Because what really matters is the initiative that you take. And if you put your mind to anything, you will get it. You just have to be persistent and have that determination.
KM: Okay, that’s so inspiring. Thank you for that. But speaking of advocacies, one of the things we really love about our queens these days is you really stand for more than just beauty. There are causes that you want to use your influence for.
So in your case, Sam, what is the advocacy that you are representing, or that you’re working with?
SAP: Yes, so when I first joined Binibini, I chose my advocacy to be building sustainable communities in rural parts of the Philippines, and this was because I worked with Habitat for Humanity all throughout high school.
We went to different communities in the Philippines and Indonesia, and we built houses for people who had a hard time attaining basic necessities like food, water, and electricity.
However, during my Binibini journey, I’m so happy to say that my advocacy has evolved. Now I’m more focused on sustainable farming. And so every Sunday, I go to Cavite, to different local farms, and just talk to the farmers as they teach you more about agriculture, and how to achieve less carbon footing, so yeah it’s just been really cool.
I’ve never thought I would do farming in the Philippines. And I really encourage everyone to do it. It’s so fun, and you just feel really one with nature, and you discover so many ways in which you can be sustainable which you haven’t thought of before.
KM: I completely agree, because the answer to the problem of food supply is if every household is able to plant their own food.
SAP: I agree, and of course you also want to know what you put into your body, because I’m very health-conscious. And if you plant it yourself, and you know exactly what’s going into your body, even based on just the soil that you used, it’s just so much more satisfying and fulfilling, knowing that.
KM: Correct, I have this cousin and she has these really small, organic eggplants. And my mom was saying that if you buy that in a grocery store, that would be so expensive, when you can actually plant it.
So maybe in the future we can have more discussions on these farming projects of yours okay, Sam?
SAP: Yes, yes. I’m actually starting to build my own sustainable farm with one of the girls I was with in Binibini, Miss Manila, Patricia. So we’re starting our own sustainable farm together, and yeah, looking forward to that project.
KM: That’s cool, that’s cool. And of course, you’re a queen, you’re an influencer, please use your voice to encourage more people to get into farming.
So you mentioned being health-conscious, of course when you join a beauty pageant, it’s as much the beauty inside and out, but the beauty outside also matters.
So let’s talk about the physical aspects, and help us teach our viewers how they can be more like you. How can they follow so they can be as fit as Sam?
So in terms of fitness, Sam, what is your exercise or workout routine?
SAP: Yes, so with my diet, ever since I was in college, I love to try extreme diets, which I really don’t recommend to everyone, because it really depends on your body type.
For me, I like to experiment, and I’m also a cook at home, so I love to cook. I actually curate my own recipes, I have a food Instagram called @wifeyworthymeals, so I put all the macros in there and whatnot.
But if we’re talking about diets, the one diet that really works for me is fasting. So I make it a point to fast for 3 days, at least twice a month. So it’s just a water diet, and I think there’s so many benefits to it if you really do your research. You produce ketones, your insulin levels are better, and it also prevents heart diseases and diabetes, so yeah, fasting.
And also, I’m a firm believer that if you want to lose weight, then just simply don’t eat.
KM: Sam, I’m sure you do your readings, you did your research before you got into fasting. But are you guided by a doctor or a nutritionist in your fasting?
SAP: For the first year that I did fasting consistently, I went to a nutritionist and they just checked all my sugar levels to make sure that I’m not pushing it too hard. So they said 6 days a month of not eating is totally okay, for my body at least.
And for my age, and my weight, and my height, so it really depends, and I would recommend whoever wants to try fasting to definitely see a nutritionist before going full blast into it.
KM: Yeah, okay okay, got it. Thank you for mentioning those other variables, because the journey might be different for each one of us.
But when you do eat, what do you eat? The other days of the month, when you’re eating regularly, how do you eat, Sam?
SAP: I usually make my own food, and I try to not put as many sauces on there as possible, I just try to keep it as organic [as possible]. And I’m also trying to be vegetarian at least twice a week, when I do eat regularly.