Roasting Beets for the first time? Check out the recipe and the benefits you can reap of having beets in your diet!

Spinach and Beet Salad ~ Love, Life & Lupus
for the salad:
* 1- 1 1/2 cups of spinach
* 1/4 cup of edamame
* 1/4 cup of chopped walnuts
* 1 beet cut up
* 2 tablespoons of goat cheese
***Drizzle with olive oil and I put some of my favorite Lemon Pepper (Trader Joe’s) on my salad.
*Roasting the beets: Cut off the greens of the beets and place beets in tin foil with a drizzle of olive oil. Place in the oven for 45 to 75 minutes depending on the size of the beets. When beets are done (stick a fork in them and if the fork slides in easier they are done) carefully open the tin foil and cut off or peel off the skin. You may want to trim the ends of the beets again as well. They are all set to go!
BENEFITS OF BEETS: According to World’s Healthiest Foods, beets are anti-inflammatory, rich in antioxidants, support detoxification, and are high in folate, manganese, fibre, potassium, vitamin C, iron, and more. A handful of reasons to dig in!

May is Lupus Awareness Month

Yes, I know it’s June! Time has been flying by out here in Southern California. We’ve had so many visitors and May has come and gone in a blink of an eye. In honor of May being Lupus Awareness Month: 

What is lupus?

Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body). Chronic means that the signs and symptoms tend to last longer than six weeks and often for many years.

In lupus, something goes wrong with your immune system, which is the part of the body that fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs (“foreign invaders,” like the flu). Normally our immune system produces proteins called antibodies that protect the body from these invaders. Autoimmune means your immune system cannot tell the difference between these foreign invaders and your body’s healthy tissues (“auto” means “self”) and creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy healthy tissue. These autoantibodies cause inflammation, pain, and damage in various parts of the body.

Lupus is also a disease of flares (the symptoms worsen and you feel ill) and remissions (the symptoms improve and you feel better).

These are some additional facts about lupus that you should know:

1. Lupus is not contagious, not even through sexual contact. You cannot “catch” lupus from someone or “give” lupus to someone.
2. Lupus is not like or related to cancer. Cancer is a condition of malignant, abnormal tissues that grow rapidly and spread into surrounding tissues. Lupus is an autoimmune disease, as described above.
3. Lupus is not like or related to HIV (Human Immune Deficiency Virus) or AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). In HIV or AIDS the immune system is underactive; in lupus, the immune system is overactive.
4. Lupus can range from mild to life-threatening and should always be treated by a doctor. With good medical care, most people with lupus can lead a full life.
5. Our research estimates that at least 1.5 million Americans have lupus. The actual number may be higher; however, there have been no large-scale studies to show the actual number of people in the U.S. living with lupus.
6. More than 16,000 new cases of lupus are reported annually across the country.
7. It is believed that 5 million people throughout the world have a form of lupus.
8. Lupus strikes mostly women of childbearing age (15-44). However, men, children, and teenagers develop lupus, too.
9. Women of color are two to three times more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians.
10. People of all races and ethnic groups can develop lupus.

Lupus Foundation of America ~



What is Lupus?

I truly believe if you have a positive outlook along with clean eating, healthy and active lifestyle you can beat anything. Being in remission for over 6 years, I’m a prime example of a person living with Lupus and exceeding expectations. As a certified Health Education Specialist, I can help you in your journey to overcoming this mysterious disease that so many deal with in silence. Email me at!

What does a Health Education Specialist do?

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Benefits of Hot Yoga:

Years ago I did hot yoga for a short period of time and to be honest I didn’t really like it. The heat got to me and I was overwhelmed by the moves and trying to do what everyone else was doing around me. Since moving to San Diego I figured I would give it a try once again. My back has been hurting me lately and I have been to Chiropractor after Chiropractor hoping each one would make me feel better. Nothing was working! ( I miss my Chiropractor at home!) Everyone out here does hot yoga I figured maybe this will help also after speaking with my friend Anne (who is a runner herself and a hot yoga instructor) I thought it would be good idea to try it again. Lets just say I LOVE it! I feel like a new person everytime I go. There are so many good benefits that I never knew about especially for runners and people with Arthritis. This time around I do not try to do what everyone else around me is doing. I do it at my own pace and each time I go I can see I am getting better and better. Check out the benefits of hot yoga below. It’s worth a try trust me! Give it a second chance if you were like me and didn’t enjoy it the first time around. : )

Hot Yoga pic

Benefits of Hot Yoga:
Yoga builds strength and flexibility to the entire body. “A recent study at the University of California at Davis found that 90 minutes of yoga practice four times a week over eight weeks increased muscular strength up to 31%, muscular endurance up to 57%, and flexibility up to 188% in a group of healthy college students.” The average calorie burn is 600-800 per class. People who practice frequently lose inches of fat, develop muscle tone, and increase strength, flexibility, balance, and coordination. Many athletes with injuries practice hot yoga in hopes to avoid surgery by strengthening their muscles, ligaments, and tendons. Runners love hot yoga as they are able to shave seconds and even minutes off their race time. Hot yoga also helps to:

  • Accelerate weight loss
  • Reduce stress
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Relieve headaches
  • Increase energy
  • Promote relaxation
  • Lessen menopausal symptoms
  • Reduce arthritic pain
  • Improve coordination
  • Increase strength
  • Build stamina
  • Restore healthy immune system
  • Improve functioning of circulatory system