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Holistic beauty & skincare

SKINFOOD – FOOD THAT YOUR SKIN LOVES

A healthy outside starts from the inside“, or “You are what you eat“. You’ve probably heard this before, but it’s so very true! Not to say that some people aren’t blessed with “lucky” skin and can just eat whatever they want and still have perfect skin. But over time, you won’t be able to do so, if you keep eating processed foods, your body and your cells will eventually start to fail you, whereas, if you eat lots of whole foods and plants, you are fuelling all your cells with lots of nutrients, vitamins and minerals which your skin will love you for! 🥑💕✨

I’ve had a passion for holistic health and more natural skincare for many years. It all began with me suffering from digestive and skin problems in my late teens. I started to dive more and more into natural ways to “fix” my problems – and of course the body is complex and there can be many reasons for why your skin is breaking out, but one of the main reasons why my skin did, was because I wasn’t eating enough real, whole foods – “skin foods”.

Because what your skin loves is actually just that – whole foods – how the Earth has made it. Not all the processed, man-kind food products with thousands of ingredients, preservatives, sugar etc.

Your body, your health and your skin loves REAL, NATURAL, WHOLE foods.

I can clearly see on my skin when I eat too much “junk”. I don’t know whether that’s a curse or a blessing, but my skin is clearly telling me through pimples and skin problems if it does not like what I eat.

So I try to eat as much whole foods as I can, and I make lots of smoothies to get some extra vitamins in and drink plenty of water to stay hydrated! 💦

FOOD YOUR SKIN LOVES

AVOCADO 🥑🥑🥑

Avocados are such a skinfood! They are high in healthy fats (the good kind of fat), that benefits many functions in your body – fx the health of your skin. Getting enough healthy fats is essential to keep your skin flexible and moisturised.

NUTS & SEEDS

Nuts and seeds are also an amazing source of healthy fats! Walnuts, pumpkins seeds, sunflower seeds etc.

SWEET POTATOES

Sweet potatoes are filled with betacarotene. Betacarotene functions as provitamin A, which means that it can be converted into vitamin A in your body. Betacarotene is found in sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach. When consumed the antioxidant carotenoids is incorporated into your skin and helps protect your skin cells from sun exposure. This can help prevent sunburn, cell death, and dry, wrinkled skin.

BROCCOLI

Broccoli is such a powerfood! It’s full of many different vitamins and minerals that’s important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A and C.

GREEN TEA

I’ve already talked about the wonderful Green Tea before in this post! But green tea are rich in antioxidants, which can help protect your skin against sun damage and raging.

BERRIES

Berries are high in antioxidants which help keep free radicals under control. Free radicals in larger amount can damage your cells, causing oxidative stress in your body. Antioxidants helps to “fight” those free radicals (aka. what’s speeding up the aging process and damaging your skin).

Read also: What are Antioxidants? + A delicious berry smoothie recipe

Holistic & Spiritual living

BALANCING MASCULINE AND FEMININE ENERGY

Everything in life is about balance. Which is why balancing masculine and feminine energy is vital for your health and well-being ✨

We might be classified as ‘female’ or ‘male’ based on our gender, but all individuals have both masculine and feminine energies inside of them, and these needs to be balanced if we want to live a life in harmony and health.

If we are too much in our masculine (yang) energy, we’ll eventually burn out – as this is very much “go go go” energy, with focus on taking action and getting results.

Whereas if we are too much in our feminine (yin) energy, we’ll never get anything done as this is very much about resting, relaxing and nurturing.

Both energies are important in our lives, but we need them both. It’s all about balance. We need both the light and the dark. We need the individual and the collective. We need the warm and the cold.

Just think about this:

It’s all wonderful to dream and envision how we would like our life to be like (yin), but we also need to step up and take action towards achieving those dreams (yang).

It’s good to go out and socialize with others (yang), but we also need time to be still and tune in with ourselves (yin).

It’s good to move your body and be active (yang), but you also need to take time to rest, relax and let your body recover (yin).

Life is all about finding balance – and it will never be 100% perfect – and it shouldn’t be a goal to strive for the perfect balance. But you can learn to use the Yin and Yang energies in your life. If you have been working hard, then remember to take some time off to relax. If you have been too inactive for a longer period of time, take time to come up and move your body.

Always remember that we need both in our life to find balance ✨

Books Self-development

BOOK RECOMMENDATION – THE 15 INVALUABLE LAWS OF GROWTH

This book is filled with so many amazing life advices, or “laws” of life. I will highly recommend reading “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” if you into self-development and if you have a growth mindset ✨

The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth” is written by John C. Maxwell who is a bestselling author, coach and speaker. He is known as America’s #1 leadership authority and has trained millions of leaders from all over the world.

This book is filled with all the wisdom he has gained through his life, and the “laws of life” that he has come to explore.

The book is divided up into 15 chapters – where he writes about each “law” in each chapter.

There is so much gold in this book, and so much valuable knowledge and tips for life. I can highly recommend this book for everyone who is into personal development and growing as a person.

Find the book here: The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth
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Quotes from the book

“Life goals are reached by setting annual goals. Annual goals are reached by reaching daily goals. Daily goals are reached by doing things which may be uncomfortable at first but eventually become habits. Habits are powerful things. Habits turn actions into attitudes, and attitudes into lifestyles”

“You can visualise tomorrow using it as motivation to grow, but if you want to actually grow, your focus needs to be on today”

“If you want to grow, don’t try to win big. Try to win small”

“As we think in our hearts, so we become”

“Growth doesn’t come from staying in your comfort zone”

If you haven’t already noticed, I could have written waaaay more quotes for you, but I’ll try to keep it short – but I pretty much highlighted the majority of the book, because I was just so inspired when reading it!

I would LOVE to know if you have read any good books lately? Comment here, or write to me on Instagram! 💕

Read also: The Magic of Thinking Big

Self-development

MINIMIZE YOUR TO-DO LIST & GET MORE THINGS DONE

This might sound very counterintuitive, but just hear me out and let me explain how minimising your to-do list can help you get more things done

I want to start out with sharing this quote with you:

“We tend to overestimate what we can do in a day and underestimate what we can do in a year” – unknown

We often tend to think that we want to do XY & Z within a day, and write down the longest to-do list and then get disappointed with ourselves when we don’t get half of it done. Which is highly unmotivating if you keep doing this to yourself.

But we often tend to forget, the compound effect of doing small things over a longer period of time.

So instead of overwhelming yourself within each day, try to just do 3 important things for each day – and then everything else the you do in addition to that is just an extra success!

Over time you won’t feel as overwhelmed each day, and the act of accomplishing what you’ve set yourself up for gives you even more drive and motivation.

And remember to have long-term perspective. I know the feeling of wanting to have it all done NOW, but think long-term and then think about the small steps you can take each day that will help get you closer towards your overall goal.

Exercise for you:
Write down a bigger goal that you have. Then think about all the small things you can do to help you reach that goal – and then start doing these things consistently.

Health

HOW TO BALANCE FEMALE HORMONES

Do you have problems with hormonal imbalance? Many women do nowadays, so today I want to share some tips on how to balance female hormones 💕✨

First of all, what exactly is “hormones”?

Hormones are chemical messengers that send signals that allow for communication across your entire body, so that the processes we need to survive can be carried out.

Hormones are what regulate critical functions such as; sleep, stress & reproduction.

But hormones work together in a very complex system – and when one gets off balance, it affects the next one and so on. So therefore, it’s always important to look at how to create hormonal balance overall in your body.


In this day and age, our hormones gets affected by SO many things; air pollution, plastic in our food/skincare, processed food, too much caffeine, having been on the birth control pill, stress etc. We are constantly getting exposed to things that can get our hormones out of balance and affect our health and well-being.

Signs that your hormones might be out of balance:
You experience chronic fatigue, have low sex drive, intense PMS, or perhaps you’re dealing with cystic acne.

So, what can you do to balance your female hormones?

  • Eat plenty of veggies and fruits
  • Go for organic food, as pesticides can affect your hormones
  • Go for local foods. Food as close to the source as possible is the best for your health!
  • Eat more healthy fats, as fats are the building blocks for hormones (olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds)
  • Rest and relax more. Our bodies are not made to live in this fast-paced world with constant new information, deadlines etc. Remember to take care of yourself and take time to just rest and relax
  • Get enough sleep
  • Switch all plastic food containers and drinking bottles out with some made from glass or stainless steel. Plastic contains BPA which is affected your health, especially if you heat up food in plastic containers
  • Balance your nervous system – use practices like deep breathing or meditation to calm your nervous system
  • Look at your exercising routine – sometimes the harder you exercise, the more stress you put on your body. Perhaps switch some of the hardcore gym workouts out with a slow yoga class or a nice walk in nature instead

Have you experienced problems with hormonal imbalance? Is there any of these tips you find helpful and want to implement in your life? Then I would love to hear from you, and help you on your journey! Always feel free to reach out to me either here on my blog or on my Instagram! 💕✨

Happiness Health

LIFT YOUR MOOD BY MOVING YOUR BODY

Today I want to talk about how you can get happy by moving your body! And no, it’s not just something I say, it’s actually a chemical release happening in your body when you move it – the release of endorphins! 🙌✨


Getting happy by moving your body? What on Earth you might think?

But it’s actually true. You see, when you exercise you increase endorphins in your body. Endorphins are chemicals produced by the body to relieve stress and pain, so these actually boosts your mood and makes you feel better!

Not only can endorphins make you feel better, they also act as a pain reliever. So if you are feeling mildly anxious or depressed, using your body, moving and exercising it, can actually help you to feel better.

Use this knowledge, to change your mindset towards how you perceive exercising.

Instead of thinking to yourself “Oh no I have to go exercise to keep in shape” or whatever you might tend to think – instead choose to think “I’m going to exercise to lift my mood and feel better!“. See exercising as not only a physical service you do for yourself, but also something that can lift your mood and make you feel happier! 🙌✨

You can increase endorphins in your body through other ways as well;

  • Through giving, volunteering, donating, helping
  • Through yoga and meditation
  • Through laughing

Read also: The Benefits of Walking

Health

PREVENTATIVE HEALTH

I’m extremely passionated about Holistic Health and Preventative Health. Because why should we go around waiting until we become sick and then living the last many years of our life being in pain and being sick? When you instead can focus on preventative health throughout your entire life and live a happy, healthy life where you feel fresh in both body and mind all life! 🥦✨🌿

The amount of people getting lifestyle diseases has risen so much in the last couple of years – type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke etc., which is so sad.

And as we have just seen with the recent virus, the people who were more susceptible to it, were people with already underlying diseases.

So why go around waiting until you become sick? Why not start right now and take action to better your health and well-being, so that you can live a long, happy and healthy life?

I’m always telling my boyfriend that I want to become over a 100 and still be moving around, doing yoga, playing around with grandchildren at that time and living and enjoying life. THAT is my ultimate goal in life – to be able to live and enjoy life to the fullest my entire life!

I don’t want to spend my last years in pain. Which is why I want to take good care of myself and my health and well-being already now and my entire life, so that I can prevent getting sick.

But what is “Preventative Health”?

It’s where you focus on preventing sickness.

Instead of going around waiting to you become sick and then going to the doctor. Then take your power into your own hands.

You can change your life by changing your lifestyle! Eat more veggies and whole foods, move your body more, get fresh air, laugh and have fun with those you love, do the things you love and are passionated about, rest and relax more!

Do you want to work on turning your life around? On improving your health? Then feel free to reach out to me! I’m offering 3- and 6-month’s Holistic Health Coaching Programs, where we look at your life from a holistic view-point and together find simple things you can do to improve your life! 🙌✨

Read also: Simple Healthy Habits

Self-development

PLACEBO / NOCEBO – THE POWER OF BELIEFS

Today I want to talk about the Power of Beliefs in connection to the two terms ‘placebo’ and ‘nocebo’. Perhaps you’ve heard about the concept placebo before? Perhaps you haven’t, I hadn’t until a friend mentioned it a few years ago, and then when I started to dive further into it, I was amazed – once again – of the power of the mind! 🧠✨

Placebo is when people’s belief that they will get better can produce a cure. The concept of placebo is used in medical research to figure out whether a drug is working. Then one group of people get the actual drug, and another group of people believe the they get the drug, but they actually just get a ‘sugar pill’, something that doesn’t do anything- Many trials however have now showed that the people who didn’t get the drug, but believed that they did – actually got better, just because of their own belief in it.

This is highly fascinating, as it shows the power of believing in something. Perhaps you’ve seen this concept demonstrated in the Harry Potter movies – in one of the movies, Harry and Ron is going to play a Quiditch game and Ron is very nervous, so Harry pretends that he pours ‘liquid luck’ (a liquid meant to give luck to the one who drinks it) into Ron’s cup. Ron ‘accidentally’ finds out and thereby believes that he’s now got some extra luck and he does absolutely brilliant at the Quiditch game. Hermione gets mad at Harry for cheating, until she finds out that he didn’t put it into Ron’s drink – Ron only believed that he did – placebo (Ps, Sorry for the Harry Potter reference, but I just love those books/movies) – and although this might be a fiction movie, the concept of placebo is a very real one.

But there is also the opposite concept of placebo, which is called nocebo.

Nocebo is when people can make themselves sick through their beliefs. This concept is especially important for medical advisors to be aware of – because the way they deliver the diagnosis to patients and tell about their ‘future’ can really make a huge difference in whether the patients believe that they might be able to recover, or not.

The concepts of Placebo and Nocebo truly shows how powerful our thoughts – and more importantly – our beliefs are. So if we can learn to actively use this knowledge to our own advantage, we have an even bigger impact on our health than we might have first thought we did 🧠✨

Read also: Book Recommendation – Mind to Matter

Inspiration Self-development

THE PROBLEM ISN’T LACK OF INFORMATION, IT’S LACK OF ACTION

We all have so much information available to us today, so the problem isn’t lack of information, it’s lack of action 🌿✨

We all have so much information available to us today, and you can Google most things – but knowing doesn’t change your life. Taking action and really implementing the things you learn is what will change your life.

Knowing doesn’t change your life. Taking action and really implementing the things you learn is what will change your life

Most of us know what to do if we want to become healthier, or if we want to get better grades, or if we want to reach a certain fitness goal etc. And if we don’t know it, it’s so easy to gain that kind of information today just by googling, or searching for it on youtube and within few seconds you can get 10 articles or a 20-minute-full-length video explaining you all you need to do to reach XYZ.

Your problem isn’t lack of information – it’s lack of action.

This is a harsh truth to face, because ‘lack of information’ means that you do not have the knowledge to know what you need to do in order to change your current situation. Whereas ‘lack of action’ means that you have not stepped fully into taking ownership over your own situation and taken the necessary action-steps to change it.

But changing your everyday actions can be hard, because we are a very habitual species. What we do on a daily basis is what we’ve learned when we grew up and changing your small autopilot actions can be very difficult.

This is what I’m so passionate about! Finding ways to change and improve your life. Finding small habits you can implement and really make part of your everyday life that will change your life in the long-run.

This is why I’m studying to become a Holistic Health Coach, so that I can help YOU turn your life around by changing your existing habits and implementing new, more empowering ones. I’m now over halfway in my coaching practice and can start to work 1:1 with clients. Working with a coach can help give you simple, effective strategies, as well as give you support and keep you accountable to yourself.

I’ve just announced a competition on my Instagram, where I’ll pick 2 winners who will win a 6-month Holistic Health Transformation Program with me! So if you want the change to win this, then go to my Instagram and participate before May 8, 10.00 AM (CEST)! 🌿✨

Inspirering people

INTERVIEW WITH LINA SKUKAUSKÉ

Lina and I connected on Instagram as we turned out to have the exact same passions. Lina is a Certified Mindset Coach and EFT practitioner, and she helps people ditch their fears and shine their light. Lina is from Lithuania, but I was lucky enough to meet up with her when she visited Denmark a couple of months ago, and I’m so inspired by her, and I’m sure you’ll find lots of inspiration from her as well in this interview. Please welcome, Lina.

Dear Lina, will you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who you are and what you do? 

Of course! I’m Lina Skukauskė, a mindset coach and EFT practitioner helping women live more conscious and authentic lives. I’m really passionate about how our beliefs and emotions affect our reality and through deep inner work, I help my clients to ditch their fears and shine their light.

Though I work with people in a few different formats- online 1:1 sessions, Women’s Circles, and workshops my goal is always to create a safe space for connection, healing and deep exploration of how we can live the most joyous and fulfilling lives. Lives where we listen not to the outside norms, but first of all to our heart and soul. 

In personal life, I’m a woman who can’t live without creativity, whether that’s drawing mandalas, mixing up healthy plant-based meals, writing or taking photos (I worked as a professional photographer for 7 years and still really love photography). Spontaneous intuitive dance sessions, time with friends discussing all kinds of mind-opening topics (or simply laughing and goofing around) and being in nature make me really happy.

Can you tell what EFT is?

I sometimes jokingly say it’s magic! EFT (which stands for Emotional Freedom Techniques) is a combination of Western psychology and stimulation of certain acupressure points from Chinese medicine and it’s used to shift negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. This technique can be used in a few different ways.

On the most basic level, it’s a quick and effective self-help tool to release negative emotions and stress. Though what fascinates me as a practitioner is a deeper level of EFT which allows you to do deep inner work to heal past traumas. And I don’t necessarily mean big traumas (though EFT is great and scientifically researched for serious issues like, for example, PTSD). With my clients I love working on smaller traumas- we all have negative experiences that affected how we perceive ourselves and during which we made certain subconscious beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. Negative childhood experiences, break-ups, being fired from a job, etc. – all of these leave negative consequences and diminish our confidence, inner peace, and self-love.

Our subconscious beliefs are thoughts that we often consciously know are not logical but we feel them to be true, things like “I’m unloveable”, “I’m stupid”. Through using EFT and rewriting our subconscious programming- the real cause of our “blocks” in life- we can change how we think, feel and act.

“Our subconscious beliefs are thoughts that we often consciously know are not logical, but we feel them to be true, things like “I’m unloveable”, “I’m stupid”

When did you first learn about EFT yourself?

Hm, I think the first time was in 2013. I saw Marie Forleo’s ‘Marie TV’ episode about EFT and thought that it’s interesting but I didn’t try it practically then.

The same year I was in one spiritual retreat where one of the things we explored for a bit was EFT. The lady who led the retreat asked for volunteers and I suggested myself. I experienced something that is not the norm but sometimes happens in EFT- “one-minute wonder”. I did some basic EFT about a phobia I had for about 10 minutes and never experienced it again. This, as I said, is not the normal thing in EFT but it does happen sometimes and it obviously got me thinking- how I could I feel one way for my whole life and suddenly feel like the problem doesn’t exist anymore?

I still didn’t get into a habit of using EFT, but then when I had it for the second time it really helped me- I used it to minimize my fear in a speleology trip (I’m not an extreme sports person, it’s a long story how I got into this trip!). It basically saved my trip and allowed me to experience awesome things I otherwise would have been too afraid to even try and since then I started using it on many other issues and later on went to study and got certified in it.

Which experiences in your life have had a big impact on your own self-development?

There were many- I think the starting point for me was when I became a vegetarian- it then started many other changes in my life- I quit using alcohol, changed my lifestyle and this led to a more conscious living where I started to explore how to create what I desire instead of feeling a victim of life’s circumstances. That eventually led to yoga and other practices and exploring spirituality and manifestation.

Some key things that definitely had a big impact on my own personal-development were traveling and living abroad- being immersed in other cultures allows you to see the world and yourself very differently, it’s both challenging and very rewarding.

Starting my own business- first unsuccessful, then two successful ones- definitely huge, too! I’d say starting a business is a massive learning curve and a constant personal growth journey that kind of never ends.

Trusting my intuition and diving deep to follow my passion and study personal development was really life-changing, too and I’m still on this journey, just the subjects that I’m studying are changing. After studying to become an EFT practitioner and a life coach I spent a year during which I was really focused on doing deep inner work to grow and transform myself, working with other EFT practitioners and coaches. I still remember this year as one of the best years in my life- definitely had its challenging moments but also so many joyful and freeing experiences!

And I wouldn’t be completely honest if I wouldn’t mention my divorce – last year was kind of a test of who I am and whether my practices really work… 
It’s easy to be positive and do the “right things” when you’re feeling well, but when you’re going through a difficult time it gives you a chance to meet yourself in a completely different way- who are you then?

I’m glad that after that experience I came out stronger, happier, and still kind instead of resentful. And definitely believing in my “toolkit” much more because I used all of the practices I know to get through that rough time 🙂 And since the divorce, I dove deep into studying everything about relationships and masculine and feminine energies and this, plus now being in a new relationship, is another wonderful chapter of personal development 🙂


Which books have changed your life?

I love reading and there are many books that were impactful! But there are few that I went back to again and again: “Women who run with the wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, “Awaken the giant within” by Tony Robbins, “The Artist’s Way” by Julia Cameron, “Light is the new black” by Rebecca Campbell. And Abraham-Hicks books!

What do you feel the world needs more of?

Understanding that they’re not only this physical body. Self-awareness. Kindness- to the planet, animals, and each other. 

Do you have some daily rituals that you do every single day? 

Each day (with very rare exceptions) I start my day with something I call morning rituals. What I do each day during those early hours is different and depends on my mood and where I am in my feminine cycle.

Some things that I choose from are: gratitude, doing readings with oracle cards to connect with Higher guidance, prayer, intuitive dance, journaling, reading through my big vision that I want to manifest, yoga or running, meditating, breathwork, EFT, or sometimes creativity- I LOVE how much inspiration is in those early hours when most people are still sleeping so sometimes I use this time to paint, draw or write.

I’m a huge believer in life-long learning so I also try to incorporate at least a bit of learning into my day- whether that’s studying material from some of the online courses I’m doing, reading or listening to a podcast or an audiobook.

Which 3 people have inspired you most in your life? 

Such a hard question! Probably Marie Forleo, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Rebecca Campbell, though there are so many inspiring people!

If people want to learn more about you or support you in any kind of way, where can they do this? 

I post regularly on IG and I’m on stories daily so you could check www.instagram.com/linaskukauske

My website is currently being re-designed but you can normally find me at www.linaskukauske.com.

I’m on Facebook, too, but I use my personal account more than my page, so you could just find me there as Lina Skukauskė 🙂

Thank you so much dear for answering my questions, and for being such a beautiful human being and thank you for all that you share!

Thank you for this opportunity dear! I love your vibe and what you’re sharing with the world, too and I’m looking forward to another cozy meeting in Copenhagen 🙂