My Inner Calling

First off , I want to share this beautiful African story.

” Once upon a time there was a normal family: mother, father, children. It was normal in every respect except one : Rather of flesh and bones, the children were made of wax.

This was a serious problem. The children could never go out side in the sun light, because if they did, they would melt. They lived at nighttime and could not see what the world was like. By day they stayed inside a windowless hut, where they were protected by the heat. ” We will never know what the world is like”, they would say. They were good children and got along with one another.  Besides, being made of wax, they had the advantage of not feeling pain.

All went well. But one of them, Ngwabi, was very curious. He wanted to explore the wonders of the world, as he heard about them and often dreamt of them. He wanted to see the clouds and the sky, the great river, and the animals. He wanted to see the trees moving in the wind and wander in the vast savannas.

He was tired of staying at home just staring at the wall : He wished to see the many faces of beauty. So one day at dawn he decided to go out and set off on a journey of discovery.  “Do not go,” his brothers and sisters begged him. But out he went into the light.

His trip did not last long. He managed to see the glory of dawn, the delicate pink and mauve of the clouds, the cheetahs in their magnificent race. Everything seemed marvelous to him. But shortly the sun came up and beamed more intensely. He began to melt, soon he was nothing more than a pool of colored wax on the dusty ground.

   At nightfall, his brothers and sisters looked for him, found him and cried. Their tears fell upon the remains of their brother. With their parents, they took the wax and molded it into a bird. They made wings out of palm leaves so the wax would be protected from the sun. Then they put the wax bird on top of a hill near their home, and waited inside their hut, watching through a crack.

   At dawn, the wax bird took the color of fire. He seemed to breathe. His eyes opened. He began to fly. His parents, brothers and sisters watched in awe. He was now a noble bird of many colors. He circled once above their heads, as if to greet and thank them. Then he flew away, ready to explore and enjoy, happy at last. “

The theme of this story is death and rebirth. Our old self dies, the new one comes to light.

Personally, I feel I found this story just when I needed it. Lately I have been going through the weirdest days. I feel like every day I have been having deep life realizations. Trying to follow my heart has never been easy, but who can when you’re at the last years of your teen age. I have been so caught up on my school and just in the nutrition world that I had totally forgotten about my TRUE passion, WHY I want to help people, HOW I originally decided to do things. It wasn’t until I saw Earthlings a few weeks ago that I had remembered why I eat the way I eat, I had forgotten about me wanting to save the world. I became a vegetarian because of my love for animals, I felt their pain, my heart would always go out to them, to our dying earth. Ever since then, I have just, I guess, returned to the hippie me. Once again I started doing my spiritual yoga almost everyday and I feel my heart speaking louder and clearly each day.

Life seems be showing me very CLEARLY what I definitely do not want in my life. New people and opportunities have come into my life . Things and people who I thought I really wanted and needed, but once they were there, facing those opportunities, something deep down in my heart just said “nope this isn’t it” . I have walked out of naturopathic doctors offices, walked out of enrollment appointments for local yoga schools, said no to people who still want me to cook “healthy but meat” for them. People who I thought I needed  for dependence or to move on in life turned out to just make me feel more suffocated. They actually ended up reminding me how much I DON’T want to take care of people like that. I want my own time to heal and learn. Something in my heart and gut in those moments just tell me that is not it. That feeling kinda reminds me of the time that when I was in a very toxic relationship, cried everyday because I couldn’t be my true self, I couldn’t spread my wings, I knew I needed out. After all of these experiences I just felt like I have been going through this incredible change, like I finally came out of my dark cocoon. I have let go of so many guilt, pain, and just stupid things that I felt were holding me down. Just like the story of the Ngwabi, I feel reborn and free to follow my heart all the way & do the things I have been dreaming of.

At the same time,  I have been learning and going through self-love. After going through it and just going deeper into it it’s just amazing what that could do for ourselves and this world that we are all part of. Something about this subject just calls my name! It makes sense to me why I would be so attracted to it , I have always been this sensitive, heart-felt just want to give love machine. If there is one thing I could share and teach the world that’s what it would be . LOVE. The way I see and feel it everything connects with love and anything can be healed with it too.

All of this is just been causing me to make changes in my life. I yearn for this great change, adventure and ability to be able to share this with the world. So, I want to leave this fall to other countries to learn more about love. Whether it’s through yogis, meditation,or  nature, I want it all. I want to experience it all.

To a part of me this sounds so crazy! I have never even been on an airplane! never traveled on my own, and of course (here comes the ego and rational thinking)..where the hell am I going to get the money for all of this?! I can barely even afford to pay my car, my veggies, gym membership, and phone bill!

So… here is my plan: Work my butt off this summer! Whatever comes my way as a tool or help I will take it! It is time baby! I feel it and I am not talking about a one week hype , this is what I feel my soul is yearning for, it is what I have always wanted to do at some point in my life. I am turning 20 this Sunday, I am single, I have let go of everything that holds me back. I am ready!

I am encouraging all of you to, ok maybe not be all crazy like me but, just to explore self-love! FALL IN LOVE with yourself. Once you do that everything else follows, your relationships change, you will actually want to take care of yourself, you will start seeing beauty in just everything! Once you truly love your self and there is no way anyone could every take that love or happiness away you are ready to follow your heart and go after what your soul is yearning for!

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Why I love Apple Cider Vinegar

Besides the fact that Apple Cider Vinegar is freaken DELICIOUS to me, I always see the benefits when I bring it back into my life.

I ‘ve been having it everyday for the last week , with a combination of lots of greens and fresh fruit. I feel AMAZING. My stomach is flatter, I have incredible energy even though I have been sleeping 4-6 hours  a day ( I am usually sleepy and grumpy if I don’t sleep for at least 8 hours) , my workouts seem easier, I feel leaner, &  just lighter in general!

     Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar :

  • Boosts our immune system
  • It is a prebiotic, therefore, aids digestions and supports our intestinal flora
  • Detoxes our bodies
  • Clears skin problems & is amazing for your hair when it’s washed with it!
  • Helps with weight loss! A study in Japan has showed that when you consume 1-2 tablespoon a day it helps you breakdown fat !
  • It’s a GREAT sore throat remedy!

So, those are some of the many benefits ! For people who are new to healthy food ( especially those who were scared of eating something that is green ) this will smell funky and will have a strong taste .

My tips for Starters:

  • DON’T smell it before you’re going to have it.
  • DON’T drink it just by itself or with plain water.
  • Do try it on a fruity salad !
  • Make sure its RAW and organic ! ( use Bragg’s ACV)
  • Start with small amounts and eventually add more.

Ok , well I created a refreshing , full of great enzymes, perfect slim down summer drink! It is made with our amazing apple cider vinegar, a favorite fruit of mine : PINEAPPLE! a great fruit that also aids digestion, it is easy digested and full of fiber!

I hope you guys like it. Remember newbies , start small and eventually add more !

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 of a pineapple (  have ripe fruit! )
  • 1/2 cup or more of water or coconut water
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons of ACV
  • a tsp of raw honey (optional)
  • If you want extra fruits you can add a handful of organic strawberries !

Directions : Blend Away ❤

Cherrylicious ice cream

I LOVE CHERRIES!!!

Here is a delicious fast and simple cherry ice cream recipe! Enjoy healthy blossoms!

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Ingredients :
– 2 frozen bananas
-1 1/2 cup of cherries
– tsp or more of xylitol sweetener or stevia
– 1/4 cup of almond milk

Put all in a food processor till smooth & enjoy ❤

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Favorite Summer Smoothie

As the weather changes so does my diet. My favorite is summer  because I feel I can actually stick to raw food and fruits & we all know what that mean slimmer body, more energy, lighter spirit!   OH YEAH! 😉

The foods I eat the most during the summer :

  • seaweeds
  • fresh fruit ( mangos, pineapple, watermelon, coconut &will be experimenting with new ones!)
  •  salads of all kind
  • Wraps ! nori and collards.
  •  I mainly eat quinoa if I have to have grains
  •  WATER (flavored with frozen fruit)
  •   teas! (iced ).

So, I will be experimenting with lots of different food this summer & you guys will get the best of them 😀

Ana’s Summer Smoothie

Ingredients :

  • 1 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1 frozen mango (large)
  • 1 tablespoon of dulse
  • 1 tsp of spirulina (optional)*
  • 1 tsp of cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lime (juice)
  • 2 tbs of hemp hearts or hemp protein
  • 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar (optional)*
  • 1 cup or more of coconut water ( I used 1/2 coconut water& 1/2 water)

Again, feel free to play around with it ! maybe switch up the mango for the pineapple, use water or hemp milk instead of coconut water etc . blend away !<3

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  • Weight loss
  • clearer skin
  • more energy
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Blossom into Health!

Ana

Cauliflower Poppers

Cauliflower , one of America’s popular vegetable. Most people buy it frozen and cooked in the microwave along with broccoli , served on the side with some protein or pasta. Some eat it in a ” healthier” way, you know steamed and covered with dairy butter .Almost like any other typical american I also had my broccoli and cauliflower steamed every once in a while because there was NO way I would ever have them in my smoothies! (lol bad experience )  It wasn’t until I took a Super Immunity  course with Dr.Fuhrman (based on his Book “Super Immunity”) that I learned what a powerful veggie cauliflower could be! You see cauliflower is a Cruciferous vegetable. Cruciferous vegetables are some of the most powerful plants we can eat, they have strong anti-cancer properties and are very alkaline forming foods as well!

Other popular cruciferous veggies :

  • Broccoli
  • Kale
  • Bok Choy
  • Cabbage
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Collards
  • Arugula

Back to cauliflower! , I love having my veggies in fun ways ( who doesn’t?) SO,  when I saw that you could eat cauliflower like this I had to try it! I seasoned it to how a “chicken” nugget-like food would taste to me, something that would go well with ketchup or a barbecue sauce for those days when I just want to sit in front of the tv with family or play board games while eating finger food! I personally find it easy to make too& just like with any other recipe I encourage you to play around with it (maybe instead of the smokey flavor you can do garlic,oinion, and oregano?).

Ingredients:

  • cauliflower (I EASILY eat one by myself!)
  •  1 tsp chipotle powder
  • chilli powder
  • pepper
  • salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbs of Nutritional Yeast (optional)
  • garlic salt
  • 1 1/2 tsps of cumin powder
  • about 2 tbs of coconut oil ( or whatever oil you use)

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, throw in the pieces of cauliflower and the rest of the ingredients. MIx well with your hands
  2. Either oil or spread wax paper on a baking pan and lay the cauliflower on it . Bake for 15-20 mins
  3. Enjoy by them self or with ketchup or dip of your choice 😉 enjoy loves!

xoxo Ana.

My new love

Yup I fell in love with figs. For years I have seen my parents eat them right off my aunts tree and just like dates they looked gross . I never had dates because when I was little I compared them to cockroaches (the look) and same thing with figs, there was NO way I was going to try that weird-looking so-called fruit! I guess thoughts from our childhood always stay with us and just like I tell people when it comes to greens :  ” Stop being scared of the color green! We are not 5  years old anymore!” Same thing when it comes to trying out new food, don’t judge it on looks!

Anyways , my mom brought back a big bag full of figs the other day from an aunt’s house, the pink color in them looked so pretty! I had to give them a try plus they are in season and they are a local fruit. So I had my first fig and fell completely in love!

Theyre not so sweet when eaten fresh, they have a this very fresh taste to them, not too sweet, not as squishy as I thought they would be either. They had a tiny bit of crunch to them because of the tiny seeds almost like chia seeds.

I later dehydrated a couple of them and just like any fruit that gets dehydrated they get a lot sweeter! Just like the fig cookies.

 

Ok so some benefits of figs :

  • Good levels of B vitamins
  • just like other berries they contain their good amounts of antioxidants!
  • Rich in minerals like calcium, iron, potassium, zinc and manganese.
  • Good source of fiber
  • and for those who still count calories Figs are a low cal fruit

How I eat them : I am still new to this delicious fruit so I am experimenting with it but I love them fresh I eat a big bowl of them for breakfast (mono eating), dried for snacking, in smoothies , and will be trying my own cookies soon!

here is a delicious creamy smoothie I made , enjoy 😀

Ingredients:

  • Almond Milk ( or dairy alternative of your choice)
  • 4 figs ( I used 3 fresh 1 dried)
  • 1 or 2 frozen banana
  • cinnamon ( as much as you want )

Blend all and enjoy !<3

My thing with Yoga

The first time I heard of yoga was 3 years ago in anatomy class. The thing that caught my attention about yoga was not the amazing physical benefits but the spiritual side of it. So I flirted with yoga for a couple of months and felt great ! not necessarily spiritually but mostly physically I could finally touch my toes!

Trough out the years I have noticed a big difference between the times I practice yoga and when I don’t. Physically I am a lot more …ninja like. Better balanced, I feel I pay more attention to things like details, I am not so clumsy ( I am catching things before they fall to the floor lol), and oh yes I also feel STRONG. I could weigh lift for two weeks , 5x a week and I wont be able to do a push ups or arm balances (crow pose) . After doing yoga three days in a row I am balancing on my arms and closer to doing a push up, weird.

Now my favorite part of yoga, the weird thing is I have noticed yoga always comes into my life during certain times. When there is big changes going on with me . During my last break up I started practicing yoga in my own in my room. One night after an intense session I sat on the floor catching my breath, and out of no where tears started rolling down my cheeks. All I could think of was him, our relationship and how much he has helped me grow and becoming the person I am today. It wasn’t like I was crying because of the breakup I was crying because I felt so much love, gratitude, and relief in a way. I felt I had let go of all the bad things I was feeling about the breakup and about the relationship.

See, my thing with yoga is very special, Yoga is always there to help me out whether I feel lost, heart broke, angry, stiff, sore, or weak. Yoga helps me find myself, my true self , my strong, loving, patient, happy, grateful, talkative, creative, self.

My tips for starters:

  • Start slowly, if you’re not use to stretching trust me you can hurt yourself and will be sore 🙂
  • If you are going into yoga for spiritual and calming reason I do not recommend practicing yoga at your gym’s yoga class. Most teachers are teaching the workout part of it & can be rough!
  • Check out tons of books, videos and or classes at an actual yoga studio!
  • If you’re going to try it at home make sure it is a quite private place of yours. I like my room just because I love the energy in there (I live in a house with 4 other people so I find my room to be my place). I clear out clutter, open up the window, place my mat facing the window, maybe light up a candle or incense, and put on music so I won’t hear the noise outside my room . I love listening to “Helios” station on Pandora, its relaxing, has a good beat to it for yoga as well.

For the last year , have been looking into schools to practice and become a teacher to help others find their thing with yoga as well.  Something about it is just calling my name 😀

Also I am announcing that  I will be part of  Natural Life Yoga Retreat  with my beautiful friend Brianne Spans aka YogaMamma who is an amazing yoga teacher in Chicago. This retreat is all about finding your true self and connecting back with nature. By connecting with nature we don’t mean loving nature and rolling around in the grass and hugging trees , no. We mean getting back in touch with your self, learn how to heal with natural foods and yoga. obviously there will be a lot of yoga going on, nutrition classes by me, recipes, food samples, an I have mention it is by a lake? For more information on the retreat Click Here

Almond Butter Crispies

So I love peanut butter, but unfortunately peanut butter doesn’t love me back. Ever since I went vegan and started eating clean for some strange reason I break out like crazy when I have peanuts!(or maybe it has done that all my life but never noticed it since I never pay much attention to my body’s response to food).

However, I have found many great replacements like almond butter, cashew butter, and hemp butter . Cashew didn’t really tickle my fancies, besides the fact that it’s expensive I just can’t do cashews much. Hemp butter is SO easy to make( I will share the recipe later on ), great tasting, light, good for people with nut allergies, filled with protein as well. BUT I have to admit the closest one to peanut butter taste and feeling wise (that heavy like feeling that makes me feel full when eating it)  is almond butter! Yes it’s more expensive than organic peanut butter but personally, I would rather pay an extra dollar or two for almond. For those who would like to make your own go ahead it’s not too hard but I dislike having to hear the food processor for straight 10 or 15 minutes .

I have only tried one rice crispy like vegan treat since i became a vegan and it was not very tasty . So I stumbled upon a vegan peanut butter crispy treats and decided to give it a try & OMG not only is it super delicious and satisfying but it’s so easy to make! to me they kinda taste like those Chewy bars from Quaker oatmeal company. Feel free to play around with it , you can add raisins and cinnamon to make it more Chewy like. I love it this way satisfy my cravings for peanut butter and chocolate.

& FYI you can get addicted to this so try not to eat the whole tray, make sure to share !

Ingredients:

  • a pack or 4 cups of Brown Rice Puffs or Crispy cereal. ( There is a lot of different ones! like i said play around I have tried the 7 whole grain puffs from Kashi brand & it does it well )
  • 1 cup of brown rice syrup
  • 1 cups of almond butter
  • pinch of salt

for chocolate you can either buy the chocolate chips or make your own like I did

  • 1 cup of coconut oil
  • 1/2 of cacao powder
  • xylitol, stevia, coconut crystals,
  •  agave you decide on the sweetener and sweetness of your chocolate!

Directions:

  • In a pan at low heat , melt the brow rice syrup
  • when melted, add the peanut butter .
  • When both are melted pour the liquid mixture on the cereal
  • Mix well and let it cool!
  • top with melted chocolate! enjoy 😀

Nature’s Butter

For those who don’t know I am a HUGE Avocado fan and yes I do eat at least one of them a day !

Avocados have gotten a bad reputation because of its fat and I am writing this  to clear a few things out . Just because avocados contain fat doesn’t mean it is a BAD fat. We all need fats in order for our bodies to function properly!

Avocado’s fat help fight against free radicals ( cancer prevention!) , help boost the good cholesterol in our body, contain essential amino acids , provide long burning fuel and are great for healthy glowing skin! o and did I mention how DELICOUS these things are? Like Olivia Wilde said : “I am a vegetarian & avocados are my crack” (http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-3225/Olivia-Wilde-Im-Vegetarian-Avocados-Are-My-Crack.html)

ok so I can go on and on about why I love avocados and the benefits are endless point of this post was to talk about how you can replace your vegenaise and butter with them!

Yesterday I had someone asked me what they can use instead of mayo (or vegenaise) in sandwiches , so I gave him this tasty , easy, a lot more nutritious and inexpensive spread! You can use it on toast as butter or in sandwiches , get creative with it and enjoy 😀

Ingredients :

  • Half an avocado
  • tsp (or more) of nutritional yeast flakes ( good source of B12 for vegans!)
  • salt (Himalayan or celtic , make sure your salt still has its minerals!)

Directions:

  • spread the avocado on your piece of bread add as much as you want on it!
  • the sprinkle the nutritional yeast and salt !
  • enjoy!

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