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As many of you are on vacation or were on vacation, the most asked question is: “How can we stay healthy when we’re on vacation?”

Well to tell you the honest truth , i have been on vacation for 3 weeks and i lost 1,5 kg!! How, i don’t really know, i’m eating the same kind of food, the same quantities. The only thing that changed is that here the main meal is at 2h pm rather than 5h pm, and i move more than usual.

What most people do on vacation normally, is that they take a vacation from their normal diet, and that’s why they gain weight. It’s ok if you don’t do your yoga or Pilates for a few weeks, the important thing is sticking to your diet. Healthy food, no junk. I am all for trying new dishes, but always ask what it is made of, even if you feel the waiter is going to hit you with his tray! And if you feel you over did it one day, take it easy the next. Don’t stress about it while you’re enjoying yourself, once you’re back to your routine, everything will fall into place. Enjoy your vacation, try all the desserts you want, walk more, and you will be just fine!

So people, what do you do on vacation to stay healthy and fit?

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Monday question

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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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Monday question

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Today’s question isn’t about health or diet or food. It’s all about comfort.

Once you get home from work, what do you wear for comfort? Do you prefer your yoga pants, an old pair of jeans, a long and flowy dress? Or you are the kind of woman who has to stay dressed up no matter what?

I personally am a jeans kind of girl! I think it’s the most amazing invention of all times!! Honestly who doesn’t feel comfortable in any pair?!

I like them because they take you from morning to evening, don’t get crumpled, and can be dressed up or down, depending with what you pair it with.

So ladies, what is your comfort dress code?

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7 Healthy snacks!

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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?

*images via pinterest

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Monday question

Desktop97I received a lot of emails asking if it is easy to start eating differently, more healthy. If it doesn’t become boring and bland after a while. I personally love to eat good food, and find that there is no reason that healthy has to equal bland and boring!

Vegetables, fish, legumes and fruits are all delicious and nutritious at the same time; add spices and herbs to the mix, don’t be afraid to try new recipes, and don’t give up if you feel stuck. The web is full of recipes from the easiest to the most difficult, you will always find something! I find it easy to cook healthy, and always enter my kitchen as if entering a lab! I always end up inventing something new!

What would you answer these ladies, is it easy for you to eat healthy? And how do you go about it?

 

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Mediterranean dream

Today we are going to dream. Why dream alone when we can share the dream, right? Who doesn’t dream of going to the south of France, sweet smelling Provence, beautiful Italy, or the breathtaking views of Greece? Let’s take the magical Mediterranean tour, and maybe, just maybe it will encourage you to take the leap and actually go there!

The beaitiful Amalfi coast in Italy

The beautiful Amalfi coast in Italy

Another Amalfi breathtaking view

Another Amalfi breathtaking view

The history of Turkey

The history of Turkey

Oh this is where supper is going to be! Provence.

Oh this is where supper is going to be! Provence.

The unforgetable smell of Provence...

The unforgettable smell of Provence…

That water....in Greece!

That water….in Greece!

This just screams vacation time!!!

This just screams vacation time!!!

Do you need more encouragement?! Where have you visited around the Mediterranean and what was your favorite place?

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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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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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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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