Mi ensalada

I have been vegetarian for three years, and I have to say that has been the best changes I have ever made. When I was living with my parents back in Bogota (Colombia) I used to be very unwell. I was always constipated or the opposite, I remember I used to be scared of eating just because my stomach and my digestion did not work well I could be constipated for a week. I used to have a very strict diet just vegetables, fruits and protein, rarely I eat breads or potato or rice but it did not seem to be working.

The only sin I was doing was eating lots of cheese.

I could not give up. I did not even accepted the idea of cutting of what I liked the most.

Why did I decide to be vegetarian?

It was not because of the cheese 🙂 of course it was because I wanted to make changes in my life style and my eating behaviour.

I was not a big meat eater and I loved my salads and I started to think about all the stressed the animals were induced because of us.

I don’t know but It did not make me feel right. I was doing lots of yoga , meditation, being surrounded by beautiful human beings so I decided to cut meats and eat earthy.

I am vegetarian, but the vegetarian that eat fish and eggs and cheese. Hahaha

A real vegan or paleo will laugh at me ..

I could not give up on cheese but I avoid protein from animal sources like (beef ,pork,chicken) but I eat fish.

In Colombia, people eat usually very healthy, we always have salads and vegetable soups and women and men look after themselves very much. Too much that sometimes they decide to go superficial and put silicone. Hahaha

Sadly lots of women do that!

Fortunate I do believe in natural beauty and healthy eating and exercise without being obsessed.

I love salads and I love to make them.You just need motivation, creativity, good fresh vegetables and fruits if you prefer especially in the Summertime and the dressings are a plus.

Love my salads very much! Every day all the time!

This salad recipe is called Mi Ensalada meaning “ My salad “

My Untie Martha is an amazing cook and I always remember when we were having a getting together with the family she was simply the best.

She mixes , she creates she is just amazing in the kitchen.

I spoke to her last week and I asked her to share one of her favourite salads so I Could share it with you all.

Thank you Martica (untie) for sharing your recipe with us and I hope you can share this salad with us.

Let me know If you make it and what do you think about it?

Love and health

AndreaP xxx

Portion: 4 people

Duration: 10 mins

Ingredients

2 cups of lettuce

1 bunch of Basil

1 bush of mint

1 cup of strawberries sliced

1 green apple sliced in Juliana’s

1/2 cup of Corn

Dressing

1/cup of sugar free, fat free yoghurt like kefir or Greek

1/2 cup of nuts cut them in littles pieces.

1 tbsp of maple syrup

Mix the ingredients together, make a dressing and put it in the salad.

Omg! The combination of fruits and vegetables are irresistible.

Then the sauce was exquisite with the nuts beside.

I want to know what you think.

Thank you, dear Martica.

The salad was absolutely delicious!

With Nutritious love!

andreaP

2 cups of lettuce, break it with your hands and add the basil and mint together.

Add the strawberries and slice them, then add the strawberries to the greens.

Then take the green apple and slice it, add it to the greens.

Add the corn to the mix of greens, strawberries, it can be bought from a can, or frozen or fresh corn, whatever you feel is good for you.

Hmm! You can see in the photos the mix of colours and good nutrition. I am so looking forward to finishing it so I can sit with the boys and enjoy during this hot day of spring here in Queenstown.

Now it comes s the good part the dressing.

Mix the greek yoghurt or sugar and fat-free yoghurt, add the chopped nuts and add the maple syrup.

Maple syrup is a good source of sugars, and perfect for Vegans.

perfect!

Now we have a delicious nutritious Ensalada Mia, the recipe was provided by my lovely and adorable untie Martica.

A disfrutar amigos Mi Ensalada.

Gracias a todos!

With nutritious love!

AndreaP

Life, family and Diabetes.

November is the awareness month of Diabetes. We are trying to get funds to find the cure for the lifelong condition called DIABETES, through the Spinal Cord Society.

I try don’t think much about this but when I want to have a mindful moment, when the kids are in bed or one of those days when I feel down and sad ; I close my eyes and the memories of that painful moment when one of my babies was diagnosed with Type one Diabetes come to my mind and I burst in tears.

I am sure there are lots of parents, who have gone trough the same situation, the same pain and worries, the feelings of not knowing what is going to happen, how we can live normal when our kids must have injected insulin to be alive.

It is very hard to understand !

It is very hard to comprehend the responsibility we have as parents with kids with Type one Diabetes.

Mateo one of my sons, was diagnosed at the age of 2.

I remember I was toilet training him when suddenly , his eyes started getting blurred and watery, he was complaining about a sore tummy, he was doing wees more than his twin brother and drinking so much water that I couldn’t believe it!

He could have a full glass of water straight away!

His father is Type 1 diabetic as well, so the possibilities to get Diabetes are much higher. I’ve been at hospitals in the past, I loved the subject of Diabetes when I was studying it, so I knew that his symptoms were not normal but I did not want to accept it.

One day we went to have dinner away from home and while everybody was sitting quiet, Mateo drunk a full glass of water and the entire meal. We all worried and waited to get back home and take his sugar levels with his father’s glucometer… I did not want to know! And oh surprise his sugar levels were 33mcg when the normal values are between 4-12 mcg in children.

The father , my eldest son and me all hugged together and cried because we knew the meaning of that…

So we went to hospital the day after and stayed there for a week and it was the time when I realised that life is vulnerable and we don’t know what can happen tomorrow that makes us appreciate life more, especially when they are so little and so soft and precious!

What is Diabetes? What does it mean Type 1 Diabetes?

Diabetes Mellitus occurs when the body cannot produce insulin or when the insulin the body makes does not work properly. The name comes from Greek as Diabetes meaning siphon or running through, excess of urine.Mellitus, meaning honey like ( sweetness of the urine ) What are the causes of Diabetes?

It could be a combination of genes, and some things in the environment, which are harmless to most people for example common viruses or immune system that attack the beta cells of the pancreas, causing a decrease of insulin.

When Diabetes develops, glucose levels rise above normal, often as much as five to ten times normal. Excess spills over into the urine drawing water with it causing excessive passing of urine and dehydration. Weight loss is common as the body cannot use glucose as source of energy and instead starts break down in fat and muscle.

Excessive tiredness and mood changes are common because the kids feel unwell.

How do I provide Insulin to the body when the body does not produce it?

Insulin cannot be given by mouth because it would be destroyed by the acid in the stomach, so the only way to give insulin is by injecting short and long acting insulin that goes straight to the bloodstream through the use of injections or a pump. That means that the kids or adults diagnosed with Diabetes need to put insulin with needles before every meal and they have to test their sugars levels at least 8 times a day.

It seems easy ah?

And nobody talks about this!

We as parents would like to create awareness of the importance of having a healthy diet free of simple sugars, full of complex carbohydrates, full of vegetables and fruits with low content of sugars as well as water as the main source of liquids and the most importantly full of love and patience.

It is hard to understand what it means to have a normal life with four kids and one with diabetes.

How can I give him a normal life when I need to have restrictions with sugars and food?

Well this is the part that I want to work on this month as I know there are a lot of misunderstanding and lack of information about a healthy diet for diabetics.

I would like you to keep connected because I want to share some of my experiences with you, it is possible to have families with diabetic children, and have a healthy and happy life.

I will be sharing sugar free recipes, model of ideal menus for the whole family .

Live and love!

AndreaP

Honey and garlic

Have you ever wondered why our grandmothers and mothers always wanted to give us a spoon of honey and lemon or garlic when we were cold?

I have done it a few times with my boys, especially when they were under five.

They used to be coughing and being cold all the time. It was a mission to get them to like the honey and garlic, although is sweet, the new texture was not very appealing to them.

Here are the benefits of having garlic and honey together. Here in New Zealand, we have a kind of honey called Manuka honey. It does have antibacterial benefits and this kind of bee( abeja) is found just here in New Zealand, although there are lots of kind of honey around the world. Make sure is pure and better organic.

This combination of Honey and Garlic have properties:

Antibacterials

Antioxidants

Antiinflammatories

Antiseptic

Antiviral

Antifungus

Keep it as staple in your pantry

love

AndreaP

Spanish tortilla

The Spanish tortilla. One of the most popular dishes in Spain. I make the light version and I wont usually flip it over is complicated so I prefer to put it in the oven. People usually eat it cold or warm , mix it with green peas or with tuna.

Tell me what you think. Are you going to make it?

You can have it as main dish or finger food. Just need to cut it in squares and add a toothstick.

Deli.

Much love,

AndreaP

 

I keep asking myself … Why do I exercise?

I remember when I was a teenager and the worries that I had with my weight.

I had flat feet so I walked in a funny way and my knees were sore ,making lots of noises , I was a chubby teenager .One day my mum took me to the orthopedist and he said that I have to lose weight If I wanted to improve my knees otherwise I had to go on to surgery.

The diagnosis from this doctor changed the way I was looking at myself. I decided to start a food and exercise regime.I said to myself, I dont want to be overweight anymore. So I cut completely any kind of carbohydrate specially bread which I loved , no rice, no pasta, no potato and just having animal protein like red meat, chicken and sometimes fish, eggs and lots of vegetables.I started skipping rope for 20 mins everyday, and 20 mins abdominals. After 6 months I lost aprox 8 kilos.

I did not go to nutritionist I just kind of made my own changes, I was very commited to look better and improve my health and of course I wanted to look good. Playing tennis is my passion and back in years my dearly father who is not in the earth anymore, he might be reencartnated in a bird.There is one bird that comes and sings to me everyday.My dearly father used to take me to the tennis classes and wait for me forever. I do recommend you to practice whatever makes you happy?

What exercise makes you happy? Running, walking?

There is a rule with food and exercise 80/20. What does it mean? 80% is food habits and 20% exercise. Both together are the perfect combination.

Our body is designed to move, to do physical exercise. From the time from our ancestors when the man was the one who had to go out , hunt and bring food to the family, the woman were walking the kids, washing clothes on the rivers, bulding houses, scaping from depredators ,walking miles to get from one village to the other, all survival techniques . in the old days , exercise was not an option.

Technology, working long hours , busy parenting , have decreased the amount of physical activity and in some cases is not existent, specially in last generations. But there is still disbalance in the way we were created for , the needs of out body and the life style.

THis is not just about ESTETIC, to look good, to look fit , have six packs , big muscles to show off, this is all about supporting our organs, to get strenght and energy, to eliminate free radicals in our body that couse toxicity ,improve, circulation, elimination, regulate hormonal cycles, improve mood, and sleep better.

We should never see exercise as optional, sometimes we think that is luxurious to go to the gym or practice some sport, but it does not take anything to do 20 mins of exercise a day by walking, running, meditating, otherwise we could do something called HIIT ().

I am going to leave you a link to have a look and practice every day. There is no excuses for not to.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF DOING EXERCISE?

  • Healthy body , mind and spirit .
  • Reduce of stress.
  • Improve our digestion.
  • Improve our digestive system (constipation)
  • Natural antidepresant.
  • Tonic of muscles .
  • Reduces anxiety.
  • Release of happiness hormones like serotonine.
  • Impove the quality of sleep.
  • Help to maintain the weight in balance. It works both ways, putting weight on and loosing weight.
  • Maintain the health of our hearts and improve circulation.
  • Eliminate toxins and work as a cleanse of our body.
  • The brain circulation is improved by releasing good hormones , more oxigen, better and positive thoughts.
  • The more oxigen we get into our body the healthier and cleaner we will become.

THERE Are NO EXCUSES TO NOT EXERCISE. OUR BODIES HAVE BEEN CREATED FOR IT.

THE PURPOSE TO EXERCISE IS NOT JUST LOOSING WEIGHT , IS TO HAVE TIME TO OURSELVES TO NURTURE , TO LAUGH, TO APPRECIATE WHAT WE HAVE AROUND US, TO ENJOY THE PEOPLE WE HAVE AROUND US, TO SWEET, SO EVERY DROP OF SWEET IS A DROP OF POWER, IS A DROP OF HEALTH IS A DROP OF HAPPINESS.

EXERCISE IS A DROP OF NUTRITIOUS HABIT.