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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What is the Best Food for Energy?

What is the Best Food for Energy?

Food with a load of calories, sugar, and fat cost a lot of energy to digest. If you often feel tired, it might be a good idea to adjust your diet. Find out what the best food for energy is for you. There will surely be a couple of foods on the list that you like and to which your body responds well.

When we go shopping or walk into town, the temptation of fast food and quick snacks is lurking for us. We are wired for sweet and salt, because for our ancestors these flavors were scarce, yet provided a lot of calories and nutrients. Our environment changed drastically, but our taste didn’t keep pace with that change.

Fast food has a lot of refined sugars and empty calories. If ‘yummy’ is our only criterion to choose food, we won’t feel that ‘yummy’ ourselves over time.

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Global Biodiversity Dictates the Quality of Our Life

Global Biodiversity Dictates the Quality of Our Life

Global biodiversity dictates the quality of our life. You might compare it with our personal health. It’s one of our most important assets. The reason of course is that it makes us feel good. Yet, there is more. We perform better when we are healthy. Physically and mentally. We measure our wellbeing by our health. Our quality of life is measured by our health.

There are a lot of pines where we live. All the neighbors in our street spray poison against the pine processionary caterpillar. This spraying is totally nonsense and goes against every biodiversity logic. All the natural enemies of this caterpillar live here: the praying mantis, dozens of bats, cuckoos, and the great tit. Our neighbors consciously destroy the habitat of these animals and are a threat to the biodiversity in this area.

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Different Kinds of Water, Does it Matter which Water we drink?

Different Kinds of Water, Does it Matter which Water we drink?

We used to only drink bottled water when we were on vacation. As soon as we crossed the Dutch border, my parents urged us kids not to drink from the tap, because we would get sick. That is so ingrained that I am still reluctant to drink water from an unknown tap.

Tap water is 30 to 1.300 times better for the environment than bottled water because of the non-polluting production process of the packaging and simpler transport. Although the purification of the water needs energy as well.

It is also 150 to 500 times cheaper than bottled water. For 1 euro, a Dutch person can daily drink 1,5 liters of water for a year.

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The Benefits of Water for the Human Body. Source of Life.

The Benefits of Water for the Human Body. Source of Life.

Water is one of the 6 essential nutrients, next to carbohydrates, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. We can live without food for 43 to 73 days, depending on the climate. But we can only survive 3 to 6 days without water.

When we age the system that indicates that our body needs water or food can be disturbed. We don’t always feel the hunger or thirst signs. That’s why a lot of elderly people end up dehydrated or malnourished.

It’s good to keep a water diary for a couple of weeks to know what you actually drink on a day. Coffee doesn’t count, as the caffeine in the coffee stimulates the kidneys and thus makes the liquid leave your body faster.

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Animal Collagen vs Plant Collagen – Is there a Significant Difference?

Animal Collagen vs Plant Collagen - Is there a Significant Difference?

I always thought it was collagen, just that one word. I hadn’t the faintest idea there is a difference between animal collagen vs plant collagen.

Moreover, collagen had a bad reputation in my mind because of the ads. You might know which ads I mean: Look 20 years younger by using our product with Collagen XXL. I distrusted the claims and I hated the implication I didn’t look good the way I was. 

The worst one was a promo on TV. Imagine the scene: a grandmother is happily playing with her grandson who is laughing and having fun as well. All of a sudden he stops in mid play, points an accusing finger at her face and says: Gran, why does your skin look so awkward?

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What is the Best Time for Supplements, Water and Food?

What is the Best Time for Supplements, Water and Food?

For a lot of habits we develop routines. That way we build in a control system so we don’t forget to do what we planned. Usually we take supplements when we have a meal. We won’t forget to take them then, and often the effect of supplements is better when they are taken with food. Is there a best time for supplements, water and food?

Much of this article is about how I handle supplements, food and water. Although my behavior is based on scientific research, you can say that these texts are my opinion.

As I often say on this website, for any scientific research that is positive about something, there is research that is negative. That’s why I try everything and see how my body reacts. I let that guide me in my decisions.

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Wonderful Advantages of Watermelon, especially in a Hot Summer

Wonderful Advantages of Watermelon, especially in a Hot Summer

When in Rome, do as the Romans do!

This also applies to Spain obviously. This is our second summer in our new homeland and I can assure you: it’s HOT in July and August. Pfff.

I didn’t like the at least 7 months of cold and rain in the Netherlands, but I have to admit, I don’t like those 2 months of intense heat in Spain either.

Although, calculating it is not such a wrong exchange, don’t you agree?

So, when in Spain, do as the Spaniards do, and that is eat watermelon. It’s their preferred choice of thirst quencher. Moreover, there are a lot of advantages to watermelon.

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5 + 10 Successful Essential Supplements for Energy

5 + 10 Successful Essential Supplements for Energy

Getting everything your body needs through food is the best way. For one of my other websites I wrote an article about the food that gives you energy. Yet there can be all kinds of reasons why you need more energy than food can deliver. In that case supplements are a practical and natural replacement for or an addition to food. What are the essential supplements for energy?

As with any advice – no matter in what area – for every wildly enthusiastic recommendation there are opinions that discourage or even deny it. I love coffee in the morning and had several warnings from friends that coffee is bad for me. And to some extent they were right. If I drink coffee after 1pm, surely I will have problems getting to sleep that night.

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How Healthy are Mushrooms? 7 Reasons to eat them.

How Healthy are Mushrooms? 7 Reasons to eat them.

If there is one thing I miss about the Netherlands in autumn, it is the sight of the many mushrooms during our forest walks. Over here in the south of Spain it is so dry, that seeing mushrooms is pretty rare.

We never picked them, by the way. We have heard too many stories of people who got sick from mushrooms, so we would rather not take any risks. So how healthy are mushrooms, if you obviously have to be that careful?

Well, don’t worry. If you buy mushrooms in the store or if you pick them under the guidance of a renowned forager, there are a lot of health benefits to gain. If you have a guide, you’ll also make sure you are allowed to pick mushrooms in that area. In some countries, like the Netherlands, it’s forbidden by law to pick mushrooms in some places!

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