For the monthly food review here on the blog – we thought to change things up and give you a guide for the dreamiest eateries, grocers and wellness bars in Berlin (since I’ve just moved here a few weeks ago). Compared to Mexico (here, and […]
Açaí madness – that’s what April has been about. This bowl of goodness is basically sustaining my existence for now, so be ready for a really consistent açaí presence in the feed below. Not too shabby in the smoothie category either, eh? We’ve got taro, we’ve […]
We’ve gotta take good care of that pretty face of yours, so here’s a bunch of inspo to keep you smiling and shining and glowing and stunning!!
Without a trace a doubt – the best natural (organic, essential oils, fair trade, etc, etc.) soap I’ve tried is this one from Dr. Bronner’s. The packaging is iconic, the formula gentle, and the foam so delicious! I first got the peppermint one (couldn’t find the eucalyptus one I wanted), but turns out this peppermint one is a tad too strong and refreshing for willy willy, so I decided to also get a second, more gentle (and sweet) almond bottle (smells just like Marzipan). It’s an experience.
Finally a fluoride-free toothpaste that actually cleans thoroughly, thanks to the coconut oil and essential oils (that give it a fresh, funky flavour, too!). I love the name, the look of the packaging, the way the cap opens up, and that you only need a super tiny amount with every use. Will stock up before leaving Mexico, cause I don’t know any great toothpaste in Europe, yet.
I also do oil-pulling after every meal (as long as it’s possible) – hence this cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. The deodorant (desodorante) you see in the picture; I got at a random market in Veracruz earlier this year, and it’s been truly revolutionary. Smells amazing, applies easily, holds great throughout the day 🙂
Okay, so probably cause of the stereotype (gay, fashionable, etc.) people always assume I spend a lot of time doing my hair. NOT TRUE. It honestly takes 10 seconds – because all I ever do is put a small amount of one of these two products below in my hand, rub it well, then pass my hands through my hair, in a backwards motion. Davines (liquid) or Kevin Murphy (solid pomade) + apply = listísimo 😉
What I use to scent up my room is this lemony scent, which is supposed to keep mosquitos away thanks to the essential oils in it (spoiler alert – it doesn’t!!). I light it up in the night, before going to bed, as I say my affirmations in front of the mirror 😉
They’re tiny and simple – a candid reminder that lasting joy can be found when you least expect it:
1) ME, POTATOES AND A GARDEN: well, one day last spring I was home alone, feeling lonely and forgotten. So I made some mashed potatoes, went outside into the back garden, sat on the grass and ate it. Sky was at dusk, an ant tried crawling up my bowl. Wind was chilly, but I really was at ease.
2) A BENCH, SOME WIND AND A VIEW OF VANCOUVER: this was on my last day of Spring break, which I spent in Vancouver. I’d just finished late lunch, by myself, at a place I really wanted to try before leaving (called cactus club cafe). Went outside, and there was these beautiful waterfront promenade. Found a bench, took a seat, put my feet up, and just existed. It was gusty, but I had my cousin’s warm long coat. My eyes teared (windy!), my heart filled with emotion, and I felt so little in the face on skyscraping beauty 🙂
3) AN ACAI BOWL, UNHAPPY WAITERS, AND A MATURE GUY: not too long ago, I had my first ever acai bowl, somewhere healthy and overpriced in Mexico City. There I was, just me and the acai bowl – all I could feel was bliss. I loved every slurp of it. Why didn’t I try it sooner? Around me, the room was busy with grumpy waiters. Why are they so unhappy, I remember thinking. Would I act the same way, if I were them? All of a sudden, an old guy was sat next to me, at the long communal table. He was by himself, too. And despite his age, he made sure to take a picture of the food before delving in. I thought that was funny. Will I ever do that?
After extensive research (a.k.a. daily visits and hefty bills into my local Verde Bendito) I can successfully report on the fascinating world of matchalicious drinks and healthy nibs in Mexico: 1) LOTS OF RICH MEXICANS – like, every time I’d go, be it at 9 […]
My poop stinks, and my skin breaks out; I feel like a gross pig and promise myself not to do ever do it again. That’s pretty much the after mayhem of a meal out, and I would love to explore a bit on why that happens:
- Food is information. When eating out, food is most often than not prepared in busy kitchens by stressed out chefs, handled by overworked staff, and brought over by disgruntled servers. Naturally, meals end up vibrationally unbalanced. Not exactly the sort of information our bodies thrive on.
- Maximum results with minimum effort. That’s how we’re designed to function, and copious combos, such as dessert right after the main, violate this very basic principle.
- Drinking and eating is just as dangerous as drinking and driving, and bloated tummies are a direct consequence of that.
- Gluttony hurts. And most of us are guilty of it when eating out.
- Processed is confusing. Anything processed, meaning different from its natural state, confuses the body. Eating some fresh coconut is easy, digesting a coconut curry – and all the added sauces, salt, flavourings, preservatives, maltodextrin, and so on – isn’t. Cause of how messed up and unnatural it all looks like to the already stressed out, overly abused human body.
- Eating consciously. This is not only vital for proper digestion – but also the exact opposite of how we actually eat out in real life: quickly, hectically, ignorantly, immersed in a sea of white noise.
So I am always amazed at the power social conditioning, powerful childhood memories, familiar traditions and mental neurological links our brains’ve developed over time have in making us put ourselves through such a ‘traumatising’ experience over and over again – ironically, for the sake of fun and some good time 😉 Isn’t life wonderful, you get to learn something from literally everything!
Healing and growing are like peeling an onion: the deeper you go, the more you’ll cry. So let not this process dismantle you, and just now, surrender the need to understand. Hands up if – whenever something beautiful, loving, and unexpectedly good happens to you, you […]