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A gluten-free, dairy-free, autoimmune-friendly travel and lifestyle blog designed to inspire adventure and healthy living without limitations.

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I am saddened to hear of Thay’s, @thichnhathanh passing. Wow, did he have an impact on me and the world. @deer_park_monastery was where I first learned how to properly meditate during a student/ teacher retreat in grad school. It was the first time I ever ate a meal in silence, chanted with monastics, and learned that every activity in our life can be a meditation, and mindfully done, such as walking, working, cooking, cleaning, etc. It’s an ongoing practice and journey. For those who haven’t been to this monastery, it’s in the foothills of Escondido (San Diego, California). It’s Thay’s second monastery, outside of @plumvillagefrance and it feels like you’re in another country, not San Diego. It’s gorgeous, and just so peaceful. After my first visit, I was drawn to attend more retreats, including visiting on Sunday’s, for their mindfulness days (all free/donation-based) where you are fed the most nourishing veg (and a good amount of gluten-free-friendly) dishes, and get to attend dharma talks and various meditations (including walking meditation). To this day, I kick myself for not attending a cooking retreat when they hosted them in the past - it is seriously some of the best food I’ve ever eaten. I also kick myself for not attending a workshop he conducted for therapists, while I was at UCLA. I found out about it too late.. Luckily I got a hold of a recording. Other highlights of visiting there are hanging with the wonderful monastics who live on site, or who are passing through. In addition, hiking the beautiful trails, and meditating in the little mountain temple + Visiting their bookstore, complete with the endless amounts of books he’s written and @coconutbliss ice cream in the freezer. A while back, I was able to hear Thay speak at the monastery, alongside what seemed to be hundreds, if not, thousands of other folks. Even though I was physically far away from him (see blurry photo), I was just honored to be in his presence and hear him speak his powerful words. I look forward to visiting again in the near future for a retreat, and @plumvillagefrance is still on my bucket list. 🙏🏽Thank you for everything, Thay.

☕️Sea Salt Orange Peel Hot Cocoa for @ediblesd Curl up with this comforting, warm mocktail that combines salty, sweet, and citrus flavors 🍊 Who says CBD mocktails can’t be warm, cozy and heart-opening? ❄️This mocktail is everything you asked for in winter, complete with a chocolate milk mustache and beaming heart chakra. A cup of nourishing goodness you can dress up or down. So, here we go! Head to the link in the bio to get the recipe!

BQ’s Winter 2021 Playlist ❄️ 🎹 Songs to keep the dream alive. Melatonin not included. 🌎A few of the countries being rep’d on this one: France, Belgium, Canada, Spain, South Korea, Nigeria, Germany, Australia, South Africa, Turkey, Nepal, the UK, Scotland, Holland, New Zealand, and Mexico. It makes me happy to create/share thoughtfully curated seasonal playlists filled with songs that have either inspired, or have been discovered during my travels, and other life experiences (thx @shazam). ✨LINK IS IN BIO! www.buenqamino.com/music

I just got back from spending the long weekend in @visitbigbear with my beautiful family. 🎄🎄🎄It’s wild to go from high desert sunny joshua trees to pine-filled and snowy mountains in just an hour. Have you been before? ☃️Anyway, our little trip was filled with so much snow, walks/hikes, sledding, deep nature breaths, silly games, delicious gluten-free and mostly vegan eats… And can we talk about the gingerbread house from @sensitivesweets ? We were too excited about the fact we could actually eat it, so we didn’t exactly waste our time on the build. Lol. 📰By the way, the BQ seasonal newsletter goes out tomorrow! Sign up for it (link in bio) before then. I’ve got a special treat in there for you. 😘 Photo: Snow-covered roots of a fallen pine tree on the north shore of Big Bear Lake.

Super cool church. Super cool story. I almost don’t want to ruin it for you. Bottom line: They still don’t know how these stairs were built. Find out more @lorettochapel 🪜💒 @cityofsantafe Visit the link in the bio to read more in the #santafetravelguide ! www.buenqamino.com/blogposts/santafe

As a reminder this holiday season, you are a miracle. Your breath means you’re alive. Your presence is a gift. Thank you for being here. I hope you find time to follow and prioritize your joy this week, and always. Sending you love. ✨✨✨🌿 Alt-text: “The miracle is to walk on the green earth, dwelling deeply in the present moment and feeling truly alive.” - #ThichNhatHanh

What are your weekend plans? I’m hoping to go on a hike, or two, jump in the hot tub, swing on the hammock, and catch up on some work. It’s been a longggg week (technically wasn’t supposed to be here/ in the country), and I need to decompress, and prioritize self-care. Sending love to you all 💛 Alt-text: Sunset behind the mountains in gorgeous @anzaborregodesertsp (I feel so lucky to be close to/ explore places like this)

Interview Drop! 🎙I’ve been behind in posting about interviews in 2021, so here’s a round-up :) Thank you in advance for reading/listening/sharing💕: 1. @thechroniccomeback Dec - “How Christina Kantzavelos Survived and Thrived” https://tinyurl.com/37zpwx62 2. @rideoutlyme (In It Together Podcast) Sept - “Storytellers with Lyme Part 2”  https://www.rideoutlyme.org/podcast   3. @mystorylivingwithlu Sept - Begin Within Today  https://tinyurl.com/376htxtn 4. @20xvinte @caminoinglesoficial July - El Camino Ingles 2021 Guide https://20xvinte.es/assets/20xVinte%20Camino%20Ingles%202021.pdf 5. @stillpositivepodcast July - Begin Within with Christina Kantzavelos  https://tinyurl.com/rhf9nnzm 6. @seadbeadyblogs July - Interview with Fashion Influencer @buenqamino  https://tinyurl.com/5a4au69h 7. @rideoutlyme June - “Journaling Your Way to Wellness” https://www.rideoutlyme.org/podcast 8. @ediblesd May - What’s In Your Fridge with Christina Kantzavelos https://tinyurl.com/yckj9bns 9. @mrleenoodles May - Celiac Awareness Month 2021: What it’s like to live with celiac disease - Made a s/o to @therocksanddirtbakery, @guthealings, @celiacandthesix, @glutenfreehawaii, @glutenfreebootcamp, and @glutenfreewith3 https://tinyurl.com/2n6hr98k 10. @tickbootcamp April - Episode 159: The Lyme Therapist  https://tinyurl.com/5t25p4rh 11. @bayarealymefoundation March 2021 - Christina Kantzavelos  https://www.bayarealyme.org/blog/story/christina-k/ 12. @wellnessandwanderlust March - Ep 18: Healing Our Bodies from the Inside Out https://tinyurl.com/yc64udn7 13. @uninvisiblepod March - Episode 119: Buenqamino, Lyme & Co. https://tinyurl.com/2p9rmv3r 14. @mollyzivetherapy @therapysnacks Feb - #26 The Power of Journaling with @beginwithintoday https://tinyurl.com/h9c2vp2n 15. @shoutoutlaofficial Jan - Meet Christina P. Kantzavelos: Psychotherapist and Writer https://tinyurl.com/2p93dcyj 16. @gluten.free.buyers.guide - Top 30 Gluten-Free Influencer for the fourth year in a row! Tyyyy for voting https://tinyurl.com/2p89ttyv P.S. Thanks to everyone who nominated me for a @wegohealth Award for 2021 (fourth year in a row) 🎧HEAD TO THE LINK IN THE BIO TO READ/LISTEN TO ANY/ALL <3 📸 @_brelinda

Remember those @scharglutenfree bagels I recently purchased? 😍Well, I turned them into loaded plant-based pizza bagels 🍕🥯 Here is the easy-peezy recipe: 4 bagels, cut in half 2 tsp olive oil 4tbs marinara (or, roasted red pepper sauce) 3 tbs your fav plant-based cheese Optional ~ 2-4 tbs Your fav toppings (I used mushrooms, zucchini, and plant-based meat crumbles) Bake 30-45 min at 350 F, depending on your preference. Ready to try, or shop for more Schar? 🖨Then head in the link in the bio to use the coupon for $1 off of ANY #Scharglutenfree product during your next in-store visit. Not sure what stores sell #Schar? ➡️Just head to their store locator on their website to easily find out. I’m in a pretty rural town, and most of the stores here have at least a few #Scharproducts = #happyChristina. #scharpartner Again, head to the link in bio to claim that #scharoffer coupon! 👩🏽‍🍳🧑‍🍳👨‍🍳And tag us if you decide to try making this recipe<333

Just shopping for one of my fav go-to gluten-free brands - @scharglutenfree! 🛒If you haven't shopped Schar in-store before, their products can sometimes be tough to find, because they aren’t always in the gluten-free/speciality diet sections. I found these bagels on the bread (yes, regular/glutenous bread🍞🥖🥐🥯🥨) aisle a the Von’s in Yucca Valley. Ready to try, or shop for more Schar? 🖨Then head in the link in the bio to use the coupon for $1 off of ANY #Scharglutenfree product during your next in-store visit. Not sure what stores sell #Schar? ➡️Just head to their store locator on their website to easily find out. I’m in a pretty rural town, and most of the stores here have at least a few #Scharproducts = #happyChristina. #scharpartner Again, head to the link in bio to claim that #scharoffer coupon! 🛍Happy shopping/eating<333 P.S. I can’t wait to share the recipe I am creating with these 🥯😋 Any ideas?

I don’t think any other feeling quite compares. Do you?✨🌿✨ Alt-text: “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, [This is what it is to be happy.]”― Sylvia Plath

‘Upscale Gluten-Free Dining in a Robe at 10,000 Waves in Santa Fe, New Mexico’ for @fwtmagazine 👘🍽♨️ Our travels to @izanamirestaurant (#glutenfree menu + separate fryer!) at @tenthousandwavesjapaneseresort were dreamy, and a bucket list item fulfilled. #TenThousandWaves Spa and Resort has been a @cityofsantafe travel destination since 1981. Inspired by Japanese mountain hot spring resorts, and located 1,000 feet above the city (closest hotel to the Santa Fe ski area), it really feels like a world away. From the moment we stepped foot on the property, we were enamored by the serene energy, the architecture, the stillness, the junipers and piñon filled mountains that surrounded us. A big thank you to Duke who helped arrange this perfect visit. #hosted #santafe #visitsantafe #cityofsantafe When are you planning your next trip to Santa Fe? 😍 Head to the link in bio to read and see more pics! https://issuu.com/foodwinetravelmagazine/docs/fwtwinterpdf

A GLUTEN-FREE GUIDE TO SANTA FE FOR @ediblenewmexico 🍽 Did you know Santa Fe aka #thecitydifferent does gluten-free casual and fine dining right, too? Many establishments now offer gluten-free menus, and there are a handful of 100% dedicated facilities, which are safe for those with celiac. Whether you have celiac disease, gluten sensitivity or intolerance, or have a wheat allergy, there are a number of health-conscious bakeries, cafes, and restaurants that will satiate your every culinary desire.  Make sure to save this post! 1. @revolutionbakery 2. @bodyofsantafe 3. @apothecary_restaurant 4. @driftandportersantafe 5. @sweetwaterharvestkitchen (100% gf now!) 6. @paperdosa 7. @tia.coco 8. @lamontanitacoop 9. @izanamirestaurant @tenthousandwavesjapaneseresort 10. @loveyourselfcafe Honorable mentionables include (listed in weekend guide): annapurnawvc, @boxcar.santafe and @santafecookingschool and @iconikcoffeeroasters @iconikcoffee *Although gluten-friendly, and aware, some of these establishments do not have dedicated gluten-free environments. Please use your best judgment, and ensure that the waiting staff is aware of the severity of your food restrictions prior to dining. @cityofsantafe LINK TO ARTICLE IS IN BIO! 😋✨ https://www.ediblenm.com/a-gluten-free-guide-to-santa-fe/

What healing has brought forward in my life… Swipe left for what I looked like three years ago, in October of 2018. At this point, I was being passed around like a hot potato, from doctor to doctor, collecting various diagnoses and prescriptions that weren’t getting to the bottom of it. I kept ending up in the ER for ungodly symptoms that no one was able to help me with. I felt hopeless. That same month, I saw a rheumatologist who took one look at me, and knew it was tick-born illnesses (lyme, etc), triggered by mold (I didn't realize my apartment was riddled with it at the time). He told me I would eventually be ok, but it was a rollercoaster from there, and it got worse before it got better. My waves of fatigue felt like being run over by a truck. I had to quit my job, and move in with my parents. I was too weak to do just about anything for myself. Walking across the room was a feat. So, I embraced a health-conscious lifestyle that is rooted in self-love, self-compassion and self-care. I learned to make friends with my body. To love my body. To be aware of anything I put inside, or on it. To be grateful for what it is able to do. To value rest. I use my voice and words, mindfully. The body hears everything we say. I say ‘no’ to anything that may cause dis-ease, and chase big YES’s instead. And with that, came hope, and healing. I am not completely out of the woods, however, I am worlds better. My life isn’t overrun by fear. I am traveling, energetic, social and focused on joy + gratitude. I also live in a dream (mold-free!) place @casa.erimos 🌵 Aside from @buenqamino, where I share resources for holistic living, I run a therapy practice @beginwithintoday for those with chronic illness and disabilities, and published the #beginwithinjournal last year which continues to be so helpful for me, and others.

🙏🏽Thank you for reading, and celebrating with me.
 Do you have a story of how you overcame a challenge, and alchemized it to find and share joy with the world? Please follow @sayyourpeace_ and tag #sayyourpeace to share it. #AD Also, head to the link in the bio, to check out their resources for all things peace, and positivity.💛 Love you.

@elreycourt is arguably the hippest hotel in @cityofsantafe , and it doesn’t disappoint. It was originally built in 1936 as the #MotorInn, along the OG #route66 and was later renovated, reopened and rebranded as the #elreycourt in 2018. The updates did not take away from the original architecture and vintage accents, including super individualized and unique rooms (how cute was ours?). I loved the La Reina mezcal-tequila bar, where I met some of the coolest locals, chatting about ‘whatever’ for hours. I also loved all of the art, created by locals throughout the property. Their customer service is as involved or hands off as you would like them to be. Just the way I like it. They also have a swim club that’s open in the summer, offering food and drinks throughout the day and into the night. The property is Adobe chic x roadside classic x 21st century. Affordable and adorable, I can’t wait to stay and hangout there again. #hosted #santafe #santafeguide Head to the link in bio to read more + check out more pics 💕💕 thx to @mollymorganphotography for a majority of the pics! https://www.buenqamino.com/usa/elreycourt

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