Quick Bean spread

I've eaten quite a lot of butter this summer. Warm home made breads and wonderful Swedish crispbread have needed their buttery companion. Flavour wise, butter makes many (most) things delectable. But it isn't something I wish to be doing on a regular basis, for ethical reasons and because I feel healthier when I eat less animal products.

Besides the healthier choice of dipping freshly baked bread in a mix of olive oil and balsamico, or spreading avocado on top of a slice of bread, a good old bean spread is another delicious plant powered option. And this one is surely full of power.

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White beans/navy beans, as many other beans, are full with protein. They are also an excellent source of cholesterol-lowering fibre. There's folate and manganese, vitamin B1, as well as the minerals phosphorus, copper, magnesium and iron. Beans are literally packed with much of what is needed for us to gain sustainable energy, build and repair tissues and cells, and maintain muscles and bones in good health.

I've used flaxseed oil in this for its omega 3 fatty acid content. Good if you do not eat much fish and seafood. Omega-3s and its fatty acids have been associated with healthier brains and hearts, better moods, decreased inflammation, and healthier skin and hair. Flaxseed has more anti-inflammatory and disease-preventing ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) than fish oil, which has many people opt for flaxseed oil over fish oil when it comes to acquiring their daily dose of the important omega 3.

Apple cider vinegar is a great anti-inflammatory that I try to get in as much of as possible in my everyday life, and it gives off such a good tangy touch so in moderation it doesn't hurt to add in everything from tea, to juices, salads and often I drink a spoonful of it in a glass of water just as a health promoting tonic.

The sun dried tomatoes and fresh parsley gives off a wonderful taste to this nourishing bean spread. Try it out for yourself and see!

1 cup / 2 dl navy beans - soaked and cooked, or cooked ones from a can
1/2 cup / 1 dl sun dried tomatoes
a handful chopped fresh parsley
1 tbsp flaxseed oil
1/2 lemon, squeezed
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cumin

Place all in a food processor or use a hand blender and give it a good blend. I've used a hand blender and left the texture rather chunky, but you can process it to a finer, more even spread if you prefer it like that.

News from babyland

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All is well here in our little bubble. Rowan sleeps so well in the nights. Mostly between 21-06 with two quick nightly wake-ups for feeding. Guessing it's working so well partly because he sleeps next to me and feels safe and comfortable that way. The only few times he hasn't slept so well this past month, is when there's been onion in his milk. He gets really uncomfortable from it so I've decided to not cook with anything from the onion family while breast feeding. Onion, garlic, leek etc. Actually quite refreshing to stay away from their pungent nature. It it known by Buddhists and Ayurvedic practitioners that most hot spices, including garlic and onions are not conducive to meditation as they tend to overstimulate the mind and then crash it into a low gear, making it dull and lethargic.

According to the Ayurvedic philosophy (India’s classic medical science), foods are grouped into three categories - sattvic, rajasic, and tamasic - which means goodness/balance, passion/energy, and ignorance/dull. Onions, garlic, leek, shallot and the likes, are classified as rajasic and tamasic, which means that they increase passion and ignorance.

There are devoted followers of Ayurvedic and yogic tradition, and especially the ones who follow Lord Vishnu, Rama and Krishna, who only cook with foods from the sattvic category. So they'd only be eating fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, milk, ghee, grains and legumes. Those foods are considered pure and balanced. And great for both the body and the mind. Energetically those foods are pure, light, clear, calming, harmonizing and promote wakefulness.

Rajasik foods are OK or good for the body, but may or may not be good for the mind, depending on the time of the day and the quantity taken. These are foods such as chocolate, coffee, black tea, and many hot spices, etc. They are energetically considered cloudy, turbulent, agitated, and disturbs the emotions. Some yogis and ayurvedic doctors include garlic and onion is this category.

Tamasik foods are generally not that good for the body and not at all for the mind. Tamasik foods are dulling and create lethargy and heaviness. Meat, fish and eggs are classified as tamasik foods, and also garlic and onion. Overeating anything, even sattvik foods, would also be considered tamasik.

I normally cook and eat according to what feels best for my body and mind. And mostly it would naturally fall in the sattvic group. It is definitely interesting to have gotten an important reason to challenge my habitual use of onion and garlic. So far it feels fantastic.

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Literally obsessed with this person. How did we get so lucky to have been gifted such a healthy, happy and wonderful child? I am so grateful and I tell him that every single day. 

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Writing new client agreements while feeding my baby all the important gut bacteria, minerals, vitamins, protein and fats. Whatever I can do to help him develop a strong and healthy immune system.

I have shaped my life in a way where I get to do the things I want to be doing. And arranged so that no external work place steals my time from that which is more important. Earlier, before family life and child, what was important to me was mostly me, myself and I. To feel happy and free as an individual. Today the same concept of living and thriving is applied to my family. Nothing is as important as us, and so we must arrange life and work in such ways that we get to live life happily and freely. Being close, and everyday creating the life that we want to live together. Which is why working from home is the ideal solution, for me and for us.

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T works remotely as well, as a strategist for various technology companies. We really like the Baby Björn carrier btw. Although it is not quite as natural and close to the baby as the slings and wraps. Will write more about the different carriers that we have tried, in a future post.

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My hikers.

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Being a mom.... it is what I was meant to become. Obviously can't imagine my life without this little boy. But even deeper, it feels as if my whole life was always made up in this way, all the lessons gained from childhood to adulthood brought into this place, where I would eventually join forces with exactly this little man and no one else. 

There are times in the day when you feel like getting a longer break than the 1,5 hour naps that he has at max. So you can get more done in the day workwise and reading/writing wise. But what it teaches you in exchange, is to prioritise even better. To become more efficient with the short bursts of time you have available. To be patient. And to truly be in the moment. Rowan feels if I am not there energetically. So I must continuously practice being there and only there, when I am with him. It is truly a blessing in disguise, and helps you nurture a new form of meditation practice.

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We have enjoyed having a pram for some time.  But looking forward to leaving it behind and be more mobile and flexible now that we soon head out on our trip. We love carrying Rowan close to our bodies. Were contemplating on perhaps getting the worlds lightest stroller, the GB pockit, as it would be light and mobile enough for travels. But figured that where we are going to spend most of our winter, on the beach in Indonesia, there won't be much need for a stroller after all.

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We have got a week left more or less of our Swedish cabin life. It's been great in so many ways. Not least as our son was born here. But it will be good to soon head out on brand new adventures. Our plan is still to look for a little house to buy in the woods of Sweden. Some place where we can set down some roots, begin building on a permaculture garden dream, and a place to use as a comfortable base for all of our future travels. Will be good to get out in the world first to gain perspective after this summer. While at the same time keeping an eye out on hemnet.se

Hope your end of the summer has been magical.

Curiosity

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My curious little boy. Soon we're heading out on a long journey 👣 You may later not remember much of this first year of traveling, but we believe that exposure to many different settings, people and environments will further instill curiosity and wanderlust within you from even this early stage. Curiosity that is so important to nurture, to encourage lifelong interest in learning and expanding. Moving about, exploring, will help you feel comfortable and at ease anywhere you will ever go in your life. And the beauty of the world will hopefully have you appreciate all the beautiful, good, positive and vibrant things this world has for us to enjoy. We are creating a beautiful world together. The world is ours to explore 🌍 

Sweet potato

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Sweet sweet sweet potatoes. Not only are they delicious and brighten up any mundane meal with their vibrant colour, but they're also full of fiber and beta carotene, which your body kindly will turn into Vitamin A for you (amazing for the immune system). They are lower than regular potatoes on the glycemic index, meaning they do not raise your blood sugar levels quite as much. Which is good news as it is important to keep your blood sugar in balance, to not suffer from everyday food cravings, mood swings, irritability and fatigue (besides other more serious effects of continuous blood sugar swings).

Sweet potatoes also contain less calories and slightly less carbs than regular potatoes, if that is important to you. 

I often eat oven baked sweet potatoes with lots of good oil, salt and herbs. While other times it's nice to boil them just very gently and eat with minimum spice and intervention. To keep it natural and gentle on the digestive system. As pictured, with an avocado/tomato salad, hempseeds and a fried egg.

Believe that you can

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..... and you will.

What if life was just a dream. There's nothing that can prove that it is not. So potentially, this all may be a very advanced, very realistic and extraordinarily vivid dream that we live within. A lucid dream in which you are awake and conscious. Where you have been given the magic wand to create all the worlds and wishes of your desire. It's just that you have forgotten your power. Forgotten that you are the God and the creator of your life.

Whatever life is, what is stopping you, right now, from doing what you really want? Living the life you dream of?

Are you blocking the perfect flow of life energy with limiting beliefs about yourself? Is there a twisted side to yourself thinking that you are not worth happiness? Or do you let other people or rules of society write the story of your life?

And how do you even come to an understanding of what you really want in life? When there are so many options. When life pulls you this way and that. And aren't there so many things we should do, in order to be respected/loved/acknowledged. And what about fitting in? Moving too wildly outside of the frames that your peers move within just seems way too risky. Or?

If you take a quiet moment to yourself and reflect upon it, you do know that none of that is really important. You do know in your heart that you are here for a purpose, just like everyone else. Looking at the lives of other people, it may seem that everyone's got it all worked out. That they all seem to have found their path to happiness.

Some of them may have, while many others are good at playing a role in a game in which they themselves aren't the game maker. The structures of society are made in a way that keeps things orderly and people follow similar paths to help keep the system better organised. That doesn't mean that you have to follow those structures. You as the unique being, more spiritual than physical, is larger and more expansive and important than any societal framework or construct. You don't need to follow the guidelines. You can create your own template. Run your own show. Isn't it tempting to just let go of all the charades and get raw and honest with yourself? What is there to lose.

Against all odds, you were born out of a chance in a million. You're healthy, strong and your mind works just fine. To think that you are not capable of changing your life around and create the existence of your dreams. Or for you to waste another day of your life living below your capacity, that is the same as giving away the magical power that you have been given. You have gotten it for a reason. The wand has been placed in your hand because exactly you were meant to have it. No one does you better than you. The power and capacity that you have been given is right within you waiting for you. Waiting for you to wake up.

4 basic activities that will help you live a more authentic life:

- Begin each day with a bit of exercise or stretching. Just do it. This will help release blockages in your system and clear your mind. Which in turn will make you do healthier decisions throughout the day.

- Cut down on inflammatory foods that your body has to fight to break down, and eat more of that which contain nutrients that your body can easily utilize for energy and strength. Less of: meat, dairy, gluten, sugar, alcohol. More: water, leafy greens, pickled/fermented foods, immune boosting herbs and spices, seasonal local vegetables and fruit.

- Cut down on meaningless activities. You know you've got them. Be honest with yourself about what you waste your time on. And reflect on what that time could be spent on instead. Then remove what is not needed.

- Pick a place that you know is relaxing, beautiful and calm. Some place where you can sit for an hour and contemplate your life. Go to the woods, a lovely park or a place with a great view. Or take yourself on a date to a calm hotel bar that overlooks the water. Once there, allow yourself to just be for a moment. You are physically there, but you are there merely as an observer of your surrounding rather than the busy person you are with the career you have, the things you posses and the to-do-lists you've crafted. Just be. Imagine yourself free from all obligations. Then begin to invite feelings and thoughts on things that you love. Get creative. What do you love doing that you haven't done in a long time? What would be the most wonderful things to be doing with your life? What other lives of other people would you want to live, if you could swap for a week? What sort of living situation would you choose if money were no object and there were no known obstacles in your way? Dare to dream big. Dare to open up to any idea and vision that pops up in your mind. Write your thoughts down. Really feel how life would be if you were living it 100%.

Some people come to a point in their lives where they're finally admitting to themselves: I've had enough of living below my capacity, now it's time to move onwards and upwards. And they change their life around in a split second. Others need more time and more practice in order to incorporate new positive habits and thought patterns into their lives. When you feel stressed or anxious that you aren't doing what your higher self knows would be best for you, don't only ask yourself: what do I need to get, to become happy? But also: What am I doing right now that is disturbing my peace? What is blocking the positive flow? And then begin to work on removing those blockages and limitations.

You are worthy of all you can imagine. You are here for a reason and that is up to you to figure out. But things don't just work their way into your life if you've built up barriers. You need to decide to live live fully, and then take action:

1. Get connected with yourself, your body, mind and soul, essentially. Talk to yourself. Nurture your body. Be healthy.

2. Remove obstacles and limiting beliefs. Just get rid of them. They aren't needed and no one is forcing them on you.

3. Get creative. If someone else can live the life that you dream of, then so can you.

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New places

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This baby boy is two months old today, hurray..... !!

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We have been to Helsinki in Finland for a couple weeks. Took the ferry over from Stockholm.

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Rowan loves new places, new faces and seems to get a bit restless if he has to do or see the same things over and over. We were wondering how he would sleep in new places and different beds, but it doesn't seem to bother him whatsoever. We seem to be his safety and wherever we have put our bags down for the night, he has relaxed into it just as if we were at home.

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Which is a great thing as we are leaving the Swedish countryside in three weeks. First up is this town. Anyone recognize it? I've never been before but am very excited to finally get to see Bristol. Not least because Rowan has some dear family members there. Some of whom he will be seeing for the very first time.

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After that, we're continuing on to this city, from which we will be driving up the coast. Finally getting to do the American west coast road trip I've been dreaming of for years... Btw if anyone of you who live in San Diego area know where it's best to rent, borrow or steal a decent camper van/truck in which a little family of three could sleep during a road trip, please let me know. We're looking at renting for 3-4 weeks or so in Sept/Oct. May be going all the way to Vancouver, but most definitely going through LA, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, San Francisco, Redwood forest, some other national forests, and perhaps Oregon too. Any tips are very welcome :)

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Living in the countryside in a little cottage without running water has been amazing in many ways and quite so challenging in others. Pretty much what this past year will forever be remembered as. The year of the contrasts. Looking much forward to see what we can create out of the upcoming months and year. The possibilities are endless. Just have to keep on remembering that nothing awesome creates itself. Conscious creation and dedicated focus is where it's at.

So many lessons to learn on the way towards creating the life of your dreams.