I have always loved Basil Pesto!  It is such a creamy, flavour-packed addition to so many meals. I usually fold it into pasta; add to a salad or veggie bowl, use as a base for burgers or just on some crackers with cucumber and tomato.  Pesto was usually a treat to buy in the shop, and I always ate it quite sparingly as it can be a little oily. And then when I went vegan, I could not buy it anymore as it contains Parmesan cheese.

Becoming more comfortable in the kitchen, I started to make my own basil pesto.

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When buying groceries, there are for sure some staples that always go into my trolley. Items that I use on a daily basis and that I don’t even need to add on my shopping list. Some of these I buy regularly and some are items that last quite long.

  1. Lemons

Although lemons are unfortunately so expensive here in Thailand, I can’t help but buy them regularly. I add half a lemon to a liter of water first thing in the morning. I have a liter of water with lemon, apple cider vinegar and a dash of cayenne pepper every single morning. It is so thirst quenching and re-hydrates me after my sleep.   Also, I make sure I have enough lemons for my weekly hummus!

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A year ago on May 14th 2017, I started on a health journey.

I started off with a ketogenic diet program, Health Pointe. I liked the way it was very structured, gave me food lists, with macro-nutrient information and a go to journal to complete every day. At this point I was not cooking a lot of my own food, I ate out a lot and had a happy hour cocktail or two quite regularly and for sure ordered pizza or Indian on a Friday night. I didn’t exercise a lot, but did try a few exercise programs now and then with no results. (More on that in a future post) This program only required you to count your steps and keep moving. It encouraged a daily step-total of 10 000 plus steps. I decided on 14 000 steps, and tried to make that the least amount to reach every day. (Treadmill, garden walks, dance parties in my living room at night if I still needed a few more steps and the gym was closed, luckily I also have a very active job that keeps me on my feet for most of the day)

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