Always busy? No time to prepare meals? Ever worried about your calorie intake? Unsure of how to get started on your fitness and wellness journey? With the fast-paced lifestyle in Cebu and all the trendy food spots popping up all over the city, it’s hard to keep a tight rein on a well-balanced diet. But that’s not a problem at all! Healthy and convenient options are always available for the hardworking Cebuano.
Imagine waking up to scrumptious banana chocolate pancakes for breakfast, having aromatic lemon pepper fish on a bed of brown rice for lunch, and indulging in the taste of exotic peri peri chicken skewers with a side of leafy greens for dinner…
…delivered straight to your doorstep!
Doesn’t the idea of eating delicious meals without sacrificing nutrition sound promising? Yes, indeed! Here are our top five picks for healthy meal delivery services in Cebu:
Diet in a Box
Diet in a Box is a purposeful small business that aims to inspire every single Cebuano to switch to a healthier way of eating. They “want to make a difference by helping people build a healthier diet plan and at the same time revolutionize the way we perceive healthy meals” thru their marginal-organic and calorie counted meals.
The brainchild of Chefs Bibo Moreno and Chime Osabel, Diet in a Box offers a variety of meal plans to choose from: Supreme Meals – or the full package of Breakfast, Lunch Dinner, plus two snacks, Combo A – which includes Breakfast and Lunch plus one snack, and Combo B – which has Lunch and Dinner, plus a snack. They also offer the Lean Machine Diet Meal Plan, which is suitable for those who require more protein content to help support their extreme daily activities. All of these meal plans are calorie-counted and tailored according to your body mass index (BMI), your daily activities and your food preferences. Their meal plans start from P1,350, depending on your ideal calorie intake.
Diet in a Box was awarded as the Best Wellness Food Delivery at Sunstar’s Best of Cebu 2016.
To get started on on your Diet in a Box meal plan, check out their website: www.dietinaboxinc.com. You may also contact them at 0922-478-1282 or follow them on Instagram: @dietinabox.
Fit Food Cebu
Fit Food Cebu is a regional branch of Fit Food Manila, a healthy meal plan delivery service in Metro Manila. Popular among Filipino celebrities, Fit Food is often the go-to meal plan delivery service for these hardworking celebs.
The company has two teams responsible for preparing your daily meals: the Culinary Group, which continually develops new delicious menus so you won’t feel like you’re on a diet; and the Nutrition Group, which calculates the amount of calories you get from the different food groups and ensures that your body gets the nourishment it needs to be in good health.
Meal plans begin from P1,850 for a 1,200-calorie diet. 1,500-calorie and 1,800-calorie meal plans are also available.
For more information, check out their Facebook page or their Instagram: @fitfoodcebu. You may also contact them at 0977-803-2111.
This business offers meals made using high quality produce that are packed with nutrients & importantly, lots of flavor. They create meals “to nourish and satisfy you”.
Wholefood Cebu boasts an array of organic and colourful food to further attract their customers to live a healthier life.
Contact them at 0915-929-6168. You may also visit their Facebook page for more information or follow their Instagram: @wholefoodcebu.
Nourish is a plant-based meal delivery service with a focus on clean and enjoyable eating, not dieting. The company emphasized that they don’t count calories. They believe that a person’s “relationship with food shouldn’t be dictated by quantity, but rather inspired by quality”.
Nourish was created by lifelong friends, Chip Lopez and Meyan Lim Young. Chip, also known as The Lazy Chef, is a plant-based, whole foods chef and fitness addict while Meyan is a social entrepreneur and a slow food advocate. Together, these two have come together in hopes of creating a positive change on our relationship with food.
Healthy, natural, and convenient, Nourish delivers goodness in a box at your doorstep. No carb-tracking, shopping, cooking, or dirty dishes!
They offer lunch-only meals beginning at P1,150 per week and lunch-and-dinner meals beginning at P2,275 per week.
You may check out their website: www.nourishcebu.com/ or follow them on Instagram: @nourishcebu.
Your Healthy Delivery
Your Healthy Delivery is a Health Food Cooking & Delivery service that caters to the Cebu City area. The YHD team creates and prepares fresh and delectable, calorie-counted Lunch & Dinner meals delivered right to your doorstep.
Daily Lunch & Dinner meals are for Php 267/day or Php 1,335 for Monday-Friday orders. They also offer the option to go Low Carb at Php 317/day or Php 1,585 for Monday-Friday orders.
For inquiries and orders, you may email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact them at 0998-791-0356. They are also on Instagram: @yourhealthydelivery.
What Makes Your Coffee Truly ‘Guilt-Free’? Let’s Delve Into the Details.
Coffee, for most people, is an essential drink to kickstart or fuel up their day. There are probably more coffee lovers around the world compared to those who can’t tolerate this popular beverage. According to webmd.com, coffee is a drink made from coffee beans, which are the roasted fruit of the Coffea Arabica bush. People most commonly drink coffee to relieve mental and physical fatigue and to increase mental alertness.
Although coffee has gotten some bad raps due to the side effects of its main active ingredient ‘caffeine’, which is a stimulant, it is believed the good side of it weighs more than the bad. Of course, everything boils down into not having too much of this beloved drink. ‘Drink moderately’, as the popular tagline goes.
According to Aaron Carroll, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine and health research blogger at The Incidental Economist, is taking a stand in a recent New York Times article: “It’s way past time that we stopped viewing coffee as something we all need to cut back on,” he writes. “It’s a completely reasonable addition to a healthy diet, with more potential benefits seen in research than almost any other beverage we’re consuming. It’s time we started treating it as such.”
Well, not all coffee are created equal. Some are carefully formulated so that you will be able to enjoy without the worry. So, what makes your coffee truly ‘guilt-free’? Aside from great taste, we are eyeing two important factors:
- It must be sugar-free. We’re all quite familiar on how too much sugar intake wreaks havoc not only to our inner health but also to our outside appearance. It can lead to some serious health problems like obesity and diabetes, not to mention how it destroys the natural collagen in our skin that is responsible in making us look young and wrinkle-free. Certain drinks opt for natural sweeteners like stevia, which is a healthier option.
- It must have benefits for both beauty and wellness. A lot of brands around the world has concocted unique formulations to amp up the benefits of coffee in terms of beauty and health. Natural and organic ingredients were used to provide benefits to the skin hair and nails and to the overall physical fitness of the human body. Most of these added natural ingredients contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to fight oxidative stress and provide boosted energy levels. Some of these claim to have therapeutic benefits and may help alleviate some health conditions.
EDITOR’S PICK. Good news for all local coffee drinkers! You can now indulge in your favorite morning brew without the guilty feeling! A local brand from Cebu, Philippines, Lumiché, has recently launched their inaugural product–’guilt-free coffee’, a carefully considered and researched beverage that promises all-day energy, with added benefits that will help you glow and flourish.
These benefits are as follows:
- Helps maintain energy levels
- Strengthens hair and nails
- Acts as an appetite suppressant
- Has anti-inflammatory properties
- Helps improve skin texture
- Aids in fat-burning and weight loss
- Aids in better bowel movement
Lumiché guilt-free coffee is able to provide the above-mentioned benefits due to the natural ingredients it contains:
- Garcinia Cambogia
- Non-dairy creamer
Lumiché guilt-free coffee is indeed a must-try!
Lumiché is available for online buyers on their official website www.lumiche.ph, as well as on Lazada and Shopee. Starting April 6, 2022, lovers of coffee may also purchase in either take-home packs or ready-to-drink hot or cold cups in SugboMercado IT Park.
For more information and updates, like and follow their Facebook Page.
Lumiché is also looking to partner with resellers within Cebu Province, and distributors in major cities in the Philippines. For inquiries, call (+63.917.707.5279 or email them at email@example.com.
Tea with Coralie
When a basket filled with tea goodies of macaroons, delicate cakes and sandwiches was delivered, it came in the signature purple color of this iconic brand. “Very Charriol”, as Coralie , the CEO of the Swiss brand, might have put it. She didn’t actually use that term to describe the savories. Rather, she was describing the cable bracelet that makes their products distinct. Avid Rustans Cebu shoppers will find the Charriol boutique just off the main entrance of the department store, near the familiar scented hall at the first level. On display are an array of earrings, bracelets and watches enticing to those looking for retail therapy with pieces that are timeless and yet not overtly breaking the credit card limit.
The tea Zoom party, as arranged by our host Ginggay Joven, and Luzanne Manlapit who is the brand manager of Charriol in the Philippines, was as good as any press-do from pre pandemic normal times. And an intimate peak at lifestyle editors’ lives as most of us were zooming from our living rooms, including Coralie who was answering our questions from her home in Geneva. Like most of us, she readily says, “I have a travel bug, and on weekends, I dream of where I can go!”.
Philip Charriol, Coralie’s father who started the brand in 1983, was a frequent visitor to the Philippines, making Manila (and Cebu) a side trip to his rounds of Singapore and Hong Kong. He made many friends in Asia and it was a sad day when everyone heard of his passing more than a year ago in a car accident at the Le Castellet racing track in southeast France.
These days, the company is in good hands with Coralie. She is set to debut a series of new collections building upon her father’s vision, including a reimagined Celtic collection, a line of watches first introduced in the 80s. The latest Celtic Legacy watch has a more striking face with two dials and bigger bezels available in gold or rose gold. The cable bracelet is made up of 6 strands of steel and titanium alloy that are flexible and durable. It comes in an elegant 30mm case, making it an equally perfect accessory for both a lunchtime affair as well as to a glitzy night on the town.
Also new are their ocean-themed pieces. The Forever Starfish watch comes in two iteration of stainless steel or rose gold case with a white mother-of-pearl dial. The second one is the Marina bracelet collection — the Charriol signature cable tied around a porthole and clasped together by a Charriol dial, it’s a fresh and young take for an everyday jewelry.
As a contemporary business leader, Coralie shared cautionary tales of polar bears and melting icebergs. Through their Charriol Living initiative, Philippe Charriol is a partner of the global organization Lonely Whale. It is a community of international businesses cognizant of the harming effects of disposable stuff in today’s world. Particularly single-use plastics, which are harmful to marine life when they end up in our seas. She co-produced a compelling documentary titled The Story of Plastic (www.storyofplastic.org) “a searing expose revealing the ugly truth behind plastic pollution and the false solution of plastic recycling”.
The company is committed to being socially conscious. Pretty soon, all Charriol packaging will be made of paper and sustainable materials. “We are interconnected tru our oceans”, she explains. In addition, part of the proceeds of selected ocean-themed Charriol pieces like the Forever Turtle watch, the Forever Waves and Ocean bracelets, will go to the Lonely Whale organization.
Philippe Charriol comes up with new design for watches once a year or once every two years to keep it fresh. Their jewelry line is much more frequent with bracelets and earrings. When asked if the company will be coming out with smart watches, Coralie was quick to reply that although other prestige watch companies have tried it, Charriol will not be producing one. “But I am coming out with something by October which is a kind of an accessory to a techie watch. To connect Charriol to technology.”
Coralie Charriol, the CEO of Charriol showing the Forever Starfish collection using mother of pearl face and their entry level cable bracelets in bright colors.
Screenshot of the Zoom tea party attended by top Manila lifestyle editors
The tea goodies for the tea party delivered by the Charriol team
The Charriol boutique inside Rustans at Ayala Center Cebu
5 Things We Love About Nailplay, a Luxury Nailspa
Tucked into a quiet area in the hustle and bustle of Banilad, you can find a haven where you can look fabulous and fresh in one go.
Nailplay is a luxury nailspa that was a brainchild of five ladies, who wanted a place that was clean, had a relaxing ambience away from the city, and basically, was their own secret getaway.
Upon seeing the studio, a lush landscape is the welcoming sight. To get into the nailspa, guests have to cross a little wooden bridge, above a pond filled with koi fish. Immediately, it’s obvious that a trip to Nailplay guarantees a relaxing experience.
Faye Louise Veloso, the woman who manages Nailplay, explains that the studio’s overall concept is more in line with wellness.
“It’s really a cross between an ordinary nail salon and a spa, so we refer to Nailplay as as Nailspa,” Louise says.
The nailspa, as it’s lovingly called, offers services such as their Luxury Urban Escape, which involves an hour of relaxation through their SpaPlay Mani and Footspa, followed by your choice of a deep back and shoulders massage, or their 30-minute hair treatment.
Of course, Nailplay also offers nail services, with a choice of regular or gel nail polish. For those who want a fancier take on nails, you may also get nail art done by their staff. To complement the massage and nails, try Nailplay’s Signature Mink Eyelash Extensions These are lightweight and natural-looking, as it comes in three different lengths to match one’s natural eyalashes. And, to round off the pamper session, they also offer eyebrow waxing and threading! There’s no need to hop from one place to another to get all these services done.
For those who want to have bridal showers or a pamper-filled birthday bash, Nailplay also offers packages that fit the client’s needs. The package includes the exclusive use of the venue for three hours, manicure and pedicure for all the guests and light catering for the event. During the event, guests may upgrade to any of the other services that the nailspa offers.
“It’s been quite popular with bridal showers, but we recently hosted a children’s birthday party,” Louise shares. “I’ve been told the kids had a blast!”
Louise believes that Nailplay’s venue plays a huge role in its success.
“The landscaping was done beautifully, and it doesn’t even feel like you’re in the heart of Cebu!” She says. “Our friendly beauty therapists are also what make Nailplay what it is—our top customer service is why our clients keep coming back.”
While Louise is often between Cebu and Sydney, she shares that treating herself is as simple as taking the time to eat well, do some exercise, or get a footspa—at Nailplay, of course. Her personal favourite service though, is their Signature Mink Eyelashes.
“One of the beauty therapists even thought I had naturally long lashes,” she recounts, “without realising I just had them done!”
While Nailplay has only one store in Cebu, Louise divulges that they have plans of expanding in the future.
“I think the wellness market in Cebu is ready for our luxury and boutique Nailspa services,” she states. “Hopefully within the next five years, you’ll see more Nailplay stores in similar unique locations.”
Check out the video below to know the 5 Things We Love About Nailplay, or visit their website at www.nailplayphilippines.com.
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