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Foodie ideas

It’s 2018! Another amazing year that we have to learn and accomplish whatever we want. I know that many of you are trying to balance the amount of food you ate during the holidays with diets and detox and cleanse programmes. I do not overeat nor drink during the holidays, I just keep the same routine as usual, so I don’t feel that I need to balance or restart my eating routine. In today’s blog I am going to share some, frequently requested, easy meal ideas with you to get you back on track!

 

Breakfast: the most important meal of the day.

Overnight oats or quinoa with unsweetened almondmilk with cinnamon. You can use fresh fruits and/or dates to sweeten it with natural sugars.

Put the uncooked oats or cooked quinoa in a container and pour the milk in it to cover the oats/quinoa completely. Sprinkle some cinnamon and let it stay in the fridge overnight. In the morning you can add the fresh fruits or dates for the extra sweetness and vitamins.

 

Snack time: between breakfast and lunch

4 Rice crackers (I prefer organic) with organic peanut butter (the only ingredients must be peanuts and salt) and a sliced banana.

 

Lunch: get those proteins and carbs!

Veggie wraps are ideal for a quick lunch. Get some wraps at the supermarket and fill up it will all the veggies that you like. I love to make mine with avocado, fresh spinach, jalapeños and some sun-dried tomatoes. If I have homemade hummus or pesto I’ll add some. Experiment with the veggies and proteins you like and make your custom wrap.

 

Mid day snack: between lunch and dinner

If you crave something sweet I suggest you to eat some raisins combined with unsalted raw cashews or almonds. For savoury cravings I suggest some cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices and/or carrots. I usually combine this snack with a big glass of water or green tea.


Dinner: right and light

I like to eat light because sleeping with a full and heavy stomach is the worst feeling, so I usually end up making some creamy fresh vegetable soup.

Coconut, pumkin and sweet potato soup is my favorite because it’s cheap and easy to make.
Boil the diced pumpkin and sweet potatoes in water and add some vegetable broth to it. Boil until soft and put the pumpkin and potatoes in the blender with a cup of the broth you cooked them in. Add the Canned coconut milk (avoid the light versions) and blend until smooth and creamy. I love to add some turmeric powder and himalayan pink sea salt for extra taste.

 

After dinner I drink a big glass of water and call it a day!

 

I hope these ideas are helpful to get you back on track.

Much love,

 

Curafoodie

 

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Digest or be stressed

Now that I am travelling solo I have a lot of time to observe the people around me in the different food joints I visit. I’ve noticed that people in general -especially in the States- have the tendency to eat very fast. They rush through the day and do the same with their food. Instead of sitting down and enjoying a meal, they gobble it down as fast as possible to move on with their busy schedule. Hey, I know the hustle is real over here but it’s still very important to take a moment to sit down and eat your meal properly.

Eventhough it’s very important to be aware of what we eat, being aware of the how we consume our food is equally important. Conscious eating also means being present in the moment while eating a meal. We tend to underestimate the importance of chewing our food properly and to really focus on our food.


I’ll be honest with you; I catch myself looking on my phone a lot while I’m eating and that’s something I am still working on. The chewing part is something I have taught myself  by taking my time to chew my food properly. Nowadays I am usually the last one to finish my meal when I’m amongst people because I’ve noticed that my body really benefits from eating slowly and thoroughly. You need to give your brain the time to catch up with your body.

Benefits of slow eating:

  • Better digestion;
  • Greater satisfaction with your meal;
  • Better hydration;
  • You’ll eat less, which can help you lose weight;
  • Increases your feeling of fullnes.

Tips to eat slower:

  • At first try to focus as much as possible on your meal by creating a quiet atmosphere;
  • Put away your phone and turn the TV off;
  • Eat outside or where you have less (digital) distractions;
  • Put your fork/spoon down between bites and focus on your chewing;
  • If you’re eating in company of others, there is no shame in being quiet and taking a minute to concentrate on your meal;
  • Never drink while your eating; this slows down your digestion;
  • Try to count the times you chew until you feel it’s smooth enough to swallow. If you do it often enough it will become a habit and you’ll chew longer without even having to count (the amount depends on the food you’re eating).
I still put these tips to practice everyday since it’s sometimes difficult to just focus on your eating. But I truly believe that this is an ongoing process and it has helped me to maintain my weight and improved my metabolism.  If you keep doing it, it will eventually become more of a habit than a struggle.

Lots of love,

Curafoodie

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You Really Need To Eat Fat. Stop Being Afraid

Panic Alert! Make sure you are seated and have an AED next to you before you read this blog post.

We all have heard it before… Eating fat will make you fat, avoid fatty meals, fat is bad for you bladi bladi bla.. Well let me explain this to you.. You will not get fat by eating fat.. ok till a certain extent. If you eat fried food every day, not even a magician can help you… YOUR ASS WILL GROW, not on a good way though.. Excessive calories will make you fat.

Our Body Needs Fats to Function properly.

Fat plays a very important role in our body. Not only does it provide the greatest amount of energy for most of our life functions. It also helps us to stay warm, keeps our nerves and brains to function as needed. There are so many benefits of eating good source (mostly plant based) and animal fat.

 

Some benefits of fat:

  • Fat provides us with a huge source of energy.
    Each gram of fat contains 9 grams of calories while 1 gram of protein and carbs contains only 4 calories. Your body will store fats so it can use it as an energy source later when this is needed.

 

  • Fat provides flavor
    There is a reason that tasty meat in a restaurant have a good piece of fat on it. Not only helps the fat to keep the meat tender but it’s also give the meat a richer yummy taste. The marketing department of food companies are doing great job of marketing products as No – or Less Fat, but one thing most of us don’t know is that when they lower the fat that the taste also changes and that they have to put more sugar or other kind of sweetener to enrich the taste of the product.

 

  • Keeps our brain and nerves to function properly.
    Our brain contains a huge amount of essential fats. Also fats are part of Myelin, a fatty product that wrap around our nerves that send

 

  • Transport of vitamin A, D, E and K.
    Those vitamins need to be bound to fat in order for our bodies to absorb them. Fat “acts as a train and the only transportation vehicle these vitamins can take to reach their destination. these are essential vitamins and being deficient in any will punish your health.

 

  • Keeps you full.
    Eating good source of fats like seeds, nuts and clean peanut-butter will  help you to feel full and satisfied. this can help you to stay away from eating and keeping you calories checked..

 

  • Allow us to move and regulates our mood.
    Fats provide transportation for all kind of goods in our body. Things like hormones.  That’s why someone who is on a rigorous diet/low body fat has less sex drive, feels down/week or can be often in a bad mood.

 

I think these are enough reasons why you shouldn’t be afraid of eating fat and get more fat into your diet instead. the thing you should left out of your diet is SUGAR! I will definitely write a blog about sugar. If you like this blog, consider subscribe to may mailing list to stay updated and get deals and other great stuff.

 

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Changing your diet versus Friends and Family

I am currently traveling through the U.S and my first stop is New York City. I am spending my time enjoying all the nice things this thriving city has to offer. Such as great museums, delicious food, awesome singers in the subways and gorgeous architecture. Since I’m not willing to pay a fortune to stay in hotels I tried Airbnb – first time ever – and I absolutely love it. People letting you stay in their homes and trusting you with their personal items and space is an act of courage these days.

During my stay at my first Airbnb I had the honour to meet one of these couragious human beings, Freddie. We got along pretty well as we talked about life in general, tavelling, health(issues), nutrition and books (yes I know, Nerd Alert!). Of course I had to show him a video about our beautiful Island Curacao, with an invitation to come visit any time.

Besides being awesome and couragious, Freddie is a writer, broadway actor, health coach, certified personal trainer and a proud cancer survivor. He has his own website and during my stay he wrote a great article about the reactions you’ll most likely get from friends and family when changing your diet.

Since I can totally relate to this article I’m sharing it with you. Click here to read.

 

Have fun reading it.

Love,

Curafoodie

 

 

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Foodie Festivals

Being a foodie, going to food festivals is my jam.

In the past few years the amount of food festivals and culinary experiences on this beautiful island have grown exponentially and I absolutely love it!

My ultimate favorite food festival so far is the Curaçao Vegan Food Fest held at Hofi Cas Cora. I am not a Vegan but the majority (80%) of my diet is plant based. It makes me so happy seeing people try vegan foods and actually liking them. In my experience people always leave with a smile on their face because they had the courage to try new foods, learned new things and enjoyed the new experience.

 

I think that we should do more of that as a society.

As a health-conscious foodie I always do some research before I go to a food festival. The amount of food can be overwhelming and sometimes I don’t even know where to start. This way I know what to expect.


Handy tips to enhance your food festival experience:

 

  1. The golden rule: never ever go to a food festival on an empty stomach.
    You’ll overeat and end up feeling bloated, uncomfortable and guilty about the amount of food you ate and the money you spent. 

    I’ll have some light meals – soup or salad- during the day and I make sure my last meal is consumed 2 hours before I go to the festival.

     

  2. Who are the vendors and what do they offer?
    Usually the organizer will publih the menu’s on social media beforehand. If so, you can select the foods and drinks you want to try out and make a budget. Now you have your own “little” menu and you know exactly what you’ll eat and spend.I also like to include in my plan some foods to bring home so I can enjoy them the next day! 
  3. Have a nice chat with the vendors.
    These festivals give you the opportunity to talk with the people who cooked/prepared the foods. Show interest in whatever they are offering: ask them how they made the foods, what inspired them and what ingredients they used. Having these positive encounters with the people that prepared your food definitely enhances the festival experience.I often ask the vendors for their profiles on social media so I can show them some support.
  4. Enjoy your food and drinks.
    During food festivals you’ll walk around a lot. When you purchase something, find yourself a nice spot to sit down to relax and enjoy your food and/or drink and surroundings. Enjoy the moment, that’s what its all about!I love to enjoy my food by guessing what the ingredients are and imagining myself making the same meals at home.
  5. Try new things!
    Try things you never had before. What’s the point of going if you eat the same things you always have. There is nothing better than trying new things and enjoying them. Even if it’s a new drink,just go for it!
    I recently bought into the “Gin” hype at a food tasting experience and although I’m not a regular alcohol drinker I enjoyed the new experience!

I’m sure that you will have a blast at your next food festival following these tips and I hope to see you soon at a food(ie) festival.

Don’t hestitate to walk up to me and say hi!

 

Lots of love,

Curafoodie

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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