Month: January 2015

How to love your Avocados

Have you fallen in love with the avocado yet? Well, the rest of the world has! As for me: I didn’t fall hard at once. At first, I didn’t like him that much. He was a bit of a weirdo and even though I tend to like weirdos, I just didn’t know how to approach him! But with a little effort and help of my friends I got to know him better and now I absolutely adore him. He is such a sweetie! (Though, not so sweet.) Well, this is me being your friend, pointing out the avocado’s best qualities so you can start loving him as well. Isn’t that great? The more love, the merrier! Avocados are so immensely popular mainly because of their taste, creamy texture and nutritional values. They contain lots of healthy fats (unsaturated ones, and some Omega-3 as well as Omega-6), fibers and all kinds of vitamins and minerals, like vitamin C, vitamin K and folate. Nutrition Data gives you the complete facts here. Most people like their avocados raw. …

The Life-changing Menstrual Cup

Are you a woman regularly experiencing all the troubles that come with having your menstruation period? And have you then already been introduced to the menstrual cup? If your answered ‘yes’ followed by a ‘no’: I’ll hook you up! I promise your life will never be the same again after letting the menstrual cup in. If you answered the questions differently: you too are very welcome. The menstrual cup can be used as an alternative to sanitary pads and tampons. Menstrual cups are most commonly made out of silicone and have to be inserted into the lower part of the vagina, which fits perfectly due to the ‘elastic nature’ of the vagina. Once there, it will neatly collect all menstrual fluids, until you take it out, clean it, and reinsert it. But why would you use such a thing? Isn’t it hard to insert? Isn’t it gross? So many questions! When I first read about the menstrual cup, I too had my doubts. After having used my cup for over half a year, these doubts …

The Salad of the Winter

One of the best things that have come to me recently must be the growing of sprouts for food. Sure, my flatmates have been sprouting alfalfa and I never really showed much interest, but they didn’t tell me there’s a whole world of sprouting, covering not only alfalfa but really all kinds of seeds, legumes and grains. So now I know I am all enthusiastic! I found that sprouts are easy to grow, nutricious and just really nice. The art of sprouting Well, I was Finland recently and there I found some friends doing some sprouting and I got to love it. One used a glass jar and the other had a special sprouting device. Apparently you don’t need the latter… So a glass jar it is! But how? I didn’t ask for proper instructions back then, but luckily some eightteen people were so kind to put them just up here on WikiHow. In short: You want to sprout organic seeds, legumes or grains, to make sure there’s no bad stuff on it. You soak …

Life-long learning with Coursera

You probably know already that there’s a huge amount of free online courses out there. I did too, but I never really looked into it. Then my sister came to advise me to check out this course named How To Change The World on the website of Coursera. I followed her advice, got super enthusiastic, took the course and now I’ve gotten even more enthusiastic about the whole thing! The course How To Change The World was really cool. It’s content formed part of the motivation for me to create this blog. The course was hosted by Wesleyan University in Connecticut, and particularly by the sympathetic Michael S. Roth, whom I really got to love. It contained a lot of useful content and really good, inspirational speakers, including lots of video material from the Social Good Summit of 2014. From the description: ‘This course examines issues concerning poverty, the environment, technology, health care, gender, education and activism to helps us understand better how to initiate positive change.‘ I won’t go into further detail here, but …