As much as I may try to distance myself from social media, I can’t help but feel that I am absolutely brimming with love and inspiration when it comes to the sense of community that is built with the assistance of platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Being able to meet people from all over the globe, to connect with them and correspond on a regular basis. It’s some kinda magic, let me tell you. That magic has allowed me to not only scroll through and visually devour an incredible amount of love, light and passion but to actually take part in it.
I am so happy and excited to bring to you Linn of Straightforward Nutrition, a delightful woman I have been lucky enough to connect and collaborate with via Instagram. To celebrate in the spirit of community and global inspiration we have decided to share in a guest post. Please read on to learn a bit about Linn & enjoy her perfectly festive Mulled Apple Juice & then jump on over to Straightforward Nutrition to check out the recipe I have posted there!
Tell me about you, how did you get into whole foods & healthy living? Where does your blog fit in?
I’m Linn Thorstensson, a Nutritional Therapist, from Sweden but currently calling co. Cork, Ireland my home. My mother is very health conscious and she was a vegetarian long before I was born. So healthy wholesome food has been with me since conception I’d say! I’m very fortunate to have had a lot of this knowledge with me since childhood.
However there were a couple of years where my sweet tooth got the better of me and during my late teens and early twenties my eating habits and food choices weren’t the healthiest. Moving out of home and having to cook for myself coupled with long working days in a physically demanding job had me relying on bars of chocolate and slices of toast with butter. And even though I still ate vegetables at this time, my food choices would only be 50% healthy most of the time…
Somehow by the time I reached 25 my body and mind had had enough of this kind of carrying on. I was exhausted, overweight and suffered with digestive issues. Seeing a Naturopath in Australia, while living there, was the turning point. Finally I was committed, to both changing what I ate but also how & why.
This profound shift eventually led me to a career change and a different path in life. Subsequently I went on to study nutrition and graduated as a Nutritional Therapist in 2010.
Straightforward Nutrition was founded in 2011 and last year I decided that it was time to revamp my website and the blog was born. This has given me the opportunity to be more creative with my camera and also being able to share the type of food I recommend to my clients with the rest of the world. 2015 will hopefully bring further development with an online lifestyle programme in the pipeline!
Do you have any non-negotiables when it comes to what you eat or the products you use?
I’m not a fan of extremes in any form or putting “labels” on ways of eating. In the end of the day we know, and I believe we can also feel, if we starts to listen to our bodies, what is good for us. My mantra is; “Always try to choose the best quality food you can find and afford.”
Do your best and eat lot and lots of vegetables and fresh fruit and other wholefoods like nuts and seeds. If you feel like you need to eat grains, meat or dairy to be at your best then aim to eat it in the purest form possible and be mindful were it came from.
My non-negotiables are: I don’t drink soft drinks, and eat offal (I just can’t go there no matter how good it may be for you…) or fast-food burgers/meat. Other than that I just aim to eat colorful food which nourishes both my body and my soul.
What is hands down, your favorite thing to eat?
Medajool dates. Or if it’s a meal then it would be a really good pizza made with the best and freshest quality ingredients possible.
What sort of things do you do for yourself to get or to stay grounded?
Spending time in nature. I have noticed that when I don’t spend enough time outside I don’t feel all that well. So I try to get out as much as I can. Breathing in fresh air whether it’s by the sea, in the forest or on top of a mountain helps me clear my mind and reconnect.
Care to share any routines, rituals, must do’s that you stick with to keep yourself on track?
First of all decide why taking care of yourself by eating healthy and moving your body is important to you. Without a clear Why it is harder to bring yourself back on track when life just happens. If you are currently not that confident in the kitchen, take some time out to learn a couple of basic skills and recipes so you have a repertoire of healthy meals and snacks you can prepare every day to feed yourself and your loved ones well. Practice makes perfect as they say!
Plan your meals and your shopping. Batch cook and keep a well-stocked pantry so you have everything you need to cook a simple nourishing meal to hand at all times. Let go of guilt. Focus on enjoying food. Eat with all your senses. Love yourself. Focus on health, not perfection.
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to share this wintery recipe with all the readers of Sprouting an Old Soul. This is a slightly adapted version of a recipe me and my friend shared on our very first Wellness Programme which we ran a few years back. Having something to offer to anyone not consuming alcohol over the festive season is handy. And sure, if you do fancy making it a little stronger, don’t let me stop you!
Mulled Apple Juice
makes 1 litre
750ml of good quality pressed apple juice (not from concentrate)
150ml of water
2 cinnamon sticks
1-2 star anise
1 orange studded with 8 cloves, cut into 8 segments
½ tsp of freshly grated nutmeg
6 allspice berries
1 tbsp honey – optional
Place apple juice, water, orange segments, honey (if using) and all the spices in a sauce pan. Heath it through on low heat for 10 min. Do not boil. Sieve out all spices and orange bits. Serve in steardy glasses. Enjoy!0