Sunday Sparkle

I’ve been thinking a lot about my relationship with food lately because I feel like it’s time to make healthier choices…

Hands down, brunch is my favorite meal! Took this pic back in Barcelona at Brunch & Cake—super yum!

Because brunch is my favorite meal! Took this pic back in Barcelona at Brunch & Cake—super yum!

Ughhh…how am I going to give this up? I love dairy, I love cheese, I love bread, I love my cookies and cakes…but I am also starting to love my health more. I’m just at a place in my life where I want (and need!) to make healthier food choices. So here are THREE THINGS I’m considering:

1. Taking A Food Intolerance Test
I don’t like guessing games and I’m certainly not going to stop eating something that I love on the mere chance that it causes inflammation. So I’m trying to find the best place to get a Food Intolerance Test (FIT). It’s not as expensive as it used to be when this whole trend started, but it is still quite an investment.

Here's the package at Bio Balance. But I also inquired at Health Cube in Greenhills and their FIT is only P9,900.

Here’s the package at Bio Balance. But I also inquired at Health Cube in Greenhills and their FIT is only P9,900.

Here's a sample of what the FIT results look like from BioBalance. So specific!

Here’s a sample of what the FIT results look like from BioBalance. So specific!

I want to identify the specific types of food that I’m intolerant to, so I can consciously avoid them. And dear God, I hope I can still eat my faves! P.S. If you have any leads about where to take an FIT, do let me know!  Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

I haven’t written a Sunday Sparkle post in a long time. Mostly because I don’t even know where to begin.

Inhale courage, exhale fear.

Inhale courage, exhale fear.

So I revisited my past posts just to see what they were like…but really, I was procrastinating. Surprisingly though, my old Sunday Sparkle posts (like this onethis one, and this one) were actually kinda nice. They reminded me of how far I’ve come and how I always tried to be the best version of myself that I could possibly be.

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I mentioned this quote more than once in my Sunday Sparkle posts.

Over the past years, I was trying to overcome a lot of my fears. More recently though, it’s vulnerability that I’ve been struggling with. After taking some time off for myself, and well, falling in love, it seems like some of my old walls came back up again. And it became harder for me to speak to and look into my own heart.  Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

Have you guys seen La La Land? I wouldn’t exactly call it my favorite movie (I prefer happy endings), but the story’s so good that I can’t stop thinking about it! Disclaimer: If you don’t want spoilers, stop reading!

 
The whole Sebastian/Ryan Gosling and Mia/Emma Stone romance is what keeps the story nice and juicy, but if you look deeper, I’d say the plot is really more about the triumphs and failures that come with following your passion. What I found interesting is how the lead characters approached what they’re passionate about. Sebastian had the confidence and ego of a “serious” musician—and he refused to compromise without a fight. Why? Probably because he knows his art, he’s excellent at what he does, and he knows it. As for Mia, she flounders. She visibly struggles with the highs, lows, and insecurities that come with being an aspiring actress.

 
So the big question I want to ask you is this: Which character do you find more admirable? Is it the guy who’s unapologetically great at what he does and doesn’t compromise his art? Or the girl who chooses to lay her heart on the line with each audition? For me, it’s Mia’s continuous vulnerability that impressed me. I may not be an aspiring actress, but I know what it feels like to keep putting yourself out there over and over again. Like her, I’ve been hurt, rejected, and have wondered if I’m good enough. Like her, there were times when I would have to give up on something (or someone). And like her, despite the many heartbreaks, I still continue to hope. In myself. In someone else. In just winning at life. Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

I watched After Earth last night and I super loved it. In true M. Night Shyamalan style, there were plenty nerve-racking moments. But once you get past that, the lessons were pretty cool—like this one about fear.

Sometimes, you just really have to stop and think about what story you’re telling yourself. This way, you can move past it (when you’re ready) and have faith that everything will work out the way it’s supposed to. And if it doesn’t work out, you ask? Then dig deep, take a knee (you’ll know what this means if you watched the movie), and find a way to put a better spin on that story. ♥

Sunday Sparkle

Are you a worry wart? I am! I tend to overthink things and be very paranoid about stuff that I really shouldn’t waste energy on. A few examples?

  • Did I lock my car? Should I go back? What if someone steals it?
  • Their or they’re? I’m pretty sure I typed the right one. Let me check to be sure.
  • Ooh, client wants to meet. I wonder why…(thinks about a million possible scenarios)

Yeah, so that’s just the basic stuff that goes on in my head. Ugh, and I’m tired of it. So I looked for a cool mantra that I can get on board with and found this!  Continue reading

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