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Posted by Ana Lucia at 6:07 am in Ana's Musings...

Hello readers!

Hope you´re all well, enjoying the weekend.Enjoy-the-Weekend

By the way, this is my Sunday and I am having a reasonable good day.

Woke up about 7:00 AM and spoke to my husband.

Then I did 10 miles “Walk Away the Pounds” workout.Ao6aZ

After that, I went to Hortifruti (this is a fruit, vegetables market which is the best over here) and bought coconut water, pineaple mint juice, orange carrot beetroot juice and açai banana orange juice. Also bought plum yogurt, peach yogurt and a apple/banana/pawpaw yogurt. Last but not least, I bought a green salad (really beautiful with cherry tomatoes in it).white-chocolate-opera3

So… I came back here and had a shower. Ate the salad and had the peach yogurt and the orange carrot beetroot juice for lunch.

Well, when you look after your body, your health, life becomes better (even if I am missing my husband so much, I feel like crying).cupcakes-chocolate2

Anyway, besides doing a avarage 10 mile power wlaking everyday, I started kundalini yoga. I am really enjoying it. Yoga is powerful. Anybody could tell.christmas-decoration-ideas-5

Another things that I´ve been doing is reading the Twilight series (Grade 9 Up–Recovered from the vampire attack that hospitalized her in the conclusion of Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005), Bella celebrates her birthday with her boyfriend Edward and his family, a unique clan of vampires that has sworn off human blood. But the celebration abruptly ends when the teen accidentally cuts her arm on broken glass. The sight and smell of her blood trickling away forces the Cullen family to retreat lest they be tempted to make a meal of her. After all is mended, Edward, realizing the danger that he and his family create for Bella, sees no option for her safety but to leave. Mourning his departure, she slips into a downward spiral of depression that penetrates and lingers over her every step. Vampire fans will appreciate the subsequently dour mood that permeates the novel, and it’s not until Bella befriends Jacob, a sophomore from her school with a penchant for motorcycles, that both the pace and her disposition begin to take off. Their adventures are wild, dare-devilish, and teeter on the brink of romance, but memories of Edward pervade Bella’s emotions, and soon their fun quickly morphs into danger, especially when she uncovers the true identities of Jacob and his pack of friends).p01hdk9g

I finished Twilight book and now I am reading New Moon. No wonder its so sucessful. The story is great. So, the first book is Twilight (The Twilight Saga, Book 1), the second is New Moonthe tird book is Eclipse and the fourth one is Breaking Dawn.love-winter-treats

Now, lets talk about food. Raw food which is the ultimate Shangri-lá of health. I should recommend the following titles:

1) The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss by Natalia Rose (A top nutritionist provides her simple, proven five-level diet plan to safely make the transition to eating raw foods, and to detoxify and achieve a perfect body no matter how you eat now. The raw food craze has taken off, as raw restaurants spring up and celebrities, models, and other fans tout the effects of eating raw. However, many people who are intrigued by raw food simply don’t know how to make the transition from what they’re eating now, or how to achieve the benefits of eating raw without giving up their lifestyle or the foods they love. Natalia Rose, an in-demand nutritionist, shows how in “The Raw Food Detox Diet”. Whether your diet is primarily made up of meat and potatoes, or tofu and tempeh, you can incorporate the flavour and lasting health benefits of raw food into your life with this groundbreaking diet book to energize and inspire you to achieve your goals safely and easily.Screen shot 2012-06-19 at 4.19.08 PM

2) Raw Food/Real World: 100 Recipes to Get the Glow
, by Matthew Kenney & Sarma Melngailis (Top New York chef and restaurateur Matthew Kenney and his partner, Sarma Melngailis, had been thinking of opening a Moroccan restaurant. But one night they were invited to a raw food restaurant — and it changed their lives. They instead opened Pure Food and Wine, a restaurant devoted to creative, tasty raw food, and it has been drawing rave reviews. Dishes such as Zucchini and Green Zebra Tomato Lasagne, Golden Squash Pasta with Black Summer Truffles, and Dark Chocolate Ganache Tart with Vanilla Cream have given raw food a sexy new appeal. The decision to go raw was shocking at first for these two ex-carnivorous chefs, but they soon found that preparing and eating raw food made them and their guests feel their physical best. Melngailis noticed a difference almost immediately — “Light, clean, natural, and alive foods make you feel light, clean, and more alive. And sexy.” This new way of life has changed their outlook on eating and cooking and connects them to the world around them. As Kenney says, “Raw foods and the lifestyle associated with it are so compelling and complex that we will be forever learning and growing. Already it seems that we have discovered some of the magic that life offers.” In this lushly photographed book, Kenney and Melngailis share some of that magic — and show that preparing and eating raw does not mean bland, unsatisfying, or impossibly time-consuming meals. Using dehydrating, Vita-Mix blending, a nuanced understanding of spices, and unprecedented creativity, they explore a whole new outlook on raw food that transfers beautifully and easily from their kitchen to yours — no matter what your present diet. And you’ll immediately begin to reap the benefits of healthful, delicious, life-giving raw food.)Sapops

3) Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen: Easy, Delectable Living Foods Recipes
, by Ani Phyo (A cookbook dedicated to raw food appears oxymoronic to the uninitiated, but people who aim to pursue a raw vegan diet soon realize that eating uncooked foods involves more than simply chomping into whatever sits on grocers’ produce shelves. Phyo shows how to create more complex flavor harmonies. Nutmeats of all sorts serve as a basis of many recipes, offering a spectrum of uses from cheese substitutions to pie crusts. Dates stand in for the sweetness less healthfully derived from refined sugar. Raw zucchini strips mimic fettuccini. A close reading of the nutritional analysis for each recipe reveals the high levels of dietary fiber this diet introduces. Although most of Phyo’s ingredients are readily available, she does occasionally call for unfamiliar items such as liquid aminos, a replacement for soy sauce. Phyo also provides recipes for raw vegan dog food. Illustrations consist mainly of photographs of the author)little-cakes

4) Living Raw Food: Get the Glow with More Recipes from Pure Food and Wine
, by Sarma Melngailis (Picking up where the bestselling “Raw Food/Real World” left off, executive chef and partner of “Pure Food and Wine”, Sarma Melngailis invites us inside the restaurant with a hundred more recipes for delectable and healthful juices, shakes, soups, simple dishes, main courses, desserts, and cocktails. Cool down with a Cucumber-Mint Gazpacho Soup and an Heirloom Tomato Salad with Caper Emulsion. Surprise your family with a raw Thanksgiving dinner, complete with ‘Dark Meat’ Portobello, ‘White Meat’ Large Oyster Mushrooms, Stuffing, Mashed Celeriac, Cranberries, and Brussels Sprouts. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a Vanilla Pear Pudding and Mexican-Chocolate Brownie with Sweet Tamale, Hibiscus Cream, and Avocado Gelato).delicious-treats

5) Ani’s Raw Food Desserts: 85 Easy, Delectable Sweets and Treats
, by Ani Phyo (You can have your cake and eat it too with Ani Phyo’s innovative, delicious desserts. From cobblers to cookies, pies to cupcakes, Chef Ani’s easy-to-make sweets are wheat-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, processed sugar-free, and cruelty-free. Deceptively simple, these treats pack loads of flavor and nutrition in every bite. Substituting these mouthwatering desserts for traditional baked ones will give your body much-needed nutrients while sacrificing none of the flavor. With lists of essential tools, key ingredients (including “superfoods” that enhance flavor and nutrition), full-color photos, and gorgeous design, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts proves you don’t have to sacrifice taste or style to reap the benefits of raw foods. With recipes for: Raspberry Ganache Fudge Cake, Lemon Pudding Filled Coconut Cupcakes with Shaved Coconut Topping, Mango Sorbet on Macaroon Tartlets, Chocolate Crunch Cupcakes with Molten Mint, Fig Tartlets with Frangipane Cream, Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Mulberry Pecan Cookies, Spiced Blueberry Cobbler, Pear Ginger Crisp, Nectarine-Raspberry Crumble, and Filled Chocolate Truffles)KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

6) The Raw Transformation: Energizing Your Life with Living Foods
, by Wendy Rudell and David Wolfe (This visually lively gourmet raw food recipe book provides all the information you need for increasing your health and well-being through a raw foods diet. The recipes will motivate anyone who wants to have more energy, vitality, and abundant health without feeling deprived of their former cuisine. In addition, the book introduces readers to the ways that we can transform our physical bodies and our consciousness through a combination of living foods, yoga, meditation, breath work, and much more. The first third of the book introduces raw cuisine, giving information on nutrition and the benefits of adopting this lifestyle. It connects raw food to other modalities, to enable the whole process of physical, emotional, and spiritual transformation.
The next two thirds of the book features over 300 raw food recipes that are surprisingly diverse and easy to make. These recipes include entrees such as Indian Vegetable Curry and Pad Thai, desserts such as Banana Coconut Cream Pie, and a wide variety of salads, breads, crackers, side dishes, shakes, smoothies, soups, dressings, marinades, dips, and much more. Unlike many natural foods recipe books, this one uses only familiar, easy-to-find ingredients. The book ends with a list of sources for blenders, juicers, kitchen gadgets, organic and specialty foods, as well as health retreat centers. It also includes a glossary and recommended reading list)Crispy-Treats

7) Rainbow Green Live-Food Cuisine
, by Gabriel Cousens (Medical researchers have found that a high-fat, high-sugar diet, combined with environmental pollutants and stress, can lead to a buildup of toxins in the body collectively known as chronic degenerative disease. Here holistic physician Gabriel Cousens provides a dietary regimen that may help reverse this process by introducing whole, natural, organic, and raw foods into the diet. These restorative “live” foods can reverse chronic disease and bring back health and vitality. This eclectic cookbook shares 250 delicious vegan recipes from chefs at the Tree of Life Cafe. Dishes include Avocado Salad with Rosemary, Green Dragon Broccoli, Raw-violis, Lavender Milk, and Carob Coconut Cream Eclairs. International entrees, juices, and aromatherapeutic remedies are also featured).receita-bolo-chocolate-com-morango

8) Superfoods: The Food and Medicine of the Future
, by David Wolfe (Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that have recently become widely available and which offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. In this lively, illustrated overview, well-known raw-foods guru David Wolfe profiles delicious and incredibly nutritious plant products such as goji berries, hempseed, cacao beans (raw chocolate), maca, spirulina, bee products, and a host of others. As powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats and oils, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients, they represent a uniquely promising piece of the nutritional puzzle. Each superfood is described in detail, accompanied by easy and delicious recipes. This accessible guide presents persuasive arguments, based on sound science, for the pivotal role of superfoods in promoting nutritional excellence, health and well-being, beauty enhancement, sustainable agriculture, and the transformation of diet, lifestyle, and planet)omg-chocolate-cake-1

9) Eating For Beauty
, by David Wolfe ( the author describes how to cleanse, nourish and beautify by utilizing the benefits of a fresh-food diet. The lessons contained within this book can be applied to improve one’s appearance, vitality, and health. This book is about how to become more beautiful, not just how to maintain beauty or even slow the aging process. It is about rejuvenation at the deepest level, and the enjoyment of life)

10) Detox for Women: An All New Approach for a Sleek Body and Radiant Health in 4 Weeks2241264442_bfee15faba
, by Natalia Rose (Women long for the kind of beauty and health that can only come with clean cells. Yet many women find detox plans difficult to follow and are disappointed with the results. In her ten years of working privately with celebrity clients at leading Manhattan spas, Natalia Rose has discovered that traditional detox plans don’t work for adult women because their microbial balance is completely out of whack. In fact, doing the wrong kind of detox can make their symptoms even worse)

Now, my favorite fitness DVDs: First, the yoga ones. I have to say, Ana Brett is awesome yoga instructor. mantra Girl is good. Now. I love all Ana Brett DVDs, but just going to comment my top favorites.

1) Yoga for beginners & Beyond: Strech, Strengthen, Be Stress Free!, by Ana Brett & Ravi Singh(Transform your body and your life! Experience a complete yoga workout that you will always love to do! Here is the best of the ancient and new: traditional yoga’s spiritual depth and knowledge of body and mind, with the newest innovations in body mechanics and effective fitness. Starting with the basics, this flowing, fun workout will help you make great gains on all levels. Ana & Ravi have popularized Kundalini Yoga, the perfect system for achieving optimum health and energy. Featuring the design your own workout Matrix menu option, This all-in-one workout features stretching and strengthening routines for total body fitness, as well as bonus material including chair exercises, a posture primer, and more! Segments include: Standing Warm-ups, Salutation for Beginners & Beyond, Hamstrings, Hips, & Lower Back Stretches, Nerve Strength & Core Power, techniques to Be Stress Free)144105lrg

2) Kundalini Yoga Cardio, Strech & Strengthen, By Ana Brett & Ravi Singh (Transform your body and your life! Experience fun fitness that you will always love to do. Live with HIGH ENERGY! Here is the best of both worlds: Kundalini Yoga’s depth and high energy, with a complete total body workout, challenging, yet easy-to-follow cardio (with AMAZING MUSIC), and a high fun factor! The Matrix menu option helps you to customize your workout based on the time you have. From the beginning yogi to expert, this DVD will be your workout companion for life and will keep you energized and happy!)40590-Sweet-Halloween-Treats

3) Kundalini Yoga for Energy & Super Radiance!, by Ana Brett & Ravi Singh (With radiance and high energy as a constant, you can cultivate an inner attitude of victory, do great things, and seize the day! Be vital and shine like the sun! Transform your body and your life! Experience fun fitness that you will always love to do. Here is the best of both worlds: Kundalini Yoga’s spiritual depth and energizing aspects, with complete total body fitness)fudge

4) Yoga beauty Body, by Ana Brett & Ravi Singh (This is far and away my favorite Kundalini yoga DVD thus far, and I have a huge collection including most of Ravi and Ana’s prior projects. The music is lovely, the addition of Ana’s comments and observations shifts the energy in the nicest way (though Ravi is a wonderful teacher as always) and the actual yoga set is just right)ChocolateVanillaSwirlFudge

5) Kundalini Yoga for Beginners and Beyond, by Ana Brett & Ravi Singh (Like most people I find it hard to do exercises from a book. I need someone to do them with me. This DVD is perfect. It starts off with a basic spinal set ” rise and spine” and ends with Sat Kriya – my favorite)

6) Fat Free Yoga – Lose Weight and Fell Great, by Ana Brett & Ravi Singh (This DVD gives a whole different feel…more energetic and yet peaceful. I appreciate that fact that it is chaptered, but when I’ve done it, I have completed the entire DVD only because I did not want to stop.
Your arms will feel the difference as will your stomach. My arms ached at first by felt really good afterwards. I think you’ll like this one)Índice

So, I hope you enjoy going through my suggestions and tell my your thoughts. Have you tried any of these youga/power walking DVDs? What about the books?

(almost time to wake my husband up)

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Its Sunday. And I have a headache…
Posted by Ana Lucia at 1:35 am in Ana's Musings...

And I MISS my husband soooooo much.1-20131012_171523

I will be going to NZ next September and already booked my plane tickets. I will be flying Lan Chile next time. I had a terrible time with Aerolineas Argentinas on the way back. 14They are terrible. I am always terribly broken hearted everytime I have to come back to Brasil and I dont need anything else to make me feel even worse. The Argentineans are so rude and stupid! They probably hate Brazilians.74a5c429794fb27ea663fcd58f1069c0

I will book Cam´s plane tickets for him to come over to Brasil at Xmas time as soon as I can and I will get my travel agent to check how much it will cost both Lan Chile and Aerolineas. I dont want him to go through the hassle I went through. Besides, I suppose Argentineans probably hate kiwis as well. Bastards!!Afternoon_tea_and_champagne

I have this bad and painful headache since last night and its awful. But still I will try to do my Walk Away the Pounds exercises. It makes me feel so much better. After a month and a half not doing it, I decided to do it again yesterday and did 10 miles! Feel good about it. Now I will do it everyday. The exercise also motivates me to eat much better.  leslie Sansone is a genious. I LOVE her DVDs. I recommend them to everybody. You cant go wrong.cranberry-lemon-scones-recipe-2-size-3

Anyway, my head hurts and I will have to lie down on my bed.

Hope time will go fast so that I will call my husband to wake him up at Skype.DSC_3074

I MISS him so much. Love him so much.savannah-tea-room-fireplace

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Wonderful days in New Zealand
Posted by Ana Lucia at 9:19 pm in Ana's Musings...

Hello readers,

Please, take a look at the pictures I´ve just posted. I and my beloved husband had such a wonderful time together in New Zealand this April/2009. Wonderful and special as ever, as every time we are together. I will be going to NZ again next September. Cant wait.

I LOVE you, my forever Cameron. Thank you for everything. You are the LOVE of my life!

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