On a visit to… Vesela from Plateful Nutrition (Luxembourg)

Vesela is a Bulgarian girl based in Luxembourg who I’ve met while searching for some food and yoga inspiration. I stopped by at her blog Plateful Nutrition and I found out that we have the same taste about a home yoga practice (I am talking about Ali Kamenova) and since then her blog is my favorite place for some healthy recipes and ideas. Besides the yummy plate ideas, Vesela is a smiley and positive person who loves to travel and to spread the positive vibes around her. 

We’ve never been to Luxembourg and that’s why I’ve decided to invite her to talk about this not so popular European destination. Let’s see what this place has to offer to the thirsty explorers like us 🙂 

How do you imagine the ideal “om trip”?

The ideal “om trip” for me includes lots of spontaneous trips and decisions and time spent in nature. I don’t like rigid and perfectly planned holidays, as they tend to make me anxious. I rather have a loose idea of what I’d like to see and experience and then I intuitively go for activities that feel right at the moment. Including yoga, relaxation and delicious food are also important parts of a good trip.

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“When you focus on the good, the good gets better.” 🌟 This perfectly sums up my week so far. I had some challenges, and last minute change of plans but instead of resisting the change I decided to roll with it and focus on the positive aspects those changes brought me. So often it’s our attitude towards a situation that makes it “good” or “bad” and I am grateful for the opportunity to learn and apply this lesson. 📷 @dominikamontonenkoivisto . . . . . . . #focusonthegood #attitudeofgratitude #winningattitude #gratefulheart #changeisgood #holistichealth #holisticliving #healthcoach #healthcoachlife #thoughtsbecomethings #colourful #blogger_de #blogger_lu #lifewithtoddlers #platefulnutritionco #luxembourg

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Is it possible to take an “om trip” to Luxembourg?

It absolutely is! Luxembourg is called the green country, and you will find lovely green fields, peaceful forests, and calm lakes and rivers. It has a very laid-back vibe. Also, recently there are more and more places that offer a varied choice of healthy food and drinks.

Three things which we absolutely have to take with us when we travel to Luxembourg.

  1. Hiking shoes

  2. A jacket (the weather can be unpredictable)

  3. An open mind and a good mood 😉

How to look like the locals?

Luxembourg is a very international place and it is easy to feel welcomed. I think the best thing you can do is learn a few Luxembourgish words, like “Moien” (Hello), Addi (NOTE: a with an umlaut, sorry I can’t find it on my keyboard) Goodbye, and Merci (Thank you).

What should we absolutely try when we’re in Luxembourg?

If you are curious to try local cuisine, I’d suggest Mousel’s Cantine. The restaurant is typically decorated with wood paneling on the walls, beer steins for drinks and the food is served in big silver platters, that will make this a memorable experience. Luxembourgish cuisine is heavy on meat, potatoes, and sauerkraut, so if you’d rather go for something lighter but still local, then the Owstellgleis bistro is a good choice.

Where would you take us to have a cup of coffee?

I’d take you to Ready Coffee Shop, a nice relaxed place in Luxembourg city where they make great coffee and offer a variety of snacks and cakes.

The place you’d like to share with us.

I’d take you to the MUDAM museum in Luxembourg City for a walk behind the museum, where you can enjoy one of the best views of Luxembourg City. I’d also take you for a tour of the Casemates – a defense wall in the city center that represents a vast complex of underground tunnels and galleries.

We can’t travel around without stopping by some galleries and museums. Tell us which are your favorites?

The MUDAM museum I already mentioned is a must visit, especially if you like contemporary art. The Philharmonie is also impressive and there are many interesting concerts and musical programs. The Natural History Museum in the city center is also worth visiting.

Where would you take us to a yoga practice?

I’d take you to Yoga Palais where you can practice a traditional Ashtanga yoga or Jivamukti Yoga.

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This week was so busy so far. I didn't manage to do any yoga and I feel it! My body is aching for some movement and fluidity, so I've set some extra time tomorrow morning just for me. Regular exercise and moving your body in whatever way is best for you is just as important as the food we eat. When you don't have time, doing a few stretches and walking can help too! On the program for me tomorrow – core strength and hip opening interval yoga with @ali.kamenova. What type of exercise have you found works best for you? . . . . . . #needsomeyogainmylife #yogaeverydamnday #yogaposes #hipopener #standingyogapose #intervalyoga #moveyourbody #healthyandhappy #healthcoach #healthcoachlife #itsallaboutbalance #healthymom #yogamom #workmode #needsomemetime #metime #platefulnutritionco #luxembourg #blogger_lu

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Where can we practice yoga outdoors?

There are many calm places where you can practice yoga outside. Some of those include a park by the Moselle river in the town of Ehnen, just at the German border. You can also practice in the heart of the capital’s city center, where you will find big, calm and green parks, covered with trees and flowers.

Do you practice yoga while you travel?

Yes, I try to squeeze a yoga practice when traveling, as I find it works wonders especially after traveling for long hours. It reawakens my body and makes me feel more energetic.

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Do you feel ready for summer? ☀️ If you've experienced a bloated belly you probably know that it can impact your mood and disposition and make you feel less confident! I know I've felt this way! 💫 As I changed my diet and started doing regular exercises that fit my body type (interval yoga all the way for me! 🤸🏾‍♀️) I noticed I no longer suffer from a bloated belly. 💫 If you're interested in finding practical ways to reduce belly bloat than make sure you sign up for my workshop on June 21st in Luxembourg (details in the link in profile) 💫 We will cover lots of material on this topic and will focus on which foods to eat and which to avoid to get a flat belly. 💫 Of course all this will be complemented with cooking and recipe tasting! 😋I'm excited to see you on the 21st of June! ❤ . . . . . . . . #summerready #summerbody #fitforsummer #bellybloat #bloated #bloatedbelly #flatbelly #fitnessmotivation #healthcoachlife #healthymama #fitmama #feelgoodinyourskin #foodandfitness #yogaeverydamnday #yogagirl #strikeapose #yogalover #yogaposes #blogger_lu #healthyliving #platefulnutritionco #healthybodyimage

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Which book do you think will be most suitable for our trip to Luxembourg?

Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig.

Where do you find inspiration for doing all the things you love? Tell us about your future projects.

I find inspiration mostly by experiencing the benefits of eating healthy and intuitively myself. Ever since becoming a mother I also realized how important it is that we educate our children about food and nutrition from early on. Offering them healthy and nutritious food makes children not only healthier but calmer, happier and more joyful. My daughter is currently my biggest inspiration and in the future,  I will focus on more projects related to children’s nutrition, and kid-friendly recipes. As a relatively new mom, I also realize how important it is that a new mom takes care of herself after having a baby. As the focus shifts towards the baby, it is normal that we tend to neglect ourselves, but we need to realize that taking care of ourselves after giving birth is not selfish, but mandatory if we ought to be better moms.

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I know… it’s not really stew season anymore (or is it? 🧐) but I just felt like having something comforting and easy tonight. Curried lentils, packed with veggies and brown rice, cherry tomatoes, fresh coriander and squeeze of lemon juice. The last three really balanced out the dish making it fresh. My daughter loved it too which is kind of funny because lately she’s been fickle with food and I was pretty sure she won’t touch her plate. I mean she can refuses separately displayed, easy finger foods but she licks the plate out of this stew 🤷🏻‍♀️ A reminder of how toddlers can always surprise us (not that we need one! 🤣) and how we should always offer different foods, even the ones we think they might refuse.

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Do you have a recipe for happiness? Can you share it with us?

More and more I am becoming aware that if you want to be happy you need to focus on the things that make you feel good and that are right for you. This means caring less about how others judge you and not judging yourself harshly as well. Also, being present in each moment will bring you immense happiness as you realize that the present is literally a gift. To summarize – less judgment, more mindfulness, and gratitude will inevitably bring more happiness.

Where should we go after visiting Luxembourg?

France! You will see some similarities and lots of contrasts. France has so much to offer.

 

 

My name is Vesela and I am a Holistic Nutritional Consultant. I share healthy recipes, nutritional advice and holistic lifestyle tips on my websitewww.platefulnutrition.co. I help my clients adapt a healthy lifestyle through nutritional assessments, cooking workshops, recipe, and meal plan.

 

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Lauren Jones July 10, 2019 at 5:48 pm

    I really enjoyed reading this and learning new things!! Thanks for sharing!!

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  2. Jade July 10, 2019 at 1:30 pm

    Wow great post i loved this

    Jadieegosh

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  3. Mama Writes Reviews July 10, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Luxembourg looks amazing! And yes, I try to keep up my exercise regime while traveling, but I’m not always successful!

    Reply
  4. Jennie Mayes July 10, 2019 at 4:51 am

    We’ve started making our family vacations more laid back. We have some ideas of what we want to do, but we kind of plan day by day instead forcing ourselves to go with a rigid plan. It works so much better for our family and feels like a real holiday!

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