As temperatures are rising and the sun is (finally!) shining in the Netherlands, everyone is gearing up for a summer full of al fresco dining with family and friends. And as much as I enjoy catching up with my loved ones in the garden, I’m not a huge fan of greasy pork sausages and fatty potato salads that are often served at barbecues. So I drew some inspiration from my favourite food blogs and found some amazing recipes that are perfect for the grill. They are easy to make, fresh and tasty, and above all: 100% guilt free! Enjoy!
This is the first interview in a series about what it’s really like to cope with chronic illness every day. How do you deal with the physical symptoms, emotional turmoil and practical problems? Today Kaila Prins of In My Skinny Genes shares her story about living with an eating disorder and how blogging about it helped her heal.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a 26 (soon be 27–where did the time go?) year old Marketing Copywriter living in San Jose, CA. I’m also a certified personal trainer, an exercise addict, and a recovering anorectic. I currently blog about disordered eating and exercise at inmyskinnygenes.com and run the Finding Our Hunger podcast. On the podcast, we talk to everyday people as well as “personalities” about their journey instead of the end point, and we share stories of working through issues of disordered eating, body image, identity, career goals, perfectionism, and building community in this strange, wonderful constantly-changing world.
In a world that constantly changes, what’s considered a healthy lifestyle seems to differ from time to time and from culture to culture.
Over the past decades, we’ve seen countless of diet and exercise trends, from high-tech fitness and low-fat diets, to bootcamp-style workouts, Zumba and juice cleanses. People are not just keen to try out cool new workouts and meal plans, but these trends also reflect the medical knowledge and technology of any given period.
It makes you wonder: Is there any health advice that passes the test of time?
We all have days when we’re struggling to get through our workday because we’re tired or unwell. Whether you had a sleepless night or you’re coming down with a cold, there’ll be mornings when you barely have the energy to drag yourself out of bed.
But when you’re living with chronic health problems or disabilities, you might be dealing with exhaustion, pain or limitations on a more regular basis. With symptoms flaring up unexpectedly, it’s just not possible to call in sick every time you feel worn out.
So somehow you’ll have to find a way to function well at your job while still looking after your health. Maybe your situation requires you to consider long-term solutions, like talking with your boss to explore alternatives or adjusting your work environment to meet your needs. But on days that you (still) feel run-down and miserable, what can you do to be as productive as possible?
“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck
Do you wake up in the morning feeling positive about life?
Most of the health advice we receive encourages us to eat healthily, be physically active and avoid bad habits like smoking. But it may be time to add “be happy” to the list of standard health recommendations.
An overwhelming amount of scientific studies have found that optimistic people who enjoy life have stronger immune systems, lower stress levels, less pain and even a longer life expectancy than unhappy people.
You might be wondering how you can start to feel happier when you’re struggling with daily hassles and life’s difficulties.
Being happy doesn’t mean you have to be cheerful and smiling all the time. Happiness is an overall satisfaction with your life, as well as the sum of the fleeting feelings you experience every day.