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WIAW – I fell of the wagon… now what?!

The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power

This is my mantra at the moment: my health has been anything but great and it’s totally my own fault. I’m currently working with a doctor to get my leaky gut in check by sorting out my allergies & getting rid of a Candida overgrowth I’ve been battling for ages (on & off).

However, being pressed for time AND not getting enough sleep or relaxation makes me crave sweets like an ant. I’ve got dozens hundreds of tricks & tips on how to combat sweet craving and the urge to overeat (or under eat for that matter), but when it comes to me.. I’m like: “Meh.. I’ll eat better tomorrow” or “I’m tired/stressed/fill in the blanks so I deserve a treat” and whilst I’m all for self-love: this is NO self loving relationship I’m creating here ;)

So…. I’ve decided to work together with a friend who’s also on a path for optimal health: we’re both nutritionists and very passionate, however as with many things: sometimes you need someone else to guide you even though you’re familiar with the road to take! 

OK, so how were am I going with this?… AAH, I know: the mantra I showed you! I definitely know I’m capable of doing more than I’m able to at the moment because my health is holding me back whist my mind wants to do all sorts of great things! So…a healthy body that can keep up with my ambitious mind would be a blessing ;-) 

My body is my temple & even though I might get stressed out, overwhelmed, pressed for time, stuck in a place without healthy food options… I’m gonna make a conscious effort to heal my gut and be the best version of me I can be!

∞ sign here please ∞

Who wants to join? Do you have a health related goal you want to achieve but you just can’t seem to keep your motivation to do so? Leave me a comment and we’ll figure something out on how to all motivate each other :D

*@Madison: 5 out of 7 nights were 8 hours of sleep … getting better ;)*


Now, on to the food party hosted by our lovely Jenn :)

This is me eating like a crazy person on a late shift yesterday night at work… I overslept, had to run way too much errands in a short period of time and get my ass to work. I worked over-hours and got home incredibly late uhm.. early & instead of going straight to bed I got my second, third, forth wind for the day, so I stayed up crazing on every sweet treat in the house before rolling into my bed after dusk – AKA – NOT THE BEST EXAMPLE OF A HEALTHY DIET GIRLS (& guys ;))…
This is NOT me showing a nutritious well balanced day of food… however it’s showing you we’re all human and fall of the wagon: The great thing about falling of the wagon, is the chance it gives you to evaluate the road you were taking and deciding you might want to find yourself another wagon to hop onto… ♥♣


Red smoothie morning berry blast

Breakfast started sensibly with a very-berry smoothie with rice protein, seeds & fresh berries – nothing beats a good smoothie in my opinion!


Cashew butter on toast - homemade recipe

If it wouldn’t be for the “you recently found out you’re sensitive to cashews – so until your gut is healed you need to stay away from them” — this meal would have been perfectly fine! However… It’s homemade cashew butter with honey and lemon zest… Honey = big NO-GO at the moment because of the Candida + Cashews… #ouch! Stomach ache galore an hour after eating this, and that was before my shift started at work: not so handy eh?! :o ;)
I didn’t even notice how much I was munching away until the jar was empty >> that’s what happens when you’re eating mindlessly, in my experience. I normally try to practice mindful eating, but at crazy busy & stressful (work-related stress) times, I tend to purposely forget about mindfulness.

*So note to self: Never Forget The Importance Of Consciousness & Mindful Eating*  There’s a little voice in my head saying “yes mummy” at the moment, haha! I feel like a naughty kid or something! OK, moving on.. and no… I don’t really hear voices in my head ;)



Somewhere yesterday this happened…


Not so sensible when you're allergic to gluten

And this too….

They might look yummy & innocent: but these little buggers are normal gluten & sugar loaded cookies. I haven’t had gluten in years! I’m falling of many wagons at the moment, but I’m never falling of the no-gluten & no-dairy wagon… until now hungry, tired, feeling sad and stressed: can you say emotional eating?! #oopsIdiditagain… I’m NEVER doing that again! Lesson learned: diarrhea & vomiting a few hours later. I know I can’t tolerate ANY gluten, so I’m really staying away from it for good now!

SIDE NOTE: I’m not making myself look good on this WIAW blog-post :o ;) I think honesty is important though and if you’re learning to figure out the best lifestyle that makes you feel on top of the world, these “bad-days” happen… I hope to inspire some of you to not be to harsh on yourself afterwards and seek the next best road to take to get you to your goals!


Arenga Palm Sugar

ANDDDDD… then THIS happened as well… OMG… do I even have to explain?!

I had a very sensible smoked mackerel meal before this & actually once I got home I was feeling satisfied (full) & tired from work: ready for bed.
I also felt like someone had ran over me with a truck — all kinds of pains like you wouldn’t believe from all the junk I had eaten >> instead of going to bed. This really did happen… I so had hoped it was just a bad dream…

I ate a bowl of avocado chocolate pudding (totally sensible) with 1/3 cup of palm sugar… like who even eats 1/3 cup of sugar in one sitting? OK, well I’ve actually done worse myself before too..so I know who eats sugar by the cup full in one sitting: that’s usually how I recognize I’m dealing with another Candida overgrowth flare up: it makes me respond to sugars like a cocaine addict to it’s drugs! …sigh…Very annoying to say the least!  It’s like I don’t even know who I am anymore :o LOL at least I can laugh at myself :D!

So inevitably I rolled into bed a few hours later feeling completely stuffed, sick and still being tired and feeling overwhelmed & stressed with work — cause that’s the thing with emotional eating… it doesn’t do you any good in the long run! Which I know AND preach about ALL THE TIME… gets us back to the “sometimes you need a little guidance from someone else, even though you perfectly well know which road to choose and follow yourself!

Soooo the moral of today’s WIAW

If you’re making changes in your lifestyle, you’re most likely gonna fall of the wagon >> that is OK << reevaluate the road you’re taking to see if that’s really the road that will lead you to your goals. If not? Switch roads and hop on the next bus! Life is a journey and so is achieving healthy & happiness!

Also: don’t be afraid to be a little selfish! You are worthy of living a happy & healthy life. You are worthy of achieving your goals. You are worthy of both giving and receiving love. You are loved. Love yourself a little bit more and act like it. If this doesn’t come natural to you: fake it until you make it! Eventually you’ll start to love yourself again I’m saying again because self-love is a birthright we tend to lose when growing up… nurture your inner child and you’ll get that precious feeling of self-love: cherish that :)

Love yourself

Emotional (over)eating will only make your problems worse in the long run… it’s simple as that. There’s a difference in emotional eating & emotional overeating though! If you’re eating a piece of chocolate or you’re enjoying a glass of wine to calm your nerves a little bit and enjoy a moment of relaxation: that’s perfectly sensible and I highly recommend you do so! If emotional eating get’s out of control however and you’re just stuffing your face with whatever you shouldn’t have: that’s getting kinda problematic.

Emotional Eating

EAT better, FEEL better! I really do feel sooooooooooooo much better if I stay away from my symptom causing foods & eat plenty of whole (raw) foods. It makes me feel energetic and alive! If I feel mentally overwhelmed and stressed out, that shouldn’t be an impulse for me to make my body match those feelings… because that’s initially what I do by overeating on allergy-triggering foods. If I make a conscious decision to eat sensibly and mindfully I feel myself grounding more and I can handle stressful situations WAY better! So this works both ways and is a winner every time! EAT better; you’ll FEEL so much better!Food Inc: Eat better, Feel better

Never, ever, ever, ever, ever…ever… forget to plan ahead! If you know it’s gonna be a busy and challenging day: try to get an adequate amount of sleep the night before, pack meals or snacks if needed and be extra kind to yourself.
Plan a moment of zen as well: do a few sun salutations, breath deep, hum your favorite song or jump up and down on a trampoline.. whatever floats your boat and makes you forget about the “I must” and gets you back into the moment. It really makes you more efficient and helps you cope just a little bit better with whatever stressful situation.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail  

Yesterday or actually today early morning before bed *cough**sorry my dearest body I’m neglecting you too much**cough* I said tomorrow! That day is NOW >> You live NOW >> So be the best version of YOU, NOW! >> Life is too short to wait for a never coming tomorrow :)

Having said that, I’m gonna go back to my study NOW, haha. Tomorrow is my intake exam for fitness school :D Wish me luck please!! I really wanna make the cut & get my diploma as a fitness trainer ♥

If you’ve read through my major rant, props to you ;) thank you for the support & if there’s anything you’d like to chat about… please leave me a comment!

Happy WIAW I’m totally detoxing today with veggies galore! ;)

Yesterday you said TODAY

Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake – experimental recipe!

Laura from Sprint2thetable thought my Greek Yogurt Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake from lasts WIAW sounds rather good, and I’ve had more positive feedback (♥ very much appreciated!♥)  So, I’ve decided to just upload the recipe to my blog!

I must warn you, the pie is a little “healthy” tasting! It’s not a replacement for a traditional cheesecake, it’s more like a fun way of eating a super healthy, protein rich and low calorie, snack or meal made with Greek yogurt and Pumpkin ;)

So, let’s cut to the chase and give you the recipe – I will give you the ingredients and I’ll add my thoughts on the ingredients and what I’d change next time I’m gonna experiment with this recipe!

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
    (I made my own from a small orange pumpkin with the skin on)
  • 1 cup 0% fat Greek Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of maple syrup or stevia
    (I used some stevia, probably not enough to balance the tartness of the yogurt – so if you’re not using 1/2 cup of maple syrup and you use stevia like I did – make sure you use enough! Taste the batter and know the sweetness of the final product will be LESS then the batter! That’s where I went wrong… the batter was DELICIOUS; ! But when it was done baking the sweetness wasn’t all that anymore :( …)
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
    (I would probably omit this next time I’m gonna make the recipe)
  • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 tsp fine sea salt

Mix it all together with an electric mixer or whisk and add to a glass or ceramic pie-dish, no tin please – it will cause the cheesecake to oxidize.

I made my pie crust-less  but you can of course use this as the filling for a pre-baked pie crust! That would probably be a good idea if you want this recipe to resemble a “regular” pie ;)

Preheat your oven to 350 °F and bake this pie for 40-50 minutes WITH a water bath underneath — this means adding a small bowl of water into the oven (on the bottom of the oven) underneath the rack where the pie-dish is situated.

The pie should be firm to the touch but moist on the inside.

I’ll show you some pictures below because the texture of this pie was spot on… just the flavor… so experiment and enjoy!! If you give this a go let me know how you like it! Maybe I’ve been a little to harsh on this recipe and you like it nonetheless ;)


~Pumpkin puree~

~Add the Greek yogurt~

~Add the rest~

~Mix, mix, mix~

~Mix, mix, mix some more~

Add to a non tin pie-dish (I used a brownie dish) OR add to a pre-cooked pie crust to make this more like a regular Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake!

~baking the pie with a water bath (little white ceramic bowl underneath)~

~DONE and it smells like heaven to me~

~shot from the side~

~I think this looks like an epic cheesecake!~

Thanks for watching / reading – I’d love to hear your feedback so please leave me a comment below! :D




Let’s play a game..

Let’s play a game – in response to Allison.

Allison posted a little game on her blog and I think we should all join in ;-) Great way to get to know each other a little better! So, make a blog-post with your favorites and share them with us!

  • Favorite color: Yellow and green
  • Favorite movie: Coyote Ugly!! Do you guys remember that one?!?! Good times!
  • Favorite TV show: I never watch TV, but if I’d still live in the States, it would have to be Disney Channel ;-) Lol! No matter how ‘old’ I am… I LOVE a good children-series!
  • Favorite food: Coconut and FRUIT! I’m a fruit addict, so I absolutely hate not being able to tolerate fruit at the moment (Candida overgrowth…)

This answer might not be satisfying enough, so I’ll answer another ;-):

  • Favorite junk-food:  Chips! I used to binge all night long on bags, and bags of chips. Nowadays I still love to eat those bad boys. I actually still love to eat all my ‘binge’ foods, which is quite remarkable because most girls I know avoid their (previous) binge triggers. Might be a smart thing to do… but oh well, I try not to give it too much thought :)
  • Favorite fruit: Berries
  • Favorite veggie: Avocado + tomato, but they’re technically a fruit. So I have to go with zucchini.
  • Favorite thing to do: Dance and yoga
  • Favorite season: Fall, but I’m starting to love summer equally as much
  • Favorite restaurant: The restaurant I work at of course ;-)
  • Favorite ice cream flavor: Lemon sorbet!
  • Favorite female celebrity: Hmm… Tough pick, I think I’d have to go with Jessica Simpson because she’s the first that pops to mind. I love her boldness and I think she’s a special lady :)
  • Favorite male celebrity: Michael Jackson

I’m gonna enjoy the lovely weather outside now!

Inspirational thought of the day:
Be a little less judgmental about yourself. Live a little more, and worry a little less. There’s no such thing as failing life! All you have to do is live yours….

♥ Have a lovely day ♥