Know where you are!

me on the map A short post today, about one of the things that define my existence and goes through my mind everyday.

I believe, and even though I always say this blog represents my opinion and I respect and do not judge others’ to the contrary, what I will write about it’s not, and shouldn’t be, fought or debated, just understood for what it represents.

I believe there are two main ways in which it’s important to define our everyday geographical, physical position in the world. I believe, we should ask ourselves the right questions and understand them as best as possible.

First one, is Home. Me and my husband have a saying lately that home is where we are. Which is  true, for the sweetest and most important reasons, of course. But, there have been in my life, several places I called home, and they were not necessary the places I was living in that moment in time. I know people that call home places that are on the other side of the world than the ones they were born in, and I admire that. I think the concept of home, should be questioned and we should ask ourselves if we are living in what we call home, or we feel we should be living somewhere else, where there are more things that can help us become the best version of ourselves, or, basically happy. I think, that for the most of us, if we know that we are at home and feel the comfort of all that represents, it’s not something to take for granted, because it’s one of the best feelings in the world.

Second, I think we should be aware that on this Earth there are so many places that exist in the same time we are, and that have infinite wisdom and beauty to share, if we are willing to go and see, learn, try, taste, feel it. I know people that are living for their whole life in the same place, but have, through the power of technology, traveled all over the world. I don’t think it’s enough, but at least there is a desire there to open their horizon, and see. And then I know some people that are rejecting to see more than their city or village, attitude which I think is robbing them of great experiences and knowledge. All the travelers of this world, can tell, I am sure, that even going out of your usual circle of life can teach you great things about yourself and, of course, in general you can learn something new  even by taking a train, a plane or even a  bicycle. I have written before about the wonders that traveling can bring to your life, here.

Thanks to my travels, I am, for the most days that I have time to connect to myself, thinking about how it must be in the same time in Italy, or in Australia, where it should be spring right now, or in Brazil, where it’s summer. I know, how beautiful it can be a summer in Tuscany and the taste of the paella in Barcelona. I know that if I get on a plane I can escape the cold that defines our existence here in Chisinau, and for me this is comforting because I cannot stand the cold. 🙂  What I am trying to say is, that even I choose to live here, and bare the cold and the fact there is no delicious Tuscan pasta, I know how it tastes like, because I have tasted it, experienced it by my self, and this brings a great happiness to me. I cannot wait until I will have the opportunity to learn something new, to see more of this amazing planet and, finally what I think it goes down to, become the best version of my self that I can possibly be. I think, we should all take these two simple things into consideration.

Think about it! 😉

Have a happy week-end!

XO

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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/

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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! 🙂