Treat Yo Self Week

IMG_6159A week of peace, silence, snow and beauty. That was this past week for me. Pure Treat Yo Self week!

For Christmas my family and me traveled up to the North of Finland, in Ruka. I was really waiting for this week, as this year and especially fall has been such an mixture of ups and downs with such speed that wow! I needed place from normal to breath and gather myself a bit.IMG_6042

It’s been that but I also realized that I need a lot more time to gather myself and take more me time in the future. May it be running, writing, or just not doing anything, but I really need to take that time. To be able to take those busy moments and days that this world brings us.IMG_6167

I’ve also realized how important being alone is to me. Here, you are in a cottage, big or small, with few people. And wanting or not, there’s pretty much always someone close to you and not that much time totally alone. And that is what I need more.IMG_6161

But this week has been amazing. The scenery is just insanely beautiful. It really has made me grateful for all I have in my life and that I’m able to be in a place like this. Soak all the beauty in, for those rainy days.

I got to do all that I wanted. Running, snowshoeing, writing, reading and being with the ones I love. And I think I will let the photos do the talking now :).IMG_6134

Arctic Warriors : True Northern Energy

IMG_5249Couple of weeks ago I found this amazing brand from Finland, Arctic Warriors.

And last Sunday I got the chance to meet the people behind it, and got some samples to try out.

So, what is Arctic Warriors?

It’s a company from the Finnish Lapland, specific from Narkaus. They make three different plant based nutritional supplements, in the form of gel and honey shots. All ingredients are from Lapland, old power plants that are almost forgotten.

The three power shots are:

Warrior of Endurance (Taistelija)IMG_5279A sharp kick of stress killer! Made from roseroot which is also called the ginseng of the North, and nettle. It tastes real, strong like almost gingery sharp and instantly kicks a bit of energy in to you. Roseroot is said to balance your body, before and after a rough day or a workout. It also calms so that you can take it before going to bed, if you have sleeping problems.

Ingredients : vegetable glycerol, nettle, roseroot. 4g package.

Warrior of Defence (Puolustaja)IMG_5280This one kicks the butt of flu feelings or when in need of a bit of help with your immunity. Made from angelica and nettle. Angelica is one of the strongest plants in Lapland. It has been used to heal scurvy and plague, so it’s pretty kick ass plant! Taste in this one is strong too, maybe it’s the nettle, but it tastes like something real and no processed taste whatsoever.

Ingredients: vegetable glycerol, nettle, angelica, northern sweetgrass. 4g package.

Warrior of Energy (Energia)IMG_5278

My personal favorite! Made from honey, nettle and roseroot. Possible the best energy gel that I’ve ever tasted or used, so good! Honey gives the energy you would need during your endurance training or just during the day. You can also make this delicious sports drink from this one.

The first time I tried this one, I really didn’t expect it to work that well :). I took it last Sunday after working at the Fair the whole day, I felt tired and sluggish and a bit like I have flu coming. I mixed it with hot water and fresh ginger, and wow! I got woken up completely and felt so much better than before. So I can really say that it works!

Ingredients: Finnish honey, nettle, roseroot, vegetable glycerol. 10g package.

All of them are really easy on your stomach and I could think of using them even when running for a long long runs, while your stomach can go a bit of woozy at times. I love that they are clean and natural, no nonsense. All ingredients are locally grown in Lapland, so they use the best that there is.

One thing that I really love, is that all the knowledge behind these are from old folklore healer traditions. One of the three behind the brand, is actually from old healer family.

At the moment they are only being sold in Finland, but when the products are this amazing, I am sure that soon they will spread their amazingness around the world!