How hormones affect your weight

For a very long time I believed that weight management is simple – calories in versus calories out and there’s nothing more to it than maths. But there was obviously something missing! What’s up with all the cravings, and why am I not slim yet even though I eat so little? If sugar is supposed to give you energy, why is it that I want to take a nap 20 minutes after I finish eating my doughnut? Say Hello to my friends, Insulin and Cortisol. They’re good guys, they both do very important jobs and you want them around. However, you want them in theRead More →

why we love food

Let me give you a warning: you might not like my answer (and I’m 100% OK with that). But part of reaching my goal weight after going up and down so many times was keeping an open mind and accepting that I might be wrong sometimes. 1. The animal brain I know we all think that we’re a highly evolved species. We’re capable of planning ahead, do math (well, some of us), work a computer, invent new things, lie, and many others that no other living being can do. But when it comes to chemicals in the body, we’re still animals. And the easiest exampleRead More →

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In my first phase of weight loss, four years ago, I had to make a few changes. I gave up most carbs (though I was allowed to eat them on exercise days) including some fruit, dairy (I wasn’t vegan at the time) and processed meat. Everything was lean, clean, and home-cooked. Of course, I lost a lot of weight in the first month and then I was allowed to slowly re-introduce whatever I wanted in my diet, as long as I kept a daily calorie intake of 1200kcal. That was ridiculously low, and I talk about it in this video. Every phase of my weightRead More →

HEALTHY eating guidelines

Disclaimer: this will not apply to you if you have a condition that requires a specific diet – food allergies, intolerances, diabetes, etc. I am not a medical professional and I’m only qualified to offer advice in regards to exercise or general healthy eating. If your New Year resolution is to eat more healthily, I got you covered! This week’s post is all about healthy eating guidelines and how you can improve your diet bit by bit. We tend to make healthy eating much more complicated than it is, mostly due to the food industry that tries to sell us products. It’s normal, they haveRead More →

favourite youtube channels

Because you loved the posts in the “Meet my heroes” series, I’m back with a new one! If you missed the first two, here they are: Best podcasts to listen to on the go Best personal finance books Another one of my favourite ways to learn new things, apart from reading and listening to audio, is video! I find it easier to process information if it’s accompanied by images and sometimes more personal if the person speaking is in front of the camera. And I think you’ll agree with me when I say that life is a bit easier if the video is free. Yes,Read More →

vegan barbecue

This is an adidas sponsored post. However, all ideas, images, and content are mine, and I’m being compensated to share my best tips on fitness and healthy living. This year the UK had the best summer in many years. Almost 2 months of hot, sunny days. We enjoyed long walks, nature, and a fabulous time on the boat ever since we moved in June. Half marathon training If you’re a runner, you know that summer is also training season for any autumn race. Alin and I are preparing for the Kauai Half Marathon that will take place in September, and this week we reached theRead More →

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I’m currently reading “How not to die” (UK/US)* by Dr Michael Greger. I’ve talked about the book before in this blog post back in February, and it’s one of those books that you read with a pen and notebook. I’m learning a lot, and I recommend you get yourself a copy no matter if you’re an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan. The book is full of science-backed claims about the relationship between food and disease. Surprise, surprise, plants are winning. I’ve already devoured the information on heart disease, diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, brain disease and different types of cancer. But when I reached the chapterRead More →

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We made it to week 4! I hope you enjoyed these posts and videos as much as I enjoyed creating them! If you missed any of them, here’s a reminder of what we talked about: First week – Step by step guide to pain-free batch cooking (Blog and Video) Week 2 – A fail-proof formula to create meal prep recipes when you’re out of ideas (Blog and Video) Week 3 – Portion control (Blog and Video) On this last week, I’m sharing what I eat in a day, striving for a whole foods plant based diet. I’ll also tell you how many calories and howRead More →

It’s week 3 of our March challenge. On week 1 we talked about batch cooking, on week 2 I gave you a simple formula to create meal prep recipes and now let’s talk portion control. The simplest way to put it is this: if you want to maintain the weight you have you need to eat as many calories as you burn; if you want to lose, you need to eat less; if you want to gain, you need to eat more. It’s math anyone can do. If you want to know how many calories you need, we explain it in this blog post. OurRead More →

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This is the second post in a series of four, so if you missed the first one, go here to check it out, it also contains a YouTube video in case you prefer the content in that format. In the previous post, I give you a 10-step meal prep guide to avoid overwhelm and common mistakes when batch cooking. If you search online for meal prep, you’re going to see loads of “rice, chicken and broccoli” lunch boxes. I’m here to tell you that it can be better than that. When your lunch is not boring, you’re more likely to enjoy both eating the foodRead More →