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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

5 Tips for Healthy Holidays

My favorite snacks
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1. Buy local. fresh or freeze-dried
2. Move for 30 minutes or more
3. Drink plenty of water
4. Get enough sleep 7-8 hours
5. Keep a gratitude journal and write down 3-5 things you're grateful for each day

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I met Francesca Hutchinson at the Ultimate Womens Expo about a month ago and loved the freeze dried snacks that she was giving out as samples. I asked her about My Thrive Chef and learned how easy it is to make healthy, tasty meals with Thrive Life so I joined as a direct distributor right away. I brought some Snackies with me and shared them with my roommates at the Social Entrepreneur Empowerment Experience (SEEE). They loved the sweet crunch corn snacks! I met the Fellow Flowers and joined their morning workouts. I felt an immediate sense of welcome and belonging with this group of amazing women. They were on their annual retreat at Paradise Point, where I was attending the SEEE so it was a big sign that the Universe is supporting my mission to empower women to be healthy inside-out. I almost talked myself out of going to the event because I just got over being sick and didn't book a room. I went on Facebook to look for someone who wants to share a room and found Ilona Berkoben who just happened to have a room to share. So I had no excuse to not go. I drove to San Diego by myself at 6 am and got there in 2.5 hours. Just in time to check in and network with other like-minded entrepreneurs before the event started at 9 am. I'm so glad that I went because I had an incredible, inspiring and transformative experience. I got to meet Ocean Robbins in person, to thank him and shake his hand. Over 300 people from 33 countries attended SEEE and we raised over $44,000 for 2 charities!

Ocean Robbins
I love Foodrevolution.org and have been telling people to join the free webinar. I am a Good Food fan and have been involved with the food movement since I became a member of Slow Food in 2008. I was at Food Day LA on October 24th, an event by L.A. Food Policy Council and was part of the 340 attendees. Together we celebrated Good Food Champions. I shared that I want to do a documentary to highlight the good food champions here and connected with Rob Lowe who has a Giving Back Podcast. I'm honored and humbled to be included in the last half of his podcast (he called me Emily Cheng) but that's okay with me. I can't wait to see what the Law of Attraction will bring into my life next!



Ingrid Cheng
Author, blogger, foodie

Friday, November 10, 2017

Holiday Gift Guide

Benefits Charity

I got this $5 gift for my sister because it has five sample/ travel size items that are crafted with purpose, fair trade and certified natural by Natrue. Proceeds of this bestseller collection benefit charity. Weleda supports the Biodynamic Association. Learn from the top biodynamic educators through interactive webinars at www.biodynamics.com/webinars. I support this organization's mission to awaken and enliven co-creative relationships between us and the earth, transforming agriculture to renew the earth, the integrity of our food and the wholeness of our community. If you have a product that benefits charity, contact me for a short interview and a chance to be featured in my gift guide.    


Personalized Vision Board

I am offering to create 2 limited edition personalized vision board for special readers who donate $20 or more to my #Friendsgiving campaign that benefits www.nokidhungry.org Or you can PayPal.me

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Excerpt from The Three Choices

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Jorge Cruise's new book shares the three things he did to keep himself sane during the dark period of his life. "There are three choices to make to have a fulfilled life. Today is all we have...every change is hard. We just have to find the lesson." (Source: www.malibutimesmag.com) The Three Choices can empower you to:

1. Be imperfectly you and create affirmations that serve you
2. Breathe - breathing is the easiest way to be mindful
3. Move to improve (health and wellness) - find out what motivates you, learn how to make movement into a habit. Click this link to read more.

How time flies. When I attended the Publish Your Book Bootcamp on August 11th and wrote my name under My "Do not panic" statement. I committed to making this book happen for me. "Every great and noble idea requires time before its success. I will stay calm until such time. I am worthy and it will happen". Meanwhile, I've been busy building my fan base and email list. I am learning how to market my book before it's done because that will help me reach more people and share my message. I was a "bad" yoga student because I wasn't flexible or balanced. I was "clumsy and uncoordinated", I often confused my left with my right. Normally, I'd have quit but yoga kept drawing me back to the mat. I got certified to teach yoga in 2007 and started a yoga Meetup. That evolved into a healthy networking group and led to a collaborative event. My mom came to our retreat even though she thought that I should get a job and be practical. She said my friends were weird but I didn't care. I loved what I was doing even though I didn't make enough money to pay my bills. I relied on my savings and investments to run my events. I couldn't believe that doing what I loved and making good money was possible. I started to write Creating a Better World Through Yoga and was in the process of getting it published. Then, I had to choose between money and my passion. At that time, money won and I went back to a J-O-B. Long story short, I gave up on my dream but it lingered on, haunting me. I'm so grateful for the Book workshop because it re-ignited my passion for writing.


Slow Food Nation

I love Slow Food and was at the amazing foodie event in San Francisco in 2008. That was the first time I saw a community garden. I liked that the veggies were labeled in both English and Chinese. I enjoyed good food and met like-minded people. The food movement has been slowly and quietly changing the world through food that is good, clean and fair to all. Recently, I was at Food Day on October 24th where I met Good Food Champions and was inspired by their stories. "Growing food is a human right". Eating well can be affordable when we have community gardens and learn how to grow good food. I went to a 3-Day Social Entrepreneurs Empowerment Experience where I met Stacey Murphy and learned about https://growyourownvegetables.org


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P.S. 11/13 is World Kindness Day. It's time to be kind to yourself and others.

Monday, October 30, 2017

#1 Anti-Aging Secret

Be like R2-D2
I love Sci-Fi and Fantasy. I fell in love with books by Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Mercedes Lackey, Orson Scott Card, Robin McKinley, Roger Zelazny when I was in high school. Some guy I knew from class was always reading so I got curious and asked why he liked to read. At that time, I had no interest in books because I thought books were boring. I'm so grateful that he shared his love of Science Fiction with me and I fell in love with books. Before that, I read manga (Japanese comic books translated into Chinese) for fun and was a fan of Candy Candy, Doraemon, etc. My love affair with Sci-Fi/ Fantasy continues today. I am both a Star Trek and Star Wars fan. I also love Blade Runner. Did you know that the original Blade Runner was based on a book Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick? I hope that they'd make a movie based on Isaac Asimov's Robot series. I love his 3 Laws of Robotics:

1. A robot injure a human being or through inaction allow a human to come to harm

2. A robot must obey orders given by human beings except where order conflicts with the first laws

3. A robot must protect its own existence except when it conflicts with the first or second law




Imagine if we can program ourselves to do the same with each other. What if we all follow the 3 Laws? What does that have to do with my book? That's a good question. I started writing in a diary at a young age because I didn't know how to express myself and be heard. I was taught to be quiet and not make any trouble. I wrote down all my hopes and dreams, my hurt and pain, pouring out my heart to my dear diary because it was safe to do so.
I didn't know how to fight for what I wanted or stand up for myself. I was a doormat, a victim of bullying at home. It got so bad that I ran away. I could've been a homeless teen. All the trauma I experienced as a child shaped and affected me. When I grew up, the victim mentality stayed with me until I learned to let go of my sad old story. Yoga changed my life and that's why I'm writing this book.


The #1 anti-aging secret is be curious. Learn something new every day. I've learned so many things since I started writing from my heart again in August 11th (about 2 1/2 months ago). It seems to take longer to write a book than I thought cause I set a deadline to finish it by my birthday on November 19th and I'm only halfway done. Oh well. Live and learn.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Love Heals

One Love
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I went to see Heal on Thursday with my friend and was reminded of the mind's power to heal the body. I had tried meditating with an app and with Unplug Meditation but I stopped cause who has the time? I had an amazing experience at One Love Fest last weekend. I felt recharged after 3 days of digital and spiritual detox. I'm so grateful for all the incredible teachers:

Claire Thompson
Tierra Karou
Amy Rose
Cheri Rae
Saul David Raye
Hemalayaa Behi

"You don't do yoga. Let yoga do you." I meditated for 5 minutes yesterday morning and realized that I was being yoga (connected, present, at peace). I'm called to this sacred circle, this beautiful time of awakening. I am designed by and for love. I pledge allegiance to pure love. One love under the Divine with joy and peace for all.

It's Make A Difference Day and I'm doing a 5K in remembrance of Princess Diana. Join my Sweat Pink Los Angeles FB Group for a virtual run/ walk. You can do it anytime/ anywhere! I'm excited about the Free Plant Power and Thriving Expert online series. Click link for more details.

I've been empowering myself to step out of my comfort zone and it has brought so much joy to me. I went to my first Comic Con yesterday and had so much fun. I met and networked with creative people while I admired all the booths, characters, displays, etc. I fell in love with Tentacle Kitty and adopted a little one for my sister who loves cats. She has 3: Roscoe, Mossberg and Spenser. I met The Rebel Legion and members of a Star Trek Meetup. Check them out at rebellegion.com and FB USSArtesia. I hope to see some of them again at Molly Lavik's Halloween Eve Party Pep Rally for #AIShowBiz (free event) tomorrow night. RSVP

Mossberg
Roscoe
Spenser

Monday, October 23, 2017

Imagine

One Love
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Imagine practicing love and gratitude for 3 days. Imagine choosing joy, love and peace every day. "Imagine all the people living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one. I hope someday you'll join us and the world will be as one." John Lennon. I love his song "Imagine" because it speaks to my heart and soul. I got early-bird ticket to One Love Fest not knowing what to expect. I was a festival virgin, but I felt called by its message of being connected, empowered, inspired, healed and divine co-creation. I can't believe I almost didn't go. I was anxious and apprehensive a few days before going. I didn't know anyone there, I wanted to carpool but couldn't find a ride, I just got over a cold...All the excuses and stories came up because I forgot to trust my intuition. I even contacted the ticketing agent to see if I could resell my ticket or get a refund.

I've been empowering myself to step out of my comfort zone, but I still have self-sabotaging beliefs that make me act in ways that don't serve me. Awareness is the key to change. I realized that I wanted to get away, to recharge and reconnect. I practiced affirmations and focus on what I wanted instead of my fears. The universe answered with Marci Jarvil, author of Feel Like Yourself Again and my carpool buddy. I contacted her on Facebook, she told me to get a tent and be really prepared. I thought I'd just sleep in the car, but she shared the benefits of "glamping" (nature meets comfort). I agreed to repack, went last-minute shopping to get a tent, rolled up my foam mattress pad, added linens...Check out Marci's site www.yogaoftouch.com


As an introvert, I'd rather stay home and read a book or write. Yoga and coaching helped me live life fully. I am excited about Sweat Pink L.A. Join our FB Group now. We're all about fitness, fun and community! I had a great time at #FitFoodieRun so I signed up for several more 5Ks and can't wait to earn more medals. My next 5K is on 10/28 Make a Difference Day: Remembering Princess Diana.
I also plan to run/ walk on 10/31 Cat Day 5K. Then, I'm going to We Run the City 5K on 11/19. I am so grateful for Bridging the Gap #WeAreStrongerTogether. Check out my blog about Daisy The, The It Mom.

I met Molly Lavik, creator of #AIShowBiz at Digital Hollywood on October 12th and she asked me to blog about her event. I agreed and interviewed her a few days ago, but was so busy preparing for One Love that I didn't have time to write it up.

Molly founded Mentor Insight Inc. in 2002 with the moonshot goal to create an Obi Wan Kenobi holographic guru that you can beam in whenever and wherever you need help. This is the second year of #AIShowBiz: the intersection of technology and entertainment. "Together we can accomplish anything." Molly realized her dream with help of a strategic coach. She mostly self-financed this great event and got sponsors. We are both Star Wars fans and I told her she should have a Halloween costume party to promote her event. I was surprised when Molly took my idea and ran with it. Now, we are co-promoting her Halloween Eve Party.

Ingrid Cheng
Author of The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga
Healthy Inside-Out Coach
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Monday, October 16, 2017

Celebrate Food Day and More

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In honor of World Food Day, Feeding America released an extended PSA that reminds us about the real face of hunger. On October 7th, I joined the Fit Foodie Run to raise funds for this cause that's close to my heart. I am also selling items on www.ebay.com and donating 10% to #NoKidHungry. "While 41 million Americans don’t get enough to eat, 72 billion pounds of safe food" go to waste. That's why I support Food Day L.A. "Growing food is a human right" and community gardens are part of the solution. Let's work together to end hunger by making food healthy, fair, affordable, accessible and sustainable. Check out their Food Recovery Guide and join Food Day on 10/24. www.fooddayla2017.eventbrite.com

It's cold and flu season. To prevent from catching a cold or flu

1. Wash your hands before eating
2. Use hand santizer if you need to
3. Drink lots of fluids
4. Get enough sleep
5. Keep from overdoing it (stressing out)
6. Take vitamin C and zinc at the first sign of cold
7. If you feel sick, take a day off work to rest
8. Get a flu shot if you live or work with kids or seniors

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Ingrid Cheng
Author of The Anti-Aging Secrets of Yoga 
Mission: Empowering women to be healthy inside-out
Vision: Creating a kinder, more loving world through yoga and my book