CHANGE OF DIRECTION

Hi …

I haven’t posted anything in a long time and I could make a long list of reasons why, but I honestly don’t think anyone would be interested. Today I decided to start again, however I am changing it up a bit. Whereas before I focused around food, now I just want to write, to express my feelings and thoughts. Even if it is just for myself to clear my mind from the thoughts I had throughout the day and also to get into the habit of writing daily.

Without a doubt, I am a introvert person; I really appreciate my alone time and can easily keep myself busy. However because of this I have a lot of conversations/thoughts in my mind, that keep going. This can be a good creative proces, but sometimes it is nice to put something out of my mind, for example by writing it out.

Topics I will probably write about in the future, are;

  • yoga – this plays a big role in my life, it has helped me to connect with and appreciate my body. Although I haven’t been practising as much as I would like to, I try to at least spend 10 mins on the mat, even it is just some light stretching or focusing on my breath. With this comes meditation, which is a journey I still need to take, but feel very strongly connected to.
  • architecture – at the moment I am an architecture student at the Technical University of Delft and loving it. At times it is very hectic, but in the last 6 months or so I have learned so much, not only about architecture, history, landscaping, etc but also about myself and where my priorities lie. I now look very differently at buildings and instead of looking down all the time, I notice I am glancing up, admiring the beautiful structure and ornaments of buildings.
  • family – my family, as weird as they are, is very important to me.
  • traveling – as I may have mentioned before, last year I went on a gap year. During this time I not only travelled in Europa and Asia, but also learned a new language, did a very intense but rewarding internship and also spend time on my portrait drawing skills.
  • Asia – even though I am as Dutch as they go (blond hair, pale skin, blue eyes), my family and I have a strong connection to Asia. I was born in Singapore and lived there for a couple of years, my mom is finishing her master in Chinese studies and some of my family live in Asia. I can’t exactly explain why we all have this fascination with this continent and its culture, but each one of my travels to China, Tibet, Philippines,  have been life-changing experience. I could do a whole post alone on what Asia means to me
  • nature – I have been fortunate to have traveled to many countries at such a young age, and I am very grateful for these opportunities that I had. Exploring and visiting these different places, made me appreciate and respect every different aspect of nature; the upcoming warmth and beauty of a sunrise in Africa, the cool and relaxing rains in Hong Kong, the sound of the bells from the cows in Switzerland. Every single one of them unique in its own way.
  • Barcelona – just because, Barcelona.. If I got a job offer today, I would pack my bags and leave.

 

I hope I have sparked your interests and just as with my yoga, I am going to write something everyday, even if it is just one sentence..

 

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PERFECT MORNINGS

Most people have their own morning routine and I think it is very important to do so. I am not saying we should all have the same routine, no you should make your own, however there are a few things you can do in the morning that will set you up for the rest of the day. Things like yoga, meditation, journaling or drawing. I will do a more in depth post on why and how to obtain these habits in the future, but first here is a example of how I prefer to start my day.
I wake up quite early, I always have and probably always will. For the last two years I haven’t used an alarm clock to wake up, nothing beats waking up on your demand. To be awoken by a harsh sound will definitely affect your mood for the rest of the day.

As I’m trying to get into meditating (but still only a befinner) I ise this moment, the moment right after I wake up, to meditate. Nothing has happened yet, I haven’t checked my phone, I haven’t had anything that could have triggered my mind to get into full action and often I stay in bed while my short meditation. With one hand on my belly I just try to focus on my breathing and my hand moving up and down with every breath I take. Also now I don’t set an alarm, I just do this for however long it feels necessary. There are also other ways to start with meditating and I don’t think there really is a wrong way, just go with what works for you; sitting or lying down, morning or evening, alone or with guidance.

After this I will do a yoga flow practice of some sort, it really depends on how I’m feeling. Sometimes I feel the need for some intense hip openers and other days I really feel liking working on my shoulders, however I always almost start with a couple of sun salutations or various there of and end with a couple of inversions.


The yoga practice can take anywhere from 10 to 60 minutes and also here I don’t set my self a time limit. I understand this is not possible for everyone because of their job or school, but if you get I the habit of waking up early you’ll have plenty of time and don’t feel the need to rush through anything.

After having had a big glass of water, or tea in the weather, I usually have my breakfast or in the case that I don’t have food, like today, I’ll head off to the market to buy what’s in season or the ripest.


Today the watermelons were reduced and I got a whole watermelon for just 3 euros. I asked the marketeer if he could cut it in have for me so I could eat without having to return home.

So with 7 kilos of melon I headed to this beautiful park; Parc de la Ciutadella, in Barcelona and enjoyed my (very sweet) watermelon along this small lake. It is so important to take the time to enjoy and savour your food, be conscious and aware. If you could make on change in your morning routine, I would like it to be this: instead of chowing down your breakfast in front of the tv, while checking social media or even reading the papers, I want you to sit down with you food and perhaps your family and eat it with mindfulness, enjoying every mouthful. You will feel the difference!

Mercat de la Boqueria Barcelona

I know it has been a long time since I posted something, due to traveling but I’m back! Well, back in Barcelona! I have been in Barcelona for exactly a week now and I can honestly say this is one of my top 3 favourite cities in the world. Of course I had to visit the market La Boqueria the first day and I have with no exception, gone back every single day to buy fruit, vegetables, talk to people, walk around and just admire the amazing atmosphere and arraign of food. I would love to share the pictures I made and a few of the stands I went back to everyday. If you would like to see more of a story about the market itself and the people I talked let me know! But for now, here is snapshot into my idea of heaven on earth!

 

(little tip if you have to opportunity to visit this market for yourself, stay away from the centre and walk through the outer stalls. Not only are there a lot more people in the centre, but also the pricier will be double. In addition, these marketeers are more likely to get into a conversation with you about their food, which is always fun)

 

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Beautiful and very affordable greens! This is the stand (if you go through the main entrance turn right and it will be one of the first you see) where i have been buying most of my leafy greens and cruciferous vegetables.

 

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This might be my favourite stand (located at the  back of the market), it has the most incredible selection of (dried) mushrooms and herbs. (The next three photos are from this stand as well)

 

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Cheapest strawberries ever and mouthwateringly good. I have had 1 kilo of them for every breakfast for the last 5 days,

 

 

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This week’s food

This week’s food from our market, not as much as usual so this won’t last us all week. Usually we will get some extra fresh food in the middle of the week. Also tomorrow we will be going to Neighbour Food Market in Westergasfabriek in Amsterdam, so we will probably get some more good food there.

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In Season Now

If you are thinking of getting a better relationship with food, in general, the first thing you should do is; eating more seasonally. At first this might seem less important than other changes you could make like; eating less factory farmed meat, eating more whole foods or stop eating processed food. However the thing is, as soon as you start eating seasonally, you automatically do those things. If you eat according to season, most processed foods become, well, absent. It is not like we only get Oreos in winter or that in summer Ben and Jerry ice-cream is at its peak “ripeness”. Also I have never heard of chicken-season??

Isn’t that to complicated?? Remembering all those charts when what vegetable or fruit is season when and if you’re not able to do that, doing your groceries at your supermarket with one of those charts in your hand, checking with every food you put in your cart if it is or isn’t in season. I mean most of us do not have time or interest in such a thing. So how are you going to put this to practice? Here is where markets come in handy; when you go to your local market and head over to your fruit and vegetable stall, it is easy to spot what is in season, because that is what is abundantly and low-priced layed out. And what is not in season, will be either very hard to find or ridiculously expensive. No charts or grocery list needed, you just go and get what they have, easily done.

Eating seasonally will not only give you the most nutrient rich foods, but will also spark your creativity as you will have to change what you eat every few months. In weekends, I often do not plan my meals ahead, but get inspired by what is in season. For example, last weekend I saw that our stall had bunches and bunches of green asparagus for little money. So I bought those and built the following two meals around asparagus.

 

 

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Having said that, I still feel it might be helpful for some people to get an idea of what is in season at the moment;

 

VEGETABLES

Artichoke

Asparagus

Avocado

Beets

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Fava Beans

Kale

Mushrooms

Peas

Radishes

Rhubarb

Spinach

Sweet potatoes

Turnips

Courgette 

 

FRUITS

Blood

Oranges

Grapefruit

Kiwi

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Mangoes

Pineapple

Strawberries