Soup of the day 1

tarragon
Tarragon Chicken Soup

Ingredients:

300 g chicken breast (cut into 1,5 cm cubes)

3 carrots (chopped)

3 celery stalks (chopped)

5 button mushrooms (chopped)

1 small onion(finely chopped)

100 ml cream

2 tablespoon olive oil/coconut oil

1200 ml water or chicken stock

2 tablespoon fresh tarragon(finely chopped)

1 lemon

salt

pepper

Dutch oven

Preparation:

After cleaning(peeling and washing) the vegetables and chopping everything to similar size pieces, you can start heating up the oil and simmering the onion in the Dutch oven. When the onion is soft, throw the chicken cubes in, stirring frequently until white on all sides. Add the water or stock, salt to taste and bring it to boil. When it starts boiling, add the vegetables(mushrooms can be added a few minutes later) and tarragon. Simmer the soup for 20 minutes or until carrots are soft but not mushy. Add the cream, bring it to boil and immediately turn off the heat. Add a few drops of lemon juice to each bowl of soup. Serve hot 🙂

Why organize?

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Really, why? When you spend so much time putting things away, blah-blah-blah and in about two seconds it`s all a mess again. Yeah, I know. I think about it sometimes, too. But it is just a miracle to me when I wake up in the middle of the night that my feet are cold and I want to put on THOSE thick socks, the ones with the stripes  on them, and I reach into the drawer without turning the light on, knowing exactly where they are, putting them on, and the whole thing took me  less than a minute. Half asleep. That`s pretty good, right? That`s what I mean. Being organized makes things soo much smoother, faster and easier. Plus your kitchen will start looking like the ones in the designer magazines.  I love that. It saves me time, money, gives me space, piece of mind etc. Just think about your fridge. If everything is neat and tidy you always know what you have at home and nothing will be rotting away in the back of the shelf because you`ve completely forgotten about it. Same thing with your closet. Simply by folding your tops and organizing them by the colour it`ll take you no time to find the one you want to wear. There are no limits to the advantages of being conscious and having a system around you. Sure, building the system takes time, but then it`s just basic maintenance. And building it is actually fun. I looove building these systems. That`s what it`s all about. Step by step, you just add one more thing to the routine. You would like that world-class looking closet, surely, wouldn`t you?

Do you know how to cook?

Because I don’t. I keep thinking I just want to eat something nice and healthy. So I start to think of matching flavors, colours, textures. It is fun. The thing is that food has personality. And we have to respect that. They cannot be forced to go well together if they simply don’t. So you just need to use your senses. Maybe you have to find your senses first. And then use them.

Apples

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The world APPLE is most associated today with something that has very little to do with the fruit itself, but at least the real thing is still there in their logo. When is the last time you bit into a nice, big, fresh apple? I’m doing it right now and I must say it never gets boring.

Many years ago my granddad asked me in a really sweet way: My dear, you never get tired of those apples? No, grandpa, I don’t. I just love them. I love their simplicity, their straightforwardness, their genuine look. They give you comfort. You start eating an apple and immediately feel more relaxed. Wherever you are. It is just something you’ve always had.

It is said to be very healthy as well. Everyone knows, right? An apple every day.. They come in so many different colours and tastes. I have my favourites but also like to shop around for new flavours. The good old types and the new breeds. Always up for them whatever season is in. Pure delight.

I think it does make sense to me that those guys named their company after such a wonderful piece of fruit. An apple every day..

Bikram yoga

The website said I should wear a top (sleeveless) and very short shorts, Hahh. Sleeveless. Very short. Do you guys think that I can’t stand a bit of heat? I love summer, even during the most unbearable heatwave I cross to the sunny side of the street to enjoy the light. An hour in 36 C is simply nothing. I could even wear a tracksuit to show those soft people that this is really nothing for me. I ended up packing a short sleeved T-shirt and cotton capris. Cotton is a good idea if you are going to sweat. And they promised a lot of sweat at this bikram yoga class. 38 asanas (poses) and some unearthly state of mind. Getting rid of toxins etc. So I went. After Spinning I had thought I knew everything about sweating, endurance and indoor heat. Hell, I was wrong.

The place was really nice, cosy. A mix of incense smoke and a musky, damp smell lingering in the air. Changing rooms are packed, you need to get changed right where you got a spot to be standing. Yoga mats are provided for the first class, but I was lucky enough to have my own. How professional. In the room people were lying down on their towel-covered mats, eyes closed, meditative atmosphere. Silence. I started to feel that it was going to be slightly warmer than I had expected. Sitting down, I placed my bottle of water next to my mat.

The instructor started the class asking about newbies. I put my hand up. Her advice was to try to stay for the entire 90 (!!!!!) minutes. Why would I have to get out of the room? I asked myself. I got the answer about 20 minutes later. Yoga itself wasn’t new for me. I had been doing it before, quite regularly. In the first quarter an hour I was just paying attention to the instructions as the teacher didn’t practice with us, she was watching and correcting the poses. Then suddenly I was hit by the heat. It was overwhelming, unbearable. I was suffocating and praying for a gasp of fresh air. I managed to keep going, but had to gulp down water every five minutes ( otherwise there are water-breaks, but I had to cheat to survive). The heatwaves kept coming back, every one is worse than the previous. It can’t be under 40 C- I thought. Must be at least 60. Harder than the last round in the sauna ever.

Sweat was dripping down from my forehead, nose, arms, legs, everywhere. Halfway through the class I tore off my T-shirt and felt much better in my sports bra. After about 60 minutes I was confident that I was going to make it. I did, but once almost slipped on my sweat covered mattress.

It was indeed an incredible experience. My bottle of water was gone halfway through the asanas and I drank another 3 bottles later that day.

My head -never before- was sunset-red on the way home. Thank God, it’s winter- I felt relieved leaving the building. I felt dizzy from the dehydration. I should have listened to the advice on the website and drank plenty of water before.

But I made it. And went back in two days. It was much easier than. More focused and smiling. You just have to get through your first class in tropical heat 🙂

Did you like P.E. classes?

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I didn’t. I just hated them. Every day we had a P.E. class in high school I dreaded the moment we entered the changing room. Especially climbing the rope. That was a skill I never mastered. And sit ups, push ups, cross-country running, jumping and the kind. I always had the feeling that there is something wrong with the system here that girls have to do hard stuff like this.

For a few month I have had a new addiction. It’s called Cross Fit. The training schedule is simple. We do push ups, deadlifts, jumping, running, sit-ups… I love it. So simple, so straightforward. I just have to focus and do it. Amazing how effective it can be. All these movements create a sequence and it just falls into place at once. I tell everyone that they have to try it. You simply will have a fresh attitude to those I-hate-it-so-much exercises because they turn out to be really good for you:)

Glimpse into your lifestyle

There are so many things that define our lifestyle. One of my favorite examples is eating habits. What people eat reveals a lot about them. Not only their taste but their also their choices.

 It has become especially important since the food industry started booming in a way that they offer endless range of products. Before this era people’s nutrition mainly depended on their access to food and the quality that they could afford. Meanwhile nowadays the vast majority of the western world’s society can afford to choose from an uncountable number of relatively cheap products. Instead of eating what serves their lifestyle and daily physical exercise best they go for comfort. Furthermore our taste has been modified by all the process food we have been introduced to in the last decades. Flavors are enhanced so much that we don’t even remember the original tastes. You are what you eat- they say. It means that all those artificial ingredients become part of our body- and existence.

We all know these and have our individual attitude. Some of us are just ignorant, since this is the way the world is set up today. Is it worth all that energy to try to find out what would make you healthy when you have so much to do every day that all that you have time for is to eat something you get access to? Of course most people consider paying more attention to their diet when they have a reason to. Having health problems, which are related to being overweight or undernourished are the most common symptoms that we have to deal with in the 21th century. When an illness makes us think about it we might try to change our eating and exercise routine. And there are plenty of fashionable diet trends to help us. Except that they just make you feel confused. What one recommends, the other one would forbid. The more you learn about healthy lifestyle the more you feel that it’s probably best to enjoy your life and put up with the results of civilization diseases as there is no right way to prevent them. Unless you move into one of those communities where people live for a hundred years by eating sparsely, having no stress, remaining active and being a member of a close community.

 Is there any solution for the right kind of change which anyone can accomplish regardless their age and circumstances? I believe there is. All those diets share one common thing. They generalize people. Either making groups or just give us advice as if we were uniform: here are the steps that you need to follow to become healthy and slim-they all say. But they don’t fit everybody. As I mentioned at the beginning- we all have our taste, our approach and our body works in its own, unique way. I think we should respect that. This way it becomes much easier to understand how we can be good to ourselves. By listening to the responses that our body gives to the way we treat it. This is how we can create our own custom- made diet. Listening to your body is fundamental to learn how to improve its performance. This may sound complicated, but a guide can make it easier for you.