 2050.
If they are right - and a growing body of evidence suggests they might be - the implications are deeply troubling. Since calorific foods are known to impair our body’s response to insulin, we may be unwittingly poisoning our brains every time we chow down on burgers and fries. People with type 2 diabetes, who have already developed insulin resistance, may be particularly at risk. “The epidemic of type 2 diabetes, if it continues on its current trajectory, is likely to be followed by an epidemic of dementia,” says Ewan McNay of the University at Albany in New York. “That’s going to be a huge challenge to the medical and care systems.”
All of which highlights the importance of eating healthier foods and taking exercise to reduce your risk of dementia. It may even be possible to reverse - or at least decelerate - some of the cognitive decline in people who already have Alzheimer’s, by targeting the underlying insulin resistance. If so, that would suggest new treatments for the disease, which has so far evaded any attempt to treat it.
Anonymous said: Hey ^^ I love your art and your bog~ can I ask... is it healthy to use spice pastes (e.g. thai green paste) ? Thank you :)
Thanks so much! Sorry, I’m not familiar with spice paste / Thai green paste, since I don’t eat spicy food :P as a general rule though, just read the ingredients list. I try to avoid artificial preservatives, flavors, and colors. If the paste is only made of traditional and natural ingredients (pepper, herbs, etc.) chances are good that it’s healthy :D
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Thank you so much :) I try to avoid wearing makeup, but when I do, I use Face Shop. I’m not a makeup expert though, and I haven’t tested a lot of makeup brands. If you ask me why Face Shop, I don’t actually have a good answer, so you may describe my choice as arbitrary! ;)
I highly recommend focusing on maintaining healthy and clear skin, so as to reduce dependence on makeup :) Here’s what works for me:
- eat healthy food (grass-fed meat, organic veggies, avoid sweets and grains and junk food)
- adequate exercise and sleep, because this affects your hormones
- joy, laughter, bonding time with loved ones— your happiness also affects your hormones
- organic soap (any virgin coconut oil based soap preferably w/ oatmeal, like Milea All Organics bar soap) as face soap to maintain healthy and clear skin; avoid harmful ingredients like sodium laureth sulfate, any parabens, artificial fragrances, etc… I think the Muji face soap (liquid) made from mineral water is also alright, it’s more convenient for traveling (compared to a bar soap).
- virgin coconut oil as a super effective makeup remover (gentle but safe even near the eyes)
- virgin coconut oil as moisturizer (rub onto face then wipe away)
- virgin coconut oil or shea butter as deodorant
As you can see I also save money by not having to buy so many different items (toner, moisturizer, etc.) ;) I don’t need them!
Thanks again for your question and the sweet compliment ^_^
* This question was asked on my art blog but I thought it would be better to answer here. Besides, I haven’t posted about cosmetics and skin in a while. :)