In 2014 a client came to me and asked me to help him outlive his dad who died at an early age due to stroke.
Together we created a diet plan that he can actually follow as a busy husband and dad working a corporate job in Metro Manila.
Now he is no longer “following” that diet plan that served as his “crutch” when he was just starting an active lifestyle. He finally developed healthy eating HABITS and is proud to tell me that he has outlived his dad for more than a decade and counting.
This is our story. How about you? Who are you? What do you want to achieve and why? I would love to hear your health and nutrition-related story as well.
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For more than 12 years of being a dietitian I’ve had the privilege to have worked with foreigners, businessmen, top-level managers, artists, the rich and the glamorous in achieving their health goals.
So, I thought maybe they are indeed my “niche” or “market” since they are the ones who can afford my professional fees then.
My perspective changed when I started my Facebook page where I shared all things nutrition-related. In this online platform, I met:
A wife in the province who didn’t have access to dietitians and didn’t know what to feed her husband who had a stroke and had to follow the advice given by a naturopathic “doctor”.
A professional who got hospitalized because she followed popular diets and extreme weight loss regimens promoted online
And lots of “haters” who shame me for debunking nutrition misinformation and diet-related scams on social media.
“WHAT ABOUT THEM?” I thought.
More importantly, how can I offer my professional services to them if they cannot afford my professional fees?
These realizations inspired me to come up with an online platform where my fellow Filipinos can have access to accurate, relevant and easy-to-follow nutrition information and reach out to other dietitians for more detailed nutrition recommendation and guidance.
Grace Banal, RND
Grace is a registered nutritionist-dietitian who aims to empower more Filipinos towards healthy, productive and happier lives through easy-to-follow meal plans coupled with relevant and engaging nutrition education. Apart from being a dietitian, Grace is also a teacher, a student and a physically active individual who happens to love sharing her ideas and perspectives about health and nutrition.
She is also a mom who makes efforts to raise a healthy family. As she starts her week or as I she ends the day, she always take time to sit down with her pen and notebook to write a meal plan for her clients as well as for her family.
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Hi, I’m Grace Banal. I speak and write about food in relation to health. I have the privilege of being a registered nutritionist-dietitian, a mother and wife. I live in Quezon City, Philippines.
I am trying my best to go from being high risk of having lifestyle diseases to living an energetic and productive life so that I can reach and enjoy true success, and I wish that you join me on this journey.