#8 Ayurvedic quick wins: what to do if your eyes are feeling like dried bananas after staring for hours at a screen


It is Monday morning and you feel all fresh again, but on the end  today, who does not recognise the feeling of dried eyes after a day of being behind the PC.

Same happens in the weekend when you get hooked on your favourite sport: binge -watching ( non stop TV series marathon). You love it but you end up with a slight headache as you overstretched your eyes a bit.

Here are 3 simple exercises you can do today at home, in the train or the office to give your eyes and Emergency Spa:

  1. rub your hand palms against each for a few seconds till there are very warm, close your eyes and put one warm palm on each eyes for min 10 sec. You can do this as many times as your eyes please
  2. Stare at something that is min 5-6 meters away for 20 seconds every 20 minutes or otherwise you can also stare outside the window to something very far away.
  3. Stretch your eye muscles by looking from the utter side of one corner of the room to the other side moving only your eyes and not your head

Curious about other Ayurvedic quick wins?

#1 Eat fruit only on empty stomach

#2 Drink lots of hot water but never reboil your water

#3 Magics of sesame oil

#4 Honey is great but don’t put it in boiling water

#5 Milk don’t drink it with any fruit

# 6 Pineapple to anticipate your period

#7 Apples against migraine and stop craving alcohol

I learned about the “how” and “when” of Ayurvedic food from the amazing Vaidyas Krishna, JR and Padma from the Raju clinic in Hyderabad, Vaidya Kalyan in the Maharishi Ayurveda clinic in Germany and from great fellows, who did the Pancha Karma with me in Hyderabad at the Raju Clinic


hey YOU there on the couch on a lazy sunday!….what have you been doing this year?…Squeeze out your last drops of energy , get ready for a fun year with just 20 minutes of effort. ( you can stay on your couch)

d3011e02cc1b5ba09a5e0917b116f5e5_Fotor How many of you are just simply happy that you survived this week of work and by a strike of luck this sunday you are still breathing? Monday you cross your fingers that your legs will, on an automatic pilot, drag you to the office. The rest of the day passes by, as in a near death experience, where you stare at yourself out of your own body (but without a happy ending of a God saving you). At night you reach, by miracle, your bed (instead of the couch) and you crash in a coma with a new personal record.

Months, years quickly pass by like this. You scratch yourself behind the head saying: “OK, November is on its way, 2014 is almost over ….what have I, in big caps, been doing all that time except of getting through an other day?”

I know the feeling, 9 years have passed like that…my husband would say it is not that YOU who came home, it was a ZOMBIE who joined me in bed at 1am…. But, sometimes you just have hit hard to get the message. c936947bbb96797817a3e354e5c39d07_Fotor Over a dinner  with a friend where I simply was telling of all the things that I did NOT have time for or simply missed out on in the last 9 years, she ( a working “banker” mum,with two very adorable kids with auto recharging powers, faced the same feeling though for other reasons) came with a great idea which both we pledged to do: The FUN list.

It was something that they prescribe for people with a real burn out, but it works also for chronicle tiredness, an unsatisfied life, depression or what ever is draining you to get more out of your life than simply surviving.

That easy? Yes, that easy. So put some “Pump Up the Jam” music on and fill in that list and get ready to Get Lucky

I confess, I took this ” 100 Fun things” as a new sport and I had time now as I hit the “pause” button for my career and stopped working. But you there, that is no excuse, don’t give up now so easy! 5e3c9bdbe04af32a9119ead9ddf81cd1 All small steps turn into miles. Start with simple things. But don’t be too modest either and add one big jackpot as well. Lets agree that you do at least a list of 24! ( You can compile the other 76 later)…But doing something small twice per month is the absolute minimum. You will feel proud of yourself looking back. Trust me.

Just to be your cheerleader: I did 83 things of my 100 ” Good Fun”list and coming weeks I am really set to finish them. To keep myself going every 3 month I sent an update to my friend. I volunteer now here to receive yours. Send me a mail on my The banana blessing Facebook page ( click here) I will cheer and support you every month till you get to the finish.

I promise you will be surprised, looking back one year from now you will proudly say : “Wow this is what I have been doing” It really works better than just saying ” from now on I will do as many things as I can to enjoy life”

The list is a true empowerment tool: Looking back on a paper what you have been doing just gives you the energy to continue to do the others and you will have double the joy doing them as you will also have the joy to cross one other from your ” live life” list. So just do it! At the couch or where ever you are, write them down. 551a9748431d763a1423d0ec3d6aa7cd Some tips:

  • Be specific, don’t write: enjoy life and see family and friends. But  instead say, visit my friend x, or go and dance at my favourite  place “Y” fo
  • No should do things: Do things that bring only immediate FUN and don’t taste anything close to a Duty. NOT: tidy your closet or a course Italian for your CV.
  • Leave 10 things open and fill those in a few months later ( only if you have 90 filled out already, not 24 LOL)
  • Don’t be harsh on yourself, take some out and fill it in with something else if it makes you more happier or if the option unluckily is not available anymore ( the exposition I wanted to see in Paris stopped, so I replaced it. No problem)

To give you some ideas of how quick and easy it can be to collect a life full of small and big memories, below some of my own “Live life” things I wrote down:

  1. Buy a Breaking Bad t- shirt ( I bought it online, fixed in 10 min, but enjoyed all summer)
  2. Eat my favourite dish: French Frites of my favourite cafeteria Van Berkel (!)…(have to confess I did this more than once)
  3. Eat a Bossche bol ( my favourite cake)
  4. Eat crepe at my favourite street vendor at Blv Saint Germain
  5. Bike on a cold wet day in the Netherlands and inhale the smell of wet leafs
  6. Take a bath with lots and lots of foam, read a magazine while eating my favourite snack
  7. Go and see an old friend  ( Was great truuske!)
  8. Home made hamburgers and french frites and watch a movie with the hub
  9. Go to a bingo evening ( youth dream, don’t ask why please)
  10. Go to India and do a banana treatment

If you still need some inspiration, click on the link and you will find some inspiration for a life time” Feel Good” memory with no regrets. I am so happy that I did mine that I might continue next year with a full new list and post a picture of each of them on a new blog to cheer you guys to keep on fulfilling yours.

OK Guys, Get ready! Don’t have yourself blown away by anything. You won’t regret and start writing them down. 916b6fe1401c745fb62f14c2c1db9b6f_Fotor

Day 10-11 Ayurvedic India: The messenger pulse diagnosis meeting Einstein ( Part 3-last part)

IMG-20140216-00767_Fotor It has been a bit of a D-tour to get you here ( I had to post part 1: to get you ready for the topic. Remember the staring story?and part 2: to get you to the next level, click on the numbers if you did not read them yet and have some spare minutes), but finally today we are going to put the Messenger Pulse to the test.

I heard about this MP technic from patients in the waiting room at the clinic. The place, if you ever consider to go to the Raju Clinic, where you hear about all ins and out of mind blowing Ayurvedic India. It is something key to do when you are there, cause what is so obvious Indians, for us totally sounds from another planet.

Back to the waiting room. The vaidya called me in and checked my pulse ( just like the other times when he discovered already crazy things about myself). Till this far it was a ” Been there, Done that”

I was now ready for the Deus Ex Machina, the topping on the ice cake of all pulse checks. He would now via my pulse get into contact with someone on an other continent ( If you feel a strong disbelief coming up, you must not have read part 1 that I wrote just for the disbelievers. Click and come back later)

At first I had my own disbelief moment myself, but “seeing is believing” so here I was. The Vaidya would check out the health of 2 of my friends that were in Europe. He asked me to bring pictures and a good rested mood ( this is why after the Dementor night I could not do it and had to postpone).

The pictures needed to be: 1. one frontal of the whole body 2. one from the side and 3. close up of the face.

The person on the picture should wear only underwear or bikini ( bear in mind you are being checked by an Indian doctor, so skip for the occasion your favourite Brazilian string, but be there more in your warm and cosy Marks and Spencer/Hema/Wall Mart set that you only wear when alone or want to get divorced)

I did not reveal anything about the person and showed him the pictures. The vaidya asked me to close my eyes and think profoundly of this person while he was holding my pulse. What he told me about that person was on the spot. But a vicious voice inside me said: “Come on! You can see clearly it is an older person and look at the hands…the odds he had arthritis were simply a matter of mathematics”.

I hoped the vaidya did not feel my vicious voice through my pulse. But I had to confess that for my next friend I was even more curious what he would say. This person was young,totally in shape and may I say HOT. No diseases nothing to guess from a picture. But just few weeks before, he had been recovered with heart problems at the emergency department.

Again here, the same procedure and again the diagnosis was astonishing. He not only identified that there was something with his heart. But, as if he was teaching me an universal lesson, he topped up saying there was something with his neck. Something, from a long time ago, like if he got hit. He said  that the person involved was actually neglecting it too much.He should get physiotherapy.

I totally forgot, but indeed this person once got hit with a baseball in his neck when he was kidnapped a dozen of years ago and was constantly complaining about his necks, but not doing much about it.

Of course all this is very astonishing. But what was more astonishing was that I came to understand something that took me 41 years to get there. The simple words below that seemed till yesterday “just nice”, today were there as magical words to help me understand something so simple, so simple I overlooked it.

a26171a447ec4a3da7711c40fd1dad7f The fact that a simply thought of something (or somebody) could influence my body, to an extent that it is capable of giving signals over such big reach and going back in time, was to say the least ,shocking and a true wake up call for me. ( better late then never)

If a simple thought of a few seconds could do this. What had decades of hammering of my own life motto” what does not kills you makes you stronger” and “I am the owner of my own destiny”  done to my body all that time then?

I had hung deeply on my two beliefs. They have brought me so far, made “impossible things possible” and showed me the world.  But although it brought me somewhere, it came with a price. I, together with my body, we were exhausted and I was questioning if I should start to give up on my biggest dream.

Perhaps what I was going through had nothing to do with “giving up”. Maybe it was just a simple result of the message my mind was giving to my body and as a ripple effect to the universe as a whole. The message was out there and so they kept their ” universal” doors closed ,at my own request, and they said: “Mrs “This is My life”, just like the song of Shirley Bassey, was going to going to do it her own way, so be it.”

The fact that I was getting so tired, likely had nothing to do with the end of my capacities or strength but was merely a result of years and years of swimming against the stream. Who would not get tired?

The penny dropped here today, in India with the pulse diagnosis. I just had to relax, like with the pulse diagnosis, think profoundly of what I wanted without doing or trying anything else, trusting things have their own ways beyond my understanding…..and allow somebody (be it the Vaidya, the universe, God or Einstein’s energy) to open gates for miracles to happen, change my body and my life into true happy matters…Einstein’s theory E=MC2 ( energy becomes matter) meeting Ayurvedic Pulse diagnosis.

So this weekend re-check which motto of life you are actually living by and rethink twice what your true wish is in life. Be careful what you wish for it might become true, give energy to the right matter, E=MC2…tattoo it on your pulse ASAP! 032c729e1dbb7564ff969cc89dcbe780 For myself, from now on, I was going to float in this river and see where the  streaming would bring me. For sure much further than where I got till this far. 1b6b8448159a699b406ad8e14defda73

# 7 Ayurvedic quick wins: Buy appels on stock for this weekend……a warm apple a day keeps your migraine away….and also a hangover (!)

416a671f74edf7f2357e3cad537635b5 It is not for nothing that they say: ” an apple a day keeps the doctor away” Apples are rich in Iron and a nice glass of pure apple juice ( without the chemicals and sugars) will help for instance with Anaemia.

Eating apples will help strengthening the heart, losing weight, reduce fever and will temper your cravings for Alcohol ( so for the weekend stock lots of apples!)

Eating an Apple on an empty stomach in the morning relieves one of migraine pain. Don’t overdo it, as it quite powerful just for a few mornings.

BIG TIP: Eat your apples warm ( steamed or baked in butter – or even better ghee, which is a clarified butter), it makes it much easer for the body to absorb and digest it ( 65% of our energies goes to digestion, so just help it out a little bit and your body has some time to do other stuff, like giving you a great skin for instance).I love to eat warm apple in the morning cooked together with some cinnamon to give me an apple pie feel good mood.

A bit more complicated, but effective…to reduce fevers you need to boil 4-5 apple tree leaves and drink it warm. But apple leaves are not easy to find. But if you have an apple yard you might be a lucky bird and do this at home e9962ad794d48d23913438063102d9d0 Curious about other Ayurvedic quick wins?

#1 Eat fruit only on empty stomach

#2 Reboiing hot water intoxicates you

#3 Magics of sesame oil

#4 Honey is great, but warm honey is a killer

# 5 Warm milk is divine but don’t mix it with fruit

#6  Eat Pineapple to anticipate your cycle

I learned about the “how” and “when” of Ayurvedic food from the amazing Vaidyas Krishna, JR and Padma from the Raju clinic in Hyderabad, Vaidya Kalyan in the Maharishi Ayurveda clinic in Germany and from great fellows, who did the Pancha Karma with me in Hyderabad at the Raju Clinic

Ayurvedic India day 10-11: Messenger pulse diagnose…..are we the “Nouveau Riche” of the universe?- part 2


We all know the feeling when somebody is staring at us from our backs. We sense actually the energy from someone else looking at us. There are no evidences how we can feel it, but we all know what I am talking about it.

In a daily life we don’t do a lot with this unexplainable capacity that we have. But the Vaidyas from the Raju family have been “trained” in the skills of Science of Life ( In Sanscrit: Ayurveda) ever since they were little. So the impact of energy ( yours, mine, from food or from anything on earth or in the universe) is for them as an Ayurvedic Whatsapp, you need to know how to download the app, be connected to the universal WIFI and have a  strong provider.

You may remember that they poured a special milky liquid through my nose during my banana treatment, just because the stars were on a specific position that day. That time, I went along with whatever the vaidya were asking, I just wanted to fulfil my baby dream, but to be honest I was not very into Astronomy. The only star I once in a while read about was baby star ” North” West (you know from the Sun planet Kim around which our universe seems to be orbiting nowadays).

It is not that I look down at the floor while I am walking, avoiding the sky. I do appreciate, like everybody else, a beautiful sky and who does not love to spot a falling star. But geeking around what is where and the ins and outs of the black whole….besides simple being too busy running my own little universe, I guess I was simply not into it.

However the more I was in India, the more, mysterious India was getting into my veins. The vaidyas did so many miracles here in the clinic ( tell you more about it this week), if they were praying all night long on auspicious days just because of some star, perhaps I -with big caps- was missing out on something?

I started to question and put away the “unlikeliness” that stars and planets have any influences on us. Who do we think we actually are, thinking that in fact it would influence everything and skip us?

Every 12 hours the attraction of the moon pulls the water towards him, creating ebbs and flows. If the moon can attract the sea why would it not attract us (we are 50-65% water), even if just a little? Why would we think we stay immune vs a  small drop in the ocean, simple cause we are not “schooled or interested” to perceive it? And if a moon can do this, what about the billions of stars and planets out there in our own galaxy that surrounds us?

The more you dive into the topic the more infinite it becomes, quite overwhelming to comprehend and too big to make sense to our brain. If you are a control freak , like me,  and likes putting things in sizeable boxes,  Astronomy is like an itchy woollen sweater.

But seeing the vaidya curing so many bodies that were given up on, this itchy astronomy sweater started to soften up on me. Although loving quotes and reading books to make sense to my little life, I discovered actually that the story of the universe had a real poetic, touchy side and gave so many answers on things we break our heads over.

We might feel we have little in common with the universe as it looks all smart, fancy and perfect. But actually it is thanks to its Imperfection that the earth and life were created and we are hopping around. So if an imperfect universe is working fine with billions and billions of star and planets travelling on crazy speeds, why are WE all the time trying to be perfect?

The more I read the more I understood that there is nothing to control about in life. We live as if we were the centre of existence, and we fully under control, but with 1000km/hour around our own orbit and 102.000km/hour around the sun, the universe was very kind to give us a gravity safety belt to keep us on this planet and we’d rather just follow universal rules instead of following the ideas of a brain that reaches to a miserable10% of its capacity ( if you are lucky).

The universe is out there and fully working for billions and billions of years, what do we pretend to know in the miserable  2,5 million of years that we are around? So lets all just stop acting like the “Nouveau Riche” of the universe, live life as a true miracle and just surrender and float by the universal powers, like just our Messenger Pulse Doctor in India tomorrow ( the last part of the messenger pulse episode)

cecf3183f5720a1dc006c5d0217ba467As a change to the Facebook quotes and articles, free up an evening to see this great movie to understand that what is out there for you. Be at awe and fall in love, just like Albert Einstein, Stephan Awkins (and humble me, next to them) did.

Day 10 -11 Ayurvedic India: Messenger pulse diagnosis……mysteries in life ( part 1)



The last two days have been a bit dark, but today I was hopping around again. Could it be the fatal cocktail of the beads and the Patronus exercise? It has been only 2 days, nevertheless I was really over my dark Dementor episodes, sparkling around and  “Dancing on the moonlight” just like the song.

Whatever you have been thinking of my Ayurvedic experience till so far; trust me if I say: at least get the black beads.

You see the Smirti medicine is a necessary evil, it is restoring your body from a deep level, but it is no free lunch, you have to go through some emotional and physical hustle and pressure to get a diamond out there ( If you missed out, see sniper story).

The black beads however are a real quick and dirty emergency mood fixer. I am surprised that LA celebrities are not already on it. No calories, herbal, eco and they are a bunch of cute sweet black shining little balls.

Long story short, I was my usual vibrant self again. I was relieved with my “mood du jour”, cause today I was seeing the Vaidya for quite a little something and it was absolutely required that my mood was anything close to the vibe: ” Put your hands up in the air”.

As you may remember, every day I went and saw the Vaidya for my pulse diagnose. Usually directly after I was going to my cleansing Pancha Karma Treatment. But today I was going to see the Vaidya for a special pulse diagnose: The messenger pulse diagnosis.

Let me get you softly and slowly there or else you could experience some ratio resistance.

Did this ever happen to you: you are in a public space and have your back turned to somebody, but you just feel 2 eyes pinching on your back. You know that there is somebody staring at you. You turn around and yes, it is true.

Scientifically it has been identified that the activity of single brain cells find that particular cells fire when someone is staring right at you, but—amazingly—not when the observer’s gaze is averted just a few degrees to the left or right of you. I have checked on google, but other than that there is not a lot more research about it.

But the question is: do you need to have scientific proof for you to believe that this happened? You have your own eyes, heart and mostly your own intuition


So you have experienced yourself to have a very unexplainable capacity to sense things or feel somebody’s energy. Well, take now this undeveloped quality that you have and imagine now that your parents from day 1 teach you how to nurture and improve to listen to it. Imagine then that your parents are very knowledgeable and have very fine-tuned awareness and intuition about the body and the universe. On top of it, you have 500 years of family Ayurvedic know-how of life ( Ayurveda means Science of Life) at your disposal. Can you imagine then that not only you are able to feel somebody’s energy behind your back, but perhaps even from a longer distance? If I got you till this point then you are ready to go to read about Messenger pulse Diagnosis with me tomorrow. If you need some extra rational comfort, read some of Einstein’s energy theory and join later.