Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sunshine Award - I am nominated!

reading time: ca. 2 min

Yay, today i woke up to having been nominated for the Sunshine Award by the lovely Leah S. from Leah Inspired! Thank you so much, i will proudly accept the honour and pass it on to some of my favourite blogs.

The Rules:
1. Thank and recognize your nominating blogger (duh...!)
2. Give 11 random facts about yourself 
3. Answer the 11 questions given by your nominating blogger 
4. Nominate 11 bloggers (cannot be your nominating blogger) 
5. Post 11 questions for your nominees 

11 Random Facts about me:
1. I'm a student of Creative Writing & Cultural Journalism, currently working on my new coming-of-age novel. Cross your fingers!
2. Even though i don't dress very daringly, i am fairly interested in fashion.
3. I have to admit, i struggle with envy from time to time.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

C for Cravings

reading time: ca. 2 min

Holiday season is almost upon us, and you know what that means: holiday food. lots of sugary, buttery, carb-packed, pervalicious holiday food.

Winter is coming, meaning our body starts to store fat to prepare for the great famine - which, for the majority of us, will never come. But still we feel like eating more so the excess energy will keep us warm and comfy. Melanine, the hormone triggered by darkness, doesn't only make us feel sleepy, it also increases our appetite. And besides, in darker times we may be driven simply by a desire to cheer ourselves up.

So how can i stop my craving for stodgy cakes?
First we need to understand how cravings work and how to deal with them.
This is part of a little trivia series on the ABC of raw food lifestyle essentials where i share my knowledge of food and nutrition*. click here for the previous episode.

(Down below you can see what i will eat to still my cravings in winter time)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Day Zero Project: update 05

Life is like a book. Some chapters are sad, some are happy and some are exciting, but if you never turn the page, you will near know what the next chapter has in store for you. ~ anonymous

The Day Zero Project.

101 tasks in 1001 days.

Update 05


Starts: June 19, 2013

Ends: March 16, 2016

Tasks achieved so far: 15/101

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Dealing with Failure

reading time: ca. 2 min

As i am currently participating in NaNoWriMo, i thought this was the perfect opportunity to talk about coping with failure. Basically, NaNo teaches you how to overcome your fear of what may or may not happen, and that's a mindset i'd like to share today.

Firstly, don't be afraid to try. If you try, there's a chance you will win and a chance you will lose. If you don't try in the first place, there's nothing but a 100% chance you will lose.

Failure happens in your head. By that i mean the fear, the judging, the worries - all in your head. Stop thinking about what could go wrong. Face your fears, and you will find them dwindling away almost immediately.

Friday, November 08, 2013

Carrot Hummus

reading time: ca. 1 min

Preparation time: 5 min
Main ingredients: carrot, sesame
difficulty level: easy
serves: approx. 3
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo, raw food, and delicious "even so"

A few days ago we went out and had a nice meal at a local Vegan Salad Bar. I had a veggie plate and a batch of carrot hummus - which tasted so good i decided to recreate it. So here it is: my own improvised and super-tasty Carrot Hummus!

How To Make Your Own Sushi {vegan}

reading time: ca. 2 min

Preparation time: 20 min + 25 min cooking time
Main ingredients: seaweed, rice, vegetables
difficulty level: moderate
serves: 3-4
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, nut-free, paleo

Here we go - another adventurous dish for my Day-Zero-Project-"Cook 5 meals from 5 different cultures" series! this episode: Nr 03 Sushi (Japan.)

My first time making and eating sushi (vegan, of course), i'm excited! 

As a side dish i decided to include some raw-vegan Carrot Hummus, as well as soy sauce and veggie sticks. 

Have fun! : )

Sunday, November 03, 2013

Maisy ❤ October 2013

reading time: ca. 3 min

Art doesn't need to be pretty. It needs to be passionate.

Read: Asterios Polyp (David Mazzucchelli, 2009)

This graphic novel is not your ordinary comic. It tells the story of an older man, Asterios Polyp, an architect who has never built an actual building, an arrogant, prickly, shabby guy (who David Mazzucchelli applaudably manages the reader to warm up to eventually). In its simplest terms, Asterios Polyp is a coming-of-age story - except that it is told from the perspective of a 50-year-old man, or rather from the perspective of his deceased twin brother who died in childbirth. Yeah, like i said, it's not an ordinary story.