The Game Changers

Hi!

Words can not even describe how excited I am for the movie Game Changers to come out. It’s a movie produced by James Cameron (who also made Avatar), Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jackie Chan that documents professional sports, science and plant based eating. The film features some of the worlds biggest athletes, such as top tennis player Novak Djokovic, Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton and nine-time NBA All Star Chris Paul. The movie is about James Wilks - an Elite Special Forces trainer and winner of the Ultimate Fighter - as he searches for the truth about meat, proteins and strength. It also speaks about meat and health, and its effects on our planet. I suggest you watch the trailer now 😃

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7 chakras yoga & meditation 🧘‍♀️

Hi ♓️

Har bare lyst til å anbefale dere verdens mest forfriskende serie av yoga og meditation fra Youtube, laget av en dame som heter Brett Larkin. Det er en serie for å aktivere og balansere “chakraene” i kroppen, også kjent som energisenterene, som skal få deg tilbake i balanse, i energiflyt og hjelpe deg til å føle deg som DEG.

// Just popping in to recommend a super good yoga and meditation series that I’ve found on YouTube. It’s made by Brett Larkin, and some of you have probably tried it before. If not - I highly recommend you to do the series one day at the time. It’s built up to activate each and every one of your “chakras” (energy centres) in the body, to make you feel amazing and filled with energy and vibrate good things!! You don’t have to practice every day, but this order makes sure the energy in the body is activated the right way and in the right direction.

This is how it goes:

Day 1: Root chakra yoga & meditation

Day 2: Sacral chakra yoga & meditation

Day 3: Solar plexus yoga & meditation

Day 4: Heart chakra yoga & meditation

Day 5: Throat chakra yoga & meditation

Day 6: Third eye chakra yoga & meditation

Day 7: Crown chakra yoga & meditation (the first yoga class - root chakra yoga)

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Find all the meditations HERE & the yoga classes HERE.

Summer day in Oslo

Jeg tror aldri jeg har opplevd en rarere og mer spennende yoga enn kundalini yoga. Dagen i dag startet med en heftig yoga session på Northern Lights i Oslo. Det er en helt annerledes type yoga enn den klassiske man ser for seg, og man jobber mest med pusten, lyd og noen litt annerledes bevegelser. Dagens time fokuserte på det tredje øye, også kalt intuisjonen. Vi startet med en helt crazy pusteøvelse ala Whym Hoff, for de som har hørt om han, som gjorde at man ikke trengte å trekke pusten på nesten et minutt etterpå, og hele kroppen dirret. Yoga-high! Vi sang også sanger og hørte på læreren spille guitar. Haha for en morgen. Kunne ikke annet enn å smile.

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Kundalini yoga at Northern Lights

// This morning started with a yoga-high at Northern Lights yoga school, and a session of kundalini. If you haven’t heard of it before or tried, I can highly recommend it, and make sure to prepare for some deep breath work and chanting!

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Etter yoga dro Noah og jeg i dyrebutikken for å kjøpe en ny sele, før vi møtte en venninne og hennes nydelige hund på Eckers. Eckers har ganske mange digge veganske alternativer, for ikke å glemme kombucha fra Norsk Kombucha!

// After yoga I took Noah to the animal shop (is that what it’s called??) to get a new collar, and then we met a friend and her doggo for lunch at Eckers. If you’re looking for a nice lunch spot outdoors in Oslo with lots of vegan options, Eckers is a good place to go! They have sandwiches, wraps and salads, and lots of juices and smoothies. And ofc kombucha.

Etter lunsj dro vi på valpekurs på Good Dog i Frognerparken. Det er superlærerikt, og selv om han bare er to måneder er det vilt hvor mye han kan lære allerede! Etter kurs var begge slitne, så vi dro hjem og lagde middag før Noah ble hyper og spiste på ting over hele leiligheten. Valpelivet <3

II Then we went off to puppy class. Today we learned to lay down, how to make the puppies comfortable with grooming and how to get their attention in any situation. I’m at GoodDog school which is super good. After class we we’re both tired, so we went home for dinner and Noah got hyper and started to steal things all over the apartment. yes.

Salad wraps for dinner followed by my fav summer snack: dates, raspberries &amp; blueberries and some chamomile tea with coconut milk

Salad wraps for dinner followed by my fav summer snack: dates, raspberries & blueberries and some chamomile tea with coconut milk

Summer magic

Is walking barefoot all over. Er å kunne å gå barbeint hele hele tiden.

Is swimming in the ocean every day. Er å bade hver dag.

Is spending quality time with those you love. Er å tilbringe kvalitetstid med de du er glad i.

Is a quiet city and an eternal feeling of weekend. Er at pulsen i byen går ned og det ikke finnes noe hverdag.

Is that everything is possible. Er at alt er mulig.

Happy pride!

Wish you all an amazing pride celebration! I love pride and the fact that it’s a special time to spread the love and remind each other that love is for everyone 🌈 Let’s all be proud of who we are, work hard to make the world a place of acceptance for all beings, and support those who pave the way for a colorful society for all. Your uniqueness is what makes life interesting.

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JOIN our 21 days detox challenge for the environment

We are doing a 21 day detox challenge for the environment right now. Every day we are sharing one small thing that you can do for the environment, and our goal is that by the end of these 21 days we will have new habits and motivation to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. We will be sharing all of the days on our Instagram account, so be sure to follow!

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Day one and two were all about organizing the kitchen and cleaning out everything to get a overview of what food we already have! This way we won’t throw our food and it is much easier to go to the grocery store and buy exactly what we need. Day 2 we made our selves a shopping list for the week. By planning our grocery list we save time, money and the environment by not buying unnecessary items.

Hope you will join us!

Run for the oceans

Today, June 8th, is World Oceans Day! It is also the kick off of Adidas X Parley Run for the Oceans. If you download the app Runtastic and track your running, you will automatically run for the oceans! For each km you track, one dollar will be donated to the Parley Oceans School youth educations programs. It’s also a extra motivational boost to get active! Let’s go.

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Cooking event with Love Beauty & Planet

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Together with our partner Love, Beauty & Planet and the press bureau Presskontakterna we invited influencers, press and friends to join us for a cooking event in Oslo. We made breakfast and lunch with recipes from our book, and shared a nice meal together. Line from Love, Beauty & Planet talked a bit about their vegan haircare and body products and how they have a specific environmental focus. Their packaging is 100% recycled and recyclable, the ingredients are partly organic and natural, totally vegan and sustainably sourced. You can find the products at your daily supermarket for a good price, and the packages are large so they last for quite a while!

We always want to inspire you to cook more plant-based, as it is one of the best things we can do for the planet. Together with choosing better products, you can make a big difference in your daily life. We are therefore sharing all the recipes from the event, and hope that you will test some of them very soon! Let us know how it went?

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Breakfast

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Mangosmoothie

(1 portion)

  • 1 fresh mango or 1 package of frozen mango (300 g)

  • 1–2 frozen bananas

  • 1 handful kale (remove the hard stems)

  • 1 tsp spirulina

How to: Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth.

Raw granola/rawnola

  • 3 cups dates

  • 1 cup coconut flower sugar

  • 1 cup coconut grated coconut

  • 2 cups mulberries

How to:

Pit the dates (remove the seed). Spread the dates on a chopping board and chop them into small pieces. Spread the rest of the ingredients on top and chop everything into small pieces until it sticks together in small clusters.

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Vegan & gluten free fiber bread

  • 1 tbsp psyllium husk (fiberhusk)

  • 4 chia"eggs" (1 chiaegg = 1 tbsp chia seeds + 2.5 tbsp water)

  • 1,5 dl crossed flax seeds

  • 200 gram almond flower/ground almonds

  • 2 dl sunflower seeds

  • 3 tbsp pumpkin seeds

  • 1/2 dl gluten free oats

  • 1 tsp cardamon + 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1 tsp himalayan salt/sea salt

  • 1 tbsp baking powder

  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

  • Ca 1 dl water + water for the chia eggs and the psyllium husk base

How to: Set the oven to 160 degrees C. Mix psyllium husk with some water in a baking bowl and let it sit until it thickens. Make the chia “eggs” in a separate bowl, stir together chia seeds and water. Mix the psyllium base with sunflower, flax seeds and almond meal. Mix the rest of the ingredients together until until you get a smooth mixture. It should not be too dry or liquid, but should stick together. Shape the mix into a bread and add some pumpkin seeds on top. Place it at the bottom shelf of the oven for one hour.

Hummus

  • 4 packages of chickpeas (1 package is approximately 400 grams)

  • 10 tbsp olive oil

  • 2 tsp salt

  • 3 tsp cumin

  • 4 tbsp tahini

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice

How to: Rinse the chickpeas until all the foam is gone. Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender. Adjust the flavours until you find it tasty!

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Almond butter

  • 400 grams almonds

  • Ca 1 dl olive oil

  • 1 pinch of salt

How to: Bake the almonds at 200 degrees celcius for 10 minutes. Blend in a high-speed blender or food processor until the almonds release the fat, and the consistency turns our smooth.

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Lunch

Fresh spring rolls with tahini dip

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  • Rice papers

  • Carrots

  • Cucumber

  • Avocado

  • Mango

  • Cilantro

  • Spinach

  • Sprouts

How to: Rinse the veggies. Chop them into fine slices. Add some luke warm water to a pan or a large plate (that the rice papers can fit into) and place one and one rice paper in the water until the soften. Add the veggies and sprouts in the papers and fold together.

Tahini dip sauce

  • 3 cm fresh ginger

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 1 tsp chili

  • 3 tbsp tahini

  • 4 tbsp water

  • 3 tbsp tamari (gluten free soy sauce - you can of course use regular)

  • Juice of half a lime

  • 1 tbsp agave-/maple syrup

  • 1 tbsp sesame oil

  • Sesame seeds

Chop the garlic and chili into small pieces and grate the ginger. Mix together all the ingredients and add more lime to taste. Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.

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Dates with almond butter

  • Dates

  • Almond butter (see recipe above)

Pit the dates and cut them in half. Add a scoop of almond butter in each halve. Yum!

Hope you enjoy the recipes, and that you check out the wonderful Love, Beauty & Planet products 🌍💙

Favorite books right now

Det er noe helt eget med å lese faktiske, trykte bøker. For meg er det den beste måten å koble av på, uten forstyrrelser fra sosiale medier eller omverdenen ? Vi har tidligere tipset dere om bøker her, her og her, og nå kommer en liten oppdatert liste.

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Camilla Pihl, Pihl i hjertet

For de som ikke har lest denne enda - ta dere tid til å bli inspirert! Boken er superfresh med inspirerende bilder og illustrasjoner, og vi får bli med inn i Camillas verden og oppvekst. Hun har en sterk historie som det står respekt av at hun deler med omverdenen. Hun gir oss også sine beste tips til å føle seg bedre - noe vi aldri får nok av! Det som er ekstra kult er at vi utgir bok på samme forlag - nemlig Pilar/Strawberry Publishing.

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After you & Still me, Jojo Moyes

Jeg digger Jojo Moyes sine romaner, og blir mer enn gjerne med på en tur inn i Louisa Clark sin verden. Disse to er de to oppfølgerne til Me Before You og den sykt fine kjærlighetshistorien mellom Louisa og Will. De er veldig lettleste, og er typen bok som er fint å starte med hvis du prøver å komme i gang med lesing igjen.

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Life changing foods, Medical Medium

Denne boken er ikke en roman som du setter deg ned og leser mange sider i, men et slags oppslagsverk over hvor utrolig fasinerende og helende forskjellige frukt og grønnsaker er! Du kan lese om hvorfor frukt er viktig for fertilitet, hvorfor kiwi har helende egenskaper og hvordan sitroner kan støtte deg når du får dårlige nyheter. Den er litt alternativ, og kanskje for spesielt interesserte innenfor helse (som meg), men gud så mye gøy man lærer. Medical Medium har hjulpet tusenvis av mennesker over hele verden å bli friske fra ulike sykdommer gjennom kostholdet sitt, og det er virkelig verdt å sjekke ut denne eller en av hans bøker.

ENGLISH: It's time to tip you about some of my favorite books right now! As you may have seen in previous posts, here, here and here, we both LOVE reading. The Norwegian blogger and businesswoman Camilla Pihl wrote a personal book on her upbringing and her best wellness tips. The book is called Pihl i hjertet, and is in Norwegian for the time being. I also love Jojo Moyes books for an easy read and relaxation. I recently finished After You, and am about to finish Still Me - both about the clumsy and charming Louisa Clark and her life after Will. The last book is a bit different, but equally as in inspiring, and its Medical Medium's Life-Changing Foods. Who else is a health nerd and loves to read about the healing power of plants? In this book you'll learn which foods can heal different diseases, how lemons can comfort you if you've gotten bad news, and why fruit is improtant for fertility.

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!

6 ways to start your day in the best way


How you start your day is how you live your day. How you live your day is how you live your life” Louise Hay

Our morning routines have changed a lot over the years and let's just say they have changed for the better. We hope that this will inspire you in some way to get a better start to your day!

  1. Set a nice alarm on your phone, there is nothing worse than waking up in a panic to a loud alarm!

  2. Set your phone in flight mode before you go to bed and don't turn in on or check your notifications first thing in the morning. The ideal is to wait until after breakfast. This way other people's stress won't interrupt your morning.

  3. Start the day with a short meditation. We recommend Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey's 21 days meditations, the app Calm or Headspace. There are also numerous free meditations on youtube.

  4. Do yoga! Anything from 10 minutes to an hour in the morning will make your body so happy. Yoga with Adrienne is a really popular youtube channel with easy and amazing yoga.

  5. Make your self a delicious nourishing breakfast. Have you heard of Chaga? This superfood mushroom is filled with antioxidants that make your skin beautiful and gives great energy. Try making a Chaga latte instead of coffee one morning

  6. Write down 5 things that you are thankful for, 5 things that you are looking forward to and 5 tasks that you want to complete during the day.


Våre morgenrutiner har forandret seg kraftig de siste årene, ogheldigvis til detbedre. Vi tenkte å dele våre beste tips til en god morgen, og håper dere blirinspirert!

  1. Sett på en fin alarm, ingen ting er verre enn å våkne i halvpanikk av en altfor høylytt alarm!

  2. Legg bort mobiltelefonen og ha den i flymodus til etter at du har spist frokost. På denne måten unngår du andre mennesker stress inn i morgenen din.

  3. Start dagen med Deepak Chopra og Oprah Winfrey. Innimellom har de en gratis 21 dagers meditasjon. Andre apper vi anbefaler er Calm, Headspace eller youtube

  4. Gjør yoga - om det så er 5 minutter eller en halvtime. En solhilsen eller noen få tøyinger gjør virkelig underverker på kroppen

  5. Lag en sykt god frokost og en balanserende drikke. Har du hørt om chaga? Dette er en skikkelig kul sopp som har utrolige helsefordeler. Den vokser faktisk i Norge og det er mulig å finne det i skogen. Chaga er en naturlig antioktidant, og er fantastisk for både hud og hår. Hva med å prøve en chagalatte etter frokost istedenfor kaffe?

  6. Skriv ned 5 ting du er takknemlig for, 5 ting du gleder deg til og 5 ting du skal gjennomføre i løpet av dagen.

10 tips to keep your calm this Christmas

Christmas is a magical time of the year, with family and friends, gifts, parties and dinners. In reality, it can also be a bit stressful. Therefore, we want to share out top 10 tips for keeping your calm during the holidays.

  1. Download the app "Calm". It's the best meditation app around. Lot's of guided meditations specifically tailored to your mood that day, from "7 days of stress" to "better sleep", "Staying on track" to "relationship with self series". Taking 10 minutes with this app any time of the day can seriously change your whole day.
  2. Set your alarm clock a bit earlier one day and take a nice long walk before your day starts. During the holidays you can sleep as long as you want and still take a long walk before breakfast. It's such a good way to start the day. Maybe you can borrow your friend or neighbors dog too? They will be so happy!
  3. Sit down and write a list of everything that's going through your mind. Sometimes you just need to get it down on paper to feel organized and clear again. It can be to-do lists, a list of limiting beliefs that are weighing you down, a list of friends you want to visit this holiday. Whatever is on your mind!
  4. Make yourself a nourishing meal! Especially important during the holiday, to balance our all the other goodies.
  5. Take a look around you? Is it messy? Take one hour to declutter your home, especially the places where you spent most of your time.
  6. Workout! No one ever feels bad after working out
  7. Make sure to take time to do things you love! Maybe it's photography, singing, writing or watching movies.
  8. Take a look at your calendar and see if there is anything you can say no to. Often, saying no to others means saying yes to yourself.
  9. Dance! Put on a silly song at home and just dance for 5-10 minutes.
  10. Take a bath, infrared sauna or go to your closest swimming pool. Being in water or being warm is such a treat for the body.

Homemade bread with vegan guacamole, cheese, and banana with salt. 

Christmas bingo with Rudolph Care

THE WHAT

We had a cool bingo evening in the true Christmas spirit together with the certified organic luxury cosmetic brand Rudolph Care yesterday. They invited us to the prettiest home to enjoy cookies, caramels, gløgg (mulled wine(?)) and to play a game of bingo. We didn't win, but then again we got some goodies from the all-organic brand. Have you tried their products? Check out their homepage and Instagram.[video width="720" height="1280" mp4="http://www.radicalbroccoli.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/video-1542909179.mp4" poster="http://www.radicalbroccoli.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/46508146_315012035756554_2431044363908808704_n.jpg" autoplay="true" preload="auto"][/video]

OUR FAVORITES

Some of our all-time favorite products are from Rudolph Care - might be a nice Christmas gift for someone you love?

THEY THINK GREEN

They've also made a guide on how to recycle their products correctly - LOVE it. Thank you so much for having us and for making natural, organic products that actually work and smell like heaven. :*

10 tips on avoiding winter depression

(Ad - written in collaboration with Supernature)Hi lovely people.Who else is feeling the dark days draining out what's left of your energy? Personally, I haven't had a full winter in Norway for almost six years, so it's been a huge adjustment this year. Maybe that's why I've been so obsessed with trying everything I can to not let it get to me. Anyways, I've gathered my top 10 tips on avoiding going down for the winter. Some of them are recommendations from you guys and friends, and some are things I've always done to feel better.

1. Put the phone away 1 hour before and after a nights sleep

This really improves your sleep quality. For me to be able to follow through, I charge my phone outside my bedroom.

2. Invest in a natural light + radio alarm clock

Mine from Philips is really old now, and I bet there are new ones on the market. The one I have is a version of this one, and it has truly saved my mornings! It wakes you up with something similar to natural sunlight, and you can choose between radio, singing birds, forest sounds, or just a regular alarm sound. LOVE.

3. Take Depridix from Supernature

Every morning when I wake up, I drink one liter of lukewarm water with lemon and take my Depridix.Depridix is a unique Norwegian herbal supplement that combines traditional Nordic herbs with vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, and the mineral zink. B-vitamins aid your body in normal energy conversion, while the B2, B3, B6, and B12 helps prevent tiredness and exhaustion. Depridix also contains Q10 and flower essences and herbal extracts.I really feel like this gives me the boost I needed this winter!

4. Use a "natural light" lamp indoors

Personally, I put on the ring light we use for photos. I think it does the magic of tricking my brain into producing more happiness. But there are other alternatives out there that can do the magic, like this one.

5. Get as much real sunlight as possible with your schedule

Try to get a quick 10/20 minute walk if you see the sun popping out.

6. Go for a light workout

I like working out in the evenings during the winter, even though it's a bit harder to get myself to go when the evening comes and I just wanna lay on the couch. When I get myself to go there it gives me the extra energy to cook a good meal for myself instead of just eating something that's not really nourishing. It helps to plan my workout schedule for a week ahead, so I know what's coming.

7. Make it cozy indoors!

In Norway, we spend lots of time indoors, which may be why we invest in making our nest really welcoming. Get a good blanket and some eco-friendly candles.

8. Plan something nice for yourself every week

I get motivated to work hard when I have good things to look forward to such as a concert, cinema, going to the theater or hosting dinner for my friends.

9. Set aside time for creative projects during the weekend

For me and probably many others, it's easy to drown myself in work just to make time pass when I'm not feeling really good. I've figured that it helps a lot to set aside time that's designated for creative projects like creating film and photography, making a vision board, painting or scribbling some words while listening to good music.

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.

Guest post: Why you should check your make up & cosmetics

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Fler og fler blir klar over at vanlig kosmetikk ofte inneholder giftstoffer som er bevist å være skadelige for oss. Det kan være vanskelig å finne troverdige kilder, men på hjemmesiden “EWG’s Skin Deep”, finner du all nødvendig informasjon. Man kan enkelt lage fantastiske produkter selv, men det finnes også kosmetikk som er helt uten farlige ingredienser.

Skadelige kjemikalier

Det er vitenskapelige bevist at kjemisk eksponering fra kosmetikk er linket til sykdom, og forbrukere har begynt å kreve at bedrifter blir mer transparente om hvilke ingredienser de bruker.  Her kan du se en oversiktover de offentliggjorte kosmetiske sikkerhetsreglene for potensielt skadelige kjemikalier verdens største kosmetikk- og hudpleieprodusenter bruker. Her kan du finne WHOs oversikt over hva som blir absorbert gjennom huden. Dersom du synes dette er interessant, kan du også se denne korte videoen om kjemikalier i kosmetikk-industrien

Velg naturlig kosmetikk 

Det er heldigvis mulig å kjøpe helt naturlig kosmetikk og hudpleieprodukter. Enda bedre er det kanskje at du enkelt kan lage det selv ved hjelp av rene planteoljer. Hjemmelagde produkter er både effektive, trygge og rimelige! Vi har startet et konsept, Wellness Wednesday, hvor vi har ukentlige workshop’er om hvordan man unngår giftstoffer i hverdagen og hvilke alternativer som er tilgjengelige. Én gang i måneden fokuserer vi på hud og hår. Da informerer vi om stoffer man bør unngå, samt forteller om naturlige alternativer og hvordan du kan lage fantastiske hud- og hårprodukter selv.  

Hvem vi er 

Olga Divakova og Martine Thomassen jobber som Wellness Advocates og brenner for naturlige alternativer for både helse og skjønnhet. Sammen har de mange års erfaring med bl.a. terapeutisk bruk av eteriske oljer. Olga har vært profesjonell danser og brukte naturlige løsninger for å prestere bedre. Martine leder en vegansk livsstil og har i de siste ti årene aktivt gjort research på ernæring og helse. 

Wellness Wednesday 

Wellness Wednesday er en serie med workshop'er der fire kategorier repeteres ukentlig. Uke én har tema "Green Non-toxic Home", uke to er "Green Beauty and Body", uke tre er "Natural Health and Diet", og uke fire er "Emotional and Spiritual Wellness ". Følg oss på Facebookfor å se hvor vi er neste gang. 

Divine Wellness Tribe

Divine Wellness Tribe har fokus på å skape "community" og samle folk som er interessert i en grønn livsstil. Er du bare litt nysgjerrig på å leve mer sustainable og med mindre giftstoffer i hverdagen, eller er du "all in" med en grønn livsstil, personlig- og spirituell utvikling? Du er velkommen til å bli del av vår Tribe! ♡

English: More and more people become aware that regular cosmetics contain toxic chemicals that are proven harmful to our health. It can be hard to find trustworthy sources of information but on the EWG Skin Deep homepage you find all the necessary stuff to know. You can make amazing homemade products yourself, or find better products out there with natural ingredients.

The authors of this guest post are Olga Divakova og Martine Thomassen who are Wellness Advocates with a passion for natural alternatives to health and beauty. Together they have years of experience with therapeutic use of essential oils. Olga has been a professional dancer and used natural solutions to perform better. Martine lives a vegan lifestyle and has spent the past 10 years doing active research on nutrition and health. Together they created Wellness Wednesday - see more on their site on Facebook.

6 tips to handle a rough time

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@anette

Hi gals&guys

I hope you are doing wonderfully wherever you are. I want to explain a bit more about how I have been feeling while struggling with depression, and of course to share my best advice with all of you. Last time I wrote about this, I got lots of feedback from you telling me how you have struggled with the same things, so I feel like building on that open relationship so we can help each other out! For me, it's more comfortable to talk about now, because I finally feel good and like I am in a place without depression, and able to reflect back on my experience. I have probably experienced depression more often than I have been aware of, I just never really understood what it was. I didn't understand how the physical and the mental parts of the body and mind are interconnected, and I didn't want to face the fact that my thoughts were making me ill. I actually thought the constant feeling of worry was a part of my personality, and I blamed my job, life situation and surroundings for how I felt.

In my down periods,  everything can feel incredibly hard to manage, and it just feels like I'm drowning and can't breathe. One year ago I was in a completely different place than I am today. I was in a job I didn't enjoy, my health was horrible and I was so depressed. I didn't see any escape or relief and I probably didn't want to either. But I decided that this was not how I was going to live my life, I am worth so much more and I intend to enjoy every single day of this ride. Since I made that decision my life has changed in so many ways. I love my life so much and can't wait to see what the future holds. However, the mind is a tricky thing. About a month ago I woke up with this very familiar feeling. I felt a sorrow lying in my chest, my stomach was hurting, I was had no energy. I could not fit into any of my clothes. I knew I had to change my mood somehow so I put on some nice music, tried to smile and just ignore it until I managed to drop my blueberry smoothie on the floor making it look like a crime scene. That was it for me, I just sat down on the kitchen floor and cried. This was also ten minutes before a meeting. If this happened to me one year ago I would just lock myself in the apartment and it would take me three weeks to recover. I was so exhausted that I just couldn't deal with people, places and myself. This year I have learned so much about myself and my mind and body and how it's all connected. Therefore I want to share some of my best advice if you ever wake up with a morning like this, or if you experience severe depression as I did last year.

  1. Accept the situation, and let your feelings out! Cry, be angry, be worried, whatever you are feeling just let it out. When you calm down again it's much easier to understand what's behind these feelings.

  2. Try to understand that you are not your feelings or your thoughts. The mind/ego will always try to make you believe this.

  3. Ask yourself in what areas of your life you´re not giving yourself love? Did you eat well, enough and nutritious food? For me, this is always key. If I go too long without eating enough I get super exhausted.

  4. Remeber that you are good enough just the way you are.

  5. Ask your self where you are placing others happiness in front of your own? Is it more important that your boss/colleague/mother/brother/boyfriend is happy than you? No, if you are not taking care of your self you can't take care of others.

  6. REMEMBER that life is meant to be enjoyed, stop taking it so seriously. When was the last time you laughed until your stomach hurt?

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I know how hard it is to change your mindset, but start with the small things, like making yourself a lovely healthy meal and you have taken one step in the right direction! Is this something you want to read more aboout? Comment and let me know <3

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!

5 things to do on a Sunday

Sundays are always special. It’s like my body just knows it’s Sunday and automatically goes into resting mode. I usually like to make my work out light on this day, like a walk in the woods or yoga. I am so used to working all the time, so when I all of a sudden have a whole day to myself, I almost forget what I like to do with my space time. So I gathered some inspiration and made a list of activities to do on a Sunday <3

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1. Make lists

I love to make lists. I use a program called Evernote, and I probably have over 100 different lists on there, from things I have to do, to my bucket list, to films and moves to watch or names I like. I love making lists, it takes the buzz out of my head and down on paper (or my Mac).

2. Go for a long walk outside

I love working out, and during the week it’s almost always indoor workouts. So Sunday is a perfect time to take a walk outside, either with a friend or with a podcast and get some fresh air.

3. Make some good home made food

Go crazy in the kitchen and test out a new recipe that you have been wanting to make. Since most stores are closed on Sundays, I like to make something easy like energy balls or granola of the things I already have at home. Even better, make home made banana nice cream with chocolate! All you need is 2-3 frozen bananas, 3 squares of chocolate, and 3 dates for a creamy consistency. Mix it all together and enjoy!

4. Organise at home

Some people really love organising, and others hate it. The thing most people have in common is that we like the end result - a neat and tidy home, and actually knowing where all are stuff is located. Spend some time organising at home, cleaning your room and the kitchen, and you will feel super good about it tomorrow and the rest of the week.

5. Make a good playlist on Spotify

If it’s one thing I can’t live without, it’s music! Life just get’s better with it. Or, you can subscribe to my list of chill out songs here.