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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Spring has arrived in Hungary

So it looks like it is truly springtime in Hungary right now. 

Enjoy a couple of pictures taken this week:











Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Sprouting


Hello Everyone!

A great topic is coming up, actually something that I have been experimenting with for years. Initially I was itching to do some `gardening` during those long winter months in Hungary a few years back so I got some seeds and watched a  bunch of educational Youtube videos how to sprout seeds and eat them.

Absolutely great because it is:
- cheap
- easy 
- you only need some non-GMO seeds and a jar (oh, and some water), plus some patience
- great way to teach kids and watch how nature works
- has amazing nutritional value

Steps:

1. Get non-GMO (organic) seeds (preferably some that sprout relatively easily)
2. Use a big enough glass jar that you cleaned and rinsed with soapy, hot water
3. You don`t need to use the actualt jar lid to close it as you will need to rinse the seeds/sprouts several times a day
4. You can use a piece of cheesecloth (something like this), in case the holes are too big, you can just fold the cloth again to make it less thin
5. Soak your seeds in cold water for a couple of hours. If you have seeds that come to the surface of the water, you can throw them away as that is a sign that the seed is actually dead and will not spout for sure
6. Once your seeds soaked up some water, put a piece of cheesecloth on the top of jar with a help of a rubber string (like this)
7. Rinse the seeds with cold water and strain all the water through the cheesecloth fiber
8. Leave your glass jar on your counter, preferably where you have some sunlight
9. Repeat rinsing with cold water (warm/hot water helps mold to form so please keep away from warm temperatures) 2-3 times a day to provide fresh water and rinse the seeds
10. Once you see little roots and leaves forming, you can start eating your sprouts
11. You can keep your sprouts with leaves and roots in your fridge for 1-2 days, but not longer as they are delicate and might get moldy



This time I used Alfalfa seeds that are actually very easy to sprout. If you have no experience with spouting yet, I recommend seed types that will sprout fast so you can get used to the process and see results without failure. Seeds that sprout fast and can also be found in your kitchen might be lentils, beans, peas, wheat.


First stages of sprouting, happens after 1-2 days when you can see the little roots appearing. You can obviously eat them like this, but I would wait for a day or two to see more growth and nutritional value.


The next stage is when the small leaves come out and they taste delicious. Depending on what type of seeds you sprout, you will actually taste the flavor of the plant in the tiny leaves.


A jar full of sprouting seeds. You can put them on your sandwiches, in your salad, in soups...basically anything. They add flavor, depth, crunchiness and nutrition to any meal.

Bon Appetit!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Feeling inspired

I took a long walk today as the weather got a bit better. I snapped these pictures as it can inspire you during this harsh winter across the globe. 

Sending all these flowers to all Europeans who are fed up with degrees below zero and long for some sunshine!










Friday, January 27, 2017

Let`s tackle anxiety


Anxiety 




I have been meaning to write this blog post for weeks if not months so let`s talk about anxiety.

Anxiety is a pretty bad symptom of low self-esteem, negative feelings about yourself, situations, everything that the past, present or future can involve. It might be a desire to do something as we feel uneasy, nervous, anxious about someone or something, and it most probably interferes with your everyday life, in some cases with your professional life and relationships too. Some people even need to take medication and visit doctors on a regular basis.


I have recently experienced the effects of anxiety by seeing someone who I have known for a while and never thought that he fought this disease. His case is pretty serious and made me think of ways of me tackling anxiety (on a much lower level) in my personal life. In my humble opinion, whoever says that they don`t have any anxiety, they truly lie. You can have anxiety because of a job interview, a bad relationship, fear of the future, decision making, a new job, school, your kids, a family issue, health problems, friendships, basically anything. Even the most simple thing, like what to have for breakfast.


Now, when I am over 30, and I see things a bit differently than 10-15 years ago, I can truly say that I can handle anxiety in certain ways and but only up to a certain extent. I am far away from a calm, chill mind but I am working on it very hard to free myself from the burden of it.



I can get anxious and nervous when I face new situations and when I don`t feel prepared enough for any future happenings personally or professionally. I have found out throughout the years that some simple steps work for me to lessen the negative effects and actually turn them into something positive and useful.


Some of my suggestions that work for me (so might work for you too):

1. Make lists, plan ahead: I almost always have a to-do-list that helps me prioritize and see what is ahead of me that day/week no matter if it is something personal or at work.

2. Clean your desk, your room, your house and essentially your life: every morning when I wake up and get ready to work, I try to organize a small section of the apartment meaning that I put away clothes, shoes, clean dishes whatever makes the place messy.



3. Do not overwhelm yourself with many resolutions: seriously, how many times have you sworn that you will work out five times a week, you only eat healthy, you will not spend money on clothes that you don`t even wear...? I did, many times. I do not create a long list of resolutions any more, I just stick to 1 or maybe 2 things at a time and be happy with the results. I am actually doing pretty well by not spending on unnecessary clothes any more.



4. Celebrate your success: every time you feel victorious by tackling your anxiety, you can reward yourself with small things like a candy, a walk outside, a good book...



5. Try to have some quiet time whenever you can: turn off your tv, the music, close your windows if you have noisy commute outside. Quiet your head and mind, and feel refreshed after even a couple of minutes of calmness.



6. Meditate: one of my husband`s friend struggles with anxiety issues and he told me about Headspace. It is an app that you can download on your Ipad or phone and listen to 10 minute sessions every day. I read so many reviews and everyone is amazed by Headspace, so am I, I truly recommend it to anyone.



7. Work out, do some yoga or just take a walk



8. Read supporting literature: whatever you feel like, honestly. You can read anything as long as your mind does not wander off and you r.e.a.d. I am telling you this because I am so bad at this. My mind goes everywhere, unless I have something in my hand that it so interesting that I just can`t stop and put it down. But it is pretty rare.



9. Color, yes, color some pictures like you did when you were 6: it calms your nerves and really helps clear your thoughts. First, I was very skeptical and I believed it was childish but no, it actually works. 



10. Have hobbies that involves turning your mind off, like cooking, baking, fishing, crochet...

Sunday, November 13, 2016

In This Crazy World


So many things happened recently that trigger everyone`s feelings towards hate, anger and division.

It is really hard to control my thoughts and feelings so I don`t put myself to a dark place where it is difficult to come back from. It is also really hard to accept that other people have views that don`t even come close to the ones you stand for. The only thing I can do is to work on myself so that acceptance comes and I overcome my grief and I can look into the future with a fresh set of eyes. 

And I encourage you to do the same.

Karma works wonders and everything happens for a reason. These two rules work for me and build strength when I need it.

As long as your family and your loved ones are healthy, you don`t need anything else. Money, material things and everything that comes with them are not important at all. I truly believe so.


Hungary Summer of 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

My Journey with Whole30

Whole 30


I have never ever followed any diet in my life. I was skinny, mostly too skinny all my life. Since I moved to the US, our (mostly my) eating habits changed for the worse. It was so easy to skip cooking and do a take-out or just simply hop in the car and sit in a restaurant...and worst of the worst: do a drive through.

First, when I started to put on some weight it made me happy as it was almost impossible before (besides those chocolate and pizza eating months in England back in 2008-2009). Then I came to a realization that I should probably pay more attention to our eating habits and that now is the time to change and shake things up over 30.

I came across the Whole 30 diet years ago, but it never really interested me as I haven`t really looked into dieting and always thought that it is solely to loose weight. A couple of weeks ago I was reading posts on Instagram and I read about the Whole 30 in a post that caught my attention and I started to do some serious reading about it. I became more and more interested and I turned to Pinterest and looked for Whole 30 recipes. I was shocked how easy and natural the recipes were and how close it brings you to healthy and nutritious way of eating that we tend to forget due to our busy lives.

I am not going to go into very specific details of the diet as you can read so much about it on the internet. Let`s just say that it takes 30 days without dairy, legumes, grains, bread and pasta...oh, and without sugar!!!

http://whole30.com/

I just finished the 30 days with my husband and I feel like a different person. No joke. Changed my relationship with food, cooking and reconnected me with my kitchen and healthy recipes. I am not saying that I won`t be eating sugar, bread or delicious pasta but I will be more conscious about my choices as those 30 days allowed me to see the better of me.

Here are some pictures to demonstrate that not all diets are painful:








Thursday, January 14, 2016

Projects for 2016


My first project journal

A couple of weeks ago I visited a local Barnes and Noble store and looked for new books, inspirations, ideas. I found many fresh titles and interesting new authors when I accidentally took a look at a display filled with motivational books. One of them was a journal for the new year full of great listing features for plans that you can jot down on a daily or maybe on a weekly basis. It gave me the idea right there to check some popular websites for more books/journals in the same topic. I know that many hundreds of these books exist, some of them worth buying them, some of them not so much. I did quick research and read many reviews and after I came home, I decided to order one. This is the first journal of mine (besides diaries that I wrote when I was a teenager). 

I got the journal a couple of days ago, and I cannot be happier with it. It is The 52 Lists Project. 



The journal has a hashtag community (#52listsproject) and the writer of the journal has her own Instagram page @mooreaseal so if you are interested, you can check her and the community out to get more inspiration.




The book has 4 bigger sections based on the seasons of the calendar year. My favorites are the spring and the fall chapters. All the photos are gorgeous and somehow calming and mind settling. (The picture above with the deers truly reminds me of so many trips with school and with my family to the Matra and the Bukk mountains in Hungary.)


Each chapter has many subchapters (lists) where following the instructions, you can list as many ideas as many you can just think of. You definitely have plenty of space. First, I got kind of intimidated by the almost 2 page long space, but I was actually able to fill more than one page at a time without overthinking the ideas and plans.

Some of the most inspirational lists in my opinion are:

- List the ways you love to have fun.
- List the things you should ignore.
- List your essentials.
- List your favorite places you have been.
- List the qualities you admire most in others.
- List the ways you can love yourself more.
- List your top twenty mood-boosting songs.
- List the things that make you peaceful.
- List your accomplishments.
- List your favorite books.


After every list you are provided with a little take-action motivation part which encourages you to literally take action based on the list you have just created. It was highly inspirational for me and gave me additional ideas of how to implement changes in my everyday life without making a huge fuss about life spinning decisions and I can take one step at a time. 

So have fun making lists and getting inspiration in your everyday life!