Who is responsible for your health?

Let me start with this question: Do you think companies that produce and promote unhealthy food can be considered  socially  irresponsible? 

I wanted to start with this question, because I read somewhere not too long ago that companies in the food industry basically take advantage of our weaknesses, such as our sweet tooth, and so they produce more sugary foods, more fattening foods. It was scientifically proven that sugar causes addiction. Yeah, that type of addiction that alcohol, drugs also cause. So, the more sugar we eat for example, the more we crave it. So companies increase the sugar content in our foods in order to increase their sales. Is this pure evil or what?

Or we could argue for the fact that people are free to make their own choices. So what if companies produce 100..000 unhealthy products? So what if they create wants that we didn't even know existed? We have brains, we can avoid the trap by informing ourselves and not succumb to our weaknesses. 

I remember one episode from Mad Men, where it was discussed whether cigarettes are indeed harmful or if it is just a scheme in order to ruin tobacco industry? That kind of dilemma was to be considered in the 60'.
Now we are very much informed about the products we choose to consume. Food companies list the ingredients on every product and on each cigarettes package the consequences of smoking are clearly listed. However, some people take the risk anyway. 

No matter how much the government tries to inform the population about their health, no matter how much the magazines and media try to do it, it is useless for some people. 

Another interesting point, I think, is that although the fast food industry is growing at a fantastic pace, so is the healthy foods industry. You can find gyms at every corner. The only thing it matters is which side you take. In the unfortunate case you give up on your health and choose to eat unhealthy foods, there are a billion options for you. However, there also a multitude of options if you choose to be healthy. You are the one who decides!

How is the dieting/ fitness culture where you live?

It's been almost 3 years since I moved to Denmark and I am still surprised sometimes when I see an old lady jogging down the street. Are you surprised that I am surprised by this? 

I was born and raised in a relatively small city in Romania. I don't think I have ever seen one single person jogging in 19 years. Women in Romania generally prefer the gyms, probably because there are also no parks or safe places where you could practice sport outside. But even when it comes to inside sports, I would say most of them still prefer the gym. When it comes to men, only the young ones usually work for their bodies, trying to gain muscle, while middle aged men usually do not practice any sports and usually gain weight. Most young girls in Romania are pretty slim, it is after they get married and have children, around the age of 30-40 that they lose control of their body. However, it is rare to see very obese people on the street. People do not bike, because it is dangerous, but they mostly prefer to walk to work instead of taking the car or the bus.

The traditional Romanian food is heavy and caloric, because usually any cooked dish involves butter, oil, cream, potatoes with meat. However, getting organic and fresh produce here is very affordable, because most of the country is rural. Fast food restaurants are not too spread and it is mostly young people that go there, older people preferring home cooked food.  However, there are is a bakery at every corner that sells cheap unhealthy goods, such as croissants, pretzels, slices of pizza and other types of pastries and that look very convenient for a quick way to get some food when you are on a run or you haven't brought your lunch to school or work. A healthy lifestyle is not very promoted, except for the occasional tv announcement that 30 minutes of exercise a day can only do a body good.

Now, making a comparison to Denmark, things are completely different here. I see people jogging or in the gym all the time, both men and women, of all ages. Even if the weather is crappy sometimes, meaning it is windy or raining outside, people do not give up jogging or biking. The bike is your main means of transport. It is cheap and environmentally friendly, which is so characteristic of Denmark. 

People of all ages are rather slim and health conscious. They are not big fans of potato chips, fast food, sweets or any other kind of over processed food. The food culture is Denmark is not very diversified or fancy. Even the grocery shops do not offer a big variety of things and there are few fast food restaurants or bakeries around, which are anyway much more expensive than the bakeries in Romania. On the other hand, vegetables, fruit, organic produce is rather expensive, especially the latter category and you can only buy them in the grocery shops, since there are no food markets where you can get the produce right from the farmer. 

I would love to hear how is the dieting and fitness culture where you live. ♥

Des Hommes et des Chatons

You can thank me later.:)

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Essie Over the Edge and Mint Candy Apple

I know the rule is to wear nail polish according to the season, but in general I don't care about that rule and I don't follow it. It's my mood that lets me know how I want to paint my nails. It was also my mood that 'suggested' me I should treat myself with these 2 babies:

essie mint candy apple and essie over the edge

Probably the Mint Candy Apple is more of a spring kind of nail polish, I don't know. I love them both and can't wait to try them. 

As it says on the back of this cute box, 'you're never fully dressed without a good manicure.' Now that is something I agree with.

What do you go for when you want to treat yourself? Sometimes a creamy hot chocolate can also do the trick. :) It's all about the mood you are in.

DIY minty lip scrub

A LUSH lip scrub is 10$. I don't like paying 10$ for something that I can do myself at home with ingredients from the kitchen, 3 ingredients to be more precise.

1. Olive oil
2. Sugar
3. Mint extract

See, only 3 ingredients for a delicious lip scrub. Mix a little bit of each ingredient together in a small pot and there you have it. No need to use the toothbrush, no need to pay 10$ to exfoliate your lips. 

diy minty lip scrub

P.S. You can find a DIY recipe for Body Scrub here.

Snacks to take to school/uni or work

It's been a month already since I have started uni again and more than once I was leaving home without some kind of snack in my bag and then later during the day I was debating whether to get something from the canteen, which isn't really a good idea because the meals or sandwiches are quite overpriced and we don't have any grocery stores near the uni, which is quite unfortunate, really.
But since I thought I don't want to spend money on food when I am out of the house, I came up with things that are easy to take with you in your bag and that don't require a meal box. I personally don't like to take cooked food at school. I would much rather live on the snacks that I will show below and then have a proper meal when I get home.

Here are my favorite snacks in no particular order:

1. Mini Babybel cheese
2. Banana
3. Mandarines. They are so much easier to peel than oranges.
4. Apples.
5. Grapes.
6. Dried Apricots.
7. Almonds
8. Cereal bars, such as Nestle, Fitness.
9. Naturlig 99 cal bars. This is a danish brand of snacks, made of unsweetened fruit and nuts. No bad ingredients in them. 

10. small pot of greek yoghurt
11. baby carrots. I didn't know these could be such a great snack before coming to Denmark and noticing so many Danish students eating them all day. It was very surprising and funny at the same time.
12. The Danish brand Arla makes this wonderful cheese and dried fruit snack. The package even contains a teaspoon. :)

13. Crackers topped with almond butter, hummus, guacamole
14. Peppers filled with cottage cheese. I must really like cheese :)

What are some of your favorite snacks? I would LOVE to hear!

It's not a primer, but it works perfectly as one

Face primers are good, but La Roche Posay Cicaplast is even better. 

cicaplast as a primer

It makes the foundation go much smoother, the face gets a silky feeling, non greasy. It helps heal blemishes faster, it improves the skin's condition, because Cicaplast's main purpose is to heal irritated, chapped skin after minor dermatological procedures. 

What is the official description of the product?

Cicaplast accelerates reconstruction of the skin barrier thanks to a formula that combines: 

- A copper/zinc/manganese mineral complex to stimulate the production of new cells, 

- Madecassoside to encourage proper cell organisation and procure fast, high-quality epidermal repair, 
- Its insulating texture is enriched in anti-bacterial agents to protect the skin. Invisible and non sticky, with easy spreading. This soothing, moisturizing treatment relieves itchiness and tight sensations.

Paraben-free formula.

This is a 2 in 1 product that besides doing a great job at protecting the skin and healing it, it works wonderfully under foundation. I originally bought Cicaplast because of a small injury I had on my knee, but now that my knee is healed, I am glad I can still use the rest of the tube efficiently.


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I am Luiza, a student in her twenties living in Aarhus (Denmark). Besides blogging, I love to travel, shop, laugh and watch TV series.

Founded in 2012, Ladylike is a blog that covers lifestyle, fashion, travel, healthy eating and relationships. The idea for this blog came when I realized I would love to have my own personal space where I could share my thoughts and experiences with other enthusiastic girls who are preocuppied by their looks and health. The blog is called Ladylike because I love being feminine. What can I say more?

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