Friday, July 12, 2019

Men’s Health: Tips to Optimize Your Nutrition

By Susan Bowerman M.S., RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND – Sr. Director, Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training, Herbalife Nutrition

The old saying that “men are from Mars and women are from Venus” seems to apply when it comes to nutrition.

While women tend to fret about their weight and pore over food labels, men often have a more relaxed attitude when it comes to their diets. Maybe it’s because most guys burn through calories a lot faster than women do – so they figure they can get away with eating whatever they want.

Going Beyond Body Weight

The assumption seems to be that as long as their weight is in check, they really don’t have to give much thought to what they eat. But that’s not really the case.

Body weight is only a part of the picture. How much body fat you have, where that fat settles on your frame, along with the overall quality of your diet – all contribute to your wellbeing.

Let’s say you don’t do much exercise, but your weight is reasonable. Don’t let that fool you: you could still be carrying around way too much body fat. And while excess body fat is a concern for everyone, guys are more likely to carry that excess weight around the middle, which is much more damaging to health than the fat that women tend to accumulate on their hips and thighs.

So, while keeping your weight down is key, you need to do it the right way.

What Should Men Eat for Health and Good Nutrition

Simply eating less only works when the nutritional quality of your diet is above par. Eating less of a poor diet may cut calories, but you’ll still be selling yourself short on nutrition. Instead, you want to pack the most nutrition you can into each bite by keeping your focus on healthy food: vegetables, fruits, lean proteins, and whole grains.

Place an emphasis on heart-healthy foods. If most of your carb calories are coming from chips and soda, look instead to foods like oats, beans, berries, plums, broccoli, and carrots. They’re great sources of soluble fiber and can help to help keep cholesterol levels in check.

Also consider seafood that’s low in fat and calories, yet rich in heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. These should be on your menu as often as possible.

Finding Time to Invest in Your Wellbeing

One of the biggest barriers to taking care of yourself is time. You may find yourself so busy that it becomes too easy to skip meals or grab something on-the-go. But skipping meals usually backfires, and you just wind up overeating at your next meal.

And if you don’t make the time to exercise, you’ll gain more belly fat and your sleep will likely suffer, too. Then, you might find yourself turning to sugary foods and drinks to boost your flagging energy – which just puts more weight on you, and the cycle continues.

If you’re breakfast skipper, set a goal of having a healthy meal a few mornings a week. If you don’t have time to sit down for breakfast, grab a carton of yogurt and a piece of fruit, or whip up a protein shake with some milk and fruit and take it with you.

If you tend to grab meals on the run during the day, think about packing your lunch a couple of days a week or preparing a home-cooked meal once or twice a week. It will give you a lot more control over your what you eat…and how much.

Lastly, try writing down what you eat for a couple of days. It’s the best way to come face-to-face with your eating habits – for better or for worse. There’s nothing quite like a good hard look at the skipped meals, the salty snacks or a severe shortage of fruits and vegetables to spark a diet makeover.

About Herbalife Nutrition

Herbalife Nutrition is a global nutrition company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier. The Company has been on a mission for nutrition - changing people's lives with great nutrition products and programs - since 1980. Herbalife Nutrition offers high-quality,  science-backed products, one-on-one coaching with an Herbalife Nutrition Independent Member, and a supportive community that inspires customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle.

Herbalife Nutrition’s targeted nutrition, weight-management, energy and fitness and personal care products are available through its Independent Members in more than 90 countries.

Herbalife Nutrition supports the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation, a non-profit organization that       assists community organizations focused on providing good nutrition. Herbalife Nutrition is also proud to sponsor more than 190 world-class athletes, teams and events around the globe.

Herbalife Nutrition has more than 8,300 employees worldwide. To learn more, visit

Thursday, July 11, 2019

HYDRO FLASK : My Constant Companion

I'm a certified "Water Person"! I can't leave the house without bringing my own tumbler of cold water. I've tried different brands, shapes and sizes. I also lost quite a number as well. But this time, I got a new friend, with reliable qualities that I've always been looking for a water bottle.

I got my first blue Hydro Flask tumbler from the Global Wellness Day 2019 event we attended. Hydro Flask displayed their beautiful and durable looking tumblers and played as one of the sponsors and exhibitors for the wellness celebration. I actually fell in love with their color combinations and shades. But my eyes first laid to this powder blue one.

Aside from my daughter as my constant companion, my Hydro Flask tumbler became an additional companion as well. We have this habit of always bringing our own drinking water anywhere we go. We believe that "Water is Life" and it's a basic need that we should not fail to bring with us all the time.

We went out of town with our family, still I brought it with me.

Just the size of a water bottle can meet your daily drinking water needs, while maintaining the heat or cooling of water, while convenient to use, feel comfortable, size suitable for car cup holder wide mouth design is also suitable for most remote mountain water filters.
Even at my Aunt's place, I still use my tumbler beside me while watching my daughter do her morning swim.

I also brought my Hydro Flask even to the beach where I know I would really need some cold refreshment. So scared to get thirsty. We need to hydrate, hydrate and hydrate especially in this super hot season.

 The stage mother should always bring along the Hydro Flask while watching and waiting for my young lady swimmer's training session.

 At home, I still use my Hydro Flask so I don't have to keep on opening the fridge or the freezer to get my cold drink.

 Even when I commute, I don't mind having added weight in my bag with me. As long as I have my cold water, I'm good.

Hydro Flask has a powder coating, which provides you with a firm grip feeling. Less chances of slipping through my hands, unlike other water bottles, The powder coating is combined with high-grade TempShield insulation to prevent condensate from forming outside the bottle and provides you with a refreshing water supply system every day. 

It's TRUE! 

I only put half full of ice cubes then water, it's already good for the whole day "baon" to go bottle. Plus the wide mouth design is so convenient for drinking water and easier to fill with bigger ice cubes. 

I one time left my tumbler with little ice and water overnight just sitting on the dining table without air condition. Still, I woke up with cold water. The quality of the water inside was not actually affected with the outside temperature of our hot dining room. That's amazing!

I got the Wide Mouth 32 oz bottle. Just the right size of a water bottle that can meet my daily drinking water needs, while maintaining the cooling of water, while convenient to use, feel comfortable, size suitable for my hand bag, wide mouth design is also suitable for most water filters.

Because we support the #NoPlastic #AyokoNgPlastic campaign, the use of our Hydra Flask is one of our many ways to avoid unnecessary use of plastic bottle or container. You can try it too. Stay healthy by bringing water with you anywhere you go while helping our environment.

Hydro Flask is the award-winning leader in high-performance insulated products from beverage and food flasks to the new Unbound SeriesⓇ soft coolers. Believing that every adventure starts with two simple words: Let's Go!. Hydro Flask creates products that facilitate an active and joyful lifestyle.. #HydroFlaskPH

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

UNFPA launches State of World Population 2019 report

Despite remarkable achievements in the past five decades, much more must be done to break the barriers that prevent women, men and couples from fully exercising their reproductive rights and choices, says new UNFPA report released today

At the turnover of the State of World Population 2019 Report, entitled “Unfinished Business: the pursuit of rights and choices for all” were (from L-R) Salvacion A. Collao, POPCOM Finance Chief, Lourdes Nacionales, POPCOM Administrations Chief, Susan Codotco, POPCOM Information Management and Communications Division Chief, Lolito R. Tacardon, POPCOM Deputy Executive Director, Dr. Juan Antonio A. Perez III, POPCOM USEC, Iori Kato, UNFPA-Philippines Representative, Vicente Jurlano, UNFPA-Philippines National Program Officer-Population and Development and Pamela Aine, UNFPA-Philippines International Operations Manager.

The year 2019 is unique as it marks two important milestones in the field of sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights: 50 years since the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) began operations globally with Filipino national Rafael Salas as its first Executive Director, and 25 years since the landmark International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo where 179 governments agreed on a call for all people to have access to comprehensive reproductive health care, including voluntary family planning, and safe pregnancy and childbirth services.

Much has been achieved in the Philippines since 1969. The average number of births per woman was 6.0 in 1973.  Today it is 2.7[1], even though the country has the highest total fertility rate in the ASEAN region.  In order to reach the national target of 2.1 average number of births per woman under the Philippine Development Plan (PDP), the Philippines needs to step up its efforts.

According to the 2017 Philippines National Demographic and Health Survey, about 17 percent of currently married women aged 15-49 have expressed intention to space or limit their children but are not using any method of family planning.  Such proportion of unmet need for family planning services is highest among adolescents at 28 percent. 

To finish the unfinished business of the ICPD, governments, activists and stakeholders will rally at the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 to be held on 12-14 November to sustain the gains made so far, and fulfill the promise of the ICPD agenda. Most countries, including the Philippines, need to build on the foundation of the past achievements to reach those who have been left behind and make sexual and reproductive health and rights a reality for all.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

World Vision Inks Partnerships with Corporate Donors to Support Children’s Programs

DepEd Malabon, World Vision and Procter & Gamble officials during the launch of Pag-asa sa Basura campaign

World Vision Philippines together with several corporations continues to help thousands of Filipino children in need through partnerships aimed to support the organization’s child-focused projects in the Philippines.

In line with the back-to-school season, World Vision and Procter & Gamble (P&G) Philippines launched the “Pag-asa sa Basura” campaign, a sustainable waste collection and recycling system targeting several areas in Metro Manila. The pilot implementation of the project will be done in 25 schools in Malabon and Quezon City.

The participating schools will be outfitted with school-based materials recovery facilities (MRF) for various solid waste materials including sachet packaging. The students who will be participating in the campaign are encouraged to bring a certain number of sachets to receive incentives such as school supplies. Furthermore, the profits that will be collected from the MRF will be used for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) programs like improvements in their handwashing facilities and WaSH education.

This initiative will not only be benefiting the children but also saving the environment with the goal of preventing at least one million pieces of sachets going to the ocean. Educators and students will also be trained on the principles of solid waste management specifically recycling.

Earlier this month, World Vision together with Elev8 Media Inc., an out-of-home advertising company, signed an agreement to support the NGO’s (non-government organization) awareness drive for child sponsorship. Elev8 Media Inc. donated 90 lamp post banners in key areas of Makati City, Taguig City and Paranaque City featuring photos and testimonials from former sponsored children and donors of World Vision.

DepEd Malabon, World Vision and Procter & Gamble officials during the launch of Pag-asa sa Basura campaign
(From left) Mr. Jun Godornes - Resource Development Director of World Vision Philippines, Ms. Cynthia Ayles - Schools Division Superintendent/ OIC of DepEd Malabon, and Ms. Anna Legarda - Head of Communications of Procter & Gamble

The partnership aims to increase public awareness about World Vision’s Child Sponsorship Program, an initiative where donors commit to give monthly sponsorship to provide the basic needs of a child supported by World Vision.

Another partnership forged by World Vision is with Domescape, a private glamping vacation home in Nasugbu, Batangas. They recently conducted the “A Star of Something Good”, a stargazing event for the benefit of World Vision.

Domescape's willingness to support the children thru World Vision and the owners’ generosity as seen during the launch resulted to one child being sponsored by the corporate partner and two sponsorship pledges from the guests who attended the event. They look forward to doing more of these events that will help increase awareness and move people to support for World Vision’s children’s programs.

”World Vision Philippines is so blessed with the success of all of our initiatives with our partners and on behalf of our organization, I would like to thank them for their unwavering support to our advocacy. Let’s continue to work together for the Filipino children,” said World Vision Philippines Executive Director Rommel Fuerte.

To know more and support World Vision Philippines activities, visit You may also follow /worldvisionph on Facebook and @worldvisionphl on Instagram for updates.

About World Vision

World Vision is a global Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

7-Eleven throws the biggest #7llDay ever with up to 50% off on all your favorites

Get ready for a week of nonstop exciting deals as 7-Eleven throws the biggest anniversary bash ever! There's plenty of reasons to party too, including the opening of the 2,000th City Blends store and the 1,000th Crunch Time store! Celebrate with us with amazing offers on select items at the largest convenience store chain in the country. 

On July 11, or 7-Eleven day, get 50% off on your 7-Eleven favorite City Blends coffee and Big Bite hotdogs. You also get FREE Crunch Time Favorites for every purchase of Crunch Time products on the same day. 

Stop by any of our 2,664 stores near you to satisfy your cravings any time of the day as 7-Eleven brings you big discounts on sweet treats and filling snacks perfect for a much-deserved merienda reward or dessert. Get discounts on select products from July 3 to 16. Visit to check out all our big deals!

Be sure to stay tuned for more announcements. Mark your calendars and get ready for #7110ay!

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Monday, July 1, 2019

We celebrated our wedding anniversary at HOTEL BENILDE MAISON DE LA SALLE

This is not our first time here. We're back because we had a wonderful stay some 2 years ago for our family tradition. We usually spend our New Years Eve  away from home. And we're so happy to be back here. It's like a second home to us.

I can still remember the sweet scent around the place. I really feel at home and so relaxed, because from the reception area and along the hallway, I hear soft Jazz music playing. 

Checking in at Hotel Benilde is a hassle-free thing. The friendly front liners will surely assist you without any qualms. 


It was a timely invitation as we're celebrating our 12th year wedding anniversary. Special thanks to our KTG family foodie friend Reese of The Foodie Station for inviting us to have an experience again at Hotel Benilde.

We stayed at the Superior Twin room. It comes with comfy white duvet beddings and fluffy pillows. Plus big extra throw pillows for bed decorations. That's why, upon entering the room, I already felt the inviting bed calling me to lie down and take a quick break.

I love their spacious cabinet with safety volt. It has a built-in light inside and it lights up once you open it. 

This long side table beside the cabinet is useful for putting stuff upon your arrival. You know the habit of leaving the stuff anywhere in the part of the room? This can serve its purpose.

The room is equipped with full hotel amenities like, LED TV, bathroom with toiletries, tea and coffee maker, personal fridge and more. Of course, our young lady foodie got hold of the TV remote.

This comfy modern sofa was big enough for my big young lady for quick relaxation before taking her afternoon dip. While that white table is actually useful. You can move it anywhere since they have quite spacious room.


I fell in love at the Presidential Suite, if I already find our Superior Twin room beautiful, you'll definitely love this room. It is totally spacious, from the large receiving area to bedroom and bathroom as well. You can roll over the king bed, dip in the jacuzzi while watching something on the mounted tv. What a life to spend at least a night or two at the Presidential Suite. We should try to experience this, maybe on our next wedding anniversary.

The One Bedroom Suite is a spacious room enough for a family of 3 or 4. It has king bed and bathtub. You can actually throw a mini gathering here as the receiving room is also big.

And if you like to check-in with friends, a group of four can be booked for a Dormitory. They have separated dorm for male and female. Here you can do your group study, sleepover or pajama party. Still with complete basic amenities of a standard room.





The swimming pool is located at the roof deck. Providing the feel of nature with its man-made water falls and greeneries around the pool area. I love the overlooking sight of the Manila Skyline.

During our stay, the weather was gloomy and a with bit drizzling. Well. nothing can stop our little mermaid once the water calls for her fin.  It was a perfect time for my daughter to enjoy their pool, located at the upper deck. 


Dinner was served. We enjoyed the delectable dishes that we ordered. We started with hearty flavorful Cream of Mushroom soup and Wild Wild Wings as the appetizer. Then my favorite Kani Mango Salad. For the heavy part of the meal, we had Penne Carbonara and Tuna Sandwich. Our young foodie's choice is the Norwegian Salmon while Daddy foodie enjoyed the Litson Kawali.

This is the highlight of our dinner, actually my personal favorite. Not your usual Kani salad. The strips of dried mango made everything perfectly good mixed with lettuce, crab sticks, fried thin noodles in this yummy bowl.


This creamy Carbonara can complete your carb need for the night. So good!

Our young foodie's personal favorite was the Norwegian Salmon with silent "L" to pronounce it right. Served in the bed of mashed potato and sautéed mix vegetable. 

While daddy foodie can't get enough of the thinly sliced crunchy pork belly litson.

After enjoying our gastronomic dinner which was elegantly served,  we  also got to enjoy our cozy room.  We don't miss to goof around before going to bed. This comfy bed must be durable enough to handle us 3 giants. 


We took the opportunity to have breakfast together, just the two us, as we're still celebrating our wedding anniversary. Had some heart-to-heart talk while having our first meal for the day.

Cafe Romancon is the in-house restaurant for guests and walk-in guests. It offers just the right  combination and selection of food. It's good that it will definitely wont let you get overwelled with the choices that you need to make early morning for your first meal. And I am fine with that. As I don't really believe that you should eat like a king for breakfast. You can surely handle their buffet breakfast.

The cereal station is the best place for kids and kids at heart. Pouring fresh milk to your cereal puts smile in my heart . While the bread station and the jam station can give you real options.  Of course, the salad station is the one for me.




If you feel like having egg, you can ask for your sunny side-up or omelet of your own choice of ingredients. They have cheese, tomato, onion, mushroom, green and red bell pepper. I only go for cheese, mushroom and bell pepper.


Good thing I overstayed at the café, because they served the smoked milk fish as replacement for the fish fillet that was served earlier. I loved it. The creamy smooth texture and smoky flavor of the milkfish led me to my 2nd serving.

I started with this first plate and then....

My hubby prepared his toasted bread with peanut butter and strawberry jam. I only like it cream cheese, so divine! Focaccia bread is love!

I had the porridge or Arroz Caldo to cap my early buffet. Best with a sprinkle of garlic bits and spring onion. But there are more condiments to add up to your taste. Yummy!

Time to check-out!

Spending a special event in a special place like this, is totally a blast. Thank you so much Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle for serving us great food, comfortable room and excellent service. 

If you want to have a quick escape from your busy and stressful life, a few minutes drive away in the metro can bring you here at Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle. Located along Malate

Spend your much needed "R & R" even without breaking your bank account. Remember, when your mind and your body calls for a break, give it ASAP! Celebrate your small or big victories anytime here at Hotel Benilde. They said its a 4-star hotel, well, to us it's a 4.9 star with #TheANGfoodiefamily standard.

And here's another #DaetoRemember!

Hotel Benilde Maison De La Salle
Address: Arellano Avenue, Corner Estrada St, Malate, Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines
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