Monthly Archives: February 2019

Happiness by Anni Dahms

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After I successfully overcame my sickness with heart complications, water in my lungs, and hypertension, I have decided to consciously seek happiness. I’ve made this decision based on different literary sources, which have inspired to see, that the body and the immune system work best with those who are happy and easily laugh. Laughter and joy are important tools for regaining your strength. As a self-prescribed therapy, I’ve chosen to invite laughter back into my life.  Laughter releases happiness hormones.

I’ve always demanded a lot from myself, had many things I wanted to accomplish and gone after them with all that I could muster.

I’ve become more conscious of not turning my heart’s desires into a heart disease. I’m working on seriously re-ordering my priorities and learning to take myself and others less seriously, and instead focus on all the wonderful bright sides that are part of my every day life.It’s important for me to have a joyful heart completely free of fear. I want to make it a habit to be in the state of equilibrium and balance.

In the book “Anatomy of an illness as perceived by the patient”, Norman Cousin writes about his battle with the disease morbus bechterew, which is an illness that makes the bones in your spine grow together. He refused to give up. The short version is, that he used daily laughter and plenty of humor combined with a vitamin-C and a less hectic lifestyle to regain his health.

The change to a more joyful lifestyle doesn’t happen by itself. If you decide to increase the level of joy in your life,it therefore demands that you decide to train and make an effort. Just as with people who play sports, you will properly lose your capacity if you stop training.

I’m not saying that we should be positive happy doormats, that is in my opinion way too shallow. We should have our viewpoints and express them, while remaining friendly. You cannot be happy all the time. With life comes both critique, disappointment, sorrow, and negativity. We have to live through it, and then it’s back on the horse in the pursuit of happiness. 

When you decide to be live a happy lifestyle, then start slowly and don’t blame yourself if you get angry or upset. You could’ for instance’ start when you are driving your car, practice having tolerance, balance, and forbearance whilst maneuvering through rush-hours causing many stress factors.

When you throw yourself into project “happiness”, you must remain mindful of your daily bases. 

In addition, you must use your creativity and curiosity. Seek out the things that make you laugh. Laugh all throughout the day. And make sure that you do something you enjoy every single day. It’s great with new experiences involving things such as games, dancing, singing, or music. These are things that affect our brain. You will obviously make plenty of mistakes during your new project, but just laugh it off and get back at it. Practice makes perfect.

As the old saying goes: “smile! And the world will smile back”. When I smile at people, my smile will often be returned. I often think of the Danish pianist and entertainer Victor Borges wise book “A smile is the shortest distance”. It describes it beautifully.

There is an eastern meditation which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed, I practice it when I’m alone, by holding half a smile. The facial expression is enough to make me feel more at peace and reduce my stress.


The diet

I always highlight the importance of a high-quality diet in all my articles, and I would also like to pinpoint it’s utmost importance when it comes happiness. As you consume lovely high-quality food, you must be mindful of chewing your food properly and eating in peace and quit. Too many people devour their meals and in doing so, it also affects their lives.

First and foremost, completely remove the white flour and white sugar from you diet. Especially the combination of fat and sugar is dangerous. So, when you are hit with a craving for a Danish pastry filled with cream and sugar, you should go instead for something healthy and sweet, such as dates, figs, grapes, oranges, honey, or choose a banana with lots of great vitamin-B, perhaps combining it with some nuts, almonds, or seeds. All nuts are healthy, but walnuts are especially rich in omega-3. Cashew nuts are very rich in zinc, which is good if you experience anxiety. Fruits can help promote well-being, so make sure that you include berries in your daily diet too.

You can also enjoy a piece of dark chocolate, which is filled with antioxidants and other mood boosting substances.

Corn products could be brown rice, barley, oats, buckwheat, and quinoa. Make your own portion of ecological oatmeal. Oatmeal is known for its calming effect and it can help increase your happiness.

Decrease your alcohol consumption. It will put a strain on your liver and imbalance your blood sugar. If you want to drink alcohol, consume  only very small amounts, and do it together with food that are fatty and oily. It reduces the absorption of the alcohol,and,drink plenty of water.

Avoid energy drinks, cola, and other carbonated drinks, you should also stay clear of any with artificial sweeteners.

Let the coffee you drink be of high quality and enjoy it in limited amounts. Be careful not to drink coffee too late in the day, it can easily destroy a good night’s sleep. You could also consider using a bit of cream as it reduces the effect of the caffeine.

Drink green tea and other herbal teas instead.

Instead of drinking cow’s milk, which doesn’t suit many people, you might opt for a full flavoured and healthy substitute, such as soy, rice, or almond milk, that might be mixed with nuts or coconut.

Make sure that you get plenty of vegetables, even as vegetable juices. You might want to consider spinach, which contains an array of good substances, which may increase your mood, for instance,due of its content of magnesium. Remember the leguminous fruits. A chickpea pancake is one of the best snacks for a happy brain. Ecological eggs with Omega 3 contain, in their raw or light cooked states, lecithin, which also aids your brain. Let fish and poultry be a stable part of your diet. Buy wild salmon if possible and make sure the poultry is ecological.

Lamb and steak are things that I personally enjoy, but I’m very careful with it, and I make sure that it’s meat from free range animals. I avoid smoked and salted products, as that alters the taste of quality.

I read an article, by writer and blogger Karin Lyager, saying studies have shown that vegetarians and vegans are more likely to be hit with depression than meat eaters. I admire the people who make these dietary choices, but I’m also well aware, that I cannot muster that lifestyle. However, I always make sure that the meat I eat is from animals who have led wonderful lives.

Choose good oils for your cooking. I’m personally most fond of olive oil, but I also enjoy flaxseed oil for my vegetables and salads. Coconut oil and butter is also great.

Dietary supplements

  • Supplements play a large role, if you aim to have a happy every day. Remember to take them on a regular basis.
  • Make sure you take a high-dosed multivitamin/mineral product.
  • You should also get a high-quality Omega-3 product.
  • Vitamin-C is one of the most important vitamins ,for me personally. It aids, among other things,the adrenocortical hormones and adrenal steroid hormones, as well as the immune system. The bioflavonoids belong to the vitamin-C complex. It’s therefore important to take a vitamin-C supplement which contains bioflavonoids to make an optimal absorption.
  • A vitamin-E supplement mixed with tocopherol ‘decreases the ageing process and provides nutrition for the entire body.
  • B-complex supports our immune system, among other things, and has an influence on our serotonin levels (the happiness hormone).
  • Lecithin is a fat, which is present in all cells. Lecithin promotes mental well-being and keeps you calm.
  • Q10 is included in the mitochondrial membrane. The mitochondria are the cell’s power plants and contributes by giving you energy.
  • PQQ describes the perfect partner to Q10. I see PQQ as a huge breakthrough and a great help in improving your health. Q10 helps the mitochondria function properly and PQQ can make new mitochondria. PQQ’s entire name is pyrroloquinoline quinone. It is found in different foods, and  in breastmilk.
    It was shown, in a 12-week double blind study, that a supplement of PQQ could reduce tiredness and nervousness, lower a heightened cholesterol, improve the quality of sleep, and improve the overall vitality.

Tips

  • Lack of sleep is the worst enemy of happiness. Getting an adequate amount of sleep plays important part in living a happy and harmonious life. Most people are best served by sleeping eight hours. Avoid chemical sleep medications. You should instead drink a bit of chamomile tea or consume other calming herbs or herbal tea. If you have difficulty falling asleep, then make it a habit to go to bed at 22:00. 
  • Make sure to exercise at least half an hour daily. Take a walk in nature where you are exposed to the full spectrum of light. Remember that play, dance and love are also forms of exercise.
  •  Remember to stay grateful. Be grateful for all the little things we often take for granted.
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Healthy latte recipes

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Nowadays all trendy coffee shops are offering different types of healthy lattes. There’s turmeric latte, matcha latte, chai latte. It’s of course nice to go to coffee shop for these lattes but sometimes it can be pretty cozy to drink warming cup of latte at home. I am not a big coffee drinker so it’s nice to start my weekend mornings with a cup of turmeric or matcha latte. I am going to give you 2 healthy latte recipes. In spite of whether you are coffee drinker or not these are worth to try. Both these recipes are also dairy free, gluten free, vegan and full of antioxidants!
If you are feeling lazy to make these mixes yourself we have also pukka matcha chai and turmeric gold latte mixes. Simply just put 2 tsp on your chosen milk and thats it!

 

TURMERIC LATTE

Turmeric is spice which is commonly used in asian kitchen. You might know it as main ingredient of curry. Besides of being really tasty it’s also has many health benefits. Turmeric can reduce depression symptoms, support joints, promotes hearth health and encourages healthy cholesterol levels. Most effective plant substance of turmeric is curcumin. It has proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Unfortunately, our body can’t absorb curcumin that well. So when you are using turmeric add black pepper with it. It contains piperine which enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. Thats why we are adding pinch of black pepper to this recipe.
This recipe includes also cinnamon and ginger which both gives taste and health benefits as well.  Cinnamon can lower LDL cholesterol, it has antimicrobial properties and it can lower blood sugar levels. It does matter which type of cinnamon you use because cinnamon contain coumarin and consuming too much coumarin is not good for you. Ceylon cinnamon is lower in coumarin so always choose ceylon instead of cassia cinnamon. We have in Anni’s vital shop organic ceylon cinnamon and that’s what I am using when I make this latte. Ginger can reduce muscle pain, treat nausea, helps with cholesterol levels and it has anti-inflammatory properties. So this latte is really full of different type of health properties!

 

Ingredients

 

How to make
  1. Add the almond milk to a small saucepan and heat on low temperature.
  2. Add turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, black pepper and stir frequently for about 3 minutes until the milk is warm, but not boiling.
  3. Remove from heat and add sweetener by your taste.

 

MATCHA LATTE

Matcha latte is something I love to start my weekend mornings. Matcha is a form of green tea where tea leafs are powdered. It has more benefits to your body than just regular green tea because you drink the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. Matcha is really high in antioxidants, actually over 100 times more than green tea. It also can help keep your immune system in shape. Unlike turmeric latte matcha contain caffeine so if you feel like your mornings need refreshing caffeine boost this is way to go! Even though it contains less caffeine than cup of coffee, you will feel much more balanced and energetic, thanks to the natural amino acid, L-theanine. When you combine this compound with the chemicals in your brain, you will feel both calm and refreshing at the same time for 3-5 hours and will not be followed by a similar collapse later in the day than if you were drinking coffee. This is really simple recipe with just four ingredients.

 

Ingredients

How to make

  1. Add matcha powder, agave syrup and hot water to your cup
  2. Whisk until its dissolved
  3. Heat the plant milk of your choice
  4. Pour heated milk into your cup and it’s ready!

 

 

Enjoy your latte!

Milla – Anni’s vital shop, Los Boliches