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I love to eat, that I can’t deny… just look at my tummy! Smiley The bulges are visible already, unlike a year ago… even after Little Zoie was born, I only have waist line of 27″!

Where’s that slim waist line have gone to?

I have searched the net for the appropriate exercises to lose these belly fats and it’s sad to say that I keep doing Day 1… I need to discipline myself if I want to lose these flabs!  I think I’m not that serious in losing these because I’m confident hubby’s not complaining about this tummy.  But for my sake, I better be serious with this.

Sharing you some abdominal exercises to help you, us of our belly fats:

  1. Abdominal Crunches
    No equipments are needed to work out the belly fat in this case. Begin by lying down flat on the floor. Now bend the knees with feet on the floor. Hold the hands just by the side of the ears. Do not interlock them. Take a deep breath before starting off. Now crunch up lifting the head and chest a bit against the gravity and try to touch the knees with the forehead. On achieving this, move down slowly, exhaling the air. Downward movement must be slower than the crunch up movement. Rolling off the upper torso as said is fine to start with to reduce the belly fat.To have much more effectiveness, push the chest and head towards the ceiling while simultaneously pushing the lower back flat onto the floor. Our anatomy will lead to a crunching pattern conspicuously. Trying to crunch up towards the ceiling causes much more stress on the abdomen part. On reaching the maximum top position, hold still for a moment and then come back down. Do not try to convert this to a sit up exercise as it will stress hip flexors and the lower back too much. Repeat the above mentioned steps 5 to 10 times in a single set. Normally 3 sets are done with proper time intervals between each set. 5 to 15 minutes of work out in a day can have a desirable effect on the belly fat reduction.
  2. Vacuum Pose
    This is nothing but sucking in the belly region by taking out air from the stomach. This can be done casually for a period of two to five minutes whenever you find time during your work or during leisure time. This hardly takes your energy and time but can prove very effective over a period of time. While doing this small bit of exercise, care should be taken that the movements of belly in and out should be rhythmic in order to promote regular refreshment of air. This exercise has two advantages namely the circulation of fresh air which helps in breaking up of molecules and the other one is inducement of pressure in the belly that will dissipate some energy in the inside region. It may seem quite easy but not so for people who have developed bellies to slightly advanced stages.
  3. Alternate Leg Lifts
    This is one of the advanced exercises to develop the lower abdominal muscles and to reduce belly fats. One should lie flat on his back on a flat ground with his hands at his sides such that the palm faces the floor. Both the knees should be bent such that the feet are rested flat on the floor. Now the lower abdominal muscles should be contracted and one of the legs is slowly lifted until the calf comes parallel to the ground and the shin faces the ceiling. The lower abdominals must be kept tightened so that the lower back does not arch when lifting the leg. Now the first leg is brought back to the initial position and the other leg should be lifted. The above procedure should be repeated for desired number of times.
  4. Stomach Twisting Exercise
    The formula of doing this exercise is quite simple but the breathing procedure and slowness of exercise has a bigger impact in the outcome. For doing this exercise, one should stand on a flat surface with legs kept closer near to attention position of cops. Hands should be stretched in front where the eyes should see the nails of the hand. This is the position one has to take before starting up the exercise. Now, with eyes still fixed at nails, the hands should be moved towards left side of the body to maximum possible extent. The position of legs should be stern and should not incline in any direction while the upper part of the body reaches maximum angle of twist. After reaching the last point, hold there for about a second and slowly come back to the original position. The same procedure should be followed while going to the right of the body as well. Twelve times on each side of the body will produce adequate strains to the stomach which can reduce nearly one inch of belly fat in two or three weeks. You need to do three sets of exercise each day i.e., 12 x 3 = 36 times.
  5. Knees In and Out Exercise
    Begin by lying flat on the floor. Take a deep breath. Raise the legs, and bring it towards the chin, bending them at the knees. Raise the upper torso in such a way the chin is nearer to the knees. Hands are either set free or held at the back of head giving a support. This is the initial position. Now stretch the arms and legs together in opposite directions. Inhale while doing so. Execute this at a much slower pace to gain maximum benefits. Now again crunch back to the initial position once the greatest possibility of stretching is achieved. Exhale while doing so. Do not try to concentrate on the upper torso. Keep the head and chin still and stretch the lower part of the belly. Repeat these steps for about 8 to 12 times in a single set. 3 sets are done with proper time gap to gain maximum benefits.

These are just a few of those abdominal exercises, now that I have posted it… I should also do this.  Have fun!


I am now trying oatmeal as one of my Little Zoie’s breakfast meals.  Being a picky-eater, my kiddo, I have to find more and more variety of foods that can trigger her little tummy… thus, I cooked a simple oatmeal.

Just follow the instruction from the pack, 1 cup of oatmeal boil in 3 cups of water.  Boil it for 3-5 minutes.  You can serve it with honey or with fruits, such as bananas or raisins.  My kiddo prefers the bananas, while I like the raisins.


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As I search online, for foods that gives a certain vitamins and minerals… see my personal blog for the article, Oatmeal are rich in Vitamins B and D.  Research shows that oatmeals can help lower cholesterol, it’s not that my kiddo needs to lower her cholesterol… ;-)  We just need other health benefits of Vitamins B and D.

Vitamin B Group, helps in producing antibodies and red blood cells, required to absorb zinc and Vitamin B12, essential to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. This is one important nutrient every body needs.

Vitamin D, this vitamin is needed to absorb minerals to our body. Also, this is required to help the kidneys in functioning well.

Having a kid that is such a picky-eater, will make you turn your net upside down just to find nutritious but interesting food to serve.



My little one is not very much of a rice-eater, but when it comes to champorado… she can’t get enough of it!  That’s why I’m serving this almost 2-3 times a week, as long as she eats a lot.

I consider this as one healthy breakfast that we should serve to our little ones.  As per my research, cocoa powder is one good source of ZINC, it’s one of the top 10 according to

Zinc is every essential mineral that our body needs, it helps in appetite control, normal brain development, and wound healing.  It is also needed for growth and repair, sexual development and reproduction.  Lacking this mineral in a kid’s body results in growth failure and sexual maturation.  And as for the adults, zinc deficiency may result in dermatitis, poor wound healing, loss of hair, poor immunity and impotence.

Other sources of Zinc are posted in my personal blog, check them here.

Going back, here’s my instinct-based champorado recipe:


  • 1/2 cup malagkit, sometimes I use regular rice
  • 5 cups of water
  • 2-3 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar. to taste


  • In a pot, wash the malagkit rice (I do it twice), then pour in the cups of water.  Bring to a boil.
  • Add the cocoa powder, stir.  You need to stir it occasionally to remove lumps of cocoa powder.
  • Add in sugar to taste.
  • Boil in a low heat, wait until the malagkit rice is in desired texture.
  • Serve hot.

I always serve this with evaporated milk, it tastes more delicious.  When I was a kid, I used to eat champorado with tuyo (one of my titas taught me that), it’s like making the tuyo your ‘ulam’.  Now, Little Zoie is eating champorado with fried egg!  Like mommy, like daughter I guess… ;)


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When I was a lot less younger, lols, back when I was a kid, I usually have cough… and sometimes colds too.  I have a weak lungs, I guess.  My coughing a lot became an allergy, even my doctor gave me an inhaler back then… but good thing it didn’t went on and became an asthma.

I remember my dad giving me honey with lots of garlic and onions in it.  It is somewhat… a herbal medicine.  I also remember him saying that he got this ‘herbal medicine’ idea from the late Ernie Baron, one of the Philippine inventor and the so-called The Walking Encyclopedia.

Anyway, after a months and months (I can’t remember if it took a year or two) of taking it, having cough became less and less in occurrence and  less troublesome.  Now, thinking about it makes me curious if the honey made it go away or, how do they say it…, somehow a therapeutic healing.

Of course before we go to the health benefits of honey, we have to answer first… What is Honey?
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Honey is a sweet, yummy food made by bees using nectar from flowers.  It can be used as a sweetener and flavoring.  Flavors and colors of honey is based on the nectar source, even the nutritional properties of that honey is based on the types of flowers the bees pollinates.

What Honey Can Do?

Honey contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids that helps nourishing our body’s skin and hair.  It also acts as an antibacterial and anti fungal agent that helps disinfect wounds and speeds up the healing process of such wounds and burns.

Research also shows that eating honey raises our protective antioxidant levels.  Antioxidants are our aid in combating free radical cells that are damaging the cells in our body.

Honey can be use as a home remedy for cough and colds, and even sore throats.  A lot of commercial preparations are using honey as a primary ingredient.

It can be a beauty aid, a cleansing scrub, mix honey with ground almonds.  A skin moisturizer, a tablespoon of honey whisked together with an egg white, 1 teaspoon of glycerin and about 1/4 cup of flour makes an excellent firming mask. Just smooth on the face, leave on 15 minutes, and rinse off with warm water.  A conditioner for dull hair, mix 1 teaspoon of honey into 4 cups of warm water. Use as a hair rinse. And if you’re a blond, add the juice of 1 lemon, too.

Honey is very nutritional and has a lot of uses, but because it is a potential carrier of botulinum endospores, which can be harmful to undeveloped immune system, giving this to children under the age of one is definitely a not good advice.

With all these facts, I might as well get a jar of honey or two!



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