Health – what does it mean to you?

You know what I’m really tired of hearing?
”If you are studying nutrition, are you really gonna eat that?”

One thing people have to understand is that everyone sees health differently.
For some people health is looking good. For others it is going on the newest diet, being vegan, living dairy and gluten free, being as strong as possible, and for some people it is, sadly, not to eat at all.
We are all different.
I am studying nutrition and I promise you that when I graduate, my mates and I, we are not going to have the same opinions about health, even though we’ve studied the exact same thing.

For me health is moderation, in all its definitions, shapes and colors.

I’ve come such a long way to actually accept the fact that it is okay for me to eat that ice cream without guilt.
Before I had to call my mum just to get it approved that it was okay for me to have potato chips.

Since then, now, to me – all of me matter. My entire being. Not just my looks. I eat that ice cream because it makes me feel good, but then you should also see my fridge because it’s full of all this awesomeness that I like to call veggies! I eat very well to me, I may not be super healthy to you.

Instead of thinking ”this is going to make me fat”, I think ”how is this contributing to my health today?”. If it makes me happy/satisfied, yes, it will contribute to my well-being. And some days I just ask myself ”Am I in the mood for something sweet today?” No, then I won’t eat it – at that point they’re just empty calories that are not giving me any nutrients that my body needs, or contributing to my well-being.
Without this relationship with myself I might end up binge eating, as I am restricting myself from having something that I really want.

I attended a lecture a couple of months ago where a dietitian was talking about Health at Every Size, or the non-diet approach, which you know that I strongly support.
Anyhow, he said:
”One day you really want chocolate. But no, you’re not allowed to eat it as it is unhealthy. So you eat some almonds. The next day you are still craving that chocolate, but you have some more almonds and an apple. The third day you eat some almonds, an apple, and then some more almonds, then you end up eating the entire chocolate bar.”
This was a very clever thing for him to point out.
It is not as equally easy for everyone to stay ”healthy”, to ”hide” themselves from what they’re craving (I just picture myself running around in the grocery store with chocolate bars chasing me).
So imagine if you would have eaten that chocolate the first day? Maybe then you only would have had a little piece, instead of the entire thing. Then you wouldn’t have eaten those Extra calories that the almonds and the apples contributed with.
I wouldn’t say it works like this for everyone, but think about. Isn’t the things you restrict yourself from the ones you want so badly?

Just have in mind what health is to you, to your best friend or to your partner. It’s probably not the same.

To be honest, I’m ALWAYS eating when someone asks me what I’m studying (often sweets). Cause let’s face it, food is life.
So let me eat my God damn crepe!

Picture: Sara Ismar

I’m being my most imperfect self

About five years ago I used to love my butt, I thought it was my best feature. And then Instagram entered my life and now all I see is butts. Butts, butts and butts – everywhere!
And after that I started to reconsider my butt.

A couple of weeks ago I was in class and we started talking about cellulites. And you know how when you’re sitting down you get dimples in your thighs, and you always check if they are still there whenever you are sitting?
No?
Me neither….
Anyway, I told the girls that they are just dimples – from your vagina being so happy.
Which means my vagina must be really happy. How about yours?

Isn’t it funny how we keep comparing ourselves to others? And there’s always that one special thing. Like mine – butts, obviously – I always look at butts, I’m sorry, but I do. And I’m not afraid of telling people when they’ve got a strong butt game – however, they often don’t seem so comfortable with hearing it. Probably because they have their own mindset about what their body looks like.

I am a big advocate for Health at Every Size and the non-diet approach. Because I don’t believe in diets. They set you up to fail and when you do you feel even more shittier about yourself than you did from the start. And why put your body through that stress? Mentally and physically? Cause let’s face it, the weight you lose you regain within 3-5 years and sometimes another few extra kilos, if you don’t know how to maintain your body properly after that weight loss.
No thank you, I say look at your life from a bigger picture – how are you not contributing to your life in a healthy way? Maybe you should reconsider your options when it comes to snacks? Eat more veggies? Do that morning walk every day? Meditate? Go to the gym a couple of times a week? Don’t beat yourself up mentally when you eat one tiny cookie? It is not only about your looks.
Don’t get me wrong – being overweight or obese contributes to several health problems around the world such as cancer. And doing a drastic lifestyle change to try and lose weight is a struggle for most people. But no matter what you look like you should not put yourself down for it. So put your focus somewhere else – by starting to cut back on unhealthy habits and replacing them with healthier ones, and by giving yourself time, you will notice a difference.

I have my own struggles, trust me.
Earlier this week we did a body composition analysis in my sports nutrition class. And my body fat was above normal – and my reaction wasn’t the best, and of course I was beating myself up mentally for liking ice cream too much (and most of you are just laughing now cause I’m a tiny person, but EVERYONE has their struggles).
I came home later that day and my roommate enlightened my very dark mind: ”If you would lose that 1.5% body fat would you feel any different? Why would you look at some numbers instead of actually listen to your body and how it is doing?”
Right then I realized, it’s got nothing to do with the fact that I’ve gained fat mass but more about that I’ve lost muscle mass since the accident (understandably). And I go to the gym to get strong, not to lose weight or look any different.
But if growing a butt is gonna make me look even better then I’d happily accept it.
My point is – my body fat levels do not tell me anything of what my body is capable of – like doing an almost perfect squat without any pain in my lower back. That is winning to me.
Your body is supposed to carry you for several more years to come, so don’t hate on it!

You know what I do pretty much every morning? I dance. In front of the mirror. Naked. And this is what I like to call my sexy dance-time. Listening to whatever J.LO song is available and pretending like I can twerk. In slow-motion of course, cause I can’t hump that fast to be honest. Try it, I promise it’ll make you happy.
So right now I’m telling myself to love my body, with dimples, saggy bum-cheeks and everything.
Feel free to love your body, no matter what it looks like.
And be naked when you have the opportunity!
In that way other people can appreciate your gorgeous body.

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Creating healthy habits – Part 2

I know a lot of you reading this know how to eat healthy, but a lot of people don’t.
Take my dad for example. I was talking about how expensive avocados are in Australia and he said ”What is an avocado? Is that the brown/green thing with the big seed in the middle.”
I thought it was funny that he barely knew what an avocado is, but I can bet you that he is not the only one.
My dad eats cucumber and tomatoes, at his best. And that was what I was brought up with.

I’m studying nutrition and I find it really hard to eat enough fruit and veggies everyday for example, cause I don’t know how/when to eat them. I just end up snacking on carrots throughout the day, not lot of variety if I may say so myself.

Some people probably know that they should eat healthier, but they don’t. Why is that? Are we afraid of trying something new? Are we too lazy to actually make an effort to make healthier food? And to be honest, some people actually seem scared of a nice looking salad instead of fries.

So today I want to talk about fruit and veggies.
Both fruit and veggies are fantastic sources of vitamins, minerals and dietary fibre, which is needed for an optimal health. The Australian Dietary guidelines suggests that you should eat 2 to 5 – at least 2 serves of fruit and 5 serves of veggies everyday. This increases the chance of maintaining a healthy weight and may decreases the risk for chronic disease, such as cancer.
It is also important to eat a Variety of this goodness to get all vitamins and minerals that the body needs. So no, snacking on a bag of carrots everyday is just gonna turn me orange.
Some studies also show that eating vegetables and fruit with your meals increases your satiety, especially if they are high in dietary fibre.

I just want to say to you: – Just the smallest step towards a healthier lifestyle is enough, and it is also important – for you current and future health.
Maybe start by adding spinach to your lunch and dinner, as this contains iron and magnesium. And it is easy to eat, at least for me.
Or why not make a fresh salad with spinach, tomatoes, kidney beans and some melon. – This is something I like, mixing fruit into my salads. Also add some pumpkin seeds to give your salad some crunch and additional protein.
It might not be a lot of an add/change, but remember – a small step to your healthier life. Also, creating a healthy sustainable lifestyle will in the long run promote a better well-being.

For more information click on this link:
Eat for health

And for my Swedish followers:
Livsmedelsverket

 

 

Creating healthy habits – Part 1

I would say that I’m a pretty healthy person. I take good care of my body, inside-out.
I see a personal trainer once a week, I see an osteopath after the accident, I ride my bike everywhere (but still haven’t been up on that horse since the accident), I do yoga, and I spend my time with people that have the kind of energy I want to surround myself with.
But one of my favorite healthy habits is the Sunday markets. This is truly one of my happy places.
There I get all my fruit and veggies for the week. Organic, cheap, and I am supporting local farmers – which I love.
But it’s not just that, it is also the atmosphere.
I go there every week with two friends of mine that happens to be psychologist students – so of course this is my therapeutic time for the week – a lot of talk, love, laughs and hugs.
I also get to be part of a community where people recognize me, and sometimes give me bargin’ deals on fruit. Come on, is there anything better?
And of course – cuddles with all the cute dog (my favorite!).

It is not just about eating healthy and being active, but also create habits that stick – like going to the farmers markets. Your fruit and veggie intake will probably increase by just looking at all of this delicious food from mother earth, smelling, tasting. Trying new healthy foods that you might end up loving!

I know that back home, in Sweden, farmers markets might not be a thing where you live which makes this harder. And to be honest, I hate going to the grocery store. So to make this easy for you all – move to Australia.

You also get incredible spoiled with all of these fresh, amazing fruit and veggies!

 
  
 

 

 

 

Changing bad habits

And now everyone thinks that I’m going to talk about nutrition.. But no. I’m going to talk about another bad habit of mine – my phone.

How many times a day do I check Facebook? How many times a day do I stalk people on Instagram?
I can say to myself ”Okay, I need to do this thing now. I’m just going to lie on my bed for a moment.” And instead of just lying there, breathing, getting re-energized – I pick up my phone. And Swooosh, half an hour has gone by. And it is mentally draining. It takes up more energy than it’s providing me with. It’s not really contributing anything to my current low mood.

I also don’t need to take my phone with me every time I need to do a poo, I just end up sitting there for a longer time. And there is more comfortable places to take a break than on the toilet.
Why do I do this? And I know that I am not the only one.

When it comes to bad habits, I am not that good at breaking them.
I don’t have many bad habits, but still. Or no, sorry – another bad habit. I’m living in deny.

How I’m trying to create a good relationship to my phone:

  • I hide the phone.
    This is just an issue when a couple of hours has gone by and I can’t remember where I hid it. (Most of the time in my walk-in closet, and people that have seen my closet know much stuff I have. It looks like a war-zone once I’m done in there.)
  • I put it on silent. (Hence, why I’m most of the time not picking up.)
  • Sometimes I ask my roommates to take it from me. Does not happen very often, only on the occasions when I know it’s not good for me to text that one particular guy I’ve been stalking on Facebook for the last hour.
  • I turn it off one hour before bed.On that fourth point I lied again. At least I try to turn it off. Good intentions, that’s what counts, right?

If procrastination is about to happen maybe it should be done another way?