The Dangers of Sleep Deprivation

Do you see yourself in this description?  Don’t wait and take action!

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Weight Loss Challenge starts May 8, 2013 in Antwerp

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DON’T EAT NUMBERS, EAT NUTRIENTS

The Make My Day Weight Loss Challenge is all about pinpointing the root of why you gained weight and to start living a healthy lifestyle.  You will discover that when you stop focusing on being skinny and instead focus on being healthy, then the weight will take care of itself.

The Make My Day Weight Loss Challenge is done in group so that there is extra support from the people you will meet during the meetings who are facing the same challenges as you are.  You will make new friends, get to know your neighbors and have a lot of fun doing it.

Weekly group meetings are in English and take place every Wednesday from 18:00 to 19:30. Once you have joined us, make sure to “like” our Facebook page as we will post news and information on this page. The first meeting will take place on May 8, 2013 at 18:00.

Join us for free walking & jogging:

  • Monday 18:00 – 19:00 walking & jogging
  • Tuesday 18:00 – 19:00 walking & jogging
  • Thursday 18:00 – 19:00 walking
  • Friday 18:00 – 19:00 walking
  • Meeting point: Strijdhoflaan, 38 – 2600 Berchem (Antwerp)

Benefits of the Make My Day Weight Loss Challenge:

  • Live longer
  • Look & feel younger
  • Have more energy
  • Lose weight
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Prevent heart disease
  • Decrease your medicine intake
  • Lower your risk of cancer
  • Keep your bones strong
  • Alleviate constipation
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Keep your children healthy
  • You will be happier & healthier

About the first 4 weeks of the program:

  • Week 1 is about getting letting go of the past and turning the page to a new chapter
  • Week 2 is about making new habits and adapting them to different situations
  • Week 3 is about gaining confidence
  • Week 4 is about loving yourself
  • From week 5, each meeting will focus on a specific health & nutrition topic as well as natural healing.

We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting.  

More info on www.makemyday-group.com

365 days to a new body

Did you know that your organs can completely regenerate in less than 365 days?  Stop worrying about the things you have done in the past, the good news is that you can repair it all!

Start living a healthy life today and undo all the damages from the past!

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Nutrition: Omega 3’s hydrate dry skin from the inside out

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The benefits of omega 3 are just amazing:

  • Reduces the risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Improves cardiovascular and metabolic health.
  • Skin moisturizer

Foods containing omega 3:

  • Ground flaxseed
  • Walnuts
  • Beans: white & red
  • Tofu
  • Salmon
  • Olive oil

Recipe loaded with omega 3: Hot Oatmeal with walnuts and flaxseeds

  • 30g oats
  • 150ml milk or soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon of grounded flaxseed (must be grounded to be absorbed by our digestive system)
  • 5 walnuts chopped
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup
  • Optional: fresh or dried fruit

Instructions:

  • Cook oats and milk for 3 minutes in the microwave
  • Add the remaining ingredients
  • Bon appétit, your skin will appreciate it!

Justin Timberlake’s Take on Being Vegetarian / Vegan

This is really funny!  Click on the link below.

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Enjoy.

Nutrition: fruits & vegetables – fresh vs. frozen vs. canned

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You may wonder which keeps the best nutritional value – fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables.  Let’s take a look at each:

Shopping for produce

1. Fresh

Fresh fruits and vegetables are always best when they can be purchased locally and eaten fairly quickly.  The longer you wait to eat a fresh food, the less vitamins & minerals it will retain.  If it’s traveled half way across the world, it will have lost some of it’s nutritional content.  It’s best to opt for fresh organic fruits & vegetables that are in season and that can be found at your local market.  Find out which farms are growing these and you can even purchase from them directly.

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2. Frozen

Frozen food is blanched directly in hot water after it has been picked when it’s ripe to kill bacteria and stop enzyme activity that can spoil food. Then they’re flash frozen, which tends to preserve nutrients.  This is a great option for foods that are not seasonal and that come from far away.  Organic hits are frozen berries that can be defrosted and added to your yogurts, juices and sorbets and frozen vegetables such as spinash that retains its folate better when frozen!  Make sure you buy just the natural fruits & vegetables without any other added ingredients.

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3. Canned

The canning process tends to result in nutrient loss so this is your last option if the other 2 are not available.  The worst part of canned foods is that they are often packaged in cans that are lined with BPA which is a hormonal disruptor and sugar is often added.

Stay healthy!

Aromatherapy focus: facial treatments

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Did you every wonder what it would be like to use a cosmetic product that is 100% natural? After working more than 20 years in the cosmetic industry, I wondered that too.  If you want to use a cosmetic product that is 100% natural, then it’s going to be an oil-based product and not a creme or lotion.  A creme or lotion contain the most synthetic chemicals and petroleum by-products, fillers, preservatives and emulsifiers of which many can create health concerns.  Some people believe applying oil, especially to acne-prone skin, will clog pores, cause breakouts, or leave a greasy film. The truth is, most natural oils are easily absorbed, not greasy, and are noncomedogenic. Oils are perfect for all skin types and stimulate the natural moisturising process of the skin. At Make My Day Cosmetics, we blend essential oils with base oils so that you can also benefit from all the plant and flower’s properties which enter your blood stream upon application. You skin and body will enjoy the benefits.

A question I often get is, “can I apply oil under my makeup”?  The answer is yes.  You need to apply your face oil and let your skin absorb it for 5 minutes.  Then pat dry with a tissue before applying your makeup.

The anti-aging power treatment:

Forever 25 anti-aging face oil to be applied in the morning and in the evening and a face toner of your choice that corresponds to your skin type (acne, normal, dry & oily) to be used before the face oil application.  Forever 25 anti-aging face oil formula contains neroli, lavender and lemon which fight the visible signs of ageing.

Shop now and try it out!

Nutrition & Recipe: Juicing vs. blending

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Did you ever wonder what the difference between juicing and blending is? Well, the good news is that they are both good for you! The major difference is that with blending, the fibre remains in your fruits and vegetables where as juicing eliminates the fibre in the food. The other big difference is that juice gets absorbed by your body much quicker which allows you cells to be fed and detoxed faster.

The decision to do either one is entirely up to you. If you like bulkier drinks and need the fibre intake, definitely choose the blending option and make smoothies. If you are eating enough fibre in your diet and prefer a smoother juice, then juicing is your solution. This is a great way to get additional vitamins & minerals in your diet!

Here’s my green juice recipe which I make every weekend:

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This recipe is for 2 servings:

2 handfuls of spinach

1 parsley head

2 apples

6 celery stalks

1 lime

1 piece of ginger (3cm)

Juice all the ingredients together and enjoy within 10 minutes of making your juice so as to benefit from all the vitamins & minerals. Always privilege organic fruits and vegetables so as to reduce your pesticide intake.

Enjoy & be healthy!

Nutrition: know your cookware options

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While you are making an effort to eat fresh food of the best quality, did you know that the cookware you use could make the difference between your food being healthy and not?

You’ve probably heard that aluminium cookware can lead to Alzheimer’s disease, that copper pots will leach posion into your food and that the nonstick pans with the black coating can cause cancer.

Current studies have not been able to make a direct link of aluminium cookware with Alzheimer’s. Copper pans now have a protective stainless steel finish. As for nonstick cookware, it is best to opt for PFOA free and PTFE free cookware. PFOA is a toxicant and carcinogen in animals.  Exposure has been associated with increased cholesterol and uric acid levels, and recently higher serum levels of PFOA were found to be associated with increased risk of chronic kidney disease.  PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene & best known as Teflon) is the coating in your pan.  The coating will easily get scratched and then the aluminium in the base is leeched into your food. Teflon’s own scientists have said that the product will release fumes that can cause flu-like symptoms in cases of overheating at 350°C / 662°F.

Cookware safety often relates to factors in your control: the quality of the pots you buy, their care, and choosing the right pan for the job.

You will find below a short review of the most popular cookware types so that you can choose the best option for your health needs.

1. Enamelled coated cast iron

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This safe cookware is great for making soup, stews, and baking.  It can be used on the stove and in the oven.  Heats and cools slowly, distributing heat well.  The only down size is that it’s heavy.

2. Copper

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Easy to control and fast, even heating.  Great to make stocks, and cream- or egg-based sauces. Stainless-steel lining provides durable, nonporous finish and keeps copper salts out of food.

3. Stainless Steel

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Heats quickly and withstands high temperatures. Good for high-heat searing, stir-frying, and low-fat cooking.

4. Nonstick

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Allows for low-fat cooking with less oil and butter. Easy to clean.  Once coating is scratched off, you should stop using it.  Buy it PFOA free and PTFE free.

My preference goes for enamelled coated cast iron and stainless steel cookware.  I’m able to cook everything and manage to keep the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals with the least amount of toxins.  

Recipe: Hot cocoa with fruit pearls

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Love is in the air!

It’s Valentine’s season, so here’s a heart warming recipe for you and the love in your life! This european style Belgian chocolate hot cocoa will have you in loveland in no time.

Recipe:

  • 200ml organic milk
  • 50ml organic cream
  • 40g NEWTREE dark chocolate bar (1/2 bar).  You can experience pure pleasure with intensely satisfying 66% dark chocolate here that’s healthy for you.
  • Marshmallows
  • NEWTREE orange fruit pearls or NEWTREE blackcurrant fruit pearls

Instructions:

  • Place milk, cream and chocolate in a pan.
  • Bring gently to a boil at low heat, whisking until smooth.
  • Serve in individual mugs topped with marshmallows where you have pressed in the NEWTREE fruit pearls into the marshmallows.

Enjoy!

Nutrition: the first thing you should do in the morning

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Did you try one of the many detoxes that were written about in the press during the month of January?  Well, here’s a much easier way to enjoy a year-round detox that is 100% safe!

A mug with warm water and the juice of 1/2 lemon should be the first thing that goes into your mouth and one of the first things you do in the morning.  Here’s why:

1. Boosts your immune system 

Lemons are high in Vitamin C and potassium. Vitamin C is great for fighting colds and potassium stimulates brain and nerve function and helps control blood pressure.

2. Balances pH

Lemons are an alkaline food, even though everyone thinks they are acidic.  They taste acid, but inside our bodies they’re alkaline. An alkaline body will help you fight disease.

3. Helps with weight loss

Lemons are high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings.

4. Aids digestion

The warm water serves to stimulate the gastrointestinal tract and wakes the body. Lemons are high in minerals and vitamins and help loosen toxins in the digestive tract.

5. Acts as a gentle, natural diuretic

Lemon juice helps flush out unwanted materials because lemons increase the rate of urination in the body. Toxins are, therefore, released at a faster rate which helps keep your urinary tract healthy.

6. Clears skin

The vitamin C helps decrease wrinkles and blemishes. Lemon water purges toxins from the blood which helps keep skin clear as well.

Try it out for 2 weeks and see how you feel.

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