Wellness Resources for Afro-Cubans

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Photo by Amberly Ellis (ReglaSoul)

Former Multi-Cultural Cooking Network contributing writer Amberly Ellis caught the attention of remezcla.com for the amazing work she and Alexey Rodriguez provide in the wellness space specifically for Afro-Cubans.

Their monthly signature Afro-Vegan cooking workshop, though predominantly run by an Afro-Cuban instructor, is powered by both groups on the island and across the larger diaspora. The cooking workshops, which take place in the couple’s apartment, are small in scale but bring in a handful of Regla residents, Cubans from other areas and those visiting the island.  READ MORE

 

8 Ways to Eat Avocado at Breakfast

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Two years ago, Health.com did an article on 8 ways to eat avocado at breakfast.   They wanted to stretch your imagination beyond avocado toast.   Avocado is extremely nutritious.   It’s an excellent source of “healthy” monounsaturated fats, and a great way to get your fiber. It’s also packed with vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients. From a taste perspective, of course, it’s a delight: Silky and unctuous, with that delicately sweet flavor, it melts in the mouth unlike any other food.

Let’s explore 8 ways to eat avocado at breakfast or for that matter any time of the day:

1. Avocado-chocolate smoothies

Wrap your head around this: You can combine kale, avocado, and cacao in a blender for a chocolatey avocado smoothie. Here’s how to do it.

2. Bagel with cream cheese, tomato, and red onion

Avocado works just as well as smoked salmon—or go for both!—on a bagel. Definitely toast the bagel; cool, creamy avocado is a dream against toasty bagel. (We’re partial to everything bagels for an extra wallop of flavor.)

3. Chilaquiles

Any time you have leftover Mexican food, whether it’s a half torta or a pile of spicy black beans, consider adding avocado. The fruit—yep, it’s a fruit!—pops up throughout Mexican cuisine for a reason. This chilaquiles recipe is an excellent way to use up extra tortillas, and chicken delivers a kick of protein.

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Food Which May Help Battle Depression

 

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In 2018, Wall Street Journal Writer Elizabeth Bernstein wrote an article about foods that may help battle depression.   Here is an excerpt:

Now recent studies show that a healthy diet may not only prevent depression, but could effectively treat it once it’s started.

Researchers, led by epidemiologist Felice Jacka of Australia’s Deakin University, looked at whether improving the diets of people with major depression would help improve their mood. They chose 67 people with depression for the study, some of whom were already being treated with antidepressants, some with psychotherapy, and some with both. Half of these people were given nutritional counseling from a dietitian, who helped them eat healthier. Half were given one-on-one social support—they were paired with someone to chat or play cards with—which is known to help people with depression.  READ MORE

15 Health Benefits of Pink Himalayan Salt, According to Science

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Article Courtesy of Jenreviews.com 

The Himalayas will always astonish the world with their endless generosity. They provides us with scarce minerals and rocks that can only be traced back to the heart of these mountains.

Pink Himalayan salt stands as a precious rock provided by the terrain. It is packed with beneficial minerals that can be used to boost one’s health drastically. As the peaks of the Himalayas breach altitudes, pink Himalayan salt is formed. It is considered to be a highly pure salt, a much healthier substitute for the normal processed sea salt.

Pink Himalayan salt has huge amounts of magnesium, sodium, potassium and other electrolytes essential for the body’s basic activities. It is also rich in iron, an important mineral for blood circulation and general vascular health integrity. Even calcium, which is a vital mineral for bones strength and well-built structure, is present in abundance.

So let’s see how these salt crystals have turned out to be more precious and valuable than diamond crystals. Here are 15 mesmerizing health benefits of pink Himalayan salt that you probably don’t know.

1. Pink Himalayan Salt Promotes Proper Body Water Regulation

We can find that pink Himalayan salt contains almost 84 minerals and elements needed by our body. A brine solution of pure pink Himalayan salt can be an amazing source of the much-needed electrolytes and minerals.

People who regularly work out, gym enthusiasts or even normal people with an active lifestyle face the risks of dehydration. Our busy schedules often come in the way and we forget to take care of our health. Even drinking appropriate amounts of water to fulfill the body’s needs seems like a distant goal.

At such times, many people resort to consuming electrolytes-rich sports water. This goes a long way in making up for long hours of hydration.

Sports water has an optimal level of calcium, sodium, potassium, chloride, and magnesium. All are essential electrolytes for cellular balance. They are absorbed faster than water. And when dissolved in water, it provides the body with even better cellular nourishment and hydration.

So keeping this in mind, pink Himalayan salt brine is a great alternative to sports water. It does an excellent job at keeping the body properly hydrated. All thanks to the wide mixture of minerals and electrolytes present in it.

You should also know that this benefit of having the minerals in their incredibly pure form holds more value. And that’s only because pink Himalayan salt are pure salt crystals. (1)

Key Takeaway: Pink Himalayan salt solution balances body hydration. It provides the body with the required amount of water essential for vital activities. Plus, the electrolytes present in pink Himalayan salt ensure cellular nourishment as well.   READ MORE

Eat Like A Grown Up – Dining Out Ep 1

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Are you on the go quite a bit?  Do you find yourself having to eat out or eat on the run?  I totally relate.  A few years ago, I was working for MTV Networks and the company had me on the road for three months and I still managed to lose weight.   I was living out of my suitcase and in a different hotel every week.

When we dine out, we often make excuses.   I said we.  That includes me.   More than likely something healthy exists on a menu.  Usually, it doesn’t fit with our unhealthy cravings.  Each week, I will try to pick a restaurant and point out your low cal/low point food and drink options.

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This is me slurping down one of my last decadent green matcha fraps for a while.   Why? Because on Weight Watchers smart points, this one drink accounts about half of my day’s allowance of what to eat.   The picture was taken a few weeks before I decided to commit to eating like a grown up.

I’ve been thinking about it for awhile.  But the moment came when I saw the photo, the mother of all photo which I hated because of my arms.  I’ve never taken a photo where I could not bare to see my arms.  I knew was bulking up while pressing through grief and losing a job a dedicated  to which I’ve dedicated much of the last few year of my life.  I’ve eaten more chips, crackers and fast food.  All the while I thought, “I need to eat like a grown up.”

 

Nutritious Food that Helps Body Injuries

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Healing from an injury can take weeks or even months (healing time can vary from person to person), but you can dramatically accelerate the healing process by getting adequate nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Healing is largely dependent on blood supply, and the stronger the blood supply, the faster you can heal because blood supplies the injured area with important oxygen and nutrients which help the injury heal.

Certain foods can promote inflammation within the body, while others have an anti-inflammatory effect.

Avoid inflammation-promoting foods such as fried foods, processed white flour, eggplant, cayenne, tomatoes,potatoes, and hot peppers, and eat more foods that are high in omega-3 fatty acids.

Be sure to drink plenty of fresh juices made from fresh, organic, raw veggies, because raw veggies are high in important enzymes and vitamins that can speed up the healing process.

Garlic, radishes, and beets are especially helpful. You can also mix in a bit of fresh ginger; ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps reduce pain and soreness.

To create an optimal healing environment and get back on your feet quicker, be sure to eat 8-10 servings of fruit and vegetables daily.

Important nutrients that aid recovery:

  • Multivitamin: Very important. Helps prevent vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Aids tissue repair.
  • Zinc: Important in tissue repair.
  • Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids: An important antioxidant which helps tissue repair and growth.
  • Manganese: Strengthens wounded tendons and ligaments.
  • BCAA’s: Help promote the healing of muscle tissue, bones, and skin.
  • EFA’s (essential fatty acids): Speed up recovery and promotes cellular health.
  • Vitamin B Complex: Helps reduce injury related stress.
  • Glucosamine Sulfate: Helps strengthen and form tendons, cartilage, ligaments, and joint fluid.
  • Calcium: Helps repair connective tissue.
  • Silica: Important for calcium absorption and connective tissue repair.