La Ley de la Selva

En una era donde respirar o encender el televisor puede ser perjudicial para tu salud, es importante cuidarnos de la mejor manera posible. Si vives en una comunidad rural o lejos de la civilización, lo mas probable es que ya te estés cuidando bien y no necesites preocuparte de esto. Eso también significa que probablemente no vas a leer este articulo.

Hay varias teorías sobre la historia de la humanidad: Científicamente, se dice que nuestros ancestros han existido por millones de años. Si nos concentramos solamente en la especie Homo Sapiens, sabemos que los fósiles humanos modernos tienen unos 300,000 años. Y si crees en la historia de Adán y Eva, esta también tiene par de miles.

Desde un inicio, nuestra especie ha sobrevivido erupciones volcánicas masivas, terremotos, tsunamis, ciclones, sequías, plagas, entre otros desastres naturales. Hoy, hemos “evolucionado” a la cima de la cadena alimenticia, con la habilidad dominar y destruir a cualquier otro animal, planta o ecosistema que habita esta tierra. A medida que vamos avanzando en cuanto a tecnología, más fácil es para nosotros hacer esto.

Este hecho hace que las personas se crean “poderosas”. La realidad es que se puede tener todo el dinero, objetos y tecnología del mundo, pero si no estás feliz o saludable, ¿dónde exactamente está tu poder? Estoy aquí para recordarles que el poder se encuentra dentro de nosotros y no fuera. Intentar controlar a los demás es debilidad; controlarse a si mismo es poder.

Independientemente de cuánto tiempo creas que hemos existido, el uso masivo de químicos comenzó solamente hace alrededor de 200 años, durante la revolución industrial. Hoy, es la norma, con un repertorio inimaginable de sintéticos que de alguna manera u otra encuentran su camino hacia nuestro organismo. El desarrollo urbano ha ocurrido mucho mas rápido de la capacidad que hemos tenido como seres vivos de adaptarnos a este.

Somos tan conscientes, intuitivos o ingenuos como elegimos ser. Estamos experimentando en el espacio, sabiendo que nuestros músculos y órganos se atrofian al hacerlo. Los latidos de nuestro corazón se debilitan porque somos terrícolas y necesitamos gravedad. A no ser que vivamos en un entorno arraigado y natural, nutriendonos de la manera debida, es muy difícil manejar algunos o la mayoría de los elementos que componen el mundo moderno de hoy.

Piensa en los colorantes de la ropa que nos ponemos y los químicos en los detergentes que usamos. Los sintéticos en los productos de higiene y cosméticos que nuestra piel absorbe, los alimentos modificados que consumimos, los pesticidas utilizados para regar las tierras y las toxinas emitidas por las masivas industrias en el aire que respiramos… El hecho de que no podamos ver algo no significa que no esté ahí. No escribo esto para causar un malestar, pero creo que una de mis responsabilidades es sacar este tema a la luz. La mayor parte de nuestros ancestros no fueron expuestos a la cantidad y variedad de toxinas que absorbe nuestro organismo cada día. Nuestra estructura genética no está acostumbrada a esto, lo cual esta causando inmensas repercusiones.

Paralelamente, las estadísticas muestran que las enfermedades crónicas tales como el cáncer, la diabetes, la obesidad, el asma, el Alzheimer, el Parkinson y las enfermedades autoinmune han estado escalando rápidamente a medida que pasa el tiempo. ¿Habrá una correlación?

Somos todos seres únicos y no existe una fórmula mágica, pero voy a compartir lo que siento es fundamental y ha funcionado para muchas personas cuando se trata de mantenernos en equilibrio, con la intención de prevenir enfermedades y vivir una vida saludable y placentera.

Antes de comenzar a experimentar con suplementos o hacer cambios drásticos en tu dieta, pide la opinión de un profesional en nutrición para asegurarte de que los cambios que quieres realizar realmente te beneficien. Los suplementos deben usarse con precaución ya que pueden interactuar con fármacos, hierbas y algunas condiciones de salud, causando reacciones no deseadas.

Debo señalar que trato siempre de evitar las pastillas y cualquier sustancia procesada ya que tienden a sobre exigir nuestro organismo durante el proceso de filtración y absorción. En situaciones puntuales, la suplementación concentrada pueden ser necesaria (como pastillas, concentrados o formatos intravenosos) durante un período de tiempo determinado hasta llegar al balance. Luego, continuar con una forma más natural de apoyo, tal como alimentos provenientes de la tierra o suplementos puros sin aditivos es lo ideal.

Fortaleciendo el Sistema Inmunológico

Básicamente, un sistema inmune sólido prevendrá enfermedades. Luché con el mío durante mucho tiempo, afortunadamente de una manera no tan severa. En cierto punto, comencé a tener fiebre cada vez que llegaba mi ciclo lunar. Entendí que esto era extraño, entonces le insistí a médicos que me hicieran exámenes de sangre, indicando todos los variable que pudieran estar influyendo mi sistema inmune. Después de obtener resultados tangibles, vi que tenía una gran deficiencia de Zinc. Luego de algunas semanas de suplementación de este mineral, pude volver a mis niveles saludables, y resolví mis problemas. Nunca más volví a enfermarme. ¿Saber es poder?

Vitamina C

Una forma segura de apoyar el sistema inmunológico es con la vitamina C. Ya que esta vitamina es soluble en agua, el cuerpo excreta el exceso a través de la orina o el sudor. La C es un antioxidante que neutraliza el daño de los radicales libres, protegiendo y normalizando la función celular. Para agregar este nutriente en tu dieta, recomendaría comer al menos 2 tazas de frutas y verduras crudas con alto contenido de esta vitamina diariamente, tales como cítricos, cerezas tropicales, frutos rojos, papayas, verduras verdes con alto contenido en C, tomates y pimientos. La idea es que siempre se roten los alimentos, de modo que consumas un espectro completo de nutrientes (y no solamente vitamina C :)

Si todavía sientes que necesitas apoyo después de haber incorporado este hábito durante algunas semanas, te recomendaría adicionalmente suplementar con un polvo de súper fruta pura, tal como la acerola, el camu camu o el amla berry. Los superalimentos tienen una densidad nutricional impresionante considerando su tamaño. Es una manera de consumir menos volumen y más nutrientes. Se puede espolvorear una cucharadita de estos super alimentos sobre tus frutas, jugos o batidos diariamente para obtener los beneficios crudos. Hay que asegurarse de que el producto sea de una marca confiable, preferiblemente orgánica y definitivamente sin aditivos. Es importante apoyar a las empresas que apoyan a la tierra y que realmente quieren lo mejor para los seres humanos. De lo contrario, formamos parte de un circulo vicioso tóxico. Seamos consumidores conscientes.

Digestión

El revestimiento intestinal de cada persona contiene aproximadamente el 70% de las células que conforman el sistema inmunológico, lo que significa que para tener un sistema inmune que funcione bien, una digestión saludable es imprescindible. Si tu intestino no funciona correctamente, puede ser difícil para tu cuerpo absorber y asimilar lo que ingieres. A veces puedes sentir que te estás alimentando adecuadamente sin ver resultados.

Los hábitos alimenticios de los seres humanos hoy en día, especialmente la ingestión de azúcar, alcohol, alimentos procesados y antibióticos, pueden afectar la flora intestinal de manera negativa, causando disbiosis. La disbiosis es un desequilibrio bacteriano en el sistema digestivo, donde las bacterias “malas” dominan a las bacterias “buenas”, creando un ambiente peligroso, ideal para la proliferación de enfermedades. La disbiosis también puede provenir de una serie de otros factores o alimentos, tal como el estrés. Esto puede causar permeabilidad intestinal, o “Intestino Agujereado”, lo que podría ser una razón de no absorber los nutrientes de manera adecuada. Un intestino agujereado también permite que las toxinas se escapen del intestino, llegando a otros órganos y sistemas del cuerpo. El caldo de huesos (hecho de manera medicinal) ayuda a sellar y mantener el tracto intestinal saludable.

Si tienes una buena digestión y vas al baño de manera rutinaria (1-3 veces al día) desechando heces firmes, probablemente significa que ya tienes un estilo de vida saludable. Si consistentemente tienes problemas para ir al baño, significa que tu sistema digestivo puede estar en problemas ¿Qué hacer?

Hay ciertos trucos que ayudan eliminar el estreñimiento, regularizando la función normal digestiva. Para comenzar, debes agregar mucha hidratación y fibra natural a tu dieta. Vegetales verdes, manzanas, frutos rojos y coco son alimentos que funcionan muy bien, entre otras frutas y verduras. Dale prioridad a lo local y a lo fresco. También, puedes remojar 2 cucharadas de linaza molida durante la noche y al día siguiente agregarlas a un jugo o batido de frutas y verduras. Este alto contenido de fibra mueve el transito en cuestión de días o semanas, dependiendo de la severidad del caso. Hacer ejercicio regularmente y mover el cuerpo de cualquier manera que te guste también ayuda con la regularización del transito.

Por otra parte, si tus heces son generalmente muy blandas, debes echar un vistazo a tu dieta y probablemente considerar suplementar con un probiótico de buena calidad durante un tiempo. La calidad es importante porque existen probióticos que puedan hacerte más daño que beneficio… Junto con el probiótico, debes asegurarte de alimentarte con fibra prebiótica, la cual nutre a las bacterias “buenas”, creando una colonia intestinal saludable y feliz. La fibra prebiótica se puede encontrar en alimentos como cebolla, ajo, plátano, banana y frijoles. En caso de que tengas una urgencia, por lo general el arroz y los tubérculos son buenas opciones para reafirmar las heces.

Si encuentras que todavía no logras digerir bien los alimentos (una forma de saberlo es encontrando pedazos enteros de alimentos en tus heces), considera no tomar agua antes o durante las comidas, ya que diluye el ácido gástrico, el cual juega un rol importante en el proceso digestivo. También puedes comer una pequeña porción de fruta (que contenga enzimas digestivas) como manzana, piña o papaya 20-30 minutos antes de tu comida, o directamente suplementar con enzimas digestivas. Concientiza también como estas combinando tus alimentos ya que la combinación de ciertos grupos durante una misma comida puede dificultar mucho la digestión. También, puede que tu cuerpo no este tolerando ciertos alimentos del todo. Solo tu vas a saber cuales son, al sentir la reacción durante y/o después del consumo.

Hay muchas otras condiciones que se manifiestan a través del sistema digestivo, y dado que afectan la inmunidad, pueden propagar prácticamente cualquier enfermedad que te puedas imaginar. Por eso es tan importante cuidar tu intestino!

Manejando el Estrés

El estrés es el fenómeno causante de enfermedades mas notorio de estos tiempos. El cuerpo responde al estrés secretando hormonas como el cortisol y la adrenalina, lo que nos pone en modo de “lucha o huida”. Esta es una reacción muy inteligente, destinada a darnos un súper impulso en situaciones de peligro como cuando enfrentamos a un depredador. Los factores causantes de estrés principales de hoy en día incluyen situaciones laborales, económicas, de relaciones y sociales, donde generalmente no salimos corriendo para salvar nuestras vidas. Dado el caso, el cortisol y la adrenalina permanecen circulando en el cuerpo, causando reacciones no deseadas como la intoxicación y el bloqueo del drenaje linfático, entre otras.

El estrés crónico también puede provocar tensión muscular, fatiga, insomnio, irritabilidad extrema, trastornos digestivos, depresión, debilitación del sistema inmunológico, infecciones, enfermedades cardíacas, afecciones neurológicas, agotamiento de nutrientes, entre otras. Acabo de mencionar a los sistemas digestivo e inmunológico, lo que muestra nuevamente como todo en nuestro cuerpo está conectado. Somos uno. Si quieres prevenir o deshacerte de alguna enfermedad, debes aprender a manejar el estrés.

Actividades como la meditación, el yoga o simplemente respirar profundamente demuestran excelentes resultados no solo en la disminución de los niveles de estrés, sino que también generando sentimientos de conexión y paz en las personas. La respiración consciente, por ejemplo, es algo que se puede hacer en cualquier momento y lugar, por lo que no hay excusa. Realmente necesitamos asumir la responsabilidad de nuestra salud.

El contacto de tu cuerpo con la tierra es una buena forma de recargarte. Simplemente caminar descalza sobre una superficie natural es terapéutico y te sube la frecuencia vibracional, al igual que bañarse en aguas naturales como ríos o el océano. Al mismo tiempo, disfrutar del sol y del aire fresco es esencial para nosotros seres biológicos.

Mientras mas consciente y centrado estémos, menos reactivos seremos ante incidentes en nuestro alrededor. Las terapias físicas como el masaje y la acupuntura son excelentes maneras de aliviar la tensión y darnos un poco de amor. Existen muchos tipos de terapias relajantes.

La implementación de herramientas de manejo del estrés disminuirá naturalmente tu presión arterial, calmará tu mente y generará estabilidad en tu sistema nervioso. Crea una rutina en la que incorpores al menos una de las actividades mencionadas para mantener tus niveles estrés bajo control.

Si necesitas apoyo adicional, el magnesio es un excelente suplemento que puede ayudarte. Intenta darte baños de sales Epsom o usa un aceite de magnesio tópico sobre tu cuerpo. En ambos casos, el magnesio será absorbido por tu piel y llegara directamente al torrente sanguineo.

Existen varias hierbas adaptogénicas que pueden apoyar al sistema nervioso como la maca, la rhodiola y la ashwagandha. Antes de incluir cualquiera de estas potentes hierbas en tu dieta, habla con un especialista de salud.

El Movimiento

Es vida. La actividad física posee muchos beneficios y ayuda a eliminar las hormonas del estrés y las toxinas. También regula el metabolismo, la digestión, es energizante, mejora la calidad de sueño y las funciones inmune y cognitiva, reduce ansiedad, depresión, osteoporosis, enfermedades hepáticas y la lista sigue.

Los deportes deben practicarse con cuidado para no causar tensiones o lesiones. Especialmente si tienes un estilo de vida sedentario, se recomienda realizar una actividad física que te guste al menos 3 veces por semana. Observa cómo cambia tu vida para mejor.

Estamos hechos de vibraciones en constante movimiento, llenos de vida. Por lo general, un cuerpo fuerte crea una mente fuerte, y viceversa. Si la energía de tu cuerpo está estancada, es probable que no generes pensamientos positivos. El movimiento permite que la energía de tu cuerpo fluya, se transforme y se libere, recibiendo energía nueva y fresca. Mientras las situaciones estresantes producen hormonas que pueden hacer daño, la actividad física produce hormonas que generan sentimientos de bienestar, como la serotonina y la dopamina. ¿Mi beneficio favorito? Sentirse bien.

Por último, está comprobado que la conexión humana y un círculo social de apoyo influyen drásticamente en la salud. La conexión universal y el sentido de pertenencia generan sentimientos de completitud y protegen el cerebro del daño neurodegenerativo. Comparte con personas que sonríen, que admiras y te eleven. Comparte tu amor, brilla tu luz y no tengas miedo de ser vulnerable. Be yourself.

Espero que hayas encontrado útil esta información básica sobre cuidar tu salud. El tipo de apoyo nutricional que necesites va a depender de tu estilo de vida y de tu entorno. No dudes en comunicarte con alguien de confianza si en algún momento sientes que algo podría estar mal. Recuerda que la conciencia es fundamental. En resumen: asegúrate de nutrirte con suficientes vitaminas y minerales cruciales, come diariamente alimentos frescos y completos, hidrátate, incluye actividades físicas y que alivien el estrés, comparte con tus seres queridos y no tengas miedo de pedir ayuda.

Ofrezco programas individuales de coaching de salud con el fin de apoyarte a sentirte mejor. Siempre te guiaré con recomendaciones especificas para tus necesidades únicas. Si siento que te podrías beneficiar de otro terapeuta o alguna terapia que yo no ofrezco, te derivaré al profesional indicado para que puedas beneficiarte de la mejor manera posible, siempre respetando y honrando tu camino.

Con amor,

Bianca


Survival of the Fittest

In an era where simply breathing the atmosphere air in or turning on the TV might be detrimental to your health, it’s important to consider supporting your self in the best way possible. If you live in a rural community, away from civilisation, you are probably doing great and don’t need to worry about this. That might also mean you won’t be reading this post.

There are several theories regarding humankind’s history. Scientifically, it is said that our ancestors, the earliest form of humans, have existed for millions of years. If we just want to focus on the genus Homo Sapiens, we know that “modern” human fossils date back to about 300,000 years. And if you believe in The Adam and Eve story, it also dates back to a couple thousand.

Since the beginning of time, our species has survived through massive volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, cyclones, typhoons, droughts and other natural disasters. Today, we have “evolved” to the top of the food chain, being able to dominate and destroy any other animal, plant or ecosystem inhabiting this earth. The more technologically advanced we are, the easier it is for us to do this.

This fact causes people to believe that we are “powerful”. The wake up call is that you can have all the money, objects and technology in the world, but if you are not happy or healthy, where exactly is your power? I am here to remind you that power lies within us, not outside of us. Trying to control others is weakness; controlling your self is power.

Regardless of how long you believe humans have been around, heavy chemical use only started around two hundred years ago, during the industrial revolution. Today it’s the norm, with an unimaginable repertoire of synthetics making their way into our system. Urban development has occurred so fast that our biological bodies have not yet been able to adapt.

We are as conscious, intuitive and gullible as we choose to be. We are fiddling about in outer space, knowing that our muscles and organs atrophy when doing so. Our heart’s pumping weakens because we are earthlings and strive in gravity. Unless we live in a rooted, natural, supportive environment and nourish ourselves properly in every realm, it is very difficult for us to handle most or many of the elements that make up the today’s world.

Think about the dyes in the clothing that you wear and the chemicals in the detergents you use. The synthetics in the hygiene products and cosmetics that your skin absorbs, the modified food products we consume, the pesticides used to irrigate the lands and the massive toxic industrial byproducts in the air that we breathe… Just because we cannot see something, it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. I want to make it clear that I am not writing this to upset you or be a party pooper, but I believe it’s my responsibility to bring this to the light: It’s of extreme importance to recognise that a very long lineage of our ancestors was not exposed to the toxins that we are ingesting and absorbing on a day to day basis. Our genetic structure is not used to this, and it’s wreaking havoc.

In parallel, statistics show that chronic diseases like cancerdiabetesobesityasthmaAlzheimer’sParkinson’s, and auto-immune conditions (to name a few) have been rapidly growing over the years. Might there be a correlation? Click on your disease of choice to see the data. And please don’t panic, since there are always solutions.

We are all unique and there is no standard formula, but I will share what I believe is fundamental and has worked for many people when it comes to staying baseline healthy, with the intention of preventing illness and living a balanced, enjoyable life.

Before you start experimenting with supplements or making drastic changes in your diet, seek advice from a health professional to make sure that what you want to do will actually benefit you. Supplements should be used with caution, since they can interact with pharmaceuticals, herbs, health conditions and may cause unwanted reactions. The same goes with food.

I must note that I try to avoid pills and anything processed as much as possible as they tend to cause your organs to overwork during the filtration and absorption process. In certain cases, direct forms of supplementation (like isolates, pills or intravenous alternatives) may be necessary for a determined amount of time until balance is reached. Then, continuing with a more pure form of support like whole foods or closer to natural supplementation is ideal.

Boosting the Immune System

A solid immune system will basically keep disease at bay. I personally struggled with my own for a long time but thankfully in not a super dramatic way. At one point, I started getting a fever every time I was on my moon cycle. I thought this was awfully strange, and had to insist doctors to get my blood tested for any and every variable that could be influencing my immunity. After pushing and getting tangible results, I saw that I had quite a big Zinc deficiency. I corrected this in a matter of weeks with the right supplementation, and my immunity problems were basically solved. After this, I never got a fever or sick in any way again. Knowledge is power?

Vitamin C

A safe way to keep your immune system healthy is with regular Vitamin C intake. Because C is a water soluble vitamin, your body excretes the excess (if any) via urine or sweat. This vitamin is an antioxidant that neutralizes free radical damage, protecting and normalizing cell function. In order to add this precious nutrient into your diet, I would recommend eating at least 2 cups of raw C high fruits and vegetables daily, like citrus fruits, sour cherries, berries, papayas, C-high greens, tomatoes and peppers. Always rotate your foods, so that you consume a full spectrum of nutrients (and not just vitamin C :).

If you feel like you still need something extra after having already incorporated this habit for some weeks, I would recommend supplementing with a pure dry super fruit powder, like acerola, camu camu or amla berry. Superfoods have an impressive nutritional density considering their size, in the case of the three fruits just mentioned. It’s a way of consuming less volume while getting more nutrients. You may sprinkle a teaspoon of either of these powders on your fruit bowl, juice, or smoothie daily in order to get the full raw benefits. Make sure the product you buy is from a trusted brand, preferably organic and definitely without fillers. It’s important to support companies that support the earth and want the best for humanity, otherwise we become a part of the toxic loop. Let’s be conscious when we shop.

Digestion

Your intestinal lining contains about 70% of the cells that make up your immune system, which means that in order to pump up your immunity, a healthy digestive system is a must. If your gut is not working properly, it may be difficult for your body to absorb and assimilate nutrients. Sometimes you may feel like you are nourishing yourself properly, but don’t actually experience results.

The modern human’s eating habits, especially the ingestion of sugar, alcohol, processed foods and antibiotics, can greatly distress your gut bacteria, causing dysbiosis. Dysbiosis is a bacterial imbalance in your digestive system, where the “bad” bacteria outgrows the “good” bacteria, creating a dangerous environment that is ideal for illness proliferation. Dysbiosis can also stem from a number of other foods or factors, including stress. This can lead to intestinal permeability, or “leaky gut”, which could be a reason why you wouldn’t be absorbing nutrients properly. Leaky gut also lets the bad guys through and out of your gut, reaching other parts of your body. Medicinal bone broth seals your gut and has many other health benefits.

If you have good digestion and go to the bathroom routinely (1-3 times a day), disposing firm stools, it probably means you live a healthy lifestyle and are good to go. If you have trouble passing stools on a daily basis, it means your digestive system is in distress. What should you do?

There are certain tricks that aid in ridding constipation and get your body functioning the way it should. Firstly, you need to consider adding a lot more hydration and natural fiber into your diet. Greens, apples, berries, coconut meat and coconut water work great, among other fruits and vegetables. Prefer whatever is local and fresh. Also, two tablespoons of overnight ground and soaked flaxseeds every morning inside a glass of water, a veggie and fruit juice or a smoothie will definitely help you get moving in a matter of days or weeks, depending on the severity of the case. Doing regular exercise and moving your body in any way that works for you also shifts things around.

On the other end of the spectrum, if your stools are usually loose or fluid, take a close look at your diet. I would most likely also suggest considering supplementing with a good quality Probiotic for some time. I say good quality because some probiotics could do you more harm than good… Along with your probiotic supplement, make sure you are eating foods containing prebiotic fibre, which will feed your good bacteria, aiding in the creation of a happy and healthy gut colony. Prebiotic fibre can be found in foods like onions, garlic, plantain, bananas and beans. In case you are in urgent trouble, rice and root vegetables are generally safe stool firming options.

If you find you are still having trouble digesting food (a way to know is if you see whole pieces of undigested food in your poop), consider not drinking water before or during your meals, since it dilutes your stomach acid which plays a big role in digestion. You may also eat a small piece of enzyme containing fruit, like apple, pineapple or papaya 20-30 minutes before your meal, or supplement with digestive enzymes instead. Also look into food combining, since combining certain foods groups in one meal makes it very hard for your body to assimilate. Also, your body may not be tolerating specific foods. Only you will know which these are, if they cause reactions during or after consumption.

There are many other conditions that manifest through the digestive system which, since affecting immunity, can propagate pretty much any disease you can imagine. That’s why it’s so important to take care of your gut!

If you have any of the negative symptoms mentioned above, tried my suggestions and are still struggling, don’t stress out. Remember there is always a solution to a problem, and in this case, your unique body may just need tailored support. Do seek for help.

Managing Stress

Stress is the number one disease-causing phenomenon of our time. A stress response in the body causes hormones like cortisol and adrenaline to be secreted, putting us in fight-or-flight mode. This is a very smart reaction, meant to give humans a superboost when in life threatening situations like facing a predator. The main modern-day stressors include work related, economical, relationship and social situations, which usually don’t entail running for our lives. In these cases, cortisol and adrenaline stay circulating in the body, doing things like interrupting lymphatic drainage which leads to stagnation.

Chronic stress is a modern condition that may lead to fatigue, insomnia, extreme irritability, digestive disorders, depression, a weakened immune system, infections, heart disease, neurological conditions, nutrient depletion, etc… As you can see, it can completely throw off your body in absolutely any way. If you noticed, I just mentioned the digestive and immune systems which shows again how everything in our bodies is connected. We are one. If you want to prevent or rid yourself from disease, you need to learn how to deal with stress.

Activities like meditation, yoga and simply deep, conscious breathing prove great results in not only lowering stress levels but generating feelings of connection and peace in individuals. Conscious breathing, for example, is something that can be done at any time in any place, so there is no excuse. We really need to take responsibility of our health.  

Earthing, the contact of your body with the earth, is a fantastic way to recharge your body. Simply walking barefoot on a natural surface works wonders. Bathing yourself in as clean as possible water systems like rivers or the ocean is also therapeutic. At the same time, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air of the outdoors is essential for us biological beings.

The more mindful and centered you are, the less reactive you become to external and uncontrollable incidents around you. Physical therapies like massage and acupuncture are some great ways of relieving tension and giving yourself some love.

Implementing stress management tools will naturally lower your blood pressure, calm your body, calm your mind and generate stability. Create a routine where you incorporate at least one mindful activity in order to keep your stress levels at bay.

If you find you need a little bit of extra support, Magnesium is a great supplement that can help. Try soaking in Epsom salt baths or using a topical magnesium oil on your body. In both cases, the magnesium will be absorbed by your skin and directly into your bloodstream.

There are also several adaptogenic herbs that may support your nervous system, like maca, rhodiola and ashwagandha. Please speak to a health specialist before introducing these potent herbs into your diet.

Movement

Is life. Physical activity, among possessing many benefits, helps in the elimination of stress hormones. It also regulates your metabolism, is energizing, rids toxins off your body, improves your sleep quality, improves immune function, cognitive function, reduces anxiety and depression, osteoporosis, liver disease, and the list goes on.

Sports should be practiced mindfully so as not to cause the body more strain. Especially if you have a sedentary lifestyle, it’s recommended to engage in a physical activity you like at least 3 times a week. Observe how your life changes for the best.

We are made up of vibrations, constantly moving, full of life. Usually, a strong body supports a strong mind, and vice versa. If your body’s energy is stagnant, you will likely not generate positive thoughts. Movement allows the energy in your body to flow, to be changed and released, allowing new, fresh energy in. While dangerous situations create stress hormones, physical activity creates feel-good hormones like serotonin and dopamine. My favorite benefit? Basically heightening the sensation of wellbeing.

Last but not least, it is proven that human connection and a supportive social circle will greatly influence your health. Universal connectedness and the sense of belonging makes us feel whole and is protective of neurodegenerative damage. Spend time with those who smile, with those you admire and uplift you. Share your love, shine your light and don’t be afraid to be vulnerable. Be yourself.

I hope you have found this baseline self-care information useful. Depending on your lifestyle and environment, you will require specific and unique nourishment. Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone you trust if you ever feel like something might be off. Remember that awareness is key. To recap: make sure you are getting enough crucial vitamins and minerals, eat whole, fresh foods on a daily basis, hydrate, include stress-relieving and physical activities routinely, share with loved ones and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I am available for one-to-one programs and can support you to feel your best. I will always guide you with proposals that will best suit your needs, and redirect you to professionals that may be able to support you through a more relevant field that may not be my practice, respecting and honoring you as an individual.

Love,

Bianca


Honorando la Tierra

Read this article in English below

El siguiente tema es un tema sobre el que he querido escribir hace mucho tiempo. Lo había estado evitando porque es un tema de mucha sensibilidad, pero ha llegado la hora.
 
Ya nos hemos dado cuenta que estamos en una crisis global, la cual hemos creado nosotros mismos, sacrificando nuestros recursos naturales a cambio de papel moneda. Lentamente hemos ido deteriorando la tierra hasta el punto que no podemos seguir ignorando, ya que vamos rápidamente cuesta abajo. No se trata de activismo, ideales o algoradical, sino simplemente de tomar responsabilidad por nuestras acciones si es que queremos seguir viviendo en esta tierra, respirando aire “limpio”, tomando y usando agua que no está contaminada al nivel donde nos puede matar y nutrirnos con alimentos que crecen en la tierra. Si seguimos de la misma manera que vamos, muy pronto presenciaremos nuestra propia muerte colectiva, interesantemente, sin habernos dado cuenta.  Las Naciones Unidas declararon una urgencia medio ambiental, comprobada científicamente. Esto está sucediendo ahora.

 Mientras lees esto quizás piensas que son las grandes industrias las que han ocasionado todo este daño. Debemos mantener en cuenta que nosotros creamos la demanda, somos la razón para que las industrias produzcan todo lo que producen para ganar dinero. Somos parte del sistema, parte de un ciclo que apoya a estas industrias cada vez que tomamos una decisión tan sencilla como manejar un auto o comprar un champú. Las decisiones que tomamos cada día tienen o un impacto negativo o un impacto positivo en el planeta y en nosotros mismos. ¿Vamos a elegir alimentar estas industrias que masacran la tierra? ¿O vamos a pensar en alternativas y contribuir a la sanación colectiva del planeta? 

La decisión es nuestra. No somos víctimas, siempre tenemos una opción. Especialmente si estás leyendo esto a través de tu aparato electrónico. Entonces cada vez que vayas a comprar algo, pregúntate: ¿estoy contribuyendo a mi bienestar y al del planeta con esta decisión? Si la respuesta es no, entonces piensa cuáles son tus alternativas. ¿Puedes pensar en alguna alternativa que sea mejor para el planeta y mejor para ti? También piensa si realmente necesitas tomar esa decisión, hacer esa compra. La realidad es que la mayoría de las veces no es necesario. Estamos viviendo en piloto automático, convirtiéndonos en robots, dejando que el marketing y la sociedad controle nuestras vidas. ¿A quien estamos apoyando? ¿Conocemos los valores de estas compañías? ¿A ellos realmente les importa el medio ambiente? ¿O solamente les importa tener ganancias monetarias bajo cualquier consecuencia? Reflexionemos en cómo estamos usando y maltratando nuestros preciados recursos.
 
 A veces decidiremos conscientemente de tomar una decisión que no es ideal para el medio ambiente, como subirnos a un avión y viajar al otro lado del mundo para unas vacaciones. Esto no se trata de ser extremista, se trata de ser consciente y de tomar las mejores decisiones posibles que podamos en nuestro diario vivir. El balance existe.

Podría seguir escribiendo sobre este tema por mucho tiempo, pero lo voy a dejar relativamente corto. Te invito a comentar en este post o a contactarme si es que te interés intercambiar más información sobre este tema. Aquí les dejo una guía práctica de puntos a considerar para nosotrosconsumidores.  Esto aplica a cada ser humano:
 
1.     RE-PENSAR EL TRANSPORTE
Los vehículos motorizados son muy prácticos, pero la mayoría requieren gasolina, contaminando el medio ambiente y nuestros pulmones. Piensa en alternativas como caminar, andar en caballo o bicicleta donde sea que quieras ir. Si estás viajando distancias largas, algunas opciones son compartir tus viajes con otras personas, usar transporte público o esperar a tener varias razones para hacer ese viaje en vez de sólo una, así hacesviajes con menos frecuencia pero más productividad.
 
 A mí también me encanta irme de vacaciones. En vez de subirnos a aviones muy seguido para viajes cortos, podemos considerar tomarnos vacaciones más largas con menos viajes en avión. Pensemos en alternativas menos contaminantes como trenes y veleros, los cuales nos permiten tomarnos el tiempo y disfrutar de los paisajes. Incluso podemos aprovechar de meditar durante estos.
 
Comprar por Internet también contribuye a una huella de carbono bastante grande, no sólo en términos de combustible y transporte, pero también la impresión, envoltorio y empaque de tus compras. Coordina tu próxima compra online con tus vecinos, amigos o familiares para que sus compras sean enviadas colectivamente en menos paquetes, aprovechando también de compartir el costo del envío.
 
2.     ADIÓS A LA MODA PRONTA
Justo detrás de la industria petrolera, viene la moda, siendo la segunda industria más contaminante del mundo. La ropa barata y química hecha en fábricas causa un enorme impacto en el medio ambiente. Piensa en intercambiar ropa con tus amigos o familiares, o comprar vestimentas de calidad que duren de por vida envezde ropa barata que tendrás que tirar en algunos días o semanas.Existe ropa hecha a mano con textiles nobles, orgánicos y de tintes naturales, tiendas éticas y también de segunda mano al igual que ropa “upcycled”. 
 
Fabricar un producto nuevo, cualquiera que sea, tiene un gran impacto medio ambiental. Compramos tantas cosas que no necesitamos, que no utilizamos o que utilizamos por un periodo de tiempomuycorto. Podemos vender, intercambiar o regalar estas cosas en vez de generar más basura. Pregunta a tu alrededor antes de comprar algo nuevo, quizás alguien está listo para soltar algo que tú necesitas.
 
3.     ¿QUE ESTAS TOMANDO?
Apoyando el plástico de un solo uso cada vez que queremos tomar algo no es sustentable. Generamos toneladas de plástico cada día que termina en la tierra y en los océanos, alterando y destruyendo ecosistemas y las vidas de muchos animales. También estamos consumiendo el BPA, entre otros químicos, que existen dentro del plástico que contiene nuestra agua y comida, el cualdesordena nuestras hormonas e intoxica nuestro cuerpo. Compra una botella de agua reutilizable de cristal o de acero inoxidable y llévala contigo a todas partes. Encuentra un sistema de filtración de agua para tu hogar. ¿El restaurante tiene envases desechables a base de fibra de planta? Mejor que el plástico, pero para fabricarse igual requiere recursos que debemos cuidar. Vive de manera sustentable.

4.     DILE NO AL PLASTICO

Nuevamente, cualquier cosa que estés comprando en un envase de plástico probablemente existe en otro formato. Cuando se trata de cosméticos, hay versiones sólidas de la mayoría de los productos hoy en día. Usa cepillo de dientes de bambú. ¿No encuentras opciones en tu zona? Ponte creativo y créalas tu mismo.  Muchas frutas y verduras en el supermercado están envueltas en plástico. Visita tu mercado local, granja, campos o en nuestro caso, el frutero de la esquina. Existen maneras de evitar la generación de basura. Dile no a los desechables. Reduce, Reúsa y Recicla.

 
5.     COME LOCAL Y ORGÁNICO
Cada vez que compras algo que no se produjo localmente, estás contribuyendo a una huella de carbono más grande. No solamente se gasta más gasolina en transportar, pero lo que se transporta desde lejos requiere más pesticidas, químicos yconservantes para poder hacerlo llegar hacia ti. Cuando compramos de manera local y orgánica, estamos apoyando a nuestra comunidad y alimentándonos de manera eficiente para nuestro ecosistema. Lo que sea que crece más cerca de ti es inevitablemente más sabroso y más nutritivo. Igual cuando se trata de animales, hay maneras más éticas de consumir productos de origen animal, como tener nuestro propio ganado, pescar o simplemente comprar productos locales.
 
6.     REDUCE EL CONSUMO ANIMAL
Esto no se trata de ser vegano, se trata de considerar la cantidad de productos animales que estamos consumiendo. Es realmente impresionante. La verdad es que los humanos y el planeta estaríamos mucho mas contentos si la industria carnicera no existiera del todo. Esta causa repercusiones enormes al bienestar de los animales, al medio ambiente y a nuestra propia salud. La mayoría de las carnes provenientes de la industria vienes de animales enfermos, maltratados y medicados, los cuales al consumir, bajan nuestro PH y nuestra frecuencia vibracional, también enfermándonos.
 
7.     SÉ SUSTENTABLE
Encuentra maneras de vivir un estilo de vida sustentable, sin depender del sistema para tu propia sobrevivencia. Si el sistema colapsa, ¿que vas hacer? ¿Cómo vas a manejar tu auto sin combustible? Sembrar tu propia comida y encontrar una fuente de agua confiable son buenas maneras de comenzar.

Cuando hacemos lo mejor que podemos para el planeta, automáticamente estamos haciendo lo mejor para nosotros mismos como seres humanos. Va de la mano, porque somos uno. Por favor, comparte este artículo o ayuda a crearconscienciade cualquier manera que funcione para ti. Cuidemos nuestro hermoso planeta, a nuestra pacha mama que no deja de brindarnos amor incondicional. A pesar de que la seguimos maltratando, ella nos sigue nutriendo. Si cada individuo pone de su parte le daremos una oportunidad a la tierra para regenerarse, recreando esta armonía que viene existiendo por muchas generaciones anteriores. Seamos el cambio.

 
Con amor,
 
Bianca

 
The following subject is a subject that I have wanted to write about for a long time now. I had been trying to avoid my expression for as long as I could since it’s a matter that makes me very emotional. Now the time has come.
 
As you may have already noticed, we are currently in a global crisis that we humans have created by sacrificing our natural resources for money.  This has slowly led to the deterioration of the planet,which has gotten to a point where it can no longer be ignored. We are going downhill very fast, my friends. This isn’t about activism or ideals or anything radical, it’s simply about us taking responsibility for our actions if we want to keep living on this earth, breathing “clean” air, drinking and using water that isn’t contaminated to an extent where it will kill us, and nourish ourselves with actual foods that grow on the soil and aren’t made from chemicals and wrapped in more chemicals. If we keep going the way we’re going, very soon we will witness having basically killed ourselves, funny enough, without really having realized it. The United Nations has declared there is an environmental emergency. This is happening now, and the science is clear.

As you read this, you could be thinking it’s the big corporations doing all of the damage. Keep in mind that as consumers, we are creating the demand and a reason for these corporations to produce everything they produce in order to make money. We are part of the system, part of a cycle supporting these industries every time we make a decision that might seem harmless like driving a car or buying shampoo. Every single choice that we make daily is either going to have a negative or a positive impact on the planet and on ourselves. Are we going to choose to feed these earth-massacring corporations? Or are we going to think about an alternative and contribute to the collective healing of the planet?It’s up to us. We are not victims; we always have a choice. Especially if you are reading this through your electronic device. So every time you are going to buy something, ask yourself: am I contributing to the planet and to my own wellbeing with this choice? If the answer is no, then think about what your alternatives are. Can you think of any alternatives that are better for the planet, hence better for yourself?  And do you actually absolutely need to buy this thing? The reality is that most of the time we don’t. We are living on automatic pilot mode, turning into robots, letting marketing and society take control of our lives. Who are you supporting? Do you know what these companies’ values are? Do they actually care about the environment? Or do they only care about making profit no matter what it takes? Let’s think wisely about how we are using and misusing our precious resources. Sometimes we will consciously choose to make a decision that is not great for the planet,like hopping on a plane and traveling to the other side of the world for a vacation. This is not about being an extremist, it’s about being conscious and making the best possible decisions that we can on a daily basis. Balance exists.

 
I could keep going on about this subject for a very long time, but I will keep it relatively short. I invite you to comment on this post or reach out if anything isn’t clear or if you would like more information on this topic. Here is a practical guide of things to keep in mind as a consumer. This applies to every human being:
 
1.    RETHINK TRANSPORTATION
Motor vehicles are very practical, but most do require gasoline, polluting the environment and our lungs too. Think about alternatives like walking, riding your horse or bike wherever you want to go. If you are traveling long distances, some options are carpooling, using public transportation or waiting until you have several reasons to go somewhere instead of just 1, making less frequent but more productive trips.
 
I also love going on vacation. Instead of hopping on airplanes very often for many short trips, consider going on a longer vacation with less airplane rides. Think about alternate and less polluting transportation methods like trains and sailboats, which allow you to take more time and enjoy the scenery. Maybe you can meditate while you’re at it.
 
Online shopping also contributes to a large carbon footprint, not only in terms of transportation but the printing, wrapping and boxing of your items. Coordinate your next online shopping with your neighbors, friends and family so that all of your items can be grouped into fewer packages and you can share the shipping cost.
 
2.    GOODBYE FAST FASHION
Right behind the petroleum industry comes fashion, being the second largest polluting industry in the world. Cheap, chemical clothes made in sweatshops and factories cause a huge impact on the environment. Think about swapping clothes with your family or friends or buying quality garments that will last you a lifetime instead of cheap garments that you will need to toss in a few days or weeks. There’s handcrafted, naturally dyed and organic textiles from ethical shops as well as second-hand or upcycled clothing.
 
Fabricating a new product, whatever it is, has an impact on the planet. We buy so many things that we don’t even use, or that we use for a short period of time. Let’s sell, trade or give these things away instead of creating more trash. Ask around before you buy something new, maybe somebody is ready to let go of exactly what you need.
 
3.    WHAT ARE YOU DRINKING?
Supporting single-use plastic every time we want to have a drink is not sustainable. We generate tons of plastic daily that ends up in the land and oceans, disrupting and destroying ecosystems and killing animals. You’re also consuming the BPA among other chemicals in the plastic that is holding your water or food, which is disrupting your hormones and intoxicating you. Buy a stainless steel or glass bottle and take it everywhere you go.  Find a filtering system for your water at home. The store has plant-based fibre disposable cups and straws? Better than plastic, but still takes up resources to make. Be sustainable.

4.    SAY NO TO PLASTIC

Again, whatever you are purchasing in a plastic container probably exists in another format. When it comes to cosmetics, there are solid versions of just about anything nowadays, which require less packaging. Use bamboo toothbrushes. Can’t find options in your area? Get creative and craft them yourself. A lot of fruit and veggies in the supermarket are wrapped in plastic and foam: visit the local farmer’s market, farms or in our case, fruit trucks on the street. Please carry your own reusable bags at all times. Plant a tree, grow your own food. There are ways to avoid creating garbage. Say no to disposables. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

 
5.    EAT LOCAL AND ORGANIC
Every time you buy something that isn’t grown or produced locally, you are contributing to a larger carbon footprint. Not only is there more gasoline being spent, but produce that is being transported from afar requires more pesticides, chemicals and preservatives in order to make it through the trip. Whenever you shop local and organic, you’re supporting your community and feeding yourself with foods that are actually fit for your environment. Whatever is growing closer to you is inevitably tastier and more nutritious. Same when it comes to animals: there are more ethical ways to consume animal-based products, like raising your own livestock, fishing or buying locally.
 
6.    REDUCE ANIMAL CONSUMPTION
This isn’t about being vegan, its about considering the amount of animal products we are consuming. It’s disgusting. The truth is, humans would be healthier and the planet would be happier if the meat industry wouldn’t exist at all. It brings a huge toll to animal welfare, the environment and our health. Most meats in the industry come from sick, mistreated and medicated animals which when we consume, bring our body’s PH down low, making us sick too.
 
7.    BE SUSTAINABLE
Find ways of living a sustainable lifestyle, without depending on the system for your own survival. If the system collapses, what will you do? How will you drive your car without any gasoline? Growing your own food and having access to a reliable water source are good ways of getting started.

When we do the best we can for the planet, we are automatically doing the best we can for ourselves. It’s win-win, because we are one. Please share this post or help create awareness in any way that works for you. Let’s take care of our beautiful planet, of our mother, who has unconditional love for us. The earth keeps nourishing us no matter how disrespectfully we are treating her. If each individual does their part, we will give space for mother earth to regenerate, recreating the harmony that has existed for lifetimes before us. Let’s do this.
 
Love,
 
Bianca



No time for What?

Those who spent time with me during my Paris years know how passionate I am about eating and cooking. I thank my ancestors for this, which combined with aesthetics, is such a beautiful combination.

My last years in Paris I was working part time, and when I wasn’t working about 75% of my waking time I was at markets, supermarkets, specialty food stores, picking up my local co-op order and in the kitchen cooking. The cold and grey Parisian weather was also an incentive, making me want to spent time in my warmly lit cosy kitchen and the fire on. On non-work days, I would spend an average of 4-5 hours in the kitchen, and on work days an average of 2. Much of my social life was inside my apartment, where my friends would come visit me and eat.

As soon as I moved back to the Dominican Republic, my relationship with food started to change. The past few months I’ve been traveling and living in a camper, so spending time in the kitchen was not a thing. Also, I must admit that not having grandiose organic markets and a variety of fresh local produce brings down the incentive as well. Do I cook at home? Pretty much all the time. I might eat outside of my home about 3 meals a week (out of 21 total meals). One of them will be at a restaurant, which is usually the most disappointing experience, the second one will be at my own restaurant which is a lot better, and the last one will be a delicious home cooked meal by a loved one. Wish I had more of these to be honest.

So I do cook a lot, but with a different intention. It’s not a creative voyage through the senses like it would be in the past, it’s a need to feed and heal myself kind of situation. I feed myself very healthily, but also very simply. I don’t invest time in making food look pretty, which is why I don’t share images of what I cook. My food used to look so pretty I would share it all the time.

Yesterday I realised that I should probably be sharing anyway, since eating healthy home-cooked food is so easy and fast to prepare. It’s that concept that I want to share. It doesn’t matter if the image it doesn’t make people drool, although drooling is a sign that you want to prepare that dish cause it looks so good. But the point is: reality. A lot of us are hustling, doing what we need to do outside of the kitchen, and the time to feed ourselves is limited. Which is fine, but if you feel identified with what I just said and eat out at restaurants to kill time, I would highly recommend that you reevaluate the idea of making most of your meals at home. Why? Mainly, because you know what you are putting into the food.

At restaurants, we don’t know what goes in the food, and it’s usually a lot of condiments including sugar and unhealthy oils. Also, whoever prepares that food is transferring their energy into that meal-and who absorbs that energy? The eater.

Some cooks might have a lovely energy, and you might realise how much better food tastes and especially feels in your body when someone has prepared it with love and intention. Usually, this is not the scenario in a restaurant, since it’s a business and cooks are usually in a rush and stressed.

So the classic excuse is “I don’t have time” to cook at home. Guys, it is SO easy and quick to prepare a healthy and fresh meal at home. If you aren’t used to food that isn’t highly condimented, don’t worry-the body adapts. The less ingredients you use, the better your body will absorb them, as long as you combine them effectively for absorption. I won’t get into detail about nutrient absorption on this post but usually including a vegetable source of fat (like nuts or seeds) helps.

My shopping tip for maximizing your time finding ingredients is: shop to stock your pantry once a month (or as often as you need to) with shelf-stable items instead of buying them little by little every time you go grocery shopping. This basically includes whole grains, dried herbs, spices, nuts and seeds. Once your pantry is stocked, all you have to do is get your fresh produce every few days, and thats it!

I will share my own food staples I consume in Dominican Republic. These change according to where I geographically find myself, since eating mostly local, fresh and organic is key.

In my pantry, I like to always keep:

GRAINS: quinoa, buckwheat, amaranth, brown rice & GF pasta in case of emergency

BEANS: green lentils, coral lentils, split peas, chickpeas, black beans

SEEDS: flaxseed, chia, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, tahini

NUTS: cashew nuts, coconut flakes, walnuts, almonds (and almond butter)

SPICES: turmeric, cayenne pepper, black pepper, cumin, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, garlic powder, & onion powder

HERBS: rosemary, basil, laurel, mint, thyme, kelp & coriander seed

SEA SALT: make sure you are consuming salt that actually comes from the sea. Table salt can be very toxic. Himalayan salt is also fine-I like to cook with sea salt and season with himalayan

OTHER CONDIMENTS: coconut oil (refined for cooking & virgin for consuming raw), olive oil, sesame oil, flaxseed oil, apple cider vinegar, honey

You can prepare SO MANY MEALS with all these ingredients in stock + your daily fresh produce, its pretty unbelievable. When you rotate your meals, you are offering your body a wide spectrum of nutrients, so it’s important to always switch up your fresh produce and even your pantry items and not buy the same things each time. When I travel I bring some things back that I know I can’t find at home. 

As far as freshies go:

GREENS: green is life, so anything organic that I can find: arugula, kales, watercress, mustard greens, basil, all kinds of mints, green onions, verdolaga

VEG: cucumbers, zuchini, beetroot, radishes, nabo, pumpkin, yuca, batata, ñame, yautía, green plantain, ginger, turmeric

FRUIT: papaya, pineapple, banana, watermelon, guanabana, mango, jackfruit, breadfruit, passionfruit, bitter orange, lime, dates

COCONUT WATER & MEAT

I consume animal products at home very rarely. I like to buy a frozen wild salmon from full circle, but I think they stopped importing it locally. If I ever eat beef, it’s local grass-fed beef. Be abundant with your fruits and vegetables.

Health tip: include any form of greens in every meal.

FREEZING

I like to keep prepped and chopped root vegetables in the fridge so when I’m lazy all I have to do is pop them in some sea salted boiling water. I also prep and chop coconut meat and fruit so I can blend quickly into smoothies, combining them with other fruit and veg that isn’t frozen for best results. If I will suddenly be away from home for a few days or more, I prep whatever is in my fridge and freeze it. You can even do this with fresh greens since you can blend them into a smoothie anyway.

Here’s an example of my recent meals (past 2 days):

1 liter morning smoothie made with: papaya, watermelon, cucumber, lime, passionfruit, banana, kale, chia seeds and camu camu (a high content vitamin C superberry). This took me about 5 minutes to put together: I cut the lime and passionfruit open, peeled the banana and cucumber, grabbed a spoon of seeds and camu camu and grabbed my already chopped papaya, watermelon and rinsed kale. Blend and voilá, satisfied for a few hours (it was a lot of produce).

Frozen yuca and beets that I popped into boiling water with salt. Sauteed onions, fresh arugula, roasted sunflower seeds topped with turmeric powder and coconut oil. Without counting the boiling time (because i was being productive doing something else), it took me about 10 minutes to prep the rest. Boom, delicious hearty and effortless lunch.

Chopped cabbage, radish and pineapple with lime, ACV, sea salt and olive oil sprinkled with black sesame seeds. Yummm

I added pineapple to that salad because what came afterwards was beef. I usually don’t eat much animals at home but I hadn’t had red meat in a while and my body was calling for it. So bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple, helps the body digest protein.

I cooked my chunk of meat on a covered pot (haven’t figured out how to use this oven yet) over some coconut oil, sea salt and rosemary on top. Low heat for about 10 minutes. On the side, chopped garlic and bok choy, sauteed with sea salt. Topped all that with roasted sunflower seeds.

An afternoon pick me up that took like 3 minutes to make: home made almond milk that I defrosted, 1 banana, 1 date and into the blender. After smooth, added 1 teaspoon of cacao nibs and blend slightly, so the nibs are crunchable.

I generally avoid processed foods, but sometimes I do have a little GF pasta. I prepped everything while the pasta boiled: thinly sliced raw zuchini and a sauce made from almond milk, tahini, almond butter, turmeric & sea salt. Once the pasta was ready, I combined the sauce and the zuchini and that’s it. Easier than this, impossible.

I just moved into a new place this month and came back from a trip recently, so my fridge and pantry are pretty much empty. Still I had frozen some things and was able to buy some essentials to feed myself properly.

I usually never make the same dish twice, since the kitchen is where I mostly take advantage of my creativity, experimenting every time. Cooking is fun.

One of my favorite part of cooking? Foraging fresh ingredients from the earth. I am blessed to be able to grow produce organically where I collect some of my ingredients right before I use them. The fresher your ingredients are, the more of their life they will share with you. If you don’t have an outdoor space for a garden, you can plant some herbs in pots and keep them indoors, bringing more life into your home. Also, look around your environment. If you live in the Dominican Republic, there’s moringa trees growing all around you. That’s a superboost of vitamins and minerals right ithere. Mother earth has our backs.

Hoping that this post inspires you to nourish yourself well.

Love,

Bianca


Healing the Heart

I haven’t dedicated as much time to my blog or website as I would like to lately because Life takes pretty big unexpected turns sometimes. I am now back to grounding myself and hope to keep the posts, events and retreats coming.
 
I’ve been wanting to write about healing the heart some time ago, since I feel like people in general tend to avoid this topic. I can understand why, since society has associated the concept of love and relationship with conditions and control, when naturally and truly, love that flows does so in a complete opposite manner: unconditional and free.

In general, in the western world and especially in Latin America, for the most part society has taught us that the norm is for women to conform to their relationships, and for men to repress their feelings. These are also taught interchangeably. Most of the time, we pretend that everything is always okay and keep a completely dysfunctional relationship going on for decades and sometimes an entire lifetime. As long as no one knows about it, it’s okay.

There is so much to be said about this topic, so I’m going to stick to this subject concisely from my own life experience, hoping it can shed some light on your path.
 
I was clearly into boys since I was a little girl and had the kind of crushes and school boyfriends that you get a huge rush from just holding hands with. If anyone younger than me is reading this, please consider I grew up without TV, internet or pretty much any electronic devices and twerking wasn’t a thing. I had my first real boyfriend at the age of 15, which was actually a very serious relationship considering my age: it was long distance and I only got to see him every few months. Since then it’s been pretty much back to back dating and boyfriends. There was a lot of fantastic times, a lot of drama and a lot of heart breaking. Definitely a lot of learning and growing through these processes as well.
 
My longest relationship lasted about two years and a half. Although it was a loyal relationship, it’s hard for me to understand how two people can be together “for ever”. I don’t mean to be pessimistic, but this does seem like a dream… especially in the environment I am currently based (Dominican Republic). In this macho culture, relationships are based on lies and cheating. It’s the norm. So if you find yourself in a sacred and respectful relationship, honor that. It can be rare.
 
My past two consecutive relationships were with Dominicans and very heart braking in very different ways. Yes, I can say I knew what I was getting into, but I am also very good at flowing with love and listening to my heart instead of my head. My optimistic side is that I have faith in people and believe in evolution of consciousness.
 
I’ve been single for almost a year and a half now and it’s been a great and rough time. I’ve been on many adventures and spent a lot of time with myself, consciously allocating time to healing at a physical, emotional and spiritual level, with the intention of letting go of the accumulation of pain that comes with clinging on to negative past experiences. 

It ain’t easy folks, but what we feel inside is what we radiate, and my goal is to radiate nothing but beauty and light.
 
After my breakup last year, I attended an Integrative Nutrition conference in Miami, which was amazing. It was exactly what I needed: a weekend of support with a huge uplifting community of like-minded people who all gathered with open hearts and open minds to learn how to sustainably heal through nature. Since I enjoyed the conference so much, I barely had any time to think about my break up… until I came back home. What I want to illustrate is that a lot of people live their lives like this, and a lot of times not with such fulfilling activities, but basically doing things to “keep them busy”, so that they have less time to deal with their own self.
 
You can choose not to deal with your emotions, but you must understand that this means they are quietly stored inside your system and will eventually rise up again stronger than before. Basically, you can’t run away from yourself or your problems. They are coming with you wherever you go and I believe so even when you die, but that’s information for another blog post. For now, let’s stick to the heart.
 
Withholding intense emotions especially related to traumatic events is so unhealthy that when not dealt with, manifest in physical chronic conditions and diseases. It’s the body’s way of asking for help-of telling you that something needs to be taken care of. This is most of the time what disease is.
 
In modern medicine, people take care of symptoms but they don’t address the root cause. Why is your immune system struggling? Why do you have cysts? Why do you have heart disease?The why is never explored, when it’s actually the most important part of the equation. Functional Medicine and many alternate healing practices address the root cause of the condition. Why is this happening to me? What do I need to change in my life? What do I need to let go of?
 
After my conference I felt okay but wasn’t actively choosing to deal with myself at the time. I was coaching several clients and basically focusing on work. In June I went on a trip to California for 3 weeks, by myself. I was dreaming of that trip for a while, of when I was going to find the perfect occasion to go. Around May I realized that the present moment was perfect, so I booked it. This trip was awesome. Towards the end of my trip there was a moment where I was driving through this beautiful scenery and feeling complete bliss. Love was flowing out of my heart like never before. I was so happy with myself that I had made this happen. From me, to me. It was one of the best feelings ever. Working as a Health Coach, I expend a lot of my energy to support to my clients which is very gratifying, but means it’s essential for me to recharge with nurturing energy back so I can keep giving. We can’t pour from empty cups, so remember to refill and give to yourself before you give to others.
 
When we don’t practice love, our hearts start to get hard like a rock and close. Practicing love doesn’t necessarily need to be in a romantic relationship or even with someone else. Love is inside us, and we can even practice loving ourselves perfectly fine. Accepting yourself as you are is a huge act of love, as well as being kind to yourself. You can also love flowers and trees, and the food you nourish yourself with.

It’s your life and you can choose to live it as you want. But I suggest you don’t run away from yourself, don’t ignore your emotions. Because ignoring something will make it backfire more aggressively in the future. Don’t ignore your body’s signals. Your body is the most intelligent biocomputer that will ever exist. Honor that, honor yourself, embrace yourself, confront yourself, heal yourself. You are the only one who feels what you feel, and you are the only one who knows what you need. If you are not sure what this is, ask for help. There are a ton of healthcare practitioners who dedicate their lives to help us heal. 
 
You can do very powerful and simple things to restore your balance. Take a break from your routine, go on a vacation by yourself, don’t talk to anyone for a few days, sleep without an alarm clock, get in touch with yourself, meditate, walk barefoot in nature, listen to the birds singing, move your body, sweat!, sing, play an instrument, turn off your phone and be there for yourself. 
 
If you, like me, have spent too much time by yourself, then start connecting with people that are worthy of your company in positive ways. Reach out to old friends, engage in activities with others like playing sports, planting seeds, cooking together, being part of a music circle… Just remember that the connection that needs to be the most solid and nourished is the one with yourself. From this place you can then build connections and relationships with others.

If you’ve feel like you’ve already done all of this and are still in a critical situation, remember your body is your sacred temple where the soul resides. You may be not perceiving something, so be sure to listen, letting go of your ego. 

We vibrate high when we open our hearts and let ourselves be, letting go of anything that doesn’t add to our life in a positive way. Little by little, the world becomes a better place.


You’re better off with friends like Aloe

Have you two already met?

Aloe Barbadensis Miller is a green succulent shrub belonging to the Liliaceae family. Its leaves are triangular and fleshy with serrated edges. In this post I will talk about the inner layer of the plant, which is a clear gel-like substance composed of 99% water and distinctively nourishing.

I call her Nature’s jelly. Aloe Vera is so versatile that it will aid in healing an abundance of conditions, inside and out of the body. Because Aloe is such a rich source of nutrients, it has a long history in medicinal and cosmetic use, dating back to over 5000 years.

Topically, Aloe is hydrating, protective of the skin, accelerates healing, soothes pain and prevents scarring of pretty much any acute skin condition. Wounds, burns, sunburns, itching, cold sores, herpes, rashes, eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, acne, enlarged pores… you name it. Aloe’s got you covered.

These same healing effects work on the internal body’s tissue when ingested. Any internal wound of the digestive tract (from the mouth and throat until the rectum, on the oesophagus, intestines, colon and anything in between) like sores, ulcers, colics, IBS, gastritis, fissures or basically any form of irritation with be soothed and on a faster path to healing.

When consumed internally, aside from regenerating tissue, the plant will generously continue to work her magic at a cellular level as the body absorbs her.

Studies show that Aloe Vera boosts the immune system, reduces bad (LDL) cholesterol, regulates digestion, cleanses the digestive tract, flushes out toxins, supports metabolism and the cardiovascular system, hydrates and alkalises the entire organism, reduces allergies, soothes radiation therapy side effects and is also used in asthma and diabetes treatments.

This plant is an adaptogen, meaning it aids the body in finding balance by stimulating its defensive and adaptive mechanisms, augmenting the ability to cope with emotional, physical and environmental stressors.

At this point it’s important to take a look at the nutritional profile of Aloe Vera. Since biology is an infinite scope of practice with minutely discoveries, I will share what we know thus far. Studies have identified at least 75 active components in the Aloe Vera plant: Vitamins A, C, E, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, folate, and choline. Minerals like calcium, copper, selenium, chromium, manganese, magnesium, potassium, copper, sodium and zinc. The enzymes aliiase, alkaline phosphatase, amylase, bradykinase, carboxypeptidase, catalase, cellulose lipase and peroxidase. Also several Essential Fatty Acids and definitely all eight of the essential Amino Acids, saccharides and anthraquinones, among other beneficial components.

If you are interested in using this plant, I suggest you get a hold of the whole plant, grab a leaf and peel it to scoop out the jelly. Fresh is always best. If the plant is not grown or imported where you live, look for products that don’t contain any chemicals or harmful additives. The purer the better, always. 

Although Aloe Vera is a fantastic remedy, when it comes to the herbal kingdom I always suggest you do further research or consult with your professional of choice, especially if you are under any type of medical treatment. Do not consume anything in excess, be gentle with your body and remember that balance is key.

To your health,

Bianca


My 3 turned 5 day Juice Cleanse

I’d been wanting to do a juice cleanse for a very long time but hadn’t had the chance since my home for the past four years didn’t have any organic cold-pressed juiceries. In California there are so many great options and many still yet for me to try. Since I wanted to spend some time surfing and visiting friends in Encinitas, I bought a three day juice cleanse from Fully Loaded Micro Juicery. Below is a little insight to my journey. The intention of this post is to provide insight on the effects of a juice cleanse and the detoxification process, so if you get easily grossed out this post isn’t for you.

DAY 1

Upon waking up I did my usual ritual of oral hygiene and water drinking along with my vitex supplement that I am taking daily for several months. Vitex is the only supplement I continued to take throughout the cleanse, on an empty stomach and at least half an hour before my first juice. I had the first juice of the cleanse quite late, around 10:30am. A second one came soon after, went for a light surf, then had a third juice right before midday. I was feeling great. Early afternoon when I started working on my computer came the first detox symptoms: extremely poor focus and memory affecting my brain so much that I continuously throughout the afternoon couldn’t remember what I actually wanted or needed to do. I also spontaneously remembered I needed to eat because I hadn’t consumed anything solid, having to remind myself that I was on a juice cleanse. That evening was all about reminding myself of this - I wasn’t going to chew on anything for the next 3 days. Although I was mentally prepared, it was quite a shock for my physical body - something I was not really expecting.

Following the juicery’s 3-day protocol, each day consisted of 5 vegetable and fruit juices and 1 almond milk per day. The first days juices include more fruit and gradually gravitate towards more greens. When I picked up the juices the first day, I decided I wouldn’t have the milks because I haven’t been tolerating nuts very well lately so thought it would be a good idea to flush my system completely from that as well. I got a 6th juice instead, a very nutritionally dense green one. But, by the time I was drinking my 5th juice and the day was coming to an end, I understood I was going to need the milk for additional calories and fat, so I went back and got my milk. I felt like all the juices sat very well in my stomach and had a little bit of turbulence with the milk. I was pretty thirsty at night and realised I hadn’t drank a lot of water throughout the day, so I did after my nut milk before going to sleep. Unfortunately I woke up in the middle of the night to pee… I usually drink most of my water in the morning and daytime to avoid this. I was in bed by 8:00pm.

That night I dreamt that someone invited me to eat something they made, so I “had” to try it. While I was eating it I realised I was breaking the fast! Luckily it was just a dream. You can see how much I felt like I needed to succeed in this mission.

DAY 2

I woke up quite hungry and after hydrating with abundant water had two juices pretty much in a row. I made sure I kept hydrating in between my juices which actually significantly aids the detoxification process. Not to mention staying hydrated is always important (unless you’re on a dray fast). That afternoon I decided to take it easy and do some light yoga and reading on the beach. I was pretty tired that afternoon, considered napping but thankfully I didn’t. I could tell me eyes were becoming clearer (whiter) and I felt more clearance (less inflammation) in my sinuses. I was able to focus a little bit more and work that day which was useful. My evening nut milk had cacao in it and felt a little tough on my digestive system (since cacao would have also been a great food to detox to abstain from for a few days) but it also gave me a lot of energy which I used to keep working… Since I’ve been on the road for the past four months, I have a lot of work to catch up with. Trying to take advantage of some physical stillness so I can get things done.

DAY 3

I had an uninterrupted good night’s sleep that night. In the morning I noticed how my digestion has been dramatically improved since I started the cleanse. I am usually a regular at the bathroom (very regular as in same time or times every day), but the quality of my stools are way healthier in a matter of 2 days juice cleansing. Healthy stools are usually dark and firm. Anything kind of mushy and soft is a sign of imbalance and in my case has been reflecting poor nutrient absorption. From my improved stools I could tell I was totally absorbing nutrients which were helping me rid toxins. This made me think I should keep cleansing for another day or two, especially since I feel the adaptation period is over and am not experiencing as uncomfortable detox symptoms as in the first two days, bringing back some energy and focus. I still had a little bit of acne going on which is usual for me (my cycle has been irregular for the past few years and it’s something the Vitex Berry is helping me with) so I wasn’t able to tell if it was due to the cleanse or not. I did experienced slight intermittent headaches (on day two as well) but nothing I couldn’t handle. I have a cold body, the weather was cool today and the juices make my body even colder so I drank my water warm which helped a lot. The Ginger Snap juice (apples, lemon and a lot of ginger) was really nice and warming as well, thankful for that one.

DAY 4

This morning I was meant to start incorporating solid food since my juice cleanse was over, but I felt like today was when I really broke through and was on the other side of the detox hill, which made me want to continue and extend my cleanse for a total of 5 days. I woke up with a glowing, clear face which felt really great. I also released a very toxic substance from my intestines: I had water and my supplement that morning, pooped as usual and then had two juices. Right after the second juice I felt a sudden urge to go to the bathroom, the kind you get when you’re having diarrhoea. I let go of this uniform, oily, orangey thick liquid that completely burned my butt during and after coming out. I’m not sure what kind of demon that one was but I was so happy it wasn’t living in my body any longer.

I feel gradually more energetic throughout the day, though also dizzy at times and more tired in the evenings. I naturally feel more hungry as time passes by, especially towards the end of the day, and have clearly lost some weight-probably around 3 or 4 pounds. Tonight I had significantly more intestinal activity after my last drink-the almond milk-but less gas than the days before. This has been very challenging since I am surrounded my so many healthy, clean and delicious restaurants that I’ve been dying to try, but just one more day to go and I will feel very great about this gift I gave myself. I have a bunch of avocados, seeds, solid fruit and veggies waiting for me to break the fast… It will be a very pleasurable comeback. I definitely plan on eating clean right after the cleanse, gradually incorporate minimally processed foods to gear up for the family holidays which are pretty intense on the gastronomic end of the spectrum. I know my body is in shock, but I’m trying to make it understand that this is for the best.

DAY 5

Last night I had freaky dreams that I intentionally tried to wake up from several times but it was pretty hard. Sometimes I did succeed in waking up and I’d go right back to sleep, other times I didn’t manage to completely wake up but slightly shift the dream to something less worse. I think I was experiencing some sort of spiritual detox… it was quite interesting. At some point I woke up at 4:00am to go pee and it took me quite a while to go back to sleep. I felt a physical sensation of hollowness in my stomach, a sensation I would probably describe as hunger but at this point I’m not really sure what hunger feels like since it’s probably a constant… my perception of that concept has completely changed during this cleanse. I woke up at 8:00am very tired, but once I got up and had my water I was feeling better. I felt a little bit uneasy but was okay because my skin was GLOWING. Today is my last day and I’m going to make it count. The greenest day of all and I got an extra juice so I could have a double super green one in the morning. By the end of the day I’m feeling very hungry and really can’t wait to eat solid food tomorrow.

DAY 6

Today I woke up feeling very happy that I was going to eat. I drank lots of water and prepared my breakfast in an extremely mindful and grateful manner. I never thought chopped avocado, sun dried tomato, hemp seeds, pink salt and apple cider vinegar would make me salivate so much. I popped this on a GF seed crispbread and enjoying my breakfast. I was clearly still hungry after having a whole avocado and 3 crispbreads so I waited a little while and had a fruit plate with banana, kiwi and pomegranate. So good. After about two hours I made a big pot of brown rice pasta with zucchini, baby tomatoes, avocado, a bunch of basil, cayenne pepper and vegan parmesan cheese. It felt so good… I ended my day with a delicious young thai coconut, an oxtail bone broth and grilled garlic string beans and a lovely ginger tea afterwards. A few hours later I had a vegan luxurious chocolate milk for dessert. These latter days am also having abundant clean discharge, another detox symptom.

Today is DAY 7 and I am still catching up on the calories, needing from two thirds to half the quantity more than I usually eat in order to feel satisfied. Today I had a delicious coconut meat, chia seed, banana, cinnamon and cardamom smoothie. I then had my avocado crispbread toast exactly like the day before as well as little bit of macadamia dark chocolate for a breakfast dessert. After a pretty demanding surf session my lunch consisted of a matcha mint cacao nib smoothie that was very filling and goji berry/cashew “meat” tacos. I have enough energy now that I can enjoy wiping out. This afternoon I feel like the appetite is getting back to normal.

During my juice cleanse aside from surfing about 3 waves on days 1 and 3 I kept physical movement at a minimum since I definitely didn’t want to burn myself out. Very gentle yoga on the days that I didn’t surf, a lot of lying down on the beach and sedentary work. I went to bed between 7:00 and 9:00 every night in order to naturally cope with hunger and fatigue (and be in sync with the universe :) and woke up between 6:30 and 8:00 every morning. If you’re a first timer doing a cleanse for over 3 days and have a cold body like me, I definitely recommend doing it in the summer, if you have the option. It seems like most people do break through with a 3-day juice cleanse though, since it’s the most popular at Fully Loaded. So unless you have a specific or significant condition you wish to heal your body from, I’d definitely do just 3 days on a first occasion.

Another juicery I adore in California and would love to do a cleanse at is Juice Ranch in Santa Barbara. If you happen to find yourself over there do yourself a favor and get some nourishing and delicious juice. They also have clean eats and a cute little space for you to purchase some great products.

Kreation juice in Los Angeles has many locations and some very good juices as well.

I still have a few top notch jucieries in my bucket list so stay tuned for more posts about that next year.

Green blessings,

Bianca


The Food of the Gods

I agree with the Mayans and Greeks having declared cacao as the food of the gods. I think it’s one of the most enjoyable foods that grows in our planet.

Throughout my life I’ve had precious encounters with cacao in its many forms and will never forget those moments thanks to the pleasure in my taste buds, the chemical reactions in my brain and the overall feeling in my body.

As I child I loved milk chocolate-basically any kind I could get. As a teenager I tried dark chocolate and then understood what the real deal was.

Last summer I picked a fresh cacao fruit from the Peruvian rainforest and ate that deliciousness fresh. Not only the cacao beans but the white pulp that holds them together is to die for. A true superfood.

A few years ago in Brasil someone was blending and freezing this cacao pulp. The result was the most amazing frozen juice with the perfect balance of sweet and tangy… I don’t think I’ve ever tasted something so perfectly balanced coming from just one ingredient.

On a family trip to Belize, we visited Ajaw in San Ignacio (https://www.ajawchocolate.com/) We learned about the chocolate making process and the traditional way the Mayans consume their cacao: in a warm, spiced beverage. The pleasure I experience from this food is usually indescribable. We also bought freshly made chocolate bars that were so palatable, they have a tangy taste that exists only in actual fresh chocolate. This chocolate bar is probably the best one I’ve ever tried in my life thus far. The only thing is that it’s so fresh that it didn’t last very long tasting that way… you couldn’t really save some for later. You wan’t that flavor? You better eat it now. They say the good things in life don’t last very long so best enjoyed while you can.

On my current trip across the western United States I have clearly not come across cacao in its natural forms but I must admit I have tried some spectacular dark chocolate bars. Processing chocolate does take serious savoir-faire and some people over here have done it right.

Every co-op or organic food store I go to I closely inspect the chocolate section and always grab a few bars that I’ve never tasted before, hoping to make some extraordinary discoveries. There are so many varieties of chocolates, nowadays sweetened with alternative sweeteners like coconut sugar, added adaptogenic herbs and mushrooms as well as vegan “mylk” chocolates. It’s been interesting to try so may varieties, since in my home for the past few years there aren’t many options.

Speaking of home, I do have to give praise to a new Dominican chocolate company, Cacaoteca, for crafting quality and fresh tasting chocolate. My favorite is of course their darkest, 84%. The income from these bars support the local non-profit “El Arca”. Their 78% Dark Intense and 63% Dark Soft are delicious as well. I haven’t tried their milk chocolates but am sure they are the best you can find on the island: https://cacaoteca.com/

At the moment, Dick & Taylor Craft Chocolate make my favorite shelf-stable chocolate I’ve tried up to date. They have many varieties, and my top picks are the Northerner Blend and the Belize Toledo. I tasted these bars this year, but the first bar I ever tried from them was the Black Fig a few years ago, which I must admit is pretty great as well. Thanks to my sister who brought me this gift from her travels, I was able to learn about this company for which I am super grateful.

Dick and Taylor have their factory and shop in Eureka, California, which I sadly have not been able to visit yet. They craft monthly limited edition chocolates, so if you’re as interested in chocolate as I am, consider signing up to their newsletter to be in the know and order their bars: https://dicktaylorchocolate.com/

Other chocolates I recently discovered and thoroughly enjoyed are Buddha Chocolate’s Wild Rose & Sea Salt and Honey Mama’s Mayan Spice Cacao Nectar Bar.

So why am I so in love with Cacao? First of all, the luxurious creamy taste. Then, the mood enhancing properties, thanks to anandamide which interestingly carries a similar molecular shape to THC, and phenylethylamine which provides us with more focus and awareness. Cacao is rich in phytonutrients, antioxidant and minerals like iron and magnesium. Since I am not a coffee drinker, I alternate between cacao and green tea when I need to focus and get things done, or simply a little comforting pick-me-up.

I must admit that it’s happened that I have eaten so much dark chocolate to the point where I get stomach aches and overload my adrenals. So like everything in life, balance is key, even when it comes to healthy foods. Anything in excess will go wrong!

I hope you can enjoy this delicious food as much as I do. Please leave your chocolate recommendations on the comments below so we can continue to pleasurably honor this gift from mother earth.

Love,

Bianca


Intimacy and Exposure

It’s never come natural to publicly share my intimacies, so you can imagine the impact that social media has had on me.

As a child I grew up taking analog photographs, having to wait so long before I saw any images that I forgot I had taken them in the first place. By the time my dad would pop up with the printed photographs it was a magical surprise. That’s one of the reasons I continue to photograph this way… 

I love keeping my most precious moments to myself and those involved sensorially. These memories are best stored in my body and spirit and I usually refuse to publish them. I don’t reallt have anything to prove to anyone.

I now often times find myself in a parallel, artificial reality that runs at an unthinkable pace. Everything is becoming instant and intangible, fading away in seconds and leaving little to no room for reflection.

A lot praise the internet and social media for connecting people, since introverts and antisocials can now have a sort of social life, among other reasons. I can agree with that to some extent, but it also means that these humans are now spending more time interacting with their devices rather than the actual people, leaving less time of interaction with elements of high vibrational frequencies.

One thing I must mention briefly that has genuinely made me cringe is how people publish selfie videos crying their eyes out. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that since anyone has the right to do and share whatever they want. But to me it’s a very interesting social phenomenon. I wonder, before social media, did these people go out and cry in public? Is it because the exposure is virtual towards a device instead of a crowd that these people are able to do that? Is social media changing people’s personalities and behaviour? I can go on with the questions but those are the main ones. Here’s another question: how natural is it for someone to take their phone out and record themselves during the tantrum?

There’s been the argument about how people only show the positive side of life in social media, keeping to themselves the hardships of life. That’s usually the main culprit in this crying selfie phenomenon but… Isn’t that the way things have always been anyway? Most humans have always behaved that way prior to social media so it’s really nothing new. We usually share what’s going well with the public, and generally we share what’s going wrong or other intimate matters with people we trust.

Having said that, we can chose to follow media on social platforms, newspapers, magazines or TVs and get absorbed by it, letting it affect our lives and wellbeing, or we can watch it (or not watch it), stay true to yourself and centered, not letting it affect you.

Because social media exists, there is now this pressure for everyone to publish their intimacies… and public today has no boundaries whatsoever because the Internet is at everyone’s reach. I personally will not share something online that I wouldn’t share in physical public, and if I can suggest to my fellow introverted readers, don’t feel forced to share anything you don’t want: you have the right to keep your life and your intimacies to yourself. Cherish your own personal universe.

Social Media has clearly revolutionised marketing, which is where the big dilemma came in for me. I’m pretty clear about what “sells”, which usually goes against my instinct and personality. So I’ve been caught up in a situation of having to promote my health coaching business through social media while trying to stay true to my spontaneous but reserved Self.

I like writing on my blog because I can deliver in a more neutral fashion, hoping to timelessly inspire my readers with the information that will stay on this page. I think if you truly care about what I have to say, you will read my blog on a regular basis or contact me directly which is the approach I appreciate the most: one on one.

In regards to images, I will soon continue to publish my analog photographs at www.blissfulfilm.com (@blissfulfilm on instagram), where I share my aesthetic point of view, without the need to advocate or advertise anything. It’s just me, what drives and inspires, without thinking one second about my viewer. Whoever likes it, I’m glad we click and hope I can continue to deliver more eye candy for you throughout my lifetime. I also appreciate the love and feedback as it pushes me to continue creating-so thanks to those who do that.

I’m hoping my words create some sort of awareness, provoke an idea shift or help you grow in whatever way works for you.

As I find my place in this world and feel more grounded and focused, I will continue to share my ideas as they are ready to come out. I’m just a human being, connecting back to where I come from, keeping it real one day at a time.

Love,

Bianca


California’s Northern Mountains

After having explored the entire California Coastline it was time to go inland, up the mountains. The Northern Mountains are a great place to visit if you want to avoid crowds and cherish nature. I loosely followed Lonely Planet’s “California’s Best Trips” recommendation of the Volcanic Legacy Byway, adjusting it to my schedule.

Lassen National Forest

Lassen was stunning. It was incredible to see how little people were visiting this place on such wonderful sunny days. I was fortunate enough to have my sister Tania visiting during this trip-sharing all this magic and beauty.

After dinner we drove on the 32 from Chico, where we got our provisions for the trip at Chico Natural Foods Cooperative. We spent the night in my camper on a beautiful spot not very far away from the highway… amazing to wake up to.

That morning we headed up to Lassen Volcanic National Park, stopping by the visitor center. Driving up the gorgeous scenic byway we checked out Sulphur Works and hiked up a steep slope to a beautiful, quiet lake. Top sights were Mt. and Lake Helen and a sunset hike around Manzanita Lake to appreciate Lassen Peak. Don’t give up when you start this hike, you will only see the spectacular views when you’re on the opposite side of the parking (halfway) across the lake.

As the sun was setting, we kept driving north through Old Station and eventually west towards Mount Shasta. As we were reaching McCloud, where we planned on spending the night, my car started making a horrible noise so we pulled over. I turned the engine off and waited a little bit. When I turned it back on, the noise was worse than ever. Luckily I was able to find a tiny bit of signal and called AAA who came to the rescue an hour later. It was 8:00pm, so we made dinner while waiting. The advantage of having your home (and kitchen) on wheels.

We did not get to explore the McCloud area since getting to a mechanic the following morning was going to be easier in Shasta. Unfortunately we had to skip some sights like McCloud Waterfalls.

Mt. Shasta

At Shasta City, formely known as Berryvalle, we were able to get my car fixed-luckily it was nothing serious, just the belt tensioner pulley flying off and getting lost amidst the dark highway. So I got it replaced.

There is a very mellow and friendly vibe in Shasta. This is a go-to place for holistic healing. I found a fantastic store, Soul Connections, filled with all kinds of crystals, spiritual and healing tools. If you’re into this realm, you will (and should) easily spend a few hours in here.

Berryvalle Grocery was our go to market. They have a delicious juice bar and make fresh food daily with a comfortable seating area.

After my truck was ready to keep climbing mountians, we went up Mt. Shasta for some incredible hikes: Panther Meadows where we found a Garden of Edenesque area with a natural spring, and Grey Butte for a great steep hike and killer view of Mt Shasta. I encourage everyone to be a responsible hiker and leave no trace. Don’t leave anything that didn’t grow there and stay on designated trails to protect fragile ecosystems. Always do your best to contribute to preserving our amazing planet earth.

Down the mountain, there is another great little hike at Spring Hill, with extraordinary views of Mt. Shasta. Every angle you view Mt. Shasta from adds to the magic…

At Mt Shasta City Park, you can collect Shasta drinking water from the spring. This spring feeds many lakes on its way down to the Sacramento River.

The next day we headed north to visit Belcampo Farms. I first visited a Belcampo shop in Los Angeles during my last trip and learned they raise their livestock at the foothills of Mt. Shasta. Belcampo makes, in my opinion, the tastiest medicinal bone broth I’ve ever tried. As I sipped it, I could feel it nourishing and regenerating my intestinal tract… It’s pretty serious. Belcampo uses organic and sustainable methods feeding and treating their livestock. They rotate the livestock frequently across their lands in order give both the land and the animals the best possible environment. James, the farm director, was very kind to give us a tour of the beautiful farm and teach us about these methods. Some livestock are fed with highly nourishing grasses like alfalfa and clover in order to give the meat excellent taste and nutritional value.

A lot of people advocate for vegan or vegetarian diets and I respect everyone’s decision as we all have different needs. I am a Nutritarian, eat a plant based diet and am in tune enough with my body to understand what it needs (including animal products) at any given moment. There is no right or wrong diet, just listen to your body and nourish it accordingly. I suggest you always find the best quality food possible, whatever it is. If you get to visit the farm or source and see where what you are consuming is coming from, even better. This applies to anything you put in or on your body: Know your nourishment.

This basically sums up my trip to the Northern Mountains-it was an awesome experience and particular vibe in this side of the state. If you’ve also visited and have any great tips, please comment below. If you are planning a visit and have any questions, feel free to ask for relevant advice.

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