San Francisco: a two-day itinerary

Last November I visited California for my very first time. Maybe because of the TV shows I have grown up with, maybe because of the sunshine and the exciting tech culture, California in general and San Francisco in particular have been on my bucket list for years. During my three-week trip, I spent around 10 days in San Francisco and the remaining time in South California, visiting both San Diego and Los Angeles. While in SF, I worked for a week at my company’s HQ in Oakland – which left me with just one weekend to explore this beautiful city….

A fresh start? Why we need New Year’s resolutions

“Cheers to a new year and another chance for us to get it right.” – Oprah Winfrey   I have never really believed in New Year’s resolutions. So, this time around, when a couple of days before Christmas this guy I am kind of seeing asked me – in the sweetest possible way – what my New Year’s resolutions were, I was caught off guard.

Eating out in New York: my top five paleo-friendly places

With the so called “local and organic food revolution” taking the world by storm, it is easy to guess that the culinary landscape of a city like New York must have been changing a lot over the last few years. The time when New Yorkers could only choose between fast food, Asia cuisine or pizza is over. Nowadays, there are many places where one can eat healthy, local and organic food in the City. On top of this, more and more restaurants and bistros have been exposed to the topic of food allergies and have started constructing their menus in a…

Three life-changing lessons I have learned from Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat Pray Love

I have always been an avid reader, and If I were asked to name my all-time favorite books, the ones that have really changed me or some meaningful aspect of my life, Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love would definitely make it to my top three. One of the reasons why I love this skilfully written book is its main character, Liz. Partly because of my thoughtful and independent nature, partly because I read the book in a time when I was experiencing a sort of life crisis, I have been, since page one, both fascinated and astonished by the similarities…

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The Autoimmune Protocol (AIP)

One way or the other, I have been dealing with nutrition and alternative diets for as long as I remember. I was diagnosed with celiac disease at the age of eight, and I have been eating gluten-free ever since. At 21, a breath test confirmed that I had a strong lactose intolerance and – on that same day – I decided to completely exclude all dairy products from my diet. With such a background, my interest in nutrition and alternative eating habits comes as no surprise.     For most of my teenage years, I have been more concerned with…

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Exploring New York: if you only have 4 days

So, I did it. In a time-span of around three weeks, I quit my job, took my remaining days off and booked a flight to New York. As crazy as this may sound, quitting a job that wasn´t making me neither happy nor proud any longer was the best decision I could make at this point in my life. And taking advantage of the shamefully cheap last-minute flights to New York I saw on the Internet just seemed the perfect way to unwind before starting with a new challenge. This has been my very first time in the City. New…

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Wardrobe essentials: chambray shirt

Although Berlin is still pretty cold (it has been around 4 ⁰C today, brrr), these days you can feel that spring is – eventually! – coming. The days got a big longer, the sky got a bit brighter and, every now and then, one can even see the sun shining timidly through the windowpane. One of the things I love about this time of the year is that you can start digging out your favorite spring clothes from the bottom of your wardrobe, and – especially if you don´t live in Berlin 😉 – by the end of the month…

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Healthy eating: three smart ways to increase your leafy greens intake

It is universally acknowledged that leafy greens are among the most nutrient-dense and healthy foods on our tables. Rich in vitamins (such as vitamin A, C, and K) and minerals (such as calcium and iron), low in fat and calories, and high in dietary fiber, leafy greens not only are of great help in weight management, but they also contribute to reducing the risk of cancer and heart disease. Indeed, their benefits go above and beyond weight management and prevention. Spinach, kale and all other leafy vegetables are also high in antioxidants, such as vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin, which…

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Cafés in Berlin: my Top 5

Berlin might not be for everyone, but with no doubt it is the place to be for coffee lovers. Indeed, the coffee culture in Berlin is – as Sarah Allen from the Barista Magazine – puts it “growing, and growing fast”. From black coffee to Espresso, to latte art, Berlin can satisfy any wish you may have. The focus is on coffee quality and vegan alternatives – soy milk, almond milk and even coconut milk are to be found almost anywhere in the German capital. As a coffee enthusiast on a strict diary-free diet, I have selected my top five coffee…

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Winter essentials: Super cozy oversized knit sweater

  If – as I happened to read in an article a couple of days ago – “the girl world is divided into two distinct parts: summer girls and winter girls”, then, well, I am definitely a summer girl. I love everything about summer: the long bright days, the sun flooding my bedroom in the morning, the lazy afternoons spent at the park, the open air parties.. The list could go on forever. Still, it is not just about the sunny and nice weather – in summer, I feel more energetic, proactive and predisposed to positive thinking. Be it because…