Pukka green chai

So you can drink 1l (33.8 oz) of tea in one hour? Sure I can!!! If it is this tea!!!! Seriously, you have got to try it!

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New beginnings!

Big changes after a long, long time resting!!!! Well, resting is not the word I would use since I’ve been doing a lot of stuff! For starters, I am almost ending my yoga teacher training!!!!!! And there goes one from the bucket list!

In what concerns blogging, I guess I’ve lost some of the initial motivation, and “more important stuff” seemed to be always first!!!! Browsing the internet was one of those “important” things!

Anyway, it was in one of those journeys that I’ve found the most amazing blog. It is called Portuguese girl with an American dream and it was such an inspiration! I am living some difficult times and many of the stuff that I usually do seem to be senseless!!! I am striving for important goals and for meaning;  it was really refreshing to find such a determined person! So, for starts, back to blogging, with a new blog name!!!  And cheers to new beginnings ☺

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GTD

One of my goals this year is to read more – I would like to read two books a month ☺ Difficult task to accomplish, since I seem to never have enough time. So, thinking that I may not reach my goal, and looking for strategies to avoid failure, I’ve started read GTD, or Getting Things Done, by David Allen. This is perfect, don’t you think? I read a book and, at the same time, I improve my time management!!!!

I am in chapter 1, or the art of getting things done, and I’ve already learned a lot. For starters, he says that it is possible for a person to have an overwhelming number of things to do (ME!!!!!) and still function productively with a clear head and a positive sense of relax control (NOT ME!!!!)

And he goes on explaining that your answer to events is a key action, in the sense that if you overreact or underreact to something, that thing has the ability to control you. So, responding inappropriately to your email (like checking it 10 times a day) will lead you to less effective results than you’d like – SO TRUE!!!!!

So, what do we do first? We identify our commitments and find way to deal with them! In what concerns identifying our commitments, it may appear to you as a very straightforward thing to do…but it isn’t! Because everything that you have the smallest amount of responsibility to change, finish, handle or do something about it is a commitment! And it will stay in your mind, preventing you from being totally present until you deal with it!

David Allen says something very interesting about this: “At least a portion of your mind is really kind of stupid (…) if it had an innate intelligence, it would remind you of the things you need to do only when you could do something about it”

Xoxo

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Living a more meaningful life

It is said that there are two kinds of people: those who wait to see where life takes them, and those who are committed on doing stuff, on taking some of the driving ☺ yeaph, that’s me! At least, usually … I do have my moments of going with the flow! But I believe that if you want to live life with purpose, you must be active, take the lead role and act accordingly! And yes, that will be stuff that you can’t control, but the goal is not control! The goal is getting stuff done! And by stuff, I am talking about accomplish your dreams, your bucket list!

So, in order to do this, there are some things you must do, and first is, of course, what are your goals? What are you dreams? So write down your bucket list (I am working on mine ☺)

After doing so, define what actions can you take that bring you close to your goals – write them down and stick them in your bathroom mirror, so you can remember them daily! Finally, reassess your performance – check it out: what have you done this week that has brought closer to your dreams? For instances:

– “I want to do a handstand”

– Action required: Daily practice!!!

If you did, in fact, work on it, reward yourself! It doesn’t have to be anything fancy: a hot bath, a walk in the park, a smoothie…whatever!!!

Xoxo

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Cantaloupe Smoothie!

Looks can be deceiving, you know? This morning smoothie was simply amazing, but the picture surely does not pay justice to it!

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So, I’ve mixed together:

2 apples

1 cantaloupe (hurray, they are here! Summer is comming☺ )

1 banana

Pinch of cinnamon

Water

Yummy!!!!!

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Raw vegan gluten-free apple pie

Hello lovelies!

I am still in cooking mood, so I bring you my raw vegan gluten-free apple pie! I guess you can call it a preliminary approach, since I feel I will work on it, as so often I do in previous well-succeded recipes … this is how I am!

Still, because I feel it turn out very yummy (though looks can be deceiving!!!!), here it is:

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I’ve used:

For the crust:

1/3 cup almonds

1/3 wall nuts

1/4 cup pitted dates

¼ cup dried figs

1/2-1 teaspoon water

 

Grind all the ingredients in a food processor, and press the mixture into a moulde.

Filling

2 cups peeled, diced apples

3/4 cup cashews (soaked for 2-4 hours)

1 tablespoons agave

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons coconut milk (the thick part)

4 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Pinch of salt

 

Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and pour over the crusts.

Chill in the freezer for 2 hours,  and then in the fridge for 1-2 hours before removing the ring.

EAT!

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Strawberry pie

Because today is Sunday, we deserve an-extra special desert ! And this is probably my favourite desert of all times! And it has all kind of advantages: it is raw, vegan, gluten-free and almost sugarless!!!! So we can eat plenty!!!!!

Check it out:

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For the crust:

1 cup of walnuts

1 cup of soaked and pitted dates

Some water (to make it sticky)

Process it together and press it into a mould – you’ve got your crust!

For the filling:

1 cup of strawberries (organic, or it won’t taste the same)

1 ½ cups of soaked cashews (for an hour or so)

1 pinch of salt

1 TBSP vanilla

1 TBSP agave

1 TBSP melted coconut oil

3 TBSP cacao

Process all ingredients together and pour the mixture over the  crust, and place it in the fridge for an hour!

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Eat!!!!!

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