When I got to Australia, I had no idea what direction my health & fitness journey was going to take. For the 6 months prior, I was following a strict weightlifting regimen, with 5 intensive heavy lifting sessions a week, coupled with a 2, 000 cal diet. I tracked absolutely everything; from how much I lifted each and every session, to how many grams of protein, fat and carbs I’d eat daily.
I knew once I got to Australia things were going to change. Was I gonna get a gym membership? I dunno. Was I gonna discover my hidden surfing talent and sacrifice the rest of my life to catching waves? Probs. Was I going to become a mango-avo-tarian and only live off the two best foods in the world for the next 6 months? Most definitely. Continue Reading
It’s human nature to always look for a simple yes or no answer. “Is bread good?”, “Should I eat carbs?”, “If I run 30 mins each day, will I look like Alessandra Ambrosio?”. But answers aren’t yes or no, black or white, everything’s kinda grey. And that’s at best. Most of the time it’s actually more brown, or beige or kaki or taupe or just one of those colours where you don’t really know what’s going on. There’s no quick one-way solution to living a healthy life. Your general wellbeing is simply an average of your habits. It’s what you do most of the time that matters, not once.
(Lives off fried food forever, eats an apple once = health. Yeah no, not so much, sorry.)
So if you’re looking for a clear-cut answer for how to lead a fit and healthy life, here it is: Cut out your unhealthy habits and replace them by healthy ones. Here are my 8 healthy habits; try fit at least a few of them into your daily routine and before you know it, they’ll become routine. Consistency is key kids!
So you’ve made a decision, a decision to make a change. Whether the decision is to get fit, get stronger, build some muscle, lose weight or just to live a healthier lifestyle: you’ve already taken the first step which is to know what you want. Now step #2 comes along. How are you gonna achieve that? Maybe you’ve found a workout guide online or got some advice from a friend or Personal Trainer. It’s now time for the hard part: getting started. That’s really the hardest of them all, cuz once you’ve started, once the ball is rolling, keeping it going is easy.
So let’s say you’re goal is to get fit, you made the decision, found the workout plan you’re gonna follow, all that’s left is the execution. You go to bed with the best intentions of waking up early to do your first workout before work. Your alarm rings at 6am and there it is; that decisive moment. To snooze or not to snooze? That is the question. We’ve all been there. Even though I’ve gotten myself into such a routine I hardly even question my morning workouts anymore, there are always days where I tell myself “hmmm maybe I could snooze it just this once?” But when those thoughts come creeping in, I do certain things which give me the motivation to get the F up. Here are my top tips on how to get your ass out of bed when you just freakin don’t want to. Continue Reading
I didn’t do a 10 day digital detox for fun. I didn’t do it to to clear my head, to have some “me time”, to distance myself from social media nor to give myself a challenge. In fact, I didn’t really do it at all: it just happened, mainly cuz I’m a huge scatterbrain, forgetful and a lot of time just plain ol’ dumb. So yes, I forgot my phone on the passenger seat of the car rental and only realized when Stef was half way to the airport…. and with my luck, the 1-day express postal service somehow took 10… So there ya go. Combine that with the fact that we still hadn’t managed to get WiFi or TV set up in our new house; there’s your impromptu, non-planned, nor desired digital detox. Continue Reading
What do you think when you think chocolate? Probably:
a) YUM – gimme
b) Indulgence, a “treat” or even a “cheat”
Chocolate is known as the “delicious thing you can’t have too much of” or the “forbidden fruit”. Except not fruit… damn if only chocolate were a fruit… I’d have it every day. Right? Oh wait, I do.
Yup no joke. I eat chocolate every. single. day. The answer is yes, chocolate can fit into a health, plant-based, balanced, wholesome diet. Yes you can have it every day without guilt, and yes it’s actually good for you. The only difference is that the chocolate I’m talking about here is probably a little different from the chocolate you’re thinking of.
Whether it’s the number on the scale, the percentage of macros on MyFitnessPal, or the number of calories on the package, it’s safe to say that the world of health and fitness is somewhat ruled by numbers. Numbers are a natural and easy means of comparison, and can give clear and positive input on progress, but there also comes a point where it’s too much. We strive to reach a certain digit, even when the numbers hardly mean anything anymore. I realized this last week after my latest body composition test, and this was somewhat of an eye opener to say the least. Continue Reading
I am now on week 13 of my “new” weight lifting gym plan. Damn time has gone by so fast, but I swear i’m still not bored of it. I’m still excited every single day to hit the gym, make some gains, lift heavy things, squint in pain, waddle around the following day etc. This is my idea of fun, is that weird? In any case I’ve been pairing this workout plan with goal diet of 2, 100 cals with 50% carbs, 20% fat, 30% protein macros. However I usually end up eating about 1, 900 calories with a 45% carbs, 27% fat, 28% protein. I’ve been pretty lenient with my diet, so as long as I hit a minimum of 1, 900 cal and 25% protein, I’m good. The ultimate goal of this plan was to really gain some muscle and finally get STRONG (no matter how much I’ve worked out in the past I seemed to stay a weak lil shrimp). So 13 weeks later, here’s my full update. Continue Reading
Last week was the launching of Good Organic Only, a Parisian juice company, in the beautiful N’vY Hotel in Geneva. I was invited to attend the press day of the launch, which obviously I was happy to attend cuz woohoo cold-pressed juices are finally coming to Switzerland?! Yup I know, anywhere in the world you can probably find them at the gas station, but here it’s literally unheard of. In any case, the event was really nice, with lots of juice sipping while chatting with the other attendees and a little presentation given by the two founders of the company; Valerie Espinasse, the nutritionist behind the products and Mareva Galanter, former actress and Miss France (the pretty face and probably main selling point behind the product). I really liked the juices they had set out to sample, and when we left they gifted us with one of their new detox packs: the Sunny Detox. Continue Reading
It feels like the fitness world is divided in two. There’s planet kale, which has lots of magical superfood powders cultivated from the depths of the Amazonian forest, lots of meditation, deep breathing, probably an obscene amount of bananas, oh and the inhabitants of Planet Kale swear by their daily yoga sesh. Then there’s planet barbell. Only foods that “fit the macros” are allowed, people live in GymShark leggings and never go anywhere without a protein shake in hand. Oh and these guys don’t do yoga. I’m somewhere in between. My morning green smoothie fuels my weight lifting session, and I blend kale into my protein shake. I track my macros, yet as much as it makes me cringe to say this, I just have to start every day with a yoga session. Yeah I know, I’m one of those. I don’t have a carpet in my room, I have a yoga mat constantly lying on the floor in case… I dunno, I get the need to break out into an impromptu sun salutation or something… Continue Reading
So a friend of mine actually suggested I make a “what I buy in a week” vid where I basically bring you all grocery shopping with me. All fun and games til the woman at the grocery store told me if I wanted to film I’d have to fill in a request form… like loool eeefff dat. So I continued filming sneakily anyway cuz ain’t no one gonna stand in the way of my hopes and dreams. Not even you Franny. (shout out to Franny she’s just doing her job and probs bitter cuz working in a grocery store isn’t fun :/ #prayforfranny). Anyway, I made a whole video and even rambled on at the end about choosing local verses organic, but I’m still new to this vlog stuff so I feel like it hasn’t been truly covered til I actually type it out and write in on my blog (you feel me?). So here’s a quick mini blog post about it and you’ll find the full vid at the bottom 🙂 Continue Reading