Low Carb Crispy Pizza

You are on a low carb diet but then suddenly you are craving a delicious savory slice of pizza? I had that kind of day today. I found the perfect low carb pizza recipe which tastes way better than cauliflower pizza. What you need:

  • IMG_1439.JPG170g grated cheese (I used pizza cheese)
  • 85g ground almond
  • 2 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 egg
  • dried oregano
  • dried basil
  • tomato sauce
  • salt
  • grated cheese for topping
  • your favorite toppings
  1. pre-heat your oven with 220°C
  2. combine the grated cheese with the ground almond and melt it under medium heat
  3. add the cream cheese, stir
    and melt it to a manageable dough
  4. add salt to taste and the dried herbs
  5. spread the dough into a round shape onto a baking tray lined with baking paper
  6. put it into the oven for 12-15min
  7. after 5min prick with a folk so the dough can be evenly cooked
  8. remove the pizza dough after its brown
  9. spread the tomato sauce
  10. add the cheese and your favorite toppings
  11. bake for 6-7min

Enjoy your low carb pizza without any guilt!

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Fresh Flowers

Where flower blooms so does hope – Lady Bird Johnson

Keeping fresh flowers in your household can bring many beneficial effects.

  • decorates your home
  • pop of color
  • improves the quality of the air
  • gives a nice fragrance
  • improves productivity
  • makes you more creative
  • makes you happier and improves your mood
  • memories can be aroused

I am always excited when someone brings me fresh flowers. Today is our 4th wedding anniversary and my husband brought me some bright red roses and it made my day instantly. The colors and fragrance of flowers make me happy and they give me hope. Flowers need some care in order to stay beautiful for a longer time. So does life. You need to take care of yourself, the people around you and the relationships you have. For me flowers symbolize the fact that life is all about caring and motivate me to do better.

So always keep some fresh flowers and enjoy the free benefits.

See the good

Negativity is a thief, it steals happiness

IMG_1254Our world can be full of negativity. To be honest I strongly believe it is just the way you see the things. Obviously things happen and people behave in a way which is not acceptable but the way you react to it depends completely on yourself. You can let yourself carried away with the negativity or resist against it.

Not only does negativity steal your happiness, it also affects your health. Chronic stress can be induced by negativity which then again leads to unhappiness. Depletion of important neurotransmitters which play an essential role for happiness is a consequence of chronic stress.

Studies have shown that chronic stress may lead to the reduction of lifespan due to the shortening of telomeres which are the end part of your DNA. Gastrointestinal problems as well as heart diseases are also major consequences.

Unhappiness caused by negativity can also lead to depression which has become a huge problem in our society nowadays.

Why does negativity influence our lives so much? In my opinion competition and our will to do better can be one of the influencing factors. Competition is everywhere in this day and age. We are competing for jobs, admission to good schools, better salaries or even promotions. In this respect we come across negativity.

Why did the other one get the job and not me? Why wasn’t I good enough? These are typical questions which may bother our minds. Additionally there are negative people everywhere who want to drain all the positive energy out of you. They will make you lose your self-esteem.

I used to be a very pessimistic person. I would see the negative aspect in everything first before seeing the good. A few years back I had a very bad phase in my life. Now I know it was mainly caused by chronic stress. I was excepting a lot from myself because there was a lot of pressure on me from others. I was unhappy and couldn’t enjoy things anymore. I hadreached a point where I knew I had to change something to not lose the things I’ve worked so hard for.

I knew I had to change the way I was thinking and slowly overcome my negative thoughts as well as negativity around myself to something positive.

Whenever something bad happens now, I try to ask myself: what is the good in this situation? How bad it may seem there is always something positive in there and finding it, may lead to happiness. Nowadays I try to eliminate people who want me to feel bad. You don’t need those people in your life.

So try to remember:

  • negativity will only harm your health and happiness
  • it is just the way you see things and your attitude towards it
  • bad things/phases are part of life; try to accept them
  • slowly replace negative thoughts by positive ones
  • always see the good in everything
  • eliminate negative people out of your life; they are toxic
  • life is a gift so be grateful

 

Postive Vibes

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The Five Minute Journal – Intelligent Change Inc.

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions – Dalai Lama

Starting every day with a positive thought and something you are grateful for is a great way towards more positivity in your life. Starting and ending your day with gratitude is scientifically proven to have a positive impact psychologically.

I started using the 5 Minute Journal by Intelligent Change Inc. a couple of months ago. The journal will help you to keep focus on the good things in your life and get rid of the negativity.

Our world can be full of negativity sometimes. People who may try to drag you down or always have something to criticize on you. It can be also a phase in your life where things just don’t work out the way you wish which then can cause negativity in you.

Sparing 5 minutes each day can help you lead your life into a positive direction.

How the journal works:

Every day starts with a motivational quote. In the morning you have to note three things which you should note down right after getting up:

  • what you are grateful for
  • what would make today great
  • daily affirmations

At the end of the day you have to note down two other things to finish off the day:

  • 3 amazing things that happened today
  • what you could have done to make today better

Practicing gratitude can have following beneficial effects on your (mental)  health:

  • stronger immune system as well as lower blood pressure
  • you will develop more positive emotion
  • you will feel more joy, happiness and and generally more optimism
  • you will have more generosity and compassion
  • you might feel less lonely and isolated

To be honest I was not able to do this every single day as I forget it sometimes. But I can say that when I use it I feel more relaxed and see the day from a different perspective. I can finish the day off in a proper day and go to bed with a free mind and more grateful.

You should try it out.

TheSparklingLifestyle Blogger.

 

It’s all about time

The way we spend our time defines who we are – Jonathan Estrin

Dropping the phone while switching off the alarm, getting out of the door without spilling your coffee or running like you are in a marathon to catch your train. Who doesn’t know the feeling of having to little time?

We live in a world where we have to be on time always and in everything we do.

Our lifestyle may differ but at the end of the day we all have the same aim: we want to accomplish our unique goals in life. For that we have to work hard and time plays a crucial part in that process.

I am in gradschool doing a masters in Life Sciences but at the same time I am a wife too. I have to clean our apartment, do the laundry and so on. My husband is a huge help in the household but when it comes to cooking I prefer to do it by myself. Otherwise I would be eating pasta or salad all the time (hehe).

They key to manage everything is to manage your time well.

Even though nowadays time becomes more imporant than it used to be several years ago our day has only 24h which won’t change to any circumstances.

How can you achieve everything with (my) much needed 8.5h of sleep? Well, again time management guys.

  1. You need a planner -I know many people use their phone for everything. They keep track of their appointments, make notes and plan ahead. But I highly recommend keeping a proper journal where you can write stuff. Personally I find that phones can be overwhelming at times. You use it to make phone calls, check your E-Mails or all of the social media. With such a chaos I am not able to organize my life and keep track on my appointments. Maybe you are a genius and you can do it well.
  2. Prioritize! You cannot do everything at the same time. Make a list of the things which need to be done first and work things off by the list
  3. Do the things with passion – when you keenly engage yourself with the things you do, you start to enjoy them and then it does not seem like something you need to do
  4. Reward yourself – it’s always nice to reward yourself after you have accomplished an important task. It can be a piece of really good dark chocolate or your favorite TV show in your break (oh yeah)
  5. Make time for the things you love. You can work hard towards your goals but what is the point when you get stressed out and develop anxiety because you don’t get time to relax. Spare about 2h per day for yourself. Do sports, watch your favorite show or just spend time with your loved ones. This is essential for your mental health and overall happiness.

Hope this will help some of you guys.

TheSparkingLifeStyle Blogger.

 

Feel great with Teeccino

You love the smell of coffee in the morning? You are not yourself without the first cup in the morning? Well, I know how you must feel.

Teeccino – French Roast

I LOVE coffee especially cappuccino. I look forward to get up in the morning just to get the fresh cup of coffee to go.

The sad thing about coffee is the caffeine content. It makes you feel addicted to coffee or cause jitters. I used to get headaches if I would skip one day without coffee because my body is used to it.

Some of the side effects causes by too much caffeine:

– high blood pressure

– diarrhea

– rapid heartbeat

– increased urination

– might affect your fertility

As I student you get used to drink a lot of coffee to keep up with your studies which is not healthy. Also if you want to get pregnant it is better to cut back on your caffeine intake.

How can you possibly not drink coffee when you just love the smell of it and also the rusty flavor?

Well here is the answer –

I bought Teeccino when I was in the US. Teeccino has the rich flavor of coffee with the health benefits of herbal tea. Due to the nutrients it gives you a natural boost of energy without being a stimulant. Teccino is a blend of herbs, grains, fruits and nuts which are roasted and grounded.

Ingredients:

– Carob

– Barley

– Chicory root

– Dates & figs

– Ramon seeds

– Almonds

– Natural flavors

– Dandelion root

I bought the french roast one at whole foods and it was about 10 Dollars.

Would I recommend Teeccino?

Of course I do! I still do enjoy one cup of cappuccino in the morning but then throughout the day when I feel like having a cup of coffee I would go with Teeccino. The great thing is it does not interfere with your sleep.

I usually drink Teeccino with milk and sometimes with a little bit of sugar and it is just perfect!

Try Teeccino!

TheSparklingLifestyle Blogger.

Ava – Get to know your body. Get to know you

Do you suffer from irregular cycle or are you planning a pregnancy? Make your life easier with Ava fertility tracker.

I am currently pre-planning my pregnancy and I stopped taking my contraceptive pills a few month ago. I wanted to get my body back to its normal stage for a year before getting pregnant.

I had irregular cycles which normalized after taking the pill. I never bothered to track my cycle so I do not even know how my normal cycle is like.

I was searching for a way to track my cycle in order to get to know my body better. It makes getting pregnant much easier and faster. Then I found out about the Ava fertility tracker and I was convinced that it is worth a try.

I mean how cool is the idea that you could wear a tracker on your wrist overnight and it would do all the work for you? Then in the morning you can just synchronize the data onto your phone.

How does Ava work?

Well, the Ava has sensors which can measure 9 parameters to calculate the fertile days. By this way Ava is able to recognize the beginning of your fertile days and when it actually ends giving the exact window when to try for a baby.

– Ava works with 89% of accuracy

– it recognizes 5.3 fertile days per cycle

– Ava was tested for a year in a clinical study at the University Hospital Zurich

– Ava is a FDA approved medical device of class I

Ava measures the 9 following parameters:

1. Resting pulse rate (lower during the follicular stage)

2. Skin temperature

3. Heart rate variability ratio (lower ratio; less stress)

4. Sleep

5. Perfusion (higher in the fertile days)

6. Breathing rate

7. Movement

8. Heat loss

9. Bioimpedance

Many things which happen within your body or even mentally are cycle related so using Ava can make you understand your body and yourself better.

I have ordered Ava tracker online and have been using it for the past 3 nights.

the Ava sensor comes with a blue wristlet, USB cable and a manual. Before you use the tracker the first time you should charge it (I forgot to do it hence it did not collect enough data the first night).

You have to download the Ava app on your phone and then generate your profile. Via Bluetooth you can synchronize the data collected overnight to your phone.

My first impression of the Ava fertility tracker is very positive due to the following reasons:

1. It is straight forward to use

2. It has a nice and elegant design (the blue makes it very appealing)

3. Makes tracking your cycle and fertile days easier

4. Tracks 9 different parameters, which are hard to track otherwise

5. Data can be collected on your phone so you have it all the time with you

6. You only have to wear it overnight

7. Comfortable to wear

8. Light weight

The only contra I would like to mention is the price. Currently it costs 249CHF which is quite expensive. But if it really works like it is supposed to be and makes getting pregnant easier and faster then it is worth the money.

I need to test the product longer to provide a proper review and opinion but so far so good.

Hope the first impression helped you.

TheSparklingLifestyle Blogger.