One thing you could skip this Christmas (definitely not the chocolate)

The stress regarding your body image and what food you put in your body.
One thing I would advise you to skip this Christmas is the stress regarding how much you eat and how you afterwards have to ”get rid of it”.

We all know that what we put in our body needs to be used as energy to prevent the risk of gaining weight. Energy in – energy out.
And this Christmas you might eat more than you intended to, as most people do every year. And that is okay.
And you do not have to justify it with ”the new year is coming and I am going to lose weight”. Enjoy it.
I am not saying that you should overindulge in it, but just eat that chocolate if you want to – without the guilt.

Because I believe it is all connected – holistic health. That stress and mental struggle you are creating for yourself is not going to help you in any way – doesn’t matter what body size you are. We are great at creating anxiety around Christmas – money, gifts, family get-to-gathers. Another thing we don’t need is to create anxiety around food.

Let me introduce you to mindful eating.
This is something I’ve been trying to adopt the last couple of months, and I would recommend you to do this during the holidays.
A couple of girls in my class at the end of my last semester at Uni spoke about this in a workshop – mindful eating. And I really like the idea of it.
I have a tendency of eating waaay too fast (it’s kind of like someone would take the food away from me-fast!), which makes me bloated and I am not really enjoying my meal. Instead, I am trying to eat my food slowly so I can enjoy it – because I do really, really love my food.
By eating slowly I can also tell when I am getting comfortably full, instead of ”food baby-full”. Then I stop eating – I’ll just put the left overs in a container and shove it in my fridge and save it for later.
It is also great to take small breaks when eating and really see if I am enjoying the food. Does it taste good? Does it bring me joy? If not, then why the Hell are we eating it?
Food is there to nourish your body, but also create joy and be a pleasant experience.
People often tell me ”I eat chicken, brown rice and broccoli because I know it makes my body look the way I want it too”. Really? Are you enjoying eating it or is it just about the way your body looks?
I love food too much – would not eat something just because I think it is going to make me look a certain way (If you would have asked me a couple of years ago my answer would have been completely different).
The thing is food is sooo much more in our lives than just focusing on our weight; you can still have a Delicious meal that is considered healthy – I am not saying ”If you love McDonald’s than have that all the time.” But maybe try and make your own hamburger instead. We are all on different health journeys and you’ve got to start somewhere.
So I would recommend you to start now – by not judging yourself for eating this holiday. It might seem like a small step to you – but your health is going to thank you for it.

Merry Christmas to you all,
Please let me know what you thought of this post!

Variety, baby

Long live the smoothie bowl. It’s pretty, it’s yummy. But I am just getting so tired of all the hype around it, aren’t you?

If I see one more perfect smoothie bowl I’m gonna suffocate myself on the peanut butter I have stashed in my cupboard (there are worse ways to die).
No, I want to see some other dishes, something inspiring (but still easy to make).  Sure, your bowls look pretty and they probably taste amazing. Anyone can make them which is great, maybe not make it look as pretty as yours (obviously, because you’ve had a great amount of practice with all the failed smoothie bowls you managed to make before you took that perfect shot), but a smoothie bowl is not that impressive.

It is easy to make, I give you credit for that – because easy-making nourishing food is what I’m all about.
I am not saying I am a great cook, and that is why I am asking for inspiration. And I most definitely do not have the artistic smoothie bowl skills that you have.
But what about variety? Do you eat anything else?

Today I made lasagna.
I used to hate lasagna, every time we got it in school I would pull a face (you know the face) and it probably took me a decent amount of time to finish the plate.
But lasagna does not have to be in a certain way.
What do you think of lasagna?
It’s yummy?
It’s too ”unhealthy” because of the cheese?
There is too much carbs in it?

I decided to make it my own way, and so can you.

First of all, all home cooked food is better than fast food any day.
It’s made with love, you took the time to make food that nourish your body. 
There is cheese, and who doesn’t love cheese? (which you do not have to use if you do not want to)
In my lasagna I used:
Tomato sauce made by frying garlic, onion and tomatoes together, adding sour cream and whatever spices you want. I used basil, + salt and peppar.
Capsicum (peppers)
Lasagna sheets

I’ve modified the ”traditional” lasagna, and even if you were to make a traditional lasagna that is awesome. Because you made it yourself, and as I was saying – that beats fast food any day. And store-bought food – because they have a tendency to add heaps of things that doesn’t necessary have to be in there.
The thing is if you modify it slightly you might get away with ”hiding” certain foods from yourself.
I used to hate capsicum, now I love it warm (still working on the cold part).
I used to hate eggplant, now I use it in my lasagna because I can sometimes crave it.
Isn’t it funny?
And it contains sooo many things that are good for you – vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates and protein. Your body needs it, everyday.

You can also make it with a kick-ass salad on the side.
I made mine on kale, fried in a little bit of olive oil, green beans, red cabbage and some pepitas.

Good luck creating!