PEP Gift Guide Day 53: Tuesday Vargas is all for having healthy eating habits

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For the past 12 years, Tuesday Vargas has devoted herself to eating only brown rice and red rice because she believes they are better than other rice variants in terms of health benefits. This Christmas, you can also encourage your family and friends to live a healthier lifestyle by kickstarting the shift in their diet.

53 DAYS TO GO. Here’s another "healthy" gift idea, this time from comedienne Tuesday Vargas.

Last October 16, Tuesday was introduced as one of the celebrity ambassadors of the Eat Brown Rice campaign, organized by non-profit organizations Oxfam and Dakila.

The campaign was basically established to promote awareness on the healthy benefits of eating brown rice, as well as inform the public about why they should convert to eating locally grown brown rice.

According to Dakila’s vice president, musician Noel Cabangon: “With the increasing number of people hitting the poverty line and getting hungry everyday, we Filipinos can do something to address this.

“With our current situation, consuming brown rice is ideal, because it gives you enough nutrients that you need.

“If only brown rice becomes accessible to all by increasing the volume of its production, and keeping its price competitive, then this will help address the problem of food security in the country.

“If farmers are able to produce more rice, then this will enable the country to be rice self-sufficient.”

Tuesday, who confessed to eating only brown rice and red rice for the past 12 years, said: “Growing up, hindi ko alam iyong konsepto ng pagpili ng tamang pagkain.

“Kasi bilang batang Maynila ako, isa ako dun sa mga batang durugis noon na tumatakbo-takbo sa Sta. Cruz, natutunan ko na kung ano lang ang nakahaing pagkain sa mesa, iyon ang kakainin mo.”

Although her family would usually eat fresh meat and vegetables, Tuesday never really had the option to monitor the nutrients she intakes.


“So, ngayong nanay na rin ako, gusto kong ipamana sa anak ko naman iyong magandang ugali ng pagpili ng tamang pagkain. Sa loob pa lang ng bahay sinisimulan na po namin iyon.”

THE GIFT OF GOOD HEALTH. Now, this Christmas gift suggestion is actually two-fold, and as Tuesday advocates, these gifts can help promote a healthier lifestyle among family and friends.

First, you can give your friends and loved ones a copy of The Good Food 2014 planner.

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Not only is it an organizer for your daily activities, it also comes with a load of information about the health benefits of brown rice.

It also includes a lot of brown rice recipes from top celebrities and chefs.


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Second, you can opt to give away packs of organic brown rice to your friends, so they, too, can start the ball rolling for their new healthy lifestyle.

Tuesday says, “Ang dami mong luto na pwedeng gawin sa brown rice.

“Bukod sa masarap na, healthy pa siya. Ano siya, pang-pamilya talaga siya, hindi lang para doon sa mga gustong mag-diet-diet diyan.

“Siyempre, kung gusto mong maging healthy, dapat sabay-sabay kayong maging healthy sa bahay, so ito na talagang brown rice ang dapat kainin ng buong pamilya sa bahay.”

To learn more about the Eat Brown Rice campaign and to find out how to order The Good Food 2014 planners, as well as find information on where to get authentic organic brown rice from local farmers, go to





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