Last May 25, 2005, I was able to go back to The Farm for a teambuilding session with the Philippines leadership team of P&G and I got to reminisce The Farm experience my wife and I had a year ago (holy week April 2004).I am very proud of that experience and one of the primary reasons we went there is to concieve a child. Yes, and right after visiting the Farm, Rache was pregnant with Aidan. We were trying already for some time to conceive a baby and we had a difficulty. The Farm apparently is marketted outside of the Philippines as the Hippocrates Health Resort of Asia and also known as place for having a baby by cleaning/detoxifying yourself. This was validated when my wife and I were in Australia for a vacation last year in May, we read in the Woman's Day magazine about Ian Stenlake and Rachael Beck's (busy showbiz couple in Australia) taking a Baby Honeymoon after three years of marriage in the Farm @ San Benito in the Philippines.
After a year, here are my reflections on the impact of The Farm @ San Benito in our life?
- The Joy of Parenthood -- My wife and I will be eternally grateful to the Farm for helping us with detoxifying ourselves and we are able to give birth to healthy baby boy, Aidan. During the iridology (eye) examination, the doctor said that I have a weak prostate problem and I should continue to eat healthy food (coconut, papaya, etc.) to strenghten my condition. We now have a 4 month old fat baby boy and adjusting to the joys and trials of parenthood.
- Back to old eating habits -- This is the most challenging part. After learning that all the cooked food that we eat is dead and that eating meat is slowly poisoning yourself, I cannot help myself but still consume alot of these food. I'm still struggling and in fact, I gained almost 30 pounds already (currently weighing 208lbs) due to poor eating habits and lack of exercise. During the teambuilding, even though I know that the food that we are eating in the farm is live and healthy, I succumb to the temptation of cheating and eating chocolate bars, peanuts and sausage mcmuffin which was smuggled inside our conference meeting room. At the rate the I am tracking, I won't be surprised if I have cancer due to the food I eat by the age of 50. The lack of self discipline, peer pressure of eating unhealthy food and the lack of support systems to keep you on track to a healthy lifestyle are key barriers that needs to be addressed.
After visiting the Farm again, the spirit of healthy living was rekindled inside of me. I remember the ordeal of colon cleansing, and how I promised myself then to live a healthy life so that I don't need to go through the pain again. I remember the surge of energy I get after eating healthy living food and how junk food can be addicting to the point that you poison yourself. I desperately want to change and I want to see my son grow up and have his own son. This is not the end...