Thursday, June 13, 2013

How to Look Ten Years Younger

Hi!  I want to show you how to help yourself look ten years younger.  I say that women are like wine, we just keep getting better.  The way I began was taking time for myself.  This may include reading a book, taking a bath (actually sitting in a bath tub not showering), watching beauty YouTube videos and selecting healthier foods.  This has to be done one step at a time but you can achieve your desired look. 

I am a mom of three.  And not to mention one has autism. I was a young mom with a journey of a special needs child.  It was very hard and at some times continues to be but I cherish all the good times with smiles and laughter.  I soon began to look at old pictures of myself and said "I need to shape back up and look youthful again."  It is hard to motivate yourself but it can be done.  

Motivation #1:  Acknowledge the very things that can motivate you.  For me was watching the beauty guru's on YouTube.  Granted they are all in their teens and twenties but some of them really do know what they are talking about.  I became more aware of what makeup to try and what styles were in.  Some even give tips on how to shop at thrift stores!  I'm telling you, awesome stuff!!

Motivation  #2:   Look how celebrities change up their look even after having a baby.  I randomly would read on their weight loss tricks and diets.  This can give you ideas on how to apply these tactics with how you eat and exercise.  Remember this is only motivation.  I am not saying to mimic what they do. 

Motivation #3:  Don't give up!  This is not silly and you are a valuable person.  Don't be afraid of failure.  So just get back up and try it again.  I have failed various diets and gave up on exercises but I made it to be temporary.  I switched and tried something different.  If bread was hard for me to give up then instead I would try cutting out on chips and other starchy foods first.  One thing at a time is key.  However, keep trying all kinds of exercises.  And I mean all kinds to see which one fits best for you and your schedule.

Motivation #4:  Love & Friendship.  Our precious treasures for our hard work is to keep accountability with someone.  So when it's time to spice yourself up on a date night or girls night out you will be overwhelmed with such confidence that you truly look great.  Please remember to watch the alcohol drinks with high calories.  I always go for a red wine.  One or two glasses is good for me.  But importantly, have fun with an assurance that you truly earned this!  

~ Diana 
Latinos Saludable

P.S.  Don't have enough time or money to go to the gym.  There are some great YouTube videos on workouts.  
Fitness Blender is one of my fav!
Another is Be Fit

First picture is of me at 19 years of age
Second picture is of me at age 35
So Latinos are well known for being unhealthy eaters.  Or that's the way I see it.  After living in a more Americanized neighborhood with a good selection of diversity I have experimented many different foods which include all our healthy green vegetables.  I soon realized that my family got it all wrong.  Respectfully, I understand that our Latino foods are from culture and displays who we are in society.  However, I acknowledge the health hazards that come along with it and this is when I decided to play the replacement game. 

Let me let you in on this game if you are one to choose to live a longer and healthier life.  And for some of you this includes providing a healthier life style for your family as well.  One of my kids favorites is pastelillos (or some call it empanadas).  These are meat filled and fried.  I substituted the ground beef for ground turkey.  Some say yuck at the mention of ground turkey, but since this does not have any fat make sure to add water as much as possible to keep the meat tender.  Then season to taste, and remember to adjust the seasoning whenever adding water.  Keep breaking up the meat too as this meat can easily clump up.  Now instead of frying try baking.  They are good!  Trust me.  I will admit they won't be as juicy but if you keep the meat moist enough you really won't miss all the extra grease from frying. 

And that's it!  Simple right?  Please give this a try and tell me what you think. 


1 lb. of ground turkey
1 packet of Sazón
1 pack of Goya discs (local Latino store)

For the meat which sometimes we call it picadillo, you can add any other ingredients such as diced potatoes, olives, diced red peppers.  The more the merrier.  These add so much flavor to your picadillos however, I always choose to opt out because my kids are so picky! 

After making the meat (picadillo) you want to grab a Goya disc and fill the middle with one to two teaspoons (depending on what disc size you have) and then close it by folding sealing the edges together.  With a fork you want to press down all around making sure they are sealed.  When baking they will open up if not pressed with pressure. 

These are also great for parties.  They make great finger foods if you cut the big discs in half and do miniature pastelillos. 

~ Diana
Latinos Saludable