How to Balance Your Blood Sugar & Combat Cravings

1. Fat, Fibre & Protein
When we eat foods that are very sweet or starchy, our blood sugar spikes, insulin is secreted and our blood sugar dips which can cause some serious cravings! This is the rollercoaster that is blood sugar imbalance, and there are 3 main things that help to keep it in balance:
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Why You Must Create

This is for each and every one of you who struggle to make time for the creativity that lives and breathes in your heart. Now is the time. Open the door.

为每个心中有梦,为创意而拼搏的你。让我们现在就开启梦想之门启程出发吧。

We’re so very busy, so very distracted and often so very tired. When life is so demanding, who has time for creativity? How can we play when there is so much work to do? How can we pick up our paintbrush when we haven’t tidied up our home? How can we dance when we haven’t done the laundry? How can write a poem when there’s dinner to be made?

平日里,忙碌的我们,必须一心多用,经常疲惫不堪。生活纷纷扰扰,谁还有心思为创意挤出时间?怎样才能忙中偷闲为创意开辟空间呢?面对乱糟糟的屋子,哪还有兴致拾起画笔?望着一堆脏衣服,哪还有精力翩翩起舞?身处油腻的灶台边,哪还有心情吟诗?

And if we do, what will other people think? Will they see us as self-indulgent, deluded, weird? Will our family resent us taking time away from them for time for our creative hearts? Will they see our desire and our dreams and support them or dash them? Have we experienced that before?

别人怎么看待我们的闲情逸致?他们会不会认为我们是一群异想天开、不切实际的怪人?我们的家人会不会埋怨我们为创意付出了太多的时间?他们这么看待你的梦想和愿望,是支持还是反对?你有过这种体会吗?

So many questions lie between us and our creative time. So we go to Pinterest and pin what inspires us. We follow creatives on Instagram, join groups on Facebook and buy books and online classes to satisfy our artistic needs – and all of that inspires us but when we least expect it, it turns in on us too. Where once we felt raised, now we feel razed. Our inner critic viciously reminds us of all that we are not. Our creative hunger doubles us over like a stomach punch. The world seems like a dark, dark place where only a few, and certainly not you, are living the life you long for.

冲破挡在我们面前的重重阻碍,才能抵达创意的彼岸。于是,我们打开“品趣志Pinterest”,上传那些激励我们的灵感创意。为了能满足我们对艺术的追求,我们查阅“照片墙Instagram”上的新动向,参加“脸书Facebook”里的兴趣组,选购网上一切感兴趣的书籍和课程。那些曾在我们最消沉时,激励我们的信息现在却离我们越来越远。那些曾让我们欢欣鼓舞的画面,现在已令人感到茫然。我们的内心一直在提醒我们,其实这些并不能满足我们。我们对新事物的渴望,就像无底洞一样总也填不满。世界开始变得阴暗,阴暗得只有少数人,才真正过上了他们满意的生活。当然,这群心满意足的家伙里一定不会有你的身影。

Sometimes it is easier to numb out than to feel that pain. It’s easier to buy paints for your daughter and watch her play instead of showing up to the canvas yourself. It’s easier to criticize the phony perfect lives of all those so-called creatives and all their fans who bought the hype than to admit that you’re aching for a piece of that dream. It’s easier to write in your journal over and over again your inner secrets than to risk taking even the smallest step.

生活在这样的环境中,有时置若罔闻才是最好的解决之道。有时,买来油彩看着孩子胡乱涂鸦比亲自站在画布前动手创作来得更轻松。有时,比起承认自己正在为达不到梦想而痛苦,人们更愿意肆意指责那些为炒作完美生活假象而延伸出的各种创意发明和追随它们的人们。有时,在专栏中反复渲染个人隐私比突破自我,冒险迈出一小步更能提高知名度。

You must take that step.

是人就必须敢于冒险。

You must risk the vulnerability of exposing your creative heart.

是人就必须为创意的实现,鼓起勇气面对自身的弱点。

You must risk going to the water and drinking your fill even if predators lurk.

不入虎穴焉得虎子。创业时,呛几口水总是难免的。

If that creative thirst is in you, you simply must drink.

只要有创新的心,失败乃成功之母。

So often we believe that the safest route is the one that is most taken. Everyone we know works regular hours in an office environment so probably we should too. Having a steady paycheque and health benefits is a blessing. If you have an artistic leaning than probably the safest thing you can do is teach. Or maybe you could train in a more dependable field and do your art in the evenings and on the weekends. Until you have a family, of course, but don’t worry then you can do your art when you retire.

通常,人们不愿为创新而冒险。几乎所有人都在为朝九晚五的工作而忙碌一生,都认为赚一份稳定的工资,有一幅健康的体魄就是幸福。作为有艺术抱负的人,人生最妥当的理想也许就是教书育人。或者有幸能进入一个有更高艺术素养的领域继续学习,趁周末或晚上的空余时间进行艺术创作。当然,对于有了家庭的你而言,你对艺术的追求可以等到退休后继续进行。

And if that works for you, amazing!

如果这就是你想要的,那就再好不过了!

But if you are sad, if you are empty, if you are under-expressed and overly full, if you are heartbroken, if you are suffocating, if you are crying in the washroom stall at your regular job, then step up to the creative rivers and drink.

但,如果这样的人生安排并不能满足你对艺术的渴望。让你感到失落、空虚、毫无生气,对现状不满、心碎,甚至感到现状让你感到窒息,目前的工作环境让你感到走投无路,那么就赶快投身创意空间,释放自我。

This does not have to involve quitting.

无须做出任何放弃。

You do not need to suddenly leave your entire world behind to become a creative entrepreneur or a full-time art student or sell your stuff on Etsy.

无须立刻跳脱现在生活的环境,变身成一个创意大师或全职艺术研究员,或拿出你的作品放上Etsy。

You don’t need to make a grand gesture, move to a new town or dress boho. Though, of course, you can.

你不必彻底脱胎换骨,离开现在的家,改换门面。不过,如果你愿意的话,做一些改变也是不错的尝试。

All you have to do is create.

你只需要脑洞大开地遨游在创作的海洋。

It’s that simple.

就是那么简单。

I know that doesn’t mean it’s easy. There will be feelings for you to feel, powerful ones, light and dark. There will be judgement from you and others and that will threaten to shut you down. There will be so much to learn that you’ll wake up to a whole world of what you don’t know and that may be overwhelming.

说容易,其实也不容易。创作过程中,总免不了顺境和逆境,总会有人成功。对于作品的评判,总会褒贬不一。认识这个未知且多彩的世界,你需要不断的学习,学习各种知识。

But you will be free.

但,这是一种在毫无压力中的学习过程。

Your heart will pour right out of you once it gets going. You will fumble and you will fail and you will discover and you will delight. You will laugh and you will cry and you will breathe once again and you will be alive. Most of all, you will remember who you are.

学习会让你心跳加速。有时你会在摸索中失败,有时也会在探索中获得成功。带着微笑,带着泪水,畅快的自由呼吸,感受生活的真谛。最重要的是,学习会让你遇见另一个真正的自己。

Welcome to your creative life.

拥抱你的创意人生。

How I make the time

One of the greatest challenges we creative spirits face is making the time for our creative expression.

We yearn for long, expansive blocks of time to dig into writing, painting, pottery, baking, whatever it is that brings us to life, but often we have only a few minutes here, a few minutes there.

Even a few minutes of creativity is gold!

For me, in this time right before the new season starts, all of my attention is focused on repacking what I need in my creative life and move on to the next project and “home”. It’s an exciting and busy time.

Even so, I try to take a few minutes each day for creative delight: little practices, experiments or meditations. I might do a little doodling in my journal or get up for a dance break. I might do a quick blind contour drawing or take a moment to find a poem*.

I’ve found that rather than detracting from my list of to-dos, these little studio moments throughout my day keep me fresh and happy – and that is good energy to bring to the work at hand.

创意思维面临的最大难题就是如何为创意的表达争取更多机会。

无论创意能给生活带来怎样的改变,比如,写作、绘画、制陶、烘焙等创意开发都需要漫长且充裕的时间来让灵感的火花得以闪现。然而,生活中我们能为创意挤出的时间竟少得可怜。创意迸发的时刻,如金子般珍贵!在这季节更迭之际,我所想的就是如何为我的创意人生积蓄能量,为下一站的“家”和下一个目标做好准备。时不我待,重在探索!即使时间紧迫,但阻止不了我探索创意空间的热情。每天忙中偷闲抽出几分钟,任由想象力自由迸发。我可以动手做些小练习、小实验或静坐冥想,随手在笔记本上画几笔,或停下手上的事起身跳一段舞,蒙眼画一幅速写或花些时间寻一首诗。现在的我宁可适当减少工作量,用这些挤出的时光来享受慢生活给我带来的悠闲和快乐,并积蓄能量再次全身心地投入工作。

How might you find a few moments of creative delight this week?

这周你会抽空让你的创意灵感迸发吗?

How about today?

今天还是哪天?

How about now?

就现在好不好?

You might just be surprised at how nourishing a little bite of creativity can be!

小小的灵感能幻化出令人惊叹的创造力

with love,

Back to the studio

It’s a weird thing stepping away from the online world for a while, first to have a bit of a break and then to start work on a new studio. People often talk about how we’ve lost a sense of connection because of social media, the internet, our phones, but I most often experience these things as bridges of connection, connection to my friends, my family, my community and the world.
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Aug 7.

This has been both a beautiful and an intense week in the studio as the summer season starts to wind down.

随着夏季渐渐落幕,工作室的项目开始变得精彩,工作节奏也紧凑了不少。

Next week, I’m hoping to enjoy some unscheduled summertime before I dive into working on the new season. I plan on getting down to the beach and walking under the stars. I’m looking forward to lazy mornings and lots of collaging and reflection. My journal will be my constant companion ! I’ll spend some time at the kitchen table with my art supplies and maybe even catch up on a class or two.

下周,在正式投入新一季的繁忙日程前,我想把夏日没来得及安排的事全都做个了结。比如,在海边的星空下散步、睡到自然醒后,静下心画一幅拼贴画,沉下心好好做个冥想。与我永远的伴侣——日记本来一场约会!或者,在我家厨房的料理台上完成一两件艺术创造,说不定还能赶制出一两集小课堂的教学视频。

What do you want to be sure that you get to before the season’s done?

在这个季节更替的日子中,有什么是你想做还没做的?

I hope you enjoy every bit of it!

WHY I LOVE FAT| BENEFITS & HEALTHY SOURCES脂肪——能量与健康的源泉

I love fat because it has countless health benefits and plays so many roles in our body! From our brain to our bones, fat is absolutely crucial for good health.脂肪的好处在于,它不仅为人体带来健康,而且在人体中还起着至关重要的作用!从大脑到骨骼,脂肪在健康中占据着不可或缺的作用。
Why I Love Fat
喜欢脂肪的理由
Every cell in our body is comprised of a portion of fat, and it makes up more than 50% of our brain! Fat plays a number of major roles in our body:

每个人体细胞中都含有一定量的脂肪,至少50%的脑细胞都是由这些脂肪组成!脂肪对人体的作用有:

Reduces cravings: Fat helps balance blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity, slowing down the digestion of glucose, and helping us feel full and satisfied

减少饥饿感:脂肪有助于平衡血糖,通过提高胰岛素敏感度,减缓人体对葡萄糖的代谢,帮助人体获得饱足感。

Nutrient absorption: Helps in the absorption and utilization of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K, which are vital for things like healthy bones, teeth and eyesight

帮助营养吸收:有助于吸收和利用脂溶性维生素A、D、E和K,它对骨骼、牙齿和视力等方面的健康有至关重要的作用。

Skin: Nourishes and moisturizes our skin from the inside out! Fat is great for dry skin.

皮肤:从内而外滋养我们的皮肤!能有效改善干性皮肤的各种问题。

Reduces inflammation: Omega-3 fatty acids are highly anti-inflammatory, great for inflammatory conditions such as acne and eczema, and are absolutely essential for good health and supporting our brain, heart, immune system.

减少炎症:欧米茄-3脂肪酸具有很强的抗炎作用,对痤疮和湿疹等炎症性疾病非常有效。是保持身体健康和支持我们的大脑、心脏、免疫系统等方面不可或缺的重要物质。

Balanced Hormones: Saturated fat is required for the production and regulation of our sex hormones such as testosterone and estrogen

平衡激素:饱和脂肪决定了我们性激素的生产和调节,如睾丸激素和雌激素。

Energy: Yep. The right fats, including medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in foods like coconut oil, are used readily as a source of energy for our body! Our body thrives off of fat as a fuel source.

能量源泉:是的。脂肪,包括在椰子油等食物中发现的中链甘油三酯(MCTs),被称作是我们身体的能量来源。我们的身体靠燃烧脂肪获取能量。

What Makes a Fat Good or Bad?

如何区分有益脂肪和有害脂肪?

Many of us have been made to believe that that the less fat you eat, the better. However, it’s not about avoiding fat, it’s about avoiding the wrong kinds of fat. Here’s what matters most: eating the right fats in the right amounts, in the correct balance and ratios, and prepared correctly. The wrong fats, or even the right fats prepared incorrectly, are bad news. There are several factors that determine whether a fat is healthy or unhealthy for us.

很多人相信,脂肪摄入越少,身体就会越好。然而,这里所说的脂肪,实际是指有害脂肪的摄入。值得关注的是:如何正确地摄入有益脂肪,保持体内脂肪比例和平衡,为人体续存适量的能量储备。无论是有害脂肪,还是有益脂肪的错误摄入,对会破坏人体健康。以下几个因素决定了我们摄入的脂肪是有益的还是有害的。

What kinds of fat are we eating?

How has it been treated?

Is it fresh?

Has it been exposed to heat, light, oxygen, hydrogenation, water, or metals?

How old is it?

How has it been prepared?

How much was eaten?

Are we eating a proper balance of other fats?

脂肪的种类

脂肪摄入的方式

是否新鲜

是否已长时间暴露在热源,光源,氧气,氢化剂,水,或金属中

脂肪的存放时间

烹煮前,脂肪的处理方式

摄入量的多少

是否做到均衡摄入多种脂肪

Healthy Fats:

有益脂肪:
Avocado and avocado oil

Coconut and coconut oil

Olives and olive oil

Nuts and seeds (soaked for optimal digestion)

Unheated nut/seed oils (walnut, sesame, macadamia, etc.)

Grass-fed meats

Pasture raised eggs

Organic, grass-fed butter

Fish

牛油果及牛油果油

椰子及椰子油

橄榄及橄榄油

坚果及瓜子(经浸泡处理过的,可有助于人体吸收)

籽油(核桃、芝麻、夏威夷果等)

草食类动物脂肪

草鸡蛋

草食类动物的有机黄油

鱼类

Unhealthy Fats:

有害脂肪:

Hydrogenated oils

Vegetable oils including soy, corn and canola

Margarine

Fats from conventionally raised, grain-fed meats

Oils cooked at high temperatures (especially delicate polyunsaturated fats from olive and other vegetable oils)

主要成份与动物脂肪相同的人工合成的脂肪

植物油包括大豆,玉米和菜籽油

人造黄油,植物人造奶油

由传统方式饲养或谷物饲养的动物脂肪

由高温烹煮过的油(尤其是橄榄油和其他植物油中的含有的微量多元不饱和脂肪)

A Note on Trans Fat

关于反式脂肪

Trans fatty acids are something we should all run from. These fats are produced during the hydrogenation process and are found in items such as margarine and an array of processed foods. When you see cookies, crackers and pastries in a package, it’s likely they contain some amount of trans fat. Even worse, fats have an affinity to plastic, so fats stored in clear, plastic containers are no good!

反式脂肪酸以不同形式出现在我们的生活中。此类脂肪多在物质的氢化工程中产生,多出现在人造黄油和一系列后加工食品中。包装类食品,如饼干、薄饼和糕点等中含有一定量的反式脂肪。更糟的是,由于脂肪与塑料会产生转化反应,所以,储存在透明塑料容器中的脂肪对人体有害。

Mucus Cleansing Foods 去痰好食物

Hello lovelies, last week I read an interesting article about food that cleanse our mucus, want to share with all of you today.
“Mucus is a problem that bother many people. From the common cold to asthma, mucus presents a problem because it constricts the airways. Chronic sinusitis produces snoring, coughing, hacking and both stuffy and runny noses. There are natural ways to prevent or even eliminate the problem, all through choosing of right foods.”

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I’m back, Budapest 布达佩斯 我回来了

“I feel happy to be keeping a journal again.  I have missed it, missed naming things as they appear, missed the half hour when i push all duties aside and savor the experience of being alive in this beautiful place.  One thing is certain, and i have always known it-the joys of my life have nothing to do with age.  They do not change.  Flowers, the morning and evening light, music, poetry, silence, the goldfinches darting about…”

-At Seventy by May Sarton

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What I Always Pack With Me When I Travel 我的出行必备品

I have escaped the Shanghai humidity for some blue sky and sunshine. This is something I intentionally built into my life every year and I love it. My time away, does not mean that I toss my “holistic lifestyle” out the window, I take a little bit of home with me by packing my favourite healthy travel essentials. No matter where I go, these things come along for the ride. The majority of travel, whether it be for one week or six months, I strive to travel carry on. Yes, all of the below healthy travel essentials will easily fit into my carry-on 🙂

每年,我都会刻意躲开夏日上海的天空、阳光和闷热,给自己放个假。离开了家,并不意味着我就彻底离开了我钟爱的“整体生活方式”,在整理行囊时,我会将几样心爱的关键元素放进行李箱,它们陪着我走过了千山万水。无论走到哪儿,旅程有多久一周还是半年,我都会带上它们。下面就让我们看看它们都有哪些吧~

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