healthylifestyle

Why and how I started practicing yoga

Like my instagram followers probably already noticed, I am often busy practicing yoga lately. But why is that so suddenly? That I will tell you in this blogpost.

During the exams I suffer a lot from stress. I thought it would be a good idea to try to practice some yoga before I went to bed so I could become more relaxed. I followed @debbe_thechocoholic on instagram for a while. She is often practicing yoga and I asked her if she maybe had some tips. She recommended me to do the Kino yoga beginner challenge and so I did. Unfortunately I only managed to do half of the challenge because I stopped after the exams. At the moment I have exams again and I picked up yoga again. I started the beginner yoga challenge again and I am more than halfway now. I enjoy it more and more and I think I will go for it this time.

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Not only did I wanted to become more relaxed, I also wanted to become more flexible. I never stretch after a training which is very bad (yes I know). I think stretching is just so boring. That’s why yoga seemed like a good solution. I noticed very fast that my flexibility increased.

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I also saw yoga challenges on instagram very often. It seemed nice to join one but I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to do the poses so I didn’t. Eventually I began joining the challenges on instagram. I am happy to tell you that there are always alternatives for beginners when something wouldn’t work for you. If you are doubting to participate in a challenge I would say: go for it!

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Another advantage of yoga is that you need a lot of strength. I didn’t expect a few poses would ask so much strength! Sometimes I feel all my muscles shaking.

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The last advantage yoga gives me are beautiful pictures! At first I was a little bit afraid that my followers wouldn’t like my yoga pictures but I think it’s an easy way to be original. I also think it’s nicer to post pictures on which I show something I can do than all the ‘I do weightlifting look at my muscles pictures’. I train on my own most of the time so most of pictures were mirror selfies.

Are you doubting to start practicing yoga? I would say: give it a try. You only know if you would like it if you try. By the way, don’t give up immediately because the beginning is always a bit harder. Give yourself a few weeks time.

To conclude I can say that I am sold. Yoga helps me to relax and I have the feeling I am becoming stronger and more flexible.

Love,

Jana

Healthy sweet ice coffee

With the warm weather I sometimes need something cold. That’s why I make ice coffee sometimes. Delicious and low in calories! In this blogpost I share the super simple recipe with you.

Macros for one cup: 94kcal 10c/3f/7p

What do you need? (For 1 person) 

  • 1 ice tube tray (for 6 ice tubes)
  • 1 big espresso
  • 1 cup of milk
  • Stevia fluid

How do you make it?

  1. Put the espresso in the ice tube tray. Let everything cool down and put the ice tubes in the freezer.
  2. When the ice cubes are frozen, put them in a big cup.
  3. Pour the milk over the ice cubes.
  4. Put 4 drops of stevia in the milk (I prefer my ice coffee very sweet but of course you can put less or more stevia in it).
  5. Wait a moment until the ice cubes have melted a little bit and drink up! When I finished my ice coffee and my ice cubes are not fully melted yet, I put milk in it again so I can drink 2 ice coffees.

I hope you find it delicious!

Love,

Jana

How I lost 9kg

In this blogpost I will reveal how I was able to lose 9g(20lbs).

I started working out with the Bikini Body Guide from Kayla itsines. I didn’t follow her meal plan but I tried to eat especially no candy. I got results but after a while, it didn’t seem to work anymore. At my ‘heaviest’ I weighed around 66kg (I am 1m67). I was never really fat but still I felt very insecure. Eventually, I decided to begin with weightlifting and I bought a meal plan. I followed this meal plan for 2 months. I think I lost around 2kg (4,4lbs) in those 2 months. I also lifted weights and did cardio everyday. In the weekend unfortunately, I still binged quite often.

After following the meal plan for 2 months, I started with Flexible Dieting. I looked up everything myself about it. Flexible dieting has really helped me with portion control. I learned to find a good balace betweed healthy eating and enjoying an ice cream sometimes. I still binged but less and less frequently. I still lifted weights and did cardio six times a week. In August I eventually reached my goal weight (57kg/126lbs). I needed seven months to lose 9kg(20lbs). I know the scale is not a good method for everyone to measure your progress but for me it worked and I never really had problems with the number on the scale. I just knew about how much weight I had to lose to feel good about myself. I also kept being realistic and looked at my goals weekly and not in the long term. A lot of small goals, can lead you to one big goal the easiest!

My goal was to lose around 500 grams per week. Later, this became 300 grams per week. I chose very consciously not to lose weight fast. I did this because it was more attainable and because I was going for a lifestyle, not for a ‘quick fix’. There were weeks I didn’t lose weight or even gained weight but I never let myself be discouraged. Every 12-14 weeks, I also took a break for one week where I just tried to maintain my weight. It always gave me new motivation to go for it again. A break is also good to turn your metabolism on again, so you will lose weight more easily.

When I reached my goal, I was just going off for a holiday so this was ofcourse ideal. Unfortunately, on my holiday, I didn’t watch my food and I gained some weight again. Luckily I already knew how to get it off again. I tried to never let myself feel guilty because I ate too much or cheated too much because I would eat even more when I get down. Also, I never did ‘guilty cardio’. I thought it was important not to hang on to a bad feeling.

In January, I decided to try to gain weight for the first time so I would get more muscle. In the beginning, I thought it was a unpleasant thought because I was scared that all my work would have been for nothing and I would become ‘more fat’ again. Nothing was less true.  I already gained 4kg(9lbs) and actually, I don’t see that much of a difference. I look a little bit ‘fuller’ now but not like I used to be. I can now see that my body looks more muscular and more thight. I don’t feel less happy at all than when I weighed 57kg, maybe I even feel  better! I enjoy eating a lot, haing energy which I can use for my training and I love the fact that my muscles are growing. Losing weight can make you feel better about yourself but mental progress is at least equally important. It is important that you find your balance and that you don’t exaggerate with anything.

My process of losing weight was very slow but I didn’t have a problem with that at all. I found my way to a healthy lifestyle and that’s the most important thing for me. I feel so much better about myself now! Do you want help to achieve your goals? You can always ask me tips, I really like to help people!

Love,

Jana

 

Flexible Dieting/IIFYM: what? how? why?

In this post I will talk about the diet I am following namely Flexible Dieting. There exist a lot of misunderstandings around this term and there a lot of people who never even heard about it yet! That’s why I will try to explain as well as possible how it all works in this blogpost.

First of all, I want to get out all the misunderstandings. A lot of people think that Flexible Dieting is about eating as much unhealthy foods in your macros as possible. Nothing is less true! I will tell you more about this later.

What is it?

Flexible Dieting is a diet where you don’t need to hold on to a strict plan and where there is nothing you definitely can’t eat. If I tell people I follow a diet, they think I want to lose weight but it isn’t always like that. You can also follow a diet without the intention to lose weight. A diet can be just a way to live healthy and to maintain your weight or even gain weight (for example when you want more muscles). At this moment, I am gaining weight but in May, I will try to lose some weight again for summer.

How does it work?

First of all, I am going to tell you something about calories. Everyone burns calories and eats food that contains calories. When you want to lose weight, you need to eat less calories than you burn so when you want to gain weight, you need to eat more than you burn. Besides calories, you also have macronutrients. There exist three macronutrients namely carbs, fats and protein. You need to look how many  from each macronutrient you eat per day. For that, I use an app where I enter all my food and then it shows how much from each macronutrient you ate and how much of it you can still eat. Flexible Dieting is seen as a protein rich diet so you need to eat a lot of protein.

Why Flexible Dieting?

When I really started watching my food, I bought a meal plan from a coach. First of all, I found it very hard to follow the plan, especially on the weekend. On the weekends my parents cook and I didn’t like that I couldn’t eat with them. Secondly, I found I was often hungry which made it even harder to stick to the plan (now I am never hungry). Another thing that bothered me was that everytime I wanted to eat something that was not on the plan, I ended up eating a lot. I made a cheat day of a cheat meal or even a cheat week. Since I started doing Flexible Dieting, I binge less. I know I can eat everything (in moderation) so when I want to cheat sometime, I just put it in my app and I fit it in. When I know I can’t have something, I want it even more. Now, that I am doing Flexible Dieting, I don’t have that problem anymore. Flexible Dieting DOESN’T mean that you can eat whatever you want. It means that you still need to eat at least 80% healthy and healthy means mostly unprocessed food, and low in calories.

Hopefully you know a little bit more now about Flexible Dieting now. In this post, I didn’t tell you everything there is to know about flexible dieting but I just wanted to show how it works. Later, I will post on my blog about how you can get started. Questions? Don’t hesitate to comment or contact me!

Love,

Jana

Pineapple cashew protein smoothie

In this blogpost I will teach you how to make a pineapple cashew smoothie. I came up with the recipe myself. It is very easy and quick. I mostly eat it as a snack but you can also take it for breakfast.

What do you need?

  • 250ml (8.5 oz) cashew milk (I used the one from Alpro)
  • 125 grams (4.5 oz) of frozen pineapple pieces
  • 25 grams (1 scoop) vanilla protein powder (do you want more information on which you can use best? Send me a message!)

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How do you make it?

  • Put everything in the blender

Well, that’s it. I told you it was easy, right? If you want it to be less thick/more fluid, you can add some more cashew milk. Hopefully you like too!

Love,

Jana

Healthy breakfast: oats with apple compote and egg whites

In this post, I am going to teach you to make one of my favourite breakfasts. It is very easy and it doesn’t take much time. You can also make it for more than one day and microwave it.

What do you need?

  • 125 grams apple compote
  • 4 egg whites
  • 40 grams oats

You can adust the quantites very easily.

How do you make it?

  1. mix all the ingredients
  2. Put some olive oil or coconut oil into the frying pan.
  3. Put the mix in the pan and stir from time to time. If everything becomes a little more brown, it’s done.
  4. I like to add a bit of cinnamon for taste.

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Love,

Jana

Healthy recipe: Tortilla with chicken and Mexican greens mix

Today the first healthy recipe with chicken. Tortilla with chicken and Mexican greens mix. A very useful recipe for when you don’t have much time and you can also make it for more days very easily, like I do sometimes to spare some time.
What do you need? (Recipe for 2 people)
  • 200 grams (7 oz) chicken
  • 400 grams (14 oz) Mexican greens from Albert Heijn (you can make this yourself but it will take some more time. The mix contains leek, French beans, kidney beans, corn, red pepper and white cabbage)
  • Tortillas

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How do you make it?

  • Slice the chicken.
  • Put some olive oil in a frying pan (much healthier than butter).
  • Cook the chicken until it’s not pink on the outside anymore. You can add some chicken herbs if you want to.
  • Add the greens mix, put the stove lower and put a cover on the frying pan. Stir from time to time. When the greens mix shrank enough, it’s ready.
  • Take a tortilla and serve! I always add some soy sauce but don’t take too much because it has a strong taste!

I hope you like it. Let me know if you would make it!

~Jana

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