Food Addiction

Food addiction is an issue a lot more common that you might realize, and despite the biochemical similarity with other addictions, poses the challenge that we need food to survive.

The thought to day for this Mindful Monday is to recognize signs of food addiction, specially related to sugar – the most common of them all – and if you identify that might be an issue, what to do about it.

On the videos below (English and Portuguese available) me and Tatiana Azevedo, psychologist, share some insights with you, as part of the “What You are Hungry For?” series.

English version:

Portuguese version:

What Are you Hungry For?

We eat when we are hungry, but not only. Perhaps you are familiar with situations that lead you to eat because you were anxious, or sad, or happy to celebrate or yet, you had the best intention to have only a bite and ended up overindulging … again.

If that sounds familiar to you, I can almost guess that you also know the frustration of trying way too many diets, enrolling and cancelling quite a few gym memberships, and feel stuck in  a lifestyle that you so desperately want to change but either don’t know how, or you are longing for enough motivation or the right time to just do it. I hear you. I believe I’ve been through all these cycles myself, it’s not just willpower, it’s not just about food, and honestly:

willpower and motivation are overrated!

Today I had a chat with my dear friend Tatiana Azevedo, who is a psychologist with over 18 years experience in the field, and a journey through these issues herself.  Tatiana talks about the fact

we cannot change what is not known,

and shares tools and insights that anyone can put in practice right now, anywhere.

Below the interview in English:

That Dark Chocolate Brownie

This is so far my favorite brownie recipe! Even the skeptics to paleo or gluten free recipes don’t believe the recipe is this simple and healthy, and often they ask me for THAT brownie recipe, so here is goes:


  • 2 cups of sweet potato (cooked)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of xylitol
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tsp baking powder (aluminum free preferably)
  • Sea salt or walnut (optional)


Pre heat the oven to 350F

Mix all ingredients together (except salt or walnuts) in a food processor until the dough is smooth.

If you like, add walnut pieces to the dough and mix gently.

Grease a square baking tray or oven proof dish with coconut oil, and add the dough.  You can sprinkle the dough in the tray with course sea salt if you like. The dish need to accommodate the dough to leave it about 1 1/2 inch tall, since the dough will not grow much.

Bake for aprox 35 min depending on the oven.

When done, remove from oven, let it cool and cut in squares.

You can use any kind of sweet potato, the Japanese type is my favorite, play around and see what is yours! Enjoy!








Skincare Inside Out: Rituals And Tips For Glowing Skin

Thursday, January 31st from 7pm to 8pm

Skin care goes from what you put on your skin to what you eat, from daily and eventual rituals to how you feel. On this Cafe Homeopathy meeting we will discuss how to take care of your skin from inside out, with Katia Martinho, homeopath & nutritionist and Carol Castro, esthetician.

The event is free and open to our community, limited spaces, first come first served. Looking forward to see you there!

25431 Cabot Rd, Laguna Hills, CA 92653

Cleanse & Detox: What to Do & Avoid

Cafe Homeopathy on this Thursday January 10th will bring to you two free and open community classes on the topic of detoxification in two different locations.

We will discuss simple and safe methods that you can do by yourself at home, based on natural foods and practices.

Morning Class at 10am will be held at Clean Juice, an organic juice bar in Woodbridge Center, Irvine (address below).

Evening class at 7pm at KM Simple Health in Laguna Hills.

Looking forward to see you there, starting the year on the right path for health!

  • Clean Juice Woodbridge Center
  • 4738 Barranca Pkwy
    Irvine, CA 92604


  • KM Simple Health
  • 25431 Cabot Rd,
  • Laguna Hills, CA 92653