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Focus on the delicious foods…

24 Jan

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When transitioning to a more natural and vegetarian diet, focus on all the delicious foods available to you instead on what you’re giving up.  Focus on the positive and the possibilities, not on the negative stuff you’re leaving behind.

To make it easier for you…  instead of deleting stuff from your diet, ADD NEW THINGS to your diet, for example:

  1. Eat a fresh salad everyday.
  2. Eat more fresh fruits.
  3. Drink more water.
  4. Exercise for 30 mins a day.
  5. Try a new vegetable every month.

When you focus on ADDING new healthier habits, the older not-so-healthy ones will start to leave your life in a very natural way and the process to a healthier lifestyle will not feel as much as a chore as it may seem at the beggining.

Try it…

A healthier and fitter 2013…

2 Jan

Do you make New Year’s Resolutions??

I try to keep it to 2-3 things maximum so I can really concentrate my efforts into making that thing happen. Sometimes, when we want to change too many things we never really accomplish anything. There’s a saying in Spanish that goes – El que mucha abarca, poco aprieta, which means that someone who tries to do too much, usually doesn’t have the best grip on anything he does.

To increase your chances of success, just pick ONE thing and stick with it. You’ll be concentrating all your efforts into that ONE thing and your focus will help you achieve your new goal. And do not get discouraged. Success is the result of little efforts repeated day in, day out.

Here are MY resolutions for this new year…

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Keep Running

Running has become a passion of mine during 2012. Well, running/walking is really what I do. But I have set various goals for myself this year – Miami ½ Marathon, Puerto Rico ½ marathon and the Divas ½ marathon. All in preparation for the Disney and Paris ½ marathon in 2014. Just like Forrest Gump, I’ll keep on running and who knows where all this running will take me… around the world??

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Eat Healthier

Funny that I write a vegetarian blog and one of my resolutions is to eat even healthier, right?? But I know I sometimes limit myself to cooking and eating many of the same things I am comfortable with. But I want to expand my culinary horizons by making more of the things I know are good for me, but I do not make as often – like quinoa, kale, tofu, more salads, more fruits…

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Give Hatha Yoga Classes

I have been sharing my more natural lifestyle with you mostly via my vegetarian cooking. But hatha yoga is another layer of my lifestyle I have not been sharing all that much with anyone. I am proposing to start sharing and teaching the benefits of hatha yoga to those around me. Maybe it’ll be challenging to share in the blog, but we’ll figure something out. For now, I want to start small with people in my area who are interested. Yoga has given me so much in my life… I want to reciprocate and give back to those who want to take advantage of it too.

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Happy 2013 and may your year be blessed with everything you need. The Universe will take care of it. Trust it!!

 

A better Puerto Rico is within our grasp…

26 Dec

We have a Facebook group of blogger friends from Puerto Rico. It’s funny, but none of us have ever met each other in person. As nice Xmas gesture, we decided to collaborate by writing guests posts in each other’s blogs. We were paired with another blogger and my partner was Meryland from Otros 20 Pesos.

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Otros 20 pesos is an expression we use colloquially to refer to “something beside the point”. Meryland uses her blog to discuss and create positive social consciousness. She shares ideas, thoughts and information to make her readers react and reflect. This made me share with her readers my vision on a topic very important to me – the well-being of Puerto Rico and the world we live in.

This article was originally published in Spanish in Otros 20 Pesos… I hope you enjoy it and would share your POV on this topic.

 

 

 

 

A BETTER PUERTO RICO IS WITHIN OUR GRASP…

Social networks have been filled the last few weeks with cries for peace… desperate shouts from people who are sick and tired that the drug wars are being fought in our own backyards. It’s a mass cry to live in a more tolerant world and society.

What has surprised me of this whole movement of asking and demanding peace… is that most people believe it’s something that someone else is not doing. I am OK… I am part of “the good people”. The “bad ones” is someone else… those who are taking peace from us.

Have you ever sit down and think thoroughly how YOU are contributing to peace in Puerto Rico? Have you analyzed how much YOU could be contributing to all the animosity and negativity in our country YOU so much detest??

We create our OWN desitny

I practice YOGA for 12+ years now and one the YOGA teachings is we are the architects of our own destiny. We are taught of the law of “cause and effect”… of the Law of Karma, which is a universal law that’s always at play whether we believe in it or not.

According to the Law of Karma, we reap what we seed. So if we plant love, positivism and happiness, that’s what we’ll get out of life. On the same hand, if we plant animosity, hate and resentment, that’s what life will have for us in return. It’s just like a boomerang… And how do we “plant”? We plant via our actions, words and thoughts. If we speak, do and think positive and constructively our life will reflect it too.

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If this law is in effect 24/7… and what we get out of life is the exact product of what we do, think and say then, what happens in Puerto Rico wouldn’t it be the product of what the people in the Island do, think and say too?? Think about it…

We have no control of what others do, think or say… but we have full control, or at least try to make a conscious effort, of what WE do, think and say. It’s all in our attitude. If we make a conscious effort to have a more positive outlook on life, we’ll see how our surroundings will change for the positive. Focusing on the positive, the negative will start of disappear.

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Reconnecting with my True Self

One of the thoughts and actions we have every day is the decision on what to eat. We decide if we will feed ourselves with something that contributes to our health or not. When I started practicing Yoga I developed an awareness of the effect of what I put in my mouth with my health, inner peace and the harmony in my surroundings.

It was not a sudden decision. But day by day, through exercise, diet, meditation and many other actions, I have made great progress in living a healthier, happier life. I noticed I preferred more natural and vegetarian alternatives. These little decisions gave me more inner peace, not use as many dirty words and I started welcoming the occurrences in my daily life with much more ease. Hey… I do sometimes still struggle with some of my past issues. I still lose it once in a while, but this happens less and less as time passes by. But we cannot give up. We must correct ourselves as soon as possible and move forward again.

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To be healthy is to be happy. Our happiness is directly related with our overall health. Good health is not the absence of illnesses. Our overall health is made up of mental, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional health. And the key to improving our environment is to make a conscious effort that our actions, even what we eat each day, affect this environment.

Be the Change you want in the World

By doing small, positive and healthy changes in your daily life you can also make a difference in the world. Maybe you never considered it before, but integrating a more natural and vegetarian lifestyle can certainly have a positive effect in your life and on society.

Individual wellness becomes collective wellness. A society of unhealthy people becomes a sick society. Start with yourself. Just like Michael Jackson said – start with the man in the mirror. Set the example FIRST and inspire others to do the same. We can create the Puerto Rico we want to live in. One person at a time. One action at a time. One thought at a time.

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Welcome 2011!!!

3 Jan

Hi my dear friends… I know I’ve been a little quiet lately but it’s been because there were some illness in the family and that has kept me away from writing these last few weeks. But I have kept on piling up the ideas and recipes.

2010 was a great year – full of blessings and challenges. I started 2011 by eating 12 grapes and asking for 1 wish per month. I always ask for a mixture of spiritual/altruistic wishes and a few material ones. I can’t share them yet because if I do, then they will not become reality. I promise to share as they become true…

But now, at the beginning of the year, you always want to get a fresh start on those things you always know you should do and for some reason don’t. So, here are my resolutions for 2011:

Eat more fresh salads

As a vegetarian you would think I already did this, but I get lazy when I am hungry and in a hurry.

Exercise more

Since becoming vegetarian I have maintained a healthy weight. Some might even say I am underweight… but I need to tone up more. I want to be stronger physically and exercise will do that. A combination of power walking, P90X and Hatha Yoga are in store for me.

Continue to eat fresh fruits for breakfast

This was a resolution of a few years back, but I kind of slacked a little lately. I promise to maintain this habit in a more consistent basis in 2011.

 

What are your 2011 New Year’s Resolutions?? Please share…

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