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Intuitive eating and why dieting was NOT on my list for New Year’s resolutions…

As a little girl, I remember the first time I went on a diet was when I turned ten years old. By the age of 14 I was already an expert in the ‘diet rules’ (e.g. no carbs for dinner, no food after 6 pm., etc.) The weight went off naturally when I grew up, but my diet obsession never did. I always tried to follow a certain food regime, dividing foods into ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’, demonising things like sugar and bread, judging everyone around me, until people would hate to sit with me on a table. Some would even excuse themselves for eating ‘unhealthy’ foods beside me… isn’t that ridiculous!!!! The truth is, I could never admit how much I craved all those ‘forbidden’ foods...

How to take control of your food cravings this Christmas

It's Christmas time! And that is why I am telling you straight away – I will NOT talk about deprivation, diets and weight loss in this article. Christmas is about joyful dinners with the family, cinnamon lattes at Costa and cozy winter nights in the company of our loved ones… At this time of the year you don’t need to stress about 'cheat' meals or what foods to avoid. Let’s face it – the smell of Christmas is everywhere! That toffee cake at your favorite cafeteria, those homemade cookies your colleague brought at the office… even the so called “bio” shops offer a variety of gluten-free and not-so-gluten-free Christmas treats. You simply can’t pretend to ignore all of that! And frankly, you don’t need to. Instead of...

Lose weight during your summer vacation with no dieting!

Going on a vacation means taking a break from everything, including dieting and working out, right? In the end, that’s all what a vacation is about – giving yourself that well deserved rest. At the same time, anxiety might come out, as you remember how hard you worked for that beach body, and then you feel like you might ruin everything when you don’t follow your usual routine… However, it doesn’t have to be that way! The opposite, of your surprise, you might actually lose weight. In fact, that’s what happened to me during my vacation, even though I actually went off my diet. For that purpose, I would like to share with you some of the principles I followed so that you don’t feel deprived,...

3 Tips to Hydrate During Summer (That Aren’t Water)

Start your day with a SMOOTHIE. At night, especially during summer, the body dehydrates quite a lot. Thus, it is highly important to re-hydrate your cells the moment you get out of bed. First things first – drink a glass of water. Ideally, with half a lemon squeezed inside. It will also prepare your stomach for breakfast while stimulating digestion. Next – choose your favorite leafy greens (e.g. spinach, collard greens, kale, etc.) and some fruit of choice (such as green apples, peaches, strawberries, etc.). Add all ingredients to the blender and create the most energizing, detoxifying summer smoothie! Not only will you re-hydrate your cells, you will also absorb all minerals and vitamins much easier, since the blender breaks down the fiber of the...

Palestinian Lentils with Rice

This dish is one of my family's favorite Middle Eastern recipes. It is a traditional Arabic dish, typical for the lands of Palestine, Lebanon and Syria. In fact, I am a huge fan of the Arab kitchen, since it is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world! This dish, a combination of lentils, rice and some amazing seasonings, is very flavorful, and really nutritious. You can actually adapt it to your local region just by changing the seasoning (for instance, in Bulgaria, I use mostly savory and mint). The recipe is also very healthy since it is a perfect blend of carbs and protein, and is filled with fiber. The most important thing is to keep the proportion of water to lentils (1:1) and water to rice (2:1)....