By Lynnie Stein / October 18, 2018

Get your S.H.I.T together December

(Self-care, Happiness, Inner peace, & your Time).

GAC – Gut Academy Community (December 2022). We explore Hygge, and make Christmas cake, Bliss Balls and festive Kimchi

Guaranteed to bring warmth and comfort into your life…Hygge

  • Denmark has an international reputation for being one of the happiest nations in the world, and hygge is widely recognised to be the magic ingredient.
  • It loosely translates as a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being.
  • You know hygge when you feel it.
  • It is when you are cuddled up on a sofa with a loved one, or sharing comfort food with your closest friends. Cake and a warm beverage displayed on an elegant but simple table setting with a lit candle.
  • It is those crisp blue mornings when the light through your window is just right.
  • It is about gratitude and savouring the simple pleasures in life.
  • In short, it is the pursuit of everyday happiness.
  • Hooga? Hhyooguh? Heurgh? It is not really important how you pronounce or even spell it.
  • What is important is that you feel it…

hygge is about creating an atmosphere where you can let your guard down

In The Four Agreements, don Miguel Ruiz reveals the source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering.

Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love.

Ever wondered why Denmark is always ranked one of the happiest places on earth? Well, that’s down to hygge. And want to know what hygge is? Here is a great read for the holidays, ready for 2023.



The definitive, must-read introduction to Hygge, written by Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, this book is packed full of original research, recipes and ideas to help you add a touch of hygge to your life.

The Gut Academy Community will be making a quick Festive Kimchi, Christmas cake and yum balls.

Gifts are good things!

But, too much of anything isn’t good. Parents, think: Christmas toys.

A small amount of gift of fermentation with their sour flavour, incorporated into one’s menu helps you feel alive!

  • Start with something easy to prepare and quick to ferment like medicine in a jar, tomato salsa or green papaw whilst waiting for the backbone of fermentation: Classic Kraut – cabbage massaged with Love, Himalayan salt and optional caraway / kelp and build from there.
  • Milk kefir, Tibi, Kombucha are easy to add to your probiotic menu.
  • Before long, you will have a collection of bottles in every room, the odd bubbling kraut crock or barrel and a kimchi fridge in your backyard and a zoo of microbial diversity fermenting away in your home.
  • Once you learn how to combine fermented foods. Module 7 in our How to Ferment course.
  • Like anything else – it takes many introductions to develop a taste for something new.
  • We love that each time we make something fermented it comes out slightly different.
  • The longer vegetables are allowed to ferment and the type of container used changes the end result – different flavour’s, textures and apparently optimized growth of probiotics.

HYGGE (Hoo-Gah)

As you embrace fermentation, internal “HYGGE” will be achieved!

  • The history and practises of the Danish art of ‘hygge’ shouldn’t be lost on us.
  • Through adopting hygge practices, the Danes bring happiness into their lives with comfort, cosiness, conviviality and contemplation.
  • The concept of hygge has been embraced by several northern European countries
  • Lagom in Sweden; koselig in Norway; gemütlichkeit in Germany; gezelig in Holland; còsagach in Scotland; cwtch in Wales.

Have fun experimenting, and enjoy the fruits of your fermenting fun with family and friends!

Light a candle and give thanks for life’s bounty.

Love & bacteria, Xo

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