Coffee facts TO KNOW & a green brand reshaping it all! WICKED JOE.

Today’s topic is coffee. Why?  For three very good reasons. 1) I haven’t met one soul on this lovely planet that doesn’t like coffee. 2) I’m fascinated by it. From the aroma it releases when I prepare it in the morning, to its health benefits (despite all the controversial research articles out there, coffee does have a few health benefits. Click here to read about them.) which put a cute smile on my face every single time! There’s something about coffee that makes us all drool over it, but here’s an eye-opening detail you might have not heard of, since the companies of this second most traded commodity (after oil) do not put in on their products’ labels. Coffee production has a devastating effect on the planet and some of its most delicate eco-systems, and this devastation is increasing by the second. Just imagine this: 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed by us every year for which roughly 200,000 acres of rainforests are being burned on a daily basis. Let me rephrase this.. I wrote DAILY! What does this all mean though? Well, it basically means that this "massive deforestation is one of the leading causes of air and water pollution, soil erosion, the release of carbon dioxide, the loss of biodiversity through mass extinction of plants and animals. Fewer rainforests also mean less rain, less oxygen for us to breathe, and an increased threat from global warming.” (by: Going Green Today) That brings me to the third good reason of today’s topic: 3) There are ways to prevent these harmful impacts of coffee production without having to reduce your consumption entirely! We just need to look for the green options. Companies that are producing organic, fair-trade and rainforest alliance certified coffee. Wicked Joe is a brand that fits all those categories, and many more! Wicked Joe is officially taking ethical and sustainable coffee to the next level! They are a B-Corp (certification based on a company's practices and missions taking nature and people into consideration and showing transparency in all) and focus on producing and selling coffee that protects rainforests, birds, the hands that harvest the beans, the local communities, and soil. They have composting systems in place, work with different non-profits to improve the livelihoods of the children living in coffee-growing communities, and so SO much more! They make coffee that is both good for your health (organic and free of harmful pesticides) and kind to our planet. One you can enjoy every morning guilt-free. 

PS: in case you didn't know, coffee has been proven to be one of the most chemically-treated crops in the world. Solution? GO ORGANIC. Always!

Easy daily steps you can take to go GREEN!

“It is not that we don’t live. Indeed we do, but whether we live rightly, whether we live fully, that is he question. Unless one is conscious, one is not alive. To sit in a room and meditate is not the way to become conscious. To read books is also not the way. We must, in the midst of our day-to-day life, learn to observe, to contemplate, to measure our response, our movements, our words, our thoughts- which are more important than words. We must develop the sensitivity, the urge to appreciate the soul of beauty, a sense of order and harmony. We must find and create beauty everywhere.” 🌿🍃 This year in April, I visited Auroville; a Utopian and sustainable city south of India. Besides having a breathtaking and eco-friendly architecture focused on the synchrony of the universe, there was no single dominant religion (all are practiced and accepted), no politics, and no currency. They live blissfully, respecting nature and humanity. This quote by The Mother (the woman who gave birth to Auroville) describes my view of life completely. See, respect and create beauty everywhere you go. Don’t destroy but add value to places and people. Especially when it comes to nature. Our earth is aching, guys. Badly. It’s heartbreaking to watch. Forests are burning, glaciers are melting, air is becoming unbreathable, animals- crucial to our survival- are dying faster than we ever imagined, and trash has become an overused word in our vocabularies and lifestyles. If I tell you that YOU can  change this, will you listen? Will you do something about it? The solution is at our fingertips. It’s in the way we do our day-to-day lives. How we shop, eat, think, move. Simple daily baby steps that can have a huge impact! Here are a few:

1) Say no to plastic when you go out to eat or shop. Take your reusable utensils (I have them and love them! Bamboo and metal straws) and cotton shopping bags. I'll be selling bamboo cutlery sets that benefit two nature-preserving non-profits I've partnered with on my blog's shop. Give me a few more days and I'll share details with you :)

2) Switch the car for a bike, bus ride, or electric transportation. (I surrendered my car 2.5 years ago. Best decision ever. I’m thinking of getting an electric scooter now. Yes, they exist!)

3) Offset your flight carbon impact. (Yes! That exists too!) I use ClimateCare; a B Corp offsetting your carbon footprint by using a calculator to tell you how much you need to donate to different nature-preserving projects. For example, to offset the 18,000+ miles I traveled from Miami to New Delhi roundtrip, or the 4+ tones of CO2 I emitted, I donated $42.48 to ClimateCare's projects that range from planting trees to preserving rainforests to purifying water in Kenya and many more. Use their calculator to do the math. It's very simple! 

4) Shop wisely! Consciously! Read labels. Choose fair-trade, vegan, rainforest alliance certified, organic, natural and eco-friendly (packaging especially). 

5) Set Ecosia.org as your search engine. They plant trees with each search. So far, 17million+ trees have been planted. 

6) Go vegan. I know it sounds crazy and difficult but it is the only diet that can save and preserve our planet. Besides, if done well, it is one of the healthiest diets! Take your superfoods, eat your fruits and veggies, and watch how your health and our planet bloom back to life. 

7) SHARE the knowledge. We are in this together! 

Conscious Holiday Shopping Guide

The Holidays are here. Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas discounts, etc. Sales and low prices meant to catch our attention and push us to shop more than our wallets, home space, and planet can handle. So, this Holiday season, choose to shop wisely. Consciously. Being aware of every dollar you are spending and every brand you are choosing to support. How do you do this? Easy. Ask yourself the following questions before swiping that card or emptying your wallet:

1.     Do I really need it?

2.     Could I do something better with that money? How about adding it to my travel fund?

3.     If I really need it, will I use it more than once?

4.     If not, is it biodegradable? (whatever we throw in the trash- be it clothing or toys- will sit in there for years! If it’s plastic 400+ years, if it’s textiles 30+ years)

5.     Is it ethical? Does the brand or product have our planet and people in mind? Look for labels such as: fair-trade, eco-friendly, sustainable, biodegradable.

6.     Is it vegan? Yes, this word applies to more than food. Clothing, makeup, inks, can also carry animal bi-products as ingredients. Reading labels is always a must!

7.     (The last one and my favorite one!) What’s the story behind it? How does it give back? Will I enjoy sharing its story? Or, will the person I gift it to enjoy it too?

Simple questions that can reshape our mindsets a little and have a positive impact on our planet. With that being said, here are some brands you might want to check out! I also included discount codes for you. :)  You’re welcome! And Happy Conscious Holidays!

All of these brands carry products that are fair-trade, eco-friendly, vegan and fashionable!

YOGA

For my yogis, these are my favorite brands:

1. Satva Living: each piece is fair-trade (meaning that the hands that made them were paid a fair wage and provided with humane working conditions) and made with organic cotton, recycled plastic, plantbased dyes. Use code "WTS30" for 30% off!

2. PortdeBras: each set is made with natural fibers and empowers women in Venezuela.

YOGA MATS & PROPS

3. I love Gurus: mats and shoes made with cork (renewable resource) and natural tree rubber. They plant trees for each purchase

4. Jade Yoga: made from natural tree rubber (renewable resource) and plants trees for each purchase.

5. Yoloha Yoga: made from cork and recycled tires. They also have yoga props, water bottles and yoga wheels with gorgeous designs!

CLOTHING

6. XCVI: each piece is fair-trade (WRAP certified) and the dyes used do not contain harmful chemicals (RoHS compliant). Use codewaterthruskin” for discount.

7. VeganResortWear: each piece is fair-trade and made with natural fibers and vegan materials! Beautiful tops, skirts and jumpsuits for all beach and wanderluster babes! Use code "waterthruskin" for 25% off. 

8. Ni Beach Wear: each piece is handmade, handpainted and supports dog shelters and Puerto Rico. Use codewaterthruskin10” for 10% discount.

9. Miakoda NYC: each piece is fair-trade, made in the US with natural fibers (bamboo, soy, organic cotton) and extremely comfortable!

10. Les Sublimes: each piece is fair-trade, made with natural fibers that produce less water, air, and soil pollution, GOTS certified cotton, and provide a month of feminine products and reproductive education to girls in Africa. Deliveries are also CO2 neutral using Colissimo and also by bicycle in Paris.  Use codewaterthruskin10” for 10Euros off your first purchase.

11. StormieDreams: each piece is made from reclaimed fabrics gathered from large companies that would have discarded them. Also, all designs that don't sell get cut into children's clothing and donated to nonprofits Stormie Dream works with! Use code "wtrthrskn20" for discount.

10. The Onikas: each piece is fair-trade, handmade and blockprinted (antique technique in India where artisans use wood block stamps to print on fabrics) empowering artisans in India and Ecuador.

INTIMATES

11. Chakra Intimates: Have you been looking for ethical and sexy lingerie? Well, look no further! These bras and panties are fair-trade, and made with natural and sustainable fabrics and ethically-sourced crystals meant to transfer the earth’s energy to us when in touch with our skins, helping keep our chakras in balance! Use code "VALE" for a 10% discount!

SWIMWEAR

12. EcoPeace Swim: each swim piece is fair-trade, made in the US, eco-friendly and beautiful! They use natural and recycled fabrics and non-toxic dyes.

ACCESSORIES

13. WaterThruskin Tote: My favorite ever! I use it every day. It is made from old billboards and non-toxic ink. Each bag comes with a palo santo and green aventurine crystal, and gives back to different non-profits. Use code "WTSTRIBE"for discount!

14. Big Bubble Bags: each piece is fair-trade and made with recycled bubble wrap!

15. Matt&Nat: vegan leather bags made with recycled plastic interior lining!

16. Harveys: fair-trade bags and totes made from car seatbelts and recycled plastic interior lining!

JEWELRY

17. 31 Bits: each piece is made with recycled paper and vegetable dyes and glue, and empowers women in Uganda!

18. The Fifth Element: each piece is handmade and sustainable. I adore the mandala rings and the animal spirit cards handpaited by Sarah, the Founder!

19. Lian & Mez: If you are tired of the leather strap watches, these will be your new buddies! Luxury watches made with pineapple leather straps! Fair-trade, sustainable, and beyond gorgeous!

20. Krystle Knight: crystals crystals crystals. The only language I know J This brand is fair-trade and handmade with ethically sourced crystals. Rings, earrings, necklaces. You name it!

21. 4Ocean: made of recycled plastic bottles taken out of the ocean. Your purchase supports ocean clean-ups. 200,000+ pounds of trash taken out already! 

HOME & SUBSCRIPTION BOXES

22. Globe In: monthly subscription boxes and products that share a story. Each product is handmade, fair-trade, ecofriendly and empowers artisans worldwide! Use code "Waterthru" for $10 off your first order. 

23. Live Vessel: For my coffee/tea lovers, I discovered the eco and fair-trade coffee mug of my dreams!!! It's handmade from ceramic (cadmium and lead free) and is enriched with white tourmaline (Brazilian crystal) that releases beneficial infrared rays and negative ions when subject to heat. This purifies and alkalinizes the drink in your mug! Thus, higher pH! Their designs are beautiful too! Go check them out and use code "waterthruskin15" for a discount!

 

Vegan for Thanksgiving? No problem!

We all know how difficult the holidays can be. Especially for those souls with a plantbased diet! I get you! I’m the only vegan in my family, and every holiday becomes an incredibly stressful scenario where we all fight to use the kitchen to cook our own meals. And, if there’s something I’ve learned in life, is that nothing tastes worst than a meal that has been cooked with stress. Therefore, this Thanksgiving, my family and I have decided to opt for the easy, healthy, and earth-friendly option: WholeFoods' vegan Holiday menu! They have a 4-course menu (alongside other vegan sides and options) for two for only $39.99! All you have to do is place your order 48-72hrs in advance, and voila! Get ready to enjoy a stress-free and delicious Thanksgiving dinner!

To learn more, click here, and then click on "Find a Store" to order from your nearest WholeFoods store! I can’t wait to see all the green recipes and meals you’ll be sharing on instagram! :)

Plantbased for your health, the planet, animals and people. Always!

Simple & Natural Beauty Rituals!

Here is a simple and non-toxic beauty ritual I want to share with you. I apply this clay mask 1 to 2 times per week, and the other beauty products (melt and oil) every single day. Morning and night!

I know I’ve talked about natural beauty many times before but, in short, the reason why we should all choose organic, vegan and non-toxic products is because whatever we put on our skins gets absorbed by our bodies and transported into our bloodstream. What does this mean exactly? Very simple. Just like our diet, products can poison us or heal us. For that reason, you should always perform your research, read labels and choose brands consciously! Here are a few I recommend:

1)   Detox: Bentonite Clay mask. In case you haven’t read about bentonite clay, here is a link to powerful info that will make your jaw drop! Betonite clay has many health benefits and, when used as a mask, helps detoxify your skin and heal wounds or any skin diseases. I decided to give this brand a try and, so far, I love it! You can get it at Whole Foods!

Ritual:

            -Add 1 tbsp of clay, 2 tbsps of water, 1 drop of your favorite essential oil. I used wild orange this time but normally use Lavender.

            -Apply on your face with a brush

            -Let it dry for 10 minutes and wash it off with warm water

2)   Hydrate: To hydtrate, I use two products I ADORE!

a.   LXMI Nilotica Melt: vegan, no-animal testing, organic, fair-trade (LXMI pays 3 times the local wages to African harvesters) and has only ONE ingredient: Nilotica (a rare relative of Shea butter). This melt nourishes and hydrates your skin, removing wrinkles and little pimples.

                                               i.     I apply a thick amount of it at night  (like a melt mask) and a pearl size of it in the morning, especially around delicate areas like my eyes and forehead.

                                              ii.     Ps: you can get it at Sephora! And they also have a travel size!

b.     OSEA hydrating oil: this little roll-on does not only smell DELICIOUS but is also the perfect travel-buddy to carry in your bag. I carry mine 24/7 and apply it every time my skin asks for nourishment. It is natural, vegan, cruelty-free and made with essential oils.

Easy and convenient baby steps to a better, healthier and wiser you! I hope you enjoy them! Xo

The healing power of natural medicine

Today, I want to focus on the power of essential oils and natural vitamins. They have been crucial in my life ever since I discovered their magic 3 years ago. Let’s just summarize the old me by saying that I had a kit full of toxic pills for every pain or symptom I woke up with. Headaches, allergies, muscle ache, menstrual cramps. I would numb them all with Advil, Tylenol, and Pamprin. Popping them in every 3hrs like candies. And, like most of you probably, I had never googled the long-term consequences of getting addicted to chemical meds. Then, one day, I had my Aha moment and decided to use search engines for things that actually mattered. Like my health for example! It is so naive of us to be shocked about cancer or other life-threatening diseases when we have been poisoning our bodies for years with the harmful products we use and the fattening and unhealthy food we eat. If you take a moment to think about it, it’s a simple no-brainer. If we feed our bodies chemicals (and overloads of stress), these natural mechanisms of ours (our bodies) will react to our irresponsible actions with warning signs to make us stop! So…why wait until the day we receive a “cancer alert” to change our diets, shopping habits, and daily routines? The day I chose to go toxic-free felt like being born again. I began using essential oils to relieve my daily headaches and allergies and, within a few weeks, I was able to break my addiction from harmful meds and found pleasure in learning about and using natural alternatives. It’s that simple! If you guys are ready to try essential oils, DoTerra is a brand I love and use 24/7. I have also given their vitamins a try. They are made with plants, fruits, essential oils and vegetable capsules, which makes them 100% natural and VEGAN! Ready to give nature a try? If so:

1) Click here to shop DoTerra. The first oils I recommend are the ones seen in these photos. Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lemon, Wild Orange, Cypress, or a starter kit that comes with 10 oils+.

2) Email me to become a wholesale customer and get a 25% discount. My team will guide you through setting up an account.

3) Email me to become a wellness advocate, get 25% discount, and commissions. My team will guide you through setting up an account. 

4) Email me to join our Miami DoTerra team and learn more about natural medicine.

 

 

Miami: Friday, October 20th, at Ironman's Health Expo. Join us!

I couldn’t be more excited to share these news with you since they involve humans I adore and admire beyond words! This Friday, October 20th, at 4pm I’ll be speaking about a conscious lifestyle with @leilajanah and @begenerationlove at Ironman’s Health Expo! As if that were not awesome enough, @roespnza from @tedgemindfulcoworking will be moderating our panel! The event is open to everyone so come learn, talk with us, and ask us any questions on how to live sustainably and mindfully, or how to become a conscious human and social entrepreneur. Plus, you’ll also get to meet these power babes that are part of my tribe! I hope to see all my Miami souls there!

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Speak up against sexual harassment. #metoo

Here’s the thing about sexual harassment… it leaves invisible psychological and spiritual scars other people can’t see or notice. Like a dozen women and loved ones I know, I’ve done a good job at hiding them too but- simply because you can’t see them- it doesn’t mean the scars are not there. This right here was me seven years go. A 22 year old outgoing girl. Fresh out of college, straight into the corporate world- a world that is still mostly dominated by men. Motivated, hard worker, honor student with exotic physical traits that caught the attention of the occasional bystander and made it easy for men AND women to label me. Big eyes, big lips, big smile, and a skinny body I used to dress in pencil skirts, suits and dresses to play the role of a Private Banker. For the past two years I’ve wondered when it was exactly that I lost respect and admiration towards men and, last night as I scrolled down the 435,469+ photos under the hashtag #metoo, I remembered it clearly. It all started in my teens with the boyfriend that called me a “slut” and punched the wall behind me while I cried my heart out and covered my face with my hands fearing that he wouldn’t be able to control his anger, or the stranger that slapped my ass at a bar while I was talking to my girlfriends, or the drunken assholes who pulled my arm and whispered discounting words in my ear, or the work colleague who couldn’t keep his eyes to himself and undressed me with every stare, or the other married work colleague who told a friend all the things he would do to me if he had the chance, or the “guyfriend” who put drugs in my glass of water, or the neighbor that followed my every footstep. Every word, every touch, every stare, every text, every action did not only push me to see men differently but it also gave birth to a fear women shouldn’t have to experience. The fear of looking too pretty or too sexy, the fear of walking alone at night, the fear of parking your car in a place with no surveillance cameras, the fear of getting in an argument with a man who can’t control his anger, the fear of staying at work until too late, the fear of living alone, the fear of having one drink too much, the fear of getting in a taxi or bus by yourself, the fear of speaking up and losing your job, the fear of men.

It shouldn’t take a Hollywood mogul sexually assaulting and hurting 30+ women for us to finally speak up! Now, more than ever, is the moment when women all around the world should come together as one force. Listen to each other, help each other heal, protect one another. None of us is alone in this and our past does NOT define us. Let's use the painful fuel and memories to become wiser, better, stronger and fierce women. And to all men that keep complaining that women have become too independent, too powerful and too intimidating, realize that your actions have pushed us to get here. Instead of becoming victims of your ego, we chose to rise above it. Want to be real men? Let us pave our own paths without throwing stumbling stones at us. Protect us. Listen to us. Stop seeing us as pieces of meat or toys you can play with. Realize what we could be your sister, daughter, mother, wife, friend. Respect us, treat us equally,  and set the example for your future generations. It’s that simple.

With love,

#metoo #speakup

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MIAMI: Climate Change Panel (I'm in it!) Join us Oct 13th!

Climate change… it is not only a topic debated in politics but the REAL consequences of our actions. Climate change is happening every single day and August and September gave us a devastating reality check with hurricanes and earthquakes wiping out cities. If we don’t open our eyes now and realize that every decision and step we take can have a negative or positive effect on our world, our future will be in jeopardy. Want clean air, oceans, land and a sustainable economy? Join us in Miami on Friday October 13th 3pm-8pm to learn more about climate change and what YOU can do as a human being and consumer to live a conscious lifestyle and help our planet heal. Change starts with the actions (even the tiniest ones) we take on a daily basis. From the hygiene products you use at home, to your diet, to becoming a wiser consumer and human by joining us for an afternoon of empowering and planet-friendly discussions! I’ll be one of the panelists among other inspiring speakers for the Climate Innovation Lab, which is a creative space that empowers young people to define climate concerns of interest to their communities; and to design and implement solutions to those concerns. It gathers people around environmental education, leadership development and climate action!

This event is FREE to everyone. We have space for 150 people and registration is filling fast so make sure you book your spot ASAP and share it with your friends! See you there!

REGISTER HERE: http://sachamama.org/es/fiu/

Location:

Florida international University,

The Graham Center

Date:

 Friday, October 13th, 2017

Time:

3PM – 8PM

 

Natural non-toxic Beauty & a major SALE!

Natural and nontoxic beauty. Good for the planet and your health! You have heard me talk about this topic dozens of times before. That’s how important it is! As consumers we tend to trust all beauty brands blindly without analyzing what exactly goes behind those bottles. We forget that our bodies absorb whatever we put on/in them. Hair, skin, teeth, lips. Whatever product we put on them will be absorbed by our body and will go directly into our bloodstream. If these products contain harmful and toxic ingredients (like petroleum, parabens, etc), they will poison our cells slowly. The solution? Become a wiser consumer, perform our research, READ labels, and choose brands consciously! A place that makes shopping easier for me because of their strict mission-driven focus on selling brands that are natural, non-toxic, fair-trade and cruelty-free (no animal testing) is WholeFoods. I shop there for my veggies, fruits, superfoods, AND beauty and hygienge products! I’ve partnered with them to give you guys an intro to natural beauty and show you some of the new products I’ve chosen to try this month based on your recommendations! Another tip? WholeFoods is having a Beauty SALE Oct 6-8! You can save 25% on all body care, hair care, deodorants, facial lotions, cosmetics, soaps, and oils!! Don't miss this chance to stock up on your favorite brands!

Acure: Acure's products are made from plants, essential oils and other natural and organic ingredients without the use of parabens, artificial colors, sulfates, and harmful preservatives. They are vegan and not tested on animals! I love their chlorella cell stimulating facial mask and use it once per week. 

Primal Pit Paste Deodorant: We all know how difficult it is to find a natural and nontoxic deodorant that actually works! I've tried over ten different brands already and haven't been able to find one I truly adore. This month, I'm giving Primal Pit a try. It is made with pure ingredients. Please note it is not 100% vegan since it contains beeswax. 

Juice Beauty: I've heard about this brand a lot in the past few months and have finally decided to give it a try. All products are made with natural, organic, plant-based ingredients and without Parabens, petroleum, pesticides, propylene or butylene glycols, phthalates, sulfates, PEGs, TEA, DEA, GMO, silicones, gluten, artificial dyes, or synthetic fragrances. They are also cruelty-free (no animal testing). I've been using the SPF 30 Oil Free Moisturizer every morning for the past week and love it so far. 

You can read more about Whole Foods beauty care values and quality standards by clicking here

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Hurricane Irma Relief (Humans & Animals)

Florida has been my home for the past 10 years and it breaks my heart to see what people, and animals, have experienced this past week. Some houses have been completely torn apart, broken trees lay every two blocks, and dozens of families are currently living in shelters. To help, I've teamed up with @tedgemindfulcoworking and @ayahbrands (two Florida-based conscious brands founded by beautiful humans I'm lucky to have in my life!) to collect as many donations as possible and take everything to the families impacted by the hurricane in Miami and the Keys. We would like to deliver the donations starting this weekend so, pretty please, join our efforts! We will keep collecting for the next month or so. We need EVERYTHING! Take a minute to look around your home and donate whatever you didn't use during the hurricane, or any items that have been sitting in a corner unused. Food (human and animal), hygiene products, clothes, feminine pads, mats, pillows, lamps, flashlights. There are people with no access to water or electricity still, and this is everyone's chance to do something good and realize how wonderful it feels to help others smile again!

For my animal-lovers, I've also partnered with @southfloridawildlifecenter to have a drive specifically for our wild earthlings. I know we've all been busy protecting our own but, reality is, hundreds of squirrels, birds, raccoons and other wild animals have been left homeless too. @southfloridawildlifecenter has been taking all of them in, even though its premises were hit by the hurricane severely. Thus, they need our help! Below is a donation list. If you wish to donate cash, you can do so below too.

1) Please email me if you have items to donate to schedule pick-up or drop-off.

2) If you live outside of FL and wish to donate cash, please do by clicking the link below. Every $ you donate will go directly to helping the non-profits I have partnered with.

Donate

THANK YOU. LOVE YOU!

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National Bacon Day Vegan Recipe!

HAPPY #INTERNATIONALBACONDAY, WORLD! Today, I decided to try something new and share one of my favorite recipes (transformed into a vegan one) with you, and also give some tips to those souls that might not be ready to go vegan yet. It’s ok! We’ve all been there. Some people are born into vegan families and have never tried meat, others discover veganism by themselves. Like I did. I ate meat until my early twenties when I watched a few eye-opening documentaries that changed my life. I’m the only vegan in my family and, if there’s something I’ve learned in these 6 years of a plantbased diet, is that judging or criticizing others for not making this transition doesn’t create a positive outcome. We inspire and lead by example and by sharing the knowledge. Therefore, below, you will find a delicious vegan recipe for International Bacon Day, and also WholeFoods Animal Welfare practices that focus on improving the life of animals and our world, and providing animal products that have been raised in more ethical ways than those under the ordinary meat production industry. When you go shopping at WF, you will see these steps in a huge banner in the meat section. Something worth reading!

Vegan Stuffed Potatoes

Ingredients:

-Vegan Bacon (you can get it at WholeFoods) Yes, I know it’s processed and we all try to avoid processed foods but you will only be using one slice of it for flavor. All other ingredients are natural :) I bought two vegan bacon brands to choose from for taste. Yves Veggie Bacon was the winner!

-1/4 cup Shiitake mushrooms

-1/4 cup Kale

-3 tbsp Coconut Cream

-Sweet potato or regular potato (up to you)

-Coconut oil

-Low-sodium soy sauce

1) Wash your potatoes, dry them and make little holes in them with a fork. Cover them with a little coconut oil.

2) Set your oven at 425F. Once ready, add potatoes and bake for 30-45 minutes. Check on them to make sure they don’t burn.

3) In a saucepan at medium heat, add 1 tbsp coconut oil with half tbsp soy sauce. Once the pan is hot and coconut oil bubbles up, add the sliced mushrooms, kale and cubed vegan bacon. Stir for about 5 minutes.

4) Once your potatoes are ready, wait for them to cool a little. Make a cut in the middle and take some of the insides out with a spoon to make space for the toppings.

5) Add the sautéed kale, mushrooms and bacon to the potatoes.

6) Top it with coconut cream (For the coconut cream, open the can and only use the thick creamy part on top. Don’t use the water for this recipe)

7) Add cubed avocados.

8) If you want more flavor you can add chimichurri to it or vegan mayo.

 I hope you guys enjoy this super simple yet delicious recipe!

 For my carnivores, Whole Foods is having a National Bacon Day sale today! Their products follow a 5-step Animal Welfare process (no cages/crates/crowding, enriched environment, enhanced outdoor access, pastured centered, animal centered) which means their practices are more humane and ethical than the ordinary meat industry ones. Thus, this is your opportunity to choose wisely when shopping for meats……until the day you are ready to go vegan :) 

 

The Healing Power of Superfoods & a 25% Sale!!

Supplements have played a key role in my life ever since I went vegan three years ago. Whether you are vegan or non-vegan, getting your daily dose of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein is extremely important along with a healthy diet. This weekend, WholeFoods is having a 25% sale off all their supplements, therefore, I decided to share some of my favorite supplements and superfoods with you! A few of these I bought yesterday at WF to enjoy the sale, other’s I have at home. They are my everyday musts! The powders I use in my morning shakes. A teaspoon of each combined with strawberries, bananas, blueberries, almond or coconut milk, and a scoop of my vegan protein. The pills and drops I take as described below. You can find all of them at WF, of course

POWDER FORM:

-Moringa: this is one of the best superfoods out there. It is made from the leaves of the Moringa plant. It is known as the Tree of life, and its name couldn’t suit it better! It prevents diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory, skin, and digestive issues. It also has seven times more Vitamin C than oranges, four times more Vitamin A than carrots, four times more calcium than milk, three times more potassium than bananas, and two times more protein than yogurt!

The taste: Like green tea.

 -Maca: It is made from the Maca root and found in high regions of South America. Its benefits include: hormonal balance, energy booster, health booster, increased fertility, immune system booster, improved sexual function, and improved memory and focus. It is rich in Calcium, protein, amino acids, fatty acids, iron, potassium, Vitamins B, C and E, and Zinc.

The taste: Earthy and creamy. 

-Camu Camu: It is made from the fruit of a tree that grows in Brazil. The fruit looks like a red version of the Acai. Its benefits include: immune system boost, inflammation reduction, detoxification of the body, and overall body health. It has a massive amount of Vitamin C in it, carrying one of the highest concentrations in any food source. This helps your immune system and acts as an anti-inflammatory.

The taste: Bittersweet.

 -Lucuma: It is made from a fruit native to Chile, Peru and Ecuador containing high amounts of Vitamin B3, calcium and protein. It has a maple-like taste that gives Lucuma a perfect use as a 100% natural sweetener. Use it in your smoothies, desserts, baked goods, nice cream, etc. It is also known for improving skin health, cardiovascular health, and blood sugar levels.

The taste: Like maple syrup.

-Golden Milk: It is the perfect combination of turmeric, dates, cardamon, ashwagandha, vanilla and black pepper. I add 1 teaspoon of it to a warm cup of almond or coconut milk, and drink it in the mornings or right before bed. The flavor is delicious, and it has two of my favorite superfoods: turmeric and ashwagandha. Read below to find out about their health benefits.

-VEGA protein: It is made from greens and grains. I've tried dozens of vegan protein powders and the only one I truly connected with was VEGA. Beside of the delicious flavor, VEGA carries 50% of your daily vitamins and minerals, 20g of plant based protein, omegas, probiotics, fibers and antioxidants. 

The flavors I love: coconut almond, vanilla chai, and chocolate. 

-Cacao: I don't think I need to talk much about Cacao. We've all heard of it and probably LOVE it! It is one of the strongest antioxidant carriers. I use it to create yummy desserts like cacao mousse, or add 2 tablespoons of it to my morning chocolate-mint shakes. Check my daily Instagram stories for recipes :)

PILLS:

-Turmeric (you can also get it in powder form): I take these whenever I have body aches, cramps, headaches, etc. They are 100% natural and vegan. They are made from the turmeric root (looks like an orange-yellow ginger) and traditionally used in Asian foods for taste and color. Turmeric has also been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for years as a natural anti-inflammatory and a source full of antioxidants. It is also known for boosting brain activity and health, lowering the risk of heart issues, preventing arthritis, and fighting depression.

Whether you choose to take it in powder form, golden milk or pills, turmeric is great for menstrual cramps, irritable bowls, headaches, and body aches.

The taste: Strong and bitter flavor. A combination of ginger and oranges.

 -Ashwagandha Root: It is made from the root of one of the most powerful herbs in Ayurvedic healing: Ashwaghanda. It is used in India to treat stress, fatigue, lack of energy, concentration issues, and a weak immune system.

I take a pill every morning with my breakfast.

DROPS:

-Bach flowers: A combination of water, brandy, and dew from healing flowers. They were developed by Edward Bach who believed in the natural healing properties of flowers. I remember taking these drops when I was little. I’ve always been a hyperactive soul, therefore, my parents used to give me a few drops of Bach flowers to calm my hyperactivity. I now take them during the days I feel stressed, low on energy, or even low on self-love. There are over 38 different flower remedies to choose from.

The taste: Like brandy :p

Crystals & Healing. How?

How many of you have discovered the power of crystals already? I posted a photo on my IG stories yesterday showing one of the many ways in which I use my crystals to heal, and immediately received dozens of questions from you guys. Therefore, I've decided to answer them here! Crystals came into my life 7 years ago when my mom and I began designing jewelry while I was still in college, but it wasn't until two years ago that I truly connected with my stones. I have over 20 crystals. Some were gifts from people very dear to me, others I've collected from the trips I embarked on for the blog. Auroville (India), Salar de Uyuni (Bolivia), Ubud (Bali), Cusco (Peru), Thailand....Wherever the energy speaks to me, I make sure I get a crystal. The first thing I do with my crystals is clean their energy and activate my intention and connection to them.  Below are some easy steps. And, in case you wonder, my favorite stones are these: 

  • Rose quartz: the heart stone. It opens your heart to acceptance and love. Especially, self-love and forgiveness. I place this one on my heart or third eye when I lay in bed. Usually for 30 minutes. I also have it on my nightstand to calm my dreams.
  • Clear quartz: most powerful stone. It has a colorful world of its own and cleanses all your chakras. It removes negativity and stabilizes your emotions and soul. I wear this one on rings and necklaces.
  • Aquamarine: the stone of the sea. It calms and soothes and inspires you to seek truth and let go. It embodies all things connected to the sea and protects those who travel long distances. Strongest stone for healing throat chakra and cleansing respiratory tracks. 
  • Amethyst: the stone of the artist. A great stone for opening the crown chakra. It helps you find focus and amplifies your creative elements. Whether you are a writer, singer, painter, sculptor, or creator in any way, this is your to-go stone. I carry mine as a ring, or in my purse and take it out every time I need to reconnect. I place it on the palm of my hand during my mediations. 
  • Turquoise: oldest stone in man's history. The stone of protection. It attracts happiness and good fortune, and cleans negative energy from your environment. I use this stone as a ring and wear it 24/7.

They way in which I clean my crystals is by rinsing them with cold water (for about 30 seconds under running cold water) or by putting them in a bowl of water with some lavender and roses for about 10-30 minutes. Then, I burn sage or palo santo and move the palo santo or sage around the crystal in circles repeating my intentions. "I clear this crystal of all negative energy with the help of the four elements of nature". Then, I place it on my left palm, close it tightly, and activate it by saying "I dedicate the healing energy of this crystal for..... (whatever you wish to heal, let go, feel, etc...)". I finish the cleanse by leaving my crystals for a few hours under the sun, or the moon (if it's full moon night). That's it! Simple, beautiful and powerful!

Para mi gente Latina! <3 (in Spanish)

Ultimamente he recibido muchos mensajes empujándome a que escriba más en español, mi lengua materna. Para mí, se me hace mucho mas fácil escribir en ingles, ya que llevo más de 12 años viviendo en Estados Unidos, pero poco a poco me ire animando a compartirles artículos en español. Empezando con esta entrevista para una revista Boliviana, COSAS. Toda la entrevista se enfoca en mis pensamientos sobre el amor propio, la libertad, los riesgos, y los sube y bajas de la vida. Espero que les guste! 

Aquí les dejo el link.

Un beso enorme!

JULY's Spiritual Workshops in Miami

As you guys might have seen in the videos on my Instagram stories, workshops at The Sacred Space Miami have become my monthly ritual. From mediations to breathing techniques, natural medicine, ancient healing practices and yoga. The Sacred Space has magic for every soul in Miami. Therefore, I've chosen to share with you the workshops I attend every month, and the ones I will be attending in the next two weeks! If any of you are into spirituality, personal growth, crystal healing, women's circles, and meditations, these workshops are worth checking out! I'm counting the seconds for them!

July 17th- Sacred Circle of Women: The Sacred Circle Of Women Will Explore The Three Minds; Positive, Negative And Neutral To Cultivate A Deeper Awareness Of The Self.

July 19th- Essentials of Crystal Quartz with Joanne Stone: We Will Learn About The Healing Properties Of Crystal Quartz And How To Cleanse, Activate And Program A Stone To One’s Intentions. Through Mystical Ritual And Kundalini Yoga, We Will Open Our Subtle Bodies, Intuition And Take A Deep Journey Inward. You Will Experience Meditation With Clear Quartz To Connect With Your Natural Rhythm And Become Receptive To The Magic Within And Around You. 

July 23rd- Meditation in Leo: We Will Focus On Activating The Sunlight In The Bones Through The Practice Of Shakti Naam Yoga.  We Will Cultivate And Draw Out The Serpent Of Light Through Our Spines, Giving The Feeling Of Levity And Expansion That Coincides With The Sun And The Heart.  This Practice Is Based In Universal Kabbalah, So Arch Angel Ceremony Always Follows The Practice, But Does Not Require Participation. All Levels Of Practice And Experience Are Welcome. Dress Comfortably And Come Prepared To Move Your Body, Vibrate Your Voice And Breath.

MONTHLY & SPECIAL WORKSHOPS

Shamanic Meditation with Omar: During a two hour workshop, Omar begins by teaching every one in the room different breathing techniques to relax the body and mind, and move the energy inside of us and in the room. He then leads us, with sound and singing, through a powerful meditation. Mantras, flutes, Icaros, drums, dry tree leaves. He uses it all to elevate the energy and take us to completely different dimension. This workshop is meant to get you out of your comfort zone completely! 

Mama Medicine: I've probably never enjoyed a workshop so much! Deborah has the purest and most beautiful energy I've experienced in years! Her workshop is focused on the power of nature, love, energy, and medicine readings. She led us through a blissful meditation accompanied by the sound of the Icaros and mantras she was singing. Her voice is something out of this world! For about 30 minutes there, my mind entered in complete relaxation and in a state of trance. I was there but, at the same time, I wasn't. This was a feminine, delicate yet very powerful experience. PS: For all my New Yorkers, Deborah lives in NY! 

Natural, non-toxic, teeth whitener!

For all of you looking for natural teeth whiteners and other eco-friendly, vegan and non-toxic beauty tips, here you go! This product is made with coconut charcoal and other organic ingredients, and has become my holistic lifestyle buddy. I use it every night and it has changed my smile for the better! Let me know your thoughts! xx

To buy the natural teeth whitener, click here.

Change your life with nature. Essential Oils!

To shop the oils, click here. (The first purchase I recommend is the "Family Essentials & Beadleds Kit". It comes with 10 oils, 2 beadlet tubes, and medicinal instructions for all. $200 regular price or $150 if you become a wholesale or wellness advocate. Details below)

Everyone who has been following my journey for the past two years, knows how essentials oils have changed my life completely. I learned about them when I began discovering this conscious lifestyle, and was able to detach myself from all the toxic pills and medicine I used to take. I dropped the headache pills, allergy pills, cold medicine, toxic vitamins, and replaced them with essential oils. I went from having daily morning migraines and taking Tylenol like skittles, to not having headaches at all. The healing power of nature, people! It's that simple! 

I've learned to use essential oils to make my own beauty and meditation products at home. Perfumes, yoga mat cleaning spray, facial mist, bug repellent, body lotion, and deodorant! It's much simpler than you think, and we all can do it! 

A brand I've connected with, and have now become their Wellness Advocate, is DoTerra. You may be wondering "What makes DoTerra so special?", and I'm here to tell you all about it! DoTerra is pretty much taking essential oils and aromatherapy to the next planet-loving level by doing good with every little bottle of oil sold. Their products are not only natural and fair-trade, but they are also giving back to, and building schools in, the communities where the ingredients are sourced from. Here are a few details that make me smile every time I use my oils:

-High Quality: DoTerra's oils are pure, natural, and harvested and distilled with ancient organic practices. Visit 'Source to You' to learn more.

-Multiple Use: DoTerra's oils are so natural and therapeutic you can use them for everything! To clean your home (I'll teach you how to make your own cleaning products with these oils), cleanse the air, create your own beauty products, get rid of colds and allergies, and much much more. Get ready to say GOODBYE to all harmful and toxic pills and products! 

-Helping Farmers Worldwide: DoTerra does not only support ancient harvesting techniques and provides farmers with new knowledge on improved growing techniques, but DoTerra also pays above fair wages, helping empower farmers worldwide. Learn more here

-Helping Hands Foundation: besides providing fair labor, compensation, and working standards, DoTerra also builds schools in the communities they work with. They have projects in Somalia, Haiti, Nepal, Guatemala, Magadascar, Kenya, and more. Visit 'Our Caring' to read more. 

-Easy to learn, promote, and teach: Talking about DoTerra and essential oils is very easy for me because I use them every single day. They are part of my life now, and they can be part of yours too! DoTerra makes this learning process even easier by providing all the information we need. From presentations, to articles, to tutorials on how to use the oils! You can find more here. 

 What do you say? Are you guys ready to live in sync with nature and to start using nature as your only medicine? If so, click here to shop or: 

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Holistic and Spiritual Workshops in Miami

A lot of you have been asking me about The Sacred Space and the holistic workshops taking place in Miami, therefore, I’ve decided to start sharing my favorite workshops with you every month in the hopes that you guys get the curiosity and excitement to be part of them too!

Here are a few workshops I attended this month and would recommend:

1)   “Connecting with our Loved Ones”: This workshop was led by Psychic/Medium Erica Korman, and was an eye-opening introduction to the world of Mediumship. I had never experienced something like it before; neither had I sat down in front of a Medium. The way she connected with loved ones some people in the room had lost years ago, left me in complete awe! She felt them, heard them, and delivered messages to some of us who had lost hope or had spent years in search for answers. This workshop grew such a curiosity about Mediumship in me, I’ve been thinking of contacting Erica for a private appointment. I honestly recommend this for anyone who knows the pain of losing a person they loved a little too early.

2)    “Movement and Sound Healing”: If you love the healing power of sound bowls, you will enjoy every second of this workshop led by Michelle Berlin. The class started with stretching and flowing through some basic yoga asanas (poses) to relax our muscles and prepare our bodies and minds for mediation. We also practiced different breathing techniques, and closed our night with a delicious sound bath combined with aromatherapy oils Michelle bathed our auras with. Beautiful!

3) "Daily Aquarian Sadhana": I’ll be attending this practice on Friday at 4am. It is offered daily from 4-6.30am in the hopes of helping us building a healthy and blissful routine toward our highest, best and conscious self. All you need to do is show up at 4am with comfy clothes and get ready for mediation, mantras, yoga and hot tea afterwards. I hope to see you there!

 

Join me this Saturday, May 27th, for a day of Consciousness Uncorked!

For all those souls who have been asking me about conscious and exciting things to do in Miami, this is it! MKT by Bazbaz. It is an open-air Socially Conscious Marketplace, located in Wynwood and open Saturdays from 1-7pm, featuring 40+ sustainable vendors promoting ethical, natural and fair-trade products, and offering healthy and organic bites. Through the end of May, MKT's focus will be on celebrating women, with special programming and activities in the areas of clean beauty, wellness and mindfulness.  Their goal is to support the sustainable movement and offer a marketplace with vendors and workshops that open the visitors’ minds to the wonders and easiness of living life in sync with nature, our people, our health, and the earth as a whole. There will be three events at MKT this month. All of them focused on a conscious lifestyle and open to the public (no entrance fee). And last but not least, I’ve partnered with MKT to be a guest speaker for their May 27th event!! I’ll be sharing with you what “Mindfulness” means and the effect it can have within ourselves and in our world!

On Saturday, May 27th, from 1 to 7pm, I’ll be taking over center stage! I’ve partnered with the MKT to close their May events with an eye-opening “Consciousness Uncorked” talk and Q&A. My soul sister, Sarah McMillan, will start with a powerful meditation and south bath, and I’ll  then cover the following key questions during a 30minute presentation.

a.     What is mindfulness?

b.     What is a conscious lifestyle?

c.      How does mindfulness apply to beauty, health, fashion, travel, thoughts and work?

d.     How can we become the change in our lives and in the world?

May 27th’s  program details are these:

  • 1-7 PM: 40+ LIFESTYLE VENDORS/ HEALTH | FOOD | FASHION | BEAUTY | JEWELRY | ART
  • 3 PM: BE GENERATION LOVE/ SARAH MACMILLAN | 20 MIN MEDITATION & SOUND BATH
  • 3.30 PM: WATER THRU SKIN/ VALERIA HINOJOSA | A CONSCIOUS LIFESTYLE | Q&A
  • 5 PM: JONATHAN MATTHEW BROWN (LIVE) ELECTRIC SITAR | FEAT. FERNANDO SUBIRATS ON TABLA
  • 6 PM: A SPECIAL TOAST TO CONSCIOUSNESS PROVIDED BY MKT
  • 2-5 PM: DJ MICHELLE LESHEM/ MENTAL HOUSE | NU DISCO, INDIE DANCE & ELECTRONICA

As mindful human beings, citizens and consumers, we need to discover the importance of living life consciously.  This applies to what we eat, drink, think, talk, buy, wear, and inspire into our world. It’s about how our mind-body-soul connection can irradiate out of us and have a powerful and positive impact on our society. Miami’s “Conscious Lifestyle & Travel” expert, Valeria Hinojosa, founder of WaterThruSkin, will share her story and lead a talk focused on how mindfulness and success go hand in hand, and how natural beauty, plant-based food, sustainable fashion, exercise, mediation and eco-friendly travel are key components to a conscious lifestyle.

Location:

MKT by bazbaz

Saturday 5/27 from 1p till 7p.

2100 North Miami Avenue, Wynwood

I hope to see you there! Come say hi, devour delicious organic bites, shop consciously, and receive a super strong hug from me!