Eat two pieces of fruit a day is the slogan … but is that necessary?
For a while I have been using proteins to lose weight. Inspired by the book by Timothy Ferriss, I went looking for scientific studies that found that a low-carb, but high-protein and fat-rich diet was healthier and produced better results. Losing weight with proteins is HOT! The scientific evidence appears to be in large quantities and the results do not lie. At the bottom of the article I have listed the 3 most important studies that show that weight loss works with proteins. The light was therefore green and I started the diet (or actually diet) of Timothy Ferriss.
Quite soon after I started the Timothy Ferriss diet ( body a body book ), I started protein shakes. The Timoty Ferriss diet is based on protein intake and low carbohydrate eating. But to make a good start, it is important to start your day with a breakfast free of carbohydrates and an intake of at least 20 grams of protein.
The first week I started in the morning with 3 eggs with a little Zaanse mayonnaise, 4 slices of bacon and two large glasses of water. But after two weeks the eggs came out of my throat. You still have to do quite a bit to get those 20 grams of protein. And it is almost the basis if you want to lose weight with proteins. That is why I started looking for an alternative to the eggs. So you can start with 200 grams of chicken fillet, a generous salmon steak … but yes … who wants to get up early in the morning?
The outcome: Protein shakes
A turbulent diet period began … 🙂Protein shakes soon seemed the solution, but the road to the perfect shake was a long one. I tried maybe 10 different varieties … one even dirtier than the other! Some had
a very bad taste, others just couldn’t be plum and others didn’t really have a good impact on my diet.
I ended up with these protein shakes because of the natural ingredients. The taste is great and there are few carbohydrates in it (which is very important!). I take about 1 scoop every morning and mix it with 250ml almond milk. My experience is that if you start your day with this, you will last at least 4-5 hours … without getting hungry. Eat some more fat (a handful of almonds for example) and the 4-5 hours after breakfast your body is burning fat. I lost more than 10 kilos with this!
Why proteins help in burning fat
Proteins prevent large fluctuations in your glycemic index. A low glycemic index means that the diet contains carbohydrates that are absorbed slowly by the body. This gives you a feeling of satiety for longer during the day. As a result, you do not feel hungry all day long and saying no to delicacies becomes much easier. [ 1 ] This forms the basis for weight loss with proteins. Of course there are more factors that play a role, but this is the most important.
You also need proteins to build and restore your muscles. And this is really not only important if you want to body build! Every effort you make causes small cracks in your muscles. Your body repairs those cracks with the help of proteins. If you do not get enough protein, your body will not repair those cracks at all or not enough … and then you break down muscles. People who exercise lightly also benefit from it. Mix the proteins with water and not with milk.
Why losing weight with proteins has no yo-yo effect
The reason why many diets cause a so-called ‘yo-yo effect’ is that many of those diets are used for calorie restriction. And calorie restriction leads to a number of reactions in your body, of which these two reactions provide the yo-yo effect:
Your body does not get enough energy to keep your body running properly. From ancient times it is genetically determined that our body will use less energy (and therefore calories) to survive. Your body goes into a kind of ‘fuel-efficient mode’. As a result, your body starts to prepare for difficult times … and it does so by building up fat reserves. So as soon as you stop your low-calorie diet, your body starts storing like crazy.
In addition, because your body doesn’t get enough energy, your body starts looking for natural energy sources in your body. A source that can always provide the body with energy are the proteins. And your body gets it from, among other things, your muscles. Your body will therefore break down muscles to get energy. And your muscles use a lot of energy, which means that you will use even fewer calories at rest. In addition, less muscle mass ensures less burn. If you are going to lose weight with proteins, you do not have that problem.
And so after your diet it seems as if every pound goes through your mouth, directly clinging to your hips and stomach … and actually that is true. Although with the best of intentions, because your body wants to prevent it from having to draw energy from muscles the next time.
Do I have to eat completely low in carbohydrates?
You don’t have to! I have benefited a lot from it myself and feel better since I did it, but…. it is not necessary. You can lose weight with protein shakes by just doing your breakfast low in carbohydrate with a protein shake and some fat, then you will get through the day whistling. No hunger, no muscle breakdown and more resistant to impulsive binge eating. Of course, the effect is 10 x greater if you eat completely low in carbohydrates. In fact … that is easier to maintain. But starting with baby scoops is better than not starting😉
Some small tips
This protein shake works best for me and I think the tastiest tastes (with free shake cup)
The book by Timothy Ferriss is highly recommended
For me, losing weight was a little faster when I started taking these caffeine tablets (don’t you bounce;))
Studies that endorse my experience
Effects of a low-carbohydrate diet on weight loss and cardiovascular risk factor in overweight adolescents
A Randomized Trial Comparing a Very Low Carbohydrate Diet and a Calorie-Restricted Low Fat Diet on Body Weight and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Healthy Women
Comparison of energy-restricted very low-carbohydrate and low-fat diet on weight loss and body composition in overweight men and women
Low carbohydrate food
On this blog we write a lot about low carbohydrate eating and low carbohydrate diets. Read more about the low- carbohydrate diet.
Many people think that oatmeal is healthy for breakfast, but is that so? Oatmeal is full of dietary fiber and it is associated with various health effects such as lowering LDL Cholesterol and even fat loss. Yet oatmeal can be at least as bad as bread or a croissant. I figured out how you can take advantage of an oatmeal breakfast without the bad side effects and also share some delicious recipes with you.
But first … oatmeal in a nutshell
To make a healthy choice and to understand why one is healthy and the other is not, it is good to know how oatmeal is produced. Because ‘oatmeal’ comes from the cereal ‘oats’. Oatmeal is the germinated (shell removes) version of oats and if only the shell is removed you speak of ‘long-boiling’ or ‘whole grain’ oatmeal. You don’t usually find this type of oatmeal at the supermarket, but at a health food store.
In addition, you also have the cut oatmeal, which is broken or cut into two parts. The advantage of this is that the cooking time is drastically reduced from 15 minutes to 5 minutes. In both this version and the ‘whole’ version, most nutrients and dietary fiber have been preserved. They are healthy for both of these oatmeal varieties.
The latest version is the rolled oatmeal. And how could it be otherwise … you can usually find it in the supermarket. The rolled oats are flat and sometimes this oats are sweetened and processed. You often see this when the oatmeal is already mixed with other ingredients. Therefore, with this form you only benefit for a small part from the beneficial efficacy of these grains. In fact, this variant causes peaks in blood sugar levels which you naturally prefer not to have (more about those peaks later).
So … is oatmeal healthy?
The answer to that question depends on the preparation and the type of oatmeal you choose. If you eat ready-made oatmeal that is sweetened with sugar, it is by definition not healthy. Usually, the ready-made oatmeal contains only half of the original fiber contained in oats and a lot of junk is added to make it ‘tasty’. In some ready-made oatmeal there is even more than 10% pure sugar. So when you ask “is ready-made oatmeal healthy?” the answer is “No!”.
But fortunately there is also good news! Pure oatmeal is healthy. By ‘pure’ I mean unprocessed oatmeal or at most ‘cut’. You recognize the whole grain oatmeal by the full, round structure and it is packed with valuable food for your body. The taste of whole-grain oatmeal has a slightly more ‘nutty’ taste than processed oatmeal.
Also advantageous for people with a gluten allergy is that oats naturally do not contain gluten. However, the oats are often treated in an environment where products are processed with gluten, so if it cannot contain any traces of gluten, you should also look for real gluten-free varieties.
The big disadvantage of whole grain oatmeal is that you have to boil it for about 15 minutes to make it soft and edible. On the other hand, you get a lot in return and it also tastes better. I will list the benefits of oatmeal for you.
The benefits of oatmeal
Reduces LDL Cholesterol by 7%
Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease
It helps your body to regulate your sugar levels
Whole grain oatmeal contains many dietary fiber
You will be full longer (that’s why an oatmeal breakfast is so popular)
It is full of vitamins and minerals
Oatmeal also contains many antioxidants
It is also a source of protein
It naturally contains no gluten
The difference between wholegrain oatmeal and ready-made oatmeal is particularly reflected in the ‘GI index’. Without becoming too technical … The GI index indicates what nutrition does to your blood sugar. The higher the GI index is, the less healthy it is for our bodies. We speak of a high glycemic index above 70 and a low below 55. Ready-made oatmeal has a GI index of 83, while whole-grain oatmeal has a GI index of 55. See how much difference it makes ?
Oatmeal for breakfast
As you can read above, an oatmeal breakfast can be a fantastic addition to your diet. In particular, the dietary fiber and the proteins ensure that you are full for longer than when, for example, you eat bread or a cracker.
An oatmeal breakfast is usually combined with milk or yogurt, but can also be combined with water or, for example, almond milk.
A whole-grain oatmeal breakfast is therefore healthy and even recommended if you want to lose weight. Losing weight with oatmeal is something you often encounter on the internet. You can of course come up with (and find) very exciting explanations, but basically it simply means that you have less appetite and therefore eat less. The amount of dietary fiber also plays an important role.
Oatmeal is fairly easy to prepare. May I assume that you are convinced by my article and choose the whole-grain oatmeal? 🙂Beautiful! A basic oatmeal is easy to prepare. You can boil it with water, milk or something like almond milk.
Bring the liquid to the boil and add the oatmeal. Let it boil for 15 minutes and remove it from the heat. Let it cool down and you’re done. Now we can add some things for the taste, as I show below with the recipes.
What is also recommended is to bring water to the boil and let the oatmeal boil for 1 to 2 minutes. Then turn off the heat and leave the oatmeal covered for a night. The next morning you will have wonderfully soft oatmeal!
Oatmeal recipe 1:
Breakfast for 1 or 2 people:
100ml almond milk (or whole milk)
50 grams whole wheat oatmeal
1 large banana (crushed)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 pinch of salt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Oatmeal recipe 2:
100ml almond milk (or whole milk)
50 grams whole wheat oatmeal
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons cinnamon
Hand of blueberries
A few raspberries
Oatmeal recipe 3
Oatmeal cakeOatmeal cake
For a variation on the oatmeal breakfast, I also have a recipe for an oatmeal cake . Easy to take to work as a lunch or snack.
There are dozens of recipes on the internet to make a delicious oatmeal breakfast. And also nice books all about oatmeal. That is also one of the benefits. You can vary endlessly with ingredients and put something new on the table every morning.
If you choose the right type of oatmeal, oatmeal can be healthy for you and boost your health. I can therefore recommend an oatmeal breakfast to anyone who wants to have a healthy breakfast or to lose weight. Because some people jump directly to the conclusion, I would like to emphasize that the ‘supermarket’ oatmeal is not always healthy! Go to a health food store for ‘whole’ or ‘half’ oatmeal.
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Tomatoes have a positive effect on the quality of sperm. According to research published by the Cleveland Clinic. According to American researchers, the substance causes lycopene, the substance that causes a tomato to be red, that the amount of sperm increases by about seventy percent. The quality of the sperm also increases.
For the research, the scientists studied the data from twelve different studies around the world. All these studies showed that lycopene ensures that the number of sperm cells present increases and that the seed starts to swim a lot faster. According to the research leader, Ashok Agarwal, the studies clearly demonstrated the positive effect of lycopeem on sperm.
Previous studies have also shown that lycopene reduces the risk of prostate disease. The research team immediately started follow-up research and will, among other things, study the effect of taking lycopene supplements in men who are inexplicably infertile. The results of that investigation are expected next year.
Our body needs vitamins for a healthy metabolism. Vitamins ensure, among other things, that our resistance is maintained. Many people get a flu during this period, so it is important to get enough vitamins from your food. Unfortunately, there are a number of vitamins that are very sensitive to heating, which means that many vitamins are lost during cooking. That is why it is important to know how you can cook in a different way so that the vitamins are retained!
All vitamins at a glance
There are 13 types of vitamins:
Vitamin B11 (folic acid)
All these vitamins have their own effect. For example, vitamin A is important for the skin and vitamin C is important for the immune system. We need these vitamins every day, one more than the other. To get enough vitamins, it is important to eat healthy and varied food.
The preparation, what goes wrong here?
Everyone has their own way of cooking. The preparation will therefore also be different for everyone. Vitamins can be lost during the preparation of a meal. If you look critically at how you prepare your food, you can adjust certain ways that you save vitamins!
Wash your vegetables briefly. Soaking your vegetables for a long time is a real no-go!
Did you know that vitamins are already being lost while vegetables are being cut? Therefore, do not buy pre-sliced vegetables, because you never know how they prepared the vegetables. Cut your vegetables yourself and preferably as short as possible before cooking.
Prefer not to peel vegetables. It is often customary to peel a zucchini, for example, but the skin is full of vitamins!
Place the vegetables in boiling water instead of cold water. If you let cold water heat up in a pan with vegetables, more vitamins will be lost.
Cook with the lid on the pan. There are many vitamins in the cooking fluid! Therefore, also use your cooking fluid as the basis for a sauce, for example.
5 tips to preserve vitamins during cooking
Many vitamins are also lost during cooking, while you naturally want to keep every vitamin !
# 1 Eat fresh
Fresh vegetables contain the most vitamins. That is because it has not been processed much and is therefore still in the store in a short time. Always store fresh vegetables in a dark and dry place.
# 2 Poach
If you poach vegetables, the cooking temperature stays below 100 degrees. This means that the taste is better preserved and the vitamins are still in your vegetables!
# 3 Cook at a higher temperature
By cooking at a higher temperature with a shorter baking time you limit the loss of vitamins even more!
# 4 Wok
Wok is very easy and fast. You can put everything in the wok and bake everything briefly. Meat sears quickly so that all juices and vitamins remain in the meat. The vegetables are quickly cooked without losing the vitamins.
# 5 Use as
little water as possible By using little water, you lose fewer vitamins. Is it customary for you to add salt during cooking? Do not! Salt extracts all vitamins from your vegetables. That’s how they disappear in the water. Therefore, add a little salt only when you start serving the dish.
After my sister-in-law and best friend had both enthusiastically recommended me the Hello Fresh box, I could no longer ignore it. So hop on to the Hello Fresh site to order one. I was somewhat suspicious about it (as with almost all new things). Would it really be that fresh, tasty and “easy” ?! Well, I can tell you: I’m up!
No worries about your dinner
With a man at home who wants to eat low-carb / free food, a toddler son of 2.5 who decides on the spot whether he wants to eat and myself as an anti-stampot woman, it is really a drama in the supermarket every week. How in heaven’s name do I put together a menu for the three of us in which I also mainly cook healthily? Hello Fresh offers me a solution: no longer putting together a menu, but simply receiving it in a beautiful booklet with accompanying ingredients.
Freshly delivered at home
In the supermarket it is quite a hassle to get everything together for such a great meal. And when my son interrupts my search for the tenth time, it sometimes happens that I just forget something. That does not happen anymore, because everything (except for some oil, salt, etc.) is supplied ready-made in the box. The quantity for the number of people is also taken into account, so I don’t throw away half afterwards.
I feel like a top chef
The first week was just as exciting, because I am not such a great cook and now I suddenly had to “really” start cooking. There was just ginger in my package, Hake fillet and pumpkin. But with the handy recipe book where everything is mentioned in detail, I even managed to create a great meal! Cutting the vegetables myself is not that bad, I now also enjoy cooking much more. All of a sudden I put a delicious dish on the table every evening, made of all pure ingredients and I feel like a true chef!
Suitable for any age & diet
The meals that I have made so far were very tasty and also suitable for our young son. Hubby eats carbohydrate-free twice a day, so he can eat some carbohydrates in the evening. The advantage of Hello Fresh is that the proportions are correct and that you do not eat more rice or pasta than you need. In addition, we also eat much more varied than before, we all get the nutrients that we need. A win-win situation for all of us.
Not expensive and flexible
We now eat a Hello Fresh dish 3 days a week, but we eat 5 next week during the holidays. You can adjust the frequency and sometimes skip a week. If I look at what I had previously lost in the Jumbo and now on my Hello Fresh box, I see no financial reason for not doing it, it is rather cheaper and more expensive.
Become a top chef too!
Are you now also a busy woman, not a master chef, or weekly plagued by all choice stress? Then I would definitely try the test box without obligation. You will be amazed by your own cooking skills: D!
The Brazil nut is a real superfood. You often find the nut in nut mixes, but you can also buy them separately. Brazil nuts are often underestimated, but are very healthy and bring many health benefits!
Where does the Brazil nut come from?
The Brazil nut grows on a tree called Bertholletia excelsa. The tree is mainly found in tropical rain forests and mainly along the banks of the Amazon. The tree needs a lot of water, because it can grow up to 50 meters high and the trunk up to 2 meters thick! It takes 10 to 25 years for fruit to reach the tree.
Once that has happened, the fruits must mature for another 14 months. Every year 40 fruits grow on the tree. The fruit has the shape of a cone and weighs approximately 2 kilos. A fruit can easily contain 20 seeds, we know these seeds as Brazil nuts. There are even Brazil nut trees that are more than 500 years old.
The benefits at a glance
The Brazil nut contains many minerals such as magnesium, potassium, iron, calcium and zinc.
Brazil nuts also contain important antioxidants: proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
The oil from the nut is good for your skin, which is why the oil is now used in shampoo and conditioner.
Rich in vitamins B1, B6 and vitamin E.
The nut contains the important amino acids methionine, cysteine, arginine, glutamic acid and glutamine.
Menopausal women often have selenium deficiency and this has an effect on the thyroid gland. Fortunately the Brazil nut is rich in selenium!
The nut contains fatty acids such as oleic, linoleic and palmitoleic acids that promote the health of people with cardiovascular disease.
The Brazil nut is a good substitute for oily fish , because the nut contains many healthy fats.
Rich in selenium
Brazil nuts is more than rich in selenium. 100 grams of Brazil nuts is already 3500% of the recommended daily allowance! Selenium has many advantages:
Releases energy in cells.
limits the damage of the muscles during exercise.
Selenium is good for your immune system.
Selenium works twice as strong in combination with vitamin E.
Provides strong bones and teeth.
Has the property that it has a positive effect on fighting cancer.
Brazil nuts healthyHow much per day?
100 grams of Brazil nuts is already 3500% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). If you eat two Brazil nuts a day , this is enough to maintain your selenium and to benefit from the health effects. If you eat too many Brazil nuts in a short period, it is possible to get selenium poisoning. The symptoms are stomach pain, fatigue, itching, skin rash and white and / or brittle nails.
Yield: 8 Tacos
2 Large Russet Potatoes 3/4 cup Sour Cream 2 cloves Minced Garlic 1/2 tsp Cumin Salt, to taste 1/2 tsp Oregano 8 Corn Tortillas Oil for Frying Optional Toppings: Sour Cream Salsa Cotija Cheese Cilantro
Thoroughly wash the potatoes & peel the skin off. Cut into smaller pieces and place in a pot of cold water. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and allow potatoes to cook until they are soft. Place softened potatoes into a large bowl.
Mix in sour cream, cumin, salt and pepper and mash until well combined. Wrap the tortillas in a damp towel or paper towel and microwave for 15-20 seconds, so they don’t break.
On half of the tortilla, place about 1 Tbsp. of the potato mixture and spread it around. Fold the tortilla in half and repeat with the rest of the tortillas. Heat 1 inch of vegetable oil in a pan. Carefully, place the potato tacos in the pan, allowing them to cook for about 2 minutes on each side.
Once they have developed a golden color, remove from oil and strain excess oil off on a paper towel. Serve with your favorite toppings & enjoy! Recipe by: Carrie Hildebrand
for 4 servings
1 flour tortilla
¼ cup olive oil (60 mL)
1 lime, juiced
1 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 lb flank steak (455 g)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
½ onion, diced
2 jalapeñoes, seeded and diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons flour
1 cup milk (240 mL)
4 cups cheddar cheese (400 g)
guacamole, to serve
tomato, diced, to serve
sour cream, to serve
fresh cilantro, to serve
tortilla chips, to serve
- Preheat an oven to 400˚F (200˚C).
- Place a flour tortilla over an oven-safe bowl. Place another oven-safe bowl over it. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the bowls and set the tortilla bowl aside.
- In a shallow container, place olive oil, lime juice, cumin, paprika, garlic powder chili powder and salt. Mix well.
- Place the flank steak in the spice mixture, rubbing until fully coated. Marinate for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
- Heat a cast iron pan or stainless steel pan over high heat. Coat with olive oil and Add the steak and sear for 6-8 minutes.
- Rest the meat for 5 minutes. Cut them into a bite size. Set aside.
- In a medium size saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onion and cook until translucent, about 4-5 minutes.
- Add the jalapeños and cook for 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
- Sprinkle in the flour, and cook for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk and cook until the mixture has thickened, about 3-4 minutes.
- Add the cheddar cheese ½ cup (50 g) at a time. Stir constantly until the cheese is completely melted.
- On a flat plate, spread tortilla chips. Place the tortilla bowl on top. Pour in the queso and top with chopped steak, chopped tomatoes, guacamole, sour cream and cilantro.
for 8 servings
2 large sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons salt, divided
2 teaspoons pepper, divided
1 tomato, diced
¼ cup green onion, chopped (40 g)
1 bell pepper, diced and cooked
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ cup milk (120 mL)
10 slices ham
2 cups spinach (80 g)
- Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
- Using a mandolin, slice the sweet potatoes lengthwise into about 3-millimeter thick slices.
- In a large bowl, combine the sliced sweet potatoes, oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper. Toss until well coated.
- Lay out sweet potato slices on a baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until the edges start to crisp.
- In a large bowl, combine the eggs, tomatoes, green onions, bell pepper, garlic powder, remaining teaspoon of salt, remaining teaspoon of pepper, and the milk. Whisk well.
- Remove sweet potatoes from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 400°F (200°C) .
- Grease a 9 x 5-inch (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan. Line the sides and base of the pan with sweet potato slices, overlapping slightly.
- Layer half of the ham slices over the sweet potato, then add the spinach, another layer of sweet potato, the egg mixture, the rest of the ham, and the rest of the sweet potato slices.
- Fold the outside sweet potato slices over the loaf.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Invert the loaf onto a serving plate, then slice and serve.