Sweden Diet

[Disclaimer: This is not a post on how to do Sweden diet.]

A few lectures ago, I had a water week. It was all about water and (this is the important part) how our consumption affects the climate change. As you can see in my short bio, indeed I am studying sustainable development hence my interest in consumption and climate change is as-it-supposed-to-be. During that week, the class was asked to calculate personal water footprint based on our residence country. Curious, I did two calculation for both lifestyles that I have when I live in Sweden as well as Indonesia. The result shows that I am more sustainable during my stay here in Sweden because I use less than half of my water footprint back in Indonesia. LESS THAN HALF. Is it because my diet in Sweden is different compare to my diet in Indonesia? How come during my two months living in Sweden I am already contributing less water footprint?? What kind of sorcery is this?! Why does my course affecting my life so much??!

After being astonished for a few silly hours, I started to become a scientist as expected from my study here – analyze!

Sania water footprint total

Based on the data above, food has the biggest gap so let’s talk more about that. How was my daily eating habit in Indonesia? Here, I GIF you the answer:

my eating habit in Indonesia

-pictures shown are not mine and making this GIF include lots of cursing due to starvation-

Rice, poultry, meat, seafood, noodles, fried (good) stuff, eggs…basically spicy fried/grilled meal accompanied with sweet ice tea as usual. I did a lot of takeaways or eating out back then because I was too lazy to cook and many street food vendors available from the morning until after midnight. Most of them did food delivery to your house, something I rarely find here. Now, let’s see my diet in Sweden:

eating habit in swedia

-pictures shown are not mine and making this DOES NOT include any cursing-

Overnight oat, leftover meal, banana, kanelbullar, pasta, salad, sandwich…the usual college student meal which consist of batch cooking during Sunday. Falafel is the only street food I can find, and it is (quite) a luxury. In essence, cooking my own meals is the answer for hungry stomach since there is few street food vendors available and restaurant is unrealistic for student’s wallet. I am not a good cook, so I avoid cooking meat and poultry because it takes more effort to prepare them.

The usual grocery shopping I do revolves around pasta, mushroom, fruit, salad and the dressing. Thus, I am consuming less meat and more fruit instead.  When I yearn for Indonesian food (which usually needs lots of spices), I asked my friend to cook with the available spices I have. It made me regret a little for not bringing the spicy stuff here, sigh. What I want to say is that without my intention, I am doing more sustainability in life due to my laziness in cooking meat or routinely doing laundry, washing the dishes and showering. Tell my mom that I am saving the earth! I believe that you are also interested in your individual water footprint, calculate them with this easy method.

On a second thought, don’t tell my mom about my shower habit.

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  • Dewinda • 27 Dec 2016 at 6.44 pm Reply

    Hey kak Sania… I am Dewinda from Indonesia, I am an undergraduate student in electrical engineering. Wow I am so surprised by reading this post. Hahaha
    I always want to study aboard, but I dont know wether I can adapt living in such country. Because my taste of diet is so Indonesian, I cant eat nothing but rice haha *biasa lah ya anak desa soalnya*.. How did you adapt? Tell us more.
    And can you please tell me more about how did you get a chance to study in Sweden? Did you get a scholarship? And what can I do if I also want to study in Sweden?
    Thanks kakak.

    • Sania
      Sania • 28 Dec 2016 at 2.57 pm Reply

      Hai Dewinda!
      Supermarket di sini banyak yang jual nasi jadi gak ada masalah untuk adaptasi. Paling kalau makan keluar aja yang ribet memuaskan lidah Indonesia tapi bisa diakali dengan bawa bekal.
      Dulu aku cari & daftar program di website ini. Kamu bisa mulai cari info dan gerak dengan panduan dari website Study in Sweden. Di sana juga ada informasi tentang beasiswa. Good luck!

  • Katoksan • 1 Nov 2016 at 6.58 pm Reply

    Yuhuuu!! Awesome post! The most interesting part is the water footprint!
    That’s great that you take less water footprint! So, I could take some more water! 😛

    • Sania
      Sania • 2 Nov 2016 at 1.00 am Reply

      Hey that’s not my purpose! :p

  • Avash • 31 Oct 2016 at 12.06 pm Reply

    Hello Sania.
    I am Avash from Bangladesh. I have read your full article which is really awesome. I am very interested to go to Sweden for higher education. I need your help for this purpose.
    I will be greatful to you if you contact with me.
    Email; avash10@yahoo.com
    skype: avashcmt

    • Sania
      Sania • 31 Oct 2016 at 2.35 pm Reply

      Hello, Avash!
      Thank you for your kind compliment. Tell me, how can I help you?

  • Triandhika Anjani • 24 Oct 2016 at 1.37 am Reply

    Great post! I agree that living abroad makes me eat less meat. And I am also very happy to know that it helps the environment as well. :))

  • Nanda Anugrah Zikrullah • 19 Oct 2016 at 7.23 pm Reply

    Wow this is good to see that you have a good sustainable life here in sweden compare to indonesia. But how come the consumption of water may affecf the climate change as you stated earlier in this post

    • Sania
      Sania • 19 Oct 2016 at 11.30 pm Reply

      Hi Nanda, good question! Based on my understanding, fresh water is essential to our daily lives and population growth leads to consumption increase. Indeed nature can balance its system when something goes off (but it takes a long time to recover). By slowing down our consumption, we are ‘buying time’ for ourselves. If you have not yet know about the case of Aral Sea, it will be an engaging read regarding this area. Hope my answer satisfy your interest. Cheers!

  • Nel • 19 Oct 2016 at 4.44 pm Reply

    So trueeeee. Thing are change in here, especially eating habit. Hahaha.

    • Sania
      Sania • 19 Oct 2016 at 11.32 pm Reply

      Hej Nel! Yes, we’re in the same boat. Seems that human adapt quite fast with their environment, eh?

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