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Tico Fresh Vegan Tacos

Have you ever hear of the term Tico Fresh?

Tico is short for Costa Rican, so when we talk about Tico Fresh food, it embodies all the beautiful things about this country.

It means the food is fresh, local, and scrumptious.

The food here is Farm to Table.

That’s why each recipe I develop at The Retreat is perfection.

The ingredients just pop!

And this Tuesday is no exception.

But you can enjoy these Vegan Tacos with Cashew Sour Cream any day.

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These are made with Portobello Mushrooms and Cashew Sour Cream

Ingredients
Small corn tortillas
2 large portobello mushrooms, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 sweet onion, sliced
1 tablespoon Nama Shoyu
1 teaspoon cumin, ground
1 tablespoon ghee or coconut oil
1 tomato, diced
1 avocado, sliced

Directions
Marinate vegetables in Nama Shoyu and cumin for 15 minutes.
Sauté veggies in ghee for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat. Warm
the tortillas on a flat sauté pan. Fill each tortilla with veggies and
Cashew Sour Cream (recipe below) , and top with diced tomatoes and avocado.

Cashew Sour Cream

½ cup cashew butter
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon Himalayan sea salt

Place all cream sauce ingredients in a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth.

Enjoy!!!

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The Benefits of Meditation

Is focus an issue?

Do you find that you can’t fall asleep at night?

Do you get bouts of Anxiety?

Don’t worry, you’re not alone….

A busy mind is one of the biggest causes of dis-ease and weight gain.

It’s time for you to Relax…

Relaxation …

Who has time for that?
What does that mean?

Does that mean watching a movie on television? Does it mean listening to live music at a local bar? (Both of which are entertaining and stimulating — they take us away from ourselves and fill us with euphoria — but I am talking about going into ourselves.) It means making time for YOU. Quiet time. Mindless relaxation. Don’t worry if this sounds like an impossible task. I remember when I felt that way.

There are so many ways to get that mindless time. Some call it meditation, and I know that’s a scary word for a lot of people. I remember when I was told to meditate some years ago. I jumped at the practitioner who suggested it, “I don’t know how!” But, of course, I did know how, we all know how, instinctually. We just forget that we have that option.

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Meditation doesn’t have to look a certain way. It doesn’t have to look like a yogi in meditation pose, chanting OMMMM with their hands resting gently on their legs, palms up with forefinger slightly touching thumb. But it can. I was extremely intimidated by the thought of meditation when imagining that scenario. It was a ridiculous-looking position and I wouldn’t be caught dead doing that, I thought to myself. I had really created a story around why that wouldn’t work for me. But, I am here to tell you that you don’t have to sit in any particular position — there are no rules for how you quiet your mind.

Unless you wish to take meditation to the next level, or wish to one day teach it, you can meditate however you like. Sometimes when I go on a walk, I pick a focal point on a long path and stay tuned into that and not distracted with other elements. My body keeps moving along the path, and all I hear is my breath while focusing on this pinpoint of nothingness. It’s just plain good practice to “give it a rest,” once in a while.

I also like to take a few minutes to do a simple meditation at home. In the video “How to Balance the Mind,” I show you how to do a 10-minute meditation. It is simple and quick enough to do every day.

ps.  Your health/weight management  is more than just food.

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Gain to lose on a Cleanse?

What will you Gain?

And what will you lose when doing a cleanse?

Really, I mean if you are going to commit 10 days for yourself, what are you going to get out of it?

Cleanses are challenging, but on The Naked Challenge you benefit so much:

Weight loss. Yes, you will lose weight. Within just a few days, you notice that your pants are looser and your face is far from the puffy version it was before you started.

Regularity. To say the least. There is something magical about those fresh enzymes mixed with liquid that makes you a regular machine. I sometimes wonder where it all comes from, but believe it or not, it’s all old material that is being flushed down the toilet for a clean start.

Clearer skin. This is one of those things that just creeps up on you. Your skin is your largest organ and it shows you exactly what is going on in your body. When your body is clean, you sparkle and glisten, radiating beauty.

Flat stomach. All the gas and bloating disappear like magic leaving a relaxed and unstressed abdominal area.

More energy. It’s almost crazy how much energy your body can maintain when it is not overworked by hard-to-digest foods.

Better sleep. And less sleep, too. Sleep is a time for your body to take a break from its hardworking days. But a cleanse gives your body a rest even while you are awake so you don’t need as much sleep.

A better demeanor. Although most of us don’t think we need improvement there, we get this as a bonus. Our normal reactions to any given circumstance are much gentler, calmer, and more thoughtful.

Clear thinking. Less scattered and more focused. You are able to assess and act clearly and precisely without your brain going haywire. What affects the body also affects the mind. You are cleansing both.

Sharper insight. I was going to call this clairvoyance, psychic abilities, deeper connection to spirit, and all those wonderful things that are true. But, I didn’t want to scare anyone. This is the one benefit that we never expect and are always so pleased to welcome. A clean body = clear mind = connection to all that is (aka spirit).

And, thats just to name a few things, because on

THE NAKED CHALLENGE one-on-one the benefits run long and deep.

Save Your Spot NOW

p.s. It’s filling up fast and it’s less than a couple weeks away…so just do it and make that change you have been talking about for months.

Love,

Diana

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Diana Stobo’s Raw Thai Lettuce Wraps: Raw Food Recipe

I don’t know if you can love food as much as I do and be super skinny.

That’s not really the goal, anyway.

The goal is to feel great in your NAKED body.

And the only way I know how to do that is to eat NAKED.

So, I spend much of my time re-creating dishes I love into a new, NAKED version.

Meaning that they stripped down of the foods that —

  • Harm your body
  • Cause inflammation
  • Make you fat
  • Make you feel bad

One of the most favorite foods that I have ever created is my Thai Lettuce Wraps.

(Watch the video to see how easy they are to make.)

I think the reason they are so good is because the flavor punch is ridiculous.

Ridiculous in a good way.

I mean, if it doesn’t taste good …

I think these Thai Lettuce Wraps have been featured on about 8 different online shows, at least 24 blogs, and added to several eBooks.

A couple of years ago, I was supposed to bring appetizers to a Surfers Christmas party.

I had to make enough for at least 50 people.

I tripled the recipe and ended up with two full trays.

Among the buffet filled with meats, cheeses, breads, dips, chips, and typical party food, my green leafy wraps stood out.

I ran to the bar to grab myself a snifter of tequila — my drink of choice. :)

And, when I returned, there were 5 little leaves left on the two trays combined.

Everybody was oooooing  and awwwwwing over these delicious Diana Stobo Naked Nuggets, and let’s just say, the party began after that :)

If you want to try some other NAKED recipes and care to drop some excess weight FAST, read my best seller:

10-Day Weight-Loss Guide

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Summertime Balsamic Salad

Summertime Balsamic Salad

Balsamic vinaigrette is one of my favorite flavors. Making your own dressing is the simplest thing and tastes so much better than store bought. I whipped this up from ingredients I had available in my kitchen, I wanted something special to drizzle on my fresh summertime produce. This hearty salad can be served as a side or eaten as a meal.

Balsmaic dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 head lettuce of your choice, torn into bite size pieces (I used Romaine)
  • 1 orange bell pepper, cut into slices
  • 2 persian cucumbers, sliced
  • 3 green onions, cut into small pieces
  • 2 heirloom tomatoes, cut into small pieces

Arrange produce in large bowl and toss with balsamic dressing. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 balsamic dressing
  • 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Place all ingredients into blender on high until smooth. Store in an airtight container in fridge.

 

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Coconut Lemonade

Coconut Lemonade

Refreshing and a must for 4th of July weekend. A little bit of sweet, some tang and a zing…. Zippy coconut lemonade. Coconut sugar is a low glycemic sweetener that adds a caramel color and sweetness to this summertime drink. The added spice from the cloves gives it a little complexity. Cloves are a proven anti-inflammatory that also sooths digestion. Coconut lemonade

Ingredients 

  • 2 ½ cups water
  • ½ cups fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ cups coconut palm sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • lemon slices and mint leaves to garnish

Directions 

Mix water, lemon juice, sugar, and cloves in a pitcher. Stir until sugar dissolves. Serve over ice and garnish with lemon slices and fresh mint leaves.

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What to eat while traveling?

Well, it’s not always easy deciding what to eat while you are on a trip, holiday or vacation.  The first instinct is to throw caution to the wind and eat everything in sight.  When in Mexico, eat Mexican, when in Rome, eat Pizza, when in France…well hello?  Bread, cheese and pastries.  But what if you indulge slightly and then  have a few days of eating well so you can fit into the wonderful cute clothes you purchased for your travels?

I’m in Mexico surrounded by temptation because one of my favorite things to eat EVER is refried beans.  I know, it’s weird, but I really love them.  Something comforting and familiar about them, makes me go a little overboard.   But feeling good is my biggest addiction, so I focused on what I was going to eat today.

I’m on a beach, glorious waters, beautiful sunsets, frolicking and playing in the surf which builds an appetite.  I think- what can I do to maintain this playful energy and still enjoy the taste of Mexico.  Everything on the menu has beans, meat, cheese, sauce, tortillas, and tequila.  So, I go to the kitchen and asks the staff if they will oblige me for the day.  The waiter offers me a smoothie, I see a Vitamix… aha, I think….lets have some fun.

 

Upon waking:  Fresh Coconut from the Tree on the property ( I asked the staff to cut it down, no problem…and by the way it was FREE)

After Yogamango, banana and Spinach Smoothie (They make smoothies here with boxed fruit juice and yogurt, I asked them to make it with just fresh fruit and add the greens)

After paddling in the ocean:  Freshly blended cucumber, pineapple and cactus over ice. (I didn’t even come up with this, the staff was drinking it, and I wanted in…it was FREE too)

Sitting by the pool, TRUE hunger strikes: a mixed salad of any fresh vegetable ( the kitchen has tossed in lemon juice and olive oil…and a BIG FAT scoop of Guacamole -my idea…On the menu they have a  wedged salad with Blue Cheese and a Caesar with creamy dressing.  So, I asked them to just keep it simple and light.)

A dip in the pool: I pull a banana from the tree, (no kidding, they are every where , and by the way, it was FREE too)

To keep hydrated : Fresh Lime Juice and Water ( The limes here are so ridiculously sweet that they fill the glass with half lime juice and the other half water, this is very alkalizing, I’ve had this three times today.  And, they only charge me for the bottled water)

After a walk on the beach and just because it sounded good: Melon juice -Fresh Melon blended with ice  (Another Staff drink, sitting in a big bucket in the kitchen to keep the staff hydrated.  They ladle me a big serving of this amazing liquid- for FREE)

For some reason I was really hungry at dinner:  Guacamole tostada (This was actually on the Menu, and I felt that after a day of mostly FREE liquid, I should order a meal.  I thought it was going to arrive with refried beans, but it really was a Corn Tortilla smothered in guacamole, layered with lettuce tomato and red onion.  There was some Cotija cheese crumbled on top, but I just brushed that aside.

My girls wanted dessert: Banana Splits, Cinnamon battered banana’s, and ice cream ( I know what your thinking, but it wasn’t that hard at all.  The bananas were really good, so I joined them and had a couple bites of the bananas while they indulged in the decadence…  Sometimes it’s just fun to watch others enjoy their moment)

 

I guess what I’m trying to say is that, we all get caught up in the moment.  And we certainly let our guards down when we are on vacation…I mean isn’t that what “vacating” is all about?  But, do we really have to let ourselves go all the way into a food spiral that leaves us feeling the post holiday bloat?

Don’t be afraid to ask your waiters to make you something special.  I have done this before and have been known to create signature dishes on my travels.  By the end of this trip, everyone in this boutique hotel will be having green smoothies for lunch.

Most people want to eat healthy, they just don’t know how.

If you would like to see what to pack while traveling go to the Members Area

Also, in The Naked Zone is a 3-day Post holiday detox.

In  health and Love

Diana

 

 

 

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Why Soy is the 7th “Know No”

If you have read Get Naked Fast, a Guide to Stripping Away the Foods That Weigh You Down, you already know the “Know No’s” list—the list of inflammatory foods that cause the body harm.

When this list was put together, the soy industry was doing a great job of disguising the health issues related to soy products and their production. Marketing is such a brilliant game where people will believe what they hear without checking the details. I too was smitten by soy, soy milk and tofu, the greatest culprits of all. Yummy, I thought as I consumed these creamy soy substitutions for my dairy and meat. Quickly I learned, by research, but mostly by my body’s reaction to the product, that it was not a good substitution for a healthy lifestyle.

Most of the soy that is on the market is actually very hard on our systems.

Like all grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, soybeans have a phytate layer to stop the beans from sprouting unless there is adequate moisture and warmth. The phytate layer in soybeans is much thicker than in other grains and legumes and cannot be eliminated with soaking, sprouting or long slow cooking. This means that soybeans are very difficult to digest, and the phytic acid reduces assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc.

Soy interferes with protein digestion, and the soy estrogens are endocrine disruptors (by binding with estrogen receptors), potentially creating fertility problems and breast or uterine cancer in women, and reducing testosterone in men. These soy phytoestrogens also are anti-thyroid agents, causing sluggish thyroids, possibly thyroid cancer, and weight gain.

Soy increases the body’s requirement for B12 and vitamin D. Soy food processing results in the formation of MSG, which is a well known neurotoxin (nerve poison), and soy contains high levels of aluminum, which is known to be toxic to the nervous system and the kidneys. Unless a soybean product is labeled organic, assume that it is  genetically modified.

It is worth noting that in January 2006, the American Heart Association reversed its position recommending the consumption of soy to lower the chance of heart disease after reviewing 22 recent studies, and noted that the FDA’s original recommendation was based on a single study funded by the soy industry.

The soy that should be avoided are soy isolate products like:

  • —Soy milk
  • —Soy protein powder/bars
  • —Soy nuts
  • —Soy cheese
  • —Soy burgers
  • —Soy yogurt
  • —Soy ice cream
  • —Soy baby formula

If you just avoid all packaged and processed foods, you can be sure to avoid soy disguised on food labels.  Soy can be written as:

  • —Textured vegetable protein (TVP)
  • —Textured plant protein
  • —Hydrolyzed vegetable protein (HVP)
  • —Vegetable protein concentrate
  • —Monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • —Lecithin (usually from soy)
  • —Vegetable oil (usually from soy)
  • —Vegetable broth (usually from soy)
  • —Bouillon (usually from soy)
  • —Natural flavor (usually from soy)
  • —Mono-diglycerides (usually from soy)

Soy infant formula is a very bad idea; the baby gets far too much phytoestrogen for its bodyweight, which messes with the baby’s hormones even more than in adults. The estrogenic effects of soy on infants can be irreversible, resulting in delayed or absent sexual maturation in males, and extremely accelerated sexual maturation in females. Soy formula predisposes females to breast cancer and fertility problems later in life.

For those of you looking for a great dairy alternative, try rice milk, almond milk (preferably homemade because it doesn’t contain vegetable oil) and, of course, organic coconut milk — one of my favorites, yummy! (No, the fat in coconut milk will not make you fat. Lauric acid is a medium-chain fatty-acid that is metabolized immediately by the liver, and is very healthful for the body because of its antibacterial and antiviral factors.)

There are ways to get soy into your body that will not cause harm. Naturally fermented and/or cultured ORGANIC soy (to avoid GMO) is very healthful, so look for foods like:

  • —Miso (try to find it with unrefined sea salt)
  • —Tamari (wheat free)
  • —Natto
  • —Tempeh
  • —Extra-firm tofu with nigari
  • —Organic edamame, cooked
  • —Organic soybean sprouts

It doesn’t mean you can NEVER have soy again — like all the “Know No’s” in Get Naked Fast, it is simply information to carry around with you when you make choices for your life.

If you must have soy, have it in moderation. But be thoughtful about the amount and the kind of soy you consume. A 2-ounce serving of fermented and non-genetically modified soy two to three times a week is OK. It’s easier for your system to digest and won’t kill you.

In health & love,

Diana

 

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10 steps to conscious living

Most of our reactions in life are a result of unhealthy lifestyles.  This goes beyond what we eat, but rather how we live.  Each choice we make affects the other,  staying Conscious in a fast paced world can be challenging.  And with these 10 steps we can remind ourselves how to stay connected for a more grounded life.

 

“A stupid person behaves mechanically: an intelligent person behaves consciously.” ~Osho


1. Live simply and live deliberately.  It is alright to allow yourself some space from the day to day grind.  It is so easy to get caught up in the craziness of our existence.  By choosing some time to slow down and focus on self, you will discover that you have more time to enjoy being alive.

2. Stay in touch with yourself. As most of our time is spent in the presence of others, we can very easily lose connection with ourselves.  Being alone is a gift allowing time to observe your own emotions, reactions, likes, dislikes, dreams, and fears.  Meditation and  journaling are a couple of excellent ways to discover self, but simply being alone without outside stimulation is enough to get you in touch with the real you.

3. Support or teach others as often as you can. My philosophy is that there are preachers and there are teachers.  True teachers are those who live their lesson.  Become the example of which you wish to teach.  This will allow you the  opportunity to make the world a better place.

4. Consciously choose what you will allow into your being. Outside stimulation can draw us into a dramatic and chaotic place.  Media bombards our visions with death, war, violence and evil,  tainting your world with fear and pain.  Make choices of that which you wish to read, watch or listen too.

5. Acknowledge the beauty that resides around you. It doesn’t matter where you are, there is beauty in everything.  Find the beauty that surrounds you, recognize it, and embrace it, each day.

6. Nurture your ties to others. Having the love , support, guidance  and companionship of others can be very rewarding.  Take the time to nurture the relationships that are meaningful for you and  reap the benefits of having loved ones in your life.

7. See the larger picture. Creating a broader perspective on life allows you a space to grow.   Educate, research, travel and discuss other ways of being and open yourself to the life you have always wanted.  Just because you choose to live one way, it does not mean it is the only way to live.

8. Embrace the challenges that life presents to you, and challenge yourself often. We all fall into a place of redundancy and routine.  It is easy to find comfort and boredom in the mundane.  Creating challenges and stimulation for ourselves through creativity, and knowledge it opens us up to a more fulfilling life.

9. Move your body. Rest and relaxation does not necessarily mean being sedentary.  Physical movement reacquaints us with our bodies and connects us to the earth in a visceral way. It also restores our vitality. Make time for some conscious movement, whether it is walking, yoga, or swimming, it will enhance your lifestyle greatly.

10. Make time for stillness, silence, and solitude. In today’s world, we find quiet time is hard to come by.  However, just moments a day of stillness and silence can invigorate the senses, calm the mind, and enhance well-being.   Being alone in a peaceful place can help you stay in touch with yourself.

“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” ~Albert Einstein

 

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When is the best time to cleanse?

In Chinese medicine, the liver and gallbladder are the organs and systems associated with spring.

With more than 100 different functions, the liver has the ability to re-grow and regenerate itself up to 75%.

The liver is similar to vegetation in that it regrows when it is cut, and it is associated with the color green and trees in Chinese medicine.

Vitamin D is stored and synthesized in the liver. So the liver, like vegetation, shares a similar photosynthesis function.

The liver is associated with the eyes — the eyes process light. The liver and the eyes are open and receptive in the spring months of the Lunar cycle.

When our liver is clogged, even vitamin D supplements and sunshine cannot be absorbed. The light of the sun and vitamin D help us to thrive.

The gallbladder is like the Earth, the soil that gathers stones. Stones make it impossible to filter toxins and stop the flow of bile, which is the engine oil for the digestive system.

How do you know your liver is imbalanced?

Physically:
Poor digestion
slug
gishness
constipation
herpes
migraines
headaches
conjunctivitis
tiredness upon awakening are among some of the common signs.

Emotionally:

anger
impatience
crying spells and depression are also telltale signs of stagnant liver energy.

A healthy liver naturally guides us toward creativity and rebirth.

When our rejuvenating system is blocked and heavy, our creative impulses are hampered and turn into anger or depression. The liver and gallbladder carry our emotional and spiritual growth, so when the liver is disrupted, an emotional roller coaster may occur.

What causes disruption in the liver and gall bladder?

Dairy
Wheat
Sugar
Meat
Caffeine
Alcohol
Drugs
Overeating
Anything processed

What do the liver and gallbladder need to heal and function properly?

green vegetable foods
green juices
wheatgrass
fresh sprouts
All living foods that are filled with sunlight and oxygen

The liver and gallbladder love the lightness of laughter and smiles, projects, dreams, and vision. Stress, tension, and heavy, stagnant emotions and moods are damaging to their upward-seeking tree nature. So yes, you got the hint:

What better time to cleanse than now?

Whether you do a liver cleanse, a juice cleanse, an herbal cleanse, or a raw-food cleanse, this is the time to create youth and renewal in your life. Just like springtime, our bodies are ready to be lightened up. It is a great time to be in nature and uplift your spirits, mind, and body.

Open your eyes and let them sparkle in the glow of the sun.

NOW is the best time to rejuvenate your liver and turn your soil.

Begin today.

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