Monday, June 30, 2008

Hands-Free Cell Phone Device

Remember to get a hands-free device for your cell phone today if you don't have one & use it since hands-free cell phone law goes into effect tomorrow. Another reason you want to use this device is that it will "place more distance between the phone antenna and you. The antenna emits radio waves and having the phone next to your ear exposes your brain to this radiation".

"Researchers in Denmark recently found that children who used cellphones, and whose mothers used cellphones during pregnancy were 80% more likely to have behavioral problems such as emotional symptoms, inattention, hyperactivity and problems with peers compared with children who had no cellphone exposure as fetuses or in early childhood. Children whose mothers used cellphones during pregnancy but who had no other cellphone exposure were 54% more likely to have behavioral problems". For more info, go to:,0,7512602.story

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Earn Extra Income or a Free Pass

I went to the Yoga Month Volunteer Orientation today and was so inspired. 19 volunteers showed up, ready to help out in any way they can. Yoga Month is a 10-city national campain to inspire a healthy lifestyle and educate about the health benefits of yoga. The L.A. Yoga Health Festival 9/20-21 is their biggest event.

Sign up for a VIP pass to the L.A. Yoga Health Festival (a non-profit charity event) now and receive a gift bag with $500 worth of yoga & health products. Your VIP pass is a donation, all proceeds go to Youth Health Alliance. I support Yoga Month in September & my Associate ID is 4184. Holistic Health professionals can also sign up as associates and earn 15% referral fee for each person who purchases the VIP Pass. or email:

VIP pass gives you access to all the workshops, the Saturday night concert/ party plus Global Mala & Spas on Sunday. There will also be free lectures and workshops. You can also earn a free pass if you sign up to volunteer at the event for at least 4 hours.


Join the Holistic Health Club

Holistic Health Club is growing. Partner Benefits for just *$30 a year: Immediate listing on the website, alliance, referrals, networking and more. Free basic membership (open to the public): Access some discounted/ free events or Supporting membership for just *$30 a year to benefit from all our events. Health = Wealth.

Attune Yoga
Yoga can improve your flexibilty, increase your mental focus and metabolism. Other side benefits are better posture, more relaxation, body toning & even weight loss. Email or call 310-780-3313.

Anne Wedyawati
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 Call 818-371-9998 or email:

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:

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

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 or email

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 or call 310-614-3530.

Joy of Laughter
Are you getting enough laughter in your life? Kim Selbert is a Certified Laughter Yoga Leader. For more information, go to

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

We are organized for the benefit of any and all business professionals who consider themselves green or holistic that wish to work for profit & benefit the community.

Be part of our Advisory Board and link with other professionals who may need your services.

Join our affliates program. Contact Ingrid at

Holistic Health & Fitness Meetup (free to join)

ELBA: Eco-Local Business Networking

Change for Good: empowering people to pool their money & resources for a good cause.

To join our Co-op, contact:

Exercise Helps Us Stay Young

Chronological age is only a number,” says Dr. Daniel Cosgrove, founder of Wellmax. “What matters is how rapidly we age.” With basic changes in lifestyle, most of us can trim a decade or more off our biological age. Strength, stamina, reflexes and resilience peak between ages 25 and 35 in men and women, but a steep decline is preventable. Read more about this at:

Your Vote Counts

Pick a candidate as if your child’s life (and our future) depended on it. While liking the politician should be part of your thought process, it isn’t enough. The decisions made by the next President will help determine whether (you) or your children will have to fight in wars, how dependent we’ll be on foreign oil, and whether Medicare and Social Security will be there when we retire. Vote for the candidate who has the competence and character to guide us—and the country. Your Vote Counts.

No Yoga or Potluck Today

Yoga & Potluck at Clover Park has been cancelled and there'll be no yoga next Sunday since I'll be in San Francisco.

Feel Good Film Fest

Aug 22-24: Feel Good Film Fest (a non-profit event). Green & Organic friendly fest has booths available. Celebrate film with music & food. 5 categories: submit your entry today. Contact or call 818-207-5307. For more info, go to:


Saturday, June 28, 2008

Change for Good

Join Change for Good to be posted on events like these:

6/30 Mon: Optimal Health: Allergy Elimination
7/16 Wed: Green Apartment Living Class

Green Health Party

We are planning a Green Yoga Health party on 7/19 or 7/26. Will know exact date later. Obstetric fistula, a devastating childbirth injury caused by unrelieved obstructed labor, affects women and girls living in poverty in the developing world. One By One wants to raise awareness & $ about this preventable and treatable condition. I plan to host a Yoga Green Pink Fashion Party with yoga, fashion show & potluck to support this cause & Yoga Month.

My Yoga Month Associate ID is 4184. If you're interested in helping me plan or find sponsors for this, email me. Thanks.


Eco-Fest Re-cap

They say over 1,000 were there. We had over 80 visitors at our booth during the Venice Eco-Fest. Anne, her friend and I collected 40 names and contact information. We paid to share the booth and got to share the list of contacts. See my photos at:

See Eco-Local Solution Meetup Member, Elissa's photos at:

Welcome to the Holistic Health Club

Holistic Health Club is an association of health and other professionals that seeks to benefit the Los Angeles community. Our mission is to educate and empower people to be proactive about their health by giving discount or free classes, products, samples or services to our members. Professionals can join as partners for *$30 a year in return for listing, networking and business development opportunities on this website. The public can join for free or become supporting members for $10 initiation plus *$30 a year to take advantage of all the benefits. I also have blog at

Health = Wealth. We are part of a worldwide revolution focusing on holistic health and wellness. Member of Step Up Women's Network, Co-op America Green Business Network, Sierra Club, SlowFood L.A and Westside Holistic Chamber.

Join us in July for Better Health. We will donate 10% of proceeds to Step Up.

Testimony: "My Life Coaching Program is full now. Thank you again for your referrals". Paula Verbit. Check out her blog at:

Attune Yoga
Yoga can improve your flexibilty, increase your mental focus and metabolism. Other side benefits are better posture, more relaxation, body toning & even weight loss. I can help you create a personalized yoga practice.

Ingrid Cheng

Friday, June 27, 2008

Research has demonstrated that virtually all individuals will benefit from regular physical activity. Moderate physical activity can reduce substantially the risk of developing or dying from heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure. Physical activity also may protect against lower back pain and some forms of cancer. On average, physically active people outlive those who are inactive. People with osteoporosis may respond positively to regular walking.


Food and Nutrition Resources

91% of Americans don't eat enough fruits and vegetables, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

To learn more, go to the Free Food and Nutrition Resource Lists at:

I am hosting a potluck this Sunday and asked my guests to bring healthy food to share. We plan to enjoy 5 or more servings vegetables and fruits for lunch.

Time To Talk About Alternative Medicine

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), has launched Time to Talk, an educational campaign to encourage patients — particularly those age 50 or older — and their health care providers to openly discuss the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) like herbal supplements, meditation, naturopathy, and acupuncture.

Come Out and Play

Public Health Officials urge families to enjoy healthy food and activity. "Childhood obesity is a serious crisis as more than 1 in 5 students in the (middle school) are considered obese," said Jonathan E. Fielding, director of the L.A. County of Public Health.

Holistic Health Club's mission is to empower people to be more proactive about their health and educate them on how to have a healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

$5 Gas by Labor Day

Expect to see $5 Gas by Labor Day. Tired of high gas prices? Come to the Action for an Oil-Free President Rally at the Shell Station on Cloverfield & Michigan, Wednesday 7/9. Alert your local media. Hope to see you there.

L.A. is the Homeless Capital of U.S.A.

About 80,000 homeless sleep on the streets here each night. 25% are women and at least 10,000 are youth under the age of 18. They easily fall victim to prostitution and abuse. The L.A. Homeless Services Coalition is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that has a citywide canvassing campaign to help eradicate homelessness by raising support for nonprofit homeless charities and building awareness in the community. I just donated $10 to this worthy cause and hope you'll support it too.

Venice Eco-Fest this Saturday

Come to the Venice Eco-Fest this Saturday. 100+ exhibitors, live music, food court, free-fun activities. Actor Ed Begley Jr., Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and other celebrities will be there. Come say "hi" to me at the Holistic Health Club booth. We'll give out free samples while supplies last. Carpool, bike or take the bus to this event. Save $ & the earth.

Swap-O-Rama in Venice Sat

After you check out the Eco-Fest, go to this Clothing Swap
Saturday, June 28, 2008 11am to 5pm

Venice Center for Peace with Justice and the Arts
at Venice United Methodist Church
2210 Lincoln Blvd (at Victoria) Venice, Ca 90291

Swap, silkscreening, design stations and more. Save $ & the environment. I love swaps!

Great American Backyard Campout

Join thousands of neighbors, friends, and families across the country for this nation-wide event tomorrow night! Add your campsite today and we’ll help you make the most of your event with packing lists, recipes, wildlife guides, activities, tips and more. Whether in your backyard or favorite campground - Register your campsite now!

Attune with Yourself, Attune with Nature. Attune Yoga will have Yoga at the Park this Sunday at Clover Park, 11 am - 12 pm. Look for me on the grassy area near the parking lot.


Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Green Health Job Board

Spirit List: Job Board for the Soul is a job board for Southern Californians who are passionate about health, well-being, spirituality, and the earth.

Flaxseed Muffins

The experts in Prevention's test kitchen created this recipe to delive 25 g of flaxseed per muffin, the amount currently tested against breast cancer.

3 c ground flaxseed
1 1/4 c flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
3/4 c skim milk
1/2 c egg or egg substitute
1/3-1/2 light molasses
2 Tbsp canola oil

1. Preheat oven to 350
2. In large bowl, mix flaxseed, flour and baking powder. In separate bowl, stir together milk, egg, molasses and oil. Stir wet mixture into dry one until just moistened. Pour batter into a muffin pan coated with nonstick spray. Bake for about 18 minutes until tops are lightly brown.

Makes a dozen. (To make muffins moist, add 1/2 c of apple sauce to the wet mixture in step 2. Flaxseeds are high in fiber and the plant version of Omega-3 oil)

Healthy Recipe

Wok-Seared Broccoli & Cauliflower

1 1/2 Tbsp canola oil
1 bunch of broccoli
1/2 bunch of cauliflower (buy whole & cut in halves)
1/4 tsp black pepper powder
1 c low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp orange juice

1. Wash vegetables, cut into bite size florets
2. Heat wok or skillet, add oil and swirl to coat pan
3. Place vegetables in pan and toss to coat with oil. Reduce heat to medium-high and saute for 4 minutes
4. Season with pepper and add broth. Cover and cook for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender
5. Add soy sauce and orange juice, toss for 2-3 minutes

Adapted from Prevention Magazine

Boys & Girls Club

Boys & Girls Club has health iniatives like Healthy Habits & SMART Girls, sports, fitness & recreation activities for children. (Santa Monica) (Venice)

Healthy Aging

WISE & Healthy Aging brings together WISE & Center for Healthy Aging services. It is a non-profit organization whose mission is to meet the needs of aging adults and their care-givers.

Fruits & Veggies

I just found out about this Healthy website:

They have 30 min recipes, an expert to answer your questions & fun online games for kids. Give your kids some hands-on experience in the kitchen, and let the Fruit & Veggie Color Champions™ teach them about the importance of eating a colorful variety of fruits and veggies.

Teachers can get resources at:


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Go Green this Summer

If you're working on any cool projects that incorporate the reuse of something that might otherwise go to waste, tell us about it! Write about it and send it to us.

Health care is an issue that is really close to my heart. And I know it matters to a lot of Americans, but time and again, Republicans have blocked progress —most recently the expansion of the children's health insurance program. That's why we need to elect more progressive women in Congress in 2008, to stand with Obama on healthcare and other key issues. is working with EMILY's List to highlight some great candidates.

Click here to chip in $35 to their campaigns today:

Monday, June 23, 2008

Band at the Farmers/ Flea Market

I like the band: Olin & The Moon since they played a song just for me. Hope they'll come play at my Music & Food event.
To see upcoming events, go to:

Bake Sale Photos

Bake Sale photo is in the Santa Monica Daily Press today. To help us get in the news, contact your local papers or media and ask them to cover grassroots events like ours. Thanks.
See photo at:


Help Children Eat Well

Everyone hopes that their kids will eat their fruits and vegetables so they'll grow into big, strong adults who will eat the nine daily servings recommended by the U.S. government. But everyone also knows kids rarely put "broccoli" at the top of a list of favorite foods. So an increasing number of parents are sneaking in healthful foods, but experts say that can backfire. A study shows that it takes as many as 10 tastes over a period of weeks before kids embraced a new food. Most parents give up long before they've offered it to a kid 10 times.,0,108121.story

I believe that parents can help kids make healthy food choices by being good models, shopping for fresh colorful produce and letting their kids help prepare meals. My mom did that with my sisters and me when we were young and my sister was a picky eater.

Venice Eco-Fest on 6/28

Come to the Venice Eco-Fest this Saturday. 100+ exhibitors, live music, food court, free-fun activities. Actor Ed Begley Jr., Councilman Bill Rosendahl, and other celebrities will be there. Come say "hi" to me at the Holistic Health Club booth. We'll give out free samples while supplies last. Carpool, bike or take the bus to this event. Save $ & the earth.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Holistic Health Booth

We had a booth at the Downtown Farmers Market today since Kim & I wanted to sell some gently used items to raise funds. It's hot today, but we stayed positive, danced to the music, laughed, made friends with the vendors & visitors. We also made some money. To see more photos, go to:

I donated the unsold items to the Guadalupe Homeless Project (GHP) since they also had a booth there. Students from different schools around L.A. help man the booth & raise funds for the homeless. GHP has been providing services to homeless men for over 17 years. For more information or donations call and ask for Elias Puentes at 323-881-0032.


We just joined Co-op America Green Business Network and the Holistic Chamber. Co-op member #: W000237608.

Holistic Health Club

Summer Workout Tips

1. Drink water before workout
2. Do some warm-ups or stretches
3. If outside, work out in the shade
4. Slow down or rest if you feel out of breath
5. Drink more water
6. Cool down with more stretches

* Don't push yourself too hard.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Bake Sale was a Success

There were 3-5 of us, then more came, others dropped off their goodies or donations & left. There were more than 10 Moveon members. We raised $135 in 2-3 hours. Photos at:
Will post more photos on
David, me + 3 others at the
Hungry for Change Bake Sale
Go Obama! Power to!

Healthy 3-Seed Crackers

Total time: 1 hr
Servings: 2 dozens

1/8 cup hulled sunflower, pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup flax seeds
2 cups organic whole-wheat flour
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbs honey
2 1/2 tbs vegetable oil
1 egg

1. Ground hulled sunflower, pumpkin seeds in blender or coffee grinder (don't blend too long or they'll turn into seed butter)

2. In mixing bowl, combine all seeds, flour, salt, honey & vegetable oil with 3/4 cup water. Mix to form a firm ball of dough (should not be sticky)

3. On lightly floured surface, knead dough by hand for about 30 seconds until slightly tacky but not sticky. Add more flour or water if needed.

4. Heat oven to 300 degrees. Line baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough in halves. Roll out dough on floured surface with rolling pin. Dust more flour on top of dough so it doesn't stick & flip over to continue rolling until nearly paper thin. Roll out second half the same way.

5. Place rolled dough carefully on baking sheets. Use a knife or pizza cutter to cut rolled dough into squares.

6. Beat egg & brush it over crackers, top with more flax seeds. Place baking sheets in oven and bake for 10 min. Rotate sheets and bake for another 10 min. Bake until they're done or rich golden brown (25-30 min).

7. Let them cool. If they don't snap cleanly after they cool, return to oven for a few more min.

Adapted from L.A. Times Food article

WHP/Magdalene Open House

Today 1-3pm : WHP open house! We are located at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts at 1336 North La Brea Blvd. in W. Hollywood, LA 90028 (Between DeLongpre and Fountain Ave - free parking available). Come and network, see what's new on the WHP agenda.

Visit Women's Heritage Project at:


Friday, June 20, 2008

Celebrate Summer on 6/21

Red Mango frozen yogurt shop will give the first 150 customers a free Summer Kit with beach bag, frisbee, beach more and more at 12 pm tomorrow.

3101 Main St. Santa Monica

My Bio

Ingrid serves as Founder of Holistic Health Club located in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to this, Ingrid served as Office Specialist at Santa Monica Malibu School District. Before arriving at the School District, Ingrid was in Client Service at Sensor Systems. Prior to that, Ingrid was the Office Manager at Essay Experts/ Technovate.

Presently, Ingrid is a member of,, StepUp Women's Network, Ladies Who Launch, Slow Food and Sierra Club. Ingrid attended U.C. Riverside where she studied Business Administration and earned a Bachelors degree in 1990. She also attended Cal State Northridge where she earned a Teaching Credential in 1998 and YogaFit where she earned a Yoga Teacher Certificate in 2007.

Ingrid's core expertise includes 15+ years of business experience, certified yoga teacher and long-time health & fitness advocate. She's also a Meetup organizer and blogger & a member of many networking groups. In her personal time, Ingrid enjoys health & fitness activities, environmental activism, social change, animals, grassroots volunteerism, writing, travel and reading books on personal growth.

Free Men's Health Lecture

Wholefoods Brentwood
11737 San Vicente Blvd, 90049
Thursday, June 26th
5:00 to 6:00pm

Dr. Jon Herbert comes to us from the Applied Kinesiology Center of Los Angeles Brain Performance Center. He will be speaking about men’s health and how it is affected by different forms of stress, eating habits, and physical activity. Come and Join us out on our patio for a very informative lecture on your health!

For more info, email:

Hunger for Change Bake Sale

If you're free tomorrow, stop by Clover Park,
2600 Ocean Park Blvd
Santa Monica
9-11 am for my Bake Sale event

Join Change Agents at Change for Good:

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Free Run/ Walk Training

Had to deal with traffic heading to Culver City. Made it there just in time. The balance exercises & stretches were good. It was a co-ed group, but women outnumber men. We broke into 2 groups - runners & walkers. We ended up at Media Park for a core workout & cool-down stretches. Too bad it isn't nearer or I'd go back. I like that there's free 2-hr parking a block or 2 away. We got free goodies & water at the end of the walk. D'Lynda and Maria are very nice & Sporteve offers free training for the 6/29 Walk/Run event that benefits the YMCA. For more photos, go to:
I hope Sporteve will sponsor one of my events.

Upcoming Events

Saturday June 28th: Holistic Health Club will have a booth at the Venice Eco Fest on 1 Winward Ave, Venice 10 am - 7 pm.

Sunday June 29th: Healthy Potluck, Healthy Living and Water Awareness presentation at 12 - 1 pm. RSVP to Anne at 818-371-9988 or

Natural Weight Control

Savoring your foods can help you enjoy your meals more and eat less. Dean Ornish, M.D. really likes dark chocolate. He makes eating chocolate a big party for one. Paying close attention to what you're eating can help you be satisfied by eating less. "Many people with food problems eat on auto-pilot," Dr. Elizabeth Wheeler says. "A lot of times, the only way they know that they've eaten is when the food is gone." Natural Healing Remedies, Prevention Health Books.

Slow Food L.A. is a movement to support & celebrate the food traditions of past generations. Slow Food U.S.A. believes that pleasure and quality in everyday life can be achieved by slowing down, respecting the convivial traditions of the table, and celebrating the diversity of the earth's bounty. I am a member of Slow Food L.A.

Yoga Month

Have you heard of Yoga Month? It's on 9/20-21. 100% of proceeds from Yoga Health Festival will benefit Youth Health Alliance and health education for children. “Your VIP PASS is also a donation”.

My Yoga Health Festival Associate ID is 4184. To order VIP PASS pass and receive a gift bag with $500 worth of yoga & health products, go to:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Hit Your Dream Weight

STEP 1: Get your brain ready. “Your attitude is just as important to your success as how you eat and exercise,” says Gerard Musante, Ph.D. What’s your motivation to lose weight? What are your expectations?

STEP 2: Find your healthiest weight. To do that, you need to step on the scale and calculate your body mass index (BMI).

STEP 3: Start a food diary. Write down everything you eat for how much you had, the time you ate it and how you were feeling.

STEP 4-5: Learn what to eat & how much to eat.

STEP 6: And learn when to stop eating.

STEP 7-8: Always eat breakfast & beware of drinks.

STEP 9: Add exercise. Start slowly. Eventually work up to 45 to 60 minutes of aerobics or cardio exercise. Then, add two to three 20-minute sessions of strength training per week.

Overtreated: Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker

In her book Overtreated, award –winning journalist Shannon Brownlee states that each year, our medical system delivers an enormous amount of care that does nothing to improve our health or lengthen our lives. Between 20 and 30 cents on every health care dollar we spend goes towards useless treatments and hospitalizations that we wouldn’t want if we understood how dangerous it can be. Forty-seven million of us don’t have coverage, so we go without or pay out of our own pockets.

I had a cavity that needed to be filled and found out that I need to get a root canal at the dentist because of another decayed tooth. He took out the old filling, told me to go back for 2 more times and is charging me $1,200 for treatment on both teeth. Since I don't have dental insurance, I'm going to be in debt for a while.

Age-Defying Exercises

Sondra often gets carded when she asks for the senior citizen discount—she'll soon be 70 years old! Sondra's secrets: Teaching yoga and Pilates. Shelby, a 55-year-old looks 20 years younger. Her secrets: Pilates, yoga and lots of dancing.

I have a regular yoga practice and teach yoga almost every Sunday. I used to work out at the gym and got bored. I tried Boot Camp and got burnt out. I've been a yogi for almost 5 years and a yoga teacher for almost a year. I am a yoga enthusiast.

Certified Yoga Teacher

Health Seminar

Did you know that foods are very beneficial, they may also cut the rate of cancer by 50%? Join us on August 1-3 at Mark Victor Hansen's MEGA Youngevity seminar. The event is selling out quickly, so make sure you register now at:


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Liquid Calories

I used to love iced lemon teas and "healthy" smoothies until I found out how many calories they have. "Ideally, you should receive no calories from beverages," says Cynthia Sass of the American Dietetic Association. (Milk and 100% fruit juice count as food servings.)

Now, I just drink water or kefir. Kefir is a cultured, creamy product with amazing health attributes. It provides probiotic bacteria and yeast, vitamins and minerals, and complete proteins. It creates a healthier digestive system and promotes bowel movement.

Secrets Your Doctor Would Never Tell

"I wish patients would take more responsibility for their own health and stop relying on me to bail them out of their own problems". --ER physician, Colorado Springs, Colorado

"Sometimes it's easier for a doctor to write a prescription for a medicine than to explain why the patient doesn't need it". --Cardiologist, Bangor, Maine

"Those so-called free medication samples of the newest and most expensive drugs may not be the best or safest". --Internist, Philadelphia

Key to Pain Relief

You may be holding the key to pain relief in your mind. Experts at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland declared that deep relaxation may relieve chronic pain as readily as drugs and surgery. Relaxation is a treatment to try first for lower-back pain, headaches, arthritis and other chronic pain. Relaxation is embraced by mainstream doctors in the Journal of the American Medical Association. People who meditate recognize the relaxation techniques...

Natural Healing Remedies, Prevention Health Book (p.115)

In fact yoga = meditation, because both work together in achieving the common goal of unity of mind, body and spirit.


Teriyaki Tofu Salad

I bought a pack of high protein firm tofu and flax seeds at Trader Joe's. I marinated the tofu in soy sauce, terriyaki baste & glaze sauce, sesame oil and added some flax seeds just because they're so good. Tofu is low fat, full of protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals, protecting against a variety of health conditions including heart disease and cancer. Flax seeds are high in fiber, ligans which reduce breast and colon cancer tumors and plant-based Omega-3. I'll eat this tofu salad for lunch today. What are you having for lunch?

Monday, June 16, 2008


I'll be on the 2009 Yoga calendar.

Vegan Oatmeal cookies

Vegan Oatmeal cookies
2 cups oatmeal
3 ripe bananas
1 1/2 cups of dried fruits and nuts (raisins, dates,dried bing cherries, pine nuts, cashews, walnuts,etc.)
1 tbs. vanillacanola oil for cookie sheet

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mash thebananas into a paste, then add the other ingredientsand mix. Take a heaping tablespoonful and form intothick patties. Bake on lightly greased cookie sheetfor 20-25 minutes. Makes one dozen cookies. Enjoy!

Submitted by Dr. Armaiti May, DVM

Discover Summer's Weight Loss Secret

This is the time of year when everywhere you look you see images of sleek, toned bodies. It’s also a time when many feel the pressure to resort to crash diets, hoping to look good in a swimsuit. It’s no surprise that weight-loss centers offer specials during the summer months that promise losses of 10, 15, and even 20 pounds in less than a month’s time. Unfortunately, quick-fix and fad diets come with a painful price tag. Only 12% of Americans who lose weight on a crash diet maintain the weight loss for one year. The rest - 88% - not only gain back the weight much sooner, but many gain back even more than they lost. The biggest loss that crash diets actually produce is loss of morale. Demoralized dieters, feeling like failures, abandon all hopes of ever reaching a weight that they can feel healthy and happy about. Nutrition and medical experts have come down hard on crash diets for these very reasons. Diets can’t produce long-term results because they focus solely on short-term success. Eating habits are deeply ingrained in our subconscious mind. Without changing these habits, dieters fall into the same traps of cravings. The anti-diet approach that’s already helped thousands of people lose weight successfully - permanently - is yoga.

Positive Thinking & Healing

I had an old filling that needed to be replaced and during the procedure, my dentist found out that I needed a root canal since the tooth decayed further. When he was working on my tooth, I kept asking for a blessing so he would do a great job, that there'd be no pain, that I'd heal quickly. I trusted and tried to relax. He did a great job, there was no pain and I could teach yoga the next day.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Health, Energy & Vitality

If you want to ensure the highest possible quality of life for yourself, then I urge you to request details about Mark Victor Hansen's "MEGA" Seminar at:

6 Great Foods for Men

Sardines For Heart Health : one of the best sources for heart-healthy omega-3

Brazil Nuts For Prostate Health : one of the richest food sources of selenium, a mineral that may reduce a man’s risk of developing prostate cancer.

Edamame For Mood : fiber-rich carbohydrates such as oats and edamame (green soybeans in the pod) help prevent mood fluctuations by keeping your blood-sugar levels steady.

Blueberries For Memory : they have flavonoids—natural compounds that protect the brain’s memory-carrying cells (neurons) from the negative effects of oxidation and inflammation.

Lentils For Energy Rich in fiber and protein, lentils provide a steady source of energy.

Sesame Seeds For Sex Drive: they’re inexpensive, safe, and don’t require a prescription. They’re also very rich in the amino acid arginine a compound that enhances blood flow through the arteries and various other body parts.

Myth: Men don't take Yoga Classes

Even one yoga class a week can help you remain limber, reduce stress, and prevent injury. (Need proof? Many pro athletes have taken it up.)

Myth: Working out hard on weekends will keep me in shape. Reality: Being a weekend warrior may sound like a good plan for those of you too busy to get to the gym during the week, but the idea that you can pound your body for hours to make up for a week’s worth of inactivity is faulty. It’s also one of the leading causes of injury.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Yoga at the Park this Sunday

Yoga level 1 that focuses on connecting movement with breath. Easy to learn the poses, no worries about keeping up. Class begins promptly with deep breathing & warm-ups. We will try more challenging poses towards the end of the class. Please be on time. Bring your own mat or a towel & exact change. Meet on the grass near the Parking lot & Ocean Park Blvd. Look for the Meetup sign. New people please come a little early, introduce yourself & tell me if you have any prior injury or other issues. $10-15 donation. $5 if you pre-pay on Meetup:

Change for Good

Our mission is to empower people to save their change, pool the money & resources for a good cause. Together, we can make a difference. Each month, I'll propose a charity to support & get feedback from members. Change requires commitment, and an willingness to get out of our comfort zones. Change is a choice. No one can make that choice for you. Join us at:

Health & Fitness

Meet other local people who are interested in holistic health & fitness. Join for free or become supporting members for $30 a year to take advantage of all the benefits.

Social Entrepreneurs

Connect with other local/ green businesses & social entrepreneurs to serve the community at ELBA: Eco-Local Business Alliance.
Join for free at:

Green Health

Watch Green Health Live Mondays at 6 pm for live, interactive health & environmental programs. Tune in & ask questions via Instant Message during the program. Visit:

6/14 Food as Medicine

Dr. Robert Krochmal will lead a discussion about the medicinal qualities of certain food, covering topics such as which food colors have specific health-promoting nutrients and why foods that make us healthy are also good for the planet. Montana Library on 1704 Montana Ave, 2-3 pm.

Do You Know Your BMI?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index and is a way to measure one's fitness level. Most experts conclude that a BMI greater than 30 is unhealthy. To find out more, go to:

The AICR report found that body fat is directly linked to six cancers including colorectal and post-menopausal breast cancer. It advises people to stay lean and suggests the means for stopping weight gain like physical activity and a diet based on low-energy-dense foods such as vegetables, fruits and beans.

Exercise becomes more important as we get older, not just to boost metabolism and burn calories, but also to maintain muscle mass, flexibility, and bone density. (Yoga and Pilates) do double or triple duty, a blessing for these busy days.

I have a BMI of 19.6 and body fat of 20.6%. I am a part-time yoga teacher and founder of Holistic Health Club. I am committed to a healthy lifestyle and want to share my passion for fitness with others.

Ingrid Cheng

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Power of Now

Free Understand The Power of Now and the Teachings of Eckhardt Tolle online course. To enroll and to begin experiencing your first lesson at no charge, just go to:

6/21 Bake Sale

Join me at Hunger for Change Bake Sale on Saturday 6/21 from 10 am- 12 pm to raise funds for Change in the White House. Bring baked goods (homemade or store bought). Come for the sale, stay to exchange recipes & chat. If you wish to buy goodies, bring cash.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Free Meditation

16 young, mostly white people gathered to do "Self-Centered" mediation. It wasn't what I expected. We left Lululemon & walked down Beverly in silent meditation. They went on to sitting mediation in front of a store. Lululemon has expensive yoga apparel, but the event's free.

"Soulstice" Gathering

Summer Solstice Soul Food and Sitar Soiree, Saturday June 21, 1-6pm
"Food For The Soul"menu: Organic Collard Greens, Yams, Baked Macaroni & Cheese Barbecue Vegan Sausage, Delicious Cornbread, Homemade Lemonade.

$15 per plate @ New Earth Topanga Sevashram

RSVP to Harry at 310-455-2847

Holistic Events

I'll be at the Holistic Chamber event this Friday at 6:30 pm in Santa Monica & the Holistic Health Lifestyle event on 6/23. Hope you can come too. Tell them Ingrid referred you.

Cheap Massage

San Gabriel is the foot-massage capital of the country. Over two dozen foot massage places can be found on Valley Boulevard between Del Mar Avenue and San Gabriel Boulevard. The going price is just $15 an hour. The session begins with 20–30 minutes of upper body massage as you recline in comfortable armchairs while your feet soak in a tub of hot water. Your feet then are treated to a reflexology session.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

8 Easy Ways to Relax

by Lisa Drayer, R.D. (Women's Health)

1. Meditation can be a great way to relax, especially if you are under a lot of stress

2. Green tea is very soothing — it contains theanine, an amino acid that gives flavor to green tea and also promotes relaxation.

3. Eat 3-4 Hershey Kisses, or a small handful of pretzels (serotonin boosting foods)

4. Create a Relaxation Space
It doesn't have to be a "room" per se — it can be a space in your bedroom solely devoted to relaxing.

5. Listen to Music
Soothing music can be very relaxing

6. Enjoy a (Self) Massage
Use aromatherapy oils such as chamomile or lavender to massage yourself

7. Indulge in a Hot Bath
Heat relaxes muscles — and taking a long bath can be soothing for the mind as well.

8. Exercise helps to boost endorphins and reduce stress — and research shows that 20 minutes each day is all that is needed to experience benefits.

Healthy Foods

Eating a predominantly plant based diet can help prevent weight gain and therefore protect against those cancers whose risk is increased by higher body fat. The AICR recommends that at least 2/3 of your plate should be filled with vegetables, fruit, whole grains and beans.

Body Fat

The AICR report found that body fat is directly linked to six cancers including colorectal and post-menopausal breast cancer. It advises people to stay lean and suggests the means for stopping weight gain like physical activity and a diet based on low-energy-dense foods such as vegetables, fruits and beans.

Avoid Red Meat

AICR (American Institute of Cancer Research) report on diet and cancer prevention concluded that diets high in red meat and processed meats (like hot dogs) can cause colorectal cancer. Limit red meat to 18 ounces (cooked) per week.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Home-made Meals

I agree with Stas Bekman who wrote “Homemade Meals are better for you. When you eat out, you pay at least twice as much for the same meal that you could have prepared at home. Instead of buying fast food, prepare a healthy sandwich and salad at home and bring it with you”. Last year, I saved over $500 by bringing my own food to work for lunch.

Beans Benefits

Beans are inexpensive, a non-meat protein source and one of the most nutritionally complete staple foods available. Diets including beans may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain cancers. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines encourage people to eat at least three cups of beans per week.

A for Apples

Apples are excellent detoxifiers and apple juice can destroy viruses in the body. Eating 100 grams of apple provides the same amount of antioxidant activity as taking 1,500 milligrams of vitamin C. Apple cleans teeth and strengthens gum, lowers the cholesterol level and its fiber helps digestion.

Green Tea

Green tea has high level of antioxidants, medicinal value and power in preventing disease (like cancer). Other benefits are: controlling high blood pressure, restricting build up of the "bad" cholesterol and suppressing aging.

Cool Cucumber

Cucumber can reduce heat and inflammation. Cucumber can be used to treat tired eyes or skin problems because of its diuretic, cooling and cleansing property. Drink cucumber juice to reduce heartburn or sooth acid stomach and drink it daily to help to control cases of eczema, arthritis and gout.

Friday, June 6, 2008

Chinese Herbs

Heat Clearing – Detoxifying Chinese herbs are proven by science to have anti-viral benefits. For more information, go to:

Socially Responsible Business

Social Venture Network is now accepting applications for its awards to socially responsible business and nonprofit leaders by providing them access to the people and resources to help develop their ideas into successful enterprises.
For more info, go to:

Thursday, June 5, 2008


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Creating Health

“We all need to take responsibility for creating our own health, preventing disease and healing ourselves”:
1. Start moving more. Regular moderate exercise is critical to overall health. Our muscles were made to move. If we hold them still too long, they quickly deteriorate.
2. Start consuming more soluble dietary food fiber. Research has shown that the average healthy diet should consist of 40 to 50 grams of soluble and insoluble fiber per day. The average person gets 9-12 grams per day.
3. Start reducing your intake of fat, sugar and salt.
4. Learn relaxation skills. Practice using imagery, meditation and (yoga).
5. Engage in creativity (to reap both mental and physical benefits). Make music, art, designs, crafts, beauty, service actions and even good friends.

Lloyd J. Thomas, Ph.D.


Epictetus once said, "(Happiness) is our attitude toward events, not the events themselves." John Luther said, “Happiness…comes from appreciating what we have, instead of being miserable about what we do not have. It's so simple, yet so hard for (us) to comprehend."

Deep Breathing

Deep or Yogic Breathing is the single most important exercise because it helps us feel more energized, relaxed and attuned to ourselves. We inhale oxygen which sustains life and exhale carbon dioxide, but when we focus on deepening or lengthening each breath, we also become more present and less stressed. "The ancient yogis developed many breathing techniques to maximize the benefits of breath. Breath control helps clear and cleanse the body and mind".

Your Can Heal Yourself

“Drugs and medical procedures don't "heal" you. They reduce inflammation, battle bacteria, or in the case of a cast or operation, make proper healing possible. But your body heals itself. And it does it magnificently. Through some process that we don’t fully understand, your body has the amazing, innate ability to repair itself”. Stephen Co and Eric B. Robins, MD.

ABC News

ABC may do a story about, a group that I joined and am promoting. Join me at:

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

You Are What You Eat

"Eating healthy can pay big dividends — in improved health, increased vitality, and greater longevity...(but) most of us simply aren’t up to date on how to shop, cook, and serve balanced, nutritious meals for optimal health and wellness."

Summer Soiree

I am planning a Yoga Tai Chi Summer Soiree/ Fashion Show to celebrate the Summer Solstice on 6/21. Let me know if you're interested.



The Holistic Health Club will have a booth at these events:

The South Park Flea Market (Downtown) on 6/22
The Holistic & Health Lifestyle Event on 6/23
Venice Eco-Fest on 6/28

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


In acupuncture, fine needles are inserted into the body at certain points, along energy channels called "meridians". These needles unblock the flow of energy or chi to facilitate healing. Occasionally, the acupuncturist gently rotates the needles or even sends a very low-grade electrical current through them to accelerate the healing process.

Dream Team

Last night 5 of us met for the Dream Team. 3 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.


Upcoming Events

SUNDAY JUNE 8, 11 am - 8 pm Green Loz Feliz Fair
Check out Eco-Local products & services at this Fair.

MONDAY JUNE 9, 7.30 - 9PM Eco Local Business Networking

FRIDAY: JUNE 13, 7:30 - 9 PM Holistic Chamber event
Ingrid 310-780-3313

Monday, June 2, 2008


“Exercise becomes more important as we get older, not just to boost metabolism and burn calories, but also to maintain muscle mass, flexibility, and bone density. (Yoga and Pilates) do double or triple duty, a blessing for these busy days.”

"Set aside ten minutes to bend and flex each morning, make your spine top priority. All your core muscles are connected to your spine," Barbard Templeton recommends. "Practicing yoga delivers benefits beyond the stretch. Yoga can tone and massage your internal organs including the heart. According to a even helps strengthen lung muscles and enhance lung capacity".

“When you're stressed, your adrenal glands release cortisol that at high levels eats away muscle tissue and stores the energy as fat. Thankfully exercise regulates (cortisol). Moderate exercise such as yoga (is recommended). Even ten minutes a couple of days a week helps keep cortisol levels in check.”

Tai Chi

I thought that Tai Chi was an exercise for older people, but learned that it is an energizing and relaxing exercise. I will definitely take another Tai Chi class again.

Chinese Market

I remember the open markets in Hong Kong where one could buy fresh food and produce at affordable prices from local merchants. I used to go to the market with my mom. I loved the smell of fresh pastries hot off the oven, the sight of fresh tofu, Chinese brocolli, the way my mom bargainned for a better price at each stall. Produce came wrapped in used newspaper and twine. No plastic bags except for foods like fish, meat or tofu. I go to the 99 Ranch Market here for fresh produce and they don't cost much either.

Chinese Food

Real Chinese food consists mostly of vegetables with very little meat. My mom makes stir-fried vegetables, cucumber chicken salad, steamed chicken with mushrooms and black bean sauce. A typical dinner starts with soup. Several dishes are shared between a family or a group of friends. Steamed rice is a perfect compliment to the dishes. My mom believes that drinking soup and walking daily keeps her healthy and young. She instilled these healthy habits in me when I was young. Thank you, mom.

Chinese Medicine

I remember our Chinese doctor in Hong Kong who fixed our fractures and sprains, gave us bitter but effective herbal concoctions and was always available in an emergency. I remember how she kneaded our injured areas with herbal tonic until we cried out in pain, put hot poultice on us and scolded us for being careless. How fast our illnesses and injuries healed because of her. I hope to find a Chinese doctor like her someday.

Health & Happiness

Everyone wants to be healthy and happy. All of us have not been well at one time or another. I had a nasty flu 5 months ago and remember how much I wanted to get well. I was uninsured and could not get a doctor's appointment. I tried both non-prescription medicine and Chinese herbs, but just got worse. At one point, I had a 100 degree fever and realized that no one could help me. I took an aspirin, went to bed, put a cool damp cloth on my forehead and a basin of water nearby so I could fight my fever. I was determined to be well and healed myself. I want to share my empowered wellness with others. That's why I created this blog.

Small Changes, Big Gains

Making small changes to your eating and exercise habits could greatly improve your energy and your wellness. I enjoy healthy and delicious home-cooked meals and bring left-overs or a salad to work for lunch. I love to walk and practice yoga. I have a regular exercise routine. If you need motivation or support to make a change, join the Holistic Health Club as a member for *free.

Free Vegan Party

SAT JUNE 7 2-5 P.M. at:
Santa Monica Public Library
Main Library Courtyard and Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
With FREE delicious Vegan Food
Belly Dancing Performance
Raffle Prizes

Tickets available for purchase at event. Proceeds go toward VeganOutreach.Org


Sunday, June 1, 2008

Chinese Yoga

I just attended a Step Up Women's free event at Pa Kua Health Studio in N. Hollywood and learned a lot from master Bella, Amber amd Tara who taught us about Pa Kua, Chinese Yoga, Tai Chi and foot reflexology/ self-massage . It was an energizing and relaxing experience.

Ingrid's Healthy Cookbook

I am planning to gather recipes and print a Healthy Cookbook to raise funds for the Holistic Health Club. Please contribute a few recipes if you have any & pass this on to anyone who may be interested. Thanks.


Upcoming Events

Hope you can come to one of our events:

MONDAY JUNE 2: 8 -9:30 PM Dream Team at Literati Cafe, 12081 Wilshire Blvd.

MONDAY JUNE 9, 7.30 - 9PM Eco Local Business Networking

FRIDAY: JUNE 13, 7:30 - 9 PM Holistic Chamber event