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Human Nature – Product Review

Helloooooooo!

Ok, I’m just going to jump straight in.

In this post, we’re going to deviate from the usual nutrition and fitness stuff. But trust me, this is just as important (if not more, lol) – PERSONAL HYGIENE! *Something that I am SO passionate about (or maybe borderline obsessed)*

As much as I love being drenched in sweat, I like to keep my skin/hair super clean and healthy. I am THE BIGGEST CLEAN FREAK you will EVER MEET… EVER! Pretty sure I’m the all time champ for this (HAHHAHAHAHA!).

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ANYWAY, the kind people at Human Nature gave me a chance to pick ANY 5 items from their wide range of products. It took me a GOOD week to DECIDE what I want. #toughlife #spoiltforchoice


Here are the 5 items I chose and my personal (honest) review:

1. 100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo
100% Natural Clarifying Shampoo

 

As mentioned, I SWEAT …… A LOT (all day every day. From working out that is). PLUS, I have A LOT of hair!

The first thing I thought of was SHAMPOO!

The second I applied this shampoo, I KNEW that it was “100% Natural”. Why? Because it didn’t lather as well as the ones I usually use. And when I read the label, I saw that it did not contain sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). The typical product on the shelves would usually have these 2 chemicals to give it that nice foamy soapy feel! I actually learned this from my bestie ex-colleague, Sylvia, while working at the plastic surgery clinic (I usually don’t care about these things! But hey, I remembered!).
I actually LOVE that soapy feel but it is actually very bad for your skin and the environment.
In terms of how this product actually feels on your hair, it is somewhere between the very foamy shampoos and the squeaky kind you get at hotels.  Not the best feeling but at least I know that my hair is washed with the good stuff. 😉
I recommend pairing this product with a conditioner.
2. 100% Natural COFFEE Body Scrub
[SALE] Coffee Body Scrub

 

I think we ALL KNOW WHY I CHOSE THIS.

Yep – COFFEE! I didn’t really care what it was, I chose it when I saw COFFEE (Hello coffee addict. HELP!). No regrets though!

My skin tends to be VERY dry and rough, especially in Australia. I LOVE using this with my loofah to scrub away the dead skin, leaving it OH-SO-SMOOTH! And, THAT smell. #nuffsaid

3. Balancing Facial Wash

Balancing Facial Wash
You know how people can get very personal with the brand/type of facial wash that they use?
Yeah, I’m not one of them (lol). I really couldn’t care what I wash my face with (I know I should!). I’m blessed with facial skin that behaves (it doesn’t go into crazy break outs).
And that’s why I chose this facial wash (cos I’m open to explore and it is something that I use every day).
It smells good and it feels nice. I just wished it came in a GIANT bottle!
4. Deodorising Foot Spray
Deodorizing Footspray

 

This was next on my list. Simply because I DO NOT WEAR SOCKS with my lifestyle/going out shoes #dontjudge. I only wear socks with my running shoes.

This stuff definitely works for me! It has sugarcane alcohol to remove the odor.

The best part is that it doesn’t leave that “after spray feel”. It dries really well.

5. Perfect Glow Mineral Blush – Sun kissed

Perfect Glow Mineral Blush

Ok finally, we’re at the 5th product! PHEW!

This is another one of my daily essentials (surprise surprise… NOT!). This lil gem is easy to carry in your bag, apply and gives that perfect after glow! WHOOOP!

I definitely chose the right colour for my skin. 😉


I know that skin/body care is a very personal thing. But if you are keen and open to explore other products, then check them out here!

Much love

xoxo

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Amy’s Grains – My FUEL

Update: SUMMER BREAK! It has been a wild few weeks juggling exams, packing, moving out, working out, road trips and heading home! PHEW! It doesn’t end there! I am just grateful for life and all the energy that I have to DO LIFE! 😀

Speaking of energy, this post is on Amy’s Grains – FUEL!Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

“Breakfast grains” are my staple foods. My dad LOVES his cereal and I grew up having all sorts of cereals in the pantry. I cannot imagine a day without my GRAINS!Processed with VSCO with f2 preset


I have been following Amy on social media for a long time. I’ve always admired her drive, determination and passion for health and fitness. She’s an athlete, dietitian, sports dietitian, educator, running coach and personal trainer! She is the definition of CRAZY! If you flick through her past Instagram posts, you’ll have a glimpse of what goes on in her day (from training for triathlons to her personal business)! I don’t know how she does it! Whenever I come across her posts, it gives me that kick in the butt that I need to GET OUT AND TRAIN!IMG_7904

It was such a priviledge and a dream come true when I became an ambassador for Amy’s Grains! I knew that it was something that I would push for naturally. I never consume or talk about something that I am not passionate about. I agree 100% with what Amy advocates for in terms of health, fitness and her GRAINS!


Amy’s Grains

Amy’s Grains are not just the usual “oats” that you get off the shelves at supermarkets. It is a unique combo of oats, barley, triticale, spelt, brown rice and rye.Processed with VSCO with f2 preset

-100% WHOLE grain

-Excellent source of dietary fibre

-Provides long lasting energy

-Keeps you full and satisfied

Antioxidants and phytonutrients

-Carbs, protein, B vitamins and minerals

-Low in sat fat

-Low in salt

More deets here –> Amy’s Grains


Amy has also recently launched her QUICK START NUTRITION PLAN for weight loss. The book has everything you need to know to achieve healthy weight loss – from the science behind it, food, daily requirements and a meal guide! I flick through it and loved every bit of it! She also has nutrition plans specifically for endurance and strength (coming soon! Stay tuned!).IMG_0584


I am constantly amazed and inspired by Amy’s hard work and dedication to try and tackle our everyday problems with nutrition, food and fitness.

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If you would like some premium petrol (Amy’s Grains) for your body, feel free to use my 10% discount code – “adelewong16” ! CHEERS!

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Review: Garmin Forerunner 235 (MY PANDA)

For the past 2 months ++, I’ve been using the Forerunner 235 thanks to Garmin Malaysia!

*For the rest of the review, the Forerunner 235 will be referred to as MY PANDA (you’ll see why)*Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy panda has been my go-to watch since.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetI have trained and even completed several races with it. I am still relatively new to Garmin. I have not tested many of the other models.

I’ll just highlight the interesting/useful/useless/fun features that my panda has (which may very well be common features in other models)!

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Internal Features:

  • The WATCH FACE: Yes, you can change the watch face. It is much more interactive compared to the FR225. I chose the cutest, most non-professional looking watch face – My PANDA! People get intrigued by it and I have random people coming up to me asking about my watch! Conversation starter, maybe?

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Just a few of the MANY different watch faces.

  • Wrist-based Heart Rate sensor: My Panda is the first product from Garmin featuring its own heart rate technology (FR225 was using Mio’s HR technology). So far so good. My heart rate has been quite consistent across all wrist-based heart rate sensors. As with all technology, you cannot expect 100% accuracy. Try not to rely too much on it and ALWAYS trust your efforts. You will know how hard/easy you are running. 😉FullSizeRender_1 2

Resting Heart Rate at 37!

  • The GPS system: The Panda allows you to select between GPS or GPS + GLONASS. Without hesitating, I went for the GPS + GLONASS even though I had NO CLUE what it was! Having a ‘+’ is always a good thing, right? Anyway, I Googled it and GLONASS aka Global Navigation Satellite System is the Russian version of the GPS. This feature increases the accuracy of position and distance (because we all want our paces and distances to be accurate to the T, right?)IMG_6541
  •  Different modes of activity: You can select between run, run indoor, bike, bike indoor or others. IMG_6540I’m a sucker for maps and I LOVE looking at maps. I like to see where I’ve been. Very pleased to have a GPS watch that can track my other activities: hiking/walking etc JUST so that I can review them later!IMG_4407These were from my hike/walk in Hawaii. You can SEE the AKAKA Falls! HOW COOL IS THAT!

IMG_4461Walking through the CRATER! You can see how big it is. Excuse me for being overly excited!

IMG_4759Journey to Green Sand Beach!

  • Satellite capture was a zillion times faster compared to the FR225

 

  • Bluetooth sync with Garmin Connect (smartphone) seemed faster and more sensitive compared to the FR225

IMG_6542A lot of info for this watch face.

  • Other fun/miscellaneous/smart watch-ish functions:
  • Activity trackerIMG_6539
  • Step counter and calorie counterIMG_6544
  • CalendarIMG_6545
  • WeatherIMG_6546
  • Smart Notifications from your phone when you turn on your bluetoothFullSizeRender_1Receiving whatsapp messages!

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  • Set several time zones. This came in handy when I went to Hawaii. I wanted to keep track of the Malaysian time.IMG_6548

External Features:

  • Light Weight: This is an EXTREMELY important feature because as runners, any extra weight would mean slower run times, right?! ;P
  • Big/wide watch face: Also an important feature because we want to be able to see the details presented AT A GLANCE and not squinting or trying too hard.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset
  • Interchangeable straps: Because we MUST change our watch straps to match our running outfits/shoes. My Panda strap comes in two colours: grey or black. It also comes in red and orange.
  • Easy to put on: As runners, we are always rushing out the door because WE CANNOT WAIT TO RUN. So we need to be able to put on our watches as fast as possible. The FR 225 was a little more difficult to slip on. Plus point for the Panda!IMG_2769
  • Clip on charger: I know there are many different types of charger heads across the different models. For the Panda, it was a lot easier to toggle compared to the FR 225. No problems with clipping it on!

 What do I think?

My Panda is definitely one up from the FR225. I am utterly pleased with all the special features and upgrades that has been added to the Panda.

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Okay, I seem to be a little harsh on the FR225. Don’t get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing bad/wrong about the FR225.

But by comparison, I personally prefer the Panda. IF you are just starting out and looking for a BASIC GPS watch, then the FR225 is for you. If you have a little more to spend and want a little more fun features, GET THE FR235! WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!

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Running and tracking has never been easier.

You can get it from most of the Gamin stores in Malaysia at RM1550. :)

*Psssst, if you are nice to me, I MIGHT be able to give you a little discount. 😉 T&C apply*

Let me know if you have ANY other questions!

xoxo

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Physio Treatment – What Happens in a Session

Once upon a time, I had minor knee problems. I went to see a Sports Doctor who ordered a CT scan, prescribed some pills and sent me home with some exercises and rm1000++ poorer.

That was the end of my “Physio” experience and the pain eventually went away. But not because of what he prescribed. I stopped running shortly after (during my uni days).


Around August last year, another problem cropped up. I was training for SCKLM and I developed a nagging pain that ran down my right hamstring and pulled on my knee whenever I ran.IMG_2029

*Photo credits: Vincent

Consistent foam rolling and stretching helped a bit but it was always lingering. I went for a few sessions of acupuncture but felt little to no relief. *I am not saying that acupuncture is NOT good. It just didn’t work out for ME.*

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Soon after, Apple Physiotherapy Center dropped a friendly email offering some help. It was SO TIMELY. I was willing to try anything that would bring relief. I hadn’t explored physiotherapy, so it was perfect.

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Over lunch, Vincent and Jess (partners of the company) shared and explained (the misconceptions/confusions etc) everything about physiotherapy.

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They have been a HUGE SUPPORT for the past 5 months or so. I’ve been going there once either every week or every 2 weeks and I’ve never felt better!

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What happens in a session?

1. TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation)

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EMS is generally used for:

-Rehab

-Increase blood circulation

-Relaxation of tense muscles

-Stimulates the muscles to prevent disuse

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She also places a hot pack over it which feels AMAZING!

2. Soft Tissue Manipulation (Massage)Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetAfter about 10-15 minutes of EMS, a massage is given. This is the best part.

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3. Dry Needling

I know this sounds a bit scary BUT THIS is what’s going to help you!

Dry needling involves the use of acupuncture needles on the affected area. They are the thinnest needles and are able to penetrate deep into muscle tissue to target shortened and injured muscles that remain tense. Shortened muscles tend to irritate and press on the nerve.

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This form of diagnosis and treatment of myofascial pain is known as Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS). As chronic pain is usually neurological (and not structural), it takes a skilled practitioner to recognise the physical signs and symptoms of neuropathic pain.

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As opposed to traditional acupuncture which goes according to predefined meridian lines, dry needling is used on tender muscle bands, at the center of tightness or near the spine where there is an irritated nerve root. No pain is felt if the needle penetrates a normal muscle. You WILL feel it if you have a supersensitive and shortened muscle.

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I can tell you that whenever Jess puts the needle on my butt, the muscles go crazy! They be rumblin’.

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What does dry needling do?

-Stimulates stretch receptors in the muscle which produces a relax reflex (causes the muscles to lengthen)

-causes minor injury to increase blood circulation to the area which stimulates the healing process

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Sometimes after the session, Jess tapes me up!


Although my pain was along the back of my hamstring and pulling on my knee, the root of the problem was my lower back! Specifically the right side. There’s a chunk of muscle that becomes ROCK HARD whenever I lack rest, run too hard or race. And that’s when it pulls on my nerve that runs down the back of my legs.

The treatments have helped to release that tight muscle. THANK YOU JESS! SO BLESSED to have met them and have them as part of my running journey. Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetMy last session before I left. Already missing them! 😉


I have to work on strengthening my lower back and my core (basically the WHOLE of me). I also need to work on using/activating the right muscles when I’m running. If you have a weak core/legs or if you are not using the right muscles, other non-dominating muscles will help to compensate which will lead to injury and pain.FullSizeRender 3

All these can be done and improved with strength training, running drills, stretching and foam rolling. Cross train and recover well! They are essential to running! And of course, having a good physiotherapist helps too. 😉

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Info on Apple Physiotherapy Centre

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Address:

PJ Palms Sport
No.1 Lorong Sultan, Sect 52, 46200 PJ.
GPS: PJ Palms Sport (Same row with PJ A&W)

Contact: 016 – 3210 662

Website: www.applephysiorehab.com

Email: applephysiorehab@hotmail.com

RecoFit: Ice Cool Compression

When I first started running (a little seriously) last year, my calves suffered the most. I am a forefoot striker (very) and back then, my strides were very wide.

It had gotten to the point where I had to take 1 week off from running for it to recover. That was when I sought after every possible recovery/injury prevention method known to man. My friends suggested that I try compression garment.

IMG_9421 The compression garment that I was using certainly helped in supporting my calves and enhancing the recovery. I wore them during my runs, races and even to sleep. But after a while, I stopped because I had some skin irritation.

It was also around the same time when I started piling on the mileage in preparation for the marathon distance. With the increase in mileage, I increased my cadence and decreased my stride length. Since then, my calves have been A-Okay!

Until……

This year! 2015! They were still doing great for the first half of 2015.

After the dengue attack which left me mileage-less for 2 whole weeks, my body had to “relearn” a thing or two. All my “old” pains and injuries started cropping up again, especially those that I suffered from when I first started running!

RecoFit to the rescue!

And then, RecoFit compression sleeves came along.IMG_9423 RecoFit is designed by Susan Walton of Move Sport. As an active person, she was battling injuries too (shin splints).

She decided to create her very own product by cutting and sewing this sleeve using carbon based performance textile from Italy (Resistex). This product offers gradient compression and post exercise recovery treatment with ice packs!

Susan basically stuck with the R.I.C.E healing concept.

R-Rest

I-Ice

C-Compress

E-Elevate

As she suffered from shin splints, the design of this product was geared towards that. For runners suffering from calf strains, you can just turn the sleeve so that the ice pack sits behind your calf muscle. You will know what I am talking about after you watch the video!

My Thoughts:

Very innovative. Compression garment WITH ICE PACKS?! WIN! I love putting them on after hard training or after a race and it feels SO GOOD!

It fits like a glove. It doesn’t suffocate your muscles and most importantly the seams are soft and they are light on your skin. I have slept with them without skin irritation.

If you happen to suffer from calf or shin splints, you can check them out.

The best part is that there’s a DISCOUNT for my readers!

The Details:

Flash my blogpost from your mobile device at the counter before purchase

*Valid for one month from the date of this blogpost*

Address:

ION Concept Store,

Lot G-10, Ground Floor, Jaya Shopping Centre,

Jalan Semangat, Seksyen 14,

Petaling Jaya, Malaysia

Tel no.: 03-7931 4662

Where: Look for the Recofit rack inside the store!

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Official Website: https://recofit.co/