What is clean eating?

eat-real-foodClean eating has become my ‘food philosophy’; it has totally changed my relationship with food.

Clean eating is not about dieting or counting calories, there is no guilt and no pressure. It’s all about enjoying real foods in their most simple form;  vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. It’s a rainbow of colours and flavours on your plate every day! Needless to say that it provides great sources of vitamins, nutrients, healthy fats and proteins (yes, that too!). It’s a very healthy and happy way of eating; you don’t feed your body, you nourish it with the best that nature has to offer!

Clean eating bans all kinds of naughty refined foods such as white flour, refined sugar and oil. Last but not least, and it might not please the bacon-eaters, but it also limits the consumption of meat (chicken and fish included), eggs (Omega-3 or/and organic are fine though), and dairy products. Continue reading

Diets simply don’t work

eb8a8126639aadbfe252e93ec2c3092fDiets are destined for failure. Everyone should know that. They might work on a short-term basis, but then what?

The ‘egg diet’, the Atkins diet, the ‘carrot diet’, the ‘low-carb diet’, the ‘I only eating in the morning diet’, the ‘500 calories a day diet’; none of them work because none of them are sustainable. Of course you’ll lose weight, but you’ll regain it really fast if you don’t make a real life change. Let’s see why. Continue reading

The Quinoa and Lentil Stuffed Peppers

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Some would think that you can only make stuffed food with minced meat but they’re actually mistaken. Stuffed tomatoes, courgettes or aubergines work very well with plant-based filling. And you don’t need to be a vegetarian to enjoy them!

I usually make batches of whole grains and legumes for the week so I have them on hand when it comes to preparing quick lunches or dinners. I used quinoa, cashew nuts and lentils in this preparation.

Keep in mind that:

  • whole grain + legumes = complete protein  (brown rice + beans)
  • nuts/seeds + legumes = complete protein (whole-grain bread with nuts and seeds + hummus)

This recipe is therefore high in protein as there is a combination of cashew nuts, lentils and quinoa!

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Food, stress and depression

dessert backStress, anxiety, memory loss, depression… These conditions are all linked to an unhealthy lifestyle and a bad diet. It’s well-known that junk food is bad for the body and the heart, and it has been proven to have a disastrous effect on the brain.

By junk food, I don’t necessarily mean McDonald’s or Pizza Hut. In the same category you’ll find chocolate bars, ready meals, industrial bread, white pasta, salad dressing, everything that is labelled ‘low-fat’ or ‘sugar free’, industrial fruit juices, margarine, sports drinks, processed so-called organic food, breakfast cereal, cake, …. the list is endless! Continue reading

The Power Green Smoothie

IMG_6427-1Call me crazy (or totally hooked), but  I need to drink my greens even on holiday! I would normally juice but since I can’t take my super slow juicer with me everywhere I go, I had to make smoothies – with a blender then. They are also very good and quite filling I must say. (Read the difference between a juice and a smoothie.)

If you’re still wondering why you should drink green juices & smoothies, read more about their health benefits below.  Continue reading

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