Tips to Sail Smoothly During the Examination Storm

Hej, everyone!

I am Fatima Afzal a Cinematologist (Masters in Cinema Studies Student), an aspiring filmmaker and a free-lance writer from Lahore, Pakistan. So finally, your windbreakers are gone and sunglasses are on. Isn’t it lovely out there, just take a deep breath, sit close to the flora and fauna, inhale the air rich with nutrients and now take out your books. Yes! Exams are right around the corner and it is undoubtedly pretty difficult to gulp in all the heavy information without going crazy. So I present to you some environmental, musical and munching tips that will aid in cracking a good grade sanely.

Surroundings Matter

The most critical thing whilst preparing for exams is to find the right whereabouts that help you upgrade your learning abilities. Choose an environment that is peaceful, quiet so that your wisdom is boosted. Libraries, campus study spaces, local parks and study spots at cafes can prove to be quite beneficial. Your own student’s huset is a perfect venue in this respect as it provides an impeccable study ambiance.     

Roam About

Always remember long sittings can cause a distraction that leads to boredom. Hence, changing the scenery can assist in overcoming mental blocks that are often experienced by students during the examinations. Secondly, in case of tiredness take small walks between sessions as mobility refreshes both mind and body.      

Break It Up

Many study patterns, techniques, and methods have been suggested by theorists to improve the quality of learning and retaining the information that can be reproduced efficiently while taking a test or writing an assignment. In my case, I follow the Pomodoro Technique, which is a traditional time management method. This technique uses a timer to break down study period into intervals mostly 25-45 minutes and each chunk is separated by a short break. Try it and you will indeed feel the difference.

The Munchies

Choosing your snack buddies which are smart enough that they actually accelerate your brain power is critical during exam time. Smart snacks include green veggies, fruits specifically bananas, berries, and citrus, dairy products like cheese, milk, cold meats like tuna, grains, and nuts are all ultimate munchies but a bar of dark chocolate is priceless. So mix n match your favorites, make small portions boxes and whenever you take a break have a Kit Kat (dark of course, after all, we all need perfect summer bodies too).

Doze Off

Most students think pulling off all-nighters gives them more study time. Research, on the other hand, proves proper sleep is essential to upgrade the brain system that improves memory and critical thinking. So don’t be up as an owl otherwise you will end up looking like a raccoon (just kidding). Jokes apart the brain and body both need adequate rest to recharge and perform efficiently. So sleep well dear students and don’t forget to take power naps during the day too.    

Run Rola Run

Science proves exercise releases endorphins hence relaxing while exerting has proved to be quiet effective for students in order to reduce stress. Its spring so wear your snickers get into your sportswear and go for a run in a nearby park. Yoga and gym are also equally good, but an early morning jog in a floral habitat is an incomparable start of a fruitful day.

Restyle Learning

Defy the concept of a single learning style, be experimental, and be individual in short whatever works for you rocks. Just follow some unanimous principles like using the notebook, flashcards, taking practice tests, discussing main points with peers, etc. Social media can be used in a very dynamic way as well, make Facebook groups and share problems, solutions and study materials with your fellows. This might eradicate major issues in less than no time.

The Classic Playlist

Listening to classic musicians is a very soothing and calming exercise. I always make multiple playlists for each exam that suits my mood, environment, and weather. Well, a recent study proves that listening to 18th-century composers engages with the parts of the brain that help with attention and predictability. So if you want to think about your thinking listen to Beethoven and Mozart, I am certain that the musical wand of the maestros will do intellectual wonders.  

Find Your Berzelius

Last but not least, discover your prolific spot.  Locate the nooks and corners that offer a safe space, they might vary according to your subject or temperament so find yours and hang in there. My secret haven is a wooden bench next to Mr. Berzelius, where I see colors, smell heaven, breathe life and study cinema. This piece of furniture transports me to destinations far away, it is where I dive into the realms of knowledge, bathe in the waters of understanding and swim in the ocean of awareness, finally rising as a star who is working endlessly towards cracking the Swedish “A”.

Let us all raise our hands together and wish that this year may we all dream big (expectation: all As! All As! All As) and may all our dreams come true (reality: A, B, C, whattttt a D)

Best of Luck Peeps!

Study Hard and then Play Harder!

Blessings from Fatima Afzal


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Students’ Nobel Night Cap in December 2019 - at our Campus!

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Hi! My name is Sarah Samarra’e, a second year master student studying computer and system sciences, student ambassador at the student union through the ambassador program, and a corporation relation project manager at the SNNC19 - the Student Nobel Night Cap.

At this post we decided to talk a little bit about this event - SNNC, since so many students are internationals, and there is no such event in the world because Nobel Prize ceremony only happen in Sweden and Norway. We would love to share many posts about major happenings in the campus, and SNNC is absolutely the biggest this year.  

What is the SNNC event?

It’s an after party that happened directly after the the Nobel Prize Banquet, organized by the students (who have been enrolled at the SNNC) in the location of one of the 4 universities in Stockholm, and this year it will be happen in our campus :)

History of SNNC

On a dark night in 1978, an idea was born. How strange that one of the world’s most esteemed events, the Nobel Prize award ceremony, ended abruptly at midnight without a shred of proper festivities? A young student named Mats Nyqvist, enrolled at the Stockholm School of Economics, deemed this unacceptable and decided to make a change. He invited the Nobel festivities to the premises of his student association.

The tradition was passed on to the other main universities and so that each year the Stockholm University, the Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institutet and the Stockholm School of Economics started to take turns in organizing and hosting the event. It brought a charming hint of diversity to the project as students from varied backgrounds came together to create the magic that unravels on the night of December 10th.

The festivities remained relatively unnoticed until one year when a Nobel Laureate was part of a live SVT interview. He was asked what he thought was the best thing during the Nobel Week – a week of multiple celebrations all over Stockholm. He said, “You guessed right, the Nobel NightCap”.

Now, 40 years later, Students’ Nobel NightCap is still alive with even more huge efforts. While the underlying idea behind this project has not changed, the party has undergone major transformations over the years.

Back in 1978, the founder Mats recalls that around 350 guests attended the event. This year we are welcoming around 1800 invitees at our campus, where Stockholm University is the host for 2019.

While back in the days they served academia’s greatest minds with pytt i panna and snaps, the last couple of years have seen intricate menus with delicacies ranging from canapés and oysters to sushi and on-the-spot-made burgers.

More so, 40 years ago the guests were only hosted in the Grand Hall of one of the universities. Nowadays, the entire university and surrounding premises are booked, with more space for creativity to roam around.

However, one of the most dramatic changes in recent years is the secret theme. Every year the hosting university chooses a theme that remains secret until the doors close at 5am on December 11th. The importance of this lays under the non-disclosure agreements that all those handling theme-sensitive information have to sign.

Lastly, the realization of arguably the best after party in the world is made possible not only because of the hardworking students that pour unlimited time and effort into it but also because of generous sponsors. Some of them who even choose to stand by the project for more than 10 years.

What will happen at our campus this year?

This year the SNNC19 project is lead by our amazing generals Maria Lunusjkin and Selin Safer, Maria and Selin have already start working on the project, and you can notice the big outside room of the student union at Student huset have been occupied for the next coming 8 months by the SNNC team to result an outstanding night that will never been forgotten.

This year, Students’ Nobel NightCap returns to the largest venue of them all, Stockholm University. On the night of December 10th, Aula Magna will open the doors at exactly 23:00 to welcome our guests and will close at 05.00 on December 11th. The event is a collaboration between SUS, SU, the Nobel Foundation, Swedish Industry and most importantly, lots of students. The party will host around 1800 guests, only in pure products, and engage over 300 students all over Stockholm, making it the biggest project of SUS and at Frescati campus.

The SNNC main purpose is as, to provide a relaxed environment for the Nobel Laureates, so that they can celebrate their award together with representatives from the Swedish business community, members of parliament, professors and students.

SNNC 2019 is a project within SUS and as such, the generals will have a close relation to SUS and in practice, we use the SUS premises, such as the SNNC room and other premises in Studenthuset and Allhuset.

SNNC will always work closely with the SUS management and other people within the association, e.g. the Generals will keep a close communication with the steering committee of SUS and all inquiries.

Who else we are going to work with?

  1. ASNNC

The Association of the Students’ Nobel NightCap (ASNNC) is a non-profit association that supports the SNNC and consists of the Student Associations at SSE, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm University and The Royal Institute of Technology. The overall goal of ASNNC is to provide a platform for Students’ Nobel NightCap to evolve in a direction that all the universities can agree on and work towards. Long-term sponsorship agreements and collaborations are also future goals for ASNNC. For Nobel NightCap this year, ASNNC will mostly take on an advisory role and be a valuable tool for the Generals to use in decision-making, contract discussions and similar situations.

2.  Nobel Foundation

The Nobel Foundation manages the finances and administration of the Nobel Prizes. Since they own the brand of Alfred Nobel, we heavily depend on them and follow their guidelines. The two generals will meet with them regularly to maintain a good and long-term relation.


The Team Structure

The project is consist of:

  • The generals: Maria Lunusjkin and Selin Safer.

  • Committee, amazing 8 project leaders who they already start working on the project.

  • Project group managers.

  • Room & process managers.

  • Functionaries.

In total, over 300 students will be part of the project, making it the largest project of SUS!

The generals, and the project leaders, are ultimately responsible for the project and as such, they are responsible for coordinating the work in the project. They have a responsibility to make sure that the goals which the group has are realistic, well communicated, accepted and that everyone is working towards them. Lastly, they are also responsible for the contact with several external parties such as the Student Associations of all the other Universities, The Nobel Foundation, SSCO and ASNNC.

Do you want to engage with us!

If yes, then we still have two rounds for recruiting, first one is for the Room & Process managers, then second round for volunteers during the event week. Any questions for this topic email recruitment@snnc.se  

Also you can give the facebook page a like so you can follow the announcements https://www.facebook.com/NobelNightCap/  

See you all at the SNNC19!

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8 Tips to Survive the Darkness This Winter

Hej! My name is Anna Hentunen. I am a second year master’s student in the program International and Comparative Education. I was born in Helsinki, Finland. I enjoy hosting parties for family and friends, going to the gym and listening to Christmas songs year-round 

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I moved to Stockholm over a year ago. I did not come from far, though. I am originally from Helsinki, Finland. Moving to the “south” has been great. I get to go on more cruises, the warm Gulf Stream reaches Sweden way better than Finland and my sense of style has improved with the increasing peer pressure from trendy Swedish youth. Despite all of this, one lurking thing has not changed. The darkness. 

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Every winter, I am struck with SAD, or seasonal affective disorder. I notice myself feeling more dispirited and lazy. All I want to do is stay in bed and my consumption of Nutella goes through the roof. 

After years of perfecting them, I have found helpful ways to endure the gloomy season. Here are my tips to survive this winter!

1. Wake up earlier

At the start of my studies, I was a big night owl and preferred sleeping in. Now I try and optimize the time I have with the sun and like to get up at dawn, even on my days off!

2. Do the hard stuff in the morning

I have more energy when it is light outside. I try and get the hardest tasks of the day done first thing in the morning. I can watch movies guilt-free in the evening.

3. Get creative with lighting

Candles, fairy lights, disco balls – make the darkness your friend and test out new ways to bring in light. You can also purchase a daylight bright lamp, which comes highly recommended. It can help you wake up in the morning and focus while studying.

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4. Get moving

From improved mood to less achiness over all, getting some type of exercise in is always a good idea. 

5. Embrace the “no-effort look”

While it is dark outside, even the Swedish youth won’t be able to spot you. I wear my most impressive lazy outfits in the wintertime. 

6. Eat well and supplement

I have noticed a significant improvement in mood when I consume a vitamin D supplement. I have also noticed a significant improvement in mood when I consume chocolate. Both are acceptable ways to fight back. 

 7. Make an effort to meet others

Leaving the house becomes much harder when it is dark and cold outside. Make plans ahead of time to meet friends and stick to your commitments. Stockholm has a great variety of cozy cafés and bars.  

8. Use a reflector

It is a cheap life insurance, and so helpful to drivers.

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I hope these tips help you and will spark some inspiration. Stay safe this winter!

Cheers,

Anna

Mid Semester Blues: 3 Steps to survive til the end

Oh. Hej reader!

I’m Valerija Denaityte, a mixed bag of culture from the Netherlands and now pursuing an MA in Global Media Studies here at Stockholm University. During my undergrad, I kind of had my shit together most of the time - I kept a neat bullet journal and colour coded calendar, and I was generally aware of all my deadlines for both university and my journalistic endeavours. And then I finished my degree and all that flew out the window. It’s just past the middle of the semester for me, and probably for you too. I’m exhausted but we all have to finish this sem, right? So let’s go on a journey together. A journey that will hopefully end with us both having an overview of the plethora of things happening in our busy lives.

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FIND SOME WAY TO ORGANISE

Sounds kinda boring, doesn’t it? The simple act of just putting your stuff where it needs to be can be quite liberating. Or it cannot, because some creative souls really push the limits of ‘creative messes’. So, find what works. Not just for all the garb in your living space, but also for all the things going on in your life. Right now, it isn’t much for me: I study, I mess around as an ambassador, and I will occasionally schedule in time for laundry and groceries because adult life is that exciting. Different things work for different people. I used to be obsessed with bullet journaling but have since found that I just am too lazy, so I shove everything into distinctly coloured calendars in Google, et voilà! I totally didn’t miss the deadline for this blog either.

How did this person do this? Do they schedule time to pee every day?

How did this person do this? Do they schedule time to pee every day?

KNOW WHAT IS IMPORTANT

Now, I’m not necessarily talking about deadlines - those are important. Please finish your papers and go to your exams. But I’m not here to tell you to do your work in a meticulous manner if you, for a lack of better word, find other things more important. Realise that there’s only so much you can do in a day. It’s easy in university to feel like you’re always behind, and I’m feeling that way right now. In the end, however, you will manage to reach those deadlines no matter what. If spending time reading every day and having a fun weekend is your ideal structure, go for it! Everyone chooses their university experience on their own. You’re here to study, yes, to get degrees or learn something that will serve you well - but sometimes it’s those moments you take off to do other things thatreallyshape up who you will be someday. God, I’m getting all sentimental aren’t I?

These gals from my old university volleyball club were always a priority.

These gals from my old university volleyball club were always a priority.

FILL YOUR DAYS

This is going to sound boring, but do roughly the same things every day, or at least on set days every week: go to class, to the gym, to the supermarket, to see your friends. Fill your days equally with important things like university and other work things, and then add sprinkles of the things that help you wind down. You could hang out with friends, or if you’re like me, you cradle a bag of cookies from your mum’s care package in your arms and watch someone play Red Dead Redemption 2 on Twitch. But sometimes, fill your day with nothing, and take a moment to yourself. Or don’t. I’m really not the boss of you, just a well-meaning Samaritan who likes to write about things.

Me, on my way to steal your girl.

Me, on my way to steal your girl.

TAKE CARE

Read the things I said here and take them to heart, or don’t. Do whatever feels right for you. I’m just here to let you know that there are things that can help, but if you’re still stuck in your rebellious teenage phase and refuse to listen to the words of a wise Jedi, that’s up to you! We’re reaching a low point in the semester. Christmas is in sight and even I am feeling it, and I don’t likeChristmas. So here’s what I want you to know: pull through, my padawans. If you’ve already done it, if this is your first time - it’s all cool. We’re all kind of unsure of what we’re doing anyway, so we’re in it together. If you feel like it’s all becoming much, there’s no shame in taking a moment to yourself. Step back. Breathe in and out. Continue when you no longer feel heavy.

This has been a brief lil message from me. I’m sure you can do it. I sure hope that I can do it too. Catch you on the flip side. (The flip side is next semester, during which you all should join the amazing ambassador team!)

 

Kisses and hugs from an agony aunt,

Valerija

Board Games in Stockholm

Hello there!

My name is Guillem, and I am a first-year master student at Stockholm University. Since I moved to Sweden I have realized that the weather and temperature differ enormously from the one I am used to (in our warm Catalan coast by our lovely Mediterranean Sea in Barcelona): it is hard to find energy enough to practice outdoor sports or even go for a morning walk (at least for someone who is not used to temperature dropping below 10º).

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But where some see tragedy, I see opportunity! And the fact is that it is not hard to understand why the cold weather should not prevent you from doing some social life when the key word appears: board games.

Since I was little, I have been in love with card, board and roleplaying games, and so have many other people. Now that the winter is harsh, and one wishes to stay indoors, it is the best moment to let the geek in you come to the surface!

Stockholm is a great city to play board games. Most Swedes I have met are pretty likely to join you for a board game if you ask them, especially for simple board games like Carcassoneor classic party card games like Cards Against Humanity. You will probably meet some Swedes who are also interested in more complex games: even if it is said that Swedish people are cold and not really friendly you may find yourself surrounded by others with similar hobbies in some Swede’s apartment playing board games while enjoying some tea during a cold and dark November evening.

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So you did not bring your games to Sweden?

There are also several places where one can buy card, board and roleplaying games in case your luggage was to tightly packed. Some of them are also a great way to meet more gamers and to play with them! If you want to check some board games, books or anything of a geeky nature, I would suggest the Science Fiction bookstore and the Dragon’s Liar.

  • At the Dragon’s Lair (either at Kungsholmstorg 8 or Sveavägen 118) you can buy some card, board and roleplaying games, and even to join their events. Those are usually card tournaments, though some board game nights are also planned0

  •  At the Science Fiction bookstore in Gamla Stan (Västerlånggatan 48), you will not only find science fiction books, but also fantastic literature, manga, comic books, board games, role playing games, card games and anything you could dream of. If you are bored and have nothing to do, give it a chance as a nice place to spend your afternoon! 

But if you already have your board games, or do not want to buy any, you can simply join gaming events:

  •   If you are searching for a calm evening with short boardgames, then the Dice Café is your option. For 50KR you can go to this café, located at Polhemsgatan 21, and play until 10 PM days (it is still smart to check the closing hour beforehand). You will be able to find more than 200 board games there, and there is always enough people to fill your game!

  •  If you are around university on a Tuesday, Speleriet is a great organization that holds board, roleplaying, card, miniature and digital game sessions every Tuesday from at 16.00. If you do not know what to do, remember that everyone is welcome at Green Villa, in the Frescati Campus; where a huge offer of games and lots of nice people will surely make you want to repeat.

  •  Last, but not least, you can use Spelkartan (https://spelkartan.se/discover) to access a map with lots of gaming associations, from board to videogames. For most of them, you can simply walk to their office and ask to join! There are plenty of associations, for all “tastes and colours” (as we say in Spanish). If you cannot find it there, then it probably does not exist!

Those are, of course, not the only options. But remember: if you like board games and you are in Sweden, you have no excuse no to play them as much as you want!


Best,

Guillem

What to do in Stockholm during the Autumn season

Hi!

My name is Sarah Samarra’e, a 2nd year master student, studing computer and system sciences at Stockholm University. Love to spend my time discovering things, new experiences and new tech trends!

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Well, I wish someone had given me a list few years ago until I discovered it, if you are a newbie to this city you might feel lonely during this season after a nice summer, during this season the sun won’t be there all the time. Also, as an expat, you can notice the Swedish people in the street are not seem sad or being inactive, unlike you, because they are already busy by engaging themselves in a lot of stuff during this season, here is a list so you can keep the vibes up.

Before we go through the list, take in consideration that the period between September and November is the most active period in the Swedish life cycle, many changes happen to so many people, at this time of the year the academic year start for universities and schools, and all the organizations and company around start recruiting and have new people into their teams, so my advice to you is to take advantage of the period to grow your career and self while enjoying the Swedish autumn, and here is a suggested list of what to do for fun during this season:

  1. Before you start planning where to go: have a look at any street and notice the colorful trees and how lovely their colors become, its a color bomb out there, something mix between very red trees and so yellow trees and strong orange ones. Not all the countries in the world are enjoying this colourfull painting during their autumn, so pick a sunny day from your calendar and give it a walk along the city, suggested places to walk is Djurgården and Hagaparken.

2. Stockholm International film festival: This year starts on 7 November and ends on 18 November, where you can watch 200 different films from 60 different countries. You can get your free ticket through the student union of Stockholm University, just pass by and ask how.

3. Mushrooms picking: Here try to be a real Swede by following the Swedish fall culture by picking fresh mushrooms from the forest, the famous one at the period is the chanterelles. My advice to you is to bring some friends with you, everybody will love the idea since it's so popular to do this activity, suggested places is Gärdet and also so many parks and forests where you can find it.

4. Sthlm Tech Week: this year have been a week, not just two days, it already happened in September so keep your eye on it next September and mark it into your calendar, here you can get the most inspirable experience, you are going to listen to many motivated successful speakers who are entrepreneurs from many different industries, making a network with the audience where you can find the most bright people when you can’t find them somewhere else in the world, and yes so many people are flying around the globe just to join this experience for one week. You can join it either by being an attendee or a volunteer, because they need a huge number of volunteers each year, try to find the volunttering link on each tech exhabition of the Tech week and enjoy unforgettable experience. One more thing, there is a tech meetup each single month and you can attend it for free called Sthlm Tech meetup, so if you are a business, or economy, legal student, social science, bio, or an IT or any field and you want to know how Stockholm Tech community is beating the Silicon Valley so jump in.

5. Cruising around Stockholm: cruising around is one of the most important activities to do if you are living in Sweden, you can’t imagine how much beautiful Stockholm is from the water sight. One nice thing this year is you can use your SL-30 day-90 days-annual ticket type to cruise with waxholmsbolaget.se for free! And its valid from 3 Sep until 9 December, means they are covering the autumn period. This trip will take you to the archipelago, so don’t miss discovering the most beautiful side of Sweden.

Have a nice time exploring Stockholm in autumn time!

/Sarah

How I Balance My Vegan Diet

Hi!

My name is Dia. I’m a 3rd-year Business Administration and Political Science student, and also, a nutrition-enthusiast.

1,5 years ago I went vegan for 1 week for purely environmental reasons - I was simply curious what it felt like and whether I could actually do it.

With the amount of long-distance running I was doing at the time - 1-2 half marathons a week - I thought it might be challenging to keep up with living on plants. But it felt amazing!

So then I started researching... and I soon found myself reading nutrition-related research papers and watching videos from several doctors every spare minute of my time.

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Are you thinking of giving veganism a try?

Do you tend to be ‘unsatisfied’ and ‘get hungry’ soon after a vegan meal?

Well, in a nutshell, here’s what I learned from all of my science-based approach to plant-based eating.

  1. Focus on whole plant foods

Try to eat as many unprocessed plant-based foods as possible. This means incorporating legumes (beans, lentils, chickpeas), whole grains (wheat, oats, rye), dark leafy greens (kale, arugula, spinach), other vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds into your daily dishes. A mix of legumes and whole grains in addition to your vegetables, nuts and fruit will keep you satiated for long periods of time.

2. Eat a lot more in volume

Compared to meat-based or vegetarian diets, a whole food plant-based diet consists mainly of low-caloric foods - except for nuts and seeds. Therefore, you want to make sure that you are actually eating enough calories when assembling your dishes. Don’t be intimidated by giant-looking salads - they’re really mostly just water, so you have to add beans, grains and perhaps a spoon or two of some nut butter to turn it into an actual meal!

3. Take vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 plays a crucial part in keeping our nervous-system well-functioning. It is made by microbes covering the Earth and for vegans, the easiest sources of it are either fortified foods or pills. I personally take a pill of 2500 mcg of B12 in the form of cyanocobalamin once a week. This dose and form have been approved by several doctors, but for more information I can recommend this website: https://nutritionfacts.org/topics/vitamin-b12/

4. Get enough water

Going vegan all of a sudden from a standard diet might cause bloating at first. Getting enough water can seriously do all the magic you need though. It will help you digest the larger amounts of fiber that your body may not be used to. Perhaps a gradual shift to plant-based eating is a safer way. However, I went vegan overnight and I didn’t feel the need to slow the process due to bloating.

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I truly hope that you find these thoughts helpful, and maybe even inspiring to give plants a try!

Some of the most educational pieces of advice that I personally discovered were on this website: https://nutritionfacts.org

Here you will find the latest nutrition-related research results translated into easily understandable and short videos by a group of physicians and doctors who accept no corporate sponsorship and don’t advertise anything.

Enjoy the process!

Best,

Dia