Fitness Essentials

New year, new you! As cliché as it sounds, a lot of us really do get inspired to better our health at the beginning of the year. Today I have teamed up with my fellow beauty and lifestyle bloggers to help you get ready and tackle the basics of staying fit. Let me tell you, the hardest to conquer is not really the routine itself but the motivation to do it. But we're in it together! Here are my essentials:

1. Water. This is the most important nutrient our body needs. Drink water before, during and after to prevent typical symptoms of dehydration such as nausea, muscle cramps, headache, dizziness, thirst, dry mouth, among others.

2. Wear the right clothes. Workout clothes come in different styles and sizes, wear the one that fits you well, not just because it's cute but also provides proper support and allows freedom to move. Of course, cute workout clothes add further motivation and confidence so I say go for it!

3. Warm up. This is another important step to prevent injuries. Perform stretches to gradually increase your hear rate and prepare you for physical activity.

4. Have fun. Choose a routine or exercise that you truly enjoy so you can commit to it. Crossfit, yoga, zumba, boxing, the sky's the limit. I love cardio hiphop combined with treadmill, this routine makes me sweat and burn calories big time so I'm sticking to it.

5. Eat healthy. If you are looking to lose weight, exercise and good diet are keys. If you want to transition to plant-based diet, I wrote a complete 101 guide. I have been on it for ten years and I can't tell you enough how much it changed my life and health for the better!

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As most of you know, I live in Hawaii so my idea of holiday dressing is more relaxed and tropical. Jumpsuit comes to mind first and this elegant black piece is the most comfortable and stylish I own to date!

elegant jumpsuit

The pop of blue tassel earrings is also fabulous, don't you think so?

elegant jumpsuit

elegant jumpsuit

You can find this jumpsuit at Pineapples Boutique in the Ko'olina Shopping Center across Aulani Disney Resort. This particular style is not in their website yet but feel free to call their store to order, (808) 676-6451.

You can see this jumpsuit in action in this video:

Holiday Gift Ideas For Her

For today's video, I am sharing practical holiday gift guide for her. It covers beauty, fitness, fashion, and cooking. Plus I have a cool giveaway so make sure to watch my Youtube video on how to enter.

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In need of personalized and uniquely made by yours holiday gift? I have a DIY video for you today! Unknown to most of you, long before I started this beauty and lifestyle blog, I ran another blog showcasing my handmade accessories about seven years ago. I also had DIY Youtube videos back then. I used to sell my own accessories online and in local fairs around Oahu, Hawaii but life got in the way so I closed my online shop but kept all my supplies. I had dejavu while cleaning my closet the other day which prompted me to create this DIY video in time for the holidays. 

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We are on Day 2 of Vlogmas! For today's video, I am sharing my recent vegan skincare finds from Target, a very easy pasta dish and a glimpse of my holiday home decors. Enjoy! xo

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Happy first day of December! I'm excited to announce that I will be doing Vlogmas on Youtube. Vlogmas is daily vlogging 'til Christmas. On that note, I will be uploading videos everyday centered mostly around the holidays, gift suggestions, hauls, cooking/recipes, events, random shenanigans. I have a very cute intro to spice things up. For Day 1, I'm taking you to Pier One Imports and then show you the christmas decors I purchased from this store. Enjoy! Please subscribe to my Youtube channel if you haven't yet. Mahalo!

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How was your thanksgiving celebration? ours was pretty simple, I prepared and cooked all-vegan food which was a hit, so to speak! I did subway-style with green fixings, choice of vegan cheddar or swiss cheese, plain vegenaise (vegan mayo) or vegenaise with fresh dill and chives, choice of vegan ham or vegan salami deli and choice of rosemary or plain baguette. I bought all these fancy-sounding vegan deli and cheese at our local whole foods. I also made stuffing made from organic croutons, vegetable broth, goji berries, green apple, carrots, and onions; I also cooked gravy using only three ingredients: wheat flour, vegetable broth and soy sauce; my classic mashed potatoes with vegan butter and spices; lastly, the surprisingly good vegan roast. Here's my plate, eat with me!

Holiday Vegan Food

Here are my greens and delis (not in photo: avocado slices, spinach, mushrooms)

Holiday Vegan Food

And my stuffing...

Holiday Vegan Food

of course a photo of the vegan mama chef as my husband calls me...

Holiday Vegan Food
photo taken using iPhone

If you follow me on Youtube, I vlog my vegan recipes mixed with my daily shenanigans, you get to see me at work, where I shop, what I do on the side, my wacky side, everything and anything in between.

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Did I just make you hungry? honestly I am now so I better finish this post quick! Okay, for my November favorites, I'd like to start with this Canon G7x camera which I have been using to film videos for Youtube and take photos for the blog or Instagram. This has actually replaced my Canon EOS Rebel DSLR because it really takes amazing photos and stellar video quality. It has a flip screen and as you can see from the size, it is very handy to carry around! I bought this as a birthday present for myself last July based from fellow vloggers' recommendations as well as rave reviews online.

Canon G7x

From the website "The PowerShot G7 X Mark II camera combines exhilarating speed and performance with a smart, compact design. It features a high-performance 1.0-inch 20.1 Megapixel1 CMOS sensor as well as a bright f/1.8–2.8 lens to help capture impressive images whenever your creativity sparks, even in low-light conditions. The DIGIC 7 Image Processor delivers improved auto focus tracking, enhanced IS and superb image clarity even when shooting with a high ISO. For increased flexibility, the camera offers high-speed continuous shooting up to 8 fps in RAW2, JPEG and RAW+JPEG2 modes, and is equipped with Full HD capability, built-in Wi-Fi3 and NFC4 and in-camera RAW conversion".

In the name of beauty, I have two favorites that are really worth buying. First is Hourglass Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette which I featured in my Sephora haul video. I have been wearing all three shades interchangeably almost everyday either as highlighter or eyeshadow. 

Hourglass Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

From the brand "A limited edition palette formulated with intensely concentrated, multifaceted pearl particles in varying sizes and refraction levels to give the most reflective glow to the high points of the face. The velvety texture ensures a smooth application as it glides across skin to reveal your most intense, amplified highlight, while the concentrated formula utilizes photoluminescent technology to intensify the way light reflects on the skin".  Hourglass is cruelty-free and this particular palette is vegan.

This is your friendly makeup junkie wearing lucent shade from the above mentioned palette. This was my Thanksgiving FOTD pre-cooking look!

Hourglass Metallic Strobe Lighting Palette

Next favorite is this Rejuvenating Sage and Lavender Face Oil from Derma-E. I have combination skin and at this time of the year, I do have dry spots that look obvious under makeup. I have been using this after I apply moisturizer (night and day). It doesn't feel heavy or greasy at all. Unless you have certain sensitivities to the ingredients (listed below), it's a nice beauty oil under $15!

Rejuvenating Sage and Lavender Face Oil Derma-e

From the brand "The Rejuvenating Sage & Lavender Face Oil provides a concentrated boost of intense hydration for soft, smooth skin. Powerful anti-aging antioxidants and essential fatty acids work to improve elasticity, support healthy collagen, promote healthy cell renewal and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for a healthy, youthful glow ". Derma-E is vegan and cruelty-free.

Ingredients: Organic Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil*, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Organic Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Moringa Oleifera Seed Oil, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage) Oil, Organic Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil*, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Lavandula Hybrida (Lavandin) Oil, Natural Fragrance Oils.

In my recent Q & A video, I mentioned my favorite breakfast, either a mixture of granola from my local whole foods or muesli like this toasted muesli which I purchase on a regular basis at Amazon. I just pour almond milk, add a teaspoon of hemp or chia seeds and voila, healthy breakfast for this busy lady. This brand is vegan, organic and GMO-free.

Michele's toasted muesli

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Cute and affordable workout clothes

As some of you know, I love to workout, cardio hiphop in particular. The "beast" in me comes out when I'm in full mode dancing. I try my best to squeeze an hour or two of exercise on weekends or every chance I get despite my hectic work schedule, add blogging and vlogging, you bet I always have something to do. My motivation is simple: I just want to grow old in the best way I could by observing a healthy and active lifestyle. 

Wearing the right fitness clothes allow you to move better but wearing cute ones? girl, your confidence level just went through the roof! Cute fitness clothes have a unique way of tricking the mind that you're doing a great job, that you look fabulous even in sweat. Trust your mama! You don't need makeup to doll up going to the gym, wear your barenaked face with pride and strut your gear like a diva. 

Intrigued as to where I buy my fitness clothes? here's a short haul video (plus modeling, why not?)

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Sephora Haul, Vegan makeups

Not your usual artsy photo but this is a screen cap of my Sephora haul in time for Black Friday! Everything I have mentioned in this video are vegan and cruelty-free, double yay for that. Sit back, relax, watch, shop online if you're avoiding the insanity; otherwise, have fun shopping but don't let your guards down, stay safe my friends!

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You can watch my haul and recommendations, promise it's fun!

I'm excited to bring you the best vegan and cruelty-free discounts in time for Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale. I prefer to shop online because (a) I can be in my jammies eating Thanksgiving leftover while shopping (b) I can use e-bates for cash back (c) I can go to many "places" with great discounts without the annoying crowd, haha! Anyways, here's a roundup of this year's Everything Vegan sale!

Black Friday and Cyber Monday 2017 Everything Vegan

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Angela Roi select vegan leather handbags 47% off + take $25 off every $200 purchase at Bloomingdales or shop direct at Angela Roi to get 20% off all styles + free shipping with code 2017HolidayVIP20. I own a crossbody/camera bag (shown here) and ordered a tote and another crossbody to build my collection. 

Au Naturale Free full-size lipstick + free shipping for orders over $50 + 25% off with code THANKFUL. I love their su/Stain liquid lipstick as featured here and shown in this video.

Dermstore 25% off site-wide with code FRIDAY. Check out some of my fave brands Drunk Elephant, Osmosis, Briogeo, Lavanilla and RMS Beauty.

Kat Von D Receive vegan leather makeup bag filled with 4 deluxe-sized bestsellers: Tattoo liner, Ink liner, both in trooper black, Everlasting liquid lipstick exorcism and nah fur atoo shades with 75$ purchase + free shipping with code BLACKFRIDAY

NastyGal 50% off everything automatically applied. My eyes are feasting with all their vegan shoes!

Neiman Marcus up to 60% off select merchandise + up to $750 worth of gift card. I have the Save the forest eyeshadow palette limited edition for this year. If you want a little bit of luxury purse, check out Stella McCartney falabella fold-over bag. Juice Beauty has a limited edition collection composed of mascara, blush, illuminating primer, foundation brush and bag in all of $75!

Nordstrom up to 40%, extra 20% off select items on Cyber Monday. I'm eyeing this faux leather leggings from Free People. This ambient lighting palette from Hourglass is also a must-have. Lastly, this faux leather floral biker jacket from Topshop is going home to mama!

SpaceNK Buy one get one half off offer on Nov 24. Check out the GHD platinum styler (I own an older version, 5 years old to be exact and still in great working condition.

Sole Society up to 50% off. This vegan satchel is roomy enough for daily work essentials. This dupe Valentino pumps are animal-friendly for sure!

Ulta has Black Friday Beauty Busters. Hempz is currently offering 50% off on select products. Pacifica has 40% off in select products. This brush set from Ecotools is the perfect gift for any makeup junkie.

Osmosis Skincare 20% off sitewide from Nov 23-27 with code THANKS17. This Spoil Me kit features their best selling serums intended for aging and mature skin.

e.l.f cosmetics is having 50% off everything with code CELEBRATE on orders $30 up. This 19-piece brush set is a must-buy. This 4-piece matte lip set is a great stocking stuffer. This blush palette is giving me all the feels too!

Have fun shopping!

How To Beat Holiday Bulge In 7 Ways

This Thursday officially marks the start of holiday eating, the season of excuses to indulge, be merry and forget about diet and exercise. But please don't! Today I am joining forces with my fellow beauty and lifestyle bloggers (linked below) to help you stay on track or jumpstart your fitness goal. Why wait for the new year if you can start now, procrastination is the biggest enemy to living healthy. Here's how you can beat the dreaded holiday bulge!

(1) If you are attending a party, eat healthy snacks before you leave home such as protein bar, carrot or celery sticks, vegan cookie, nuts or a small bowl of salad. This will help you curb your appetite and prevent over-indulging when you're at the party.

(2) Drink water before and in between meals. This will fill you up. Ditch the soda my friend. One 330 ml can of Coke has a staggering 9 teaspoons of sugar (reference 1 tsp per 4 gms sugar). Be wary of sugar that is disguised behind many names. Can you believe it's called 61 different ways? Top of mind are fructose, sucrose, dextrose, maltose, barley malt, cane juice, cane sugar, corn syrup, etc.

How To Beat Holiday Bulge In 7 Ways

(3) If you are the hostess, you are in control of what you can feed your guests. There are plenty of vegan and vegetarian recipes that taste thousand times better than traditional and high-cholesterol, high-sugar and high-salt foods! Mind you, your guests are not going to die without meat in sight for 4 hours of partying. I know it sounds brutal but it's true! Why not have a theme for your party and for once, introduce your lovely guests to the wonderful, tasteful, and healthy plant-based holiday food. Need some recipes? if you like fancy vegan/vegetarian meals, follow AvanteGardeVegan on YouTube or if you like everyday food (think donuts, hotdogs, burgers, etc) cooked vegan way, watch Mary's Test Kitchen also on YouTube.

(4) Exercise! The cold weather makes it hard to get off our butts and sweat but you have come this far (or you are already bent on changing your sedentary lifestyle) so why allow yourself fall off the wagon? The hardest thing about exercise is not the routine itself but the motivation to do it. There are plenty of exercises available for free in YouTube, that saves you a whole lot of money!

(5) Get a fitness buddy. I'm 100% sure you have at least one friend who's into fitness and healthy lifestyle or wants to start one. Keep each other in check, go to the gym together, run together, go to the farmers' market together. There is strength in numbers.

How To Beat Holiday Bulge In 7 Ways

(6) Buy cute fitness wear and rock that body! I know it sounds super trivial but instead of buying makeups or a new purse this holiday season for yourself (or loved one), why not switch it up for really cute and fun fitness wear? I feel good exercising when I know I look cute in my sports bra, harem pants, leggings or capris. It makes me sweat more if that even makes sense to you.

(7) Reward yourself. If you are trying to lose weight, set a goal and reward yourself once you reach that goal. Make the reward so attractive that it will motivate you to keep pushing yourself. I am not talking about a venti Starbucks caramel brulee frappucino that has 530 calories, 16 grams saturated fat, 84 grams sugar (21 teaspoons sugar!!!!). Think new wardrobe, out-of-town trip, body skin tightening, anything that will further boost your confidence and stamina.

Check out these amazing tips from my fitness buddies!

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Hello everyone! Let's take a break from my usual wordy post with a sit-down Q + A video. I talked about my motivation to staying healthy, how I seem to look young for my age, advice for young women who love makeup, what's on my bucket list, etc. You get to see my wacky side too and how simple things make me giggle like a child, I hope you watch!



How To Transition to Plant-Based Lifestyle

Not too long ago, I shared my decade-long vegan journey (read full story here); I was amazed with the enormous response, especially from friends and readers who want to transition to this healthy and compassionate lifestyle! So sit back, relax, learn a thing or two, bookmark, pin, and feel free to share, because even if you think you are not ready to transition now, someone you know might!

1. But first, answer the why's. Is it for health reason or compassion for animals? Plant-based, vegetarian, vegan are not interchangeable terms if we want to be strict about it. To most people they are just labels but to the real vegans, it means total elimination of meat, dairy, poultry, animal derivatives and by-products both from their diet and daily commodities (that's why it's a lifestyle overhaul rather than merely eating vegetables or fruits). Vegetarian is plant-based but includes consumption of dairy (lacto-vegetarian) and eggs (ovo-vegetarian). Plant-based is largely plant-based with very minimal animal consumption, a neutral ground for those transitioning. For example, I have been thriving on a plant-based lifestyle for ten years, tossing back and forth between vegetarian and vegan diets but finally embraced a vegan lifestyle (I abandoned leather and makeups that use animal testing or animal-derived ingredients) four months ago.

2. You chose for health reasons; then listen, follow, read, and watch plant-based medical professionals and heed their advice. Mind you, these are not quack doctors but world-renowned and highly respected doctors who participated in clinical studies, invested huge amount of time and resources conducting research, and advised their own patients how a plant-based and vegan lifestyle can prevent and reverse chronic health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, cancers, obesity, depression, anxiety, gout, and a lot more. As a backgrounder, it was the eve of my 33rd birthday ten years ago when I embarked on this plant-based journey. I was a sickly, depressed and chunky young lady back then. I had joint pains, my gums will just bleed, I had intractable migraine, I was always at the ER. I reversed all of these and at 43 now, I am in my best health ever (perfect labs, not taking any medications, BMI is normal, blood pressure is normal). My motivation is simple: I want to grow old and retire healthy, live my life to the fullest, possibly reverse or contain whatever faulty genes I have (because we all do the moment we were born), and the rest is whatever life brings me (at least I have done great things for my mind and body). Anyways, these are some of my favorite doctors that continue to inspire me (and my husband) to eat healthy.

Dr. Michael Greger: basically the "face" of whole food plant-based diet supported by clinical facts and findings. He is a licensed general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Greger created the website NutritionFacts.org, where he shares all pertinent clinical studies related to healthy eating. As a healthcare professional myself, I need to read evidence-based studies, Dr. Greger makes it easy for me because his online lectures are always supported by actual studies, not hearsay.

Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn: a general surgeon with over 150 clinical studies supporting plant-based diet. According to his biography "Twenty-three years ago, while chairman of the Cleveland Clinic’s Breast Cancer Task Force, general surgeon Caldwell B. Esseistyn, Jr., M.D., grew disappointed in the way he and his colleagues were treating cancer and heart disease. Relying on pills and procedures despite their side effects and risks, Dr. Esselstyn says he and his peers were doing “nothing to prevent disease in the next unsuspecting victim.” This was particularly frustrating given that research studies had already suggested an obvious culprit. The fatty American diet was, in all likelihood, responsible for heart disease and many Western cancers, which are infrequently seen in parts of the world where much less fat is consumed".

Dr, Kim Williams: the first vegan president of the American College of Cardiology. His famous quote "there are two kinds of cardiologists: vegans and those who haven't read the data". Catch his very recent podcast interview with Rich Roll (vegan ultra-endurance athlete) where he mentioned "The solution begins with personal responsibility. It’s about what you put in your mouth. It encapsulates your lifestyle choices. And it extends to erecting systemic changes in our health care model to prioritize prevention over symptomatic treatment". Now if a top cardiologist like Dr. Williams tell you to turn to plant-based diet to help reverse your cardiovascular disease, wouldn't you take the important step to improving your heart health?

Dr. Milton Mills: critical care physician (urgent care medicine) in Washington who is very vocal about advocating plant-based nutrition to his patients. He is the Associate Director of Preventive Medicine with the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and co-author of PCRM’s report on Racial and Ethnic Bias in the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

Dr. Garth Davis: weight loss surgeon, Ironman and author of Proteinaholic. You have to watch the heated debate between him and the hosts of The Doctors, his intelligence of the subject matter (plant-based diet) smashed all the doctor hosts, proof that even medical professionals lack nutritional knowledge (this is a fact among healthcare professionals).

3. You are a highly visual person, you understand more when you watch than read. Just like my husband who went cold turkey few months ago (ultimate carnivore all his life) after watching What The Health. Try adding the following documentaries to your weekend Netflix binge: Food Choices, Fork Over Knives, Food Inc, Fat Sick & Nearly Dead, Vegucated, among others. These documentaries feature several doctors advocating healthy eating with real patient testimonials. Now If you like to understand the crude realities and see the cruelty behind the animal industry, check out Earthlings on Youtube. It's an old documentary that convinced vegan advocate and animal lover Ellen DeGeneres to embrace a very inspiring and compassionate lifestyle.

4. You want to see how this plant-based lifestyle impact ordinary citizens, then join support groups on social media such as Facebook, follow vegan athletes, watch vegan Youtubers. There is strength in numbers now. You see them in all shapes, sizes, religions and professions. I am currently in the following Facebook groups: Plant based Women, Plant based Lifer, Vegan Hawaii. I follow Plant-based news for the latest news on vegan/vegetarian food and whatnot. On YouTube I follow Happy Healthy Vegan, Brian Turner and a lot more.

Did you notice a pattern on numbers 2-4? Yes, they are external resources and support groups. You know why? Because most people I know who transitioned to plant-based, vegetarian and more so vegan, were initially met with resistance from their own families and friends. I speak from experience so it is important for you to meet new people who share your mindset and views. Unlearning what everyone learned about animal consumption and by you suddenly going plant-based will freak out some people in your circle. But stay strong, keep your heads up. It is your life, not theirs. Do not waste your energy engaging in a debate, continue to educate yourself with the power of plant nutrition.

How To Transition to Plant-Based Lifestyle

5. Plant-based food is never boring and bland. To make your transition easy, cook the same way but take out all meat! If texture is something that you want to retain, there are fake meats you can buy from your whole foods like seitan (made from vital wheat gluten), tempeh (made from soy) or young jackfruit. There are plenty of vegan alternatives from burger to cheese to hotdogs, your choices are endless. Add the fact that more and more companies are now starting to recognize the rise of plant-based demographics. Meat giant Tyson has invested on Beyond Meat, Starbucks already introduced vegan foods to certain locations, and now Pepsi is also expanding to serve what used to be the threat to their business! There are thousands of recipes you can find online, YouTube and Instagram. I share and show my recipes on my YouTube vlogs!

How To Transition to Plant-Based Lifestyle

6. Read the labels when you shop for groceries. But you will never go wrong when you go straight to the produce section! Vegetables and fruits don't need labels, they are what they are, only the good stuff!

7. Protein and calcium sources are abundant in plants. One of the major fallacy we were all taught was that protein can only be found from meat, and calcium from cow's milk. Eat variety of plants and you will never go hungry and feel tired and the best thing about it? you will lose weight if that is your concern (of course combined with exercise). Here are comparisons of plant-based sources versus meat, fish, poultry and dairy:

How To Transition to Plant-Based Lifestyle
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8. You will make mistakes, forgive yourself and move on. Before becoming vegan, I was on plant-based diet for ten years. Occasionally I made mistakes especially during the holiday season when eating out means pigging out. Back then, I was surrounded by carnivores so it was difficult to be immaculate with my food choices. My knowledge on plant-based nutrition then was also limited so it was easy to trip over. But what's important is that you have the will to beat your own temptation. In my case, my whole vegan journey is no longer about diet but for deep love and compassion to all animals. I am no hypocrite, it's only four months ago that I started to clean out my beauty and household stash, a territory I am beginning to master since my conviction for vegan eating is already fortified.

This is my favorite way to illustrate the advantage of being on a plant-based diet versus meat.

How To Transition to Plant-Based Lifestyle
Atherosclerosis means buildup of fatty deposits called plaques that clog the arteries. They're mainly composed of cholesterol and fatty substances, some cellular waste products, fibrin and calcium. As plaque builds up, the arterial walls get narrower affecting the blood and oxygen flow to the cells. High blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes and smoking can also contribute to atherosclerosis. Two things can happen if one has atherosclerosis: heart attack or stroke.

With the rising cost in healthcare, add deductibles, premiums and co-payments, going the healthy route is the only way. Classic example would be novelty drugs to help address uncontrolled hypercholesterolemia which cost $1000 + a month. Do you know that most insurance companies even have a criteria that a patient should have had history of stroke or heart attack to be covered by his/ her insurance. I know it sounds ridiculous because if these life-saving drugs are meant to save lives, why wait for a cardiac event? it's basically saying you're better off dead. Wait, it does not end there because these novelty drugs require prior authorization and even if you are approved, prepare to pay $400 + a month if you have Medicare. I can tell you that it's frustrating on the part of the doctor and staff (back and forth submission, appeal from the insurance takes 6 weeks at the very least if it is denied, and yes I speak from experience again because this is a recurring problem we have at our clinic!). But that's US healthcare for you! So the lesson here my friend is, take care of your health now while you're still well and able. Prevention is better than cure.

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