If you know me well, you know that I don’t just like food – it’s an unhealthy obsession. I’m one of those people who talk about food while eating. I love trying different restaurants and I cook a lot at home too. But an obsession with fitness? Not so much.
But over the past 10 years, I slowly became interested in health and fitness. At first, it was just a way to balance out all the eating that I constantly wanted to do. I started trying every eating plan I came across, I tried all kinds of workouts (Crossfit, yoga, HIIT, indoor cycling, boxing – the list goes on), fell in love with Pilates (and even became a trained mat instructor), and I tapped into my mom’s 20-year knowledge in alternative medicine to try to live a healthier life.
When I was 10, my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. Our family decided to go the alternative route for his cancer treatments. My mom became a self-taught expert in alternative medicine. After my dad passed away, she started sharing her knowledge to friends and family and eventually, strangers started coming to her for advice. She built a small alternative medicine business (Detox Manila) which became her passion.
When I was a teenager, I thought the things she did were kooky – juicing, coffee enemas, dry skin brushing, going vegan, etc. But as I started to become interested in health in my early twenties, I slowly found myself following her advice. Before I knew it, I was doing coffee enemas daily and going on regular juice fasts.
Now that I have a family of 5, I want to be more intentional in adopting a healthy lifestyle. Thankfully, my husband is fully onboard (he’s been doing daily enemas for years and is trying to cut down on meat!). It’s also been a lot easier to stay on track since we moved to London. There are lots more healthier options in groceries and restaurants and it’s a great place for outdoor physical activities.
In 2018, I want to commit to being healthier and more active and want to share more of my health and fitness thoughts and experiences on this blog. I hope that documenting my efforts will keep me accountable and on track!
Here’s to a healthier 2018!