I know many many Filipinos and Filipino Americans who have Diabetes. After one of those many diabetics told me about a class called “Managing Diabetes for the Filipino Lifestyle” that she attended at Kaiser Permanente, I just had to find out more. While searching for this class, I noticed this amusing yet informative video series on how to eat healthy at a Filipino party. Aside from the question of whether you even want to eat healthy at a Filipino party, it had some good tactics that Filipinos or any one else could use for eating out at events, particularly where there is a buffet.
The video goes over the following techniques to eat healthier:
- Don’t starve yourself before the party
- Scan the buffet line
- Use the Plate Method
- Try to get food only once
- Take food home
You might be wondering about some of these, particularly if you haven’t spend a lot of time around Filipino. Events are almost always buffets, and thus the advice to try and go through the food line only once. Number 5 is a good response when the host gives you the line “Did you try ….?” and you don’t want to insult him or her by saying no.
In addition, the video has a wry sense of humor. The lead characters’ names are a play on the occasionally wacky first names and nicknames that Filipinos use. It is even funnier when because they are used by middle aged people. One line I enjoyed comes when Sweetheart (actual first name of the doctor) talks about how you should eat colorful food, but “Halo-halo doesn’t count.” FYI – the desserts at the top don’t count either.