Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Tips to Stay Healthy

1. An Apple a Day Really Works. A natural antioxidant called quercetin, found in red apples as well as broccoli and green tea, may give an immunity boost to individuals under stress.

2. Don't Worry, Conquer Stress. Stop worrying about getting sick. The fear and expectation of having something adverse happen actually lowers immunity, says Northrup.

3. Up Your Vitamin IntakeEverybody needs vitamin D, which can be found in foods like sockeye salmon, eggs, and milk. Citrus fruits are a good source of vitamin C andcan boost immunity.

4. Mind Over Body. A positive attitude can improve immunity, and increase circulation.

5. Just Say Om. Santa Monica, Calif., yoga therapist Felice Rhiannon (Former HHC member) credits her meditation and breathing practices for improving her physical and emotional health. "A calmer mind means a calmer body."

6. Increase Your Social Ties. Extroverts are less likely than introverts to get colds when exposed to a virus.

7. Accentuate the Positive. Cohen's research suggests that people who have a positive emotional style -- described as happy, enthusiastic, and calm -- are less likely to catch colds.

8. Wash Your Hands - Over and Over. According to the CDC, proper hand washing for 20 seconds is the most effective way to avoid the 1 billion colds that wecatch each year, not to mention other infectious diseases.

9. Get Your ZZZs - Sleep is one of the best ways to stay healthy.

From: http://www.tasteforlife.com/content/default.asp?artid=2000&title=Secrets_of_Super-Healthy_People

Ingrid Cheng


Monday, December 15, 2008

Healthy Holiday Party Tips

1. Look for the mini-spinach pies and stuffed mushrooms. Thin, crispy sheets of phyllo are much lower in fat than heavy pie crusts and biscuit doughs. Mushrooms are also low-calorie carriers for savory fillings.
2. Cosy up to a hot drink. Hot cider is a delicious seasonal treat and you'll tend to drink hot, spiced drinks more slowly. Fewer refills means fewer calories.
3. Fill up on vegetables. Snack on fresh vegetables. A spot of dip is fine but don't overdo it.
4. Go for the protein. Lean protein will help curb your appetite for more dangerous fare.
5. Crack some nuts. Pick up the nutcracker and shell a couple of walnuts or almonds.
6. Have some candy. When the desserts come out, grab a candy cane (60 calories) or chocolate truffle (40 calories) to savor and take a pass on the cookies.

From: http://blog.nutritiondata.com/ndblog/2008/12/surviving-those.html?mbid=NDNL

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Choose to Exercise During the Holidays

Getting support is one of the most important things you can do when becoming more active. This week, choose at least two people that you can contact to help keep you accountable for reaching your physical activity goals. Write down their names, call them up and ask them for help. Then thank them for their support.

Find some time in your schedule when you can be active, even if it's only 10 minutes a day. Early mornings are the best for me since I get to move and exercise my body so I feel more awake and energized. I have established a 25-30 minute yoga routine that I do daily. If I miss a day, I feel a difference in my energy level and mood.

Most people drop out of physical activity because they try to do too much too soon. Take time to warm up and cool down. Go for a walk after lunch or dinner. It helps your body digest the food and relax. 75% of all doctor visits are stress related. Regular physical activity helps reduce stress and improve overall health. You should start by leisurely walking for about 5 minutes and increase your pace to a brisk walk. Slow down towards the end and cool down with some hamstring or legs stretches.

Adapted from "Choose to Move" email from http://heart.org/

Ingrid Cheng


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Walking for Health

The benefits of walking are that it helps:
1. Manage your weight. Walking burns calories, which can help you manage your weight.
2. Manage stress and boost your spirits. Going for a brisk walk is a great way to reduce stress. Regular walking also can reduce feelings of depression and anxiety.
3. Reduce your risk of a heart attack & type 2 diabetes.

I walk every day after dinner. I even go for short walks during lunch. I love walking because it helps me relax, feel good and have more energy. For an extra challenge, I walk uphill for 10-15 min. Then walk briskly on flat land for 15-20 min. I also take the stairs instead of the elevator.

Ingrid Cheng

Thursday, November 6, 2008

6 Diet Tips For the Holidays

6 Easy Diet Tips just in time for the upcoming holidays:

1. Stop mindless eating: If you're eating out, order a salad with a light dressing or a broth-based soup, then share a main dish with a friend or ask for a container & put half of the portion in it before you eat since restaurant portions are bigger than what's healthy. If you're cooking dinner, a soup or salad is a great filler.

2. Trick your sweet tooth: Eat high quality protein or soy products at every meal. If you still crave something sweet, eat an apple for a snack. I make baked cinnamon apple slices as treats during winter. Sprinkle some cinnamon powder onto apple slices, place on aluminum foil lined tray and bake at 300 degrees for 2-3 min. Yum!

3. Check your waist size: If your "slim jeans" feel too tight, it's time to eat less & exercise more (go for a walk).

4. Write it down: Keep a food journal & write down what you eat each day during the holidays. You're less likely to overeat.

5. Fill up on foods with high fiber or water content like fruits & veggies. Avoid fried foods, rich sauces, full-fat dairy products, ham, sausages & red meat.

6. Tell a friend about your goal: Whether you just want to maintain your current weight or loss a few pounds, get support. Ask a buddy to keep you accountable.

Enjoy your holidays by eating healthily & sensibly.
Adapted from: http://www.parade.com/healthystyle/2008/11/6-easy-diet-tricks

Ingrid Cheng


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Choose to Move

During the Choose To Move 12-week challenge, women will not only engage in physical activity, but discover a community of women who share a common goal – increase physical activity in order to develop a healthier lifestyle. Their success is a direct result of determination, commitment and the support they received from those in the Choose To Move community. This is a free program by the American Heart Association (AHA). Did you know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States?

Regular moderate exercise or physical activity has many benefits. It can:

1. Strengthen your heart and cardiovascular system
2. Improve your circulation and help your body use oxygen better
3. Increase energy level and endurance
4. Lower blood pressure
5. Improve muscle tone, strength, balance and joint flexibility
6. Strengthen bones
7. Help reduce body fat and help you reach a healthy weight
8. Help reduce stress, tension, anxiety and depression.
9. Boost self-image and self-esteem.
10. Improve sleep.
11. Help you feel more relaxed and rested.
12. Make you look and feel great.


Ingrid Cheng
Founder of Holistic Health Club

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Kabocha (Japanese Pumpkin) Recipe

Kabocha is known as Japanese pumpkin or kabocha squash. It has a dark green skin and a slightly sweet taste.

Wash good and dry. Put in microwave for a couple of minutes to make it easier to cut. Cut out a circle to make a lid. Clean out seeds and string.

1 Kabocha (Japanese pumpkin) 4-5 lbs
2 lbs Ground turkey
4 fat Shiitake mushrooms
½-1 can Water chestnuts
2 pieces Garlic
½-1 tsp Ginger
½-¾ cup Oyster sauce
1-2 tsp Shoyu
2 tsp Sugar
¼ tsp Garlic powder

Note: All measurements are approximate so use to your taste.

Brown meat with garlic and ginger. Add other ingredients.
Put pumpkin in microwavable dish, cover with saran wrap and cook for 15-20 minutes, depending on size.
If baking in oven, cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1-1/2 hours.

Recipe from Mark Chun

Thanks Mark for the delicious Kabocha dish. I'll make it for Thanksgiving.

Ingrid Cheng
Holistic Health Club

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Dream Team Intentions

I really enjoyed the Dream Team calls and want to share our intentions:

Ingrid: Keep a Gratitude journal/writing something down whenever I feel like it. See what comes into being.

Kim: Creating a visioning book or board with images and words.

Kristine: Effortless wealth/whatever I feel like doing will bring this.

Jeanne: Seeing myself as a speaker. The wise time-manager.

Aaron: Fun, enjoyment space.

Ingrid Cheng, Holistic Health Club

Kim Selbert, Laughter Yoga

Kristine CastroLife Coach/ Yoga Teacher

Jeanne Kuntz, Wellness Coach

Aaron Ross, PebbleStorm: "Make money through enjoyment"
CEOFlow: "Liberate the life in your organization"

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Be a Blogger at Change.org

Change.org is currently hiring part-time blogger/editors to create the premier online space for some of the most important issues of our time. Each blogger will lead an online community focusing on a single issue, maintain a daily blog covering news and offering commentary, convene leading nonprofits and activists working on the issue, and help people translate their interests and passions into concrete action.

They are currently hiring for the following positions:
Global Poverty, Universal Health Care, Microfinance, Human Trafficking, Public Education, Poverty In America, Global Health, Water Sustainability, Cure Cancer, Sustainable Agriculture, Racism, Mental Health and more.

For details and to appy, go to: http://www.change.org/jobs/bloggers

Ingrid Cheng
Founder of Holistic Health Club

Friday, October 17, 2008

Celebrate Green: Greens up Celebrations

Celebrate Green! by Corey Colwell-Lipson and Lynn Colwell is printed on 100% recycled FSC certified paper. The authors practice what they preach and offer ideas that make greening up celebrations fun and easy. There are many free and low cost ways to go green. I really like the alternatives to candy in the Halloween section and all the healthy recipes in the book. If we each do something that resonates with us, then we'll empower ourselves to practice the 3 Gs. Good for the people, good for the planet and good for the community. One thing that caught my attention is the fact that obesity costs $117 billion per year. People need to be informed and empowered to eat a healthy vegetable-based diet and exercise. This is the best prevention of obesity and other related diseases. For more information or to purchase their book, go to: http://www.celebrategreen.net/

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook, Yoga Teacher
Founder of Holistic Health Club

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Emotional Wellness

When life is going smoothly or well, it's easy to feel good. It is much harder to keep calm during difficult events or times. Anger, fear and grief are are part of life but we can't let these feelings overwhelm or control us. Here are some tips to maintain emotional wellness:

1. Talk to a few close friends about how you feel

2. Have some time alone to read, reflect or write in your journal

3. Exercise or get moving. Studies have shown that exercise lifts mood and enhances the quality of life.

4. Enjoy simple things in life. Notice the beauty around you.

5. Find a passion. Make a list of things you really want to do. Identify an interest and pursue it.

Modified from: http://www.medicinenet.com/emotional_wellness/article.htm

Ingrid Cheng


Saturday, October 11, 2008

Mediterranean Diet Reduces Disease

Every 34 seconds, an American dies of heart disease. Check out this honest-to-goodness professionally authored Mediterranean Diet book by Emilia Klapp. Aging Baby Boomers and health-concious people need this information now! Emilia is offering a great affiliate program that pays you 70% commission for every sale your refer through her site. The book currently sells for $17.00. Check out her website: http://www.MediterraneanHeart.com

There is also the Breast Cancer-Fighting Diet:
3-6 servings of whole grain foods per day
1-2 servings of beans
1-2 servings of soy products like tofu
9+ servings of fruits and vegetables (3 servings at each meal plus fruit/ veggie snacks)
Garlic, herbs, and spices
1-2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed
4-6 cups of green tea
Extra virgin olive oil or canola oil for cooking

What you should eat more of:
Cruciferous veggies: broccoli, broccoli sprouts, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower
Lycopene-rich produce: tomatoes, red grapefruit, watermelon, guava
Beta-carotene-rich produce: winter squash, carrots, sweet potatoes
Citrus fruit: oranges, grapefruit
Berries: strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries
Dark green, leafy veggies: spinach, romaine, kale, collards, Swiss chard

Modified from: http://yourtotalhealth.ivillage.com/the-breast-cancerfighting-diet.html?pageNum=2

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook

Friday, October 10, 2008

Cook One Meal, Eat for a Week

Through an arrangement known as “cooperative cooking,” a group of 5 people each prepare a single, large meal that will feed everyone and package it up. One share goes into their own refrigerators, and they meet on a set day at the home of the host/ hostess to share their packaged food. So in exchange for cooking one meal, each person gets 5 meals—which, with leftovers, is often enough to provide dinner for the whole week.

From college campuses to apartment buildings, and from suburban neighborhoods to cohousing communities, many busy people have found that cooking cooperatively, especially for the after-work dinners on weeknights, can save time and money, and deepen connections with family and community—all while supporting healthy, green food choices. Though cooking co-op arrangements vary, they all take advantage of the fact that cooking one meal for a crowd, once a week is a "win-win" situation for all who are involved. All you have to do is to cook one big meal and portion it into 5 microwave-safe containers, keep one portion for yourself, then exchange your meal with others who do the same.

Modified from: http://www.coopamerica.org/pubs/realmoney/articles/cooperativemeals.cfm

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Chinese 5-ingredient Noodles

1 pack of Chinese noodles
1 chicken thigh (broiled and de-skinned)
2 eggs (beaten, cooked & sliced)
1/2 a head of cabbage (sliced)
2 cucumbers (sliced)
2-3 Shitake mushrooms (sliced)

2 Tbsp canola oil
2 tsp crushed garlic
1-2 tsp soy sauce
1-2 tsp red vinegar
1 tsp miso sauce
1 tsp Teriyaki sauce
sesame oil
garlic salt

Boil water in a pan. Put noodles in and cook for 5 min. Add a few drops of sesame oil & a dash of salt. Stir until noodles separate and become chewy. Drain noodles & allow to cool.

Heat canola oil in wok & add garlic. Stir fry sliced cabbage and mushrooms. Add noodles. Season with soy sauce, salt & pepper. Cook for 5 min.

Marinate chicken thigh in miso sauce and crushed garlic. Broil chicken thigh with skin on for 20-25 min. De-skin and cut into slices, removing any excess fat. Add Teriyaki sauce.

Thinly slice cucumbers and put in a separate bowl. Add sliced chicken on top.

Heat canola oil in pan. Add beaten eggs seasoned with garlic salt & pepper. Tilt the pan side to side so eggs spread out evenly in pan (like a crepe), then take pan & gently flip eggs onto cutting board with the help of a spatula. Cut into slices.

Add chicken and/ or cucumbers and/ or eggs on top of noodles as desired.

Ingrid Cheng


Saturday, October 4, 2008

Cook for a Healthy Life

Here are some simple tips for cooking smarter and increase the disease-fighting power of every meal. Cooked tomatoes and tomato based pasta sauce contain more lycopen, a powerful antioxidant. An easy way is to bake tomatoes, then add them to salads, sandwiches and pastas. Roasted omega-3 rich fish like wild salmon tastes great and is good for us. Pair leafy greens with healthy fat like olive oil, nuts or avocado. This increases our absorption of disease-fighting compounds called cartenoids. Crushing garlic cloves activates the heart protecting compounds. Steaming broccoli or cauliflower can reduce cancer risk. (Modified from Cook Like Your Life Depends on It! by Sharon Palmer, RD).

When I cook, I get to be creative, to try out new recipes and new combination of ingredients. I know exactly what is in my food and can flavor it to my taste. I use fresh, healthy ingredients and save money as well as time since all my recipes take about 30 minutes and I save over $100 per month by eating at home.

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Anti-Cancer Recipe

Broccoli, Cauliflower, Potato Curry

1 onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium potatoes, cubed (3 to 4 cups)
1/2 head broccoli, cut into florets
1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
2 carrots, chopped
1 cup peas
1 can Garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
2 Tbsp Canola oil
1 1/2 Tbsp Curry powder
1/2 tsp Tumeric
1 can Coconut milk
3 Tbsp Soy sauce
1 tsp Sea salt

Saute onions, garlic, carrots & potatoes on oil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until onion begins to soften, about 3 min. Reduce heat to medium. Continue cooking, stirring often, about 2-4 min.

Add coconut milk, curry & tumeric. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10-20 min, stirring occasionally until root vegetables are cooked.

Add beans, broccoli, cauliflower & peas. Flavor with soy sauce & salt. Cook for 5 min. Serves 5-6.

Modified from recipe by Tanya Barnard & Sara Kramer, The Cancer Project.

Turmeric and other Indian spices are getting more and more attention for their anti-cancer properties. Put them with known cancer-fighting vegetables and you’re in for real health food.


Sunday, September 28, 2008

Positive Visualization

You can use this technique to visualize anything you desire:

1) Several times a day, say out loud and think to yourself "President Obama" and when you do - imagine it being true, right now, and feeling all the great feelings that go with such a powerful, positive thought.

2) Please forward this to friends and spread the word.

Bush and Republicans operate from a basis of fear. Bush plunged the U.S. into an endless war with Iraq based on fear of non-existant weapons of mass destruction. Then, he denied that there was anything wrong with our economy just 5 months ago. Now, Bush wants us to be so fearful about a recession that we'll let him pull a $700 billion con-job on us, but when we focus on the negative things, we give power to them. Let's say and think 'President Obama' and experience the pleasure that this brings.

There is power in our intention! Saying what we wish to empower aligns us with what we want. Saying and imagining 'President Obama' is more likely to inspire actions that will create this wonderful outcome. When we're feeling good, instead of afraid, resigned or helpless, we will get a lot more done. Practice this to support you in feeling good and more resourceful.

From Celeste and Ingrid

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Ways to Reduce Risk of Cancer

What you need to know to lower your risk, find support and have healthy breasts for life.

1. Reduce or stop consumption of alcohol.
A recent study shows that just 1-2 alcoholic drinks per day may increase your risk of breast tumors by 32%. 3 or more drinks daily ups the odds by 51%.

2. Stop eating junk food.
Research shows that women with the highest levels of transfats have about twice the risk of breast cancer as those with the lowest levels. So, eat more fresh vegetables, produce and fruits.

3. Exercise*
I strongly believe that exercise is the best prevention of weight gain and essential to maintaining a healthy body, plus it's proven to improve your moods.


Source: Hope, Help and Lifesaving News by Gail O'Connor (modified by Ingrid Cheng)

Friday, September 26, 2008

We Want a Green Economy

Photo of Green Jobs Rally

Let the Presidential candidates know: We Want a Green Economy

Rally at the Federal Building 10-11:30 am.

Urge elected officials to invest in creating millions of green jobs and a Clean Energy Corps. We can't drill and bail our irresponsible companies way out of the current crisis. We can invest and invent our way out. Sign the petition at: http://www.greenjobsnow.com/hq/ready-petition


Thursday, September 25, 2008

Digital Women

Are you someone who has a connection to the internet, is tired of working the 9 to 5 or for the corporate big guys, needs financing for her small business, wants to network with other businesswomen and wants to become financially independent through her own efforts? If you are, join Digital Women (over 17,000 International members).


Ingrid Cheng
Founder of Holistic Health Club

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Organic Food Discount Club

I just joined this new healthy food club (online)-The Green PolkaDot Box. They offer huge discounts on the brands we like. Big savings with free shipping. It's like Costco, but they specialize in natural and organic foods. Because I joined early, they gave me a special deal and I get to offer you an Associate Membership. You can pre-register now (they won't charge you anything until December 1st 2008) and you'll get special treatment that the rest of the Members won't get after they open. It's worth checking out yourself.

Just click the link below or copy and paste this URL into your browser window: http://www.greenpolkadotbox.com/join/8

Ingrid Cheng

Founding Member The Green PolkaDot Box

Friday, September 19, 2008

What Does Green Jobs Mean?

What does green jobs mean? Innovation, real solutions to the economic and energy crisis, reducing our dependence on foreign oil, no new coal plants, and no off-shore or Artic oil drilling or destruction of our environment. Calling for real change that will benefit all of us, not just the rich or powerful. Saying no to Big Oil and the old way of doing things which got us into this mess in the first place. Imagine clean air, safe drinking water, and the ocean full of fishes instead of plastic trash. Imagine people living in peace and harmony with each other and the environment. Dream this dream with us.

Join us for the Green Jobs Now Rally on Saturday, 9/27 at the Federal Building on 11000 Wilshire Blvd, at corner of Wilshire and Veteran (a high traffic area).
Free Parking at the Federal Building lot. Carpool, take the bus, ride your bike.


Sponsors for Healthy Cook

My goal was to find 1-2 other corporate sponsors for my Healthy Cooking Classes, Demos & Show. Marc at Green Health Live TV wanted to do 6 shows and a treatment. My blog has gained more readers and my Pink Yakult Smoothie will be presented to the stars at a pre-Emmy Awards cancer awareness party. I'll also be on TV twice. Watch me talk about Healthy Cooking on the Deborah McMahon show. It will air on (public access) Channel 24 (in L.A) at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 7th. I'll also a contestant on Tom Green Show, a Green Game show on Planet Green that'll air in November! http://planetgreen.discovery.com/

Ingrid Cheng
Healthy Cook

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Holistic Health Club is the fastest growing healthy social networking group in L.A. We grew from 2 to 16 members in about three months.
I am the owner of Attune Yoga and founder of Holistic Health Club, a certified yoga teacher, great networker and eco-activist. Attune with yourself, Attune with Nature: Yoga for the Mind, Body and Soul. For more information, email ingrid@attuneyoga.com

Premier Members:

Joy of Laughter
Are you getting enough laughter in your life? Kim Selbert is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. For more information, go to http://www.kimselbert.com/ or call 310-849-4642

Crystal Yoga and Pilates
Crystal D'Angora has a Yoga and Pilates studio in N. Hollywood. She receives her most powerful understanding from sharing and enjoying the teachings of Kundalini Yoga and meditation. For more information, go to http://crystalyogaandpilates.com/

Lisa Schwartz, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac is an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist and has been in practice for 10 years. She specializes in treating pain, stress, insomnia, weight loss, fatigue and headaches and can help you with any health issue. Visit her website: http://www.taoofvenus.com/ or email: mailto:lisas-acupuncture@earthlink.net. Call 310-804-8573 for appointments.

Jeanne Kuntz is a Wellness Coach, Health/Fitness Specialist and Yoga Instructor who specializes in fitness, nutrition and stress management. She offers Group Wellness Coaching for just $10 per person (limit 10 people per group). Call 310-717-4518 or email: jeanne@yogasalad.net

Rhonda Weidelman, MA, RD works with you through a non-diet, intuitive eating approach to help you to become mindful of your eating, to improve your relationship with food and yourself. Call 310-721-2260, http://mindfulnutritionist.wordpress.com/

Green Tea HP is a blend of highly concentrated green tea antioxidants, açaí, noni juice, pomegranate extract and resveratrol. It comes in a ready to mix pixie with 6 tasty fruit flavors, also a mocha flavor for coffee lovers! Mix with 10 – 12 oz of cold water, stir and you’re ready to enjoy the benefits and taste of this amazing drink! Contact: Blake Hamilton at 310-872-4949 or http://b7.mail.yahoo.com/ym/attuneyoga.com/Compose?To=blake@gogrenx.com . Webpage: http://mygrenx.com/southbay

Holistic Veterinarian
Dr. Armaiti May, DVM, is a dog and cat veterinarian who does house calls in the West LA area. She practices both Western medicine and acupuncture. For more information, please visit her website http://www.drmayvethousecalls.com/ or call 310-614-3530.

Kristine CastroLife Coach/ Yoga Teacher: Her programs and personal coaching are designed to give you the tools and power to honor your dreams and accomplish your life pursuits. Call 323-836-4001 or email http://us.mc379.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=kristine@kristinecastro.com http://www.kristinecastro.com/

Mark Chun is a nutraMetrix consultant who educates health professionals on the role of nutraceuticals and provides personalized service at each health professional's office, ensuring the best results. Visit his website: http://www.nutrametrix.com/ or email: mchun@socal.rr.com

Martial Arts, Tai Chi, Film & DVD
Steve Gettier is a Meetup Member, a Martial Arts/ Tai Chi teacher and great with film & DVD. He helped me with my yoga and Green Health Party video and did a wonderful job. He's giving a special discount to our members. Contact him at: stevegettier@hotmail.com

Anne Wedyawati is a Healthy Living and Water Awareness presenter and MonaVie Distributor. Learn how the Kangen Water can improve your overall health. For info about MonaVie, go to http://thejuicefacts.com/facts.html Call 818-371-9998 or email: Awedyawati@charter.net

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Bridget Bohuslavsky is the advisor/ recruiter at Cleveland Chiropractic College of health and healing. Those who are interested in a healing career and those who wish to get a $30 massage from a student can call Bridget at 323-906-2167 or email: Bridget.Bohuslavsky@cleveland.edu

Felice Rhiannon, E-RYT, PYT is a yoga therapist, author and speaker. She brings over 30 years of experience in healing and yoga. Felice is offering a free phone consultation and a discount on first time visit. Contact her at 310-395-1792 or email: lotuses108@verizon.net

Massage Therapist
Experienced certified Massage Therapist Jean Phillip can help you let go, relax and get rid of your pain. Call 310-869-0715.

Spirit List: Job Board for the Soul
A job board for Southern Californians who are passionate about health, well-being, spirituality, and the earth. For more information, call Dawn Smith-Camacho at 1-877-SOUL-JOB or go to http://www.spiritlist.com/

Join the Holistic Health Club now.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Healthy Cooking + Recipes

I believe that healthy cooking is easy and simple. Most of my recipes take less than 3o minutes. Here are two of them:

Chinese Green Beans with Shitake Mushrooms and Black Bean Sauce

2 Tbsp canola oil
1 lb Green Beans, trimmed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sugar
1-2 Tbsp Black bean sauce
2 Shitake mushrooms
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp soy sauce
1 c rice (optional)

1. Rinse the beans and pat them dry with paper towels. Trim off ends, cut in halves if needed. Place in a large bowl.

2. Soak mushroom in a bowl of hot water, gently squeeze dry, flavor with sesame oil and soy sauce. Cut into slices.

3. Coat a 10" no-stick skillet with oil, place over high heat and add garlic. Then add beans and mushrooms, stir and cook for about 3 minutes.

4. Add Black bean sauce and sugar. Stir and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until the beans begin to sear.

5. Cook rice in rice cooker and serve with beans.

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Udon noodles with Teriyaki Chicken, Mushroom and Veggies

2 pkgs of udon noodles from Japanese grocery store
1 can of chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 chicken thigh (broiled and de-skinned)
2 Shitake mushrooms
2-3 baby Bok Choy or other vegetables
1 tsp miso sauce
1 tsp crushed garlic
1 tsp Teriyaki sauce

1. Marinate chicken thigh in miso sauce and crushed garlic. Broil chicken thigh with skin on for 20-25 min. De-skin and cut into slices, removing any excess fat. (Use baked Teriyaki Tofu for vegan option)

2. Pour chicken or vegetable broth into pan, add about 1 can of water. Bring to boil.

3. Put udon noodles into pan and cook for 5 min. Stir until noodles separate.

4. Put shitake mushrooms, veggies in and cook 1 min more.

5. Serve in 2 bowls, add chicken on top, add a dash of Teriyaki sauce onto chicken.
Recipes by Ingrid Cheng

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sales and Marketing Tips

The Blog is a new way to drive more traffic to your website! How can a blog help your business? Relevant keywords in your blog may get picked up by search engines which can lead to higher search engine rankings. Did you know about the Law of Averages? It states that you'll get one client out of 10 prospects you talk to. Do you know that direct marketing can reach 99% of businesses and people? The more people you meet and talk to, the more chances you'll get a new client. Do you know the 5 steps to a sale? Do you know that success is 99% attitude and 1% ability? That when you smile, have eye contact with a prospect and are excited, you create comfort, trust and curiosity with that person? These are just some of the things I've learned in my one-day training.

Ingrid Cheng

Saturday, September 13, 2008

I Love to Create New Recipes

Photo of me at the Yakult product display.

I enjoyed touring the company, doing the demo and meeting everyone at the Yakult USA office.

The staff at Yakult enjoyed my 2 versions of Pink Smoothies, but they decided on a lighter version which also tastes great.

*Lighter version: 1 c ice or 3-4 ice cubes, 3 bottles Yakult in a blender. Cut 3-4 strawberries in the middle halfway up from bottom. Pour into margarita glasses, garnish with a strawberry on the rim of each glass. 1 bottle of Yakult contains 8 billion active Lactobacillus casei Shirota (friendly bacteria that improves digestion and enhances immunity).

3-4 servings

Nutritional analysis: About 50 calories, 0 fat, 1g protein, 8-9 g of sugar, 12 g carbohydrate + 2% calcium.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Yakult Smoothie

Healthy Great Tasting Smoothie

Yakult is doing a celebrity event next week to raise money for cancer awareness and they've asked me to concoct a healthy pink smoothie that has Yakult in it. I will demo how to make this strawberry yogurt Yakult smoothie today. I'll use low-fat and non-fat plain yogurt as base.


2 c low-fat plain yogurt, 1 c of ice or 3-4 ice cubes, 3 bottles Yakult and 9 strawberries in a blender. 1 c low-fat plain yogurt has 140 cal, 11 g protein & 4 g of fat.

Healthier option: 2 c non-fat plain yogurt, 1 c of ice or 3-4 ice cubes, 3 bottles Yakult and 9 strawberries in a blender. 1 c non-fat plain yogurt has 110 cal, 10 g protein & 0 g of fat.

3-4 servings

Nutritional analysis: approximately 150-200 calories (depending on size of strawberries); 0-4 g of fat; 6-7 g of protein; 20 g of carbohydrate + calcium.

Ingrid Cheng

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Blog For Change

Changeblogger network is a place that connects bloggers, podcasters and vloggers using their platform make world better place. http://changeblogger.ning.com/

Roots of Change: dedicated to social change through better relationships.

Roots of Change (ROC) is a collaborative of diverse leaders and institutions unified in common pursuit of achieving a sustainable food system in California by 2030.

Changemakers Menu:

1. Sign the Declaration for Healthy Food and Agriculture at http://www.fooddeclaration.org/

2. Become a Locavore, buy more sustainable food (local, seasonal, organic).

3. Ask your school district to make food part of the curriculum.

4. Join a local group seeking healthy food and agriculture at http://www.rocfund.org/links/

5. Make friends with your food producers at the local Farmers Markets.

6. Read a book like "Stuffed and Starved" by Raj Patel or go to http://www.rocfund.org/books/

Join Holistic Health Club, Eco-Local Solutions Meetup or Food As Medicine Meetup.


Tuesday, September 9, 2008

New Dream Team Meeting

In June, five of us met for the last of a series of Dream Team meetings. Three others are health professionals. Jackie Lee is a personnal trainner, motivational speaker & a competitive body builder. Steve Gettier is a Tai Chi, Martial Arts teacher, Kim Selbert is a Laughter Yoga Leader. It doesn't matter what your dream or goal is, the dream team is a support group that will help you really achieve your dreams if you commit to attending all the meetings, taking small, specific, measurable steps and being open to new ideas. The Holistic Health Club is a reality because of the Dream Team.

Our new Dream Team core group includes:
Kristine Castro, Life Coach; Jeanne Kuntz, Wellness Coach; Kim Selbert, Laughter Yoga and me. Dare to dream big. Our conference call will be on 9/15 at 4 pm. For more information, contact any of us through the Holistic Health Club website below. Our actual meeting will be on 9/29.


Monday, September 8, 2008

September is Yoga Month

The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion deemed September National Yoga Month and has listed it at: www.healthfinder.gov

Come to the Yoga Month Orientation this Saturday, 9/13 at 3 pm. Venice, CA 90291. RSVP at http://yoga.meetup.com/552/

Topics that will be covered are:

1) Postcard/Poster distribution. This is the final push to get the word out about the festival. You will also be given Yoga Month t-shirts.
2) Shift sign-up for the festival at LMU on September 20-21. We want to make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy the festival, concert and Global Mala once your shift is over.
3) Yoga Month Awards - two awards will be presented at the Los Angeles festival: Outstanding Yoga Instructor of the Year and Outstanding Yoga Studio of the Year. We will discuss how to spread the word about these awards to studios and teachers throughout LA. To find out more about the awards or to submit a nomination, please visit www.yogamonth.org/awards.

Please help by: 1) Contacting youth organizations in the area and tell them about Yoga Month and the festival at LMU. A Kids Zone featuring mini yoga sessions, arts enrichment classes, and jumpers will be open to kids. Free passes will be available for all youth.
2) Blogging, post the festival in community calendar sections, alert media to the event, send out email blasts to your friends, and utilize any other method you have available to bring people to the festival.
3) If you are an instructor, get your students on board to attend the festival. Group discount passes are available for teams of 10 or more.

I support Yoga Month & my Associate ID is 4184. Holistic Health Club will have a booth at Yoga Month's Health Fest 9/20-9/21.

Ingrid Cheng


Saturday, September 6, 2008

Invest in Your Health

If you had all the money in the world and do not have health, you would spend most of all that money to be healthy again. Life's too short to be just about making money. Often, we get caught up in the rat race and forget to take care of ourselves. Most diseases are caused by bad diet and inactivity. That means we can prevent diseases by eating a balanced diet and exercising.

1. Eat a healthy breakfast of organic whole grain cereal with kefir or yogurt. Add some sliced bananas or strawberries. (3 is the minimum # of food groups you should eat to boost your brain health.)

2. Walking as often as possible. Invest in a pedometer, clip it to your sneakers, then walk for at least 30 minutes a day if you don't like going to the gym or doing other exercises. I've walked more than 5,000 steps in one day.

Ingrid Cheng

Friday, September 5, 2008

Lung Cancer is the #1 Killer

Source: LungCancer.org

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers. In 2007, lung cancer will account for approximately 15% of all cancer diagnoses and 29% of all cancer deaths. It is the # 1 killer in both men and women each year. An estimated 89,510 men and 70,880 women will die of lung cancer. Cigarette smoking is the # 1 cause of lung cancer, but exposure to asbestos, radon, environmental factors, or secondhand smoke can also cause lung cancer. Though lung cancer is the deadliest cancer, it does not receive as much attention, both in funding and in public awareness as breast and other types of cancer.

For more information, go to: Lung Cancer Alliance www.lungcanceralliance.org, National Lung Cancer Partnership www.nationallungcancerpartnership.org


Support Stand Up To Cancer: www.standup2cancer.org. My grandfather was a smoker and had lung cancer.

Ingrid Cheng


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Stand Up To Cancer

"Doctors don't trust patients to make lifestyle changes...people don't want to change. They just want to take a pill and forget about it." David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD (cancer survivor) wrote. "The anti-cancer diet is the exact opposite of the typical American Diet. (Instead of meat, this diet consists of) mostly vegetables and legumes, plus unsaturated fats. Green tea is a great detoxifier (activating enzymes in the liver to eliminate toxins from the body). Ginger root is a powerful anti-inflammatory that combats certain cancer cells & helps slow tumor growth. Tumeric is the most powerful anti-inflammatory that encourages cancer cell death. Cabbages & cruciferous greens like bok choy, Chinese cabbage, broccoli & cauliflower all contain potent anticancer molecules. Soy is one of the best proteins with isoflavones that prevent tumor growth & block the stimulation of cancer cells. Citrus and berries are the best fruits and dark chocolate with over 70% cocoa provides antioxidants and many polyphenols. Enjoy 1/5 of a dark choco bar a day guilt free." For more info, go to: http://www.prevention.com/cancer

I want to spread the word about alternative, holistic, preventive health care to all that doesn't cost any money. People just need to get informed and make some changes to their diet and exercise habits. Watch "Stand Up To Cancer" on ABC, CBS & NBC tomorrow night. http://standup2cancer.org


Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Lifestyles of Health & Sustainability

LOHAS is an acronym for Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability, a market segment focused on health and fitness, the environment, personal development, sustainable living, and social justice. 385 companies are listed under the LOHAS Health Care directory. LOHAS describes an estimated $209 billion U.S. marketplace for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living. About 19% of adults in the U.S., or 41 million people. www.lohas.com

By my estimate, 19% of 9.9 million in Los Angeles (2006 Census) are currently considered LOHAS Consumers. There is a lot of room to grow. Join us now for lead generation, networking and referral through our Holistic Health Club. Market to 170+ health-conscious Meetup members and others through my referral service and blog.

Ingrid Cheng


Monday, September 1, 2008

Slow Food Nation: Green Kitchen

Photo of Green Kitchen

I think the Green Kitchen at Slow Food Nation Taste Pavilion is a great concept that didn't work very well in real life due to the background noise. I sat in the front, but could not hear Corey Lee (French Laundry) & barely heard Peter Jacobson (the Chef's Farmer), talk about the chef-farmer connection. Corey showed us how to make an escargot and tomatoes salad. He told us not to refrigerate tomatoes as that will destroy the taste. He also gave us some tips about how to ensure good tasting escargots (snails). It's very interesting to learn about what Chef Lee and Jacobson does. I've heard of French Laundry since my sister and brother-in-law love it (rave about its food). I know how expensive it is to eat there. Any tips that I learned could be worth some money. Did you know that the average garden snail is an escargot (edible after 3 days of purging)? Jacobson told us how he gathered his organic, free-range snails from his farm and put them on a 3-day "detox diet" (my term for purging) before he let Chef Lee work his magic. I'd love to visit Jacobsen Orchards (owned by Jacobsen and his wife) in Napa Valley, as it is designated for CCOF. http://www.ccof.org/
"For the last 6 years, the Jacobsens have sold exclusively to French Laundry," wrote Tana Anderson Butler.
Thanks Tana, for the beautiful photos and informative blog. I went to the Taste Pavilion and the Green Kitchen was one of the best things there. I also enjoyed the Bread, Fish, Ice Cream and Chocolate tastings. The ticket was rather expensive, even with the discount. We got 20 Slow Food dollars to spend and I only spent half since I don't drink beer or wine. I wish they had more food and less alcohol (empty calories and alcohol may raise the risk of breast cancer in women).

Friday, August 29, 2008

Healthy Cooking Show on Interactive Web TV

Marc Ryan at Greenhealthlive.tv wants a sample show outline from me. He wants to do 6 shows (3-5 minutes per episode). We are seeking sponsors for our shows.

1st show: I will show you how to make Chinese string beans with black bean sauce and rice. It tastes great & can be vegan.

2nd show: Tofu with shitake mushrooms & rice

3rd show: Udon noodles with teriyaki chicken & veggies

4th show: Miso soup, chicken & rice

5th show: Steamed chicken with ginger & shitake mushrooms

6th show: Teriyaki salmon & rice

It's Asian themed, not just Chinese. Rhonda Weidelman, MA, RD will explain the benefits of the main ingredients while Marc Ryan, L.Ac., Dipl. CH. Dipl. NBAO will tell you how they help balance the chi (energy).


Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Healthy Eating Habits

Power breakfast: organic, whole grain cereal with organic low-fat yogurt/ kefir mix and strawberries

I love to graze throughout the day. Here's why:

"Grazing works because of what and when you eat". I like to munch on organic, whole grain cereal and walnuts. I love to eat tofu and salads. I use a homemade balsamic vinegar olive oil or a white vinegar sesame oil salad dressing.

I eat 5 mini-meals instead of the standard 3-meal a day. "According to nutritionists, grazing is a common, natural habit that is (healthier). Grazing keeps your body fueled with nutrients which leads to better mental & physical performance, a brighter mood and less fatigue. What's more, the right balance of complex carbs, good protein and oils can stablize your metabolism". Anthony Head wrote in Optimal Wellness, Sep/Oct 2008.

Ingrid http://holistichealthco-op.org/

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Weekend Recap

Photo of Yakult booth at AsiaFest in Long Beach.

I went to several fun events this weekend. On Saturday, I checked out Fiesta Ballona and the Wine, Cheese event posted by a Slow Food member. On Sunday, I carpooled with Steve Gettier, (a Holistic Health Club member) who brought his son along to the AsiaFest. Yakult had a booth there and gave out lots of drinks plus goodies. We also got free admission to the Queen Mary.
Holistic Health Club will have a booth at Yoga Month's Health Fest 9/20-21. Yakult is the sponsor of our booth.


Friday, August 22, 2008

Cooking Demo at Whole Foods

Summer is the best time to eat raw foods like salads. The next best is lightly steamed or stir-fried vegetables. The Chinese believe that most people have excess “hot chi” in the summer and need cooling foods to balance their chi (energy). Cucumbers and seasonal produce are cooling. I love watermelons because they are so sweet, juicy and cooling. I hope to do a “Balancing the Chi with Food” cooking demo at Whole Foods soon. Keep cool.

I am seeking Corporate Sponsors for my upcoming healthy cooking demos, cooking classes, recipe exchange, e-cookbook and cooking show. I will be attending Slow Food Nation Taste Pavilion in San Francisco on Labor Day weekend. Join the Slow Food movement at www.slowfood.org

Slow Food L.A. member

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Discovery's Planet Green

Photo of Clean Energy Rally, MoveOn.org. See more photos at: http://environment.meetup.com/327/photos/

Tom Green is casting for a cool new green game show!Calling All Eco-Friendly Peeps! Think you’re “green” enough to be on TV? Are you “sustainable” under pressure? Come audition for a new game show with TOM GREEN on Discovery Channel’s network PLANET GREEN. If you’re environmentally conscious, always telling your friends/family to recycle, buy organic and favor the bike over the car, this is the show for you! Be part of the awareness and have fun competing for prizes and trips around the world! Casting LA locals ASAP – email or call now!purpleally@aol.com 323-944-5768

I am seeking Corporate Sponsors for our upcoming healthy cooking demos, cooking classes, recipe exchange, e-cookbook and cooking show using mostly local, seasonal produce.

Ingrid Cheng
Founder of Holisitic Health Club

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Holistic Health Retreat was Great!

I went to an all-day Health Retreat hosted by the Holistic Health Club Team and felt so energized that I had a hard time falling asleep. The positive feeling was so great that I still feel it today. We are all so busy and don't take time to take care of ourselves. We get exhausted, overwhelmed and stressed out. Then, we get sick. Our bodies are not meant for continual exertion, work and stress. Sooner or later, we will feel the negative effects. That is why I wanted to go on a Retreat. I couldn't afford to travel, so I found a creative way to "have my cake and eat it too" by organizing this Retreat. It turned out better than I hoped for due to the help of my team. Thanks team for all your work & support. I couldn't have done it without you!

Ingrid Cheng

Friday, August 15, 2008

Green Business

Alpha Energy Solutions, Inc. (AES) is a forerunner in lighting industry, consulting energy efficient solutions, leader in energy efficient lighting products, providing installations and maintenance services. AES works with power utility companies like So-Cal Edison & the DWP.
AES has extensive experiences and expertise with rebate programs to help you save money by tailoring rebate programs to meet your needs. I wonder if they'll sponsor my cooking show on Green Health Live TV? http://www.greenhealthlive.com/


Ingrid Cheng

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Green Business of the Year

Nominate Holistic Health Club for Co-op America's Green Business of the Year award. The top ten businesses with the most nominations by September 13 will be entered into the run-off vote for People’s Choice Award Winner. Go to www.coopamerica.org/peopleschoice.
Holistic Health Club: Co-op America Green Business Network Member #: W000237608
Please spread the news about these events:
8/16 Green Health Party to promote healthy, green lifestyle and Yoga Month. http://environment.meetup.com/327
8/17 Sustainable LA: A day long line up of activities revolving around environmentalism in the urban experience. Listen to the Slow Food panel discussion 2:30-3:30 pm. http://www.dffla.com/
8/23 Free Composting Workshop: Griffith Park Composting Education Facility
5400 Griffith Park Drive, 90027 10 am – 12 pm. http://environment.meetup.com/327
8/26 Eco Tues: Become an EcoTuesday Ambassador and bring the conversation to those in your local area! http://www.ecotuesday.com/ambassadors

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Technology for Good

I just joined the NetSquared Meetup and love their group. I went to a free class by Ralph Simon from MEF (Mobile Entertainment Forum). I also enjoyed watching Fun Little Movies - their mission is to contribute to love and to laughter by providing fun, funny, family-friendly comedy to every person on Earth. These groups are using technology in new ways to reach more people.
Did you know that there are 270 million mobile phone subscribers and mobile video is a staple of Korean and Japanese commuters who take mass transit everyday? That smart phones have the processing power of a 14 month-old PC? That word of mouth or one-on-one marketing is most effective in reaching people? That online communities like Facebook, MySpace and Meetup are transforming the way we interact with each other? That 55% of mobile gamers are women who like puzzle games?

"Online ads should bring a strong call to action and excitement. Podcasts, video streaming, photo galleries are ways to promote your business to 3G (the 3rd generation)". Ralph Simon said. I still don't know what SKUs for CCSR means.

I also joined Jason's Network (free to join) and love the idea of "World's Most Beautiful Video and Pic Contests." For more information, go to the websites below.


Ingrid Cheng

Monday, August 11, 2008

Healing Ourselves

Change Your DNA, Instantly Change Your Life™
Marina Rose, Theta Healing Teacher, Practitioner, Founder and Executive Director of Marina Rose, School of DNA Theta Healing™, says "Theta Healing is the most powerful, potent, profound, and cutting edge healing paradigm on the planet at this time.”

The School holds a divine space for learning and listening, hearing the truths of our healing stories. Marina is committed in the healing transformation of each and every client and student.

Upon completion of DNA Theta Healing Seminars & Workshops students will be certified as a Theta Healing Practitioner and registered with Vianna Stibal's Nature's Path, the founder of Theta Healing.

Green Workshop

Yesterday, I rode my bike down to the Mar Vista Farmers' Market for the free Green Workshop and took the Big Blue Bus back home. I learned some new tips and will share it with the group on 8/16 at the Retreat. Teaching Green's mission is to enable a sustainable future for life on Earth through comprehensive and empowering environmental education for all.

Upcoming Workshop:
Stemming the Tide of Toxics and Trash: 8/18 Monday 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Whole Foods Market, 2655 Pacific Coast Highway Torrance, CA 90505


Ingrid Cheng

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Preventive Care

Guess how much a root canal cost without insurance? A lot! Paying for the root canal was a lot more painful than the actual procedure. Thanks to Dr. Joseph G. Huang, D.D.S, there was virtually no pain during and after the series of visits. He also did a great job on my crown!

"The more I learn about how your oral health can affect your overall health, the more of a brushing and flossing fanatic I am. But it wasn’t always that way...Soon I was riddled with cavities—something I’ve regretted ever since, many crowns, root canals, and dollars later. " Julie Bain, Reader's Digest. "Medical research has revealed the dangers of tooth decay and gum disease, including heart disease, low birth weight in babies, dangerous and even deadly infections, diabetes, and now: maybe Alzheimer’s disease".

I want to let everyone know that it is very important to start brushing and flossing your teeth early. If you have kids, start doing it for them when they're 2-3 years old & teach your older kids to do it. My parents didn't teach me, nor did my teachers or dentists when I was a kid. They just told me to brush. I don't even remember being told to floss until I was in high school.



Saturday, August 9, 2008

Marketing on a Tiny Budget

Small business #1 problem: Marketing to the local consumer on a tiny budget. Our service allows consumers opt-in access to local biz deals. Businesses pay less than $10 per month to market products, services, deals, coupons and events. http://www.whatuneedlocal.com/

Health = Wealth. "LOHAS describes an estimated $209 billion U.S. marketplace for goods and services focused on health, the environment, social justice, personal development and sustainable living. About 19% of adults in the U.S., or 41 million people, 19% of 9,900,000+ in Los Angeles (2006 Census) are currently considered LOHAS Consumers". http://www.lohas.com/

We have over 170 members (about 1.7%). There is a lot of room to grow. Join us now for lead generation, networking and referral through our Holistic Health Club. Market to 170+ health-conscious Meetup members and others through my blog. Join as a supporting member for just *$33 a year.

Contact Ingrid at http://holistichealthco-op.org/

Friday, August 8, 2008

Olympic Spirit

Source: Adnan Nawaz, BBC Sport, UK

The symbols of the Spirit are the Olympic torch and the Olympic flame. Lit every four years in ancient Olympia in Greece, for these Beijing Games, the flame has been on an unprecedented intercontinental journey.

China's desire is for people everywhere to feel, live and understand its slogan "One World, One Dream". So the torch has been to places it never had before, highlighting the inclusiveness of the Olympic Games. There are more competing teams in Beijing than there are members of the United Nations. The international relay of the Olympic torch was certainly controversial with protests, etc.

(Join the Olympic Handshake, a campaign through which citizens around the world participate in a global handshake to send a message of friendship and dialogue at the Beijing Olympics at):


Ingrid Cheng
Avaaz member

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Tofu Salads Recipes

Tofu salad with sun-dried tomatoes

1 block of Trader Joe's high protein super firm tofu cubed

4-5 tbsp TJ's sun-dried tomatoes sliced

2 tbsp TJ's sun-dried tomato bruschetta

2 tbsp crushed garlic

dash of garlic salt & pepper

Parsley chopped (optional)

Teriyaki Tofu Salad

1 block of Trader Joe's high protein super firm tofu cubed

2-3 tbsp sesame oil

2-3 tbsp soy sauce

2 tbsp teriyaki sauce

1 tsp crushed garlic

dash of garlic salt & pepper

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 bunch green onion, chopped

1 tsp flax seeds (optional)

By Ingrid Cheng at http://holistichealthco-op.org/

Tomatoes are rich in many vitamins and minerals, but are especially high in vitamin C, A and K. They are also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant known to protect against heart disease and many types of cance.

Tofu is a protein and nutrient rich food made from curds of soybean milk. It has the highest quality protein compaired to any other vegetable source. Research shows that soy protein may help to lower bad cholesterol, improve good cholesterol, and improve symptoms of menopause.

Garlic is one of the most powerful anti-cancer foods per the National Cancer Institute. It has also been found to lower bad cholesterol, high blood pressure, boost the immune system, lift mood and have a calming effect.

Flaxseeds: Just 1 or 2 tablespoons of ground flaxseed will provide an abundant amount of Omega-3 fatty acids (proven to help reduce inflammation such as arthritis, protect bone health, protect against heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Flaxseeds are also a good source of fiber, magnesium, folate, etc.

Sesame seeds: These seeds provide a very good source of manganese and copper plus other minerals like calcium, iron and magnesium. Sesame seeds also contain phytoesterols which may help lower bad cholesterol.

Analysis by Rhonda Weidelman, , MA, RD. http://mindfulnutritionist.wordpress.com/

Free Samples this Saturday

Marc Ryan, the host of Green Health Live TV, a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California, a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology, NCCAOM, and a Diplomat of Acupuncture Orthopedics, NBAO is inviting our group to his Center's Grand Opening this Saturday, 8/9.

I'll do a quick cooking demo, give out discounts to our 8/16 Retreat as well as free food samples 1-2:30 pm. For address and details, call 310-831-2202 or RSVP at: http://yoga.meetup.com/552/

I have 2 tofu recipes: tofu salad with sun-dried tomatoes and teriyaki tofu salad. I'll post my recipes here soon. Join my Holistic Health Meetup or contact me if you don't see them by 8/9/08.

Ingrid Cheng


Wednesday, August 6, 2008


Yakult USA Website

"Yakult is the world’s leading probiotic drink. It was developed in 1935 by a Japanese microbiologist, Dr. Shirota, who aspired to create a healthy product that everyone could afford. Now more than 25 million people throughout the world enjoy Yakult every day. One bottle of Yakult contains more than 8 billion Lactobacillus casei Shirota – the “friendly bacteria” that helps balance your digestive system and support immune functioning".

I grew up drinking Yakult in Hong Kong. The Chinese name for Yakult literally means "more healthy energy" and I do notice that I have more energy after drinking 2 bottles of Yakult a day for a week.

Ingrid Cheng
Holistic Health Club

My Dream

I have a dream. My dream is to spread the message of personal and environmental health through my blog and website. My mission is to educate and empower people to be more proactive about their health.

"The U.S. Healthcare system won't be able to adequately support the 78 million baby boomers who will turn 65 in 2011". (National Academy of Sciences). "The number of people will exceed the number of providers. (There is 1 doctor certified in geriatrics for every 2,500 older Americans". Time Magazine, Apr 28, 2008.

"The U.S. Healthcare system is a sickness industry". We are part of "the Wellness Revolution". Instead of treating the symptoms, we address the causes of diseases. www.thewellnessrevolution.paulzanepilzer.com

Ingrid Cheng

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Upcoming Projects

Green Health Live TV is an interactive T.V. show with the latest information on medicine, lifestyle and diet choices that can help improve your health and the health of the planet.
I will be doing a Healthy Cooking Show with Rhonda Weidelman, MA, RD on Green Health Live TV. We are seeking Corporate Sponsors for our healthy cooking demo at different events like the 8/16 Holistic Health Retreat and 9/20-21 Yoga Health Fest. We plan to start an online recipe exchange, a series cooking classes that tie in with our cooking show and publish an e-newsletter that promotes health from inside out. Contact Ingrid for details.


Ingrid Cheng


Monday, August 4, 2008

Good News

I have just joined LACEE (L.A. Chamber of Enlightened Enterprises), a fast growing and unique organization. You can find Ingrid Cheng under "Wellness Coaching / Community" at http://la.chamberofee.com/business_directory.html

I am also a member of Step Up Women's Network, Co-op America Green Business Network, Sierra Club, Slow Food L.A. and Ladies Who Launch.

Yakult, USA will sponsor the entire cooking demo on 8/16. Rhonda Weidelman, MA, RD and I plan to start a series of Healthy Cooking Classes soon. I will show you how to balance your chi (energy) with dishes made of mostly local, seasonal produce while Rhonda will tell you how the main ingredients benefit you nutritiously. Come to the Holistic Health Retreat 9-6 pm. Free Cooking Demo 12-1 pm. Space is limited. Pre-pay $10 and RSVP by 8/8/08 at: http://yoga.meetup.com/552/photos

Ingrid Cheng grew up drinking Yakult, the world’s leading probiotic drink.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Cooking Demo - Chinese Chicken Salad

2 Persian cucumbers, thinly sliced
1 chicken thigh, boiled and shredded
1 bunch green onions, chop fine
1 tsp. flax and sesame seeds
1 tbsp. White vinegar
2 tsp. Soy sauce
2 tsp. Teriyaki Sauce
1 tbsp. Sesame oil
2 tsp. fresh Chinese parsley (optional)
Sprinkle of sugar, garlic salt, ground black pepper

1. In one dish, flavor thinly sliced cucumbers with a sprinkle of sugar, garlic salt, ground black pepper. Add 2 tbsp. white vinegar and 1 tbsp. sesame oil and mix.

2. In separate bowl, flavor boiled and shredded chicken thigh with 2 tsp. soy sauce, 2 tsp. Teriyaki Sauce, 1 tsp. sesame oil and a sprinkle of ground black pepper. Mix well.

3. Add 2 to 1. Garnish with flax and sesame seeds, finely chopped green onions and Chinese parsley (optional). For a spicy kick, add a dash of Chili Pepper.
Vegetarian option: substitute teriyaki baked tofu and agar for chicken.
Handful of agar, chopped evenly (about 1.5 inches)
1. Boil water, put chopped agar in hot water and quickly pour out into colander
2. Pat agar with paper towel to dry further
3. In one bowl, flavor thinly sliced cucumbers with a sprinkle of sugar, garlic salt, ground black pepper. Add 2 tbsp. white vinegar and 1 tbsp. sesame oil and mix
4. In separate bowl, flavor agar with a sprinkle of garlic salt, ground black pepper and sesame oil. Mix well.
5. Cut teriyaki baked tofu into slices. Add sliced tofu and agar to 3.
6. Garnish with flax and sesame seeds, finely chopped green onions and Chinese parsley.
Recipe by Ingrid Cheng. Thanks mom for all your help and support.
Analysis by Rhonda Weidelman, MA, RD.
Cucumbers contain Vitamin C and caffeic acid which help sooth skin irritations. Cucumbers' skin is rich in fiber and beneficial minerals.
Chicken is an excellent source of protein. 4 oz of chicken contains about 30 g of lean protein (over half of our daily need of protein). Even the dark meat has little fat and calories if the skin is taken off and chicken is boiled or grilled, not fried.
Onions add abundant flavor, are high in Vitamin C and a good source of fiber.
Flaxseeds contain a high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids which is proven to help reduce inflammation (such as arthritis), protect against heart disease, cancer and diabetes. They are also a good source of fiber.
Sesame seeds are a good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese and copper. They may also help lower cholesterol.
Garlic is the most powerful anti-cancer foods according to the National Cancer Institute. It can also help lower cholesterol, high blood pressuer and boost immune system as well as our mood.
Tofu is a protein and nutrient rich vegetable source. It may also help lower cholesterol and improve symptoms of menopause.
Yakult Dessert: Yakult is a beneficial probiotic drink that helps digestion and enhance immune system. One bottle of Yakult contains 8 billion "good" bacteria.
Blueberries are rich in nutrients, low in calories and high in antioxidants. http://mindfulnutritionist.wordpress.com/

Saturday, August 2, 2008

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Join me for Sustainable L.A. on Sunday, August 17th, 12 to 10 pm
A day long line up of activities revolving around environmentalism in the urban experience. Path to Freedom Urban Homesteaders will be boothing/tabling and Farmer D will be part of a ‘Slow Food’ panel discussion.

WHERE: Grand Avenue & California Plaza – Bunker Hill, Downtown L.A. Free

Buy Local, Eat Slow: A New Way of Thinking About Food 2:30 – 3:30 pm

Moderator: Russ Parsons, food columnist for the Los Angeles Times, and the author of How to Pick a Peach: The Search for Flavor from Farm to Table.

Jules Dervaes – founder, Path to Freedom, owner of Dervaes Gardens, which grows and sells fresh organic produce to local restaurants and caterers. Gypsy Gifford – Executive Chef, Cafe Pinot. Lisa Lucas – Vice President, Los Angeles chapter, Slow Food Nation. Amelia Saltsman – television host/producer of “Fresh from the Farmer’s Market.” For more information: Downtown Film Festival – L.A.(213) 221-7685

Rhonda Weidelman, MA, RD and I will be doing a Healthy Cooking Show on Green Health Live T.V. using mostly local, seasonal produce.

Ingrid Cheng, Holistic Health Club (Slow Food L.A. member)



Friday, August 1, 2008

Showing Up

I have said "yes" and shown up to many good events, some great ones and a few so-so ones. The 2 events that really inspired me were the Step Up Wellness Panel on 7/29 and the PACE's "Celebrating Women in Business" event last night. 150+ people attended each of these events. (Photo above: PACE's event)

Tips from the Wellness Panel:
Dr. Susan Smalley, Dir. Mindful Awareness Research Center: Download a free 5-min meditation from http://www.marc.ucla.edu/

From Dr. Hyla Cass: Get 8 hours of sleep, keep healthy snacks with you in the car and in your purse and always make a choice to move your body.

From Jeesin Lui: Repeatedly press and release the meaty part between your thumb and forefinger to ease pain, stress, menstrual cramps and anxiety.

The PACE's reception and awards ceremony followed by dinner also inspired me to take my business to the next level. I networked with so many women entrepreneurs, got so many business cards and 2 key contacts that I'm definitely going back next year.


Ingrid Cheng

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Power of Morning Exercise

From 8 Minutes in the Morning to a Flat Belly by Jorge Cruise

"When I first tried to exercise in the morning, I thought that it wouldn't work for me (cause I wasn't a morning person). But a funny thing happened. Each time I managed to get out of bed & exercise in the morning, I noticed that I felt (good) for the rest of the day."

"Researchers found that women who exercised in the morning reported less tension & greater feelings of contentment than those who didn't...Only 25 % of evening exercisers consistently do their exercise compared to 75% of those who exercise in the morning. When you commit to exercising in the morning, you bypass excuses. Morning is the easiest time to control".

I do yoga for at least 30 minutes every morning because it makes me feel good for the rest of the day. Invest 30-60 minutes each morning in your health and exercise. Get fitter & healthier faster cause you're more consistent.


8/16 Holistic Health Retreat

Come to our Holistic Health Retreat on Saturday, 8/16 (9 am - 6:15 pm)

Connect with your own healing abilities at our Holistic Health Retreat.

Where: Crystal Yoga and Pilates Studio, 4475 Vineland Ave, 91602.

9-10 am: Tai Chi/ Martial Arts with Steve Gettier

10-11 am: Change Your Water, Change Your Life by Anne Wedyawati

11am-12pm: Laughter Yoga with Kim Selbert

12-1 pm (free): Party & Cooking Demo by Ingrid Cheng & Rhonda Weidelman, MA, RD

1-2 pm: Natural Health Seminar by Mark Chun, nutraMetrix

2-3:30 pm: Pilates/ Chakra Yoga Fusion by Crystal D'Angora

3:30-4 pm: Networking, *Raffles and Prizes (only if you sign up for a workshop)

4 -5pm: Dave Sandoval from Oasis Retreat to speak about the benefits of a Retreat

5-6 pm: Wellness Workshop by Jeanne Kuntz, Wellness Coach, Health/Fitness

6-6:15 pm: *Mini-Fashion show of Lotus Blossom Style clothing Tabby B

Crystal Yoga and Pilates team will provide free mini-spa treatments in the healing room for everyone who pre-pays $10 min by 8/8/08! Space is very limited. Pre-pay and RSVP to reserve your spot at http://yoga.meetup.com/552.

Ingrid Cheng, Founder of Holistic Health Club


Tuesday, July 29, 2008


Trust is one of those funny things. We think that, because we trust someone in one situation that we can take that same trust and extend it into another situation. The thing is, sometimes it works, but often it doesn’t. What we need to realise is that there is such a thing as situational trust. This is simply a rule that says you can’t always trust the same person in multiple situations in your life. Let me explain. I define trust as our ability to RELY on:
A person, or people Companies and organisations to deliver an outcome to us.
What happens with trust is that, when we have it in a relationship, it’s great. Things are calm, there’s less conflict, things don’t always go right, but you can at least sit down and have a conversation about it when something’s not right.

Written by Vanessa Hall

I agree. I trust people or organizations I know for certain things, but not others. I don't think we can really rely on anyone else to meet our needs if we don't honor and value ourselves first.


Monday, July 28, 2008

Really Achieving Your Dreams

I just read this great book about Achieving Your Dreams and want to discuss it with this group. It's by Randy Pausch. It's well-known title is "The Last Lecture". In it, he talks about teamwork which we don't have much of right now. Everyone's doing their own thing, but not really helping each others. There is more than 1 way to do business. I'd love to make a profit with my idea, but it's more about heart. I really want to help people, but without a budget, I can only do so much. I want all of you who read my blog to sign an agreement:

1. To work constructively as a group, to help each other without any hidden motive,
2. To help co-host an event or spread the word about this blog & my group,
3. To give honest feedback & positive suggestions (no complaints!)

In return, I'll help you grow your social and professional life. Agreed? (Please reply in comments). Watch "The Last Lecture" on YouTube.



Sunday, July 27, 2008

Yoga + Networking Works

I went to Clover Park early to set up for yoga and met this wonderful group. I told them about my Holistic Health Club and invited them to the next event. I also met a martial arts group and invited them. We began our yoga session at 9:30 am and enjoyed a bit of networking at the end. I told them about Yoga Month and Step Up Women's Network. Steve Gettier joined me at 10:30 am. We carpooled to the Mar Vista Market and talked to both Diana Rodgers, Manager of MVFM and the Open Mar Vista group. I told them about my blog and cookbook idea. I just love to connect with open people, refer people to good things and inform them about local events. I hope to earn enough doing this so that I can pay all my bills with a little extra left over. See photos at: http://yoga.meetup.com/552/photos


Neighborhood Social Network

I just joined Open Mar Vista, a neighborhood social network and grassroots movement to keep Mar Vista residents informed and connected. I am the Founder of Holistic Health Club in Los Angeles. I wonder if there is a network for the Brentwood community?

Join the Green Committee at Mar Vista Farmers' Market, 10:30 am on Sunday, August 10, 2008: Making Your Home a Friend to Mother Nature Workshop

Your home represents an amazing opportunity to green your life because most everything we do affects the environment in one way or another. Learn how to make your home a model of sustainability, inside and out. Topics include green building and remodeling, energy conservation, water conservation in and outside the home and water pollution caused by household activity.



Saturday, July 26, 2008

Fashion and Make-up Day

I enjoyed a day of fashion and make-up thanks to Free Spirited Women's Meetup and Step Up Women's Network. I checked out the up-coming designers and got some good leads for future Holistic Health events. I learned some industry make-up tips at the Step Up event and met Ariana, a health/ wellness coach. Networking can be lots of fun.


Love vs Fear

From Christine Comaford-Lynch author of Rules for Renegades

"People are either coming from love or coming from fear. If someone's coming from love, I know they'll want to help me and be supportive...I hold onto the belief that people are fundamentally good, it's easier to deal with them in a more compassionate, less reactive way...So this week, I want you to focus on connecting to your spiritual side. A fun and easy way to do this is by listening to your intuition...paying attention to that small, still voice within."

Yoga lets me connect to the love inside me and treat myself as well as others in a more compassionate, less reactive way. Yoga helps me to focus on connecting to my spiritual side and listen to that small, still voice within.


Friday, July 25, 2008

Women Should Work Out to Improve Mood

Source: United Press International

Middle-age women who exercise to lose weight spend less time exercising than women who exercise to reduce stress, a U.S. researcher said. (What this means is that healthcare providers should emphasize physical activity as a means of enhancing quality of life instead of of prescribing exercise to prevent disease).


I practice yoga daily because it helps reduce stress. I support Yoga Month/ Global Mala in September & my Associate ID is 4184. Sign up for a VIP Pass now (proceeds go to Youth Health Alliance, a non-profit) www.yogamonth.org/event/preregister.php

Founder of Holistic Health Club
Part-time yoga teacher