We have talked about mental health several times in To Real Life. In the article recently posted about the 8 habits to improve mental health we have referred Morning Affirmations as an effective habit to stick to a more positive mindset. It is a great way to start your day on a positive note, to value yourself and to remind you about the good things of your life. This is a daily ritual that you can create which, in a long run, will help your mental health.
Today’s article ‘8 habits to improve mental health’ is all about how, with simple tips, can we create a routine that will promote good mental wellbeing. They are simple and easy steps that I gather from my own experience and readings, that helped me going out from my dark place and still now helps me keep it up. We often try to look after our bodies and tend to forget to take care of our mind and emotions. We ignore the importance of mental health and how it can impact our physical health.
Today I bring you an amazing Spanish recipe, perfect for the summer and typically from Cordoba, a town located in Andalusia, near Seville, the ‘Salmorejo from Cordoba: preventing food waste’. Cordoba is a town with a lot of history and archaeology. What sticks me the most is the Moorish architecture, the bright light colours and flowers that provide a bit of freshness in the extremely hot summers. To fight the hot temperatures during the hot summer months, some recipes flourished, being the Salmorejo from Cordoba one of them. It doesn’t involve cooking and you only need 4 ingredients.
Friendship & La Fauxmagerie
This weekend one of my dearest friends came to visit me in Cambridge. Hugo lives in London, and he moved out of Portugal just before I did. We lived so many things together. One of the best memories I share with him is our backpack trip to Romania, Serbia and Hungary back in 2015. We both love bread and cheese. Consequently, and also due to our low budget for the trip, we ate loads of it.
In honour to our old times (and because he knows that I opt for a sustainable vegan lifestyle) he surprised me with this absolutely delicious artisanal cheeses, spreads and scones. He bought them in the UK’s first plant-based artisanal cheesemonger La Fauxmagerie.
Gardening as therapy… Do you have a portion of a garden in your house? If you do, have you worked on it? Have you really enjoyed it? If you don’t have a garden, are you growing plants indoors? How much do you take care of them?
Every time I lived in a house with a garden, one of the first things I’ve done was to reserve a small piece of it to grow my own vegetables, herbs and flowers. Not to mention my indoor plants, which are absolutely mandatory! But why and how growing plants can contribute to your wellbeing?
It is a strange time. And it is a time of change – at least here at to Real Life. In the midst of all this chaos, we have great news! After a long period of silence on this blog, because we are busy with other projects (more on this below), we are finally sharing some news with you. There is a wonderful new face behind to Real Life: Rita Pedro.
When we moved to a new apartment this spring, we asked ourselves, how we can set up our home as sustainable as possible, as well as simple and cozy. Among other things, we thought about introducing worm composting. So, we researched what products could help us do that. We were especially excited, about the Swiss project WormUp. So we immediately contacted the young enthusiastic worm WormUp team with the suggestion that we could report about their product and receive a discount in return. After getting their agreement they organized a WormUp training in a package free shop called, Atout Vrac right around the corner of our Restaurant Bliss in Fribourg. Prospi took part in the training and got lots of insights about dealing with the WormUp worm compost. He came back home with the aesthetic new WormUp compost, which now replaces our former bright green plastic compost bins and fits perfectly with our big and beautiful kitchen.
How would the world look like, if we would trust each other more? What if we were working more together instead of fighting against each other? What if we were not afraid to get in touch with other people, support them, and ask for help? What if we would never feel alone again? What would a world look like in which we all see ourselves as allies, despite our different qualities and values? What would life be like, if we loved ourselves and others wholeheartedly? How would it be if we could face all the challenges of life with confidence?
I’ve thought a lot about these questions, and it is an important part of the Journey to Real Life philosophy to go in that direction. We are convinced that a more peaceful world with happier people is the answer to all these questions. For us, «Real Life» is a life in harmony with 1. nature, but also with 2. our fellow human beings and 3. ourselves. Today I will discuss living in harmony with our fellow human beings. We want to pursue a path that improves relationships between people and contributes to the fortune of everybody.
In this article I will show you how you can take a simple step in this direction and what massages have to do with it.
Every 8 seconds a child dies because of contaminated water. Water is our most important nutrient. Every seventh person has no access to clean drinking water, every third lives without toilets or latrines.
Reasons for this are the spread of industrial agriculture, rising meat consumption, climate change and our own daily decisions as individuals.
So far, I thought that we don’t need to worry about water supply in the water castle called Switzerland. The best thing we can do is it to support organizations that help people who do not have safe access to clean water. But is that all? And is our water as clean as we think?
The «initiative for clean drinking water» in Switzerland caught my attention as it points out, that clean drinking water is a structural challenge. What I found out as a result shocked me, surprised me, made me thoughtful and further encouraged me on my journey. I would like to pass my newly gained awareness to you in this article.
Here the challenges to clean drinking water and what we can do in our own lives locally for a global impact for clean drinking water.
New diet theories are trending every few years. It was said that we should avoid fats. Suddenly, the problem was no longer the fats but the carbohydrates. Now it’s said we should eat a particular amount of proteins. Coconut oil is hyped as a Superfood one month and the next month it increases the risk for cardiovascular disease.
Common reasons for such contradicting messages are the simplification of research results in the media, the marketing of the diet and sports industries, doctors that haven’t been trained for nutrition, studies funded by large corporations as well as persuasive lobbyists.
What we need to be able to cut through, are not more myths and tactics, but a basic philosophy, which helps us to orientate ourselves in the jungle of diet theories.
In this article, you’ll learn what about the to Real Life food philosophy. Our Brunch and gourmet dinner events, recipes and our personal diets are based on this philosophy. You can also use the following tips for your personal journey.