About the author

I am an Occupational Therapist living in Helsinki, Finland. I aim to encourage discussion and development among my field and health care in general with this blog. I wish for open, sincere and enthusiastic argumentation for the benefit of us all. I am a green idealist sometimes overwhelmed by all the things wrong in the world but trying not to turn into a cynic.

My meaningful occupations include sports, reading, travelling, socializing and innovating. I also cook  cooked and blog blogged about it in Monkeyfood.net. I am a proud employee of The City of Helsinki and work there as a Head Occupational Therapist. I also coach CrossFit at Crossfit Herttoniemi and go around lecturing about nutrition, health and occupational therapy.

If you wish to contact me, you can reach me via my email meri dot pekkanen at iki dot fi.

Cheers, and see you around!




12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. jessbanda  |  March 14, 2010 at 20:24

    Meri, hope you don’t mind but I added a link to your website on my blog page. Your recipes look delicious!

  • 2. Meri, Helsinki  |  March 14, 2010 at 21:38

    Hey Jess, and of course not, you’re the most welcome to do that 🙂 I’ve got loads of new recipe inspiration coming up soon since I received my copy of Sally Fallon’s Nourishing Traditions, some excellent paleo-approved stuff there among others!

  • 3. OlliS  |  March 14, 2010 at 22:19

    Good luck Meri with your new blog! I will be following this 🙂

  • 4. Meri, Helsinki  |  March 15, 2010 at 06:29

    Olli, luck is going to be needed! …and nice to hear someone’s keeping an eye on me 🙂 Likewise!

  • 5. OlliS  |  March 15, 2010 at 16:25


    Ohh, and nice to hear that you’re into meditation also. It will help ALOT with everything you do and how you are 🙂

    And maybe you can borrow Antti’s Integral Life Practice book as soon as he gets it 😉

  • 6. Meri, Helsinki  |  March 15, 2010 at 20:23

    Well yeah as much as a person not being able to meditate can be 😉 Working my way through… I already downloaded the free chapters from the book. And I bet it’s me who reads the book since it’s not audio 😀

  • 7. OlliS  |  March 16, 2010 at 10:05

    Hah, yeah 😀 Antti and reading 😉

    Everybody CAN meditatate, there are no strict rules for it but in the beginning it might feel a bit hard since there are so many thoughts flowing!

    Here is a great post by a friend of mine, take a look 😉


  • 8. Meri, Helsinki  |  March 27, 2010 at 15:54

    Thanks! The post was excellent. Had a meditative experience last weekend in Qi Gong… But as you can read from my post, it requires SO MUCH 😀 But maybe it’ll get easier… Last night I participated a short Shindo introduction: similar elements to Qi Gong, but not as static and with a (very very nice!) background music. Liked. Also thought I reached the relaxed state with a little less effort than before… After I first almost freaked out that it’s gonna be like Qi Gong – suffering! Oh, I’m so weak.

    I’ll work on it.

    Reading ❤ Gonna go do some, it's my favorite.

    • 9. Vilho  |  March 27, 2010 at 20:02

      It gets easier. Consider that you’re doing something completely new, something you’ve NEVER done before. Sounds like closing in on this thing through movement seems the path that works best for you. Do not be afraid to follow it. Small steps. Small steps. 🙂

  • 10. Meri, Helsinki  |  March 28, 2010 at 10:51

    Yeps, movement’s the key I’d say, I’m feeling quite hopeful now what it comes to my future meditation 🙂 Small steps with a broken toe! Wohou!

  • 11. Tiina, Kuopio  |  February 19, 2013 at 20:26

    Hei. Ihanaa ja innostavaa oli lukea blogisi kirjoituksia. Itselläni on viimeinen vuosi toimintaterapian opintoja menossa ja aina välillä epätoivo ja väsymys meinaavat viedä voiton (niin opiskelujen kuormittavuuden kuin tulevan ammatinkin jännittävyyden vuoksi 🙂 ). Sinun teksteistäsi sain todella paljon uutta puhtia opiskeluun, sekä mielenkiintoisia ja ajatuksia herättäviä näkökulmia! KIITOS 🙂

  • 12. Meri (Monkeyfood.net)  |  February 19, 2013 at 20:37

    Kiitos kommentistasi, Tiina! Mahtavaa, jos jutut kannustavat maailman parhaan ammatin opiskelun viime metreillä! …sillä sehän tämä on 😉 Hauska olis muuten tietää, millä lailla eri kaupunkien koulutukset eroaa toisistaan; samat säätelythän niitä koskee, mutta varmasti on erilaisia painotuksia. Itse olen käynyt Helsingissä.


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