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Many readers have asked on different occasions about weight loss and age. How much weight should we loose after 4o? Can we aim to be model thin or just being normal thin (as in healthy weight)?

When i was in my mid 30’s i was very skinny, mostly due to unhappiness and depression. I thought i looked good. My mother used to tell me i looked like an ironing board! Go figure! I didn’t starve myself or go on diets. Food just wasn’t important to me back then.

Now, almost 10 years later, i’m at a healthy weight, i look younger, and feel great!

What i want to say is that at a certain age our skin isn’t as elastic as it was in our 20’s. We can’t afford to loose much weight; our face will look older, the skin will sag quicker, and the glow of health won’t show..

So in my opinion, a healthy weight is the best. Follow a healthy diet, exercise regularly….and be happy! That’s my recipe!

What is yours?

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7 Healthy snacks!


I’m always wandering in the kitchen, opening my fridge and trying to see if i can find something healthy to snack on instead of the ice cream in the freezer, the chocolate box my husband got from Belgium , or the bag of chips we got when we had friends over!

Here are 7 ideas for snacks that i tried, i have some favorites, but i would go for any of these instead of junk food! And they are all under 100 calories!

-Apple slices and peanut butter. Great if you feel like munching on something. One apple is enough.

-Fruit and yogurt:fat free yogurt, berries or sliced peaches or any other fruit you like, and a sprinkle of granola. Yumminess!

-Air popped popcorn. Need i say more? (no butter and no salt).

-Bread and jam. The classic: whole grain slice of bread and some natural non sugar added jam.

-Wraps: a slice of turkey, ham, beef or chicken, add some spinach and mustard and it’s a wrap!

-Hummus dip. With sliced carrots, cucumbers or celery. Delicious.

-Dates, almonds and nuts. Always works for me!

What about you? What do you snack on?

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Monday question

Desktop97Hello there! Hope you had a relaxing, sunny and fun weekend!

Today’s question is about advice (we usually always get free advice!). About health advices to be precise. So what was the best health advice you have been given, and did you follow through? And who was it from?

I usually always get advice from my mom about this subject (she’s my private health guru!), and i always follow through. Yep, she’s that good.

Waiting for your answers!

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7 best foods for your body!

If you ask most women about what they use as beauty products, they will usually come up with with at least five or six products, right? (Or more!).

Let’s have a look at how you can find products that boost your beauty, at a lower price and right there in your kitchen. (The last one will be surprising!)

greentea11-Green tea: green tea contains a fantastic mix of antioxidants that help keep your eyes healthy. This powerful tea also protects your eyes against sun damage.

salmon_wide-99a4215134a578926fa1dd5a3a106b9a2c6795ef-s6-c302-Salmon: salmon works miracles for your skin. The omega 3 in the salmon maintain your skin elasticity and works hard at keeping your cell membranes healthy. Trout, mackerel or sardines will also do wonders to your skin and will give you a glowing, younger complexion.

bowls-with-brown-and-white-eggs3-Eggs: eggs are great for your hair. Not only are eggs good for you when eaten, they can also be used as a healthy, organic hair mask; apply one beaten egg to your hair, leave for 10 mn, then rinse with cool water.

Curly-kale-0014-Curly Kale: Kale, like other green and leafy vegetables, is rich in iron, which is great for gleaming and strong nails. (A lack of iron in your diet will leave you with brittle and weak nails).

1351060770bevut5-Tomatoes: high in lycopene, tomatoes protect you from sunburn. To get a youthful skin that is better protected from the sun, add tomatoes to your diet.

brown_rice_1-e12653049834096-Brown rice: This powerhouse whole grain is great for weight management because it is a low fat source of energy. And being high in fiber, it will keep you feeling full for a longer time.

chewing-gum39727-Gum: chewing gum after meals removes trapped food and reduces plaque. Gum is good at preventing tooth decay because it helps you produce salvia, which neutralizes the acids that cause tooth decay . ( Use the sugar free ones).

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Monday question

Desktop97Today’s question is for all of you who eat a lot of meat. (By a lot i mean more than 4 times a week). Do you have it because it’s easier and quicker to cook, because you like it? And do you think you can reduce your amount by say, half?

I used to be a meat eater, then i stopped for a few years, then back again (you can read about it here ), and now i barely eat it, it is not a major food for me anymore. If you have a look at the Mediterranean food pyramid you will notice that meat is eaten in very small quantities, while veggies, fruits and legumes are the main food source.

Will you be able to make a change in your diet that is so radical?


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Cinnamon and honey: The power combo!

As I said before, I am a firm believer in home remedies. Got that from my mom; she even had her gallstone removed the natural way, assisted by a professional in Chinese medicine! It took her all night, but at the end it was successful. One of the main reasons she did this is that she is scared from anesthesia and its side effects. How many of you have phobias regarding medicine, right? Just thinking of waiting for hours in a clinic makes me want to change my mind!

Today I am going to share with you a drink that my husband began taking for the pain in his arm. He tried sprays, cremes, medication, nothing worked.

So I suggested he takes what my mother has been taking for a few months to cure her arthritis: one cup of warm water with a spoon of cinnamon powder and two spoons of honey. Yes that’s right, the combination of cinnamon and honey does wonders:

Cinnamon and Honey


-Arthritis: if taken regularly, even chronic arthritis can be cured.

-Bladder infection: it destroys the germs in the bladder.

-Cholesterol: it reduces your cholesterol levels.

-Heart disease: honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and veins, and saves you from heart attacks.

-Stomach ache: clears stomach ulcers from the root.

-Immune system: strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacteria and viral attacks.

-Longevity: taken regularly, it arrests the ravages of old age.

-Weight loss: taken morning and evening, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person! And it doesn’t allow the fat to accumulate in the body.

This combination helps as well in fighting fatigue, bad breath, skin infections, toothaches, colds and flu.

My mother swears by it, and my husband already feels better. Not wanting to be left out, I too began 3 days ago!

So every morning on an empty stomach: 1 cup warm water, 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 2 teaspoons honey.

Do you have any home remedies you would like to share with us?

*image via pinterest

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Monday question

Desktop97Hello again to another Monday and another question!

First off i want to begin by wishing all Canadians a Happy Canada day! I love your country and its people!

My question for today is about curing yourself. When you feel tired or sick, do you go straight to the doctor or try curing yourself with natural remedies?

Coming from a house where my mother used to put slices of potatoes on our forehead to diminish the fever, i am all for curing myself! I research, call my mom, and ask around for natural cures. If i don’t get the desired effect, then i resort to doctors. Why? Because i hate taking medication, and though i find that the natural way is a bit slower than medicine, it doesn’t have any side effects.

What about you?

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9 tips to help you make lifetime changes!

Usually we (women) always try to loose weight before the summer. “The swimsuit test is one scary thing!” right? This is why so many people begin dieting at this time of year and usually go for crash diets. Right choice? NO.

The surest way to shed weight and keep it is to change your eating habits and keep going for as long as you can.

Instead of trying to rush into something that will overwhelm you and set you up for failure, try making gradual changes in your day-to-day routine.

Ultimately you want to be healthier, more fit, and happier. Allow yourself time and patience, and you will have more success.

b475c539db0edf8d9fdb4765535f6bb1Here are a few tips to help you:

1-Gather as much information as you can about nutrition.

2-Talk with a friend who has a healthy diet and ask for suggestions.

3-Set a goal for yourself that is doable. For example “for the next 2 weeks i will eat 4 serving of vegetables each day”.

4-Write down a plan for what you will do to make your diet changes.

5-Head to the grocery store and make sure you have all the supplies you need to begin.

6-Focus on a few small, but powerful changes.

7-Don’t be too hard on yourself. Even if you fail after some time, just keep going.

8-Pay attention to how you feel: are you more energetic? Are your clothes a little looser? Are you sleeping better? Recognize the benefits of your changes.

9-Try new things: if you’re getting bored with what you’re eating, go on the web and search for new recipes, and try incorporating a new dish every week.

After 6 months of diet change, you will have created habits that are likely to last a lifetime!

And give yourself credit for the changes you have maid. Go SHOPPING!!

*image via pinterest


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Monday question

Desktop97Hello again to another week and another question!

Today is all about health, and how you go about being or trying to be healthy. As you well know the Mediterranean diet is not new to me, i have been brought up by it. But of course, we always get tempted by fries, ice cream, sodas or other unhealthy foods…To tell you the honest truth i never turned down an ice cream in my life! And if i could eat two , one after the other i wouldn’t say no!

Why do i want healthy food for myself and my family? Because i want to avoid as much as i can illnesses, diseases, i want to live longer and not to arrive at a certain age where i have to rely on someone to eat or go to the bathroom!

I want my kids to live without fear of obesity and everything that comes with it.

But at the same time i want to enjoy life, and i want my kids to enjoy what life offers us. So i found a balance; most of our days are filled with healthy, natural good food, some exercise, and of course fun! We have the occasional “junk” day, knowing very well that the next day is going to be a healthy one..It worked for me until now, and hopefully will always work. That’s my Mediterranean diet!

What about you? How do you go about trying to be healthy?

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Friday recipe: Wild mushrooms with tomatoes and basil

You can always find mushrooms in my fridge; i add them to pasta, quinoa, salads, omelettes, sauces, pies, i even use them in recipes instead of bacon!

Wild mushrooms are my favorite. Whatever your favorite (crimini, enoki, oyster, portobello, shiitake or white button) all mushrooms are loaded with essential nutrients.

shiitake-mushrooms-Mushrooms are the only fruit or vegetable source of vitamin D. Like humans, mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight.

-Mushrooms may enhance the body’s immunity system against microbes.

-They are high in antioxidants , specially crimini and portobello mushrooms.

-They contain loads of vitamin B and selenium.

Wild mushroom with tomatoes and basil:

2 tablespoons extra virgin oil, 1 medium onion chopped, 3-4 garlic cloves minced, 1 pound fresh porcini or other wild mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed, and thickly sliced, salt, 1/4 cup dry white wine, 1 pound tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped (or 1 can tomatoes drained and chopped), pinch sugar, freshly ground pepper, 1 tablespoon slivered fresh basil.

-Heat the olive oil in a large skillet and add the onion. Cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Add half the garlic, stir, then add the mushrooms. Turn up the heat and cook the mushrooms until they begin to brown. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Cook, stirring often, until the mushrooms begin to soften and exude their juices, about 5 min.

Add the wine and turn the heat to high. Cook until the liquid glazes the mushrooms, about 5-10 min. Add the tomatoes, remaining garlic, sugar, and a little more salt. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring often , until the tomatoes have cooked down, about 15 min.

Stir in some pepper and the basil and remove from fire. Serve warm. delicious!

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