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Teach them young: Praying and Being Grateful for the Little Things

August 11, 2019

One of the things that I am not as a person growing up is being a hard solid member of the Catholic church. I did went to a Catholic school and it was those days when I learned anything and everything about our religion. I joined the school choir and it continued up to my college days. Eventually, my faith with the Catholic church changed when I started noticing priests who curse or talk about the Philippine government and politics during his sermons. I didn't like it and I don't agree with this practice, another is that church goers are very distracting, most often than not they are on their phones, or talking to someone, or they could also be sleeping. After a few Sundays of that I just decided to stop going to church. 

Now, I only go to church whenever someone in the family or friend is getting married and I'm okay with that. The thing is, in my family as well, my parents did not imposed religion on us. We kind of just learned it from school and my parents were not really concerned on whatever practice we do as long as we do not hurt anyone on the process.

For me personally, religion or talking to your God should be personal and direct, and you shouldn't just go to church because your parents or school told you so. I also kind of moved from the Catholic's version of God to just fully grateful for what the universe provide for us.

And so for Arya, what I wanted for her is kind of the same with me. She's baptised so she is Catholic. When she starts going to school she'll learn more about the religion and stories about God. But, while she's this young, I do want her to impart the Catholic God on her and wanted her to know that praying is a very important practice of a person regardless of what your religion is.

When she turned two years old, we started teaching her how to pray at night time before she sleep. It started with just the simple sign of the cross and one simple line - "Papa Jesus, thank you for today."  That's it. I didn't want to complicate it and just wanted her to grasp the meaning of those words.

We did that everyday until now that she turned 4 years old last month. She eventually memorised the pray before she turned 3 years old and i just kind of add random words that were thankful for, or maybe even an activity that we did.

Arya's a late talker and not fluent in our mother tongue - Filipino. And I blame myself and Peppa Pig for that. She's speaking words mostly in English and she's really good at using words like Thank you, Please, Sorry, and Excuse Me which makes me super proud of her.

Recently, instead of just me leading the whole praying before we go to sleep, I let her say what she's thankful for. I was trying to do this practice on her a few times before she turn 4 but I just couldn't get a response from her but lately, no, actually when she turned 4, she become more understanding and she picks up words and it's meanings quite really good 

It's been about a week now since we started this practice and I find it really cute whenever she says something that she's thankful for like, she'll say "Thank you for oreo" or "Thank you for the slime". There's this time, I laughed because she said "Thank you for Fishball". It was a rainy day and we were people watching from the window of our condominium when a Fishball vendor walk-by and I wanted to buy. I was just really amaze by how she remember things she sees during the day and how she says thanks for those during pray time.

I am a believer of the Law of Attraction and that's something I want Arya to practice as well. I think, when people pray to their Gods, most of the time they keep on asking for what they don't have and forget to be thankful for the little things that they have. That's why I am just super proud with Arya right now with her praying skills and I hope it grows on her because if there's something that I want to impart on her badly is that it's just being positive and believe that whatever it is that she wants, she can have by being grateful first for what she have. 

If you're just teaching your kids how to pray, start by letting them say the things they are thankful for. It doesn't have to be a lot of words if they can't talk well yet but keep encouraging. Every word is progress and what matters is that it comes from them and that they understood what it means.

How awesome the world would be if we start raising grateful kids? *wink

Rookie Mommy PH - LOA

6 Foods that Trigger PMS

August 2, 2019

Premenstrual Syndrome or PMS is a bunch of symptoms that even the strongest women would usually face several days before that time of the month. Feeling totally frazzled and waking up with a different kind of fatigue is a reality, a zit on the nose that wasn’t there a night before. And oh, those tender breasts plus the soreness and heaviness. Worst, you can’t stop thinking about that fudgy chocolate cake you saw on Instagram!

According to Anne Price, a Certified Holistic Health Coach, an average woman experiences PMS 450 times in her lifetime. While hormones play a part in these biological changes, there’s a way how to manage it by avoiding these foods that are likely to alleviate the symptoms. 

1. Trans fats and hydrogenated fats

These are the nutritional bad words everyone should be aware of. Trans fats and hydrogenated fats are unhealthy by-products of a chemical process called hydrogenation. Manufacturers alter the fats to solidify liquid oils and lengthen shelf life and flavor of oils and foods that contain them. So, the next time you’re going to pick up margarine, crackers, cookies, and snack foods from the grocery shelves, read the labels and drop everything that says hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated even if the nutritional profile says 0% trans-fat. Go for saturated fats found in coconut or the healthier monounsaturated fats like olive and avocado oil.

2. Food allergens

Food allergies cause digestive issues and skin breakouts that are obvious signs of a possible hormonal imbalance. But what if you have no idea which food you are allergic to? Either you have yourself checked by a doctor or try an elimination diet. This diet is a three-to-six-week eating plan that eliminates potential food allergens and then reintroduces them one at a time to identify which ones your body does not tolerate well. Top eight foods that belong to the food allergen camp are milk, eggs, peanuts, nuts, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish.

3. High fructose corn syrup and refined sugar

High fructose corn syrup is a chemically produced sugar found in sodas and fruit-flavored drinks, while refined sugar is the ones usually stored in your pantry. It comes from sugar cane, processed to extract sugar used to sweeten cakes, desserts, cookies, coffee, and cereals. The difference between these and the natural sugars found in fruits is that the former have empty calories with no nutritional value while the latter are loaded with fiber and other nutrients that your body needs especially right before the shark week. The absence of fibers makes you digest these artificial sugars rapidly resulting in insulin and blood sugar skyrocket. The result? It fuels mood swings and worsens headaches and difficulty concentrating. That’s the reason as well why you don’t feel full even after giving in to your sweet tooth. But of course, you don’t have to deprive yourself especially when you’re PMSing to the max. Just stick to dark chocolates, dates, raw honey, and reach for stevia or coconut sugar as healthier alternatives!

4. Salt

Ever wonder why you’re bloated or your hands and feet swell during PMS? These symptoms are caused by none other than hormonal changes that cause water retention. And loading up on sodium will just make it worse. Swapping salty food with nuts and loading up on fruits and veggies are good choices to reduce the accumulation of water weight because of a diet that’s high in sodium!

5. Caffeine

PMS is usually associated with fatigue, mental exhaustion, and depression. A lot of women try to counter these by increasing caffeine intake. But because caffeine is a stimulant chemical, it causes increased heart rate and blood pressure. This consequently leads to tension, anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and greater exhaustion. Its diuretic nature also increases urine production and triggers dehydration that is home to dysmenorrhea. Try herbal teas and decaffeinated liquids instead while going through PMS.

6. Alcohol

When alcohol enters the bloodstream, it alters the brain function that produces serotonin. Serotonin is called the “happy hormone” because it contributes to a person’s stability and well-being. It regulates mood, social behavior, appetite, sleep, memory, and sexual desire functions. It is also responsible in mood alterations and disorders. Now imagine, that PMS is at its peak and you decide to wreck them further by drinking your favorite bar drink. Not very helpful, right? And like the previous item, it is also diuretic. It will rob you of your much-needed bodily fluids that will lead to prolonged dysmenorrhea. That said, abstaining from drinking alcohol during this time is strongly encouraged.

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