Disney Adventure

5 Apr 2018








It does not matter if it's your first time or your 50th time in Disney, each time will feel magical. We all have our struggles, challenges, things that we want to accomplish in life but somehow feel stuck, we have our doubts and fears of the future, of the unknown, but literally every time I set foot on DisneyWorld, all of that goes away.

Employees are so nice and the characters (even though I know they are people inside those costumes) always gets me so excited to meet them! And not gonna lie, kind of nervous. It's like meeting our favorite idol/celebrity and I just freak out. 

All four parks are so unique on their own but my all time favorite is the Happily Ever After Show at Magic Kingdom. It gives me so much hope that I can actually achieve my dreams and create a happily ever after of my own. I've been three times so far and they changed the presentation to the better. They prolonged Moana's part and they added a Family section which was so cute!

The rides I totally recommend are Avatar Flight of Passage (Animal Kingdom), Haunted Mansion (Magic Kingdom), Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom), Space Mountain (Magic Kingdom), Tower of Terror (Hollywood) and Aerosmith (Hollywood).











Tropical Fun | Islamorada, Florida

12 Feb 2018







Living in Miami it's quite fun. South Beach is pretty interesting with so many energetic vibes. But it can get a bit repetitive and overwhelming since there are so many people, mostly tourists around. So it is nice to explore other areas as well like The Keys :)

I did not know about the keys until a friend told me and let me tell you, it is A GEM. A hidden treasure of a place. Probably not so hidden.. I bet people do know about the keys, it was just me that was unaware of such a paradise of a place. 

I haven't reached the tippy point of the keys yet but the farthest we got was Islamorada. It was gorgeous! The area was not over crowded, not many tourists (which I was so thankful for). One of my favorite part was that the entire aesthetics were pastel colors! It really went well with my outfit choice and my purple shade sunglasses. 

If you fell in love with them (like I did), you can also get one for you at lower price by using discount code FAB20

They have a variety of stylish sunglasses at affordable prices. I honestly could not believe how affordable their prices were for such a good quality of sunglasses. And they are not only good quality but they truly have so many cool shades to chose from.

If you stalk me at my Instagram page you'll see that I'm basically a sunglasses addict. In all my pictures I am wearing sunglasses so I'm pretty thankful to have found this brand so I can keep up with this addiction :D















Whole 30 Diet Gone Wrong

30 Jan 2018

Hello hi ...

So, this post was way overdue.

I promised to update you guys on my Whole 30 Diet after each week. But here is what happened...I am no longer doing it. Just after barely making it to week two I decided that it was best for me to stop it. No, it was not because it was hard and I was weak to temptation (partly, I'll explain), but it was mainly due that it was not healthy for me, at least not at these current times.

I wrote in my last post how it is extremely important to keep your health above everything else when entering a diet, and although the whole 30 diet is very flexible for anyone to do, I did not take into consideration my eating disorder and anxiety. Like I said previously, I take much care into what I eat everyday, I try to eat all organic (which some of you may debate that eating organic does not mean much), vegetables, good amount of omega 3, drinking enough water, etcetera, etcetera. But from time to time, depending on how bad my anxiety gets, I tend to binge eat. I will not get into much detail because this is such a long and complex issue that needs its own entire post, but when I decided to start the whole 30 diet, I realized it started to function as a trigger for this. I understand that every anxiety case is completely different, but I can assume that most people go through the famous analogy of roller coasters. You know, those days in which you are totally fine, having everything in control, but then suddenly you hit rock bottom and everything falls out of place and out of control.

The whole issue of food for me has always been very delicate. I was known as the girl who eats all the time, thinks about food 24/7 and I thought this was harmless, just a part of me I guess. But when I understood my anxiety better and in depth, I realized that I had to take care of this part of me with caution. Most of times I can keep it in control, balancing the calories I eat in a day with the calories I burn doing exercise. I do this without thinking, it just comes naturally. Yes I do have days that I eat more than I should but what compensates is the amount of exercise I do. So these two work in unison type of thing. However, I've been having some gastroenterology problems lately that is impeding my body to perform to the fullest while exercising. This not only made my anxiety levels to rise, but it just messed with my entire diet.

So as you can see, the timing was way off. It made me feel neurotic and off balance and for these reasons I decided that I should "re-schedule" this whole 30 journey. I do not want to scare you off of this diet, do not get me wrong. You can take absolutely so many benefits from it. For example, thanks to the diet I learned new recipes and ate things I never ate before. At the start of the journey I felt very excited that I was going into new territory and that I was getting myself more into the kitchen. But for health reasons I need to take this time to reconnect myself and take things into control...slowly.

Once this phase clears out, you bet I will be trying again. After this first attempt, I understand the things that I need to take attention and caution of (knowing about my anxiety and its outcomes) the next time. If you also have anxiety and eating disorder, please be mindful of this. Do not ignore it and if you actually did not even think about this before entering the whole 30(just like me), I am telling you now that it may interfere with the diet. So please, please, I advice to do a week trial and see how your body reacts to it. Just overall, pay attention to what your body (and mind) tells you. And do not be discouraged if you have to start again, just give yourself time to learn, to adapt, and eventually you will get to the end line.











 

My Journey to Whole 30 | Week 1

11 Jan 2018


First of all, happy 2018 everyone!!

Hope everybody had a lovely holiday time with friends and beloved ones, and most importantly, with lots of food to be eaten. I sure had, especially lots of sweets. For this reason I just really am in need of a complete reboot of my digestive system. Start fresh along a fresh new start of year.

Usually I eat healthy, trying to pay attention to the ingredients of products, buying mostly organic food. But now and then I go off track and go crazy with the amount of food I eat or just binge on desserts one after the other. I also realized that lately I've been up in the clouds, so lost in the healthy lifestyle world. I don't know if you guys out there feel the same sometimes, but I get this immense pressure of eating clean that I freak out and don't even know what to do anymore. So this past week, even if I had a combo of healthy meals, I just started incorporating things like cookies, bread (lots of it), cakes and other things that had plenty of sugar.

I exercise religiously five to six times a week, pushing my body to the limit. But it really doesn't compensate if I will go home and eat horribly. Gym workouts are not only in the gym, but the hardest exercises are proven outside of it (with your nutrition). I've struggled with this for YEARS. It is indeed a very difficult thing to do. Everyone can go exercise for the minimum of 30 minutes recommended but the REAL test is when it comes to food.

Watching youtube I came across a BuzzFeed video titled People Try The Whole 30 Elimination Diet. I've never heard of this diet before but it seemed pretty interesting although very, very hard. But I love to challenge myself, especially with things that involves a better outcome at the end. So I spent the entire day researching for recipes that are not only easy to make but also things that I will actually enjoy to eat. I carefully created a weekly meal plan so I don't get lost up in the clouds again, and have a guide to what meals I would have to prepare that day and for the following day if possible.

I will be posting each weekly meal plan by the start of the week with a follow up of the previous week, sharing the struggles, the successes, things that could improve and so on.

Before we embark on this journey, I would just like to say that taking care of your health is extremely important, so be mindful of all the diets out there. Be sure to communicate with your doctor beforehand to make sure what diets will work for your health needs. And remember, regardless of your end goals, whether it is to lose weight or just eat cleaner overall, your mental health is above everything else.

Now let's jump on this journey! Here it goes the first week of meal plan!



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Holiday Book Wishlist 2017

26 Nov 2017




I always say and will always keep saying it: books are the best gift you can ever get (besiFdes food). I have so many books in my never ending list which are on my goodreads profile but the ones I am sharing above are the "I would not mind getting them for the holidays this year" list.

1. Bear Town 
A novel written by the same author of A Man Called Ove (yet to read) about a small town that has big dreams. The story has some relation, actually quite big relation I reckon, to Ice hockey, so that really called my attention. I love sports, specifically soccer and basketball but lately I've been quite fascinated with Ice hockey too so this book would be interesting to read. But also because it is the story of a community coming together to achieve a common dream. 

2. When Breath Becomes Air
This one is a bit of a deep read. It is a memoir by Paul Kalanithi who was a neurosurgeon who got diagnosed with terminal cancer. He writes about the reflection of what could be the meaning of life? What is it that makes life worth living? I love books like such because it really makes you think about everything. 

3. The Girl on The Train 
This one I'm pretty sure people are more familiar with since it became a movie and all. Haven't seen the movie nor have I read the book yet, and I do not want to see a movie before reading the book so I need to read this first. 

4. Brida
From one of my favorite authors. I've read a couple of books from him but this one is next on my list. It has a bit of a similar style to The Alchemist (which is also on this list) since it deals with the mystical and spiritual powers and the connection to the universe. How fun does that sound? 

5. Little Fires Everywhere
This story is based in a town from Cleveland, so that is one of the reasons why I want to read it. Go Cavs! But in all seriousness, this book just like Bear Town, centers into a community, but instead of working together towards a common goal, there is some tension and disagreements that occur between them, hence the title of the book. 

6. The Sun and Her Flowers
This one has been a LONG time occupant in any type of book lists of my own. Rupi is one of my all time favorite poets so it is no surprise that I am dying to get this book into my hands. 

7. We Were Liars
Suspense novel. Enough said. 

8. The Alchemist
Basically all members of my family has read this book but myself. They keep recommending it over and over again so I guess the time has come for me to finally read it. Just as I mentioned previously, it has a similar theme to another one of Mr Coelho's books, Brida. I'm all about for spirituality and universe connections so yes, quite excited to be a part of this beautiful story. 

9. Just One Wish
Another book that is deep to read. Just like When Breath Becomes Air, it deals with the topic of cancer. It is about a 17 year old girl who her brother has cancer and she tries to convince him that he will survive an upcoming surgery. 









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