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. 

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A new episode of our podcast - now under the name Radio Broccoli ;)  - is finally out! Only in Norwegian at the time being.//I den nyeste episoden av podkasten vår, Radio Broccoli, kan du høre om blant annet:

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  • Kuuuult miljønytt - gutta fra Australia som vil redde verden med sopp
  • Våre beste tips til en julefeiring som er bedre for jorda og deg sjæl
  • Etiske og øko-vennlige julegaver!
  • Opplevelser, miljøvennlig surfeutstyr, soyalys, økologisk undertøy, gaver med mening og mye mer
  • Hvordan kan man spise mer vegansk i julen og hva svarer man på spørsmål om hvorfor man gjør som man gjør!
  • Julepølsa til Herman
  • Lytterspørsmål: hva er det beste og verste med jobben deres?
  • Hvordan forklarer man en jobben sin i et «nytt» yrke?
  • Selvtillit og selvbilde - hva er forskjellen?
  • Sus med godt selvbilde og dårlig selvtillit og Nettern med dårlig selvbilde og god selvtillit
  • Tips til bedre selvbilde og selvtillit etter opp og nedturer og forhold som har gått til h******
  • Og litt om hverdagskosen, å feire livet litt hele tiden og hva man vil se tilbake på når man er gammel

 

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22 ethical & eco-friendly christmas gift ideas

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

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

Other tips for an eco-friendly Christmas

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

Have a lovely pre-christmas time!

Weekly eco-tips #1: Light an (eco-friendly) candle for christmas

From now on we will post a weekly eco-tips - a small thing we all can do to save the environment. We want to do this every week until Christmas, and if it's a hit we will continue into the new year.As it's definitely darker outside, and cozier inside with a hot cup of tea and lots of candles, our first tip is to buy eco-friendly candles! This will actually save both your health and the environment. Eco-friendly candles mean that they are made from renewable raw materials, as opposed to the cheaper paraffine candles which are made from oil and release a number of chemical toxins into the air such as chromium and musk xylene. In Norway, the more eco-friendly candles are "Svanemerket" which you can read more about here and here. These candles are also made without palm oil and with 90 percent renewable raw material.

If everyone in Norway would change their candles to eco-friendly variants, it would be the same as removing 21.000 cars from the roads, according to sortere.no! Small but significant step.

I tiden fremover vil det komme et øko-livsstil tips en gang i uken, som en liten motivasjon og inspirasjon til alle der ute som ønsker å gjøre små ting for jorda vår.Siden det definitivt har blitt mørkere ute og koseligere inne, med en god kopp te og tente stearinlys, ønsker vi å tipse om at man kan bytte ut de tradisjonelle te- og stearinlysene med mer miljøvennlige versjoner. Dette vil faktisk både være en fin ting å gjøre for miljøet og din egen helse. Øko-vennlige lys betyr at de er produsert ved bruk av fornybare råvarer, i motsetning til parafinlysene som er laget av olje. Disse frigjør en rekke kjemikalier i luften slik som krom og muskxylen. I Norge er de mer miljøvennlige lysene Svanemerket, som du kan lese mer om her og her. De er laget av 90 prosent fornybart materiale. In Norway you can buy eco-friendly candles at Princess, Indiska, Lagerhaus, Clas Ohlsson, Nille, Coop, Meny and Rema 1000, just look for the logo of Svanemerket. In other countries, some specialty stores and online stores usually have candles made from environmentally friendly materials, such as "The Greatest Candle In The World" - made from recycled cooking oil.I Norge kan du kjøpe miljøvennlige lys på Princess, Indiska, Lagerhaus, Clas Ohlsson, Nille, Coop, Meny of Rema 1000 - bare se etter Svanemerket! I andre land finner du slike lys i ulike spesialforretninger eller online, slik som for eksempel "The Greatest Candle In The World", som er laget av resirkulert matolje.