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Top Seven Reasons to Join A Group Coaching Program

Hello all!

I am launching an eight session intensive phone group coaching program in weight loss. From the convenience of your home, I will be coaching you on how to release the weight issues forever. As I know that many times we need someone to hold us accountable to make permanent changes to support our health, I designed this easy-to-follow program. I hope you join me. And, if you know of someone who might benefit from a program like this one (who wouldn’t?), please forward the information to them. For more info and to register, go here.

Group coaching programs are very beneficial, as the next seven reasons will show.

1.  Find a  Personal Support System

Group coaching gives you the opportunity to share your feelings with others and develop deeper connections, making your sessions more meaningful. Knowing you are not alone in your journey will help you develop the confidence to address your challenges and the motivation to succeed.

2. Higher Likelihood of Achieving Goals

When individuals are part of a group, they procrastinate less, accomplish more, and reach their goals faster.

3. Benefit from Collective Wisdom

You’ll brainstorm solutions, open creativity channels, and uncover opportunities you may not have discovered working alone.

4. Gain a New Perspective

When you work in a group, you’re exposed to a variety of insights that offer you multiple angles and motivate you to develop new solutions.

5. A Great Value

Get the same quality coaching, but at a fraction of what individual coaching costs. Group coaching is a smart and affordable way to receive top-notch guidance.

6. A Team Invested in Your Success

When you work in a group, the whole team supports you and celebrates your success.

7. Turn Work into Play

Working with a group is a social event that participants look forward to. You will join a close-knit group that is energizing, motivating and most of all – fun! Group members often become lifelong friends.

Please sign up to receive information on my upcoming programs here.

Dandelions: let food be your medicine

photoLlegó la primavera y el amor!

I love spring time! I love the weather and to be able to witness nature yawning back to life. How beautiful!

When I walk in the mornings or when I go out and feed the pack of (former) stray cats in my backyard, I am welcomed by a flourish of colorful and aromatic aliveness. Bouganvillia and morning glory blooming, jasmines of all types sharing their equisite aroma… And my favorite: yes, the loyal dandelions. Most people want to kill them, because they feel they are “weeds,” but I love to forage them because they are locally and seasonally grown and they are FREE!!!! And, of course, they have amazing medicinal properties.

According to a post by David Metz, Certified Clinical Herbalist, “Dandelions: from weed to medicine,” these herbs have “been known for perhaps thousands of years as a springtime cleanser and rejuvenator. The young leaves are perfect in the spring to cleanse your liver, kick-start your kidneys and release the winter stagnancy out of your muscles and bones.”  He adds that they are also “a premier digestive aid,” easing ” indigestion, gas and bloating.” Moreover, the bitterness of the herb helps the liver to release built-up bile,  “making dandelion good for gallstones, gout, jaundice, constipation, acne and eczema.”

Dandelions are also used as diuretics and a “potent anti-inflammatory, a cholesterol reducer, a type 2 diabetes balancer, and a reducer of muscular pain and swelling.  These qualities are due to its cooling nature. “

So, I invite you to try these amazing plants. How can we eat them? Well, I make the most delicious salad; simple, tasty and stimulating. Enjoy!SAM_0345

Dandelion Greens Salad

1 bunch of thinly sliced dandelion greens

½ cup chopped mushrooms

3 chopped garlic cloves.

a handfull of cranberries

Dressing: olive oil, raw apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp. amino acids (Braggs) made with fermented soy beans.

Equipment: bowl, knife, chopping board

Gluten* and sugar- free fruit and nut cookies-Galletas de frutas secas y nueces sin gluten* ni azúcar

-DSC_1113smThis is a deliciously  healthy snack that can be dehydrated or baked

Ingredients

2 cups of assorted dry fruits (soaked 4-6 hours)
1 cup of pitted dates (soaked 4-6 hours)
1 cup of pecan nuts
1 cup of shredded/grated coconut
1 cup of flax seeds
1 cup of oat groats
2 tablespoons of raw agave nectar
Coconut oil to cover the cookie sheet

Preparation
Filter the water used to soak the dry fruits and dates and keep it.  Process the fruit and dates in the Cuisinart and place in a bowl. Frind the flax seeds and the oat groats and add to the bowl. Mix well, using the water used for soaking the fruits. Add chopped nuts, shredded coconut and the agave. Continue to blend and add the water as needed. The consistency should be firm, in order to shape the cookies. You can bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 45 minutes or dehydrate for 24 hours. Enjoy!

* thank you, Lorena, for your comment. Oats don’t have gluten naturally, but many times they are packed in facilities that handle other grains with gluten. Make sure to use uncontaminated oats to prepare this recipe.

 
Estas galletas son muy saludables, y se pueden hornear o deshidratar

Ingredientes
2 tazas de frutas secas variadas remojadas en agua filtrada por 4-6 horas.
1 taza de dátiles sin carozo remojadas en agua filtrada por 4-6 horas.
1 taza de nueces pecan (se pueden remojar también)
1 taza de coco rallado
1 taza de semillas de linaza
1 taza de granos de avena
2 cucharadas de nectar de agave
Aceite de coco para aceitar la asadera

Preparación
Filtre el agua que se usó para remojar las frutas secas y los dátiles y guárdela. Ponga las frutas y los dátiles en una procesadora y procese bien y pase a un bol. Muela las semillas de linaza y los granos de avena y agregue al bol. Mezcle bien usando el agua del remojo. Agregue las nueces picadas, el coco rallado y el agave. Siga mezclando y agregue agua cuando la necesite. La consistencia debe ser firme, para formar copos en la asadera. Aceite la asadera y ponga la masa en copos para hacer las galletas. Cocine en horno de 400 grados por 45 minutos.

* Gracias, Lorena, por tu comentario. Si bien la avena no tiene gluten naturalmente, muchas veces se empaqueta en establecimientos con otros granos que sí lo tienen. Para asegurarse de que la receta no tiene gluten, por favor, asegúrense de que la avena no ha sido contaminada.

You are not alone: we’re doing this together

I began a recent teleclass by sharing the health issues that many of my health coaching clients have in their quest for vibrant health. At the end of the call, when I asked what had been something of value that my audience had heard, one of the listeners said that it was to realize that she was not alone in feeling some of the issues that I shared my own clients were feeling.

It is so reassuring that we are not alone, that we are all doing this Life thing together. It helps us reduce the anxiety, the guilt and the shame of not knowing really how to go about making changes and choosing higher. The power of community is really very helpful, not to commiserate with each other, but to realize that it is not necessary to isolate to lick our wounds when things seem not to be going the way our egos decide they should.

That is why I am starting a series of posts with this list of issues, and some recommendations on how to find solutions to them. My first post will just be the list, so you, my readers, realize that you too, are not alone. In upcoming posts, I will be focusing on each one of these topics and expanding on them.

For now, please comment below if you also are experiencing some of these issues:

  1. Emotional eating as a coping mechanism
  2. Disconnection from the body and hunger signals
  3. Food cravings and addictions
  4. Choosing “convenient food” over “healthy home-cooked food”
  5.  Mindless eating
  6. Poor elimination
  7. Lack of exercise
  8. Lack of self-care and alone time
  9. Low energy
  10. Low self esteem
  11. Fear and guilt
  12. Overwhelm
  13. A feeling of powerlessness
  14. Boredom, frustration, depression, confusion
  15. Difficulty in catching the vision of a purposeful life

Catch you in the next one!

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Raw lunch: hors d’oeuvres, entrées, dessert

Hors d’oeuvres

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Dehydrated Onion bread

1 cup of fermented rye (left over from the preparation of Rejuvelac)

1 cup of left-over veggie pulp from juicing

1 cup of ground flax seeds

1 cup of ground sunflower seeds

3 sliced large yellow onions

½ cup of Nama Shoyu

½ cup of olive oil

Thinly slice or chop the onions. Grind the flax and sunflower seeds and put them in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients, including the onions. Mix well with your hands, massaging the mixture. Allow the mix to settle for 30 minutes. You will need a dehydrator for this. (Or you could put the batter in a crock-pot or the oven at a very low temperature). Spread the mix on the Teflex sheets of the dehydrator and dehydrate for 24 hours at 105 degrees, then take out the Teflex sheets and flip over the bread and dehydrate for another 12 hours.

Nut/seed cheese with dill, parsely and seaweed

1 cup raw almonds/cashews or sun flower/pumpkin seeds– soaked overnight with filtered water.

Add ½ cup rejuvelac (or less) to promote the fermentation of the “cheese” and blend.

Add the rest of the ingredients, and mix well:

¼ cup Chopped scallions

2 chopped celery sticks

¼ cup Italian parsley

2 tbsp. kelp

Dulse flakes

1 ½ tbsp. dried dill

Allow the cheese to ferment for several hours in the oven with the pilot on

Equipment: Blendtec, bowl, knife, chopping board

 

Entrées

Dandelion Greens Salad

1 bunch of dandelions greens

½ cup chopped mushrooms

3 chopped garlic cloves.

1 tbsp. amino acids (Braggs) made with fermented soy beans, raw apple cider vinegar.

Equipment: bowl, knife, chopping board

Zucchini Noodles with pesto

2 green zucchini

For the pesto, blend:

4 cloves garlic

2 bunches cilantro or basil

1 tbsp. amino acid

1/3 cup olive oil

A handful of pine nuts

Mix zucchini noodles with pesto

Add nutritional yeast or rice parmegian

Equipment: Spirooli, Blendtec, bowl

Dessert

Hemp Seed Crusted Raw Chili Fudge

Crust

8 soaked dates or raisins

¾ cup of raw hemp seeds

Process dates and mix with hemp seeds and cover a 8×8 glass plate, spread evenly. Refrigerate.

Fudge

1 cup liquefied raw coconut oil

1 or 2 chiles

¾ cup of raw honey or maple syrup or agave

1 cup raw cacao powder

Process or blend liquefied coconut oil and chiles. Add the raw honey and mix. Slowly add the cacao powder and mix until smooth. Pour fudge into glass mix on top of the hemp crust. Chill for 30 minutes.

Equipment: Cuisinart, Vitamix, bowl, glass container

Two recipes for fermenting and culturing veggies: raw sauerkraut and ceviche de coliflor

cropped pic event page 9-11 - CopyFermenting: fermented foods help restore the good bacteria in our digestive system. They are natural pro-biotics, and all cultures do have some kind of fermented or cultured foods (curtido, sauerkraut, ceviche, tepache).

Fermented cabbage (sauerkraut)

One small cabbage  (red or white or combined) grated

One carrot, one beet (for flavor)

one red onion

A pinch of salt

Lemon juice of 4 lemons/ limes

A big mason jar

Grate all the ingredients and put in a bowl. Add lemon juice and salt and mix well. Place ingredients in a glass mason jar. Push until tight and cover with a cabbage leaf and then a kitchen towel. Leave at room temperature to ferment overnight. For a deeper fermentation, leave outside the fridge for one/two days, depending on temperature. After that, regifregerate. It will keep for a couple of weeks. Great to add to a salad, or to accompany any plate.

Ceviche de coliflor

1 medium cauliflower, grated

1 or 2 beets grated

1 red onion (or less) finely sliced

1 o 2 garlic cloves finely choppedraw ceviche

1 bunch of cilantro chopped

1 slice of ginger finely chopped

1 mango sliced (optional)

Juice of  2 or 3 limes

Mix everything well. Make sure to start with the grated coliflor and put the lemon juice right away, so it starts to “cook”.  You can serve it with tostadas with guacamole made with ripe tomatoes and chipotle veganaise.

La comida fermentada  es importantísima para activar nuestro sistema digestivo: como con la fermentación se han cultivado bacterias que ayudan la digestión, todo lo fermentado trae compuestos encimáticos que son muy útiles para nuestro cuerpo.

Col (repollo) fermentada

1 col pequeña, rallada (morada o blanca)

1 zanahoria or betabel

Sal a gusto

El jugo de dos limones/ limas

Un recipient de vidrio

Ceviche de coliflor

1 coliflor mediano, rallado

1 o 2 betabel o zanahoria, ralladas

1 cebolla morada en rodajas finas

1 o 2 dientes de ajo, picados

1 ramito de cilantro, picado

1 rodaja de jengibre, picada

1 mango, en rodajes pequeñas

El jugo de 2 o 3 limones/ limas

Mezclar todo y asegurarse de que la coliflor sea lo primero que se ralle, y reciba el jugo del limón inmediatamente, así comienza a “cocinarse.” Se puede servir con tostada untadas con guacamole hecho con tomates y Veganaise de Chipotle.

Sprouting grains, seeds and beans/ Cómo germinar granos, semillas y frijoles

mesa tendida 2 - CopySprouting grains (rye, red hard winter wheat, quinoa) and beans (red lentils)

Rinse one cup of the grains or beans three times with filtered water to remove impurities. Place in jar and add enough filtered water so that it doubles the size of the beans. Soak for 8 hours (or overnight). After soaking, rinse again with filtered wáter and allow to sit inside a sprouting bag or jar so that the wáter drains. This will start the sprouting process. Rinse twice a day until a little tail starts to grow. The materials you will need are: sprouting jars, sprouting bags, bowls, filtered water.

Sprouted quinoa could be used in salads and to substitute rice in veggie wraps/ sushi.  In order to grow wheatgrass, you will need to sprout red hard winter wheat. You can also make a delicious salad with sprouted red lentils. Instructions to follow:

Red lentil salad

one cup of 3 day sprouted lentils

Lemon

Garlic

red onion

cilantro

apple cider vinegar

olive oil

salt

Chop all these ingredients and mix with the lentils

Wheatgrass

Serves as an awesome detoxifier, antioxidant, and to alcalize our blood, to suppress hunger, as a powerful healing agent, even of chronic disease as cancer, diabetes, etc.

Rinse one or two cups of the red hard winter wheat berries three times with filtered water to remove impurities. Place in a big jar and add enough filtered water so that it doubles the size of the grains. Soak for 8 hours (or overnight). After soaking, rinse again with filtered water and allow to sit inside a sprouting bag or jar so that the water drains. This will start the sprouting process. Rinse twice a day until a little tail starts to grow. After 2 or 3 days the grains are ready to be placed in organic compost inside a flat. Cover the sprouted wheat berries with a paper towel and water. Cover it and keep it in the dark. Water every day. The third day, lift the cover and allow grains to grow in the light (away from direct sunlight).  If it’s too humid, don’t water. This is a winter grain, it doesn’t like the heat or humidity. When it grows 7 cm, harvest and juice. It’s the optimal time of the plant.

How to make compost

Place all the vegetable and fruit left-overs in a dark bin and mix with dry leaves. Turn around several times a week and keep it moist. In time, the material will decompose and as a result, the compost will be produced.

How to grow kale seeds

Place 3 seeds in the corners of a small container with compost, one inch deep. Cover with the compost and water profusely. Water every day. Move to a bigger pot when it grows.

Cómo germinar granos de centeno, lentejas, quinoa

Remojamos una taza de cada grano o frijol en agua filtrada por 8 horas (primero se enjuaga 3 veces con agua filtrada, y después se le agrega agua suficiente como para que se mantengan los granos tapados cuando aumenten su volumen). Después del remojo, se vuelven a enjuagar y se dejan en una bolsita con agujeritos (como media de nylon) o un frasco con una bolsita arriba, a que se escurra el agua, y el aire comience el proceso de germinación. Dejar que crezca una pequeña colita (dos o tres días).

Ensalada de lentejas rojas

Lentejas germinadas de 3 días

Limón o lima

Ajo picado

Cebolla roja

Cilantro picado

Vinagre de manzana

Aceite de olive

Sal

Wheatgrass (hierba de trigo)

Sirve para desintoxicar nuestro cuerpo, como antioxidante, para alcalinizar nuestra sangre, para suprimir el hambre, y como poderoso agente curativo, incluso de enfermedades crónicas, como el cáncer, la diabetes, etc.

Lo hacemos con dos tazas de trigo candeal remojadas en agua filtrada por 8 horas (primero se enjuaga 3 veces con agua filtrada, y después se le agrega agua suficiente como para que se mantengan los granos tapados cuando aumenten su volumen). Después del remojo, se vuelven a enjuagar y se dejan en una bolsita con agujeritos (como media de nylon) o un frasco con una bolsita arriba, a que se escurra el agua, y el aire comience el proceso de germinación. Dejar que crezca una pequeña colita (dos o tres días), y entonces ya están listos los granos para trasladar a tierra orgánica para cultivar. Se colocan los granos en la tierra y se cubren con una toalla de papel, que se remoja un poco y se cubre con una tapa. Los dos primeros días deben permanecer en la oscuridad. Se riega todos los días. Al tercer día, se levanta la tapa, y se deja crecer los granos a la luz (no sol directo). Si hay mucha humedad, no regar. Este es un grano de invierno, al que no le gusta ni el calor ni la humedad. Cuando llega a crecer unos 7cm, cosechar para el jugo, ése es el momento óptimo de la planta.

Abono

Poner todos los restos de vegetales y frutas en un recipiente a oscuras y mezclar con hojas secas. Darlo vueltas varias veces por semana y mojarlo (no mucho). Dejar que se haga el abono con el tiempo.

Cómo cultivar las semillas del repollo (col) rizada (kale)

Poner 3 semillas en los bordes de un recipiente con abono a una pulgada de profundidad, tapar con el abono y regar. Regar todos los días hasta que crezca y trasladar a un recipiente más grande.

On the Incredibly Healing Power of Green Veggie Juices and Smoothies

green juiceDid you know that if you add a detoxing veggie juice or smoothie into your daily diet, miraculous things will start to happen? You will begin to detox naturally and your body will start craving healthy, nutritious food, instead of the one that does not support your health. I have received many testimonials of clients who reduced their blood sugar and lost incredible amounts of pounds by just incorporating this healthy practice into their lives!

Juicing and blending are the best way to incorporate raw foods easily and simply into your diet. When you start incorporating these raw foods, you will start to “crowd out” processed, denatured foods that have no nutrients but lots of calories. When you think juicing or blending, think green. The rest adds flavor and other nutrients, of course. The power of the juice is the greens:  lots of chlorophyl and oxygen that will alkalize your body and keep degenarative disease away. Put just enough sweet fruits, like Granny Smith apples or carrots,  so it’s not so bitter. If you have a chronic disease, like diabetes, cancer, heart disease or candida, avoid the sugar. To our health.

Here are some recipes you can experiment with:

Seven Ingredients Juice

1 carrot

1 celery stalk

1 cucumber

1 beet

1 clove garlic

1 slice ginger

1 slice turmeric

1        radishes

1 cup sprouts

 

Cinnamon Apple Blueberry Smoothie

1 banana

1 green apple

¼ cup of soaked almonds

½ cup of blueberrie

1 soaked date for sweetness (optional)

2 cups of coconut water or almond milk

One cupful of your favorite greens (kale, parsley, cilantro, spinach)

 

 Raspberry Shake

1 cup of frozen raspberries (or strawberries)

¼ cup of cashews

1 banana

1 soaked date for sweetness (optional)

1 ½ cup of rice milk

One cupful of your favorite greens (kale, parsley, cilantro, spinach)

Licuado de nopal (Cactus Smoothie: excellent for reducing blood sugar!)

1 cup of filtered water
2 pieces of cactus, the more, the better!
3 pieces of frozen pineapple
3 stalks of celery
1 bunch of spinach, parsely, or alfalfa sprouts

Or

½ cup nopal (cactus pads cleaned, spines removed), julienned

1/2 cucumber, peeled and chopped

1 lime, juiced

1 cup water

Crushed ice (optional)

Raw soups

Gazpacho

3 medium tomatoes

½ cucumber

½ cup cilantro

1 carrot

1 diced avocado

2 tablespoons of miso

1 garlic clove

Sweet Borscht

1-1  ½ fresh carrot juice

1 avocado

1 medium beet

1 garlic clove

1 teaspoon of dill

Cucumber dill soup

2        medium cucumbers

one and ½ cups of water

one garlic clove

juice of one lemon

1 tblspoon dill

1 tblsp. Oregano

One avocado

Carrot curry soup

Two carrots

One avocado

One clove garlic

One tblsp lemon juice

One tblsp miso paste

½ cup tomato

One tblsp curry powder

One cup ½ filtered water

Corn soup

1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels

1 cup tomatoes

1 cup tomato juice

1 cup cucumber juice

¼ cup ground pumpkin seeds

½ cup chopped parsley or thyme

Other recipes:

http://livefoods4life.com/2012/09/23/veggie-juices-and-smoothies-recipes-recetas-de-jugos-y-licuados-verdes/

 

 

 

 

The Healing Power of Fermented Waters and Veggies Class at “El Nido,” Pacoima, CA

Last summer Tía Chucha’s invited me to teach a five-class series on the healing power of raw food for “El Nido,” an organization in Pacoima (one of the poorest cities in Los Angeles County), that promotes healthy dietary options to members of the community.

The first day I went to teach my un-cooking class,  I was delighted to see that most of my students were young boys! Some of them came with their mothers and older siblings. It was such a delight to get these boys and families exposed to the power of raw food, and support them in re-membering what their own ancestors used to eat. I had numerous stories like: “sí, mi abuelita preparaba licuados de nopal y espinaca, y fermentaba piña.” And an older gentleman shared: “When I was young, in Mexico, we used to go out to the woods after the rain and collect wild mushrooms.”

People, David Wolfe is just helping us remember how powerful these foods are, but all of us carry this information in our own cells, in our ancestral memory! Fermented foods are amazingly powerful pro-biotics, that help restore the healthy flora in our guts. Please try them! They are essential for a healthy diet, and all cultures do have some kind of fermented waters or cultured foods (curtido, sauerkraut, ceviche, tepache).

Please go to this link to check out the video of this class  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wS0wc1c9_tM

You will learn how to prepare them here:

http://vivamivida.com/events/2013/02/the-healing-properties-of-raw-food-a-diy-raw-food-preparation-series-in-el-sereno

For recipes go to

http://livefoods4life.com/2012/09/11/the-power-of-fermented-waters-el-poder-de-las-aguas-fermentadas/

I accept myself, no matter what

In this month of February, traditionally focused on “love,” I’m glad to see many articles and classes and teleseminars that address the concept of “self-love.” This seems really revolutionary, as usually Valentine’s Day is represented with images of romantic love, that many times very few of us can replicate in real life.  So, why is that so? Why is intimacy in a romantic relationship so difficult? Many times, because the partners have not fallen in love with themselves.  As long as we don’t truly love ourselves, we will not be able to attract the right partner to love in reciprocity.

And what does this have to do with raw food and cleansing–or even food justice!?–, you might be asking yourself. Well, it actually does. In order to love ourselves, we need to start a process of detoxing our emotional system from negative feelings like guilt and shame and fear. The practice of self-acceptance and forgiveness are perfect detoxifiers of clutter that usually impedes us to see clearly and open ourselves up to others.

As we honor ourselves, through daily gratitude, by keeping our agreements with ourselves and others, by being “impeccable with our words,” and always doing the best we can (yes, the Four Agreements are fresh in my memory right now), we will start to become aligned with our true selves–not the one that identifies with the hurt and injury that this life has caused us–but with that consciousness that participates in oneness with the intellingence of plants and birds, and the eternal changing of the seasons and the movements of the stars. We are part of that perfect order, we just tend to forget it.

So, these are some ways that help me release those negativities that tend to keep our vision blurred from our authentic identity. A daily discipline of

  • stillness, silence and aloneness
  • prayer
  • journaling
  • stretching
  • walking in nature
  • eating vibrantly live foods
  • forgiveness

These are some of the practices I recommend my clients to explore.

And, of course, an attitude of unconditional self-acceptance. No matter what we do, how much we “fail,” what mistakes we make, we forgive ourselves and try again. Always.

This is my humble gift to you in this Valentine’s season. Love thyself!