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Thursday, October 8, 2015

Healthy Kitchen with Ms.Lia Sevilla Bernardo at Mango Tree Restaurant

I decided to get healthy 15 years ago when I had a hard time climbing up stairs from my field of work, my knees always cracked up when I walk, and I always had difficulty of breathing during that time. I weighed 140lbs for my 5'2 frame during those years. Yes, I was overweight and my Ortho doctor told me to get a healthy lifestyle  and eat sensibly. I remember running every Sunday and enrolled myself to an aerobic class.

I changed my diet, from meat to no pork and added a lot of fruits in the morning and munched on almonds when I am hungry in between.  I cut on sodas and iced  teas, I always make it a point to drink up 8 glasses of water a day.  I lost 30 lbs in a span of 2 years, and maintain my weight at 115lbs. It wasnt easy at first but my health got better, my BP became stable and I learned to love the food that has been on the table for almost a decade. It takes a lot of discipline but it pays off until this time.

Anything that has concern healthy eating , juicing, green teas, herbs and fruits fascinate me to no end. I recently got an invite from the Mango Tree restaurant for a Healthy Kitchen talk about healthy mindful eating in cooperation with the expertise of personal growth and integrative health consultant, Ms. Lia Sevilla-Bernardo.

The insightful workshop, which was attended by media, digital influencers and food industry personalities, tackled how to incorporate local super foods into one’s diet so that eating healthy does not have to be challenging and expensive. It also covered the advantages of using certain vegetables, fruits and herbs for one’s healing and total wellness; how to shop for healthy food; and prepare body-loving dishes at home.

Ms. Bernardo likewise explained how unhealthy food currently makes up for 50-70% of the average person’s diet and that with proper discipline and intake, one would never have to go on fad diets trends again.

The event was supplemented with an explanation of the healing effects and medicinal benefits of select herbs and popular recipe ingredients, and a well thought of menu by Mango Tree. The said menu consisted of colorful and appetizing dishes such as Som Tum Thai, spicy fresh green papaya salad with cherry tomatoes, snake beans, peanuts and dried shrimps; the Yum Ma Khua Phao Song Goong, grilled eggplant salad with shrimp; Phad Pak Bung Fai Daeng or stir-fried morning glory with garlic, fresh chilies and oy bean sauce; and the Kai Jiew Hom or Thai omelette, among others.

 Phad Pak Bung Fai Daeng
 Kai Jiew Hom

Indeed, mindful and conscious eating instantly creates a happy, healthy, vibrant and thriving body and life in general, and this is all possible by proper food intake. Knowledge is the first step and Mango Tree’s workshop was a superb introduction to starting one’s healthy kitchen lifestyle!

Mango Tree is open from 11am to 3pm and 5:30 to 11:30pm daily. It is located at 7th Ave. Bonifacio High Street Central, Bonifacio Global City. For reservations, please contact 621.3233.

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