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Self-destruction in Self-Help

The self-help society is a vast field with endless videos, podcasts, books, gurus, and etc.

Speaking about an industry that has a goal of self-help, development, growth and motivation, I never would have though it had such a dark and gloomy side.

The person who actually brought this side to light, was no one other than Sam, the king of self-blame and criticism.

I should have seen this day coming, because no one other than him would see the ugly side of self-help, but I don’t blame him, he does have a valid point and I don’t want to say I’m convinced from what I saw and heard, instead I can say I understand his point of view. However I do have my own comments on the matter.

Before continuing to read this blog, please take some time to watch this video so you’d be able to follow-up on my point, I know it’s a long video and an even longer blog but I promise you it’s worth it because many of you out there are living like Sam and suffering with your lives, and everything you’ll hear in the video would be a virtual representation of your lives, and I’m here not to offer solutions, I can’t promise you that or I would be misleading you!

I’m here to help you through your obstacles, so you can lead the life you’re meant to live. Don’t trust anyone who says we have the solution to all your problems, and follow this magical technique to see your life changing for the better, those are all just hoaxes.

The only person able to offer solutions, the ONLY person able to change your life, is YOU!

I’m only here to help you see that.

Please press on the link below to watch the video, then come back to continue your reading.

Welcome back!

I hope you enjoyed the video as much as I did, can’t say as much as Sam did because it brought him down, seeing his reality decimated in-front of him.

I’m going to write the 10 items from the video then tackle each one on it’s own:

  1. Where it begins?
  2. Addiction to dopamine
  3. The illusion of progress
  4. Action faking
  5. The sinister business of selling hope
  6. You are more profitable unhappy and discontent than you are happy and fulfilled
  7. Toxic positivity
  8. The actual meaningful things are created through struggle
  9. Hustle
  10. Burn-Out

Where it begins?

It all begins with a person who is not contempt with his life, who seeks improvement and change.

In the video, he states this fact not as a bad thing, but as the weakness the self-help industry pries on so they can bait you into their world.

Even if his point of view is true, I don’t see it that way. Because this is the most important life-breaking point a person can have.

If I were to be happy with my average life, I wouldn’t have the need nor the motivation to change.

I would still be sitting in my same place till the day I die, having no impact what so ever on my self nor on the world.

I would be nothing, I would be worthless, and I would be another pointless face in the crowd who made nothing from her life.

No scientific advances would have been made, and no breakthroughs in the world of business, economy, internet, etc…

It’s the disscontempt with our lives, and the thrive to want more that makes us matter, that makes us stand out, and it is what gives our life meaning!

So kudos for you, for making this first drastic step in life! 👏

Addiction to Dopamine

I have to agree with the vlogger that self-help is addictive. Sam went down that dark path and thought that he needed to read every self-help book, watch every video, and attend every seminar or webinar to be successful.

But I’m going to tell you one thing, the self-help world isn’t to blame for this, you are to blame for this, and I’ll tell you why with a simple example:

Alcohol is world renowned for it’s addictive nature, however we see that there is a vast difference between an occasional drinker and an alcoholic, though BOTH have a highly addictive substance in their hands.

However one chose to control the drink, using it in moderation, and only experience the joyful sides of it, while the latter allowed the drink to control him and pull him down a bottomless pit filled with all the harms and consequences of alcohol addiction both physically and mentally.

So we notice here that the issue wasn’t the substance or in our topic here the self-content it self, but it’s OUR own response to it!

It’s how much we allow it to control our lives, for everything that surpasses moderation, balance, and boundaries of self-restraints will get toxic no matter how benign it may have seemed.

The Illusion of Progress

This is a point I completely disagree on, and it in fact got on my every nerve!

There is no such thing as the illusion of progress, because every step you take towards changing yourself into a better person is PROGRESS!

People tend to forget the small things that led to them taking action, however those small things have a tremendous positive impact on their lives. Progress is relative from one person to another, you CAN NOT compare yourself to someone’s else life and say I’ve made no progress in my life.

The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were yesterday, and the ONLY person you should strive to out-achieve is the person you were yesterday, the only standard of comparison is YOUR PAST SELF.

Don’t say you haven’t made progress when you’ve turned your life around, from a person who had no goals in life, who was a couch potato, who wasted precious time doing nothing, to a person who is now healthy, who exercises, who is seeking self-improvement, who is self-educating himself, and knows the value of precious time and is NOT wasting it!

Doing ANYTHING in life that helps you move forward and change the way you are is PROGRESS!

And one more thing, I know I keep saying this to Sam over and over again, yet he fails to listen but maybe you would.

Comparing yourselves to others timeline is TOXIC, shaming yourself because of your lack of achievements compared to others is TOXIC, and copying someone else’s success story to get the same results is TOXIC!

You are meant to succeed on your own terms, and on your own timeline, doing the thing you love and are passionate about.

Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.

Albert Einstein

Action Faking

Has the same concept as the above mentioned heading, which makes you feel that you have not achieved anything in your life, and all the actions and achievements you felt you had were actually fake. Though they are NOT!

Success and results don’t come magically over night, it’s a long process.

You don’t go to the gym one afternoon and expect to have “The Rock” muscles later in the evening. You have to work hard, be consistent, and be motivated for a long period of time before cultivating your gains.

Same thing applies for the ladies and loosing weight, you shouldn’t expect or believe any of the trends claiming to have instant weight loss with ZERO effort, there is no such thing!

You have to have a balanced life-style of healthy eating, drinking water, exercising and most importantly COMMITMENT, for A LONG period of time, then you’ll start seeing results.

Same goes for your life and success, there is no magic pill or switch that will change your life in day, stop expecting it, and STOP being disappointed by it!

The Sinister Business of Selling Hope

This I suppose is true, but yet again no one is forcing you to buy the books, pay for seminars, and etc.

Sam claims that it is brainwash that takes you down that hill, but I did read several self-improvement books and none of them seemed to suggest that we find the secret to success by reading every single book in the universe.

So it is back to the concept of moderation and the example of alcohol, when you’re an alcoholic you are most definitely profiting the alcohol companies every where.

You Are More Profitable Unhappy and Discontent Than You Are Happy and Fulfilled

This is a simple business ploy for it makes absolute sense that their target population would be people who are unhappy in their lives and want to do anything to change it.

Toxic Positivity

I completely disagree with this point, because there is no such thing as toxic positivity. Without positivity we cease to exist and move forward in our lives.

We are surrounded by negativity, whether in our household, at work, in our outings with friends, and all over social media.

Why do we constantly allow ourselves to be smothered with negativity, and then when it comes to positivity we stop, say it’s too much, and even go the extra mile of saying it’s not realistic!

Let me tell you one thing, being positive will have no harm what so ever on your on the contrary if it weren’t neutral, it will actually benefit you by giving you the extra courage and motivation you need to get things done, and in believing that your dreams will come true. Trust me nothing in the world will ever happen unless you believe in it and most importantly unless you believe in yourself.

Negativity on the other hand, the criminal we let roam freely in our lives is the culprit of all the disasters happening to us. We give ourselves excuses to be negative by disguising it with the term “being realistic”, well let me break it to you, by being realistic you are placing a dagger right in your dreams, enjoy watching your future bleed in-front of you for the sake of reality. That very same criminal keeps you up all night worrying you, criticizing you, demolishing all your worth, and crushing your spirits, so you wake the next day exhausted with no will to move one step further, we are captives to negativity’s siblings; anxiety and insomnia.

I urge you to rid yourselves from these criminals or they will bury you alive.

Choose positivity that will support you and light up your whole path, and will aid you through life’s hardships.

Positivity isn’t believing that the world is all unicorns and rainbows 🦄 🌈. Positivity is knowing that life is hell but you are strong enough to survive and get through it, positivity is believing that there is a silver lining behind every darkness.

The Actual Meaningful Things are Created Through Struggle

This is 100% true, the “No Pain No Gain” motto didn’t come from no where.

You can’t expect things to just be handed to you on a silver platter, you have seek out, to work hard, in order to cultivate the gains.

However it’s not just about working hard, it’s about working right, and working smart!

I once read something I liked from “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, he explained that if a person wants to get a certain place in Chicago while holding the map of Detroit, even if they worked hard day and night, and had all the positivity in the world, they won’t arrive to their desired destination, because they had the wrong map!

While if they had the right map, that’s were all the positivity and hard-work pays off, and you’ll arrive to your desired destination sooner.

If you are working hard on something after several decent attempts result in failure, you should be smart enough to cut your losses short, and try something else.

There is an exception to every rule though. If you are working on something you are passionate about, I urge you never to give up! I urge you to keep on going despite every one that’s doubting you, despite all the obstacles in your path, and despite what “reality” states are your odds. When you have a dream, you will achieve it, no matter how far fetched it may seen, because if you work really hard and believe in yourself, you’ll end product will stun you and all those around you.

Trust me, it worked for me and a billion others, but those are stories for a different time.

Hustle

Whether we like it or not, there are certain situations in life that require us to “Hustle”.

Things may come to those who wait, but only things left by those who hustle

Abraham Lincon

I might need to clarify a few points about what “Hustle” actually means, and I have to agree with the video that certain self-help advices are way off when it comes to this topic.

Here self-improvement books will actually self-destruct you, and suck you into a vortex of self-blame. In their definition, you are not working hard enough if you don’t work for 15+ hours a day, if you don’t spend every minute of everyday learning something new, doing something “productive”, and they call you a loser, and a failure if you cannot continue with this toxic life style.

Yes I did say toxic, because we are NOT machines, we are human being that need our rest, our comfort, and our space away from the work environment.

We don’t have to work every single hour of every day for the rest of our miserable lives in order to be labeled “successful”.

We are NOT all the same, and a certain method that might have worked with someone might NOT and most probably won’t work for the other.

So let’s focus on being the best versions of ourselves, and working hard on our own terms and on what suits our mental and physical health.

Because putting high unachievable goals and over-expecting from ourselves will crush us if we can’t attain them, instead place small easily achievable habits or goals and embrace the satisfaction of completing them, then gradually level up your game and climb the stairs one flight at a time till you reach your ultimate dream.

” When aiming for the sun, there’s no harm in landing on the moon for a quick rest on the way!”

This will ensure that you will reach your final destination, and not get tired and risk giving up half way through.

That brings us to our final point.

Burn Out

I have to admit I completely agree on this point, because we tend to act as machines working not stop though we miss the fact that even machines actually BURN if not rested appropriately.

It is scientifically proven that a human mind cannot focus on a certain topic with maximum capacity for more than 25-30 minutes maximum, this is where the pomodoro effect comes in.

The pomodoro effect suggests focusing on 1 task only for 25-30 minutes with zero distractions then take 5 minutes break, then work again for another 25-30 minutes. After repeating 4 cycles you are entitled for a longer break ranging from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

This method has been proven successful in multiple studies, where students who implemented this method not only didn’t burn-out, they scored higher on their exams, and retained more information months after the exam, since the information was properly stored and coded in their brains for future use.

Lots of countries around the world have noticed this, and decreased their work days from 6 to 4 work days per week because they noticed maximum capacity and efficiency where achieved when the workers had their adequate rest.

Burnout is what happens when you try to avoid being human for too long.

Micheal

Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes….Including you.

Anne Lamott

Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two breaths

Itty Hillsum

Just remember even a car’s gas will runout when driving endlessly and will most probably stop before reaching the desired destination.

Conclusion

  • Believe in yourselves
  • Go easy on yourselves
  • Don’t compare yourselves to others
  • Stay positive
  • Achieve your goals
  • Don’t let anyone even yourself stop from achieving your dreams
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Unhappy Tummy

While reading the title of this entry you’d think that I have a stomach ache, but the truth is, I’m perfectly fine yet I’m extremely unhappy with my physical appearance even after losing around 22 lbs of body fat!

My BMI is normal, I wasn’t even obese before, I was just overweight.

The thing I didn’t lose the weight in the intention of making my physical appearance better, I was beyond happy and contempt with my outer appearance that I didn’t even notice that I had the extra weight!

That was until I developed 2 health conditions where my doctors insisted I lose the extra weight, drink more water, exercise daily to strengthen my cardiac muscle or face the consequences later on in life.

So optimistic me took that as a chance to pursue a healthier lifestyle where I enjoy my healthy recipes and my new physical routine.

However now I can’t help but feel miserable while watching my daily workout videos seeing those instructors with fit perfect bodies who can do all sorts of moves that I still unable to achieve despite all the hard-work that I’ve put up!

It drives me crazy seeing and feeling my abdominal fat, noticing the cellulite on the back of my thighs, and looking at my forever enormous thighs!

Such a failure….. 😦

I started even convincing myself that I haven’t even lost any weight and that I will never look good enough, or have an attractive slim body as fitness coaches.

I was on the verge of giving up on all of the hard-work I’ve done in the past couple of years, till I stumbled upon a picture of myself the day before I changed my life around, turns out the change was tremendous and easily noticeable, I have achieved so much in a reasonable amount of time, and the MOST important thing of all is that my health got substantially better, I was able to decrease the doses of the medications I’m taking from 5 pills per day to 1 and 1/2 pills per day!!

I’m a better version of my self than I was yesterday!

I was blinded from ALL those blessings only because I was comparing myself to other people, when the only person I should compare myself to is my PAST ME!

We should all be happy with who we are, and what we look like as long as we are the best versions of ourselves, even if we haven’t reached our goals yet, it is all a working progress, we are a working progress….

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Dreams Do Come True!

We live in a life filled with constant worries about the future, little do we know that we can control our future just with our thoughts.

Crazy right?

I thought so too! Until it actually started to work and I saw everything unfold in front of my eyes.

How?

That is a story for another time….

In the mean time, just believe that it will be!

Dream Turned to Hell

I know it’s been a very long time since I’ve last posted, but these have been very rough days, though these should be the best days of my life, yet I feel that everything has turned against me.

This is not the life I’ve imagined having, there are too many obstacles in the road, and too many hardships, I don’t know till when I can handle this, or will I just quit everything and stay home?

Everything will only get harder further upon, and I simply can’t be happy.

I’m miserable.

Healthy Pot Roast

I’ve never made pot roast in my life before, but I’ve always wanted to try it, and I’ve got to say for a first attempt it tasted AMAZING!!

Here’s what you need:

  • Beef
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Cauliflower
  • Bell peppers
  • Onions
  • A few cloves of garlic
  • Artichoke
  • Broccoli (I love broccoli in this dish however I always forget to add it)
  • You can add whatever vegetables you want there are no rules in the kitchen
  • Spices: a dash of onion, garlic, ginger powder, black pepper, cinnamon
  • Dijon mustard
  • Rosemary
  • Coconut oil
  • Olive oil
  • Butter
  • Vinegar

Instructions:

  • Marinate the meat with the spices, olive oil, vinegar, and dijon or yellow mustard, or even better honey mustard
  • Heat the pan add coconut oil and a bit of butter, then add the garlic cloves and rosemary, then add the meat cook on each side till it gets a nice color
  • Get a baking tray and put all the ingredients together, wrap in aluminum foil
  • Cook in oven in the middle rack, highest temperature with the broiler on
  • The food will cook on steam
  • You can make side rice
  • It will take around 40-60 mins

Enjoy…..

Pump Your PUMP

Ever had a good car that was working for several years with no seems of a problem and then suddenly it starts showing signs of trouble before failing all together?

Now I’m no car expert but the majority of times the problem would be in the engine. Either you were filling it up with cheap bad fuel, not replacing the motor oil, not taking it for regular maintenance check-up or not filling it with the water it needed!

Same concept applies to our bodies, especially the pumping champion; our Heart.

We need to be careful what we put in our bodies, the type of food we eat, the drinks we indulge in, and whether or not we’re moving adequately.

There are several elements that impact our lives, so I’m going to mention them in the titles below, stating the problem and offering the adequate solutions!

Soul Food

I know you’ve heard about this topic a thousand times, and you choose the YOLO slogan to indulge in every sugary pastry and every oily fries there is.

But what if I told you don’t have to give them up to be “healthy”.

Our bodies don’t do well with deprivation, no matter how long we abstain from eating the things we love we tend to reach a breaking point then binge on all that tasty guilt filled food that we so adore. Why guilt filled you might ask? Because all that weight we so painfully and tediously lost, is all gonna come back and I’m going to tell you why!

When you’re depriving yourself from food your body will turn on starvation mode, and will decrease your metabolic rate (which burns fat for energy), so even if you’re initially losing weight from the caloric deficit you will eventually gain it back from one bite of a donut, because your body won’t be able to burn those calories and will directly store as fat to use in case you decide to go back to starvation mode.

So what’s the solution?

Eat whatever you want!

Yes you’ve heard me, eat whatever you want! Buutttt….there’s a catch. There’s ALWAYS a catch.

Moderation, moderation, and more moderation.

Moderation is the key to everything in life.

There is no need for us to deprive ourselves from all the things we love, we can still enjoy the food we adore without gaining those extra pounds and risking our health.

Now my main goal for this blog is to lead a better healthy life, while the esthetics of it is a great bonus, it shouldn’t be our main goal cause we’ll find ourselves fumbling to maintain motivated along this long path.

Yes, it is unfortunately a long path but the gains are tremendous, priceless, and most importantly, they’re there to stay.

Let’s start with the basics, we need to put our selves in mild caloric deficit in order to lose weight, and we do that by watching out for our food, exercising, or even better BOTH!

We need to eat a total of 3 meals a day with 2 snacks in between to keep our metabolism running, there a few simple tricks we can do to eat the things we love without them suffocating the arteries in our hearts with cholesterol plaques that will eventually explode and kill us, even though death by a donut is your dream, it’s not the ideal way for you to leave this world.

So you’re craving a donut, you’re craving fries, chocolate, etc. Don’t swear them off entirely, nor binge on them on your cheat day, both will do you more harm than good! Instead just take one bite from whatever you’re craving, you will be permitted to one bite of the thing you absolutely love during the day, but if you don’t crave that much heart killing food, you would be permitted to one cheat MEAL per week, not a whole day of binging, just one meal.

As for the rest of the day, you’re going to be having quality food, food that will strengthen you and give you the energy and mental clarity you need through out the day, in addition to it being healthy and nutritious, you’ll notice the pounds shedding in no time.

I’m not a very big fan of diets and going all pen and paper with the food I’m gonna eat, but I guess you need it for the first while so you can figure out heathy and tasty meals and snacks. So I will be posting a list of meals later on (I really hate calling it a diet plan!), in the mean time click on the link below to check my low-calorie meals and desert recipes.

A few simple things to start with is decreasing the amount of oil and deep fried food that will lead to clogging your arteries, a great alternative is baking, I know baked fries aren’t as good as real fries but you have 2 options here, either you invest in an air-fryer which I highly recommend since it’ll eliminate a ton of calories from your diet, is extremely healthy and not to mention so darn delicious! I would even say the food turns out as good or even better than fried because you don’t have that greasy taste in your mouth and it won’t leave you with heart burn, feeling heavy, tired and sleepy! The other solution is, learn how to bake food the right way.

It is very simple just get whatever it is that you usually deep fry and add a bit of oil just to coat the food leaving it a bit glossy, preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius, make sure you turn the broiler on as well, place parchment paper in the baking tray to prevent the food from sticking, and place it on the medium shelf so that it’s in equal distance from both heat sources.

Keep on baking them till you achieve the level of crunchiness you desire, but note that it will take a long time sometimes up to 45 mins., but trust me the extra wait will shed off your weight and save your heart.

Get On the Move

Your body is filled with muscles, which are kind of like plants in a garden, if you’re not taking care of them they will wilt up and die.

This is true to muscles because muscles that don’t get stimulated will atrophy, meaning that they will actually shrink.

When the muscles atrophy, what appears to the surface of your skin is cellulite, cellulite is fat that gives the skin the bumpy appearance because there is no muscle underneath to stretch the skin to smoothness.

Not to forget the most important muscle of all, our pumping champion. Our HEART, it’s all muscle and the more you work it the more it’ll grow (the good type of growth).

I know a lot of you out there dread the word CARDIO workout, but it is highly efficient on so many levels.

  • Improves cardiovascular health by strengthening your heart muscle and is recommended by the American Heart Association. Even a 15 minute brisk walk will do wonders to your heart.
  • Decreases resting heart-rate. Normal resting heart-rate is between 60-99 beats per minute, yet we notice that athletes have an even lower heat rate and are found to have better health overall, turns out working your heart during exercise strengthens the muscle making it grow, when it does, it has a higher capacity to fill in blood and doesn’t need to work as hard to pump blood out to the body at rest, thus saving pressure cardiac muscle and energy for future use.
  • Lowering blood pressure, explanation could be applied to the same concept as the above mentioned point.
  • Helps regulate blood glucose levels, by increasing insulin sensitivity and thus decreasing it’s resistance in type 2 diabetes mellitus.
  • Wonders for insomnia, performing cardio exercises during the day will help regulate your sleeping habits, and makes you more likely to fall asleep faster and stay asleep.
  • Boosts your immune system, exercise of any kind is known for it’s stress relieving effect, the major stress hormone in our body is cortisol and it has been linked to several derangements such as increasing blood glucose levels and decreasing immunity. So exercising leads to decreased levels of cortisol and thus better functioning immune system.
  • Boosts mood, exercise is the perfect way to vent all the negative energy in your body, whether it’s stress, anxiety, or depression. Once you’ve pushed yourself to actually performing the exercise you will feel tremendously better afterwards.
  • Aids in weight loss and muscle gain, growing our muscles in whatever proportion has several positive impacts on our lives as, providing better support for our joints, having better posture, and more muscles means higher metabolic rate leading to fat burn even in periods of inactivity.

Click on the button below to read more about the American Heart Association’s latest instructions for exercise.

The Fountain of Youth

If I had to go on for days I wouldn’t be done stating the benefits of drinking water and it’s tremendous effects on our bodies.

However first I’m going to start with the notorious effects of dehydration on our bodies.

  • FATIGUE, that nasty symptom strangles our daily lives and kills our productivity, simply because we’re as a plant that needs water to stay fresh, brightened, and ALIVE.
  • Dizziness, lightheadness, and in severe cases fainting while standing up, all of this is because your body is in a state of hypovolemia; meaning that there is not enough blood circulating in your body to reach all important places at the same time, this especially happens when you stand up from a seated position all the blood gets pooled into your legs and there isn’t enough blood to circulate to your brain, thus you feel dizzy and might even pass-out.
  • Brain-fog, for the above mentioned reason, due to the lack of adequate blood flow to the brain it is almost not possible for the brain to think straight, that’s why you feel that it’s immensely hard to focus on an otherwise simple task.
  • Headache, according to the american academy of neurology, one of the leading causes for recurrent headaches is dehydration, and one of the simple tasks of prevention is simply staying well hydrated!
  • WRINKLES and dry scaly skin, those two dreadful symptoms are true nails in our beauty tree, though the wrinkles aren’t true wrinkles there are actually dehydration line which are completely reversible with adequate hydration so is the dry skin, though if you continue to ignore them I cannot say that you will age gracefully, for they might turn into permanent marks.
  • Arrhythmias, dehydration makes your heart more susceptible to abnormal rhythms if you have a pre-existing heart disease.

BENEFITS, on top of the that fact that drinking water prevents all the above mentioned heinous effects, it has a few extra to be mentioned below:

  • Aids in digestion and thus relieving constipation
  • Enhances mental function
  • Helps with nutrient absorption
  • Helps with weight LOSS
  • Improves blood oxygen circulation
  • Natural boost for energy
  • Enhances physical performance
  • Improves cardiovascular health

Bottom line is try not to look like a wrinkled prone by drinking around 2L of water per day!

Stay Safe and Stay FutureFit 💪!

Tiktok Egg Sandwich

I’m calling it tiktok egg sandwich cause I got the idea from there, and because I can’t come up with anything better to call it😅.

It’s a very easy and fast recipe, but I added a healthy twist! Not to mention that is outstandingly delicious.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 large eggs
  • Bit of olive oil
  • Spinach as desired
  • 1 slice of whatever cheese
  • Just a tiny bit of my special spice blend ( garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, and sumac) +/- cayenne pepper
  • Dash of salt
  • Whole grain whole wheat bread

Instructions:

  • Heat the pan on medium heat add a drizzle of olive oil and add the spinach to it till it wilts a bit then remove it to a plate
  • In a bowl whisk the eggs together with a dash of the spice blend and a bit of salt
  • Add another drizzle of olive oil or w bit of butter to the pan but remove it from the heat
  • Add the eggs
  • Then add the bread but make sure they get coated with the eggs on both sides
  • Cover up and place on medium to low heat till their cooked
  • Flip the eggs with the bread
  • Add the cheese and spinach
  • Fold

ENJOY……..

Veggie Stew

This is a delicious healthy and nutritious meal, that can be paired with rice, or eaten on it’s own.

Here’s what you need:

  • 200g beef sliced in cubes
  • 1 potato
  • 1 small cauliflower
  • 2 carrots
  • 3 small onions
  • 2 zucchini
  • I really wanted to put broccoli with it but I ran out…oh well 😦
  • 1 tspn garlic powder, onion powder
  • 1/2 tspn ginger
  • 1/2 tspn black pepper
  • 1/4 tspn cinnamon powder
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional 1 tbspn coconut oil

Instructions:

  • Just dice everything and place them all in one pot, add the spices and the water the mix
  • This is one of the easiest and fastest recipes ever
  • Place on medium shelf in a preheated oven to 200 degrees celsius, for the first 40 minutes keep covered with aluminum foil, then remover it and broil for 15 mins

ENJOY……..

Quarantine Cake

This a delicious simple recipe for sort-of a pound cake, I don’t know what to call it but it is absolutely delicious and east to make.

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 cups of flour
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1.5 cups of sugar
  • 1 tspn vanilla
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut (optional but gives amazing taste)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbspn baking powder
  • A squeeze of lemon juice
  • Dash of salt

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius
  • Mix the eggs first, I whisked them on hand because my mixer is dead 💀, then add the sugar, milk, oil, and lemon juice
  • in a separate bowl add all the dry ingredients together and mix then
  • Then gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix
  • Take about quarter of the mixture and add the chocolate powder to it, if it’s too dry, add a bit or milk to loosen it up
  • Place parchment paper in the baking tray of your choice and pour the mixture in
  • Place on medium rack and wait this golden

ENJOY……

Pizza and Co

First and foremost I would like to apologize for disappearing the last few days, and there are 2 reasons for that!

  1. The damn finals for my senior year in medschool
  2. A boat load of pre-employment courses from my residency program that I had to complete in very short notice

Now back to what really matters, PIZZA!

I managed to squeeze in some time today to prepare my favorite meal of all.

It’s a very quick and easy recipe, and I have a certain trick to make it less fattening.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour ( I used white flour cause I ran out of whole wheat flour, but if you had that lying around mix 1 1/2 cups of white flour with 1 cup of whole wheat flour, don’t use the whole quantity as whole wheat flour alone cause it tends to crumble and the result isn’t as pleasant)
  • 2 1/2 tbspns of olive oil
  • 2 tspns active instant dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 warm water
  • Dash of salt (DON’T PLACE THE SALT OVER THE YEAST IT WILL KILL IT)
  • 1 tspn sugar
  • Pepperoni (quantity as desired)
  • Bell peppers
  • Pizza sauce
  • Any other topics you like

Instructions:

  • Preheat the oven 180 degrees celsius
  • Mix the flour, yeast, water, oil, sugar, and salt all together
  • Keep kneading the dough for about 10 mins, it’s going to be sticky at first but then it will come together, a simple tip to know that you have a successful dough is when your whole bowl is clean!
  • Add a bit of olive oil in the bottom of the bowl and on top of the dough after forming it into a smooth ball
  • Cover with plastic wrap, then with a damp warm towel
  • Let it rest for about 30 mins in a warm place
  • You’ll then find that the dough has doubled in size, stretch the dough from 4 sides, then let it rest for 15 mins and repeat this step one more time to create air bubbles in the dough
  • In this time get the pepperoni, I usually buy it whole and slice it myself in moderately thick slices, the reason for that is pepperoni has a ton of fat, if it were thinly sliced and added on top of the pizza raw, all that fat will be absorbed in the dough and we’ll end up eating it which will add A LOT of unnecessary calories to the pizza
  • So here’s what I do, after slicing the pepperoni I place it in a pan and cook it for a few minutes, you’ll see that the white marks in the pepperoni which are the fat have disappeared and the pan will filled with oil
  • Discard the oil and place the pepperoni slices on a paper towel to absorb any extra lurking fat
  • After the dough has been proofed, add a bit of onion and garlic powder to the it and knead it a bit, then transform the dough on to a lightly floured surface
  • After you’ve spread the dough place it in the cooking tray, then without any toppings, cook it in the oven for 10 mins
  • Then remove it from the oven, add the sauce, pepperoni, bell peppers, mozzarella cheese on top and a few more pepperoni above the cheese
  • Place it back in the oven till the cheese is melted or golden brown
  • I had a bit extra dough lying around so I made a few mini pizzas, and mini pita bread
Notice all the white stuff in the pepperoni, this is all the fat that we need to melt in pan and then discard
I used this tool to create mini holes in the dough to allow it to breath and prevent it from rising as pita bread when I semi-cook it the oven before adding the toppings
This is made from the left over pizza dough, I just kneaded the dough in small thin circles and left them a while to rise before baking

This recipe is beyond delicious, the crust is medium thickness, it’s crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside.

ENJOY……..

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