Who could have thought that I could get a better sleep with this!

my homemade turmeric tea

I have started my journey to a better health using natural herbs and healthy lifestyle.

I have read a lot about the use of turmeric in the cure of any inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, and even prevention of heart disease. I started using this in some of my meals (chicken curry,and others for food coloring).

One day, as I was cleaning our backyard, I found a raw turmeric, abundant in fact, just sitting there for many years, and so I decided to dig to get some. I googled and searched for ingredients to make a turmeric tea, maybe I could find one that could help me use this.

What else could we get from the use of turmeric?

  1. It is a blood thinner
  2. It regulates blood sugar
  3. It helps in some emotional depression
  4. It helps relieve an inflammation

but I have not read anything about its effect on some degree of insomnia.

I finally made a turmeric tea with these ingredients:

  1. raw thinly-sliced turmeric
  2. a teaspoonful of honey
  3. a small sized lemon fruit

I added a glass of water into the thinly-sliced turmeric, bring it to boil, leave it for a number of minutes until it is warm and safe for drinking, strain and pour in a glass/cup, add in a teaspoonful of honey and squeeze a small size of lemon to taste.

I gave a glass to my husband and one for me at bedtime. I found out that my husband who had a problem with sleeping (he wakes up in the middle of the night and spends 2-3 hours doing different things just to him back to sleep), had about 8-9 hours of undisturbed sleep! I can’t believe it! Who could have thought that this turmeric works wonder!

Every night, I never fail to make a good tea…for a better health!

Try it!

Walk your marriage to a new level!

One of my doctoral subjects had moved me to get on my rubber shoes and walk an hour a day for a week- just to meet one of our requirements in that class.

5.00 am – gets up, prepare myself/5.30 am meet up with classmates and our professor at the university gate/WALKS around the university for 1 hour and ends at 6.45 am/eats breakfast/takes a bath/runs to the class and gets ready for the quiz and report.

That was how I started my day.

I thought to myself, “I will just do this for the sake of my requirements”.  So I painstakingly wakes up every morning to walk and later that week, my husband joined the group every morning.

But what else do I get from walking one hour everyday?

A study on the Association of Exercise and Mood “thirty minutes of exercise of moderate intensity, such as brisk walking for 3 days a week, is sufficient for these health benefits. Moreover, these 30 minutes need not to be continuous; three 10-minute walks are believed to be as equally useful as one 30-minute walk” (Andrade and Peluso, 2005).

Health benefits from regular exercise that should be emphasized and reinforced

  1. Improved sleep
  2. Increased interest in sex
  3. Better endurance
  4. Stress relief
  5. Improvement in mood
  6. Increased energy and stamina
  7. Reduced tiredness that can increase mental alertness
  8. Weight reduction
  9. Reduced cholesterol and improved cardiovascular fitness

I am a nurse and I wish to make a change on other people’s lives.

I can see people dying from lifestyle diseases.  I can see people suffering from emotion Continue reading

A breath of fresh air

It was on January of this year that I passed-by some posters in one of the malls in the city that tells about the future: for your career, health, love life, family, etc. I thought reading things like this would be so much fun! I even captured a snapshot of the poster which says: “It is a green light for you this year. Career wise, the door is open for you. You will finally get your dream of having that nook in your office with the wonderful view”, my horoscope says.

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I grinned. A bit excited. I went home.

My days went on.  I was enjoying my laid-back life, convenient, easy-go-lucky and as if things just come and go.  I thought that nothing so hard and complicated in life that I just cannot hurdle.  Self-reliant?  Yes I am aware that as a christian, there is no one else that I should rely on so much in this life but God.  But that was how I see myself before (sigh).  Somehow, things just became boring, day in and day out.

One morning, my husband disbursed this news to me. We were called as a family to work in our denominational university in Luzon. I just stared at him with disbelief! What? Why? How? These are the words that came out from my mouth.

It was indeed the time when we have to drop down on our knees; together we spent nights talking to our Creator, asked for enlightenment.

I started to search for answers to my unending questions.  Why us?  Why now when we’ve started planning for our retirement?  What about my investments?  My questions and worries went on….

And finally, the decision was made…to move to another place…to start anew.

Moving to a place that I haven’t been yet and meeting people whom I considered as complete strangers is no good at all, I thought.  Will I be happy?  Or is God happy with my decision?  I made a decision – TO TRUST HIM MORE, just as a blind person putting his trust on the one person leading the way for him.

On my first day of work:

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Who could have thought that this majestic scenery is what we will be seeing in our new workplace?

As I recall few months back, “It is a green light for you … You will finally get your dream of having that nook in your office with the wonderful view”.   But to my understanding, there is a much bigger reason than what was written on the poster in the mall.  I believe that it is by God’s grace that I am able to witness His miracle through this majestic view!

Not only literally has this been a breath of fresh air but realizing I am living a life away from the hustle and bustle of the city and being able to rely more on God and less on myself…i guess is a fresh air. 😀

“Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING”.  Psalm 139:23-24

LOVE indeed….

“Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which  smiles and kindnesses, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort”.                                                                                                                                                       — Sir H. Davy

I still remember vividly my life when I had my son as a first-time parent.  I had to give up my work and spend my time with him, see to it that he’s well-fed and eats the right kind of food, steps his first safely, says his first word and the like.

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Others may see this as a sacrifice, but to me, this is a manifestation of my great LOVE toward my kids: Jan Lenard, Ella Sofia, Jillianne.

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And now that my first two, Jan Lenard and Ella Sofia are on their pre-teen years, I am still a happy mum, making myself available as much as possible to every special moments in their lives: school competitions they attend to, play their games, prepare them to their Senior’s ball, prepare their food for their birthday celebrations with their classmates and I am still delighted to hear them say “Thank you and I love you mum!”

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But of course, I may not be a strong and a happy mum to them, without the love and support of my husband who is equally in-love with my kids.

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Let us be generous of our LOVE to our Family members and to all around us.  After all, it is FREE to Love!

Let this be our prayer:

“Lord, give me Your vision so that I may witness the big and small opportunities to be generous.  May I let Your LOVE flow freely to others without judgment, ego, or fear so that compassion and goodness are my journey companions.  Amen”.