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Intermediate Fasting: Getting Hungry to Stay Healthy

When it comes to leading a healthier lifestyle, it feels like every day there is some new trendy diet that people swear by—whether it’s going vegan, cutting out gluten, or eating exclusively raw fruits and vegetables. The hardest part about integrating a new diet is often resisting the temptation of all the delicious (and now forbidden) foods; it can be torturous to go out for a meal with friends and

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A simple 2 step process to a healthier gut asap

Digestive well-being is a global obsession, and a lot of the hype surrounding it is concerning bacteria. Your gut is where these microbes end up and, because they are integral for a well functioning intestine, they do some pretty amazing things for our health. That is, provided they are given the right opportunity. What’s messing around with your gut in the first place There are an estimated 100 trillion bacteria

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No Bake Choco-Coco Muesli Bars: Marleen’s November Recipe

Sometimes you need a snack that is seriously satisfying. A couple of bites that will keep you full and nourished, even through an afternoon spent outside in the crisp November air. These muesli bars will do the trick (or treat), while being extremely delicious to boot! Thanks to Marleen from the blog Share Love not Secrets for another wonderful recipe. Ingredients for 8 Bars 125g oatmeal 50g almond, roughly chopped

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Spirulina Smoothie Bowls: Marleen’s October Recipe

You’ve never seen a breakfast more beautiful than instagram’s latest food trend: smoothie bowls. They’re just as delicious as they are aesthetically pleasing, giving you a a more satisfying experience than slurping down a smoothie in two seconds. Add your favorite fruit and nuts as topping to add texture. This spirulina smoothie bowl has a gorgeous turquoise color and is the perfect way to start the day. Ingredients For 1

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An Omnivore Goes Vegan for a Week

I never ever ever even thought about becoming a vegan, cheese-lover that I am. I was a vegetarian for a good 5 years with relative ease, with eggs and dairy being my main indulgences anyways. Since then I have become an omnivore who eats quite healthfully but without any strict restrictions. However, one fateful day several weeks ago, two of my colleagues and I made a pact: that we would

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Fresh Summer Rolls

This recipe comes to you from Marleen Visser. For more health-conscious fun recipes, visit Marleen’s blog Share Love Not Secrets. These summer rolls make for the perfect light summer evening meal–great for sharing and customizing! INGREDIENTS 1 avocado, cut in 16 slices 2 x handful of spinach leafs 2 carrots, cut 14 x cm length, julienne. 1/2 cucumber, sliced 1 mango, cut in 16 slices 75g mihoen, prepared like discribes

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The Clean 15 and the Dirty Dozen: What Your Produce Policy Should Look Like

In an ideal world, we would all shop from our local farmer’s market, where everything would be organic, seasonal, and ethically produced. We would know the sweet couple selling us fruit and vegetables on a first name basis. Fresh tomatoes would come from our own backyard and apples off our very own tree. But most of us don’t live in that world. Unfortunately, the perks of city life mean that

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Why is coconut oil so bad?

In the aftermath of the American Heart Association’s (AHA) recent bashing on coconut oil, eye brows have been raised and questions have been asked over the efficacy of the “I-use-it-for-everthing” oil. Coconut oil has a functional food profile, with it’s antimicrobial properties and many moistening applications. These traits have made it a house hold favourite, from kitchen to bathroom to bedroom. But wait, what? Our beloved coconut oil may be

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Coconut Yoghurt Berry Pops

The sweltering dog days of summer have already begun and that means it’s time for some icy sweet treats. There’s no better way to beat the heat than by making some homemade popsicles. This recipe from Marleen Visser, the lovely dutch bloggger, is healthy and delicious. Enjoy! Ingredients 150 g mulberries (or other berries of your choice) 1 Tbsp coconut sugar Water 1 Tbsp honey 150 g. Coconut yogurt Necessities

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Creating a balanced pH for glowing skin

Balancing your pH level for beautiful radiant skin isn’t so much about outer health than it is about inner health. While the external pH level (a nice acidic 5.5) of the skin does play a fundamental roll in normal healthy skin, finding a good balance internally is what will ultimately achieve glowing skin. The pH level refers to a scale which measures acidity to alkalinity. It ranges from 1 which

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Easy Guide to Fermenting Your Own Veggies

Our gut has been dubbed our second brain…ever heard the phrase “trust your gut feeling”? And fermented foods are your gut’s best friend. Here’s a pretty basic and simple guide to fermenting your own veggies easily with tools you already have. There are, of course, more sophisticated ways to ferment, but that’s for another time. Reasons to Eat Fermented Foods They restore good bacteria in your gut Improve digestion They

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The Health Benefits of Oregano Oil

My fondest memory of encountering oregano is as a child hiking in the arid Greek mountain side. There, the oregano grows wild and smells intoxicating. I gathered as much as I could in my little hands and brought it back to the hotel restaurant where I was staying. I was enchanted with the beauty of wild oregano then, but it was only several months ago that I discovered oregano’s potent

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Behind the Brand: Therapi Honey Skincare

Therapi is a honey-based skincare line that has been making a lot of buzz lately, and it’s not just from their bees. The lovely founder, Tanya Hawkes, spent 25 years working as a bee-keeper, and her love for, as she puts it, “nature’s liquid gold” grew steadily over the years. Her ideology treats cosmetics as food for the skin and she believes that honey can be a powerhouse ingredient for

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Beets & Berries – Salad in a Jar

This recipe comes to you from Marleen Visser. This is one of the first recipes the lovely dutch model turned foodie is sharing with us, but it definitely wont be the last. For more health-conscious fun recipes, visit Marleen’s blog Share Love Not Secrets. The idea of meal prepping salads in mason jars has been trending this spring and it’s the perfect idea for something colorful, convenient and healthy. For 4

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Go Local: Coffee by Tres Cabezas

All coffee is not made equal. In fact, coffee can be extraordinarily complex. Perhaps it’s the hundreds of potential ways of making it or the multifaceted notes that hide within each cup, coffee can be as diverse as red wine. The days of sour, unenjoyable brews are long over. Coffee addicts today rather go for drip coffee, cold brew or flat whites. Coffee is much more than a drug to

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Healthy Eats: Delicious Avocado Mac ’n’ Cheese

Mac ’n’ cheese is one of my all time favourite comfort foods. It reminds me of being a child and also of my broke college days. Honestly, nothing quite hits the spot like cheesy pasta. Seeing as we are in the midst a long Berlin winter, we’ll need all the comfort we can find. I recently made the yummiest—and healthiest—mac ’n’ cheese of my life. Adding avocado is always the

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Go Green (Tea)!

Around a year ago, I made a life-changing decision. I decided to go green and to get myself completely off the coffee train. At first, I was so deep into my java addiction that I found green tea to be extremely weak, feeling that it had almost no effect on me. But I knew I needed to stop drinking coffee because I was having significant trouble sleeping, so I pushed

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Coffee Addicts Rejoice! 7 Reasons Coffee is Good for Your Health

For many of us, coffee is the first thought to pop into our head in the early morning. The smell of a steaming cup of joe can give you the extra motivation you need to pull you out of the deep fog of slumber. Whether you drink java to jolt you awake, or simply because you savor the taste, you’ll be glad to hear that, contrary to prior belief, your

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Top 5 healthy recipes every sweet tooth needs to know

Did someone say sugar? The crew at Amazingy loves to eat sweets, and we’re always keen to find and try healthy alternatives to devilishly delicious desserts. Below are some faves, which are essential go-tos that will satisfy you and leave you feeling a million bucks! Indulge and enjoy! Nice cream This dairy-free ice cream is made with a base of frozen bananas and topped with anything that will make your

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Quick Kitchen: Rocket Popsicles

This recipe comes to you from the brand new ice cream cook book ‘Altijd ijs’ by Marleen Visser. This is the first recipe the lovely dutch model turned foodie is sharing with us, but it definitely wont be the last. For more health-conscious fun recipes, visit Marleen’s blog Share Love Not Secrets. Ingredients: 150 g forest fruit, like blueberries, blackberries and raspberries 1 tbsp honey 150 g pineapple (a little bit less

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Top 5 Food Swaps For a Flat Tummy

Food makes us bloat. It’s true, and there are certain foods make you blow up like a balloon. What’s worse is that, as we age, we become more reactive than our younger digestive-systems- of-steel selves. Rest assured, there is a whole science on how to beat the bloat. But for a quick glance at what foods can be traded in to get through the day with a flat tummy to

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How to Get Rid of Cellulite

Known to the medical world as gynoid lipodystrophy, on the street, cellulite runs with a more colorful, yet no less flattering description: orange peel syndrome or cottage cheese. While cellulite is not deemed a disease, it’s still problematic, causing social anxiety to many. In former times, like the voluptuous shape of a woman, the appearance of cellulite was seen as a status symbol, of high wealth and attractiveness. It marked

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Quick Kitchen with Ingy: Toddler-Approved Healthy Breakfast Pancakes

As some of you might know, Floris and I are the proud parents of a 3-year-old son named Jamie. Like many toddlers, Jamie can be really picky when it comes to food. I guess you just have to accept this, because that’s what toddlers do. That being said, I always try to give him healthy and nutritional food options he will enjoy. Fruit and veggies are not a big problem,

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When dieting becomes more than just restricted eating

Following a diet often brings one a sense of fulfillment to the overall wellbeing of one’s body. Abiding by certain dietary restrictions may make you feel like you’re doing something right. However, equally, restricted eating habits have the potential to wreak havoc in your physical and mental wellbeing. When the foods you choose to restrict start having an impact on the way you live you life, such that the pure

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How to get rid of a bloated belly

Do you ever wonder why you wake up in the morning with a flat belly, only to finish the day looking, well, a bit inflated? Rest assured, the body doesn’t gain instant weight over the course of one day. It’s more likely you are full of air, the air produced by fermenting food. The good news is that there is a solution. By listening to your body and aligning what

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Top 5 ways to curb a sugar craving

Sugar cravings can strike at all times of the day and are often accompanied by hunger pangs or an energy drop. Sugar is not just delicious, it’s addictive and is the fastest way our body can grab energy. Even when you don’t want to befriend sugar, you can end up finding it in foods under a hidden disguise. Some of it’s aliases are high-fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, glucose syrup, sorghum

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Palm Oil: What It Is & Why We Must Find a More Sustainable Solution

For those of you hearing the words palm oil for the first time, your mind might be drifting to an island with white beaches, azure waters, and green palms. But no, unfortunately, palm oil connotes something not nearly as serene and is merely a distant relative to the iconic palm tree. Ok, so then, what is it? Well, palm oil is something that is ubiquitous, so much so that it

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Top 5 healthy snacks for the office

Snacking in the office isn’t just about what’s easy, or necessarily what’s deemed “healthy”. What I’m trying to say is, is that snacking on a few carrots here and a banana there will still have you reaching for the chocolate bar come 3pm. The best way to get you through the hours at your desk is to fine-tune healthy snacks to improve your concentration, astuteness and energy levels. The 2

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Top 15 foods for the skin

The wonders of food contain many benefits with topical application—there’s much more to them than keeping you fed, healthy and happy. Just as consuming these foods gives you a glow from within, using them topically allows the surface of your skin to benefit from their wonderful anti-aging, anti-inflammatory or cleansing properties. These foods can hydrate, tighten, heal and exfoliate, leaving your skin looking fabulous. It’s becoming noticeably more popular for

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Quick Kitchen: Raw vegan chocolate truffles

For someone who likes to indulge in chocolatey treats, the past couple weeks are maybe the most tempting of the entire year. Cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar have been everywhere and the consumption of baked Christmas cookies has reached an all-time high. To balance out all the sugar you probably have inhaled this month, why not try a simple but delicious sugar and gluten free vegan treat? These chocolate balls

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Bye Bye Cold: How to stay healthy this winter

My Dad always used to say: “A cold, left untreated, usually lasts for seven days and when treated it lasts for a week.” He would then gulp down his cough syrup and go to work. At the end of the winter, his cough was usually so bad that he would have to get some codeine prescribed.  Whether you’ve gotten sick already, or are trying to avoid catching whatever bug is

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Go local with your superfoods

Superfood is a buzzword that is trending in the health, fitness and beauty realms. What’s not to love about a super food? It’s like a one stop shop for your food nutrition needs. But just what is it that makes these superfoods so super? What is a superfood? According to The Oxford Dictionary definition a super food is a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being. It’s

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Quick Kitchen: Chocolate cake for breakfast

Yes, you read the title right. I’m talking about a vegan*, gluten free cake that is so nutrient dense, it puts your toast to shame. In fact, this cake may be one of the healthier breakfast options out there. Hold on to your hats, follow me and keep reading. What allows this chocolate cake to be breakfast-worthy? Among the ingredients are almond meal, flax and chia seeds, which are high in fiber

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Anti-inflammatory foods: What they are, and why you should be eating more

Modern dietary changes coincide with the rise in inflammatory conditions in our society. The shift towards highly processed foods and increased saturated fat and trans fat consumption has seen the diet playing a significant role in chronic inflammation and disease. What is inflammation? Inflammation is the one of the leading causes of chronic bodily pain. Not an illness in and of itself, inflammation is rather a protective mechanism of the

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Boost your immune system for the cold season

With summer’s abrupt end this year, the sound of sniffles and sneezing in the office should come as no surprise. I, too, was caught off guard by the sudden change in weather: yet another victim of the common cold. Seeing as I was definitely not alone in this, I thought it would be a good idea to write up some helpful tips to help protect yourself from catching a cold,

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Quick Kitchen: Melon & Mint Salad

There is one salad that, for me, represents the epitome of summer freshness: simple watermelon chunks tossed together with feta cheese and fresh mint. This mixture isn’t just delicious, it’s also the perfect side dish for a hot summer day. Just the thought of it puts me in the mood for sun hats and balcony hangouts. What pleases me the most about this dish is that its ease of preparation.

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Cilantro-Coconut Oil – Pesto

Cilantro-Coconut Oil – Pesto …is a truly wonderful, delicious treat and it’s versatile. It can be used as a dip, as a spread on bread and crackers, with salads, quinoa and pasta, on omelettes and you can add it to soups. Well, you can go wild with it – whatever your taste buds desire. And the best thing is that it’s not only extremely yummy, it’s also really good for

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How to make fresh almond milk

I changed my diet a few years ago and part of it was that I stopped drinking milk. As the number of people suffering from lactose intolerance is increasing I found that freshly made nut milk truly is a wonderful nondairy milk substitute. Nuts are a great source of essential fats, vitamins, minerals and fibre. I personally love almond milk – there is no better way to start the day!

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