Smoothies are an incredible, super simple way to get a quick energy fix and feel so healthy all in one go! However most of the smoothies you can buy in your local supermarket are packed with massive amounts of sugar. Just like fruit juices, we think they’re good for us but in fact their incredibly high levels of sugar are actually doing nothing for us!
So here we present our top 3 smoothie recipes, which are all vegan friendly, and one thing is for sure they are a lot healthier for you than ones that are in the chilling fridge at your local stores.
Smoothies are so simple and quick to make when you have a little guidance to direct you!
Firstly we would recommend stocking up on frozen fruits or vegetables (can grab a packet in most national supermarkets), or you could try and use the freshest organic ingredients, from your garden perhaps, as it will ensure you have the healthiest punch!
Secondly, pick yourself up a blender! You DON’T need to spend a fortune products such as Vitamix that go for over £400, to be honest this is just un necessary! Smoothie blenders are absolutely everywhere, you can pick them up in most convenient stores, but we would recommend Breville Blend-Active – you can order one online!
Thirdly, if you fancy boosting your healthy smoothie level up a notch, we would recommend splashing out on some seeds! By adding flax seeds, chia seeds or hemp seeds to your smoothies. These three seeds have been named as the new superfood by health experts, as they are an amazing way to boost your protein levels!
TOP TIP: Cut all ingredients up quite small, including any leaves, to prevent any jams in your blender. Blend all ingredients together for about a minute, or to your preference!
The Root Vegetable One
This smoothie is amazing post-work out when you need to ensure you have a well-balanced recovery. The hemp protein (hemp seeds) will help to boost your metabolism, and the beetroot and carrot will provide two sources of extra nutritious non-starchy carbs.
What more could you ask for post-workout? It’s a bonus that it tastes delicious and it is an incredible colour!
1 carrot – washed and finely chopped
1 beetroot – washed and finely chopped
1 orange – peeled
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 tablespoon hemp protein (hemp seeds)
1 cup filtered water
1 cup ice
The Green One
Okay we know we called it green, but it’s actually so simple, the only green is kale! Nevertheless, do not underestimate the power of kale. Kale is part of the cabbage family and is one of the most nutritious vegetables grown locally in the UK. Its dark green leaves are an excellent source of vitamins K, C and A so having them as a base to your smoothie is a must!
Similarly spinach can be used as an alternative, the dark leafy greens are super important for bone health and your skin, as well as proving essential vitamins and minerals.
2 cups kale – washed and chopped (can use spinach as an alternative)
½ cup light unsweetened almond/ coco/ hemp milk
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon flax seeds
The Berry One
This recipe is a perfect example of using those packets of frozen fruit! Packs of mixed frozen fruit usually contain strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries, cherries and blueberries which means you are getting a HEAP load of nutrition. Using this many berries will increase the sugar amounts, but as the portion sizes aren’t too large and it is all natural sugars you are all good!
Having a berry smoothie in the morning, along with packing in all your superfood seeds, is a great way to boost your morning energy levels and get your metabolism flowing!
Issue about the soul and its existence and related functions are often controversial. There are people who don’t believe in the existence of the soul. There are those who cannot imagine life without a soul. Some of us are ambivalent, choosing to believe in the existence of the soul at one time and denying it at another. To be frank, this article is for those who believe that the soul exists. However, even those who don’t should read it because in the process they will realise that indeed they have a soul that emanates from somewhere.
Not An Easy Question To Answer
Now let us ask the main question again,” Do our souls come from a different planet or universe? The answer to this question can only be understood through a lengthy exposition because a simplistic yes or no answer will not suffice. The soul is sometimes referred to as the higher self or spirit. It is not a tangible entity and science has never proved that the soul exists or does not exist. You also need to understand that matters of the soul are in the realm of the spiritual, which science refuses to endorse. I often ask friends who dismiss spiritual issues as being untrue why they believe in the wind yet they have never seen it. They also cannot explain ‘love’ scientifically yet they believe in parental love, romance and other variants of love. I will leave that issue for now and discuss it on another occasion.
The Origin Of The Soul
Everything there is on earth, animate or inanimate, visible or invisible, emanates from one source – the Creator. Your soul is from that source and its shares many of the character traits of the Creator. Every soul begins its life and journey at the source. It is during the time your soul is or was with the Creator that preparation for earthly life was done. The Creator takes time to nurture and make ready the soul for life in other realms. Once the soul is ready, it chooses where it will be incarnated.
Where Do Souls Incarnate?
There are vast planets and galaxies where you can incarnate. Incarnation means you assume the form of another entity and begin to live in another place. There are souls that choose to come straight to the earth to incarnate. Others choose other galaxies to begin life there. Some of the popular places where souls land for the first time are Pleiades and Sirius, which are star systems away from our solar system. The difference between souls that start life on earth and those that begin in other star systems is evident in a number of ways that we will look at shortly. For now, suffice to know that those who incarnated first as in other star systems are called ‘star seed’ or ‘start travellers’.
You will realise that your soul does not come from another planet, but from the Creator. Other planets are paths through which your soul passes in the process of incarnation. However, if we are talking about souls ‘coming’ from another planet in terms of travelling through them, then our question has an affirmative answer. But there this so much more to learn on this issue that I advise you to continue reading.
Is It Important Whether You Began Your Incarnation On Earth Or Elsewhere?
No star system is similar to the others. Every realm has its own features. When a soul incarnates in a certain planet, it becomes part of that new area and adopts character traits that dominate there. Every place the soul chooses to incarnate has prevailing energy that imbues the soul. For example, souls that begin their journey in Pleiades assume the dynamism, energy and speed that prevail there.
What follows is very important for you to appreciate. The traits that a soul picks from a certain system remain with that soul as it moves to another system. In other words, your current behaviour is likely to be a product of the planets your soul has passed through. You will realise, for example, that you have this fiery trait that never seems to go. For example, you can be the type of person that influences others to work on certain projects and courses. You have the charisma to lead people towards results. This means you are likely to be a soul that went through planets that had a lot of energy.
To answer the question on whether it matters where you first incarnated, I give an affirmative answer. Similarly, it matters where the soul incarnated before it ended up on earth. This is because you are the sum of the traits that your soul has picked along the way as it incarnated. In other words, there are many factors that account for who you are today. This is not just about the traits you are picking now that you are on earth. There is a history behind you that makes you what you are today.
I know you might be asking what happens of this is the earth is the first place of one’s incarnation. It simply means that you are on a journey. Here you are imbued with the energies of the earth. Time will come for you to move to another planet where you will assume another body and live a different life. The traits you acquired while on earth will follow you and influence how you will behave in the next planet or star system.
Can A Soul Be Reborn?
I will begin this section with an explanation related to the origin of the soul. All souls eventually will return to the source – the Creator. The reason we left the Creator was to gain experience in the happenings of the material world. Souls assume material forms during incarnation but they are not material in themselves. They are divine and will eventually return to their divine states.
Every soul longs for the day it will revert to its original state where virtue and perfection are the norm.
However, this journey back to the divine state is not as easy as many may think. Processes and experiences of incarnation and reincarnation are responsible for taking the soul away from its divine nature. The soul can only return to the Creator when it is perfect. Your soul must relearn how to be honest, loving, humble and modest, and to respect the fundamental right of existence. Many of the divine traits you had at the beginning have been replaced by material concerns like struggle for power, material wealth, prestige and avarice.
When you breathe your last on earth, your soul, which is not dead, takes time to rethink its journey. It assesses whether it is ready to return to the Creator based on achieving the divine traits we have mentioned before. If these traits are yet to be attained, the soul decides to reincarnate on earth to continue its learning and unlearning. You have to remember that it is easier and possible to retrain your soul in divine ways by reverting to the place where you lost your divine character. That is why many souls reincarnate on earth because this is where they began to lose their perfection.
Your life on earth is not a punishment as some people would have you believe. You are here to be trained to regain the divine traits that you lost. The people you meet and the circumstances you go through are meant to shape you back into the divine form you were in before your first incarnation.
How About Soul Groups?
It would not be fair to end this article without talking about soul groups. I had said earlier that some souls arrive on earth after having incarnated in other places. It follows that such souls have comparable character traits. These people will find themselves gravitating towards one another, whether they know their origins or not. For example star travelers tend to associate with their kind since they share a past. They are concerned with attaining spiritual development and making the world a better place to live in. Having experienced other worlds that may be ‘better’ than ours, they long to see more justice, fairness and peace. About a quarter of the inhabitants of the earth are star travellers. They are different from those who have only reincarnated on earth.
We must admit that our souls have fallen far from the divine nature they were created with. We are more inclined to hurt others and act selfishly than we are to selflessly help our fellow human beings. The process of regaining our divine traits will, therefore, take longer. Many will undergo incarnation after the other on earth before they attain perfection and be ready to return to the original state. Until then, we must continue to view our lives on earth and any reincarnations, not as punishment, but as divine assistance to help us back to our original and perfect place with the Creator.
One of these days you may come across a donkey hauling luggage, take a good look at it, because that could be mirroring an image of you. Life is an ironic struggle where we often rush to meet deadlines and targets while forgetting to ‘feed the cow that produces the milk’. You work your ass off in the quest for a king’s life only to die a pauper that never enjoyed life!
Losing contact with yourself is the worst mistake you can make in life. Often we search for the solutions to loneliness and lethargy in other places while the real source of these complications is in our detached soul.
What you need is a trip into your inner self and the best way to do this is to take a spiritual journey to the Osho Meditation Resort…
Appreciating Osho Meditation Resort
I know you are likely to dismiss this as yet another boring article by a yoga enthusiast who has nothing more to do but stare into emptiness, but before you do so let me tell you about the Osho Meditation Resort.
First, it is in India. I can see weird thoughts crisscrossing your mind already – tropical sun, saris, robes, rice, onions, spices, monkeys, rickshaws, traffic, monks, vegetarians, imposing temples and so on. I would be lying if I said you will not come across these real and imagined images of India.
However a 15 minute flight from Mumbai to Koregaon Park in Pune will do you good! Yes, rickshaws are not the only means of transport in India – there are airplanes too! The beauty that awaits you will erase all your lopsided impressions about India and its people; more importantly, this camp effortlessly blends nature and modernity.
Walking in marble
Have you ever walked on marble in the midst of elegant buildings and green vegetation, along a swimming pool only fit for Olympic champions? That is the Osho Meditation Resort for you. And the surprise does not end there. This is virtually an international meeting point if the meditators from over 100 countries are to be considered. This resort gives you the opportunity to not only interact with global yoga enthusiasts but also relax, swim, rest, meditate or simply be yourself.
Not for nut-heads and hermits
I often meet people who think that yoga is a dark art; a mystical oriental ritual only fit for nut-heads and hermits who have lost touch with humanity! This resort will help you understand and practice basic Osho Active Meditations, which are designed for the modern person who has to contend with a lot of stress and psychological strain.
Whether you are the neophyte trying to learn how to salute the sun or you are the experienced meditation expert that needs no prompt to fall into a trance, Osho Meditation Resort is designed for you. There are numerous methods of meditation at this centre including traditional approaches such as Vipassana and more modern ones like Osho Kundalini and dance meditation.
The Osho Multiversity is also open for eager learners. Please don’t develop stomachache because of your fear of exams – there are none here! At least the founders of the centre knew you would visit one day and did not want to scare you away!
The Osho Meditation Centre also has workshops that you can participate in to enable you develop your mental and spiritual capabilities. At the end of each day, a spectacular evening of celebration, dance and even silence awaits you.
Daily and in-house programs
By the way, you do have the choice of going to the centre daily for meditation or pitching tent at the resort to soak up all the meditation knowledge and benefits available, like a human sponge!
What happens when you visit Osho?
Your wonderful experience at the Osho Meditation Resort begins at the Welcome Center right at the entrance where you register. This helps shield off busy-bodies and I am guessing you are not one. Please don’t visit the Welcome Centre unless it is between 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm daily. It amazes me as to where staff members get their infectious smiles and the resourceful answers they give. Registration takes place up to 12.30 pm for the morning session while afternoon registration activity takes place up to 3.30 pm.
What do you need for registration?
The Osho Meditation Resort is a law abiding entity and requires interested visitors to present valid identification papers. Don’t come with your boutique, supermarket or airline receipts please. Keep them as souvenirs and only present your ID or passport.
Mandatory HIV /Aids Test
This may be scary depending on your sexual history and escapades, but prepare for a HIV test before being admitted into the Osho Meditation Resort. You don’t have to read for the test – it is just 15 minutes of waiting and you know your fate. The resort will reward you with a Meditation Resort pass once you are deemed fine.
Daily Stickers for entrance
After registration, all you will need to exist within the resort are daily stickers which you can purchase when entering. You may also opt for seasonal tickets if you become a fan – or are you a meditation and yoga fanatic?
How about buying items in the park?
Please leave your cash and notes at home – nobody is interested in your poverty or wealth at the Osho Meditation Resort! Grab some vouchers (of course you have to pay for these) at the Welcome Centre as they are the legal tender there.
The Welcome Morning
Avoid the temptation to oversleep and be at the centre by 9.00 am to participate in the Welcome Morning, which introduces you to the campus, the programs of the Osho Multiversity and Osho Meditations. In the unfortunate event that you arrive at 9.01 am, don’t despair because you will listen to a brief introduction audio in your language of choice. But do not be cheated because you still have to arrive at 8.59 am the following day for the Welcome Morning.
What about residents?
You can register and live in the camp. There is a Living in Program for those on a long pilgrimage. Getting to know fellow meditators is an extra incentive for zero grazing yourself. This is a good option if you are allergic to traffic and rickshaws that characterise the life of a day scholar.
Can you stay off campus?
You can stay at any of the affordable and comfortable hotels in the vicinity of Osho Meditation Resort. But as one of my friends found out, you may arrive at the resort after some important activities have taken place.
How much will it cost you?
A meditation pass is the guarantee that you can remain in the resort between 5.30 am and late night and also access the OSHO Teerth Garden, the OSHO Auditorium and the evening programs.
Those with entry stickers are allowed into meditation programs for the entire day. They also attend the Buddha Grove open-air classes.
Stickers are available either for 1-10 days’ period or for an entire month. 1-4 days; entry stickers will cost you 1560 INR every day if you are not a resident of India, while citizens and residents have to pay 760 INR for the same package. If you opt for tickets to allow you access for 5 to 6 days, you will get a 13% discount if you are a foreigner, which means you will pay 1,326 INR. For residents and nationals, this package will cost 646 INR.
I almost forgot to tell you that the cost of food, drinks, accommodation and courses and workshops offered by the Osho Multiversity are on the Osho website!
Communicating with the outside world while at the resort?
You can visit the cybercafé within the Osho Meditation Resort and pay a little fee for Wi-Fi internet. You can also make calls but only in designated areas. Nobody wants to be disturbed by long noisy and hysterical calls when they are meditating. And forget about selfies as all sorts of photo taking activities are prohibited.
Who is allowed to visit?
Everyone is welcome! The resort receives people from more than a hundred nations on the planet. Whether you are a businessman, policeman or an artisan, you will find relaxation and fun at the Osho Meditation Centre – And age does not matter, too. Both young and old will realise that their needs are well taken care of at the centre. Don’t be surprised if you find you grandfather walking around the resort in a maroon robe!
Majority of those who visit this centre are university graduates. So if you thought meditation was for lowly-educated and superstitious oriental people think twice. But education is not a requirement for meditation! Don’t be cheated into thinking that you are the odd one out because you see people at the centre greeting each other, half of the people whom you will meet here are first-time visitors just like you.
Why should I go?
Countless people find time to visit this resort for the sake of enjoyment. If you feel you need time to shed off some of your pent-up emotions, visit the centre and relax both in mind and spirit. There are those who come to the park for the purpose of learning at the Osho Multiversity. There is no better place to understand meditation than this resort. You may also want to pop in if you have come to India on a different mission. You will never regret walking through the doors of this resort! The sheer numbers you will find here will convince you that you need to have visited sooner.
What kind of a product is envisioned?
This may sound like rocket science for the uninitiated, but the resort has a vision for the human race in this age. The intention is to come up with a human beings who are well-grounded while simultaneously reaching for greater heights. The Osho product is a jovial person, who interacts readily with others, but also retreats to meditate in silence. It does not matter what values you believe in, your space is preserved in this special garden.
Do you need to be a member?
This is a ridiculous lie propagated from those who have no understanding of what it means to visit this resort!! The centre does not belong to an exclusive club. There are no special people who must be admitted and others rejected. All you need is to be prepared to come to grips with you inner self and to develop a deeper and beneficial understanding of who you really are.
You may have heard that people who come to the resort are initiated into “sannyas”, which is another misconception. It is upon the individual to decide whether to enrol or not. Personally, I find no problem with Smith assuming the name William if only to come to grips with his inner self and begin a new fulfilling life.
When you decide to engage in “sannyas” Osho tells you that you have committed yourself to his guidance and he will not interfere with your life. Just dedicate yourself to transformation – while acting responsibly. Only through courage will you achieve your meditation goals.
Are visitors required to join movements or cults?
By its very nature, meditation is not a crowd activity. Osho Meditation Resort encourages you to join your inner self in order to grow into a more conscious and happier person. You cannot meditate effectively unless you appreciate and practice some form of solitary living.
Osho methods are transformative – requiring a personal paradigm shift. Osho advocates for are meant to destroy the misconceptions you have about yourself, thus leaving your soul utterly naked and ready for a new experience. He opines that you can only understand the truth by being alone and that truth is you. He believes that no great spiritual teacher can teach you the truth because the truth is found in you – by engaging in meditation. Meditation is not practiced in market places, football stadiums or politically rallies!
However, realising this dream is not like drinking water or eating a favourite meal – it requires courage. At Osho Meditation Resort you have all the tools you need and the concomitant environment to meditate. Interestingly, there are many other people at the centre pursuing the same goal, and being alone with them (if you can comprehend what this means), is not only easy but also enjoyable.
Is there a dress code?
Here is the interesting part, especially for men who cannot wear women’s clothing! At this renowned meditation centre, visitors wear lose-fitting plain maroon robes (I can hear you breathe a sigh of relief that it is not a skirt or dress). This is mandatory for everyone within the resort and especially during meditation. You will wear this robe between 9 am and 4 pm, while performing daytime tasks. It is also the attire that you will wear when performing OSHO Kundalini Meditations and OSHO Dynamic.
Do you want to know why people wear maroon robes at the resort?
Maroon robes act as uniform attire and make people feel part of the resort and of one another.
Unlike wearing different clothes, uniformity enables you to focus on your inner self instead of the outside.
There is mutual meditative energy that emanates from collective wearing of the colour maroon.
If you are a woman (and this also applies to some men) you will not need to worry about matching the colour of your clothes in the morning, hence giving you more time to focus on the more important task of meditation.
Pune is in the tropics and temperature can hit the extreme north and south.
This attire will free your body from the bondage of belts and other constricting body accessory that makes breathing and meditation problematic.
If you are not from India, you can at least boast to your folks back at home that you survived for some time in a robe!
What others are saying about Osho and the Osho Meditation Resort
You are not the first person to discover Osho Meditation Resort! No medal awaits you for that. At least not for now! Osho’s teachings and methodologies have over the years been commended by religious leaders, actors, politicians, musicians and writers among others. These include Tom Cruise, Madonna, The Dalai Lama, Tom Robbins and Dr. Manmohan Singh to name a few. I am not sure whether you can become a clone of Madonna or Tom Cruise at your age, but I am sure meditation and this experience at the resort can give you a new lease of life at any age.
Time to visit
Don’t read history any more – make history now! There are few pilgrimages that can transform you the way a visit to the Osho Meditation Resort can. Make a commitment today and visit the Osho Meditation Resort!
When I first realised that Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs had listed sex as a basic need, I thought the man must have been a pervert. I was young and naïve then. Today, I know he was right. It is for this reason that I find the topic of sex drive necessary and interesting even though some people consider it taboo. But there is a problem we must deal with, whether we want to speak about it or not.
Do you need some sex drive? What kind of question am I asking? The innuendo surrounding issues of sex has made people to suffer from lack of libido for many years. I am not ready to bet my money because people rarely want to talk about their sexual experiences and needs, but I am sure most of the people you will meet on the streets today are sexually starved.
Stress and mental fatigue are responsible for the sex-less life many of us lead today. There are so many cares and people have to attend to so many concerns on a daily basis that they have no time for sex. When the man and woman of the house finally finish taking dinner and send the kids to bed, they (couple) are too tired to have some fun in bed. All they want is to catch a few hours of sleep before embarking on the next day’s activities. Sex can only be enjoyed when people are in the mood for it. There is no way your libido will spike when you are thinking about financial problems that await you when you wake up.
There are also many of us in broken marriages where there is no communication as would be expected. These are marriages that are on their deathbeds because of unresolved issues. The partners cannot see eye to eye and those who are together are simply doing so because they have children to take care of. Even when they sleep in the same bed, the two marriage partners are simply strangers. In such a case, unless each of the partners takes decisive steps to save the marriage, sex will never be discussed. But when the sex drive of each of the two is revived, there is hope that the relationship will be given a new lease of life and the partners can begin to enjoy being together once again.
But there are also those who have no problem with one another yet they cannot find the spark that would make blood boil again. They are not enemies. They are doing well in their careers. They are happy with life as it is. But sex appears to have taken a flight. How do you revive sex drive on this case? Remember, sex is essential to a successful marriage and going without it for long will lead to partners drifting apart and eventually divorcing. Some people may not agree with this assertion, but the fact is that sooner or later one or both of the partners will have to seek for sex and consolation outside marriage.
Admittedly, sex cannot solve all marital problems. Partners who are incompatible may eventually leave their relationships. Differences that can be resolved must be brought to the table and discussed amicably. Compromises must be made. Sometimes relatives and marriage counselor must be called in to mediate. Despite all this, the issue of libido, if unresolved will bring all the other solutions to naught. It is for this reason that we must find ways of reviving sex drive in marriage and other intimate relationships.
The first point in addressing issues of libido is to understand that hormones play a great role in determining whether you are in the mood for sex or not. I agree that you can light candles, eat a delicious dinner, play the most romantic music and wear some lingerie before you dive under warm sheets, but this cannot by itself give you the sex drive you need. Spiking your sex-related hormones is the most assured strategy of putting you in the mood for passion, not just today but for a long time. I need to caution you, though, that using synthetic substances to revive your libido may work momentarily but this may lead to hormonal balances that will harm your body.
That is why I want to suggest that you use natural methods which have no side effects if taken in the right quantity and quality. To this end there are herbs, fruits and other food substances that can greatly boost your libido without you having to turn to popular but harmful substances that can even cause heart attacks.
Let us have a look at some of these important super-foods that can bring you happiness, passion and good health, and more importantly, provide you with more moments of unbridled romance.
These abundant fruits contain antioxidants, which in turn boost blood circulation in your heart and arteries. By now you know that efficient blood circulation is a prerequisite for great sex. Need I add that they contain vitamin C which helps to increase the amount of sperms in semen?
This is a super-fruit that is full of antioxidants, vitamin B6 and potassium. These nutrients are crucial in preventing you from getting heart diseases and also boost blood flow. A strong heart is the best medicine against erectile dysfunction thus boosting your libido.
These beans are packed with L-Dopa or dopamine which is a potent aphrodisiac. L-Dopa is effective in stimulating the secretion of testosterone, the male hormone that boosts libido. Mucuna beans also replenish jing (or vital essence) of the body thus boosting sexual activity.
Orchic (Bull Testicles)
Please read on before you think I am deranged. I am talking about a supplement that is made from bull testicles and is available in capsule form. This substance contains hormones that will boost your sex hormones and libido.
This is an extract from some of the most ‘romantic’ animals on earth. This product contains powerful hormones for boosting your libido. Specifically, the contents of this substance aid calcium movement, ease muscle movement, regulate blood pressure and smooth inflammation.
There are many more natural foods and supplements that you can use to boost your libido. Take time to know and use them!!
Snacking is a common behavior considering the many times we eat between meals. This is particularly true when one is travelling, although some people simply cannot stop eating. While a snack will save you much time that could have gone into preparing a real meal, it is important that whatever you eat is healthy.
The market is full of snacks that do more harm than good to your body. Unfortunately, we tend to choose grubs that have excess unsaturated fats, processed sugar, salt and preservative – never mind we are living in an era when obesity and related diseases are killing more people than ever. Travellers are particularly guilty of making wrong snack choices because they do not plan adequately for the journey.
For this reason, you need to choose your snacks carefully when you are on the go. Fortunately, there is no dearth of grubs that are packed with essential nutrients and energy while at the same time being delicious. Some of these snacks can be prepared at home before you set out on your journey. Others can be bought from food stores along the way. Regardless of your situation, you have no reason whatsoever to eat snacks that have poor nutritional content and which can send you down the road to obesity.
10 Healthy Grubs Handy For Travelling:
Carrying dried fruit will be advantageous during your journey because you will get various nutrients. Research has shown that this snack contains iron, potassium, fibre, antioxidants, sugar and calories. Some of the best fruits that you can dry and carry as a snack include apricots, cranberries, golden raisins, figs and chopped dates. If you can add these fruits to yoghurt and oatmeal, the better for you. It is important to remember that a snack is a stop-gap measure before you reach a place where you can eat a real meal. Consequently, you will need to eat dried fruits in moderation. Some people discourage this snack claiming it has a lot of sugar, but you should be remember that it contains natural sugar, and when taken in moderation, no harm will befall you.
Not all processed products can be dismissed as unhealthy snacks. There are a lot of energy bars that can give you the strength you need while travelling. These bars come in handy particularly when traffic delays you from reaching home to prepare a real meal. I am sure you know very well that hunger pangs have a way of surprising you when food is not in their vicinity. You will need to be careful with energy bars, though, because their nutritional contents vary. Generally, energy bars have little fibre, a lot of calories and sugar. To ensure you eat healthy energy bars, look for the one with a combination of fibre and proteins of about 5 to 7 grams.
These are some of the most natural foods – if there is anything like that. Our lives would be significantly healthier if we learned to eat nuts in abundance. Even in the wild, animals like birds, rodents and apes eat nuts as part of their diets. I have in mind raw nuts like walnuts, cashew nuts, peanuts and almonds among others. Nuts contain minerals, proteins, fats and few calories. You can also buy packed nuts, most of which have additives. Watch out not to eat nuts that have a lot of salt as this may harm you. You may also want to roast some nuts slightly to give them a desired taste while preserving their nutritional content.
This is yet another healthy snack that you need to try out when travelling. Flaxseeds contain antioxidants, omega-3 fats and fibre among other nutrients. Very few snacks can compare to the nutritional value of this wonderful seed. I would advise that you eat the organic type although the other variety is also not all that bad. The fiber in flaxseeds will make your tummy full thus preventing overeating, something you should avoid especially when travelling long distances. You obviously won’t like it when your stomach begins to grumble and ask questions while you are in a long distance overnight bus. If you happen to have yoghurt as part of your travelling food package, flaxseed powder can greatly enrich the former. The same can be said of smoothies and salads.
Many of the snacks you will come across, particularly if you prefer to buy from stores, are made from wheat. This presents a problem if you are gluten-allergic or have celiac disease. One way of avoiding such a scenario is to snack on rice chips. You will enjoy great crunch and taste with this grub. Getting the calories you need during a journey is as important as avoid any stomach upset that might ruin your travelling experience and that is why rice chips should feature on your list of preferred snacks. Look for various flavours like fiesta lime and wasabi to make your experience even better. Consider complementing rice chips with spreads, dips, nut butters, guacamole and jam.
Granola contains a lot of fibre and this is very important for your digestion and satiation as you travel. Unlike normal granola, granola bars are more convenient to eat. To make sure you enjoy this snack as you travel, break the bars and mix them with yoghurt to make them crunchy and smooth. You can achieve this if you pack granola bars and yoghurt separately and blend them as you travel. Alternatively, you cam crumble the bars and carry yoghurt with you. To enrich this snack, you can crush several granola bars and mix them with raisins and pretzels, then package them in a plastic bag for use during the journey.
Whoever said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away was not wrong. When you consider the nutritional value of an apple, you will classify it with super foods. You can understand this more if you consider the amazing benefits of apple cider vinegar, but that is a tale for another day. For travelling purposes, apples are some of the healthiest and convenient snacks you can carry with you. These fruits will refresh and hydrate you because of their high water content. They also contain a lot of fibre, which means they will make you feel satiated even when you are not, thus preventing you from binge eating, which is possible when you are traveling. Apples also contain carbs hence providing you with the energy needed to carry out different tasks as your journey. What more? Apples are very convenient to carry as they occupy little space in your bag.
As we observed earlier, snacks can either be prepared or bought while one is travelling, but the bottom line is that you eat healthy food. One of the best snacks you can carry as you journey is nut butter. The high amounts of proteins and other nutrients contained in this snack will ensure that you are energised throughout the day. If you plan to go sightseeing or trekking, this is a snack you cannot avoid to carry. The good thing is that the market has many different packages of nut butter to fit your needs. Moreover, they are easy to carry in a backpack or a small container. Nut butters can also be eaten with crackers and fruits to give you even more nutritional benefits.
Berry banana cups:
The world is full of berries that contain loads of nutrients which can give you the energy you need as you travel. When you blend these berries with sliced bananas, the snack that you will emerge with cannot be matched by many ready-made snacks available in stores. I am talking about strawberries, raspberries and blueberries. You only need a few fresh ones, which you will toss with cut bananas and keep in plastic containers, and seal the latter. To make sure the banana does not appear brownish, take the berries-banana blend and add lemon juice to it. The final package will be a potent mix of antioxidants, potassium, starch and great taste.
Cookies are often condemned because of their sugar content but this happens when people lack creativity. You don’t have to avoid cookies; you only need to prepare healthy and nutritious cookies especially using oatmeal. What you must do is pack them in airtight jars once you have baked and cooled them. I advise against buying cookies in stores when you are travelling because the average cookie is all about sugar, margarine and wheat. Instead, bake your own cookies at home and give them the exceptional nutritional magic of oatmeal. Grab one as you drive but don’t get carried away and eat more than you should. I can assure you that once you get used to homemade cookies you will think twice about buying sugary snacks as you travel.
The spiritual world is full of surprises particularly in relation to how our souls measure up to expectations. I must admit that it took me time to understand that there can be mature and immature souls. I am sure you have heard the expression of an “Old Soul” before? So like me at the beginning, you may also be wondering how an unseen entity, like a soul, can be considered mature or immature. However, it takes a critical personal examination to understand exactly what it means to be regarded as an old soul.
The spiritual journey is a long and complex one. It involves growing from one level to another during all your lifetime and most of the time it is replete with challenges. Along the way you must pose important questions to assess your progress and remain committed to your goals. Chief among the crucial questions you must ask yourself, what is it you really expect from life. The importance of this question cannot be overstated.
The moment you decide to ask yourself what your expectations in life are, the answer you receive will indicate how mature your soul is.
Before we go deeper into the issue of soul maturity, we need to emphasize that you must be honest in your answers. The problem with us as human being is that we have become so vain that we can lie to ourselves! We are used to lying all the time so much so that lying has become our second nature. However, the worst form of lying is to deceive yourself. This means that while you know your weaknesses, strengths and potential, you deny these facts and decide to live like other people. You must have heard that a lie can be told so many times that it begins to sound like a fact.
After all nobody is there to check whether you are right or not. Moreover, is not a matter for discussion. You also must bear in mind that you don’t have to publicise your answers. Similarly, you have always told people not to judge you because they have never lived your experience. Now you have the opportunity to be your own judge.
Now that we have settled the question of honesty, let us delve into the answers that you give when you ask yourself about your expectations in life as you seek to know whether your soul is mature. Your response to this important question has a direct correlation with the maturity of your soul. Human expectations are significant because they reveal what is in a person’s heart and why they live the way they do. I like to deviate by saying that if you want to know the essence of a person, ask them their expectations in life. One can only expect to achieve that which is tandem with their deeply-held beliefs.
Let us now compare and contrasts the maturity and immaturity of souls using the concept of human expectations. If you are the kind of person that has innumerable desires, aspirations and goals that you are keen to achieve, you are an immature soul. Wow! That definition categorises you as an immature soul already – right? By the way, it does not matter whether these desires are of a lower order, like power and money, or more complex ones like being more devoted to your spiritual life. In essence, as an immature soul, you are always striving to achieve what can be seen and felt. You obsess about becoming richer and famous. Success becomes your mantra.
In this regard, mature souls operate within timelines. The future holds a lot of significance for them. I am sure you cannot argue about this because you are always saying that you will achieve this or that in some days, weeks, months or years to come. Immature souls have to achieve certain material objectives at certain times and this is the driving force behind their thoughts and actions. They always feel that they are pressed for time since time is a limited resource. People with immature souls dedicate a lot of time to the achievement of material goals at the expense of spiritual ones.
However, do not imagine that an immature soul does not have spiritual objectives – it does, in some cases. The only difference is that those spiritual goals are supposed to be achieved today or in the present dispensation. The present is only a launching ground for achieving the pleasures of tomorrow. You may have met people whose only motive for helping others is because this will result in a better to qualify for a blissful afterlife. You probably know someone who lives well today simply because they want to escape future apocalyptic judgment. Their desires may seem to have a spiritual angle, but in real sense, if the possibility of damnation or future good was removed withdrawn, these people would be the worst crooks you have ever met.
Let us now turn our attention to mature souls. From the onset, you need to understand that a mature soul has ambitions and desires, but that does not becloud the need to embrace nobler ideals. This soul is closely linked to forms and shapes. If you have such a soul, you don’t just think about the present; you have the cosmic good at heart. You are not bound by what is seen but your eye is fixed on what the immature soul cannot see. You are conscious of your role as a catalyst for good in the world and not just a conduit for material gratification.
Mature souls take cognisance of the fact that material achievement and satiation of physical needs is not the only objective in life. In fact, a mature soul feels empty and unhappy if its only success is linked with material needs. When you have an immature soul, you feel happiest when you are surrounded by wealth and success. To a mature soul, physical success does not even come close to defining the essence of life. Life has more meaning than parading your achievements before people. Soul maturity means transcending current definitions of prosperity and embracing a cosmic view of the interrelations between different elements that make up the universe. Being happy temporarily is the domain of the immature soul.
It is essential to realise that the old soul does not become ripe directly. No. A mature soul begins as an immature one. It experiences multiplicities of desires just like the immature one. The mature soul can attest, through experience, of the variability of life. It understands that the world has forms and shapes that are always in flux. Nothing in the material world lasts for long. The mature soul knows the futility of life and the apparent lack of sustainability. The immature soul also knows these things. However, the mature soul refuses to remain within the bounds of materialism and variability.
By leaving behind its finite desires and ambitions, the mature soul is willing to become poor. By poverty, I mean even material lack in order to achieve higher human good. In the spiritual world, sacrifice is very significant. The idea of denying oneself material possession to give cheer to another person is at the centre of every religion. Similarly, leaving behind one’s physical belongings to pursue spiritual good is a key dogma in many spiritual teachings. On the other hand, an immature souls is always seeking for more wealth, even when in human eyes, it has attained what it needs to live well. Even when an immature soul appears to embrace spirituality, the fact is that material desires are just suppressed and will soon arise. Religion and spirituality, as we observed before, are just conduits to material wealth.
The difference between maturity and immaturity of souls is found in the way the two express their egos. The goal of an immature soul is to satisfy the ego. Contrastively, the mature soul seeks to find the authentic center of life and to attain eternal happiness according to universal forms and shapes. The mature soul subjugates its desires and ceases to identify itself using the ego. It considers itself a formless Consciousness. The immature soul may want to attain higher levels of existence but only for personal gratification.
To change your soul form being immature to mature, learn to look at life from the real centre in a spiritual way. Your ideals must transcend the aspects of the conscious mind. You must live with people in a manner that does not accentuate the ego above everything else. Gradually, you will learn how to invite divine presence into your life even as you worry less about material sacrifices that you need to make.
Now you can tell whether your soul is mature or not. If you are immature (and many of us operate in this realm), remember it will take time to grow olds. Most importantly, learn to subjugate your ego to spiritual ideals if you want your soul to mature.
n my previous article, I have described, ” What is Mindfulness? “ (http://graceguru.net/2015/10/what-is-mindfulness/) and how good and bifacial it is for us to be mindfully aware of our lives and ourselves. So if you have not read it yet, I would recommend reading it first and then continuing with the tips of how to practice Mindfulness, if you have 10 more minutes?
The field of mindfulness has become very popular not only among psychologists and spiritual people, but also other professionals and the general public. There is a keen interest from the broad nation after people realised the amazing benefits of this activity. It is as if people have suddenly recognised the importance of mindfulness, yet this is a practice that has been ongoing for ages!
Having said that, we need to realise that practicing mindfulness is not that easy. Your brain is more likely to embrace mindlessness than mindfulness. Although the former is harmful in the long run, it appears to be more attractive perhaps because it consists of endless reveries, which lie to you that you are making progress when you are going nowhere. Mindlessness also expends very little mental and physical effort thus making it a favorite of many of us.
The reason I am emphasising on these issues at the onset is because any tips for practicing mindfulness must begin with the realisation that this is not a walk in the park. After being accustomed to daydreaming and drifting thoughts for a long time, it is not easy to suddenly embrace mindfulness and excel in it. The tips we are about to discuss are all informed by the fact that you need to be consciously aware of what you are doing if you are to tame your thoughts.
“When I practice mindfulness, I am able to connected to the present moment and let go of all the stress and worries”
Create Time For Practicing Mindfulness!
I will emphasise severely that this is a conscious activity that requires some effort. At the beginning when you are just about to start practicing, you need to treat it the way you do gym workouts, prayer or other routines in your life. Consider setting aside some minutes in your daily schedule during which you can concentrate on the present. You can do this at your workplace, your home or outdoors. However, ensure you are in an environment that is conducive for concentration. Once you create a schedule, stick to it. Make it a ritual to always engage in mindfulness. I suggest you do it daily!
Do Not Over Do It Or Strain!
So when you are have tried your everyday schedule at the beginning, you will need to encourage yourself to like mindfulness a bit more J. Consequently, do not make the exercise tedious and difficult for you. Now, try to remember mindfulness during the day and start with a few minutes more now and then, as you appreciate the importance of mindfulness. With time, you may find yourself concentrating for hours. The most important thing, though, is that you learn to love and appreciate the exercise to the point that it becomes effortless. Making it hard will discourage you in the long run and you will drift back to undesirable mindlessness.
Practice Mindfulness Outside Your Normal Schedule!
We began by saying that you set aside time for practicing mindfulness. That is good but since your aim is to eventually become a habitual and involuntary practitioner of mindfulness, consider engaging in the activity even when it is not within the hours you have set aside. Just take time to observe and appreciate your surrounding when you are waiting to see a doctor or a friend. As you take a train journey through the countryside, don’t let your mind wonder aimlessly. Instead, grasp the moment and appreciate nature, the people around you and the journey itself.
“When you practice mindfulness, it becomes every time easier and natural over time.”
Forget About Perfection!
When you begin to worry about perfection instead of doing what you can, you are engaging in mindlessness. Don’t waste your time thinking about how poor you are in your attempts to become mindless. It is not an event but a process and processes take time to learn and master. Worrying about imperfections will only lead to despair and you may even contemplate quitting the activity. Concentrate on attaining your goals for the day and if you don’t make it, endeavor to do so tomorrow. Don’t judge yourself harshly but rather appreciate the gains you make every day.
Watch Your Thoughts!
Mindfulness and mindlessness are all activities that take place in your brain. Since we are more likely to be mindless, it is important to begin by catching yourself in the act as it were. Learn to detect when your mind is on autopilot and redirect it to the present. You know yourself better than anybody else. You know when the reveries and day-dreaming begin. Only you can tell when your past comes back to haunt your present. Those are the moments when you should redirect your thoughts from mindlessness to mindfulness.
Engage In Meditation!
If you are not aware, mindfulness is not mediation but the latter is part of the former. In case you are finding it difficult to engage in mindfulness, meditation can be a good starting point. Meditation is a renowned and proven strategy for training the mind to relax and concentrate on certain issues. When you engage in meditation, you accelerate your process of becoming mindful. The two work in tandem when it comes to conditioning the mind and learning to control what you think and how you react to your experiences in life.
“Meditation is a renowned and proven strategy for training the mind to relax and concentrate on certain issues.”
When all is said and done, you are the best judge on exactly how well you are progressing towards mindfulness. Whatever you realise is working for you, concentrate on that as long as it will lead you to the ultimate goal of becoming mindful. If prayer makes you mindful, feel free to practice it. No amount of tips and other people’s experiences can replace your own efforts. Remember your aim is to overcome chronic mindlessness and train your mind to appreciate the present without being judgmental.
Now that you know, begin where you are with what you have. When the benefits of mindfulness begin to manifest in your life, you will be glad you made the effort.
Few books to recommend if you really like to understand the moment of now and be mindful:
Fashion phenomena Kristian and Hila Aadnevik invited me to spend the day with them to discuss all things stylish and spiritual! Creators of one of London’s hottest and edgiest womenswear labels, the Aadneviks have collaborated with the world’s leading international fashion houses, including Alexander McQueen, Roberto Cavalli and Donatella Versace – the latter declaring Kristian her “protégée!”
Fashion is a statement that this dynamic duo is oh-so familiar with, but how much do we really know about Kristian and Hila? What makes one of Vogue’s chicest couples happy? What do they value most?
Channelling the energy inside their famous Knightsbridge atelier, I explored the hearts and minds of these enigmatic designers. Using the Proust Questionnaire, I like to discover new things about old friends or famous people who we think we know so well! Being spiritual and exploring the deepest meanings of life, love and fear with Kristian and Hila Aadnevik…
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Hila: My life! Kristian: Perfect happiness is now – loving family, waking up every morning to my son’s eagerness to explore life together, working passionately – creating.
What is your greatest fear? Hila: Anything bad happening to my family.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Hila: Perfectionism!
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Hila: Dishonesty!
What is your current state of mind? Hila: Live and let live. Kristian: Ambitious, happy and excited.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Hila: Being a hard player.
#styleselfie – Hila Aadnevik
What or who is the greatest love of your life? Hila: My two men! Kristian: The love of my son Silver is immeasurable, the greatest gift.
When and where were you happiest? Hila: Home with my boys Kristian: I am happiest right now and I look forward to waking up every day.
Which talent would you most like to have? Hila: Mind reading. Kristian: Being creative and making things that people can love is the greatest gratification.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Hila: I love who I am today.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? Hila: Being a mum. Kristian: Always moving forward.
If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be? Hila: I love my current life! Thank you!!
Where would you most like to live? Hilla: London Kristian: Living is London is the best for me right now; it is a truly unique city. With the greatest museums in the world on my doorstep, being surrounded by people from all over the world and the creative energy of the old and new – it is a very inspirational place.
What means for you love? Hila: Eternity and unconditional. Kristian: Love is the fuel for happiness and the soul – love gives life meaning.
What makes you laugh? Hila: Seeing my sons smiling face every morning.
Are you connected with the universe? Hila: yes! Kristian: The universe is there like an infinite mystery and it always keeps me wonder and dream.
What do you believe about God? Hila: That god is part of me and I am part of my god!
What gives most meaning to your life? Hila: My son and love. Kristian: My son Silver, and exploring life with him and my partner Hila.
What are you living for? Kristian: I am living for every day, to love, to experience, to create, to smile, to enjoy and to achieve.
How do you handle pressure? Hila: Shopping! Kristian: Pressure makes me focused, productive and stronger.
What, or who, are your sources of daily strength? Kristian: The strength comes from within, my son and partner gives me the joy of life. Early every morning my son Silver wakes me up to play and then we all go together to the park to feel alive; it is the best start before a busy day.
When did you feel closest to God? Hila: Every moment of the day.
If you would stand in front of God, what would you tell him? Hila: Thank you!
Do you believe in destiny? Hila: Of course! Kristian: Sometimes…
If you had a choice to be born in a different time? Which one would it be and why? Kristian:I am very happy to live in the now, still I am very curious about the future.
Nuts are undoubtedly some of the most important sources of nutrients for human beings. If you are not eating nuts, you are missing out on essential nutrients that your body needs for optimal functioning. Irrespective of where you live in the world, there are nuts that you can incorporate in your diet. Cashew nuts, peanuts, almonds and coconuts are commonly available. However, if you cannot find raw nuts to eat, you may want to try nut butters.
Apart from the nuts you are used to, nut butters can be made by using seeds from pumpkins and sunflowers. People who know the benefits and deliciousness of nut butters can never imagine not having these important nutrients as part of their diet. An analysis of a few nut butters will reveal why many people love these butters so much:
Almond Nut Butter
If you are looking for a notorious snack that will give you few calories, look no further than almond nut butter. Moreover, this butter contains high quantities of protein for building your cells and tissues. In addition, almond nut butter has a lot of fiber. Fiber is very important to the body especially because it aids digestion. This means that almond butter can play a crucial role in weight loss efforts. Finally, in addition to being delicious, this product helps to steady blood sugar levels, which means you will have more energy thus warding off food cravings.
I know you are used to coconut oil so much that you forget there is coconut butter, which is made from the flesh of the coconut. This product is packed with fiber. We have already stated why you need fiber in your diet. Coconut butter is loved because it contains essential minerals like magnesium, potassium and iron, which aid normal cell functioning in addition to other roles. Coconut butter makes food yummy, delicious and nutritious thus preserving its place in the kitchens of health-conscious people.
It is ironical how food with high nutritional content like peanuts is despised. It may be true that when you are paid a meager salary you call it peanuts, but the benefits you can derive from peanut butter are worth bars of gold. How about lowering your vulnerability to heart diseases and colon cancer?Eat peanut butter and memory impairment will be curtailed. This product also contains healthy fat and helps to prevent gallstones and lessen the effects of type II diabetes. The list is inexhaustible.
Pumpkin Seed Butter
If you are allergic to peanuts and other nuts, you can enjoy the delicious taste of pumpkin butter without any fear. Pumpkins may not have nuts as we know them but the seeds inside pumpkins are often made into a form of butter that many cannot do without. Get your much-needed dose of phosphorus, magnesium, iron, zinc, manganese and copper from pumpkin butter. You will also be in a better position to fight diseases in your body, as well as reduce bad cholesterol when you use this nut butter. The amino acids contained in this product will also help you to sleep well because they deal with stress in your body. People love this nut butter because it significantly improves skin tone following constant consumption.
Sunflower Seed Butter
Like pumpkin seed butter, this one is manufactured from whole seeds to ensure you don’t lose out on the wonderful nutritional values of sunflower. Moreover, it is a healthy alternative for people that are allergic to peanut butter. Using this product in your meals will give you zinc, vitamin E, magnesium, iron and unsaturated fats among other important nutrients. You will, therefore, have the ability to fight inflammation as well as to lessen the quantity of cholesterol in your blood.
Now you know why people love nut butter and why you should join the bandwagon today!