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Yoga teacher, practicing yoga since 1997, teaching since 2003, writer/translator, global soul, world traveller (and sometimes beyond), passionate about eastern philosophy and western psychology, especially its application in mind-body practices such as yoga and somatic movement therapy, deeply in love with life, knows that our greatest teacher lies within, also sometimes a total mess - it's part of the package!

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    A Beginner's Guide to Green Smoothies

    Wednesday, September 22. 2010

    If you're new to green smoothies or if you have no clue about what constitutes the optimal "magical mixture" then read on. This is for all green smoothie pioneers who dare to experiment but tend to mix nasty concoctions before they figure things out. So, in the name of sparing a few bemused or grimaced expressions in the world, here are a few important tips for getting started on green smoothies:

    1. Keep it simple - very simple!
    Avoid dumping a mass of ingredients into your blender and hoping you get lucky. Instead, start with something very simple and easy like the classic banana and spinach mix. Make sure you use more fruit than greens initially and then add a little water until smooth.

    2. Start with a very small amount of greens - then upgrade!
    Don’t gross yourself out on the first try. Throw in the fruit first (in this case: a couple of bananas), add a few green leaves of spinach or romaine lettuce on top, and then blend it. It’s okay if it’s not dark green the first time. A pale greenish-yellow shade is perfect. Just practice patience (and restraint!). Relax. Allow yourself to adjust.

    3. If it tastes like weeds or your lawnmower, try again!
    Some greens have a much stronger taste than others. Spinach and kale have a more bitter taste than the more neutral romaine lettuce. So be careful not to add too many bitter or spicy greens that will overpower your drink, unless of course you don’t mind the strong taste. Just experiment and see how it goes.

    Celery is great, too, but try to avoid it first thing in the morning. At that time of the day, the taste of celery can be a bit strong for the "uninitiated". (Myriam, please take note! :-)

    And finally, (this is not really a tip but) don’t let one failed green smoothie concoction get you down. After all, there’s so much to be gained by incorporating more greens into your diet.

    Drink, share, enjoy, and then tell me about it!

    Green Living

    Saturday, February 21. 2009

    You do not inherit the earth of your ancestors, you borrow it from your children. ~Antoine de Saint Exupéry
    The way we use the planet’s resources makes up our ecological footprint. If you're worried about your impact on the environment and want to make some simple changes to reduce your ecological footprint, the WWF Ecological Footprint Calculator will work it out for you. Use it to measure the Earth's resources required to sustain your household.
    Ecological Footprint Calculator
    Calculators for your specific country and to find out what YOU can do to reduce carbon emissions can be found here.
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