Being a Vegan in Denmark

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I felt pretty alone when I started my vegan journey two years ago in Denmark. I didn’t have any vegan friends or relatives and my options in the grocery store were very limited (soy milk, low-quality tofu, veggie burgers). When I moved to Berlin I was delighted to find that they have all things vegan everywhere! Vegan grocery stores, restaurants, clothing stores, and much more. Now that I’m back in Denmark I’m happy to say that, although not as abundant and progressive as Berlin and The United States, we are making progress. Vegan cafes are sprouting up all over the country and many fast food chains have added a vegan option to their menu. 

Unfortunately, our collective social attitudes leave much to be desired. Most of our population is brought on a spoon-fed diet of pork, gravy, and dairy products. Although often billed as a progressive paradise by many outside nations, we are very resistant to any type of lifestyle change or to usurping our outdated traditions in any way. When I introduce myself as a vegan to someone from Denmark I am often bombarded with prejudice and ignorant questions. My boyfriend often calls Denmark the Alabama of Europe and, after numerous encounters with narrow-minded, uneducated Danes, I am somewhat inclined to agree with his sentiment. 

Not all hope is lost though! My international friends are much more supportive and my family cooks a vegan meal every night for dinner. I see big changes in the future with veganism becoming more and more mainstream. It’s only a matter of time!

(I love Denmark and the Danish people!)

BIG HUGS

I’m not Quite Satisfied with my Body… Yet

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a picture of me Josefine

I feel a bit hesitant about publishing this post since we fortunately live in a time where self-love and body positivism has a major presence in our society and I don’t want to knock or derail it in anyway. I’m completely on board with the self-love movement and I think it’s really important to have a healthy relationship with your body.

Even though I’m currently at a normal, healthy weight I still want to loose a few kilos (or lbs. for ya’ll ‘Muricans). I have a cute amount of chubbiness around my mid-section, but alas, I still finding myself wanting to get rid of it! I just don’t like the idea of yellow, stored, unnecessary fat around my organs. I know I could teach myself to love and accept it, but I’m young and want to push my body to new heights before it’s too late.

I hope you’ll follow my little weight loss journey here on the blog as I give you weekly updates on how it’s going. I don’t believe in dieting or hardliner restrictions I’m just going to try to swap guilty habit junk foods for more whole foods! I’m very physically active and I’m going to continue exercising daily.   

I’m convinced that for sustainable results I can’t starve myself by obsessively counting calories. Therefore, my strategy is to lose weight slowly so I can acclimate myself to a healthier lifestyle with greater ease. There is only one way to loose weight which is to burn more than you consume- no one said you have to burn it all off in a month!  

Remember that everyone is different so what works for me may not be the best fit for you!  Now that I’ve shared this with the Internet there is no going back! I’m so excited!

BIG HUGS

10 Awesome Facts about Me

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I have always enjoyed reading clickbaity, Buzzfed-esque 10things about me posts! Here is my first attempt (its not gonna be my last, I love the simple, self-centered, trashy high it leaves me with!)

  1. I’m a morning person. If I sleep until 8 am I panic and feel like I’m wasting the day away.  
  2. I used to be a party girl out every weekend. NowI don’t really drink alcohol.
  3. Although I am clownishly clumsy, I have never broken a bone.
  4. My favourite animals are whales. Nothing beats aFriday night watching listening to David Attenborough narrate about these majestic creatures.
  5. I LOVE the ocean. I spent my childhood summers on the beach so I always feel like I’m home when I’m by the ocean.  
  6. I’m a fiddlehead who loves making messes almost as much as I love yelling at my boyfriend to clean them up!
  7. I am incredibly clumsy and am always breaking electronics. My phone has a giant crack in it and I recently stepped on my boyfriend’s Ipad, cracking the glass screen (not sure how much longer I’m gonna have a boyfriend…)
  8. I have been to the Danish Music festival“Roskilde Festival” 7 times in a row.
  9. I used to be prejudiced towards Americans and anything to do with the Unites States. Now I’m moving there to marry an American –Prejudice never gets you anywhere! 
  10. I like working with kids but whenever I see a green, snotty nose I want to puke and crawl into a cave far away from any children.

If you have any fun facts about yourself please share in the comments! It’s always fun to read!

BIG HUGS

Something About Living a Year in a Symbioses

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Happy Valentine’s Day! I’m a romantic (hidden under mynonchalant facade) so I will dedicate this post to writing about my one andonly valentine Jackson. We met in 2017 at a Hostel in Montreal. We quicklyfound we had good chemistry (hostel style) and 8 months later he came to Berlinto find me.

When we met each other again we almost immediately became a couple and moved in to a 6 square meter room in an apartment together (with 3 random, creepy roommates). Our relationship progressed quickly and although we hit the usual early turbulence that couples face when they move in together, we realised we’re perfect for each other.

In the year we have been together we haven’t spent more than5 weeks apart. Jackson is the most fun, inspiring, and pleasant person to be around-I never get sick of spending time together! He always supports meunconditionally and knowing that he has my back makes me feel safer than I haveever felt.  

Although we have already travelled and experienced so muchtogether, I know our adventures are barely getting started! We are going tomove together to the United States and live our minimalist lifestyle in a smallSUV that we will call home (#vanlife but in a more fuel-efficient crossoverSUV). I can’t wait for all this to happen and I’m so grateful to have met mysoul mate in a time and place I least expected it. I feel like I’ve won thelottery of life and could not be happier!  

BIG VALENTINE HUGS