Finding a comfort zone.

Lifestyle

We’ve fast forwarded to 2019 and here I am back again after a literal eternity, on my blog. Untouched, dusty, yet waiting for me. With blog posts only I have written, words that have crossed my mind only and spilled from my fingers onto my keyboard, here my blog, a part of me, waits. Already a few steps behind the fashion, it already needs a re-do, to be fancy and glam and back up to date.

However, today I’m not here to talk about how I’m going to re-do my blog, what I will be posting or what about, I’m sure you’ll find out yourself as the days go by. Today I’m posting about our comfort zones.

A phrase which we’ve been accustomed to dislike and one we’re always being told to leave, to jump out of, something we should leave behind in order to enable us to go further, reach higher and run faster. Do I disagree completely? No. Do I have something to say about this? I always have something to say about everything.

Whilst all or none of the above may be true about comfort zones, whilst you’re reading this on a Monday morning I want you to truly think about what is our comfort zone and why is it called this? Because to me it seems almost like it has been tainted with a black mark. Like we’re almost supposed to hate feeling comfortable with ourselves, such a paradox. When in another way, beings can only achieve great things if they are comfortable in and within themselves.

How can I achieve great things if I’m not constantly in a comfortable zone with myself? Does the phrase ‘comfort zone’ really portray what we think it means? Can we not stay there and also jump higher, reach our goals, the stars and beyond? A comfort is a comfort and yes, of course, if we take this away we are putting ourselves into an agitated state in order to push our minds, bodies and spirits to regain this back. And then what? We’re pushing it further and out the boundary again. A constant push and pull, a discipline which teaches us to take away and then self reward. Whilst in the long term there of course is nothing entirely wrong with this, I have started viewing things in another perspective.

S E L F LOVE. Is an expression in which I have taken great interest in lately and within this I have found a greater and deeper perspective of seeing things, a way of being in which you love who you are enough to want more for yourself. You are so comfortable with yourself it gives you great confidence to go and reach what you think further belongs to you and claim it as yours.

So, on this Monday morning I am pondering the link between self love, comfort zones and where we really need to be in order to reach our goals. What are your thoughts on this?

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WordPress on the Weekend.

Lifestyle

Hi guys, so it’s the weekend and I’m going to be enjoying it with my family, what are you guys up to this weekend? My intermittent fasting posts were a hit over here on the blog and I just wanted to take some time out to THANK YOU guys for liking and reading my posts!

This week, not only did we reach *MOST LIKES* in a day at Life of a Chocolate Girl but we also reached *100 followers on the blog*! To some this may be a miniscule amount but to me this is a mountain, hopefully my first of many mountains, I would not have reached here without my subscribers and I am so grateful and happy for my mini milestones which I have reached.

So to celebrate these mini milestones, I am planning so much for you on the blog, amongst all the chaos of the family, I have so many life changes which have taken place and as always I will be bring you on every journey with me. For the moment we will remain on the journey through intermittent fasting and on the next blog post I want to talk more to you guys about KETOSIS…so keep an eye out.

So my fellow followers, have a creative and great weekend, and keep your eyes peeled for the next post!

Love R, xox

Acai berry protein smoothie bowl || vegan 🌱|| sugar free ||gluten free ||

Diet & Fitness, Recipes

Macronutrients

 C 37.5g F 4g P 12g Fiber 11.9g – 235 kcal/serving without toppings

 

Like I promised on my social media, I’ve made for you guys an amazing protein smoothie  bowl recipe. It is sooooo simple and easy to make, but at the same time so creamy and fluffy delicious that after eating it, you may rethink about getting an ice cream. In order to make this deliciousness all you need is a food processor (or a big blender) and a some basic ingredients as following:

  • 1 big frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mixed berries – I really love raspberries so I used them
  • coconut milk – for a super creamy consistency you can use canned coconut milk, but if you are calorie conscious like me use Alpro Coconut
  • 20 g Organic hemp protein powder
  • 1 tsp Organic acai berry powder – the powders we got from MyProtein

Asa cum v-am promis pe social media, v-am pregatit o reteta de smoothie proteic ce se serveste in bol. Este atat de simplu de facut si in acelasi timp atat de cremos si delicios incat dupa ce il mananci s-ar putea sa-l preferi in favoarea unei inghetate. Pentru a-l prepara tot ce ai nevoie este de un robot de bucatarie sau un blender mare si de cateva ingrediente de baza:

  • 1 banana mare congelata
  • 1/2 cana de fructe de padre congelate, eu prefer zmeura asa ca am folosit-o pe aceasta, dar e la fel de delicios in ambele versiuni.
  • 50 ml lapte de cocos – pentru un produs final super cremos sugerez pe cel la conserva, pentru cei ca si mine care se uita la cate calorii consuma se poate folosi bautura de cocos gen Alpro Coconut.
  • 20 g praf proteic din seminte de canepa organic
  • 1 lingurita de praf de acai organic – eu am ales aceste produse de la MyProtein

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Simple, right?

Next just throw in the ingredients, like the frozen fruit and the powders…and

Simplu nu?

Acum punem toate ingredientele in robot, fructele congelate si prafurile si….

then blitz….and add your coconut to get it going to a smooth consistency (don’t add to much because you will make it to thin and then you will need a straw, which is fine…it will taste just as good 😊)

pornim….adaugand cate putin din laptele de cocos pentru a obtine un continut cremos (avand grija sa nu punem prea mult, deoarece il transformam intr-o bautura si vom avea nevoie de un pai, iar noi urmarim o cosistenta unei creme…oricum va fi super gustos 😊)

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After it is all well combined into a yummy cream pour it into a bowl, top it with your favourite fruits, nuts and seeds and enjoy a super heathy breakfast, desert, or snack!

Dupa ce e combinat bine intr-o crema delicioasa, o punem intr-un bol si adaugam topingurile favorite, cum ar fi nuci, alune, seminte, granola, fructe proaspete sau uscate si savuram un mic dejun sanatos, sau un desert sau chiar un snack!

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Good appetite! Bon appetit! Or as we say over here in Romania…Pofta Buna!

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Yours faithfully Mihai xxxx

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Spaghetti bolognese – vegan 🌱 soy free – gluten free 

Recipes

Macronutrients 

C 65g F11g P 14g F 10.6g – 412 kcal/serving with the wholewheat pasta

Ingrediente 

  • spaghete integrale Barilla/ fara gluten pentru cei cu intoleranta
  • 2 cepe roșii medii
  • 2 morcovi
  • 2 bete de apio
  • 100 g ciuperci champinion sau salbatice pentru o savoare mai puternica
  • 1 cățel de usturoi
  • 1/2 cub instant supa legume
  • 1 pahar de vin roșu
  • 1 cutie de roșii cuburi
  • 1 lingura de pasta de roșii
  • 1/2 mana de pătrunjel verde
  • 1 băț rozmarin verde sau 1 lingurița de uscat
  • Busuioc verde pentru plating
  • Ulei de măsline extravirgin si presat la rece
  • Sare si piper dupa gust

Ingredients

  • – Barilla spaghetti / gluten free spaghetti for those with intolerance
  • – 2 medium red onions
  • – 2 carrots
  • – 2 sticks of celery
  • – 100 g chestnut mushrooms or wild mushrooms for a stronger flavor
  • – 1 clove of garlic
  • – 1/2 cubed instant vegetable soup
  • – 1 glass of red wine
  • – 1 can of tomatoes
  • – 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • – 1/2 hand green parsley
  • – 1 green rosemary stick or 1 teaspoon dried
  • – Green basil for plating
  • – Cold pressed extra virgin olive oil
  • – Salt and pepper to taste

Metoda/Method 

Totul începe prin pregătirea legumelor si anume tăierea acestora in cubulețe mici, cu cat mai mărunt cu atât mai bine. Un hack ar fi trecerea acestora prin răzătoare, asta nefiind valabilă pentru ciuperci pentru care trebuie totuși folosit cuțitul 😊 dar nu disperați e acestea nu trebuie extrem de mărunt fiind ca odată ce se călesc in tigaie si pierd apa, pierd si drastic din dimensiune.

It all begins with preparing the vegetables, mainly cutting them into small cubes, the finer the better. A hack would be getting them through graters, which is not applicable for mushrooms for which the knife must still be used, but do not despair. You don’t need to chop them to fine, as once they shrink  in the skillet, with the loss of water, they lose drastically size.

 

 

Pune o oala la foc mare si odată ce asta s-a încins adăugăm circa 2-3 linguri de ulei de măsline, eu am folosit de sâmburi de struguri de data asta, dupa care adăugăm trio-ul de legume tăiate cubuleț.

Put a pot on the big fire and once this is spiking hot, add about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil, I used grape seed because I ran out of olive oil, then add the trio of chopped vegetables.

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Le lăsam la călit amestecând din cand in cand pentru ca acestea sa nu se prindă de oala pentru circa 8-10 minute, la foc mediu.

 

Intre timp intr-o tigaie tot așa dupa ce aceasta e încinsă adăugăm ciupercile fara ulei si le prajim. In felul acesta scoatem toată aroma pe care acestea sunt capabile sa o ofere.

Let them cook by stirring occasionally so that they do not stick to the bottom of the pot for about 8-10 minutes, on medium fire.

Meanwhile in a pan, just after it’s hot, add the mushrooms without oil and fry them. In this way we get out of them all the flavour they are able to offer.

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Peste cubuletul instant de legume punem circa 1 l de apa fiarta pentru a face supa de legume. Daca aveți supa făcută de casa o recomand cu drag pe aceea, variata aceasta este una rapida si utila celor pentru care timpul este limitat.

Pour about 1 l of boiled water over the instant vegetable cube to make the vegetable stock. If you have a house-made stock, I highly recommend it, this is a quick and useful one for those who have limited amount of time.

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Dupa ce vedeți ca ciupercile au scăzut considerabil si încep sa se prindă de fundul tigăii adăugați putina supa pentru a le desprinde iar apoi opriți focul si le puneți deoparte.

After you see that the mushrooms are considerably reduced and caramelised on the bottom of the pan, add a little stock to remove any of the mushrooms that are stuck to the pan (deglazing), then turn off the fire and set them aside.

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Revenim la legumele noastre care ar trebui sa fie bine călite acum si adăugăm cam o lingura de pasta de roșii, un cățel de usturi razalit si rozmarinul tocat fin si amestecam câteva minute.

We turn our attention back to our vegetables which should be well cooked by now and add a tablespoon of tomato paste, the minced garlic and finely chopped rosemary and mix for a few minutes.

 

 

Dupa ce am incorporat bine si aceste ingrediente vine si momentul cel mai frumos. Luați acel pahar de vin si dupa ce l-ați gustat sa vedeți daca e bun 😁 adăugați-l peste. Nu va faceți griji in privința alcoolului deoarece acesta se va evapora si tot ce va rămâne este aroma unui vin de buna calitate. Eu cand gătesc cu vin mereu ajung sa beau un pahar si sa pun o muzica buna pentru a crea o ambianta plăcuta.

After incorporating well these ingredients comes the most beautiful moment. Take that glass of wine and after tasting it to see if it’s good 😁 add it in. Do not worry about alcohol because it will evaporate and everything that remains will be the flavour of a good quality wine. When I cook with wine I always drink a glass and put on some good music to create a pleasant atmosphere.

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Nu e un ingredient absolut obligatoriu, cei cărora nu le place sau nu il au, il pot exclude dar nu indic acest lucru deoarece aportul la aroma si gust e foarte mare. Odată redus…

It is not an absolutely mandatory ingredient, those who do not like it, can exclude it, but do not recommend it because the flavour and taste is great. Once reduced …

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Adăugăm conserva de roșii cuburi, pe care o reumple cu supa de legum si o adăugăm si pe aceasta.

Add the canned tomato cubes, then refill it with vegetable soup and add it in.

 

 

Iar pentru următoarea jumătate de ora lasati  preparatul sa fiarbă la foc mic, timp in care puteti sa savurati acel pahar vin, verificati rețelele de socializare, poate faceti niște poze sau insta stories in care va mândriti ca ați făcut un preparat foarte gustos si imi dați si mie un tag sau folosiți hashtag-ul #lcgfood 👊🏼

And for the next half hour, let your simmer over small fire, while you can enjoy that glass of wine, check out social networks, make some pictures or insta stories to show everyone how proud you are of what you have made add the hashtag #lcgfood so I can see your creation too. 👊🏼

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Nu va relaxați prea mult ca am uitat de paste 🤦🏽‍♂️

Puneți intr-o alta oala câte un litru de apa pentru fiecare 100 g de pasta la fiert cu o lingurița de sare si doar dupa ce aceasta fierbe adăugați spaghetele pe care le lăsați conform instrucțiunilor de pe pachet.

Dupa ce sosul s-a redus substanțial adăugați o mâna de pătrunjel si daca morcovii nu sunt inca moi adăugați si restul supei si mai fierbeți.

Do not relax too much because I forgot pasta 🤦🏽‍♂️

Put in another pot a litre of water for each 100 g of the paste to boil with a teaspoon of salt and just after it get to the boiling point add the spaghetti. You leave it to cook according to the instructions on the package.

After the sauce is substantially reduced add a handful of parsley and if the carrots are still not soft add the rest of the soup and reduce it again.

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Cand ajungeți la consistenta aceasta pot sa va felicit pentru ca ați realizat primul vostru ragu vegan! Booom 💥

When you get to the right consistency, I can congratulate you for having made your first vegan ragu! Booom 💥

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Amestecați spaghetele cu sosul ragu si puțin apa de la paste, presărați câteva frunze de busuioc iar apoi indopati-va gurile, glumesc! Trebuie sa mâncam frumos, sa mestecam fiecare gura de mâncare cat mai mult si mai bine, sa socializam cu familia sau cu cine luam masa, sau cel puțin sa incercam! 😂

Pofta buna! Bon appetit! Enjoy!

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Mix spaghetti with ragu sauce and some pasta water, sprinkle a few basil leaves and then stuff your mouth, jokes! We have to eat nicely, chew every mouthful of food, socialise with the family or eat, or at least try! 😂

Good appetite! Bon appetit! Or as we say over here in Romania…Pofta Buna! Enjoy!

And do not forget to share and subscribe because you receive email notifications for each new post, I promise better pictures on the next one!

Yours faithfully Mihai xxxx

Fasting February Results

Diet & Fitness

Hello, hello, welcome to March. I would love to say welcome to SPRING, buuut I have seen that all over Europe we are very much still stuck in snow, so spring will have to wait. However, for my fellow followers, the 1st of March signified something else…it signified the end of fasting February, and with that the RESULTS! If you’re new to the blog, then click HERE to catch up and to know all about what I’m talking about.

So below I will put my results of my DAILY weigh in’s, so you can see how much they differ, and YES, they vary a lot. HOWEVER, you will also see that I did indeed lose weight, which is great! I will not be posting in this specific blog post all about how I found it and the other questions, I actually would like to ask you guys on insta to send in all the questions, to which I will then do an accompanying BLOG POST VLOG. All about intermittent fasting, the pros and cons etc. etc. If  you don’t already follow me on insta, then go follow me @lifeofachocolategirl because I’m doing a different challenge for March, and always posting my daily updates on my insta stories of course of all the weird stuff I’m doing!

FEBRUARY WEIGH INS + CARDIO

01/02 – 53.3kg – 2.64km – 10.5 hours

02/02 – 53.2kg – 5.80km – 13 hours

03/02 – 53.1kg – 2.61km – 9.5 hours

04/02 – 53.8kg – 12 hours

05/02 –  Sick – 13 hours

06/02 – 51.9kg – 9.5hours

07/02 – 51.7kg – 2.06 – 12 hours 

08/02 – 51.6kg – 12 hours 

09/02 – 51.3kg – 7.53 – 7 hours 

10/02 – 51.9kg – 10.5 hours

11/02 – 51.1kg – 13 hours

12/02 – 51.1kg – 3km- 9 hours

13/02 – 51.6kg – 5.65 –  10 hours

14/02 – 51.9kg – 14 hours

15/02 – 51.2kg – 3km – 12 hours

16/02 – 51.8kg – 10 hours

17/02 – 51.4kg – 12 hours

18/02 – 51.3kg – 8 hours

19/02 – 51.7kg – no fasting 

20/02 – 51.9kg – 2km – no fasting 

21/02 – 51.5kg – 9.6km – 12 hours

22/02 – 51.1kg – 1km – 12 hours 

23/02 – 51.2kg – 2.88km – 9 hours 

24/02 – 51.8kg – no fasting

25/02 – 52.4kg – 3km – no fasting

26/02 – 52.2kg – 12 hours

27/02 – 51.6kg – 12 hours 

28/02 – 50.8kg – 3.08 – 12  hours 

Cardio total: 44.25Km Weight loss total: 2.5kg

A love note for Dragobete

Lifestyle

Sweet smiles, skipped beats, held hands, heartbeats.

Catch the spark, a work of art, the beauty of her body, a beating heart.

Touch my soul, feel me fly, engulf my whole, you and I.

Taste my essence, touch my skin, feel my presence, reel me in.

Whispered secrets, dreamy gaze, exchanged thoughts, different ways.

Sounds of laughter, tears of pain, sought after, again and again.

Smell my scent, I’ll drown in yours, you’ll hold my heart as I hold yours.

Love is made and felt and seen, this is love, this is real.

Reflecting upon ourselves.

Lifestyle, Mama and Me

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the way in which I want to raise my children, in hindsight my views on child raising have changed tremendously from the time I was pregnant with Ayan to now being a mother of two children. Not only am I a mother of two children but I am blessed to be a mother of a boy and a girl, along with this blessing, I feel comes great responsibility, as the days go by and my beautiful children grow with each passing day, I find myself wondering about the future. Curious about how they will look like, what they will be when they are older, what their favourite subjects at school will be, what will their first boyfriends and girlfriends will look like. Just all the fun and crazy stuff that most mothers think of but will rarely admit to, but  you know me, no filter here, unless it’s on instagram…of course.

My daughter is the closest soul to me since I graced the earth with my presence, I don’t know if it’s our star signs, our personalities or whatever you would like to believe in, but my energy and hers are so in sync and never has a being loved me as much as this little being loves me (I know I’m lucky right). Everywhere I am,  you will find her there too, in my arms, hanging around my legs, playing with my make up, putting her hands in my plate, today she was taking out my fresh washing out the basket onto the floor, as I was trying to put them to dry. And all of a sudden as I was methodically putting the washing to dry her playful presence misted into the distance and thoughts started flying into my head, how will it be when we finally have to separate? Will we suffer? Will she blossom from my branch into her own flower? How will she deal with heartbreak? How will my daughter see herself in the future? How will she present herself to her first boyfriend? How much self esteem will she have? How will she see into her inner self?

You see, I am a mother of only 24 years old, it wasn’t long ago I was a confused teenager, lost, with no guidance, no healthy relationship models in my life, except for the ones which I found myself. I remember the confusion like it was yesterday, the confusion of love and self being, the fogginess of a kiss and not tell the next day, the heartbreaking mist of what it felt like to not know what was wrong with me when a guy treated me bad. As I’ve grown up I’ve slowly, slowly pushed the painful memories to the back of my head, suppressing them as though they never really happened, because at the end of the day, that’s what we are taught to do by the people around us and by civilization right?

It is so rare a woman opens up her wounds after she has haphazardly sewn them in her younger days, why is that? All that leads to is generations upon generations of confused hearts always wondering what’s wrong with them in response to an external consequence.

So lesson one to my babygirl is going to be about those stolen kisses, those kisses with those who love her and also with those who don’t. I came across recently this conversation with a close friend after meeting with a guy she liked, he never called, so she started wondering what was wrong with her. What had she done wrong? Was she not pretty enough? Was she not a good enough kisser? Was her personality miserable?

I said nothing, I merely comforted my friend, yet now I wish I could go back and tell her the things I will proceed to tell my daughter..

If you kiss someone and they don’t call you, then that is no reason to self attack or self judge. It doesn’t mean that something was wrong with you, it is not a reflection of your inadequacies, because my love, you have none, you have differences, some which are accepted and others which are declined by those around you. And that is okay. We don’t have to like everyone around us right? This is the same, if someone doesn’t call you back, whatever the circumstance may be, this is not a reflection of you but a reflection of that person, it is they who is lost in the stormy mess of thoughts with which they cannot be honest with. It is a reflection of their taste and their dislikes and their personal preferences, it is a reflection of how they view the world and you within it…after all, it is THEY who did not get back to you. So love freely my darling, be wild but never ask yourself why someone else left you with unanswered questions, it is ironically, merely a question with which you will have to ask them.

Știință in spatele postului intermitent.

Diet & Fitness, Lifestyle

Ți-am spus despre postul intermitent, despre ce înseamnă în postările precedente, iar in blog-ul de astăzi îți voi da o scurtă trecere peste ce spune ȘTIINȚA despre postul intermitent, cum funcționează și mai mult de ce ne este de folos.

Deci, postul intermitent vizează mai ales perioadele de 16: 8. Asta înseamnă 16 ore de post și o fereastră de 8 ore în care mancăm. Dacă nu știți ce înseamnă acest lucru, puteți citi totul despre asta pe postarea mea anterioară pe blog făcând clic aici.

Atunci când o persoană se hrănește intermitent, ei mănâncă adesea în blocul de 8 ore, lăsându-i cu cele 16 ore de post (acest lucru este, în general, cel mai frecvent tip de post intermitent – unele pot face perioade mai scurte sau mai lungi). Acest lucru face diferența între oamenii care nu urmează postul intermitent deoarece, după aproximativ 10-12 ore, au loc următoarele schimbări în corpul nostruȘ

1. Când mâncăm, de obicei depozităm energia sub formă de glicogen în ficat, totuși după 10-12 ore de post, nivelul glicogenului devine extrem de scăzut. În majoritatea cazurilor acest lucru va însemna nu numai că veți începe să simțiți senzația de foame, ci și o stare de nervozitate, termen pe care mulți dintre noi îl cunoaștem astăzi ca HANGRY(hungry + angry), dar mai important …

2. Cu puțin glicogen rămas, celulele grase din corpul tău eliberează grăsime în sânge. Grăsimea care a fost eliberată face ca ficatul să transforme această grăsime în energie pentru utilizare de către organism și chiar mai important pentru continuarea funcționării sănătoase a creierului, prin urmare, sunteți stare absolută de arderea grăsimilor pentru energie.

3. Probele de sânge arată că persoanele care au postit între 12 și 24 de ore au avut o creștere de 60% a energiei din arderea grăsimilor. Cea mai mare creștere după îregistrându-se după 18 ore.

4. Alte beneficii ale postului intermitent, în afară de arederea exclusivă a grăsimilor, o mai bună sănătate cardiovasculară și reducerea apetitului, este CETOZA.

5. Procesul de ardere a grăsimilor pentru energie prin eliberearea unor substanțe chimice numite corpuri cetonici.

6. În creierului cetonii declanșează eliberarea unei molecule importante numite BDNF.

7. Moleculele BDNF sunt responsabile pentru construirea și consolidarea neuronilor și a conexiunilor neuronale în zonele creierului responsabile de învățarea și memoria.

Deci, într-o recapitulare, postul intermitent ne pune corpul în cetoză, ceea ce ne ajută în numeroase moduri, mai mult, veți descoperi că, deși oamenii încep postul intermitent ca metodă de reducere a greutății, mulți îl adaptează ca parte a unui stil de viață, datorită celorlalte 101 beneficii ale cetozei.

Am studiat temeinic cetoza din orice unghi și voi extinde pe blog mai multe despre acest proces și de ce noi oamenii am fost făcuți pentru această practică. De ce am folosit cetoza pentru a supravietui de ani de zile si de ce ne ajuta in zilele noastre la tratarea pacientilor cu dementa, in tratarea epilepsiei la copii, pentru tratarea eczemelor de zi cu zi.

De mâine plănuiesc să încep si eu postul intermitent și să înregistrez fiecare pas nu doar pe blog aici, ci și într-un VLOG pe Youtube. Dacă există ceva specific pe care ai dori să-l întrebi despre postul intermitent, cetoza sau lucrurile pe care ai vrea să le notez, te rog să-mi dai un comentariu sau un mesaj și să-mi spui. Abia aștept să încep acest post și să văd dintr-o perspectivă personală cum imi putea afecta pozitiv și negativ viața de zi cu zi.

Sperând la cele mai bune, până atunci, pe data viitoare!

Fasting February

Diet & Fitness, Lifestyle

Hey guys! So since my last post, both my children contracted one of the worst viruses that had been going round (both better now) – we travelled to Denmark (VLOG coming soon) and now, finallyyy it’s the 1st February and I know you guys are tired of me talking about this intermittent fasting and want me to actually get some action in. SO THE DAY IS HERE. As we spoke on the previous blog posts all about this type of fasting and how it may aid in fat loss, I really wanted to see for myself.

So since 1st January, I noted down my weight on as many mornings as I remembered to weigh myself. I also noted down the amout of cardio I did everytime I did cardio. Ps. I know cardio isn’t the only weightloss option but I literally use cardio as a relaxation method amongst doing a teeeny little bit of weights, due to timing issues, total mom life. So for now #iamarunner. Below I will note down everything as I recorded and so for February I will do the exact same thing, except I will also add in intermittent fasting! I won’t change my diet plan or the gym schedule (which is by the way non-existent, I just go when I can). And from this at the end of February I’d like to do a comparison to see if by keeping everything the same in my lifestyle and simply adding in intermittent fasting, does it have an effect on fat/weight loss?

01/01 – 55.3kg

02/01 – 54.1kg

03/01  – 53.9kg

04/01 – 53.7kg – 5.15km 

05/01 – 53.5kg – 2.05km

06/01 – 53.4kg – 2.52km

08/01 – 53.5kg – 6.13km 

09/01 – 54kg – 5.08km

10/01 – 53.3kg – 3.09km

11/01 – 52.5kg – 2.53km 

12/01 – 52.7kg 

13/01 – 52.9kg – 7.3km 

14/01 – 52.2kg

16/01 – 52.9kg – 3.19km

17/01 – 52.7kg – 2.16km

20/01 – 52.6kg

21/01 – 52.5kg – 3.09km

24/01 – 52.6kg – 2.14km

31/01 – 53.2kg – 7.64km 

 

Total weight loss: 2.1kg

Total Cardio: 52.07 km

So these are the overall stats for the month of January, today is the 2nd of February so I did START with the intermittent fasting yesterday, however, of course I only managed to post on the blog today, no thanks to babies haha! I will also be vlogging about this sometime throughout the month, so don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel (life of a chocolate girl).

Any questions, or anything specific you’d like to know about any and all of this, just drop them down below! Catch you on the next post!

The science behind intermittent fasting.

Diet & Fitness, Lifestyle

So I’ve told you about intermittent fasting, I’ve told you all about what it means and on today’s post I’m going to be giving you guys a quick run through on what SCIENCE says about intermittent fasting, how it works and more importantly why it benefits us.

So, intermittent fasting mostly follows the 16:8 periods. That is 16 hours of fasting and an 8 hour eating window. If you don’t know what that means, you can read all about it on my previous blog post by clicking here.

When a person intermittently fasts, they often eat within the 8 hour block leaving them with the 16 hours of eating (this is just generally the most common type of intermittent fasting – some may do shorter or longer periods). This sets them apart from people who do not intermittently fast because after around 10-12 hours, the following changes take place in our body;

  1. When you eat you usually store energy in the form of glycogen in your liver, however after 10-12 hours of fasting, your glycogen levels will be extremely low. In most cases this will mean you will not only start feeling hungry but also angry a term many of us know nowadays as HANGRY, but more importantly…
  2. With little glycogen left, fat cells in your body release fat into the bloodstream. The fat that has been released make it’s way to the liver to be converted into energy for use by the body and even more importantly for continuing healthy functioning of the brain, therefore, you are LITERALLY burning fat for energy.
  3. Blood samples show people who fasted between 12-24 had a 60% increase in energy from fat. With the biggest increase after 18 hours.
  4. This is the biggest benefit of intermittent fasting aside from exclusively fat loss, better cardiovascular health and lowered appetite. It is the benefit of KETOSIS.
  5. The process of burning fat for energy releases chemicals called KETONES.
  6. In the brain ketones trigger the release of an important molecule called BDNF.
  7. BDNF is responsible for helping build and strengthen neurones and neural connections in areas of the brain responsible for learning and memory.

So in a recap, intermittent fasting puts our body in ketosis, which benefits us in all kinds of numerous ways, moreover, you’ll find that although people start intermittent fasting as a method of weight loss, many adapt it as part of a lifestyle, due to the 101 other benefits of ketosis (I mean who doesn’t want to be smarter?!).

I have thoroughly studied ketosis from every angle and I will expand on the blog all about this process and why us humans were made for this practise. Why we have been using ketosis to survive for years and why it benefits us nowadays from helping to treat dementia patients to treating epilepsy in children to treating every day eczema. From tomorrow I am planning on starting my own intermittent fasts and recording them down not only on the blog over here for you but also in VLOG form over on the tube. If there’s anything specific you’d like to ask me about intermittent fasting, ketosis, or things you’d like me to note down, please drop me a comment and let me know. I can’t wait to start this and see from a personal view how it may positively and negatively affect day to day life.

Hoping for the best, until then, see you next time on the blog!

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