This title seems, again, strange. But once you’ve read this post, you’ll understand what I meant.
Do you know those little flower stores? Or the bookshop, where the man behind the counter knows everything about your favorite author? I love those shops.
The people who work there, work with their hearts. They put their passion into their shop. They make long hours and work for our pleasure. They do what they love.
In this picture you see my mum. She bought some juice and fruit in this tiny store. The man who worked there, knew where everything was and helped us find our route to the subway. Although his store was small, he helped us and thought with us.
Local stores make the economy. I believe they own the creativity. They have smart solutions, and are open for suggestions.
They are passionate about their stores and work with their hearts.
I also find the weirdest, but cutest things in local stores. The nicest clothing, the books that I’ve never heard of, and the funniest postcards.
That’s why I find it hard that local stores need to close. Bigger companies are taking over. They don’t share the passion. They don’t work with their heart. I support local shopping. And I hope you’ll do the same.
I still eat like the vegan high carb way. I love my carbs, and I get them out of fruit or pasta/patatoes.
Of course I also eat a lot of veggies and rice. I love salads and beans.
I try to eat as various as possible, sometimes this can be quite challenging. Especially when I’m at work and need to eat something in a hurry. Most of the times I grab something fattening, something that makes me feel saturated for a short petite of time.
Why do I do this? Why do I make the decision to eat fat food that is actually not good for me.
I think it has to do something to do with the fact that I have little time. I need to eat in minutes and fastfood is easy to eat. It’s also cheap and you don’t have to do anything to prepare it. It’s just easy, I’m to much in a hurry and to lazy to make something before.
I want to do something about this because I’m gaining weight and it’s making me feel bad. I gained a lot of weight over the years and that was a good thing. Due to my illness I was pretty sick and underweight. Now I’m at a healthy weight, but I don’t want to gain more. I already gained more than planned.
I think it’s a good idea if I think better about what I’m going to eat. I need to meal prep more. If I do that, there’ll be always something in my fridge I can eat before work.
Like everyone else I made a resolution this year, to eat more healthy. Did I manage to do that? A bit.
Today this was my breakfast:
And yes, it was as good as it looks. If course I want you all to eat good healthy (vegan) food and that’s why I’ll be posting the recipe.
Did I manage to do that? Yes, a bit.
I also made a vlog about my day, and what I ate. It’s a short video, and all about my food.
-180 gram (soy) yoghurt
– 1 Apple
– 2 tbsp maple syrup
– 2 tbsp chia seed
– 1 kiwi
– a jar
How to make:
Cut your apple into small pieces. But them at the bottom of your jar. Fill your jar up with yoghurt. Then put the maple syrup in, and sprinkle the seeds on. Cut the kiwi and finish it off with the kiwi in top. Enjoy!
Start your day healthy with this breakfast. And you can take it with you, it’s in a jar and easy to bring with you.
I’ve managed to make it till day 4! And yes, today has been a real struggle. I felt so bad during the day, I felt light headed and sick. Around noon, before work, I got a terrible headache as decided to eat something. So that’s what I did. I ate, and I slept. When I woke up I wasn’t feeling like shit anymore.
So what did I learn?
I can’t go without solid food on hard,busy days. I need some food, even if it’s just a small salad.
I’m still finishing it, but I’m not gonna fast anymore. It’ll be more like an interment fast. I’ll drink juice till around dinner and then I eat one meal. And I want it to be a light meal, so nothing cooked.
Do I experience benefits?
Yes! I wasn’t sleepy at all. I did slept some during the day but that was due to my body, not because I was feeling tired. I also feel concentrated all the time. And my belly isn’t that bloated anymore.
I’m looking to find out what tomorrow will bring. Will I feel better now I survived day 4? I’m going to the gym tomorrow, so let’s find out how that will be.
Already day 2. I survived day 1, it went pretty well. Did had a light headache bit that’s also due to the cold I had to face outside. It was freezing and I wasn’t wearing a hat. My fault. I also made a video about yesterday, it’s here. I tell about the juices and drink one in the bus.
About today. Was I excited this morning?
Was I feeing fit today?
Will I continue this fast?
But I wasn’t feeling that good. I was hungry all day. At the end of the afternoon I are one apple. I just had to. I’m not feeling guilty. I also baked cookies out of the leftover pulp from my juices. If I feel like I need to eat, I can eat that. At least it’s healthy. This is the video about today.
A lot of people told me today that I looked pale. I wasn’t wearing make up, but maybe it’s because of the detox. I felt tired and I wasn’t that happy. I think it’s also because I wanted to eat the sushi my mum got. I’m still determined to continue. Let’s see what tomorrow will bring me!
I thought I already posted this one, but I saw I didn’t. . Oops. I know it’s now January, and that were almost going into February. That doesn’t mind. My resolutions can’t be done in a month, so I’ll still post them. I would love to check out new blogs BTW, so please like or comment. Then I can find your blog easier.
These 4 things are all goals, although I already do a lot of them.
– Eat less junk and do more meal prep.
Most of the times when I forget to pack lunch or dinner, I forget to eat in college. Then when I get home all hungry, I eat easy fat food. Sometimes sugary things, sometimes take away. I want to meal prep more, so there’s always something healthy (or somewhat healthy) in the fridge to grab.
– I want to gain muscles.
I’ll make a post about my body later. But what I can tell you now; my arms look skinny but they have no muscles. My legs are the opposite; I run and cycle a lot so they contain a lot of muscles. I’m just not in muscle proportion, haha.
– I want to do more with friends and keep better contact.
I love my friends, they are my
my support and my savers. I am so busy with school and work, that I sometimes forget to seek contact. I want to change that and see them more often.
– I want to feel good about myself
I don’t hate my body, but I struggle with habits I have. They make me feel insecure. I want to change, or make a start to change them. I hope the “new” me can give me confidence.
Have you made resolutions? Did you manage to work on them?! I’m curious!
5 days ago I went back to the city that stole my heart. Antwerpen. I’ve been there for over a dozen times, but arriving in the city still makes me feel like a human. It makes me feel alive.
I feel connected to this city, and every time we go there I get blown away by the beautiful architecture and the kindness of the people. And I’m lucky, I only live 1.5 hour away from the city. So I go several times a year.
This time I went with my parents to buy myself some Christmas clothes. And I found everything I was looking for.
We also went to the Christmas market, it had so many cute things! There also was ice skating and several food stands. It was sunny.
And I felt the love. The love for the city, the love for the people. I felt so grateful for my wonderful mum and dad who took me here.
I can’t explain my love and fascination for this city. It’s just something I feel from the inside.
What is your favorite city? Why?
I would love to hear from you guys. Antwerpen is a great city if you want to do a short (Christmas) city trip. The market gets bigger every year and you can shop everything you like at the meir. The beers are cold and in abundance, the mussels are fresh and the people kind. What more do you want?