Finding Joy and Balance in Vegan Food; How I Stopped Restricting Myself

Personal, Veganism
Vegan burger and fries from the vegan bistro YoYo World in Berlin 
Vegan Raw Food from the Raw Food Resturant DALUMA in Berlin

It can be a real hassle to figure out which vegan diet to choose. Things like raw, Keto, and plant-based get thrown around a lot.Fortunately, you don’t have to follow any of these diets to be a vegan.

I don’t think it’s healthy to restrict your food. I try to use common sense and cravings to guide what I eat. Sadly, I’ve been counting calories since I was 12 years old. That has resulted in me always knowing how many calories a certain food has and allotting my daily total. I don’t support calorie counting and I wished I could turn the part of my brain that does it off.  It can be difficult enjoying food sometimes because in the back of my head I’m counting calories.

I’ve spent some time carefully diving into vegan diets. I’ve found that a plant-based diet works best for me (a plant-based diet consists of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains while avoiding processed foods). These whole, nutritional foods always fill me up and don’t give me a sense of restriction. Although processed vegan food tends to contain much more fat, salt, and sugar than whole foods, I will admit that I enjoy them occasionally. My boyfriend is a huge fan of vegan Döner Kebab and I think vegan meat and cheese substitutes are great for those in transition.  

As long as its vegan, I try to never restrict myself. I enjoy when my sister makes fries dripping with olive oil or when my boyfriend cooks Mexican food with meat substitutes and vegan cheese. I need to live a life where food brings me joy AND nutrition. Before I went vegan I saw food as a mix between an addiction and an enemy. That is not a healthy mindset and I’m grateful that I am able to enjoy all kinds of vegan foods now.

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Vegan Chia Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce

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The portion size is for two people but they were so good I ended up eating them all by myself. No regrets though. These pancakes are a perfect, healthy, wholesome breakfast that’s full of nutrition. I hope you will enjoy them, perhaps on a rainy Sunday.  

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A great sustainable tip // BattleGreenBox Zero-Waste, vegan and Eco Friendly

Sustainability
The cutlery is made out of Bamboo and is handmade

My love for the environment has led me to develop some greatnon-waste habits this year.

Plastic cups, cutlery, and straws are extremely wasteful andcause great harm to the world around us. Many of us have seen the viral pictureof the turtle with a straw through its nose. Due to the massive amount ofplastic in our oceans, an alternative to copious consumption of disposableplastic is an ultimate necessity for the eco-systems of our planet. 

Trying to further my no-waste journey, I bought this littlecute set from BattleGreenBox. The set consists of fork, knife, spoon, straw anda straw cleaner. It comes with a little bag so it can fit directly into yourpurse (or man-bag, back-pack, what have you). Also included is a stringshopping bag that’s perfect for buying vegetables without packaging. The wholeset helps me reduce waste so much that I rarely leave home without it.

It costs around 130 kr (around 20 USD). They also offerother great combination sets if you want to get the ball rolling towardsreducing your waste contribution. 

You can find the set I bought here

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10 benefits I have experienced by switching to a vegan diet

Veganism
  1. My energy levels have increased a lot. I rarely have a day where I feel like I’m tired and have low energy.
  2. I’m eating healthier. As a vegan it’s important to get the correct nutrients which means eating a variety of foods. Lots of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and high fiber grains.
  3. It’s easier to stick to a healthy diet due to the lack of vegan junk food in stores. 7/11 does have a small selection of vegan snacks but most of them are healthy with clean ingredients.
  4. I can eat more. It’s hard putting on weight on a wholesome vegan diet. You have to eat more often. I love that I don’t have to worry about my portions sizes or number of snacks.
  5. My taste buds have changed, so vegetables and fruits taste much better than they did before. All my sugar cravings are satisfied by fruit.
  6. I never have the feeling of being too full, which I often did as a meat eater.
  7. I have found myself in a new and interesting field. I have dived head first into veganism and all the self-education and self-improvement that comes with it.
  8. I’m becoming a better cook by discovering different kinds of food. Different vegan foods taste amazing and I keep surprising myself.
  9. I have a clear conscience. I don’t support any company engaged in animal cruelty. It feels great to take moral responsibility for myself and my actions towards our planet.
  10. Veganism has given me more confidence. When I started I kept it a secret because I was afraid of other peoples judgment and prejudice. I’m getting braver and more confident by sticking up for myself and greeting people’s opinions and questions with an open mind. 

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Katinka’s Kitchen #1 – Paper-Thin Vegan Crepes

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My sister Katinka is fantastic with coming up with recipes. Together we are going to make a series of posts called “Katinkia’s Kitchen”. Katinka is hard working, thorough, and creative which makes her my perfect little helper. Katinka is also a vegan and you can follow her on Instagram here:

I come from a family of crepe enthusiasts. We have all contributed to making them in the kitchen, but Katinka’s always stand out for their simplicity and paper-thinness. After a lot of trial and error, here is her vegan crepe recipe.

But really make sure to try the whipped cream and maple syrup. The pictures speak for themselves!

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The BEST Falafel in Denmark

Veganism

Falafel has saved my boyfriend and I from getting into so many arguments. When we feel ourselves getting on each other’s nerves, oftentimes a trip to our favorite falafel guy will de-escalate the situation and make us forget our crankiness. Moving to Denmark after living in the falafel paradise that is Berlin was difficult and disappointing in this regard. That is until we found “Faour” in Aarhus. Faour is a small restaurant (with only around four tables) that specializes in falafel and Palestinian food. It has a little but manageable menu that foreshadows the intense focus and specialization of their dishes.

As the man who prepared our falafel brought it to our table, I was already salivating over the aesthetic beauty of my wrap’s cross-section. Fresh tomatoes, mint, and tahini sauce sat in perfect ratios inside the most delicious durum bread I’ve ever tasted. The falafels were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, which is perfect. The free chili sauce served was obviously homemade and not the stock variety found at just about every other falafel restaurant in Denmark.

The AKKAH falafel is vegan and they also offer Palestinian food for non-vegans. My family tried the shared plate “Gellerup Mezze”, and instantly echoed my thoughts on the quality of the food served at this place.

If you find yourself in Aarhus, visit Faour.  I have yet to visit Palestine or the Middle East, but I do know that it’s the best falafel you’ll find North of the Mediterranean.

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Address:

Klostergade 32, 8000 Aarhus C

6 Tips to start your Minimalism Journey

Minimalism
  • There aren’t any hard rules, so you can make your own and be a minimalist in your own way. Start by asking yourself why you want to start this journey. You need to be passionate and curious to get the best start. 
  • Start small. Make a habit to question everything you want to buy. Do you really need it? Or is it an impulsive buy? Leave what you want to buy at the store and come back if you can find a legitimate reason to buy it. Some stores might put the item aside for you while you think.
  • Look at your wardrobe. Clothes and shoes are items that most of us own too many of. A way to start is: make three piles: keeping, maybe keeping and getting rid of. Put everything in the maybe pile in a bag and store it somewhere out of sight. If you miss or need something you can easily retrieve it. If you don’t you can give it to someone whom it will bring more joy to. After a three-month period, try sorting again. You will be surprised how much you can live without. 
  • Change your mindset about sales and online shopping. Commercials and sales are designed in a way to trick our brains into buying something we don’t need. I avoid big retail sales (like Black Friday), and I give anything I buy online serious thought and consideration. Waiting a week is a good practice before ordering something. I know lots of people shop online when they are bored. That’s just a giant money pit! If you find yourself bored with the urge to shop pull up YouTube instead and get some fresh motivation by watching videos on minimalism.
  • If you just can’t control your “shopaholic panic”, go to thrift stores. They are often filled with things few people want to buy and it will take longer to find those unique pieces (thus, giving you much more satisfaction than easily picking something off the rack at H&M). Since this takes longer, your “shopaholic panic” will probably be gone after one store.
  • Adopt the mindset: Quality rather than quantity. Instead of having 10 cheaply made sweaters that will soon be worn out and discolored,  invest in a well-made, durable one from a sustainable company. Having one great sweater you put thought and consideration into buying will give you more satisfaction than 10 pairs of “arhh, they are cheap and go with my pants” sweaters.  😉 

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Why I think you should become a member of the Vegan Club

Veganism

First of all, I would never force veganism on anyone. I only know a few vegans in real life, so the majority of people I’m surrounded by are non-vegans. people agree and/or sympathize with veganism but just don’t feel the need to change yet..

People adopt veganism for different reasons. Some do it for animal rights and welfare, others do it for environmental reasons, and some people just want to adopt a healthier lifestyle. I’m vegan for all those reasons. I can’t bring myself to see animals as products without feelings. But why not just become a vegetarian or pescetarian you may ask?

Well, dairy is what horrifies me the most. For cows to produce milk they have to give birth to a calf. The calf will be taken away from its mother immediately after its birth, just so humans can have its milk. (The calf can stay 24 hours if its organic.(Denmark Rules))

While the horrors of the dairy industry go unabated, our oceans are emptying at a remarkable speed. A study made by the Government of Canada shows that overfishing is damaging the ecosystems. When tuna is harvested, dolphins, whales, and turtles can get caught in fishermen’s nets and be left to die as collateral damage. Thinking of a creature as intelligent as a dolphin dying because of humanity’s insatiable appetite for sushi brings tears to my eyes.  

Every time I’m confronted with climate change I get this hopeless feeling in my stomach.  A study made by the University of Oxford found that committing to a vegan diet you can reduce your carbon footprint by up to 73%. The same study shows that meat and dairy industry is responsible for 60 percent of agricultural greenhouse gasses and studies show cutting out animal products from your diet is far more effective than cutting down flight trips or buying an electric car.

I’m not a doctor, but I have been following the health benefits of eating a vegan diet intensely.

According to a study by the NIH, vegan doctors are using plant-based diets to prevent and treat type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and obesity. Of course what we consume has a huge impact on our body! The health benefits of veganism are abundant and I would encourage anyone to research it on their own (a documentary on Netflix/YouTube called “What the Health” is a great starting point).

I think as 21st century consumers and citizens we have new moral responsibilities and obligations even though most of these arguments aren’t that new or radical. Still, I recognize the challenges that come with making serious lifestyle changes. But just keep in mind that a small change is still change and can eventually grow into something much bigger. So just start small and put yourself on the path towards a more compassionate and stable world and a healthier self. 

  • Study about plant based diet here:
  • Study about climate changes and vegansim here:
  • Study abut overfishing here:

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Turn up your oatmeal game – Blackberry Banana Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfasts. It’s so filling and wholesome – especially for the cold and dreary Danish winters. Oatmeal can be made in a variety of different ways. This post is a recipe for my favorite combination

I really envy people who can eat fresh berries all year around. I try always to eat concurrently with the seasons, so I only use frozen berries in the winter. But OMG they are still so good! I cook the frozen berries with the oats so the whole porridge gets a sweet- sour- taste- it’s delicious.

My Blackberry Banana Oatmeal is

  • 0,4 cup (1 dl) oats
  • 0,4 cup (1 dl) plant milk
  • 0,4 cup (1 d) water
  • 0,4 cup (1 dl) frozen blackberries
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 0,5 tsp. salt

I cook it all together on medium heat and keep an eye on it. When it’s thick I put it in a bowl and top it with bananas and walnuts. Bananas are great for sweetening and walnuts add an amazing nutritional crunch.

*If you want even more deliciousness add a tbsp. of peanut or almond butter on top.

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