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 went on a Sun-date with myself today <3

Popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

After a much-needed facial, I popped in for lunch + tea at one of my favorite hideaways in my side of town.

I’ve been dying to read Hector And The Search For Happiness for almost a year now, but I didn’t buy the book because I didn’t fancy the movie cover (it was the only version being sold at local bookstores at the time). So when I spotted this cover a few days ago, I swooped it out of the shelf right away and headed straight to the counter.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

Spoiler alert: These are all the lessons Hector learned as he journeyed around the world trying to understand what made me people feel happy.

There’s a lot of truth to this list, and if you read the book, you’ll understand them even better through the people that Hector interact with and the experiences that they share. It’s an interesting book and it’s also a very easy read considering the complexity of the topic. And although it saddens me to say that I didn’t completely fall in love with the book or the character, I’d still say that it’s a worthy read. Give it a chance because there are a few gems in there that’ll make you examine and challenge your own views on happiness. Or you can just cheat and watch the movie (I have a feeling it might actually be better than the book and it’s partly because I adore Simon Pegg).

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

This was one of the questions that Hector asked the people he encountered.

Reading this question over and over again throughout the book really made me stop and want to ask myself this question, too. Was I happy? Like really happy? Find out my answer after the jump! Continue reading

Sunday Sparkle

It’s a rainy Sunday, so I’ve got the feels. I always like to read a little poetry on days like this, and I thought I’d share one of my favorites with you today. This one seems to find me at different points in my life, so whenever I (re)read it, something new catches me—like a line I never understood before would suddenly make sense.

Read it and tell me what you think and if you like it as much as I do. XO

The Invitation by Oriah

It doesn’t interest me
what you do for a living.
I want to know
what you ache for
and if you dare to dream
of meeting your heart’s longing.

It doesn’t interest me
how old you are.
I want to know 
if you will risk 
looking like a fool
for love
for your dream
for the adventure of being alive.
 
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Sunday Sparkle

Did you guys know that Dr. Howard Murad (yes, the same guy who created the skincare line) actually writes inspirational books? I only found out last week!

Here's a look at one of his books. According to the Rustan's gals I gabbed with, Dr. Murad is a huge ball of positivity.

Here’s a look at one of his books. According to the Rustan’s gals I gabbed with, Dr. Murad is a huge ball of positivity.

I like to play with fate a little, so I just flipped the book randomly and asked for the message that I was meant to receive. And here’s what I got:

Thanks for my love note, Universe!

Thanks for my love note, Universe!

I’m sharing this little message with you just in case you need to hear it, too. There’s nothing wrong with being special, so don’t shy away from it! You are worthy, you have something to offer, and you can make a difference. ♥