Is the day running you?

Finally decided to write on this topic as it keeps emerging as a pattern I my life. When I look around I see others struggle too so I know I am not alone.

You either run the day – or it runs you!
Yes, this is true. Have you noticed what drives your day? Is it you or is it something else? Are you really in control of your day or are you going from meeting to meeting, event to event and so on…? If you are like me you have a never ending checklist.

Not until long ago the days ran me and more like ran over me. Packed scheduled busy and crazy… until I had this awakening about running around by something other than my own will. That is when I realized I was not running my day it was running me. Ultimately I would be exhausted and not reaping the benefits either – half the time thinking ‘wait… so what did I get out of all of that today?’ went unanswered.

What to do?? Don’t panic, here are few tips:

1. Back off! yes, cut back on accepting events, meetings that wayyyy overcommit yourself. You know who you are!

2. Create a buffer. This means between meetings, events or whatever your commitment is allow time for YOU, so you can relax and reflect before the next thing starts.

3. Be picky. You might already think you are picky but do you have a hard time saying no? Do you basically accept every meeting that appears on your calendar? Are you ready to jump on any social invite? While all these things lead to a ‘busy’ ‘i am important’ feeling type of a day – end result is not so. One might say garbage in garbage out – with little to no value.

This takes practice. It’s easier to pack your day like sardines than to think and set your intentions deliberately for your day. I am still trying … but already paying off as I am more focused on what’s really important and not running like crazy all day long.

Sooo… Is the day running you or are you running the day??

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Super Hero Red Beet

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I really get crazy exiting for it’s color it’s really fun and delicious want to share with you my super hero beet I love red beets and I think you will like them more after you know more about them.

Okay let’s count the SURPRISE benefits of this super hero food!

It’s cancer fighter and antioxidant

It’s rich from A,B,C and P vitamins and beta carotene

It’s nutritious

It helps improve immune system

It’s increase the blood especially the juice of the red beet and if ti mixed half by half with carrot juice it increase erythrocytes.

Especially during winter when the cold and infections are at high levels it’s best to eat this super hero food to increase the body resistance.

1 cup of super hero red beet juice is effective for hypertension and when you mix the juice with yogurt it fulls the energy stocks of body.

It’s good for those suffering from low levels of iron and it’s rich from potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, manganese, copper etc…it’s like a vitamin tablet it’s amazing!

It’s a good habit to keep it by adding thin slices or shreds of red beet to your salads or enjoy it as plain beet juice or as mixed with apple, carrot or other delicious fruits as cocktail now I love this super hero more ways :))

Beat the Flue Naturally

Don’t be skeptical, if I can do it you can do it. So three days ago I woke up at 4:30am sweating, throat, and ears all throbbing, body aching like I ran a marathon. Knew I was in trouble.. had to decide if I was going to medicate or give my body a chance to fight naturally. Decided to give my body a chance.

Here is the regimen that naturally got me to a fully functional state by day 3:

Day 1:
Hydrate – lukewarm herbal teas that soothe the throat. I drank one cup to two every hour. Add lemon slices and spoons of good organic honey. What type of teas you say… ok mint, ginger, camomile, green and mixed teas. I happen to have a big stash of Kusmi teas and kept brewing and drinking. Stay away from the dark, hard, and dehydrating teas.
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Add humidity to the room you are in. I dislike humidifiers most are traps for bacteria and mold. Boiling a pot of water is just fine. Keeps your nasal passages soothed instead of the dry crackling air.

Every hour I did a 5 minute vapor session; throw a towel over your head and breathe in the vapors from boiling water. Adding a drop of organic mint oil is refreshing while relieving your nose and throat. Another amazing oil I used is oregano oil. Yes the vapor regimen will make your nose drip, it’s ok just wipe it. Put 3 drops in water and drink – not for the faint hearted this is strong stuff — but when you are fighting with flue you can surprise yourself with what you can drink.
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Light exercise is good; walk around in your home every couple hours to circulate blood.

Take a power nap – your body heals itself when you sleep. Had one coffee to fight the headache, worked temporarily but not enough.

Ate apples, carrots, salad greens, lentil soup spiked with garlic and paprika. Yes garlic is magical for colds and flue.

Day 2:
Ok started the morning badly; as I could not sleep well from the splitting headache. This is where I cheated with using a homeopathic sinus pressure and headache relieving dissolving tablets – evidence in exhibit A:
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Then I continued to do Day 1 regimen. Added some protein like yogurt, and a robust green smoothie with a strong shot of ginger – zing!!!! Think that alone killed about a whole colony of viruses immediately.

Changed sheets and PJs… call me crazy but esp when sick anything that can keep germs around longer goes… You are wondering about the toothbrush right??? Yes, I keep it under boiling water to disinfect so I don’t keep putting the same viruses in my mouth.

Took two power naps. Ate dark organic chocolate – yes I went through a whole bar in 2 days. Neti pot you say??? If I had one handy I would have used it… it is great for cleansing the sinuses and helping you breathe again. In fact I am buying one this weekend just to have it handy.

Notice in two days I did not eat breads, rice, carbs even though I love them – but somehow my body was telling me to stay away. Another thing to note is I stayed home for two days – did not leave even once. Totally tried to relax and give my body the stress free experience of just taking care of itself. Yes, this means you don’t work or you work little and mostly rest. Work never ends but your health does.

Day 3:
Had to take the homeopathic for headache in the morning again. Strong green smoothie with ginger again. Same tea regimen to keep hydration going all day. Was a normal day, went out, worked, went to grocery store etc.

Our minds and bodies are very powerful. They can heal us with little help from us. Our mindset is also a factor: I kept thinking feeling great despite moments of agony, stuffy nose to degree of only breathing from mouth, cold sweating and joint aches that kept on going.

Result: almost healed, slight nasal drip and sinus pressure but body, ear, throat completely healed. I expect to feel even better tomorrow.

A friend asked me ‘why put yourself through this just take a flue medicine or the flue shot. This is crazy.’ Well I said my body needs to naturally fight diseases to stay strong. I have never had a flue shot and rarely get this sick in any given winter. I believe in the Swedish healthcare motto – let the body rest and heal instead of immediately medicating everything and overusing antibiotics etc. Now remember, we are only talking about flue. I am not suggesting cure any ailment without medicine — that is a whole other story for another time.

Live well, Eat well, Be well !!

Pay Now To Farmer Or Later To Doctor


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How about that?

Which sounds better Farmer? or Doctor?

For us Farmers sounds more interesting and nice beside having colorful delicious nutritious food.

Well said quote, when I saw it love it because very clearly it describes what I would like to say just with few words but in more powerful.

Yes, pay now to the Farmer or later to the Doctor.

Okay, why to pay/ buy from farmers? why to pay/buy locally grown? What’s the benefit?

Here is the answers.

Local food tastes better and fresher than imported ones and it’s more nutritious food.

Preserves genetic diversity and it’s always seasonal.

Saves energy, most of imported foods are coming by trucks or air so buying locally saves petroleum and also reduce the packaging as well.

You can also built community by asking many questions as you can to learn about your food and visit local farms to understand to see how your food grows and even it will be fun teaching activity with children.

By buying locally grown food you are increasing the value of the land to the farmers and directly supporting local farms keep those arms in your community and ensure your own health, your children’s and even grand children’s health.

Paying to locally grown is like paying directly to your health before need of pills and doctors it  is smart healthy choice to start make a healthy habit please start right now where ever you are!

Or for best of all like us start your small or tiny garden! and surprise yourself with the freshest yummiest taste you grow. If you don’t have garden if you are lucky enough you can use your friends garden too! if you are not don’t worry you can even grow many things inside of your sweet home like parsley, peppermint, basil, scallions,  green garlic, mini tomatoes, lettuce, small peppers etc… but please choose the local seeds it depends on your space and how much you would like to grow actually the vertical gardens are perfect especially if you have balcony.

This picture is from last summer garden beauties yummy I can’t wait for this year yummm!

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Nuts about anything COCONUT!

Ok, finally I decided to write about my obsession with anything coconut. Have always really liked coconut, but about few years ago got more serious as I learned more about the healthy benefits of coconut.

Coconut is another miracle of nature that is yummy and smells amazing. So many uses for this amazing nut – hard not to love it.

Coconut Juice and Flesh
Best way to experience this is to have fresh coconuts. I will never forget the coconuts in Thailand. Last year, during our trip to Thailand coconut juice became our official drink. We were delighted to also discover we could scrape and eat the flesh. Coconut juice is more hydrating than water.
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Coconut Flakes
Coconut flakes come in various shapes and sizes. Most common use is in baking. I love the large hefty flakes that I can crunch and taste the coconut flavor. I use them in the mornings: little yogurt, blueberries, and coconut flakes!
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Coconut Butter
Warning – if you read beyond this section we will not be responsible for your coconut addiction.

Coconut butter is great for cooking, baking, or just as a spread on a piece of good bread. BUT mixing couple spoonfuls mixed with dark cocoa powder makes the best impromptu desert!!
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Coconut Oil
Yes, you can cook with it. BUT even more importantly you can use it for your skin and hair. I am close to ditching my body lotion altogether and completely switch over to coconut oil. It is important to emphasize you should use organic cold pressed virgin coconut oil. If your hair is too fine you may not want to use it besides as a mask to nourish the hair. But if you are sporting a bushy lush head of hair – your hair will love you for using coconut oil.
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Btw – if you live in a cold climate the coconut oil will naturally solidify, that does not mean it is bad. This is normal, it will easily turn liquid with a bit of warmth.

How do you enjoy your coconut ??

Eggplant Mazza

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This easy-tasty hors d’oeuvres  it’s vegan with simple ingredients you can serve it on top of toasted bread or with crispy sticks or crackers.

This recipe is for summer for your health use all veggies at their season please!

Okay let’s get started

1/2 cup organic eggplant (2 small eggplants or 1 big)

1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp organic sea salt

1 tbs organic lemon juice

2-3 cloves organic garlic (optional but tasty)

Grill the eggplants on top of grill fire or in the oven

Before doing this please use knife  or use a fork just to make holes in eggplants this will help to stem escape and not exploding while you grill them.

After you grill them immediately remove them from oven and start to peel them for that you can hold them from their stalk if your fingers burning then just divide the eggplant lengthwise and remove the eggplants with spoon.

Immediately add the lemon juice this process will help them stay whiter and prevent them becoming brown.

After you peel them dice them finely or mash them and let them cool completely.

Put salt, and garlic.

Shape it.

Put some scallions or parsley on top drizzle with olive oil.

Solar Dried Banana 100%

Image Especially during winter I like to have some natural dried fruits because of their nutritive value and long shelf life and of course they are very healthy snack you can carry with you everywhere you go. Dried fruits has long tradition of use dating back to the fourth millennium BC in Mesopotamia. For overall health of your heart banana contains high potassium quantity and helps with all signs of low potassium like body weakness, muscle cramps, stomach upsets, irritable bowel disease and irregular heartbeat. If you are purchasing dried fruits rather than making them at home, pay close attention that you are buying organic, no sugar and fat added products.

Happy healthy snacking!