Holy Bery - Insentials

Holy Berry and Insentials meet

Amandine De Paepe, nutritionist, biomedicalist and founder of Insentials, tells us in this blog about how she helps women to lead a healthy life by supplementing nutrient deficiencies.

95% of women suffer from a vitamin deficiency. This fact is one of the reasons of the foundation of Insentials. Our starting point is that every woman is unique just as her body. It is therefore important that we learn to understand our body and that we discover our specific needs. That is why I developed a scientifically substantiated and unique self-test with which you get a personal vitamin plan that is based on targeted questions.” – Amandine de Paepe from Insentials –

How did Insentials come about?

“I have had a great passion for nutrition and health from an early age. I successfully marketed a number of nutritional supplements during my career as a biomedical and nutritionist in the pharmaceutical sector. This fueled my passion for supplements and nutrition and that is why I decided to launch Insentials in 2021.

What do you want to achieve with Insentials?

“Taking vitamins is important, but it is even more important to know which combinations are possible, that is exactly the strength of Insentials In addition to a dose of Smart Insentials, we will give youa personal test that will clearly show which vitamins your body needs. This will not only help you to be healthier, but also help you to feel better. That’s my goal with Insentials. I want to help women preventively and in a holistic way to supplement their deficiencies and essential vitamins. This help will be based on a personal screening.”

 

What exactly is “Smart Insentials Vitamins”?

“This multivitamin only contains nutrients that you really need. Most multivitamins contain 20+ ingredients that are dosed too low. Besides that, you already have enough of them true your daily food. Our vitamins contain only 6, in optimal dosage. This gives you a better vitamin absorption in your body.”

 

In your practice you work holistically. We also see this reflected in the Insentials logo. What do the 5 dots of the Insentials logo represent?
  • Eten (food): Healthy food is the foundation of a healthy life.
  • Exercise: A well-functioning body also needs its dose of exercise.
  • Expertise: You should not just take medication, but have the right knowledge.
  • Ecologie: The vitamins are supplied in attractive, refillable glass jars.
  • Essentialise:Healthy food is no longer sufficient these days. You also need supplements.

Those 5 “e” holistic approach ensures that every point gets the necessary attention and that everything is done as it should be.

 

Holy Berry believes that a healthy body is a well-functioning body. Still, you recomend to detox your body regularly? Why do you think this is so important?

“A detox cure helps your body eliminate toxins. Your liver needs energy, which it gets from antioxidants such as vitamins and minerals, to reset your body. One of the most powerful antioxidants is Glutathione. This substance neutralizes free radicals and has an anti-inflammatory effect. Indispensable if you want to keep your body clean!

In addition, detoxing not only has a positive effect on your body but also resets your mind. I especially recommend taking a detox cure with every change of season.”

 

We have a box that specifically bets on this. What exactly does the Detox Boost of Insentials consist of?

“Our Detox Boost is a proven antioxidant supplement for the liver. This helps to detoxify your body in an efficient & natural way. This detox will make you feel more energetic, something that everyone would like. Our Detox Boost contains milk thistle, artichoke, choline and glutathione for optimal liver detox and elimination of your body toxins.”

 

We have already heard and seen that you are a fan of our Acai berries! That is really great! Why do you like Açai ?

“It is a high nutrient and has an abundance of vitamins and minerals. The Acai berry is a superfood that I like to have for breakfast. Despite being a strong supporter of intermittent fasting, I have to eat in the morning. I always get up very early. That is why breakfast is one of the most important meals of my day. Holy Berry products are very practical for this. Very healthy and quickly ready!”

 

Do you want to discover more about Insentials? Discover their website!

 

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Interview with Lynn De Merlier about her new book “The Immunity Plan”

Hi Lynn, thanks for this interview! Would you like to briefly introduce yourself? 🙂

I’m Lynn De Merlier from “Goesting in Gezondheid.” I am an osteopath and orthomolecular nutritionist, with a practice in Lokeren. Since childhood I have been fascinated by the human body and in addition to my practice I was (and still am) constantly looking for new challenges. I launched my own granola brand “Lynn’s granola” and am the author of two books. In 2018, “Goesting in Health,” a book for peaceful bowels, was released. And last week my second book “The Immunity Plan” came out. Additionally, for several years I was the regular nutrition expert for NINA magazine, make vlogs for Libelle Lekker and regularly give lectures and presentations for companies. And who knows what the future will bring 😉

 

Within your approach, the main focus is the link between the gut flora and the general state of health. Why this focus on gut flora?

As an osteopath and orthomolecular therapist, I look at the human being as a whole. I look beyond the symptoms, and look for the cause. Often the cause of a resumption of symptoms lies in the intestines. An example : Stress makes our intestinal wall more permeable. If chronic stress is present, then the intestinal wall will let through more than is good for you. This is a breeding ground for allergies and an overactive immune system. Too one-sided (Western) diet is also not good for your intestinal wall. That’s why variety is so important. So an açaí bowl in the morning is a good alternative to favored breakfasts with bread.

 

You were one of the first to bring attention to this link. How were the reactions to that because surely you were a pioneer in that field?

Very good! From the grateful responses I received (and continue to receive) from readers of my book “Goesting in Health,” I could tell that I have made a lot of people wiser and really helped them with my tips and advice. It is also often a subject that people find somewhat embarrassing to talk about. I make all of that discussable. In my practice, there is no shyness to talk about flatulence, your bowel movements or rumblings in the belly. And believe me, there are a lot more people who suffer from gut problems than you think.

 

How would you define your approach and what makes it unique compared to the many other, so called professional, views and treatments?

I look at people as a whole and I look for the cause of their complaints. That’s where I make the biggest difference! I take my time for that. I really listen to people, map out their ailments and then work on finding the cause. I set up a treatment plan and we get to work. Such a treatment plan can range from osteopathic treatments, supplemented with nutritional recommendations, and/or lifestyle counseling. Because if I work on the bowels manually, but no attention is paid to nutrition, then it’s mopping up.

 

In your brand new book “The Immunity Plan” you go one step further and explain how important immunity is to overall health. To do this, you work on the basis of 5 pillars. Why these 5 and what is the vision behind this?

In my book, I make a strong link between health, immunity, and human evolution. Our way of life has changed dramatically over the past few centuries. We don’t travel around like we used to and only collect food from the supermarket. The pace of all the evolutions is so fast that our genes can no longer keep up with this new way of life. Our lifestyle no longer matches our bodies. And this is strongly reflected in five domains that also form the five sections of this book. To keep it as practical as possible, I developed the REMEET model. The letters of REMEET stand for the five domains you can address : Rhythm : about biorhythm and sleep, Exercise : about exercise, Mindset : about the balance between exercise and relaxation, Extra Energy : about detoxification and Taste : about nutrition.

 

“Taste” (nutrition) is one of the pillars. Since we are a food brand, we would like to hear what is central to this pillar.

That chapter is about variety, unprocessed foods, and making healthy choices that are good for your body and help your immune system work optimally. I don’t believe in black lists of foods you should never eat. Just as I don’t believe in crash diets and extreme nutrition advice. As far as I’m concerned, when it comes to foods to avoid, it’s about just about anything that falls under the heading of “processed foods. Processed foods full of additives such as flavorings, colorings and preservatives. The big problem with such nutrition is that it is all made very palatable. But this way we get much less nutrients like fiber and omega 3 fatty acids. If your diet consists mainly of unprocessed food, contains enough fiber, not too many quick sugars and is very varied, then you are doing well anyway 😉 Choose organic and fresh products as much as possible. Also, learn about new foods regularly. The Açai is another great example of this!

Açai, like many other pure and unprocessed natural products, is an ingredient you’ll love to put on your menu. What appeals to you so much in the nutritional profile of this berry species?

Besides being delicious and versatile, they contain a lot of vitamins, minerals and trace elements. So it’s the perfect combination of delicious and healthy. Almost too good to be true. They also contain a high amount of omega 3, which is an essential fatty acid and very important for the functioning of our immune system.

 

How do you prefer to eat your Açai and do you have a tip for an easy and quick way to get your dose of Açai power in? 

I eat an açai bowl for breakfast at least 3x a week. That’s very easy to make. Coconut yogurt, açai, banana and topped off with my own Totally Nuts granola. The “No mixer” smoothie bowl drops I’m definitely going to try too. That will also be a hit in our family! I also love experimenting. From brownies with açai to açai ice creams,…you name it. It is a very versatile product.

 

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“No mixer” smoothie bowl gamma – Out now!

It is with great pride that we introduce the two new jewels in the Holy Berry range:

Our “No mixer” smoothie bowls

 

And if they are jewels! We are happy to explain the idea behind this new range in this short but powerful blog.

Start at the beginning

What is a smoothie bowl? A preparation based on (frozen) fruit mixed with some liquid or (plantbased) yoghurt that is usually finished off with toppings such as granola, seeds, nut paste, coconut flakes, fresh fruit, … A smoothie bowl is an ideal breakfast to kick-start your day but can be eaten throughout the day, even up to dessert. When you use frozen fruit pieces for your smoothie bowl, it has a slightly frozen texture, which reminds you of a delicious ice cream. And who wouldn’t want that for breakfast!

It literally takes 3 minutes to prepare and you really don’t need a super deluxe blender. A large pot and a powerful hand blender will do the trick! And that is precisely why smoothie bowls are so popular with children and their parents. It is an enormously nutritious breakfast that can be prepared in minutes and for the whole family. Pour everything together, mix it up, put toppings on the table and finish off! Delicious, easy and ooooh-so healthy. Sometimes, you CAN have the cake and eat it too 🙂

 

 

 

Açai bowl als the queen of the smoothie bowls

Açai, you know, that super healthy blueberry full of nutrients with a unique taste. Well, we think these berries are essential in the perfect smoothie bowl. Why is that? Well, because Açai is so rich in antioxidants and omega fatty acids but while also low in natural sugars, this berry variety provides long-lasting satiety. Try it yourself and you will see, no hungerpains in the next few hours. So it should come as no surprise that we have incorporated our Açai berries into this new range. As there can only be one Holy Berry, Amen!

 

 

Fancy a smoothie bowl but…

Sometimes life doesn’t work out the way you want it to and there are obstacles that prevent you from preparing your smoothie bowl.

Here are some possible scenarios:

OR You are in the mood for a delicious and healthy smoothie bowl but you are “mixer-less” (yes, that’s a thing)

OR You’re in a super rush and the very idea of having to take out the blender to prepare your smoothie bowl causes you extra stress (don’t need that).

OR You don’t want to make any noise at all because the kids and/or your partner are still sleeping and the sound of the hand blender is not really a cosy alarm clock (as if cosy alarm clocks existed…NOT)

 

Here’s our solution:

Our 2 “no mixer” smoothie bowls!With these 2 (if we may say so ourselves) delicious products, you can prepare your smoothie bowl in no time. Did we say “make”? There is no making to it! The bags contain balls (also called “drops” after their respective drop shapes) that contain all the ingredients of a super deluxe smoothie bowl. From our very own Açai (dahhh!) to other topfruits like pink pitaya, blueberries, passion fruit, sweet cherry, …and even some plantbased yoghurt for that extra creamy texture. No preservatives, refined sugars or animal products (vegan, in other words) and with our premium and sustainable Açai berries incorporated.

 

 

The manual

There has never been such a short manual. In one sentence, all the guidance you need:Pour the desired amount of drops into a bowl, let them thaw, stir and finish with toppings!
Defrosting can be done the night before, but it is also possible to defrost it briefly in the microwave. The thawed drops then get a nice yoghurt thickness, ideal to carry that mountain of toppings (choosing is losing).
As promised: No other ingredients or mixer required. Well, we couldn’t help it if you choose a name like that… 😉

 

 

Do you like your smoothie bowl like an ice cream?

We get you! And of course this can be done too. Just mix the frozen drops with some water, (plantbased) milk or yoghurt et voila! Jouw extra frisse smoothie bowl is klaar! We may not call it a “no mixer” smoothie bowl, but who cares! As long as it is enjoyed in all its fragrance and colours! And speaking of colours, these 2 smoothie bowls each have a beautiful colour, which steals the slogan “Colours your day” right from VTM!

 

 

 

 

Go get them and enjoy, our friends! We hope you will like them!

From September 2021 we will start to make the Spar shops customers one by one (feel free to ask for that extra push) and from November in all OKAY shops!

Bye’kes & Love,

Het Holy Berry team

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Interview with travelblogster Elke Van Den Borre

We are back with a fun interview for you! This time we talked with the cheerful Açai-lover Elke Van Den Borre. Elke became a model at a young age and grew into a travelblogster. Today, she is the proud owner of her own travel agency called Soul & Charm. In this interview you will learn more about how Elke got into the travelblog world, what impact Corona has had on her life and she also gives away a few travel tips.

 

Hi Elke, first of all, thank you for making time for this interview! As usual, we ask you to give a short summary of who you are and what you do professionally.

I am Elke Van Den Borre, 34 years old. I studied beauty care in high school and after that I immediately started modeling. I was a self-employed full-time model until one and a half year ago. Because of my big passion for traveling, I started my own travel agency Soul & Charm in 2020. I do this full-time now, and I still do some modeling occasionally.

How did you end up in the travel blog world?

I kind of fell into it. Back in the day, what I posted on Instagram was actually a mix of my modeling and traveling, and then I noticed that my travel photos had much more success than my other photos. People often search for something inspiring, something different than what they have already seen. Modeling was nothing new. A photo in profile doesn’t move people, or at least not one of mine. [laughs]

Were you already an avid traveler?

Yes, I have always been that way since childhood. We always traveled within Europe and I dreamed of traveling far and getting to know new cultures. I think it’s fantastic to immerse myself in the culture, so that I feel like I’ve really been there. I also must have seen the whole country. That is why I always sleep in different places and that way you discover new places too.

You already mentioned that your work mainly consists of modeling on the one hand and travel blogging on the other. Do you also have another activity?

A couple of months before Corona I founded Soul & Charm. I started that because in the past I never found what I was truly looking for in a travel agency. They often offered me large, all-in hotels and on top of that they were expensive too. My search for something affordable combined with something charming, something with a soul in it, often led to nothing.

And then you founded Soul & Charm. What does Soul & Charm stand for and who is it intended for?

Soul & Charm stands for travel with charm. Just think of boutique hotels, glamping, ecolodges… Everything with a lot of charm, but not unaffordable. The focus mainly lies on the ‘better’ middle class. Most of my clients are couples who want something romantic. In addition, I also occasionally have families who are looking for something different, something unique to do with their children. It’s really a full-time job, and I still do some modeling too. So you may say I’m very busy right now!

To what extent has your world, and have your activities changed in the past Corona year?

I started Soul & Charm a few months before Corona and it went very well right away. But then Corona hit and everything came to a stop of course. I had no more requests for several months, after which I decided to go and travel myself. I then went to Jordan and immediately afterwards I received many requests from people who wanted to travel as well. Since then I have been super busy. However, I do notice that Belgians are more likely to opt for European destinations, while before Corona striked I booked many exotic destinations for my customers.

How do you see the travel future?

The fear of Corona is still there, which makes people having an aversion to a mass of people in large all-in hotels. That’s why I think small boutique hotels will (keep) ‘booming’. Overall I think the travel sector will continue to grow. I notice that people are increasingly looking for luxury and unique travel experiences than really material things, and that is something the travel sector can provide an answer to! You might say I think the travel future is looking bright.

Do you have some tips for our fans who want to get into travel blogging?

I think it’s very important to maintain your own style. Of course you can always find inspiration from others, but give it a personal twist so that people recognize you immediately. Moreover, it is crucial to choose one niche. I personally like less ‘me’ and more background, more ‘views’. That works great for me. I think other people have to try out what works best for them.

Since you often travel yourself and have now also set up your own travel agency, would you like to share some travel tips with us?

With pleasure! I am a huge Asia fan myself. Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia… you name it! Besides that I also love the Middle East. Just think of Oman, Jordan… Moreover, it is really not expensive. In Jordan for example you have a lot of variety, such as the Dead Sea, a town called Petra… And during Corona it’s very quiet there. Petra really is a must see! It’s not a coincidence that the town is one of the seven wonders of the world.

Did you come across Açai on one of your trips and if so, how did they prepare it?

Of course! I have already come across Açai, especially in exotic destinations. Açai is often processed into a delicious smoothie bowl, with a lot of fruit and granola as toppings. Really delicious!

Finally, Elke, what is your favorite Açai dish?

I love to eat a classic Açai bowl with exotic fruits as a topping. Just think of mango, passion fruit, pineapple… I really like the sweetness. Then I sprinkle some granola on top and voilà, ready!

 

A huge thank you, Elke, for this interesting interview. We wish you goodluck with your travel agency Soul & Charm, your modeling work and all other future plans!

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Interview with Henri Vercruysse of Terrabeo

As usual, we have another great interview for you. This time with Henri Vercruysse, the driving force behind Terrabeo. Henri was one of the first people to give our Açai berries a chance and we will be eternally grateful for that. The reason why cooperation with Henri is so good is because we share values. Through this interview, we give you a glimpse behind the scenes at Terrabeo and hope to motivate even more people to put organic products on the menu more often.

 

Hello Henri, first of all thank you very much for taking the time to do this interview with us. As always, we ask you to give a short introduction about yourself and your professional activities.

I am Henri Vercruysse and 6 years ago I started an organic fresh market in Ghent, called BEO market. My mission then was and still is to make organic products affordable. I am trying to do this mainly by handling the logistics differently from the currently highly fragmented organic sector. In the meantime, the team has grown considerably and now, 7 years later, we have a shop in Antwerp, 2 shops in Brussels, a purchase centre and recently also an e-commerce, all founded with the same mission in mind. Through the purchase central, we manage to offer a large proportion of the products to our customers at an affordable price.

 

Where did the idea of starting a fresh market come from?

The inspiration came from an organic market in Brussels called Marché des Tanneurs. It was there that my affinity with organic products grew and the idea of starting my own fresh market was born. Because the founders were good friends, I had the opportunity to do an internship there to experience at first hand how a fresh market is run. After 5 years of running BEO fresh market on my own, we decided to merge under the name Terrabeo and roll out a purchase centre and e-commerce together. The decision to join forces was made because it brings us even closer to our common goal: to make a larger segment of the population enthusiastic about organic products by making them affordable and accessible. “Organic is also for you” is a slogan that I often use. After all, organic is also just mayonnaise, oatmeal, milk, … and all sorts of other everyday foods that do not necessarily have to be special or expensive. Lowering the threshold for organic alternatives is what drives us.

 

What differentiates your food market from the standard organic food shop? In other words, what makes your concept so unique?

What makes us particularly unique is the way we work with our suppliers. This is done in the most direct way possible, with emphasis on the shortest possible chain. In addition, we have a limited product range and try to be the strongest partner in this, with a good selection at competitive prices. We want you to have a basket full of food for 25 euros, so we are really careful that the average purchase price does not become too high. Something that is just the objective of many shops. So when a product becomes too expensive, we often decide to stop selling it.

 

As you just mentioned, you work directly with certified farmers and keep the chain as short as possible. Was it a difficult task to work in this way?

Theoretically, it is not difficult, but in reality it proved to be a big challenge. Because in order to work directly, you need to be able to build up a stock and therefore you need money to pre-finance it. When you order a product from Italy, for example, it is impossible for 2 boxes but you have to order a pallet immediately. Ensuring that the money is always available for this is not easy. We really had to search for the most suitable method and, fortunately, we have found it.

 

Many people want to go organic more regularly, but lack information on why organic is better than non-bio and why the organic alternatives are often a bit more expensive. What do you see as the biggest differences between organic and non-organic products?

1.5 litres of pesticides a year that you put into your body, to start with. I also think that the difference in taste is enormous, especially for vegetables, fruit and dairy products. To answer the question about the additional price, there are several reasons for this. Apart from the fact that the organic sector is more fragmented, with more intermediate links and lower efficiency, the additional price is mainly due to the fact that the crops and animals have more time to grow. In addition, the yield per plant, per animal, … is lower with organic than with non-bio. Whereas a “conventional” tomato plant produces 5kg of tomatoes, an organic tomato plant produces 3kg of tomatoes. This is another reason why the taste of organic tomatoes is often better. The energy of the plant is divided over the number of tomatoes, so the fewer tomatoes, the more energy can go to those few tomatoes and therefore the better their taste will be. And that goes for everything. A final, still very important factor where organic differs from non organic, is the animal welfare. For me personally, this is the strongest argument when people ask me why they should opt for organic meat. If I really had to give one tip to people who want to give organic a chance, it would be to start with fruit and vegetables because there the financial step is less big.
And just try to make a recipe using organic products in one version and non organic products in the other and do a taste test. Be sure to use potatoes, tomatoes, carrots and courgettes because with these vegetables the taste difference is enormous!

 

I can imagine that because of your job you are very concerned with healthy eating. Do you pay attention to healthy and pure food in your private life?

 

Naturally, we focus on healthy, unprocessed food. We are not necessarily going to pay attention to the nutritional values such as the number of carbs per meal, but we will look at the quality of the products and the way they have been prepared. Now, it is not that my job has made me interested in healthy food, it is rather the other way round. It was precisely because I was interested in pure nutrition and already payed attention to that, that I made it my job.

 

We know from good sources that our Açai berries regularly appear on the menu at the Vercruysse family. May I ask how?

You have good sources (laughs). We usually blend your Açai berries into a smoothie We mix a few bags of melted Açai with a couple of dates, almond milk and fresh banana into a fresh smoothie. Delicious as a breakfast for the whole family or when I am “on the go”.

 

Finally, Henri, how would you like to see the future of the organic sector?

The goal of everyone in the organic sector is that in the future we will no longer need to use the word bio because bio has become the standard. But to achieve this, we need to raise standards and unfortunately this will not happen overnight.

Thank you very much Henri for this fascinating interview and I wish you lots of success with your future plans, especially with your web shop, which allows anyone in Belgium to have yourhigh-quality organic productsdelivered to their door. If that doesn’t make organic accessible,nothing will!Good luck!

 

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Interview with Emma Gelaude

Interview with Emma Gelaude

Hello Emma, thank you for taking the time to do this interview. Most people know you from your work in fashion, but today we want to talk to you about your latest book, in which you talk about mental health and the importance of breaking the taboos surrounding it.

But first, for people who don’t know you yet, what should they know about you?

My name is Emma, I am from Ghent and I have spent most of my life in the fashion world. After being a professional model for several years, I wanted to start my own business. So in 2007 I started a personal shopping & styling agency, B2C and B2B, in which I went through style coachings and shoppings with both men and women in Ghent, Antwerp… But I also gave branding workshops to companies and organised styling events at big fairs and festivals. Simultaneously with EMMA Personal Shopping, I launched “My Fashion Blog” as a promo for my services. This ‘first fashion blog of Belgium’ quickly led a life of its own, resulting in numerous fun collaborations with top brands. As a creative entrepreneur, I worked for years on features for Marie Claire, for example, where I highlighted activists, or for L’Officiël, where I created trend mood boards.

In 2017, after working in this business for 10 years and becoming a mum, I felt it was time for a first revelation. I had been showing a lot of the pretty side of entrepreneurship through my blog and social channels, like campaign results and photo shoots, but I also wanted to talk about the other, less glamorous side. The book “Make my dream work” resulted from this. At the same time, I started an entrepreneurial platform. My dream was to create a place where entrepreneurs could come together with their challenges, questions and problems.

But then life happened 🙂 and I wrote my third book “Everything good, less for the rest”, about the personal and professional evolutions in my life. The need to break down the taboos surrounding mental wellbeing has been an important driver in this process.

 

Starting at the beginning, where did your fascination with the fashion world come from?

My feeling for fashion has become stronger during my years as a model but fashion has always intrigued me. Not necessarily because of the outward appearance, but mainly because it is an expression of one’s personality. I was also fascinated by the impact fashion could have on a person’s self-image and psyche and the people around them.

Because how you dress has an influence, whether you like it or not. You tell a story. The fact that you are not dependent but can choose what kind of impression you leave behind is something that many people are not aware of and I wanted to contribute to that.

Fashion, and the fashion world around it, are known for keeping up appearances and pure external show. In your book, you say that you too have kept up appearances for a long time, even in your private life. Was this a direct result of your career in fashion?

It’s not that the fashion world is the cause of my inability to express my emotions, but it certainly contributed to it. It is a world where the weather is clean every day and there is no depth to it. It normalised my escape behaviour and made it very easy for me to hide certain feelings, to pay no attention to what was hurting and why I felt bad. It was like a perfect world where it was completely OK to stay on the surface and focus on other things.

 

In your book, you take us through the different stages of your life, focusing on your mental health at that time. You do it based on questions. How did you come up with this idea and what was the motivation for writing this book?

I have been asked to write a book about it. That question came after I started being more honest and open on social media about my fears and insecurities. It was the beginning of Corona and I felt I had to become more honest myself. But there would never have been a book if they hadn’t pulled me out of my comfort zone. No way that I was going to share the process that I just went through.

But after much hesitation, I decided to try to write it down, because I sincerely believe that many people can benefit from it. But after much hesitation, I decided to try to write it down, because I sincerely believe that many people can benefit from it. It was the final phase of a powerful chapter in my life.

 

The idea of working with questions came naturally because for me everything starts with a question. “Why do I feel this way?” … all questions that everyone needs to find answers for themselves. I wanted to make it a kind of workbook with lots of insights and seeds of knowledge that lead to even more insights of my own. Because my answers are not your answers. Only you know what decision is right for you. Only you know what makes you happy etc..
By working with questions, I wanted to invite the reader to enter into that quest. I tell about my answers and list the ways, the treatments, the techniques, the books, the people, … how I came to these conclusions but. There is not one answer and answers also change throughout your life. That’s why I find questioning so interesting. It teaches you to be eternally open-minded.

 

You end your book with a sense of gratitude for all the phases of your life, even the most difficult. Do you consider gratitude to be a crucial element for a happy and conscious life?

That’s what I felt so strongly myself, that gratitude.

I had no choice but to end with it. Gratitude for my body, for my environment, for all my experiences. Even the difficult ones. It’s a feeling that was and still is very strong, after all I’ve been through and all the phases I’ve gone through. By feeling that gratitude, it is as if everything is also turned around, from feelings of powerlessness and a victim role in which you blame others (and therefore also the redemption) to a feeling of your own power and empowerment. Everything has also been given a reason.

 

What is the role of nutrition in this process? How do you relate to your mental well-being?

Mental well-being, or the lack of it, is a complex problem that also requires a complex solution. Nutrition is part of that solution because body and mind are so inextricably linked. After all, you can’t have mental well-being without also being physically healthy. I used to link food too much to emotions and also to outward appearances, such as fitting into a certain size, but in retrospect that focus was completely wrong. I was very busy with nutrition, but I didn’t understand it and I was doing the wrong things. When I saw that my daughter was starting to do the same things, I knew I had to do something. I started taking cooking workshops to learn how to approach food in a very accessible way.

I gradually began to see that nutrition is actually a very intuitive thing and that balance is important in this area. I left behind feelings like control, judgments or connotations. Similarly, I avoid talking to my daughter about nutrition as “good” or “bad” nutrition and imposing rules on her. Instead, I try to teach her to understand her body and the nutrition it gives her.

It is perfectly acceptable to eat a little more sugar, as long as you make up for it with extra nutrients the next day. It is also best not to eat desserts until you have had your fill of healthy vegetables.

What’s next for you? Where do you see yourself in a few years?

To be honest, I have now decided to let things come to me. For a long time, I have been chasing things and taking initiatives myself, and now I want to see what and who crosses my path. And then my gut feeling will tell me whether it is a right match 🙂
Anyway, I know that helping people see themselves in all their incredible strength and beauty is my thing in life. I used to do that through garments, reminding them of who they were. Now it is by making myself very vulnerable and showing how crucial speaking your own truth is and what beauty that brings you.

 

To conclude, I still have a question that intrigues me a lot. Que voudriez-vous dire à votre jeune personne ?

The only person you have to prove anything to is yourself.

Short & sweet! Thank you Emma, it was very interesting and I was delighted to get to know you better.

Anyone can buy your book online or in their local bookshop.

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Interview with Sarah De Bie

Hello Sarah, first of all thank you very much for taking the time to see us.

Not easy to plan this with a newborn son.
How are you and Georges?

All right now, thank you! I have not been able to do any sport for a year, mainly because my blood levels were so low after the pregnancy (Sarah had to have 6 blood transfusions in total but is now fully recovered). I recently started running again and that makes me really happy! During pregnancy, that was one of the things I was most looking forward to getting back to. I am also lucky that Georges started sleeping through very quickly so my nights are good too. We are really lucky! He is a happy baby and after 5 weeks he could already roll from stomach to back. He is such a mature baby and it is great fun to follow all the developments so closely.

It is often the case, especially with the first child, that the parents’ lives change completely. For example, you often accompanied Wout. This is no longer possible. What do you miss most about that period?

It is actually mainly because of Corona that I cannot go along with Wout, more than because of Georges. Because when Georges was just two months old, I travelled with Wout to Italy and that actually went very well. I am lucky that my Ltd. (Sarah does the marketing and publicity for Wout) allowed me to come along and I was really happy about that. Especially for Wout, so that he doesn’t have to miss out on everything from Georges’ first months of life.

When you have a child, personal projects are often put on hold. What were you doing before you became a mother?

Just before I became pregnant, I had enrolled in a graphic design course. Because the course was based on self-study, I could follow it from a distance when I came along with Wout. First because of the pregnancy and then because of Georges, I have not yet been able to start the course, but as soon as I can, I will start it! I really want to do this course because I often have ideas for our clothing line (Sarah and Wout have started a clothing line called “Panache” for the supporters of Wout), but because I can’t design myself, I always have to outsource them. I would really like to design something myself and be creative.

Can you tell us more about that clothing line?

It is not a clothing line for athletes, but for supporters (laughs). We wanted to do more with this line than the typical supporter clothes, which are often not that nice (laughs), so we really put the effort into developing a nice logo and working with nice colours so that the clothes are also really nice. We wanted to give it a different dimension and play into certain courses which are then ‘limited edition’ etc. I used to do everything myself from labelling and packing, but because the line has grown so fast, we have had to outsource this. So it started as an extra, but has grown into much more than that.

Besides Georges and Wout, sport is also a great love of yours, combined with healthy eating. What is your favourite sport and cuisine?

My favourite sport is basketball. I played basketball for a long time, but I stopped because the combination with Wout’s schedule became too difficult. I do miss it sometimes, especially because it is a team sport, but fortunately I enjoy many other sports. I currently do Pilates and also cycle regularly, sometimes together with Wout. He cycles with a bike that has a certain resistance so that we have a bit of the same pace. Otherwise, this would be impossible for me to do (laughs). Our favourite cuisine is Italian. Especially the purity of Italian cuisine appeals to us enormously.

When Wout is at home, do you cook for him?

Yes, most of the time. The focus then is on healthy cuisine, which is of course to be expected for a top athlete. I never follow a recipe and always start experimenting, fortunately usually with a good result because I have never heard Wout complain (laughs).

We are delighted that our Açai berries regularly appear on your menu. For us, that really is a dream come true because, as a healthy food brand, we love nothing more than to have professional athletes put our berries on their menu. After all, they know their bodies like no other and can feel the effect of nutrition on their performance. How do you like to eat Açai?

We prefer to eat Açai as pure as possible. I usually use the Açai berries that I mix with fresh banana, a little milk and that’s it. For me, I sometimes add a scoop of protein powder to the mix, but this is not necessary for Wout because he builds muscle too quickly and needs to limit his protein intake. Wout prefers to eat an Açai bowl during the day because he likes to eat warm in the morning. What we will certainly try again is to add the Açai berries to warm oatmeal in order to make the perfect breakfast for Wout.

On the other hand, I find the Açai bowl mixes (150g bags of Açai with other fruit) very convenient when I am alone with Georges and have little time to prepare something or get food in the house. I just have to mix a sachet like that with some milk or yoghurt and it’s ready. Super convenient! I also ate a lot of Açai during my pregnancy and I have a famously good son, so I recommend it to my pregnant friends (laughs).

Dear Sarah, thank you very much for this very nice interview. I wish you much success with your projects, your beautiful son and of course also for Wout. May he win many more races. Hopefully our super berries can give him an extra push now and then 🙂

Are you also a big fan of Wout and do you want to show it off? Go to the webshop of Panache https://panachebywva.be and fill your basket with lots of cool but especially beautiful clothing for men, women and kids!

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Creative with Açai

There are few things more blissful to start the day with than a delicious Açai bowl! This fresh blend of frozen Açai pulp with other fruits is a more nutritious alternative to the familiar “yogurt with fruit” breakfast. An Açai bowl makes everyone (yes, even the little ones!) jump out of bed with joy. But an Açai bowl can also be eaten perfectly as a light lunch, hunger-quenching snack or healthy dessert! As you can tell, any time of day is a good time to get your dose of Açai power! But did you know that Açai berries can be used perfectly in a lot of other sweet and salty dishes? Well, for the ignorant this blog. Read and be (surprised) by some wonderful Açai creations !

Good taste is the enemy of creativity

If Pablo Picasso is to be believed, we shouldn’t even start. Because, as healthy as Açai may be, “healthy suffering” is really not for us. We go for delicious and healthy (and preferably also sustainable). Being creative for the sake of being creative is not what this blog is about, it is about demonstrating that Açai, like any other berry for that matter, can be used in a lot of great dishes. You might think that because the berries are only available frozen, the preparation options are more limited but that is anything but true! We, but especially the creative people behind the dishes in this blog, have not been discouraged and with these sublime recipes, we give Picasso a lashing! Let’s create, people!

Top Açai combo’s

When you look at the composition and nutritional profile of Açai, you quickly notice that this is no ordinary berry. It starts with the enormous kernel that is hidden in this berry, more than 90% of the volume of Açai consists of the kernel! So you can already think of how many thousands of berries are in a 100g bag of Açai pulp and how it is that our Açai pulp is so enormously nutritious. Take this together with the fact that Açai contains no fruit sugars and is very rich in omega fatty acids, and the link with olives, cocoa, avocado, and other healthy toppers is quickly made. The special taste of Açai matches very well with many obvious but also less obvious ingredients.

In this blog, we are mainly concerned with that second category and want to inspire you with some fun combinations. For example, did you know that Açai berries go tremendously well with all kinds of nut butters? Also speculoos spices (or speculoos paste), cinnamon, and even ginger click “tastebud wise” tremendously well with Açai! And for those who really want to go all out, try pairing an Açai dish with a good glass of red wine. You’re going to be amazed by how deliciously these two sources of pleasure go together. This is mainly due to the polyphenols that both Açai and wine are enormously rich in.

Naturals in their professions

Under the motto “cobbler stick to your last” we will stick to some nice tips and leave the real work to some naturals in their professions. Creative minds who don’t shy away from creating unorthodox flavor combinations and elevating them to heavenly dishes. We would like to briefly introduce these naturals. You can find their recipes on our recipe page.

Açai Iced Tea

“Sunshine in a glass”; that’s how we describe this wonderfully refreshing yet über healthy drink. The ever-enthusiastic natural, Olivia of Fitfoodness, creatively combines the flavor of green tea with that of our Açai berries. Boil water and add the honey and teabag. By the way, did you know that both ingredients are particularly high in antioxidants and honey is a great source of anti-inflammatory nutrients.

Find the recipe here.

Açaicrumble

Apple crumble, pear crumble, rhubarb crumble (and a scoop of ice cream, please :)) … but how about Açai crumble! Sounds like heaven to us! The ravishing chef, Morgane of Humbly by Morgane, thought the same way and developed this healthy dessert without refined sugars but full of flavor!

You can discover this sublime recipe here!

Stuffed sweet potato with velvety Açai dressing and fresh herbs

Here is another proof that our Açai berries can be perfectly incorporated into savory dishes. The combination of sweet potato, Açai, and spices is one that makes us coo with delight. Josefien of Yosogreen, who specializes in raw food and herbalism, shows with this creative dish that she is a real natural. What a fantastic dish!

Find all the ingredients here and get started!

Açai bowl cubes

An Açai bowl in a bite-sized chunk or rather bite-sized cube. How cool is that! It couldn’t be helped that this creative dish came from the pretty little head of natural, Barbara of Les Petites Pestes. You don’t need more than the ingredients for a classic Açai bowl and a square silicone mold (which you normally use to make ice cubes) to make this original recipe. But it is precisely in that simplicity that creativity lies! And if you stick a wooden stick through it, it becomes an Açai popsicle!

The bite-sized recipe is here

Summer Açai Terrine

The name of this dish says it all! This beautiful terrine is so pretty and light you can almost see summer in it! Annelies of Nectar Studio is as talented at recipe creation as she is at food photography. So a true expert in her field! A terrine can basically be served as a light lunch, snack, or dessert (see the similarity with an Açai bowl) but the fact that Açai is processed in it makes this version a real superfood and feel-good dish!

Taste the summer and find the recipe quickly!

Açai Chia Jam

The natural behind this recipe is the talented jack-of-all-trades Anna Santens. For her, Açai equals good energy! With this delicious Açai Chia Jam she demonstrates like no other that Açai can also be used perfectly as a spread. So, do you have an energy dip during the day? No worries, Açai power is on its way!

Find the delicious recipe here.

 

Huge thanks to the naturals in their professions for these great recipes! We hope these delicious dishes inspire and encourage you to get creative yourself with our special berries. We would love it if you would share your recipes with us via social media or via email to margaux@theholyberry.com! And who knows, maybe they will get a spot on our recipe page (with mention of the creator of course :)).

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Those who do sports, eat Açai :)

Vous avez un mode de vie sportif et vous aimez beaucoup l’Açaï(ou vous en êtes accro) ? Alors ce blog est pour vous ! Nous partageons avec vous nos plats d’entraînement Açai préférés qui, grâce à leur composition en protéines, glucides et acides gras, offrent parfaitement au corps ce dont il a besoin avant ou après un bon entraînement. Because even though few Açai dishes can match a good Açai bowl, it’s always nice to alternate sometimes. Sometimes, usually not… #Açaibowladdictspeaking

Those who do sports, eat Açai 🙂

By now, most of you have already discovered how Açai helps during sports. If you haven’t experienced it yourself, try an Açai bowl before your workout. You will be amazed at the energy boost you get from these unique berries. And also after a physical effort, Açai provides your body with the necessary additives for a good recovery. This is due to the high concentration of nutrients, including proteins, 19 amino acids, antioxidants and essential omega fatty acids, all of which are hidden in this berry.

Here are our 7 favorite Açai sports recipes that will make you shine even harder during your workouts!

1) Chocolate Açai Bowl

A healthy sports recipe with chocolate…. Hard to believe! But yes, it’s absolutely possible and this recipe proves it. The reason has to do with the special nutritional profile of cocoa. Did you know that cocoa contains even more antioxidants than Açai and that it is precisely these antioxidants that are so important when you exercise? When you exercise, free radicals are released, which are substances that damage our cells. If they are not produced in excessive quantities, there is no need to worry (so keep exercising!) But it is important to “defuse” these free radicals as much as possible through a diet rich in antioxidants. Two of the greatest natural sources of antioxidants are Açai and cocoa. The perfect excuse to justify this chocolate (and Açai) addiction 🙂

You can find the recipe here.

2) Açai Overnight Oats

Rien n’est plus agréable que d’avoir un repas sain prêt à l’emploi avant ou après une bonne séance d’entraînement. Il suffit de le sortir du réfrigérateur et de le déguster avec délice. Eh bien, cet Açai Overnight Oats (= plat à base de flocons d’avoine avec de l’Açaï que vous conservez au réfrigérateur pendant la nuit) est un repas tellement sain et délicieux pour les sportifs. Très facile à préparer et plein de nutriments pour en faire un autre coup d’éclat d’une séance de sport. En plus de l’açai, les flocons d’avoine et le miel sont également de véritables super aliments. Une cuillerée de miel de qualité contient des nutriments extrêmement importants et les flocons d’avoine sont une source de fibres saines.

You can find this super easy and healthy recipe here.

3) Açai Boost Smoothie

A smoothie to boost your workout. The name of this recipe says it all! This dish contains everything you need to perform at your best and is perfect to take with you in a shaker or thermos on your way to the gym. Strawberries, raspberries & Açai as toppers in red fruit, supplemented with extra protein from the (vegetable) protein powder and from the hemp seeds. Because did you know that in addition to healthy fats, hemp seeds are rich in protein? And they give this smoothie an extra nice “bite” too!

Find the recipe here and treat yourself!

4) Açai-Blueberry Smoothie Bowl

For this Acai bowl, we don’t use juice or milk but coconut yogurt and coconut water. Why so much coconut, we hear you think. Well, when you exercise, you sweat (most of the time anyway). This is perfectly normal and feels good, but the idea is to recover lost moisture as quickly as possible. Coconut water (especially the fresh variety) is packed with electrolytes that hydrate the body particularly intensely, making it an ideal liquid during or after exercise. Et pourquoi le yaourt à la noix de coco ? Just because it’s delicious and nutritious 🙂

Find the recipe for this Açai and blueberry smoothie bowl here.

5) Açai Chia pudding

“The proof of the pudding is in the eating”, you can take that literally with this little recipe. Just try it and you will see, this pudding is delicious and oh so nutritious! The jelly consistency is obtained by soaking the chia seeds overnight in the plant-based milk. That chia seeds also contain protein makes them even more special. Also, the peanuts in peanut butter (peanuts, by the way, are not nuts but legumes) are rich in protein so let those muscles grow!

Read here how to make this recipe.

6) Post Work Açai Bowl

Açai and lime juice, are you kidding me?! No, not this time. It turns out to be a heavenly combination, at least for those who like a little “zing” in their dishes (and lives). Lime juice is packed with vitamin C which is not only hugely healthy but also ensures that the Açai bowl stays lighter in color for longer. In addition, banana is one of the greatest sources of potassium and vitamin B6 that helps the body recover after an intense sports session.

Discover this delicious combination here.

7) Tartelettes Açaï à base de granola

Vous voulez une tarte? Ah oui, pourquoi pas?! And indeed, why not! In life you have to enjoy and especially when it is healthy enjoyment. An Açai-based tartlet with a granola base, ideal to take with you to snack on before or after your workout. We quickly sum up the power foods for you:

  • Dates: a force of nature, ideal for sweetening dishes in a healthy way.
  • Oats: source of high fiber and slow carbohydrates
  • Açai: Meanwhile, you know why, right?
  • Blueberry: in addition to Açai, it is also very rich in antioxidants.
  • Coconut fat: interesting composition of the fat with many important nutrients

Find the recipe for these pies here.

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Kickstart your day with our 3 new, feel good Açai bowl mixes

Hurray, hurray, there they are at last! Blood, sweat and the occasional tear (from Stephen) this project has cost us but we are very proud of the result: 3 delicious Açai bowl mixes with which you can conjure up your favorite Açai dish on the table in less than 3 minutes. Why the development of this range was so challenging, we tell you briefly in this blog.

The Açai berry challenge

Açai, a fantastic berry species with a special nutritional profile. The berries grow wild in the Amazon forest, which helps explain why this primordial berry is so nutritious. What nutrients there are in Açai, we do not have to repeat here. We have already dedicated a whole page to it on our website (about Açai).
You can vary endlessly with these top berries and they are so nutritious that hunger will stay away for hours. BUT … there is one aspect of Açai that poses a great challenge: in less than a day after picking, the berries are spoiled.
Specifically, there is not a minute to waste during the processing process. Picking, pitting and freezing the Açai pulp or grinding it into powder. It goes so fast that even many Brazilians (who have the Açai palms in their backyard, so to speak) have never eaten fresh Açai.

De Açai pack challenge

If you are reading this blog, you may have already heard, seen or tasted our Açai pulp packs.
These are the Holy Berry originals, for the Açai pioneers of the first hour. They come in 2 varieties: 100g packs with pure Açai pulp and 100g packs with Açai pulp and some guarana juice. The packs are the size of an average cell phone and when they come out of the freezer they are so hard that you could smash a door with them. Making an Açai bowl with these packs is not difficult, you just have to get the hang of it. Here’s a well thought out tip: Let the packs thaw for about 5 to 10 minutes before you start working with them. From the moment you can break the pulp into the pack, the pack is “ready to mix” and the preparation goes very smoothly. You mix this semi-frozen Açai pulp with other (fresh or frozen) fruit and some juice or vegetable yoghurt (/milk) to a delicious fresh and creamy whole that you finish off with granola and other toppings. You can also let such a packet melt, then it becomes more like an Açai coulis, which you can easily mix under yogurt, oatmeal, add to a smoothie or…. pour into your mouth in one gulp (yes, there are people who actually do this). These 100g Açai pulp packs can be found in most health food stores (check our points of sale) and are the real deal for anyone who wants to build their Açai bowl in complete freedom.

Our challenge

Now this all seems easy and stress-free but from the many testimonials, questions and “cries for help” it doesn’t always seem that way. People, at home or in the kitchen of a restaurant, are sometimes so enthusiastic or in a hurry when making an Açai bowl that mixing the frozen Açai pulp sometimes causes some problems. Well, dear (impatient) Açai lovers, for this situation we wanted to find a solution.
We took a close look at the process and asked a few Açai addicts in our immediate surroundings which proverbial barriers they experience in the preparation of their favorite Açai dish and this was our top 4:
1. Either they didn’t let the pulp thaw enough which made mixing difficult or they let the pulp thaw too much which caused the granola they sprinkled on top to sink to the bottom of their bowl after 1 minute (read: too liquid).
2. There are many ways to cut open the bag of pulp but they still had not found the right way (result: clothes and kitchen full of Açai)
3. Choice stress or no choice: Which fruit do we add to the Açai?
4. Time is money and especially in the morning so points 1 to 3 are 3 too many.
Great success !
With this input we started experimenting, tasting and mailing back and forth to partners who could help us and yes, we did it! We developed 3 Açai products that are so easy to use that you can start your day full of energy but also completely zen.
We removed the first threshold by giving the Açai pulp its berry-like shape back. These Açai pulp balls mix so smoothly and are easy to proportion.
The second threshold has been eliminated even faster because now you can just cut open the bags and pour them out.
For the third threshold, we didn’t take any chances. The question “Which fruit goes best with Açai?” was answered differently by several people, which did not make the final choice any easier. What we did know for sure was that – for the 2 Açai bowl variants with other fruit – at least 2 thirds of the product had to consist of Açai. Only then do you get the health benefits of Açai and a delicious, strong, healthy drink.
And the fourth barrier was nicely wiped away by tackling the first three with the result that you can make delicious Açai bowls and smoothies for the whole family in less than 5 minutes!
All you have to do now is run to one of our Delhaize points of sale, choose from our 3 heavenly Açai bowl mixes andstart the morning full of healthy energy!