• Taking care of yourself is the ‘weigh’ to go

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    CARLA BIANCA V. RAVANES

    CARLA BIANCA V. RAVANES

    MY day begin at 6 a.m. and often end at 7 p.m. Just like modern day Filipinos, my days are packed to the brim with no time to spare, making it difficult to prepare my meals in advance. For most of today’s yuppies, the struggle to choose between healthy meals and the convenience of eating out is very real.

    This is why a lot of us in the workforce is grateful for delivery food services readily available online. But with so many of them popping out, which is the best way to go?

    Fortunately, I learned about Weigh to Go through a friend, Rochelle.

    She gladly introduced me to her sister, the famous Chef Rosebud Benitez-Velasco who owns the business alongside Chef and nutritionist Aisel Pajuyo.

    Chef Rosebud is a familiar face due to her stint on TV on Quickfire, as well as other endorsements. Chef Rosebud, along with her partner, Chef Pajuyo graduated from the prestigious Center for Culinary Arts, Manila.

    When asked what inspired them to start Weigh to Go, Chef Rosebud replied, “The reason I came up with this business is because I’ve always struggled with my weight. My life is a constant battle with wanting to eat delicious food but not wanting to get fat as well. And when I gave birth last year, I got so big that I thought of what I can do about losing weight in a healthier, more sustainable way. And when I saw the market ready for this kind of business, I contacted my friend Chef Aisel and asked her if she’d want to be a part of it since she has a degree in Nutrition and I needed her expertise.”

    My hesitations about the new diet was quickly thrown out the window because of 1) the food was delicious and 2) the service from their rider Kuya Rodel, Ate Baby, and Chef Rosebud was impeccable. Getting in touch with the team was so easy it was a welcome addition and one less thing to worry about.

    Having tried fad diets previously, I would be the first one to say that Weigh to Go didn’t feel like a diet at all and there were no “hangry” (hungry and angry) moments at all because my day was packed with three meals with surprise snacks in between.

    When asked about the science behind the calorie counted meals, Chef Rosebud explained, “You get to eat just enough food to provide the energy needed for your day. It’s quite simple really, calories in versus calories out. The number of calories you eat has to be smaller than the number of calories you burn in order for you to lose weight.”

    So it’s basically enjoying delicious food without sacrificing your weight, while it may seem impossible, Chef Rosebud and Aisel work extra hard to provide meals that will satisfy their growing clientele. They said, “That’s where our creativity kicks in. Diet food doesn’t have to be boring, bland and tasteless. It’s just finding the right mix of ingredients that will go well together, and coming up with food that is exciting and delicious, food that won’t make our clients think they’re on a diet.”

    And while having healthy food delivered is a delight, there are still some who are on the fence about it due to costs. Debunking this notion, Chef Rosebud said, “With Weigh to Go Ph, you spend a bit more than your food budget at home, but it’s very convenient because for one, you wouldn’t have to worry about the menu or what you’ll prepare and eat for the week because we’re the ones who does the menu planning.

    “Second, we are the ones who’ll do the marketing and grocery for you, count the calories and make sure that the food is cooked deliciously.

    You get to enjoy gourmet quality food and it’s delivered at your doorstep. We make it very convenient for our clients. And I think people are now willing to spend a bit more for a healthier lifestyle,” she added.

    I actually used to be one of those people, but after having tried it for three weeks, I found myself with more savings because I no longer went out unnecessarily and found myself more energetic and alert. There’s really nothing like a good home cooked meal. I also realized that taking care of yourself should be a top priority because as long as you’re okay, everything else around will follow. The more you take care of yourself, the better you can take care of others.

    It was also nice getting to know someone as dedicated as Chef Rosebud, who aside from being an entrepreneur is also a mom and a wife. I couldn’t help but ask advice on how to be a superwoman.

    “You have to find your passion in life. It’s hard to wear so many hats, being a mom, a chef, a wife, an entrepreneur so you have to learn how to prioritize. Know what you have to focus on and do it! Have a plan, find the people who you can work with and just do what you love! And most importantly, offer everything that you need or want to do to God, He’ll help you accomplish things beyond your wildest imagination!,” Chef Rosebud ended.

    Visit Weigh to GoPH on Facebook.

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    As a side note, Happy Happy Father’s Day to my life’s real MVP, my dad!

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