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Almost Gourmet

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Looking for a gourmet holiday party pack at a non-gourmet price? Almost Gourmet is the answer. Check out my review here: Gourmet Food, Non-Gourmet Tab. Happy holidays!


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November 24, 2009 at 6:52 am

My WellWire Debut Article Is Up!

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See why tea beats coffee here. Would love to hear your thoughts, too. Stay healthy!

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September 25, 2009 at 3:29 pm

Must See Health Hub: WellWire

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If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably just like me: a health rookie. We all want to live well, in every sense of the word. The problem really is how exactly to do it.

WellWire Logo

And the secret, really, is precisely what the logo says: everyday holistic solutions. If there’s one thing that has never worked for me, it’s setting myself up for these outlandish goals and eventually punishing myself for not being able to reach them… which has always been the case.

WellWire is a refreshing, new health and wellness site co-founded by two amazing naturopathic physicians, Dr. Nishant Rao and Dr. Igor Schwartzman. They have devoted this great hub for practitioners, patients, health nuts, foodies, and social media junkies to share information and support each other in reaching health related goals; goals that absolutely anyone can achieve. It’s easy, practical, reliable, and trust me when I say that it’s actuallyhella fun. For instance, check out this entertaining article by Dr. Nishant: Superhero Your Vegetables!

I am privileged to be part of this community: I was recently chosen to have a weekly, Gen-Y focused column on the site, and just like I tweeted, “It feels great to see my face plastered alongside these professionals!” (see my newly published bio here. Holler!) So watch out for the column soon; I’m sure you’ll love it. Meantime, hit up the WellWired folks this weekend, and let’s all toast to our health!

Written by Karla Mercado

September 19, 2009 at 3:25 am

Balancing Tenderfoot

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My official health & wellness blog is finally up and running!
Please visit, support and be a guest blogger in
Balancing Tenderfoot!
Here’s to your health!

Written by Karla Mercado

August 23, 2009 at 4:29 am

It Only Takes Common Sense to Be Healthy

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naturalI just discovered a great resource for natural medicine or naturopathy, an example of alternative medicine that focuses on natural remedies and the body’s ability to maintain and heal itself.

I have to admit that I’ve been suspicious about alternative medicine ever since I started showing interest and passion in the medical sciences, but when I read more about naturopathy, and especially when I discovered WellWire, I realized that it’s really all about going back to basics and learning to live a sustainable, self-sufficient, and balanced lifestyle, which are things that I also personally uphold.

When we go back to basics and when we acknowledge how much we’ve been underestimating our bodies’ capabilities, you’ll realize that you can totally do away without taking in all those pills and multivitamin capsules and acai berry drinks, and still be healthy. All you really have to do is, again, look around you and embrace what nature has to offer. And I think WellWire‘s pretty good at advocating this philosophy.

Going back to basics when it comes to health is something that I work on each day, what with all the health trends being endorsed by models and so-called health gurus every hour on TV. It’s tough; I often forget about what my body really needs. And there’s also this ongoing paranoia when it comes to sickness, when really, at the end of the day, health and wellness isn’t about completely obliterating disease from the face of the earth. I think we’ve allowed this fear of disease (and death from disease) to take over our every day lives, that we end up stuffing ourselves with all sorts of meds that end up destroying our liver anyway. What’s even worse is when we shrug it all off and say, “Ah, to hell with it. We will all eventually die of cancer anyway. Let’s live in the moment!” and allow our bodies to waste away in drunken escapades and cigarettes.

Naturopathy is such a refreshing avenue in healthcare because it reminds us of the common sense we tend to overlook each day. Yes, it’s pretty much common sense, really — “eating the rainbow” (every color of fruit and veggies), managing stress to maximize your immunity to the flu, staying outdoors early in the morning to absorb all that sunny, Vitamin D goodness, etc. And with the ridiculous expenses attributed to hospitals and treatments, going back to basics also means saving yourself if not hundreds, thousands of dollars just to stay in shape. The sun is free, for one thing!

So, like I would always tell you guys — just look around you! Nature demands our attention… and for a pretty good reason, too.

It’s bananas

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sabaI really miss saging na saba which is so difficult to find here.  It is most similar to burro bananas, and when I went to the fruit stands in the Asian store last weekend, they only had overripe scraps of it, which was a real bummer.

We would, instead, load up on plantain, but it’s not the same. 

Saba is usually really sweet and almost gooey when fried ripe, chewy and sticky when eaten raw.

Plantain doesn’t go ripe the same way, and it doesn’t have the gooey consistency at all, which is less fun.

I will surely look for saba when I come back in June.  I’m excited to snack on it raw, deep fry it, and have my lola make turrón (saba and jackfruit wrapped in springroll wrapper, dipped in brown sugar, then deep fried) and bananacue (saba rolled in brown sugar and deep fried). Oh yes.

EDIT: Oops! You can’t eat saba raw.  I confused raw saba with boiled saba.  My bad, folks! 🙂

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March 19, 2009 at 5:54 pm

Got. To. Have. These.

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I have scrounged long and hard enough for a store that carries Sweet & Sara products.  Now I know where to find some in good ol’ ABQ.  Woohoo!

Orgasm on a plateBehold… orgasm on a plate.

Sweet & Sara’s Vanilla Marshmallows — 100% gelatin-free, 100% vegetarian and vegan.  And, get this:  they also have it in coconut and s’mores.  Holy freakin’ yum!

Ingredients: cane sugar, water, corn syrup, acacia, carrageenan (gelatenous, red seaweed extracts), cornstarch, pure vanilla extract, locust bean gum, soy protein hydrolysate, oragnic confectioner’s sugar, sea salt

More here.

Written by Karla Mercado

March 11, 2009 at 10:42 pm