We guested Braindump podcast <3

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

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

Listen to the episode HERE.

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Heal your digestion with Medical Medium

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

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

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

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

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Celery juice

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

Read more about this here.

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Cutting down on fat

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

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

Read more about this here.

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Don’t fear the fruit

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

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

Read more about this here.

How to eat fruit better:

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

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

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

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

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

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Heavy metal detox smoothie

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

Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas

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

  • 1 cup cilantro

  • 1 cup orange juice

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 guys' top advice on a plant based diet

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now over to the tips.

Christopher Gulliksen

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

Social: @christophergulliksen + @akern.no

Christopher In action

Christopher In action

  1. Get yourself proper equipment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  5. Health first!

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

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

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

Thomas aka Veganmannen

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

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

  1. Be creative in the kitchen

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

  2. Try vegan food when traveling

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

  3. Eating out - ask the chef

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

  4. Get daily inspiration

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

  5. Educate yourself

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

Hallvard Kolltveit

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

Social: www.hallvardkolltveit.com + @hallvardkolltveit

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

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

  2. Track your intake

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

  3. Make big portions

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

  4. Let your body adjust with time

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

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

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

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CHECK OUT OUR NEWEST PODCAST EPISODE WITH HALLVARD HERE.



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

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.

Adidas x Parley for the Oceans

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- One garbage truck load of plastic is dumped in the ocean every minute

- Within 2050 the ocean will contain more plastic than fish, by weight 

- Every piece of plastic ever made still exists

- Plastic that is eaten by ocean animals eventually end in our bodies

- There is one tonne of plastic in the ocean for every human being 

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There is no doubt we need to do something with the ocean plastic problem. Firstly, we all need to educate ourselves on the topic. It was not long ago that we learned that clothing made of polyester (a plastic based material) sheds small pieces of plastic in the washing machine, which means that the small plastic pieces end up in the ocean.

We’ve been looking for better produced (eco-friendly) workout clothes for a while now. There are not a lot of good options on the market, which isn’t so strange since training gear is usually made of polyester in order to absorb and transport the sweat so that you don’t freeze. Clothes of cotton are not the best match for work-outs, since the fabric draws in the humidity and makes the material heavy.

And we have good news! Adidas and Parley for the Oceans have teamed up to create a new fabric, a yarn called Parley Oceans Plastic™, which is made from recycled plastic picked up from coastal areas and beaches.

Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Together with a team of athletes, dancers, training influencers and bloggers we are fronting the new collection of training clothes here in Norway.

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ADIDAS W.N.D. PARLEY Jacket. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

The collection consists of tights, tops, sports bras, a jacket, caps, water bottles, bags and shoes. Check them out here.

BELIEVE THIS PARLEY 7/8 TIGHTS.  Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

BELIEVE THIS PARLEY 7/8 TIGHTS. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

We always want to support brands that make a real effort to change in a better direction, and for Adidas to take this stance is huge, and an opportunity for many other brands to follow. 

DON'T REST PARLEY BH.  Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

DON'T REST PARLEY BH. Photo: Michael Ray Vera Cruz Angeles

Even though the clothes are made of recycled polyester, they will probably shed micro-plastic pieces when you wash them, so make sure to use a Guppy Bag - a bag that you put your clothes into before washing them that is supposed to hinder the small plastic fibers to enter the waterways.

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You can find the clothes at bigger sports stores where they sell Adidas - and here in Norway more specifically at G-Sport! And remember to do a mini beach cleanup next time you’re out running!

4 meditations for anxiety relief

Some times the world gets a bit overwhelming, and we need some coping mechanisms to get by. We have both tried lots of different things - yoga, breathing techniques, long walks, therapy sessions and just a good old cup of (something) ;)) One thing that we keep coming back to is meditation. Meditation helps center our energy and release tension in the body and mind. I thought I would share my four current favorite meditations that I do regularly to stay sane! Hope you like them.

How to meditate?

Meditation can be done in many different ways. Usually I like laying down in my bed, on the flour or sitting on a cushion. Do it any way that suits you, and how you feel comfortable.

Hope this gave you some inner joy & peace ☮️ Do you meditate? What are your favorite videos/apps/podcasts?

Things we failed at

I listened to a podkast in the car the other day, and the episode was about things she “failed” at along the way of building her business and life. It got me thinking about the past couple of years and how bumpy our road has been even though it all seems pretty straight forward on social media. It reminded me of a spring when we were just moments away from opening our dream café. Except it wasn't . Our gut feeling told us it was not the right way to do it, even though we just spent weeks and months dreaming and planning it, even finding our first employee. Weeks and months without any income. It reminded me of the time we did bad business deals and trusted the wrong people. When we gave more of ourselves than we ever got back. It reminded me of the times when we didn’t feel a sense of direction at all and felt completely lost. It also reminded me of the times we felt completely alone. But you know what. It may have broken us a bit a long the way, made us feel small, like we failed. In reality it thought us so much. How important it is to know what kind of people you want in your life. What your gut feeling feels like and how its actually worth following. How much we are worth and how some closed doors just leads to another one opening up. How important is it to take risks, because if you never do, you will not grow and build the life that you really want.

A new chapters are coming up soon. New risks. A new chance to win or to grow. Maybe both. The same terrifying feeling of stepping away from everything that is secure. We have taken risks before. We will do it again. It would not be as easy did we not know what we do now.

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Update on the week and Adidas shoot

It’s Friday people. I’ve waited for this day all week. Haha. That’s pretty stupid actually, cause that makes me enjoy each moment less, and when Friday comes, it’s gonna pass just as quickly as every other day. Hm. Going to enjoy it a lot!!

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Monday morning breakfast from Oslo Raw

Monday morning breakfast from Oslo Raw

Anyways! We’ve had such a busy week. We started Monday morning with an interview with a magazine about sisterhood and working together as sisters - it was fun to reflect upon our relationship and how it has changed after we started working together. In the evening we guested God Sommer Norge - a Norwegian talk show on TV2. We were there together with a news reporter who had been challenged to 3 days plastic free living, and we were gonna give him some tips and tricks. We also spent some time preparing for a presentation we were holding on Tuesday. In between I’ve been taking Noah for walks, playing with him, making sure he eats, and picked up socks all over the apartment.

Tuesday we held a presentation on “10 tips to a more eco-friendly lifestyle” for a University College in Oslo, Høyskolen Kristiania. This week is the intro week for all universities in Oslo, and there were some pretty tired people in the crowd haha. It actually still smelled of beer in the arena, but the presentation went pretty well and we signed some books afterwards. Its always hard to know if people resonate with what we are saying when we’re up there, since most people have kind of a plane facial expression when listening, but we got some nice messages afterwards - so thank youuu to everyone who came!

Presentation at Kristiania University College

Presentation at Kristiania University College

Second-hand clothing event &amp; book signing at Fretex Universitetsgata

Second-hand clothing event & book signing at Fretex Universitetsgata

On Wednesday we prepared for an event we held in the evening, listened through and edited our new podcast episode (you can listen here - its in Norwegian) . At 3 pm we went down to the second hand store Fretex, we ended up taking a taxi cause we we’re carrying lot’s of Infinitum magazines, candy, chips, smoothies +++ and IT was a Tesla taxi:) Haha we couldn’t even figure out how to open the fancy doors. At Fretex, the shop was packed with people, we met Karen Elene (@fattigstudent) whom we were hosting the event with. We talked for about half an hour about clothing and the environment, what to look. for when going second-hand shopping and how we can shop eco-friendly on a budget! After the event we stopped by Nordvegan to pick up some vegan curry.

New tote from @øystories and vegan curry from Nordvegan

New tote from @øystories and vegan curry from Nordvegan

On Thursday we had a meeting with a new company we are planning to do some fun things with - and figured out that they really align with our values, so that was exciting! We went for a swim practice at Frognerbadet to get some exercise and woh I was exhausted afterwards from the whole week and just tried to chill for a while watching a new series on Netflix. Its weird how hard it is to relax when you’ve been going at 100 km/h for a week?? In the evening, I brought Noah to meet his brother in the park 😍

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Today we have a photo shoot with Adidas and Parley for the Oceans - shooting with their new collection of sports wear made of ocean plastic! It’s raining so it’s gonna be a refreshing experience woh. Tonight we are going out to different events, and then meeting up for a birthday.

Everyday breakfast bowl: frozen banana, frozen blueberry, squeeze of orange juice, spirulina, barley grass juice powder

Everyday breakfast bowl: frozen banana, frozen blueberry, squeeze of orange juice, spirulina, barley grass juice powder

Enjoy the weekend - in Oslo it’s rainy and gray, which calls for indoors movie time, cacao, homemade cookies and relaxing!

Have you tried period panties?

Okay, so this is a very new thing. Panty liners that can substitute for tampons or sanitary towels! How cool is that? This is not an ad by the way :) Who doesn’t want to feel comfy during their period?

According to the Independent, a shocking 700.000 panty liners, 2.5 million tampons and 1.4 million sanitary towels are flushed down the toilet every single day in the UK! The numbers are probably similar in many countries across the world, and that is A LOT of waste going into the sewage system.

That’s why we’ve decided to test some alternatives. First out - period panties from Thinx 🍑

We’re gonna try the Organic Cotton Thong. Honestly chose this one because it was the cheapest one, and in Norway we pay toll fees for ordering from abroad for over 350 kroners. Anyways - it looks amazing, the fabric feels comfy, its made of organic cotton and holds up to 1/2 a tampons worth!

The other styles, such as the Super Cotton Brief is made for the heaviest days, and holds up to 4 tampons worth.

Care Instructions

Thinx provide some care instructions for use: “To take care of your Thinx, you rinse first , pop ‘em in a mesh laundry bag (this keeps your delicates, ya know, delicate), then cold wash and hang dry. Don’t  use bleach or fabric softener!  And yes, the rest of your clothes will be fiiine.”

They will also let you try them out for 60 days - and will give you a refund if you’re not convinced. We will make a new post soon on how we liked the Thinx panties - leave a comment with your experience or thoughts if you have any!

Check out their page and follow them on Instagram to see more 🍒

Awesome Things Yoga Teaches Us About Honouring Mother Earth

As a yogi, there are certain things that we should honor. We should be gentler first with ourselves and then to others. Yoga is not just about going into poses to become stronger and more flexible. While the practice does offer that to you, it also asks that we give back to our community and the earth. Part of the eight limbs of yoga includes many aspects of being conscious about the outside world we live in. We can often become very stuck just being in our heads. The world needs your help, and you are connected to it. It’s important to feel that and to help in the ways you can.

There are many beautiful ways that yoga can teach us about honoring mother earth. It starts from within.

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Being Aware of Self

Yoga opens you up to the awareness of self. When you can learn to pay attention to your feelings and physical manifestations, you will also become aware of other things. If it upsets you to see garbage in the park, you can acknowledge why that upsets you. Someone has been deeply disrespectful to other people and also to nature. When you find out why that bothers you so much, you may come to realize how much the pristine nature that surrounds you actually means to you. Getting deep into the heart of things will help you do the right things in life. You’ll start to take action because you stand behind the feelings you identify.

Being Aware of the Energy that Surrounds You

When you’re inside of your mind all of the time, you don’t see what’s happening around you. Once you find that self-awareness, which is something a yoga class should help you with, you’ll want to look outside of yourself. You’ll begin to feel the connectedness that exists within every living thing. That includes the houseplant, a tree, other people around you, and a body of water. Awareness is the first step towards action. Once you are willing to open up to people and things that surround you, you’ll be more prone to care about those things.

The Reference of Nature in Yoga Classes

Many yoga teachers will theme their classes around nature. There are even many poses that mimic animals, mountains, the sun, and the moon. If you’re doing yoga classes regularly, you may begin to see nature in a new way. Perhaps seeing and acknowledging how precious it is. Appreciating a waterfall, a lake, or a creek a little more may promote an inner desire to preserve those things you love in nature.

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The Yamas of Yoga

The Yamas of yoga is our outer environment and how we deal with it. They are the universal vows that include our actions, words, and thoughts. There are a few of the Yamas that indirectly tell us we should be kinder to all living things. Here are a few.

Ahimsa is non-violence. This includes physical, mental, or emotional violence to yourself or someone else. The Buddhist practice of compassion can be used to help create non-violence in life. You can be unkind to people and all the earth in many ways. It’s all about being compassionate.

Aparigraha (non-coveting)

There are many things we may want to take from nature. If you look at the reasons we go to a zoo, for example, we love an animal so much we want to see them. This comes at the cost of their freedom. It’s not the right way, and we must become conscious of not coveting things. When we are all willing to do this, there won’t be animals in captivity for our viewing pleasure. Even the simplest things like a bouquet are coveting something from nature. Yes, others do it too so the rose will be cut from the stem regardless. There is a wisdom in all of us; however, that knows, there is power in just one person who decides to make a difference. By cultivating the act of not coveting things, you give people the freedom to do so also.

Yoga Teaches Us to Do No Harm

One of the eight limbs of yoga is to do no harm. This is why Buddhist monks won’t even kill a mosquito or ants that have infiltrated their sleeping quartered. If you follow the teachings of this ancient practice, it’s essential that you don’t harm other living things. This is everything. This is the amount of water you use, how much you drive, what kind of car you drive, how you purchase (is there a lot of plastic on your purchase?). Being aware of what is going to harm the environment is an essential aspect of yoga, which will likely be talked about at one point or another.

Yoga is a beautiful practice for you to do. It is also a lifestyle that exists beyond the mat. Being conscious about how you treat mother earth will come up within the community. It is a large part of yoga since it’s inception into the world so many thousands of years ago. As you become more aware of yourself and the world around you, you’ll begin to see how you can help mother earth.


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Guest post by Meera Watts

Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of Siddhi Yoga International a Singapore based company organzing yoga teacher training retreats worldwide. Meera is also among top 20 Yoga bloggers in the world as per Thoroughly Reviewed.

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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Bilde lånt av camillapihl.no

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.