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These Latina Celebs And Foodies Want You To Know Why They’re Never Dieting Again

My mom is Latina and I cannot remember a day in my life that she wasn’t on a diet. Some of them were mainstream, like Atkins and Weight Watchers, and others were just drinking a single, basic soup recipe for months, not eating bread, not eating fruit, and so on. Many of us know what it’s like to grow up watching our mothers try to make themselves smaller. Many of us, including Latina superstars Camila Mendes, Jessica Alba, and Demi Lovato, went on to develop eating disorders and some serious body dysmorphia. Here’s how they are trying to change that.

So I have questions. Did our moms grow up with coming home from school to hear, “tan flaca, come mija” and then wake up to, “dale, gordita”?

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Or did they just adapt within two cultures: one that celebrates un plato lleno, and another that celebrates flaca-ness? We’ve inherited the same beautiful assortment of Latina bods but we don’t have to inherit the diet culture. It’ll take some courage and vigilance to uproot our self worth from our bodies and replant into a place of inherent birthright (especially when everyone and their mother’s need to comment on your appearance), but si se puede.

1. Demi Lovato reminds us that #DietCulture dies here with us, because we have a different model of health.

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Health is not about thigh gaps, small waists, or the perfect curves. Health looks like loving the one body you have, and the generations of women and men before you who thrived and passed this gift onto us. Lovato has been one of the most honest and open celebrities about their recovery, and she reminds me that recovery isn’t perfect. Sometimes we look in the mirror and self-criticize on default. It’s OK that it takes work to undo the harmful messages we’ve internalized over the years. We get to choose what kinds of role models we have. #TeamLovato #ByeKardashionPops

2. Camila Mendes: “I’m done believing in the idea that there’s a thinner, happier version of me on the other side of all the tireless effort. “

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Camila Mendes admits that playing the mini-skirt clad Veronica Lodge on Riverdale has challenged her eating disorder recovery and made her stronger.

She’s also a huge advocate of sharing only an honest public image and even went to war with Cosmopolitan Philippines for photoshopping her waist line to be smaller than it is.

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Her costar, Lili Reinhart, wrote an impassioned Instagram post about the issue near and dear to both their hearts, “Camila and I have worked incredibly hard to feel confident and comfortable in the bodies that we have. It’s an everyday battle, sometimes. And to see our bodies become so distorted in an editing process is a perfect example of the obstacles we have yet to overcome.”

Mendes also opened up about her experience with eating disorder recovery in the most healing detail we could hope for that sparked a #donewithdieting movement.

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It’s all about loving yourself as you are and finding a healthy way to maintain a healthy life.

3. Jessica Alba: “with treatment I have now conquered the fear that drove me to become dangerously thin.”

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While training for a role in 1999, Alba became obsessed with exercise and weight loss. The Mexicana star told Glamour magazine, “I got obsessed with it. When I went from a girl’s body to a woman’s body with natural fat in places, I freaked out.” Now she’s successfully founded The Honest Company, which focuses on natural beauty and products that improve physical health, not a perceived appearance of it.

4. Naya Rivera, “One day I just decided to see how long I could go without eating.”

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It wasn’t until Rivera started writing her autobiography, Sorry Not Sorry, did she realize how severe her eating disorder as a teenager truly was. “I was so young and it just seemed to be the norm. Everyone was going through similar stuff,” she tells PEOPLE. “I had no way of knowing if I was going through it worse. I was juggling my feelings and it makes me sad that there are girls still going through that 15 years after I went through it.”

She also says, “By the time I was a sophomore, I had started feeling that what had begun as a game had maybe gone too far. I just avoided food at all costs.”

5. Rocsi Diaz reminds us that the mental illness is driven by who we see in magazines.

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Correspondent for Entertainment Tonight, Rosci Diaz suffered from anorexia in high school while on the cheerleading team. She told ET “I was obsessed with looking at the magazines and seeing how I can get skinnier. I would look at girls like Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton and I saw how skinny they were and I thought that was the norm.”

Don’t fear, food bloggers are here!

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Boricua, Desiree Rodriguez, a.k.a. Rican Vegan, is the guapa to follow. She even has a 7-day meal plan for anyone just starting out on a plant-based diet, and you won’t be eating a bunch of salads. Find Puerto Rican flag color cherry and coconut ice cream bars, non-dairy coquito and all the ‘pork’-based recipes for the boricua in you.

Looking for packable lunch recipes?

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Latina mom, Laure Fuentes, is all about creating healthy lunches for her kids (and her self). The key? Find someone who isn’t worked up about the calories in the food, or any kind of diet restriction at all, really. Only restriction here is lunch better be pretty. 🙂

Find yourself a food blogger who inspires you to be the best version of yourself.

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Because our worth is so much more than our bodies. Plus, thigh gaps are a total colonization of the non-white body, and we need to surround ourselves with people who see how body obsession as an installment of the patriarchy to distract us from wage gaps.

Plus, we celebrate Equal Pay Day on April 10, but that’s just the symbolic day for how far into the year white women must work to earn what men earned in the last year. For Latina’s, that day is November 2nd. I could go on, but let’s reign it in.

So here’s all of our medicine: do the self work to pass on healthy body images to all the niños in your life.

1. Fill up your feed with bopo warriors like @thisisjessicatorres and @projectheal.

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Torres,  by the way, is a freakin’ fashion icon and deserving of all your likes. I want every single outfit she wears.

2. Read from authors who self-define as “fat fly.”

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i.e. Read Yesika Salgado’s book of poetry that celebrates our bodies, our culture, and our strength through all the heartbreaks. Her work will heal you and her Twitter handle, @YesikaStarr, will light a fire in you on the daily.

3. Throw away your scale.

If the number on the scale determines your self worth, liberate yourself and throw it away and trust yourself to know intuitively what health looks like for you. That could mean eating foods that make you feel more energized, have fewer cravings, help you sleep better and feel healthy.

4. Get the therapy you need.

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We’ve been told all of our lives how to look and it might require professional help. Seriously. All the palo santo, sage and seances in your house won’t do it.

5. Eat and be happy. 🙂

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Nourish that body that has taken you so far in life with a healthy plato of carne asada, nopales and plenty of warm tortillas.

6. Thank yourself for loving yourself, and rewatch Real Women Have Curves.

We want to hear from you! What other recovery tools have you used on your journey? Comment below with tips, books, IGs, and whatever words of wisdom you have to offer.

A Growing Number Of Celebs Have Tested Positive For Covid-19, Reminding Us All We’re Still In The Middle Of A Pandemic


A Growing Number Of Celebs Have Tested Positive For Covid-19, Reminding Us All We’re Still In The Middle Of A Pandemic

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As beaches, restaurants, and even bars and clubs started to reopen, it was easy to forget that we are still in the midst of a global health crisis – one that continues to hit the Latino community, in particular, very hard. And stars, they really are just like us. Celebrities are also at risk of contracting Covid-19 and over the last few days we’ve learned that several of Latin music’s biggest stars have in fact been infected with the virus.

The news comes just as states like Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas set new records with sky high infection rates. It’s an important reminder that nobody is immune to this pandemic and that we all need to do our part to keep our communities safe.

Several major Latin music stars have recently announced they’ve tested positive for Covid-19.

As if a reminder that stars, they’re just like us, several of Latin music’s biggest celebrities have announced that they’ve tested positive for Covid-19. Karol G, Prince Royce, and Chiquita Rivera have all shared their positive diagnosis for the virus and are urging fans to stay home and use masks when they have to go out.

Karol G took to Instagram Live to share the news of her infection with her fans.

During an Instagram live watched by more than 100,000, the “Tusa” singer said that she tested positive two or three weeks ago but had not made it public so her parents wouldn’t worry. “First of all, thank you to all the people that have reached out to me. I hadn’t said anything because my parents are far away and I didn’t want them to worry about me,” she says.

“Because my new single was coming out, I didn’t want coronavirus to be the news. Now that the news is out, my parents are very nervous and if it was under any other circumstance, they’d be here by my side.”

Karol G went on to say that she is feeling well compared to others who have been diagnosed positive. She was diagnosed with COVID-19 a few weeks ago with her friend and sister, and decided to isolate away from Anuel, who she confirmed tested negative. “I feel well. Today, I got another test and hoping this one will be negative.”

Chiquita Rivera also announced that her and her husband have also tested positive for the virus.

Just last week, Mexican-American singer Chiquis Rivera, the daughter of the late Jenni Rivera, revealed she and her husband Lorenzo Méndez tested positive for COVID-19. Also in an Instagram video, Rivera said “We’re contagious so we have to be responsible and we are going to quarantine.”

And Dominican Prince Royce announced he too had contracted Covid-19.

Prince Royce was one of the first celebrities to reveal his diagnosis. he shared he had tested positive for the virus shortly before the 4th of July holiday weekend and urged people to take precautions and be safe – for themselves and others.

In an Instagram video, he shared that he had gone out to restaurants since things had started to open up. He added: “Well, Florida hasn’t been so bad, and New York is the one with the problem. I fell for that and I think many people can fall for that and will fall for that. Don’t be selfish and make the same mistakes that I probably did.”

He urged his fans to do the responsible thing and stay at home.

“I was diagnosed with COVID-19 and I am on day number 12 since my symptoms began,” he wrote on Instagram. “My case has been mild and I am feeling well. I share this with you today to ask you please not let down your guard — this virus is very real and we can have it and spread it without even knowing. I didn’t think I had it as I didn’t feel that bad and had I not gotten tested I would be spreading it to others.”

His caption also added, “For younger people, this is more than just about taking care of ourselves, it is about taking care of others, older people and those with compromised immune systems. Please let’s take this seriously and act responsibly and with compassion. Let’s all take care of each other.”

Their infections come as the virus is raging out of control across the country.

New records are being set everyday across the United States, as severe all states see the virus rage out of control. For the first time ever in the U.S., Florida saw more than 15,000 new cases in just one day. Meanwhile, in Arizona – the per capita infection rate is higher than it was at the peak of New York’s battle against the virus.

As of July 15, the U.S. has 3.48 million confirmed cases and almost 140,000 deaths due to Covid-19 infection. Those numbers are expected to continue to climb as many Americans refuse to follow simple preventive measures, including wearing a mask and staying at home.

Fans Are Worried After Bad Bunny Was Rushed To Hospital For Emergency Surgery


Fans Are Worried After Bad Bunny Was Rushed To Hospital For Emergency Surgery

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The year 2020 just won’t stop. Now it’s trying to come for San Benito – and his stans aren’t having any of it. In the same week that we find out Naya Rivera went missing (her remains have since been recovered) and a once cherished brand, Goya Foods, is now under a full scale boycott for heaping praise on Donald Trump, we find out that Bad Bunny went into emergency surgery over the weekend.

Over the weekend, Bad Bunny was rushed into the hospital for emergency surgery.

According to El Heraldo de México, the El Conejo Malo was hospitalized on Friday for an emergency operation due to severe appendicitis. The paper reported that the star was admitted to the Doctors Center in Puerto Rico’s capital, San Juan.

According to the outlet, he will need to stay in the hospital for another four or five days to recover from his emergency surgery, which was reportedly performed within the first hours of his admission to the hospital.

Bad Bunny’s publicist confirmed to Telemundo that “Bad Bunny had an emergency appendicitis surgery yesterday. This is why he was taken into the hospital. He’s doing well and is currently recovering at the hospital.” The publicist told Telemundo that the singer is expected to recover and be fine.

The reggaetónero hasn’t posted on social media since mid-May, making it all the more difficult for fans to piece together the events that led to his hospital admission. Once news broke that he had been admitted to the hospital, rumors started to fly that the “Yo Perreo Sola” singer had contracted the COVID-19 virus. Although appendicitis is no fun and a very serious matter, fans were thankful it wasn’t Coronavirus.

Just last week, San Benito was making history on the cover of Playboy.

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Bad Bunny’s hospitalization comes just days after he graced the cover of Playboy magazine in all his glory – making history in the process. He was the first ever man (aside from magazine founder Hugh Hefner) to land the cover unaccompanied.

Fans were eating it up.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I give you… perfection!” one fan wrote about his Playboy appearance, while another emphasized the magazine spread and accompanying interview were “everything I need.”

The collective reaction on Twitter was one of shock and disappointment.

As if 2020 – hell, even the past week – couldn’t get more intense, Bad Unny had to be hospitalized. Many just can’t comprehend the epic disaster that is 2020. One person on Twitter summed up the last few days succinctly saying: “Naya Rivera is missing. Tiktok is possibly being banned. A Trump supporter disrespectfully put a MAGA hat on Selena’s statue. Goya’s cancelled. Bad Bunny is at the hospital. All in one day. WE GET IT 2020 YOU’RE CHAOTIC AS HELL. STOP DOING THIS TO US.”

But fans from across the world are sending Bad Bunny good vibras.

Twitter erupted with messages of love and support for San Benito.

“Where do I sign up to give a limb, lung whatever he needs bruh,” one devoted fan wrote on the platform upon learning of the star’s health condition.

“Bad Bunny in the f–king hospital,” another lamented, adding that “2020 can’t get any worse.”

“If he goes, I go!” wrote another of Bad Bunny’s ride-or-dies, though we are here to inform that no one has to go anywhere since it appears the singer is in recovery, and should be heading back out and about into the world in a matter of days. 

Get well soon Bad Bunny!