Archive for February, 2008

Ready to fly

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I will be leaving tomorrow. This is my first flight in 10 years. As a child I used to have severe motion sickness. As an adult I would still feel queasy on a plane. I would also feel very disconnected from the Earth. I would block out the whole flight and just wait to reach my destination. I would possibly be amongst the first ones to exit the plane and breath a sigh of relief when my feet touched the ground. In earlier times I would have gone with a caravan. Now I have the Raw Edge and I am openheartedly embracing and looking forward to the experience.

I also ask myself: How can I make this even more wonderful? So this is what I have in my goodie bag.

– My own comfortable cotton blanket which I have had for 17 years. Safia wants to share this with me.

– A new journal and pen just for this trip. It already contains a list of things that I want to experience on this trip  as well as inspirational quotes that I love. Safia has her own journal too.

– Soothing essential oils including one of Safia’s favorites, Peace & Calming.

– 2 days worth of Vitamineral Greens, Fruits of the Earth,  Vitamineral Earth and my own superfood fudge. I might add some flax crackers. I will be drinking more than eating.

– Xylitol chewing gum and organic lollipops for take off and landing. We will be having several of those. Safia is excited to be getting candy without begging for it.

– Glorious reading stuff. We both love to read and will have plenty of time to indulge.

– A cute Winnie the Pooh towel for Safia. She makes a big fuss when she gets sticky fingers.

Other things:

– Lots of Joy, Fun and Excitement.

– Precious Mother-Daughter time.

Another question I like asking myself is: How good can I stand it?

You can do that too and  find yourself soar like an eagle.

 Watch this space for more.

All the very best

Fatma

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Africa is calling

Africa

Yupee. I will be leaving for Africa in 3 days. I will be seeing my younger brother after 14 years and seeing my Mum and many relatives again . I will also be visiting the island on which I was born for the first time.  Here is what Travel writer Steenie Harvey says about Zanzibar which is on the list of the top ten exotic locations:

Spicy Idyll: Zanzibar

Basking in the Indian Ocean off Tanzania, Zanzibar conjures up thoughts of dhow boats, flying fish, and pepper plantations. Once busy with spice merchants and slave-traders, Stone Town is the island capital. Picture fortress ruins, sultans’ palaces, and miles of palm-fringed coves. Ocean coral gardens attract divers and snorkelers. July’s Festival of the Dhow Countries is East Africa’s largest cultural event 

I will be going with my 7 year old daughter Safia who is flying for the first time. This trip will include many firsts for me and her. I will share some of those with you at a later time.

Tomorrow I will let you know what I am carrying in my hand luggage. We will be travelling for 2 days and passing through 4 airports on 4 continents.

Here is a song in Swaheli that transports me to Africa right away. I used to love this song as a child just before leaving Africa for Switzerland. Now Africa is beckoning and I am looking forward to be experiencing its’ rhythms again.

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Bircher Muesli

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Were you able to see the lunar eclipse last night? I let my 7 year old daughter stay up to watch it at 10.01 EST. It was a beautiful starlit night with a stunning full moon. A treasured moment for sure. The next one is in 2010.

I loved, loved, loved  Bircher Muesli while growing up in Switzerland. Bircher Muesli was created by Maximilian Bircher-Benner in 1900. At his sanatorium in Zürich, a balanced diet of raw vegetables and fruit was used as a means to heal patients, contrary to the beliefs commonly held at the end of the 19th century. His theory of life was based on harmony between human being and nature. He was really the forefather of the raw food movement. Muesli consisted of yogurt, soaked raw oat flakes, ground raw nuts and fruits. No sugar was added to the original recipe. Fruits or dried fruits were used for sweetening. In Switzerland you will find fresh Bircher Muesli EVERYWHERE. In homes, shops, restaurants, spas and luxury hotels. It can be eaten for breakfast, as a dessert, as a snack or a simple dinner.

As I do not use dairy, I subsitute the yogurt with a nut milk. The consistency is different but I enjoy it just as much. You can use less water and make a thicker nut milk. I particulary enjoy walnut and brazil nut milk. You can also add probiotics to the nut milk and let it ferment and have a more yogurt like consistency. I also add ground flax seeds sometimes which will also thicken it. As the oat flakes we get are steamed and not raw, I replace it with sprouted buckwheat. There are so many variations possible by changing the nuts and fruits that you use as well as adding things like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, goji berries, shredded coconut, cacao nibs,  goji berries, chopped nuts, mulberries, golden berries, raisins, fruit puree, maca, mesquite, lucuma etc.

So here is this simple Muesli recipe

1 cup nut milk (hazelnut, brazil nut, walnut, almond, coconut) blended with 2 dates

1-2 tables sprouted buckwheat groats

Chopped fruit and berries (banana, apple, pears, mango etc.)

You can blend some cinnamon or vanilla with the nutmilk for more deliciousness. Honey or agave can be used for additional sweetness.

Play around and discover your own version. Muesli is yummy anytime and anyway.

Have a superb day.

Fatma

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A day of Love

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So busy. Just taking the time to wishing everyone a happy Valentine’s Day. Here is a writing on Love from one of my favorite poets, Kahlil Gibran.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must  have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

Have a day filled and inspired with Love.

Fatma

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Avocados

Avocados

Mmmmmhhh. I loooove Avocados. I would not mix them with Spirulina like the previous recipe I posted. I prefer to enjoy both of them in different combinations but not with each other.
New research shows that Avocados stand out nutritionally too.

Researchers at Shizuoka University in Japan fed 22 different fruits to a group of rats. The rats had liver damage caused by galactosamine, a powerful liver toxin. The researchers then measured the changes in specific liver enzymes. Of the 22 fruits, the avocado had the most potent liver-protecting activity. In fact, avocados boast five compounds that appear to be active in reducing liver damage. Hirokazu Kawagishi, the study leader, says: “Besides offering taste and nutrition, avocados seem to improve liver health. People should eat more of them.” Avocado fat is the heart-healthy monounsaturated variety. It has a list of nutrients including antioxidant vitamins E and C, glutathione, lutein, and zeaxanthin.

Enjoy those avocados. They are ripe when they yield to touch.

Fatma

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Spirulina Guacamole Dip

Get your omega-3s in this guacamole. 

This Raw Superfood Dip was featured on Oprah’s show today: Dr  Oz’s Ultimate Anti Aging Checklist. Dr Oz was featuring all things healthy and good, like super foods, meditation and yoga. I love the word he recommends for while meditating: YUM. I do not agree with his aspirin recommendation but got to love most of his presentation.

Dr. Oz recommends this healthy dip recipe containing spirulina algae, a source of valuable DHA omega-3s.

  • 2 avocados, pitted
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 clove garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced
  • 1 cup cilantro leaves
  • 3 Tbsp. spirulina (available at some health food stores)
  • 1 tomato seeded and chopped or 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put all ingredients, except for tomatoes, into a blender and mix until combined. Stir in tomatoes and season to taste.

If you love Louise Hay, check out Oprah on Wednesday, February 6, 2008.

A High Five to Oprah for featuring daily lessons by Marianne Williamson  on her website.

Tomorrow I will post new research on Avocados.

Check out more info on Spirulina here.

Fatma

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Dry Skin Brushing

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 Dry skin brushing is a simple technique that is easy to incorporate in our daily routine. It is best done at least once  in the morning as it is so invigorating. Skin brushing is done on dry skin. Starting at the feet and moving towards the heart in upwards strokes. Use circular motions on the abdomen. Include the palms of your hands and the soles of your feet.  It takes under 5 minutes to do the whole body. If you are doing it for the first time, start gently until your skin adapts to firmer strokes.  Skin brushing is a spa treatment you can do for yourself everyday.

Benefits of dry skin brushing:

The skin is our largest detox organ, sometimes also called the third kidney. Skin brushing helps with eliminating toxins through the skin.

Improves blood and lymph flow. The lymph moves only through exercise or massage. It is a vital part of the immune and detox system. The skin is the last organ to receive nutrients from the body. Increased blood flow will carry these nutrients to the skin.

Helps with cellulite

Soft glowing skin

A lot of benefits for something that  feels so good and is easy to do.

A natural bristle brush is recommended for this technique. My personal preference is a sisal mitt even though it needs to be replaced more frequently.

Just get brushing any which way you choose.

Fatma

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