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Getting "Thieves" I-VI never thought there would be a day when my friend would ask me to go get an I-V with her and I would jump at the chance! I’m always up for new adventures of all sorts. My friend Jan and I are in Ecuador on sort of an exploratory journey. We are finalizing logistics before we start our healthy retreats in the spring (rawtrips.com). That’s our primary reason for being down here, although our schedule was wide open just in case something came along we couldn’t pass up. My friend Jan has been a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils for 14 years now. The company just happens to have a farm and a clinic in Ecuador – adding already to their farms in France, Idaho and Utah. So when we were invited to come visit Guayaquil, we jumped at the chance!downtown Guayaquil, Ecuador

Guayaquil is the largest city in Ecuador and sits on the southwest side of the country. It’ s a huge port city and the main place of imports/exports.. the economic powerhouse if you will. ¬†we weren’t expecting a whole lot of beauty since it’s been traditionally loud, dangerous, and chaotic. It really is not as bad as everyone made it out to be. It’s a big city and you have to be aware of your surroundings but I would say LA & New York are still moreLa Pena Neighborhood, Guayaquil, Ecuador dangerous. To be fair, the city has done an incredible job of renovating their riverside called Malecon – still it reminded me of being in Orlando – way to Americanized for me, too new, no character. It is however the safest Celebrating 444 steps in La Pena, Guayaquil, Ecuadorplace to be in a city known for it’s crime. Jan’s friend had suggested a hostal for us to stay at near Malecon and one which served vegetarian food, always a plus in our book! I can’t remember the name right now, but I will find my notes because it’s a good deal with good food. I believe we paid $60 for a private room, but they had dorm rooms for $16-25 a night.. which in the city is fantastic. The neighborhood at the north end of Malecon has been reonvated and is a really cute place to visit, climb the 444 stairs, and grab a drink while listening to live music. It’s called La Pena and also is the best place to take in the views and to feel a bit of Ecuador in a very metropolitan city.

We decided to go directly from the airport to the Young Living Clinic. Greeted with a smile and a laundry list of what we wanted to do, they rushed us in so we could start our IV’s.. of what you may be asking?? Of Thieves Essential Oils… yup directly into the stream. Most peopleGetting my blood analyzed in Ecuador know about topical applications of essential oils, but research shows they’ve been used orally to improve ones health for centuries – and they are all natural goodness so why wouldn’t your body want it anyway possible? ¬†Thieves is an exclusive combination of cloves, rosemary and other aromatics. It was what thieves from the 15th century used to protect themselves while robbing plague victims. Young Living through extensive research has found it to be 99% effective against airborne bacteria and highly effective in supporting the immune system and good health. We hooked ourselves up (more…)

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Raw Foodie on the RoadSucking down a carrot/beet juice, Quito, Ecuador

Sucking down a carrot/beet juice, Quito, Ecuador

I absolutely love to travel, it’s not just a passion, it seems to be a part of me. Checking out new cultures, meeting new people, experiencing life all over the world is one of my favorite thing to do. It also poses challenges when you eat 80% raw.. and follow a plant based diet, cooked or not, the rest of the time. I’ve learned over the years that preparation is the only way to go. So when I planned to go to Ecuador with my friend, I made sure I made a bunch of raw crackers, kale chips, and spice covered nuts to take along. At least I can control the protein and flax seed intake.

Fresh fruit and veggies!

Fresh fruit and veggies!

Then the plan is to find a grocery store as soon as you land and buy organic cucumbers, bell peppers, zucchini, celery, stuff that will last a couple days and doesn’t mind being shoved into a backpack.

It was hell of late when we arrived in Quito, so we had a beer and went to bed. The next morning though, it was time to feed the body the raw energy it needed. To our amazement, we found The Magic Bean in the Mariscal area of the city. It has tons of vegetarian options on the menu, is bright and cheery and had a juice bar!!! Most juice bars – even in the states – are filled with fruit juices, or powdered mixture where they add water. This was a real juice bar, that’s how they do it in Ecuador. They love (more…)

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