Cutting down on caffeine

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At the beginning of August I made a big decision to stop drinking coffee. I used to drink up to four cups at work and my body was asking for more. I couldn’t do one day without my caffeine dose and that had to change.

On my first day back to work I didn’t drink any caffeine. The next day my head was killing me, but I didn’t drink any coffee either. The third day, on top of the headache, it was impossible to concentrate. I went home and passed out on the couch for the rest of the afternoon. By that time, I thought it was smart to google how long the symptoms were supposed to last. It turns out that the worst part can last up to a week and that you’re not supposed to quit caffeine cold turkey. However, considering that I’d already been through the worst part, there was no point in going back to drinking coffee.

In a few days things went better. I bought myself some decaf coffee (that still contains a small amount of caffeine) and tea (that also has some caffeine, but not nearly as much as regular coffee). And life went back to normal again. I feel a lot better now that I am not dependent on coffee. I wake up in the morning full of energy, sometimes even before my alarm clock rings and I never experience that horrible headache you get when you haven’t drunk enough coffee. One thing is troubling me though. Most of the coffee places in Trondheim don’t offer decaf coffee, so I’m sticking with Starbucks for now. It’s a bummer, but I can live with that.

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Have you ever tried cutting down on caffeine? What was your experience?

 

My weekend

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This weekend:

+ I noticed this fall color palette all over the city. One thing I love about Trondheim is that I get to experience a proper fall and a proper winter.

+ I went to a new restaurant for a ladies night dinner, chilean this time, a 2-year-old’s birthday party and a themed birthday party and came back home at 4 in the morning. I slept until 12 the next day to recover from it.

+ I tried smokey eyes for the first time. I would really like to find a tutorial that works with my features and it takes a lot of trial and error. My friend decided to show me how to do it and I ended up with a ton of make-up. This was the before.

+ I made this recipe for sweet potato lasagna (the traditional lasagna version) that turned out delicious. Lasagna is definitely my favorite food, whether it is with tomato sauce and pork or pesto and fish.

How was your weekend? Did you do anything exciting?

8 tips for yoga beginners

About a year ago, I had to write a semester project in Norwegian course about something I was passionate about (but not about work). Of course, I wrote about yoga. It was around 2000 words on what I have learned from yoga and why I like it so much. After presenting my essay to the rest of the class, a surpringly high number of fellow students came to ask me about it. They were so intrigued, they wanted to practice yoga themselves. Success. Here are a few short tips for all you who want to try yoga, but are afraid to do so (because you might not be good enough or because you don’t know where to start or just because).

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You don’t need special clothes. As long as you wear something comfortable, you’re good to go. When I do yoga at home, I wear some old pijama shorts and a sports bra. As little as that and it’s perfect.

You don’t need special equipment. The only thing you need is a yoga mat. You can spend some money there, but you can get a relatively cheap one. If you’re willing to spend more, you can also get a travel yoga mat that folds and you can take it with you on your trips. I’m definitely getting one of these soon.

Nobody is flexible enough at the beggining. You do yoga so that you can eventually (it might take years) become more flexible. It is also reasonable to assume that someone who has been practicing yoga for a longer time than you, will probably be more flexible.

Be patient. Rome was not built in a day. Nobody can do all the positions at once. One day, soon enough, you’ll master some of them and then you’ll move to the next one. Because there’s always a next one, more challenging. That being said..

Don’t compare yourself with the person sitting next to you. Or the photos you find online. Be inspired by them and be motivated by them, but don’t let them get you down. When you practice yoga, it’s you and your mat. Nobody else.

Take pictures or videos of yourself during practice. Not every time, but every once in a while. It helps you realize what you’re doing wrong and correct your posture. You can always ask your yoga instructor to correct you, but this is a great alternative if you’re practicing yoga on your own at home.

Find a good instructor. At least at the beggining. Someone that doesn’t push you too much, or who is overly ambitious (some coaches can be like that). Someone that pays enough attention that you do all exercises correctly.

Don’t just do it. If you don’t feel like doing yoga one day, then don’t. Do it when you feel like it and do it as intensively as you like. Just learn to listen to your body. Every day is not the same. Some days you have enough energy and some days you don’t. Go with the flow. And enjoy it!

Buttermilk whole-wheat banana pancakes

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it one more time: pancakes are my almost favorite breakfast. They lose the first place to yogurt with fruits just because it’s faster and it doesn’t involve a skillet, both important when I am half awake in the morning. However, I do treat myself to pancakes on Sundays from time to time.This time I decided some buttermilk whole-wheat banana pancakes. To be honest with you, I had the buttermilk lying around after a cake date with my friends and colleagues one night and I wanted to do something with it before it went bad. So pancakes it was..

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Buttermilk whole-wheat banana pancakes

Servings: 8 pancakes. Preparation: 10 min. Cooking time: 15 min. Total time: 25 min.

Based on this recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 ripe banana

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and mix well.
  2. In a another bowl, mash the banana and using a fork combine it with the buttermilk, egg and butter.
  3. Pour the buttermilk mixture in the flour mixture and use a fork to stir the two mixtures until combined. Be careful not to overmix the batter.
  4. Heat a skillet to medium heat and when it’s ready, pour two tablespoons of batter. Let it cook, until it gets some holes on the upper side. Then turn it over for another minute or so. Serve with sirup, crème fraîche or fresh fruit.

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I used to like my pancakes topped with strawberry jam, but lately I enjoy them more with fresh fruit.

ps. Do you feel guilty when throwing away food? I always try to use up whatever I have in the fridge because I hate throwing it away. If I don’t manage, I keep it in the fridge until it goes really bad because I just hate throwing it away. I am the worse.

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