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Food diary low in sugar & gluten week 1

Food plan diary low in sugar* & gluten | Week 1

I have decided to reduce my consumption of refined sugars* (biscuits, brown/white sugar, cakes, sweets) and gluten and will share my food plan for a month. However, I’m not cutting sugars or carbs out of my diet. I will get sugar from natural sources like fruits and I will replace pasta and bread by rice, quinoa and occasionally gluten-free pasta. I’m not eating sugar-free, low-calorie food either which are packed with chemicals and salt. Why? As you may know, I have made several lifestyle changes over the years. I stopped eating ready meals packed with hidden sugars years ago, given up drinking my daily coke zero in 2013 and replaced processed food by whole foods (80% being organic). All these changes had a positive impact on my skin and well-being. Refined sugar are known to cause inflammation in our body which in turn leads to depression. Reducing my refined sugar intake means that I haven’t suffered from seasonal affective disorder for the past three years and I have moved on from the depression that hit me in 2013. …

How to deal with the change of season

How to deal with the change of season

I had a really good time in Paris. Meeting Peter Lindbergh on Thursday was a major highlight of my stay and then I caught up with friends which is always really nice. However, this weekend, I completely collapsed.

5 powerful health benefits from eating slower

4 powerful health benefits from eating slower

“Slow down”, “Put your phone down”, “Do one thing at the time” are some of the things I’ve heard for years from my mum while eating. My Nutritionist told me the same and Steve has also forwarded me many times articles on the health benefits of eating slower but did I listen!? Not really but last week, Stéphanie (who I didn’t know) sent me a nice message & a breakfast recipe after this post and that’s all it took to make me stop, think and give it a go (timing is always everything!)

How to pack the best natural First aid kit for the Summer

How to pack the best natural First aid kit

I’ve never been one known to pack the whole house when we travel around Europe. I like to travel light without constraints but I have a child who likes climbing trees and spend hours in the water so here are some of my favourite organic products I pack for the whole family in our toilet bag.

Starting surfing at 40+

Starting surfing at 40+

I’m a firm believer that it’s never too late to start anything you want in life. You can start over, each morning and do whatever you want. I don’t define myself or what I want to do by my age. I think it is how you feel in your own skin that matters…You can be a fit, healthy chick in your fifties and a couch potato in your twenties. You can be a cancer or depression survivor and then turn your life around in a matter of months. My friend Vicky is the former and she is now a kick-ass fitness instructor in Gloucerstershire who is impacting positively on the lives of many women. I even got inspired to start running again just by seeing her regular posts on Facebook. Being comfortable with my age, wrinkles and fine lines is one of my great achievements. Yes, sometimes my skin is dry, some nights I drink too much, don’t sleep enough and look like hell but generally speaking, I’m OK with who I am and I credit this mostly to what I eat (hint, hint) and the lifestyle …

Girlfriends' best skincare tips

25 skincare & beauty tips to try

A couple of weeks ago, my sister Elodie and a bunch of girlfriends came down to the Bay of Arcachon for a girls weekend. I made this delicious chocolate zucchini cake twice and tried a new anti-inflammatory green juice. We ate good healthy food, laughed a lot and talked about food, sugar intake, clean eating, skincare, make-up, ageing gravefully and single motherhood (3 out of 5 in our group). We all came out of the weekend feeling energised and positive with so much to take from each other so I thought I would share with you all the skincare tips we exchanged.

How to make a delicious, gluten-free chocolate zucchini cake

Gluten-free chocolate zucchini cake

My sister and some friends are arriving this weekend for a “girls weekend”. Since I can’t think of a nice weekend with friends without cake (and preferably a chocolate one!), I made an attempt to bake my first veggie chocolate cake so I can literally have my cake and eat it! The cake is gluten-free and is filled with some fructose-free sweetness so it’s all good. While I wasn’t convinced of the taste to start with, I’m on my fourth slice (over the course of two days) and I absolutely love it! So have a go and let me know what you think…

What are you most 2016 inspiring new resolutions?

So…are you making any new resolutions this year? Early this month, I decided on my 4 feel-good things to achieve this year but for the nitty gritty, I needed things to sink in first to see what I really wanted to do this year and then I wrote this post and oh boy…..things became a lot clearer!!!