was successfully added to your cart.

Monthly Archives: January 2015

Coffee Or Not To Coffee

By | Food for thought, Health | 2 Comments

I grew up in the country where people drink coffee instead of water. Yeah, and  not just any kind but rather strongest, darkest coffee there is. This Turkish coffee that people in Serbia drink is not meant to be so strong and smoky flavored. This is what Serbs modified to soothe their temperament I believe. Besides they drink Turkish coffee more than anyone anywhere in Turkey will or ever would.

I remembered times when my high school classmates and I would get together. Instead of going to school we would skip classes and go have this “Turkish” coffee instead. Afterwards we usually would turn little cups upside down on the saucers and waited to read our future from sediments. My favorite part!

It might be for most of us that coffee represent social get together event. Truly it is! We could use coffee as excuse for almost anything. It is also most commonly accepted drug. Yes, yes. Drug! Most of you won’t like me for saying this but it’s true. As a medicine that how it needs to be used. Carefully!

This kind of background leads me to write this.

Joan Didion once sad “I have already lost touch with couple of people I used to be.” I love this quote and I can absolutely apply to coffee story.  I started drinking coffee socially in my sixteen. I wouldn’t drink it daily but sometimes I could squeeze couple of coffees in few hours. Anyway, after my 20ies and after I start meditating and living more as a yogi, coffee started to fade away. Still I would drink it few times throughout the year.  Now I am still having these coffee outbreaks. I could feel the heat and even thought I can get away with it I am trying to limit as much as possible. I see future me without any need for it whatsoever.

I love days with meditation, green juices, yoga and long runs. With three kids most of the days I have only one or two of these. But if I have it, there is no space for coffee. Yesterday my friend Corina reminded me if we want to change anything in our life we better just add one good thing and less useful thing will disappear on its own. I experienced this so many times. This blog is all about me reminding my self over and over of sticking to good stuff. If you would love to get a brake form coffee you might want to switch to green tea, occasional dark chocolate and green juices with ginger and celery instead.

 

tumblr_llx22bBvd21qey8eho1_500_large

We can find many studies that glorify coffee and many, many that say coffee is big no, no! See video below.

I love Ayurvedic approach to this matter and here it goes!

We all know that coffee is stimulating and drying (dehydrating + a diuretic). In the other words coffee is pungent (stimulating), bitter (lightening/diuretic and  laxative), astringent (drying and dehydrating).

This is what Ayurveda wisdom actually says:

Most Balancing Most Aggravating
Vata Sweet, Sour, Salty Bitter, Pungent, Astringent
Pitta Sweet, Bitter, Astringent Sour, Salty, Pungent
Kapha Pungent, Bitter, Astringent Sweet, Sour, Salty

Here easily we can see Vattas really need to limit  drinking coffee as much as possible, Pittas could drink it in moderation and favor decaf, and for Kaphas, coffee is positively recommended  but with moderation as well!  Without milk or sugar, (and for milk and sugar, well….I am not a fan at all). Milk, especially if it is pasteurized and homogenized. But that is another topic.

In today’s society we can see so much imbalances, lot of violence, too much heat. Therefore there is no need adding more oil to the fire and since we all have imbalances we better stay away form coffee as well. Or perhaps use it as a medicine and drink it accordingly. Moderately!

Here are the links you might enjoy or at least take in consideration if you already have coffee on daily basis.

 

 

And here is one more.

 

 

We had RAW COCONUT CHIA PORRIDGE for breakfast today

By | Way to Eat | 2 Comments

Our morning started a bit rough. Mama woke up later then usual. Or maybe just about same time like every other day. But somehow less present and not on the pick of performance. There wasn’t enough time to run. Not perfect right?!

Bogdan our 6 year old, the most energetic kid in the house was grumpy. Way to grumpy for my emotional state. We had tumbling and rumbling.

Then super daddy came in and save the day. He got bare foot (thing he likes to do sometimes in the winter days) and went outside with all three of them. Baby Mila did keep her boots on. That gave me some time to save my self as well. 30 min of yoga will do.

Finally this little treat totally put me in to 5th gear for the day.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I love using our Vita Mix because it can make soups too. That way we can have raw but warm drinks and smoothies during the winter.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Here is the recipe:

– Hand full of chia seeds, soaked previously (I did put hand full non soaked chia along with cup of water and blended on the low, then left for about 30 min. Ideally you would like to soak chia for an hour. Have some soaked in the fridge. That way you always have some ready to use).
– Hand full or a bit less coconut shreds
– 1 apple
– About 1 cup of water
– 4 dates (this was really sweet and if you do not have sweet tooth you can easily go with less)

Change consistency by playing with this ingredients. Add more water if to tick or more coconut if too liquid… HAVE FUN!

If you have little people around, they will LOVE IT! And this is what was left behind.  Along with some creative expression on the side.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Yumminess in the tummy or on the face?

By | Health | 7 Comments

The best way for radiant and healthy face is organic, whole food diet with tons of green vegetables. I know, I know. But today I needed extra help. Parsley, spirulina, yoghurt, cream and rolled oats mask it is! Just what I needed after today’s run against cold wind.

Nothing fancy, just ingredients from the fridge. Simple process as well.

1. Wash your face with yoghurt and grounded coriander seeds. 1 tsp yoghurt with pinch of powdered coriander seeds.(Just this step alone you can use as a daily face cleaning process).
2. Rinse with warm water.
3. Gentle exfoliate with honey and buck wheat flour. 1 tsp of honey with pinch of buck wheat flour. Ideally 5 min. I did it just a minute or two.
4. Rinse with warm water.
5. Massage face with sesame or olive oil in the Winter, coconut and almond oil in the Spring and Summer. 5 min. 1 tsp of base oil and 5 drops of lavender essential oil…or not. (if you don’t have any essential oil, no big deal, just use the base oil).
6. Rinse with warmest water you can handle. (ideally you would steam face with steam from lavender tea) I didn’t have time for that. 5 min.
7. Dray face and apply this green smoothie on your face. Hold for about 15 min.

This mask is wonderful for the Winter
– small hand full rolled oats
– about 1 tsp spirulina
– little bit more then 1 tsp parsley
– about 1 tbsp whole yoghurt
– a bit more then 1 tsp or cream

Put all ingredients in the blender on high speed and ‘voila’! Your face mask is ready!

Notice that there is no exact measurements here. The reason is that we all have our inner wisdom and I prefer to rely on it. Most of the time.
If consistency is to liquid you can add more oats. If to tick add more of yummy greens, oils or creams you have in you kitchen. Enjoy!

Please note that there was plenty of leftovers for the next time my face needs the green hug. Will hold in the fridge for at least a week.

 

green mask photo