I’ve never attended a wellness retreat before until I received free tickets to attend a Nourished retreat in NYC and I couldn’t say no! I’ve been watching what I eat lately and being consistent with my workouts as well and keeping track of the kinds of foods I’m putting into my body. The wellness retreat that I went to had speakers, workshops, demonstrations, vendors to shop from and complimentary fitness classes. The speakers discussed health and diet foods and some of the workshop classes included an interactive healthy clean eating class and making your own essential oil face serum.

We live in a country where anything we put in our bodies have chemicals in it. That is why they say the U.S. is the most obese nation in the world. It is sad because people should really watch what they consume on a daily basis and not eating out all the time. My mom has high blood pressure, arthritis, and high cholesterol, and my uncle has diabetes. After hearing one of the speakers share her story, she had mentioned that she had high blood pressure at the age of 19 and in her late 20’s she decided to change her life for the better and eat plant-based foods and amazing that she was able to manipulate her genes with food, it’s all about trial and error. 

3 Wellness Tips I’ve Learned

  1. Using Essential oils for everyday life 
    • Some benefits of using essential oils include: Improving mood, healing skin irritations, sleep better, relaxation, breathing, focus, clearing the mind, clarity, etc. 
    • During one of the workshops, we put a mix of different oils into a little serum bottle to take home to use. Some of the benefits of this was to help with eczema, hydrated face, help with dryness, etc. 
  2. Eating foods based on your blood type
    • This is very interesting to me! One of the speakers was going over all the blood types and who is prone to what and what kinds of food are you most likely to have depending on your blood type. As an example, someone with one of the blood types may be likely to eat more meat. 
    • To read more into this, click here to buy the book, EAT RIGHT 4 YOUR TYPE
  3. Using healthier food alternatives 
    • In the healthy clean eating workshop, one of the dishes they made was healthy mac and cheese. As an alternative, you can make your own cheese out of cashews and chickpeas. 
    • Keep on reading below to see a couple of the healthier recipes we had at the retreat.

What to eat/do on a daily basis:

  1. Include more whole foods (fruit, veggies, whole grains) into your eating habits
  2. Move more (stay active)
  3. Get enough rest/reduce stress

Potential side effects:

  • Weight loss
  • Mood improvement
  • Higher energy

You can always make a healthier alternative to your favorite kinds of foods. 

For example:

Buffalo Cauliflower Bites: if you want to make buffalo cauliflower bites, you can make a simple recipe by using garlic, salt, ground pepper, almond flour, cayenne pepper, hot sauce and toss them in an oven.

Creamy Mac and “Cheese”: As an alternative you can use pasta like chickpea pasta. For the sauce you can mix soaked cashews, carrots, apple cider vinegar, spices and toss it into a blender > then add to a small pot to heat up and then toss on top of pasta.

Other food ideas to use healthier alternatives:

  • Pizza with all the veggies
  • French fries with guacamole
  • Vegan Chili
  • Breaded and baked/ air fried eggplant slices with pasta sauce
  • Buffalo pizza flavored hummus
  • Avocado fries


What are some of your favorites?

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