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Friday, February 12, 2016

Fall in Love

This weekend, Feb. 13 & 14, the Petco Foundation invites you to fall in love at any Petco or Unleashed store! Thousands of sweet, spunky, and undeniably lovable dogs and cats will be waiting to meet you. So whatever your type, you’re sure to find the pet of your dreams.

2910 Wilshire Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90403


1873 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025

1402 Wilshire Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

All new pet parents are eligible for our Welcome to the Family kit, complete with more the $650 in savings for your new pet! My dog Sparky wishes you a Happy Valentine's Day! Today, I'll go on a date with Sparky and bring her to Yogurtland for a treat.

Ingrid Cheng
Blogger, certified yoga teacher

Thursday, February 11, 2016

I Love Chocolate

I have been enjoying healthy and tasty foods as part of my 7-Day Love ChallengeMy breakfast is usually Greek yogurt with whole-grain cereal and fresh fruit like the one above. My lunch is a salad with a healthy starch like yams. My favorite treat after dinner is a piece of dark chocolate. Studies show that it is good for your heart, brain and the flavonoids in dark chocolate also help reduce insulin resistance. Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants. It contains a number of vitamins and minerals like copper,  iron, magnesium and potassium. (Source: FitDay)

Pick a bar of dark chocolate that has 70% of. cacao or more like Trader Joe's Swiss 72%.

I also like to drink a cup of hot choclate in the morning before I go to work. I love Wildeflowers healthy Chocolate Tonic made with Superfoods and Chinese herbs.

Ingrid Cheng
Blogger, certified yoga teacher

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

The Social Justice Learning Institute (SJLI) and the office of the 62nd Assemblywoman Autumn Burke cordially invite you to “Make the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice” Town Hall Forum being held at Lennox Middle School (11033 Buford Ave Lennox, CA 90304) on Saturday, February 13th, 2016 from 11am-3pm.
African American and Latino communities have the highest rates of high blood pressure and Diabetes 1 & 2 in L.A County. We want our families to be knowledgeable and empowered to change these outcomes by pushing for healthier options in their communities. Let's come together and discuss how we all can be a part of the solution.
Community members will enjoy a panel discussion on health equity and a catered light lunch, followed by a forum to learn about some of the resources available to them. The panel discussion will be facilitated by Assemblywoman Autumn Burke. Our hope is that community members walk away prepared to create change. The first 50 participants will also receive a free Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) bag of locally grown produce provided by SJLI.
This is also National Cancer Prevention Month. Above is a Cancer Prevention graphic from http://www.maacenter.orgThe Mesothelioma + Asbestos Awareness Center spreads awareness and has information about Mesothelioma, which is a rare cancer caused by asbestos exposure. Many other cancers can be prevented too. Staying healthy with some good food and exercise, along with checking to make sure your home is free of toxins and other harmful substances can help as well.
Let's all strive to be aware and healthy.
Ingrid Cheng

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

5 Health Hacks for Office Workers is challenging all of us to share their workplace health hacks. I am so glad to partner with them and share my tips with you.
  1. *Bring a healthy lunch & snack to work (save $ & eat less) - studies show we eat more at restaurants & vending machines usually have junk food so I bring a Kashi bar.
I love Chinese Chicken Salad with Asian Sesame dressing. Perfect for lunch.

Chinese Chicken Salad

P.S. The L.A Marathon is this Sunday 2/14. Check out health events related to the Marathon

  • LA Marathon Health & Fitness EXPO - Downtown LA
    February 12, 2016 at 10am to February 13, 2016 at 5pm

  • Post Marathon RECOVERY EVENT - Downtown Santa Monica
    February 14, 2016 from 11am to 4pm

    Monday, February 8, 2016

    7-Day Love Challenge for Valentine's Day

    How do you treat yourself? Are you kind, loving and supportive? Do you talk to yourself in negative ways? I catch myself saying or thinking "I'm so stupid" or "I'm lazy" or "Why can't I be better at..."

    We all can be hard on ourselves because we let fears control us. So we keep playing it safe. We feel guilty or stressed out. We focus on what we don't want instead of what we want. We live to please others and deny our real selves. We are too afraid to pursue our dreams. Or we tried and failed so we give up. I've been reading "Adventures for Your Soul" by Shannon Kaiser. I'm learning so much about myself and want to share with you. I let negative thoughts keep me from happiness and a great life. I settle because I am afraid of the unknown. I want to thrive not just survive.

    1. I want to write a book in a place that inspires me
    2. I want to go back to school or take classes
    3. I want to play in nature and visit National Parks
    4. I want to travel, visit my sister & niece in Singapore, go to Indonesia & Malaysia
    5. I want to connect & collaborate with like-minded people to create fun, educational cartoons for kids

    I know this is the place to share my dreams because of all the positive members. The 7-Day Love Challenge is inspired by the book which offers a 30-day one. I figure it's easier to start with a week.

    I am going to put myself first and not feel guilty or selfish
    I will go on "dates' with myself, do things I love to do
    I will follow my heart not my head

    Hope you'll join me or support me in this challenge.

    Ingrid Cheng
    Let's connect, collaborate and create passionate, purposeful lives.

    Friday, February 5, 2016

    Join spcaLA Big 5K

    run for animals 2016 big 5k
    Team spcaLA needs you!
    Are you up for a 3.1 mile walk or run on Saturday, February 13th?
    Online registration closes TODAY at 5pm! Sign up now!

    I adopted my workout buddy Sparky from the shelter, she's so sweet and studies show that dog-owners are healthier as pets help lower stress. Dogs also need to be walked so we go on many walks.

    Ingrid Cheng


    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Celebrate Chinese New Year

    Feb 13 Sat 1:30 to 4 pm and 5:30 to 7 pm

    Santa Monica Place shopping center in Santa Monica will host a free Chinese New Year celebration with traditional Chinese dragon dancers, music, ribbon dancers, stilt walkers, children's crafts and food. Traditional Music Duo with Gu-Zheng and Dizi Stilt Walkers 

    1:30-4:00 p.m.  
    Monkey Balloon Twisting Dough Artist Arts & Crafts 

    3:00 p.m.
    Traditional Fan Dance 

    3:30 p.m.
    Martial Arts Demonstration 

    5:30 p.m. 
    Traditional Fan Dance 

    6:30 p.m.
    Traditional Dragon Dance

    Then gather together to eat a Chinese dinner. My mom makes the best Chinese food. See photo above. I've been eating healthy and exercising to prepare for the delicious meal. I've been keeping an Active Lifestyle Activity log that also helps me improve my eating habits

    Join me on this challenge for the year, it's never too late.

    Ingrid Cheng