Exercise during Pregnancy

It is a common misconception that during the 9 months of pregnancy, exercise is not allowed, or that it even can be dangerous to a pregnancy. As long as your pregnancy is a healthy pregnancy (and if you are concerned about a work-out affecting your pregnancy then please seek medical advice) then exercise is most probably one of the most beneficial things you can do throughout your pregnancy – even if you have never exercised before! Pregnancy is a great time to begin and heres why…


1. Fights Fatigue

Fatigue, one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy (I mean you are making another human here, if that’s not tiring, then I don’t know what is!). Starting as early as 4 weeks and for some lasting right up until week 40 the chronic, intense tiredness can be a true downer on a daily basis. Already well known to be a fighter of fatigue, new research shows that the cure may be as simple as doing a small amount of exercise every day (even if it is the last thing you feel like doing). Even better, new research shows the best type of exercise to combat fatigue is low – intensity exercise. So if pregnancy fatigue has hit you hard and you really don’t feel like a torturing workout at the gym, it actually can be as simple as lacing up your trainers and going for a walk round the block! 

2. Prepares you both mentally and physically for birth

Having strong muscles can greatly ease labour and delivery, why? The strength helps them to push the baby out more effectively. Being able to manage your breathing, having a healthy heart etc. all plays a massive role in pain endurance during labour and in the case of a long labour (hopefully not the case) exercise massively aids by teaching the body pain endurance. In other words, a stronger, fitter, pregnancy equals to a stronger, fitter woman during labour.

3. Bowel Movements

A really unspoken, yet ever so common (and ever so uncomfortable) symptom of pregnancy is constipation. Exercise increases movement in the intestines, therefore increasing bowel movements. 

4. Relieves the aches and pains

A pregnant woman’s body is growing another human, and alongside that other human, with all the other extra baggage, like the placenta, amniotic fluid, increased blood volume, totals to a minimum of an extra 10kg of weight that her body has to carry around with her. In turn, this extra strain can cause all types of aches and pains, especially the back. Exercise increases the strength and posture of the back,  butt and thighs by toning them up, making carrying that little baby love around just that much easier!

5. Activating that lubricating fluid

Due to hormonal changes the joints throughout the body become much looser which in turn may cause joint ‘wear and tear’. Exercising helps activate the lubricating fluid in the joints, keeping them in tip top shape!

6. Promotes a healthy weight gain

Exercising during pregnancy ensures that less fat weight is gained. With less excess fat gained during the period of pregnancy it means that post birth you can be on your way to getting that pre-pregnancy body back much quicker than if you hadn’t exercised at all!


Quality > Everything 

Life always gives us a second chance, it is called tomorrow.’ – let’s start Monday with a coffee and a quote.

I so believe in this quote and my favourite tomorrow is always M O N D A Y’ S. I always feel like I can start fresh and free on a Monday and erase any mistakes I made the last week… All in order to push to a better me. So to start our week off, below I’m adding in the link of why quality is vital. And by quality, I’m a foodie, so of course I mean the quality of food. However, take this as no joke, because really, something as simple as the good we consume can have a much bigger impact on the productivity of our week than many of us realise.

So take a peek at the link and have a great week! See you on the blog tomorrow! Ox

Working out without music?

Good morning Chocolate lovers! I have SO MUCH work on the agenda today, but before all that I’m going to the gym today to work off all this stress and tension!

Headphones I N – Music U P – Game O N 

Oh and here’s a little video for you, on why I DON’T work out without music, I mean, do you? 😉

Wishing you all a wonderful day!

ps.comment me some new music for my playlist, I want to make a playlist purely out of suggestions and see what I end up with- just a little creative idea, and YES I will be doing a video!



Finding the perfect fit love.

Today we live in a world where fitness, diets and exercise play a massive role in our day to day lives. Why? Because of the sedentary lifestyle which although we may not want to be a part of, becomes a part of us due to the rapid growth of the cyber world and all the technology that surrounds us.

How? Well think about it, our coffee is made by mechanical machines, a majority of us sit working at screens all day, only to finish work maybe go and do some food shopping only to find out when you’re finished and go to pay, that the cashier is not a human but in fact an automated robot that does it for you. So as all the labour activity is being replaced every day by robots, what are we humans doing instead? We’re taking up fitness regimes, diet regimes and all kinds of health kicks to keep ourselves in shape and in the best health. Is that a bad thing? Of course not! Quite the contrary, this new modern fitness rage which has engulfed a majority of our population has been one of the best ‘fashion kicks’ of this century. There are a whole lot of pros to this lifestyle, and almost, no cons, in fact…just one I can think of. How does the fitness world affect the dating world?

What I mean to say is, we are already so busy with work, hobbies, going to the gym, our diets (I know I am) and all the other little things we do on a day to day basis in our lives. Where do we also fit in time for dating? Let alone a relationship? Do many amongst us stay single in order to achieve our goals? I mean is it possible to find someone who is just as into fitness as we are? Who’s going to look at the menu with us? Can anyone be bothered to count calories with us? And join us on our workouts? If the soul other in fitness exists then where can you find one? They say that finding someone with common interests can be found at the place of interests, but in this case it’s not quite that simple is it? How do we find the perfect person at the gym when everyone is focusing on their grind? How do you go to a restaurant and tell which person is looking at the same part of the menu as you (the lower cal part of course) and even if you can pick that person out from a crowd, a restaurant is not seemingly the place to walk up to someone and socialise without seeming crazy. Is it?

In most other cases, finding the soul other is easier when it comes to other hobbies, let’s take some examples, if you’re a swimmer, you’ll probably find your love chilling in speedo’s by the pool, if you’re a book lover you’ll probably find them in a library or a good old book store. But this is a different story for us on the first line fitness front, however, wait there, I think I’ve found an answer for you! After you’ve finished work and are probably meal prepping or at the gym then what better way to check out a -> dating site . As mentioned before, where technology is taking over then why should we stay single due to this fact? Use the same technology to find the love of our lives, not just for work and our too well known fitness selfies. Helping us find the one most matched for us and let’s not settle for any less! So YES, that does mean, even if you are a fitness freak, and you have been wondering if there is someone like you out there, then there is also an outlet to find them. You just didn’t know where to look until now. So now you do, get started and find your perfect fit love today! ❤

Genius Nutrition Protein- why it’s so Genius!

PROTEIN – Many of you may know various brand names of protein powders, may know many people who consume them for many different reasons, you may consume protein yourself, which is great! Once you enter the ‘fitness world’ the word protein becomes a very important word to you…whatever your goals may be.

In the Life of a Chocolate Girl we have me (the sceptic), my husband (the supplement consumer), our little bear cub (Baby Ayan – 18 months old, still breastfeeds), Oh and Cliffy the Spitz. I state this to you because, in this case the relevance of QUALITY of protein plays a massive role in the dynamics. My husband has been a gym goer for years now, and has always taken protein to aid him with muscle growth, repair and recovery – so over the years I’ve seen all the different brands he’s tried and have always had protein in our home at my disposal if I’d ever wanted to take it – well, he looks pretty good if I don’t say so myself. However, I never really took any protein despite having intense workouts and needing the extra protein being also a vegetarian and a breastfeeding mother with a super active lifestyle. I used to say to my husband all the time that the ingredients just didn’t seem natural or healthy and that I simply wasn’t ready to put unknown sourced ingredients into my body simply for aesthetic reasons whilst in the meantime possibly ruining the health of both, me and my baby. That is, until I came across GENIUS NUTRITION! 

I am now a protein drinker, I still breastfeed, have much more efficent muscle recovery, therefore less tiredness, more intense workouts and increased daily muscle progress. I’ve truly converted! Okay, so now you’re wondering what is it about the Genius Nutrition product that converted me? What makes it different to all the other supplement/protein companies I have come across until date? Well, let me bullet point you why…

  • Genius Nutrition has bought out one of the most innovate whey proteins until date
  • They provide only the purest, highest quality whey protein available
  • The whey is sourced only from cows that graze on natural grass pastures
  • Sourced from cows that have not had any antibiotics or hormone influence 
  • Protein is produced without GMO’s, pesticides and artifical flavours 
  • Protein from the macronutrients are calculated (no Amino Spiking on the label) 
  • Made in Belgium – Chocolate Dreams is so delicious and tastes exactly like belgian chocolate (always a bonus if you’re a chocolate lover like me). 

See, what more could you want? Perfect for the vegetarian! Keeps the protein requirements up, is healthy and pure as can. Most importantly the quality that is obtained from happy AND healthy cows is simply not comparible. Need I expand more? You may be wondering why the quality and purity mean so much to me, well here’s the thing…In my opinion, life isn’t just about aesthaetic quality, but just as or even more importantly – true quality. What’s the point in looking great if you’re feeding yourself all types of unknown substances and chemicals on the inside? The effects may not show now, but down the line, you never know what damage you may have been causing yourself all this time. Ask yourself, will the aesthetics or the health matter to you in 30 years time? It’s your choice, opt for Genius Nutrition today, get that kick-ass workout, look good, feel good & guarantee yourself a healthier, happier tomorrow!

🔴⚫️ Oh and guys, as a little present from me, any order you make from www.geniusnutrition.ro just insert code -> LCG at checkout for a 12% discount. Let me know what you think of their products, I can be contacted by mail at lifeofachocolategirl@outlook.com ⚫️🔴

I wish you happy workouts & a wonderful week!

Reema ⭕️❌⭕️❌

It’s all about the Genius! 

For my chocolate lovers who have been waiting in anticipation for what’s to come on the blog, then I have good news, the wait is nearly over…Monday will see the launch of a new project taking place in collaboration with Life of a Chocolate Girl

So get ready, it’s going to involve a lot of fitness, food and more importantly Genius…who can guess what the project will be?!

Shake up a protein on Monday morning and I’ll catch you here on the blog! 


WSOTD – workout song of the day. 

My workout song for the day 🙂 – Mario Joy: California. YouTube it, then pump it up ▶️

Love, R 


Oh my potato! Sweet Goodness…

Today’s blog post is going to be dedicated to potatoes. Sweet potatoes, to be more exact. And why, over here at the Moldovan household we love them! 

Some sweet facts about the SWEETPOTATO 

  • Sweet POTATO (Ipomoea Batatas), although called potato, is only distantly related to the potato (Solanum Tuberosumand is not a member of the nightshade family.
  • In many english speaking parts of the world, sweet potatoes are also called yams, however, they are distinctively different in their botanical properties from a genuine yam – so don’t get them confused!
  • The origin and domestication of the sweet potato is thought to be either in central or south america. In central america, sweet potato was domesticated at least 5000 years ago, whereas in South America, peruvian remnants date the sweet potato back to 8000 BC, so a very long time!
  • The correct spelling is in fact ‘sweetpotato’ – yes, it’s one word, so cool right?!
  • It is one of the oldest vegetables known to mankind.
  • The first Europeans to taste sweet potato were those who were on the voyage with Christoper Columbus in 1492, he then bought them back over to his home country England.
  • It is now grown in more developing countries for it’s health properties than any other root crop.


Now more importantly, why I   L O V E  sweetpotato and why it is found daily in my diet..

  • It has a superior ability to raise our Vitamin A levels.
  • It is a standout antioxidant food, containing the major antioxidant beta-carotene.
  • Anthocyanin and other colour related pigments highly present in the flesh means that this tuber is a great anti-inflammatory ingredient.
  • They are a good source of vitamin C, which means that not only is it great for immunity but this vitamin also plays a crucial role in tooth formation, digestion and blood cell formation.
  • They are naturally so sweet, hence make the perfect dessert if you are on a diet, however, they do not cause blood sugar spikes as the natural sugars are slowly released into the blood stream – therefore no fatigue/weight gain issues after eating your sweetpotato dessert!
  • Naturally high in magnesium, potassium and Vitamin D, the essential minerals for moods, energy and overall health.
  • Complex carbohydrate, the reason I love this complex carbohydrate better than any others is that it is a SWEET complex carb. So instead of eating brown rice, or wholewheat pasta, or even oatmeal (which without any add ons is not sweet at all), I can eat sweetpotato, get my sweet fix and my carb intake for the day, just perfect.
  • They are super versatile, you can eat them roasted, boiled, steamed, microwaved, fried, deep fried, mashed, you can literally do anything you want with them. Although they are sweet, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be eaten as a sweet item or in dessert form, there are endless recipes to eat it in savoury form too!


Boost your health, stick to your diet and savour the goodness of the sweetpotato! 





Total Cardio 

As promised, I mentioned before in the Orthodox detox post that I’d be posting some of my workouts, diet & recipes throughout the month…Well today I’m posting my total cardio for the first week of April: 01.04.2016 – 07.04.2016 

01.04 – 🏃30 minutes treadmill 

               🔥 382 calories burnt 

                5️⃣ Km ran

03.04 – 🏃57 minutes treadmill 

                🔥 708 calories burnt 

                 1️⃣0️⃣.1️⃣9️⃣ Km ran 

05.04 – 🏃56.3 minutes treadmill 

                🔥 603 calories burnt 

                 1️⃣0️⃣.9️⃣ Km ran 

07.04 – 🏃32 minutes treadmill 

                🔥361 calories burnt 

                 5️⃣.2️⃣5️⃣ Km ran 

As you can see in the first week of April, I completed 4 days of Cardio and my total cardio of the week was; 

                   TOTAL WEEK CARDIO

🏃175.3mins treadmill (2 hours 55 mins and 30 seconds) 

🔥2054 calories burnt 

3️⃣1️⃣.3️⃣4️⃣ Km ran 

Oh but please note you do not have to sweat it out on the treadmill, other types of activities count as cardio, including walking my cute little puppy Clifford – pictured below (story about his name is saved for another day), I may be biased, but isn’t he just the cutest? 

Last but not least, if you were wondering about this absolutely gorgeous rose gold hair colour that totally fits in with the spring blossom vibe, then it was achieved by my hair dresser Andreea Bogatean. You can find her on fb + insta under this name, as so many people have asked me for the deets about this hair but I really have no idea! She’s the magic maker, so check her out 😀

I wish you all a wonderful weekend! 




Oh and meanwhile on snapchat… Reema.Karina 👻


Oats ‘n’ Berries

Goooood morning! So as we all know a quick, clean breakfast idea that’s got the carbs (the good kind), the antioxidants and a great taste is always a great way to kick start your day. So I thought this morning I’d give you guys a quick breakfast idea and show you what I’m eating this sunny morning. You ready to make it with me? Just simply throw in some quick cooking oats with milk of preference – (today it is coconut milk for me, yum!); some frozen berries for a crunch and a sprig of mint to finish it off with a fresh, great after taste. Simple right? It probably takes quicker to make it then it does to write about it.

So don’t forget, next time you don’t know what to make for breakfast try some of these delicious oats and berries 🍒