Healthy Happy Christina



Protein Powerhouses


Protein is one of the three building blocks of good nutrition. It’s essential for building tissue, cells and muscle, as well as making hormones and anti-bodies.

Most people need around 0.8-1g of protein per 1kg of body weight per day. People who exercise a lot could need more. For example, if you weigh 55kg, you need 44-55 grams of protein a day.

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Eat your way to a healthy brain


Have you ever thought about how you’re feeding your brain? Probably not. It’s not something most people consider when thinking of their diet. However, it should be. Your brain is your engine. It’s always running and everything you do depends on how well it works.

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My Simple, Warming Thai Soup

I’m stuck with a horrible cold so I’m craving comfort food; that doesn’t take much effort to make. A few years ago I made a Snapguide on how to cook this  simple soup. I have most of the ingredients so it’ll make the perfect dinner. Hot and spicy comfort food is the best antidote to a cold or flu. And it’s loaded with nutrients to help out my immune system. Double win!

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Minerals – the importance of iron and magnesium


Minerals are important nutrients that your body needs to work properly, but you need less of them than macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat). They do things like turning the food you eat into energy, keeping your skin and hair healthy and keeping your bones strong.

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Macro-nutrients – The most important building blocks of nutrition

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Macro-nutrients are the main nutrients our bodies need to function. They are protein, carbohydrates and fat. Each one has their own job. Protein fuels muscles and helps them repair themselves (for example after strength training). Carbohydrates are our main source of energy. And fat helps us feel full, gives us energy and fights diseases.

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Moderately healthy booze choices


I think pretty much everyone knows that alcohol isn’t very healthy. But it’s also just so darn delicious. So what’s a healthy girl to do when she feels like a drink or two? Drink smart! Pick the least harmful poison and enjoy in moderation. I do love my booze but I try to be moderately healthy with my booze choices. Here’s a list of the drinks I try to avoid and others I excessively enjoy “in moderation”.

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Healthy and happy skin from the inside out

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Did you know that your skin is the largest organ of your body? Your skin is a great indicator of how healthy you are. Healthy skin glows, unhealthy skin is dull and damaged. So how can you take care of your skin health? Food is a great place to start!

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Why (crash) diets don’t work

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I’m getting so sick of articles and books pushing crazy and unhealthy weight loss with crash / fad diets. So many smart people fall for them. And I wish they knew what they were getting themselves in to. So I’m going to try to explain what happens to your body when you go on a crash diet.

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Take Two – Comparing Grains


So here’s Take Two of Healthy Happy Christina. I wasn’t happy with the direction Take One was going in so I decided to take a break. This time around I want to focus more on what I’m learning about nutrition, exercise and mental health. I’ve been realizing that there is so much misinformation about health floating around. So I’d like to help clarify things and show how easy it can be to make healthy choices.

For example, which type of grain gives you the most bang for your buck? That, of course, depends on which bang you’re looking for. Do you want high-protein, low-carb or low fat; and what about fibre and minerals?

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