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The best facial skin care routine in 9 steps for women over 50

June 2nd, 2022 Posted by Self-Care, Uncategorized 0 thoughts on “The best facial skin care routine in 9 steps for women over 50”

Living currently through my mid-fifties proves to me one more time that getting older means returning to that original wisdom of us when we were babies and little kids and used to be aware of our true needs and know very well how to listen to and follow our hearts. Therefore, growing older actually means to me growing younger!!

When we reach a certain age we cannot help, but use that original wisdom to live in full awareness and recognize what is good or not for our bodies without letting external influences take over our will and awakeness. It’s amazing to discover how easy is to maintain a healthy and youthful-looking by just turning as close as possible to nature, and for nature, I refer to unprocessed ingredients that occur naturally only in Mother Earth and are not formulated and combined in labs with endocrine disrupters such as parabens, sulfates, alcohol or synthetics. I even refer to those ones manufactured with the most sustainable, innovative, and natural, but processed ingredients and materials.

Nature is here to take care of all of us as well as we all are to take care of it. Let’s take that to our advantage and make the best use of it for a healthier, brighter, smoother, and more glowing face skin appearance only with what we have hidden in our pantry all while preserving some bucks in our wallets, protecting our body from unnecessary chemicals, Mother Earth from industrial waste and our local environment from empty and used plastic containers or bottles of beauty products.

This is one of my best natural face skincare routines in 9 steps for women of all ages, but overall for women over 50:

 

Step 1. EXFOLIATION. Eliminates dead skin cells and prepares the skin for the full treatment. You need 1 tsp Himalayan salt or coconut sugar with 1/2 tsp of olive, hemp, or almond oil. Mix the ingredients and scrub gently onto the face skin. Wash it off with warm water or a washcloth.

Step 2. CLEANSING. Cleanses and removes oil, impurities, and makeup. Balances and hydrates the skin. Minimizes the appearance of bumps, dark spots, and redness. You need either purified or distilled water or hamamelis/witch hazel or micellar water. Soak a cotton pad, press it against your face, then lift it away.

Step 3. HYDRATION. Restores, hydrates, repairs, protects, and prevent wrinkles. You need my master facial mask: natural yogurt or kefir, manuka or bee honey, hydrolyzed fish collagen powder, lemon juice or Vit C powder, olive, coconut, and almond oil. Mix small quantities of all ingredients in a small glass container until form a cream-like mask. Apply on to your face and neck and leave it on for 10 minutes. Rinse with plenty of lukewarm water.

Step 4. DRINKING WATER. Hydrates the skin from the inside out. Take a pause and drink pure water.

Step 5. DRY SKIN BRUSHING FACE. Improves blood circulation, stimulates lymph drainage, unclogs pores, brings out the natural moisture of the skin, and promotes skin detox. You need a bamboo face brush with 100% natural soft bristles. To tighten the skin, start brushing from the chin and work your way up. Give your neck and cheeks a gentle and slow brushing with love.

Step 6. MOISTURIZER. Nourishes and hydrates your skin, provides a soothing protective film, improves the appearance of dry and aging skin, a natural mixture of amino acids which help attract, retain and redistribute water. Prepare my master facial cream by mixing shea butter and coconut, olive, almond, and avocado oil at a 3:1:1:1:1 ratio.

Step 7. FACIAL MASSAGE. Brightens the skin, smooths wrinkles, promotes blood circulation, reduces swelling and wrinkles, tightens the skin​ ​and relaxes muscles, and makes the skin more elastic. Use Your fingers or a Jade or quartz roller and a cold Gua Sha stone. They are widely used for anti-aging, and anti-wrinkle lines, reducing dark circles and rejuvenating the skin.

Step 8. PROTECTION. Apply a few drops of Vitamin E on your face and gently distribute them with the tip of your middle finger all on your cheeks, forehead, and chin. It will protect your skin from the sunlight.

Step 9. BREATH and RELAXATION. Take the time to calm and relax your facial muscles before you continue with your home chores by taking deep breaths in and long breaths out while smelling the delicate aroma of some lavender essence.

Never let your biological age determine your inner and outer look. You are as young as your heart pleases. Be and live your forever young from the inside out and in harmony with nature.

With love,

Ivette

Why is vitamin C an ideal nutrient for overall health?

May 19th, 2020 Posted by Nutrition 0 thoughts on “Why is vitamin C an ideal nutrient for overall health?”

During the last three months of covid crisis, we all have heard the claim that having a vitamin-rich diet, especially in vitamin C, may prevent or even heal the body from this virus. We have also heard the other side of the story that “no supplement, diet, or healthy lifestyle other than staying home, practicing social distancing, wearing masks, and applying proper hygiene can prevent or protect us from it.

These two sides of the coin obviously leave us with two options to follow, either to eat plenty, tons of fruits and vegetables rich in vitamins and minerals or do nothing, but just keep ourselves in isolation, wear a mask, stop seeing and hugging our loved ones, use hand sanitizers and wait until others tell us what it is next. I think this is the perfect time to do the former. Now more than ever we must be proactive with our health and become aware of how what we eat, think, and feel can and do either save our lives or make us ill. It is time to use our critical thinking, our intuition, and great wisdom.

We all know that vitamins are essential micro-nutrients required for various biochemical and physiological processes in the body. They are classified as fat-soluble (A, D, E, K) and water-soluble vitamins (C and B complexes) getting vitamin C a great deal of attention among them during the pandemic due to its role as a powerful immune booster.  However, it must be outsourced either from food or supplements since the human body cannot synthesize it naturally, due to the lack of an enzyme named gluconolactone oxidase.

 

6 MAIN HEALTH BENEFITS OF VITAMIN C

It has been proved that Ascorbic acid – for its organic compound name:

  1. stimulates the immune system by enhancing T-cell proliferation to attack infections
  2. is essential for the development and maintenance of connective tissues and bone formation
  3. fights inflammation and accelerates wounds healing
  4. increases metabolic functions: activates B vitamin and folic acid, converts cholesterol to bile acids, lowering blood cholesterol levels, converts cholesterol to bile acids, lowering blood cholesterol levels as well as the amino acid, tryptophan into the neurotransmitter serotonin, increases the absorption of iron in the gut by reducing ferric to ferrous state, synthesizes collagen and carnitine in the connective tissue
  5. neutralizes free radicals, prevent and reverse cellular damage as a potent antioxidant
  6. reduces the severity of allergic reactions

 

NATURAL SOURCES OF VITAMIN C

It is important to aim to obtain the daily Recommended Daily Amount of vitamin C, with or without coronavirus, from the food we eat. Therefore, more than ever, we need to eat nutrient-dense whole fresh foods that provide us with this essential nutrient.

According to the Government of Canada, the safety “daily value used in nutrition labeling is based on 60 mg of vitamin C for a reference diet.” However, experts in medicine and nutrition, recommend a safety intake of up to 2000 mg a day for good health. This daily value intake may seem a lot and hard to get from the food itself.  However, here I am listing the top foods rich in this vitamin C for you to see how easy it is to meet the 2000 mg a day through diet alone so that you strive to reap all its health benefits without taking dietary supplements so that your intake does not depend on them.

Source: “Complete Guide to Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements,” Griffith, Winter H.

Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods will provide you with all the essential vitamins and minerals necessary for great health. Work on incorporating fruits and vegetables to all your recipes, from meatloaf to soups, eat them as a quick snack with hummus, chili pepper, dips, and salsas, or include them in your sandwiches and wraps, add them to your cereals, but most importantly, enjoy a jar of dark leafy greens and fruit smoothie as a filling and low-calorie healthy jumpstart breakfast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To heal the gut fulfill the soul

May 18th, 2020 Posted by The Soul's Journey 0 thoughts on “To heal the gut fulfill the soul”

There is not a healthy body without a healthy gut, nor a healthy gut without a fulfilled soul.  In today’s 24/7 society where success is more and more about achieving and having, thriving or dying, the fact is that many of us, at some point in our lives, compromise our physical and emotional health by not living our soul’s purpose.

 

The gut as the second brain 

 

As you have probably heard, your gut is your second brain in your gastrointestinal system.  Although both, your gut (Enteric Nervous System) and your brain (Central Nervous System) are entirely different from one another, and each of them plays a specific role within the entire body’s system orchestra, they are composed of the very same tissues. With more than 100 million nerves lining in the gut itself, brain and gut are wired and interconnected by neurons or neurotransmitters – the body’s chemicals messengers that transmit messages between brain and gut neurons, being the major neurotransmitters synthesized in the gut (serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine and nitric oxide).

Waste, toxins, and microbes, such as bad bacteria, fungi, protists and viruses stored in the gut due to poor eating habits disrupt the digestive process causing not only functional disorders of the gastrointestinal tract (GT) such as constipation, diarrhea, bloating, pain, stomach upset, irritible bowel, syndrome (IBS), leaky gut, ulcers, immune system disorders, inflammation, and eventually, chronic diseases, but also a decrease of the levels of neurotransmitters that are to be sent by the gut to the receiving neurons in the brain, preventing the chemical processes between the brain and the gut from working efficiently. This count down and the inefficient neurotransmitters process have a direct impact in your emotions, your moods, your daily activities, your choices, the way you perceive reality, your energy levels and your response to what happens to you in life.

On the other hand, the same circuits that connect a troubled gut with the brain can also send signals to the gut from a troubled, unclear, unsatisfied, frightened, traumatic and conflicted brain. In other words, just as a conflicted brain can be a by-product of a distressed gut due to unhealthy eating choices and poor digestion, a gut distress can be the cause of a conflicted brain due to lack of life satisfaction, clarity and knowledge about your truest self, but overall, a lack of life’s purpose. In either case, the results are the same: your immune system becomes weak and your overall well-being compromised.

The healing of the soul is the healing of the gut

By repressing your soul’s calling and neglecting your gut health, you are suppressing your immune system.

 

Studies have demonstrated that by repressing your truest self, you repress your digestive system as well. In this process, you also debilitate your immune system. Therefore, you become more prone to illness, gain or lose weight, get easily injured, fatigued, depressed, anxious and, ultimately, neurotic. Both, the body and the mind stop thriving. The initial stress caused by the lack of self-expression shuts down your parasympathetic nervous system (PNS), the system responsible for the body’s rest and digest, while it activates the “fight and flight” response of the sympathetic nervous system (SNS), the one that controls the body’s response to threat. This response turns your initial acute stress into chronic stress, therefore, chronic pain.

It is at this point when the afflictions of chronic stress start to manifest: weight gain, inflammation, pain, and those so common incurable, unknown and mysterious chronic diseases. You may even find this familiar: after visiting a dozen doctors and specialists, going through multiple blood tests, MRIs and Xrays, you get the same hopeless diagnosis: fibromyalgia, depression, and anxiety as the cause of your pain, because “all is in your head” therefore, “in your gut.”

What it seems to be a simple GI tract discomfort can end up being a mysterious illness. However, by simply transforming your way of eating and following your soul’s call will help resolve the mystery. In the light of many searches and literature on the connection between, stress, trauma, and digestive problems, it is clear to me that the healing of the gut is impossible without the healing of the heart and the fulfillment of the soul. Living in harmony with your truest self, will not only help you return to your original state of health and wellness but it will allow you to live in a sustainable state of a blissful wholeness.

This is why by taking care of the heart and fulfilling your soul’s purpose can heal your mind, your heart and your gut. Follow me to learn more about the steps towards a healthier, more joyful, loving a peaceful way of living for the fulfilling of the soul and the healing of the gut .

 

With love,

Ivette

Nopalcan: 100% Dehydrated Organic Nopal Cactus Powder

May 5th, 2020 Posted by Nutrition 0 thoughts on “Nopalcan: 100% Dehydrated Organic Nopal Cactus Powder”

What is Nopal Cactus?

Nopal (or nopales, the plural form in Spanish) is the edible soft pad of the prickly pear cactus.  Because nopales are commonly referred to as prickly pears in English, it is important to clarify that cactus pads (nopales) and prickly pear fruit (tuna) are not the same things.  Most of the literature found on nopal cactus powder available today refers to the cactus pad and the prickly pear interchangeably.  However, although both, the cactus pad and fruit have extraordinary healing properties, we must look at their health benefits separately.
Nopalcan is the purest form of nopal cactus in powder which makes it an excellent source of insoluble and soluble fiber, and some indications of calcium (molar ratio .348 oxalates to 1 calcium – the more mature the nopal, the less oxalate), iron, as well as vitamins A and C, all macro and micronutrients necessary in the human diet.  When nopal pads are dehydrated, their nutrient content per net weight increases, as does their shelf life.  Dehydration also makes it easier to have daily dietary fiber intake from nopales in higher doses.

Where does nopal cactus come from?

Grown in the high mountains of the central and semi-arid regions of Mexico, Nopal is the common culinary name for the pad of the prickly pear cactus of the species Opuntia ficus-indica.  Nopal cactus was a very important plant to the indigenous people of Mexico in pre-Hispanic Aztec and Maya times due to its use in religious celebrations and disease treatments.  Most importantly, it was used as a holistic and medicinal food.  For over 7,000 years, nopal cactus pads have been well known for their nutritional value not only in Mexico, but in more recent years all over the Americas, Africa, Australia, and the Mediterranean.

The amazing health benefits of Nopales (Nopal Cactus Pads)

Due to its high content of natural dietary fiber,  nopal cactus can help in the digestive processes, in the treatment of obesity, in the control of hyperglycemia (type-II diabetes), hyperlipidemia and hypercholesterolemia, and fat levels (high LDL cholesterol and arteriosclerosis).  In addition, nopal cactus powder produced from mature nopal pads is a natural source of the 17 amino acids, including the six essential ones.

In recent years, studies and scientific papers on Nopal Cactus have proven the healing power of this edible pad.  Due to their relatively high amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals, but most of all, due to the high content of dietary fiber (soluble and insoluble) in mature pads, nopales are considered the Superfood of the ancient Aztecs.

Nopal cactus pads are well  known for its ability to:

  • aid in weight loss
  • assist in the digestion process and liver functions
  • facilitate the absorption of nutrients
  • normalize bowel movements
  • detoxify and clean the bowel
  • lower blood cholesterol levels
  • reduce blood pressure and inflammation
  • control blood sugar levels
  • regulate enzyme and hormone activities
  • help build strong bones and healthy teeth
  • increase energy levels
  • boost the immune system
  • create feelings of overall well being

The synergic effects of NOPALCAN in your daily life

Taking dietary fiber from nopal cactus powder provides physical, psychological, and spiritual advantages. By adding more soluble and insoluble fiber into your diet, you reduce the rate of entry of glucose into the bloodstream, producing the right amount of insulin to drive nutrients into the cells, and storing the necessary amount of glucose in the liver and muscles for future usage. Your brain gets signals of satiety, letting you consume the right amount of calories based on your body biochemistry and activity level. As you consume the right amount of calories, your eating slows down, which makes all digestive processes, absorption of nutrients and waste elimination, faster and more effective. As the efficiency of these processes increases, so does your metabolic rate, which in turn makes you burn fat faster; resulting in weight loss. While all of these processes are occurring, your body saves higher levels of energy to be used for more physical, mental, and spiritual daily activities, such as exercise, playing with your kids, spending quality time with your loved ones, achieving personal and work goals, and much more. The higher the energy levels in your body, the more feelings of joy, love, peace, and bliss, as well as a general sense of wellbeing, are experienced.

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Taking dietary fiber from nopal cactus powder provides physical, psychological, and spiritual

 

 

The smooth difference between juicing and blending

May 3rd, 2020 Posted by Green Smoothies 0 thoughts on “The smooth difference between juicing and blending”
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If you wonder what the difference is between a green juice or a green smoothie, the answer is in what it makes a smoothie smooth: the amount of fiber.

Although, both juicing and blending methods offer tremendous amounts of macro and micro-nutrients and are two efficient ways to consume more of the daily recommended intake of dark leafy greens, vegetables, and fruits in one shot, each one of them has their own unique way of releasing their health benefits into the body, being the fiber factor the main difference between both.

Neither one is better or healthier than the other one. However, it is important that we recognize the advantages and disadvantages that each of them has so that we know why, how and when to drink a juice or a smoothie, when it comes to maintain our health, prevent disease or heal our body.  Let’s start.

 

GREEN SMOOTHIES’ PROS

  1. You are drinking the whole food. Therefore, you are eating plenty of nutrients as well as dietary fiber. Fiber keeps you fuller longer, controls cravings, detoxifies the intestine, regulates bowel movements, aim in weight loss, regulates blood sugar and cholesterol levels
  2. You can blend the unjuicing – dark leafy greens and green vegetables such as arugula, dandelion, watercress, parsley, bittermelon, chayote, nopales, aloe vera and fruits like mango, avocado, grapefruit, kiwi, prunes, grapes, berries, and greens as well as seeds and nuts along with superfoods powders such as acai-berry, spirulina and chlorella, and nopal cactus can be added to the smoothies
  3. You can have them as a meal replacement – Due to their nutrient-dense content, fiber, enzymes, and fatty acids, green smoothies can be an excellent nutritious breakfast
  4. You use the whole fruit and vegetables – Only seeds, core, and skin are removed prior to blending, so there is basically zero waste
  5. You save time, energy and effort – Blending the whole fruits and vegetables with water once they are washed and clean takes about 3 minutes to get it ready to drink
  6. You save time – You can blend a fresh smoothie every morning very quickly once you produce is clean in your fridge and clean up the blender very easy
  7. You save money – You spend less in fruits and vegetables and still consume plenty of nutrients with less amount of them

 

GREEN SMOOTHIES’ CONS

  1. You have to wash all veggies and fruits prior to blending – Washing your greens and fruits can be at the time a very demanding task and may take so much of your time. However, once you get some practice it becomes part of our daily rituals
  2. You may not enjoy them at the beginning – If you are not used to the strong and bitter taste of some greens and veggies, it may not be a pleasant experience from the start, but if you are convinced of their health benefits you will persevere long enough until you love them
  3. You may end up drinking too much of the good stuff – Not all raw and green is healthy if you eat it all the time. Overeating some raw cruciferous vegetables and greens, such as collard greens, kale, parsley, spinach, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli) can cause a thyroid hormone unbalance due to their ability to block the absorption of iodine as well as osteoporosis due to their high content of oxalic acids which sucks the calcium out of their bones.
  4. You may experience some discomfort – Some bloating, gas or constipation can be some of the side effects if you are not used to eating fiber. By drinking plenty of pure water these effects will go away as well as you get used to fiber.

 

GREEN JUICES’ PROS

  1. You absorb more nutrients faster – Antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients are potentially much easier and faster to be absorbed and digested
  2. You obtain high doses of chlorophyll – Chlorophyll from the dark leafy greens aid in improving digestion, detoxifying the liver, and protecting you from free radicals

 

GREEN JUICES’ CONS

  1. You miss out on fiber – Therefore, it goes through your digestive tract faster spiking your glucose levels
  2. You are getting concentrated sugar – You are not only getting concentrated quantities of vitamins and minerals, but also high amounts of sugar
  3. You use way too much of produce – Overall leafy greens since they don’t have the juice to extract from
  4. You need time on prep – If you want to obtain concentrated quantities of nutritious juices you will need quite some time between going vegetable shopping, washing and cutting produce up, juicing and cleaning up, a big problem if you have a busy schedule
  5. You have to prep fresh juices more often – Juices spoil quickly. You need to go through the prepping process every 3 or 4 days, which is the fridge life of green juices
  6. You may end up getting fewer nutrients – If you don’t use a cold-press juicer, you may be getting more free radicals than nutrients due to the oxidation effect in produce from the heat and air
  7. You can’t go too far without fiber – Eventually, you will need to reincorporate dietary fiber from fruits and vegetables

 

If you are definitely having trouble digesting fiber or if you are looking for a faster way to absorb macro and micronutrients, go for green juices. However, if you are experiencing glucose tolerance issues, or if you are looking to lose weight or want to sneak your greens within your busy schedule skip the green juices and go for a nutritious fulfilling green smoothie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hazelnut Cocoa Brownies!

Hazelnut Cocoa Brownies

April 30th, 2020 Posted by Recipes 0 thoughts on “Hazelnut Cocoa Brownies”

Hazelnut Cocoa Brownies!

Who doesn’t want to stop relying on sweet goodies & drinks to get through dread afternoons overall in stressful times? Who doesn’t want to lower blood sugar level & the risk of disease? Who doesn’t want to lose weight, reach a healthy one, and keep it off? Who doesn’t want to feel and look younger than the chronological age? I do, but I have to be honest, it requires a lot of willingness and perseverance, passions and dedication, love & respect for one’s body to start changing old eating habits and start adding new ones to transform old patterns into a new way of eating.  It is true that it is hard & takes time to acquire a new way of thinking, but it is not impossible! ⁣

The good news is that there are plenty of alternatives to start making small changes toward a total transformation without sacrificing our palate & I venture here to say that my Hazelnut Cocoa Brownies are one of them! ⁣

I prepare them while on a quick WhatsApp conversation with my new IG friend @cinthyaq from London and had them as a snack while enjoying live music at the park with great friends, not without enjoying two “quesadillas de queso” each and a jar of fresh strawberry water first!

I made them with what I have handy and no recipe followed just my intuition, so I will improve them one of these days.⁣

 

 

What you need:⁣

3 cups homemade flourless mix (coconut, arrowroot flour, nopal cactus powder, ground sprouted lentils, mung beans, buckwheat)⁣

7 dates soaked⁣

1/4 cup olive oil⁣

1/2 cup hazelnut (or almonds, walnuts, Brazilian nuts) soaked⁣

1/4 cup almond milk ⁣

A pinch of baking soda & Himalayan salt⁣

1/4 cup cocoa powder⁣

How to prepare⁣

⁣Place flour on a bowl. In a food processor process the dates, nuts, cocoa, salt, olive oil, and milk until smooth. Mix it with the flour in the bowl. Add more milk as needed. Blend thoroughly until it becomes creamy.  Grease an oven tray and extend the mix on it. With a knife cut it in squares. Baked for 30 minutes at 350 degrees Celsius. Let them cool down and enjoy!! ⁣

Have you started making true changes to reach your healthy body weight?  ⁣

Ivette

Synergic Living: 6 approaches to help you heal your gut and fulfill your soul

April 16th, 2020 Posted by The Soul's Journey 0 thoughts on “Synergic Living: 6 approaches to help you heal your gut and fulfill your soul”

Healing of the gut and caring of the soul are, both, the foundation of my wholistic practice.  The Synergic Living’s services and products have been designed to help you repair and heal your gut, rediscover and honor your soul as well as becoming aware of your thoughts and feelings so that you can use them to grow and thrive as a human being.

Body-mind-soul when working together in synergy become the art of being in harmony within one’s self.  At Synergic Living, our goal is to help you discover and develop the skills and talents that are already within you so that you can experience vibrant health, authentic joy, profound love, inner peace, true bliss, rightful wholeness and ultimately, timeless wisdom.

These are the 6 Synergic Living approaches that aim to reach our goal of helping you  live a life in harmony with your true self, your soul:

  1. Food Products – Maintaining a clean gut is the key to great health, a youthful body, healthy weight, glowing skin and hair and strong bones. Nopalcan (organic ,100% dehydrated nopal cactus powder, a source of dietary fiber), Nopalcan Thrive (nopal cactus powder and acai berry as well as Collagen 50+ Glow (pure hydrolyzed fish collagen, coming soon), have all been created to help you build  a clean and healthy gut in order to support your new whole and fresh way of eating.

 

  1. Whole and Fresh Green Smoothies – It has been proven that by drinking one dark-leaf green smoothie a day in the morning improves digestion, builds a healthy microbial environment, provides necessary vitamins and minerals, enhances the absorption of nutrients, induces bowel movements, boosts the immune system, builds healthy bones, maintains healthy organs, boosts your energy, engages you in healthy habits, reduces cravings, and helps you lose weight. Here I am bringing the Blissful Green Smoothies to help you simplify your life and making your health and weight loss goals more attainable, so that you can focus on what matters the most: the fulfillment of your soul’s purpose.

 

  1. The Synergic Living Nutrition Program – Knowledge leads to awareness and awareness to better decisions. It’s important to become aware of what you eat, think, feel, breathe, say, do, and have in order to make the best choices for yourself and your loved ones as you work on the fulfillment of your greatest purpose. The Weight Management Nutrition Program (WMN) designed for small groups provides weekly sessions so that you have the necessary knowledge and tools to take your health in your hands as you become a master of your own health and wellness.  Whether your goal is losing weight, practicing the right exercises, maintaining or recovering your health, becoming more aware of the healthy choices you have available, learn new things or just to share your knowledge and expertise with others, this program will help you transform your whole life into a new healthy and vibrant way of living

 

  1. Workshops and Lectures– Through workshops and lectures, I encourage you and inspiring you to grow healthy and fit, discover and follow your soul’s purpose, develop your awareness, recover your wisdom, unleash your cooking and culinary skills, get to know yourself, discover new skills, and dare to start new adventures. I dare you to thrive.

 

  1. Hub for human connections – As the body is nourished, so the soul. I believe in the power of deep and strong human connection.   can be and it is important to All of our events are an excellent opportunity to get together with like-minded souls.  Whether at dances, dinners, karaoke nights, wine tours, games evenings, and other social and business events, finding an activity that invigorates and inspire your soul will allow you to connect with others at a higher, healthy energy level, besides getting your daily doses of hugs and laughs.

 

  1. Retreats– Give you the opportunity to spend quiet time in nature in company of other like-minded souls and the space you need to re-discover your authentic soul and re-design your life purpose in harmony with your soul. The SL Retreats create long-term benefits to your overall wellbeing to retrain your body, reset your mind and nourish your soul.  They allow you to take time out from your daily busy life and connect with your innermost nature in nature all while enjoying delightful healthy meals, immersing in active meditation and connecting with you body through yoga poses, n=but most importantly, but most importantly, you will get back to your new life feeling empowered and inspired to pursue your truest soul’s purpose, complete health, joy, love and peace.

I just can’t wait to work and walk with you on your journey towards living as a healthy, loving, joyful and peaceful human being in harmony with your innermost nature – your soul.

With much love,

Ivette

Refer to the article “The Gut-Soul Connection: To heal the gut fulfill the soul” for more information on the gut/soul connection.

Dietary Fiber: The natural ancient’s secret for health and weight loss

April 11th, 2020 Posted by Weight Management 0 thoughts on “Dietary Fiber: The natural ancient’s secret for health and weight loss”

 

The early Greeks possessed the solution for preventing constipation.  The ancient Aztecs held the secret for a healthy gut and in these days we all have access to the master key for eternal youth and weight-loss.  Here I will explain how by eating enough dietary fiber a day you can manage your body weight successfully and sustainably.

As a quick reference guide, fiber is that part of the fruits, seeds, vegetables, whole grains, and other edible plants that is not digested in the gastrointestinal tract by human digested enzymes, but it plays a very important role in the digestion process.  It is not a nutrient, but it is a form of carbohydrate that doesn’t count calories.

Dietary fiber refers to the two different types of fiber, soluble and insoluble and your body needs both.

1. Soluble fiber is the kind of fiber that turns into a gel in the presence of water. This process slows digestion for a more effective absorption of nutrients.  Soluble fiber is found in oat bran, barley, nuts, seeds, and all legumes as well as in some fruits and vegetables.  It can also be found in supplements such as in psyllium.

2.  Insoluble fiber does not dissolve in water. Therefore, it helps food pass quickly through the stomach and intestine while it adds bulk to the stool and makes it softer for easy and effective elimination.  Insoluble fiber is found in foods such as wheat bran, vegetables, and whole grains.

Most foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, but they are usually richer in one type than the other. Therefore, in order for you to receive the miraculous health benefits of eating fiber:

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You must obtain its full benefits from a wide range of natural sources.

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Eating enough dietary fiber from a wide range of fruits, vegetables, seeds, and nuts can help you:

  • Lose weight and maintain your healthy weight for life
  • Prevent and reduce your risk of a heart attack
  • Maintain healthy cholesterol levels
  • Regulate blood sugar levels reducing your risk of diabetes
  • Prevent and reduce your risk of cancer
  • Maintain healthy regular bowel movements
  • Protect and improve your immunity

In the Western world, people consume more food than their body’s biochemistry can take in a day to fuel the body with energy.  A percentage of this surplus energy – calories – is then stored as body fat.  In order to reverse this situation and experience weight loss effects in a healthy sustainable way, you need to supply your body with nutrient-dense foods in the right amount based on your daily energy requirements so that your body receives quality nutrients while it draws on its emergency stored surplus fat.

Therefore, having an adequate daily intake of  dietary fiber from nutrient-dense and whole living foods will help your body shed surplus fat in the following ways:

  1. Your body will start to eliminate waste as well as getting rid out of toxins and fat through the bowel up to three times a day
  2. Fiber will curb your appetite and make you feel fulfilled, reducing food intake
  3. It will slow down the conversion of carbohydrates to sugar by stabilizing glucose in the bloodstream aiding in weight loss
  4. You will eat more low-energy-density, fiber-rich foods, and less high-calorie foods.

This is why dietary fiber is an important component when it comes to preserving your gut health,  managing your body weight, and maintaining your overall health.  Eating fiber-rich foods offers physiological, psychological, and intellectual advantages as you will experience feelings of fulfillment, satisfaction, complete health, body lightness, youth, and joy.  The benefits of eating more dietary fiber start in the mouth, continue in the stomach, extend to the blood, and reach the colon to finally have a happily-ever-after end – healthy stools –  which are, to me, the clearest proof of a healthy gut.

 

Radish Greens Salad with mandarin dressing

April 7th, 2020 Posted by Recipes 0 thoughts on “Radish Greens Salad with mandarin dressing”

On my daily video call with my mom in Mexico, we were showing at each other our dishes and as usual, she came up with a saying: “The kitchen is life because that’s where our food comes from.”⁣

We should eat to live rather than living to eat and although eating healthy and clean demands time, some kind of sacrifices, and a strong commitment to remain healthy, vibrant, fit and joyful, it is also true that eating wholesome foods comes with amazing rewards: not only makes us feel healthy and vibrant but also makes us feel great about ourselves and the conscious choices we make, knowing that there are so many other options to choose from out there. ⁣

I love to take time to craft my salads and experiment with all kinds of dressings so that my gut can enjoy the last result. ⁣

Although this Radish Greens/ Mandarin salad seems to have more radishes and mandarin than greens, it actually had the right balance of sweetness and bitterness.⁣

What you need:⁣

– The greens of two radish bushes⁣

– Segments of 3 mandarins thin tough skin removed⁣

– 5 medium radish roots spiralized⁣

– Toasted coconut flakes to taste⁣

For Dressing⁣

– Segments of 2 mandarins⁣

– Olive oil⁣

– Garlic/Onion to taste⁣

– Himalayan Salt⁣

– The juice of one lemon⁣

How to prepare⁣

Place all the salad ingredients in a bowl.  Blend in a blender all the dressing ingredients until smooth and pour it at the top of the salad.

Enjoy!

 

Pre-digestive Bitter Green Smoothie

April 3rd, 2020 Posted by Green Smoothies 0 thoughts on “Pre-digestive Bitter Green Smoothie”

If you have recently had some digestive issues or haven’t visited the happily-ever-after place as often as you used to, you are not alone. Unfortunately, during this hard time, we all are prone to suffer constipation and inflammatory diseases more often than not due to poor nutrition, lack of healthy gut bacteria, dietary fiber, exercise, sunlight, and lots of worries, depression, stress, and fear.

In the face of these frightening circumstances, it is totally natural that our body activates the sympathetic nervous system response in order to fight or flight before an imminent threat.  In a matter of nanoseconds the body decides if it will fight or flight and during the process our levels of cortisol go up, digestive processes slow down, blood pressure goes up and heartbeats speed up. Our immune system weakens and we become more vulnerable to illness.

However, a strong and healthy body always fights back and flees if it doesn’t have strong troops to protect it. I want you to fight back stronger than ever and not retrieving as an option.

A healthy and wise way to start building a strong army and enlisting new soldiers that can stimulate your gut health is by drinking a pre-digestive bitter green smoothie every morning so that you jump start your day feeling energetic and vibrant for your soul to thrive

My pre-digestive bitter green smoothie made with whole fresh fruits and whole bitter vegetables is packed with dietary fiber and enzymes to help you reactivate your digestive system, stimulate gastric juices, and provoke peristalsis (relaxation of the muscles of the intestine) for healthy elimination of waste.

 

What you need:

½ small Indian or Chinese bitter melon** (remove the seeds with the back of a tsp)

1 cup dandelion greens

½ cup watercress

¼ fennel medium

½ cup pineapple

Nopalcan (nopal cactus powder)

1 small piece of fresh aloe vera

1 tsp lemon juice

**Bitter melon, fennel, watermelon, and dandelion are considered natural digestive boosters due to they stimulate the bowel, relieve constipation and support the immune system.  On the other hand, pineapple contains bromelain a dietary enzyme that helps breakdown proteins into single amino acids for better digestion and absorption.  Nopal cactus packed with dietary fiber, helps regulate levels of cholesterol and blood sugar in the blood, stimulate the bowel, relieve constipation, clean the intestine, and decrease inflammation. Dietary fiber is also the type of prebiotic that feeds the friendly bacteria in your gut, which is responsible for producing nutrients for your colon cells that lead to a healthier digestive system.  Aloe vera is a digestive aid that may help reduce constipation.

What to do:

Blend all ingredients with warm water and drink them in the morning in an empty stomach.

This pre⁣-digestive bitter green smoothie will make you experience again that happily-ever-after feeling that you may be missing all this time.

 

 

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