Blackmores Go Green

When I think of trusted vitamins & supplements to enhance your overall health and well-being, Blackmores comes to mind. My mum has been encouraging me to take their supplements since I was a kid! She still regularly does.

“For over 80 years, Blackmores has combined scientific evidence with traditional knowledge to offer people a more natural approach to health. As a company and as individuals, we strive to make a difference in everything from the products and services we offer to our commitment to environmental sustainability. Blackmores is not just a leading healthcare brand. We are a company that cares for the environment and the community. Therefore, in everything we do, we seek ways to respect nature, minimize our footprints & to give back to the community.”

You can make your pledge every day to increase your chances of winning and you can make a few pledges at any 1 time. Watch how Singapore city skyline turns cleaner with every pledge made!

I’ve made my pledge already, so don’t hesitate to do the same on your Facebook now.

Most people don’t like to think about environmental problems, but it’s an issue that we should all think very long & hard about, at least from time to time. As responsible citizens of Mother Earth, we should play a role in ensuring a brighter future for the very planet we live on. This planet has been our home for as long as we’ve lived, and will house our children, our children’s children and many more generations to come… Or at least, that’s what we think. Honestly, with how the world has been going about its relentless polluting ways in recent years, everyone should be worried about our Earth’s future. Are there still going to be nice beaches for your grand kids to visit in the future? Or would every beach in the world eventually turn out to be a pathetic wasteland filled with washed up trash?

There’s so much pollution and waste being contributed every single second of the day. So many habitats of animals being destroyed, deep sea trawling, species of flora and fauna going extinct, the sea getting more polluted by the second, our air getting thicker, darker and more filled with unhealthy pollutants. It’s an unfortunately depressing list that keeps going on.

You, or I, alone, cannot change the world.  But YOU can certainly change the way you live your life with minimal effort, and if only everyone made a small little step towards trying to conserve the Earth everyday, what a grand difference it would make after some time! It’s optimistic, yes, but what is life without a little hope? We can’t all just turn a blind eye towards this situation and pretend it’s not happening, can we?

How do you start on your Go Green journey?

Blackmores Singapore is making it easy and rewarding to do just that.

Head on over to their Facebook page to choose a simple green pledge, and stand to win your share of $1,500 cash + $3,000 worth of Blackmores products.  When they achieve 5,000 pledges, they will unlock Eco treats! Blackmores New Eco Krill Vanilla 1000mg will go on 50% off for a week (UP $62). They won’t stop there though – at 10,000 pledges, they will conduct an eco-initiative by planting more trees for a greener Singapore! More than just a healthcare brand, Blackmores strives to care for the environment and the community.

Blackmores Singapore is now also providing exclusive Go-Green Packs, available at Watsons, Guardian and Unity. Each Go Green pack is at an exclusive promotion of 70% OFF second item. Plus, it comes with a $5 gift voucher and a Blackmores recycle bag which you can use for grocery shopping in order to reduce wastage of many plastic bags. Going green can be as simple as Plastic has become the world’s most common material since the beginning of the 20th century. Dozens of millions of tonnes of plastic debris end up floating in world oceans.

Selected Go Green Packs, Glucosamine 1500, Buffered C, Evening Primrose Oil and Omega Daily are available at Watsons, Guardian and Unity.

An eco-friendly lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive, or difficult. In fact, you can often save money while conserving resources, too. Here are my own personal 10 Go Green tips you could adopt in your everyday life that will end up making a big difference in sustaining our Earth:

1) Using reusable containers, such as food storage and water bottles. Why buy a bottle of water every time when you can simply pack one from home? It’s cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly. 

2) Water is the most important resource in the world, yet its importance is commonly overlooked. People like us, who live in first world countries, take clean water for granted, because it’s cheap here. There are hundreds of thousands of human beings in this world that do not even have access to clean drinking water. I never understood people who leave the tap running while they brush their teeth, or girls who take excessively long showers. It’s completely unnecessary.

3) Support companies that make the effort to do green businesses. Products that are derived from fair-trade, or sustainable methods. Blackmores operates on sustainable fishing methods. Read more about it here

4) Avoid wasting food. Whenever I cook, I would turn leftover roast chicken meat into chicken sandwiches the next day, and using the bones to make soup, etc. Especially when I prepare meat, I make sure none of it goes to waste, I always remind myself that an animal had to give its life for my enjoyment of the meal.

5) Turn off your computer and lights when you’re not using them. I used to leave my computer on for days, weeks, even months at a time because I always couldn’t be bothered to turn it off. Now I make sure I turn it off every time it’s not in use. And remember to turn off your lights when you’re not in the room!

6) Recycle! If you have to buy a plastic bottle outside, at least drop it into the nearest recycling bin you see. I reckon the world should have a recycling bin as commonly as we find trash bins around. 

7) Donate your old or unused clothes instead of throwing them away. I do half yearly massive clean ups of my closet and cosmetic drawers, giving things I don’t need or use to friends and the Salvation Army.

8) Use cloth towels instead of paper napkins. Running a small cake business actually produces an alarming amount of waste. Instead of using paper towels, we make the effort to wash cloth towels instead, and re-use our “waste” in any thinkable methods.. Turning cake crumbs into cake pops or trifles, re-using my baking paper for more than one bake, etc. 

9) Buy re-chargeable batteries – I do this for almost all of my gadgets. It’s convenient, and will save you money in the long-run, too! 

10) Unsubscribe to snail mail newsletters. Don’t you hate opening up your letterbox every week and finding more trash and junk mail you don’t want bother reading? Me too. You can opt to NOT receive these newsletters, which produces an alarming amount of wasted paper every day!!! Choose the e-mailing option instead.
“Going green doesn’t start with doing green acts — it starts with a shift in consciousness. This shift allows you to recognize that with every choice you make, you are voting either for or against the kind of world you wish to see.

When you assume this as a way of being, your choices become easier. Using a reusable water bottle, recycling and making conscious daily consumer choices are just a few…”

xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess

Eu Yan Sang – Weight Management Program Post 7

So, we’ve finally come to the last installment of my posts for Eu Yan Sang! After 7 whole posts, can you believe it’s been about 2 years since I started on their weight program?

Here’s taking a little stroll down memory lane.

Signing up for my very first consultation with them!

Extracted from my older blog post:  “I will never forget the day I walked through those clinic doors, because that day changed my life. I was bursting with excitement, yet afraid at the same time. Excited that someone out there was willing to offer their help to manage my weight problem, but also terribly afraid of the possible outcomes. For some reason, the idea that I was going to be fat forever was drilled into my head… What if even Eu Yan Sang couldn’t help me???”

I thought I would just become more and more obese until I was officially a blue whale, and that my situation was hopeless… I prayed that Eu Yan Sang’s weight management could genuinely help me, and it did. I was getting so used to life as an unattractive fat person, I didn’t think I could make the change. But hey, look at me now! Still chubby lah, but way more attractive and healthy at least!! THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE, you hear that girls?!

Don’t ever stop trying.

For some of us, including myself, maintaining an ideal weight or trying to get there is literally a lifelong battle.

With the proper diet and exercise routines, you WILL achieve results, as long as you persevere! Even if your weight rebounds back up sometimes because you’ve slacked off your diet, (happens to me a lot because I’m prone to binge eating) you can still get back on track. Eating bad for a day or two doesn’t mean you have to eat junk for the rest of the week. A fat week doesn’t equate to a fat month and most importantly a fat month doesn’t have to last a whole year, A LOT can happen in one year, and that includes getting rid of those flabs! Keeping fit is a lifelong chore, you don’t expect to maintain the same weight after your weight loss if you have unhealthy habits. Even people who are born with fast metabolism will realize one day that it slows down eventually, too.

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Some time ago, I featured 2 out of 4 lucky winners of Eu Yan Sang’s contest to undergo their sponsored weight management program, and in today’s post we discover the successful results of the other two ladies after 3 months of treatment!

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Pamela put on 12kg after she stopped breastfeeding, and found it difficult to lose this excess weight.

It was causing her to feel fatigue extremely easily, which compromised her ability to handle work and enjoy time with her very active toddler son. Her efforts to exercise were hampered as her knees would hurt every time she attempted strenuous activity.  The treatments kick-started a lifestyle change. She wanted to be healthier, and approached the Eu Yan Sang Weight Management treatment as a holistic health management program. She started being far more conscious of what she was eating, cutting down on simple carbohydrates and increased her intake of fruits, vegetables and lean meat. She supplemented her weekly personal training sessions with two more weekly cardio workouts.

The benefits started to reveal a slimmer waist line, trimmer hips and thighs. She felt more in control of her health and well being, increasingly able to be disciplined in her diet and exercise. The frequent headaches, dizzy spells and nausea that she had grown so used to became more manageable. She had more energy and could attempt physical activities that would not have been conceivable just three months before. She even went on a holiday to Sri Lanka and completed a climb of more than 200m to the top of the ancient fortress Sigiriya rock.

Pamela’s statistics
Item
Starting
Ending
Difference
Weight (kg)
66
62.5
3.5
Waist (cm)
102
91
11
Upper Abdomen
85
82
3
Hip
108
99.5
8.5
Right Arm
29
28
1
Right Thigh
58
54
4


How do you feel about the Eu Yan Sang Weight Management program?
Great. Holistic, not just about weight management but also overall health improvement. 

What was the treatment like? 
Acupuncuture treatments worked very well to bring down my tummy and cupping was effective in making my thighs trimmer.

What have you learnt after the 3 months program in terms of weight management and health? 
It is POSSIBLE, even though I used to think it was impossible. I don’t have to resort to starving myself, I just need to make wiser and healthier lifestyle choices.  

What advice would you give for those who would like to embark on the EYS weight management program? 
Don’t give up. There was a period of 3 weeks where the weighing scale was not budging at all, and I felt very demoralised. The trick to losing weight is not to expect miracles overnight, but to persevere even when the results aren’t showing yet. 
Physician’s Feedback (Pamela consults Physician Lin JiaYi at Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinic @ Tiong Bahru):
Was she happy throughout the whole process or struggled?
She was quite good with keeping to her appointments, except when she went overseas (twice). And the holiday feasting didn’t help so it was stagnant for awhile.
What do you think was the biggest obstacle for her?
She’s very good in keeping committed. She has PCOS (cyst on ovaries) that causes her hormonal imbalance. One of the symptoms is weight gain, which was discovered during the course of her treatment. She went to see a gynae and got diagnosed.  Taking hormone pills could affect her weight gain, too.

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Mary Ann has found the treatment beneficial and the first 2 weeks was especially motivational because she went on a strict diet, and lost a total of 3kg. She shares that her physician was very motherly, and always encouraging her to do better. Everytime she would go for her treatment session, her physician would advise on how she could do better and that she can do it if she puts her heart to it.

Mary Ann does not feel as tired as compared to before. Constant lethargy or fatigue is a common symptom and consequence of being overweight. She used to get out of breath while walking and talking at the same time, but no longer finds herself having to deal with that problem anymore. Another plus side would be that her bowel movement and constipation problems have improved!

Maryann’s Statistics
Item
Starting
Ending
Difference
Weight (kg)
80
76
4
Waist (cm)
98
91
7
Upper Abdomen
90
89
1
Hip
132
122
10
Right Arm
35
31
4
Right Thigh
74
65
9
Can you share with us a little more on the reasons for your weight gain?
The weight gain was due to lack of exercise and absolute love of food. I used to do sports and eat a whole lot. But I ate as much as I did even though I stopped playing sports.
What’s the greatest difficulty during the 3 months program and how did you overcome it? 
I guess the greatest obstacle would be sticking to the plan – committing to the time and effort, traveling to the clinic and making it on time for the consultations were quite a feat

What have you learnt after the 3 months program in terms of weight management and health? 
My physician aside from advising me to cut on my carbohydrates, also introduced me to a chart that shows the different GI (Glycemic Index) in different types of food. I think that was really useful – it’s kind of like “counting your calories”.

What advice would you give for those who would like to embark on the EYS weight management program? 
My advice would be – do not be discouraged. A lot of times you would be dismayed by the numbers on the weighing scale – which I myself experienced. However, you would be surprise that the numbers on your arms, thighs, waist & hips do decline even when your weight doesn’t. Be patient, eat clean and exercise! 

Physician Feedback (Mary Ann consults Physician Chen Tong Mei at Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinic @ Jurong East):

Was she happy throughout the whole process or struggled?
She is quite a positive and optimistic person, and did not set a specific goal for herself. The weight loss was very fast in the beginning, and she lost 4-5 kg in the first few weeks. Her body measurements improve quite significantly as well. She was diligent with her sessions and had about 20 sessions in total. 
Thereafter, there was a period of work stress and the weight lost stalled, she was still looking better, even though the weight remained.
What do you think was the biggest obstacle for her?
Food control was a key factor. I asked her about her food intake, and realized that she tended to eat larger portions when she’s out and about. She also found it hard to find appropriate food options. 

And lastly, a little nugget of information for those of you who are interested in taking up this weight management program by Eu Yan Sang, here’s something you should know!

What is Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinics?

Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinics provide a sanctuary for those experiencing sub-optimal health issues to nurse themselves back to optimal well being. This ranges from fatigue, poor quality of sleep and other conditions triggered by stress and other factors. It caters to those who wish to take charge of their health and keep disease at bay.

Their wellness clinics also provide TCM weight management allowing one to not just lose body weight but maintain it at a healthy level, carried out safely under the strict guidance of a registered TCM physician. Keeping one’s weight in check can relieve other health problems caused by weight gain such as heart palpitations, shortness of breath and prevent the onset of chronic conditions such as hypertension, coronary heart disease, high cholesterol, bone and joint disease, severe metabolic disorders such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

There are currently 4 Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness clinics located at Jurong East Central, Tiong Bahru Plaza, Marina Bay Link Mall and Novena Specialist Centre. You can check out their website for more details: http://euyansangclinic.com/clinic

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Special promotion for my readers: 
Thinking to try out Eu Yan Sang’s Weight Management Program? Visit any of the 4 Eu Yan Sang TCM Wellness Clinics and quote “Shiberty” to enjoy complimentary consultation*!

Terms & conditions apply:
Valid for customers who have not tried the Weight Management program before.
Offer valid now till 30 June 2014.
Not applicable with any other vouchers, patent products, promotion, packages, discounts or privilege cards.
Eu Yan Sang Management reserves the right of final decision in the event of any dispute.

xoxo,
Jess

xoxo,
Jess

SINGSALE 2: Sending shoppers into a frenzy once again!

The two most powerful 4 letter words in my life?

L-O-V-E…

And S-A-L-E.

…With more Flash Frenzy sales that will rock your world! It’s a sale so massive and comprehensive, anyone who appreciates the art of shopping will drop their jaws in child-like wonder.

SINGSALE is a private online shopping club that offers exclusive discounts at up to 80% off across women’s, men’s and children’s fashion, accessories, beauty, homeware, gifts and toys. Well yes, basically they sell everything for everyone. New & exciting sales start EVERY DAY. 

Held previously in November 2013, Flash Frenzy quickly became the largest, most successful online retail event of the year – boasting a 100% increase in new visitors and selling 2.2 items per second. This year, a new sale will be launched every 30 minutes (brace yourselves). Even I couldn’t resist the temptations and caved in to a few awesome buys after blogging about last year’s sale!

How could ANYONE not find something to buy?

♫ I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty. 
I’ve got whozits and whatzits galore…. ♪ you want thingamabobs? I’ve got twenty! But WHO CARES. No big deealll… I want MOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEE.
Some women say you can’t have too many shoes. I believe in the same logical theory, except, it applies to everything else that I can stash. Clothes, kitchen appliances, accessories, shoes, even bed linen… I need them all in my life. Which is why I can’t be any happier to tell you…
For three days only, SINGSALE members will be able to purchase the best products by over 60 leading local and international brands, to name a few: Coach, Bonds, Revlon, Zara, Quiksilver, Havaianas, Pandora, Dermalogica, Rayban, Redken, Australian Leather Uggs, Luxor Linen, Fitflop, Desigual, Thomas Sabo, Charlie and Me and many more!!! 

Discounts are up to 80%. Tell me that doesn’t make you smile.

The worst part about a sale is competing with everyone else for the best deal. But now you can access SINGSALE right at your fingertips in your little pocket world, with the SINGSALE app! Members who shop on the app will get access to Flash Frenzy sales one hour earlier than everyone else. A good item can be sold out in minutes, so if you wanna shop smart… go download the app now. I was checking my phone every hour when this happened last year, totally glued to the screen… every time I finished browsing a category, a new sale would pop up on my screen. 
Oh yes, did I mention that membership is free? All you have to do is sign up on their site!
Shopping is wonderful, but online shopping is the true bane and joy of my life. There’s something so wonderfully empowering to obtain items through a few clicks here and there. God bless the internet and sales!
SHOP TILL YOU DROP AT: www.singsale.com.sg
xoxo,
Jess
xoxo,
Jess
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