WHAT IS SELF – CARE FOR YOU?

Hi there! Hope you’re doing well ❤

This morning I had my first test, which went really good. I’m very happy about that. The next module won’t open until next Monday, so since I don’t have any new material to go through, I decided to take rest of the day of and dedicate it to self – care. My energy levels have been really low lately and I’ve overall felt a little disconnected from myself. 

So, after my test I did a 15 minutes online detox yoga with Josfin Dahlberg, you can find here YouTube channel here. After that I went to the sauna, took a dip in the sea ( first one this year! ) and after that I took a very needed 20 minutes powernap. I didn’t even understand how tired I was before I stopped for a minute (and didn’t fill my body with endless amounts of coffee). 

It’s easy to forget to take time for yourself and really listen to how your body feels, it’s especially easy to forget it when you have a lot of things going on (like during spring). I have noticed that for some reason I’m much better at self – care during summer than winter, don’t really know why.  

So what about you guys? How often do you do self – care activities? And what is self – care activates for you? 

Some of my favourite self – care activates are:  

♡ Long walks by the sea

♡ To watch sunsets during summer in Hanko

♡ Yoga

♡ Home Spa

♡ To try out new healthy recipes or make an old oldie but goldie

Self – care is an activity that should nurture and refuel you at a deep level. It is so much more than a massage once a year at the spa (although that is really nice too), the definition is multifaceted and each of us has many sides that makes us whole, like physical body, emotional and mental state, relationship to self and others, work and spiritual beliefs. Self – care can be an “bigger “ activity once a month, but also small activates that you do on a daily basis – like a morning/evening routine or keeping a daily journal. 

One thing that is common is the thought of not “being worth” self – care or that there simply isn’t enough time for it. Give yourself permission to practice self – care. When you are happy with yourself your energy and enthusiasm will shine through and you will automatically feel better and more comfortable / confident in different life situations.

I hope you find the time to do something for yourself during this week, you’re worth it. Talk to you soon ❤ 


CHOCOLATE COCONUT PORRIDGE 


Some people might think porridge is boring but I love it. It’s healthy, easy and fast to make and keeps you full. I eat porridge almost every day for breakfast, well except during summer months when I prefer something lighter like a smoothie bowl. Anyway, for you guys who thinks porridge is boring (like my beloved boyfriend) this recipe will definitely make it less boring! It tastes like a coconut ball in a bowl, and that sounds pretty good to me. 

Porridge:

1/2 dl oats

1 – 2 dl water (depending on how thick you want the porridge to be)

1 tbsp chocolate protein powder

1 tbsp coconut flakes

Salt

Toppings:

Peanut butter

Coconut flakes

Strawberries/ Banana/ Blueberries

Place the oat, water and salt in a pan over a medium heat and stir for about 5 minutes. When the porridge is ready, add the chocolate protein powder and the coconut flakes. Mix it and top it with your toppings.

Enjoy and have an amazing weekend! ❤


BIO – INDIVIDUALITY 

Hi guys! Hope you are doing well ❤

Today I want to talk about bio – individuality, how many of you are familiar with the term? Well, what it basically means is that one person’s food is another person’s poison. Everyone is different and each of us has unique food – and lifestyle needs, something I think is important to remember. Today, it feels like everyone has the right to tell you what to eat/what not to eat ( and some people even get upset about other people’s dietary choices? ) – although in the end, it’s only you who knows what works best for your body.

It’s not always easy to find out what works for you and it doesn’t happen over a night. It’s important to be open minded and have patience – it takes time to find what works for you and it will most likely also change through the years. Something that worked for you ten years ago might not work for you today. Take me for example; 

About five years ago I did a lot of high intensive training, did CrossFit 1 – 2 times a week and had a totally different diet. Back then, I could not imagine a meal without fish or chicken (I’ve never really been a fan of red meat) and got bloated if I ate to much vegetables. I couldn’t understand why people did yoga because I thought of it as a dull and to slow training type. Well, then I came across a pretty bad hip injury and had three surgeries. The surgeries opened up my eyes for selfcare in a new way. Pilates was a big part of my recovery and I also got familiar with yoga. I fell in love with both of them, which I never thought would have happened three years earlier. I also changed my dietary and today I eat mostly plant based (fish every now and then), no dairy and add vegetables to every meal. I’ve never felt better.

I talked about bio – individuality with my friend about a week ago and she asked me “How do I know what works best for me/Where do I start?” I know this might feel like a boring answer but learn to listen to your body. Start to reflect over what makes you feel good/ what doesn’t. How do you feel after a meal? If you eat a meal and feel sluggish & tired afterwards and get hungry in an hour or two – it was probably not the best meal for you. The reason I cut out diary from my diet was because I noticed that it caused an inflammation in my body (skin problems) and I was constantly a little bit swollen. But, my boyfriend for example eats dairy products and it works more than fine for him. Everyone is different.

To learn how to listen to your body is a life long journey but worth it. Be open – minded, experiment and try out new things. This way you will, hopefully, find what suits you best and therefore, feel your best. Good luck! ❤

PS. Remember that I’m always more than happy to answer your questions if you have any, here or on my Instagram @jennyjungell ❤ Take Care!


HIGHLIGHTS W. 11

The view from our apartment. 

On Tuesday we had the craziest weather I’ve ever experienced, the visibility was zero, wind 42 m/s and freakishly cold. The slopes closed after lunch and they even had to evacuate some people who hadn’t made it down in time. Although it wasn’t the ideal weather conditions, it sure was an experience.

Picture by Alexander

Val Thorens is a part of the Three Valleys ski area (that also includes Courchevel, Méribel and Les Menuires) which actually is the world’s largest ski area so there was a lot of slopes to discover. 

Rosé lunch at Le Plan des Mains – 10/10.

This hot chocolate from the restaurant Chalet des 2 Lacs was, without a doubt, the best one I’ve ever tasted. The restaurant also had really good lunch and I think we ate there 3/6 days during the trip, so definitely a place worth a visit.

 Tartar & Wellness Bowl atChalet des 2 Lacs.

The food during the trip was amazing, I don’t think we had a single bad meal. This was at Alpen Art, risotto with pumpkin & cépes. The rest of the gang had a beef filet with mashed potatoes with truffle oil and mushroom which was, according to them, the best meal they had during the trip. 

The last day we got amazing weather, it was really nice to just sit outside and enjoy the sun before heading back home. We had, unfortunately, quite bad weather during our stay but no can do – we had fun despite the weather.

Another favourite thing during the trip was our daily breakfast moments; we made coffee, eggs & porridge and just sat and talked about the upcoming day, listening to music and enjoying each other’s company. The ideal way to start a day. We had an amazing trip and I’m so lucky to have these people in my life. Thank you!



ACAI BOWL


1/2 banana

1/2 avocado

Frozen Acai

Mango

Blueberries

Mix it together and top with your favourites. Açai bowls are my favourites and I’m so happy that I finally found a place, Palms & Berries, that sells frozen açai in Finland – it tastes so much better than the powder. You can order your açai online and you get it home delivered. Love it!

I’m obviously not having this smoothie bowl now, still in Val Thorens enjoying pasta, wine & cheese haha. I still wanted to share this recipe to hopefully inspire some of you to try out a new healthy ( and delish) recipe. Talk to you soon! Hugs!