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5 Tips to Keeping Holidays Fun and Healthy

December brings a crazy kind of busy for parents and children alike. At school, home, and work – the holiday season can be both fun and hectic at the same time. Here are some tips to keep the Christmas season fun like it’s meant to be while keeping the whole family healthy.

1. Plan and learn to say no – take a step back and review your family’s commitments, including your children’s upcoming exams and social activities such as reunions or parties. Be realistic about your limitations and take into consideration your family’s need to rest and recharge in between. Only say yes to things you can commit to and really deliver, it will be good for your own productivity, mood, and well-being.

The holiday themed play area at The Square of Lancaster New City

2. Keep your family active – the holidays might be a good break for you and the kids from school and work but sitting all day playing mobile games and scrolling through social media can make you and your family feel sluggish in the end. Take advantage of free Christmas attractions outdoors, take a break from the gadgets, and squeeze in physical activities through outdoor games or even just walking is better than sitting.

3. Protect your kids from infectious diseases with Vitamin C – serving your family nutritious food helps in keeping them fit and healthy but busy work and school schedules, add to that the holiday season, makes it a challenge to ensure everyone’s getting the right dose of vitamins such as Vitamin C. Vitamin C can help protect your child from infectious diseases that are easily transmitted during the holiday – think Christmas parties, gatherings with lots of people, children playing indoors and outdoors, all the traveling, etc.

Pack toys and activity books to keep kids busy when traveling during the holidays and when braving the traffic.

The holidays are the worst time for anyone to get sick and miss all the memorable family moments. I always pack Vitamin C (together with some first aid medicines for fever, etc.) whenever I travel with my son. You can buy them in small bottles for traveling then just get the big ones to use when you stay at home.

FERN-C kidz comes in a delicious orange flavor at Php62.00 per 60mL bottle and Php119.00 per 120mL bottle. FERN-C kidz is also formulated with Zinc which further builds their resistance from illnesses and common diseases.

4. Keep things simple – Christmas is a great time to be creative and bring out your best decors, outfit, or family recipes. However, it doesn’t hurt to make things simpler. Simple might be even better if it means you get more time with your family especially your children. Remember that the holiday season is not a competition and at the end of it all, it’s your family that matters.

5. Enjoy – Believe it or not, this hectic but wonderful time of the year will end very fast. Christmas will end before you know it and 2018 will begin as swiftly. Family time is precious and Christmas is the best time to invest in memories that you and your child will forever cherish. Don’t forget to pause and make sure that you and your kids are enjoying the holidays in your healthiest shape by boosting your kids’ immunity.

Have a merry and healthy Christmas, Mommy and Baby!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Fitness Tips That Will Save You Money

2017 is about to end, but before that Pasko na naman and that means working extra hard to keep in shape despite all the parties and free flowing food! How did you fare with your fitness goals for 2017? Congratulations if you’re on track. If you’re not and have stumbled upon some roadblocks such as finding a healthy lifestyle expensive, then this post is written with you in mind. Para sa’yo ito girl!

Many of us faced fitness challenges this year, lalo na with the rising cost of living plus the demands of modern lifestyle. Sometimes, not only money is scarce but also time. Here are tips that I tried this year which helped me stay on the fitness track:

 1. Say good-bye to the gym and workout from home – when people ask me where I workout this year, at first I was embarrassed to answer and wished I can say fancy gym names. But now, I proudly answer “sa bahay lang!“. Moving my workout purely at home made me more creative, saved me lots of money because working out at home is FREE, and gave me even more time to spare for work and family.

I only had to invest in a few items like a workout bench and brought out my old dumbbells. Here’s a photo of me and my son working out together, salingkit lang sha but I like how I can spend time with him working out at home.

How much you’ll save: Up to P2,500 monthly and a lot of time!

2. Join FREE community workouts – I’m not just talking about your baranggay’s free zumba class but I recently discovered that Sun Life Philippines hosts several workouts (almost every month) and for FREE! It doesn’t even matter if you’re a Sun Life client or not. All you have to do is join their GoWell community.

So far, I’ve attended  about 2 GoWell workouts – one at Shangri-la Fort BGC (wow) and another one in SMX SM Mall of Asia. These special workouts are normally just for gym members or you have to pay a special fee to join. Here’s one of my GoWell experiences where you can also get tips on how to join.

How much you’ll save: P1,500 + earn Instagram worthy photos that won’t break your budget! #Fitspiration #workout #fitnessgoal #fitness

3. Invest in financial products with Health & Fitness benefits – speaking of Sun Life, they have a product called Sun Fit & Well. This product has preemptive wellness benefits that allow you to proactively maintain your health. You can enjoy special access and privileges to various wellness activities that will help you stay fit and healthy – all while helping you save and invest for your own financial goals.

I encouraged my husband to get this product for himself (with the help of our financial adviser), in fact he’s not into fitness at all. So don’t think that this product is just for the fitness enthusiasts, everyone needs to be healthy and prepared for times of illness.

Read more about Sun Life Fit & Well

How much you’ll save: Up to 100,000 in case you get critically ill + wellness program (typically worth P25,000/month) + death benefit + earnings + so much more!

4. Local superfoods – Eating healthy may sound expensive, especially when you hear foods like chia seeds, kale, spinach, organic this and that. Superfoods are great but I have an alternative to kale and spinach that’s a lot cheaper and you can buy from your sari-sari store. These are saluyot and kangkong. You can use them for smoothies just like any “super greens”.

For other supplies like chia seeds, organic snacks, and food which I treat as “treats” for my body, I get them from local stores like Ultra Super Green. They are cheaper than health stores found in the mall and they also showcase locally sourced and produced whole foods.

How much you’ll save: Up to P2,000 monthly by choosing local!

5. Keep it up! – Leading a healthy and fit lifestyle can be hard especially we have other real-life responsibilities to fulfill. Get back up when you fall through the cracks and don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout or enjoyed the buffet. Life is meant to be enjoyed. Being healthy is all about having a balanced life – physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Remember that when we exercise, we actually become more productive and have better clarity. In my experience, working out helps me excel better in my family and work life.

Not working out on the other hand may demotivate you from eating healthy, make you more sedentary, and increase your risk of falling sick or ill.

How much you’ll save: Lots of money from preventing sickness and living a brighter, active life for you and your family.

Remember, being healthy shouldn’t break your budget. Get inspiration from the things around you and your fitness level shouldn’t depend on how fancy your gym membership is. Hard work and determination are what it takes, enjoy every step of your fitness journey and don’t forget to think about your financial fitness too!

Do you have your own tips to share? Please share them below and good luck to all of us and our fitness and money goals!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

GoWell Perks: Jab and Jam Workout with Sun Life!

Have you heard of Sun Life’s wellness community? It’s called GoWell and you can join for free by visiting GoWell.com.ph. The community is open to everyone, especially to Sun Life Fit & Well policy holders. But even if you don’t have a policy yet like me, you can sign up for a Teal Membership that’s also brimming with perks such as free group workout sessions!

Normally, group workout sessions would be expensive or is open to those who have a monthly gym membership. Thanks to GoWell, any Filipino who wants to start a healthier lifestyle can sign up to these workout sessions for FREE. Recently, I signed up for my first GoWell group workout called GoWell Jab and Jam.

How to sign up/register to FREE GoWell Group Workout Sessions

1. Join the GoWell community by registering here

2. Visit the GoWell events page and select the workout session you want to join. There are workouts for teal and gold members. If the workout you chose is for gold members, this means it is exclusive for Sun Life Fit & Well policy holders.

3. Look for the link of the Google Form where you can enter your details and complete your registration. Your name will be listed on the attendees page during the event at the registration booth

GoWell Jab and Jam Experience with Sun Life Philippines

The GoWell Jab and Jam event was held at SMX SM Aura. Upon registration, I was given a trendy GoWell drawstring backpack with lots of freebies inside. All participants are given this freebie and it includes items from the event sponsors. For the GoWell Jab and Jam, the sponsors include G Active, Raw Ritual, Fitness First, and more.

Inside the SMX hall, there were a lot of participants just chilling and waiting for the program to start. There were exciting booths and my favorite is this machine from Fitness First.

I always wanted to check my body fat percentage, metabolic age, BMI, etc. but since I don’t belong to any gym, I don’t have access to fitness technology like this. During the GoWell Jab and Jam, anyone can have their fitness body scan using this machine and for FREE!

My metabolic age is 19! Working out really does wonders :D

I was so happy, it also prints out the result that you can take home plus someone from Fitness First will explain the results to you. No pressure to sign-up whatsover.

Body Combat and Body Jam

The workout ran for an hour and was split into two type, body combat and body jam. I liked body combat most because I’m not such a good dancer. BUT everyone was so motivated and the energy was so high that it’ll pull you through challenging sets. That’s the beauty of group workouts, even if you’re all strangers you know that you’re all in it together!

The workout was suitable for any fitness levels and it really made me sweaty which is a fantastic indication that every move counts! My heart rate was also high. I like the pacing of the instructors that allows a level of rest while still moving, it’s important to slow down the heart rate when it gets too high.

After the workout, everyone’s serotonin level were also boosted. Everyone was happy and felt accomplished for breaking through an hour of exercising. Along the way, it’s easy to gain new friends and swap fitness tips, motivations, and goals. It was hard for me to comprehend that I experienced all of this for FREE, may free snacks pa! Well, Sun Life must be very serious about their advocacy to make Filipinos live a healthier life.

I already have my eyes on the next workout sessions for September. If you visit the GoWell website, you’d see there’s a workout session almost every week and in different locations. Also LIKE GoWellPH on Facebook for official updates and grab this chance to help with your fitness goals without breaking your budget. If you’re ready to invest in Sun Life products like Fit & Well that gives you more perks, check out my review of Sun Life Fit & Well.

See you in the next GoWell Community Workout!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Positive Aging with Boost Optimum, Mobilis, and Energis

There is a new oral nutritional supplement for older adults, age 50 years old and above. Study shows that Filipinos are expected to live longer and that aging is not like what it used to be. For those born from 1946-1964, also known as Baby Boomers – life continue to be exciting and adventurous beyond 50.

One of the important factors of course is having the health, strength, and vitality to face aging positively. When we feel good, we are more positive about life and willing to try new things regardless of our age. Proper nutrition is important for adults to have the ability to continuing their passion and finding new ones.

One of my fitness goals is to remain strong and active even in my golden years!

Oral Nutritional Supplements

Oral Nutritional Supplements (ONS) are not just designed for sick adults. In fact, to avoid being sick and fragile, a person should seek to fill the gaps on one’s nutritional needs. Oral nutritional supplements that come in powder formula is an easy way to do this. Each person has different needs, at my age – I drink protein shakes to help build muscle to develop strength.

For older adults, muscle mass naturally declines. Energy levels need to be restored and depleted nutrients need to be replaced. For each need, there is a right adult nutrition supplement for you.

Boost Optimum | 405 grams | Price: Php 605.82

Boost Optimum oral nutritional supplement has 50% whey protein that contributes to the maintenance of muscle mass and helps muscles recover from injury or illness. This drink containes Vitamins E, B6, and B12. Boost Optimum also keeps the gut healthy with probiotics and prebiotics.

Boost Mobilis | 405 grams | Price: Php 605.82

Boost Mobilis is an oral nutritional supplement that is targeted for joint, muscles, and bone. It is also high in quality protein, calcium, vitamins C, and D. Boost Mobilis is also low in calories, gluten-free, with no added sugar.

Boost Energis| 405 grams | Price: Php 605.82

Boost Energis is an adult nutritional supplement drink that can help improve strength. It is targered for vitality, energy, and strength. It already contains 20 viatmins and minerals, rich in vitamins B2, B6, and B12. Energis is high in quality protein, calciium, potassium, and magnesium.

This is also a good variant for those who want a gluten-free, no added sugar, and low calorie oral nutritional supplement.

Boost is not only convenient but can actually replace meals (meal replacement) for times when you’re unable to eat your regular meals. It’s a good way to get required daily allowance of calories, vitamins, and minerals into the body.

Boost Optimum Vanilla Recipe by Mommy Lace

I got Boost Optimum for my loved ones who are older than myself and tasted it for the first time. The Vanilla flavor is very tasty and is even better when you prepare it blended, with ice for example.

I enjoyed this smoothie after a workout, it is okay to drink Boost even if you’re not yet 50! The protein content would be great for muscle building. Here’s the recipe I made:

5 Tbsp Boost Optimum Vanilla

1 cup (250ml) water

1 big frozen banana

1 handful of romaine lettuce (or any type of lettuce)

Using a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until it turns into a smoothie – about 30 seconds. The frozen banana saves you from using ice cubes and makes your smoothie even more creamy delicious!

You can also find more recipes at the Boost Philippines Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/nestleboostph/ .

Stay healthy and strong everybody!

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Generation O: 5 Tips for a Brighter & Healthier 2017

The Asia Health Index 2016 reveals a new generation among us Filipinos, that is Generation “O”. Generation O is not based on the year a person is born. Generation “O” means today’s generation that is overworked, overweight, and overwhelmed. The survey reveals a 7% drop in perception of overall health & well-being. There is also a 7% decrease in the perceived quality of physical health while there is a 4% drop in perception of good emotional health.

It is sad to know that many of us are starting a brand new year with these feelings of not getting enough time, money, and motivation to take care of ourselves – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

As a working mom, I understand how demanding modern life can be – it is overwhelming! My personal strategy in keeping in control, happy, and healthy is to take care of myself and make it my number one priority. Have you heard of the saying that you cannot take care and love others if you do not know how to care and love yourself first? This is true and I hope many of us realize this before it takes a toll on our well-being.

So, here are a few tried and tested tips for a healthier and brighter you this 2017 – all of which boils down to taking the time to care for yourself.

1. Manage your workload – if you feel you are overworked, stop dragging yourself down and feeling like a victim. Work is a blessing but too much of it can also be bad. Take responsibility by being proactive in managing your workload and if need be, communicating the adjustments that need to be done to your client or boss. If you start doing this i.e. managing yourself and being your own manager, you will instantly feel in control and taken cared of. Because no one else can manage yourself better than you!

2. Establish healthy routines that allow you to take care of yourself – set aside time in the morning to stretch and enjoy a peaceful breakfast to power your day, go for a walk during lunch time or freshen up yourself, or light up an aromatic candle to relax when you get home in the evening. These are just some ways to nurture your mind, body, and soul no matter how hectic your schedule is. Taking these small steps can instantly lend you a more positive and brighter disposition that motivate you throughout the day.

3. Eat smart – food is fuel and when your fuel is crap, your body (machine) will corrode and underperform. Imagine the gasoline commercials on TV, the same happens to our body. Eating nutritious meals on time allow you to feel nourished not to mention help you achieve a healthier weight and even more beautiful skin tone while preventing diseases.

4. Physical exercise – you don’t need a gym membership or equipment, simply going for a 30 minute run or brisk walk (just start somewhere) can increase your health and wellness significantly. Physical activity relieves stress, clears your mind, and make yourself feel healthy and here it goes again – taken cared of and loved. A bonus is that you will instantly fit in your clothes better and as you tone your body with exercise and eating healthy, it becomes easier to just wear anything at all without being conscious of bulges, etc. etc.

5. De-stress & worry less – I recently started using more aromatherapy to calm my body and mind, in the office, in the bedroom, and even when traveling. I found that having a small air humidifier with peppermint oil increased my focus when working and that using an oil burner with lavender oil helps me and my son go to sleep on time. These are small investments to calm yourself in the midst of stress. Remember, stress and problems will always be in our lives and it is how we manage our stress that can help us live happier and brighter while taking on these challenges.

Mommy Lace Tip: If you’re not yet interested with aromatherapy, try music therapy! Listen to solo piano music when trying to relax, focus piano music when studying or working, and a mood boosting playlist when you need the motivation to be more productive. 

The Asia Health Index also reveals that Filipinos still worry about not having enough money. It is a common problem that I also think about. One way to be proactive and deal with this financial worry is by increasing your financial literacy by asking questions, researching about investing and buying insurance, and finally – protecting yourself and your family with the right financial products.

I’ve written about the Sun Life Fit & Well here, it is the most comprehensive health insurance to date that allows Filipinos like us to worry and stress less while enjoying our life.  Having health insurance also allows you to take care of yourself when you cannot i.e. when you get sick and cannot work or produce income, a health insurance like Sun Life Fit & Well can take care of you from prevention to diagnosis and provide you with hospital allowance that can help replace your income when you’re unable to work.

I hope this post inspires you to take care of yourself this year, if you are a mom like me it is even more important to take care and love yourself because our children and family depends on us being healthy, productive, and happy. Have a brighter and stress-free 2017 Mommies!

 

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.

Yoga Plus Express Legazpi Experience

As we enter the holiday season, it gets harder to spare time for ourselves to relax, rejuvenate, and get fit. Yoga+ Express is one of the answers to this challenge. They have several branches in the metro and everyday you can attend a class of your choice. Classes start as early as 6.30am until 7.30PM (Monday-Friday) and 10AM-3pm on weekends. Unlike many people think, yoga is not expensive and is for everyone of all ages, size, and shape.

Yoga+ Express Legazpi Rates:

Drop-in (1 class) – P399 weekdays
Drop-in (1 class) – P499 weekends

They have unlimited packages bundled per week, month, and yearly. View the rates here.

Gong Bath by Rosan Cruz

I went to Yoga Express Legazpi for the Gong Bath class of yoga teacher, life coach, and theta & sound healer, Rosan Cruz. Rosan is my inspiration for living a happy, healthy, and positive life. I still remember when she taught me how to blend raw vegetables and drink them for health, beauty, and vitality. Two years after I still follow her advice everyday – and I feel great! Rosan is also a life coach and I am lucky she gives me pieces of advice when we meet, like about how not to absorb negative energy by focusing on my own happiness and things that I can actually control.

A gong bath produces amazing sense of well-being, relaxation, and relief from stress, anxiety, and negative energy. This is my second gong bath experience and I always feel light and happy after.

When I signed up for the special gong class, it was also the opening & blessing of the Legazpi branch. The place is full of positive energy and you will not only feel it from the ambiance but from everyone – the staff, the yoga teachers, all of them have a positive, happy aura that is such a relief when you come from the busy world outside.

They invited me to experience their opening ceremony that started with the blessing of the studio, followed by Rosan’s Gong Bath, a ceremony called Kirtan and Vrata, a healthy dinner buffet, and drum jam.

All of these activities reminded guests, friends, and partners on how to be happy, have fun with other people, and be open to new experiences. All the more, it made Yoga+ Express Legazpi a wonderful choice for yoga students of all levels. Here, everyone is welcome and there is no space for self-doubt or fear.

If you are thinking of starting to learn and practice yoga, visit Yoga+ Express Legazpi at 119 Dela Rosa Street, Legazpi Village, 6/F Jose Cojuangco & Sons Bldg., 1223 Makati, Philippines. You can also book classes online https://yogaplusexpress.com/legazpi/

Love yourself and be happy!

Mommy Lace is a blogger from the Philippines. She started this blog to share information on pregnancy, breastfeeding, childcare, family, and health.