Månad: juni 2017

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 …

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.  …… 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 dark clouds coming in. ‘It will …

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.” ___________________________________________________ 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: …

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.” _________________________________________________ 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.” ___________________________________________________ linda  

Pancakes for breakfast

”Feed your soul. Have pancakes.” __________________________________________________ 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: In a big bowl mash the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together. In a frying pan melt coconut oil. Fry on medium heat until golden brown. Enjoy with fresh berries, soy yoghurt & nuts. (I went through some old photos, since I was in …

Tuesday inspiration

”I was created to create.” ___________________________________________________   ”In a world where you can be anything. Be kind. Always be kind.” __________________________________________________     ”Do more things that make you forget to check your phone.” ___________________________________________________ ”We’ll always have Paris.” ___________________________________________________ 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. …

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 …