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Lemon Grass Juice

How many times have you heard of lemon grass juice? Have you tried sipping one?

lemon grass juiceLemon Grass Juice from Banana Leaf Restaurant

Lemon grass juice is not as often prepared as orange juices are. It doesn’t taste as refreshing, for me, as other juices do. For me, it is more of a soup dish when I first tried it and even said to myself not to try drinking again.

However, when I had my vacation last month in our farm town in the province, that one that I shared that I have had to lurk for cheap holidays packages but I failed, my friend from the province shared to me her lemon grass juice preparations. But with my previous impressions with the juice that is not so good, I refuse to try her juice. but I didn’t tell her my very reason why I didn’t.

More than a Healthy Diet — Exercise using Exercise Ball

A healthy diet is only one part of living a healthy lifestyle. Exercise is just as important as eating right. It is not necessary to join a gym or have a large workout area at home. There are many videos, books and sites online that show you how to get a great workout at home with very little cost or space. Exercises like push up and sit ups are well known, but can be difficult for people with wrist or lower back problems. More and more personal trainers and coaches are using exercise balls for added challenge and to avoid injury.

Here is a simple workout that only takes up a few feet of space and is great to do in the morning before breakfast. It will help to work up an appetite and get you charged for the day. Notice that the exercises work from upper body to lower body, giving each side a rest. This allows for a shorter overall workout since you don’t need to take time to rest between sets.

Exercise Ball Push Up

  • Exercise Ball Push Up
  1. Lie with your abdomen on an exercise ball and walk your hands forward on the floor until the ball rests under your thighs.
  2. Pull your navel in toward your spine, bending your elbows.
  3. Lower your upper body to the floor. Hold this position for three seconds, and then push up so your elbows are straight but not locked. Keep your head in line with your spine and your abs engaged.
  4. Start with 5 reps, working up to 15. Once you’ve mastered 15 reps, rest for one minute and then do a second set.

Exercise Ball Squat

  • Exercise Ball Squat
  1. Place an exercise ball between the wall and the curve of your lower back.
  2. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  3. Bend your knees and lower 5 to 10 inches, keeping your shoulders level and your hips square. Hold this position for 3 seconds and then stand back up.
  4. Start with 5 reps and work up to 12. Rest for 30 seconds and do another set.

Ball Pass

  • Ball Pass
  1. Lie on your back holding an exercise ball and lift your feet so your shins are parallel to the floor.
  2. Lift your head, neck, and shoulders, and place the ball between your legs.
  3. Now lower your legs and reach your arms back.
  4. Come back up and grab the ball.
  5. Continue to pass the ball back and forth from your hands to your legs 10 to 12 times.

Overhead Squat with Ball

  • Overhead Squat with Ball
  1. Grab an exercise ball and stand with your legs hip-width apart.
  2. Raise the ball over your head, your arms extended and close to your ears.
  3. Now squat down, keeping the weight in your heels and your arms extended.
  4. Hold the squat for one count, then come back up.
  5. Keep your arms lifted as you do 12 to 15 squats.

Standing Side-Splits

  • Standing Side-Splits
  1. Stand with feet together about a foot behind a stability ball.
  2. Bend from the hips, placing hands on ball.
  3. Keeping torso extended and abs and glutes tight, raise left leg behind you until it’s parallel to the floor.
  4. Keep your foot flexed and your inner thigh facing the floor.
  5. Rotate your torso to the left and extend left arm overhead.
  6. Turn head to gaze at left hand.
  7. Hold for 3 counts.
  8. Lower and return to starting position
  9. Repeat on opposite leg.

Plank Pike-Up

  • Plank Pike-Up
  1. Take an exercise ball and lie on top of it with your shins on the ball and your palms on the floor under your shoulders.
  2. Now use your abs and legs, rolling the ball to your middle, lifting your hips and keeping your head down between your arms. (Your body should be in an inverted “V” shape.)
  3. Hold here for 1 count and then roll back to the start.
  4. Do 10-12 reps. Be sure to pull your abs in and keep your head even with your spine as you move in and out of the “V”.

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Vegetables help lower risks of Heart Disease and Diabetes in Teens

High fiber-rich foods such fruits and vegetables – green leafy vegetables like Malunggay, Alugbati and Saluyot, are known to help lower the risks of getting any heart diseases and diabetes for teenagers today when they become adult or when they reach older ages according to a new study conducted by researchers from Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Vegetables help lower risks of Heart Disease and Diabetes in Teens Vegetables

Fats that could cause heart problems and metabolic disorder like diabetes are saturated fats.

Saturated fats are fats that accumulate in the blood and increases the total bad cholesterol. Once it has reached its potential size, it clogs the blood vessel causing increase blood pressure and other vascular diseases which in the long run would even affect the heart and other vital organs in the body. These fats can be found in meaty  food products and other vegetable processed foods like coconut and palm oils.

On the contrary, unsaturated fats are the ones that are found from fruits and vegetables.


During my vacation, two weeks ago, I and my family had a chance to relax and enjoy one of the white sand beaches in Davao City. Though we we’re not lucky enough to avail for any cheap all inclusive holidays’ packages, what we spent were just worth-enough to savor the cool breeze and stress-free ambiance in the beach resort.

Wrong parking?!? Smiley

The cherry above is supposed to be on the top of the halo-halo desert of my elder brother, Carlo. He placed the cherry beside piled cups for soups because Didang, her daughter, doesn’t like to eat cherries. So when mom saw this image on my camera, she was laughing and keep on asking why the cherry is at wrong parking area.

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