The start of my cancer story

Time passes by quickly. It’s been almost seven years since the moment I started struggling and fighting the little defective cells called cancer. I didn’t talk about it publicly that much until beginning of this year. People who have heard me talk about it said it’s a powerful story that needs to be shared, especially to cancer patients. After hearing this comment repeatedly, I decided to be more liberal about sharing this part of my past. I started speaking about my cancer story in events in Hong Kong, allowing media to mention it, and also volunteering for the cause as much as I could. This explained a lot about why I do what I do now, especially why I dedicate much of my time to promote veganism and health.

I’ve been grounded at home these two days, so I decided to dig through my doctors’ notes, lab reports and medical brochures that I brought from the U.S. and compiled my cancer story materials in a more comprehensive and accurate manner. I want to release it on my blog, and then later in my Chinese vegan-themed book, hopefully within this year.

It’s painful going through the past. There are so many stories embedded in those two years of my life – when I was spending the last year on Holloman Air Force Base and the first year when I arrived in Ohio. Just writing this blog post made me cry with all these emotions coming back. It’s going to be worth it. I hope to be able to help cancer patients and survivors as well as those whose chronic diseases can be reversed by eating right.

7 years ago

Photo taken 7 years ago. Today, I was going through the medical paperwork pretty much like what happened 7 years ago.

Please look out for the future blog posts about my cancer story and share it with those who may be able to benefit from it.

 

Vegan reward for a great workout

After a great workout at the gym, especially as a vegan, I’m not afraid to indulge into a healthy dessert. This raw, vegan coconut cheese cake gave me 347 calories with coconut pulp, coconut water, cashew nuts, coconut nectar, coconut butter, dates, lemon juice, desiccated coconut, coconut oil, Irish moss paste, cacao powder, vanilla extract and pink Himalayan salt.

No refined sugar, no junk. Zero trans fat, zero cholesterol. Find it in all branches of Pure Fitness.

Who says vegans can’t eat well in a big city like Hong Kong?

 

PURE Raw vegan coconut cheese cake

Detox in a National 5A Tourist Attraction this summer

Being an urban dweller, we are surrounded by processed food, pollution and harmful materials every day. It is essential for us to unwind and detox regularly so we can rejuvenate and regain our health. In a previous post I mentioned I started detoxing, exercising and all those good stuff after finishing principal photography for my film Love Stalk 愛‧打卡. My family and friends asked me what detoxing actually entails. Some of them knew I went to a detox trip in Koh Samui before and wondered if it’s similar to that. The answer is no.

Eight Cores of Healthy Living

I started joining a detox and health program called NEWSTART located in Clearwater Bay a few months ago. It was organized by Adventist Health, which is a non-profit, vegetarian hospital and health care organisation. It was a pleasant discovery knowing that Hong Kong has been a bit behind on this health trend. The program is based on eight cores of healthy living, which help you maintain both physical and mental health – nutrition, exercise, water, sunlight, temperance, air, rest and trust. The one in Koh Samui focuses on colonics, juice fasting, massage, yoga and meditation; this one in Hong Kong is more comprehensive and informative, providing vegan cooking classes, vegan food buffet with juicing (no, you don’t go starving here), body check-ups, exercise classes, massage, hydrotherapy, doctors’ and dietitians’ talks teaching participants how to read food labels or understand nutrition about plant-based diet etc.

Mission Hills x Adventist detox and wellness program

Adventist Partners with Mission Hills

From June to August, Adventist moved this detoxing and wellness program to Mission Hills Resort Dongguan, providing a different experience to those who want to relax and learn about a holistic, healthy lifestyle. It’s quite an amazing experience going through this program in a National 5A Level Tourist Attraction in China. One thing worth mentioning is Mission Hills Dongguan has a spa that is located in the world’s largest golf clubhouse and they also mentioned it is the largest spa in Asia. Besides detoxing, it’ll be a great option for those who want to play golf, relax at the swimming pool or spend a few hours in the spa during your personal time.

Program Schedule

The next program will start July 19-23 for the 5 days 4 nights option and July 19-21 for the 3 days 2 nights option. For August, it will be August 2-6 for 5 days and August 2-4 for 3 days. Prices start from HK$4,080, including accommodation in Grande Deluxe Mountain View Room (twin share), designated activities for the Mission Hills, free Wi-Fi, access to swimming pools, access to Vitality Club and Adventist Hospital NEWSTART detoxing and wellness program.

Safer and Cheaper Detox Option

I’ve gone through this program a few times personally and recommend it to anyone who wants to try out a holistic and healthy lifestyle. For those who have chronic diseases like high blood pressure, high cholesterol or cancer, this will be very beneficial for you as well. I am a living example who got rid of cancer by changing to a plant-based diet. Plus it is safer and cheaper to go to China than Thailand right now.

For more information, please take a look at their brochure and enrolment form: http://www.hkah.org.hk/upload/File/Brochures/Leaftlet_EnrollmentForm.pdf

Live vegan. Be happy.