Fasting February Results

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

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Știință in spatele postului intermitent.

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!

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!

Positivity ✨

Goooood morning my chocolate lovers, so there’s a saying that goes ‘Either you run the day, or the day runs you’. I like to run my day, so I start it  P O S I T I V E. How do you like to start yours?

Kisses and a great day my chocolate lovers!!

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! 

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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! 

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Oh and meanwhile on snapchat… Reema.Karina 👻

  

The secret energy stash. 

One question I get asked a lot is, how do I do it? How do I manage gym, a baby (that has never slept through the night by the way, I’m sure it’s something in my milk), a puppy, a husband (trust me these creatures can be hard work too), the housework and then all the other things I do? The answer is I do, and I don’t. If I manage it really does come down to one main energy source. And the weeks I don’t, it’s because I’ve slipped up and manage none of this (cue – husband comes to rescue). The answer *drum rolls please* – FOOD. 

Food, glorious food. More importantly eating the correct food. As busy mums, I’m sure you know too well the feeling of literally never having the time to sit down to a meal, it’s more like ‘I’ll shove whatever food I find lying around in my mouth and let’s go, oh those leftovers from my 15 month old look good!’. As much as I am guilty of doing this, I do however make sure that I get in all the necessary foods into my diet (plus all the cake, chocolate and coffee – okay in moderation). What I’m trying to say here is that we do not need to stick to a strict diet regime however, we do need to implement all the correct foods to keep our vitals up, our electrolytes in balance and giving our bodies the correct sources of energy. If you do manage to accomplish this then you will see that the cravings will disappear by themselves, you’ll no longer grab a chocolate bar as a quick energy source, and with that will come moderate weight/fat loss (if needed) with almost zero effort. 

You’ve probably heard before and is very true – tiredness and lack of sleep are one of the leading causes of obesity. As mothers I’m not sure if we’ll ever get that sleep back, but we can ensure that we are feeding our body as much external energy from food sources as possible, this way, keeping our minds, bodies and hearts healthy and happy! 

For some reason super quick ideas, here are just a few of my favourite energy filled food sources which I eat every day: 

  • Eggs 
  • Oats 
  • Dried fruits and nuts 
  • Quinoa 
  • Sweet potato 
  • Honey 
  • Bananas 
  • Oranges
  • Spinach 
  • Beans 
  • Peanut butter 

To happier, healthier & energy filled mommas! 

 

Eggnergy – Eggs, Tofu, Side Salad
  

Sweet Potato Pancakes + Banana

Sugar Free Chocolate – Sugar Rehab

Aloha chocolate lovers! Today’s blog post is not quite what the title says – so no, it is nothing about sugar free chocolate (sorry!), but, actually is about me (chocolate girl) going sugar free! So, for those of you who already follow me on facebook, you may have seen last Thursday that I posted a status stating that I was momentarily going sugar free, since then a lot of people have actually asked me what I meant by ‘sugar free’. Does this mean I am not going to eat fruit anymore? Is it just refined sugars I am giving up? Why am I doing this? Should other people be doing this too? Etc. etc. So, further below I will expand on this whole new, little venture of mine.

 

Going ‘Sugar Free’:  Okay, so this was the biggest question, what does being sugar free actually mean? For me personally, the term ‘sugar free’ means that for however long I decide to do this I will be giving up sugar and anything that contains sugar. Any sugar that is obtained from a source, e.g. fructose that you can buy in packs, refined, unrefined sugar, brown sugar, molasses. Biscuits, cereals, foods, protein bars, desserts, literally anything and everything that contains sugar. However, I will still be eating fruit, dried fruit (sugar in it’s natural resources) and natural sugars – all of which I will list below.

Permanent or Momentary? 100% momentary, I do not plan on giving up sugar, or definitely not to this extreme forever, at this particular moment I haven’t decided how long I will be doing this, nor, have I decided what my final realistic goal is concerning sugar. I prefer to make a well informed final decision and currently I am still in the process of researching all the pro’s and cons of this delightfully sweet substance that seems to be in every item on the supermarket shelves nowadays.

Why oh why? So the main reason I decided to give up sugar, was because of my personal problem with sugar. My personal addiction. Since giving birth in December 2014, I became a sugar addict – like no joke, a real sugar addict. Stemming from the tiredness of being a new mother, my body naturally inclined to something sweet, some chocolate, some cake – for all kinds of weird and wonderful reasons that a new mother’s body goes through. Tiredness being the main one, sugar is a fast release energy source, so when my beautiful little baby entered this world, I discovered sleepless nights, consuming a crazy amount of calories to provide nutrition for my baby (breastfeeding), learning so many new things in order to raise my little bundle of joy one day at a time, raised cortisol levels, so on and so forth  – that naturally I was left in a super tired state, the state where my body in turn screamed for chocolate. So, as it started there, all of you probably know it is a well known fact that sugar has the same effect as any other known drug on our body, and apparently, according to my body this is very true. The more you eat, the more your body feels it needs the substance, and so as the story goes, over the past year I have became more and more addicted to eating sugary foods to the point that I couldn’t go a day without eating chocolate and it was at that point I decided that I had to do something about it. And so like a drug taker in rehab, the only way to cut an addiction is to completely abstain until the body gets used to being without the substance…and this, is why I have decided to momentarily quit sugar.

Other reasons why I think it is beneficial to my health. Setting aside my crazy addiction to sugar, after doing some research and also the changes I feel in myself over this past week, I do believe that quitting sugar does have other benefical effects to our bodies and minds;

  1. Sugar makes you gain weight: Sugar forces the pancreas to produce elevated levels of insulin, in turn, other hormones are neglected, those that are responsible for digestion, metabolism, stress etc. When these systems are not in balance, we experience fatigue, mood swings and high levels of cortisol, meaning that our bodies then go into conservation mode, storing fat instead of burning it.
  2. Sugar is not liver friendly: Juices, syrups, fizzy drinks, all filled with sugar and all require the liver to work double in order to process them. Eating too much sugar can cause the liver to become fatty, which could cause further problems such as insulin resistance or liver disease.
  3. Not so skin friendly: sugar is highly acidic, acidic foods are known to cause inflammation in the skin, sugar being one of the worst. As a sufferer of atopic dermatitis, I’ve noticed this past week how it has cleared up and is now almost non existent! 

Refined Sugar substitutions: I am however still eating sugar in 4 natural forms. 

  • Honey (contains flavonoids and antioxidants) 
  • Maple syrup (contains essential  minerals, especially manganese and zinc) 
  • Agave syrup (low glycemic index – no sugar rush!) 
  • Fruit 

You may also see a lot of people substitute artificial sweeteners and/or stevia instead of sugar. I never use artificial sweeteners in my diet, as research shows they are probably more damaging to our health and our bodies than actual sugar itself. As for stevia, there are more and more forms of this on the market, it’s the newest ‘natural sweetener’, however I personally don’t really like the taste, I have bought some in powder form, but I’m still yet to experiment and use it in a recipe. 

Should I give up sugar too? It is each individual’s personal choice to give up sugar, I see more and more people nowadays join the natural side and quit refined sugar from their lives. I don’t plan on being refined sugar free forever (I love cheesecake too much- guilty pleasure, oops), however, when I do reintroduce sugar to my diet it will be in drastically smaller amounts compared to previously…everything in moderation. If you do feel that you somehow have any kind of dependency on sugar and want to be able to ‘reset’ then I do think this is the best way. Momentarily abstain until your body and mind no longer feels as though it needs sugar and from there you can reincorporate it back into your diet if that is what you wish. 

That’s about all today on sugar, or better said, no sugar. Have any of you previously quit sugar, or are currently sugar free? I’d love to hear your reasons and experiences – let me know! 

Signed, 

Sugar free chocolate girl 💋