I've lost weight in the 8-weeks that we have lived here in Cuenca. I can only attribute it to two things that I am doing differently and here they are:
Cuenca and Organic Foods
We're eating a lot more organic food, even when we go out to eat the food is simple, tasty and wholesome, as you can see in our videos.
We ate fairly well when we lived in the U.S too but we could not afford to buy organic food, as it is very expensive, especially when you're feeding five people. An organic chicken is $30?! That's crazy.
What saved us from getting sick and gaining weight in the states was that Frank had a garden, and we ate organic kale, tomatoes, green beans, squash, peppers, and a few other heat loving veggies as much as possible with our meals. We had about 8 productive fig trees that produced an overload of figs and I would dry them in the summer.
We feel very grateful and blessed that we are living here in Cuenca, where you can buy a hormone free chicken for $8.00 and ten organic apples for $1, and 30 farm fresh eggs for $2.80. This is the biggest factor to weight loss, eating wholesome, clean food. I've written about this for years but was never truly able to live it. This was one of the main reasons we moved to Ecuador.
Update Apples: Apples prices have gone up. Expect to pay $1.80 to $2.20 a kilo for out of season apples and $1.40 when they are in season, which is still a pretty good price. We're very picky about our apples and like the ones from Chile (Gala) that are crisp and juicy. (2014 prices).
UPDATE EGGS: Prices have gone up in the 3-years we've lived here. We have noticed some fluctuation in the egg prices. When they are in season you can get 30 eggs for $3.30 as of 2014 prices. Out of season price for 30 eggs, after negotiation is $3.70. Right now, September 2014, eggs are not in season; hens do not lay as much this time of year so prices go up.
Eating fresh, clean food is especially important to us, and here's why. What they don't want you to know is the hormones they feed the animals cause weight gain in people. Not only that but hormones in the meat is especially awful for women going through peri-menoupause or even younger women and their ovulation time.
The hormones in the meat wreck havoc on a woman's hormones! Men are not immune to having emotional issues from the meat either. I can't speak for other countries, but I know the cost of organic food in the U.S is out of reach for many people, while here it is available to everyone!
Walking Every Day!
We're walking every day! We walk about 2 to 5 miles every time we go out. We love walking, seeing the sights and smelling the fresh air, except for the exhaust from the buses.
We walk all over Cuenca, even if were not downtown on the cobblestone streets. Even so, there are no shortages of buses or taxis in Cuenca. The buses only charge $0.25 where ever you need to go, and taxis charge only around $1.50 to $3.00 anywhere in Cuenca.