I really wanted to post a video on my YouTube channel today, but since I've been sick for almost a week now I haven't managed to film it. I think I got sick mainly because I quit sugar, and it was a big shock for my body. Now I see even more how much damage sugar did. You don't get sick if you quit broccoli now, do you? Jokes aside, I haven't been so sick in over three years, so there's no doubt sugar plays a big role in my flue-like symptoms now. I'll be super grateful if someone who's had the same or similar experience would share how they coped in this situation! Anyway, I've been good, and in spite of not feeling well, cooked a lot. I shared this bowl on my story last week and a lot of you guys asked for the recipe. Nothing difficult, here's how I put it together:
-I hard-boiled 2eggs,
-cooked some black rice
-roasted 1/2 zucchini on olive oil,
-steamed some broccoli,
-and roasted chickpeas on olive oil seasoned with turmeric.
The 'dressing' is
-1tbsp olive oil,
-a squeeze of lemon juice,
-salt, and pepper.
I hope to be up & about soon, so I can shoot some outfits and vlog a bit again!! And most importantly, go to the gym and teach pilates, I miss that so much!
Have a lovely evening guys!
So today's breakfast was so super yummy I have to share it with you asap. Yesterday evening I got a terrible craving for something sweet, and since I quit rafined sugar I had to figure something else out. So I put together this amazing banana bread recipe. Not to brag, but I think it really is the best one I ever made :D
Anyway, I hope you try it out! Here's how:
I topped it with peanut butter and honey or jam, coconut chips, various seeds, and some fresh mango. But I'm sure it works just as well with anything else (cream cheese, chocolate spread, greek yogurt, other fresh fruit,..).
And voila, that's it!
Yesterday I posted this yummy breakfast on Instagram, and so many of you asked for the recipe I decided to post it here (: But first, a quick recap of my last three days (first three days of no sugar!). The first day was ok. Nothing special, of course little chocolate cravings but that's about it. I was feeling so motivated and determined, and that just keeps growing by the day! The second day started good, but in the afternoon my stomach begun to hurt really badly, and I got the worst headache! I realized my body noticed something's different. This is exactly why I needed to quit sugar. Hurting if I don't get it isn't ok! It means I really am addicted, and I did the right thing cutting it off! Today, on day three, the headache is still here (going strong, I mean gtfo!!), but I hope it will start to fade tomorrow. Otherwise I had no sugar cravings yet, and that's so awesome! Although I am noticing flue-like symptoms, I believe that's just because my addicted body is fighting back trying to convince me I am not well without the sugar. We'll see what tomorrow brings! I'm feeling optimistic (:
Ok now the recipe:
FOR THE PORRIDGE
-1cup rolled oats
-2tbsp chia seeds
-1tsp ground turmeric
-a pinch of salt
Bring to a boil in 1 1/2cup water.
Mix strawberry protein powder (or any falvour of protein for that matter) with 1/2cup curd and add to the bowl beside the porridge. Top with 1tbsp peanut butter, frozen raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries, fresh mango, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and coconut chips.
And voila, that's it! Let me know if you try it out!
Have a lovely evening guys,
talk soon, x
My 2018 New Year’s Resolution has taught me I can be consistent and stay on track to reach my goals. This year, I’m giving myself an even bigger challenge. In fact, it’s a challenge I’m not 100% sure I can overcome.
I am an addict. I’ve always been prone do addiction, but have quit all addictive substances, and people, and relationships, and everything else we can, and tend to get addicted to, except for sugar. This year I realized, and truly accepted, that I am addicted to sugar, and that it’s making me sick. I am deliberately harming myself by consuming so much sugar (let me paint a picture – I eat from 150 – 250g of milk chocolate per day, and there’s other sweets, too). I feel like I’m only eating this much because I’m ‘not supposed to’ due to my chronic gastritis. Sugar really makes the heart burn so much worse, making my stomach flood with acid. I realize sugar is bad for my health, I understand it would be good for me to eat less of it. I want to eat less of it. SO WHY CAN’T I?
There are many studies on the ‘sugar addiction’ topic. I’ve read a lot, and frankly, I don’t know if I can form a firm opinion out of that. They all seem mostly speculation and wild guesses, and of course some of them also have real scientific physical proof backing them up, too. I decided to take everything I read into consideration, but I didn’t let it cloud my judgment. Instead, I carefully listened to my body, paying close attention to my reactions to sugar, and so I came to the conclusion I am addicted to it.
There are many forms of addiction, and mental ones can be just as hard to overcome as physical ones, and that’s why I don’t really care about any studies. I feel lost. Even thinking of quitting sugar makes my skin crawl. I hate the thought of it. And that is exactly why I NEED TO DO IT. I need to quit sugar to prove to myself I am stronger than sugar, to give myself confirmation I am still in charge. And if not, because right now I don’t feel in charge at all, to get back in charge! I’m doing this for me. I’m doing this because I love myself enough to take good care of my body and mind. I am doing this because I believe in myself, even if the challenge seems too big right now. I can do this, and I am going to. In 2019, I am quitting sugar.
Here’s my plan:
2. FRUIT AND HONEY IS OKI love fresh fruit, and honey is basically medicine. I feel good after eating it, energized and full, but not ‘sick’. I will definitely enjoy trading the things listed above for fresh yummies!
3. NOT RESTRICTING HIDDEN SUGARSI will still eat bread, pasta, and other carbs. I still want to be able to eat whatever I like, and eating wheat is also quite natural for humans (at the end of the day, wheat is the one thing homo sapiens has been eating since almost forever, and we were doing just fine), as long as it’s not processed too much. I will try to stick to whole wheat products, which will be easy for me because I prefer them anyway :D
I will share my progress monthly here on my blog, as well as on Instagram. I’m scared, but I need to at least try and give it my best. Quitting sugar will probably be one of the bigger challenges I’m going to face in my life. I can’t wait to dive right in!
So this is my one resolution, but I also have many aspirations and goals regarding my daily life:
-becoming more patient,
-practicing acceptance and mindfulness,
-expressing proper emotions at given moments (don't cry if you're angry, yell!),
-go on a one week vacation,
-even if you're mad, or in a bad mood, speak your mind, but always be kind,
and I plan on making loads of other small changes through the year.
Let me know if you want to join me. The more the merrier!
DID I STICK TO MY NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION?
I did! I am so happy to be able to say I DID IT! In 2018 I haven’t bought a single piece of clothing, shoes, bags, or anything else! There are a couple things I got as presents, but even accepting them felt wrong (I know it isn’t, I didn’t ask for any of them). Here’s the list of what I got as gifts from my mom:
-1 jacket (‘to keep me warm this winter’ because there’s ‘nothing in my closet’ haha, we all know how moms get)
-2 knit sweaters (exact same reason)
-a hat (same reason again)
-1 shirt she got me in summer
What I bought and I feel it doesn’t count, because IT WAS MY WEDDING, and also we decided to get married after I made this resolution, and didn’t want it to affect how I feel on my wedding day. So I got:
-A wedding dress, and a reception dress (both hand made here in Slovenia)
-wedding and reception shoes
-a silver ring I had made for sentimental reasons
-a golden ring for publishing my first book
That’s it, not an item more. I am so proud of myself for pulling this off. It feels amazing to know I didn’t pollute the planet fashion-wise (almost) at all this year! It also feels liberating otherwise - the freedom of walking through the city not feeling pressured to buy anything. The lightness of acknowledging what I have is enough, and I don’t need more. This year I really learned the difference between ‘want’ and ‘need’. And it is a lesson I sincerely recommend to everyone.
WHAT I LEARNED
More of everything doesn’t make me happy. The ‘new arrivals’, or ‘trending items’ or sales or whatever don’t fulfill me. Buying new stuff doesn’t make me a better person. It offers me a moment of happiness, but that fades quickly. The most important thing I learned this year is that we don’t only do ‘instant fashion’. We’ve applied the principles of buying new stuff, wearing it once, or five, or ten times maybe, then discarding it & getting more new stuff, to people. We developed ‘instant relationships’. When we stop finding people useful, or they stop meeting our needs and offering us satisfaction, we discard them, and ‘get new ones’. We don’t think about feelings anymore, because we feel everything can and will be replaced. That is what the modern fashion industry has taught us. And I think everyone reading this realizes just how terribly wrong that is. We have completely lost real touch with ourselves and other people. By ‘real’ I mean the fact that most of our daily lives is happening on social media, and that scares the shit out of me.
I will never be part of the big fashion corporations again. From now on I will only buy what I need, or what I really wished for for a long time. I will not give in to temptations of the moment I see a wonderful jacket, or a gorgeous pair of jeans. I will remain mindful about where I shop, and how much.
This year has given me so much. I am so grateful for everything that’s happened, and to myself for letting it happen. I am happy I stuck to my resolution, because it really has been an unforgettable experience that made me appreciate what I have, and the people in my life, so much more. 2018 has been good. 2019 will be even better. I am forever moving forward, and it is the most liberating thing in the world. I feel grounded and in touch with myself. And I wish the same for all of you.
Stay tuned for my 2019 resolution, it’s a really big one this year!!