Ambassador of Wellness

Hummus 101

My Friend, Anthony Chalas and I got together to make hummus. I know what you’re asking yourself: Why would I need to know how to make hummus when I can just go buy it? Here’s why: 1) to flavor it as you prefer (make it spicy, add roasted red peppers, more or less garlic) 2) to control the ingredients – on a diet? hummus is great, but can have a lot of fat in it. (yes – it’s good fat, but its still fat) 3) to reduce preservatives in your diet 4) because La Sirena – Puerto Morelos might be closed & you’re really really wanting hummus! … and I’m sure there’s more. Watch the video to learn about how to make hummus, and how to get supple cells! Read More . . .

6 Best Practices For Good Sleep when you Travel

We all know that we feel better when we get good sleep, but yet, sometimes it seems like folks get into a competition for bragging rights to see how little sleep they can get and still function. The thing is that there’s so much that we don’t know about sleep; for example, why we do it. We know that we process information and learn while we sleep, and that our cells regenerate. But when we think about early man, and how much it made him vulnerable to predators, it’s not logical to think that we shut down for 1/3 of our life. Just like amounts of calories, how much alone time we need, or whether we like cilantro, everyone’s ideal amount of sleep differs. Some folks do great on 6 hours, while others need a solid 8. And there are times in our life when we might need more – Read More . . .

3 Tips for Staying Fit When You’re On the Road

For folks who love traveling, or who travel for their job, it’s one of the downfalls that goes along with the luxury of going to wonderful new places: traveling is disruptive to even the best intentioned person, when it comes to their health. I recall when I started my first job where I would be traveling 100% of my time; I knew that business travelers often gained weight. I was already bigger than I felt comfortable with, and didn’t want to gain more. I was young – in my late 20’s. I had never exercised before in my life and my diet was sh*t. I knew my diet was bad. I loved bloomin’ onions, burgers, fries, and beer. I knew that I should be eating more vegetables, but I didn’t know how to do that – so I did it the only way I knew how – I became a Read More . . .

Sangria!

What makes a good sangria? Do you know? Should you use sweet wine? Cheap wine? Expensive wine? What about the fruit? Sweet? Acidic? Crunchy? I know! So many questions. Join Total Health by Elizabeth and Dona Sonia & Chef Marco as they show how to  make the perfect sangria. A few things discussed in the video: What type of wine you should use (red or white) What type of fruit will work best Will your Sangria ‘keep’ if you save leftover for tomorrow?   Want more tasty cocktail recipes just like this one? Click here for over 10 more fantastic cocktail recipes. Read More . . .

How to cook cactus (aka: nopales)

Join Total Health by Elizabeth and Dona Sonia & Chef Marco as they show how to shop for, clean and prepare cactus pads (leaves/paddles). A few things discussed in the video: How to shop for nopales – what to look for,  what to avoid How to clean and store them How to cook them. If you’d like the recipe in this video, click this link. Read More . . .

How to clean and disinfect fruits and veggies in Mexico

Join me and Dona Sonia & Chef Marco as they show us how to make sure that we stay safe and healthy while visiting or living in Mexico. Covered in this video: Why you want to wash your fruits and vegetables even if you live in the US & Canada Pros & Cons to the different methods: Microdyn, vinegar, bleach Organic vs Conventional produce The Clean 15 The Dirty Dozen If you like what you’re reading, join my friends list and get access to my best stuff. Stuff that’s even better than this! I know. Can you believe that there’s more? If you’re not on the list, sign up HERE to get more tips, tools, and ideas delivered weekly to your inbox. You’ll learn how to change your relationship with food, your body, and realize that what you eat doesn’t determine whether or not you are a good/bad person. And you don’t Read More . . .

Cellulite: What is it? How do you get rid of it?

Highlights: EVERY woman has cellulite. Let me repeat that: EVERY WOMAN has cellulite. Cellulite is fat pushing through a connective tissue ‘net’ that lies just below the skin to create that dimpled effect. The ONLY way to reduce the appearance of cellulite, is to reduce body fat (which, unfortunately, you can’t target a certain area. It has to be done all over) Interested in more truth-telling? I send email to my subscribers once a week (not too much!) with other great information just like this. If you’re tired of the BS that women’s magazines promote, sign up here. Read More . . .

Want to Up Your Guacamole Game?

Dona Sonia & Chef Marco joined me in my kitchen to share their guacamole recipe with us! Some of the things we talked about in this video are: how to pick a good avocado, which avocados are best, and how to cut them without hurting yourself. how to cut onions without crying how to cut cilantro how to seed and cut a jalapeno without the spiciness of the pepper sticking to your fingers Here’s the recipe for the homemade tortilla chips. Get the recipe for guacamole here. Read More . . .

Why you’re not Losing Belly Fat

It seems to happen without our even noticing it. Seemingly all of a sudden one day, your pants seem a little bit more snug around the waist although not in the hips and thighs. Huh. I wonder why? So, you set out to lose that belly fat: go low carb, and wake up earlier so that you can dedicate more time at the end of your workout for ab exercises. Running! That’ll do it! Move more & eat less! But it doesn’t seem to be working. Nothing you do seems to be working! As we age, the calories in versus calories out approach doesn’t work like it used to. Gone are the days of just working a little harder at the gym to drop a few lbs.  Here are the top reasons why you might be having trouble getting that belly fat to budge. You’re getting older This is especially Read More . . .

5 Ways I Make It Easier to Get Up for Early Morning Workouts

I didn’t start out being an early morning exerciser. I started out going to the gym after work, fighting for equipment in an over-crowded gym with tons of other folks. But once I made the switch to early morning workouts, I’ve never looked back. Although there’s no ‘best’ time to exercise – you should do it whenever it works for you – there are some distinct advantages of exercising first thing in the morning: It’s done & over with – you don’t have to think about it again. Nothing gets in the way of working out in the morning – no last minute meetings, drinks with friends,  or traffic. The gym isn’t typically crowded, so you don’t have to fight for the use of equipment or space.   I made the switch when I started volunteering for a women’s shelter, and committed myself to going through training after work. Once Read More . . .