Not too long ago, I embarked on this personal journey to be healthier. One of the first changes that I made to my diet was switching from cow's milk to non-dairy milk. There's been a lot of research that suggest we aren't meant to drink animal's milk as our bodies cannot digest it and that dairy may actually be more harmful than beneficial to our health. I must say that before you make any radical changes to your own diet, do your own research and decide for yourself.
I chose to make the switch because I'm working on eating less animal products, eating healthier and in a way that is gentler on the planet. It was one of the easiest changes I made thanks to a huge selection of non-dairy milks on the market. That, plus the fact that my uncle whom I lived with in Florida at the time only drinks Silk. He was right when he said "once you start drinking Silk, there's no going back to dairy milk".
The first couple of changes I noticed in my body after I stopped drinking dairy milk regularly is 1) my acne problem improved and 2) I felt less bloated in the morning.
So I did some research and learned that:
1) Milk contains components related to the hormone testosterone that may stimulate oil glands in the skin, setting the stage for acne or aggravating its condition. My unhealthy eating habits of fast food and junk food obviously didn't help either.
2) Dairy doesn't cause bloating for everyone, but about 70% adults have some kind of lactose intolerance, which is when the body doesn't have the necessary enzyme to break down the lactose sugar. This causes increased gassiness because that sugar is not broken down. I concluded that having cereal with dairy milk in the morning was the likely cause of my morning bloat.
Lactose intolerance can develop over time and is often a normal part of aging since our bodies produce fewer lactase enzymes as we age. It is apparently more common in people with Asian, African, Native American, or Mediterranean ancestry than it is among northern and western Europeans. Approximately 30 million American adults have some amount of lactose intolerance by age 20. So don't feel bad if you suddenly realize you can't drink like you used to! There's always a better and healthier substitute.
Silk soy milk was the first non-dairy milk I tried back in 2007 and while I didn’t fall head over heels initially, it eventually grew on my taste buds with time. To be honest, the flavor of it unsweetened isn’t my favorite, but when I mix it into other foods I don’t notice it as much. They also have sweetened varieties of course. No matter the brand you buy, look for organic, GMO-free soy milk whenever possible.
When I initially moved to Kuala Lumpur in 2010, I struggled to find any Silk or organic non-dairy milk. The only options I had were pasteurized milk, skimmed milk, sweetened soy milk or sugary 'soya bean drink'. I checked out the dry (not cold) dairy aisle and found almond milk and rice milk on the shelves but to my dismay, either the drinks went bad or just doesn't taste good... at all. Good thing I was able to get it at Cold Storage in Singapore so I used to bring a carton back to KL every time I visited. Now, you can get Silk Soymilk in Malaysia at Village Grocer, Presto, Isetan or Cold Storage.
I've since tried other non-dairy milk, and from other brands as well, such as almond milk, rice milk and oat milk. With the increasingly high demand of healthy foods, it's finally taking over big supermarkets in Singapore and Malaysia.
My favorite is Silk's Almondmilk (Unsweetened/Vanilla). However, I wished it came un a smaller size so I don't waste any! Almondmilk has a shorter shelf life than Silk organic soymilk (below) and sometimes certain stores only carry one or the other.
Silk almondmilk and Silk organic soymilk have less sugar, cholesterol and calories than skimmed milk or 2% dairy milk.
Check out the comparison taken from their website below:
Another reason to spend a few more bucks on organic: while both organic and conventional whole milk have the same amount of fat, organic has a better balance of essential fatty acids, including 62% more Omega-3s and 25% fewer omega-6s. Limiting intake of the latter can help reduce the risk of a variety of chronic conditions like cancer, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders. To learn more about the difference between Omega-3s and Omega-6s, spend some time reading this article.
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Here's a good reason to start drinking Silk: You can now order Silk soymilk online in Singapore and Malaysia! They don't carry almond milk (for now) as the shelf life is quite short, but you can get other varieties of soymilk including chocolate and vanilla.
Use the discount code below upon checkout to get 10% off Silk products and all other products listed except those already on promotion. Valid for both online stores until 30th April 2014.
Discount code: FAY
Here are some exercise tips you can try at home to shape up that body! The videos were made a while back, hence the long hair
You may choose to do either 3 sets of 6 to 8 reps for each exercise (rest between 30 to 60 seconds in between sets) OR if you looking to do a bit of cardio, try the HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) method. I use the Gymboss app on my phone to set up the interval timer.
To do the HIIT method, follow the sequence below:
Bulgarian split squats (20 or 30 secs)
Tricep dips (20 or 30 secs)
Squat sidekick (20 or 30 secs)
Plank squat (20 or 30 secs)
Plank twist (20 or 30 secs)
Single arm toe touch (20 or 30 secs)
REST (40 or 60 secs)
Do as many reps as you can for each exercise in either 20 or 30 seconds (depending on your fitness level) and move on to the next. Rest period is either 40 or 60 seconds (if you worked for 20 secs, rest for 40 secs / if you worked for 30 secs, rest for 60). Repeat the sequence for a total of 3 times.
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1) Start off with the legs and work on your balance and glutes with the Bulgarian split squat.
The two bottles you see next to chair are my homemade dumbbells! Look for a plastic bottle that comes in an hourglass shape so it's easy to hold on to. Fill it up with sand, beans or even just water and voila! You got yourself a recyclable 2-pound dumbbell.
2) For the arms and triceps, use a stable dining chair to do tricep dips:
Tricep Dips - Watch the video
3) For hips and legs, bring out the ninja in you with this squat + sidekick combo:
Squat + Sidekick Combo - Watch the video
4) Work up a sweat and engage those abs with this plank to squat move.
*Make sure your hands are directly in line with your shoulder in a plank/push-up position. Brace your core and make sure that your back is flat and your head, neck and spine are in a straight line. Avoid letting your stomach drop or allow your hips to rise up.
5) Move on to the obliques while keeping the heart rate up with this plank twist.
6) Lay down on a mat or towel and fire up those abs with single arm toe touches.
Enjoy your home workout!
When you are feeling good, you are not overly concerned with yourself. Things are just good. When you are feeling bad, you are usually overly concerned with yourself. Things are bad because you are bad. That is the kind of unconscious thought about yourself that can hurt you. That is why it is important to consciously think of yourself. If you do not think consciously about yourself, you will think unconsciously about yourself. When you think about yourself consciously, those hurtful unconscious thoughts can’t sneak up on you so easily.
As you think consciously of yourself, remember that you are not what you think you are. That is especially true if you think you are somehow awful. The opposite is also true. You are what you think you are. That is why it is important to pay attention to what you think you are, because you will convince yourself that you are that. If you consciously decide what you are, then you have a good starting point. You will know just where you stand with yourself.
As you decide what you are, you should ask yourself a few basic questions. You should ask yourself if you would like happiness for yourself. You should ask yourself if you would like happiness for others. You should ask yourself if you and others deserve happiness. If the answers to these questions are yes, yes and yes, then you know that you are something extraordinarily good and deserving. From that point forward, you can continue to think consciously about yourself and not allow yourself to believe any thoughts which suggest that you are anything less.
The difficulty with unconscious thoughts is that they are unconscious. They are hard to see. When you can’t see the thoughts you can still feel the feelings that they produce. If you are feeling good, good. You’re not thinking bad things about yourself. If you are feeling bad, watch to see what you think is wrong with you and don’t believe it. Remind yourself that you are wonderful and you deserve happiness.
"Embrace and make peace with where you are, and your journey toward something new will feel much more peaceful, rewarding, and satisfying."
It can be very hard to know ourselves; it’s easy to be distracted by the way we wish we were, or think we ought to be, or what others think we should be, until we lose sight of what is actually true. Since my trip to Vikasa last November, I've been inspired to meditate more in order to create self-awareness and reflect deeper on my thoughts.
Instead of coming up with a whole list of new year resolutions, this year I came up with a lifetime resolution. I'm focusing more attention on my mind and soul while taking care and nourishing my body for good health. I'd like to be more in touch with my deeper thoughts, emotions and relationships with others.
Why is this suddenly important to me?
For most of us life is a series of practiced steps. Daily, weekly, monthly routines…routines piggyback routines as months turn into years and our lives race by. Have you ever stopped asked yourself why?
Why do I follow these routines? What do they do for me? Are they moving me towards my higher goals? Are they moving me towards my life’s purpose? Are they helping me become the person I want to be?
To answer these questions and to re-evaluate our assumed routines, we need to increase our self-awareness. Being self-aware can help us re-prioritise our lives so that we live in accordance with what really matters to us; so that every day we are moving ourselves closer to the place and the person we want to be.
Self-awareness is more than just knowing our strengths and weaknesses. Becoming self-aware means acknowledging that there are things we do that keep us from living the life we want. That is why increasing self-aware is difficult; it means asking hard questions; it means facing ourselves fully; it means recognizing and admitting our limitations.
When we fully know and understand ourselves; when we can look at our vulnerabilities and not cringe, we will be able to make changes. We will be able to stop repeating the same mistakes. We will be able to consciously adopt new routines that do move us towards the person and the place we want to be.
Join me on this new journey of self-discovery. Let's get to know ourselves and open up to those who provide inspiration in our lives. Be happy. Appreciate this moment. Resist nothing. Love yourself and others. Be grateful for small blessings.
Make happiness your number one priority.
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So there. That's what my mind has been occupied with in the last two months since I updated this blog. I hope it gives you something to think about... Speaking of updates, let's pick it up from where we left off - from around November 2013 until now. Prepare for a long post!
Here's what you missed:
When friends saw my new haircut they asked "Why did you cut your hair?"
I asked myself why having long hair had been so important to me and I'll be honest, I realized it had something to do with some deep insecurities… 1) I’d play with my hair when I felt nervous and 2) most men tend to think women look more beautiful with long hair.
So fucking what.
Let's set this straight: It’s not about your hair, it’s not about looking good with make-up on. I wanted to feel confident the way I am and I wanted to try something new for myself. So I turned to my stylist Glenn, from Essensuals Bugis, and told him I want to brave a new haircut. I fell in love with it immediately. I wouldn't have known I'd like something different for myself had I not stepped outside the comfort zone.
Charles grew a mo' for Movember, changing his look entirely as the weeks passed. I didn't realize how different he looked until the end of the month when he finally shaved it off! I'm happy with my mo'less Charles.
December was Charlie's birthday and we celebrated with an intimate dinner with some close friends at Don Quijote.
On his birthday weekend, we checked out the treetop walk at Macritchie with our good friend, Mark. If you haven't been here before, it's definitely worth checking out! The view is amazing. It just feels good to be surrounded by nature.
We spent Christmas in Hong Kong with Charlie's family and enjoyed more outdoorsy stuff...
After a week in Hong Kong spending quality time with the family, we headed back to Singapore to re-pack our bags for a holiday in Bali. Looks like Denpasar airport just got upgraded to meet the high demand of tourists coming into town during peak season.
We stayed in Ubud for the first time to avoid the crowded areas like Kuta and Seminyak during the holiday season.
We had a lovely dinner at Il Giardino on New Years Eve, definitely check out this restaurant if you're craving Italian food in Bali! Romantic atmosphere, great service and really, really good Italian food. Weather was not on our side though, as it poured the whole night. We decided to skip Kuta after dinner since we figured traffic might be bad on the way there especially with the rain... and it was, even those in Kuta had trouble getting around as roads were blocked for NYE).
A bottle of wine was all we needed to top the night.
The next morning, we checked out and took a flight on Merpati airlines to Lombok. The flight was delayed for a while, most likely due to the bad weather, but I heard this happens a lot with Merpati. Despite the challenges, it was our first time in Lombok and definitely not the last.
Arcing away from the northwest corner of Lombok, are 3 idyllic atolls, where the sand is still powdery white, the water a clear sparkling turquoise, and the sunsets over Bali’s volcano Mt. Agung in the west simply spectacular. Described as pearls in the ocean and located just north of Lombok, the Gili Islands, which comprises the three islands of Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan, are fringed with white sands and lush palm trees.
We ventured to Gili Air, after we finally managed to charter a private boat to take us there. I feared we wouldn't get to go at first because of the bad weather but luckily... the sun came up for a while!
We were lucky that it stopped raining for a few hours that day because as soon as we got back to our villa, it started raining cats and dogs... all night.
We checked out the next day and drove to Kuta (Lombok) for lunch at restaurant in Novotel. I'd love to stay there next time, the hotel villas looked amazing... the best part is, the beach was only a few steps away.
After a lunch, we flew back to Bali on Merpati Air and stayed at a beach house in Padang Padang. The house was exactly 90 steps down the cliff, a bit of an adventure to get to but it was right by the beach. During high tide, usually at night, bigger waves would crash onto our decks.
It was straight back to work after that longholiday. Getting back into my usual training was a struggle at first but seeing people workout at UFIT, even the trainers, gave me the motivation I needed. I met the winners of #fitwithfay + #mygirls contest and gave them their free yoga mat plus 1-hour trial personal training at UFIT.
Hope you all enjoyed the PT session and make use of that pink adidas yoga mat daily!
When Stuff magazine Singapore asked if I wanted to shoot for their cover and write a review about the adidas miCoach Smart Run, I was more than happy to, especially being I'm a huge gadget nerd myself. Gotta love Stuff, it's a great magazine to refer to if you're curious about the latest tech toys in town, it might even give you some gift ideas for that special someone.
I visited KL for a cover shoot for Health & Beauty magazine and stayed for the weekend to hangout with old friends. How I've missed you guys!
Charlie and I spent the following weekend in Bangkok for a friend's wedding ( #JahKnightWedding ). I was pleasantly surprised to bump into #mygirls Thailand, Si Phitsinee there!
Alright that's all I have for now. Next, I'll share a bit about the adidas miCoach Smart Run, healthyMEtv, Boombot Rex speakers and my favorite green juice recipes. Stay tuned!
One of the things I enjoy about living in Singapore is the abundance of new restaurants and food options - from local delights to exotic cuisines, there's always something new to try. But of course, being a health nut like myself, the real challenge in discovering good food, is finding GOOD, HEALTHY FOOD.
So I heard about this Mediterranean joint that just opened a second outlet in Singapore after the success of its first one at Marina Bay Sands. Pita Pan is spreading the message of healthy, vegetarian eating, through Mediterranean inspired food. The new outlet at Marina Square opened its doors in August with new items added to the menu further increasing the array of healthy options available.
Presented in a casual bistro style, you can create your own healthy pita pockets choosing from a selection of up to 35 salads and sauces. The wholesome pita pockets can be enjoyed while on the go or at either of the 60-seater bistro, located conveniently in the city for busy executives.
As I wasn't able to come for their food tasting, Pita Pan had thoughtfully pre-packed lunch and delivered it straight to my home so I can have a taste of what they had to offer before checking out restaurant itself.
One my favorite treats is a piping hot batch of sweet potato fries. Now we've all heard that sweet potatoes are somewhat healthier than white potatoes. How much healthier? The main difference depends on the way it is cooked, of course. Nutritionally, sweet potatoes have more soluble fiber and its carbs have a lower glycemic index compared to white potatoes.
The sweet potato fries served at Pita Pan was fried so it's not exactly a healthy choice if you're trying to watch your waist. But if you're in for a treat, I'd say it was worth the calories!
A favourite at Pita Pan are the "pockets". Full pocket or half pocket, you can enjoy crispy, savory green, red or plain chickpea falafels, wrapped in your choice of freshly baked pita bread in plain, wholemeal, za’atar or sumac and topped with one or more of their signature salads and sauces.
Don't you hate it when you get takeout and the food gets all soggy? Surprisingly, the food stayed fresh and the broccoli was nice and crunchy. I was almost full by the time I finished the half whole wheat pita pocket with falafel and sweet potato fries, but the spicy red shashuka looked too good to save for later. So I took a pinch of the pita bread and dipped it in the red shashuka. It was pretty spicy, but really good!
Definitely a great place to check out if you're looking for a quick, healthy meal in the city center. It's good to have a full vegetarian meal at least once a week, don't you think?
Pita Pan @ Marina Bay Sands
L1-87, Bay Level br, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands,2 Bay Avenue, Singapore 018972
Pita Pan @ Marina Square, 6 Raffles Blvd Marina Square 02-183A
(if you're coming from City Hall MRT, exit at Marina Square and walk towards One Raffles Link. Take the escalator up two floors from the MRT to the second floor. You will find Pita Pan 2 just across the connecting bridge).
Operating Hours - Sun - Thu 11am to 11pm / Fri and Sat 11am to 12midnight
When life gets too hectic in the city center, plan an escape and go on a little island getaway. Take the time to relax your mind and heal your soul. Even if it's just for the weekend...
A couple of weeks ago, I ventured to Koh Samui for the first time and did a 3-day yoga retreat at Vikasa. Vikasa Yoga Retreat is set in a spectacular ocean cliff side environment which gives you breathtaking sea-views throughout the resort, be it from the yoga salas, the rooms, the infinity pool or the restaurant.
Although Mother Nature doesn't always follow the rules, Southeast Asia weather is somewhat predictable with two distinct seasons: wet and dry. I was aware that the 'wet season' in Koh Samui falls around mid-October to mid-December, but I wasn't going to let a little rain dampen my spirits. I couldn't spend another weekend in a concrete jungle.
Charlie and I booked our tickets on Bangkok Air and arrived in Samui on a Friday night. It started to pour just as we were leaving the airport but we had already planned to spend the night in anyway. Rainy weather makes staying in on a Friday night all the more cozy!
Much to our surprise, when we arrived in our room, we were welcomed with fresh fruits, coconut drinks and a bottle of white wine. A thoughtful complimentary gift from Vadim, who had invited us to stay at Vikasa.
The next morning at 9am, I attended the Hatha Flow yoga class conducted by Betti. The word Hatha means willful or forceful. Hatha yoga refers to a set of physical exercises (known as asanas or postures), and sequences of asanas, designed to align your posture, muscles and bones. The postures are also designed to open the many energy channels of the body so that energy can flow freely.
Hatha is also translated as "Ha" means Sun and "tha" meaning Moon. This refers to the balance of masculine and feminine aspect within all of us. Hatha Yoga is a path toward creating balance and uniting opposites. In our physical bodies we develop a balance of strength and flexibility, reflected in our minds as well, making us more calm and kind to others. Hatha yoga is a powerful tool for self-transformation, or evolution. It asks us to bring our attention to our breath, which helps us to still the fluctuations of the mind and be more present in each moment.
I had never practiced yoga outdoors and I must say, the sound of the ocean made the whole experience truly enjoyable. The Hatha Flow class helped me tremendously with stress, relaxation, anxiety and overall well-being.
After class, I headed to the Vikasa Restaurant for a hearty breakfast with a breathtaking view of Samui. The organic restaurant serve a combination of vegan-friendly, international, fusion, western, raw, Thai as well as non-vegetarian dishes.
I love oats for breakfast. Maybe it has got to do with a happy childhood memory I have of my granddad who used to make me Quaker oats when I spent weekends in his home. The wholesome oats served at restaurant had raisins and honey in it, sweet and delicious!
After breakfast, we headed back to our room to change into our swimsuits for a dip in the pool.
I couldn't help but notice the attention to detail on our room door number... Isn't that cute?
Our cozy room overlooks the ocean and the villa's infinity pool.
It rained again on Saturday afternoon. In fact, it was storming! We took the time for ourselves and talked about subjects that were difficult to deal with at the time. We opened up to each other about childhood memories and things that really affected us in our lives. When faced with pressure (be with work or personal) and stress, we tend to supress certain thoughts and emotions. This can really affect our behavior and actions in the present. Perhaps it was the yoga session that morning that really inspired me, but I felt clarity that day. I was in the moment. It was a beautiful day. Stormy seas, but calm underwater.
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I woke up the next day to blue skies and serenity. It was almost as if it never rained. I could say that day was destined to be sunny so at least I got to see the glorious sun and the beauty of Koh Samui just before we had to leave.
I tried meditation for the first time. There's a free meditation and pranayama session every morning from 8am to 8.40am. It was a perfect way to get in the right frame of mind for the 9am yoga class. The class I attended was conducted by Sergio.
Meditation isn't just about relaxing or sitting there and zoning out. It’s really concentrating on emptying your mind and stopping it from running. That’s not easy when we’re trained to constantly be multitasking. Doing nothing is harder than it seems.
When your mind is relaxed, you can take in information with less distortion. You’re connected to your emotions, but rather than being overwhelmed or randomized, it’s more like using your emotions as input. When your mind is ready, you are responsive. You are able to easily see the situation and respond with skill instead of react out of fear or anxiety. When your mind is resourceful, you are able to easily think the thoughts that serve you. Your creative mind is ready to solve problems with you instead of work against you
After the meditation class, I headed to the other yoga sala located nearer to my room,next to the swimming pool.
The Vinyasa Flow class was also conducted by Sergio. A mixture of slow, dynamic asana, specific sequences performed with short hold times, typically for 1 or 2 breathing cycles followed by a series of asanas with special breathing awareness techniques and a longer hold 5-7 breathing cycles).
This class was milder in terms of physical effort but the subtle energetic effects can be deeply felt if you're able to follow the instructions and precise breathing. The session went on for a little over an hour and by the end of it I was hungry for some breakfast!
A trip to Koh Samui wouldn't be complete without visiting the spa. The Vikasa Ocean Spa offers a range of luxurious services that will leave you feeling relaxed and refresh. They specialize in authentic Thai massage as well as Swedish and Indian massage styles. The spa is open air and constructed on a natural ocean cliff side.
It was a truly unique experience to get a massage in the open air that allows fresh breeze to flow and the sound of the waves just makes you feel at ease. We did the Swedish massage, which was relaxing but also revitalizing.
I wished we had more time for adventures in Samui, but I found comfort in knowing that I will definitely be back soon. After checking out, we caught up with Vadim and Kosta for lunch at W Hotel.
Konstantin ‘Kosta’ Miachin and his pioneering brand of yoga called Vikasa, represent the ‘evolution of yoga’. His practice and teachings have brought him to all corners of the world. Vikasa yoga center is dedicated to the study of yoga, holistic health and consciousness evolution.
The vision for Vikasa yoga was born on Koh Samui with Kosta’s realization that the deeper dimension of yoga is a spiritual journey and a conscious evolution of the individual. Seeing this as the ultimate human endeavor, he committed his life to supporting others on this path.
Thank you for inviting us to stay at Vikasa. The yoga and meditation classes were inspiring, and as mentioned in my interview for Livefitter and Shape magazine, I plan to take up a yoga teacher training course next year. Hopefully this brings me back to Vikasa. I have a good feeling it will!
If you answered, “yes” to any of these questions, then you are ready to go deeper into your practice and experience of Yoga. Vikasa is holding an online contest which offers 1-month Yoga Teacher Training in Koh Samui for the winner. Check out the website for contest details.
Does this inspire you? Support the Vikasa campaign on indiegogo!
For more beautiful photos of Vikasa, check out their blog.
Hey everyone! First and foremost, thank YOU so much for your support for #mygirls. I've received dozens of photos of the #mygirls adidas ad in the store. It's nice to know where you're buying your sporting goods
Earlier this month I visited Kuching for the opening of the first adidas flagship store at CityOne Megamall. The demand for active wear can only mean more people in Kuching are getting into a healthier, sportier lifestyle. Time to gear up!
Of course, I didn't leave without a little taste of Sarawak... I had to get me some Sarawak laksa. My friend Dan, who owns Phoenix Gym, took me to the best laksa in town... Auntie Angela's laksa.
Back in Singapore I've been eating healthy and training at UFIT, learning from the best personal fitness coaches in town. I'm now officially ready to start training clients 1-on-1 at UFIT (located on 87-88 Amoy Street, Singapore).
Here's a bit of info on the gym:
UFIT or Urban Fitness is Singapore’s leading independent fitness provider offering personal fitness coaching, nutrition, physiotherapy, sports massage and MMA services at our 4500 sq.ft facility in the financial district of Singapore. We also offer outdoor group training; UFIT Bootcamp, UFIT Run Club and UFIT Core in 8 awesome outdoor locations and more than 20 1 hour sessions a week. UFIT has a staff of more than 19 fitness professionals and is always growing.
Our motto is, “Fitter, Leaner, Stronger!”
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Are you looking to get fit and healthy but don't know where to start?
Stand a chance to win one adidas yoga mat plus a trial personal training session with me!
Follow these simple steps to enter:
1. Follow me on Instagram @fayhokulani
2. Be sure to make your account public so that I can view your photos
3. Upload a photo of you doing your favorite yoga pose. Be creative! Go outdoors. Look for an interesting background or scenery.
4. For the caption, write why being fit and healthy is important to you.
5. Tag @fayhokulani and #fitwithfay then upload!
Contest starts tomorrow, 29 November 2013 and runs for a whole week ending on 6 December 2013. During this period, I will be uploading some of my own photos which I hope will inspire you. Contest is open to anyone residing in Singapore. I will be picking 5 winners in total. Winners will come down to UFIT to redeem the yoga mat and 1-hour personal training session.
I look forward to seeing your posts! <3
In your quiet moments, what do you think about? How far you’ve come, or how far you have to go? Your strengths, or your weaknesses?
The best that might happen, or the worst that might come to be? In your quiet moments, pay attention to your thoughts. Because maybe, just maybe, the only thing that needs to shift in order for you to experience more happiness, more love, and more vitality, is your way of thinking.
You are human and mortal; we are the sum of our weak moments and our strong.
I'd like to share this motivating video, a new commercial that features some of the strong men and women of Maxinutrition - Asia.
Watch and share! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYwDt7ofk6U
Helping you achieve your body ambitions, Maxinutrition - You, Stronger.
Here are some candid photos from the shoot:
The Standard Chartered Marathon Run is happening in a few days and what better way to get your head in the game than by gearing up with some useful gadgets. Unfortunately I'm not participating in this year's event but as a frequent outdoor runner, I have some favorite running gadgets (plus some new ones on my wishlist) which you might want to get your hands on.
If you haven't participated in any marathon event in your life, maybe this could help you get started!
See the list >>
I was already seriously considering buying a juicer so that I could include more fruits and vegetables into my diet. I don’t think many people realize that we’re not eating enough natural foods as we’re so used to eating packaged or processed foods such as bread, rice and tortilla wraps (guilty-as-charged, I love burritos).
So when the opportunity came to try out the Beauty Cleanse juice detox, I was more than ready to get started.
A 3-day or 5-day cleanse will leave you feeling lighter, cleaner, and revitalized as you replace your meals with six (500ml) delicious, organic, freshly cold-pressed juices. This essentially allows your body to heal and renew itself as your digestive system takes a break from any form of overindulgence and unhealthy food choices.
So what’s so special about Beauty Cleanse? Why can’t I just buy a blender and make the juices myself at home?
The answer is the Norwalk Hydraulic Press Juice -- also known as The Best Juicer In The World! Unlike your usual home blender or juicer, the Norwalk completely extracts all the essential nutrients, vitamins, enzymes and minerals into your juices using approximately 2 tons of hydraulic pressure. It is also designed to provide oxidation free juice, which means better tasting and longer lasting juices.
Beauty Cleanse is the 1st and only juicing company in Singapore to utilize the Norwalk to produce consistently delicious, high quality juices with clear superiority in the extraction of nutrient content to heal and renew your body one juice at a time.
When you sign up for a 3-day or 5-day cleanse, your juices are prepared the night before delivery day so it stays fresh and nutrient-loaded for the next three days. For the 5-day cleanse, there will be 2 deliveries, one on the day before you start the cleanse, and another on the third day.
Gathered from earth’s richest nutrient-packed produce, their ‘living’ juices are entirely 100% Organic, Raw (Unpasteurized), Vegan & Gluten-Free.
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MY JUICE DETOX DIARY
Day 1 on Beauty Cleanse 3-Day Juice Detox
The bottled juices were delivered to my home the day before I started the 3-day juice cleanse. I chose to do it for 3-days instead of 5 because I had never done any kind of detox before and wasn’t sure of what to expect or how my body would react to it. So this shorter trial would be a good introduction.
A 3-day Beauty Cleanse care package came with 18 bottles of juices (6 per day) and a few organic supplements which included a small pack of colosan powder, spirulina, acai berry, milk thistle, green superfood, flaxseed oil and pu-erh tea. The supplements are aimed to provide further support in the cleansing process and maximize the potential benefits you will receive during and after completing the cleanse. However, you may also choose a cleanse plan with or without supplementation.
Beauty Cleanse provides daily email and phone support, so if I had any questions or doubts they’re always there to assist. It’s like having your a personal nutritionist!
Speaking of which, the Beauty Cleanse juices were carefully designed and formulated by their personal mentor and nutritionist consultant, Cherie Calbom. For more than 20 years, Cherie has been a holistic health educator, juice expert, nutritionist, whole foods chef, best-selling author, and seminar speaker. Known as "The Juice Lady" for her extensive work with juicing, she has taught thousands of people how to live the juicing and raw foods lifestyle.
The first day went by really smoothly. I was excited to try out the different flavors of all 6 juices! The best part was, I didn’t have to do groceries for the next 3 days or think about what meal to prepare next as I had all I needed!
For breakfast each morning, I had 1 tablespoon of Green Superfood mixed with only the second half of my first juice of the day, 1 capsule of acai berry, 1 milk thistle/liver support supplement, 2 capsules of flaxseed oil and 2 tablets of spirulina.
I took the colosan powder on the 2nd day.
Benefits of the supplements
- Colosan will softly oxidise and cleanse your intestines and colon utilising the power oxygen to clear the putrefaction accumulating in your intestines and colon.
- Colosan provides ongoing protection from toxins and encourages nutrient absorption, allowing you to get more out of the food you eat.
- When taken with lemon juice or other acidic juice, that oxygen is released inside the digestive tract, producing powerful de-toxifying effects.
- It cleanses the bowel, and may have beneficial anti-fungal or anti-candida, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties.
- The goal of colon cleansing is to clear the small intestines and colon of impacted material and improve their functions of assimilation, absorption and elimination.
Green Superfood (Organic)
- Beauty Cleanse recommends organic green superfood from Genesis Today GenEssentials™ Greens.
- This product is made with careful selection of quality, organic, and Freeze-dried land and sea vegetables combined with a synergistic blend of herbs, superfruits, enzymes, and probiotics. It has been formulated to help support digestion, detoxification and daily nutrition.
- Genesis Today's GenEssentials™ Greens™ delivers the phytonutrients of 3-5 servings of dark green leafy vegetables in every serving.
Acai Berry (Organic)
- Acai berries contain the highest known source of antioxidants for increasing metabolism, fatty acids Omega 3,6 & 9, along with loads of essential vitamins and minerals.
- They are also high in fiber low in glycaemic index (GI), meaning that they help keep your blood sugar on an even keel, enabling you to stay energized and focused for longer while controlling appetite and allowing you to achieve weight loss.
- Beauty Cleanse source their acai berry capsules from RioLife Singapore.
Milk thistle (liver support)
- Provide the ultimate combination of herbals, amino acids & food-based nutrients to support liver health & detoxification.
- It is uniquely formulated to support normal liver function and exert a protective effect against substances harmful to the liver.
- Promote bile production, secretion and release
- Help recycle, extend and replenish the power of glutathione – a super antioxidant essential to liver health
- Nutritionally support healthy fat metabolism in the liver
- Beauty Cleanse source this supplement from Nature's Way Super Thisilyn
Essential Fatty Acids/ Flax Seed Oil (Organic)
- Formulated to contain Omega 3, 6 & 9 fatty acids necessary for increased metabolic rate to burn more calories, oxidation rate, energy levels, weight loss, strengthened immune system, improved brain function, eliminate water retention and clearer skin.
- Spirulina promotes digestive and bowel functions, suppressing bad bacteria like e-coli while stimulating beneficial flora.
- The richness of natural chlorophyll contained helps to clean and detoxify our blood, internal organs, and bowels by aiding the body in processing more oxygen, reducing toxin build-up in the process.
- It strongly promotes optimal blood pressure and the growth and repair of human tissue.
- It is also the richest natural source of beta-carotene, with a full spectrum of ten mixed carotenoids that are powerful antioxidants with anti-cancer and anti-aging compounds, protecting the cells from free radical damage and enhancing the functions of the immune system.
- Beauty Cleanse sources their spirulina tablets from AlphaHealth Singapore.
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Now that we know exactly what each supplement is good for, let’s start the cleanse!
After drinking a glass of warm lemon water upon waking up, I had my first juice with the supplements.
10.00AM: 1st Juice (Purple blend – Apple, beetroot, celery, ginger, red cabbage)
Thoughts: I picked this one to drink first because the color was the most appealing. I finished half the juice and mixed the other half with 1 flat tablespoon of green superfood. This gave me the energy I needed to start the day.
12.00PM: 2nd Juice (Light green blend – Apple, cucumber, celery, kale, ginger)
Thoughts: This blend was quite light and nutritious. 3 types of excellent vegetables – cucumber, celery and kale in one juice mixed with apple and ginger. GREEN, TASTY and oh-so-GOOD FOR YOU!
1.00PM: Get active! 30 minute light exercise - Speed interval cardio training
Promote the detoxification process with some light exercise such as yoga, swimming, jogging or even massages or spa treatments. Make sure to drink plenty of water especially if you’re going to sweat it out!
Begin by spending 5 minutes jogging, walking, or biking. Then, you'll stretch. Each stretch should be done for two sets of 30 seconds before moving on to the next one. It is not enough for you to sit in a stretching position and pretend to exert yourself. You have to actually reach, pull, and move with purpose. Prepare your muscles for the work they're about to perform.
After you've gone through the all of the stretches, move to your choice of cardio. Cardio can be done on the treadmill, stairmill, bike, or even outside. It's up to you. But, no matter which machine you choose for cardio, it's your job to do the work and keep your heart rate up. You'll do 5 sets of the circuit. The circuit consists of 2 minutes of jogging and 1 minute of running.
Your final task for the day is to cool down and stretch. When you put your body through a huge amount of stress, you need to help it heal. Jog, bike, or walk for 5 minutes and then repeat the warm-up stretching series to end the workout while slowing your heart rate back down. Make sure to get enough rest to complete your body’s recovery!
Back to the juice cleanse...
2.00PM: 3rd Juice (Orange blend – Carrots, cucumber, pineapple)
Thoughts: What a sweet and refreshing mix!
3PM: Had a cup of hot green tea.
5.30PM: 4th Juice (Spicy lemonade – Cayenne pepper, honey, lemon)
Thoughts: If you like spicy soups or if you were craving something hot, then the spicy lemonade should help to curb the craving. The cayenne pepper was a little spicy but definitely quite an interesting mix with the honey and lemon!
7.30PM: 5th Juice (Dark green blend – Kale, romaine, celery, cucumber, mint.)
Thoughts: So this is pretty much purely a vegetable juice. If you don’t like eating your greens you might find this a bit hard to drink. Take your time and sip through a straw.
10.00PM: : 6th Juice (Cashew nut milk -- Cashew nuts, cinnamon, honey)
Thoughts: The cashew nut milk is my favorite drink out of all the blends. It’s a perfect drink to have before bed. I was surprised I wasn’t feeling super tired or lethargic as I had expected on this juice cleanse. My tummy felt settled and ready to fast until the next morning.
Take small sips of the juice instead of finishing the whole bottle at one go. I set an alarm on my phone for every 2 hours to make sure I drink the next juice on time. When I’m not sipping on juice, I’m drinking warm lemon water or tea.
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Day 2 on Beauty Cleanse 3-Day Juice Detox
I did the colon cleanse on Day 2 as I was able to spend the whole day at home. It would probably be a good idea to do this on a weekend when you’re at home or off work because the colon cleanse causes a laxative effect, so you gotta make sure the bathroom is always accessible!
I had to use the bathroom a number of times within the first 2 to 3 hours after taking the colon cleanse but it wasn’t as “bad” as I had expected. Maybe it helps that I drink lemon water everyday! Lemons are a natural diuretic and helps to naturally cleanse your body.
I changed the order of the juices I drank throughout the day, except for the cashew nut milk (meant to be consumed only before bed). There’s a cheat sheet with a list of things you’re allowed to eat only if you really, really have to.
Although I wasn’t very hungry, my stomach felt quite empty after the colon cleanse and I couldn’t resist a few celery sticks! I also enjoyed a fresh coconut juice in the evening.
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Day 3 on Beauty Cleanse 3-Day Juice Detox
I was feeling a little moody and less energetic than usual on Day 3. It didn’t help when I realized that time of the month was coming up too. I listened to some soothing music and did yoga followed by meditation to help relax the mind and body.
I continued to drink lemon water throughout the day and tried the organic Pu-Erh tea in the afternoon. Unique and intriguing, pu-erh is a post-fermented tea which comes from the Yunnan province in China. It is known to aid digestion, weight loss, reduce cholesterol, remove toxins from the body, as well as providing anti-inflammatory effects. A cup of warm tea never ceases to make me feel at ease.
Although my teeth was eager to chomp on some food, I resisted with a handful of almonds instead.
The day was over before I knew it and I finally drank the last bottle of cashew nut milk. Mission accomplished!
I’ve never felt more energized, hydrated, and cleansed. I was so proud of my waistline, the stubborn flab just below the belly-button was diminished. No fatty carbs and drinking a ton of water must’ve helped to flushed out all the toxins. This probably has a lot to do with the glow I saw on my face and skin on the third day.
One of the biggest benefits I found from completing my cleanse was that it motivated me to stay on a healthy path for weeks afterward. Mentally, I was so rejuvenated by the 3 days I spent cleansing that the last thing I wanted to do was throw it all away.
It’s important that you don’t dive straight into packaged or cooked foods after the cleanse! I noticed major side effects such as stomacha pain or mild discomfort whenever I ate something unhealthy like pizza or potato wedges (oops!).
The rule of thumb is that you should have raw foods for the first few days after your cleanse. This will provide your body with vital minerals, vitamins, enzymes, nutrients and more while preparing your digestion system for dealing with cooked food again.
A juice cleanse is a great way to purify and prepare your body if you’re planning to kickstart a new workout program and begin a healthier lifestyle. Have you ever tried a juice cleanse? If you have, what was your experience? If not, is it something you would be willing to try?