Secret Hack to Cure the FLU naturally

These days, what with the drastic changes in the weather, everyone seems to fall sick. I was not exempted. Caught a cold this week! But one of the things that have been speeding up my road to recovery and preventing my cold from turning into a full blown flu is…. the good old ONION.

No. Not for ingestion. Although that helps too. But I’d rather eat my onions mixed with meat or a salad.

There’s an old wives’ tale that keeping slices of onion in a dish in the place where you sleep allows the onion to absorb the virus. My father was a staunch supporter of this tale and used to leave onions in our room among our stuffed toys when we were kids. As long as the onion wasn’t all shrivelled up, and he always remembered to put a fresh batch, we actually never got sick.  He said he read it from an Encyclopedia of Indian Home Remedies.

It’s a strange idea but every single time I’ve done it, I always ALWAYS seem to feel better the next day. In fact, the moment I feel a cold coming on, I slice up onions and keep them by my bed side and I avoid the flu altogether or if I’m in the middle of one, it seems to magically disappear in 2 days, without the intake of any medicine.

I decided to conduct a little research and found that my father may have been on to something.

Apparently, “onions are high in sulfuric compounds such as thiosulfinates, sulfoxides, and other odorous cysteine sulfoxides. These compounds give onions their pungent flavor and are what make you cry when cutting them. Research shows that thiosulfinates are toxic to harmful organisms. Sulfuric compounds also play a role in cancer and heart disease prevention, and therefore act as a great immune-boosting food for general disease prevention.

Onions are also extremely high in the antioxidant quercetin. Quercetin helps the body fight free-radicals, and boosts the immune response. A recent study from the British Journal of Nutrition showed that individuals who ate foods high in quercetin (onion soup was used in the study), had better immune responses and less likelihood for cardiovascular disease.

The Delmar’s Integrative Herb Guide states, “Onions help break up or clear mucous and other substances that block the immune system from doing its work.” –Global Healing Center

There’s also a story of a girl who put onions in her socks and slept with these socks on overnight  to reveal astonishing benefits! Read here: Healthy Bliss

While there are no studies to prove this, I have advised my friends who are down with the flu to do the same and every one of them had amazing results. That’s not even an exaggeration. When I was taking the Bar Exam to become a lawyer, I caught the flu at the worst time a few days before the exam. I did the onion trick and was well enough to take the exam on a Sunday!

It might sound ridiculous but it’s worth a try. I completely SWEAR by this! It’s a cheap trick too! Nothing to lose right?

xoxo,

Cristine.

 

 

Why Surprises Will Never Get Old

My partner knows I love anything sweet so it was such a surprise to see him pull out two boxes of chocolate cupcakes and butterscotch fudge from the passengers’ seat as soon as I sat in his car. It was just unexpected and it really made a difference in changing my week! (I had been working extra HARD!) It was a small gesture that radiated with so much thoughtfulness, which I’ve been told tend to be rare in long term relationships. Has being thoughtful become so underrated?

It got me thinking of my clients and friends who share that their significant others have become complacent after dating for awhile. And I always tell them that this isn’t a problem (unless you make it to be) but it does make a world of a difference in keeping the spark alive. The little things go a long way in securing happiness. Taken together, it gives you a little something more to live for.

To me, when you do little surprises for your partner (it doesn’t have to be grand), it gives the message that when you’re apart, (or even when you’re together), you’re thinking of him/ her. It’s a win win situation because the receiver has an opportunity to show his/her appreciation towards such a pleasant act. The real problem in most relationships, especially coming from the men, is that they complain that their wives aren’t appreciative enough. This is usually the reason why they seem not to care anymore. It’s a sad situation but it doesn’t mean that it can’t be fixed!

All it takes is a little bit of creativity and thoughtfulness to bring joy to your relationship again. Pay attention to what your significant other likes and doesn’t like. I have a friend who is terrified of clowns. When her husband sees a clown walking or if he sees a clown trailer/movie coming up on TV, he covers her eyes or leads her the other way. It’s a simple gesture, but it shows that your partner that you feel he/she matters. If she likes chocolates… get them for her. If she likes wine… get her a bottle to drink at the end of a long day. (The wine is always a good idea! Trust me). No matter who is pleasing or surprising who, don’t forget to show your appreciation at the end of the day!

xoxo,

Cristine

Travelling for Work & Discovering Yoga

Just got back from 5 days of work out of the office! I love being a lawyer and I enjoy helping people out, but let me tell you, the past few days have been INSANE! Normally, we are tasked to handle around 6 cases a month, give or take other assignments. But this time, we were tasked to finish our workload in 5 days! I swear I thought I was going to collapse any moment.

So what did I do to keep sane?

Luckily, the hotel we were staying at had a gym so I made sure I put in at least an hour each day while we were there. It’s such an amazing feeling to be able to do cardio past 30 minutes. I normally can’t last till 15 minutes! I’m really looking forward to getting better at it.

I also discovered amazing yoga exercises for my neck and back. The hotel bed was quite uncomfortable so I woke up with crazy neck cramps and back pain. I found the info photo below online and decided to try it. VOILA! No more neck pain! You know the stuff they tell you about yoga and its benefits? It’s REAL! I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if yoga can help cure major diseases.

Check out these yoga poses. Do them and hold each pose for around 5 to 10 breaths each. Meaning inhale exhale slowly around 5 to 10 times before you switch to another pose. Hope they work for you like they did for me.

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xoxo,

Cristine

Why you’re doing your relationship wrong

 

Having come from an 8 year abusive relationship, I would have to say that the one I have right now with my current squeeze is refreshing. What makes it more beautiful is that prior to its inception, I had read Neale Donald Walsh’s Conversations with God, as recommended by a friend. The words that he wrote, as he claimed were told to him by God Himself, blew my mind.

In the book, he says that WE ALL GO INTO RELATIONSHIPS FOR THE WRONG REASONS. We always ask ourselves prior to getting in one, “What can I get from this? What can he/she give me in return? What’s in it for me?” 

And if you really think about it, if this is your frame of mind, the relationship is bound to FAIL. Because if you keep asking yourself what’s in it for you, you’re bound to have EXPECTATIONS. You want the person to be perfect. You want him/her to fulfill all your needs and wants etc. etc.

But what if he/she doesn’t? Then what?

Then you get disappointed. Then you start throwing a tantrum. Then the fights start.

In the book, Walsh says that we have to go into the relationship telling ourselves “Okay, this is the person that I want. And this is the love that I have to give. I am going into this relationship because I have all this love that I want to share.

It sounds pretty simple, but it spells a world of a difference!

When you have such a positive perspective and you think about love as something you GIVE and not something THAT HAS TO BE GIVEN TO YOU, you create a partnership. You create a real bond that’s not always looking for a return on investment. 

I got involved with my ex-boyfriend at the age of 19 and we were together till I turned 26. Looking back, it was silly of me to have been involved with someone so seriously because those were my developing years. I was so determined to marry him even though he would treat me badly. (Thank God I dodged that bullet!) But at the time, I forged on because in my head, “I’ve gone this far, I can’t give up now!” This resulted in many years of depression and loneliness, even though I was attached. I was waiting for my return on investment.

And when I didn’t get it, I was at a dead end.

There I was expecting that he would change. But he never did.

I learned later on that the kind of love I was giving him even when I was unhappy wasn’t love at all. I felt like a vendor who didn’t get paid. It felt like I was staying because he was indebted to me.

Fast forward to years later and after having read that life changing book, I now know better. Love now has become more of a want rather than a need. I want to be with him because I love him. Because I have all this love to give and he deserves it. I don’t mind if he doesn’t reply back within 5 minutes of receiving my text because  he may be driving. Before, I would dramatize scenarios in my head that the reason why he may not be replying was because he didn’t love me. But now, it feels so light to love this way. When you love and love and love and you don’t care about your return on investment. It just feels good to give it away. Now that infamous Bible quote really makes sense.

[“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.- 1 Corinthians 13:4-8]

I know what you’re thinking. How can I stop myself from expecting from him/her? If you think that this perspective is so one-sided, because it’s human nature to always look for how a situation can help you…

Then it’s simple. It isn’t love. It’s love that you seek from someone else but only you can give yourself.

What you have may not be love at all (in the complete sense of the word), but attention.

Before you enter a relationship, I think that it is vital that you are completely whole and that you completely love all parts of yourself before you can give it away. That sounds cliche but it makes the most sense when you think about it this way.

Your partner shouldn’t be the one having to call you beautiful all the time or singing you praises all the time. If he/she can’t, then let it go. Give it to yourself. The things that you expect him/her to do, do it for yourself. Do your best to fill all the voids so that way you won’t have to NEED anyone. And it would feel TEN TIMES MORE AMAZING to feel that you WANT to be with this person.

I have made this mindset my advocacy to share it with anyone who will listen. Believe me, that it makes a HUGE difference in how you perceive everything. If you’re reading this, I hope this post changes your life somehow.

xoxo,

Cristine