Love yourself…

Everyone knows that we ought to be good to each other. But all of us also knows that not everybody practices that. Everything that I will say on this post has already been said many many times before, but I feel the need to say it again. I feel like someone somewhere needs to hear this message again. So here it is.

Be good to everybody. That includes yourself. Forgive those who violated you, so you can also forgive yourself. Forgive them not for their sake, but for your sake. Forgive them for your own healing. It’s okay. You are okay. Everything will turn out just fine.

Nowadays, I see a lot of mean people. The younger generations are surprisingly disrespectful. I see a lot of selfishness and greed. I often ask myself how come they don’t appreciate what they have? Where did this feeling of entitlement came from? How did it started in the first place?

Every time I see someone being mean to somebody, I automatically feel bad for the aggressor, not the victim. What kind of hatred does this person have for him or her to behave that way towards the other person? I feel bad for that person. You see, being mean to somebody is a manifestation of your own inequity. It tells me that you are unhappy. It shows lack of love and peace in your life. It tells me that deep inside you, you don’t like yourself.

Someone may say I’m wrong. It’s okay. I have been wrong many times. But if someone is to really analyze their life and the reasoning behind their behavior, they will find that what I said is true. Your actions say a lot about you. And like what I have said, this have been said many times before. I am just merely repeating it.

Truth hurts. It is only when you accept it that you start to heal. When you start to heal, the pain goes away. And you will have peace within yourself. And then it’s the start of a new beginning. The beginning of a new you.

So, love yourself. Have a good intention. Having a good intention is very very healthy. It takes away stress. When you don’t have stress, your health starts to turn around. Your outlook in life changes in a positive way. You will feel better. Your life will be better.

Ask yourself on a daily basis, who can I help today? It could be anybody. It could even be yourself. And it doesn’t have to be a grandiose act. It’s actually the simplest things. Every single small act of kindness makes a huge difference and we just don’t realize that. Just imagine what will happen when you accumulate a lot of small simple good deeds. It’s going to be great.

If you are feeling down because life sometimes can be challenging sometimes, it’s okay. If you need to cry, cry it out loud. Don’t stop it. Let the tears flow freely. I strongly believe that when you cry, you are releasing the emotional toxins in your body. So, go ahead and free yourself of those emotional toxins. It’s going to be okay. But here’s the key, do not dwell on it. Once you release it, that’s it. Don’t ever dwell on that emotion. Release it all so you can move on. Forgive and continue to love no matter what.

Love yourself. If you do, it will show. Then you will attract love.

Be kind and giving. Giving is so much more rewarding than receiving. When you give without the intention of receiving anything in return, that is when it feels good. You will feel great. It’s actually addicting. You might say you don’t have much to give. It’s okay. Giving doesn’t always have to be a material things. It could be a simple act of extending your help to a coworker, a friend, or even a stranger.

It is okay to receive as well. But receive with gratitude and appreciation. Not with selfishness or with feeling of entitlement. That’s all for now.

 

Much love,

Karen

 

 

Sleep, sleep, sleep…

IMG_20141110_170600928I don’t know about everybody, but I love to sleep. I love sleeping, especially if I can get enough of it. Sleep to me is very important. To me, it’s my luxury, nutrient, medicine, wealth, etc. It saddens me that I don’t get enough of it sometimes. But whenever I do, I treasure it.

Nowadays, we live in a world where we don’t shut down. We have stores that are open 24/7. We have jobs that sometimes require us to stay awake more than 16 hours a day. Most people only sleeps about 4 to 6 hours, and still be able to function at work. I used to think that’s okay. I used to be that way. I used to be proud of myself for being able to function at work with only 4 hours of sleep. I felt invincible.  And I did it almost everyday. I thought to myself, well that’s how life is here in the United States.

My sleeping habit even got worse especially when I started attending online health summits. There were times when I only get 3 hours of sleep. Everything that I was learning, I started practicing. I stressed about if I don’t practice what I learned. I won’t feel good. I was stressed all the time. Its true that my health did improve tremendously. But something was still missing. Even though I was eating healthy, taking vitamins and supplements, having positive thoughts, I still felt that something was off. Until it came up during the summit. It said that everything I do for health is useless if I don’t get enough sleep.

Hah! Who would have thunk it? That was it. It only made sense. When you sleep, that’s when your body turns into healing mode. When you sleep, that’s when your brain is detoxifying itself. When you get enough sleep, that’s when your skin starts clearing up. That’s when you get mental clarity and eliminate brain fog.

It was challenging for me to change my sleeping habits. First of all, I have all the excuses I could find. I work 12-hour shift. Work place is one-hour away from home. I have a little man that I need to take care of. I have a home that needs to be maintained. Where would I find 4 more extra hours of sleep to get a total of 8? It was very hard because I have a lot of healthy rituals that I do before I get to bed. There were so many things I want to do and I felt like if I sleep I would miss some things and I won’t be productive the next day.

There was one time that I came home from work and I was just exhausted. You know what? That was it for me. After taking care of my son, I just went straight to bed and sleep. I was out. I didn’t even brush my teeth or take a shower. And guess what? I woke up feeling so good I told myself I will do it again and again. Of course, I didn’t get to sleep for 8 hours that night, but 7 hours is way better than 4.

I was actually more productive after that. I was able to think clearly at work. My mood was even better than it was. Surprisingly, I was able to do more things around the house because my mind was so clear that I didn’t go back and forth because I have forgotten something.

My skin cleared up. My mouth sores are less frequent. I used to have canker sores all the time. Literally all the time. But after I incorporated a better sleeping habit and stress free life, I don’t have them anymore. I even forgot about it. My migraine also disappeared. Thank God!

So now, I am a strong believer of sleep. I think we should strive to get enough of it every night. If you can’t get enough sleep at night, then take a power nap on your break. Twenty minutes is very powerful. That’s another thing I do. Sometimes when life does not allow me to get my 8 hours, instead of eating on my lunch break, I would just take a nap. And if it’s sunny, I would take a nap under the sun. Sounds crazy? Well, that’s me. I’m the Health Nut Diva. I do crazy healthy things. I would get a power nap while taking advantage of free vitamin D.

I’m sure that people talk about me when they see me napping at the patio under the sun. I don’t care. They actually see me as someone very healthy and admire me for it. Strangely though, they find it too difficult to do what I do.

Another advantage of taking a power nap while I’m on my break is that I get away even for a few minutes from all the dramas at work. Work drama is everywhere, and there’s lots and lots of it. People love drama. They create it, hate it, but enjoy it. I chose to take a nap instead of participating in it.

It is also important to take note that it’s not just the amount of sleep that you need to get. What counts the most is the quality. Do you wake up fully rested? Or do you wake up sluggish and with an accompanying headache? If you don’t feel rested, then you need to check and see what’s causing it. Do you sleep with some lights on? If you do, turn it off. Silent your phone. PUT IT AWAY. That’s right, put it away. At least 3 feet from your body. Do some research about the dangers of EMF.

Are you worried about something? If you are, do some meditation. Or listen to music. But most of all, PRAY. Praying works. It just does. And just do it.

 

Much love,

Karen

 

 

Another crazy healthy thing I do

I love moisturizers and all kinds of body products. Anyone who knows me personally is aware of this, particularly my love for moisturizer. I have moisturizers in every corner of my house, in my bedroom, bathroom, couch, and even in my kitchen. I just love that soft and smooth feeling on my skin. I used to be very particular in the texture and brand of the moisturizer that I buy.

When I went to nursing school, I learned that the skin has pores that can absorb whatever we apply on it and it gets in our bloodstream. We have medications that we apply on the skin such as ointment and creams, and also patches like nicotine patches, nitro patches, and so much more. Back then, it didn’t occur to me that whatever I put on my skin gets absorbed. I don’t know why, I guess I was just blind. Nobody questioned it, therefore who am I to question it?

I became curious when I started doing research on how to live healthy the natural way. Just like what every person who have done their research, I looked at the back of every moisturizers I had and read the ingredients. All of them have chemicals that I didn’t know what. They’re just hard to pronounce and hard to read. And I was putting it on my body? I was shocked. I almost felt like I was lied to. Now, it just makes sense to me to not put anything on my skin unless I can eat it.

So, right there and then, I threw away all of my moisturizers, makeups, deodorants, and everything else that has chemicals including soap and house cleaning stuff. I immediately switched to using natural products like coconut oil, essential oils and baking soda. I decided that if I am going to put something on my skin, I have to be able to eat it too. If I can’t eat it, I won’t apply it on my skin.

I started making my own moisturizer and I’m so excited about it! Its way better than the moisturizers that I used to buy. It’s chemical free. And it’s very liberating to be able to make my very own. And I would be glad to share it with everyone who doesn’t know this yet.

My base ingredients are coconut oil, cacao butter and shea butter. You can buy this from amazon or at the health food store. Melt them all together in a double boiler. Put it in the freezer for like 15 minutes or until it hardened. And then use an electric handheld mixer to whip it. I’m telling you it looks like a whipped cream that you see on your cake and it smells so good. From those ingredients you can add different essential oils like sweet orange, or maybe add a few drops of vanilla essence before you whip them. You’re going to smell delicious. It’s so good that once you do this, you will never buy anymore moisturizer.

Another thing that I want to share with everyone is that I don’t use deodorant anymore. Wait, what??? Yep. I ditched the deodorant a long time ago. And guess what, I don’t stink at all. Well, most of the time. Why did I do that? Here’s why.

Have you ever noticed the high rate of breast cancer nowadays? It’s so common that you probably know someone close to you who has it or who had it. It’s a very scary thing. Once you see a lump on your breast, you go see a doctor, and you get your diagnosis. Then your doctor will tell you that you could die from it if you don’t get rid of it right away.  So, hurry up and get a biopsy and get it out, do chemo and radiation.

So here’s why I don’t use deodorant anymore. Armpits and groin area, we have different sweat glands called apocrine glands and they excrete the “stinky” type of sweat. Some people produce strong smell while others produce mild depending on your stress level. That stinky sweat are the toxins your body is trying to get rid off. You should not stop that process by putting deodorant or antiperspirant. If you do, then you would stop the toxins from coming out, and on top of that, you will be adding toxic chemicals in your body through your armpits. Those blocked toxins and the toxins from the deodorant can block your sweat glands and back up to the lymph node and they will accumulate there. And it turns into a lump. You don’t have to believe me. Just do your own research.

When I was a teenager, I was told that my armpits stink and that I needed to use deodorant. And I was so embarrassed that it became a part of my personal hygiene. If I was running out of deodorant, I would stress out. Little did I know that having that stinky sweat from my armpits is actually helpful for my body. Had I known that back then, I would probably just let my armpits sweat and stink and care less about it.

Now, are you surprised why we have a high rate of breast cancers? I mean, it’s not just the deodorant that causes it. I’m totally convinced that the food that we eat, our emotions, the medications that most of us take, the stressful lifestyle that we have, has a lot to do with it. But one thing for sure, if there’s anything I can do to prevent me from having breast cancer, I will do it. And that is not using any toxic deodorant.

Nowadays, we are so “hygienic” and germophobes (someone who is very scared of germs) that we even have sanitizers. If you stink or don’t wash your hands, you’re considered nasty. I know this because I used to believe that way too. I was crazy about “being clean” and washing my hands all the time. I really thought it was a good thing. Well, not anymore. I have been hearing from functional medicine doctors that bacteria is good for us. The more diverse your microbiome is, the more healthier you are. But that’s another topic in itself which I will share with you all soon.

So, what do I use now as a substitue? I use my homemade moisturizers all over my body including my armpits. From time to time, I would put diluted essential oils if I want to have fragrance, like lavender, jasmine or ylang ylang. And that’s it, really.

I can understand how scary it is at first. But if you are brave enough to try it like me, you’ll know what I mean 🙂

 

Much love,

Karen

 

Just love yourself…

I’m pretty sure that everyone of us heard that we need to love ourselves, but often times, it’s quite difficult for most of us. A lot of us are not happy with ourselves. We are not happy with our bodies. We don’t like our shapes. We hate our pains and sufferings. We are not content with our lives. There’s always something about us that we don’t like. This is pretty common nowadays. Some of you would disagree with me, and say that you are pretty happy and content,  and that’s great. I’m happy for you. In fact, I wish everyone would be like you and me who are happy with our lives.

For those of you who agree with me about not being happy and not being content with ourselves, I have a very simple message for you and this is very important. I need you to start loving yourself right now. Let me explain why.

As a healthcare provider (or more like a sick-care provider), I see a lot of people who are suffering with different kinds of health conditions. I see people taking so many medicines it blows my mind. I see people who has tubes in their belly, who can’t talk, who gets insulin shots all the time, who can’t have a natural bowel movements, who has wounds, who can’t walk, who are totally dependent on others, etc. It’s very very pitiful. It breaks my heart to see people suffer like this. This is not how life is supposed to be lived. This is not life at all.

Seeing people suffer like this makes me appreciate my life even more. Even though I am not happy that they are suffering, I am grateful that they are teaching me a lesson. I need to love myself and take care of myself. I need to appreciate my health and my body because I don’t have what they have. I don’t plan on having what they have. I plan on taking great care of my body and treating it with love and respect.

Someone might ask, how do we exactly love and respect our body? It sounds simple but it’s complicated and hard to do sometimes. When I say we need to love and respect our body, I mean that we need to accept it for what it is. Do you think you’re overweight? So what? You need to love those “love handles” that you have because if you don’t, who will? Right?

Do you think you’re not attractive? Who says that? Let me tell  you my own toxic belief about myself. When I was in the Philippines, I never thought I was attractive because I always heard that I was ugly. As a result, I suffered from low self-esteem and inferiority complex. I hated myself. I always wanted something that other people have because I thought that I wasn’t good enough.

Well guess what? I was totally wrong. I am pretty damn gorgeous! And I love myself and I love my body now! I love everything about me. And I know it sounds so narcissistic but this is true. I am not going to apologize about this at all. I am gorgeous and I will say it again. I am gorgeous. I’m not repeating this over and over for it to become my truth. It is the truth. I truly believe it now. Sometimes when you think you are ugly, you just have to move to a different country to where you would look exotic. Thank God I did.

I love my body. I love how it looks. I love my complexion. I love me. And I will continue to respect my body by listening to it. I will continue to respect my body by giving it what it needs. I will continue to nourish my body by giving it the right food, the kind that I enjoy. I will continue to nourish it by giving it enough sleep. I will continue to nourish my body by doing the exercise and movements that I enjoy. I will continue to listen to music and dance and sing.

I thank my body for constantly wanting to heal myself even though I sometimes neglect it. I thank my body for always sending signals and messages to me whenever I over exert myself. I thank my body for giving me signs that I am stressing out and I need to stop. I thank my body for withholding my energy because I already worked so hard. I thank my body for telling me to stop and rest.

It is also very important that we forgive ourselves. Forgiveness is very healing, not just to your emotional and mental health, but also to your physical body. So, forgive yourself if you are not able to accomplish everything in your to-do list. In fact, throw away that toxic to-do list. It only creates stress to yourself. Yes, it helps organize things sometimes. But nowadays, we tend to put too many things on our to-do list that it becomes a burden. It’s toxic and not healthy.

Forgive yourself for hating yourself. This is very important. Once you accomplish this, healing will start. Look at yourself in the mirror and apologize to yourself. Apologize to yourself for not appreciating yourself, for over working yourself, for not listening to it’s cues and messages. It’s even okay to hug yourself. Let go of the hate and negative feelings that you are keeping in your body no matter what it is. Your body don’t need it. You don’t want it.

Start loving yourself in anyway you can. It’s a game changer. Love yourself for you to radiate love.

I love myself and all of you.

 

Always,

Karen