3 Ways to Keep Your Cool this Holiday Season

Merry Christmas Eve folks!! It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to sit down...unwind and relax! I could say it’s the holiday crazy-business or the fact that I moved or the bout of food poisoning or work being busy or the holiday parties… But whatever the reason the end of the year is always a busy and stressful time! In the midst of the craziness I managed to keep myself (somewhat) sane by following a few simple tips. These I will share with you here! So that no matter what family member is bugging you or whatever madness is going on in your life, you can smile and brush it off your shoulders! :)

So what did I do?? Well for starters I reminded myself that this too shall pass.. and then I did the following:

1. I relied on organic berries and dark, leafy greens more than ever!! Nutrition. That's what matters. Eating well, balanced, truly healthy (no chemicals, additives, processed crap), whenever and wherever you can will help keep your hormones in check!

2. Maca - my lifesaver!! Maca is a root that is a powerful adaptogen. It grows high in the Andes under bitterly, harsh conditions. It has numerous beneficial qualities but the one that has kept me hooked is that it helps one adapt to 'stressful conditions'. That makes it a HUGE winner in my books!! I add 1 tbsp of Maca root powder to my smoothies or my morning kefir with berries. But my favorite way of drinking it is mixed with raw cacao powder and some raw honey. You can try Organic Traditions Macaccino - I love it!! 

3. Deep Breathing - this really helps!! I would take 5 minutes and just breathe deeply...in for a S-L-O-W count of 4 (think 1 Hippopotamus...2 Hippopotamus...etc) and out through your mouth, S-L-O-W-L-Y, for a count of 4. The first couple times I did this I would be thinking "It's not working..It's not working.." but once you ease into it,  you will see that it does work! I would actively choose to let go of my thoughts and imagine a huge, brilliant white light enveloping and getting brighter with each breath.  

For a bonus I would soak in a hot bath with 1 cup of Epsom Salts and 10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil - dim the lights or take a soak by candlelight - and leave your troubles in the water! That’s how I “survived” the last couple weeks! Just a little time (5 minutes here and there - and you DO have 5 minutes for you! Find them :) will make you happier and keep you healthy. Stress decreases your immunity so take the time to take care of YOU! YOU are super...important! Remember that! :) Happy Holidays my loves!! xxA

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Bee....Stress-Free

One down and two (or more) to go!! It’s holiday time and there are lots of family dinners and business events on the horizon. I forgot about the holiday shopping!! I don’t know how I could’ve done that!! :) As you already, this is the time of year where there will be lots on your plate and little time to take care of things AND take care of yourself. In the past I used to just forget about myself until the new year, but that is no longer the case. Now I make sure I up my consumption of foods containing a certain vitamin (or vitamins). B vitamins!

Why are B vitamins so important?? They play several roles in our bodies:

  • Maintain healthy skin and muscle tone
  • Promote cell growth and division
  • Enhance immune and nervous system function
  • Ease stress
  • Improve Mood
  • Support and increase metabolism rate
  • Improve memory
  • Reduce PMS symptoms

Quite a lot right?? B vitamins are essential for us to feel good and be healthy and fit, physically and mentally. I can feel when my B vitamins are getting low - I feel tired, moody, stressed and anxious, my skin begins to look dull - and then when I go over what I’ve been (or not been) eating, I see where I’ve gone wrong.

In addition to my upping my consumption of dark leafy greens, organic grains like quinoa and amaranth and organic protein sources, here are my 2 favorite ways to get my B-in:

  1. Maca - a root native to the Andes in South America; it is a powerful adaptogen and hormone regulator, rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins. The benefits of consuming Maca cover a lot of ground - it improves anemia, chronic fatigue, depression, thyroid conditions, menstrual discomfort and disorders, memory and can even help with fertility and stress! Start with 1 tsp in your smoothie, oatmeal, chia pudding or organic greek yogurt and build up to 1 tbsp over the course of a month. Then go for 2 tbsp a day over the next month.
  2. Raw Honey/Bee Pollen/Propolis/Royal Jelly - known collectively as 'bee products' are one of nature's most complete foods. Honey, in its raw, wild, unfiltered state, is rich in minerals, probiotics, enzymes and antioxidants. Use raw honey in your smoothies, oatmeal and puddings and add to your hot beverages once they are cool enough to drink to enjoy its full benefits. Bee Pollen is rich in vitamin B9, has all 22 essential amino acids and is an energy rich source of protein. If you work out and need a good, clean source of protein - bee pollen is approximately 25% protein and is easy to assimilate. Look for fresh bee pollen or bee pollen that has been dried at less than 96 degrees (the hive's natural temperature). Add 1 tbsp to your smoothies or chia pudding. Propolis has antibacterial properties and support a healthy immune system. Propolis can be used in extract form and added to your tea or water. Royal Jelly is a known rejuvenator and is rich in amino acids, vitamin B5, other B vitamins and a variety of minerals. It has a stimulating effect without the negative effects that caffeine has on the body and has been known to enhance our ability to think clearly. It isn't the tastiest bee product (well, at least it isn't for me) but I choose to eat a 1/2 tsp raw and straight out of the jar! You can add 1/2 tsp to your smoothie or overnight oatmeal. Adding raw honey or any of these bee foods benefit your body by giving it plenty of B vitamins (and other vitamins and minerals) and antioxidants to build up our stress-defenses and reducing the production of histamines thereby neutralizing many allergies.     

These are my 2 ‘secrets’ to feeling great and maintaining my ‘youthful’ skin!! I have noticed that the more consistent I am with my nutrition the healthier my body feels! So I drink 2-3 Purium Power Shakes (with plenty of organic greens and spirulina) a day, take my Virgin Raw Bee Panacea and make sure I eat a good amount of organic fruits and veggies and choose quality sources of protein. Start adding one or both of these to your routine and enjoy their many benefits! Enjoy in good health! xxA

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5 Exotic SuperFoods

In my last post I was talking about superfoods and shared 5 superfoods that are common in our part of the world and excellent additions to our diets. In this post I will share 5 additional superfoods that are excellent for your health and wellbeing and tell you a little what they do that makes them so good for you!

What is a “SuperFood”??

A superfood is defined as a food that is exceptionally nutrient dense. It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals.

5 “Exotic” Superfoods

  1. Chia seeds - are a meso-american warrior food! The Aztec warriors would carry chia seeds with them when they went off into battle. Chia seeds are a complete protein rich in fiber, potassium, iron, manganese, calcium, phosphorus. They are also rich in Omega 3s, Omega 6s and antioxidants like vitamin C. They have the capacity to absorb approximately 10x their weight in water which serve to remove toxins and impurities, cleaning out your digestive system and boosting your immune system! All this from very tiny seeds! =>Add them to your organic greek yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, salads etc.

  2. Raw, Organic Cacao - is the original chocolate and yes, it is a superfood. In its raw, pure, unadulterated form it is rich in antioxidants, iron, chromium, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, vitamin C, phosphorus and more! It is also rich in tryptophan, a powerful mood enhancer, that is essential in the production of serotonin. =>Raw organic cacao nibs or powder can be added to your smoothies, juices, chia pudding, oatmeal, etc and you can make delicious raw desserts with it too!

  3. Maca - one of my favorite superfoods. Maca is a Peruvian superfood that is rich in vitamins B1, B2, C & E and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and iron. It also contains traces of zinc and selenium. Maca is an adaptogen and is excellent at balancing hormones. It is great for women with menstrual issues, PMS symptoms, fertility (in men and women), menopausal symptoms and lack of libido. Maca is also excellent for helping one manage stress and conditions such as anemia, fatigue, poor memory, tuberculosis, depression and malnutrition. =>Raw, organic maca powder can be added to your smoothie, yogurt, anything with raw cacao powder (they work well together), desserts and juices.

  4. Hemp seeds - are a complete protein source and are rich in Omega 3s, 6s and 9s which are all essential for brain function and beautifying for the skin. Hemp seeds are rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, potassium, sodium, silicon, copper and others. They contain all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids needed to maintain a healthy human life. =>Hemp seeds can be eaten as a snack or added to your salads, salad dressings or smoothies and raw hemp protein powder is an excellent protein source for athletes and can be used in smoothies, shakes or juices. Hemp milk is an excellent, and healthier, milk substitute.

  5. Coconut - whether you eat the meat, oil or drink the water the health benefits are numerous. Coconut improves digestion and aids in the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. It is a powerful anti-viral, anti-microbial, anti-fungal which helps support a healthy immune system. It improves the utilization of blood sugar and can lessen the symptoms of hypoglycemia. Coconut supports healthy hormone production and help increase metabolism. Coconut water is excellent for hydration. =>Always cook with coconut oil, organic preferably. It is one of the few oils that doesn’t turn rancid at high heats. Eating 1 tablespoon (1 tsp if solid) of coconut oil first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach, helps boost your metabolism encouraging your body to burn fat. Add coconut oil to your fruit and veggie smoothies. Coconut meat can be used in desserts, smoothies or as a snack.           

There you have it! These are the 5 superfoods that I recommend adding to one’s diet despite their exotic origins. The health benefits from these are powerful and they work well together. A smoothie with coconut oil, raw cacao powder, and raw maca powder gives your body energy, boosts your immune system, protects your body from free-radical damage, balances your mood and hormones. You can even add chia seeds and hemp protein powder to boost that same smoothie to up your protein (and the health benefits). How does it get better than that??

My Favorite Superfood Smoothie concoction??

Green Berry Super Smoothie

3 organic kale leaves, destalked

1 cup organic blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 cup organic strawberries, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp raw maca powder

1 tbsp raw cacao powder

2-3 tbsp organic hemp powder or hemp seeds

Purified water/unsweetened almond milk/coconut water - as much as needed for your preferred consistency

=>Blend well and drink up!!

This is one of my favorite ways to start my day. It is tasty and loaded with nutrients! If it’s too ‘green’ tasting, add some more berries. Your body will thank you!  

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Boost Energy & Rejuvenate your Body with Maca

I first heard about Maca during a presentation on Raw Foods by David Wolfe at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. As a result, I started reading up on superfoods in David Wolfe's book "Superfoods" and I incorporated Maca into my morning smoothies. I immediately noticed that on the days when I would make my smoothies with maca I would feel more focused and energetic. I also noticed that I was calmer, even in the face of the day to day stresses of life. I was handling things much better (which for a 'fiery' Latina is a good thing :)). Noticing the first hand results I started feeding my boyfriend maca too & I started telling my mom about it. Gotta spread the good news right??

What is Maca??

It’s a root that has been cultivated in the high altitudes of the Peruvian Andes for around 2,600 years. It is found in the most barren and inhospitable part of the Andes, which gives the root its character and properties. The ancient warriors of the Amazon jungle domesticated maca and later the warriors of the Inca empire would eat this root before entering battle in order to make them stronger and increase their stamina; after battle these warriors were prohibited from using maca, to protect the women from ‘excessive sexual desires of men’.

Maca has been used, medicinally, in South America to enhance fertility in humans and animals for centuries. Maca is a superfood that is categorized as an adaptogen, ‘which means it has the ability to balance and stabilize the body’s glandular-hormonal system, nervous system, cardiovascular system and musculature.’1 Maca boosts the immune system, increases stamina and energy, increases oxygen in the blood, supports the thyroid, endocrine system and the adrenals and it increases fertility and libido. That’s a lot of information..I know. But what is most important for you to take away from that is that it heals your body on all levels, allowing it to adapt to the stresses of modern life, keeping  you younger and healthier, longer. There is so much more I want to share with you but for the sake of brevity I will tell you this: It is rich in many vitamins and minerals and improves a variety of conditions.

Look for Maca in the following forms:

  • Dried, powdered maca root

  • Dried, powdered maca root capsules

  • Maca varieties are black, yellow, red

  • Dried superfood formulas containing maca

  • Maca chocolate bars, treats and energy bars

  • Liquid maca concentrates

  • Roasted Maca

How to use Maca?

You can use maca in your smoothies, in capsule form, in your favorite tea or nut milk or coffee, even as part of a raw dessert or dish. It is very versatile and is a great emulsifier too. Just be sure to start with small amounts - 1 tablespoon a day is a good start.

Rejuvenating Smoothie

1 cup unsweetened almond milk, organic

1 cup goji purified water (include the berries)**

1 cup blueberries

½ packet organic Açaí, frozen

1 tbsp organic coconut oil

1 tbsp raw maca powder

1 tsp goji berry powder (optional)

1 tsp camu-camu powder (optional)

**Bring purified water to a boil and toss in 2 tbsp of goji berries and allow to cool.

Place ingredients in blender and mix thoroughly. Serve and enjoy!

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Resource:

1 - Wolfe, David. Superfoods. Berkeley: North Atlantic Books, 2009. Print