Calamansi Tea: A Comfort Drink

I stumbled upon a post by Commander In Chic that featured a lime-ginger-mint detox infusion by Fashion Cooking. The pictures of the tea looked delicious (check them out!) and got me thinking about Calamansi tea, a drink my Mom always made me when I got sick growing up.

unfortunately I do not have my own picture...I am only wishing this cup of tea was in front of me =P

If you don’t know what calamansi is, it’s a small lime that is native to Philippines. You can find the fruit in asian markets and there are some specialty food stores who might sell packaged 100% calamansi juice. Or, you can grow your own! My uncle has had a calamansi plant in his backyard in Milpitas, CA for as long as I can remember, so we were always in abundance of the fruit. Aside from its flavorful citrusy taste, the calamansi also has medicinal benefits such as relief for itchy scalp, antiseptic for cuts and insect bites, and of course, a remedy for coughs, colds, and sore throat.

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90/10 Principle

It is Friday and it is beautiful and sunny outside! I love it! It wasn’t until shortly after I moved here that I developed a true appreciation for sunshine. We get a lot of sun out in CA and my theory is that maybe people on the East Coast seem “meaner” because they don’t get as much sun. =X I’m pretty sure there is some scientific study backing that up somewhere…

But more than that, today I’m really excited because today marks the start of my meditation course! I’m going to attend a full weekend retreat of learning meditation techniques. I’ve been under a lot of stress recently and I haven’t handled it in the best way–I tend to worry and get overwhelmed easily, and it’s been taking a toll on me.

There is a principle by Stephen Covey that I wholly agree with: the 90/10 principle. (I think I may have first learned of it years back when AOL was in and you got crazy chain emails every other hour telling you to fwd the chain or die.. This one I actually read). Basically what it says is:

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Take these Time-Outs at Work

Mashable recently released an article called, Your Desk Job Makes You Fat, Sick and Dead.

Over 80% of Americans work in jobs that require little to no physical activity, and the effects are starting to show.

Story of my life. Prior to moving to New York, I held an outside sales job so I was constantly moving throughout the day. Here, I’m confined to my desk and I can already feel my body’s response to sitting for 8 hours straight. I’m not necessarily getting “fat, sick and dead” but I’m definitely feeling the back pain, neck pain, dry eyes…the numb legs. To combat this, I came up with five daily practices or as I call them, “time-outs” from sitting!

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