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

 

 

Healing myself with everything I am given

When I was ten my mum decided to changed her life, even her name, and she started working as an energy therapist. This was 2001, an energy therapist. Come on, what is that? I can remember that she was called a ”hippie”, and this was apparently a bad thing.
Now I’m waaaay more hippie than my mum. She raised me well.
Talking to her now on Skype  and she’s saying that she’s not hippie anymore, and at the same time she’s showing me a dance on how to collect energy from mother earth… Yeah mum, you are always going to be a hippie. And I’m proud.


When talking about healthy habits people are often referring to eating healthy, doing physical activity. But looking at it from a holistic perspective – how do you heal your body, mind and spirit?
When you feel that you are not your best version of yourself, your body feels uncomfortable, your mind isn’t really that bright. What do you do?

I have a bad habit of seeing myself as a victim, which is not an attractive thing to do. And my mum, my role model, always makes me see this – which pisses me off (obviously), but she is right.

So I find things to heal myself – I’m that type of person that wears crystals ever day, I bathe with crystals. Heck, when I came home from the hospital after the accident I put all my crystals around my bed thinking they would protect and heal me. Is that weird? Not to me.
I see osteopaths for my body. I see crystal healers for all parts of me – body, mind, spirit. I’m reaching out to an astrologist because in a way it heals me knowing that there is a bigger picture to it that I can’t see right now, cause I’m right in the middle of it all and have a hard time seeing it from another perspective.

I practice meditation. I write. I do affirmations. I use essential oils for all parts of my body, even my vajayjay.
And now I’m gonna go cry a little, you know, cleanse the channels. Cause it’s good for me.

What do you do to heal your body, mind and spirit?

 

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?

 

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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Challenging myself every month

For Christmas I got a calendar from my mum where I have to do something special every month this year.
In February I needed to try on something new, and on Monday one of my friends took me skateboarding and it was so much fun! I loved it and I can’t say that I was that bad at it either. But, since it was the 29th of February, leap day, does it really count? Has it happen?

In March I’m gonna give meditation an honest chance to win me over by doing meditation everyday. I’ve tried it before but always give up every time cause I get bored. But two days in and still going strong.
There’s a few reasons to why I think meditation would be good for me;
– Relaxation in my body, especially my back which brings me pain everyday.
– I need to be more present, and I think this will help me achieve that.

March. The third month of the year. When did the time start going by so fast? If I was back home in Sweden now I would probably be in an argument with someone about how March actually counts as a spring-month. Which it does, and as soon as the spring pops out you just want to sit outside and wear shorts, even though it is freezing. But apparently it’s sunny in Sweden right now, shocker.
But I’m here, sweating my ass off everyday and loving it. I’m so not telling you this so you can be jealous.

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