Better & Brighter

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2 1eI’m baaack!

Well, I never really left, but I was off for a really long time. I just lost inspiration to post, mostly because I was still a bit lost. I’ve been able to do some soul development though and I am excited to get back and start fully sharing myself. I’ve been doing a lot of rebuilding, and I am excited to share everything I can.

I started this blog because I wanted to help inspire people, help motivate people to start eating better and caring more for their bodies. As I went along on my own personal journey I learned so much about myself, although of course there is so much more to learn.

Better Days || Day 10 & 11

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Time ripens all things; no man is born wise.

~Miguel de Cervantes

The days aren’t getting easier, but I’m getting faster. 

I’m pretty happy with my progress so far since running has never been a strong suit of mine. From the very first day of just 3.3km in 30mins. to 4km in 30mins. I’m already 1/3rd through the challenge and I’m proud of myself for getting this far. As I go through each day, I get better, I improve, and that is what is most important. It took so much of me to get myself to finish my run though. I’m still not at the stage where I’m really enjoying running yet. I wonder if I ever will, actually.

Day 10

I hit the 4km mark during my 30 minute run! My was that satisfying to accomplish. I ran in UP again, and realized that I should probably try running the same route again in a week’s time to see any improvements. It was nice and early which meant it wasn’t too hot as well. I kept the same pace althoughout the run and didn’t mess up my breathing at any moment which allowed me to just go straight through the run. It was a good run.

You win some, you lose some || Day 8 & 9

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Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, and sometimes if you’re lucky, it rains.

It’s been ridiculously hot here in the city these past few days, so much so that on my 8th day of the challenge I just couldn’t get myself to run. The heat was too much for me to handle. From the minute I woke up to the moment I was about to head to sleep, I could feel the heat.

Sunday Run Day || Day 7

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Sundays are for going to the market and buying produce. At least that’s what my Sunday Mornings are like. So unless I’m out of town, you’ll find me in the market early in the morning stocking up on local produce. I’ll be the one hoarding the red lady papayas, carrying 7kg of lettuce, and sweating like I’m in a sauna room. I shop for the whole family which means I have to think of what my whole family will be eating for the week. It’s a hard task, but someone’s gotta do it or else they’ll be eating out regularly which costs more, and isn’t as healthy.

Patience || Day 6

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You know how you plan a day out in your head and it goes perfectly? Than on the very day you imagined, it all goes wrong? Well, okay, not everything went wrong, but I did feel like was being tested… Where should I begin? It’s quite a long story though, but I’ll try to give you the gist.

I initially wanted to be in Santa Rosa early so I could get my run in as well as bike a few rounds because Nuvali is a great place to do that. We bumped into a LOT of traffic though and ended up in Nuvali at 11am which didn’t leave me much time to wander off. We were still early since the Veg-up was at 11:30, but I was with my youngest sister and didn’t want to just leave her in the car. We originally planned to be at the clubhouse and she would read and swim while I biked and ran. Good thing I saw Betty and was able to let my sister join them while I did a quick ride around Nuvali. I didn’t last very long though because I started getting a slight headache because I didn’t have breakfast yet. It was my first time biking again after months of not getting on my bike though so that felt amazing and horrible at the same time. I wish I could bike around here more often, but with the traffic and the drivers here in Manila, early morning on weekends is the only safe time.

Mind over Matter || Day 5

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I failed myself today. I didn’t run.

Well, I didn’t run continuously for the whole 30 minutes. I did about 10 minutes of light running, then 20 minutes of uphill sprints and walking. I also spent most of the time trying to figure out why I did this whole thing in the first place, but I carried on. I really didn’t feel like just running straight, so I switched it up to keep it fun for myself. It is my own personal challenge so I can change things up depending on what I feel like. For me the most important thing I’m trying to impose on myself again is habit. It’s something I lost a few months ago for a number or reasons, but I’m working on it. I’m taking this one step at a time while still having the bigger picture in mind. This challenge is also getting me back in the habit of blogging, so that’s a plus as well!

Day 2 #RunningRaw Challenge

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Sometimes the hardest thing is to take the first step, but for me it’s following through right after that first step and truly fully committing. It’s the first week that can be pretty rough and challenging. Today I woke up with the urge to stay in bed. I wasn’t sore, but I wasn’t excited to run. Although I was really excited about the whole challenge yesterday. I have no idea what happened between the time I went to bed and the time I woke up that my body decided it didn’t want to do this.

Woke up at 6am and was out of the house soon after. Today we decided to run in Quezon Memorial Circle just because changing of scenery helps me not get bored too fast. I know a lot of people who can just keep running until they need to eat because they’ve been running for so long. I am clearly not that person. I will run a few meters and want to stop. I powered through today, even though every second was spent wanting to stop. I knew it was all in my head. I hated that we ran so early that it was still cold outside though, I like the heat when I sweat, not cold air brushing my skin.

Running Raw Challenge Day 1

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So I decided to start running. I never did enjoy running before, mostly because it was hard for me to get my breathing right. So I would always try to avoid it as much as possible. I didn’t avoid it too much though, I’d run once in a while, or do a few sprints, but it wasn’t my go-to because I’d much rather get on a bike, lift some weights, or just walk.

I wanted to challenge myself to do something I normally wouldn’t because it’s during those times when we get stronger. We learn more about ourselves, and we achieve things we never thought we would. When we conquer our fears and accomplish challenges, we grow and we get stronger. But to be honest, a part of me decided to announce this because it would help keep me on track. No turning back when there are people watching you. The possible chance that someone is watching you will definitely give a little extra push.

So my 30 days begins. 30 days of an abundance of raw fruits and veggies and running everyday for at least 30 minutes, looks pretty easy in writing. What do I want to gain from this? Just so everyone is aware, I am not doing this for weight loss. I am doing this for personal strength, mental and physical. I am doing this to challenge myself. I’m not doing this to punish my body, I am doing this to reward it. I’m also doing this because it’s a part of my personal “Happiness Project”, but I’ll get into that some other time.

So it’s pretty simple right?

30 Days

30 Minutes (minimum, I do intent to get to running longer)

Run.

Raw.

So let’s get to my first day of my #runningraw30 challenge…

I woke up feeling great even though I was trying to catch up on sleep lost during the weekend to say goodbye to a dear dear friend and stuffing my face with a ton of plain mashed potatoes with calamansi the night before. I was able to get out of the house and on the road for a run with my sister. She enjoys running and does it often so she had to go a lot slower than usual to keep up with me.

Since it was my first day running again, I had to take it easy since I have never gotten injured from exercising and have no plans of getting injured. Proper form and breathing is extremely important when it comes to running, and I know that. The last thing I wanted was to get injured on the very first day. Took it slow and started with just 30 minutes around our village which does have quite a few uphills which really give you a bit more of a challenge. It was definitely nice having the sun shining on my (peeling) skin though as well as the intense sweat leaving my body.

I only did 3.3km in todays 30 minutes, I figured I should note down my distances so I could monitor my improvements. Keep in mind that I’m no runner, so this was already good enough for me. The most I’ve ever ran straight in the past was just 6.6km, and this was around 3 years ago. I’ve never actually attempted to run that distance again in a long time.
Here’s a quick view of what I ate on day 1:


Breakfast: Passionfruit & Jackfruit

Lunch: Honeydew Melon & Carob Daterade

Dinner: Pineapple Juice with Chia Seeds & Big Salad- Romaine, Mango, Avocado, Cherry Tomatoes, Calamansi, Pepper and Chili Flakes

I also had lots of fresh buko juice (coconut water) and lots of water throughout the day to make sure I was properly hydrated!

This was a pretty good start, and I already feel like I’ll be able to get through this. Although at the same time I am absolutely terrified. I’m hoping 30 days straight won’t kill me. But then again, eating a high carb, low-fat, raw, plant-based diet really helps in recovering so much faster so I’m not worried about my body not being able to handle it.

If anyone out there wants to join in on the fun, come on! It’s just 30 days, you’ve got everything to gain! If you need help with what to eat for the 30 days, just shoot me an email at thehealthypinay@gmail.com

I hope you had or are having an awesome day!

Peace and love,

 

Kalikhaan: First Light

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Hello there beautiful soul, I know it’s a bit late notice, but we decided to put together a little gathering for this Saturday in UP Diliman. We will have Yoga, a Sharing circle, and a vegan picnic to start the weekend well.
We hope to share a meaningful practice, as well as strike up conversations on spirituality, change, the environment, Veganism, health, and all things positive. This is one of our first steps into bringing more light into the world.
If you would like to come, please let us know! Everyone is welcome! Just make sure to bring a positive and open mind, some vegan food to share, and a mat if you need one. Please do invite anyone you think would enjoy this experience and be surrounded by same minded spirits!
If you would like to know more about the event please do not hesitate to ask! Please do not be afraid to come an join! This will be a great way to meet others on the same path as you are on.
Peace and love,
Mirabai

 

Raw Almond Squares

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I’ve always loved dessert, probably not as much as a lot of people but sweets were always a weakness of mine. Now I eat mostly sweet things, naturally sweet that is. Since I try to follow the 80/10/10 raw vegan lifestyle, I eat mostly fruits and a bit of veggies. And since I try to keep my fat intake low, I only indulge in these treats once in a while.
I’ll be honest though, it’s been a few months since I’ve made these, and I only really tried writing down the ingredients and how much of it I put. But I thought that I should start writing these things down so I can remember them, and in case anyone ever wants to try making it themselves. I’m not greedy with recipes (not like I have any reason to be, I’m a fashion design student, not a culinary one) because I want to share healthy ideas and alternatives to those who want to eat and live healthier.

So once in a while, I like to make these little delicious little squares of deliciousness. There are so many ways to make these, many different variations and substitutions, but I’ll share this one first.