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 Live like a ‘Poderosa’

Live like a 'Poderosa'

Every Latin American country has a different word to describe gutsy women. For example, a commonly used mentality is to live life like a poderosa meaning an empowered, strong woman.  

It’s incredible how many beautiful words exist to describe all the amazing mujeres in our lives. But why are Latinas considered so great? 

From the abuelas who lovingly passed down family traditions to the mothers who tirelessly advocate for their children’s education, Latinas have always been at the forefront of leading by example. This includes modeling the importance of investing in your health with quality nutrition. This is especially important when it comes to preventing or managing chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, which impact our community the most.  We can take pride in knowing Latinas consistently demonstrate the importance of making smart choices for the next generation. As we know, knowledge is power and being aware of reoccurring familial health conditions can be key to a preventative approach. Further, utilizing the poderosa mentality may help increase longevity and a healthier livelihood.   

Know The Signs and Plan Ahead

A recent survey, found that despite the majority (75%) of people feeling very or somewhat prepared to plan for a healthy future, nearly one in four respondents admitted to being less confident when comparing it to how they would plan for things such as retirement, vacation, starting a family, getting married, or buying a home. However, gaining some of that confidence is in remembering that some cultures have alarming statistics – like that of type 2 diabetes within the Latino communities 

According to the CDC, Hispanic or Latino adults have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to the general population. With a chance of more than 50 percent, it’s essential for Latinas to take proactive steps to support their own health and of their families. 

The reality of this disease, which usually manifests in a silent manner, affects a lot of our seres queridos. To get ahead, begin to think about your current quality of food consumption. For people with diabetes, it’s important to limit foods containing sugar, salt and saturated fats and prioritize eating foods with heart-healthy fats, like those found in avocado. Fiber is also important. Diets rich in healthy foods containing fiber, such as some vegetables and fruits, may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, as well as heart disease and obesity.   

Nutrition for Women is Vital

And listen amigas, it’s ok to put yourself first as you prepare for these big life moments like starting a family, buying a house, career moves – we’re living fruitful lives while making sure our finances and mental well-being are intact for the better of our future and potential family – a true investment!  

For women, especially those considering on becoming madres, the importance of nutrition plays a vital role in influencing fetal growth and birth outcomes. One serving of avocado provides a good source of folate, an essential vitamin that is especially important for women considering pregnancy. By now we know incorporating nutrient-rich foods like avocados into diets is a secret weapon to investing in a well-balanced life for everyone. 

Laying the Foundation for Your Future…One Decision at a Time

Latinas have the power to lay the foundation for a brighter future by prioritizing their health, finances, and overall well-being. Whether it’s making healthier food choices or practicing financial literacy, every decision matters. 

It’s never too early or too late to eat healthier. Recommendations to eat more fruits and vegetables (like avocados) are consistent across the lifespan, from childhood to older adulthood. Promote health and reduce the risk for chronic disease by improving diet quality early in life when preferences and habits are formed. Inclusive of essential nutrients like fiber, folate, and vitamin K, avocados offer a myriad of health benefits, making them a smart choice for Latinas looking to prioritize their health like a true poderosa. 

For instance, you can leverage cultural roots by cooking with your family and exploring cultural outings that promote physical activity. This may look different for everyone. Whether it’s learning how to make traditional guacamole or teaching the next generation how to dance cumbia, these are great ways to promote a wholesome and sustainable lifestyle.  

Looking for exciting recipes to enjoy with your family? Look at these: 

As you can see, with every avocado we enjoy, we’re not just nourishing our bodies – we’re investing in a healthier, happier tomorrow for everyone involved. 

The Legacy of Poderosas Lives On

So, as we celebrate the past, present, and future of Latinas, let’s remember the significance of the super poderes of Latinas. From the choices we make to the actions we take, Latinas can help create the best future for everyone around them – and for ourselves too.  

Take the first step towards a brighter tomorrow – because when Latinas are sharing their knowledge with the community, anything is possible. Remember, Latinas are strong, they are duras, they are poderosas. 

To learn more about how you can make smart choices for your health and future, visit LoveOneToday.com for more reasons to love avocados.  

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