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Monday, March 19, 2018

Spring Health Events

I went to the L.A. Marathon Health & Fitness Expo on Friday to network with the runners, vendors and have fun. I parked at a $5 lot a few blocks away from the Convention Center and walked. I was glad to see Nuun @nuunhydration, RX Bar @rxbar, Vital Proteins @vitalproteins and other healthy brands there.

On Saturday, I checked out Beauty & Balance - free event at Westfield Century City. I got to pamper myself with a cryotherapy facial, a mini-makeover and healthy drinks. Did you know that the mall also hosts other beauty events like Switch2pure Pop-Up

I cheered on runners at mile 22 (corner of Barrington & San Vincente) yesterday. Then, I walked home. Later on, I went to the free post-race recovery event at Forster PT where I got a free massage, a roller and foot massage. It's important to practice self-care after a race. 

I'm so grateful to follow my heart and do what I love to do.
Here are a few more events to check out:

3/25 Startups De-Stress Sunday RSVP
3/31 Celebrate Spring Yoga & Potluck RSVP
4/6 Free Kid's Yoga Event RSVP on FB
4/21-22 L.A Times Festival of Books

My friend will be there to promote her book, Transformation Champ. I interviewed her last month. Click here to read more. I am so inspired by women like Chloe @chloelukasiak
and Nina @theninanam

I can't believe that it's almost Earth Day and I want to create a big yoga event to celebrate Mother Earth. Let me know if you'd like to help plan the event.

Author, blogger, yoga teacher

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Spring is Here!

I celebrated International Women's Day at Westside YMCA by teaching a yoga class at noon. More than 30 people were at my class and I was glad to share the benefits of yoga with them. I gave them some self-care tips that they can use at home during the class. At the end, I showed them how to do a self-massage. On Saturday, I went to the Womens Leadership Conference at UCR and connected with like-minded women. I love the break-out sessions and panel discussion. Some tips I'd like to share are:

1. Be your authentic self
2. Own your space
3. Know your brand
4. Show up consistently
5. Network = net worth

Bonus: Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is one of the biggest predictors of success in life and work

3/31 Join my Yoga & Potluck Party on Saturday

Plus 3 Tips to Spring Clean Your Diet:

1. Keep a food journal, write down what you eat & how you feel every day for 5 days

2. Drink more water, ditch the latte & soda. Consider cutting out dairy

3. Eat more vegetables. Buy local and seasonal from the Farmers Market & make salads (add cucumber slices & sprouted nuts for extra crunch)

Ingrid Cheng

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Create Community

I am so grateful for the yoga community. I didn't "fit in" at the gym or in other groups, but yoga taught me self-acceptance, love and compassion. I used to hate my body, but yoga helped me heal from body shame. Many of you know about my past struggle with weight. I was overweight. My family called me "fat" and I was bullied. I grew up thinking that I wasn't good enough (therefore I didn't feel loved or accepted). I became a people-pleaser to gain approval or love but often felt resentful because I put my needs last. I was afraid to express how I felt because my parents taught me to keep quiet it if I have "nothing nice to say". I was tired of being "fat" and told to lose weight, so I started an extreme diet and exercise regime. Joining my high school tennis club helped since we had to run 3 to 5 miles almost every day.

At first, I felt like I was dying because I hated running. I couldn't breathe, my heart pounded, my legs felt like dead weight. Normally, I would give up and quit, but something kept me going. I grew to love the runner's high: that feeling of being a the top of the world. I ate less, ran more and lost over 40 pounds. At one point, I weighed less than 100 at five-foot nine. My mom noticed how thin I was and grew worried. She made me go see a doctor who said I was anorexic. Either I start eating more or I had to see a therapist. I wanted to see a therapist, but my mom didn't believe in psychotherapy because she thinks that only crazy people needed therapy. As an adult, I suffered from low self-esteem and had a love-hate relationship with food. Yoga helped me make peace with my pain.

Everybody has past traumas, but many people seek to escape their pain with alcohol or medication. About 15,000 people die from drunk driving and more than 64,000 died from opioids overdoses in 2016. Less than 15,600 died from gun violence last year. Comparatively, opioids killed more people than guns. Yet, we still do not have any legislation to make prescription drugs that contain opioids illegal. Our "Sick Care" means that doctors do not help us be healthy. Most of them are now just "drug pushers" in a white coat that gives them authority, making opioids use normal and legitimate. Obesity rates in adults now exceed 35% in 5 States, 30% in 25 States and Childhood Obesity affects 12.7 million kids and teens (ages 2-19). What does that say about our government and society? 

I love Dan's mission to create healthy districts and want to share his message. "The Power of 9":

1. Belong (Yoga helped my belong)
2. Family First
3. Plant Slant
4. Move Naturally
5. Down Shift
6. 80% Rule
7. Know Your Purpose
8. Right Tribe (I found my tribe in the yoga community)
9. Wine at 5

Ingrid Cheng
Author, Blogger, Health Coach

Monday, February 26, 2018

Dream Team

I am so glad I went to this cool event at Bumble Hive yesterday. I connected with and learned from entrepreneurs like Marcedes Lewis @marcedeslewis and Shaina Zaidi. I love turmeric for it's anti-aging, anti-inflammatory properties and enjoyed the TuMe drink. Both Marcedes and Shaina said that it's important to create healthy habits and have a growth mindset. They both have a routine. Mindfulness and meditation: focusing on things you are grateful for and your goals for the day. Attention to detail, teamwork. Be at the top of your game. Go for your strengths. Obstacles = a chance to shine. Consistency is the key for Shaina, a former female basketball player in a male-dominated sports. She talked about strong female role models like Sarah Blakely, founder of SPANX. Marcedes strained his calf after more than 12 years as a Pro football player in the NFL. He trains in mixed martial arts, plays basketball and swim. Marcedes said that entrepreneurs must be willing to try new things and do everything they can to get better. "90% is mental. I'm still hungry for it. Know when to push your body or when to pull back." They believe that the hot trend in health and fitness is incorporating functional/ Ayurvedic ingredients. I'm excited that TuMe will be at the Natural Products Expo West!

I noticed turmeric in many products almost everywhere since I interviewed Kitty Wells, author of "Antiaging Secrets of Spices".

Her top 3 spices are:

1. Ginger
2. Turmeric
3. Ceylon Cinnamon

Ingrid Cheng
Author, Blogger, Health Coach

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Life is Sweet

I saw a whale off Santa Monica Pier on Saturday while I was doing yoga. It was a warm, beautiful day to be outdoors.
There were about 100 of us gathered together to be one with yoga. I love yoga because it's all inclusive. Anyone can do it. I found yoga in 2004 and I wasn't a "good student". I was not flexible or coordinated. Normally, I'd be discouraged and give up easily, but yoga kept bringing me back to the mat. I learned to be patient and present. I learned to go out of my comfort zone, to stay in discomfort and just breathe. I became more balanced, coordinated and mindful. Yoga changed my life and now I'm writing a book to help others be healthy inside-out.

Sparky - The Fit Fun Dog

I love to do yoga with Sparky. She is my exercise buddy. It's the Year of the Dog & we wore red to celebrate. I'm so grateful for the yoga community. Most exercises address just our physical state, but yoga is a mind-body-spirit practice. We all have pain and problems, but yoga helped me let go of the junk that cluttered up my mind so I can create a healthier, happier life. I have a sweet tooth and used to be a junk food/ sugar addict. Now, I love to make healthy desserts with no added sugar that taste great and satisfy me.

Inspired by my Farmers Market walk, I made lemon oatmeal granola bites with @CascadianFarm aLemon Blueberry Granola and @Neocell collagen on Sunday.

I made a strawberry smoothie bowl for @TraderJoes #MatchMadeAtTJsContest and hope that I win! I blended half a banana with the extra strawberry smoothie, made a granola crust and created another healthy treat to celebrate the last day of my 12-Day Self-Love Challenge that started on Friday 2/3. I love food and don't believe in strict diet or exercise regimes. Been there, done that before. I've been fat and thin but never happy. Yoga helped me be grateful, present and mindful about what I consume. Before I eat or buy anything, I ask if doing so will really fulfill my needs.

Ingrid Cheng

Friday, February 16, 2018

Health and Happiness

I went on a date with Sparky and had fun on Valentine's Day. I focused on self-love for 12 days. On Friday 2/2 (Go Red for Women Day), I interviewed Nina Nam, author of "Transformation Champ". On Saturday (2/3), I talked to Chloe Lukasiak, who dedicated her book "Girl on Pointe" to anyone who was ever told that they weren't good enough. Last Sunday, I posted my Gifts of Love (Valentine's Day Gift Guide). I celebrated love in all its forms and went shopping to celebrate Chinese New Year at 99 Ranch Market.

I made a healthy red mocktail in honor #HeartHealth and @GoRedForWomen. I learned that Forever Fierce Day is on 2/19. I am submitting my Forever Fierce Signature Mocktail recipe today. 

Ingrid Cheng