The weirdest diets in the world

It is not news that people sometimes go far – too far – in order to lose weight. Only eating bananas or surviving on baby food or cabbage soup… But it can be even crazier! We searched for the weirdest diets in the world. And although we were ready to encounter really extreme and weird things, we were shocked by what we found!

TONGUE PATCH DIET

Auch! In Mexico there exists a diet in which they attach a small patch to your tongue. This ensures that it is incredibly painful to have solid food in your mouth and chew it, so you have to rely on liquid food. No health risks are mentioned, but this seriously doesn’t sound right.

THE WEREWOLF DIET

In (South) America it is normal to do the werewolf diet, also known as the moon diet. The theory: because your body is mostly water, and the lunar phase has effect on water, you can use this to lose weight and detoxify your body. Eh, what? Madonna and Demi Moore are apparently fan of this diet, but we’re still pretty skeptical about it. (Read: we call BS!)

SUN EATING

Do you still remember those times when you would hear it from your mom if you would stare directly into the sun? According to the dietitians from ‘sun eating’, you should actually do that. The idea is that you skip one meal per day and stare directly into the sun for 44 minutes. This allows your body to use sunlight as its fuel. Say what now?!

LE PETIT SECRET

How do French women get their slim figure? It might just have to do with this secret. They tie a ribbon around their waist under their clothes. Throughout the day the ribbon becomes tighter as they eat more, which is of course uncomfortable. This prevents them from overeating. A rather extreme solution, if you ask us.

THE PAINTBALL DIET

Run for your life – that’s a bit how the paintball diet goes. In addition to a low calorie diet plan, you are also expected to go to a paintball stadium where 4 professional paintballers are waiting for you. An hour long run is on the schedule. Are you not running hard enough? Then you can expect a few paintball bullets to come your way. The British do know how to motivate…

What’s the weirdest diet you’ve come across? I wonder if you have any addition to this list!

6 things you should avoid if you have trouble falling or staying asleep

Sleep is so important for our bodies. Not only does it has an impact on our appearance (not sleeping enough could make you gain weight or feel bloated!), it also has an impact on our health. That’s why it is very important to make sure we get enough zzz’s at night. But what if you can’t fall asleep at night even if you feel tired or can’t stay asleep for the whole night? From my own experience I can tell you this sucks! So I decided to do some research as to how to prevent this from happening.

Do you know that Coldplay song which says “when you are so tired but you can’t sleep. Could it be worse?” Well I have just one thing to say about it. No Coldplay, it could not be worse! Honestly there is nothing worse than feeling tired and still not be able to fall asleep. Or waking up in the middle of the night and just not being able to fall back asleep until 5 minutes before your alarm goes off ?. I know how much this sucks, but don’t worry there are some things you can do to make things better. Or better said, there are 6 things you should avoid before you go to bed if you have trouble falling or staying asleep at night.

6 things you should avoid before bed if you have trouble falling asleep:

1) Staring at a screen

Are you one of those persons who uses their smartphone, laptop, or watch TV in bed? These habits, as harmless as they might seem, could cost you a good night of sleep. The blue lights these devices emit, stimulate the brain, making it harder for it to understand that it’s time to sleep and send the sleepy signals to your body. If you want to  watch your favorite series before going to sleep, better do it on the couch my darling! As for smartphones, ban them from your bed as well if you want your chances of falling asleep to increase.

2) Eating greasy food or high-in-fat foods

Not only are greasy, heavy-fat foods bad for your health in countless ways, they also make you sleep worse at night. These type of foods make your stomach work overtime to digest all the food, which causes discomfort, which in turn makes falling asleep difficult.  So no more fries, chips, icecream or cookies before going to bed. Remember there are so many healthy options for you to choose instead of eating junk food.

3) Working late

If you have a big meeting in the morning or a project due soon, then it’s probably smart to schedule some time after dinner and work on it. Just make sure you put things away and ease your mind at least 1 hour before going to bed. This will give your brain a break and you will go to sleep with a calm feeling. If you don’t give your brain the time to relax, you will end up going to bed anxious and won’t be able to fall asleep.

4) Doing intense exercise

We all know that exercising regularly is the key to a healthy life and a good night of sleep. But hitting the gym or going for a run just before bedtime is not the best idea! Exercise gives you energy, increaser your heart rate and makes you hungry afterwards. The best is to be done with your workout 2 to 3 hours before you go to bed. By then, you’ve already eaten, showered, relaxed and are ready to go to sleep.

5) Getting emotional or upset

In order to be able to fall asleep and stay asleep, you need to feel relaxed when you go to bed. Fighting with your sister, bestie, or boyfriend, or watching a disturbing movie won’t really help on the road to relaxation. Keep that in mind next time you want to watch American Horror Story just before you go to bed. 😉

6) Drinking caffeine

Although this one is as obvious as they come, it is worth talking about it! The caffeine in coffee, tea and even chocolate work as a stimulant that can keep you up longer than you would expect. How much caffeine and how sensitive you are towards differs per person. But if you want to increase your chances of falling asleep and staying asleep longer, you should avoid drinking these type of drinks. Ideally your last coffee should be around 2 pm. After all, who feels sleepy after that time?

I hope you, just as me, will avoid doing these 6 things before going to sleep from now on. Good luck!

Beat this winter and keep running

Do you always take a winter break from running? As the days get darker, it becomes trickier to go exercise outside. First of all your motivation gets low because of the rain, cold and mud. But then there’s also the fact that you’ll be harder to see for cars and other traffic! Might be a bit scary, right?

The fact that it gets darker earlier means the end of running season for a lot of girls. The disadvantages of running outside in the fall and winter seem to be bigger than the benefits. It is really cold, the rain can soak you up to your underwear and you better can wash your shoes after every running session because of all the mud splashed on them. It is not very inviting to go outside, right? Especially when you can also stay inside on the couch or run on a treadmill and stay warm. But a real outdoor sports person knows that the fresh air on your face and the environment around you are much nicer than watching a TV screen. And that’s why they prefer running outside!

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As a leading running brand, ASICS knows this as no other and therefore decided to take some responsibility. They must have thought “If more athletes wear ASICS clothing there will be no more traffic accidents”. Because the team crept behind the designing table and made an awesome collection: the 360 Protection Line.

WELL PROTECTED:

This autumn/winter line consists of two (or three, if you count the shoes) categories: Motion Therm and Motion Protect. Motion Therm is the bottom layer of clothing that keeps you warm because of the insolating effect. Motion Protect is your water resistant, reflective and breathable outer layer. Uhm.. what about the shoes? These are the GT-2000 4 Lite Show Plasma Guard: the water and mud slides down from them because of the special top coating. Amazing!

With such a uniform you can actually beat the fall and winter. Cold and rain won’t be an issue anymore with this protective clothing, and (although you always have to pay attention!) you won’t have to worry anymore about your visibility to others. By all the reflective elements on the clothes and shoes you are instantly visible to all cars.

Have you always suffered from a autumn-winter depression when it comes to running because of the cold and darkness? Do you have any tips or advice for your fellow Fit Girls? Let us know in the comments!

Disclaimer: This article is made in collaboration with ASICS. However, this does not change my opinion. I am 100% behind this product 🙂

How to make a healthy Dutch kapsalon

Kapsalon (as we Dutchies know) is one of the most fattest fast food meals in Holland. It contains about 1800 calories per portion! Quite shocking if you ask me. Keep that in mind when you end up hungry in a snack bar after a night out. 😉

Luckily I invented a healthier (In Love With Health proof) Kapsalon! Instead of potato fries, I make fries of kohlrabi because this root vegetable relieves stomach and intestinal complaints and it’s packed with vitamins B, C and E, iron, potassium and calcium. Besides that, it’s rich in fibre and thus keeps the blood sugar level low. It also stimulates the kidneys, whereby waste materials will be removed faster.

Add some skinny chicken shawarma, lettuce, and home made garlic sauce made of yoghurt and voila, there is your healthy ‘kapsalon’. Enjoy!

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THIS IS WHAT YOU NEED (1 PERSON)

  • 125 gram chicken strips
  • 1 paprika
  • 1 tablespoon shawarma herbs
  • 100 gram iceberg lettuce
  • 250 gram precut kohlrabi
  • garlic powder
  • 150 gram goat yoghurt (or normal yoghurt)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chives
  • salt and pepper

HOW TO MAKE IT

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. Cover a baking tray with baking paper and sprinkle the kohlrabi fries with some salt, pepper and garlic powder. Bake for 45 minutes until crispy. Note: toss the fries every now and then.

Heat a pan with coconut or olive oil and bake the chicken strips. Cut the paprika in small pieces and add them to the chicken after 5 minutes along with the shawarma herbs and ½ teaspoon salt.

Lastly, chop the garlic and mix it together with the yoghurt, pepper, salt and chives.
Now all the components are ready and you can start to build your ‘kapsalon’.  As it should: first the fries, after that the chicken shawarma, on top of that the shredded lettuce and finish it with some garlic sauce. Yummmm 😀

Do you have any recipes we should really know about? Let me know in the comments!

COUSCOUS SALAD WITH AVOCADO AND FETA

Today I’m going to share the recipe of my favourite couscous salad with you. If it was up to me, I’d eat couscous for lunch all day err day. But hey, I know it’s important to variate with your regular meals. Still, I eat this salad at least once a week. It’s just so good… So, are you ready for the (extremely easy) recipe?

I always prepare this salad the night before I go to the office. I just mix all of the ingredients up in a plastic tray and put it in the fridge. This means I can stay in bed a little longer during the morning… 🙂

INGREDIENTS:

  • 80 grams of couscous
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 6 Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 Spring onion
  • Piece of feta
  • Salt & pepper
  • Thyme
  • Honey
  • Olive oil

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  1. Let the couscous soak in boiling water for a couple of minutes. (1 cup of couscous = 1 cup of water)
  2. Cut the avocado, tomatoes, feta and spring union into small pieces.
  3. When the couscous is ready, add one tablespoon of olive oil and a bit of salt, pepper and thyme.
  4. Mix together all of the ingrediënts and add some honey. Seriously, couscous and honey is the best combination ever!

I hope you are all going to enjoy this amazing couscous salad as much as I do! It’s very simple, healthy and easy to make. And these are all pretty basic ingredients which are probably lying around somewhere in your fridge already. Good luck!

5 SIGNS YOU MIGHT BE AN EMOTIONAL EATER

Have you ever found yourself eating when you are sad, excited, upset or at moments when you are not really hungry? Then you might be an emotional eater. While it is perfectly fine to treat yourself with some of your favorite delicious foods on certain occasions, emotional eating can cause some serious problems. It could lead to develop and unhealthy relation with food and this result in overweight issues among others. This is why, if you feel like you eat even when you are not hungry is important to analyze if you are an emotional eater or not so you can tackle the problem.

Here are some signs that you might be an emotional eater:

1)You get hungry out of the sudden

Feeling physically hungry is not something that happens out of the sudden. You don’t go from feeling perfectly fine to extremely hungry. Instead you may notice that your stomach starts to make noises and feel empty and you can have trouble concentrating. On the contrary, feeling emotionally hungry can happen from one minute to another and it can make you feel ravenous. It is important to know and recognize the difference between the 2 so you can avoid unnecessary snacking. Just know that your body is really good at its job so trust it when it lets you know it’s really time to eat.

2)You eat when you feel stressed

Eating when we are stressed is becoming more and more common given the busy lives we live. High levels of stress can increase our levels of cortisol, which is the hormone that often leads us to craving foods high in salt, sugar or fat.  As we all know by now, these foods usually offer little to no nutritional benefits. They might make us feel “better” in the short-term, but they can also make you feel worse afterwards ?. Another issue is that eating won’t really help you relieve stress. Instead try to get yourself moving either by going for a short walk or a good session of exercise. This will help you clear your head and get rid of the nervous feeling.

3)You eat comfort food after a stressful day

When we are little kids, our parents often give us food as a reward or to distract us when something bad happens. Unfortunately, we sometimes continue with this habits when we are adults. Food is often seen and used as a way to take our minds off, or help us cope with a stressful challenge. Relying on food to help us de-stress from a hectic day, or cope with a challenge won’t really help. Instead try doing things that don’t revolve around food like going to the gym, reading a book, watching a good movie or calling with a friend.

4)Your cravings are very specific

There are some days in which the only thing you can think about is eating something fatty that will satisfy your cravings. Like a big fat slice of cheesy pizza! If you are craving a particular  food, there is a good chance that you are craving it because of how it makes you feel. The desire for that rush can be seen as a good indicator that there is something bigger in the picture going on than just hunger.

5)You eat when you are bored or when you are with your friends

Eating when we feel bored is more common that we think. A lot of people tend to eat when they are watching TV or simply when don’t have anything to do and the food is easy to reach. Another moment in which people tend to to eat even when they are not hungry is when they are with friends. If you find it hard to keep your cravings under control in any of the above situations, then beware you might be an emotional eater!

If you find yourself eating under any of this circumstances it is best to take a moment to think why are you really eating. Are you nervous? Are you upset? Are you bored? Or are you really hungry? Just taking a moment to think why you feel like eating can make the difference and prevent you from becoming an emotional eater or if you already are it can help you control it.