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Nutrient dense foods

Wouldn’t it be great, if you can eat your favourite foods and get all the nutrients your body need? To optimize your nutrient intake, the rule of thumb is to eat a varied diet, eat a rainbow of colours and eat foods that are in season. Doing this you will get more bang for your nutrient…

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Why is Yoga important for Runners

Running has become increasingly popular as a sport of choice. Often described as the world’s most accessible sport. People run to lose weight, stay in shape or simply to get an energy boost. With several million people engaged in the sport, often with no formal training, it comes as no surprise that runners can be challenged…

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3 lessons learned after cooking for the homeless

I recently coordinated a group of friends to volunteer as chefs and together we prepared a 3-course meal for 100 homeless people in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. There are over 100 million homeless people worldwide. Our contribution was in synch with Earth Hour a global effort to unite people to protect the planet & the residents of…

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Yoga before or after Running..? Women Health Magazine

QUESTION:  For runners, when is it best to do yoga – before or after running. ANSWER:  Before Running, it’s best to improve your range of motion and elongate your muscles with dynamic movement / yoga.   After Running, more static yoga postures (holding for 30 seconds) will help with recovery and relaxation of tight muscles; as well, …

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Energy Smoothie

Drink your greens!   Having a smoothie in the mornings helps me to start the day with a Bang. I feel I start with a win. Vegetable intake. Check! When you blend fruits & vegetables, it makes the nutrients more digestible and bio-available. So we tend to consume on average more of the good stuff. Commercially bought smoothies tend…

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Why I love: the Winter Squash

Eating seasonal is the bedrock of healthy living.  The Squash has 2 seasons: Summer and Winter. The Winter Squash comes in different varieties: butternut, spaghetti and acorn are the most popular. No matter what variety you choose, always pick a squash that feels heavy for its size. It’s a good high-fiber, low calorie, nutrient-dense vegetable.…

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How does Yoga benefit a Runner

Yoga has risen in popularity over the past years with experts touting its benefits of improving mental acuity, sleep, breath control, flexibility and core strength. For sport enthusiasts and competitive athletes, yoga adds value in the area of injury prevention. Many sports, such cycling and running, have very repetitive movements in one direction, thereby developing…

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Crazy for Chocolate… here is why?

Raw cacao promotes the release of the neurotransmitter seratonin, our feel good hormone. This neurotransmitter also acts as an anti-depressant that can help reduce symptoms of PMS. So if have the urge to gorge on choco over Valentines… fret not! As a Superfood, raw cacao is a rich source of antioxidants and many beneficial trace…

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Blue Monday

Working from home this morning, it’s Blue Monday. The day the excitement of the new year dissipates and we are left with a feeling of same-old, same-old. Just another dark winter day. As I peer through my window on an Amsterdam canal, yes the sun is nowhere around… so a blue or rather a grey…

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