Friday, April 1, 2016

Here we go again!

It's that time of year again - the annual juice fast is about to begin (tomorrow) and BOY am I excited! The past year has been quite the adventure, adjusting to life living with a bigger family than "just" my husband and I, starting a new job and overall dealing with life.

I must say, the past few weeks have been quite the eye opener on many levels, I've started listening to the book "{The Power of Now"} by Eckart Tolle and came to realize quite a few things about myself. I am not even close to finishing listening to it as I really have to be fully emerged and quiet to fully understand what he is teaching.

And then I also went to see {Juliet Maris}, who does wonderful body work and helps people to be pain free by working through their body and unlocking thought that may have impacted your muscle and body structure. It was an unbelievable experience and I am so happy to have found her!

With all that being said, I am so happy to go on another juice fast adventure and can't wait to see what it will do to me on a holistic level this time around!

To love, life and happiness!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Delicious home made bread!

Hi everyone!

I finally got around to making some bread last Sunday and I have to say it is absolutely delicious! The recipe it's quite easy and I'll list everything below so you can re-create it if you would like to. The dough is easy to make and handle and it makes two full capsules. I froze both of them because we still had some Ezekiel bread that we usually buy on Fresh Direct and only took it out of the freezer yesterday.

I used to make bread all the time but have been lagging in the last year. I really enjoy making bread, you see the immediate result, entire house smells delicious, and Parris absolutely loves it so that makes me extra happy. I just discovered this vegan cream cheese with scallions, it is so delicious on this bread.

Ingredients for two breads:

850 gSoy flour
150 gQuinoa and rice flour
2 Pck.Dry yeast
1 TbsSalt

150 g
Sunflower and flax seeds
3 TbsOil
500 mlSoy milk
200 mlWater
2Ripe bananas

How to make the bread:

  • Mix all dry ingredients
  • Add the bananas by squishing them with your hands so there are only mushy junks
  • Add the oil, soy milk and water and knead it until it's a rather smooth dough.
  • Let the dough rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Then fill the dough into two well oiled bread forms and let it rise for another 30 minutes.
  • Preheat the oven to 200 C (390F) and bake the bread for 20minutes.
  • Then turn back the heat to 180c (355F) and bake for 50mins.
  • Test the bread with a knife or needle until no wet dough sticks to it anymore.
Then let it cool off ideally over night and it's ready to enjoy!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Summarizing the juice fast and why it's been the best!

Hi everyone,

oh can we just talk quickly about this amazing juice fast exeprience I had this year? I mean, this has been the best juice fast so far - ever! I took a lot of time to think about what it might have been that changed the experience for me and I have a few conclusions.

1. It might have been more enjoyable because I did not force myself to work out - at all! And guess what, I didn't!

2. I mixed up my juice recipes a bit, incorporating peppers (green and red) as well as tomatoes which make for a great, almost sauce like juice. These juices were very satisfiying and especially great at night.

3. In the past, I would make an effort to still meet up with friends and not change my social life too much, meeting up for juices or tea and still being out n' about. This time around, I took it all back to the base - back home, staying in a lot, going to bed as early as 9.30pm, sleeping 10 or more hours and focusing on myself as well as on things I've been meaning to do around the house.

4. We used to do the fast in January, right after the holidays and the cold weather clearly didn't help. Even though April this year was a true April (sun, rain, cold, warm) it was so much nicer to be out, we went to the beach, went for walks and just enjoyed the garden and our deck.

To health and happiness!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EARTH DAY - Recycling and other ideas

Hi everyone,

recently I've read an {article} on a girl that apparently lives without producing any trash at all. I find it very hard to believe, thinking specifically about bathroom/feminine needs. But - either way - it sparked a thought and I have to say that I have changed one habit.

At work, we use paper cups to put our coffee or tea in and since we do not have a kitchen with a sink on our floor, everyone seems to be ok with this - I mean I was - but recently I started to bring my cleaned almond butter or veganese jars with the lid to work.

I fill up the jar at home with either tea or coffee when I leave in the morning and it becomes my travel mug and then at work I reuse it for either tea or coffee.

Now that I am juice fasting, I bring my pre-made lunch juice with me to work. This way, I save money and don't produce the extra trash of another plastic bottle.

And then - I came to thinking about alllll the plastic water bottles we have at home and all that money we spend on getting SMART water every month. I looked into the most advanced home water filters that don't require under sink installation (since we rent, I really don't want to invest in a reverse Osmosis system - although that would be THE BEST).

I came across the {SOMA} water filter which is not only beautiful in its design, but also a very green option. It has already arrived and the water tastes really good - I am totally convinced and love it! So happy that we won't have all those SMART WATER bottles anymore and glad to save the money, too!


Monday, April 13, 2015

Documenting the juice fast

Hello everyone! I have to come clean: I have not been to the gym in approximately two months and even before that I went maybe once a week -  if even. I will have to start working out again because the way I feel and look just is not okay! I am currently weighing 154 (US) pounds/69 kg and that is way too much for me!! So – here we go - trying to lose those extra pounds I put on over the winter, getting back into my gym routine and building/rebuilding our healthy lifestyle.

This is me on day 3 of the juice fast! Let's document the journey.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Babo is back!

Hi everyone! I am happy to report that I am back here on my blog! A lot has happened during the last year and that's why I have been MIA. We moved, we had a lot to take care of, I took on a new job... you know how it is - Life keeps you busy.

But I am happy to let you know that Parris and I started to juice yesterday. We have been debating whether or not to do the juice fast and decided to postpone it for several reasons from January to April. But here we are - juicing started yesterday after prepping for one week with a vegan, dairy free, alcohol free prep phase. Of course the first day is not as joyful as the ones to come, but we took our new truck for a little ride and went to the beach for a nice walk. Finally spring seems to be coming so that's really something to look forward to!