What I Eat In A Day: Full Time Job Edition [vegan]

I have always found it easy to eat healthily when I am at home all day. I have time to cook, I prepare fresh meals and I can skip out to the grocery store whenever I want. Now I have a full time job which makes it a lot harder, especially because I just started a few weeks ago so I’m often tired and exhausted.

Here’s how I still manage to stay somewhat healthy.

20161120_184110For breakfast I always prepare my food the night before. At the moment, overnight oats are my way to go. Throw in some oats, chia seeds, flaxseeds, nuts and fruit, add cashew milk, done. In the morning all I have to do is get the mason jar out of the fridge, make some coffee and I have a great start for my day. I posted a recipe for an Overnight Oats Porridge a few weeks ago which is also  super easy and super quick.

I thought that lunch was going to be the biggest challenge but then I started to make a big bowl of salad on Sunday’s that I can just take to work every day of the week. Of course, sometimes I’ll still get a falafel sandwich or a wrap with my colleagues, but in general I take my food with me. Last week I made this vegan pasta salad, this week it’s a bulgur lentil salad. I get creative every Sunday and already look forward to eating the salad the next day.

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Now, surprisingly, dinner is my problem at the moment. It takes me almost an hour to get home from work, sometimes pretty late, so I am usually starving by the time I get home. I mostly throw some veggies into a pan, fry them and eat them with pasta or rice. That’s fine for now, but I love to cook and it’s a bit sad that I don’t really cook much anymore except for these quick and easy things or during the weekend. I am still in the process of figuring out how I can make this easier for me, maybe I’ll cut up stuff before and plan my meals so that I have all the ingredients there and I just need to cook. I’ll keep you updated.

Since I often get hungry during the day, I always bring some snacks with me to work. Usually a banana and a bag of nuts which I keep on my desk at my office. My colleagues often have cookies and stuff like that, but since they usually aren’t vegan I am not even tempted. Plus, I have my own snacks so I’m good.

If anyone has experience with maintaining a healthy diet while having a full time job – I’d love suggestions!

How My Job Affects My Use Of Social Media

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, this blog and online communities. Every single one of these accounts display a different part of me, each show a slightly different person – not because I am dishonest but because of the different nature of these apps or webpages. They all have one thing in common: They are too personal for my clients to see.

I am a social worker. I put a lot of myself into relationships with my clients because that’s how it works, I can’t be too distant or I’ll never be successful. I choose what to share with them and what not to share though. What if they found my social media? It’s a thought that honestly scares me, so inspired by the German blogger Clara from wundersachen, I wanted to explore it in a blog post. This is less about the dangers of Social Media even though I am well aware of those, especially for young people, but at this point in my life, it is more about a balance between sharing as much as I want to and having to think about the impact it has on my job.

Some people can combine their normal work life and their blog – I can’t. I can’t talk about my job on here because of my professional discretion. On the other hand, I could never talk about my blog at work – with colleagues, sure, but not with clients. My blog posts are completely personal, as are the rest of my social networks. Why am I having trouble deciding to lock them then, so that they are private and only my friends have access?

The thing is, while I don’t particularly care about follower numbers, I love to get feedback from strangers, have people comment on how beautiful my Instagram photos are and interesting insights on their thoughts regarding my blog posts. Aren’t all bloggers a tiny bit narcisstic in that way? It’s comforting to vent on Twitter about things going on in my life and so often I have felt better when someone just said ‘that’s okay, I’ve been feeling the same thing!’ or ‘why don’t you try xy, it’s helped me!’. Even just a ‘feel hugged!’ can make all the difference in my day.

There’s nothing on my accounts that is so personal in a way that it could hurt me. No nude pictures, at least. Seriously, it wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if a client found out, there’s nothing that they could use against me. It would hurt my professional standing though. I deliberately create a relationship with the exact amount of distance and closeness that I deem necessary. Me telling them that I have been to Canada before is one thing. Them seeing a picture of myself with my friends in front of Lake Louise is a different story. It would be uncomfortable for me and in a way for them, too.

I would never befriend someone client-related on Facebook, of course, and I might have to private my Twitter. Imagine a client reading about what I think of Bill Kaulitz’ new haircut – I really don’t want to have a conversation about how I am totally an adult and totally capable of telling them how to deal with their children when they have that to throw in my face.

I will have to adjust my way of using social media, as hard as it is. My Mum is following me on Instagram, so I’m careful there anway – jk, my Mum is the best. I want to keep my Instagram public though and so I will go through my feed before I start my new job, just to be safe. I will have to censor myself in the future by reconsidering before I post a picture. I will private my Twitter because in the end, most replies I get are from friends or long-time followers anyway – and that’s enough! This blog is the one thing I’m on the fence about. I am going to keep it, definitely, but I am not sure how to protect myself.

A good method of checking how easily you can be found is using the incognito mode of your browser (so that Google can’t tailor the results for you and you’ll get an unbiased picture of what someone can actually find about you) and just typing your name into Google. When I google myself, a whole bunch of articles about my past voluntary engagement in church appear, a few pictures, a few twitter accounts that belong to someone else, and a bit of information about where I went to school. Nothing about my actual accounts though, which is reassuring.

I grew up with the internet, there’s a ton of stuff on there that I will never be able to get rid of – and that nobody will ever find, to be honest. That’s our generation though, isn’t it? All of us are living with that and all of us are figuring out a way for ourselves to deal with it. Some strangers on the internet became my best friends, I don’t want to deprive myself of the chance to get to know these great people. Got any advice? Thoughts? Leave a comment, I appreciate all insights since as you can see in this blog post, I am not decided on the topic.

To end this on a positive note, ever listened to the Stand Up To Cancer charity single “The Internet Is Here” by Dan and Phil (daninsnotonfire and amazingphil on Youtube)? I promise you, if you grew up on the internet, you will relate.

The Reversed Bucket List

Everyone has a bucket list. If it’s not written down, you have it in your head. If you don’t have those things that you still want to do, goals to accomplish, places you want to travel to, then I honestly feel sad for you. Anyway. vielleichtinteressant made a reversed bucket list on her blog a while ago, and it’s basically a list of all the things that you have already done, experienced or accomplished. I thought this was amazing because sometimes we manage to forget how great our lives actually are.

  • I swam with dolphins in Florida
  • I’ve seen the Northern Lights – not only north of the Arctic Circle in Norway but I’ve also been fortunate enough to live in a place called Jasper, Canada for a while where I saw them several times a month
  • For my 16th birthday, my friends surprised me with a huge party
  • I moved out from home when I had just turned 19, I moved to my favourite city, 600km up north: Hamburg
  • I’ve been snowboarding in the Rocky Mountains.
  • I went horseback riding on the beach
  • I learnt how to surf in Hawaii (and Tofino, which is almost as cool)
  • I’ve been on stage with 30 Seconds To Mars
  • I’ve been invited into Simple Plan’s tourbus
  • I hiked up a few volcanoes that were still active
  • I graduated high school three times – in Canada, Germany and France. I also graduated uni. Once.
  • I managed to be vegetarian for 6 years and went vegan a while ago
  • I’ve seen musicals in the West End and on Broadway
  • I flew an airplane as the co-pilot
  • I partied with Tokio Hotel in Las Vegas
  • I lived in a van for five months
  • I lived in my favourite country in the world for two and a half years: Canada
  • I traveled literally around the world
  • I have tattoos and I don’t regret a single one (not even the spontaneous one in Helsinki with a friend)
  • I had Hayley Williams’ hair colour while I saw Paramore live
  • My brother and sister are two of my best friends
  • My Mum and my Dad, too
  • I am fluent in three languages and know quite a bit in two more
  • I have amazing friends not only in Germany but everywhere around the world
  • I have owned four cars in my life and I’m only 24
  • It took me less than a month and only one job interview to find a permanent full-time job in my preferred field.
  • I love myself

After-Vacation Breakfast (or: Overnight Oats Porridge)

Ever got home after being on vacation and didn’t feel like going shopping right away? Well, depending on how long you’ve been gone, most things in your flat won’t be edible anymore. I have just the thing for you – vegan, healthy, easily prepared and the best thing is, all the things you need are things that you should always have at your flat anyway! (i promise they won’t spoil. unless you’ll be gone for a few years, that might be a problem)

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I got the recipe from a woman in New Zealand, I lived with her for a few weeks and she made this. You can always add fruit, of course.

Ingredients:

Oats
chia seeds
flaxseed
millet
cashews
pumpkin seeds
sunflower seeds

(but really, which ever nuts and seeds you prefer is fine!)

Preparation:

Quite simple. You layer the ingredients in a glass (for example a mason jar with a lid) and add about the same amount of water as dry ingredients. Put the lid on, put it in the fridge overnight and take it out in the morning. Pour the mixture in a pot and add a bit of water (you can also add almond or rice milk if you have the non-perishable version. or if you haven’t actually been on holiday, just add whichever you have at home). Heat it up for a few minutes (on my stove, two are literally enough) and stir it. Done!

I enjoyed mine today with some fresh coffee – best way to start the day!