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IS happiness A SHALLOW STATE OF MIND?

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A couple of months back I was attending a recertification wilderness first responder course when someone in the class asked out loud "What is the key to Happiness? After sitting with it, I decided to give it a go: "I think the key to happiness is sadness". I got a weird look and follow up questions. What do you mean? I had just finished the Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle & remembered the concept of how happiness and sadness exists based on a dualistic mindset of polar opposites. I continued my answer...."time is the only thing separating happiness from sadness, meaning that as we feel happy in one moment, we can be sure of that we will feel sad in another. Aka, sadness is the key to happiness. I will elaborate further. I used to wonder if I could just channel happiness all the time. Now I know that we cannot always feel happy. It is not possible. And that is okay. That is natural. Sometimes a situation is truly “sad", causing us to feel emotions of sadness. Yes, we cannot always feel happy, but we always have a choice to be peaceful. I say choice because it becomes a choice when we have the awareness to see that we have this choice. In fact, even if we do know, we don’t always remember that we have this choice. We are meant to process emotions, but we can make a huge shift just by applying some simple awareness to this process. First, we need to understand that we are not our emotions, that they do not belong to us, and they are just passing through. They are not ours to keep. We are allowing them to flow through us so they don't get trapped or stuck. Emotions want to move. They are called energy in motion. With this way of processing a situation, we allow to experience a situation fully and therefor tap into consciousness offering a state of peacefulness. A state of Being. A state of pure Love. When you experience such a state, happiness, in fact, becomes quite shallow. Curious to hear other thoughts... 

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AVOCADO SMOOTHIE

THIS SMOOTHIE IS PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS

THIS SMOOTHIE IS PACKED WITH NUTRIENTS

THIS RECIPIE MAKES ABOUT 2 SERVINGS

MAKING THIS SMOOTHIE AND ENJOYING IT AFTER SOME MEDITATION AND YOGA IS MY FAVORITE WAY TO START THE MORNING

MAKING THIS SMOOTHIE AND ENJOYING IT AFTER SOME MEDITATION AND YOGA IS MY FAVORITE WAY TO START THE MORNING

1 BIG AVOCADO

HALF LEMON OR 2 TBS LEMON JUICE

2 HANDFULS OF ORGANIC SPINACH

1 CUP SUGARFREE COCONUT MILK OR NUTMILK OF CHOICE

1 SCOOP OF VITAL REDS (CONCENTRACTED BLEND OF HEALTHY PHOLOPHENOLS & ANTIOXIDANTS FROM DR GUNDRY)

1 SCOOP OF PRIMAL PLANTS (BLEND OF SUPERPOWER GREENS FROM DR GUNDRY )

1 SCOOP OF PREBIO THRIVE (PREBIOTICS FROM DR GUNDRY)

OPTIONAL:

CINNAMON TO TASTE

FRESH GINGER ROOT (AS YOU PREFER)

1 TBS TURMERIC (IF USING A BLEND MAKE SURE IT HAS BLACK PEPPER OR ADD A PINCH OF BLACK PEPPER YOURSELF)

DECORATE WITH ORNAGIC CACAO NIBS FROM NAVITAS ORGANICS

WHY POLYPHENOLS?

Mulberries, Aronia cherries, and Blackberries contain powerful micronutrients called polyphenols. Polyphenols, in fact, are what give berries and other plants their dark color. In the Vital Reds blend from Dr Gundry, that I mentioned and linked to above, there are plenty of these super-fruits that contains polyphenols,. They natural energy boosters, have antioxidant properties, and play a huge role in keeping your body healthy

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MORE ENERGY WITH PLANTS

When I travel I bring supplements so I can stay healthy and energized on the road and engage in all the outdoor activities that I love so much

When I travel I bring supplements so I can stay healthy and energized on the road and engage in all the outdoor activities that I love so much

It can be difficult to get enough greens and plants into your meals. When I travel I bring supplements so I can stay healthy and energized on the road and engage in all the outdoor activities that I love so much. Dr Gundry´s Primal Plants contains only 100% natural and safe ingredients and is completely free of soy, lectins, lactose, artificial sweeteners and sugar. Each batch of Gundry MD Primal Plants is tested for purity and potency in the USA, at a CGMP-Certified facility.

Sourced from https://gundrymd.com

WHAT ARE PREBIOTICS

Having a healthy gut involves having a probiotic-friendly environment in your gut. Probiotics are sort of the food that your probiotics eat. So you need both for a balanced microbiome. PrebioThrive from Dr Gundry is a supplement that will help you achieve:

  • More efficient digestion

  • Reduced stomach and bowel discomfort

  • A more balanced gut microbiome

  • Boosted feelings of energy and vitality

Sourced from https://gundrymd.com

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ME. MY. MINE

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Me, my, mine? We tend to use these words generously. I first became aware of these patterns in MY-self and decided to start by observing when, how often and in relation to what I was using these simple, yet powerful words. It showed me that it was A LOT! and it was happening in all areas of MY life. I started bringing awareness of how I could use other words to express something very similar and if I would respond differently.  I observed that by saying "the car" instead of my car I sort of (over time) became less attached to the car. Another example is my computer. I noticed I was even saying "well, in MY world or in "MY life". That is kind of bizarre and interesting all at once, why do we even say that? Like I have MY own world and "MY own life"? Is it not true that we are all ONE? Further, we tend to say "MY plans", "MY food", "MY country", MY feelings, MY problems, MY fault, MY husband/wife/partner... That is MINE!!! The ego likes to create a world around itself in the shape of ME, MY MINE. It takes ownership of everything and anything and thrives on defining and compartmentalizes whenever it gets the chance. Wherever you let it. It even says "MY personality" (this is whom I am) and tries to hang on to it whenever it smells change on the horizon. That is how it feels safe. What this really does is create attachment, fear of loss and imaginary walls. Over time, we start to think that we are those things, that emotion or even that relationship. And without it we lose something; we are no longer whole. It separates us from the truth that is we are all one. Crazy huh?

Kjersti Buaas by Dave Lehl

I AM NOT MY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT

I noticed that by eliminating the words mine, my and me wherever I could, in any area, I even experimented with saying the Instagram account instead of MY Instagram account, I naturally created a lighter environment. I feel less identification and need to get something, like attention in the form of likes or any form of approval.  We can do the same with emotions. We tend to say "you hurt MY feelings" instead of just seeing that these feelings are just passion through us and we don't need to identify with them and cling to them. I wonder sometimes if when we cry its rooted in fear of letting go of (loosing) that emotion? I am not saying that we should get stuck on the level of words, because after all, words and languages are all man made up. Yet, I do think our language is a reflection of the society we live in and we tend to use words that are related to the current  status quo. With that said, It’s quite cool that we can bring attention to how the words are used and how that affects us. We are all different so its going to be different responses and observations. Drop a comment if you want, I am curious to hear your finds of inner awareness   

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AVOCADO PESTO WITH LENTIL PASTA

Ingredients:

- 1 avocado - 1 garlic clove - The juice from half a lemon - Salt and pepper - 1-2 tablespoons of good olive oil - (1 handful of spinach) - (1 bun basil) - (1 bag of pine nuts or a handful of cashew nuts) - (Possibly broccoli or green peas) - (possibly cherry tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan) - Taste with lemon juice, salt and pepper.

This is what you do

Drive all the ingredients to a steady mass with spellmixer or food processor.

What's so nice with this pesto is that the variations are endless. The basic recipe is avocado, garlic, lemon and salt and pepper. Then you can vary with, for example, adding steamed broccoli or green peas. You can use other fresh herbs if you do not have basil and if you do not have pine nuts, you can add cashew nuts for example. Serve the pesto pasta with fresh cherry tomatoes, sun dried tomatoes and vegan, homemade parmesan (0.5 dl nutrient ginger mixed in food processor with 1 clove of garlic, a handful of cashew nuts, salt, pepper and some lemon juice), but it is also good to panfry a little mushrooms to get a little more crunch.

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EARTH FRIENDLY BEET BURGERS

#VEGGISVEKO DAY 5

BEET BURGERS (VEGETARIAN & KETO FRIENDLY)

Beet Burgers

What You Need

2 Yellow Onions

2 Big Beets

1/2 Cup to 1 Cup Nut flour (almond, pecan, walnut paleo blend)

2 Tbs Tapioca Flour (to help bind)

2 Pasteurized Eggs

Pinch of Cumin

1 Glove Garlic

1 tbs Rosemary Extract

1 tsp Lemon Juice

Salt & Pepper To Taste

Coconut Oil (refined) or Avocado Oil

Goat Cheese (optional)

Fresh Rosemary


What You Do

beet burgers

Caramelize onions in Iron Skillet in Avocado Oil or other high temp oil.

Shred the beets into a bowl and squeeze out the water

Add the flour and eggs

Add the spices and lemon

Grade in preferred amount of Goat Cheese (Optional)

Kneed it together like a dough and put in fridge to cool for about 15 min

Take the dough out of fridge and heat up the iron skillet

Shape into burger patties. Use your hands to squeeze it so it sticks well.

Cook in high temp oil on medium to to high heat on both sides until golden (about 3-5 min on each side) Be gentle as they are fragile before they get cooked. You can keep shaping the burgers in the pan with a spatula

Serve with avocado, lettuce, kale, sweet potato fries, regular potato wedges with fresh rosemary or other preferred sides. Avocado pesto is also a nice touch. I will post a recipe on that and link it

I promise, these beets will make you wanna dance

I promise, these beets will make you wanna dance

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We already know how to reduce emissions from the livestock industry, reducing the consumption of meat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this. What we lack is the will to implement and carry through the solutions. Therefore, POW Norway urge you to have a meet free week this February! We'll be posting inspirational recipes and facts regularly - to show you just how easy, and important, this is.

Beet Burgers Paleo style

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HEAVENLY SPINACH SOUP

#VEGGISVEKO DAY 4

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Spinatsuppe veggisveko kjersti buaas

Ingredients

  • 450g fresh frozen chopped spinach

  • 1 yellow onion

  • 1 clove of garlic

  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil butter

  • 1/2 can organic coconut milk (full fat)

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cube vegetable broth

  • 2 ts nutmeg

  • 2 ts black pepper

  • A little olive oil

  • Fresh chilli gives it a kick

  • Bonus points for decorating with parsley

This is what you do

This soup is soooo easy to make and really yummy!!!

This soup is soooo easy to make and really yummy!!!

Peel and chop onion and garlic. Cook in iron skillet in avocado oil. Take a bigger pan and add coconut milk, water, broth and nutmeg. Boil on low to medium heat. Turn down the heat and add the spinach. Let is soak into the broth. Season with pepper and olive oil and cayenne pepper if you like. Decorate with parsley and serve.

Serves 3-4

To follow the challenge visit my instagram story @kjerstibuaas & give @protectourwintersnorway some love in their quest to help make this planet a cleaner more sustainable place to thrive. and make sure to tune in at the following links:

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We already know how to reduce emissions from the livestock industry, reducing the consumption of meat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this. What we lack is the will to implement and carry through the solutions. Therefore, POW Norway urge you to have a meet free week this February! We'll be posting inspirational recipes and facts regularly - to show you just how easy, and important, this is.

We already know how to reduce emissions from the livestock industry, reducing the consumption of meat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this. What we lack is the will to implement and carry through the solutions. Therefore, POW Norway urge you to have a meet free week this February! We'll be posting inspirational recipes and facts regularly - to show you just how easy, and important, this is.

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Sweet Potato Gnocci

#VEGGISVEKO DAY 3

Veggisveko søtpotet gnocchi

Ingredients

  • 500 g = 2,5 cups sweet potato

  • 150 g = 1/2 cup ricotta (you can also skip the cheese or use goat cheese)

  • 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • About 2 cups of flour

  • Salt to taste

  • Butter or use olive oil (if cooking on low heat), coconut oil or avocado oil for high temperatures

  • Cayenne to spice it up if you like spice :)

This is what you do

I added sage to an iron skillet and ate it like this :)

I added sage to an iron skillet and ate it like this :)

Boil the sweet potatoes until they are completely soft and cool. Then mashed together with ricotta, parmesan and salt. I skipped the cheese and it is completely fine. The add flour little by little, until you get a dough. I actually altered with sorghum and organic corn flower to try to make it glutenfree. I had to add two eggs to get it to stick so if you are not using wheat and eat eggs that is a good option for gluten free. You can even use green banana flour and tapioca flour if you like. Its all about getting a good consistency on the dough. It may be a little sticky in shape, but as long as you have flour on the workbench and hands, it should be fine. Divide the dough into six pieces and roll each piece into a long strip. Cut each strip into gnocchi-sized pieces and roll a fork over each piece to get the classic gnocchi look. Boil a saucepan with water and a little salt. Add the gnocchi and cook until they float up, then they are ready. Heat a frying pan and add butter or I use refined coconut oil. Add the gnocchi and fry until they have a golden color. Serve right away. I added sage to an iron skillet and ate it straight off the pan but you can use the gnocchi in a salads or with a pasta sauce like pesto. It can be enjoyed in many ways :)

TIPS: You may want to make the pasta in advance. Complete all the steps, even the cooking, and gnocchien store in the refrigerator and fry it just before serving. if you have leftover dough the gluten free version made great pancakes :)

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Chana Masala 

#VEGGISVEKO DAY 2

Chana Masala 1-2 servings

Chana Masala 1-2 servings


Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons oil (coconut oil or olive oil)

  • ½ yellow onions 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

  • 1 whole chili without seeds, finely chopped (add more or less according to how spicy you want. It becomes medium spicy with a whole chili)

  • 1 handful of finely chopped fresh coriander

  • 1 topped ts cumin 1 topped

  • tsp malt turmeric

  • 1 topped tsp malted coriander

  • 1x finely chopped ginger or 1 tablespoon of ground ginger

  • ½ teaspoon of salt

  • 1 box of canned tomatoes

  • 1 box of canned chickpeas

  • 1ts garam masala (optional, both in paste and spice mix), possibly ½ teaspoon cardamom, 1/8 teaspoon ground mashed potatoes, a little pepper, ¼ teaspoon of malt carnations.

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice.

RESULT: I made mine with a lot of veggies and ditched the chickpeas and it tasted so good!!!

RESULT: I made mine with a lot of veggies and ditched the chickpeas and it tasted so good!!!

This is what you do

Oils, onions, garlic, fresh coriander, chili are cooked in a pan of high heat together with cumin, salt, turmeric, ground coriander and ginger for a few minutes. Add more oil if it is too dry on the pan. Then add canned tomatoes and canned chickpeas with either garam masala or spice mix. It's not a crisis if you do not have all of these spices. Add some water if necessary, the masala should have a slightly thick, juicy consistency. Let simmer for 15-20 minutes. Stir occasionally. Season with salt, sugar, chili etc. Remove the heat and stir in 1ss lemon juice. Can be eaten as it is, then it is enough for one person or server with rice or quinoa, for example, it's enough for two.





What is The easiest way to reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions?

If everyone in Norway eats one vegetarian meal a week, it has the same effect as removing 170 000 cars from the roads for a whole year (1). If everyone in the world turned vegetarian, it would reduce the Greenhouse Gas Emissions related to food production by 60 %. Moreover, if everyone turned vegan, it would further reduce the emissions by 10 % (2). Since food-related emissions account for about 15% of total global emissions (1), this will, in other words, have a very big effect. It may not be realistic to expect everyone to turn vegan or even vegetarian overnight, but if we all eat a little bit less meat, it will help! It might even ensure our children and grandchildren can experience the same wonderful and snowy winters we've been so lucky to live through.

Veggisveko

We already know how to reduce emissions from the livestock industry, reducing the consumption of meat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this. What we lack is the will to implement and carry through the solutions. Therefore, POW Norway and I urge you to have a meet free week this February! I will be posting inspirational recipes and facts regularly - to show you just how easy, and important, this is.


Kilder/sources: 

  1. http://www.framtiden.no/201409246561/aktuelt/mat/kjottfri-dag-=-200.000-farre-biler.html

  2. http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/news/201603_Plant_based_diets 


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CREAMY VEGAN BUTTERNUT SQUASH SOUP

#VEGGISVEKO DAY 1

Vegan, creamy and soooo yummy!!!

Vegan, creamy and soooo yummy!!!

ROASTED PINE NUTS

Ingredients

1 butternut squash

1 garlic clove

Salt and pepper

Roasted chickpeas

1 box of chickpeas

1 can Coconut Milk

Spices to taste (turmeric & cayenne is amazing)

Olive Oil

Roasted Pine Nuts

Fresh Sage (if available)


This is what you do

Gidget would like some of this yummy soup!!

Gidget would like some of this yummy soup!!

Sprinkle the squash into pieces and serve in a refractory form, together with a finely chopped garlic clove, or just roast the squash whole in the oven with garlic. Pour over some good olive oil, salt and pepper and bake in the oven at 350 F/ 200 degrees until the squash is completely soft, it usually takes about 30-40 minutes depending on how big the pieces are. Clean the chickpeas and have in a different refractory form. Pour over some olive oil, salt and pepper. Peppercorns, chiliflakes, dried basil and turmeric are also good to have over, take what you have. Put in the oven at the same time as the pumpkin and shake for about 30-40 minutes. You can also simply roast all these ingredients in an iron skillet. Keep track of the chickpeas regularly, because they can burn quickly. Take out the trays and cool everything. This is when the chickpeas become crispy. Blend with 1 can of coconut milk. Have more or less coconut milk depending on how thick you want the soup. Pour the soup back into a pan and heat. Roast pine nuts with fresh sage on low to medium heat. Serve the soup hot and add pine-nuts and salt + pepper to taste.

Serves 3-4

To follow the challenge visit my instagram story @kjerstibuaas & give @protectourwintersnorway some love in their quest to help make this planet a cleaner more sustainable place to thrive. and make sure to tune in at the following links:

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We already know how to reduce emissions from the livestock industry, reducing the consumption of meat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this. What we lack is the will to implement and carry through the solutions. Therefore, POW Norway urge you to have a meet free week this February! We'll be posting inspirational recipes and facts regularly - to show you just how easy, and important, this is.

We already know how to reduce emissions from the livestock industry, reducing the consumption of meat is one of the simplest and most effective ways to achieve this. What we lack is the will to implement and carry through the solutions. Therefore, POW Norway urge you to have a meet free week this February! We'll be posting inspirational recipes and facts regularly - to show you just how easy, and important, this is.

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Take the challenge, JOIN THE VEGETARIAN WEEK!

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Protect Our Winters Norway challenged me to have a meat free- week this February! Off course I said yes, and now we invite YOU to join POW´s vegetarian week with us. To make it easy and fun, we've made recipes for the whole week, and they're all cheap, timesaving, simple, delicious, healthy and most of all - good for the environment!

Take the challenge, JOIN THE VEGETARIAN WEEK ——->>>>> https://www.facebook.com/events/847922492045050/?event_time_id=847922528711713

Kjersti Buaas veggisveko


The easiest way to reduce our Greenhouse Gas Emissions is to eat less meat. If everyone in Norway eats one vegetarian meal a week, it has the same effect as removing 170 000 cars from the roads for a whole year (1). If everyone in the world turned vegetarian, it would reduce the Greenhouse Gas Emissions related to food production by 60 %. Moreover, if everyone turned vegan, it would further reduce the emissions by 10 % (2). Since food-related emissions account for about 15% of total global emissions (1), this will, in other words, have a very big effect. It may not be realistic to expect everyone to turn vegan or even vegetarian overnight, but if we all eat a little bit less meat, it will help! It might even ensure our children and grandchildren can experience the same wonderful and snowy winters we've been so lucky to live through

Take the challenge, JOIN THE VEGETARIAN WEEK!


Kilder/sources: 

  1. http://www.framtiden.no/201409246561/aktuelt/mat/kjottfri-dag-=-200.000-farre-biler.html

  2. http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/news/201603_Plant_based_diets 

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