Yellow Foods that Boost your Immune System Naturally

Yellow Foods that Boost your Immune System Naturally

Foods that boost your immune system naturally are not only important in these pandemic times. They will always improve your health status. Take for instance yellow foods.

They’re sunny, glowing, and radiant, contain dietary fibers, and amino acids. Yellow foods are good for your skin. And, by the way, you can make delicious dishes with it.

Our series about food with color consists of 6 articles: red, orange, yellow, white, green, and blue/purple. These articles also contain a lot of tips and recipes. Many of these other colored foods are foods that boost your immune system naturally as well.

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How to Lose Weight without Hunger in a Practical Way

How to Lose Weight without Hunger in a Practical Way

The problem with many diets is the feeling of hunger. This gives you the idea that you are punishing yourself and you run the risk of snacking in between. Comfort food.

If you want to lose weight, it is important to find a solution that is permanent. So how to lose weight without hunger is an important part of that solution.

Losing weight doesn’t necessarily have to be about eating. There are other ways too, such as exercising or simply walking every day.

Yet, this article is about eating. And more specifically about either not eating (fasting) or eating in a special way (detoxing).

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What Certainly Not to Do when You Want to Lose Weight

What Certainly Not to Do when You Want to Lose Weight

When I was young I weighed 50 kg. With my height of 1.72m that hardly was a healthy weight and I often had black spots in front of my eyes when I rose from a squatting or sitting position. I didn’t want to lose weight back then!

After my pregnancy, this changed dramatically. I was content I had gained 20 to 25 kg and that I didn’t lose it all after giving birth to my son. My weight back then was between 65 and 70 kg which made me feel more comfortable with my body.

Menopause brought another change. Suddenly I saw myself in the mirror with a bloated head. I had gained too much weight and it showed. When I finally had the nerve to weigh myself, the scale showed an unwanted 86 kg. “Help, I want to lose weight!”

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3 Healthy Breakfast Recipes, although Not for Everybody

3 Healthy Breakfast Recipes, although Not for Everybody

For 40+ years I had breakfast with only fruits and a little fruit juice. You might think that is boring, but as the seasons change, the fruit choice changes as well. Because we only eat twice a day since 2019, I wanted to change my breakfast to eat varied enough.

Searching “Healthy breakfast recipes” didn’t at first offer me the kind of breakfasts I was looking for. But determination always pays off as you know, so now I have added 2 breakfasts to the one I had. And I am still looking for variations.

Why is it so hard for me to decide on other breakfasts? Well, as I have described earlier I was raised on bread and sweets. Maybe, if I try really hard, I could eat an American or English breakfast, but at the moment the thought alone gives me the creeps. As I am sure that Anglo Saxons will shiver at the thought of eating just bread. Or fruits. 🙂

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How to Improve your Diet – and Health – with White Fruits and Vegetables

How to Improve your Diet - and Health - with White Fruits and Vegetables

How to improve your diet and health is easy with white fruits and vegetables. For instance, a high intake of white food may reduce the risk of a stroke by 55%. In a healthy and nutritious diet, white fleshy fruits and vegetables are common. 

Some ten years ago my father-in-law died. Ten years before that, he suffered a massive stroke. The stroke seriously impaired his speech and walking capacities. For most of the time, he sat in his chair watching TV.

My father-in-law’s stroke was a wake-up call for Tom, my husband. Strokes usually run in the male line of the family. Of course, I don’t know why my father-in-law got a stroke or why it was so massive. What I do know is that white fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of a stroke and have many other healthy and nutritious properties.

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Grow your own Fruits and Vegetables Sustainably and Tasty

Grow your own Fruits and Vegetables Sustainably and Tasty

What motivates us to grow our own fruits and vegetables? The effort as such of course. The prospect of a harvest, no matter how modest. A green and at the same time colorful garden. Foods without poison. Improvement of the environment.

The fact that the exercise it takes to grow your own fruits and vegetables, in combination with the outdoor work, keeps you fit. Of course, the examples of others also motivate particularly well, because there is no motivation without inspiration.

In this article, I present some of the examples we know of. The aim is to inspire you to also grow your own fruits and vegetables. 

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Green Fruits and Vegetables Health Benefits – the Essentials

Green Fruits and Vegetables Health Benefits - the Essentials

Green fruits and vegetables have essential health benefits. When I was a child I hated spinach, cabbage, leek, lettuce, and Brussels sprouts the most. Do you see a resemblance in this row of green vegetables? I didn’t! Until I started this article about green fruits and vegetables.

I once read an explanation why most kids hate green vegetables: the taste is more often than not bitter. Where children tend to have a sweet tooth. 

Unfortunately, my mother wasn’t that good a cook I am sorry to say. Don’t get me wrong, I love(d) my mother dearly. Besides she made the best apple cake I have ever tasted. You might say that she never lost her sweet tooth.

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Red Food and the Health Benefits of Antioxidants

Red Food and the Health Benefits of Antioxidants

The health benefits of antioxidants are most obvious in red food. Especially now that we’re getting older it’s important to look carefully at what we eat. We emphasize variety. The health benefits of antioxidants also get extra attention.

More in general our health is an important drive to pay more attention to our food. Tom had a couple of fierce gout attacks years ago and has kept a purine-free diet ever since. I have a tendency for arthritis, so I avoid among other things the use of salt and alcohol.

I always thought that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach was a funny expression. But I admit, Tom cares more about good-tasting food than I do. Although we both value the contribution to our health of the food we eat.

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Medical Care for the Elderly Lags Substantially Behind

Medical Care for the Elderly Lags Substantially Behind

“Medical care for the elderly lags substantially behind in most Western countries.” Already in 2007, the Dutch professor of internal medicine and gerontology Rudi Westendorp made this claim in one of his famous lectures.

Westendorp advanced two arguments to prove medical care for the elderly lags behind. The first was that the medical protocols prevented a more coherent approach of the elderly. His second argument was that people over 65 were consistently excluded from medical research.

Unfortunately, in The Netherlands, Westendorp’s wake-up call fell on deaf ears. Shortly afterward, he moved to Denmark. If the current pandemic proves anything, it is indeed that Westendorp was right and that medical care for the elderly lags behind.

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Healthy Lifestyle: What are the Lifetime Benefits of Organic Food

Healthy Lifestyle: What are the Lifetime Benefits of Organic Food

The benefits of organic food are numerous. We buy and eat organic food, because it’s better for our environment, for biodiversity, for our food supply, for our health, and for farmers as well. How to explain all these advantages?

For us, to buy organic food is a way to contribute to a better world. With this in mind, we have no problem with the extra price we pay for organic food. It’s an investment that pays off immediately.

Organic food is in fact cheap because we hardly spend money on doctors or medication. We also enjoy investing in the devotion and enthusiasm of the organic farmers and shopkeepers we know. We admire their craftsmanship and their courage for going against the conventional farmers and food industry.

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