Carrot, Lime and Coconut Smoothie with Cashew Nuts, Tahini and a Hint of Chili
Carrots are a great source of vitamin A and C, while lime juice also is very high in vitamin C making both ingredients very good for the maintenance of a healthy, youthful skin. The coconut milk and cashew nuts contain high doses of healthy fats that will help to moisturize your skin from within; these healthy fats are also very good for maintaining strong and well nourished hair. The Tahini adds a sesame flavour to this smoothie as well as a creaminess that is further boosted by the addition of the banana, which makes a great smoothie base. The hint of chili adds a spicy kick as well as the immune-boosting capsicum that it is so rich in… Continue reading
Is Wellness and Balance Only About a Healthy Body, Spa and Herbs?
This is what I have been thinking about lately. So what is really going on and what is my definition of holistic wellness and a balanced lifestyle? Is it about being super perfect-eco-organic with your diet and about knowing all about herbs, natural remedies and holistic oils? And what the heck does the word “holistic” actually mean? Is it healthy? Is it natural? Is it peaceful? Is it relaxing? Or maybe it seemly means- honest and not afraid to dive deep? First of all, everyone is different, and so everyone has a different answer to these questions. The most important answer is your own answer, as it will help you clarify your path in life (you can always change your mind; nothing is set in stone)… Continue reading
Do We Actually Understand What Success Means?
So much is being said about success, successful people, or success stories. But what is success?
Is it about becoming a millionaire? Or looking like a model? Or becoming a famous actor /actress?
Is it about having a Ferrari? Does having more stuff than your neighbors do make you more successful? And finally, how do you know who’s more successful or less successful? Can success be measured?
I have a really simple definition of success. Read on to discover yours…Let’s brainstorm! Continue reading
Super Green Apple and Spirulina Smoothie
Green apples are known to be an excellent anti-ageing ingredient due to their high fiber and anti-oxidant properties; they help maintain healthy, supple skin. Green apples are also great for nourishing the skin due to their vitamin density and are also great for skin whitening and brightening. If organic, apples are best eaten with the skin on as it contains a large amount of the apple’s nutrients. Spirulina is a super food that is made from algae and is known for its immune boosting properties. If you don’t want to use spirulina in this recipe, you can also use barley grass. Ginger is another great addition as its anti-inflammatory properties also help to boost the immune system. The addition of banana to this smoothie gives it a potassium rich base and the Brazil nuts not only add some protein and healthy fats, but they are also high in selenium, which is essential cognitive function, fertility and the immune system. Ground cinnamon is known for its ability to stabilize blood sugar levels, rounding off this smoothie combination as a great option for breakfast. I really recommend this smoothie for beginners as it tastes great and is really easy to make. Continue reading
Energize Yourself with This Guilt Free Vegan Smoothie Treat!
Raw cocoa is known to be one the most powerful and rich sources of anti-oxidants, closely followed by berries. Foods containing anti-oxidants are in many cases referred to as being superfoods. What makes anti-oxidants so important is that they possess anti-ageing properties that not only help you fight the signs of ageing in your skin, but also prevent the premature aging of your body’s cellular makeup. This smoothie is a very tasty and incredibly healthy way to start your day. The banana also adds a nutritional punch with its healthy carbohydrate properties and high potassium quota; potassium is important for optimum muscle function and recovery and therefore is also very helpful when focusing on anti-ageing. The addition of coconut milk gives this recipe a good dose of heart-healthy and cholesterol lowering fats, and the almond butter not only gives it a nutty taste but also adds a protein boost. Continue reading
Don’t Focus on Your Problems. Focus on Solutions.
There are many things we can’t control or change. The only thing we can actually control is how we react to them and what we decide to focus on. What you focus on can change your life and help you create a stronger body and mind. You need to focus on your vision (whether it’s health, life or career). You need to FOCUS on where you’re going instead of where you’re coming from. If you know where’re your going, nothing can stop you. You can have a bad day and still move forward. Now, I am not judging. We all have been through dark periods in our lives; we all have. Sometimes, we may feel trapped in a vicious cycle and don’t know where to start. I can totally relate to this paralyzing, “vicious cycle syndrome.” You just can’t take positive action, even though deep inside you know what to do…
Alkaline Breakfast? But what the Heck Do I Eat?
I hear this all the time: “I would like to eat more alkaline, but I find it very hard to organize myself first thing in the morning”, or “This sounds like a great way of eating and living, but it’s not practical for most people” or “I can do it on weekends but with all the work and family obligations I find it hard during the week” or: “I don’t have time”. Well, it doesn’t have to be that way. Simple solutions are always the best. This short post will provide you with easy and nutritious alkaline breakfast recipe ideas and other tips that will help you change your mindset about the alkaline diet and lifestyle. While my previous post: Alkaline Cooking for Busy People contains very useful preparation tips, this one focuses on one of the biggest roadblocks- alkaline breakfasts. Read on to find out what to do to have awesome energy, mental focus and the feeling of alertness and positivity. Without having to depend on caffeine. From the moment you wake up until the moment you go to bed. How you start the day…
More Awesome Holistic Relaxation Techniques (Perfect for a Busy Schedule)
Compared to my other articles, I’ll be really quick today. I just want to share a super simple and effective body-mind relaxation technique with you… This one is one of my favorites, and I do it almost every day. I get many benefits. I sleep better and I wake up feeling rejuvenated (few years ago, I never thought it was possible!). I am also more productive and focused at work and more energized to work out. I even use this technique after my workout to replenish and get more oxygen for my precious cells (it all starts on a cellular level, right?). I have also noticed, thanks to this technique, I am no longer a victim of emotinal eating, and I find it easier and more enjoyable to stick to my healthy, wholesome alkaline friendly meals (you may have noticed I am a big fan of Alkalinity, and my blog even has a section called Alkaline Foods –in case you want to check out some tips and recipes later)….The best part? You can get results just by doing a minute or two of this excercise every day. So if you don’t have time to spend hours on your yoga mat or meditation cushion yet you want to commit to some natural relaxation technique, this will work amazingly well for you…Since it’s not time consuming at all, you won’t have any excuses not to try it…
But I Don’t Have Time!!!
The following is a simple but quite thought-provoking guest post by my friend Michal Stawicki from ExpandBeyondYourself. Michal is a bestselling author with a passion for personal development and personal success. He is dedicated to a life of learning and continual growth in all aspects so that he can improve the quality of people’s lives. He walks the talk and he knows exactly what it takes to create health, happiness and progress. In this article, he wants to help you improve your life through changing your mindset, creating new habits and doable action plans as well as eliminating limiting beliefs.
Och, one more, thing, Michal is not some ivory-tower guru telling you what to do. He also has a life to live: a day job, wife and kids, church obligations, a full time job, a daily 3-4 hour commute and random disasters (delayed trains, children’s illnesses…). Yet he manages to find time and passion to pursue his writing career (to make it harder, English is not his first language). He can make progress in all areas of his life. Read on to learn his common-sense approach and start changing your life (even if you don’t have time). This stuff is easier than you believe! Enjoy!
Creating an Active but Almost Stress-Free Holistic Lifestyle
Have you ever thought how good it would feel if you could reduce stress in your life?
Health benefits: Less chance of heart disease, stronger immune system, more energy and zest for life, better dietary habits (we very often overeat or eat unhealthy food, as we believe it can help us feel less stressed- it’s called emotional eating), better sleep, less anxiety… the list goes on and on.
Personal and Professional Relationships: People prefer to hang out and work with people who are nice, more relaxed, and proactive (“good vibe”, right?). I am sure you don’t like to hang out with people who complain, are negative, or try to vent their anger and frustration on you. I think nobody does. By choosing to learn more about relaxation techniques (and applying them, of course. Information is useless, unless we apply it), you can be a source of inspiration for others and create great relationships and happiness…