Författare: Health Food & Other Stories

Random Saturday Thoughts

‘Always be you. Stop trying to please others, just to be accepted by others. Please yourself. Always please yourself.’ ____________ Linda Perfectly random thoughts. When the mind is constantly talking to you it’s good to calm it down. Just rest, let it be. Get it out. The power of thoughts. It’s a creative power, which you can strengthen with a little bit of effort (or sometimes a lot) and use to make changes in your life. Be careful of what you think. Good thoughts, positive thoughts, create a positive life. Be impeccable with your words. Choose them wisely – The words you use to describe yourself and the words you use when talking to others. Success. The meaning of success in the Cambridge English Dictionary; ‘The achieving of the results wanted or hoped for.’ ‘Something that achieves positive results.’  However, we should all live our own definition of success. Success is more of a path than a destination. It’s less about the having and more about the being. Nothing outside of us will ever make us …

The power of now

‘You don’t have to move mountains in order to find the answer. Sometimes all you need is to embrace the stillness. Listen to that inner voice. It knows the way. It always does.’ _____________ Linda 5 things I noticed after meditation I’ve introduced a new habit. A new daily routine. Meditation. For 20 days straight I’ve been dedicating 5-15 minutes a day to meditation. One of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Already after 5 days I noticed how easily it had become a new habit of mine. A habit I most likely will stick to, like brushing my teeth. A sense of calmness. I might seem as a calm person on the outside, nevertheless, on the inside, my mind is constantly chatting. I easily get anxious, nervous and caught up in negative thoughts, but meditation has helped me a lot already, only after 20 days. Some days though, I can’t seem to concentrate at all, and the 5 minutes of meditation seem more like 5 hours. However, most of the time the time flies …

HEART-WARMING SOUP & WEEKEND

‘I notice that autumn is more the season of the soul than of nature.’ ______________ Friedrich Nietzsche Spicy, creamy soups are perfect for chilly autumn evenings. Perfect for today. I was too lazy to cook though. The changing of the seasons always makes me slightly unwell, or it feels like my body is drained of all energy. But I was lucky since I got to try the new indian red lentil soup from the  company Spoons. ❤ I just chopped up some veggies; broccoli, bell pepper and kale, fried it in olive oil and mixed together with the soup. And the soup! It’s really delicious – creamy and sooo perfectly spicy. I’m totally fond of lentil soup. One of my favourite dishes. The other day I baked the best banana bread, or should I say banana cake. For the recipe click here. It’s very easy to make and the taste is perfectly sweet, absolutely amazing. Since I’m home alone I’ve been feeding my tired body banana cake the past few days. Cant really complain. Soul food …

5 THINGS I LIKE ABOUT FALL

‘It’s during rainy nights his soul wanders away, leaving him with nothing but thoughts of her. Early morning the sun comes out, his soul returns and she’s gone.’ ______________ Linda   The tranquility that suddenly appears. A sense of calmness arrives when the evenings get darker. Candle lights are burning inside while the nature is changing its colours. Heavier rains, stronger, brisk winds and a mind at ease. Heart-warming soups & spicy veggie stews. Even though I love a creamy smoothie bowl my body is longing for warm, flavourful foods when the days get colder. How wonderful isn’t it to cuddle up with a spicy dish after an hour walk breathing in the cool, crisp air. Nature at its finest. I’m definitely a summer person, but I have come to appreciate the fall more and more. Especially September. The colours of the trees, the fresh air and cooler nights. A creativity that blossoms. Take today for example – It has been raining non stop. I tried going outside but I almost blew away, and by the time I got …

Golden mylk

‘Anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.’ ___________ J.K. Rowling   A lovely anti-inflammatory drink that soothes your soul. A hug in a mug. A cup a day and hopefully my flue goes away. Some health benefits from turmeric and curcumin; boosts immunity, anti-inflammatory, anti-carcinogenic, promotes digestive health and lowers triglycerides. For more proven health benefits of turmeric read this. Now I will rest this tired body of mine. Sleep – the best self-healing while suffering from a cold and flue. My favourite drink this season ❤ Golden mylk Ingredients: Plant-based milk Turmeric Cinnamon Vanilla powder Black pepper Coconut oil Raw honey + sprinkle some love on top Instructions: Gently heat the milk in a pot on medium heat. Add the spices and whisk until blended. Pour into a mug and add a teaspoon of raw honey. Enjoy with a couple of pieces of dark, vegan chocolate.

Dear September…

… you’ll be filled with power and heart. ‘She’s never alone with a soul full of heart. A sky full of stars, and a world full of hope. Never alone. Never afraid. With a soul full of passion.’ _____________ Linda With a gentle breeze you came, dear September. The wind so warm it makes our worries melt away. A mild and pleasant fall is a hundred times better than a cold and rainy summer. Dear September, embrace our hopes and dreams with your colourful and humble character. You’re exactly were you should be. Here amongst us. September is for faith. Love and compassion. It’s for knowing ones worth, and the ability to shine light in another person’s life. Taking care of the body, as well as the soul. Exploring new cities and friendships. It’s for constantly learning, constantly progressing. Small steps in the right direction. Appreciating every minute. It’s about the ability to inspire other human beings. Improving the quality of life. Challenging the body. Loving the body. Loving life. ‘Your greatness is not what …

Kale Smoothie

‘Don’t let the colour fool you. A green smoothie a day and you’ll become Wonder Woman.’ _____________ Linda I got the chance to make this lovely green smoothie today, just before my blender decided it was time to say goodbye. Oh well, we have had good times, many delicious and nutritious smoothies she have made. The taste is very ‘green garden’, but the banana gives a nice sweetness to it. Try adding almond butter in your kale smoothies. The perfect combination. A green smoothie a day keeps the doctor away.  Kale made me do it Ingredients: A handful kale A handful baby spinach 1 frozen banana 1 tbsp almond butter Plant-based milk 1 tsp chlorella powder Vanilla powder Instructions: Mix the ingredients in your blender until creamy. Pour into a bowl & decorate with granola, berries or nuts.  

Headspace

‘Try not to overthink the process too much. Instead, enjoy the feeling of pausing to balance and catch your breath.’ ___________ Headspace   Stressed out? Meditation has been shown to reduce daily stress and perceived stress. A couple of days ago I’ve found this app called Headspace, a meditation and mindfulness app.  Since I’m new to meditation this app is perfect. I appreciate the simplicity of it – meditation made simple.  I must say I’ve been enjoying it very much, although it’s only been three days – it’s easy and you can choose from 3, 5 or 10 minutes sessions (the Basic theme). There’s definitely a theme for everyone since you can choose from different topics such as health, brave, happiness, work & performance, sport etcetera. The health theme has sessions such as anxiety, stress, sleep, depression, pain management while the work & performance theme has sessions such as productivity, focus, creativity and balance. The sport theme focuses on topics such as motivation, focus, training, competition, communication and analysis. Perfect for any athletes! There are also these …

Salty Peanut butter Chocolate Smoothie

‘Those who are certain of the outcome can afford to wait and wait without anxiety.’ ___________________________________________________ Gabrielle Bernstein   This is as close to heaven in a bowl you’ll get. I have a flue going on so tucking into this beauty brightens the day. Who can say no to a chocolate smoothie this divine? I know I can’t. I have a newfound love for chocolate & tahini combos. They marry very well together ❤ Not to mention the peanut butter. Oh yes! And the tiny hint of turmeric to spice things up (might even go for some cayenne pepper next time…) Salty Peanut Butter Chocolate Smoothie This smoothie is insanely good. If you love anything salty and utterly peanut butterly this one is for you. Perfect as a post-workout snack or when you crave something sweet & naughty, but want something that’s actually good for your body. Mix it baby, mix it. Ingredients: 1 frozen banana A naughty spoon of peanut butter 1 tbsp raw cacao 1/2 tsp tahini Plant-based milk 2 tsp maca powder …

Health Food & Other Stories

‘The most effective way to do it, is to do it.’ __________ Amelia Earhart   Update! After much thought and careful consideration I’ve decided to change my blog name, as well as my Instagram name. However, cleaneatingbylinda.com will still be the blog URL (at least for the time being). I’m still CleanEatingbyLinda though; I simply view the name change just as it is – a name change or more or less – Health Food & Other Stories by cleaneatingbylinda. While CleanEatingbyLinda is the brand name, Health Food & Other Stories is the blog name. After four years I felt it was time for some fresh vibes to sweep in and change things up. As I wrote in an earlier post: ‘Although CleanEatingbyLinda is evolving, growing up, the main purpose will always be the same as from the very beginning; A wish to inspire to a healthful and holistic lifestyle.’ ‘Health Food & Other Stories is going beyond eating clean. It’s about awareness. It’s about feeding the body, as well as the mind & soul. It’s about passion. It’s about listening to …