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Juice fast day 1

Hey!

I wanted to be more prepared and healthier this year. I’ve been sick for a few weeks. I had trouble with my digestion, headaches, and pain in my belly. Last week I also got a sore throat and I decided I really had to do something about it. I thought I had two options;
1. Go to banana island.
2. Do a juice fast.
I decided to go with option 2. So I’m juice fasting now!
I have my own juices but I also ordered some from a Dutch company, called “Brandstof Amsterdam”. On their site they said this;

We make organic juices, made with seasonal fruits and vegetables. We freeze the juices in, so the vitamins are kept inside.

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I thought I should give it a go. The (new) job I have, works with them. That way I could get some for a special prize. I ordered some beetroot/fennel and some mango/orange.

I will also be filming about my juice fast. Be sure to check my channel, would love to hear from you.
This is the link. In this video I tell all about the juices I’ll be drinking and more. I’ll keep you updated.

I’m also a bit curious  (when am I not curious?) are there people here who did a juice fast? For how long? How did you feel afterwards? Thanks.

Love,

xx Jazzie

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Eating out as a vegan

Hey!

For some vegans umon us, it might be hard to eat out. I completely understand you.  I still struggle with it. Sometimes everyone wants to eat in a place where there are just no vegan options. What do you do in that kind of situation?

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These are the things I always do:
1. I always check the menu online. If that’s not an option, I Google the place and look for reviews.
2. Sometimes I give my friends options for places where I know I can eat. And together we decide where we like to go. Like Chinese, Italian or Thai restaurants. It’s also handy for them; and most of the times no one is complaining about it.
3. If I’m not sure about the menu, I’ll call the restaurant and ask if they can make something for me. A lot of the times the chefs see this as a challenge, and you can always give it a try.
4. If there are no great dishes that I can eat, I’ll order 2 smaller plates. Two first courses are also really filling. And if you still want a bigger main, then you can ask if they can turn the first course into a main. That way you can always eat your salad or veggies.
5. Try to always be positive. If your friends really want to go to a place where you have less options, try to accept it. Next time it’s your choice, try to have fun anyways.

I went to the restaurant where I work (for the vegans near Amsterdam; it’s in Ouderkerk aan de Amstel and it’s called Napa Italia. They serve vegan pizza!) and I asked the chefs if they could make me something nice.  And they did.

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I had this vegan pizza, with a tomato salsa and a salad on top. Delicious. I learned that you can always ask if they want to make something special for you.

Love,

xxx Jazzie

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Fat is bad?

Hey!

I find this subject (fat food) really interesting because everyone, and then I mean everyone, has a different opinion about it.
Are fatty foods good for you? Can you eat fat without consequences? Do fatty foods give you energy or deprive you from energy?
I think the real question is; why do you want to eat fat? And how do you feel afterwards?!

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I believe it’s different for everyone. I always ask for a salad at work (photo above) but they always make a dressing with oil. I don’t like fatty foods. But after this salad, and the coconut oil dressing, I always have enough energy to work. So do I want to deprive myself from this fat?! No.
Does it mean I always eat fat?  Not at all. Far from that. I eat fat like I eat sugar: occasionally, if I really have the need. 
I don’t believe the “the fat you eat is the fat you wear “. Yes, that might be the case when you’re only eating junkfood all the time. But some nuts or avocado? Not a problem. As long as you keep it to once /twice a week; I can’t see the problem.

What do you believe? Is the fat you eat, the fat you wear? Or do you think it’s a bit more complicated?

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Getting in your vitamins

Hey!

I wanted to write a bit more serious post then my last one. That’s why I’m writing about a topic that’s important for all of us: vitamins.
Let’s face it: we all want to live a healthy life. And many of us are already on the good way. They are vegan, or vegetarian, living a plant based life or cutting out sugar.
But what happens if you switch from one lifestyle to another?
Your vitamin intake changes too.
Is that a bad thing?
No, not necessarily. But I wanted to say it, because it can cause problems if you don’t act on the long term. It seems logical, but most of us don’t think about it.
We’re already eating more greens, more fruit, so why would you?

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Because every food you put in your mouth, has a different nutrition value. So when you adapted a new lifestyle; be sure to check your blood every once in a while. That way you make sure you’re not getting any vitamin deficient.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Life goes by, and so do I.

Hello!

I’ve had a busy time. And not always in a good way. My grandpa died. And I got a new job, school is just the same (still a lot to do) and so am I. Or not precisely.

Not a lot changed, but I’m trying to make a change towards my attitude. I’m not your typical bitch, but I can be pretty rude sometimes..
I’ve wanted to change this for a long time, but it’s hard you know.
I’ve been this way for a long time, so why should I complete this change?
I think it’s because I really want it. I need it.
I need to be more loving, careing, and just relaxed.

I got this insight yesterday. That it’s never to late to make a change. That I want to be that loving- girl. Now that I don’t eat animalproducts (just veryvery occasionally, but almost never) anymore, it’s time to take it a step further.
Not only for the love for animals, but also for the love for people.
It’s not that hard to give someone a smile, to be more patient and to help the ones in need.
I’m just gonna give it a try.

Love,
xx Jazzie

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Hospital food; while being a vegan

Hey people!

Time for another blog! Not a happy one this time, ’cause it’s about my last hospitalization. I went there for my IBD. It wasn’t long; I’m back already. But it was hard.
Not only the pain, but also the food. Food is an important factor in my health. If I eat proper and clean I have less pain and I recover in less time.
People with IBD often eat glutenfree and fatfree. So you would say they keep notice of that in the hospital.
Well, think again. I asked them for a vegan meal and that was were they made their first mistake.

Vegan? So you don’t eat meat then? It says here that you can have anything, so would you like the spaghetti with tuna or the patatoes with salmon?

I didn’t even know what to say.
Eventually I got my voice back and I said that I didn’t eat meat, fish or dairy because of my illness. (Thats not the only reason but I doubt that she’ll got it so I tought this was okay)
That she understood. I asked for some veggies, fruit and plain rice.
Within 20 minutes she was back with a small plate of rice and veggies and – Hallelujah- 6 banana’s.

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Being a vegan in a hospital. It sure ain’t easy, but I managed.
I hope that next time I find someone who understand me, and the importance of clean food to a healing body.

Love,

xx Jazzie

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The start of a new year

Hey everyone!

Did you enjoyed new years eve? I certainly did. I went to a party of my neighbours; Paul&Paul. It was so much fun. There were “old people” that I already knew, and new people that I got to know. I talked with people from all over the world, and I got inspired by their happines and positive thoughts.

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Me & my wonderful mum

But it’s 2015 now, and I’m feeling brandnew.
I haven’t eaten any meat or dairy yet; I haven’t feel temptated, but I’m sure that’s gonna come up someday.
I ate a lot of banana’s the past few days and I’m feeling a bit like a monkey. All I do is peeling banana’s… I’m not at Banana Island, but it sure feels like it. I’m eating this much banana’s because I wanted to start the year with somesort of a cleanse, and it gives amazing health results. School is gonna start tuesday and I’m not really feeling like it. There’s so much to do in so little time.. But I need to be motivated: I’m in good health, I now I’m capable of doing it; so let’s do it!

Love,

xx Jazzie