Thursday, August 11, 2011

No easy way to lose weight

Last night, after the Ateneo art awards, I went on to a family dinner where I sat at a table with some of my cousins who I haven't seen in a very long time. The food was Italian because the family hosting it had just gone on a long trip to Italy, where they'd even taken cooking classes on how to make fresh pasta, and come back inspired.

Ironically, one of the topics at the dinner table was how to lose weight.

"It's not enough to diet anymore," said one of them. "You need to diet and exercise if you actually want to lose weight at this stage. Although when I was younger, I used to just go on a liquid diet for a weekend and the weight would fall off just like that."


We all nodded sympathetically, and me rather guiltily. I'd just had a long and happy lunch at the Benjarong restaurant of the Dusit Thani yesterday with three top creatives in Manila, and together we'd enjoyed really good Thai food and hatched up another half dozen or so interesting projects to undertake. As if I need any more projects in my life. But, yes, they're great ideas and I'll be writing more about at least two later on because I intend to go through with these two particular projects.

At Benjarong, I didn't even look at the menu. I have a standard set of dishes I always order and I rarely deviate: chicken and coconut soup, green curry, pad thai noodles, kangkong with pork, pork neck with a tamarind sauce, and Thai halo-halo to end.


Of course, aside from talking about new projects, we discussed food because one of the creatives is a very serious foodie. Apparently there's a great hole-in-the-wall near Metro Club in Makati run by a Chinese family that doesn't speak a word of English and gives the bill written on a scrap piece of paper after your meal. The piece de resistance here is the fish head.

So when I got to my Italian dinner last night, I was fairly full and very guilty when the talk turned to dieting and losing weight.


One of my cousins just came off a no-carbs diet and last night was the first time in a very long time that she'd actually eaten pasta. And she's planning to go on another diet that consists of eating only unprocessed foods. I think that starts from this weekend. "So today, I went to the mall and I ate every unhealthy junk food I could find," she said.

They'd also talked about something called a crosswinds session, which is a rigorous 30-minute workout that was reportedly designed intially for firemen. Short for people who hate gyms or don't have time, but apparently so exhausting that you'll just want to drop on your bed afterwards. "One of my friends did it and the first night she lay on bed so tired that she just cried herself to sleep," another cousin said. "And since then she's been doing it several times a week and sleeping much better as well."

Join our Italy events this September.

with Margarita Fores
and the Embassy of Italy & Bacchus Epicerie
September 8 at Whitespace

TRAVELIFE Gastronomic Tour of Italy
September 17-25

For reservations and information, please contact:
Bernice or Rachel at TRAVELIFE
813-8400/ 892-2620


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