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 & 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.

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!

Homemade deodorant


De siste årene har vi blitt mye mer obs på hva produktene våre inneholder, fordi det har kommet mer informasjon om hvor skadelige noen kjemikalier kan være, både for oss og for livet i havet. Når vi skyller av ansiktsmasken, spytter ut tannpastaen eller renser håret for sjampo ender alle disse ingrediensene fra produktene i vannløpet, som til slutt leder ut i havet.

Har du for eksempel hørt om triklosaner? Det er et antibakterielt stoff som finnes i mange typer tannkrem, deodorant, kosmetikk, rengjøringsmidler, tekstiler (spesielt treningstøy), sko, dyrepleieprodukter, og produkter som er i kontakt med mat. Det er et stoff som er giftig for alt levende liv i vann og kan føre til at bakterier blir resistente mot antibiotika. I Europa er det blitt strengere regler mot å bruke dette stoffet i produkter som sko og klær, men det er ikke ulovlig ennå. Det har også vært fremmet påstander om en mulig kobling mellom jevnlig bruk av antiperspirant deodorant og brystkreft, men det finnes ikke så tydelige funn at det kan konkluderes. Det er en del stoffer vi ønsker å holde oss unna, og vi har en hel oversikt i boken vår.

// Recently, we’ve become more aware of the ingredients of the products we use, because of the rising awareness of how certain chemicals can be toxic for us and for the life in the ocean. When we rinse off our facial mask, spit out the toothpaste and rinse our hair for shampoo, these substances go through the waterways and end up in the big blue.

Triclosan, for instance, is a chemical often used in toothpaste, deodorant, cosmetics, cleaning detergents, textiles, shoes, animal care products and products that wrap our food. It’s an antibacterial agent that can be poisonous for life in the ocean, and can lead towards antibiotics resistance. In Europe there are strict rules towards using the substance, but it is not illegal yet. There are also drawn links between regular use of anti perspirant deodorant and breast cancer, but there are not enough solid evidence for a firm conclusion. There is a whole bunch of chemicals like these that we wish to avoid, and we have an overview in our book.

Homemade deodorant

En god løsning kan være å lage hjemmelagde produkter! I dag har vi lyst til å dele oppskriften på hjemmelaget deodorant med dere. Oppskriften er inspirert av Life.no. // A great solution, which is both cheap and very environmental friendly is to make your own products! Today, we want to share the recipe for homemade deodorant!

You need

• ½ dl coconut oil (cold pressed)

• ½ dl baking soda (removed bad odor)

• ½ dl corn starch, f. ex.. maizena (soaks up moisture)

• some drops essential oils (optional) - we used grapefruit & lemon

How to

Melt the coconut oil by adding a kettle of coconut oil in another kettle of water (vannbad). Mix in the additional ingredients until its completely liquid. Let it sit in the fridge until firm, and its ready to use!

Vegan food & vintage in Copenhagen

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Açaí bowl & green juice, 42 Raw

Just as nature intended. Botanical garden.

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Bowls, The Organic Boho

Tea time, café Dina

Eco friendly products at løs marked

Eco friendly products at løs marked

Shopping in bulk at løs marked

Shopping in bulk at løs marked

Stunning hotel Le Manon

Astrology 101

Astrology 101

Chai latte with oat milk at Kalaset.

Places we love in a city we love.

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Guide til standrydding 2019

Nå er det endelig vår og, og tid for å bringe frem alt som har vært bortgjemt hele vinteren. Blomstene begynner så smått å våkne til liv, gresset begynner å vokse ut, og våre bare legger har lyst på litt sol og varme.

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Våren er også tiden hvor vi ser hvor mye søppel som har samlet seg langs gatene og på strendene. Fulger som har trukket sørover for vinteren kommer tilbake fra varmere strøk, og vi har en viktig jobb å gjøre for å passe på naturen for alle dyrene som våkner til livet med sol og sommer. Dermed er det på tide med strandrydding!

GRATIS UTSTYR TIL DIN STRANDRYDDING:

Vi har en supergod nyhet som gjør det lettere for alle å arrangere strandrydding selv om de ikke har utstyret de trenger lett tilgjengelig. Denne servicen fra Ragn Sells gjelder absolutt alle som ønsker å rydde eller tenker å ha ryddeaksjoner over hele landet, så lenge det finnes et anlegg i nærheten. Det kan man sjekke ut her.

Spre det gode budskap og arranger gjerne en strandrydding - liten eller stor - i nærheten av der du bor!

Apropos strandrydding - kanskje du har lyst til å være med på noen av disse arrangementene?

STRANDRYDDEUKA 2019

Strandryddeuka har følgende temadager:

  • Mandag 29. april: Barnehager og skoler

  • Tirsdag 30. april: Båtfolkets dag

  • Onsdag 1. mai: #5forhvalen

  • Torsdag 2. mai: Rydd med jobben

  • Fredag 3. mai: Dykke- og vasseaksjoner

  • Lørdag 4. mai: Strandryddedagen 2019

  • Fredag 5. mai: Mikroplast- og småplastrydding

STRANDRYDDING OG FELLESPADLING PÅ CALIFORNEBU

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Plan for dagen:

Kl. 11 - Padling for de som ønsker det. Ta gjerne med eget brett så vi får flest mulig på vannet! Har du ikke eget brett, vil det være mulig å prøve en av våre utover dagen.

Kl. 13 - Strandrydding! Smart å ta med egne hansker og gummistøvler også da det kan være litt gjørmete noen steder. Vi stiller med søppelsekker. Her hos oss har vi også garderober med dusj, samt gratis parkering for alle som ikke sykler eller tar kollektivtransport! Sjekk linken for veibeskrivelse: http://www.sup.no/kontakt/

Det blir grilling i solen når vi er ferdig! Ta med egen mat.

Strandryddepadling på Californebu 2018

Ryddedugnad Bygdøy Sjøbad

Vi arrangerer ryddedugnad på Bygdøy Sjøbad 4 og 5 mai klokken 11:00! Vi har bestemt oss for å ha 2 dager med dugnad slik at de som ikke har mulighet å komme første dag har også mulighet å være med andre dagen.

Ta med familie, venner, grillmat og dykkeutstyr for en dag i vannet (eller på land for de som vil). Vi satser på å rydde under vann og få opp søppel.

Vi oppfordrer alle til å prioritere denne viktige aktiviteten da det er til stor fordel for klubben, miljøet og badegjestene utover sommeren! Vi satser på grilling og fridykkerprat etter dugnaden!

Vi plukker søppel fra Røa til Bogstadvannet - BLI MED!

Oslo Kvinnehelsesenter inviterer hele familien til en sosial og meningsfull søndag med fokus fysisk aktivitet, hygge og ikke minst - å rydde nærmiljøet for søppel og plast! Ta med deg barna, mor og far, venner, barselgruppen og firbente - sammen rydder vi skog, stier, elven og stranden for søppel og plast!

Praktisk info:

Tid: 11.00 - 15.00. Oppmøte kl. 11.00 og du er med oss så lenge du ønsker.

Oppmøte og ryddeområdet: vi møtes og starter i skolegården til Bogstad Skole, følger elven videre oppover til Bogstadvannet hvor vi avslutter ved stranden på Bogstad. Her blir det servert boller og saft til alle oppmøtte og vi samler inn fangsten for dagen som blir veid og hentet av Smestad gjenbruksstasjon.

Campus cleanup - Sosial søppelplukking i Ås

Vi møtes utenfor Sørhellinga og drar ut for å plukke søppel. Kom gjerne med forslag til hvor det trengs mest rydding. Vi stiller med hansker og poser.

Strandryddedagen, Oslo Kajakklubb

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OKK oppfordrer alle medlemmer til å bli med på Strandryddedagen. Padlerne har en unik mulighet til å bidra til rydding langs kysten. Det er neppe noen som kjenner kysten i detaljer så godt som oss som alltid ser etter artige formasjoner, nye små strender eller andre trygge steder å gå i land. Ofte er dette steder der det samler seg marint avfall.

Padlerne har en farkost som egner seg fint for å ta med seg en liten sekk på dekk. Man kan også putte posen med søppel i luka siden mange turene padles med nesten tom kajakk.

Alle som stiller opp denne dagen vil få sekker, hansker og informasjonsmateriell om strandrydding gratis fra OKK.

Kystlotteriet inviterer: Vi rydder Rauer

Oppmøte: Engelsviken kai klokken 11.

Noe ventetid må ventes for å få alle over

Hjemkomst: Ca klokken 17, med mulighet for å kjøres tilbake tidligere/senere

Alle innleverte sekker er med i Kystlotteriets hovedtrekning

Strandryddedagen 2019, Ormsund Økogrend

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Velkommen til Strandryddedag på Nedre Bekkelaget. UngNorge og Ormsundveien Økogrend gjentar suksessen fra i fjor og inviterer til strandrydding til lands og på vann. Som partnere i Oslo europeisk miljøhovedstad 2019 bidrar vi til å holde strandlinja fri for mikroplast. Kom og bli med!

Fjorårets #5forhvalen med RebMoe og Jenny Skavlan

Climate strike Oslo

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I går var vi med på klimastreik foran Stortinget i Oslo. Over 15.000 barn, unge og voksne møtte opp for å vise sitt engasjement for miljøet. Det var overveldende å se hvor mange som strømmet til da vi kom nedover Karl Johan. Det var en helt sinnsyk energi i folkemengden, og vi møtte masse fine folk som gjør sitt for en bedre jordklode ? Håper alle som er med å streike også gjør det de kan i hverdagen sin - som å spise mindre kjøtt og meierprodukter, resirkulere, bruke mindre plast og transportere seg grønnere ✨ Vi heier sånn på dere!!

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ENGLISH: Yesterday we joined the climate change strike in Oslo, one of many held across Norway and across the world. Around 15.000 people stood together in the city center to speak up against the current governments handling of the environmental threats we are facing. It was a day for the history books and a super inspiration boost

Discovering the soft and feminine in yoga - Guest post from Iselin Amanda

Iselin Amanda is one of those inspiring people who make you want to take better care of yourself and the planet through cooking amazing plant-based food and doing more yoga. She tells us her story about discovering new parts of her practice and how we can learn to tap into different energies within us.

Last year I spent several months with a little bit of what I feel is best described as «soul-searching» in regards to my yoga practice. 

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As a yogini, a student of yoga and a yoga teacher for more than five years, my practice and I have been through more than any other relationship I have ever been in. My practice has been my rock through thick and thin, my safe-space, my feeling- space, my creative-space and in many ways my closest friend. As I have changed, evolved and grown over the years, so has my practice, and my relationship to yoga and it’s many aspects. 

For years, my yoga practice was rather physical. My first few yoga teachers were all ashtanga teachers, and so I was thrown into a world of postures, performance and dedication. And that is how I first fell in love with yoga. I loved seeing how capable our bodies are; how it adapts, changes and evolves with our practice and lifestyle. Furthermore, I loved observing how my inner state of being always (always!) was reflected back to me as I stepped onto my mat in the morning for my series of Surya Namaskar.

When I was in recovery from a decade-long addiction and eating-disorder, my practice was there to give me more space, more room to be; to breathe, to cry and to release. A place for me to really, really feel. And from there learnt how I could use asanas as a tool to get out of my head for a little while, to allow myself to be more in my body. It has been a beautiful, powerful journey, and my yoga practice has no-doubt saved me from myself and my own inner daemons many a time. 

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However, half a year ago, I noticed something had shifted. I didn't necessarily look forward to stepping onto my mat in the morning like I used to. And so I would post-pone my practice for the evening, but when the evening arrived, I still wasn’t feeling it. I kept persisting in my practice most days though, thinking it was just a phase, a phase I was willing to wait out. I told myself, as the yogini I am, that things come and go, and perhaps I just needed to push through. Perhaps change things up a little? Give myself new challenges. Seek more inspiration. Simply sit with it.

Because regardless of how I felt before I did my practice, I would always feel better once it was done.

Maybe that was the thing though. It eventually became clear to me that my practice these days more often than not felt like something I wanted to be over with. As if it was yet another chore waiting to be done. Something I had to tick off my list in order to get on with my day, with my life. 

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Perhaps this was the biggest realisation. Seeing how a practice I had adored and relied on for years, who had been my closest friend for so long, now seemed more like that not-so-pleasant neighbour that keeps bothering you, and that you have to deal with, just to get your sense of peace and quiet to enjoy your life.

I’m not having it, I thought. I refuse to let something that’s been so wonderful for years, so wonderful in fact, that I made it not just part of my morning routine, it was (is) my passion, my  lifestyle, my career. And so I thought, «now is a very bad time for me to realise that this is not what I want to be doing with my life. 

And I guess this is where I started digging a little deeper. Looking a little further. Asking myself what is really going on here?

Well, it us true what they say; Ask and you will receive. 

Not long after I started my quest to fall recklessly in love with yoga again, I stumbled upon a book that has been nothing less than life-changing for me. If you're a yogini, a female yoga teacher, if you’re a woman, or if you’re simply practicing and/or teaching yoga with/to women, I can highly recommend this book. It is a game-changer. 

A few chapters into Yoni Shakti, I thought to myself that «no wonder I haven’t felt good about my practice for a while. I am, and have been for a long time, practicing the wrong kind of yoga». I have been committed to a promise I made to myself a few years ago; that I will always seek out, learn and be open to become a softer, caring and loving person; as a daughter, a friend, as a sister and a lover. And of course in my relationship to myself. But then I began to realize, that over the years, I have also been practicing a form of yoga that in many ways went against all of this.

My practice was until this stage very physical; mostly Yang-based. In other words, it was definitely masculine practice. It was more than anything about dedication, discipline, consistency, and, as much as I hate to admit it, also about performance. 

The next following months led my on a journey into the feminine that exists within the yoga world. I started diving deeper into the beautiful world of softer styles of yoga; yin and restorative yoga, Shakti-yoga, slow-flow and yoga Nidra. I spent days researching the history of women in yoga, reading about practicing in tune with our menstrual cycles, and how we can use yoga to empower ourselves as women; as mothers, daughters, sisters, friends and lovers. And as practitioners of the yogic traditions. 

Perhaps for the first time, I was giving myself full permission to practice and flow with the natural rhythms of my own cycle.

«it is not necessary to have a womb to practice ‘womb yoga’, in all phases of womens lives, it is the presence of womb space energies, the energies of «Yonisthana Chakra», which has a capacity to provide deep intuitive wisdom, and to reconnect us with the earthed and watery energies of creativity, fluidity, nurture and fertility that are characteristic of this energy centre.» (Uma Dinsmore-Tuli,  Yoni Shakti)

From the wisdom born from connecting to our wombs follows a naturally arising global green consciousness rooted in a sustainable and respectful honoring of the natural cycles and energies of the earth, the womb that nurtures all life in our wor. So it is through this wisdom, this spiritual awareness that is literally encoded in the cycles of the female body, that we can access the deep healing that our planet urgently calls for now. We are in deep need of exactly such yoga.

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The excerpt from above simply resonates with me on so many levels. I swear that if Uma herself had been in the room with me as I read this the first time, I would have had no choice but to walk over and kiss her. 

And so this is what my practice has been about the past few months: Finding a feminine and soft approach to asana practice. Reconnecting to feminine qualities of fluidity, flow, creativity and nourishment. Cultivating softness, intuition and deep listening in my yoga.

And let me tell you this: it has feltso good.

I believe these last six months has taught me how to develop a greater respect and understanding of yoga as a practice that revolves around cycles. How our cyclical practices inspires cyclical living, and helps us connect to the ever changing cycles of  Mother Earth herself.

I believe that in giving ourselves, as teachers and students, not to mention practitioners, permission to flow with our natural cycle (especially, but not exclusively, for women) we will in turn change the way in which we practice, think and feel, about yoga. Right now it feels like a precious little gift that was given to me, and for the first time in a long time, yoga has again become my best friend. And our friendship has grown much deeper roots and reached beautiful new heights.

So there are many aspects of our modern way of practicing yoga that unfortunately disconnects us female practitioners from our wombs and cycles. And «it is because of our profound disconnection from our own inner sense of what is right for us that we choose to practice forms of yoga which further disempower us (as women). When we adhere rigorously, and without regard for our own lifecycles, to those versions of yoga practice that focus on maintaining power over the body, rather than power moving through the body, then we imprison ourselves.»

We know that menstruation is a time of the month where women should avoid most standing yoga postures, inversions, or any other vigorous forms of practice and movement. However, this does not mean we have to avoid practicing all together. Creating and practicing a sequence of seated and lying down-asanas, with gentle twists, can be of great benefit this time of the month. We’re looking at finding postures that will encourage a positive experience as a bleeding woman, and for this time of the month to be a cleansing, quiet and rejuvenating period. We need to find ways in which to cultivate responsiveness to the cyclical changes in our bodies, as this is, without doubt, an important aspect of our yogic awareness.

I want to teach fluid styles and sequences of yoga; a beautiful balance between fluid sequences and deep resting poses. Movement and stillness. Cultivating the ability to listen to our bodies wisdom of when to move, and when to be still.

«Yoga came to the west to change the west. But the west has changed yoga. We have created forms of yoga in the image of our own disconnection. Practicing this simply mirrors our own disregard for our own inner guide». Uma Dinsmore-Tuli, Yoni Shakti

Follow Iselin Amanda on Instagram and her blog for a daily dose of wellness, yoga, delicious food and feelgood images. She has created such a dreamy world well worth following!

24h in Copenhagen

For noen uker siden tilbragte vi noen dager i København hvor vi begge har studert og bodd i flere år. For meg er det nesten mer hjem i København enn i Oslo. Det er kanskje ikke så rart siden jeg har bodd der lengre. Vi tok i hvertfall en tur tilbake for å mimre, å feire bursdagen min, å titte i botanisk hage og å møte venninner som fortsatt er boende i den kule, danske hovedstaden.

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Våkner av lyder utenfor rommet. Det var tidligere enn forventet, men elsker å stå opp tidlig når jeg ikke har på vekking. 

08.15

Ut av sengen for en kopp te. Pusser tenner med øko tannpasta og bambustannbørste og skyller ansiktet. 

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08.30

Tid for yoga, må vekke kroppen kjenner jeg. Hvordan er det mulig å være så stiv?? Spiser noen plommer jeg kjøpte på vei hjem i går. Er skikkelig treig og ikke en solstråle om morgenen. Stikker ned på «jungle gym»et i kjelleren på hotellet for å få litt endorfiner. Musikken er heftig og folk virker som de har vært i gang med treningen i mange timer. Herregud for en energi. 

09.30

Ferdig med yoga og en slags sirkeletyrkeøkt med Anette. Har ikke stålkontroll men prøver meg frem. Sirkeløkten bestod av roing, russian twist, mage på ball og kettlebell! Nå: dusj i verdens deiligste dusj med håndklær av øko materialer. Luksus. 

10.00

Mails og telefoner med kunder om en jobb vi skal gjøre for dem. Avtaler tid og dato for publisering mens jeg drikker en digg Pukka te med lakris. 

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11.00

Endelig frokost! Spiser vanligvis litt tidligere, men ble en treig start i dag. En stor smoothie bowl på The Organic Boho i Christianshavn. Bestiller en matcha latte og Anette kjøper en blå latte med spirulina.

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12.15

Drar til indre by. Tid for å se i vintagebutikker! Før det tar vi enda et pit stop på Dina. En fransk perle. Tar masse bilder med det analoge kameraet. 

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13.00

Drar innom Episode, Carmen, Wasteland og Knigge Vintage. Finner en sykt kul sebrastripet 80talls jakke/bluse/topp på Knigge og en veske med leopardstriper. Har bare én veske hjemme så denne blir nyttig. 

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14.00

Lunsj på Hope Organic. Her serverer de i utgangspunktet bare vegansk, også kan man velge å ha kjøtt hvis man vil. Velger en type bowl med rosa hummus, bakte gulrøtter, spinat, bakte kikerter med digg krydder og god dressing. 

15.00

Botanisk hage! Utrolig at jeg ikke dro hit mer i løpet av de fire årene jeg bodde i Køben, har bare vært her én gang på en piknik, men besøkte aldri Palmehuset. Herregud for et fint sted! Ble en liten tur til tropiske strøk, jo. Filmet litt til en vlog vi planlegger å lage. 

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17.00

Tilbake til øko-hotellet Manon, som er en del av kjeden Guldsmeden. Følte for å tilbringe litt tid her siden det var så sykt fint. Når man velger bosted der man skal er det en fin ting å velge lokale steder eller steder som gjør en ekstra innsats for miljøet, som Guldsmeden gjør ved valg av produkter, materialer og mat som er økologisk. Inn i morgenkåpen, på med tøflene og opp i himmelsengen med seg. 

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19.30

På tide å karre seg ut av sengen og spise middag!! Vietnamesisk vegansk pho er planen. Finner et sted som minner om NY - bra vibe. Fult av lokale og storfamilier. 

21.30

Stikker innom butikken i lysten på noe søtt. Kjøper noe frukt, tørket frukt og god te og kaller det en dag. Lurer på hvor gammel dame jeg egentlig er :) Ser på alle de kule folka på syklene sine.

22.30

Hjemme. Prøver å skru av mobilen en time før jeg sovner så jeg ikke tar den med i oppladingen min. Det funker sykt bra for søvnen! Lurer igjen på hvor gammel dame jeg er?? Leser heller en kul bok på sengekanten. Dagens er en om astrologi og hvordan man kan få det meste ut av livet avhengig av hva slags stjernetegn man har. Haha litt skrullete, men mange bra tips uansett. Som for eksempel å kjenne etter om man setter stor nok pris på seg selv på jobben eller om man bruker nok tid i naturen. Fine ting å jobbe med! Natta. 

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Herregud for en magisk by. Savner det.

Eco-friendly lingerie

✨Guest post by Celine Syverud @celinedoubles - see full bio below✨

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When it comes to shopping, underwear is one of the pieces we don't buy second-hand. The reason for this is simple, but we all wear them and need to replace them occasionally. Knowing which brands are making an effort in lowering their environmental footprint, and ensuring top quality while avoiding any chemicals getting absorbed into our skin is essential in reaching better decisions.

In this post, you will find a handful of lingerie that’s ethically and sustainably produced, and at the same time beautifully made for the conscious woman in mind. This includes pieces that are made in limited runs from end-roll and scrap fabrics, hand-dyed and eco-friendly materials such as organic cotton, bamboo, and silk. Look for certifications like the OEKO-TEX 100 and GOTS to ensure genuine and authentic practices within the business.

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1. Undies, Organic cotton, Vege Threads

2. High cut brief, Organic silk, Kent

3. Stella Bra, Organic cotton, AIKYOU

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4. Body, Organic cotton, Nude

5. Georgia Ruffle knickers, Hand-dyed and sewn in small quantities, Eco Intimates

6. High waist pant, Organic cotton, and hand dyed with botanical dyes. La Luna Intimates

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7. High briefs, Organic cotton & non-toxic dyes, LÖV

8. Darling Strappy Set, up-cycled materials, ANEK.

9. Seamless and wireless bra, organic bamboo & natural plant dyes, HARA

For more basic needs check out the Scandinavian Woron, Organic Basics and Bread & Boxers.


Celine Stene Syverud holds a PBA in Sustainable Fashion from KEA in Copenhagen. She was a design-intern for Holzweiler Oslo in 2015 and was hired as Elin Kling’s personal fashion assistant in Stockholm under the brand Totême. Celine has written articles for The Daily, during Copenhagen Fashion Week, and for trendtablet.com.

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22 ethical & eco-friendly christmas gift ideas

Now that Christmas is around the corner, it's time to present to you the ultimate minimalist, eco-friendly, ethical Christmas present guide! Christmas and the surrounding months are for some people synonymous with shopping mania, to-do lists, and stress and for those who want to avoid that, we have some cool tips. What's better than giving gifts with meaning, that are great for the planet too? Minimalism is actually about having fewer choices, and thereby less stress in your life. What could be better than that?

  1. Buy tickets to a musical/theater/cinema/concert/stand-up comedy show/art gallery opening. If you are looking to be more original, what about looking for outdoor movie screenings or a trip to the sauna in the Oslo fjord?
  2. An invitation to go for a cool hike, maybe plan it as a weekend getaway, and stay the night at a cabin in the woods. We recommend Trolltungen if you live in Norway.
  3. Homemade gifts are always a winner (except maybe those you brought home from the ceramics class in 3rd grade?). What about granola (we have a delicious suggestion here), sauerkraut ( this is a great recipe) or crisp bread? Give it in a big glass jar with a gift-band tied around, and you will be begged to make more.
  4. A treatment at an organic spa. In Oslo, we suggest testing out Greel Peel and in Lisboa we love Organii. In Copenhagen and Bali, you can enjoy a luxurious, organic experience at Hotel Guldsmeden
  5. Minimalist kit - everything needed for people who often buy food/drinks at cafés to take away, and don't want to use so much single-use plastic. Something like this.
  6. To the true environmentalists, a thoughtful gift is a washing bag that prevents microfibers from your clothes to enter the ocean. Radical! Guppy bags are cool.
  7. Organic makeup or cosmetics. Some favorites worth mentioning are: Evolve Organic Beauty (in Oslo you can find it at Green Spirit), ZAO nail polish without toxic ingredients, The Body Shop has tons of goodies, Dr. Organic's facial scrub with Manuka honey, and Eco Minerals mineral foundation.
  8. A homemade “gift card" to go second-hand shopping!
  9. Sustainable swimwear from the amazing brand Halla Halla.
  10. If your mother/sister/father/boyrfriend/friend is into yoga, we recommend that you have a look at Hejhej yoga mats!
  11. Eco-friendly candles is a super cool gift. There are tons of brands online, or most likely in your closest mall or health store.
  12. Lingerie in organic cotton. Oysho and Lindex have some affordable choices.
  13. If they are into more luxurious eco-conscious brands, check out Mara Hoffman, Reformation, and Stella McCartney
  14. Sunglasses from W.R.Yuma that are 3D printed from plastic waste. Just amazing.
  15. If the person is into surfing, you should check out these sustainable surfing brands: Eco Fins surfboard fins made from recycled waste,  Bees Knees natural organic surf wax and EcoLeash from the Ecosurfshop.
  16. The "perfect" white T-shirt made from sustainable materials from The White T-Shirt Co.
  17. For the pricier gifts, have a look at Patagonia. The company is taking huge steps towards sustainability!
  18. Sustainable water bottles are very popular, and some types have such a nice design too.
  19. Take away cups are lovely gifts for the coffee or tea lovers.
  20. Check out ethical gifts from charity organizations - you can give away vaccination, invest in building a school, providing a birth certificate or give a family goat.
  21. Order used books from Amazon, or give a Kindle or a subscription to an audiobook app or Spotify!
  22. Give a subscription to a city-bike!

Other tips for an eco-friendly Christmas

  • Use newspaper as gift wrapping, and decorate the presents with thing you can find in nature, like pines
  • Recycle the wrapping
  • Swap a meat meal for a veggie meal
  • Make a plant-based hot chocolate with homemade hemp milk instead of using cows milk

Have a lovely pre-christmas time!

Podcast recommendation: Deliciously Ella

Hi all of you lovely readers!In Oslo, the first snow just appeared and it's for sure getting colder! We are testing out loads of new recipes for the winter month and it's all about warm, cozy and nutritious meals. Since so much of our immune system is in the gut it's really important to take good care of it in order to keep those nasty flu bugs away. We listened to Deliciously Ella's podcast the other day with Dr. Megan Rossi from King's College, London and she talks about how important veggies and fermented food are for our well being, both mentally and physically. One thing that we totally agree with her, is that how you feel about what you eat is so important! If you are stressing about your food even though it's super healthy you might end up with a stomach ache.  So we just want to remind you to enjoy your meals and remember and have fun with food. It's all about enjoying the taste, warmth, joy and fun with food.Highly recommend the episode, listen to it here.

Want to join us for a magical detox-trip to Costa Rica?

(Advertisement for a friend)Hi lovely people,

We are co-hosting a zero-waste & detox retreat in Costa Rica this December and would love to invite you to join!

Do you remember our trip to Costa Rica this April? In Santa Teresa, we met the wellness expert and dear friend Adi. We both did a 5-day liquid cleanse filled with Costa Rican herbs and plants, prepared by Adi herself, delivered in reusable glass bottles each morning. The cleanse quite literally changed our health and lives for the better.After opening up about our own health issues, a lot of you wrote to us sharing that you have gone through similar experiences. We truly believe that our own health and wellness in inextricably linked to the health and wellness of the planet. When we feel good, we do good.

JOIN US IN MAGICAL SANTA TERESA, COSTA RICA THIS DECEMBER!

Even more, we want to inspire you to continue this journey back home again and see in what ways our wellness is connected with the planet.Date: 16-22 December ( six nights 7 day)Location: Santa Theresa, Costa RicaParticipants: 8 peopleWeekly Program:

  • Plant-based, raw and organic* foods the days off cleanse
  • Raw vegan cooking class x 2
  • Adi's well renowned 5-day liquid cleanse with local & organic* ingredients
  • Low-intensity workouts x 3
  • 90 minutes therapeutic massage
  • 30 minutes of infrared sauna
  • Yoga & meditation x 4
  • Biomagnetic full body scan
  • Surprise starter kit for an eco-friendly lifestyle + workshop
  • Time off to spend just as you like (Surf, Horseback riding, hiking etc)
  • Transportation roundtrip from the Tambor airport.
  • Welcome smoothie

Rates:

  • Bedroom for two people, one bathroom: $1705 per person
  • Bedroom for four people, two bathrooms: $1530 per person

*All the food will be organic when possible

What is actually a zero-waste & detox retreat?

We haven't co-hosted a retreat before, but we plan on bringing our zero-waste philosophy into this week through workshops and talks. We will share our experience of changing our lives around to become greener and how we can reduce what we don't want in life to make room for what we really need!So what is zero-waste? Technically it means not sending anything to a landfill. We do not lead a zero-waste lifestyle today but this is definitely something we wish to improve in all areas of our lives. We aim to reduce what we need, reuse as much as possible, recycle and be creative. The circular economy of a zero-waste lifestyle mimics nature in that there is no trash in nature. We just need to create a smarter system than the one we have today!For us, this goes for all aspects of our life. We want to reduce negative thoughts, food with a negative impact on the body, bad self-image (let's just call all of this trash for now). We want to learn how we can focus on the positive, nourish our bodies with amazing food that's also good for the planet and figure out how we can have less or manage better the stress we experience in our everyday lives.The aim of this week is not to talk out as a perfect human being, but to feel amazing, learn new tools and connect with nature.

Adi's experience and Thea Retreat

Adi has been doing detox & juice fasting retreats for more than 15 years and has been treating and training people worldwide with her medicinal herbs and menus. Just recently she established a beautiful wellness retreat center called "Thea Retreat". Together with Adi, we invite you to join us to spend one week (6 nights and 7 days) in this amazing forest above the beaches of beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica.We will learn about urban gardening, how to prepare healthy delicious meals, do some good yoga and low-intensity workout and of course learn about how we can lean toward a zero-waste lifestyle. The detox will help us reach a balance in all levels, which we really want more people to experience, and also is something we need ourselves. We will be learning how to manage stress disorders, allergies,  digestive dysfunctional problems, chronicle stomach ache, fatigue, migraines & all the everyday symptoms we suffer from.

Booking 

If you have any questions or want to book, feel free to contact us: post@radicalbroccoli.comor sign up here.

Hidden gems in Oslo!

Luckily you don't have to travel far to take a little break from your daily life. All you need is a staycation! Vacationing in your home city is not only more environmentally-friendly, but it can help you discover some hidden pearls in your hometown, just like we did in Oslo.

//Heldigvis trenger man ikke alltid å reise langt for å få et lite avbrekk fra hverdagen. Det kan du få til akkurat der du er, og er kjent som konseptet staycation. Å feriere i egen by er jo også så utrolig mye bedre for miljøet. Oslo er en perle. En staycation her gir rom for å oppdage sider ved byen som man kanskje ikke gjør i en ellers travel hverdag.[AD]We were so happy when TOMS asked if we could share our best staycation tips in Oslo with you, while at the same time showing their amazing vegan shoes. And you guys, did you know that for every pair of TOMS you buy, you are also buying a pair for a child in need? We LOVE conscious brands that give something back to the world.// Derfor ble vi så glade da TOMS lurte på om vi kunne dele våre beste staycation-tips i Oslo med dere, samtidig som vi kunne vise fram deres fantastisk fine og behagelige veganske sko. Og dere; visste dere at for hvert par man kjøper gir TOMS et par sko til et barn som nok trenger det enda mer. Vi elsker og heier på merker som gir tilbake og har en ektra omtanke med det de gjør.Morning bath at TjuvholmenOkay, so Tjuvholmen is hidden!? Well it might come as a surprise that we included this in our guide since it's a typical tourist attraction in Oslo, but the hidden magic is taking a morning bath here while the city is asleep. This spring we put extra effort into jumping in the ocean as often as possible. Right after waking up, we have thrown on a bikini or bathing suit and biked down. The extra little joy comes from passing all the guys in suits in this business area. On the pier we usually meet a few regulars in their robes who are discussing the temperatur in the water, and how much (or little) it has changed the past 24 hours. We say hi to everyone, regret the decision for a brief moment because it looks friggin cold, and then decide to jump. Nothing can compare to that feeling. It cures everything from headaches, tight backs and stress to morning grumpiness.//Morgenbad på Tjuvholmen Ok, er Tjuvholmen plutselig skjult nå?, tenker du kanskje. Vi er enige i at "alle" vet hvor dette er, men det er de færreste som møter opp tidlig om morgenen for verdens diggeste morgenbad! Denne våren har vi gjort en ekstra innsats for å bade så ofte som mulig. Så fort vi har våknet, har vi hevet på oss bikini eller badedrakt og syklet den korte veien ned til Tjuvholmen. Ekstra gøy er det å se at folk i dress er på vei i andre retninger. På brygga står det gjerne flere faste morgenbadere i morgenkåpe og diskuterer dagens temperatur, og hvor mye (eller lite) det har forandret seg de siste 24 timene. Vi hilser på alle, angrer et lite sekund fordi det ser forbanna kaldt ut, men hopper i det. Og verdens beste følelse får man i havet. Det renser opp i gruff og trøtthet og hodepine og hva det måtte være. Og vipps er dagen startet på best mulig måte!Photo: Martine StenbergHovedøyaOur second advice is to take the ferry from Aker Brygge to one of the beautiful islands just a few minutes outside of Oslo. It just costs you a regular bus ticket and is much calmer than the usual overcrowded beaches in town. It takes such a short time to get out there, and you get so much out of taking the trip. We really started wondering why we don't do this more often. Bring a towel, blanket, something to read, watermelon and a lovely lunch, and enjoy a perfect staycation at one of Oslo's pearls.//HovedøyaVårt andre tips er å ta fergen ut til Hovedøya eller en av de andre øyene som Ruter-fergene går ut til. Når sola skinner er gjerne steder som Huk og Paradisbuksa overfylt av mennesker, så hvis man vil ha en litt roligere dag er definitivt Hovedøya å anbefale. Det tar latterlig kort tid å komme seg dit fra Aker Brygge, og vi skjønner egentlig ikke hvorfor vi ikke gjør dette oftere. Ta med håndkle, pledd, noe å lese på, vannmelon og en digg lunsj, og nyt en mini-ferie på en av Oslos definitivt fineste perler.We hope you were inspired to take a new look at Oslo with your vacation shades on (and hopefully a pair of TOMS on your feet) and feel free to share your best staycation advice with us in the comments.//Vi håper du ble inspirert til å ta en titt på Oslo med feriebrillene på (og gjerne et par TOMS på beina), og del gjerne dine beste staycationtips i kommentarfeltet!

5 day detox in Costa Rica

Etter at vi tilfeldigvis traff en dame med spesialisering innen urtemedisin ble vi begge overbevist om at vi kunne ha godt av en cleanse, en pause for systemet. Vi slet begge med en del ulike helseproblemer på den tiden, og lærte om hvordan kroppen er under ekstra stress i en moderne livsstil da vi får i oss stoffer og kjemikalier som kroppen ikke vet hvordan den skal sortere. Det kan være alt fra mikroplast til plantevernmidler og forurensning. Damen bak planen avslørte også at Gisele Bünchen er på kundelisten, som ikke gjorde det mindre attraktivt akkurat.

Det startet som en nysgjerrighet etter å prøve noe som kunne fikse symptomer som har vedvart over lengre tid, og fortsatte som en ganske tøff 5-dagers detox både av kroppen, men også av sinnet.

NB! Det er viktig å få med at vi ikke har medisinsk bakgrunn, og skriver utelukkende om våre opplevelser. 

Det er litt unorsk å fortelle at man har vært på cleanse, og at det faktisk funket, men så er vi rimelig unorske og vil egentlig bare stadfeste med én gang at denne cleansen definitivt utgjorde et vendepunkt i våre liv på ulike måter. Vi møtte damen bak programmet via en belgisk kunstner og terapeut som driver med kroppslig helbredelse via massasjer, krystaller, energiforflytning og andre spirituelle ting som vi ikke helt vet hvordan vi skal beskrive. Veldig fasinerende - hei hippieverden.

Uansett, Adi er damen bak herlighetene dere ser på bildene, og hun kom personlig og leverte dagens forsyninger hver morgen rundt kl 7.30 etter å ha forberedt dem i mange timer på kjøkkenet sitt fra de tidlige morgentimer, også leverte vi gårsdagens flasker i retur (supermiljøvennlig).

Vi drakk 8 drikker hver dag: te, juice, smoothie, juice, te, suppe og kveldsmelk. I tillegg drakk vi en liten flaske med vann med magnesiumolje i.

Juicene, teene og smoothiene bestod av masse eksotiske ingredienser hvor de fleste var lokale fra Costa Rica, men også ting som vokser her i Norge. I tillegg til kjente grønnsaker og frukter var det blant annet urter som er kjent for å gi kroppen en ekstra boost som:

  • Hibiscus (Flor de Jamaica)

  • Rødkløver

  • Juanilama

  • Malurt (Artemisia)

  • Cocolmeca

  • Storborre (Burdock Root)

  • Ingefær

  • Brennesle

  • Løvetann

  • Boldo

  • Sitrongress

  • Eucalyptus

  • Sneller (Horsetail)

  • Echinacea

  • Louisa

  • Timian

  • Olivenblad

  • Guapinol

  • Greek herb

Hvordan gikk det egentlig?

Vi skrev begge to en logg fra de fire dagene, og det er ganske morsomt å lese i ettertid. Underveis føltes det ut som de lengste dagene i våre liv.

Dagene varierte veldig, men det vekslet mellom hodepine, slapp kropp, supersult og sterk trang til å tygge, til en flatere mage, mer energi og en stor lykkefølelse! Vi prøvde begge to å være aktive, og dro på yoga eller tok en gåtur når energien kom, som var veldig varierende tidspunkt på døgnet. Vi fikk beskjed om at det var superviktig å bevege seg hver dag selv om man absolutt ikke føler for det, men man må få ut gruffet på en eller annen måte. De første dagene var tøffest, særlig siden vi er vant til å spise tre store måltider i løpet av dagen med mye tygging involvert. De tykkeste smoothiene var litt mettende, men det er utrolig uvant å bare ha i seg flytende måltider fordi man føler seg sulten men enormt full i magen samtidig.

Vi fikk streng beskjed om å gjøre noe fysisk hver dag for å få sirkulasjon i kroppen

Dag en dro vi og surfet, men dag to var mye slappere og en lengre gåtur ble mer enn nok. Det er nok en god ting å ha litt ekstra frihet de dagene man skal prøve noe sånt.

Dag tre og fire var lettere sultmessig, da det var lettere å legge opp "matplanen" for dagen fra erfaringen fra de første to dagene, som for eksempel å drikke mer tidligere på dagen og med kortere mellomrom mellom. Disse dagene var vi på yoga - kundalini og hatha. Kundalini anbefales virkelig hvis man skal prøve noe lignende! Det er masse fokus på pusteøvelser som hjelper all sirkulasjon i kroppen.

Etter vi var ferdige. 

Herregud for en fasinerende opplevelse. Susanne hadde sine første hele dager uten vondt i magen på flere år! Anette sin hud hadde klarnet skikkelig opp, og var på vei til å ordne seg helt. Begge kjente seg enormt mye lettere, sikkert også fordi dagene var over. Vi var helt i ekstase, og det var nesten for godt til å være sant. Utfordringen ble å summe seg sakte men sikkert tilbake til vanlig kosthold - men her fikk vi nå vite at vi skulle gå i 28 dager på en såkalt "post cleanse". Hurra!

Ettercleansplanen var en matliste med noen ingredienser vi skulle ha i oss hver dag, noen vi kunne spise, og en del vi skulle unngå helt. Det har definitivt ikke gått helt etter planen, men det er alltid en ny mulighet i morgen til å prøve å få i seg ekstra mye grønt og sunt! Nå som det har gått flere måneder kjennes det fortsatt ut som cleansen utgjorde en forskjell - ikke minst som en trygghet om at man har en "go-to" neste gang man føler seg litt gruff.

After bumping into a magical woman specialised in herbal medicine, we were convinced that a herbal detox would be interesting to try out. We we’re both struggling with various health issues, and we’re explained that the body can have problems releasing toxins in a modern lifestyle where the body is under pressure and takes in toxins that are not known to the body such as pollution, chemical additives, plastic and pesticides. The amazing lady who prepared the cleanse also revealed that Gisele Bünchen is on her client list, not making it any less appealing to try. We did a 5-day herbal cleanse consisting of juices, teas, smoothies and soups, and we can’t say it wasn’t a struggle. We are so used to chewing and eating pretty heavy meals, so fighting the hunger and headaches became part of the daily routine. With time, we both saw the symptoms clear as the days passed. One of the most important things during a cleanse is to stay active even if you feel out of energy, because the system has to release toxins. Overall it was a tough but truly magical experience, and it inspired us both to clean up our diets and eat more naturally. We even both experiences relief of symptoms we had been struggling with for years, such as skin problems and digestive issues. If you are interested in hearing more, feel free to leave a comment or email us!

Guide to: Glamorous glamping @Bukubaki eco surf resort

During the time we were living in Portugal last fall, we planned for a little weekend get-a-way. We were looking for a place that would leave us feeling refreshed, inspired and most importantly, a place that had a low carbon footprint. So we packed our bags, surfboards, and bamboo toothbrushes and headed to Bukubaki in Peniche for a weekend of Glamping!We tried glamping for the first time, a glamorous form of camping (amazing beds inside a tent), together with enjoying surfing, good food, spa and sauna facilities, and exploring what Peniche had to offer. Bukubaki arranged a skate jam Saturday night, which attracted loads of local skaters to come and hang out (not too bad;)). We were amazed by the facilities and the closeness to nature, while at the same time being able to cozy up in a tent filled with lights.

WHAT'S GLAMPING? A concept where nature meets modern luxury, and it's a way to live as close as possible to nature without having to sacrifice comforts. A glamorous camping!

WHAT'S ECO-FRIENDLY TOURISM? Enhances the positive economic and social aspects of tourism, while at the same time reducing the negative effects on nature or cultural and social heritage.

The story

Bukubaki came to life already six years ago, when Marco wanted to create a space that respected nature. Living in Italy at the time with his wife, two children and one on the way they decided to follow their dream of buying a piece of land in Peniche, a small town in Portugal famous for surfing. Marco with his skate background fell in love with the surf lifestyle and friendliness of the Portuguese people. Long story short, together with another Italian couple they founded Bukubaki and created Peniche's first eco surf resort.

What is an eco-resort?

What makes Bukubaki special is that is it planned to exist around nature, and not to replace it. Bukubaki was built using natural materials and renewable energy sources, resulting in a wonderful combination of comfort offered by tree houses and Canadian tents and a cool, earthy vibe.As we are all time eco-nerds we wanted to dig even deeper and find out exactly how an eco-resort works and what all the different systems mean and how many details they have thought about.

Eco-Q&A with Marco from Bukubaki

Who are the founders?

The idea started almost 12 years ago in the mind of Marco Muraro and Eva Gramola, visionaries, dreamers, travelers, father and mother, surfers and skaters…after years of working on our dream, we had the opportunity to meet Monica Gasparotto and her husband Danilo Costa that believe in our idea and decided to jump on board for this new and exciting project. By joining our forces we were able to bring to life this amazing project named Bukubaki!Marco, the founder & surf instructor

Can you tell us a bit about your organic garden?

We are setting up an organic garden all over the Bukubaki area. We choose to plant aromatic herbs and some fruit trees that we and the hosts use in the kitchen. Our plan is to set up a bigger garden and grow our own vegetables and be able to share them with our guests, but at this stage, we were only able to set a little personal garden for our own use. We strongly believe that it would be a great experience for our guests who live in the city to see how an organic garden works!

Can you tell us about the separate waste collection system?

Like all over the area of Peniche the waste is separated between glass and metal, paper, and “normal waste” but here in Bukubaki we are separating (as much as we can) also the organic waste that we put in a compost which we then use to fertilize the garden.

In what ways are the eco principles incorporated into the food?

We are trying to use just local products and we are giving particular attention to how those products are made. Our little organic garden serves the kitchen with some fruits, herbs and a few vegetables, the rest is bought at the local market. We use only eggs from the chicken that live outside and we don’t want to use any product made by industrial methods. Also, the meat we buy is from animals that we know lived in good conditions (our butcher has his own animal farm nearby). The fish? Here in Peniche fishing is the most popular activity and we are so lucky to receive fresh fish every day directly from the fishermen! Ah, also the coffee is bio!

Approximately how much of the electricity is created through the solar (photovoltaic) system?

Our photovoltaic system is producing 15kwa of electric energy if the weather conditions are good. The photovoltaic system works properly if the sun is shining and there is no shadow on the panels, there are moments during the day that our panels are in shadow so the production is reduced in those moments. Anyway, it’s a big help for us because it produces almost 1/3 of our needs!

You have stated that "poo is black gold". Can you explain?

Sometimes we like to say strong things! Hehehe… The reason for this affirmation is because our septic tank is collecting all the human waste produced in the resort and, after a natural treatment of fermentation and filtration, it is drained to the terrain giving nutrition to the soil.

In what ways are the eco principles incorporated into the choices of furniture, decoration etc?

The production of our furniture was handmade by me (Marco) and a team of carpenters using just “solid wood” treated with natural oils. We gave our best to produce less waste and, tried to reuse as much as we were able to, the material that was supposed to be waste.

What do you expect from your guests? Do you expect something different from other resorts?

From the beginning, our mission in building Bukubaki was to give our guests the opportunity to learn and see with their eyes that it’s possible to do something to make this world a better place for us and our children, by raising awareness and promoting respect for mother earth and nature. We expect that our guests understand this message and be conscious of the responsibility that each one of us has in protecting this beautiful planet we all live on.

"From the beginning, our mission in building Bukubaki was to give our guests the opportunity to learn and see with their eyes that it’s possible to do something to make this world a better place for us and our children, by raising awareness and promoting respect for mother earth and nature."

the trip that made me take plastic seriously

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I november reiste jeg til Sri Lanka, som lenge har vært mitt drømmereisemål. Det endte opp med å bli en helt spesiell tur, både i form av møter med flotte folk og med hvordan vi mennesker har tullet til havene og naturen vår. Sri Lanka (tidligere Ceylon) er en vakker øy syd for India. På Sri Lanka finner du vakre strender, grønne frodige skoger, ville dyr, jungel, yoga, ayurveda, plantebasert mat og perfekte bølger for surfere. 

// In november I travelled to Sri Lanka, which has been on my bucket list for a long time. It became such a special trip for me, with regards to the people I met, and realising how we have done so much harm to the oceans and our nature. Sri Lanka (previously Ceylon) is a beautiful island south of India. You will find amazing beaches, lush green forests, wild animals, jungel life, yoga, Ayurveda, plant based food and perfect waves.

Dream life, plastic and saving the world

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Min plan var å reise ned og surfe, gjøre yoga og bli kjent med det vakre landet. Hver morgen i femtiden våknet vi til munker som sang, etterfulgt av yoga, frokost og surfing. Min drømmehverdag, for å si det sånn! Den første uken av turen opplevde vi en syklon (kraftig storm), og dagen etter dro vi og surfet på tross av advarsler fra de lokale. Det var som å se drømmeomgivelsene bli forvandlet til et mareritt. Det fløt plast overalt i vannet i form av sugerør, plastposer, potetgullposer og til og med en barberhøvel (!). Uheldigvis for meg klarte jeg å svelge litt av vannet. Det er ikke det smarteste jeg har gjort, det blir man dårlig av! En av grunnene til at det er så ekstremt mye søppel på Sri Lanka er at de mangler et fungerende søppel- og resirkuleringssystem. Søppelet kommer også fra båter, andre land, turister og overfylte søppeldynger. Det er ikke uvanlig å se at folk brenner plast i gatene fordi de ikke vet hvor de skal gjøre av det. Dette blir man direkte uvel av.

// My plan was to surf, do yoga and get to know the beautiful country. Every morning at 5 am we woke up to munks chanting, followed by yoga, breakfast and surging. My absolute dream of an everyday life. The first week there was a huge storm, and the day after we went surfing despite warnings from the local population. It was devastating seeing the dream surroundings transformed into a nightmare. The ocean and beaches were covered with plastic straws, bags of chips, plastic bags and even a razor! Unfortunately I managed to swallow some water, which is far from the smartest thing I’ve done… One of the reasons that there are extreme amounts of trash in Sri Lanka is that they are lacking a proper garbage collection system. The trash comes from boats, other countries, tourists and overfilled landfills. It’s common to see people burning plastic in the streets because they don’t know how else to get rid of it.

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What can we do?

Det som er så kult er at man kan gjøre en forskjell som turist. Her er mine 5 beste råd for å bidra positivt til miljøet mens du er på reise:

  1. Vær bevisst over problemet. Vis det frem på sosiale medier og ikke ignorere det.

  2. Få med deg venner og lokale på en strandrydding. Legg ut bilder på insta for å inspirere andre. Sjekk ut verdens kuleste Marthe sin instagramprofil for inspirasjon. Husk #tavaha og #plukkanopp!

  3. Bruk forbrukermakten din. Velg å spise på restauranter og å bo på hotel som tar dette problemet på alvor. Der hvor jeg bodde hadde de forbud mot plastflasker, hadde masse økologisk og lokal mat og vi fikk kokosnøtter servert med metallsugerør.

  4. Ta alltid med den en flaske og reisebestikk når du er på tur.

  5. Spis lokalt, sesongbasert og plantebasert <3

// The wonderful thing is that we as tourists can make a difference. Here are my top 5 tips to make a positive contribution while travelling:

  1. Be aware of the problem. Show it on social media and don’t ignore it and showcase just the beauty.

  2. Make friends and gather for a beach cleanup. Post images on social media to inspire others. Check out my friend Marthe’s instagram for inspiration. #tavaha

  3. Use your consumer power. Choose local restaurants and stay with local people who take these things seriously. Where I lived there was a ban against plastic bottles, they served organic and local food and we got coconut water with metal straws.

  4. Always bring a bottle and travel cutlery.

  5. Eat local, seasonal and plant based <3

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Hvis du vil lese mer om hvor du bør bo, hva du kan spise og hvilke aktiviteter du kan gjøre på Sri Lanka kan du sjekke ut dette innlegget her.

// Read more about where to stay and eat in Sri Lanka here.

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Guide to: healthy and vegan food in London!

London is one of the best destinations for a weekend, either you are into sightseeing, shopping, being cultural or just want to eat good food. The city is really a forerunner when it comes to healthy foods and drinks, and they have understood how to make it trendy and tasty. Here are a few tips of some places which are worth visiting.SAM_4849

Nama Foods (110 Talbot Road, Notting Hill) 

Nama foods is one of the best veggie restaurants ever! The meals are so beautiful and tasty, and it is really inspiring to see how they create such good raw and vegan plates. They have everything from the creamiest chocolate cake to buckwheat porridge, Italian pizza, Mexican bowls and the most delicious sweet treats. They also have a blog where they share a few recipes.SAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSCSAMSUNG CSC

SAM_4919SAM_4911WOKIT (Borough Market) 

WOKIT is located in South Bank, which is really worth a visit. Borough Market is filled with organic produce, and it is really nice to take a walk alongside the river. WOKIT serves delicious woks, with many types of noodles, different ingredients and a host of flavours.

LabOrganic (58 Neal Street, Convent Garden) 

LabOrganic is a great place to get green cold pressed juices. The juices are always fresh and made within a short time before they are consumed.

Planet Organic

Planet Organic is a great health store and restaurant in north Kensington. They specialise in organic food, and it is a great place to come for inspiration, lunch and a tasty juice while filling up on health products.SAM_4940

Whole Foods

Heaven on earth! Whole Foods has it all, good restaurants, smoothie bar, fresh ccold-pressedjuices, organic fruits and everything you could ever imagine in the health department. The best one in London is in High Street Kensington, and they also have one near Oxford Street although it is usually very crowded. Please open up in Norway.SAM_4960SAM_4948SAM_4939

 Maroush Bakehouse (131 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9RQ)

We found this amazing place on trip advisor and decided to give it a go due to the high reviews, and we were not disappointed! Lebanese food is one of our favourites and this place really knew what they were doing. We recommend the moussaka, hommos, tabbouleh, and falafels.SAM_4853 SAM_4856SAM_4852Officially very hungry and wish we were on a plane to London. Byebye

Radical Guide to Copenhagen

As experienced Copenhagen travelers, foodies, explorers and students we were very happy to be asked by Stay.com to make a guide to healthy eats in the capital of Denmark. The city is overloaded with nice places to eat, but if you want to stay healthy, and possibly vegetarian, vegan, environmental friendly or just plain delicious, you need a guide to all the right places.We have listed 8 places in our guide, all of which we have tried at least one time. You can find it here!There are also a few other places that we didn't include. These are either places we recommend because we have tried it, or places we have heard of and would love to visit:

  • Vita Boost in "Torvehallerne" at Nørreport. They have a great variety of juices, smoothies and wraps. Take away only!
  • Landbageriet in Fredriksborggade. Certified organic bakery with loads of gluten free and milk free products.
  • Café N at Blågårdsgade in Nørrebro. A super cozy vegetarian brunch/lunch place which is almost always full due to its size and popularity.
  • BioMio in Vesterbro (Kødbyen/Meat packing district). Organic, cheap and good restaurant in the trendy part of Copenhagen. Focuses on sustainability through the whole value chain.

There are also two shops that are worth a visit while in Copenhagen, both of them focusing on organic, natural, environmental friendly products.

  • Pure shop. Denmarks largest organic skin care and make-up store. You could also get professional advice from cosmetologists. Located in Grønnegade in the inner city.
  • HelseminA chain of health stores that have everything from makeup and body scrubs to tea and food. Located all over town - Fredriksberg, Nørreport, Vesterport and the city centre (Pilestræde and Store Kongensgade)

Hope you like it! 

Guide to: Oslo Vegetarfestival

I dag var det mathimmel på jorden på veggisfestival i Oslo! Det var linet up av boder med mat fra forskjellige typer kjøkken - alt fra indisk, meksikansk, eritreisk, kaker, raw food og smoothies til vafler. Alt er vegetarisk og mesteparten er vegansk, og det er superinspirerende å se hvor mye mat som kan lages helt uten produkter fra dyr samtidig som det er klimavennlig. Det var stappfult av mennesker, og det virker som interessen for denne typen mat og produkter bare vokser.SONY DSCSONY DSCVi gikk for en skikkelig fiesta del Mexico - friterte maistortillas med masse guacamole, cashewkrem, salsa, tofu og chili fra Mission Taco. De hadde også superdigge ferske vårruller med peanøttsaus fra Helt Rå.I tillegg til matboder var det forskjellige salgsboder, organisasjoner og foredrag. Best av alt - masse smaksprøver og gratis vareprøver! Vi fikk lyst til å prøve å lage alt vi har smakt på, så det kommer forhåpentligvis noen gode oppskrifter snart. Spesielt var det masse indisk og thai som så skikkelig fristende ut.SONY DSCSjoko-himmelen! Uendelig tilgang på melkefri økosjokolade fra Plamil er ikke feil. Disse kan kjøpes på Meny, Centra og andre store butikker, samt på nettet.SONY DSCSnål frukt hadde sin egen bod på festivalen, som er et helt genialt konsept for å kaste mindre mat. Bunnpris er den første butikken som setter i gang tiltaket, som går ut på at det selges snåle frukter og grønnsaker litt billigere. Gå inn på Facebook og like siden deres, så kan dere følge med på hva som skjer og hvilke butikker de starter konseptet i! Made With Love Raw Kaker hadde stand i matområdet hvor de solgte noen helt fantastisk gode proteinbarer, sjokoladetrøfler og kaker.IMG_2199 IMG_2201For matentusiaster gikk tiden alt for fort og vi trillet hjem med masse inspirasjon og vareprøver. Det var et skikkelig populært arrangement, så det er i hvertfall stor etterspørsel etter sunn og god mat i Oslo. Håper det kommer masse lignende arrangementer fremover!