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Carnival Fever

The past month the so called Carnival fever reached it’s peak point again. It’s that time of the year when the costumes of the most popular carnival groups on the island are shown, in anticipation of the grand carnival parade in 2018. 

Beautiful people show off their bodies in mostly revealing, sparkly and tight costumes. Everybody is excited and taking pictures in order to decide which costume is the one to go for.

And right after those euphoric moments… 

BAM! Reality hits. Hard!

 “How the h*ll am I going to fit in that tight-sparkly-revealing piece of fabric!”  

A lot of nervous faces, frowned foreheads and sweaty palms. Some of them already having nightmare scenarios in their head, imagining themselves struggling to get into their costumes and bursting out of their costume during the parade. 

“Oh My God! 20 weeks to lose 10, no wait…15, no no seriously…20 kilos.”   

Wait…what? I have to give up my measurements in a month!  

And the panic kicks in again…

Relax!  Living a conscious and healthy lifestyle has a lot to do with self love and acceptance of your reality. Don’t let circumstances determine your body image and the way you take care of your body. If you want to feel comfortable with your body, you have to give it the proper care. 

It starts with awareness and self reflection. How are you treating your body at this right moment? Why has this particular event suddenly triggered your self-image and confidence? 

Instead of thinking how you are supposed to look in a few months, think how you want to feel in your skin when you’re strutting those streets. That feeling has way more to do with the way you treat yourself than the size of your waist, behind or thighs.

Obviously you need to put in the work to get where you want. Get your act together by making a personalized plan. Not a meal plan, but a plan where you incorporate new habits into your daily routine.

Everyone has a different routine, so you have to be willing to evaluate your current choices and start by swapping some of the old habits for new healthier ones. Make a list with two columns, one with the habits you know are not helping you and one with a healthier option.

A few examples:

  • Swap an hour of watching your favorite series for an hour of walking or dancing with your favorite playlist on blast;
  • Swap sugar with raw organic honey;
  • Swap your salty food seasoning with fresh herbs like rosemary, oregano, turmeric and a pinch of sea salt;
  • Swap your juice or soda for a nice bottle of infused water with cucumber, mint, parsley or lemon;
  • Swap frying your food with steaming;
  • Swap cow milk for unsweetened almond milk;
  • Swap an half hour of sunbathing at the beach with actually swimming a few laps.

Also very important:

  1. Compliment yourself daily on the changes you are making and compliment your friends too. Positivism is contagious; when you feel better, you do better.
  2. If you need help, get help! Nothing wrong with asking around, reading articles and looking for motivation on social media. Surround yourself with like minded people.
  3. “Comparison is the thief of joy”. Remember to stay true to your own journey.
  4. Don’t reward your progress with food, you’re not a dog. Instead buy a new set of fabulous fitness gear, a cookbook with healthy recipes, a new blender to make awesome smoothies or a nice massage to relax and recover.

It’s all about keeping the balance and incorporating small but effective changes into your daily routine! I hope to see you strutting those streets during the Carnival parade feeling comfortable in your skin and looking fantastic in your costume, no matter your size!   

Lots of love, 

Curafoodie

Feel free to ask questions: curafoodie@gmail.com

 

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Collaboration

col·lab·o·ra·tion

kəˌlabəˈrāSH(ə)n/

“The action of working with someone to produce or create something.”

That “something”, mentioned in the definition of the word collaboration, is awareness.

To be(come) aware of the urgency and necessity to live a balanced healthy and fit lifestyle in a world filled with deceiving propaganda, gimmicks and temporary diets. Information can be found literally everywhere and everyone has an opinion about everything. That’s why self-education and evaluation is so important.

As advocates of this lifestyle we strive to inform, inspire and guide you towards achieving your goals.

We truly believe that EVERYONE is good at something and capable of changing their mindset. Discipline is like an engine that just needs to be started. We all have it, but sometimes you just need a “boost” to jump start into a better version of yourself!

Let’s do it!

Curafoodie & Hayrich

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Curafoodie

Living a conscious and balanced life, that is what I strive for and work on every single day!

By living conscious I mean being aware of what I put into my body, what I feed my mind and what impact I have on the outside world.   I have learnt that in order to live a healthy lifestyle you must be willing to educate yourself constantly and truly believe that you can change your life for the better.

Ask yourself this: what does a healthy lifestyle mean to me and how can I start working towards my goals?
With that same question I started my lifelong health journey in 2012. I was a fervent meat eater with a preference for pork, junk food and salty snacks. I drank a lot of juice and I always had a lame excuse to skip the gym.  I was not aware of what I was putting into my body. I was tired, constipated, bloated and uncomfortable for the majority of the time. I kept buying new clothes as my waistline expanded.

The ongoing circle of frustration! 

I was desperate to change my lifestyle, but I wanted to work on a way of life I could maintain and remain comfortable with. Achieving your personal goals should be interesting and fun. No diets, no gimmicks, no shortcuts; just good nutrition and exercise. I did not want to “jojo” my way through life anymore.

Good and nutritious food, fun exercises and being in complete control of my choices. That’s what I focused on.   I was aware that in order to maintain a healthy relationship with my body, it was a must to have a healthy relationship with food. It may sound cliché, but you really are what you eat and your body will treat you exactly the way you treat it.

Think about this: if you want to have a better relationship with someone, you probably would make the effort to know them better by asking them questions about themselves. What kind of personality am I dealing with? What is the added value of this person to my life and society in general? Isn’t that what we want to know in order to decide if the relationship is worthwhile? 

The same approach can be used for the way you treat your body.

Where does my food come from, what are the benefits of exercise, what does e healthy lifestyle mean for my body and the environment? These were some of the questions that lead me to a healthier lifestyle.

Clearly the definition of “healthy” is widely subjective for the most part. When do you feel healthy and when are you healthy? These are questions that keep scientists, nutritionist and doctors busy every day and are worth exploring.

I surely don’t have all the answers. I am neither a nutritionist nor a dietitian. I am a so called Foodie from dushi Curacao, who enjoys making healthy choices by reading articles and books, watching documentaries, learning from other health promoters and by experimenting with delicious food and fun exercises.  

I will gladly share my lifestyle with you and I truly believe that I can motivate you into a more conscious and balanced lifestyle!

Lots of love,

Curafoodie