Hustle vs. relaxing?

JUST RELAX! Easier said that done… I love to work, be effective, get things done and check stuff of my to-do list. I also like to be in constant activity and be active. In addition, I tend to worry a lot. About all sorts of things. Sometimes it just feels like my mind won’t SHUT UP. BUT when I do this over a longer period of time, my body screams out in all sorts of ways that I have to slow down. But the problem then, is that when I try to relax, like put on a movie or just lay not the couch, my head can’t really stop thinking about all the things I should do. I usually end up picking up my phone, scroll in Instagram, do some house chores or go back to work. It has resulted in me not feeling my best, which is not productive at all. Anyone else gone down this fun road before?

So in order for me to relax more I wanted to find out how I can do it, and also what the benefits of relaxing are. so that I can really remind and motivate myself to just chill out. Here is what I found:

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Benefits of relaxing:

  1. Improves digestion.

    This one is a big bonus. When you are in constant or even low levels of stress, your body shuts down your digestion because it thinks it’s under attack. The body also releases fewer digestive enzymes and less hydrochloric acids which helps the digestion break down fats, protein and carbs. If we stress over a longer period of time this can result in digestive issues such as IBS. So lowering our stress levels improves our digestion because the body goes into rest and digest mode (which is exactly what I need!).

  2. Reducing muscle tension and chronic pain.

    When the body is stressed, our muscles tense up, and that is why we get aches in our neck and back. It is the body trying to protect us from an injury or attack (the body is so smart). So when we relax, the body relaxes the muscles and puts its guards sown.

  3. Reduces anxiety and improves mental health.

    When you relax you are more able to manage your day to day tasks and actually do them more effective. It also improves your sleep, which of course is a major benefit to mental health. When we calm our mind, we can think more clearly and take better decisions.

  4. Relaxing protects your heart!

    When we stress, we increase changes of heart failure, high blood pressure and other heart problems. One of the causes is the amount of adrenaline in our body produces when we stress too much, which takes a toll on the heart.

  5. Relaxing boosts your memory & helps you make better decisions

    Studies have found that chronic stress impaired the part of the brain responsible for cognitive analysis and abstract thought. Studies done on mice also showed that when they are stressed, they have more difficulty finding they way though a maze and learning new skills. So relaxing - does the opposite!

Conclusion: Out bodies are so incredibly smart. We are actually meant to function in a relaxed state, and another aspect of it is that when we trust that things will work out, they will. These facts really motivated me to want to relax. So how do I do it in real life?

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I also always also love checking out spiritual reasons for things, especially regarding the law of attraction - such as why we should relax & how to do it. The Law of Attraction states that our thoughts and feelings manifest our experiences. So stress = more stress?

So here are some spiritual reasons to relax more & how to do it:

  1. Get back into alignment.

    When we stress and worry we are not in alignment with who we really are. This means that we won’t attract the things we desire, but rather more of the things we don’t want to see, such as more stress.

  2. Live in the now!

    When we stress, we are either worrying about the past, or about the future, which are things we can’t control from the current moment. Accepting what is and accepting out current situation will always help us let to of that which is no longer serving us.

  3. Be grateful

    When we stress we are not grateful for what we already have. It’s impossible to be stressed and grateful at the same time. Writing down 10 things you are grateful for and really feeling it will get you back into a good mood (and help you attract more good things)

  4. Finding the trigger & root cause

    Sometimes we get really triggered by certain situations. Maybe it reminds us of something? Using the stressful moment to get to the bottom of things, is one of the best things we can do. For example, you are stressed because you don’t do enough. What is the worst thing about that feeling? When did you experience it for the first time? Accept that situation and you will immediately feel a relief.

  5. All moments happen for us.

    This thought always helps me. We can learn something out of every single experiment. Maybe it’s time to quit that job? Maybe it’s time to let go of those negative people? Maybe it’s time to change your diet to a more healthy one? If we really took at it this way, we will see those stressful moments as a gift to push us in the right direction.

Ways to relax the body & mind

  1. Pranayama and breath work.

    Have you ever notices that when you are stressed your breath is shallow and in your chest? I actually studied this when I did a teacher training to become a yoga instructor. When we connect with our breath, and use our breath to slow down, it sends signals to the mind that we are out of danger. So take a deep breath, inhale for 5 seconds, hold at the top, and exhale for 5 seconds and just see what difference it made. This helps the body take in more oxygen, which also helps relive anxiety, slow the heart rate and lower stress levels. There are hundreds of different techniques on breath work, and if you want to get more into it I recommend this video.

  2. Meditation.

    There are so many articles and books on the benefits of meditation out there, and that’s because it really works. It’s like training our brain not to get attached to all the different thought we are having, and learning just to let go. This is a practice we do over time, but you can feel instantly better just after a 10 minute meditation. It also enhances our ability to focus upon one thing at a time

  3. Journaling

    Take some time every morning or night to write down everything that goes on in your head. Getting it out of your head and onto paper helps you thing more clearly. For example you might see that you have a lot of limiting beliefs about yourself. Like “I’m never lucky”. Then try to change it to “Every thing happens for me to be the best person I can be”.

  4. Clear your environment

    Being surrounded by clutter is one of the most stressful things I know. Take some time to clean up your space, your closet and your surroundings. Having to many things stresses us, which had made me want to be a minimalist. I am not there yet, but working on it!

  5. Move your body

    Go for a walk, dance in the living room, do some yoga. Getting your body in activity will always bring you our of your head and into your body, focusing on something more positive.

  6. Get out of victim mode & into power mode!

    I do this all the time, when something bad happens I feel sorry for myself and I feel like a victim of my circumstances. This only brings we down. Instead its important to know that you have every single tool to change your circumstances.

  7. Therapy

    I can not praise therapy more! Sometimes its hard to get to the root cause of your problems by your self. Having someone else help you our has been life changing for me. We are have different preferences here, and it took me a couple of years to find someone I actually liked and that worked with a method that was quick and effective.

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& some additional tips just for the digestion

  1. Eat mindfully.

    Eating and focusing on just that helps the body digest the food better. It also makes us chew the food more, which is quite beneficial because there is a reason our teeth and places in our mouth!

  2. Drinking celery juice!

    As mentioned above, we produce less hydrochloric acid when we are stressed. Celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach helps the body produce hydrochloric acids again, which makes us digest food better (hello more energy).

Sources:

https://www.northshore.org/healthy-you/benefits-of-relaxation/

https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/relaxation

https://www.headspace.com/meditation/how-to-relax


Raw caramel apple cake☁️

Okey okey okey this is a really exciting post to write! Because I’m looking forward to you trying this cake so so much. Its quite easy to make, and the main ingredient - apples, are in season, so find your nearest garden and go get some 🍎🍎

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This is a recipe from our book, Jordnært, that I wanted to make now that I’ve picked up lots of apples from our Airbnb garden (which you can read more about here).

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Raw caramel apple cake

You need:

Bottom layer:

  • 100 grams walnuts

  • 300 grams raisins (preferably organic)

Filling:

  • 2 apples

  • 75 grams raisins (preferably organic)

  • 4 tbsp agave or maple syrup

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

Caramel sauce:

  • 8 Medjool dates

  • 1 tablespoon nut butter (almond, peanut, hazelnut ++)

  • 2 tbsp meltet coconut oil

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp vanilla powder - optional (not vanilla sugar)

  • 1/2 dl agave or maple syrup

How to:

  1. Filling: Start by cutting the apples into small, thin slices. Add them to a bowl with raisins, sweetner of choice, lemon juice and cinnamon. Mix it together with your hands. Let them marinate in the bowl until the rest is done.

  2. Bottom layer: Add the walnuts and raisins to a food processor. Blend until you get a sticky dough.

  3. Assembly: Choose whether you want to make a cake or cupcakes. We’ve tried both, so its just a matter of what you're feeling right now. If you make a cake, spread the bottom layer in a cake tin with a baking sheet underneath. If you go for cupcakes, place small amounts of bottom layer into each cupcake. Place in the freezer for about 30 minutes!

  4. Caramel sauce: Add all the caramel sauce ingredients to a food processor. Let it spin until you get a liquid consistency.

  5. Put it together: Add the apple filling and caramel sauce layer by layer on the bottom layer. Put the whole thing back in the freezer and wait for it to sit.

  6. Serve: Serve with delicious (vegan) ice cream!

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Would love to hear your thoughts on this cake! Does it sound easy to make? Want to try it? <3

AirBnb for gardens - DyrkOslo 🥬🥕

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Earlier in September we got a message from a company called DyrkOslo who asked if we wanted to check out their project - Airbnb for gardens!

The concept is simple

People who have a large garden, and who don’t have enough time to take care of it can rent it out to people without a garden who wants to have one. How cool is that?

They asked us where we lived, and found a garden that is pretty close, we can either walk for an hour-ish (a good Sunday walk) or take the tram. When we got there, we were met by the people from DyrkOslo and the people who live in the house that has the garden. They are 10 students living in a huge house with a gigantic garden, and they just figured that they wouldn’t have enough time to take care of it.

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We got two large boxes, that the guys from DyrkOslo had picked up from some place that would have otherwise thrown them away (yay)! It’s called “Palledistributøren Alnabru” for those of you in the area. We filled the bottom with a special paper, and added 7 bags of soil and organic fertilizer.

We planted the small seeds - mesclun salad, spinach, another salad mix and radishes - plants that can grow even when its getting colder outside. Most importantly (haha) we talked nicely to them and put in a good intention for the plants.

Every week we are supposed to water the plants and check how its going (until now we have to admit we’ve only watered them once), and then we can gather the veggies in about a month after we planted them!

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The second time we were there to water them, we picked up lots of apples, so there will be some delicious apple recipes coming your way - it’s definitely apple season 🍎🍏🍎🍏🍎🍏

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What do you think about the concept? Is it something you would want to try? Check out DyrkOslo on instagram and on their webpage to find out more!

Roasted cauliflower with chimichurri

I have wanted to make baked cauliflower for such a long time! Seeing how easy it actually was to make, I really don’t understand why I haven’t tried before haha. Anyways. This is a recipe based on Minimalist Baker’s recipe - with some adjustments according to what we had at home. I hope you will try this one - it’s a true winner! For those who love vegan food, but also for the meat eaters. It’s filling, and you get all the textures and flavors - creamy, crispy, spicy, sweet, salty, mmmmm.

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Baked cauliflower

  • 1 large cauliflower

  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

  • 2 tbsp water

  • 2 tbsp curry blend (we freestyled here, mixed together coriander, turmeric, cumin, ginger and chili)

  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey

  • 1/2-1 tsp salt

  • Fresh parsley

How to make the baked cauliflower

  1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees celcius. Fill a small baking pan with water and set on the bottom of the oven to help the cauliflower cook evenly.

  2. Rinse and dry the cauliflower. Cut off the bottom stalk, but don’t remove to much of the core.

  3. Add all the rest of the ingredients to a food processor to make the sauce. Mix until smooth, and taste it. Adjust to your desired flavor.

  4. Turn the cauliflower upside down and pour down half of the sauce. Shake it around to it enter into the cauliflower while keeping it upside down.

  5. Pour the rest of the sauce on top of the cauliflower and spread it evenly.

  6. Place the cauliflower in a skillet in the oven (ildfast form) and roast it for 35-50 minutes depending on the size of the cauliflower.

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Chimichurri

  • 3-5 cloves of garlic

  • 1 medium chili pepper

  • 1 cup cilantro

  • 1 cup parsley

  • 3 tbsp ripe avocado

  • 1/3 tsp salt

  • 3 tbsp lime

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup or honey

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

  • Water (depending on the thickness you want)

How to make the chimichurri

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor. Mix until smooth.

  2. Adjust flavor as needed - salt, spice or sweetness.

Quinoa

  • Quinoa (preferably organic)

  • Salt

  • Water

  • Paprika spice

How to make the quinoa

  1. Boil 2 parts for 2 part quinoa. For example 2 dl of water for 1 dl of quinoa.

  2. Rinse the quinoa under hot water.

  3. Once the water is boiling, add the quinoa, and turn the heat down. Let it simmer until all the water is gone (check the time on the package). Once the small “tails” have appeared, and it feels soft to chew, the quinoa is good to go.

  4. Add the spices!

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Leftovers for lunch!

Leftovers for lunch!

Really hope you enjoyed this recipe!! <3 It makes an amazing Sunday dinner.

The Game Changers is out on digital!

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Yesterday I went to see The Game Changers at the movies, a movie that I’ve been excited to see ever since their very first promotion of it in January 2018! That’s a long wait haha. So my expectations where pretty high. And wow, it delivered guys.

Pro athletes turned vegan and boosted their strength and endurance

In the movie we are following the elite special soldiers trainer and Ultimate Fighter James Wilks on his journey in recovering from a knee injury. He is looking for the fastest and most optimal way to recover and heal his body, and stumbles upon the plant based diet. He begins searching for athletes who follow a vegan diet, and finds what seems to be a gold mine.

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James Wilks starts digging into the lifestyle of vegan food through meeting pro athletes, doctors, scientists and bodybuilders. In the movie we meet people like Arnold Schwarsnegger (bodybuilder, actor, mayor), Lewis Hamilton (five-time formula one world champion), Morgan Mitchell (two time Australian 400-meter running champion), Patrik Baboumian (world record-holding strongman), Scott Jurek (record-holding ultramarathon runner), Mischa Janiec (professional bodybuilder) and Tia Blanco (professional surfer) who ALL follow a vegan diet, and have seen huge benefits from it.

For those interested in the details, you can read more of the health and nutritional benefits (especially linked to sports) of a plant-based diet here.

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We all need to see this

Whether you’re a plant sceptic, a plant lover or in between, this is a great movie to watch. if you have someone in your life suffering from different health conditions, invite them over for a movie night that might change their lives.

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The great news - the movie is out on digital now!

Finally, after a period of exclusive one-day screenings in different cinemas (which was hard to catch for many), Game Changers is out on digital (iTunes, Google Play and Vimeo). FIND THE MOVIE HERE.

Have you seen it already? What did you think? Would love to hear your take on it!

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Kidney bean "hummus" recipe & lunch inspiration

We just posted today’s lunch on instagram, and a lot of you asked for the recipe of the kidney bean “hummus” so here it is! I often use either kidney beans or white beans instead of chick peas to make “hummus” or “bummus” because I feel like they are easier on the digestion. I don’t know if it’s a fact, but based on personal experience it is so. Also they are very easy to find organic in Norway, plus they are super cheap and filling! I like to use this spread in wraps, on crackers, in salads or as a side dish. Kidney beans are rich in proteins and high in fiber so they keep you full.

Salat with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, kidney bean hummus, kimchi and raw crackers, sprinkled with nutritional yeast. YUM!

Salat with lettuce, cucumber, tomato, kidney bean hummus, kimchi and raw crackers, sprinkled with nutritional yeast. YUM!

Kidney bean “hummus”

  • 2 packages of organic kidney beans (2*180 g)

  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/2 tsp origano

  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

Mix it all together in a blender or with a hand blender, and add more liquid if it does not get creamy enough.


Adam888's top 5 food tips

Adam 888 is a creator & storyteller, artist, photographer & yogi. Through his content he brings us into a creative and inspiring world of good vibes.

He has a colorful vision on food that he describes like this: “My body is ma temple & I’m responsible for cleaning it, filling it with love & healthy energy. I eat foods that make my body alkaline, fresh & vital. This means I feed myself with nutrition that will keep my PH value in balance, if one has a balanced PH the body will be less receptive for inflammations, depressions, overweight & negative thinking patterns.”

Today, he shares his top five food tips to feel good & do good!

1. Homemade tomato soup with cauliflower coconut cream

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Recipes: Tomato soup. Cauliflower cream.

2. Green organic juices

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Recipe: Green juice.

3. Peanut potato stew

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Recipe: Peanut potato stew.

4. Lemon water in the morning

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5. Blueberry banan bowl with home made almond butter

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Recipe: Blueberry banana smoothie


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6 eco-friendly dog tips!

I thought I would share some eco-friendly tips for all the dog owners out there, as I have gotten lots of questions on this 🐾 I am definitely not an expert, but I have done some reading the past few months before I got Noah, and have discussed a lot with other dog owners!

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1. Food

Let’s start with one of the basics - dog food. Depending on your preferences, values and wallet, you might want to opt for food that has a lower environmental footprint, and that is eco-friendly in one way or another. Try looking for food that is produced using renewable energy, vegan or vegetarian food, grass-fed beef, organic, or locally produced food (or a mix).

Thoughts on vegan/vegetarian dog food

Just like our food, the dogs food will have a smaller or bigger environmental footprint depending on the diet. A diet containing more plants and less animal products has a lower environmental footprint. Many people (as I did) believe that dogs are carnivores (meat eaters), as their ancestors are wolves. Technically, they belong to the order Carnivora, (together with Pandas who eat mostly bamboo), but they are actually omnivores - which means that they are able to get all the nutrients they need through a plant based diet. These articles describe how dogs are able to keep a vegan or vegetarian diet, but they both note that it should be done under supervision of a veterinary nutritionist in order to feed the dog everything it needs.

So! If you do your research, its possible to have a vegan or vegetarian dog. I know a few people who feed their dogs a vegan diet - and they have all had really good results, and felt like their dogs became healthier and more energized! Thats pretty cool. Currently, my puppy is very picky about his food, and he didn’t want to try the vegan food I mixed in with his other food, but maybe I will consider it with time. Right now I feel more secure with him eating the puppy feed I got from the vet (Eucaneuba), but after knowing your animal for a while, a switch might be doable - and be better for the dog and the planet!

Vegan/vegetarian dog food

Organic dog food

  • Yarrah is a brand of organic dog food - with meat, fish, vegetarian or vegan.

  • Newman’s Own Organics doesn’t contain GMOs and is produced without the use of herbicides, pesticides or artificial fertilizers, or chemical additives or preservatives.

  • Organix: This brand of pet food is made in the U.S. and is the only complete line of USDA organically certified pet food. It is free of allergens such as corn, wheat, or soy, and is created without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers, antibiotics, or artificial preservatives.

  • I and Love and You: This pet food line uses natural ingredients that contain no grain allergens such as corn, wheat, soy, or fillers like rice and white potatoes and no artificial flavors, colors, artificial preservatives, or by-product meals.

2. Toys

There are A LOT of toys out there for dogs. Most of them are made of plastic, and I usually steer away from buying any of those. In general I have looked for toys of natural materials, toys produced by recycled materials, toys from nature or (new) toys sold at second hand sites that people didn’t want after all. Here are some examples of eco-friendly dog toys.

Toy from cocomat - residial material from their production of beds and furniture

Toy from cocomat - residial material from their production of beds and furniture

3. Dog waste bags

In Norway, there has been a debate on whether or not the biodegradable dog bags are better for the environment or not. Many have thought that these bags can be left in nature, and that they will biodegrade quickly, which is a misunderstanding, as they are made to biodegrade in an industrial compost system. They have to be thrown away in residual waste for the time being.

In my opinion, this might be a better choice for the environment any way, as the production process is more environmentally friendly. It’s a choice not to support regular plastic - made from fossile fuels (oil) - and to support a “new” plastic industry where materials such as corn and potato starch are the ingredients. This is why I opt for the biodegradable bags.

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4. Dog bed

My little puppy was lucky enough to get a sponsored dog bed from the amazing company Cocomat! It’s made of natural rubber, coconut shells and residual materials from their bed producer factory. Find the dog bed here.

His bed from cocomats

His bed from cocomats

Before we got the bed from Cocomats, Noah slept in the coating from Billy’s (moms dog) cage, which he didn’t use.

5. Wash your dog with natural products

I don’t wash Noah too often, as animals clean themselves up, but with the rainy autumn season coming I’m sure there will be plenty of shower sessions with Noah. When I do, I make sure to use shampoo (and conditioner haha) for sensitive dog skin. These from C-Soaps are amazing, Noah is a fluffy cloud!!! ☁️☁️🌦 They smell lavender, patchouli and juniper berry.

6. Pick up trash

The last tip is pretty easy - no purchases needed. This one goes out to everyone, with or without a dog. Pick up 5 items of trash when you’re out for a walk, and together we will prevent lots of plastic from entering the ocean!


Do you have any comments, questions or products you recommend for me or others to check out?

We guested Braindump podcast <3

About two weeks ago we guested Cornelia Grimsmo’s podcast Braindump. If you haven’t listened to brain Braindump yet, its a podcast on self-love, selv-development, connection and relationships. Cornelia is a good friend and a YouTuber who recently founded Braindump, which is a bullet journal that is made for developing yourself and manifesting your dream life.

In the episode we guested, we talked about how we left our corporate jobs to become eco-bloggers, our book, how we work together as sisters, the ups and downs and the five love languages!

Listen to the episode HERE.

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Daily Pot Bergen

This week end we visited Bergen! First and foremost we had a speaking engagement at Delta youth camp, were we talked about how we can all have a greener every day life and how to stay motivated. We had a couple of hours to spend in Bergen so we took the city tram to the city center and decided to walk up Fløyen. Before that we were really hungry, so we searched for some vegan spots and found the Daily Pot high up on trip advisor. We ordered two green soups and topped them with hummus, mushrooms, unions and beet root. Love places that understand toppings! Highly recommend this place if you are in Bergen:)

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Heal your digestion with Medical Medium

For a bit over a year ago, I was seeking information to help with my health problems which made me incredibly miserable at the time. I had to cancel social events all the time, had no energy to do what made me happy and felt like nothing could ever make it better. I was struggling with my digestion, sinus problems, anxiety, lack of different vitamins and just felt really far from myself. None of what I had tried before had really made a big difference, so I was desperate for anything that could change my wellbeing.

If you haven’t heard of the Medical Medium (or Anthony Williams which his name really is), you probably will very soon. He is known to be able to receive direct information from what he calls “spirit”, which is a voice from a higher source that explains him what conditions different people suffer from, and what is going on inside their bodies. He has been a medium ever since he was a kid and was able to correctly diagnose his grandmother with a serious illness before the doctors or anyone knew. He explains why so many people today suffer from mystery symptoms and illnesses which don’t really have any explanation, why we are getting more sensitive to different kinds of foods, and that a lot of it is caused by the Epstein Barr virus. A few years ago I had mononucleosis, an infection that is caused by exactly this virus. Putting the pieces together, I finally understand that this is when my health started deteriorating.

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When I started reading his first book, Medical Medium, I was a bit sceptical. How can we know that this guy is trustworthy, and is it just another health trend? I read the whole book in a few days, and was intrigued but still skeptical, being a person who always searches for fact-based and statistically backed information. With time and trying out his advice, I understood how and why his methods and tips really make sense. Among his supporters are Pharrell Williams, Sylvester Stallone, Miranda Kerr, Robert DeNiro, Liv Tyler, and Gwyneth Paltrow, and doctors such as Christians Northrup.

To not make this the longest post ever, I will give you some tips that I have picked up from Medical Medium, that have really changed my life!

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Celery juice

The first, and probably most profound tip he gives is drinking 16 ounces (4-5 dl) of pure celery juice every morning on an empty stomach. The celery should preferably be organic but regular celery is better than nothing (just rinse it well). This simple but effective technique is known to help give you clearer skin, improved digestion, less bloating, sustained energy, better mental clarity, weight loss, and stable moods, just to name a few! Following Medical Medium on Instagram (as 1.9 million people do), you will see that people are healing from all kinds of illnesses, including Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, eczema, psoriasis, acne, SIBO, constipation, chronic fatigue syndrome, blood sugar issues, migraines, acid reflux, high blood pressure, addictions, adrenal issues, gout, allergies, autoimmune conditions, and countless others, from drinking plain celery juice daily!

Read more about this here.

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Cutting down on fat

He explains that a high-fat diet can be very harmful, which is contradictory to lots of the high-fat diets going around with people putting oil in their coffee and nut butter on every smoothie (which I used to do). He explains that diets high in fat and protein and low on carbs and fruit are lacking water. If you lose weight on such a diet, it’s actually you losing water. You might be dehydrating yourself, thickening the fat of your blood and starving the brain of glucose it needs from fruits and carbs to function well. Your liver also needs water to cleanse and, and the high-fat and protein diet prevents this. The liver also needs oxygen and water to take in nutrients (vitamins, minerals, phytochemical and antioxidants).

He therefore recommends people, either the protein and fat is vegan (like nuts, soy, oils) or non-vegan (like chicken, cheese, eggs, milk) to cut down on fat to maintain a healthy liver and brain.

Read more about this here.

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Don’t fear the fruit

I have to admit I had quite the fruit fear myself. I felt like I would get bloated by eating a small apple, and fruit quickly became something I cut drastically down on once my digestion started getting troubled. That’s very ironic to me now, once I’ve learned HOW to eat fruit (yes, there are some ways to digest fruit better) <3.

Fruit was originally looked upon as our most healing foods, but something has changed the past years. There have been numerous articles on how fruit contains too much sugar, and the high-fat and protein diet trend has taken over. So people have been told to reduce fruit order to keep your weight and stay healthy. Fruit are actually the most important food to eat when healing from disease. Not only do fruits prevent illness, they slow aging, kill off pathogens, and heal our bodies on a cellular level.

Read more about this here.

How to eat fruit better:

  • Main advice: Eat fruit by themselves or before a meal. They digest more quickly than other food so don’t eat them at the end of meals.

  • Melons should be eaten alone. They digest quicker than all other fruits.

  • Sweet Fruit: This includes low water content fruits like bananas, dates, custard apples and all dried fruit etc. They are best mixed with sub-acid fruits. The exception to this rule is melons because they digest very quickly and always need to be eaten alone.

  • Sub-acid Fruit: This includes semi-sweet fruits like mangoes, papayas, berries, apples, pears etc. They are best mixed with sweet fruit and acid fruit.

  • Acid Fruit: These are the more sour fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit, oranges, pineapples etc. They are best mixed with sub-acid fruit and fats.

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Heavy metal detox smoothie

This smoothie (which actually is really good) is perfectly designed to include 5 key ingredients that work together to pull heavy metals like mercury, lead, aluminum, nickel, copper, and cadmium out of your organs where they accumulate. Medical Medium explains that “heavy metals can be responsible for countless disorders and symptoms including Alzheimer’s, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, autism, bipolar disorder, numbness, tics, spasms, hot flashes, heart palpitations, hair loss, brittle nails, memory loss, insomnia, fatigue, migraines, and depression. These liver troublemakers are virtually everywhere. They are present in things we come in contact with every day, such as aluminum cans, batteries, metal cookware, pesticides and herbicides, old paint, and even the foods we eat.”

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas

  • 2 cups wild blueberries (I buy organic blueberries from Kolonihagen)

  • 1 cup cilantro

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • 1 tsp barley grass juice powder (I use this from Piura)

  • 1 tsp spirulina (I use this from Supernature, but Medical Medium recommends Hawaiian spirulina)

  • 1 small handful of Atlantic dulse (I use this from Northern Company)

To get barley grass, spirulina and wild blueberry powder all together you can check out this package!

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I can honestly say that this guy, even though it sounds pretty crazy where he gets the information from, has truly saved my health. If you are interested in learning more, check out these resources:

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Drop a comment if you have any questions about the information or where to get any of the ingredients! <3

3 guys' top advice on a plant based diet

A lot of you have asked for tips - especially for guys - on a plant based diet. We have written a lot about the facts and science behind why we should eat more veggies, and what works for us, but it’s hard to give tips on something you haven’t experienced. Like being a guy going green. We are so lucky to get some top tips from some very inspiring men, on how they eat in a way that takes care of our planet. Thank you for sharing guys!

First of all just want to remind you WHY it’s important:

  • 30 % of the global green house emissions come from the food industry. Half of these are from livestock.

  • The five biggest meat and dairy producers in the world have larger emissions than the world’s biggest oil companies such as ExxonMobile, Shell and BP.

  • If all Americans would swap for a plant based diet, we would be able to feed 350 million more people.

  • 70 % of the damages to the rainforest in Brasil are due to the meat industry.

  • If everyone in Norway would have one meat free day a week we would reduce emissions equal to 170.000 cars in one year.

(All facts from our book Jordnært - check it out if you are interested in the articles and research).

Now over to the tips.

Christopher Gulliksen

Christopher is a chef and the co-founder of Åkern and Mat fra Hagen in Trondheim. Åkern is a site where you can order delicious plant based meals straight home, saving both time and the environment. Kudos to making it easy and delicious to eat more plant based foods.

Social: @christophergulliksen + @akern.no

Christopher In action

Christopher In action

  1. Get yourself proper equipment

    Every man (and woman) with respect for him/herself needs a kickass knife and a proper cast iron skillet. It’s hardcore and your food tastes better and better each time you make a meal in it.

  2. Learn the basic techniques on how to make a curry/stir-fry/soup

    Then you’ll make awesome food out of anything! Use your skillet, oil, fry some onion, garlic, throw in some fresh herbs, a slice of lime, lemon, spices, curry paste, get it all in the pan, release the flavors! Then you build… mushroom, carrot, sweet potato, did I say mushroom? Add liquid, beer, booze, stock, reduce. Then you build, coconut milk, tomato, stock, beer… and there you have it!

  3. Teach yourself to make an open fire without lighter and firefighter in the woods!

    All men that eat plantbased can do this;) By now you should have mastered step 1 and 2 and its time to say bye bye one-time-grill and hot dogs from Gilde. Make a curry over your kickass open fire!

  4. I would recommend taking the approach to a plantbased diet step-by-step

    Try to remove things one at the time. See what you miss and try to find out why. Most likely it’s the taste and texture. You can recreate the taste and texture you miss in anything. For example the texture of chicken can be found in a mushroom. Just experiment. Use you iron pan, press the mushroom with the salt, pepper, shred it, marinade it, bake it. For me plant based foods gave me the love for cooking - it became mystical and interesting again.

  5. Health first!

    With good health we make better decisions, we can take care of each other, the planet. A whole-foods plant based diet gives you just this. You will lower your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol, blood pressure, and help your heart. You will feel lighter, more agile and stronger. You are making one of the best individual efforts to help the planet, the animals and yourself. Don’t worry, you will get more then enough protein if you stick to a whole-food plant based diet without to many refined foods. Eat beans, legumes, starchy veggies, grains, add leafy greens to each meal, spinach, beets, chard, arugula, kale, broccoli  - it’s packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fiber - which again helps to control your blood sugar.

Last tip from Christopher: You get nice skin and hair. Just look at me;)

Last tip from Christopher: You get nice skin and hair. Just look at me;)

Thomas aka Veganmannen

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Thomas stopped eating meat 25 years ago, and has been vegan for the past 10 years. He wants to inspire people to reduce their intake on animal products, and see how easy it can he! He inspires thousands of people though his instagram and webside filled with delicious and easy recipes.

Social: veganmannen.no + @vegdude + fb.com/veganmannen 

  1. Be creative in the kitchen

    Don’t be afraid to try different recipes, vegetables, vegan proteins and spices. There is so much to experience! If you don’t really like to cook, remember the more you do it the better you get, and the more fun it gets. You can always invite a friend or two over to make food with you.

  2. Try vegan food when traveling

    When you are on vacation, just write "vegan" in google maps and see if there is places nearby that offer vegan food. I always check the reviews to be sure to pick a good one. I also recommend the website HappyCow.

  3. Eating out - ask the chef

    If you are at a restaurant that doesn’t have any vegan options on the menu, ask if the chef if they can prepare something for you or see what other things they have on the menu that they can veganize for you. A good chef knows how to prepare a great vegan meal;)

  4. Get daily inspiration

    Follow different vegan influencers on Instagram and Facebook for daily inspiration.

  5. Educate yourself

    Watch documentaries on meat production and you will get more engaged in the vegan lifestyle. I recommend "Cowspiracy", "Earthlings", "Meat the truth", "Forks over knives" and "Dominion".

Hallvard Kolltveit

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Hallvard lives in Lofoten and works as a surf photographer. He started to reduce his meat intake when we moved to the US for studies, and after watching Cowspiracy and wanting to recuse his footprint further, he went plant based. Today he is around 97 % plant based and thinks its quite easy!

Social: www.hallvardkolltveit.com + @hallvardkolltveit

  1. Don’t be afraid to get creative in the kitchen

    Try and fail and try again, most likely you will end up making something you really like!

  2. Track your intake

    In the beginning it can be helpful to track your food using a nutrition app or a website to make sure you get all the nutrients you need on a daily basis. The cool thing is that you will also notice how packed of good things vegetables and fruits are.

  3. Make big portions

    Don’t be afraid to eat a lot of food! In the beginning, you will probably get hungry more often that you used to. The good news is that you get to eat a lot! Which is the best part. If you are a really active person like me, opt for good fat sources such as nuts, seeds and avocado. Lots of avocado.

  4. Let your body adjust with time

    Your body might feel different in the beginning, as your body is adjusting to other types of nutrients. Give it some time, and you will feel really good after you start incorporating more plant based foods.

  5. Don’t be afraid of not getting enough protein - you will

    You will get enough protein, and it possible to eat plant based even when you are in activity most of the day.

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CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST PODCAST EPISODE WITH HALLVARD HERE.



Hope you enjoyed this post! Make sure to follow these guys for daily tips and tricks, and drop a comment for any questions or tips you want to share.

Vegan gluten free pizza

Before leaving Portugal I decided to make a really quick pizza for the trip. I had exactly one hour to make the pizza, pack my things and clean the apartment, and the stakes where HIGH. The pizza had to turn out good at the first try, or else the option would be airport food. No offense airport food but pizza is really good :))) Hope you like the recipe!

Pizza dough

  • 1.5 cup rice flour

  • 1.5 cup oat flour

  • 1 tbsp xanthan gum

  • 1 tbsp dry yeast

  • 180 ml water

  • 1 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tbsp sugar (coconut sugar can be used. half for the dough and half for the yeast liquid)

How to prep the dough

  1. Set the oven to maximum heat (275 degrees ish).

  2. Mix the yeast with 180 ml luke warm water. Make sure it’s not too hot, or it will kill the yeast. Add 1 tbsp sugar and let it sit for a few minutes.

  3. Mix the rest of the ingredients together - rice flour, oat flour, xanthan gum, oil, salt and 1 tbsp sugar. Mix everything well and add inn the yeast liquid.

  4. Let the dough settle for a bit while you prep the toppings. My dough became pretty sticky, but the end result was SO good. Was a bit surprised, but don’t panic if your dough is sticky. I didn’t have any baking paper, so I put coconut oil on the baking tray and spread the dough directly in the tray.

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Toppings

  • aubergine

  • mushrooms

  • vegan cheese - we used VioLife

  • tomato sauce (preferably organic with basil and/or garlic)

  • onion

  • garlic

  • olives

  • herbs & spices: oregano, basil, salt, pepper

  • sweetener of choice: maple syrup, agave, sugar, coconut sugar

  • coconut oil

How to prep the toppings

  1. Add the tomato sauce to a casserole. Depending on your choice og tomato sauce, you might want to spice it up or just keep it plane. I like to spice mine up anyways for maximum flavor. Chop garlic in small pieces and add them to the tomato sauce. Add some basil and garlic, a pinch of salt and your choice of sweetener. Taste your way into a result your happy with. Let it boil softly while you work on the rest of the ingredients.

  2. Slice the aubergine into thin slices. Add some coconut oil in a pan and fry them on medium heat. I like doing this to make sure they get well done, and not become hard to chew through on top of the pizza.

  3. Chop some mushrooms and fry them with some coconut oil, salt and herbs & spices.

  4. Chop the onion, olives and vegan cheese.

Put it all together

  1. Spread the dough out on a baking tray. Use baking sheets or coconut oil directly on the tray. Make sure the dough is thin, but doesn’t have any holes.

  2. Add the tomato sauce, onion, olives, garlic, aubergine and vegan cheese. Sprinkle lot’s of herbs like basil and garlic on top!

  3. Put it in the oven until the dough looks crispy and the cheese has melted. Enjoooooy <3

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Update from Portugal

As most of you following us know, our family on our dads side is from Portugal, so we try to visit them when we have the opportunity. Especially since we have a grandma living here alone, who we need to take extra good care of. It’s quite hard having someone you love so far away and not being able to help her out in her everyday life. That was one of the reasons we moved here back in 2017 for 5 months.

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We are incredibly lucky to be able to call this our second home. It’s fun going going back to a place where you have been every single year growing up and seeing how much you have changed, comparing year to year.

Açaí at Friends açaí, Casa da Guia, Cascais

Açaí at Friends açaí, Casa da Guia, Cascais

What has definitely changes a lot here though is the food scene! It’s so inspiring to come here and just find the most abundant vegan options everywhere, fruits and veggies that taste like the sun, and new eco-friendly alternatives around every corner. So here is what our week looked like, what we ate and where you should go if you ever visit Cascais/Lisbon in Portugal!

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Favorite shop - Go natural, Estoril

Favorite shop - Go natural, Estoril

Brunch @ Fauna &amp; Flora, Lisbon

Brunch @ Fauna & Flora, Lisbon

Have you been to Portugal, or are planning to go? Would love to hear about your experiences!

We also have some more posts from Portugal that you can check out if you like <3

Vegan burgers @Munchies

More and more places are offering good vegan options, which makes it easy to choose plant based. One place we really love in Oslo is Munchies. They are located at Grünerløkka, at Solli and are soon opening two more restaurants in town. They offer two different vegan options, one is the Beyond burger and the other is a type of vegan schnitzel with cheese and spinach.

Bring yo friends &amp; eat veggie burgers!

Bring yo friends & eat veggie burgers!

Beyond Meat, the company that makes Beyond Burgers aims at being the world first plant-based burger that looks, cooks and satisfies like beef without GMOs, soy or gluten.

They use proteins from peas, mung beans and rice. The red color comes from beet! How cool is that. Did you know that 66 billion land animals are slaughtered every year for food? Seriously that’s such a high number of animals being born just to be killed for food. Therefore we are so glad for options like this.

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If you are interested in trying the burger, Google and see if there are any place near you serving it. In Norway you can also find Beyond Burger at Rema 1000 and Kiwi.

Have you tried Beyond Burger? What do you think?

Have you tried a period cup?

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The last couple of years, my view on having a period has changed a lot. From seeing it as a painful, annoying, but still unavoidable time of every month, I have tried switching my mind into looking at it differently. It’s actually quite strange how having your period is seen as a taboo topic when it affects half our population, and it’s often used as a label for women who are acting out, are upset or feeling down. After a few years, I have begun to see it as a time where the body needs rest, where I listen extra carefully to what it needs and wants, and as a roadmap to whether or not my body and my hormones are healthy and balanced.

In Native American culture, women who were menstruating were seen as holding spiritual powers, and they were respected for taking their time to regain energy and connect with nature and their bodies.

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Organic Period Cup - OrganiCup

The newest thing I’ve tried to make my period even better is using a period cup. It’s a silicon cup completely free from hazardous chemicals (BPA, latex, dye). It holds up to 3 tampons worth, and can stay for up to 12 hours, so you don’t have to worry about your period for a whole day or night. The cup is also a one-time purchase which lasts for years, which frees us from creating lots of waste and also saves our wallet. It might take some periods to get used to the cup, at least it did for me. Once I got used to it, I realized how relieving it was to not create any waste!

How to use the OrganiCup:

  1. Before your first use, you sterilize the cup by putting it in boiling water for 3-5 minutes.

  2. To insert the cup, simply fold it in two, and insert it. It will pop open once inside you.

  3. Check if everything is in place by feeling the base of the cup - it should feel round or oval. If you feel any dents, rotate it around until it unfolds.

  4. To remove it, pull slightly on the stem (the pointy part that faces down), and press lightly on the round part to release the suction. Don’t pull all the way with the stem, as that can be quite uncomfortable.

  5. Clean your cup with the OrganiWash or OrganiWipes, and re-insert.

Anyway, most of us have our periods whether we like them or not, which is why we want to share some advice on how to make the most of it!

4 tips for making your period more enjoyable

  1. Be grateful for your cycle. After having irregular cycles for many years, I’m especially grateful for whenever it comes “on time”, which for me is a sign that my body is functioning as it should. That’s a whole lot to be thankful for! It’s also a clear, outwards sign of fertility, which to me is one of the miracles of the human body.

  2. Take time a for self-care ritual. Draw a warm bath, heat up a warming bottle to put on your stomach, indulge in essential oils, or get a massage.

  3. Treat yourself with organic products such as an OrganiCup, so that you can enjoy a period with less waste while feeling clean, saving money and supporting amazing products.

  4. Buy your favorite chocolate! Why not try a new vegan chocolate? You can find them at your health store, and larger super markets.

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Where to buy the OrganiCup?

If you’re interested in trying OrganiCup, you can order a cup, wipes and wash on the OrganiCup website HERE.

In Norway, the cups have recently been launched at Boots Apotek, both in store and online.

Jewlery for the ocean #5forhvalen

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The Instagram account #5forhvalen reminds us that if every 5th person in Norway picks up 5 pieces of plastic from the street every day we will eliminate 35 tons of plastic from nature EVERY SINGLE DAY! They have now made jewelry to serve as a reminder both to pick up and of who we want to take care of (the life in the oceans). They are really cute and we are so happy to be ambassadors for their new line. For every jewelry sold, 50 kr goes to their work on solving this huge plastic issue.

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Lately we've been...

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Trying out vegan sushi from Alex Sushi

Eating… Baked potatoes & carrot soup, raw raspberry cake, açaí bowl & chaga chocolate latte and a fruit salad! 🍑

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Hanging out with these two cool cats

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Having creative meetings with Cornelia & Mally 🦋

Gardening, Noah-ing, walking in the mountains and shooting for a new campaign!

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RUNNING!!!! With Adidas x Parley tights [advertisement] and Hooka shoes

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Dressing up 🥁

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Making falafel. Recipe coming soon!

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okay all we do is eat….. vegan dishes at Gunnars Generasjonsbar! Avocado toast, fresh salad and celeriac chips.

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Making plant fertilizer with banana peel and water

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Sincerely, Nettern & susi2996

Four eco-friendly sneakers

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The quest to find eco-friendly products of great quality is always ongoing for us. This time we decided to put together a highly requested piece - our best tips on shoes that are produced in a way that’s better for our planet! We are lucky to have collaborated with some of these brands, and have therefore tested the shoes for you, so we can recommend them with our honest opinion.

There are different ways to view sustainability within shoes. Many opt for leather as opposed to plastic, as they argue that most leather is a by-product of the meat industry. Many vegans have stopped using leather, as they don’t want to support the meat industry in any way. Many new brands also use recycled plastic in their shoes, and in that way use resources that we already have, and contribute to cleaner coastal areas. Depending on your preference - you might opt for leather, vegan shoes, or have other qualities that you look for - we hope that you find something you like in this article! Feel free to drop a comment or a recommendation for other brands you like so we can share it.

Veja

We discovered Veja shoes this year through a friend who styled us for our book launch party, and have been in love with the brand and the shoes ever since. Veja is a French brand who work with cooperatives of small scale farmers in Brazil and France. The Veja shoes and accessories are made of organic cotton, wild rubber from the Amazon, vegetable-tanned leather and recycled plastic bottles. The shoes we have, a similar pair of sneakers in white and black/white are comfortable and fit with almost any clothing. See more from Veja here.

We are Wado

Wado shoes are made using organic and recycled materials. Wado use leather in their shoes, and the leather is certified by the Leather Working Group (LWG). They argue that until the meat industry stops, there are few better uses for the leather than for products such as shoes. They also feel like leather is the only option to keep the quality of the shoe up to standards. They also share that they are looking for an eco-friendly substitute! So hit them up if you have any good suggestions. See more from Wado here.

Adidas x Parley

The sports wear brand Adidas have teamed up with the environmental organization Parley for the Oceans to create shoes and training wear that are better for the planet. The products in the collection are made up of at least 75% upcycled plastic trash, which is collected from beaches and coastal areas. The plastic items are baled and sent to Parleys supply partners where they create Parley Ocean Plastic® yarn. You can read more here.

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Timberland Rebotl

In May we attended and spoke at the Norwegian launch of Timberlands new Re-Botl shoe. It was so fun to see the excitement around the launch, and we celebrated that these shoes are made of 50% recycled plastic. It all lead to a huge discussion and sharing of our eco-friendly habits, what we have to do for our planet, and in what ways we like to contribute to the wellbeing of our earth.

Each pair of shoes are produced by the equivalent of 6-10 plastic bottles. Over 310 million plastic bottles have found new life in Timberland’s range of recycled shoes! You can find them at various sports stores and online, and read more about the concept here.

Hope you enjoyed this piece, and that you found some shoe-inspiration!

Tiny house dream

How would it be to live in a house you can move around from location to location, just storing what’s necessary and but still has the comfort of a real house?

This past week end, Anette went on a tiny house safari with some friends, to see how it is to live this way! We took the boat over to Nesodden, just 20 minutes from Aker Brygge in Oslo and then a bus before we arrived. Troels and Mari actually built their own home and you can read more about the process here. They had built two huses which they places next to each other, renting land from a friend. They also had a beautiful garden and a very social hen running around wanting to cuddle with everyone.



If you don’t have the skills to build your own house, there are different companies that can do it for you such as this one, or you can buy used ones online. If you want to have your tiny house somewhere in Norway for over a 2 year period you have to apply for permission, but other than that you can place them on private property without any applications. It’s also very important (or it always is) to use eco-friendly products when you live in a micro house because when you shower or do the dishes you flush everything back into the soil and nature.


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Settling for tiny houses instead of big houses has become a new lifestyle that many people choose. Some of the benefits include:

  • Lower expenses than living in a big house in the city

  • Freedom of movement - you can move your home around (although it takes some time to organize everything)

  • Less things! Meaning more time to do better things that organizing

  • Easier to clean and maintain

  • Lower energy use

  • Much more environmentally friendly than a big house

People around the world are moving into tiny houses and it’s just very inspiring to see that there are so many different ways to live.