Health Is Wealth at The Farm and Nutrilite

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It’s 7:00 in the morning and it’s time for a Meditation session at the Amphitheater of The Farm at San Benito, Batangas. The cool breeze and the rustling leaves coupled with the birds chirping here and there added to the peace and tranquility of this lovely health resort. I was deep in reflection about my unhealthy lifestyle particularly in my diet and lessons learned from the Nutrition Camp.

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The previous day brought havoc to my digestive tract as it adjusted to the vegetarian diet. Never in my life have I ever eaten two meals in a row that consisted of raw vegetable goodness. I wasn’t keen in eating two more vegan meals for that day.

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The majestic view of Mount Malarayat from the distance awakened something in me. What is the number one priority in my life? Naturally, I will say good health. Without good health, I cannot work effectively as a mother, wife and a business woman. Without good health, I am nothing.

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I knew the reasons for neglecting my diet in the past. I didn’t want to take care of myself. In my subconscious mind, I wanted to just wither and die due to the so many losses in my life. I knew better after a long period of struggle. It does no good for the loss of my son to lead to the loss of two.

Deep in my thoughts, I resolved to make use of the Optimal Health Lessons gained from the Nutrition Camp sponsored by Nutrilite Vitamins in cooperation with the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI). How often am I in The Farm anyway? The Farm says that :

It is possible to regain health through natural, holistic methods by which the body, being the miraculous organism it is, can heal itself. We at The Farm at San Benito believe that virtually any dis-ease of the body, mind, or spirit can be reversed, and that health can be regained.

Is it too late for me to start living a healthy lifestyle? Maybe not, if I start today.

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As our meditation teacher clapped her hands to end the Meditation session, I was raring to eat a hearty breakfast. The breakfast buffet is probably the best meal at The Farm.
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Knowing I would starve the rest of the day, I ate two plates for breakfast which left me feeling so full and happy. Happy, that I felt satiated and not feeling starved unlike the past two meals. Oops but feeling full was not a good idea as I still had a massage scheduled at 9:00 AM. The gentle massage simply eased away the tension and tiredness of the past week. Using long soothing strokes my therapist lured me into a calm peaceful space for both my body and mind. I wished they allowed me to sleep in after the massage.

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It was time for my Live Blood Analysis. At first I thought it was the usual blood test but I discovered that the procedure identifies a patient’s current state of health at the cellular level. A drop of blood is studied under a special microscope. This gives a visual presentation of a patient’s nutritional status and blood condition to encourage him/her to adopt a healthier lifestyle and/or diet.

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More sad state of my health. The doctor told me that my Live Blood Condition is a Rouleau.

A normal red blood cell looks like this:

But mine looked like this:

This condition is caused by high fat and protein diets and high acidity. Your blood will look like this if you drink one soda and will stay that way for at least two hours. Because your cells are not getting oxygen you will feel tired, have poor digestion, and skin disorders.

Yikes, how unhealthy!

Her recommendation is to eat more raw vegetables and remove red meat from my diet. Instead, substitute with white meat like chicken and fish.

What a rude awakening! Seeing my clumped blood cells disgusted me. Freaky! That surely woke me up. I want to lead a healthy lifestyle by eating the right foods together with some food supplements from high-quality Nutrilite Vitamins.

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If it were not for the Nutrition Camp, I wouldn’t have known that Nutrilite arrived already in the Philippines. I used their Double X vitamins a few times whenever I had the chance to get supply from the USA. I swear by its quality.

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I looked forward to eating a healthy lunch. Still feeling full, I skipped the soup and salads. Instead I went straight for the Baked Eggplant with Chili and Basil along with Young Coconut Noodles with Green Curry Sauce and Organic Rice. The dish didn’t turn me off this time. I’ve never felt so beautiful inside knowing I ate four vegan meals already.

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As I walked towards my Palmera Suite, I took out Kippy Cat for a photo shoot to capture the beauty of the surroundings. The Farm certainly lives up to its name as the ultimate health resort for healing. I just had to open my senses despite the initial resistance. Yes , just SEE the flowers and the birds, the butterflies, the hornet and the trees, smell the wonderful natural fragrances, HEAR the stillness or the sounds of the wind , the rushing water and even the insects, TOUCH the grass, the rocks, the flowers, TASTE the food that is a gift of nature, with its colors, textures, and vibrant living light.

Such positive vibrations abound in The Farm except for this incident.

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Though the staff are extremely friendly, Mr. Domenick Venditti (the resident manager) can call your attention if you are using your cellphone in the premises. My roommate was using her cellphone on her way to the reception hall and her attention was called not to use the cellphone. Thinking she could proceed to our Palmera Suite, Mr. Venditti called her out again “Are you listening to me? You can’t use your cellphone here. Use it at the South Park”. I think it’s really rude for Mr. Venditti to call attention that way. I know the “No cellphone rule” are rules to live by in the Farm but he could have reminded my roommate in a a more gentle way. To think that the Farm is about “healing”. Oh yes, and he needs to smile and acknowledge the guests just like the rest of The Farm staff.

That incident nearly caused me to combust in anger but my roommate and I decided to sleep it off. Negative emotions are just stumbling blocks to the journey towards health.

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My experience at The Farm and the Nutrition Camp indeed raised my level of health consciousness. All I need to cultivate is a change in outlook. I need to realize that regaining or improving my health is possible, and that natural methods are effective in restoring balance and vitality.

I just took my first step.

One step at a time to achieving wealth which is my health.

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Photos of Vegan Meals at The Farm

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You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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  • Hi, Noems! Congratulations! I’ve always wanted to go to The Farm. Their meditation area looks idyllic… and I agree with you about how people should treat their guests regarding rules especially since they are in a healing environment.

    Just my luck that I just met an alternative medicine practitioner (Cebuano) based in Orlando — and since he is a vegan cook (who gives workshops), I promised him that I would reconnect with him again. He has been successful in helping a client eliminate the need of medication for Diabetes Type 2 by using natural therapies. And he explained the wonders of Carrot Juice and Ampalaya Juice to me. As you know, this is one of my interests…

    In the meantime, I am temporarily shifting to a semi-vegan diet because I’ve been feeling quick sick, lethargic, and less energetic these days. It’s been almost five days now since I deliberately simplified my eating habits — and I’m feeling much better already. I can feel it! A lot of raw vegetables, yes! I make sure that it takes 20 minutes (or less) to prepare my meals. So, it’s salads, fruits, and whole wheat bread sandwiches. Yesterday, I succumbed to my carnivorous cravings and went out to get two small McDonald’s cheeseburgers. And raw veggies dipped in hummus are the best! All I know is that whenever I go into a semi-vegan diet for two weeks, the weight loss is immediate (combined with lots of walking and lots of water)…

    Believe it or not, I’m changing to senior-type vitamins. I continue to cook using cast-iron pans. I have never fried or deep fat-fried in my own household since 1986 so I don’t have issues about too much fat.

    My herbalist and acupuncturist had always advised me to “stay away from anything white.” White means rice, pasta, white bread, flour tortillas, you get it.

    Here’s what I’m going to be using as my guides in the next few months (since I also have to help my husband with his health and wellness program):

    1. The Volumetrics Eating Plan by Barbara Rolls, Ph.D.
    Techniques and Recipes for Feeling Full on Fewer Calories
    2. YOU: Staying Young by Michael F. Roizen, MD and Mehmet C. Oz, MD
    The Owner’s Manual for Extending Your Warranty

    After assessing these two books, I felt that the principles and the suggested recipes could work for my lifestyle. Anyway, I will be recording some of these recipes at my blog, http://DiabetesLifeNotes.BlogSpot.com.

    Let’s chat about nutrition sometime soon!

  • Lucky you Lorns! Fresh veggies abound near you. It’s my third day of semi-vegan diet and I feel great. I wonder why I didn ‘t think of this even though I know our younger sister has been a vegetarian the past 10 years. Oh well, it’s never too late right?

    Thanks for the tips, Lorns.

  • The Farm is so tranquil. No wonder the resident manager is so OC about the cellphone use. Anyway, I had a detox session there and it awakened my health awareness just like you did. Hope it continues for you. Good luck.

  • Hi Noemi 🙂 I didn’t know that incident with Mr. Venditti happened, so sorry to hear that. Dunno if I’d have been as restrained as you.

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  • @Gary – I was too stumped to retort back and so with my roommate. At that time, I didn’t know he was the resident manager. Then as we checked out, I saw the receptionist (photo above) talking to that guy . So I asked who he was. She said that he was the resident manager.

  • Toe

    Naku, I shudder at the thought of what my blood cells might look like. I’ve heard so much about The Farm. I would love to spend a detox retreat there someday. I don’t know if I could eat raw veggies for an entire day though.

    Naku, bat ang sungit ng manager?

    Nice photos Noemi!

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  • congrats..you survived!! I know of some people who didn’t make it past the first day. Good for you!! This is really a wake up call 🙂

  • @Toe- I was starving because an hour before lunch, they toured us around the 48 hectare property. Naturally, we lost our energies just walking only to find out we were eating “grass”. It was such torture. Fortunately, I ordered a mango lassi shake which gave me the feeling of fullness.

    The manager? I don’t know what was up with him. The Farm should have made him more serene in his approach.

    @Kongkong- haha no choice. We couldn’t go out and buy food. We had no baon either. What made me full was the shakes.

  • WOW! What a wonderful place to meditate, relax and think about health. Lucky you 🙂 ! Thank you for the tour. I’ve been hearing about this spa in Batangas but I haven’t had the chance to google it. The link helps.

  • We missed you at Manolo’s party. I see you had a party of your own. The place seems enchanting despite the rude manager.

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  • @Tina- it’s lovely place. So far, I’ve been sticking to my semi-vegan diet. Now on my 6th day

    @Schumey- Yes I couldn’t refuse the offer. Glad Butch went though. Maybe next time, we will meet again.

  • I enjoyed reading this – thanks. The blood cell photo is freaky.

  • Myrna

    Noemsi,

    Great Article and photos! Wish I could go to that farm. Anyway, you reminded me about Nutrilite and I have ordered vitamins for me and the boys. I’m going to let them try Double X next month. I’m “phasing” them in with the once a day vitamins and see if they can do the 3 X a day Double X. They need it for their sports activities. Thanks for reminding me about this great product. And yes, never too late to start a healthy lifestyle. OK, when you visit me, all we’ll eat are salads and fruits. Promise? 🙂

  • @Alex- freaky enough that I have since stopped eating red meat

    @Myrns- How much is Double X in the US? In here, it’s 3000 pesos for 30 tabs. I have yet to order. Yes, let’s eat salads and fruits. I’ve eliminated red meat in my diet and so far I feel so energized.

  • Myrna

    Double X costs $78.05 for 31 day supply. Is that cheaper or more expensive?

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  • @myrns- that’s just 500 pesos more than here but for a peso-earner, it’s expensive for us.

  • EDNA

    I was just browsing for the latest news on the American Idol David Archuleta and I come across with your site. Realy interesting. Looking at the photos of the camp, I forgot how beautiful and green our country is. I was wondering if you guys can give me more info about this camp.

  • oh wow. i’ve been wanting to go to The Farm eversince i can remember. the live blood analysis was pretty interesting. makes me wonder what my blood cells will look like.

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  • Uuuuuuuuu..I enjoyed your experience…wow..lovely lovely..I’ve been wondering about San Benito and how it is truly to have a day there…now I know….

    But I was irked to my pinky toes when I read about that rude rude doctor….tsk..tsk..tsk…snooks’..how vain…how lame..how unmanly…oh’ gawd’.I’ve met people like this..arg’…

    bravo to you and your friend for being able to keep the peace…my gawsh’ if it were me…I dunno’ I might have made a very entertaining scene that would have rocked the zen out of his eyeballs!

    breath…breath…

    Anyway, it was wonderful that you shared your adventure..thank you thank you..I will save enough mulah ( or maybe ask my husband to save his he!he!) so that I too, can have the same lovely experience.

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  • indeed, one cannot live an all too terribly healthy lifestyle with the $$ . look how expensive organic food is !

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  • Ooh wow! Nice! The food looks good ha. 😀 And that stay must have been so light and refreshing. Sarap naman!

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  • lala

    it’s so loveble than I now in opposite.hahaha!!!!!!!!!!

  • ganesh pd shah

    i want to know your nutrilite co.

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