Last week we met Marie-Fleur Hermans. A pretty girl living life in Amsterdam. Marie-Fleur is crazy about food, restaurants and other food related events. Since we know nothing about food, cooking and restaurants (we’re guys) we asked Marie-Fleur to be a guest star on Colourful Rebel. No hesitation on her side and an immediate YES! was her answer. So here it is, Marie-Fleur her very first guestblog!
Hi there! A few questions to you:
– can you dream about your favorite dish?
– can you look forward to your next meal just after you ate?
– is experiencing different cuisines and restaurants one of your hobbies?
If so, you can join the foodie-club! It’s clear that we foodies love eating. Therefore, in order to ensure that those great new pair of jeans still fit in a while, herewith a tip: cut – or minimize – the CRAP i.e. Caffeine, Refined Sugars, Alcohol and Processed foods. Strange but true: besides a foodie, I am a health junk at the same time.
If you would like to live a healthy lifestyle, please find below some further information on the CRAP to avoid and the alternatives to embrace.
Caffeine used in moderation (200 mg a day) is in principle harmless. More consumption can however lead to dehydration, insomnia, production of the hormone cortisol (also known as a stress & fat storing hormone). Furthermore, one of the major drawbacks – which has nothing to do with caffeine itself – is that people often put cream, sugar, flavoring etc. in their coffees.
A better alternative for coffee is for instance green tea (although it contains caffeine too it has it in much less quantity and it has antioxidant benefits too). One of my favorite tea brews is boiled water added with a cinnamon stick, goji berries and freshly squeezed lemon juice. Healthy and oh so jummy! You can make an ice tea version of this as well.
* Refined sugars
Refined sugar consumption has no health benefits whatsoever as it has no nutritional value. As sugar is the ingredient of many products we easily take too much of it, which may lead to bad skin condition, tooth decay, imbalanced blood sugar levels and energy dips (after a short peek). Furthermore, sugar is addictive so once you start…..
Better alternatives for ”the other white drug” are agave nectar, xylitol, stevia and raw honey. It is also helpful to buy foods “plain” (like plain yoghurt).
Alcohol, in moderation, can be part of a healthy lifestyle. In moderation means 1 or 2 glasses of alcohol, 2 days per week. Your liver is not a fan of this beverage. Also, alcohol consumption can lead to an increased appetite and to dehydration. Last but not least: ever heard of a happy hang over?
Although ”alcohol” and ”healthy” don’t mix well we all need an occasional drink. The healthiest alcoholic drinks are red wine, white wine, champagne, prosecco and vodka. Go for a tomato juice, fruit juice (preferably fresh) or a (coconut) water if you would like a non-alcoholic drink.
* Processed foods
These are foods which have been altered from their natural state. It often contains additives, artificial flavorings and other chemical ingredients which are also known as E(vil) numbers, which are certainly not beneficial for your health. The most heavily processed foods are frozen or pre-made meals.
You can better opt for food in its natural state (preferably biological). In order to save time (and money): go to your local market once a week and cook – with pure ingredients and spices – for multiple days.
Good luck with minimizing CRAP and following up on the above mentioned tips and remember: Health = your Wealth!