Road Tripping South: El Cielito and Tehuamixtle, Jalisco

Originally hailing from the interior of British Columbia, I know long drives. As a kid we’d make the six-plus hour drive to Vancouver half a dozen times every year, stopping for grilled cheese, fries and a milk shake at this truck stop just past Hope. After bouncing around we finally settled on Vancouver Island near Sooke, which if you don’t know is at least a 45 minute drive anywhere. Fond memories now, but I hated every minute it of it back then. Something I truly love about this place, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico is just how much (or how little) you can see if you point your car in any direction but west and drive for two hours.

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5 Steps for Optimal Health

Healthy Living Wellness

  1. Eat to Live

Eat Simple and Eat “Clean”. The more simply that you eat, the better you will feel. By eating simple combinations of foods you will not only lose weight but you will also experience and achieve the following:

  • Weight loss
  • Clear skin
  • Mental acuity
  • Reduced stress
  • Increased energy
  • Improved immune function
  • Better digestion
  • Reduced cravings

Not bad for benefits, right? When you add foods that are green to your plate, they nourish your body and give you life. These foods strengthen your immune system, providing you with more energy. Choose greens like spinach, swiss chard, and kale to name a few; the darker the better. If you do not like your greens or you are a green newbie, then try starting this step by eating celery, cucumber and lettuce. Remember that veggies are good for you and even taking veggie baby steps is better than nothing! You will see and feel small improvements.

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Provecho! A Guide to Eating Healthy in Mexico

By Casey Siemasko

I strongly believe that Mexican cuisine is one of the best things on the planet. I am also convinced that I could gleefully consume guacamole, margaritas, huevos rancheros, and fish tacos every single day for the remainder of my life. Unfortunately, there’s just one little problem with my scheme: overindulging in Mexican food (especially westernized Mexican food) can lead to an expansive waistline, low energy levels and generally poor health.

That’s not to say it’s impossible to travel to Mexico, enjoy plenty of the local food on a daily basis, and still arrive home wearing the same jeans you departed in. Consider a few of the following tips on your next jaunt to Mexico (or your favorite nearby Mexican restaurant) for a guaranteed healthier experience:

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Poinsettia – Noche Buena

Noche Buena  (Spanish)
Euphorbia pulcherrima
Christmas Flower.  A favorite for the holiday season, this plant in the red and green colors of Christmas can reach 12 feet when grown in the wild.  Hybrids in white, pink, and yellow are also found. Aztecs produced a red dye from the flower and used preparations as an antipyretic medication. Toxicity is relatively mild however the latex sap can cause an allergic reaction in sensitive individuals.


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Christmas on the Mexican dinner table

The usually bustling markets all over Mexico become even busier in December when displays of fruit for ponche navideño (Christmas punch) leading to the posadas intensifies.

For nine days before Christmas, friends and neighbors get together for posadas which are reenactments of Mary and Joseph’s search for shelter in Bethlehem for the baby Jesus. The group ends up at the home of whichever neighbor lets them in, where piñatas are broken, fruit and candy are devoured by the children and Mexican punch, tamales and deep-fried fritters called buñuelos are offered.  

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Renting out your condo in Mexico? Careful! All that salsa could go out the window

condo nitta nuevo vallartaMany expats who own condos in Mexico actually spend only part of the year in them.  Rather than keeping them empty when away, many logically choose to rent them.  That makes sense.

It also makes sense that the SAT, the Mexican Tax Authority, would also be eager to become your ever present, silent partner.  The second that you derive income from rentals, the SAT expects to get its share.  That is ostensibly fair. 

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