Intuitive Eating: Food Journal

Nutrition therapy is about making changes that improve your relationship with food and your health. Food journals are one of a variety of therapeutic tools used during treatment for an eating disorder. Food journals or logs are also referred to as food records which can take many forms. Some people prefer to write things down free form in a personal notebook while others do best filling out the prepared charts provided by their nutritionist. Many others have gone tech-friendly by using an app on their phone to track info and share it. Regardless of the form it takes, a food journal does much more than track your food. A helpful format for food journals that include the time of day, a description of the snack or meal, the food and beverage intake, setting of the meal and, most importantly, the individual’s thoughts and feelings before, during and after eating.

 

Completing food logs and reviewing them can be a pretty powerful part of the recovery process. Not surprisingly, and perhaps because they can be so powerful, many individuals also experience some resistance to using them. If you’ve ever been encouraged to complete food logs as part of your treatment for an eating disorder but had trouble starting or committing to the process, we thought it might help to know why a nutritionist would recommend doing them and the specific ways in which they can assist in the recovery process.

 

Keeping a food journal provide insights into your bigger picture and provide a way to monitor progress. The journal communicates specific details from each meal, but they also show trends and patterns over the course of the week related to meal times, location, situational triggers and thoughts. Small weekly goals that create momentum towards overarching goals and bigger changes over time takes the pressure off of you to recall from memory the details of your food and symptom use from the past month.

 

Returning to a normal and healthy relationship with food means appropriately responding to hunger and fullness signals. It’s impossible to do that when your signals are broken from chaotic or disordered eating. The best thing to get your digestive system and metabolism back on track is structured eating which means adequate amounts of food with adequate frequency. Food journals aid in structured eating accountability, and structured eating over time sharpens your signals and helps you get to a place of intuitive eating.

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How To Clean and Prepare Your Grill Before A BBQ Party

If you have a gas grill, take the grates out and give everything a good scrub down.

You can use a wire brush and a damp cloth to get the job done. We do not recommend soap because it can linger and it is tough to wash off.  We recommend running your grilling tools through the dishwasher.

Scrub Grates and clean Grill Inside and Out. Remove any old coals and ash from the inside by scooping or dumping it into a trash bag

Next: Fire It Up!!

Summer Blessings,

love, #krishna

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A Guide to Easy Japanese Home-Cooking

Most traditional Japanese dishes, are steamed rice and miso soup, along with ingredients such as tofu, seaweed, potatoes, or vegetables. Here are a few Japanese food ideas.

California Roll is one of the most well-known sushi rolls served in Japanese restaurants around the world. The ingredients are simple to find such as Japanese mayo, dried seaweed, and sushi rice. Sushi rolls (makimono) can be a great finger food as an appetizer or party food.

When s bowl of rice is served in Japan, it must be accompanied with Miso Soup.  In the US, Japanese restaurants serve miso soup right at the beginning of a meal, but in Japan it’s served with the meal right by its side. Miso soup in the States contain green onion and a few pieces tofu and seaweed, in Japan there are varieties of miso soup with different kinds of miso  a variety of miso soup with different kinds of miso.

Miso is made from soy beans and contains barley or rice, which are steamed, then mixed with a fermentation starter koji and left to ferment for six months up to five years. The longer the fermentation, the richer the miso. The aroma, taste, texture, and appearance of miso all vary by region and categorize miso into three groups:  Shiro Miso (white miso), Aka Miso (red miso), and Awase Miso (mixed of red and white miso). There is no ingredient to substitute for miso.

 

Soy sauce is fermented for several months, it is made from soy beans, wheat and salt. No substitution exists for soy sauce. In Japanese cooking, we would highly recommend to use Japanese soy sauce because we can differentiate Japanese sauce and other kinds of soy sauce.

 

The Japanese believe that when the dish is prepared with fresh quality ingredients, then there isn’t the need to add many flavors. Rule of thumb is not to kill the natural flavor of the food.

 

Simplicity lets the food speak for itself.

 

When preparing each dish and meals, we think about harmony (wa). Ingredients must be in harmony together to make one dish, and that dish must be in harmony with other dishes to make a meal. Color, flavor, texture, are some of the significant elements when considering harmony.

 

Japanese cuisine is one of the world’s healthiest cuisines due to its small portion nutritionally well-balanced, healthy, and light, which is one of the reasons for the longevity of the Japanese population.

 

When interested in cooking Japanese cuisine to live healthy and happily a guide to easy Japanese home-cooking maybe just for you!

love, #krishna

 

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Where Are You Going? A Guide to What’s Next

There is no other step on the journey that happens as instantaneously as Surrender; but, it may take a very long time until we are ready to fully do so. When we do, our prior step of soul searching moves towards its end. Nearly simultaneously, the next step after Surrender – Healing – begins.

As we move deeper into the soul level of the journey, it becomes increasingly difficult to separate out the steps, for they overlap in a very non-linear way. Once we surrender, the opportunity is there for us to discover a higher power that is always available to assist us, we exercise our free will and allow it into our lives.

Surrender is about partnering with the Divine. It is about realizing that we are not alone and that we don't have to solve every dilemma by ourselves.

Indeed, as Einstein famously said, we can't solve problems at the same level of consciousness that created them. Surrender allows us to access a higher consciousness in order to transcend the problem and move to a new level entirely. Some call this grace. We call it empowerment.

love, #krishna

Think Outside The Box

Every one has a different world view. Individual perspectives are influenced by a variety of factors. These include our family, our friends, experiences, and the cultures in which we live.

 

Here are a few suggestions of thinking outside the box as it can have a positive effect on your career, education, and even your interpersonal relationships.

 
When an issue seems to have no good solutions, your ability to take a completely different approach could be the key to finding the solution that nobody else can see. This makes you stand out from the crowd because you focus on the result instead of following a prescribed process.

 
You will learn to embrace stepping outside of your comfort zone and develop your critical thinking skills and your creativity. Ultimately, people who think outside the box are more likely to become leaders, and they are more likely to create things that are useful to many people. Anyone who is an entrepreneur is somebody who thinks outside the box. This person can see a problem and they think outside the box to create a better solution for that problem than any that currently exist. They see it as an unmet need, and by thinking outside the box finds a way to meet that need.

 
Do You Have The Ability to Think Outside The Box?

This is just like any other skill for some people it could come naturally, others have to work at it like exercising a muscle. Some people have to work very hard to learn to think outside the box. However, this is a skill that anybody can do and here are a few suggestions.

 
Do things that are creative, even if you aren’t very good at them

 
Watch or read things aren’t your usual choices

 
Experience and explore foreign cuisines, foods, art, culture, and music

 

Revisit an old project and work through it again using a different method or technique

 

Mentally correct yourself when you express things like, “This is the way we’ve always done things.” Change up your routine, and your thoughts

 

Thinking outside the box is about unlocking creativity and encourages others to do the same, bringing forth inspiration and motivation. Mastering the art of thinking outside the box and getting out of the box is key to achieving results.

 

love, #krishna

 

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Inner Work

Having done a lot of inner work (by means of cognitive therapy, music therapy, specialization therapy, regression therapy, healing, meditation, yoga, channeling) we thought we kind of knew our dark parts and had more or less transcended them. Well we were mistaken! It took a year for us to realise that it is wiser for us to embrace and make peace with the dark side, rather than fight it, because fighting it made it worse while accepting it, finally, gave a deep sense of relief and a new awareness of the miracle of life.

love, #krishna

 

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Bridal Everyday:Wedding Guide

We are fascinated with how the decision is made of what to wear on your wedding day, and so in the spirit of all things, bridal, we share our dress story with you today!

Everyone approaches their Special Day differently, so the fashion and style decisions could not be more different for different brides. This was a time ultimately our top priority was to make amazing memories, and to start the dress journey with an initial visit to a local Indian bridal shop, BEAUTY Dreams Collections. Several shapes and styles helped narrow down what we were looking for. We narrowed our focus to a red wedding dress instead of a white one, and we planned on having an Indian wedding which it is common for the bride to wear a gorgeous red dress for Anand Karaj. We found the dress during our second appointment at Dreams Collections in Little India, in Artesia California.

 

Indian Bridal Outfit

The most memorable part of an Indian wedding is witnessing the beauty and elegance of the Bride on her special day. With all the sparkle glitz and glamour going on around her, the Bride maintains to be the central focal point of the wedding day. The Bridal Saree or Lengha is decorated with embroidery and intricate designs, making for an eye-catching and exquisite piece of design.

 

Different regions in India require the Bride to wear certain jewelry or wrap her saree in a specific manner. It is common for Bride’s to place Bindi’s, circular diamond, red or white , above the eyebrows, however the area between the eyebrows remains empty until the wedding ceremony; the Groom places Sindhoor, red vermillion, here during the wedding ceremony. The Bride’s hands and feet are decorated in Mendhi, completing a head to toe transformation for the blissful day.

 

 

Punjabi Bridal Suit

The Sikh wedding ceremony is known as Anand Karaj which means blissful union ... Most women will wear traditional Punjabi dress in bright colors or gorgeous crimson red. Punjabi Brides wear a Salwar Kameez, an extremely opulent pant suit, or lengha. Traditionally, Punjabi Brides are said to wear gold jewelry, however with changing times various styles of jewelry as been adapted. The bride wears white and dark red bangles made of ivory known as Chooda.
In Gujurati weddings, Brides typically wear a Saree however it is tied with the Palav, the rest of the Saree material that isn’t wrapped around the Bride’s waist, facing the front.

South Indians on the other hand wear different type of Saree made of silk material with gold bordered lining, a more traditional take on Bridal wear.

 

Hindu Bridal Wear

The traditional Hindu Bride is said to wear a red outfit symbolically referencing the planet Mars. According to astrology, Mars is the planet in charge of marriages, representing prosperity and fertility. Bridal attire is the bride draping her Saree which is wrapped around the waste whereas a lengha is a skirt that you can slip on.

 

Outstanding Outfits for Ordinary to Extraordinary Days!

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Glow in the Dark Party

Are you looking for food ideas for your glow in the dark or black light party? Well, the party starts right here.

Glow in the dark drinks are easy to do. But putting together glowing food to serve to party guests is a bit of a challenge.

Never fear, though. There are tons of great food suggestions here.

Below there is a list of edible foods that glow and foods that look very bright under a black light. You will also find a recipe for glow in the dark salad and desserts.

These food ideas are great for kids, teens, and adult black light parties or anytime you want to serve really cool food.

Flip on the black light, get out the glowing food, and get ready to throw an awesome blacklight party.

There are several foods that will glow under a black light. Here is a list of food that will glow along with the color it appears.

 

Foods That Glow

cooking oil (yellow)
olive oil (orange)
honey (golden yellow)
caramel (golden yellow)
maple syrup (golden yellow)
vanilla ice cream (yellow)
yogurt (yellow/pink, the tint will depend on the color of the yogurt)
freshly sliced orange (bright orange)
freshly sliced lettuce (red)
freshly sliced peppers (red)

 
Some other freshly cut fruits and vegetables will have a red glow under the black light. Some will appear brighter than others. When the vegetables that glow are cooked or coated with oil, especially olive oil, they will glow more brightly. The glowing liquids can be used as toppings for other foods. One example would be, serve pancakes with glowing yellow maple syrup.

 

 

Other Suggestions
rice
marshmallows
some cereals (ex. rice krispies)
coconut
sugar
salt
parmesan

 
Some of these white foods can be used as toppings or garnishes for dishes. You can sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top of the foods, the bits will be very bright, then you can sprinkle powdered sugar on top of desserts for extra glowing effects as well.

 

By the way, serving food on a white plate will enhance the bright white effect of black lights.

 

Glowing Desserts 

 

Make glowing Jello. Substitute tonic water for regular water in the Jello recipe. Add a bit of sugar. The tonic water can give the Jello a bitter taste and the sugar just covers that up. Use fun containers for the Jello or cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.

 
Whip up cupcakes with glow in the dark frosting or icing. The process is pretty simple. You just make your cupcakes (or cake) and ice them like normal. Then you put them in the freezer to harden the icing to give it a glowing glaze.

 
Serve Rice Krispies Treats. Since marshmallows and the Rice Krispies are both white, this will stand out brightly in the black light. You can add other glowing things to them for decoration. Swirl honey or caramel on the top for glow. Shredded coconut or Powdered sugar will look pretty on top.

 
Mix a glowing milkshake. Create a glowing gold yellow milkshake with vanilla ice cream and coconut milk. Pour caramel syrup on top for bonus glow power.

 

Serve glowing eats to your very amazed guests

love, #krishna

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5 Coffee Brewing Methods

Coffee-Brewing-Methods of preparing coffee, helps to guide you to choose the right brewing equipment, and to make decisions about coffee.

When you are in the pursuit for the perfect cup of coffee, you probably have tried a few alternative brewing systems, a pursuit for the perfect cup of coffee, but none of them are quite what you were looking for, or maybe you just want to experiment. This is the best place to start your journey to discover a variety of coffee brewing methods.

 

Coffee History

An Arabian shepherd from Ethiopia, according to the legend, found his goats jumping from one bush to another, grazing on the bright red cherries. He wondered if red cherries were the source of the unusual energy experienced by his goats, and he tried them too. The precious fruit and seed were further researched by the monks at a local monastery, who started to use them to cope with the long hours during prayer.  Then, they sent them to other monasteries around the world, and coffee was popularized.

 

The legend is beautiful, and it makes us wonder how did they brew their coffee at the time? They didn’t have a drip coffee machine, and they didn’t have espresso machines back then. Infusing finely ground coffee beans is what they relied on, in a way that is now known as Turkish brewing. The beans were pounded into a fine powder then infused in hot water.

 

Coffee Brewing Methods

Experiment with many coffee preparing techniques, with brewing methods and a  just a brief introduction to the various brewing methods and a starting point to guide you through our coffee brewer reviews. We have espresso machine reviews, drip coffee machine reviews, and we also assessed some of the best coffee grinders. We just want to make your job of buying the gear easier.

 

Espresso is prepared by pushing hot water through a layer of compressed ground coffee, contained in a port-filter. Espresso is a very concentrated coffee, with a lot of aroma, flavor, and body. Containing coffee oils and solids. The distinctive features of espresso are the foamy layer on top, and low volume of the drink.

 

Turkish coffee is a method of infusing finely ground coffee in boiling water. A very specific to Turkish brewing method is the grind size which is the finest possible, almost a powder. Turkish coffee has the fullest body of all brewing methods. If you like clear coffee, stay away from it.

 

Drip coffee is the most popular preparing method in North America. Drip coffee method involves pouring hot water over ground coffee beans. The brew is strained with a paper filter, or a metal mesh. The coffee from a drip brewer is clear and clean, the brew is good, with a high ratio of caffeine extracted per spoon of ground coffee.

 

French press, is a very simple coffee brewing device with a beaker and a filter. The preparing technique consists in pouring hot water over coffee grinds and let it steep for a few minutes. After the steeping is over the filter is pressed down, to separate the grinds. French press coffee has a medium body, less than espresso but more dense than drip. The aroma and flavor of a press coffee are intense, and the method is gaining more popularity.

 

Cold brew is the favorite way of preparing coffee for individuals with stomach problems. The brewing method implies steeping coffee grinds for extended periods of time, (12 to 36 hours), straining it and serving it cold or hot. Because it takes so long to brew, people prepare large batches and store it in the fridge for several days.

 

Learn to brew sensational coffee now and Find out exactly what type of brewing method is perfect for you!

love, #krishna

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