Fighting food cravings

Food cravings are dieters worst enemy. All day you followed your diet up to the letter and in the evening it goes wrong. Hunger is the main cause of food cravings, but there are other elements that can make it worse. Because prevention is better than cure this article suggests ways to prevent these cravings.   #1: Eat at regular time intervals The signal of hunger is sent to the brain when the blood sugar drops under a certain level. The longer you wait before you eat, the harder your body will scream for food. By eating at regular time […]

What is the difference between cow’s milk and coconut, soy, rice, and almond drink?

When you think of milk as a nutritious drink, the first thing that pops to mind is calcium and protein, but if you take a closer look at the nutrient table of different types of milk drinks it is very clear that the only thing all of these drinks have in common is their white color. Calling soy, rice, almond and coconut drink milk is misleading. Cow’s milk contains about 6g protein and 250mg calcium per glass, much more than some of its substitutes. Rice drink contains mainly carbohydrates (about 18g/glass) and very little protein (less than 1g/glass) which is […]

5 Golden rules to a healthy diet

People from different cultures follow different diet patterns that are affected by habits, availability and local industry. There are many very different eating patterns, and none is superior to the others. What seems to be in common to all healthy diets is not the “what”, but the “how”. It is not the content of a meal that makes it healthy, but the way it is consumed, or in short: the five golden rules. Variety No single food type contains all the essential nutrients. Food variation decreases the risk of deficiencies and challenges your taste buds. Moderation Don’t categorize foods as […]

9 actions to take to lose weight without starving yourself

Losing weight requires you to take action. Don’t postpone it and start today! After the two previous posts about losing weight without a diet here are some more tips. One of the easiest ways to become aware of what it is exactly that you eat is starting a food diary. Write down everything you eat and drink. How did you feel after eating? What was the surrounding like when you ate? Did you enjoy the food? Are there external cues driving your eating decisions? How long did it take you to eat? Be as precise as possible! Time your meals and make sure […]

Why do dogs need a gluten free diet?

Recently I see a lot of gluten free products appearing in the supermarkets: Gluten free popcorn, gluten free rice crackers, gluten free meat, gluten free water and yes even gluten free dog food. Why is this upsetting and funny at the same time? Those products never had any gluten to begin with and the industry just takes advantage of the hype and the lack of knowledge. What is gluten? Gluten is a protein naturally found in wheat, rye and barley. It is often added to bread to increase dough strength, make pasta more spongy and rubbery and granola bars more […]

10 tips to lose weight without crazy dieting

You don’t need to go on crazy diets to achieve the weight you dream of. Crazy diets almost always work, but they almost never keep the weight off. These diets are usually really sever. It’s obvious that when you eat almost nothing you’ll lose weight. The problem is that, even if you are strong enough to keep the diet for as long as it’s recommended to keep them, after the diet is finished you go back to your old habits. Those habits got you to go over your goal weight to begin with. Therefore changing your habits might be a better solution. Eat […]

10-days challenge: Leave out added sugar from your diet

A few years ago fat got the blame of feeding the obesity epidemic, but now there is more and more evidence that it is sugar who is responsible. When all fingers pointed at fat being the guilty one the food industry responded by making food without fat. When taking the fat out, they put sugar instead to make sure the food still had some taste.

The magic of the chocolate diet

How would it sound if I tell you that you can eat one pack of chocolate every week and still lose weight? No, this is not a wish full thinking, it is the true. Actually a lot of people will reach their goal weight a whole lot easier with eating one pack of chocolate a week than without. How does the diet work? You don’t need to be a genius to understand that if you’re going to eat tons of chocolate there is no way you’re going to lose weight. Chocolate contains 500-600kcal per 100g – that’s 1/3 – 1/5 […]

8 food swaps that will make you lose weight without dieting

To lose weight you don’t necessarily need to eat less, sometimes it’s just a matter of making other choices. I’m not saying you should only eat light or fat free products, I’m actually not a big fan of all the light products. There are a lot of other different thinks you can do that can help, but you probably never thought about it. Instead of using butter on your sandwich, try using some healthy alternatives like hummus, avocado, (low-fat) cream cheese, ricotta, cottage cheese,… Eat more vegetables. Remember that during dinner half of your plate should be vegetables! Try to […]