Friday, February 27, 2015

10 Touristy Beach Towns on the Ecuador Coast - Frank and Angie Share their Coast Adventures!

Ecuador coastline is diverse in vegetation and climate; and some coastal areas are absolutely stunning. We name some of our favorite beaches, advantages and disadvantages of full time living, the most crime ridden beaches, least expensive beaches, ugliest beaches, and buying and renting on the Ecuador coast; PLUS we list hotel prices with photos of rooms that we checked out personally located along the Ecuador coastline, and there's so much more in our DIY Ecuador Coast Travel Guide. It has so much detailed information in it that you will want to make sure you have it downloaded onto your kindle and brought to the coast with you.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

5 VERY Nutritious Foods for Good Health!

We do not take vitamin supplements of any kind, not even Vitamin C. When I was pregnant with my three sons I did take some vitamin and iron supplements, as well as extra folic acid and calcium, however, for the last 28-years, neither Frank nor I have touched a vitamin supplement. Why? We receive all of the vitamins and minerals the body needs from the foods we eat and we feel great.

Note: just a friendly reminder. For receiving the most nutrition and the best assimilation out of the foods we eat, having a clean bowel is an absolute must. Frank and family do everything in this article that we are talking to you about today.  We are a living testimony of our healthy lifestyle choices and their benefits.

First we want to mention that there are hundreds of healthful foods in the world, however we’re only listing 5 very nutritious SUPER foods to help the body get back on board to good health and to stay healthy.  These foods we list actually do something to strengthen the immune system while improving health a hundred-fold.

   Healthy Eating Lifestyle = a Healthy Body

We’re going to tell you only about 5 foods that should be eaten daily by everyone.  It’s important to make eating healthy, a lifestyle, not something you do only when you feel lousy or when you are sick because your body needs to build up a good immunity against germs, infections and diseases.

Are we relying too much on vitamin supplements rather than the real thing?  Many of the nutrients we receive from the foods we eat come from raw fruits and vegetables? This is why it is very important to eat a variety (different colors) of fruits and vegetables in our daily diet to ensure optimal nutritional balance. And well, that is not difficult to do if you live in Cuenca Ecuador! 

       5 Foods that Are Super for your Body

1. Sprouts – Growing your own sprouts is really easy and I made a couple of videos on sprouting– alfalfa sprouts are super foods because they provide (almost) every single vitamin and mineral known to man. There are not many foods that can pack that kind of nutritional punch! And because they are a living food they are packed with life-giving properties such as antioxidants and chlorophyll. Alfalfa sprouts taste good in salads and sandwiches. Eating just one cup of sprouts a day, along with a healthy diet, will ensure excellent nourishment for the body. But if you can’t get alfalfa, radish sprouts are also loaded with vitamin C and raw enzymes.

2. Ferment (RAW) Food Product – When we talk about a fermented food product we do not mean a pasteurized (cooked) cow’s milk yogurt. I know that here in Ecuador they devour that stuff like it’s going out of style, and perhaps it helps a little bit, but to really have excellent gut flora and stay healthy you need to use a raw (not cooked) product.

If you are making your own yogurt or kefir, the best raw milk to use is not cow’s milk either. Cow’s milk, even when raw tends to give the body an excess of mucous that can actually make those with a weak upper respiratory tract come down with flu-like symptoms. We suggest using either sheep’s or goats milk which does not give out the mucous symptoms like cow’s milk does and it is also better for your intestinal tract because it is more digestible than cow’s milk.

We know of several new mothers whose baby could not digest raw cow’s milk so they provided the toddler with raw goat’s milk and the baby thrived. In the biblical days, they did not use cow’s milk; it was always goat or sheep milk.

Our favorite fermented food to make and eat is sauerkraut and for several reasons; it’s easy to make, cabbage grows well here and is really a good value here in the Andes, and it tastes great! We use it in our salads, sandwiches, and believe it or not, it even goes well with eggs!  Sauerkraut is versatile and you can eat it as a side dish with a lot of meals you prepare. We even made a video showing how simple it is to make!

Consider this: A healthy intestinal tract is a sure sign of how healthy overall a person is going to be. Eating just a cup of sauerkraut every day, along with a healthy diet, rids the intestinal tract/bowels of bad bugs that make our body acidic and eventually sick with disease. Eating a fermented food product every day will ensure good intestinal flora which feeds the rest of our body well and actually boosts our immune system!

3. Garlic –Garlic is a miraculous herb and powerful antioxidant that carries the same properties as antibiotics, however, the good news about garlic is it does not wreck havoc on your immune system like pharmaceutical antibiotics do. Garlic belongs to the onion family, although it is much more potent as a miracle herb reducing blood pressure and keeping one from getting sick if taken every day! We know it keeps viruses at bay! Garlic is excellent for many ailments.

Just so you know what form of garlic we’re talking about here, neither the garlic pills, nor the cooked garlic work that well for fighting off sickness; garlic must be eaten raw to receive the benefits from it. The best way to eat it garlic is:  1) chop it up into small pieces and throw it into a salad or, 2) juice the little critters with the rest of your fruits and vegetables. 

Frank likes to eat garlic a different way, he wants to get it over with and eats whole cloves with his food. He’ll stick a whole clove in his veggie sandwich. It doesn’t matter how you eat it, what matters is you do eat it, and every day. If you’re more concerned about garlic odor than warding off bacteria that makes you sick, you may want to reconsider your priorities, but if you’re around people a lot, we understand.  In that case, eat it when you get home for the day.  A little bit of raw parsley sweetens the breath.  You can also snack between meals after a meal with garlic and that will help reduce garlic scent.

4. Wheat Grass – Wheat grass is just a very long sprout grown from the wheat berry or kernel that grows like grass; it is simple to grow right in your own kitchen and very therapeutic to the digestive tract and bowels; it is nothing but amazing and miraculous. If anyone is feeling in poor health, or is sick from a particular disease, drinking just a 6-oz glass of wheat grass juice every day will improve health ten-fold.

And all this of course while you are incorporating healthy foods in your daily eating lifestyle. Wheat grass contains chlorophyll, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes, all the things the body needs for healing from cancer and or disease.

Ann Wigmore who was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 50, with only a few months to live, detoxified her body using wheat grass and lived another 35 years before she died from a premature death from smoke inhalation in her home in Boston in 1994 she was 83 years young and had more energy than most 20-years old, says the story. Read Ann Wigmore's story here

5.  Dark Leafy Cruciferous Greens – Kale and mustard greens, chard and collard greens are from the cabbage family of plants and provide adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals the body needs when eaten every day, alongside a healthy food diet. 

Greens should only be lightly steamed then mix with diced garlic and EV olive oil into the greens. Never boil greens or most of the nutritional value will be lost.  Dark cruciferous greens are best for health when eaten raw. They have vitamins A, C, and K, iron, calcium, and folate. They are also great sources of fiber.

These super foods should be eaten on a daily basis to not just improve poor health but to stay healthy, strong, and vibrant no matter what age a person happens to be.

And to get the rest of the story about our health testimony, how we stay slim without dieting, how we avoid getting sick, how we’ve healed of ailments that were making us disabled, how we stay young in middle age, check out our “Better Health, Better Life”, book.  You’ll be happy you did.

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Why Quito Ecuador Is a Top Emerging Destination for 2015

The future for Quito, Ecuador is looking bright, with over $87 million in hotel investment announced over the next 10 years, being recognized as South America's leading destination by the World Travel Awards for the second consecutive year and, as the hub for all the adventures that await across Ecuador, gaining a reputation as a top location for meetings, sporting events and global conferences.

And then there is the chocolate. Pacari Chocolate, an Ecuadorian organic chocolate brand, based in Quito, took home 14 awards at the International Chocolate Awards, the largest number of global awards won by a chocolate producer. Pacari sources directly from small producers and is the only chocolate company in the world working with biodynamic cacao.

It is producers and experiences like Pacari (which offers tastings and tours) which are growing Quito's tourism industry. And Quito is taking its story around the world. At this year's World Travel Mart in London, Quito highlighted its growing tourism industry to travel trade and media. In 2014, over 50 per cent of travelers to Ecuador (1 million from January - September) visited Quito, further positioning it as a hub for the Galapagos, Amazon and Andes. Tourism Quito predicts that at year-end, over 680,000 tourists will have visited, representing a 10 per cent growth rate.

Committed to bringing the world to its city, Quito hosted the tourism industry for the 21st annual World Travel Awards (the "Oscars" of the travel industry) in August, and celebrated its win alongside its new international airport, Mariscal Sucre International Airport, which was chosen as the leading airport in South America.

When the city was named one of the 14 official finalists (from an original 1,200 cities nominated) in the New 7 Wonders Global Contest, Tourism Quito launched a country wide promotional tour, capturing the pride that all Ecuadorians have for their capital city.

Keen to prove its ability to host larger Meetings, incentives, conferences and events (MICE), in July Quito successfully hosted the Second Continental Congress on Heritage Kitchens. Held every two years with the mission to strengthen the knowledge and commitment to the preservation of regional cuisines around the world, The Continental Congress of Heritage Kitchens brought together 160 historians, anthropologists, chefs and culinary researchers from 14 countries. The congress included lectures, master classes, visits to Quito's famous local markets and regional cooking competitions.

With an ongoing mission to attract tourism investment, in September Quito also hosted the seventh annual South American Hotel & Tourism Conference (SAHIC), which brought together more than 300 industry executives hotel in Latin America, North America and Europe. The mayor of Quito used this opportunity to reinforce his role in promoting tourism and continuing to develop the capital city, ensuring it is a rich and dynamic gateway to the rest of Ecuador. To achieve this, foreign investment is essential.

Positioning itself as an exceptional hub for sports event, Quito also hosted the Tour de las Américas Golf Tournament and the Adventure World Championship 2014. One hundred and fifty professional golfers from all over the world attended the Latin American edition of the PGA Tour. In November, Quito launched the Huairasinchi Explorer Adventure Racing World Championship, sponsored by Tourism Quito.

This international race attracted over 280 athletes, 70 elite teams from 20 nations, who participated in this extreme competition which covered over 700 kilometers.

In 2015 Quito will host a "250" open tournament for the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) -- The international ATP Circuit is composed with 5 types of tournaments 250, 500, 1000, Masters and 4 big opens depending on the amount of prize money to be distributed. On 2015 Quito will take over from Viña del Mar (Chile), a destination which has organized this event for 21 years, as the host city for this important tennis tournament.

Quito Turismo is also working closely with its partners to improve its visitor experience. The Mariscal Sucre International Airport, for example, is investing heavily in improving the quality of service for airline passengers, with projects such as the Quito Airport Center and its offices and shops, as well as the announcement of a new five-star Wyndham Hotel, which will open in 2016. This is part of Wyndham larger strategy to establish a chain of eight hotels throughout Ecuador in the next ten years. Holiday Inn, Accor, Hilton have also all announced hotel projects for Quito.

 About Quito Turismo

Quito Turismo was created with a mission to develop and promote tourism in the Metropolitan District of Quito for the benefit of local, national and international visitors, promoting best practices in quality, sustainability and innovation, and service. Recently Quito was named Latin America's Leading Destination by the World Travel Awards, for the second year in a row. More Information on traveling and investing in Quito may be found at and at

QUITO, ECUADOR--(Marketwired - December 15, 2014)

Although we live in Cuenca, we visit Quito whenever we get a chance to do so! We Love Quito! We're an Expat Family of Five Living Frugal, Healthy and Happy in Cuenca Ecuador! Enjoy our blog!