• Greek spankopita in Leiden

    Good Food During My Staycation in The Netherlands ( Alkmaar | Utrecht | Leiden )

    While I drink Chianti wine and swipe Spanakopita crumbs off my keyboard, this post comes in existence. For the aspiring sommeliers, the wine is a Chianti Classico Piccini delightfully fermented in the year 2014. Listening to The Beatles because my housemate is a musical superstar (with a PhD in science btw). Ultimately, it’s the perfect stay-cation. Although summer is a great time for a sunburn in Greece, you too could just stay wherever you are and create a stay-cation, like me. Last weekend, I city hopped to Alkmaar (a pitoresque Christian town in North of Holland) and Utrecht (bigger, but lovely, city ruled by canals and catacomb like restaurants and…

  • Tips for Frugal Shopping at any Organic and Health food store

    I am grateful for their existence but, organic foods can be insanely expensive. If you, like me, want to support this branch of business without going into debt, read on for tips on how to shop frugally at organic & health food stores.  In my years as health-food-store-wanderer, I have discovered how to shop and how not to shop at any health food store. By making wise choices and leaving a bunch of groceries behind (to be bought at regular stores), buying organic can be easy and cheap! I’ve gone from a 40 euro bill each time I even just entered a health food store (for groceries for 2 people x…

  • Staying Active Despite Your Sedentary Job & Working Behind An Office Desk

    You might have seen photos floating around on Instagram of me taking walks, doing yoga or admiring the fruit basket on my desk. Ever since I started a relatively sedentary job (PhD), and thereby joined a world that most adults live in (a sedentary existence for 6 to 8 hours per day), being fit & active is no longer a given. On the up side, I have become creative in finding ways to stay active throughout the workday – and think it could be very valuable for all of us to create more dialogue about this subject at the work place.   Lack of activity in Western lifestyle Lack of physical activity is a…

  • What’s it Like to Spend 17 Days on a Mediterranean island?

    Even back as a medical student, I’ve seen multiple doctors burst out in tears (during office hours) because of how stressed they are. The hospital life is busy, hectic and full of communication problems – all the while you’re trying to give patients the best care you can. While making other people healthier, many doctors ignore their own stress .. making me marvel at the irony. Whether you are a doctor, a cook or a ballerina, your health comes first. No matter what kind of job you do, it’s always a wise decision to take a holiday, go far away or stay at home, as long as you just – relax.…

  • super food cake versus regular chocolate cake lubach ana banana blog food

    Is superfood cake healthier than regular cake? | Venting about Lubach

    Is supefood cake healthy and good for you? Should you ditch regular chocolate cake once and for all? And how much does a superfood cake actually cost? All these questions and more are answered in this post. WHAT HAPPENED: FACTS AND FICTION ABOUT SUPERFOOD CAKE Watching Arjen Lubach’s episode (in Dutch) about “The Green Happiness” (two Dutch registered dietitians who might not know what’s good for you after all) was both inspiring and irritating. Inspiring – because someone finally pointed out the fact that lots of individuals who are in no way registered to be telling you about healthy nutrition, are writing and selling books about what you should be eating, while…

  • Healthy Chocolate Recipes I found on the Internet + Music

    There’s hardly a feeling more brilliant than dancing around the kitchen while making healthy chocolate snacks. On that note, I’d like to share my current favorite song with you: “Ties” by Years & Years. Heard of them through my ‘hip&happening’ prodigy Olivia, thanks girl! Also, these three great chocolate snack recipes I found on the internet. With(out) few added sugars, dairy-free and even gluten-free!   Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites Bounty’s healthy alternative? Yes, please! I just love these juicy coconut bites. Thinking of taking some to my colleagues at the new workplace… maybe they’ll get lucky 😉 (I have a feeling some of them are reading the blog 🙂 ).…

  • Tackling Procrastination Can Make You Healthier

    HELLO FELLOW PROCRASTINATOR, good to have you here! IT’S SUNDAY MORNING and I woke up too early, with a virtual to-do list on my mind. Sometime there are so many things to do that it gets difficult to do any of them at all. What I actually want to do with my Sunday is slowly laze around in my pj’s and make pancakes as I bask in the sunshine that’s falling through the open-curtain window. Hmmm. My ideal Sunday version looks a lot different than my actual Sunday plans. PROCRASTINATION Procrastination tends to happen when our ideal day looks different than the day we actually have ahead and when what…

  • PCOS polycystic ovarian syndrome health prevention treatment

    How to prevent and treat PCOS?

    POLYCYSTIC OVARIAN SYNDROME is a diagnosis more and more (young) women have to face – but a diagnosis that not all doctors know how to explain well. Here is everything you need to know about PCOS. Sit back, relax and read on 😉 . WHAT IS PCOS? IMAGINE A BUNCH OF GREEDY LOOKING EGG FOLLICLES BOXING WITH EACH OTHER IN THE OVARIES. That’s PCOS. IT IS HORMONAL IMBALANCE RESULTING IN MULTIPLE RIPE FOLLICLES IN THE OVARIES. Since there are so many ripe follicles, they compete with each other and it’s difficult for any of them to become the actual egg that will then go on to the womb. These competing…

  • colon cancer prevention evidence based health

    The role of vitamin D, diet and exercise in prevention of colon cancer

    Harvard Medical School publishes a health letter every year. In 2014, their letter listed five steps that help prevent colorectal cancer. In this post, I will explain three of the five points mentioned. Colon Cancer Prevention 1.Vitamin D Vitamin D is free (it comes from sunshine) and seems to have a protective effect on many diseases. Exposing most of your body to sunshine 10 minutes per day is enough to have good levels of vitamin D. You can have your vitamin D checked by a doctor to discuss possible supplementation. Although it is not clear yet whether vitamin D supplements have the same effect as vitamin D from sunlight, Harvard…

  • 4 Healthy Recipes I found on the internet Ana's Bananas Blog

    4 Easy, Tasty Dinner Recipes I Found This Week // FELLOW FOODIES ON THE INTERNET

    With my recent discovery of Pinterest, and my obvious love of good food, I stumble upon GREAT recipes every time I hit the web (or public library for that matter – cook books are awwwsome). Every week, I share my finds with you here! This week, we´ve got 4 amazing dinner recipes on the menu. 1. EASY SHRIMP & BROCCOLI STIR-FRY Quick, easy and very satisfying! I had it with noodles, but you can also serve it alongside brown rice. Link to recipe here. NOTE: for the sauce, I only used 3 tablespoons of soy sauce and 2 tablespoons of oyster sauce, and skipped on the rice vinegar and added sugar.…