Category Archives: LIFESTYLE

Bugs, the food of the future?

So, why suddenly write about bugs you might ask yourself? Well, past Thursday I was in geography class. I was again shocked of my own ignorance. Before writing this you should know: I am not a vegetarian, I am not a vegan. I eat meat, I’ve always eaten meat and there’s only a really small chance I would give up eating meat in the nearby future.

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HOANG DINH NAM VIA GOOGLE & GETTY IMAGES

But the numbers are shocking. Take a look at this…

Water Facts

My purpose is not to make you feel guilty about the quantity of water you use, absolutely not. I, Elise, am as guilty as charged like most of the people I know. I want to change my lifestyle, but step by step. Not ready to give up my weekly ‘DIY spa treatment’ (A.K.A a bath) yet. What I want to do now is focus on the last part of the video.

10 gallons/38 liters for one cotton t-shirt

2400 liters for a bar of dark chocolate

140 liters for one cup of coffee

1.550 liters for 100 grams of beef

To sum up our favorite products are made of a lot of water. Which isn’t bad, a world without chocolate is a world I wouldn’t want to live in. But 1.550 for only 100 grams of beef? After seeing the video, I believe that every rational human being can comprehend the world cannot take that massuse of water any much longer.

So my teacher -back to geography class now- told us that he thinks bugs are probably the food of the future. He asked us to raise our hand if we thought bugs will be the food of the future. And I, alongside a lot of my classmates, raised my hand. Then, he told us that he had bought 4 bags of different kind of bugs to class with him. Right there and then. Now was the moment we realized he was kind off testing us to see if we actually would do it and eat bugs. The statistics were against me, but I got that feeling of “EW that’s just disgusting”, again, alongside my classmates.

But of course, I didn’t want to be a chicken so I tried it. And? Well, I liked it. I ate a small grasshopper. It was fried or baked or whatever. But what I tasted were mostly the spices, which were Asian spices. If you think about it, why not? Insects taste good, they are healthy and a sustainable product.

If you want to learn more about bugs as food click here: BUGSfeed – learn it all!

The shop where my teacher bought the insects is called ‘Buggood’, located in Brussels.

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Crushing hard: Sigrid

“Say I’m young, I don’t care, I won’t quit, oh no no no”, sounds like music to my ears, literally. If you have been paying close attention to the up-and-coming artists lately, this probably is the millionth time you’ve heard the name Sigrid.  If not, you will be thanking me for getting to know her music and most definitely the person behind it.

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Before I start telling you about Sigrid, I want to give my thoughts on why she is so inspiring. Sigrid is only 21 years old. She is so young, yet already so mature, but still craving to learn. She has not lost her childish enthousiasm, which will allow her to grow fast. When listening to this girl through interviews and/or through her music, I get the feeling she is expressing her feelings and telling about her experiences through which others can relate. In short she is pure.

Biography 

  • Sigrid Solbakk Raabe
  • 21 years old
  • Ålesund, Norway
  • Singer songwriter
  • If you like Dua Lipa/Lany 
  • hits: Don’t kill my vibe, Plot twist

Watch her

Sigrid -Don’t Kill My Vibe

Sigrid – Plot Twist

Vevo Meets: Sigrid

She writes her own songs and I found some quotes in her songs really beautifully put and food for thought. In the video of Vevo she describes her own music as aggressive pop, which I found really amusing. That made me think of what Dua Lipa said about her own music when she called it ‘dark pop’. The thing these two young artists have in common is that they both have rawness and honesty which they -really beautifully- translate into music. I got the chance to experience this myself past summer. When I went to PUKKELPOP 2017 ( a very popular festival right here in Belgium) I saw her with my sister doing what she does good. My sister and I both fell in love with her energy.
In short the thing I like about her is that she shows her kindness and power. She is a woman, yet still a girl and I love to see this as a young woman myself. I am only 17 and I love that a person who shows her kindness as her strength and not her weakness, is already so cheered on and encouraged to ‘stay calm and carry on’.

So shoutout to the world, let’s not kill this one’s vibe.

Weekly ♡’s

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Thoughts On Confidence

Thoughts on confidence

When people ask me,”Do you have enough confidence?”, I always tell them I do and then I laugh a bit to make the question go away a little bit faster. The thing is, I always thought I knew I had enough confidence. I was always convinced I did. But lately I learned that I didn’t know it. What is ‘enough’ confidence? When I buy some knew clothing for example, I always wait for a wednesday for me to wear it. That’s because I’m afraid people won’t like them, they will gossip or something like that, and a wednesday is just a half day. Now that I’ve bought these Stan Smith’s (yes, sorry for bringing them up again), that I love btw, I am afraid to wear them. It is so silly I know, but there is this feeling inside me that’s just saying “Wait, I don’t have to wear them right know, right? And people won’t like them or they will like the shoes but won’t like them on me.” I think it’s also because I know a few of my friends don’t like them, and also because a few others are now also wearing them. Then I started thinking, people may gossip, but they’ll gossip once. Then it is over, one sentence, a few yeah’s, u-uh’s and they’re already talking about something new? Why would I worry, I mean really; People. Don’t. Give. A. Shit.

But then I go to school and I hear another (really I should start counting) comment about my body and I’m off to where I started. Sure, my friends tell me “they’re just jealous” or “you’re so pretty” and it helps, really it does. Because that means they’re real friends, I also have a friend who gossips behind my back and that isn’t nice. When I go to bed I start thinking about all that stuff. Most of the time I come to these conclusions : Why do people even care about someone’s body? What is so special about it? Can’t I just be Elise and not Elise That Skinny Girl?

I know I shouldn’t care so much about other people’s opinions about me or my looks, but as much as I want to, that’s who I am and I can’t change it. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t care about other people’s opinions. Sure I know a few people who care less and people who care more, but no one who actually doesn’t care. And that’s just sad. I guess just one of the many flaws in this world. But there is one thing good about it though, you really learn who your friends are and I did.

“When you consider things like the stars, our affairs don’t seem to matter very much, do they?”  – Virginia Woolf

photo: weheartit.com 

Little Things That Make Me Smile

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It’s funny how my last post is about feeling off and this one is about things that make me smile. There are a few things that do make me smile when I’m in a bad mood.

1. Watch ‘Friends’

This is what I do almost every time. Also when I am happy. I love the series so much, I saw all the episodes, but I still laugh as hard as I did the first time. They really cheer me up!

2. Calling a Friend

This is what I do when I’m upset. Calling a friend really makes me feel better. Sometimes I get worried over the most little things and then I call my friends. They tell me I’m being stupid and that I have no reason to worry; and that really makes me feel better.

3. Watch a Feel Good Movie

It sounds stupid but it works so well, I just put on Pitch Perfect and I feel much better again.

4. Sing A Long

Maybe you’re not really feeling like singing. But you really gotta do it! Turn on some music and just start dancing and singing. Promise, you’ll feel much, much better!

Feeling Off

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I’m really feeling like not going to school tomorrow but I still have this thing called parents that don’t allow it. I have a bunch of work to do and I’m just not feeling like studying at all. I have two presentations tomorrow for English and French and I also have a fysics test. Shitty things if you ask me. But I don’t tell anyone because I don’t want them to think I’m a wining and spoiled kid that doesn’t want to work. I think it’s also the weather that’s making me feel shitty. It’s been raining and snowing the whole day. Not even sticky snow, snow that goes away in seconds. I want to watch Friends the rest of the day and go to bed early so I can forget about this lousy first day of the month. I hope your having a better day.
Love,
Elise

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