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Did you know? 99% of Filipinos suffer from food intolerance.

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99% of Filipinos suffer from food intolerance. Healthway Medical introduces FIT, a test to detect food intolerance.

Reactions to certain foods are quite common. However, some reactions go unnoticed until certain abnormal manifestations occur – internally (physiological) or externally (physical, i.e. on skin).Where food ALLERGY has almost an immediate reaction, food INTOLERANCE, on the other hand, does not immediately manifest. Sometimes, it takes as much several months or as short as days for symptoms to be obvious.


According to Nutrition and Lifestyle Counselor Ginny Sinense-Marksl, RND, food intolerance often occurs in people who eat normal or even very common food substance (rice, egg, dairy, wheat) that they are highly sensitive to. These foods cause inflammations in their body that could manifest as allergy-like reactions such as diarrhea, bloating, stomach cramps and at times, skin rashes that almost never seem to subside.Also, it could be one of the major reasons why it is difficult to manage any weight problem.

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Pregnancy Preparation

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Pregnancy Preparation

Mobile Apps (L-R, T-B): Human, Noom Coach, Water Lite, Ovia, Ovia Pregnancy and St. Luke’s Medical Center

Since we decided that we are ready to have our little bundle of joy, I started prepping up myself and my body. I did not exactly Google what I have to do, but I made sure we (Yes, we! Not just me!) stay perfectly healthy, generally. We made efforts to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Here’s what I did when we were trying to conceive.

5 ways to prepare your body for pregnancy:

  1. Track your way to a healthy lifestyle. I started tracking my calorie intake, water intake,  daily activities and movements so I don’t get too idle for too long. For this, I’m using different mobile apps. This routine helped me stay on track especially during busy days.
  2. Eat nutritiously. Your body’s fuel are the food you eat. Ensure that you are injecting nutritious meals into your diet as much as possible. More fruits and vegetables, less sugary and processed food although an occasional cravings for sweets are acceptable.
  3. Take prenatal vitamins. During those months when we were TTC (trying to conceive), I already took folic acid amongst other vitamins. This is to help boost fertility and ensure that I’m getting all the nutrients I’ll need during early pregnancy.
  4. Drop bad vices. Smoking, alcohol and too much caffeine as we all know are not good in any way for our health. Although I don’t smoke or drink alcohol, I occasionally allow myself to enjoy a little bit of caffeine thru my green tea and coffee.
  5. Track your fertility. I used this free app to help me track my ovulation and fertile windows. It also has helpful articles and advice on what we should be doing while trying to conceive.

Of course, ensuring you are not under a lot of stress helps a lot too! What were your ways or techniques in trying to conceive? Would love to hear them! xx

An Announcement: Oh Yes, We Are!

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An Announcement: Oh Yes, We Are!

An Announcement: Oh Yes, We Are!

After  the longest wait of my life, we happily announced that YES, WE ARE PREGNANT!

B and I have been together for eight years total. Naturally, there was a phase when people around us were bugging us with questions about having a baby. Although that was never an issue for us, it never really bothered us.

I believe we both had a change of heart when we celebrated our first year wedding anniversary last November 2014. Suddenly there were talks about our plans on conceiving, how many kids do we want and ultimately when are we going to “work” on it. We started consciously trying during our anniversary getaway. I have always had monthly regular periods but I took an effort to monitor my peak days, etc (more about my “techniques” on my next post).

On our first two months of trying, I kind of felt a little panicked, thinking why am I still having my periods. I thought it’s going to be an instant thing! On our third, fourth and fifth month, I tried my best to drop off my worries and see it as a wonderful and kilig time to bond with B. Hehehe.

Come April, I had a dysmenorrhea-like pains without the actual period. Then in an instant, I felt like “this is it!”. I secretly took a pregnancy test last Easter Sunday (April 5). I wanted to surprise B with my announcement. I even fancied this idea that I would wrap my pregnancy test kit and hand it to him as my “Just because gift” for him.

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