We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Bettina Campolucci-Bordi to our Booja Blog this month. We’re huge fans of her beautiful, plant-based recipes and we’re sure you will be too (if you’re not already). Here she introduces herself and her approach to living and eating in her own words…
My name is Bettina and my Plant Based Journey started off as an experiment. A way of feeding my Retreat clients nourishing food without deprivation and compromise of taste. It began to make a significant mark on my life. Sparked a love affair with creativity, ingredients, their heritage and ways of using them that I could have never dreamt of. There is so much beauty in this world in the form of nature. I aspire to spread as far is it can reach.
Recently I have been asked questions on what I eat, what makes me happy, what do I recommend? And the list goes on. To be honest Happiness and well-being is such an individual thing. What makes me jump for joy may not be someone else’s cup of tea and vice versa. I have bad days and am far from perfect but have learnt some things along the way that make me look at life a little bit differently. All I can do is speak from my own experience and tell you what has made me feel better and makes me tick on a daily basis.
- Listen to your body: This might be an old saying but what I am really trying to say is that you REALLY need to listen to your body. If you are suffering from fatigue, indigestion, mood swings, listen up your body is trying to tell you that you need to make a change. That whatever your current habits are, they ain’t working.
- Eat less Meat: Yepp this one can’t be avoided, even the government of the United states, WHO and Unicef are now saying that we need to cut down our meat consumption for the sake of the environment and our current health status. This doesn’t mean that you have to cut it out completely. Just make better choices, go for quality versus quantity and make sure you know where your products come from and how they got to your dinner table. I agree that being vegan or vegetarian isn’t for everyone but what ends up on your plate and how it got there is within your power.
Pause Technology: Try and have tech free moments when your bored, this might sound easy but try and not reach for your phone when waiting for the tube, when you are in a queue, or in any moment of deliberate boredom. Having the television on just for the sake of the background noise. Wake up from mental hibernation and use your brain for what it was meant to! THINK, solve, ponder and endure the company of yourself.
- Exercise: Yes! everyone knows this one but trust me muscles are not made by wishful thinking or by a magic wand. Only by actual exercise! Choose an activity that you really enjoy and stick with it. It can be as simple as making sure you go for a walk everyday. Physical activity makes you feel better – It’s proven. The fact that you get fit is an added bonus.
- Take time out: Take time out from the buzz of the world, from traffic, from “have to’s, from media, from your phone, from family members that stress you out. Call it meditation, vacation, alone time, just make sure that you have a TIME OUT now and again. Whether this is on a daily basis by switching yourself off from the world for only 5 minutes or for a longer time period as in a holiday. It is important that at some point in our busy lives that we stop and just let ourselves “have a moment”
- Be Happy: This one is super important! Define and decide what makes you happy. What is your heart telling you? What makes you tick? What ignites that fire in your heart that we call love that can be towards a person, passion, lover, friend choose anything. Figure out what it is and do it MORE! and tell your head to stop arguing with your heart because when you do it results in Happiness and that is something money can’t buy.
- Eat More GREENS: Yes yes I know you must have heard this a million times, but you know what, your parents were right and so were their parents. Veggies and fruit give you vitamins, fiber, minerals and the best is that the amounts are limitless. You can eat as much of them as you possibly want! Do not limit your intake of fruits and veggies because they are so good for you.
- Cut out Drainers: Basically cut out stuff that is negative in your life. This can be people, family members, work, situations and bad habits. You always have a choice, ALWAYS! If you choose to stick with something that is draining your energy you have to deal with the consequences. Another option is to limit the negativity which means if you have an incredibly annoying relative, person, work colleague – all you need to do is limit the time that you spend with them. Start thinking about the things in your life that you do only because you feel you have too rather then want to. That’s a good start.
- Self Love: If you love yourself, your relationship to everything else will change. This means that if you can look at yourself in the mirror and accept yourself for who you truly are, with all your faults and say “ this is who I am and I am OK with it” then you have won half of the battle already. Love and compassion towards yourself and your surroundings and all living things is one of the BEST pieces of health advice I can give because it is a game changer. When we can value ourselves, our capabilities and the fact that every single one of us matter and that every single thing around us matters, that is when things within us bring profound change.
OMEGA CHIA PUDDING
Mayans prized them for their ability to provide sustainable energy… in fact; “chia” is the ancient Mayan word for “strength.” Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet. They are loaded with nutrients that can have important benefits for your body and brain; protein, fibre, omega 3’s amongst other things!
This is a super easy recipe that can be made in bigger batches and made the day before! It is a fantastic travel food that keeps you fuller for longer. Here is one of many versions that I love.
1 cup of nut milk (240 grams)
1 mashed banana
2 tbs. of chia seeds
1 tbs. of flax
Pinch of cinnamon/cardamom & clove (spice mix see basics)
Splash of maple syrup
1 tbs. of almond flakes
1 tbs. of raisins or dried blueberries
Fruit of choice to top off
1/2 teaspoon f vanilla
Mix all of the ingredients in a mixing bowl, except the fruits used to top it off. Set aside or store in the fridge. You need to give the seeds time to absorb all the liquids and get a rice pudding like texture, leave for about 20-30 minutes.
Portion out in cups, glasses or mason jars (that are so chic right now). If you make more than one portion store in fridge until you want to eat and enjoy.
Lots of love xx
To discover more gorgeous and inspiring recipes visit Bettina’s blog http://www.bettinaskitchen.com