Food

Healthy Human

Lately, I have been diving more and more into food and then mainly nutrition. I want to make sure that my body gets what it needs, what it desires and what it helps to perform. People that really know me, know I am not the foodie, I drink Coke, I smoke, I like a nice glass of wine.In general though, it is a functional “exercise” for me to nurture myself in the “healthiest way” so it allows me to surf, feel energised/well and again surf. Of course, I eat what I like but I am the kind of person that can eat the same thing week after week, just because it serves me well and I can’t be too bothered.

What I have noticed though is that there is quite a health-mania going on and to start with, it confuses the hell out of me. One day, soy milk is the best thing you can squall down and the other day it is somewhere close to the illegal-narcotics lists. This confusion aside, the most important realisation has been, how people literally create this direct link between diet/food/exercise and being healthy. And I just think that is not the truth. Health is not a stand alone state of being. It covers more than just food and exercise, it is definitely physical but it includes a whole lot of psychological as well.

In my opinion smashing down goji-berries, quinoa, spirulina and raw food while flushing it down with coconut water, will not make you the healthiest person on this planet (note that I do all of the above). There is always a psychological aspect that is a big part of being “healthy”. Again, I am the last person that would disagree that food and eating healthy are a main part of being healthy and eventually happy. But I really dislike the single focus on this.I believe that being healthy in a physical way wil not immediately make you healthy and happy in your head.

You and I will not become only healthy people just by becoming a doppelganger of a fitness model that eats raw and exercises more than a normal person can fit in their calendar. First of all you don’t know them. Secondly, you don’t know how they sleep, their worries, their despairs and their struggles..They might be the healthiest in terms of fat-percentage but the unhappiest in personal, sociological development. I know people that are the healthiest on paper but the unhappiest in real life. And the other way around, I also know people drinking, smoking, not exercising and all that would be forbidden on the how-to-be-healthy-check-list but they will probably outlive the ones that have to run into the gym every day. Of course, I also know heaps of people in between.

This post is not to distribute a negative demeanor about being healthy in the physical aspect of it, I crave exercise and am actually not the most smiliest person if I have not surfed for 3 days in a row.  I really just wanted to share that it is really not all about exercise and food, it is about the total package. You have to figure out how you can be healthy, both physical as psychological because if you only take care of one and neglect the other your total healthiness will pull the shortest string.

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My Healthy & Happy Place

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Yummie Salad

You are what you eat. It is actually not far from the truth. When you are stable, balanced, grounded and truly happy. You’ll choose mostly what you really need. Because when you are in tune, your body is in tune. Take a step back… What is your body asking for?

Lovin’ this colourful salad: pumpkin, beetroot, almonds, garden greens & mostard sauce… Yum!!! ❤

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Pure Goodness

I started the day with some goodness. Savouring this yummie juice. You literally feel your body is truly liking it. Feeling energised and refreshed before starting my last yoga session of the year. Up in the roof top. It’s sunny here in Hong Kong. The sky is blue. And this juice feels like pure goodness on this last day of the year… Make sure you have some goodness for your body, mind & soul…

Ingredients for 2-3 glasses:

– Half a Pineapple
– 2 Oranges
– 3 Apples
– 6 Leaves of Mint
– 1 heaping teaspoon of Turmeric
– 1/4 Lemon
– A tiny bit of Ginger

Enjoy the love ❤

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Blissful Lemon Bliss Balls

On Tuesday I arrived in Perth and was welcomed by a good friend from back home. She has been living here with her 3 kids and husband and I was super grateful to be her guest and catch up with her. Perth life is actually pretty awesome. We went to the beach, strolled around and today we made some Lemon Bliss Balls which she can bring to a raw-food-outdoor-get-together with some other families.

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You interested indulging into these goodies as well. Here the needs and how-to:

What you need:

  • 1 cup of raw almonds
  • 1 cup of raw cashew nuts
  • 1 cup of dates
  • zest of 3 lemons
  • Juice of 2 (or 3) lemons
  • shredded coconut

How to make them:

  • Crunch the almonds and cashew nuts (either in a mixer or like us, a spoon and a tablecloth)
  • Mix the dates, lemon zest and lemon juice together
  • Put all of the goodies in a bowl and mix them so it becomes a smooth substances
  • Create balls out of the substance
  • Roll them over in the shredded coconut
  • Place them on a plate and put it in the fridge so they can harden up.

Enjoy these healthy goodies as a snack or pre-surf energy boost.

Insane Crate Cafe

This little tucked away café in Canggu is a must-go that we just had to share with you. It is a necessity after a surf-sesh, an absolute go-to if you like to surround yourself with inspiring, fit and trendy people and beyond that a must-go-to if you like healthy and honest food. Crate Café is situated on Raya Batu Bolong and we have only good words about this tiny, always packed and never disappointing café.

From the healthy smoothies to the insane vegetarian omelettes, The Veto (Bread with Vegemite and Avocado) to the Froot Loop (fruit salad with yoghurt) everything is just divine. So when you are ever in the neighborhood, head over to Crate Café, enjoy a good espresso, a smoothie (we fell in love with the Too Good4 You) and we can assure you that you will have difficulty not going back.

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Our favourite “Too Good 4 You”

One Coconut A Day

It’s for a reason that Tales just loves coconuts. Besides the fact that they are delicious they also have heaps of other benefits. Check out below on some facts about these green friends of ours:

  • Hydration – When you exercise extensively like surf or yoga your body is in need of mineral-rich fluids. Where you might have grabbed a sports or energy drink to boost your hydration in the past, pick a coconut instead. It contains 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar, where your average energy drink will only have 12 the amount of potassium and 5 times as much sugar. Potassium in general is a mineral you want to keep stocking your body with, it maintains your fluid balance and also keeps your heart, nerves, brain and muscles functioning normally.
  • Flawless skin – If you apply coconut water on your skin it has the power to clear up and consequently tone your skin.
  • Heaps of nutrients – There is no other beverage that you can buy that contains these five electrolytes that are present in your body. It contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium.
  • Boosts digestion – No need to give specific explanation on this benefit.
  • Perfect Hang-Over remedy – Due to its hydration power, coconut will get you up and ready in no time.

These are just some of the benefits of coconuts water but for us some of the most important one. Grab one straight away, we would say!!

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Information was generated from http://www.lifehack.org

 

Eating Slow in Silence

If it is not the silence, the yoga, the mediation or the beautiful surroundings that should draw you to the Bali Silent Retreat, then most definitely the food will keep you strolling down there. At the retreat, food is included and the words “absolutely divine” don’t even do it real justice. All the food is vegetarian and sometimes even vegan. I was actually surprised that I was so amped on breakfast, lunch and dinner time as usually I like my portion of meat or fish.

The philosophy of the food prepared by Chef Simon is super inspirational and fall under the “Slow Food” category. Either the ingredients are grown in the garden of the retreat or bought from local farmers. No ingredient is bought more than four hours away as it will loose its vital vitamins. The food is prepared sustainable, chemicals are avoided and butter, sugar, honey, milk and yoghurt are claimed from the palm trees in the neighbourhood.

While safeguarding this philosophy, they manage to serve these amazing recipes that are not only a catch for the eye but also a treat for your body. Have a look yourself.

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Homemade Granola with Indonesian nuts, coconuts shifters and palmtree honey

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Raw Apple Pie

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Lentil and Javanese Almond Bake