Thursday, February 26, 2015

Japan impact convention

 Each year, the EPFL college near Lausanne holds a japanese convention called "Japan Impact". This year it landed on the14th and 15th of feburary, and since my brother was working there I decided to go by and have a quick look. The entrance fee was 12 francs for students and 15 francs for adults. Once inside I got to have a llok around and enjoy some of the activities offered. 

The first thing I went to see was the samouraï museum which was full of samouraï armour and swords. 

Then I walked around for a bit and enjoyed all the costumes people were wearing and looked at everything that you can buy. The convention sells tons of stuff ranging from japanese snacks to video games and stuffed animals.

I stopped by the maid café, where the waiters and waiteresses were actually dressed like maids. It was a pretty fun experience, mostly because their food was homemade and quite delicious.

 After that I went and looked at some origami and caligraphy classes but didn't participate in any. 

The convention was considerably smaller than the other swiss japanese convention "Polymanga" held in Montreux, but it is entirely student run and norprivetely owned. 

If you live in switzerland or are passing by in feburary next year I highly encourage you to come and take a look!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Gingerbread men

With Christmas just around the corner, now is the time when everyone is baking their christmas cookies. This year I decided to go for simple gingerbread men, which aren't actually popular in Switzerland at all. These little treats are decently healthy as they contain lots of minerals such as iron and magnesium and healthy omega3 fats. This was my first try at these little cookies and they turned out great, so I thought I should share the recipe. Most of the ingredients I already had on hand, but a few of them I ended up having to go out to get. Here goes:

For 19-20 big ones (I only had a rather big cookie cutter) you need:

- 3 cups of flour (I used spelt flour which worked wonderfullybut any flour can do)
- 1.5 tsp baking powder
- 0.5 tsp baking soda
- 1 small Tbsp ginger
- 1-2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla (optionnal)
- 1/3 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
- 1 flax egg (or regular egg of vegetarian)
- 1/4 cup aple sauce
- cookie mold

For the icing:
- powdered sugar

Chart for metric equivalents : here

Start by making your flax egg and by combining one Tbsp flax meal with 3 Tbsp water and leaving it sit in the fridge for a good 10 minutes. While the egg is setting mix all your dry ingredients together. Then add in the wet ones including the egg and mix everything together. I recommend using your hands, until a dough forms.
Then wrap the dough in foil or cling film and leave it set in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours. Do not freeze it!
Once it's been refrigerated long enough, preheat your oven to 350°F. Then roll out your dough as thinly as possible, at least a 1/4inch (it will rise when cooking) and start cutting out your gingerbread population. Line them on a baking tray and cook them for about 10 minutes or until they have risen and have cooked all the way through.

Finally prepareyour icing by combining a tiny bit of water with powdered sugar. Make sure the icing isn't too runny or it won't hold it's shape. Once the cookies have cooled off enough, pipe theicing on them however you want, making faces and decorations on the gingerbread men. And that's it! They keep for at least a month in a sealed container. I hope you get to try them and enjoy!!


Sunday, November 16, 2014

outpatient care

Today I thought I would update you quickly on my life and talk about the outpatient care center that I have been going to for the last 2 weeks. 
First of all, I've been doing a bit better as far as my weight and stuff, still gaining the last few pounds I need to be healthy, however psychologically I've been battling major depression since being in the hospital and it isn't getting better with the outpatient care at all. Being with my family and starting to try and get a normal life back are the things that seem to help me the most so I'm planning on quitting the outpatient treatment as soon as possible and start living a normal life again. 

Now about the outpatient care; it's a bit different from the hospital because I can go back home in the evening, which is much nicer than being - litterally- locked up in a hospital without even being allowed to have your phone except during very limited time periods. Other than that the days are pretty similar to how they were in the hospital, you have a snack at 10, lunch at 12 and another snack at 3:30 and again with my IBS all the eating is difficult but I've gotten used to not feeling well and still eating so it isn't as big a problem anymore I suppose. The rest of the day is made up of a lot of AA type group meetings or artistic groups where you paint or do other creative activities. It's frankly quite a bit better than the hospital, however I still want to be able to get away from all this eating disorder-hospital stuff as soon as possible. I'll keep updating you on my life and if anything else of interest occurs I'll make a post about it. 

Have a beautiful day, thnks for reading! ^.^

Saturday, October 18, 2014

life update - hospital nightmare

So this is another quick update.I've been hospitalised for a month and 3 weeks now and have been allowed for the first time to come home for a day. Being hospitalised in the place is to be perfetly honest the worst thing that has ever happened to me in my life and that's saying something. I suffered a mental breakdown within the first 24 hours of being there and since then have extreme anxietey and depression as well. I am staying there for another 2 weeks maximum if I can last and then I will be transitionning to ambulatory care. The place itself is ok, but it's a mental hospital and it's a living hell. We are force fed every 2 hours until/even though we are (already) feeling like throwing up and sick to our stomachs. The doctors and nurses have no pity whatsoever no matter how sick you are they keep force feeding you. They won't even give you anything no matter how bad you feel. You are not allowed to even stand up for too long or go out at all anywhere. Some people are even confined to their rooms. My irritable bowel problem is the worst it has ever been and mentally I'm completely broken. I'm going to need a lot of therapy when I am finally permanently out and in ambulatory care. The only positive note is that since we are force fed so much I have gained weight and am now at a bmi of about 16. But my anxiety problem has become much much worse to the point where they have to give me a lot of neuroleptic and anxiolitic medication and I'm just sleeping around all day. Hopefully things will get better once I am out of the hospital and in ambulatory care. I will try and keep updating you guys on my life. Take care!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

life update - I am very sick

So I haven't been able to post any new content here or on my youtube channel for a while and the reason being is that I was (and still am) very sick. I've had IBS for years now, and have lost a lot of weight (BMI just under 16) and have been trying to gain weight for months and months, eating about 3000 calories a day without any difference (very fast metabolism), to the point to where 2 weeks ago I even stopped being vegetarian and began eating meat/fish again because my doctors recommened it. However for the past 4 days I've had some sort of food poisonning/intestinal virus and have just been getting sick/diharrea non stop and been unable to eat anything. I've already spent 2 days in the hospital, but I lost over 5 kilos in that tiny period of time and now have a body mass index around 14 and I will have to be hospitalised for an undetermined amount of time until I have a healthier body weight. Because of this I am not sure when I will be able to post/upload anything. I have 2 videos and a few blogposts that I was working on before this happened but I'm not sure when I will get the chance to do anything with them.
I will try and keep posting if I can, but chances are I won't be able to for quite a while. 

Thanks to anyone who did read or watch any of my videos/posts. Every view meant a lot to me. I can't wait to get better so that I can start posting lots of good stuff again! ;D

Saturday, August 23, 2014

cleansing-detox ingredients for smoothies

So we all have those days where we just feel bloated and nasty, maybe it was after over indulging in a heavy dessert at dinner or having a few too many glasses saturday night or even just from plain old IBS. I know it happens to me a lot and usually I just feel like I can't stomach any solid food until I feel better, in which case I'll rely on a smoothie, especially a cleansing-detoxifying one. There are of course tons of variations to what ingredients you can use so here I'll just be sharing a list of my favorite cleansing ingredients:

fruits: Pineapple is by far the winner in my opinion because of it's high levels of digestive enzymes, it helps to digest protein. I even tend to eat pineapple with meals, especially together with proteins. Papaya also contains high levels of digestive enzymes, however they are mostly in green papayas, there are much less in the nice ripe orange ones. This is still my second favorite fruit to help cleanse/detox, especially because of it's sweet taste. Other fruits with a certain amount of digestive enzymes are kiwis and berries, which are also loaded with antioxidants which is a real bonus as well. Another fruit that I use very often are lemons for their alkalanizing properties. Bananas,while alot of people avoid them, are actually very good for your gut, because of the high levels of potassium,they can counteract with excess sodium intake and help reduce water retention/bloating. Another fruit that is interesting is watermelons, which supposedely (I can't really vouch for this) are used for natural colon cleansing.

Vegetables: Dark leafy greens are by far the best option. Spinach, kale, bok choi, watercress...etc are all great and I try to include at least one of them in each smoothie. They help clean out your intestines and provide you with lots of vitamins and minerals. Cucumbers are another nice choice because they are super hydrating. Other good vegetables are asparagus and beets. Asparagus are natural diruetics and beets help fight inflammation and infections. 

Other: Coconut water is another favorite of mine, because of it's super high levels of potassium (one serving has more potassium than 2 bananas). Green tea is another good drink because of its high levels of antioxidants not to mention it's a natural diruetic. However I only very rarely drink it because of it's high caffeine content. Another favorite ingredient ofmine  is fennel seeds which help with digestion and bloating. Ginger is also s spice I used almost daily to help with acid reflux. Personally I find it works even better than anti-acids. Last but not least natural unsweetened yogurt is also an interesting ingredient because it contains natural bacteria and can help balance out your gut flora, therefore aiding in digestion. 

Depending upon what you are in need of (help digesting the previous meal, debloating after too much salt, reducing acid reflux, releaving constipation ora combination of lots of things) just pick out your ingredients, chuck them in a blender and blitz them into a delicious-good for you smoothie. Of course I only mentionned a few of mypersonal favorite ingredients here, there are loads more. I hope this helps you create amazing smoothies!