Take a listen on your commute home via bus, train, subway, etc. Or, the next time of stepping out into the city street, pause to listen close. Sometimes, the noises we hear are natural and relatively benign, such as a car whooshing past, or the sound of a person walking alongside of you, the gentle rustling of leaves, birds chirruping, or a train click clacking over tracks in arrival.
More frequently, the noise(s) are growing more substantial and grating. This can include sounds such as (though not limited to): horns blaring, the melody (or more often, jarring vibrations) of entitled people who, nowadays and often, have decided that because they want to hear a particular song or type of music, we all do. Thus, blasting it from their phones or even portable speakers as they walk down the road past or even worse, sit/stand next to us on the train. More nagging noises can include cell phones dinging, producing all manner of loud sounds while people play games or text, all of which is audible and even disturbing. As well as those colleagues who sit near to you and play their personal radios aloud, all day long.
Noise, to a real degree, is an inescapable aspect of life, especially within city living. However, sometimes these are normal, relatively ignorable sounds. Just as frequently though, they are the actions of others imposing their noise and ultimately, their narrative, on us. All whether we like it or not.
Get excited! A round-up of my own personal favorite healthy(ier) dessert recipes, for your viewing and sampling pleasure. These are the ones I personally find the most satisfying and scrumptious, the treats I typically crave.
Hoping many others will find their next, new, much adored sweet treat on here 😀
And please, whomever does take the time to try a recipe, would love to hear feedback on how it came out!
Better yet, snap a photo of your creation and send it my way. I will post the best photos received!
(Click the name of the dish to get the recipe and start eating!)
Water. Seems so obvious that it isn’t worth mentioning, but, the vast majority of us do not drink nearly enough. In fact, most people going through their days at least semi-dehydrated and not knowing it. Drinking water is crucial to maintain all your bodies systems in functioning properly. It energizes your muscles. Water keeps your skin moist and supple. It maintains normal bowel functioning, as well as keeps your kidneys working well.
Green tea is grand for your health in countless ways. It can improve brain function and help make you sharper, increases fat burning and improves physical performance, may lower risks of certain types of cancer, can decrease your risk of Alzheimer and Parkinson, improves dental health, assists in strengthening immune system, can help lower risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, as well as many extend life. This is a drink worth acquiring a taste for on a daily basis.
Non dairy milks. Think almond, cashew, coconut milk, and macadamia milk. Just beware loads of added sugar. Go with unsweetened versions. These are loaded with good for your body fats and ingredients which help your body function at its best.
Pomegranate Juice. This one packs an antioxidant punch. Research shows it may help prevent inflammation, heart disease, and cancer. Its also great for your skin. Just beware, many pomegranate juices have loads of added sugar. You want pure pomegranate juice, nothing else.
In tune with the New Year and all the resolutions swirling about in peoples minds and intention towards their healthiest, best selves in 2019, here are some personal top 5 most loved recipes in each Sweet. Raw. Free. category!
Note: Click the name of any recipe to be taken to its corresponding recipe page!
We live in a culture of FOMO. Frequently cramming schedules to overflowing, whether said appointments truly nourish and fulfill us or not, because busyness feels important. Being busy can lend one a sense of feeling worthy.
On a slightly separate though similar thought, rarely is one ever truly alone. Our lives are those in which everywhere and anywhere we go, we are continually surrounded by others. At home, with our family, roommates, friends, or romantic partner. On the bus or train, crowded by people. At work, a continued clustering of others, ever around us. Potentially spending a significant portion of our day on the phone, or communicating and navigating interactions with others in all manner of other modes (whether email, social media, texting, etc). The majority of our time is spent in communication with and around other people.
Anywhere we might go, even if deciding to enjoy such on our own (without bringing along a companion), is still overflowing with others. Whether the library, a restaurant or café, out on a walk, to the park or gym, there will be a plethora of other people abound.
For a significant number of people throughout our culture, aloneness is associated with being a “loser.” As though if one chooses their own company, it must be because there is simply no alternative. That this could never possibly be a preferable choice if one had a truly fulfilled and awesome life. As if ever being surrounded by others is the only ideal, normal, and best way of being. Many people feel depressed at such a thought (as spending time with oneself), distressed, or even afraid to be alone with themselves. As though this indicates a deficit or lacking in us somehow.
In tune with the healthier, “new” you for 2019, here are some of the hottest health reads on which you can count on with leading you towards your healthiest, most glowing, feel awesome self!
There has been significant discussion of shifting knowledge and new research coming to light about what are truly healthful foods for us to be consuming, versus what are more harmful items to be eating. We hear it all, especially certain contradictory messages, from meat as being terrible for our hearts, to then our being encouraged to consume such in abundance. What might be the truth? How can we decipher what is good for us or not? This can be a tough thing to parse out, as the topic of nutrition is such a wide ranging and ever expanding one, with new research coming to light almost weekly on such. For assistance with understanding nutrition, this can be a great introductory read: “Hungry for Change: Ditch the Diets, Conquer the Cravings, and Eat your way to Lifelong Health” by James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch.
With the ever increasing rise of digital technology, as well as administrative and desk jobs having become a primary job type, sitting has become the most common posture in the workplace and the one we tend to adapt for most of our day (studies show most desk workers spend an average of 10 hours per day sitting).
What is so bad about this for our health?
It turns out, a lot.
The human body and skeleton isn’t designed to be sitting, immobile, inactive, and hunched over all day. Its actually designed to stand, move, run, walk, bend, sprint, stretch, essentially to be in action the majority of the time.
The way we have developed in terms of daily use of our bodies (or, not) is in stark contrast to both our optimal health and the ways our bodies are meant to function and move.
Dear Sweet. Raw. Free. Readers, Fellow Foodies, Bakers and Chefs,
I am excited to share with you an expanding of the content on which I will focus here on Sweet. Raw. Free.
Alongside the usual posting of recipes (all of which will continue to fall under one, if not more, of the following: gluten/grain free, sugar free, lactose free, or raw), I will begin posting articles in relation to other realms of health (such as, nutrition, sleep, physical activity, emotional and social health, relational health, and more).
Recipes will be interspersed with articles of this nature, adding to the overall fullness of my offering a blog in favor of the encouragement toward leading your healthiest (and happiest) life.
In the meantime I would love to offer, in the mood of healthier eating and New Years resolutions, a round-up of my favorite recipes for your perusing and sampling pleasure:
Who doesnt love the whipped, light-as-air, though decadent and rich taste of chocolate mousse? Non-chocolate lovers aside, this tends to be a universal crowd pleaser. To me, chocolate mousse is romantic nights in. Its sexy and sensual. Wintery nights holed up by the fire. An extravagant ending to your meal, simple in appearance, though one that wows in taste. Behold, my version of chocolate mousse, though with no added refined sugar.
Super easy to make, tasting indulgent and delicious, though with something like half the usual amount of sugar in traditional chocolate mousse recipes. A sweet treat worth getting psyched about, to be sure.
Happy New Year with this succulent sweet! Chocolate cheesecake continues to rein over all the desserts I have sampled, making it a stedfast favorite. I dont eat it often, for the caloric and sugar bomb it is, but man oh man, is this a tasty treat and one that when I do indulge, I revel over.
This particular version, while not sugar free, is considerably lower in sugar than usual cheesecake versions. Though there is already sugar in the Oreos and bittersweet chocolate, there is no further added sugar in the cake (which most recipes do). Though the crust contains wheat, you can easily make it without.
If you would like an equally enticing though gluten/grain free dessert, eliminate the crust. I promise, it will be just as scrumptious without.
Enjoy this decadent, sinfully sweet dessert, without so much guilt.