Lacto-ovo Vegetarian Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan

Eat. Enjoy. Repeat!

It was great to know the story of fellow vegetarian Maricel Laxa-Pangilinan at the launch of Metamucil, she is the Brand Ambassador of the product - held in Mercato Central, BGC Taguig.

Metamucil is a fiber powder drink
Maricel is a lacto-ovo-vegetarian for 16 years, has been joining triathlon with her family for 9 years and survived her suffering from gallstones.

Turning into vegetarian is a decision she has to make because she was diagnosed that she developed gallstones from eating too much meat.

For women, the risk of forming gallstones increases during pregnancy.

She has to give it up because the day before her surgery they found out that she was pregnant and the only solution is to take a lot of medication if the pain occurs or to completely change her diet.

She decides to completely change to a plant based diet. Here's my short Q & A with Mommy Maricel:

What happened to your gallstone after you went vegetarian?

I couldn't have surgery and I  was able to delay it for four years and because of the vegetarian diet I did not have pains...I did not have medications. I delayed it but eventually I had to take out(surgically)  kasi masyado na maraming stones.
The two children (4th-5th) that I carried while vegetarian has no allergies at all.

Where do you get your food?

We grow our own veggies at home, it's organic and then we cook it. You can check it at my blog
#MyManangRocks were we put all the food that we harvest and cook.

Can you describe where you plant your food?
It's a far place in Laguna. Sariwa ang hangin. Malamig, ang importante - No pollution.

When her gallstones was completely removed via surgery, she experienced no more problem at all and that is why she wants to help her kidney and liver by being vegetarian.

Her being vegetarian does not impose to her family to become vegetarian specially the kids. For her it's still their choice.

"I don't look down people who eat meat but I do have a special sensitivity towards the animals (chickens, cattle) parang meron akong connection with them" she adds.

Know more about the inspiring story of Mommy Maricel, she blogs at

Experts: Daily food intake may pose serious oral health problems

You heard how your daily food intake may affect your health. From obesity to various chronic diseases, your diet may take a toll at your overall wellness—and also your oral health.

Maintaining a balanced diet is essential to healthy living, but indulging in foods rich in sugar will make you a candidate for tooth decay and gum disease.

According to Carmie de Leon, vice president for sales and marketing of Healthway Medical, sweet-toothed Filipinos should be aware that they not only increase their chances of acquiring type 1 or type 2 diabetes whenever they reach for a rich, chocolatey dessert or carbonated drinks.

“What they don’t realize is that, when they expose their teeth to too much sugary foods from sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks, or high-in-sugar desserts, they are giving permission to cavities to attack their teeth,” de Leon said.

She added, “By eating foods rich in sugar content, they tend to invite more cavities, which cause the formation of plaque and eventually, tooth decay. But sugary foods are not the only culprit for teeth erosion. Even those rich in starchmay contribute to tooth decay. In some instances, it may also cause periodontitis.”

Periodontitis, a severe gum disease, destroys the soft tissue and bone that serves as the backbone of your teeth. When left untreated, this serious infection could cause the gums to loosen the hold of the teeth, causing them to fall out.

“People who are most prone to periodontitis are those who have been diagnosed with diabetes since diabetes decreases the ability to resist infection and slows the healing process,” de Leon said. “If a person has this serious oral health condition, their blood sugar levels tend to rise, making diabetes more difficult to manage.”

Since food that contain sugars of any kind affects not only the oral health but the overall wellness of a person, Healthway Medical—the most trusted and preferred mall-based clinic in the Philippines—highlights the importance of proper nutrition to ensure that physical and emotional health are always in its best condition.

“You may be able to prevent two of the most common oral health conditions (tooth decay and periodontal disease) simply by improving your diet,” de Leon said. “But the challenging part comes in the choosing process, the moment when you’re locked up choosing which food groups are best for you,” de Leon said.

The Nutrition month comes with a full plate of health and wellness recommendations, but de Leon said that the first big step will start from the kitchen. “If you want to achieve optimum wellness from head to toe, you’ll need to check your fridge and swap your junk with foods that are actually good for you.”

De Leon said, “As for your oral health, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene every day.”

Brushing alone won’t keep bacteria at bay. To give your mouth the holistic dental care, you need to floss daily, maintain a balanced diet, replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are already frayed, and consult your dentist regularly.

To help you address your dental health concerns, Healthway Medical ensures that every Filipino has control over his or her dental health by offering a wide-array of dental services.

“To win a confident smile, you’ll need to give regular attention to your mouth,” de Leon said. “It’s easy to smile painlessly throughout the day if you have the right attitude towards improving your overall wellness. For an optimum health security, you need to make sleeping, eating right, exercising, and de-stressing (S.E.E.D.) as part of your daily routine.”

De Leon concluded, “Every person needs a confidence-boosting teeth. In order to achieve this, you’ll need to give your teeth the right care it needs through good nutrition and unparalleled quality dental service.”

If you want to achieve a great-looking set of teeth, visit any Healthway Medical clinics at the Alabang Town Center, EdsaShangri-la, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Healthway Manila, SM The Block and Greenbelt 5.

For more details, please contact (02) 751-4929 or visit

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Anytime Fitness

Anytime Fitness Looks to Expand through Philippine Franchise Expo

Anytime Fitness, the fastest growing health club franchise in the world, took part in this year’s Philippine Franchise Exhibition at the SMX Mall of Asia, looking to find strategic franchisee partners to take part in its exciting expansion in the Philippines and Pan-Asia.

Since its founding in Minnesota in 2002, Anytime Fitness has been the world’s largest, and fastest growing 24 hour, co-ed fitness club franchise with over 3000 gyms in 23 countries around the world. Since opening its first branch in Pioneer Center, Mandaluyong last September, Anytime has opened two more gyms in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig and New Manila, Quezon City. Within the next 12 months, Anytime Fitness plans to open 12 more gyms around Metro Manila. Ranked the world’s #1 franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine for 2014, Anytime Fitness has knocked franchise icons such as Subway, McDonalds, and Pizza Hut off the top spot with its proposition of 24-hour community based gym facilities.

Anytime Fitness joined the Philippine Franchise Expo to encourage potential investors to franchise the brand,” said Johannes Raadsma, director of Anytime Fitness Philippines. “We joined the Philippine Franchise Expo because we wanted to educate the franchising community about our unique business model and to spread health and wellness awareness in the Philippines.”

(from left to right) Johannes Raadsma, director, Anytime Fitness Philippines and Luke Guanlao, director - Cebu/Davao/Baguio, at the Anytime FitnessBooth in SMX Center during the Philippine Franchise Expo.

Anytime Fitness aims to promote a healthy lifestyle everyone can enjoy. Their concept focuses on being open 24-hours, giving members little excuse to miss a work out. Anytime Fitness gyms are strategically located within walking distance from most residential areas making it a perfect fit for consumers looking for a convenient, non-intimidating and value-oriented place to exercise.

Anytime Fitness is recognized as a top-ranked, low cost franchise across all industries. Franchising an Anytime Fitness gym makes one a partner and part of the Anytime Fitness community. The company supports each gym through marketing, pre-sales, training of employees and leasing spaces.

Anytime Fitness Running Man and Johannes Raadsma, director of Anytime Fitness Philippines with Anytime Fitness Employees at SMX Center during the Philippine Franchise Expo.

It also introduces franchisees to a wide network of people in the health and wellness industry. Franchising with Anytime Fitness is not only about building the brand. Its mission is to continue creating memorable membership experiences and live up to the vision of Anytime Fitness to improve the self-esteem of the world, one member at a time.

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