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

Changes for tomorrow!

How often do we really think about the health of our future? By future, I mean thed next 10 years ahead of us. D0 we ever think about how today’s actions will affect us come a decade? I dont think I ever did. Then all of a sudden I started realising how time flies and how the last 10 years have just flown by so quickly. Some memories feeling like they were only yesterday and some feeling like a whisper of smoke. The more I thought about it the more I realised that there are some small changes that we could make today (even if we don’t feel like they affect our every day) in order to have a healthier, happier tomorrow. So down below I’m linking the changes I’ve made or I plan on making in my 20’s in order to have a healthier 30’s. 

Enjoy the video! And comment below the changes  y o u  are making for your future!

O X O X O

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

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 ⭕️❌⭕️❌

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 🍒

 

 

 

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 💋