Balance your body

human body

Hi everybody 🙂

Even if I didn’t update here all my kitchen adventures I posted as often as I could on Instagram, so, if you followed me, you know by now that it has been an interesting journey. I “traveled” through India, China, Italy and many other countries. 🙂 Really it’s like traveling for me, as I am often experiencing the places I visit trough my taste buds ;)). I’m continuing still this challenge in the days I am cooking – I am human, I cannot cook everyday 🙂 but when I cook I always make something new and tasty. It became like a reflex, and it has a lot of benefits. I like making beautiful and delicious food. I am currently writing another post more detailed about this, so do come back!

These days I had another interesting experience, that led me to believe, again, that we are not seeing the big picture, most of the time. I am talking, this time, about health. I am as you know, trained, even if a dentist, in medicine. I follow, as much as possible, all the new information about nutrition, about healthy living and exercise.

I have known since my teenage years that I have a hormonal imbalance, and found out later also the name : Policystic Ovaries Syndrome. The doctors I have been to, and, believe me, I visited a few, had the same opinion every time: “if you don’t want children right away, you have to take birth control pills. For “regulating your hormones”. Apparently it was also ” dangerous” to live without the pills so, I took them and …I never checked. Me, “the person that checks everything”, like my husband says, I didn’t check. In the last year, I started to gain weight rapidly. I went to doctor again, I tried to say I want to go off the pill, that I can feel it hurting me, but…you guessed it…they said no. Finally I had to find another doctor who understood how I feel and made a change for me. So, for three weeks, I am in a different world, so much better, relaxed, and not worrying about the effects the pills will have on me. Also, since then, I discovered that the pills, not only that can have their own side effects, they are just covering the hormonal imbalances, and not curing them, while causing new ones. Your insulin levels, your whole body and mind can be, as it happened to me, affected and your internal balance can go awry.   Cool, ha? no.. not so cool 😦

So, since I found out the reality I have been thinking how it’s possible that I didn’t think to search. I understand more than the next person the medical issues, due to my studies, which can be a blessing or a curse, but still, I didn’t even think to check. I actually know why I didn’t check their opinion more: it’s because I believe that the specialists know better. If two, three doctors insisted for the pills, I thought it can be a good treatment for me. In this case, not so much. Let’s hope that everything will come back to normal and my health will not be affected in the long run.

From this point, I started to think, how many articles are there about emotional eating, about losing weight and exercise, you name it. All of this information makes people, especially women, think that there might be a lack of ambition about them, if they cannot do the things they are advised to do, and it can mess with their self esteem. I can bet a lot of the people that don’t feel just great, with low energy, lack of or too much sleep, increased appetite or anything out of a normal balanced body and mind might have some hormonal or vitamin imbalance that can create some misleading symptoms.

Like in my case : I could feel there is something is not right, that even I love food, it’s not normal to be hungry all the time, low energy and just not characteristic moods, but you know, nobody believes you. Only an informed doctor would.

So, after all this, all I can say is: before you go checking the psychological reasons behind your body giving you some warning signs, first check the physical reasons. In medicine, there is a rule of diagnostic: if the patient has some symptoms that can be both for physical and psychological reasons, you, as a doctor, have the duty to check first the physical ones. Only when you have eliminated the possibility of being a disease of the body you can think about the mind. It’s like this. Before you start taking some pill for anxiety check your magnesium levels, if you are suffering, like me, of PCOS it is better to understand your condition and do what is necessary to really regulate your hormones, not cover the whole thing while your body is suffering. Our bodies are so miraculously built that all the vitamins, hormones,  levels in the blood chemistry, should be at some specific levels, otherwise the body is telling you, giving you clues that there is something wrong. So that muscle cramps or heart beating too fast are happening sometimes to warn you. Of course, if you do want to check, take the advice of a really good doctor, who understands the processes in the body. Self-diagnostic is a dangerous thing, so don’t do it, just try to find, there are for sure, a doctor that will care about your body and look at it as a whole.

I always say, that after my university, after all those books that were sometimes hard even to lift :), one of the things I really learned and will never forget, is how miraculously wonderful our bodies are. There are all these substances that react with each-other every minute in our bodies, just to be alive, that, believe me, make every minute precious. Very tiny quantities of some, are a condition for living. Think about it: as much as the science discovered already, there are still some areas in which the research is not conclusive yet. Our brains, for example, are functioning so wonderfully complicated that it is incredible to believe sometimes what they are capable of. The conscious and subconscious mind are working together is such a harmonious way, and still, giving you clues, if you want to listen, about what you need to do, learn and grow. I know that it is almost a cliche this “respect your body” slogan, but, I, really, really deeply believe it. Most of my doctor colleagues share the same opinion, because, at least when you are learning all the chemical processes in the body and understanding how inventive it can be, you kind of have to respect it. 🙂 Also, you have to trust it: the body is giving you some signs and you have to help it, but, when you do, you have to trust it will try to heal itself. If you crave a food – not biscuits – :))) give it that food, trust it, because most probably it needs to fuel up on a certain substance. For example, for a few months last year, I think I ate as many eggplants I could find. I don’t especially like them normally, and now I am back to normal, but in that time, I was sure there is something in these vegetables that my body needed.

In a healthy human everything is balanced. Mind and body together. We all know that perfection is a hard thing to have in the life. But, if only for a minute, try to think about that if you are alive in just that moment, it’s because, you’re perfect. 🙂

The thing about living a happy life: the main condition for achieving it is to be healthy, as healthy and balanced as possible.

So, I hope you can learn from my mistakes 🙂

Have a great week and a happy and healthy life in general ! 🙂

Further reading:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composition_of_the_human_body

http://pcosinfo.wordpress.com/

Photo source : Pinterest

 

 

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About how spices became my friends

indian spicesHi, everyone! 🙂

First of all, I have to share the news with you, we found the perfect house, and most important, it has the perfect kitchen I was dreaming of. It just goes to prove that if you really wish for something it will, sometimes unexpectedly, happen. If someone told me a few moths ago that we will move to Chisinau and start a new life here I would have told them it’s impossible. Well, here we are. 🙂 And I have finally an electric oven, with a timer and everything.

So, you imagine, I was pretty busy, moving stuff, cleaning and arranging everything. It’s still a little bit mess, but, who is looking? 🙂 Nevertheless, since I started the every day a new recipe challenge  I thought there is no better moment in my life to increase my knowledge about the way the spices are being used all over the world.I decided to start with the kitchen that uses the most  numerous and diverse ones: Indian . So, my subject of choice to research and videos to watch on Youtube before sleeping, was, you guessed it, Indian food.

I always went in the indian restaurants, loved the food, but never understood what were really the spices inside. It was like I was tasting an unsolved very, very tasty mystery. Now, when I understood better the attention to detail and the preparation that stands behind an indian dish, I think I was,  understandably, right 🙂 . There are A LOT of spices that go into a dish. And, it’s not only that they are many. Their order is also important. First, there is the the ever-so-mysterious Garam Masala, that is the basis, the beginning and the end for this kind of food. And then there are a lot of other masalas, actually all are mixes of many types of spices . They are not having a specific recipe, and that’s the whole beauty of it all.

It took me three days to study and understand and buy the spices I needed for cooking this food. Remember, this is Chisinau, there is no Indian ethnic food store where I can go and get exactly what I need and bonus advice. Here I have to search high and low for some of the ingredients, not even that special… :))) But, after I finished, it felt like I welcomed new friends that will make our lives richer and better. 🙂

So, guys, if I could do it here, anybody can do it. :)) It’s just another example of how, if you really want to achieve something, it’s not even that hard if you take it step by step.

Although I cooked only two dishes so far, I think that after achieving the spices acquisition and the fact that my husband is liking  the food, I can consider this endeavor a success. 🙂

This is what I did until now: Murgh Makhni with a simple rice and Tadka Dal Fry.

I have studied many other recipes that I will try in the next weeks so, so follow me here and on Instagram.

I wrote before about spicing up your life, and, at that time I was excited about increasing my experience with these wonderful flavor and health enhancers. Since then, taking my own advice, I used them more and more. And, like true friends, they helped me everytime.

Having more and more friends makes your life better and full of variety and it’s exactly the same with the spices. Actually, while people can be surprising, about the spices you can be sure they will have a great effect on your food, everytime.  🙂

So, why not make our lives better tasting? 😉

I wish you a great week! 🙂

 

The Liebster award answers and questions – at last :)

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Sorry for the delay, I was during travel and as I have come to know it is pretty hard to have the quiet and calm necessary to write anything. But now, here I go with The Liebster Award nomination “game” rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award.

2. Answer the questions designated by the blogger who nominated you.

3. List 11 random facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 3-5 other bloggers with less than 3000 followers.

5. Make up a set of questions for the nominated bloggers to answer.

First of all, thank you Thincyster, not because I have to, but just because, due to your presence in my blogging life I fee so appreciated. It means a lot, especially in the beginning to have support, and the best kind the the not expected one. So, yes, thank you. 🙂

Let’s see what I have to do next…yes, answer the Thincyster friend’s questions (btw good questions, I like them):

1. Who are you ?  I am a woman, trained as a dentist who currently doesn’t work as one, but still drawn to the medicine from the nutrition, psychological and sociological point of view. I am passionate about what I do, whatever it is, I love my family and friends.

2. Why did you start blogging? Because I wanted to share my experiences and somehow try to make a difference in some peoples’ lifes. I guess I am the kind of mother figure (all my friends say that about me :)) and I don’t want to see other people go thru some of the issues I have gone thru and lose precious time of their life. Most of the time the truth about any reaction or feeling is in us and unfortunately we don’t know how to pass the load of “crap” that is in between and go to the essence. I was thinking for a while to start writing it, more than 6 months, and one day I just did it, and it’s been one of the best choices I have ever made. 🙂

3. If you could live anywhere in the world for a year without any repercussions (your job and house will still be waiting for you, your animals could come, you’d continue getting paid)… where would you live? You see, due to my wandering nature, this is a very difficult question, because there are so many places I would like to live, I cannot just choose one. :)) I will mention a few with the motivations : Barcelona – its one of the best cities in the world and first and foremost my brother lives there , New York – for the lifestyle, I would like to immerse myself for a while in it, Sydney – I think Australia is one of the best  and happiest countries in the world and I would definitely enjoy living there, Amsterdam – I loooove Netherlands, I think its a great great country and I would like to live anywhere in it, but Amsterdam is the most complex city from my point of view, and the life Amsterdam people live is not bad at all, I tried it several times. Aaaand many more, I told you it was a hard question :))

4. If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?  Cupcakes 🙂

5. Apple or PC? Definitely Apple. I don’t currently own an Apple laptop but I really really want one. 🙂

6. You’ve just been given 1 million dollars.  What do you do first? I am a pretty rational human being and the investments and buying houses part would come immediately after, but, first I would book a trip around the world with my husband, with stops as much as we want in any place. This is actually one of my biggest dreams.

7. What’s your favorite movie and why? I like a lot of movies but the one I watched the most I think its Notting Hill. I like it for the British humor and there is a scene in there where they find a secret garden and the writing on that bench  :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3r7Y2_6zWo

and the ending with the same bench :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kE5IzU8KiJ4

8. You can only wear one color variation for the rest of your life.  What color do you choose?  Something like a nude color for me its the best match.

9. N*Sync or BSB? N*Sync.

10. Do you want to be a stay-at-home mom, a working mom, or a stay-at-home-mom-until-the-babies-go-to-school mom? I think the best for me would be to start working again when the child is starting to go to preschool ( kindergarten). Also I would try to have a very flexible hours job so I can be there whenever needed.

11. If you could have any job of your choice and get paid top dollar… what would your career be?  I have a split nature 🙂  I am torn between a business carrier in marketing and business development and blogging while traveling for a living. 🙂 I think I would like to have them both. 🙂

Done with the questions, next I have to list 11 random facts about myself.

1. My zodiac sign is Cancer.

2. I love all the warm seasons and cannot wait for the cold ones to end.

3. Because I watched again the Notting Hill  scenes now before sharing them with you I got emotional and started crying :)))

4. One of my favorite things to do in life is go to cinema.

5. I was born in a seashore city and I looove the sea. Any sea. 🙂

6. I love snorkeling.

7. Photography is one of my hobbies.

8. I will start a professional cooking class soon and I am very excited.

9. I would like to be/live in more than one places in the same time. Yes, I am wierd. 🙂

10. I love eating, I eat very slow and try to appreciate the taste of every bite . 🙂

11. One of my biggest challenges is to be punctual, still working on that one sometimes. 🙂

Aaaand next the nominations:

1. http://blog.emiliasworld.com/home/

2. http://puritywaves.wordpress.com/

3. http://brightandbeautifulblog.wordpress.com/

4. http://pjcharles.com/

5. http://aconflictofideas.wordpress.com/

 

And the questions :

1. Are you happy?

2. Who are you ?

3. Is your life how you thought it would be or it turned to have a surprising path?

4. Please mention a few things that make you happy.

5. Repeating the Thincyster’s question, which I thought was inspired: If no consequences, would you like to live in another place?

6. If so which is it and why ?

7. Does your current work make you happy?

8 . If you were to share with the world one thing that you learned by making mistakes, what would it be?

9. What are the interests in your life, the things that you want to learn more about?

10. Do you like to travel?

So, here we are at the end of this long post that took me only 10 days (?!!)  to write because of doing several other thousand things in the mean time (which I will tell you about in my next posts, of course :).

Have a great week end, guys! 🙂