Californization , The Lakers and The Earthquake

Back in the days, when I was a kid , if the earthquake strike, people panic , grab quickly their most prized posesions and kids and cats and rushed on the street almost trampling each other in hurry to be the first out of the building, before it collapse and earth swallow us all  whole!!! And then for years to come everybody will reminiscent where were they at the Earthquake moment and make up stories and stuff…My , my how the times (O.k. and the continents ents) have changed…
Last night , while laying in bed with our laptops ( don’t judge) computing and stuff I felt some shaky-acky-breaky  movement and asked my husband if he is tapping with his feet , so the bed vibrates. His cool , calm and collected response was: ,,No, it’s just another earthquake,, and he continued his music composing activity…So did I , reassured that it’s nothing to worry about, since it’s our second quake, since we came here!! And yes , you can say our Californization is now complete…
Getting a Cali tan-check!
Getting a Lakers themed outfit-check!
Getting used to earthquakes – check!
Getting used to the sunny weather – check , check and hell yeah-check!
Getting used to the mountain-ny, canyoun-ny terrain-check!
What an AMAZING place to live…
We moved to Southern Cali ( Santa Clarita) and we are loving it…Quakes and all..

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That red thingie  looks like a giant centipede-space ship-sewer pipe-industrial monster…I don’t know what it is , but posing with anonymous objects is always fun…

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Especially when they match my outfit…And no this is not my car. I just love how the color matches my Lakers outfit…
My new favorite combo – purple and yellow…
Go Lakers!

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As I began to love myself by Charlie Chaplin or the daily poem

As I began to love myself” – A poem by Charlie Chaplin (arguably?),written on his 70th birthday on April 16, 1959:
 As I began to love myself I found that anguish and emotional suffering
are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY“.

As I began to love myself I understood how much it can offend somebody
as I try to force my desires on this person,
even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it,
and even though this person was me.
Today I call it “RESPECT“.

As I began to love myself I stopped craving for a different life,
and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow.
Today I call it “MATURITY“.

As I began to love myself I understood that at any circumstance,
I am in the right place at the right time,
and everything happens at the exactly right moment.
So I could be calm.
Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE“.

As I began to love myself I quit stealing my own time,
and I stopped designing huge projects for the future.
Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness,
things I love to do and that make my heart cheer,
and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.
Today I call it “SIMPLICITY“.

As I began to love myself I freed myself of anything that is no good for
my health -food, people, things, situations, and everything the drew me down
and away from myself.
At first I called this attitude a healthy egoism.
Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF“.

As I began to love myself I quit trying to always be right,
and ever since I was wrong less of the time.
Today I discovered that is “MODESTY“.

As I began to love myself I refused to go on living in the past
and worry about the future.
Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening.
Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT“.

As I began to love myself I recognized that my mind can disturb me
and it can make me sick.
But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.
Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART“.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations or
any kind of problems with ourselves or others.
Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born…THAT IS LIFE!

NPG P283; Charlie Chaplin by Strauss-Peyton Studio
They outta teach that in school.

Weekly healthy food prep or kitchen slave sunday

You wanna be fit, healthy, have your rawfood cake and eat it too…All you need is willpower 5 hours sweat around your blender, stove, oven, cutting, washing, buzzing, being almost deafened by buzzing from your kitchen helpers…
I’ve been slaving away aaaall morning long and here are the vegetables fruits of my labour.

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1.Cauliflower ”rice”-half hourrrrrrr.Que horror!Chopping spring onions, sautéing them in coconut oil, then adding the pulverized in the kitchen robot cauliflower,and then there was THE stirring…But at the end it tastes like mashed potatoes.Very paleo.
2.Brcocoli-A staple is a staple.I know , not much science and haute cuisine here, but still takes time…
3.Baked cauliflower-yum!If you bake it long enough, it tastes very sweet.I also baked few broccoli florets,which are sitting pretty underneat that last pic.
Gah!
It’s not easy eating clean and healthy!

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Also whipped these chicken patties-my protein source throughout the week.I know they are not easy on the eye, but they are very tasty,clean and good for you.Here is the recipe: http://wp.me/p2iumO-1vy

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Bought a huge bag with salad and cherry tomatoes and distributed it in Tupperware for easy access every weekday.

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I am a 45 year old sweet potato virgin!I Till we came to US, I never, ever had a sweet potato in my mouth!Boy was I missing!
How was I living all these years!!So ,understandably(like all late in life virgins) I just can’t get enough of these sweet little thang.
Seen here-baked with skin sweet potato ”fries”.My go to snack.  If I crave something sweet, I just dip these in my avocado chocolate mousee .Heaven! And it won’t mess with your insulin. Saweet!

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Another sweet potato post workout snack-pancakes.Perfect combo of protein-eggs, and good carbs-sweet potato and fat-coconut milk (few spoons) and coconut oil.

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And now my pride and joy-My nut butters!!It was totally worth  it all the decibels from my kitchen robot, but after half hour of buzzing and nearly being deafened by my noisy machine, here they are…

1.Sunflower seed butter-Clean,healthy good for you fats source.Great snack on its own or paired with raisins, nuts cocos etc.
2.Avocado guacamole-avocado,cillantro, lemon juice,garlic,Himalayan salt.To add healthy fat and tasti-fy any salad or meat.
3.Avocado chocolate mousse!! Need I say more!
Few avocados (hass), stevia, cocoa, coconut water(or milk) and powerfull blender=Chocolate heaven!
4.Choco-butter-mix sunflower seed,shredded coconut,sesame seeds with stevia and cocoa!! Nuttella-shmuttela has nothing on these baby. And no, it doesn’t last a week…
And here is  me after 5 hours of ardous labour in the kitchen…

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Aaarggghhh!

A moment like this calls for an immediate gratification-reward, so I whipped this banana-strawberry,pineapple,orange juice smoothie to pat my self on the back for the hard labour.

There!Get in my belly!

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Life is good again. If only I should not have to wash alllll  the dishes….