The never ending WOD

Hello my babes! How are you today? Hope everything is well with you. Poor Jamie has caught this flu going around here in Glasgow so he’s lying in bed. I’ve tried to fill him up with all kinds of green smoothies, ginger shots and water to get him feeling better but unfortunately there isn’t much I can do other than force him to rest and take it easy. At the same time I’m avoiding to spend too much time with him as I really really hope I don’t get ill. I’m drinking all the greens, turmeric and ginger too to try and boost my immune system. Tonight I think I’ll make either a turmeric curry (turmeric is meant to be very anti-inflammatory) or a veggie soup to help us both. I’m hoping to get him on his feet very soon.

Yesterday I had a rest day considering the blood donation the day before and I was also booked in for a massage with the amazing Jan. He is awesome! My lower back has been feeling a bit tight so he tried to sort me out and I felt so much looser when I left. Thank you Jan for helping me once again.

Today I went to Strong Mum’s and I’d heard through a couple of people who did it the night before that the workout on the board today was tough. Very tough. I suppose you should be wary when Stella names it “The Evil”!! When her usual WODs that aren’t called that feel very evil at times.

I was still feeling a little bit odd, might be from donating blood on Sunday but thought I would just do my best. I was paired up with the amazing Jules, who is so unbelievably strong and badass in the gym. She absolutely smashed the workout whilst I was really struggling on my rounds. Really really struggling. I didn’t think I’d get through at some points.

It’s in those moments it’s not even really about how fast you’re doing it or what weight you’re doing. It’s just actually getting through, to prove to your mind that yes you can do it even though you’re screaming no inside. I swore, I made noises and I put the bar down a few times but thank goodness for Jules who pushed me through with her encouragement.

At the end we just looked at each other and said that we couldn’t have done it without the other person’s support. Just hearing someone next to you counting down the reps and telling you that you can do it and that you’re almost there makes all the difference in those difficult moments. Those moments you just want to lie down on the ground and make it stop. 

Then when we finished the first part of the class, which was four rounds each with this barbell that just felt like it was getting heavier and heavier for each rep. The finisher was tough too, loads of jump ropes and then 30 toes to bar each, more skipping and then finished off with wall balls. At that point my arms felt like mush. They still do!

I feel knackered now having done that WOD. It must’ve been a full hour pretty much of constant hard work. Not easy but we got through! We didn’t give up and that’s a great feeling knowing that you overcame your thoughts. You leave feeling stronger for it. I told Stella at this rate, Rainhill will feel like nothing. Well I hope it won’t at least!

You might now wonder why on earth I have picture of a sandwich and a cup of tea at the top of this post? Unfortunately this was not my food today. It was little while back when Jamie and I went for food at Papercup and I tried their new vegan sandwich. It was with some form of spiced tofu, pickled carrot, cuccumber and peanut butter and OH MY GOD. It was so good. I don’t ever really order sandwiches when I’m out. I rarely eat bread, just because I don’t really crave it very often BUT this sandwich was amazing. You guys need to try it.

Now I need to get some stuff done so I’ll speak to you soon!

Love, M xxx

Paradiset // Stockholm // Sweden


An entire deli counter filled with Raw Desserts!!
Another part of the counter filed with over ten delicious looking salads

My new year’s eve dinner from Paradiset

Sorry guys, yet another delicious place and it’s unfortunately not in Scotland! It’s in Stockholm but I figured the day you guys decide to visit you’ll at least know where to go because food is a very important part of any holiday.

Paradiset is an incredible place with a couple of units across Stockholm now. They’re essentially an all organic supermarket (sort of like Whole Foods I suppose but I seriously think Paradiset is way better) that’s quite health-oriented. You go in there and you have everything you would need for your grocery shop. You’ve got fruit and veg, an incredible deli counter filled with already prepared food and cakes as well as your fish and meat. There’s the cold section where you have dairy products and such. Then there’s cleaning products and all of that, as well as your natural supplements area.

My personal favourite part of the shop (considering I couldn’t do a massive grocery shop because I don’t live there, I would if I did!) was the deli. WOW! The deli of dreams. One part of the counter was just filled with raw desserts. I’ve never seen so many delicious looking raw desserts to choose fromin one place. Why I didn’t buy one to try I don’t even know but they sure looked good and I loved the idea of them selling this instead of normal cakes. The other part of the deli counter was filled with loads of incredible looking salads. I was in heaven, they all looked so good. There was also prepared skewers and veggie burgers and such. It all looked dreamy and I wanted it all.

The reason I was in Paradiset was to pick up some bits but also to get myself something for the new years dinner. I had been having a bit of dairy and fish during my trip in Sweden but my stomach did not agree with it at all because it’s not really as used to it as it once was so I felt I didn’t want to have stomach pains and I prefer to eat vegan when I can due to numerous reasons so I said to my cousins I would get my own food (I really don’t like to be a hassle!). Since I was leaving the next day for Glasgow I figured I’d just buy something instead of cooking. I ended up getting two of their veggie burgers (a beetroot one and a carrot one) and some of their salads. To bulk up I added spinach to it as well when I had my meal. I heated up the veggie burgers in the oven and oh wow. It all tasted insanely good. So much flavour and freshness. I loved it. Another reason to go to Stockholm, if not just for how beautiful it is, go for all the delicious food you can have. Seriously!

Anyway, how are you today lovelies? It’s Friday! Hope you’ve got some nice plans for the weekend. I’ve just had my breakfast and need to get ready soon to leave for the gym in an hour. The class doesn’t start until 9.45am but I walk down and it takes about 40 minutes or so, which is why I leave a bit earlier. Why not get some steps in? Later on today I’m going for a meeting and then Jamie is actually off tonight. I’m not sure what we’ll get up to but it’ll be nice to spend some time with him.

Have a great day!

 

Holy Greens

Hello my lovelies! If it’s one thing Stockholm has a good offering of on the food scene, it’s salad bars! An absolute gem of a place is Holy Greens in Mood (a shopping centre). They are amazing! I was there twice during my stay and I can’t get over how delicious and flavoursome their food is. It’s such a great pit stop when you’re running about in town and want to grab something quick.

I first discovered Holy Greens when Jamie and I were in Stockholm in January last year and we both loved it. For Jamie to love a salad bar it needs to be something special so that says a lot. I’ve always had the same salad there and haven’t dared to try anything else because this salad is perfection. It’s called “Grönsakslandet” it’s got red quinoa, beetroot hummus, avocado, ginger pickled carrot, broccoli, cucumber, sprouts and pumpkin and sunflower seeds. Yum! I add falafel to it as well because how could you say no to falafel when it’s on offer? This is hands down one of the more filling and delicious salads I’ver ever had. It’s also served with a dressing but I’ve never felt the salad needed anything more on it so I’ve never actually tried it.

When I was there with Anki she had the “Geta Beta” it’s got goats cheese, black rice, yellow beetroot, edamame beans, kale, pickled red onion, walnuts and pea sprouts. She gave it a thumbs up too!

So how are you guys today? I’m slowly starting to feel like this cold is turning around. I’ve started to sleep through the night again without waking up from coughing (winning!). I’ve been drinking so many ginger shots. I’ve juiced ginger, squeezed half a lemon and added turmeric powder to the shots hoping it will heal me. I don’t know if it’s them or if my body is just slowly starting to recover on it’s own. Hovewer, I’m not questioning it, I’m just happy something is happening.

I had a lovely day yesterday. It started off with a session at G5 and then I joined Stella and Kilo for brunch at Gusto. We had a great chat and it was great to hear her thoughts on some things I’d been thinking about. After brunch we went for a walk with Kilo in the park before she gave me a lift home.

In the evening I had my girls Faye and Kate over for dinner. I served bean chilli with baked sweet potato, exactly the kind of food you want to eat when it’s so cold outside! Glasgow has been baltic once again these past couple of days. Faye even brought some raw dessert for us to share afterward whilst we were having tea. Then we collapsed in my living room on the sofas. I had the worst stomach pain I’d had in a while. I ate that food far too quickly and had had irregular meals yesterday which really throws my stomach off for some reason. Either why it was so nice to have them over. Those two make me laugh so much.

Today I need to head to the post office to pick up some parcels I’ve missed when I’ve been out of the flat and then I need to continue the job hunt, spend some time with Jamie and then it’s time for another session at G5 tonight.

Hope you have a wonderful day, M xxx

Mahalo // Hornsgatan 61 // Stockholm // Sweden

Hello lovelies! Happy Saturday. Hope you’ve had a nice relaxing start so far. I’m still fighting of this stupid cough and it’s not giving up. I’m doing everything I can to try and cure it but nothing seems to be working. A bit frustrating but hopefully there’ll be a turning point soon.

I think I have a new healthy favourite in Stockholm. Mahalo on “Söder” (South of Stockholm) is a vegan café that was on my to visit list. I went there with my friend Gabbie during the day on New Years Eve. It’s yet another place I’ve been following on social media, drooling over their delicious-looking feed. Everything looked so colourful and fresh.

They’ve got all the things you’d want from a healthy eating café such as smoothies, acai bowls, all forms of lattes such as matcha and turmeric lattes, raw desserts and different kinds of salad bowls. There was so much I wanted to try I didn’t even know what to choose. I didn’t know when I was next returning so the pressure was on to choose something really good! I went for the Buddha bowl with tempeh. I’d never tried tempeh before so I was really excited about that. Supposedly I’ve heard it’s slightly better for you than tofu seeing as the soybeans are fermented but don’t quote me on that!

I of course couldn’t say no to a matcha latte when it was on offer, unfortunately they were out of oat milk so I went for almond milk. I probably should’ve just skipped it because almond milk matcha lattes are no where near as nice as oat milk ones. Oat milk has a slightly sweet taste whilst almond milk I really just taste like water with a hint of watered down almond. Gabbie couldn’t resist ordering one of their acai bowl, the large size of course. She’s had quite a few during her many visits to the US so she’d know if it was a good one or not.

The Buddha Bowl was delicious! So much flavour going on the plate with pickled cabbage, a beautiful miso dressing (I think it was) and loads of fresh veg. I loved it and I really liked the tempeh, it had a nice texture. Gabbie’s acai bowl was delicious as well! I got the chance to finish it off when she got too full and I couldn’t say no to an offer like that. Way better than any of the acai bowls I’ve tried in Glasgow. It was lovely sweet and all the amazing toppings lifted it to a whole new level.

The look of the entire venue reminded me a bit of Farm Girl in London. It didn’t feel very Swedish the Mahalo, more London style kind of venue, which I loved. I really feel like Mahalo has got the heart in the right place and you tell it from the food they served. Both dishes we tried tasted delicious!

Time to get ready for some yoga guys! Have a great day xxx