Problem skin be gone // How I have been fighting breakouts and acne-prone skin

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Hello lovelies, it is finally time for one of the most requested posts I have ever gotten! I have mentioned my skin problems a couple of times and since I have gotten an overwhelming amount of request from you lovelies to write more about it and especially to share what I have done to make it better, so I thought it was about time that I wrote a full post on it.

As a teenager I struggled with problem skin, but I went on the pill (a special brand to deal with acne) and while I was on it I seriously had the perfect skin (hence the picture above, haha this is my goal, this is what I want to get back to and I am slowly, but surely getting there). However, last year I decided to stop on the pill since I just wasn’t comfortable filling my body with all those hormones anymore. When I stopped my skin slowly got worse and worse and eventually it just went absolutely crazy, I had so many breakouts on both my face (especially my jawline and hairline), chest and back/shoulders. It was so bad, way worse than it had ever been and my face was just covered in pimples, painful cysts and my skin was all bumpy – yees it was all very lovely, stupid hormones.. Sadly I do not have a picture of my skin when it was really bad because I seriously never take pictures of myself (I am super awkward and camera shy, these two pictures of me are pretty much the only selfies I have taken in the last year) and I never planned to make a post about this until a lot of you started asking for it last month and by then my skin were already starting to be breakout free after many months of changed habits, new routines and different ways to treat it. My skin is not in any way perfect now, but it’s a million times better and I feel like I am finally getting it back under control and so I would like to share some of the things I have done to make it better, hopefully some of you will find it helpful.

This post is just based on my personal experience and what I have found to be working for me, I am not an expert or anything of the sort and what has worked for me, may not work for you and your skin. However, I really hope that this can help some of you that are in a similar situation as I was in, it is horrible to deal with problem skin and acne, it just kills ones confidence :(

This post is way longer than I planned, so I didn’t write as much about everything as I would have liked to, but feel free to leave a comment and ask if there is something you are wondering about or would like me to explain in more detail :)

30-day minimalism challenge – let’s do this!

Minimalism challenge by Into Mind – find it right here!

I couldn’t have stumbled across this 30-day challenge at a better time, I am in serious need of adding a bit of minimalism to my life and reducing stress factors. I feel like I am all over the place these days and I am finding it so hard to focus and getting sh*t done! I am always multi-tasking and working on so many things at once, while I am of course also checking all my social media and it really needs to stop! I feel like this 30 day challenge will be the perfect way for me to really get my priorities and goals in order and let go of all unnecessary clutter and bad habits.

What do you lovelies think, would you like to join me? Remember to check out Into Mind’s amazing blog where she has posted more information about the challenge and an elaboration on each daily challenge – find it here!

I am definitely doing this! Who wants to join me? :D

Sushi for beginners

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Sushi for beginners, by a beginner
Let me just start by saying that this is a guide to homemade sushi for beginners by a beginner, haha and now you may think that why would I post a guide on sushi if I am a total newbie myself?! Well, I posted a picture of my homemade sushi on instagram last week and got a bunch of requests for a recipe or guide on how to make it, so I though I would give it a try.

The single most important thing to know about homemade sushi
While I may not be a sushi extraordinary, I do know the single most important thing there is when it comes to making homemade sushi – it really isn’t as hard as it seems! And yes that really is the most important thing to know. I am a massive sushi lover, but I only just tried making sushi on my own three weeks ago because I was convinced that it would be too difficult to make, but guess what, it isn’t! So if you are are sushi lover and you want to make sushi, then I just told you all that you need to know. It is not hard to make, just get started already, I promise you wont regret it! :D

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You do not need a lot of fancy equipment or ingredients
In the stores they always have a million ingredients and equipment to make sushi, but to make some simple homemade sushi like the ones pictured here you really do not need any of that. I did not buy any of the sushi gear, not even the bamboo mat and mine turned out great. I am not saying that you shouldn’t buy them, but if you are a sushi newbie and just want to give it a try and see if you like it, then all you need are sushi rice (you don’t need to add sugar, vinegar etc. either), nori seaweed sheets, your filling of choice and then maybe some soy sauce or whatever kind of dipping that you prefer.

Simple is better
When first trying to make sushi I would really recommend you to keep it simple, do not stuff your sushi rolls with a bazillion ingredients, it will make it harder roll and I have found that the more simple flavor combinations often works the best.

Rice confusion
I have tried making sushi a bunch of times now and every time I buy a new bag of sushi rice they have a new and completely insane instruction on how to cook them. I mean there are like 14343 weird steps and I am not very patient when it comes to something as simple as rice, so I cooked all of them the exact same (and very simple) way and they turned out perfect, so I though I would share with you guys. Simply add 3 parts rice to 4 1/2 parts water and let it boil slowly with the lid on for 15 minutes on a a little above medium heat, then take it off and place a clean towel between the pot and lid and let it rest for 10-15 minutes. This have given me perfect sushi rice every time!

Raw fish – fresh, but frozen
For the sushi pictured I just made some simple veggie sushi, but if you want to use raw fish then it is important to buy fish that has been frozen -20 c for at least 24 hours to kill any potential parasites. Haha yum, I know! Parasites are rare, but it is unfortunately a possibility when it comes to raw fish, so to make sure I would recommend you to always buy good quality fish that has been frozen as described above first.

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Now, for the recipe, well there actually really isn’t one. To make this I used some regular sushi rice (cooked as described above), nori seaweed sheets, cucumber, avocado, mango, soy and chili mayo. I used a little beet juice to color half of the rice pink, it doesn’t really add any flavor and was just for aesthetics, what can I say, I like my food pink and pretty ;)

I spent ages trying to describe how to make the sushi, but let me just say that it didn’t go too well. At times like this I can definitely feel that English is not my first language! So instead I found this brilliant article (just look at step 8-10, I rolled mine without the bamboo matt, just grab the nori sheet and roll it while pressing down like in the video) that explains and shows how to make and roll the sushi – gotta love video guides! :D

If you have any questions or just some good tips and advice on how to make homemade sushi then please share :)

My little helpers

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Links: 1. // 2. // 3. // 4. // 5. // 6.

Lately I have gotten so many questions about what blender, food processor and juicer I use, so I thought it was about time that I did a proper post on my indispensable little helpers in the kitchen.

Since I am a student with a limited budget I do not have some expensive and fancy equipment, but I am actually really happy with my kitchen appliances and I think they are great if you – like myself – are still quite new to cooking and have a limited budget. Oh and let me just start out by saying that number 5 and 6 are unfortunately not in my possession, but these are two of the appliances that I would like to invest in when I am able to afford it.

Whether these appliances are the ones you should invest in really depends on your needs and budget, but I hope you will find it useful and that it may help guide you a little in the jungle of blenders, food processors and juicers. When buying something new the best thing you can do is to search online to find a model that matches your needs and then read reviews to make sure it works as well as promised and finally when you have found the one you want, then I would recommend you to use one of those price runner websites, to make sure that you get your appliance of choice at the cheapest price possible.

Before we start I would like to make it completely clear that I am not being paid to write about any of these, nor have I gotten any of these as gifts from the companies. I am simply sharing my experiences with my own kitchen appliances that I have either paid for myself or that are gifted by family members for birthdays or christmas.

Tips and tricks to staying healthy while living a busy life

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If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
– Benjamin Franklin

This time last year was one of the most busy periods of my life and while I am fortunately not in that super stressful and time-strapped situation anymore, I would like to share some of the things that made it possible for me to keep up with my healthy lifestyle in a situation where I only had very limited time, energy and money to spend on my meals.

If you keep nutritious and healthy food in the house then that is what you will eat.
It is super important to take the time to go grocery shopping and fill your fridge and cupboards with healthy, nourishing food. When I am busy I prefer to have one big grocery haul a week, which will not only help you save time and money, but might also help you stay healthier as well since you do not need to do your grocery shopping last minute when you are hungry and tired – I know that is when I am personally most prone to fall for temptations and choose the less healthy options aka. the not in any way healthy options ;) Another tip is to make sure you are full when you go grocery shopping, when I am hungry I just want to buy EVERYTHING and I kind of loose track of my shopping list and end up buying so many random and often not very healthy snacks.

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Preparation is key!
One of the most important things if you want to stay healthy while living a busy life is food prepping! With food prepping you can in little time prepare meals and snacks for the entire week, it might cost you an hour or two on a Sunday evening, but you will save hours and hours the following week and a lot of money too since you do not have to buy meals or snacks at work, uni etc.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you need a nourishing and filling meal to give you the energy to get through the day. If you do not have the time to make proper breakfast in the morning then there are many healthy types of breakfast that you can prepare the night before, like for example chia pudding (recipe here and here) or overnight oats (recipe here) – you can even bring them with you to eat on your way to work/school!

On Sunday and Wednesday evenings I used to make some huge mixed salads that I could use for lunch and dinner the following days. This obviously did not mean that I would just have salad, but it was a good way for me to ensure that I would get lots of greens and veggies everyday – even on the days where I would normally be too busy or tired to make a salad. The trick is to add kale or cabbage because unlike most greens it keeps its crunch for days and days + if you place a couple of paper towels on top of the salad before you cover it and place it in the fridge it should keep the salad from getting soggy.

Another tip is to make big portions of whatever you are making for dinner, so you can bring the leftovers for lunch. I would usually make extra potatoes, whole wheat pasta, falafels, chicken etc. to mix with some of the salad from my big pre-prepped bowl and then all of a sudden I had an easy and healthy lunch to bring with me to uni the next day along with some fresh fruit and homemade snacks (see below).

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I am a huge snacker and even though I eat 4-5 meals a day I am pretty much always hungry, which is also why I find it super important to always have some healthy snacks on hand or else I just know that I will end up buying something not so healthy at the nearest 7/11 – haha I am seriously spineless when I am hungry!

One of the things I like to snack on throughout the day are veggie sticks (escpecially if I have some hummus to dip them in, yum!) and they are also great to add to your lunchbox.

My favourite snacks are homemade muesli bars and bliss balls, they are healthy and so easy to make + the best part is that you can make a huge batch and then just store them in the freezer for healthy homemade snacks for weeks – it does not get much easier than that!
You can find the recipe for my homemade mueslibars here, date bars here, pink maca bliss balls here, healthy “nutella” balls here and I will post the recipe for the pistachio covered protein balls pictured below asap.

I also love to make my own trail mix to snack on throughout the day – I often mix them in little bags that I can quickly throw in my bag for some snacking on the go. You can pretty much add whatever you like, I love to add all sorts of nuts, seeds and dried fruit. The combination pictured above is a mix of almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, pistachios, walnuts, goji berries, dried apricots, dried mango, raisins, pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. You can of course just buy the premixed trail mix, but if you make your own it is usually much cheaper and you get exactly the combo you want + you are sure that there is not added any hidden salt, sugar or processed stuff.

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