As wife to Kean Cipriano and mom to their two young kids Stellar and Salem, Chynna Ortaleza has embraced and enjoying motherhood to its fullest. But last June 13 in her Instagram post, the 38-year-old actress revealed the reason behind her drastic weight loss since last year. Chynna admitted her problem started last year. In her post, Chynna shared a “honest” selfie in black and white while at home.
She wrote, “I am 86 lbs as of today. But happy that my gut is recovering and that I am free of joint pains & headaches.
“The past 6 months have tested me. You know the saying, ‘Aim for progress & not perfection?’ Well.. I have to keep repeating this to myself so that I can celebrate my small wins.
“Before the pandemic I was 109 lbs. a steady weight after giving birth to my second child. When the pandemic hit, all of us had to make really drastic adjustments. I noticed I would always have gut problems. Feeling acidic, problematic stools, dull pain on my side. So I took all the tests & scans I could take (you name it, I took it) and decided to also get to the root cause of my issues. Thank God, all my tests are normal.”
Chynna shared that she took a food intolerance test which revealed that she was intolerant to foods like gluten, dairy, eggs, and corn.
“I honestly felt sad because everything I used to eat & loved had all of this! I had to take them out of my system for 3-4 months! I had to reprogram for the best. I started eating what was right for my body. So yup, that caused a drastic drop in my weight but at least I gave my gut the much needed pampering. Giving it probiotics, learning to masticate properly & trying to hydrate properly,” she wrote.
As part of her journey to wellness, Chynna said she will focus on the physical and mental aspects of self-care.
“The past months I have started to reintroduce the no-no’s on my chart.. and will also need to start building muscle. I pray that God will continue to light my way as I reconstruct the physical body that he has gifted this soul. I also learned that GRIEF & PTSD reflects on one’s body and I have to go through this to get through it. I am in the thick of this so please be kind. I lost so many loved ones.. and mourn for what we used to enjoy as beings. I have plenty of traumas that I am currently dissecting,” she said.
Chynna ended her post reminding her followers to always practice kindness. “Let’s all take it easy on each other. Most of the time what you see is never ever surface deep,” she added.
Aside from being a full-time mom to her two kids, Chynna is also vice president of OC Records, a record label she and her husband Kean launched in 2018 in collaboration with Viva Entertainment. The name “OC” stands for Chynna and her husband’s surnames.