Friday, August 29, 2008

Healthy Cooking Show on Interactive Web TV

Marc Ryan at 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.


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

Slow Food L.A. member

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Discovery's Planet Green

Photo of Clean Energy Rally, See more photos at:

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! 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?

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
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.
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.
8/23 Free Composting Workshop: Griffith Park Composting Education Facility
5400 Griffith Park Drive, 90027 10 am – 12 pm.
8/26 Eco Tues: Become an EcoTuesday Ambassador and bring the conversation to those in your local area!

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

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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.

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".

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

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

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.

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:

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.

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

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:

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.

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

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