Hello there!

Welcome to my little world, of online blogging and my website Globalfoodtraveler.com.

However you may have stumbled across my page or found my website, I am grateful and humbled you are here and thank you for sharing my love for writing, travel, food and all things nutrition and health.  Today I decided to sit down and talk about the journey I have faced the last 12 months that has led me here.

As an avid traveler and foodie at heart I have struggled with eating since 2010 when my sister was diagnosed with celiac disease and I had all sorts of digestive issues. My digestive issues didn't happen overnight, but as my sister became more aware of her autoimmune disease (AI) then, I became more aware of the problems I was facing within my gut, which have since worsened.

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What sort of 'issues,' you ask?

Well, since I am so honest and open on my website why not share the real deal, nitty gritty harsh details of what many doctors diagnose as 'leaky gut.' Essentially what leaky gut really is, is when the lining of the intestines becomes inflammed and just about everything you eat, isn't being absorbed and causes some sort of unpleasant effect. My insane love for all things dairy came to a major hault in 2010 along with all gluten products. If you know the infamous term, 'GLUTEN,' you know that means just about EVERYTHING in the grocery aisle, to include but not limited to, most refined carbohydrates, breads, pastas and the list goes on. 

I took my love for learning about gluten free to start blogging on my first website, formerly known as glutenfree18.com, which has now evolved to this beauty of a website.

So, now we fast forward, after having traveled to Costa Rica (as seen in above photo), Thailand and Bali the last few years.  My what could be diagnosed as 'leaky gut,' has gotten progressively worse and now resulting in what many know as histamine issues. Say what you ask yourself? What does all this mean? Every time I eat foods I end up, many a time with breaking out in hives. Basically, my body is not accepting the foods I am eating and in some way shape or form, my skin is talking to me telling me, no way Jose.  

After seeinng three doctors, an allergist and a naturopath over the years I began to become frustrated. After working in the natural products industry for the past four years I have learned so much about organic and non-gmo food and supplements and in 2017 decided to get a certification in Nutritional therapy which led me to where I am today. 

As a Nutritional therapist I have not only met some incredible people and practioners, but I was able to find another practitioner working full time in the industry.  Through this help I have learned that I have some serious bacterial issues that I have 'acquired' over the years along with some parasites that also crept in.  Look up the term giardia and see what comes up, not so pleasant right?  These invaders are not welcome and I am working on a path to rid them from my digestive system and gut. The worst part of this journey these invaders in my gut have caused many issues including messing with hormones and my levels affecting my overall mood, which I am so grateful has been corrected since I have been on my new protocol.

The reason I share this information with you today is I officially realized how important gut health is after hearing it for the last four years through my career in the nutrition space. My world has been a bit foggy and fuzzy with a foggy brain, also coined, leaky brain. by Dr. Mark Hyman, who just recently published a series of videos all about nutrition and how the brain and gut are interconnected. I can speak from my own experience about this as my brain was so foggy and I was having the hardest time remembering the easiest words that would normally come so easily to me. Having crystal clear thinking the last month truly has been something I won't take advantage of any longer. 

If you are like me and having health issues, know you are not alone and you can get through this. Do research, be accountable for what you are eating, yes it is not easy I can speak from this personally. Discipline is everything in this life and if you can do it with food you can do it with anything.  I hope you enjoyed reading a bit more about where my story and health issues have lied and I will happily update you all on the coming months as I continue to heal this leaky gut.

 

I sit here trying to contain my feelings and tears from running down my face. What better way then to write it all down and put it on 'paper.' One thing I realize I love doing is writing. This is the reason for my website and the fact I love to share my love for all things related to healthy lifestyles, food and all things nutrition.  Am I about to just openly admit that I just devoured my feelings in a third of a bag of kettle cooked, olive oil dusted potato chips, well, sure did. 

I have no shame int the fact I ate a healthy dinner, grass fed ground lamb meat and some green beans, to then ruin that lovely dinner with some potato chips, neither which was a good choice and or paleo.  Since trying to heal my digestive tract I have been doing my utmost best to be on a paleo restricted diet. Why you may ask? Well, leaky gut, candida and h. pylori have been wreaking havoc in my body. 

Ironically enough, this post is not about me though.  This post is about the fact I cannot understand and fathom the fact that my close friend is currently fighting for her life in a hospital bed, and why you may ask, cancer. The answer to this horribly sad story is cancer. I for the life of me will never understand, or maybe one day, how and why so many people are being diagnosed with this horrible disease. I have seen my very own mother battle cancer now three times, and now to see my friend endure this horrible disease it is truly unfathomable, so much I decided to write about it.

When will companies stop being greedy and start caring about human life. Why do I make this bold and daring statement you ask. Well, in the United States, now for so many years major companies have been spraying our crops, yes your local farmers who you thought may be clean and honest, may have been using glyphosate and toxic chemicals that not only infiltrate our food, but also our airways.  Nobody is really talking about the fact Cancer is an epidemic.  More people are concerned with the fact there are mothers and fathers making decisions on whether nor not they should vaccinate their child. Who is talking about the fact that cancer is spreading at an alarming rate. 

What in the world is going on that so many people are getting cancer. I wish I could tell you it was on particular thing that we could easily fix, but it's not so easy. So many things are now in our environments, that we would have to live in a bubble to protect ourselves.  What I do know is that I wish the world were a safer place. I wish we could know what our farmers are using to feed their animals. I wish I could do more. I wish there was a cure for cancer. I wish I wasn't having to type this post knowing that something in our environment is harming our humans. Something is ruining the health we once had. Our soil is no longer full of nutrients and minerals. Our soil is becoming depleted from the lack of nutrients due to the effects of farming gone bad. 

I just wish that someday someone would find a cure for cancer. These are my wishes for us all and so much more. This post is in dedication to my dear from Shannon who is a warrior like no other I have met. 

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If you haven't heard of Siete foods, then you better listen up or you will be missing out on some of the best snack foods that are currently on the market. 

Now keep in mind this article is being writen with the idea that I would consider myself someone who has a legit snacking problem.  I admit it I am addicted to snacks, as we all love something crunchy right?

Sometimes you just have to splurge on those snacks that not only satiate your cravings, but don't add all the nasty ingredients and saturated oils that will clog your arteries. So, here is the scoop that tostitos better learn from if they don't want to miss out on some serious snacking market share. I am here to share with you one of the best new snacking and crunchy foods that has been brought to the market in the last two years.  Rolling out the red carpet for Siete Foods as I write this testimonial and I know I am not the only one who feels this way.

Just about an hour ago I went to Wholefoods to pick up a few items with the hopes that I would find one of the new Siete foods products that came to market in the beginning of July. Low and behold I was perusing the aisles looking for the items I needed and I spotted an empty spot on the shelf in the dairy case. My eyes nearly bugged out and so did another shopper who saw my excitement, to think we won the cashew queso lottery was an understatement. We both grabbed one of the few bottles that were neatly stocked on the shelf. We both knew we had to have a bottle, knowing very well, it might be a bit spicy, which to my delight it is not spicy at all, a very light kick, just enough for someone like me or you, who cannot tolerate spice.

Siete foods is a family of you guessed it, 'seven' family members who like me had digestive issues. One of the family members was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and in 2016, Siete Foods was born. The Mexican-American family of seven, hails from South Texas and whilst trying to maintain a healthy diet. 

The family realized the staple of tortillas in South Texas and serves at Restaurants and establishment general made from corn and wheat weren't working for autoimmune illnesses and Siete foods came to fruitiion.Screen Shot 2018 07 31 at 10.35.09 PM

It all started with the first bag of paleo inspired chips, with the main ingredient being cassava root, which is typically sourced from Brazil.  If you are not familiar the paleolithic diet is generally known to be a grain free diet, free of legumes, wheat, corn, soy and dairy.  The paleo diet is a popular way of eating for many who have either autoimmune illnesses or sensitivities to certain ingredients.  Siete foods started off with just three flavors of paleo tortilla chips, that ditched the corn and wheat and only had non-gmo clean ingredients and this is where their brand took off. 

I discovered them at my local natural grocer and then recently was lucky to stop by their booth at Expo West in March, which had I not known, you would think they had been in business for many years, to be surprised they only just launched in 2016.

Todays article was inspired by the launch of their new flavors of chips and incredible new surprise of dairy free, 'cashew queso.'  Now if you are like me you know not being able to consume dairy can be frustrating at times when you really have a love for all things dairy. This queso cheese comes just in time to add to their addition of new cassave tortilla chip flavors along with their new hot sauces are found in the shelf stable section of the store.

After getting my hands on this amazing new 'spicy blanco,' queso I have already stopped at two other Wholefoods markets in the area and have yet to get my hands on another bottle of the new cashew queso, but when I do I know I will be delighted to share a jar with a friend, or two, maybe even three, or hey why not seven, or was it 'Siete?'