Health and Nutrition Blog

August 7, 2014

sangria3 One of my favorite clients has been insisting on having a modified sangria recipe. And although I initially resisted, after seeing his amazing progress (17 pounds lost in 6 weeks and tons of energy without coffee) I am caving in and sharing this with him and all of you. For two servings: 1 shot of Cognac
4oz of red wine
4oz unsweetened 100% cranberry juice (Available at Whole Foods)
¼ of a green apple, chopped
½ an orange, sliced with peel
½ lemon, sliced with peel
2 strawberries chopped
1 oz club soda
Stevia to taste The idea is to make small batches of this light summer drink and sip slowly. I like to use my shaker to impress my guests while I mix the cognac/wine/cranberry juice/stevia and then add the club soda and fruit plus plenty of crushed ice. But you can also

Posted in Recipes by Mari Pizarro
August 1, 2014

I remember growing up in a fat censored culture. Everything had to be “fat free”, “low fat”, or “light”. It is safe to say, fats have had a particularly bad rep in the past. Well, the answer is not as straight forward as it seems. Not all fats are created equal.

I bet you have been hearing that there are, in fact, some “good” fats out there. In the past, the mere fact of putting “fat” and “good” in the same sentence scared many and left even more skeptical.The main question – should we really be eating “good fats” or should we stay away from those devilish substances (FATS!) all together?

Come to find out, there are definitely a few real devils out there. Fats that have been heavily processed or hydrogenated “trans” fats  (used in most packaged foods, restaurant foods and fast foods) have  been proven to be extremely toxic and inflammatory. These fats interfere with the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system,

Posted in Health/Fitness by Mari Pizarro
July 30, 2014

“Raw Japanese Rice” With a little bit of creativity and the right ingredients you can whip up a tasty AND healthy alternative to many of our staple dishes. Looking to cut back on starches? Here is an awesome substitute for rice. I like to call it “Japanese Rice.” Main ingredient = cauliflower! Click the video below and enjoy! Check back every week for more Wednesday’s Munchies recipes.   Check back every week for more Wednesday’s Munchies recipes.  

Posted in Recipes by Mari Pizarro
July 28, 2014
As you know I started a journey to naturally manage the hormonal discomforts associated with the “pause of meno”.  Part of the journey includes my physique, which, although not bad, has acquired a layer of fat that I am not fond of.

Some concerned friends have reached out to me, in private, insisting I should just accept the consequences of growing old and suck it up gracefully.   I politely disagreed.  Yes, I can gracefully suck up a few wrinkles, but I will not accept unfavorable consequences that are under my control. What I discovered is that I am on this journey because I love me, I care for me, and I aspire to create the best possible “me,” for my family, friends, clients and for my community.  The “best me” will provide the purest love, the best friendship, excellent customer service, and unselfish service to those around me. So, here it is, 3½  weeks into my journey… Because I Love Me:  

  •  5 Pounds of Fat Loss !

  • Inches lost in waist:

Posted in Mindset by Mari Pizarro
May 15, 2014

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Posted in Mindset by Mari Pizarro
April 29, 2014

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Posted in Mindset by Mari Pizarro
April 23, 2014

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Posted in Recipes by Mari Pizarro
March 4, 2014

So, what is Self Love anyway? The dictionary defines it as “The regard for one’s own well-being and happiness (chiefly considered as a desirable rather than narcissistic characteristic).” If you have taken a commercial flight you will recall the flight attendant’s instructions on “putting the oxygen mask first and THEN helping others including children and elderly”. I struggled for a long time with visions of my mom saving herself first and letting me there dying without an oxygen mask. My internal programming couldn’t understand that to be able, ready, and in condition to help others I MUST take care of me first. It was such a relief when I got it, i felt free of guilt and truly understood the subliminal message that such a simple instruction had. In this last post I am inviting you to decide what is the one, “put on your oxygen mask first”, action that you are willing to take this week. Let me give you a few examples: * Taking a 10 minute power walk outside to relieve stress
* Doing a short meditation/prayer to soothe you
* Taking care of that issue, yes that issue that you have be

Posted in Mindset by Mari Pizarro