Sunday, May 17, 2020

My Mother's Day gift to myself: health and wellness

My biggest surprise this year—well, aside from the fact that the whole world stopped because of the novel coronavirus—is I finally started exercising and eating better. The pandemic had a huge hand in it, of course. After decades of health and fitness resolutions that I never get to keep, there's nothing like the very real threat of death that finally pushed me to sweat it out.

It was also easier for me to find time to exercise because we're all stuck at home with nowhere to go to. That's like 4 hours of my life usually spent on the road in traffic now suddenly free! Well, I still have to use those same hours to run my household, care for the kiddos, and work, too. On one hand, it's been less stressful having nothing to worry about and rush to, but on the other hand, it's benn more anxiety-ridden as I try to be “everything” to everyone — cook, laundrywoman, cleaning lady, rule maker and enforcer, teacher, playmate, storyteller, disciplinarian. Everything!

So when Welch's sent me a box of their Sparkling Grape Juices to wish me a Happy Mother’s Day, I definitely opened up a bottle of bubbly and celebrated ME! As Taylor Swift sang, "I'm the only one of me. Baby, that's the fun of me!"

But to my babies, that's the trouble, too, if their one and only Mama isn't taking care of herself. So I started exercising—which was honestly such a torment! And I also began eating just a bit better. Well, I actually have always eaten healthily. The problem with me is I like to eat a lot so even though I exercise, parang walang effect sa taba ko haha. So I should probably eat half of what I'm used to. 

I also need to give up soda. I actually already have cut down on soda especially when I discovered Welch's Sparkling Juices a couple of years ago. They're light and bubbly. So fun but because they're alcohol-free and not sinfully sugary like soda drinks, my whole family can have a glass of either Red or White Grape flavors. They're pressed from the freshest Concord and Niagara grapes across America by farmer-families. Real grape juice means they're full of polyphenols – natural plant nutrients that play a key role in supporting a healthy heart. Just what a Mama needs her kids to have!

Happy Mother's Day, mamas! 

Bring home Welch’s juices or have it delivered to your doorstep by visiting or place your order in the following online groceries:, Lazmart, and Welch's is also available in all leading supermarkets, drugstores, and convenience stores.

*This post is brought to you by Welch’s 100% Grape Juice

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