salad of vegetables and brown rice

Personal fitness trainer Ludy Pottier pose for Heidi Leon Monges

Salade de riz integral avec avocado et feta

Three hundred sixty-five days to do better, to become what you want, to  start over.

Here’s to bright beginnings!.To happiness, love and health. And what better way to achieve all that than by loving yourself everyday?.  Ludy prepared this wild rice and veggies salad for our post-workout personal training session. We devoured said salad. We even had seconds, with no remorse. Try to make this, either for obtaining that body goal you have set for yourself or just because, is plain delicious. - Heidi

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Back in July when I spent some days in Macau & Hong Kong, I made some time for coffee get together with Ludy from Gogirlzz . We had  met just before Regis and I moved from Macau, so we never had the opportunity to know each other at a deeper level.  After our coffee time that went terribly well, we agreed to spend more time together and work on something that we could share with you in this space.

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I made up a lil Christmas gift guide with tons of mexican flare for you all. Many, many times, friends and readers all over the world ask me to recommend them what to buy, do or eat while in my muy delicioso country. Most of those times, I find difficult to put up an inmediate perfect list while others, is just impossible to explain what achiote looks and taste like. So here´s my list. Whenever I travel to my hometown I make sure to pack  some of these cuties when is time to fly away.

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One of the many joys of experiencing any holiday season is the preparations ahead. In Mexico, Día de Muertos, which is (almost religiously) held every first and second of November, that joy is not an exception. I have so many sweet memories since my childhood of visits to markets with my Mom and sisters, where we would stock up on seasonal products. Calabaza (pumpkin), tejocotes (mex hawthorn) and guayaba (guava) for tachamole and chocolate from Oaxaca for our Ofrenda (my maternal grandpa was from Oaxaca); tamales nejospipian (pepita/green mole),  calaveritas (sugar skulls) labeled with my  four grandparents names, candles of all sizes and shapes and of course flores de cempazuchiy terciopelo to build up the petals caminos (ways) that will lead the Muertos (dead people) to their Altares.

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Hey there amigos. Here at A&S we´re so excited to bring  you another gorgeous co+lab. For this Healthy Living collaboration I invited my not beautiful but gooorgeous russian friend Katya Mendes da Maia to share with us tips and recipes that will make you look and feel great. Katya is a Health Coach & Raw Food Chef to be that I meet about three years ago in Macau at a Beaujolais Nouveau party (well, we can have a glass of wine every now and then, right?). Later, we coincided at a Macau tour guide course where both started to be more interested in each others countries (She finds Mexico as exotic as I do think of Russia) while madly falling in love with our lil island´s history, gastronomy and world heritage; bueno, as you can imagine we share so many interests in common. I admire in Katya the tenacity, enthusiasm and commitment  she imparts on every aspect of her life. I know you will love her collabs in here as well. Please give her a warm welcome and check her brand new blog Live & Love! – Heidi

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