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We are sure that all of you want to be a happy, healthy human and live in a better, caring world - this is what this blog is all about. Enjoy it and remember that if to be happy, you need to be healthy, and only Happy Healthy Human can make the change.

This blog is part of project BrandBa.se in cooperation with Lund University’s International Marketing & Brand Management.

What to eat before training to be a happy sport.

Getting ready for the training is not only about the right sport shoes, comfortable clothes, and getting to the gym or yoga studio. Your nutrition before the training is one of the most important elements, that has direct impact on your performance during the session.

Here you will find the list of foods you should go for before the training, and those that you should definitely avoid!

  • What to eat before the training

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  • What NOT to eat before the work out

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(source:movenourishbelieve.com)

No matter what you train, how long you do it, and what you eat - there is one thing that does not change ever - the water.  DRINK IT!:-)

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Guilty: I’m a CrossFit Addict!!!

Since my first class of crossfit, I knew that I had found my training perfect match <3. I tried a lot of classes such as yoga, body combat, pump, zumba, spinning, regular gym programs…but somehow I´d never felt ´natural´ and completely satisfied. So around 7 months ago I tried Crossfit and It was love at the first sight! Even though I have realised that it is not the sport for everyone since a couple of friends never came back…

It is very intense, fast and challenging, but after each training I always feel better, stronger and happier.  The philosophy behind crossfit is not being skinny so your clothes look better on you but to build a strong fit body.

What is CrossFit?

-It is an intense strength and conditioning exercise program which combines flexibility, speed, agility,  motor skills, balance, respiratory & muscular endurance.

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-It uses non-traditional weightlifting equipment such as kettlbells, sand-bags, suspension systems or water-filled implements.  

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-It is structured in such way that participants are challenged to do a certain number of repetitions in a workout in a specific time frame.

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-Participants will actually compete against each other to see how fast they can complete the daily workout and post their results in public.

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Source: http://www.acefitness.org/ & wikipedia.

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Think Before You Have That Drink!

 Have you ever thought how much time you need to spend in the gym after having that cheeky glass of wine in the evening?!

Source: womenshealth.co.uk

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Healthy Snacks for a Happy Movie Night!!!

All Sundays around 8 pm I start thinking about my job, exercising, walking my dog, visiting my dentist, etc.  But wait a minute! It is still a weekend so I better enjoy my last weekend hours watching a movie.

Nothing works better with my plan than having a perfect snack and you know what? It will be healthy as well. Check out here for a healthy evening snacks suggestions:

1. Quesadilla…yes, yes a Quesadilla but a healthier version

-Instead of tortilla use whole wheat pita 

-Instead of manchego cheese use hummus and spinach

-“Pico de Gallo”: cut tomato and onion in small pieces, add a bit of lemon juice with salt

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2.  Strawberry with banana yoghurt and almonds

-Remove the heart of strawberries, fill each strawberry with banana yoghurt and top it up with hazelnuts and walnuts. After 15 minutes in the freezer you´ll enjoy a delicious dessert!

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3. Dark chocolate & almonds

-Melt 80% cocoa dark chocolate

-Put 5 almonds and cover it with the melted chocolate and top it with coconut shavings

-After 10 minutes in the freezer your chocolate treats are ready 

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Source: http://www.fitsugar.com/

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Why Eating In Front of the TV Makes You FAT?

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Let`s start from basics, just think about it :

1. Sitting for long leads to a major drop in your metabolism

2. Marketers nowadays know their job really well, so all the advertisements about food lead to increase of meal frequency thus weight gain

3. Eating in front of the TV  lead to weight gain because people are not aware of how much they have eaten

4. Think of all the time you have wasted in front of the TV being lazy and stuffing your face with chocolate or crisps rather than going to the gym and burning another 200 calories

5. Moreover people tend to consume 25% more later on in the day without even realising it

Is there a way to fix it?

We could suggest writing down previous meals or using visual reminders, such as wrappers of snacks, for example, that you had earlier in the day. 

Your phone can help you with it as well! We have already been talking about Nutrition Apps! Check it out!

Sources: 

http://www.mensxp.com/

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

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7 tips how to stick to your healthy diet

1) Drink more water

2) Eat a snack if you are getting hungry

3) Remove temptation by hiding unhealthy snacks

4) Stay accountable by noting your “cheat meals”

5) Substitute your cravings with healthy raw foods like carrots, cauliflower, broccoli

6) Record your progress since it will motivate you to stick to your diet

7) Surround yourself with like-minded people to stay on track

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 Sources: wikihow.com; fitday.com

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Have a healthy skin make any human happy: Homemade tips to prevent first wrinkles and get a glowing skin.

Usually first wrinkles are associated with people turning 35, but nowadays the high levels of stress, environmental conditions and active social life style that often involve drinking, partying and hangovers are causing that more and more young people started to show earlier signs of aging. Here are some simple tips that you can adopt to avoid this… remember that once the wrinkles appear is very hard and expensive to get rid of them, that is why is better to take care of your skin as soon as possible. 

Tip 1: Sleep on your back! It keeps skin from pulling forward and avoid neck wrinkles.

Ti 2: Eat lots of fruits & veggies: the best ones for a beautiful skin are…

Tip 3: Avoid over-wash your face, It eliminates the natural barrier oils and moisture that protect against wrinkles

Tip 4: Drink water, we mean it: The lack of water is the 2° major cause of wrinkles!!!

Tip 5: The most of us love sun but avoid the excess of exposure, it is the number one wrinkle accelerator. 

Sources:http://health.india.com/, http://www.livestrong.com/

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Relaxing Saturday for Happy Healthy Human

First  day of March, only 20 left to Spring. After cold winter days, our skin may need some help in order to  moist, hydrated and soft again. 

Here is an offer for You: homemade, natural, no chemicals!

  • Avocado Face Mask

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Peeled 1 ripe avocado mix with 1 egg yolk and a few drops of lemon juice. Prepared mix applied on the cleansed skin and leave on for about 20 minutes. Afterwards rinse off thoroughly with water.

  •  Egg Mask

Considered to be one of the most effective homemade masks for dry skin.  To make it You need: 1 egg yolk, olive oil and lemon. Yolk mix thoroughly in a bowl with a few drops of olive oil and squeezed lemon juice. Prepared paste apply on face and leave it on for about 15-20 minutes, afterwards rinse off thoroughly with water.

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Nothing changed in the water department - to keep your skin hydrated DRINK WATER!

Have a great Saturday!

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Healthy bowls

Want to know one of several tricks to eat less? How to lower calorie intake?

This is simple…Try to use opaque bowls instead of transparent bowls, and then you will eat less…

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The Impact of Colour on Our Healthy Eating Habits

We have already mentioned that the size of the plate has an impact on the amount of food we eat. What’s more interesting, since we first eat with our eyes, the colour of the plate impacts our appetite too.

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  • blue is an appetite suppressant ( it might be because there is not much food out there of this colour)
  • white encourages mindless eating
  • red, orange, yellow entice the palate
  • green, can trick us into a thought we are eating healthy, even when we don`t

Studies shown,  that if the colour of the food matches the colour of the plate, then we are inclined to eat more, and if they are contrasting the opposite is true.

It is important to eat in a mindful way and be aware that our environment e.g. the colour of the plate does impact our appetite. Remember  to cut down on calories 100-200 daily that will result in a weight loss of up to 5-10 kg over a year!

source: ‘Mindless Eating. Why We Eat More Than We Think’ B.Wansik

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Stick to Healthy Veggies and Fruits! Be Aware of Pesticide Residues!

Do you know that apples are one of the fruits with most PESTICIDE RESIDUE…here is the list with the fruits & veggies you better buy organic!

Often healthy diet is associated with the ingestion of veggies & fruits and it is true that a diet based on fruits & veggies are the best option for your health. However, one of the most common practices of their systematic production is the usage of pesticide which harm the body immediately and in a long term. Cancer, reproductive dysfunction, diabetes, autism, asthma, birth defects and Alzheimer’s among other diseases are related with pesticides in the food. Be aware of the vegetables & fruits with most pesticide residues.
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Some numbers….

Chemicals in your food by-Happy-Healhy-Human

Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/, http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/

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What Chemicals to Avoid if to Stay a Happy Healthy Human!

If you want to stay healthy stick to fresh food and avoid packaged food.

Count the chemicals in the ingredients list!

Food grown straight from the earth does not contain any chemicals, processed food does! 

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It All Comes Down to Healthy Digestion

Which greens to eat to support your digestion:

metabolism boosting foods by Happy-Healthy-Human

And on top of that of course - drink water, at least 2-2.5 liters/day.

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10 Tips for Happiness

Follow these tips and become a happier person in NO TIME!

Tipf for happiness by Happy-Healthy-Human

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Good Bacteria, Healthy Stomach

Through wise nutrition, you can help your digestive system work more efficient and smooth. Here is the list of foods that are good source of pro and pre biotics.

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Choose foods that work for you and with you e.g. not everyone can/should eat dairy.

And of course - drink a lot of water!:-)

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