The fact that I feel bikini-confident all year round is, of course, a nice bonus. But for me, the biggest payoff of following the keto diet is the way it optimizes my health and gives me tons of energy.
. In short, the keto diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis. In this state, your body is incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy and your insulin levels are lowered. It does take extreme discipline – which I happen to have – to do it right, but if you are merely ‘keto curious’, why don’t you start by making your favorite meals ‘keto friendly’? Simply remove grains and sugar from them and add veggies and healthy fats. If you like hamburgers, for example, ditch the bun and sugary ketchup, and add some nice, aged cheese and a huge salad. Make sure to avoid processed foods and sugary drinks and enjoy your newfound energy!
NO ONE like me
As liberal and open-minded as Marlies Dekkers is now, during her childhood she was equally conservative. “Every night, I would be on my knees, praying my Hail Marys.” Still, that period is precious to her; it has shaped her into the power woman she is now. This year, Marlies celebrates being in business for 25 years, the perfect opportunity to look back at her milestones.
Governed by NO ONE
Flame-haired, brave-hearted and always dressed to dazzle, Elizabeth the First, also known as England’s ‘Virgin Queen’, is one of the most unforgettable women in history. Her glorious reign is known as The Golden Age ~ a period that saw the birth of Shakespeare, the defeat of the Spanish Armada and the emergence of England as a world power. It lasted almost 45 years; Elizabeth’s legacy as a feminist icon however, has already spanned nearly 5 centuries. “My sex cannot diminish my prestige.”
Only 11 days after he beheaded his second wife (the flamboyant Anne Boleyn), King Henry VIII married a pale, fair-haired maiden called Jane Seymour. Who exactly was this girl, and what had made the king so besotted with her? To this day, historians don’t quite know what to make of her.
Glamour, the magical power of persuasion