I was nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award

How cool is it to be nominated for a Blogger Recognition Award! I was so surprised that I was nominated.  Much gratitude to michelleonyourside to nominate me. As I read the nomination I realized how much time and effort was put into it. I really appreciate the time michelleonyourside puts into her blog. If you have a few minutes please stop by and enjoy! She helps you make sense out of healthcare.

The Rules

-Thanks to the blogger that nominated you.
-Write a post to show your award.
-Give a brief story of how your blog started.
-Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
-Select 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
-Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

My Why

I was a business analyst at a major aerospace corporation several years ago, then a stay-at-home mom for over 14 years.  When I got divorced, I worked temporary jobs then landed an Assistant Property Manager position. When I was laid off,  I had time to reflect.  I also had digestive issues (acid reflux).  I took several medications; however, none of them helped my reflux.  I looked into taking a holistic approach.  That is when I enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where I learned about several dietary theories and applied some of them to my life. After graduating from IIN, I became a Certified Holistic Health Coach. I created my blog to share with others what I learned and my goal is that the content on my blog would help others and make a difference in their lives.

My Advise to the New Blogger

First, blog about what you love. When you blog about what you love, your content will come more easily.

Second, I learned that when you first began blogging, it is important to be consistent.  When I first started my blog, I was very inconsistent and life got in the way.  There were periods of time that I didn’t have time to blog.  Earlier this year, I took a stand, and decided to commit to blogging at least once a week.  However, I found that I wasn’t getting any followers.  So, I started blogging every day. It takes time to get started, so be patient and have fun.

Blogger Recognition Nominations

Forever Green Mom – Kim is one of my all-time favorite bloggers.  I’ve followed her blog for years and I met her before Facebook was big.  We were both members of the same Yahoo group. Her blog covers health/wellness, going green, home/garden, recipes, and family.

The Wacky Spoon – I love receiving her emails. Her blog is about fresh and flavorful meals made at home.  She embraces the farm-to-table movement.  She shares her passion with all of us.

Leslie Nichole – Leslie has a lifestyle blog where she shares self care, recipes, and lifestyle tips.

Ellen Travelling Kitchen – Ellen Travelling Kitchen is a travel and food blog.  She has awesome recipes on the blog.

Little Vintage Nest – This is one of my favorite blogs. I love her posts about home decor.

Spiritual Life Designs – Life Coach Dawn Brierley’s blog is about inspiring others to design a life their way.

Natalia Nowell – Natalia is a just a gal on a mission to living her best life by helping others with posts about handling stress, self-improvement, and self-care.

Ladies Make Money – They help guide ladies on how to monetize their blog, suggestions on how to make money, and they have other monetary tips.

All the Frugal Ladies – This blog has a ton of resourceful information ranging from tips on living a frugal lifestyle to tips on finance, business, career, and education.

I Love Vegan – This blog is your go-to for vegan recipes.

Passionately Raw –  If you’re a raw foodie, you will love this blog.  It is all about raw…juicing, detoxing, etc.

Heart of a Baker – I love this vegan and travel blog.  She has tons of yummy vegan recipes and tips for eating vegan while traveling!

My Sweet Keto – My Sweet Keto was started by a couple. Their blog has useful information on living a keto lifestyle: nutrition, fitness, and wellbeing. And they share keto and low-carb desserts!

Notamodel – This is one of the most popular lifestyle blogs. Love Marina’s blog! Your go-to for fashion tips! You don’t need to be a model to look good! She also has tips for starting your own blog that gets attention.

Over 50 Feeling 40 – Fashion tips for women over 50 feeling fabulous!

Thanks again Michelle!

Have a great day!








My Ketogenic Journey

Being Nutrition and Lifestyle Coach i.e. Health Coach, we are somewhat obligated to try different diets in case we’re asked by potential clients about these diets so we know how to help and so we have experience with what they are asking of us.

I didn’t know what the Ketogenic diet was and I didn’t know whether it was for me.  After receiving emails and seeing articles about the Keto diet, I decided to do some research.  If you know my story, I’ve always been thin.  I used to have relatives say to me in Chinese i.e. Cantonese: “Don’t you eat?  You’re so skinny! It’s not good!” My grandmother used to say to my mom: “Give her cake to eat.” It is a Chinese cultural thing: If you’re skinny, you’re not healthy.

While I was doing my research, I looked to see if a person could gain weight on the diet especially since he or she would be consuming lots of fat. I thought the fat consumption would help but you are actually burning fat as fuel since you don’t have the glucose from the carbs to burn. This is the primary reason a person loses weight.

May 28th was my first day of my Keto journey.  I lost a couple pounds that I didn’t need to lose because I cut my carb consumption. If you are on the Keto diet, you know that you need to really up your fat consumption, lower your carb consumption and protein consumption is moderate.  One other thing: like a high carb diet, you have water retention with a high fat diet so you really don’t know how much weight you are losing or gaining.

Most foods especially fruit, pasta, well, pretty much any grain, are loaded with carbs.  My daily consumption of food was this: lots of vegetables – leafy vegetables, cauliflower, cucumbers, etc, some protein (chicken, fish, ground turkey), healthy fats (extra virgin olive oil, avocados, pecans, nut butters, ghee, and organic unrefined coconut oil), dark chocolate, eggs, feta cheese, pepper jack cheese, strawberries, and blueberries.  Once in a while, I made my own fat bombs and a couple slices of fuji apple.

After 27 days on my Keto journey, I found that if you really want to lose weight, it can be done. You really cut your calorie consumption down on the Keto diet.  I ate a lot more calories for my personal circumstance.  Since I don’t normally eat dairy products, I wasn’t too hip on eating cheese. The only dairy product that I normally eat is Greek yogurt.

Suggestion: If you want to try the Keto diet, it’s very important to read labels!  Almost everything has carbs in it!

In summary, I missed eating whole grains such as quinoa, brown rice pasta, oatmeal, fruit – bananas, mangoes, grapes, etc.