Health & Well-Being


Kombucha Kombucha is a raw, fermented, probiotic, and naturally carbonated tea.
Some like to call it love at first sip, but it took a hundred sips for me to fall in love. I’ve seen videos of how this fermented tea is made and knowing I was drinking a colony of bacteria and yeast totally grossed me out …but I’m cheap so I’m going to finish that bottle no matter what (Kombucha is expensive, okay). The tangy and fizzy taste eventually grew on me— and the aftertaste became heavenly!

While kombucha is not recommended for people who are sick, it does seem to make healthy people feel even healthier.

Drinking Kombucha is just like eating yogurt but you get more probiotic bang for your buck and you save on the calories. It also contains a trace amount of alcohol at 0.5% and being the weaksauce that I am, I swear I started to feel a little light-headed after that bottle …but I did drink it on an empty stomach, after a cup of coffee. Excuses aside, I am a granny and not ashamed to admit it.

Kombucha is easily brewed at home but it is a really creepy method and you have to be extremely careful of contamination. After fermentation, the rubbery-mushroom like mother, SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) is formed, which then eats the sugar you put in the tea, magic happens and probiotics are born. That totally sounds sci-fi but I love sci-fi.

Benefits of Kombucha:

  • Detoxification
  • Will make you feel more alert and energized
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Aids digestion and gut health
  • Joint care
  • Weight and appetite control
  • Clearer skin, thicker hair (as some also claims)

There is actually no scientific evidence to support the benefits of Kombucha but that just means there are no direct evidence at this time so I really don’t know if it’s actually good for you. All I know is that I like the taste of vinegar-ish tea. There has also been reports of serious complications and even deaths (that still hasn’t been linked directly to Kombucha) linked to the tea but if you are a Kombucha-lover like I’m turning into— you can’t go wrong with MODERATION.

Have you tried kombucha? What are your thoughts?

Talks of bacteria and yeast aside, I just had to post some images from my awesome weekend:

Dr. Who 50th Anniversary

Happy 50th Anniversary, Dr. Who!! A couple of months ago, my friend sold my soul to The Doctor and we threw a party for the anniversary on Saturday. We actually made a lot more food right down to the last second and didn’t have time to stage a photo shoot until after the show was over. Heh heh heh.

Asian Food

I made pho for the first time this weekend (and I actually didn’t fail)… and I thought I’d make a collage with some of my favorite Asian-y foods so my blog can look pretty and delicious.

I Fucking Love Fitness

Can’t have an entry without something fitness related. My weekend ride actually got me sick (I already had a cold brewing) but no regrets!


    Simple Lessons in Health

    You will never change your life until you change something you do daily.

    • Just because something is labeled sugar-free does not mean it’s healthy. They will be loaded with artificial sweeteners instead which maybe even worse for you.
    • Just because something is labeled gluten-free does not mean it’s healthy. Don’t fall for sneaky food marketing!
    • Counting calories is a great tool to use as training wheels to learn more about diet and nutrition— but not something you should obsess over.
    • Egg whites are low-calorie and packed with protein but the yolk is really where it’s at. Don’t be afraid of whole eggs! They taste better anyway.
    • If you don’t like something, stop doing it.
    • The best kind of cardio is one that doesn’t seem like a workout.
    • Your body burns calories simply to exist. If you aren’t meeting your daily caloric needs, you could slow down your metabolism and deprive your body of essential nutrients.
    • Calculating your BMR is the first step to weight loss. Second step is adding a calorie deficit to your diet.

    Being disciplined won’t get you long-lasting results. Building habits will.

    • Aim for small accomplishments (eating breakfast everyday) over fast results (fasting & P90x).
    • Talking to yourself and having a positive mindset is scientifically proven to work.
    • Recovery is a part of being fit and healthy as much as diet and exercise.
    • Your foam-roller, massage therapist and physiotherapist is your best friend.
    • Being fit is simply awesome.

    I’m not telling you it’s going to be easy, I’m telling you it’s going to be worth it.


      My Thoughts On Crossfit

      Messy Gym | Crossfit | I Fucking Love Fitness Last week, I was reading this article on Huffington Post about one of Crossfit’s dirty secrets: rhabdomyolysis — when muscle fiber breaks down and is released into the bloodstream, poisoning the kidneys. Note that Rhabdomyolysis is not exclusive to Crossfit, as it is seen in triatheletes, marathon runners and even football players. If you’ve tried Crossfit, you know how crazy and intense it is but if you were educated, you would know to progress into it, listen to your coaches and train smart. Rhabdomyolysis is rare and entirely preventable.

      So what is rhabdomyolysis exactly? Under extreme conditions your muscles cells explode. They die.

      I took Crossfit for a bit but I don’t anymore only because it’s ridiculously expensive and I am a huge fan of being cheap and working out for free a.k.a. coming up with my own WODs (which is part of the fun)! Of course, that doesn’t work for everyone because some people really need to be in a group environment to get motivated to actually work out and push themselves. It really doesn’t matter how you workout as long as you workout. Anyway, here are some random thoughts on Crossfit, training and rhabdomyloysis:

      • The real danger is over-training. If you are smart, you would know not to overtrain.
      • …and doing too much before your body can handle it.
      • Just because you are already “fit” does not mean you should dive right into Crossfit. There are many ways to define fit and your body may need to adjust to new movements and exercises.
      • Progression is important.
      • Rest is even more important.
      • If you don’t understand the concepts of progression and recovery, you shouldn’t be doing Crossfit (or any intense fitness program) at all.
      • I agree that some Crossfitters need to put more effort into form than getting a good time (not generalizing).
      • One of my pet peeves is attending a fitness class with advanced movements and coaches do not teach proper form. I’ve seen so many bad kettlebell swings and half-assed squats yet it’s not my place to correct anyone. It’s dangerous and irresponsible.
      • I don’t think there is anything wrong with Crossfit as long as you attend a box with good coaches.
      • All forms of sports could be dangerous. Crossfit is dangerous. But so is marathon training.
      • Any form of exercise is better than no exercise at all.

      What do you think of Crossfit?