Health

Fall detox

Health,8 August 2017
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During summer I tend to simply enjoy life a little bit more than usual. Life slows down, I sit down and rest more, eat more and stress less. My everyday routines and habits change and I’m thankful for that. It’s my time to sit back and enjoy. However, now when it’s time to speed up the pace a bit I want to feel fresh and energetic again. So, I’ve made some small changes that help me get back on track and clear my mind as well as my body.

Go to bed early. My most important rule for myself is to go to bed at least one hour earlier. This for me is the best start towards a healthier life. I wind down earlier, sleep better, eat less crap during the evening and wake up feeling rested. I also crave less coffee and sugar during the day which is my biggest fight to concur.

Shower in the morning. I’ve always been someone who loves my morning showers. It’s the best way to wake up and gives me a clean and fresh feeling that stays with me all day. During summer I ofter go to sauna at night and fall asleep with wet hair. It has it’s own charm of course, but I still love the whole process of waking up before the kids and take my own precious time in the shower early in the morning.

Sweat it out. I am a firm believer that sweating in one way or another is super important. It has a clear impact on my skin, body and mind. It cleanses and detoxifies and helps me keep my back and neck in check. I like to “kill two birds with one stone” and exercise and sweat at the same time. Hot yoga is my all time favorite because it strengthens my body, forces me to breathe and slow down, works as therapy and sweats it all out.

Stay active. I am active everyday. Either I take a walk, exercise at the gym or choose the stairs. I’ve made myself a promise to always play with my children over sitting on a bench nearby. I always walk everywhere if my schedule allows and simply try to always choose the more active alternative.

Drinking more water. I am a very thirsty person but I haven’t always been good at drinking water. I’ve trained myself to become a master at keeping myself hydrated. Drinking water is crucial for every bodily function and by drinking enough we also minimize false cravings for food.

Detox. My detox is all about eating healthy and clean food. Lots of greens, berries, fruits and most importantly home cooked meals. I skip alcohol, pop, excessive salt, sweeteners and try my best to eat less sugar.

Relaxation in any way is cleansing. It cleans my head from clutter and negative thoughts and relaxation can be so many things. It can be anything from getting a pampering massage, evening out with friends, the possibility to sleep in or completely choose to ignore all the should’s and musts and stay home in bed, watch a movie and eat cake. Even the healthiest and most ambitious set of rules are meant to be broken every now and then.

How do you cleanse for fall?

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Pictures by Juuli Rönkä

let the gut be your filter

Health,17 November 2016
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Hello you! I’m back home from a mini vacation with the family. We had a great time, but as always I love being home. Now I’m laying in bed eating chocolate while the kids are asleep. Perfection.

I love love love these pictures of Janita and I! She is little miss sunshine herself and lightens up any day. One thing I believe in is that so much can be achieved with the power of our own minds and actions. We have the tools to change many things in our lives. That is a gift to be thankful for. One thing I’ve started to re-think myself is what I invite, attract and surround myself with in my own life. I have amazing friends that I love. Both new and old ones. I cherish all the new relationships I’ve gotten. Who knew one could constantly tie amazing new friendships all through life? Wonder how many more inspiring and wonderful people I’ll get to know in the future? Hopefully many.

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Lately I’ve made sure to apply this way of thinking also when it comes to social media. I choose to follow only people that make me feel good. It doesn’t matter how inspiring and good someone is at what he/she does or how many thousands of followers they have. The most important thing is to try to invite things into our lives that make us feel good and happy. Not pressure us to be a certain way, bring out feelings of jealousy and make us annoyed. It has to feel good deep down in the gut.

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I’ve deleted many of the accounts I followed and will continue. It’s so easy and makes a huge difference! I’m tired of seeing picture perfect settings and lives, therefore I’ve started to follow new accounts that have something more than that. People that inspire me in new ways and bring something to the table that intrigues me.

Now ask yourself, should you detox too?

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Pictures by Meri Autio