ponzosponzos(View enlarged images) After attending mass at the St. Alphonsius Ligouri, we dropped by at “Ponzo’s” for lunch. “Ponzo’s” menu is fusion with a delectable array of pasta, meat , healthy vegetarian dishes. I dread dining out of the comfort of my home. Eating out can ruin my weight management plan however it can be a great bonding time with husband and the girls. My trick is to avoid or minimize the carbohydrates and just eat the protein. The Korean beef stew was quite delicious. I added 3 tablespoons of rice to it though. How can one eat beef stew alone? The kids ate pizza pie as appetizers and ate their chicken parmesano and Inasal Chicken dishes as their main course. The pizza crust was thin, crisp and tasty. Lunch ended at 2:00 PM. Fortunately , I didn’t overstuff myself so I was able to work out in the gym at 3:00 PM. My husband reminded me to be back home by 5:00 PM because of a birthday dinner for his mom at “The Banana Leaf”. OH NO!

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banana leafbanana leaf(View enlarged images) We arrived at “The Banana Leaf” in the Alabang Center at around 6:00 PM barely 4 hours after lunch. The ocassion seemed like a mini-reunuion with all the cousins, and siblings present. The girls groaned as they saw the dinner buffet table. They are so weight-conscious. Fortunately , I wasn’t full so I was ready for the [tag]dinner[/tag] buffet. I took portions of each dish just so I could taste each one.. It’s what I call portion control. Here is what my plate looked like:

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Since I love to eat, I just need to have discipline in portion control. As a diabetic, I can’t afford to overeat or my blood sugar will shoot up and cause my eyes to blur and other side effects.

The conversation turned to the book French Women Don’t Get Fat, The Secret of Eating for Pleasure. French women don’t get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and regularly enjoy three-course meals. It’s also about lifestyle. The French take time to cook and enjoy their lunch. In the course of their conversation, they slowly eat without getting full. We were doing that exactly during our lunch at “Ponzo’s”. Enjoy the moment.

PS. The above photos were taken using my Canon Powershot A530. I am still trying to get used to it , like taking closeup or macro shots of food. Still learning.

Ponzo’s is located at Saint Alphonsus Mary de Ligouri Parish Center, Humabon St., Magallanes Village, Makati City . Call 854-8736 (look for Ginger)

About Noemi Lardizabal-Dado

You may contact Noemi (noemidado @ gmail.com) for speaking and consultancy services in the following areas: Parenting in the Digital Age (includes pro-active parenting on cyber-bullying and bullying) ; Social Business ; Reinventing One’s Life; and social media engagement. Our parenting workshop is called "Prep to Prime (P2P): Parenting in the Digital Age (An Un­Workshop)" P2P Un­Workshops are conducted by two golden women in their prime, Noemi and Jane, who have a century’s worth of experience between them. They are both accomplished professionals who chose to become homemakers. This 180­degree turn also put them on a different life course which includes blogging, social media engagement and citizen advocacy. They call their un­workshops Prep to Prime or P2P, for short, to emphasize the breadth of their parenting experience. They tackle different aspects and issues of parenting ­­ from managing pregnancies, prepping for the school years of children, dealing with househelp, managing the household budget, to maximizing one’s prime life and staying healthy through the senior years.

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