Why I choose Passion Planner…

25 Nov

A little disclaimer: this post isn’t sponsored! I’m writing this post because I’d like to share my experience with all of you.

Start from the beginning: It was an hot August and I was in the “September mood” or “fresh start mood”. The month of September for me it’s like a new white page like I was in school: new notebooks, new pencils, new pencil case and all sort of things… nw life, new ideas! Now that I’m working I’m feeling always the same when September starts!

Then I was looking for a new agenda/bullet journal/planner and suddenly after few minutes of research appeared on my pc a message like this “Passion Planner: the one place for all your thoughts“. I was intrigued by the idea to have a new way to look at my agenda filled of work to do list, study to do list, appointment, deadline, tips, idea and more… An appointment calendar, goal setting guide, journal, sketchbook, gratitude log & personal and work to-do lists all in one notebook: Epic!
I wrote in few post that I was using the Bullet Journal method and don’t get my wrong: it was a great great great way to see my progress and have everything in control. If you are like me that I didn’t do nothing fancy in my bullet journal (none of one to the beautiful doodle, decorations, colorful pages you can find on Pinterest: I stayed light and simple using few color, few key code etc) because I’m bad at drawing and I don’t have much time, the Bujo method was, for me, a different way to look ad my work/study/sport time and understand the tendency… It was great…I didn’t regret to use that but I don’t know … I was looking for something different and I found a distinctive trait in this planner.
I decide to participate and support the idea of Angelia Trinidad and I pledged for my Passion Planner. Suddenly I received an email thank me to support the project and with all of the instruction since then until the moment the project was fully supported  and Kickstarter was over ( and It was suddenly over!!!). They sent me an email every time they had news o special message and after the shipping they gave me two code to track my Planner: one in the US territory and the other for my country… I knew everyday where my planner was..another great point to this project!
P_20171125_152527And finally I received my planner!!! Yeahhhhh….. And first of all the package was clever: a black box named Box (so cute!) totally reusable to keep my precious things inside  and secondly two nice stickers. I opened the box and my Planner was exactly like the photos you can find all over the web and also It was exactly what I needed. it’ s printed on 100% recycled paper, with a no leather cover (perfect for my vegan lifestyle) and the best part is the for one planner you buy another planner will be give to another individual, organization or school  around the world and for one planner you buy a trees is planted: it isn’t great?!!! I had a lot or reasons to support Angelia and is project and in the same time give me the opportunity to use a great planner and test my ability to change tracking method and why not habits?! I highly recommend to give an eye to the website, just to know the entire project and see yourself the beauty and functionality of this planner. I don’t want to describe the way I intend to use my planner o talking about the layout/pages etc…the intent of my post it’s just to give you some tips, new idea and the curiosity to surf the web and search also other Kickstarter’s idea…the world is full of clever and sensible people!!!

Have a nice week end!

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A day in life: summer time

11 Aug

early morningGet up in the morning, early than the rest of the people around you is the best way to start you day.  I’m bit a fan of  “early morning productivity” because your mind is fresh, ready to elaborate concepts and ready to process things.
Usually I’m going to run or fitness walking or do some yoga’s poses… after moving my body and feeling I’m alive, I’d like to indulge in a healthy breakfast especially in the week end when I have more time to do so!

In this sunny morning of summer I started my day with a new product that I found in a local bio-vegan store: Harvest Moon coconut milk yogurt (a little disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with no one of the products that I talked/talk/will talk about. I’d like only to share my experience with this products).harvest moon1You can find the yogurt in two different taste: vanilla or chocolate. I choose vanilla, because in summer I usually don’t eat chocolate (in my mind is a winter food!).

smoothie1I blended the yogurt with some kiwi and hemp protein. I forgot to take photos of the final result but I’m assure you, it was delicious and boosted my body and my mood!

After breakfast we decided to go for a biking on the mountain, to exercise more and feeling connected with nature. It was an hard riding, I was exhausted but it was this kind of tiredness that you may like, because your mind is fresh and vigil and your body just a bit tired but feels healthy and more productive.

After that we prepared a fresh and light lunch to rehydrate the body.
We found organic strawberries at the local market, we added raw zucchini (we made spaghetti), cherries tomato, green beans and an apple.

We ended up our day with some snack (I have an addiction to peanut butter), chattering about the day and future plans, reading and try to enjoy every moments!

Have a nice week end!

Infusion and biscuits

19 May

Teas are a wonderful way to integrate your mind-body medicine,” says Meaghan Grace, co-founder of Functional Beverage Company, a manufacturer of organic teas and tisanes in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

You start to think about your feelings and you start to become more intuitive about what is at the back of your physical or mental ailment, and you can then be guided towards these beautiful herbs and self-remedy. Herbs are really affordable so you can start with pre-made tea blends or you can go to the organic store or health store and buy a little bit of camomile and peppermint” she says.

I tried a lot of herbal infusion and one in particular on the local vegan store I went, captured my eyes
clipperClipper Orange&Coconut: as you know I’m a little bit obsessed with peanut butter, coconut (in any form and way) and coffee… this infusion was spectacular: enchanting taste of coconut and strong flavour of orange… delicious. I’d like to drink this infusion “solo” in the afternoon but sometimes I’d like to treat my self with some sweet.

biscuitsOn this day I tried the Ooh-la-la Tea Biscuits Chocolate Hazelnut with organic gluten free oat flour, organic coconut oil, organic coconut flower sugar, organic hazelnuts, organic cacao powder. This make my day! If you want to know about benefits of infusion ( medicine in a cup) you can read this article.

A cup of tea would restore my normality.”
[Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Screenplay]” ― Douglas Adams

The meaning of injures

9 Apr

Last two weeks I was very low in terms of energy and vital state… I had a flu, a headache and last a terrible back pain that stopped me into the bed for two days and make me miserable.  I tried to think positive and see this moment of “no action” an occasion to reflect about my life, my goals and my daily living. Probably it was the time to change something, probably the universe it sending me a message….

I found that low back pain is the most common health complaint in the age group of 35-50 years in both the sexes and it is usually characterized by dull or sharp aching pain in lower part of the back (spine). This causes restriction in the activity and work capacity. Thus it ultimately reduces the day to day joy, and life becomes miserable.
Ayurveda refers this condition as Kati shoola. Kati refers to ‘low back’ (hip) and shoola refers ‘pain’. The description of this condition is available in some other conditions like ‘katigraha’, ‘prishtagraha ’etc, which are included under Vata Dosha imbalance disorders.
Causative factors: intake of dry, light, bitter, pungent and cold food, less food intake,  fasting or less nutritive food, improper lying, suppression of the urges, work exhaustion, stress, grief, fear and dissatisfaction… Some of this things had happening right away in my life. I realized that was time to make some changes.
I planned to introduce new healthy practices in my daily routine: first of all drinking warm water with lemon when I wake up. Warm water and lemon is a natural energizer. It hydrates and oxygenates the body, leaving it feeling refreshed and revitalized for quite some time. As opposed to coffee, whose effects are short lived. Perhaps the biggest benefit of drinking warm water and lemon is that it helps to maintain your body in an alkaline state. Interestingly, while lemon juice itself is acidic, it’s actually one of the most alkaline foods available (if you are curious check this page).

Also I introduce more fresh homemade juice with lemon, orange, grapefruit

Secondly find new types of “gentle” activities for my body like walking in the early morningP_20170406_063852 and doing some yoga poses like sun salutation.
9509e5faab3ce94f2c362589da58e78eI found a lot of interesting board on Pinterest check this out!
I tried in this week to find more time for me, for my passions and y needs: i bought some kindle ebooks, visit friends, stay calm and find the peace of mind.
I started reading ” The Happiness Project” from Gretchen Rubin and she wrote that it’s important to look for happiness under your own roof…  Commonly we tried to find happiness somewhere, far away from us..the real truth it’s the happiness is in our hands: “happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.”. I’m in love with this book!!!

Today after a tough week I’m feeling ready to star a new week on my life, more confident, more peacefully and balanced.

Sometimes you need to stop and change a point of view to see your real you!!!

See you soon folks!

It’s time for Tea!

4 Apr

Today I want to talk about a new generation of super Teas: t+ The Smarter Tea
I received to sampler in my November Vegan Tuck Box and in the same month I ordered my first Bundles: a perfect combo of four super teas… I was enthusiastic and also my friend and my family. I gave a lot of tea bags especially on Christmas!

Few weeks ago I ordered another box of teas
box smart tea
Plus a nice (trendy eco-friendly) travel cup

I want to specify that none of the company T-Plus ask me a review or to write something about the product. It’s my desire and intent to share in my blog this products because I think they embrace my vegan lifestyle and also because they care for the environment (look at the travel cup), for people (they donate 10p from every box sold to help an amazing charity Vitamin Angels to reduce malnutrition) and I like very much their teas!

I’m not really a fun of green tea but when you mixed up tea with fruit probably you encounter my taste! And T+ offer you four teas just as many specific goal you have:
Detox: cleansing functional tea
Boost: clean energy blended tea (my favorite!)
Multea: multi goodness blended teas
Immunitea: immune boosting tea
selection teas

This time they send me a sampler of Snact
snact2.1Hand made fruit jerky vegan and gluten free as it’s made with whole fresh fruit and fresh purees. They don’t use any concentrates, additives, or preservatives, just 100% fruit. They packaging is home compostable helping us to reduce waste even further. They also made a #deliciousprotest and invite people to become a Snactivist™ whit 4 simple rules:

1. Eat some fruit jerky. It’s really that simple! You snack, you act. Check out other brands that use surplus in delicious ways.

2. Give ugly fruit and veg some love. They’re more and more available – and often cheaper too. Send us photos of your best finds!

3. Do cool stuff with your leftovers. Have you tried baking banana peels yet?

4. Tell your friends. Seriously, that’s how you change the world! (I love this one!).

I want to thank you TPlus for their amazing teas and Snact to be my new favorite vegan snack especially during my running workout and I’m really thinking to design and wear a special shirt to my next running in Geneve (may 2017) with both of your brand and images, to spread the vegan eco-friendly message into the world!

Stay tuned!

Persimmon’s Smoothie

4 Mar

Persimmon fruit is a golden yellow, round or oval, flavorful, smooth textured delicacy from far East Asian origin. Its sweet, delicious flesh is packed with several health promoting nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants vital for optimum health. Botanically, persimmons belong to the family of Ebenaceae, in the genus: Diospyros.
This delicate fruit is native to China. From China, tt spread to Korean peninsula and Japan very long time ago, and later was introduced to California during the middle of the 19th century.persimmonVitamin A shows itself to be a powerhouse in nutrition, offering 55% of the daily value in the persimmon. Vitamin C runs a close second with 21%, plus excellent amounts of manganese, a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, for healthy mucous membranes and skin, as well as a known protectant against lung and mouth cancers.
Persimmons are an excellent source of fiber, which helps keep the body regulated. B-complex vitamins are present to stabilize the metabolic system, along with copper and phosphorus.

Low in calories and fats, this little fruit contains all kinds of phytonutrients, flavonoids, and antioxidants, such as catechins (known to have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, and for protecting small blood vessels from bleeding) as well as gallocatechins and betulinic acid, a tumor inhibitor. Other powerful antioxidants found in persimmons include beta-carotene, lycopene, lutein, and cryptoxanthin. The zeaxanthin content absorbs into the eyes and helps filter light.

Recipe for two large smoothie (raw, vegan, gluten free)
4 persimmons
1/2 cup of frozen ananas
1/2 fresh squeeze lemon juice
1 frozen banana
a pinch of ginger
add water if you like

Mix the ingredient into your blender machineblendingBlend until they smooth
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Serve in a cup/mug/glass of your choice and Enjoy It!
smoothies
Persimmons are one of a few foods associated with killing breast cancer cells without harming normal breast cells, according to one new study. Scientists attributed this to the flavonoid fisetin, present in several fruits and vegetables, but in persimmons specifically. Fisetin also has been named as a significant contributor in the programmed eradication of colon and prostate cancer cells.

Persimmon Fun Facts
Regarding persimmons, in 1607 Captain John Smith wrote from Jamestown that: “The fruit is like a medlar; it is first green, then yellow and red when it is ripe: if it is not ripe, it will drive a man’s mouth awrie with much torment, but when it is ripe, it is as delicious as the apricot.

Have a nice day!

The Glory of Reaching the Goal

26 Feb

On few posts I mentioned about my big goal, my degree in law…
corona alloroThen finally I reached the goal!!!

If you want to succeed, you need to set goals. Without goals you lack focus and direction. Goal setting not only allows you to take control of your life’s direction; it also provides you a benchmark for determining whether you are actually succeeding.
To accomplish your goals,  you need to know how to set them.
You can’t simply say, “I want” and expect it to happen.
Goal setting is a process that starts with careful consideration of what you want to achieve, and ends with a lot of hard work to actually do it. In between there are some very well defined steps that transcend the specifics of each goal. Knowing these steps will allow you to formulate goals that you can accomplish.

to do listI set my goals a lot of time, changes and ri-arranged them time to time accordingly to my work, my free time, my stuff in general. I set ten rules to stay focus and five golden rules to don’t despair that I’d like to share.

Ten good habits to have to reach your goals:

  1.  Pay attention to your energy level: if your vital state is low, none of your action will be productive. That means that you need to stay fueled in your body but also in your mind: eating to boost your energy.
  2. Adequate sleep: seven hours of sleep it’s the best you can do. Don’t be lazy in the morning and don’t indulge with technologies before bedtime. More benefits of sleep here.
  3. Healthy food: like you know I have a vegan-raw lifestyle and I assure you that eat more than 5/6 portions of fruit and vegetables par day it’s the best way to nourish your body and your mind in an healthy way.. trust me!
  4. Exercise regularly: 3/4 times a week for 45/50 minutes a day… choose what you like: walking, swimming, running, biking, doing yoga, pilates…whatever you want but Move Your Body.
  5. Regular routine: plan your day and writing down your goals for the day. Use the bullet journal method or write your day in a calendar. It’s important that you have clearly in your mind what to do in your day and what you need to prioritize.
  6. Stay properly hydrate: bring with you a bottle of water, track down how many glass of water you had, use spray facial water. The results of lack of water are spleepiness, craving food, fatigue etc…See more here
  7. Take frequents breaks: I use the “Pomodoro Technique“. I set my 45 minutes of intense work and 15 minutes of relax where I go out, eat something, check internet, listen some music. Don’t stay at your desk o work station, you need to break and tell you mind Now you’re free to recharge!
  8.  Keep distractions to a minimum: of you’re engaged in a hard project or work or study time, please please please keep away every tools that distract you until you get your work done. Here some tips!
  9. Focus on your goals: if you cannot remain focused on your goals, you will lose momentum and fail to make the progress you desire. This soon leads to a loss of confidence and motivation. Create a vision board: a collage of pictures and images that represent your goals and dreams. It helps you to visualize your end goals more clearly, which inevitably inspires you to take consistent action. Not only that, it also serves to remind you of your goals every day when you see the board. Also stay focus on your plan.
  10. Keep stress to a minimum: when those stressful feelings start creeping up, sometimes the best thing you can do is to just step away from the source of the issues. To make this more effective, figure out what helps you de-stress. It’s different for everyone. You may get relief from a yoga session, meditating, listening to upbeat music, or taking a few minutes to write in your journal. Whatever it is, take a break from what’s stressing you out and do your favorite de-stressing activity, even it’s just for a few minutes. Try to walk and smile people you encounter!

And now my five golden rules to don’t panic and despair

  1. Set Goals That Motivate You: when you set goals for yourself, it is important that they motivate you: this means making sure that they are important to you, and that there is value in achieving them. If you have little interest in the outcome, or they are irrelevant given the larger picture, then the chances of you putting in the work to make them happen are slim. Motivation is key to achieving goals. Set goals that relate to the high priorities in your life. Without this type of focus, you can end up with far too many goals, leaving you too little time to devote to each one. Goal achievement requires commitment, so to maximize the likelihood of success, you need to feel a sense of urgency and have an “I must do this” attitude.

  2. Set SMART Goals: you have probably read my post of SMART goals already. But do you always apply the rule? The simple fact is that for goals to be powerful, they should be designed to be SMART.

  3. Set Goals in Writing: the physical act of writing down a goal makes it real and tangible. You have no excuse for forgetting about it. As you write, use the word “will” instead of “would like to” or “might.” The first goal statement has power and you can “see” yourself reducing expenses, the second lacks passion and gives you an excuse if you get sidetracked.

  4. Make an Action Plan: this step is often missed in the process of goal setting. Writing out the individual steps, and then crossing each one off as you complete it, you’ll realize that you are making progress towards your ultimate goal.

  5. Stick With It! Goal setting is an ongoing activity not just a means to an end. Build in reminders to keep yourself on track, and make regular time-slots available to review your goals. Make sure the relevance, value, and necessity remain high.

A list of book that I read to stay motivated and productive:

  • The Discipline Manifesto: Conquering Procrastination and Harnessing Willpower in 5 Steps by Julio Lara
  • How to Organize Yourself (Creating Success) by John Caunt
  • Setting Goals Worksheet with 7 Goal Setting Templates! by Paul Maxwell
  • The Pomodoro Technique by Francesco Cirillo
  • Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind (The 99U Book Series)
  • Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body Kindle Edition by Stephanie L. Tourles
  • How To Set Goals: Ultimate Goal Setting Guide to Having Your Best Year Ever by Craig Ballantyne
  • Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity by David Allen

More inspiration from Seth Godin, Leo Babauta, Gretchen Rubin and Sheryl Sandberg and TEDTalks!

See you soon…