Ina Raymundo, Actress

For this month’s glow job, I am featuring the one and only ageless zumba queen and fitspiration, Ina Raymundo. The first time I saw her at the gym, I noticed her radiant skin and healthy flush. I wondered what foundation or highlighter she was using, but as soon as I took a second glance at her, i realized that it was just her skin. Her sweat is actually her highlighter! One look at her sculpted arms, you will know that she is a fitness buff and that exercise is part of her lifestyle. What a privilege it was to interview her about her fitness routine and diet — for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between. We all know that diet is 80% of the battle when it comes to weight loss. So here it is, beautylistas! Straight from one of my favorite fitspirations, Ina Raymundo.

Angela: You are a fitspiration to many. How do you maintain your figure?

Ina: I workout 5 times a week and I eat well. I eat 6 small meals. I eat on time and I never skip meals. I count my calories. What’s ideal for me is 1500 calories.

How do you count your calories?

I use My Fitness Pal App, but not everyday, only when I need it like when I have to prepare for something (for work.) I enjoy my life, it’s all about balance. I would have cheat days too. Let’s say Monday to Thursday, I would eat very clean. I really follow my formula, my diet is for diabetic. I avoid sugar.

How about carbohydrates?

I eat good carbohydrates such as brown rice and wheat bread. I have a formula patterned from diabetic diet. For breakfast, I would have 2 servings of carbohydrates which is equivalent to 2 slices of wheat bread or 1 wheat bread and 1 cup of cereal.  You can actually have two servings of carbohydrates in the morning.

How did you know about this diet?

I did this when I was pregnant with Erika and  had gestational diabetes. I went to a dietician and they gave me a chart. I used it for almost a year that’s why I remember it and it stuck with me. Here’s my diet, I have breakfast at 6:30 am.

2 egg whites
1 slice of wheat bread
1 cup of healthy cereal (not sugary)

I look forward to my breakfast. I would even say that it’s my favorite meal, and to think I eat the same thing every single day, but I don’t get tired, maybe that’s just my personality. I am very disciplined that way also because I know that it’s filling and very nourishing. At 9:00 am, I will have my second meal which is my mid morning snack.

Mid morning snack:
1 slice of bread with 1 tablespoon of peanut butter
1 banana.

I look forward to that every single day. The dietician said that your first fruit shouldn’t be eaten first thing in the morning that’s why I have it during my mid morning snack. For me, I noticed that when I have a fruit first thing in the morning, I feel sugar low — sugar high then sugar low, which is not good. It has to be gradual. Dapat sakto lang yung food intake mo. No sugar high and no sugar low. Sugar low is when you’re starving yourself and that’s what most people do when they’re  fasting.  For example, for some people, if they have their first meal at 4pm, 3:30 pm sobrang gustom na sila and nanghihina na, sugar low, then they’re excited to eat and then end up eating junk which isn’t healthy. You might lose weight, but in an unhealthy way. In my opinion, IF is not for everyone. So for me, what really works is the 6 small meals a day. So, I have lunch at 12:00 pm.

1 cup of brown rice
home cooked chicken breast
2 servings of fruit = 1 cup of any fruit
Sautéed vegetables

When I don’t follow the time of my meals I feel weak. That’s why I really follow it, and I feel strong all the time. I workout and I’m energetic.

Afternoon snack:
Cereal with one cup of skimmed milk
Half a fruit

1 cup of rice
portioned fish, chicken, or beef.

Bedtime Snack:
multigrain sky flakes
8 pcs of roasted almonds

Masarap yung tulog ko. If I don’t have a bedtime snack, I will wake up at 2:00 am na gutom. Ganun talaga yung body ko. If my diet is like this without working out, I will not gain weight. I will just maintain. But because I like to have cheat meals on weekends, I workout.

How long have you been following this diet?

I’ve been on this diet for 17 years, since I gave birth to Erika. It’s also a good diet for pregnant women.

How do you get the discipline to eat clean and continue this for 17 years?

I know if I don’t eat well, I will still end up with diabetes because it runs in my family.

What’s your advice for people who want to be fit?

Start from minimum workout. If it’s your first time to go to the gym, you just do 10 minutes first on treadmill. Start small and don’t overwhelm yourself. When you feel bitin, make it longer until you are progressing. You just need to start. It’s never too late.