Thursday, May 30, 2013

This afternoon
















On being healthy...


     It's not the first time I reveal my (increasing) interest in healthy lifestyle here on the blog, but never actually set up a plan for myself (and the hubby). 

     With moving to Abu Dhabi I thought it would be the perfect occasion to start working on it. We've got perfect (hot) weather all year round, obviously implying that there is nowhere to hide under thick, large sweaters, we've got a plenitude of outdoor activities, we've got free(!) access to swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts and a gym... Now I am not mentioning all of that to rub it in anyone's face, BUT... if we won't make it here...we won't make it anywhere and may I add...we are the biggest loosers (literally)!
  
     And so we are trying to make a plan. I have researched and read about a multitude of philosophies in regard to what being healthy means for different people and it's true that there are ongoing researches and plenty of stuff to still learn on the topic, but what is clear to me so far, is that there is no super-secret-miracle-way to get you to living a long healthy life, as free from illness and bad experiences as possible. It sure takes some effort and commitment, but I believe it is worth changing our lives! If not for looking better and fitting into tighter jeans now, then at least for what we will be passing down to our children and the ease of our old age days... It's a true choice to be made!

     Step one...we purchased a pretty great juicer and blender. I agree with the fact that you have to clean, heal and feed your body from the inside out. It all starts with making better choices in the way we are feeding ourselves. There is no denying that juicing and blending raw fruits and vegetables is a great way of achieving just that...Bring great nutritional value directly to the source! Super-foods like Spirulina, Wheat grass, Chia seeds, Acai berries, etc, definitely add to the experience. 

     I agree with the 'common sense rule', that says 'if you can't pronounce it, don't eat it'  or  'if it takes a lab to create it, it will take a lab to digest it'. No one is saying that we need to start reading every single word on our labels, but giving them a quick glance to check if any of the ingredients sound familiar at all, that is something we can all do...
      
     Trying to give up refined sugars, artificial flavors, hydrogenated anythings, as well as corn syrup deviations, amongst other crazy man-made chemicals.

     Another 'rule' that I find perfectly applicable is eating good, healthy foods, at least comprised in 60% of our diet. And that means, not having to give up the burger and ice-cream if the majority of the time we are gorging on healthy nutritious stuff. That means our bodies will have a better capability of fighting off the toxins and negative effects of the 'bad, delicious, foods' we allow ourselves to have. 

     Salads can be tasty! There are a million combos that we can imagine for ourselves and if we are lacking imagination, Google is just a step away from a world full of delicious recipes. 

     Oatmeal, granola, muesli, seeds, dried fruits. It can all taste delicious if you have the right mindset for it. And these are some seriously great options for anyone's breakfast. Combine with some berries or peaches and organic yoghurt and you are set, my friend!

     Water!!! Still trying to work on drinking plenty of water every day. Taking my vitamins and probiotics twice a day does help, as I usually have them with >< 500 ml of water. But still trying to get in better terms with it.

     Relaxation! Now that is the one thing we have the least knowledge about. Both me and (especially) my husband need to learn what it is and how to do it. ASAP! 
     Stress is the greatest happiness inhibitor, and although it only means changing your own perception on things and working with the power of your thoughts, it is still one of the most difficult elements to combat... 

     Last, but not least, we need to start moving. We have ran out of excuses and as of now, we have all the amenities right here where we live. We must move! 
     I truly believe that nothing works properly in the very static environments that we adapted to and that is not how our bodies were created and designed to properly function. Damn, that couch is comfy, but will it make me feel good about myself as opposed to spending at least 1 hour a day doing something active? 

     So there you have it! It's not exceptionally rigorous, nor is it meant to be set in stone. But I think it is a good basic idea of the direction we want to take. We had plenty of years of trying out all the foods, good or bad, existing on the market. Now it's time to be picky and only have what is truly delicious AND good for our bodies.

     Will let you know how it goes for us...

Thursday, May 23, 2013

50mm f1.8

      I am one very lucky person, as I always receive the best gifts from the people I love!  As a part of my birthday gift (as if it wasn't enough) I got a 50mm f1.8 lens! With all the moving conundrum I didn't get a chance to try it out...until now!

     I must admit, it was a tad weird at first, because I was under the impression that it should be pretty close to normal human vision, but it is actually a 'zoomed' lens... So there was a lot of moving around going on, until I got a little bit adjusted. In the end, I found that it is a lot of fun to use and makes me put more thought and effort into my pictures. Wasn't very happy with the nighttime pictures yet, going to have to keep this baby on for a while until I can really decide if it is my kind of thing or not...

     Here are some of my very random snaps from the other day:











Back in Germany...

     These are some pictures I had forgotten on the camera and are very dear to me, since they represent what we have left behind... It is a different kind of beautiful from what we have in Abu Dhabi right now, but it is, nevertheless, beautiful! Look at those fresh, spring colors!

    It will forever be *home* in our hearts, a place to come back to, someday!















Monday, May 20, 2013

Insta-moments

     Time is crazy! I do not understand how it is possible to wake up on a Sunday and realize that the *next day* it is already Friday again...but it has happened... not to mention that I was constantly confused about what date it is...

     Again, had no time to take proper camera pictures of what went on around here, but a short resume would be... furniture shopping, cleaning, laundry, TV&internet connection setup, groceries shopping, first meal in our new home, insurance policies, other boring(thank God for my husband taking care of everything) administrative issues...

     Otherwise, our stamina levels have been running pretty low (I know, with all the sunshine going around it's such a shame), with me having some sort of weird bug that has been keeping my energy levels way down, nose is constantly stuffy and I am blaming the air conditioning, husband has been working loads and there are still a milion and one things that need to be sorted out. Like... all of our belongings still sitting in a deposit somewhere in Munich, due to the delay of some paperwork required by the customs, just as a small example. Yeah, having all my clothes and possessions stuck somewhere, unattended, is such a reassuring thought! :D  Well, I guess it could still be worse...
  
     I am trying not to complain too much though, because I know this whole transition phase is going to be over soon and then we can really start enjoying ourselves and everything Abu Dhabi has to offer.

    On a happier note, we finally got some furniture installed, couches, an armchair(sooo comfortable), dining table&chairs, some shelves, a great TV, dinning table & chairs, a bench, chairs and a table for our small balcony with the killer view, plus the most colorful kitchen utensils I could find in the shops now took residence on my kitchen counter...
 
     We've had a very good experience with the people here(so far). Everybody seems to be so relaxed, helpful, welcoming and ready to share a smile or two... Don't know what to say about the efficiency of people's work, but we shall live and we shall see!

    So long till the next time, here are some snaps I had lying around in my iPhone...

















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