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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Failing Toward Success


Let's Move West L.A. I joined Let's Move in February 2012 to plan community wellness events and collaborated with many amazing supporters. It was a great experience and I enjoyed being a Let's Move ambassador. As a group and as individuals, each of us wanted to empower our community to eat healthy, move more and take steps to upgrade their daily habits or patterns. Our events were always free and open to the public. Click google.docs/document/report for our story.

Since Let's Move, I have continued to grow as a Health Ambassador. I created Being Well as a Meetup group and moved it to Facebook.com/groups/1922289331381752/ to reach a wider demographic. I continue to blog and be a free health and wellness resource. It's a labor of love and often I felt like quitting. No one reads my blog and I'm not making a difference. That's my critical side but my heart tells me to go on. I often feel like I'm beating my head against the wall because many people are stuck in their ways. From birth, we instinctively want things that make us feel good and avoid things that make us feel bad. Yoga made me realize that discomfort or failure is part of the growth process. Transformation is a challenge that will test your emotions and commitment more than you can imagine. If it were easy, everyone would be doing it. People who continue to grow understand that transformation takes time and can be difficult or painful.

How you filter and respond to coaching is how you deal with real life. If you resist it because you think it's too hard or you've tried it before and it didn't work, then you're setting yourself up for failure. If you accept and trust that it is for your highest good and that it will work for you, then commit to it with your whole heart. Mindset is so important. We all grow up conditioned to be afraid of mistakes at home, in school and sports. Our society celebrates success and frown on failures. That is so wrong. We are taught to act, think and behave in certain ways and few of us dare to be different. We all want to be accepted and to fit in. But in order to do so, we stay small and suppress our authentic self. Yoga taught me to move beyond my comfort zone, to use adversity and emotional pain as fuel for my growth. "To transform into a butterfly, you must want to fly so bad that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar." Schedule a breakthrough session with me and let's find out if my Inside Out Coaching is right for you.
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Ingrid Cheng
Certified Law of Attraction Trainer (You can find me listed under California)
Certified Yoga Teacher
Author of 21 Life Lessons from Yoga

Awareness, beliefs and commitment. These are the 3 steps I use to empower women to be healthy inside out. Yoga helped me get that failure is really a gift, a learning lesson. In order to grow, I needed to get out of my comfort zone, challenge my habitual beliefs and be okay with discomfort. I am so grateful for yoga and want to share what I learned with you.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Health and Wellness


Sat 7/22 at 11 am Join me for a free yoga class that employs 3 simple steps to empower you to break free of old beliefs and habits that don't serve you (with regular practice).
RSVP at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/free-yoga-and-health-event-tickets-35997814432

Join Being Well: www.facebook.com/groups/1922289331381752
There are many free events to keep you healthy.

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I love yoga!

Once upon a time, there was a clumsy, uncoordinated woman who had a love hate relationship with food and her body. She loved food, but hated her body. That person was me. I was overweight but I didn't have time to cook. I ate fast-food and Healthy Choice meals while I was exercising and practicing yoga. After regularly going to yoga classes, I realized that if I wanted to be healthy, I needed to improve my diet. So, I started cooking and making salads. I also love soups and desserts. Yes, I was addicted to sugar and loved candies, chocolates, etc. Yoga helped me break my addiction and bad habits. I still crave things that are not good for me, but before I indulge, I ask myself if that will really satisfy me or if I could make a healthier choice. So, next time you crave something and feel the urge to indulge, pause and ask yourself if doing so will lead you to your goal (we all want to be healthy and happy). I know many people who struggle with their self-image and their weight. I was one of them. It's painful to go through the cycle of exercising, dieting, gaining back weight again and again. I've been there and done that. I broke that cycle by digging deep to the root cause of my issues. I suffered from mental and emotional traumas that I needed to heal and let go of and they were the real weight that kept me from being healthy in all areas of my life. I am so grateful to yoga and all my teachers. I don't know where I'd be without yoga. If you haven't tried yoga before, don't be intimidated. It's an all inclusive practice that accepts all levels with compassion and non-judgment. I had so many excuses for not trying yoga, but I'm glad I went with my sister and though I struggled with it at first, I kept going. I didn't give up on myself and learned to love myself through yoga.

Join Being Well https://www.facebook.com/groups/1922289331381752 now and attend a free class or event. Besides yoga, there are many other workouts that help you stay fit and healthy. I look forward to seeing you at soon.




Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Natural Pain Relief

As you may know, I am cautious about what I put in and on my body. I eat fresh, plant-based, organic food on a budget. I choose a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. My dream is to create a community garden where I can grow my own food and a car sharing group so I can ditch my car. Many of you know that I have sciatica. I was in so much pain that I could barely move or walk. My doctor prescribed pills that didn't work. She also told me to get physical therapy, stop going to my yoga and Zumba classes, but to keep walking. At that point, I realized that I needed natural pain relief. I had tried turmeric and ginger, soaking in the tub with Epsom Salt and other methods. Then, I remembered hearing about CBD oil and gave it a try. What works for me are Zen Hemp Shot (40 mg hemp oil) by CV Sciences and HempWorx CBD oil by Mydailychoice.


Before I sleep, I practice self-care with the Orb massage ball and take 5 to 10 mg of CBD oil.

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Easy Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

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Easy Tips for Planning a Healthy Diet and Sticking...

Healthy eating is not about strict dietary limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. It is about:

1. Feeling great
2. Having more energy
3. Experiencing a better outlook
4. Improving your mood
5. Overall health and wellness (bonus)

Follow these steps below:

1. Set up for success - prepare your own meals
2. Moderation
3. Read labels on food packages (calories, saturated fats, sugar, salt)
4. Mindful eating
5. Hydrate with lots of water


Yesterday was probably the hottest day in L.A. Temperatures reached 110 degrees F in the afternoon. I went to a rooftop workout at 10 am and it was already hot. I generously lathered on sunscreen, but it was too hot for me. So I found some shade and claimed my spot there. Due to the heat, I modified my workout and stay hydrated to avoid experiencing symptoms of heat exhaustion or even worse heat stroke. I also wanted to protect my skin from sun damage. Check out Dos and Don'ts of Sun Exposure at http://www.chopra.com/articles/dos-and-don

Symptoms of a heat stroke are:
1. A nasty headache (I tend to feel this first when I get over-heated)
2. Muscle cramps and nausea
3. Dizziness or Fainting

Ingrid Cheng
@fitnesswla

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Sources: http://dailynaturalremedies.com/10-symptoms-of-heat-stroke
http://www.exertional-heatstroke.com

Friday, July 7, 2017

Healthy Lifestyle in Brentwood and Beyond

Farmers Market

I love Brentwood because I can walk to my bank, the grocery stores, the library and the Farmers Market. After I graduated from U.C. Riverside with a Business Administration degree, I worked for Dun and Bradstreet in Hong Kong for a year but decided that I like living in California. I resigned from a good job to return to the U.S with no job prospects, knowing that I'd be able to have a healthy lifestyle and make a living. At that time my sister got accepted to U.C.L.A and my parents decided to buy a home in L.A. My mom came back with me and we proceeded to go house hunting. We chose Brentwood because of its proximity to U.C.L.A, the beach and the freeways. I found a job near L.A.X and settled down to life. Though I have changed addresses, careers and jobs several times, I always come back to this neighborhood. 

I recently came across this Puppy Spot graphic which inspired me to share some tips about
getting fit with dogs. Check out the graphic. I often walk with my dog Sparky to the grocery store and the library. I adopted Sparky from the West L.A Animal Shelter and urge animal lovers to adopt. Sparky is my exercise buddy. We even did yoga together - it's called Doga. It builds a stronger bond between dogs and their "pack" people. I am a proud doggy mom. Parking and traffic has gotten so bad that there are valet services at most restaurants. Another reason why I like to walk. I love the Farmers Market and go almost every Sunday. I always find something new there. I also prefer fresh, organic produce and talking to the vendors.

Join me on a walk to the Farmers Market this Sunday.

Ingrid Cheng

P.S. Check out 11 Races You Should Run with Your Dog
http://www.runnersworld.com/bucket-list-races/bucket-list-11-races-you-should-run-with-your-dog

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

How Healthy Are You?

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As we age, our bodies and metabolism slow down. We don't have the energy to get up and go workout in the morning. We may need a few cups of coffee to feel awake. Are you sluggish? Too tired to workout? Struggling to get fit? Did you know that lack of sleep and stress can lead to weight gain? Contact me for a breakthrough session.


I just found these complete nutritional sprays that may help because no matter how much healthy food we eat, there is no way we can get enough antioxidants and good nutrition without extra help. The reason is that our food is not as nutritious as it was before due to pesticides, pollution, soil depletion, etc. I am passionate about empowering people like you to make informed choices. Don't just believe me. Check out testimonials from other people and try for yourself.
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Join Being Well Facebook.com/groups/1922289331381752/

P.S. Did you know that Direct Selling is a growing industry?
http://www.dsa.org/benefits/research/overview

Why I trust my own experience rather than ads. https://www.truthinadvertising.org/category/ad-alerts

Ingrid Cheng


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Good Food for All

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I love Slow Food - empowering people to change the world through "food that is good, clean and fair for all". I went to Slow Food Nation in September 2008 because it was held in San Francisco, my favorite city. I enjoyed the Taste Pavilions in Fort Mason Center, the Speaker Series and Victory Garden at Civic Center Plaza, etc. It was a defining experience for me. I believe in their mission and when I found Everytable by accident, I knew that it's time to bring them together.

 
Healthy food is a human right. Everytable's mission is to make good food available to everyone.
https://www.everytable.com/mission/

*Good
  • Believe that delicious nutrition is a right for everyday life
  • Cultivate joyful connections to community and place
  • Advocate for diversity in ecosystems and societies

*Clean

  • Protect natural resources for future generations
  • Help people and the environment depend on each other
  • Promote food that is local, seasonal, and sustainably grown

*Fair

  • Build local cooperation and global collaboration while respecting all laws
  • Require no prerequisite or credential for participation
  • Fight for dignity of labor from field to fork
https://www.slowfoodusa.org

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Check out Slow Money -Since 2010, over $57 million has been invested in more than 632 local and organic food enterprises. https://slowmoney.org



 

Monday, June 26, 2017

Summer Salads

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When it's hot outside, I like to make salads. Most people think that salads are boring or say that they don't like "rabbit food". I make creative, delicious pasta salads, "Super green salads" and  more.  My favorite is Chinese Chicken salad with cucumbers. I like to cook and create healthy meals that saves time and money. Most people eat out because they're "too busy" to cook. They don't have time to buy grocery and don't know what to cook. They pay more at restaurants and research shows that you tend to eat more when you eat out. Did you know that an average restaurant meal has 1,128 calories (about a person's daily calorie intake), 2,269 mg of sodium (85% of recommended daily intake) and 58 g of fat (89% of recommended intake) according to the American Medical Association?

The Standard American Diet is SAD. 3,400 mg is the average daily sodium intake (experts recommend no more than 2,300 mg). 9.5 tsp is the max amount of daily sugar one should consume but the average adult consumes 22 tsp (more than twice that) per day. 40% of daily calories for kids age 2 to 18 come from added sugars and fats, more and more children are overweight or obese. If we eat in and make healthy food, we could save $20 billion a year in health care or medical costs.Eating healthy costs much less than being sick due to bad diet. Being healthy is our natural state. Our bodies have the amazing ability to heal themselves even we take care to eat a plant-based whole food diet and have a healthy lifestyle. I choose to eat healthy, drink water and exercise, but many people don't realize the true cost of their bad habits.That's why I am on a mission to empower you to make informed choices. Our Health Care is Sick Care, based on treating symptoms of diseases and not prevention. Prevention is the best and cheapest choice that is available to all of us. So what do you choose? Contact me for a Free Transformation Session.

I love Back to the Roots. I got their Mushroom Farm and loved it. I enjoy having fresh mushrooms for my salads. They also have Garden sets that are perfect for balconies, patios and small spaces. Use my link to get 10% off your first order. http://fbuy.me/fKcRj

Check out "8 Addictive Foods & How to Overcome Their Power"

                            "Super Green Salad"




Friday, June 23, 2017

Top Five Addictive Foods




How to Eat Healthy Without Breaking the Bank or Feeling Deprived


Did you know that most processed foods are highly addictive? “Blame sugar, salt, and fat. Processed food often contain all three - minus the protein, fiber, and water that help your body handle them.”


The 5 most addictive foods are:

1.       Ice cream

2.       Candy

3.       French fries

4.       Chocolate

5.       Cookies


Did you know that women are more likely than men to have “addictive/ unhealthy relationship with food”? According to Ashley Gearhardt, PhD, the co-creator of Yale University's Food Addiction Scale (YFAS)* "women tend to restrict and then binge." 


I am passionate about health and wellness. My mission is to empower women to be healthy in all areas of their lives and food is just the first step. I used to be overweight as a child and was bullied because of my large size. My mom and family called me “Fat Girl” and told me I needed to go on a diet. That meant no more ice cream. I felt deprived and started craving more ice cream. Since my mom still bought ice cream, I snuck around and ate as much as I could whenever I craved some. Then, I’d feel guilty and make myself throw up in the toilet. So I understand how women can develop an addictive/ unhealthy relationship with food. At one point, I was forty pounds overweight. My stomach had several folds and I was ashamed of my body.  I hated my body and my lack of will power. Little did I know that I was a sugar “addict/ junkie”. As a teenager, I felt like a misfit. So, I went on a diet and exercise regime to lose weight. To my surprise, I lost forty pounds in less than a year and felt great. Little did I know that I had anorexia. 


 I am so grateful for yoga because it helped me become aware of how I was abusing my body with dieting and unhealthy food. It taught me to be a “mindful  eater”.  I still crave sweet food, but before I indulge, I ask myself if that will really satisfy me or if I’d feel better with a healthier choice. Awareness is the first step to change.  Combined with action, belief and commitment,  I now have a healthy relationship with food.  If I can change, so can you.

 Many people think that eating healthy is expensive and that vegetables are not appetizing. I want to show them how to make healthy, tasty food on a budget. My secret is also my pain. I never want to be known as the “Fat Girl” again. I still crave sweets but I don’t overeat.  I share my healthy creations on Instagram and keep myself accountable.  I shop at Farmers Market, local, specialty grocers and cook my own meals. Many people don’t have time to cook, but they never think about the cost of eating out or getting food delivered.  I make 30-minute easy, healthy, tasty meals and each serving costs about $5-6.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Align Your Actions with Your Values

Free Yoga Event

I have always admired B-Corps. What are B-Corps? "These companies meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability, and aspire to use the power of markets to solve social and environmental problems". Together, they lead a growing worldwide movement to use business as a "force for good". There are 2,180 B-Corps and the most famous one is TOMS Shoes that donates a pair of shoes everytime a purchase is made. Now, TOMS has gone "Beyond One for One". I also admire Green Businesses and GBN: Green Businesses Networking. I am inspired by SEA: Social Enterprise Alliance - members form an "active community that is at the forefront of the social enterprise movement. From enterprising non-profits and mission-driven for-profits, to supporters, consultants, academics and others, SEA’s membership is as diverse as the movement itself. What unites SEA members is a vision of social enterprise to address basic needs and create opportunity for all through effective, efficient and sustainable solutions".

My idea is to connect these three amazing organizations together and multiple the good that they do. If you are a B-Corp or want to be part of LOHAS: Lifestyle of Health And Sustainability, join the group. Align your actions with your values and be the change you want to see in the world.

Join Being Well! https://www.facebook.com/groups/1922289331381752/  

P.S. Did  you know that we lose 100 hours each year due to traffic, making L.A one of the most highly congested cities in the world. The 100 Hours Campaign wants to hear from you-how would you spend those 100 hours and what traffic solutions do you want to see. http://100hoursla.com


Sources:
http://greenbusinessnetworking.org/events 
http://sealosangeles.org/events/

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Calendar of Events - New & Updated

Health = Wealth

6/21 Excited about the 2-day Yoga Day Summit - an online event that will offer you an unparalleled opportunity to experience and celebrate the beauty, power and depth of yoga as a vehicle for living a divine life and creating a world built on Oneness.

6/21 Celebrate Summer Solstice - Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Go outside!

6/24 Athleta Summer Solstice Free Acro Yoga in the Park 10 am - 2 pm.

6/24 "Discover Recycling" Open House 2027 Stoner Ave 9 am - 2:30 pm http://bit.ly/2ttMrg6

6/25 International Yoga Day FREE Outdoor Class 4-6 pm @ Burton Chase Park in Marina Del Rey
6/25 Main Street Summer Soulstice 11 am Main Street Santa Monica (Beauty & Wellness on Pier Ave, Tech Expo on Strand St)


6/27  ClimateDay L.A. 12 pm to 10:30 pm Downtown L.A.
Dog lovers and owners bonus - $20 credit towards your first dog walk or petting sitting

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Happy International Yoga Day!

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6/25 International Yoga Day FREE Outdoor Class 4-6 pm @ Burton Chase Park in Marina del Rey! (Do not contact me. It's an event by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center*

There is much more to yoga than just the poses. Yoga connects me to my Divine Self and helps me be present. Yoga turns me on. It's all inclusive: it welcomes all ages, all beliefs, all cultures, all faiths, all religions, all shapes and sizes. Yoga teaches acceptance, compassion and non-judgement. Yoga unites - if more people practice yoga and learn its lessons of acceptance, compassion and non-judgement then we'd have a better, more peaceful world.

Being aware is the first step to making changes. I was not aware of how I treated my body and myself until I learned to tune in to my body and my thoughts. Yoga allowed me to do so in a safe space. It empowered me to dig deep and find the truth. Yoga teaches self-love and we cannot love others when we do not accept or love ourselves. We all want to be happy, healthy and to live in a sustainable manner. Yet, we are conditioned to buy this or that as if we can acquire happiness or health like a possession. When we tap into our own Divine being, we can access contentment, peace and wellness.
Summer is the best time to yoga outdoors. I used to lead Yoga at the Park and now want to start Yoga at the Beach. Let me know if you are interested. Join https://www.facebook.com/events/244242812725420

*http://www.sivanandala.org 
http://idayofyoga.org

Ingrid
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