Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexico or Another Excuse to “Darty?”

Mexican dancers. Courtesy: Fox News Latino/Kevork Djansezian

“So, what are we doing for Cinco de Mayo?” I’m not Mexican, and neither are my college roommates, but no sooner had the question been asked that we made plans to throw back some margaritas at that great little Mexican place on Wisconsin Ave. But what do we celebrate on Cinco de Mayo? Psst… Not Mexican Independence Day. […]

Fitness: Step it Up with a Stair Workout

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Looking for a workout that will burn fat and leave you with sculpted legs–just in time for summer? Take the stairs! I keep stair workouts in my routine because bounding up steps strengthens all leg muscles, from calves to glutes, keeping my legs toned for my mini-falda and strong for my first fitness love, distance running. Natalie, I […]

UPDATE: Republished in HuffPo! Republican Reformation: ¿GOP Out, In, or No-reach?

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Via tweets, emails, Republican friends, or smoke signals, I am getting the message that the GOP is more inclusive, indeed it is a new day. Why? In November of 2012, Republicans lost the White House largely because they lost Latinos and single women voters who rejected its exclusive ideology promoted by conservative media, bankrolled by special interest groups, and embodied by “47%” […]

Meatless Monday: Fresh Vegetable and Hummus Sandwich Recipe

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With a few meatless Monday recipes under your belt, it’s easy to skip the carne at home with a full pantry close by. But how about when you raced out the door and are standing in line at the cafetería? Go back to your New Kids on the Block lunch pail and pack a meatless sandwich. ¿Cómo? Meat is usually […]

Fitness: Slow Down and Focus with Hatha Yoga

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The ancient practice of Hatha yoga helps me stop, breathe, and focus on one thing which runs contrary to my busy life as a modern day multi-tasker. Sound familiar? Racing to get everything done? This is reason número uno why we’re stressed, feeling burned out, and ironically, less productive. Often described as a gentle yoga class, hatha yoga features basic poses held for long periods of […]

Immigration Debate: Aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings

Immigrant participating in 'Time is Now' rally for immigration reform on April 6, 2013 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

My hands were shaking. I fumbled with my phone, almost dropping it in my attempt to send her a text message: “ARE YOU OKAY?!?!?” Liz, a close friend of mine who I met while interning on Capitol Hill last summer, was running in the Boston Marathon.  I later found out that she crossed the finish […]

Meatless Monday: One Day of Raw Food Recipes

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This Meatless Monday, skip the cooking along with the carne and eat your fruits and vegetables raw. ¿Por qué? Many plant foods are rich in nutrients, full of fiber and low in fat and sugars. The raw state actually has more nutritional value than cooked with studies showing that eating raw vegetables helps reduce the risk of several types of cancer. Read more here and here. The uncooked food movement is […]

Fitness: Four Reasons to Love Circuit Training

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Overbooked this week? No need to cancel on your fitness routine! In just 20 minutes you can get a full body strength training and aerobic workout. ¿Cómo? Circuit training.  Circuit training combines 8-10 exercises (think crunches, push-ups, squats) performed for 30-90 seconds in a sequence that repeats 2-3 times with no rest between moves. This workout […]