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Monday, 5th December, 2016
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The Ideal Body

 


 
Let’s have a serious talk. What do you think about the female “ideal” body? Right now there’s so much talk about this in media. The Body positivity movement (#bopo) is getting bigger and bigger, and there’s models speaking up about the craziness that goes on behind the scenes. At the same time you can see an increase of bikini fitness, clean eating, and macros. It’s really hard navigating through all this when it overflows our social media feed.
 
A part of me is hesitant to write about this subject because I really don’t want to spend time focusing on looks, if you get it? Like, just stop. A body is made out of flesh and skin and muscles and a billion atoms. Are you spending time thinking about what to eat, what your thighs look like when you sit down, or if you’re belly has rolls? Stop. Take that time and spend it on something you love. Learn more about your favorite subject. Enjoy life. I don’t think Einstein, Edison, Obama, or any other influential person ever spent time on thinking negatively about their bodies. Let’s just stop and think about all the great stuff we can do instead.
 
Another part of me wants to write about this subject because it is such a big problem, and I find the psychology behind it very interesting. I am not some saint who is invincible to all of this. I get affected just as much as anyone else, and it sucks. Time and time again you have to remind yourself that looks are just an outer shell. The body is a vessel, and the real power is inside of you. If you’re stuck in a rut it’s time to break the bad habits of body shaming and train your brain to think differently.
 

This is a huge subject, and at the same time it’s meaningless. I feel like this is getting a little messy and scattered, but really I just wanted to share my thoughts.

 
Let just everyone be as they wish. There is no universal right or wrong. Do you wanna eat Ben & Jerry’s for dinner? Go ahead. Do you wanna count macros? Go ahead. Eat sugar, fat, clean, no carbs, only carbs, workout, sit on the couch, be skinny, be big, be fit, do whatever you want to. All I want you to ask yourself is; Are you happy? Are you enjoying life? Do you feel free? If the answer is yes, then go ahead.
My concern is when one of the pieces in life gets too big, because that also makes your life balance fragile. What happens if this large piece of your focus in life breaks? What other pieces do you have to support yourself? What happens if you’re completely reliant on your looks and one day you realize you’re old and “lost” it? If I ever feel like my thoughts are spinning, I ask myself; Will this matter when I’m 90 years old? I wouldn’t want to look back at my life and think I wasted it on something so trivial as anxiety over my looks. Looks fade (Of course you will be beautiful when you’re old too, but you know what I mean). Your personality is the real deal.
 
I am happy I’m not a teenager today. I sound like my parents now, saying “It was better back then”. Surely there has, and always will be, certain “ideals”. One year it’s the Kardashian butt, another it’s the Jennifer Aniston hair. The big difference nowadays is the volume we are exposed to. What breaks my heart though is that the majority of young girls feel bad about themselves and their bodies.
So how do we improve this? It’s impossible to stop people from commenting and posting online, that is also the beauty of the freedom of speech. However, what we as readers can do is to be more critical. Every picture you see has a filter, advertisements are photo shopped, and you have absolutely no idea how the person in the photo actually feels. A picture of a gorgeous model smiling can hide a starving body, depression, and anxiety. You never know.
 
I think it’s important to talk about it but even more importantly, to take action. For example, the Norwegian sports brand Kari Traa made a campagn called The Swedish Model where you get to follow three models who decided to quit the industry. This is a great initiative.
 
Your first step: Watch it.
 

 
I have never worked as a model, but I do believe that it is important to make their lives better as well. Imagine working in an office where you’re boss walked by and called you fat? That would be scandalous. However, in the fashion industry this is totally acceptable. That’s sick.
 
Next step: Go through the Instagram accounts you follow. Only follow people that inspires you to be a better person, not that makes you feel worthless. I believe some people are more sensitive than others. For example, one person can look at a photo of a model and think “Wow, what an amazing outfit/hair/lighting”, while another person can watch the same photo and think “I wish I looked like that, I’m so ugly compared to her”. If you are more sensitive, maybe it’s better if you don’t expose yourself to these types of photos too much. Or you have to really work on thinking differently.
 
There are bunch of body positivity accounts on Instagram, just search the #bopo. Although I am a little skeptical to this. I mean, I get the point of showing that there’s all kinds of different bodies, but at the same time you keep focusing on the body. Also, I do think there’s a reason why photoshopped, “perfect” models are on the billboards, and that’s because they have the unreachable. They’re like unicorns. We like to see “perfect” because it attracts us. Why else would we keep on comparing ourselves to them? I wouldn’t be surprised if all models are digital in the future…
 
Third step: Be grateful Stop worrying. Enjoy life. Some days I can just sit and think about how lucky and grateful I am for being born in this country with all these amazing benefits, and how lucky and grateful I am for my family and friends.

 

Also, two Instagram accounts I like are @nourishandeat and @amalielee.

 


 

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Låt oss snacka allvar. Vad tycker du om det kvinnliga “kroppsidealet”? Det är väldigt mycket på tapeten nu i sociala medier. Body positivity (#bobo) bara växer och växer, och modeller talar ut om galenskaperna som pågår bakom stängda dörrar. Samtidigt ser vi bara fler bikini fitness-modeller, clean eating och macros. Det är svårt att navigera genom bruset som översvämmar vår sociala medier feed.
 
En del av mig är tveksam till att skriva om detta ämne för jag vill inte lägga fokus på utseende, fattar ni? Liksom, sluta bara. En kropp är gjord av skinn, hud, muskler, fett och en miljard atomer. Spenderar du tid på att tänka på vad du ska äta härnäst, om låren flyter ut när du sitter ner, eller om du har veck på magen? Sluta. Ta den tiden och lägg den på något du tycker om. Lär dig mer om ditt favoritämne. Njut av livet. Jag tror knappast Einstein, Edison, Obama eller någon annan inflytelserik människa har spenderat tid på att ha ångest över deras utseende. Låt oss sluta med detta och tänk på allt fantastiskt vi kan åstadkomma istället.
 
En annan del av mig vill skriva om detta ämne just för att det är ett sådant stort problem. Dessutom tycker jag psykologin bakom det är väldigt intressant. Jag är inget helgon som inte blir påverkad av allt i media. Jag blir precis lika påverkad som alla andra och det suger. Gång på gång får man påminna sig själv om att utseende bara är ett yttre skal. Kroppen är en farkost och den sanna kraften finns inom dig. Om du har fastnat i negativa tankemönster är det dags att träna hjärnan till att tänka annorlunda.
 
Det här är ett stort ämne och på samma gång meningslöst. Det känns som att det här inlägget är lite rörigt just nu, men jag vill bara dela med mig av mina tankar.
 
Låt alla vara som de vill. Det finns inget universellt rätt eller fel. Vill du äta Ben & Jerry’s till middag? Gör det. Vill du räkna macros? Gör det. Ät socker, fett, clean, inga kolhydrater, bara kolhydrater, träna, ligg på soffan, var smal, var stor, var vältränad, gör vad du vill. Det enda jag vill att du gör är att fråga dig själv: Är du lycklig? Njuter du av livet? Är du fri? Om svaret är ja, kör på.
 
Min enda oro är när en av tårtbitarna i livet blir för stor. Det blir obalans i livet. Vad händer om denna stora bit går sönder? Vilka andra bitar kan du luta dig mot? Vad händer om du är beroende av ditt utseende och en vacker dag inser att du är gammal och har “tappat” det? Om jag någonsin känner att mina tankar spinner iväg brukar jag fråga mig själv: Kommer detta spela någon roll när jag är 90 år? Jag vill inte se tillbaka på mitt liv och inse att jag slösat bort det på att ha ångest över mitt utseende. Utseendet förändras. Personligheten är det som spelar roll.
 
Jag är glad att jag inte är tonåring idag. Nu låter jag som mina föräldrar som alltid säger “Det var bättre förr”. Självklart har det alltid funnits och kommer alltid finnas “ideal”. Ena stunden är det Kardashians rumpa som gäller, andra stunden är det Anistons hår. Den enda skillnaden är volymen vi blir exponerade inför. Vad som verkligen krossar mitt hjärta är att majoriteten av unga tjejer mår dåligt över sig själva och sina kroppar.
Så hur förbättrar vi detta? Det är omöjligt att förbjuda folk från att uppdatera sina sociala medier, det är ju också det fina med yttrandefrihet. Det vi kan göra som läsare är att vara mer kritiska. Varje bild du ser har förmodligen ett filter, reklam är photoshoppad och du har ingen aning om hur personen på bilden faktiskt mår. Ett foto på en vacker modell som ler kan gömma en svältande kropp, depression och ångest. Du kan inte veta.
 
Det är viktigt att tala om detta, men än mer viktigt är det att faktiskt göra något. Till exempel så har det norska sportmärket Kari Traa producerat en kampanj som heter The Swedish Model där man får följa tre modeller som har valt att lämna branschen. Det är ett sånt himla bra initiativ.
 
Steg 1: Titta på det.
 
Jag har aldrig jobbat som modell men jag tycker att det är viktigt att även deras bransch förbättras. Tänk dig att du jobbar på ett kontor där chefen går förbi och säger att du är tjock? Det skulle vara skandal. I modebranschen å andra sidan är det helt acceptabelt. Sjukt.
 
Steg 2: Rensa Instagram. Följ bara folk som inspirerar dig till att bli en bättre människa, inte som får dig att må dåligt. Jag tror att vissa människor är mer känsliga än andra. Till exempel så kan en person kolla på en bild och tänka “Wow, vilken snygg outfit/hår/ljussättning”, medan en annan person kan kolla på samma bild och tänka “Jag önskar jag såg ut så, jag är så ful jämfört med henne”. Om du är en känslig person är det kanske bättre att inte exponera sig inför detta. Alternativt får du jobba hårt med att ändra ditt tankesätt.
 
Det finns massor av Body Positivity konton på Instagram, sök bara #bobo. Jag är dock lite skeptisk till dessa. Jag menar, jag fattar grejen med att visa att det finns olika sorters kroppar, men samtidigt behåller du fokus på kroppen. Jag tror tyvärr också att det finns en anledning till att “perfekta” photoshoppade modeller pryder tidningsomslagen och det är för att de har det ouppnåbara. De är som enhörningar. Vi tycker om att se “perfekta” människor för de attraherar oss. Varför skulle vi annars jämföra oss med dem? Jag skulle dock inte bli förvånad om alla modeller är digitala i framtiden…
 

Steg 3: Var tacksam. Sluta oroa dig. Njut av livet. Det finns dagar då jag slås av hur lyckligt lottad och tacksam jag är över att vara född i Sverige med alla dessa förmåner. Hur tacksam jag är över min fantastiska familj och vänner.

 

Plus två Instagramkonton jag följer är @nourishandeat och @amalielee, ett tips bara.
 

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Pumpkin Crumb Cake Cupcakes

Fall means it’s pumpkin season. A while ago I made these amazingly soft and moist (I hate this word but it describes it the best) pumpkin crumb cake cupcakes.

 
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I used this recipe from one of my favorite baking blogs. I used almond milk so I could enjoy them as well as my boyfriend. They turned out amazing and are freaking delicious!
 
However, I did not use the drizzles because it tasted more like an ash tray or some old piece of paper. It was pure luck (Read: My bf told me to) that made me try the frosting before drizzling it all over the cupcakes. Imagine if I did and ruined them all. Instead I made this drizzle with cream cheese. Not perfect for my belly but it’s mostly for decorations.
 
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Perfect for an “adventsfika” if you want an alternative to the traditional Christmas cakes. Enjoy!

 


 

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Höst betyder pumpasäsong. För ett tag sedan bakade jag dessa fantastiskt mjuka och saftiga pumpa-cupcakes med crumble.

Jag använde mig av detta recept från en av mina favoritbakbloggar . Jag hade mandelmjölk istället för vanlig mjölk så både jag och pojkvännen kunde njuta av dessa. De blev helt perfekta och galet goda!

 

Dock följde jag inte receptet på glasyren för den smakade mer som en askkopp eller gammalt papper. Det var bara ren tur (läs: pojkvännen sa åt mig) att jag smakade på glasyren innan jag öste den på cupcakesen. Tänk om jag gjort det och förstört dem! Istället använde jag detta recept med Philadelphiaost. Inte så bra för min mage men det var ju mest för syns skull.

Perfekta cupcakes för adventsfikat om du ledsnat på de traditionella lussekatterna eller bara vill ha lite förändring. Enjoy!

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No dairy Yoconut

Long time no see. I think it’s the weather, this darkness kills my inspiration. It’s like my brain cells freeze. Instead of making more excuses, lets look ahead.

 

I don’t think anyone missed Black Friday last week, and neither did I. I don’t like spending my money and I’m going to Boston for Christmas so I know I’ll do some shopping when I’m there… However, I ordered one thing on Black Friday; The Yoconut. I am so excited to try this out! It’s 100% freeze dried coconut that you mix with water to make your own coconut milk or yogurt. I will definitely get back with a review later.

 

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Apparently I’m sensitive to milk. This was discovered a few weeks ago through a simple blood sample. I’ve always suffered from light eczema but about a month ago it got significantly worse. Everything was itching. My face, scalp, arms, legs, and back. It happened at the same time as I made an increase of dairy in my diet, hence I asked the doctor for a blood test. There it was; Sensitive to milk protein. Meaning lactose free won’t do, I need to quit milk altogether. I didn’t think much about it the time, I was just relieved that there was a reason for my discomfort. Now, on the other hand, I have realized how much I’m missing out on. I’ve tried all different kinds of milk substitutes, from almond to soy, rice, and oat. So far this is what my conclusion is:

 

Almond milk – Great to mix in smoothies or have with oats. Really nice to make hot chocolate with.

Cashew milk – The only one that cooperates with my coffee. Finally a milk that blends well! Not good for hot chocolate.

Soy milk – Too sweet. I can’t do it. Maybe for cooking like a sauce with a bunch of spices, otherwise no.

Oat milk – Tastes like oat/paper/water/sugar. Not a big fan, but better than soy.

Rice milk – It tastes nothing. More like water.

Coconut milk – Now I’m talking about the one you drink, not the fat one in a can that’s for cooking. This coconut milk is also fine for smoothies or oats. Nice to mix with the almond milk.

 

This is also the reason why I’m so excited to try Yoconut. I have yet to find my favorite yogurt. So far I think the soygurt from Plant! is the best, but I don’t know if my stomach is reacting to that. What I miss the most? Cheese! I haven’t tried vegan cheese yet. I am also hoping that I will be able to re-introduce some cheese later…I can live without milk, but a warm toast? Nah, I need that to survive.

 


Svenska

Long time no see. Jag tror att det är vädret, det här mörkret tar kål på min inspiration. Det är som att mina hjärnceller fryser. Men istället för att hitta på ursäkter för min frånvaro, låt oss blicka framåt.
Jag tror inte att någon missade Black Friday förra veckan, jag gjorde det inte i alla fall. Jag gillar inte att spendera pengar, och vi ska åka till Boston i jul så det lär bli en del shopping där…Men jag kunde ändå inte låta bli att köpa en sak på Black Friday: Yoconut. Det ska bli så spännande att prova detta! Det är 100% frystorkad kokos som man blandar med vatten för att göra sin egen mjölk eller yoghurt. Jag kommer med en uppdatering så fort jag testat.

Appropå mjölk så är jag tydligen känslig mot det, vilket upptäcktes för några veckor sedan genom ett enkelt blodprov. Jag har alltid haft lättare eksem, men för ungefär en månad sedan blev det mycket värre. Allt kliade: ansikte, hårbotten, armar, ben och rygg. Detta hände ungefär samtidigt som jag ökade mitt dagliga intag av mjölkprodukter ganska kraftigt. Så jag bad läkaren om ett blodprov. Där var det: känslig mot mjölkprotein. Detta innebär alltså att laktosfritt inte hjälper, utan jag måste sluta med mjölk totalt. Jag tänkte inte så mycket på det i stunden, jag var mest lättad över att det fanns en anledning till mitt obehag. Nu å andra sidan har jag börjat inse vad jag faktiskt missar. Jag har provat alla tänkbara variationer av mjölk, och det här är mina tankar:

 

Mandel – Perfekt att mixa i smoothies och med gröt. Bra att blanda med varm choklad.
Cashew – Den enda mjölken som vill samarbeta med mitt kaffe. Äntligen en sort som inte skär sig! Ej bra för varm choklad.
Soja – Alldeles för söt. Jag klarar inte av det. Det kanske går om man lagar mat och gör en sås med massor av kryddor, men annars nej.
Havre – Smakar som havre/papper/vatten/socker. Jag är inget fan, men den är bättre än soja.
Ris – Smakar ingenting. Som vatten.
Kokos – Nu pratar jag om den som man dricker, inte den i burk man har i maten. Den här är helt ok att ha i smoothies och gröt. God att blanda med mandelmjölk.

 

Detta är ytterligare en anledning till varför jag ser så mycket fram emot Yoconut. Jag har fortfarande inte hittat en favorit-yoghurt. Hittills tycker jag soyghurten från Plant! är bäst, men jag vet inte om min mage är så förtjust i den. Vad jag saknar mest? Ost! Jag har inte provat vegansk ost än. Jag hoppas att jag kommer kunna återinföra ost senare… Mjölk kan jag leva utan, men en varm toast? Nej, det behöver jag för att överleva!

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DIY: Happy Halloween Decor

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It has arrived, my favorite holiday of the year: Halloween! I made a few, simple Halloween decorations for our living room window this year. Unfortunately I couldn’t make a graveyard since we don’t have a garden… A few years back I used to have Halloween parties in my parents house and went all in on the decorations. This year I skipped the tradition and kept it simple.

 

DIY: Halloween decor

 

Glowing ghost

You need: A piece of white fabric, a LED balloon, a piece of string, black marker

  1. Cut a piece of the fabric
  2. Fill the balloon with air
  3. Use the marker to draw eyes and mouth
  4. Put the fabric over the balloon and tie it together at the top

 

Flying bats and cat

You need: Black paper, scissors, string

  1. Outline a bat on a piece of paper
  2. Make as many cut-outs as you want
  3. Hang them as you wish

 

 

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Roasted Natural Cashews

 

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Did you know that cashews aren’t really a nut? Even though you’ll find them among peanuts and walnuts, they’re actually a seed from the cashew tree. Regardless, they’re awesome and one of my favorite snacks. I recently started to roast my own natural cashews because it can be tricky to find them in the store (they’re always flavored or mixed with ten other kind of nuts). It’s super easy.

 

 

How to roast natural cashews:

 

 

  1. Soak the cashews in water and salt for at least 1 hour (For 3 cups of water I used 1-2 tbsp salt). This is really important because it intensifies the flavor when roasted.
  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 190 Degrees Celsius/ 375 Degrees Fahrenheit
  3. Drain them and dry them with paper towels.
  4. Add some more salt. About 1 tbsp for 2 cups of cashews. Stir.
  5. Line a pan with a baking sheet and roast the cashews for 20-40 minutes, until golden. Stir regularly. Be careful not to burn them.
  6. Let them cool completely and store them in an airtight container.

Enjoy! 

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Fall Activities

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It’s a fact; Fall is upon us. The leaves are turning red and yellow and slowly falling to the ground. The morning air is chilly, and the sun is nowhere to be seen. The darkness is creeping in. However, do not despair! It is possible to find the light in all this misery, you just have to look harder.

 

Here are a few things you might enjoy this fall:

  • Snuggle up on the couch underneath a warm blanket and a cup of tea
  • Light candles
    • This changes your living room atmosphere in a heart beat, and all you wanna do is chill, maybe with some Netflix
  • Wear cozy oversized sweaters and wool socks
  • Go shopping for the above
  • Let the colorful nature inspire you.
    • Go for a walk and appreciate the fact that you’re not drenched in sweat after 5 minutes
  • Let go of the summer stress
    • This is the time to recharge, stop, think about yourself, your future, your dreams. Stop worrying about your “summer body” (What is that anyways, and how is it different from the winter body?). You don’t have to feel guilty for spending the day indoors (Although you should never feel guilty for doing what you like), and there’s no pressure in having to do fun activities all the time.
  • Focus on work/studies
  • Plan a trip
    • It’s actually scientifically proven that planning a trip (Or any fun event) is more rewarding than the actual trip/event itself.
  • Take a night class
    • There are lots of fun indoor activities. Why not learn how to paint, a new language, computer science, gaming, knitting, join a book circle… The list can go on and on.
  • Be active
    • It may be dark but don’t let that stop you. Put on your reflector vest and go out for a walk. Or take a yoga class, or join the gym, or whatever you think is fun.
  • Find peace in your routines
    • Yes, summer vacation is great with all the freedom. But lets be honest, how good is it really long-term? And how fun would it be if that was life every day, all year? Summer and vacation is great because it’s not part of our everyday life. Now you can go back, or create new routines that allows you to relax and focus on what you find important.
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Top 5 Podcasts

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I have discovered the enjoyment of listening to podcasts lately. I know they’ve been around for ages, but I’ve always stuck to music. Now on the other hand, I much prefer podcasts whenever I’m commuting to an from work or are out walking. Sometimes I feel like listening to something “heavier”, and sometimes I just wanna have laugh. Regardless, I feel like podcasts are a great way to get entertained and at the same way get some new perspectives of life. By listening to others we can learn so much about ourselves.

 

Here are my top 5 podcasts that I listen to right now (In no particular order):

Invisibilia

This is a NPR podcast about all the invisible psychological powers that surround us. Journalists Alix Spiegel, Lulu Miller, and Hanna Rosin talk about everything from how our clothes effect our intelligence (Yes it is true!), to what would happen if we felt no fear, can we fake it until we make it, and can we change our personality? Listen to stories about the man who was trapped inside his own body for years, paralyzed and fully conscious, while the doctors said that he had the intelligence of a 2 year old, and what happened when he woke up. Or the girl who literally cannot feel fear. Or the man who went from mending Nazi shirts to dress presidents like Obama and Clinton (And who is funnier). Listen to interviews with famous psychologists and take part of new, and old, exciting studies.

 

Bill Burr 

In the mood for something lighter? Listen to one of the best stand-up comedians today; Bill Burr rambles about everything from life observations to angry outbursts, and sports. He also gives advice to his listeners sending in emails. I think I like listening to Bill because he reminds me of my boyfriend. The humor is dark, satiric, and just funny as h*ll. My favorite episodes are the one’s where his wife Nia joins and kinda brings some balance to it all. Just give it a try. And if you don’t like it, I don’t like you.  Also, Bill has a new Netflix show called F is for Family, so you could always check that out.

 

TED Talk 

Another NPR podcast production based on the TED Talks. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design. They have such a great variety of subjects so you will always find one that catches your interest. This podcast reminds me of Invisibilia, but they have a more diverse selection of themes. I love listening to TED Talks because I’m always learning something new. Also, it gives you so many conversation ideas, topics to discuss, and anecdotes to tell.

 

Classic Loveline

Back to something lighter again. Listen to Adam Corolla and Dr. Drew giving relationship advice to listeners calling in. Personally I like the Classic Loveline from 1996-1998. I’m not sure why though, maybe because Adam is hilarious, or maybe because it’s interesting to hear that people had the same kind of problems back then as now. Sometimes they have guests, mostly famous artists or actors from the time. I’ve heard some really crazy stories on this podcast, and it makes me laugh, but it also makes me so grateful for the lack of love drama in my own life.

 

Swedish: Alex och Sigge

I don’t know why, but I prefer to listen to English speaking podcasts. However, I did give Alex & Sigge a shot, and I have to say it was pretty good. I wish it was in English so I could have my boyfriend listen to it as well because this is Swedish humor when it’s the best.

 

 

All of the above podcasts are available in Apple’s Podcast app.

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#Healthy Snack Idea: Kale Chips

I’m just checking in to give you a new healthy snack idea: Kale Chips. I was skeptic at first, but I have to say they were waaay more tasty than I thought they would be. They don’t taste like kale, instead they are crunchy, salty, and sour cream and onion flavored. Healthy and delicious, can it get better? These kale chips are from Inspiral (Wow I just went to their website and there’s tons of different interesting flavors and snacks!). These one’s contains baobab. I have no idea what that is but it sounds cute, and after a five minute research it seems like it’s healthy, so it must be good, right?

 

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Yes, I am one of those crazy people who would actually prefer these before regular potato chips (Except if I’m hungover, then I would crave the fat).

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Plan Your Fall 2016

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Fall is coming upon us quicker than I would like it to. August is coming to an end, and living in Northern Europe, so is the warm summer weather (If there ever was any?). Seeing I’m a summer-person I easily feel low this time of year. That’s why I think it’s important to plan ahead and set goals for the next few dark months.

 

Some guidance:

  • What do I want to achieve this fall regarding
    • Work
    • Personal life, mental, and physical health
    • Love life

If you made New Year’s resolutions you still have time to follow through. When setting your goals it’s important to think both long- and short term. If you feel lost, it might help to create a mindmap or life circle to figure out what you want. All you have to then is set goals that will take you there, step by step.

 

  • How will I achieve my goals?
    • Monthly
    • Weekly
    • Daily

 

If you are like me, and is not particularly fond of the fall with all the pressure that comes along with it, it might be a good idea to make a list of happy things you will do.

  • Happy things I will do, for example:
    • Curl up on the couch with a blanket reading and watch some good TV shows
    • Drink lots of tea
    • Go for walks and look at the colorful nature
    • Drink wine and play games
    • Yoga

 

Instead of seeing this time of year as dark, gloomy, and filled with “have-to’s”, I will try to see it as a time for reflection and possibilites. The fall is coming wether I want to or not, so I can just as well make the best of it. Some things we do not have control over, like the weather. However, there are things that I can control, like how I choose to spend my time. Whatever you focus on will seem bigger; The darkness will be darker, the cold will be colder… If you focus on the beauty and positivities instead, they will become greater. It’s kinda like when someone’s pregnant and all of a sudden all they can see is pregnant women. If you look for the good, you will find it everywhere around you.

 

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Super Simple Homemade Granola

Is there anyone who doesn’t love granola? I eat it almost every day. Unfortunately, most granola’s that you buy are filled with added, unnecessary sugar. Earlier this week I decided to make my own. It’s so simple, and it doesn’t take any longer than 30 minutes. Since I’ve never done it before I didn’t feel like free-styling, and used this recipe. The result? Heavenly. I can eat it as a snack just as it is. Also, I’ve never tried to use coconut oil before, although it’s super trendy right now. I have to admit it might be a new favorite in the kitchen.

 

 

Tip: I added some extra coconut flakes at the end. Next time I’ll probably add some berries or fruit as well. There’s a million different ways to make granola: Use different grains, nuts, oats, berries, spices, etc. I think this was a good easy start.

 

Tip 2: The granola is rather chewy. Next time I might try to cook it longer after adding the liquids and see if it becomes more crunchy.

 

 

Super Simple Homemade Granola Recipe

 HERE

 

 

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