Happy eating


On my blog, I want to show you how living healthy can make you happier. Looking around me (and looking at my own history), it’s not hard to see a lot of people have developed an unhealthy relationship with food. To keep it simple, two unhealthy eating patterns are worrying me: 1) eating too little and 2) eating too much. A lot of attention in our society goes to eating too much, which is why I’d like to devote this post to eating too little.

Our society portraits skinny models as a role model-and the rise of social media (in particular Instagram) has not made things better. For example, myself, I am only now accepting I will never have “skinny” legs – and I am also slowly realising my legs don’t look like elephant legs as I believed they did 🙂 .
Under the motto “to measure is to know”, too many of us are busy counting calories – and cutting down their calorie intake. And with that decreasing the joy of eating and increasing the feeling of guilt whenever we eat something “unhealthy”.
I don’t want to re-invent the wheel and be too patronizing as regards the bad impact of under-eating on your life since I’m not a doctor and Google can easily provide you with an accurate scientific description and explanation. In fact, there is a very long list – an they of course depend on the level of under-eating, but I wanted to share with you some basics:
  • It causes a starvation response which results in a metabolic slowdown  – which will make you gain weight in the long term;
  • You will lose muscle weight instead of fat. To explain it very simple:  “… what does our metabolism want less of when we are starving? It wants less tissue (which burns a lot of calories). What type of tissue burns a lot of calories? Muscle tissue. So when our metabolism thinks we are starving, it gets rid of calorie-hungry muscle tissue. Studies show that up to 70% of the weight lost while eating less comes from burning muscle—not body fat! Burning all this muscle means that starving ourselves leads to more body fat—not less—over the long term. As soon as we stop starving ourselves, we have all the calories we used to have but need less of them, thanks to all that missing muscle and our slowed-down metabolism. Now our metabolism sees eating a normal amount as overeating and creates new body fat.” Moreover, Losing muscle due to eating too few calories has a negative impact on your body composition and results in burning fewer calories than when you began cutting back.
  • It has a very bad impact on your health in general. Your body needs good food to function properly.
  • Most important: it makes you unhappy. My sister did quite some research on this topic and she taught me that under-eaters generally feel depressed or low and are often easily irritated.

I know the topic is very sensitive, but it is so very important to talk about it with the people around you. So please, if you’re worried, feel free to reach out to me.

Finally, I would like to shout out to Sandra Bekkari. Thanks to a friend of mine, I got introduced to Sandra’s books (“never diet again” – so for only available in Dutch) by a friend. Sandra wants to stimulate people to adopt a healthy lifestyle rather than going on a (crash) diet. As such, she puts forward an 80/20% rule – allowing you to have 20% of guilty pleasures if you sticky to 80% of healthy eating. Never forget: “One bad meal won’t make you fat, just like one good meal won’t make you skinny. I can strongly recommend buying her first book where she explains 7 steps to change your lifestyle (I will devote another blog post to her books).

To finish this blog post: take care of yourself. Be a happy eater and nourish your body. I promise to make some time for a blog post with some further tips in this respect 🙂 But please promise to reach out to me if I can help you.

XOX Ancy




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