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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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Should we be worried or am I just getting too old?

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Today, I was filling in for a teacher in cooking class. I was teaching the 7th grade how to cook red curry, make their own ice cream AND baked bananas. It was delicious, and thankfully I had a recipe to follow… I’m the worst with cooking.

Without anyone getting hurt, we managed to successfully cook the entire meal, and it was delicious! As the students sat around their tables waiting for the curry to cook, I sat back and observed them. I let my eyes fall on each one of them and I noticed how they interacted with each other; and suddenly something started worrying me. I saw how 10 kids at the beginning of their teenage years all pulled out their phones as soon as they weren’t entertained anymore. They sat around their tables next to each other, but few had eye contact and if they cared to talk to each other it was about something that went on on their phones.

I remember when I was 13 and took that same class. I went to a small school, so we had to commute to the bigger one and borrow their facilities. We spent the entire bus ride making jokes and laughing with each other. While cooking we would make pranks and we would spend the time connecting and growing closer as friends. At the end of class we would sit down and share the meal while looking into each others’ eyes knowing that we accomplished this together.

This is not what I saw today. In stead, I saw kids who nearly only interacted with each other when needed, because the virtual world was far more interesting.

What worried me even more was when I saw what was on the screens they were all looking at. One of the girls who had, like every one else, pulled out her phone was showing her friends who she had matched with on Tinder. From a distance I took a sneak peak on her screen, and it wasn’t few matches that appeared. And the list of ongoing conversations with the guys was no shorter. At the age of 13 she was already more interested in guys she doesn’t even know but from an app used by grown ups to find hook ups, than the friends right next to her. It was disturbing to me to see how the dynamics have shifted since I was that age. I am no saint myself in the whole online/offline debate at all, but has this come too far?

I sometimes wonder what would happen if we decided to go offline for an entire week. Or less controversial, banned all phones from school premises and forces the kids to talk to one another. I wonder if they experience the same sense of community that I did with my class mates. I wonder if they develop the same social skills and will they be able to interact with other people and show genuine interest in them? Will they be able to stay focused on one task for a longer period of time or even hold conversation with one person and really listen to what they are saying? Do I have a reason to be worried or am I just getting old?

Let me know what you think.

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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.

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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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