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Yuhme – a water bottle with a purpose

Approaching maternity leave with her youngest daughter, Alexandra Nash began questioning their family’s day to day existence. Why should she and her husband spend eight hours a day away from their children? How could they expect their children to grow up looking at the world in a unique way if they live the same way as everyone else? And most importantly, how could they make a difference? All of this resulted in the beautiful journey of Yuhme, the world’s most eco-friendly water bottle.
By: Henriette Danielsen Photo: Michelle Chavez

Alex & Alex, the Gothenburg based couple figured they wanted something more out of life, while at the same time do good, so they decided to start their own business. Since they are both former athletes it came naturally that it had to be sports related, and what better than a water bottle?
– Water is the start of everything. Water is the first step out of poverty, it allows children to go to school, it allows parents to start farming and being able to provide, and most importantly clean water means we stay healthy and alive. Over 500 million people today still don’t have access to clean water. And a crazy fact is that if we used all the money we spend on buying bottled water we could end the entire water crisis, they explain.

Yuhme is about showing that you can start a company that does good for humanity without compromising the environment.

Having decided on producing a bottle, it was important to keep it environmentally friendly.
– Yuhme is about showing that you can start a company that does good for humanity without compromising the environment. Because there is no point to give with one hand, but contribute to another problem (global warming), with the other. And the name, Yuhme, is an acronym of You Us Humanity Me Environment, Alexandra says.

They set out on a journey looking for the right material, and when they came across a special type of plastic, not produced from oil but sugarcane, they knew it was the perfect fit.
–  After researching the material thoroughly, we both realized that this was the only material we could make a bottle from, and even better after a lot of research and hard work we managed to start the production in Sweden.

What makes this particular bottle better than other eco-friendly bottles?
– I would say because it reduces C02 levels in its production. It is CO2 negative from cradle to gate, which means it actually takes CO2 out of the atmosphere. The bottle is also produced from sugarcane which is a renewable resource, unlike stainless steel, aluminum, glass and oil-based plastics, which other bottles are made from and are all produced from finite resources.

And for each of their handy and beautifully designed bottles sold, Yuhme provides six months of clean water to a person in the Central African Republic through Water for Good, an organization working to empower people with sustainable access to clean water.
– We work very closely with Water for Good and they are an amazingly transparent organization, so the figure of exactly six months comes from them crunching the numbers based on how much we donate. They work extremely hard on both maintenance and new digging, which is important as many new wells break down after a few years and no one knows how to fix them. They also train the local people so that they can do the work for themselves. And lastly all money donated goes directly to the cause. Administrative costs etc. are fundraised separately, they explain.

With their beautiful patterns, hand drawn by a Swedish artist, they sell not only a beautiful water bottle, they, together with their customers, give the best gift a person can give: clean water, while taking care of the environment.

How can we (the common man) contribute to reducing the impact of climate change?
– In making daily decisions that are thought through. Is it reasonable that something costs 30SEK for example? Do the research, just because someone says it is eco-friendly is it? Also, accept costs to a certain degree. We work a lot with new materials, and in order for them to get out there and reach mass production people need to use them, and in the beginning, they might not be the cheapest. Try to think of your consumption rate, recycle, be mindful of your food and travel choices.

Any tips on daily sustainable switches you can easily make?
– Stop using things that are made from oil. Don´t litter ever, especially not in the ocean. From my perspective, the problem is not so much what is in the ocean, but how it gets there. Always make mindful choices. And don’t waste water.

If you are interested in learning more about Yuhme, head over to their website or check out their Instagram account and the #betheyuhme. Alex and Alex will also be in Stockholm to talk about their mission on Saturday the 26th of August. Get your tickets today. 


Name: Alexandra and Alexander Nash
Age: 34 and 34
Lives: Gothenburg, Sweden
Are inspired by: Social Entrepreneurs like Blake MyCoskie, Caitlin Crospy, and Adam Braun.

Be Inspired Featured Mind

Embrace yourself wholeheartedly

Emotional baggage; we all got it and kind off hate it. Sandra Aggemo on the other hand sees it as a gift and embraces it wholeheartedly. Why? Because she believes that is what makes a person unique.
By: Henriette Danielsen

I met Sandra for the first-time years ago in a small town in Sweden where she was studying Business and Finance. When our paths crossed again a few years later in Stockholm, she had quit her job to pursue her dream of working as a fulltime Life Coach. This awoke my curiosity!

Her whole adult life Sandra has been running from the feeling of not being good enough, even though everyone around her always spoke so highly of her.
– People have always said that I should be happy and proud; “You are such a talent, you have this and that… You have good education, good job, friends”. I could hear them, but I really couldn’t feel what they told me to feel. It was like something was missing, she explains.

Nevertheless, she is thankful for this, because it led her into areas like KBT and ACT (cognitive- behavioral therapy); reading all kinds of books, meeting therapists, doing yoga and meditation, talking to friends about it and finally, finding her path in life and become a certified Life Coach.

– I wanted to use all my emotional baggage to better understand me and my surroundings. To be a Life Coach, for me, is an approach to life itself; curiosity, openness, warm meetings and vulnerability.

But what does a Life Coach do exactly?
– A Life Coach will help you dig underneath the thoughts and feelings of “what if’s”, help you realize what’s important to you and explore those inner voices. Which one is the terrified and playing-it-safe inner-critic and which one is your bedazzling inner intuitive voice? As a coach, I help you clarify and sort it all out. During the coaching-session you are encouraged to find your own answers, your own truth. I have the questions, you have the answers. As a Life Coach, I act as an objective warm hearted friend, support, encourage and challenge you.

Sandra has always loved that spark in someone else’s eye when they realize something about themselves or their life that can help them overcome their fear and find their path.
– I have always wondered what people run from. We are in such a high pace all the time. Why? It’s like we need to finish a race, but the finish line is being moved forward all the time. We sweat and forget to recharge at the water station. One of my answers are that we are running from ourselves, our longings, our feelings.

As a Life Coach, I have the magical opportunity to meet people at the “water station” and help them recharge and/or change direction.

Sitting opposite to Sandra I sense a certain calm aura over her, but at the same time she feels playful and adventurous. She has that look in her eye!
– People often find me both humorous and deep. I truly believe that the most serious things could include laughter and the funniest things could include tears. In my company, you are very welcome to both cry and laugh, she says.

Having built up a client base both in Stockholm and other parts of the country, Sandra sees a recurring topic in her sessions.
– Many of my clients feel stuck, lost or scared of doing what they truly dream of doing. Some have high expectations on themselves and the people around them which causes a lot of disappointment and stress. Some are struggling to understand who they are or just how to be themselves. Some say they have low self-esteem. Some say they don’t know what they like to do anymore. And some clients are extremely happy and just keen on exploring themselves, she explains.

While I listen to her I nod my head, I can indeed relate to more than one of those topics. Which makes me wonder, how do we become happy?
– I believe that the way we today constantly strive for happiness and pursuing our dream is more a happiness trap than anything else. And I have been there myself, always seeking for that good feeling trying to erase the “bad feelings”, striving for that next goal that should fulfil my life.

– I’ve realized that it’s not about seeking happiness or achieving goals, it’s about finding a peaceful way of living. It’s about understanding that we are in constant change and so are our feelings. Happiness it’s not static – a goal does not last forever. I see it as highly important to understand that humans have all sorts of feelings and accept that. A life in joy is not a life without tears, fear or uncertainty – it’s the opposite, she explains.

Before we part ways, we hug goodbye. The last Sandra says to me before she leaves is:
– Maybe happiness is the same thing as self-acceptance, being in contact with the real you and not trying to change everything. Because there is nothing as beautiful as a person being in contact with themselves, without a facade and lots of filters.


Name: Sandra Aggemo
Age: 28
Lives: Enskede, Sweden
One thing that makes me smile: People dancing – being captured in the power of now and the music.

If you want to learn more about Sandra Aggemo and her services you can check out her website and follow her Instagram account.

Be Inspired Mind

15 motivational quotes to get you through the tough days

We all have those days where it just feels impossible to get anything done.

When you’re feeling low, unmotivated or discouraged, come back to these quotes to inspire you to look forward and get back to working.

I was always looking outside myself for strength and confidence but it comes from within. It was there all the time.
– Anna Freud

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.
– Martin Luther King Jr.

Success is not permanent, and failure is not fatal.
– Mike Ditka

It’s difficult to follow your dreams, but it’s a tragedy not to.
– Unknown

Raise your words, not your voice. It’s rain that grows flowers, not thunder.
– Unknown

Draw a map, find a path, take a breath, and run!
– Unknown

By being yourself, you put something wonderful into the world that was not there before.
– Edwin Elliott

Things turn out best for people who make the best of the way things turn out.
– John Wooden

It’s hard to fail, but it is worse to never have tried to succeed.
– Theodore Roosevelt

You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them.
– Michael Jordan

The ones who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones that do.
– Anonymous

Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
– John D. Rockefeller

We become what we think about most of the time, and that’s the strangest secret.
– Earl Nightingale

The road to success and the road to failure are almost exactly the same.
– Colin R. Davis

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
– Steve Jobs

Have a favorite motivational quote that you don’t see here? Let us know in the comments below what quote helps you get through the tough days.


By: Samantha Thayer

Recipes Smoothies/Juices

2-1 brekkie favorite

We have a new favorite brekkie, a smoothie filled with lots of berries and greens. And the best part; it can easily be made into a smoothie bowl. A 2-1 brekkie made in no time.

Ingredients
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
1 banana
2 handsfulls of fresh spinach
1 tbsp acái powder
Oat milk  (amount depends on how thick or thin you want your smoothie)

Instructions
Mix all the ingredients in a blender and serve in a glass, preferably with ice cubes and a glass straw. If you use a little less oat milk the consistency gets thicker and you can serve it with fresh fruits and muesli on top. Enjoy!


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred: Oatbox.com

Food Nutrition

Ask Clara

Here at Best of You we love to eat. We try to maintain a healthy-ish routine most of the time, but we enjoy the occasional (or sometimes daily) ice cream and/or pastry. But with such a passion for food (well, eating food) also comes a lot of questions.

Questions that tend to pop up are; How to eat healthy? What works and what doesn´t? How much of the different foods do our body need? Of course we have seeked answers from our beloved friend Google, but there is nothing more confusing and frustrating than trying to follow nutritional advice from Google. All those different answers and people debating back and forth makes our head spin. And then we realized; we have our very own expert in our team!

Clara is our awesome and bubbly nutritionist. She is passionate about what she does and she loves to help. As we were asking her random nutrition questions the other day, we thought there are probably many people out there wondering the same things, checking the food labels and feeling a bit helpless, not knowing who to turn to. We realized how lucky we were to have her  around and that others should also be able to just “ask Clara” too.

That is how we came up with our new concept: Each month you guys will be able to “ask Clara” whatever you feel like regarding nutrition. We will select questions from you guys and she will answer them through a vlog post. You will have until the 10th of each month to ask your questions. It can be anything related to food, eating habits, vitamins and nutrients, new and old trends, juicing, eating and working out, veganism. Everything you can think off (no questions are too stupid, we promise).

So, shoot! Leave your questions in the comment field below or email us at contact@bestofyou.se


By Morgane Oléron

Upcoming Events

FEEL GOOD – DO GOOD

We want to invite you to discover Yuhme, a beautiful and thoughtful water bottle made of sugarcane that does more than quenching your thirst.

Join us for an exclusive event during which Alex & Alex, the Gothenburg based couple behind Yuhme will present their story and passion for creating a better world, one eco-friendly bottle at a time, followed by a 45 minutes’ yoga session, led by our very own yoga teacher Mo.

Nowadays the focus is more than ever on taking care of ourselves: we do all sorts of exercises and take a great interest in how to nourish our bodies. We are working hard to feel good. Yuhme is now offering us an opportunity to also do good; Take care of the planet and others while taking care of ourselves.

For each of their handy and beautifully designed bottles sold, Yuhme provides six months of clean water to a person in the Central African Republic through Water for Good, a non-profit organization working to empower people with sustainable access to clean water.

In place, we will have sponsors who share the same vision and passion for an eco-friendlier world. Stream Straws, Yogish Collective and Oatly, three brands developing products with the future of the planet in mind.

So come join us for an educational and nourishing morning where we inspire each other to both feel and do good. Let us not only take care of ourselves, but encourage each and every one to do their part in building a brighter future.

Practical information
When: 26th of August 2017, 10:00-11:30
Where: Sup46, Regeringsgatan 65, 3rd floor
Price: 100 SEK
Registration: Get your tickets here
Additional information: Yoga mats will be in place. Come as you are, wearing comfy clothes and an open mind. The bottles will be available for purchase for a special price and the event will be held in English.

For more information contact Best of You at contact@bestofyou.se and remember to check out Yuhme on Instagram and under the #betheyuhme. Looking forward to meeting you.

Lots of love from Best of You

 

 

 

Be Inspired

Vacation mode ON

Vacation time is upon us, and we guess most of you are already unwinding with a good book somewhere. And that’s exactly what vacations are all about: unwinding.

The time has come for us to take a little break as well. We want to follow our own advice and disconnect to be able to reconnect. We are headed out in the world, exploring new places, feeding our souls with new impressions and create new memories. We will leave our computers behind and be back 1st of August with lots of new articles and inspiring events.

We wish you all a relaxing summer and remember; live in the moment and smile as much as possible, because life is such a beautiful thing!

Love from Best of You

Food Recipes

How to get your greens in

Let’s face it, we all wish to be one of those healthy persons who can’t wait to chew on a celery stick, munch on broccoli or devour a large salad. I can be the first to admit that these aren’t my first options when hunger strikes or when my sweet tooth kicks in. Anyone feelin’ me?

I wish to maintain healthy eating habits, but at the same time ease my cravings, satisfy my needs and make eating a fun and relaxed experience. Food and eating should be enjoyable and not forced in any way. So, to the question; how do I include fruits and veggies in my everyday routine while at the same time keeping my food experience fun and tasty?

After years of trial and error when it comes to food, I have now found a balanced, healthy, fun and tasty way of eating. I have never felt more healthy, happy and in tune with myself. This is what I have been aiming for and I can’t wait to share my tips and tricks which you can implement in your everyday routine.

Include greens in your smoothies
That you can add fruits and berries to your smoothie probably isn’t news to you, but adding leafy greens might sound a little bit weird. If you haven’t tried it out I strongly suggest you to. To add a handful of spinach along with the rest of the ingredients, such as banana, berries, milk etc is such an easy way to increase your intake of greens throughout the day. The best part is that you can’t even taste the spinach.

Fry your veggies
Another way to increase your intake of veggies is to simply add them to a stir-fry, stew or similar. Hide shredded carrots in your stews, chop some veggies and add to an omelet along with some leafy greens to boost it even more or fry a mix of vegetables along with your meal of choice.

Make a fruity ice-cream
Put any fruits and berries of choice in the freezer and let it sit overnight. Whenever you are craving sweets or a refreshing snack on a hot summer day, this could be your quick and tasty solution. Either snack on them as they are or make a healthy and delicious ice-cream. To make the ice-cream, simply add your preferred ingredients to a food processor and blend. A tip is to have bananas or mangoes as the main ingredient if you want your ice-cream to be smooth and creamy. Along with the base, feel free to add flavorings such as cacao, berries, protein powder or even spinach.

Prep your snacks
I love to prepare cucumber, celery and carrot sticks to have on the go. Whenever I have it prepped and easily accessible, either at home or in a container on the go, I happily munch on my veggies when I feel like snacking.

Are you implementing some of these tips already? Let us know, and please share your own tips and tricks so we can support each other on our healthy and happy journey! Let’s make health a fun experience!


By: Nutritionist Clara Mo / Photo cred

Be Inspired

Get your confidence-cloat on

Lack of confidence at work is common issue, either if you´re new, feel inexperienced or have doubts about your ability to succeed. But it´s possible to overcome this fear and regain your confidence.

True confidence and the belief in your ability to succeed plays a major role in your success. And let´s face it; when we spend as much time as we do at the office, who doesn’t want to feel confident and happy?

Let´s take a closer look at how:

Cut the negative self-talk
Negative self-talk will get you nowhere, except make you insecure. Encourage yourself and talk kindly. Everyone has imperfections and may feel like a failure from time to time, but accepting your flaws is way better than to drown in negativity. Nobody´s perfect, so don’t stress it.

Have the right focus
When approaching a new task, try to focus on your skills and talents instead of dwelling on your weaknesses. Think positive and you´ll be surprised how far it will take you. And when it gets hard; remember, they hired you for a reason.

Be curious
Gain more knowledge and improve your skills by reading and learning more about your field of work. Being curious will automatically open you to new input and knowledge, making you not only better at your job, but help you feel more confident. Knowledge is power my friends.

Ask questions
Never be afraid to ask questions. Asking questions means your eager to learn and that you have an interest in what you´re doing. And no questions are too dumb, remember that. That said, keep in mind that some things can be Googled and that asking the same question repeatedly might irritate colleagues. Write stuff down and make a list.

Step out of your comfort zone
It´s outside the comfort zone the magic happens, and by pushing yourself you will build new skills. Apply for a job that feels like a stretch but matches your interests, hold that meeting that you are so afraid of or speak at an event and tackle your fear head on.

Be honest
I am not a believer of the motto “fake it until you make it”, because I truly believe that if you are in the right place, being yourself is more than enough. Honesty comes a long way and never be afraid to speak the truth. Either if something (or someone) is bothering you, if a task feels too big or if you feel neglected.

Good luck!


By: Henriette Danielsen

Be Inspired

An occasional digital detox

We’re all constantly connected, and while the good sides of smartphones and modern age technology are numerous, how much do we really know about how our devices are affecting us?

There are studies that link Facebook to depression, social media to narcissism, smartphones to insomnia. And while we may choose to disregard them, deep down many of us feel intuitively that spending all this time online can’t be that good for us.

Taking a healthy break from technology might lead us to a happier life and that is where a digital detox comes in. Wondering what digital detox is? Here’s the definition: ”A period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world.”

By turning the technology off, I come back to here and now

For my younger self that used to sound like a nightmare, not having my phone or Wi-Fi was terrifying. However, nowadays I find myself craving these periods when I can switch everything off and be alone with my thoughts. No scrolling on Instagram, no answering emails like they are a matter of life and death, no headphones playing the latest episode of some podcast.

Going on occasional digital detox helps me to reconnect. I reconnect with my loved ones, with nature and with myself. It lowers my stress levels as I avoid the constant distraction of notifications and alerts. It helps me be present. It also helps me be productive as I eliminate the amount of time that I would normally spend on my phone doing not really sure what.

By turning the technology off, I come back to here and now. And it always turns out that that’s exactly where I need to be.


By: Ivona Josipovic