What I ate wednesday

Hi, beautifuls 🙂

It’s wednesday and after two days of not working out, its W is perfect extra reason to do it today. I am starting to lose my motivation and I feel really bored working out alone, though. But the feeling when it’s done is absolutely worth everything. 🙂

I also remembered to track the food I ate today using Myfitnesspal application. According to me, it’s the best application for keeping food diary and counting calories and nutrients. You can find it here: http://www.myfitnesspal.com/

I decided to try carb cycling. It goes like this: 2 days low carb, 1 day normal, 2 days low, 1 day high (with cheat meal), 1 day normal. And again. I’ll try and I’ll see if it is not too hard to follow. Today it supposed to be low carb…okay, I wasn’t 100 % successful, raw protein bar and the cranberries in trial mix contain much sugar. And no, I won’t start my day without a smoothie with banana. 😀

Not bad, but it could be better, because I got slightly over the limit:  My today’s diary (hope it works)

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…and my low carb lunch (and it was totally without animal products! I still eat cheese, yoghurt and eggs occasionally, though.) It’s zucchini (I’ll have them at least two more days… I made tons of them. But I have no problems eating them every day.), grilled tofu, lettuce leaves and spicy chilli sauce from chinese. 🙂

Sweet dreams 🙂

The day of zucchini and hummus

After a long time not spent in the home kitchen, I spent my afternoon there today. We had a lot of zucchini at home, because my grandma gave them to us and I didn’t know that, so I bought them on the market as well. So there were really so many of them that they couldn’t even fit in the fridge. I’ve cooked them and tomorrow I’ll probably eat them with rice and tofu. I left four to grill them another day or eat them raw. For todays lunch I grated one zucchini and put then in an omlette with an egg, onion, rosemary and a pinch of curcuma. I also put tomato and parmesan cheese on the plate. It was a delicious summer mediterean lunch 🙂

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Later I made hummus. I haven’t made it since I was in Turkey last year. Last time I bought in the store, but I prefer it homemade by me. I bought canned chickpeas and tahini (whenever I want to buy tahini I wish I was in Turkey – they have it so cheap). I love it spicy, but today I kept it plain. I noticed there are some people from India, who saw my blog, I’ll write a short message for them: Hello, people from India! I love your cuisine so much!!! 🙂

Usually I eat hummus with carrots, I did the same for today’s dinner.

It almost seems like a good day, but it wasn’t really. Actually it looked like I would ruin my day overeating all the crap in the house. I don’t know why I had to put a spoon in Nutella this morning, it’s disgustingly sweet and the label clearly shows there is nothing good inside and my fat will never disappear that way, but it’s sooo addictive that it’s just impossible to stop. I’ll never buy it anyway, my sister likes to eat it, so there is always a jar in the house. And there are always cookies. Also for me to steal when nobody’s watching. But I haven’t eaten nothing from 8 am to 3 pm, just to let my body saying itself, when it’s really time to eat. Sounds wierd, but I make the healthiest options when I feel a little hungry. I eat “bad” foods only when I’m not hungry anymore.

There was no opportunity to workout today. My morning was busy because of an exam (I bought morning fitness membership card), the weather was moore or less rainy, so I couldn’t exercise outside and there were my family at home after lunch (I feel wierd working out, when someone is home). I’ll go to the gym tomorrow, I’ll be training double as hard 😉

I just seen today it was the best day for likes on my blog. Yeeeeeeey!!! 😀 Looks like my complaining in the previous post was helping me (?) 😀

Sweet dreams, guys 🙂

Problems of a blogging beginner

Hello, it’s me again 🙂 Yes, my blog is still alive, I haven’t been active for a while again for study reasons etc. I’m ok, but I’ve been already better…I’m becoming depressed again, feeling I can’t control myself while eating, sometimes I still feel disgusting, however I have a feeling that it can dissapear after time, I would make it. It is not easy to accept myself after years of being unaccepted… I’ll do my best.

Anyway, I’ve spent some time checking out popular blogs about health, food, fitness and stuff I’d like to write about. It’s hardly possible for me to have a few 1000 followers and so high popularity that I could get rich from that, it’s not the reason I’m writing for, anyway, but I would still like some more people reading me.

There are quite many problems with increasing my visibility. I’m not really good with tecnology and today it took me really long to costumize my website. (You can see I changed it a little bit – my previous theme made it a little bit hard to orientate. As a beginner I’m still getting to know how the things work.) I’m also slow while I’m writing, cause I need to translate my thoughts and put them in order and I always look for the connection of the sentences and I forget what I wanted to tell or don’t know how to tell…

Also these famous blogger girls write about fasion and beauty stuff. I have no sense of fashion, I just wear…..just clothes. They may look good on me sometimes, but not always. I would like to know how to choose my outfits better, but I never take time to think about it. I wear make up every day – pretty much always the same, I wear jewellery when I don’t forget to put it on… I am the last person in the world who could write anything about beauty and fashion, unfortunatelly.

I was thinking about focusing more on book reviews (books about healthy food and diets (i.e. lifestyles also) I’ve already mentioned I was reading 80/10/10) and cooking (but there might be problems with lack of time, lack of ideas, small kitchen and my family who wouldn’t eat the things I make – they don’t like food they are not used to eat almost every week. And my fear of my greed and overeating).

As I said, writing for practice and for myself may be good for me. About the blog – we’ll see where can it lead me to.

Good night

XOXO

Change your thoughts – transform your life

Yesterday my deep thoughts during my sweating in fitness finally told me something wise.

I go to gym every day, unless I have something so imporatnt like classes, work or dentist in the morning. Nevertheless it seems any wanted results are seen on my body. I thought I still keep this habit just from fear my body would get even uglier, if I gave up. But then I remembered that working out makes me feel better, it makes me happy and I’m simply doing it because I can, just for myself (ok, sometimes it’s boring and I have lack of motivation, if I have no company, but I am seriously there because of myself). I would only stop in case something happens to me or the time wouldn’t let me train. And then what? My body would change its form from unacceptable to more unacceptable. I wouldn feel more unconfident, I wouldn’t be pleased with my life, I would feel depressed and to weak to go out of this situation. And I would do what is easier – probably seek the comfort in food. Disgusting, isn’t it?

And then I realized that I have to stop with thoughts like these – now. Every time I say I’m ugly or fat or I can’t do something or I can’t be successful, I actually get closer to this. If I want to make a change, if I want to get better, I have to change my thoughts first. I have to focus at what I want to be, how I want to look like and think I can reach that all. Or even better – think as I am already what I want to be. If I do it every day, I’ll start doing the right things to come there.

I have a lot of knowledge about eating healthy, enough information about working out and a big wish to look better. The reason why nothing is happening is in my head and I need to deal with it first.

As soon as I came home I took a piece of paper and started to write. I imagined the ideal me living life I want to live. Then I wrote down everything coming to my mind in the form of affirmation sentences. With beautiful handwriting. I think you shouldn’t have problems reading it, it’s very aesthetic and readable. 🙂

wpid-20150613_171249.jpg The picture has very good quality on my phone. It doesn’t seem the same here. If you don’t see, I’ll write down everything. 😉

I suggest you to do the same thing as I’ve done – the results may come slowly, but you’ll feel better immediatelly.

Good night 🙂

The last day at work

Friday, 12 June 2015 (finished and publishen on Saturday)

Remember me writing about the smoothie and superfoods store I work at? I told that I wasn’t so lucky that I had thought? Yes, I was fired. It was not my fault, I didn’t do anything wrong, it’s because of the buisness that is not going well, it seems. Let’s be real – I never have much work, today I had only one customer. No wonder that no one comes to take a smoothie or a piece of delicious raw cake to go, since the store is so hard to find… and there’s a lot of places offering smoothies and raw cakes and superfoods are sold in every hipermarket. Okay, we have some superstrangemegaexoticpowderedfoods that nowhere else are possible to buy, but is there anyone who needs this? I mean, it’s even impossible to remember the words such as astragalus, atraktilis, psillium, ashwagandha…

Do you eat superfoods? What is your opinion about them? Which ones do you consume?

I am not against them, but I don’t believe they would do any noticeable changes, if you don’t eat healthy meals full of fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, proteins and good carbs. One of Slovenian’s nutritionist said superfoods shouldn’t be on first place, local healthy food should. Simply told: eat more of real clean food, because that is what makes you healthier. Yesterday my boyfriend showed me an article about superfoods. To summarize, it explains that definition of superfoods is wider than just those wierd powders or dried berries they sell us in 21 century as “super”.

If I quote a sentence: “Generally speaking, superfoods refer to foods — especially fruits and vegetables — whose nutrient content confers a health benefit above that of other foods.” You can read the article here: The science about superfoods

If you take a look here, you’ll realize that there are many so called superfoods that you eat every day without talking and thinking about them to have “super” characteristics – from almonds to watermelon: http://bembu.com/66-super-foods

Let’s go back to foods sold as superfoods. I’ll tell you which ones I use and for which ones it makes the most sense to use.

  • Cacao beans: Raw cacao beans are one of the richest source of antioxidants (14 times more than red wine and 21 times more than green tea). They are also high in magnesium and iron. It has bitter taste (I love it, but people used to sweet taste of chocolate normally don’t), but it tastes great in smoothies and raw desserts. Eating cacao also increase endorphines – the hormones of happiness 🙂
  • Chia seeds: Nowadays many foods have wrong ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids (it should be from 1:2 to 1:8, but instead of this, it goes from 1:10 to 1:30). Chia seeds still have the ideal ratio. Besides they contain plenty of fiber and calcium. When they are soaked, they absorbe water and increase their volume 4 times. Add them to your cereal, yoghurt or smoothie to keep you full longer. It is also great egg substitute and the base fot healthy pudding.
  • Chlorella: It contains a complete protein profile, all the B vitamins, vitamin C and E and many minerals. It helps reducing cholesterol and protects the immune system. When you use it, don’t combine it with spirulina, because their effects are opposite: spirulina is great for regeneration and nourishes your body, while you should use chlorella for body cleanse (ie detox).
  • Hemp seeds and hemp protein: The hemp seeds are high in protein and contain all the essential amino acids needed for growth and repair. Hemp seeds also have a desirable ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids and are a good source of amino acids, magnesium, and potassium. For hemp protein powder they separate protein and oil. Hemp protein powder is great after physical activity if you don’t want to drink whey protein. It doesn’t melt in water so good and the taste can be odd to you, so I sugest to put them in smoothie.
  • MSM: The letters stand for methyl-sulfonyl-methane, the source of sulfur, one of the most important elements for our body. It is also called the mineral of beauty. It produces collagen and keratin, both needed for growth of stronger hair and nails. It also has beneficial effects on skin, especially if someone has problems wiith acne. Moreover, MSM promotes bone health, it’s helpful with allergies, asthma and it keeps proper pH balance. It is effective while you take it with vitamin C.
  • Spirulina: It contains 70% complete protein and it is very rich in iron, which are  great news for vegans. Spirulina also helps to control blood sugar levels and cravings, which makes it ideal supplement for diabetics. It’s also great for weightloss, because it busts metabolism.

I gonna making smoothies and selling stuff in the store. I liked there. Here is my last photo at work and the photo of my smoothie.

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For the finish I reveal you the reciepe (improvization again):

  • 1 banana
  • a handfull of spinach
  • 3 dates
  • 1 tsp of raw cacao
  • 1 tsp of chia seeds
  • 1 tsp of hemp protein
  • 1tsp of spirulina

AFP

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Today I came one step closer to my dream job, I signed up for the AFP (Association of Fitness Professionals Slovenia) course for nutrition consultant licence!!! I’m interested in making nutrition plans and advise people how to improve their health since five years ago, when I started to think about my healthy diet in order to lose that…ammm…at the beginning just a few and then about 10 kg. At the very beginning I realized that it is not so difficult to lose some weight. There are many ways to do it – healthy, less healthy, harmful, even death-causing. But, when you reach your goal weight (and survive) it is very likely to get it back. The question is, how to prevent it. There is still lack of knowledge among people, how to do it. And this will one of the topics we are going to focus on. I had to go to Ljubljana (our capital city), where the course will take place for a consultation before I decide to apply. I have done it quickly, so I decided to walk around city centre. I went for a lunch in Loving Hut – vegan restaurant. It’s a really nice restaurant and I think even people who eat meat would like the food (actually, I wonder how they cannot give up meat when they have so many delicious foods around). If I lived in Ljubljana I could eat in Loving Hut every day. I found out they are also in other countries: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_Hut and there is Slovenian web page: http://www.lovinghut.si/ I only regret I forgot to visit Cat cafe (the coffee shop, where they have cats – all the cat lovers, who cannot have their own cat can enjoy their company in the cafe). Soooo cooool, I must go next time. My food today:

  • Breakfast: fat-free greek yoghurt with strawberries, cinnamon and honey, coffee with rice milk
  • Snack: apple and 1/2 of protein bar
  • Lunch: rocola and chickpea salad, brown rice with curry and vegetables
  • Other half of protein bar and later also a raw food bar, bought in Loving Hut
  • Dinner: a piece of home made pizza (the dough was from that grain I don’t know the name – in Slovenian language we say pira) and some cherry tomatoes.

Usually I avoid eating carbs in the evening. I really shouldn’t… But no matter how much I care about what I eat, I think I have every day more cellulite. WHY?????? 😦

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Smoothies from a non air-conditioned store are warm

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Wednesday, 10 June 2015 (written on Thursday)

I work in a superfood store, where we also serve smoothies and raw cakes. I finally found a part time job I like, but it turned out that I’m not so lucky that I thought… I’ll explain it on Friday, when I’m going to write a post about superfoods.

Store I work in is really nice (I especially like green walls and wooden shelves), however it will be difficult to be there for hours this summer. Air conditioner needed!!! Even our fridge is not cold enough. 😛 The owner of the store has taken a smoothie I made and complained a little bit, because it wasn’t cold enough. But I couldn’t make it colder, because the fridge couldn’t cool enough the water and the fruit. But the taste was great anyway. The boss finally realized that our smoothies are too liquid and decided to increase the quantity of fruit and greens instead of putting so much water. I regret I followed the reciepes strictly, because I knew these smoothies were too liquid. I make thicker smoothies at home (I use the spoon to eat them, not the straw) and so my boyfriend does and so they do in my favuorite smoothie bar in town.

There were not many costumers today (our store is so small and hidden that no one can find it!), so I could continue reading the book 80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas N. Graham. Does anyone know it? I’ll write something about it, when I read it all. I wanted to write my blog, but I’m afraid being caught doing this at work. But I improvised with the ingredients and made a smoothie for me.

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I made it with strawberries, nettles, hemp protein powder, pineapple, chia seeds, coconut flour and spirulina. Even smoothie without bananas can be delicious. Otherwise I always put banana or at least avocado in my smoothies for the creamy texture.

I haven’t done any workout today, because I worked in the morning and I was with my schoolmates from faculty trying to study. It wasn’t very successful, because we had a dilemma, what to study and where to study from. This faculty is just awful, especially this year…omg… We were searching for something useful, then we were complaining about everything, then someone remembered something silly (like awkward dreams and other situations) and we were laughing, finally we decided to go for a walk and I returned home about midnight having nothing in my head. But it was nice to hang with my friends.

My food today:

  • Breakfast: green smoothie and a cup of coffee with rice milk
  • Snack at work: “maca coffee” (maca + raw cacao + coconut sugar + mesquite + rice milk), smoothie and goji berries that I eat all the time there
  • Late lunch: Salad with ammm… this grain I don’t know the name in English, feta cheese, tomato, red pepper, cucumber and green salad
  • A banana at my friend’s
  • Protein bar when I was walking home (it was about 11 pm and I haven’t eaten anything since 4 – exept for that banana)

Good night 🙂

Solar powered

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Hello 🙂 I’m back after two days of unplanned writing unactivity. I didn’t go anywhere, I’m still here, I’ll still be writing, because I love it. I wish to get better and read among higher number of people one day. It’s true that I’m writing for myself, but I’ll be really happy if someone else would enjoy reading. My first post was in two languages – Slovene and English, from now on I’ll be writing just in English, unless there will be many readers from Slovenia. It’s time for the final exams and it can happen I’ll be too busy, but I’ll try to write every day. 🙂

This post supposed to be Tuesday’s.

I started the day with an English exam. I guess I did quite well, although I was writing slowly, because I needed time to think how to write my thoughts in the form of logically connected text. And it’s the same, when I’m writing in Slovene. I think I only need more practise. It’s a good chance to do it here.

After the exam in the morning I went to the gym. These days are so hot, that the sweat is running out of your skin even in the air conditioned places. I hate wet clothes on me :/ But the heat is not excuse not to exercise. Excuses won’t make my body any better. That day I was doing exercises for legs and glutes and finished the workout with Insanity Cardio abs. I was dying during my workout, but the day after I didn’t feel like my muscles were working hard the day before. Maybe I still wasn’t training hard enough, maybe it really was the heat that exhausted me.

My food on Tuesday (I hope not to forget anything):

  • Breakfast: green smoothie (the same as on Monday), 1 cup of black coffee (I didn’t have non-diary milk at home)
  • 1 apple before workout
  • whey protein after workout
  • lunch: sandwich with bread made of….I don’t find the word for that grain, sorry. Google translator doesn’t know either. It’s something that is commonly used for replacing wheat. Similar to barley, but it isn’t. It had the spread of peanuts, coconut milk and curry, avocado, carrots, cabbage and red peppers. I didn’t make it by myself, I bought it, but the owner of that food store makes bread and the toppings by herself. Here’s a picture:

 Sandwich from “HiĹĄa De Rin” 🙂

  • I bought me also something sweet, but it’s kind of healthy stuff. Raw, vegan, it has greens, 11 g of protein, sweeted with date and rice syrup…and it’s SOLAR POWERED. Interesting, I see something like this on the label for the first time. I don’t know exactly, what does it mean. But I love all kinds of raw food bars. I spend too much money for them. 😛

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  • For dinner I had green salad with cabbage and beans. Vegetables, vitamin C and some plant proteins. Not bad 🙂 later I had also some peanuts – I was still hungry or it was just a thing of habit to have something in my mouth.

I don’t think today’s food and workout was bad, but I could do better, what do you think?

 Of course, yesterday I didn’t have solar power 😀

Made it to Monday… some thoughts on clean vs junk eating

Words to remember (or to read again and again until you keep it in your mind) 🙂

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So I got through my full on working weekend – and keeping my food intake (and amount) something I could feel proud of had a huge impact on my mood.  When I’m in a rut and eating badly/snacking, I always find it very hard to get out of (I always think it takes a lot of mental strength to go back to eating healthy again).  But why should it?  I really need to remember that it shouldn’t take a lot of strength to do something that will turn your mood from crap to great! And it’s not like you have to stop eating – you just go back to eating lovely healthy nourishing foods, instead of high calorie foods that have little or no nutritious value.  It’s a no brainer isn’t it?  But I have thought this lots of times, it doesn’t seem so clear when I’m on a down (eating badly).

Anyway I’m proud…

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Illusions

I admit, sometimes I lie. I think everyone hides or tells things in a different way occasionally, (talking about innocent things of course, not to be harmful to anyone). It would also be a lie, if I say I have abs like this:

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It is not a photo of someone else, this is really me and no, it is “photoshopped”. The trick is in the proper light, colours (okay, my pale skin is not really a good example, but I am always wearing black clothes, because I know they make you look slimmer – the difference is very noticeable, believe me), posture and muscle tension, viewing angle (to determine the shadows) and also in perception of a person, who is observing. It depends on their experiences (in this case if the person is surrounded by perfectly shredded female fitness models or women, who haven’t seen a gym from inside). Some people would say “Wow, she looks amazing”, some others would say “Is she really bragging with that?”. Moreover, you also see picture differently, if you watch it closer or you make a step back. Try, you would find out what I mean. Different circumstances would show me completely different. But, without any trace of ab muscles I couldn’t even make an illusion, not even if I was a master of playing with the light, angle, colours etc. So there are results of my daily gym visits. Yeeey!!! 🙂

Not to talk about illusions only, I’ll show you a real piece of art – my green smoothie for breakfast.

SuperPhoto_150608083948 Amazing photo, isn’t it? These filters are really awesome. I’ll also give you a reciepe of this delicious green monster. I make the same one almost everytime. I blended one banana, 1/4 of avocado (or a half, if it’s small), piece of ginger, a handfull (or more) of spinach, cinnamon, 2 ts of chia seeds, 1 ts of spirulina and 2 ts of hemp protein powder. I added water by feeling. I prefer not too liquid smoothies. I like eating them with spoon. It’s yummy, you have to try it 🙂

20150608_153021And this was my lunch today. Veggies with greek yoghurt sauce and hummus. This red thing on hummus is chilli I got from Chinese restaurant. I love spicy food, I could eat this chilli with spoon. 😀

I did not take pictures of my other meals.

Today I didn’t go to the gym. I rather stayed at home doing Focus T-25 (today it was core cardio). I was dying of heat despite of the air conditioner set at 18 °C. Now I understand, why people train so hard before summer – they can’t do it in the summer because of the heat. Okay, the main reason is still that they want to look good at the beach, probably. It’s harder to look perfect there than at the photos. I went to the beach yesterday. Fortunatelly nobody knew me there, so I realized no one really cares about my pale skin and everything else. And the water was perfect.

It’s not worth to worry about your appearance to much, you’ll regret not enjoying the summer.

Good night 🙂