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

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!

 
  
 

 

 

 

Spending my days at uni – like the rock star I am

I’m lacking my motivated side this semester (it was there somewhere in the beginning). I am so cool about uni until an assessment is due, then I’m freaking out and everyone around me have to put up with it. Especially my roommates.
I go to uni, I sit in the library for like an hour – and the biggest part of this hour I’m either dancing in my chair to Taylor Swift, stalking someone on Facebook or I’m just watching people (stalking them in real life). A tip for you – if you hear a bell that sounds like a cat’s, in the library, it’s probably me stalking around. Maybe I do some reading but that doesn’t happen very often.
And the rest of the day I just enjoy the company of someone really awesome, meeting new people or eating food. That’s my days at uni. Yeah, life is pretty awesome.

 

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My second year at Uni.

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Tomorrow it’s time – after a break of almost four months, my second year at uni starts!!
I can’t believe I’ve been here for over a year now, and it feels really good.

I’m feeling so freaking motivated about going back to Uni. I even got my motivating pens. My friend asked me; Penny, what exactly is a motivating pen?
Well, wouldn’t you like to know.
This year we’re gonna go more in to the nutrition part, finally. When people have asked me what we’ve learned this last year I haven’t really known what to answer. The periodic table? Cause it was mostly science my first year.
This semester I’m doing Food studies, Principles of nutrition, Introduction to behavioral health and Challenges to mental health. So exciting!!

And I’m gonna keep my motivating attitude throughout this semester. And I do this by surrounding me with an awesome group of people, planning my timetable wisely (well, let’s see how that goes), focusing on things that makes me happy. And of course, my motivating pens.

I’m gonna keep you posted about how everything goes.
Until then, do what makes you happy. Why else would you do it?

 

 

The thing about traveling

Right now I’m at South Korea’s airport on my way back to Australia!
I’ve really loved being with my loved ones in Sweden, but I can’t wait to be back home with my other loved ones! Cause yes, Australia is now my home. I’ve been in Sweden far too long and I’m now ready to go back to reality (and the sun). All though I’m really happy I got to see the snow!

The hardest thing about living so far away from where you come from is to leave your family. I saw my sister for the first time in two years, cause we had a falling out, and now I’m going to miss her like crazy! She’s grown up to such an amazing woman and I’m so proud of her.
And of course my mum. ”I won’t cry!!!” Yeah, like that’s gonna happen. I stopped breathing for a minute or two as I was sobbing like an idiot. That’s the hardest part about living on the other side of the planet, all these ”goodbyes” and ”see you later”. They are tearing me apart, but only for a short moment. Then I realize why I’m living in Australia, cause I love it! This is my life now, and it feels so right!

The thing is I actually love traveling alone. Everyone’s like ”It takes soooo long to travel to Australia”. Yes, it does. But when I travel alone I can always find someone to talk to, and if I don’t want to talk I don’t have to. I can sleep, watch movies, read.
But here’s another thing I can add to the list of things I’ve done while traveling;
That one time I forgot my computer bag in the lounge at Amsterdam’s airport. Yes I did.
I’m a giddy woman.
But, I realized this while boarding the plane so I had to run back and one friendly soul had put it on one of the chairs and the flight attendant shouts; ”YOU ARE ONE LUCKY WOMAN!!” Yes I am. Thank you.

 

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