Everyone wants to be healthy and one of the best ways to become healthy is to eat right. And eating right is oftentimes a challenge. One of the things I started doing to improve my diet is the Meatless Monday (which I think is self-explanatory), and now here’s another one that sparked my curiosity: raw food. Not is the sushi kind of raw, but definitely more than just the usual greens. Read on for the details.
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Sugarleaf Makati Celebrates 4th Anniversary with #RawFoodIsTheNewHot
Sugarleaf Makati continues its 4th anniversary celebrations with #RawFoodIsTheNewHot: a five-part workshop series with UP-cum laude graduate and Bali-certified Raw Chef Sonia Astudillo. “We are thrilled to be doing what we do best–organize a series of raw classes which our customers, loyal and new appreciate will surely learn a lot from.” Sugarleafer Angelo Narciso Songco shares.
“#RawFoodIsTheNewHot will guide students to raw food whether they are in it for the long haul or a quickie adventure,” said Chef Sonia, who’s been teaching raw food classes in Manila since June 2013. Attendees learn a lot from each class and builds up one’s knowledge about raw food, benefits of ingredients, going organic, superfoods and more.
“At the end of the day, we decide what is best for us and how committed we are to a certain lifestyle. In my classes, students are introduced to the perks of a healthy raw vegan lifestyle and an array of dishes–most of which are considered the healthier alternatives to the real but not so healthy thing. Classes are held in a very relaxed, home visit like style that welcomes people from all walks of life. Home is the place where you are accepted as you are – whether you’re vegan, vegetarian, raw foodist, meat eater, or an optionarian. In my classes, it’s all about how you feel and how your body reacts to raw food,” said Chef Sonia.
#RawFoodIsTheNewHot will discuss the benefits of raw vegan lifestyle and why it is gaining popularity among the healthy community. “Years ago, we wanted fancy, elaborate dishes. Now we’re moving back to basic, unprocessed food,” observed Chef Sonia.
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Here are the schedule of #RawFoodIsTheNewHot classes:
14 November 2015
Christmas around the World: Introduction to Raw Vegan Lifestyle
Know why more and more why people are transitioning to the raw vegan lifestyle. Learn information on how to stock-up a raw vegan kitchen, how to gradually transition to this lifestyle, and how to celebrate Christmas and not miss out on your usual Holiday dishes. Menu:
20 February 2016
Better than A Summer Fling (#CoolingFoodIsTheNewHot): Alkaline vs Acidic Food
Summer is just around the corner. Stock-up on cooling, non-fattening yet filling dishes and learn which food is making your body acidic and sickly. Who wants to stay in bed sick when everyone else is enjoying the summer hear? Menu:
23 April 2016
Living Bread: Food Dehydration 101
Bread is the ultimate comfort food, at least for Chef Sonia. It was for her the hardest food to give up but not so much anymore with the dehydrator that makes all raw bread feel and taste like the real thing. This all-dehydration class is the icing on the cake of this raw food workshop series. Menu:
16 January 2016
Chocolates Are Forever: Know your Sweeteners
It’s a month from Valentine’s Day and what better way to prepare than to learn how to change your ordinary chocolate binge into a guiltless pleasure with several desserts and a couple unexpected savoury chocolate dishes. Know the best sweetener to use to avoid the sugar spike. Menu:
12 March 2016
French Fit (inspired by the book French Women Don’t Get Fat): Juicing 101 and Healthy Eating Practices
French are one of the healthiest eaters. Mind you, they don’t starve nor do they count calories. It’s all about variety, slow and steady eating, ritual preparation and eating, portion control, substitutions and pacifiers, facing nos petits demons, weekend rewards, and zipper syndrome. Know more about this and eat like a French. Wine for lunch, anyone? Menu:
All classes are at ₱2,000 per person per class inclusive of handouts and samplings of at least five dishes. Early bird registration is at ₱1,800 for payments made two weeks before the class at the store or through bank transfer. ₱200 discount for senior citizens and students is available. Attend the three workshops and get 75% off on the 5th class or attend four workshops and get the 5th class at 50% off. Workshop includes all course materials, food sampling, and a healthy discussion.
Venue for all workshops will be at Sugarleaf Makati at the MEDICard Lifestyle Center located at 51 Paseo de Roxas corner Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Urdaneta Village, Makati City.
About Raw Yogini Sonia
Raw food and yoga are Sonia’s two greatest passions. Her happy place is when she get to share raw food dishes and yoga poses.
But like most people in this path, it took her years to finally pursue these two loves. It took her years to know that these are what she wanted to do. Sonia studied Journalism at UP College of Mass Communication and graduated cum laude. She went on to pursue her Masters in Public Policy at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan as an Asian Development Bank scholar. She then worked in magazines, politics (she worked as a PR for then Congressman Juan Miguel F. Zubiri and as Media and Writers Group Head for Senator Edgardo J. Angara), and international non-government organizations (as Asia Projects Assistant and Writing Coordinator for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)-Asia Pacific and as Communications and Press Campaigner for Health Care Without Harm (HCWH)-Asia).
Later, she realized that yoga was calling on to her. She did her yoga teachers training at Sivananda Vedanta Dhanwantari Ashram in South India while on a month’s leave from her I-NGO work. Soon after, she started teaching part-time while maintaining a 9 to 6 job.
Then she went to Bali to be at her friend’s water birthing team and then got introduced to raw food through Jonny Freesh’s classes with Raw Food Bali. It was love at first bite. As soon as she headed home, she started teaching raw food in Manila. Six months later in January 2014, she left her job. A little over a year after that first raw food bite, she went back to Bali to attend Pure Joy Culinary Academy’s raw food chef and health educator and detox certification.
The rest is history and an on-going passionate love affair with raw food, yoga, and some of its clossest allies: detox, pilates, batik painting, Reiki, and Chi Nei Tsang (abdominal massage).
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