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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Hormone Beater

I used to suffer from irregular menses.  Amazingly though, now that I'm almost at the end of the 4th decade of my life, I seem to have regulated it myself thanks to diet.  So if you're like me who's been told it's the dam hormone that's causing your acne, weight gain, hair loss, etc, etc, here's help for ya:

There's a link for the leptin too so don't miss it.  

Anyway, personally what I am doing now drink Carica's Herbal berry which is rich in co-enzyme q10.  I also am currently going back to swimming.  I have yet to retrain myself to sleep early.  But then maybe not.  It's when most people are asleep that I'm able to work.  And my body clock's changed anyway so I guess it isn't that bad...

Saturday, June 01, 2013

Who Wants the Big C? - Cancer Prevention

Always, always I get this urge to spread things I learn about cancer.  But always, I find them to be the same stuff I preach about - a balanced natural diet, daily exercise, and ample rest.  So now I find this article from naturalnews.com about the same thing but sharing it with you anyway: (note: the red text are my comments)

"(NaturalNews) The statement "everything causes cancer" has become a popular hyperbole, and one that some people use as rhetorical fodder to excuse their own dietary and lifestyle failures, particularly as they pertain to cancer risk. But the truth of the matter is that many common food items have, indeed, been scientifically shown to increase cancer risk, and some of them substantially. Here are 10 of the most unhealthy, cancer-causing foods that you should never eat again:

1) Genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). It goes without saying that GMOs have no legitimate place in any cancer-free diet, especially now that both GMOs and the chemicals used to grow them have been shown to cause rapid tumor growth. But GMOs are everywhere, including in most food derivatives made from conventional corn, soybeans, and canola. However, you can avoid them by sticking with certified organic, certified non-GMO verified, and locally-grown foods that are produced naturally without biotechnology (http://www.naturalnews.com). 

2) Processed meats. Most processed meat products, including lunch meats, bacon, sausage, and hot dogs, contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer. Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose only uncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources (http://www.organicconsumers.org/foodsafety/processedmeat050305.cfm). - use meat from organically grown or grass fed animals.  

3) Microwave popcorn. They might be convenient, but those bags of microwave popcorn are lined with chemicals that are linked to causing not only infertility but also liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancers. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognizes the perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) in microwave popcorn bag linings as "likely" carcinogenic, and several independent studies have linked the chemical to causing tumors. Similarly, the diacetyl chemical used in the popcorn itself is linked to causing both lung damage and cancer (http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA400701/Microwave-Popcorn-Threat.html).

4) Soda pop. Like processed meats, soda pop has been shown to cause cancer as well. Loaded with sugar, food chemicals, and colorings, soda pop acidifies the body and literally feeds cancer cells. Common soda pop chemicals like caramel color and its derivative 4-methylimidazole (4-MI) have also specifically been linked to causing cancer (http://www.naturalnews.com/031383_caramel_coloring_cola.html).

5) 'Diet' foods, beverages. Even worse than conventional sugar-sweetened soda pop, though, is "diet" soda pop and various other diet beverages and foods. A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame, one of the most common artificial sweeteners, causes a range of illnesses including birth defects and cancer. Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin and various other artificial sweeteners have also been linked to causing cancer (http://www.dailymail.co.uk).

6) Refined 'white' flours. Refined flour is a common ingredient in processed foods, but its excess carbohydrate content is a serious cause for concern. A study published in the journal Cancer Epidemiology, Mile Markers, and Prevention found that regular consumption of refined carbohydrates was linked to a 220 percent increase in breast cancer among women. High-glycemic foods in general have also been shown to rapidly raise blood sugar levels in the body, which directly feeds cancer cell growth and spread (http://www.naturalnews.com/001812_cancer_prevention.html). - I use brown, unpolished organic rice.  

7) Refined sugars. The same goes for refined sugars, which tend to rapidly spike insulin levels and feed the growth of cancer cells. Fructose-rich sweeteners like high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) are particularly offensive, as cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize them in order to proliferate. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sodas, juices, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days (http://www.naturalnews.com/038071_cancer_sugar_sweets.html). - better to use muscovado or even molasses.  the other options are to use stevia, coconut sugar and honey.  

8) Conventional apples, grapes, and other 'dirty' fruits. Many people think they are eating healthy when they buy apples, grapes, or strawberries from the store. But unless these fruits are organic or verified to be pesticide-free, they could be a major cancer risk. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found that up to 98 percent of all conventional produce, and particularly the type found on its "dirty" fruits list, is contaminated with cancer-causing pesticides (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/list/).

9) Farmed salmon. Farmed salmon is another high-risk cancer food, according to Dr. David Carpenter, Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany. According to his assessment, farmed salmon not only lacks vitamin D, but it is often contaminated with carcinogenic chemicals, PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls), flame retardants, pesticides, and antibiotics (http://www.albany.edu/ihe/salmonstudy/pressrelease.html).

10) Hydrogenated oils. They are commonly used to preserve processed foods and keep them shelf-stable. But hydrogenated oils alter the structure and flexibility of cell membranes throughout the body, which can lead to a host of debilitating diseases such as cancer. Some manufacturers are phasing out the use of hydrogenated oils and replacing them with palm oil and other safer alternatives, but trans fats are still widely used in processed foods (http://www.naturalnews.com/010095_hydrogenated_oils_unhealthy.html).

Thus, by avoiding the above,  adding kefir, malunggay, wheat grass, exercising regularly and getting  6 to 8 hours rest we help our body overcome any illness.  You see our body is perfectly made by the Creator. The cells are able to repair, rebuild and regenerate. It is when we abuse or not use it that makes it ill.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

List of Philippine Cellular Phone Prefixes (Area Code)

If you're like me who always wonders which company a particular cellphone number belongs to, then here's help for you - a list that you can copy to an excel spread sheet or MS Word or any other similar application. The thing is this.  You can use it as it is but if you find you want to access it by company or something else, then you can just sort it. Simply copy to Excel, select all, then sort by column.  If by number, choose column A.  If by company, choose column B.  It's that easy.    I have added it to my Lumia cell so I can access it anytime without going online.  Hope this helps.

0813Smart
0817Globe
0905Globe or Touch Mobile
0906Globe or Touch Mobile
0907Smart or Talk N Text
0908Smart or Talk N Text
0909Smart or Talk N Text
0910Smart or Talk N Text
0912Smart or Talk n Text
0915Globe or Touch Mobile
0916Globe or Touch Mobile
0917Globe
09178Globe postpaid
0918Smart
0919Smart or Talk n Text
0920Smart, Talk N Text, Addict Mobile
0921Smart or Talk N Text
0922Sun Cellular
0923Sun Cellular
0925Sun Cellular
0926Globe or Touch Mobile
0927Globe or Touch Mobile
0928Smart or Talk N Text
0929Smart or Talk N Text
0930Smart, Talk N Text, Red Mobile
0932Sun Cellular
0933Sun Cellular
0934Sun Cellular
0935Globe or Touch Mobile
0936Globe or Touch Mobile
0937Globe or Touch Mobile
0938Smart, Talk N Text, Red Mobile
0939Smart, Talk N Text, Red Mobile
0942Sun Cellular
0943Sun Cellular
0946Talk N Text
0947Smart
0948Smart or Talk N Text
0949Smart or Talk N Text
0973Extelcom
0974Extelcom
0977Next Mobile
0979Next Mobile
0989Smart or Talk N Text
0994Globe
0996Globe or Touch Mobile
0997Globe or Touch Mobile
0998Smart
0999Smart 

Oh by the way, I have copied this list en toto from Txtbuff news .  Thanks to them.  It's great!

Jane

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Apple Cider Elixir

I'm so into raw food and natural medicine.  It's just that I have come to make pharmaceutical preparations a last option because I know what it does to my body.  One of my home remedy is that of apple cider vinegar, honey and garlic.  However, it is so tedious to do that when I'm in a hurry I more often than not skip this whole thing.  Here's a better way to prepare it and have it for a month.


Apple Cider Elixir
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 cup raw honey
8 cloves garlic
Mix all  on low speed (the lowest that you can use). Keep in a glass or non-toxic plastic container . Seal and leave in the refrigerator for five days. Normal dosage is a tbsp. in a glass of water or fruit juice, grape or orange juice three times daily. Always keep your solution away from sunlight.  It can be kept in the refrigerator for about a month.  After that, discard and make another batch.  
I would like to try it with my slow juicer.  I and my family attest to its efficacy and we drink it at the onset of a cold or flu.  It would be good to have it everyday though.  
Oh, the apple cider vinegar has to be raw.  One such is Bragg but I couldn't find it in the grocery lately.  So, I'm going to make my own instead.  Would love to try making some with my water kefir.  Currently, we use the other brands.  Any suggestions?  

Monday, December 31, 2012

Photography Practice

I need to write about something here so I thought of showing you how I am progressing with my photography hobby.  These pics I took from our family road trip to the north.  I hope you like them.  

Not quite sunset yet.  I know I know I need to make the horizon straight.  hahahaha

fast shutter speed


slow shutter speed but same subject

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Our Sunday lunch: Tuna Panga and Ensaladang Labanos




Beginning today, I'll attempt to write about some of the food I serve on special days.  This will include sundays when I prepare something nice for the family.

Today I thought of serving something special.  I had bought two packs of Tuna Panga (jaw) from Hypermarket last week and since I want to have nice food every weekend when Ikee is home, I thought of cooking those for lunch.  However, I still needed to serve it with something really healthy.  Instead of the usual labanos ensalada (radish salad) but with yakon and sugar beets to make it really nutritious. To some thinly sliced radish, I added some fresh coriander leaves, julienned green pears and yakon.  To make the dressing I blended sugar beets, apple cider vinegar, water kefir, a bit of sugar, freshly ground pepper and sesame oil.  tossed the dressing into the mixed salad.  For dessert, we had kefir ice cream with mango toppings.  Here are some pics.  So what did you have today?



Note:  if you're in the Philippines, you can buy kefir ice cream from Yoggie's Yogurt Station.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Pasig Shutterbugs Celebrates Its 2nd Year and We're Celebrating!

ATTENTION PHOTOGRAPHERS AND PHOTO ENTHUSIASTS!!!

The Pasig Shutterbugs is celebrating its 2nd Anniversary.  Everyone is invited to join us during the celebration.  It will be held at the *Tanghalang Pasigueno, on May 20 from 2 to 6 pm.  There will be  Model Shoot, Swap meet, Inter-Photo Club Eyeball, Games and other fun activities! Admission is for FREE! Potluck is welcome.  


So come on, pack your camera and celebrate with us. 

Note : If you want to sell/trade your used or new photography related items, please PM any of the Administrators at the Pasig Shutterbugs Facebook account.




*Tanghalang Pasigueno is located at the Pasig City hall complex.



Sunday, April 08, 2012

God Friday Dish


I always find it a challenge every Good Friday to serve something that does not have any pork, beef or chicken in it.  In the Philippines, For most Catholics,  Good Friday is a no-meat day.  I'm not Catholic but my husband and daughter are.  Thus, I need to prepare food that they may eat on that day.

This year, (2012), I prepared Fish and Chips the usual way with the addition of breaded okra and tzatziki sauce.   My Fish fillet recipe  was made from Cream Dory, along with some sliced okra which I had dipped in the same batter as the fish.  The chips were just fresh potatoes that I julienned and fried to a golden brown.  The tzatziki sauce is the same sauce that is sold on www.yogurtstation.blogspot.com, prepared with fresh greek yogurt, cucumber, garlic, mayonnaise and some dill.

At night we had some fresh vegetarian lumpia with a twist.  I did the usual lumpia but instead of putting peanuts, I used garlic flavored cashew and had made some fresh egg wrappers.  They really tasted good mind you.

So, what did you have?

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Debut Preparations



It's just a few months till my daughter's debut.  How time flies and I feel ambivalent.  Just the same, the feeling should be put aside first because there are things to be done for her party which we had wanted years ago.  Of course my husband is not as excited as we are or if he is he's doing a good job at keeping his excitement hidden. 

We are currently working on a budget which my husband and I had determined.  So far, we started with the theme and the motiff of the party.  It will be a masquerade.  Since Ikee likes the Phantom of the Opera which film we had watched several times already, we agreed to have that for her theme but will allow  a mixture of Parisian and Venetian designs.  Her motiff will be, of course, black, white and red which are the colors of the Phantom. 

Next off, we drew up the guest list - most of them relatives.  Some of Ikee's friends are invited of course.  We've been fortunate that some of her friends from the university she goes to will attend.  However, we promised to provide them with overnight accommodations with a warning though that it wouldn't be first class as that would be expensive. 

I wrote the program already but that will remain a secret for now.  Suffice it to say that I want it to be a unique and memorable party. We have also so far chosen a suitable venue for the occasion - the Intramuros in the City of Manila.   Along with the venue, we've started to scout for a caterer, lights and sound provider and photo and video service.



The more exciting part for me is that I have started to think of the decor and invitations.  We do want a beautiful party but we don't want to spend too much either.  This is why I'm doing some of the things that I can do.  I will make the invitation cards myself which will be a scroll with a tassel to hold it in place.  So far, I have bought pre-decorated masks that I will use to add to each table centerpiece just to set the mood.  I have also bought 3 blank full masks to decorate the stairway with.  I've opted to do this instead of buying 1 big mask.  The big ones cost thrice as much as the three small masks do. 

In summary, here's the list of what has been done so far:

*  Determined budget
*  Theme and motiff
*  Guest List
*  Program
*  Reserved Venue
*  Canvassed caterer, photovideo and lights & sound providers

*  Started with decor (masks)
*  Prototype of invitation card

Any other suggestions?  I shall update you a on the progress we make each time. 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Chilli Cheese Fries - Carl's Comfort Food


What do you do with leftover food?

 I had some mechado and some beef from my beef taco in the refrigerator.  Obviously, I didn't want to eat any more of those but I didn't want to throw them away ("there are millions in the world who go hungry" as my mom would always say).  So, as my friend Carl had mentioned, I turned them into Chili Cheese Fries. I combined the two dishes, chopped the big chunk of beef from the mechado, added some chopped tomatoes, cumin, and bell peppers.  Then I simmered the dish until all the fresh ingredients became tender.  Anyway, here's how:



Ingredients:

Chili Beef
Potatoes
Salt and pepper
1 tsp Vegetable oil
Cheese Sauce

Procedure:

Julienne some potatoes by cutting them into 1/2 inch thick strips. sprinkle some salt and pepper and add the oil.  Toss the potatoes.  Take a baking sheet or baking pan and line with a wax paper.  lay the potatoes on this sheet in a single layer and bake at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Turn over and bake for another 10 minutes or until potatoes are cooked. 

Pile the potatoes on a heat proof plate and top with Chili beef and Cheese Sauce (or plain quickmelt cheese) and bake for another 5 mins.

Turned out to be sooo good.  Thanks Carl.

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