After moving 4 times in 5 months here's what I learned about finding housing abroad.
Here’s a tour of a local market in Playa del Carmen, MX
I had the pleasure of starting February by opening my heart chakra at my first Cacao Cermony that I co-hosted with my sistars Talia of The Sassy Nation & Ira. It was a beautiful and powerful ceremony &I left feeling full of love & gas too. ( I'm joking but I'm serious )
What is a Cacao Ceremony?
In ancient times, cup of cacao was shared to welcome each person who came to visit the Mayan community. Drinking cacao is said to open the heart to connect to the love within self, with others and to strengthen community bonds. Today the tradition carries on in ceremony set to ancestral instrumentation.
For an opportunity to do a Cacao Ceremony and Sound Healing with us, join my email list for future dates.
Original Recipe adapted from : http://www.simple-veganista.com/2015/04/cinnamon-applesauce-pancakes.html
There is so much healing that happens when we keep it real. My goal is to always be authentic and transparent. I know that my story of triumph can inspire others to keep going when the going gets tough. Just a year & a half ago I was on probation. But I don't allow my past mistakes to hinder me from going forward in life.
Our thoughts really do create our future. But what if your thoughts are negative? Here's how to change your mindset.
I love kale but I hate the bitterness! Massaging this wonderful leafy green transforms it from bittern and tough to silky and sweet. Here's how to do it.
Here is a typical grocery haul for me. Check back for cooking videos and recipes using the items I bought this week.
It's amazing how our life changes once we change our thoughts. What we think about, we create more of.
So I kept this story a secret because I was ashamed and embarrassed but then I remembered that I no longer live a life of shame. I'm a human living my life and shit happens... Here's a short story on what NOT to do in Mexico.
Have you ever made a huge blunder while traveling? Tell me about it below.
I absolutely love living in Playa del Carmen. One of my favorite things is not having to drive or sit in traffic! There's many of ways to get around in Playa, here are a few.
From about 2007 - 2014 I suffered from a painful enlarged lump in my throat that closely resembled an Adams’ apple. It was strange and quite masculine and I'm knot kidding. Men see women with lumps in their throats nowadays and eyebrows start to raise. I needed to get to the bottom of this, so I went to several doctors and even a few specialist. CAT Scans and an MRI were conducted however no one was able to tell me exactly what it was, or what was causing it. The first time I saw a specialist I was told it was a cyst & he prescribed me a very expensive antibiotic. They were $200.00 out of pocket for a week supply even after my insurance covered a majority of the cost. This helped temporarily, but the pain came back shortly after and the lump never fully disappeared.
I tried gargling with warm water & salt; this didn't help. I thought maybe it was due to stress, so I started meditation. My quick temper dramatically improved, but I still had the lump. I also tried allergy medication and this only helped with the pain. This went on for many years and eventually WebMD diagnosed me with cancer and honestly, I was terrified.
In November 2013, I was sick and tired of you know, being sick & tired... And I was indeed feeling sick and tired. One evening I watched an infomercial for Nutri-Bullets, the next thing I knew I couldn't believe that I ever made a smoothie without this amazing appliance. I just had to have one. I also felt the same way about the Perfect Pancake, Justin Bieber's singing toothbrush, and the Booty Pop but I was certain this wouldn't end in buyer's remorse. David Wolfe stressed how the lack of a nutritious diet contributes to many of our ailments. I had tried everything else up to this point and the Flex Pay made it golden. I decided to give up processed foods and committed to drinking a Nutri- Blast every day. I also started reading the blog 100 days of Real Food and learned some shocking facts. I was surprised to find how deceiving the food industry really was. Labels like "Fat-Free" "No Sugar Added" were horrible. Full of high fructose corn syrup and poisons.This leads me to be a “ Nutrition List Stalker” my 10 min grocery trips turned into 1+-hour trips. I had to read everything! There were so many things to look for.
1. Buying items with 5 ingredients or less
2. White Ain't Right! ( Bread, Flour, Rice, etc.)
3. Certified Organic Fruits & Veggies. Especially the Dirty Dozen
4. No GMOs
5. No artificial flavors or colors or preservatives.
6. No refined sugars.
7. "Cage- free" " Hormone Free" & Certified Organic Meat, Eggs & Milk.
I read a lot of blogs & books and watched many documentaries, but ultimately I listened to my body. It wasn't long before my energy levels increased, my skin was glowing and my brain seemed less scattered. I still had the lump in my throat, but I was determined to continue with this lifestyle change. But after a few weeks of no processed foods the lump disappeared.
As I introduced myself to new and unfamiliar foods my body seemed to reject the familiar favorites. It seems I became lactose intolerant out of nowhere. ( Which also could be due to age) I replaced cow's milk with almond milk.This eventually leads to me trying to become a Vegetarian. I was actually enjoying a very delicious chicken sandwich I made when it hit me (Not the chicken, this idea..) I should totally give up meat. I was already doing Meatless Mondays. I always thought Vegetarian was a little far-fetched to me. It was a struggle at first, but I stopped buying meat at the grocery store. I would give in at friends' house and realized this would take some time, and wouldn't happen overnight. I was able to go a few weeks without meat and saw such a difference in my stomach. It was finally flat! In October 2014, I went to L.A. to visit family and decided I would leave Veg Jazzie in Houston. There was no way I was giving up Roscoes' Chicken &Waffles or In & Out Burger. The first night I was there, I had Wing Stop and The very next morning, I could tell the difference. My stubborn belly fat was back. I couldn't wear any of the many crop tops I had. Too late now, I thought, so I continued to eat meat while I was there. The last day I was there, I went to The Griddle. I enjoyed an Eggs Benedict, and it was the best one I've ever had. During my trip I realized I felt sluggish again, my belly was hanging over my jeans and I had not been pooping. So, on October 20th my mind was made up. I was officially done with meat! Once I made it thru my first Thanksgiving without eating meat, it was easy. I knew nothing would taste as delicious as that tender looking brisket and honey baked ham I passed on anyway. No pork on my fork, no chicken in my kitchen, and no beef in my teeth.
I still made exceptions to seafood here and there, and crawfish season was difficult for me. I decided not to go by any rules or titles. I just continued to educate myself and tried my best. Some days my best was better than others.
I think the body will revert back to what it really needs once you remove all the other toxins from your body. Giving up meat, caused my body to no longer want animal by-products. My first favorite food as a child was always, eggs! I loved them from my head down to my legs, they were the " incredible, edible egg! I loved scrambled eggs, eggs over easy, eggs over hard, eggs over medium. Omelets, eggs benedict, eggnog, everything eggs. Then one morning, they started smelling like chicken abortions to me. I knew then, I had to give up eggs too. I was devastated. Something that was once so delicious to me could actually make me gag now. I know eggs are the most aromatic food, but the smell never bothered me until that day. As I eliminated foods from my diet, I started incorporating new things, quinoa, barley, lentils, and nuts. This kept me from feeling deprived.
Most importantly giving up meat raised my vibrations and awareness. I knew a plant-based diet was important from the books I had read on spirituality. Then I watched the documentary Earthlings and that pretty much sealed the deal for me. ( Check it out to see what I mean) What started out as a health decision, quickly became about compassion. Veganism once seemed extreme to me. Even more extreme than killing animals for our own wants and desires with no regards to their lives or feelings. The lump finally disappeared. Maybe it was from the souls of the animals I was eating. Or perhaps my throat chakra was blocked. Either way, it hasn't returned and I am glad that it's finally healed.
Still, I had some concerns when it came to calling myself Vegan.
1. Would I have to give up wearing animal print? Not fur, just the print. ( Sounds silly but Vegans on threads are BRUTAL!)
2. Will I have to give trade my car in? Because I have leather seats? What about my boots?
3. Will my friends still invite me out to dinner?
4. What about taco night?
5.How will I deal with all the protein questions?
Yet, I knew I was making the right decision and I continue to.
If you are considering becoming Vegetarian or Vegan try it. You won't regret it.
- 2 packages of frozen acai
- 1 cup of mixed berries
- 2-3 Tbsp hemp milk plus more as needed ( or any non-dairy milk)
- 1 Tbsp chia, hemp or flaxseeds
- 1 Tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut (desiccated)
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
- 1 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 1 Tbsp of granola
- Add frozen acai and fruit to a blender and blend on low until small bits remain
- Add a bit of hemp milk and choice of seeds and blend on low again, scraping down sides as needed, until the mixture reaches a soft serve consistency
- Scoop into 1-2 serving bowls and top with desired toppings (optional). I prefer chia seeds, hemp seeds, with coconut, strawberries, and granola, a nut or seed butter would be great here, too!
If you make this be sure to tag me on IG : @jazzziebynature
This is one of my favorite raw recipes. So easy, so tasty and so raw!
Here's What You'll Need
- 1 cup soaked walnuts
- 1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
- 1 plum tomato
- 1 tsp oregano
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/4 tsp pink Himalayan salt
- 1/8 tsp cayenne
Combine all ingredients and pulse in a food processor until it looks like meat crumbles. ( Do Not over Pulse!)
Pulse to this consistency
Add to your favorite green wraps
(Iceberg lettuce has no nutrional value)
Then top with your favorite toppings.
Pico de gallo
Be Well & Enjoy
Visiting Las Coloradas to see the pink lagoon has been on my bucket list since I first saw photos on Instagram.
The lakes are pink due to red-colored algae, brine shrimp & plankton that live in the very salty waters. Flamingos are pink because they eat the pink creatures.
Since we are only 3 hours away we just had to check it out and I am so glad we did. It was truly breath taking.
We took a tour with Mariachi Travel. Which included a 3-hour bus ride to Rio Lagartos then a boat tour to the Pink Lagoon. On the boat ride we saw the wildlife and got uncomfortably close to a crocodile.
Then we did a mud scrub with white Mayan mud. Our skin felt amazing afterwards.
Then we climbed over and there it was, the pink lake. My first thought was, "Momma, I made it!"
It was beautiful, and there were even flamingos.
I thought the lake would be a little pinker then the tour guide told us we would go to the other side which was the bright pink I saw in the photos.
It was truly breathtaking. I was so happy that I was able to experience this in person.
Check out the video to see more of the experience.
What's the coolest place you've been? Comment below me so I can check it out.
Hey Glow Getters!
Happy Friday! Did you workout today? I did!
I tried a belly dancing class with my new friend, Sweet Pea. It was so much fun and an awesome way to exercise. No sure how many calories I burned today but it was definitely a full body workout & best of all I felt sexy while doing it.
There are many benefits of belly dancing.
1. Helps you lose weight.
Burning about 300 calories per hour.
2. Eases PMS symptoms
Belly dance can help in clearing up the congestion in the pelvic area and thus helps in decreasing the pre menstrual syndrome. (Lindia Lifestyle)
3. Tones Muscle
Gracefully works torso which helps in toning the muscle.
4. Lower Stress levels
The music is very relaxing and helps to ease the mind.
5. Helpful In Back And Joint Pains
The movements of belly dance put the ligaments and the joints of the back and the hip in gentle but repetitive movements, which helps in increasing the flow of synovial fluid in these joints. This fluid helps in alleviating the back and joint pains.
6. It's Fun!!
Exercise is absolutely necessary if you want to achieve optimal wellness. Exercise seems less daunting when you actually enjoy the activity. I left the class thinking, " wait until I show my hubby what I learned in class today. Ooooohhh."
What's your favorite exercise to do? Let me know in comments.
You Glow Girl!
Before moving to Playa del Carmen we considered Thailand, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and a few other places, here's why we chose Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Can I be frank? Meditation has kept me from beating people's ass and out of jail. I was always one of those people who would "pop off" over almost anything.
I once slapped a co-worker for eating the crust of my cheesecake, got out the car at a red light and attempted to fight a woman with her infant in the backseat who cut me off, egged a Whataburger employee for overcharging me for taquitos, and threw chicken nuggets on the manager at Wendy's. I even got into a fight at my girlfriend's wedding. I was absolutely nuts! The problem was I always felt my actions were justified. There were times when my actions even landed me in jail. But it wasn't until I was I found myself on probation for 5 years for unrelated charges that I realized I needed to get my life! Something had to change and that something was me. I had to get to the root of the problem, and I realized I was just a product of my environment. Growing up I witnessed my mom, jumped over the counter and choke a man at a clothing store and molly wop a lady in her own home, amongst other things. My father was also abusive to myself and my mother. So I just thought violence was the answer until I did my inner work and realized I had a lot of healing to do. Who was I really angry at? Was it the people in traffic? Or was it my parents? Once I got to the bottom of this I was able to release this anger. I started meditating and eventually saw a huge difference in how I reacted to conflict.
Meditation is a spiritual tool used for bringing balance to all aspects of life. Meditation enriches the spirtual, mental, physical and emotional bodies and is the portal to the essence of the universe.
Here are the emotional benefits of meditation
1. Controls anger
2. Promotes full perception
3. Increases sociable behavior
4. Eliminates worry
5. Builds tolerance
6. Encourages constructive confrontation
7. Promotes happiness
8. Helps with self-actualization
9. Helps with understanding others
10. Reduces emotional stress
11. Promotes forgiveness
12. Stabilizes emotional responses
13. Increases intimate contact
14. Eliminates aggression
15. Encourages responsibility
16. Increases composure
17. Develops emotional maturity
18. Brings peace to purpose
19. Increases compassion
20. Eliminates depression
21. Eliminates despondency
22. Reserves sadness
Have you tried mediation? If so how has it changed your life?
I don’t trust many of the store bought milk substitutions because of the ingredient list. They are highly processed and many contain carrageenan and synthetic vitamins. Most recipes require soaking the nuts and then straining with a nut bag. When I found a recipe that did not require soaking and straining I was elated!
I found the original recipe on Ty’s Conscious Kitchen but adapted it to my liking.
5 tbsp. Hemp Seeds
5 cups Alkaline Water
1/2 tsp. Pink Himalayan Salt
3 dates ( more if you want it sweeter)
1 tbsp of unrefined coconut oil
Add all items to your Nutri-bullet or Vitamix then blend for 2-3 mins until its thick and creamy. You can also add vanilla to make Vanilla Hemp Milk. This will last 3-5 days in the fridge and you can use it for smoothies, baking, sauces or in cereal or tea.
This makes about 52 oz of milk. You can make less if you want.
We have power over our peace, but too many of us relinquish our peace to outside sources. I grew up in complete chaos, and for most of my life I had no idea what peace was or how to achieve it. So I lived a life full of drama. It wasn't until I started doing my inner work, that I started to obtain peace, now you can't even have piece of my peace. I keep my peace in the following ways.
1. Dissolve Negative Thoughts
I killed my inner hater bish by practicing affirmations, releasing anything else that no longer serves me. Kill the negative self talk, replace each negative thought with a positive one, when a negative thought comes to mind say " thank you, but I don't need you." But honor your feelings.
2. Be Present
The only reality is now. The best time of our lives is in the present moment, not in the future and not in the past. We restore inner balance when we live in the now. Not being present causes most of our anxiety.
3. Set Clear Boundaries
Learn to say no, or even hell nah when you don't want to say yes. Don't be afraid to speak up. Stop allowing people to walk all over you. So many times we want to please everyone that we aren't pleasing ourselves, then we get upset when others don't do the same for us. Remember, we teach people how to treat us.
4. Release Toxic People, Places or Things.
The easiest way to destroy your peace is to remain in toxic relationships, whether it's a lover that cheats, disrespects you or a friend that doesn't respect your boundaries. Many times we hold on to people for far too long, thinking everyone is supposed to be in our lives forever. Some people are just in our lives for seasons and reasons. Each and every time I removed someone toxic from my life, my life improved in huge ways. Don't fear being alone, fear being around toxic people who don't add value to your life. You can't worry about whether this will hurt the other person's feeling, especially if they hurt you.
5. Stop being petty!
Choose peace over pettiness. I know that the internet glorifies pettiness but what you put out into the universe comes back to you. If you are messy you will have a life of mess, if you are peaceful you will have a life of peace. Our vibe attracts our tribe.
6. Drink Tea instead of Spilling the Tea
Gossip steals your peace, talking about what others are doing takes time from you living your best life. Peaceful people don't gossip. And herbal teas are very beneficial, calming, relaxing, and good for the soul.
7. Hit that unfollow button.
It's there for a reason, how many times have you gotten bothered by someone's post on social media? If someone online energy bothers you, unfollow them. I do it all the time. When people are constantly posting negative things, fights, violence, drama, pettiness, I unfollow them. It's not rude, it's good for your well being.
8. Be true to You!
There's no future in fronting. Live fully and freely. Speak your truth, live your truth. Don't be afraid to live your life on your terms and no one has to agree with it! ( As long as you aren't causing harm to others obviously.) Some people have allowed life to just happen to them, so they end up in circumstances that don't allow them to live fully and freely so they wish this upon others. Do what's best for you, and not what others think is best for you.
HOW DO YOU RECLAIM or PROTECT YOUR PEACE? Comment below, let's chat.