Me, working nights, it’s consequences, and what I am doing with it.

Two days ago, I restarted my workout routine. I have been feeling sluggish recently due to working nights. My body is not used to it. What’s worse is that my mind is conditioned that working nights is bad for health, and I had difficulty convincing myself that I will be alright.

Anyway, let me just say that I gained 10 pounds within 2 months of working nights. I went from 115 pounds to 125 pounds which is not acceptable at all! At least not within 2 months! Good Lord. Being awake at night made me want to eat. Whenever I get off work, I would be hungry, then I’ll eat, then I’ll go sleep. Then I would wake up after 4 hours and try to sleep again. Then I would have difficulty sleeping again. I would just be awake in bed, tired, sleepy and lazy. No energy. And what’s worse? I’ll be hungry and would be eating! Anybody felt this way before? I’m sure some of you can relate.

This routine is totally against my health principles. I suffered the consequences of night shift. It was and still is very challenging. I would say that this is the perfect time to find a mentor, motivator, friend, workout buddy, or anybody that can help you not get frustrated with night shift and it’s health consequences.

So, with that being said, let me share with you all what I’ve been doing recently. Like what I said in the beginning, I restarted my workout routine and I am quite sore right now. I started using this product called Sweet Sweat, which definitely helps me sweat while working out. I’m using my 15 lb and 20 lb kettle bells. I’ll be posting before and after photo of myself in the future. My goal is to replace the belly fat and thigh fat that I accumulated while working nights, with toned muscles.

 

I can’t really say much about this product yet since I just started using it, but based on my two days of using it, I am sweating like crazy while working out. I know part of it is placebo which is great. It definitely helps my mind think that this is working. Even though it is too early to say, I already know that this product is going to help me. I can already see myself with my toned body and ready for the beach 🙂  I’ll be posting my pictures soon. Not necessarily a before and after pics since I didn’t take pictures of myself before I restarted this workout routine. Just the after. And just to let you know, I don’t really have a toned body. I was 115 pounds but not toned.

I have also been listening to brain wave binaural beats which is a great way to get into deep sleep state and wake up refreshed. I’ll talk about this in another post.Then I also started reading a lot. I read before I sleep, which helps me get really really sleepy in the morning. Journaling helps as well. Meditation is also great in terms of conditioning my mind into accepting the fact that I am working nights and it is what it is. Accept it and don’t fall victim. Meditation is definitely a great tool.  This is something I have been doing more and more which helps a lot.

Anyway friends, that’s all for now. I’ll be back soon 🙂

 

Love you all!

 

Karen

 

Super Soap!

If there are such things as super foods, there is also what I call Super Soap! I made this soap from all natural non-GMO goat’s milk and glycerin soap base. I used chlorella tablets as a colorant. And then I added frankincense, myrrh, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils! This smells heavenly! I don’t have anymore bars left but I just want to show pictures of it. If interested, just email me. I can make it again 🙂 I sold it for $7 per bar.

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Super Soap only $7 per bar.

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

 

Weight loss…

I feel like I need to write an article about this because everywhere I go, I always hear comments about my weight. At this point in my life, no one would think that I used to be overweight. Well, I have to admit, I got pregnant and that was my excuse. I was eating for two adults because of the very common belief that when you are pregnant, you have to eat for 2 people.

Whoever spread that belief, they are totally wrong! It’s not healthy for the mother and for the baby. When you are pregnant, you need to eat a few more high quality nutrient dense foods. You don’t have to eat for two adults with every meal. Now, why do I keep saying two adults? Because in my mind, when they say “eat for two people,” I didn’t think that I need to eat for me and a tiny little baby. I thought I needed to eat for me and another me.

When I first heard about eating for 2 people, my gut feeling told me it doesn’t make sense. But I didn’t question it. All I heard from the doctor was that I can eat basically whatever I want, however much I want. And I was excited about it because I can finally satisfy my food cravings. I finally have an excuse to eat and not be guilty about it. I was also thinking it’ll be help the growing baby in my body.

During my pregnancy, I developed gestational diabetes. I was at risk for having a big baby so therefore, we had to do a scheduled c-section. I thought that all the weight I was carrying was just the baby and will go away once I deliver him. To my dismay, he was only 6 lbs 14 oz. All the weight was mine. Isn’t that frustrating?

I also thought that after I had the baby, all the weight will go away naturally. Not true. I heard that breastfeeding can help you lose weight so I breastfed to 2.5 years. Breastfeeding did help some, but not much.

At that point in my life, I just had to tell myself that this is what a mother should look like therefore, I need to just accept it and stop worrying about it. But I was depressed. I didn’t like how that person looked  every time I look in the mirror. I didn’t like the back pain and knee pain I was experiencing due to having excess weight. Something has got to change.

I started skipping meals and starving myself. Only to binge eat in the next few hours. I tried exercising which didn’t work. I tried drinking lots of water and I couldn’t stand it because I would get so weak and had tremors. I was lost and didn’t know what to do.

I later learned about how eating nutritious foods and eliminating bad foods can positively influence your weight. So I did studied it and followed it. I ate lots of fruits and vegetables. I eliminated fats, salt, bread and rice. And I finally started seeing results. I was eating lots of salads and drinking lots of green smoothies and was losing 1 to 1.5 lbs every day. Within 3 months, I lost a bunch of weight and was happy about it.

But I was also depressed at the same time. Why is that? Because the food I was eating was actually too bland for me. I wasn’t enjoying it. I was just eating it because I want to lose weight. And I like salt and savory food therefore it was very challenging for me. I would question myself out of frustration. Why am I doing this? Then, I would have episodes of binge eating and I would resolve to starving myself again because I was so scared I would gain the weight back.

I became obsessed and scared of gaining weight. I would weigh myself once a day everyday. It would frustrate me to see that I gained a pound or two from the food I have eaten the previous day. In short, I was imprisoned by my own toxic belief that I have to look a certain way or weigh a certain pounds for me to be acceptable to others.

During my journey to health, I learned so many valuable things about how to become healthy and immune to diseases. I tried different things that makes me keep the weight off. And I must warn you that some nutritional beliefs out there can be very confusing and contradicting. I changed from one eating lifestyle to another as I was learning. Until I found the missing link, the very thing that made sense to me. The final thing that shed another 15 lbs that was holding on to me. And now, no matter how much I eat, I don’t gain weight. I stay happy and stress-free.

I know you want to find out how I did it and I am very much willing to share it. The only thing is I can only help you if want to help yourself. So, for those of you who are ready for a change, I am here for you. All you have to do is contact me, leave me a comment, or email me at contact@healthnutdiva.live and we can set up a free consultation. Thank you and have a great day.

 

Much love,

Karen

 

P.S.

By the way, this is what I used to look like.

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The benefits of being happy…

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Some people may not know it but there are a lot of benefits of being happy. Some people may think that this is non-scientific, therefore not important or not true. Regardless whether it’s scientific or not, we cannot deny that just being happy is already beneficial. When you’re happy, you feel good, right?

When you are happy, it influences your mood and your decision making. Most of the time, you make the right decision when you are in a good mood. Obviously, you are not stressed when you are happy. Therefore, your cortisol level goes low. And when your cortisol level is low, you don’t hold on to fat.

I truly believe that stress is a killer. Of course, everybody knows this. When you’re stressed, you gain weight, you look old, you feel old, your immune system goes down, you get sick, your skin breaks out, you feel ugly. Let’s face it, it’s true. I know all these because I have been there. I had sleepless nights because I couldn’t stop worrying about things. I was unhappy. I was depressed. And I had to make a decision.

So, I decided with the help from my mentor, to eliminate what was causing my stress. That was my job. So I quit my job. And guess what? I instantly felt that something really heavy have been lifted off of my shoulder. I instantly felt great. I was relieved. I started being happy. I let go and told myself not to feel guilty about that decision.

What I learned from that experience is that I just need to prioritize my happiness and my family. My happiness and my family is much more important that a job that is available. I learned through meditation that I am good enough, therefore, I deserve something better than that job that I let go. I will no longer settle for anything less. I deserve great things in life because I know I contribute good things. And yes I say this with full conviction 🙂 I trust God. I trust life. I will be alright.

You see, when you are happy, you sleep better. When you sleep better, your mind becomes sharper and clearer, helping you make good decisions. When you are happy, everything feels okay. And when you feel good about yourself, you become attractive to others, and believe it or not, to opportunities as well. I don’t understand how it happens, but there’s something about being positive that creates a positive environment for you. Either way, it’s all good. I am not going to question it. I am just going to enjoy it.

So, be happy. Smile even when it’s hard. Believe me, it helps. Start by appreciating what you have no matter how little. You may not realize it, but there are always people who are less fortunate than you. You probably don’t know what being poor means until you go visit a third world country.

Be thankful that you are alive. Who knows when our lives are going to end. You must learn how to live life to the fullest. That way you won’t have regrets in the future. Do you really want to live life doing something you don’t want to do? Like a job you hate? I refuse to do that. And I think you do too.

So, the next time you get up in the morning, pray. Then look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself you are good enough. Do that and make a difference to yourself and in the lives of others 🙂

 

Much love,

Karen