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Monaco-based animal welfare organisation TAF held its third meeting at the Maison des Association in Condamine this week…
Berit Legrand is no stranger to water; the Dane competes for the Monaco water ski team, although she is also a certified Stott Pilates instructor and has her blackbelt in jiu-jitsu. Berit founded the non-profit The Animal Fund (TAF) in March 2015 with a mission to protect, save and actively assist dolphins and whales that are victims of maltreatment, slaughter, pollution and overfishing.
A team of individuals with different cultures, backgrounds and work experiences, TAF is united in educating others of the danger and consequences of cruelty and extinction but to also report on progress made.
“It’s not just the whaling or dolphin industry that those beautiful mammals have to protect themselves against,” says Berit. “It’s indeed also pollution, climate change, loss of food sources, toxic substances and digesting of tons of plastic. What is there to be seen in nature if we ruin it all? And what will be left in a few years for our children?”
TAF’s meeting on Tuesday was attended by 37 people, and subjects of discussion included “shocking details” of how whales are spotted, tracked and massacred in the Faroe Islands, and the opening of a TAF branch in Luxemburg.
The next meeting is scheduled for September, with potential reports from the Plastic Group and the topic of over-fishing on the agenda. For more on membership, volunteer or donations, see www.theanimalfund.net
The National Assembly has welcomed the latest graduates to the Principality’s Police Force.
An incredible 12-month time lapse video showing the creation of Monaco’s mammoth land extension project has just been released.
Monaco has a new bailiff, or huissier as known locally, who was sworn in earlier this week.
General crime rates in the Principality dropped by a significant 16% between the years 2016 and 2019, and street crime by an impressive 52%.
I absolutely love food and, for me, travelling provides the opportunity to explore new flavours, even if I tend to eat a little more than what I need. When I was younger I used to try and make up for my summer indulgences by going on a fall fitness craze. Over time, I realised that this is only a short-term fix. 80% of the way we look and feel is down to our diet and lifestyle. 20% is exercise. This is hard to hear, especially if you're training your butt off and believe me, it's not the best motto for my business as a Pilates teacher … but it's true. The idea that you’ll “just burn it off at the gym” might be a post-summer quick fix but sooner or later you’ll have to address the reasons why your body is holding onto unwanted weight. And that starts with reviewing your diet and your lifestyle. What you eat most of the time is more important than what you eat some of the time. Overindulging a little during the summer – that extra glass (or two!) of rosé – is perfectly normal, as long as you get back to your routine when you return home. This is difficult because our bodies keep nudging us for any of the bad habits we might have picked up on holiday. Sugar is addictive as is alcohol (also sugar) so as long as we keep consuming them, our bodies will keep asking for them. This is why my back-to-reality strategy is always to cut out the crap completely by going on a detox. This is the only way to get rid of all the toxins that have hijacked my taste buds and make me crave sugar, and to kickstart my hankering for healthy food again. And this is why I want to share what a good detox should look like if you want to clean out your system, kick your cravings in the teeth and fire up your metabolism so it starts burning fat again. [caption id="attachment_21550" align="alignnone" width="719"] Detox breakfast Blueberry & banana chia seed pudding[/caption] Stocking up for a detox The good news is that unlike most detoxes, the ones I recommend don’t involve starving yourself or relying on juices, powder or pills. Mine involve eating REAL FOODS that have been chosen specifically for their antioxidant power, their ability to reduce inflammation, boost your energy levels and start burning fat. My favorite place to buy organic produce is at the Condamine market, specifically the few small producers under the arcades. Their fruits and vegetables have noticeably more flavour than anything you’ll find in the supermarket. Anything I can’t find at the market, I duck down to the organic supermarket. Solis Bio (7 & 9 rue Terrazzani) has a good range of produce (especially mid-morning), and this is also where I buy my coconut oil, nuts, seeds and other fun things like Tempeh and the occasional Kombucha. I visited the new To Be organic shop at 31 ave Princesse Grace, but more on that next time.