Body positivity and body shaming

Body positivity and body shaming are subjects, which are not talked about enough.

The main thing about body positivity is, that everybody should be treated with respect and everybody is valuable no matter their size. It doesn’t matter if you are really skinny or over weight, you are still beautiful and important. A lot of times people assume that body positivity is encouraging people to be unhealthy, which is not the point. The point is that no matter your size you should be treated the same as everybody else.

Even though it should go like that it doesn’t. Lot of people have experienced body shaming in their lives. Body shaming is too common and normalized for some reason and it happens all the time. Usually people say that it was a joke or they didn’t really mean what they said, but they don’t realize that it hurts just as much, even if it’s a joke or not.

For example when people say stuff like “Omg you are really skinny do you ever eat?”, “It looks like your legs are going to break if you jump because they are so thin.” Or “Are you sure that you should eat all that?” “You should eat a salad or go for a run”. Comments like these hurt. People who say those things don’t even realize how bad it hurts and what it does to your mental health. You don’t know about their bodies or what they are going through, so why do you need to say anything at all?

A lot of times people don’t realize that everybody loses and gains weight differently and genetics play a big part in your weight. It’s not all that black and white, that you are fat if you eat too much and you are skinny is you don’t eat enough. All people and all bodies are different.

The worst case scenario is that, that little comment you made about their weight could lead to an eating disorder and very low self-esteem. If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone do not say anything at all. Everybody is beautiful.

How I moved in covid-19

It goes without saying that I move differently than before covid-19. Firstly I started going for walks more often because I wanted to be alone and be somehere where it was quiet. Secondly i started playing basketball and football with my brothers. It was fun to do more things with my siblings. In the spring and summer I didn’t have volleyball practice and in the end of the summer my volleyball team ended. Then I started going walks more often. I think I started moving less than before covid-19 started. When school started mw and my little brothers started doing 100 abs a day and few other things but we did it for a few days and then forgot to do them because of it I started moving more and my physical condition got better. In distance learning I did all the PE exercises and I tried a few of them later again. In my opinion covid-19 changed a lot how I moveI

My sport and covid

Needless to say that covid has changed our lives lot. These days we must consider our doing because we want our normal everyday life back as soon as possible.

Covid has also affected my life and hobbies. I play ringette and I also like to go to the gym. Last spring when covid came to Finland, ringette ended and we weren’t allowed to train together. On top of that we couldn’t train together as a team, we didn’t get to play in CSM, wich I had been waiting for all season.

Not only ringette ended, but also school ended, which meant that there was no PE anymore. In addition I couldn’t see my friends. When it comes to my friends and not being able to hang out with them, I felt really lonely sometimes. On the other hand I was more with my family. We trained together at the gym and at home, made good food and watched movies together. 

Even though ringette and other hobbies paused , some gyms were still open. I think one reason behind this is that we still wanted people to have some place where they can exercise and keep themselves refreshed.

Even though my ringette training was paused, my physical shape didn’t get worse. In fact in my opinion it got better. I loved training by myself and with my family as long as it lasted.

Another point worth pointing out is my mental health and social skills. Like I already mentioned I have felt lonely but in addition my social skills got worse because I wasn’t in contact with other people so much.

On the whole covid has affected our lives differently depending on what is included to our everyday life. From my point of view it has ended hobbies a couple of times and it has affected negatively to my social skills. 

But this is the way we can get back to normal and we have to live by it. It is important that we take care of each other and remember sometimes to ask each other what’s up. Stay safe!

-ninth grader from Lieto

How covid-19 effected my life as a dancer

Many dance studios have been shut down due to the corona virus. Therefore some of the dance classes moved to online classes and now I have to dance in my room and follow the lesson on my phone.

Because of this situation, I got a bigger room and a huge mirror so I can dance all day every day. I also got a better speaker. This has led me to the point that I have learned to dance almost better and faster than I have in the dance studio in these past three years.

Although it’s nice to be able to dance whenever I want to, I still miss seeing my dance friends and teachers. It’s not the same learning a coreography from your phone than your dance teachers in real life.

In my opinion we could dance at the studio all ready. We danced about two meters away from each other anyways before the covid-19. We could just use masks, even though it’s harder to breathe.

In conclusion covid-19 has brought me lots of good things as a dancer. But there are also some bad things. Despite all this I have grown as a person and as a dancer.

How COVID-19 affected me

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has affected all of us. To start with, I have started to struggle more with my mental health. I have more anxiety and stress than ever especially since middle school is about to end. One reason for my anxiety and stress is that I have started to procrastinate more. Self-discipline is important during these times. I cope with my mental health by finding things that I like such as doing sports, drawing or reading. I’ve been reading a lot more lately because it helps me escape this world even if it’s just for a little while. Currently I’m reading the Shatter me-series.

We had distance learning which was hard. During distance learning it was hard to focus and stay motivated. I didn’t leave my home almost at all for months. Sometimes we had too much schoolwork to do that I had to do them for hours. Sometimes I had to do schoolwork until it was 9-10pm. Teams classes made me anxious. On the other hand I was able to save over an hour which would’ve been used getting ready and sitting on a bus. I was able to sleep more and my sleep quality was a lot better. I kind of felt like like I wasn’t learning anything though.

My summer plans were cancelled last year. I was supposed to go to an amusement park in Helsinki with two of my brothers. I ended up lying in my bed binge-watching Netflix. However I did start going for daily walks and doing home workouts. I also got really motivated in learning different languages.

From my point of view, this has been a good experiment but I really wish things would go back to normal as soon as possible.

My thoughts on Covid-19

Nowadays there is a worldwide pandemic caused by Covid-19 virus. Covid-19 has been the most talked about topic for almost a year now.

Due to Covid-19 we’ve had restrictions in school and soccer/futsal practice. It really sucked that we couldn’t play in the Finnish futsal championship because it got cancelled due to the restrictions. In addition we had to stop practice for for a couple months. Our coach gave us exercises to do at home for the duration of the break. Finally our whole school moved to distance learning. It was fine at first but after a while it became pretty boring and it was hard to concentrate on studying.

I can’t really think of anything good caused by Covid-19. It’s just a virus that is there to stress us out and to limit our lives.

To sum it up, Covid-19 really sucks and i hope it ends soon.

Student exchange in Schleusingen

We are chosen to be members of Erasmus project. To the project also belongs ten students from Germany and five from Hungary. This time the Hungarians and us, the Finns, went to Germany. In spring five other Finns and Germans will visit Hungary. This article is written by Finns. 

Our trip from Finland started on Monday. We flew from Turku to Helsinki at 6.15 am and then to Frankfurt. We landed to Frankfurt at 9.30 and we had lots of time to spend in Frankfurt and still missed the train (not our fault tho!). We were able to leave Frankfurt at 13.45. The train did not make it to Suhl so trains had to be changed in Erfurt. We made our way successful to Suhl.  

Our host-families picked us up in Suhl at 17.30 and took us to their homes. That evening we just ate and made ourselves comfortable. Next morning we had to wake up early. We weren’t used to wake up before six because we need our beauty sleep. We still made it to school on time! Hooray!  

On Tuesday we had a tour around the school and we were taught how to use HP Reveal. With our partner we chose a movement which we wanted to make instructions of. After theory we walked about 10 minutes to gym to take videos of the movement. We also played some games together. We made our way back to the school and ate lunch.  

After lunch we had a “cityralley” in Schleusingen. There was questions which we had to find answers for. The whole thing based on coordinates.   

On Wednesday we woke up too early again and in school we worked with the project. We also had two lessons during the day, biology and physics related to exercise and sport injuries. We used this application called Grafstat and analyzed statistics.  

After school we went to the bowling center with bus. We bowled for about two hours and we had a lot of fun. In our opinion we got to know each other much better.  

On Thursday we went to Cobourg. Cobourg was a very beautiful town. There were lots of beautiful old houses and great views. We walked from the bus stop to Cobourg Castle which was big and great looking. We got a private tour around the castle. We learned about castles history and saw some old glassware, paintings and weapons.  

When we came back from Cobourg all finnish students and their hostsisters came to Lilly. We played some funny games and ate some traditional German food. 

On Friday we went to our hosts first lessons. We saw something about studying in Germany (we’re very happy about living in Finland).  We had to leave right after that. We took our private taxi and drove to Suhl train station. 

We landed to Turku airport at around midnight.  

We all find the trip truly excellent. We met new people and got to know them pretty well. We had such a nice time in German and we all are so grateful that we got this opportunity to get involved to this trip and the whole Erasmus project.  

CINNAMON BUNS

Cinnamon buns              (traditional swedish delicacy but very popular in Finland) 

know this might sound weird because cinnamon buns aren’t actually known as healthly food. Trust me, this is good to your mental healthMaking these will take over an hour. 

You will need these makings 

Over an hour of time                                                       

5 dl                 milk                                                 

50g                 yeast 

1                     egg 

1 dl                sugar 

1 tbsp            cardamom 

1,5 tsp           salt 

About 14 dl     wheat flour 

150g             margarine/butter 

Fill      

1dl              sugar 

2 tbsp        cinnamon 

1 dl             butter 

Step 1: Mix the yeast to hand warm water. Add egg, sugar, cardamom and salt. Gradually add the flour to the dough. Add the soft butter at the end of the flour addition. The dough should be soft. Prepare the dough with hands until it comes out of the hands and the sides of the bowl. Let the dough rise under the baking sheet for about 20 minutes.  

Step 2: split the dough to two parts and roll pieces to about 30×60 cm plates. Spread half of the soft butter over it and sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. 

Step 3: Wrap the disc, leaving the seam underneath. Cut the roll into about 16 pieces to triangles like this /\. Lift the pieces with the thin side up. Use your fingers to push the narrow tip of the pieces down to the table. Make another piece of dough the same way. Raise well covered with cloth. 

Step 4: grease the dough with eggs. Bake buns in 225 degrees for about 8-10 minutes. 

Vegan Tofu Cashew Coconut Curry

This are the ingredients you need:  

1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil 

3 cloves garlic, minced  

1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger 

1 jalapeno 

1 sweet potato, diced into 1 inch cubes 

1 bell yellow pepper, diced 

2 tablespoons curry powder 

½ teaspoon turmeric 

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon 

½ teaspoon salt 

1 (15 oz) can lite coconut milk 

½ cup tomato sauce 

½ cup vegetarian broth 

¼ cup roasted cashews, ground 

Tofu, use what you like 

To garnish: Cilantro and extra cashews 

And now, how you can make this delicious curry yourself 

STEP 1 

Add coconut oil to large pot and  place over quite high heat. Add garlic, ginger, jalapeno, sweet potato and bell pepper. Saute for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. 

STEP 2 

Next stir in curry powder, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon and salt. 

STEP 3 

Add coconut milk, tomato sauce, vegetarian broth and cashews. Stir until smooth. 

STEP 4 

Add tofu and and stir. Simmer on low heat for 20 minutes or until sweet potatoes are fork tender. Serve immediately with cilantro. 

Olivia & Piia  

healthy food for everyone

  Soyballs with pesto and rucola 

Marinade for soyballs 

4 dl of dry soyappetit soypeaces 

1,5 dl of fresh water 

½ red jalopeno without seeds 

½  green jalopeno without seeds 

½ yellow jalapeno without seeds 

2 ts of paprikaflour 

2 peaces of cutted onion 

1 ts of salt 

1 ts of black pepper 

Pasta 

1 packet of pasta 

1 disch of chorizomarinated soybals 

 A drop of oil 

2dl of red pesto 

Fresh rucola 

Parmesan