Grace Bastidas Deputy Editor

Born and raised in Queens, New York, where more languages are spoken than anywhere in the world, Grace Bastidas is Latina’s Deputy Editor. She oversees lifestyle content, including topics as diverse as career, health and relationships, and occasionally writes about her own experiences in The Good Life section. As a writer, Grace’s work has appeared in The New York Times, New York magazine, The Wall Street Journal and Travel + Leisure. She is fluent in Spanish.

Single Latina Moms Healthier Than Most
Latina Single Moms Healthier Than Most

Single mothers suffer poorer health than married moms, according to a new study conducted by sociologists at Ohio State. Researchers, who surveyed 3,000 single and married mothers, found that women who had children out of wedlock were worse off by the time they reached their 40’s, even if they tied the knot along the way.

Except for Latinas, that is.

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Latino Hangover Cures
The 5 Best Latin American Hangover Cures

You know the consequences—blazing headache, nausea, dry mouth, upset stomach, red eyes, muscle pain—and still, you decide to do one more kamikaze shot. And while you may not end up in Bangkok like the boys from The Hangover Part II, you will most likely end up hovering over your toilet. Thankfully we have the best Latin American cures for even the most persistent of hangovers.

Menudo in Mexico

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Thalia Mom Heart Disease
Heart Disease Claimed the Life of Thalia’s Mother: Why Latinas Are At Higher Risk

The official cause of death for Thalia’s mother, Yolanda Miranda was determined to be heart disease. The 76-year-old suffered a fatal heart attack in the early hours of May 27 after complaining of a debilitating headache the night before.

Unfortunately, the singer’s mom—like many women—did not recognize the warning signs of a heart attack, which can also include chest pain, arm pain, shortness of breath, nausea and heartburn.

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4 Signs Your Significant Other May Be Cheating
4 Signs Your Significant Other May Be Cheating

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to keep his affair (and love child) with household employee Mildred Patricia (aka Patty) Baena a secret for over a decade from wife Maria Shriver. Were there telltale signs that Shriver could have picked up on or was the “Love Gov” just really good at hiding the truth?

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Holiday Weekend Recipe: Ensalada de Jicama
Holiday Weekend Recipe: Ensalada de Jicama

Looking for a quick and easy salad for your Memorial Day BBQ? Chef Julian Medina’s shared his ensalada de jicama with us. Chef Medina is a Mexico City native and the chef/owner of Toloache, Toloache Taqueria, Yerba Buena and Coppelia, all located in New York City. 



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Why Latin Americans Live Longer—And How You Can Too

The world’s oldest person is Maria Gomes Valentim, a 114-year-old woman from Brazil, according to the Guinness WorldRecords. She attributes her longevity to her morning cup of coffee with bread and fruit and the occasional glass of wine. The great-great grandmother is at the top of a list of Latin Americans who enjoy long lives thanks to solid diets, low stress and/or access to healthcare. Here are the Spanish-speaking countries (and one mystical village) where age is just a number:

Costa Rica

Life expectancy: 77.72

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Protecting Our Niños: Latino Kids are Less Likely to be Diagnosed with Learning Disabilities

According to a new report from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, developmental disorders are on the rise in the United States, with one in six children and teens suffering from autism and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). But there's one group of kids that is less likely to be diagnosed with a learning disability: Latinos. 

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Mental Health
National Mental Health Month: When Should You Seek Help Like Demi Did?

Disney star Demi Lovato recently revealed that she was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at the treatment facility she checked herself into last November. The 18-year-old is a brave example of how you can gain greater self-awareness by seeking help when emotional and psychological problems become unmanageable. Unfortunately, not everyone takes those necessary steps, especially within the Latin community. So in honor of National Mental Health Month, we talked to Dr.

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Getting Kids Active
Muévelo: How to Combat Childhood Obesity

Childhood obesity has become an epidemic in the Latino community, and, according to a recent study conducted by Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital in Nashville, inactive parents are largely responsible for their kids’ excess weight. Even First Lady Michelle Obama is telling us we need our kids to get a move on, so it’s time to shut off the television and get yourself and your children out and about.

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Courage, Confidence and Character: The Girl Scouts Recruit Young Latinas
Girl Scouts Focusing on Recruiting Young Latinas

The Girl Scouts have been around for nearly 100 years, so it only makes sense for its membership to reflect the population. That’s why the youth organization has turned its attention towards Latinas by creating a campaign to recruit girls from Spanish speaking households. We spoke to Monica Contreras, director of marketing and communications at Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas to find out about the initiative, and here’s what she had to say:

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