Food Holistic

How I stay hydrated (with Eva Solo)

17/04/2018
Bottle sponsored by Eva Solo 

There’s one thing I know I should do, but find really hard, and that is to keep myself hydrated. Although I know how good it makes me feel, and how easy it really is, plain water just ain’t that fun. And we’re all about the fun around here, am I right? Yes I am.

That’s why I’m so excited to show you my recent rescuing prince – the MyFlavour bottle from Eva Solo. The bottle is made of BPA free plastic (which is much better for our bodies), and comes with a stick of stainless steel to place all my favourite fruits and vegetables on. Mind. Blown. Not only does the stick help me get a beautiful instaworthy look on my water, but it also makes it so much easier to get the fruits and veggies out of the bottle when I want to empty it. 

I fill up my bottle with cold water, fresh fruits or berries right before I go to bed, leave it in the windowsill overnight (it’s like a fridge during the Norwegian winter) and drink it all up first thing in the morning. I’ve kind of made a vow to myself not to do anything until that bottle is empty. This is such an awesome addition to my morning routine, because the sight of this fresh looking bottle actually makes me crave the almighty H2o the second I wake up.

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Here’s, to remind myself, why I want to stay hydrated:

Keep my energy levels up
We’re made up of just about 60% water, so, if we’re lacking, our body will be busy taking care of more
important things than challenging workouts and fun night with friends

Better skin
In addition to exercise, water is key to glowing skin for me

Smooth digestion
It helps flush waste from the intestines, and can help break down food as well

Help my body flush out toxins
Through sweat and urination

Clear mind
Since our brain is mostly water

To feel more grounded
Water comes from nature, and makes me feel more in tune with both myself and my surroundings

I aim to get in 2-3 of these bottles a day, as that equals about 2 litre of water which for me feels perfect.

You all know I’m all about the simplicity, so I’m a happy girl when I don’t have to make things too fancy smancy. Luckily for me, I don’t need more than a little lime sliced in pieces before my tastebuds are clapping. Add a few strawberries or kiwis in there, and I’m blown away. 

Up until April 22 you can get 20% off when you order the bottle on www.evasolo.com. Just enter the discount code HOLISTICAL20, and you’re the proud owner of my recent lifesaver.  

Adenomyosis Beauty

Testing 3 organic tampon brands

30/03/2018

I love my period.

It’s funny – me and my flatmates, both girls and guys, had a conversation about periods the other day. And when I expressed my love for this time of the month, one of the guys were like “I have never heard anyone say they love their period before.” All we ever hear about the period is how much most people hate it, the inconvenience of it, and all the discomfort and pain that follows.

I have always loved mine. It makes me feel feminine, and let me tell you – there’s so much more than just bleeding involved in this process. When you decide to educated yourself on the cycle and this magical process happening inside your body every month, you’ll see that it is really interesting.

With my increasing curiosity around this bloody time of the month – choosing organic and natural menstrual equipment has become very important to me. Especially after I learned that I have adenomyosis. We really don’t know what is hidden inside conventional tampons and pads, but it can be a lot of shit that our body isn’t fan of. The vagina is one of the most absorbent parts of the body, so I want to make sure that what I put up there isn’t harmful.

Regular cotton and synthetic rayon is what most conventional tampons are made of. When the cotton isn’t organic it means it is grown with pesticides. And synthetic rayon is most likely bleached with chlorine and dioxin. Some conventional tampons also contain fragrance and dyes.

It might not be the biggest deal in the universe, but I’m fan of making the best choices that I can in every area of life, so that the sum of chemicals and shit entering my body is at a minimum. After all, a woman uses around 11.000 pads or tampons in her lifetime. ELEVEN THOUSAND.

Anyways! I decided to check out the three brands of organic tampons you can find in Norway – Ginger Organic, Masmi and Natracare. You can get one called Yoni as well, but it was a little expensive to ship only one package, so I skipped it. Here are the results:

 

Ginger organic

59,- nok (6 euros) for 18 tampons
3,- nok per tampon
Bought mine at BeeOrganic

Before I tried any of the three brands, this one was my definite favourite. Just look at it. I actually think I’m in love with this package. I just love the earthy feel both the colours and the material of the packaging is giving me. I feel very calm when I hold it in my hands – and that’s a first one with menstrual necessities. The package is biodegradable, and I have to say, this whole brand is awesome when it comes to everything eco.

They are certified by ECOCERT, GOTS, FSC, Allergy Certified and the nordic certification Svanemerket. The tampons are made of 100% organic cotton, and are free from harmful chemicals and chlorine.

MY EXPERIENCE: 
I tried this one first, and actually bled through it in one hour. By accident I bought the MINI one, and since I have the heaviest flow the first day – that’s probably why. It worked perfectly the last few days, so I’ll definitely get the ‘normal’ one and try it some other time. When I looked at all the tampons I tested, this one and Masmi looked very alike.

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Masmi

45,- nok (5 euros) for 18 tampons
2.50,- nok per tampon
Bought mine at Naturkilden

The packaging of this one is very… typically natural products looking? Not too fancy, just kind of boring.

They are certified by ICEA (Environmental and Ethical Certification Institute) and GOTS (Global Organic Standard). The tampons are made of certified organic cotton. They are also free from perfume, viscose, chlorine and dioxin, and they are hypoallergenic. Also, they are 100% biodegradable.

My experience:
I changed over to this one after I bled through the Ginger Organic one, and it worked perfectly. Since this one looks very similar to Ginger Organics I’ll probably keep getting this one as it’s a tad cheaper.

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Natra care

59,- nok (6 euros) for 20 tampons
3,- nok per tampon
Bought mine at SkinLove 

This is the brand I’ve been using for years, up until now, just because they’re available everywhere in Norway. The packaging is alright, with cute little flowers on them.

This is an award winning brand. Their products are made of organic cotton, free from chlorine and plastic, and are also biodegradable. They pay huge attention to animal welfare, and make sure that non of their products are tested on animals. They actually have a certification from The Vegetarian Society.

My experience:
Harder to open the individual tampons, but the packaging of the single tampon is SO CUTE. I also know that these tampons works just the way they are supposed to. I never leak through the ´regular´ one, and can always go the normal 4 hours before changing.

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Conclusion:
I’ll probably keep getting the Masmi tampons, as they are the cheapest and they work. They’re not super easy to find in Norway though, so don’t be surprised if you see me with a package of Natracare either. Bottom line though; organic and natural tampons works just as fine as conventional ones – and they’re so much better for you! Also; make sure to get the right size for your flow! xx

Beauty

Vegan makeup-brush brands

19/03/2018

Like I said in my post about vegan and organic makeup brands, I’m all about choosing vegan whenever I can. Makeup is one of the areas where doing so has become very easy. And especially with high quality makeup brushes, as we only really have to buy them once.

I remember when I was younger, and I stumbled upon a brush made of goat hair. I remember thinking this is so SOFT. I want to cuddle it all day. I wasn’t educated enough to understand that there was actually parts of an innocent animal I was stroking over my skin (although it said goat hair) – no wonder I wanted to cuddle it.

I’m not for animal testing or the use of animal by-products at all, and really think animals have a bigger purpose here on planet earth than to be used for makeup application. That’s why I find it so cool that we’re living in a world that are becoming more and more aware of this, and offers awesome makeup products without animals in them.

Today I’ll show you 4 brands that makes vegan makeup brushes, so that you can look like a doll and leave the animals alone at the same time.

ECO TOOLS

A sweet little US brand, which makes all their brushes from recycled materials such as bamboo. They place a huge emphasis on being environmental friendly, chic and affordable at the same time.

In my makeup bag you can find three of these, and I love them. I’ve had them for years and they still works perfectly. I use this one for bronzer and finishing my makeup, this one (to the left) for concealer and foundation on smaller areas, and this one (to the right) for eyeshadow.

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BEAUTY UK COSMETICS

UK based brand, with all vegan makeup brushes. I’ve never tried any of them, but they look high quality and pretty! You can find them here.

 

SO ECO

As far as I can tell these are UK made, and do an awesome job to support the environment. Not only are their brushes sustainable, but also the packaging. The brushes have bamboo handles, and the packaging are printed with vegetable inks and have ‘windows’ made from corn starch – stuck using solvent free water based adhesives. Pretty awesome, hey?

I recently bought their powder brush, and it’s perfect for contouring or applying bronzer.

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URBAN DECAY 

You’ve heard of this brand, right? I had no idea they were all vegan before my friend started working there. They are US based I think, but you can find them all over Europe as well. This brand is high quality in everything they do – if it wasn’t for the fact that their makeup aren’t organic (yet?!) I would dive all in. You can find them here.

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Do you know of any awesome brands?  ?

Anxiety Holistic

My goals in life

13/03/2018

What you’re about to read is a blogpost I wrote exactly a year ago, but for some reason it’s been left chilling in “drafts” since then. I stumbled upon it today and thought hey, let’s put it out in the universe. Definitely still stand by all of it. 

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April 24th 2017: 

I recently reposted an old blogpost about my experience with anxiety (you can read it here), and in one of the last paragraphs I wrote that my goals in life has changed. Since some of you asked what my goals are now, I thought I would write a little bit about it today.

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Not skinny but happy

One of the reasons why I got anxiety at the time that I did, was because I restricted my calories and was very strict with myself, the way I looked and “performed” in life. I’m not kidding when i say that the last 5 months or so up until my first panic attack I thought about food and my physical appearance every second of the day. Now my goal is not to be as skinny as possible – it is to be happy. I just want to be happy! No matter what that looks like to me, that’s what I want. I know that when I eat healthy, exercise, meditate and laugh, that makes me feel good and alive in the long run. So that’s why I do it.

Be a kind person

I just want to be kind to absolutely everyone. Not that I was a particularly ‘bad’ or bitchy person before, but still. My anxiety really taught me the lesson of being kind to myself, and when I saw the value of that, it made me want to be nothing but kind and loving towards everyone else as well.

Do work that I love

My family has always been very open minded around work, and encouraged me to study and do things that I’m passionate about. But as a teenager I was very much in the mindset of getting a lot of money by doing hard work I don’t necessarily like. After working a lot on myself I realised that the reason I wanted money was because I wanted to buy things/feel safe, which would eventually lead me to a state of happiness. My goal now isn’t about the money, it’s about going straight to the happiness part. Life is a unique gift, and for me, wasting 50% of my days doing something I’m not passionate about – it just isn’t what I want anymore. My goal is to earn a living on something I truly love.

Help people

With my own healing came a passion for helping others as well. I want to spend my time on this planet making other people feel good, and with my own experience show people a different way of doing just that. My goal is to leave everyone I meet happier than when I met them.

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If you see hardships and bumps in the road as blessings, you can learn so much about yourself and how you want to live your life. I’m forever grateful for anxiety and all the big and tiny ways it changed me.

Beauty

4 natural makeup brands I trust

09/03/2018

Today, my little dolls, I thought I’d introduce you to some makeup brands I truly trust. They are all both organic and vegan.

Organic because I want to avoid the harmful ingredients you’ll often find in conventional products. You’ve heard it before; our skin is our bodies largest organ – and it absorbs a lot of what we apply to it. Organic products also tend to contain a lot of ingredients from nature, which is beneficial for our health and wellbeing – and I want more of those!

Vegan because animals are beautiful, cute, living beings that in my opinion deserve a life in happiness and peace – just like you and me. There’s absolutely no need to test products on animals (which really really hurts them), and there’s no need to put their flesh, bones and by-products into makeup in order for it to work wonderfully.

I opt to choose organic and vegan in every area of my life, but I don’t always find that easy – except from makeup and beauty products. Reason being that beauty products you only really have to research and purchase a few times a year, while with food for example you have to make a choice several times a day.

I want to make it easier for you to make sustainable and healthy choices with makeup yourself, so I’m going to introduce you to four brands that exclusively produce organic and vegan products.

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INIKA

This brand is Australian, fully organic and vegan. I would say this is more on the luxurious side as it is quiet expensive and looks absolutely beautiful.

I’ve fallen in love with their bb-cream and primer – and apply it everyday for glowing skin. I’ve also heard great things about their bronzer.

100% PURE

A US owned brand, which is also fully organic and vegan. When I think about them, I think about fruit – as they get most of their colour pigments from that which happen to be my favourite food-group.

I’ve become addicted to their bronzer, and their lipsticks are so soft and well pigmented. The only thing I’ve tried that I didn’t fancy is their mascara – it’s a little too runny for my liking.

ZAO

A French brand, which again is fully organic and vegan. They are also awesome because they have bamboo packaging on most of their products (good for the environment!), and they offer refill on all their products. A to the wesome.

I love their eyeshadows and wear them every time I do a full face of makeup. I’ve also been drooling over their fluid foundation for a while, and will definitely try that one out when I run out of my current one.

 

AU NATURALE

This is a brand I discovered yesterday, actually – and it made me so happy! Fully organic and vegan, from the US. I’ve never tried any of their products myself, but they look like high quality, well made products that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

I’ve been crushing on their bronzer, concealer, foundation sticks and brow pencil.

 

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Do you know any great brands I should check out? ?

 

 

Beauty

My favourite natural deodorant 

07/03/2018

Finding a natural, organic and vegan deodorant that does the job on all levels – that’s a mission. And it’s a mission I’ve been on for years.

I find that most of the natural deodorant’s out there have this intense scent of essential oils (which I just don’t really enjoy for my everyday deo), or they irritate my armpits, or they just don’t work at all. So it’s safe to say that I was beyond excited when I found one that met all my requirements.

I bought The One about a week ago, without doing any research on it at all. Faith In Nature is a brand I trust, so when I saw their deo in my local health shop I just grabbed it and took it home. My expectations wasn’t high at all – but boy did this one raise the bar.

This deodorant is gentle on my skin, doesn’t smell much at all, it’s easy to apply and it’s very affordable (compared to other organic ones). I also find that it’s enough for me to apply it once in the morning, and then again after my workouts, to keep me feeling fresh all day.

Many of the conventional deodorants out there, or all of them, have a lot of harmfull ingredients – and the skin on our armpits are very thin, so we absorb a lot of what is applied on it. For that reason I’m very careful about what kind of products I apply there.

If you’re looking for a natural deodorant I highly recommend Faith In Nature – Chamomile & Aloe Vera. I’ve also used Schmidt’s Naturals Geranium for sensitive skin, and it works perfectly, I’m just not too found of the scent anymore!

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Holistic

3 natural ways to fall asleep faster 

05/03/2018

A while ago I had real issues with sleep. Once I fell asleep I was all fine, but the art of falling asleep was something I just couldn’t master. Now, on the other hand, I’ve found three things that makes me fall asleep the second I decide to do so.

Massage my feet

When I studied natural medicine I got a crash course in reflexology which I found super interesting. The theory is that the soul (the underside of the foot) reflects our whole body – it’s packed with different zones that are believed to corresponded to specific areas of the body. You can see it visually here. By putting pressure on these areas you can heal everything from headaches, bad digestion, stress etc.

Right before I go to sleep I grab my coconut oil and start massaging my feet. It feels amazing and it’s so calming to me. I don’t massage any specific areas – I just rub my whole foot and focus on the areas that feels a little uncomfortable. This just takes me about 2 minutes, but really works wonders.

I imagine blending in some sleep supporting essential oils would be beneficial as well. I would love to try adding lavender, frankincense, vetiver or roman chamomile!

 

Yoga Nidra

I’ve written about this before (here), and I’m still a huge fan.

Yoga nidra is something I do after my foot massage at times when I feel like my body is very tense, or I have way to many thoughts flying around up there. I lay in bed, put on this podcast and follow the instructions.

It’s very calming for both body and mind – I sometimes fall asleep while I’m listening to it.

Inhale exhale

This is something I do every single day, no exception.

What tends to keep me up at night is my thoughts. It can be worries, but just as often happiness. I can’t seem to stop thinking about all the fun things I’m looking forward to, or everything I have to be grateful for. And I mean, that’s a good thing, but not very sleep provoking!

What I do is that I find a comfortable position to fall asleep in, and start breathing (since I don’t normally breathe throughout the day…) When I inhale I say in my mind “inhale”. When I exhale I say in my mind “exhale”. And I fall asleep instantly. It always works! (knock on wood.) But if your thoughts start flying again, just go back to the breath. Again and again and again until you fall asleep.

 

Additional things: 

Other than these three tings I’ve made an habit of:

  • not drinking too much water before bed
  • going to bed and waking up at the same time every day (23:00 – 07:30)
  • making sure my bedroom is cold and comfortable
  • making sure my bedsheets aren’t itchy
  • and not having coffee after 2 pm in the day

 

 

Good night, babe ?

Holistic Mindset

Favourite iBooks for self growth

02/03/2018

The War Of Art by Steven Pressfield

I was introduced to this book by a friend last year, when I was back from Bali and ready to get things going in my career. It’s about how every one of us have one or more things we want to do in life, but most of us just don’t do it.

He describes a type of energy that he calls “resistance”. When we’re about to do something that is really important for our souls evolution (something that means a lot to us), things tend to come in the way. Without being aware of it we come up with “more important things” or we feel like we don’t have the time, energy, skills or confidence to do what we need to do.

“Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do.”

Resistance is in all of us, and this book is about how to move past it. Every single day. And by that achieving whatever we want to achieve.

I swallowed this one whole back then, and it really changed the way I look at work and my dreams & desires. If you’re ready to do what you came to this earth to do, this one is for you.

Read more about it here.

 

You’re A Badass by Jen Sincero

Ah, where to begin. When I was in Bali I found this book in the villa I was staying in, and during a little breakdown this book really saved me. I had read it prior to my trip as well, and I’ve read it many times since. The messages are powerful and something I need to be reminded of every now and then. It’s just everything you need to get that good vibe going.

Jen Sincero is funny. She’s wise, but she puts it out there in a way that is easy for everyone to digest. If you’re feeling a little lost in life, you’re ready to live a truly exciting and fulfilling life, or if you’re just about to tip your toe into the holistic, spiritual world – then this is perfect.

She talks about how to get over your bullshit already and kick some ass, while she also explains why you’re not doing just that right now – aka how you got this way.

“There will never be anyone exactly like you, so you’re kind of a big deal”

This one is so so so inspiring, and now that I’m writing about it I feel like a want to read it one more time.

Read more about it here.

 

Making Life Easy by Christiane Northrup

Christiane Northrup is a medical doctor who’s known for her work with women. She’s super inspiring as she really gets the connection between western medicine, holistic health and spirituality. She connects them all and are full of facts and insight.

Making Life Easy is the only audio book I have on iBooks, and I’m frequently listening to it before I go to sleep at night. In 12 chapters she goes into depth on how to make life flow and have a good time here on earth.

She talks about letting go of blame and guilt, and embracing vulnerability. How everyone can communicate with the Divine and how to understand the Universe’s messages. She also talks about food – how eating well will enhance your life. And a little chapter about the importance of having good people around you and creating a supportive community.

She has a magical feel about her, and although she’s only 68 years old I kind of feel like she’s my additional wise grandma. (Grandma’s are my fav.)

You can read more about it here.

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Now tell me, what’s your favourite self growth book? ?

Mindset

Win one of my favourite books!

01/03/2018

Hi there beautiful living creature ?

A few weeks ago I found myself laying on the floor eating raw brownies, when I jumped over to instagram to find that I had the 10k number on my very own account

While I’m not here for the numbers, I did get very excited, because it means that I reach more and more people with a message I think is very important. I see you all as friends rather than “followers”, and I’m so grateful for you that I don’t even know where to begin.

What I love the most is all the messages and lovely conversations we have, all the love I find in the comment section, and how my own struggles and win’s is received with so much unconditional love and support. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I’ve been looking for a way to give back to you for a while now, and the way I decided to do it this time unfolded in a very synchronistic way.

I’ve been obsessing with Michael A. Singer for a while now. Swallowing both The Untethered Soul and The Surrender Experiment whole. So much so I wasn’t completely satisfied reading them on iBooks – I wanted them in paperbacks as well. So I ordered one copy of both, but what happened is that I got both those books + an additional one of The Surrender Experiment!

This was right at the time where I was looking for something to give to you – and I knew that this was it. I truly believe that whoever wins this giveaway is supposed to have this book.

Books are, in my opinion, one of the biggest and greatest gifts you can receive. Because when you’re finished reading you’re in some way a different person. Books changes us, no matter if it’s fiction, literature or a self help book.

I am giving away this book on my Instagram page here – and you can attend up until March 5th.

The book is about Michael Singer’s life, and how by surrendering to life he ended up accomplishing amazing things. For example starting a billion-dollar public company and a thriving spiritual community on over six hundred acres of pristine forest and meadows in Florida.

It changed my life in many ways, and I hope it will change yours too.

Food

Perfect matcha latte on the first try

01/03/2018

My first time making matcha latte was a success!

Writing the previous sentence is something I thought I’d never get to do. Purchasing my first supply of matcha powder was supposed to be my first step on a long and challenging matcha journey. The world wide web is filled with bloggers saying their first try was a failure, and that it took them a long time to master the skill. I was frightened.

But I womaned up and decided to go for it. Because I’ve had matcha latte magic at cafes before (hint hint Oslo Raw in Oslo makes a bomb one), and the thought of having this vibrant frothy drink on my working desk in the morning, every single day, was tempting – to say the least.

But this is where I have to confess… I’ve cheated. Or just done what I always do; kept things simple and quick. I bought a matcha latte mix. Not just matcha powder. So all I had to do was add warm milk (I was lucky with this one as well, because Kaja taught me to use this one which probably made all the difference).

So if you’re a homemade-matcha-latte-virgin, and you want to make it perfect the first time around; get this mix from super nature and this iKaffe milk from Oatly.

I will be trying to make it all from scratch once this package is empty, but for now I’m so pleased with my green magic being just this <3 I made it for the first time just a few hours ago, and now I’m enjoying my second cup.. hehe.

Ps none of this is sponsored in any way! Although I wish it was. 

Holistic

Why crystals can be healing 

03/02/2018

When I first dipped my toe into the pool of alternative medicine in 2014, I stumbled upon a lot of different things. Many of them way too crazy for my Scandinavian brain to even accept the existence of.

One of these were crystals.

It was just way out of my comfort zone to think that shiny rocks could be anything more than pleasing to the eye. So I left them alone where I thought they belonged – with the sage, chanting and crazy tarot cards.

Fast forward 4 years and I’m doing my dad a huge favour saging his apartment for shitty energy (while he’s laughing), chanting away in my room, friend crushing on my go-to tarot reader, and just received my first three crystals in the mail.

It is safe to say my mindset and understanding of the universe has changed a whole lot over the course of 4 years.

I now understand that the whole universe is made up of energy – just in different forms. I am energy, you are energy, music is energy, the chair you’re sitting on is energy and even the glittery rocks in my hand is energy.

Our whole body, including bones, flesh, skin and blood are just energy that shows up in different patterns and densities. The same with our emotions and thoughts – they are energy in their unique density. Our flesh and blood, and the furniture we’re sitting on, are a kind of energy that we can see and touch. While our thoughts and emotions, and the music we’re listening to, are a kind of energy that can’t be seen by the human eye. That being said; all energy is connected. 

Not only are things energy, they also radiate energy. Have you met a new person and gotten a bad feeling? That’s because this person is radiating a type of energy that doesn’t sit well with your own energy. Maybe you’ve also walked into a house and suddenly felt this calming sensation? That’s probably the house radiating energy that sits very well with you.

When we understand that concept, we understand that crystals are alive like everything else in the universe. They are energy and radiate energy that interacts with any other energy field near it.

When it comes to using crystals for healing, it’s based on the theory that when all energy in our body is balanced, we experience health.

The way crystals are made, in the earths crust over million of years, makes them objects with the most energy – and they’re also known to be the most stable form of matter in the universe. It works with our own energy, being able to defuse, absorb, move or shift energy within the body. It works on emotional, mental and physical stress. When we come in contact with a crystal, its energy interacts with the vibration of the cells in our bodies.

Working with crystals makes our body find its natural rhythm.

I got my first three crystals in the mail just recently, all clear quarts, so I don’t have a lot of experience with crystals myself yet. But I’m so attracted to them and I’m sure this isn’t going to be the last time you see me talking about them.

I bought mine at Marits Krytaller (for Norway only I think)

Mindset

Do you hate successful people?

02/02/2018

I was looking through Sarah Day’s YouTube channel the other day, and I was like; gosh there’s so many cheery sparkly pink fucking happy videos here… ah YES there is one sad heartbreaking one I KNEW she wasn’t that happy I’m definitely gonna watch that one. 

Well hello there missy (myself that is) – wake up. 

 

Wanting to see other peoples imperfections is one thing –  that’s a natural result of hanging around social medias seeing perfect lives everywhere for a long time. But consciously looking for proof that someone isn’t as good as they seem, or down right just hating happy people – that’s another thing.

This is a thought-pattern I’ve worked on changing before, and one I actually thought I had let go of ages ago; hating on other peoples success out of fear of my own.

Cause that’s what the majority of us are taught to do by society. We are programmed to be afraid of successful people (success being people who are happy, have a good career, have an amazing relationship, are fit and healthy, people who love themselves or just have something that you want), because their success means less success for us. But that’s not how it works. Hating on other people does one thing, and one thing only: create bad vibes. First of all it creates bad vibes inside of the one being jealous (/afraid), and second of all bad vibes for everyone getting in contact with the fearful one when they’re expressing their thoughts.

This goes with all negative talk. If you talk or think shit about others it means you’re not too fan of yourself. You want to drag others down with you, instead of them being all threatening up there where you think you can’t reach. Talking or thinking shit about other peoples success means you’re afraid you can’t get success yourself, or that their success in some way is harming you. And this might not be what you’re thinking in your conscious mind, but it is the whole process going on behind it.

Cause if you loved the absolute shit out of yourself, why would you be bothered about what other people are doing, creating or expressing? If you were following your dreams and focused on reaching your own exciting goals, why would you hate on other people who are doing the same? You wouldn’t! You would be happy about seeing other people succeed, because it shows you that success is possible.

Living at home, in the city I spent my teenage years in, with near to no close friends in the area, has definitely brought its challenges for me. I lost my sense of purpose and slipped back to a lot of old ways of thinking and acting. But this is how life is. No matter how ‘enlightened’ you are, or how much you think you’ve figured yourself out – life is going to happen. Things will change. And new situations will require new tools and ways of thinking.

Here’s my two best tips for getting out of the “I hate successful people” trap:


1. Consciously seek out successful people
, stalk them, bathe in their good vibes, complement them, talk nicely about them to everyone you meet and spread their successful work wherever you can. (You will feel resistance towards these things at first – but it’ll soon become second nature because it seriously feels so good and freeing.)

2. Start taking care of yourself. On every level. Exercise, eat healthy (drink a smoothie), get dressed, smell good, have good conversations in your mind, have fun and follow YOUR dreams so that you feel like you’re on your right path too.

 

Now I’ve had a long shower, dried brushed my whole body, shaved my legs (although it’s winter!!), drowned my hair in coconut oil, put on self tan (again: winter), had the best hummus and avocado toast, meditated with my dear beloved crystals, had a bottle of water and watched just about every single one of Sarahs videos – except the sad one. And I feel a million times better. And Sarah is the cutest person I’ve ever stalked – no wonder my ego wanted to hate on her.

Lets spread the love. And if this is you – forgive yourself. Don’t judge yourself for being a shitty person. We all try to do the best that we can at all times. Only when you know better you can do better. So – forgive yourself, and then work on it.

 

 

 

Food

Where I usually find my recipes

25/01/2018

Every now and then someone confuse me with a recipe developer. And I get that. I mean, my whole Instagram feed is packed with food.

But here’s the truth; I’ve never come up with a real recipe in my whole entire life.

Sure, I can tell you how to make delicious mouth watering oatmeal, or how to compose a smoothie(bowl) that’ll tickle your unique tastebuds – or how to toast bread and put avocado on it. But honestly that’s as far as it goes.

Despite what it looks like on the gram I actually enjoy dinners, warm lunches and exciting recipes every now and then too – and I wanted to show you where I get the recipes from!

 

Deliciously Ella

Photos are stolen (with the best intentions) from her website.

She’s got everything I want. If I need to spice up my diet this is where I go 90% of the time. Her recipes are wholesome, plant based, mostly fast to make and always simple. Her chickpea and sweet potato stew is my favourite dinner in the whole wide world, and it’s been for years. Also, her hummus is pretty much life. And can we also please talk about her sweet potato brownies which I’ve never seen or tasted anything like before. Also, can’t forget her famous energy balls. And I made her whole Christmas meny a few years back. And I have her first recipe book. I mean. Let’s just say I’d grab her first if I were asked to come up with my dream football cooking team.

 

 

Kaja Andrine

Photos from her website & social medias

This is the one who got me hooked on no-date bliss balls, and we share a deep love for everything chocolaty. Safe to say I was beyond excited when she decided to put up a website and share her recipes with the world! I love her creamy tomato pasta and golden latte recipe – and can’t wait to try her freaking mouthwatering mexican sweet potato skins asap.

 

 

Veganmisjonen

Photos from her website

Probably the most famous vegan recipe developer in Norway? And that’s the only downside with this one – it’s in Norwegian. Her website is packed full of plant based recipes of all kinds, and her recipe book is next level beautiful. She’s to blame for my magical Christmas this year, with both vegisterkaker and nut-steak. I’ve also tried some of her soups. Yum.

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Other than stalking these beautiful girls, I usually just google “plant based – whatever I’m craving” and find a version that looks delicious. When I don’t know what I want on the other hand, that’s when I find inspo over at these 3 blogs.

Mindset

Having a bad day

25/01/2018

Vulnerability. Autenticity.

We are born with emotions. A part of being a human is to have emotions. So why do so many of us fear them, hide them from others, and push them away when they’re not screaming happiness and confidence?

It’s almost as if we think having negative emotions are shameful or wrong. But how can it be wrong to express and embody something that, indisputably, are a part of us from natures side?

I believe everything is possible – so therefor I believe there are people out there who are calm and happy all the time. Who rarely shreds a tear or feel like blowing up in anger. Then I know that there are plenty of people like me, quite the opposite, who feels all the spectres of emotions so strongly it gets overwhelming at times.

I have always been like a sponge – absorbing energy and emotions around me without even being aware of it. Adopting them and making them my own. And I’m born with a vivid imagination and empathy that makes it easy for me to come up with stories in my mind, and by that feeling the emotions I imagine they’re holding. I feel immense happiness and I feel what seems like bottomless grief. I’m full of emotions.

It used to be a lot more of a roller coaster before. When I got into the holistic way of living and worked on my mindset it got easier for me to stay calm and not care so much.

My question though, is, why does it seem like the mission is to eliminate every so called ‘negative’ emotion from our life experience?

Well, I’m here to tell you that I don’t think it is. Life is a mystery, and I love this quote:

So – cheers to anger. To sadness, grief and frustration. Which indisputably is a part of experiencing life on earth. Cheers to all the lessons they bring, and all the contrast and light they give to the blue sky sunny days.

Hang in there – cause after the rain there’s always a rainbow and you know I could go on and on with my cheesy quotes cause that’s what I’m made of.

Holistic Mindset Videos

Why diets don’t work

15/01/2018

Yo!

Today I’m talking about why diets don’t work – in my opinion.

As you can probably tell by watching this video I’m super passionate about this topic, because I believe the way we are told to loose weight and get healthy now a days wreaks havoc on our bodies. Both mentally, physically and spiritually.

There’s a healthy and sustainable way to loose weight and stay there – so please let’s just turn this around together ❤︎

You can subscribe to my Youtube channel here.

Mindset

Meditation to change our subconscious mind

08/01/2018

Hi beautiful,

How’s your new year going? Have you set your intentions for the upcoming 12 months, energised and excited to reach some goals? I have no resolutions this year, but there’s still a lot of things I would love to accomplish.

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Besides working hard and staying focused, there’s another equally as powerful thing we can do to get where we want to be – and that is reprogramming our subconscious mind.

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We are working with two different parts of the brain in our everyday life. One of them is the “conscious mind” and the other one is the “subconscious mind”. The conscious mind is the one we use when we are present and focused on the tasks we are doing. For example when we’re learning something, following a new recipe, or are focused on behaving in the best way possible.

The subconscious mind is where all our automatic behaviour comes from. It’s the part of the brain we use when we’re doing things on default, the things we don’t have to think about, that just happens by itself. Things like walking and breathing, but also driving a car and doing our makeup. It’s where we do things out of habit, and we use it 95% of the time!

The thing with the subconscious is that most of the information stored there is learned when we were still a fetus, up until we’re about 6 years old. We pick it up from our parents, closest family and our community. We watch what other people do, and it becomes our way of doing it.

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When you’re a child you have no idea what’s right or wrong. You believe everything you’re told and everything you see.

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In the subconscious is also where our beliefs are stored – which is often what we take actions based on. Some of the beliefs are positive, while many of them are negative and can lead to self sabotage when we’re trying to change ourselves or reach new goals. Some of the limiting beliefs that are often stored in the subconscious are things like “I’m not good enough”, “there’s not enough money to go around”, “the world is a cruel place”, “people can’t be trusted”, “loosing weight is hard”, “I’m not easy to love”, “nothing comes easy to me” etc.

It doesn’t have to be things that our parents sat us down and told us, but rather things that we’ve heard them say over and over again, or picked up from the way the people closest to us behave in their everyday life.

So, this 24 year old girl is actually making a lot of decisions based on what her not at all critical 1-6 year old self learned.

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This article would be a mile long if I was going to go down in detail on this, but what I wanted to tell you today is that meditation is one of the ways we can change our subconscious. Cause changing the things we do automatically is the most powerful way to change our lives.

The subconscious learns by repetition. So another way to change it is to consciously make a new habit. The easies, though, is to use hypnosis or meditation to stop thinking, and thereby get the desired information right into the subconscious.

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If you want to learn more about this, and even the science behind it – check out Bruce Lipton and his work. This is a really good lecture by him, where he explains the basics. I will also write a lot more about it in the future, as it really is the foundation of my work.

The video under is my favourite guided meditation when it comes to this. I can tell that it works because it’s almost half an hour long, but it feels like 5 minutes. It’s not because I’m falling a sleep, but because I fall into a hypnosis kind of state where it feels like time just flies by.

The first part is designed to make you relaxed, and get you into the desired state of mind. Then it gives you positive affirmations and statements to replace the not so favourable ones you have stored already.

When all our actions are automatically made on the belief that we are worthy of the best things out there, that the earth is a loving place, that we are powerful and healthy – our goals will be reached so much easier.

Do it every night before sleep, and I bet you’ll soon see yourself changing.

Let me know what you think! xx

Food Mindset Videos

What I eat in a day

03/01/2018

This is what I ate (and did) today – plus some of my thoughts.

Let me know if you want me to post the recipes or anything – other than that, enjoy!

You can subscribe to my channel here.

Holistic

Studying at IIN – Answers  

02/01/2018

Before I started working as a holistic health coach, I studied at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN). It’s just about 1 year since I graduated today, and I’ve gotten loads of questions about the school since then. So I thought – why not write a little bit about it.

IIN is an online school, where you study for 12 months to become a integrative nutrition health coach. The course is divided into modules, which each are 1 week long. One module has to be finished before you can jump over to the next one. At the end of each module there’s a quiz and a forum to chat with other students. Then there’s 4 online exams, one every quarter.

What I think is really cool is that every single IIN graduate is so different. We have the same curriculum – but we take what we want from it, mix it with our own personality and experience, and end up very unique. About 1/3 of the curriculum is coaching based I’d say – teaching you how to do one-on-one coaching. But several graduates ends up doing something else. Some of them develop a rawfood brand, start a restaurant, work with kids in school or collect all the information just to use it for their own health – just to mention a few other things. Every one-on-one coach is also very different.

Before starting the school I signed up for a program with another beautiful health coach from IIN – and although I learned a lot from her, our style of coaching is very different. I also have a friend who just graduated, and when she talks about coaching it seems like she’d go for other clients than I currently do. She would probably coach more about food and transitioning to a plant based diet, while I talk very little about that and more about mindset-shifts.

 

Would you say the level of knowledge is sufficient?
This kind of coaching is based on the theory that you as a client already know what you need to do to be healthier and happier. It’s about the importance of sharing what’s going on in your mind with someone (the coach), discovering your inner voice, start trusting it, and go for it. It’s about having someone to hold you accountable when making lasting changes in your life. A coach will never give you a diet or regime to follow – because we’re taught that “one persons food is another persons poison”, and the same with exercise and everything else. Everyone is different, it’s about finding your right way. That being said we do learn over 100 different diets – and it’s up to you as a student how deep you want to dive into each of them.

I definitely found the knowledge I got from IIN sufficient to start coaching. It’s very simple – you just need to have a basic understanding of health, food etc. and genuinely care for people. Then you have to trust your intuition as a coach.

How much time did you spend studying a week?
I spent about 8 hours a week, but keep in mind I took a lot of notes. Like, a lot. The course can, in my opinion, be done beside a full time job. The curriculum is also super interesting, so I didn’t mind spending my weekends studying. (There’s a lot of cool people guesting their lectures! Such as Gabby Bernstein, David Wolfe etc.)

Do any europeans do the program?
YES. People from all over the world are doing the program. Not many people in Norway though! I think I’m the first one my age who’s coaching (and then I found 2 women in their 30-40’s online).

Do you think they go enough in depth with the topic of each diet and different techniques?
Both yes and no. It’s over 100 diets – it wouldn’t be possible, neither interesting, to go in depth on all of them. The great thing tho, is that they always give you extra material that you can read if you want to learn more than you’re asked to. They also go in depth on what’s considered the most important ones! The goal is not to end up as an expert of every single diet out there – but you do indeed get a good overview so that you know what your clients are talking about if they bring up a diet or a kind of holistic technique.

Any worries about becoming a health coach in Norway?
I’ve never worried about it, because I know that this is what I want to do (and I believe you can do whatever you set your mind to). But I mean, since very few people in Norway knows what a health coach is, it can be hard to market and find clients. I didn’t see that as a problem at all though – just a fun challenge. I also do online coaching, so I can have clients from all over the world. Honestly I don’t think there’s anything to worry about.

When did you start getting clients?
The same month I graduated! Some people start coaching while studying, but that wasn’t something I wanted to do.

Can one make a living out of health coaching – have it as your only income?
Yes! Of course! The beautiful thing about having your own company (which many people will have to go for I assume) is that you decide on the prices and amount of clients. You can also do group coaching – which gives you a higher hourly wage.

What do you think about their pushy advertisement?
Hahaha, America ❤︎ That’s all I have to say really. They would never get away with this kind of advertisement in Norway – but I just ignored it and trusted what other people said about the good value they got from the course.

 

Please let me know if you have any questions – I’ll keep updating this article! 

Adenomyosis

Adenomyosis – 4th update

20/12/2017

Hi hello – it’s little miss Uterus speaking.

Long time no see, cause I’ve been behaving real good since the last time we spoke. Up until now that is. ?? This is going to be a long post cause I have a lot of wisdom to share with you today. I thought of breaking it into two posts – but I mean, if you’re really interested in this crazy bloody life of mine you’ll read it all despite the length.

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So if you’ve found interest in my Adenomyosis journey you probably remember how happy I was in Bali (you can watch the video here) – when I woke up to realise I’d gotten my period without even knowing. I had a period with absolutely no pain. I was shocked, I was surprised, I was in Uterus Heaven.

Then I got home from Bali and my periods started getting more and more painful again. I’d have one pain-free period here and there, but seen as a whole it got worse and worse over the months of being back in Norway.

Today is Monday 11th of December, and this weekend I had the worst period I’ve ever had. Saturday brought immense pain in what felt like my whole body. I couldn’t lay down – I had to walk around the house trying to breathe, when suddenly I threw up. That’s when I begged my mom to run around the neighbourhood asking for painkillers. Have in mind that I never take painkillers. Not because I’m too cool, but because I don’t want to numb the signals my body is sending me, and actually get to the root cause. Well, this time I had no choice. I took a pill and slowly fell asleep, dreaming of Mc Donalds sending out stuffed sweet-potatoes with guacamole. That’s how exhausted I was.

I wanted to mention this because it brought me two very valuable lessons. (I’m an analyser – and my favourite thing to analyse is myself).

1. A fish is only as healthy as the water it swims in. 

I am the fish here. If a fish is swimming around in dirty toxic water – you can be sure that fish will die. If I run around in shitty water – you can be sure I’ll die too. And the water I’m talking about here consists of many parts. It’s the oxygen we breathe in, it’s the thoughts we’re feeding ourselves, it’s the food we consume, the water we drink, the sun-rays we catch and the energies we surround ourselves with (aka people). 

I knew all of this already, but it just came to show it’s seriousness once again. I am going to be the first one to admit that I’ve been cheating on all of the above lately – not taking it as seriously as I should.

2. Self sabotage is a thing. 

In, and right after, Bali I came to a place where everything was perfect. Seriously nothing needed stitches. I was happy and healthy. It should have been easy to keep that flow of good vibes, but the fact that I was healthy made me loose my identity – and without knowing it, loosing my identity freaked me out. Let me explain.

I got generalised anxiety disorder in 2014, and long before that I started struggling with a fucked up relationship with food and my body. My mission since then has been to fix myself and become healthy again. I chose my diet based on healing these things, I chose my education because of it, I found my hobbies and my career because of it. Everything I did, seriously my whole life, was based on the mission of getting healthy again. So when I actually succeeded, and I was 100% healthy, I was like “now what?”

My whole career, hobbies, diet, life as I knew it, was built on recovering from some disease. I wasn’t ready to be healthy, I didn’t know how to live my designed life as a healthy person. And then Adenomyosis came along. It’s crazy to say – but I was kind of relieved. Finally theres something I can fix again.

And then when I’d “fixed” my Adenomyosis and the menstrual pain was gone, I had the same breakdown – without knowing it at the time of course. My life wasn’t exciting anymore – because I used to be my biggest project, and it was taken away from me. My identity for myself was a sick person that I was working on fixing. 

So what did I do every time I reached the point of 100% health? I self sabotaged. In with the refined sugar, in with the shitty self talk and doubts about myself, in with the toxic people, goodbye exercise and meditation, goodbye tuning in and listening to myself above everyone else.

And here I am again. With the worst pain ever. I am lucky though – because I know what to do. This time I just have to remember the last piece of the puzzle – not identifying myself with the struggles I’m about to overcome. I have to make my life fun, and find purpose outside of healing my own diseases.

I read somewhere that “the tools that helps you heal is not going to work when you’re ready to thrive”, and I believe that ♥︎

Food

Vegan Christmas dinner

18/12/2017

7 days left to the big day!

I think Christmas this year is going to be amazing. I mean – it always is, but this one I’m really looking forward to for some reason. It might be because my sister and I have planned Monopoly and wine, or maybe because we’ll be more people than usual this year, or maybe because I’ve been introduced to vegisterkaker.

You know Sweden is known for their meatballs? Well, in Norway we have something way better called medisterkaker. Google suggests its pork patties in English? Anyways. They’ve been in our family for decades – and I used to love them so so much when I was growing up.

As well as being the best dinner we could ever hope for when visiting our grandparents, the patties has been a staple to our family’s Christmas dinner table since forever. Alongside ribbe, pinnekjøtt, sausages, potatoes, gravy, mashed root vegetables and sauerkraut, you’ll find these versatile little balls. If you’re not Norwegian I can tell you that this table consists of four different kinds of meat.

So ever since I started my love affair with the plant based cousin, I’ve had a rather limited amount of choices when it comes to the Christmas table. The past two years I’ve had a few store-bought veggie burger thingies on the side of my plate, and that’s that. Not complaining here, just trying to make you understand my immense gratitude when my dads girlfriend surprised me the other day.

She found a recipe for homemade vegan medisterkaker, got the ingredients and made them for me. And they were soooo so so so so damn good. The consistency is amazing, they smell like medisterkaker and I’m gonna go as far as saying that they actually taste like it as well!

I think this is the kindest thing anyone has done to me in a very long time. I just value it so much. It’s not so much the medisterkaker themselves, although they were life changing, but more the feeling of really been seen. On a whole new level. I’ve never expected anyone to take part, or show interest in, my way of eating, so when it happens it feels kind of unreal.

Anyways; if you’re interested in my new favourite dinner, you can find the recipe here. It’s in Norwegian, but it’s an easy recipe so I guess its just fine to translate!

Marry marry Christmas, xx