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3 ting jeg lærte af ikke at spise sukker i en måned

sukkerfri

Forhåbentligt jinxer jeg ikke de sidste dage af min sukkerfri måned ved allerede at konkludere på den anden sidste dag, men med semesterstart i morgen er det det perfekte tidspunkt at gøre status nu.

Som jeg har skrevet om tidligere har jeg i Januar ikke rørt sukker. Dvs. jeg har ikke spist slik og kage, men jeg har på ingen måde været fanatisk, så juice osv er ok. For mig har det bare handlet om ikke at spise alle de usunde mellemmåltider, der egentlig er helt overflødige og unødvendige og lære mig selv, at hygge og afslapning ikke hænger uløseligt sammen med chokolade.

Det har været en overraskende let måned uden mange cravings og med kun 2 dage, hvor jeg meget bevidst og af forskellige årsager valgte at spise en begrænset mængde alligevel. Med mig fra måneden tager jeg et par værdifulde erfaringer, som jeg gerne vil dele:

1. Er slankekure hysteri?

Punkt nr. 1 er måske nærmere en overvejelse end en lektie. Jeg har undgået slik og kage, men ellers har jeg spist helt almindeligt. Det indebærer bl.a. pizza og den store buffet på arbejdet. Alligevel har jeg i skrivende stund tabt mig 2,5 kg. Jeg kan ikke lade være med at overveje om de fleste slankekure og diæter er for fanatiske med alle reglerne og forbudte fødevarer, hivs jeg ved kun at udelade slik og kage kan tabe mig. Det kan godt være at slankekurene sætter turbo på hastigheden, men det her er unægteligt en lettere og simplere måde at gøre det på.

2. Hygge er ikke lig med chokolade

Jeg har på intet tidspunkt – modsat min forventning – følt, at jeg gik glip af noget ved ikke at spise sukker. Måske en smule, da jeg var en weekend i Paris  og det blev en udflugt at finde LaDurées macarons (billedet). Ellers har jeg ikke oplevet det som en mangel på nogen måde og jeg har ikke haft mindre glæde af de sociale begivenheder ved ikke at spise det, der blev serveret.

3. Det fysiske ubehag er bare ikke det værd

Da jeg igår var til fødselsdag og valgte at tage en begrænset mængde af det der blev serveret mærkede jeg lynhurtigt effekten af sukker i min krop. Jeg er ikke fan. Hjertet begyndte at galoppere og jeg havde bare en generel utilpas følelse i kroppen. Tidligere skulle der langt mere til før jeg fik den følelse, men nu mærkede jeg den så tydeligt, fordi det er så længe siden sidst. Jeg konkluderede hurtigt, at det bare ikke er det værd. SÅ godt smager chokolade heller ikke (siger hende, der er chokoldeafhængig).

Nu er min måned ved at være slut og næste fase – og udfordring – bliver at lære at skabe balance i sukkerforholdet. Jeg vil nemlig ikke afskære mig selv fra det resten af mit liv, men kunsten er at kunne sige “ét stykke” og ikke hver dag. Held og lykke til mig.

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Sukkerfri januar

Det er idag d. 11. januar og jeg har IKKE rørt sukker endnu! Egentlig har det været langt lettere end jeg troede. Jeg har ikke haft de vilde cravings, der plejer at tvinge mig i knæ eller haft behov for de store badutspring for at holde mine tanker optaget, så jeg ikke skulle få lyst til sukker. Måske fordi jeg midt i flytning har nok at tænke på i forvejen.

Forleden var det dog ved at gå galt. Jeg gik fredeligt gennem Magasin med en veninde, da en sød og smilende Summerbirdekspedient kommer, nærmest svævende, mod os med et glas fyldt med uskyldige nougatovertrukne hasselnødder. Hun fanger en med sin store tang og byder mig en smagsprøve på deres helt særlige vintervariant, som jeg bare MÅ prøve. Jeg rækker høfligt hånden frem – hvem kan stå for det smil – og tager imod den lille bid af himlen, idet jeg opdager, at jeg jo ikke må!

I nærmest et skrig råber jeg NEJ NEJ NEJ NEJ NEJ, kaster mig mod min veninde og skynder mig at overdrage den bedrageriske nød til hendes hånd med ordene JEG MÅ IKKE! Ekspedienten får et lille chock og træder et par skridt tilbage i forskrækkelse over min pludselige reaktion, mens min veninde ser til og forsøger at holde sin latter tilbage. Hun undskylder pænt overfor ekspedienten og forklarer, at jeg ikke må spise sukker i januar. Forstående, og fra sikker afstand inde i butikken, trækker ekspedienten på smilebåndet og undskylder den fristelse hun har udsat mig for. Med et grin og en forsikring om, at jeg ikke er skør, bevæger min veninde og jeg os hjem og jeg glæder mig over, at endnu en dag er gået uden sukker.

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10 little things that make me happy

Sometimes happiness is found in the grandiose, in the spectacular, in the big milestones of life; but sometimes happiness is found in the smallest things in your every day life. If you don’t look for them, you might miss them, but if you do, you’ll be surprised at how many good things are happening right at this time.

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To me, the little things are the most important ones, so here are 10 of them:

  1. Text-messages from someone I haven’t talked to for a long time
  2. A piece of really good music (like this, or this, or this)
  3. The sound of clicking the mouse on my computer (I know this one is strange, but I really mean it. I love that sound.)
  4. Waking up hearing the birds sing outside, or children laugh passing by my window
  5. Dinner with the family at my parents’ house
  6. The smell of a new book (I just started “All the light we cannot see“. Am I in for a treat?)
  7. A perfectly timed joke
  8. Slow mornings, paying extra attention to the breakfast (who knew you could get blue eggs??)
  9. Being really productive and crossing a billion things off of my to-do list
  10. Making funny faces to a child on the train – rewarded with a smile or a laugh (otherwise I just feel stupid…)

I could keep going, but in stead, I will let you continue the list and help inspire each other.

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taking it slow

ice cream from maribo in denmark  ice cream from maribo in denmark

Sometimes you have to take a break, relax, and enjoy what’s right in front of you. I did this when I for a day (or more) threw every principle on correct eating out the window and ate whatever I wanted. That resulted in, among other things, this huge ice cream! It was supposed to be only two scoops but it seems to me that that measurement is open to interpretation. I ended up with an ice cream as big as my face. I couldn’t even finish it. But even though I wasn’t “allowed” to eat it I enjoyed it fully and it did me good! Take some time off this week and break your rules and just enjoy life!

Oh, I also tasted the best chocolate bread bites I’ve ever had. Growing up, weekend evenings meant “evening coffee”. I admit that the cake and sweets accompanying the coffe were the only things I cared for back then. Times have changed and the coffee is now enjoyable too. Anyhow, spending Sunday night at my parents’ meant reviving the old tradition. My mom had provided the chocolate bites from Lagkagehuset and I prepared the coffee and tea. It was so yummy!

 royal copenhagen coffee mugs and bread from lagkagehuset

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I don’t know about where you live, but here… it’s cold! I’ve bundled up with candles, movies and hot drinks for a while now, and I thought it would be time to share one with you.

A few weeks ago I was introduced to this amazing tea from “T”. It’s an organic Chinese tea from Yunnam (don’t ask me where in China that is, but it sounds exotic). First of all I have to comment on the amazing design. Just look at it! Seriously, this package just makes me happy. Anyways, it comes in many different flavors – I got two of them, but have only had the chance to try the green one. And it’s delicious. Shimmering Silk Green Tea is the name. It has an incredibly subtle taste to it and is easily enjoyed. Apart from the loose tea, the line also has tea bags, tea flowers that open up when you put it in the hot water and tea cakes that you break the tea off of. I love how tea brewing is made more fun and exciting that way.

DSC_0044 copyAnd the best part! When you buy this tea, you also support a really good charity. The tea is produced by locals as part of a ministry that helps the poor make a living and support themselves. That is the sole purpose of this tea, and knowing the lady behind the project, I can assure you that it is a great way to help China’s poorer parts prosper. So, this Christmas get your hands on this tea and enjoy it knowing that you also helped someone else. Could it get any better?

Get it Magasin in Copenhagen from 65 DKK.

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Quick Quinoa Salad

Quinoa salat

Am I the only one who has those days where I get caught up in something and suddenly realize that I’m starving and need food NOW!? Well, today was one of those days, so I had to come up with something for dinner quickly and it had to be easy to make – enter, the quinoa salad. To be honest, I was quite proud of myself to put together something healthy and nutritious even when it had to be fast and simple. I thought I’d share this small victory with you. I didn’t measure out all of the ingredients but here they are:

1/2 dl Quinoa

Mixed Beans

Corn

1/2 Diced Avocado

Cranberries

Salt/Pepper

Lemon juice

I tell you, it tasted delicious!! Next time I make it, I would probably take out the cranberries, or add something else full of flavor, cause they slightly took over the taste whenever I got one. But other than that I was very pleased.

Inspired by Sparkpeople.com

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Homemade almond butter

During my two years of living in America I found the beauty of almond butter. It’s perfect for most everything, but my most favorite way of eating it is on a banana. So simple and easy when I’m tired in the afternoon and likely to grab the first sugar filled and processed food within reach. Then I turn to this with have a clear conscience and without compromising the good taste.

So, since coming back to Denmark and realizing how expensive almond butter is here, I haven’t had it at all to be honest. It’s simply not worth it. That’s when I had the idea that I should try and make it myself. After researching I’ve found that it should be really easy, so let’s give it a try. All you need is almonds and a food processor. I would opt for organic almonds, but since I was given a ton of non-organic ones, I will use those first.

So, I put 500 ml of whole almonds in a stab mixer since I don’t own a food processor – I know, shame on me! But my mixer has done the job so well (read, I’ve never needed one before, so it’s done it’s job so well by taking up space in my cupboard).

According to my research a good 20 minutes of mixing should be good. I planned to just hit the button, come back to it every once in a while to scrape the almonds off of the sides and then do whatever I wanted in-between. I soon realized that on a stab mixer you have to hold down the button the entire time – gosh! I had a long 20 minutes ahead of me.

Minutes went by and the almonds were powdered and it looked more and more exciting. Until my hand started burning. The mixer was overheating because it’s only meant to mix up things for short periods of time. I had to turn it off and let it cool. I had no intention of breaking the mixer the first time I used it. Could you imagine? Haha.

So all the cooling made the process a lot longer than expected BUT eventually the oils started being pulled out of the almonds and it became a smother mass. I have no idea how long I spent, but definitely more than those 20 minutes.

Anyhow, I am now the proud owner of a jar full of my own homemade almond butter completely free of added sugar, preservatives. It yielded two of these little cute jars.

Almond butter i glas

Now, off to the store to get bananas! Enjoy

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Healthy life start-up

Summer is without a doubt my favorite season of the year. Months full of sun, strawberries, ice cream, travel adventures and friends. But with all of that comes also a lot of eating out and not necessarily being able to eat exactly the way I want. So getting back to my ways of eating has been a want of mine for a while. I should probably be able to keep eating healthy no matter the season and no matter the situation, but I also think it’s important not to become a slave to health, but be able to loosen up every once in a while. Just as long as it doesn’t become a habit. So here is to my first healthy evening snack.

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Simple fruit salad:

1/2 Banana

1/2 Apple

1/2 Peach

A handful of blueberries

Vanilla

Maple syrup

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I love how quick and simple this fruit salad is to make, and then it is absolutely delicious! Also, it gave me an excuse to finally use my Royal Copenhagen bowl, that I have been too afraid to break to use. I guess it doesn’t really make sense to have it if I doesn’t use it though. So this was definitely the time.

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