Thoughts on caffeine

Lifestyle, My thoughts, Tips

IMG_6217 There are a lot of reasons to drink and not to drink caffeinated drinks like coffee and tea. I personally think tea is best out of the two and I’ll write a little about why. I stay away from carbonated and processed drinks and I have for years. I’m happy with water, tea and some coffee. Yes I drink coffee. But I limit it. I don’t drink it for the energy, but because I love the taste. IMG_6230I think that getting my energy from foods and exercise is a healthier solution than “drugging” myself on caffeine. Caffeine will lead to a crash in the end anyway. In short, If i drink coffee I limit it to once or twice a week. IMG_5639 When I drink coffee I like using soy milk, as that works best in my milk steamer. I only use soy milk in my coffee and never otherwise because pure ingredient soy milk is so hard to find. Other types I use in my coffee are almond milk (which makes my coffee sweet and delicious), or oat milk. I like adding in some cinnamon, and if I’m feeling extra cozy I’ll sprinkle on some coconut palm sugar. MmmIMG_6978 Now, over to tea. I don’t think there’s anything bad about tea, as long as it’s pure. A lot of cheap teas have added synthetic flavors (processed bad stuff). Therefore I go for teas with whole ingredients – organic if possible. Then there’s the caffeine. I’m still making up an opinion on how much I should avoid it and haven’t quite reached a conclusion. At the moment, whenever I get the choice I go for herbal teas, rather than normal tea. Herbal teas taste great, do great and won’t give you an energy crash. IMG_6977I recommend pukka herbal teas. They’re pure, organic and have fair trade options. They label teas meant to wake you up in the morning (without caffeine) and ones meant to soothe before bed. The green one in the picture (apple, cinnamon, ginger) tastes d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s and it perfect for your winter cravings. ‘Morning time’ is great if you need a little energy lift, and the detox tea I am currently testing. Just to mention it, I don’t believe in detox teas that are marketed as skinny fixes. Buy normal herbal teas, which are way cheaper anyway, and drink them to feel good – not to fix your problems. There are no shortcuts when it comes to health.  IMG_5006I hope you found this helpful!

Helene Christine

Fair trade

Insporation, My thoughts

My journey started with fitness. It continued to nutrition. Healthy ingredients. I started caring about organic food and detesting the GMO industry. I learned about the meat and dairy industry. Then it was toxins. Pure cosmetics.

Today I watched a short documentary series about the textile industry. Wow. It brought me to tears.
We all know that the world is unfair and we’re aware that people in this world suffer. But we don’t really know.
We say it’s terrible but we don’t use our power to change it.
I want to do something. Even if my effort won’t show in the big statistics, I’ll know that I did something.

IMG_5158People are stuck in a terribly dark circle. Every day they fight a fight to live another one. We think they’re used to it – that they don’t know what a better life is like. But we’re the same. We all have dreams, and we all know what hunger and exhaustion feels like.

As a Norwegian, I’m in a position where I can help. That fact is another thing I’ve heard so many times without really seeing myself. After watching this documentary I feel guilty. I feel guilty for attributing to this unfair life of so many people. I believe that you vote with your money. I buy organic food with hopes to see more of it in the stores. I want to support local and honest farming, so I buy such produce when I can. The same way, I want to look for the fair trade logo when shopping from here on. Making small but meaning full choices doesn’t take much!

If you’re Norwegian, take a small hour to watch this documentary –
And check out Fairtrade Norway’s facebook page and the tag #fairtradepause

If you’re not Norwegian, find the Fairtrade Facebook page and Instagram for your country!
Or simply check out www.fairtrade.net 

Helene Christine