Antioxidant-Rich Morning Smoothie

Antioxidants help our body in removing free radicals from the bloodstream and help against premature aging.

Antioxidants are essential for longevity and overall health. In addition to slowing the signs of aging, they help in preventing cancer, support the immune system, help in preventing heart diseases, reduce the risk of dementia and improve eye sight.

 

Ingredients:

3 Bananas

10 Fresh Dates

1 cup of Blueberries

2 Tbsp of Acai Powder

2 tsp OptiMSM Flakes

1 tsp Acerola Cherry Powder

1/2 cup of Oat Milk (or any other plantbased milk)

Water  as much as desired

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Social Anxiety and Fermented Foods

When hearing about social anxiety you probably think first about the mind and not the stomach. However, what is going on in our stomach is more important for our mental health than we think.

In a recent study researchers were investigating the connection between fermented foods, which contain probiotics and social anxiety. The main findings were that people who consumed fermented foods had indeed reduced social anxiety. Apparently microorganisms in your gut can influence your mind.

It is well known that the enteric nervous system is in our gut and it is often referred to as our second brain. So can it be that a big part of our emotions are influenced by the nerves in our gut?

Other Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

  • Aids digestion and improves bowel movement
  • Increases the absorption of nutrients
  • Facilitates weightloss
  • Increases immunity
  • Improves brain function
  • Reduces risks of some cancers

 

Source:

Matthew R. Hilimire, Jordan E. DeVylder, Catherine A. Forestell. Fermented foods, neuroticism, and social anxiety: An interaction model. Psychiatry Research, 2015; 228 (2): 203 DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2015.04.023

Asian Style Tofu

This is a recipe for a very easy but delicious vegan Asian stir fry with tofu.

Ingredients:      4 portions

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250g Firm Tofu

100g Shiitake mushrooms

150g Mung beans

100g Snow peas

1 red Paprika

1 Celery Stick

2 Big Kale Leaves

100g Cashew Nuts

1 Big Tbsp Leek

1 Garlic Clove

3 Tbsp Mirin ( rice wine)

1 Tbsp Brown rice vinegar

3 Tbsp Tamari soy sauce

1-2 tsp Chinese 5 spice mix

250g  Rice (uncooked)

Directions:

I used coconut oil to fry the tofu for ca. 4 minutes. Until it is golden.

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The I added the garlic clove and all the other vegetables.  I fried the vegetables together with the tofu for ca. 7 minutes. At the same time I started to boil the rice.

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Then I added Mirin, brown rice vinegar and Tamari soy sauce. I mixed it together with all the vegetables.

 

 

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Then I added the Chinese 5 spice mix.

I stirred for a minute until the tofu and vegetables were nicely covered. Then I added the cashew nuts and stirred again for 1 minute.

Serve with the rice and enjoy 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

5 Health Benefits of Kombucha

Kombucha is a green or black tea drink that is fermented. Kombucha is produced by fermenting tea using a symbiotic ‘colony’ of bacteria and yeast,  also known as scoby.

 

Health Benefits OF Kombucha

 

The Benefits:

  1. Kombucha is immune boosting.
    It is high in antioxidants, which are great for the  immune system and increase  energy levels.
  2. It detoxifies and helps prevent a wide variety of diseases. Detoxification produces healthy livers and aides cancer prevention.
  3. It contains glucosamines, which help in preventing and treating all forms of arthritis.
  4. It supports a healthy gut.
  5. It prevents and heals stomach ulcers.

 

The Power Of Not Giving A F***!

It all begins and ends  in your mind. What you give power to will end up having power over you. If you allow it.

How many minutes a day are you spending just worrying? Worrying about the future or even past? How many minutes or even hours have gone by without you even noticing the present moment? It is probably more than you think. And because you have clicked on this post I hope that you are willing to change that.

Once I came across a great quote which said: If it does not matter anymore in 5 years don’t spend more than 5 minutes worrying about it!

This made me think about how much we actually need to worry. The answer is simple, we don’t need to worry at all. We don’t function better if we worry and nothing is changing by us worrying about it. There is no need to worry. Your worry is not going to change anything!

The same goes for frustration, anxiety, anger and shame. And all those other emotions that don’t change a thing but make us feel very bad.

Ask yourself. Is it really necessary to get angry or frustrated if your partner forgets to take the garbage out or empty the dishwasher? Is your frustration changing anything or doing the work? No! The only thing that changes is your mood  and probably the rest of your day.  For the worse.

Is it really necessary to be afraid of your boss and to stress out about work? No! It is very unlikely your boss is going to kill you. The only reason all the animals on this planet, including us humans are meant to be stressed is in a life or death situation or a fight or flight situation. So there is no need for you to have sweaty hands, a racing heart or even constipation unless you are chased by a bear. How many times do you feel stressed and how many times are you chased by a bear?

Start to think about the things that really deserve your energy. What are the things that are really important in your life? The unwashed dishes or your health? The job you hate or your friends and family? You only have a limited amount of fu**s to give in your day. Chose wisely. The things in which you are investing your energy will grow. So if you spend most of your day worrying about your job you will end up even more worrying about your job tomorrow. It’s like planting seeds. Stop planting seeds for things that make you unhappy and start growing the things that make you happy. It’s your life. You can decide what is important in it. So if you don’t want to go and meet with people you don’t like. That’s okay. No need to worry about it. You have the right to spend every minute in your life exactly the way you want to. Free yourself from worry and start living.

Love,

Lori