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Eco-tourism in Merida and the Yucatan

Our week in Merida

My family and I just got back from being in Merida for a six days, and we are so excited to come back and tell you all the stories ranging from places we visited to how we stayed healthy while away.

Staying healthy

Traveling with food allergies is no easy task. When my family and I travel, we either stay in eco-friendly hotels or rental homes. For this trip, we opted to stay at Casa Limonero, featured in Conde Nast. This gave us the ability to cook our own meals to ensure we did not get sick. A trick that my mom and I have learned is to pack both Hum and Vital Protein to make smoothies or add to water, and a lunch for the air plane. Since we were traveling into another country, we had to eat our food before entering, but this food helped satisfy our stomachs until we got settled at the house.

The first thing we did in Merida was go to Eco Sana located in the Plaza City Center to grab something to eat. Here they served healthy salads, smoothies, vegetarian and vegan options along with clean sources of protein. We also found the cutest kiosk selling organic coconut products called A-ku-a. There we bought organic coconut meat and water which we would use for our smoothies throughout the week. After that we headed to pick up groceries, essential for the meals we would make.

Most stores in Merida carry organic coconut and almond milk. All stores carry stevia which is a healthy alternative to sugar, a wise choice since it is actually grown in Mexico. There is always good produce there, but you have to learn how to wash your fruits and vegetables. Our house had special drops to clean the produce with, so you do not get sick. My family and I personally opted for more of the traditional grocery stories versus the local market located in the center of town which was a bit like sensory overload.

Stores we Visited

Although we did not go to Merida to shop, we definitely stumbled upon some great places. My mom found a few boutiques before our trip like the natural perfumery, Coqui Coqui. It was so beautiful we ended up going every day. It is a perfumery, tea salon, a beautiful artisanal shop with residence above it. We will be doing a separate green beauty review on Coqui Coqui and other eco beauty in the Yucatan.

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Some of the perfume at Coqui Coqui

Another place which we fell in love with was the concept house, Casa T’HO. This colonial house had around 7 stores which all contained hand made luxury products, all made from Mexican artists. By the time this post goes up, they will also have a restaurant. We fell in love with one designer in particular, Daniela Bustos Maya whose work is all made from crochet and uses vintage coins. While we were there, Casa T’HO had a wonderful Zona Rosa exhibit featuring all pink images.

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One of the local artist who’s work was displayed at Casa T’Ho was Daniela Bustos Maya

Eating out

On the occasion which we did eat out, we ended up finding great places.

I celebrated my 20th birthday in Mexico and during the day, stumbled upon Pola Gelato Shop which served sorbet. I ended up getting the banana hibiscus and pineapple with tamarind. It also happens to be right down the street from Coqui Coqui!

Later that night, my family and I went to Rosas y Xocolate, a local hotel, spa and restaurant in Merida. In fact, it won “The Best Urban Hotel” in all of Mexico by Food & Travel Magazine in both 2015 AND 2016! Then Caniras, a culinary organization awarded it with  “The Best Hotel Restaurant in Mexico” in 2016. Eating out anywhere with allergies is challenging, but everyone as Rosas y Xocolate was incredibly accommodating and of course, made delicious food. We even got to meet the owner, Sr. Carol who was the nicest man and helped us with out order, which was perfect and delicious. We even got a bonus tour of the hotel afterwards by him.

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How beautiful is the residence? Visiting Rosas is a MUST in Merida

After our wonderful meal, my family and I walked a couple doors down and found a Chocolate museum. You can walk right in and learn about how chocolate is made. They had artisinal chocolate that was for sale which went back to support the museum. There was even sampling so I highly suggest you go after dinner.

Places we Went

One of the places I have been dreaming of going, and one of the main reasons my family went to Mexico was to visit the Pink Lagoons in Las Coloradas. This is about a three hour drive from Merida. For about $15 per person, a special guide will take you through. The water is so pink, it looks magical. For those who want to get into the bright colored water, it needs to be pre-arranged by a guide in order to talk to the owners of the salt factory. There are micro-organisms that live in the water, which makes it pink so you are not allowed to swim in it, but the drive is still totally worth it. Many people opt to stay in Valladolid or Rio Largartos to break the trip in half.

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Message us @hauteandholistic for questions about the pink lagoon.

Afterwards, we went to see flamingos and clay beds. This clay is used for facials and body scrubs, but more on that in a separate post.

The following day, we had the most incredible guide, Rodolfo. He is Mayan and speaks perfect English, Spanish and french. He took us to the magical ruin of Uxmal which on March 25th (their equinox) the sun shines through the main window of the ruin.

MeridaAfterwards we went to see a Mayan shaman and his botanical garden. Our last stop for the day was Mayapan. We happen to visit this lesser known ruin on the Winter Solstice. On this day and during the Summer Solstice, a symbolic snake will appear alone the side of the ruin. The ruins in the Yucatan are full of symbolism and sacred geometry, but there will be a separate post about coming up.

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Mayapan on the Winter Solstice with the serpent

Casa Limonero

MeridaOur hosts for this award winning home were two of the most resourceful, kind and warm individuals. Throughout our time there, they were able to provide us will guides, restaurant suggestions, food and just about everything you can image.

This was truly a trip of a lifetime. Make sure to check back soon for a full review of the Green Beauty and Eco we experienced while in the Yucatan.

Love and Light

H&H

Hangovers: How to Avoiding Ruining your Holiday Weekend

With Labor Day Weekend coming up, Haute and Holistic wanted to share some tips on how to prevent a hangover, something many people will be facing in the days to come. Here are my tips and tricks to avoid the dreaded hangover.

I am always amazed by the number of patients who show up to their appointments with hangovers, especially around a holiday. If patients could take a few preventive steps before hitting parties, they most likely would wake up on the right side of the bed and not in the toilet.

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Image courtesy of Vladislav Muslak

The first tool is simply eating a healthy meal prior to going out. Make sure to eat both health fats like avocados, nuts or olives and fiber such as apples, vegetables or whole grains to delay transit time in the digestive system. Having both fiber and fat will keep your stomach full and keep you from getting completely smashed, which can happen on an empty stomach. Plus, by eating a good meal beforehand you are less likely to eat junk at parties (always a plus). Alcoholic drinks contain approximately 150 calories per drink and that doesn’t include mixers. These empty calories can quickly add up. After a season of parties, eating healthy meals prior to heading out may save you 5-10 pounds.

Another great tip I tell my patients is to rotate a huge glass of water between each drink. This will slow patients down and keep dehydrating effects of alcohol at bay. I also suggest avoiding dark colored alcohol like whiskey and red wine. Instead, stick with light colored alcohols like vodka, white wine, tequila and gin because they contain fewer chemicals called congeners, which can leave you with a splitting headache.  Avoid add-ins like sour mix, which pack in preservatives that can make a hangover even worse and sugars that spike your blood glucose, then send it crashing leading you to crave more alcohol. Be aware of mixing diet drinks and alcohol. Research has shown that sugar substitutes may speed the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. My preference for alcoholic drinks is clear alcohol or Aperol which is a digestif and very low in sugar.

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Image courtesy of Lucas Pimenta

If you have over indulged, when you return home try to drink some coconut water or Gatorade that will replace electrolytes depleted by alcohol.  My suggestion, drink at least 8 oz because alcohol dehydrates the system. Try to do this the minute you arrive home.

Lastly, if you were too drunk to take precautions the night before and wake up the next morning with your head splitting open, try the coconut water or the Gatorade trick before breakfast.  You should also include eggs, bananas and fruit in your morning menu. These foods can help replenish electrolytes and other substances your alcohol-ravaged body needs.

Most importantly, be safe this Holiday Weekend.
~Dr. Elizabeth Trattner

*This article was originally featured on Prevention.com for 7 Ways To Prevent Hangovers*

 

Our First Giveaway: We love Source Vital!

Source Vital Giveaway

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone,

To launch Haute and Holistic , we are doing our first giveaway of the natural skin care line, Source Vital Apothecary! They are an all-natural skin line who have been promoting organic and natural for the past 30 years, way before natural and organic products were popular in the skin care world. This company uses only plant based ingredients, Today, many skin and beauty companies contain parabens and toxic chemicals which have been known to cause large range of health concerns like cancer, neurological disorders and even learning disabilities.

  Deozein Zest Spray  Night Repair Cream 2oz  first giveaway

I’m not the only one in love with this line! Source Vital was one of the exhibitors at the Dallas Indie Beauty Expo and was ranked as a “Buyers Favorite” I am so excited to share this wonderful line with you! By entering this Giveaway you have the chance to win:

  • Deozein Natural Deodorant (Original) = $16.95 (retail)
  • Deozein Zest Natural Deodorant = $16.95 (retail)
  • Night Repair Cream = $49.95 (retail)
  • Algae Deep Scrub = $32.95 (retail)

The wonderful thing about Source Vital’s Deodorants is that it protects your body from odor causing bacteria, but unlike other “natural” deodorants, it does not inhibit your body’s natural functions. Additionally, they are not tested on animals, but on Source Vital employees so you know it works. It isn’t so hard to switch to a natural deodorant. In fact, it was quite easy for us. We love the roll on and the smell is incredible, even when you sweat. A thing to consider, especially in the summer is to drink more water and eat more vegetables during this time to help flush out all the toxic by products in conventional deodorant. These are two full size products which will keep you smelling gorgeous for a long time. Many women today are switching to healthier options to help protect our bodies in reducing our toxic load, especially with deodorant.

The Night Repair Cream is great for moisturizing and hydrating your skin. It is made with seaweed, plant extracts and essential oils which both nourish and restore young looking skin to provide your skin with a more youthful glow. Safflower oil is a great choice for sensitive skin. Green tea extract is a proven anti oxidant which helps protect skin against free radicals and sun damage.

The Algae Deep Scrub is great and is one of Source Vital’s best sellers. This product contains seaweed and peppermint, along with natural corundum crystals which help cleanse the skin free of dead skin and dirt. It will leave your face feeling both refreshed and nourished. Because this product uses corundum  crystals it won’t hurt the environment like most conventional scrubs do.

You can watch the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Kmk7FQFqCk 

The First Giveaway Rules

This contest is open to Haute and Holistic subscribers and @source_vital followers only! You will receive an additional entry if you are following Lady Code since we are a sister channel to The Lady Code. I look forward to sharing other health, wellness, beauty and empowering tips with everyone of all generations.

The winner will be chosen at random from all entries on July 26th.

HAUTE AND HOLISTIC SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @charvontratt, @hauteandholistic @dreliztratts
Twitter: @charvontratt
Blog: www.hauteandholistic.com

SOURCE VITAL MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram: @source_vital
Twitter: @SourceVital
Website: https://www.sourcevital.com

I will be using Gleam.I.O to select the winner at random: https://gleam.io/competitions/6Xwcz-source-vital-give-away

I wish everyone the best of luck!

Happy Wellness Wednesday everyone.

Love and light,

H and H <3

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