Eating and Drinking Now

Nowadays, I am eating at least half an avocado a day, or sometimes a whole one. This is the optimal time for avocados, even though they can have an annoyingly small window of opportunity with regards to consumption. Whether it is on a cracker or on a toasted slice of wholewheat bread, its subtle and succulent flavor cannot be beaten. I am also finding myself using hummus and tahini more often. Soft chickpeas and a dollop of raw tahini can be added to so many salads as an upgrade, or you can make them into their respective sauces, and add whatever you want them in the process. A plate of fresh veggies, cut into thick sticks or slices, with two small bowls of hummus and tahini on the side, topped with chopped parsley or scallion – this is something which can lift your spirits and satisfy your snacky cravings. At least it does for me. Chicken (breast, mainly) is another favorite. I suppose you can say I am a spring chicken. I buy organic whenever I can, since I can taste the difference in my cooking. Spring is still a time when it could get cold at night, and nothing beats a bowl of chicken soup with assorted root veggies. Soups are so easy to make, and if you eat right when it comes off the stove… it is magic. 3 – I am drinking primarily water. This is not out of the ordinary for me. The thing is not what I drink, but when I drink it, and the answer to that is: at the end of the meal, rather than during. I take special care to eat what is in front of me, and only then drink. It helps with proper digestion, it helps foods taste better (because it is not “competing” with a beverage), and it is overall healthier Also, a glass of chilled white wine or room-temp red can do wonders, and it is a great way to unwind after a long day or a good meal.

4 – these are easy to acquire, easy to prepare, easy to digest, and they are relatively inexpensive. Simple and scrumptious, without too much drama. 5 – my favorite way to prepare the food I mentioned is to have fun with spices, more than anything. Avocado turns into guac so easily, and then it is a question of paring it with the right spices which will compliment the rest of your meal. Turmeric always plays a part in my kitchen, and I enjoy adding it to hummus and tahini sauces. I add garlic, fresh herbs, cumin, and sometimes hot peppers (red, mostly). As for the chicken breast, my favorite method is to cover it with eggs, spices, and breadcrumbs, effectively turning it into a schnitzel. Again, this is something best eaten right out of the frying pan. It can be eaten plain with a side of rice, in a bun with leafy greens and tomatoes, or even diced up and thrown into a salad. 6 – these are definitely everyday foods. When I choose to snack, I snack.

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About Tea

After my little rant about the wonders of coffee I thought I would do the same for tea. In England there is a tradition to whip out some tea and biscuits at 4pm. I think this should be a worldwide habit. People would be much calmer if this existed and I really think that it’s missing from many cultures. Maybe all you need is a cup of tea to chill you out and you never knew? There are numerous reasons why you would want to drink tea and it’s not just to calm you down. There’s a reason that drinking is on the list of things to do if you want to enlist in some self-care. The fact that looking after yourself includes drinking tea is saying something about the British culture. I mean, they’re obviously doing something right.

There’s different kinds of tea for different occasions. The one that can be drunk with milk is the regular type. A plain tea bag can use a splash of milk to put you on the cultured side of caution. There’s also herbal teas if you really want to go a little wild. There are so many of these that we won’t be able to go through them all, but let’s just list a few and consider their benefits.

First off there is mint tea, which is really good to just cleanse out the system. You’ll use this if you want to push everything down the system after a long meal. It really helps with digestion and also gives your taste buds that little extra kick. You can also drink fennel tea for the same detox effects and it kind of tastes like liquorice. Some people are flat out opposed to this taste but I guess it’s like marmite in that sense. Some people love it and some hate it. I happen to love fennel tea and it has gotten me through a lot of tough times. Next up on the tea list is lavender tea. This is the perfect tea if you want something to help you fall asleep. If you need that kickstart in your sleep routine, look no further than the relaxing benefits of some lavender tea. It tastes like it smells though so if you’re averted to the smell of lavender like I am you might not like it so much. The last tea that I want to discuss is the

ginger and lemon combo that can do wonders in terms of your overall wellness. Whenever my friend is nauseous she swears by this tea. Ginger is known for its anti-inflammatory properties which can help you to feel less nauseous when you don’t feel well. Lemon is also known for reducing nausea and help digestion. This makes this tea a killer post-meal combo that has got the kicks you need to feel better and wash everything down. Sounds gross, but it’s true that this is what you’re looking for after a heavy meal.

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I Need To Get My Stuff Fixed

I have had dreams of Israel all my life. Every time I visited the land I always felt a special connection and I couldn’t wait to make Aliyah and live there. That time came last year when my plane dropped down and I was officially made a citizen. I knew I had trials ahead. I had heard and experienced the classic rudeness and pushiness and knew that I the bureaucracy was not perfect but I was as prepared as I was going to be. I was excited and that was all I needed.

I settled in Jerusalem in the Nachlaot neighborhood. That is where I felt most at home. The neighborhood is filled with artists and musicians. The thing about Nachalot is that a lot of the places are old and dilapidated. Those are the cheaper apartments. When I got into my apartment I had the basic appliances. I had a small fridge and a microwave and small electric stove top. It was the summer time so it was sweltering outside. I remember I went to sleep without a fan or AC unit. Let’s just say I did not sleep very well that night. So the next day I looked up the best air conditioning units on the market.

What I found out was that they are extremely expensive so I was going to have to stick with a powerful fan. I went to the store and did just that. I bought a nice fan with a couple of settings and started saving for the air conditioning unit.

I got a job working at a local bakery and began the process of learning the language and becoming “Israeli”. As I talked to more and more people about appliances and fix-it people I got all sorts of view points. Some of my friends had great experiences and some had nightmare stories. What I realized was that appliance handymen were the same everywhere. Some wanted to screw you out of your money while others did a honest job and only charged for what they felt they deserved.

I looked up appliance handymen and found Efes Takalot. My friend’s friend worked for them and I called them up to ask about air conditioners. They spoke English and were extremely helpful. They answered all my questions and said that I would have a better chance at getting a cheaper AC used. They said that if I bought the AC they would install it within the day and gave me a price I thought was reasonable. I booked a time for the next day. I got the AC and they came in a timely fashion that was surprising and welcomed. They told me that if I had any questions they would be more than happy to answer them. I went on their website and found a whole bunch of info about other appliances and what to look for when calling a handymen.

I now have air conditioning and am cool and comfortable in my apartment. This is not bad at all!

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Best Beard

I don’t always put essential oils in beard, but when I do, I use something which is all-natural. The last thing I wanted in my beard, other than eggs perhaps, is a bunch of chemicals, preservatives, and artificial fragrances. Going all natural is the only way, as far as I am concerned. I have sensitive facial skin, and I knew that going in.

I have been growing my beard for a few years now, and it is going well. Every now and then I will grab a chunk and trim it. I don’t want it too long, or else it becomes too much to handle. So yeah, I like it, and I want to keep it, which is why I use a blend of essential oils specifically made for facial hair.  Honeydewproducts.com has an excellent selection of natural products.

Now, here is the thing: it is not as if other products can’t achieve the same results. Don’t think that no other product can get you the results you want. Beard oils are not too different from other all natural products, when you look at them objectively. Yet they are marketed in such a way which appeals to beard groomers. They contain oils and extracts which are good for the face, where a lot of sebum glands are. The sebum is the body’s natural oil, and usually part of the problem is that the body has trouble dealing with pH balance, which is why many skin conditions occur to begin with.

JOJOBA

If you are having an itchy, irritated time with your beard, don’t shave it off quite yet. You can go about healing yourself in several ways. First off, just to be sure, perhaps get diagnosed by a medical doctor. Some skin conditions are way worse than others, and you want to be sure that there isn’t some fungus involved or anything of the sort. After you are diagnosed, you can choose what route to take as far as healing it is concerned.

If it is simply an issue of dryness and lack of natural oil, using an oil like jojoba, which greatly resembles our sebum, could be extremely helpful. Jojoba is present in many beard oils for this exact reason. The oil of the jojoba plant is one of the closest things to the human sebum, and those whose body cannot produce enough of it could find some solace there, at least until the body changes gears.

It could to do with food, with illness, with stress and mental issues. Tons of things can effect the production of sebum in our body, and it can also be other products which we put in our hair and beard. Certain shampoos and conditioners could be detrimental to your hair’s health, even though they advertise as being helpful. To each, his own. All of those two-bit solutions are often no solutions at all, just cosmetics. They cover up the damage with a layer of chemicals, and claim to fix the issue. But without fixing the root causes, the sebum and pH issue, the underlying problems, it is of no use. Usually in that case, the problems will re-emerge when you stop treatment. Beard oil could provide an all-natural solution. Check it out.

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