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

 

 

Your body is capable of amazing things

Since I was 12 years old I’ve hated my body. Much like every other person.
I’m too fat – my love handles are too big, my hair is too fragile, my legs are too short. The only thing I’ve liked is my boobs. Well, at least since the age of 18.

I remember in sixth grade when my mum and I had a meeting with my teacher and I said that I was feeling left out by the other girls and she asked me why. My answer was “I am too fat”. WTF?!
I don’t even know if I believed it or not, but back then – I knew that if I was fat, there was a reason for me to be left out. Because I didn’t look like everyone else. And that was easier to face than the fact that I was weird. (Which I’m totally okay with now by the way). But where did I get this from? First of all, that I was overweight? And second of all, that there was something wrong with being overweight? Like that was an okay reason for being left out?

I study nutrition, and even if I’ve been taught the information to why the body needs the food we eat – all this information blows out the window that one second my brain starts to go on and on about how “I am too fat.”
But now I say I’ve had enough!
My body is a freaking powerful machine. I got hit by a car in 40km/h and here I am! I’m like freaking wonder woman or something. I’m not saying that I’m immortal. But why do I put all my energy into feeding my body with negative thoughts about how it looks instead of loving it?
My body is awesome.
It’s been there for me through my 27 years here on earth. It walks, swims, breathes, smiles, cries, and beats, “plays the guitar” (at least that’s my intention), lifts, kicks, dance.
When did I start let my looks define who I am?

From now on I’m treating You with love, kindness, respect and gratitude. Everything that You deserve. Everything that I deserve.
I am a soul, I have a body. But the body is one of our biggest supporters through life. So I will support You.


Photo: Isabelle Thelning 

Where do you get your nutrition information from?

Winter break – which means that I’m done with half my bachelor degree.
As you all know I am studying nutrition, and as you all also know is that there is nutrition information everywhere. And I mean absolutely EVERYWHERE! And why do we blindly trust everything we read/hear about nutrition? We’re not even looking at the facts, we just ingest whatever someone, who we think might know Something about nutrition, says.
How many of you haven’t looked up online to see what a celebrity eats?
I cannot remember how many times I’ve done this. And it’s all from that totally impressive yoga nerd to Blake Lively. Or that one celebrity that wrote a book about what to eat but they have no education whatsoever about nutrition.

I’ve done half my degree and there’s still so much more to learn.
After the first year I couldn’t say that I’d learnt so much as it was mostly science subjects, but by my third semester we started to get into it and it reminded me of why I study nutrition. But I don’t know enough for people to blindly trust me.
But it’s funny, for example;
I went into a health store cause yes, I self-diagnosed myself that, maybe, I’m iron deficient. There I ended up talking about food and supplements with the lady working.
Which resulted in me buying things I cannot afford just because the lady told me that I was probably lacking this and that in my diet. And I’m not saying that she doesn’t know what she’s doing, she probably is. But I’ve listened to so many different ”health” people about what to and what not to eat.
Nutrition also has a lot of ”health-trends”, which bugs me like crazy.
”Right now we’re eating coconut oil. Cause coconut oil is awesome, and it is so healthy.” Coconut oil is awesome, it is deliciously awesome. But how healthy is it? Do you know? Or are you just eating it cause everyone is telling you to?
”Did you know that peanut butter prevents your stomach from bloating? I saw that on a picture on Instagram”…………

I’m not telling you to not eat coconut oil. I eat coconut oil. I also use it on my body, in my hair and as lube.

 

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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?