Autumn the colour of hope.

Time for Inner exploration

I have realised recently that energy and stress are two of the biggest obstacles we face in reaching out your goals of health. I was working so much during summertime, kids holidays etc that I have reached the point of exhaustion. I was not very excited when the first of March arrived, our first day of Autumnn. I wanted to think that we were living in a little piece of hot paradise; I loved summer very much , but I have to say that I have not stopped taking pictures of the sky on fire, the amazing orange, red, pink and blue sky in the mornings and even the amazing sunsets.One of the beauties of Qt is having the pleasure of enjoying every season with its different emotions, smells and colours.Interestingly I have seen some of my friends going through depression, sadness, or not good quality sleep, even starting having colds and flu. Not motivation whatsoever.Do you see yourself identified ?I don’t want to say that this beautiful season is bringing people down but I would like to take note about what is happening. After having amazing time during the summer season, it is time to stop and take care of ourselves. Taking care of ourselves is not selfish, is our responsibility. In other worlds by taking care of ourselves first, we can look after anybody around us, we can give the best advice and we can give the love to the ones we live the most or our close friends who may need a little bit of help.When we make one healthy and positive choice, you open the door to one additional one. What is your new choice now?Have you being generous to everybody but not generous to yourself. I am sorry but we have to start making little changes. I have been helping lately to my friends emotionally when I am not in my hundred percent and I don’t feel good at all. This is why I feel exhausted I need to start eating healthier and maybe drop a couple of kilos that I have put on lately.I feel terrible because I did not do enough exercise during summer time and I think I’m paying the consequence.One lady in her middle sixties came to my workplace and she said something that I want to share… She said… You really need to move or do any kind of exercise otherwise when you get to my age you won’t be able to move and your joins will be stiff and sore so remember this. Any kind of gentle or strong exercise is good not just for the present moment, is good for your future, the rest of your life.Stress is constant in our lives, everybody experiences a different level so this is why is important to check on ourselves, check our levels of performance and productivity and the duration of it.What happen when our body is under stress? The body produces more energy to handle the stressful event or even by having to handle someone else’s problem.We need to understand what stress can cause in our body and our emotional state. If the stress is allowed to build with no release it will rob the body good nutrients, and the energy and the capacity to fight off bugs. The following are some tips to help you to reduce the amount of stress.– Practice the exercise of your preference but move. Between 30 mins to one hour. – Breathe help you to reduce stress – Take at least 5 mins to meditate or pray if you prefer and be grateful for the wonderful things around you. – Listen to your favourite music. If you come from another country like me, put on your favourite music and sing out loud. – Have a lovely bath with Epsom salts to give you relaxation and good minerals to your skin. – Always be surrounded by positive people!

What are the nutrients that give you happiness or improve your nervous system ?

Magnesium is good to reduce, stress, relaxing the muscles and eliminating cramps.Echinacea, boost your immune system give you energy.Vitamin B, this vitamins are vital to reduce levels of stress in your body.Garlic, anti-inflammatory and boost your immune system.The most important person is YOU, remember to stop, think and check internally how you feel and take note of the changes you have to make. I would like to share my Autumn salad. Hope you like it. This combination of autumn ingredients is the perfect combination of salty, sweet, sour and savory.You won’t want to eating this salad… It’s so good!AUTUMNSALAD Ingredients1 bag of baby spinach1 cup very thinly cut of red onion1/2 cup of dried cranberries1 cup of raw walnuts1 cup of apple cored and thinly sliced1 cup of crumbled cheeseDressing1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil1/4 cup balsamic vinagretteSalt and pepperToss the spinach with the red onions, cranberries, walnuts, the apple and the blue cheese.Then add the vinaigrette and voila!! Blessings!Andreap

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

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.