As I have gotten older I have learned quite a few things.
I have learned even more in the past year, because I have attended events that focus on healthy living as a change in lifestyle, rather than trying to address potential issues with a quick fix, a fad diet, or a treatment that might even be harmful to my health.
I’m sure you have noticed that my posts now, incorporate some new habits that I have picked up in caring for my family. Making one healthy decision for Nino, turns into a healthy decision that the whole family benefits from. And that’s a good thing…
Likewise, when I make a healthier decision to take care of ME and how I feel about my body, my mind, and my overall well being, I am enabling myself to take better care of my family as well.
You have heard of the saying “Happy Wife = Happy Life?” Well, I think that statement also supports the statement “Happy Momma = Happy Family.”
Can I get an Amen?
How perfect is it, for me, that Aesthetic Clinic is launching their BodyLight Program this summer?
What makes this new launch in a wellness program even more beautiful?
Aesthetic Science has a branch right near me in Alabang!!
The BodyLight Program is a system that integrates Science, Wellness, and Life Coaching to help manage weight and give clients the lasting results that will balance the mind, body, and spirit.
Flashback: I met Doc Yanee and Jinky years ago through a friend who also believes in health and wellness. I learned that Doc Yanee was also a yoga teacher, and later saw Jinky achieve her yoga certification as a yoga teacher for kids too.
We all have this understanding that taking care of ourselves encompasses so much more than just isolating our diet, undergoing a beauty treatment, or taking a yoga class. It’s a combination of habits that will nurture and balance the mind, the body, and the spirit.
My problem? LIVING IT. EVERY. DAY.
So, if I enjoy pilates, yoga, cooking, and spending time with my family. These activities all nurture both my mind, my body and my spirit. I try and cook healthier dishes, now. I have introduced cleaner foods into our diets. I have cut out simple carbohydrates and processed sugars and replaced these ingredients in our dishes with more complex carbs and natural sweeteners with a higher glycemic index.
But at 43, let’s get real. In the past year, I have come to the realization that well….I’m exactly that…I’m forty-three. I have given birth to four beautiful children. My body has changed and we all know that at some point the smooth skin and tight tummies give way to a more mature look. (Like how I phrased that?)
At any rate, while I am pretty much happy with my new fitness classes and change in diet, I can always be a little happier with some help from my friends, right?
Here are the main principles that guide BodyLight by Aesthetic Science Clinic:
- Men and women are not created equal. Differences in genetic make-up, upbringing and other environemntal factors require a more personalized approach to weight management. What works for one might not work for another.
- The weight of a person is impacted greatly by his or her lifestyle that encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of that person.
- There are no quick fixes and no shortcuts to losing weight.
- Losing weight can be a pleasant journey and should not be equated with suffering.
- The ultimate goal is not to lose the excess weight, but to stay healthy.
I want to stay healthy.
Ok. So, while I was hanging out with my friends over at 25 Mushrooms Kitchen in Alabang, we learned how to make some healthy dishes, we chitchatted over cooking, eating lunch, and learning what NOT to put into our bodies from nutritionist, Weizel Gulfan.
During our healthy cooking sesh we learned how to make:
- Roasted Pumpkin Soup
- Garlic Cauliflower Mash
- One-Pan Seared Chicken
- Quinoa Salad
We had a great time cooking together under the guidance of Chef Nicole, and marveling at how much food can really be the medicine that we treat our bodies with.
Take for example the herbs you can incorporate into your dishes which will have detoxifying properties:
- Rosemary can heal a cough.
- Mint can soothe your upset tummy.
- Oregano can alleviate menstrual cramps.
- Dill can soothe your GI tract.
- Parsley can alleviate bloating.
- Cayenne can break up congestion
- Basil can aid in depression.
- Cilantro awakens the senses.
- Ginger alleviates nausea.
Even our Roasted Pumpkin Soup is good for the body. Incorporating pumpkin in the diet allows you to feel fuller, boosts your vision, lowers your blood pressure, and promotes overall better heart health. Roasting the pumpkin before making your soup, gives a deeper and more complex flavor that just boiling the pumpkin wouldn’t be able to provide.
Ok, so if I can address our diet in the house with healthier options, more whole grains, less meat, and more plant based foods, I can address the problem areas of my sagging skin and my 43rd old body that leave me feeling a little less happy by visiting the Aesthetic Clinic here in Alabang.
I am actually pretty excited to try out some of the treatments!
What are some of the things I can expect to experience if I decide to look into BodyLight?
- Kryosculpt is a safe and non-invasive procedure for eliminating stubborn fat using cold therapy. It lasts for 20 minutes on each problem area and is recommended in conjunction with a balanced diet and regular exercise.
- Liposmash is an effective non-invasive procedure that breaks down and destroys fat cells permanently. It’s safe, painless, has no downtime, and serves as a non-surgical alternative to liposuction.
- Radiofrequency (RF) is based on the principle of dermal remodeling using heat energy delivered across teh first layer of the skin without any damage to the epidermis. It heats up the dermis, causing it to contract and stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, both of which are responsible for skin tightening.
In addition to this, Aesthetic Clinic has a Life Coach to help you work through your goals not just for your body but also for yourself. And with the help of a nutritionist, you can figure out which foods are best for your body type, good for consuming here in the hot weather of the Philippines, and take into consideration the kind of physical activity you participate it.
That’s the whole package.
And through out this whole process, I was able to learn a few new dishes in a place that was close to home. WIN WIN WIN!
G/F Jupiter Place Building
899-3643 / 0917-808-2926
G/F Kennedy Center Building
Prime St. cor Venture St.
Madrigal Business Park
809-8021 / 0917-808-2921
One Pan Seared Chicken
by: 25 Mushrooms Chicken
1 tbsp olive oil
4 small chicken breasts, seasoned with salt and pepper
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp onion, finely diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup wine
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup cream
1 tbsp tarragon, chopped (optional)
salt and pepper
Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat, season the chicken with salt and pepper, add it to the pan and cook until browned. About 2-3 minutes each side.
Add the oil and mushrooms and saute until browned on both sides.
Add the shallots and saute for 1 minute.
Add the garlic and saute for a half a minute.
Add the wine, deglaze the pan, add the chicken broth and cream, bring to a boil and let simmer until reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes.
Mix in the tarragon, season with salt and pepper, return the chicken to the pan and cook for 2-3 more minutes.