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Healthy habits for a (less) stressful holiday season

In Uncategorized on December 6, 2013 at 1:50 am

In a blink of an eye, we find ourselves approaching what is possibly the most anticipated (and dreaded) month of the entire year. “Winter is coming” may have served as an appropriate reminder of the chaos that would ensue on Game of Thrones, while back here in the non-fiction world, the same amount of shivers may be elicited when the words “Christmas is coming” are uttered. So how to keep the stress to a manageable level, before, during and even after the holidaze? Getting into a routine of healthy body, mind and spirit habits, which can carry you past the resolution-energized start of 2014. Here are a few tips to live by:

Drink your vitamins

Pill popping may not be your thing, and if you’re rushing from here to there, you may find yourself forgetting to take your supplements with a meal. So take out the proverbial middleman by getting your daily dose of antioxidants in a potent potion made out of fresh vegetables and fruits. You can even choose to supplement one, two or all three of your meals and go on a full-on juice detox just to give your digestive system a rest. The benefits of a juice cleanse are not only a cleaner overall system and a sharper mind, but also a lot more energy. Juju Cleanse has great-tasting juices that can ease you into it (Level 1) or take you all the way with their mostly green Level 3 concoctions. Their website Jujucleanse.com is also highly informative, which may tempt you into doing a full-day or even five-day juice detox. Should you decide to go liquid before the onslaught of parties and party food, make sure you take time to ease yourself into it and out of it. Want a taste before you commit? You can pop by their restaurant Juju Eats in Makati (www.Jujueats.com) where you can grab a juice drink and combine it with a freshly made salad or wrap and take them with you. You can also call 0917-5763012 for more information.

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Eat lighter or Eat for a cause

Since we are on the subject of nourishment, if liquefying your life may be too extreme (or seemingly impossible for you) as Christmas draws near, then you may want to look at supplementing your meals with vegan food. In other words, fare that is animal-product free. Edgy Veggy (www.edgyveggy.ph) has a full menu that can be delivered to your doorstep, or you can grab a bite at their commissary in Pasig. Their newest offering, vegan longganiza (P180) is made with mushrooms, non-GMO tofu and spices, plus every order of this particular meal gives 10-percent of its proceeds to the I Can Serve Foundation. None of their dishes are made with preservatives or animal fat and they serve generous proportions so even the hefty eater can feel satisfied without feeling the usual heaviness and sluggishness associated with eating commercially produced fast food. Meals that contain fewer preservatives and fewer chemicals also lessen the risk of adrenal fatigue syndrome, which is both an energy and mood killer. Spread the joy of the season by starting from the inside with healthier food choices when possible. For more information or to order, call 0917-8474831.

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Free your mind

A monkey mind is what a majority of us possess. This means simply that we process what seems like 10,000 thoughts in a day. The total is actually much higher than that: it has been documented that we have about 60,000 thoughts a day! Imagine the stress you carry cerebrally daily; no wonder the term “brain fog” has become more the norm, and it’s hitting us at any age, when it used to be reserved for those who were well into their 60s. So how to free yourself from a mind that can’t seem to shut up? Meditation and breathing exercises are the tools to find your center and be the master of your mind, rather than be the slave to it. The Third Eye Wellness Center (http://thirdeyeonline.com/) located in Bonifacio Global City is a new all-in-one wellness center that offers therapeutic practices that are beneficial for one’s outer and inner being. Its Transcend Spa offers massages, facials and care for your nails,  a vegetarian café (Chakra Café) where you can order light fare as well as freshly made smoothies and energy healing modalities such as Theta DNA Healing, Access Bars, Crystal Layout, Tarot Card Readings, Past Life Regression and the like. The energy healing modalities allow one to clear or remove limiting beliefs or blocks that may have been taken on from childhood. If you’re feeling like it’s you against the world, then check out what’s happening in your internal world first. You can also call 808-2984 or 0917-6362800 for more information.

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FREE Energy Healing Talks Oct 11 6-8pm-SoulSpa

In Uncategorized on October 10, 2012 at 2:49 am

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to make a quick announcement here for an event I’m collaborating on in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Together with Ministry of Mushrooms, Co.Lab and I Can Serve Foundation, my company, Soul Spa Philippines will be hosting a series of FREE talks on energy healing. Energy healing comprises of several modalities that are already practiced in western healing facilities including hospitals as well as integrative wellness centers worldwide. Modalities include: Meditation, Reiki, Access BARS, Theta DNA and Inner Dance among others. Please see the full schedule tomorrow and I would like to request you reserve a slot by calling or e-mailing co.lab directly (the venue) as there are limited seats.

Please check out this new sanctuary for the soul 🙂

For the schedule and contact details of the event for Mushrooms go Pink:

Check out the month’s events in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Mushrooms Go Pink!

Food, fun and fabulous finds at EarthDance Manila 2012

In Living a Life Off-Center on September 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

I love new discoveries and this rather sunny Sunday conspired with me to try something new. EarthDance Manila has been an ongoing event for several years and normally held in Quezon City. Today though, September 23, you can find it open til midnight right in the heart of Fort Bonifacio, Taguig. I was told that this “small” event started out with only fifteen participants and now the community has truly grown into a much awaited event with thousands of attendees and close to a 100 vendors and workshop-givers.

EarthDance Manila’s centerpiece art installation of a Mandala.

Getting there in time for a late breakfast I treated myself to agedashi tofu with oyster mushroom sauce from Ministry of Mushrooms’s booth and a cold drink of fresh, organic dalandan juice from Holy Carabao.

Human(e) Nature is what we need to support nowadays.

Sweet-ly tempting farmfresh products from Holy Carabao

Holy Carabao had one of the more wholistic booths, selling drinks, cooking ingredients, accessories and beauty products. I regretted not having brought more cash to this event! I even sampled their stil-hot-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies made out of coconut nectar and whined when they said they weren’t for sale (only the coco nectar was).

From foodie to beauty junkie…

Aside from foodie finds, I reconnected with some old friends who had set up their own handcrafted natural soap business called Lotus Blooms.

Ground lavender, olive oil, sea kelp, and other natural goodies inside every bar of Lotus Bloom soaps.

Each soap was beautifully presented in a little box and named after a mythical Goddess. Plus, it had a positive affirmation placed on every label which I thought was a very clever touch.

Handcrafted “Soul- soaps” that are gentle enough for the body and your face.

I walked away with a Vanilla and Orange blend and vowed to get the newest creation made from French Lavender. Reasonably priced at Php 150 each, they would make great giveaways for Christmas or even pasalubongs. If you’ve got a beauty counter brimming with soaps then a massage balm might be a good addition to your wellness arsenal. They’re small enough to keep in your purse or have in your office desk when you need a pick me up or a cooling calm down.

Balm-y love in the palm of your hand.

By the time I had done my shopping rounds it was time to eat again. The workshops were about to start (it’s a whole day of meditation, yoga, talks, and other activities) so I had to decide what lunch would be. There were of course healthy snacks made out of either fruit or vegetable:

Savory malunggay chips in different flavors.

Fruit-y chip chakras.

Having snacking options was great but I really wanted a full meal so I had a bit of a carb fix at Edgy Veggy. At least their rice is organic and their tofu is GMO-free.

There was also hearty Japanese rice from Edgy Veggy

Tofu teriyaki mushrooms to top off your rice from Edgy Veggy

The vegetarian bibimbap of Edgy Veggy sold out by lunchtime so while they were re-stocking (and I’m always ordering their Japanese Teriyaki Tofu Steak) I went with their Moroccan Chickpea Soup with pita. Solidly flavor-ful-I wish it had been served with more bread though.

Glorious chickpeas for lunch!

Heading out, I made a mental note of some souvenirs I’d like to come back for. (EarthDance Manila 2012 will keep its doors open until midnight today). I’m hoping they will still be around when I come back after my Sunday errands.

There were pouches and bags made out of everyday packaging (recycled of course) that I’m sure would be a conversation piece-both a bad one and a good one.

Pitaka  passport holders and pouches made out of all kinds of re-purposed materials.

More Pitaka products on display

and, only because the vendor was nowhere to be found as I was window-less shopping, a Pinoy-pride T-shirt. Hopefully the style and size I want is still there tonight.

Say it on a t-shirt and wear it well.

On a final note, let’s all start the week ahead remembering that we need to separate, segregate and recreate. That goes for every aspect of your life though, and not just your trash 😉 Discuss.

What is your next step?

EarthDance Manila 2012 is open to the public (Php 200 entrance fee for adults, kids get in for free) until 12 midnight of Sept 23, 2012. Check their Facebook page for the schedule of their activities, many of which are family friendly! https://www.facebook.com/events/412019685501776/

Re-visiting Vegetarianism: A dishy tale of nutritious noshing

In Living a Life Off-Center on January 28, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I am a true omnivore. I like almost any dish you can lay out in front of me. It’s rare that I shy away from any kind of food, be it exotic or normal. I love vegetables, fresh fruits and I also love steaks, pork and chicken adobo, all kinds of sushi and even cheetos. I am grateful for all the food I have consumed and will consume for the rest of my life. Now, after this glutton-like confession why oh why, would I even think of re-visting Vegetarianism, and why re-visit? Especially after starting my blog with that omnivore line.

Health reasons. People around me, those only slightly older, and scarily enough younger and even much younger are dropping like flies. When I was growing up, heart attacks were “reserved” for people in their 60’s-80’s (my grandfather died at 92 from his first heart attack) and now they’re hitting my peers in their 30’s. Lifestyle diseases are the new norm, scarily enough, and I attribute this to food intake that is loaded with meats (poultry included) that have been injected within an inch of their lives with growth hormones and other toxic substances. I also re-took Part 1 of The Art of Living (AOL) course where my teacher, (a graduate of Agriculture and Farming) explained that she saw exactly how much “enhancement” went into the our local game. What took 60 days for a chicken to grow to slaughter size was reduced to 30. You can only imagine what chemical cocktail came in that supermarket-bought winged creature.

One of the commitments during the three day AOL course was to go vegetarian. To you other Pinoys out there that doesn’t mean you can eat seafood 😉 . We all agreed (although some grumbled) to go through the next 72 hours turning our noses up at our usual Filipino meat-laden feasts.

Potstickers bursting with green goodness from Corner Tree Cafe

The first day was relatively easy for me, as I munched on a lot of fresh fruit that day to cleanse my system. If I got really hungry I grabbed some raw almonds and enjoyed their crunchy texture and sweet taste. That day also brought me back to a distant memory of when I was in Highschool and I actually decided to become a vegetarian for a year. Don’t ask me how that happened, even I can’t remember what took over me that day I turned my back on all the foods I usually ate.

Kofta "meat" balls with tomato sauce over organic brown rice at Corner Tree Cafe

I honestly don’t know how I lasted that long during those days, especially since veggy options were relegated to monggo (mung beans) and some pretty nasty tasting vegetables. Going to a restaurant and asking for something vegetarian meant “chicken or fish”.  As that was over 20 years ago you’d think that perception has changed, sadly in Manila,(and worse in most of our provinces) you will still come across the same misinterpretation; although now they think it’s “I can eat fish”. After about 12 mos. of struggling with unimaginatively cooked greens or having to sorrowfully pick the veggies out from a meaty dish drowned in sauce, I caved. How it happened is actually funny (in my opinion) but I’d rather not share that here right now.

Spinach Spanakopita to snack on

This tale of greener eating doesn’t end unhappily since in the last five years  more restaurants and even food delivery services have sprouted in the Metro that offer real vegetarian fare. Corner Tree Cafe, Edgy Veggy, Wabi-Sabi, EchoMarket to name a few, and even the menu options in establishments have expanded. Of course many Vietnamese, Japanese and Indian Restaurants have always had veggy choices on offer but they’re not for everyone’s tastes.

Cheese please in Paneer Makanwalla

The second day of vegetarian living found me and my friends at Corner Tree Cafe were we were heartily surprised with a scrumptious lunch of teriyaki tofu steak, kofta in tomato sauce over rice, tofu burgers and sinigang na miso. I thought wistfully to myself, wow, if this restaurant had been around when I was in HS my cook could have gotten a bit more inspired as I would have taken her home some of the dishes to try!

Tofu rice: A new kind of comfort food for the carb-loving from Edgy Veggy

On the third and final day of our AOL course, we were all asked to bring something vegetarian to share for our lunch. The smell alone of the food as it was being brought in was excruciating, so fragrant and yet not overwhelming. By the time we finished our last meditation  I was the first one (as usual) at the buffet table. Among all the dishes I thoroughly enjoyed the tofu rice care of Edgy Veggy-I am a rice queen for sure, oh and a pasta princess and bread baroness-yes carbs are my best friend. I also had salad, paneer, spring rolls and enjoyed all the different flavors erupting in my mouth. The rest of the day I felt satisfied and full and my body had a lot of energy.

Spicy eggplant salad with shallots from Azuthai

Dinner that night found me with some other foodie friends at Azuthai on Pasay Road. Being respectful of my plated preferences they compassionately ordered dishes that I could eat. The tastiest among them was the eggplant salad. I swear, it was so good, I thought it actually had fried pork in it! The proprietor of Azuthai just laughed when I said this and said that absolutely no meat went into its making. Delicious!

I am realistic and know that I will probably fall of the vegetarian wagon one of these days.  Although I have been practicing Meatless Mondays for almost a year, the call of the steak will eventually make me answer it. No matter, vegetarianism will always welcome me back as a beloved prodigal omnivore daughter again and again, and again. 😀

A New (body) Year with the Thrive Program

In Philippine Star Column on January 6, 2012 at 3:18 am

Polly wanna cracker? Flaxseed crackers for easy snacking

Over the holiday crush, my family and I were entertaining friends visiting from overseas and as the conversation moved to the phenomenon that is social networking, a cousin commented, “It’s only Pinoys who post pics of what they eat.” It was an innocent remark but highly observant. Even I am guilty of posting all the delicious dishes I have had the pleasure of consuming, I do it so often that I’ve already dedicated two albums just for my food posts. Scanning through my own pics and other amateur food bloggers I realized, wow, we do love to eat, but food posts featuring healthy meals were rare to non-existent. Suffice to say, after all the feasting my body needed a break, as it takes way more effort for it to digest heavy meats, refined carbohydrates and sugars. I looked to Edgy Veggy for a respite from all this “bad” eating. Owner Denise Celdran told me she was starting a new lifestyle program called “Thrive,” inspired by the book by vegan triathlete Brendan Brazier.

Where's the beef? Tasty, vegan burgers

The program, which Celdran described as “rehab for the body,” consisted of loading up on foods that are rich in nutrients and could help in the prevention of high-blood, high cholesterol, diabetes and even cancer — all lifestyle-related diseases that stem from stress and the consumption of nutritionally “empty” food. Smooth operator: a smoothie rich with antioxidants The program is not necessarily meant for weight loss but that could definitely happen in the long-term as it aids in removing cravings and addictions to sweets, refined foods and junk foods. “I really recommend that people be on this program for a minimum of five days, usually with a pre-detox, detox and post-detox. After 15 days there should be a noticeable change in their cravings,” explains Celdran. The pre-detox is five days of smoothies and salads eaten before their regular meals and in lieu of sweets and junk food. This is meant to crowd out their usual diet with healthier alternatives.They are also encouraged to exchange white rice, sugar, bread, etc., with whole wheat or whole food counterparts. The daily ration of smoothies, snacks and salads are delivered every other day.

Bean me up Scotty: Pinto bean soup

The detox period is five days of mostly raw (60 percent) vegetables, with whole food snacks (flax crackers, granola bars, chocolates, etc.) plus a few cooked meals (stews and burgers). Then the last five days is like the pre-detox where they still take the smoothie, snacks and salad before their usual meal. If you stay true to the program the cravings for refined foods should be much less and there will be more willpower to stick to a mostly ‘‘live food‘’ eating regimen. I wasn’t sure if I could take on 15 days of this, so I went for the bare minimum of five days in the hopes that I could shed a little weight or at least bring down some of the bloating I had acquired from too many days of deep fried foods and booze. First of all the flax seed crackers that were sent with every meal were amazing, they really helped with my “snack attacks” since they came in a variety of flavors: sweet, salty and spicy. I’ve eaten Edgy Veggy prepared vegetarian meals before and loved the taste of the ulam type meals. I felt full even with just half a serving.

Smooth(ie)operator:Superfoods smoothie for anti-aging benefits

The key to the entire program is the Superfoods Smoothie which earns its name from being made up of 12 super foods that help suppress the appetite, increase energy and are made up of many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory components. I was told it was inflammation that causes aging and most diseases. I am definitely a meat lover, and as the five days passed I came to the happy realization that I didn’t miss it at all. For those not familiar with Edgy Veggy, it is completely vegan with most of its ingredients grown organically in Celdran’s farm in Batangas. Celdran feels so strongly for the program that she insists on a personalized customer relationship so she can see to it that their cravings and addictions to food that do not do a body good are addressed.

Each day I observed my body, I wasn’t hungry and I was definitely full of energy, waking up early and working out with increased stamina and strength. It was amazing how light I felt so quickly. I didn’t lose weight at the end of that short program but considering I was eating three full meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) two snacks and a smoothie, that was a welcome outcome. Had this been a “normal” foodie week for me there would be dramatic weight gain for sure. Even without the weight loss my body was obviously digesting food better as my bloating had gone down considerably, not just in my midriff area but also in my arms. It could have just been my imagination but I felt leaner after a workout and since Thrive was the only thing I was doing differently that week I attributed it to my dietary switch. It looks like doing the 15-day full program is now in my near future. What better way to recalibrate inside and out for 2012?

* * * The Thrive Program costs P10,000 for the full 15-day program. P1,000/day for four days or more or P1,100 for three days or call 0917-8202081 or email deniseceldran@yahoo.com for information.

Edgy Veggy’s Menu

In Living a Life Off-Center on May 13, 2011 at 1:50 pm

For all of you who wanted Edgy Veggy’s online menu and were asking how to order, they’ve just updated their website:

Edgy Veggy Online Menu

Menu

TOFU DISHES : serves 2

Japanese Tofu Steak – 2 large miso-marinated, pan-seared tofu pieces with nori seaweed in-between and topped with tofu crumble, sesame seeds and peanuts. Served with miso teriyaki sauce. Php 230

Italian Tofu Steak – 2 large marinated and pan-seared tofu pieces with a generous filling of olives and sun-dried tomatoes. Topped with pesto tofu crumble and served with a vegan marinara sauce. Php 230

Garden Tofu Burgers (5 pieces) – Faux burgers made with crushed tofu, chopped carrots, green beans, mushrooms, shredded potato, oatmeal and whole black beans.  Php 230

Vegan Lasagna Primavera – fresh pan roast vegetables layered with nutritional yeast infused tofu cream, tofu crumble and marinara sauce. Topped with crunchy panko breadcrumbs laced with Herbs de Provence. Php 230

BEAN DISHES : serves 2

Falafel (10 pieces) – Middle eastern bean patty heavily flavored with fresh cilantro, ginger and cumin. Served with vegan soy cilantro sauce. Php 230

Red Bean Chili – Stewed with crushed tomato, herbs, chili and served with tofu bits on the side. Php 230

Fauxbada – Thick and tasty Asturian beans simmered with generous chunks of mushroom and carrots. Php 230

SALADS : single serve

Whole wheat (Bulgur) salad – High fiber cracked whole wheat with chopped parsely and basil pesto. Served with tomato, capers and a Dijon mustard salsa. Php 150

Bhel Puri – Our take on a West Indian favorite. Chopped potatoes, onions, tomatoes, cucumber and assorted herbs generously topped with crunchy puffed rice and Sev (Spicy Indian nuts and crackers). Served with tomato, cilantro and calamansi vinaigrette. Php 150

Soba Salad – Healthy buckwheat noodles with chopped lettuce, carrots and cucumber sprinkled with sesame seeds. Served with a sesame, honey and soy dressing. Php 150

FILIPINO and ASIAN COMFORT FOOD: single serve

Munggo y Gata con Malunggay – Creamy and comforting mung beans cooked in cocounut milk topped with malunggay. Served with crisp tofu cubes. Php 150

Bulgur Arroz Caldo – Healthy whole wheat soup cooked in atsuete, ginger  and garlic stock and topped with caramelized onions, chives, tofu chicharon, shiitakemushrooms. Served with a side of chili oil. Php 150

Vegan Pinakbet with Gata  – Ampalaya,  eggplant, squash, okra, and long bean stewed in its own juices and topped with coconut milk and vegan bagoong. Served with crisp tofu cubes on the side. Php 150

Vegan Kare Kare – Banana heart, long bean, native bokchoi and eggplant slowly simmered in a home ground peanut sauce. Served with vegan bagoong and crisp tofu cubes on the side. Php 150

RICE MEALS: single serve

Munggo y Gata con Malunggay – Creamy and comforting mung beans cooked in cocounut milk topped with malunggay. Served with crisp tofu cubes. Php 150

Tofu Steak Rice Meal – half a tofu steak (japanese or italian) with side salad and turmeric herbed rice. Php175

Filipino Rice meal – Choice of Kare-Kare, Pinakbet or Monggo y Gata, filipino salad and brown rice. Php 175

All-day breakfast – Pan-roasted gluten tocino or Vegan hotdog al Ajillo, fried brown rice, atsara and tofu scramble.       Php 175

Tofu Bistek Filipino – Marinated tofu cooked bistek-style with lots of caramelized onions. Served with Flipino salad and brown rice. Php 175

PURE VEGETABLE TONICS

Our tonics are fermented PURE vegetable juice with no added water. This is living food that is full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals. ALL VEGETABLES ARE ORGANIC AND FERMENTED for 15 DAYS IN ORGANIC MUSCOVADO. Fermentation increases the potency, effectivity and shelf-life of natural compounds and enzymes in the vegetables. Enzymes stay alive for up to 6 months in the Ref and 4 months out of the Ref.

3 C – CARROT, CUCUMBER and CELERY – Carrots are known to have anti-carcinogenic properties, are good for the eyes and increases immunity. Celery is high in vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and C and is a gentle natural diuretic and laxative. It is also anti-inflammatory, balances body pH and is good for the kidneys. Cucumber is high in potassium, contains erepsin (to digest protein), promotes the growth of hair, and is beneficial for rheumatic conditions (high uric acid). It is also a natural diuretic. 500 ml. bottle Php 350, 350 ml. bottle Php 250

OREGANO TONIC – Oregano contains thymol and carvacrol and is good for sinus and lung congestion (expectorating phlegm) and for respiratory ailments. It also has anti-bacterial properties and can strengthen the immune system. It also improves digestion and increases joint and muscle flexibility.  500 ml. bottle Php 350, 350 ml. bottle  Php 250

Edgy Veggy

In Philippine Star Column on May 13, 2011 at 1:24 am

Vegetarian delights delivered to your doorstep

Good-for-you-fare!

I’m an old-fashioned foodie. I like my meats, my desserts, my alcohol, my sidings, my degustacion and my weekend market indulgences. But I also believe in balance, and I have had my fair share of detoxing days, when I give my digestive system a much-needed rest from working so hard to break down what I’ve put into it. Once upon a time, for about a year, I was a pescatarian, although there were some days when I would even avoid seafood. Things were going well for about 365 days until the memory of a Quarter Pounder with cheese brought me down to my carnivore knees. Suffice to say, as much as I’d like to be completely and utterly disciplined with my diet, I have many, many moments of weakness. So I’ve decided to just stick to eating what I want when I want but with awareness, and as much as possible, choose a healthier but still tasty alternative.

Enter Edgy Veggy, a delivery service of vegetarian fare that promised to be delicious, low calorie and freshly made. Founder Denise Celdran recounts the day she was bringing about 20 kilos of tofu steaks to feed some local prisoners (during a yoga workshop) and was dismayed when the warden would not allow them to bring in the already cooked food. Not wanting to throw away all that food, she promptly texted and called every vegetarian friend she had, and within an hour, her food was sold out. Celdran then put up a booth in the Legazpi Market which lasted two and a half years. “I decided to leave the market and deliver to homes instead since it became apparent to me that more of my customers wanted regular access to healthy food and not having to wait a whole week to stock up,” she says.

Taking a look at her menu, I thought I might like to try a vegetarian-filled weekend (this after an Easter break spent wolfing down burgers and bacon during a trip abroad) so I asked her to send over her best-selling dishes. Saturday morning, I received two containers, one with “fauxbada” (their vegetarian take on the white bean and sausage-rich Spanish fabada asturiana) and a vegetarian kare-kare, plus two of her juice tonics which Celdran recommended I take one to two tablespoons of every morning. The first tonic, called 3C, was made out of carrots, celery and cucumbers — which, in a nutshell, was primarily for digestion, or to be more graphic, to help one’s toilet visits become more regular. The Edgy Veggy menu has a description of the other benefits of taking 3C: “Carrots are known to have anti-carcinogenic properties, are good for the eyes and increase immunity. Carrots are also high in vitamins A, C, beta-carotene, antioxidants and digestive enzymes. Celery is high in vitamin A, B1, B2, B6 and C with rich supplies of potassium, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, sodium and plenty of essential amino acids. It contains eight families of anti-cancer compounds. It is a gentle natural diuretic and laxative. It is also anti-inflammatory, balances the body pH and is good for the kidneys. Cucumber is high in potassium, contains erepsin (to digest protein), promotes the growth of hair, and is beneficial for rheumatic conditions (high uric acid). It is also a natural diuretic.”

For those who suffer from respiratory ailments, I would recommend the second tonic made out of oregano. Oregano has components that are good for sinus and lung congestion (it helps in removing phlegm) as well as anti-bacterial properties that may boost one’s immune system. If you work out regularly, it is also known to aid in increasing muscle and joint flexibility. Both tonics were pleasant tasting and I now have them both before sitting down for breakfast. I’m now on the waitlist to try Edgy Veggy’s concoction of taheebo which is targeted for detox and weight loss.

And what about the dishes? The fauxbada was, for me, the knockout champion. It was rich without being heavy, very tasty and filling and didn’t make me miss the meats that are normally included in the original dish. The kare-kare was also good, rich with greens and taste, but I was a fauxbada fan right off. Since each portion is good for two (and these portions are fairly generous), I did survive my weekend just having veggy fare and even shared some with my family who were pleasantly surprised by the deliciousness of each dish.

“Edgy Veggy was started because most vegetarians don’t get enough protein and eat too much sweets and carbs,” shares Celdran. “Our dishes provide quality vegetable protein sources from tofu, beans and nuts that can be eaten fresh or frozen for future consumption.” I thought this would be great to recommend to those who want a healthier/meat and dairy-free version of South Beach, or for my pregnant vegetarian or pescatarian friends who are advised by their doctors to add more protein to their diet. With Edgy Veggy delivery, you now have a way healthier and less fattening but delicious alternative to fast-cooked, high in fat and sodium, ready-to-eat meals in the metro.

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Delivery miminum is P500 for Makati Area and Ortigas Commercial Business District, Blue Ridge, Greenhills, Corinthian Gardens and White Plains area. For other areas within Metro Manila, add P100 delivery fee. Orders should be placed before 4 p.m. to allow for next day delivery. To place an order, make comments, suggestions or make dietary or special dish requests, text or e-mail 0918-9089958 or aslie@pldtdsl.net.

Reposted from SOUL TRAIN By Katrina A. Holigores (The Philippine Star) Updated May 13, 2011