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THE BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

I’ve been incorporating meditation into my morning practice more and more during the last couple of months. Not only do I feel amazing, there are lots of good reasons to do it. Therefore I want to talk the benefits of meditation 🙏✨

During the last couple of months I’ve added a little meditation into my morning routine, and it feels amazing. Meditating is such an easy way to start your day in a calm and relaxing way. I do different types of meditations, sometimes I just put on some very relaxing music on youtube while meditating, other days I go for a guided meditation and sometimes I put on some positive affirmations (read by Louise Hay) while meditating.

Not only is it a soothing and relaxing practice, there are actually many health benefits to gain from meditating, and that’s what I want to share with you today.

Benefits of Meditation

Reduces Stress

Can Help Control Anxiety

Can Lead to Better Emotional Health & Well-Being

Improves Your Concentration

May Improve Your Memory

Improves Your Happiness

Improves Sleep

Can Reduce Blood Pressure

Strengthens the Immunesystem

Reduces Depression

Have you gotten inspired to start meditating? As with all things, whenever you need to implement new habits – remember to make it easy and simple for yourself. Don’t expect yourself to go from never meditating to suddenly meditating for 20-30 minutes every single day. Start small. Try meditating 3-5 minutes every morning for a month.

Then overtime you can always increase how long you meditate. But start small – and remember, it is something you do for yourself. Think about that every time you sit down, think about how you’re doing a good thing for yourself and your mental health and well-being 🙏✨

Sources:
Book: Perfect Health – Deepak Chopra
Book: 12 Minutter til Success – Mediter dig lykkeligere, klogere og mere rolig – Henning Daverne
Book: Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself – Joe Dispenza
12 Science-based Benefits of Meditation – Healthline
The Science-baked Benefits of Meditation – Headspace
7 Ways Meditation can actually Change the Brain – Forbes

Self-development

26 THINGS I HAVE LEARNED IN 26 YEARS

Today is my Birthday and I’m turning 26. Therefore, I want to share with you 26 things I have learned in 26 years. I hope this can inspire and motivate you. Many of the things I’ve previously written about in more depth on my blog, so if you want to dive deeper into each area, feel free to explore it here on my blog 🙏✨

I’ve learned many things in my life – and the beauty about life is that I keep learning new things. And isn’t that beautiful? To know, that you can always learn new things. To know that you can always keep growing and evolving and experiencing new things. I find that so fascinating and magnificent, and I truly love this life and all the possibilities and opportunities we have at hand!

But let’s get into it – 26 things I have learned in 26 years:

  1. You Create Your Own Reality
  2. What You Focus on Grows
  3. Gratitude is the Best Attitude
  4. You Get what You Give
  5. Love is always the answer
  6. Food is Medicine
  7. You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup – Take Care of Yourself
  8. Your Gut Health is Essential for Your Overall Health
  9. What You See in Others, Exists in You as Well – both Good & Bad
  10. Everything in Life is About Balance – Yin & Yang
  11. Without the Darkness, We Wouldn’t See the Light
  12. We Are Energy
  13. Crying is Healthy and Good for Your Soul
  14. Communication is Key to Everything
  15. Treat Yourself the Way You Want Others to Treat You
  16. Mental Health is as, if not more, important than your Physical Health
  17. Small, but Steady Changes is Key to Sustainable Transformation
  18. If you want to Grow, You Need to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone
  19. Your Worst Enemy is Yourself & Your Own Limiting Beliefs 
  20. Forgiveness is Not for Others, It is for You 
  21. Creating Easy, Actionable Steps is key to Reaching Your Goals
  22. You Cannot Change Other People, The Only Person You Can Change is Yourself
  23. The Day You Plant the Seed is Not the Day You Eat the Fruit – but Be Consistent and You’ll Reap all the Rewards
  24. Progress Not Perfection. Done is Better than Perfect
  25. When you are You, you Attract the Right People 
  26. There is No Such Thing as Failure
Health

WHAT ARE ANTIOXIDANTS? + A DELICIOUS BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

I guess you have probably heard the word antioxidants before, but have you ever looked into what they really are? Today I want to go into what are antioxidants? Why are they so good for you? + give you a delicious berry smoothie recipe filled with those good antioxidants 🍌🍓🌿🙌✨

When looking at what Antioxidants are, we first need to look into something called free radicals. Free radicals are waste produced by cells as the body processes food in reaction to the environment. If the body can’t process and get rid of free radicals efficiently, then oxidative stress can occur – and this can harm cells and how the body functions.


There are several factors that increase the production of free radicals in the body, it can fx be internal in form of an inflammation – this can be caused by eating too much processed and sugary foods, or it can be external, such as pollution, UV exposure or cigarette smoke.

As you can hear, we don’t really want too many of these free radicals and the oxidative stress in our body.

And this is where antioxidants come into the picture! Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells that have been caused by free radicals.

The body itself does produce some antioxidants, but you can also get more antioxidants into your body through the food that you eat.

So if you want to have a healthy, fresh body, and beautiful skin, starting from within by eating more antioxidants is a good place to start.

Good food sources of antioxidants include;
– Eggplants
– Legumes
– Green Tea
– Red Grapes
– Dark chocolate
– Pomegranates
– Blueberries
– Apples
– Broccoli
– Spinach
– Lentils

DELICIOUS ANTIOXIDANT RICH BERRY SMOOTHIE RECIPE

  • 1 banana
  • ½ avocado
  • 4cm ginger
  • 1 citrus
  • a handful of frozen raspberries
  • a handful of frozen blueberries
  • ricemilk to cover
  • hemp seeds

    + Extra: I also add 3 teaspoons of lecithin granulate and a few teaspoons of an oil blend (‘Kvinde Olie’ – Oil of Life) to the smoothie as well to get some more healthy fats in there

Read also: Delicious Green Smoothie Recipe

Health

HOW TO STRENGTHEN YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM

The best we can do to fight cold, flus and virus is to strengthen our immune system. So, today I want to share how to strengthen your immune system 🍋🌿✨

The state of the world is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before. What you can personally do for your own health, and to protect others as well, is to take better care of your immune system. Of course there is the hygienic aspect – to remember to wash your hands regularly, cough into your shirt instead of your hands etc. But to prevent yourself from catching any cold, flu or virus, the best thing you can do is to strengthen your immune system.

Your immune system defends your body from foreign, invading organisms, promoting protective immunity while maintaining tolerance to self.

Today I want to share with you, several ways in which you can strengthen your own immune system.

Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System


Eat more Ginger & Garlic
To fight off any bad bacteria or virus, one thing we can do is to eat more antimicrobial foods. Foods such as ginger and garlic have high antimicrobial properties that is effective against bacteria. So when cooking, make sure to use more of these foods, to help strengthen your immune system.

Eat Vitamin C Rich Food or Take a Supplement
Vitamin C has an effect on the body’s immune system and protects against vira and bacteria. A good idea to strengthen your immune system, is therefore to eat more vitamin C rich food, and take a good vitamin C supplement.

Vitamin C rich food include thing such as; citrus fruits, kiwis, berries, tomatoes, cauliflower and leafy greens.

Take a Vitamin D Supplement
Many people, especially in the Northern countries were we go many months without seeing the sun can become deficient in vitamin D. Vitamin D is the vitamin you usually get through sun exposure. Deficiency in vitamin D is associated with increased autoimmunity and an increased susceptibility to infections. Therefore, taking a vitamin D supplement, especially during the Winter if you live in countries with less sun exposure, can be a very good idea.

Take a Probiotic Supplement & Eat Fermented Food
2/3 of the immune system is located in the gut. All disease begins in the gut. Make sure to start treating your gut right. Your gut health is affected by the food you eat. You can better the health of your gut by eating more veggies and fermented food. You can also support your gut health by taking a good probiotic supplement, to get more good bacteria in your gut. By strengthening your gut health, you’ll strengthen your immune system.

Drink Lots of Water & Herbal Teas
To work properly, we need water. We need to be hydrated. Our bodies consist of around 60% water. We need it for our body to function well. Drink more water and drink lots of herbal teas. Specifically you can go for herbal teas with ginger and turmeric, to strengthen the immune system, or a green tea filled with antioxidants.

Eat More Fruit & Veggies
Food is Medicine. This has been said for thousands of years, and now really is the time to embrace this – now more than ever. What you fuel your body with will determine how well your body will function for you. When you fuel your body with all the colours of different fruits and veggies, you get a whole range of different vitamins and minerals – which is exactly what your body need to function at its best. Fuel your body. Use food as medicine, by giving your body the best so it can work for you.

Move Your Body
Move your body, go for walks. By moving your body you activate your lymphatic system. Your lymphatic system gets rid of toxins from your body. So the simple act of going for a walk, will activate this system – and the less toxins that are in your system, the easier your immune system will function. Go out and get some fresh air and go for a walk.

Relax & Slow Down
Stress weakens the body’s immune system. So even though these times can be hard and full of uncertainty and insecurity, stressing about it does not help. Take time to relax and slow down. Meditate. Take some deep breaths. Go for a walk. Read a good book. Slow everything down.

Read also: 3 Practices to Help You To Relax & Tune Into Yourself


Health

THE BENEFITS OF DRINKING GREEN TEA

I’ve been drinking Green Tea for the past 8 years ever since I once read about all the benefits of drinking Green Tea. Not only is drinking a cup of tea delicious and comforting, but it is also so beneficial for your health as well, that’s what I absolutely love about it! 🍵🌿

If you aren’t already drinking green tea, then I want to give you tons of reasons in this blogpost for why to get started with this! Green tea is filled with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body.

I have been drinking at least 1-2 cups of green tea pr. day for the past 8 years. I remember reading about the benefits of it in high school, and then I just got started on it. Nowadays, it just ain’t as good a day if my mornings doesn’t start with my cup of green tea.

My little life motto goes like this; “A cup of green tea a day, keeps the doctor away”

But let’s get into the fun part, about all the amazing benefits that this tea has!

Benefits of Drinking Green Tea

  1. Green Tea Helps Reduce Inflammation & Fight Cancer
    Green Tea is rich in polyphenols, which helps to reduce inflammation in the body and can help to fight cancer
  2. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning & Improves Physical Activity
    Some studies have shown green tea to increase fat burning, and caffeine itself has been shown to improve physical performance.
  3. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection
    The catechins in green tea can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries.
  4. Green Tea may Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes
    Type 2 diabetes involves having elevated blood sugar levels and being insulin resistant, or having an inability to produce insulin. Studies have shown that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and can reduce blood sugar levels.
  5. Green Tea may Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
    Cardiovascular Diseases include things such as heart disease and stroke. Studies have shown that green tea can improve some of the main risk factors for these kind of diseases.
  6. Green Tea can Help Reduce Signs of Ageing, it Promotes Longevity and it Helps Reduce Sun Damage
    Green tea has strong antioxidants, which helps to fight inflammation. Green tea can help inhibit oxidative stress and the potential inflammation that might come from it. Green tea are also rich in an anti-ageing antioxidant, known as EGCG, which helps fight wrinkles by increasing cell turnover.

    With all those health benefits I’d say; no wonder why green tea has become very popular! And if you like the taste, then I would say go drink more of this healthy tea!

I’m curious to know, have you already jumped on the Green-Tea-Wagon? Or has this post perhaps inspired you to wanting to try it out? A little tip is that some pure green tea can be a bit bitter in the taste, so if you want, then you can go for green tea with lemon, those are my personal favourites 🍵🌿

Resources:
6 Things that May Slow the Aging Process – HuffPost
10 Proven Benefits of Green Tea – Healthline
Anti-infective Properties of Epigallocatechin-3-Gallate (EGCG), a Component of Green Tea – PubMed
Anti-microbial Effects of Green Tea Polyphenols on Thermophilic Spore-Forming Bacteria – ScienceDirect
Antiviral Effect of Catechins in Green Tea on Influenza Virus – PubMed
Effect of Green Tea on Glucose Control and Insulin Sensitivity: a meta-analysis of 17 randomised controlled trials – PubMed
Influence of Green Tea and Its Three Major Components Upon Low-Density Lipoprotein Oxidation – ScienceDirect
Green Tea Consumption and Mortality among Japanese Elderly People: The Prospective Shizuoka Elderly Cohort – ScienceDirect

Health Holistic & Spiritual living Self-development

WHERE MY INTEREST FOR HOLISTIC HEALTH COMES FROM

I want to share with you, where my interest for Holistic Health comes from. This journey has involved all from digestive issues, to a weak immune system to skin issues. But it has all led me to where I am today 🌿✨

What I personally love about following people who shares about fx how to fix health problems, is to follow people who have been through it themselves. Because then you really know that they have been through the same struggles as you, and that they have really done the work and experimented themselves with what works and what doesn’t.

My Personal Health Story

Growing up I had lots of digestive problems and stomach aches during my childhood. And it was for sure something that was interrupting my life, as it was both painful, but also very frustrating that I never really knew when and why these stomach problems was happening.

Read also: 5 Ways to Improve your Gut Health

Read also: Tips for Stomach Issues

Weak Immune System

Fast forward into my teenage years, where my immune system was so weak. I kept getting sick throughout high school, and at every bigger event (study trip, dance competition etc. I ALWAYS got sick). At this point I still didn’t know what was wrong, and it was frustrating, because in your teenage years FOMO (fear of missing out) is so big, at least it was for me at that time, so laying sick in hotel rooms at study trips while my classmates was out having fun and exploring new cities was for sure something I could have lived without.

Around this time, I started to find out that my connection to my digestive problems was very much connected to whenever I had dairy of any kind. I started reading and learning more about this, and found out that many people are lactose intolerant. Hereafter I started experimenting myself, and started to cut out dairy products. This was a game changer. I started noticing how every time I was at a family birthday and had some dairy again that my stomach would react, and I got confirmed in that this food group was not a well-fit for me. I was feeling way better without eating dairy, and I started to search for alternatives.

At this point, my digestive problems had become so much better, but now my immune system was a wreck.
Couldn’t I just get to a point where I could feel healthy and thriving?

Funnily enough, today I can see the connection so clearly between my digestive issues and my weak immune system. Because I have later learned that around 2/3 of your immune system is located in your gut. By eating plenty of processed foods, sugar and keep eating and drinking dairy products as a child, this has certainly damaged my gut flora, and thereby also my digestive system later on.

Read also: 5 Natural Tips to Prevent Getting a Cold

Skin Issues

Like most other teenagers I also experienced skin problems, which does absolutely no good to an already insecure teenager. When my skin was breaking out there were days where I just wanted to stay at home and not go out. If you have had skin problems yourself, you can probably recognise this feeling.

Again, today I can completely see why my skin was breaking out at the time.

First of all, my gut flora was already so damaged, so there have been a bacterial overgrowth of the bad bacteria in my gut.
Second, my stress levels was quiet high in High School due to school assignments, exams and just normal high school pressure – and when you’re stressed this easily affects your skin. Because the ‘beauty’ of your skin really isn’t necessary for your overall survival, so when you’re stressed, your body takes nutrients from your skin cells to other, more important functions in your body. This is of course a good thing, but as a teenager, those breakouts was for sure not fun, and out of desperation I have probably tried all the harsh cleansers, creams etc. on the market (which of course didn’t work).

Out of complete desperation I decided to get on the vitamin A prescription through my doctor. This is such a harsh treatment, with very high dosages of vitamin A. It is actually so high, that you have to get blood test results every month while on the treatment. The treatment did work – for a while, but it also completely dried out my skin. And half a year later, the breakouts started happening again.

At this time, I had started to learn more and more about how the food we eat affect our health, and I was really into fuelling myself with healthy food. For many years, I saw the ‘solution’ to my problems as being: eating healthy food and moving my body.

Read also: Skincare is about Way more than just what you Put on Your Skin

Read also: 4 Tips for Dry Skin

Read also: 3 Herbal Teas for Clear Skin

Your Mindset

I have later learned the more holistic approach to health. Being healthy is not just about what you eat and how much you exercise. It’s just as much about how you’re feeling mentally.

Do you love yourself? Do you speak kindly to yourself? Do you have a job that you love? Do you take time to relax and do the things that makes you happy?

Emotions and your mental well-being affects your health so much, I’m positive that in the next few years we’ll learn even more about the powerful connection between our emotions and their effects on our health. I love how the whole body is connected, and I keep learning new things about different connection. I find this to be the most fascinating thing!

And this is why I’m so passionated about Holistic Health. It’s NOT just about what you eat (even though whole foods can do wonders for your health, for sure), but being healthy is just as much about your mindset and your well-being 🌿✨

Holistic & Spiritual living

LAW OF ATTRACTION

The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you’re going to get more of. Learn this, and use this to create your best life! ✨

I first came across the concept of ‘The Law of Attraction’ back in 2012 when I first read “The Secret”.

It changed my life.

I know that is such a cliché thing to say about that book. But it’s very true. Up until that point I never thought I had much control over my life.

But after reading that book, I realised how much power we have over our own lives. But it also meant that I had to get brutally honest with myself, and recognising that I, up until that point, had created and attracted everything – both good and bad in my life – all by myself. That was a hard thing to swallow.

But knowing that from then on I could choose what to focus on and what I wanted in life, was just so powerful and magical.



The Law of Attraction states that what you focus on is what you’re going to get more of.

If you constantly focus on your problems and worries, then they will come true and you’ll get more of these.

Whereas, if you instead focus on all the things you’re grateful for and what you want more of in your life – then THAT is what you’re going to attract into your life.

I have lived by this concept for the past 8 years – and of course, with ups and downs in both my belief in this concept, as well as me falling back into old limiting beliefs systems from time to time. But overall I have lived by this over the past 8 years, and I have attracted so many wonderful things into my life.

What you send out comes back to you. What you focus on grows.

How you can actively use this in your life to create more of what you want

Challenge for you: Try this 30 Day Gratitude Challenge and watch how your perspective of life starts to change! ✨

Read also: Books that Changed my Life

Self-care

DO YOU TREAT YOURSELF THE WAY YOU WISH OTHERS WOULD TREAT YOU?

Do you treat yourself the way you wish others would treat you? Otherwise, now is the time to start changing that. You get what you send out, so start to treat yourself right 💕✨

I believe that we get what we send out, both when it comes to thoughts, vibes and intentions. So if you want others to treat you well, you first need to start treating yourself the way you want to be treated.

Why wait for someone else to do the little things for you?

Start to treat yourself right – do the little things for yourself.

Do you go around wishing that your man would buy you flowers?
Stop waiting, and go buy yourself some beautiful flowers that can light up your space and your mood every time you look at them.

Go book yourself a massage. Go get a facial. Go out on a nice café and treat yourself to a delicious latte or a lovely lunch.

Treat yourself.

Stop waiting for others to do things for you, and start to create your own reality and do the things that makes you happy, go to the places you want to and treat yourself 💕✨

Question for you: Are you good at treating yourself? Or is this something you want to become better at, and do more of? Then take out your calendar right now and plot in 1 thing you can do to treat yourself this week. It could be buying fresh flowers, booking a facial or going to a nice café

Holistic beauty & skincare

5 FREE THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR OWN WELL-BEING

I’m all about self-care and doing things for your own well-being. But sometimes we can think that we need to buy this expensive face mask, go to a spa or spend money in order to take care of our self. That is so far from the truth. Here are 5 free things you can do for your own well-being 💕✨

“Remember to fill your cup, because you can’t pour from an empty cup”

Let’s just dive straight into it; 5 free things you can do for your own well-being

  1. Give yourself a Face Massage
    Giving yourself a face massage, or a body or foot massage is completely free. All you need is yourself. Use some oil for your face, and then put on some relaxing music, or do it while you watch a good movie. If you have a skin roller or a gua sha, you can use these tools as well to give yourself a lovely lymphatic drainage massage (search for this on youtube and you’ll find lots of demonstrations on this)
  2. Take a Foot Bath
    Use whatever bath salt, epsom salt or himalaya salt you have. Blend in a few drops of oils, and then just sit and completely relax and enjoy. Read a book, watch a good movie, or give yourself a face massage in the meanwhile.
  3. Go for a Walk in Nature
    This is so good for you. Yet something we can often forget to do in the midst of everyday life and to-do lists. But get outside. Breathe in the fresh air. Enjoy the sunshine. Enjoy the beauty of nature. The sound of birds singing. Just being present and grounding.

4. Do Yoga at Home
You can find so many online yoga videos online which you can use as a guide, or if you are already familiar with yoga, then just put on some relaxing music, roll out a mat and go with the flow. Move in a way that feels good for your body. Stretch it. Breathe. Feel whatever your body needs.

5. Meditate
Meditation is wonderful. It’s completely free, and you can do it everywhere. Just close your eyes. And breathe. Let go of any thoughts that might come up, just notice them and let them pass. Be present.

Question for you: What is your favourite way to take care of your own well-being? 💕✨

Health Holistic & Spiritual living

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

Being healthy is about way more than just what you eat & how much you exercise. Your mental health is just as important. Here I share a few tips on how to take care of your mental health 🙏✨

Being healthy is about way more than just getting enough vegetables, drinking water and exercising. From a holistic standpoint, which I’m all about, you look at the individual as a whole – and everything is connected and affects other parts. Emotions can affect your health. Being stressed or feeling sad, angry – it all affects your health.

Therefore, it’s so important, not only to take care of your physical health, but also your mental health.

So today I want to share a few tips on how to take care of your mental health

How to Take Care of your Mental Health

  • Take Deep Breaths
    Sometimes we’ve gone through a whole day without breathing properly. Take some time to take some deep breaths all the way down to your belly and take in fresh air, and use a couple of minutes to just be present and not do anything
  • Meditate
    Just like it’s important to take deep breaths, you can do this alongside with meditating. Just sitting still, breathing and being. Not doing anything. Just being in the moment, and take a pause
  • Spend time in Nature
    Getting out in nature is such a great way to relax and disconnect. Listen to some beautiful music, or just go for a walk and listen to the sounds in nature. Breathe in the fresh air, feel the sunshine
  • Journal
    Sometimes we have so many worries, things we need to remember, things we want to do etc. etc. Get all of these things out of your head. If you are scared of forgetting them, use a journal, or a planner, and write it all out. Just get things out of your head, so they don’t build up. If you are feeling overwhelmed, angry or sad, writing about it and getting it off your chest can also be very helpful
  • Talk with Someone
    Just like writing about things can help, so can talking with someone about your worries, problems or just your everyday ups and downs. Talk with a friend, your parents, your partner, a therapist. Just the simple act of saying things out loud can sometimes help tremendously
  • Practice Setting Boundaries & Saying No
    What’s not good for your mental health, is taking too much on your plate or doing things you actually don’t want to. Practice setting boundaries and saying no to things. Even though you might want to do XY&Z, also remember that you need time to just rest & relax
  • Focus on what you’re Grateful for
    Focusing on what you’re grateful for, will help you notice more things to be grateful for, which makes such a difference on your mental health. I’ve already written a ton about the practice of gratitude in here, but if you want to get started on it, then try to write down at least 3 things everyday, big or small, that you’re grateful for
  • Minimise your To-Do List
    Just like you should practice setting boundaries and saying no to others, this also applies to yourself. You can do many things in life, but try not to overwhelm yourself with writing an endless to-do list every single day which you’ll never get done. Practice only writing 3 bigger things for each on your list. Anything else you get done besides that is just a win! But remember not to overwhelm yourself, and make time for just relaxing as well

Question for you: How do you take care of your mental health? ✨