The value of (emotional) baggage and boxes

Baggage, we all have it. One person carries around more than another, but fact is: we all have baggage. Emotional baggage but also physical baggage. Actual stuff you carry around because you are used to doing so, because you’ve decided you need them near you, because for some reason you believe these things define you. Whether it’s your phone, your wallet, the (designer) clothes you wear or the size of your purse: it’s up to you to decide whether your worth, as a human being, is established by the value of these items. After all, these (material) items are one by one replaceable…

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The legacy you’ll leave behind

It’s not something you want to think about while living here and now, but the impressions you make today are the legacy you’ll leave behind. If you want to be remembered fondly and as a nice person, you have to be a nice person. Whichever way you see yourself and the way you want others to see you, are decisions you ought to life by now. Leaving a lasting impression is not easy, especially not if you want it to be a good one…

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The inconvenience of being an introvert

The challenge of living (or generally having to deal) with an introvert person, is often highly underestimated. Being an introvert person myself, I’ve dealt with the occasional misunderstanding from those who fail to accept my perception and merely see my introvert personality as an inconvenience. I admit: it’s easier to ignore a loud person than trying to get a quiet person to speak up. Throughout the years I’ve learned that, instead of altering my comfort zone, it’s easier to get rid of those people who aim to bring me down and make me feel bad about myself and my standards, and relieve myself from the pressure of trying to be something or someone I’m obviously not.

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How to quickly lose unwanted weight…

No doubt ‘losing weight‘ is on top of many New Year’s resolutions for 2016. Understandably, because fitting in to a certain dress size is one of the biggest social pressures nowadays. Who cares about feeling comfortable in your own skin, right? It’s all about being able to zip up a size 6 before you can allow yourself to feel pretty. Acknowledging your own beauty is probably not a priority; instead it’s about being socially accepted and liked. But does being accepted and liked depend on the size of your beautiful bum? Although I seriously hope it doesn’t, I still want to give you a few tips on how to quickly lose unwanted weight. Let’s go!

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The right time to make a change

Now the festivities are behind us, it’s time to look ahead. The New Year is nearly upon us and this is a golden opportunity to come up with a few resolutions you’d like to work on the next 365 days. Although I firmly believe every day is an opportunity to make change, I fully understand that for some it’s better to use the first day of the New Year as a motivation. But what are your plans? What would you like to achieve? Most importantly: how are you going to make it work?

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Learning exciting, fun and new things (about food)

In October I introduced my Pre-30 TTOL and kicked it off with two (separate) workshops of healthy cooking by Pure Food Coaching in Haarlem (The Netherlands). As I’ve mentioned before, my relationship with food has been challenging and although I’m doing relatively well nowadays, there’s always room for improvement. And what better way to improve my lifestyle by stepping out of my comfort zone and learn more about healthy alternatives? The amount of (new) information was overwhelming and I was surprised by the amount of things I didn’t know yet and products I’d never heard of!

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The value of our beliefs

The beauty of personal beliefs is that it’s entirely up to you to decide which values you want to live by. The strength of these beliefs is that they are yours and nobody can tell you they are right or wrong because their point of view should not affect what it means to you. Personal beliefs and moral values are a certain security; it functions as a pillar of your existence. But while there is a lot of positive things to say about these beliefs, which are also influenced by religion and culture, they also carry a certain amount of weight.

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How to beat a sugar addiction

From experience I’ve learned the magic number to beat a sugar addiction is 3. From three days to three weeks and then three months, it’s what it usually takes to turn an unhealthy addiction in to a healthy lifestyle. Of course there are several degrees to a healthy lifestyle and it also depends on the kind of addiction, but any unhealthy addiction that has been beaten, is one step closer to a healthier way of living. So, how to beat a sugar addiction…?

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Are you what you eat?

Are you eating what your body needs, or what your poisoned mind craves? Do you find yourself finishing your dinner in record time as if you’re being charged per minute? Have you ever challenged yourself to taste thoroughly and try to name every ingredient of the dish? To get to the point: Are you aware of your eating habits and their potential consequences for your body and mind? Are you what you eat?

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