What would I do if I were fearless?

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A couple of weeks ago, I read this quote, and I begun to think what will I do if I wasn’t feeling any fear: fear from going out my comfort zone; fear from what people around could think if I act the way I want; fear to fail miserably; fear not to have the energy to accomplish whatever I could be doing… Fear… Fear … Fear!!!!!

So what will I do?

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First, I will quit my job. Well I know I am not the first to think something like this and a lot of happy persons I have done so and have followed their dreams and passion! I feel so unhappy… and I even don’t know why! Well I know it because I am not doing what I wish I would but otherwise, I have a good job, with nice people, in a big company so… it should be ok. But sometimes your body and your mind just tell you that something is not good for you. And you have to listen to that because it makes you sick if not.

Then, I will flight directly to my home country to be with my family and friends. To enjoy good moments all together, moreover right now, summer time, when everybody will be very close. I will enjoy this amazing time all together. I will really go to see the places and the persons I want to see and no excuse not doing it! I will share real moments with them and enjoy the real life.

Next step: the other part of the family. I will go to the states to visit the rest of the family and feel this part of the world as my home too. I will go to share real friendship on the north with all time friends; because a real friendship, even if forever, needs sometimes a live recall moment!! And better to go in a first stop because Boston can become very fast very cold!! Ahahah and then Florida will be the perfect stop after that!! It’s so far away but it’s such a necessity than it worth it.

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Finally, I will be tempted to continue my trip to North Carolina, New York and California, but that would be more a dream that a real act!! So I will come back home, because I will miss so much my love and my kitty!! I need to come back and to share with them all the energy and the positive I have in me now! And begin to work on my future with my heart and soul ready.

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Now it’s time to work on my own to find the reasons of this fear, non-action or whatever you can call this “paralysis”. Everything cannot happen right now but working on this, knowing the priorities, and what I really want to do will help me to follow and realize my dreams. And at the end… be happy and make everybody around me happy!

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Soft Skin Sugar Scrub

pictures for blog1Need for softness during summer? You don’t know… ask your skin!!

Nothing is better than a nice scrub to revive the skin and let it soft.

It’s a gesture to make a habit, all year around.

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This soft scrub is perfect for sensible and thin skin, face, but also all types skin!

I use to make salt scrub, as my skin is not really sensitive. Thus, I was puzzled regarding this Sugar Scrub!!

How wrong I was!!

This scrub is just fabulous!

It is, indeed, a very soft scrub. If you need a stronger effect, it’s better to use a Salt Scrub. However, the sensation and the effect on the skin after the shower are just AMAZING!! The skin is moisturized perfectly, revitalized, tightened and is so soft!

It’s as to give a second youth to your skin. Really!!

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This is the recipe of this breakthrough Soft Skin Sugar Scrub:

You can use the recipient you want; the important is to respect the proportions.

  • 1 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 cup of olive oil
  • 1 lemon zest

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Just mix everything and put it in a nice jar.

I really recommend this scrub. Use it at least twice a week and it can be a good complement to a stronger scrub.

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Just enjoy!!

Plancha: Healthy or not Healthy??

plancha-grill-barbecue-de-tablA good friend of mine, today, told me that he was very happy because he was eating a lot of vegetable done “a la plancha” (griddle).

My first nutritionist reaction was to ask him how he was cooking the vegetable, which means, with what??

Classic answer: “with oil! But it’s very good, right?

Oups….

Plancha is a very good way to cook some foods, and still more in summer! However, as everything in food, what is used to cook and what is put inside is essential to decide if it is a healthy or not healthy recipe!

To come back here at the plancha: If 1 liter of oil is using to cook vegetables, at the end, it is everything but healthy.

This is a simple advice (for vegetables but also for fish, shrimp and meat):

  • Cook first with a little bit of water to avoid burning the vegetables and to begin to cook its, if you want to cook more the vegetables. To grill, normally, there is no need to add a liquid, but the vegetables can stay undercooked or burned, and above all, a little bit tasteless. When using oil at first, vegetables are drinking all the oil and then you will need to add more oil to really cook the product.
  • Add some spices/herbs/ garlic in the water preparation if you need some flavors and/or fruits and fruits squeezed (lemon, orange)*
  • Once your vegetables are almost cooked, then add some oil (olive oil at best, but also sesame oil, nuts oil – as you wish – and even less salty soya sauce) just to fry a little bit the vegetables.

* The preparation can be use also to prepare a marinade for vegetables before cooking its.

I will come back with more tips and pictures in the next posts.

Lifestyle and Healthy – Mind and Body – Travel!

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Tomorrow I will travel by train for 8h!

From an extreme side of the French Mediterranean, Nice, to the other extremity, Perpignan! The good point is the view from the train! Landscapes are very nice… but it will be very long.

I use to travel long and a lot, and you know now that I know how to manage such long trips.

For tomorrow, I have prepared my lunch and my readings!!

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This is my summer style fresh salad in my super cute Tupperware!

Lettuce ~ tomato ~ chickpeas ~ peach ~ cured ham – pesto and olive oil

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Fresh and Healthy smoothie is coming back!

photo 3To fulfill the impatience of my favorite readers, this is the recipe for the superb summer light pink smoothie!!

I understand you at 100%! I couldn’t wait either to show you the picture!!

It was so good!!

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For 1 glass of smoothie:

  • 1/4 melon (I had for this one a yellow melon. It’s enough sweet and not too strong to hide the other fruits)
  • 2 slices of pineapple
  • 5 medium strawberries
  • Coconut water (depending on how you prefer your smoothie: more or less thick). You can just add water too or almond milk if you want something more milky! I like the simple one with coconut water because it is light and real fruits tasty.

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All my smoothies are done with fresh fruits or vegetables. You can use frozen fruits too (vitamins are preserved), but try to enjoy the freshness of seasonal products. It is a better life experience!

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Little tip: It is the little girl’s perfect smoothie l! Do you know a little girl who can resist at a pink smoothie!!

Just add some strawberries in the blender and you will have a pink drink! And a big smile on the little face (even for the bigger one!! hihihihi).

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How to Feel Welness, Happiness and Yoginess !

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This is a complete lifestyle to calm you down and charge the body with positive energies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA mat ★ A view ★ A light and a quiet place (yes, it is 6 am but it worth it) ★ The palm tree is optional!!

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Yes, it is more enjoyable as presented but you can also recreate this at home o wherever you are, just search for inside peace and create your moment.

The morning peace!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFind a comfortable position and just breathe. Listen to the environment around you and be aware of it as much as your breathing. Connect your inside with the nature, the environment or your heart itself.

And above all enjoy the moment.

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As for yoga. Don’t hurt yourself. Do the yoga you want: for stretching, relaxing or strengthening. Focus on what you feel, how you feel and let the smile coming.

The rule is the same. Enjoy the moment. Everything is feeling.

Life is short and beautiful from the moment we look at it with an open heart.

N.B.: Take good care of you too and treat yourself well. I buy myself nice outfit from http://www.easyoga.com.hk/ because they are beautiful, convenient, and environmental defenders.

Creamy Chocolate Vegan Smoothie

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Another essential recipes to write in your kitchen book!

The truth is that we, nutritionist and health specialist, are excessively focusing on the green smoothie. They are the healthier but sometimes a little bit of softness is very welcomed!

What’s the must??

A healthy chocolate version!!

This breakthrough is just so easy to prepare, really and just with a little bit of coconut fat (which is not a so bad fat! It helps increase the good cholesterol and it’s packed of vitamins, minerals and fibers).

For one drink:

  •  1 Half banana
  •  100 to 150 ml of coconut milk
  •   2 dessert spoons of 100% pure cocoa (Van Houten type)
  •  and…. 1 handful of spinach

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This recipe will give a very creamy chocolate smoothie. You can add coconut water if you want it more liquid.

I really love the creamy texture!

It’s the perfect treat you can drink without feeling guilty!

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It’s HOT!!!!

Summer is here, and the temperatures too.

No more Strength to Move… Search for Shadow and Freshness!

Bored by Water… no Envy for Tea… Enough exercises and Diet to avoid sodas!!

Well the fruits-only smoothie is a good substitute! Fresh, easy, and fast.

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I have done one with watermelon and yellow melon and… that’s all (maybe a little bit of ice cube to refresh it!).

Just put a piece of each one (as you like) in a blender and that’s it.

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This one is a Strawberries ~ Pineapple ~ Coconut Water smoothie. It is sweeter than the first one but it’s so beautiful! Who doesn’t want a Pink drink??

By the way, Coconut Water is a nice ingredient to liquefy your smoothie. It is fool of electrolytes (potassium and magnesium). Moreover, if, like me, you don’t really like the taste drunk alone, in a smoothie, it’s just perfect.

A small glass of these smoothies bring you energy, cooling, and happiness.

Good for the body and for the mind!

~ Harmony & Zen ~

The best way to travel

Advices from a big traveler!

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Hong Kong Airport pannel…Impressive!!!It shows here the planes from 9:30 to 12;30 only!!

I really enjoy traveling. Most of the time, it is for pleasure. Of course, it is nicer and easier than traveling for business! But it is fastidious too! It can be quickly a disaster (12 or more hours in a plane is not something very nice!).

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–       Always being comfy! You can be fashion if you want but in a comfy way (my yoga wear and my converse are for me the best outfit)

–       Don’t forget the sweater! It’s always freezing in a plane! And so, the socks (it is much more comfy too). Do not hesitate to ask for a second cover. I automatically ask for one once seated.

–       Have in the bag a small beauty bag with cream, lotion, and toothbrush (with mini toothpaste) in traveling size to keep the skin moisturized (it is so dry inside).

–       Be sure to ask or to buy at airport (inside the terminal) water. It is very important to drink regularly. You can have also with you some fruits and snack like dried almonds, nuts, and cereals bars. You never know if the meals will be good and anyway, you have a healthy snack with you (I am traveling often with Cathay Pacific, it is a very good company and the meals are very nice. However, I don’t want to eat as I prefer sleeping and I prefer my kind of food. Indeed, I have all the time with me my snacks in case).

–       Sleep, sleep, and sleep!!! A 12 hours travel is very long. Sleeping, it seems shorter! It is a two ways benefit: faster travel feeling and you can enjoy resting more or less well. I have the capacity to sleep easily on plane. The plane has not took off I am already sleeping!

–       When awake, try to move a little bit, stretch and exercise. I have no shame to do real exercise of gym. After having traveled with Asian people and seeing them doing the typical Chinese military-type exercises, I am moving too as I wish.

–       There is now enough entertainment on plane but you can have your own stuff if you prefer (tablet, books, MP3, magazines….).

–       Travel light. Your back would be very grateful! You can have a trolley but it is the same. Don’t put too much weight inside because soon or later you will have to carry it!

There are more advices I can read. But this is a good base.

Let me know what do you think about theses advices and please give yours in comment! I am no forgetting some advices I know, or going fast to the essential, but I am sure there is some that I don’t know and don’t realize!

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Beautiful antioxidant juice

Hi everyone,

Today, I will present a nice and delicious bi-color juice perfect to energize us during a cloudy and grey afternoon. And for them who have the chance to have a sunny day, just enjoy the colors of this juice in a terrace with the shining yellow of the sun and the green of the view!

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And this is the easy recipe!

Spinach/Pineapple/Mango

Delicious for the body and for the eyes 🙂

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