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“Kids, when you reach your late 20s, you might be surprised that you still don’t have life figured out.”

I’ve been thinking about this quote ever since I heard it a couple years ago. It was said by the eponymous Ted Mosby of How I Met Your Mother, and I’ve hung onto it because I felt that it was so very true.

But here’s the real truth: when I started The Fit Flexitarian, I was that person that wasn’t quite sure what life was about. I wanted to try something, and I did, and it led to an incredible journey that stayed behind-the-scenes. I started to learn everything I could, I took recreational classes to improve, I got a degree in health coaching, I incorporated my newfound passion into my work and, eventually, I stopped having time for this here blog.

It’s been a long time since I’ve written here, and I’m ashamed to have been away so long. But the truth is that I haven’t been away, I’ve just been focused on other things. Eventually, my passion evolved, my interests became more finite and the things I wanted to do in life became more specialized. I abandoned this blog and eventually started another, Healthy Latin Food.

My work life and my personal life led me down different paths, and I haven’t had a single regret. It led me to figuring out a little bit more of what life is about (being happy at work) and eventually to my dream job as Food Editor at SheKnows.com, a position I started this week.

I wanted to write one last post here to say that I didn’t mean to say goodbye before, but I’m saying an official goodbye now. It’s been fun, but I hope you will now be inspired to keep in touch in HealthyLatinFood.com and check out SheKnows’ Food & Recipes channel.

While I may not have life all figured out yet, I know one thing: it’s truly about the journey that gets you there.

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Part of the reason why I haven’t been eating too healthy lately is because I’ve been really lazy about cooking… and eating out instead. Although I generally try to eat healthy when I go to a restaurant, it doesn’t always work out. Plus, no matter what, eating dinner out is still going to cost me more money than if I stayed home and cooked something out of all the goodies I have.

But, well, it’s been a rough couple of months and I’ve definitely had my share amount of eating out at restaurants–sometimes healthy, sometimes not. Unfortunately, though, it’s always costly. When I joined Project: Food Budget it was because I wanted to save more money with groceries. But lately I’ve “saved” money on groceries because I’ve just been eating out far too much. It’s been delicious, I admit, but not necessarily what I was originally going for. Still, here are the top 10 reasons why I’ve spent too much money, enjoyed it all but still feel guilty.

mini tacos at Loteria Grill

1. When I was visiting my brother in LA (during the Mega IIN Conference), we split a plate of sample mini tacos at my favorite Mexican restaurant in California, Loteria Grill. [continue reading…]

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And I’m Finally Getting “Back On The Wagon”… Again!

May 9, 2012
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You may have noticed the deafening silence I’ve been emitting lately. I don’t really want to bore you with the details other than to say I’ve still been feeling a bit MEH since my birthday, have been generally busy at work/life and it’s all kept me very… Unhealthy. That’s not really a word that I […]

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Getting Over the Post-Birthday Blues

April 9, 2012
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Did you miss me? I know I haven’t been around in a while, sorry about that. I’ve had a really busy March but, mostly, I’ve had a sort of BLAH March. What’s that mean? Well, it’s basically a March where I’ve been feeling pretty shitty all month. It’s taken me most of the month, and […]

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5 Things I’m Excited About This Spring!

March 19, 2012
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You know what’s really making me unhappy right now? My laptop is off at the Macbook Hospital. I’ve been having some t typing issues for a couple of weeks and it’s only gotten progressively worse until it finally gave out. I rushed to the Apple Store this weekend and, after diagnosing it with “broken touchpad”, […]

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Recipe: Egg White & Veggie Quinoa

March 9, 2012
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I really love quinoa for a nice, hearty meal once in a while. I think it’s one of the easiest grains to make and it’s a big win because it’s gluten-free and full of protein. That’s the main reason why I keep eating it so much, making mushroom quinoa risotto, quinoa jambalaya, quinoa-stuffed tomatoes and tri-color […]

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How I Threw the Cheapest Dinner Party, Ever!

March 8, 2012
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I really love throwing dinner parties. There’s just something really special for me in cooking for all of my friends. Since last year when I really started exploring my culinary love, I have tried to do one about every month or two months. The other week, as I was in the last bits of Cleanse […]

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The #1 Thing I Learned About Nutrition This Weekend

March 5, 2012
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This weekend has been absolutely amazing. Besides being in sunny California visiting my brother (who lives in LA), I also attended the Mega IIN Conference put on through my nutrition school (the Institute of Integrative Nutrition). I’ve left feeling inspired and rejuvenated and, I gotta say, I learned a few things too. What I was […]

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The Cold, Hard Truth About Cleanse Month, Pt. 2

February 29, 2012
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It’s Leap Day! That means we should all be taking advantage of the one extra day that we are getting. It only happens very four years but I can’t for the life of me remember what I was doing this time, four years ago. I know a few things: I had started my first job […]

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The Best (and Worst) of the Last 14 Cleanse Days

February 28, 2012
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When I originally started Cleanse Month in the beginning of February, I had great ideas of how everything was going to go. There’s only one problem: after a rough start and a pretty good recommitment, life got busy. Between my new job and an unexpected busy social calendar, I haven’t been able to keep track […]

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