Posts filed under ‘Health’
I never, ever regret attending a yoga class! Or going for a run for that matter but it always seems easier to me to lace up the running shoes than changing into my yoga clothes, gathering my gym pass and yoga mat and getting on the bike (even though it’s just 5 minutes) to go to the gym for a class. [Does that qualify for a “lazy” stamp?] But the past weeks I’ve been sticking to yoga Monday and Thursday and boy do I love it!
Tonight – as always – was my all-time favourite teacher Nanna Kaad, who also happens to be a participant of this show:
One talented lady…
Yoga was followed by scallops á la Nigella Lawson along with a variety of her pea purée on toasted homemade bread – yum!
Here is Nigella’s version in which I swapped green curry paste for parmesan cheese instead, to make it more of an Italian inspired dish. It was sooooo good and left room for a piece of Smitten Kitchen’s raspberry buttermilk cake which I baked yesterday. How’s that for a great Monday night!
[Source: Food Network]
The husband is away for his weekly hunting lessons so I have the apartment to myself which means lots of time for reading! Currently in the middle of this little thing:
I’m snuggling up in the couch – enjoy your evenings!
The great new hype in Denmark is RAW food where the food you eat cannot be heated above 42 degrees Celsius, in order to preserve nutrients and enzymes in the food. Naturally most RAW foodists only eat fruit, vegetables and nuts, and are therefore vegan. Some eat raw milk and raw meat, but after scouting the RAW food blog world for a year or so, I can safely say that this is not the majority.
I love fruit, vegetables and nuts, and like to eat fresh food that nurtures my body optimally. But I also believe that you don’t always have to categorize how you eat, put everyone in boxes and get overly obsessed with your diet. Without it being intentional I often eat an all-raw breakfast, a 50-75% raw lunch (salad and eggs, salad and rye-bread or something like that), as well as a salad for dinner alongside my meat/egg/fish/starch probably being 30-50% of my evening meal depending on the day. And when I say it isn’t intentional, I mean that I don’t strive to be a RAW foodist – I simply eat what feels good in my body. Trying not to obsess with it.
I love to read blogs and “un-cook” books about RAW food, simply because I enjoy a lot of the recipes from this lifestyle. But my question is, why it has to be a lifestyle in the first place? Why do we have to constantly label how we eat? I don’t want to be a RAW foodist, an Atkins-girl, a carbohydrate-foresaker or any of the other labels that are often put on people that eat in different ways. I want to eat what feels good for ME and take what I need from any of the self-labeled regimes in the world of food and diet. Or should I say from nature? Fresh, wholesome and non-processed food that does me good. Period.
The question is also, how did raw food suddenly become something extraordinary? Raw food is a natural part of my diet every day, and I was really surprised when I first found out that there is an entire community making a label out of un-cooked food 🙂
A funny thing about this whole RAW food trend, especially in the US, is that it seems as if people embarking on a transition from their old diet to the RAW diet has to switch up their eats from almost no raw food to 75-100%. I must say that I am sometimes amazed by how little fresh and raw fruit and vegetables people eat, and seeing the “Jamie Olivers Food Revolution” programmes just made my amazement even greater. How can kids in American schools go by a day in school, eating only a fresh apple and everything else being processed? Yes I am truly amazed…
How do you feel about labels? Do you like to be able to label yourself with a certain way of eating? Do you even think about it?
For a long time, the only reason I worked out, was to burn calories and maintain/loose weight. And I can assure you that this is NOT a healthy way of thinking! I’m really struggling with changing my mindset, so that I work out because I like how I feel during and afterwards, and not because I need to loose weight or want to eat more. But it’s really difficult.
I would like to get to the point, where I can separate food and exercise completely, not having one being dependent on the other, so that is why I am now determined on shifting my focus. Every time I start thinking about how much I have to exercise to burn off the calories from, let’s say, one cinnamon bun, I stop right there and then! And tell myself that one does not have anything to do with the other. I can feel that I’m getting there…
So why do you exercise?
Since I’ve been a student for the past 4-5 years, with a limited amount of money, fish hasn’t been a regular in our home. We’ve been eating fish approx. once a week, but that’s not nearly enough to cover the amount of omega-3 fats we need. My skin dries out if I don’t get enough fat, and I suffer from mood-swings that are crazy! So what to do? I started having coldpressed, organic flax-seed oil in my smoothie every morning, or in a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice if I’m not having a smoothie.
My current choice of oil is this combination of flax seed oil and evening primrose oil, both organic and cold pressed. I’m not much for the taste, but when put in a smoothie you can’t taste it. And it’s soooo good for you!
Do you eat any kind of extra fat to keep you healthy? Do you think it’s necessary? And can you feel a difference?
Just check out this amazing post on health and working out, over at The Adventures of Ernie Bufflo called:
Is that great or what? I am so looking forward to the day, where exercise and food is only related to feeling good. And I know that everyone needs to start with themselves, so today I’m taking a stand for being healthy and enjoying life! And I’m starting by making caramels, because a healthy mind is part of a healthy body. And making caramels is fun and relaxing to me 🙂
On Oprahs website the “Every Monday Matters” project is underway, with 52 ways to make a difference on this monday. Even though it might not have that much to do with food and the kitchen, it has something to do with mental health, and that is why I’m now blogging about it 🙂
If you go to the website, you will find ideas such as “Write a note of gratitude”, “Donate books”, “Start exercising” and “Eat healthy” which can all start today! So if you need some change in your life, or just want to make a difference in your own or others life, go to the website and get inspired.
Just wanted to share with you, some of my favourite food and health blogs:
Kath Eats Real Food
Recipes, everyday life and running. I love the way Kath is so open and sweet in her blog-posts
Eat, Live, Run
Jenna talks about delicious food, her yoga and workout routines and her life in general. Her way of writing just has me coming back every day.
Crazy Sexy Life
Health, food, medicinal facts, raw food and life-changing articles
Oh She Glows
Angela cooks up vegan food and delicious snacks, while talking about her training, challenges, struggles and victories of her life.
Heather Eats Almond Butter
Wierd and wonderful, veggie-filled food! And yoga 🙂
Raw food and a positive attitude towards life
Amazing food! Enough said…
Great raw food inspiration
Raw Goddess Heathy “cooks” up raw dessert so amazingly, that you will never missed cooked cake again!