Grief is a Bitch

When Paula had just passed away I didn’t feel anything. I had seen this moment coming for quite a while. We had exchanged our last text messages saying how much we loved each other. My husband and I went for a walk on the beach...

Gluten-Free High Protein Banana Peanut Butter Cranberry Muffins

I’ve shared before that I often use cookbooks as a source of inspiration and then make my own version of the recipes. This is one of those recipes. I have made similar muffins from The Karma Chow Ultimate Cookbook by Melissa Costello many times. When...

My Kitten Teachers

I’ve wanted a kitten for a long time. Or two, actually. But because my husband and I were always traveling, it never seemed like a good idea. Enter the pandemic. We suddenly found ourselves home all the time. And it doesn’t look like we are...

What you should (not) be eating – part 2

In part 1 of this blog (read it here) I shared all the things you should and should not eat according to the 'experts', and I invited you to learn to listen to your own body to give you guidance instead. Another suggestion is to...

Apple Crisp

I have a great memory from when I was 4 or 5 years old: my dad and I had gone ice-skating and when we got back home my mom had baked an apple crisp. The whole house was filled with the sweet scent of apples...

What you should (not) be eating – part 1

You should eat breakfast; it’s the most important meal of the day. However, you should also not eat breakfast because intermittent fasting is really good for you. You shouldn’t eat carbohydrates, and lots of fat. And also: you shouldn’t eat fat because it’s not good for your...

Grounding in the Earth Element during Late Summer

The end of summer, when it is not quite fall yet but there is a definite change in the air, is an actual season in traditional Chinese Medicine: Late Summer. When we are moving back into some sort of a routine after the freedom of...

Vegan Bolognese Sauce

One of the nicer Italian restaurants here in my little town serves a delicious vegan Bolognese sauce with pasta. One night, when we were planning to grill vegan burgers in the back yard and it started to rain, I decided to attempt to replicate the...

How (not) to Deal with the Unknown

Suffering is a loaded term. In Buddhism suffering – or rather: how not to suffer – is the crux of the practice. Many people associate suffering with physical pain, with the lack of a place to live, or with starvation, and therefore think that they...

What If Everyone Did this?

Given the current covid-19 pandemic, the question: “What if everyone did this?” seems more relevant than ever. I’ve been asking myself this question for years, as a practice of compassion and mind training called Lojong. There is a lot we can learn from this practice:...

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