The Canícula has Arrived

Culture, Sunday Sol

The hottest days have arrived in Monterrey. This time of year is referred to as the canícula. It lasts from June 14th through August 24th with  consistent temperatures in the 90’s-100’s, not to mention the humidity.

Born and raised in California, I’m familiar with the hot dry summers of the Central Valley or some light humidity in Southern California. What I’m not used to is high temps AND what feels to me to be high humidity (though this is disputed by others!). This is the time of year if I am not in an air conditioned room, I am completely melting. While others look fine, I look like I’m going to dehydrate and pass out at any moment.

So the countdown to cooler temps begins…40 days to go! Thank goodness I have beach days in my near future.

Micellar Water is a Definite Product Recommend

Beauty

Because of all the micellar water hype, I bought L’Oreal Micellar Biphase to try. In case you don’t know, micellar water is a gentle cleanser/makeup remover made up of soft water and micelle oil.

I used it for the first time and I love it. You can feel the oil when you first put it on, but then it disappears and your skin simply feels clean and soft. As far as removing makeup, it’s a thumbs up for that too.

There is also a surprising perk. It reduces the redness in my face. I cannot say enough good things about that!

 

 

Easy Squash Soup

Cravings

What do you do when you have 6 squash in your refrigerator that are going to go bad if you don’t do something with them? Make squash soup. It’s so easy and delicious.

  • 6 squash
  • 1 cup vegetable broth (add water to fill 1/3 way up)
  • 1 med slice of onion
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp salt

Bring to a boil and let it cook for 25 minutes or until squash is soft. Let sit in the pot until cold. Once cold, put squash in blender with 1 cup of the water from the pot and blend to the consistency you like. Add more water if necessary. You can also add cream or milk at this point. Adjust salt if needed.

**Photograph styled by Sr. Elizondo

 

 

 

 

Juice Fast Day 6

Wellness

It’s the end of day 6 and I’m finished!

I have to admit the last day was not as stringent as before. After yesterday’s salad fiasco, I wasn’t hungry at all…for anything. I had my morning lemon water and water in general, but thinking of any of the juices made me nauseous. It wasn’t until after 1:00pm that I had my first juice. Then I had 2 more and that was it.

In the end, I’m happy I did it. I feel lighter and it was a great motivator to get healthy. On the downside, it was REALLY difficult. The flu symptoms were the worst, but I guess if you want the toxins out you have to accept the pain. And as for losing weight, I have no idea. It was a detox for health, not a diet.

Would I do it again? Yes, but probably at a retreat/spa with all the herbs, massages, colonics, etc. I feel like those things really help the process. What I would do at home is a modified version of juices with a daily plant based meal.

As for tomorrow I plan on a morning smoothie, a plant based meal, and a squash soup that’s in process now. Cheers to healthy living!

 

 

 

 

Juice Fast Day 5

Wellness

Good morning from Monterrey. It’s day 5 and I can see the light!

 

I felt okay today, but not energized like yesterday. I was wishing the juices were more varied. I have 4 different flavors each day, but they are same everyday in the same order. The monotony is getting to me.

In the evening, I broke it. I had a salad. About an hour later, the salad came right back up. So does that still count as cheating??? haha.

Anyway, tomorrow is my last day of juicing and I’m wondering how to handle the days after. I definitely want to continue the plant-based healthy eating. It’s time to do some research and get a plan in place.

 

Current Read- 10% Happier

Culture

After Dan Harris (the tv news guy) has a panic attack/meltdown while on live news, he seeks a change to get control of his life. He finds it in meditation.

I liked this book for two reasons. It was interesting to hear the behind the scenes of interviews with current self help gurus. We all see their professional images, but it’s nice to have a sneak peek into the real people. Second, he makes meditation completely accessible without all the hype that usually surrounds it. Hence, the name of the book.

***If meditation doesn’t interest you, neither will this book.