Holla at me!

Hey peeps! Don’t forget to holla at me if you want the adress to my other blog that’s all about me, fashion, my life as fashion editor and stylist and random stuff I find bananas amazing. Just leave me a comment and I’ll email you the adress!

Smooches saucy ladies!

Bethenny Frankel

Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel

I just ordered this book today. I’ve been watching The Real House Wives of New York and have grown absolutely obsessed with the series. I think it’s hillarious and ridiculous and just crazy! Bethenny Frankel is probably my favorite housewive because she’s so honest and owns up to everything she says.

I’ve heard a lot about this book in the foodie-blogworld and reading the couple of preview-pages on amazon.com it definitely sounded like something for me. I can relate completely to the “food noise” she talks about. And her story sounds a lot like what I’m struggling with – the binging, the knocking myself down about what I eat etc.

Have you read the book, what did you think?

I also want to get Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels, is it worth it?

A real post!

Yup folks, despite my Photoshop having died on me I found an alternative way to crop and re-size my photos so that I can give you a real post! A little something called “Paint”. Gah, I cannot believe I am using that program, just saying it makes me cringe slightly. But beggars can’t be choosers and all that…

So, here’s a post of random pictures from a long time ago and more recently. Enjoy!

Soy milk, fresh swedish blueberries, 1/2 banana and whole grain unsweetened cereal.

Breakfast carried out on the porch on Friday - whole grain roll, laughing cow light cheese, whole grain unsweetened cereal with banana and soy milk, begal spice tea with soy milk, grapes

Breakfast carried out on the porch on Friday - whole grain roll, laughing cow light cheese, whole grain unsweetened cereal with banana, red currants and soy milk, begal spice tea with soy milk, grapes

Whole wheat roll with laughing cow light cheese, turkish yoghurt with peach.

Whole wheat roll with laughing cow light cheese, turkish yoghurt with peach and grapes on the side.

Hot chocolate at a café with my sister on evening.

Hot chocolate at a café with my sister on evening.

Whole wheat pasta salad with a turkish yoghurt as dressing and corn on the side.

Whole wheat pasta salad with a turkish yoghurt as "dressing" and corn on the side.

My pretty soy latte and mums regular latte (hers is the one with the star)

My pretty soy latte and mums regular latte (hers is the one with the star)

Saturday: a chévre sandwhich at a café along with a ice soy latte and the days newspaper.

Saturday: a chévre sandwhich at a café along with a ice soy latte and the days newspaper.

Right now: I just baked vegan scones with red currants in them. (Mom requests them several times a month!)

Right now: I just baked vegan scones with red currants in them. (Mom requests them several times a month!)

And with that said I feel the need to point out that this is simply a very small fraction of what I have been eating lately. Truth is, I’ve been doing pretty bad. There’s been a lot of the sweet stuff, a lot of extra eating, munching and a whole lot of binging. I feel like that’s all I ever say when I write this blog, but unfortunatley it’s true. I have gained weight and I’m not happy about it because I was at my ideal “happy” weight around the time I went on my surf trip and since then it’s all been down the shittah.

Hope you are all doing good!! And remember to leave me a comment saying if you’d like the adress to my personal (and more frequently updated) blog.

xx

Here’s a little secret!!

Thank you all for your suggestions on my last post. I will be assembling a list for mommy dearest to bring along to the US, it’ll be exciting to see what she brings back home! I just wish I could go myself and spent like two days in Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.

I was actually going to do a real post today because I have quite a few photos to share but my Photoshop died yesterday (for some unknown reason, so annoying!) so I’m unable to crop/resize my photos right now.

Instead, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’ve been living a double life! Nah, not really, but in the bloggie world I sort of have. Here’s the thing, this isn’t the only blog I write. I’ve been writing another blog for years, long before I even considered starting Facineating. My other blog is a lot more about who I am and what I do in my fashion life (and plain life too!)

As many of you know I have chosen to be quite anonymous on this blog, aside from my name and what I eat, I haven’t said much of anything else about myself. I know many of you have requested that I spill the beans about myself but I would rather not have people I know in real life find this blog.

So, if you want more updates from me and want to know more about me, leave a comment to this post and I’ll email you the adress to my other blog that I update (several times) daily. I will not be writing the adress to my other blog in this blog as I do not want Facineating in any way to be connected to my other blog.  I am sure many of you can relate to this as I know a lot of you foodie bloggers out there would rather keep your blogs away from aquaintances in real life.

Ciao for now!

Mamma’s gonna hook me up!

Hello beautiful ladies! Are you having a wonderful weekend so far? Today is the gay pride parade in Stockholm so I might go and check that out since today’s agenda is looking terribly empty as of right now.

But before that, a quick update –

Mom is going to the US in a couple of weeks to visit the relatives and has offered to try to bring me home some goodies if I give her a list. Happy days! So, in order not to miss anything absolutely fabulous, I’m asking for you foodie-experts advice. I’ve read about so many wonderful things on your blogs that are available in the US but, sadly, cannot be found here in La Súede. So, please give me suggestions of great foods or other things that I shoudl ask mom to stock up on. Here are a few things I have though of so far!

1. Peanut Butter Puffins

3. Peanut Butter & Co. PB

(What flavour should I get? I’m thinking White Chocolate Wonderful or Dark Chocolate Dreams)

What else? Give me suggestions!

Thanks hot mamas!

I’m here!

Bonjour homies! So sorry it has taken me so long for another update. I’ve been supah busy! Last week and the beginning of this week I’ve been working on the fashion pages for the magazine I work for, so all my time has been spent styling a photo shoot, picking out clothes, going through clothes and photos, choosing locations and returning clothes to showrooms. I love being busy, so I’m not complaining!

I’ve only snapped a few foodie-shots the past couple of days since most of my eats have either been really sporadic or the same as what I always eat (i.e. the same thing you have seen on this blog forevah!) so I’ve skipped taking pictures of it. I have taken some pics though, so here’s some of what I’ve been eating lately.

Hugh salad and corn on the cob for dinner on Sunday.

Hugh salad and corn on the cob for dinner on Sunday.

On Sunday evening I made a big salad and had some new type of veggie balls in it. They were broccoli-something-or-other and I’m a huge fan of broccoli so I expected big things from this, turned out to be a bit of a dissapointment though. They were sweet in some odd way, so didn’t go with what I had imagined. The corn on the cob was the best and I’ve been having a cob with dinner almost every day lately. Other than the veggie balls there was also this in the salad: lettuce, 1/2 tomato, 1 beet, steamed broccoli, chunky salsa, cucumber and carrot.

Dinner after working all day! It was what I was craving!

Dinner after working all day! It was what I was craving!

Monday was the photo shoot and I got up super early, had a quick breakfast and then was off to get to work styling it all. We were working all day long and I only snacked on an apple quickly during the day. I got home past 7 pm to find that mom had been to the bakery and got some mini-baguettes! I threw together the above: mini-baguette with laughing cow cheese and cucumber, whole grain flakes with peach (1/4 of he peach on the side) and soy milk and a cup of honey vanilla chamomile tea. Hit the spot!

Big fruitbowl evening snack!

Big fruitbowl evening snack!

Here’s something I’ve been enjoying a bit lately as well. For an evening snack I’ve been putting together a big bowl of fruit to snack on. It’s so yum! I’ve been getting these big juicy peaches at the grocery store because they’re in season now. SO good! In the picture above is a cup of Celestial Seasonings Bengal Spice tea and a bowl of some watermelon, 1/2 apple and a peach.

New tea!

New tea!

I picked up a new flavor of Celestial Seasonings tea yesterday, Bengal Spice. Yet another great flavor, very strong cinnamon flavor, smells divine!

And that’s about it for now. Tomorrow I’m meeting my brother for coffee and then in the evening going to meet my friend for coffee or we’re going to the movies to see Public Enemies. I’ve been trying to stop by your blogs and comment but like I said, I’ve been so busy so sorry for the lack of comments!

How do I turn this around?

Hello lovlies! Thanks for all your comments about my blogging dilemma. I think I’ll just try to update every once in a while when I have something worthwhile to post. I’m glad you enjoy my blog, it means a lot to me to hear you say that!

Now, for today’s dilemma. For some reason my weekends always turn out to be such a mess food-wise. I always overeat bigtime during the weekends and this has been a nasty pattern of mine for a long time that I cannot seem to break! During the week I generally do okay, but then the weekend rolls around and I decide to indulge a bit, only problem is that a bit always turns in to way too much and then I repeat the same mistake the next day…It’s horribly frustrating and I hate it so much I cannot even tell you.

Anyway, here’s some of the eats from the past couple of days.

Wednesday

Breakfast: watermelon, soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes and half a banana.

Breakfast: watermelon, soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes and half a banana.

I had breakfast and then ran out the door to go and meet a co-worker in town to go over the fashion shoot I am doing on Monday. She’s photographing the shoot so I went over my ideas with her.

Green tea notes and magazines

Green tea, notes and magazines

I had a cup of green tea during my meeting with my co-worker. After our meeting I met up with my best friend and we went for another cup of tea to do some catching up. She’s been in Italy for two weeks and we haven’t seen each other since before I left for my surf trip!

I got home really hungry and made my usual wrap-lunch and then for dinner a few hours later I had my standard big salad. I believe the evening contained some more ice cream and peanuts as well. No photos though since it was all the same as before.

Thursday

I had pretty much the same breakfast again on Thursday and then headed out the door to run to six different showrooms to pick out clothing for the photo shoot on Monday. I was stressing bigtime and running criss-cross around town. I’d booked meetings with each office but because the meeting at the first office was delayed about half an hour I had to rush to the other offices to make it to them all before they closed. Phew.

Chai latte with soy milk

Chai latte with soy milk

When I found out my meeting was delayed I went and grabbed a chai latte with soy milk, I haven’t had one of these in ages and I love them. I took a little walk in the park while drinking it before heading back to the showroom.

Big salad: lettuce, carrot, cucumber, steamed broccoli, chunky organic salsa and veggie balls.

Big salad: lettuce, carrot, cucumber, steamed broccoli, chunky organic salsa and veggie balls.

After more than four hours of running around town I got home absolutely exhausted and hungry for a big salad. I’m out of veggie burgers so I threw some veggie balls in my salad this time instead. It was good! In the evening I just had an apple and a handful of fresh Swedish blueberries for a snack.

Friday

On Friday morning I woke up and was surprised by mom who had bought some good stuff for breakfast since it was my namesday. Here in Sweden we’ve got namesdays, every day it’s two peoples namesdays listed in the calendar and on Friday was mine!

Sourdough baguette, laughing cow cheese and a Copenhagener, its like a danish but so much yummier!

Sourdough baguette, laughing cow cheese and a "Copenhagener", it's like a danish but so much yummier!

I keep blabbering about that I love the breakfasts I was eating in France so this is the second time mom has surprised me with “French” bread so that I can re-create that breakfast.

My French breakfast! Baguette with laughing cow cheese, cucumber and tomato, soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes, fresh Swedish bloobs and half a banana. And a cup of coffee with soy milk.

My "French" breakfast! Baguette with laughing cow cheese, cucumber and tomato, soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes, fresh Swedish bloobs and half a banana. And a cup of coffee with soy milk.

It was all so good and filled me up nicely. The tomato is from our own “garden” that we have on our porch and the blueberries my mom picked in the woods the day before. Swedish blueberries are the best. I cut the “Copenhagener” in half and shared it with mom for breakfast-dessert.

The not-so-good thing about Friday was that my mind was in “overindulge”-mode. What makes me so frustrated is that this breakfast was good, healthy and satisfied me to the point of actually supressing those feelings of wanting to overindulge the rest of the day. Despite that, my mind kept telling me to “have a treat” anyway because I’d thought all week long that I could “treat myself” on Friday. So, even though I wasn’t even feeling like having a “treat” I did… and that escalated into a big binge, followed by the usual feelings of guilt.

Saturday

I woke up this morning feeling agitated and anxious about the previous days’ bad eating and had a late breakfast.

Breakfast: soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes, kiwi, Swedish bloobs, watermelon.

Breakfast: soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes, kiwi, Swedish bloobs, watermelon.

It started well, but despite my feelings of anxiety over yesterday’s nasty eating… I went and did it all over again. So here I am now, hating myself like never before for repeating yesterdays mistake all over again. I don’t know what the heck is wrong with me.

And to top things off, my gym card ran out on Tuesday and I have been really bad with exercise ever since. I’ve pretty much just done my 100 crunches each day and not much more (aside from a bit of running around town).

Please let tomorrow be a better day, I can’t take this anymore.

Question of the day: What do you do to turn things around when you’re stuck in a rut?

Should I keep blogging?

Beautiful people! I have been tossing and turning at night, trying to figure out if food-blogging is something I should continue doing. I think it’s fun and of course there are a lot of good reasons to keep this blog (for instance I feel as if blogging helps me “stay on track”, i.e. eat healthy, more than when I am not blogging). However, there’s also several things that make me feel so silly for keeping this blog (like the fact that I eat the same things for breakfast, lunch and dinner almost every single day).

I don’t get all that many comments and sometimes when I get zero comments I feel even more silly and the fact that all my posts look the same becomes all the more clear. I don’t know… I’m still trying to decide. I have been slacking off a bit on the updating and maybe that’s what’s the best thing for me to do right now. Maybe I should only update when I’ve really got something fun or new to share. What do you think?

On that note, here are some of my eats the past couple of days. Some of them look the same, and some are a little bit different. Thank you to everyone that takes the time to read and comment on my blog, I’m sorry my posts are so repetitive.

Monday

Lunch with a side of a French surf magazine

Lunch with a side of a French surf magazine

I believe this was consumed after coming home from a fabulous workout at the gym.

Gym/Workout

45 minutes on the treadmill, mostly running, 7 k total and 700 kcals burned! Then I used the stomach crunch machine and then focused on arms and did a bunch of various arm exercises and ended up spending about an hour and a half at the gym total! Plus did my 100 crunches when I got home.

For dinner I had my standard big salad and then in the evening I was feeling hungry so I had…

Coconut yoghurt, raspberries and a vegan scone

Coconut yoghurt, raspberries and a vegan scone

A sweet little evening snack with a cup of honey vanilla chamomile tea. Hit the spot and totally filled me up. I’m kind of guessing that my recent consumtion of dairy yoghurt and more bread than usual is what has been giving me some stomach issues lately. I’ve been having the worst stomach aches EVER lately. It’s so annoying.

Tuesday

On Tuesday I got up and had a nice breakkie before heading to the gym for my last sweat session before my gym card is up.

Pretty colored breakfast!

Pretty colored breakfast!

I had some soy yoghurt with whole grain flakes and a kiwi on top, on the side I had a lovely slice of seedless watermelon.

Gym/workout

At the gym I did 45 minutes on the treadmill, mostly running, 7.5k total! Then I used the stomach crunch machine again for a bit and then focused on my legs and did various leg exercises including some good ‘ole squats. I spent an hour and a half at the gym again and then got home to do 100 crunches!

After the gym and a nice shower I made lunch!

Havent I seen this before?

Haven't we seen this before?

A classic wrap with tofu and a nectarine on the side.

Then dad called and I went in to town to meet him quickly. He had an early birthday gift for me, a video camera. What the heck? I was totally surprised but thought it was nice of him and a fun gift. Now I could potentially start video-blogging… I’m still trying to figure out what to video tape! Too bad I didn’t have it before my surf trip!

Dinnuuuh!

Dinnuuuh!

When I came home I made a beautiful salad – veggie burger, steamed broccoli, carrot, lettuce, cucumber, tomato and chunky organic salsa. Hit tha spot.

When evening rolled around I was supah hungry for some reason and got all snacky. First I had an apple shortly after dinner to try to dampen a sugar craving. A few hours later my body was still screaming for something dessert-like so I broke out the sorbet.

Lime and blueberry sorbet and peanuts!

Lime and blueberry sorbet and peanuts!

Went a bit over indulgent but hay, done is done. And it was good. Had a cup of chamomile tea with it too. Yum. Oddly enough I was still hungry after this so I had half a Pure bar and called it a day.

Hope you are having a great week! I’m kind of busy this week with fashion work. Had a meeting today about a photo shoot I’m doing on Monday next week and then tomorrow I’m going to a bunch of press offices to collect clothes and outfits for the shoot. Will be a busy, busy day!

Question of the day: Should I keep blogging?

I want my GYM membership!

Hola bonitas! Today is a bit of a cloudy day but my gym membership is still good for a day or two more so I’m going to kick my butt to the gym in a bit. Just wanted to update you with yesterday’s eats first, so here goes!

Breakfast: soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes, 1/2 banana, 1 nectarine

Breakfast: soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes, 1/2 banana, 1 nectarine

Continuing with my France-eats-recreations. Or whatever you wanna call it. Banana, flakes and yoghurt is such a simple yet lovely combo!

After breakfast I went to the gym and worked out for a little over an hour. I did a little less than 40 minutes on the treadmill, mostly running at a slight incline, about 6 k total and 600 kcal burned! Felt awesome. Then I focused on my legs and did some various leg exercises, felt the burn. Also did some stomach crunches and topped it off with 100 crunches when I got home. I was pretty good about going to the gym last week, I went for a little over an hour four times last week and ran longer and harder than before on the treadmill! It’s really going to suck when I don’t have a gym card anymore.

Lunch: tofu wrap and apple

Lunch: tofu wrap and apple

After showering I made some lunch, my usual tofu wrap and an apple hit the spot. Then I headed over to my moms work with my bike (with the flat front tire) so that she could bring it to the repair place. The guy was awesome and fixed it right away so my mom biked it back to work and then called me and had me come and meet her so I could bike it home since she had her own bike at work.

Dinner. Huge salad: lettuce, cucumber, 1/2 tomato, steamed broccoli, veggie burger and spicy organic salsa.

Dinner. Huge salad: lettuce, cucumber, 1/2 tomato, steamed broccoli, carrot, veggie burger and spicy organic salsa.

After enjoying some internet and doing a bit of work for the upcoming issue of the magazine I work for (prepping a fashion page and an interview I’m doing tomorrow). I made dinner. It was a while since I had my “usual” huge salad with a veggie burger in it, I almost forgot how good this is. Instead of having my homemade mango salsa on it I had some store bought organic salsa that’s kind of spicy, it tasted good though!

A few hours later I was feeling munchy so I had some seedless watermelon and an apple (not pictured, sorry!) and then my sister’s best friend came over to sleep over and I made vegan scones for them. They whipped up a fruit salad so I had some coconut yoghurt (dairy) with a tablespoon of raspberries and blueberries and one of my scones on the side that I dipped in the yoghurt (dipping bread in yoghurt is THE best!!) while watching a bit of “Walk the line”. I completely forgot to take a photo, plus my sister’s friend was here so I wasn’t comfortable taking a photo anyway.

In other news: Say What You Need To Say is having a blogiversary giveaway! Go check it out!

Hope you had a nice and relaxed Sunday and that your Monday is fabulous! And thanks so much to everyone that has left comments to my last couple of posts, I love you guys! I’ve been trying to stop by your blogs and comment back but some of you have special preferences on your comments so I can’t put in my name/url. :(

I’ve finally got internet

Bonjour belles filles (et garcons)! I’ve finally got internet! The phone rang this morning and my sister and I looked at eachother in shock. The phone is rining?! So we checked the dial tone on the phone and were pleased to find we had one. Then I peeked at the modem and plugged my laptop up to internet and found that we have internet! I’m thrilled, it’s been such a hassle to bring my laptop to the library every day and to then come home and think of something I have forgot to check or do online. I’ve been biking to the library almost every day but then I got a flat tire (of course) two days ago so yesterday I walked to and from the library with my heavy laptop (an hour long walk).

Anyway, ’nuff about that business. Now I can get back to blogging as usual! Here’s some random food photos I’ve taken the past couple of days. As mentioned I’ve been having a really hard time with food lately, not eating healthy at all and eating way too much. These are just some of the slightly better meals.

Wednesday breakfast. Soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes, raspberries, rye bread slices and a laughing cow wedge

Wednesday breakfast. Soy yoghurt, whole grain flakes, raspberries, rye bread slices and a laughing cow wedge

This is me trying to re-create the breakfasts I had in France. There I would have lovely thick yoghurt, a fresh piece of baguette and a nice glass of OJ on the side.

Craving the french food. Whole grain baguette, laughing cow cheese, cucumber and a blueberry soy yoghurt.

Craving the french food. Whole wheat baguette, laughing cow cheese, cucumber and a blueberry soy yoghurt.

Yesterday I had this for lunch. I bought a whole wheat baguette at the grocery store and had it with laughing cow cheese and cucumber. On the side I had a blueberry soy yoghurt. Not so healthy, but it tasted love.

Dinner yesterday. Pasta salad with greens, carrot, plain tofu and a greek yoghurt sauce with basil and herb salt.

Dinner yesterday. Pasta salad with greens, carrot, plain tofu and a greek yoghurt "sauce" with basil and herb salt.

Yet another attempt to re-create one of the things I ate in France. The pasta salad my roomie and I made. Instead of mozarella I had plain tofu in it. This is a lovely salad when you mix the greek yoghurt “sauce” into the salad and make it all creamy and nice.

Evening snack wednesday. Apple, strawberries and raspberries with low fat cottage cheese and cinnamon.

Evening snack wednesday. Apple, strawberries and raspberries with low fat cottage cheese and cinnamon.

As you may have noticed, I’ve been adding a couple of non-vegan things to my meals lately. I don’t know if this is something I will continue doing, we’ll see.

I’ll try to be back this evening with a post of today’s eats. And I also plan to take time to go through some of all the blog posts from you guys that I’ve missed. Oh how I’ve missed reading your blogs!

I also want to say thank you to everyone for your kind and supporting comments these past couple of days. Also thank you for the emails I have recieved. It really means a lot to me!