Life changing diet tips to live longer, happier and healthier!

Last week there was quite some commotion about two girls (my age…!) propagating a ‘healthy’ lifestyle. Some of their advice summarised: Start your day with rinsing your mouth with coconut oil and all toxic compounds will disappear, don’t eat avocado, nuts and olive oil at the same time, or don’t eat an egg before a piece of fruit. One of their top pieces of wisdom: ‘egg is the menstruation of a chicken’.

The girls were interviewed in a Dutch quality newspaper (NRC) (Find the article here!). Afterwards I saw a lot of comments and responses on my timeline on Facebook and also in Dutch TV-shows. The best response was from Arjan Lubach in his weekly TV-show “Lubach op Zondag”. All of it is in Dutch, can’t help that. 😉


I am fully aware of all the insecurities that are around about healthy living and healthy eating – and how diet guru’s try to earn money on that! So I will give you some free life changing tips I picked up from watching a very inspirational leader of the weight loss support group “Fat-Fighters”;


Ladies and gentleman, I present the one and only:




Be aware of products that are high in fat

Everyone knows that we should eat products that are low in fat to reduce our intake. Chips are high in fat. Lettuce is high in fat. Exchange ice cream for an ice cube. The final product for the list:


High in fat or low in fat? Anyone? Dust is LOW in fat.



Be aware of products that are craving sensitive

A lot of sugary products will you leave wanting to eat more of it. Make a list of your craving sensitive products so you can avoid them completely in the future. Marjorie’s list? Ice cream, choclit, and cake, cake, CAKE!



Be aware of ways of increase calorie usage



Cut your calories in half

Eat half of what you would normally eat. Make a full meal and only eat half of it. Take a chocolate bar and eat half it. It’s an easy way to reduce calorie intake and – the cool thing – you can eat twice as much!


Push the last few ounces away

When weighing yourself, loose every unnecessary weight like, shoes, jewellery, clothes and – eh – underwear.


Eat a product that is low in carbs, fat and calories

Dust. I mentioned it before, dust. It is the ultimate product to eat; it is low in carbs, low in fat and low in calories. You can eat as much of it as you want!



After being inspired, a tip from me – everyone can do this one!


A flatter belly within three seconds

Breathe in and while you’re breathing out, pull your belly button towards your spine. Do this in front of a mirror to see the instant result. 🌞



Marjorie Dawes is one of the characters of Little Britain.






Starting a new blog

This is my very first post. I feel my fingers running over my keyboard finding their way to the right keys. Still, my mind is not sure yet where to begin.

There are already so many blogs out there that it is hard to be original and ‘new’. And since it is hard, I will still try, but also accept if I don’t achieve originality.

This first blog is about my mind flow for starting this blog.

First of all there is this drive to write. I like to write and tell stories. Two things about story-teling that are typical me.

  1. I tell too much context, especially in written stories.
  2. I tell too little context and hop into the clou of the story.

So whether the one or the other is an overcompensating system, I don’t know (yet). Anyways, this drive explains why I started this blog.

Then, during my studies I was in Canada for my internship for 5 months and during that time I also blogged about my experiences, it was to update my family and now I sometimes read it to relive that time. Now I’m working as a PhD candidate in the UK and in The Netherlands. Three elements here are very interesting.

  1. PhD life itself, since I’m in between student and employee. It’s confusing, entertaining and always interesting.
  2. My personal life is now more complicated, but also more adventurous now I live in two places.
  3. The differences between the cultures in the UK and NL, especially now that after voting for the Brexit the UK is not so united anymore.

Now I knew that I wanted to write a blog and what it should be about, I needed a name for my site. And that’s difficult! In the end it became ‘Try the sunny side’, it’s inspiring, uplifting and positive. My first name is Tryntsje (pronounced as Trynche) and I love the sun!

I hope I will be inspiring to you! 🌞