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Cotacachi Food


Cotacachi Ecuador food always surprises those who visit Cotacachi for the first time.

Ecuadorians are noted as among the longest lived people on earth. This is, in part, from Andean foods and nutritional habits that began long ago. Since ancient times Andean Yatchaks, Shamans and Curanderos have taught healthy living supported by good nutrition. They based these healthy lifestyles on three ideals; clean food, good food combinations and a correct fat, carbohydrate and protein balance.

One reason Cotacachi food is so good is that it is so fresh!

Cotacachi-food-market

Cotacachi food is really inexpensive too.

Our seafood in Cotacachi is fresh brought right from the coast.

Cotacachi-fresh-seafood

Here we are with our chef Santiago after buying seafood from the Ibarra market.

Our restaurant in Cotacachi the Quinoa Cafe celebrates the wisdom of the past and combines it with the unity of mankind. We continually serve fresh fruit…at coffee breaks.

Cotacachi-fresh-food-flowers

Fresh Cotacachi fruit starts breakfast as well.

Cotacachi-fresh-food-breakfast

Quinoa Cafe’s core bill of fare is Quinoa, often referred to as the Andean grain, a wonderful food, native to the Andes. Quinoa sustained the ancient Incas and has been grown continuously for over 5,000 years. The plant thrives in poor soil, and the high mountain terrain of South America’s Andes.

Qunioa has been described as the super grain. Actually it is the SEED of a leafy plant that’s related to spinach. What makes quinoa special is that it has a very high protein content, more than any single grain. Plus unlike grain, Quinoa has the amino acid lysine, so the protein is complete. The World Health Organization ranks quinoa protein equivalent to milk. Quinoa offers more iron than grains and contains magnesium, zinc, copper, manganese, potassium, riboflavin, thiamin, B vitamins: B6, niacin, magnesium, zinc, copper. It is also a good source of folate (folic acid).

Quinoa is delicious and can be substituted for almost any other grain.

Here is our chef Santiago serving a quinoa cake…sweet and delicious but protein filled.

Cotacachi-fresh-food-qunioa cake

Even our coffee breaks are healthy…fresh strawberries…gooseberries…and fresh ground coconut covered in organic chocolate.

Cotacachi-fresh-food-fruit

We will feature Quinoa and Andean nutrition at the August weekend course at our Blue Ridge farm conducted by our business intuitive, Susan Stanton Rotman. Seven Andean nutritional secrets are shared below.

First let me say more about the course.

The course is entitled, “Escaping the Tryanny of Reason: Intuitive Development for Practical and Business Decision Making” This seminar will introduce you to working with your own intuition to develop greater insight, creativity, and more informed decision-making and problem solving skills, all important elements for greater success.

The course will examine intuition in the business context, the use of intuitive process as a complement to rational decision-making, and the integration of intuitive knowing with analytical thought. Susan will present the basic concepts of intuitive knowing and its development, including how to access your own intuition, and skill building to evaluate, process, trust and apply your information.

She will help you explore the experience of intuition and its forms, including exercises to develop sensitivity and to practice using intuition as a navigational tool.

Merri and I have found that escaping the tyranny of reason helps us greatly when faced with questions that cannot be humanly answered. We have several weapons in our information processing armory. One of the great assets is Susan, a professional business intuitive. She consults with businesses and individuals using both her clairvoyance and other psychic abilities combined with her rational skills to help people and businesses with decision making and navigation. She consults with clients from around the world. Susan does not really like the word psychic (nor do Merri or I) as a lot of the information she comes up with does not just pop out of the air.

She has a strong educational, legal and business background. Susan originally trained as a corporate attorney and mediator.

Susan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University, having received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in 1977, cum laude, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981.

She practiced corporate law for many years and has extensive experience representing both individual and corporate clients.

She also understands business from the entrepreneurial side—she owned her own retail art-jewelry business and is an expert in pearls

Susan has a broad background in esoteric and metaphysical studies, spirituality, and personal, business, and family development practices.

This course will be conducted Friday, Saturday and Sunday August 15, 16 and 17, 2008 at our Blue Ridge Farm.

All meals and accommodations ARE included and the food will be special.

A lot of stress comes from poor nutrition. Quinoa offers an optional, delicious purifying and the diet you will enjoy at the farm can enhance your rest and boost your energy and heath as well as reduce your weight without any feelings of giving up or not enjoying your food.

The nutritional goals at the course are to provide a delicious menu that improves digestion, reduces weight, increases energy, reduces toxicity in the system and balances the hormonal system so cravings and excessive hunger disappear. This system is based on shamanic nutritional ideals taught to Merri and me, when we with Andean Yatchaks and indigenous communities.

The cornerstones of the Andean nutritional program are:

#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

#2: Eating combinations of food for ideal digestion.

#3: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people.

#4: Eating in good spirits at the right times.

#5: Chewing in the correct way.

#6: Eating purifying and satisfying meals.

#7: Balancing nutritional with correct sleep and exercise.

Here is what we will review about nutrition during the intuition course.

#1: Eating a balance of fat, carbohydrates and protein.

Our diet keeps protein balance without excessive amounts of meat using quinoa, eggs, cheese and yoghurt instead. A great deal of poor health and stress is tied in to the underlying hormonal disturbance caused by the excess production of insulin. This imbalance normally comes from too much food and incorrect protein, carbohydrate, fat balances in the diet. Every time we eat, hormones in our body will change, either good or bad. Delicious food with a balance of 3 parts carbohydrates, two parts protein and one part fat has the power to orchestrate beneficial hormonal changes in our body.

#2: Eating the correct combinations of food for ideal digestion.

Andean nutritional ideals also focus on combining foods in a way that avoid fermentation in the stomach. Foods and spices are divided into three types neutral, savory and sweet. Neutral can be mixed with savory or sweet, but no savory and sweet foods are mixed. The main neutral foods are grains, cereals, nuts and seeds. Meat and most vegetables are savory. Fruits are sweet. Cereals are ground and soaked to improve their digestibility. Sweet spices include cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, mint. Savory spices include sale, pepper, chiles, oregano, corriander, bay leaf, cumin, saffron, fennel. No two fats are mixed nor are fruit types.

#3 & 4: Eating clean organic food prepared and served by happy, joyful people and eat in good spirits at the right times. Food should be beautiful as well…like this feta salad served at our last course.

feta-cheese-salad

We even make breakfast look good!

Cotacachi-fresh-food-breakfast

Candace Pert, Ph.D., is a neuroscientist who was awarded a Nobel prize for her groundbreaking work that shows the mind is not just in the brain but in the entire body. The mind and body communicate using the chemistry of emotion. Short chains of amino acids called peptides and receptors are found in the brain, stomach, muscles, glands and all major organs. They send messages back and forth linking mind and body. When we are happy our entire body is happy and reverse and this chemistry has a dramatic impact on our food and digestion.

Andean beliefs view the body composed of three elements earth (Pacha mama), fire (Taita Inti) and air Pacha Kuti.

There are times of the day when each of these elements are most active. The digestive fires are highest at 12 noon, so a savory meal is normally eaten at this time.

A sweet breakfast accommodates a more sluggish digestive time and the evening is set aside for a purifying fruit meal so the body can use the midnight fire energy to cleanse rather than digest.

Three herbal teas are served. In the morning cinnamon tea is served. Before lunch ginger tea lights the digestive fires and before sleep chamomile tea enhances a good night’s rest.

Part of good nutrition comes from eating, sleeping and exercising at the correct times.

The yatchaks also suggest we eat only when hungry and the stomach is empty so we recommend eating only every four hours. For cravings between herbal tea is best and juices can be added if it is uncomfortable to wait for the next meal.

#5: Chewing in the correct way.

Correct chewing releases nutrient molecules so energy from food is more quickly released and assimilated. This allows the brain to recognize flavors and release the correct digestive juices for that food. Proper chewing does even more because it stimulates the bodies sphincter (or ring) muscles that surround the various orifices of the body.

Ring muscles include the muscles around the eyes, the nostrils, anus, urethra, genitals and the mouth. In a healthy body, all sphincters work together, contracting and relaxing simultaneously. They also activate the respiratory system, the gastrointestinal system, the circulatory system, the lymphatic system, the musculoskeletal system and the urogenital system. Ring muscles are ultimately responsible for putting all the other muscles and all the organs of the body to work.

Chewing correctly stimulates the ring muscles and consequently helps exercise all our muscles.

#6: Eating Purifying and satisfying meals.

Fruit types also exist and are never mixed. Citrus stands together, but is not mixed with other foods. Watery fruits (apples pears, plums and grapes) can be mixed. Bananas are eaten alone only or with dairy only. Pineapple and melons are also eaten alone.

There are three purifying meals we will learn about during the course. The first most gentle purifier is a water combination of apples and grapes. The second meal is an entire pineapple and the third, an entire watermelon.

Organic coffee, tea and cocoa are great purifiers rich in antioxidants. Coffee and some tea is avoided by those who do not want caffeine. We recommend moderation and serve only organic, fair trade coffee and tea Coffee and tea (without milk) are neutral and can be consumed before or with any meal. I will be bring organic coffee with me from Ecuador for the course.

Finally we provide an Andean cleansing tea made from cinnamon, sweet pepper and chamomile.

#7: Balancing nutritional with exercise and sleep.

Each day you can learn a gentle but profound exercise that will enhance your stress release. We do not have television at the farm and recommend going to bed before the evening fore cycle begins at 10 PM. The farm is totally quiet and dark for more restful sleep.

We are pleased that Susan will be with us. She will present two days of group instruction and workshop plus will provide individual consultations after the seminar concludes (a consultation is included as part of the course). Individual consultations may be in person on August 17 or by telephone at a later date.

To enroll, enjoy the farm and learn more about nutrition

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Learn more about Cotacachi food at Cotacachi Stores – Supermarket

Multi Currency Notes – Bank Transfer Risks


Multi currency investing is complicated by bank transfer risks.

Yet we must prevail because bank transfer risks are everywhere as you can see below.

An even bigger risk is inflation and the risk of losing your purchasing power if you do not hold multi currency portfolios.

Last month a multi currency message at this site looked at the growing “need to know” dilemma banks (and hence their clients) are facing.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to transfer money from one bank to another without proving the source.

If you missed that message read it at Multi Currency Banking Problem.

That message was written after I had transferred a down payment to my
attorney to buy some condos on Ecuador’s  beach.

My attorney’s bank refused to release the funds until I proved the source of funds.

My bank in Denmark, who wired the money in the first place, kindly sent an email stating that the funds had come from my pension account.  This did not satisfy the Quito bank.

Finally after more than two weeks, and only after my Ecuador attorney threatened to take legal action, were the funds finally paid.

“What is going on?”, I asked.

After checking around it has become evident that the first problem is that governments worldwide have decided they must know more about the flow of money to help them prevent terrorism.

The second problem is that these governments have placed the burden of this tracking on banks.

The third problem is that no one has made it clear how banks should do this.

The fourth problem is that every bank has then decided its own way of doing this and not trained their staff well.

The fifth problem is that this hodge podge of commercial regulation has created enormous confusion.  For example, one Canadian banker stated that nothing had changed. He could not understand why funds were being delayed.  Another Canadian banker told me that Latin America was on a prohibited list and funds could not be wired to Ecuador.

Probably what this means is that one Canadian bank wires money to Latin America all the time.  Another may have had a problem and will not.

This appears to be a “catch as catch can” situation and whether your money flows easily depends on what combination of banks you have chosen and which employees within those banks handle your transaction.

Delays add freezing of funds and can take place for international or even local transactions for a variety of reasons.

For example, one reader sent this note after the last message about this problem:

“How frustratingly typical!  I opened a basic stock trading account with an
online broker as I wasn’t 100% happy with my existing one. Today two days later they put a block on my new account, and sent me an email about there being a ‘negative public record’ on me.

“It turns out that some other dude with the same name as me, nine years ago, was indicted on charges of laundering money and other wild and roguish things.

“Now let’s remember that the word ‘indicted’ doesn’t actually mean ‘convicted’- just formally charged.  It appears that even being indicted (ACCUSED) of something is enough for this provision to kick-in.

“Let’s be clear here that this is just someone with the same name as me who nine years back in the same state was CHARGED with something. I say ‘same state’ although I did not even visit this state where I live now until three years after the indictment.

“It took me weeks to regain access to my account. Lucky my name wasn’t James Smith which is the most common combination of first and last names in the USA”

HOW TO SAFEGUARD YOUR TRANSFERS

Since having my problem in Ecuador, my attorney there wrote the following:

“I just talked to my bank officer.  When the amount is higher than $50,000 it is necessary to justify the origin of the funds.  To do this the bank requires an official letter from your bank stating that the amount you are wiring has been deducted from your account.  You can scan this letter and email it to me.

“A second option is to just email me a scanned copy of your account report where it is shown that the amount has been wired from this account.  Of course,  I feel this is an invasion to your privacy, so I suggest to go for the first option.

“Another way to do it is to transfer the money in separate wires (different dates as well) of lower amounts than $50,000.”

So here is what I am doing.  When I am about to make a transfer, first if it is reasonable send less than $50,000. For example right now I am making a
$76,000 condo payment.

I first informed my sending banker what the wire is for.  I outlined the entire transaction and why I am sending the way I am.

Clear communication in advance is my plan.

Second, I informed my attorney and asked her to contact her banker and let him know everything in advance and make sure this is all okay…to ask if he wants anything else in advance.

When I received the okay reply, I wired $35,000. Once my attorney has confirmed receipt of these funds, I’ll wire the next $36,000.

I’ll let you know how this goes.

Until then, let me read your horror stories on transferring funds.  Better still let me know your solutions.

Gary,

See dates for our Ecuador courses and tours:

Coastal Real Estate Tour

Here is our last tour group at this Ecuador beach hotel for lunch.

Ecuador-Beach-hotel

Here they are dining in the ocean breeze.

Ecuador-beach-restuarant

Maybe tme for a snooze on the beach after in the hotel hamocks?

Ecuador-beach-hamocks

Nope we gotta move on and view Ecuador beach property for sale on this beach.

Ecuador-beach
Super Thinking + Spanish Course

Imbabura Real Estate Tour

On the Imbabura tour we often dine for lunch on this lake.

Gary Scott

Where these Ecuador Lake lots are for sale.

Ecuador-lake-for-sale

Ecuador Shaman Mingo Tour

Ecuador Import Export Course

See discounts for attending more than one course.

Make Better Decisions

We are also pleased to announce that we will host a weekend workshop
conducted by our business intuitive, Susan Stanton Rotman.
Susan-Stanton-Rotman

The course is entitled,  “Escaping the Tryanny of Reason: Intuitive Development for Practical and Business Decision Making”

This seminar will introduce you to working with your own intuition to develop greater insight, creativity, and more informed decision-making and problem solving skills, all important elements for greater success. We will examine intuition in the business context, the use of intuitive process as a complement to rational decision-making, and the integration of intuitive knowing with analytical thought.

Susan will present the basic concepts of intuitive knowing and its development, including how to access your own intuition, and skill building to evaluate, process, trust and apply your information. She will help you explore the experience of intuition and its forms, including exercises to develop sensitivity and to practice using intuition as a navigational tool.

Merri and I have found that escaping the tyranny of reason helps us greatly when faced with questions that cannot be humanly answered.

Merri and I have several weapons in our information processing armory. One of the great assets is Susan, a professional business intuitive.

She consults with businesses and individuals using both her clairvoyance and other psychic abilities combined with her rational skills to help people and businesses with decision making and navigation.  She consults with clients from around the world.

Susan does not really like the word psychic (nor do Merri or I) as a lot of the information she comes up with does not just pop out of the air. She has a strong educational, legal and business background. Susan originally trained as a corporate attorney and mediator.

Susan is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University, having received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service in 1977, cum laude, and graduated from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981.

She practiced corporate law for many years and has extensive experience representing both individual and corporate clients.

She also understands business from the entrepreneurial side—she owned her own retail art-jewelry business and is an expert in pearls.

Susan has a broad background in esoteric and metaphysical studies, spirituality, and personal, business, and family development practices.

This course will be conducted Friday, Saturday and Sunday  August 15, 16 and 17 2008 at our Blue Ridge Farm.  All meals and accommodations ARE included.

We are pleased that Susan will be with us. She will present two days of group instruction and workshop plus will provide individual consultations after the seminar concludes (a consultation is included as part of the course).  Individual consultations may be in person on August 17 or by telephone at a later date.

To enroll click here.