Good Food Equals Happiness


Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog! My new ‘about’ page (about how I started this blog & about me) has become a bit more personal… A little scary, to be honest … Anyway, ‘share love’ was the starting point of this blog, so it is perhaps not so crazy to share something about myself. Food = Love | share food = share love | good food = love for yourself = happiness.

My name is Marleen, live in Amsterdam and as far back as I can remember, I’ve been a food lover. As a child, I wanted to try everything that my father, a typical Burgundian, ate. My mother cooked meals from all around world. I would regularly eat two plates of her spaghetti bolognese. It’s not that I was lucky enough to be able to just eat anything I wanted and stay in shape. On the contrary, I had to be a little careful, especially considering the modeling work I was doing.

Fit to Model

When I was 14 years old, I started modelling. On my 19th birthday, after completing my first year studying, I left home for Hong Kong, where I spent a lot of time. After this first adventrure, I lived in Bangkok (street food!!!), Barcelona (tapas el Borne …), Sydney (healthy delis) and Milano (hello gelato!) It was an amazing time, filled with so many good experiences. I don’t regret this period for a second. It was most certainly a fantastic and interesting opportunity, to get to know other cultures and countries, including their particular eating habits.

Good Food – Positive Mood

Yet, life is not always a bed of roses… A few years later, and no longer a full-time model, I had by then graduated and worked as a freelancer for a major Finnish publisher, before finally starting my own company. I found myself in a pretty serious state of depression. Me?Depressed??? Huh? Yes, me, depressed… This depression came about two to three years after the death of my boyfriend Jurriaan in 2008. (I actually went on to write a blog series about this on viva.nl, you can still read it here – for the Dutch readers). Although, I was advised to start"Do more of what makes you happy" medication, I first wanted to try feeling better without it. I tried doing fun stuff, enjoying good food, playing sports and took ‘therapy time’ (meaning, it just takes time + ups and downs).  About one and a half years ago, still in the clutches of depression, I saw the quote: ‘Do more of what makes you happy’.
It’s pretty clear, right? So, I had a good reason to do more of what made me happy.

COOKING!

I came to the conclusion: cooking makes me so happy. Hello passion! Considering that I had done a lot of photography in the past (yes, also behind the camera) and that my company is focused on website development, it didn’t take long before the idea of this blog was born.

This prompted the start of ‘Share Love Not Secrets’ and the end of a difficult time. It was something I had to do by myself. Of course, I had support from my family and friends, but I had good (yummy!) food, I was taking care of myself, and doing what made me happy. This was the perfect recipe to find my way back to myself.

What Type of Blog is this? A Stress-Free Food Blog

This blog is about delicious food. You will find a wide variety of recipes: sweet, savory, with sugar, without sugar, with gluten, and gluten-free. I like to try different things. You hear more and more about intolerances to certain ingredients… I think it’s a good that more and more people are discovering what is good/bad for their body.

Personally, I like to follow these principles: cook as pure as possible, cook (eat) well-balanced meals and enjoy everything you eat or drink. For me, this is the right mix and stress-free. I am also pretty busy with juice pulp recipes nowadays! So, if you’re a juicer, do keep an eye on the ‘Juicy Lifestyle‘ page!

So, this blog is about delicious food. About food that makes you happy. And guess what else is super healthy? That’s right: happiness!

I hope this inspires you to do more of what makes you happy and, of course, I hope to inspire you with many good recipes.

Share love, Marleen

P. S.: I like reading your opinions of the recipes on my blog! So let me know.
P.P.S.: If you want to use my photos or if you have a recipe tip to share, please email me – info@sharelovenotsecrets.com.

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Good Food Equals Happiness


Hi! Thank you for visiting my blog! My new ‘about’ page (about how I started this blog & about me) has become a bit more personal… A little scary, to be honest … Anyway, ‘share love’ was the starting point of this blog, so it is perhaps not so crazy to share something about myself. Food = Love | share food = share love | good food = love for yourself = happiness.

My name is Marleen, live in Amsterdam and as far back as I can remember, I’ve been a food lover. As a child, I wanted to try everything that my father, a typical Burgundian, ate. My mother cooked meals from all around world. I would regularly eat two plates of her spaghetti bolognese. It’s not that I was lucky enough to be able to just eat anything I wanted and stay in shape. On the contrary, I had to be a little careful, especially considering the modeling work I was doing.

Fit to Model

When I was 14 years old, I started modelling. On my 19th birthday, after completing my first year studying, I left home for Hong Kong, where I spent a lot of time. After this first adventrure, I lived in Bangkok (street food!!!), Barcelona (tapas el Borne …), Sydney (healthy delis) and Milano (hello gelato!) It was an amazing time, filled with so many good experiences. I don’t regret this period for a second. It was most certainly a fantastic and interesting opportunity, to get to know other cultures and countries, including their particular eating habits.

Good Food – Positive Mood

Yet, life is not always a bed of roses… A few years later, and no longer a full-time model, I had by then graduated and worked as a freelancer for a major Finnish publisher, before finally starting my own company. I found myself in a pretty serious state of depression. Me?Depressed??? Huh? Yes, me, depressed… This depression came about two to three years after the death of my boyfriend Jurriaan in 2008. (I actually went on to write a blog series about this on viva.nl, you can still read it here – for the Dutch readers). Although, I was advised to start"Do more of what makes you happy" medication, I first wanted to try feeling better without it. I tried doing fun stuff, enjoying good food, playing sports and took ‘therapy time’ (meaning, it just takes time + ups and downs).  About one and a half years ago, still in the clutches of depression, I saw the quote: ‘Do more of what makes you happy’.
It’s pretty clear, right? So, I had a good reason to do more of what made me happy.

COOKING!

I came to the conclusion: cooking makes me so happy. Hello passion! Considering that I had done a lot of photography in the past (yes, also behind the camera) and that my company is focused on website development, it didn’t take long before the idea of this blog was born.

This prompted the start of ‘Share Love Not Secrets’ and the end of a difficult time. It was something I had to do by myself. Of course, I had support from my family and friends, but I had good (yummy!) food, I was taking care of myself, and doing what made me happy. This was the perfect recipe to find my way back to myself.

What Type of Blog is this? A Stress-Free Food Blog

This blog is about delicious food. You will find a wide variety of recipes: sweet, savory, with sugar, without sugar, with gluten, and gluten-free. I like to try different things. You hear more and more about intolerances to certain ingredients… I think it’s a good that more and more people are discovering what is good/bad for their body.

Personally, I like to follow these principles: cook as pure as possible, cook (eat) well-balanced meals and enjoy everything you eat or drink. For me, this is the right mix and stress-free. I am also pretty busy with juice pulp recipes nowadays! So, if you’re a juicer, do keep an eye on the ‘Juicy Lifestyle‘ page!

So, this blog is about delicious food. About food that makes you happy. And guess what else is super healthy? That’s right: happiness!

I hope this inspires you to do more of what makes you happy and, of course, I hope to inspire you with many good recipes.

Share love, Marleen

P. S.: I like reading your opinions of the recipes on my blog! So let me know.
P.P.S.: If you want to use my photos or if you have a recipe tip to share, please email me – info@sharelovenotsecrets.com.

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