`*May Your 2018 be #Melyene7ayet!

Happy New Year folks!I Wish you nothing but eternal happiness and good health.

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Perhaps, for the past years, many of you have spent their time waiting for happiness to be expressed upon the collection of a big prize or by moving to a bigger house, driving a faster car, or have tried to get happier but always seem to get leveled by setbacks… I’ve been there, thought about that but I came to realize that Happiness doesn’t require a huge investment or rocket science to be accessible on a daily basis… I learnt to be grateful and enjoy the smallest delights that life offers me, even if the biggest prizes pass me by as they are singular events soon to be forgotten… But life’s littles treasures are those that make me truly happy and go on and on.And guess what ? Basic 101, incontrovertible that scientists are trying to tell us through their continuous researches: happiness and good health go hand-in-hand. Happiness can make our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger and our lives longer.It combats stress, diseases and disabilities and fights pains and aches.

I promise myself this year to keep on enjoying life’s little pleasures by recognizing the joy they contain and being grateful to everything I have and to continue providing you with the best Nutrition hints and Cooking tips to be in good health and become eternally happy!

Here are the top posts and videos related to the best ways to keep your body well hydrated in order to become #Melyene7ayet!

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One of the secrets to #Melyene7ayet is to wake up every morning with a large smile, drink two glasses of water on an empty stomach, have breakfast and focus on natural foods and ingredients (organic ones are always a better option).In case you never noticed, sometimes you may still be feeling hungry and tend to overeat when in reality you are just thirsty! So keep yourself well hydrated to avoid overeating and gaining weight! Include two to three portions of fruits in your diet plan as they are rich in water, fiber, vitamins and minerals and are loaded with antioxidants that will strengthen your immune system.

For Chips lovers to have control over the portions they consume, drinking three glasses of water before indulging would help a lot! As for Ice Cream lovers; it doesn’t matter how big Your ice cream cone would be as long as You hydrate yourself and drink a small bottle of water before digging in! Drinking Water before snacking on Ice Cream or Chips will help you eat less and save unwanted extra calories!

 

The word “salad” originated from salt, and began with the early Romans salting their leafy greens and vegetables. One of the simplest and healthiest health habits that anyone can commit to, is to begin each meal (lunch and dinner) with a salad. It provides enough fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fills up the stomach, leaving a little space for the main course. The ideal portioning of the plate should always be: 50% salad, 25% Carbohydrates and 25% Proteins.

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“Eja el Autocaaaaar”… One of the most used and abused sentences throughout scholar years.I just dislike hearing it Today although I keep great memories from my days at school and my lunchboxes that my lovely mother would carefully prepare and pack every single morning all along the small bottle of water.Thankfully, I grew up in an environment where drinking carbonated beverages and bottled juices was completely forbidden.I can still remember my dad’s frightening looks when I’d ask for soft drinks (lol).We wouldn’t even have any can or bottle at home for our guests… Some big decisions are really crucial at an early age, and growing up in a house where processed foods, soft drinks, junk food were forbidden led me at an early age to adopt healthy eating habits and adapt my taste buds to the real taste of real foods.Mothers’ out there reading; time for you to act!

 

Drink-up, water haters: Water detox drinks!

The Basic 

2 liters of water
1 cup of sliced cucumbers
1 lemon sliced
a handful of mint leaves

The Spiced one
2 liters of water
1 apple sliced
1 cinnamon stick
2 tbsp of fresh ginger root diced

The Sour one
2 liters of water
1/2 lemon sliced
1/2 lime sliced
1/2 grapefruit sliced
a handful of basil leaves

To beat fatigue
1 cup green tea
1 cup grapefruit pieces
2-3 ice cubes
15 g pumpkin seeds

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Every Year on Christmas and on other holidays, I apply the same survival strategies of:

-drinking two liters of water per day

-Snacking on 23 pieces of almonds while shopping and hunger hits (I keep that metallic almond box in my purse).

-Target 10.000 steps per day

-Dim the lights while eating: a meal eaten under soft warm lighting will help you save 175 Calories

-Drink alcohol from straight long shaped glasses to consume 60% less calories

-Eat desserts with a big fork as this will help you eat less

-Sleep 7 hours per night as sleep deprivation can raise levels of appetite hormone: ghrelin!

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“Every day, think as you wake up, today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it. I am going to use all my energies to develop myself, to expand my heart out to others; to achieve enlightenment for the benefit of all beings.I am going to have kind thoughts towards others, I am not going to get angry or think badly about others. I am going to benefits others as much as I can.” #DalaiLama

Dietitian Nicole Maftoum

 

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