About the Author


Ana Barreto is a Brazilian-American teacher, executive, mentor, and author living in upstate New York.

Since attending Marymount College, at that time a women’s only college, she has been learning about women’s rights and empowerment. Her passion for women’s education, development, and growth led her to study Women’s History, Women in Business, Women and Leadership, Meditation, Psychology, Neuroscience and Eastern philosophies. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and a Master degree in Business Administration.

Ana’s mission is to help women find their inner-compass to live a great life through her inspirational self-help books, classes and mentorship programs.

When Ana isn’t working or writing books, she likes cooking, traveling, hiking, biking, kayaking, and spending time with her amazing daughters and stepdaughters.

Ana’s Story

Growing up in a strict home in Brazil inspired Ana to come to the United States, earn an education and support women’s development and growth from a young age.

Like many women, Ana was a stressed-out working mom for many years.  She felt as if she couldn’t devote enough time to her children, personal goals or to her career.  Her busy life led her to look for ways to be happy and live on purpose.


To request a review copy, media or interviews, please contact Giovana Guimaraes at Giovana@ana-barreto.com

Ana can be reached at ana@ana-barreto.com or at 845-883-2747


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Author Interview

What inspired you to write the book?

I was inspired to write Women, Rice and Bean by my mother’s life.  My mother is a wonderful human being.  For years I had some resentment towards her.  I believed that she could have been a better mother by protecting me and my siblings from my father’s abuse, which they called parenting.  My intent was to write a book about the lessons my mother never told me so women would learn what their mothers felt like my mother.  When I went home to Brazil to care for her after she was hit by a car, I began to understand the lessons, but not the way I imagined it should be.  Love and compassion are powerful life tools.

What do you expect readers to gain from reading your book?

I would love for the readers to learn how to pay attention to their lives and understand the wisdom of everyday life.  I would be thrilled if daughters would clean the lenses through which they see their mothers and themselves.  I would be grateful if the reader would start meditating and using some of the tools I give for them to connect with their spirit and live their heart’s desires.


Why do women need to practice self-compassion?

Women need to practice self-compassion because we learned early on to always give to others even from a place of depletion.  We need to understand at our core that when we are well a
nd thriving, everyone around us will be thriving too because this is our n

Why women tend to over-do things?

Early in childhood, we learned from our mothers, who learned from their mothers who learned from their mothers that we are not enough. That we are not pretty enough, or smart enough, or mothering enough, or worthy of more, etc.  It’s all so unconscious!  We live these unconscious beliefs with our daily actions such as rushing all day long, running our bodies to the ground, not speaking out, not asking for help, etc.

What is the deal with meditation? 

Meditation is the easiest way women and man can find out the essence of who they really are.  Through meditation, people become less reactive and have easy flow lives.  When we meditate, our mind stops thinking that we are in danger and all the universe resources are available for us.  Meditation is the difference between living in our heart and living in someone else’s distorted perceptions of us.  Where would rather be?  Meditation has all the answers that Google doesn’t even know how to ask yet.

Why are our minds thinking that we are in danger?

Our minds don’t know what is real or what is imaginary.  When we think a thought, our mind reacts to it regardless of what we are experiencing.  For example, when a zebra is being chased by a lion, at that moment, the zebra mobilizes every inch of her body energy to outrun the lion by creating stress.  In humans, when we think we are in danger just by thought alone, our body reacts just like the zebra.  It mobilizes every bit of energy in the body to protect us from danger.  The problem is that when the zebra is able to outrun the lion, its body goes back to grazing.  Human, on the contrary, can’t stop the energy mobilizing, because we are always thinking a stressful thought.  The mind doesn’t know that we are making it worse than it is.  So the body stops from operating normally and create more stress hormone that leads to disease, lack of focus on what is important, and most importantly, connecting with our own spirit that is a guide of joy, health, love, etc.

Any final thoughts?

People are surprised when I tell them that I wrote the book in Portuguese. It was via divine sources of inspiration.  Then I re-wrote the book in English and a third time because I learned the book was so disorganized.  I meditate before I write.  There are parts that I still cry when I read today.  they are so beautiful and emotional.  Someday I think… did I write this? I guess I get a bit impressed with myself.



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