Sunday, August 11, 2013

Jet lag? Naaah man.

I'm back in Berlin and am feeling rejuvenated! My time in Singapore was spent by the pool in the sun, in restaurants and giggling with my brother.

I was however mistaken with my last post, saying that singapore has lots of rice dishes with fresh food. It DOES have lots of rice dishes but less fresh food than I expected. Being a vegetarian was harder than I thought it would be this trip (for some reason I can't remember it being this difficult the last trip). 
I did, however, always find vegetarian dishes (at Non-veggie restaurants) or was able to eliminate the meat but it was more like the ONE vegetarian dish on the menu that in the end I had to get because there were no more options. Going to a vegetarian restaurant of course is always an option if you are with other veggie lovers (also in little India there are LOTS of Indian veggie options yuuuumy) But that was an unexpected struggle.

I made the granola bars, carrot and cucumber sticks and rice crackers to take on the plane, I also made a salad and I must say- best decision ever. I didn't eat the plane food, I asked the stewardess for a big 1,5l bottle of water and drank around 3-4 l (over the span of 13 hours). I slept and when I arrived I felt so incredibly NORMAL like I have never before after a long haul flight! So. It really does work! 

I think it's vital to keep hydrated on a long trip but also to keep moving after you land. I went for a swim (pretty sweet to have that option!) and walked around in the sunshine. Also what is REALLY helpful is to walk barefoot on grass for 20min also called grounding/earthing. 

The next day I did wake-up in a bit of a fog but ignored it and jumped on the treadmill and did some free weights, stretched like a maniac, drank A TON of water and guess what, my energy level was back up and the jet lag never hit me! 

Another funtastic thing I did this trip? get ready guys-- I BOUGHT A RICE COOKER!
I already have a rice cooker but its the simplistic kind us europeans know- cooking and keep warm. This rice cooker I bought looks like an awesome space ship. I can cook any type of rice, steam, slow cook and even BAKE A FREAKKING CAKE. I am so excited about this new machine you can't even imagine. I L.O.V.E. rice in any shape size or form and now I can make it which EVER way I desire (even set a timer... yes! I can set a TIMER to when I want it READY.) 
Bring it on asian influenced dishes cause this girl is excited!

This fun and easy dish I made for lunch before I flew--

Fresh and easy Stir-fry


Brown Rice
Medium Onion
3 Carrots chopped
2 Medium size Zucchini (yellow and green) chopped
Hand full of Cashew Nuts
2 Cloves of Garlic
thumb size chopped fresh ginger
1.5 tsp Curcuma
2 tbsp of soy sauce (I use 'less sodium soy sauce')
1 tsp coconut oil
pepper to taste

1. Heat coconut Oil on medium heat in a pan, add chopped carrots and let them fry for a bit, add a splash of water if they start to stick to the pan

2. Add the chopped garlic and ginger, keep adding tiny splashes of water to make sure the garlic doesn't burn! let simmer 1-2 min
3. Add chopped onion and saute until the carrots are soft outside but hard in the middle
4. Add chopped zucchini, cashew nuts, Curcuma and soy sauce
5. Stir-fry until the zucchini are soft but not mushy
6. Serve with brown rice (you can also use brown rice from the day before and just add the cold rice and stir-fry to heat up. I would add it 1 min after step 4)! 

Guten Appetit!!!

1 comment:

  1. Carlo Mantegazza15/8/13


    Great jetlag advice - will try it next time. I really suffer from jetlag, but on business trips always used it as an excuse for not doing any work. Good stuff. Though I suspect the sleeping on the flight helped a lot. Difficult if you can't sleep due to not being able to sleep sitting upright, or due SCREAMING BABIES.

    Anyway, lovely to read another post - keep 'em coming & see you soon!


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