The Perfect Plant Protein, what is it? Why should we consider consuming it?

The Perfect Plant Protein: Soy

By Dr. David Heber, M.D., PhD, FACP, FASN,Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute

We all know that one of the best ways to live a healthy life is maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly, another is consulting the experts.

We have learned a lot about this healthy lifestyle from the Chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute, Dr. David Heber, M.D., PhD, FACP, FASN. Dr. Heber is a medical doctor who is also an advocate of balanced diet that includes healthy plant-based foods.

Obesity is linked to many potentially lethal health conditions including, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. As the founding director of UCLA’s Center for Human Nutrition, Dr. Heber spent decades researching the impact of plant-based proteins – such as soy – on his patients vs. a meat-based protein diet.

Substituting soy protein and other plant proteins for high-fat animal meats can result in better weight control and lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels, although changing one’s diet is not a substitute for seeking medical advice or treatment for these conditions. Reducing extra calories, saturated fat, and cholesterol from meats and substituting soy protein in shakes and foods can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight, which will also support healthy immune function. 

How to choose the source of protein that’s best for you?

With consumers seeking more plant-based proteins and many choices, including rice, beans, quinoa, pea, soy, and others, it can be tough for consumers to know which plant-based proteins are best for them. The truth is, not all plant-based proteins are created equal. Unlike the other plant-based proteins, soy is the only one considered a complete protein. Soy contains all 21 amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids that the body cannot make. The essential amino acids can come from the foods we eat.

Soybeans are also a good source of fiber, minerals, and complex carbs. Soy protein contains phytonutrients called soy isoflavones, which act as antioxidants, and they feed healthy gut bacteria, making them “prebiotics.” Soy may also benefit the heart.  Some studies have shown that 25 grams of soy protein a day, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease, although the total scientific evidence is not conclusive.

With so many health benefits, why does soy sometimes receive a bad rap? 

Several years ago, there were reports that soy had a link to breast cancer. However, scientific research has debunked this premise, and there is no evidence linking soy consumption to breast cancer. Based on several studies, the American Cancer Society concludes there is no harm from eating soy protein or soy foods, and there is mounting evidence that nutrients in soy foods may lower the risk of breast cancer. Research has also negated the myth that soy consumption could cause enlarged breasts in men. In fact, the study showed that soy had no significant effects on men, including any impact on total testosterone levels, another myth about soy.

Now that you understand the joy of soy, there are many ways to add soy to your diet. Foods rich in soy include edamame (whole soybeans), tofu, tempeh, and a convenient, on the go option, a soy protein meal replacement shake. Soy is indeed the perfect protein and an essential addition to a healthy diet. As the medical community continues to study how people can best protect themselves against any viral infections now or in the future, in addition to frequent hand-washing, face masks, and social distancing, a balanced diet, and lifestyle that includes healthy proteins like soy and regular exercise can help our bodies stay fit and strong.

Discovered a Gram-worthy Healthy Milk Tea Shop

Milk tea is so in trend right now. I don’t drink milk tea that much because I know it’s not as healthy as drinking coffee, but whenever I see a new stand or a shop that serves milk tea I get curios, especially if it is a place that also serves healthy drinks. Kind of like this new place I found out about. Although they serve milk tea too, theirs is a lot different.

Good Good PH is a milk tea brand that originated from Taiwan and in 2019, they started offering milk teas that are made with fresh cow’s milk here in the Philippines.

Besides milk tea, they are also serving fruit teas, hot teas, bubble milk tea, assorted teas with cream cheese, smoothies, and even juices.

Nowadays, when building a shop, you must take a lot of time in making it Instagram-worthy. Good Good PH really did a good job in their interior design.

I’m always fond of an interior that’s filled with mixed wood and metal materials. It’s simple and elegant-looking and it somehow gives a calm feeling.

Not only the materials chosen are lovely but the way they incorporated and positioned it together looks pleasing.

They even made a creative accent wall that is perfect for selfies, groufies and product shoots backgrounds.

This corner (image on the right) right here is the best place to pose with or without their product(s). It’s so cute.

You have a simple pink-ish background with their metal carved hashtag and an artistic white and black wall contrasting on the other side.

Oh! and look at that floating wood bar table and those cute wood and metal cocktail chairs.

Alright, I think I’ve said enough about the look of the shop but what about the things they serve, right?

Obviously I tried their drinks. I did a taste test of the drinks that were featured on my vlog (embedded below).

But I must say that Red Zen Tea is one of my favorites. It is a mix of dragonfruit and lychee.

It tastes unique and delicious, in my opinion. I know the fruit mix seems weird but it actually is a good mixture.

Dragon fruit is high in nutrients and fiber, but it is low in calories but packed with essential vitamins and minerals. It also contains a substantial amount of dietary fiber.

A Lychee on the other hand is is a rich source of nutrient that is required for the production of blood. It also contains good amount of antioxidant Vitamin C, Vitamin B-complex and more.

Is that enough info to make you grab your phone and order their healthy drinks? Nope? Okay well you might want to read another article that I wrote (click here) to know more about the drinks that they can offer. Maybe that blog can convince you to order. But here’s a copy of their menu.

updated as of April 4, 2020

I know it’s hard to go out since COVID-19 but don’t worry, you can order now via GrabAssistant, Foodpanda, Lalamove and LalaFood. Good Good PH Sct. Tobias branch is open from 11AM to 7PM, while their Banawe branch is from 11AM to 6PM.

Good Good PH
49-C Scout Tobias St., Tomas Morato, QC
Regular Operating Hours: Mon to Fri (11am – 10pm) | Sat to Sun (11am – 11pm)

A Cure for Women’s Abdominal Discomfort | Wellness Refill

Being a woman is not easy, especially when “that time of the day” comes, do you know what I mean?

Yes, the monthly period.

Many women experience abdominal discomfort we call dysmenorrhea. Dysmenorrhea is a menstrual cramp that is caused by uterine contractions. It has two types, Primary which is the most common menstrual cramp that lasts up to 3 days, and the Secondary which is caused by a disorder in the woman’s reproductive organs that usually begins earlier in the menstrual cycle and lasts longer than common menstrual cramps.

Dysmenorrhea has been one of my struggles too every month and I experience it for 2 days in a month. 2 days in severe pain is no joke. All I do is lay down on my bed and do a warm compress on my lower abdominal area and sometimes on my lower back. It helps a lot but the pain comes back quickly.

I don’t drink medicine unless the pain is so severe that I cannot tolerate it anymore. I’ve experienced going to the hospital because of this abdominal pain and that’s a hassle and expensive. I don’t want that to happen anymore so I googled and asked around, then I came across a remedy. But before trying it I researched, read and asked about the product. I haven’t read or heard any negative thoughts about it. I was skeptic, as always, so I gave it a try.

I found Mint Relief on facebook and got very curious about it and told myself I have to try it. Well, what can I say other than it worked really well. It relieved my pain in less than 30 minutes. It gave me good comfort too. Dysmenorrhea went bye-bye in a snap.

I also used it when my hyper-acidity attacked, and it worked pretty good. The review I read about it was true, “★★★★★ … it’s AMAZING! It eases my tummy ache in just couple of minutes!” – Ampy, Wellness Refill customer.

Mint Relief‘s main ingredients are spearmint and peppermint. It’s a soft gel capsule that tastes a bit bland but that’s fine, some medicines and vitamins taste awful, am I right?

I suggest you try it too, but of course, don’t forget to consult your doctor first.

Mint Relief is claimed to be an all-natural solution for indigestion, gas, and hyper-acidity. It ingredients, peppermint and spearmint are known to provide quick relief from stomach issues like stomach aches, flatulence, and indigestion.

Mint Relief is sold for Php 150 excluding the shipping fee. Each pack contains 10 round soft gel capsules.

Tanduay Asian Rum Gold with a Scrumptious Chocolate Flavor Twist

How much do you love chocolate? How about drinking booze? Let me share something to you about how those two were combined to give us an extraordinary chocolatey madness.

Cacao found a fertile land to grow in the Philippines since Spaniards brought it to our country in the 18th century. The plant flourished and cacao plantations can now be found in Philippines Islands.

Somwhere around Davao region local chocolatier Theo & Philo started sourcing its cacao ingredients for the production of its best-selling chocolates in Manila and just recently, they started a partnership deal with Tanduay and came up with the Theo, Philo & Tanduay—a chocolate bar made with 65% dark chocolate filled with house-made caramel and the much-lauded Tanduay Asian Rum Gold.

Tanduay Asian Rum Gold received the Gold award from the International Review of Spirits= the Silver award from the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and another Silver Award from the WSWA Tasting Competition all in one year — 2018. Prior to that, it received the Gold Medal from the Monde Selection, the 3-Star Superior Taste Ward from the International Taste & Quality Institute, the Gold award from the International Review of Spirits, Beverage Testing Institute—all in 2017.

Chief marketing officer of Tanduay Distillers, Inc., Paul Lim said, “We continue to create innovative ways for people to enjoy rum. The collaboration between two award-winning brands — Tanduay and Theo & Philo – gives us a truly Filipino product we can be proud of.”

As the cacao used in making Theo, Philo & Tanduay is solely sourced in Davao, the sugarcane used for Tanduay Asian Rum Gold is sourced and harvested from Bacolod. All Tanduay products are also proudly Philippine-made.

Theo, Philo & Tanduay is exclusively available at the Tanduay Store at Century Park Hotel in Malate, Manila. I know you’re curious about the taste of this flavorful dessert. What are you waiting for? Buy now!

First FDA-approved Turmeric + Piperine Tablet made in the Philippines

Distriphil just launched the first locally produced organic supplement that helps us fight stress — Turmetab. Turmetab is the country’s first FDA-approved supplement that combines turmeric and piperine.

Watch what happened on the launching here:

Turmetab offers whole turmeric roots in easy-to-take tablets, and its goal is to give Filipinos the vitality and nutrition that we need to combat a range of ailments and stay at our physical and mental best.

The main benefits of taking turmeric with piperine are as follows:

  • Supports joint and muscle health
  • Helps target multiple inflammatory diseases, including arthritis
  • Boosts brain health
  • Overall anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant support.

Turmetab Blister1

Turmetab is trusted and is distributed by Distribution Solutions Philippines, Inc. (‘Distriphil’), a National Company that aims to set New Standards and Excellent Service in Healthcare Solution, with the ultimate goal of providing care and improving health. Turmetab is officially out in the market and it’s available in every Mercury Drugstore and South Star Drug.


“Medical research have shown us the health benefits of turmeric, and we are proud to bring Turmetab to Filipinos, nationwide. The ability to do one’s best starts with one’s physical and mental health, and we are committed in helping Filipinos defy limitations.” Group Product Manager , Cor-Marie Bacdayan said.

For more information, visit



Distribution Solutions Philippines, Inc. (Distriphil) is involved in the nationwide marketing, sales, and distribution of ethical and over-the-counter products for its own In-house brands as well as the brands of partner companies.

Distriphil is the newest subsidiary of the Chiongbian Group of Companies registered as a company in July 2013. It has three (3) divisions, namely: the Primary Care, Vaccines and Oncology divisions.

For more information, visit

Pandesal with a Tim Hortons® Twist

Pandesal, the Philippines’ sweet and fluffy favorite breakfast staple made its way to Tim Hortons to celebrate the country’s Independence Day.

They called their limited edition breakfast sandwich “TIMDESAL” it became available last June 11 2019 and will continue to make us crave for more until the end of August 2019.

Everyone will surely enjoy the Smokey Bacon with cheese and garlic ravioli served with chipotle sauce in panini-pressed pandesal.

Stephanie Guerrero, the marketing director for Tim Hortons Philippines said, “As our way of recognizing the significance of Independence Day, we at Tim Hortons wish to offer this breakfast favorite, reminiscent of its Filipino homey taste”.

You can taste the delicious Timdesal for only P75. But what is hot Timdesal without Tim Hortons’ signature Iced Coffee, right?

A quick trivia – The Declaration of Philippine Independence from Spanish rule was declared by General Emilio Aguinaldo on June 12, 1898 at Kawit, Cavite. Pandesal, or “bread of salt,” which was introduced in the 16th century, is relatively sweet, and is unofficially the Philippine national bread.

For more information and updates about Tim Hortons Philippines’ new products and offerings you may visit or follow them on facebook @TimHortonsPhilippines and instagram @timhortonsph


TIM HORTONS® is one of North America’s largest restaurant chains operating in the quick service segment. Founded as a single location in Canada in 1964, Tim Hortons appeals to a broad range of consumer tastes, with a menu that includes premium coffee, hot and cold specialty drinks (including lattes, cappuccinos and espresso shots), specialty teas and fruit smoothies, fresh baked goods, grilled Panini and classic sandwiches, wraps, soups, prepared foods and other food products. Tim Hortons has more than 4,800 system wide restaurants located in Canada, the United States, and around the world. To learn more about the Tim Hortons brand, please visit the Tim Hortons® brand website at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Not An Ordinary Coffee Float: You’ll crave for more

I know most of you, coffee lovers have tried iced coffee and coffee float. You may think this discovery is just the same as what you’ve tasted, well here’s why you’re wrong;

I have written an article here about Philippines’ First Affogato Dessert Bar, if you haven’t read it yet, click here to know more about it or just watch this short clip.

Anyway, Philippines’ first Affogato Dessert Bar, Affojeans has an ongoing promo – Buy 1 Take 1 Cold Brew Coffee Float. As a coffee addict, I’ve always looked forward on tasting their Coffee Float. I got the chance to try it when me and my family bought school materials for my son. I can’t say no to my craving when it’s already there beside the National Bookstore (SM North Edsa).

I ordered a classic flavor, Affo Cold Brew Float and the take 1 was my hubby’s request, the New York (N.Y.) Cheesecake Float. Both in Jeans size. Let me tell you, I am amazed about how they called their cup sizes – Shorts (16 oz) and Jeans (22 oz) – it’s witty, right?

I wasn’t really sure about my order but I wanted to taste a classic drink and I honestly did not regret my choice.

Affo Cold Brew Float contains Brewed espresso, milk, a couple of ice cubes and a scoop of vanilla gelatto. I liked how strong the espresso was. The gelatto and milk added the right amount of sweetness. There was no other texture other than the gelatto’s smooth almost melted texture. This drink is something I’d want to drink at home while working or relaxing.

Their NY Cheesecake flavor is great too. I just wish I can taste more cheesecake flavor because I really love cheesecake. But maybe it’s just me because my husband loved it. He said his drink is better than mine. But I think both are great drinks and I can’t choose what’s better.
This NY Cheesecake drink is something I’d like to have while hanging out with my friends or when seeing a movie. It felt like 22oz isn’t enough for me.

I am looking forward to tasting the other flavors. Not just the Cold Brews but the other affogato desserts as well.

If you’re wondering how much the Cold Brews are here’s the deets:

I highly suggest you try it. Unlike other coffee float, you can really tell there’s a coffee and it has a bit of a surprise kick in it.

A Must Visit Flavorful Dessert Station

Are you a sweet-tooth and up for a unique mouthwatering escapade? But wait, do you like coffee? What about ice cream, do you like ’em? Who doesn’t, right? Well, if you like both or just want to try something new, passing by this dessert station will be a great idea.

Affojeans is the Philippines’ first affogato dessert station located at the Upper Ground Floor of SM North Edsa, in the middle of National Book Store and SM Department Store.

Affojeans is founded by two young (on their 20s) women. As per Ms. Megz Zapanta, co-founder, affogato exists in some elite and prestige coffee shops in the Philippines but they’ve observed that affogato does not sell that much.

Curious women researched about how affogato is made and everything behind its contents. After compiling all of their researches they tried making their own simple affogato and realized it could work. They then tried creating affogato and mixed it with different flavors. After finding a reliable ice cream supplier and coffee supplier they started to add more twists on each flavors and started Affojeans.

Wait, What is affogato anyway?
Affogato is a mix of only 2 ingredients, ice cream and espresso. It is a famous Italian dessert. Affogato is an Italian word meaning “drowned”, borrowed from the word affogare which means “to drown”. So, it’s basically gelato affogato or affogato di gelato which refers to an “ice cream covered in a liquid”. It is meant to be enjoyed by eating using a dessert spoon, although you can drink it too when melted.

In Affojeans, they “drown” the ice cream in fresh hot espresso. It’s surprisingly good.

Affojeans’ version of affogato 

Photo grabbed from Affojeans’ Facebook Page

Affojeans has seven flavors; Caramello (Caramel & Nuts), Tiramisu (Chocolate & Cheesecake), Cinna-bun (Cold Cinnamon Bun), Classic Affogato, with their 3 best sellers – Matchagato (Matcha Affogato), Black Panda (Mocha & Oreos), and my personal favorite – Avococo (Avocado & Coconut).

I got the chance to try all of their best sellers.

(from left to right) Avococo, Black Panda & Matchagato


Based on the name itself Matchagato, it is a Matcha Affogato. To be honest, I’m not really into matcha, but this one is different. I like the taste of their Matchagato, it’s flavorful and you won’t get fed up with the taste.

Black Panda

I am a guilty lover of cookies & cream, and this is a wonderful combination of coffee and oreo cookies & cream. It’s not just that, the cream is mocha flavor, imagine the strong taste of this dessert. Even though it has a strong flavor, you’ll be surprised with the sweetness that the cookies give you, and that’s the twist that you’ll love in Black Panda.


This one is my favorite among all the flavors that I tried. It is a mix of Avocado and Coconut. you can even see coconut flakes on top of it, and that’s what I love the most. Even without the espresso, I can finish a cup or two, then maybe I’ll just drink the espresso. LOL

I genuinely love avocado and this one is a win. I just love it so much, I wanted more but I already had 3 affogatos I didn’t think I can eat more after that. But I’ll definitely have more if I can, everyday. LOL

Watch my video blog about Affojeans below

This is actually my first time tasting this kind of dessert. The twists in each flavor is shockingly amazing! You’ll want to taste all of their desserts, and that’s what I’m going to do to inform you of what each flavor tastes like. Better if you follow me on Instagram because I post reviews there.

Affojeans revealed their new collection of Cold Brew Float. Their cold brew float comes in 3 delightful flavors; Affo Cold Brew, New York Cheesecake and Cherry Blossom.

Photo grabbed from Affojeans’ Facebook Page

Take advantage of their Buy 1 Take 1 promo before the month of May ends. Visit them at SM North Edsa, exactly located at UGF Main building, in the middle of National Bookstore and SM Department Store.