TIPS – Coco Nativo

It is no secret that I’m trying to be more mindful when it comes to buying and saving money, yes trying.
I always search for the good quality and affordable coconut oil, or any other oil actually.

To my home, I have just received my two big jars of coconut oil. Cost me only £15 and it is 920g each. How good?

I was using another brand, also from Germany but I can’t remember the name. CocoNativo is German and I love German products. If you have been to well, Berlin – you will see so many vegan places, bio organic food store and they are Eco friendly more than here. In my opinion, but I have only been to Berlin.

The reviews were good enough, and the price… £5.95. I mean bargain, and I got two for £14.95 and it took 2 days to get to my house. I only use coconut oil to moisturize my skin, as it is the only thing that keeps it healthy. Or if I make my own butter, although pure coconut oil is perfect.

Tips: one for the skin and one for the kitchen.

Another Weekend

How I love to be surrounded by nature, and I’m so lucky to live a bit far out in London. I have a lot of greenery around me and the fact that you can just go for a walk and recharge. Loving it. I was born in a small city and every weekend my nan took us to the country side, which was where my grandparents lived. My nan still lives in the same house, renovated but the same place. Anyhow, as I was born in a small city nearby the jungle. Yes, my soul and body is always in need to be one with nature. Reason why I don’t like man made cities.

On Saturday, Niat and I took ourselves to BoxHill but another side of the park from previous times. It was bliss, it was very cold but so nice to just breath nice air and just walk and talk about life.

I didn’t take many pictures but it is a beautiful place I recommend everyone to have a wonder around.

Lately I have been meditating again everyday, and wow I feel so good. So good that I created another meditation group and yes, I feel like sharing this with every one. I also did some tarot cards with Niat at the park, we sat and did a little bit of meditation and read some cards. I never do myself but I like to do on others, still learning tho. Very basic.

On Sunday, I woke up with a sore throat and was feeling shit. At some point we needed to do some food shopping so that was done, and had some lunch. Took a walk with the dog (we are taking care of a family dog) and sat in the sun. I came home and slept from 2pm to 9pm. I was knackered and tired and exhausted and everything. I haven’t slept like that for some time, I can’t even remember last time I had such a sleep.

After I woke up, I made a major prep for the week. Roasted veg, so it is easier during the week. We only add the protein, but saves us so much time. More structure is needed in my life.

Anyhow, gonna have some dinner now and relax. I made it to the gym and I have another meditation session before bed. Feel at ease. Thank God!

Boca Chica London


I know it is veganuary for many but honestly during my ovulation period and a week before my period I dont care. I’m so bad, like I want food from all corners. I can eat sooo much and still be hungry, but it is only during 2 weeks period. Although not for sweets, just for savoury food.

Yesterday I met up with my friend Telana and had like Friday food feast, ate so much and my hormones were just loving everything. We stopped by Boca Chica in Peckham – Rye Wax. Dominican food and it was just like home, home made, ecuadorian food just what I like it. Unfortunately at this point I was FULL, so I just nibbled a few bits here and there.

The food at Boca Chica is gluten free and there are vegan options. I do like the gluten free idea massively.
Above you have PicaPollo, which is: fried chicken dominican style with tostones, avocado and aji sauce. This was actually VERY nice, I only tried a little bit but yes if you like chicken. Go for picapollo.
Tostones or patacones as I call them, green plantain fried and toasted. I love them.

The other dish was Arepass, made of riped plantain and served with slow cooked beef. I tried this, I did like it but I just like plantain as it is. My friend loved it and was very very happy with it. She finished it.

The third little snacks was, Fried fritos. Green Plantain and cassava chips served with avocado and aji sauce. This was lovely actually. LOVELY.

Boca Chica London is run by Vigmar, such a lovely dominican lady. She is the cutest and so warm, happy and smart. The menu is tidy, small and delicious. I recommend it massively, specially if you are in Peckham and waiting for a boogie.

Adress:
Boca Chica London
Rye Wax
Basement Block A
133 Rye Lane
SE15 4ST

Highly recommend it and it is decent and happy staff.
Peckham is always a vibe.

Sunday – You

Laying in bed and watching YOU. I stopped watching it because it felt sooo creepy and the extend of it.

I stopped watching it and now I’m on it again. It seems alright and I have been watching so many series and documentaries lately. Earlier today I met Lex and went gym, so good to start the gym early and have the rest of the day to just jam.

I just had one of the best toastie of all times. Plant based as I’m doing veganuary or actually I’m just trying to be more healthier. Gain some more weight in a decent way.

I made the toastie with vegan cheese, chopped some red onions and peppers, some slices of tomatoes and for some reason leak? Oh well it tasted divine. I always loved toastie but because it is so unhealthy I haven’t eaten it for many years – now I’m like yessss and specially with a healthy bread. I bought it from Sweden and store it in the freezer. Typical Swedish thing to do, buy bread and store it in the freezer.

Soon as i have energy I’m gonna head to Lex and jam for a bit. We went gym earlier and that felt good, and now I’m keen on doing some tarot cards. Just leaving my things for tomorrow ready in case I end up spending all night there.

Xx

Birthday – The Gate

What a lovely weekend it has been. Friday after work I went straight to Alexis for some quick catch up and Saturday we spent it at home or Craig was studying and I was just chilling. Saturday was planned for dinner with the girls, Dionne had a birthday not long ago but she was in Australia so yes went out for dinner Saturday.

The food was delicious and plant based or veggie. I don’t remember the names of the dishes but I’m throwing some pictures.

We had a pre booked table at The Gate, an early dinner as we had the AJ fight to come back to and watch.

I had a look at the dessert before the food. Haha because I don’t consume sugar in sweets often at all. I always look forward to healthy desserts. Even though, even plant based desserts can be too much. Although it was lovely.
This was some aioli sauce with lentils and tomato salsa? Battered brócoli? I cannot remember but it was delicious. Fresh, light and wow.
This was some wild mushroom risotto with some other stuff. It wasn’t bad but it was quite bland and could do with some more salt.
Mango cheese cake.
Brownie with vanilla nice-cream.
The fluffiest tiramisu but it’s was lovely.

Let me continue with saying that the cheesecake was delicious and amazing. The “cream” was extremely fluffy and smooth. Great desserts I must say.

After the dinner we rushed back home and just made it to watch AJ and boy I’m so happy he won because I wouldn’t like to see that loss. I mean, it would kill my ego if that was me. I’m glad he is honest and doesn’t blame others or the judge or anyone for his loss or failure. Teaches us all something, at least if you fail own it and don’t make excuses just make sure next time you are prepared. Hmm today’s thought… 🙂

Why I drink hot water.

Why do we wish away our days so much? It is constant saying: I’m tired – I cant wait to go home – I cant wait for the weekend – I need holiday. I find myself saying these things EVERY day. Is like I’m wishing my life away? Reality is that we all are wrong placed at some point in our lives.

Anyhow I’m dying to tell you something so simple. The benefits of lukewarm water everyday, specially in the mornings.
For some time now, I have been drinking lukewarm water and at first I was like the taste is just hmm. The reason why I did change my habit of always drinking ice cold water was: I got belly aches straight after, I started feeling quite sick, I feel heavier and like my belly was just frozen. And I also found that my body was working harder in order to process down the food. The worse has been drinking a cold coke and being reckless with fried food. Not good.

There are so many benefits when it comes to drinking lukewarm water, preferably with a slice of lemon. I think many of us are already doing this, hopefully but I just want to remind you of the benefits and how good it actually is.


The benefits of drinking lukewarm water:
– Aids digestion. It soothes and activates your digestive tract. Water is as many people say, the lubricant to your gut. It has a connection to weight loss as well.
– Calms central nervous. It calms your nervous system and it is actually very promising in that since. My nervous system has improved a bit since I have been religiously drinking lukewarm water.
– Keeps you hydrated. Lukewarm water is no different to cool water, it still hydrates you. A tip if you find it hard to drink 2 litres a day, have a 750 ML in the morning and another 750 ML in the afternoon, start like that at first.
– Improves circulation. The same way that a hot bath is good for your body’s blood circulation, hot water has a similar effect.

Although it is amazing and very good for your health to drink lukewarm water, be careful so you do not exaggerate and drink too hot water. You can burn your taste buds, and/or damage the tissues in your oesophagus. Be mindful of the temperature, and also have in mind that just drinking lukewarm water wont just heal/cure you. It is just another additional benefits to your daily life, it does help and it is better than ice cold water.

Ps. always use a glass bottle rather than plastic. We don’t want melted plastic in our system.

RECYCLE

I love this.
In Sweden we have had the “luxury” to recycle our bottles, any type of drink bottles. Cans, glass, plastic and in return you get money. I think it was like 20 pence back in the days.
I moved out from my parents when I was 21 but still shit managing my money, so every time I visited them they had like bags full of empty recycling bottles. Sometimes I got like 20 pounds worth for being nice and recycling hihi. A good way to teach children how to take responsibility and also know that some things can be rewarding for you and the environment.

And now London, Canary Wharf has one. This is SOOOO good.
We need to be more gentle to our planet and make conscious decisions in regards to how much we consume and buy. I try to re-use the glass jars from jams, I have started to make better choices even thought it is hard at times. Skin care products is something I’m trying to reduce and create my own instead, restore the creams in glass jars and have small refill organic containers. Basically reduce waste in all types, I was gonna buy some skin products and realized how much packaging they have. I do not want to contribute much to it.

How do you guys try to stay Eco friendly?

Intermittent Fasting –

Yesterday I shared what I did after my holiday in order to get back to “myself”, that has been intermittent fasting. I do this without planning it but this time I made sure I planned it and was conscious of it. Due to my eating habits in Jamaica, not because they were extreme but I consumed a lot of bread and dairy. Gluten is a no and no for me, dairy works even better but still under the same umbrella. The type of dairy products I consumed were desert, hummingbird (a proper nice alcoholic shake) and butter. I ate plenty of food every day, I don’t snack normally and over there it was just food every where at the resort.

Anyhow, like I have preciously stated, my stomach is extremely sensitive even when it comes to healthy foods. I don’t eat chick peas or overly spicy food. Gluten is something I remove 90% of my time because it gives me the worse indigestion of all times. I should just understand that I should keep my foods clean and stop messing around.

So over to the intermittent fasting, everyone is talking about it and it is now very trendy. I have been doing intermittent fasting on and off since many years back, more so when I moved to London. Intermittent fasting is actually a cheaper way of living, honestly. I will tell you why.

There are various way of intermittent fasting. It all depends on what you can do and what you want to do, and what your purposes are.

There are many ways of doing intermittent fasting, such as 5:2 which includes 500-600 calorie intake only for two days, some fast the whole day and eat a big meal at night. That is some warrior-diet fasting.

– 16:8/18:6 method (14:10 works also). This type of fasting includes not consuming food after 8pm and no breakfast or any food until 12 noon. Some people extend there fasting to 20:4 and only have ONE big healthy meal.
14:10 is usually recommended for females, although females aren’t less stronger it just has to do with us losing blood for a few days every month.
People who are used to eat breakfast EVERY morning find this very hard to get used to it.

You can drink water, coffee (without sugar or milk) and other non-caloric beverages during your fasting. Once your eating window is open, be careful with what food you consume. A few healthy meals are essential in order to take the advantage of the fasting. Many find this way more natural, and easier to adapt themselves to. Myself included.

18:6 or 16:8 intermittent fasting is not for everyone and not everyone has to do it. If you are happy with the way your body feels and everything you are doing, no need for this. Even thought I do think we could benefits from this. I would never suggest this type of procedure to someone who has eating disorders, therefore you have to be careful with what you advice people on. I don’t like when people who haven’t even studied Nutrition properly start willynilly throwing advice. Always say, please research before even trying for your own sake. Intermittent fasting, isn’t just stop eating for 16-18 hours and then eat whatever the body wants. Eating unhealthy will not be beneficial for you at all, the fasting will be wasted in order words. If you want to lose weight, please do not consume unhealthy means during your eating hours.

There is one fasting method that my parents do often, I think I have previously mentioned it. 3 days fasting with non-caloric liquids. The body automatically regenerates itself after 3 days, your cells are being renewed. Again I wont go too much into details of what happens in the body because this is after all not a bio-medicine lecture. This post was more to increase your interest about intermittent fasting.

In regards to my intermittent fasting, I stop eating different times in the evening. Sometimes 5pm, sometimes 6pm, sometimes 8pm and start eating 11.30AM sometimes or 1PM. My fasting period is between 16-18 hours average. I do stop my fasting after 4 days and then go back to normal. I want to gain weight, so intermittent fasting may not be for me at all times. That is why I cut the intermittent fasting in the middle of 4 days doing it. When doing intermittent fasting with the purpose of loosing weight, please do research first what you can eat during your eating window. The best is to keep an healthy “diet” and when it comes to the drinking part. In general, drink lukewarm water as it is more gentle to your stomach. I have for a week now been drinking lukewarm water and as much as I hate it my body is actually loving it. I will explain on another post why lukewarm/hot water is good for you.

I get all my facts by reading and from my senior faster to Step dad, I experience the fasting myself and I make sure I do my research before jumping on any type of “diet”.

These points above are the benefits with intermittent fasting, there are other benefits and greater benefits when you water fast for several days. Fasting has always been in the human history so it is not something we would not be able to master even though it is not recommended for everyone. I will educate myself a little bit more about this. This is basically just a brief post about intermittent fasting.

Send me question or anything that I have missed.

Dunn’s river fall – Ochi

How do I even start how Dunn’s river was? Jamaica has pure beauty and for such a small island, things are almost unreal.

We booked Dunn’s river via the resort, they have a pre designed package deal that includes food, party boat, transfer and Dunn’s river fall. You don’t have to do all these things but we didn’t like to complicate stuff and start researching how AM to get away cheaper. You leave around 9-10 to get to the centre of Ocho Rios, the boat takes you then to Dunn’s river but the beach entrance. Prepare for a climbing session in bikini. We were lucky to have bought water shoes prio, they were huge help.

The party boat was something I didn’t like at first, the idea of being on a boat and drink and it also swings back and forth. Meeeh, I wasn’t keen at all. Once reading the whole excursion itinerary, I was more relieved.

The party boat takes you out to swim and look at the fishes and see the coral reeves at first. I love the sea and all of that but I was ready for the Dunn’s river that looking at the fishes – I did find it a bit boring.

Once arriving to the Dunn’s river my face was like a kids face, Maria 8 years old. Honestly I couldn’t be happier, I was amazed over everything. I was loving nature on another level.

I love beaches, and for me I found them calming and beautiful. It doesn’t really matter what beach, just being near the water and with the forest behind you. Different story. Back in Ecuador that was very common, we often had big mountains behind the beach and that added more beauty.

Above you can see the Dunn’s river and how popular it is. I was like a big kid and had big smile on my face.

After the whole climbing up through the river and taking loads of pictures, it was time to return to the beach and jump on the boat again for more party. We made a stop for some food, obviously jerk chicken. At the restaurant they also had a tiny beach and after the food I couldn’t sit down and rest. I went straight to the beach and was swimming around and minding my own business before heading back to the resort. You will rarely see me swimming in pools but give me nature and I’m the first to jump in.

I must say, I did enjoy this excursion and I could do it again with my kids. They did say the water was cold but for me it was just normal. Helloooo… I lived in Sweden and when I was young; we start swimming in the lake late April. So I’m used to colder waters but this just pure fresh. Loved it.

You can see the boat they use. I don’t even know what these boats are called. Sorry not a boat person.

That was a little bit of that excursion and what we did. I rather not give too much inside outs because you probably want to have a surprise if you go there and not assume.

Later today I will post a post about intermittent fasting by the way, a lot of people were asking me yesterday and why not giving you the right information and share my experience.

Speak soon xxx

OCHO RIOS

We landed in Montego Bay, after that we took a coach to Ocho Rios where we stayed the whole time. We used Jewel Dunns River Resort – Adults only. It was decent, all we needed and great service. Great food. I’m not fussed, but one thing – HYGINE IS PRIORITY. They provided with good service at all times.

For the first time in Jamaica, after being there I would suggest Ochi to stay. Ochi is close to all the excursions, Dunns River Fall, Blue Hole, Mystic mountain (where you can ride the bobsled, zip lining and the sky line), Marttha Brae. We did most of the excursions in Ocho Rios. I will post day by day.

Jamaica was top top, the weather couldn’t have been better apart from the last two days – hot but a bit rainy.
In Ocho Rios we did some more things apart from the excursions. We visited the Kaya Herb House, had a great jerk chicken sausage pizza, sat and swing with the hammocks, we also visited Scotchies Jerk Center located next door to Kaya Herb House. A must if you are in Ochi.


Scotchies also have a love design, proper jamaican style. The seating area is just lovely and you actually feel the authenticity of the place.

We also ate a few times outside the resort, first day we went to the centre in Ocho Rios, had some food and tried to do some shopping,. Honestly, I rather do shopping where the locals do theirs. I know that I’m a typical tourist but I like to be around locals more.

I will post more later, but now I need to get back to my studies and finsih this degree and finally work as a Nutritionist. Soon come…