Grilled Beef

30-Day Low Carb Challenge | 14th Day Update

I averaged 46g of Carbs (36g Net Carbs) the second week of the challenge. Woohoo!!! I did it! I meal-prepped but the food only lasted us for half of the week. Haha. I should improve on my meal planning skills. When I’m not able to bring packed lunch, I either buy food from the office cafeteria (one veggie and one meat dish) or go to a fast food burger chain and order a bun-less 100% beef burger. If you’re in the Philippines and there’s a cafeteria or karinderya near you, I think it’s easy to eat low carb. Pinoy dishes…

Pixi Glow Tonic-Soaked Gauze

DIY Glycolic Acid 5% Peel with Pixi Glow Tonic

I’ve always avoided Glycolic Acid due to a bad breakout I experienced almost a decade ago from Neostrata 10% Glycolic Acid and Derma E Glycolic Acid Cleanser and Toner. I thought I’d give th active another shot when I started using The Ordinary Peeling Solution and realized that it had glycolic acid, but didn’t break me out. I also didn’t experience any untoward reaction from several Glycolic Acid Facial sessions with Aesthetic Science Clinic. Maybe the key to not breaking out, at least with my skin, is to rinse off glycolic acid after a few minutes. 🤷 This is what the RN/esthetician…

30-Day Low Carb Challenge | 7th Day Update

Prior to starting this challenge, I was already eating relatively low carbohydrates (around 50-100g/day*) to prevent Type 2 Diabetes (for a time my blood glucose readings were in the prediabetes range). These past several months I noticed I haven’t been as mindful with my carb intake and started to feel heavy and lethargic again despite not gaining weight. My morning fasting glucose levels were also not at the optimal level–I am not prediabetic again (thankfully!), but close. For this challenge, my rules are simple: Eat <50g of carbs (tracked with Cronometer); andEat mostly real/whole foods My goal is to reacquire…

Before Using Tretinoin, Here are 6 Things to Consider

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Tretinoin (all-trans retinoic acid) is probably the most studied anti-aging and anti-acne skin care ingredient. I’d be surprised if you’re a skin care addict and you haven’t heard of it. It has 50+ years worth of scientific evidence to back it up. If you’ve read the positive reviews from long-term tretinoin users, you might get tempted to go to your nearest drugstore and buy a tube. Before you do that, please read this post first. Disclaimer: I am neither a dermatologist nor a cosmetic chemist. I can only share my experience with tretinoin stuff I…

Kick-off: 30 Days of Real Food

I started 30 Days of Real Food yesterday.  My diet for most of the 1st quarter was unhealthy. In my 2018 Focus Points post, I said: I’ll start strength-training and building some muscle I’ll get my waist-to-height ratio to 47% by the first quarter of the month; and I’ll achieve a fasting blood glucose of < 80 mg/dl waking up None of that happened.  I’m disappointed in myself, but I’m trying to get over it by focusing on what I can do instead. Rules I’m following the rules from the Whole 30 website (click the link to find the specifics…