Jun
09

How healthy is your make-up?

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Paraben-free mineral make-up promoted by Wellness-Spring ~ Photo credit: Emily Datu

Contributing writer: Emily Datu
Date: June 8, 2014

The trend today is all about natural, organic products and living a healthy life-style. From healthy eating to working out, to using healthy make-up and skincare…all of these things play a big impact on our daily life.

Did you know that even small adjustments can significantly impact our overall health?  I started to practice a holistic lifestyle because I wanted to feel good “inside and out”, and that includes what I wear, what I eat, and what I put on my skin. The Wellness Institute helped me realize that I am capable of living a healthy a lifestyle through a holistic approach.

LIVE FREE, LIVE HEALTHY! Photo credit: Emily Datu


Wellness-Spring
, the company’s wellness store, offers products that are gentle on the skin, yet brings out our natural beauty. The paraben-free mineral make-up not only contains natural ingredients, but it also achieves the same finish as other makeup products. It’s also very cost-effective…a little product goes a long way!

The Wellness Institute & Wellness-Spring invites women of all ages to feel good in their own skin!

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Jul
23

Worth the wait

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Ella Eve Niña Fernandez was born on December 19, 2012 at 8:43 am…she was 5 lbs. 13 oz. She came early, 6 days before Christmas.  The best Christmas gift we have ever received.

The Divine has blessed us with our 2nd child. When medical doctors told me 3 years ago that I could not conceive naturally, I looked at alternative medicine & wellness.  Science and conventional medicine cannot explain how I got pregnant.

2012 was a very busy yet very dramatic year. I was focused on developing my holistic health & wellness business, Wellness-Spring. And of course, I was applying holistic wellness in my own lifestyle….

In September 2011, I tried acupuncture for the first time because I was experiencing a lot of pain after my period ended.  I’ve been experiencing this problem for several years, and it was really affecting me. I was getting very frustrated because it was so painful and I could not function. I would be on the floor in so much pain.  I didn’t know what to do. My OB GYN could not explain why it was happening…so I took the matter into my own hands. I tried Acupuncture plus Traditional Chinese Medicine (herbs) to help with my pain and it worked wonders for me. I love my acupuncturist.

Since September 2011, I was also working out more – I walked 4 times a week, did weights 3 times a week, and I incorporated the Blood Type Diet in my lifestyle.

In December 2011, I did meditation for the first time with Deepak Chopra’s 21-day meditation challenge…that was life-changing because I didn’t know how to relax. My mind was always busy, always thinking, always analyzing. Anyway, meditating forced me to quiet the mind.

In January 2012, I tried Yoga for the first time. That same month, I tried Reiki Healing with Tina Landrum…that was truly amazing and shocking because I didn’t know what to expect!  In February 2012, I also utilized crystals to balance my 7 Chakras. In March 2012, I tried Hypnotherapy with Maile Gray. WOW! On top of that, I was also getting deep tissue massages every 3 weeks by my favorite masseuse.  My upper back is always very tense…

I started feeling queasy and nauseous by the middle of May 2012.  I was actually pregnant, but I was in denial. I took the home pregnancy test 3x within a 3-week span (from the end of May to mid-June)…of course, it was positive. I was happy but I could not believe it!  And then, I saw the ultrasound when I was 11 weeks pregnant – and I know it was official!  We have been blessed!

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Aug
30

Pregnant at 39

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Today is August 30th 2012 and I am 20 weeks pregnant this week.  When I went to my obstetrician on August 16th, he said that I seemed further along due to the size of my abdomen.  I had fibroids which was the cause of the larger abdomen.  He mentioned that the largest one (based on what he felt) was the size of a large orange.  I shared with him that my gynecologist who did my annual pap smears for 6 years diagnosed my fibroids a few years back.  However, the fibroids were tiny at that time…just millimeters long.  My obstetrician said that many fibroids tend to grow during pregnancy, and then shrink after pregnancy.  When I found out that I had fibroids a few years back, I was alarmed, but my gynecologist told me back then that it would not have any effect on conceiving, so we knew that it wasn’t an issue if I decided to become pregnant.

Today, I was scheduled for a detailed ultrasound for several reasons:
1) I was 20 weeks pregnant and it was time for my 2nd trimester perinatal screening
2) To check on the status of the fibroid
3) To find out the baby’s gender

My husband and my son went to the ultrasound appointment with me.  Great news:
1) The baby is developing properly, we saw all of the body parts, the heart, the spine J
2) I am definitely due on January 14, 2013
3) My fibroid is 5 centimeters, but it is not obstructing anything, so it is okay
4) We are having a baby girl!
5) I have to go back for another ultrasound in 8 weeks because I may have a placenta previa issue, although a lot of times, the placenta does move.

I am relieved that we got the ultrasound done.  I didn’t realize how nervous my husband was about today’s appointment.  He confessed that he didn’t sleep well last night because he was concerned about the baby and my health (because I am approaching 40).  Maybe it’s because I told him that I experienced some sudden shaking of my left arm and left hand.  I remember feeling tired, and so I just rested, and the shaking stopped.  I don’t want him to be worried.  Anyway, we are happy that the baby is doing fine.  More updates to come!

(Wellness Adventures by Edna Dimataga-Fernandez, 8/30/2012)

Pregnant at 39 story to be continued…

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Aug
25

Pregnant at 39!

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Our son, Dominic, turned 16 in May 2012. My husband and I decided to tell him about my pregnancy the night before the 4th of July. At 11:00 pm on July 3rd, we brought him into our bedroom and show him a letter that confirms my pregnancy. He sits on the bed and reads it quietly. In the meantime, my husband has his video camera “on” as we wanted to capture Dominic’s reaction on camera. Dominic is shocked! He is surprised but very happy. Then he looks at us and asks: “Is this a joke?” I said: “No, it isn’t a joke, Darling. This is true. Are you happy?” And of course, he replies that he is very happy. Then, we showed him the ultrasound image. Our son had wanted a sibling since he was 6 years old, so we are only 10 years behind (LOL!). Well, better late than never, right?

The next day, we celebrated the 4th of July, and we had a BBQ lunch with the family at home. Unfortunately, my dad and my father-in-law both passed away of a heart attack before the age of 50. We really wish our dads were still alive today as they never had a chance to enjoy their grandchildren. Anyway, the whole family is ecstatic about my pregnancy. They were shocked since it took a while for the follow-up child. In fact, I never did share with family members about my blocked fallopian tubes when I was diagnosed 2 ½ years ago. I didn’t want them to worry about me. I assume they just figured that I was not going to have another child especially as our son got older. So, for the 4th of July lunch, we had our son, Dominic, make the announcement. He said: “I am going to have another sibling!” They were flabbergasted. Then, I passed around the ultrasound photo and then the pregnancy confirmation report.

I told them that this is truly a “miracle child” growing inside me. Then, I shared my story about how we always wanted another child, but was never able to conceive…until now. They were shocked when I told them about the blocked fallopian tubes. This is definitely a gift from God. Miracles truly happen.

I am wondering if my fallopian tubes are still blocked. I truly believe that many of the wellness practices I have incorporated into my lifestyle have helped me conceive this child. For starters, I am no longer commuting to West Los Angeles (a stressful commute I was doing for 4 years). Also, I am no longer working in a corporate environment with all of the “office politics”. And then, I gave myself a break from participating in my professional, voluntary and service organizations. I have focused on myself since September 2011. Today is August 2012, and I am feeling so much better physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. My body is more relaxed. I do believe in the Mind-Body-Spirit connection. Developing Wellness-Spring has been a personal journey for me.

(Wellness Adventures by Edna Dimataga-Fernandez, 8/25/2012)
Pregnant at 39 story to be continued…

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Aug
22

Pregnant at 39

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Today is August 21, 2012 and I am 19 weeks pregnant as of yesterday. As I had explained in my post before this, I didn’t think I could pregnant naturally especially after the fertility specialist told me back in March 2010 that BOTH of my fallopian tubes were blocked. Of course, I was upset about the news. Since last year (2011), I was doing a lot of research about alternative healing techniques and possibly getting pregnant through acupuncture, herbal medicine or energy medicine. From what I read, and from speaking with various wellness professionals in the alternative medicine arena, it was definitely possible to get pregnant using alternative healing techniques. Apparently, many women have gotten pregnant this way, so I thought, “okay there is hope for me”.

I was so focused on my career for so many years and I neglected my health. From July 2007 to August 2011, I had worked as a Director of Marketing for a Los Angeles-based insurance agency. I was able to validate myself in the insurance industry. From 2010-11, I was President of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA). As a woman in this male-dominated industry, you can just imagine the pressure I was going through. I had to go through so much criticism from some of the people in the “good old boys” club. First of all, I was female. Second, I was under 40 years old. Third, I was a minority. So, I had to work even harder to prove myself. Talk about stressful. I didn’t realize all of this mental stress had already affected my health. Well, to make a long story short, I proved the naysayers wrong. Our NAIFA Los Angeles chapter received the top GOLD Achievement Award. I had worked very hard as I wanted to have a spectacular year. I recruited new people, specifically women, to chair key positions on the Board of Directors. It was funny because many people advised me NOT to recruit newer Board Members due to their inexperience. Of course, they were speechless when they saw what we were able to accomplish. I just love it when people assume you don’t know anything, and then they ‘praise you to death’ when you do something bold, and succeed beyond their expectations. So, I ended my stint as President on a very positive note. When my term ended at the end of June 2011, I knew it was time to do other things. In March 2011, I noticed that my health deteriorated significantly. I was exhausted all the time. In April, I found out that my vitamin D levels were close to zero. No wonder I was feeling extremely tired and sluggish. I was advised to take 50,000 IUs of Vitamin D for 12 weeks.

In August 2011, the insurance company that owned my firm had restructured, so it was the perfect time for me to focus on developing Wellness-Spring, a company I founded back in 2009, but was not able to develop due to my full-time job and other professional activities. I started incorporating wellness in my lifestyle back in September 2011. It certainly helped not having to commute 4 hours a day to and from the office (which I did at my last job). In addition, I was able to exercise more, and lost 15 pounds. I also did yoga for the first time, practiced meditation, and started the blood-type diet. I truly believe that incorporating wellness in my lifestyle has enabled me to conceive this child naturally…no drugs, no invitro fertilization treatments, no hormones. Science and conventional medicine cannot explain how I got pregnant.

I had my last menstrual period on April 9, 2012. I missed my period in May 2012, and thought maybe it was just delayed for a few days, a week at the most. My period never came for the month of May so I figured I was stressed out especially since I was very busy with my Wellness-Spring business. Then I recalled that this also happened to me a few years ago. That was back in 2005. I had missed my period and thought I was pregnant, but it was a false alarm as I did a pregnancy test, and it came out “negative”. So, when I missed my period in May 2012, I decided to do a home pregnancy test. Lo and behold, it was “positive”. I woke up my husband and told him the “positive” news. We were both happy but shocked. Since I didn’t want to get my hopes up, I waited another 3 weeks and did a second home pregnancy test. Again, it was “positive”.

I was happy that I was pregnant. My husband told me that I needed to see a doctor. I didn’t want to see the doctor yet as I was freaking out. I kept thinking about a conversation I had last year with one of my good friends. She was in the medical field. We were talking about my blocked fallopian tubes and how I was looking into invitro fertilization to get pregnant. I told her that I was hesitant to get pregnant through invitro fertilization because I wanted to do it naturally. She told me that due to my blocked fallopian tubes, it would be dangerous if for some reason, I did get pregnant naturally, and the fertilized egg gets stuck in the blocked fallopian tube causing an ectopic pregnancy. I was freaking out when she told me that. So fast forward to June 2012, I couldn’t help but think “what if this is an ectopic pregnancy?” I wasn’t feeling any pain, though, which would be a sign of an ectopic pregnancy. But I couldn’t help but think: “what if?”. I am very analytical. I question everything. I analyze everything. As you can imagine, I was a nervous wreck for most of June.

Finally, on June 27, I finally went to get an official pregnancy test at the Santa Clarita Valley pregnancy center. It came out positive. They did an ultrasound and it showed that I was already 11 weeks pregnant. I was almost done with my first trimester of pregnancy! I asked the radiologist if everything looked good as she knew about my concerns. She said not to worry about an ectopic pregnancy because the fetus was definitely in the uterus, where it is supposed to be! I was so happy! Alleluia!

(Wellness Adventures by Edna Dimataga-Fernandez, 8/21/2012)
Pregnant at 39 story to be continued…

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Aug
19

Pregnant at 39!

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Today is August 19, 2012. It’s been an eventful 2 months for me. I found out that I am pregnant at age 39. My husband and I have been married since November 1995. We had our first child when I was 23. We had no problems conceiving our first child, Dominic, who is now 16 years old. When Dominic turned 6 in 2002, he asked us why he didn’t have a little brother or sister as many of his friends had siblings. I told him that we were hoping to have another child. My husband and I did try to conceive that year. I was 29 and he was 32. I didn’t get pregnant.

I figured that I was just stressed out as I was very focused on my career. I had been working in the insurance industry since my senior year at UCLA (January 1994) and I loved it. I have to admit that since I got married, it was really all about me and what I wanted to do with my career. I even went back to school to get my MBA when our son was 4. For 2 years, I worked full-time and took 2 MBA classes every quarter (evening and weekend classes). I was exhausted mentally and physically.

After I completed my MBA in 2002, our son, Dominic, turned 6 that year. We tried to conceive another child but I did not get pregnant. Because I wanted to utilize my MBA, of course, my career took over…

And then the following year, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was 56. We were all shocked because her side of the family had no history of cancer. The focus that year (2003) was getting my mom’s health back. Fast forward, it’s been 9 years since my mom’s breast cancer diagnosis. Thankfully, my mom is now cancer-free…

While working as a Sales Executive in the behavioral health insurance industry for 3 years (2004-2007), I was exposed to the wellness industry. I’ve learned that incorporating wellness in one’s lifestyle improves overall health. Since my father had died of a heart attack at the age of 47 (when I was 19), and my mother had suffered from breast cancer at the age of 56, those were reasons enough to start looking at my own health.

My husband and I tried to conceive again in 2005. I was 32 and he was 35. We did not get pregnant. This time, I was totally convinced that I was very stressed out due to my job as a Sales Executive.

In 2007, I worked as a Director of Marketing for a Los Angeles-based insurance agency. Not only was I working full-time, but I was very active in the insurance industry, and served on the Board of Directors for my professional association, the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA Los Angeles). Eventually, I became President of NAIFA Los Angeles from 2010-11. It was all about achieving everything I could in my career. I felt like I was married to it. I admit that it took a toll on my family life and also on my health..

In November 2009, I turned 37. My OB-GYN, who knew that we were trying to conceive another child, finally told me that I should get my uterus and fallopian tubes checked, just to make sure everything was okay. I was confident that I was fine. So in February 2010, I went to Providence Holy Cross Hospital for a hysterosalpingogram (HSG).

The results showed that both of my fallopian tubes were blocked. I was referred to a fertility specialist who explained the results. Before we spoke with him, I was crying in the waiting room. My husband was shocked to see me cry. He said that he did not realize that having another child was very important to me.

The fertility specialist asked me if I had any operations or surgeries in my lower abdomen area and my answer was “no”. He asked me if my husband was the son of our first child. I almost fell off my chair and laughed out loud, and told him “YES, he is the father of our first child.” Of course, I knew that the doctor had to cover all bases and he had to ask that question (LOL!). Then, the fertility specialist explained to me that if I wanted to conceive another child, there were 2 options:
1) He can operate on my fallopian tubes in order to unblock the tubes
2) He can help with invitro fertilization treatments

He explained to me that while the first option is cheaper (it costs approx $10,000), he could not guarantee that it would allow me to conceive naturally. He explained that additional scarring or adhesions may be found during the process of unblocking the tubes. They wouldn’t know for sure until they go “in”. He explained that if I wanted to be aggressive about getting pregnant, then invitro fertilization would be the best option for me. After all, I was already 37 years old (not exactly a spring chicken), and the chances of getting pregnant are much lower (being above 35). I was shocked as I did not want to do invitro fertilization (IVF). Not only does it cost $15,000+, but I did not want to get pregnant with artificial chemicals and hormones.

I was SO sad after this appointment. I could not understand why BOTH of my fallopian tubes were blocked! I really wanted to get pregnant naturally.

(Wellness Adventures by Edna Dimataga-Fernandez, 8/19/2012)
Pregnant at 39 story to be continued…

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