Day 7: 100 days of eating raw food.

Yes, you read that correctly. I am going to eat raw foods for 100 days.

For those of you thinking or telling yourselves, “I could never do that or I would never do that…”. I get it, I was there once. Before I begin telling you how the past week has been so far, let me tell you where I was at with my eating lifestyle a few years ago.

5-10 years ago

My foods consisted of:

  • Chick-Fil-A sandwiches, waffles fries and biscuits (a few times a week since I worked there)
  • Snickers bar every other night
  • Publix cookies (And I could eat half the container in one sitting)
  • Chipotle, Pollo Tropical, and Tijuanas Flatts every week (literally)
  • Delivered pizza every other week
  • McDonalds and Wendys

I remember feeling drained most of the time, I always needed to take naps. I was grumpy and depressed around my friends and ex-boyfriend. I would get annoyed and aggravated very easily.

2-4 years ago

  • Chick-Fil-A salads, grilled sandwiches and fruit
  • More home cooked meals that consisted of pasta, rice, chicken, fish, vegetables, and boiled eggs
  • Processed foods

Four years ago I started eating “healthier” or so I thought. I was still angry but it was mostly because I didn’t have a good relationship with food after my ex-fiance called me fat. I lost a lot of weight but I wasn’t healthy. It was like I wasn’t living.

Even though I was still aggravated but my body was recognizing some differences as I was changing my eating choices. Looking back, my body was calling for help. I wasn’t getting my menstrual cycle, my joints especially my knees were in pain, my jaw was locking, and in all honestly, I was not happy.

1-2 years ago

  • I started to eliminate chicken, eggs, and dairy.
  • I was eating fish a few times a week
  • Tofu and tempeh
  • More vegetables and some fruits

I was feeling a bit clearer and realized I wanted more in my life. I wanted to live and I was becoming grateful for everything in my life. Almost every day I would write in my journal what I was thankful for. Things started to seem brighter and I felt like my life was flowing.

This past year

I become vegan almost a year ago.

  • I started to fast once a week and then I would fast for three days once a month (I did this for a few months)
  • I did several three-day juice fast and in January I completed a 28 day juice fast
  • I began intermittent fasting (only eating between 12 pm – 8 pm)
  • I included A LOT more fruit in my lifestyle
  • I did a couple mono fruit fasting (I did a 3 day grape fast and then a 3 day mango fast)
  • I eliminated a good amount of processed foods

The reason I changed my lifestyle so drastically was because I started somehow guided to a place called Pure Life Health Centers where I started to get care. They showerd me in love and guided me and demonstrated how eating clean could change my life.

As I was cleaning my body, I noticed how mentally clear I was getting and all the compassion and love I had for everything. I felt amazing.

These past few months I started tuning into my body and started feeling drained, exhausted and not as light when I ate cooked foods. I felt very heavy. I could see my body and face bloat.

Then a couple of weeks ago I over did it.After doing 5 days of just fruits, I ate processed foods and then ate more the next day. My body was not able to process all of this food and I ended up vomiting. I felt disgusting and I just wanted to apologize to myself for putting my system through that.

I forgave myself and knew I needed to go even cleaner with my eating.

My dear friend Kellyanne texted me (I swear it’s like she knew I needed this push) and asked me if I wanted to join her for 100 days of raw eating.

I kind of PANICKED. I immediately told her that I needed to think and meditate on it. Part of me didn’t want to, I just wanted my baked sweet potatoes and hummus. But after a couple of hours, I knew what the answer was. I decided to join.

This is what I had my last two days before I started my challenge!

7 days in and I do not want to turn back. I feel amazing. I haven’t even craved any cooked foods. Okay I lied. I craved a veggie burger for like 5 minutes on the Fourth of July and then got over it.

It’s actually been fun. It’s inspiring me to find ways of replacing things I loved cooked such as:

  • hummus (it’s not considered raw because the chickpeas are cooked!)
  • Veggie burgers and falafel (they can be dehydrated!)
  • Noodies and Thai food
  • SOUPS

I wanted you to know that it’s truly been a journey for me. I am blessed that I am able to do this and that I am having so much fun with it.

Part of me wishes I started sooner but I am happy with my story and how it’s playing out. I feel so healthy and I feel my body thanking me.

It took me years to get here and I still judge myself for what I eat. But I remember to look back a year ago or even 6 months ago and see how far I’ve come. I am amazed and I am truly proud of myself and where I am in life.

Thanks for letting me share this part of my journey with you! Below I have a few things I have been eating the last 7 days.

I love you all.

Raw Vegan Hummus! 

I learn to make my own 🙂

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FaRAWels

Kellyanne made these awesome faRAWels and I dehydrated them.

I was craving something other than salad and fruit, so Friday night I went to a vegan restaurant called Darbster and choose from their RAW menu.

“Bacon Cheeseburger” 

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I can’t forget my fruit! I’ve been eating lots of them especially since it’s summer time here in Florida.

Pure Life: How much can one really change in a year?

June 26, 2017 I stepped into Pure Life Health Centers and my life hasn’t been the same.

As soon as I walked in the doors, it’s as if my soul knew it was home.

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It’s really interesting how life, how the universe, how God lead me to my path. My friend Brooke invited me to the office a few times for some events and I wasn’t able to make it. Funniest part, Brooke and I never hung out but she followed me on Facebook and saw something in me, she knew I needed to walk into those doors.

I finally made it in and I am happy I did.

There are not enough words to explain the amount of growth and healing that has happened to me within the last year. But I will try my best to keep it to a minimum and not bore you.

Pure Life Health Centers is much more than a Chiropractic practice, it’s a place that people can call home, where one feels unconditional love and supported on their journey.

I started care with Dr. Kevin Davine in July 2017. My first adjustment was MAGICAL. I remember crying tears of joy as I was resting, it’s as if a light was flowing through me; I knew that I was in the right place.

I found myself wanting to be there as much as possible, I would attend the lectures, any special events, and their meditations. Kevin was not only my doctor but become family. He has a way of presenting information that makes sense and also challenges your way of thinking. He is truly something special!

 

A couple of weeks after my first adjustment, I was asked to complete my Sacred Contracts. This truly changed my life and helped me understand myself and my path in this life. (Feel free to reach out if you want more information and would like to cast your wheel.)

As I was attending Pure Life, I was working at my previous job at Chick-Fil-A and I was planning on leaving in December/January. Little did I know that I would actually be leaving in August and starting at Pure Life as their receptionist in September! This also brought a huge healing in my life.

Last year, I was traveling almost every month. I wanted to escape my life, traveling kept me distracted. But somehow Pure Life made me feel grounded, it truly felt like I belonged, it was home for me. I found myself traveling less and actually finding a family.

For my birthday in December I invited all my Pure Life family and they actually took up half of my party! I was so blessed that in only two months of working their I had so many people show up to celebrate me.

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I felt so loved from the first day and I just want to love everyone that walks in that door. I want everyone that comes to Pure Life to know they have a home, they have a family, that they are cared for and that I love them unconditionally.

I could seriously write a book on my journey this past year but I am going to bullet point important events that happened so far:

  • I BECOME VEGAN
    • Found myself being less stressed, angry and anxious
    • Starting getting closer to animals
    • Compassionate towards others
    • Craved being outside more

 

  • Completed SEVERAL Water and Juice Fasts
    • Detoxified and cleansed my system
    • Found myself with bursts of energy
    • Felt inspired, motivated and mentally clear
    • Had several spiritual moments and connected to higher source

 

  • Meet many of my SOUL MATES
    • Meet my best friends that have taught me about myself and love me unconditionally
    • Meet my Twin Flame that has been a mirror for me, has showered me in love and has taught me some of my biggest lessons in life
    • Made a family and have found a home

 

 

  • Stronger connection to nature and animals
    • Animals gravitate to me more
    • I enjoy being outside especially in the sun
    • I see the beautiful in nature

 

 

  • Tapped into my spiritual gifts
    • I am very intuitive and I am a healer in my relationships
    • Working with my inner child
    • Healing with my hands
    • Connection with angels

 

  • I Become a BADASS
    • I am confident in who I am
    • I have love and compassion during my growth
    • I love everyone
    • I will protect and defend my family at Pure Life

 

  • Casted my Archetypal wheel
    • Find who I am in my Ego and Higher Self
    • Understand how I relate and express myself to the world and how the world views me
    • How I interact with my friends and even in relationships
    • Figured out who I am in my Highest Potential and what that looks like
    • This helped me better communicate with myself and others and how to create healthy boundaries for myself

 

  • Re-did my living room!
    • Not only have I been liberating my emotional home but my actual  home as well

 

 

I am express the amount of gratitude I have. Sometimes I look at my life and laugh.

I ask my all the time, “How did I get here? How did I get so blessed to be here?”. I kid you not, it feels like a movie and even a dream at times. But I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I always tell people, when my dad passed away, it’s like something inside of me woke up. Pure Life also did that for me. I woke up from my previous life, I know that I am following my path, my purpose in life.

I know that this isn’t for everyone and it might not even make any sense but I had a calling to write about it, about my journey this past year.

If you ever get a chance, if you are looking to change your life, to feel loved and tap into your full potential then I would recommend walking into Pure Life.

Pure Life has also helped with the following:

  • back pain
  • headaches/migraines
  • seizure symptoms
  • Austism
  • constipation
  • depression
  • dizziness
  • Fibromyalgia
  • loss of sleep
  • numbness
  • whiplash
  • AND SO MUCH MORE

Feel free to check out our website to find out more about what we do! www.purelifehealthcenters.com Pure Life provides a great amount of workshops and knowledge for FREE. We are about educating the community and helping people find the answers from within.

Thank you for letting share this huge part of me that I haven’t truly express about. If you are interested in learning more details about my journey with Pure Life, let me know.

I love you all.

 

Here are some more pictures of friends, events, and things I appreciate about Pure Life!

 

Why I took time off from Social Media…

A break from social media is kind of weird for me.

My friends and family are used to me posting almost daily on Facebook and Instagram. I usually post about my adventures, reminders to be thankful and live a positive life, and post inspirational and honest videos about my life on my stories. I felt like one of my purposes was to share and spread love and light to those around me. Continue reading “Why I took time off from Social Media…”

Day 1: Bone Broth Detox

Day one has been completed and it wasn’t as bad as you think it would be!

Tip!

  • Make sure to defrost or thaw out your Bone Broth about 24 hours before you are going to cook it!

I started the morning by drinking about 32 ounces of water, I did some yoga and wrote in my journal. I started to feel hungry but I tried not to think about it too much. Eventually the hunger went away.

I made my first portion of bone broth at around 11 a.m. And it was quite tasty. It taste like soup except you don’t have the chicken and vegetables to chew on.

I had a meeting for work, so I cooked some more bone broth and put it in my Hydro flask to keep it warm and I drank that throughout my meeting.

After the meeting I went to Target but after I left, I started to feel a little weak and was very tired.

I ended my day with another 16 ounces of bone broth before I went to bed.

I am looking forward to see how I will feel like tomorrow!

Stay tuned! 🙂

It’s cleanse time…

In the past two years I have eaten fairly healthy compared to most people that live in the U.S.

BUT I am not close to being as healthy as I want to be. Since I have decided to eat healthier these are the changes I’ve made….

  • I’ve cut down on eating animal protein (I have it once, maybe twice a week; I used to eat it everyday.)
  • I only drink water, tea, or Kombucha (occasionally I’ll have a coffee.)
  • I barely have any processed foods in my home (If I do I try my best to purchase items that have 5 ingredients or less and that the ingredients are real foods!)
  • In the last two years I have included plenty of vegetables and fruits but in the last 6 months or so, I’ve been eating more raw vegetables.
  • I only use olive, sesame, or coconut oil
  • I’ve started to add more super foods (goji berries, chlorella, spirulina, maca, cacao nibs, etc.)

Even though many of my family and friends think I eat super healthy, I still indulge in some fries, burgers, pizza, desserts once in a while. But when I do, I can immediately feel how it affects my body. I start feeling lazy, fatigue, I honestly feel gross. This might sound crazy but I literally feel it in my gut.

As much as I’ve changed my lifestyle, I still have a lot more work to do. I’ve always wanted to do some type of cleanse but I somehow made myself think I was too busy to make it happen.

After TWO years, I am fully buckling down and doing a Bone Broth Cleanse for 3 days.

When I tell people that I will be doing this, they give me a crazy look but truthfully I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED.

A bone broth cleanse will basically give your gut a fresh start, which is exactly what I need. I need to give my body a break. I constantly think of food, and I am constantly eating; my digestive system doesn’t get a chance to relax. I want to have self-control when it comes to consuming food.

I want to do some research on bone broth cleanses and I found some pretty cool and interesting things on it.

Here are some benefits that come from this type of cleanse.

  • It gives your digestive system a fresh start
  • slows down aging process
  • increases feeling of well-being
  • reignite energy
  • natural source of collagen

Since I will only be consuming Bone Broth and water, I will be killing and starving any bad bacteria or parasites that I have in my body. If you didn’t know SUGAR feeds bad bacteria. And if you know me, I LOVE sugar. Even though I try to get my source of sugar from healthier foods like fruits, sweet potatoes, and cacao, at the end of the day it’s still sugar. I am quite excited to be killing off the bad bacteria in my body.

Before you go off buying bone broth from your supermarket make sure that you know where the product is coming from.

I purchased Bonafide provisions from http://www.wisechoicemarket.com and I bought The Flavor Chef from http://www.bonebroth.com

When purchasing Bone Broth make sure that it’s organic, that the chicken or animal is grass fed this ensures that the animal isn’t raised with hormones, antibiotics, or toxins; basically any impurities. The bone broths that you may get from the stores will probably have all of the things listed above and the bones have been usually cooked for about 4 hours when it should really take time to cook, about 18 hours.

You may be asking, why the heck would you want to do a bone broth cleanse?

Honestly, a part of me wants to do this because I am becoming a Health Coach and I want to see what works and what may not work for people. It’s a great part of my journey to happiness and health.I also eat healthier, especially more organic foods. A few other reasons are that I’d like to truly give my gut a break and I want to start feeling more energized and be more focused. Lastly, I’ve been having hormonal imbalance issues and I am hopefully that cleansing my body will help me in this area.

During the next three days, I will be recording myself and writing down how the process it going, how I feel and what changes I am seeing in my body (externally and internally).

If you have done a bone broth cleanse and have any tips or advice, please share!

Love,

Karina

 

My first Children’s Health Workshop

When I was growing up, I always said I wanted to work with children but I never pictured myself being a teacher. As the years went on, the thought of working with children faded away since I wasn’t quite sure how exactly that would appear and honestly, I started telling myself that I may not be as patient with children as I thought I would be. But here I am about to tell you how my gifts brought me to conduct my first Children’s Health Workshop at Urban Youth Impact.

For those wondering what is Urban Youth Impact (UYI), it’s a program that’s on a mission to love, equip and empower inner-city youth and their parents to fulfill their God-given purpose. Most of the children that attend these programs live in areas where there is poverty, low graduation rates, a high percentage of teen pregnancies, and higher crime rates. Through their programs, they seek to reverse troubling trends and fulfill their mission by offering programs designed to develop critical life-skills that result in less juvenile crime, fewer teen pregnancies, less substance abuse, less child abuse/domestic violence, and fewer school drop-outs.

I was connected with UYI through my current job at Chick-fil-A, where many of us volunteer there during the school year. As the school year was ending, and as I was learning more about health and happiness in my life, one day the idea of conducting a health class popped in my head. I contacted one of the leaders that works at UYI and presented the idea. They replied very quickly with much enthusiasm about my health class and wanted me to start in a few weeks for their summer program.

I was thrilled and nervous at the same time because I’ve never conducted a health workshop. Several thoughts came rushing to my head, “I need to plan! What will I teach about? How do I teach children? What if it I fail?” I guess that’s normal to be scared but the excitement that I would be able to teach children about health and even happiness was motivation enough.

My real motivation for wanting to do this, was because of my father. My father had high blood pressure, suffered from a stroke, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and then Alzheimer’s. I know that there was nothing I could do; I can’t help but beat myself up for not knowing more about health when I was younger. Part of me believes that if I would have known as a child that the food and lifestyle we were living was killing us, I would somehow have been able to give my dad a few more years. Maybe that’s just me being selfish. Something in my heart told me that I needed to teach children about it. My hopes is that they can influence their parents to live healthy and that they live longer years to spend with their family.

The class was held every Friday morning from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM for four weeks. The last class will be Thursday, July 21st, where the students will serve healthy snacks to their parents and enjoy one of there last weeks at UYI before the school year starts. I will briefly go over what I taught them each week.

Week One: Sugar 

  • In this class, I discussed how much sugar a child is suppose to consume. I presented a few visuals for the children to see. I brought in powerade, coke, honey buns, canned fruits, and cereals to demonstrate how much sugar each item contains. They were all surprised when they found out that all of them contained sugar. I also showed them how to read the ingredients labels when shopping. They learned about other hidden names that sugar is called, for example, high fructose corn syrup.

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Week Two: Fruits and Vegetables

  • The children learned how many serving of fruits and vegetables they should have each day. I brought in different kinds of fruits and vegetables, the children were able to discuss out loud what each one was and why it’s important for our bodies. To my surprise, several of the children said that they love vegetables!

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Week Three: Exercise and Positive Thinking

  • In this class, we discussed why exercise is important to our daily routines. We did some exercises in the classroom, one of them was called Animal Kingdom where I shouted out an animal and the children had to go around the room impersonating it, it was quite hilarious. The second part was about positive thinking. We talked about ways we can start the day, some included by being thankful, praying, saying something nice about themselves or someone else, and by thinking happy thoughts. One of the kids, Lamar was very upset and angry that day, but we changed his attitude around but saying things we liked about him and talking about different things we could do instead of being angry. It was a great learning opportunity for them and for me, especially since I rarely work with children.

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Week Four: Cooking with Karina

  • The kids were asking to cook something for the past three weeks. I looked on Pinterest and found these simple but healthy fruit wraps to make with them. I brought whole wheat tortillas, some yogurt and cream cheese to spread on them, I cut up bananas, strawberries, kiwi, and cantaloupe to place on them. Once we all had the ingredients on the tortilla, it was time to roll it up and eat it! All of them loved it except for one. It was awesome seeing them have so much fun interacting with food and enjoying healthier treats.

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Knowing that the health class is coming to an end breaks my heart but at the same time I am also grateful for the opportunity UYI gave me to be present in the lives of these children. The past four weeks have been such a wonderful experience and I hope that I was able to influence one child to live a littler healthier. This group of kids has a special place in my heart.

I sit here thinking to myself, how for years I would tell people I wanted to work with children but I didn’t know exactly how. I eventually stopped telling people that and didn’t picture working alongside kids at all. But here I am working and teaching children the importance of real food and happiness in one’s life. I’ve finally found one of my callings in life and it’s a feeling I cannot explain. I will tell you the truth, I’ve cried many happy tears because of it and it just feels right.

I want to tell everyone that sometimes your callings don’t appear to you right away. Don’t throw your dreams and goals out of the door because you can’t figure out what to do. Just place them aside for awhile if you need to because you never know when they will reappear. God has a plan, just let life takes it’s course and your true calling will find you.

I don’t know what my life has planned for me but I am excited to see where it takes me. I am also looking forward to conducting other health workshops!

May you all have a wonderful week and that you begin each morning with a happy thought. I am sending so much love, appreciation, and happiness your way.

 

Vulnerability

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Being vulnerable is probably one of the hardest things I’ve had to faced in the last couple of months. For the past several years, I’ve kept every emotion and feeling to myself. I got really, really good at faking a smile, at pretending everything in my life was perfect. Whenever someone asked how I was doing, I responded  with GREAT and if they asked anything further I could come up with something good going on in my life, so I wouldn’t have to talk about anything else.

I can’t quite recall when I didn’t let myself be vulnerable with others. Maybe it was the pressure at school to fit in, being fearful of what others would think if I was myself, finding out that I was cheated on and not feeling worthy enough, or being told to stop crying by a loved one whenever I did show emotions. All I know is that I shut down and I didn’t let anyone in.

I remember as a child and from family videos, I laughed, I cried, I showed all my emotions. Today, people around me probably think I don’t have any feelings at all. I don’t get excited when I hear great news, I don’t cry in front of people when I hear a sad story, I don’t show any affection whatsoever, and I would get uncomfortable when others touched or hugged me.

Little did I know that being so closed off was part of the reason why I was miserable, why I wasn’t happy with my life, and why I felt sad and alone.

Someone recommended that I lookup Brene Brown’s talk on TED about vulnerability. In this talk she mentions when you asked most people to talk about love they will tell you about heartbreak, when you asked about belonging they will tell you a story about being excluded, and if you asked them about connection they will tell you about being disconnected. As soon as I heard these words, I instantly related to this. Then I realized whenever someone asked me to talk about my past, I always picked a story that brought me pain, I never spoke about a time of joy and happiness.

Brene then talks about embracing vulnerability, it’s not comfortable but it’s necessary. She says “vulnerability is the birth place of joy, love, creativity, and belonging”, when I heard this, I felt it in my heart, I knew that I was not being vulnerable at all. When we numb vulnerability and we numb fear, shame and pain we are also numbing joy, gratitude, happiness and this leads to misery.

GOSH, whatever shame and pain I was trying to numb caused me to numb all these others areas like JOY, HAPPINESS, and LOVE! I was not letting myself be seen, I was hiding from the world. I had a feeling of being worthless for such a long time and not feeling loved but it was because I didn’t believe I was worthy and I did not love myself.

I remember for the longest time always being bitter, upset, sad, lonely, jealous, and not being good enough. No wonder I was stuck, I was never thankful for what I had and never showed appreciation for life in general.

I’m still a work in progress, but I can tell you today I am more vulnerable than I was yesterday. I like to express myself in writing and that’s one of the many reasons I wanted to start this blog. I don’t want to hide my emotions anymore, I want to let them all out.

The other day, I was feeling very sad. All I could think about was my father and how in a couple of weeks it would be Father’s day and I wouldn’t know what to do on this day. I just wanted to cry but I couldn’t. I told my roommate a little about how I was feeling (in the past I wouldn’t have said anything), and I asked if she wanted to go see Me before you, so I could cry.

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First off, I loved this movie because I could relate to both characters. Secondly, the ending had me in tears because it somehow reminded me of my father. The main character Will tells Lou to live boldly, and I just had a feeling that’s what my dad was telling me, to appreciate life and to live it to the fullest.

I am telling you all of this because I cried, I let every single feeling of sadness out of my body and I wasn’t ashamed of my friends seeing this. On the way home, I cried some more and even though I was still sad, it was necessary for me to go through the emotions instead of hiding them. This may sound silly but at our leadership meeting at work, I mentioned that I was feeling sad on the weekend and I purposely went to a movie to cry. It was a great moment for me because I would have never ever told anyone that.

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This is proof I cried and I am not ashamed! 🙂

It stinks that it took this long to realize it, but I now know that I am enough and I am worthy. I have a purpose in this life to help others and I hope that on that journey I always find joy, happiness and love.

BE VULNERABLE. Show others who you are, do not be ashamed or fearful like I was. Be YOU! I want you to know that you are awesome and you are worthy to me and this world.

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