Lettuce wrap it up

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I could really shove that lettuce wrap in my mouth right now and wash it down with some hydrating coconut water. Bu I’m not at this very moment. I’m just fantasizing about it.

I love cute little cafés with creative and homie ambiance. Homie as in at home not as in your young home boy Steve. Elderberries Café in West Hollywood has just this. It’s cute, cozy and creative, it’s C.C.C. What a label,  and what an honor to be named a C.C.C from the one and only, me.

With both vegan and non vegan options on their menu, mostly vegan though Elderberries have a nice and healthy menu. Fresh and crispy, light and snacky, burgery and sandwichy and with vegan deserts. Yes, vegan damn deserts, which are delicious creations trust me! Don’t hate, just trust, just love. – Linnéa Kindstrom. That’s how beautiful quotes are created.

Now when the colder times are creeping in from every corner I would probably slam in a nice veggie burger in my mouth instead and wash it down with a nice hot coffee. It would be more of a sipping action going on actually, I don’t like to inhale hot liquids.

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Discipline your ass

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Discipline. I’ve thought about how some people have better discipline than others, and that we always blame peoples lack of it for not reaching their goals. Goals in anything. Weight loss, being the champion taco eater, twerker of the year, you get the point. We look at people who has their shit together and we go ”wow, I wish I had the discipline to do what they do! Why is my shit not that well put together!?”

Discipline, in my head, goes hand in hand with addictions and habits. You might think what the hell is she talking about right now, but hear me out. What is discipline? It’s making yourself do or restrain yourself from doing certain things that feels uncomfortable. You disciplined yourself to go to the gym everyday and you don’t eat a whole cake before bed anymore. The discipline turned your desired behavior into a habit, that developed into an addiction. Am I making sense here or just totally out in the water with my bicycle? Meaning that I don’t make sense if you didn’t get my clever metaphor.

Addictions can be a bad thing but it can also be a very good thing, depending on the addiction of course. Drugs? Not the best choice. Exercising and helping others? I like the sound of that. An addiction happens fast, whether it’s to something or someone. Human beings adapt to things fairly fast, it’s in our biology for survival. Have you heard about the statement saying it takes about 21 days to develop a habit? I bet you have. 21 days is three weeks, we are not even talking about a full ass month here! It’s fast enough to make a possible change, and slow enough to realize when a habit is starting to form and then deciding to continue adapting to it or not. I could change up my habits every month if I so please, and had the discipline to do so.

What I believe is that people with better discipline than others realize the fact that by pushing themselves to do something for a short period of time, they will start doing this thing naturally. Out of a habit, out of an addiction. Disciplined people know that if they don’t push themselves over the threshold nobody else will. Three weeks can stand between you and a life changing habit.Three weeks! Do you understand how insane that is? I couldn’t even grow my own tomatoes in that time! Or maybe I could..? I don’t know that much about growing your own tomatoes. Well, back to the point, three weeks in exchange for a life time. Pretty sweet deal. But then we also have those three weeks to force ourselves into uncomfortability, which is why most people don’t do it.

Discipline is your mindset to look at something that seems impossible as no big deal. Visualize yourself succeeding and by doing this you’re making your mind strong enough to put your body into werk! People are lazy biologically (even this a survival instinct) and the only recipe for strong discipline is a strong mind and a strong will to accomplish something.

I don’t know why I started thinking about discipline all off a sudden, but it’s December, almost the end of the year and I feel that a lot of people tend to ”lay off” or put their goals ”on hold” until the new year. It’s now that we need our discipline more than ever. Finish strong and make a way for an even stronger and more productive new year. Just because the year is ending doesn’t mean that you are ending. So focus, visualize, and discipline yourself into the new year and a better you.

Swallow the Pill

Have you ever caught yourself thinking about a moment in time when you were a little kid doing something that was so hard and awful to you, and thinking about that same thing now makes you let out a mild chuckle because you were overreacting? How certain things felt like giant obstacles or the end of the world? When you started to cry if your mom got worried over a weird bump on your arm and you thought that meant that you were going to die?

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A day ago I caught myself thinking of the moments when I had to take medicine as a kid. It was a shit show, to put it nicely. I would cry, yell, hide, basically do ANYTHING to get out of taking my medicine. My parents always had to bribe me with chocolate or other things just to make me take the medicine. Taking medicine in a pill form was even worse than the liquid form, or actually, I don’t know… If you think throwing up over the dinner table after a shot of medicine is a good way to go, then maybe you could say that swallowing pills was worse… I hated them equally and when it came to the pills I used to hide them and flush them down the toilet when I was alone. So I actually never took my pills… I’m totally fine though, which makes me believe that most medicines are bullshit anyways. I believe in the power of a healthy diet and lifestyle! *cough* go vegan *cough* exercise (extremely necessary side note). 

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What I’m trying to say is that today I can pop pills on the regular (vitamins, okay, just vitamins, not talking about other things!!) and a shot of tequila is probably worse than the medicine I used to take but now it’s a routine for the weekend turn up. We grow up and we overcome obstacles in our life without really noticing how it happens. Yes, being able to take your medicine is not the biggest deal in the world but whatever obstacles you’re facing right now you will overcome. You just will, life is pretty cool like that. You’re in it, you don’t know what to do, and then all of a sudden you’re sitting at your kitchen table sipping on a cup of tea and you remember the bullshit you were going through and you think “Damn, look at me now, I’m getting paper” (as our friend Chris Brown would say), and then you go back to sipping on your tea with a great sense of comfort and establishment. Maybe you’re even snacking on a cookie, who knows. I hope you are because cookies are awesome and delicious.

Life will always have obstacles, life is a god damn obstacle itself! The beauty of it is that we grow and we learn. Whatever bumps and cracks he have to fall into are meant to be there, to build us and mold us into the people we are supposed to be. So whatever you’re going through, one day you’ll be able to look back and swallow the damn pill.

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Because Pasta is life

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Pasta, pasta, pasta. They are just like people, comes in different shapes and sizes. Some are long, some are short, some are crocked and some are in a funny shape. Does it matter? No, because in the end we love them all. Not to ruin the beautiful moment but I could live without spaghetti. Haters will hate on me for saying that, but they’re way to thin and long! Give me some substance to it, like a long ans sleek tagliatelle instead and I’m on board. The best thing about the lil pasta homies is that they are so simple to put together and they pair up with literally anything! Tomato sauce, pesto, cheesy sauce, chocolate, twigs and bark form nature itself, the list goes on my friends!

What I like the most, or one of the things I like the most because I like a shit load of things, is to let the pasta shine and whip up an easy pasta dish with fresh vegetables. Fresh, yummy, bomchickawowaa, and all those other nice sound effects.

I’m not going to tell you how to make pasta with veggies because it’s pretty straight forward. Boil up those bad boys and add veggies. There you go. This post is more a sweet little appreciation to the beloved pasta than an actual recipe. Sometimes food staples need love too! Not that pasta needs more shine than it already has, everyone loves this dude. Someone who does need more love is the potato or rice. They don’t get that much love. Well, next time. Let’s let pasta shine some more.