Archive for July, 2011

July 13, 2011

A balanced life

Yesterday a good friend cooked me a delicious Italian meal. As I set the table, Paul cooked.  He knew I had just come back from a trip and I was tired. It was so nice to have a home cooked meal. We hadn’t seen each other in months, but I was so thankful for having such a friend. Having the support of family and friends is vital to living a healthy and happy life, yet I haven’t always taken my own advice. I’ve been very busy with my career, exercise, and nutrition that I haven’t nurtured certain relationships that are important to me. Thus, I can sometimes feel incomplete. So what am I doing to nurture my relationships with family and friends? First, I find time to nourish myself so that I am more emotionally, physically and mentally available to family and friends. I do things I love to do such as traveling for pleasure, shopping and dancing. Instead of using Facebook, whenever I have a few minutes I call friends to say hello or to plan a get-together such as cooking dinner or just laying out at the beach. I don’t have to find 30 mins for a phone call, instead just five minutes here and there can make a difference. I make phone calls so that the conversation is at a more personal level.

So take the time to nurture the relationships that will surely help you feel more balanced.


July 4, 2011


Bikini weather is definitely here in Chicago. I shared a recipe with friends that were looking to slim down for the summer. All along the streets of Copacabana, Brazil there are food stands that sell vitaminas. In Brazil, vitaminas are smoothies made with milk or yogurt. So yummy. I’ve posted the recipe for the ‘automatic pilot’ recommended by Regina Joseph. This smoothie fills you up in the morning and you also get the vitamins and water your body needs. So put away the cereal box and bagels and enjoy a vitamina.

1 packet frozen acai pulp (Whole Foods orTrader Joes)
1 banana
1/4 cup vanilla soy milk (I have now switched to almond milk and sometimes I prefer water)
1 teaspoon peanut butter (I use almond butter or sometimes 6 whole raw almonds)
¼ cup ice

Place all the ingredients in a blender and voila! You have a delicious vitamina.

Note: When I run out of acai pulp I use a handful of blueberries 2-3 strawberries.