Hi! I’m Rebecca Lwin, a US Registered Dietitian, bootcamp trainer, and whole foods lover living in Manila, Philippines with my gorgeous husband, 3 wonderful kids, & giant Golden Retriever. I’m passionate about helping people eat well, and I truly believe that simple, fresh, plant-based food will make you look and feel amazing.
Living overseas (Philippines and Malaysia) for 11+ years has changed the way I cook… and the way I eat! I’ve developed a deep appreciation for the wonderful local fruits, vegetables, spices, and cooking methods that are so widely and deliciously available in my host countries. But I’m also all too familiar with the challenges associated with living and eating outside your home country, from finding familiar food products to storing food properly in a tropical climate, to not having an oven that fits your baking pans!
That’s part of the reason this blog was born. I hope to inspire and empower you to eat well… fresh, local, nourishing, fantastic food… no matter where you live or what challenges you face. Whether you are at home… or if home is across the globe, healthy eating is possible!
I have a home-based practice in Alabang (a suburb of Manila) where I teach cooking classes, lead bootcamp exercise, and provide nutrition consulting to people who want to live a healthier lifestyle. We are what we eat, literally, and by nourishing ourselves with wholesome foods and exercising right, we can achieve an overall level of wellness we never thought possible. I hope to help all my clients make small, lasting changes that have a powerful impact on their health… and love it so much they never look back!
I follow a whole-foods diet based on vegetables, fruit, legumes, whole grains, nuts & seeds; however, I never label myself as vegan, vegetarian, etc., because I believe no one is 100% anything, and we all need room to live outside the box. I like to think of myself as loving to eat fresh, simple, health-promoting food, period. I also want to dispel the common myth that dietitians will “put you on a diet” and take all the fun out of food. Not true!! In fact, I want to put the fun and freedom back into food by showing people that eating healthfully doesn’t mean boring or bland. There is a whole world of flavors out there just waiting to be tried! One of my favorite pastimes is developing new recipes and experimenting with fun techniques to create delicious and nourishing meals & treats for my family.
In addition to my RD (Registered Dietitian credential), I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I published my thesis on dietary fat absorption in post-menopausal women. I dearly love all things academic, and I hate to admit how much I enjoy my continuing education, but I do! I try to focus my 5-year learning plan so that I stay on the cutting edge of nutrition research and practical application to best serve my clients.
Sports & fitness has always been a part of my life. I was a gymnast for 10 years growing up, then took up running and triathlon after I “retired” from gymnastics at age 17. With 3 kids and a busy practice, I don’t make the time to train for triathlons anymore, but I you can still find me upside down on frequent occasions! I want to be able to do handstands for my grandkids! Beyond that, teaching bootcamp, going running, and keeping up with my growing kids keeps me fit and happy.
Living overseas compels us to travel… so we do, as much as possible, whether it’s to the islands of Philippines or the streets of Europe. Life is an adventure and should be lived to the fullest!
I hope this blog inspires you to eat well and live well. Enjoy food and fitness with me- “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”