Avoiding My Nightmare: Easy Ways to Stay Slim and Trim

Posted in Balanced Body | July 4, 2016 |

If you have a good imagination, please try to picture an image like this: a woman whose face you cannot see goes past you. Judging by the clothes that she is wearing and her figure Read More »

A Simple Guide to Frugal Organic Eating

Posted in Balanced Nutrition, Most Popular | July 1, 2016 |

About a year ago I decided to go organic. For a while I tried to buy almost everything organic; everything that had an organic label on it was a must-have for me. After a few trips to the grocery store I realized that 100% organic eating was draining my budget like crazy. If it had continued that way then I wouldn’t have had any money to spend on anything else! That was not a fair choice to make so that is why I decided to conduct my own research and find out really how important organic eating really is.

First of all it’s important to understand why you want to eat organic food. I have heard a lot of different opinions and here are some of them:

  • It’s fashionable, everybody is doing it
  • It’s environmentally-friendly
  • Organic food is diet-friendly
  • If it’s organic then I can eat it as much as I want
  • Organic food is healthier for me
  • Organic food is natural, no additives, no chemicals, no artificial ingredients
  • Name your reason here

I have picked organic eating for my family because it is healthier and organic food does not contain chemicals, pesticides and other artificial ingredients that might be dangerous for our health in the long run. I believe in balanced eating, not necessarily in organic eating. In fact organic is often just a label that manufacturers put on their products to lure customers into spending more money (Have you ever seen organic onions? The truth is that there is absolutely no difference between organic and non-organic onions, they are grown absolutely the same and have the same nutritional value. Its’ the same as paying for air. Ridiculous, right?)

When it comes to healthy eating it is important to look at a number of different facts: nutritional value, fat, especially saturated fat and trans fats, fiber, sugar (organic foods are sometimes loaded with sugar too and it is not good for your health), sodium, vitamins and minerals etc. I want to get the best for my family but I do not want to be fooled into paying for a fad. This is the reason why my half-organic or frugal organic approach to eating was born. I have been using this approach ever since and it saves me money without compromising my family’s health and well-being. Here are my 15 tips that will help you control your budget and still be organic:

  1. The golden 12 organic rule. These 12 fruits and vegetables are highly contaminated with pesticides so that is why I always go organic with them: peaches, apples, sweet bell peppers, celery, nectarines, strawberries, cherries, kale, lettuce, grapes (imported), carrots, pears. You can find the full list of fruits and vegetables and their pesticide score at Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides
  2. Read labels. When you buy processed goods (cookies, bread, lunch meats, cereal etc.) read the label. It’s much more important to know the nutritional value than simply buying something organic. Look for low sodium, low saturated fat, low sugars, and high fiber (if possible of course). For my babies I prefer juices that are enriched with vitamins and calcium and unfortunately I haven’t seen any organic juices that meet these criteria.

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“The Journey of a Thousand Miles…”

Posted in Quotes | October 20, 2015 |

There is a popular saying I’m sure you’ve heard many times before:

“The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”

And it’s true. If you wish to change anything in your life, you have to take that first step…

For many of my students, their journey is finding inner peace and life balance through meditation and personal development.

For them, their first step is often to learn how to meditate deeply (​to check out my presentation, click here).

You might have a completely different journey. You might want to do something different or try something new… but you still have to take that one first step.

The Heart of the Rose Exercise

Posted in Meditation | October 3, 2015 |

Robin Sharma wrote about a very interesting exercise for clearing the mind called the Heart of the Rose.

To perform the exercise, all you need is a rose and to be in a silent, relaxing place.

Start to stare at the center of the rose, its heart. Focus all your attention on the rose. Notice its texture, its color, notice everything about it. Only think about the rose that is in front of you and let go of all your problems and worries…

If your attention starts to wander… if you start having unrelated thoughts… just observe your thoughts and let them go…

Then return your attention to the rose…

It’s a very simple exercise, but one that I enjoy to practice from time to time.

For tips on how to meditate make sure to watch my presentation here.

Balance Your Sacral Chakra

Posted in Chakras | September 28, 2015 |

Your sacral chakra is located just bellow your belly button and is symbolized by the water element.

If your sacral chakra is not balanced, you will find yourself become selfish. You will nearly always put yourself above others. Eventually, you will find that you’re not a very happy person. Others will start to avoid you and you will not be able to maintain healthy and happy relationships.

If you have a strong sacral chakra, you are comfortable in your own skin. You are able to express yourself freely without hurting others. You have an abundance of friends and you feel comfortable in most environments…

Unfortunately, it’s very easy for the sacral chakra to becoming imbalanced. Negative thoughts, emotions and actions can wreak havoc to this chakra.

​Click here to learn how to balance your sacral chakra.