My Go-To Breakfast|vegan

Hey guys,

today I thought I’d share my go-to breakfast with you. I’m seriously eating this almost every single day. It’s perfect on the go and really quick to throw together. Here are the ingredients:

  • one apple
  • oats
  • flaxseeds
  • walnuts
  • dates
  • soya yogurt

 

All you now have to do is mix everything together and you’re ready to go. When I take it with me to uni I put the yogurt extra, because I personally don’t like it when it has that mushy consistency.

I also wanted to just give you a quick update on how my workout and everything is going. I have been going to the gym a lot lately and started lifting weight, which I really do enjoy. Unfortunately my body isn’t really used to it, that’s why I felt really down yesterday and just did a light yoga session and went for a walk outside. I think it is really important to listen to your body, but still do something, like go for a walk or do a quick and easy workout at home. Just be easy on yourself and don’t push it. Try to slowly increase the intensity of your workout sessions.

Anyways, I hope you all have a nice weekend.

See you next time – xo

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trying to get my shit together.

Hey guys,

so I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been trying for years and now seriously want to pursue… Get serious about working out and eating healthy.

I hope that writing this down and sharing my progress with you might actually help me do this for real now. I still have to figure out how often I can go to the gym now that university starts on Monday and I have a lot to learn about meal prepping. At the moment I will have Wednesdays and Fridays off, but I seriously have to find a part-time job. Being used to earning money and now being completely cut off, will definitely be hard. I do have a few savings in  my account, but turns out I’ve been spending more money than ever this past month. This will be a really hard time.

So, back to me trying to work out more and eating more healthy. I have a gym membership for about three years now and there were times where I went regularly and times were I didn’t go for months. I recently got back into going at least two to three times a week with a friend of mine. We’re usually just hitting up some of the courses that my gym offers and feel really good afterwards.
Thanks to YouTube though I’ve been following a lot of Fitness channels and been loving them ever since. Didn’t really change anything about my motivation in actually working out though. Yesterday I was at the FIBO in Cologne though and I actually got the chance to meet two of my favorite YouTubers (Nikki Blackketter and Rob Lipsett) – super nice guys by the way – and just being there and the vibe that was going on, made me want to be serious about this now. I can’t always just say I’ll do it, I have to start and once I’ll see the results I know it was worth it.

Of course another big part in working out and getting my body into the shape I want it to be, is eating healthy. I’ve been vegan for almost two years now and I have to admit I haven’t really been the healthiest one. I like to eat, I like food and I looooove sweets. In my opinion eating healthy doesn’t mean you’ll have to cut out special foods and all that – it’ll just makes you crave the more if you do – you just have to find the right balance. I thing that starting Uni on Monday will actually help me to get into being more healthy easier, because I am forced to meal prep as I have no clue if they have any appealing vegan options there.

So in the following months I’ll try to keep you updated about my progress with meal prep posts and maybe a few fitness posts, even though I’m not sure how to actually write and structure on (any tipps?). I also put it on my bucket list to get more into blogging now that I will have more time to dedicate to this blog. Hope you guys are excited and will follow my blog to not only see if there will be a transformation in my body, but also how things at university will go.

I’d love for you to share your stories with me. Just leave a comment and let me know if you already started working out more and getting healthy or if you do want to start with me – always makes more fun when you know you’re not alone and can share your struggles and experiences. Until next time – xo

 

PS: I also had to share the pictures I made with Nikki and Rob at the FIBO 2017.

my skin care routine

Hey guys,

as I just recently started using new products for my skin care routine, I thought this would be an interesting topic to write about.

I’m not the kind of person that puts tons of products on their face or their body in general. For a long time all I used was some creme and that’s it. But cleansing your face is important, especially when you wear makeup.

So after my last cleanser and face lotion ran out I was desperately looking for a new one and found these products by Martina Gebhardt in a local shop that sells organic stuff. As I may have mentioned I am trying to include more and more vegan friendly products into my daily life and as they were standing by the vegan beauty products I thought I’d give them a try.

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I’ve been using these products for about two weeks now and I have to say I really like the way they make my skin feel. It does feels soft and cleansed after I use them. I am also using both products in the mornings after getting up and before I go to bed at night. The Martina Gebhardt website recommends using both products in the morning, but only the cleanser at night as it is enough to moisturize your face, but I found that my skin does feel dry after just using the cleanser, so that’s why I am using both products in the mornings and nights.

If you want to check the products out you can get them here. I don’t know if they are shipping worldwide, but I saw that they do ship to a few countries in Europe! 🙂

Hope you enjoyed reading this post and I would love to here what products you included to your daily skin care routine.

See you next time – xo.

Veganism

Hey guys,

so today I thought I’d just talk about something that’s been on my mind a lot recently. As you already know I am a big YouTube fan and am watching quite a lot of different channels. The thing that I recognize more and more lately is that veganism is a topic that’s coming up a lot. So I started reading comments whenever the topic came up and it’s just that there are cruel things people say, that I just don’t understand.

How can you say veganism is wrong? How can you say humans are designed to eat animal products? And how can you judge anyone, no matter if they’re vegan or not and say that out lot while being sure you’ll hurt their feelings?

For me it just doesn’t make sense. Yes, I do think that the vegan lifestyle is the right one, BUT I’m not forcing it on anyone. That’s just not the right way to do something like that. In my opinion people have to chose themselves to go vegan, they have to want to become vegan. People have to be openminded about that lifestyle and educate themselves.

I mean I’m probably not the best vegan out there either. I’m fully living on a vegan diet – still eating way too much junk food, but yea, I’m trying. Also I’m trying to buy more and more vegan beauty products and all that, which is a struggle sometimes, but well I’m sure with time I’ll master that as well.

I know being vegan or going vegan isn’t easy, especially in the beginning, but it’s a step in the right direction. Go and watch some movies or speeches on Netflix and YouTube and just educate yourself. Even if you don’t want to become vegan, just do it so you’ll maybe understand why other people made that decision and try to tolerate and accept it.

I know that maybe some people get harsh when you comment on their eating habits, but that’s just life. Everyone is that way. And yes, I also would like to scream at my friends when they’re making a stupid comment about how my food looks so good, even though it’s vegan or that it tastes good, even though it’s vegan. Like WTF?! Vegan doesn’t mean that it has to taste bad. Vegan doesn’t mean that your food can’t look nice. It’s not like I’m making a comment about them eating dead animals. It does get annoying at times, but I try to just ignore it and simply reply to their comments with information about veganism.

I guess this was like a post full of me rambling and I don’t even know if it makes sense, but yea.. If you don’t agree or do or don’t understand what I was saying, please do comment. I’m not going to force this lifestyle on anyone, I just want people to understand and accept why I decided to go vegan. I would also recommend everyone to go and watch Conspiracy the movie’s available on Netflix in most countries and really opens your eyes to what is going on with our planet and how people are trying to cover up what’s happening to it.

Really hope you somehow enjoyed reading this post and that I will see you guys with my next post – xo.

Recent Reads and Books I love.

Hey guys,

so today I thought I’d make my next post about a few books that I really love to read and the ones I am currently reading or have recently read.

I think I’m gonna start with my favorite books.

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read this book. If you’re a sucker for love stories and you like Nicholas Sparks books I really recommend this one. The story is really beautiful and makes me laugh and cry every single time.

“A brush with tragedy pushes Denise to the brink. She is pulled back by dashing fireman, Taylor – but how far will he be prepared to go for her when it really counts?

As Taylor helps Denise recover from the shock of her son’s disappearance, their chemistry becomes undeniable. They are a perfect fit, but just as she lets herself relax, she realizes it is too good to be true – Taylor simply cannot open his heart to her. 

As his conflicting desires throw Denise’s emotions painfully awry, she begins to regret gambling the balance she had created with her son. Taylor has to decide: draw back or dive in. Can he open himself to Denise’s love and give her the happiness they both crave?”

Okay so that’s the description on the back of the book. Does’t give it much justice if you ask me. What you don’t find out here is that Denise’s son has a problem with speaking properly. He’s behind in learning to speak and Denise is trying everything to help him learn to say the simplest words. It’s amazing to see the progress she’s making and the way she’s struggling. Seriously read the book it’s simply AMAZING!

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The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks

Many of you probably know the movie to that book, but if you haven’t read it yet go on and read it. I personally haven’t watched the movie yet, because the trailers looked so different from the story I read and I still don’t know if I want to destroy the things I made up in my mind, even though that many people told me the movie is really great.

There aren’t many things to say about the book other than that I really enjoy reading it. I’m a sucker for cowboys so yea this book had me right from the beginning.

“Ninenty-one-year-old Ira Levinson is in trouble. Struggling to stay conscious after a car crash, an image of his adored – and long-dead – wife Ruth appears. Urging him to hang on, she lovingly recounts the joys and sorrows of their life together: how they met, the dark days of WWII and its unrelenting effect on their families. 

A few miles away, college student Sophia Danko’s life is about to change when she meets the young, rugged Luke and is thrown into a world far removed from her privileged school life. Sophia sees a tantalizing future for herself, but Luke is keeping a secret that could destroy it all.”

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

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Don’t think there’s any description needed for this one. I just love Harry Potter and think it’s a go to series when you can’t find a new book to read or are just sick of love stories. This is seriously one of the best series ever written. I also do love the movies, but the books have just so much more to it, that you’d never know when just watching the movies. In today’s world I think Harry Potter is definitely a must.

After series by Anna Todd

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So this is one of the most recent things I’ve read and I have to stay I do like the books, but the story is kind of … I don’t know it’s just a back and forth all the time which continues throughout all four books. After seeing the books everywhere and basically seeing everyone read them I thought why not and gave them a try. I really did enjoy reading them and I like the story behind all of it, but the constant back and forth just isn’t for me. At some points I was screaming in my head at Tessa to just suck it up and leave Hardin.

“Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude – to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does – until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her? Unless…could this be love?”

All in all though I have to say that I’d probably read the book again, just because I think it’s good series and you don’t have to think about much while reading it. And who doesn’t like bad boys? 😉

HACKER series by Meredith Wild

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So I found these books when I was in England last summer and just gave them a go. I reread the first four books recently as the fifth book came out in September 2015 and I read all of the first four books in July and I prefer reading a series in one go rather than having to wait months and months for the next one. That’s why I waited until a month ago to purchase the fifth book and reread the whole series. Really enjoy this series, but what I discovered while reading a lot of series like that is that it seems like the authors always have to make everything more dramatic with each book, which in my opinion makes every thing a little bit less realistic. But, who cares?! Still love those kinds of books!

“Determined to overcome a difficult past, Erica Hathaway learns early on to make it on her own. Days after her college graduation, she finds herself face to face with a panel of investors who will make or break her fledgling start-up website. The only thing she didn’t prepare for was going weak in the knees over an arrogant and gorgeous investor who seems determined to derail her plans. 

Billionaire and rumoured hacker Blake Landon has already made his fortune in software, and he’s used to getting what he wants. Captivated by Erica’s drive and unassuming beauty, he’s wanted nothing more than to possess her since she stepped into his boardroom. Determined to win her over, he breaks down her defences and fights for her trust, even if it means sacrificing a level of control he’s grown accustomed to. 

But when Blake uncovers a dark secret from Erica’s past, he threatens not just her trust, but the life she’s fought so hard to create…”

According to Amazon it’s “The perfect new addiction for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Sylvia Day’s Bared To You series.” – so if you read Fifty Shades of Grey or the Bared To You series you should definitely try this one out 😉

The 80/10/10 diet by Douglas N. Graham

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I am also currently reading this book whenever I have time as a lot of vegan bloggers and YouTubes recommended it and I am still educating myself on the vegan diet and which food are the best for your body and health. I am not very far along with reading it, but as fas as I can tell it’s really interesting to read and I would also highly recommend reading it if you want to educate yourself on a raw vegan diet and also just to educate yourself in general. I don’t think that I will agree with everything he says, but some of the aspects I read so far are really inspiring and also helped me in finding ways to explain other people a little better why I chose this lifestyle.

Hope you enjoyed this post and I’ll see you next time – xo.

Favorite recipes

Hey guys,

today I thought I’d share two of my favorite vegan recipes with you. The first one will be for breakfast and the second one for lunch/dinner. Hope you’ll like them!

Banana-Cinnamon-Oatmeal 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 a cup of oats – you can use any size of cup you like
  • 1 cup of soy milk – or any other dairy free milk
  • 1 mashed banana
  • cinnamon
  • dates, chia seeds and walnuts as toppings

I always start with just the oats and the milk heating up and after a while put in half of the mashed banana and lots of cinnamon. Make sure to stir all the time. When you think the oatmeal has the perfect consistency put in the other half of the mashed banana and stir again. Then put everything in your favorite bowl and top everything with the dates, chia seeds and walnuts. And then you’re ready to dig in!

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Rise dish with Tofu and Needle Beans

Ingredients:

  • any kind of rice you like
  • Tofu
  • one onion
  • some garlic
  • needle beans
  • sun-dried tomatoes
  • tomato paste
  • salt, pepper, chili powder

I’d suggest you start with cooking your rice, as this part usually takes the longest. While your rice is cooking you can start cutting the onion, the tofu and the sun-dried tomatoes. Head up a pan and put in some oil or just some water and start cooking the tofu first. Let it cook for a few minutes before adding the onion and garlic. Next add in the needle beans and the sun-dired tomatoes, you can also add in any other vegetables you like – I also like to mix in some bell pepper every now and then. When your rice is cooked add the rice to the pan and then season it with salt, pepper, some chili powder and other seasonings you like. Then put in some tomato paste and water and you’re ready to go. – I have to add that I made this dish up by myself when I was super hungry and couldn’t find anything to eat. So I basically put everything in a pan I could find and it turned out to be quite yummy. That’s also why I didn’t put any measurements in the ingredients list, I normally just decide while cooking how much I’d like. Hope you’ll enjoy this recipe.

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Let me know if you redo those meals and tell me what you think! – xo