Simple trick to track water intake

August 1st, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

We all know it’s important to drink 8 cups of water per day. It helps hydrate our body and help carry toxins away from our body. As a forgetful person it’s really hard to keep this habit. I’ve tried many ways to remind myself but it never sticks. Although not beautifully executed I was anxious to my idea a try. I hashed it out in a few minutes.

It’s been working really well and I’ve been drinking 8 cups of water daily for the past week. I didn’t miss a day. This sits  on my desk in front of my computer screen within my field of vision. After I finish one bottle I would move one stick over to the left. This is also serves as a reminder to take a small break away from my work while I refill my water bottle. I guess it doesn’t take fancy gadgets, apps, spreadsheets or notebooks to keep a habit. The important thing is to keep trying until you find a way that works for you. I hope this will inspire playful ideas for you to develop good habits 🙂

Materials:

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Card board box (You could use two paper toilet rolls and cover it with some nice wrapping paper to make it look nicer. I just didn’t bother. I was more excited to see if the idea would work more then the looks of it.)
  • tape
  • pen

Cut and tape away.

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Stop a cold or flu on its tracks: Three critical advice from a nurse

January 10th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

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My colds are hell on an infinite loop

Phase 1: Starts out with an innocent tickle at the throat, a few soft sneezes, and a slight chill down the spin. My internal alarm and stress level goes into full panic mode, “stop cold at all cost!” In no time, the whole shebang knocks me to the ground.
Phase 2: Throat feels like the desert with red rivers in between. Nasal passages, what passage? Clear, yellow, green, red, thick to thin snot. You name it, I’ve got it.
Phase 3: Headache, coughing, can’t breathe = no sleep = no rest = more sick = ear infection, nose infection, throat infection
Phase 4: Go see the doctor = antibiotics = kill everything inside me = zombie
Phase 5: After much suffering I get better but the coughing never fails to persist another 3-4 weeks or more.
Longest holding record for being sick: One month, literally in bed, with a cold turned pneumonia. It started on my birthday…I hate being sick with a vengeance! I’ve had 2 pneumonia in my lifetime and many, many colds and flus in between. I’ve taken lots of antibiotics which basically fried my whole immune system. Skin allergies and all sorts of sensitivities started developing over the years. Last time I took Ibuprofen for hives, my whole face got swollen, so I really liked the following advice given by my nurse which were simple and non-medicine related.

3 critical tips from a Kaiser advice nurse

At the first sign of a cold start on this routine right away. Don’t wait until other symptoms develop. If you wait things will only get worse before it gets better. You can still use these advice if you are already sick. It will help reduce the symptoms and help speed the healing process.

1. Gargle with warm salt water every morning and every night, or more when needed

Salt water gargle recipie In addition to gargling I use a sinus rinse in the morning. I rinse with a warm saline solution to the reduce chances of a sinus infection. It also really helps me remove most of the nasty nose clogs. You can find Simply Saline in regular drug stores in the allergies section. I purchased my kit many years ago at a local CVS. I originally bought it for my mom’s allergies as an alternative to medications. You can read my detailed review here.

Saline Sinus rinse for cogestion, allergies, dryness, irritations from pollen, dust, smog, animal dander

This rinse has a learning curve. For me it was worth the effort to master it.

2. Sip 1/2 cup of warm water every 1/2 – 1 hr throughout the day

3. Use a humidifier at night-time

The key purpose of this routine for me is preventing the cold or flu symptoms from getting worse. By keeping the airway passages (nasal and throat) sterile and clean, you will kill off the bacteria and breathe easier. Sipping lots of warm liquids and using the humidifier will keep the throat moist which will decrease the chances of having further irritations to the throat that will cause coughing. During my one month in bed with pneumonia, I was skeptical of the significance of these advice but I was willing to try anything to get better. To my surprise I got better. The irritation in my throat and nose got better and my cough eased. I am so glad I followed her advice and am thankful each time I get sick I now know what to do to cut the life span of my cold or flu in half. Nowadays, along with lots of rest, I probably only get less than half-way into Phase 1 on most of my colds.

My 2 cents : Preventions is key

Emergen-C Acai Berry, 30 Packets, Alacer Emer'gen-C

  • Take vitamin c. I like to take 1-2 packs of emergen-C a day when I am feeling a little off. I like the Acai Berry Flavor. You can get them at Costco or any health food store. Flavors may vary in availability at different stores.
  • During the flu season, wash your hands often with soap and warm water.
  • When you feel sick maximize your sleep.
  • Keep your feet, neck, head, and torso warm.
  • Intake tons of warm water, by sipping. Drinking water this way helps your body absorbed it instead of flushing it out quickly. Absorption gives the water a chance to go through your system and detoxify it.

Ginger rock sugar tea

January 9th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

I got the chills all day yesterday and was fearful of getting sick again. After a day of shivering I finally recalled a recipe my mom’s friend taught me.  A few years ago my mom suddenly fell ill and I was panicking since she never got sick. I made her this ginger rock sugar tea and it worked very well for her. I have since used it on myself every time I felt the first sign of the chills. I wanted to share this with everyone and keep this in my notes so I won’t forget again.

This tea is tasty and warms you up quickly. I sip the tea in bed and sleep the bug off after I finish the tea.

Ingredients:

  • Ginger, 3-5 slices with skin peeled
  • Rock sugar to taste

Directions:

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

Peel and slice ginger. You can add more if you can handle the heat.

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

Heat a clean pot with medium heat for a few minutes. No oil needed.

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

Stir or flip the ginger slices over continuously, like flipping pancakes.

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

You want to dry it out. The key is to make sure the ginger does not burn. If it burns you may have a sore throat after you drink it. It takes a few minutes, if you notice the ginger burning lower the heat and lift the pot from the stove to cool it off.

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

Once the ginger is dry, pour 1.5 cups of water into the pot.

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

Raise the heat and bring the mixture to a boil. Lower the heat to a slow simmer and simmer for 15mins.

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

Add rock sugar according to your own taste.

 

Ginger tea, Ginger rock sugar tea

Once the rock sugar has melted pour in to cup and sip while it’s still hot.

 

Brighten your tired computer eyes with goji berries, wolf berries tea

June 18th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

Goji berries with fence and sunset in the back

June 2013@ Back yard, Goji berries.

Goji berry flowers

April 2011@ Back yard, Goji berry flowers blooming

Fresh goji berries tastes bitter sweet. It has a bright red orange color, smaller then raisins and have shinny delicate skin. It’s addictive to eat, unlike the dried ones the seeds are not as noticeable or hard. In Chinese herbs it’s known to be good for your eyes. I’ve also been repeatedly told the same by my trusted mom. It’s great for those, like me, who stares at the computer screen, phone or gadgets almost every waking moment.

Goji berries tea benefits: Original source

枸杞子茶:枸杞子中含有丰富的胡萝卜素、维生素B1、维生素C、钙、铁等,具有补肝益肾、明目的作用,连续饮用两个月,就能起到明目、强壮筋骨、改善疲劳的作用。特别是对长期使用电脑引起的眼睛酸涩、疲劳、视力减退等问题的人,更有帮助。

Goji berries tea benefits: (Translated on Google translate)

Goji berries also known as wolf berries are rich in carotene, vitamin B1, vitamin C, calcium, iron, etc., Good for the liver and kidney, improve eyesight, continuous drinking for two months, you can brighten eyesight, strong bones and muscles, improve fatigue. Especially for long-term use of computer generated eye soreness, fatigue, vision loss and other problems, the more helpful.

For more information about Goji berrie you can read up more on the subject here.

How I make my Goji berry tea: (Super easy)

Take hand full of Goji berries and boil in a few cups of water for about 15min. Pour into a cup and add a teaspoon of honey if you like. Drink tea and eat berries.

Disclaimer:

For me this is valuable information passed on from my family and now I passed it on to you. This is what I do, you can try it if you like but I don’t guarantee anything for you. Try at your own risk.

One Week Challenge: Exercise 30mins/day

May 29th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

The aim is to build a daily habit of exercising for at 30 minutes. In this challenge, do any form of physical activity for a streak of 7 days. If a break occurs, the challenge restarts until a streak of 7 days is reached.

Tips:

  • Do something that’s not location or equipment related to minimize excuses for not doing it. Ex. Jump rope, dancing, jogging/walk in place, stairs…etc
  • Do something you love and will not get bored with. I dance freestyle to Korean pop all over the house. I never get bored with it, it makes me happy.
  • Use your favorite up beat music. Any activity will feel 500 times more fun.
  • Just do something! Don’t sit! Move, wonder around the house like a zombie if you like, at least you are moving.

My records:
[wppb text=” 1 break, 7 days challenge completed!!!” progress=7days/7days color=#66CCFF endcolor=#3399CC gradient=0.2 percent=inside] Duration: 5/20/2013 – 5/31/2013
5/31: 30mins, 820 steps, dance/walk to Korean pop.
5/30: 55mins, 1690 steps, dance/walk to Korean pop. Today, I was told I dance like a robot :P.

Doodle of me dancing like a robot

Doodle of the day: Dancing like a robot

5/29: 40mins, 1120 steps, dance/walk to Korean pop
5/28: 45mins, 1197 steps, dance/walk to Korean pop
5/27: 3hr Hiking, 2hr Walking at to the Zoo for the very first time in the US (2nd time in my life)

Cows on a dried grass hill

May 2013@ Briones Regional Park, Felt so relaxed to just look at them.

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May 2013 @ SF Zoo, The first time I went to the Zoo as a child I was most impressed with the giraffe and today they are just as graceful.

looking at a brown, tan and white colored bear through a wet glass

May 2013 @SF Zoo, Dreamy Bear

two bears plotting their escape

May 2013 @ SF Zoo, Shhh…They are plotting their escape. Reminds me of the movie, The Zookeeper.

5/26: 5hr, Shopwalking ^_^.
5/25: 30mins, slow walk around Saint Mary’s College. ” Successful people see failures as discovered ways of how not to do things” ~Alumni Speaker.
5/24: 0mins, RESTART CHALLENGE.
5/23: 31mins, 11314 steps, very slow jog to Korean pop
5/22: 50mins, 1515 steps, dance/walk to Korean pop
5/21: 45mins, 1145 steps, dance/walk to Korean pop
5/20: 0mins, Last night I didn’t sleep at all.

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