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    How to support a person in your life who is (crazy enough to be) doing a PhD

    Doing a PhD is a great life experience and a true love that can end in bitterness and divorce – or at least go through one hell of a rough patch. If your PhD went smoothly, you don’t need this post – go enjoy your life you crazy genius!! If you are anyone else, as a PhD researcher myself, with many beloved PhDs around me, I have noticed a thing or two that might be helpful for anyone wanting to support a person in their life who is (crazy enough to be) doing a PhD. I have been the PhD supporter and the supported. Neither is super fun but both…

  • Oops, honey, I changed my lifestyle (Before & After My 90-day No Sugar Challenge)

    What started as a 30-day experiment on 2 August 2018 has escalated into a full-blown 90-day no sugar challenge. This is the story about the before and the after, and how much sugar I ended up not eating by changing my sweet-tooth, chocolate-loving ways.Β  In the recent posts, you can read about the start of the 30-day no sugar challenge, and how it turned into a long-term project once my cravings only stopped after 28 days. BEFORE Basics Chocolate = necessity of life Sweets = treats Meals = sweet/savoury (half/half) Cravings per day = 5 (usually in the morning, during long afternoons & after dinner) Attitude = sugar will solve…

  • Sugar addict? Me too, until recently

    All sorts of medical guidelines recommend a maximum of around 30 grams of added sugars per day. There is no required minimum. You won’t die if sugar is not added to your food. Although you might feel as if you might die. Which brings me to sugar addiction. When I realised I was a player in that game, I decided to embark on an experiment. Today marks day 43 of my no added sugar diet.Β  Ever since I remember, I have been eating sugar every single day, except for two occasions – one summer a couple of years ago where I went 30 days without artificial sugar (but still had…