March 3rd, 2015

Kitchen Essentials: Cashew Milk

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The next kitchen essential that I want to talk about is cashews. As I was mentioning in the previous post regarding almonds, cashews are also an amazing healthy snack on-the-go. One cup of cashews will fill you up and you won’t be hungry for at least 3-4 hours. Like almonds, they are a good source of magnesium. And it’s a perfect protein for vegetarians and vegans.

Cashew milk is as easy Almond Milk.

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February 27th, 2015

Kitchen Essentials: A Garden

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I always wanted to have a garden, I’ve wanted to grow my own vegetables and fruits. I’ve wanted to know where my food is coming from especially after watching The Organic Life documentary.

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February 20th, 2015

Recommendation: The Organic Life

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Documentary: The Organic Life
Director: Casey Beck
http://www.theorganiclifemovie.com

Synopsis:  This documentary is about an amazing young couple, Casey and Austin, who decided to share their lives as farmers.  Casey is a filmmaker and the director of this amazing movie. Along with Austin, who at the time of filming was her boyfriend, and now her husband, share their lives in this movie.  While watching him work hard on the farm for minimum profit, she was asking him why he does it and we all will hear a beautiful passionate answer. I highly recommend this documentary, it was a huge part of my research and I really appreciate Casey for making this movie. It will open your eyes to the pure love of nature and organic produce, and appreciation of soil. How important it is to care about what you eat? Sometimes people ask, “Why buy organic?  Why pay more money for the same apple?”  You will know why after viewing this film.  This wonderful documentary is about caring about your food on the table, the quality and where it came from.  The 21st century view on the farming.

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February 18th, 2015

My New Kitchen Essentials: Almonds, Almond Meal & Almond Milk

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My new kitchen essentials: almonds, almond meal and almond milk.

This has became my favorite nondairy milk – probably the best and the fastest snack and of course perfect for baking.   This recipe has no leftovers, we utilize everything and that’s what makes it even better.  I hate to waste food, my heart is always bleeding when I see that something went bad in the fridge and I need to throw it away. If you’re like me and going to use milk, almond meal or just almonds every single day, buy it in big batches, especially when it’s on sale, saves you a lot of money and time!

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February 9th, 2015

Changes, Part II

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We visited doctor at least once a week. Ran lots of blood tests; tests on allergies, metal, hormones, infections and so on. Two hours of IVs every week, then an infrared blanket where you sweat like you would after 5 hours in the sauna, and then a massage. At home we had to take a huge amounts of herbs, vitamins and minerals. After our allergy test results came, I was on the edge of quitting. Koty and I are allergic to almost all grains, gluten, eggs, dairy, casein (which you will find in the most of sausages and lunch meats) and so on. All my favorite foods in the blink of an eye became my enemies. With another visit to the doctor, he asked me if something bothered me, is something wrong? I said, “Of course, I have been eating all wrong, probably living all wrong, running my body and health into the ground with no knowledge about it.  I feel guilty, mad, upset, sad and the worst part is that I have no will power to do it all.   How do I change my life in a day, in an hour, this second?” First, he asked me to start writing every day – all of my good and bad thoughts, then letting them go, symbolically burning them. Then he said to take it one step at a time, by eliminating one ingredient that we’re allergic to, then more and so on. The other thing was that we were allergic to cow dairy, but not goat or sheep.  Same with eggs, only chicken, not quail or duck. Interesting, I thought that would just be a perfect challenge for me, as a cook, and as a blogger.

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February 5th, 2015

Changes, Part I

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You know how hard it is just to sit and write? All this prep work! What I mean by that is you need to focus, do all your research, find your perfect spot, special music or whatever helps and, of course, inspiration. I had plenty new super ideas for my blog, but I didn’t know where to start and what to start with, especially after a very intimate conversation video with my friend, Ev, I felt really vulnerable and scared.  What can I offer?  What do I know? What can I share?  I knew I wanted a change, but I didn’t know how to do it. There are so many things in my head, that I was just kept putting away and writing down on thousands of little papers, note pads, magazine pages. It was just a mess on my worktable, in my house, in my head. Every day I thought, “Okay, today is the day, I will sit, switch off WiFi on my laptop, and just start writing.” Nope, didn’t happen.

Then I started cleaning my house, cleaning my worktable, organizing notes, getting the main ideas and here I am now, finally, here, in front of my silver babe companion aka my trusty computer.

Where to start? I will start from the beginning of my journey, when I was still cooking like crazy and busy scheduling new posts, shooting episodes and running the entire house. I kept getting sick, almost once in two months. Crazy. I gained weight and that really concerned me the most. I started diets and of course went to the gym. I felt even more depressed and guilty after reading several popular healthy lifestyle magazine, each and everyone would tell me about calories in and calories out. I started counting my calories, then got frustrated, because one day I will be ok, another hungry like lion, but guilt would tell me I can’t eat, cause then all the weight will be my fault. After 3 months in the gym my back was completely killed. Like no activity doctor said killed. Not even yoga. Nothing. Wow, I said, what should I do now. With no physical activity I would be obese in couple of years. Depression knocked on the door of course, right away my relationships with my boyfriend, now husband, started cracking. With my awful influence, Koty gained weight too, and ate foods that I was keeping in the fridge and freezer (not good foods). Every time I would find an excuse to feed myself with something deep-fried, breaded, take-out, starchy… And of course a glass of wine here and there. Anyway, the day had come, I realized that it will not only kill myself, but the love of my life, too.

I started searching for outside help. It is always so hard to start on your own. I needed the doctor to tell me to stop, or there will be consequences. And I found ‘The Doctor’. The perfect doctor. Of course the reason to find him was not me (who me? I don’t need any help), it was Koty, his asthma got worse and allergies were killing him. I wanted to find the doctor that did blood allergy testing, not the one you do on your skin, and just run all the tests to know more about our body and what the hell we doing wrong. (Yeah, yeah, like we didn’t know.) Dr. Sadeghi was my first choice and the last, cause that was the only person who runs that kind of tests. Koty and I went on the appointment and revealed our thoughts and complained about weight and so on and so on. Doctor listened to us and then said, that he understands what Koty is doing here, he understands the reason, but why am I here, what is my concern. I said weight! Main and only! What pill you can give so I can cure these non stop gaining. Silence in the room.

Then he asked me about my days, what I eat, how I sleep, what hurts, am I stressed?
– Headaches?
– Yes.

– Stomach Aches?
– Yes.
– Insomnia.
– Yes.

– Very moody?
– Yes.

– Painful periods?
– Oh, Yes.

– Dry skin and hair? Bad nails?
– Yes.

– How many times you got sick in past year?
– Like 6-7 times.

– I see.
And then it hit me. Is my weight my biggest concern? IS IT REALLY?
– So I guess we need to start with my health, right?
– Only if YOU really want to.

To be continued…

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January 23rd, 2015

New Changes Soon!

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Hello, everyone! I’m back from my trip and I’m packing for another (quick) one!   I just wanted to drop in and let everyone know that I’m still here! I’m working on some big changes for the blog and prepping it for the new direction I want to take it. My tentative launch date is the beginning of March. In the meantime, I will be sharing random thoughts, photos and travel adventures!

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January 5th, 2015

Superfood Smoothie

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Whenever you’re craving a delicious drink, keep this recipe handy!   Whether you want to use this as a meal replacement instead of the traditional breakfast foods, or just in the mood for a treat, this superfood smoothie is not only rich in flavor, but is also extremely healthy with lots of vitamins and antioxidants to keep your body and mind in good health!

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December 31st, 2014

Happy New Year!

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Happy New Year!  Are you excited for the upcoming year?  I know I definitely am!  I’m ready for the next stage in my life and even more excited to share it with you!

I will be traveling for the next couple of weeks, so posts will be slow, but I can’t wait to start sharing my adventures and new changes in life. See you next year!

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December 29th, 2014

Olga’s New Journey

The walls are coming down and my vision in life is clear.  Join me as I embark on my new journey and direction in life.  We can learn and grow together. Here’s to new beginnings!

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