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My thoughts on plant based eating

”Don’t forget: We all thrive on different foods. And healthy looks different on every body.”

In the end of December 2015 I switched to a vegetarian diet. Transferring to a vegetarian diet wasn’t that big of a deal since I haven’t had red meat or pork in approximately 16 years. I guess the main reason was my body started craving more and more vegetables and plant based foods. However, I was still eating dairy in form of goat cheese and halloumi. After a month I decided to quit all dairy products, since I’m anyhow intolerant to cow milk. At first I thought (or wished) my stomach could digest goat milk better than cow milk, but in fact it doesn’t. Imagine the struggles since halloumi was one of my favourite foods! However, quitting dairy has improved my skin, stomach and throat(?!) While eating cheese and dairy I usually suffered from skin rashes, stomach cramps and infections in my tonsils.

Between March 2016 – January 2017 I followed a mostly plant based diet (I write mostly since I had egg occasionally and a naughty treat here and there). At first I felt really good, energised and alive. Nonetheless, after a while I started suffering from more and more bloating and stomach cramps (since I suffer from IBS this is something I’m more or less used to, but unfortunately it got worse because of all the fiber. I tried to minimise the suffering by drinking a lot of water, but the beans and large quantity of vegetables ( and certain fruits) were too much for my tummy to handle. For example I love dates, and I could easily eat them all day every day, but sadly my stomach doesn’t approve. I still enjoy my dates occasionally, but not as often as before. Same goes with many of the plant based protein sources such as beans, tofu and lentils – my stomach don’t like them as much as my mind do 😉

Today I strive to follow a whole foods plant based diet, I would say 70-80 % of the time – I opt for leafy greens, nuts & seeds, vegetables, healthy fats (coconut oil is my fav!) sweet potatoes, fruits, rice, oats, lentils. However, I’ve started incorporating more and more fish & egg in my diet, and there are certain fruits and vegetables I have to stay away from in order to minimize my IBS symptoms. Therefore I’ve found it more convenient to eat fish and egg – at least at the time being my body crave those healthier protein sources and, the best part, my stomach seems to digest them properly.

I cook my own food as much as possible, since I want to know what I’m eating (and of course I love to cook!). I try to stay away from processed food considering it doesn’t benefit me in any way. For example my stomach can’t properly digest many of the vegan products on the market, such as cheese and meat substitutes. Too much nasty stuff goes in there, unfortunately. Or then I just haven’t found the right products yet..

And yes of course I indulge. I’m a human being for God’s sake 😉 I love my raw food bars, dark chocolate, nut butters (one serious addiction there..) I indulge almost every day. I just try to choose the somewhat healthier options. On the other hand I work out almost every day – my body needs that energy. Staying active is an important factor for me and my healthy lifestyle. I eat so I have energy to work out. I try to eat for optimal health – for me food is medicine. I want to be able to run, jump, do yoga and lift weights when I’m 90 years old.

Lately I’ve had a lot of energy – I’ve been working out almost every single day. If I would have chosen foods that doesn’t benefit me in any way I would instead be fatigued and without energy. That’s why it’s of utmost importance that you choose the right foods for youFeeling energized is what keeps me motivated.

To wrap up my thoughts I just want to point out the importance of listening to your own, unique body. We’re all different and therefore we all thrive on different foods. While your friend might flourish on a high carb/low fat vegan diet you might thrive on animal protein and fats. And that’s completely fine. In fact, it’s the way it should be – we’re all different. Embrace your unique body. Feed your soul.

Which food do you thrive on? Which way of eating works best for you? If you haven’t paid attention to those thoughts earlier – start now. Listen to your body. How do you feel after certain meals? Think of the foods that make you feel energised, alive, strong, happy and satisfied. Treat your body with kindness & respect by filling your plate with food that’s great for you (and your soul ❤ ). 

Happy soul

”Of this be sure: You do not find the happy life… You make it.”

– Thomas S. Monson

The little things that brighten your day. Making life more joyful. The things that put a sparkle in your day. Are you aware of them?

In order to feel true happiness I find it important to be mindful of the little things that make the soul truly joyful and satisfied. I’m not referring to the bigger things, for example travelling, working out, spending time with loved ones, reaching long term goals – things that also twinkle your soul and make you a happier human being. I’m referring to the small things we tend to forget about. The small things that can make a bad day feel slightly less dreadful.

Here’s a list of six things that make my day more joyful. Although I might not devote time to them each and every day I try to do so as often as possible.

  1. Morning walks with a coffee in my hand. Especially now when it’s getting lighter outside. And yes, the coffee is crucial.
  2.  Making pancakes; mostly because it smells delicious.
  3.  Sleeping in newly washed bed sheets. That feeling you get when you get into your bed with fresh clean sheets. Heaven. (+ sleeping in a cold room).
  4. Fresh flowers. Buying colourful tulips brightens up any day.
  5. The ocean. I’ve always lived close to the sea and I can’t really imagine living far away from it. Besides, I work at sea! The ocean is my happy place, although at times it can also scare me. I would say I’m rather mesmerized by the beauty of the ocean.
  6. Dreaming. I dream a lot, or let’s call it visualizing. I usually do it before I fall a sleep. I don’t tend to read books, I dream instead. In fact, I dream more when I’m awake then when I’m sleeping.

What makes you light up inside and your day truly amazing?

How to find balance

”Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, everything is possible.”

– mindsetofgreatness –

  1. Pay attention to your feelings – Learn to listen to your body’s signals. Is your stomach bloated? Are you sick all the time? Tired although you had an 8 hour sleep? Unmotivated? These are all signals from your body, and shouldn’t be ignored.
  2. Make weekly / monthly schedules – This creates more structure into your everyday life and makes you more productive.
  3. Spend time in nature – It’s important to spend time outdoors and breathe in the fresh air. The beauty and serenity of nature will make you feel more grounded and alive.
  4. Eat mindfully –  Try to stay away from processed foods. Foods with a list of ingredients you can’t even pronounce and that don’t provide any benefits to your body. Focus on whole foods (mostly plant based) that fill your body with vitamins & antioxidants, and that can help prevent diseases. This doesn’t mean that you have to follow a plant based diet 100 %, but to increase the intake of unprocessed foods such as vegetables, leafy greens & healthy fats.
  5. Set short term AND long term goals – It’s crucial to have goals in life; big and small. A great goal should bring out the passion and makes you motivated to work hard.
  6. Get enough sleep (but not too much) – A good night sleep is vital for overall wellbeing. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every, beautiful morning.
  7. It’s healthy to say ”no” sometimes – You can’t please everyone, and you can’t be at two places at the same time. Focus on what’s important. Yes, life is hectic and stressful at times, therefore you have to remember to focus on the things that’s important to you.
  8. Move on – Nothing good comes from over analyzing everything. Sometimes the only thing is to move on. Didn’t nail that dream job? Don’t obsess over it. Trust that the universe has a different path for you.
  9. Create routines – You’ll create good intentions for the rest of the day by incorporating daily morning routines. Why not begin your day with a workout? It might help you get more productive. Try for two weeks and you’ll for sure get sh*t done.
  10. Work hard – Nothing worth having comes easy. If you want something you’ll have to work for it; whether it’s your dream job, a bigger apartment, a strong body or a balanced lifestyle.
  11. Don’t punish yourself – Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you don’t immediately succeed. Failure is success if we learn from it. Enjoy the beauty of becoming.  

The early hours

Monday! I love waking up early, especially on Mondays. The stillness that comes with the sunrise – amazing. Sipping coffee in bed and smashing out a quick workout, a perfect start to a perfect day. My number one tip to becoming a morning person – go to bed earlier and as soon as the alarm goes off in the morning jump out of bed. Don’t think too much just do it!  You will become so much more effective throughout the day. Promise you.

Surely you might feel like crawling back to bed as soon as the alarm goes off at 5 am (or 6 am…) but NO- get up and splash some cold water into that beautiful face of yours and you’ll see that in a couple of minutes you’ll feel wide awake.  And hey, you’ll get to have breakfast 😉

Have a great week ❤

Random Tuesday thoughts

”The sun will rise and we will try again.”

 

The beauty of creativity. Sometimes it might seem like the two of you are playing hide and seek for a bit too long. But when you finally find it, you’re one lucky lady. Be careful though, and remember to cherish it, because one day it will hide again.


My body seems to be enjoying all the movement it has been given lately. Feeling strong and healthy. Nevertheless, I have to remind myself the importance of resting. Scheduling in a rest day tomorrow.


The brightness outside! It’s hard to explain all the energy it brings. Spring is by far my favourite month. Although it’s snowing at the moment 😉 But I know, spring will eventually be here.


Raw vegan chocolate – a lifesaver every hour of the day.

Instagram & Sunday sprints

Welcome Sunday! You’re almost my favourite day. Not really, but we’re getting there. What should I do with you today? I had my coffee (or two cups) already so I’m more than ready to get on with this day, although heavy clouds are coming in. However, I’ve been awake since 8 this morning, busy making myself breakfast and working on the computer. But now it’s time to hit the gym. There’s gonna be some serious sprinting involved followed by a visit to the neighbourhood coffee shop. Yes I now, I love my coffee.

Tip of the day; If you want to kick-start your metabolism try incorporating sprints into your workout routine – at the end of a gym session or simply as a workout on its own. I usually follow this set up:

  • 10 minutes warm up (10 km/h)
  • 15-20 sprints (30 seconds on/30 seconds off) Pace between 15 km/h – 20 km/h depending on your fitness level. Those 30 seconds on should be though.
  • 10 minutes cool down (10 km/hour)
  • Stretch. Remember to stretch out those hammies & calves. 

Second tip of the day; Follow me on Instagram for more frequent updates @cleaneatingbylinda.

Have a lovely, chill Sunday!

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Green smoothies

”Be calm and have a green smoothie.”

Green is my favourite colour when it comes to food, as well as smoothies. Greens + Smoothie = Perfect match. I love the mix of kale and almond butter. The best. Since I prefer a sweet taste I always blend together fruits and veggies. I’m not a hard core vegetable juice drinker. At least not when I’m the chef. You might find me buying a green vegetable juice once or twice a year 😉 With that being said, below you’ll find three of my favourite green smoothies. Oh I almost forgot – I like adding some kind of vegan protein into my smoothies. Just to keep me satisfied and fuller for longer. Not to mention the almond butter. Oh well, the struggles of having a big appetite.

MANGO & KALE SMOOTHIE WITH ALMOND BUTTER

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GREENLICIOUS SMOOTHIE

Green smoothie

Small steps to maintain a balanced & healthy lifestyle

What a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.

– Maya Angelou

Choose a lifestyle that you are comfortable with. A lifestyle you can stick to all year around. A balanced & healthy lifestyle is not a quick fix, it’s your life.

Needless to say, you might have to make sacrifices, you might even have to give up on certain things. However, you will gain plenty by making the right choices and not saying no to new challenges. Yes, challenge yourself, say yes to new adventures. Step outside that comfort zone of yours. Or why not take a huge jump outside it. Try it. It won’t kill you.

”Your vibe attracts your tribe”. Be positive. Think positive. Spend time with positive people. The people you spend most of your time with have a huge impact on your wellbeing – choose them carefully.

Believe in your abilities. In your creativeness. As Elizabeth Gilbert puts it; ”The effort is worth it, because when at last you do connect, it is an otherworldly delight of the highest order. Because this is how it feels to lead the faithful creative life: You try and try and try, and nothing works. But you keep trying, and you keep seeking, and then sometimes, in the least expected place and time, it finally happens.” – page 195, Big Magic – Creative living beyond fear. 

Enjoy the beauty of nature. If you feel down or off track take a walk and breathe in the fresh air and let new thoughts in.

Practise mindfulness. Yoga is great for calming the nerves and for winding down after a rough day. You even sleep better. And we all know how important that beauty sleep is.

Become a morning person. Enjoy the stillness of the early hours. Make yourself a cup of tea and write down a few things you want to achieve during the day. Set positive intentions for the rest of the day by starting the day in a healthy manner. Try to squeeze in your workouts in the morning.

Keep it simple. Keep it clean. Fuel your body with vitamins, minerals and all the vital macro nutrients. Nonetheless, remember to indulge once in a while. Enjoy that cake. And eat your greens.

Always be yourself. Everyone else is already taken. You have unique talents, don’t let them grow old without appreciating and valuing them. Use them daily. Your talent might be writing. It might be your voice. Your ability to help other people. You might be running a successful company. Baking the best bread in town. Whatever your talent is – embrace it.

Weekend inspo

”It is up to you to see the beauty of everyday things.”

I feel a lack of inspiration this grey and cold Saturday. My body is craving rest. At times I force my self to do stuff although I don’t feel like it, today not so much. I’m going to embrace the fact that I feel tired and unmotivated. Some days you just don’t feel like it and that’s when you should listen to your body. Tomorrow is a new day and despite the feeling of being totally drained of all energy I’m going to make the most out of this day – read books and spend time outside (despite the awful weather). Nothing beats fresh air.

HIIT WORKOUT

HIIT = High Intensity Interval Training

I love a sweaty workout. Short & intense – that’s my thing. Preferably in the morning to wake up the mind and body; getting ready for the day ahead. The best start. So refreshing! These workouts are perfect to do at home, no fancy equipment is needed (just a chair or bench for the step ups and tricep dips & a skipping rope). No excuses. Let’s do this.

Do 3-5 rounds, depending on your fitness level. Rest 1 minute between the rounds. Remember to do some light stretches after each workout.

Grab your water bottle, choose 1 of the 5 workouts below and get ready to sweat! 

I enjoy going to the gym, but some days when I don’t feel like it I rather workout at home. Then a sweaty HIIT workout is perfect ⇓ 

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