• 67 Days Without Added Sugars | Challenges so far

    No ice cream, no soda, no store-bought pasta sauces, no chocolate, no chips, no scones, no cheesecake, no cookies, and almost no processed food of any kind (because when you look at the labels, there’s added sugar in almost everything). That’s what it’s like to not eat added sugars. For 67 days, I have been sticking to this rule. Here are the challenges I’ve been facing so far. On August 2nd, 2018 I set out (completely terrified of what was to come) on a journey of 30 days without added sugars. You can read about my start of this experiment in my last post “Sugar addict? Me too, until recently”.…

  • The Two Bizarre Things I Think about Weight Loss

      Today I’m using my medical knowledge to tackle a big topic – no pun intended. Medical school takes six years, then add the five for biomedicine and on top of that hours and hours, evenings and weekends spend reading articles related to nutrition, lifestyle and health – and this is what you get. Two bizzare ideas – that I think are the actual truth about weight loss. Losing weight is a very complex and difficult issue, and you might need to come back to this blog post and use many others for inspiration on your weight loss journey. But, there is something about the secrets in this post that just might…

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    Understanding Scientific Articles: 4 Questions You Need to Ask to Make Science Easy & Keep Your Health

      Many a hundred of scientific articles get published in (bio)medical journals each year. Some of them about disease, some of them about prevention, and some of them about health and nutrition. Only a tiny miniscule proportion of those get portrait correctly in the media, and lots of times you will find yourself being misinformed, while you actually want to know what’s going on. With the following tips, you can decipher any (bio)medical article, find out which ones apply to you and easily know which ones to discard. The four questions you need to ask are: What is the population studied? Has the study been carried out in cells, animals…

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    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…

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    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.…