I hope that you are all doing well and continuing to take care of your spirit and body. Lately, I’ve been going through a lot of changes. In particular, I have become more aware of the food that I consume on a daily basis.
Sometimes, the intense lifestyle affects our food habits in a negative way. In a fast-paced environment, we must be even more aware of what we eat, and unfortunately, we often do the opposite. Under stress, we often overeat, oversnack or worse, barely eat, without caring about food’s nutritional value.
After trying different diets, I’ve realized that some food make me more stress resilient, more focused and, in general, happier. More importantly, it also tastes great! So, I’ve decided to make it part of my lifestyle. My food habits have changed dramatically during the last few months. One major change that I made was that I started consuming smoothies every morning instead of eggs.
Not only do I enjoy the flavor of smoothies and how they make me feel, creating new recipes by improvising or experimenting with different fruits and veggies is quite a joy! Personally, I have had a tremendous fear of routine, so the time that I have to make a smoothie is a slice of heaven that indulges my taste, mind, body and spirit.
So, in this post, I’ve decided to share my favorite smoothie add-ins:
- Chia seeds. With just a few calories, those seeds are full of nutrients that are beneficial for our minds and bodies. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins A, B and many other minerals, these seeds doesn’t contain much flavor. They make the smoothies very filling.
- Matcha tea. Did you know that one cup of matcha is as rich in antioxidants as 10 cups of brewed green tea? Click here for more benefits of green tea. Also, matcha tea, as green tea, is rich in L-theanine, which makes you stay focused, yet relaxed.
- Goji berries. I’ve found out about them just recently. This fruit is one of the most nutritionally dense foods on earth. They are known for many properties, and one of them is that they are loaded with beta-carotene, which promotes healthy, glowing skin. Another great property is that these gems help to manage weight and boost the immune system.
- Coconut oil. If you are looking for a natural energy booster, look no further than coconut oil. I use this oil for most of my dishes when I cook and I absolutely love it as a beauty product.
- Dates. Rich in fiber, these fruits are a natural sweetener and a great source of vitamin B6, which is beneficial for brain power, particularly in regulating the mood and preventing mental fatigue.
What are your favorite smoothie add-ins?
The most striking part of Monterey and Carmel Bay is its phenomenal photo-worthy landscapes, filled with mountains and abundant plant life.
Carmel Bay, is a resort town, just 15 minutes away by car from Monterey. It is a unique natural wonder. The town is also rich in vintage and bohemian boutiques, which will satisfy any shopping connoisseur, who loves the California, laid-back style.
At the end of the trip, my friend gave me a peach. She added sarcastically, “It’s a good one. California peach; only for California people…The ones that are transported for commercial purposes never taste alike.”
And thanks to my friend, I’ll never forget that taste. I can still taste its melting texture and phenomenally sweet flavor.
Later on, I discovered that the ripe peaches are too delicate and bruise easily. Therefore, they are picked green in order to transport them to different states. So, they end up never ripening well.
And here I am, back in New York, with a longing to visit the West Coast again.
Have you ever experienced the same thing? Do you very often, no matter where you are, want to be where you are not?
No matter how we are attached to the city we live in, it’s always great idea to get away for a few days. It’s like taking a break after a constant workout, and letting your muscles relax, repair and become stronger. Periodically we all need those breaks.
My recent California trip to San Jose, Carmel Bay and Monterey completely reinvigorated me. At first, the California laissez-faire attitude was difficult. After New York’s fast pace, I felt like I was in a slow-motion movie. And admittedly, I could only take California for a few days. I missed the madness and intensity of urban living.
My first destination was an event in the heart of Silicon Valley, at a newly opened Versace boutique in Westfield Valley Fair. It was organized by tech company, Polyvore and people behind famous Italian brand, Versace. As a huge fan of Italian brands and quality products, I could not miss this.
I was exposed to Versace in my early 20s. I love his colorful, bold accessories that can glam up any woman’s wardrobe, whether she lives on the East Coast, West Coast or South Miami Beach.
When I think of Gianni Versace’s designs and the women who buy them, I think of fearless women. The type of woman who isn’t afraid to take risks and believes into chances. She is a strong woman, yet at the same time feminine and somewhat vulnerable. She is creative, bold and charmingly eccentric.
Gianni Versace established the brand in the 1970s and created the famous golden Medusa head logo.
His work embodies bright colors gold-plated accessories and especially renowned for the iconic pin dress that made Elizabeth Hurley famous.
Anyway, back to the event that I attended. The crowd was very diverse in terms of background and age. I always find it amusing that New Yorkers stand out from Californians when networking. The former are more direct, a bit more intense and open-minded. There is always some sort of immediate bond when New Yorkers meet each other. I think they are, in general, more intuitive people.
During the next few days, I spent time in picturesque small towns, including Monterey and Carmel Bay. More posts are coming! Stay tuned.
Isn’t it the best after a long day at work or school to find something new, fresh, at a great price? Something exquisite made by artisans from the other part of the globe?
I just discovered a fabulous gem on etsy.com store, Thaihandbags. It offers a terrific variety of colorful handbags featuring the traditional craftsmanship of Hmong women artisans from the Northern Thailand Hill Tribes. Hmong means “Human Being” or “Free People” in the Hmong language. A few centuries ago this ethnic group who have origins in Siberia have migrated south. Today the Hmong live in mountainous regions of China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand.
The online store’s selection includes chic iPad cases, beauty bags, hill tribe cushions, yoga bags and many other unique accessories. The pieces feature an exciting splash of color, fun, playful pompoms and exotic embroidery that will spice up any boring outfit.
What is really amazing about this store is that it also offers DIY sewing materials, so you can create your own handbag or design a fantastic gift for your friend or family member.
In case you decide to purchase a purchase a piece from this store, use the coupon ONTHEEDGE to receive 20% discount.
If you follow my Instagram profile, you may have noticed that I explore many health food options, such as smoothies, green tea, vegan and gluten-free products.
One recent discovery is Himalayan salt. It has so many beneficial qualities. You probably are aware of the harmful effects of table salt on our bodies. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out that Himalayan salt is the purest salt available due to lack of toxins or pollutants. Containing all 84 elements found in our bodies, this salt promotes blood sugar cells, natural sleep, healthy PH balance and many other beneficial properties.
On top of all this, this salt is more than 250 million years old!!
What are your thoughts on Himalayan salt and its products?