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Be Summer Ready: Diet Deliveries and Gyms to Try

Between raising kids, having a career, and keeping your home in check, maintaining an exercise routine and eating healthily often moves from top priority to the back-burner pretty quickly after you become a mom. So while it might be tempting to let your fitness routine slip to catch up on a couple more hours of sleep in the morning, or to order pizza instead of cooking yourself a nutritious lunch, fight it. If you won't do it for yourself, do it for your kids -- they need a mom who's strong and healthy, and who'll be there for them every step of the way as they grow up.


Luckily, getting (or staying) in shape these days has gotten a lot easier thanks to convenient delivery services that cater to the person -- mommy -- on the go. And what's more, in the past few years, new fitness centers have been popping up all over the metro. From hot yoga to pole-dancing, whatever fitness routine you fancy, it's probably already made its way to Manila. Make this year, your year of #noexcuses.


Diet Delivery Services


Diet Diva
Price: P1800/week + P50/day delivery charge
Delivery hours: 5 to 8 am
Contact: +63(2)4343482



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The idea is simple: through portion control and calorie counting, Diet Diva can help you shed the pounds. While 1,200 calories a day may not sound like much, you'll be surprised at how filling their meals can be. Worth noting: the average Diet Diva client loses two to six pounds just five days into the program.


Sample meal plan: Breakfast: English muffin, breakfast sausage, and black tea; Lunch: Beef caldereta and red mountain rice; Dinner: Arroz ala Cubana with organic brown rice; Snack: Dark chocolate cookie


Plan: Eat
Price: P1200/week + P20 delivery charge
Delivery hours: 4 to 9:30 am
Contact: +63(917)3055510



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A week's worth of carefully planned meals designed by a registered nutritionist-dietician who considers all factors when it comes to weight loss. For the folks at Plan: Eat, moderation and balance are key.


Sample meal plan: Breakfast: Pineapple and carrot muffins; Morning snack: Fruit; Lunch: Spaghetti with smoked tinapa and sundried tomato pesto; Evening snack: Siomai; Dinner: Filipino-style pork bbq with veggies, achara, and java rice


Healthy Foodie Manila
Price: P1850/week + P50-80/day delivery charge
Delivery hours: 5 to 9 pm
Contact: +63(2)3512110



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Healthy, nutrient-dense meals are a priority at Healthy Foodie Manila; the weight loss is just an added bonus. Choose between six different programs: calorie counted programs (from 1200 calories to 2000 calories), low carb high protein, vegetarian diet, pescetarian diet, Paleo diet, and customized diets.


Sample meal plan: For low carb high protein: Breakfast: Tuna egg muffin; Lunch: Braised balsamic chicken; Snack: Peanut bread pudding; Dinner: Maple-baked dory


Fitness Centers & Gyms to Check Out


Plana Forma
Where: Locations in the Fort BGC, Makati, and Quezon City



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Drawing inspiration from yoga, Pilates, dance, and Physique 57, Plana Forma tones and strengthens the abs, arms, and thighs to create a lean physique that's both strong and efficient. It'll work muscles you never even knew existed and, while it might be painful at first, the burn makes it worth it.


Flying Trapeze
Where: Bonifacio Global City



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For anyone who's ever wondered what it would be like to join the circus, now's your chance. Flying Trapeze is the first, and only, trapeze arts school in the country. It helps build core muscles and strengthens your arms in a challenging (and fun) setting.


Movement Dance Studio
Where: Salcedo Village, Makati City
Contact: (02) 788 6527



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If you're the type that hates gyms and treadmills, then try dancing away the pounds at Movement Dance Studio. They offer an extensive variety of dance classes including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, pole-dancing, Zumba, belly dance, and dance aero, for kids, teens, and adults.

Resolutions Solutions: Eco-Friendly Baby Products

If there’s one thing most moms can agree on, it’s that their kids deserve only the best. From the clothes on their babies’ backs to the food they eat, modern moms spare no expense and won’t cut corners when it comes to providing safe and sustainable products for their children. Thankfully, these days, eco-friendly products for kids aren’t hard to find.


Here are ten eco-friendly baby products fit for your little one(s):




1. Life Factory Silicone Teethers (in Yellow and Spring Green) - Php686

These multi-sensory, medical-grade silicone teethers are perfect for teething babies. They’re BPA-free and can be refrigerated to help soothe baby’s sore teeth and gums. In addition to helping your baby find relief, these teethers are also designed to help her develop oral motor skills, too.


2. Spinkie Bib Robot Factory - P475


Make meal time extra special with these super-cute bibs from Spinkie. These locally made bibs are parent-developed and tested for babies and toddlers, and adhere to the strictest international quality and safety standards.


3. Tiny Buds Rice Baby Powder - P99

Keep baby fresh and dry with Tiny Buds’ Rice Baby Powder. It’s 100% talc-free and hypoallergenic, so you can be sure it won’t harm baby’s sensitive skin. Recent studies have shown that talcum powder can have harmful side effects on a person’s health, and may even increase the risk of ovarian cancer in women by 24 percent.


4. i Play Swimming Trunks (Blue Boat Parade) - P895


These swimming trunks are perfect for baby’s first beach trip. Free from PVC, BPA, formamides and other harmful substances, so you can be sure your baby’s protected from elements while in the water.


5. Nurtur Me Yum-a-Roo’s Bountiful Bites - P199

These bite-sized fruits and veggies come in a re-sealable pouch making it perfect for picnics, roadtrips, lunch boxes, and playgrounds. Each pack comes with 15 servings of organic, non-GMO fruits and vegetables, with no sugar, salt, or preservatives added.


6. MD Moms Soothing Bottom Relief for Diaper Rash - P748

Soothe your baby’s diaper rash with this balm that’s paraben-free, contains no pthalates, lanolin, or petroleum, so it won’t leave residue on cloth diapers. It contains Vitamin E and B5, shea butter, ginger root extract, and a natural antibacterial that protects your baby’s bottom from dirty diaper irritants.


7. Miyim Organic Plush Bunny Victoria - P1495


With the amount of time most children spend with their stuffed toys, parents need to be sure they’re made with non-toxic material. Miyim’s organic plush toys, like Victoria Bunny, are made with unprocessed, untreated, unbleached cotton and are naturally colored, ensuring playtime is safe from harmful toxins.


8. Wonderworld Peek-a-boo Puzzle - P298


Have fun with shapes and colors, with this peek-a-boo puzzle that’s made from rubber wood and uses non-toxic paints. It’s suitable for ages 3 and up and is perfect for getting your toddler familiar with different animals.


9. Baby Leaf One Sized Cloth Pocket Diaper - P395


These ultra-convenient and easy-to-use cloth diapers are made of 100% microfiber terry towel making them breathable and comfortable for your baby. Protective and waterproof, Baby Leaf cloth diapers come in a variety of fun colors and patterns.


10. 3 Sprouts Monkey Hooded Towel - P1560

Make bath time fun for your little one with 3 Sprouts’ 100% cotton knit and terry cloth hooded towels. Choose from six different animal-themed designs that will surely make bath time extra special.




Having A Second Baby



There is really no ideal spacing between babies.   I felt my second baby arrived too soon.  Yes, it was a surprise and I was not ready for it. While I was pregnant with Baby Number 2, Lauren was only nine months old and dependent on breastfeeding. Despite the surprise, my second child is a blessing to us and I would not have it any other way. Twenty nine years have passed, now with an empty nest and I can see the pros and cons of spacing my children close together.



1. Being a more confident mother, I felt I knew all there was to breastfeeding, handling illness, and changing diapers.  The learning curve was not that huge anymore. My second baby was a much calmer baby and slept easily so that added to the blessing of a second child.


2. A surprising benefit is money since I was able to save on purchase of clothes, toys, and other baby stuff. Of course, I made sure my second child had fresh new items but it sure seemed she had a lot more than the first child.


3. Being close in age, the two siblings entertained each other well and learned the concept of sharing books and toys. My second child also learned just by imitating her eldest sibling / my first child.




1.  Experts say a mother's body needs to recover from the stress of giving birth . Nutrients need to be replaced and it takes months to replenish them. I was relatively young at 29 years old and my body coped well with the added stress of a second baby just a few months after giving birth.   Limited research “suggests waiting at least 18 to 24 months but less than five years after a live birth before attempting your next pregnancy.”


2.  I had to give up my career because I had to take care of two young toddlers. Sure I had househelp, but with a sickly eldest girl, my schedule was stretched to the limit. Though this meant the end of my career and being just a plain old Mrs. Dado, it was all worth it. My children have flown the coop and I discovered a new career as a blogger and a features editor of an online news site.


3. I was just enjoying the milestones of my eldest girl like her first step and her first sentences that I sometimes failed to note down the milestones of the second in her baby book. My time was spent taking care for both of them 24/7.  Though exhausting, I found support from a “yaya” and a househelp who took turns at night as I took this opportunity to rest.



Understanding the risks and benefits of spacing children too close together or too far apart is an individual choice based on your current financial condition, age and desired family size.  Having three children eventually gave us the perfect balanced life as a family.