Interview w Krystal Frost
By Alex Gomez
I clearly remember the first time I ever met you. I went to your yoga class, in the sand box that lay between the Molino de Agua Pool and the ocean. I went on the recommendation of Mikki Prost, who was my actual yoga instructor back then but had to go away for a while.
Didn’t I interview you already about something in particular? I remember going to your office of Body and Sol near the original Molino. Speaking of which, do you miss the old Molino as much as I do?
Of course I do miss Molino, especially the huge fig tree that was cut down in those last remaining downtown gardens. Body and Sol, which is the place you remember, opened its doors in 1995 on Aquiles Serdán, and was the first store front on that street besides Rudy Hernandez, the coconut man, and of course, Rizos on the corner. We offered Yoga, Tai Chi, Meditation plus the body work at the studio.
I have looked on you as the health conscience of Puerto Vallarta for some time now. I should say the natural health conscience. Why is it that alternative medicine and health practices have always attracted you? You can’t be properly called a Hippie. I remember reading an article you wrote about salt and being completely fascinated by it. At the moment could you clarify the difference between regular table salt and rock and sea salt?
My father was a great believer in the power of nature and the healing arts. I was especially drawn to anything Asian, including traditional Chinese medicine which mirrors Asian
philosophy. Plus, at a tender age it happened that the opportunity arose to explore the I Ching, the Chinese book of changes which lent new incite into relationships and conduct.
About the salt consider: Table salt has been refined…that means all the minerals removed except sodium, add in the bleaching process, the chemical to allow free flowing (which does not work well in the tropics) and voila...just another unbalanced, but marketable chemical mess. Rock salt, on the other hand, is usually a filled with other minerals. lets take Himalayan pink salt for an example. It has over 80 minerals in it pretty and pure...and guess what?? It does not absorb the humidity like the refined salt does...go figure...it stays out on our table in an open hand grinder all year. Also, it has a perfect crystal form, which are the building blocks of life. SEASALT, on t he other hand, once thought to a healthy alternative to table salt has been effected in the last 20 years by the contamination. We (Organic Select) pick up our local sea salt from a village 2 hours south, it appears very white and clean, and we use it in good faith.~
I have two friends that have both tried to convince me to drink sea water, and they each use very sophisticated arguments that have almost, but not quite, convinced me. For example, both assure me that they go 30k away from the coast and some length under the surface to collect it, but lately I’ve brought up the islands of garbage in the oceans and argued that 30k away from the coast is 30k closer to garbage island.
Is there a safe way to ingest sea salt and is there an reason for it?
We spray it on our gardens sometimes...but would not consider ingesting it.
You just had your 50th birthday and I saw you the day after at the Paradise Community Center and you looked exactly the same as the first time I saw you, except your hair was different (and looked good by the way). Is there anything in particular you credit your protracted youthfulness to?
Thank you! I think a positive attitude, tons of enzymes, avoiding grains, sugar, milk products, and eating clean unprocessed food helps. Exercise is a must to keep your joints liquid and your muscles toned. I laugh a lot at myself.
What are you doing at the Paradise Community Center, by the way?
Organic Select has farm stand at the farmers market every Saturday morning.
Are you still selling memberships to Organic Select? If so, can you explain why to those of us out here who are reluctant to pay? And while you’re at it. Will you explain Organic Select?
Sure we do.
Organic Select started as an email to like minded friends who wanted me to pick up extra ranch eggs, wanted wheat grass and sun flower sprouts…etc. Also, I needed a source of herbs, greens, and potions for patients It was impossible to find most of the things in one place, or at all...so Organic Select was born. I loved the idea of delivery...you know how hard and frustrating it is to get around town.
Organic Select is a community supported agriculture program that links the farmers with consumers. We work with farmers to develop organic / traditional growing practices. We
grow, bake, make, press for our membership and provide delivery service to their homes once a week. The core of our philology is to support local farmers, cut down on the fossil fuel expenditure while providing our members with high quality foods. Organic Select has reintroduced local growing of amaranth, chia, sesame seeds, unmodified corn and introduced buckwheat (the first in Mexico) all gluten free super grains. Our own gardens produce micro greens, wheat grass, cherry tomatoes, kale, broccoli, mustard greens and Asian greens.
Membership options are offered yearly
new members 550 pesos
returning members 350 pesos
silver members (over 62) 250 pesos
travelers 100 pesos per order for normal delivery.
Golden members do not pay yearly fees, these are members that have been members for over 5 years.
So, its not so expensive helping to offset the cost of delivery and eco friendly containers and packaging. and some administration costs. We ask our members to recycle our containers to us for sterilizing.