Thursday, March 2, 2017

Girl Rising

Little girls in this country watch t.v., have play dates, take swimming, violin or tennis classes. They sometimes don't feel like going to school and are picky about what they eat. They sleep in a warm, cozy bed surrounded by their favorite dolls and toys. In another part of the world, there are little girls who can't go to school and instead work from 3 a.m. to 11 p.m. washing pots, doing other household chores, and who are lucky enough to eat scraps of food and have a dry ground to sleep on.

Have you seen Girl Rising? I watched the trailer yesterday  and heard excerpts from the book. Tears welled up my eyes. This inspirational film is a must see.  Immediately, the MZ Wallace bag I have been eyeing on seemed irrelevant. I was embarrassed of my Amazon "wish list." We live in a materialistic world and desire more each day while in certain parts of the world $5 is a fortune! We live in a free country, we are free of masters, have the ability to receive free education and the power to achieve our dreams. So blessed are we.

I had the honor of meeting Shabana Basij-Rasikh, an Ambassador for Girl Rising and one of CNN's International Women of the Year. Shabana shared stories about how she used to attend a secret school disguised as a boy with her sister when Afghanistan was under Taliban rule and how each day her sister and her used to take different paths to school so that they could avoid the Taliban. This young, fearless and successful leader is the founder of SOLA - School of Leadership Afghanistan, enabling young Afghans to further their studies abroad and secure jobs back home.

Such an inspiration!  More power to girls all over the world! Click on the links to learn more and do grab a copy of the book and see the movie. God bless you all.


It was a day of self-reflection and appreciation for all that we have been blessed with and have taken for granted.

Peace and Love,
Jyoti



Saturday, March 5, 2016

How I Transformed My Life?



7 Years ago on a frigid winter morning in January, little did I know that my life was about to transform dramatically! It was my first day at Institute for Integrative Nutrition ("IIN"). Today I had the privilege of going back to school, IIN, for a live event at Avery Fisher Hall! As I entered the Time Warner Building, I started feeling happy and excited! The energy in a room full of 1,000+ health coaches cannot be described, but has to be experienced!  Endorphins are released!  One just wants to freeze time and stay in the present moment and savor it.

At IIN I learned different diet theories, I was supported by colleagues and mentors and learned from world-renown experts in the holistic field. I addressed my own health issues and share my knowledge to help others. Today I am gluten-free and dairy-free and it's with the support I received from my colleagues at IIN that I was able to smoothly transition into this lifestyle. Most importantly, I learned to love and accept myself and that it's okay to just be me, I am perfect the way I am.

The Universe favored me today, in the elevator going up, someone asked if I was going to be speaking, and in my mind I recollected how one of my goals has always been to speak on stage at IIN - couple of minutes later, my teacher/Guru, Joshua Rosenthal, passed me the mic!! I got up in front of the audience and shared my enthusiasm and excitement for being there. 



I am ever so grateful for what I have learned from IIN. If you would like to learn more about IIN or experience the IIN Live Event which is going on this weekend, click here IIN Live Event

Thank you Universe and IIN for making me feel so special, never have 1,000+ people applauded to wish me Happy Birthday!


With light and love,
Jyoti
IIN Ambassador



Sunday, January 10, 2016

Rainy Day Comfort Food - Gluten-Free, Vegan Omelet


On a rainy Sunday afternoon, there's nothing like comfort food - being gluten free and vegan due to allergies, the "Chickpea Omelet" or "Bésarn Omelette" hits the spot, especially being full of good vegan protein. Did you know that chickpeas are a great source of protein? It’s always exciting when you are in the mood for something and you actually have all the ingredients!  Fresh curry leaves, fresh packet of chickpea (garbanzo) flour, fragrant coriander (cilantro) leaves, green chilies, olives...

I have quickly written down this recipe with the ingredients I used as I have been asked for it by my fellow gluten-free friends. The curry leaves are not necessary, it’s the first time I used them along with the roasted cumin seeds and the flavor was amazing! Don’t wait to get the curry leaves to make this. You basically need the onions and tomatoes and the baking soda and can take it from there. 

1 cup – Chickpea Flour (Indian grocery store or Bob's Red Mill)
½ cup – Water (warm/room temp.)
½ Medium-size Onion – chopped
½ Tomato – chopped
Coriander Leaves – Handful – chopped
½ Green Chili – chopped (if you like it hot – add the whole chili pepper)
2 Garlic Cloves – chopped
½ inch Ginger – chopped
Pinch Baking Soda
Salt to taste
Coconut Oil or Avocado Oil (for med-high heat)

Optional:
Curry Leaves –  (2 to 3 leaves – chopped finely)
1 tsp – Roasted Cumin seeds (you can skip or use 1 tsp cumin powder)
½ tsp – Turmeric powder
Olives – pitted and sliced

Put 1 cup of the chickpea flour in a bowl, 1 pinch of baking soda and then add the water, whisk until the lumps disappear. Start off with ¼ cup of water and gradually increase to make the consistency more like a pancake mixture – it shouldn’t be too watery. If you add too much water, simply add a little more of the flour.

Next add salt (to taste) and turmeric powder and whisk. Then add the remaining ingredients: ginger, garlic, cumin seeds, coriander leaves, onions, tomatoes, chili pepper, curry leaves and olives. I added 1 tsp of coconut oil to this mixture, too.

Heat up 2 tsp of coconut oil in a non-stick pan. If you like the ‘omelet’ to be crispy, you can add more oil. When the oil is hot, use a ladle to pour the mixture. Tilt the pan in different directions so that mixture spreads evenly. Cook until you see bubbles (just as when making pancakes), then you can flip it over. You might need to add a little bit of oil or brush pan with oil before you cook the other side so that it is done well and gets crispy.

This is an Indian vegetarian omelet. You don’t need to add the curry leaves, cumin seeds or green chili pepper.  Btw, I forgot the baking soda, today, but they still came out delicious! Sometimes I add olives to give it a nice twist in the flavor. You can try olives and rosemary along with onions. Add what ingredients you like or have at home - let your creative juices flow.

Happy cooking!
Bon appétit!

Jyoti
                                                                                                              

Friday, March 27, 2015

Did You Hit Delete?



Have you ever hit delete in error?

We always get a prompt – are you sure you want to delete? Or “Proceed to delete?”

“Are you sure you want to permanently delete this file?”

You get a second chance. Will we be given a second chance before we are “Deleted?”

All this reflection started out when to my utmost horror and astonishment I discovered that the number of photographs in my “Album” on my Samsung phone had changed from 3,000 to 3!  WTH!

I took a deep breath and said, surely, there must be a mistake.” Quickly went through each album on my phone – and as my heart thumped, the tears came trickling out – oh dear! All the photos were gone!  Sad. So Sad. Very Sad.

There went pictures from my daughter’s wedding – I consoled myself with the fact there were professional ones from the photographer; and in a way, it was a blessing that I got rid of the clutter. 

As the day transpired, I began to think of other photos that were deleted, and my heart opened the gate to sorrow. Go away sorrow – go away please. Photos of the blackboard from the Ayurveda classes were gone!  Oh no! The worst was ALL the photos from the farmers markets were gone – all the potential blogs….no more. No more sexy looking okra and red as ruby raspberries – all poofed into space. My heart continued to plummet while feelings of despair continued to taste the air.
 
Lesson Learned – this was a wake-up call – just do what you have to right there and then – post the pictures of the veggies right there and then. Whatever you want to do in life, just do it or make plans to, there might not be a second chance or going back. Don’t procrastinate  - whether it be forgiving or hugging someone, calling a loved one or simply loving yourself and taking that trip to Bali ;) for no one knows what tomorrow holds or when it is our turn to be deleted.
 
 Before they hit
Delete
and you become
Obsolete,
Merrily accomplish your
Feat
and
Enjoy a life so Complete!

Have you found your true purpose here?  Are you living life to the fullest?
 
Wait no longer, my friend!
Cheers!

Jyoti

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Red Roses or Red Heart Box of Chocolates?


HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
 
Do you feel loved when you receive red roses or are given a heart-shaped box of chocolates?

Is love about wearing a short red dress, red high heels, the Pandora bracelet with a heart charm and going for dinner and having a glass of red wine?

Is it when he gently slides your hair away from your face and kisses you on the cheek? 

With the passing of time, from raging passion in the boudoir there is a shift to the sofa, not another kama sutra pose, but a mere propping up of feet on the coffee table.  A slump, a mellow change....holding on to tightly, treasuring as lost found treasure when missing????......none other than the remote!  A sudden jealousy?  (wink)

Admirable is love when from behind their silver hair shine, one holding the other's arm, supporting and guiding through the slushy snow of life, caring and never letting go. 

Love is like your favorite pair of old shoes - comfortable, soft, so soft, cradling your feet - carrying you all day and never hurting you but always supporting you; such is true love.

May your life be blessed with a pair of comfortable shoes, a caring, loving partner!
:)

wink. smile. laugh!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Jyoti