Saturday, January 30, 2010

Ten in 10 Challenge: Week Five

It’s week 5 already? How are you doing with the challenge? I hope you’re doing great. But I have a confession to make. I had about half a mug of coffee the other day. Since my brother likes a strong coffee, I diluted mine with water. So, what happened? I could say it’s simply temptation. I feel like having coffee so I had one. And my brother is teasing me again because of that. But I can always start over and decide that I will break the habit because I felt the difference. I got hooked on coffee before particularly in the mornings because it makes me feel better, more energized and alert but the effects do not last. The result is that coffee makes me tired. And it becomes addictive and a habit that is challenging to break because you would want another cup of coffee in the next few hours or the following day to relieve the symptoms of withdrawal from coffee. It’s just like going around the same mountain without reaching a certain destination. Does this mean that I’m not drinking coffee for the rest of my life? Well, the answer is no. Because I still have to try a drink made with coffee, avocado and condensed milk (Thanks to Mary). But I want to reach a goal that I only want to drink coffee for pleasure (occasional treat), not as an everyday drink.

On the positive side, I started making my own green smoothie made with apple mango, lime juice and malunggay leaves. Much praised has been said about this vegetable because of its wonderful and numerous healing benefits. There is book exclusively about malunggay and this super food is also available in capsules as functional food. Since I get them fresh every day, why not use the real thing. But honestly, after having my green mango smoothie, I actually prefer to add the malunggay in soups and other dishes where the flavor is much more subtle yet enjoyable. I would still have my smoothie but with hemp hearts and bee pollen added instead, and make them green with the addition of spirulina.

Malunggay (Moringa) Leaves

This has been a taxing week for me. I feel stuffed and bloated for the past few days. I don’t feel like eating but I am hungry and I am hungry but I don’t feel like eating. I used to eat bread every breakfast but I stopped and ate something else. Last Wednesday I had naan bread with spiced chickpeas, with some yogurt and cilantro. I love naan. The meal wasn’t too heavy at all but I feel so stuffed and bloated all the way till lunch. (I still suspect the gluten). And still experiencing the same way until today probably from eating out and for the reason that I couldn’t say no when someone gives me food. One lesson I still need to learn and haven’t learn is I don’t need to eat until I’m full; just eat only when I’m no longer hungry. When we have dinner buffets at hotel, I eat until I could no longer breathe. And I would tell myself that I will never eat like that again. My brother won't believe me.

Sleeping earlier is still a challenge that I need to work on as well as spending less time in front of the computer. I backslide when it comes to drinking water but I felt great after my workout. But it's also time to add some variations to my exercise routine to keep me motivated.

I would also consider this week to be an adjustment to the changes that I’ve made on my eating habits and listen to the signs that my body is trying to tell me. I’ve made a decision to eat healthier but there are always challenges. But in order to help me with this challenge, I always think of the effect that a certain food would have on my body in the long run. What I eat today will definitely affect my health in the future. I still have unfinished goals that I want to achieve and I still have a mission here on earth. And I still want to be at the prime of my life when I reach that certain age. Not just surviving the aches and pains but thriving at the peak of my health.

Good to see a butterfly. Do you see it?

Food is not the only factor. Let’s also consider what the human body needs in order to thrive: fresh air, pure water, sunlight, rest and exercise. But this is only possible when we have a healthy planet. Like it or not, hate me or love me, we have responsibility to care of our temporary home: earth. (And I also need to do my part). When my sister in law was confined at the hospital last year for a few days, I realized just how much people are sick today. She stayed in ER because all the hospital rooms were occupied. I believe they're all occupied everyday. And there are more children today who are experiencing more sickness today than before. The quality of our food and environment (air and water) has changed.

I guess this week’s challenge is not all about my health. After learning about my own health needs and wanting to live healthier because of the goals that I want to accomplish, I also recognize the goals that I want to carry out in other people as well as the factors that is preventing people from having it. After having a few setbacks (remember my lost files?), I am still moving forward. This is just the beginning (again).

How’s everyone doing with their challenge this week? Have you discovered something new about this week’s challenge? Remember, if you experienced a setback, prepare for a comeback.

Love and light,


  1. You need a giant HUG! Hope the adjustment gets done, and you fell a bit better. Don't push yourself hard Div...
    I've had a good week too. Lots of fruit, alternative grains, more veggies...FUN!

  2. there are so many people sick during this time of the year. It's usually due to the weather too! I hope you feel better soon :)

  3. reminder...good for everyone. I'm still challenging myself everyday for better discipline. Coffee...happy that I only drink when with friends. With avocado and condensed milk.....oh no no no...that's a good exception....good for the soul :D . goal is to play badminton until at least 60 yrs old :D Gluten...that's the culprit. I feel bloated too so I keep to a minimum on special occasion. So, my family has to eat rice everyday. According to Dr Peter Adamo, gluten makes Blood Group O people gain weight. And well, I still need to drink more plain water.

  4. Big changes always take time, especially when you're trying to make those changes for life, rather than just a few weeks. Well done on your efforts. I love the look of those malunggay leaves.

  5. I don't know how to do without coffee. I need my once a day. You are doing well. Don't stress too much about it.

  6. I have been reading your blog and enjoy your posts I am passing the "Honest Scrap" Award. This is given from one blogger to ten chosen for there honesty,inspiration, passion and soul. Part of the award is to share ten honest things about yourself then pass the award to ten others please see
    Thank you!

  7. Coffee can be very addicting and I can't blame you for giving it to the temptation :) same with you, sleeping early is a challenge for me too, and I know I need to. Are Spirulina supplements good for everyone? What's your take on the 'Red Juice' currently being advertised?

  8. Those leaves are so beautiful- the look flawless! I have an award waiting for you on my blog :)

  9. again very beautiful photos bravooo !!pierre

  10. I think you should give yourself way more credit! You are being more healthy and conscious of the effect your actions have on the planet that, oh 99% of the people in this world! Life is a process, after all, right? (And I'm not one to judge - you'd have to pry my coffee mug out of my cold dead fingers!!)

  11. Dear Divine, I found your post to be entertaining, especially when you talk about coffee and its potential to become an addiction. I work part time at a perfume store and we always have coffee grains that we smell after smelling perfume because it clears out the nose. The smell of coffee always makes me want to have a cup though...anyways I love your blog and find your writing to be captivating! Your site was such a pleasure to visit. Well presented, clean, clear and beautiful photos. I shall be returning for another delicious bite. Thank you for sharing,
    Cheers, Gaby
    You can visit me at

  12. Hi Divina,

    We have been giving up coffee for the 10 days now. We have had 1 cup so far and it was good. I'm doing it mainly in support of my partner who is (was) totally addicted to coffee. We have made the switch to green tea. I love it but I think my partner misses the deep, roasted flavor of the coffee. I like your attitude - to make it a treat reserved once in a while.

    Good luck with your new health habits. Sounds great.

    I read somewhere that you work with a D40. I do too. I'm thinking of upgrading. If you would like to discuss please e-mail me.

  13. @ Deeba - Thanks for the hug. Yes Deeba, I'll take it easy. :)

    @ Jessie - thanks a lot. I hope everyone gets better soon.

    @ MaryMoh - You have the discipline. That's a great goal to play badminton until 60 years old or even beyond that. My mom is Type O but she doesn't gain weight. But she did this month, just 3 lbs. :)

    @ Cookin'Canuck - You're absolutely right. I'll take it one goal at a time. Thank you.

    @ jeroxie - My brother needs a cup of coffee everyday just like you do. Yes boss.

    @ Sanjana - thank you very much for the award.

    @ pierre - merci beaucoup.

    @ Trix - Thank you Tracey. Okay, I'll give myself some credit.

    @ Gabriella - thank you for visiting and for leaving me your website. And thank you for your wonderful compliments too. I couldn't take your job, I'm allergic to perfumes. And smelling coffee after smelling the perfume could be really addictive. :D

    @ Amber - thank you. It's really hard to give up coffee. Glad he has your support. Thank you for the well wishes. I do use a D40. No plan to upgrade yet. :)

  14. @ Renee Fontes - Thank you for visiting and the compliment as well as the award. I'm touched.

    @ Mom-Friday - Spirulina is good for everyone but it will depend on the condition of the person. If the person is weak and lame, spirulina should be used with caution. About Red Juice, I'm still skeptical about the product. I would need to try it in order to find out and they have more than 30 ingredients in a bottle so how they process it in one bottle would be interesting to find out. They should give me a free sample :) because they cost about P1,800 per bottle.

  15. To establish a healthy habit is not easy, honestly speaking. I'm with you.
    I like the smell of coffee, but I never like to drink coffee. Is it funny? The bitter taste of coffee is not my cup of tea. I ask myself, is it all because of its bitterness? Yet I love eating bitter melon. So I don't know why.

  16. COFFEE, who can ever resist this! I'm now like a drug addict. haha.... But still be able to control myself to take only once a day. That the best I could DO! Lately, I started to sleep early. Yet, still unable to lose the weight I dreamy of.... hehe...

  17. There are a lot of people who have discovered they are gluten intolerant and it helps to avoid it as much as possible. I know it'is hard as those baked goods always look so tantalizing. Yes, I need a little more sleep myself. Too many late nights in front of the computer :)

  18. The only time I gave up coffe was in the summer - once - only because it was too hot out. Then a revelation came over me and I switched to ice coffe. Good for you for giving it a go - I just can't! ~Mary

  19. I think you are doing great - it takes time to get used to a new routine and habits!

  20. You're doing great. I'm with you on needing to figure out when to stop eating and realize that I'm full, especially with sweets! Good luck on the rest of the challenge!

  21. How did the green smoothie made with apple mango, lime juice and malunggay leaves taste like? can you make a recipe about it? I would like to try it out myself.

  22. Helo wine australia, the taste is a combination of sweet and sour. But i added too much malunggay so it became spicy.. so, the recipe would be more mangoes and enough lime and malunggay to taste. so sorry for the late reply though.


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