Ambassador of Wellness

Self-Care: Beyond Massages & Manicures

I talk about weight loss on my blog a lot. But, to be honest, the topic of weight loss has become less and less interesting of a topic to me. I’m much more concerned with how my clients think, feel, move, and their general health. However, our weight is a really good barometer for our health, and for that reason, I still think that it’s important to discuss. If we are taking good care of our body, that means feeding it properly and in the proper amounts, exercising it, giving it enough rest, (and since our brain is inside our body) not stressing out, and having a healthy attitude towards our relationships and the world around us. Our weight is a symptom of our lifestyle. Many folks like to manage the symptoms without addressing the root cause. Knee hurts? Get an injection. Can’t sleep? Take a pill. Low energy? Take Read More . . .

The #1 thing that successful people DON’T say that could be screwing you up

I was listening to a business podcast the other day titled, “The ONE thing that successful people don’t say that could be screwing you up.” You want to know what it is? I already know this. Or I’ve heard this already. And there is so much truth in that statement. Do you think? How often do we brush something off and feel like we don’t have to listen because we ‘know it already’? Eat mostly plants Be active every day Eat Just enough – but not too much Get enough sleep Limit foods that are commercially made Are you doing it now? Are you thinking to yourself that you already know this stuff – Yet, you’re still struggling with your health? But just because we know something doesn’t mean that we’re DOING it  – and success doesn’t come with information, but rather applying the information to our situation. Until we’re successful Read More . . .

Did you just sabotage yourself?

Have you ever set out a goal for yourself, and then gone and done something that completely goes against that goal? Self-sabotage happens when our sub-conscious mind is at odds with our conscious mind. And we don’t even realize that we’re doing it! It’s only later, when we think, “Why did I do that?!?” And most of us don’t even have that much self-awareness. We just think that it’s something that ‘happened’. Here’s a really common example: You’re on a new eating plan. You have food in your house that supports your new goals, yet you decide to have food delivered – or go out to pick something up that is TOTALLY NOT in alignment with your goals. The food you have on hand is available, there isn’t much prep work needed, and it would be faster to eat what you have (not to mention cheaper) than going out for Read More . . .

The 2 MOST powerful words you can say to yourself

Running seems easy enough. I suppose that’s why so many people do it. All you need is yourself, and a good pair of shoes. But running is hard. Like – really hard. Especially for beginners. I mean, it LOOKS like it’s just fast walking, but after about 5 minutes of this ‘fast walking’, your heart is pounding so hard it feels like it’s going to come out of your chest, and your legs feel like they’re tree trunks, and your brain is asking, is this what dying is like? I think if you were to ask folks, how do I start running, most would say, “you just start running.” And then, they’d think to themselves, “uh – duh!” But that’s not entirely true. You actually can’t just start running at the pace that you want to keep for the entire duration of your run – whether it’s 15 minutes or Read More . . .

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 . . .