"Our Health is Number One Wealth"
The True Spirit of iOneHealth
I realize that to maintain our health in tip-top condition throughout our entire life, is harder to achieve than to earn our first bucket of gold.
Tell me honestly:
Are you overweight or underweight?
Do you feel lethargic constantly or fall sick easily?
Are you suffering from indigestion or constipation?
Do you have high blood pressure, unhealthy cholesterol levels and insulin resistance?
Are you having problems with focusing on finishing your tasks?
These are symptoms, which could indicate more serious health problems such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, stroke, diabetes, Alzheimer diseases etc.
How confident are you in avoiding these illnesses?
Indeed, you have to stay vigilant and persistent in watching over your diet, your exercises and your emotional state AT ALL TIMES in order to enjoy the quality, healthy life you want till your last breath.
Oh yes, never underestimate your mood. Studies have shown that your emotions can influence your immune and central nervous system. In other words, your mind and body are inseparable. So, even if you've been eating well and exercising regularly, when you're feeling down or even depressed, your immunity will drop.
But if you maintain a positive and cheerful mindset amidst gloomy situations like the current recession woes or upon diagnosis of a serious illness, your immune system will respond positively too. Such power of belief fosters health and healing.
Having faith and trust in yourself can expedite your recovery from crisis and illnesses.
Yes, it's not easy but you have to agree with me 100% that it's absolutely necessary to sustain our good health. Think about this - between huge medical bills with unspeakable torment on your body and a healthy body / mind, which would you choose?
Now, if it's so difficult to maintain good health, shouldn't we help each other towards this common goal?
After all, we are one BIG family on this planet Earth.
To achieve this common goal, we have to share the knowledge, which helps to promote and enhance our health via the natural way.
The question is, "Are you ready to take responsibility for your own health?"
Luckily, the awareness for better and natural health is rising and many of my friends, including YOU are taking responsibility for their own health. This is also the time where many health questions are raised.
Before you enter iOneHealth.com, you probably have spent a lot of time surfing to find what you need. But you may find it hard to get organized, relevant and latest health information out there, thus you might end up feeling frustrated.
I understand your frustration - your time is precious.
Since you are here in iOneHealth.com, seeking answers on how to keep your health in good and natural shape, I'm committed to provide you with reliable health-boosting information so that you're able to gain knowledge to readily achieve fantastic health.
These reliable and latest health information, whether they are product reviews, articles or recipes, have been carefully researched and organized for your easy reference. We're constantly expanding and improving iOnehealth.com so that you'll be happy to come back often for more updated and useful information.
Nothing pleases us more than to see you leading a drug-free and healthier lifestyle.
Birth Story of iOneHealth
I began cooking when I was 13 years old, the age where I should be a party animal or a moviegoer. It all started in 1988 when I found myself spending hours in the kitchen, tagging behind Mum while she's cooking.
I watched how those raw ingredients transformed into a piping hot meal within an hour. I was fascinated by the lovely smell, sight and taste of each dish Mum prepared.
Mum may not be a great cook but she was most delighted to teach me all she knew. One year later, I took over the wok.
My passion for cooking went beyond what Mum taught me and I started to research on the nutritional value of the different kinds of foods, their unique characteristics and the best ways to cook them.
I love to experiment new recipes while polishing my skills on existing ones.
Some attempts turn out to be failures. But thankfully, my family and friends are so supportive that they are willing to try out all the dishes and give me constructive feedback.
Gradually, I discover that the kind of food we eat does have a direct impact on our bodies.
As I research further, more new questions appear, which I had to search high and low for answers (remember, internet was uncommon then and I was too poor to afford a computer too...). I would say these years of research have helped me create an impressive pool of resources.
Soon friends started to come to me for advice. The more new questions raised, the more research I did. I began thinking, "Wouldn't it be more efficient if I have a place to store my information so that my friends can look them up whenever they have questions?"
But iOneHealth.com wasn't born until after 2005. Between 2002 and 2005, I underwent a major changeover (read my story below). It was then that I felt it's time to share my experience and knowledge with all my friends out there.
The Big Changeover that Changes My Life
Way back in 2002 (see right), I was in pretty bad shape.
I was overweight, having low HDL:LDL ratio, got tired easily, proned to migraine, flu and constipation or indigestion frequently and often have to take medical leave off my job.
Being 12 lbs overweight triggered a series of name calling me porky, rhino, hippo, sumo wrestler... and rude jokes, which nicked my self-esteem slowly, like poison, until there's nothing left.
Depressed over my health and weight problems, I lost interest in everything and couldn't concentrate on anything.
I thought there must be something seriously wrong with me and going to doctor didn't help because her advice was always, "Relax and exercise more".
I never thought there's anything wrong with my diet. Although I loved meat and seafood, I tried to choose the healthier cooking methods.
So I looked to weight loss diets, which claimed to be super effective, supported by testimonials from real people. Meal replacements, pills, exercise equipments, detox tea, slimming garments... you name it, I tried it.
The point was, these so-called effective slimming products didn't work. Other than causing slight laxative effects, which I gave credit for slightly improving my constipation problem, my weight still stayed the same.
One of the slimming brand I tried even gave me quite a nice surprise, not in terms of turning me into a slim beauty, but awarded me with a second prize (real cash!) in its lucky draw. I was lucky to win the prize by just buying two boxes of their slimming pills. Nevertheless, after popping the pills for 3 weeks, nothing changed, so I gave up.
Just as I was about to give up completely, I met a childhood friend, SC. He said I looked bad, awfully bad. He remembered I didn't look that fat when we were younger.
Too embarrassed by his remarks, I changed subject by praising him how radiant and energetic he looked. I also marveled at his slim, lean frame with flat abs. In short, he looked younger than his age! How envious I was!
But SC was genuinely concerned about my health. After I told him about my problems and what I had tried, he shook his head.
"Your body is crying out to you for help, don't you know?" he said. My turn to shake my head in disbelief.
He explained further that as a result of my lifestyle, my body cannot take the stress anymore, hence it's signaling red alert for help. But it seems I have been seeking the wrong solutions, therefore the protests never stop in the form of flu, migraine, constipation, pain etc.
"So what's your secret for keeping in such great shape?", I asked him.
"Simple, vegetarian diet", that's all he replied, but cheerfully.
No way! I'm not going to take salads and tofu for every meal!
Never did I expect what he showed me later entirely changed my perception of vegetarian diet. He brought me to a vegetarian food fair where for the first time I was being exposed to soooo many appetizing and finger-licking vegetarian dishes.
That really blew me away!
Subsequently, SC brought me to several vegetarian food stalls, cafés and restaurants for meals. I never knew plant-based diet could be so creative, delicious, nutritious and contemporary. SC is right - vegetarian diet is far from just eating salads and tofu.
I decided there and then that no one can do it better than myself. So I set my own pace and goals to change my lifestyle, starting from my eating habits. Since I was prepared to embrace this change, I knew, as with all decisions, such transformation comes with some risks and obstacles. Life offers no guarantees that what lies ahead will be what I expect or plan. My only belief was that in this process of self-transformation I would find my health.
I purchased a few excellent vegetarian cookbooks full of interesting and yet simple vegetarian recipes to start with. Soon, I can cook mouth-watering vegetarian meals, which even meat-eaters enjoy eating. It wasn't as difficult as it seems, really.
Of course, vegetarian foods don't perform miracles overnight. Within the first few weeks of eating more greens and fruits, I began seeing changes to my health. I started to feel more lively and energetic. I felt less tired and less prone to flu and migraine. And my bowel movements became normal.
Best of all, I lost several pounds within 2 years, keeping my overall cholesterol under control and still maintaining my ideal weight till now.
I was overjoyed by the outcome, which greatly strengthened my belief that I'm on the right track to healthy lifestyle. I continue to be vigilant in my choice of natural, nutritious food with minimum processing. I learn that a diet is meatless doesn't guarantee that it's healthful; therefore the essence to healthy vegetarian eating is to choose and eat wholesome natural foods.
It's All About Natural Healthy Lifestyle
Other than the reason for effective weight loss, I'm also proud being a vegetarian, simply because I'm showing compassion and respect for the animals, our Planet Earth and my fellow humans.
Have you ever visited a farming factory or a slaughterhouse?
If you've witnessed the cruelty and horror inflicted on the farmed animals till their death, just to provide one pound of meat on your plate, you probably think twice about eating it. I, for once, avoided meat after watching such chilling, unforgettable scenes.
Take my advice - the easiest and most direct way of showing compassion to animals is not to eat them.
I also enjoy watching a documentary show called Planet Earth on Discovery Channel. It constantly highlights an important message - Our Planet Earth is such a beautiful place to live in that we should try our best to preserve and protect it. However, the rearing of farmed animals to meet the ever-growing demand of human appetite has irreversible destructive effect on our Earth.
Need more reasons to give up meat? Whenever my friends ask me more about the benefits of becoming vegetarian, I'll direct them to Vegetarian Guide which tells the TRUTH behind animal, eggs and dairy industries.
My friend, if you aren't interested in vegetarian, I respect your personal choice. I get along fine with my non-veggie friends too. But I welcome you to continue seeking your health answers here in iOneHealth.com. After all, iOneHealth.com is all about natural healing and healthy lifestyle where plant-based diet is only part of it.
As I delve more into the subject of natural healing, I chance upon many drug-free remedies, which are effective against certain common illnesses. I'll be constantly putting up these valuable and useful information to share with you.
Being a vegetarian doesn't mean restricting myself to reading sources on vegetarianism only. Here, having an open mind is important. Lots of health sources not related to vegetarianism are also worth reading because they contain useful, health-promoting information.
For instance, when I read about why omega-3 is essential and fish and flaxseeds are good sources of omega-3, I focus more on why omega-3 is essential and vegetarians can obtain their sources from flaxseeds. I will then share this information here.
So you'll notice I recommend certain resources, which are not entirely vegetarian. For example, books that include some meat-based recipes. I'm not advocating meat eating but if the good advices in a book outweigh such flaws, it's still a worthy investment.
Let me cite one good example - Bruce Fife's The Coconut Oil Miracle. In his book, Bruce gives clear and specific explanations on the goodness of coconut oil but provides both plant- and meat-based recipes in the Recipe section. Since the meat-based recipes take up only less than 10% of the content, it's still a worthwhile investment. If you're a vegetarian, just ignore those recipes. But you'll love the plant-based recipes. They're simply delicious.
Having said that, I hope you enjoy surfing my site.
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