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Vegetarian & Vegan Diets – What to Know

It seems like way too many people are not sure what exactly are the vegetarian and vegan diets, the difference between them and what people eat when they follow these diets.

Maybe you know someone who is considering these diets and you want to support them better.

In this episode, I provide simple, straightforward information and give you 5 important points to know about these diets that can help you be better informed, so you can decide if it is something you may want to pursue or how to support a loved one who is considering these diets.






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High-Protein Cottage Cheese Bread

High-Protein Cottage Cheese Bread

Author Shani - Lemon Tree Nutrition
Have your (cake) bread and eat it too? Absolutely! Here is a deliciously soft bread recipe that will not only proudly hold your favourite toppings but will also provide you with some extra protein. Thanks to the added cottage cheese and eggs, this high-protein bread can keep you feeling fuller for longer.
This recipe yields 3 large loaves.
Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes


  • Blender or food processor
  • Mixer (optional)
  • 3 Loaf pans
  • Parchment paper


  • 16 grams dry yeast (or 50 grams fresh yeast)
  • Warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 500 grams whole wheat flour
  • 500 grams white flour (plus extra if needed)
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 500 grams cottage cheese, 2% fat
  • 100 grams butter melted


  • In a blender, place your cottage cheese and blend until smooth. Set aside.
  • In your mixer bowl place 4 cups of warm water, sugar and yeast. Stir and let sit until frothy, about 10 minutes.
  • Add the flour and begin mixing (or kneading by hand) slowly. Add eggs, blended cottage cheese and melted butter and continue mixing. Add salt and mix for about 10 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, gradually add more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time. If the dough is too dry, gradually add a little bit more warm water. The dough should be a bit sticky after 10 minutes of kneading.
  • Cover with saran wrap and allow to rise until it doubles in size, about 1 hour.
  • Place dough on a clean work surface and cut into 3 equal parts.
  • Roll each part and form into a loaf. Place each loaf on parchment paper and carefully place it in a loaf pan. Repeat with the other 2 parts.
  • Let all 3 loaves rise for about 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  • Delicately place the loaves in the middle of the oven and bake for about 40 minutes until the top is slightly golden and the pans feel light when lifted.
  • Place loaf pans on a heat-safe surface, and cool for about 15 minutes. Remove loaves from the pans and allow to cool on a cooling rack completely before slicing.


  • You can sprinkle your favourite topping on each loaf before letting it rise (Examples: Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, oats etc.)
  • Bread freezes well in an airtight ziplock bag for up to a month.
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The 3 Most Common Questions You Are Not Asking

In this episode, I am going to address the top 3 common concerns most of you have but feel uncomfortable saying out loud when it comes to weight loss or working on changing your body composition.

My concern is, that although many of you have a certain nutritional goal, you will end up deciding not to do anything about it, just because you are not aware of the answers to these three concerns.

So I’m here to help. And I hope this episode will eliminate a certain objection you may have when thinking of working towards a nutritional goal.







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Guest: From slim-built to muscly & healthy

Jordan is a 42-year-old man who decided to transform his body composition and invest in his long-term health. He kindly agreed to share with us his personal experience, valuable insights and some great tips on goals, motivation, discipline, and more.

After my chat with Jordan, I will share some of my thoughts about a topic I extracted from our chat.

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Sleep, Weight & Health

Why is sleep important? Can sleep deprivation affect our weight?

In this episode, I talk about the importance of sleep and provide 10 things you could do to improve your sleep. Why should you look into that, you may ask? Because sleep is fundamental to human health and well-being and impacts every aspect of our lives. It is crucial for physical health, cognitive function, emotional well-being, productivity, and performance.

I cannot overstate the significance of getting good quality and quantity of sleep.

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Guest: Overeating & Food Addiction Struggles

In this episode, I am chatting with James who is a man in his late 40s who has been struggling with food addiction for a while now. He openly talks about different hurdles in his life and what brought him to where he’s at today. James shares with us some of his personal thoughts and life events that you may find very relatable.

After my chat with James, I will share some important facts to keep in mind about the subject of food addiction. I will also provide 3 things that can be done to support a person who has a food addiction.

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So please have a listen and I’ll see you on the other side.

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Guest: Trauma, Grief and Health – Podcast

Today I am chatting with Sara. Sara and I initially intended to chat about diabetes, yet this episode quickly turned into talking about something else. An intricate pathway which led Sara to where she is today has impacted her health and she openly and beautifully talks about it. This episode is yet another reminder that there may be some events in our lives that could most likely turn into underlying triggers and translate into health challenges later on in life.

Sara, now in her late 50s, expresses quite a few invaluable points that will remind us all of the interesting and complex collaboration between the body and mind.

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Guest: A Fitness Competition at 38 – Podcast

Today my guest is Stacey who joined a fitness competition when she was in her late 30s and as a mother to a very young child. Stacey shares with us parts of her personal experience as a competitor and provides some valuable tips.

Whether you are considering joining such a competition or simply intrigued by this fascinating world, this episode is a treat. As this podcast is about realistic healthy living, even if a fitness competition is not down your alley, I highly recommend listening to it as there are some great insights about the overall thought process, nutrition and mindset.

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What is a Realistic Healthy Lifestyle – Podcast

What does healthy living means to you? What does that concept trigger in your head? A healthy lifestyle can mean different things to everyone. For some, it may be perceived as something unattainable thinking that such a lifestyle is too difficult to maintain. While for some, it is already a part of what they practice regularly.

I personally think that there is some kind of an ideology behind the concept of a healthy lifestyle which makes it sound almost intimidating. So in my practice as a nutrition professional, I always put emphasis on realistic solutions. Let’s admit it, life is already challenging, so why make it more with choices that sound great on paper but may not be practical?

Because a healthy lifestyle is such a wide term, I thought that maybe I should dedicate the very first episode to my take on the basics of realistic healthy living.

I have come up with what I think to be the top 7 components of healthy living. These of course can be broken down into further files and folders but my intent is to keep it simple for now.

The following 7 components can serve as general points that we all could look into and see if a modification is in order.

Whatever you decide to do, please check with your doctor first.

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What to expect from the RHL podcast

Thank you for being here! Have a listen to this short intro so you know exactly what to expect from my podcast. I am excited to share some helpful information that can support and encourage you as you pursue a healthier lifestyle.

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