Mimi “Antes y Despues”

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Why the Latina Diet Plan?

I wasn’t eating much but I kept gaining weight and got used to the excuse that I am obese because I am Latina but later in my research I found that psychological distress and emotional eating in overweight Latinas was very common. Is there a cure for it, rich people are not obese, how can I fight obesity?

In recent years the emotional eating habits has been increasing a lot especially in the Hispanic communities. I think I was born and minutes later my mom put me into a faja, I always wear one to make me feel better when in reality I was always uncomfortable if I was in it after 4 hours. Obesity is a major public health problem and a leading preventable cause of death, but how can I control my self from eating concon with that little salsita on top, or the pernil with rice and potato salad.

According to a thesis in ProQuest “It is well documented in non-Hispanic populations that emotional eating, is a response to psychological distress, can be an etiological factor of excess weight and obesity”.

Can the social issues have an impact in my weight gain…but I was already gordita since little, I truly believe that in my case is a combination of no exercise, bad eating habits and the socioeconomic status. As a single mom I always worry about everything but myself, a very unhealthy way but about a year ago I found a magic pill that suppress my appetite-and let me tell you that as a chef i love to pick of everything and that is how I end up with 200 pounds, keep in mind that I’m only 5’2 therefore everything goes to my hips. In NYC for couple of years now the bariatric surgery has gain popularity so I checked it out and visit a surgeon at the Bellevue Hospital, on my first visit I felt less gordita surrounded by so many ladies who were a bit more heavy set than me. I had so many doubts, the doctor told me my BMI or Body Mass Index was right on the line, I was secretly so desperate that I started eating more to gain more pounds in order to qualify for the surgery. I had some tests were performed and many more scheduled but one day at my beauty parlor my friend told me about this treatment and I decided to give it a try before surgery.

I lost 5 pounds the first week and I just couldn’t believe it so I went to Rite Aid, and after that to the Duane Reade scale, called mom and we just didn’t think it was going to work. Months later mama got into the plan and we were both losing weight-it was a magic moment because we have fight with this weight must of our lives. I lost over 30 pounds in about 9 months because as I Latina chef I had to re-train not only my body but my mind. I was never a big play eater but I pick a lot, in December I noticed I no longer eat 2 pasteles en hoja, my stomach was finally shrinking ?…wasn’t that the same purpose of the biatric surgery? , listen I’m a chef not a surgeon BUT what I can tell you is that the diet works, is not easy but neither is carrying 2 big butts and 4 hips.

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I am now 172 beautiful pounds, the last time I remember to be 175 was back in High School. I have never felt this good in my entire life, and that is why I created a diet meal program call “Latin Diet Meals” in which I will offer prepared diet meals, a reference to my clinic for the suppressant for those ladies like my self that needs it, and me as a coach. We will be exercising as a group because I know how hard it is to do it all by your self. I now have a group of 140+ ladies and about 5 guys curious about how in the world Mimi lost weight surrounded by food. Below is a before and after, I never thought I was going to have one of those pictures so imagine how happy I am today, I still use my fajas but now I can breath better.

 

 

 

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Diferencia entre Yucca y la Yuca


Yuca_TINIMA20130510_0123_18 Yucca elephantipes - Yucca de punta 2(1)La yuca también llamada mandioca, o guacamota es un alimento prehispánico, creo que es unos de esos tubérculo  con mas historias ya que desde los tiempos indígenas  este se comia. Sea salcochada, frita, majada, o en forma de casabe   a nosotros nos encanta.

Es un alimento rico en hidratos de carbono complejos (principalmente almidón), fibra, también contiene proteína vegetal, vitaminas A, B2, B3, B6, B9 o ácido fólico, C, K y minerales como el potasio, magnesio, fósforo, calcio, hierro y sodio. Tiene acción energética, depurativa, hipocolestemiante, neuroestimulante, antitrombótica, antioxidante, antiinflamatoria, inmunoestimulante, antibacteriana (uso externo).

En fin, si la acompañas con un quesito o carne sin mucha grasa, seria una buena idea para tu almuerzo o cena.

Bueno ya que ahora tenemos en claro que la yuca es un tubérculo ( y no Tuberculo Gourmet) tengo que confezar que e notado a muchas personas incluyendome a mi propia persona escribir Yucca en Inglés.

No se cuando fue la primera vez que vi esa palabra y sin investigar la escribi sin darme cuenta que la palabra “Yucca” es un arbusto y por eso decidi compartir este post. Imagínense  yo ofreciendo un arbusto con cebollitas!

La Yucca elephantipes es un arbusto resistente a la sequía que no tolera las bajas temperaturas excesivas, caracterizado por poseer unos tallos erguidos y gruesos, además de hojas verdes rígidas y resistentes.

Nada que ver con una yuca frita, asi que cuando veas “Yucca” en un menu en Inglés dejenle saber que “Yucca” es un arbusto!

 

 

Fotos gracias a viverochaclacayo.com

Palitos de Coco o Memelos

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Palitos de Coco o Memelos

Esta foto se la dedico a los servidadores alegres como lo es Romey la sensacion actual por su mambo que cantaba mientras bendia sus Palitos de Coco o Memelos como les llaman. La creatividad no tiene bandera mi gente, seamos alegres servidores!!! Dios es bueno.

DIETING #Funny Post


StressedThis is a specially formulated diet designed to help women cope with the stress that builds during the day.
BREAKFAST

1 grapefruit
1 slice whole-wheat toast
1 cup skim milk
LUNCH

1 small portion lean, steamed chicken with a cup of spinach
1 cup herbal tea
1 Hershey’s Kiss
AFTERNOON TEA

The rest of the Hershey Kisses in the bag
1 tub of Hagen-Daaz ice cream with chocolate-chip topping
DINNER

4 bottles of wine (red or white)
2 loaves garlic bread
1 family-size Supreme pizza
3 Snickers bars
LATE NIGHT SNACK

1 whole Sarah Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from the freezer)
REMEMBER: “Stressed” spelled backward is “desserts”.

June 1, Today in Food History Calendar


1926 During this month, the first automatic pop-up toaster was introduced by the Waters-Genter Company of Minneapolis, MinnesotaImage

1951 The International Cheese treaty was signed. International Convention on the Use of Designations of Origin and Names for Cheeses.

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1993 Brooklyn, New York begins recycling.

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1996 Dr. Edward Anton Asselbergs died. In 1960 Dr. Asselbergs developed the process for making instant mashed potato flakes, the same basic process is still used world-wide today.Image

Slush Puppy or Yun-Yun!


Yun-YunI remember like today those bottles of Coca-Cola in the Dominican Republic, the ice cream guy or Yunyunero would reuse them for his ice cream cart which was always standing near by the school gate waiting for all of us to get out of class to sell us yun-yun.
In Colombia is known as “raspao” in Puerto Rico and New York, are called “piragua or canoe” and in the Dominican Republic, is called “yun yun.” Street vendors are a non-electric pedal tricycle. The Yunyuneros are very fast when it comes down to shaving the ice, they can entertain a group of customers to reach the final line of sweating customers.
I once try to scrape a block of ice and let me tell you is not as easy as it looks!

In New York City the tradition continues and I love to stop and buy a shaved ice cream in summer time.

You can find different fruit flavors and is served in a glass filled with shaved ice, here are the most popular flavors:
Buttermilk
Guava
Mint
Strawberry
Chinola or Guava
Coconut