Community Yoga
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Community Yoga: Free weekly Yoga class, with big benefits

My job is great, but after a long week, my back and mind are on the exhausted side. When Friday comes around, I want to get in some of my exercise for the week, but my gym has become so crowded that even a yoga class there was starting to turn…
Schiphol
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Schiphol pollution levels potential health risk

Many of us live relatively close to Schiphol airport. Where the volume of polluting particles in the air could form a potential health risk for people living nearby, the public health institute RIVM writes in a new report. The concentration…
Inside out
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How Emotions Serve (in any setting)

It's not often I enjoy a “kid film” as much as I did this past summer's Pixar hit, Inside Out. I laughed, I cried, I felt connected with myself (as things resonated with me) and also with my eight-year old daughter whose hand I squeezed…
GREENWASHING

Greenwashing in cosmetics

Last week during one of my meetings - the subject of this blog post found me. It comes up in one form or another, in every single meeting I have and in every casual conversation with people I meet when we talk about green beauty products. “Do…
Do you make these 9 sunscreen mistakes?
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Do you make these 9 sunscreen mistakes?

It’s time to make healthy skin a priority.. and to avoid sun protection mistakes: sunburn, basking in the sun to get tanned, relying only on sunscreen to protect you from the dangerous sun rays. By now, you probably know too that you…
Culture Shock
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Beyond Culture Shock

Moving to a foreign country has an emotional impact which can be more or less strong according to our own way of reacting to it. Some people are immediately enthusiastic about the country they moved to and adapt to it smoothly. Others, after…
Morning
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Who knew there could BE such a thing as a “Miracle Morning”?

To set the record straight, I am not a naturally born morning person. In fact, my partner and children have long given me a very wide berth each and every morning, not expecting me to show up for breakfast or have a single conversation…
Body scrubs

Body scrubs

Body scrubs feel luxurious, smell delicious and leave the skin smooth and moisturized. Honestly, a washcloth and a soap do just as well at exfoliating and cleansing. Often body scrubs contain both mechanical and chemical defoliants. They…
contaminated cheese
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Warning against contaminated cheese

The Nederlandse Voedsel- en Warenautoriteit (Dutch Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority) warned yesterday of the dangers of consumption of French cheese of the type Roquefort, the famous French blue cheese. The cheese is sold in different…
cleaning
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The best 5 tips for effective speed cleaning

As an expat mother, I do not always have the time and /or the energy to keep the house clean. While we are running after the children, trying to keep the deadlines and work and still squeezing friends visit in our weeks, it is one of the nightmares…
kindness
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Did you miss “Random Acts of Kindness” Week?

Random Acts of Kindness Week took place 9-15 February, 2015. But that’s o.k. if you missed the news – there’s never a wrong moment to be kind. And who couldn’t use some kindness in their life. My favorite RAK is receiving unexpected…
prostate-cancer-screening (www.delhidailynews.com)
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Prostate screening would save 300 lives a year

A two-yearly prostate cancer test for men would save 300 lives a year, according to European research led by Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The best results would be obtained with men aged aged 55-59. Every year, 2,400 men die from prostate…
Barbary Fig Seed Oil - The New "It" Oil

Barbary Fig Seed Oil - The New "It" Oil

(Face) oil is a heavenly experience for the skin. No wonder the skin oil revolution is taking the beauty world by storm. Most natural beauty products - lip balms, moisturizers, serums, shampoos and conditioners, even makeup such as foundation,…
The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the C
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The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the C

My name is Birgitte, I am a Dutch nutritionist and sport biomechanist. This is my third article on expatsHaarlem.. and surely not the last one. I have a project for you: The Dutch Healthy Food ABC. I will take the Dutch alphabet as source…
Anxiety and Expat Life (Photo: Freddie Pena)
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Anxiety and Expat Life

In my work as a psychologist in Amsterdam, I often help and support people with anxiety disorders: panic attacks, chronic agitation, stress, psycho-physical tensions, insomnia, etc. All these conditions are becoming more and more frequent…
The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the B
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The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the B

My name is Birgitte, I am a Dutch nutritionist and sport biomechanist. This is my second article on expatsHaarlem.. and surely not the last one. I have a project for you: The Dutch Healthy Food ABC. I will take the Dutch alphabet as source…
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The Dutch Healthy Food ABC: the A

My name is Birgitte, I am a Dutch nutritionist and sport biomechanist. This is my first article on expatsHaarlem.. and surely not the last one. I have a project for you: The Dutch Healthy Food ABC. I will take the Dutch alphabet as source…
(Image: Carol Rossetti)
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10 Empowering Illustrations to Remind Everyone Who's Really in Charge of Women's Bodies

When Brazilian graphic designer Carol Rossetti began posting colorful illustrations of women and their stories to Facebook, she had no idea how popular they would become. Thousands of shares show the appeal of Rosetti's work. The message is…
Finally! The first comparison site for Dutch health insurance in English (Photo: Globelink)
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Finally! The first comparison site for Dutch health insurance in English

ZorgWijzer.nl has launched the first and only Dutch health insurance comparison tool in English! Expats that are living or moving to the Netherlands can now easily compare different health insurance plans based on their wishes and requirements. The…
How to lose those extra kilos weight (and never get them again)
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How to lose those extra kilos weight (and never get them again)

I've never considered myself fat. Moreover, most of my life people have admired me for being slim and for how good I look. I gained 22 kilos weight during my pregnancy and then within four months they had disappeared without any effort on my…
A problem called "Happiness"
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A problem called "Happiness"

When I was studying psychology at university, I did not imagine that later on as a therapist I would have to face a problem called “happiness.” This mysterious thing we call happiness seems to be a must-have for everyone and - whether…
Nautilus machines

I hate functional training!!!

You heard me, I hate the current trend of what is being espoused as ‘functional training’.  The idea that ‘this or that’ is ‘functional’… Functional for what? To understand the idea of what functional training is, we need to…
I know you mean well but perhaps you might want to try these lines instead (Photo: Shutterstock)

I know you mean well but perhaps you might want to try these lines instead

I didn't realize I have been riding on a dark cloud to strangers, acquaintances or even friends when I respond my usual remark of “but why shouldn't I be positive? Why shouldn't I be happy and be grateful and be alive while dealing with cancer?” I…
Aikido, a new balance in the life of the Expat
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Aikido, a new balance in the life of the Expat

I have been living in the Netherlands for more than 10 years. Like most expats, I was working for a large international corporation. Last year, I decided to make the big dive by quitting and setting up a one-man company axed on two activities…
Horsemeat yay or nay (Photo: Tracy Brown Hamilton)
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Horsemeat: Yay or Neigh?

While the horsemeat scandal highlighted the aversion many have to eating horse, Lisa Wisker – the daughter of a horse butcher – says it only boosted business. “The same day the story broke in the newspapers, there were lines down to the…
NLs in top five countries for mothers (Photo; Arianna Ardia)
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NLs in top five countries for mothers

The chance of a woman in the Netherlands dying during pregnancy or childbirth has decreased by over half since the start of the century. This makes the Netherlands the fifth-safest country in the world to have a baby. While at the end…
Topless sunbathing is out (Photo: Getty Images)
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Topless sunbathing is out

European women choose less and less for topless sunbathing  This is what the French Elle writes, according to The Independent. The magazine’s summer issue suggests that topless sunbathing is over, even on the French Riviera, known…
Holidays Under the Tuscan Sun (Photo: Lidia Bernabei)
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Holiday Under the Tuscan Sun

'La Dolce Vita', the sweet way of life, we can't get enough of it! La Dolce Vita at the Tuscan coast? Sun, sea, hills, culture, traditions, relax, good food & wines... ENJOY, ENJOY, ENJOY! But sometimes we can't enjoy 100%: running…
Letter To the Young Mum in the Mammacare Waiting Area
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Letter To the Young Mum in the Mammacare Waiting Area

Yesterday in the waiting area I noticed you. You came out of the doctor's office, the same room that I came in a few minutes after. But in that fleeting moment that I was waiting to be called, I saw you. Your back lounged, partly seated…
Dutch population not getting enough sleep
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Dutch population not getting enough sleep

Many people in the Netherlands are not sleeping well. According to a study by NSWO, the Dutch sleep research organisation, almost one in two people are dissatisfied with the amount of sleep they get. NSWO conducted a sleep study in honour…