6 yoga poses to relieve lower back pain

May 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

    In a recent post I talked about how yoga cured my lower back pain. Well, here are some of the poses that helped me get rid of one of the most common complaints in the USA.   Cat and Cow Pose :  Starting in an all-fours position, move into cat pose by slowly pressing your spine up, arching your back. Hold for a few seconds, take the time to feel the stretch and then move to cow by scooping your spine in, pressing your shoulder blades back and lifting your head. Moving back and forth from cat to cow helps move your spine onto a neutral position, relaxing the muscles and easing tension. Repeat 10 times, flowing smoothly from cat into cow, and cow back into cat. Repeat the sequence as needed. Downward-facing Dog:  Start on your hands and knees, with your hands slightly in front of your shoulders. Pressing back, raise your knees away from the floor and lift your tailbone up toward the ceiling. I recommend adding a hamstring stretch by gently pushing your heels toward the floor, bending one leg at a time and taking the time to feel the stretch in the other leg. Hold the position for 5 to 10 breaths, and repeat the pose five to seven times.    Child’s pose: Start on all fours with your arms stretched out straight in front of […]

How I cured my lower back pain

May 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  I am a runner.   I’ve been running for more than 10 years. Even went through training and running a whole marathon. Nowadays I still enjoy running although I can’t run as far as I’d like since my son can’t handle being strapped in the stroller for more than 40 minutes. I still run a few times a week.  But it wasn’t always that way. 4 years ago I got injured.  Plantar fasciitis.  I was running, hiking, climbing too much.  I got prescribed fancy schmancy orthotics.  Cost: 400$.  6 months later, after a great day relaxing at a spa with my sister, I can’t get up from the restaurant’s chair.  My back is fused.  It no longer wants to move in any direction. What is going on? To this day, I still don’t know how it happened or why.  But let me tell you what happened next and how I finally found a cure for my lower back pain. I spent the next 2 years looking for a reason, an explantation as to why this was happening to me.  I stopped doing all the activities I liked.  I saw all kinds of therapists, from shrinks to massages therapists to physical therapists. I consulted with the best doctors from Stanford and got steroids shots in my lower back.  All to no avail. After 2 years of pain where I couldn’t run a mile or even […]

Traditional Foods Pantry

April 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

I cook almost everything from scratch.  I very rarely use processed foods, or items that are already prepared, since I always find these are not as tasty and usually contain a bunch of preservatives and unnecessary if not unhealthy ingredients.  I also try to eat organic as much as possible. Last week I stumbled on this post from the Nourished Kitchen: Stocking a traditional foods pantry: what to buy, where to buy it and how to use it  This blog post is really interesting and enlightening.  It is all-inclusive and I love the fact they tell you how you can use the ingredients listed.  I think if you are looking to eat fresh and healthy from your pantry, this is a great article to read.  

Lessons I learned in Africa

April 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

  Everyone should engage in an oversea’s volunteering project in a third-world country at least once in their life.   I left for Soundougouba, a little village in Mali, Africa on the summer of 2005, and came back 3 months later a whole different person. At that time I was 23, on the verge of graduating from a top-tier business school and beginning a great career in Marketing.   Doing this project was so opposite from who I was, a young and ambitious capitalist college girl, yet a part of me was thrilled to stumble into a whole different world. A world where greed and money wasn’t at the center of people’s lives. For those of you who never got the opportunity to volunteer abroad, here are some of the lessons I learned during that summer where I built a microcredit program, a community garden, and spent a lot of time just “being in the moment”.     Live simply “There are 3 things in life: health, sickness, and the unexpected.”  ~ Malian proverb Life doesn’t need to be complicated.  Live simply, cultivate relationships with other people and don’t forget you really don’t need all that stuff. In my village, kids played with what they found in the trash.  Old tires, cardboards and even old pots and pans. Children there are always happy and smiling.  Does our children need the […]

7 reasons why I eat organic

April 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

When I left my marketing job and moved to California, I became a housewife (read about it here).  With more time on my hands I began analyzing what we were doing and mostly, what we were eating. While I was concerned about pesticides in conventional foods, it’s only after watching the shocking documentary Food Inc that I decided to make the plunge into organic foods.  Here is why I switched from “conventional” to organic: Organic meat taste SO much better It also lessens your exposure to antibiotics, synthetic hormones and drugs used to treat animals.  Organic fruits and vegetables taste better Can’t argue with that.  When I eat organic raspberries, they taste just like the ones my father used to grow beside our house. Sometimes it even tastes like candy.  When I taste a conventional raspberry, it tastes like pesticides. It doesn’t use as much pesticides Pesticide used has been linked to a lot of diseases. It is NOT safe. “People who have been exposed to pesticides are 70 percent more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than those who haven’t”, according to a 2006 study published in scientific american magazine.  It is safer for farmers.  Because it doesn’t use as much pesticides, it is a lot healthier for farmers working around crops all day. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that 10,000-20,000 farmworkers are poisoned on the job due to pesticide exposure (read […]

The Sandwich Advice

September 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

***Retrieved from Archives*** Originally published on September 1st, 2010. I was a cheerleader during my teens. Just before going to college, I became a coach. There I learned what I would now consider as my best managing advice, in life and in business. Maybe you know it: it’s the Sandwich method.  You can use this technique when managing a team or event with your friends and family. The sandwich method is one that can be used in your everyday life, as well as your professional life. And as a manager, you can get a lot out of this technique.  To make a sandwich, you need two slices of bread, and the filling (meat, cheese, vegetables, mustard, etc.). Here’s the parallel. The two slices of bread contained in a sandwich stand for a good compliment. This means that when you need to approach someone to discuss about a negative concern, NEVER start with it. Engage the conversation by saying something positive about the person (a part of the job he/she’s doing well if it regards work, a compliment if in your personal life). You can always find something positive about someone. Let’s say you need to talk to one of your employee because he is failing to do its job. He may be kind or has a beautiful personality. Maybe he’s always on time or is a hard worker. Even if […]