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Reclaim Your Life! Secrets to Rebirth Yourself at Midlife

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When: Thursday June 9, 2016, 6-8PM

Where: Hera Hub, 4010 Sorrento Valley Blvd, 400, San Diego, CA 92121

What: An interactive and informative workshop to reclaim your life

Why: A transforming experience to move beyond your blocks and create the life of your dreams

As a Midlife Woman, do you find yourself

  • feeling out of sorts,
  • stripped of who you believed you were,
  • getting strange physical ailments,
  • going through transitional stages of confusion,
  • not knowing exactly where you are heading in your life?

Don’t despair! You might be in menopause!

It is a well-kept secret that, during this maligned time, empowered midlife women have the opportunity to transform their lives on their own terms and actualize all of their latent potentialities.

  • Would you like to handle this transition without being heavily medicated?
  • Are you interested in treating your symptoms in the most natural and empowered way?
  • Are you ready to start living your life on your own terms?

I know you can do it, because my clients and I did, and we are now thriving and leading fulfilled, vibrant lives!

What if there was a way where you could

  • elevate your energy,
  • live a rich life,
  • feel healthier and more vibrant than at any other age?

If you’re looking for alternative ways of dealing with these challenges, you will want to join me in this interactive and informative workshop to learn about healing yourself from the inside out. I specialize in midlife women who are experiencing natural physical changes and also need support with the emotional response that causes them to get derailed in life.

After a lifetime of eating disorders and emotional eating, Sirena underwent a full personal and professional transformation during her menopause years. She changed careers and became certified as an Integrative Nutrition Holistic Health Coach, offering programs that inspire her clients to reconnect with their bodies, minds and spirits. This journey led her to embody the Midlife Midwife, modeling for her clients how to courageously step center‐stage in their lives by unleashing their unique personal power, creative self‐expression and overall wellbeing. Her mission as a Midlife Midwife is to show by example how transformation is attainable for midlife women and beyond; that it is possible to stay healthy, vibrant and beautiful after the reproductive years.

In this workshop you will learn how to

  • Reclaim your personal power and take control of your physical transformation, without having to buy into a traditional medical approach to healing.
  • Release the toxicity from your physical, mental and emotional systems that you have been probably carrying around for years without even knowing it.
  • Activate your system, feeling an immediate increase in your vitality, strength and creativity
  • And finally, fulfill those dreams that you had put aside during your childbearing and career-building years

Investment: $25 pre-paid, $35 at the door




 

Your Facilitator

CLB-Divas-Sirena-1-71-2Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., is a board certified Holistic Health Coach, international author and speaker, radio host and blogger. With 30 years experience in self-development, health and wellness, Sirena believes in a holistic and empowered approach to life transitions  through self-awareness, emotional, mental and physical detoxing. As a Midlife Midwife she supports women in midlife and beyond to move gracefully through their blocks and rebirth into a vibrant second half of their lives. She is the founder and facilitator of the Wise Women’s Talking Circles that gather monthly in San Diego and Baja California.

Dr. Pellarolo is Professor Emerita of Spanish and Latin American Cultural Studies. She has authored and published numerous articles and two books on Latin American performance and gender studies, globalization and new social movements. She is co-author of Success in Beauty: The Secrets to Effortless Fulfillment and Happiness (2014) and Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause (2015). Her forthcoming Recover Your Juiciness: A 30 Day DIY Guide for an Empowered and Healthy Menopause will be out in Fall 2016 by Flower of Life Press.

www.sirenapellarolo.com

info@sirenapellarolo.com




El poder transformador en las transiciones de las mujeres

Desde una perspectiva personal, esta presentación interactiva explora la trayectoria psico-espiritual de los diferentes ciclos vitales por los que traviesan generalmente las mujeres, prestando especial atención a las transiciones. Históricamente, las mujeres gozaban de una comunidad que usaba ritos y ceremonias para honrar el pasaje por las diferentes etapas de la vida. Cómo logramos hoy, en esta época en la que muchas vivimos aisladas y carentes de una comunidad que nos sostenga y apoye, atravesar de manera exitosa y empoderada transiciones muchas veces conflictivas y mal interpretadas, como la pubertad y adolescencia, la maternidad y la menopausia? Esta charla apunta a rescatar respuestas ancestralmente practicadas en nuestras propias tradiciones culturales que, por simples, no siempre resultan evidentes o implementadas.

La doctora Sirena Pellarolo es Profesora Emérita de Estudios Culturales Latinoamericanos de la Universidad del Estado de California en Northridge, autora y conferencista internacional con treinta años de experiencia, Como coach de salud holística utiliza la alimentación como medicina (comida viva y desintoxicaciones), el autoconocimiento y la sanación emocional, mental y espiritual para apoyar a mujeres en la menopausia a mitigar sus síntomas con métodos naturales y realizar una efectiva y empoderada transición hacia una vital y productiva segunda etapa de sus vidas.

Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause for purchase here!

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I am so proud to introduce to you the collection I have co-authored with other twenty-four wonderful women. Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause is a “hot” resource that participates in the building of a movement of midlife women on a mission to deconstruct the maligned rap that this stage in every woman’s lives has received for decades.

As we reframe menopause on our own terms, we create a community of empowered midlife women who dare to use this portal of transformation to give birth to the best version of themselves they could have ever thought they could become.

Are you ready to join this midlife women’s movement that will revolutionize life as we know it? If you are, read about how other sisters have done it already, by purchasing your copy of Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause, here.

Please check a preview of the chapter I contributed to for this anthology, “Writing As A Process of Rebirthing.” 

And one more thing. When you purchase your copy in my website,  you will get free shipping and a complimentary Breakthrough Session with me ($150 value), to kick-start your transformation.

I hope you enjoy the ride!




Bochorno* escolar: Hot Flashes At School

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“Se siente bien, maestra?” the student who was sitting directly in front of me asked. “Are you ok?”

I could barely respond. I was standing there, in the middle of the circle of students–my favorite format for conducting class– trying to keep my “cool” and remember what I was doing there. I had felt a hot flash mounting up my legs from the very bottom of my feet, increasing temperature as it ascended, until it got to its highest tension in my face and head. It then erupted in visible sweat that flashed my face and made my neck and armpits moist. It was a power surge indeed, and my face was red as a tomato and my consciousness astral travelling.

When I was able to finally come back to my senses, I sat down in front of twenty faces that looked at me in horror. And then I calmly said: “It’s a hot flash!”

That day I learnt that it was better to warn my students as soon as I felt the glimpse of a hot flash coming. It didn’t matter if I was lecturing about tango women or Eva Perón, or if the designated student was giving a presentation about that day’s reading. As soon as I felt my head becoming lighter at the onset of what I felt was an of out-of-body experience unfailingly resulting in a dangerous increase of my body temperature, I would yell “Hot flash!”

In time, my students became accustomed to my interruptions of lectures with the disclosing in real time of what my body was going through. They actually started liking the fact that they were privy to my most intimate symptoms punctuating the change I was undergoing in menopause. And one of them, compassionate enough of my desperation to find anything to fan my fiery body with during those trances, one day came to class with a “present.”

“Maestra,” she said. “Last weekend I was in Las Vegas, and my older sister took me to this show, Menopause, the Musical. It reminded me of you. They were giving out these cute fans to audience members, and I thought it would come in handy when you’re teaching class and those hot flashes take you by surprise. “

I looked at the simple tool: a white hand fan with the inscription Menopause, the Musical on its reverse side. I looked at it in appreciation, and thanked the student for her mindfulness. I understood then the importance of these gadgets, and how I had seen my abuelita holding the most exquisite collection of silk fans during her outings. She was a pro at opening and closing it with just a twist of her wrist in a gesture that made her look as a sophisticated matron, who knew what to do with her hands in social gatherings. So now I knew what those fans were actually for!

Needless to say, I tucked the white fan in the bag where I carried my books and folders. It accompanied me to school during those long peri-menopausal years and helped me cool off when needed. It was also good that my school fan was simpler than the beautifully embroidered ones that my abuelita flaunted during tea parties and other social occasions. All things considered, Amalia’s thoughtful gift might have been plain, but it embodied her care, and it also kept me “shame-free” at school.

*bochorno means “shame” in Spanish. The same word was used to name hot flashes, referencing a link between uncontrolled body reactions in aging women and shame.

Recover Your Juiciness In Four Simple Steps: An Interview With Womens’ Speakers Association TV

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I elaborate the same concepts I introduce in this interview in a post I published in The Menopause Goddess Blog. 

Many of my clients who are going through menopause come to me confused, disempowered and at times, resigned to their lot, as they believe that what they are going through is just a natural part of the aging process. Their low energy levels, digestive issues and sometimes weight gain have them depressed, isolated and lonely.

Is this you? Have you given up and thrown up your arms in despair? If it is, I will guide you in four simple steps to regain your mastery by reconnecting with your body, mind and spirit. As a result, your feelings of frustration, lack of confidence and self-esteem will melt away and you will start experiencing your life on your own terms. My role as a Midlife Midwife is to support midlife women to master their lives, recover their self-confidence and stand in their power; a rebirth of sorts at midlife. I’ve seen clients turn around their lives and feel empowered, vibrantly healthy and energetic, with a renewed zest for life. Take Cheryl’s example.

Cheryl is an entrepreneur who is going through peri-menopause. When she came to me, she was in a family situation where she was perpetuating a codependent role she had picked up from childhood with her own adult children and sister. She had been having a semi-satisfying long distance relationship with a man several decades her elder, who was extremely generous and provided for her every need. In spite of this, she was very reluctant to open up her heart completely to him, as her family drama had her stuck in a no-win situation.

As soon as Cheryl started to pay attention to her diet and exercise routine, she recovered a sense of wellbeing, and as a consequence, other areas of her life became lighter, too. After a not-so-easy break away from the family, she decided to leave the city, move in with her lover and give this relationship a chance.

This decision proved to be the best she could have ever done in her life! As she moved out of the family dynamics, her children and sister found their own sustainability and she is now enjoying the most loving and caring relationship she could have ever dreamt of, in a new community where she feels loved, accepted and supported. She has been able to refocus her business and is thriving as an entrepreneur. I’m so happy for her, as she is an example of how letting go of old dysfunctional patterns and deciding to put ourselves first, transforms our lives in unimaginable ways.

In my work supporting midlife women, I firmly believe in the autonomy and self-reliance we can tap into by creating an environment that promotes a healthy passage when approaching the Change. Our bodies are infinitely intelligent, “physical and emotional health is our natural state, even during this time of transition,” Dr. Northrup reminds us in The Wisdom of Menopause, Creating Physical and Emotional Health During the Change. And she adds against the current prevailing wisdom and the trend toward highly medicalizing this life change, that “perimenopause is a normal process, not a disease” (116).

As a Midlife Midwife I guide, support and encourage you to find within yourself that innate intelligence to move through this time consciously, connected to your inner wisdom and empowered to make the right choices according to your individual needs.

In many of the healing processes I have witnessed, I was able to identify four stages in the recovering of health and vibrancy, and basically, self-power. There is a logical order to these stages, but they are not necessarily chronological, there is a flow, like a spiral flow, where stages at times overlap and at others are repeated, but, for the sake of clarity, I will try to describe each stage separately so that you can understand the characteristics of each one.

The first stage is to reclaim our power that we have given away to messages that come from external sources, like the media, family, or church, in brief, the prevailing wisdom about aging and the expendability of women after fifty. Although aging Baby Boomers are changing this belief system around, we still need to be attentive to not allow these negative messages to become internalized in our psyche as they control our perception of ourselves in disempowering ways. The first necessary step then is to reframe this passage on our own terms, listening to our own truth and unplugging from environmental noise.

The second stage is to release what doesn’t serve us anymore, be it physical, mental, emotional or environmental toxins. The lightness of being that a holistic cleanse of this sort affords us makes space for the new to sweep us up and move us forward, in the direction that our intentions take us. We will thus be able to make more personalized choices in the creation of our own conditions.

The third stage is to activate ourselves with supportive habits towards health. Lighter now from the clean-up, we become energized by putting into motion practices such as a nutrient rich diet, vigorous exercise and a personalized spirituality that will speed up our journey towards the next phase of our lives.

The fourth stage is founded on our courage and readiness to transform. After the requalification of our beings, there is a next step that we need to take if we are willing, which is to become a brighter version of ourselves. When we muster the strength and determination to take that ultimate leap of faith, we will be living on purpose, ready to recover those dreams that we had put in the back burner during our child bearing years. It’s our time now to serve others as we model for them how to transform, creating in that way a ripple effect that eventually will change the world.

As an example of going through this transforming process, these past three months, after uprooting myself from the city I had lived in for twenty-six years, I am fulfilling a dream I’ve had for some time, of traveling through the Americas and writing. I am working on a DIY guide for an empowered and healthy menopause based on the four stages described above. I address the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual transformation with the support of daily exercises and tips.

I have also designed a program, 90 Days to Revitalize Your Body, Mind and Spirit, that follows the four stages of healing I cover in my book. If you feel that you –or anyone you know– might benefit from my program, please share this information with them. Fill out a Juicy Breakthrough Session form to see if we are good fit.

Wishing you the best during the Change,

Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., your Midlife Midwife

Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause out on September 1st!

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Hello friends!

I have a simple question for you, and I already know the answer… Ready?

“Do you know anyone whose life has been impacted by Menopause?”

It’s like asking if you ever have…

  • Been a woman
  • Had a mother
  • Known a woman

I don’t need to be a mind reader to know that everyone will answer “yes.”

Let’s face it—everybody is impacted by the “Change,” and a special group of women (including yours truly) have joined hands to compile the stories and secrets of our journeys.

With a goal of sharing both our knowledge and experience, Menopause Mavens was born, and this book is the culmination of our work together.

Take 25 dynamic women who want to tell their story—give them the opportunity to be honest, emotional, as raw as they want—and look out world!

The Mavens are here to open their hearts, share the truth of this unavoidable rite of passage, and turn the often-mysterious experience into a sacred, magical space, filled with the potential to be transformational.

We can’t avoid it, so… let’s pull together and make life’s biggest transition a place to evolve, and set the stage for the shift that will follow.

The Menopause Mavens have written a book, and it will make every woman’s life easier, every crazy moment understandable, and share the power of sisterhood with all of the women who have been thrown into menopause’s alchemic cauldron.

It doesn’t last forever (though it feels that way), and you can create the best possible experience…

The Mavens are here to help!

100% of the profits of Amazon sales of this book are being donated to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)Our donations will be used to support NCADV’S vision to create a culture where domestic violence is not tolerated; and where society empowers victims and survivors, and holds abusers accountable.

You can support our mission by sharing this email with every woman you know who may benefit from this information and community, and of course, by purchasing your copy of Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause from Amazon on September 1, 2015, between 8am and 3pm.

Please, get a preview peak of my chapter “The Masquerade is Over: Shedding Masks at Midlife.”

Thank you so much for supporting this project!

To your health!

Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., your Midlife Midwife

Writing As a Process of Re-birthing

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When last Fall Jane Ashley asked me to participate in her book project, Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause, I was going through a pivotal time in my life. I was about to become finally retired from my position as college professor and focus entirely on my holistic health coaching practice. I was also getting ready to leave the town I had lived in for the past twenty-seven years.

While I was tossing stuff I didn’t need anymore to make space and welcome a new stage in my life, I started gathering information to write a DIY guide towards an empowered and healthy menopause. I was also revisiting old journals, collecting information and quotes about my peri-menopause years, a time I felt I had barged through without too much awareness of the changes I was experiencing. What I discovered in my journals surprised me! In a very unconscious and deep way, I had been able to record feelings, body changes and profound transformations that revealed a great clarity about my passage through the Change.

I decided to use those journals as raw material to write my chapter for Jane’s book. The writing process was the most revealing experience I have ever had in many years. I was able to understand my younger self and forgive her for not being conscious enough as she underwent the preludes of menopause. This insight has helped me tremendously in my own practice as a Midlife Midwife to become more compassionate with my clients as I support them in their own rebirthing process.

I’m so grateful for Jane’s invitation to be a co-author of Menopause Mavens: Master the Mystery of Menopause. My life will never be the same after this project.

Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D., Midlife Midwife, www.sirenapellarolo.com

Why Do I Cleanse Periodically?

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I have been experimenting with raw food and detoxing for the past sixteen years. This intentional practice has allowed me to reconnect with my body and food. In doing so, I have a renewed connection with the wisdom of nature and actually, Life. In addition to preparing my own food, green juices and smoothies daily, I have cultivated my own wheatgrass, sprouted grains, beans and nuts, fermented kombucha and rejuvelac and tended my little veggie garden. I detoxify my body, mind and spirit periodically because I believe in keeping autonomy over my body and physical, mental and spiritual aliveness. An empowering DIY health practice!

I understand that one of the most effective ways we are controlled by external forces is by means of our bodies: through the consumption of addictive commercial foods and the luring of the medical industrial complex to make us believe that we need “experts” and meds to regulate our wellbeing . We consume fast food because it’s cheaper and easier (is it really?). And, when we don’t feel well, we look for a quick fix and take a pill or whatever medicine we can lay hands on. This comes from a belief that, in order to feel better, we need to find external sources that will do the trick.

Actually, our bodies have the potential to heal themselves given the right conditions. Those are: the moderate ingestion of healthy, nutritious—hopefully– organic live foods, locally grown and prepared with love. Also, to make time for ourselves, to contemplate the wonders of the Universe and our role in it, to look within and remember that we are an irreplaceable particle of nature and Life, of the amazing beauty of our planet Earth, Pachamama, and indeed, of the Cosmos itself. Other healing practices are the daily movement of our bodies through exercise, dance, yoga, walking, swimming, running; to breathe deeply and consciously, to laugh and sing. And to seasonally detox from physical, mental and emotional toxins that clutter our awesome physical and energetic systems.

Practicing periodic cleanses helps us to release continually what is not in alignment with Life. It helps us to stay clean, clear, ready to do the work from a place of knowing that we are true to ourselves and the laws of Nature. Cleanses are more than eliminating the backed-up clutter that clog our digestive system, they are a way to become lighter, allowing us to be more in tune with an active intuition that channels continuous guidance from a universal intelligence whose signals sometimes get blurred by the toxins of our addictions, distractions, fears.

To jumpstart the new beginnings that the Spring season offers us, a cleanse is such a perfect way to really connect with ourselves as channels of cosmic downloads that are intensifying exponentially in these momentous times. Let’s get clear and operate from our epiphanies in order to start this season with power and clarity!

To support you in the process, come join us in the Spring Equinox Cleanse, starting March 21, 2018! Please email me for more information info@sirenapellarolo.com. Happy release!

Release, Activate and Transform: A Four Week Intensive Health Group Coaching Program

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What:    A four session intensive group coaching program series to learn how to deal with weight gain, cravings, food allergies, digestive issues and low energy.

Why:     To receive personalized professional attention, support, guidance and acommunity of peers during the process.

When:   Tuesdays February 4, 11, 18, 25, 6:00pm to 7:15pm

 Where: From the convenience of your home, call in and join the interactive teleconference.

During the course of this four session program, you will

  • Set and accomplish health goals
  • Reconnect with your body and feelings
  • Develop a personalized diet according to your body type that sustains and pleases you
  • Explore new foods
  • Identify and by-pass emotional areas that trigger emotional eating.
  • Find mastery over food cravings through healthy alternatives and mindful eating
  • Increase energy and vitality
  • Feel better in your body, mind and spirit
  • Improve personal relationships with yourself, others and nature
  • Receive the support of an experienced professional and a community of peers

Bonus:  preliminary individual health phone consultation, a closed Facebook group for daily check-ins, recordings of the sessions, hand-outs, individual recommendations, support from a buddy system.

Cost for the 4 sessions:                                         250$    

Payment by February 2:                                       225$

PayPal payment at: www.vivamivida.com

For more info: sirena@vivamivida.com

Sirena Pellarolo, Ph.D. believes in autonomous and vibrantly healthy individuals and communities. As a holistic healer, she models for her clients how to courageously step center-stage in their lives by unleashing their unique personal power, creative self-expression and overall wellbeing. Her bilingual programs inspire individuals to reconnect with their bodies, minds and spirits by going back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle: a personalized nutrient-rich diet, energizing physical movement and a meaningful spiritual practice. The seasonal community cleanses and raw food preparation classes that she has been hosting for several years offer a Do It Yourself hands-on approach to healing through nutrient-dense, plant-based choices. Sirena specializes in weight management for women in their menopause years. She is currently working on a manuscript that captures this experience titled “Detoxing Our Communities: Using Food As Medicine for a Quantum Grassroots Transformation.”

www.vivamivida.com

http://livefoods4life.com/

https://soundcloud.com/sirena-pellarolo

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My interview for the San Diego Veg Festival

At wonderful veg cafe Casa de Luz, with organizers extraordinaires Linda Le and Elza Angulo

At wonderful veg cafe Casa de Luz, with organizers extraordinaires Linda Le and Elza Angulo

Last weekend I was invited to be a guest demo speaker for the second annual San Diego Veg Festival. I was asked to share my experience as a raw food educator and holistic healer, and it was a great opportunity to meet people ready to recover their health by choosing healthier food options. Here’s the interview:

  1. 1.      What do you enjoy most about your career in the veg community?

I enjoy the fact that it’s growing so fast. More and more people are getting into a plant-based diet and becoming much more aware of the issues related to the eating of animal products. In my own area of raw food, I see people experimenting with green juices and smoothies daily, and seeing the incredibly positive effects that these have in their health. I feel there is a change in consciousness in many areas, and food is one of them. People realize that to change the world, we need to change individually—as members of a larger community—and one of the ways is by paying attention to how we fuel our bodies, that is in accordance with a sustainable way of preserving our planet. Moreover, as a food justice activist, I believe in autonomous and vibrantly healthy individuals and communities, and that our bodies are the ultimate site of self-determination. So, in order to become really autonomous, the first thing we need to do is decolonize our bodies from commercial, processed food and other substances that keep us lethargic and lacking in energy.

  1. 2.      What is one thing you wish someone had told you before becoming a vegan/vegetarian?

Fortunately, I started exploring a raw food diet and cleansing in January 2002, when I participated in a program called The 21 Day Detox, led in Los Angeles by two amazing individuals, both naturopaths, Richard D’Andrea, M.D., and John Woods. I learnt so much from them, that I think they prepared me very well to go on my own journey safely. That’s why I have taken it to heart to teach other people how to develop personalized cleanses that are effective and safe. I felt the duty to share my experience with the Chicano/a Latino/a communities with whom I interact daily, as there is a lot of chronic disease and obesity in these communities due to a less than optimal diet resulting from the lack of good fresh produce in the “food deserts” where many of these people reside.

  1. 3.      What caused you to want to become veg friendly?

I was raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the ingestion of meat is overwhelming. When I arrived in this country in 1988 to pursue a doctoral program, luckily, I started eating much less meat because I felt it didn’t taste as good as back home. I also come from a history of emotional eating, so the idea of exploring a raw food diet and periodic detoxing was very appealing to me. It happened right at a time in my life when my spiritual practices were becoming much deeper, and it was natural for me to change my diet to support that process.

  1. 4.      Tell us more about your business? How can we get connected?

After years of hosting seasonal community cleanses and raw food preparation classes, I decided to retire from my position as a college professor and work full-time in the area of health. I became certified as a holistic health coach and have been growing my practice since late 2011. I am using everything I learnt in my own journey to support post-menopausal women to recover their power over their bodies, and debunk disempowering beliefs about aging. As a holistic healer, I model for my clients how to courageously step center-stage in their lives by unleashing their unique personal power, creative self-expression and overall wellbeing. I offer bilingual programs that inspire individuals to reconnect with their bodies, minds and spirits by going back to the basics of a healthy lifestyle: a personalized nutrient-rich diet, energizing physical movement and a meaningful spiritual practice. I specialize in weight management for women in their prime through life-changing programs that include DIY detoxifications, live foods and powerful transformational techniques. I also offer wellness seminars in English and Spanish.

I have a blog that focuses on live foods and detoxifications, http://livefoods4life.com/, and my holistic healing website is www.vivamivida.com.

  1. 5.      What other activities are you involved with in San Diego?

Every six months I spend a week doing a deep detox at the Optimum Health Institute in Lemon Grove, an amazing institution that firmly believes in the power of food as medicine. They follow Anne Wigmore’s principles of using the healing power of live food (sprouting, fermenting, juicing, lots of wheatgrass) to restore health. Every Friday morning, guests have the opportunity to share to the community their testimonials about healing with the power of plants. I have seen time and again hundreds of cases of individuals with “incurable diseases”–as defined by the traditional medical industrial complex–, make a 100% recovery and regain their health and vitality by sticking to this type of diet. Everything that I’ve learnt at OHI I share with the participants of my workshops and cleanses. I am looking forward to continue to collaborate with the San Diego Veg community in spreading this information to the public.

  1. 6.      What tips do you have for those wanting to stay on a veg-friendly path?

I would invite individuals to consider practicing a plant-based diet. I have seen many vegetarians and vegans who eat a lot of processed food, fake meats, etc. I think that the power of being on a veg-friendly path is to get acquainted with the amazing power of plants. That’s the natural fuel that our bodies need. And, if some “slips” happen, to just recommit and continue on the path. There are so many different varieties, flavors, textures, ways of preparing plants, that there is no way that we would feel deprived (not even in the intake of protein!). Also, I would suggest that individuals explore and pay close attention to their ancestral diet. According to the principle of “bio-individuality,” the great diversity of body types demand different types of diets.  Usually, whatever our ancestors ate, our bodies do well with. We can always modify those traditional dishes with choices that are more congruent with the diet that we choose now.

  1. 7.      What are your favorite veg dishes?

I like very simple flavors, and I eat mostly what I prepare at home. I love greens, and I prepare them in juices and smoothies, salads and wraps. I always tell the participants of my food preparation workshops that I am not that interested in gourmet raw food, that my diet mostly responds to the requirements of a “colon boot camp.” I’m interested mainly in food that makes me feel vibrant and healthy and that keeps my body clean. That’s why I am very much into fermentation and sprouting. I always sprout my beans, grains and nuts, and if I happen to prepare a cooked quinoa dish (my favorite grain/seed), I will sprout it for a couple of days first, so that the life force and enzymatic power gets unleashed and becomes more digestible and nutritious.

8. What advice do you have for those that are interested or curious about being a vegetarian/vegan?

I usually suggest to my clients to start slowly, adding veggies and fruits into their diet. The best way to do that is with green juices and smoothies. I have seen time and again that as people start to add these delicious and nutrient rich drinks into their diet, their taste buds get used to the natural flavors, they start to crave veggies and fruits due to the fact that they feel much better eating clean, and slowly, their diet starts transforming completely. This is a wonderful way to jump start a journey towards a plant-based diet. Enjoy the process, and don’t become too dogmatic, just find pleasure in your new choices!

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