Fit, fierce, & 40

Today, I’m celebrating my 40th birthday. My mom told me not to post this photo, but I insisted because I wanted to remind myself that with God’s grace, support of my family and friends, and constant criticisms, He granted my wish to reach my ideal weight before I reach the age of 40. Why didContinue reading “Fit, fierce, & 40”

Color-coded food labels a health boon

When medical doctor Anthony Leachon’s weight ballooned to 200 pounds, his blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure levels were deranged. Leachon decided to lose weight or else he will never have the moral ascendancy to advocate preventive health if he will not walk the talk. According to a 2016 joint study by the United NationsContinue reading “Color-coded food labels a health boon”

Why I lied about my weight and how I got to achieve it eventually

I know it was not a good idea, but yes, I used to lie about my weight. I remember telling people I was 165 lbs, when in fact, I really weigh 180 pounds or more. I told myself they’ll never know anyway unless they’ll check my medical records or they will weigh me on theContinue reading “Why I lied about my weight and how I got to achieve it eventually”

Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!

Melody Beattie once said, “The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” Before I officially let 2018 go and welcome 2019, I will be doing just that – set goals for myself, but let me first run downContinue reading “Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019!”

Groups call for higher tobacco tax

To commemorate this year’s World No Tobacco Day, about 200 runners from different universities and communities recently gathered for a fun run in the Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City to appeal to the Senators to pass the pending bills to raise tobacco tax. “We believe that World No Tobacco Day is the perfect avenue toContinue reading “Groups call for higher tobacco tax”

Assessing the ketogenic diet

Monette Ho, 39 years old, tried ketogenic diet or ‘keto’ to lose weight. Her normal weight is 120-128 lbs. before giving birth to her third and youngest son, but since then, she never regained her ideal weight. Monette started keto diet last September 2017, but she had to stop after three months during Christmas breakContinue reading “Assessing the ketogenic diet”

1 in 4 Filipinos are hypertensive

It’s easy to know you’re sick when you have the signs or symptoms. But when you don’t, one day you’ll find yourself sick without a warning, and that can be very alarming. “Most hypertensive patients have no symptoms. The known symptoms of hypertension like headache, dizziness, nape pain, and blurring of vision are non-specific andContinue reading “1 in 4 Filipinos are hypertensive”

Why I still write my New Year’s resolutions

Surprisingly, I still write my New Year’s resolutions every single year. But if you ask me how many of them I already achieved? Still on the process.  So how come I still write them? You see every year, I write down my New Year’s resolutions so I have something to look forward to. I wantContinue reading “Why I still write my New Year’s resolutions”

Hello, it’s me: How to practice self-love & acceptance

Growing up, I only know two adjectives that best describe myself: Talented and smart. I was never the “beautiful” or the “sexy” one – always the smart one, talented one, the good leader, and the charismatic (class) President. While I do appreciate how people see me as a person, a part of me always wonderedContinue reading “Hello, it’s me: How to practice self-love & acceptance”

Happy birthday to me

Today, I celebrate my 37th birthday. It’s funny how at 18 years old, I thought I had my life all planned out. I said at the age of 20, I was going to finish college, get a job and a boyfriend. By the time I’m 30, I’ll be married and will have two kids (oneContinue reading “Happy birthday to me”