How ya doing this new year? Arent you excited that 2014 is here? I AM! It just feels like the opportune time to reset and start all over again. I wanted to share the specials and events that we are having here in Puerto Rico. Maybe it will inspire you to come on down and rejuvenate!!
Our New Year’s special is being sold right now! We will not offer this price for a Wellness retreat AGAIN! Imagine spending time in Paradise experiencing divine raw foods and juicing, coconut water, yoga and the very impressive rain forest journeys of El Yunque. You will be amazed at the lush beauty this island has and the healing that it brings. Contact us and book today!
ONE MORE SPOT LEFT! You should consider the opportunity to cleanse and detox in Paradise with a supporting group, the ability to walk down to the beach, the warmth, the sun, the fresh fruit and the deliciously amazing coconut water and its healing benefits. Reduce weight, release toxins, and empower yourself to begin a healing regimen that is nothing short of miraculous! Contact Skai Juice today and come down to Puerto Rico for our Coconut Water Detox Cleanse this March! The call has been made…
Our Liberation Vacation is one full month of emotional detox and release…we are going deep and we are going to come out on the other side empowered. It is time to release the crap that is preventing you from achieving your highest potential. Time to let go of the food addictions that is preventing you from achieving the healthy body you should be living in.
We will start off with one week of all raw, the second week go into liquids: juicing, smoothies, and energy soups, then the third week, we will go deeper with a 5 day coconut water fast…the last week we will reintroduce solids with fruits and light salads. We will talk about reintroducing food again for proper refeeding when you go back home.
We are going to be doing a variety of things to release the negative issues that each of us has. We will go to the rainforest and to the beach to perform symbolic rituals to let go of those things. We will do some hypnotherapy too. During the 5 day coconut water cleanse, we will host a 3 day silent fast: No communication, no internet, no electricity…we are going to turn off as much of the outside world as we can, so that we can reflect and work on what we need to rebuild. After we come out of that we will continue the rebuilding phase with enormous amounts of gratitude creating, realigning with abundance, having fun, laughing, and developing a plan to live a happier, more prosperous, more empowering life. This is HUGE!
We must fill this retreat in order to do it…due to the fact that we are offering it at such a low rate. Let us know asap! Deadline to book your space and make your deposit is Feb 25th!
See! Amazing things are happening here in Puerto Rico! Wellness in Paradise…that is what we specialize in. Hope to see you hear sometime soon.
Well Im back in Puerto Rico! I had a wonderful summer with my family up there in Philly. Now, I am ready to get back to business…been chilling a little too much. Big tings ah gwan! Interested in winning a Vitamix…you should be…it is a major investment and one of the best ones I have EVER made for my health, family, and my life in general…for real! Keep reading, Ill give you the scoop on this shortly.
First of all, our fundraiser for the farm project is not exactly hitting huge markers like we would have liked to. Our incentive to win an all expense paid trip to Puerto Rico for two people is still active and we just have about 5 more days…so you know what. Its still ON! A friend of mine had an Indiegogo campaign that was pretty low at the beginning. And then all of a sudden at the end of the campaign…people started funding it all over the place. Dreams do happen! So, in case you havent heard about it…we are creating an amazing 80 acre, permaculture, organic, sustainable, children’s educational farm here in Puerto Rico…Luquillo to be exact. Its going to be an amazing opportunity for both local children and well as those from abroad to participate in some hands on earth based eco-education. Your generous donation (really…as low as $10) would help us get started…this is soo important. Please check out the proposal and see how much time I have worked (the last 3 years) on getting this together…and we are right at the door! Thanks! Click here to donate…we LOVE YOU!! >>>>http://igg.me/at/SUSTAINPR/x/377687
Another thing I want to share with you is a little glimpse into our organization here, Muevete Puerto Rico. I have been on this mission for years and honestly I dont know the first thing about gardening or farming. Much less, permaculture and biodynamics…its all new to me. I mean I can compost and sprout and do very basic things. I can definitely survive in the jungle if need be. But creating a project like the one we are creating is going to take a certain skill set that I dont have.
In walks, Elise Jenkins… so one day, Im talking to my friend Brad at the Roots and Fruits Juice Bar, telling him that I need help with my garden. And he tells me about Elise, who is helping him. She was down in Puerto Rico, working at the rainforest, El Yunque, and wanted to do some part time work helping people with their gardens. So, she came and in about one month…we actually had a whole veggie garden producing: pumpkin, a variety of herbs, some micro greens, eggplant was on its way. It was so awesome!
So we started talking about stuff, and I mentioned to her my vision of this farm. She immediately got excited about it and came to our meetings that I hosted. At that point I was already in full swing with applying for the land and getting the organization…organized. At one meeting she even volunteered to be the farm manager…whew! I was relieved, because she is ALL IN! Imagine the warm and fuzzy feeling you would get when people support your project, see the vision and jump right in…completely! Its awesome!
Elise has a huge amount of knowledge about gardening, farming, permaculture, and all the other big words. She loves getting dirty…which is something Im still working at…and will be my reality in a few. Im glad that she is on the team, her spirit is EXACTLY what we need to make this project a success! YAY!
Im going to tell you about the other folks in the organization too…coming soon!
As for now, you gotta check out this amazing contest being held by another amazing health and wellness guru, Kimberly Snyder. I woke up this morning with this email in my box and I was like…MY PEEPS need to be on this! I mean if you win a Vitamix through her portal…IM HAPPY! Share the love! (Just let me know if you do!) I have one already…but if I win it…I am most likely going to give it away to some one who really needs it!
Scroll down for your chance to win a Vitamix! And please support our farm project. Love you all. Todo Bien!
Peace and Love
Here is her email…you have til TONIGHT at midnight to enter to win! DO IT!
I’m sure you’ve heard how much I absolutely love my Vitamix… I use it every morning to make my GGS and even make soups and chop up nuts with it…in fact I love it so much I’m hosting a giveaway on Facebook!
Simply visit my Facebook page, then comment, like, and share the purple image at the top of the page, and you’re entered to win!
But hurry because we’re choosing the winner at midnight PST, TONIGHT!!
So go to Facebook now to enter… you’re one step closer to making your GGS in a brand new Vitamix!
About 4 years ago, my family and I moved to Puerto Rico from Baltimore with one thing in mind…to get some land and create a farm with a purpose. I created a nonprofit organization called Muevete Puerto Rico and applied for government land for farming. The process has taken about 2 years. Excitedly we have been approved for an 80 acres abandoned Platano farm in the town we actually live in, which I have been eyeing for years. There is a little stream the flows by it and it is surrounded by several communities…one being very poor. We are about to start the process of getting established which includes paying for the land lease, insurance, and getting supplies. We also want to build some cabins to host guests, visitors, and volunteers. The faster we can get this accomplished the faster we can the ball rolling and start offering a list of programs that we have put together.
We already have a farm manager, a horticulturalist, a professional organic farmer who has grown naturally in Puerto Rico for over 40 years, and several others on our team. My job, as Director, naturally is to make sure we can be a sustainable entity….YAY! I have the hardest job…to make this a viable project. I created an Indiegogo campaign, under the advisement of my friend Poncho, and am pushing as hard as I can. As many people as I am connected with, one would think this would be easier. Well, its not. Just posting another campaign from Indiegogo doesnt connect with folks that much. Most people who see what I am doing and have been doing out there dont realize that is has been as a huge sacrifice…as Puerto Rico as rich in nature as it is…there is really a very small population that appreciates and loves the land like I do. So I consider this a global project…I see it as a doorway into something much bigger.
This is a grassroots project that has huge implications in the world. We want to create a sense of community with our neighbors. We want to teach visitors how to create a sustainable living system that can benefit their communities. We want to teach and feed the children of Puerto Rico. We want to create a connection between children of the world and children in Puerto Rico. We want to cultivate a humanistic attitude among our fellow compadres. This project is not about money…its about nurturing a lifestyle that has been forgotten because folks are out there trying to make that money. You know how it is…you can feel it. If only you had the time for living, would you be doing the job you are doing…most people said no. We really need to step away from that reality! So this is the connection I am trying to make with you. Yes, we do need money to get started, but we want you to know that this is bigger than that! I hope you feel me. And if you possible can help us get this party off the ground, we really would greatly appreciate it. In any way possible… Check out our campaign and do what you can! Ashe!
No, this isn’t a typo. Nollywood is the Nigerian version of Hollywood and Bollywood. It’s their movie industry. They have their own stars, themes, languages, and styles. It is the second largest movie industry in the world after India, and before the US, in terms of movies produced annually…some 1200 – 2000 yearly. However, Nollywood comes in third place after the US and India in terms of how much money is made from this industry…approximately from 200 – 500 million annually depending on where you source your information. And top Nollywood actors have a net worth of close to $500,000 (US) which translates into millionaire status back in Nairaland.
I remember the first time I actually saw one of these movies. It was rather interesting to me because I didn’t even know what I was watching. I thought it was one of those Jamaican movies because it was so funny. It starred these two young guys…they were playing brothers, Im not sure if they were small people or children, but they were fantastic. I mean, how often do you see an all Black movie where the quality of the filming is a bit “low budget”, but the story is great. Must be island, I thought to myself. I was used to Jamaican films because naturally living in the Caribbean, we tended to support one another in that way. Not to mention the issues shared in the films and the comedy were comparable. Famous comedians from Jamaica, like Oliver Samuels, were hits in the islands and his production even came to the Virgin Islands years ago where I went to see a play of his. And just like the Nigerian film industry, Jamaican plays became movies and became a big hit.
So I thought I was watching a Jamaican comedy film the first time I saw a Nollywood movie until a friend of mine said it was Afrikan. I was intrigued because as bad as the quality was the storyline was rather entertaining. And so began my love for the industry. At first, when I was living in Baltimore, I had to find and borrow movies from folks who were able to get films from NY on DVD. Or when I would go to NY, I would go to the Afrikan open air market and I would buy like 5 movies at one time. They would sell them so cheap, like $3 a pop. I usually assumed they were bootleg and always wondered how this industry was able to make any money.
Of course I investigated that issue…and Im still not sure about all the facts…but from what I have found, Nollywood movies hit the streets rather quickly after production. And is a straight to DVD industry. They don’t do movie theatres because there was a lot of crime happening in the theatre’s and so people felt more comfortable in their own homes. The DVDs sell for about $2 (US) each which is affordable for the average Nigerian. And in a country with limited resources and lots of people, one movie can easily sell 50,000 – 200,000 copies…before it hits the black markets…and with a production budget from $15,000 – $25,000. That is a pretty good turnover….not to mention that these movies are being released EVERY SINGLE DAY…more than one at a time too! So, Im sure it’s highly competitive and people start to develop their taste for their favorite stars.
Now what makes a Nollywood movie so good? Well, let me assure you in order to really be impressed by one of their movies you need to throwaway all your American ideas of what a good movie is, because it doesn’t apply here. In fact, if you view a Nollywood movie with American ideals, you would be sadly disappointed. From an American standard, Nollywood movies may just insult your intelligence a bit. First of all, the quality of the entire movie is subpar! I mean, the music is always so bad, the editing is horrid, and sometimes the storyline is long in parts that should have been cut off, and not enough information in parts that should have been developed. From an American perspective, their movies are Amateur at best. Thing is, Im really not trying to discredit how amazing Nollywood is…Im just trying to be real. Get a bunch of Americans to sit down and watch a Nollywood movie and they will most likely say the same thing….or worst. I think that I understand the idiosyncrasies a lot more because I grew up in the Caribbean, which is second generation Afrikan (people act the same way there)…and I was around Afrikans a lot in college. I was the Vice President of the International Student Association at an All Black school…and the only international students we had were Afrikans, and Caribbean students.
Nollywood movies seem to not really be movies at all, to tell you the truth. First of all, unlike in Bollywood movies, where the movies run about 3-4 hours, one Nollywood movie tends to always end right around the 1 hour mark without fail. Not that the story is over either. Which make me feel like Nollywood movies are more like a Soap Opera or short TV series, because at the one hour mark, in most cases, the story is incomplete. So you have to look for part 2 of the movie to see what happens next. And sometimes a part 3 and a part 4 too. Hilarious! Because once again, by American standards, a movie is one complete story, right? Well, we are not using American standards here. Stay with me now!
I think that the main thing that is entertaining about Nollywood movies is really getting a glimpse into Nigerian culture…which to me is taking a glimpse into Afrikan culture in general. Im sure most Afrikans won’t agree at all with this. Ghanaians have their own movie industry…but from where I sit…it all looks the same. Im sure a Ghanaian and a Nigerian could tell the difference but things are not that distinct to me with my American eyes. Watching the customs of how people bow down to elders, and the way they dress, and some of things that they say over and over again…like when they say “HEY!” when they find out something shocking is quite the edutainment that I would assume foreigners come to enjoy when they watch these movies. And just in the way things are pronounced it is pretty interesting too. Now, even though they are speaking English, in most cases, their dialect is slightly British and slightly Afrikan…I guess. So you really have to key in to what they are saying because you might miss something. Im sure I miss things all the time because there are things that are said that only their culture would know. It’s like I was talking to a friend from England and she didn’t know who Urkel was. So she loses out on the entire joke because culturally she wasn’t privy to what most Americans have heard before. Same thing applies to watching Nollywood movies…they say things all the time that would make me think that I would have had to grow up there to know that.
Another thing I like about Nollywood movies is that I am supporting a Black film industry. Now if you are Black, you would understand this. And this doesn’t mean anything more that what I am saying. People love to see their own and it is as simple as that. I feel a sense of pride seeing Afrikan people on the screen doing their thing. Even though there are strong cultural differences that are obvious, it doesn’t matter because there is a kinship that is very strong here and I know that we are connected. Not to mention the fact that when I see those fine Afrikan men on the screen, I feel like Im looking at something here. (wink wink) Do you get what Im saying? I mean people forget to realize that Idris Elba, one of the world’s hottest men, is in fact a pure 100% Afrikan man. I mean I can get into some of America’s hottest actors (Denzel, The Rock, Brad Pitt, etc), but folks don’t realize that there is whole ‘nother set of eye candy coming out of Nigeria now. Check out Richard Mofe Damijo, better known as RMD. He is fine like a bottle of wine! HA!
Let’s not forget the women of Nollywood. They tickle me so much. These women go from traditional Afrikan styles with their gele’s (head wraps) and traditional garbs to hot, modern women with their super straight hair wigs, color contacts, and stilettos…and all in the same movie. Nollywood films don’t really have a theme all the time; once again, this is coming from an American standard.
The women actors must have their own following. Their beauty is diverse and I can see it ringing through the screen. One of them that I find most intriguing is Mercy Johnson. What got me is I find her not only intriguingly beautiful, but also extremely convincing too. I mean, this girl has made me cry on several occasions. She is awesome! I have seen her in several movies and I always love the parts she plays and how she plays them.
Speaking of the actors, don’t let the beauty fool you. The acting is really bad. But I don’t really think it’s the acting that is bad; I think it’s the writing that is bad. I think the actors do as much justice to their scripts as they can, but I feel many times that the script is what it is. So the actors work with it and keep it moving. I think if Nollywood movies were to be made better it may actually take away from the authenticity of the film…but I would hope that just because a movie is “low-budget” doesn’t mean that it is authentically Afrikan. That wouldn’t be fair. I would have to say that I do believe that their film industry could do much better in their editing departments. The way movies are cut up and repetitious soundtracks that don’t even apply to what is going on could really be improved. There are times when we are sitting watching the actors eat their entire dinner, not talking to one another, and realize…ok…is this just one of these filler sections? Cut it out!
Im sure that most people on the outside are really unaware of what life in Afrika is like. These movies tend to give an outsider a glimpse of the real Afrika. I love how they showcase life in the village vs life in the city. There are still many people that don’t think that Afrikans live in real homes, have cars, TVs etc. Nollywood movies shut all that down right away. Some movies are based in the villages and others in the cities, but you can see that life is diverse. And for those folks who think Afrika is stuck in time they will find that there are highly mistaken.
So why would an intelligent person want to watch a Nollywood movie? It’s the same reason why people watch Chinese Karate movies, where people are flying through the air over the houses and trees, where their English editing is way off, and where the Karate moves are choreographed in a way that is far from realistic. You know, there is something delightful about watching people from another culture in a sort of satirical way…Looking in from the outside, observing, learning, and being entertained. Embracing other people! It’s connecting to what you recognize from your own culture and lifestyle, and understanding things that you never experienced. It’s why people travel and explore the Earth….to have new and amazing adventures.
So there! I hope in some way I have inspired you to check out this amazing industry. You can actually catch thousands of movies on YouTube…just put in the search: NOLLYWOOD! I think you will quickly become addicted. Thanks for watching!
I work with many people who want to do a juice cleanse to transition from an unhealthy diet to one consisting of more live foods. A pattern I see many people fall into during their journey is the over consumption of soy products. I have to ask, whatever happened to vegetarians eating vegetables? So many vegetarians are what I call, TOFU VEGETARIANS. These are folks who insist on eating foods made from tofu as a replacement for meat. This can include items like ribs, chicken, ham, turkey, etc. Some of you are still eating those nasty SOY CHUNKS often sold in Caribbean grocery stores.
I get it! The taste and texture of soy meat is often a lifesaver for those just making the transition from carnivore to vegetarian. But do you know what soy does to the body?
What’s so bad about soy?
The primary reason for avoiding soy is that the overwhelming majority of it grown in the United States is genetically modified. Genetically modified foods have been linked to birth defects, reproductive health problems, etc. Even organically grown soy can be a problem as it contains elements that make it difficult for humans to digest.
Dr. Joseph Mercola gives us a great breakdown as to why an overconsumption of soy is bad for your health. The phytic acid in soy blocks absorption of minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc. Trypsin inhibitors block the digestion of protein which may cause problems with your pancreas. Goitrogens can interfere with thyroid metabolism. Phytoestrogens and isoflavones mimic estrogen made in the body and can increase risk for breast cancer and infertility. The list goes on and on.
A better choice
The best type of soy for meal times is fermented soy products like soy sauce, miso, tempeh, and natto. However, fermented soy products are best used as a condiment and not a regular meal staple. Your greens should be the main star of your plate. Learn to love and crave the taste of kale, collards, swiss chard, and any other leafy green vegetable you have available to you. As much as vegans and vegetarians talk about saving the lives of animals, you have to know that fake meat is still dead. It is not giving you any valuable nutrients your body needs to thrive in the world. So put the the fake meat away and get another helping of GREENS!