This delicious dish you can have it ready to be mixed either with rice, quinoa,legumes or with any type of animal protein. Diana’s Oriental Mixed Vegetables Ingredients: 1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger ½ sweet onion chopped 2 cloves of garlic finely … Continue reading →
Did you know that Eggplant is a powerful vegetable for a woman?
For irregular menstrual flow.
It energizes her entire system and keeps her going.
It’s a good source of phosphorous, potassium, calcium, and magnesium among others. And we as women need to keep these minerals in balance to be active.
This is a food that from a young age, I recall my Mom cutting one up and finding a worm moving. Since that moment that food was never, never in my plate. , not because I didn’t like it, but because for me all eggplants have worms….NO GOOD!!!.
This happens with many habits that stay with us in life. We have had a bad experience and now we avoid them for the rest of our lives.
Searching for different choices to prepare delicious foods, this vegetable came into my plate, without me relating it to the past; and it surely tastes delicious, it is satisfying and easy to prepare in many different ways.
Make changes, adventure in new natural foods, spice them up and enjoy them. Here is an easy snack using this wonderful and nutritious vegetable:
Diana’s Grilled Eggplant with Rice Cakes
1 medium eggplant about 3 slices.
Dash of Paprika
Salt Pepper 1/3 tsp.
1/3 teaspoon organic coconut oil
3 slices of tomato
¼ cup sweet white onion slices
½ cup of fresh mushrooms
3-4 leaves of basil chopped
3 Brown rice cakes (Make sure that ingredients call for: Brown rice)
Wash the eggplant, cut it in ½ inch wide (you can use the skin, it might be a bit hard to chew, I do enjoy it or you can peel them out), mix them with the spices. (paprika, salt & pepper)
In a medium sauce pan preheat the coconut oil at medium heat; place the eggplants and let them cook around 5-7 min on each side.
Remove the eggplant from the pan; add the onion let them cook until light brown. Set them aside and finally cook the mushrooms for 2 minutes. Drain the mushrooms afterwards.
Take the rice cakes place on top:
Options: You can add some Hummus to the Rice Cakes (the one I always enjoy is: Nature’s Healthy Gourmet)
Thank you for your continued support in following my blog. Before ending my Journey in India, I want to talk about how to be fit and healthy while traveling internationally.
Being healthy, exercising and eating right should be a lifestyle, a way of living, not just something you do when you are at home. I say that because I just came from a 15 day trip to India and it is always a challenge to eat properly, to choose wisely and to be focused while being out of the usual routine.
To do so, I prepared myself beforehand in case I would not find the proper foods.
In India, the food is mostly vegetarian. Fresh produce should not be eaten raw because of the parasites and untreated water. In the most part you are prone to eat carbohydrates like rice, beans, breads and cooked vegetables with lots of spices. Almost everything is spicy and salty.
Food is tasty and delicious and has a variety of flavors. I had to be careful with what I chose and with my portion control. I didn’t want to damage my vacation neither my health; I wanted to stay healthy so I could enjoy my trip, absorb everything I needed to learn and be strong to keep my journey safe.
Things I brought with me:
• Vegetarian protein shakes, one every morning mixed with Greens (A concentrated super food that contains Sea Vegetables and High-Energy Herbal Extracts.)
• Grape Seed Extract: With each meal I had 6-7 drops of grape fruit seed extract so if for any reason I eat something that is not that clean my body would be protected from bacteria, Candida and or parasites
• Colloidal Silver: -Add to suspected drinking water when traveling or camping.
-Use topically on cuts, wounds, abrasions, rashes, sunburn, insect bites, razor nicks and bandages. Safely sterilized toothbrushes
• Paraguard: Provides intestinal defense to maintain healthy flora. A high-potency botanical supplement utilized for intestinal defense. Contains ingredients shown to exhibit activity against a variety of intestinal organisms. Recommended for when you travel.
My meals consisted basically of white rice, cooked vegetables with potatoes , different types of legumes in a broth and a spiced yogurt , always accompanied with a bread called “Roti” or “Naan” which has gluten and ghee (Ghee is made by first making butter, and then clarifying it) , now did I try it? Yes, but I did not over eat it.
There is an option of gluten free type of potatoes filled crepes and herbs called “Masala Dosa” which I also ate in moderation; by the way these are delicious.
If I had the opportunity to have fruit I would have the one you could peel, which are the safe ones. The ones that you can’t peel are better to avoid for the same reason as the vegetables.
Exercising the body and the mind:
Exercise was a must, so doing Kundalini Yoga was a part of keeping my body healthy and moving it in stretching poses. Every morning we used to wake up to start our yoga class at 5am for an hour. Then, at 2:30 pm we had another yoga workshop for another hour. Both classes were given by our amazing teachers. Mind exercise was meditating after each class of yoga for an hour.
We had the experience of meditating in different places which were very interesting:
• Near the Ganges River in Rishikesh
• On the beach in front of the Ganges River
• And at the Golden Temple in Amritsar
As I mentioned in my previous blog, Rishikesh is located in the foothills of the Himalayas. So one day we hired a tour guide to take us and hike the Himalayas where we could get into some temple up on the top. I want to share, that after almost a year (since I had my knee surgery) my knee behaved at an optimum level; she was happy and did her job all the way up for 3 hours. Also we did lots of walking to get to places.
So, in conclusion, it is a matter of finding and organizing your journey in order to stay healthy and fit even when you are out of the routine.
**I hope you enjoyed this personal story of mine. Check back in the near future for more experiences and pointers on how to stay healthy.***
This has been a personal realization, I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life to live this adventure. I always wanted to experience a spiritual journey, I never knew where or how I would do it, but I just kept manifesting it day by day preparing my entire body and mind since, just in case it happened…..and it did.
After reading and watching the movie Eat, Pray and Love I said to myself : this year 2011 I’ll be living my dream , never knew where, and it happened in India with and amazing group of people that are as me into Kundalini Yoga plus the two most spectacular teachers.
Traveling to India takes a lot of preparation in all aspects: spiritually, emotionally and physically. Coming from a country like Colombia in South America I’ve seen poverty and dirt before but going to India is a totally different story.
There are many things to organize; it is advised to take shots to prevent all types of diseases. I decided that I would not inject into my body any type of medicine; I would just prepare my body to stay immune by:
• Eating optimal meals every 4 hours with lots of vegetables, fruits, proteins and good fats.
• Avoid simple sugars not to get bitten by the mosquitoes in India, which they are a lot .
• Take all my vitamins and supplements.
• Hydrating 3 liters of water daily or sometimes more.
• Exercising: I decided to prepare a workout plan: Weights 4 times a week; 3 times per week 20-30 mn of cardio including riding my bike. Also I needed to strengthen my knee in order to push my body.
• Yoga 2 twice a week.
I have been searching the dos and the don’ts while in India.
• Don’t drink tap water or take ice
• Be aware of the water they will sell you, it has to be sealed and watch for any imperfection in the bottle cap.
• Drink just bottled water and use it even to wash your teeth.
• Don’t eat fresh vegetable, its ok to eat them cooked
• Eat fruits that have thick skin, the ones you can peel like bananas, pineapples.
Going to India and planning the trip should be easier as they advised me to travel LIGHT. OMG!!!Now I have to be super organized or that packing light ain’t going to happen; half of my bag is filled with food. Starting with protein powder; greens; mixed raw nuts; organic bars, and of course Diana’s muffins always handy for me.
ahhaaa travel light is not easy for me, in my mind there is always a:
-” What if”?
• I get cold?
• What if i need this or that?
So many -”What ifs”-. I decided to take only the important stuff and in case I needed something in India, I could always buy it there, it is cheap.
Finally but very important, don’t forget to pack some toilet paper…..WHAT???
Why in the world put toilet paper in your bag??? Well in mine they were 2 BIG Charmin rolls plus Kleenex, wipes and hand sanitizers. You know that in India toilet paper is not usual…they clean their “tushi” with their left hand….ok no judging here, experience the trip and let everything go Diana!!
My purpose for this adventure:
• Let go
• Learn as much as I can
• Live the moment with all my intention and acceptance
• No judgments
• Drop the fears
• Feel and take every experience as unique
• Journal my journey
• Eat proper, be positive and exercise
If you are looking for a delicious/ fat burning recipe that’s easy; that you can make in 20 mn; something that is healthy, it’s a complete meal, has lots of color and flavor…..
Here I have the solution:
• It’s a vegetarian dish
• It has complete protein
• It has starchy carbohydrates
• Lots of vegetables • And good fats
• ½ cup quinoa (follow instructions on package and add 1 tablespoon of turmeric to the water)
• ½ cups steamed green beans
• 1 can of organic beans previously washed and drained
• ½ sweet onion chopped and grilled (no oil)
• 1 small yellow zucchini chopped
• ½ orange pepper chopped
• ½ cup sliced almonds
• 1/3 cup craisins
• 1 cup Sprouted beans
• ½ cup of boiled mushrooms
• 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
• 1 teaspoon olive oil
• 2 tablespoon of fresh Cilantro chopped
• Salt and pepper Mix all ingredients and enjoy!!!
½ cup of fresh avocado that you can add at the moment of eating.
You can make more quantity and leave it on the refrigerator for later.
Bon Apetit!!! Eat Delicious, Eat Healthy…..We Live Once!!!
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Lately we are more informed with all the studies that have been published about digestion, diseases from some foods that we should take in consideration in order to stay healthy and lean.
One of them is Gluten, which has shown to cause Celiac Disease (Celiac disease is a condition that damages the lining of the small intestine and prevents it from absorbing parts of food that are important for staying healthy) in some people, while in others have shown sensitivity and allergic reactions to this food.
Gluten is a protein found in many grains such as wheat, barley, rye, spelt oats, and many food additives; its composition may benefit some but will harm others.
“For many years I have been diagnosed with Hypothyroidism (Low thyroid), which has put me thru many ups and downs. This “disease” has many consequences such as: Fatigue, hair loss, weight gain, and more.
So I started cutting it from my diet, by incorporating the right combination of carbohydrates, in a gluten free program. Since then my energy has increased considerably.In this path I found that certain foods where involved with my symptoms and in the way I felt in my everyday life. Through learning, searching and testing with Applied Kinesiology, I found that gluten was one of the foods that were causing me lethargy, stomach inflammation and fatigue. Not a good thing.
Was it easy? not at the beginning; -Who doesn’t like the smell of a warm bread, a nice plate of pasta with all the goodies, or a pizza?…..
Well, I had to decide between feeling the way I was feeling which wasn’t a nice state or choosing to feel the best I could; with that end in mind I focused on my health and did it, and the best part was that along the road I was also losing weight….that was amazing.”
Which one would you have chosen???
When clients come to me to start a program to lose weight and feel better, I almost always find that taking gluten out of their diets will improve their digestive system plus they will lose faster the unwanted weight.
These foods contain Gluten:
Wheat- any type of bread that calls for wheat in their ingredients
Oats (there are ones By Bob’s red Mill that are gluten free)
And many additives added to cookies, pastries, pizza
2 cups unsweetened apple sauce (No Preservatives) Just APPLES
2 teaspoons ground chia seeds
MIX in a separate bowl
2 teaspoons flax seed meal
1 cup Gluten free oat meal Flour (Bob’s Red Mill)
3/4 cup coconut flour
½ tablespoon baking soda
I small teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ cup of black raisins (optional)
¼ cup slice almonds
2 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
Mix all ingredients in this order with a spatula until well blended, pour them in a cup cake sheet previously greased with Coconut Oil Spray
Bake them for 27-30 mn at 350*
Makes aprox. 12 units or you can make triple the recipe. Once cooled wrapped them in paper towel and place the in a ziploc bag, freeze them.
Did You enjoy it? Please share with you love ones 🙂
Being in shape and healthy for some people it is a struggle, but the truth is, that it shouldn’t be. That’s why we have to work with trial and error to see what really works for us and be PATIENCE!!!
Here I want to share this recipe that just came into my mind. Today talking with a client that can’t find the time to cook and eat the right foods, this Yummii and flavored soup came into my mind, and “voila” it does have life, spice and a lot of taste. Hope you like it as I did.
Diana’s Vegetable Soup
(You can add any type of lean organic meat. organic chicken or turkey breast)
I did it vegetarian.
All vegetables are FRESH.
1/2 cup Beans soaked overnight in warm water. Change the water a few times.
1 medium sweet onion
3 cloves of garlic
1 bag fresh French green beans
2 tablespoon fresh ginger
¼ fennel with everything
3 stalks celery
1 medium yellow zucchini
½ orange pepper
1 leek (just the white part)
2 medium parsnips
2 medium carrots
1 small sweet potato
¼ cup Fresh cilantro
Dash of cayenne pepper
Chop and grill the onion and the garlic in little oil in a tall pan.
Add water and cooked the beans for 20mn aprox.
While it cooks: take the squash remove the seeds and place it on an oven safe pan and bake it face down on 350 * with 2 tablespoon of water for 20mn aprox.. Take it out peel it and cut it.
While everything is cooking chop the rest of the vegetable, add them to the pan with the beans with enough water, add the squash, the cayenne pepper, curry and salt; boil everything for 20 more mn on low heat covered.
Let it cool, take ¼ of the vegetable soup and blend it, add it to the rest of the soup for a creamy texture.
I love eating, I love enjoying my food I love life!!!
Becoming a vegetarian was one of my goals this year, eating as much whole natural foods as I can. So my search began to keep my body healthy and balanced to have all my nutrients in place.
As a trainer and a person that likes to exercise, lift weights and stay active I needed to find the right nutrition.
Being a certified Wholistic Kinesiology practitioner helped me with this path. This technique is a healing system that determines your very unique health needs. I have being using it to see what is beneficial to my health. This is done with Applied Kinesiology. By extending for example one of your arms and hold it straight and tight, let say you are holding some cleaning liquid like Clorox with the other hand, and I try to push it down, it won’t be able to sustain the push, your arm will go weak; and if I put an organic apple in your hand and do the same testing your arm will stay strong, meaning that the apple will be optimal for your body.
That way I could know what types of foods my body was in need and in which combination. So I started to play with different foods and I came across with a legume supercharged with all the beneficial nutrients I wanted.
This product is called Mung Beans, when sprouted; mung beans are usually just called bean sprouts.
Like many other legumes, the mung bean can be eaten raw when sprouted, or else eaten cooked with the skin on or off.
Unlike many other beans, the mung bean is quite easy on the digestive tract and doesn’t usually cause a gassy reaction.
Mixed with quinoa or brown rice will give me a complete protein. According to modern nutrition, mung beans offer 14 gms of protein per cooked cup. Mung beans are also a good source of dietary fiber. They also contain thiamin, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and copper, and are a good source of folate.
Mung beans can be eaten on their own, or combined with rice or combined with vegetables and greens to make hearty soups or ground into flour to be used to make crepes or added to breads. Turmeric, cumin, dried ginger and coriander are some spices that work very well with mung beans.
Recipe: High Protein and easy to digest Mung beans with rice
Follow indications on package on the Mung beans before cooking.
½ cup mung beans rinsed
2- cups of water boil them for about ten minutes Add:
1 teaspoon peeled and chopped ginger root
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
¾ teaspoon crushed red chilli flakes
Have this ready:
2 cups cooked white basmati rice, follow package indications
1 onion chopped and grilled with
5 to 7 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
1 or 2 cups of any chopped vegetables, preferably green, such as
I know how hard and stressful it is after working a long journey, wanting to get home and relax; BUT NOOO, now you have to start cooking, thinking:- “What I am going to have for dinner”- or on the way buying some fast food.
I always wanted, and dreamed openening the door of my house and “MAGICALLY” finding: – dinner ready, the table set, candles on …but this ain’t going to happen, if you don’t prepare in advance ..that you know already…
You have to start thinking about dinner; it’s late, and the easiest way is to end up eating whatever you find in the refrigerator, and not an optimal dinner; a little of this with a little of that, and some sugar to lift yourself up. I have also been there, and then you just keep on eating and picking anything you find because you are tired and want to replace that lack of energy with food. That’s horrible and the consequences are worst.
I started following these steps in order to have a plan, program myself and not ending up consuming foods that are going to make me fat and feel tired.
1) You have to have a plan in advance for the whole week.
a) Breakfast, lunch and dinner? What about snacks?
2) For cooking you need resources, I have cooking books, but not just cooking books, I need meals that will taste delicious, help me reach my goals, stay lean, healthy and getting all every nutrient my body needs.
I recommend the “Ultimate Eating” by Billy Beck III, an outstanding Nutritional Manual on Fat Burning Foods that has helped me and many people understand and recognize foods that are optimal and not.
3) Write down your meals, make a shopping list, go to the supermarket with a plan so you will only go ONCE.
4) Schedule your week to have 2-3 hours one day to cook for the whole week.
5) And most important….. cook with joy; you don’t need to be a chef, you just need to be hungry for delicious meals.
6) Make sure to have in each meal a lean protein, vegetables, a starchy carbohydrate (like brown rice; beans; sweet potato) and a good fat (avocado, nuts)
Here are some resources:
Eat Well; Be Well Supermarket Tour with Diana Levy
Learn how to shop wisely to stay lean and know what’s inside of each product you consume
I know it’s not easy, but make it simple.
We Live Once; Organize, make time for the important things, & Be Happy!!!!
Did you know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day right? Ok.
When dealing with weight loss, lack of energy or hormonal imbalance, I always find that these issues come along when people either don’t eat breakfast or they just eat a poor breakfast.
As an example: a toast, piece of cheese, glass of orange juice and a coffee.
So I came across with this recipe that will boost your metabolism, increase your energy and help you with your fat loss.
Blend all together, you can add some ice cubes to have it as a smoothie.
Did you know that Flax seeds:
• Are high in omegas 3 essential fatty acids. That’s good news for people who suffer from inflammatory disorders like arthritis.
• Fight menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, moodiness because is a plant rich in phytoestrogens that acts as a natural hormone therapy.
• Helps you lose fat, it controls the unnecessary sensation of overeating due to its high content of fiber.
• It increases your vitality and energy. So now you Know….
Hope you enjoy it. Bon Apetit!!! Wake up with a smile, be thankful to be alive, and eat right to start an OUTSTANDING day. DL We Live Once…. DO IT!!!