Tomorrow it’s time to start the celebration of Vappu & 1st of May. I love all kinds of Holidays (and to celebrate things in life), so I’m excited. Everybody is usually in a good mood and it is just overall a happy vibe. Tomorrow we are having a big dinner together with our friends at Carelia and on the 1st of May we are going to our friends for their yearly brunch. Fun fun fun.
I believe that balance is the key in life so besides my healthy routines I like to enjoy some bubbly every now and then. I’m actually not that much of a “cocktail person”, but these prosecco cocktails turned out really good (and they look cute don’t they?). The cocktail shouldn’t be too sweet and easy to make – just like this grapefruit prosecco cocktail! I think these would work great as a pre drink or as mimosas at the brunch table for the upcoming celebrations.
2 freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
Prosecco (I used the Divici Organic Prosecco * gifted)
Fresh thyme for the garnish
Strain the grapefruit juice evenly in three glasses + prosecco. Add ½ tsp honey in every glass and mix it. Add some thyme for garnish. Voila! If you want to make a non – alcoholic version you can either change the prosecco to a non – alcoholic version or use sparkling water instead. If you use sparkling water, add some ice to get an extra refreshing drink.
Sorry for the silence, I have been extremely tired the last weeks. This happens to me every year when spring arrives and the days get longer. For 2 weeks it feels like all my energy disappears and I just want/need to reload and rest my body. Can anybody relate? It kind of feels like I’ve been hit by a bus every morning, haha, and for a morning person like me this doesn’t happen very often.
Last year I read into this a little bit more and apparently it’s called Springtime Fatigue. When spring arrives and the days get longer our bodies start to readjust our hormone levels and release more serotonin, the activity hormone. This change can be quite heavy on our bodies, causing us to feel more tired for a while as we adjust. I think it’s a little bit like when the darkness arrives in November, but the other way around.
Anyhow, I have noticed that during this couple of weeks it is extra important for me to keep up with my daily routines; nourishing my body with good and healthy food (although I have been so tired lately I have eaten way to much chocolate because I just haven’t had the energy to care -> the sugar makes me even more tired) , drink a lot of water and stay active.
So in other words, I have been really tired and honestly quite unproductive lately and that’s not a feeling I like. I found a picture on Instagram that said:
“The only problem with this weather is that I think sun = vacation. So I just let everything be and become the most unproductive person.”
Haha, I think this sums up my last week pretty good. I’m going to catch up with some of the stuff during this weekend, rest and enjoy this sunny weather!
For the chia pudding you need 3 tbsp chia seeds and 1,5 dl coconut milk. Mix these two ingredients together and put it in the fridge for at least 20 minutes.
Happy Easter! What do you guys have planned for the holiday? My boyfriend and I are turning 27 tomorrow so we are going to celebrate our birthdays and visit family. And of course enjoy this incredible weather! Hopefully this will last, a summer like last year would be amazing.
I got a comment from one of you readers that it would be nice if I wrote a post about How to keep a balanced diet, so here we go! Remember that this is my point of view, knowledge and experiences around this subject – it can be different for someone else. As you know I strongly believe in bio – individuality which you can read about more here if you like.
So, to start with – I don’t believe in diets. I believe in a healthy, balanced lifestyle. The result from diets aren’t lasting and they are also very heavy on the body. Too much dieting will screw up your digestion, which in the worst case can be really hard to get back to normal. In this case I prefer different kinds of challenges, for example a month without sugar, cutting back on fast food etc. because these are actually good challenges for your body and will make you feel better.
I think the core to a balanced diet is to have a healthy base, but also allow yourself to have a treat every now and then. So think about it this way, 80% of what you eat should be food that is healthy and nourishing your body and 20% can be exactly what you want. So you eat the way you know you should eat to stay healthy, but if you’re out and about, you’re with friends or there’s a celebration – it’s ok to eat whatever you want to eat. This way, you keep both your body and mind happy.
Well, how do you start? How do you get to this balanced diet?
♡ Don’t underestimate the small changes in your everyday life that might not feel like much in the moment – it’s those changes that will be the big change in the end. Say for example that you are really bad at drinking water during the day and slowly start to add 2 – 3 glasses every day. By time, it will be a part of your daily routine and you won’t even noticed the changes, or yes, in a good way.
♡ This is easier said than done, but try not to stress about your diet (and weight.) Focusing too much on these areas often ends up backfiring and creating a stressful relationship with food. The mind and body is one and when you stress it will show in your diet and body. When the stress hormones are trigged, the body goes into fat – storage mode and actually becomes more effective at storing fat rather than burning it.
♡ Move the focus from the outside to the inside. Most of the time, people want to eat healthier/move etc. so that they can change the way they look/their bodies. Instead of putting all your attention on trying to change your outside, start to focus on how to make yourself feel better on the inside. This will show on the outside too.
♡ Instead of focusing on what you shouldn’t eat, focus on adding more healthy and nourishing food to your diet. This way the unhealthy food will automatically, by time, be replaced by the good food.
♡ Listen to your body.I do not, and have never, counted calories. Try to learn how to listen to your body – eat, when you are hungry, stop, when you are full.
For me, a balanced diet is a lot of vegetables, fruits, plenty of water, fish every now and then and whole grains. Coffee & tea. It also includes sleep, workouts and time with my friends. My 20% is way too much chocolate, pancakes, cinnamon buns and night outs with friends.
Start to think about what you want to change in your diet (or lifestyle) to get closer to a healthy, balanced diet. Then, start to make small steps towards your goal (and stick to these steps) and give it time. Changes like this doesn’t happen over a night and neither should they. Also, remember that other factors like sleep, the people you spend time with and your workout routine can affect your diet in a negative and positive way.
As always, I’m here if you have any questions or thoughts about this subject. Have a wonderful Sunday! <3
I got the opportunity to try out Palms and Berries new product Creamypack Acai . The taste is amazing! It is not available to order online yet, but if you would like to try it out it might be possible – just check with @palmsandberriesacai on Instagram.
I tried out a new recipe and I think this is the best acai bowl so far. Doesn’t it look good?
½ – 1 dl coconut milk (depending on how thick you want it to be)
1 dl pineapple
1 dl blueberries
1 creamypack açai (200g) or you can use the açai sorbet too that’s available online
Raw chocolate nibs
Okey, now I really have to get back to my studies. For some reason I have had a really hard time focusing this week so I have a lot of catching up to do. Talk to you soon! <3