Food with a conscience, is more than just healthy food

Food with a conscience, is more than just healthy food

Food with a conscience is something most of us want more and more. We visit the supermarket and try to think beyond what we want on our plate. Yes, we want healthy food, but we also want to know where the food comes from.

However, the more we have to buy, the more difficult it is to keep track of our good conscience. That’s why I’ve made up some rules of thumb for ‘food with a conscience’.

Straight from the field

When I lived at home with my parents this was totally different. We used to buy our food everyday. Most of the food was cultivated nearby. Now and then we went to a farmer to pick up food ourselves straight from the field.

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What are 7 Healthy Eating Habits when You want to Be Active?

Healthy Eating Habits?

In the Netherlands, when we were children, we ate 2 sandwiches with chocolate sprinkles or peanut butter for breakfast. The same for lunch. And at the end of the day between 5 and 6 pm the warm meal: potatoes, meat and vegetables.

The same every day.

Later, when Tom and I had our son and wanted to be a healthy family, we changed some of these habits. Only fruits for breakfast, sandwiches with cheese for lunch and more variation for the evening meals, alternating the usual Dutch food with rice, pasta, salads and such. Changing the time to a hipper 7 to 8pm.

It is obvious that the heavy stuff was digested at night. Now that we are aging we have a completely different opinion about whether that are healthy eating habits. We want to be both active and sleep well. Food plays an important role in accomplishing that.

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Keep an open mind: Challenge your experiences

Keep an open mind: Challenge your experiences

I first experienced the importance of an open mind when I started to listen to music. Radio-pirates transmitted the music I preferred from their boats off the coast. With the little transistor I got for my birthday I was able to tune in on them.

But how did I know I preferred the ‘pirate’ music over classical music from the state sanctioned post-war distribution radio? Through my friends. They shared their excitement with me. And through the newspaper I read every morning. 

Of course, I wanted to identify myself with my friends through the music they liked. I wanted to be part of our group. However, very early I noticed how important it is to keep an open mind. And not just for music. I will explain how I found out and learned to keep an open mind.

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26 Ways to Spend your Time before Breakfast

The way you spend your time before breakfast sets the tone for the rest of the day. It even influences the way you will sleep at night. 

Especially in these challenging times of the Coronavirus it’s tempting to get sloppy. But I can assure you from my own experience that when you give in to feeling down it is the start of a slippery slope downwards. You will not care about your plans anymore, about how you look or about what you eat and drink.

What works in your favor? What will work against it?

Spend your time before breakfast doing some exercises

One of every three mobile owners looks at their phone during the night. Almost 50% of people look at their mobile first thing in the morning. In reality this means that other people – the journalists of the news or the ones sending you whatsapps or emails – decide what your mood will be.

For instance, you get frustrated because the news isn’t good (as it never is, because otherwise it wouldn’t have made it to the news). 

Or someone asks for your help. And now you’re distracted to think of ways to comply. Mind you, it’s great that someone cares enough about you to ask for help. And you should help. But most of the time it’s not good to be informed in the middle of the night or in the early morning. You’d better start the day right and help yourself first.

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Money management by counting your blessings

Money management by counting your blessings

Is money management in any way related to your life? Or do you consider it something from the past, when you were younger and had a family to keep? I’ll explain why I consider money management to be of all ages.

How old are you when you have come to the end of your life? Some people freak out by this question. Others respond that they have never thought about it. Only a few name a number.

We all have a notion of what we want from live, haven’t we? We want to grow old and we want to be healthy. And as soon as you put a number on it, you can calculate whether you have enough money to get there.

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Blue and purple food, the royal colors

Blue and purple food, the royal colors

The last 40 years Tom and I breakfast with fruits. Back then we didn’t vary a lot. One reason being there wasn’t that much available and the other one that we were not as much into trying new things as we are nowadays. Apple, orange and banana – that was about it.

My father had Alzheimer’s, so whenever I read or hear something about preventing this dreadful disease I am all eyes and ears. Blueberries are said to benefit your brain immensely, making me include them in my breakfast almost every day now. 

There are more reasons to add blue and purple food to your plate.

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Green food and why I should have eaten it more as a kid

Green food and why I should have eaten it more as a kid

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 vegetables?
I didn’t! Until I started this blog about green fruits and vegetables.

Unfortunately my mother was a really bad cook I am sorry to say. Don’t get me wrong, I love(d) my mother dearly. But it wasn’t until my husband started to be the cook in the house that I discovered that food – any food – can taste deliciously. And that I came to the conclusion that not only my mother, but I too am a very bad cook. 🙂

Yet it should have been a big advantage if I had eaten more green vegetables as a kid. For years I suffered from severe bronchitis and one of the major plus points of green food is its ability to dissolve mucus in the lungs!

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White fruits and vegetables

White fruits and vegetables

A high intake of white food may reduce the risk of a stroke with 55%. In a Western diet white fleshy fruits and vegetables are the most common. They constitute 40% of the total fruits and vegetables consumption.

Some ten years ago my father died. Ten years before that he had a massive stroke. After the stroke he was no longer able to speak anymore. His walking capacities were also badly impaired.

Strokes usually run in the male line of the family. That’s why his stroke was a wake-up call for me. I cannot tell whether he ate too little white fruits and vegetables. As far as I remember he hardly ate any fruits. But why are white fruits and vegetables so important?

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Yellow food, perfect for your skin

yellow food

In the series about colored food (not meaning food that is colored but has a color!) yellow food has two big benefits: it’s a mood booster and it’s very beneficial for your skin. Like its color it’s sunny, glowing and radiant.

Yellow fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that can combat against severe illnesses and heart issues. 

One of the phytochemicals in yellow fruits and vegetables is called bio-flavonoid. This is sometimes referred to as Vitamin P. This element is especially helpful for the skin to replenish itself.

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Red Food: red is the color of love for a reason

Red food

They always say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I have always thought this was a funny expression, but I have to admit Tom cares more about good tasting food than I do. I eat to stay healthy. 

And especially when you are getting older it’s important to look carefully at what you eat. The emphasis lies on variety. Second important aspect is to look at which part of your body and health needs extra attention.

For example: my husband 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.

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