Polite Running

Here's something fun to do while running: as soon as you get to more deserted spots (parks, forest, little roads etc) say hello to everyone. It is so much fun, most city people just do not expect a hello. Or a smile, or a nod. Feeling good? Give them a smile, hello and a nod!

Don't worry that you have weird red spots in your face, you might have a slipstream smelling of sweat, give a smile! Lookin' purple, out of breath? Say hello! Yes, you might terrify some people (especially the ones purposely avoiding eye contact as to not get into a strange stare with a stranger) but mostly, you get a happy 'hello' back. Or a 'hi'. I even received a 'what'up' today.

Polite running. It should be an Olympic sport.


Need Energy!

You know sometimes you need to do a lot of things, but your body and/or mind is not very cooperative. You are tired and prefer to be in bed or relaxing on the couch. You know coffee helps, but will also probably keep you awake at night when you actually can go to bed. And coffee some say, is like drugs, so not so good for you.

Then I found Guayaki Yerba Mate Organic Energy shots. The word "USDA organic" caught my eye, and I wanted to try it. It is made with organic superfoods like Yerba Mate, Goji BerryAcerola Cherry and Ginger. Guayaki also seems Fair for Life certified by IMO, kosher, certified CCOF organic so pretty impressive.

You new Substitute for coffee?

I am not a big fan of energy drinks, as usually there is a lot of artificial flavoring in it. When I find a new food like this, I like to do some research on the ingredients. This way I get educated along the way! *

The main ingredients listed above, like Yerba Mate should boost your energy and give you focus and clarity as mentioned on Guayaki's website. They also say  it is healthier than other energy-giving ingredients like coffee, tea, kola nut, cocoa and guarana, and in some countries in South America it is a national drink.

Guayaki is a dietary supplement. It seems at least better choice than most energy drinks. And they have a few interesting flavors, Chocolate Raspberry is my favorite. ( but Lemon is good too). It actually tastes really good!

For me, I found I was more alert, without my heart beating faster (That's what I get from drinking coffee) I feel the same just a bit more alert. I only take it when I am extremely tired and have to do something, or work.

But really, the best recipe for getting enough energy , is not drinking energy drinks, but is getting enough sleep, that's for sure!

You can order Guayaki on Amazon:

*p.s These are the results of my research on the ingredients of this product:

Guayaki ingredients include organic evaporated cane juice, not really my favorite.

It also says "Organic flavors", I wonder where these come from?

It also contains  L-Malic acid, which I found after research on chem-online.org:

"L-Malic acid: Main function and Purpose: As an acidulant, L-Malic acid is especially suitable for jelly and foodstuff containing fruit ingredient. It can keep the natural color of juice. Used in health drinks, it can resist fatigue and protect liver, kidney and heart. L-Malic acid can enhance pharmaceutical stability and improve pharmaceutical absorption. It can be added into composite amino acid injection, directly participating the metabolic cycle of organism-Krebs cycle. It can reduce the metabolic loss of amino acid and can compensate hypohepatia, cure uremia and hypertension, and weaken the damage of anticancer drug to normoblasts. It is also used in skin disinfector, air depurative and deodorizer." In Europe it has code E296, and I also found it is not a synthetic form (that's D-Malic acid).

In a book I own with all the E-numbers and explanation, E296 is filed under the "contradictory research results, be careful" category. (Which means some say it is healthy, some say not. When in doubt do not use this additive. Especially when you are pregnant or planning to. )Under E296 says it should not be given probably to young children.

This is what I found about Guar Gum:" A natural food thickener, 8 times more thickening ability than corn starch. It grows primarily in Pakistan. It was used in weight loss pills to give a feeling of fullness, but has been banned by FDA for that purpose. Diabetic patients should be careful, and only take it when drinking at least 8 ounces of liquid. In Europe it has code E412.

In my book E412 shows following: also filed under the "be careful" category. In bad cases people can be allergic, and this additive is mostly considered harmless. But it does "Pas op" which means "watch out".

With this information I can take a conscious decision for myself, and will take it only when needed, and not multiple times a day.

Doing research about food is always important, I mean, you put that food inside your body, better know what it is exactly! I always recommend researching your food!


The power of Himalayan pink Salt

Hello guys!

Today I wanna share a little bit of my previous habits and what I do today for a healthier eating routine...

Me and my grandma: Portuguese background

Coming from a Portuguese background, I grew up eating very well seasoned and salty dishes as my Mom was taught to cook this way. About that time i loved this kind of food because I was used to eat that way, but as I wanted change my  eating habits I've been trying to reduce the amount of salt in my meals.

These are my grandparents and I in Portugal last year

I researched for the heathiest salt, and my favorite one has been the "Himalayan salt" ever since. First time I bought it , I didn't know it was THAT good and I'll tell you why... Here it comes the FUN part: there is a way to have a little salt, much flavor and less worries at the same time!!

Himalayan salt has millions of years under intense tectonic pressure creating an environment of zero exposure to impurities. It's free from that many toxins / pollutants that pervade other forms of ocean salt . So PURE as it is, that's the best for you cause refining is not needed.

My favorite brand!

As important as the "pureness " are the benefits to your health and body:

  • Promotes stable PH balance in the cells, including the brain;
  • Controls the water levels within the body, regulating for proper functioning;
  • It encourages excellent blood sugar health;
  • Aids and reduces the common sigs of aging;
  • Increases absorption capacities of food elements within the intestinal tract;
  • It lows incidence of sinus problems;
  • Reduces muscle cramps;
  • Increases bone strenght;
  • It even prevents cellulite in comparison with regular table salt;
  • Naturally helps healthy sleep patterns;
  • It contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body.
Little pink good rocks!

source:  Dr. Edward F. from GHC - Global Healing Center 

If all this isn't good enough, be aware that tremendous amounts of energy  must be waste to metabolize chemical table salt and to keep the body at optimum fluid balance. Studies show that for each gram of table salt your system cannot process, your body will use over 20 times the amount of cellular water to neutralize the sodium chloride in chemically-treated salt, what easily leads to cellulite, rheumatism, arthrits, gout as well as kidney stones.  Instead choose pink Himalayan salt and avoid that.

Hope the Himalayan salt light pink color will "brighten" your dishes too!!

XoCarol ;)

 


Eating Your Water

With the temperatures heating up in New York City, it is vital to get the right amount of water in daily, as we consist of 60% H20 relative to our weight! So not only should we drink up, but we should also eat up!

I know it can be hard to get the recommended '8 glasses of water a day' for some people, especially if you are out and about, and simply lead an extremely busy lifestyle. I personally try to shoot for a good 10+ glasses, and for most approximately 2 litres a day is minimum! It might seem like a lot, but I do perspire quite a bit in the summer, and I sometimes think I am part camel, as I really do crave water! People laugh at me, but I have to admit it is my favorite beverage :)

But drinking water on its own is not the only source of hydration, as we are surrounded by nutrient dense, and hydrating fruits and vegetables which ultimately contribute to our daily intake of water (not fluids, as you can't count coffee, alcohol or caffeinated tea )

So here is a list of my favorite, water rich foods which you can incorporate into your diet, to contribute to your recommended 8 glasses a day minimum. They are perfect for the summer, and really will leave you nourished, healthy and most importantly hydrated!

- Lettuce (96% water)- all varities. My favorite is crunchy Romaine

-Cucumber (94%)- I have mine in salads, as a snack or I juice it into a green juice! So hydrating.

-Pears- I incorporate them into a juice, or cut them up in my fruit salads

-mushrooms- I can have a mushroom any which way, but prefer them steamed or lightly sauteed

-radishes- perfect in your summer salads, especially delicious with a citrus fruit (grapefruit, arugula, fennel, radish salad)

-watermelon (96%)- Of course:) My ideal summer fruit, and one that I simply cannot get enough of

-pumpkins (93%)- these gorgeous squashes have an extremely high water content, so roast them, make 'pumpkin fries' or simply steam them for a side dish

-broccoli and cauliflower (90%)- My two favorite vegetables. I do have to have them slightly steamed though, but can eat them in the bucket loads.

-spinach (92%)- I blend it into smoothies, juice it, or simply throw it into my salads. The more greens the better!

 

Not only are these foods alive and nutritious, but they taste amazing, consist of antioxidants which contribute to anti-aging, keep you full and contribute to your glow, all the while keeping you hydrating!

Remember to drink and eat your water!

 


Lonneke & Wubbo Ockels by Alique

Wubbo Ockels and his Universe of Happy Energy

Lonneke & Wubbo Ockels by AliqueProf. Dr. Wubbo J. Ockels (1946) is a brand in itself. His track record is impressive. He was the first Dutchman in Space aboard the last successful trip of the Space Shuttle Challenger before it exploded on its 23rd flight. Wubbo Ockels is a physicist, a professor at TU Delft University of Technology, director of ASSET (Applied Sustainable Science, Engineering and Technology), and not only that: Wubbo Ockels is THE man who has put sustainable energy on the agenda in the Netherlands and beyond. In addition, Wubbo Ockels has survived many life- threatening situations, including an airplane crash and having his heart stop beating for 6 minutes. But that doesn’t stop this optimistic “Energy Hero”. He started many international, power projects including the Superbus, the Ecolution Ship, the Nuon Solar Team Challenge, and most recently his “Happy Energy” project. He does all this while dancing his way through life and enjoying it to the utmost, surrounding himself with the young people of our future, sometimes even at the Supperclub in Amsterdam. And it certainly doesn’t seem like he’s going to stop anytime soon. “Optimism is a responsibility one cannot win without” is his motto, along with “If the world ends today, I’ll be ok because I am happy with the way I lived my life”. OYL is ready to get a lesson in living a sustainable, successful, and happy life. Interview by Lonneke Engel. Pictures by Alique.

Lonneke- Let’s go back to the beginning when it all started. You were the first Dutch person to go into space. Have you always been interested in going to space?

Wubbo: I wasn’t particularly interested in Space in the beginning. In reality, what happened was that one day, I came across an advertisement from the European Space Agency (ESA), looking for people who would want to go “to Space”. I signed up. I think it was a bit of a coincidence. I think I was a difficult student in school. I was even thrown out of High School at some point, but I followed my own talent for Physics, and later on I even graduated Cum Laude from the University, and that got me the chance to go to Space. I think you need a bit of luck in your life, and to be able to catch opportunities when they come your way.

Wubbo Ockels by Alique

 

L: You went to space in a Space Shuttle about 26 years ago, in 1985. can you tell us what it feels Like to travel there, and see things from that perspective?

W: The take off was really intense. But then, you get the first view of the Earth, and it is overwhelming - you feel extraterrestrial. It is something you have to experience to understand. On that note: I have ambivalent feelings about commercial space travel. When you see the Earth like that, you get an even stronger desire to protect our planet. But on the other hand, we travel too much already. It is a consuming activity and one that is bad for the environment. Do we really need to start regular flights into Space? Don’t people just want to escape their environment for something new? That is something we should think about. But the view is amazing, that is for sure.

L: Perhaps there is some inherent risk in flying to space as well? I mean, the flight you were on was the 22nd flight of the Space Shuttle Challenger, flight sts-61a. that was the last successful flight of the Challenger before it exploded mid-flight killing 7 crew members including your roommate Dick Scobee. it was one of the great “challenges” in your life so far. how did you react to it when you heard the news? Did you feel like you escaped a disaster? Will fLying into space always be dangerous?

W: I learned about the Challenger’s disaster when I saw film crews at my house. I asked my wife if there was something wrong with our kids. I was relieved to discover that that was not the case. Then I was told about the explosion and about the death of the 7 crew members, and the passing of my roommate, Dick. I felt really sad. My 2nd emotion later on was that I got angry. As it turned out, there was a design flaw in the solid rocket boosters that could have been prevented. Later, we found out that of the 23 flights of the Challenger, 8 had issues with this problem, including my flight. So this disaster could have struck on any one of those flights. So yes, I feel extremely lucky that I am still here. Later on, I was impressed by NASA - they did some very good and thorough research on the Challenger.

L: One of the reasons NASA sends Space Shuttles (although now the program is almost discontinued), is to do experiments. What do you think has been the most important result to come from those experiments?

W: I think the Hubble Telescope has given us so many insights and beautiful images of the Universe. It might have raised more questions than answers. In my flight I was most fascinated by the Human Being experiments, like awareness of state and position, and reflexes, etc. Take the “Gaze Experiment”: When you focus on a spot, and close your eyes, you know where it is when you are on Earth. But in Space, you can’t do it. It has to do with time maybe? It made me think differently the rest of my life, and it made me think differently about our notion of time.

L: what do you think the future of space travel will be?

W: In the next 20 years, commercial Space flights will grow enormously. But we can’t afford the rocket launches since they require large amounts of fuel and are hazardous to our environment. So, I think we are going to use cables to basically “lift” us into Space, using nano tubes made of strong fibers. I think this technique will also be developed more in the coming years. I might go on one of the first commercial flights that will take off from Curaçao, but only on the condition that they use their profits to clean up Curaçao and make it a nicer place.

L: Do you believe in life outside of Earth?

W: I think it is unacceptable that we think we are the only ones who are aware of the “Cosmos”. Extraterrestrial life is all around us. We just see what we know around us: Earth type parts of the Universe. Since Galilei, we have built instruments to learn more about the Universe, but for instance, the Egyptians thought the Earth was the center of the Universe and Galilei thought it is the Sun. Our interpretation of what we see changes when we learn new facts but our eyes still see the same. Now we think we are in a non-specific place in the Galaxy. Suppose you ask the old Egyptians: “Is there another Earth?” They would answer: “wrong question, the Earth is the center!” and when you would ask Galilei:”Is there another Sun?”, he would answer similarly. I compare that to asking today: Is there another Now? Is there another Time? I think others lives have different time and that is why we don’t see them (yet). - everything is related to the present time but I am curious about what we can do with another notion of time.

L: After your work in the field of Aerospace, you shifted your interest towards sustainable engineering and technology. Where did this interest come from?

W: Really, Space is not so unique. But Earth is unique. If you could see it from Space, you’d know what I mean. The Earth has the blue of water, the green of trees, and so on. I learned that the earth is beautiful and that we have to take care of it. I was always an inventor my whole life. I like to think outside of the box, and some say it might also be my handicap. In 1972, I had an eye-opening moment when I read “The Limits to Growth” by the Club of Rome. In 1996, I started inventing again, and in 2004, I got a Professorship in Sustainability at the University of Delft. I enjoy working on different projects, and with a new way of looking at data.

Wubbo Ockels by Alique

L: You Like to travel. what is your favorite place on Earth to travel to?

W: I used to travel a lot, but I have cut down on it recently. I also think there are many beautiful places to visit close to home. I like the “Waddeneilanden” (islands north of the Netherlands), I like Amsterdam, and I also loved Big Band National Park in Texas when I lived there for 4 years. I think many people travel now just to change the scenery, like they escape from their own reality. We might need to restrict our travel because it is not good for the environment.

L: What do you think the situation of Earth is as of now? What do you think we should all do for Earth in the coming years?

W: I think we still have a way of doing business on Earth where profit is the driving force. The Earth has been suffering because of it. I see that we have to make a change in our mindset. We need a different culture... There is also a big potential for recycling products, and we can still improve in capturing heat from existing buildings and products to heat our houses. There is a lot of potential to do better, but we all have to look at ourselves and change our ways. For instance, in my opinion a car using the commonly used fuel is so old-fashioned. I think if you wantto make the world a better place you need to embrace the future. Electric cars will make tremendous progress, and you will see many more on the streets in the coming years as batteries get better and the total production of electric cars becomes more sustainable. And once you realize the true beauty of a car is not the noisy engine, but rather the silence of an electric car, we will have made the right shift. I think we have all gone too far with certain ways of capturing energy, including nuclear energy. It is the arrogance of the Industrial Revolution. This way of getting energy is too big for human kind. That’s also why I started the Happy Energy movement as a new way, a new paradigm in looking for energy, that does not harm people, animals, or the Earth.

Wubbo Ockels by Alique

L: What is your mission with Happy Energy?

W: I want to encourage young people - the people of the future - to think about sustainable energy and to help them set up projects that use renewable energy sources. I embrace new ways of communication like social media to get them excited.

L: Can you tell us a bit about the projects you are working on and what you think the world of sustainability will look like?

W: I have been working on a lot of different projects over the past years. They are all in some way related to new ways of using certain types of energy. Some are successful and went into production, others were just ideas. I worked from 1994-1998 on the Euromoon 2000 project from the ESA. We as Europe mark a space in history so this project would have been an extension of that. The idea was that we put an extraterrestrial station on the moon, and use the moon for energy. One idea was putting up solar panels there that would give us year-round solar energy. We would live there through village robots in what is called “telepresence” so, while not actually living there. I also worked on the “LadderMill” concept, that is an attempt to “grab wind energy” high up in the sky. The “Superbus” concept will make a difference for travel over roads, with luxury transportation to wherever the passenger wants to go (usually zipcode to zipcode travel).

L: What can you suggest for someone who wants to become more sustainable? What can he or she do to start?

W: First of all, I encourage people who want to become more sustainable, to go to people who have the knowledge. Education is key. Learn how you can do better. Also, I think solar panels will flood the world in the coming years as they become cheaper. They are a great way of capturing energy that is basically free. So, adding that to your house is a great step forward. Maybe countries should encourage their citizens to use more renewable energy sources. And companies can be more forward in giving suggestions to their buyers.

L: What countries do you think are doing well on that subject and what countries can improve?

W: Germany is doing well. Their government has made a clear decision to promote sustainability. They have about 350,000 people working now in the sustainable sector. My own country, the Netherlands, is really not focusing on green ways at all and I wish they did. As it turns out, doing business with green ethics in the end will be at least as profitable as not thinking about it. So there is no reason not to do it. China will also probably save the world. Their government is different than in the Western world, and they keep a long political strategy. When they open a coalmine, they already plan for its closure in the future. The essence of sustainability is the treasure of the future. Not just thinking: “it’s so far away, let’s only think short- term”.

L: The Mind Shift, what should that be?

W: Right now, society seems to be largely managed by fear. People communicate with prejudgement that has to do with fear, and they use that fear to set up more armies, boundaries, walls, etc. We need to learn howto communicate with each other based on trust. When we all live without fear - and are positive - life becomes more beautiful. And we can all live with happy energy from within ourselves. - May 21st 2011

www.happyenergy.com

Lonneke & Wubbo Ockels by AliqueRead more about Wubbo Ockels, how he "Organices" his Life, his favorite things and all of his inspiring projects including the Ecolution, the Nuon Solar Team and the Superbus in Organice Your Life® magazine 6. Read it here!.

All pictures copyright by Organice Your Life® and Alique


B-17, Eat Your Apple Seeds!

Hi, how's your week going!?...

I don't have time to write a long post today, but I'd like to provoke your thoughts a little. I'm munching on organic apples (pictured), halved, cores intact & served with a sprinkling of organic cinnamon. Simply lovely with a pot of tea!

If you Google apple seeds all sorts of scary articles appear (makes for interesting reading!) about apple seeds being bad for you. Now if you really want to confuse yourself, type in the benefits or nutrition of apple seeds. Interesting uh?... I reckon nature knows best & if we were a little more in tune with the natural world we might even know what would heal us, as the animals do!

I personally am into eating apple seeds. Not obsessively of course, but if it's a fresh crisp organic apple & the core is perfect I EAT IT. Can't help it really! IT's beautiful star beckons! I remember reading (Jethro Kloss - 'Back to Eden') when I was only 12yrs old how wonderful it is for the body to 'apple fast' & eat apples all day, skins, cores & all, with lots of fresh water in between. I've done it quite a few times with great success (only I like to add green drinks into the course of the day). So I guess you could say I'm healthy living proof that apple seeds won't poison you ;)

Apple seeds are in fact rich in vitamin B-17, something we don't get a lot of. This valuable little nutrient, also found in apricot kernals, buckwheat, strawberries, cashews, & other natural foods. Some studies say vitamin B-17 actually helps to prevent cancers & even inhibit or reverse tumor growth. (Of course I'm not claiming apple seeds alone can cure you of cancer & you should probably ask your doctor what he/she thinks before going on mad apple seed eating binges!)...

Apple seeds, like ANY SEED ON THE PLANET, contain the 'lifeforce' or energy to sprout new life!! That's energy to fight disease & promote healthy cells. Food for thought indeed.

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail 

 


Natural PMS-Muscle Fixer-Upper

CHOCOLATE. The most incredulous PMS 'Fixer-Upper' I know! Why do we (women) crave large doses of it every 30 days or so??? I wonder.

Raw cacao is the ultimate form of CHOCOLATE. Eat it for your health, beauty, anti-aging benefits, it's satisfying taste; OR simply to cure your temporary feeling of gloom, tension & perhaps even pain (at THAT time of the month!) Of course won't do Mr Muscle any harm either...Especially after a good run or some intense exercise.

You see CACAO is rich in the muscle mineral, MAGNESIUM. It is also excellent for boosting your mood, energy levels, & filling your body with some of the most beneficial nutrients available in one food!... Only, I'll leave you to investigate what those are. ;)

At times, I'll take a heaped teaspoon of raw cacao & of maca root together, mix with a little cold water, topping up with hot water, to make a brew of unsweetened medicinal 'hot chocolate.' It's one super-therapeutic drink for sportspeople or desperate women.

Here's a more delicious way to enjoy CACAO in those moments of dire need!!

SIMPLE HOT CACAO RECIPE:

1 dessertspoon raw cacao powder

1 dessertspoon (more if you like it very sweet) coconut sugar, agave, maple syrup or rapadura sugar

2/3 cup boiling water

1/3 cup cold milk - choose from: Freshly made raw almond milk (my recipe here), whole soy milk, organic dairy milk or other milk of your choice.

Choose from flavour options: Pinch of salt, small amounts of organic coffee or cereal coffee (for mocha), cinnamon, nutmeg, cayenne pepper (for chilli chocolate), 100% pure essential oil of mint for choc-mint OR orange for jaffa (only 1/4 drop needed be careful!) or natural vanilla extract.

TO PREPARE:

Spoon raw cacao powder & coconut sugar or other sweetener into a mug, pour over your milk option & froth together with an 'aerolatte' frother or simply mix well to combine. Using the cold milk over the cacao preserves its precious nutrients & antioxidants! Add any other flavour options you desire, mix & sprinkle with extra cacao or spices. Now top up with boiling water & ENJOY the slightly bitter but OH SOO GOOD taste of real CHOCOLATE.

There is a very special INSTANT spicy hot cacao recipe in my book!! Can't WAIT to share it with you in time!...

Love & chocolate xxx Abigail

 


OYL healthy drink tasting!

Antoniette (our newest OYL contributor) and I, did a healthy drink tasting at Wholefoods with a few drinks we found. We noticed there are so many new health drinks on the market! We wondered: how do they taste, which are the "healthiest" in our opinion, and which ones are our favorites? There wasn't really a bad drink we tried, but below are the 5 ones that made our cut.

Coconut water.

Harmless Harvest raw coconut water

There are so many more coconut brands that are available now at Wholefoods. But we like Harmless Harvest 100% raw coconutwater. They say they are "raw" and not processed. Sounded interesting! We really liked the taste of freshness, it was tasting maybe a bit more like coconut water straight from fresh coconuts. Cute little bottle, but a little too little for me I love me some coconut water!

Probiotics.

Kevita coconut drink

We also tried Kevitacoconut probioticdrink, and that was very interesting. It taste like coconut water far away, but a bit more watery, with a fizz to it. probiotics are supposed to be very good for the health of your intestines. Some swear by it.I thought it was nice but not my favorite. Organic, vegan,diary, gluten- and soy free, made in California.

Health drinks.

Mama Chia

Mama Chia "Seed your Soul". This drink gives you a funny feeling in your mouth, but taste great! I actually loved the feeling of the chia seeds in my mouth.Antoniette even bought more of it after our tasting. Chia seeds are considered Superfoods, because they contain a lot of nutrients, like antioxidants, Omega-3, fibers. Found by Janie Hoffman in San Diego, this drink is also gluten free & vegan, pasteurized, . USDA organic.

Energy drinks.

Sambazon Jungle Love Energy Drink

We sometimes need a pick-me-up during the day of course! I tried Sambazonall natural Amazon Energy Jungle Love drink. It has 140 calories, 80mg natural caffeine and 460% vitamin C from acerola, he flavor was Acai passionfruit. Acai is an amazing purple berry from the Amazon. Other ingredients to bring you up include maca, guarana, yerba mate, guarana, catuaba. All USDA organic. I like this one a lot!

Super food drinks.

Cell-Nique

Cell-Nique. This drink some like the taste, some don't. It contains 31 Superfoods. And it is low glycerin, gluten free, vegan protein. It is supposed to energize, alkaline and detox your body, and it's low in calories too! You should shake this drink before drinking to mix the drink well and get all the benefits. I like the colors of the design of this brand's bottles!

So tell me now: What's your favorite drink to quench your thirst?

p.s. buy Antoniette's latest single: "Void of a Legend" here.

Video Void of a Legend.


Wheel of Energy.

12,5 degrees Celcius, strong wind and rain, rain, rain. Those were the weather circumstances yesterday at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, where the Wheel is spinning. Driving there, I was a bit intimidated by the weather, and the idea of running in a new way (normally I do not play hamster when I run). But as soon as we got there we got greeted with a big hello and an equally big smile from a happy runner that didn't seem to have a dry spot left on his body, and I knew I was about to have some fun. I warmed up on a bike, and hopped in the Wheel with him, where he explained to me he wanted to do a little marathon, but he promised his daughter he'd be back in time for dinner, so he was only doing a half marathon. My wussyness was growing by the minute, with my one hour run...

This friendly runner also explained to me, that especially since the founder stopped running daily marathons out of personal reasons, they're having a pretty tough time keeping the Wheel going. This news, in combination of course with me feeling like a wussy, and the fact that one of my brothers had the luminous idea of sponsoring me per kilometer, I decided to stay longer.

After one hour my friendly running friend had had enough, and I was there alone. No, not alone, I had my sweet wife with me, under her umbrella, in the cold and pouring rain. I was completely wet, getting tired and cold, and actually kind of having a great time. Kilometer after kilometer I was enjoying myself, talking to people that just wanted to say hello, or say good luck, ask what this is for, or tell me I should get inside, because the weather wasn't very nice. The cool thing was, that no matter what people came to ask or say, it was all friendly, interested and nice.

The last 20 minutes of my second hour I was looking at my watch every two minutes, which is never a good sign. I haven't run a distance that long in a while, and I wasn't prepared for it, so I was struggling at the end. After two hours and 23 kilometers, I stopped. I was cold, tired, my muscles in my legs and back were stiff, but I felt like I did what I could for now. I'm happy that now the people that sponsored me can at least really feel like it's been their money's worth!

I am writing this the morning after my run, and since I woke up this morning, I am trying to find one spot in my legs that's not sore. I am still looking. I would like to say a big thank you to my parents, my brothers and their partners, my friends Mark and Niels, Bas Smit, OYL's Lonneke and my wife for the support! More than 400 euro will go to the Wheel of Energy!

As soon as I can stand up without making old-man-noises, I'll let you know.