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Why New Year's Resolutions Won't Work

Have you come up with any New Year's resolutions this year? If not, it is totally okay not to do them. In this post I will explain why it is so. I think the most common/favorite resolutions have to do with losing weight, eating healthier, trying to distress or slow in life in general. I have a thing or two to say about slowing down. As you know, I got very sick this fall (you can read it in here), and as a result, suddenly I had a lot of time to think about life. It was a bit funny that somehow my life changed from being very busy and organised to being not busy at all. I have to say that at first it was hard for me to slow down because I am the kind of person who doesn't just sit around, instead I get things done. Period. But now I was in a place that I didn't have a choice. This pneumonia made me to stop everything and forced me to slow down. (Honestly, it was a real effort to go to a shower). I was too tired and all my energy went to fetching up a glass of water from t…

6 Reasons Why I Blog

What is the purpose of this blog and why am I doing this? In this post you'll have answers to these questions..These are the things I keep asking myself from time to time when it gets so busy in our house. I have to admit that it takes a lot of time (more than I realized when I started blogging) to write these posts, take pictures and think of my schedule. Especially now when my last courses in the University starts, I am quite busy. However, I am very determined to keep this blog up and running..

Here are my reasons for blogging:To be inspired. Initially I started this because I wanted to share my knowledge and inspire people to make small, healthy choices in their lives. As I started to create texts, I found myself being inspired. There's so much to learn and so many positive things out there if you just focus on that, your life will change into better! I have had this idea of being a blogger so many times in my head, mainly because I love reading blogs, but there wasn'…

My Christmas & Sneak Peak from Detox -Series

This Christmas:
I enjoyed quiet evenings drinking tea covered with my warm new blanket.I walked around our neighborhood as I listened to Christmas carols and felt very emotional and grateful for everything ❤I ate loads of Gingerbread cookies made by my son. I rolled in cold snow after the sauna. It felt good and got my blood flowing like crazy. Made me think about starting ice swimming.I watched House of Cards on Netflix.I went to bed at 10 pm and rose early to go for a morning run. Damn it felt good to run again after suffering post-pneumonia flu. Just me, adrenalin and snow.






 Sneak peak from my Detox-series If you google "detox diet" you can get more than 6 million references. Or if you google "detox diet and any fruit" see what happens.. I bet there are detox diets available to every fruit 😁 This goes to show how popular detox nowadays is. Clearly, anyone with a computer can create a diet, create a blog or website and then make stuff up. But this is not what I’…

Have a Healthier Christmas

Christmas is just around the corner and for many people it means time to relax and enjoy Christmas treats. Despite of my body's reactions to gluten and dairy, I have celebrated my Christmas in a quite traditional manner eating all the traditional Christmas foods, such as carrot and turnip casserole, rice porridge, various types of cheese and plum quark. However, after enjoying these meals, as you can assume, I have not felt so good. Thus this year I have considered to change this. Why give yourself stomach ache and bloating just for the sake of holidays? Previously when we had Christmas lunch with someone else's house I didn't want to "offend" anyone, so I ate what was served. Having said this, this Christmas will be different because we decided to stay at our house.  So accordingly, we will serve our "own" menu which will be suitable for everyone. I was thinking about preparing ham, some healthy salads, salmon, potatoes and some casseroles for my son.…

Superfoods versus Supplements

Previously, I wrote about supplements and the fact that do we really need them. I came to the conclusion that there are advantages in using them if it is done correctly. However, in that post I didn't mention how much people need certain vitamins and some might think that I take too much supplements. If you are interested on this matter, you can find a few research articles in herehere (b-vitamins) and here (vitamin-C). From my experience I can say that I think my supplement/vitamin intake is accurate because normally I don't get sick at all (if you don't include my pneumonia which I got from my holiday trip). 
What is my opinion about the commercial superfoods? I think the hype about them has descended and I personally have stopped using many of them and instead focused on just a few. Like any other hype about certain healthy food item, such as with superfoods, it is only a short amount of time which people will be obsessed about them. However, something good can come …

What I Eat in a Day + Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Here is a sneak peak about what I eat in a day. This is one of my typical weekend in terms of eating. This day didn't include any treats but I'll do a different what I eat -including these cravings. During work days, I'll either eat school lunch (if it is gluten-free) or I'll have my own lunch which is typically what I have prepared for my family the day before. I would like to eat salads for my lunch because I have noticed that it gives me good energy and a light feeling after eating it but I don't have time to prepare them in the mornings. As a result, I try to have a salad in the evenings and in the weekends as a lunch. See what I eat in a day to stay healthy:
BreakfastOatmeal porridge with flax seeds, berries and home-made apple jam.Protein pancake * with home-made rhubarb jam and berries.A pot/ two big cups of Mate * tea.
Lunch Salmon salad with spinach leaves, tomatoes, cucumber and pumpkin seeds.Avocado sauce: avocado, garlic, lemon, apple cider vinegar and ta…

9 Tips How to Find Time for Exercise

Today I will share my tips how to find time for your workouts. Previously I mentioned that I don't believe in excuses when it comes to exercising. If it is important to you and if you want to maintain in good health, you will find time. It is all about determination. Same goes with committing to eating healthy.
My favourite quote:
"If you don't have time for exercise, you'll probably have to make time for illness." 

Robin Sharma


Here are my tips:
Have a morning workout. Try to arrange time to do it in the morning. It doesn't have to be more than 20-30 minutes long. Then you don't have to worry about it after work. It's done and you are committed. This way you'll have a nice kick start to your day. Try it at least once! This would be an ideal way to exercise for me because I love training in the morning and getting all pumped up. Double the fun and do a workout with your children/spouse. Get your whole family involved. Make this some special time with…

This is Me

Many people have found my blog so I decided to write some facts about me. I will include some facts and pictures of my life during the past years. It was really interesting to try to skim pictures of my life. First of all it made me so lucky and grateful for to have experienced living as an expat in two foreign countries. Secondly, it made me think how much I have grown as a person.. Without further ado here we go!
I love reading books, especially in English. Lately I have been reading many self help books which I will do a separate post later. I think that my passion for reading has even grow. Who else cannot fall asleep without reading a book?
Football (soccer) is my passion. I started playing when I was 9 years old. I stopped going football practices when I had my son but I found my passion again last summer. It has given me much more than any sport. After these practices I feel like I am a better version of myself.
My work out philosophy has changed dramatically. I used to think tha…

I Quit Drinking Coffee and it Changed My Life

The U.S.Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says about 80 percent of U.S. adults take some form of caffeine every day. Accordingly, coffee is one of the most commonly used ingredients in the world. But caffeine does so much more than just keeping you awake.It’s a central nervous system stimulant that affects your body in numerous ways. So, let's talk about this and why drinking coffee might not be good for for you. While there has been numerous studies about the benefits of coffee, such as it increases alertness, lowers the risk of depression and reduces the risk of brain diseases, it has also negative effects on sleep and anxiety and it can cause headaches, panic attacks, adrenal fatigue, loss of energy, it can deprive minerals and vitamins from your body (read more on here)
As I mentioned before(here), I quit drinking coffee last spring. Well, how did I get the idea to stop drinking coffee? After consuming my morning coffee, I noticed that at first it made me feel like a super …

How to Get Sugar out of Your Life + Raw Chocolate Recipe

With all the Christmas and New Year resolutions coming many people think that they should alter their diets and think about giving up on sugar. Personally I think that you shouldn't wait after the holidays and instead you should do it right away. This doesn't mean that you are not allowed to enjoy or indulge during the holidays. Quite the opposite! I live a balanced life and even though I want to be sugar-free most of the time, I have treats. I couldn't live ascetic life and deny myself everything and at the same time watch other people enjoy their sweets.No, no! Here I will give you my tips how to get sugar out of your life and live a balanced life.

My tipsHave a good smoothie. My favourite smoothie includes a lot of frozen bananas (it will give a creamy and sweet taste), blackcurrants or strawberries, water, naturally sweetened protein powder and some kale. So simple!
If you want to wean yourself completely, it will take about two weeks and your taste buds will get used…

Kettlebell Workout (HIIT)

Here is my whole body kettlebell workout. In this workout you will need a timer, a mat and a kettlebell or two (it is up to you which kilos you need).
Do each exercise once, then take a 10 seconds break and move on to the next one. After you have finished all the exercises take a 1-2 minutes break and start doing round 2. After this you can do a round 3. If you are just starting to exercise, do only 2 rounds. You can also adjust the time by increasing or decreasing it: if you are in good shape, you should be able to start with 30-45 seconds each exercise and do 3 rounds. If you are a  beginner, start with 30 seconds and do only 2 rounds.
Before you start, you should have some basics in kettlebell training in order to have the right movements ad get the right muscles working. There is a lot of technique videos available on YouTube but I personally recommend that you start with a class first.

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Squat-biceps and shoulder press

Start with the squat position, then rise and do a biceps …