When I talk about cooking, I am talking about emotions!

Many experiences in our lives are memorable because they challenge us to change the way we think about culture. I love spending time in the kitchen, and I do not care if it is to prepare a simple recipe, try a new one, or just make up something with the ingredients I have on hand. I like to cook for others and enjoy the dishes I make. There are people who get stressed in the kitchen; however, for me, it is relaxing. A kitchen is a place of flavors, substances, sighs, and secrets, but also surprises, creativity, colors, and memories. Since I was a little girl, I was always interested in learning how to cook and bake. Most people do not know that one of my passions in life is cooking. I grew up making fresh homemade meals daily. In addition, I learned to prepare my meals in thirty minutes. 

The kitchen is where raw vegetables, powders, oil, and other substances come in as they grow in nature, and through the fire and mystery of a skilled cook are transformed into something different with different smells, tastes, textures, and shapes. Cooking is the talent and creativity of someone who knows how to mix ingredients in exact measurements and proportions and names it.  Food is part of the traditions, rituals, beliefs, collective memory, and daily lives of people. In turn, it is part of the individual in a unique and very personal way, being the conduit of feelings that refers to emotions, memories, and experiences. For cooking, you need to feel passion and love for what you do.

“Yo Soy Ella” Presents

In Honor of Breast Cancer & Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Join me, @sandybellfitness and the women of @yosoyellainc as we celebrate and acknowledge survivors of #BreastCancer 💕and #DomesticViolence 💜.This day we will host a self-love #Free in which I along with other incredible women will pamper, network, eat and dance as we take a moment to reflect on 2 important health causes within our community! All are welcome!!! Look forward to seeing you all there! October 27th, 11 am-3 pm Pilsen. 1815 S. Paulina Ave. Chicago, IL 60608
More information to come! Stay tuned!

How to Motivate People and Maintaining Discipline in Daily Life.

I am passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle. People who get up every day, with such enthusiasm and energy, are perfect for training with Sandybell Fitness. Many people ask me how I do keep the positive energy that radiates, connects and transmits happiness. My answer is simple, Love what you do, choosing a job you love, and you never will work a day in your life. I enjoy making people happy and helping them reach their goals. I always do my best to be a positive example.

The key is consistency, changing your habits; the way you eat and train your body. Nutrition and diet are key components to maintaining a person’s health, appearance, energy & athletic performance. It also has a great effect on one’s response to exercise overall. Achieving a balanced lifestyle should also be part of your motivation. If you are not motivated or balanced in life, no matter what you do you will not see results. An exercise routine should be part of your day, just like brushing your teeth, taking a shower, going to school or going to work.

The food choices you make each day affect your health and mood in many ways. Good nutrition is an important element of leading a healthy lifestyle. It is also most often overlooked. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight. It can reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote long-term vitality. I could say that nutrition and exercise will always go hand in hand. The best way to stay healthy is to eat healthily; and a good diet combined with regular exercise can prolong your life. This approach gives you more energy, makes you feel and perform better.

Some diseases can be prevented with a “culture of prevention” through good health habits from childhood to old age, this is how can we maintain a better quality of life to increase our productive years. Soon I’ll be offering some routines that can be done from the comfort of your home. Stay tuned…

Enjoy Good Health!
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Sandybell is featured in an international magazine!

photo of fitness trainer and bellydance teacher SandybellFriends — I am excited and honored to be featured in Revista Siete — that’s “Seven Magazine” in Spanish — a special feature of the Panamanian newspaper El Panama America that highlights the accomplishments of Panamanians around the world.

On August 28, 2012, Revista Siete published a feature about the launch of this website! They called me “one of Panama’s most outstanding figures in the world of bellydance” and also talked about my expertise as a fitness instructor. The article is reproduced below, or you can see it here.

Para mis amigos que hablan español, aquí les muestro el artículo que salió en la Revista Siete en Panamá.

photo of Sandybell that accompanied a feature article about her in Revista SieteSandybell Stevenson, una de las figuras panameñas más destacada en el mundo del ‘bellydance’ (actualmente radicada en Phoenix, Arizona), dio a conocer su nuevo sitio web: sandybellfitness.com

“Amo motivar a la gente a llevar un estilo de vida sana, incluyendo ejercicio y bellydance.”

En el portal, la bailarina, promotora de salud, y entrenadora de aeróbicos, ‘fitness’ y ‘bellydance’, continúa con sus proyectos que buscan mostrar al deporte y al baile como una forma de enriquecer el espíritu y mejorar la salud. También incluye el calendario con sus próximos eventos internacionales.

Consulte el artículo en línea aquí!

Silk Road meets Turbo Tabla!

 

Silk Road meets Turbo Tabla!
 

In June, 2013, Sandybell produced an exciting belly-dance workshop and show with Ava Fleming and Karim Nagi! The event included fun sightseeing tours of Panama City and the Panama Canal. Keep reading to discover what we did! Continue reading “Silk Road meets Turbo Tabla!”

Watch my website grow!

I encourage you to take the time now and subscribe to my blog posts via RSS or email. Then you’ll receive my articles about fitness and Belly dancing as soon as I start publishing them!

I love motivating people to live a healthy lifestyle that includes exercise and Belly dancing. If you’re in the Phoenix area and need a fitness trainer, contact me via email at sandybell@sandybellfitness.com.
Continue reading “Watch my website grow!”