FLY PROJECT: On Sleep and Caffein Punch.

4AM sleepI have a confession to make, I haven’t been sleeping according to schedule. Crawling to bed was the easiest part however snoozing my way to dreamland is a different story. No, I don’t think it’s the sandman’s fault nor the flock of sheep; it’s probably been the adjustment of my work-at-home schedule.

Truthful to my capabilities, compartmentalizing and zooming in to what matters. I left the employment world once again for academe. Sure, I have been entertaining opportunities, declined few and been sending out my CV to the industry I am  hoping to hop back into after the long hiatus but the time just hasn’t arrived yet. Since there are bills to pay, I’ve been teaching business english to a number of Japanese CEO’s from 8PM until midnight. A girl needs to earn for her credit card debts, mobile subscription and all the healthy stuff she’d need to indulge herself into, not to forget, catching up with few friends and acquaintances I haven’t had the time to spend with when employment vacuumed me in.

Yesterday however taught me a lesson. I pushed myself and fueled myself with only caffein to boost. Driving the metro had me felt as if I was floating in a bubble, disturbed by every turn and my parking skills had me questionable. I attended a couple of meetings, which thankfully, I was fully conscious however once I got back into driving and when I attended my Pilates class; my body started to tremble. Controlling my powerhouse was such a chore, my mind and body weren’t cooperating and it was tougher to coordinate my movement.

You see, Pilates combines mindful movement. Yes, it does reduce stress, calm the mind & relax your mood. Yesterday was away from high intensity workouts, further away from alleviating the adrenaline hence trembling from the caffein was an unbelievable chore – I haven’t felt mindfully exhausted from trying to win over my body’s condition.

Remembering the short routine my pilates trainer made me do yesterday wasn’t even complicated yet it felt as if I was doing burpees or something torturous.  After the routine, I had to stay longer at the studio to observe and nurse myself up until the trembling wore out. Girl, it was no joke. I’m never going to have black coffee ever again (The last time I had was 2 years ago and it had me passed out from Bikram Yoga practice).

My trainer at VIVIAN ZAPANTA PILATES STUDIO kept on asking me “How are you?” and I think, I kept on answering him a drunkard response “I’m OoOookaay.”

Sure, it was impressive that I was truthful to my commitment and followed my appointments however as much as we know how to live a healthy lifestyle, it’s learning how to live the lifestyle that’ll make you actually live it.

The key takeaway from the experience was to work out, eat clean and sleep accordingly. If you skimp on one, the rest of your days will be negatively affected which would mean, you’d have to recover more days than one.

nocturnal working

My body has been sore from the straight days I have been challenging myself, working out on my breathing, working on my hips alignment, lengthening my spine and at the same time giving my powerhouse all the attention; not having to sleep right and depending on caffein can be incredibly frustrating.

The feeling was indescribably annoying. Your heart racing, mood-swings has turned its jolt from being cranky, hungry to frantic.

If you want to even be more truthful to your commitments and engagements, you’d have to be both mindfully alert and physically great. In order for one to achieve that is only when you get to give the reboot your body needs.

How much sleep do you get? As of typing this blog post, my eyes is also battling from feeling tired yet my mind is actively wanting to blog more, share what I’ve learned and my will-power saying, there’s no room for dilly-dallying.  It’s a little bit piercing.

Going deeper on to the topic. We all do know that sleep is related to diseases and risk of death. Today’s generation somehow foresee sleep as a sign of weakness, an interruption to success (Remember the cliche: sleep is for the weak? Aye aye, Guilty!) yet for someone who’s quest is to FLY (First Love Yourself), it is essential one get to mindfully know the serious side-effect of not having to sleep, the full restful one.

Serious lack-of sleep side-effects includes some of the following:

  • Diabetes
  • heart-attack
  • organ failure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes

Aside from the reasons above, lack of sleep actually dumbs you down. It affects how you decide on things, you become more impulsive, and more prone to accidents. You’ll have a difficult time concentrating, communicating your thoughts, calibrating your emotions and less likely to be qualitatively productive; worse, it can lead to depression (plus the caffein? Awful combo!), increase in blood pressure and have a hard time controlling your cortisol leading to higher BMI.

All these thoughts rummaged in as I felt like a caffein drunk individual. It was such a relief I was able to hang out at my former colleagues’ office to calm myself down, gulp on glasses of water and was able to calm my heart rate down. I safely got home, after an entire day of struggling and combating with the sleep deprived plus caffein punch.

From hereon in, I vow to sleep by midnight, right after the work obligation and not to fuel myself with black coffee ever again. If I’m focusing on the FLY, then one needs to be mindful in all aspects – including sleep.

Have you been restful or restless?

GSK partners with VMV Hypoallergenics: Fight against Cervical Cancer.

MAKATI CITY, PHILIPPINES—Every woman is at risk. Cervical cancer is a major problem for Filipino women: it is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among Filipinas, with seven dying of the dreaded disease every single day.[i] What’s more worrying is that two in three Filipinas diagnosed with cervical cancer may die within five years.[ii] Cervical cancer is a risk for women regardless of race, age, lifestyle or socio-economic status.[iii]

Cervical cancer occurs when abnormal cells develop and spread in the cervix, the entrance between the vagina and the uterus.[iv] 

GSK & VMV Hypoallergenics partnership on the fight vs Cervical Cancer
GSK & VMV Hypoallergenics partnership on the fight vs Cervical Cancer

The human papillomavirus (HPV), a very common virus, is the necessary cause of cervical cancer. It has been shown that 99.7 percent of cervical cancer patients are positive for HPV infection.[v] It is also estimated that up to 80 percent of women will be infected with HPV at some point in their lives.[vi]

While HPV is primarily transmitted via sexual intercourse, skin-to-skin genital contact is also a recognized mode of transmission.[vii],[viii],[ix] Lifestyle changes can help prevent the development of cervical cancer, such as being conscientious about one’s sexual activities. Beyond regular consultations and pap smears by your OB-GYN, vaccines that protect against cancer-causing HPV are also now readily available.

A risk regardless of age

Based on a study of 307 women in Ontario, the incidence of cancer-causing HPV infection is actually highest at the young ages of 15-19.[x] The World Health Organization Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (WHO-SAGE) on Immunization reiterates the importance of getting young girls protected through HPV immunization before their first exposure to HPV (i.e. before sexual contact), as young as 9 years old.[xi],[xii]

What about older women? The risk of persistent infection with cancer-causing HPV (which is necessary for cervical cancer to develop) increases with age, and is highest when a woman is over 66 years old.[xiii] Thus, screening is recommended starting age 21 to detect cervical abnormalities that precede actual cervical cancer.[xiv] Vaccination remains to be recommended for older women to prevent new HPV infections.

Power Over Cervical Cancer

Leading research-based pharmaceutical company GSK continues to ramp up its cervical cancer awareness efforts this year with the patient—the woman—always in mind. In the Philippines, the Power Over Cervical Cancer campaign urges Filipinas to realize that they are empowered—that they can do something to prevent the disease from happening to them, so they don’t miss out on a colorful life ahead or leave their loved ones behind.

Purple lips against cervical cancer

In commemoration of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, GSK Philippines launched its partnership with cosmetics manufacturer VMV Hypoallergenics at a press event entitled Put On Your Power Pout!, held last May 28th at Makati Shangri-La Hotel. The partnership introduces a twist on spreading awareness: encouraging women to join the movement by wearing purple lipstick to show their support for the advocacy on cervical cancer prevention.

“Cancer is quite a distant concept for women who are well. What might be more important to them is keeping up with the latest trends, especially in fashion and beauty. The lipstick is a woman’s own—when she wears it, she makes a statement about herself. Through this partnership with VMV, we hope to drive women to make a statement against cervical cancer,” says Mark Castillo, GSK product manager.

Jacklyn Remo, assistant marketing manager for VMV Hypoallergenics, supports the movement: “We are fully committed toward this partnership with GSK Philippines. At VMV Hypoallergenics, we promise the safest, most proven effective care on the planet—and that extends to beauty. This unique combination of science, wellness and beauty means we also strongly stand for advocacies that help women, their health and happiness.”

Cervical Cancer: Fact or Myth

JOIN THE MOVEMENT NOW—take a photo of yourself wearing VMV Hypoallergenics’ Tutu or Chorus Line lipstick (or a photo of you holding your kiss mark from the lipstick) and post it on Instagram and Facebook with the hashtags #PowerPout and #PowerOverCervicalCancer!

A health service message brought to you by GSK. For further information on cervical cancer, please consult your doctor.


[i] WHO/ICO Information Center on HPV and Cervical Cancer (HPV Information Centre). Human Papillomavirus and Related Diseases Report – Philippines. 2014.

[ii] Philippine Cancer Facts Estimtes. 2010.

[iii] Burd EM. Clin Microbial Rev 2003; 16:1-17.

[iv] National Cancer Institute. . “General Information About Cervical Cancer” http://www.cancer.gove/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/cervical/Patient/page1.

[v] Bosch FX et al. The causal relation between human papillomavirus and cervical cancer. J Clin Pathol 2002;55:244-65.

[vi] Bosch FX, de Sanjose S. Chapter 1: Human papillomavirus and cervical cancer-burden and assessment of causality. J Natl Cancer Inst Managr.

[vii] Antonsson A et al. J Clin Microbial 2003; 41:2509-14.

[viii] Winer RL et al. Am J Epidemiol 2003; 157:218-26.

[ix] Fairley CK et al. Epidemiol.Infect 1995; 115:169 76.

[x] Sellors JW et al. CMAJ 2003; 168:421-5.

[xi]WHO. Weekly epidemiological record no. 21 (23 May 2014). Available at http://www.who/int/wer. Accessed 19 September 2014.

[xii] WHO. Summary of the SAGE April 2014 meeting. Available at Accessed 21 September 2014.

[xiii] Adapted from Castle P et al. JID. 2005; 191: 1808-16.

[xiv] National Cancer Institute. Pap and HPV Testing. Available at Accessed 21 May 2015.

Out There: From 320 Pounds to Pro Athlete.

One Man’s True Story of Ultra Recovery From Alcohol, Drugs and Obesity

It’s no surprise that, for many, New Year’s resolutions have already fallen by the wayside. However giving up won’t get us any closer to achieving our goals. Just ask David Clark, a former 320-pound alcoholic, turned pro athlete. Clark’s hard-hitting autobiography, Out There: A Story of Ultra Recovery, proves that persistence and a strong desire will pave the way for success.

The Superman Project

Meet David Clark. He grew up poor and homeless, living out of his father’s pickup truck. With no formal education to build upon, he beat the odds. He went from being homeless to owning a chain of 13 retail stores by the time he was 29 years old. However his success was short-lived and he ultimately lost everything due to poor choices and addiction. He had hit rock bottom from reckless eating, binge drinking and popping pills.

Miraculously, reality hit him with the realization that if he didn’t change his ways on that very day, he would surely die. From that day onwards, David drew a line in the sand, leaving his addictions and unhealthy lifestyle in the past. His remarkable journey and refusal to give up, is described as “raw and riveting.”

At 320 pounds and with this new resolve, he started training for the Ultra Marathon, an extreme racing event where runners attempt a grueling 100-mile trek through the Colorado terrain. Runners are allowed a mere 30 hours to complete the race. Not only did he conquer the course in under 30 hours on his first attempt, but he lost more than 150 pounds, and beat his drug addictions. Further, he has competed in and won some of the toughest endurance events in the world. He now uses Ultra sports to help others conquer their own demons.

“If you want to see the world’s greatest athletes, watch an Ironman Triathlon,” says Clark. “The ‘ultra’ world, in contrast, isn’t about outperforming the other participants. It consists mostly of runners who push themselves to the brink of failure in an effort to measure the depth of their own strength.”

Nowadays, David Clark spends his time as a running coach, sponsored runner, inspirational speaker, and gym owner.

24 Health and Wellness Predictions That Could Change the Industry Forever

The basic science behind health and wellness is simple: eat better, eat less, move more, and sleep more. But simple definitely doesn’t mean easy. And so a nearly $1 trillion (and growing) industry has been built around the promise of making healthy, fit, and well easier.

Whether out of necessity or enlightenment, we’ve entered a time when “getting healthy” is more mainstream than ever. This exponential growth in health and wellness has already resulted in the growth of companies like Fitbit and Jawbone, movements like CrossFit and Zumba, and popular entertainment programs like “The Dr. Oz Show” and “The Biggest Loser.” But what’s next?

As new research surfaces and new trends emerge to fuel the industry, here are my predictions for what we’ll see within the next five years:

1. Gyms will become places people actually love. Thanks to the growing popularity of bodyweight exercises, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), and the increasing success of spaces that emphasize simplicity and minimalist equipment such as Curves and CrossFit, new gym brands will launch that finally create a place people genuinely love to go — and a successful business model to boot. They’ll champion beautiful designs and embrace technology for a more seamless, connected environment.

2. Fitness boutiques will become a national success. The success and growth of spinning, barre, Bikram yoga, and other niche fitness studios are hard to deny. In the next three years, this phenomenon will cross over from big cities to just about everywhere.

3. Sugar will replace gluten as the new “health villain.” As adult-onset diabetes continues to grow at an unprecedented pace, fingers will be pointed at sugar more than ever before.

4. Meditation will become the new “yoga” and reach widespread acceptance. As one of the most scientifically validated practices there is, meditation will be taught by schools and embraced by employers. New brands championing one kind of meditation over another will become huge successes.

5. Health and fitness magazine brands will face real challenges for the first time. The audiences for publications such as Men’s Health Magazine and SELF Magazine will shrink as people increasingly tire of the same headlines screaming promises for “six-pack abs in six weeks” and “bikini-ready butts.”

6. “Big Food” will officially become the new “Big Tobacco.” Processed foods and snacks make up a huge part of people’s diets today, but not for much longer. We’ll continue to embrace whole foods like never before — and whole foods will become more readily accessible in most places.

7. There will be a healthy home-cooking renaissance. Mainstream media will make the connection between eating healthy and home cooking in a major way. Because so many people are too busy to shop and plan meals, made-to-cook delivery services such as Blue Apron and Plated will continue to grow, bringing attention to healthy recipes with accessible ingredients and convenient instructions.

8. Smarter recipes will create smarter cooks. The truth is that most “healthy recipes” online aren’t actually as healthy as they seem. New technology will parse recipes online and have a huge effect on Internet forums, revealing the nutritional information for all to see. Similarly, an increasing emphasis on eating less will force places like The Cheesecake Factory to rethink the “go-big-or-go-home” approach to American eating. Goodbye, pretzel-crusted chicken!

9. The power of the crowd will reveal what really works. Crowdsourced information will reveal the true story behind popular workouts and new diet fads faster than ever before. There’s never been more data collected from more people trying to get healthy, so “citizen science projects” like Lift’s Quantified Diet initiative will put health knowledge in consumers’ hands and potentially hurt an industry often built on misinformation.

10. New kinds of health and wellness influencers will emerge. Big-time celebrity trainers and doctors will be replaced by people who look and sound more like our friends. They’ll build big followings through less mainstream channels by championing moderate and practical ways of thinking about health, wellness, and mindfulness.

11. Real innovation in behavioral changes will occur offline. The successful consumer health companies of the future will ditch digital first and instead use the Internet as a complement to enable scale for programs in real life. Major social groups based around shared health activities and a new kind of health professional will both emerge.

12. Pharmacies, healthcare insurers, and retailers will become the biggest proponents of healthy living. And this move will be based on good business sense, not just goodwill.

13. Health will enter the political arena and become more heavily legislated than ever before. More politicians will jump on the Michael Bloomberg bandwagon and increasingly support legislation that punishes and taxes unhealthy foods to curb unhealthy activities. Health will become a hot-button issue for both major political parties.

14. The “Big Three” diet systems (Jenny Craig, Weight Watchers, and Nutrisystem) will go bye-bye. One will be rebranded and completely overhauled, one will cease to exist, and one will be acquired for spare parts.

15. A “trainer” will finally mean something again. A new, legitimate, and nationally recognized certification system for trainers will launch with a big splash as the government moves to bring transparency to one of the blackest holes in health.

16. The Food and Drug Administration will start truly regulating dietary supplements. Come on, it’s time. Companies like Vitamin Shoppe, GNC, and others will get hit hard.

17. New consumer health brands will win the future. Two or three entirely new consumer-facing health brands will become $1 billion businesses by 2016.

18. Corporate wellness will change forever. A business book on building an organization that puts its employees’ health first will be a national bestseller and spawn a catchphrase that will profoundly affect the modern workplace. “Sleep In” instead of “Lean In,” maybe? Similarly, a major financial organization will go on record to emphasize and endorse seven hours of sleep for its employees. Other majors will follow suit.

19. Celebrities who endorse junk food will suffer. Consumer backlash (not just legal recourse) against celebrity endorsements — such as LeBron James’ campaign for Bubblicious and Peyton Manning’s ads for Papa John’s — will continue to grow and force change.

20. Fast food will finally give in. Fast food companies like McDonald’s will begin to offer as many healthy options as unhealthy ones.

21. Health data tracking will become ubiquitous, and trackers will become a commodity. The form factor for fitness data tracking won’t just be wristbands. Clothes, shoes, phones, and possibly even contact lenses (or implanted chips) will replace wristbands.

22. Someone will develop a device similar to the Healbe GoBe that can measure people’s caloric intake via body temperature.

23. A company will introduce a way to invest in other people’s weight loss like the stock market. Think “The Biggest Loser” meets Kickstarter. Unfortunately, this would probably be a terrible thing.

24. Disney will announce an animated feature with a plus-sized princess as the protagonist.

Some of the predictions above may seem hopeful more than realistic, and I get that. But I also very much believe we’re headed in that direction. There’s already an extraordinary shift happening in people’s thinking about health and how they prioritize it — and it’s only the beginning. That said, though I’m definitively convinced that the next five years will be amazing, these predictions won’t become realities without failures along the way. The only way we’ll end up with a healthier, happier world is by taking one innovative step after another.

Agree or disagree? What did I miss? What did I get wrong?

Derek Flanzraich is an entrepreneur on a mission to help the world think about health in a healthier way. He is the founder and CEO of Greatist, a media startup working to make healthy living cool.

My Aqua Tally: Eco friendly, Be Healthy and Merry

ImageWe all do know that water occupies and plays 80% of your body. We read and get to hear the same advice to gulp up more water than any beverages but do we really get to gulp up as much as we thought we’ve been having?

From what seemed to be just a requirement for her family and herself to track down their hydration; Julie Bischoff, the founder of Aqually Tally, Inc., a Registered nurse, took inspiration of what seemed to be a simple necessity into a brilliant prototype.

Turn the white indicator on the cup to keep track of how much water you get to drink for the day. It may seem a little lame but once you’ve had it; you’ll know how helpful this cup is.

It’s not rocket science nor do we have to reiterate to anyone that hydrating your body can dramatically improve what you feel inside and out. AquaTally makes tracking hydration easy. It’s spot on, honest and simple.

Over the holidays, I have been using my own cup and realized that in an average, all the while I thought I have consistently been a heavy drinker. I used to gulp 2 Liters of water (or at least I thought I’ve built on the habit) but turned out, in an average, I was only drinking about 4 cups in a day which means, I haven’t been consistent on my hydration goals.

For only $11.95, this BPA Free, Dishwasher safe and Double wall AquaTally cup can transform your health drastically. How can you say no to a tool which can help you reduce fatigue, headaches, help you maintain your healthy weight, improve your concentration, keep your kidneys and organs working properly, regularize your bowel movement and have that glowing skin? doubt you will. You just have to have this.

Make sure you have one of these nearby while you’re at work, in school or probably when you’re at home. It’ll also help you reduce the amount of drinking cups on your dishwasher since you’ll be left with just one throughout the day.

I’ve got two (2) of these and it’s been playing a huge role on achieving my daily hydration goal. For more information, you may download this link and get to know the answers to frequently asked questions.


Juju Eats: Fast Food, Reinvented.

We live in a society wherein fast food joints are readily accessible. People strive to lose weight, aim to feel better and get their health under control but in a country where agriculture is abundant; it’s strange that we lack what we are rich on – organics.

 Juju eass combo

Where there is a need, there is an opportunity and this is what the folk of Juju Cleanse, David and Kat Azanza come in. A year of conceptualizing and business planning, Juju Eats was born.

“We find balance to the food we eat. It’s a lifestyle, which we also teach our kids. We aim to let people eat healthier and get to know the benefits of eating fresh organics from their own experience,” said David.

To Go Juju

People has this notion that living a healthy lifestyle is expensive but what one may not realize is that eating salad and the healthier choices every day offers a handful of benefits other than knowing it’s the simplest option anyone can commit to without the guilt.

Juju Eats located on the G/F BCS Building, 2297 Chino Roces Ave. Ext Makati City offers 10 classic salads to those whoa re always on-the-go and more than 5000 combinations you may whip on by following the DIY 5 simple steps: Size + Base + Freebies + Extras  + Dressing, just like how you would want your postpaid network serve you.

“It’s simple. You may opt for a bowl or a wrap and add as much to your hearts, or tummy’s content. You may also grab a bottle of your favorite juju cleanse if you’re on the go, or need a quick nourishing”, said Kat.

Calorie conscious? Here’s my favorite part of Juju Eats — The Nutrition site wherein you’ll know the approximate amount and details on what you’re eating.

A heaven in the heart of Makati where vegans, vegetarians and fellas who would want to switch or is living a healthy lifestyle’s hub. An answer to what the society needs.

Now that’s what we call, fast food.

What Sport Will Your Child Excel In?

Could your child be a future Olympic track athlete? Does she have the potential to be a wonderful tennis player or a basketball star in college?

When your children are small, it’s hard to know which sports might be the best fit for them. Your six-year-old may be tall and slim with lots of energy and a short attention span. All his friends are going to play soccer. Should you sign him up, too?

What’s the best way to encourage and support your child’s growing curiosity in sports?

soccer kids

Focus on your child’s interest

The most important question is this: what sport is your son or daughter interested in? Ask, listen, and be open to surprising answers.

Try not to ask it as a leading question. Many kids are eager to please and may try to think of an answer that they think you want to hear. If they know that Dad loves swimming, and has always wished he had tried out for the team, they may answer “swimming” automatically. How do you get around this? Ask them, “OK, what would be your second favorite? And your third?”

If your child is shy, context clues might be another way to gather information. Pay attention to the sports they watch on TV or athletes they admire. Have they ever talked about a sport through a friend? For example, “Timmy is playing baseball now and he says it’s pretty cool.”

Sometimes just having various sports equipment on hand is enough to engage your child. They may just surprise you and ask if you want to play catch or teach them how to dribble a basketball. If your child is partial to baseball for example, show your support for their new hobby and go online and purchase a baseball bat, glove, and baseballs from on online sports retailer. When the equipment arrives, the two of you can practice skills together.

Focus on your child’s strengths

If your child is calm, steady, and good at focusing, he or she might succeed at golf or archery. Does he or she have great balance and a streak of fearlessness? Then gymnastics or figure skating might be perfect. Whatever the case, know your child’s innate abilities and start brainstorming.

Focus on your child’s personality

While, you should take your child’s size and natural abilities such as speed, coordination, and agility when trying to guide them towards one sport or another, don’t forget about his personality. A child with a strong sense of independence may be happiest doing an individual sport, like tennis. They may find that the collaborative, intensely social world of team sports is just not in his or her nature.

 Focus on fun

Children’s sports are a wonderful way to establish good habits for a lifetime of being physically active. Let your child take the lead in choosing their sport and level of involvement and be open to your child’s suggestions. Once they have picked their sport of choice, go online to a specialty sports store and ask a representative what equipment and apparel would be best to start with. Not only do they typically have the brands you want, but they can offer assistance in getting the perfect equipment that fits your child.

Jessica Elliott is a writer for SteelLocker Sports, a team sporting good online retailer headquartered in Austin, TX. SteelLocker Sports carries high quality merchandise and equipment for many sports including baseball, softball, football, basketball, and soccer for athletes of all ages. Visit to see this season’s best deals for you and your family.

Juicing: Meeting JOE CROSS in FLESH

Meeting JOE CROSS in FLESH courtesy of Breville

It has been three years since I last popped on 15mg prednisone, a synthetic corticosteroid drug that is particularly effective as an immunosuppressant drug. It is used to treat certain inflammatory disease such as allergic reactions from hives which I got from bed bugs back in New York and got me fly back to Manila instead of pursuing a life abroad.

Just like Joe Cross, the man behind the documentary: Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead; I detest being induced by such drugs and getting sick, it has given me such awareness on how to take good care of my body and learning why nutrition, eating clean and being vigilant on what you eat are of huge factor in living.

Slowly, I got up after months of depression and decided to cut the fat, wee away from the meat and just have fish and veggies as my meal and slowly gravitate back into running (which has brought me to numerous fun runs, ran for marathons and got me even more interested in fitness and health)

Joe Cross was the influencive man who supported my thinking that if external injuries can cure with proper care, the internal issues must also get cured — and it is only by nutrition. Food should be your medicine, not your enemy.

The juicing was quite a challenge for me since we didn’t have a juicer back then but instead, I ate tons of salads and fish instead. I’ve lost about 50 lbs so far and albeit on plateu due to lack of movement as much as I was running, logging so much mileage every week back then. I’m thanking the juicing entrepreneurs for introducing such food options to the public.

It’s been a year of juicing for me – a day or three days each month at least.

Meeting Joe Cross has reminded me of the journey I’ve gone through and with the support of the people around me, I’m ready to take the leap and go for more than 3 days to get my Polycystic Ovary Syndrome be cured. I’ve shun myself away from the medicines by making myself active on yoga but my body needs more nourishing inside and get my cycle regularized (my Doctor has been telling me to pursue my medicines but I strongly believe that there’s a better way to cure it, it’s not malignant)

Having my greens, logging yoga sessions and drinking so much water has already cleared me away from migraines, better digestion and other symptoms I usually get weekly such as fatigue and exasperation. However, the journey has been pretty progressively positive, I do feel and believe that if only I lose the weight targeting on the viceral fats, I’d be able to bid adieu to the PCOS I have been worried about since my family are prone of myoma (plus I do want to have kids in the future).

Thanks Joe for dropping by Manila, spreading the juice to the world and for being a living testimony who has shown the world that food truly is the medicine, nothing else but that and it’s never too late to take good care of yourself.

I’m so glad I was able to thank Joe in person and got to tell him how much he has helped me get up and just get going.

I’m going for a 10 days juicing challenge this month, care to join me?

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Health and Wealth


BUSY IS A GREAT GOOD THING! That’s what I always tell myself and anyone who responds to every how are you’s; With a smile on my face, despite knowing life’s changing and we aren’t the ones who used to carry the “young, wild and free” flag, we all eventually started to take responsibilities a notch high on the priority list.

However, being Busy often leads us to figuring out how to balance a healthy lifestyle. It sounds easy to just write down the grand plan, meditate and be strategic (especially every new year) but once life happens; these plans may just turn into dust and be a challenge we’d eventually put on a back seat.

How do we balance work, life and other things? You just really have to do it and acknowledge your stature, know what are the things you can eliminate, do, or those which can wait.

I’ve acknowledged that eating out will forever be part of me especially knowing I’m the only vegetarian in the family (preparing meals at home? tried, never succeeded). Eating out means I’d have to spend more, if I want the good kind or give in to more calories if I want the fast food kind.


Instead of looking into it as a problem, I divert it all into solutions. I’d eat out, cut it into half and share it OR have the half for the next meal time; I’d also always go for the kids meal (If there’s any) or have the half wrapped for a doggie bag.

Spending wasn’t much of a problem then since my thinking was at least I’m taking good care of my health; however when you’re working on a budget? every single centavo matter.

What do we do? You make the pen and paper as your friends and figure out an everyday budget with a little savings on the side with an allotted bucks to pay for overdue debts.

Never resort to the credit card and if ever you need to? Make sure you’ve got the cash in the bank for money transfer.

Health and wealth go-together. It’s not easy to lose poundage (keep your health in top shape) and earn more for the rainy day but with trying and willingness to continually adjust? Every single effort can go a long way.

What do you do? How do you balance health and wealth?

Human Kinetics: Exercise & Women’s Metabolism

Not too long ago, Human Kinetics sent me an informative book which made me realize and learn more about a Woman’s body. It’s important that we get to know how our body reacts to every element you indulge in or apply to your skin.

Here is an excerpt from Running for Women
Metabolic Differences

Metabolism refers to all of the energy-requiring chemical reactions occurring inside your body. At any one time, trillions of reactions are going on inside of you, including the growth of new tissue, muscle contraction, and the breakdown of food for energy. The resting metabolic rate—the amount of energy needed during resting conditions—is lower in females because of their smaller body mass and muscle mass. When you run, your metabolic rate increases dramatically because of the increased demand for energy. The faster your metabolic pathways can use the available fuel to regenerate energy for muscle contraction, the faster you will be able to run any race.

While your nervous system controls your body’s faster functions, like the initiation of reflexes and movement, hormones control the slower functions, like the regulation of growth and metabolism and the development of reproductive organs. Much of metabolism is under the direction of hormones, which act as conductors, initiating signals that lead to the transportation and use of fuel. And the two predominant fuels for running are carbohydrate and fat, which provide energy on a sliding scale. At slower speeds, your muscles rely more on fat and less on carbohydrate, and as you increase your running pace, the energy contribution from fat decreases while the energy contribution from carbohydrate increases.

Carbohydrate Metabolism

The hormone insulin is responsible for carbohydrate metabolism. Consuming carbohydrate elevates your blood glucose concentration and increases insulin concentration. The increase in circulating insulin, which is secreted from your pancreas, stimulates specific proteins to transport the glucose from your blood into your muscles, where it is either used for immediate energy by your cells or stored as muscle glycogen for later use. Males typically have more glycogen stored in their muscles. Longer races like the marathon are limited, in part, by the amount of stored glycogen. Therefore, the lower muscle glycogen in women’s muscles can partly explain why they cannot run marathons as fast as men.

Research has shown that men also are more responsive to carbohydrate loading than women. In other words, women do not increase muscle glycogen as much as men in response to consuming more carbohydrate in their diets. However, some of this research is clouded by the fact that women consume fewer total calories than men, so the lack of glycogen storage may be due to a lower caloric or carbohydrate intake by women rather than an inherent sex difference in the ability to store glycogen. When women increase their total caloric intake as they also increase the amount of carbohydrate in their diets, they increase their muscle glycogen content by a similar amount as men. From a training perspective, while men simply need to increase the percentage of their calories coming from carbohydrate in order to carbo load and store more glycogen, women need to also increase the total number of calories in their diets to get the same effect.

Because carbohydrate is the predominant fuel source during running and the only fuel source at speeds faster than acidosis threshold, research has focused on how the hormonal differences between men and women affect insulin and alter carbohydrate metabolism. Most research has found that women use less carbohydrate than men when exercising at similar intensities.

When you finish a workout that severely lowers your muscle glycogen content, it’s important to replenish the carbohydrates so you can resynthesize more glycogen to be prepared for your next run. In fact, refueling nutrient-depleted muscles is possibly the single most important aspect of optimal recovery from training and racing. Scientists first discovered in the late 1960s that endurance performance is influenced by the amount of stored glycogen in skeletal muscles, and that intense endurance exercise decreases muscle glycogen stores. The faster you can resynthesize muscle glycogen, the faster your recovery. Research has shown that the rate of glycogen synthesis in the first few hours following a workout (the time when you are best able to store glycogen because the cells are most sensitive to insulin) is similar between the sexes. This suggests that recovery rates between males and females are similar, at least the component of recovery affected by the resynthesis of fuel.

Fat Metabolism

As a consequence of not using as much carbohydrate during exercise, women rely more on fat than men. Indeed, it has been estimated that women use about 75 percent more fat than do men while running or cycling at 65 to 70 percent VO2max. Women get about 39 percent of their energy from fat during exercise at 65 percent VO2max, while men get about 22 percent of their energy from fat. However, the percentage of energy derived from fat varies significantly from person to person because factors such as training status, muscle fiber type, muscle glycogen content, and mitochondrial density all play a role.

While it is difficult to tease out the exact reasons for the difference between the sexes in the metabolism of carbohydrate and fat, it appears that estrogen is at least partly responsible. Research done on rats has shown that when male rats are given estrogen, they deplete less glycogen during exercise; the concentration of fatty acids in the blood increases, suggesting a greater availability of fat for energy; and they can exercise for longer periods before becoming exhausted. Increasing the amount of fatty acids circulating in the blood favors their use by muscle during exercise, resulting in a decreased reliance on muscle glycogen and blood glucose, thus delaying glycogen depletion and hypoglycemia, or low blood sugar, and postponing fatigue.

This switch in fuel use to a greater reliance on fat at the same running speed also occurs from endurance training. Training enhances fat use by increasing the mitochondria in your muscles, allowing for more aerobic metabolism and the sparing of muscle glycogen. This shift in the energy source for muscular activity is a major advantage in delaying the onset of fatigue in running events that are limited by the availability of muscle glycogen—marathons and ultramarathons. Because humans’ carbohydrate stores are limited, the difference in metabolism between the sexes may give female runners an advantage for very long endurance activities, during which there is a greater need to conserve carbohydrate and a greater use of fat because of the slower pace. In 2002 and 2003, Pam Reed showed that science may be on to something, by winning the 135-mile (217K) Badwater Ultramarathon, beating all of the men. In shorter races, however, when there is a greater demand to generate energy quickly for muscle contraction, relying more on fat will slow the pace because energy is derived much more quickly from carbohydrate than from fat.

Protein Metabolism

The third macronutrient, protein, is often neglected in metabolism because it accounts for only 3 to 6 percent of the amount of energy expended while running. Rather, protein is used primarily for other things, such as building, maintaining, and repairing muscle, skin, and blood tissue, as well as aiding in the transportation of materials through the blood. Protein can be thought of as your body’s scaffolding and cargo. However, it can be used for energy if inadequate amounts of fat and carbohydrate are available because the body’s requirement for energy takes priority over tissue building. Although the amount of protein you use for energy may be small, even a small contribution to your daily run may be large if you run a lot and run often.

Exercise increases the use of amino acids from protein breakdown, and the amount of amino acids that your muscles use is inversely related to the amount of glycogen in the muscle. When glycogen is abundant, muscles rely on glycogen, but when glycogen is low, muscles begin to rely more on amino acids. Research has shown that females use less protein during exercise than do males. Because endurance-trained females use less muscle glycogen and rely more on fat than endurance-trained males, protein breakdown seems to be inhibited in females by virtue of the greater muscle glycogen.

Excerpted from Running for Women (Human Kinetics, 2012). For more information, visit