Wednesday, April 1, 2015


Something's happening real soon! I'll keep you posted!


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Healing from Anemia!

In early 2013, I was feeling like I needed to change something in my diet.

I had enjoyed the awesome health benefits eating raw the past three years provided, but I was also wondering why some health concerns were not improving. I was hoping that 2 years into raw food, I would see changes, but my health just seemed to plateau.

I then started reading a book called 80/10/10 by Naturopathic Doctor Doug Graham. The principles intrigued me; the book proposed a better way to go about the raw vegan diet, this time cutting out the oil and upping the carb intake by way of fruit.

Starting 80/10/10. I went to this party carrying about 6 bottles worth  of two pineapples blended with spinach. 

Lo and behold, by the time I went through my general checkup in 2013, my red blood cell count had gone up and my anemia had healed! This had never, ever happened before, even when I was a little kid and drank all sorts of drugs called names like Hemoglobin, etc. I also had a meat-eater friend tell me she briefly thought about doing what I was doing if only to get healthy skin like mine at the time (don't judge me now, I'm not completely one hundred percent 80/10/10 anymore and I have been getting insomnia because of some poor health choices).

So there you go. It was such a wonderful surprise! I never, ever thought my anemia would heal! For the first time in my life, I could potentially donate blood!

What an amazing blessing!

Anemia-free in 2013! TGBTG!

My weekly stash the second week of 80/10/10 in 2013. Lots and lots of melons, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and 2 guyabanos. Not organic though.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

Things to celebrate from the past two years :)

I never got to blog about last year's highlights! Someone complained that I haven't been updating the blog as much lately. Sorry!

Better late than never, though! Briefly, here are some of those highlights:

2013 was an amazing year where I got more into 80/10/10.

I ran my first 5k!

I won a game in my first badminton tournament and improved my standing from the previous year's. (I didn't win the championship but I was super psyched to have started this late and gotten ahead)

I was pronounced anemia-free! 

I went on a road trip in the US with no trips to the hospital :)

I went to a beach wedding allergy-free!

I made dishes for family members without feeling sorry for myself I couldn't eat them. (Yay for taste testers on standby!)

I committed to eating healthy one day at a time.

I stepped in as moderator for an 80/10/10 author while she worked on her book.

In 2014, I was less strict about 80/10/10. I allowed myself some more fat than was recommended and even non-80/10/10 food. I felt like I was missing some kind of source for minerals, so I told my accountability partners that I was going to not be so strict about 80/10/10.

I actually felt less than optimal, even experiencing bouts of insomnia. So I am wondering if maybe I ought to go back on 80/10/10 a little more strictly. We shall see.

One exciting thing from 2014 was climbing Mt. Pulag with friends :) That was an amazing time!

January 5-10, 2014  will be a week of prayer and juice fasting. Aside from my church's suggested prayer points, I will also be praying for personal guidance on tweaking my health regimen, as well as a new health-related business sideline that I am very excited about!

Here's to many breakthroughs and growing more intimate with Him! Here's to being filled to overflow!

PS My mom was hospitalized in 2014 and could not chew her own food for a while. We prayed about considering a food tube for her, eventually deciding on letting her get it, and so far it is helping. Part of what her nurses place in the tube are fruit- and vegetable-based raw smoothies, and many have told us that she looks healthier, and even her doctors are pleased with her improvement. Praise God! :)

I owe God Almighty my health and all these things that I celebrate!


Happy 2015!

Happy 2015!

I am so excited for the new year!

What new goals have you set for yourself this year?


Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Mahal ba? (Is it expensive?)

Whenever I get asked what I eat, this is a common follow-up question. 

And of course I answer what the price is of whatever it is I get, and often the asker reaffirms his/her underlying assumption - a high-raw lifestyle is just too expensive, too.  Hence, the reason to stay away from it. 
But consider this - how often does a person who buys cheap and unhealthy food get sick?

And how did this affect his/her expenses in terms of medicine, pay cuts due to absences and/or a lowered evaluation rating as a result of numerous absences?

It all adds up! And in the end, you did not actually save, methinks.

Health purchases are investments - I don't see immediate returns now - but I do know the dividends will be greater for the long-term.

Steven Covey in 7 Habits talked about minding your production capability (your goose-laying capacity) in addition to your production (your golden egg). If you don't invest in the maintenance of your machine, you will pretty soon have zero output.

When I lived in the States, I observed my health insurance go up every year. I made claims for my bouts with laryngitis (brought about by poor health choices and perhaps the hazards of the job), but in my naivete, still considered myself pretty healthy. I knew friends and acquaintances in Washington who did not report getting sick, just so that their premiums remained unchanged, but their food choices just kept them dependent on over-the-counter drugs.  I was also shocked at how often my friends'/clients' kids got sick - of course I have no statistics to compare this with the frequency of illnesses from when I was still in the Philippines, but I thought that the occurrences were a bit much.  And let's not even talk about their allergies! They would put my list to shame!

Is the perceived expense what's keeping you from choosing healthier food?

Or something else?

PS Another translation for mahal in Tagalog is love. In Ivrit (Hebrew) it is blessing. So yes, my food is mahal (love and a blessing).

Happy Valentine's Day :)

PPS Would you like to strike a balance between your production/production capability? Or are you doing this already? What steps have you taken? Let's talk on Kontactr! (If you've tried contacting me on the wordpress site, sorry, I am unable to respond there. Weird password issues. Try Kontactr again. Thanks!)

PPPS Are you interested in taking a food prep class for beginners? 


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Calamansi water in the morning

Calamansi water in the morning? You've got to be kidding.

How could calamansi, which we know has ascorbic acid (not a lot of it though), possibly be good for someone who wants to alkalinize her blood?

The first time I read about this in 2010, I was skeptical. It just seemed so counter-intuitive. But I was also desperate! I just wanted to try something for my skin that didn't involve steroids.

So I did, and it was the start of something good!

Today, when people ask me about what they can do to get alkaline, calamansi water is the first thing I recommend.

A friend with acid reflux has tried it for several weeks and she reports better BM and feeling healthier overall.

A naturopath in La Trinidad also recommends lemon water.

Other options to try is to do it with warm water. I am partial to doing it with room temperature water.

Do this for a week and let me know how it helps you!

Calamansi water

1 glass of warm or room temperature water
4-6 calamansi

Juice the calamansi and mix into the water.


Wednesday, November 21, 2012


Found out someone formerly from work is now with BPI, where my dad used to work. I suddenly got nostalgic for 80s-style vanilla milkshakes! These were a treat for me back in the day. I would tag along to his workplace and he would bring me to 1851, their in-house club/resto where he would order for me some heavenly vanilla goodness and frothy whipped cream bliss!

When he was still in private practice, he would also take my siblings and I to another club on weekends. After swimming, I would have my (yes, you guessed it) milkshake (!) with either a burger and chips or a grilled cheese or ham-and-cheese sandwich. It was something I looked forward to. For a brief period, I associated milkshakes with joy and security, and bonding with my dad.

One day, I had an accident. I was grabbing some clothes to change into after school, and I pulled too hard on something and my entire cabinet (no, I did not have a closet back then) fell on top of me.  I yelled, cried and prayed loudly. I thought I was about die. I don't want to die! I kept repeating this, while the tears kept soaking my shirt. The help came but it wasn't immediate. One of our helpers thought it was odd that the house was so quiet, (yes, thank God I was a loud kid!) so she decided to investigate. She found me buried under the cabinet.

I thought I was okay, and I felt relieved help had come, but my arm was swollen. When my grandma found out what happened, she rushed me to the hospital. Pupunta tayong Makati Med, she said. My thought was...Makati Med? Milkshake!!!!  I kid you not. 

So after all the tests were done, it was found out the nerves in my right wrist had died, and that it would take months of rehab before I could write again. Which was okay since I was only in prep. I realize now that it was a blessing that my little arm slipped in the gap between the cabinet door and the cabinet, propping the cabinet an inch or two from the ground. If none of my body parts and/or clothes got caught somehow, the entire cabinet would have fallen on top of me, with the lower possibility of air. If help had come too late, I might have suffocated. There would have been no more Frannie. No more milkshakes at 1851, Floating Island, or the club.

A couple of years after the accident, the country experienced a shift from a dictatorship to a fledgling democracy. My dad had no desire to enter politics, but the woman who became president told him she needed good people in government who would not shirk a call of duty. All incumbents were removed from office and she would be appointing officers-in-charge for the different municipalities and cities while the elections were being prepared. He meant to stay as OIC for only a few months, but the months became years until the first election in 1988. Someone from work said, What kind of madness has gotten into you? 

The season of our regular milkshake dates had finally run its course. No, milkshakes hadn't gone out of style just yet, to be replaced by mocha frappuccinos and bottomless iced tea. But my dad suddenly got busier. Apparently, when you are in public office, even your weekends aren't yours. But I hated that feeling, of that fateful Saturday,  ready to go in my swimming gear, with my extra clothes in tow, only to be told we weren't going. 

And yes, milkshakes aren't in anymore. But I'm glad I can do something about that!

Here's a humble, raw take on my my childhood favorite vanilla milkshake. Any suggestions to make it more frothy would be super! 

Ode to the 80s Vanilla Shake
(1 serving)

2-3 frozen ripe bananas (peel the banana and place in a freezer bag in the freezer)
half a fresh banana 
nut mylk (Any nut mylk will do, but for this recipe, I used 1/2 c soaked, then dehydrated sesame seeds, plus 1 1/2 cups water, run through a blender, then strained. Save the remainder left on the strainer for breads)
cinnammon to taste
1 vanilla bean
4 pitted dates or 2 tablespoons honey (or to taste)

Blend the nut mylk and the vanilla bean in a high speed blender.

Strain through a nut mylk bag/cheese cloth/strainer.

Pour the strained nut mylk back into the blender and add the frozen bananas and fresh banana, along with the cinnamon with pitted dates/honey. Blend again.

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