Ultra-processed food

Processed food has historically helped human beings to be healthier (eg pasteurization, fermentation, natural conservatives, and so on). But ultra-processed food has not. It is proved that it causes diabetes, cancers, cardiovascular diseases, depression, mood disorders and obesity. So why does it represent more than half of the diet of the British and the Americans and why is it selling so well in developing countries?

This article explains that view in details: How ultra-processed food took over your shopping basket – The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/food/2020/feb/13/how-ultra-processed-food-took-over-your-shopping-basket-brazil-carlos-monteiro

The university of Cambridge and the UN have elaborated a classification called the Nova system to help buyers to know how processed is the food and make better choices.

To know more about the Nova system, click here:  The UN Decade of Nutrition, the NOVA food classification and the trouble with ultra-processing –  Cambridge University press: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/public-health-nutrition/article/un-decade-of-nutrition-the-nova-food-classification-and-the-trouble-with-ultraprocessing/2A9776922A28F8F757BDA32C3266AC2A

But this is not enough. Ultra-processed food doesn’t always even look like food but its attraction remains. Why? They are convenient, cheaper, they have stronger flavours and smell, and they release a first taste which doesn’t go on and make you want more to experience again. Moreover, advertisement and nostalgia due to the fact that people ate it during their childhood weighs more on the decision than a future health well being even if people may feel depressed afterwards because they did not have the willpower to resist that temptation. 

For more details about this mechanism, read this. We know highly processed food is bad for us. Why do we keep eating it? – Global News: https://globalnews.ca/news/5331125/ultra-processed-food-nutrition/

To know more about willpower, read Willpower by Roy Baumeister, 2011.

To have a comprehensive understanding of human behaviour, read Behave by Robert Sapolsky, 2017.

So how to stop?

1. Stop watching advertisement and TV.

2. Shop after having eaten to give your prefrontal cortex enough energy to make the good choice.

3. Stop blaming yourself and lower your self-confidence because the food industry knows how to mess with your brain (colours, sounds, TV, flavours, packaging, and so on).

This article  about the book Thinking, Fast and Slow by Nobel price Daniel Kahneman explains how our thinking is biased and how it can be manipulated by industry Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thinking,_Fast_and_Slow

4. Shop online and take your time to read the labels and get information on the internet. The choice is made when you buy, not when you eat.

These websites give you a tool to know more about what you eat: Open Food Facts: https://world.openfoodfacts.org and the independent app Yuka: https://yuka.io

5. Be patient. This is an addiction, you’ll be craving even more for this ultra-processed food when you begin to stop. Later, you won’t miss it.

6. Cook, it’s not that difficult if you choose delicious and easy recipes.

7. Don’t avoid all processed food, as nature is not always that good for you. Avoid ultra-processed food only.

Aliments ultra-transformés, mais que mange-t-on ! ABE-RTS: https://youtu.be/YoemtsZ4Tvc

Sun Cream

Différences entre écran solaire minéral et filtre UV chimique – ecocentric: https://www.ecocentric.fr/blog/index/billet/14446_filtres-solaires-nanos

Hawaii approves sunscreen ban in an effort to save coral reefs – TreeHugger: https://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/hawaii-approves-sunscreen-ban-effort-save-coral-reefs.html

Which sunscreen should you choose? – Mary Poffenroth – Ted ed: https://youtu.be/JX8rv_natkw

To check if your sunscreen is good for your health and the environment:

– Cosmetics Database | EWG: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

Comparatif Substances toxiques dans les cosmétiques – Que choisir: https://www.quechoisir.org/comparatif-ingredients-indesirables-n941/

For more complex info:

OMS | Rapport historique sur les effets pour l’homme de l’exposition aux perturbateurs endocriniens chimiques: https://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/hormone_disrupting_20130219/fr/

Cahier de vacances. La crème solaire- franceinfotv: https://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/cahier-de-vacances/cahier-de-vacances-la-creme-solaire_3531549.html#xtor=CS2-765-[autres]-

For more info related to healthy tanning:



Crèmes solaires

Différences entre écran solaire minéral et filtre UV chimique – ecocentric: https://www.ecocentric.fr/blog/index/billet/14446_filtres-solaires-nanos

Hawaii approves sunscreen ban in an effort to save coral reefs – TreeHugger: https://www.treehugger.com/ocean-conservation/hawaii-approves-sunscreen-ban-effort-save-coral-reefs.html

Which sunscreen should you choose? – Mary Poffenroth – Ted ed: https://youtu.be/JX8rv_natkw

Pour vérifier si votre crème solaire est bonne pour la santé et l’environnement:

– Cosmetics Database | EWG: https://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

– Comparatif Substances toxiques dans les cosmétiques – Que choisir: https://www.quechoisir.org/comparatif-ingredients-indesirables-n941/

Pour des explications plus complexes:

OMS | Rapport historique sur les effets pour l’homme de l’exposition aux perturbateurs endocriniens chimiques: https://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2013/hormone_disrupting_20130219/fr/

Cahier de vacances. La crème solaire- franceinfotv: https://www.francetvinfo.fr/replay-radio/cahier-de-vacances/cahier-de-vacances-la-creme-solaire_3531549.html#xtor=CS2-765-[autres]-


Healthy Soda

Half a lemon juice + 1 liter of water = ça mousse (foam)

You can also add slices of fresh ginger roots and add them to this drink.  You can also make variations to this recipe: it works with oranges, strawberries, grapefruits or anything you like.

The Guardian – Grandma’s all-natural recipes: when life gives you lemons, preserve them: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/apr/30/grandmas-all-natural-recipes-when-life-gives-you-lemons-preserve-them


Ginger and Lemon sparkling water.


You can also squeeze the juice of the half lemon directly into the glass of sparkling water.

Pour lire ceci en français, cliquez ici: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/158971101626/healthy-soda-le-jus-d12-citron-1l-deau

– Coffee Invitation: https://aurianneor.tumblr.com/post/162392229350/coffee-invitation-a-

My personal Henna recipe:

If your hair is tinted with chemicals, make a detox mask first.

1. Prepare the mixture without using metal utensils.

1 egg (nourishing the hair)

1 black beer (bringing volume)

60g of neutral henna (sheathing your hair ―do not use natural henna = lawsonia inermis which tints in red)

70g of walnut husks (for a chestnut complexion)

30g of rhapontic (= rhubarb root, for Venetian blond highlights)

40g of turmeric (colorizing white hair ―buy it as a pigment because turmeric food gives orange highlights)

25g of alma powder (dying the hair dark blonde/chestnut. It is said to prevent hair loss as it is rich in vitamin C)

1 tablespoon honey (lightening the hair)

1 big spoon of olive oil (revitalizing damaged hair)

1 big spoon lemon juice or 2 spoons of cider vinegar (helping pigmentation and containing a biodegradable anti-limescale agent.)

½ natural yoghurt (for a smooth mixture)

1 teaspoon of ginger (supposedly helping hair growth)

1 cup of nutmeg (said to be fostering circulation)

1 small hot infusionof chamomile (for blond highlights and also because the heat fixes the pigments) – Another option is to use black tea if you like a darker color.

10 drops essential oil of chamomile (for blond highlights)

2. The mixture must have the consistency of a cream. If it is too liquid, add clay (green, pink or white) or neutral henna. If it is too thick, add a hot infusion of chamomile or black tea.

3. Optional: Let rest at least 2 hours or the whole night.

4. Put on old clothes and gloves. Apply on each wick, emphasizing the roots. Removeit when it is on the forehead, the neck or the ears.

Perform the operation in the bath or shower and immediately rinse the tiles, shower curtain and room with water before the pigments tint what they touched (if necessary, use bleach or a detergent).

Put a net cap  and an old towel. Remove the mixture that touches the skin. At this point, my son asks me to take off my hat because he says: “Mom you are not beautiful”. This is the only time he says that which means I must really look like a monster!

5. Leave on the hair for 3 hours (if you have white hair, otherwise, you can leave it from 1 to 3 hours depending on how deep the color you want). Do not open the door to strangers for fear of frightening them!

6. Remove the bulk of the mixture in hot water and rub thoroughly with a neutral organic washing base and then apply a mixture of 1/3 cider vinegar (which fixes the dye) and 2/3 of water, all thickened with guar gum so that the mixture has the consistency of a conditioner (see “Healthy Hair” for the full recipe). Leave on, then rinse with cold water to close the hair scales. Perform the operation in the bath or shower, then rinse the tile, shower curtain and room thoroughly with water before the pigments tint what they touched. Immediately afterwards, wash clothing, net cap, towels and all that has been in contact with the henna.

Dry your hair with a hairdryer; and then in the open air. (An exception is made the day of the henna because heat fixes pigments but the rest of the time prefer drying your hair in the open air or in a bamboo fiber turban).

Wait 3 days to see the real result (before, the color is not final, do not panic!).

If your skin is colored on the forehead, on the nape or around the ears, rub with lemon juice.

7. If the color is not suitable after 3 days; commercial chemical shampoos and conditioners are effective enough to remove color. Repeat a henna a week later by correcting the recipe in the direction you want.

For blond: Add to neutral henna, curcuma, chamomile, rhapontic, cassia or turmeric.

For chestnut: Add to henna walnut husk and / or Alma powder.

For coppery red: Make a mixture consisting of half of neutral cassia and half of natural or neutral henna.

For red: Add to neutral or natural henna, madder, beet juice or peels. onions.

Ginger promotes hair growth.

Nutmeg promotes circulation.

Cinnamon intensifies red and has antibacterial properties.

Clove has antiseptic properties.

Neutral henna sheath without coloring.

Natural henna sheath and colour in red.

Lemon juice and / or cider vinegar are anti-scaling and lightening.

Turmeric and black tea gilds hair (especially white hair)

In prevention, henna repulses lice. If you want to reinforce this repellent action, you can add a few drops of lavender essential oils to the preparation above or add a few drops in your conditioner. Ditto for the essential oil of chamomile for blond highlights or black tea to darken slightly the white hair (visible effect after 3 weeks).

If your color suits you, I advise you to use simple and organic products, such as those that I recommend in “Healthy Hair” or your color may change significantly.

It’s up to you to adapt according to the nature of your hair and the hardness of your water.

Create your own recipes, express your talent.

Pour le masque détox, consultez: https://centifoliabio.fr/fr/blog/a-quoi-sert-un-masque-detoxinant-pour-cheveux-n33

Pour plus de conseils sur l’entretien: https://centifoliabio.fr/fr/?fc=module&module=prestablog&controller=blog&id=292

Pour plus d’informations sur la coloration: https://centifoliabio.fr/fr/blog/coloration-naturelle-c25


Sesame Street- I love my hairhttps://youtu.be/enpFde5rgmw

Be healthier with fewer traffic jams.
Organise public space so people can choose the vehicule they want to use.

Bikes vs Cars 2015 Documentary: https://youtu.be/et8iEIPhooM

Imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4397346/mediaindex?ref_=tt_pv_mi_sm

What a driverless world could look like | Wanis Kabbaj: https://youtu.be/OlLFK8oSNEM:

Urgent investment needed in walking and cycling infrastructure to save millions of lives and combat climate change – United Nations Environment Program:

Bicycle Race – Queen : https://youtu.be/xt0V0_1MS0Q

La Bicyclette – Yves Montand : https://youtu.be/eoHjQs6C4UY

Le projet deux à deux cycles:https://deuxadeuxcycles.wordpress.com/le-projet

, Fellini: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/8%C2%BD

Malgré les champignons

Plus les ingrédients sont de qualité, plus le plat sera bon au goût et pour la santé.

1. Préchauffez le four à 250°C (thermostat 8).

2. Laver et couper les champignons comme vous voulez et dans les quantités que vous souhaitez (perso, je mets 500g pour un magret). Les mettre dans un plat à four. Poser le magret ou les magrets avec la peau sur le dessus.

3. Faire cuire 15 min à 250°C (thermostat 8; four déjà chaud).

4. Sortir le plat. Mélanger les champignons, retourner le(s) magret(s).

5. Cuire 15 min à 180°C (thermostat 6).

6. Accompagner de riz ou de pain par exemple puis déguster.

Pour la version de luxe, consulter Maite, La cuisine des mousquetaires:

Magrets de canard farcis au foie gras et aux cèpes: http://www.ina.fr/video/CPC92006395

(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghkQoJoipbM)

La Terre vue de près – UNESCO: http://www.unesco.org/archives/multimedia/?pg=33&s=films_details&id=1570

Entretien avec Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Ambassadeur de bonne volonté du Programme des Nations Unies pour l’environnement: http://www.un.org/apps/newsFr/newsmakersF.asp?NewsID=21#.WkN1dbaZPNA

Supertramp – Better Days: https://youtu.be/xE_dA479MCs

Queen – Innuendo: https://youtu.be/FRM0G1wfXoM