• Oops, honey, I changed my lifestyle (Before & After of 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.  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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Travel report: green Croatian countryside

    MY LAST VACATION WAS GREEN, SUNNY & DELICIOUS, in the lovely mountains of Croatia. COUNTRYSIDE ALWAYS SURPRISES ME BY HOW SELF-SUSTAINING IT IS. You would think a city is developed, but then you realize that villages and countryside are really the main sources of food and that cities (and their supermarkets) would be nothing without them. IS IT STRANGE THAT THE FIRST THING THAT FLEW INTO MY MIND just now is: how did they have food on Star Fleet – I mean they didn’t have a meadow or anything on board? Although I do remember an episode where there were some Star Fleet staff in a sort of garden room,…

  • Healthy Groceries List (Free Printable)

    Hello world! IT’S JULY, SUMMER TIME, AND I DEFINITELY DON’T FEEL LIKE DOING A LOT OF COOKING. Especially on days it’s really hot, I hardly even feel like going out of the house, again, into the heat of the streets just to get to a crowded supermarket and get all sweaty, again. But, I found it helps me to have a few delightful healthy summer recipes at hand. Something that is easy to make, super-low-effort, I-could-do-this-with-my-eyes-closed kind of thing, but full of flavor of course. It’s also not bad to, when I have a plan of summer meals, also get all those groceries in the same run. The the rest…