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It was about time to say goodbye to my pink Gilette’s. I replaced them for good with this grand pa safety razor Merkur Futur and I totally love it.
It’s super sharp, so never use it when in a hurry.

 

As someone who regularly trips over one’s own feet, I’m happy to have found a biodegradable bandaid. And according to Penn State Food scientists, abundant starch fibers could lead to biodegradable bandages too. A process that spins starch into fine strands could take the sting out of removing bandages, as well as produce less expensive and more environmentally-friendly toilet paper :)

This powerfull vitamin drink is a great detoxer. Scientists even say beets can increase the average lifespan. So go drink! This is what you need:

– 1 beet root
– 1 handful of spinach
– 1 banana
– 1 tbsp of honey
– zest of a lemon
– a little bit of ginger as you wish

And did you know you can use the stems and the leafs of the beet roots too? Don’t use m all together in one smoothie, but create a new one tomorrow. I feel I’m getting older already. mm.

Ingredients

– 6 tbsp coconut
– 6 tbsp baking soda
– 25 drops eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil
– 1 tsp stevia

Blend all ingredients
Pour into jar, use a spoon to spread a bit on your toothbrush
I love coconut oil! I also use it as a facial cream every morning and evening and as a hair mask from time to time

Ingredients

– ½ avocado
– banana
– handful of wild spinach
– figs for sweetnes
– chia seeds for an omega-3 boost
And blend! I always use an aluminum straw, just because it’s much more fun to drink from a straw

make lemon water! Why?

This is why:

Hydration
There may be arguments in the health community about exactly how much water to drink each day, but we do know it’s important to stay hydrated. For those who find water boring, lemon has long been suggested as a tasty addition to help compel them to chug.

Constipation Help
If you’re having trouble pooping, warm water and lemon might be just the thing to help you go. Taking in plenty of water is helpful for constipation in general, and the citrus can give some help to get things moving inside.

Stop UTIs
If you’re suffering from a UTI or want a way to prevent them, lemon water can help. According to Ask A Naturopath, lemon helps change the pH blood and the urinary tract so harmful bacteria can’t stick around.

Battle Breath
Of course, there’s no way to avoid morning breath, but drinking lemon water can combat the bacteria in the mouth, according to Conscious Connection magazine, and therefore, lessen the potential for bad breath. Be careful, though — lemons can also erode the enamel on your teeth, so it’s a good idea to rinse with plain water after your glass.

Weight Loss
There are a variety of theories as to why lemon water might cause weight loss (including feeling more full from the pectin contained within). Though it hasn’t been definitively proven, we do like what Fox News had to say, which is thatdrinking lemon water will undoubtedly have fewer calories than drinking, well, anything else except for water.

Freshen Your Skin
Thanks to all the vitamin C within lemons, your skin reaps the benefits of you drinking the fruit as well. According to FitDay, vitamin C assists in the production of collagen, so having more in your diet can prevent wrinkles from forming. And of course, drinking lots of water is great for skin in general.

Pump Up The Immune System
There’s a reason you’re always drawn to oranges when you’re sick — once again, the power of vitamin C at play. Consuming the vitamin daily (via lemon water) can help keep you healthy and stave off infection, notes The World’s Healthiest Foods.

Recover From A Workout
Sports drinks have long been seen as the best way to ‘rehydrate’ after a workout, but as CBC found earlier this year, they’re often unnecessary for the kind of exercise most people do regularly. Lemon water, meanwhile, provides the hydration needed, and according to Best Health, is what Hayley Wickenheiser drinks when working out.

Helps With Aches And Pains
As Lily Gold of Simply Healthy and Happy says, lemon water can help reduce uric acid in our joints, which is one of the main causes of inflammation, especially as related to arthritis.

Reduces Phlegm
It’s a sad fact of our cold weather existence — phlegm happens, especially in the morning, but lemon juice can help. Dr. David Williams recommends adding a little honey to help rid your body of the mucous.

Strengthens The Brain
Lemon may be known best for its vitamin C, but it also contains potassium, which helps with brain and nerve function. So for a quick natural way to feel more alert, lemon water is a great bet.

Cleanses The Liver
As reported by LiverSupport.com, in Dr. Alexander F. Beddoe’s Biological Ionization in Human Nutrition, he notes the liver can make more enzymes out of lemon juice than any other food. While we aren’t advocating for an intensive cleanse (we know those are unnecessarily), this can help give your organ a boost.

I always drink a cup of lemon juice in the morning [again with a straw, it’s no good for your teeth!] but what to do with the peel? You can’t compost it. If it’s organic you can make a really nice warming ginger lemon tea, add some thyme if you like.

Ingredients

– 1½ cup oatbran
– 1L water
– a pinch of cinnamon or stevia

Blend the oatbran and water together and let it soak overnight.
Pour the mix into the blender again, blend for several seconds.
Pour the contents of the blender into a clean piece of voile that you’ve placed over a bowl and strain it, squeeze it, squish it through till you only have some solid oatbran left [I always use this for my next smoothie].
That’s it! You can pour it into a clean bottle, it stays fresh in the fridge for 4 to 5 days. I use it for smoothies or in coffee

Time to sit outside and catch up on some reading

iced tea is required

– 1L water
– 1cm ginger
– slice of lemon
– cinnamon
– honey
– thyme

Boil the water and steep the tea [¾ minutes]. Peel and chop the ginger and add to the boiling tea. Add some honey according to taste, then the slices of lime and lemon. Let it cool in the fridge. Serve when ice and ice cold with a spring of thyme

Here an easy recipe I found to make your own dish washing soap. No plastic containers, no unnecessary toxics and you can pick your own scent <3
– 2 cups boiling water
– ¼ cup grated Dr. Bronner’s bar soap, tightly packed
– ¼ cup liquid castile soap
– 2 teaspoons super washing soda
– 1 teaspoon non-GMO vegetable glycerin
– 20-40 drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil

Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan
Add the soap flakes and stir to dissolve
Add the castile soap, washing soda, glycerin, and essential oil
Stir well, making sure everything is dissolved
Carefully pour into a bottle with a spout or pump
Leave for about 24 hours before use

Also, did you know you can make dish washing soap out of Ivy leafs?
Blend 50 grams of Ivy leafs in a blender together with 1L of water
Boil the mixture for 2 minutes
Let it cool down
Drain through a towel
Fill a bottle with the handmade soap
Add some drops of lavender or tea tree essential oil

Ingredients

– 200 g fresh nettle tips
– 1L hot water
– 2tbsp olive oil
– 1 clove of garlic
– 1 spring onion
– vegetable stock cube [does come in paper package]
– 2tsp honey
– salt
– black pepper
– ½ tbsp lemon juice
– fresh dill

First pour some boiling water over the nettles for 1 minute, this way they won’t sting you anymore. Drain and blend the nettles. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, add the garlic and spring onion till they get a golden colour. Now add the nettles and wilt them. Place back in the kettle, add water and a cube of vegetable stock. Season the soup. You can serve the soup with sour cream if you like but it’s good without it too, fresh and full of iron!

 

Ingredients

– 300 g whole rolled oats
– 1 cup of coconut flakes
– handful of almonds
– handful of flaxseeds
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 2 tsp honey
– 2 tbsp coconut oil

Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Combine the oats, almonds, coconut and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the coconut oil and I poured some (around 50 milliliters) homemade ice tea to moisten the mixture even more. You can also use some fresh orange juice or water. Stir until thoroughly combined.

Spread the mixture on a baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 15 minutes for 45 minutes to an hour until the granola is golden and dry. Trasher the the sheet to a rack an cool completely for half an hour. The granola can be stored for two weeks at room temperature but I bet it’s long gone before then. Enjoy!

Ingredients

– ¼ cup baking soda
– ¼ cup arrowroot or cornstarch
– coconut oil
– 1 drop of tea tree oil

Mix the baking soda and arrowroot together in a bowl
Add some coconut oil till the mixture becomes one
Add a drop of tea tree oil
Store in a jar

Ingredients

– 2/3 cup spelt flour
– ½ cup of oats
– 1tbsp chia seeds
– 1tbsp lin seeds
– 1tbsp sesame seeds
– 1tsp sea salt
– 2tbsp coconut oil
– ¾ cup water

Preheat the oven to 230ºC. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl and create a little hole in the middle. Add Coconut oil and water. Stirr and knead all the ingredients till you get one big ball of dough. Spread the dough on to the griddle. Put some extra sesame seeds on top. Use a fork to pinch enough holes and sprinkle some water on top too. Press lightly and cut the dough in the desirable cracker size [or create them by hand]. After five minutes drop the temperature to 200ºC, bake for another 20 minutes [always feel and taste just to make sure]. Let them cool.

Yummmy with tahini, peanut butter or avocado spread :)

Ingredients

– 5 cups fresh shelled peas
– 2 cups organic vegetable stock
– 1 avocado
– 1 sweet onion
– garlic
– 2 tbsp coconut oil
– 2 tsp sea salt
– ½ tsp ground black pepper

Chop the onion and garlic. In a large saucepan add the coconut oil and the onion and garlic, cook over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, until softened. Blend it together with water, and add the peas and avocado in a blender. Blend until the entire mixture is creamy. Pour it back into the saucepan and add the vegetable stock. Increase the heat to allow the mixture to come to a boil. Add sea salt for taste. Garnish with fresh cut chives, coconut flakes or pumpkin seeds.

Ingredients

– half of a mango
– banana
– chinese cabbage
– 2 tbsp tahini
– 1 tbsp chia seeds
– 1 tbsp coconut flakes
– 1 tbsp honey
– 2 stevia leafs
Blend and go

This may not be the most flattering subject, but some of you have been asking me how I try to stay zero waste during my period.

Let me introduce you to the menstruation cup.
It’s a reusable hypoallergenic cup made of medical-grade silicone. Now before you start throwing tantrums about the reusable bit, I want you to think about the hygienic aspects of a tampon. Most tampons have been treated with chemicals (including plastics) to increase the absorbency.

Tampons don’t just absorb the bits you want it to absorb, they literally consume everything, including the microorganisms and fluids that are supposed to keep the pH at balance. Besides messing up your pH, there is also toxic shock syndrome (TSS) to consider. TSS is a potentially fatal illness caused by a bacterial toxin.

If multiple organ failure and imminent death aren’t enough to make you reconsider tampon use, maybe the fact that bacteria are feasting on the fibres that are left behind will. This, plus the approximate 2300 euros we spend on a lifetime supply of tampons (11.000 of them, give or take) and the amount of landfill that creates, will surely sway you in the direction of the menstrual cup.

A cup collects rather than absorbs, so your natural pH balance is protected, and there is no risk of TSS.

To use the cup, you fold it, insert it and let it ‘pop’ to its original form once you are happy with its position. The cup can be worn for up to 12 hours. You use the same cup for heavy and light days. Once it’s full just empty it out into the toilet, rinse, reinsert and Trash Zero! It needs some practice, and you might be a wee bit nervous about removing it at first, but the cup is so user-friendly that even a toddler could manage to use it; if toddlers had periods, that is.

Important note: keep the cup straight when taking it out and always find a toilet that has a sink nearby! Taking a bottle of water with you in public places is something you should build into your period routine. I’ll save you my story of how the tap didn’t work while traveling by train…

Urdhva Dhanurasana

A hella way to re-energize your day and to work off your butt after all those Christmas dinners

Another disposable item we use every day: the toothbrush.
I replaced mine with one from Ecobamboo which is completely compostable.
I always get freaking exciting when using my home-made toothpaste with my bamboo toothbrush :)

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I became a trash zero nerd