My Panchakarma Experience – Ayurveda

From where to start? I`m just back from Sri Lanka where I went for a Light Panchakarma Programme, by the end of the week I felt a deep sense of relaxation and peace of mind, which was amazing.

I learnt that Ayurveda is much more than I expected, I now see it as a synchronised and interactive science where real foods and self-care practices come together in harmony as a natural medicine to recover the body and eliminate “ama” toxins.

I`m so glad and grateful that I got to know Sri Lanka, it is just a sweet and happy place of easy smiley people, sunny weather and tropical sea. The King coconuts makes its presence everywhere, hugely used in the culinary, from delicious recipes to roof tops, cookery utensils and religious ceremonies.

I went to Sri Lanka to learn more about Ayurveda, but really, I felt in love with the elephants ❤ Enormous, sturdy, strong and grounded creatures with a sweet slow pace chewing on greens all day, not as peaceful as you think, they will let you know if they are not happy. A little bit like me I believe, in a much bigger version!

The panchakarma itself was like hell and heaven, more heaven than hell of course. It looked like a lot of massages with incredible quantities of oils, like those ones we use cook with (ghee, sesame oil, coconuts, sunflower etc) among other foods, weird to start with until you start seen you skin and hair glowing like never before!

Panchakarma means “Pancha” 5 and “karma” detoxifying actions, is it a very intensive cleansing system exclusive to Ayurveda which is preventive as well as healing. The aim of it is to balance the “doshas” and harmonise the body.

The 5 measures are Vamana, Virechana, Nasyam, Vasti or Basti, Rakta Mokshana, the indications for each treatment is determined by an Ayurvedic doctor. It wasn`t indicated for me to do all 5, I`m a pitta-kapha but the pitta was the one more out of whack, so I only did 2 of the treatments. The most effective was Virechana (balance pitta) and my favourite was Nasyam (balance kapha), I don’t remember the last time I was able to breath so well. I always had horrible sinusitis until I reduced dairy and gluten from my diet, the diet helped a lot, but the treatments really takes things to another level, the sensation of cleanliness can`t be described.

When I wasn`t in the cookery lessons or Ayurveda lectures, I took the time to be on my own in silence, practice mindfulness (especially when eating), meditate, do yoga, enjoy the beach and swim in the warm sea. It was the best self-love practice I could have ever given to myself.

If you are mum, work hard and has a very busy routine like me you can get easily burnt out, anxious or/and depressed. Putting yourself first is not selfish, in fact, you will become a much more caring, loving and mentally balanced professional, wife, girlfriend, mum, daughter, friend etc, to be able to deal with your intense everyday tasks.

It`s like learning how to be your best friend, all you have to do is to check in with your feelings, be kind and show up for yourself.

I know you don`t have the time, me neither but we need to create the time and hold the space to nourish ourselves mentally and emotionally and make it a priority, daily. The world would be a better place to be if everyone was practising more self-care, I concluded.

Some self-care practices I enjoy are: meditating, yoga, dance class, massage, reading, relaxing music, long warm baths, nature walks, etc. How do you practice self-love? I would love to know, comment below 🙂

I have a DREAM…

I have a dream, I want to make the world a better place!

Starting by encouraging a better food system.

I believe that sustainable food that comes from natural and organic sources, and the are the way to health and well-being. Good and healthy food should be accessible to everyone.
I believe that the way we can change it, is supporting our local farmers and voting with our eating choices, every  time. Demand and supply, you know?

 
The actual food system doesn’t only damage our health with so much chemicals, but it also kills the beautiful planet we live in. We all know how much the food industry pollutes the seas, the soil and the air we breathe. It`s crazy!
I believe that modern nutrition science should`t be only about counting calories or exclude entire food groups from our diets, but instead, it should have a more holistic approach, accepting that we are all different within our very individual needs.

I believe that if we can learn to respect nature, you can also learn to respect ourselves.

Being healthy there is nothing to do with starving yourself or eating tasteless foods. Being healthy means feeling great in your skin, being able to listen to your own natural body signs and have lots of energy throughout the day, every day.

I`m here in this world to serve and to help other people through food, just like I had to do for myself, check my Binge Eating Disorder – Personal Story You can also find the best way to heal your body, your mind, prevent diseases, protect the planet and live happy to achieve great things, in harmony with nature.

We are on this together!

I`m Emi Looker and I`m glad you are here.

‘Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants’

“Pollan has taken Wendell Berry’s memorable phrase “eating is an agricultural act” one step further. “It’s a political act as well,”.

A lot of people agree that this “alternative” food movement – organic farming, local food systems, sustainable agriculture, plastic free and more is the best way for a sustainable future.

A good diet is really pretty simple, avoid “edible food like substances.” Instead, just eat real food. “Not too much. Mostly plants. That is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy.

If people could see how their food is produced, they would change how they eat.

It’s only our ignorance of how our food is grown that permits this to go on. Most people, if they saw how the animals are raised and killed, would lose their appetite for that food.

The industry knows this. It works so hard not to label where the food comes from, how it’s made, and whether or not there are GMOs [genetically modified organisms] in it, because they know very well from their own research that people don’t want food grown that way.

There is less incentive for farmers to convert to organic because conventional prices are so high.

There are good environmental reasons to eat meat in a limited way.

There will be a lot of pressure and education to show that a heavy meat diet is a big contributor to climate change, and that there are many good reasons to eat less meat.

First, it’s fossil-fuel intensive. If you are feeding animals grain on feedlots you are growing that grain with fossil-fuel fertilizers and pesticides. You are moving that grain around the country to feedlots. You’re moving the meat around the country.

I really have a lot of faith that consumers can change things. I believe that consumers can decide to inflect their buying decisions with their moral and political values. Just let everyone know out and loud, have a voice.

The food industry is terrified of food scares and food fads, both of which can cost them billions overnight. So they’re actually more responsive than you would think.

It’s just a matter of consumers voting with their forks for things like reasonable organic veggies and producers hearing that market signal.

Individuals have a lot to do, but we also need public solutions.

70 percent of economic activity in this country is consumer — it’s our purchasing decisions. That is the economy. We are implicated in these problems, and we have to recognize that. It’s our lifestyles; it’s how we’ve organised our cities and the countryside. It’s the size of our houses and how we heat our houses. It’s all these things. This is global warming.

We can look at supranational institutions to create a new set of rules for this economy. But I don’t think that will happen in the absence of people discovering that they can change their lives.

I really believe in what Wendell Berry said in the ’70s — that the environmental crisis is a crisis of character. It’s really about how we live.

I have a lot of optimism. I see evidence that people are changing the way they consume.

One of the powerful things about the food issue is that people feel empowered by it. There are so many areas of our life where we feel powerless to change things, but your eating issues are really primal. You decide every day what you’re going to put in your body — and what you refuse to put in your body. That’s politics at its most basic.

Text based on – Eating as an agricultural and political act.

Suggested readings:

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Search for a Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World (reissued)

Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation

You can make the difference, think about the way you choose to shop, cook and eat!

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Natural Water Filtration

As a brazilian born, I have used water filters my whole entire life. Who wouldn’t? It cuts down on buying bottled water as tap water in Brazil is NOT drinkable! But even the English tap water didn’t`t seem to be very clean to me, pesticides, pharmaceuticals and other nasty stuff you can find in there click here and check it out. Plus, bottled water is terrible for the environment and your wallet, too.

Initially I had the traditional Brita filter but recently, I became concerned about plastic leaching chemicals into my water, especially BPA and estrogen-like hormones and decide to find alternatives to replace my water filter. Plus, I was interested in finding more ways to cut back on the amount of rubbish, specially plastic, and for this reason we decided to try this Terracotta clay water filter, which we are enjoying it very much – click in the image bellow to buy it from Amazon.

 

Stefani Equivalent Replacement Filter for all Stefani Water Filter Systems (SCD-10-LM)

Another added benefit is that terracotta filters help keep water cool without electricity, which means it’ll take up less space in your refrigerator and won’t need to be plugged in.

The big advantage of a terracotta filter is that you can purify a good quantity of water and the filter is good for years. All you have to do is clean the filter regularly and change it every 4 to 6 months, worth the price.

Don’t be put off by the initial clay taste, your persistence will pay off after about 3 weeks of curing the filter. I personally don`t mind, it quite reminds me of my childhood but if it is too much for you just use the water for cooking and other things while you wait.

I hope this post helps you to make your decision. What’s your favourite way to purify water?

Spiralised Winter Veggies on Salsa Verde

Spiralising is an amazing technique to add variety and include more veggies to your diet!

Cooking your regular veggies in a different way will get you more interested at eating them too, its improved texture and flavour works beautifuly once spiralised and roasted! You should try!

You can make very nutritious pasta/noodles that are even better and cheaper than those gluten free ones you find in the shops, the only 2 things you will need to have are: good quality veg and a good spiralizer.

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I`ve tried a few spiralizers but my favorite at the moment is the Eletric Morphy Richards. It is very easy to use, super easy to clean (dishwasher safe) and fits well on my kitchen, just perfect.

You can fit carrots, parsnips and courgettes easily and I also do round shaped veggies like swede and beetroots with a little bit extra effort and a few ajustments. This spiraliser has two different blades, one for ribbons and another one for spagetthi shape, both very easy to connect and  tomake those lovely veg curlings 🙂

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For this recipe I used carrots and parsnips, but it also works well with other veggies like squash or swede for example. It is great fun and super tasty!

That`s where you can find this incredible spiraliser, link below.

Check the recipe out and enjoy!

Spiralised winter veggies with salsa verde

Serves 4

4 spiralised carrots

2 spiralised parsnips

Salt and pepper

1 small jar of roasted red peppers, drained and sliced

For the Salsa Verde

Serves 4

70g parsley

70g basil

30g of dried oregano or thyme

2tsp of capers

1 small shallot

1 clove of garlic

3 tbsp of lemon juice

125ml extra virgin olive oil

Season the spiralized vegetables and roast over medium-high heat covered in foil for 10 minutes or until they are cooked. Uncover, stir in the red peppers and let it cook for another 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, place all the ingredients for the salsa verde into a food processor adding the olive oil slowly.

Transfer the mixture to a large bowl and add in the salsa verde. Toss and serve

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​How important is protein in your diet, do you know? 

Protein is an important component of every cell in the body👌. 
Hair and nails are mostly made of protein💅

Your body needs protein to build and repair tissues, produce enzymes, hormones and other body chemicals. 

Protein is also an important building block of bones, muscles💪, cartilage, skin and blood. Unlike fat and carbohydrates, the body doesn’t store protein and therefore has no reservoir to draw on when it needs a new supply😱.

 Studies goes even further showing how important is protein when comes to the aging process 💁🏼🤶and maintenance of muscle mass for strength and autonomy🏋️. 

That’s why keeping the right protein intake for your body is essential, no more.. Nor less.. Just right and tailor made to your needs. It doesn’t matter if comes from a animal or vegetable source, the body will break down in the same way, just watch the quantities and sources 🤓. 

To find out how much you need, consider your level of physical activity, sex, age, medical history and goals😉. 

Roughly it goes around 0.8 per kg of body weight (minimum) for most people. Are you including enough protein in your diet🙋?

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Connect your daily actions to your goals

If you could travel anywhere in the world today where would it be? 🌎🌏🌍

When comes to your health and fitness, how would you like to feel right now? 💁🏻💪🙌

What is ONE thing you can do today, with the tools you already have, to get you closer to THAT goal? 🤔

Connect your daily actions to your goals and see the magic happen 😃😉😄🙆

#bewhoyouwanttobe #dreambig #createthelifeyouwant #stepbystep #goalsetting #achievingsuccess #weightlossgoals #motivation #nutritionist #uk

Is protein powder really necessary? 

Is protein powder really necessary for fat loss💃 or muscle gain💪?

Not at all! You can get all the protein you need from real good quality food like organic free range eggs, wild fish, grass fed meat, nuts and beans… so really it should be used just as a convenience tool to add variety and ease to the diet💁🏻.

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Take back control of your life and health 

I have been building a life time of health and strength not just physical but mental and emotional too. It all started probably when I was less than 2 years old when my parents put me on swimming lessons! For them if I could walk I could swim right?! Hahah not just thinking about health and fitness but also for my own safety around the beaches in Rio. 

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