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Yoga, bubbles & brunch

Sundays are for brunch, no debate there. If it´s vegan, it´s even better and throw a little yoga in there and you got yourself the perfect start to the day.

We were lucky enough to be treated with the perfect combination of yoga, bubbles and a vegan brunch yesterday as we were invited by mymuesli to a beautiful event organized by Angelica Eldh and The Yoga Story.

We joined a joyful bunch of ladies in the adorable courtyard of Ling Long. When we arrived, we changed into a pair of tights and a sports bra from “I Can I Will” and enjoyed Frill´s frozen smoothie topped with mymuesli´s summer muesli. Afterwards we tuned in for 60 minutes of Vinyasa led by Ayla Earey on the beautiful mats from Grounded Factory, mats which are so pretty they messed with our balance poses since we couldn’t stop staring at the tropical prints. Lastly we got to mingle with all the ladies present while enjoying champagne (even spiced with Frill), followed by an amazing vegan brunch. The food was seriously TOO good!

It was a wonderful start to a sunny Sunday and we are grateful to have been invited. Thank you mymuesli, Angelica, The Yoga Story, Grounded Factory, I Can I Will, Frill and all the other ladies there.


See all the pictures from the event in our Facebook album.


Photo cred: Angelica Eldh, Melker Sehlstedt & Henriette Danielsen

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 

Featured Stories

A new workout experience designed to transform & inspire

A new training concept is in town and I’m so excited! There’s nothing more motivating than
trying something new, and the timing is perfect because my new year’s boost is almost gone. I met up with Jennifer Winter, founder of the Bodywheel method to learn more.

By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Ali Mian

The Bodywheel method is a whole new training concept that is the lovechild of Pilates and functional fitness. The entire method is developed around a wheel that is used as a versatile guiding tool, and each class is 45 minutes of body conditioning, sculpting and lengthening the physique.

It was the lack of physically and mentally challenging classes that made Jennifer Winter set out on a quest with one goal: to simplify the fitness world.
– Either the classes were too long and easy or they felt rushed without direction. I also found them outdated and repetitive. It’s interesting how in 2017 we have drones and self-driving cars, but fitness and health seems to be stuck in the 90s. So why isn’t fitness granted the same innovation as all other aspects of modern life? Then it struck me; Fitness can be modern, fitness can be creative and fitness can be chic. My goal was to then create a workout that is updated and effective, she explains.

Jennifer was working as a professional ballet dancer in New York, London and Austria, but moved to Stockholm three years ago. Inspired by the entrepreneurship of Stockholmers she decided to switch careers and founded Bodywheel in September 2016.

When she created it, it was important for her that everyone would be able to participate in her classes.
– Each exercise is modifiable and the wheel allows you to decide your own level of intensity. There are also variations you can do without the wheel if an exercise is too advanced. In the future, I will develop an online guide showing each exercise step by step, she says.

I developed Bodywheel for the modern woman thus making it short and effective so you have the time to conquer the world

What makes this workout form better than others?
– This workout is something NEW! It gives your body and brain the opportunity to engage in a whole different way. I developed Bodywheel for the modern woman thus making it short and effective so you have the time to conquer the world. The biggest disappointment is leaving a class and not feeling sore the next day, so each Bodywheel exercise targets the body head to toe with direct muscle stimulation.

And the results show that it’s working!
– The combination of stretching and strengthening is the perfect dynamic your body needs. You will see improvements in your balance, coordination, mobility and overall strength. The wheel allows you to find your full range of motion and lengthens the muscles without bulk.

Do you recommend focusing on only this kind of workout or combine it with for example running etc.?
– Although the class is well rounded with elements of strength, cardio and stretching, I always encourage people to move in any way that motivates them. I love to combine a morning run with a Bodywheel session, she says.

Having invented a new and fun workout form kind off gives you the motivation to get up of the sofa, I guess. Do you have any tips for those who still struggle with getting more active?
– Start off slow. You can train for 15 minutes once a week, 20 the next. This gives your body the time to catch up and eliminates the stress-factor of having to get in shape right away. It’s a more realistic and approachable way of reaching your goals. Also, try to find a class that you genuinely enjoy, and then it won’t feel like working out.

Interested in giving Bodywheel a try? Check out Jennifer’s website here or follow her on Instagram for more inspiration.



Name: Jennifer Beatrice Winter
Age: 30
Lives: Stockholm, Sweden
What motivates you? Knowing that I can help someone find their full potential and make them feel superhuman for 45 minutes is immensely motivational.

Be Inspired Featured

Embracing my own power – This is my story

Looking back on the last 13 years always makes me a little sad. Not because I didn’t have a nice life, filled with friends, boyfriends and family. Not because I didn’t have a roof over my head, an education or a job. No, it makes me sad looking back because I spent years of my life at war with myself.

I began hating my body when I was around 13 years old. I gained a lot of weight, really fast and spent the next 3 years hiding in oversized clothes, laughing away comments thrown my way. Food became a comfort and I pretty much ate everything I could find, and of course refused to exercise. But this all turned when I turned 16 and got sick. I couldn’t eat for days, and I lost a lot of weight during those weeks. When I finally got better I realized how good I felt, having lost a few kilos, so I decided to lose some more. And some more. And it didn’t stop.

My health didn’t matter, as long as I looked good.

As it happens for many girls I got obsessed about my looks, wanting to be skinnier and prettier. My health didn’t matter, as long as I looked good. The more compliments I got from the people closest to me, the more obsessed I got about looking even better. So, I stopped eating. Breakfast was switched out with water and cigarettes became my main diet. I started working out like crazy, practically living at the gym. During the same time, I partied a lot, since alcohol seemed to help, distracting me from my painful inner war. My body could of course not handle it, and I ended up fainting almost every time.

During this period, I was so unhappy. I was thinner than ever, but my body couldn’t keep up. I was sick all the time and had no energy. On the outside I looked happy, but on the inside I was tearing myself apart. I spent the majority of my time lost in self-critical thoughts, hating my body and constantly comparing myself to others. I lost myself on the way and even more, I lost good friends.

My turning point came, but when I look back at it today I am not sure what it was. I remember my mom pushed me to eat, my best friend at the time too. But what turned my switch? I really can’t say. But something happened and I started to eat regularly again and gained weight. But that’s when the real struggle began for me. Because the negative and destructive thoughts wouldn’t go away. My head continued a war against my body, the only difference now was that I ate.

Not being able to love myself is one of the most painful things I have experienced. Not feeling worthy of somebody else’s love, always thinking I was inadequate. My low self-esteem destroyed many good relationships and turned me into a very jealous person, leaving me heartbroken more often than I can count.

As I got older, I found myself in a relationship that was on the tipping point because I still thought I wasn’t worthy of love. I talked myself down in front of this man day after day, until one day he had enough. He told me to stop it. That he didn’t find me attractive anymore because I was so insecure. It may sound terrible, but I guess that was just what I needed. Because then and there I decided enough was enough. I was so ashamed. Hearing something like that from someone you love so deeply does something to you.

So how did I free myself at last? I embraced my own power!

I finally found the will to change. And not through a new diet, but by chancing my way of thinking, my language of communication and my relationship with my own heart and soul. By slowly challenging my mind I learned that kindness and self-love does so much more than all my hatred ever did. I slowly began to love myself. It didn’t happen overnight and I still have days I criticize myself, quietly or out loud, but the difference now is that I know I am worthy, and I know it’s just a bad day, not a bad life.

My story isn’t special. Sadly, there are thousands of people out there who have gone through, or go through the same thing, fighting a battle against their own body and mind. And this is what made me want to start up Best of You. I want to show people that they can be healthy without being extreme and that health doesn’t mean abs and a tight ass. It has absolutely nothing to do with your looks. Being healthy first and foremost means being happy and grounded, and most importantly: loving yourself and finding what feels good. Why spend time hating something as holy as your body, curvy or not? Because in the end you and your body is all you got, and you’re pretty damn awesome! Skip the hate, skip the restrictions and have fun instead. As Dalai Lama once said: “Happiness is the highest form of health”, and I couldn’t agree more. I will never regret that I freed myself and embraced my own power, even though the journey was long.


By: Henriette Danielsen, Editor in Chief / Photo cred: Anja Hertzberg

Featured Nutrition Smoothies/Juices

Green booster

Did you know that your gut health and immune system are linked? That as much as 70-80 percent of your immune tissue is located within your digestive system? In other words; it’s considered wise to contribute to a healthy gut flora. 

We came across this smoothie in our latest bible; Food Pharmacy! A book we recommend everyone to read, it’s truly eye-opening. This green booster is full of plant fibers that are good for your gut, so let’s “gut” going (hehe).

Ingredients
70g salad (rucola or other of choice)
2 handfuls of spinach
½ cucumber
½ lemon
1 cm ginger
2 stalks of celery
1 avocado
2 dl water
1 tbsp. coconut oil

Instructions
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until you get a smooth consistency. That’s it! That’s one step in the right directions towards a happy and healthy gut.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Recipe: Food Pharmacy

Featured Mind

Find what feels good  

In our high pace society, we often run around doing everything at once in the hopes of checking of yet another thing on our to-do lists. We need to have it all; the perfect job, family and relationships. But the pursuit of having it all leaves us with no time or strength to take care of ourselves.

We all need a break every once in a while, for the sake of our sanity, but how do we do that?

Realize that you need it
First off you need to realize that you’re not running on super fuel and we all need to refill occasionally. Taking time for ourselves, away from the many distractions that surround us, is of the highest importance.

Find your “me-time”
Whatever makes you feel relaxed and good is considered “me-time”. It can be to go for a walk, practice yoga, take a bath, read a book, try out a new recipe etc. “Me-time” means different things to different people, you just need to find yours.

Prioritize it
Solitude is like a little vacation for the soul. It may feel like a challenge to let yourself slow down, but is still very important. Make time in your everyday to find what feels good and make it a priority.

Tell people
Be clear about your needs to the people around you. If friends want to meet, but you want to spend that time doing something for you, let them know. Or tell your partner you will spend the next hour having “me-time”. Make them understand this is a priority to you.

Don’t feel guilty
Many of us are used to putting others first and may therefore find it hard to prioritize ourselves without feeling guilty about it. Taking time for yourself is healthy, and to be able to take care of others and share your positive energy you need to nurture yourself first. Feel good to do good, and leave the guilty conscious at the door step.


By: Henriette Danielsen 

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 

Be Inspired Featured

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