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An open letter to Self Doubt

Dear Self Doubt. We’ve been spending nearly 25 years side by side and together we’ve been through a lot. I’m grateful for all the times that you’ve been there for me and never left my side, but lately I’ve been feeling like it’s not working out between us anymore.

I don’t understand why you keep complaining when I’m telling you to shut up. All you ever talk about is how useless I am and how I’ll never succeed with anything in life. I used to believe you, but I’ve come to realise that the problem is not me – it’s you. If you weren’t there all the time with your negative, repetitive chatter, I’d already be bathing in success and self acceptance.

It’s time we face reality – we’ve grown apart. Our views on life have become extremely different.

I’ve decided to spend more time with Self Belief instead. Amongst many things, we’re planning adventures, art projects, chilling out and to continue the exploration of love and relationships.

I simply neither have the time, nor the desire to hang out with you anymore. I wish you all the best and hereby set you free. I understand we might bump into each other again, but in that case I’d like to keep it at a smalltalk level. I hope you take some time to think through your actions and your whole existence, now that you’ll have a lot more time for yourself.

Thank you for the time we had,
Amalia

An unexpected response

Alright, Amalia, I get it. It’s time for us both to be more clear about how we want our friendship to develop. I forgive you for trying to dump me and you don’t need to say thank you for me staying and saving your life.

I feel like I’ve been misunderstood by you. I’ve been trying to get your attention for years but you’ve simply pushed me away without listening to what I have to say. You have no idea how much work it’s taken me to get you to finally listen to me!

First of all: Please, stop calling me Self Doubt. I don’t know where you got that name from but my real name is Fear. Remember that time in Australia when you saw a deadly snake and ran away from it? Yeah that was me saving your life. Or that other time when we were hiking and you were standing way too close to a cliff? Yeah. You’re welcome.

I think you get it: It’s my job to keep you alive! I calculate risks and talk about them, and I’ll keep going until we both get old and grey, so deal with it.

Secondly: Self-acceptance is not about denying or ignoring parts of yourself that you don’t like. It’s about making friends with them. Also, everyone fears in life. It’s not like the people you find “successful” are completely fearless. (Whatever the heck “success” means to you anyway?) They’ve just managed to build a beautiful, trustful relationship with their own Fear.

You’ve been extremely boring lately – you haven’t done much that is new or exciting. As a result, I’ve had to calculate risks of things that normally wouldn’t be a threat. Don’t blame me for being repetitive! That’s just a result of your boringness.

I think it’s a great idea that you hang out with Self Belief. Finally! We might actually get some action going again!! Don’t mind me – I’ll stick around and make sure you’re both safe. Trust me, when there’s real danger facing us you’ll know I’m serious.

I’ll be here for you whenever you need my advice.

Love you,
Fear


By: Amalia Wahlström/Repost of original post at ohyeahbyamalia.com

Events Featured Previous Events

The ultimate Sunday Combo

On the 27th of August we experienced the ultimate Sunday combo, bringing together heartfulness, yoga, brunch and bubbles in the cutest setting in the backyard of Ling Long restaurant, home of The Yoga Story

Our amazing Life Coach Sandra Aggemo and Yoga teacher Mo concocted a session mixing personal introspection, connection exercises and yoga: food for body and soul. Centered around the main question: “Who am I?” Sandra and Mo took our guests on a 75 minutes’ journey deep within themselves.

After that it was time for a delicious vegan brunch buffet brought to us by Ling Long‘s very own chef, sprinkled with bubbles! Later on everyone went home with a beautiful tote bag from Grounded Factory that also provided the gorgeous mats for the session as well as a complete training outfit from I Can I Will.

A wonderful way to spend a Sunday! Thank you to everyone who attended and to all our sponsors and collaboration partners for making it an afternoon to remember.














Head over to Facebook to see more pictures from our event and to keep track on whats up next.


By: Morgane Oléron / Photo cred: Melker Sehlstedt & Henriette Danielsen

Featured Upcoming Events

Join our Yoga retreat

Want to make your dreams come true? Then say them out loud 3 times. Once to yourself so you believe in them. Once to friends and family so they remind you of them and once to strangers, because everyone you meet is a potential Genie in a bottle, waiting for you to say the words to make your dreams come true.

Last spring I met Natalie, fellow yoga teacher at Best of You´s relaunch party. She won a private class with me in one of our giveaways. We met up a few weeks later, both struggling to find time in our busy schedules, and after the class, as we chatted I found out Natalie was to move to Portugal just a few days later. She and her siblings had just purchased a house by the sea in Portugal and were about to realise their dream of opening a B&B together. I was very impressed and happy for her. Or, 80% happy and 20% jealous as I always am when I meet someone living their dream. I told her, half joking, that if she ever needed someone to host yoga retreats she should give me a call.

Weeks went by and she moved to sunnier places and I stayed in Stockholm for a very mild summer. When Natalie reached out to me in August to ask me if my offer still stood it took me only a minute to say yes, before I even knew what, when and where. Sometimes you have to just take the plunge.

So here it is, from chit-chat dreams to reality! We are so happy to invite you to join us on the very first yoga retreat hosted at Villa dos Irmãos, Sao Lourenço.

Natalie and I are both professionally trained and registered at Yoga Alliance. Natalie is also a nutritionist and a big focus will be on serving delicious and nutritious vegetarian meals. In addition to 2 yoga classes a day, we will have a cooking class, runs along the beach, yoga massages, heart opening sessions and headstand workshops to only name a few.

With only 6 guests at a time we want to make sure to create a very cozy and warm feeling and give you all the attention you deserve during your stay.

Practical information
When:
 October 15th to October 21st or October 22nd to October 28th 2017
Where: Villa dos Irmãos, Sao Lourenço (about 1h away from Lisbon)
Price: 4739 SEK (not including flights, personal insurance or Visa costs)
Registration: Read more and book your spot here!
Additional information: Our classes are suitable to both beginners and intermediate practitioners.

If you have any questions regarding the retreat, do not hesitate to ping us an email on contact@bestofyou.se


By: Mo Oléron 

Breakfast Featured Recipes

Smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are as delicious as they sound and the ultimate go-to brekkie. They are healthy, filling, easy to make and super pretty!

The best part about smoothie bowls is that you can create pretty much any combo of flavours that you want and then top it with your favorite fruits and other crunchy things like muesli, nuts and seeds.

Ingredients
1 banana (frozen if possible)
1.5 dl frozen berries (blueberries/raspberries)

1.5 dl Oatly Havregurt
Topping of choice 

Instructions
To make the smoothie, blend the ingredients until you get a smooth and creamy consistency. Then top with topping of your choice. Chopped fruit, more berries, seeds, a dash of peanut butter etc. True morning delight.


By: Morgane Oléron / Photo cred 

Body Featured

Five fabulous reasons to work out

While some embrace an active lifestyle wholeheartedly, there are those who can’t seem to find a good reason to work out (myself included from time to time).

Are you struggling with getting your gym shoes on and get active? Feeling like every workout is a battle between what you should do and what you want to do? If the answer is yes, continue reading!

We give you five fabulous reasons to why you should want to work out! And it has nothing to do with looking good on the beach or get that glorious selfie!

You get more energy
We are often under the impression that working out drain us of energy, but quite the contrary. But to get, you must give. “I really regretted that workout”, said no one ever, remember that.

Improves your mood
We all know that working out releases endorphins and endorphins make us happy! The math is really simple! Get active and boost your mood. Even a moderate walk will help you battle the blues, and studies show that being physically active is a natural antidepressant.

Better sex
An active lifestyle makes you feel better about yourself, which again can make you feel sexier. Training also helps boost testosterone and this important hormone, present in both males and females, increases your sex drive. So, let’s get it oooon (the workout, not the sex – or…)

Because it’s fun
You heard me: fun! Working out doesn’t need to be boring at all. Just take the time to find an activity you like. Don’t run on a treadmill day in and day out if it bores you. Personally, I like power walks, yoga and kettlebell. Maybe dance, tennis or whatever more’s out there interests you and sparks something in you?

Improves your memory
Exercise results in higher blood levels of hormones that are associated with a strong memory, so exercise can boost your memory and help you learn better. It also gives your brain more energy and oxygen. Maybe not going to ace your exam just because your working out on a regular basis, but you get my drift!

And if none of the points above motivate you, well then just think of all the brag rights you earn by starting an active lifestyle. And you’ll live longer too, did I mention that?


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred 

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A happy and healthy you

Want to make healthier choices in your everyday life? Eat cleaner and feel energized and good? That’s totally awesome, but don’t let some diet take over your life. Do us a favor and don’t go on a diet at all! Make a lifestyle change instead.

Every day, people make the decision to start eating cleaner and make healthier choices. But not everyone knows where to start and end up on the first diet they can find. As a result, they cave after a week or two, leaving them with a sense of guilt.

We don’t want none of that. We like people to be happy! So here are some very simple steps to a healthier everyday life that don’t include any diets or strict regimes (if a healthier lifestyle is what YOU want).

Add more greens
Green: The color of nature and so many yummy veggies! Try to eat more greens by simply adding it to your morning smoothie or let them find their way to your dinnerplate. A recommendation is to start with the greens and then go over to the carbs and protein. A little trick that works wonders. And if you don’t like broccoli? Well then don’t eat it! There are so many delicious veggies to choose from, don’t spend time eating things you don’t like.

Drink more water
A cool water bottle should be your best friend from now on, never leaving your side. By having water available at all times makes it easier to remember to drink. And why should we drink more water? First off; because without it we die, but I guess you already knew that. Secondly; water is essential for the proper circulation of nutrients in the body, it flushes out waste and bacteria and lots of other good reasons that you can simply Google if your interested.

Say hello to alternatives
We are all told to eat less sugar. Easier said than done, believe me I know. And you know what: I don’t want to give up my favorite cookies entirely, or my favorite Belgian chocolate ice-cream for that matter (the love between us is to strong). So, the key here is to occasionally try to switch out those cookies with homemade ones, that favorite ice cream with nice-cream and that chocolate mousse with an alternative one. That way you still get your treats, just healthier alternatives.

Miss sleepyhead
Sleep is very important, because it can help protect your mental- and physical health and your overall quality of life. So, don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep (guess this must be the easiest change, who doesn’t like to sleep)?

Get your booty going
Yoga, dancing, walking, spinning, running, hiking, tennis, swimming, strength, kettlebells.. The list can continue forever, there are so many ways to get active. Just find an activity you like and get your booty going. And if all of the above fail we recommend sex (lots of it, hihi).

Making healthier choices isn’t as hard as you may think, all you need is a positive mindset and a little willpower. And remember to have fun! Healthy doesn’t necessarily mean boring. Quite the contrary.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred

Breakfast Featured Nutrition

A delicious way to use your ripe bananas

Do you ever wonder what to do with all your overripe bananas? Why not make a delicious banana-chia pudding with a taste of coconut?

Overripe bananas provide you with the possibility of many great recipes! We’re talking nice cream, cookies, waffles and chia pudding – yummy! They’re truly a blessing, not a curse!

Ingredients
3 tsp. chia seeds (we used these from Holistic Sweden)
1 tsp. agave syrup (or honey)
1 cup coconut cream
2 ripe bananas (one for topping)
Coconut flakes for topping

Instructions
Blend the coconut cream (if you don’t have cream, use only the thick part from a can), banana and agave syrup. Transfer the mixture to a glass bowl or large jar and stir in the chia seeds until well combined. Put in the fridge for about 2 hours (preferably overnight). When you’re ready to enjoy this yumminess give it a stir and add the coconut flakes and some more banana on top.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred