Hi! I’m Rebecca Lwin, a US Registered Dietitian, nutrition coach, bootcamp trainer, and whole foods lover living in Manila, Philippines with my amazing husband, 3 wonderful kids, & giant Golden Retriever. I’m passionate about helping people stay healthy, and I truly believe that eating well, finding a fitness routine that you love, and living with joy are keys to a lifetime of good health.
Living overseas (Philippines and Malaysia) for 16+ 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, nuts & seeds, whole grains, and lean meats & fish. I believe all foods can fit into a healthy diet… especially foods that nourish body and soul, like pure dark chocolate!
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 freely admit how much I enjoy doing my required continuing education! I try to focus each 5-year learning plan on current trends and interests, so that I stay on the cutting edge of nutrition research and its practical applications in order 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.
In 2016 (at the age of 46), I took up competitive bodybuilding and in 2018 earned my professional status in the Natural Bodybuilding of Australia federation. I’m in a (probably permanent) “off-season” now, but I’m still involved in the sport by coaching other young athletes. To fulfil my own competitive spirit, I’m enjoying OCR (obstacle course racing), which is fun and challenging, like bodybuilding, but doesn’t involve heavy dieting!
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!”