How to Live a Healthy Lifestyle in the City of Lechon

For most of my 20s, I never understood the big deal about getting older. Age, I often declared, was just a number–as I turned 25, 26, 27 and so on, I insisted that you were only ever as old as you wanted to feel.

Then, I hit 30 and getting older hit me like a ton of bricks. Binge drinking on a Friday night now required a whole weekend’s worth of recovery, I found myself wanting to go to bed by 10:00 PM, and a McDonalds cheeseburger for lunch now stays forever on my hips.

Now, the bad habits haunt me like a guilt-tripping poltergeist, and now as my birthday (and the rest of my 30s) reaches out for me with old lady hands, I once again make the resolve to eat and live healthier.

The Israeli salad with roasted sweet potato from the Nourish Cebu lunch delivery

Thankfully, it’s a lot easier to do in Cebu these days. I hope to follow in the lead of Chip Lopez–The Lazy Chef has been advocating plant-based eating in the city for years, and she’s been hosting cooking classes to create a lasting effect in the local lifestyle. And on days when I’m too lazy to cook for myself, I can always get a taste of her dishes via Nourish Cebu’s meal delivery service–the beetroot burger is definitely bomb.

Also taking after Chip’s amazingly holistic healthy lifestyle, a few hours clocked in at Zink Studio every week is something that I have decided to commit to (as opposed to my very casual relationship with spinning right now). Getting hyped up on the bike is really one of the most enjoyable workouts I’ve tried, and maybe I can do well to add some HIIT and dance classes to that repertoire.

A recent weekend in Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa helped reinforce this notion to integrate health and wellness into our every day life. Celebrating Global Wellness Day, we were treated to a delicious vegetarian dinner, where no one was asking when the pork was arriving, and a healthy breakfast that introduced us to some of the best muesli I’ve ever had. This was interspersed with activities that included an early morning tour of the resort, aqua aerobics and an all-organic beauty session with Racquel Choa of The Chocolate Chamber.

The group at the Global Wellness Day festivities in Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa

In the end, deciding to keep our lechon binges to special occasions might actually be easier to do than we think it is. So, as I venture into this new decade, I am hoping to bring with me a better resolve to be healthy–as long as I get to indulge in dishes like The Weekend’s Fat Bastard pork chops every once in a while. I may want to eat better, but I’m not crazy.

Shari Quimbo
Shari Quimbo

Shari Quimbo is the managing editor of Zee Lifestyle. In her spare time, she likes cooking for family and friends, and escaping to the beach on weekends. Follow Shari’s adventures on Instagram at @sharinuh.

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