Moleskine Recipe Journal.

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It is raining cats and dogs and I am spending my day indoors filling in this lovely looking recipe journal from Moleskine. I love to structure and organise things and since I am trying my best to get into cooking a bit more I figured that it would be brilliant to make the whole idea of cooking into something fun. And to me organising and structuring equals lots and lots of fun! I also really love the simplicity of Moleskines books in general and the feeling that someone at some point has made an effort to create a user friendly and beautiful way to organise your everyday tasks.

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Ever since I was young I have loved to organise and structure, it is a way to find peace of mind – but in this specific case it is mostly about fooling myself to enjoy learning more about cooking. I really need to start to collect recipes that I like so that I eventually can create some kind of schedule for healthy weekly dinners. Saying that, at the moment I must admit that I do eat rather well but I would like to learn how to cook more vegetarian food from scratch and use less pre-made products such as soy-sausages, burgers, mince etcetera from various vegetarian brands. Not necessarily because I think they are bad products or brands but because I think there is a point nutrition wise to eat more food that have not been processed once already.

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The Moleskine Recipe Journal allows me to structure the recipes in different sections such as appetizers, first courses, main dishes, side dishes, desserts and cocktails which makes it very easy to navigate between the different dishes in a quick manner. However, as of yet I am not sure how much I will be using some of the sections but I guess it is up to me how I decide to use the different themes. For instance, the cocktail sections is rather pointless to me since I barely drink alcohol at all – so instead I am thinking of using this section for juices, a bit healthier and a lot more fun! All in all I really enjoy this recipe journal and its many ways to make it personal (you also get stickers to use for the different “notes” sections, so cute!) and my own.

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Am I the only one left loving pen and paper instead of keeping everything digital or do you also collect your favourite recipes in a journal? Please do tell and do not hesitate to share your most amazing vegetarian recipes with me, I am eager to learn and add new yummy food to my journal!

Juice Diary : Day 1

So it is a new week and the sun has found its way back to the south of Germany but that isn’t the only thing happening this week because this is also my first day of my 5 (alternatively 10) days juice reboot! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this, I just hope that I will be able to do it as well. From what I have read the first 3-4 days are horrible and I can believe it, but after you have managed to push through the first days everything should be rather smooth sailing. I just hope that I will make it past the first day or well honestly, I dread tomorrow the most because I think that day two will be the day when my body truly will start to protest and be like “hey what a minute…where’s the food eh?” and as much as I would love to believe that it wont be a problem whatsoever I am pretty convinced it will be opposite. Anyway, everyone is different and I will simply have to wait and see in what manner my body will react, there is not much else I can do. Exciting though, is it not?

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I started my day with an “orange” juice (orange in this case does not mean that there are actual oranges in it, its simply referring to its colour!) containing two applesone lemon and three carrots – depending on the size of the fruit/vegetable you will of course get more or less juice, I try to go for somewhere between 450 ml – 600 ml per serving. My glass in the picture is about 500 ml, which I think is a decent amount of juice in one sitting.

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Since the green juice is recommended two times per day, I decided to make for both lunch and dinner at once – I quite like that since it will save me time and cleaning (the juicer does not take very long to clean, but if you have to do it 4-6 times a day it can easily become a bit tedious) and it is perfect to tap it up and keep in the fridge. I actually bought this carafe from the brand Viva Scandinavia and I really like it since its narrow enough to fit nicely in the side of the fridge without taking up too much space. What I didn’t realise when I bought it is that the brand also have a carafe that says “juice” instead of “water” which of course would be even more fitting so I just might invest in a some of those too! Maybe it’s just me, but I love the fact that the lid also come in different colours so I can colour coordinate the juices – very cute in my opinion! 

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This green juice is a bit smoother and not so sharp since it doesn’t have any lemon in it, in this greenie I have put fresh spinach leaves (about two handfuls), three cucumbers, two medium sized apples, three small pears and some parsley. As I have mentioned before I am quite the novice when it comes to everything kitchen and cooking related so this is definitely something new and exciting. I suppose juicing cannot really count as cooking per se but it truly is a wonderful way to get a lot of fruit and vegetables in your body in a quick and easy manner. I must also admit that I am still a bit amazed by the amount of juice that you get from only a couple of veggies and fruit, it’s great!

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General feeling: Normal so far (its 3.49 pm)
Mood: Wonderful!
Body: Sated.
Activity: 3.2 km morning walk done.

 

Juicing and rebooting.

A couple of weeks ago I was looking through the documentaries on Netflix and found the story about Joe Cross amazing weight and juice adventures in Fat, sick and nearly dead extremely motivating and encouraging. I have always been quite negative and not open to trying out detoxes (or reboots as Joe Cross call them) or any other in my opinion “insane diet plan” but I wholeheartedly feel that this documentary helped me to open up my eyes for a whole new way of viewing detoxing and rebooting.

My reason for previously not liking the idea of being on any kind of obscure diet is simply because I don’t want to become a slave under some ideals and diets for the rest of my life. My goal is and will always be to learn how to be “normal” again, in all possible ways – psychologically (post rape) and physically by not over-eating and maintaining a normal weight. But there was something in Fat, sick & nearly dead, that made me see a whole new side to rebooting and its very importance for the body to learn how to stop what you (your body is programmed to do, such as bad eating habits etc) currently are doing and then shock the body (and yourself most likely, I still don’t believe that you actually can prepare yourself for something like this) by detoxing/rebooting by drinking various highly nutritious, freshly home-made fruit and/or vegetable juices for anything between 3 to 20 days (or longer if your medical doctor would agree).

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And I like this idea so much because it is not exactly about adapting into a new diet where you have to change your eating habits forever, but instead it is more of a wake up call to the body by saying “Oi! Listen up! We are restarting the system, you hear me metabolism and all other bodily functions that may have slowed down due to me stuffing my face for years”, and there is just something about all this that sits just right with my way of thinking. I truly do believe that you need to do something quite drastic to wake up an overweight and sleepy body, pretty much in the same manner that you have to “shock” the body by introducing a new training routine whenever your muscle (muscle memory etc) have learnt a certain kind of exercise, to be able to continue harvest results.

But it is more than this that I have embraced, oddly enough (seeing that I have been negative towards detoxing before) I really like the idea of giving the body nothing but fluid (you are also allowed to eat salads, soups etc if you would prefer to go down that route instead) full of healthy greenies and fruit. The whole thought behind shocking an overweight body to start over and in the process allow it to start doing its jobb properly again, simply seem perfectly sane and logical to me. I know that my body needs to reboot, I have filled it for far too long with too much crap, no kidding about that part, and I can imagine that it probably would appreciate some kind of reboot like one big chance to a whole new start full of healthy goodies.

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The bottom line is: Game on Joe Cross! I am not going to do 60 days like he did, maybe I would need it I really don’t know but I already know that I am not committed enough to be able to do that. Saying that may sound like I am not committed at all but that could not be more wrong, trust me I am totally and overly psyched about juicing! Of course not without reservations, I mean, I am a bit worried that I wont even make it past the first day. I am after going from over-eating (a month ago) to downsizing the portions the past month to almost go cold turkey on juicing alone does not only seem daunting it is bloody terrifying! But I think like this, trying is free and “failing” is nothing but learning, and learning more about how my body function is what I want and need. I would like to teach my body (which I happen to love) that I am not punishing it anymore, I am rewarding it for coping with my many years of misbehaviour and that now, now is finally the time to reboot and start over.

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With all this said, I guess it would not hurt if you my dear hearts, could just you know, keep your fingers crossed only a tiny bit for me next week when I intend to start my first 5 day long juicing session. Cheers!

If you are interested in joining in on the (hopefully rewarding fun!) or if you would like some more information about Joe Cross and rebooting with juice, please check out the links below.

Joe Cross official webpage
Why Reboot with Juice?
 Juicing Plans
 Juice/Salad/Smoothie/Soup/Snack/Desert Recipes
Keeping Fit while Juicing