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Berry Bliss Balls

Introducing my recipe for Pink October! Raw, vegan and gluten free, these pink berry bliss balls will take you only five minutes to prepare. They make a lovely healthy snack to enjoy anytime of the day. 

Ingredients
1 cup (100 g) mixed berries, fresh or frozen
3/4 cup (80 g) gluten free oats
1/4 cup (35 g) coconut flour*
1/3 (20g) shredded coconut
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 pinch of salt
1/4 cup (40 ml) maple or agave syrup

* Possibility to replace coconut flour with almond flour if desired.

** You can replace agave or maple syrup with 4 pitted fresh dates. If using them, adjust the quantity of water to moisten the texture.

Instructions
Place all the ingredients in a food processor and mix until you get a sticky dough. If too dry, add a few drops of water. With your hands or using a small ice cream scoop, shape the balls. Optional: coat with shredded coconut or unsweetened cocoa powder. Let set in refrigerator for at least one hour before serving. Store in an airtight container placed in the refrigerator for up to one week, or up to one month in the freezer. Enjoy!


By: Delphine Fortin, Author and food blogger behind Del’s Cooking Twist 

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Fear is my friend

Something that’s constantly reoccurs in the modern spirituality is the concept of love and fear. That which isn’t love is fear. Love is the ultimate creation and our natural state. When we’re not thinking, feeling, acting and reacting in love, it’s because fear is present.

Fear of being separate. Fear of being unworthy. Fear of not being accepted. This fear makes us act in all kinds of unloving ways, towards each other and towards ourselves. I truly believe this. Even though it’s a simplification of the complexity of this human experience, it explains a lot of the crazy that is going on in our world today.

However, there’s another aspect of fear. Fear as a catalyst. When our aim becomes experiencing as little fear as possible we miss out on a lot of the good stuff in life. Because the good stuff often requires us to face that which scares us.

For me, it was scary to choose to take back the responsibility for my health and become the CEO of me. It was scary to choose to be more vulnerable and not hide in my relationships. It was scary to quit my corporate job to start out on my own. I needed to make a conscious choice to look fear in the eye and walk directly towards it. And, ultimately, facing fear has given me a healthy and vital body back, deep and meaningful relationships and an opportunity to create the career that fits my lifestyle and dreams.

Life thrives when we follow our intuition speaking through love while embracing fear.

What if we could befriend fear and invite it to play a part in our life without letting it play the main character? Because, fighting fear is a dead-end battle anyway. You can’t win that game. What you can do, however, is to greet fear when he shows up, tell him to take a seat, but not direct the show. Listen to him patiently, thank him for the advice, but make sure to follow your intuition, not your fear.

What if the presence of fear has been the ultimate catalyst to all that you love about your life today? What if you can become friends with your fear and start enjoying hanging out with him?


By: Helena Önneby. Helena is a life and career coach on a mission to help you find your Pure Personal Power. Download the free guide: 5 steps to finding your authentic power.

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Fashion mindfulness

Every day we make choices and those choices often have an impact on other people and on the environment. And while we’re very aware that our decisions about energy and food affect the pollution and the climate, many of us still seem unaware that our fashion choices do the same.

If you’ve seen the documentary “A True Cost” that I’ve previously recommended, you know that the fashion industry is one of the biggest polluters. In fact, it comes right after the oil industry, causing massive problems around the globe. Fast fashion is democratizing fashion by making it available to everyone, but those cheap garments come at a high price, that our planet is paying. That is why being mindful about the way we shop is important and implementing a couple of small changes can make a huge difference.

As I’ve learned more about the impact of fast garment production I decided to slowly change the way I look at clothes. Most of us buy and own a lot. Clothes are all around us and with very tempting prices, making it easy to stuff our closets with often unnecessary things.

I decided to ask myself; how much do I really need?

I decided to buy less, but better quality. Besides changing my view on fashion and clothes, I also implemented a few different ways to “shop” into my routine. My first step was to clean out my closet. There is so much joy in getting all the unnecessary things out and sorting out all the pieces that you actually need and love. The pile that was no longer serving me was saved to be used for a clothes swap, flea market or to be donated. It was my first time doing a clothes swap a couple of months ago and seeing someone give a new home to the clothes I no longer needed made me super happy. Whatever was left after the swap was donated and we all know the importance of helping out in any way to the ones in need. The clothes and fabrics that were in bad shape to be donated or swapped ended up in the recycling pile. A lot of shops here in Stockholm like H&M or Lindex will take the clothes from you and recycle the fabrics. What could get fixed ended up in my sew, shorten, remove the stain pile that is still not finished.

Now, when I say bye to my clothes they end up either in somebody else’s closet or in the recycling bin. I also try to use them as much as possible and take proper care of them before giving them away. I also buy second hand. I realise now that my choices, as small as they may seem, make a difference.

Do you also try to be mindful about your fashion choices? Why not start somewhere and come to Best of You´s next clothes swap


By: Ivona Iwarra Josipovic / Photo cred: lily-like.com

Breakfast Recipes

In the kitchen with Del

September is here and I want to inspire you to set up a new and healthy habits for fall.

Morning is my favorite time of the day and I believe that a good and healthy morning routine is a great start to your day: you feel refreshed and embrace the day in a good mood with a smile on your face.

Let me show you my personal morning routine in a short video with two easy recipes that won’t take you more than 10 minutes to prepare. Take a look at the video below and to get the full recipes, click here.


By: Delphine Fortin,  Author and food blogger behind Del’s Cooking Twist / Video originally shared on God Morgon

Previous Events

Yuhme: You-us-humanity-me-environement

On Saturday 26th of August we had the privilege to host a beautiful event for Yuhme, the water bottle with a purpose.

Based in Gothenburg, Alex and Alex, the couple behind Yuhme, was visiting the capital, eager to meet with our readers to share their story and values about being the change you want to see in the world.

We welcomed everyone at SUP46, the Start Up Mecca in the heart of Stockholm, followed by a very enlightening, honest and touching presentation from Alex and Alex. They talked about how the idea was born, their journey towards the very first bottle and their dreams for the future. After some Q&As, it was time for refreshment sponsored by Oatly, followed by a yoga class focusing on our water element (what else!). We worked on our second chakra and releasing the hips. All this on the beautiful and colorful Yogish Collective mats!

After the class, everyone got the opportunity to buy bottles, and at the same time making a change in people’s lives in Central Africa, by providing 6 months of clean water for each bottle purchased. All our guests also went home with a beautiful reusable environmental friendly glass straws offered by Stream Straws. 

It was a very inspiring morning for all of us. A moment to share and reflect on what we do daily that can impact others and the world we live in, and how we can all make a change. One step at a time.















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


By: Morgane Oléron / Photo cred: Janis Saulis

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How to overcome excessive worry?

We all worry and that is natural, because life puts ahead of us new challenges and tasks that we have to solve each day. By worrying we show that we care about our work, family, friends and ourselves.

Moderate concern is very useful, because it can protect us from the various inconvenience that we may face on a daily basis. If we are, for example, worried that we will be late for an important meeting, we can undertake a range of activities to prevent that from happening (we can get up and get ready earlier, leave home earlier in order to avoid traffic etc.) Excessive or chronic worry on the other hand is both physically exhausting and significantly affects the quality of our lives. If we worry to much, we encounter some of the following phenomena’s daily:

  • We imagine negative outcomes of different situations and we experience anxiety because of our own negative thoughts.
  • We worry often about things that we can’t change.
  • We are becoming more and more indecisive and we are making decisions more and more slowly, because we are constantly looking for an ideal solution to the situation.
  • Worry becomes a burdensome process that is difficult for us to control and which causes tension, anxiety, tiredness, concentrations and sleep problems.

So, how we can overcome excessive worry since it doesn’t bring us anything good?

I will give you some of my favorite tips that all of us can use when we feel that we have fallen into the trap of our own bad thoughts:

  • When we worry too much the capacity of our attention is limited and most of the time we focus on negative outcomes. Because of that, we aren’t able to notice the favorable opportunities provided to us. By systemically focusing our attention on positive things, we can reduce the time spent on worrying and see that life gives us a lot of good things.
  • We need to determine every day in advance the time and place when we worry. All bad thoughts, unnecessary analysis and fears that appear to us during the day we leave for ’the time when we worry’. This is a great technique, because this way we gradually gain control of our thoughts and become more and more focused on the present.
  • Life is unexpected and all of us have to accept that, even if this sounds a little scary. With excessive worry we can’t influence every aspect of our lives. Once we accept that we can’t control everything, our life will become so much easier.

Whenever you notice that you worry too much, try to apply these techniques in order to help yourself clear your head from negative thoughts. Your life is happening now and don’t miss it by worrying about the future or the past.


By: Sonja Josipovic / Photo cred: www.verywell.com

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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.

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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.

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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