Consciously Eating – Ohne Handy, Netflix oder Arbeit Aufmerksam Essen + vollwertiges herbstliches Salat-Rezept

„Nur“ zu Essen, ohne nebenbei YouTube, Insta Stories oder Netflix zu gucken, auf Nachrichten zu antworten, durch den Feed zu scrollen, zu lesen, Hausaufgaben zu machen oder ähnliches fühlt sich richtig unproduktiv, langweilig und einsam an, oder?

Solange man nicht seine Familie oder Freunde da hat, mit denen man gemeinsam Essen und erzählen kann (und selbst da liegt bei vielen ja leider sogar das Handy neben dem Teller – man will ja nichts überlebenswichtiges verpassen). Und selbst wen: dann konzentriert man sich auch nicht ausschließlich aufs Essen sondern man hört, denkt, spricht und ist in Gedanken nur kurz wirklich bei „Oh, das schmeckt aber richtig lecker!“

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Stille, nur eine Tätigkeit auf einmal ausführen und den Kopf mal ganz langsam, nur das wesentliche Denken lassen gehört heute zu einer richtig schwierigen Aufgabe – schließlich sind wir tagtäglich von so vielen Eindrücken, Informationen, Bildern und Gedanken umgeben, die durch unser Hirn rasen.

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Wenn ich ein neues Rezept ausprobiere oder mir richtig Mühe gebe meine Wochenend-Pancakes zuzubereiten, dann nehme ich mir gerne auch danach bewusst Zeit das Gezauberte zu essen, wirklich zu schmecken, über das Rezept und eventuelle Verbesserungen nachzudenken usw. Aber im Alltag ist dann oft nur „nebenbei“ Zeit für Essen.

In der Uni: während man bereits die nächste Vorlesung vorbereitet oder mit seinen Freunden über den gestrigen Nachmittag quatscht, beim Mittag während man schon wieder über Hausaufgaben, Emails oder Artikeln sitzt und Abends wenn man ganz entspannt nebenbei durch Instagram scrollt.

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Ist das bei euch auch der Fall? Esst ihr auch viel zu oft vor jeglicher Technik und konzentriert euch auf alles, aber nicht euer Essen?

Dann will ich euch hiermit dazu aufrufen endlich wieder mehr BEWUSST ZU ESSEN. Sich alleine an den Küchentisch oder vors offene Fenster in welches die Sonne rein scheint zu setzen, wirklich zu kauen, schmecken, genießen, langsam zu essen und seine Gedanken einfach mal kreisen zu lassen.

Inspiriert bzw. erinnert wurde ich dadurch erst wieder von @melinaophelia die sich daran ebenfalls übt öfter bewusst zu Essen und davon in ihrer Story berichtet.

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Das ist so viel gesünder weil:

  • du richtig kaust und damit auch besser verdaust
  • du langsamer isst und dadurch oft auch weniger, weil du genau merkst wann du satt bist
  • du deinem Kopf und Körper Ruhe und eine Pause gibst, denn das sollte Essen sein
  • du wirklich wahrnimmst wie dein Essen schmeckt

Probier es einfach mal aus und merk den Unterschied! Du wirst dich danach viel besser fühlen als sonst nach dem Essen!

Zumindest hin und wieder, vielleicht einmal am Tag? Oder zu jeder Mahlzeit bei der du zu Hause bist? Wenn du merkst, wie viel besser du dich dadurch fühlst, wirst du dir automatisch öfter die Zeit dafür bewusst nehmen.

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To keep it real: Nein, ich mach das nicht immer. Auch ich muss mich dazu bewusst selbst auffordern, mich daran erinnern mein Handy wegzupacken und manchmal ist es einfach auch viel zu praktisch und zeitsparend…leider.

Außerdem hat es auch nicht nur Nachteile: Manchmal fühle ich mich, jetzt wo ich nicht mehr zu Hause wohne auch ein bisschen einsam beim Essen. Ich war es von früher gewohnt fast jede Mahlzeit mit meiner Familie gemeinsam zu essen und jetzt bin ich oft auch alleine, da sich die Essenszeiten mit meinen Mitbewohnerinnen nicht immer überschneiden. Und da schaue ich einfach gerne ein YouTube Video oder höre einen Podcast zur Unterhaltung. Dann habe ich nicht das Gefühl alleine essen zu müssen. Manchmal braucht man das.

Fun Fact: Als ich auf meiner Reise manchmal alleine im Restaurant essen war, habe ich dabei einfach einen Podcast gehört und hatte das Gefühl ich sitze mit guten Freunden gemeinsam am Tisch und rede mit ihnen – das war wirklich schön und so hilfreich!

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Herbstlicher warmer Salat mit Ofen-Gemüse und Obst

Wer heute noch denkt Salat wäre langweilig, der hat einfach bloß keine Ahnung :D Salate können so cool, vielseitig, interessant, saisonal und mit den verschiedensten Geschmacksrichtungen sein.

Frisches Gemüse ist unheimlich gesund, aber vor allem im Winter kann ich davon keine riesigen Portionen essen da meine Verdauung das nicht verträgt und ich warmes Essen brauche. Deshalb ist die Kombi aus warm und frisch so gut!

Ihr könnt so viele verschiedenen Variationen euch ausdenken. Das wichtigste ist, dass ihr ein gutes geschmackvolles Dressing habt, Proteine und Kohlenhydrate enthalten sind damit es eine vollwertige Mahlzeit ist und ihr crunchy, süße, fruchtige oder nussige Extras einbaut, damit es interessant bleibt.

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Zutaten

  • frischer Babyspinat, gemischter Feldsalat, Rucola
  • Tomaten, Avocado
  • Kürbis, frische Rote Beete, Pastinake
  • Walnüsse, Granatapfelkerne, halber Apfel, Sprossen
  • Sauce: Tahini, Senf, Apfelessig, Leinöl, Salz & Pfeffer, Kurkuma, Dattelsirup

So wird’s gemacht

  • für das warme Ofengemüse habe ich einfach eine halbe frische Rote Beete, 2 Pastinaken und ein Viertel Hokkaido Kürbis abgewaschen, nicht geschält und in kleinen Stücken auf einem Backblech verteilt, mit Salz gewürzt und bei ca. 180°C für 30-40 Minuten gebacken
  • den frischen Salat habe ich abgewaschen und die Salatsauce (von jedem einen kleinen Schwaps bzw. einen halben TL ca.) einmassiert und dann noch frische Tomaten und etwas übrige Avocado dazugetan
  • als das Ofengemüse fertig war, habe ich es über dem Salat verteilt und dann noch meine Toppings aus Walnüssen, Granatapfelkernen und Apfelscheiben, sowie ein paar Brokkolisprossen darüber verteilt

Super lecker, nährhaft, voller Vitamine, Micro- und Macro-Nährstoffe!

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Ich liebe solche Salate und habe noch einige andere Varianten davon in petto. Würdet ihr gerne noch mehr von meinen Salat-Variationen sehen? Dann mache ich noch einen extra Rezept-Sammelpost mit weiteren Ideen und Rezepten!

Wie oft esst ihr wirklich bewusst? Wollt ihr darauf ebenfalls mehr achten?

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Surfing at Spot X – Surfcamp with Mojosurf

What is a better place to learn how to surf than a beautiful secret beach on the east coast of Australia?

Learning to surf was always a big dream of mine and now I finally got the basics to be able to rent a surfboard everywhere along my travels and practice and play in the waves.

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I booked the surf camp for 5 days at Spot X with MojoSurf in Woolwolga and it was a complete success. I didn’t only have a lot of fun and some of the most relaxing days, I can also say that I am more or less able to surf now.

Even though I would say that 5 days are great to learn the basics and be able to practice yourself afterwards, I wished I could stay longer because I had such a wonderful time.

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Getting up bright and early after an amazing night sleep to jump in your bikini, have some energizing breakfast grabbing a board and playing in the waves until you are exhausted. Eating lots of wraps, salad and toast afterwards for lunch and going straight back to the beach for some reading and tanning until the sun sets. Some yoga and stretching in the sand, the sound of the waves in your ears and meeting many new people at dinner after a refreshing shower.

Talking to strangers has never been that easy when you know you already have a similarity: the endless love for that breathtaking feeling of riding a wave to the beach.

Relaxing, more reading (or partying for others) until you can’t keep your eyes open anymore and fall asleep with a smile on your face and exhausted muscles preparing for the next surf day.

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Anzeige // Mojosurf is a big surf camp company teaching in Australia, New Zealand or Bali. They have several surf places, but Spot X is supposed to be the best for beginners because it is long, empty and has overall great conditions to learn how to surf. It is right at the beach in Woolwolga on a campsite. They have a big community area with the kitchen where you get served all meals every day and don’t need to worry about cooking or cleaning. You live in a dorm accommodation and meet your surf buddies every day for a two-hour surf lesson. Additionally, it is possible to pay for extra practising time in the afternoon or other fun water activities, but I was happy with resting and relaxing and didn’t join that.

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The surf lessons contain some theory as well as practising in small groups with the help of an instructor. All gear you need is provided and they have great boards for beginners (what I can especially feel now that I’ve tried surfing with other boards as well and it was much harder with different ones).

In the beginning, I felt a little bit overwhelmed because the surf camp is quite big and there are a lot of people and teachers that change daily, so you don’t feel very familiar with your group or the instructors. But I got used to that and on the other hand, it was super easy to get to know new people because you just need to ask how their surf was that day and then you are already into a conversation – even easier than in a hostel!

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I didn’t expect that at first, but the food at the camp was pretty good as well! Lots of healthy stuff and they even did vegan, not just veggie and dairy free. For breakfast, we always had toast with the usual sweet spreads, fruit and even porridge which was great. Lunch was always the same: salad and lots of veggies, wraps, toast, cheese and ham and some sort of pasta/rice salad. Delicious and pretty healthy. Dinner was the highlight! They really put a lot of effort into not making boring/the same dishes all the time. We had taco’s, mac ’n‘ cheese (they even had a vegan one and it was so so good!), rice with veggie stew, mash-veggies-sausage (vegan ones as well!), and a chickpea stew with veggies and potato. Super yummy stuff and so necessary after burning lots of energy in the water and at the beach.

After the five days of surfing, I now feel pretty comfortable about being able to surf some waves and I am so pumped to practice more along my travels. I already surfed the green unbroken waves for the last two days and it worked pretty well (even though the instructor helped me).

After the camp, I travelled further to Byron Bay and also tried surfing here, but the waves were not good at all and the board way too small and therefore hard to stand up for a beginner… but I will for sure try it over and over again – surfing is addicting.

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I am so glad that I made the decision to try surfing and do the surf camp so that I can surf all around the world now and practice a lot more in my 8 months left here in Australia (and probably in Bali/Indonesia as well).

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Can you surf? Or would you like to learn it?

Healthy Grocery Shopping on a Budget (in Australia)

You might know that living costs in Australia are pretty high and grocery shopping can get a bit difficult when you don’t want to spend too much but still want to eat healthy.

First of all you should know two things: 1. Your body is a gift and you should care very well for it, to make you thrive and feel amazing – that’s worth a bit more money and 2. Food in Germany is very inexpensive so it’s kinda unfair to compare it.

But luckily it is possible to eat very healthy and wholesome here in Australia without spending a lot because there are a few tricks, tips and specials to look for!

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If you are interested in my go-to cheap, quick and healthy dinner meals I eat a lot here, check out this blog post!

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Prices

To give you an idea of what price range we are talking about, I wrote down how much I spend on what at the grocery store. When you see the prices you will realise that not everything is extremely expensive here, but some things are – that’s why you need to shop wisely and I will give you tips on how to do so.

I obviously always tried to find the cheapest deals and best offers. Usually, that are the brands that are owned by the grocery store itself, but it also happens quite often that you find great deals like half price or 25% off and most grocery stores also reduce the prices when the food is about to pass the best-before date.

Also, the prices change during the season, depending on where in Australia you are and if you shop in the city centre, in a suburb or in the Outback. My prices list is just there to give you an idea.

  • Kilogram of peas: 2,90$ – 4,50$ (1,90 – 2,90€)
  • Kilogram of apples: 4,50$ – 6$ (2,90 – 3,80€)
  • Can of any beans/lentils: 0,80$ (0,50€)
  • Corn cakes: 1,80$ (1,20€)
  • 200g of hummus: 2$ (1,30€)
  • 4 small whole wheat buns: 2,50$ (1,60€)
  • Green/red pesto: 4$ (2,50€)
  • sourdough bread: 5$ (3,30€)
  • 120g of fresh baby spinach: 3$ (2€)
  • Kilogram of carrots: 1$ (0,65€)
  • 500g frozen veggies (broccoli, carrot, cauliflower): 5$ (3,30€)
  • Kilogramm of frozen veggies (carrot, peas): 1,60$ (1€)

Now that I am actually converting the prices into Euro, I am realising once more that the food isn’t really that much more expensive. I would say overall it’s the same or only slightly more expensive because some products are actually cheaper and some are pricier. But it also depends on what products you are up for (see below for meat and dairy part).

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12$ for this huge box of 2nd choice strawberries that tasted amazing!

Fresh fruits and veggies

If you want to find amazing and fairly cheap fresh produce, you need to go to the markets. Usually there is a market every Saturday/Sunday in most cities and towns and some, like Melbourne the Queen Victoria Market or Sydney the Peddy’s Market, even have a daily/almost daily market.

When you are on a hunt for super cheap deals, you will even find food bags with “not so pretty/not so fresh” produce at some market stalls that are even cheaper and some stalls also do deals like 3 bags of different products of your choice for 5$ and 5 bags for 7$ etc.

It’s also a great idea to go to the market at around 1 hour before they close because then they oftentimes lower the prices or do special deals.

Especially in Brisbane, the market prices were so much cheaper than at the supermarket. A kilogram of bananas at Woolworth or Coles was 4,50$ and on the market, we got them for 2$ per kilo and they were actually ripe which makes it even nicer.

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When you stay in Hostels, you can also be lucky to find some good stuff in the Free Food Shelve that someone left behind – like these amazing blueberries!

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Meat and Dairy

Meat and dairy products like cheese or yogurt are super expensive here in Australia. As I don’t buy that, I didn’t realise it at first but my cousin visited me and complained about the prices a lot :D

  • 1kg of plain Greek style yogurt: 9$ (5,50€)
  • 500g mince meat: 6,50$ (4,20€)
  • 125g ham: 3$ (2€)
  • 250g cheddar: 4,20$ (2,70€)

Of course you can find some cheap deals but usually, the prices are really crazy – so it’s better to eat vegan guys!

I always don’t understand how (and why) the people in the hostel afford all that meat and dairy they eat… but probably they just got to the point where they don’t care because they just want to eat it :D Very glad that I don’t have these cravings and now that I shop for myself and only have the food I want to buy, I eat so much healthier and so much cleaner (more wholefoods instead of processed food) because I don’t want to afford the vegan substitutes (even tho I crave them sometimes :D )

Also, it’s crazy that the Aussie’s just looove to BBQ and do it all the time even though the prices are so high…

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Vegan substitutes

In the supermarket, you can find a lot of great vegan options like cheese, burger patties, a lot of different almond or coconut yogurts, many kinds of vegan milk, ice cream and even complete meals.

I would say the prices are pretty similar to Germany. Products like that are always a bit pricier, but not like crazy.

  • 4 vegan sausages: 6$ (3,80€)
  • 500g coconut yoghurt: 6$ – 8$ (3,80€ – 5€)
  • 4 burger patties: 3,50$ (2,20€)
  • 300g tofu: 3$ (it’s cheaper at the Asian market! – 4$ for 800g)
  • 500g coconut Ice Cream: 6$ (at Aldi! or around 10$ at Coles)
  • 500g falafel: 5$ (3,20€)
  • 1l almond milk: 1,50$ (0.90€)

I think especially the price for the coconut yoghurt is extremely good! Cheaper than in Germany and they also have so many more options, brands and flavours. Even Coles has their own one now, but the other brands taste better :P

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Eating out

Is another great thing as a vegan here in Australia! There are so many options, most places offer vegan meals and especially in the bigger cities and towns, you find a ton of awesome restaurants/bistros/cafés that have vegan and healthy (or not healthy) food. So many things I want to try, so many options, so much great stuff and the best: it is not more expensive than eating out in general as eating out is pretty expensive anyways :D

But! It doesn’t has to be suuuper expensive if you look for good lunch deals, go to bistros instead of real restaurants or take the takeaway option (it’s only sometimes cheaper).

In the beginning, I was very afraid of going out and spending a lot of money on eating out and I tried to avoid it, but I know that it makes me happy, I want to enjoy my time here and for me good food is worth it!

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If you want to see more of What I Eat here in Australia, head to my Melbourne or Perth What I Eat in a Day blog post! Or follow me on Instagram and watch my stories :)


What food-related blog posts or videos would you be interested in? Please tell me in the comments!