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Food as medicin

”Let us eat smoothie bowls, count the stars and feed the world healthy foods.”

Nutritious food and what you put into your body is the foundation for good health. Choose foods which are as close to their natural state as possible. Choose whole foods that heal and protect your body; foods that reduce inflammation and that help to prevent chronic illness. Choose the right fuel. Your body will be ever so thankful.


 

  • Eat the rainbow – colourful fruits and vegetables filled with vitamins, minerals & antioxidants.
  • Use spices such as turmeric, ginger, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, garlic.
  • Eat less from a box and more from the Earth
  • Choose complex carbohydrates; Beans, veggies, buckwheat, quinoa, lentils.
  • Eat slowly and mindfully.
  • Avoid preservatives and additives that are included in many of today’s processed and sugary foods.

Food can have an enormous power over us. We can either become addicted to certain foods, we might use food as a stimuli; for example we might turn to food when we’re bored, when we’re sad, when we’re stressed OR food can have a positive impact on our health and help to prevent chronic diseases. Either way you choose. You choose what foods to put on your plate. It’s entirely up to you.

Although one shouldn’t become a food fanatic one should become more aware of the great impact food have on our physical and mental health. ”The father of modern medicine Hippocrates believed that illness stemmed from inadequate nutrition and bad eating habits and that if people were to learn good eating habits then optimum health would be restored.www.superchargedfood.com

Awareness is key. And the importance of making better choices. Healthier choices. No one is perfect, and of course one is entitled to indulge every now and then. However, you should always bare in mind that eating healthy is a form of self-respect. You can’t control everything in your life, but you can control what you put into your body.

Intelligence is not pure knowledge but imagination

”There will be sunlight as we continue heading forward. ”

Eating raw vegan chocolate, taking walks in chilly Helsinki and writing. That perfect boost during short breaks. Now back to work.

Utopia

As it was the last days of summer the sun had finally decided to come out. Just as it had been hiding behind the clouds the past months, waiting, it was suddenly determined to release its power. The heat had almost been unbearable the previous days. The young boy felt alive as he sat on the bench looking at the ocean, the sunlight kissing his cheeks. His heartbeat beating with quiet pace as his eyes admired the smooth sea. 

‘You once told me that we never get over it. Love. But I did.’

The old man looked at him, a hopeful expression suddenly appeared on his face.

‘Teach me, my dear friend. Teach me how.’

The young boy smiled tenderly.

‘I will.’ 

-L-

A short story a day keeps the doctor away

THE PAIN

5 AM. ‘A good night’s sleep? Merely a memory,’ the young boy thought while trying to scratch his upper back. His left hand reached out to the other side of the bed, searching for something that wasn’t there. He dragged himself out of bed to open the balcony door. ‘Fresh air, I need fresh air.’ The thunderstorm was what had kept him up all night. He had never gotten over them, traumatised since early childhood. And the rashes, those damn rashes. He had never gotten rid of them either. ‘Will I ever get over this,’ he whispered to himself, staring at the empty bed. 

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There he was. The old man. Sitting on the bench, with his book. The air still humid despite the rain that had been pouring down during the night. A new storm making it’s way in. The old man looked up. He placed the book in his pocket and moved to the left as soon as he saw him. His eyes gazing at the the dark clouds coming in. ‘It will most probably be here within an hour or so.’ ‘It kept me up all night,’ the young boy said, scratching his right leg. ‘After storm there’s always rainbow.’ The old man took a glimpse at his leg. ‘Mosquitos?’ ‘No, rashes. Kept me up all night.’ The young boy looked down at his once white converses. He usually didn’t have problems this time of the year. Now he could barely sit still, even though every cell in his body was aching.

They could hear the thunder from far away. The young boy scratched his forearm, a tender breeze brushed his cheek. In just seconds the wind got stronger. ‘It hurts. It hurts so bad. When does it stop?’ The old man looked aside. ‘If it was love, then never.’ 

-L-

The midnight sun…

”The midnight sun makes us feel alive. Fragile. Anxious and terrified for the days being over before they have began. Short nights are all we got. Let us use them wisely. The now is all we have.”

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linda

 

The midnight sun will never set. The stillness keeping us awake. The peacefulness of the night is so rare, over before it has began. Wouldn’t miss it for the world.  We have this opportunity only for a few, short weeks. Don’t let them pass unnoticed. It’s over before it has began. 

 

 

 

Chocolate Smoothie & Sunday Thoughts

”It’s like having chocolate mousse cake for breakfast! – It’s just that it tastes way better.”

 

Exactly. Like having dessert for breakfast. This thick & creamy chocolate, maca smoothie with a hint of turmeric is the perfect brekkie while PMS:ing 😉 (Maca is perfect for balancing hormones. And mine are all over the place right now…) However, this smoothie is absolutely divine. The bitter taste of turmeric and cacao & the sweetness of banana and dates marry well together. Not to mention, the caramel flavour of maca.

This nutrient dense smoothie bowl is a flavour explosion for sure! My soul is so very grateful. Remember – when your body is hungry, it wants nutrients, not calories. Feed your body.

”Let’s pay the farmer, not the pharmacist.”

– Paul Coletta, CEO Urban Remedy

Chocolate smoothie bowl

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

2 tbsp vegan protein powder (raw cacao +maca flavour)

1 tsp turmeric

2 tsp peanutbutter

1 medjool date

2 tbsp Alpro soya Go On (creamy dairy free quark)

A hint of almond milk

+ Ice 

Instructions:

  1. Mix all the yumminess together in your blender until smooth and creamy.
  2. Pour into a bowl and decorate with fresh berries, chunky chocolate rawbites, gluten free granola, nuts & seeds, coconut flakes… Whatever you prefer, darling.

 

Be creative…

cause sometimes, all you need is beautiful words and food. Beautiful words to live by. Wholesome food to nourish your mind and body.

Create, cause it makes the world a better place. Create, cause it makes you feel alive. Create, cause you’ll need a bit of magic in your life. Create, cause it makes you feel. Create, cause otherwise your soul will die.

Create magic, cause sometimes, magic is all we got.

Magnifique.  

”If I would write my future, I would put your name in every sentence.”

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linda

”But baby, what if tomorrow never comes?” ”It does not matter, my darling. We have the present. The now is all we have. We do not live for tomorrow, we live for the moment.” ”But baby, if tomorrow comes, what then?” ”Then my darling, then I will kiss you.”

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linda

 

Pancakes for breakfast

”Feed your soul. Have pancakes.”

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linda

Today I felt like having pancakes. So pancakes I had. The child in me is jumping of joy at the smell of pancakes. Topped with all kinds of good stuff; berries, coconut sugar, dairy free yoghurt, chocolate hazelnut spread. Whatever you prefer! Oh my, my love for pancakes is unreal.

If you prefer 100 % plant based pancakes you can mix 1 tbsp chia seed with approx. 3 tbsp water. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, or until it takes on a gooey mixture. Equivalent to one egg.

Ingredients: (roughly estimated for one person)

1 mashed banana

1 egg

approx. 0.5 dl oat flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

A hint of almond milk

Season with cardamom, cinnamon & vanilla powder

Instructions:

  1. In a big bowl mash the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together.
  2. In a frying pan melt coconut oil. Fry on medium heat until golden brown.
  3. Enjoy with fresh berries, soy yoghurt & nuts.

(I went through some old photos, since I was in a hurry…)

Tuesday inspiration

”I was created to create.”

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”In a world where you can be anything. Be kind. Always be kind.”

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”Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.”

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”We’ll always have Paris.”

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Casablanca

Monday thoughts

”It’s a beautiful day to be alive.”

 

Got caught by the flue and hit by creativity. Opportunities like these one needs to grasp. There’s always something good in each and every day. 

  • Turmeric, ginger & honey are my best friends right now. As well as the sofa.
  • My body is tired, but my mind is working on overtime. Besides reading and writing, editing photos and resting are the only things that slows it down.
  • Beautiful food calms my nerves. Colourful, nutrient dense food that gives my body opportunity to recover and build itself up.
  • The smell. The beauty. The colours of nature at the present moment. Like watching a flawless, magical painting by a newborn artist.
  • I just realized that I’ve accepted to participate in a football game in eight days. I haven’t played football since 4th grade! I do hope visualizing is the powerful tool its claimed to be since I’m trying to visualize me on a football field scoring goal after goal 😉

 

”Hope is the last thing that leaves our bodies. Without hope we have nothing.”


linda

”The distance between us is merely physical. Our souls so deeply connected, surviving on each others heartbeats.”


linda

Intermittent fasting

Lately, I’ve seen a lot of articles addressing the concept of intermittent fasting – An eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. And to keep things straight; intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a way of eating.

According to a lot of scientists intermittent fasting is one of the best and cheapest ways to get to the bottom of inflammation (Nertby Aurell & Clase, Food Pharmacy, 2017, 158)

But what is intermittent fasting? 

It’s when you follow time-restricted eating. For example fast for 18 hours out of the day and eat your meals between the other 6 hours. If you’re introducing intermittent fasting it might be good to gradually increase the numbers of hours you fast, from 12 to 14 up to 18.

According to James Clare, intermittent fasting can lead to fat loss;

”Intermittent fasting is not a diet, it’s a pattern of eating. It’s a way of scheduling your meals so that you get the most out of them. Intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, it changes when you eat.
”To understand how intermittent fasting leads to fat loss we first need to understand the difference between the fed state and the fasted state.

Your body is in the fed state when it is digesting and absorbing food. Typically, the fed state starts when you begin eating and lasts for three to five hours as your body digests and absorbs the food you just ate. When you are in the fed state, it’s very hard for your body to burn fat because your insulin levels are high.

After that timespan, your body goes into what is known as the post–absorptive state, which is just a fancy way of saying that your body isn’t processing a meal. The post–absorptive state lasts until 8 to 12 hours after your last meal, which is when you enter the fasted state. It is much easier for you body to burn fat in the fasted state because your insulin levels are low.

When you’re in the fasted state your body can burn fat that has been inaccessible during the fed state.”  www.jamesclare.com

Benefits of intermittent fasting

Research has linked intermittent fasting to;

  • Improved blood sugar levels
  • Decreased risk of heart disease and cancer
  • Weight loss (fat loss)
  • Reduction of insulin resistance and protection against type 2 diabetes
  • Reduction of oxidative stress and inflammation in the body (Research)

However, research is still in its early stages. Many studies are small, short in duration or conducted in animals. Further research in humans is needed before the use of fasting as a health intervention can be recommended  (Health effects of intermittent fasting, hormesis or harm? A systematic review).

For more research links on intermittent fasting -> authority nutrition.com

I have a curious mind and I’m always eager to try things that fascinates me or are new to me. Now, when I have my days off from work I’ve gradually introduced intermittent fasting; I fast for around 14-16 hours and have all my meals between approx. 8-10 hours. For me it’s rather convenient having my first meal around 12 am and the last meal around 8 or 9 pm. However, since I haven’t done it for a long time I haven’t noticed any remarkable changes in my health. I might introduce the concept a couple of days a week and see if I notice any benefits.

Anyways, something I have noticed by following this eating pattern is that it has made me more productive – I get more stuff done in the morning! I usually practise yoga, go for a morning walk, smash out a gym session or get stuff done on the computer. However, this is on my days off. Normally I work on a cruise ship and I don’t know if I could go without having my breakfast around 7 am… But. You never know if you don’t try. Intermittent fasting is probably not for everyone, but if you’re curious – experiment and try it out!

And, I still LOVE my breakfast so I just have it a couple of hours later than normal.

Worth mentioning is; I don’t restrict my calories, I just choose to have them between 8-10 hours, letting my digestive system rest the remaining hours. I’m at least curious to see if it will have some positive affects on my IBS, considering I’m giving my digestive system a break.

Tips for intermittent fasting

  • Introduce it gradually; begin with either having your breakfast a couple of hours later OR having the last meal a couple of hours earlier than you normally do.
  • Begin with a couple of days a week. Then increase the days you fast with 4 up to 7 days a week.
  • Drink a lot of tea and water during the hours you fast. (You can of course enjoy your morning coffee.)
  • If you need something first thing in the morning; have a green drink. It takes two to three hours for the body to digest raw and green vegetables so the fast  continues for at leat 2 hours although you had that green smoothie (Nertby Aurell & Clase, Food Pharmacy, 2017, 158).