Coffee is Life

May 31, 2017 at 10:47 PM | Posted in Food and Dining, Health | Leave a comment
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I have been going to a cardiologist in the past couple of months due to my consistent high blood pressure. The doctor advised me to avoid caffeine since it’s one of the causes of my blood pressure going up. But as an avid coffee drinker, I just can’t give up coffee for life. So I told the doctor that I drink coffee every day. That’s what perks me up in the morning when I wake up. That’s what also keeps me going throughout the day. She then advised me to reduce my coffee intake. And that’s fine by me – for now.

Actually, even before I went to the doctor, I have reduced my coffee intake. No particular reason, except perhaps because in recent months I have been too busy with work that I can survive a day with just two cups of coffee.  But there were times in the past months that I would be too busy that I couldn’t even finish my cup of coffee because I was always on the go. Sounds crazy, right? By the time I’d return for my coffee, it had gone cold.

I’m recently diagnosed as hypertensive. So the doctor’s advise is really workable for me at this time. I’m also taking medicines to control my blood pressure so at least I’m still looking after my health.

YOLO

April 30, 2017 at 11:58 PM | Posted in Health, Musings | Leave a comment

You only live once. Life is short. Seize the day.

I have heard of these lines many times before but they take on a different meaning for me these days. Just this week, I found out that my uncle has been recently diagnosed with lung cancer. I was completely surprised by this because I never thought it would happen to him even though he’s a heavy smoker. I mean, I’m not really sure how many cigarettes he smokes in a day but I know that he smokes several times a day.

I’m not really close to my uncle given that he went to Bahrain to work when I was just a child. I was already in college when he came back in the country for a short visit. Since then, he’s been coming home every two years. When he’s in the country for a visit, he would often hang around and go out with my male cousin. But since my cousin got married and got busy with his family, I became my uncle’s companion most of the time. He came to visit me when I was in Dubai for a few weeks in 2015. We had fun touring Dubai together. Since that trip, I somehow reconnected with him. He’s unlike my other uncles. He’s open-minded and he can level with anyone he speaks with.

And now that he’s sick, I feel very sad. He was diagnosed about two months ago but no one told me and my sister. My aunt – who first found out – assumed that we knew. I keep in touch with my uncle through email when he’s in Bahrain. I emailed him just last month but I never got a reply. Little did know that he was already sick.

I could just imagine what he must have felt like when he found out about his cancer. My aunts told me that he’s been crying ever since he found out and he’s depressed. He’s scheduled for an operation next week and I don’t know what will happen to him after that. I only know that he’s going to come home for good soon.

This sad news just makes me realize how important one’s health is, and how important it is to live a healthy lifestyle. Thank God I don’t smoke. I never tried smoking in my whole life and I have no plans in doing it. But in the past few months, my health also took a considerable turn. I’m always stressed out and exhausted because of work. I’m sleep-deprived and could not eat properly. My blood pressure is way up most of the time and I’m in and out of the clinic because of it. My uncle’s situation is definitely a wake up call. As the saying goes, “You only live once,” which means I have to take care of myself and start putting myself first above all.

I really hope my uncle will fight it off and get better eventually. He’s still young and I hope he lives longer.

Zen

January 28, 2017 at 9:26 PM | Posted in Health, Lifestyle, Musings | Leave a comment

In this day and age, people have become accustomed to multitasking. This especially holds true in the corporate world where there is a misconception that it is better to multitask to be more efficient at work. I myself have become a victim of this unhealthy practice. I was a workaholic before and I got used to multitasking because in a fast-paced corporate world, that’s what was expected from everyone.

But over time, I came to experience the side effects of overworking and multitasking. I suffered from creative burnout and my brain wasn’t as sharp anymore as it used to be. My energy levels dropped and I felt mentally exhausted most of the time. I even tried taking vitamins to keep my energy levels up. But it wasn’t as effective as I had hoped.

It’s been years since I had a long relaxing vacation. I’ve been missing out on so many things. And last year, my life was so toxic that I had to cleanse my mind from all the negativity and bad vibes. One day I gave myself a break. I went to the park and allowed myself to relax and enjoy my surroundings. But I know I need more than that.

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Lately, I’m thinking of starting to live a balanced lifestyle. I plan to give more time for myself and enjoy life. I always believe in living in the moment and taking time to appreciate the simple things in life and be one with nature. But certain obligations and limitations prevented me from doing just that.

This year, I am hoping that I will have time for that, and that it will be the start of a long-term balanced lifestyle.

Hoops and Turns

November 17, 2010 at 11:22 AM | Posted in Health, Lifestyle | 2 Comments
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Losing weight has been a sort of preoccupation of mine these days. Not that I’m exactly chubby. I’m just a few pounds overweight. But still, I need to lose those extra pounds. It’s a good thing that my housemate, Janice asked me to go night jogging again. We started night jogging last May at the Ayala Triangle Gardens with another housemate of ours but we managed to do it for a couple of nights only because of the weather and other stuff. Every time we plan to go jogging, it would either rain at night – our usual time – or they would be unavailable.

So months have passed and by the end of October, Janice suggested that we should do it again. I readily agreed. But our other housemate, Aileen wasn’t too keen to go night jogging again. She wasn’t that committed anymore on losing weight as we do. So it’s just Janice and I now. At first we only did running for a few nights. Then I suggested that we go hula hooping too. I bought a hula hoop last summer to go with our losing weight and getting fit plan. But we never got to use it. I’ve read articles before that hula hooping is a fun way to get fit and lose weight.

So that’s what we’re doing now. For several nights, we take turns running and hula hooping around the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati. We didn’t know how to hula hoop at first but after a few nights, we were already having an easy time and enjoying ourselves. We also started eating more healthy food now and hopefully we get to see positive results soon.

It’s in the Genes

September 5, 2007 at 9:54 AM | Posted in Health, Science | Leave a comment

So there is now a scientific explanation as to why some people I know don’t get fat no matter how much they eat.

Based on the reports of this new scientific discovery, I guess it’s safe to say that my adipose gene is functioning poorly. I used to be so skinny when I was a child and even throughout high school and college. But when I started working, I’ve put on a lot of weight and even came to a point that I became overweight. Dieting became so hard for me. It is only in recent years that I have gone back to my normal weight (well, nearly anyway). This new discovery sounds promising but I know that it will take years before scientists develop an effective treatment for obesity and regulating body weight.

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