Introduction.

I’m abounded in bliss.

It’s Monday morning and exceptionally sunny.
I woke up this morning, greeted the day with an energizing morning yoga sequence, prepared a delicious and nutritious breakfast (recipe below), dressed in my power outfit and made my way to work.
It’s a beautiful sunny day (which is a pleasant surprise considering it’s February in Krakow, Poland) and *gasp* Monday morning.
Now I know it’s almost a societal obligation to “hate” Mondays, but allow me to counterpoint – since when do new beginnings have a negative connotation?

Since this is an introduction, I suppose I should tell you a little bit about myself.
I’m a 25 years old and live in Krakow, Poland.
For the last two years, I have wholeheartedly committed to a healthy lifestyle encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, mental, and spiritual health.
Almost 3 years ago, I moved back to Poland after spending 18 years in the US. I moved around a lot growing up so it wasn’t a big deal to leave my friends and family behind. I was enthusiastic about the prospect of coming into adulthood somewhere new.
I will always cherish my college years, but even I must admit that the partying got way out of control. The lifestyle I was leading can most accurately be defined as toxic. Considering this, I guess you can say I was running away, but justifiably, I really wanted to change for the better.
And I have. I’ve discovered a formidable force within me. A force with which I’ve embarked on quite a journey. On this journey, I’ve learned how to love and take care of myself.

All this considering, I’d love to share this experience with everyone. I hope to use this blog as a platform as an inspiration to all. Radiating positivity is truly life-changing. You get back what you give. And I’d love for everyone to experience this englightment for themselves.

Each blog post will feature a life-lesson, experience, etc in narrative form + supplement such as a recipe / yoga post / fitness challenge.

Today’s lesson: Don’t hate Mondays. It’s the beginning of a new week. Set some intentions for your day, your week, your month, etc. You will find your progress to be motivating, and your obstacles to be a test of your strength and will.
Growth is good. New beginnings are invigorating.


Delicious & Nutritious Monday Morning Breakfast !
Millet with dried cranberries, linseed & crushed walnuts

I’d like to introduce you to millet. A delicious whole grain rich with fiber is an idea way to start the day ! It’s high in nutrients such as magnesium, phosphorus, as well as beneficial phytonutrients.

Whole grains! (A quick nutrition lesson)
If you’re just starting a healthy lifestyle, my first advice will be to substitute all your simple carbs with complex carbs. Simple carbs (white bread, pastries, cookies, etc) are NOT DIGESTED by our bodies. They go straight into the blood stream in the form of glucose (“blood sugar”). This is usually accompanied by a heightened level of energy (“sugar rush”),  followed by a crash. In short, simple sugar in your diet doesn’t keep you satiated for very long. You end up tired and more hungry.
On the other hand, complex carbs, such as millet, are very slowly digested before being broken down to glucose which can then make its way into the bloodstream–thus maintaining a steady blood sugar rather than causing sharp spikes.

I invite you to try cooked millet served as a breakfast porridge.
Let me know how you like my favorite recipe, Millet with dried cranberries, linseed & crushed walnuts

Ingredients:
1/2 cup of millet (or more, if you so choose.. just remember 1 part millet flakes)
1 cup of water (is 2 parts water)
1 tbsp of linseed (or more, if you so desire)
1 tbsp of dried cranberries (or more, if you so desire)
Handful of crushed walnuts (or more, if you so desire)
1 tbsp coconut oil
So basically go all out and treat yourself ! Because food is good! Food is energy! 🙂
Just be certain to add in more water as you increase one or more ingredients.
You will be essentially boiling the millet flakes in water (1 tbsp coconut oil) until it’s absorbed, so too little water and you have a burnt pan, too much and you have runny porridge.

Smacznego!

Until next time, radiate positivity. Set positive intentions, and rock Mondays 🙂

Peace & Love,

MJ

 

 

 

 

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