How to synthesise happiness? – this is a million-dollar question. We all want to be happy and be happy quickly, effortlessly, and continuously. But what does it mean to be happy? Fast pleasures, fast food, fast sex, fast relationships, and interactions fill our life. We can have it all to some extend, but does it make us happier? We consume things, emotions, events, goods, even relationships… We run fast in order to be first, to acquire, see, and experience more, and we even have no time, or at least we think so, to slow down and properly digest consumed goodness. We turned into sharks: we just swallow emotions, feelings and thoughts without chewing and distinguishing tastes and aftertastes, and keep rushing faster and faster, compete harder and harder. We ask each other “how are you” and genuinely have no time and desire even to hear the answer. We run our businesses, our careers, our lives like perfectly build machines, and as a result, find ourselves running empty…
Everyone wishes to look good and stay healthy at the same time. However, not everyone knows the secret for a healthy and happy life. Being fit and eating nutritious food must be kept in a perfect balance in order to achieve your desired form. It might be hard at first, but with a little bit of effort, anyone can do it.
Secrets to being fit
There is no difference between working hard to reach your goal of being fit and maintaining your body shape that you’ve already accomplished. Most people believe that in order to get into shape you must go to the gym. However, this is only half of it. There are some key aspects which you should follow so that you can have the body you always wanted.
Here are just a few of these tips:
Probably the most important tip is to exercise daily since it is easier to exercise daily rather than three times a week. If you just started going to the gym or you’re planning to do so, don’t overdo it. Start off with just half hour each day and when you feel ready, tu...
I recently attended a 2-day nutrition seminar to learn about the latest science on healthy ageing from several of the world’s top ageing experts. I feel extremely inspired to share with you all what I learned.
1) Calorie restriction pros and cons
One of the most interesting topics was “Does caloric restriction extend lifespan?” For me the answer was obvious: only sometimes when we deal with an body excessive fat accumulation. On the other hand, inevitable ageing muscle loss might be exacerbated due to calorie restrictions. Muscle sarcopenia starts from age 30 and getting more severe with every next decade of life. Being aware of statistics related to bone problems our primary purpose after 40 y.o. is to prevent muscle degradation as much as possible in order to protect skeletal corset. Logically speaking, we have no choice to ignore careful control of protein consumption. Regular resistance training is also highly recommended 3-4 time a week.
Dark chocolate is loaded with goodness. Cacao is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark chocolate (i prefer sugar free options) can improve health and lower the risk of many diseases.
1. Micro elements boost
I am talking now about 80-100% high quality preferably sugar free dark chocolate.
100g bar contains:
11 grams of fiber.
67% of the RDA for Iron.
58% of the RDA for Magnesium.
89% of the RDA for Copper.
98% of the RDA for Manganese.
It also has plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Apparently, 100 grams (3.5 ounces) is a pretty large portion (about 600 calories).
Consume it in moderation. 1-3 little pieces with your morning or lunch coffee will be enough to treat yourself.
2. Antioxidant miracle
Dark chocolate has one or the highest ORAC (stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity, a measure of the antioxidant activity of foods).
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants such as polyphenols, flavan...
Gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free healthy doughnuts. Instead of frying them, bake them. Instead of pouring sweet syrup over them, dunk them into dark chocolate sauce and sprinkle with roasted hazelnuts. It’s impossible to describe how tasty these treats are. You have to try them yourself!
Yield: Eight doughnuts; Prep time - 5 minutes; Cooking time - 15 minutes; Total time: 20 minutes
1 ½ cup buckwheat flour
½ cup gluten-free flour
3 tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp salt
1 tsp liquid stevia
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
¾ cup soy milk
3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
Chocolate Sauce Ingredients
2 Tbsp cacao powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp roughly chopped hazelnuts (to sprinkle)
Preheat the oven to 200C degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the buckwheat flour, gluten-free flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir with a wooden spoon until combined. Tip in...
A light, creamy panna cotta made with hemp milk and raw cacao powder. Served with a dollop of coconut cream and raspberries, this dessert is a great way to finish off a meal with friends.
If you decide to flip the panna cotta out of the mold (for the wow factor!), you can make it easier by loosening the edges first. Just put a little pressure on the panna cotta (with your fingers) and try to make it spin in the cup and then flip it upside down onto a suitably beautiful plate.
Yield: Panna cotta - 4 ; Prep time - 15 minutes; Cooking time - 5 minutes; Chilling time: 3 hours.
Total time: 3 hours 20 minutes
2 cups hemp milk
5 Tbsp raw cocoa powder
¼ tsp vanilla essence
2 Tbsp stevia
⅛ tsp salt
1.5 tsp agar-agar (1 packet)
2 Tbsp hot water
a few raspberries (for decoration)
Mix the hemp milk, cocoa, vanilla essence, stevia and salt in a pot over medium heat, stirring frequently.