What I Ate and Asia Health Summit 2015

Asia Health Summit

What an exciting week it’s been!

I’m late with my “What I Ate” post because I’ve been preparing for my presentation at the 2015 Asia Health Summit, an Asia CEO Forum event, at which I was honored to be a speaker for the 2nd year in a row.  Presented by Healthway Medical, this all-day conference features physicians, health insurers, corporate wellness specialists, the Philippines Olympic Athletic Trainer, and other prominent health professionals.

Asia Health Summit

During the panel discussion…

And me.  How cool is that?

Morning coffee & quiet time...

Morning coffee & quiet time…

The theme of this year’s conference was: “Next Generation Preventive Health,” and I addressed it in my presentation by pointing out 5 steps we can take to move towards better health through better nutrition.  Wanna hear?

Breakfast: smoothie with spinach, cucumber, mint, frozen pineapple & almond milk

Breakfast: smoothie with spinach, cucumber, mint, frozen pineapple & almond milk

Step 1. Ditch the Sugar: refined white sugar comes in just about every processed food product you can imagine, from the obvious soda, to yogurt and ketchup and instant oatmeal and bread.  …

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Why I Stopped Weighing Myself

I haven’t weighed myself for 42 days.

This means I’ve missed about 150-200 weigh-ins.  Friends, you think I’m kidding, but I’m not.

I’m a board-certified, Master’s-degree holding nutrition professional.  I’ve spent 7 years in full-time nutrition education and I could spell out for you the metabolic pathways of protein synthesis and lipogenesis (but I like you, so I won’t.)  But all this head knowledge does not spare my heart and mind from the pressures that living in this world of social media and perfectionism and yes, even the pressures that being a nutrition and fitness professional bring.  It can make the mind crazy and obsessed with the number on the scale. Gotta keep up the look, man!

I think I’m not alone in this……

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It’s Not (always) About Food…

Colorado Wildflower

This post is not about food… or fitness… for once.

The reason this post is not about food or fitness is because health is not always about food or fitness.  But since my blog generally uses clean-eating recipes and workout tips to point you in that direction, I could easily give you the idea that I believe if we just “eat right and exercise,” we can always achieve ultimate health.  Because that’s what we see in the media, right??…

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What I Bring Back

Colorado Wildflower

I was looking over my blog posts of the past 8 weeks, and I was startled by how its colour scheme shifted abruptly from yellows & greens when I was in Manila, to blues and reds since I’ve been in the U.S.  The difference between mangoes and berries, I guess!

Get ready for the shift back to yellow (I’ll get you started with this gorgeous Colorado wildflower,) because my summer vacation is nearly over and I’m heading home to Manila at the end of next week, taking with me a heart full of memories, and a suitcase full of healthy food….

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On Jet Lag

Gorgeous spring peonies are still in bloom in Colorado!

Gorgeous spring peonies are still in bloom in Colorado!

I just experienced the longest Thursday of my life.

I woke up at 4am in Manila, ready for a 19 hour trip to the US- the shortest, best connections ever!!  We were scheduled for a 2:20pm arrival in Denver, perfect for getting over jet lag quickly.  But what actually happened was that our plane turned around 3 hours outside Tokyo due to a “medical emergency.”  I put “medical emergency” in quotes because the reality was …

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