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Writer & co-founder of Just Us. A young videographer and web-designer that loves to travel, spend time with his wife and go on adventures around the world. 

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The amazing health benefits of being a vegetarian

We have now been meat free for over one month! Why?

Short answer: We love vegetables and after a lot of research we saw some great health benefits that we did not want to miss out on, which I also go into more details later in this post.

Backstory: It all started after we moved to Bali and the quality of meat was not as good as the quality of vegetables and fruits, as well as it was a lot more expensive. We slowly started cooking a lot more of vegetable dishes automatically, like this delicious "Mongo bongo", up to the point where it became "out of the norm" to have meat. We also got a lot closer to the “meat” it self. At one point we lived in a neighborhood where there where cows literally just out side our door, feeding on garbage as well as we would occasionally see the chicken truck drive by. The smell that came from those poor chickens trapped inside those tiny cages was to say the least, breathtaking. Breathtaking in the sense that I always held my breath when it drove by, trying to avoid that horrible stench! So after seeing where our meat came from as well as loving the veggie based food we were eating, we decided to make it a lifestyle! I like to say that we became vegetarians by accident as we slowly eased into a new diet unconsciously as we adjusted to a new environment and culture.

The best thing about this whole process is that I don’t miss eating meat. It feels weird saying it, because a year ago I would never even consider becoming a vegetarian, I would have thought it was mad to “give up” meat.

So what are the perks of it?
In my opinion they are countless! Just by changing my diet to mostly a veggie based one I have lost 15 kg (33 pounds) and my BMI (Body Mass Index) is now 20. Before changing my diet it was 24.6 which is only 0.4 from being “overweight”. Also I feel like I have a lot more energy and I don’t feel hungry all the time or tired after all meals! These are just a few of the benefits I have experienced, now let’s look what the experts have to say!

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Medical School
#A way to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses

“studies are confirming the health benefits of meat-free eating. Nowadays, plant-based eating is recognized as not only nutritionally sufficient but also as a way to reduce the risk for many chronic illnesses.”

#You are more likely to live longer

“they’re (vegetarians) likely to have lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and lower body mass index (BMI), all of which are associated with longevity and a reduced risk for many chronic diseases.

See full article here

Dr. Sheah L. Rarback, RD, MS, director of nutrition at the Mailman Center for Child Development at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine in Florida
#Helps control your weight

“When you eat foods that are high in fiber, Rarback says, you feel fuller. This can benefit people who are trying to control their weight”

#Helps your digestion

“The fiber in a vegetarian diet will keep foods and waste moving smoothly through your system, avoiding both constipation and diarrhea.

See full article here

Dr. T. Colin Campbell & Dr. Joseph Mercola
#Meat based diet often contain to much protein which can be harmful and is even thought to link to cancer

“While we do need protein, perhaps we don’t need so much as we might think. The Center for Disease Control and Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine both agree we are getting plenty of protein and that protein deficiency is not a problem in our society”
“The Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) even says that we actually get too much protein, around double of what we really need.”
“There are a number of reasons why I believe it's prudent to limit your protein intake. The first is that if you eat more protein than your body requires, it will simply convert most of those calories to sugar and then fat. Increased blood sugar levels can also feed pathogenic bacteria and yeast, such as Candida albicans (candidiasis), as well as fueling cancer cell growth.”
“Excessive protein can have a stimulating effect on an important biochemical pathway called the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR).This pathway has an important and significant role in many cancers. When you reduce protein to just what your body needs, mTOR remains inhibited, which helps minimize your chances of cancer growth.”

See full articles here & here
Princeton University
#You avoid the intake of antibiotics filled meat

“About 80% of antibiotics produced in the U.S. are given to farm animals.”
“This overuse of antibiotics encourages the evolution of antibiotic resistantbacteria strains by giving bacteria resistant to the antibiotics a better chance of survival."
"Because the antibiotics we feed animals are similar to those for humans, the evolution of antibiotic-resistant bacteria strains is a serious public health threat."
“Poultry products often carry at least one bacterial strain, and it is now increasingly likely that the bacteria in the meat you buy is an antibiotic-resistant strain.”

See full article here
#You are more environmental friendly

“Raising animals for food (including land used for grazing and growing feed crops) now uses a staggering 30% of the Earth’s land mass.”
“In the United States, 70% of the grain grown is fed to farmed animals. Imagine how many people we could feed with that food."
"Nearly 80% of land deforested in the Amazon is now used as cattle pasture."

See full article here

#You will become successful in all areas of your life!

OK, I might have taken things a bit too far now. Being a vegetarian is probably not going to solve all of your problems, but it might solve some of them! I can say that I feel both mentally and physically better than I have before, and I credit my diet for playing a vital role in this whole journey.
I want to mention that it’s vital for any kind of diet, whether it being a plant based one or not, to be done right. Gather nutrition information and be sure that you are getting all that your body needs.

Becoming a vegetarian is a big step to take and can be quite challenging at first, but in my experience the key is to have the right mindset and approach. We decided to never look at being a vegetarian as a person that is not "allowed" to eat met. I am "allowed" to eat as much meat as I want to, but I choose not to. It sounds simple and obvious, but we often make certain rules in our minds that hype up the temptations of what we ban ourselves. If we fail we feel defeated and then we're more likely to give up. By approaching it the way we have done we don't feel tempted to eat meat as it's not "banned" and we are taking away that feeling of failure if we one day would eat a hot dog. We are also reminding ourselves of the purpose of being a vegetarian! The purpose after all is to live a healthier and happier life.

Now knowing some of the benefits of being a vegetarian, would you ever consider giving it a try? And if you already are a vegetarian or vegan, what are the benefits you have experienced?


How to pack your blazer like a pro

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Have you ever had the moment where you are packing for your upcoming trip and everything is going so smoothly that it's almost to good to be true? You have butterflies in your stomach and you're daydreaming about the adventures you are about to embark on. You are thinking to yourself how awesome you are at making everything fit in this 20 kg bag, and if there were any awards for luggage packing, you would definitely be getting at least 3 awards: "The best looking packer", "Packing like a boss" and of course "The most outfits packed that in reality I'm never going to were, but I take them anyway. Because I can"! Then out of the blue, you realize that the only thing left to fold is your favorite blazer. You whisper out into the darkness that has emerged, "Damn you blazer"! Who in the world knows how to properly fold a freaking blazer!! 

Now you can say goodbye to the troubles and darkness that your blazer once brought to your packing! 

This is how you properly fold a blazer:

First you throw it over your shoulder and try to look as cool as you can. Then you hold it out with both hands.

Take your left hand and put it inside the right sleeve and turn it inside out.

Like this:

Now turn the blazer around so that the the backside is showing. Then tuck the non-folded sleeve (the left one) in to the inside out one. Basically, fold the jacket in half and make the shoulder pads meet. Doing it with a smile makes it more fun by the way :)

Now you are almost done, the blazer is now inside out and the last step is to fold it in half, putting the one sleeve in between.

So there you have it! Now we can all be happy packers! You can thank me by sharing this wisdom and revelation with other fellow packers so they also can become happy packers! Seriously put them out of their misery! Also feel free to share your packing tips in the comments if you have any or tell me what you dread most about packing! 

Happy packing!


The importance of work friendly environments & our new business

It's really interesting to me that different colors can have different effects on our emotions. Red is considered an aggressive color and blue is supposed to be more calming. Don't worry, I'm not going to bore you with a whole post on different roles and the various effects colors have on our brain. I just find it interesting to think about how much our environment effects our feelings, emotions and very importantly, our creativity.

I love it when my house and bedroom is clean and everything is in place... Yes mum, a lot has changed since I got married, I've finally grown up.... But I've noticed that I am a lot happier when my surroundings are not a big mess. I'm not saying that I can't be happy when our bedroom or kitchen isn't perfect, (as that happens from time to time as many of you probably know), but if our house would always be a mess I know I would'nt feel the same. Clean and beautiful house/apartment equals happier habitants.  

My covering of the importance of having a clean and beautiful home is not what's been on my mind lately, but it gives a better understanding to my next point, which is that it is equally important to me that my workspace is inspiring and not distracting. I don’t want to be working in a place where my creativity is smothered by noise, busy traffic of people and well, ugly environment. Last couple of weeks me and Dagbjört have been working incredibly hard on our new business. This means that we have worked a lot of hours, in a lot of different places and used our creativity a bit more than usual. What I soon found out during this time was that I worked a lot better, and more importantly enjoyed my work a lot more when I found the surrounding environment beautiful. A happy worker is always a better worker in my opinion, at least that’s the case for me! If I'm not happy, I’m not creative, and if I’m not creative, I usually don’t like the outcome of my work.

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I'm lucky that I'm married to a woman that has an outstanding taste and is a genius at transforming regular and boring environments into something magical. It has always come natural to her to make everything beautiful, I mean, I have never looked better if I may say so myself. You get my point. As we have been changing work places regularly, I started to notice that she was always making our desk and surroundings more pleasing to the eye and less distractive. One example of this is when we were working late at home the other night and she lit some candles, moved a lamp and brought a small golden box filled with pens and put it on our desk. It made everything so much more cozy and I actually enjoyed sitting there and working. The transformation power of a golden box, candles and a lamp still amaze me! It doesn’t take much to beautify your workplace and trust me, it will change how you feel and work! 

So what is the outcome of all our hard work lately? Have our surroundings and working environment been a big factor in the end product? 

We just launched our wedding website business, I Love Us, last Sunday and I can say with great pride that I like what we created. What’s I Love Us all about?
After researching what the market was offering we found a lack of options and services for couples wanting beautiful professional wedding websites where they themselves don't need to use their valuble time to make a website. So we wanted to offer professional, clean and beautiful wedding websites where we would do all the work for them. So that is what we did. By combining beauty, clean design as well as practical features we created three diffrent templates meeting todays industry standards and needs. We wanted our websites to give a small taste of what's to come on our clients big day and I think we did a great job at achieving that.  - Check it out yourself and tell us what you think!

I know that the end product of I Love Us wouldn’t have been the same if we hadn’t been as relaxed and inspired as we in fact were in our working environment. So to answer the earlier question, yes, I definitely think that our surroundings and working environment were a major factor for creating our new business.

If you or someone you know is getting married, check out I Love Us's Facebook give-away. We are giving one lucky couple a free website! Further details here.

Try keeping in mind what your working environment looks like next time you work and see how much of a difference it can make! 


Wedding RSVP website

We just made this website for our great friends who are getting married. They needed a simple RSVP site for their wedding so that's what we did. To view the site just simply click on the picture.

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