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, 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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

It is a matter of lifestyle

I’ve been always thinking that exercise would outwork my horrible lifestyle, that my 3 to 4 gym and yoga sessions a week (still pretty exceptional for a Shanghainese) were all I needed to keep my body healthy and young. It was until I finally managed to quit smoking and realized that I am not that […]

Aloe Vera – How to

I know that I am a practical person, I notice it myself but lately I’ve been told even more! So, as for the majority of the things I do, even my plants need to have an use. I’m usually terrible at taking care of plants but my aloe plant is really easy, it can be […]

Sugar attack!

Mood swings, weight gain and obesity, high cholesterol, insulin sensitivity, diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, yeast infection, immune system depression, mineral unbalance, hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, crankiness, kidney damage, tooth decay, acidic stomach, aging process speed up, wrinkles, grey hair, osteoporosis, allergies, free radical formation, eczema, atherosclerosis, liver size and fat increase, fluid retention, hormonal […]

Stretch those legs

First of all, apologies for the absence of posts these past weeks; it’s pretty damn hard when your internet connection depends on a free wireless called 888 that works approximately 12 minutes a day… Anyway, now I am all set and can start posting health tips for you again! Tomorrow is December 2nd, which for […]

Did you know that cardio is cumulative?

Yes, cardiovascular exercise is cumulative; this means that you could do a short session in the morning and another at night and have the same benefits of a long session in the afternoon. We all know the health benefits of cardio exercise: it strengthens your heart and lungs, helps you get rid of excess calories […]

One minute meditation

It seems that the most difficult part of meditation is finding the time to perform it; so today I would like to share with you a very simple but effective meditation technique: the one minute meditation. This technique is better performed in the same place and at the same time each day; but if that’s […]


10 reasons why everyone should take a Vipassana meditation course _________________________________________________________________________________________   Free from harm _________________________________________________________________________________________   The responsibility of media and advertisement in health crisis _________________________________________________________________________________________    To music or not to music _________________________________________________________________________________________   A little project for 2013 _________________________________________________________________________________________   Lessons I’ve learnt in my last 5 years _________________________________________________________________________________________   One minute […]

The best Asana

Have you ever wondered what’s the best Yoga pose? Well, it really depends on what you are aiming for; stretching your back? Strengthening your arms? Gaining focus and concentrations? All very good points, but if I had to pick one over all the other asanas, I would follow the indications of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, the oldest surviving […]