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Eugenia Loli
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HighExistence has an article called: "18 Thought-Provoking Questions". I found these questions not thought provoking at all, I must say. I found them easy to answer, in fact.

- If you could make a 30 second speech to the entire world, what would you say?

Follow your highest passion in life, show compassion to everything around you, for they are all another version of yourself. You are One with the Universe, you are God. Have fun.

- If you were going to die at midnight, what would you be doing at 11:45pm?

Call my family, and tell them that I love them, and thank them. The words "I forgive you" or "do you forgive me?" won't come out of my mouth, for there's nothing to forgive or be forgiven about.

- How do you really KNOW anything for sure?

Anything goes in the universe and its versions. As such, everything I know, or think I know, exists and doesn't exist at the same time. So it doesn't matter one bit if I "know" something for sure or not. It's just a point of view at a particular point in time.

- If you had all the money in the world but still had to have some kind of job, what would you choose to do?

Artist. Exactly what I currently do.

- When you’re 90 years old, what will matter most to you?

To have being successful to my life's goals. In this life, I believe that my goal is to be healthy (according to a hypnotic session I did many years ago).

- What do you regret most so far in life?

Not knowing about gluten earlier in life. When I was sick I was not able to be neither spiritual or artistic. It all came together only after I found my health by being GF.

- How can you apply the lesson you learned from that regret to your life TODAY?

By being gluten free. And teach others about its dangers.

- What would you change if you were told with 100% certainty that God does not exist? Or if you don’t believe in God, that he does exist?

The universe exists and doesn't exist at the same time. As such, "God" is both All and Nothing. In other words, nothing changes, since everything is a point of view.

- If you lost everything tomorrow, whose arms would you want to run into? Does that person know how much they mean to you?

My husband +Jean-Baptiste Quéru is my everything and the arms I'd run to. So it makes it difficult to both lose him and run to him... I guess, the second person I'd run to is my mom.

- Do you fear death? If so, do you have a good reason?

Absolutely not, why would I let my ego resist a natural occurrence?

- What would you change if you knew you were NEVER going to die?

I'd make me mortal. There is nothing to be gained by living on forever, because that would limit my point of view/experience. By reincarnating, I can experience more.

- If you were at heaven’s gates, and God asked “why should I let you in?”, what would you say?

Because I'm you.

-When will you be good enough for you? Is there some breaking point where you will accept everything about yourself?

I'm good enough. I can be better (e.g. fight my laziness, exercise), but overall I'm happy with who I am.

- Is the country you live in really the best fit for you?

No. Objectively speaking, Iceland is. Subjectively speaking, the Greek village I grew up is where I want to leave my last breath.

- What would people say about you at your funeral?

She was weird.

- What small thing could you do to make someone’s day better?

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day.

- (If you believe in god) would your relationship with god change it all if you were told with 100% certainty that he was actually a she?


- What do you believe stands between you and complete happiness?

Nothing. I'm happier I've ever been. I'm well adjusted lately.
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"Natural History Museum", my latest collage.
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This is "Ωmega-3", one of my most well-received collages. It reached the front page on the art site Society6 too. Here's how to get a print if you happen to like it:
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Our beautiful lunch today.
California lunch

Clockwise from top:

-Fresh market heirloom tomato salad with baby spinach and California olives, in a lemon olive dressing, topped with grilled Cyprus Halloumi.

-Grilled flank steak covered with garden-fresh herbs with a quatuor of Brittany, Celtic, Himalayan and Hawaiian salt.

-Beets, carrots, leeks and kale sauteed in home-made bone broth.

-Lobster claw.

Not visible on the picture:

-2008 King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris.

-Blackcurrant-flavored mustard.

-Cheese tray with a quartet of goat, cow, sheep and buffalo cheese.

-Local fruit salad.

-A wife proud of her cooking skills (and she should be).

-A content JBQ.

-Washed Out's "Echoes" in playing in the background.

-A weather so perfect that it's hard to get the motivation to go to work today.
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A very, very good article about psychedelics, and a good add-on note at the end about DMT.
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I'm very happy about my new way of eating! In just 3 days, I've been hitting nutritional targets across the board, in a way that mainstream Paleo was never able to do. As you can see in the picture, I'm well over the Recommended Daily Allowance on all the nutrients, except Magnesium (it's impossible to do this in the Western countries, our soil is depleted of it -- I supplement), and Calcium (I cut off most goat/sheep dairy on purpose for cleansing, I'll go back to it very soon).

My Omega-3 to Omega-6 ratio is as perfect as it can go too, ranging between 1:2 and 1:3 (my numbers are even better than reported, due to the USDA not always testing with pastured/wild meats/fish). My trans-fats are low, my net carbs are at 75 gr without sacrificing fruits from my diet, and finally, protein and calories are where they should be for my level of activity.

I feel more energetic already, and this has kickstarted my metabolism again (on Paleo I was mildly constipated). Next goal now is to buy water bottles with low fluoride (unfortunately, tap water is out of the question in California, even after filtration).

So anyway, "doing Paleo" doesn't automatically mean optimization. Paleo dieters usually eat 2-3 eggs in the morning with bacon, then some chicken with cauliflower and carrots for lunch, nuts for snacking, and beef steak with broccoli at dinner. Most don't do fruits. That's the average cuisine of them. It's missing so many nutrients that it's not even funny anymore.

I wasn't much different either. It's a much better diet than the SAD American diet, but it's not optimal. I'm of course still Paleo/Primal, but the way I eat now is this instead:

Breakfast: 1 pastured duck egg (or 2 chicken ones, but 1 duck egg has 5 times more B12 than a chicken egg has, even if it's only 1.5 times larger), usually scrabbled or as an omelette with mushrooms, green onions, spinach, goat cheese crumbles. Half a grapefruit. I eat bacon, but not often. I prefer pork belly when I can, which is unprocessed bacon, in reality. Processed meats aren't as healthy.

Snacks: almond milk with chia seeds, unsweetened cocoa. Maybe some soaked nuts.

Lunch and dinner (each): 75 gr of wild fish. 75 gr of pastured meat (both meat and fish, on both meals). As you can see, that's not any huge quantity of meat, but it's enough protein for the day, and it's high quality. Pastured/wild meats/fish are expensive, but not when eaten in small quantities as such. Previously, I'd eat much more meat, but now part of it is replaced by the daily wild fish. For the record: industrially-produced meat is healthier than farmed fish -- very unfortunately. The bulk of the plate is full of veggies (raw and cooked). There's always more than 6 types of veggies in each dish, sometimes up to 10-12 (the more, the better). That's the key to hit the nutritional targets. The quantity on the dish doesn't have to be huge, it just needs variety. A little bit of everything that's in season. And on the side, there's 4-5 different fruit cut pieces as well (half a cup, overall).

The cool thing about all this is that you don't need to know how to cook to prepare such dishes. You just put things together basically, depending on what's in your fridge. You just fry or bake the meats and some of the veggies using some good oil (either olive oil, or coconut oil, or pastured butter), add some good sea salt, arrange the raw veggies and fruits, and that's it. Easy as pie, and nutrition skyrockets through the roof! The way that the cavemen REALLY did it! Just a collection of whatever they could find! Small pieces of a little bit of everything!
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My baby describes our 2012. :)

The year is almost over. One more day at work, a few days in a long week-end, and that's it. Time to look back, and ahead.

There was no apocalypse.

Of course there was no apocalypse. Here's some music to go along, from a Bay Area band:

Wheat is evil.

After years of feeling very sick, my wife finally figured out what was causing her sharp digestive problems: she's very intolerant to wheat.

Once she cut wheat, though, other changes happened. Major changes. Her immune system gained a lot of strength. She's been less sensitive to pain. Most impressively, her ability to focus improved a lot, and her creativity shot through the roof.

I've been wheat-free for a few months myself, and I've also seen improvements as well. I need less sleep, my digestion is better, my immune system also seems to have improved, my skin cleared up, and I even have some hair growing back where it had been thinning.

I'm very open to the possibility that wheat could be a cause of many health issues, including and especially mental illnesses.

I love my wife very much.

My wife had quite a health scare through pretty much the whole year. It got us very worried for a while, and resulted in a fairly major surgery. We were lucky, the whole medical team did a great job, everything went well, and my wife did a full recovery.

The whole process got us much closer, and we are now even happier together than we used to be. We've definitely learned to appreciate all the small things that we do together.

I live with an artist.

When my wife's focus and creativity improved after going wheat-free, we were both surprised to discover that she's an artist at heart. She started expressing her creativity through collages. She's created almost 200 different works in less than a year.

She's been published in magazines, she's been interviewed, she's been selected by curators of several major art sites, she has sold quite a few prints, her art will soon be sold through some retail outlets.

This was entirely unexpected, and it has led us into some unexpected situations (like, wondering whether she really was an artist, or trying to figure out the right order for a portfolio). I like how she's not willing to let external influence compromise her vision. I like how she's willing to use whatever tools will get the job done.

I am very proud of her, of her work, or her perseverance, or her vision. At times she stays up all night while the Muses inspire her. It's been quite a change as she was really a geek in the past, but I really like the new her. Seeing how she's been making progress and how her recent works are so much better than her early ones, I'm very eager to see what's coming.

She's now inspiring me, I've been painting a little bit, and I feel like doing some photography again. It's been many years since I did either of those and I'm going to need a bit of time to get back to speed.

See many of her works at

I work too much.

There aren't many ways around that. I work too much, and even when I'm not at my desk I spend too much mental energy thinking about work. By nature, my job is a bottomless pit, I'll never get to the end of it.

I literally could care less (see what I did here?) and still get my job done right. I need to do exactly that. I'm paid to deliver, I'm not paid to care. If caring prevents me from doing my job properly, directly or indirectly, I'll have to force myself to stop caring.

I need to exercise more.

I have done quite some skiing this year. I think I've spent 18 days on the slopes in 2012, I actually lost count. I started skiing 30 years ago, and this was my best year ever. Also, playing Ingress made me move a little bit. However, there's been no hiking, no biking, and I should have exercised a lot more. That's going to have to be a focus point for next year.

Text Copyright 2012 Jean-Baptiste Quéru / CC BY 3.0

Picture "Thetis" Copyright 2012 Eugenia Loli / CC BY-NC 2.0
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My rock star husband, +Jean-Baptiste Queru . Best thing that happened to my life ever.
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So, I haven't updated my Plus for quite some time... I've been doing collages mostly. I think I'm getting better at them, but I need to be careful to not get too "pop", but rather strive to be edgy (nobody wants to be the Nickelback of collages). TumblR is lately taking notice of my work too (especially about the one in the thumbnail below). I started selling some of the work too, although my work remains Creative Commons. Larger, printable versions can be found at my blog or FlickR. If you want to have a look, here's some links:

The one work I'm the most proud of is called "Rules and Regulations" and it's about the TSA. It's not an easy-breezy feel-good collage like my popular ones are, but rather it walks between classic surrealism and pop surrealism, it exists in that fine line that I ultimately want to be classified as an artist.
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