Category: You Are What You Eat

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Health Affirmations

I am safe in the world around me.

My body is instinctually healing itself in all moments.

I am at peace with my surroundings, with the people and events that occur.

I treat my mind and body as a temple.

I nurture and love my mind and body.

My mind and body nurtures and loves me.

My body is a gift and I appreciate every facet and corner of it.

My body is the perfect living space.

Perfect health and happiness is my divine right and I realize it now.

I revel in the foods that are the best for my mind and body.

I am the only one who chooses my thoughts.

I am prosperous in good health.


How Much Do Things Cost in Jericó, Colombia?

…a bag of small red potatoes, two bags of lentils, arepa de chocolo (sweet corn tortillas), cheese, yuca (a root vegetable like a potato), an onion, garlic, a head of broccoli, and a coconut, all for $COP 11.000 – USD 3.74 – EUR 3.17.


Relatively, Colombia is an overall inexpensive country and ironically it is blessed with everything the country could want or need.

Jericó, Colombia is a story inside a whole other book of Colombia’s. Not only are there sunshine and rainbows from the mud to the sky, they have a culture that has inspired me to call this pueblo (the Spanish word for town) one of the happiest places in the world. Discover what Jericó has to offer and why it’s so damn happy!

Below is an outline of what things cost in Jericó as of October 2017:



Hostel: $COP 25.000 – USD 8.53 – EUR 7.22 per person, per night

Hotel: $COP 30.000 – USD 10.24 – EUR 8.66 per person, per night






A bundle of assorted vegetables from the store: $COP 5,000-10,000 – USD 1.71-2.89 – EUR 1.44-3.41







A bunch of exotic fruits from the little kiosks in the main square: ~ $COP 7,000 – USD – EUR






Eggs: 15 eggs for $COP 6,000 – USD 2.05 – EUR 1.73




Medium bag of assorted nuts: ~ $COP 8,000 – USD 2.73 – EUR 2.31




Loaf of bread: ~ $COP 5,000 – USD 1.71 – EUR 1.44 





Water (free & delicious from the tap)





Coffee: ~ COP$ 2,500 – USD 0.85 – EUR 0.72 per cup at a coffee shop,

~ $COP 5,000 – $COP 10,000 – USD 1.71-2.89 – EUR 1.44-3.41 per generic brand bag at the store






A large bottle of Aguardiente: ~ COP$32.000 – USD 10.92 – EUR 9.24








Bottle of beer:

~ COP$ 2,500 – USD 0.85 – EUR 0.72 






Transportation to/from Medellin: ~ $COP 15.000 – USD 5.12 – EUR 4.33 in a shuttle van



For quality vegetables, fruits, and most of your culinary needs, head to MercaFácil, located on the street facing all the jeeps for public transport, bordering the main square of Jericó. It’s convenient, good quality, and the staff has always been friendly every time I visit. They should have everything you need.

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La Gruta Restaurante & Bar – Jericó, Colombia

What I ate:

Colombians have all sorts of names for traditional dishes and I almost never know what to order because there are so many, so I let my friend from El Saturia, a coffee shop near where I am staying in Jericó decide:

Beef–I know I sort of vouch for vegetarians, but it’s worth noting that I have heard Jericó treats their cows very well, feeds them adequate sunshine and good grass, and they look like the happiest and healthiest cows in result–yuca and potato with tomato sauce, white rice, and a salad.

What I loved:

The traditions. Not just in the embellishments and decorations, but in the local customers and the fooooood! Seriously, La Gruta has food straight from a Colombian mother’s kitchen; I died and went to heaven when I tasted the buttery soft yuca with tomato sauce.

The beef, potato, and yuca were covered in a light tomato sauce. The white rice was left white, and the avocado was the perfect touch to the salty side of the dish. The sweet was the salad dressing atop lettuce and repollo (cabbage).




What could have been better:

I’m a girl who loves color, and there definitely could have been more here, given all the wood this place was sporting. Jericó is known for its colors, as well, so I was surprised.

Really, that’s all I got on the bad stuff. It was a delish dish with great company. Located on the street next to the big brown church at the plaza, next to the “bus station” (which is more of a bus street) of Jericó, check out La Gruta if you’re looking to get a local Jericoan vibe and quality food.


This meal was kindly provided by La Gruta, but all opinions, photography and spelling mistakes are my own!

Best Foods for Your Best Thoughts (Travel Style)

There’s no more doubt. Our gut health is linked to our head health. What we feed our bodies determines how we feel throughout the day. Feed your body right and you feed your soul right.

I realize not all of us hug trees and eat plants all day, but for those of us who do or would like to start and are lacking ideas, the list below is a good start. As much as the next person, I know how difficult it can be to eat well, which is why it’s so important to choose the foods you enjoy. Eating should be fun all the time, no matter what you’re eating.


The benefits of a whole foods diet are incredible when you experience it firsthand:

  • skyrockets energy levels so we can party more
  • improves mental clarity, which increases positivity, which improves your travels (and life)
  • helps decrease tolerance to plant and synthetic chemicals (tea, coffee, medicine, etc.) – no I’m not condoning any of these!! But we all have our vices…
  • balances hormone levels
  • strengthens the immune system so we can party more
  • boosts mood so we can party more
  • uses less money in the long run
  • guilt & stress-free
  • ^^^ consequently look and feel younger because of all of the above ^^^^



**Keep in mind, these foods fill you up much longer than traditional processed foods like bread, pasta, and crackers. Therefore, you will save money not only on monthly grocery bills but also on doctor bills down the road.



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Below is a list of ideas for whole foods to love that come straight from the plant or ground itself, and are usually convenient, inexpensive, healthy, and widely available in most countries while you’re traveling Earth.


Legumes & Grains:

= Beans
= Lentils
= Peas (of all kinds)
= Amaranth
= Quinoa
= Rice
= Oatmeal – think outside the box with these. Sure, plain pooridge is boring and pretty tasteless but pooridge with different fruits each day isn’t. Bored of sweet oats? Add some seasoning and vegetables like you would a stir fry. Don’t be afraid to mix your leftovers into your oats. Hey, don’t knock it till you try it.
= Honey (for non-vegans)

Nuts & Seeds:

= Pistachios
= Walnuts
= Almonds
= Peanuts
= Pecans
= Cashews
= Brazil Nuts
= Filberts
= Chia Seeds
= Sesame Seeds
= Sunflower Seeds
= Pumpkin Seeds
= Flaxseed (can actually be used to replace egg!!)



Fresh Fruit:

= Apples &
= Oranges specifically, since they don’t spoil quickly, they can be carried around without bruising too much, and they are convenient to eat.


Dried Fruit:

lightweight, bruise-proof, and nutritiously delicious (Without added sugar, preferably).
= Tamarind Pods (Tamarindos) – a type of fruit which comes naturally dried in its pod and
typically has a sour to sour-sweet to sweet taste.

…& Frozen Fruit:

like grapes, mangoes, pineapple, etc. Some other fruits just don’t last as well in an ice box such as blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries.


= Tomatoes (if you still consider it a veggie these days)
= Carrots
= Bell Peppers
= Cucumbers (fruit or veggie? wait, what are they calling a vegetable these days??)
= Asparagus
= Brussel Sprouts
= Eggplant
= Avocados (supposedly these are fruit too and I’m just gonna give up on fruit/vegetable labels from now on)
= Potatoes (all types)
= Yucca
= Garlic
= Onions
= Mushrooms


= Broccoli
= Cauliflower
= Peas
= Corn

…in frozen form as they taste quite similar to fresh and usually are a good deal in grocery stores.

Obviously any vegetables will do while traveling, but these are most commonly available in grocery stores around the world and are what have worked for me while traveling long-term.


If, like myself, you’ve given up butter and milk in favor of the cows and your health, here is my small list of oils I use to cook while traveling:

= Olive Oil – good for cooking with low heat & healing sunburnt, peeling skin
= Coconut Oil – good for cooking with low heat & preventing sunburnt skin (at SPF 9 it needs frequent reapplication and added protection in intense heat)
= Sesame Oil – for low heat cooking
= Avocado Oil – also good for high heat cooking & helps lock a healthy amount of moisture in your skin when applied topically

Season with:

= Paprika
= Cumin
= Basil
= Red Pepper Flakes
= Black Pepper
= Himalayan/Sea/Black Salt
= Curry Powder
= Cinnamon
= Thyme
= Turmeric
= Garlic Powder
= Onion Powder


   Top It Off With:

= Dark Chocolate ~ possibly better than donuts when you’re in a country that specializes in chocolate (Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, etc.); bonus points if you get it from a chocolate museum and do the tour.
= Tea
= Coffee
= Kombucha (fermented tea that can replace a pop habit–shop around for your favorite because the options are endless and some taste delicious and some taste like crap)

        = Good ol’ water – alkalized is the healthiest. Add some lemon juice to easily alkalize and remember a lot of tap water around the world has harmful bleach chemicals to kill germs.

Here’s what I use to filter my water of virtually any pathogen and/or chemicals while traveling:

…and YES, it even worked in Mexico 🙂 Works with river water, too!! Just don’t try it with ocean water or you’ll clog it and cost yourself a replacement filter.


(I’m vouching for these guys through the Amazon Affiliate Program and am glad to do so as this is the best filter I have ever had, especially for travel)


This list is growing so if you have any whole & convenient foods that you enjoy, please share!!!