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HOW HOBBIES MAKE YOU HEALTHIER AND LIVE LONGER: So, Do You Have a Hobby?

Stress is the number one killer today. In fact, from it often derive deadly diseases like serious heart ailments, diabetes, cancers. inflammation, and others. The principle is simple--too much stress cripples your immune system, and thus the easy onslaught of diseases.

Hobbies have an important role to play in combating stress. They make you relax and think positively, making you indulge in things you really love doing--making you get a break from life's problems. Especially at the end of a hectic day, hobbies provide a good alternative to everyday routine that kills enthusiasm and the vigor in life. Hobbies make you live again and puts meaning into things.

But don't mistake hobbies for bad habits. Bad habits are those you seek refuge in when you feel lazy and just laying idle during the day. Here are characteristics of a hobby:

It makes you think and figure out things more, like collecting stamps and coins. You research about them to get the best and rarest items available. H…

VERY CHEAP WAY TO LOSE WEIGHT: Anyone Can Easily Afford This

Here's a super cheap way to lose weight which anyone can easily afford--avoid eating out as much as you can. The daily cheap lunch you eat at a popular fastfood store which your budget can easily shoulder keeps adding extra weight and fat to your body.

Even food you eat at your favorite cheap street-corner eatery or karinderia on a daily basis makes you gain weight as well without you noticing it. One day you just see yourself in the mirror or in a picture posted on FB looking fatter, and you wonder what happened. Well, it's the meals you eat at the fastfood store or karinderia.

What's wrong wrong with these foods?

They contain more preservatives, artificial flavors, salts and probably cooked in recycled cooking oil. To make food tasty, most of their recipes contain a lot of pork and fattening mixtures, like flour for thickening sauces. You never know how they cook food inside their kitchens. And we often think that popular fastfoods are good foods cooked properly--that&#…

HEALTH BENEFITS OF PATOLA: Don't Judge a Veggie by It's Rough Look

"Pulis patola" is a term popularized in Filipino movies on supposedly lousy cops. It denotes an inept policeman trained in a far-flung province where cops know nothing except probably to eat and sleep. But in the Filipino movies, the rustic "patola" cop turns out to be a good and skillful cop who manages to ruin a powerful syndicate singlehandedly.

Thus, "patola" or sponge gourd is a common rough-looking vegetable almost nobody pays attention to (some even smirks at the sigh to fit) and considered low class vegetable. Why "sponge" gourd? The core of the fruit looks like crude sponge, but it sure doesn't taste like one. Patola is  often mixed in soups, especially plain and ordinary miswa soup to add some sweet flavor to it. It's also cheap--just perfect for anyone aiming for health and fitness with middle income budget.

Here are some of its health benefits:
It's low in calories. If you're trying to lose weight, eat more of this to …

PURE KALAMANSI THERAPY DID IT AGAIN: Got Rid of My Body Weakness and Kicked Out Flu

I was feeling weak the other week (see the rhyme?), was about to get the flu virus (sudden changes of weather seem to trigger the virus), when I remembered about the pure kalamansi therapy. So I asked my dear wife to buy me some pieces of fresh kalamansi and made myself a kalamansi puree. I drank that, without water or sugar.

And you know what happened?

Instantly my body condition changed. I felt much better and felt stronger, too. It was like magic. I was able to do my regular activities. In effect, it was a powerful bombardment of alkaline and natural Vitamin C that boosted my immunity and detoxed my system.

It worked fast because I'm regularly detoxed with the lifestyle I'm living. I do daily water therapy, exercise regularly, drink a lot of water and fruit juices, and eat healthy as often as I can. So, when I did the kalamansi therapy, it worked easy without much hindrance.

It will be different if you live an unhealthy and undetoxed lifestyle. You will have to take more k…

PUSH-UP VARIATIONS: Have a Wide Range of Options to Work Up Different Muscles

The more the better the merrier. Push-up variations help you workout different areas of your arm, forearm, shoulder, chest and back muscles. The more you do per day the better. And there are variations to help you advance for more complex muscle workouts.

I always start with shoulder-width push ups, doing 30 repetitions of 4 sets. After that, I try more variations. Here are some of the most popular push-up variations you may want to try:

1. Shoulder-Width: You stretch your arms against the floor at shoulder width.
2. Diamond: Shoulder-width arms with legs widely spread apart.
3. Wide: Your arms are more than shoulder-width apart.
4. Shoulder Tap: As you rise up from the floor, release one hand to tap the opposite shoulder.
5. Crucifix: Hands are at the sides with fingers pointing sideways instead of upward.
6. Shuttle: After you lower yourself on the floor, you move your body a bit backward and rest your weight on your flat forearm.
7. Floor Triceps Extension: You put your hand furth…

WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE FOR RICE? Or, Do I Really Need To?

A lot of overweight people look for rice substitute. So they eat bread instead. I can't help but smile when I see this. It's better to eat rice than bread. At least rice isn't processed and have some fibers in it. But if you're looking for an effective rice substitute, you don't need to look far and wide. Just visit your local wet market or talipapa.

The best substitutes are corn and sweet potatoes, especially if you want health with middle income budget. I prefer sweet potatoes because corn sometimes give me troubles. Sweet potatoes are perfect for me. I love them boiled or mixed in food. And I particularly love them in the morning as a substitute for rice and bread. For a big-enough size you get it for only P12 or P15. Simply boil it and eat it, you get enough carbs, fibers, plus vitamins and minerals. If you get the violet, red, or orange ones, you get a bonus antioxidant.

You can eat that with a boiled egg and a glass of soya curd or taho if you need some prot…

A Slight Transformation

You'd be seeing a slight transformation of Choy's Cut from now on, from being a BLOGazine to being a blog on health and fitness--well particularly health. And it's not just on health--it's health with a middle income budget. That's what majority of us have, right? We want to be healthy and fit but we don't know how to do it with our middle income budget.

We see lots of health and fitness recommendations online and they're all ideal. The problem is, we can't see how to fit them into our budget. Though we know how important health is, we simply can't prioritize it over other expenses--bills, tuition fee, insurance, education plans, etc. We'd like to, but we can't. So, in the meantime, what do we do?

I was thinking of that when I remembered Choy's Cut. I decided to focus on that here--how to keep healthy and fit while staying within a limited budget. And that's what I've been doing all my life--from high school to the present. I…

HOW TO EASILY HONE YOUR VOICE: You Want to be a YouTube or FB Singing Sensation?

It's incredible how talent shows online, like Asia's Got Talent, have opened up opportunities for even simple folks of various age levels to have their talents discovered--especially in singing. Others simply tried their luck on YouTube and got a million followers--and that started their careers then and there.

I've been meaning to produce several video demos and lessons on SIMA streetfighting techniques but can't find enough time these days because I have lots of blogging deadlines for clients. But I'm eagerly planning to, soon. Who knows--I might end up an online streetfighting self-defense tutor sensation.

You may feature your fire-breathing or sword-swallowing talent, but the safest and most popular is singing. It's for general patronage--you can build a following from people from all walks of life. Some talents attract only a small segment of viewers, especially talents that are more stressful than entertaining. In this field, singing is unbeatable.

Do yo…

WHY CHOOSE YOUR CUSTOMERS? What Shall It Profit You If You Get a Big Headache Everyday?

I know--lots of businesses would sell to anyone just for the profits. And they'd laugh off ideas about choosing who buys from your business. "Why choose your customers? You should sell to anyone who pays!" Perhaps, yes, but it depends on the nature of your business.

I teach martial arts as a physical workout and business. But I just do it on the side. I really don't care if no one enrolls. I'm particular about teaching only a few select. I don't want clients who'd just give me a big headache--it's not worth what they pay me.

I hate students who don't take the lessons seriously (just there to brag about being enrolled in a martial arts class), who don't give enough effort, who don't want to get hurt but wants to become an expert, or who do nothing but take rests during sessions. I mean, what are they doing in my class? "I didn't ask you to be here."

Noticed my last phrase? "I didn't ask you to be here." I need t…

WORDS HAVE WINGS: Action has Jetpacks

If words have wings so that word spreads around and gets to places fast, action moves even faster. And this can either be good or bad news for you. It can work powerfully well for you for advertising or the principle can work against you--one wrong move and the whole community knows about it even before it actually happens.

This morning while taking an easy walk around the neighborhood, people asked me if I teach arnis--or Filipino sticks martial arts. I don't advertise--I just do martial arts regularly as part of a fitness workout--and people see me doing it and assume that I teach. I don't advertise the way other businesses do--heralding banners and claiming my product is better than other products. I just do my own thing around my place--not to show off but to merely train outdoors--and simply talk about it and share some tips on FB.

It's a cliche but it needs stressing here--action speaks louder than words--especially if you're a bit choosy about who buys from you…