Month: October 2017

Comfort food made healthy: hot & sour fish soup

When days are getting colder and shorter, comfort food gets yummier. If I have to tolerate chilly weather, the least I can do is warm myself up with some fats and carbs to keep myself cheerful. But comfort food isn’t always bad. For me, a bowl of steaming soup is the ultimate comfort food, and the good news is that soups are very easy to make healthy. This hot and sour fish soup was inspired by Jamie Oliver. I’ve chucked out some ingredients (not a fan of lemongrass) and added some others (Sriracha rules), and it never disappoints. The heat is just right, the sourness is perfect, the texture is great and the sweetness is on spot. To make 2 bowls, you’ll need: 2 tbsp of groundnut oil (toasted sesame oil will do, too) 4 spring onions, sliced 2 garlic cloves, peeled and sliced 1 small chilli, sliced 1 small piece of ginger, peeled and sliced into matchsticks 1.5 litres of hot fish/vegetable stock 1 tbsp of fish/oyster sauce 2 tbsp of runny honey (more …

The Surprising Thing People Talk About Most in Therapy – by Katherine Schafler

Taken from Thrive Global. (Hint: you’re probably doing it right now). So, whenever someone calls me, I become confused. Why are they calling? Is something wrong? Is it my birthday today? And I just sort of stare at the phone until it goes to voicemail. Then I text later, ‘did you call?’ so we can have our conversation over text, which is obviously the civilized thing to do. But of course, we all have our tiny handful of people that we bestow with the ironic but ultimate gesture of modern affection: talking to on the good ole’ fashioned phone. Among my tiny handful is one of my best friends; when she calls and I’m not able to pick up, she leaves a full on conversation on my voicemail as if I’m on the other end of the phone. If the voicemail cuts her off because she’s been talking for 6 minutes, she calls back and starts another message with, “Hey, something’s wrong with your voicemail, anyway, so then…” This is an ordinary thing she does …

9 Phrases You Should Stop Saying if You Want to Be Happy and Successful – by Elle Kaplan

Article taken from Thrive Global. Change your vocabulary and you can completely change your success. Language matters. The right words can motivate you to take your happiness and success to the next level — but the wrong ones can stand in your way. Studies have even found that using positive or negative language can change your brain by impacting the expression of genes that regulate physical and emotional stress. Even more importantly, it’s been discovered that we say that we say 300 to 1,000 words to ourselves every single minute. If you’re practicing negative self-talk, that’s a lot of negative words being thrown your way. If you’re serious about moving toward success in every aspect of your life — including your words — read on for nine phrases you should eliminate from your vocabulary. 1) “This has to be perfect.” American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books Maria Shriver once said, “Perfectionism doesn’t make you feel perfect; it makes you feel inadequate.” Often, we strive for perfection because we seek approval and praise from others. When we obsess over …

Good reads for bad times

Everyone has their own ways to pull themselves through the bad times. Mine is simple: get away from the source of the problem, allow myself space and time to let it out and unwind, listen to calming music and read books. Well, wine usually happens somewhere in there, too. So if reading is your cup of tea on a rainy day, too, today I will talk about the three books that brightened my recent dark days. “The chimp paradox: the acclaimed management programme for confidence, success, and happiness” by Steve Peters (available on Amazon here). Summary: there are two minds in your mind – one is of a chimp, and the other one is a human – and the two make you think and do different things. The chimp mind is animalistic and acts on instincts and emotions. The human mind is analytical and logical. And the trick is to tame your inner chimp to be a better human. For example, if you drive and someone cuts in front of you, you probably will want …