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Gratitude

Growing also means improving, right? Unless you can grow by staying your good old self, which I rather doubt. I personally try to often reflect on my own behavior and habits.

One of the things I noticed is that I’m often ranting. Part of it is I believe, deeply cultural. I’m French and French people like to complain about anything and everything really. It can vary from unleashing a few “i’m so tired” every single morning to a ranting level that could easily lead to another French revolution. I too, like to complain about things on a daily basis. Small things, bigger things.

Complaining is human, we all do it. But complaining is deeply negative, especially if you do it a lot. For sure there are some aspects you can feel unhappy about, and you are allowed to express your feeling of discontentment. Some days are harder than others, life is a mix of ups and downs. The trick is not to fall into a perpetual circle of discontentment. Negativity brings negativity.

As I became more and more aware of my tendency to complain a lot, I really tried to make a change. One thing I’m trying to set as a routine, is to practice being grateful instead.

It seems to be rather an easy thing to do right? In practice it’s not that easy. In our lives we tend to focus harder on the negative things, than on the positive ones. As an example, when someone asks us how our day is going, we tend to highlight negative events first.

“My colleague annoyed me”, “my boss sent me extra work”, “I’ve missed my train and had to wait 30 minutes at the station” are common answers. How many of us would answer “I’ve helped the neighbor take the trash down and it made her happy”, “my lunch was extra delicious today”, “I’ve met an old friend and it was nice catching up on things”. Ranting is easy, it comes naturally.

To help practicing daily gratitude I chose to include this routine in my daily yoga one. I decided to choose to select and reflect on one daily thing I am grateful for doing Shavasana (yoga asana, usually closing the practice). It does not have to be something huge, it can be about anything. Usually I don’t”t even have to think about it, there is one thing naturally popping up in my head. For example, some days I’m grateful for my dog not being sick, for a phone call I had with my mom who lives far away or for a great time with friends. It helps me acknowledge the small, beautiful, ordinary daily things.

It’s quite easy to find and point out the things that aren’t so great, it’s harder to acknowledge the things that are. Some things are taken for granted: our health, well-being, the health of our loved ones. We take such things for granted until they go wrong. Everyday, I’m trying to be grateful for the things I do have, instead of whining about the things I can’t change. There will always be things to rant about, there will be unfortunate events, missed trains, failed interviews, heartbreaks. It’s part of life. If everything was beautiful and easy, in the end we would complain about it as well.

You can choose your own way to practice gratitude: have a personal diary, make it a daily or a weekly routine, do it through random acts of kindness… whatever works better for you. Hopefully it will help you keep things in perspective and be more positive.

If you already do practice gratitude, I would be interested to know more about it. Leave me a comment to let me know what your daily routine is and how beneficial it is for you.

Food, Vegan, Veggie

Amsterdam Vegan & Vegetarian hotspots

Vegan Streets

Street food – Restaurant & to go

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian friendly

“The best vegan hot dogs in Amsterdam!”: Their slogan says it all and is really accurate: hotdogs lovers, this place is for you. You can choose from a range of hotdogs (Berlin with sauerkraut, Mexico with pico de gallo & jalapenos, Tokyo with Teriyaki sauce and so on). I highly recommend their sweet potato and red onion side salad: delicious!

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Adress: Johan van Hasseltweg 68

Website: N/A


Cafe de Ceuvel

Cafe – Restaurant – Bar

Diet: Vegan, Vegetarian friendly, carnivore options

A perfect hotspot outside out of the crowded city center. A small heaven for vegans (non vegan options available) where you can enjoy some live music, participate in numerous events (second hand clothes market, yoga sessions, readings…) all year round and even take a dip in the canal when the sun is out. The cafe was entirely built out of recycled materials. A must do and a second home from me!  Located at De Ceuvel, an “award-winning, sustainable planned workplace for creative and social enterprises”. 

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Address: Korte Papaverweg 2 t/m 6

Website: https://deceuvel.nl/en/


De Kas

Restaurant

Diet: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan & Gluten Free Options

“From plant to plate”

De Kas cultivates more than 100 delicious vegetables in their own sustainable & organic garden. Their menu changes weekly and offers a large variety of fresh products Fixed menus ( 3 or 4 plates for lunch, 5 or 6 for dinner – no a la carte) can be tailor-made for you if you have any allergy and plates can be paired with a selection of wine. An an extra you are able to visit their garden on spot, well-worth the experience!

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Address: 3 KAMERLINGH ONNESLAAN

Website: https://restaurantdekas.com/


Mr & Ms Watson

Restaurant

Diet: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan & Gluten Free Options

Vegan kitchen, gourmet comfort food. A good choice for cheese lovers: a great variety of (awarded) vegan cheese is available, you will barely notice the difference.  Lovely atmosphere and friendly staff as a plus!

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Address: Linnaeuskade 3h

Website: https://watsonsfood.com/?utm_source=tripadvisor&utm_medium=referral



The Avocado Show

Restaurant & To-go

Diet: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan & Gluten Free Options

“Pretty healthy food”: a mix of great looking, delicious dishes. A perfect pick for avocado lovers, of course: it’s declined in multiple dishes from main to dessert or drinks. Pretty busy, especially during week-ends. Make sure you can be patient, no reservation is possible at the original De Pijp location. 

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Address:

DE PIJP: DE PIJP: Daniël Stalpertstraat 61 HS (restaurant)

DOWNTOWN :Keizersgracht 449 (restaurant – reservation possible)

TO GO: Willemsparkweg 152-

Website: https://theavocadoshow.com/


Golden Temple

Restaurant

Diet: Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan & Gluten Free Options

Indian restaurant; intimate location where they keep their motivation to offer the most conscious delicious cuisine to a wide variety of dietary preferences. A selection of raw and living foods is also available. You will want to come back.

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Address: Utrechtsestraat 126

Website: http://www.restaurantgoldentemple.com


Meatless District

Restaurant

Diet: Vegan, suitable for vegetarians

Serving fresh dishes, mostly organic and homemade. Seasonal menu 100% vegan with great variety. Recommending the delicious hummus!

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Address:

DE PIJP: van Woustraat 189-191 hs

OUD WEST: Bilderdijkstraat 65-67 hs 

Website: https://meatlessdistrict.com/