My Quarantine Workout Routine (with links!)

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Lately, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about what workouts I do at home, since I have been posting a lot of workout time-lapses in my IG stories @mikeefederizo (the crowd-favorites are the ones with my dogs).

Today, I thought I’d make a quick blog post, sharing all my workout routines as well as links to everything so that you can also do the same!

 

Light Workouts

Chloe Ting (YouTube)

CT is the first one I discovered in youtube. She creates fun, quick, and easy to follow workouts, each targetted whether it’s for cardio, arms or abs. Here are my favorite workouts from her that I did pretty much every day, especially during the first two weeks of the lockdown.

For cardio workout:

For body part-specific workouts:

 

Madfit (YouTube)

Madfit cardio workouts are for sure the most fun! She creates these one-song workouts that offers quick cardio, but still are quite difficult to do. Here are some of my favorites from her:

For cardio workouts:

For body part-specific workouts:

 

Yoga by Adriene

Once or twice a week, I like to do yoga to rest and reset my body. Adriene’s voice is really relaxing and her yoga workouts are great for beginners! Check out my favorites below:

Intense Workouts

Now, time to challenge ourselves!

After I got back into my rhythm of working out again and my body felt so much stronger,  that’s when I started looking into more intense workouts.

 

Insanity by Shaun T

I’ve actually done this workout before back when I was college and up to this day, this is still the toughest workout for me. I remember having the CD back then, but now I discovered that they’re offering this workout (and many more) at https://www.beachbodyondemand.com for a small subscription fee. The good news though is that they are offering 14-day free trial so you can try the workouts for free! Before deciding to sign up, you can watch a bit of a sneak peek here:

If you are ready for a next-level workout, go and sign up! I assure you you’ll find a workout program you would enjoy. As for me, I really signed up because of Insanity. If you would like to try it too, here are my favorite ones:

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Barre Blend

If Insanity is too much for you (which, honestly, it was also too much for me to do everyday), here’s another fun workout I discovered in https://www.beachbodyondemand.com 

Barre Blend is a low-intensity but high-impact workout that uses ballet + pilates + cardio for a full body workout. If you are looking into trying it, here’s a short trailer:

Good news also, they actually posted the first sample workout in Youtube. I 100% recommend you to try it!!

Workout Schedule

If you are serious about working out, a schedule is a must. Make sure to write it in your calendar so you can look forward to it!

Here I created 2 workout schedules you can follow (based on what I’ve done this past 6 weeks)

Beginners workout:
  • Monday – 1 yoga workout + 2 body part-focused CT workouts
  • Tuesday – 2 cardio Madfit workouts + 1 body part-focused CT workout
  • Wednesday – 1 cardio CT workout + 1 body part-focused CT workout
  • Thursday – REST DAY
  • Friday – 2 cardio Madfit workouts + 2 body part-focused CT workout
  • Saturday – 1 yoga workout
  • Sunday – REST DAY
Next-level workout:
  • Monday – 1 yoga workout + 1 Barre Blend workout
  • Tuesday – 1 Insanity workout + 1 body part-focused CT workouts
  • Wednesday – 1 cardio CT workout + 3 body part-focused CT workout
  • Thursday – REST DAY
  • Friday – 1 yoga workout + 1 Barre Blend workout
  • Saturday – 3 cardio Madfit workouts (fun!)
  • Sunday – Optional REST DAY or 2 body part-focused CT workouts

 

 

Why Detoxing is Important | 5 Tips How to Detox

Organicaholic by Mikee Federizo

I understand that a lot of people may be skeptical of what ~detoxing~ is and if it works. Some even hate the word because it sounds like a superficial fad. However, I beg to disagree — detox is not superficial and is definitely not a fad because it’s one of the most important things we can do FOR our bodies. 

 

What is Detox?

de·tox (noun)
/ˈdētäks/
a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.

When we eat, we want to only absorb what’s nutritious for our bodies like the protein, good fat, fiber, vitamins and minerals that our food gives. Basically, whatever is not part of that list, we want to get rid of it.

The problem is, our gut health can be dependent on how efficiently we support our body’s natural detox process. This means — whatever goes in, not necessarily goes out. We tend to store unnecessary and unhealthy substances like sugar or bad fat (cholesterol) that our body doesn’t want, because our gut health isn’t in check.

The Gut

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I can’t talk about detox without talking about the gut. I have read countless books on beauty and health and they all say the same thing:

“Everything — not just beauty but basic health — begins and ends with the gut.”

In a sense, we are like a worm. When we eat or drink, we send them in a route of a long tube (which is by the way, around 30 feet long) that knows how to ingest, process and get rid of the waste. So in a process of about 72 hours, the good stuff should have been properly absorbed by our system and the bad stuff should have been excreted — in other words, pooped out.

In the GOOP Clean Beauty book by Gwyneth Paltrow’s company, I learned that our gut is like our second brain. It processes food, absorbs it, eliminates toxins, hosts 70% of our immune system, holds a nervous system larger than the one inside our brains, and it can even regulate our mood. It’s smart, because it knows what’s good and what’s bad and it helps us push the bad out of our system.

Now that we know what our gut is and how important it is, we might have the question: so how do I take care of my gut??

That’s where detoxing comes in. There are so many benefits of detoxing I can name, but here are my favorites:

    • gut health in check – healthy digestion!
    • less bloating – flat stomach, need I say more?
    • more energy – you know how you feel sluggish when you feel bloated and you don’t want to do anything?
    • clearer skin – who knew our gut is actually connected to acne and dark circles?
    • boosts mood – 95% of serotonin is in the gut so; happy gut, happy everything

 

My 5 Tips on How to Detox 

1. Eliminate!! 

I’m not sure how to expound on this further but if I haven’t convinced you enough yet that pooping is actually SO GOOD for your gut health, then I have failed. Kidding aside, make sure to eliminate daily!! This is especially great first thing in the morning, while you haven’t eaten anything yet. If you’re having a hard time doing this, I recommend drinking hot water with lemon, or if coffee does this for you, then go ahead.

 

2. Drink a ton of water 

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It’s actually amazing how brands like Hydroflask and Klean Kanteen has made drinking water ~cool~ through their marketing, but to be honest drinking water was cool even before all these fancy tumblers.

Water is essential for flushing the liver and kidneys, our primary detox organs. The human body can thrive without food for up to 30 days, but it will die without water. There are so many scary things that dehydration does to our body (I don’t even wanna get into it), so make sure to DRINK UP ON YOUR H2O!

The recommended amount by health experts are usually 2 liters or half a gallon, but one tip I found from google:

“In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day.” For example, if you weigh 150 pounds, that would be 75 to 150 ounces of water a day.

 

3. Sweat as much as you can, daily

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Let’s sweat out our toxic plastics!

The best way to sweat is of course — working out. Personally, I don’t exercise to lose weight, but more so because I makes me feel good. I love the mental clarity, the energy and the ~detox~ I’m getting from sweating. During this quarantine, I’ve actually found a lot of different workouts that I enjoy doing I listed them in previous blogpost 6 Healthy Habits You Can Start Doing Today.

Another fun way to sweat is by using the sauna or steam room. Ever wondered why it feels so good after you step out of the sauna? It’s because you’ve sweated out toxins and bad stuff from your body, and you leave feeling refreshed and clean.

Lastly, and probably my favorite way to sweat, is doing hot yoga. When I do this, not only am I feeling super zen, I’m also hyper-focused and not thinking about anything else (because the room is so hot, I need to focus more on getting my poses right). I especially love the yoga studios that use infrared instead of just heaters, because infrared can penetrate the skin up to 3 inches. That’s big for burning fat!

 

4. Feed good bacteria 

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Good bacteria can come from prebiotics and probiotics. A good balance is needed for optimal gut health, so we should aim to be eating both.

Prebiotics are dietary fibers that acts as fertilizer for the good bacteria in the gut. We can get it from eating leafy greens and fruits like bananas, apples, watermelon.

Probiotics, on the other hand, are live bacteria that can be found in yogurts and fermented foods like kimchi and kombucha. (Yakult, too!)

Of course, apart from taking in food with these two wonderful P’s, make sure that you have a clean diet in general. I’m not talking about a strict diet like no meat, or no dairy. I’m talking about, making the right decisions with our food. We already know what’s good (fresh fruits and veg, fresh meat) and what’s bad (chips, fast food, instant food), so that choice is ultimately ours.

Remember, the cleaner we eat, the healthier our gut, the better we feel and look.

 

5. Get a detox massage 

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Finally, my last tip — get a detox massage! We offer this one at LineaOrganica Experience. The main focus of this massage is your lymphatic draining system. It is massage in a way that it wakes it up, so that it can function properly. You will actually need to pee a lot after this massage, which is great because immediately you are eliminating toxins out of your body. An added bonus is, you can actually lose a lot of water weight just from 1 session. Imagine what amazing benefits you will get if you religiously do it!


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6 Healthy Habits You Can Start Doing Today

First off, congratulations to us for passing the 1-week mark of staying home! Fortunately (or unfortunately), we have 3 more weeks to go. Though this is a challenging time for all of us, we have a choice whether to just sit at home and do nothing or, we can turn it around by making use of all the free time we have on our hands and doing something productive.

I’m sure we all choose the latter — so here are some tips I have on Healthy Habits we can incorporate in our lives starting TODAY!

1. Develop your own morning routine

I believe what we do in our mornings sets up the tone for the rest of our day. That being said, developing a good morning routine is beneficial not just on setting a productive tone to your day, but also gives you something to look forward to when you wake up.

Each morning routine is personal and different for all depending on your priorities, and how much time you have. I’d like to share mine to give you an idea how to develop yours:

For my normal days (before this community quarantine and when I had work by 7:30am), my perfect morning routine would look something like this:

  • Wake up around 4:30 or earlier
  • Brush my teeth
  • Pray
  • Put on workout clothes
  • Walk to the gym
  • Spend around an hour working out
  • Make breakfast when I get home — typically oatmeal or a smoothie
  • Shower and get ready for work
  • Drive to work
  • As soon as I get to work, I make a coffee
  • Start my day reading the news and writing my to do list

In contrast to my morning routine now, here´s how it looks like:

  • Wake up (anytime between 8 to 10am) and make my bed
  • Brush my teeth
  • Pray
  • Go down to the kitchen, make a coffee
  • Go to the patio, read my Bible
  • Finally, make my breakfast

Now that I listed my typical morning routine vs my morning routine now, I actually am so thankful for all the time I have on my hands to have a slower paced morning. 🙂

2. Start everyday with a prayer and reading the Bible

This one is pretty self-explanatory but it should be the thing that should remain constant, however your morning routine looks like. Before doing anything else, make sure to spend some time with God.

I also suggest to read the Bible, because it´s how God communicates with us. You will learn so many practical things and God can even give you a direction via his words in the Bible. If you haven´t read your Bible before, I suggest starting with Matthew, Mark, Luke and John where you can learn about God´s life here on Earth.

3. Make a plan

If you want your day to be as productive as it can be, you´ve got to have a plan. I suggest spending time in the morning to write down all the things you want to accomplish during the day, and you can even go to the extent of planning your whole week and month.

You may use a notebook (bullet journaling is really nice) or if you’re a digital freak like me, you can download apps to help your productivity. Here are some of my favorites:

  • Google Calendar – free calendar app. You can make several calendars: personal, one to share with your team, one to share with your family, etc
  • Todoist or Any.Do – free daily to-do apps
  • Moleskine Journey – paid productivity app. It has integration with google calendar, daily to dos and habits you want to track.

4. Incorporate a workout or any physical activity

Now that we have so much time on our hands, we shouldn´t have an excuse not to workout. This time especially. that there is a virus going around, we should exercise and make sure to boost our immune system.

Any physical activity like walking around the park, or lifting weights is enough, as long as you SWEAT! But if you want a more intense workout, then here are some of the workout apps I love:

Free Apps:

  • Nike Run – a great app if you want to train in running, whether you´re a beginner or an athlete
  • Anytime Fitness Workouts – a free app whether you are a member or not
  • YouTube – there are thousands of free workout videos in YouTube, whether you want HIIT workouts, targetted workouts (for arms, abs, legs, etc), or even Yoga and Pilates sessions

Paid Apps:

  • Sweat – a community workout app with several programs you can choose from
  • Freeletics – a peronal traning app with different daily workouts

5. Dedicate at least an hour to learning

Never stop learning” is one of my personal mottos. Learning doesn’t stop in school — we can learn everyday if we find a way how. My personal favorite way is having a coffee with a mentor, but since I can’t do that daily, I choose any of the following:

  • Reading books
  • Listening to podcast
  • Signing up for online courses

For books, please refer to my previous blogpost, My Top 4 Favorite Books

Here are other books I love:

Also, PSA! Scribt (a reading app) is offering 1 month free 😊 Simply download the app and sign up.

Podcasts I love:

  • How I Built This – different entrepreneurs talk about how they built their businesses (Instagram, Airbnb, Steve Maddens and many more)
  • Unfiltered Faith
  • I love you so much podcast
  • Mood with Lauren Elizabeth

Online Courses:

  • iTunes University (free courses from Harvard, Stanford, etc)
  • Skillshare (free for 1 month)
  • Masterclass (paid)

6. Put down your phone

This is so easy yet so difficult to do since “our whole life is on our phones”. Well, one of the ways I manage to decrease my phone use is by uninstalling work and social media apps. I installed those on my iPad instead, which I don’t have all the time, so that means I’m not working or on social media all the time.

Another tip is that I don’t charge it during the night, so that I have to charge it during the day — meaning I have no choice but to leave it.


I hope these tips are helpful! I wish us all to be productive and come out of this quarantine healthier and more refreshed. ☺️

Have a great day!

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My Top 4 Favorite Books I Highly Urge You to Read (on Life, Leadership, Marketing)

Reading not only keeps you away from distrations and negative noises around, it also exercises one of the most beautiful parts of our body — our BRAIN. And what better way to exercise our brain than learning from the greatest minds of the past, present and future.

Perhaps its true that those who like to read also like to write, and those who like to write like to share.

With that, I present to you my top 4 favorite books that I highly highly urge you to read:

1. Bible

If there is one book I recommend you to read (over and over again), it’s the Bible. It is the only book that is complete with ALL the lessons you will ever need in life, may it be about faith, leadership, making decisions and many more.

I have this very old Bible I had since I was 12 or 13. It still has all the highlights and notes I made and it’s so nice to look back at it and read how I understood it at that time. Now, I have switched to reading a digital Bible (I think I started when I was 20), and to tell you, everytime you re-read, you learn something new. It’s amazing how a single passage can speak differently to you each time you read it. Having a digital Bible is also better in my opinion because I have it with me everywhere I go, and that includes all the notes and bookmarks that I have. Anytime I’m feeling down or nervous or anxious, I just pull up my notes and read all the passages I have saved that gives me comfort. 🙂

For those looking into downloading a bible app, I suggest the following apps:

  • NIV Bible by Tecarta – my main bible app that I use since you can sign in and save all your notes and highlights
  • Refresh by Tecarta – great for daily devotions, with focused topics and scriptures
  • She Reads Truth – lovely interface and easy to read

All are available in the App Store or Google Play.

2. How Google Works by Eric Schmidt and Jonathan Rosenberg

If you are my family or friend, you have probably heard me rave about this book at one point. It truly is one of my favorite reads because this book gives me so many insights on how to manage and lead people. Among all the companies, Google, in my opinion, has one of the best tactics in employee culture.

In this book, Eric (Google ex-CEO) and Jonathan (former SVP of Products) takes us inside Google and you will discover topics such as:

  • HR strategies and how to attract the best talents
  • How to interview
  • Establishing a company culture
  • Why each leader should only have a maximum team of 7
  • How a programmer can be the next company’s CEO
  • and many more!

I’d like to thank my aunt, Tita Cit for recommending this book to me years ago. I have both hardcopy, kindle version and audible version of this book (obsessed??). I even buy copies of this book for my friends and family, and if we’re truly truly close, I’ll even let you borrow my copy that has all my notes and highlights!

If you’re interested, WHICH YOU SHOULD BE BY NOW, you can buy the kindle version here:

https://www.amazon.com/How-Google-Works-Eric-Schmidt/dp/1455582328

3. The 1-Page Marketing Plan by Allen Dib

If you’re working with me, you are probably well-aware of this book. They say the best way to learn is to teach and I have definitely given many workshops on the lessons I learned.

Marketing is my true passion in life (I am a marketing graduate and will practice marketing forever). If any of you reading are the same, then I highly suggest you to read this book. Allen Dib teaches about the 9 key essentials you need in your marketing plan:

  • Selecting your target market
  • Craftung your key message
  • Reaching prospects
  • Capturing leads
  • Nurturing keads
  • Sales conversion
  • Delivering world-class experience
  • Increasing customer lifetime value
  • Orchestrating referrals

I can’t tell you how many highlights and notes I have on this book that I will keep going back to, probably until I am old and still launching a new product. Here’s an except of some of my notes:

Trivia: After I read this book, I immediately emailed the author, Allen, and you can imagine my surprise– he responded! Now, we are official pen-pals, writing back and forth questions and tips on marketing.

You can purchase this book here:

https://www.amazon.com/1-Page-Marketing-Plan-Customers-Money-ebook/dp/B01B35M3SM/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Allen+dib&qid=1584590440&s=books&sr=1-1

4. Manage Your Day-To-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus & Sharpen Your Creative Mind (Multiple Authors)

This is a book I find very interestesting, since each chapter is written by a different author. From Seth Godin, Gretchen Rubin (author of Happiness Project, another awesome book I recommend) to Tony Schwartz, each author gives us a bit of their brain.

The book is basically divided into the 3 main categories in the title, with interesting sub topics such as:

  • Scheduling Time for Creative Thinking
  • Learning to Create Amidst Chaos
  • Using Social Media Mindfully
  • Reclaming our Self-Respect
  • Training Your Mind to Be Ready for Insight
  • Letting Go of Perfectionism
  • Getting Unstuck
  • …and many more!

What’s also great about this book is that it’s such an easy read — each chapter is only composed of 5 or so pages of deep insight. If you are a creative, I especially urge you to read this one.

Buy this book here:

https://www.amazon.com/Manage-Your-Day-Day-Creative-ebook/dp/B00B77UE4W/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=Managing+your+day-to-day&qid=1584590688&s=books&sr=1-1


If you’ve read any of these books before or if I urged you to read any of them, please let me know in my DMs or comment below! ☺️

A personal reflection on the current pandemic (and why we ought not to worry)

Alternative title: Relax 🙂

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A busy New York pedestrian (Source: Daily Mail UK)

Disclaimer: Long post ahead

It’s been a while since I wrote my last blog post (as usual, I got busy with work) but now I am currently at home, really with nothing to do and I thought, well now I have no reason not to write a blog post.

Everyday, I read the news and it gets worse and worse. I remember about a month ago, when the Philippines wasn’t in panic yet and the rest of the world are starting to like China, Korea, Japan, etc and I thought to myself, why are we so relaxed? Of course it’s because we have that mentality “wala pa naman eh” (“it’s not here yet anyway”). Well now it’s here, and perhaps we can take a moment to reflect. Continue reading “A personal reflection on the current pandemic (and why we ought not to worry)”

18 Things I Learned In 2018 ✨

2018 was the year of the highest highs and the lowest lows. It felt like it was the year that gave me the best things in life that I’m most thankful for, but at the same time, it threw me punches I thought I couldn’t ever handle before. But, I’ve learned the most valuable lesson —  to always see the glass half full. We always have a choice with our perspective. Today, I’d like to share how I turned my quote and quote most challenging year to a year full of lessons and personal growth.

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Disclaimer: This is going to be my first and most personal blog post yet.

2018 was the year of the highest highs and the lowest lows. It felt like it was the year that gave me the best things in life that I’m most thankful for, but at the same time, it threw me punches I thought I couldn’t ever handle before. But, I’ve learned the most valuable lesson —  to always see the glass half full. We always have a choice with our perspective. Today, I’d like to share how I turned my quote and quote most challenging year to a year full of lessons and personal growth.

18 Things I Learned in 2018

  1. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. People come into our lives for a reason and for a lesson. Whether the person was there for 2 years or 2 seconds, be thankful for the people we have met. Continue reading “18 Things I Learned In 2018 ✨”

Eye of Horus BIO Makeup Launch

Last November 18, 2017, I was invited to attend the Eye of Horus Bio Range launch, hosted by GlamourboxPH. It was an intimate VIP event held at Bondi & Bourke, Makati wherein we got to meet the owners of Eye of Horus and get to know their products.

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With Lia, Glamourbox owner and Heather, Eye of Horus owner

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Holly and Heather, owners of Eye of Horus

Eye of Horus is an Australian beauty brand that took its inspiration from the Egyptians’ eye makeup. They focus on creating cosmetics that have high-quality natural ingredients, without sacrificing the performance. I truly appreciate this because as a certified organicaholic, I have found it really difficult to find organic/ natural make up that works great. I used to have very limited options but now that I’m discovering new brands like Eye of Horus, I can expand my make up collection again! 🙂  Continue reading “Eye of Horus BIO Makeup Launch”

Six Tips on How to Start Going Organic

Recently someone left me a question on my contact page saying, “I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I want to go Organic, but how to start?!” and to answer that — First, THANK YOU so much for reading. Second, I’m so kilig that someone wants to go organic. And third, you inspired me to write a whole post about it!

Recently someone left me a question on my contact page saying, “I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I want to go Organic, but how to start?!” and to answer that — First, THANK YOU so much for reading. Second, I’m so kilig that someone wants to go organic. And third, you inspired me to write a whole post about it!

Question: I want to go Organic.. but how to start?!

Here are my tips:

1. Have a Purpose

As when starting anything, we must first ask the question, WHY? Why do you want to do it? One main reason why people go organic is because they want to be healthier–and eliminating toxic chemicals in your body will definitely help in achieving your health goals. Another reason is maybe because they are sick, and they need to detox themselves. For others, it may also be that they want to help save the environment.

There are so many possible reasons why you may want to go organic, but just make sure that you are not doing it to follow a “trend”, because I don’t believe that it’s a fad. Do it with a purpose.  Continue reading “Six Tips on How to Start Going Organic”

Paris

I have been really enjoying writing about organic 101 and product reviews, but I’d also like to start sharing more personal content, like my photography. I’m definitely a newbie but it’s been really fun playing around with my cameras (both photo and video) so I thought I would share some of my favorite stills here in my blog–starting with the beautiful PARIS. 

First, I’d like to start by saying thank you to those people reading my blog! I only started blogging (literally just for 1 month) but I’ve been getting quite positive feedback and that makes me so inspired to continue blogging and creating more content.

Second, I have been really enjoying writing about organic 101 and product reviews, but I’d also like to start sharing more personal content, like my photography. I’m definitely a newbie but it’s been really fun playing around with my cameras (both photo and video) so I thought I would share some of my favorite stills here in my blog–starting with the beautiful PARIS. 

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The city – taken from the rooftop of Arc de Triomphe

Continue reading “Paris”

Why I Went Organic

I realized I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now, but I haven’t fully shared with you guys why I went organic. This is going to be a little bit of a more personal post but I hope you like it!

I realized I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now, but I haven’t fully shared with you guys why I went organic. This is going to be a little bit of a more personal post but I hope you like it!

My Journey To Going Organic

If I recall correctly, I think I started being mindful of what I eat when I was in late high school, going into college. I remember visiting my cousin Esy in the U.S., who’s a vegetarian (and still is), and one time, we went running together in the park. Man was I surprised because she was so much stronger and faster than me (considering I was already very active that time, going to the gym and playing a lot of sports). That’s when I gave it some thought, maybe it’s with what she was eating. I thought I would give it a try, maybe there would be some changes in my energy and I could do better on my fitness. However,  since I couldn’t drop all meat, I first went pescatarian.

pes·ca·tar·i·an

peskəˈterēən/ noun
a person who does not eat meat but does eat fish.

It was very easy for me. In fact, I think I sustained being a pescatarian for 2 years or more, and I didn’t miss meat at all. Except when… the whole YOLO movement got popular and I thought to myself, hey why am I restricting myself from eating meat? YOLO (You only live once)! …and you know already what happened. This is such a petty reason, I know. But it’s the truth so I wanted to still share it :p

Fast forward to 2015, when I lived in Taiwan. As I mentioned in my previous post, I had a flatmate named Alison who was vegan and she influenced me a lot. No, she wasn’t imposing that I should go vegan, but her lifestyle herself made me curious to actually start researching about it. She recommended a book called Skinny B* and after putting the book down, I was hungry for more information.  I then came across a documentary on Netflix called Cowspiracy and after watching it, I was a changed person. Literally. I became full on health-conscious and started researching about veganism and its impact on the environment. Then I went vegan. Again, it was so easy! I didn’t miss meat at all. Especially in Taiwan, when there are so many vegetarian options available. It was a total switch of mindset and lifestyle. I became mindful of my impact on the environment as well as the people around me. I felt like I was doing something good and it made me feel great.

veg·an

vēɡən/ noun
a person who does not eat or use animal products

veg·e·tar·i·an

vejəˈterēən/ noun
a person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious, or health reasons.

However, when I returned home to the Philippines, things became different.  I realized that there were not a lot of options for me, especially with the busy lifestyle that I had. There were times that I would just choose not to eat, because a) there were no options available and b) I was too busy to go out of my way and actually find or make something to eat. It was not healthy for me anymore. At this point, I was already introduced to the concept of organic food and beauty, and as I did more and more research, I discovered that there is a whole world of chemicals out there. And it’s present in everything I put in and on my body.

That’s when it hit me. THERE IS NO PERFECT DIET. It’s not possible. I put so much thought into what I eat but the truth is, there’s too much process happening before the food reaches my table that I can’t keep up with it anymore. I then dropped being vegan and went back to eating everything, but this time, I focused on being mindful of where my food comes from. This is when I started going organic.

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or·gan·ic

ôrˈɡanik/

(of food or farming methods) produced or involving production without the use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, or other artificial agents | synonyms: pesticide-free, additive-free, natural | “organic vegetables”

Out of all the “diets” I tried, I believe that going organic is the healthiest for me. I know that there’s no such thing as a perfect diet. Again, what’s important with organic food is that they are made WITHOUT the use of harmful chemicals, pesticides, additives. You can read more about organic on my previous post, What does organic really mean?. There’s a whole lot of benefits of going organic but I’ll reserve that for another post 🙂

All I can say is… it’s definitely a process. I didn’t just wake up one day and went organic. What’s important is that I’m now at a point in my life (and at an early point, at that) where I am aware and I am thriving. I want to live a long healthy life. Going organic and eliminating toxic chemicals is what I feel is best for me. I’m not gonna stop trying, searching and learning.

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