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Gaia Cafe and Crafts in Sagada

This post is uber delayed, I know! I was going through my Sagada trip album recently and remembered how beautiful that place is. The views are breathtaking and, for the food lover, there are so many good eats. Gaia Cafe and Crafts is one of our best finds.

Gaia Cafe Sagada panoramic view of Sagada mountains

Right after our morning of cave exploration, my sis, niece and I decided to go for healthy food at Gaia Cafe and Crafts, as recommended by a co-parent in my kids’ school.

Gaia Cafe was recently named as one of the most picturesque cafes in the country, with amazing views of terrace farms below and pine trees all around. It was a refreshing sight, especially after that strenuous Sumaguing and Lumiang Cave exploration! (I don’t think I will ever do that again.)

A bit of showbiz trivia: the movie That Thing Called Tadhana shot some scenes at Gaia. 😛

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Healthy Options: Brown Rice Fettuccine recipe

Some time ago, I received a pack of Cadia Brown Rice Fettuccine and a bottle of Lucini Rustic Tomato Vodka Sauce from Healthy Options.

Healthy Options brown rice fettuccine and Lucini tomato vodka sauce

Having been on brown rice since late 2009, my family knows the benefits of  this healthy grain over white rice. Brown rice is rich in fiber, minerals (such as iron), and potassium. It’s also a low glycemic index (GI) carbohydrate, which means you don’t get a glucose spike (sugar high, baby!) in the blood, therefore lesser hunger pangs and cravings. For those who cannot live without white rice, consuming healthy grains in other forms will definitely benefit their diets.

Brown Rice Fettuccine with vodka tomato sauce recipe

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Human Heart Nature’s Moringa skin care tandem

Remember my tiny Human Heart Nature racket? Well, it’s still tiny. hehe. Anyway, I really just buy the products for my own consumption.

Last Christmas, I decided to buy a bit more to share with my friends. One of my friends got a small bottle of HHN’s Moringa facial wash.

Well, whaddya know? It worked to clear her face of acne. No acne cream has ever done that so easily before! And she’s quite happy so she ordered one large bottle of Moringa facial wash and another bottle of the toner too.

The best thing about this is that the product is certified organic – your skin and health are safe!

The wheatgrass buzz

I started seeing those green grassy plants at the gym’s juice bar last year. But I have never been tempted to try it.

Lately, my cousin has been posting his wheatgrass babies on Facebook. He even created a Facebook page solely dedicated to the green juice.

So what’s in wheatgrass? Why is it becoming such a hit among health buffs?

Wheatgrass is the young plant of the common wheat. Though there are a lot of commercially available finished products, more and more wheatgrass enthusiasts are cultivating the plant in their own homes.

Its juice is squeezed out with a juicer and often taken pure. Others prefer it mixed into a shake. The pure juice tastes like “grass – bitter, fresh grass,” as one friend put it.

That definitely did not make me a convert.

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Preventing acne breakouts among teeners

I have a teenager-in-the-making, and pretty soon she will be coming to me for skin care advice.

I hope she got my genes in this aspect, because I’ve been lucky all my life. I’ve never had bad acne breakouts in my life –  not in my teenage years, and I hope not ever. That’s because I have dry/normal skin.

Oily skin is more prone to acne breakouts because the oil glands are more active. When the pores become clogged with oil and dirt from the environment, there’s a chance the pores would become infected. When they are, the pores swell, the skin around them becomes red, and pus forms as the body’s immune systems tries to fight off the infection. The most common bacterial cause of acne is Staphylococcus aureus. So yes, pimples are skin infections.

However, hormonal changes also contribute to acne attacks. With teenagers, the body is adjusting to the changing hormone levels. Testosterone causes oil glands to become over-productive.

It’s good to know these things so that acne breakouts can be prevented even before they happen. The hormonal aspect is inevitable – there’s nothing much one can do to prevent acne caused by hormonal changes.

However, observing proper skin care is still the key. Prevention is always best, because acne treatments are quite expensive. Plus, acne leave unsightly scars. So if you have a teenager, teach him/her the basics of skincare as soon as possible.

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  • Wash the face with a  mild foaming wash at least twice a day –  in the morning and at night before going to bed. Use a product that is appropriate for your skin type.
  • An astringent or skin toner will usually be needed for oily skin to help tighten the pores. I am currently using Human Heart Nature’s tomato/lemongrass natural toner. It’s a safe product with no harmful synthetic chemicals, ideal for young skin. Lemongrass is said to be a natural toner and potent antiseptic, so it does help prevent pimples.
  • Change your pillow case often. Dirt and oil from your face and hair accumulate on the surface of the pillow case.
  • Keep hair away from the face  –  hair continuously brushing against the skin may be an irritant, making skin more sensitive to pimple-causing bacteria.
  • Make sure your diet has enough Vitamins C, A and E – these are the vitamins for healthy and glowing skin.

It’s not easy teaching teenagers (especially boys!) these simple preventive steps, but it will all be worth it. Just keep prodding them, and hopefully they get the hang of washing their faces. 😉