Saturday, January 23, 2010

Ten in 10 Challenge: Week Four



Would you believe it’s almost the end of the month and just a few weeks ago it was only New Year? Time flies and they’re gone with the wind in an instant. You can’t bring it back. The good thing is, regardless of time, you can bring back what you’ve lost in life, just not all of them. When it comes to your health and wellness, you can definitely bring it back. As I was reading a magazine sent to me by Hippocrates Health Institute, I am positive that you can fully restore your health the way it was used to be or even better. The catch is, you have to decide to take 100% full responsibility for your health and life.



Here's a few updates for week four:

Coffee

For the past two weeks (I missed the first one), I’ve been trying to slowly bring back healthier practices and one of them is ditching the coffee. Coffee is good; really good. But after being free from it for more than 2 weeks now, I could say that I feel much better. Caffeine stays longer in the bloodstream for women than men. But there was also the urge to have a cup whenever my brother brews some coffee and I could always make one for myself whenever I feel like it. The kitchen is just a few steps away. I guess it was easier for me to give it up because I only drink coffee once a day until I drink them only a few times a week. But it wasn’t easy to completely give them up.

Water

I’ve been drinking more water this week. Upon waking up in the morning, I drink 2 glasses of mineralized water and was able to maintain hydrated during the day. Of course, there was a setback whenever I’m trying to finish something. But it was better than the other week.



Sleep

This is something that I need to improve on as sleep lowers our stress hormones. But as always the habit of staying late to read other blogs is hard to break.



Food

One of the things that I’m trying to avoid is gluten. I love pasta. I used to eat pasta every lunch while still working for an Italian restaurant for 10 months. But it was only recently that I discovered that I feel sluggish and lethargic after eating a huge bowl of it. To make things worse, they are served with a huge buttered plain foccacia bread. I felt the same way when the family had lunch in a Chinese restaurant the other week. Guess what I’m doing in the afternoon? Sleeping. I suspect it was the amount and quality of the oil that they used. The result is sluggishness and lethargy.

I also started making my own kimchi (Chinese cabbage; cucumber) instead of buying them. Adding probiotics to your meals in the form of food is a great and cheap way to multiply good bacteria into your gut.

Two ingredients that I'm loving this week are cauliflower because they're in season and chili peppers, because they reduce inflammation in your body and they are high in vitamin C; just go easy on the chili peppers because too much is also harmful too.



Exercise

I don’t need to lose the excess weight nor even gain weight but exercise is part of a healthy lifestyle. If you live in the Philippines, how they greet you could make or break you. It’s either they greet you with “you’ve gained weight”, “you’ve lost weight”, “you looked too skinny” or “you looked malnourished”. But translating them in the Filipino language sounds even harsh. When one of my relatives saw me, she said I looked malnourished. I think my eyebrows become one when I heard that. I kept my cool and ignored what she said but at the back of my mind, I wanted to say something. When I was in first year college, a lot of people were teasing me because I am chubby and flabby; today they're telling me that I'm too thin and even looked malnourished. Hello!!! We have different body types and structures. We're not born with the same built but we are all unique. So, own your body image and don’t let other people own it for you. In other words, love yourself.

How are you doing? Let me know your progress. Whatever happens, don't give up.

Love and light,



18 comments:

  1. I know in the Filipino culture people are very blunt about appearances! I have a friend who is filipino and the last time she saw me she said "you've lost so much weight!" so I know where you are coming from hehehe

    it sounds like your progress is going well, keep up the good work :)

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  2. Wow, you're doing great! I'm not a coffee drinker at all but my husband gave up his morning caffeine not too long ago. He had headaches for about a week but then all was fine. He is sleeping better and has an occasional cup of decaf now. Keep up the good work!

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  3. Divina, way to go! I didn't do as well this week and you just encouraged me to keep on keeping on! I'm excited to post now! (By the way, I've been commenting on your blog but I'm not sure if they're showing up)

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  4. It is evident that earlier sleep will keep me in better shape, but a habit has been developed for blogging and reading before bed. Thanks for your healthy reminder and let me remind you it is time to bed as well : ). Good nite.

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  5. Your 10-in-10 progress is great! I had to laugh at how you'd like to get more sleep, but not from eating a huge bowl of pasta! I'm still working on the coffee issue but drinking more water is getting better. As for cauliflower and chile peppers, they are two foods that I rarely ate before but am now starting a develop a taste! 8-)

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  6. Interesting post Divina. I have been dying to make some kimchi and would be interested to get your recipe. Caffeine is quite a tough beast to forego. I have recently given up all unnatural caffeine such as Coke and anything other than tea and coffee. Kudos for giving it all up though.

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  7. I drink tea, water and wine. I love love freshly brewed Oolong tea with a slice of caramel cake for the afternoon break. ;-)) I adore cauliflowers cooked with tomatoes and spiced up with chillies and white pepper powder.

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  8. I totally believe you can heal with food. Food and exercise.
    I usually use Jerusalem Artichoke Flour Pastas. They Taste amazing and is gluten free.

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  9. It sounds like you're doing well, Divina. Keep up the healthy thoughts and actions. I'm proud of you!

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  10. Well done, Divina! You are really doing very well. Good reminder and good encouragement to everyone. I'm still trying to keep up with mine. Definitely need to sleep earlier.

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  11. Hi Divina! Thank you for this post. I love visiting your blog and gaining inspiration and ideas on how to live and eat healthier. Next week - only one coffee a day for me!

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  12. You are absolutely rocking the 10 in 10 challenge. Good for you, you are an inspiration.

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  13. Yes. I need more sleep. But with work and blogging, something have to give.

    But you are doing well! Good on you.

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  14. You are doing really well!! Keep up the good work!

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  15. Yeap, exactly what we need to do! Love our body and love ourselves even more! Yet, still not encourage to put on weight. haha.... But at least maintain the number & stay healthy!

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  16. This was a timely post! I was just talking today to my hubby about weaning myself off the espresso...I guess reading this is confirmation that I should try!

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  17. your doing great Divina! what a great post too! love it...we need to remind ourselves sometimes bout healthy living cos its so easy to slack. tq for reminding me! :))

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  18. Sounds like sleep is one of the more difficult things to improve, because I'm having the same problem as well haha! You should also try making your own yogurt! :D it's delicious, you'll feel a sense of achievement when you do get to eat your own homemade yogurt, and it has probiotics :D

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