You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients

– Julia Child

Hi guys! I hope your week’s been great so far! I promised to keep you updated on my vegan challenge and share some of my favorite recipes along the way. The first week went really well and I’m still super motivated. It’s been nice to try out new recipes and also make some of my old favorites. You know when there’s a tendency to often go for the same groceries, but then sometimes when you happen to buy something that differs from the usual, you actually end up wondering why you don’t buy it more often? For me one of these is definitely the sweet potato! I love the taste but for some reason I rarely buy it. When I was shopping groceries for my first vegan week, I remembered the sweet potatoes and I’m really glad I did.

Oven baked sweet potato fries are super easy to prepare and just as delicious! I’ve been making them every now and then (when I remember to buy those sweet potatoes, haha) and you could easily say this recipe is one of my favorites. Just preheat the oven to 200ÂșC. Peel and cut two large sweet potatoes, put them into a bowl and mix with one tablespoon of olive oil. Add salt, pepper and dried rosemary according to your taste. Spread the potatoes on a baking tray and bake for approx. 40 minutes, or until golden and cooked through. Enjoy with e.g. hummus and fresh salads. The fries taste great even the next day!

One of the new recipes I tested was this sweet potato soup. The creamy soup is perfect for a bit chilly winter days, like the one we had on Sunday. Finally we got to see some sunlight and that even inspired me to go for a little walk in the forest.

Sweet potato soup

1 sweet potato
1 onion
2 ripe tomatoes
2 potatoes
oil
a piece of ginger
half a chili pepper
vegetable stock bouillon + water
2 dl coconut milk
salt and pepper

Wash, peel and slice the sweet potato and potatoes. Peel and chop the onion. Add some oil into a pot and lightly stir-fry the chopped vegetables for a while, then add the tomatoes, chili pepper and the peeled and chopped ginger.

Add water so that the vegetables are covered, pour in one tablespoon of vegetable stock bouillon.

Boil, and cook until the vegetables are ripe. Add the coconut cream, salt and pepper. Mix everything with a mixer until the texture is silky smooth. Serve with some sunflower and pumpkin seeds on top. Enjoy!

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I even got some company of my dear cat Helmi (Finnish for Pearl).

On Sunday afternoon we had our friends coming over and I wanted to treat them with a vegan dessert. I ended up experimenting a little and made a blueberry-cashew pudding topped with cocoa mousse and frozen blueberries. In this case I have to say it was maybe a bit too much and it may happen that it looked better than it tasted, haha. Well, you can’t nail it every time, right?

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I have my birthday coming up in a few days, so I was thinking, I would try to make a vegan cake or some other dessert to celebrate. I’ll be turning 33 already! I can’t believe it…

xx mybohem

 

I call myself a vegetarian with vegan tendencies

– Leona Lewis

My first week as a vegan has been surprisingly easy! I’ve had lots of inspiration to test new recipes and found some really great alternatives how to replace some of the food products I’ve used previously. The hardest part for me was not to give up meat, chicken or fish, but eggs and dairy products. I love cheese, greek natural yogurt, scrambled eggs and my coffee with milk.

Vegetable based diet is not new to me as I’ve used of eating veggies, and as you might know from my earlier posts and Instagram, I simply love green juices and smoothies, but during the last couple of months, mostly because of high workload, I ended up in an evil circle; poor eating habits and sleeping problems. After the Christmas celebrations I felt so blown up with salt and sugar, I just had to do something. I started looking for inspiration from blogs such as Vanelja, browsed through various vegetarian recipes on Internet and in my own recipe books and also watched an interesting document, Food Choices on Netflix, about how our diet habits impact, not only our health, but the whole planet and all living species. Then one day I came across the “vegan challenge” on Facebook and now here I am, trying out new eating habits. A vegan diet is not automatically a healthy diet, but my thought is to eat plant based and cut down on sugar and highly processed foods.

Of course I had to do some more research about veganism (which I encourage everyone to do if you choose to go on any kind of new diet). I knew the basics that as a vegan you basically don’t use any food of animal origin, but true veganism goes much deeper than that. Vegans are conscious about various things such as cosmetics, medication, clothing and entertainment, just to mention a few things that might include animal cruelty. All kind of violence and unnecessary torture towards animals is horrifying and cannot be justified in any way and I think most of us can agree with that. I’m probably never going to classify myself as an all-the-way vegan, but when it comes to food and a plant based diet I think there’s a really good point behind it all. If you’re interested in veganism I recommend you to watch the documentary Earthlings. It’s brutal but will probably make you think about things a bit differently and at least raise your awareness.

Food should never be something we take for granted, yet we never seem to really stop and think about the process behind our daily groceries. It’s food we just buy and consume but for what price? Our consumption habits are destroying the planet, either we like it or not. Climate change is real and one of the main causes along with burning fossil fuels and cutting down rainforests, is farming livestock. It’s not a big secret as we all can read about it everywhere. Instead of just closing our eyes and ignoring these horrible facts, we all should think of what could I do? We like to talk about how individuals should try to make a difference, influence, and I think there’s no better way of doing that than by making a choice.

Of those three large phenomenons, I truly think the easiest way to influence is to not support farming of livestock. Even if it would just mean being on a plant based diet for one day, week or month, it would still make a difference. It’s better to start somewhere and take actions instead of not doing anything. If I can make a difference by not eating animal products, even for just one month, I’ll go for it. Somehow I have a feeling my diet will be ongoing longer than that, but we’ll see. Even if these scary facts are right in front of our eyes, the truth is, change doesn’t happen overnight and we need to be gentle with ourselves and each others, and most importantly, try to respect each others choices no matter what our own opinion might be. Because there will always be different opinions. I think it’s better for everyone to overweight these things by themselves, without feeling pushed. Encouraging is always better than blaming. You can only choose for yourself, live by example and let everyone make their own choice.

So for me the choice to “turn vegan”, even if it’s just going to be for a month, was based on me wanting to eat healthier and to save our planet, in a small way. I can tell you it’s not that hard! I’ve already replaced cheese with hummus, greek yogurt with soy yogurt and coffee milk with oat milk. I still need to find a replacement for those scrambled eggs, though… just kidding! There’s lots of interesting vegan products to pick from and I actually found grocery shopping a lot easier, not having to wander through the meat and dairy sections.

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Here’s a few simple meals from my first week. Up in the left photo: Soy yogurt, one banana, blueberries, chia seeds and cashew nuts. On the right: Rye bread with hummus and baby spinach leafs along with lingonberry porridge. Down in the left photo: Mixed beans with wild rice and sweet chili sauce along with baby spinach leafs and cherry tomatoes. On the right: Falafels with hummus and plant based tomato-basil cream cheese, mixed green salads, red cabbage, red pepper and lemon olive oil. All four meals are super easy to prepare and taste great!

Now when you know the reason for my choice to go through with this vegan challenge, I’ll keep you guys posted along the way and will also share some of my favorite vegan recipes. I would  also love to hear about your thoughts and/or experience on veganism or plant based diet, so please feel free to leave a comment! I hope you’ll find this inspirational and maybe you’ll even like to try it yourself! I promise you, it’s totally worth it.

xx mybohem

 

To make an end is to make a beginning

– T.S. Eliot

It’s been a while since I wrote here and it’s been harder to start writing again as time goes by. When I look back on the couple of months and what they hold, it’s very clear for me why this blog’s been the last thing on my mind. Well, that’s not entirely true. It’s been on my mind often and now I finally got a moment to really sit back and reflect on the past.

I started to write a very personal blog post on 7th of October, which I never finished…

Life is unpredictable. We all know it, but it really hits you when something terrible happens to someone you love. One of my dearest and oldest friends is now struggling for her life after a heart failure. She’s hospitalized and it’s too early to say how well she’s going to get through this.

Thank god my friend survived and is nearly back to her old self, but clearly this episode was something that affected on my routines. I felt it was impossible for me to write about something happy and superficial or anything unimportant for that matter. Of course I can now see that writing about things that matter to me had maybe even helped but the mind is strange and you can’t force things that don’t feel natural.

At the same time I started to go through a lot of changes at work. I got involved in some new projects, got new responsibilities and this of course led to the fact that I had to work longer days. At some point I really started to feel quite lot of pressure and had to give up, not only this blog, but many other things I enjoy such as yoga, healthy eating etc. My days were filled with work, fast food and TV-series. That’s it! When this kind of lifestyle goes on for a long time you lose your energy, inspiration and interest towards things. At least that’s what happened to me.

I finally had the chance to have a break during Christmas Holidays and oh boy it really did the trick! I got to spend lots of time with friends and family, get my mind of work, calm down and just chill.

I also found new inspiration to boost my well being and decided to start January with a vegan challenge! So far it’s been really refreshing and this is one topic I’m going to share with you guys. I also look forward to start moving my ass again. Yoga, walks in the forest and home workouts are on my to do list. And what comes to this blog… I will definitely keep writing here (just be patient with me) and hope to find my own style doing it. You’re warmly welcome to follow me. Got to love new beginnings!

Happy New Year 2018!

Peace & Love,

mybohem

 

 

Be in love with your life, every detail of it

– Jack Kerouac

I love spending time at home doing my own things, especially on weekends. It feels so nice to wake up with no need to hurry anywhere. This weekend I had no plans at all, only to clean around the house a little bit and just enjoy the me-time. I did my things, chilled around the house, listened to music and sipped on my coffee – p-e-r-f-e-c-t-i-o-n.wp-image-1346744168One of my things to do was to decide where to put this shelf, one of my latest flea market finds. The originally dark brown surface was partially worn out, so I decided to paint it with chalk paint I had left from previous projects. I had the feeling it would find it’s place in the house and so it did in the kitchen. I like the result! wp-image-442772751

wp-image-138649637I also got to test out the new carpet I had ordered. Originally I pictured it into the dining room but it actually works better in the living room, what do you think? As you can see, I now have curtains and I think it’s amazing what a difference they made to the room. It’s a totally new feeling in there. Even our cat, Miss Helmi, thinks it’s a cozy place.wp-image-1458749397I’ve been juicing every morning since the 3-Day Juice Challenge and did this green juice on Sunday. It included apple, ginger, lemon, celery and spinach. So delicious!

The weather on Sunday was amazing, so I decided to go out to the nearby forest to look for mushrooms. I didn’t find any, but picked some lingonberries and blueberries instead. I got company by Miss Helmi and she seemed to enjoy the trip as much as I did.wp-image-1899313607

wp-image-1290434418After my walk in the forest, I got a message from my friend, asking if I’d be up to some “therapy talk” in the forest and of course I was. Deep discussions in the forest is the best combination. And we found mushrooms!

The rest of the afternoon I spent in our home garden picking apples. The amount of apples this year is insane! We already made lots of apple juice and the plan is to make jam during the week.

This weekend really charged my batteries and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Lots of energy to your new week!

xx mybohem

A healthy outside starts from the inside -Day 3

– Robert Urich

I made it! The 3-Day Juice Challenge by Jason Vale is now over and I have to say I feel amazing. Today I’ll share my feelings from the last day and also from this morning, the first day after the challenge.

Day 3 – Feeling like a boss, energy on top

Today I got to sleep a bit longer and it felt really good. After all the usual morning routines it’s again time for juicing. I feel I start to have a hang on it! The juicing goes quicker than the days before, although I now have to prepare four juices, one for breakfast and three to go. Meal prep is something I plan to keep doing also after the challenge.

07:20 Breakfast juice (Detox Special) and one large cup of mint tea.

9:00 Half liter of cold water. No headache anymore whatsoever, yay! I feel energetic and a bit restless as I know I have to sit and work for eight hours…

10:00 Morning juice (H20 Detox). Feel a bit cold afterwards, so I decide to take one large cup of green tea.

12:45 Lunch (Beyond Detox). I don’t feel hungry but drink up anyway.

13:00 Yes! Only three more hours, then it’s off work.

14:00 Half liter of cold water. This workday feels so long…

16:00 TGIF! Finally off work.

16:30 Afternoon juice (H20 Detox).

17:00 To celebrate the last day of the challenge, I watch the Super Juice Me! documentary and as I could expect, it’s really motivating!

19:00 The last juice and today’s dinner (Dreamy Detox). Yay, it feels great to end the juice challenge with one of my favorites!

20:00 Rest of the evening I spend chilling by the fireplace with my laptop and a large cup of mint tea.

22:00 Sleep time! Zzzz

The last day I finally felt the energy! The headache I’ve had for a couple of days was now totally gone, and even the poor weather could not affect my good humor. I didn’t feel hunger or any kind of cravings. I feel so proud of myself for carrying out the challenge without any struggles. It amazes me how easy it actually was!

Summary – Totally worth it!

The challenge was totally worth doing! I feel great and have lots of inspiration now to maintain a healthier lifestyle. I woke up this Saturday full of energy and started the morning with a berry smoothie and mint tea. My habits were not that bad from the begin with, but there’s always place for improvement. My weakness is, I’m often insanely hungry after work and eat whatever I get in my hands, the faster the better, and the thing is, usually that’s something unhealthy. Now I know better and will simply make myself a juice. It surprised me how well the juices kept my hunger away all day, but when you think about it it’s kind of obvious, as you get so much healthy nutrition into your body. I will not deny any foods from myself in the future either (I know that would never work long term), because I know I want to eat pizza at times, but I’m happy if I can include a juice or a salad to my diet a bit more often.

 

My breakfast this morning: blueberry-blackberry-natural yogurt smoothie and my usual tea.

Things I’ve noticed in myself:

  • My stomach worked normally, no problems there. I’m used of drinking lots of water and therefore visit the toilet quite often anyway.
  • My skin looks brighter but a part of the credits goes of course to the facial I had before the challenge. I’ve been juicing before, so I know it has good effects on skin.
  • My weight has probably not changed. I don’t own a functioning scale so I don’t have any idea if I’ve loosen weight, but it was not why I did the challenge in the first place.
  • My energy level is on top and it was one of my main goals with this challenge. I love it!
  • My cravings are gone, I have none whatsoever! This is super weird because I’m such a sucker for sweets and fast food. I’m very happy about this!

I’ve been juicing for some time now, and I suspect this challenge is easier for those who are familiar with juicing and have a relatively healthy lifestyle to begin with, but it’s worth trying even if it’s a totally new thing to you. It will only be for three days, so anyone can do it! The instructions are super easy to follow, Jason Vale is an enthusiastic person and his videos will help you through every day. I would say that good planning and preparations are the key to success. It will help if you can clear your calendar from other things, so that you can focus on the challenge 100%. All in all, this 3-Day Juice Challenge will give you a kick start to a healthier lifestyle and I can warmly recommend it to anyone who feels up to it!

Enjoy the weekend!

xx mybohem

 

A healthy outside starts from the inside -Day 2

– Robert Urich

Yesterday I shared my feelings from the first day on the 3-Day Juice Challenge by Jason Vale. Today it’s time to tell you about my second day on this challenge. Hope you enjoy!

Day 2 – Good tastes, slow motion

I had a good night sleep, so I felt quite spry in the morning, although it was again a bit earlier wake up than what I’m used to. I did my usual routines; wash-up, make-up, dress-up and then started with my new ritual – the juicing. This day’s menu looked a bit different, so it’s nice to have some variation. One positive notice – I did not feel hungry at all this morning.

07:00 Breakfast juice (Super Detox) and one large cup of mint tea. This morning juice tastes really good and fresh. It contains pineapple, blueberries, blackberries and natural yogurt.

8:00 A large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

10:30 I’m in a meeting starting to feel a bit cold, but otherwise all is good. I drink one glass of cold water.

12:00 It’s time for lunch (Dreamy Detox). I like this one very much! It’s a green juice with some of my favorites; apples, lemon, cucumber, celery and ginger. I also take the usual large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

13:30 I feel warm in my body and the little headache is slightly fading away.

14:30 I start to feel hungry and try to keep myself full by drinking mint tea and water. I hope also the headache would keep away.

16:00 Yin yoga. This yoga is not as intense as ashtanga, so it suits well for today’s slow motion mood.

17:00 Having a call with one of my dearest friends, and feel thankful for all her support.

17:30 Afternoon drink (H20 Detox). I actually don’t feel that hungry anymore.

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Here’s today’s dinner in a bowl. Beyond Detox ingredients: 3 Apples, 1 large handful Spinach Leaves, 2-3 cm Raw Red Beet, 2-3 cm Cucumber, 4 springs Fresh Parsley, 1/2 Avocado.

 

18:00 Preparing the dinner juice and chopping next days ingredients ready into bowls.

19:00 Dinner juice (Beyond Detox). This is the same as yesterday, but I like the taste so I have no problem drinking it.

19:30 I take a long warm shower and just relax in bed rest of the evening, watching some TV shows from my laptop. Okay, this part is not exactly what Jason Vale recommends, as he thinks the TV should be off during the challenge. I however like to relax this way and don’t think it’s that bad if you’re not used to combining it with eating.

21:00 Feeling sleepy and put the laptop away. Sweet dreams!

The topmost feelings from today were that I liked the juices more than the day before, but my energy level was still quite low. The headache was not that bad anymore, so I guess my need for caffeine is slightly fading. After the yoga session my humor was high and my friend’s pep talk made it even higher. No big struggles and that’s a bit surprising. I actually enjoy following the instructions, not having to think about what to make for dinner, haha.

Tomorrow I’ll share the last day’s feelings and give you a summary of the whole experience.

Wish you all a lovely Friday!

xx mybohem

 

A healthy outside starts from the inside

– Robert Urich

I believe nutrition has a big impact on our health and what we put in our body reflects from our external being. I’m far from perfect when it comes to healthy eating but I usually notice from my energy level and overall being, when I should start putting extra attention to my diet. My weak point is that I’m a lazy cook and I hate grocery shopping, so I tend to eat just whatever we happen to have at home, usually something super easy and quick. I’m lucky, we don’t have all too much crap at hand, haha.

Juicing is both easy and quick and I guess that’s why I like it so much! You can do endless variations and hardly ever fail, all the juices are simply delicious. This autumn I decided, I’d try the 3-Day Juice Challenge by Jason Vale in hope to get extra energy and also out of curiosity. I want to find out if there’s any changes I can feel and see in myself in just three days. I will share my experience with you and hope you get inspired as well!

Preparations – Prepping, Shopping & Chopping

I bought the Jason Vale’s 3-Day Juice Challenge app already a few weeks ago and wanted to really get familiar with the contents. I think it was good to have enough time to get myself into the right mood and also to choose the perfect timing for the challenge.

I decided to start my challenge on Wednesday,  and I happened to have a facial on Tuesday, which was a perfect way to relax before the challenge. After my facial, I did all the grocery shopping and went home to do some preparations. I washed and chopped all the ingredients for the next day’s breakfast, lunch and afternoon drinks, and put them into own bowls in the fridge to wait for the morning. In the evening I had a little headache, I guess it was from the facial and the massage, so I went early to bed to get a good night sleep.

In this picture you can see almost all the vegetables and fruits I’m going to consume during the 3-Day Juice Challenge. According to Jason Vale it’s as much as an average person would consume in three weeks. I don’t have a problem with this, it looks so fresh and delicious!

 

Day 1 – Feeling good, energy low

After my usual morning routines, I started to prepare the first three juices for breakfast, lunch (Detox Special) and afternoon (H20 Detox). I made the lunch and afternoon drinks ready and put them into large bottles to take with me to work. To get it all done, I had to wake up a bit earlier than normally, but it was really good that I chopped all the ingredients ready into own bowls the evening before. This made it so much smoother!

07:00 Here I go, I drink the first juice for breakfast (Detox Special) and one large cup of mint tea. I feel full after the drink and I like the taste as well.

8:00 At work I would  normally take a double-double espresso but now I go for a large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

9:00 Feeling great, two hours later still feeling full in my stomach!

10:30 A large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

11:30 A little headache, could be from yesterday’s facial and massage…

11:30 First time starting to feel slightly hungry.

12:00 Lunch drink (Detox Special), a large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water. I had a bit cold fingers but otherwise I feel good. The drink is the same as in the morning so that’s maybe a bit boring but it tastes okay anyway.

13:30 A large cup of mint tea and half liter of cold water.

16:00 Ashtanga yoga. This is the second class in a long time but I feel really good during the whole exercise. No headache, hunger or thirst.

17:30 Afternoon drink (H20 Detox). I empty the whole one liter bottle in just a few minutes and feel quite full again. Starting to have a headache again.

18:00 Preparing the dinner drink and chopping next days ingredients ready into bowls. Starting to feel a bit annoyed about washing the juicer, but remind myself It’s the same thing with any cooking.

19:00 Dinner (Beyond Detox). The juice tastes better than the earlier ones, so I drink it with a great appetite. Afterwards I start to feel exhausted…

19:30 Bedtime… Yes!? I can’t remember this happening ever before. I feel good in my body but just extremely tired, so I give in to this feeling and actually go to sleep.

The summary of the day would be that I felt really good but not that energetic. I had a headache throughout the whole day, but felt that it was a bit better during the yoga session. I suspect the headache was caused from the massage I got on Tuesday during my facial, as all the blood circulation revived, but of course it can have something to do with the new diet also. I’m positively surprised I didn’t feel any hunger or cravings the whole day.

Tomorrow I’ll share my experience from Day 2, so stay tuned!

xx mybohem