Hangover cure

Posted on January 1, 2013

Water is the key to life. The earth needs it and so do we. Don't wait until you have a hangover to get hydrated. Drink plenty of water throughout your day and watch how your energy and over all sense of well being improves. Many people suffer from dehydration and don't even know it. Migraines, headaches, fatigue, and hunger are all signs of de-hydration. Eating a well balanced meal, and using whole foods as your source of vitamins is the easiest way to guarantee optimum health. Our bodies can't absorb synthetic vitamins. Get your vitamins straight from the source, from whole foods. Drink plenty of water and stay away from processed beverages like Vitamin water, or gatorade. Get your electrolytes from natural sources like coconut water or make your own vitamin water with these easy recipes. Try each one and find the best that suits you and your taste buds. Mix and match to find your favorite blend.

Raw food 101

Posted on December 30, 2012

Raw food diet 101


Congratulations on your new journey to optimum health. Raw food has the ability to cure many health ailments. Whether you’re committing to a 100% raw food diet, doing a short term detox, or just including more raw foods into your daily diet, it’s a great way to instantly feel more vibrant and well. Raw food is known to cure skin disorders, digestive issues, obesity, heart disease, cancer, auto immune disorders, hormone imbalances and more. Whole raw food provides your body with energy straight from the source. Eating raw foods can get confusing for some and it’s important to have a good understanding of the foods before embarking on this journey to health.

If you don’t eat a variety of foods, you may deprive your body from much needed nutrients and minerals. Your body can fall into a depression and you can do more harm than good. The key is to eat, eat, eat! This guide will help you get the most out of your raw food diet, and get you on your way to an effortless path to healing. Try easing your way into it first by doing a 24 hr. raw food challenge once a week, and then increase to find the intensity that’s right for your body. Do you feel better eating raw a little everyday, once a week, or do you feel well with a complete raw food diet? Find the diet that’s right for your body, and listen to the way it feels.

Real Sazón!

Posted on November 15, 2012
When I started becoming more health conscious the first thing to go was processed foods. That meant almost all of my Latin foods because everything was packed with MSG and preservatives. It made me really sad because my mother's cooking is my favorite. I soon started researching products to see if I could use alternatives. After a bunch of research it hadn't dawned on me that my great grandparents didn't use that Goya crap, they made everything from scratch.

So then I asked my grandfather, and I used a little common sense and made the spice blend myself. My grandfather gave me his recipe for fresh sofrito and the proper way to make it and use it. Puerto Rican food has a bad reputation for being one of the un-healthiest foods in the world. Besides some the obvious fried foods and starchy side dishes, Puerto Rican food isn't all that bad if you know what to eat and how to make it properly without all the processed ingredients that was adapted from the United States. Alas, the downfall of being a US territory, obesity and disease linked from food.

Papi's Sofrito

Posted on November 14, 2012
Sofrito is the base of all Puerto Rican cooking. It's what gives that amazing full bodied flavor that you find in almost every dish known as "sazon criolla". Every Puerto Rican home is different and they all have their "style" of cooking. Mother's take a lot of pride in their "sazon" or seasoning, and your first lesson growing in a Puerto Rican home is that your mom's beans are the best. In all honesty, it's hard to find bad Puerto Rican food. I don't know a Puerto Rican mother that can't cook. Well, the un-americanized mothers I should say. They all cook good, the difference is in their flick of the wrist. There's good food all over the island. Even the "fast food" cooked in a Kmart food court tastes amazing. Good Puerto Rican food, however, is hard to find in the states. A lot of people in the states use Goya Products, which are very low quality seasoning. Tip # 1: Sofrito should be made fresh..... and so I do.
A lot of my friends have been dying to know how to make sofrito so I decided to put my recipe up and explain how it was passed down to me. Puerto Rican food always comes with a story. FYI: these next blog entries are giving you a sneak peak to the Vegan Puerto Rican book I will be kick starting soon. 

Why do I keep slipping into my old habits?

Posted on November 13, 2012

Nobody is perfect. It's hard to stay on track 100%. After all, that's what makes us human. The key is to stay in balance and to be able to recognize when there's an imbalance and to know what to do to get back on track. You have to get a grip of your mind. There's no sense in self-sabotage for example the "well I cheated on my diet, I might as well give up" isn't a good mentality. That's where you will go wrong. Just because you made one bad choice doesn't mean you have to keep spiraling down. You could get right back up and keep going, taking one day at a time. Many of my clients that I've put on a detox never followed it 100% but have all received amazing results just by giving their best effort. You see, it's the slight changes in a diet over a long period time that makes all the difference. Here are some tips you could use to stay on track and focused along the journey.

Consistency: A little everyday. As long as it's consistent, you will achieve something. Imagine if you found a dollar a day and put it in the bank. It might not seem like it's much, but if it's consistent you will see the number in your account grow over time. You've already achieved so much just by being aware that you want to make a change.

Winter Park farmers market

Posted on August 15, 2012

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Winter Park Farmers Market

My dear friend Alex Kid Dynamo was visiting and teaching dance workshops here in Maitland, so we stayed up the night before dancing and hanging out. There was a nice number of bodies laid out in my living room Saturday morning. The crew made plans to hit the beach in the morning, so I had to make sure to wake up early and head out to the Winter Park Farmers market to pick up some goodies for the beach and a birthday present for a very special girl in my life. I was on a mission! I took the girls with me, Mila and Debo, to show them around the market. Debo was detoxing so the farmers market was perfect! I bought some freshly cut pineapple to pick on while we walked around and we ended up picking up some veggies to juice, a bunch of beets, apples, celery, ginger and carrots.

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Cha cha cha chia!

Posted on August 15, 2012

navitaschia.jpgI grew up watching the chia commercial and it never occured to me that I would somehow eat the seeds later in the future. I always thought it was some weird plant that infomercials were trying to sell me. It's actually a superfood that is used in mexico, and was used by the Mayans centuries ago! It's packed with nutrients and will boost your endurance and energy. The seeds are so tiny, it's unbelievable how something so small could be so good for you! You can find Chia seeds at Eat More Produce, and natural food markets like Whole foods, Chamberlain, and Hoover's market. You can use Chia in almost everything. Put it in shakes to upgrade a normal smoothie to one packed with power! Make dressings with it, banananut bread, pudding, soup, and even lemonade. For a basic gel mix 1/3C of Chia seeds with 2 Cups of cold water, whisk and set for 15 minutes. You can then mix that gel with your smoothie or lemonade.

'Chia Fresca'

2 tsp chia seeds
10oz pure water
juice of one lemon or lime
agave syrup or raw honey to taste