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I’m Going Off Hormones

Alright, the time has come. This is the week I should start a new cycle with my NuvaRing… And won’t. I’ve decided to come off hormonal contraception. And since for some reason I feel no shame about topics like this, I’ve decided to document the process. Over the next couple of months, I’m going to let you know what happens to my body and mind as I re-adjust to my natural menstrual cycle, and become independent from artificial hormones. I’ll be sharing the good, the bad, and everything inbetween.

Lately I keep coming across more and more women who decide to come off hormonal contraception. It might be my age and the life phase I’m entering (24), but since the vast majority of these women aren’t looking to get pregnant yet, I don’t think that’s the case. I think it’s more to do with the trend of wanting everything to be more natural, and a rising aversion against long-term non-necessary synthetic hormone use. And I’m ok with that. Whatever the reason is, I’ve noticed more ladies would like to ditch their hormonal contraceptives and IMO, the more stories there are about the process, the better. Awareness, empowerment, education, you know the deal. So I’m going to add my story to the pool. Before I get started, it might be good to share a brief history of what contraceptive I’m currently on, and why.

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Quinoa, Grape & Avocado Salad | Recipe

When you take a holiday in villages and small towns in central/eastern Europe, it’s not too surprising that you’ll have a hard time finding vegan dishes in restaurants. I’m glad to see more and more vegan options in the big cities every year though, and always very happy to try them. This summer, one night, we had dinner in a restaurant in Bratislava which had this dish on their menu: a salad with quinoa, grapes, avocado, pine nuts and aged balsamic vinegar. I ordered it and was very pleasantly surprised! It’s a really simple dish, but the flavours go so well together and the meal is packed with nutrients. I recreated it at home and wanted to share the recipe with you even though it’s super simple, as I think this makes a perfect lunch. I ended up using walnuts instead of pine nuts as the only pine nuts I could find were sold at €4,50 per 100g, and that’s just ridiculous. Walnuts work great in the recipe, so you can run with either, depending on what you have available!

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What I Took On The West Highland Way

Last week’s trip to the Scottish Highlands was my first ever trek – hiking long distances & camping at night. As I had no experience with trekking yet, I did a lot of research beforehand about what I should and shouldn’t bring. You’ll be carrying everything on your back all day so packing light is a must. I decided to go all out and invest in some new, good gear. In hindsight, I can say I did a good job packing. Every item I brought was functional and lightweight, and there’s only one thing that broke on me (more on that later). In case any of you are interested in trekking, I thought it would be nice to share a list of everything I packed in my backpack on my journey along the West Highland Way. Good to know: I went for 9 days in late August, with seven other people. Some of the stuff we brought was shared, such as cooking equipment and food, so I’m not going to list that here today. You might notice a lot of the stuff I bought is from the Decathlon store. I’m not sponsored by them (wish I was!), but I have a store close to me and they generally offer good quality for the price, so I ended up buying nearly everything there. Ok, let’s take a look at what I carried around Scotland!
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Back From Scotland

A big, warm hello to you, my lovely readers!

I’m BACK and for real this time. I got home from Scotland two days ago, and am only just starting to get my life back on track after spending a week in the wilderness of the Highlands. And what a wonderful week it’s been! Waking up every day with a view of Loch Lomond and the hills behind it is absolutely magical, and only having to worry about what you’re going to eat and where you’re going to sleep every day is strangely relaxing. I would expect it to be really stressful, but it’s actually super nice and feels very natural. I feel refreshed!

We walked from Milngavie to Inverarnan, which is approximately the first half of the West Highland Way. We set out with backpacks filled to the brim, no training, and no camping or hostel bookings, planning to set up camp wherever we found a suitable place to sleep. It was tough at some points, but the beautiful scenery made up for it all and I’m super proud of us for making it and actually enjoying it too, haha!

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