Throwing out a new Life Line

From now on I will be blogging over at:

TinyLifeLines

Feel free to come visit any time and thanks for sticking with mixxedtape this last year, I’ve learned a lot and I’ve met a lot of gorgeous people yet I can’t help but feel that mixxedtape has outgrown its original purpose a bit, hence the change of blog.

I can’t wait to see you guys over at my ‘new place’ ;)

Love, M.

Fierce Kitten Breakfast

Entrée:

Smoothie with soy milk, half a banana, some spinach, 1/4 of an avocado and celery.
In a fancy Kriek Lindemans glass (not optional, it has to be a beer glass).

Main: 

Microwave Muffin!

In a mug combine 4 T of oatbran, a sprinkle of salt and a sprinkle of baking powder. Add 2 T of plain yoghurt and 2 T of coconut milk. Stir to combine.
Add an egg(white) and whisk until smooth.
Add ins: chopped almonds and chocolate chips.

Microwave on medium high for 2 to 3 minutes.

I topped mine with some more coconut milk but in order to make an extra fierce breakfast you can also top it with a coconut-peanut butter glaze: microwave one T of peanut butter until melted and whisk in 1 T of coconut milk, smother this on top of the muffin and sprinkle with some grated coconut, simple as that.

This breakfast will make you as fierce as a Mona-kitten chasing a scrunchie!

Love, M.

Carb Crazy and Italian Inspiration

I’ve already mentioned in the previous post that me being in the first phase of the intuitive eating path basically equals me eating a lot of ‘bad’ stuff to prove to myself that I can have them.

So yes I eat more sweets, but  most noticeable is my bread consumption.
You see, before intuitive eating I had created this habit of staying away from bread as far as I could for most of the week and giving myself a free pass to eat ‘some’ bread in the weekend. I guess it’s not surprising you that that was not how it went in the weekends, once I started to eat bread I just couldn’t stop.

The intuitive eating book has an amazing chapter about how we need carbs as our basic fuel and of how our body reacts to the absence of it. This  made me realise that it wasn’t because of my lack of willpower or my extreme fancy for bread that I acted the way I did, my body was just screaming for the carbs I did not give it and as soon as I would have some all it could do was ask for more and more and more…

So yes, I am eating more bread now, but paradoxically I might be eating less bread when you look at my week’s total! Crazy business indeed.

And because all of you should get your carbs in – you know, in order to not go crazy and consume everything in sight after I while – I suggest having bruscetta for lunch/dinner/now, just because you feel like having it!

‘Easy Bruscetta’

  • ciabatta bread
  • tomatoes
  • mozzarella
  • pesto
  • herbs and spices of choice: I used a spaghetti mixture with basil oregano and paprika powder
  • other veggies of choice

You can use of fresh loaf or ciabatta bread, I used that kind of bread you still have to put in the oven for about 10 minutes before you can eat it.

If you use the ‘not-yet-baked-kind’, bake it in an oven on 220°C (430F) for a couple of minutes before adding the toppings and place it back for about 8 minutes afterwards. Otherwise just add the toppings and bake/grill in the oven for about 8 minutes on 220°C.

Served with spinach, peaches, avocado and coleslaw.
See I don’t just eat bread you guys ;)

Love, M.

Reconnect with your Intuition

One of the great books I read while being MIA was ‘Intuitive Eating’

A lot of things became clear while reading this.
I realised that although I was not on a diet in the strict sense of that word, I still was thinking of food in a very black and white way, eating things I thought I should be eating in the amount I thought that was appropriate, letting my mind dictate my eating habits instead of my body.

The bottom line is that I deprived myself, not just from sweets and stuff, but mostly from those (scary little?) carbs. As a result I felt more and more out of control around a lot of food and overate like there would be no tomorrow. Add the stress of moving and examinations to that and you know how a monster gets created.

I knew something had to change but I also thought that I just had to be more strict and have more willpower to eat the healthy things and everything would be fine in the end. Well guess what, the more harsh you get on yourself, the more likely it is that it is not going to work out.

And this is where I thought about ordering that intuitive eating book I read about a couple of times, couldn’t hurt right?

It turns out to be a life saviour!

It might seem paradoxical but as soon as you are truly willing to let yourself eat anything you want, the undeniable urge to eat  everything in your cabinets vanishes. While I’m still in the first phase of intuitive eating and thus still experimenting with that ‘unconditional permission to eat things’ (i.e. eat sweets just to prove to myself that I really can) I notice I haven’t been craving sweets and carbs like I used to and can eat smaller portions of them than I could ever before and feel satisfied while doing it.

I’ll definitely keep you posted about the process!

Love, M.

Back and Blogging

I must admit I thought about not blogging again for a while.
Life got crazy and stuff went down and I did not miss it, not really.

But then everything got back to normal again and instead of being lived by my life I started living it myself again.
And with that shift the thought of ‘I should share that on the blog’ reappeared.

Mona’s cute kitten moments, great food, Werchter, reading new books, learning to appreciate the little things… I wanted to share it with you guys.
If you’ll have me back that is ;)

And well, it’s not like you’ve missed an awful lot, I’m still a yoghurt breakfast bowl fiend.

I did pick up juicing, so this might be a bit scary for some of you!
Don’t be self conscious, my mum thinks it’s scary too ;)

Glad to be back,
Love, M.

Life Lately

It feels like my life has been on repeat lately.
Good thing is I only have exams until Wednesday and then I can become a real person with a real life again.

Life lately: Yoga, studying, sleeping, yoga, studying, sleeping, yoga, studying, sleeping….

and I went for a run for a couple of times.
Oh yeah, and of course there was food too!

Breakfast lately:

I haven’t touched oatmeal in 3 weeks now, I haven’t gobbled down smoothies as breakfast for a while, instead I’m sticking with yoghurt bowls.
Light and fun.
And very versatile: most of the time there are strawberries involved and some kind of grains.

My favourites thus far:
Yoghurt bowl with strawberries, melon, crushed macademians, all bran flakes and a generous splash of rice milk and the bowl with banana, almond butter and dark chocolate chips.

The yoghurt obsession probably has something to do with discovering a new kind of soy yoghurt which is much creamier and has a milder taste than the one I usually have.

Snack lately:

All kind of mini veggies: mini bell peppers, mini chicory, cherry tomatoes, mini carrots…

Apples are back in my life!

Obsessions lately:

Papaya

Macadamian nuts, just looking at that photograph makes me drool a bit.

I really credit yoga for keeping me sane and making me feel like I’m alive in the midst of this chaos of exames, papers and new movingplans.
I’ve been hitting the mat almost every day, either doing an ashtanga mysore practise or doing some yin yoga, mostly focusing on easing the muscles in my hips and lower back a bit.

Hope you are all doing well!
Love, M.

The one about the Cat

Mona likes it when people prepare food.
She always thinks there might be something in it for her so she meows and she cuddles and she darts around your legs (hoping you’ll fall and she can get to the food easier, no doubt).

I always tell her she won’t be pleased with the stuff I have to offer when I’m cooking, with me being vegetarian and all, but apparently Mona thinks eating vegetarian is a very appropriate thing for a cat to do.

We already knew she was crazy for sweet corn and chickpeas, but today she took it up another notch:

She was hooking up with some lamb’s lettuce!

Love, M.