Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Meditate your weight - Book Review


   A 21- Day Retreat to optimize your metabolism and feel great by Tiffany Cruikshank.


The mind Body Connection

 Our mind lives in our nervous system and the nervous system is present in our body – Relation. When we neglect to pay attention to the mind body connection , we might do everything right.

Meditate your weight Program

  This 21 day program is a structured , progressive and mind training sequence.
                     Part 1 – crash course of Meditation
                     Part 2 –  21 day Retreat

Meditation - The Master Habit

   Meditation can support almost any effort to improve health. Meditation is first and foremost mental practice. Meditation is a means of training your mind.
    The practice of meditation is actually very simple. It almost supports any effort to improve health. Mindfulness techniques can reduce food cravings and enhance weight loss.

    Meditation is first and foremost, a mental practice. Meditation is a means of training your mind.

    Meditation has an amazing way of making everything more conscious. Meditation helps you tune into your hunger. It helps you manage your energy level.

  Meditation changes your brain’s reaction to stress and keeps the body young.

21 Day Retreat

  Meditation schedule

  Days  1to 3 – 3 minutes
  Days 4 to 19 – 5 minutes
  Days 10 to 15 – 7 minutes
  Days  16 to 20 – 10 minutes
  Days 21 forward 12 minutes

Day 1 – Awareness

   Mind Makeover Exercises

Day 2 – Presence

 Notice the streaming of  breath inside of the nose . Notice the temperature of outside of nose.

Day 3 – Authenticity

Write down your strengths and your challenges.

Day 4 – Cravings
 What are the foods or things that you crave on a regular basis .

Day 5 – Nourishment

 How do you take time daily to nourish yourself

Day 6 – Food as Fuel

 Recall the foods you ate yesterday . write down everything you can remember eating.

Plan the fuel for next 24 hours.

Day 7 – Vitality
 Energy level is one way to quickly get a sense of whether or not you’re feeding your machine the right things.

Day 8 – Stress Proofing
  In this meditation practice , we are trying to use a observer’s mind set to broaden the gap between a trigger and our response.

Day 9 -  Self Limiting Beliefs
  The secret to overcoming self limiting expectations that root down into beliefs is simply becoming conscious of them.

Day 10 – Radiance
 After visualization and really acknowledging that there is sense of health inside you , choose your food differently.

Day 11 – Self – Esteem

 Notice how your intelligence emerges through your unique strengths , both in your work and in your life.

 Day 12 – Love

   As you inhale  , breathing naturally , visualize love coming into your body . Then , on the exhale , visualize allowing that love to settle into your bones.
Day 13 – Feeling Capable
  Committing to simple changes and not having to be perfect make us healthier all around. And help us feel capable.

Day 14 -  Perfectionism

  Visualize your imperfections. It may be  physical or an aspect of your personality.

Day 15 -  Living your potential

  Think of three positive things you will experience during the day to come.

Day 16 – Embracing Your Beauty

  Write down your natural beauty assets. Is it your nose or smile.

Day 17 – Loving your Body

 How can you embrace sexy – whether it’s yourlooks , your clothes , the way you talk , the way you connect with people.

Day 18 – Already Home

  Once we visualize a goal , and we believe we will achieve it , we start to consciously and subconsciously change our behavior to create that reality.

Day 19 -  Strength

  Character is the source of our inner strengths. What are your inner strengths , both in work and in life .

Day 20 – Commitment

 Write about one simple change that you can commit to for the next 30 days.

Day 21 -  Clarity and Purpose

   What is your untapped potential that you’re waiting to share with the world .

Eating Rules :

Eat slowly , chew your food thoroughly and enjoy the act of nourishing yourself.

Stop eating when you are 75 percent full.

Try not to go longer than 3 to 4 hours between meals.

Do not eat after 8 pm.

Limit your fluid intake with meals , as it dilutes gastric enzymes.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The More of Less – Book Review

   Finding the life you want
                                       Under everything you have


 JOSHUA BECKER is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website that inspires millions around the world to own fewer possessions and find greater fulfillment in life. As one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement, Joshua speaks both nationwide and internationally. He has contributed to articles in Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Christianity Today. He is a frequent guest on HuffPost Live and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the CBS Evening News. He and his young family live in Peoria, Arizona.

 This book contains about 13 chapters.  

Becoming Minimalist :

 The author  created the blog Becoming Minimalist by the end of memorial day weekend in 2008. Within six months they had get rid of fifty percent of their belongings and learnt how to live a simple and minimal life.

 The universal benefits of Minimalism

1.   More Time and Energy
2.   More Money
3.   More Freedom
4.   Less Stress
5.   Less Distraction
6.   Less Environmental Impact  and so on……

According to the author if we follow minimalism , we will get free time to pursue our greatest passion.The relationship will get better , more leisure time to spend with family and friends.

Good Riddance

  Author says minimalism speaks to him of freedom , of peace and of Joy.

Definition of Minimalism  - The intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of  anything that distracts us from them.
Troy who wants to change the colour of his house, but couldn’t able to do. When he saw a picture of a small house on wheels with a hundred square feet . He realized that people are living in smaller house and it was the start of his journey to Minimalism.
Minimalism Your Way
  We can’t follow a particular way  or others to be minimalist . As everyone’s life differs from each other , we has to find our own way to be minimalist.

 The goal of minimalism is to unburden our lives  so we can accomplish more.

Fog of Consumerism

  We always thinks , we has to buy certain things so that we will be happy. We has to analyse  the consumeristic propaganda before thinking about buying one for us.

 Common marketing ploys in the world of retail are

  Loyalty Points and Cards
  Retail store credit cards
  Decoy Pricing
The Want Within

 Minimalism is important to our self – discovery. Self – evaluation reveal your inner motivations towards security.

 Many of us believe security can be adequately found in the personal ownership of possessions.
Seek security in loving other people instead of buying possessions.  

Take It Easy
Don’t think about simplifying toughest tasks. Instead , begin more- of – less journey.

My View : 

  A great motivational book to live the life as a minimalist without worries. Reach for your most wanted goal.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Eggless Mini Mango Bread #BreadBakers

  For this Month’s Bread Bakers Mirelle from  The Schizo Chef.
gave us the theme to make bread with stone fruit. The first fruit came to my mind on seeing the theme was the mango.

 As mango is in season and easily available stone fruit in my place , I decided to make bread with it.

  I was hesitant to use it in making yeasted bread , so made this simple quick bread. The colour of bread from the addition of mango puree was so  good and appealing.

 Mango being the King of fruits  and a common fruit in Tropical regions , rich in vitamin A and good for eye sight.

Requirements :

All purpose flour – 2 cup
Sugar – ½ cup
Mango Puree – 1 ½  cup
Baking Powder – ½  tsp
Baking Soda  - ½ tsp
Greek Yogurt – ¼ cup

Method :
 Sift together flour , baking soda and baking powder .

 In a bowl , add the yogurt and beat well. To this add the mango puree and sugar beat again.

Now , add the  flour mixture little at a time and fold in , don’t beat.

Pour into mould and place a cashew on top. I used small square muffin mould.

Bake in a preheated oven @ 180 * C for about 15 minutes or till the tooth pick inserted comes out clean.

Let the baking tray cool on wire rack and demould.

Eggless  Mini Mango Bread are ready to serve.

The bread tastes delicious with the flavor of mango.

Note :

I didn’t add any flavoring agent. As we like the mango flavor I made it so.

If you wish you can add cinnamon , cardamom or other flavouring agents.

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  • BreadBakers

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    We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient.

    If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send Stacy an email with your blog URL to

    Sending  to here.