Category: Health & Inspiration

The art of not giving a damn

The art of not giving a damn

Not giving a damn. How do you do that? That is the million dollar question, isn’t it? How come that some people seem to able to shrug off anything while others seem to dwell on things for a long time?

The art of not giving a damn is not about not caring about others or being empathetic towards others. It’s about caring enough for yourself to know when to give a damn. If you are full of angst and you don’t feel good, you can’t care about others anyway.

I recently had this conversation with a member of my family and she was worried about what people might say about her if she does particular things. And I was wondering why this was something she was worried about at all. What others say about her. And why something she doesn’t know about, bothers her.

Therefore I asked her, do you like everyone?

Well, no.

Do you not like them because of something they have done? Or is it mostly because of personal chemistry?

Mostly it’s a chemistry thing.

Then, since it’s a chemistry thing is it possible that dwelling on won’t help at all? Therefore making it into a mutual thing? Becuase most of the time, people we don’t like, usually don’t like us back. And instead of dwelling on why it is like that shift your energy into something you can do something about?

Do you not care about what people say about you?

This was the question she asked me.

No, not one bit. I know who I am. I know that not everyone likes me. I also know that I sometimes make mistakes and if that is brought to my attention I try to correct it. But, I also know that, no matter what I’m like. I’m not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. Bottom line is that you can’t please everyone and in trying to do so you will lose yourself. Therefore not giving a damn is the best thing to do. Focus your attention on things that matter. Matter for real.

This is not to say that I don’t care about people who matter to me, I do. I also care to be respectful and kind towards people in general. Because that is something I believe in. However, at the end of the day, I can’t bend over backwards to be liked and well spoken of by everyone. Because that will, in the end, cause me not to like myself very much.

It’s time to get personal

I have two sons, one of which is born with ADHD. This as you might have guessed caused a lot of opinions. A lot of unsolicited advice from unknown people who apparently not only had opinions about me and my son but also but what kind of person and parent I was.

I learned the art of not giving a damn. You have to choose your battles wisely. And as we know, what is a wise choice to me, is not a wise choice for everyone else.

And man did people have opinions. I could either lock myself and my son in my apartment or I could go embrace the world the best way I knew how. By not letting my choices be driven by someone else’s agenda.

Me, myself and I

I have a very wise and close friend who often claims that people are not against you, rather they are for themselves. Which I think sums it up very nicely. It’s not that they are after you specifically, but they are looking after their own interests. By learning this approach things will not be as personal as you might perceive them. Which makes it easier not giving a damn.

I have also noticed that when you are happy and in a good place you don’t have time to talk about others, nor do you have time to care about what others think of you.

It’s like raising a child. You can either care about every single little detail and oh boy do you care, before becoming a parent. Or you can learn how to choose your battles.

How do you master the art of not giving a damn?

Decide who you want to live your life for. You only get one.

Decide what matters and be brave enough to let yourself decide.

People are often way too busy to think about themselves and not you.

Decide what makes you happy.

Decide to be happy.

Decide not to a giving a damn about things that don’t matter.

 

Skin deep with Nordic superfoods

Skin deep with Nordic superfoods

A lot of times it’s easy to forget about the Nordic superfoods. Up in the big north, we are spoilt with clean air, forests and food that grows wild and is free. Nordic superfoods contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One can call them nature’s gift to us since they naturally promote health and clearer skin.

The lines between beauty, health and wellness are blurred these days to the point one can almost say it’s the same. To be beautiful is to be healthy, and to be healthy is to be beautiful. Nordic superfoods have a lot to offer in this department.

Blueberries

Blueberries grow wild in our forests and are full of more antioxidants and flavonoids than the more commonly known acai. These super berries, especially those you can find growing wild are true Nordic superfoods.

However, they are more than just a colourful and delicious addition to your breakfast or snack. These little blue gems protect against cell-damaging free radicals. When you feed your skin with blueberries, you rejuvenate your skin and protect it against ageing.

Lingonberry

Most people in Scandinavia grow up with lingonberry juice and lingonberry jam, served to accompany almost any main dish. However, the lingonberry is so much more than that. Its qualities give this berry a well-deserved spot on the Nordic superfood list.

The berries are high in plant polyphenols and contain antioxidants, vitamins, potassium, calcium and magnesium.

Packed with properties that are good for your skin. It is known to have anti-ageing effects and ability to increase a natural glow by giving the skin moisture. Which is needed in Norden, where the climate can get quite harsh at times. Especially winter time.

Sea Buckthorn

Sea Buckthorn grows wild in abundance in Scandinavia. For a lot of people, it’s mostly known as a sidekick to fried camembert, a dessert wildly favoured during the early 21st century.  Even though tasty as the sidekick, the sea buckthorn stands well alone as one the Nordic superfoods.

These orange berries contain high levels of vitamin C as well as high amounts of protein, fibre, antioxidants and minerals. This is good news for your skin. It helps reduce redness and inflammation, protect skin cells from pollutions in the air. This, in turn, keeps the skin looking firm and youthful. And who doesn’t like a healthy glow?

Birch trees

Ever heard of birch sap? Birch sap is one of those Nordic superfoods that are trending right now, and for good reasons. These properties have been used in the Nordics for centuries. It’s becoming more commonly known these days as it has restorative and detoxifying benefits.

During the spring, birch trees produce a thick syrup-like liquid, birch sap. This is rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins and amino acids. And how is it right for your skin then?  It energises the skin, adds hydration to it, and protect skin cells. It is known to help with acne and eczema too.

Natural skin

What you eat has a significant impact on your skin. What you put on your skin is as important as what you feed it with. Natural skin care products are always the better way to go. To help your skin the best possible way True North cosmetics will help you to restore your skin the natural way. With its clean ingredients and well-developed formula, this skin cream goes skin deep.

Stress

Stress is a massive no-no for your skin. Not only does it make your skin to break out, but it can also cause you to make poor food choices and usually feeling tired. De-stressing is an incredible way to give yourself a break.

To get you started the best possible way – try this Nordic superfoods porridge.

Nordic Superfoods in a bowl
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

What happens when you combine Nordic superfoods and make them into breakfast? You have a breakfast bowl filled with fuel. 

Servings: 2 people
Calories: 161 kcal
Ingredients
  • 200 gr rolled oats
  • 450 ml oat milk
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp blueberries can be frozen
  • 1 tbsp lingonberry powder
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 handful raspberries can be frozen
Instructions
  1. Bring the oat milk and salt to a boil.

  2. Add the rolled oats and reduce the heat. Let it simmer for 5-6 minutes, or until thick. 

  3. Mix with blueberries, lingonberry powder and honey.

Top with raspberries and enjoy!

    De-stress like the Scandinavians

    De-stress like the Scandinavians

    Want to know the secret to de-stress like a Swede? Have you ever heard the word fika? With all the Nordic countries being top ten happiest people, the chances are that you have. We are the masters of fika.

    (Funnily enough, fika, in Hungarian means that you have a bat in the cave. I always thought that was funny since I’m of Hungarian descent.)

    A healthy snack

    Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Fika is typically a coffee break with something sweet to eat. However, since we are fika friendly crowd I recommend a healthier version of sweet.

    It’s a Nordic lifestyle

    Taking regular breaks is also scientifically proven to help you to de-stress. It’s a lifestyle. If coffee and a treat weren’t enough for you to start your fika tradition at work, here are five other reasons.

    1. Movement breaks are essential for you. Many of us have desk jobs and moving about just as little as five minutes every hour is beneficial for our health. It can also help us with restoring motivation and become more creative and productive. Take that walk to the coffee machine and back. Yes even if it’s on a different floor. Even better.  If you have the chance a walk and talk fika is even better. You take your coffee or tea and go for a little walk with your colleague or friend.
    2. It’s social – Ever feel stuck at solving a problem? Just changing your environment and get talking about something else can help you see things differently. We are also social beings and connecting with other people, especially people we like increases our endorphins, our happy chemicals.
    3. Re-charge with something healthy – as I mentioned before, fika is typically a sweet treat, like a cinnamon bun. While I’m a huge fan of sweet treats, I also realise that for many reasons they are not healthy to eat every day. For one it will make your blood sugar crash. Eat something that will stabilise your blood sugar and keep you alert.
    4. A little caffeine helps you focus – There are many studies out there about coffee. One research has linked drinking coffee reduces the risk of Ahlzeimers. I have found that coffee or tea after lunch helps me to focus. Making coffee or tea also takes a little time to prepare. This gives you a short period to slow down, to de-stress.
    5. Laugh – when you take time out of your day to de-stress chances are you will also have a lot of fun. Again, those endorphins are working. You feel good and when you feel good you can’t feel stressed.

     

    Health coach weekly – Your health questions answered

    Health coach weekly – Your health questions answered

    I get many health questions from people and as a health coach I think this is fantastic, I love curious people. Below I will give my advice on my top three frequently asked questions.

    Diets, do they work?

    Maybe not surprisingly one of the most common health questions I get is how to keep a diet. While I don’t believe in diets myself, it still boils down to the same answer. It’s a choice. It’s something you want to do. As I mentioned before I think diets that restrict you from eating food you like will never work. I believe in it when they are born out of necessity. Like allergies, illnesses and such.

    What do you choose?

    I’m on a flexitarian diet, however, I don’t restrict myself from meat. But both for health reasons (my stomach feels a lot better when I don’t eat meat) and the environment I have chosen to eat more vegetables and other types of food that are vegetarian. The key is, I don’t deny myself anything. I chose this for myself and I see the value it’s adding. Instead of what I’m not getting. 

    Weightloss

    While I don’t want to talk about weight, I also realise that a lot of people do want to go on a diet for that reason. Again, decide what you do want. You want a stronger body, a healthy relationship with your body image. When you go after what you do want, rather than focus on what you don’t. You get one step closer to your health questions answered. They do work if you want them to.

    An important note to this health questions about diets – Never ever put your health in harm’s way. To live healthier is not about starving yourself. 

    Health question number two, how do I get to the gym?

    I have to be completely transparent and honest about this. I really dislike the gym. Don’t get me wrong, if it works for you, enjoy it! But I don’t like being in that environment at all, it doesn’t suit me.

    What is your goal?

    However, if you want to go to the gym, firstly, be clear about what your goal is. Is it to be stronger, is it to get in shape or maybe you just want to do something on a weekly basis? If you are clear about your goal, it will be a lot easier to achieve it.

    Whatever you want to achieve remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. I know I know, it’s boring. But really sustaining change will only work if you keep being consistent over time.

    Sustainable choices

    If you want to make a change don’t go from zero to every day. You are setting yourself up for failure, which will only set you even further back. It has to be sustainable. What does your life look like? Where are you at? And then decide from that what’s realistic for you.

    Small changes that you actually do implement are what will be the most sustainable over time. Maybe decide that taking the stairs, going for a walk during your lunch break is enough for now. Or that you really like running and that twice a week that is what you will do. Whatever you choose, choose what’s right for you and make yourself a priority.

    Time management and accountability

    For a very long time, I was a single parent. Going to the gym, running (honestly, if you ever see me running, run too. Because someone is chasing me.) or going to a yoga studio was out of the question. I worked full time and after my son was asleep I couldn’t go anywhere. That’s right I was stuck in my house. Now there are a lot of things you can do in your own house. I found fitgirls and I could join a challenge with others who kept me accountable but be in my own house and their concept really spoke to me at that time.

    A lot of people need that in order to take those first steps, someone who holds you accountable. Find that group or friend and ask them to help you. I have found that by just saying the words I actually get the motivation to follow through.

    Health question number three, I don’t want to, but I need to

    Stop. Just stop. If you do not want to do something chances of following through is very slim. Even if you intellectually realise that you should be doing something it’s not the same as actually doing it.

    Firstly, identify why you think you need to do something. What is it that you think you should or shouldn’t do. A lot of times people do things because they think it’s expected of them. And that they will disappoint someone if that expectation is not met.

    Secondly, change your mindset. Sometimes just doing something different for a few times will change the way you see things. Maybe you have tried something in the past and you didn’t like it. However, now it is something that you enjoy doing.

    Sometimes viewing the problem from a different angle makes you realise that it isn’t a problem at all. And you do want to do it.

    Want to read more about motivation? Try this article. Or maybe healthy food is your thing?

     

    Brain foods – What to eat to keep your mind sharp

    Brain foods – What to eat to keep your mind sharp

    What are brain foods? Well, there are certain types of food that will keep your mind sharp. Especially as we age this is essential. There are different types of foods that have been proven to be healthy for your brain, brain foods.

    Last week I wrote about how to wire your brain for success by adopting certain habits and over time developing skills that will make your brain better focused. This week it’s all about your brain foods intake.

    What is brain food?

    The MIND diet. It’s a combination of the Mediterranian diet and DASH diet – Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. Now, this diet has nothing to do with shedding weight, but it has been linked to promoting cognitive brain health and may reduce the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimers. And sharpening my mind with brain food is the only diet I’m interested in.

    And what better day to acknowledge this than on the international women’s day? Since research shows that more women than men suffer from both. So ladies, let’s eat those brain foods.

    How does it work?

    The MIND diet focuses on plant-based foods and limiting the intake of animal products and foods high in saturated fat. Transfats are not even to think about. You shouldn’t really consume that, to begin with regardless of diet. The accent is on plants. Especially on dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach and berries, such as blueberries and raspberries.

    What brain foods to eat?

    • Dark green leafy vegetables, such as kale and spinach. At least six servings a week.
    • Other vegetables, such as carrots, broccoli, and tomatoes: At least once a day.
    • Nuts, such as almonds and cashews: Five servings a week.
    • Berries, such as blueberries and raspberries: At least two servings a week.
    • Beans, such as chickpeas and lentils: At least three servings a week
    • Whole grains, such as barley and oats: Three or more servings a day
    • Fatty fish that are high in omega3, such as mackerel and salmon: Once a week
    • Poultry, such as turkey and chicken: Two times a week
    • Olive oil or canola oil: Use it as your main cooking oil.

    What foods to avoid:

    • Red meat: Less than four servings a week
    • Butter and margarine: Less than a tablespoon daily (margarine is often full of trans fat and should be avoided altogether.)
    • Cheese: Less than one serving a week
    • Sweets and treats: Less than five servings a week
    • Fried or fast food: Less than one serving a week

     

     

    How to train your  brain for success

    How to train your brain for success

    How do you train your brain for success? It’s wellness Wednesday and the health coach will you give you some weekly inspiration on health and wellness.

    We have a lot of thoughts per day, how many exactly is still open for debate. However how and what we think is really important. I think I read somewhere that 17 seconds is all you need to hold a positive thought over a negative. What I mean by that is that let’s say you wake up in the morning and you are in a bad mood. You might start to think about all the ways this day will be bad. However, if you change that and start to think how beautiful day this is going to be, 17 seconds is all it takes to “fool” your brain. It’s worth a try, isn’t it? If the results will train your brain for success?

    Do not speak to my friend like that

    You wouldn’t speak critically to a friend, especially if that friend needed you. Then why do you do it to yourself? Being self-critical and dragging yourself down will only harm you. In fact, studies have shown that self-compassion and the practice of it have shown that it improves your overall well being. Not only that, but over time it gives you increased motivation and a better feeling of self-worth. Which leads to a greater self-confidence. And what happens when you are in a good space in your life? You start doing things that are good for you.

    Become aware of your feelings

    Many people have problems talking about their feelings. I’m most certainly included in this segment of people. However, becoming aware of your own feelings are essential to training your brain for success. If you keep your emotions all bottled up they will eventually come out anyway. This will lead you to make decisions based on emotional stress, rather than what would be a really good fit for you.

    I’m guilty of this quite often, especially when I’m angry. Although I can say to someone that I’m angry with them, I can still make a very stupid decision based on a momentarily overwhelming feeling.

    If you try to take a minute every day to being aware of your feelings and trying to place them in different categories, you are much more likely to make decisions that are actually good for you in the long run. Which will then lead to better success and more happiness?

    Be grateful

    Because when you are grateful you are happier. Now I’m not saying never to dwell on things that make you sad or anything, but when you stop to think about all the things that you are grateful for something changes in you over time. Creating a healthy mindset will help to train your brain for success. Why?

    Well, when you are happy overall it increases your the well being of your mental health too. When you are balanced you tend to do more things that are good for you and others.

    One step closer to your goal

    Whatever your goal is the key is to train your brain for success, right? How do you do that? One step at a time. Life can be overwhelming at times and sometimes you can’t even see until next day let alone the finish line. I know that feeling, this past year has been extremely challenging for me in all areas of my life. There were days when getting out of bed was a challenge.

    But doing something, just a little thing every single day that takes me closer to my goal is what has kept me afloat. I know that there’s something to be worked towards. This has also led me to make rational decisions.

    Doing something, whether it’s big or small every day that brings you closer to whatever it is that you want to achieve is not so overwhelming. You can do it. And when you feel like you can do it, over time it becomes a habit. A good habit. And we all know that habits are hard to break.

    Here are some of my favourite people I listen to when my brain needs a little more training.

    Amy Cuddy

    Brene Brown

    Shawn Achor

    You time – 5 ways to get some

    You time – 5 ways to get some

    Are you in need of some you time? Valentine’s day is over and as much as I appreciate reading about tips and tricks on how to best bring out the romance in your relationship with that special someone. I would like to celebrate the relationship you have with yourself, all year, every day. It’s the single most important relationship you’ll ever have. The key to any successful relationship starts with some you time. If you don’t make yourself the number one priority, no one else will either.

    Since I’m not only a food blogger but also a health coach every Wednesday you’ll find a blog post about health and personal development. It’s the wellness Wednesday’s health coaching tips. First out was a post on how to best keep your New Year’s resolutions.

    I use to run around trying to make room for everyone else, but me. I needed to see this person, I needed to go to this event, my kids needed me. Until there was nothing left for me. Now, I have “you time” on my calendar.

    1. Make room for some you time

    This was an important one for me and unfortunately, I learned this one the hard way. I’m a very social person and I love doing things that are fun to me. But there was never time for me. Just me. If you burn the candle at both ends, it’ll burn quickly. Without me time, there’s never time for self-reflection. Which is vital for growth. “When I know better, I do better.” This simply does not happen if there’s no room or time for some “you time”.

    As mentioned my calendar has “you time”, every week. When I do things for myself by myself. I reflect on things and try to see things from a different perspective. It’s also the time when I decide on what works and what doesn’t.

    2. Meditate

    This falls a little bit under the same category as alone time, however, it’s more specific. I used to never be able to sit still and be surrounded by, well, silence. But ever since I forgot where I parked my car in a huge parking garage, like for real forgot. (I had to go around every floor until I found my car. I couldn’t remember.) I knew it was time to wind down.

    A former colleague of mine recommended the app headspace to me and it had been on my phone ever since. It was time to use it. So basically the app starts with the basics of meditation. I love his voice, it’s very calming.

    I won’t lie to you, it was hard and I questioned why I needed this. But then as time went on, I started to like it, a lot. And now I need it. It has shifted the way I think. How I can think conscious thoughts. Obviously, you don’t need an app to meditate, but it has helped me tremendously. In the moments of meditation, I’m only allowed to practice self-love. There’s no failure.

    3. Learn something new

    One of the best things I know is to read. When I read something happens to me. Something wonderful. I get excited and it’s like butterflies in my stomach when I get to read well-written books. I completely wind down on getting lost in another world. Now, I love to learn new things, so my favourite books are either factual books. Or I love getting lost in make-believe worlds, such as Harry Potter.

    If you don’t like to read, then there are brilliant podcasts or audiobooks. The point is to take this you time and learn something new as often as you can. Learning something new is beneficial to the brain as well. Since it causes the brain to build connections between neurons. Replacing some of those we lose over time.

    4. Stop trying to please everyone

    Just stop. Period. You will not succeed. Turn this one around. Is there a way for everyone to please you? So then why on earth would this possible for you? I don’t care if you are a nice person. Most people consider themselves being nice. However, this makes you do a lot of things that are not good for anyone. Least of all for you. And all this time you are trying to figure out what others want. You could be spending on some serious “you time” and figure out what you want. Being conscious and intentional with your time frees up a lot of unnecessary energy wasted on meaningless things.

    5. Start journaling

    In whatever form that works for you. If you are dear diary type do that. If you are more like me, that journaling doesn’t come that naturally for you. Then just write down 3 things you are thankful for that day and three things you would like to do differently. There is something very powerful happening when you put words pen to paper. This also allows you to stop and reflect on the everyday moments of your life. It will also allow you to see patterns that maybe you want to change or do differently.

    Expressing gratitude on a daily basis will over time change the way you see yourself and again help you to live more intentionally. When you start your day with intent you will no longer dwell unnecessarily on things that don’t matter as much. Which will over time lead you to more you time.

     

     

     

    How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

    How to keep your New Year’s resolutions

    Are you keeping your New Year’s resolutions? We are halfway through January now and I know it gets hard sometimes to keep up with those resolutions. Not to worry, I’m here to help!

    A few weeks before New Year’s I was interviewed for a health and beauty magazine about how to keep those New Year’s resolutions. As a health coach, it’s one of the most frequent questions I get. How to keep New Year’s resolutions. Well, that and any other commitment really.

    So I thought I’d share some tips and tricks with you today. I know that New Year’s is a time for a lot of people to start over. It’s a fresh start a new year with endless possibilities. However, truth is that you can start over any day of the week and commit to what you truly want for yourself.

    Focus on what you do want instead of what you don’t want!

    Maybe you want to quit smoking, start eating more healthy or going to that gym more often. Bottom line is that if you do things because you think you should, you will never keep those New Year’s resolutions. Instead of should’s focus on your wants. What is that you want and why? If you are truly motivated by something, chances are much bigger you will see them through.

    Focus on the things you want and erase negative thinking at once. You are much more likely to succeed in your endeavours if your goal is something positive. Let’s say you want to have more healthy habits. I know I do. As a food blogger, I practically live in the kitchen. When I work a lot I don’t prioritise eating regularly which then causes me to snack. And since I also have a huge weakness for chocolate I eat that when my blood sugar is low. Which is not good, because I don’t feel well when I have those blood sugar spikes. Now instead of shaming myself and feeling guilty about something I shouldn’t do. My focus is on what I do want, in this case, snacking on veggies and nuts. This keeps my blood sugar even and let’s face it my face it, people around me happy too.

    Love yourself and don’t shame yourself!

    Or let’s say you want to get in shape, maybe your attention shouldn’t be that you want to lose weight. Which I know from experience is the case with a lot of people. Shift your focus to getting stronger arms or maybe you have always wanted to be able to do a split. Focus your attention on that. See yourself reach your goal and feel with your whole being what it feels like when you have reached your goal.

    Think about it, if you do something just because you think you should do it. It doesn’t make you feel particularly good about yourself in the long run. Which will lead you to feel guilt and shaming yourself for not reaching your goal. That will end up with you either quitting or just having a really bad relationship with yourself. None of which is a good place for you to reach your goals.

    Set realistic goals.

    You have heard it before I’m sure, Rome wasn’t built in one day. However, it is true. You need to look at your life and make a realistic assessment of your current situation. I truly believe that you do anything you set your mind to. But when you set your mind to something you really want. Usually, you are also motivated to see it through.

    Like I’m not a gym person at all, I don’t like going there. And for the longest time I got caught up in the should hysteria of things. I bought a gym membership card, I bought new training gear, I was going to do this. Three times a week on my lunch break. After all, I’m a strong capable woman. And I am all that, but I’m also a woman who hates the gym.

    You can guess what happened right? I stopped going after a few sessions and I kept feeling bad for making monthly payments for something I never took advantage off. How lazy was I? I kept making excuses, I’m tired, I don’t feel well, I have work to do, blah, blah. And let me tell you, there was no PT in the world that could have kept me from staying home instead. Unless their exercise somehow magically made me strong too.

    Now instead I meditate, I do yoga at home and I eat well. I eat well in the sense that fits my whole being. I don’t believe in restricting myself. Instead, I added thing and food that like and are good to me in a holistic way.

    My point with all this I guess is, do what you want to do instead of what you think you should do. What works for people is very individual. Focus on the positive side of things instead of guilt tripping yourself. Set yourself up for success by thinking about what you do want instead what you don’t want. Love yourself!

    New Year's resolutions

    ps: Here are some healthier snack options if you like me love the chocolate but you also love your blood sugar even.

    Bounty bars

    Black bean brownies

    My all-time breakfast favourite and sometimes lunch too, the bircher.

     

    Healthy breakfast to kickstart your morning

    healthy breakfast

    What is healthy breakfast? I know that a lot of people have made it their New Year’s resolution to lead healthier lifestyles. I also know that keeping that promise can be difficult. A healthier you is a happier you. What I mean by that is that is that you have decide for yourself what a healthy life is. What do you like eating?

    I like a healthy breakfast. Healthy breakfast to me is a balanced start of the day. I want to fuel my body with what gives me energy and lasts until lunch. Because if I don’t that’s when I make really unhealthy choices. Like a little chocolate bar or a little candy to keep my energy levels up. Then I’ll crash a little later. Now, this is of course not doing my body any favours in any area.

    This will affect my mood more than anything else. You know the t-shirt, “I’m sorry for what I said when I was hungry.” That’s me! I’m not a nice person when I’m hungry.

    I started to cut some dairy products out of my life during this past year. One reason is that I really love the Swedish company Oatly and their products. Since I tried their barista “milk” I can’t drink anything else. Another is that my stomach feels a lot more balanced since cutting out some dairy products.

    I know I should eat healthy breakfast every day, however, I’m also not that hungry in the morning. Because I have the luxury of working at home I can eat a little later. I also know that this is not the case for a lot of people. Therefore all of these recipes are created with that in mind. You can easily prepare it the night before and then to take with you in the morning. Wherever you need to go in the morning.

    Of course, you can use dairy products if you like.

    Today I’m sharing three of my favourite recipes to make your mornings easier and healthier.

    Tip: Put fruits and nuts in a different container and assemble it at work.

    Bircher - overnight oats

    9th January 2018
    : 1
    : 5 min
    : 8 hr
    : Easy

    Easy and healthy overnight oats.

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    Ingredients
    • 120 gr unsweetened almond milk
    • 15-20 gr shaved coconut flakes
    • 3 tbs peanut butter
    • 65 gr gluten-free oats (or normal ones if you don't have an allergy)
    • 50 gr raspberries/strawberries/bananas/blueberries
    Directions
    • Step 1 Put the oats and coconut flakes in a jar and pour almond milk over.
    • Step 2 Add peanut butter och stir gently. (The peanut butter will be a bit lumpy, but that part of the deliciousness.)
    • Step 3 Put the lid on and let it rest in the fridge for about 8 hours. Top with a banana and berries of your choice. (you can use frozen berries.)

    Greek-inspired oat yoghurt with honey

    9th January 2018
    : 1
    : 5 min
    : 5 min
    : Easy

    Deliciousness in a jar.

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    Ingredients
    • 120 gr of oat-based yoghurt
    • 35 gr cashew nuts, preferably salty
    • 15 gr raspberry
    • 15 gr blueberries
    • 2 tbs honey
    Directions
    • Step 1 Pour yoghurt in a jar and top it with nuts, berries and honey.

    Chia pudding with spirulina

    9th January 2018
    : 1
    : 5 min
    : Easy

    Chia seed pudding with healthy spirulina.

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    Ingredients
    • 4 tbs chia seeds
    • 1 tsp vanilla
    • 10-12 tbs coconut milk
    • half a frozen banana
    • 30 gr frozen blackberries
    • 2 tsp spirulina powder
    • 2 tbsp almond milk
    • handful raspberries
    Directions
    • Step 1 Pour the coconut milk into a glass container and add the chia seeds, spirulina and vanilla. Blend it and put the lid on and place it in the fridge for about 8 hours.
    • Step 2 Mix the frozen bananas, blackberries and the almond milk in a blender.
    • Step 3 You should now have a thick creamy ice cream like topping. Put it in the freezer until the next morning.
    • Step 4 Add it to the chia pudding and top it with blackberries.

    Want some more breakfast inspiration? Perhaps an apple overnight bircher is the answer? Or if you have more time, why not spirulina pancakes?

    Make your own sugar scrub

    Make your own sugar scrub

    hemma spa

    Ett hemma spa, det donade jag med i helgen.Jag behövde lite omvårdnad, min kropp behövde lite ytlig vård. Helst utan en massa kemikalier. Det bästa är att du har garanterat det mesta av ingridienserna i ditt köksskåp. Lätt, billigt och utan tillsatser.

    Jag menar hälsa är mer än att äta hälsosamt. Det är bara en del av en hälsosam livsstil. Att ta hand om sig själv är precis lika viktigt som vad du stoppar i dig. Jag tror på en balans, lite av varje. Lite kaka, lite god mat, lite socker skrubb. Det gör mig balanserad och lycklig i varje fall.

    Jag gjorde en sockerskrubb, socker är så himla bra för huden. För att den behåller sin form och river huden bra, utan att göra det för hårt. Tillsammans med kokosoljan lämnar den huden mjuk och len.

    Jag brukar göra den här skrubben precis innan jag ska använda den. Blir det över eller om du vill använda den senare, så häll över skrubben i en tätförslutande glasburk och ha den i kylen. Den håller sig ca 2 månader i kyl. Eftersom kokosolja hårdnar i kylen är det bara att ta ut en liten stund innan du ska använda den.

    Duscha varmt i några minuter och skrubba kroppen och låt huden absorbera det i några minuter. När du har skrubbat färdigt torka dig försiktigt och masserna i resterna av kokosoljan. 

    Brun sockerskrubb

    Du behöver:

    2,5 dl brunt socker

    1,5 dl kokosolja

    1 tsk vaniljpulver eller extrakt

    Så här gör du:

    Blanda ihop alla ingridienser och häll över i en tätförslutande glasburk. Du kan tillsätta mer eller mindre olja för att få tjockare eller tunnare konsistens.

    Inget hemma spa är väl komplett utan en ansiktsmask? Jag bjuder också på ett recept för en superbra ansiktsmask. Med yoghurt och banan. Så varför just yoghurt och banan? Mjölksyran från yoghurten exfolierar, mjukar och lugnar.  Banan är bra för torr hy och återfuktar bra, vilket så här på sommaren med en massa sol är bra för huden. 

    hemma spa

    Ansiktamask med yoghurt och banan

    Du behöver:

    1/2 banan

    1 msk naturell yoghurt, helst grekisk/turkisk

    Så här gör du:

    Mosa banan och blanda med yoghurt. Applicera på ren hud och låt verka i ca 15 min. Skölj bort i kallt vatten och smörj in ansiktet. 

    ansiktsmask med banan