Aug 28, 2010
Aug 27, 2010
Aug 24, 2010
this post is also not for the faint of heart!
thank god, i got my period again! finally! (last time was in ...june!)
well, a pregnancy was out of the question, but a woman does wonder if something is not profoundly wrong when the period is delayed. or, as in my case, just skips a month.
this rarely ever happened to me and was always related to either significant weight loss (well, not this time) or usage of certain substances that mess with "brain & body chemistry" (i had none of that either).
your period is affected to what you put in your body. since i went raw (or even since i went off processed starches and dairy) my period got ligher and lighter. i had major cramps before. in retrospect i also had terrible eating habits back then.
this time around there were no mood swings. i had a fantastic weekend in amsterdam and got my period in the wee hours of monday morning when i returned back home.
no pain, no cramps, no pain-pill-popping required. just smooth sailing and a little of bloating. let me tell you: i have never had blood that red, clear and clean. and today it was all over!
and i finally got to test all my fabulous new toys!
(check this post: "a word about female hygiene products")
i am amazed how well the cotton pads work! i remembered pads (the plastic toss-away variant) as a sticky and rather smelly and uncomfortable business, but now i stand corrected.
during workouts i used the sponges and i can only highly recommend them! the sponge has an amazing absorption capacity, it feels really comfortable (= i completely forgot about it) and it doesn't dry out the vagina like a tampon.
ladies, visit KULMINE today and place your order, you will NOT REGRET IT!
here's something i could do with my remaining tampons...
Aug 23, 2010
so some friends from cologne and i drove out to amsterdam!
let me tell you: it was a blast!
i really enjoyed staying with S and her 5 (!) raw kids! these kids (ages 7 - 16) are amazing! they were so welcoming it was really heartwarming!
plus i was so amazed by S's selection of top notch raw superfoods and supplements! they have two very well organized fridges: one for "everything salad" and one for "everything else" (nuts, seeds etc.), really cool!
Aug 21, 2010
fresh dates have very little in common with ripe dates; they are fruity & a little bit sour, yet the sweetness comes through (but it's a lot less "sticky" than a ripe date's). plus they are firm and crunchy. the starch kind of pools all your saliva when you take your first bite.
it's one of the few foods where i prefer unripe to ripe. i almost never eat ripe dates just like that (only when the nice guy at the persian market offers me one). of course i use them as a sweetener, but they really make me thirsty. reeeeally thirsty. i get thirsty even thinking about it ;)
fresh dates are only available like that for a very short period (maybe for the next week or two). then the starch turns into sugar and the dates get brown, soft and soggy. refridgerating or freezing them will not stop the ripening process (believe me, i've tried).
so i urge you to go to a turkish market and have a try! (if you don't like them you can always send them to me ;) or just store them in a dry(!) place to ripen, it won't take long)
now that i've mentioned my top 10 foods i will have to write them down:
Aug 18, 2010
Aug 16, 2010
usually i'm a total party pooper: i rarely go out, i HATE the whole drinking "culture" thing (mostly going hand in hand with cigarette smoking *cough*) and often i'm the first to leave a regular party (unless i decide to go technodancing which is a different matter entirely).
last weekend was filled with potlucks and lots of lovely raw company! it's so refreshing to not be the outcast who DOESN'T drink, smoke cigarettes, eat animal products or cooked food, but to be among likeminded people. i had a blast!
i enjoyed it so much, it's lovely to get to know the people better and better. i had some heartwarming conversations, going so much deeper than just the common denominator of "no cooked food".
so, let me show you sunday's potluck in pictures:
M (a long time raw foodie and mono dieter) was there and brought those amazing tomatoes again. they are called "berner rose" and are, in short, the best tomatoes i've ever eaten in my whole life. he also brought amazing peanuts with a purple inner skin.
the secret savory star of the evening was the little dressing in the middle: cashews / red bell pepper and 1 date made this ultimate dip. i will recreate this veeeery soon.
look at all those beautiful creations!