So yesterday I returned back home from 4 beautiful days in Sweden. Me and my family decided to rent a cabin, to celebrate Christmas there this year – just to try out something new. Needless to say it turned out so much better than I ever hoped for! It was such a beautiful, yet cosy little cabin with a lake and a forest in the backyard. It was pretty much in the middle of nowhere, but we had everything we needed and we could pick up groceries within a 30 min. drive. There were no internet there, and it was actually very nice for a change. When at home, I check instagram several times a day and I usually keep scrolling through it when I go to bed as well (I’m sure many of you know the feeling). But suddenly I couldn’t do that anymore, so I had to spend my time in other (more creative) ways. Sure, I did miss my internet a little bit, but being without it was no problem at all. What I love about cabin-life, is how simple it is, and how you’re not bound by anything. It’s just a very pure form of life, in the middle of nature. And I’m telling you, I havn’t felt so alive and fresh in a long time. Nature really is my happy place.
Every single day I woke up around 9 am, and I just walked around the house for a bit, getting ready for the day. Just before I left for Sweden, I started oil-pulling in the morning and I continued to do this at our stay there (I’m experiencing really great benefits from doing oil-pulling, so I might do a separate post on this topic). After that I made myself a fruit-platter for breakfast, which I enjoyed in front of the fireplace.
The fruit-platters I made were usually a mix of apples, oranges, persimmons and dates, with a sprinkle of cinnamon. All seasonal and super delicious. The pictures below shows my breakfasts from all 4 days:
After breakfast I would put on my warming boots and coat, to go outside with my camera. Then I just walked around on the ground around the cabin, and some days I continued walking, into the woods. And yes I did take a whole lot of self-portraits. Not because I particularly like the way I look or anything like that, but because it’s quite therapeutic to me. All alone in the quiet nature, with my camera and tripod. It calms me in such a nice way. For the first couple of days it wasn’t very cold at all, which is why I took off my coat for some of the shots. But soon the weather got freezing, so coat-less was no longer an option. Anyways here we go (prepare for photo-overload!).
On a food-related note, I’ve actually felt a lot better too. First of all because I had no acces to Cronometer to track my calories, which is something I find myself depending on a lot when I’m at home. I think Cronometer is a great tool if you can use it with a healthy mindset, and not get ‘addicted’ to it. To a person with my history it can quickly become more of a ‘need’ to know the number of everything I eat, and that’s not how I want it to be. So for those 4 days I was forced to just go with the flow and eat what I wanted, and it was so awesome. I’m strongly aiming to continue this way now that I’m at home.
So besides the breaky-fruitplatters, of course I ate other stuff too! Sweden actually have a lot of amazing vegan products available and I managed to find vegan gnocchi, which is something I’ve wanted to try forever! (The ones available where I live either have milk-powder or eggs in them). So yeah, that was super tasty and I had that quite a few times 😉 And I didn’t even care about the fact that it was made from white flour (which I usually avoid), because it made me feel fine and it was super tasty… And you gotta live a little right??
For the gnocchi dish, I just boiled the gnocchi briefly and then I added steamed kale, green peas and a sauce made of chopped tomatoes mixed with tomato paste, herbs and onion powder. Delicious and easy! The next day I had the leftovers with some raw red pepper.
For a few other easy meal ideas, I had oilfree granola w. banana and almond milk as well as chiaseed pudding (chia seeds, oats, vanilla, cinnamon, banana and almond milk) with thawed frozen berries. For snacks I pretty much just ate my beloved medjools 😉
And not to forget Christmas dinner! I decided to make something really simple, because there wasn’t that much space for cooking up something epic, so I just made my vegan gravy and served it with steamed veggies (bok choy, kale, peas & carrots) and organic potatoes. Tasty and simple!
Now back to nature! As you might have guessed, it was absolutely gorgeous. Here is a few outtakes:
So I just had to add the last picture there, because I find it quite funny 😉 A tree with an eye?! Like nature can see.. Fascinating or creepy, I can’t really decide.
As the days went by, the weather got colder and colder so a nice warming cup of tea was in order! The one I was drinking is called ‘revitalise’ by Pukka and it’s my favourite tea in the world. Highly recommended!
I think I’m going to end it today, with a few pics of my beloved dog, because she’s such a precious little soul ♥
That’s pretty much it for now. I already miss Sweden, and I miss nature being right outside my window. I can’t wait to be back someday!