Insomnia: here are some useful tips in order to treat your sleeping problems
Insomnia (or not getting enough sleep) is a condition linked to an increasing in inflammation, stress, fat, blood pressure and the risk of the onset of all the chronic degenerative diseases.
Those who suffer from insomnia have a temperature above the norm before going to bed (in the morning is the opposite). Therefore they will tend to feel hot at night and to toss and turn in bed several times before they can find the right temperature.
People who suffer from insomnia are restless at night and sleepy and shivering in the morning.
Therefore, in order to promote sleep you should:
- choose rooms that can provide a comfortable temperature: the heat should be effectively regulated; in the summer there have to be mosquito nets so that you can open the window and cool down the environment
- prefer rooms with no light sources visible at night and remove any technological device in order to promote digital detox
- choose rooms with minimum noise and maximum isolation
- use headsets or caps to cancel noise
- use soft and comfortable pillows and mattress
- keep the light generally soft and warm
- in the morning, try to keep the body temperature lower as possibile; try to perform very intense activities in the first part of the day: it’s in the morning that we have to tire and stress ourselves; avoid to consume any hot dish in the early morning
- in the evening, try to keep the body temperature higher (e.g. with a hot bath) and perform relaxing activities
- take specific food supplements and teas (hops and multivitamins, herbal tea with valerian and hops – Sonnocin)
- make Yoga or stretching in the evening (but keep them very bland otherwise the risk is to stress yourselves)
Today, March 22nd is the International day dedicated to the Importance of Water. How muchi s water important for our bodies?
We are made of about 60% of water. On average, people drink much less water than they should, leading to unbalances in the body composition. That in the long term can lead to serious health issues. A constant lack of water leads to premature ageing, loss of muscle mass, inflammation and stress.
We have gathered some important information about water and here are the useful things to know:
The MINIMUM AMOUNT OF WATER THAT WE SHOULD DRINK DAILY is between 3-4,5% of the body weight (60 kg female -> 1,8 to 2,7 liters of water)
If we don’t drink enough we will have:
• DOWN OF THE METABOLISM (to reduce the water losses and for the muscle loss used as a source of water because is for 72% made of water)
• INCREASE of STRESS and INFLAMMATION (the body way to preserve the water promoting water retention ECW )
The result is:
• difficulty losing fat and gaining muscle
• vague symptoms and inflammation preservation
• low body functionality
WE ARE MADE OF WATER, PRESERVE IT!
In young people, with no excess of fat, a low value of water means premature aging, muscle loss, chronic inflammation and stress. In people with an excess of fat, a low value of water means occupation of the lean mass by the fat .
Usually in old people we have both conditions. To increase it: drink the recommended value of water (written in the BIA test), reduce the fat mass, increase/preserve the muscle mass, reduce the stress
This month, which we are dedicating to women, our chef Ales offers a simple but sensational recipe of the month: Sensational Truffles.
A very simple desert inspired by raw cuisine. The ingredients of the Sensational Truffles can be adjusted according to your taste:
For about 20 truffles:
- 15 dates without pits softened in warm water (about 180g)
- 130g of mixed dried fruit (almonds, hazelnuts, pine nuts, creanberry)
- Spices: Spirulina in powder, curry, chilly, coconut rapé, cinnamon
- Fresh mint for decoration
Leave the dates for 20 min to soften in water. Blend the ingredients (not the spices) in a potent blender until you obtain a smooth mixture. Create small balls out of this mixture and roll the balls in different spices until entirely covered. Put the truffles on the oven paper and into the fridge until serving time.
- 500 ml rice milk
- 80 g sugar cane
- 70 g rice or corn starch
- Lime zest
- A spoonful of whiskey
- A pinch of turmeric
- Vanilla in powder
Put all the ingredients in a pan and whip everything together, turn on the stove at low fire and keep on whipping until everything is mixed together. Gradually increase the temperature and mainain the whipping until the cream becomes denser. Turn off the stove once the cream has reached the density desired. Leave aside and let it cool down.
- 200 g of fresh berries
- 1 teaspoon of Agar Agar (2g)
- 30 ml of water
Blend all ingredients at cold temperature then pot in a pan to heat until Agar Agar starts gelification. Turn it off and let it cool down to room temperature.
- 100g dark chocolate
Melt the chocolate on a water bath making sure the water doesn’t spill inside and also that temperature remains constant in order to avoid hardening.
Use a dish with a straight surface, like a mirror. With a spatula spread some crème patissère in order to make a thin layer. With pincers put the truffles on the crème with some distance in between. With a spoon create color spots with the berry gel. As final touch pour with a spoon some melted chocolate on top and decorate with fresh mint.
Did you know that culinary use of flowers dates back thousands of years to the Chinese, Greek and Romans? Many cultures use edible flowers in their traditional cooking — think of squash blossoms in Italian food and rose petals in Indian food.
Add flowers to your food, it can be a nice way to add colour, flavour and texture to different types of dishes. Edible flowers are all very different: spicy, herbaceous, floral, fragrant… the range is huge.
Flower petals are used in salads, teas, and as garnish for desserts. You can also roll them into handmade pasta, add to homemade ice cream, add to lemonades or cocktails.
Here are just some examples of edible flowers:
Blossoms come in a variety of colours, from white to pink to lavender; flavour is similar to the leaves, but milder.
Calendula / marigold
A great flower for eating, calendula blossoms are peppery, tangy, and spicy — and their vibrant golden colour adds dash to any dish.
Citrus blossoms are sweet and highly scented. Use frugally or they will over-perfume a dish
Famously used in hibiscus tea, the vibrant cranberry flavour is tart and can be used sparingly.
These super-fragrant blooms are used in tea; you can also use them in sweet dishes, but sparingly.
Sweet, spicy, and perfumed, the flowers are a great addition to both savoury and sweet dishes.
Remove the white, bitter base and the remaining petals have a strongly perfumed flavor perfect for floating in drinks or scattering across desserts, and for a variety of jams. All roses are edible, with flavour more pronounced in darker varieties.
Antioxidants and edible flowers
The University of Pisa has conducted studies with incredible results: edible flowers are great to refuel with antioxidants!
Nature offers us lots of ways to feel well, in an entirely healthy way. One of the ways it does that is through flowers which are full of beneficial properties – in particular, antioxidants.
But what taste do flowers have? Scientists have been focusing on this point as well.
The table below shows results of the study which demonstrates how much people like certain flowers and what taste these flowers are similar to:
The Pinnacle of Recognition in the Luxury SPA and Hotel Industry.
World Luxury Spa and Hotel Awards is the pinnacle of recognition of accomplishment by a hotel in the luxury hospitality industry, offering recognition to hotels for earning the respect of guests and industry players alike, by awarding hotels, as voted for by the public, in over 60 categories. Winning a World Luxury Hotel Award, will not only inspire the confidence of guests, the respect of industry players and retain a loyal clientele in these highly competitive times, but will also stimulate continuous growth and development of your hotel.
Ti Sana has been nominated for this award every year since 2011 winning a title every time. In 2016 we have won the worldwide first place for Luxury Medical SPA category. Thanks to our committed clients and fans we manage to gather sufficient votes to always win a title. Also this year we invite you to participate to the voting poll that will take place in September 2017! Follow us on socials or visit our website to learn more about voting.
15th – 21st June
7th – 13th September
The Remapping of Minds: Change your life in ways you may never have thought possible on The Mental Makeover Retreat at Ti Sana. Losing weight, quitting smoking or finding romance. There’s always something in our lives we want to change and the barriers keepi
ng us from success are in the mind. This unique psychological programme works by combining state-of-the-art tools. Developed by expert coach Steve McKeown, a true master of mind-improvement, to improve your personal and business performance.
Do you suffer with brain fog, lethargy, anxiety, lack of direction, aches and pains, minor (and some major) illnesses, skin disorders? Do you worry about your sleep, weight issues, lack of energy? Unmanaged thoughts adversely affect your energy and physical health. The connection between your brain and immune system is proven; not managing your thinking and beliefs is detrimental to your health and well-being. Surge ahead now by joining The Mental Makeover Retreat with Steve McKeown and his assistant mind coach Gavin Williamson in a beautiful location nestled in the countryside of Northern Italy.
The program (6 nights):
- Private initial consultation with Steve McKeown
- Introduction to and welcome from both coaches
- Evening group social meeting along with the coaches
- Beliefs and belief systems group session
- FIT Technique/ exercise
- Group hypnosis session
- Cognition and the Inner voice
- Suggestion and language formation
- Law of reversed effort
- Group hypnosis session
- Chronic stress and the Stressometer
- Field dependency, independency and our locus of control
- Internal and external belief spectrum
- Group hypnosis session
- Anxiety and stress
- Psychological affects and our immune system
- Physiological catch 22
- Normalisation of thoughts
- Group hypnosis session
- Enabling beliefs and action
- NLP time-line therapy to empower the past, present and future
- Stepping stones and goal setting
- Group hypnosis session
Each day of the retreat will take place in a beautiful and relaxed outdoor environment. Will involve one-on-one sessions as well as group mind therapy work. The day to day inclusions follow below:
- 1 x Deep tissue massage or head & foot massage (60 min)
- 1 x Integrated Diagnosis Test (BIA, Tomeex & PPG)
- 1 x Group hiking / walking excursion
- 3 x Group yoga / mindfulness classes
- Complimentary daily access to spa relaxation and facilities
- Access to bikes, gym, Jacuzzi and Solarium
- Free wi-fi and film database
|6 nights accommodation
|Full board (healthy, cleansing cuisine)|
|Return transfers (included, but optional)|
|Return flights from UK (included, but optional)|
About Steve McKeown:
Therapist, Psychoanalyst, Hypnotherapist, NLP Practitioner, Motivational Coach, Business Coach, Life Coach, architect of ‘Dichotherapy’ and the ‘F.I.T. Technique’. As well as being an international author, Steve Mckeown is a true master of mind-improvement, fully understanding the way humans are conditioned to think. With an unrivalled mental toolkit, he expertly guides both groups and individuals on their own unique journeys. To massively-improved ways of thinking, thus helping them to realise enormous positive change in their lives. Read more
I have professionally known the world of nutrition through the support of foodsupplements since 2010. I have no title that defines me as an expert in the field. I consider myself quite a good consumer and student of this world. I believe that when it comes to one’s health and well-being you enter a dimension in which you never stop learning.
I can safely affirm that I have learned two important general aspects:
The first is the fact that the very concept of food supplement has not passed its test in order to penetrate the market. It is often confused with energy supplements linked to sports or remains anchored to healing and therfore associated with the traditional “medicine.”
Let me clarify this confusion in my personal point of view. The word itself, Vitamin, is at the basis of healthy nutrition. There are various vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that are essential in everyday life. Many foods today are nutritionally poor, for many reasons that I will not discuss about now. The true simplicity is therefore to understand that good nutrition is the basis and that the search for dietary supplements that can deliver what our bodies need every day, can become a good long-term habit. The body is a fascinating machine that is available to us, able to function in the most extreme conditions. But as such it makes sense to think that it needs the right “fuel” to always be ready to perform at its best.
The second aspect is the fact that every grown man is responsible for his own health and he is the best doctor of himself. I think that the findings you come across are amazing when your main focus is to find ways to maintain and improve the state of personal well-being. Which I like to remind, is not only the absence of disease but a real knowledge of what we really need to do to live healthy. The research of good health goes far beyond the simple nutritional sphere, if you are willing to dig to the bottom you will enter a whole new world. Simultaneously it should also be clear that every parent is responsible for the health of their children. Children learn and duplicate the example they see. It is important to guide them on the right track with regard to nutrition and good habits. It will then be up to them to choose if and how to compromise themselves at adult stage. Food, Nutrition and Supplementation must therefore go hand in hand.
Everyone finds their own balance in everything. My invitation is to start getting informed and consider the positive aspects of nutritional supplements. I can only say that this is what I did a few years ago and I have never been happier to have taken a decision.
Thank you Edoardo and Erica for giving me space to let me share my opinion!
I am delighted to reveal the results of Ti Sana 2016. Earlier this year we announced to the staff the business objectives and during the months we have noticed how the marketing plan developed in 2015 had been planned and implemented flawlessly. We have had a great year with a positive trend of 16% in terms of turnover and expected also in 2016 an extraordinary growth. Expectations were very optimistic, but certainly not so much as achieving a positive + 44% of sales in 2016 gives me a good impression of the future and demonstrated that the efforts are aiming in the right direction.
Much of the credit is of course for the people who work at Ti Sana every day with dedication and passion. I believe that continuity and hard work are at the base of the quality of all services that we offer at Ti Sana. We can’t certainly disregard the financial aspects and operational performance; we faced a period of changes that has allowed everyone to focus on what we believe in and the reasons we have built our business philosophy on. We have laid a solid foundation for an exciting future full of innovation. The staff at Ti Sana has been very responsive to all changes and the possibility to count on professionally trained people and humanly admirable gives me confidence.
Working with this team is exciting and I thought I needed to give an “injection” of fun to thank them for the commitment shown and maintain high motivation for 2017: for this Ti Sana, in January, will be off with the staff for two days in Barcelona, for a weekend full of fun! It will be a moment of leisure and team building at the same time, there will be challenges and moments of culture to be able to combine new knowledge with the healthy and light-hearted fun.
I am convinced that taking care of the staff is the first step to have satisfied customers and I have confirmation each time I check the latest reviews on our golden book at the front desk: one of the phrases that I find 99% of the time is “great staff, great people, thank you for taking care of me”. For me it is enough, I want nothing more from this team.
2017 will be an even more exciting year, we have introduced innovations in almost all departments; Ti Sana wants more and more to become a benchmark in the field of prevention and the recent recognition by the Medical Travel Association has given us even more consciousness about how much the details we are constantly trimming, from F&B to physical activities to spa treatments, are so important to keep satisfying cutomers’ expectations and deliver the “wow” factor that we aim to distinguish ourselves.
We are delighted to announce that Ti Sana will soon be launching their new userfriendly platform to enable guests to purchase gifts for any occasion.
There is no better gift that the gift of health – and you can now make this present to your friend or your beloved one. They can redeem the voucher against any service or product here at Ti Sana. Choose between the voucher value of Euro 55 to Euro 5000. The voucher of your chosen value can be purchased on our website and you will receive it via email or via postal service, as you will wish. This is the perfect gift for those who enjoy relaxing and customized spa experience tailored to their own desires.
Purchase your gift voucher here
Talking about healthy food to young children is not easy, but Erica D’Angelo has been given the opportunity by a local school to teach 4 and 5 years old about fresh food…
Why teach nutrition education to young children? Because the benefits are too valuable not to. From students making healthier choices to improved academic performance, nutrition education can benefit the whole school, but starting from the very young ones helps them cement experiences in their memories. The aim is to reinforce important values about healthy lifestyle, in a simple way with fun and engaging material.
Erica D’Angelo has been given the opportunity to carry out a 7 step program, where children are going to be involved in exploring raw raw and fresh food, by one of the most prestigious private school of Merate. Collegio Villoresi is a pioneer in experimenting new techniques and learning to experiment, in fact they are famous for having an English mother tongue Teacher that speaks only english to pupils.
“I’m very fortunate to be able to bring conscious healthy activities in children’s classes, it gives me plenty of energy and satisfaction. In fact, I realized that the class gets really excited about it, and it’s such an important part of teaching healthy food choices. Many more good reasons came up during the first lesson and I wanted to share some of them:
- Pupils love studying about nutrition. During lessons wrong beliefs about food can be corrected.
- The greatest thing I notice is that the pupils encourage each other to develop healthier eating habits.
- The benefits of nutrition education reach far beyond the classroom as also teachers are encouraged in finding out more about fruits and vegetables. It’s amazing how little students know about good nutrition, it’s very gratifying to know you opened their eyes through these lessons to the world of healthier eating and hopefully better overall health.
- Students put nutrition education to the test in real-life situations. I think it’s amazing that children can be involved in food shopping at the grocery store to recognize what they have learned during the class.
- 5 and 6 year olds are definitely not too young to learn about nutrition lessons as it provides essential education that can lead to more academic success. Good nutrition equals a happy and more successful pupil.”
This Detox Healtheatarian Soup is served once a week on a program dinner at Ti Sana. Soup have great benefits in terms of easing digestion and making you feel lighter, while at the same time nourishes your body and satisfies your appetite. Our secret is simple! It’s uncanny how a simple soup like this can help you shed weight and feel better, but it does, and especially after the holidays many of us feel that they have overeaten. This soup is super low in calories and has lots of fiber, you can eat until you feel nice and full without worrying about overdoing it. Nobody ever got fat on healthy soup, trust us. To give it a hint of smoothness you can add some soy unsweetened cream
Ingredients for 4 servings:
- 450 g zucchini or other green vegetables
- 120 g celery
- 140 g leek or onion
- 100 g peas
- Spices (basil, pinch of salt, pepper, parsley)
Cut all the vegetables into large pieces, put in a pot on high flame stove for a few minutes, when it just starts to boil leave for 5 minutes at the most, blend everything with spices and a pinch of salt and serve hot.
I have always believed that in every working environment your staff needs to feel how much their contribution is essential for the company’s success. The success of any business is not only about squeezing costs and increasing income, there is something deeper than that, something that is almost imperceptible. Everything that moves people to do what they do is always linked to emotions. That’s very much the case with the work for our staff members who bring the Healtheatarian program to our valuable guests. One of the most important aspect? of our company is that “we make people happy”, where we is made of people, who have emotions themselves, but these emotions are asked to be kept aside more often than they should.
I started at Ti Sana just more than a year ago as a General Manager and I loved the feeling and sensations I had when entering Ti Sana the first time… and I’m convinced that it’s how all of our guests feel. At Ti Sana we don’t wear classic hotel uniforms, we “high-five” guest when finishing a training session and we never miss a smile. The warmth is so intense that you could compare it to a home of a family where everyone is keen on taking part in the guests’ life, exchanging experiences. This attitute is sponteanous and authentic and this can only happen if every staff member is appreciated and recognized for their hard work.
I have always had in my mind the idea of showing to all our guests the true essence of each individual that contributes to their happiness and wellbeing during their stay, when I was finally inspired by an american entrepreuneur and decided to create our People’s Wall. As we see today with social media development, to have a personal window to the world seems to be the most revolutionary change in the last 30 years. This makes us feel important, being one amongst the millions, and it gives each one of us the opportunity to express ourselves in the way we want. I decided that this should happen at Ti Sana too.
We then organized the shooting and asked all our People to dress how they liked and to do poses during the photo shoot that felt represented their character the most. We told them to imagine that anyone should see through their photo who they are and how they feel about life.
It has been a fun experience, initially everyone felt imbarassed, but then had fun posing for the camera. Most importantly is that the result is amazing! I can see exactly the expression and personality of each one of Ti Sana’s People in these photos. And I love watching clients taking the time to look at the photos and smile. The overall enthusiasm while carrying out this unusual teambuilding activity has been remarkable. I’m deeply moved by such enthusiasm that makes Ti Sana the successful company that it is.
Our Ti Sana Team is always trying to provide you with some useful information, which is to help you become healthier, stronger and happier. This time we have something special for you, our sporty friends!
Mario Sella, our Vice General Manager have prepared two videos, where he explains how to make a high-intensity interval training in a right way and how a proper push up looks like! Watch the videos and try it during your next workout!
How to do HIIT: Watch the video
How to do a proper push-up: Watch the video
Looking for a non-gulity pleasure for your breakfast? Ditch those buttery croissants and try our detox cake – yummy, nutritious and healthy!
Ingredients for 6 servings:
- 250g vitamil flour
- 50g rice flour
- 260g pear juice
- 8g bicarbonate
- 430g apple/pear/other fruits
- 100g raisins
- 100g dates
- 20g cinnamon
- 1 yeast pocket
Mix all the flours, the yeast and the bicarbonate. Soak the raisins and then blend the dates with some water. Grate the fruit. Mix the pear juice with the flour and add the dates, raisins and fruits. Heat the oven to 180°c, dust the pan with the flour and put in the dough. Bake the cake for 30 min.
Health is a complete state of physical, psychological and social wellbeing. Today this condition is more and more difficult to maintain or to reach due to mainly a decreased food quality (lower quality, polluted and processed) and an increased stress level leading to a worsening of the lifestyle.
- Nutrition more and more compromised due to job routines and rhythms, to negative emotional states and temporary
- A lack or excess of physical activity, with very little knowledge and homemade protocols
- A load of stress that is growing in time due to external factors such as air pollution, digital pollution and noise pollution that go against nature biological capacity to bare
- An excessive individualism that takes us way from happiness in time and to negative emotions
All the above conditions create alterations in the body leading to a negative change in our body composition with a progressive development of Medically Unexplained Symptoms. The gradual increase and repetitiveness of this negative loop will lead, in years or decades, to the development of chronic degenerative diseases.
For this reason it is important to undertake periodic check up of our body composition to eventually take action in a preventive way. Act on those parameters that need to find balance in order not to incur into the possibility of a “long term” disease.
In the latest years, there has been evidence on the capacity of DXA test to analyse the body composition in a very precise and accurate way thanks to its X-ray technology. This piece of very expensive equipment has always been used as gold standard to measure bone density and prevent diseases such as Osteoporosis. It also provides one of the most highly accurate measurements of body composition, registering fat and lean mass distribution throughout the entire body. In simple terms, it is capable of detailing overall, as well as regional, fat mass, lean mass, and bone mass. Whereas in the past the normal Bioimpedence tests provided measures too far from gold standards like DXA, today there are bioimpendence devices able (trough the use of a double frequencies) to give precise and accurate measures as well as the gold standard (hospital standard) ones. One of this Bioelectric Impedence Analyzer (BIA) is present in Ti Sana.
Erica D’Angelo, Founder of Ti Sana: “Many guests that visit Ti Sana have undertaken DXA at least once in their life and it is important for them to know the difference between Ti Sana’s diagnosis and what can the traditional medical approach offers, at which costs and at which level of invasivity”
The advantage of the BIA measurement lays not only on its precision, accuracy, immediacy but also in its not invasivity and hamfullness for the guest. In fact whereas in the DXA technique there’s an absorption of X rays, with the BIA no energy is absorbed by the human body.
Ti Sana’s technique and instruments have been used to carry out scientific studies published in some of the most important medical journals like the Endocrine Journal and the European Journal of Clinical Investigation. In these studies, BIA has been demonstrated to be able to measure all parameters at gold standard level of accuracy and comparable to parameters gathered with invasive diagnostics technology as we can see in the chart below:
Ti Sana is absolutely delighted to announce its victory at European Health&Spa Awards 2016!
We won 2nd place in the category “Best Medical Spa/Resort”
and have been recognised the best in Italy.
On 15 September 2016, the prize-giving ceremony of the European HEALTH & SPA AWARD took place in Vienna. Numerous guests from all over Europe and the top of the Health and Wellness business gathered to celebrate the winners and nominees of the award for the 8th year.
37 nominees in total were chosen for the European HEALTH & SPA AWARD this year. The awards are the result of an independent jury and represent the toughest independent evaluation in Europe, with many submitters dropping out of the strict procedure. An extensive questionnaire and a mystery check is based on the thorough assessment whereby the evaluation is carried out on the basis of 8 criteria points (design & engineering, health, offers & service, economy, benefit, creativity, sustainability and social corporate responsibility (SCR)).
SPA AWARD has been awarded in 9 different categories.
Erica D’Angelo, Ti Sana Founder:
“I was happy to have Mario, our newly appointed Vice President, represent Ti Sana for the first time at an award. We crawled from 3rd to 2nd place and aiming for the first place next year. Winning awards is very important to me as it increases our motivation in continuing doing better every year as well as provides trust among the public”
Ti Sana team is extremely happy to have received congratulations from the President of the Medical Tourism Association® (MTA), Renee Marie Stephano on achieving Level 1 WellHotel® Certification. The certification will be valid for three years.
WellHotel™ Certification is a certification of competence for hospitality organizations that have demonstrated that they have the necessary standards, services and protocols in place to provide a quality and safe accommodation experience for medical travel guests. Adherence to WellHotel™ standards ensures that hospitality provider is sensitive to the needs and expectations of medical tourists from diverse backgrounds.
Medical travel guests have unique needs and expectations that must be addressed in order to provide a high quality guest experience. By gaining this top Certification Ti Sana has validated its commitment to provide the best possible service to this category of guests, and that it meets the highest industry quality standards designed for health and wellness guest management.
Ti Sana introduces a brand new and innovative treatment that will revolutionize the anti-age treatment world thanks to the important scientific research on active principles and technology processes.
Skin gets damaged with the flow of time. Wrinkles, lack of elasticity, lack of density and skin spots become clearly visibile. An evident skin challenge is the abnomal functioning of our cells which implies: irregular cellular activity, abnormal functioning and reproduction of alkaline epidermic cells, abnormal activity of melanoma cells and irregular pigmentation. And as a consequence – the lack of protection of the skin surface as well as lack of hydration.
Often used as active principle in skin care products, the standard retinol can give some results. Nevertheless, due to its poor stability, and its rapid decay and oxidation, producers only use a very small amount of this ingredient in their formulas.
The exclusive technology Micro-RetinoloTM by Pevonia surpasses all the problems and limitations linked to this active principle.
Micro-RetinoloTM by Pevonia is a micronized emulsion of retinol. This unique technology enables tiny micro particle penetrate inside the skin. Acting as a rapid release system, Micro-RetinoloTM allows simple and immediate absorbance as well as the functional release in the deepest epiderm layers, re-establishing the normal functioning of cellular activity.
Since the cellular activity of the skin is accelerated, the sloe cellulare division proced (mitosis) is enhanced, the cellulare growth is accelerated too and therefore there is a consequent balancing of the cellular rennovation process. Plus, the Micro-RetinoloTM technology reduces oxidation of cellular membranes, strenghtening and supporting cellular health.
Since the deepest layers fill the empty parts, they become more dense, the superficial layers of the skin are slowly get reconstructed and the entire surface appears much smoother, visibly perfect and immediately brighter with a much more uniform tone.
Come and try it!
We are proud and happy to announce that Mario Sella, who has been a part of our team from the very beginning in 2011, has now become the Vice General Manager of Ti Sana Detox Retreat & SPA. Mario started his way at Ti Sana as a Health Couch and Wellness Manager and is dedicated to our company ever since. We have asked Mario a few questions about his experience at Ti Sana and some tips to share with our guests.
Watch the interview with Mario on Facebook, and don’t forget to subscribe to our page:
Posted by 1711 Ti Sana Detox Retreat & SPA on Thursday, August 25, 2016
What is the favourite part of your job at Ti Sana?
I am pleased and honoured for the new position of Vice General Manager that the management has given me. This new position will be for me an incentive to do better. In the future I see in Ti Sana more and more innovation, lifestyle management, education, a greater variety in food and physical activity, a greater precision, efficiency and differentiation in the treatment of all the Ti Sana guest’s problems. Everything to make our guests more satisfied. And in fact part of the job I like most is the guest’s satisfaction, their smile when they’ve achieved their goals, they’re brightening eyes when they have to leave from Ti Sana but they don’t want, the increased guest’s self-confidence because they’ve learned how to change their life with the life style. This is my favourite part of my job. One of the many positive aspects of my work is that I have to train and eat healthy to be an inspiration for the guests. In fact my motto is “ if you can’t change yourself you can’t change the others”. I like also to spend a lot of time studying human physiology, physical motor rehabilitation, nutrition, stress management techniques to innovate Ti Sana in the constant research of new explanations and solutions for our guest.
What’s the most inspiring client case study you have experienced?
Although we do prevention and not therapy, often it happens that preventive activities of a good lifestyle are so effective to have results on chronic disturbs or diseases. This is the Ed’s case, a guest who came at Ti Sana in an attempt to alleviate a very serious condition of rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune-inflammatory disease) which even impeded him from walking normally. Every day he took cortisone drug to reduce inflammation, painkillers to get relief from the pain and asthma medications. From the first days he started having some improvements with deambulation. After a week he felt much better and he started walking in Ti Sana without crutches and trying to do daily exercise sat on a bench lifting weights. At the end of his retreat Ed felt so better that he started reducing the amount of drugs used for the rheumatoid arthritis (especially pain killers). With the final diagnostic tests, we measured a reduction of all the inflammatory markers, index that the clinical nutrition, increased movement, supplementation, biofeedback techniques (PPG and regmatex) were carrying us the desired effect: anti-inflammatory. Extremely happy (he hugged me warmly at the time to say goodbye) he told me that he will come back and he will change the lifestyle for themselves.
Your personal top 3 tips to stay healthy
I will give you my 3 most important tips, even if I believe that trying to understand how the body works, arise consciousness and awareness is the one tip that encloses all you need to do, but since you asked for 3 I will give you my top ranking:
To burn fat and reduce stress breathe deeply (as much as possible to introduce oxygen) through short and intense physical activities in the morning (20 min maximum to create pant) and slow breathing (4 seconds inhale for 4 seconds exhale for 5-10 min) in the evening.
Drink an amount of water greater than 3% of your body weight of water (if you weight 60Kg you should drink 1,8lt of water per day minimum) to keep high metabolism and energy level.
Stress and feed the body mostly in the first part of the day: 2-3 times a week, short and intense physical activity (15 minutes before eating). At breakfast prefer carbohydrates and fruits and satisfy your craving for sweet-carbohydrate (with poor products in fat). In contrast in the second part of the day eat less and less (mainly vegetables and protein) and rest more and more. In the evening avoid exciting substances (coffee, chocolate, alcohol, sugar, etc.). In this way you will burn calories and you will have energy in the first part of the day, while in the second part of it you’ll burn fat (burned at rest).
Pioneering the wellness travel market with integrated scientific approach to wellness and nutrition in particular, Ti Sana has introduced an innovative new menu which complies with the top scientific research around people’s nutrition.
The new menu enhances the overall results of Ti Sana’s key wellness programme Healtheatarian through specially selected ingredients and cooking techniques, demonstrating how scientific approach to wellness and food in particular can deliver guaranteed health results.
Start the day with delicious apple detox cake or yummy Scandinavian rice milk muesli. Continue exploring innovative cuisine during the day with the likes of Indian matar mushrooms, soy linguine and cucumber mousse. You can even have an ice cream – the healthy version of it, made of beetroot & fennel seed.
“The most important part of designing the menu is to calculate and distribute the food in line with physiological needs of the body, throughout five meals. Proteins are always tricky as the Healtheatarian program requires an abundant intake to keep up with the activities done during the day, but we have managed to vary the source of protein and it’s now tastier than ever.”
Mario Sella, Ti Sana Vice general manager
Whilst creating the new menu, Ti Sana’s experts made an effort to show to its guests how easy it can be to become a healthy eater in daily life and continue the same lifestyle at home, whilst also bringing creativity and delicious taste to every meal we eat.
All meals are fully vegan apart from noble proteins from egg white. Vegan guests can opt for soy based products as well as a combination of grains.
Ti Sana Detox Retreat & SPA has become the first medical Spa to have received WellHotel™ Certification by The Medical Tourism Association (MTA)
WellHotel™ Certification is a certification of competence for hospitality organizations that have demonstrated that they have the necessary standards, services and protocols in place to provide quality and safe accommodation experience for medical travel guests.
MTA is the leading global organization for international healthcare and hospitality. Providing a unique blend of technical expertise, global market knowledge, and relationships, the Association guarantees excellence of the certified medical SPAs.
MTA recognizes that a certification of excellence in international guest services provides a tremendous benefit to the community at-large, as well as all its guests. Adherence to WellHotel™ standards ensures that hospitality providers are sensitive to the needs and expectations of traveling guests from diverse backgrounds.
Ti Sana Detox Retreat & SPA is proud to be participating in this world’s first certification in the Medical SPA’s field. We strongly believe in authorities who supervise and assure safety to travelers who opt for a healthy vacation. This is a first big step toward the real understanding of Health and human wellbeing that will open many minds across the world. More people will invest in prevention leading to a healthier and happier world.
“Discover the world of Pevonia Botanica and live the experience that involves all your senses; let yourself be guided by the expertise in skincare products of our Beauty Specialists. You will be guided in a sensory journey in search of natural skincare product that best suites you. You will feel the textures, smell the scents and discover all their unique features.”
Who is Pevonia Botanica?
Beauty, wellness and balance are the foundations of Pevonia’s philosophy, that gave birth to Pevonia Botanica, the line of skin care products and professional treatments chosen by the most prestigious SPAs in the World. Pevonia Botanica opens the door to a range of pleasurable sensations but also of concrete and visible results on all skin types, thanks to a range of more than 150 specific home products and about 100 professional SPA treatments. Naturalness is an essential value for Pevonia Botanica, who is constantly engaged in the protection of earth resources, selection of vegetable extracts and marine active ingredients with which Pevonia creates its formulations; that are then enhanced by technologically advanced production processes that multiply their benefits. To preserve the equilibrium of nature, Pevonia uses fully recyclable and biodegradable packaging, doesn’t carry out any sort of animal testing, all formulations have FDA certification and are all free of dyes, artificial fragrances, alcohol, mineral oils and lanolin. Creating a natural wellbeing, also starts from here.
What binds Pevonia Botanica to Ti Sana?
Ti Sana chose Pevonia since its opening for the effectiveness of its treatments while respecting the nature of the person and the planet. Pevonia and Ti Sana share many aspects of their ethics and philosophy, finding themselves in line with the choice of raw materials and delivery processes. What unites them is their dedication and ambition to achieve an experience of excellence still getting cutting edge results with the utmost vanguard ingredients.
What is the element of innovation in the creation of a corner shop?
After years of professional work in the beauty and well-being industry, we realized that the purchasing behavior of clients in SPAs and wellness centers underwent a dual behavior, opposite to each other in its decision-making nature. Most of us feel the need to be “treated” by an expert and so we are lead to go to a beauty salon or SPA, but we then address people with much lower skills for choosing skincare products to use at home, such as perfumery or pharmacy. The idea that we have is that they have more knowledge of the products or skin types is rooted within us way before the existance of SPAs and therefore, this behavior still exists today. We wondered how to broaden the experience lived during the SPA treatment and how it can be extended as long as the customer will feel the need, simply by using specific products for skin types and monitoring the performances by a Beauty Specialist. And so Pevonia Point was born.
There is a dedicated area for the Pevonia world experience, within our reception area and we have created a tester counter in order to feel with all your senses, all home care products before the client even unwraps its new purchase. This allows our customers to exclude any fragrances or textures they do not like before spending any money. The staff has been meticulously trained to assist and guide the purchase of every customer who wishes to approach the natural skin care world, by understanding the values and method of use to maximize the effects. In fact, a monitor has been installed on which the customer can see how to use the products and understand the motivations of extending all the benefits from treatment just received.
Why would a customer buy Pevonia Botanica products?
Unlike other situations in which customers would normally purchase a skin care product, at Ti Sana they live in most cases, a consulting experience. Before performing a treatment from our SPA menu, a beauty specialist will perform an objective test on the skin thanks to highly sophisticated equipment, which will allow to identify the imperfections of the skin allowing the beauty specialist to choose the suitable treatment and the most suitable home care products. With Ti Sana’s method customers are guaranteed that the treatment is appropriate for their skin type and will get maximum and long lasting effects with the purchase of products of the same product line. Pevonia has an atypical active principle content as it is very high, both in professional products and home care ones. Each treatment provides a support protocol with the rituals to be doing at home. As many people know, the choice of natural products implies a longer path than the choice of chemicals or surgery, but it certainly gives lasting results which lead to a continuous rejuvenation of the skin. If then, as we do at Ti Sana, clients combine the strength of the active ingredients, the benefits of adequate physical activity and nutritionally rich food, you can only trust in having a skin that will not show the signs of time but on the contrary it will obtain an innate ability to regenerate itself and always appear fresh and beautiful.
And of course, we have prepared a special offer for Pevonia Corner Shop’s first customers!
Till October 31st, purchase 3 or more products at Pevonia Corner Shop and get 1 for free, as well as a free skin consultation with high standard technology equipment to determine any blemish and help you choose the products, that will suit your skin in the best way!
1711 Ti Sana Detox Retreat and Spa is 18th-century noble dwelling in the Lombardy region of Italy, restored and revived by the D’Angelo family into a stunning, award-winning Retreat and Spa for those who are serious about their wellbeing.
Offering a complete holistic approach to wellness, every programme at Ti Sana incorporates the balance of fresh air, the local environment, holistic therapies, gentle and therapeutic physical activity and nurturing nutrition to allow you to listen to your body’s natural signals.
Come and try our two unique services:
Spa by Night
Spa by Night at Ti Sana is a unique spa experience that can be found nowhere else in Italy. A 500sq m award winning SPA becomes entirely private and set up for an unforgettable evening just for you and your other half.
In the Spa, guests find champagne in a salt cave, a delicious healthy dinner (either with fish or entirely vegan) served in the candle lit relax area. The warm wooden floor in the relaxation room is set up with futons and rose petals where guests lie down and receive a 45’ LOVE Massage. This signature massage at Ti Sana combines stretching to deep tissue techniques with the use of Argan oil. Guests can enjoy the night in the Spa until 2 am, entirely alone.
Resembling a pearl, the Spa includes a circuit of warm pools, saunas, aromatic showers plus fresh and salted hydrotherapies. Ti Sana uses only certified organic and biological cosmetic products, because harmony with nature is at the core of their philosophy.
Ti Sana is a real heaven where you can relax, heal and become harmonized.
Angel of Water
Imported from the USA, Angel of Water is an innovative system designed for soft colon irrigation. The unique feature of this equipment is that the water is received without pressure but just with gravity. It also allows the client to have the treatment done in complete privacy thanks to the simplicity of the system; the guest can stay on their own during the treatment if they don’t wish assistance (which is available on request). It is totally pain free, with no after treatment effects. The results are the same as with those machines that use traditional closed system which is usually more painful and invasive.
Ti Sana is only resort in the North of Italy at only 40 minutes from Milan where such equipment can be used. Angel of Water colonics can be done anytime between 8am to 21pm 7 days a week (which is a plus as all other places are only open during working hours). At the end of the treatment we provide a drink rich in vitamins and probiotics to reset the intestinal flora.
We are happy to present our own colouring book. “Ti Sana’s Adult Colouring Book” contains the prettiest ornaments we have selected for you, as well as some pictures of Ti Sana’s scenery for you to colour. Why have we decided to create such a thing for our guests? Are colouring books able to make your life brighter?
Here are some reasons why we believe that you should start colouring right now.
Colouring helps you get through stressful times
It is known, that stress leads to health problems, such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity and depression. Here is a different way to cope with it: try colouring. How does it work? Just like meditation, where you can focus on here and now and let your mind flow. It also reduces anxiety and relaxes you, and not just while you are coloring. Add this meditative activity to your routine and let it help you stay positive and calm.
Colouring allows you to take a real break
Imagine that you need some time off. What would you normally do, take a smart phone in your hands? This would not be actually so smart: in our multi-tasking world, it is nice to get away from all the gadgets once in a while. We have a better idea for you: do something simple that will allow your brain to rest a little. Even a few minutes of colouring will give you a possibility to re-charge and become more productive and in balance.
Colouring gives you feeling of accomplishment
Do you have those days too, when you have a feeling that you accomplished absolutely nothing throughout the day? Instead of watching TV, take some time for a short colouring session before going to bed. Choose a small picture that will surely look great when completed. This will help you relax in the end of the day and give you this feeling of accomplishment.
Colouring brings you to back to yourself
As any other form of art, colouring gives you a chance to listen to yourself and express your soul. When you get to the first page of your colouring book, remember: it won’t matter what anyone else thinks of the result. In fact, you don’t even have to show it to anyone else if you don’t want to. Think of a colouring session as a date with your inner self. Let it go and colour however you want.
Colouring is a great hobby to share
Surely, colouring is perfect for being alone, but it could also be a great family activity, a fun idea to spend time with friends or even bond with your co-workers. We’ve heard that colouring parties have become a thing, and we invite you to join us, take your coloured pencils and get creative!
Every year at Ti Sana is different. This is thanks to the ever changing dynamics of business coupled with enthusiastic staff and effective leadership. At Ti Sana we are always looking for the best results and are dedicated to staying ahead of the times and at the forefront of scientific discovery.
It is important to us to measure the effects of these changes not only from an economic point of view but also for the health of the guests that Ti Sana is able to improve.
Analyze the efficiency of the detox process for the year 2015-2016 in order to better understand the results and effectively compare them to those of previous years to ascertain whether there has been an improvement.
Analyze the various subgroups which include people of average weight, those who are overweight and obese to evaluate the trend of types of guests that come to Ti Sana and how effective the different detoxes are for each of them.
Analyze the detox results from 2012 to 2016 to establish a recorded history of our detox plans.
Analyze the single variables that can determine an improvement of the detox process including amount of physical activity, Healtheatarian plan including those that least ten days or more infusions, .
The values reported in the list are related to the changes in results from the various tests that are carried out at the beginning and end of each guest’s stay at Ti Sana.
BIA-TOMEEX and MUS survey are the medical devices that we use to measure body composition parameters.
BIA( BioelectricImpedence Analyzer) allows the measurement of body composition, and of the nutritional state of the body l and the level of health of a person.
TOMEEX (Tomography of Extracellular Electrolytes) allows a measurement of the condition of the nervous system as well as levels of localized inflammation in certain areas of the body
MUS (Medically Unexplained Symptoms) are vague symptoms detected with a survey that the guest fills in before every measurement.
BMI (Body Mass Index) is the anthropometric measure recorded through the use of a statometer.
Efficiency of the detox process for the year 2015-2016
J/K: relationship between days of juicing and days of healtheatarian
BW: body weight FM: fat mass FFM: fat free mas
FM/FFM: report that says how much i fat loss is in relation to fat free mass
STESS LOAD: negative responses of the body to stress
BEC: basal extracellular conductance (energy of the body at rest)
DECW+: distribution extracellular water plus local inflammations
ECMatrix: extracellular matrix, fibrosis/intoxication of the connective tissue
PA: phase angle, index of integrity of the cell membrane and cortisol circadianity?
MUS: medically unexplained symptoms, symptoms vague and not specific
Efficiency of the detox process for the year 2015/2016 – subgroup normal weight, overweight, obese
During 2015 the performances of detox processes at Ti Sana improved despite the average length of guest’s stay being reduced. Compared to the previous year’s guests, on average there was less fat free mass lost ( increase in fat free mass). There was a decrease in MUS, an increase in the cellular energy at rest (BEC), increasein circadian? cortisol (PA) and for the first time a decrease in the intoxication of the cellular matrix (ECMatrix) . The results of the body’s ability to react correctly to stress (stress load) needs to be improved, as well as localized inflammation (DECW+). Some of the guests reduced local inflammation completely however a percentage of them increased inflammation mostly in the intestinal area probably due to the high percentage of legumes eaten or as a result of the Angel of Water colon therapy.
On average, the percentage of body weight was reduced (-2.5%BW) as well as the percentage of fat mass (-5.7%FM, -6.1%Abdominal Adipose Tissue). The reason for this decrease is as a result of an increase in obese guests who did the detox program at Ti Sana in 2015. A 2% weight loss for an obese person weighing a100 kg means a loss of 2kg as opposed to an average person weighing 50 kg which means a loss of 1 kg of total body weight. With regard to fat loss the results are the same: an obese person with 4kg is this a typo? Should it be 40kg of fat mass who loses 5% of fat mass will lose a total of 2 kg of fat. A person of average weight with 20kg of fat mass will lose 1 kg of fat mass. The higher the percentage of obese guests visiting Ti Sana, .- the higher the quantity of fat lost. People of average weight (mostly women) have better results in general as many of them can maintain or increase their Fat Free Mass (muscle and bones) more easily and they also have a larger decrease in Fat Mass with an average loss of 9.1% in Abdominal Adipose Tissue. This is due to the fact that they are sporty women (they react faster to the detox program and they can easily change their body composition). Those who are overweight are generally women of 40 years and over who are not used to physical activity. This means that they will not obtain results as easily(they don’t react as quickly to the detox program): they will have less preservation of fat free mass, less percentage of weight loss, a smaller decrease in cellular matrix.
Obese people tend to react better to the detox program (compared to those who are overweight ) due to the fact that they are men (they have more testosterone and they are more determined to reach their goal. We found they like to eat but they have good muscle mass that helps them to change their body composition quickly. The advantage to this is the loss of fat, the disadvantage is that they lose mostly is fat free mass because they didn’t eat enough. Compared to the other guests they have the best results with regard to a decrease of in MUS and they feel better at the end of the retreat.
Detox results from 2012 to 2015
This analysis helps us to obtain more significant results because they have been obtained with medical devices that are more accurate and a greater number of people have been tested.
Results show how these parameters are improving as this provides an index of the good decisions and actions done for the health of the guests.
Analysis of the influence of some variables in the detox process for guests of 2015/2016
Guests who did intense physical activity during their detox retreat (medium high – high – very high) have significantly higher results compared to the guests that did less intense physical and compared to guests from 2015
Intense activity means the activity already included in the detox program with extra activity with or without a personal trainer.
Guests that stayed on average for 10 days at Ti Sana obtained a better percentage of weight loss, fat mass, cellular energy, circadian cortisol (PA). Unfortunately they also had a higher loss of fat free mass and an increase in the level of stress/ localized inflammation (probably due to the long stay).
Guests who only followed the Healteatarian diet program (with no juicing) had on average higher results compared to the rest of the guests of 2015 with more loss of fat mass, more fat free mass preserved or increased, a higher reduction of localized inflammation and a better feeling of wellness (less MUS).
Guest who undertook a detox that included at least one infusion, had better results in body composition compared to other guests of 2015. They had a higher fat mass loss, more fat free mass preserved or increased and a better ability to respond to stress (stress load). Surprisingly, we found that infusions don’t help to reduce localized inflammation.
We have confirmed that the detox program at Ti Sana is functional for healthy fat loss. The data collected and its analysis gives us more assurance in the efficiency of the detox process i.e. reduction of MUS, decrease of fat mass whilst preserving fat free mass (muscle, bones, visceral organs) fundamental for the maintenance and improvement of health.
In 2015 there was a higher preservation in fat free mass, even though these results were obtained from programs specifically designed for the loss of fat mass. This is fundamental for Ti Sana ‘s as a possible expansion into the world of Medical Travel (that needs a supplementation of nutrition and physical activity)? Not sure what they are trying to say here?
In 2105 we reported a further increase in the buildup of fat free mass (muscles and bones) and for the first year the intoxication? of the connective tissue (ECMatrix)was reduced on average ( which is a good thing because the ECMatrix is used as an indications of the early signs of ageing which can coincide with an increase in degenerative diseases such as cancer). On average, guests feel better once they left Ti Sana as a result of the significant reduction in MUS (that can cause chronic stress).
Results show how during the detox program the intense physical activity, infusions of Vit.C and glutation, the Healtheatarian plan and a 10 day stay are beneficial factors to help boost health in a relatively short space of time.
However, we still do not have a complete picture of the benefits that the detox program has in relation to the improvement of inflammatory parameters which are often stress related (ECW, DECW+, PA, stress load). As usual, persons over 50 years old have the largest quantity of fat mass, have less aerobic ability and, a higher risk of loss of fat free mass. On average, their results show the least improvement therefore we will be concentrating more on them going forward.
In 2016 a new nutritional plan will be introduced as well as new physical activities (HIIT)giving us an e opportunity to improve on the aspects discussed in this report and generally improving the performance of Ti Sana as a detox centre.
Please contact us and we will be happy to create a bespoke package for you
- 130 g of whole wheat flour
- 30 g of chickpea flour
- 4g of salt flavored with herbs
- 9g of yeast for savory doughs
- 25g of extra virgin olive oil
- 70g of unsweetened soy milk
- 150g of steamed pumpkin
- ½ white or red onion
Steam cook the pumpkin, then whisk it with an immersion robot. Separately, finely chop the onion with a knife after having peeled it. In a large bowl sift the flour and the baking powder. Mix everything and add the other ingredients: the salt, milk and oil. Mix all ingredients in the bowl until the mixture is homogeneous and quite soft. Stir in the pureed pumpkin and onion. Pour into muffin cups and bake in an oven at 200 degrees for about 20 minutes. At the end let them cool and serve warm.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and why you became a yoga teacher/instructor.
What is your background in yoga?
All great questions. Well I was a server at an Italian restaurant in Charleston, SC for a few years. This was back in 2007/2008. I felt disconnected from life because I wasn’t living from my source of purpose and passion. I wasn’t acting or dancing anymore and my body felt tight, contracted, and my overall well-being was not happy. A friend I worked with inspired me to start yoga at Jivamukti Yoga Charleston (now Sat-sang Yoga) and so I went, fell in-love with the teachings, the music, and the practice. My mentor at the time, Jeffrey Rama Cohen, encouraged me to sign-up for teacher training, and because I held a lot of weight into him believing in me, I went. I made it happen receiving a 300hr certification and achieving 750hr apprenticeship. From there I taught at Jivamukti/Sat-sang Charleston, SC for a year and a half then moving on to teach at various other studios in-town and nationally. Eventually creating Chakra Love Vinyasa Flo ™. I am launching teacher trainings this year, so hopefully it will continue to blossom. I have practiced many different styles/methods overtime to help bring a well-rounded style to everyone. There are countless teachers and musicians that have blessed the path along the way, however, there have been two particular people who shall remain nameless, that have been there through hard times in my life. I’ve written a musical theater show outline for Broadway based on the album “The Radiance Sutras” by Lorin Roche. Another dream would be to have Sting direct it and to be able to dance in the chorus. I sent in the idea to the appropriate people, so hopefully this can happen someday. It would be a wonderful way to introduce bhava vinyasa dance (yoga and musical theater dance. apart of chakra love vinyasa flo) and sanskrit to a larger audience with a rock n’roll Beatles/Jesus Christ Superstar/Rent like feel. Of course with an All Star Cast!. It’s healthy to dream big within an area of study for a longtime and to take action on it.
What are your likes and dislikes?
My favorite food is vegan nachos. My favorite yoga asana is lotus in handstand. My least favorite asana is turtle…something about creating the shell with my back and hunching over that is quite uncomfortable. My favorite style of dance is Jazz Lyrical and my favorite Chakra Love Elixir is for the element earth. My favorite movies are Becoming Jane, You’ve Got Mail, and Sex and the City. My least favorite movie is anything with extreme violence. My favorite place to travel is Italy and would love to visit Bali sometime soon. My favorite American place to visit is wine country in California. I hope to visit Boulder, Aspen, and Vail Colorado soon as I am an avid skier. I love to scuba dive as I am padi certified and dream of the day when I can paddle board somewhere exotic, remote, and romantic with a husband. Yes, I am single and eventually would love to meet my male soulmate! My favorite band is The Beatles and my favorite singer is Jewel. I grew up listening to jewel and reading her poetry books. I dislike ping pong…i’m just really bad at it so I don’t like it…um… I love to inspire people to be the best version of themselves steeped in authenticity in their truest form.
What kind of yoga do you teach?
Chakra Love Vinyasa Flo ™
What is Chakra Love Vinyasa Flo?
Chakra Love Vinyasa Flo ™ is a style of yoga fitness fusion blending 75 minutes of yoga, 5 minutes of pilates and 10 minutes of choreographed sacred dance movements. The movement sequencing is easy to learn with practice. The retreat is a way to explore this up-and-coming style.
What is the main purpose of this yoga style?
It is to assist students in living from a more loving place filled with peace, truth, and compassion. One stop shop moving meditation classes in a vinyasa flow curriculum where life-force, prana, propels each movement. The classes are primarily yoga classes with an emphasis on all aspects of each individual chakra or energy center: mudra, pranayama breathing techniques, singing sanskrit the language of love and light, asanas, music, philosophy, elements, symbols, deities, and so much more. It’s not so much about worship or gaining followers as it is about everyone finding their own music, their own authenticity from within in the experience of letting go. The sacred dance movement allows us to go deeper into this exploration.
The Sacred Dance Movement portion of the class is a way to promote more dynamic integration, refinement, and studies into the bhavas or feeling states of each chakra healing class and help expose more practitioners to the benefits of creatively expressing themselves in choreographed movement sequencing that is for beginning all the way up to advanced yogis and dancers alike. Expressing our creativity through dynamic movement like dance, allows us to feel emotions intensly and learn to let negative, draining emotions go quickly. We feel satisfied when we are able to express ourselves creatively. When we don’t feed this natural urge in embodiment, we start to steal things from others and act out in harmful ways to others…We feel something is missing…and it’s true, something is missing. What is missing is the priviledge and allowance to be apart of the divine music, the divine rhythm from within our own authentic soul and to see that creatively expressed, grounded and realized in a safe environment. Yoga and dance is for everyone to access who can honor and respect it’s teachings and sometimes going into a dance class can be intimidating and not as therapuetic. This is the niche Sacred Dance Movement would like to fill.
How is a class?
Chakra Love Vinyasa Flo ™ classes and the sacred dance movement within’ them are inspired by Natya Shastra. Each class invokes an element, a mood, a deep feeling, using our body, mind, and spirit. It allows us to fully embody all of our dimensional creativity through yoga, dance, music, and subtle emotional feeling experience. Chakra Love Vinyasa Flo ™ is somatically healing as well as challenging us to explore new uncharted territories of ourselves steeping in Svadyaya, self study.
So you mix yoga and pilates, isn’t it creative as a mix?
Yes, it is! But Yoga and pilates are therapeutic grounding integral maintenance practices to build a steady, joyful body and mind by regulating the alchemy within while toning the muscles at the same time. Stylized dance choreography that is easy to pick up with steady consistent practice over time celebrates the spirit of feeling our surroundings through dynamic movement to music.
How can the dance help during the class?
The empty timeless meditation state brought to the sacred dance movement turns it into a sacred practice as to do so challenges the student to let go of pending inhibitions, similar to the practice of yoga. This is primarily a yoga class. Yoking heaven and earth, all sadhana healing modalities create a recipe to let go, to find authenticity, and release walls that close our hearts. With peace, truth, and compassion as the modivation to cultivate a more harmonious planet we all share.
What was your inspiration for creating Chakra Love Vinyasa flo ™
I took my inspiration from ‘The Natya Shastra’ that is an ancient Indian treatise on the performing arts, encompassing theatre, dance and music. It was written during the period between 200 BCE and 200 CE in classical India and is traditionally attributed to the Sage Bharata. It has been a culmination of 25 years of experience in dance, musical theater, yoga, nutrition and lifestyle design. This style was created from many times falling down, failing, and having the courage to face deep rooted fears in many areas of my life. Creating a style of yoga can be quite challenging depending on where someone is on their life path. It felt timely and natural for me to create it as it came after many “coming to jesus moments” with my karma and influential people in my life. I am happy through my hardship that this beautiful style can finally be taught to larger audiences.
What did you found in ‘Natya Shastra’?
The Natya Shastra is incredibly wide in its scope. While it primarily deals with stagecraft, it has come to influence music, classical Indian dance, and literature as well. It covers stage design, music, dance, makeup, and virtually every other aspect of stagecraft. It is very important to the history of Indian classical music because it is the only text which gives such detail about the music and instruments of the period. Thus, an argument can be made that the Natya Shastra is the foundation of the fine arts in India. The most authoritative commentary on the Natya Shastra is Abhinavabharati by Abhinavagupta. I first started exploring the chakras while I was working at a coffee shop in huntington beach, California. And I was like, “ya know what. They really need to offer healthier options on to their menu.” So I approached the owner about creating a juice menu and he loved the idea! With that, I began to study more about the chakras, ayurveda, superfoods, and healing elixirs. This is how I came up with Chakra Love Elixirs: Tonics for your heart and soul. A year later, while exploring the Natya Shastra, and after a fight with my father, unfortunetly, I felt the deep desire to create a style of yoga, just like how I did with the elixirs, by formulating an alchemical recipe that would assist practitioners into learning more about yoga, dance, and other healing modalities such as pilates. This was back in 2013/2014.
Is your style good for beginners students?
All classes are more for beginning/intermediate students or higher. Not intended for new students to yoga, however all are welcome to join us on retreat.
Is it good for both women and men?
Yes, it is ideal for men and women. If students do not have a background in dance or music it may feel a bit scary or ackward to move in a different way. It can be so liberating just to move the hips. Please know that it is okay to have these feelings and that I fully recognize that. Within the class I work to help you move past those fears. Because it is a retreat, and chakra love vinyasa flo ™, does require continual practice, students most likely will not become Broadway stars overnight, however, perhaps this will give a taste of dance and the arts in general which could lead to potentially taking more yoga and dance classes in the future. It is my dream to someday open a Chakra Bhava Wellness Shala in America being the home to chakra love vinyasa flo as well as paying ohmage to traditional styles/methods of yoga. Here is the link for any donations www.gofundme.com/chakrabhava. I am also seeking investors.
And lastly, what is a favorite quote you would like to share with us?
“Doubt thou the stars are fire;
doubt that the sun doth move;
doubt truth to be a liar;
but never doubt I love.”
My interest in yoga began very early, thanks to a few Sun Salutation taught to me by my aunt. I immediately began to cultivate an individual practice and self-taught through texts and attending yoga classes. In 2012 I become a teacher certified Yoga Yoga Alliance at the Samadhi school in Florence. I carry out individual lessons, group and english classes at 1711 Ti Sana Detox Retreat & SPA. I teach a fluid and meditative style of Vinyasa Flow Yoga that combines fluid movements, coordinated with breathing (vinyasa) with static postures (asana), to create a safe practice, gradual and progressive. The ultimate goal is to bring inner peace, physical flexibility and mental valance
Vinyasa is a term which describes the concept of “breath connected with movement.” It’s a yoga style that, through the breath synchronization with the movement (Vinyasa), combines in a single stream (flow) a series of postures (asanas). In other words the teacher instructs the practicioners how to move from an asana to another inhaling and exhaling properly. This technique, known as Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow, has the characteristic slowness, the sweetness and elegance of movement in the transition from asana to another, which makes this style very similar to a dance. The postures, from the outside, may be perceived as static, since during the practice are retained for a certain period of time (5 breaths), but inside the asana continues to grow, to open up and to change through a subtle movement. The sequence of the cat-cow or the sun salutation are two of the basic sequences of this technique, each movement is linked to the other through constant attention to the rhythm of breathing. Instead of Ashtanga Yoga (also based on Vinyasa) in Vinyasa Flow Yoga sequence of postures it is not predetermined and ordered within a specific range. The strength of Vinyasa is its extreme variety. This style does not follow one philosophy, a rule, or a sequence, but there are many different possible choreographies that the teacher can invent for their students, adapting to the level, anatomy and the character of the class. This is not about two antithetical techniques, but two ways of activation of the “embodiment”, the process of acquiring a greater awareness of your body as an integral part of their existence.
If you like to deal each time a different kind of work and you enjoy the movement and elegance of the body, then probably the Vinyasa Flow Yoga is the style for you!
- 1 celeriac
- 1/2 cabbage
- 1 small onion
- 500 ml of homemade broth
- 1 tablespoon of vegetable cream No GMO
- 1 tablespoon of nutritional yeast flakes (optional)
1. In a saucepan, boil the celeriac, cabbage and onion coarsely chopped.
2. When cooked, drain the vegetables, put them in a container and blend with a hand blender. Add the broth until you will have obtained a uniform and homogeneous cream.
3. Add to taste a spoonful of cream to make the soup even creamier.
4. Finish the dish with nutritional yeast and a slight sprinkling of pepper.
1. Eat greens and dark greens. Use them everywhere where possible, either raw or cooked. The fiber will make your stomach feel full and will help your body cleanse. You will feel full of energy thanks to its antioxidants and vitamin richness.
2. Drink 5 servings of your favorite herbal tea. 5 is only a suggestion… drink as many as you wish and don’t hesistate to chose your favorite flavour. Any type of tea is better to avoid the teine content. Drinking water either warm or cold will also help cleanse your body through urine.
3. Turn off the lights at 9pm and go to bed. Take advantage of the cortisol levels (stress hormone) dropping by that time and give your body a rest with a good night sleep. Remember that 8/9 hours of sleep is meant to be the time you are actually asleep, not just time spent in bed.
4. Exercise once every 2 days, having fun. If you are not very sporty or it’s too cold outside to go for a run, take daily dance breaks, walk outside, take time to play with kids or animals. Remember to smile at everyone while you are doing this.
5. Immerse your body into hot water. This is an easy and ideal ancient known technique to relax your body and mind. Either at the Spa or in your home, take some time to immerse entirely into hot water and stay for not less than 30 minutes.
Laura’s Indian Head Massage includes massage of the shoulders, neck, scalp, face, ears and energy balancing. This method has been practised in India for over 1,000 years.
It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. The massage can provide relief from aches and pains, stress symptoms, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.
Come and try it! You’ll love it!
10 Ways to Travel Healthy From Health & Fitness Travel
Being confined to the cramped space and stuffy recirculated air of an aeroplane for several hours can have a number of detrimental effects on our bodies, leaving us feeling tired and drained when we eventually reach our destination. Here, Health and Fitness Travel, the leading specialists in healthy holidays worldwide, round up 10 travel tips, so you can travel healthy, no matter how far your journey.
1. Stay stress free and plan ahead. Preparing for and enduring a long-haul flight is hard work, so start preparing for your trip long in advance. Organising passports, travel insurance, transfers to the airport, luggage and documentation early on will help avoid the anxiety of cutting your schedule too close and leaving everything to the last minute. This is especially relevant if you are planning a solo holiday, as you won’t be able to rely on a friend or family member to be organised for you!
2. Bring your own pillow. Sitting on a plane for an extended period can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult to get to sleep, so packing a small travel pillow in your hand-luggage will prevent extra discomfort and ensure you get your forty winks as and when needed.
3. It may be only a minor and more temporary nuisance, but many people suffer from motion sickness when travelling. It has been suggested that taking ginger supplements or ginger ale before you take-off can help prevent the symptoms of nausea and leave you feeling more settled.
4. Dress comfortably. You could be on the plane for a very long time, so restrictive and tight jeans may not be the best option. Loose fitting clothes and comfortable shoes that you can slip on and off will not only be more snug, but won’t impede blood flow around the body; a factor which can contribute to the risk of deep vein thrombosis .
5. Many people suffer from cabin pressure during a flight owing to congested sinuses. For certain people, it can be excruciatingly painful, so using over-the-counter nasal decongestants may help to alleviate the symptoms before you fly. Additionally, using a saline nasal spray will ease nasal discomfort and dryness provoked by low humidity on the plane and will protect against cold and flu germs.
6. Stay hydrated. Cabin air is exceedingly dry and will dehydrate your system, as well as putting you at a higher risk of catching a cold or infection. Drink plenty of fluids and eat snacks with high water content such as peppers, cucumber and apples, and avoid caffeinated or alcoholic beverages, as these too can exacerbate dehydration.
7. During long flights, it is vital to be active and keep moving about to minimise the threat of deep vein thrombosis and relieve cramped muscles. Walking up and down the aisle when the seatbelt sign is off and flexing and stretching your legs when sitting will encourage blood flow around the body and limber up swollen ankles or feet.
8. Travel lightly. Checked baggage fees have rocketed, encouraging many people to jam-pack their cabin bags. The extra weight you lug around before you board the plane can cause an early onset of the imminent aching muscles on top of heightened stress levels before your flight even takes off. What’s more, anything stowed under your seat will just leave you feeling more cramped and is taking up valuable space where you could stretch out your legs.
9. If your flight crosses multiple time zones, it is inevitable that your internal body clock will be disrupted, so it is important to reduce the effects of jet lag as much as possible. If you start to drift off, go with it. Conversely, when you arrive to your destination, try to adapt to the local time zone as best you can and resist the urge to sleep or eat meals at the wrong time of day. If you arrive during the day, going for a stroll outside will help you adapt more easily and the natural light will encourage your body to acclimatise. Likewise, if you arrive in the evening or night, adopt the local bedtime and try to go to sleep.
10. Eat Well. The meals offered by airlines are usually loaded with sugar and starch and can cause you to feel bloated and sluggish. Bring your own healthy snacks which will give you an energy boost such as dried fruits, nuts and seeds- minus the additives and preservatives of the processed meals on-board.
For the yeast:
– 100g Manitoba flour
– 100 ml of water
– 5kg sugar cane
– 6g fresh yeast
For the second dough:
– 150g of spelt flour
– 100g sugar cane
– 140ml of water
– 2g soy lecithin
– 5g fresh yeast
– 150g Manitoba flour
For the third dough:
– 100g sugar cane
– 150g of raisins
– 1 pinch of salt
– 100ml of corn oil
– 200g Manitoba flour
– Orange zest
Baking vegan Panettone is not very fast, as it needs patience for dough to rise.
To prepare this cake we used organic flour, including Manitoba, very important for the success of the cake.
The recipe can be replicated using only whole spelt flour: in this case, however, the cake will not rise much and the dough will be quite heavy.
First, prepare the yeast. Dissolve 6 g of fresh yeast in warm water, sweetened with a teaspoon of brown sugar. With a spoon, mix the organic Manitoba flour with the dissolved yeast until you obtain a batter; cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let rise for an hour, in a warm and sheltered place.
Now prepare the second mixture. Whisk the brown sugar with soy lecithin. Dissolve the yeast in warm water. Bring together the spelt flour bio in a bowl, add the brown sugar, chopped along with lecithin (a natural emulsifier, egg replacer), the dissolved yeast and, little at a time, the Manitoba flour: the dough will be very sticky and unworkable with the hands. Cover the bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place (eg. Oven off, with the light on) for 90 minutes or until doubled in volume.
Rising times …
The rising times are suggested: the dough containing yeast are very delicate and the final result also depends on the environmental conditions in which you work. In fact, the temperature and humidity affect a lot in the success of the dough: for this you may want to remove the dough from the bowl when the dough has doubled in volume and assumed a puffy and soft texture, regardless of the suggested times. It is possible that some doughs require 2 or 3 hours of leavening to achieve the desired result.
Devote time to the creation of the third mixture. Soak the raisins in warm water for ten minutes. Whisk the brown sugar with orange zest and lemon. In a bowl, combine the Manitoba organic flour, sugar, chopped and drained raisins, a pinch of salt and corn oil. Mix all ingredients, overthrow the dough on a work surface and work long the mixture until dough is smooth and not sticky. Put the mixture left in the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for two hours or until doubled in volume.
When the dough is ready, transfer it into a mold for Panettone (for 1kg), carefully lined with oven paper and let rise for another two or three hours: the dough is ready when it comes out of the mold of 2-3 cm.
Preheat oven to 160 ° C and bake the cake for 20 minutes vegan. Reduce temperature to 140 ° C and continue for another 25-30 minutes.
Remove the mold from the oven and let cool. Remove the cake from the mold and serve. Keep the cake in a plastic bag for 2-3 days.
People new to traditional cooking are frequently surprised to learn that bouillon cubes from the store are a heavily processed food that without exception contain large amounts of neurotoxic MSG. Even organic bouillon cubes or stock cubes should be avoided! This recipe is made with Parsely but you can substitute is with Lovage if you manage to find it! Stock cubes are very handy, to add flavour, to make a quick broth, to make creams, soups, stews and lots of other dishes go further.
• 500 g of carrots
• 500 g of onions
• 500 g of fine sea salt
• 100 g of basil
• 100 g of parsley
• 100 g of sage
• 100 g of rosemary
You can change the ingredients as you wish, on the basis of the produce you have available or according to your taste, the important thing is that you pay close attention to the proportions of vegetables/salt, seeing that the latter is the only preserving agent.
This is what I do: put all the ingredients, washed and chopped into small pieces, in a saucepan and cook them for about an hour, then blend them all with an immersion blender. Let the mixture cool down and put it into ice cube trays, in order to create frozen stock cubes.
Another method: sterilize small preserving jars in the oven, with the lids off, for an hour at 100 °C. Put the boiling hot blended mixture into the jars, while they are still very hot too, close the lids tightly and turn the jars upside own in order to create a vacuum. Once a jar has been opened I keep it in the fridge for up to two months.
I’ve been using solely this kind of stock cube for three years now, the flavour changes each time because I change the vegetables according to what’s in the garden. Anyone who doesn’t have a vegetable garden can still prepare their own stock cubes with the vegetables they choose to buy.
Doctor has said until now, to purchase toothpaste with fluoride for kids to avoid teeth decay… is this true?
After having made some research our reply is that it depends whether the natural source of the water that we drink is already rich in fluoride, but for sure it is not true for kids toothpaste, as this can have bad consequences: Fluoride is the 13th most abundant element on the earth’s crust, is a chemical ion of the element fluorine – fluoride has one extra electron that gives it a negative charge. A syhthetized version of this element has been added for years to drinking water and toothpastes “they” say it reduces the prevalence of tooth decay in the local population… In the early 1930s, scientists found that people who were brought up in areas with naturally fluoridated water had up to two-thirds fewer cavities compared to those who lived in areas where the water was not fluoridated. Most of the countries in Europe which do not have water fluoridation did not find that their incidences of dental cavities increased. In Germany and Finland, for example, decay rates either remained stable or continued in their downward trend after they stopped adding fluoride to their drinking water.
Excess fluoride exposure may come from the following sources:
• Public water fluoridation
• Abnormally high concentrations of fluoride in natural fresh water
• Dentifrice/fluoridated mouthrinse. Young children may swallow it.
• Untested bottled water
• Inappropriate use of fluoride supplements
• Some foods
There are a number of fluoride-free toothpastes produced by organic and natural companies. In lieu of fluoride, these pastes use mint oils or herbal extracts, such as sage or neem, to protect teeth.
Have you ever heard about Triclosan and Sodium lauryl sulfate? You will need to learn to read labels…
Natural toothpastes contain no artificial chemicals, preservatives or sweeteners. Most natural products also do not include triclosan, an agent found in antibacterial soaps and sanitizers. According to the FDA, triclosan is found in some toothpastes, as it is effective at preventing gingivitis and tooth decay. Although triclosan it is not harmful to humans, the FDA has launched a review of its safety. Animal testing has shown that the compound can affect hormone regulation and increase bacterial resistance to antibiotics. It has already been banned in European Union nations.
The ingredient list for conventional toothpaste features more complex additives. Sodium lauryl sulfate, which creates the foaming and lathering effect of toothpaste, is a corrosive chemical that may burn human skin, cause liver inflammation and irritate the mucous membranes of the upper respiratory system or gastrointestinal tract, according to its material safety data sheet. This ingredienti f very commonly found in body wash, creams and every other cosmetics. Whatch out!
The PPG biofeedback respiratory treatment allows for the breathing to balance the autonomic nervous system through a guided breathing device, calibrated according to the person.
– reduction of chronic stress and medical unexplained symptoms (stomach and intestinal problems, chronic fatigue, cold hands and feet, anxiety, insomnia …)
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- 1 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/2 cup of almonds
- A couple of dates
- 3-5 cacao powder
- Dark chocolate for coating
Blend the sunflower seeds and the almonds until obtaining a flour. Then add all the other ingredients. With the obtained mixture create small balls. Melt at bain marie the dark chocolate and cover up the small balls. Put in the fridge for 1 day before serving. Enjoy!
– With incredible anti-inflammatory properties, it also helps minimizing the odds of getting scalp infections.
– Heart diseases: Dark chocolate contains antioxidants such as flavanoids. Antioxidants are the best elements that a body can receive or produce as they have the capacity to prevent ageing by free radicals that can also cause heart diseases.
– Blood sugar levels: It is hard to believe that a sugar enriched substance can balance the blood sugar levels but it is true! The amount of sugar in dark chocolate does not affect your body much as its glycemic index is low. And the flavanoids that it is enriched with aids the influence that insulin offers on the sugar levels.
– Cholesterol: It is no myth that cholesterol clogs the veins and arteries and doesn’t let them function normally. But dark chocolate serves to reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels in the arteries and heart.
– Mood improver: Stress is a bad factor and one should steer clear of it as much as possible! The contents of dark chocolate help in the production of endorphins which are produced by the brain cells and are known to alleviate the mood. It stimulates the brain cells and is known to relax a person.
– Skin Protection: The content of Flavanoids in the dark chocolate has been found to have positive effects on the body. One such effect is providing protection against the harmful UV rays of the Sun.
– Stroke Prevention: The increased levels of flavanoids like epicatechin are known to protect the brain against strokes. This is found in dark chocolate in a good quantity. The nerve cells of people consuming dark chocolate are less prone to a stroke as compared to people who do not consume dark chocolate.
– Anemia cure: The flavanoids in dark chocolate also help in curing anemia and providing a treatment to those with a poor diet.
– Eyesight Improvement: Studies have also shown that the flavanoids in dark chocolate help to improve blood flow to the brain. This further helps improve eyesight also on account of better blood flow.
– Cognitive function: The cognitive function in the human body is enhanced with the consumption of dark chocolate as it improves the blood flow to the brain.
– Blood pressure: Dark chocolate is rich in minerals such as copper and magnesium which are responsible for keeping the blood pressure normal especially in case of people with excessive fluctuation in their BP
Eggs are a weird food, nutritionally talking… they have an incredible high quality part of proteins, and an incredibly fat, full of cholesterol part too. We will only use the best nutritional protein out of it.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
- 500 ml eggs white
- Half courgette
Cover a cake tin with some oven paper then pour the eggs white. Grate the courgette and sprinkle it over the eggs white. Add the salt and pepper as well on top. Bake for 25 minutes at 180°C.
Insects are a highly nutritious and healthy food source with high fat, protein, vitamin, fibre and mineral content. The nutritional value of edible insects is highly variable because of the wide range of edible insect species. Even within the same group of species, nutritional value may differ depending on the metamorphic stage of the insect, the habitat in which it lives, and its diet. For example, the composition of unsaturated omega-3 and six fatty acids in mealworms is comparable with that in fish (and higher than in cattle and pigs), and the protein, vitamin and mineral content of mealworms is similar to that in fish and meat.
The most commonly eaten insects are: crickets, worms and ants either baked, or fried. They can be found on the web, each country has different policies about them. Make sure they are for human consumption before purchasing them.
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Filippo’s recipe for making almond milk at home is very easy to do. This amazing substitute of cow milk, is not only richer in calcium but also helps with weight management fow its lower calory content. It will also keep your heart healthy thanks to the very hight Omega 3 content. You’ll enjoy Filippo’s famous cooking tip.
Almost any soup can be frozen, though some will lose a bit of texture in the process.
• When making a vegetable soup to freeze, undercook your vegetables a bit. If they’re still crunchy when the soup goes into the freezer, they’ll have better texture when defrosted. Potatoes can become a bit mealy, but soups with pureed potatoes freeze well.
• If your recipe calls for the addition of fresh tender herbs, such as basil or parsley, omit those prior to freezing, and add them when you reheat. More hearty herbs (thyme, rosemary, sage) often are added early in the cooking process, and they’ll stand up to the freezer without losing their zing.
• Bean soups love the freezer.
• Brown rice and wild rice take to freezing a bit better than white or converted rice, though all rice will soften as it thaws.
• Pasta can get somewhat mushy, so either undercook it in the soup, or add pasta after you defrost and reheat.
• If your soup contains shellfish, you should make the soup base (without the fish) and freeze that. When you’re ready to serve, thaw and reheat the base, and add fresh shellfish, which will take just minutes to cook.
• I don’t know who started the rumor that you can’t freeze cream-based soups. You can, but there are a few tricks to it. Sometimes soups with a milk or cream base will separate during the freezing process, but you can whisk them back to health with a bit of fresh cream or an arrowroot slurry (arrowroot mixed with water). So, go ahead and make (and freeze) that in-season corn chowder.
• If your recipe calls for the addition of cheese just before serving, omit that prior to freezing, and add it during the reheating. Even though you can freeze cheese on its own, it will reheat at a different speed than the soup contents around it.
Rule of thumb: If you can freeze the components, you probably can freeze the soup.
Step One: The Big Chill
Before you can freeze your soup, you need to chill (the soup, not you). Never put hot food directly into the freezer; you’ll raise the temperature of the freezer and endanger the safety of the food in it.
Remove the pot from heat. Let the soup sit for 20-30 minutes, uncovered. Stir occasionally to release more heat from the soup. When the soup has reached room temperature, it’s ready to be packed.
If you’re in a super hurry, you can set the pot of slightly cooled soup into a larger pot (or the kitchen sink) in a few inches of ice water (water with ice cubes). Don’t put your pot directly from the stove into ice water, because even the toughest pot might crack from thermal shock. Once the contents are somewhat cooled, an ice water bath can speed the process.
If you live in a cold climate like New England, let Mother Nature help you cool your soup in the winter. I like to let the soup cool for 20-30 minutes in the kitchen; then, I set the entire pot outside on my porch to cool for another 30 minutes in the frigid air.
Step Two: Pack It In
After the soup is chilled to room temperature or below, transfer the soup into containers. What type of containers work best? I prefer sturdy food storage containers with tight-fitting lids, to minimize leaks and prevent the transference of any other smells from the freezer.
Be sure to leave at least half an inch of extra space in the container to allow the liquid to expand as it freezes. If you use bags, squeeze out as much air as possible, but don’t overfill the bags. Remember to leave a bit of expansion space.
To prevent freezer burn, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the soup before you put the cover on the container.
Another favorite way to freeze soup is by portioning it into silicone muffin pans. When the soup freezes, squeeze the “muffins” into ziploc bags.
If you’re making a cream-based soup, pour off most of the liquid, and freeze the solid portion of the soup. When you reheat, add fresh cream or milk.
Please do not freeze soup in containers that are not specifically marked food-safe or freezer-safe.
Step Three: Deep Freeze
Once the soup is chilled and packed, label it with a marker or a paper label. Note the type of soup and the date.
To freeze soup in bags, set the bags on a cookie sheet and freeze in a single layer. When the soups are frozen solid, you can stack them in your freezer.
Step Four: Heat and Eat
Note the dates on the soup containers in your freezer, and try to use your soups within 3 months (though many non-cream soups will keep as long as 6 months).
There are a few ways to defrost your soup. The best, and safest, is to let the container sit in the refrigerator overnight.
If the soup does not have a cream base, you can defrost in the microwave. My microwave has a defrost setting, though I seldom use it. Instead, I heat on medium, a minute or two at a time, until the soup is uniformly thawed; then, I heat on high to serving temperature.
To resuscitate a cream-based soup that has separated, first thaw the soup in the refrigerator overnight. If it’s a pureed soup, toss it into the blender or food processor, or use an immersion blender. Then, transfer the soup to a Dutch oven or heavy stockpot, and heat gently on the stovetop.
If it’s a soup with solids (chicken, vegetables, etc.), and you have frozen the solids separately, spoon the thawed solids into a heavy Dutch oven or stock pot. Add fresh cream or milk or broth, and whisk together.
Soups that have been frozen might lose a bit of texture, but they won’t lose flavor.
Here is another dessert that will leave your guests breathless. This one is also a famous one in the raw cuisine. Very caloric but full of omega3 and minerals.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
- 100 gr cashwes
- 100 gr dates (or half dates, half dried apricots)
- 1 tbsp dried coconut
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- Sesame seeds (for decoration)
Take off the cores of the dates then blend everything in a high speed blender. Make the truffles with two hands and put them in the fridge for about an hour, then enjoy.
Laura’s Indian Head Massage includes massage of the shoulders, neck, scalp, face, ears and energy balancing. This method has been practised in India for over 1,000 years.
It is a wonderfully relaxing therapy. The massage can provide relief from aches and pains, stress symptoms, insomnia, promote hair growth, soothe, comfort and rebalance your energy flow which gives you a deep sense of peace, calm and tranquillity.
Come and try it! You’ll love it!