Fabio Nunes of Masterchef Brasil

We asked Chef Fabio Nunes - famous for competing on Masterchef Brasil, and currently on Masterchef Brasil A Revanche -  to share with us how he "organizes his life in an organic and nice way" by using the Organice Your Life Circle of 5. Enjoy!

1. Organice your Home

I like to live in an organized environment. Before, when I was living in my hometown and at my parents' home, I didn’t have any idea about the importance of an organized home. Later on, I have lived everywhere in the World sharing apartments with roommates and I learned from this experience that to be called ‘Home’ it needs to feel "homie", it must be organized, be functional…

The Kitchen

The kitchen is where I like to focus my organization. I know how important is to have a good 'Mise en place’ to the whole process of cooking. So I try to take that idea as a model, as a professional chef and apply it to everything else I do in life. I also try to be consistent, there are certain things I have to do every single day, at least for a few minutes a day. But consistency is very important when you are trying to achieve your goals.

The household

I'm glad that I have a great partner in life to help me organize my clothes and my closets, because I’m the worst at foldings my shirts ( and she’s the best at it by the way ). 

2. Organice your Agenda

I like to wake up early everyday it’s possible and I love to have a good night sleep of 10 hours every once in a while… I don’t like to make people wait for me, or be at places with some time to spare ahead of the time of the meeting. I get pretty anxious about leaving my house in big cities where you have to keep track of traffic jams and other inconveniences. So I tried my best to keep my schedule on time by planning my day ahead, something I usually do every morning. Now I can luckily count on car services and fresh organic food delivered to my door, which makes living in a big city much more enjoyable. I have always tried to balance my time between running my errands and taking care of stuff, with fun moments of relaxation where I get to enjoy a little bit life and have a brake. Usually I go to the gym, or I just sit and play some videogames. I also love to search online for new ideas of recipes, so I spend a lot of time in front of devices, and maybe that's not too 

3. Organice Yourself

Nutrition

Cooking to nourish my body and to keep me energetic through the day, is what I do every weekday. On Weekends we are free and some weekdays as well.. I live a happy life and I'm happy eating whatever I want, even though I’m completely aware of the importance of a healthy diet.

Workout

I love exercising at open spaces and recently I have joined a group to practice running. Im in love with the activity, I have also meet wonderful people through it and I even ran a half marathon!

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Because I spend a lot of time in front of devices, I always have my Himalayan salt lamp light up during the evening. 

Aromatherapy

Also at night, I get the benefit from aromatherapy with therapeutical organic oils I mix with water on my diffuser. That’s how I end up the night, just before sleep, I practice a mindfulness exercise that really gets me ready to unplug my mind and calm my thoughts. 

4. Organice your Relationships

Family

I live far away from my family. So I take advantage of social media to stay in touch with. Not seeing my niece growing up, is not pleasant and I'd love to be in my hometown with more frequency. I try to do my best even with a busy agenda and living abroad for all these years. I have been present in the most important moments I guess… for instance, one night my best friend had his daughter when I was there. She’s my Goddaughter. Recently my sister got pregnant and had her first baby girl - I was there too. I also went to her graduation and my nephew’s . So I’m pretty happy with it. It’s a real struggle living far away from each other, but we have been able to manage it. 

Love

I have been together with Carolina Fontaneti for more than 10 years already, and they are the best years of my life. We’ve learned and evolved so much from each other's experiences that I just want to have her in my life to keep that feeling forever. She’s my best friend and she’s the best person I met in this life. She truly inspires me, one of the reasons I started caring more about the culinary World, and building on this passion by her side was joyful.

Love under the water!
Me and my cat Ninis when he was a little kitten!

Cooking with love

I just really love to cook for my friends. It's one of the things I love most in life, that’s why I always say that 'I cook when I love’.  So in the best case scenario, at least once a week I get my friends or family together to prepare something delicious, I usually get inspired with an urge for cooking with a particular ingredient, or sometimes I bump into an amazing piece of ‘something delicious’ that I simply have to take back home. I like to serve my loved ones with love and care, of course reflected in the food I prepare them.

5. Organice your Good Heart

Giving back

I’ve got amazing opportunities of working on giving back to my community more and more. For many years I’ve been part of The Heart of Fashion Organization that does beautiful work with some institutions all over Brazil. My favorite one - and the one I like to visit often - are the 'Taiguara Houses'. They are committed to help homeless kids who are living on the vicious streets and provide them a home and opportunities to study and get a job or get connected to their once lost families again. 

READ MORE: The Heart of Fashion

Eliminating food waste and conscious cooking

'Invisible Food’ is an amazing project that I'm very happy that I've joined as it brings together two great passions of mine: food and conscious cooking. Thousand tons of food are thrown away every single day all around the World, but we found a way to begin the process of saving this food locally. With the 'invisible food truck', the whole team that is part of this very passionate movement and I were able to save a lot of ingredients with a full potential of being saved and transform into beautiful and tasteful food. The idea is to bring awareness about how much food we could feed the ones in need just by changing a few wasteful horrible habits. It starts at the producer of the foods, and goes all the way to the final consumer. We all need some enlightenment about the urgent food issues to be solved. I want to live in a beautiful sustainable world, and I believe I'm doing my part to it.

 Follow Fabio Nunes on Instagram , Twitter, and check him on the new episodes of Masterchef Brasil A Revanche!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKW99bMUCsE

 

About the Circle of Five by Organice Your Life

Organice Your Life® revolves around the OYL Circle of Five. With these 5 steps you can organize your life in an organic and nice way. The OYL Circle of Five can help you improve your home, your finances, your career, your health, your relationships, and your good charitable work for others. Giving you the tools so you can make each area of your life the best possible! These simple five steps can create big positive change.


Organice Your Life® Holiday Party #12

Let's go back in time and share some true Organice Your Life memories!

On December 14th 2012, the Organice Your Life ® family and guests gathered on the 51st floor of the Time Warner Building to celebrate the annual Organice Your Life® Holiday Party!

OYL Holiday party 2012
Invitation artwork by Joey Holthaus for Haus of Joey

Host was top model and Organice Your Life contributor Valentina Zelyaeva, who invited all her model friends to join for a fun night of celebrating the Holidays. Founder Lonneke Engel was not present as her health did not permit her to unfortunately. She was missed but was happy to hear everything went on smoothly thanks to Valentina, and organizers, Antoniette Costa and Jackie Swerz.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzsRP9-y_-Y

Of course there is no OYL party without delicious organic food & drinks. We want to thank all our amazing sponsors including The Juice Press, Perrier Jouet, Hail Merry Snacks, Antica Espresso, Fiji Water for catering the party, and giving items for the goodiebags, which also included a the Clean Plates book, Burts Bees lipbalm and a VitaCoco drink.

Antoniette Costa took care of the live music with an amazing performance with live beatboxer, cello & violin players and background singers.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dEy_iLsJ4H0

Everyone left the party inspired for the Holidays and to have a great 2013!

 

Our goodie bags are filled with amazing treats including Clean Plates, Burts Bees, The Juice Press, VitaCoco, Hail Merry.
Antoniette Costa Performing
Healthy Snacks
Jackie Swerz, musician Antoniette Costa and model Valentina Zelyaeva
More Healthy Snacks
Models Liza Yermalovich, Anastasia Krivosheeva, Kristina Romanova and Valentina Zelyaeva

Photo Credits: Josh Wong

Illustration of invitation: Haus of Joey

First published on December 12th  2012, Updated in 2019


Food by Lonneke: Gazpacho

Gazpacho is easy to make, it is a great raw dish for when you need to cool off a bit.

Check out this video filmed in my kitchen in NYC where I show how I make an easy and delicious gazpacho!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j63djYCQlhY&t=21s

 

Love, Lonneke

First Published in 2012, updated in 2019


Managing Your High Performance Life

Work, and your own daily life are demanding a high performance that seems to increase every year. But longer days at the office don’t work because time is a limited resource. Did you know that personal energy is renewable by fostering simple rituals that help you regularly replenish your energy? That way you can manage your high performance life a bit better. If executives were to perform at high levels over a long period of time, they would have to train in the same systematic, multi-level way that World class athletes do. To sustained high performance you must consider the person as a whole, your body, emotions, mind, and spirit. Failure to address any one of them compromises your performance.

The Ideal Performance State (IPS)

To reach your Ideal Performance State means to bring your specific talents and skills to full ignition and to sustain height performance over time. To do this you have to build your capacity for what might be called supportive or secondary competencies. Among them are endurance strength, flexibility, self control, and focus. The foundation of the Ideal Performance State is the capacity to mobilize energy on demand, Effective energy management, and consists out of two key components:

  1. Rhythmic movement between energy expenditures (stress) and energy renewal (recovery), which we term “oscillation” and;
  2. Rituals that promote oscillation, rhythmic stress recovery.

Physical Capacity

In this context your energy can be defined as the capacity to do work. Effective energy management begins at the physical level because the body is our fundamental source of energy, the foundation. The main problem on this level is not stress as most people think, but it is linearity - the failure to oscillate between energy expenditure and recovery. Here are some basic strategies for building a strong physical foundation and renewing energy at the physical level:

  • Food - Eat well and on time, preferably smaller meals every 3 hours, and drink enough of water;
  • Workout - Build regular workouts into you schedule. For instance: three to four 20- to 30-minute cardiovascular including at least two sessions of interval, and at least two weight training workouts a week; Walking , swimming or cycling daily is a good workout too to increase your stamina.
  • Sleep - Going to bed early, waking up early, and sleeping for at least 8 hours helps you dealing with the demands of today’s business world. Maintaining a consistent bedtime and wake-up time help regulate your biological clock; Good sleep is essential for high performance during the day.
  • Recovery - Seek recovery(take a break) every 90 to 120 minutes while working, consistent with the body’s natural stress-rest cycle.

Emotional Capacity

Emotional capacity is the internal climate that supports peak performance. Positive emotions ignite the energy that drives performance, where negative emotions drain energy and can lead to other mental and physical problems. To manage your emotional capacity you need to be able to transform your inner experience of stress, into one of challenge. You can regulate this by burning of tension during a workout or by becoming more aware of your body’s signals when you are on the edge - physical tension, a racing heart, tightness in the chest - so you can steer yourself in another direction.

Your body language also influences emotions. Manipulation of your emotions by body language is very easy because your body can not make any distinction between spontaneous body language or you consciously creating the look on the outside that you want to feel inside. Above all others, close relationships are perhaps the most powerful means for prompting positive emotions and effective recovery. Close relationships can induce a profound sense of safety and security.

Mental Capacity

The cognitive level is where most traditional performance-enhancement training is aimed at. The usual approach is to focus on improving competencies, while the most notable areas of improvement lie in your focus, time management, and positive critical thinking skills. Focus simply means energy concentrated in service of a particular goal. Meditation, although mostly viewed as a spiritual practice, can serve as highly practical means of training attention and promoting recovery. Time management is crucial if you want to renew consistently with your body’s need for breaks every 90 tot 120 minutes. So try to build in some renewal time in the form of 15 minute breaks.

The last tool you can use to increase your mental capacity is visualization. Visualization produces positive energy and has palpable performance results. It can literally reprogram the neural circuitry of the brain, directly improving performance.

Spiritual Capacity

Spiritual capacity is the energy that is unleashed by tapping into one’s deepest values and defining a strong sense of purpose. This capacity serves as sustenance in the face of adversity and as a powerful source of motivation, focus, determination, and resilience. The inclination for most people is to live in a perpetual state of triage, doing whatever seems most immediately pressing while losing sight of any bigger picture. Working hard under stress, using more than 100% of your capacity, thinking that sleep and rest you will do sometime later. Many people who do this end up in a burn-out that lasts usually months or even years to get back to their previous state of activity.

Burn-Out

Rituals

Rituals that give people the opportunity to pause and look inside include meditation, journal writing, prayer, and service to others. Each of these activities can also serve as a source of recovery - a way to break the linearity of relentless goal-orientated activity. In an environment that is changing at warp speed, performing consistently at high levels is more difficult and more necessary than ever. Narrow interventions simply aren’t sufficient any- more. We can’t afford to address our cognitive capacity while ignoring our physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. When you feel strong and resilient – physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually – you perform better, with more passion, for longer. You win and your family wins.

The idea in Practice

Physical Energy

  • Enhance your sleep by setting an earlier bedtime and reducing alcohol use.
  • Reduce stress by engaging in cardiovascular activity at least three times a week and strength training at least once.
  • Eat small meals and light snacks every three hours.
  • Learn to notice signs of imminent energy flagging, including restlessness, yawning, hunger, and difficulty concentrating.
  • Take brief but regular breaks, away from your desk, at 90- to 120-minute intervals throughout the day.

Emotional Energy

  • Defuse negative emotions—irritability, impatience, anxiety, insecurity—through deep abdominal breathing.
  • Fuel positive emotions in yourself and others by regularly expressing appreciation to others in detailed, specific terms through notes, e-mails, calls, or conversations.
  • Look at upsetting situations through new lenses. Adopt a “reverse lens” to ask, “What would the other person in this conflict say, and how might he be right?” Use a “long lens” to ask, “How will I likely view this situation in six months?” Employ a “wide lens” to ask, “How can I grow and learn from this situation?”

Mental Energy

  • Reduce interruptions by performing high concentration tasks away from phones and e-mail.
  • Respond to voice mails and e-mails at designated times during the day.
  • Every night, identify the most important challenge for the next day. Then make it your first priority when you arrive at work in the morning.

Spiritual Energy

  • Identify your “sweet spot” activities—those that give you feelings of effectiveness, effortless absorption, and fulfillment. Find ways to do more of these. One executive who hated doing sales reports delegated them to someone who loved that activity.
  • Allocate time and energy to what you consider most important. For example, spend the last 20 minutes of your evening commute relaxing, so you can connect with your family once you’re home.
  • Live your core values. For instance, if consideration is important to you but you’re perpetually late for meetings, practice intentionally showing up five minutes early for meetings.

If you want to go further into this subject I would advise you to buy and read "The Power of Full Engagement". This book contains a load of tools to help you on your way to a more energized and balanced life.

 

References

  • Loeht, J. & Schwartz, T. - The Making of a Corporate Athlete - Harvard Business Review, January 2001
  • Schwartz, T. & McCarthy, C. - Manage your Energy, not your Time - Harvard Business Review, Oktober 2007

First published on July 19th 2013, updated in 2019


Eliminate Plastic Waste

 Riding the waves and spouting full force, a pod of slender black and white orca whales are in pursuit of the season’s salmon:

Plastify-Anne-Marie-Van-Dijk

My work as a whale researcher

These were my days spent as a whale researcher in Puget Sound back in 2002. Our research topic: killer whale behavior.

During my first months as a researcher I soon came to realize that the animal I had come to adore, a totemic species in the Pacific Northwest, was deeply threatened by a silent, stealthier killer. A killer that disintegrates and seeps under your skin, accumulates on micro levels and is just simply impossible to get rid of: PLASTIC.

READ MORE: How quickly plastic nanoparticles can get into marine life

To us Westerners living in a consumerist society plastic has become a commodity, a necessity, a way of living, perhaps saving lives in the form of plastic syringes but also bringing luxury in the form of stylized computers. For marine animals and the ocean, however, plastic has turned into a nightmare. Turtles ingest plastic bags mistaking them for jellyfish, dolphins get entangled in fishing nets and birds swallow pellets formed by plastic debris floating in the ocean.

READ MORE: How sea turtles are dying because of plastic

It's a big World with a lot of plastic waste

One may ask where all this plastic goes. Surely my plastic bottle must be recycled and transformed into a new one. If not, the world is big enough to handle a few extra billion tons of plastic waste each year.

This could not be further from the truth. Tragically, in the U.S., only 20% of plastic bottles that are thrown away get recycled. The other 80% gets dumped into landfills or reaches the ocean. Most of our waste today is made up of plastic. Plastic, which is made from petroleum, takes centuries to degrade. In fact, “every bit of plastic that has ever been created still exists, except for a small amount that has been incinerated, is releasing toxic chemicals”.

The Pacific Ocean is now famous for its infamous “Pacific Garbage Patch”, a swirling vortex of plastic debris and trash twice the size of Texas – the biggest landfill in the world.

The Atlantic Ocean is forming a patch of its own, as is the Indian Ocean. What is even more alarming is that plastic disintegrates, breaking down into smaller particles (polymers) yet never fully biodegrading, the process by which material decays and is absorbed back into the environment. What this means, literally, is that our oceans are turning into plastic.

It's a small World with plastic waste after all

What will happen to the whale called Killer? Orca whales are now regarded as some of the most toxic animals on Earth due to the rapid accumulation of harmful chemicals into their bodies. The pods in the Pacific Northwest have been put on the endangered species list, but to what avail?

In November 2009, Lonneke Engel, Eyal Amir and myself held a party–Pura Vida– in honor of the oceans and how to lessen our impact on our planet by promoting the use of sustainable, eco-friendly, reusable bottles. Although the subject of plastic, its toxic by-products and how this affects our planet is an extremely complex one to which there are no easy solutions, every action counts and every step is a step in the right direction.

At Organice Your Life we believe change starts at the individual level. It is with this in mind that OYL hopes to inspire you and provide you with the tips and knowledge on how to live a sounder and eco-friendlier life, a life that is better for body and planet.

We hope you enjoy this issue and as Margaret Mead once said:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."

Kick The Plastic Habit - What can YOU do to eliminate plastic waste

Refuse & Reduce

  • Use an eco-friendly, BPA free, reusable bottle. This is better for your health and friendlier for the environment.
  • Ditch the plastic bag: carry an eco-friendly canvas tote with you at all times.
    Select fresh, local fruits and vegetables as opposed to pre-packed.
  • Prepare your lunch at home with fresh ingredients (not packaged in plastic) and carry it with you in a glass container.
  • Stop using plastic cutlery. Use real silverware whenever you can. Keep a few real knives and forks at the office or, when ordering-in, specifically ask not to include paper napkins and plastic silverware.


Re-use & Recycle

  • By shopping at eco-friendly stores you support the reuse of plastic and the recycling of waste materials.
 Examples like Freitag.
  • If you have leftover plastic bags bring them to a grocery store that recycles them, or use them instead of regular garbage bags.

Be Inspired

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyBENefmcH4

Above all, encourage your friends and colleagues to do the same!

By Anne-Marie van Dijk, Model & founder of CLEANSE, One Body One Planet.
First published on OYL in 2011, updated in 2019

5 ways to hide vegetables in food

A lot of people don't like to eat vegetables or beans, even though they know they are good for you. Kids are really good at that. So here are 5 ways to hide vegetables in food, and no one will ever know because they taste so good! Why don't you try these 5 recipes?

1. Zucchini Banana Bread muffins

Baking is a great way to add vegetables into your baked goods. These Zucchini banana muffins are so good!

Zucchini Banana Bread muffins Recipe by top model Lonneke Engel

 

2. Super Power Smoothie with baby spinach

A simple smoothie with fruits and a handful of vegetables is super easy to make and does the trick!

Super power smoothie with baby spinach recipe by top model Abigail O'Neill

smoothieee

3. Black Bean Brownies

A healthier version of the famous brownies, but these actually taste better than the "real" ones in our opinion!

Black Bean brownies recipe by top model Lonneke Engel

4. Immunity Booster juice with bell pepper, celery & cucumber

Juicing is another great way to mix in vegetables in your sweet juice.

Immunity booster juice recipe by top model Valentina Zelyaeva

 

5. Pumpkin pie

Baking is our favorite way to add vegetables to our diet. This pumpkin pie recipe is so delicious!

Pumpkin pie recipe by top model Abigail O'Neill

Pumpkin Pie

Enjoy!

 


Fitness Food: Teff Pancakes

Teff Pancakes: an all-time favorite fitness food breakfast meals. Sometimes I put in some extra cacao or coffee powder, blue berries, coconut or bananas. You can top it off with whatever you like as long as it fits your diet. Just go wild!

Enjoy!

READ MORE ABOUT THE ANCIENT GRAIN TEFF ON ORGANICEYOURLIFE.COM

Teff PanecakesFirst published on December 28th 2012, updated in 2019

Teff Pancakes
a great breakfast to give you energy throughout the day

Author:
Cuisine: fitness food
Recipe type: breakfast
Serves: 1

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • 1 cup Teff flakes (Even though teff is the healthiest, you can substitute this for another whole wheat flour )
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
  • 1 Pinch Nutmeg
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • 5 Egg whites (less eggs if you don't want the fitness food version, just adjust teff and water accordingly)
  • ⅔ Cup water
  • yoghurt
  • almond butter
  • fresh fruit

Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients into a blender and blend them up to a silky smooth mixture.
  2. Slowly heat up a pan with some coconut butter or butter in it.
  3. Pour your pancake mixture into your pan, put the lit on it and slowly let it cook on half power/gas.
  4. You can flip it over when the top starts to solidify.
  5. Top it of with some white almond paste, fruit and/or some fat free Greek yoghurt.

Notes
You can add spirulina, coconut flakes, cacao powder or coffee powder to the fitness version of this pancake.


Teff, the Love Grass

You got to love grass.. but just the right one! Common names for Eragrostis tef include teff and Williams Lovegrass. Teff is an ancient cereal native to the northern Ethiopian Highlands of Northeast Africa. It is very versatile, may promote weight loss, is great for athletes and vegetarians, is gluten-free, and tastes good!

Small seed: Great Nutritional Value

Teff is a cross between wheat and grass. Teff is a type of grass that is considered a "whole grain" cereal. The word “Teff” is an Amharic word that means "lost". The name was kept for this grain for being so tiny, that if dropped, the grains would be close to impossible to retrieve. Because the beads are so small, it is not possible to peel them before they are milled. Teff flour is always whole wheat flour, which means that it is rich in dietary fiber.

Teff nutritional value consists of Proteins and an excellent balance of Amino acids. It is actually a much richer source of essential amino acids than wheat or barley. Teff also consists of Iron, Phosphorous, Magnesium, and Copper. It is also extremely abundant in healthy Manganese, and extremely low in Cholesterol, Saturated fat and Sodium.

Teff and Weight loss?

More and more people are looking for weight loss diets. For many years most of them learn to live with the fact that some fats they consume are bad for the body and others are good. Similar characteristics of carbohydrates are being discovered. Scientists consider it likely that the food sources that do not raise your blood sugar levels too much are less likely to be stored as fat AND maybe can even burn fat! By a steady release of glucose over several hours, Teff may help to suppress hunger, preventing you from overeating. Foods that suppress hunger are believed to be able to promote weight loss.

The Teff Athlete

The great success of the Ethiopian athletes Haile Gebrselassie and Kenenisa Bekele by themselves are partly attributed to teff. With its low Glycemic Index, teff provides a continuous supply of glucose to the body over several hours. it has slow digesting carbohydrates and contains a lot of iron, which unlike iron from other cereals is well absorbed into the body. These properties make teff suitable as nutrition for endurance athletes.

For athletes a high iron intake is critical for the conservation of red blood cells. A high number of red blood cells improves the intake and release of oxygen, which is directly related to the endurance and fitness. Humans usually compensate their daily loss of iron through meat, since most grains are not the best source of iron for the body. Teff is an exception, so it’s a great source of iron for vegetarians as well. The B-Vitamin complex in teff are important in relation to good energy.

Gluten-Free

Our health and our daily food intake are much more connected than we often like. Unlike 20 years ago the average Westerner consumes consciously or unconsciously a (too) large amount of grain originated gluten. Although teff contains some kind of gluten, it is suitable for people with celiac disease (gluten intolerance), because the gluten in teff does not contain the a-gliadin-fraction that causes a reaction in those with celiac disease. It does however contains all unique qualities that nutritionists find so appealing in cereals.

Gluten is also shunned by another group: People who simply think gluten encourages weight gain and who claim to feel more energetic when they don't consume it. They say humans didn't evolve the ability to digest certain domesticated grains containing gluten, and that avoiding gluten leads to more energy, better absorption of nutrients, and loss of excess weight.

So some people prefer a mostly gluten free diet because it has a positive effect on losing the last bits of stubborn belly fat and has a positive effect on their energy level they claim. A strict gluten-free diet forces you to stay away from some refined carbohydrates that can lead to weight gain. Could this just be where the weight-loss secret lies?

Possible Ways of Enjoying Teff

The flavor and aroma of the whole grain are mild, nutty and slightly sweet. It is similar to millet and quinoa in cooking, but the seed is much smaller and cooks faster, thus using less fuel.

Teff is an extremely versatile grain and one should not fear from experimenting in the kitchen. The easiest way of incorporating this food into your diet is by making use of teff flour. You can use teff flour for baking an apple pie crust or even for waffles and pancakes. You can even use boiled or steamed teff as an alternative to rice. Teff is also an extremely tasty and healthy grain to make porridge out of. All you need to do is add some crushed nuts and fresh fruits to your cooked teff. It is also extremely tasty to make in stews and even stir fries. Or you can make Injera, a typical Ethiopian flatbread that is on their menu daily.

RELATED: Teff Fitness Food pancake recipe

Teff Panecakes

READ MORE: Could Teff find foothold in warming California?

Sources

Eragrostis tef – Retrieved from Wikipedia:

Teff – Retrieved from Wikipedia:

Teff – Fitness Republic:

Teff voor een smakelijk glutenvrij leven – Teff Centre:

Is gluten making us fat? – Men’sHealth

First published in 2012, updated in 2019


Pinkwashing

Ever heard of Greenwashing? Well, another common phenomenon is Pinkwashing.

Curious to learn more?

What is Pinkwashing?

Pinkwashing is a term used to describe a company or product that intends to make its customers believe they are active supporters of anti-breast cancer movements and organizations, while in fact using carcinogenic chemicals that are known to cause breast-cancer. The very cancer they are trying to fight. Quite a contradiction, to say the least!

Remember the glossy pink ribbon seen on certain packagings? Well, unless the product is quite "natural" and free of Parabens, Phthalates, Metals and Petrolatum, among others, chances are you are allowing dangerous chemicals to seep into your body.

The paradox is that we as models represent such brands, I have but one thing to say: change happens from the inside out. Be a Pioneer in your own environment!

To learn more visit the excellent coalition Campaign for Safe Cosmetics.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PCW2kr1YIxk

Do you know what is in your makeup and skincare products? It is better if you check it out. You don't want to put harmful chemicals on your skin, do you? If you do that would mean your body needs more effort to detox from the chemicals.

. * Needless to say, breast-cancer and its onset is a complex subject. By no means are certain cosmetic products the only cause of its onset. Environmental factors, genetics, family background, lifestyle etc. all play an important, yet perhaps unknown, role in its development. 

First published on jan 20th 2013, updated in 2019


Love people & life, Not Stuff

We are ALL in love with stuff — with shopping, with acquiring, with owning, with collecting! I know it is easy to do this. But let’s lust after life instead?

How we live our lives these days

Our obsession with stuff has become unhealthy. When we have a void in our lives, we buy things (we have all done it!) When we have problems, we buy things. And these things are becoming more and more expensive, bigger, shinier … more wasteful ( and NOT Green!)

This obsession with stuff leads to owning a lot, having a lot of clutter … and yet this stuff doesn’t fill our lives with meaning.

We buy things when we’re depressed, we buy things for others to show how much we love them … and in this way, stuff has separated us from actually dealing with our emotions, blocked us from truly connecting with others.

Let’s replace that lust for stuff with a lust for life and here are some ideas and inspirations that help me, but is something I have to remind myself of often... especially when walking past my favorite store! We are all a work in progress, so we need to be gentle with ourselves, but we also have to make good choices, that will help us grow in every way.

Make good choices that will help us grow in every way

  • Rediscover a passion for life. Get outside and feel nature, appreciate the beauty of the world around you. Get active, do some gardening or yardwork, play a sport, go for a walk, take a hike, go for a swim, ride a bike. Feel the life coursing through you. Breathe it in.
  • Give experiences as gifts, not stuff. Instead of shopping for someone come birthdays or Christmas, think of an experience you can give them instead. A date with you, doing something fun, hanging out, cooking, playing, talking, exploring. A fun time at a park or beach. Something other than everyday. An experience is much more meaningful than an object.
  • Connect with others. In real life. If you haven’t hung out with a friend recently, give him a call and go hang out. Go on a date with your partner. Visit your mom or grandparents. And be present while you’re with them — really listen, really be there. Love people, not stuff!
  • Deal with your emotions. If you have a need to buy things, to shop when you are having emotional issues, be more aware of this. Then deal with the underlying emotions, rather than using shopping as a way to forget about them. If you’re depressed, or anxious, or lonely, deal with those. Find solutions, figure out what’s causing them. Good news: experiencing life, getting active, and connecting with others all help you deal with those emotional issues.
  • Disconnect your attachment to stuff.
  • Realize that life, not stuff, is what matters. Objects are just objects — if you lose them, if they get stolen or destroyed … it’s not a big deal. They’re just objects, NOT your life. Your life is the series of moments that is steaming through your consciousness right now, and how you use those moments and what you fill them with is what truly matters, not what you fill your home with. At the end of this short journey, you’ll look back and remember your experiences, the people you loved and who loved you back, the things you did and didn’t do. Not the stuff you had.

So let's all love life & NOT STUFF!

I hope this inspires you to re-think wants VS needs. We all *want* stuff, but do you need it? Internalize this, and hopefully you make the right choice for YOU.

Love xoxo

First published in 2011, Updated in 2018


Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

5 recipes for chocolate lovers

Who doesn't love chocolate? Lonneke Engel and her fellow contributors shared their love of chocolate with you in these 5 recipes for chocolate lovers. 

First of all, did you know that Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill even came out with a recipe book all about (raw) chocolate called "MODEL CHOCOLATE" ?

Model Chocolate

Whether it is Valentine's Day or not, here are 5 recipes for chocolate lovers you must try to make for the ones you love. (or just all for yourself!).

1. Chocolate Eco Block by Abigail O'Neill

Abigail O'Neill made this delicious piece of chocolate that should be a staple in your household!

Chocolate Eco Block recipe by Abigail O'Neill.

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2. Vegan black bean brownies by Lonneke Engel

This bean based vegan black bean brownie is delicious and a great snack for when you crave chocolate, or when you are just hungry! You might not even realize there are beans in it!

Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe by Lonneke Engel

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3. Healthy Brigadeiro by Carolina Fontaneti

Brazilian beauty Carolina Fontaneti tried to make a healthier version of the famous Brazilian Brigadeiros. Delicious!

Healthy Brigadeiro recipe by Carolina Fontaneti.

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4. Raw chocolate fondue by Abigail O'Neill

Many people like any ingredient just better if there is a layer of chocolate melted on top of it. Abigail O'Neill gives some tips to maken amazing chocolate fondue!

Raw Chocolate Fondue recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Model Chocolate Raw Chocolate Fondue

5. Frosty Fruity Chocolate by Abigail O'Neill

Another favorite by Model Chocolate Author Abigail O'Neill: Yummy fruits mixed with chocolate are always a good idea!

Frosty Fruity Chocolate recipe by Abigail O'Neill

Frosty Fruity Chocolate
Enjoy!

Love,

Team Organice Your Life®


Vegetarian BBQ

There are so many delicious recipes for a vegetarian BBQ you can make yourself easily. No need to have a complete meat fest!

Here are some tips for you to try:

  • Create nice kebabs from colored vegetables; add some potatoes and or tofu.
  • Grill some eggplant or zucchini.
  • Use a smaller mazed roster for the BBQ or use a fishbasket to clamp the vegetables in between.
  • Put some fresh herbs and vegetables in some wrapped up tinfoil, add some stock, white wine, oil or orange juice before you close them.
  • Regularly sprinkle some herbs in the coals for a nice aroma.
  • Freeze and defrost tofu, squeeze them out and then they will absorb marinades easier.
  • Pre-boil the harder types of vegetables (like (potatoes, carrots, broccoli or cauliflower) and marinade them.

Some examples for marinades:

  • Soy-sauce · nutmeg · lemonjuice · cayenne-pepper · fresh Basil · olive-oil
  • Apple juice · salt · black pepper · basil-vinegar · olive-oil · ginger
  • Worcestersauce · tarragon-vinegar · salt · pear juice
  • Pine-apple juice · sweet paprika · salt · basil-vinegar · sunflower-oil · ginger
  • Orange juice · maple-syrup · orange zest · tarragon-vinegar · olive-oil · salt · coriander · cayenne-pepper
  • Mustard · ginger · maple-syrup · soy-sauce · olive-oil · basil-vinegar · salt · black pepper

Create kebabs from different fruits as a dessert as you can grill fruit!

  • Grill pine-apple or apples directly on the grill
  • Or cut open a banana and fill it up with chocolate
  • Grill a banana in aluminum foil bag with a bit of honey/ brown sugar added
  • Add some organic ice-cream always delicious with grilled fruit

Enjoy!

Love, the OYL Team