Happy healthy resolutions

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CHIT JUAN

CHIT JUAN

My sister-in-law Charito and my brother Sonny have been going to the gym three times a week for a few years now. Every morning they drink Dr. Jimmy Galvez-Tan’s Turmeric and Pandan elixir, they eat KKMSS (kamote tops, kulitis or spinach, malunggay, sili and saluyot) salad and have stayed away from eating too much red meat. They look really good and feel good as well.

My niece had no voice two weeks ago and after much ginger tea and water, she noticed her skin became smoother and brighter. All she really needed was hydration. Water, water, water.

Many friends who are dealing with the Big C are still alive and kicking because of parallel treatments (natural and chemical), some of them also on purely natural supplements . . . whatever it is . . . it’s doing them good. Miggy Miguel, our organic farmer in Davao, is a living example of all-natural maintenance to fight cancer.

Jeannie, our ECHOstore partner, goes for Ayurvedic treatments on top of her daily vitamin supplements. It relieves her of her asthma symptoms and she feels really relaxed after each ayurvedic session. She , of course, does yoga and teaches it, too.


My good friend Boots Garcia and husband Sonny go to the gym everyday (even when we are travelling), avoid red meat, drink good wine and also go to church as part of their daily routine. They both look young and feel young.

So, what is this fountain of youth everyone is looking for? More than simply finding it, people seem to find their own formula for feeling good—whether it’s daily exercise, walking to church or the park, or simply eating well—and there is no better doctor than yourself. Choose your habit. Choose your food. Or choose your poison.

What I know is that these people exude a certain positive attitude and the good looks that come with it. Eating well surely helps. Taking vitamins (in whatever form) is good. Vitamins can be as simple and cheap as fresh coconut juice. Substitute it for your regular diet drink. And exercise—choose your routine: walking up the stairs, biking in place, elliptical, or simply walking to your car in the parking lot everyday.

Since 1995 I enrolled in a gym, which was such a treat for me. I loved watching the traffic go by while on the recumbent bicycle or elliptical machine. I set aside the budget for this treat annually and made it my Sunday habit. Yes I just went once or twice a week for 13 years! Then I thought it was wiser to have it at home so I could do it everyday. Friends said: “You won’t use it!” Well, true enough, after I bought myself two machines I first made the bike into a hanger for clothes, before I actually rode it. The elliptical looked like a modern masterpiece from China.

This year, I changed gears. I started using them for what their real purpose is. Why? I was inspired by my sister-in-law Charito who dropped her weight just by exercising one hour a day, three times a week. Everyone says she looks good and she went down two sizes or more already. “Three hours a week—I can do thirty minutes 6 days a week,” I thought to myself.

Here we are, one week ago I started the “once a day” habit at the same time as Misa de Gallo. Running eight days as of this writing, I am really doing well. No misses. So far, so good.

What will it take you to pick up a good habit? Find an inspiration. Then, go for it!

You don’t have to wait for New Year. Start now! The new year will find a new you. Listen to testimonials and whenever you see a friend who looks good, praise them and find out their secret. Then, as the advertising of a popular shoe says, “Just do it!”

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Chit Juan is the Founder and President of ECHOstore Sustainable Lifestyle located in Serendra, Podium, Centris, Davao City, Makati and Cebu .She is the President of Women’s Business Council of the Philippines and the Philippine Coffee Board Inc. She often speaks to corporates, academe and entrepreneurs about her advocacies: Social Enterprise, Women Empowerment and Coffee. You can reach her at puj@echostore.ph or find her on Twitter@Chitjuan, Instagram: CHITJUAN or Linked In: Pacita Juan.

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  1. Chit, I agree you have to find an inspiration to do it. My inspiration for running each day (whether day or night but I prefer nights because it is cold and hard to sweat but that is the challenge, how to sweat in a cold night) is that it makes me feel light and breezy and no matter what I eat, I am not afraid to get fat because I burn every calorie. I am slimming down too now.