Sunday, July 10, 2016

Happy Summer!

It is dark outside, the moon is almost half. The cats are out on adventures, the kids are watching a movie. We are off on vacation tomorrow morning and will be gone for a while. Destination Sweden and the summer house. I can't wait.

All day we have packed, cleaned and prepared for our departure, with certain excitement and anticipation. I like to come back to a tidy house so this packing and preparing thing is a big process for me. I've been busy to say the least. But...

...we are ready for the flight. We are ready to meet up with Nelly Bo who left a few days earlier than us this the year to stay with my brother's family (can't wait to hug you!!!). We are ready for our summer house. We are ready for our beach. We are ready for fishing, picking wild flowers, visiting "loppis", having big long family dinners, pick mushrooms, swim in the water, kill mosquitos, play with cousins, laugh with my brothers and their wives, meet Mama and Papa, eating ice cream and lots of pick & mix sweets. We are as ready as anyone can be.

I leave you hanging a bit as I will be without WiFi most of the time. Please forgive me if I don't reply in an instant when you write me. Please feel free to shop in my Etsy and Ravelry shop which is still open for pattern purchases. My Tilda Yarn Shop will re-open on my return the first week of August.

Enjoy your summer and these photo collages can give you an idea of where I'm heading and what I will be doing. All pictures are from last summer's Sweden vacation. My gosh, they make me so happy! Sweden - here I come!


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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Detox before vacation

50g Rasberries, 50g Blueberries, a few strawberries, 1/2 medium sized banana, 50ml almond milk, 25-50ml water, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 tsp cinnamon, pinch of fresh ground vanilla. Berries can be frozen or fresh.
Mix in NutriBullet or with hand mixer until smooth. Wait for 10-15 minutes for chia seeds to thicken before serving.

Salads, raw veggies, juices and hot lemon water. Jay and I have done a serious detox for 8 days, not only to loose some love handles for the beach season - which is obviously very welcome - no this has been a detox to get rid of inflammation after Jay had a knee surgery a few weeks ago and to kick some bad habits. It seems to work. His knee is getting better and he can now walk pretty good without suffering pain in the evenings, and I look more flattering in my swim wear. And those habits? Well, we have found out some truths about ourselves that we might not have admitted to before.

We have 2 more days to go with this special program and I can't wait to have a Starbucks Latte Grande once we get to the airport on Monday. I can't wait to have a nice grilled steak with some lovely salad and fresh veggies. I can only imagine how good it will taste.

It has been a bit of challenge. Of course. It is all about breaking habits. I imagined it being hard to resist carbs and sugary treats, but surprisingly what I've been craving for is meat. We have been joking about having a steak, how we could kill for a burger with extra everything. Spaghetti Bolognese. Having a muffin or piece of cake has not even entered my mind. Isn't that weird as I'm a total sucker for bakery treats?

I can now recognize hunger as a feeling for the first time in ages. I realize I eat of habit more than of hunger. I eat more of loving food than to just nurture myself. I eat a lot instead of just enough and I eat of comfort when I'm bored, restless, frustrated, sad, angry and stressed instead of dealing with those feelings.

Having a husband who is a professional top chef helps. Food never gets boring in this house even if it is restricted to certain foods and 1200 calories a day, accompanied only by loads of water throughout the day. The drinking water part is a big key to flushing out all those toxins we carry in our bodies. A normal day has looked something like this:

Hot lemon and ginger water

Baked Apple Blueberries Raisins and cinnamon

Green juice, my favorite has been Apple Carrot Lemon juice and Pear Kale Celery Lemon juice. Or low calorie smoothies like Raspberry Blueberry Banana Almond milk Chia seed and Cinnamon smoothie.

Green salad with choice of 3 raw vegetables or clear vegetable soup.

Green juice or smoothie.

Roasted vegetables or soup with salad. My favorite dinner was when the kids had tacos and we made tacos from lentils instead of meat. Served in a large Roman lettuce leaf with cucumber, corn, spring onions and peppers on top drizzled with tomato, lemon, cilantro salsa. Yum!

Herbal tea of choice.

Sometimes it is good to challenge yourself and regain control of your habits and body. I've learned something from this experience and even though we will indulge on our vacation in Sweden, as we always do, I will be more conscious about my daily choices and listen more to what my body actually needs, instead of what I want.

For the last couple of years I've added some stubborn weight and I keep on failing in my efforts on loosing them because I am not a diet girl. I love food way to much and I think food is one of the big pleasures in life. But after entering me 40's my metabolism has changed and it is harder to stay in shape. I've tried diets like LCHF, 5:2 and Paleo half heartedly but as I said, I just do it with half efforts and of course it doesn't work.

I"m all for enjoying food, and could never be the girl who pokes her food around on her plate just because she wants a flat belly. No, no... Life is to short for that, but I can love food in a healthy way and enjoy a little at the time instead of Super Sizing everything I put in my mouth. Having 1 portion is enough. 1 muffin is enough. And maybe I shouldn't have muffin, ice cream, cake and chips and wine with a 2 portion dinner on the same day. You know what I'm mean? Easy to say and preach - hard to live after. But I will do my best now when I've discovered some truths about myself that I didn't want to see before. She says, sipping her Hot Lemon Ginger Water dreaming about pancakes for breakfast. ;)

PS I'm not a nutritionist and if you try this based on only this blog post, I take no responsibility for what it will do for you. I am just a girl writing a journal on the web. Do your own research and find yourself a great program that will suit you if you want to do a detox. However, I can highly recommend this book: Detox Yourself by Jane Scrivner. I have done her detox 30 day program before and it works wonderful. This time we did a different kind of detox though, inspired by Reboot with Joe's 10-day Juicing plan.


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Thursday, July 7, 2016

A different milestone...

She is off. Yesterday morning at 5am I dropped off Nelly Bo (14) at the airport to fly on her own to Stockholm for the first time. It is a big thing. For her and for me. Maybe mostly for me??? For her this is adventure. For me it is separation anxiety, worry, fear... A feeling of "Can we please stop time?".

The night before the flight we looked through what she had packed, organized her passport and ticket and set the alarm clock. Liquids in a zip lock, book and phone in the handbag... Does everything fit into a cabin bag? Can I bring a mascara? Am I allowed to have pencils and a pencil sharpener? Can I buy a Starbucks coffee when I get there? What if they find something weird in my luggage in the security check? The questions were many and the butterflies in her belly many. In mine too actually.

We got up at 4am to get ready, drove the 30 minute drive to the airport and parked. Standing in the security check line I suddenly realized I'm letting her go to something unknown and unfamiliar, out of my control! A tear found its way down my cheek. I quickly took a deep breath to collect myself, trying to avoid the embarrassment of being the weepy Mum at the airport. Not cool, right? Pull yourself together over-emotional Mama.

A kiss good bye, squeeze of a hand before she passed through the security check and I watched her walk away on shaky long teenage legs and with a slightly insecure smile on her face but with her head up high. A milestone of a different kind is reached and after this waits falling in love, heart break, moving out and exploring the rest of the world... How will I handle that, I wonder. I mean, she is still my baby. Aahhh, pull yourself together over-emotional Mama. She will do just fine!


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