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Philam Life Highlights Financial Fitness at #LiveBetter Expo

Philam Life’s Vitality app is now popular among individuals who want to be physically and financially fit. I have friends who’ve used the app to motivate their fitness goals and earn real-life rewards like free movies and lifestyle gift certificates. The app is part of Philam Life’s #LiveBetter campaign.

WATCH: Our Experience at Philam Life’s #LiveBetter Expo

Here’s a vlog taken by my husband, spot me in this video enjoying all the fitness stuff!

As a follow up to the Vitality app, Philam Life also holds #LiveBetter expos around the Philippines. Just recently, a #LiveBetter expo was held near us at Glorietta Activity Center. It was a magnet for anyone who’s not just into fitness but also those who want to secure a healthy future. Entrance was free and there were a lot of free activities and prizes for everyone.


Visitors get a special Philam Life #LiveBetter loot bag

The expo brought to life the catchphrase “health is wealth”. No matter how cliche it is, it is the truth nonetheless. For me, the opposite is also true – “wealth is health”. The two should go together and #LiveBetter expo did a great job at making Filipinos realize the connection between physical, mental, and financial wellness.

Fitness Motivation

At #LiveBetter expo, you can expect exciting booths that showcase fitness equipment, gears, and accessories that can inspire any health buff. Of course, you don’t always need the best and latest equipment BUT different people have different methods of achieving their health goals.

I always wondered what it’d be like if I had my own stationary bike at home. It’s one of those dreams I have (plus a treadmill) that I know would cost money. For dreams like this, Philam Life has financial products that can help us make these goals come true  – whether it’s a new fitness equipment, a travel adventure, or even something as big as retirement.

Participants also enjoyed booth challenges that have instant rewards. Apart from getting to try a really expensive stationary bike, I also enjoyed the treadmill for a few minutes. It’s from Philam’s Vitality booth, when you complete the time you get a free photo taken plus a refreshing Vitality drink!

Financial Fitness Advice

Depending on how you fare or what you enjoyed from each booth, the expo will give you an idea of where you are at your health and financial journey. Philam Life provides free financial advice during their #LiveBetter expo. Their advisers are very high-tech with their tablets that aid in explaining your financial health.

Fitness Inspiration

Nico Bolzico, Solenn Heusaff, and Raymond Guttierrez are Philam Life’s ambassadors. Who hasn’t followed any one of them on Instagram? I admire Solenn for her discipline when it comes to health and fitness. I do follow her on Instagram and it was a treat to see her in person sharing her fitness and health tips in the flesh!

There is a clear consensus among the three ambassadors and that is, “fitness” is not just all about growing muscles, eating healthy, having a great body. Fitness is achieved when you achieve “balance” in life – health, family, finances. I know what they mean and Nico also touched on meditation and mental health which is a pressing issue with all the modern pressures of the digital age.

Philam Life #LiveBetter Expo in Baguio on September 23

Philam Life will roll out more events like this and the next leg would be in Baguio City! Follow Philam Life on Facebook for more details on this and upcoming events.

The Expo is packed with exciting activities, inspiring speakers and so much prizes! You’ll also get a chance to meet the ultimate fitspirations, Raymond Gutierrez and Nico Bolzico, who’ll show you how being healthy can be so much fun.

I am very happy that more and more financial companies are promoting financial fitness. Filipinos have a long way to go when it comes to financial literacy. Campaigns like this not only increase our financial awareness but also, highlight that we need to work on all aspects our lives to live better!

 

 

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.

We discovered the TRUTH about Safeguard’s Germ-Protect Technology

Many of us grew up with Safeguard because our mothers trusted this brand. Safeguard was first launched in 1966 as an effective way of removing germs and inhibiting the growth of bacteria. I was born in the 80s and our de-facto family soap was also Safeguard. Today, there are many soaps to choose from but concerns like family members regularly getting germ-borne diseases like the common cold, cough and flu to more serious health problems like pneumonia, meningitis, and typhoid fever remain the same.

WATCH: Safeguard Science Discovery Tour

Safeguard Philippines wants to continue to protect Filipino families as they have for over 50 years. They invited me and my son to the Safeguard Science Innovation Center in Singapore to find out why modern Filipino families like us should still choose and trust Safeguard. Here are our top 3 discoveries that we’d like to share with you and your family:

 1. Safeguard is still the number one family germ-protection soap

At the Safeguard Innovation Center, it is very clear how Safeguard continues to invest in research and development, use quality ingredients and follow rigorous prototyping, testing and manufacturing processes to provide the best soap that addresses every mom’s personal care and cleansing needs.

There are real scientists and experts at work in Safeguard (hindi lang sa Safeguard commercial sila nakikita, they are real!). The product of their work is Safeguard’s unbeatable, superior and long lasting skin germ protection. Here are the germs that are commonly found in our homes.

They are cultured and studied by Safeguard to understand how these modern-day germs affect our family’s health and how Safeguard can kill and stop the growth of these germs. Here are some examples:

Staphylococcus, E.coli, Enterococcus Faecalis

Nakakahiya mang aminin, some of these germs were found in Ashton’s toy and toothbrush. These germs cause sore throat, tonsillitis, skin boils or pigsa, urinary tract infection, and even serious diseases like pneumonia and meningitis. Ayaw natin yan!

We also saw how Safeguard kills 99.9% germs when hand washing and how it kills and protects us from all 4 families of germs: gram-bacteria, fungi, viruses, and gram+ bacteria.

2. Safeguard is the only soap with germ-protect technology and it really works

This is called the white hand mark experiment. The colored dots that you see are the germs and the hand marks are the different types of soap that us mothers use and choose every now and then. Can you guess which hand mark is from Safeguard?

The white hand mark belongs to Safeguard, it was able to stop germs from reaching and multiplying on the hand. Safeguard with Germshield+ protects users from germs in between washes and  inhibits germ regrowth for up to 24 hours.

An example is when we go to work, ride the MRT, or go to the supermarket – can you imagine how many germs us hardworking parents come in contact with everyday? We cannot wash our hands every minute but using a soap like Safeguard can automatically prevent germs from sticking to us especially our hands and bringing it home to our children. This is the same for our kids especially when playing outside or going to school.

3. Safeguard Body Wash is as gentle as water

I cannot believe it myself but at the Safeguard Innovation Center, we were asked to do an experiment that compares brand x body wash, Safeguard Body Wash, and plain water.

The rose petal is used to simulate baby’s delicate skin. Brand X body wash made the petal dark and damaged while Safeguard Body Wash did not damage the rose petal and was as gentle as water. I hope you watch this in our Safeguard Vlog above to see for yourself.

This is a huge myth buster since many of us trust Safeguard to kill germs but have the notion that Safeguard is not gentle – especially for young children. Buy the Safeguard Body Wash that also contains moisture shield technology.

How and What Safeguard to Use for your Family

It’s easy to get confused with many brands and products but during our tour, I noted everything I learned and came up with the following personal recommendation for mommies like me. You can add this to your grocery list so you don’t forget. I already have these products at home for my family to use:

1. Safeguard Anti-Bacterial Liquid Hand Soap
Price in Pesos: 255ml (P 80)

Use for: regular hand washing when cooking, before and after eating, washing yourself after using the toilet, hand washing after using the toilet.
Where to place: On your kitchen sink, bathroom sinksa

2. Safeguard Pure White Body Wash
Price in Pesos: 200ml (P 85), 400ml (P 145), 700ml (P219)

Use for: bathing
Where to place: Shower, bathtub, travel kits (smaller bottle)
IMPORTANT: Use a shower puff to clean your body with Safeguard Body Wash

These are the two Safeguard products I personally use and recommend. Liquid soaps and body wash are my top choices because they do not leave the skin dry which also makes it easy for germs to enter the skin and cause infections. It is IMPORTANT to use a shower puff to save you from using too much body wash and make it even easier and more enjoyable to take a bath. Being healthy should not be difficult and expensive – Safeguard believes the same.

A Healthy Family is a Happy Family

Being healthy is underrated until one of our family members get sick. Even in everyday activities, having healthy children mean having children who have the energy and positive attitude to enjoy life. I appreciated our health even more during this trip. It was my first time to travel with just a 6 year old to no less than Singapore. Our health allowed me and my son Ashton to get the most of our trip, enjoy the sights, be game for new adventures, and walk for hours exploring this beautiful country.

Thank you Safeguard for this Science Discovery Tour and for allowing us to share our discovery to other mommies and babies! Stay tuned and LIKE Mommy Lace on Facebook to WIN a special “pasalubong” from Mommy Lace and The Blogger Kid Ashton.

 

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.