My name is Ana and I am an expat medical degree graduate living and working in The Netherlands. Thank you so much for visiting my blog! Since July 2013, this blog has been a place for me to discover & develop healthy recipes, and write about health, nutrition, lifestyle and prevention.
I have tasted so many disgusting recipes on this quest for healthy eating and read so many ridiculous tips in the search for healthy living, you would not believe! Health is important, and people do (and eat) extreme things for it.
On this blog, I look at what is actually healthy, develop delicious healthy recipes that don’t hurt my taste buds, look into practical ways of living a healthier lifestyle and indulge in myth busting of ridiculous tips.
Why did you start this blog?
Back in medical school, I was amazed by the amount of helpful everyday tips we were hearing in class! I thought “this is cool, everyone should know about this”. So I started a blog to share health tips that could benefit everyone who wants to live a healthier life.
Moreover, I noticed that we, as young med students, were getting practically zero education in nutrition. When a friend of mine fell ill, I wanted to help and started reading up scientific articles about nutrition. I soon found it to be an essential element of health/medicine/prevention.
So, my reasons for starting this blog were two fold. I wanted to share knowledge about health and disease with everyone who is also interested in improving their health. Second, I wanted to make sure to, as a future medical doctor, understand more about health and nutrition.
What is your education?
I studied at a university in The Netherlands, where I graduated from two degrees: Medicine and Biomedical Science.
If you are unfamiliar with Biomedical science – it teaches about medical research, how things are tested and discovered, how to work in a laboratory, how to understand medical science and scientific medical articles. The degree also teaches everything about pathology of many diseases we know today.
Can I trust what you write about food?
There are so many foodies and bloggers, and know-it-alls out there telling you and I both what to eat and even what to think about food. I don’t want to be one of them. I blog about health, and nutrition and lifestyle, evidence-based and/or with a grain of salt. There is so much we yet don’t understand about health, and so much we can still improve in health care.
My aim is to help you understand medical science.
In my blog posts, you will find healthy, varied and vegetable-rich recipes. In science posts, you will find links and studies stated as references.
If anything, through my degree of medicine and biomedicine I have learned to be very critically minded. I use this trait to provide you with only the best of science and medical knowledge, so that when you read this blog you can be sure you are doing something that is good for your health.
What if I want to get in touch?
If you are a medical student, an MD, an avid reader, a curious kitty, a company or a food blogger, or all of the above, please reach out. I love hearing from readers! You can leave a comment or contact me directly through via Ana’s Bananas Facebook page or on Instagram.
All the opinions and endorsements on this blog are genuine and 100% my own.
The images are from my private collection (unless otherwise stated), so please ask permission if you want to use them.