• Supercharge Me! Raw Food Documentary

    Just watched another interesting, quite inspiring (and quite 90s) documentary about one woman’s transition to eating raw. Wonderful and educational to watch! Edit: the YouTube link does not seem to be working properly, please search for Supercharge me! documentary in YouTube itself.

  • Start of Ana’s Bananas YouTube Channel!

    A THROW-BACK TO MY FIRST YOUTUBE VIDEO, back when I was still a med student, and had just started Ana’s Bananas. Many more videos to follow! Leave a comment if you have video/recipe requests.

  • Best Ways to Stop Using Chocolate for Solving All Your Problems

    THIS IS A POST FOR ALL EMOTIONAL EATERS, chocoholic and non-chocoholics alike. If you, in times of sorrow, feel like the only thing to do is drown in chocolate (or ice cream, or bacon), you should know that I used to feel the same way. BUT, I WANTED A MORE CONSTRUCTIVE WAY TO DEAL WITH MY MOOD. Although chocolate does help (as of course ice cream and bacon do too), I’ve realised that I no longer wanted to be someone who relies on food for fixing emotions. That is why I looked up all sorts of ways to stop using chocolate for solving all my problems. I was surprised to…

  • Almonds in Mallorca // Travel Report

    Want to make your own almond milk? Awesome – Click here! Read on for more information on almond milk, and a Youtube tutorial on making it! Almonds are nutrient-dense nuts that have many spectacular scientifically-proven health benefits! You might be surprised to learn that almonds are even good for those who are trying to keep at a steady weight. If you are trying to lose weight, adding almonds to your diet can help you get there quicker by keeping you feeling satiated for longer. Almonds also help lower high cholesterol (wauw!) and regular consumption is associated with a lower risk of chronic heart disease. Moreover, they keep blood sugar levels…

  • Where to shop for healthy ingredients in The Netherlands?

    Two days ago I received an e-mail from a reader (yey!) about which ingredients in regular supermarkets fall into the category of truly healthy. Although I buy my groceries in The Netherlands all the time, it is a bit of a challenge to summarise it all in one post. But, there’s no end without a beginning, so here I try to start this new era of posts about how to buy healthy ingredients. For starters, here are a few guidelines on how to know how to make healthier choices in the Dutch supermarkets: 1. Consider finding a regular provider of organic vegetables. If you live in the west of The…

  • 4 Excellent Talks and Films about Nutrition You Should Watch

    LOVE WATCHING VIDEOS AND DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT FOOD & NUTRITION? Me too! HERE ARE FOUR VIDEOS (3 short and 1 long) I would like to share with you, for a rainy day or simply a break from your work, to enjoy and think back to how great it is to learn about healthy food. 1. Jaime Oliver’s Ted Talk on School Canteens NOT THAT I’M A RELIGIOUS FAN of Jamie Oliver in general, but that man has put quite some effort into raising awareness about food, not only in the general public through his TV shows, but also in schools by infiltrating the schools’ kitchen system and improving the nutrition of…

  • The real ‘tree’ of life

    Cheap, available, irreplacable, broccoli. Did you know that only 1/2 cup of broccoli each day is enough to seriously protect you from not only breast cancer, not only lung cancer, not only colon cancer but even several types of other cancers that are frequntly devastating the medical world?! Cancer is difficult to treat. What if it can be more easily prevented? It is the sulfur compounds in broccoli, as well as the phytochemical antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin (and vitamin C), that have chemoprotective properties and lead to a significant decrease in the risk of developing cancers. Get the organic kind whenever you can! Broccoli against breast cancer Some (yet unpublished)…

  • 3 Ways to Start Your Day in The Most Beautiful Way

    The way you start your day sets the tone for the rest of your day. Here are 3 pairs of do’s & don’t for succesful starting up of your system: – do: take 10 minutes for yourself when you wake up; whether it’s for a mornings coffee, a cup of tea, or a big breakfast, it doesn’t matter – it’s time for you. – don’t: start up your social network accounts first thing in the morning… this can wait. Or not? – do: go to bed a bit earlier if it is impossible for you to get up (getting too little sleep results in a greater feeling of hunger throughout…

  • What’s in my kitchen cabinet?

    There are a few things you will need within your kitchen for healthy living. They are as simply obtainable as other groceries, but will stop you from making the wrong choices when you are in a rush or cannot be bothered with the hassle of preparing food. What helps to keep a healthy lifestyle even when I am busy is having: – 5 grains mix bought at local health food store (ready to be cooked anytime) – real honey (instead of sugar) – healthy tea, such as rosehip, chamomille, or ginger tea (at reach any time you need a moment of relaxation, can be mixed up with honey for sweet…

  • Turmeric & cinnamon against diabetes & heart disease

    Turmeric and cinnamon, two wonderful spices, help normalise insulin and triglycerides levels after a meal. This means they can contribute to preventing diabetes type 2, caused by high blood sugar, and heart disease, caused by high levels of cholesterol. High levels of glucose and high levels of insulin play a role in developing diabetes type 2. Diabetes is infamous for its late consequences – it is one of the leading causes of kidney failure and blindness in the world. By helping regulate blood sugar fluctuations after a meal, cinnamon can help prevent diabetes. Choose foods that are low on sugar, and try to eat them combined with cinnamon if you are…