Dark Spot Removal

I have found an unusual method of clearing up darkened skin from under the armpit. While in Montenegro I started applying a simple mixture of about seven drops of wild oregano oil and coconut oil under both armpits to assist in controlling odor due to the deodorants in the area not working as well as they should. It did the trick as well as started clearing up the dark patches under my arm from irritation of deodorants and shaving. If you have extra sensitive skin and would like to try an alternative to conventional deodorants, plus clear up some irritations try this concoction. I have now been using it for 2 months and almost all of my darkened skin has cleared up. If it works for you please comment down below, thanks.

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Where the North Wind Blows

 

For the past 6 months now I have been travelling Europe more thoroughly than not, and my travels have ended me back in the country where I received my first ever visa. Before this I had only lived and visited a limited number of countries within a year and a half, France, Italy, Slovenia, and of course Croatia. Since August though, I have had the opportunity to travel or live in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, and now again Croatia. These frequent movements taught me how important it is to travel lightly and flexibly.

No matter how good a plan it is, there will always be twists and turns. Mine began while in Montenegro, when I had assumed that there would be a train that connected this country to the next. Unfortunately it didnt and I had to backtrack to Serbia, where I learned again of the lack of train connections, which seemed to had been confirmed online. Luckily I learned of a wonderful and cheap alternative in GEA tourist travels, where they drive you from Beograd to many locations for as little as 15 euro one way. They are based out of Serbia so there is no way of getting around going into Beograd, but if you have the patience and the time this is the cheapest way to travel in between countries where the train system has lapsed. My travels to and from Bosnia was only 30 euros, and from Beograd to Zagreb was only 25 euros. This beats a train ride any day, as this company uses small vehicles or vans to transport. The bonus is that they allowed my pets to ride free, of course they were secured in their travel containers.

I have learned how to travel more efficiently and economically while living abroad, and I do plan on using these skills when I finally do arrive back home. I also have learned how to eat more cleanly. The food in these pictures have become a staple in my home. I love my krautchi, as well as steamed rice and miso with lettuce. I also tried a new concoction of my own, I steamed napa cabbage (where luckily konzum on Britanski Trg carries it-although I am still looking for Korean flakes), and then tossed it with sesame oil, sesame seed, and toasted seaweed. I threw in some fresh carrots and voila! Eating this way gives me more pleasure in the taste and textures of the veggies that I am having. I am also trimming down on the pounds which was not a part of the plan, but is a pleasant side effect.

I also made some spring rolls since Spring has finally rolled in. Yeah me for expanding my horizon and trying new and exciting things.

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Cauliflower Poppers with dipping sauce

I have to admit that before this experience I had never, to my knowledge eaten a cauliflower before. It always looked weird. Boy was I wrong. I saw a recipe for baked cauliflower drenched in buffalo sauce and decided to try it. This is what I came up with.

Ingredients:

Head of Cauliflower

Oil

Salt

Chipotle Hot Sauce

Dipping Sauce:

Vegan Mayo

Hot Sauce

Lemon Juice

Cut off as many pieces as you desire to eat, rinse well. Place in oven and drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle salt on top. Let it bake for about 10 to 15 minutes or until you start hearing it sizzle. Take out and dip in hot sauce, then return to oven for a few minutes.

When done place on plate with sliced carrots and cucumbers. Mix a couple of spoonfuls of mayo with the leftover hot sauce from the dipped cauliflower. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon and mix until blended well. Place on the plate with the cauliflower and veggies. Enjoy.

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Minestrone ‘Krautchi’ Soup

So I have just learned the nutty flavor of quinoa and decided to use put it in a vegetable and bean soup. I soaked the minestrone beans overnight before cooking in order to prep it for easier digestion.

I also wanted to try out making kimchi, but since I am in a foreign country I chose not to ferment my own cabbage. Instead I went the lazy route and bought a fermented whole cabbage in the produce department.

Ingredients for Soup:

Mixed beans -oaked overnight for easier digestion-

(I used a minestrone mixture)

Frozen green beans

Quinoa

Fresh Tomato

Salt

I drained the beans and placed them in a pot with water to boil. I also added tomatoes since I wanted them to become stewed. After about thirty minutes I added the frozen green beans and salt to taste. My quinoa was precooked so I added it in last right before taking it off the eye. If you don’t have any precooked then you can wash them and then boil them for 15 minutes then add them to the mix, or throw them in 15 to 20 minutes before you finish cooking. Either way it gives a nice chew, grainy, nutty texture sort of like fresh oatmeal.

Although it needed small preparation the flavor was delicious and it is definitely a healthy choice especially for the wintertime. Quinoa is also a very healthy addition as it packs in lysine and other amino acids as well as being a complete protein and a good source of manganese which promotes healthy bones.

Krautchi:

Ingredients:

Fermented cabbage

Fresh Carrot

Fresh Garlic

Yellow Onion

Chipotle Hot Sauce

(I used heinz brand)

Shred and chop the carrots, garlic, and onion and mix with hot sauce by hand in a bowl or container. Chop the cabbage to your taste. Mix it into the other ingredients and voila. It honestly tastes just like kimchi.

I had never purchased a fermented whole cabbage before but it works great for those who dont want to use jarred sauerkraut as it may be too shredded. Kimchi is usually made with napa or Chinese cabbage, but the cabbage I used was the regular one in the store.

Normal kimchi and also sauerkraut have natural probiotic functions and therefore is great for your digestive system and decreasing the overgrowth of yeast in your body by packing the body with healthy bacteria.

Also, this chipotle sauce is heavenly. I have also been eating cauliflower ‘bites’ with this sauce as the coating and it is so good. The grocery store selection is limited where I am currently living (in Montenegro), so I dont have the option of looking for Korean spices.

It definitely saved time and concern since I am not in my native country so don’t I want to get sick over trying to ferment anything. Another thing I noticed about the cabbage was this white milky substance, which I learned to be kahm yeast. It is not harmful and all I had to do was rinse it off and enjoy the pickled veggie. Cheers to trying new things!

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I served the krautchi as a garnish on top of the soup. Delicious.

 

 

 

 

 

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Vegan ‘Cinnamon Oblivion’ Recipe

This recipe is inspired by my all time favorite dessert, which is from Outback restaurant. I used to order it all the time alongside the Queensland Chicken salad. Oh, those were the days. It is made with all vegan friendly ingredients, and suprisingly does taste like the real thing.

Ingredients:

Chia Seeds

Cinnamon

Vanilla flavored soy yogurt

(I used Alpro brand)

Crunchy granola

(I used Verival  Bio Beerer Crunchy)

Frozen mixed wild berries

(I used the one with strawberries, blueberries, and cranberries)

Place the granola in the oven to warm. Put chia seeds and cinnamon in a bowl and add the soy yogurt. Mix lightly. Top with frozen berries. Then when the granola is warm put on top of mixture and mix until coated.

The frozen berries and vanilla flavor stand in for the vanilla ice cream used in the dessert. The berries as they melt also taste like the raspberry sauce that I always chose to place on my dessert instead of caramel. The cinnamon takes the place of the cinnamon apples, which are so decadent, but has too much sugar. The granola is the crunchy chocolate croutons that I used to love so dearly.

Even if you have never tried a Cinnamon Oblivian:cinnamon

this dessert is very tasty and a healthier version for those who are lactose intolerant or dont desire to eat animal by products such as is found in the ice cream and whipped topping. The chia seeds are added in to give a boost of fiber, protein, omega vitamins, and other important nutrients.

Here is a few pictures of me preparing the dessert.

 

 

 

 

 

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The Issue of the Candida

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I have had problems with yeast under my breasts, as I am a large chested woman, since I was a teenager and it has been a slow uphill battle to find a definitive cure for chronic breakouts. I also have recurring vaginal yeast due to the same imbalance of healthy bacteria due to poor diet, as most Americans have.

In the past I tried probiotics in supplemental form, probably in my early 20’s to no avail, as it seemed to make my stomache get even more irritated. I have also tried yogurt, but with my dairy intolerance it also caused an adverse reaction. The only suggestion I received was to take a strong yeast fighting medicine called diflucan consistently, and indefinitely. All was well until I travelled overseas and it seems like this regimen is frowned upon.

Since I have had yet another issue I have decided to try again alternative methods. I just purchased some oil of oregano which I have read helps with antifungal issues. It smells very nice, a bit like mint, and it tingles like tea tree oil. I put one drop in a teaspoon each of olive oil and placed it on my bedside to use as a topical ointment. We shall see if it stands up to the hype.

Also, I was reintroduced to a product that I use for my hair health as it also seems to be helpful in fighting yeast. Apple cider vinegar can be drank warm with a splash of lemon and cayenne pepper to help cleanse the body. I have started drinking this in the evening and morning to do more to regulate a healthier gut flora.

I also bought some more probiotic supplements, which is infused with b vitamins. I hate taking pills but a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do to make the body sing in unison. While I was at the health food section I also picked up some nutritional yeast to add to my vegan/vegetarian food journey. I wondered if it would be contraindicated to my yeast problem, but I read that it should not have any negative impact. Again we shall see.

I did learn that coconut oil and also fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut are natural probiotics and help fight candidias by replenishing your gut with healthy bacteria.

If you are having any similar problems then check out this website https://www.thecandidadiet.com/. I know that I have been waiting nearly 20 years if not longer for this sort of information.

 

 

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