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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.

3 Smart Ways to Cut Down on Sugar

We’ve all heard about why we should cut sugar from our diet – from diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and more. For those who are trying to lose weight and improve their figure, diets start with avoiding dessert and other sweets. As we approach the holiday season, many of us would forget all about the side effects of sugar and set our healthy diets aside.

This shouldn’t be the case and it is more manageable to have a balanced diet i.e. everything in moderation versus going extremes. For example, not enjoying desserts at all on ordinary days then bingeing and eating too much sweets on special occasions like Christmas or New Year.

Here are some easy and smart ways to cut down or reduce sugar from your diet:

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, please consult and ask your doctor before following any of these tips

1. Substitute - substitution is a good strategy to decrease sugar intake and even increase nutritional value. There are now plenty of natural substitutes for white sugar. These are the following:

a. Coco sugar – this brown sugar comes from the sap of the coconut and unlike white ordinary sugar, coco sugar retains vital nutrients and minerals. Coco sugar also contains fiber called “inulin” which slows down sugar absorption plus acts as prebiotic (food for good bacteria in your stomach).

b. Stevia – stevia is an all natural sweetener, it comes from the leaves of the stevia plant. Stevia is known to have zero calories, zero fats, zero sodium, and zero cholesterol. One of the brands known to many in the Philippines is Green Stevia, as endorsed by Kuya Kim Atienza.

I was able to try desserts made with Green Stevia on a recent trip to Tagaytay. We dined in Amacena Restaurant, and their chef – Chef Luigi Muhlach use Green Stevia for making this delicious cheesecake.

I try to be health conscious and knowing that my dessert is made with an all-natural, low calorie ingredient like Green Stevia – I enjoyed it even more. The cheesecake didn’t taste any different compared to when using ordinary sugar, in fact – it is more tasty and delicious, I am guessing the Green Stevia contributed to the crispy & decadent crust too!

You can check Green Stevia Recipes here and how to use it as a sugar substitute when cooking.

When in Tagaytay, stevia plants are sold in places like Mahogany market. I tried taking care of one before but because of weather differences, it didn’t flourish enough for me to harvest many leaves! Buti nalang you can now buy ready to use Green Stevia in supermarkets.

c. Honey - honey is another natural substitute for sugar, made by nature’s hardworking bees, honey is also full of flavanoids, antioxidants, and is known for its anti-bacterial properties. It can also be used for cooking. Honey is my personal go to medicine also whenever I feel like a sore throat or flu is coming!

2. Drink smart - avoid soft drinks and opt for equally tasty, refreshing but natural drinks. If you will indulge in beverages, choose liquids that are not just delicious but also has health benefits. Iced tea is one of the most-served drinks in restaurants and during parties, try switching to a new kind of iced tea that is made from real black tea leaves and sweetened with stevia (as listed in tip #1).

Check out TrueTea Iced Tea which is new in the market, I was able to sample these recently and it tastes almost the same as the leading iced tea – minus the sugar. According to the packet, even diabetics can enjoy TrueTea iced tea because it is made with green stevia and not processed white sugar. It also has the health benefits of real black tea leaves.

One packet is good to prepare 1 liter of iced tea, nice to prepare and share for upcoming holiday parties and celebrations.

3. Choose complex, fiber rich carbohydrates  – carbohydrates are also converted to sugar by the body but if you choose to enjoy complex and fiber rich carbs, you get a more steady supply of energy and avoid blood sugar spikes. Complex carbohydrates from whole grains, vegetables, and fruits are also rich in nutrients that is beneficial to your body, this is unlike simple processed carbohydrates like white bread, pasta, etc. that are not as nutritious because they have been stripped off their natural properties.

At the end of the day, it’s also important to feel good about what you eat. Being healthy is not about deprivation but making smart choices and knowing what those choices are.

Stay on top of your health, Mommy & Daddy!

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

Using Nasal Spray for Kids & Baby

When your child has flu or coughs and colds, hearing them sniff and suffer from clogged, runny nose can make us moms feel helpless. Especially at night when we fear they are having difficulty in breathing or when our babies cannot sleep because of these symptoms.

You are not alone because I also experienced this with my son, Ashton. It was only when his pediatrician introduced using a nasal spray that solved this problem. Though I wish we were educated about nasal sprays earlier, nasal sprays that are also known as saline solutions help flush out mucus (sipon) to clear the nasal passages. The pediatrician prescribed using nasal sprays up to 4 times daily.

Nasal sprays are usually only made with sea water. My son always has colds so I have tried different brands like Sterimar and Salinase recently and because of the changing weather both my son and I suffered from flu. Both of us had clogged nose, running nose one day then dry nose on the next. We got one of the newest nasal sprays in the Philippines, it is called Humer.


Humer comes in different types and sizes – for adults & big kids, and for babies. This nasal spray helps to ease cold symptoms including allergic rhinitis and also recommended for daily nasal hygiene. I appreciate the unique and ergonomic style of the nozzle which makes it easier to spray the insides of the nose especially when administering the nasal spray on children.

The spray bottle is also hygienic in that it does not allow any of its contents to re-enter the canister. The actual spray button is also steady and easy to press & release. I first tried Humer Nasal Spray for myself. I suffered from dry nose – the feeling of having a dry patch inside the nose due to flu which contributes to having a lack of appetite. As soon as I used Humer, I felt my nose clear up and I was also surprised how it assisted in thinning & flushing out mucus. After using Humer, I immediately felt the need to sneeze and it was an instant relief.

WATCH: Humer teach moms & kids about Nasal Hygiene

Because of its hygienic design, I did not hesitate to let my son share the same product – of course, after cleaning the nozzle. It had the same result on my 6 year old, it cleared out his nose fast which made it easier for him to breathe and reduce sniffing. This also meant less irritability and tantrums because of not feeling well, hooray!

Now both me and my son, we always keep Humer close whenever we feel nasal discomfort or feel like we inhaled pollution, dust, etc. I recommend fellow moms to do the same and benefit from the advantages of nasal hygiene. For me, I am really wowed by how it helped me in our flu & cold symptoms. Using nasal spray is very easy but will make a significant improvement on you and your family’s well-being.

Humer is available in all Mercury Drug stores, for more information I go to their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HumerPH/

Stay healthy Mommy & Baby!

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