Passion Projects

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As a busy bee, it does not often happen that I get bored. In my spare time there is always something I can fully immerse myself in. From running, to baking bread, writing a book, building stuff in my house or learning a new language. I like to call them my passion projects.

Indoor Cycling Studios in Europe

In the autumn of 2023, I stumbled upon an indoor cycling studio in my hometown. In the months and years before, I occasionally encountered the ‘new cycling movement’ through following the Instagram account of the ‘cycling’ guy, also known as Akin Akman. When I stood in front of the indoor cycling studio, the first thought that went through my head was: “I want to go. I need to try this.” And so I did.

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My favourite vegetarian low carb go-to pasta

There are days when I like to cook a nice dinner in good company. And there are days when I’m alone and just want something to eat without too much effort. On such days, I often choose to have one of my go-to meals: a meal that is ready in a flash and that I can prepare with my eyes closed. The repertoire of my go-to meals regularly changes. First it was yellow rice with chicken, or wok noodles with vegetables, and now it is a vegetarian pasta, which is also low in carbs!

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This is how you make running with diabetes less stressful

Before I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, over five years ago, running was part of my weekly routine. After the diagnosis, things suddenly changed. I found running difficult in combination with having diabetes. Impossible, even. But luckily, it all worked out and I managed to find a way to make running with diabetes less stressful.

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Swedish oat cookies with chocolate

During one of my Ikea visits, I was given a recommendation for the ‘KAFFEREP’ oat cookies. And not the normal kind, but the ones with a layer of chocolate in between. In Sweden, it is a well-known delicacy, which thankfully is now also available in the Netherlands, or… they can be made yourself! When Ikea was closed a while back and I was craving for the cookies, I decided to give it a try myself. My first try was reasonably successful, but not entirely to my liking. With a few tweaks here and there, I finally managed to come up with a recipe that is very close to the original oat cookies. And maybe they are even more tasty! 😉

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Books about diabetes that I would like to read

When I moved house a few months ago, I did some serious maintenance in my bookcase. The books I love moved to the ‘hall of fame’ and the less nice ones I put on sale or gave away. This means that there is now room on the bookshelf in my new house for some new books! So since I found myself a good excuse to buy new books, I started looking for books on diabetes. And I found some very interesting books that I would like to share with you!

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Interesting books and writers for young adults

On holidays, I usually turn into a bookworm. Last holiday in Lisbon, too, I was often to be found by the pool with a book in my hands. Since then, I’ve been getting the hang of reading again! What I like most about reading is not only that you get carried away in a story, but also that you build up a relationship with the writer and in some cases you start to appreciate the writer’s style more and more. As a result, you often find yourself wanting to read all the books by the author in question. That’s when you know you’ve got a favourite writer on your hands!

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