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?
In Holland it’s now Christmas eve. And I wish you all a wonderful night. I spent the night at my boyfriend’s, we ate and gave each other presents.
I was really happy and grateful : his dad made a special vegan Christmas dinner for me. He made a lot of veggies,cooked in different ways. And as a starter he bought me vegan sushi. On top of that; they gave me a lot of presents. Things like a spiralizer, but also a book and a dairy.
Getting all of these things made me realise something. Christmas is about the giving. Not material stuff, but things you feel from your heart. Things you make, things you give, from the bottom of your heart.
Tonight learned me to be kind. Kind to the bus driver, kind to the woman at the store. Always listen and open up your heart. If you do so, or if you try, you’ll notice the love you get back. This love has no expectations. It’s made out of kindness.
Christmas is about the giving: the giving of kindness
I learned to listen, and to love the people around you. Not only your inner circle, but also the mail man, or your hairdresser. Try to open up your heart, and to let the love in. If you feel the love then do the must logical thing you can do. Spread the love. Send your kind words to the rest of the world.
Merry Christmas eve.
The title may sound weird, but I discovered that it actually isn’t. I’m doing a project for school, it’s a socialisation project. For this project we need to reflect to our childhood and family, in order to understand where we are now.
That all sounds okay, but what does it have to do with the title?!
Well one of the questions was about your gender.
Do you feel comfortable being a boy/girl? Did you ever felt pushed in a certain direction because of your gender?
This made me think. Am I happy with my gender? Do I like being a girl? I never really thought about it. But now I did, and I came to the conclusion that I like who I am. Most of the time I feel pretty confident, and I like the way I look. I like wearing dresses in the summer, having long hair and wearing high heels when I go out for dinner.
But not everyone does. There are a lot of people not feeling good in the body God gave them. The so called transgenders. I always find transgenders very brave, because they don’t accept what the world sees, but become to what they want to see. And that’s what the are now, not what the world wants, but what they want.
There was a Dutch girl in Hollands Next Top Model (HNTM) and she was a transgender. She won. This shows that it doesn’t matter where you came from, all that matters is who you are now. She had a lot of confidence and selflove.
She can be a role model. She shows us that we can always be who we want to be.
And that’s promising and hopefull, for those who are feeling insecure, or those who have trouble with their gender. Society pushed us into pink or blue sides, but we can always make the decision to chose purple.
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?
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.
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.