Archive for November 2016

The Importance of Sleeping Naked

There is not a better, more free feeling in the world than being naked and letting your body breathe! I love it and I do it as much as I can! Amazing things happen to your body and mind when you sleep. It’s important to let your body do it’s thing, and simply taking off your pajamas and sleeping naked is the one of the most effective practices to let it!

Our bodies sleep better with a slightly lower body temperature. This is a reasoning why you’re more comfortable sleeping with AC rather than sleeping in a hot room, or why you want to stay in bed longer when it’s chilly in the morning. In contrast, when we wake up in sweat, most of the time we will want to get OUT of bed. When you do wake up in sweat, your body is too hot! This is when the cortisol and melatonin levels rise.

Cortisol is a “stress hormone”. If our levels get too high, it can wake us up, cause nightmares, increase anxiety, welcome weight gain, and even affect our growth and hormones. Our growth hormones are released during our sleep, contributing to growth and muscle development. Our melatonin hormone is what regulates our sleeping cycles and prevents aging. When your body heats up, it can prevent this hormone from working properly. So, sleeping naked is the biggest factor into lowering our body temperatures so we can balance the cortisol and melatonin levels.

For men, sperm is produced healthier with a slightly lower body temperature. For women, wearing no clothes in bed (or ever) allows your body to breathe, particularly your pussy! It can help prevent infections and stronger smells down there.

Here are some more benefits of sleeping naked:

  1. You don’t have to buy more pajamas!
  2. It can make you feel more free and happier!
  3. If you sleep with a partner, skin-on-skin contact releases oxytocin which can help with bonding and a better sex life!
  4. You don’t have to worry about buttons digging into your skin or shirts twisting when you sleep!

How To Make Non-Dairy Gluten Free Chocolate Truffle Cupcakes with a Chocolate-Nut Icing

Can you believe these super delicious and rich “truffle cupcakes” are completely healthy, non-dairy, and gluten free?!?

As my first written recipe for this blog, I think it is safe to say that I’ll be using this realm of ingredients as I bake with most of these all of the time. All of my concoctions are always gluten-free, non-dairy, healthy, and real, but they may vary: sometimes I like baking completely vegan, sometimes I like baking raw vegan. It depends! Anyway, enjoy these rich-tasting but light chocolate truffle cupcakes and a chocolate nut-icing.

I figured that this concoction turned out to be not so cupcake-esque, but it tasted more like a truffle with the rich flavor.

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Coconut flour is a dense and dry flour, which is why they seem very “light”. It makes them much crumblier, but the eggs certainly make up for it.

You could easily make these vegan by substituting the eggs for a chia seed egg (chia seeds sitting in nut milk or water for about 20 minutes), and substituting the honey for coconut sugar or maple syrup.

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The icing is my favorite part of this dish, because it tastes so rich and it’s so easy!

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NON-DAIRY GLUTEN FREE CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE CUPCAKES WITH A CHOCOLATE NUT ICING

Prep-time: 20 minutes   /   Cook-time: 20 minutes   /   Total time: 40 minutes

Non-dairy, gluten free delicious, healthy, real, rich, and light chocolate truffle cupcakes that can easily be turned vegan (read above for substitutions). Serves 16 truffle cupcakes.

Ingredients

Truffle Cupcakes

  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
  • about 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 2/3 cup raw honey

Chocolate-Nut Icing

  • 2 tablespoons nut butter (I used peanut butter)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and grease 2 mini-cupcake sheets with coconut oil.
  2. Melt the 1/2 cup coconut oil in a saucepan on the stove if not melted already. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, stir together all of the dry ingredients.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla, and eggs. Stir completely to get a cookie-dough-like texture. You may want to add a splash of water or nut milk if the consistency is too dry.
  4. Spoon out enough dough to fill into the coconut oil greased cupcake sheet (about a tablespoon) and put in the oven!
  5. While the cupcakes are baking in the oven, grab a small to medium-sized bowl. Melt the coconut oil in a saucepan if not melted already. Add and stir together the nut butter, cacao powder, maple syrup, and melted coconut oil. Put aside in fridge for 20 minutes.
  6. Take out the cupcakes after they have been in for 15 minutes, and check to make sure they are good to go with a toothpick. Set them aside to cool.
  7. Take out the icing after it’s been in the fridge for about 20 minutes, give it a final stir, and frost the tops of the cupcakes.
  8. Enjoy!

 

 

How To Not Fall In Love So Quickly

I quit my job before the first day. It’s true. I got hired at Anthropologie and then I quit 20 minutes before I was supposed to come in for my first day.

With an interest in fashion, I thought it’d be cool to start pursuing a little fashion career and start working in retail. As soon as I thought of it, I fell absolutely in love with it. During this “falling in love” phase, I become very excited and very optimistic. I became too optimistic, so I ignored all of the negatives that would later face with me. Negatives such as working long hours, the idea of working (I personally hate working, at least for other people), dealing with annoying customers, etc. I never fully considered these negatives, nor how I would feel if these negatives were to come up to me. All I could think about is the employee discount, being surrounded in pretty clothes, and working in a high-end fashion mall.

The night before, I started getting depressed at the fact that I have to work an 8 hour shift tomorrow at a new workplace at 7 in the morning. I started second guessing myself. This was when those “negatives” hit me. After I woke up and my amazing boyfriend prepared me a “first day of work” breakfast and lunch, I plugged in the mall to my GPS and was on my way. Well, it turns out that I plugged the wrong mall into my GPS and it was giving me the wrong directions. When I finally realized it, I knew I was going to be late. Between the nerves and all of those negatives, it hit me like a rock and I started stressing out. I gave up on going to work, and I parked my car at this senior living development. It was 7:10 in the morning and I was screaming and crying in my car. Not because I was late or lost (although it probably had something to do with it), but because I came to a revelation that accepting this job was a huge mistake and I thought that something was seriously wrong with me.

Something was seriously wrong with me: I was a quitter.

I only thought that thought for a second. Then, I thought “hey, this is something I can learn and grow from”. So, I did.

I realized that when I take an interest to something and I actually do it, I lose that interest immediately and completely after doing it. I’ve come to the conclusion that I fall in love too quickly. I am blinded by the inspiring and beautiful positives, and I ignore the negatives and how they would make me feel. I ignore the fact that I would face them. No matter what relationship, career, job, or hobby you pursue, there will always be negatives. It’s up to us to either make sure we really enjoy what is we want to do or make sure the positives overcome the negatives. They go pretty much hand in hand with each other. In my case, I was infatuated with the glamour of working at a pretty retail store.

Have good reasons for pursuing anything. If you don’t have good reasons, then don’t pursue it. You will make yourself miserable. If you do, then think about the negatives over and over again. Remember that the positives must truly outweigh the negatives.

Thank you, universe, for letting me grow from yet another stupid mistake I’ve made.

♥ Nicole