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Vegetarian & Vegan facts

It seems like vegetarianism and veganism are more and more on everybody’s mind and that the movement is starting to get a real voice around the world. Some cultures more than others know very well what a plant-based diet is, India for example. Veganism is both the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, […]

Sweet Potatoes – Why should I eat that?

Launching a new series of blogs for 2016 on the importance of introducing certain foods in your diet, coming up is: SWEET POTATOES. DEFINITION AND TYPES: Sweet potato skin colors come in various shades of creamy white, yellow-orange, tan, reddish-purple and red. Sweet potato flesh colors come in shades of orange, yellow-orange, white, purple and red. These are the most common:    […]

Kimchi – Why should I eat that?

Launching a new series of blogs for 2016 on the importance of introducing certain foods in your diet, coming up is: KIMCHI. DEFINITION AND TYPES: Kimchi, also spelled kimchee or gimchi, is a traditional fermented Korean side dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. In traditional preparation, kimchi was stored underground in jars to keep cool during the summer months and unfrozen […]

1st Saigon Body Transformation Challenge by La Holista and Nicky’s Zumba® Fitness Clubs

Ready to transform your physique? Tired of not having the body you want? Why not enter a body transformation challenge? Check out all the details right now. WHAT DOES THE 4 –WEEK PROGRAM INCLUDE? 1) Personalized daily calories need calculation (value of 500,000 vnd) 2) Initial 30 minutes healthy eating seminar (value of 250,000 vnd) 3) […]

The top 5 alkaline foods

  The typical modern diet is, unfortunately, starting to consist primarily of toxic and acid-forming foods like processed sugars, artificial sweeteners, refined grains, conventionally produced meats and dairy, and hidden genetically modified organisms.   Our body is build to keep a neutral Ph in order to function at its best and avoid the developing of chronic, degenerative […]

5 steps to read nutrition labels

Understanding nutrition labels are one of the most important aspect of being healthy; although regulated by FDA (I have a lot to say about how this association operates and how they look out for corporates’ interests instead of people’s), companies use loopholes to make their products LOOK lighter in calories and chemicals. Being able to understand the real meaning behind nutrition labels […]

Eat your water!

Drinking water is not the only way to keep hydrated; eating it account for almost 20% of its consumption. That’s why I wanted to share this incredibly useful list of high water content fruits and vegetables that can really make a difference in health and recovery levels. And don’t forget, melons do not mix easily […]

Fermentation, yuck or yay!?

It took me quite some time to figure out what fermentation was, leaving something to rotten is actually good for you? That doesn’t make sense… When every food expert on the planet is bragging about the healthiest foods being the freshest, raw, uncooked, unprocessed food, fermentation seemed quite the opposite to me but hey, gotta […]

Free from harm

Recently I crossed path with this brilliant video ‘Man’ from Steve Cutts on one of those silly videos channels and it has definitely made quite an impression on me; I have been thinking about it day in and day out. So, I go back to google it again and right after the youtube links, I find […]

Free, almost free or very cheap

When the monthly budget is limited, the first things that cut down on are healthy food and exercize so I decided to start a listing of all the activities and food that are free or very affordardable in Shanghai. I will constrantly update the list after every time I try something out; ENJOY! Sport and […]

Don’t throw the papaya seeds

So on my way back home today I realized I didn’t have any fruit for my healing green smoothie in the morning so I stopped by the new fruit store in front of my place and the lovely lady (she gives me discounts now), told me she just got splendid papayas in. So I say: […]

Give me my cinnamon!

Inflammation is the body’s response to something that’s irritating or something harmful. Inflammation can be felt, therefore taken care of right away or silent, which can last for years inside our bodies without we even notice it. This is the worst kind of inflammation. Certain foods, called anti-inflammatory foods, have the capability to reduce said […]

NO NO NO NO NO to GMOs!

GMOs, or “genetically modified organisms”, are plants or animals created through the gene splicing techniques of biotechnology (also called genetic engineering, or GE). This experimental technology merges DNA from different species, creating unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacterial and viral genes that cannot occur in nature or in traditional crossbreeding. There is much confusion on […]

Know your plastics…and go glass!

Few days ago I stumbled across this great picture about plastics and thought it shall be shared with you all: Check your plastics too and if you find the number 3 in the triangle, well you can trow it away immediately! As indicated, this type of plastic is one of the main cause of hormonal […]

Banana Junkie

Gosh I love bananas! I love them so much that I could easily eat 3 or 4 at once! Every day! At every meal! No kidding, but still, they are such a versatile fruit! Oatmeal, creamy smoothie, pre-run, post-workout, baked in winter and frozen for ice-cream in summer; you can use them in so many […]

Pre-Workout Meal

One of the questions I get asked the most is ‘What should I eat before exercising’? So here it is, guys. In order to work your way trough a workout, yoga class, spinning class or run, you need fuel. Period. And food is your fuel. So before your exercise, you should make sure to get […]

Additional 5 swaps for a better life

6. Vegetable / sunflower oil for Coconut oil, flaxseed oil, avocado oil, or olive oil 7. Soda / diet soda for water with fresh lemon / lime / rosemary / mint 8. Caffeinated coffee or tea for herbal tea like chamomile, liquorice root and chai 9. Couscous for quinoa 10. Processed bread for gluten-free bread

Benefits of quitting smoking

Quitting smoking is one of the amazing things I achieved in 2012; few days ago I celebrated the 6 months ‘anniversary’. It’s seems so easy now, but that September 6th I was pretty scared i would fail. To remind myself I am better off cigarettes, I still do some researches and here it is a […]

Detox your biggest organ

WHAT? Body brushing is one of the most economical and efficient ways to bring out the best of your skin, it is good for everyone, including those with sensitive skin. Dry brushing: – pushes the body’s ability to eliminate toxins through the lympathac system (detox); this elimination process helps break down fatty pockets, responsible for […]

To music or not to music

Music is the soundtrack of our lives; what we listen to affects how we interpret our experiences and create different moods. Recently I have been enjoying listening to some music while having my daily Ashtanga Yoga practice; I play everything from Tibetian bells, Sitar and relaxing music to Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Dave Stringer. […]

A little project for 2013

I’ve found this note on January 2nd and, from that moment, I have been thinking about it daily. It is a brilliant idea and I have always wanted to share it with my dears cause I know it will bring them happiness; so today, after realizing that a good old friend is struggling with self-esteem […]