5 things I’ve realised

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The past 2 weeks have been rather useful and provided me with plenty of time to reflect over what I was actually doing, what needs to change and where I’m heading. Something I most definitely need to improve is my blogging. I always have these great ideas pent up in my head of things I want to write about, but for some strange reason I haven’t able to sit down and get it down on paper (keyboard/screen?). But guess what! That will change. My fingers are itching! Apart from blogging there have been 5 other things I’ve thought about or realised during the week that just passed:

1. I can’t put things off – Skipping a run because  it’s getting late (8 pm – which isn’t really late as it’s summer and light outside) is something I need to stop doing. Finding excuses to not run is dangerous.  I’m afraid of slowly slipping into my old habits of lounging on the sofa and doing absolutely nothing but stare at the TV. Now that I’ve come this far I can’t simply let it all go to waste. It’s time to toughen up and go for a run!

bild 22. Muscles remember – Apparently I still manage to run my regular distance after some absence. For some strange reason I had imagined that I would have to repeat several days and be out of breath before getting back on track. It was not without effort and persistence of course, but it looks like I still got it! Speaking of muscles, my legs have finally gained enough strength for me to bring out my Vivos (Vivobarefoot) that I bought when I was in London. Hurrah for comfortable barefoot shoes!

3. 2 more runs until 5K – Surreal as it may seem, it remains 2 more runs until I reach day 25. That’s when I will run a total distance of 5 km. How far I’ve come! I’m nervous and excited at the same time.

4. Some people can make a 360 – I remember a few years ago when a lot of people were appalled by the fact that I was a vegetarian (never really been much of meat eater and the step towards becoming a vegetarian felt like the only obvious thing to do). There were those who thought I was mad and those who said that I was going to have all kinds of deficiencies. There are those who will never understand me and those who make 360 just by having read a certain book, seen a movie, experiences something or simply had a change of heart. I’ve never been a person who talk people into my believes and way of living, but it’s rather refreshing to see that some of those who couldn’t understand me will now ask me of advice and have even started to take interest in Raw Food after having been served “zoodles” (zucchini noodles).  Speaking of zoodles, they are surprisingly easy to make (if you have the right tools) and so incredibly delicious that my next recipe post will probably cover this fresh treat .

bild 1 (1)5. I need to drink more tea – I know that sounds rather odd coming from a teaholic. But recently I’ve decreased my tea intake, mostly due to the fact that the selection (read quality) of tea at work is lacking and for some strange reason the nearest coffee/tea/water machine at work has this strange and bitter aftertaste when I choose the hot water. The easiest thing would be to have a tiny kettle, but we’re not allowed to. Yes I know, first world problem! For me to get a reasonable cuppa I have to walk up one floor, through a tunnel, down one floor and enter the cafeteria. Quite an effort for just one cup of tea. As a contrast, I lost count over how many cups of tea I had this weekend while at home. I even went to the most darling tea place in town. I felt complete. There’s nothing more comforting like a big cup of tea AKA hug in a cup. I’m not sure how I will solve my tea-at-work dilemma, but I’ll have to think of something…

What are some of the things you’ve realised or thought about recently?

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Indian Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry

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This is one of those recipes that I go back to whenever I need something warm and hearty. Previously to this recipe, I had never used curry paste in my cooking. I had been rather curious to buy it for quite some time, but it was not until I took part of the vegan challenge that I came over this recipe and was simply blown away by its rich taste. And who knew that putting sweet potatoes into a curry and eating it with rice could be this sensational!

Indian Chickpea and Sweet Potato Curry

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 can of crushed tomatoes
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 can of coconut milk
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 3 tsp red curry paste
  • 4 cm ginger
  • ½-1 red chilli
  • canola oil
  • 1 lime
  • 2 Tbsp chopped coriander
  • 1 cup of spinach
  • rice
  • sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. Boil the rice.
  2. Chop the onion, ginger and chilli. Put into a heated frying pan with canola oil and the curry paste.
  3. Peel the sweet potato and chop it into fairly large cubes (twice the size of chickpeas).
  4. Add the sweet potato and chickpeas into the frying pan and continue to fry for a few minutes.
  5. Pour the crushed tomatoes into the skillet and add the salt and pepper. As it starts to boil, lower the heat and let it simmer until the sweet potato is soft.
  6. Add the coconut milk together with the spinach and chopped coriander. Squeeze the juice out of the lime. Stir and let it continue to simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Serve with rice and your desired salad. I decided to fry some addition tofu on the side.
  8. Sprinkle some sesame seeds over your curry.

Enjoy!

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Halfway and Ready for a Change

 

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How surreal this almost seems. Not too long ago I had almost given up running after barely getting started, and now I’m almost halfway through my C25K scheme. For the majority part of my life I’ve despised running, I could barely run for 1 minute without getting short of breath and every muscle in my body begged me to stop. Some days have been incredibly tough and I’ve asked myself why I’m actually doing this. Then there are those days where the clouds part, the sun comes out and everything seems possible. Like the optimist that I am, I try to focus on those positive days and change my way of thinking. I can’t change the past, but I certainly can change and improve my present and future…all it requires is some discipline and dedication.

Just because I’m getting closer towards my goal doesn’t mean I’ll stop there. My journey has only  just begun and there are many more extraordinary adventures to come. With that said, I believe I’m ready for a change. A change that I will take you all with me.

Behold, my new blog haven that goes by its new name:

This Veggie Runs

I’ve felt for quite some time that my blog name didn’t really portray what I was blogging about, and truth be told it was actually meant to act as a temporary option.  This time I need a clearer message. Something that will describe the overall topic of this blog and me as a person, yet stay simple and easy to remember.  So in short, I’m a vegetarian who runs!

I’m still uncertain how all of this will work out with changing a blog name, but hopefully all my posts and all you lovely followers will follow with it.*fingers crossed*

P.S. You may still see my old blog banner. I need to find some time to sit down and design a new one. Please, bare with me! Hopefully this change won’t be too traumatic for all of you. 😉

 

Veggieburger à la Lindström

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Veggieburger à la Lindström

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1 can of mixed beans or kidney beans
  • 0,75 dl rolled oats
  • ½ yellow onion
  • 1 medium steamed beetroot
  • 1 salty pickled cucumber
  • 1 TBP wheat flour
  • 1 TBP apple cider vinegar
  • chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Fill the bottom of a steamer with water. While the water is coming to a boil, wash the beet, cut off the stem and tap root. Do not peel.
  2. Steam covered for 15-20 min. The beet is cooked when you can easily insert a fork into the beet. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  3. Rinse the beans and drain. Mix them in a food processor or with a hand blender. Add oats and blend, and pour the batter into a bowl.
  4. Finely chop the onion, beet, and pickle. Stir into the beans along with the flour, vinergar, parsley, salt and pepper.
  5. Shape into 4 patties and fry in oil. Approx. 5 min on each side.
  6. Serve with your desired side dish.

Enjoy!

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Ready to start

Olivia

Hello dearest reader!

Truth to be told, I’ve been considering opening up a blog for quite some time now. The only obstacle that stood in my way was the topic I was going to focus on. But, then I realized one thing. Why limit oneself to just one thing? Why not just write about what inspires and motives me? This blog might start out being very specific and focus on wellness, but that may also change during the course of time. Only time will tell…

To be honest, I’m not a first-time blogger. During my study abroad semester in Australia I was an avid blogger and kept my family and friends back at home updated on all my adventures. I enjoyed it immensely and I still wonder why I stopped when I got back home. Reality and life got the upper hand I suppose.

But here I am again. This time I’ve found a reason to start again. Motivation. Motivation is the reason my friends. Something that I’ve recently felt was lacking. At least when it comes to certain things in life.  It’s so easy to be lazy and discard challenges, and that won’t suit me any more. Nothing good ever came from easy. At least that’s what I keep telling myself. This time I’ve made a promise to myself that I will start running once and for all, despite of the fact that I’ve always detested running.  I need a place to track my progress and keep my motivation up. So here I am…ready to start!

In addition to running, I plan to share delicious vegetarian recipes that are not exclusively for vegetarians but inviting to all.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope to see you again!

Sincerely,

Olivia