We are Ana, Marjan and Christoph, three neuroscientists who met in Geneva during our PhD/MSc in Neurosciences. We found that beyond Neuroscience, we had another common interest: we are passionate about a healthy and natural lifestyle!
I hold a PhD in Neuroscience from the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, an MSc and BSc in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and a CAS in Nutrition for Disease Prevention and Health from the ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland. I am also currently working as a pos-doctoral neuroscience researcher.
I have been very much interested and passionate about everything concerning Nutrition and Natural Medicine for at least 6 years. I have been reading many books and scientific articles about these topics and implementing what I have been learning in my daily life. I didn’t of course change everything at once, it has been a journey (I started by completely eliminating sugar from my diet!). Nutrition is a very important topic for me and I have been seeing that my health really improved since I eat real food. But my interest on Natural Medicine goes beyond Nutrition. Although I think Nutrition is the basis, I do also believe that other factors play a role in maintaining or achieving health, namely stress management techniques, exercise, a good quality of sleep and trying to minimize exposure to toxins (at least the things you can control). For instance, I realized that many body care products that we put everyday on our bodies contain aluminum, parabens, plastics and many other chemicals, which are toxic for both us and the environment. So, I decided to stop using them and for the past few years I have been making my own body care products, such as toothpaste, deodorant and body creams, using only natural products (which, besides being healthier for me and the environment, they are also much cheaper).
I want now to share the information I have been collecting regarding Nutrition and many other Natural Medicine topics (and recipes!) and spread this so important information to help people keep or achieve health, while caring about the environment. I really believe that, if truly implemented, lifestyle changes can make a huge difference in people’s lives by preventing and overcoming certain diseases.
I studied psychology during my BSc years, followed by an MSc in Neuroscience and I will start my PhD very soon. I always loved people and wanted to make them feel better. That was my main motivation for starting a BSc in psychology, because I wanted to help people overcome their mental and emotional issues. At the end of my BSc, I realized I could solve the problem more profoundly if I only knew how these bad things happen to some people in the first place and what happens in their brain that leads to such negative outcomes.
I love clinical neuroscience and will continue being a neuroscientist of course. However, during my spare time, I do a lot of research about the part of neuroscience and psychology that deals with the power of our mind and the things we can change about ourselves by training our brain. I have done a lot of research about the effect of meditation and all the things we can do to help us have a healthier and happier life. I have traveled to many countries in different continents and for some reason the majority of people I have met did feel comfortable enough to open up their heart to me and I am grateful for that. I have talked to people from different races, ages, and social economic background. I am amazed how similar we all are in terms of our basic needs and we all tend to forget that. We are all in pursuit of a better, happier and safer life and the only different factor is the means that we use to get there.
My participation in this blog will involve posts that will share these experiences with you. I will try to tell you about everything I have learnt from psychology, neuroscience, workshops and extensive research about how to reach a state of mind that is calm and satisfied the majority of time. And for the times that you face some adverse events (from a negative thought to fights, conflicts and even loss of loved ones), I will try to share with you how to best react in order to reach that state again as soon as you can.
I hold a PhD in Neuroscience from the Universities of Geneva and Lausanne, Switzerland, an MSc and BSc degrees in Biology from the ETH Zurich, Switzerland. Currently, I am studying for a second MSc degree in agronomy at ETH Zurich.
I have always been fascinated about nature, life and health. During my studies of memory and emotion for my Neuroscience degree, my interest for health-related topics grew stronger. One important aspect of it was food. Having been a vegetarian for many years, I was already conscious to some extent about what I was eating. However, reading about raw food opened a whole new world for me. My passion for healthy food ultimately led me back to plants, and to questions about how our food is produced. I came in contact with the concept of permaculture, a way of thinking in sustainable ways for agricultural production and with an emphasis for the care of our Earth. This interest in our food led me to study agronomy to better understand current strategies for food production in order to find sustainable ways to produce healthy food.
I like to think in a holistic way, finding optimal solutions, seen from many different angles. Besides Neuroscience and Nature, I am also interested in spirituality as well as physical exercise. I think that in order to be balanced in life, many factors are important to be included in our lives.
Since a healthy body and mind are both very much dependent on healthy eating, which in turn depends on how the food is produced, as well as on emotional and stress management techniques, we decided to incorporate our knowledge together in the same blog as a complete package for a natural, healthy and sustainable lifestyle.