Wash your new clothes

Ok, this is my #1 for you.

WASH YOUR NEW CLOTHES!

Don't be a fool like me and wear your clothes right of the rack (or from the fabric market).

For the second time in my life I have been the victim of chemical residues in fabics, now after wearing a new top all day (after finally being allowed to shop again), I am fully covered in hives rash (urticaria).

Nothing seems to help, not even taking a long shower and pretending the shower basin could double as a mini bathtub. I'm still covered in rash and it itches like crazy!

:-(

 

(photo from wikipedia)

 

I think I should better go to bed early today and hopefully it will be better soon! Or does anyone else have any tips for me?


Raw Pasta: My new love

Meet my new raw-friend the Spiralizer!

I'm in love.

I had been wanting to get a Spiralizer for over a year now, and with the approach of summer, and my undying love for all raw foods, I made the purchase and I couldn't be happier.

I made zucchini 'pasta' here, but you can use anything from butternut squash, to carrot to parsnip for your 'noodles'! Not only that the sauces are endless too. Here I simply used:

  •  organic tomato sauce
  •  fresh garlic
  • crushed chilies
  • fresh squeeze lemon
  • dash white balsamic vinegar
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

It is so simple, light, raw, refreshing, healthy and utterly rejuvenating! I can't wait to try different combinations, and sauces and I have a feeling this will be my go to lunch this summer.

I'm already thinking that a zucchini and carrot 'pasta', with a miso-tahini sauce would be divine! I have a few other combo's that I am thinking about. I Can't wait to experiment. I'll be back with more recipes soon! You can also do ribbon like threads for more of a linguine style 'noodle'.

I know nothing can replace, real, authentic pasta, but with the temperatures rising and the energized and refreshed feeling you are left with, I have a feeling you will be reaching for your spiralizer instead of your pasta pot :)

Here is a link to the one I purchased:

Here is to 'un-cooking' this summer!


Magical Maca: Superfood

Maca what?

First of all, maca is a cruciferous root found growing in the high regions of Peru and has been cultivated for about two thousand years. It has been traditionally and is currently used as a food. The Peruvians believe it gives strength and endurance, enhances ones fertility, and supports pregnancies.

It comes in both a root and powder form. I've only tried the powder, but  I've heard the root is amazing to roast!

The benefits of maca are absolutely incredible- check it out:

Female:

  • Treat PMS (Mood Swings)
  • Menopause symptom relief (Hot Flashes)
  • Sexual stimulation
  • Nourishes glandular system
  • HRT alternative(Hormone Replacement Therapy)
  • Increases stamina & athletic performance
  • Increases energy (Chronic Fatigue)
  • Balance hormones

Male:

  • Increases energy (Chronic Fatigue)
  • Treat sexual dysfunction (Loss of Libido)
  • Increases stamina & athletic performance
  • Nourishes glandular system
  • Fertility enhancement
  • Improves physical and emotional well being
  • Promotes mental clarity
  • Balance hormones

It is famously known for enhancing libido (ooh-la-la!)

I find that the stamina and energy it gives me is unrivaled. No need for coffee when you have Maca!

I buy Navita's from Wholefoods (Certified both organic and raw) and  just mix it in with my smoothies:

frozen banana/lots of spinach/chia seeds/lemon juice/tablespoon of Maca

YUM YUM!

Spread the maca magic and you will be bouncing off the walls!


Get FIT out of your suitcase

In recent years, I travel a lot and I lived out of my suitcase and hotel room in and out for many years.

In my spare time I did not always have time to look for a good gym and I do not always know the area where I stay, so I had to do it with the resources I had.

It is always nice to be physically strong, and to continue to feel natural and off course mentally prepared for what lies ahead in terms of work.
So I devised a workout that you will be able to train your whole body at once. This workout takes no more than 30 minutes and you have little or no equipment needed.

Enjoy!

Warm up / 3 to 5 minutes:

The purpose of the warm-up is to increase the blood flow to all parts of the body, to "warmg-up" the muscles and loosening the joint areas. Start out at a very easy pace, gradually increasing to a moderate rate. Any activity that involves movement for the majority of the body parts will suffice. You can chose for running instead and/or jumping jacks.

1. Diagonal Pull with standing forearm

Good for your backmuscles, abdominals, buttocks and shoulders:

Lie on your stomach and support your right forearm on the floor. Then lift your left arm and right leg strengthened until they are parallel to the floor. Tighten your back and hold this posture. For the second position, lift your right arm and left leg up (after you've lowered the other of course).
* Put each position 3 times and hold still for 10-15 seconds.

Rest for 45 seconds between sets.

2. Dipping between highchairs
Good for your arms, chest and abdominals:

Set the dining chairs facing each other so that the seating areas are parallel to each other. Then put your hands on the seat of the chair, bend your upper body slightly forward and bend your arms and legs. Extend your arms until they are almost completely straight.
* Do two or three sets of 8 to 12 repetitions.

Rest for 45 seconds till 1 minute between sets.

3. Conversely butterflies with or without water bottles
Good for your shoulders and backmuscles:

Take in each hand a full half liter bottle of water, put your feet shoulder width. Stand with a straight back and bend forward from your hips until your torso is parallel to the floor.
Lift the bottle up until your arms are parallel to the floor. While lifting up keep your arms up for three seconds and after let them down. Please note that your back remains straight. If you do not  have bottles on the side, it is okay to do this exercise only is it most important to do the exercise four times as quietly doing.
* Do three sets of 8 to 12 repetitions.

Rest for 45 seconds till 1 minute between sets.

4. Cycling from elbow to knee
Good for your oblique’s and abdominal muscles:

It is intended that this exercise to go around and sails and the hull is going to run for the oblique abdominal muscles. You go flat on your back with hands behind the ears. Then pull your left leg up and do a knee bend to 90 degrees with the same leg. The other leg is left behind. Touch your left knee with your right elbow while the other leg extends and so well you do it on both sides.
* Do 3 sets of 15 rep. on both sides.

Rest for 30 seconds till 45 seconds between sets.

5. Jump Start Exchange
Focused on the legs:

1. Take a step forward, bend your knees, bend your upper body. Bring your arms behind you all the way up.

2. Swing your arms forcefully above your head. Put yourself along with your strong leg off.

3. Land with your other foot forward. Bend your knees when landing and use your arms to maintain balance.
* Dot 10 jumps a side. Pull on this exercise so that your shoes have more cushioning and reduced load on the joints.

Rest for 1 minute between sets.

Coolingdown / Cooldown 2-3 minutes:
The cooling down period should be similar to the warm-up, but done at a very easy pace. 

Wangari Maathai: Green Belt Movement

The planting of trees is the planting of ideas. By starting with the simple act of planting a tree, we give hope to ourselves and to future generations.–Wangari Maathai

Let us Celebrate the life of Wangari Maathai, one of the World's most influentional and beautiful woman.

She sadly left us yesterday, and the World mourns her death.

Mother, relative, co-worker, Doctor, colleague, role-model, heroine; she spent her life making the world a better, happier and more peaceful place.

She is the founder of the Green Belt Movement which has revolutionized the role women play in Africa, society and the world as a whole.

The Green Belt Movement is one of the most prominent women’s civil society organizations, based in Kenya, advocating for human rights and supporting good governance and peaceful democratic change through the protection of the environment. Its mission is to empower communities worldwide to protect the environment and to promote good governance and cultures of peace.

The Green Belt Movement (GBM) was started in 1977 by Dr. Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and the first environmentalist to receive the Nobel Peace Prize (in 2004). What began as a grassroots tree planting program to address the challenges of deforestation, soil erosion and lack of water is now a vehicle for empowering women. The act of planting a tree is helping women throughout Africa become stewards of the natural environment. 

But that’s just the first step.

By protecting the environment, these women are also becoming powerful champions for sustainable management of scarce resources such as water, equitable economic development, good political governance, and ultimately….. peace.

This should provide us with inspiration and the belief that ANYTHING is possible.

With passion, love, hard-work and faith, we have the power within ourselves to change lives.

Let's spread JOY & PEACE wherever we go.

Let's 'be the light'


Passion with a P.

The greatest change happens because of people that are deeply passionate, and have a great love for the work they do.

If you want to make a difference in the world, the single most important thing you can do is consciously and deliberately choose to do work that you are passionate about.

No other choice can have a greater impact on the planet, or your life!

If you’re doing work that’s boring, you probably won’t make much of an impact. You might provide people with some amount of value. Enough to pay your rent, enough to get by. But you won’t be inciting change. And you certainly won’t be inspiring others.

If you’re doing boring work, chances are you are living a boring life!

But if you do work that excites you, keeps you up at night, and fulfills you… you’ll do more. You’ll give yourself to it completely. You’ll put in extra time, more energy, more passion. Because it’s worth it. It’s satisfying.

So the real question isn’t whether or not to do boring or passionate work, but to get started straight away.

  • Find your PASSION
  • Find your STRENGTHS
  • Find your VALUE
  • Make the COMMITMENT

Start saying YES to yourself, over and over. We automatically think we can't do something, before we see ourselves actually doing AND achieving it! We have to fight past our minds and start saying YES.

Clarity and commitment. The world needs you to do what you love. Nothing else can create more change, or have a greater impact!

Live Passionately.

love,

Lisa


Plastic Water

I'm sure that for most of you, it is pretty obvious that in a modern society like ours we can buy bottled water almost everywhere.

On one hand, I'm pretty happy to find access to pure water almost everywhere I happen to be.  On the other hand, 1.5 million tons of plastic waste, made from over 80 percent of plastic bottles we throw away every year makes me think: are there any alternatives to drinking water without it coming in plastic bottles?  It is not only better for the environment, and drinking out of a plastic bottle might not be so healthy either!  Yes, there are great options to cut the plastic habit.

Various companies came up with a pretty simple product that can easily reduce waste made up by from plastic bottles.  Its called a reusable bottle, and again, I'm sure that most of you have a pretty clear idea what I mean, but I added a picture just in case.

I got my first reusable bottle last December while enjoying the evening at the Pura Vida Party, a party organized by Lonneke Engel to support solutions to the many tons of plastic waste created by the Fashion Industry.  A lot of people came and enjoyed the organic drinks and food by Gusto Organics, the music by Maruja Retana, DJ Adi Neumann, and others.

There were 2 great sponsors:  the first was Natura Water, an amazing water filtration system company, mostly known in the restaurant business, but they are coming out with a residential model soon.  The second sponsor was Sigg, maker of durable reusable bottles.  At the end of the night, all the guests happily walked out with a brand new designer reusable bottle.  How cool is that?!  Getting a free gift, that is also giving you the choice to become more eco-friendly!

I fill up and use my Sigg bottle everyday!  So far it has saved me from buying almost 300 plastic bottles since I got it.  Isn't that incredible?  My daily action that results in decreasing the plastic waste makes me feel very proud of myself.  Thankfully I'm not the only one, but one of many.  Everyday I see more and more people carry their personal reusable (SIGG) bottles and save themselves from drinking plastic water.

A positive habit that affects us and our planet.

Try it for yourself!

www.mysigg.com

www.naturawater.com