Category: Food & Nutrition

Smoothie and yogurt

The smoothie recipe, a bit late

Posted on June 30, 2020 at 18:32

I told you a few posts ago that my next post would contain a smoothie recipe. I forgot about that, in my excitement about getting healthy, but remembered it now. So here it is, the recipe for a smoothie I drink ever so often:

You need:

  • 3 deciliter of frozen, mixed berries (I use a mix of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries)
  • 1 banana
  • 0,5 deciliter light yogurt (I use the non-flavoured one)
  • 1-2 deciliters of cold water (depending on how thick you want it)
  • A blender that can handle frozen berries

How to:

  1. Start by putting everything in the blender. If you’re not sure of which consistency you want, start with the lower amount of water, you can always add in more after.
  2. Blend for about 45 seconds, if the berries won’t mix try to pulsate the blending a bit.
  3. Add more water if too thick.
  4. Enjoy!

I have even made it even easier for me, since that is my philosophy. Instead of having to bring out three bags of berries and peel a banana and mix in, I have pre-packaged a mixture of all the berries and the banana, cut up in pieces, in bags and boxes that are portion-sized, and put in the freezer. That way, I just need to take one portion out of the freezer, put in the blender and add liquids. Easy peasy!

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Headbands

The last workout of the week

Posted on June 28, 2020 at 19:26

So, I must admit I have been slacking off a bit with working out. It has been (and still is!) 30 degrees celsius where I am, and inside too even though we have many fans going on full power. Working out when I am already sweatier than ever hasn’t been my top priority. I have still eaten healthily, though. I can’t believe I haven’t eaten any sweets, snacks, pastries or drunk any soda in a weeks time now! That is something worth celebrating. I have been eating some sorbet, but it is only summer once a year, and at least it’s not full fat ice cream. Instead of all the things I used to eat that I now don’t, I eat lots of protein on the days I work out, and on the days I don’t I try and eat fruits as snack.

Today, however, my boyfriend treated me to Indian curry for dinner, so I felt the need to go on the crosstrainer despite the heat. It wasn’t that bad actually, I managed to train on it for as long as I wanted, and after the crosstrainer I did some strength training for mainly my arms and core.

I feel happy now that I’ve worked out again, the endorfines it gives me is worth it alone, the weight loss is just a plus. However, what made the exercise bareable was my headband. I have two of them (pictured), both from Nike, and I adore them. They’re kind of out of fashion I guess but I don’t care because they’re comfortable and they keep the sweat to a minimum in my forehead. Win-win!

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Fruit bowl

A bowl of awesome

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 19:27

Tonight’s dessert wasn’t sorbet, it was something if possible even more fruity – a fruit salad! I made it myself and it consisted of about 7 strawberries, one banana and an orange. As I’ve said before, healthy doesn’t need to mean boring.

Some people are against fruit. They say it’s too much sugar, but I don’t care about that. I am a fruit lover. I don’t think sugar is the enemy. Of course, too much sugar – too much of anything really – is bad. But just because it’s possible to eat too much protein for example, does that mean we should stop eating protein? No.

A bit of most things is what I call a healthy diet. And that includes sugar. Whether you want to have your sugar in your morning jam on toast, in your yogurt, in your ice cream or in your fruit is up to you. To lose weight you need to limit your daily intake, but that doesn’t equal cutting out sugar completely.

I like a bit of sweetness some evenings. Fruit is an excellent source of that, so I’ll continue to have it despite people saying it’s bad.

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Macadamia nuts

Mac ‘n… damia?

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 9:50

Alright. I admit it. If you’re going to lose weight and get fit, it’s not just about the exercise you do. A big part of weight loss lies in the foods you eat. But who said healthy needs to be boring? And who says low calorie needs to be only lettuce?

Well, nobody probably said that. And I’m not saying it either. Healthy and low calorie can be fun and interesting. I wish I could write a post here with the foods that are all of those things, but unfortunately I don’t know what foods you like and think are fun. However, I can share some foods that I like to eat now that I am on a diet.

Note: I am not following any diet like low carb, low calorie etc. I am simply eating after my own will, just like pandas do.

(Kind of) low calorie foods that I like:

  • Flavoured quark/yogurt quark
  • Ovenbaked chicken breast
  • Homemade smoothie (see recipe in the next post)
  • Porridge with zero sugar jam
  • Sorbet (I said kind of!)
  • Broccoli & Cauliflower

Healthy foods that I like:

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Protein milk
  • Strawberries & bananas
  • Ovenbaked salmon
  • Potatoes

The trick is to combine the healthy, most of the time filling, foods with the low calorie foods. That is my diet. I could eat, as an example, porridge for breakfast, ovenbaked salmon with broccoli and cauliflower for lunch, 40g of macadamia nuts for snack (half a bag of the ones I buy, I don’t weigh food), chickenbreast (perhaps with pesto) and potatoes for dinner and some sorbet for dessert. That would add up to a perfect amount of calories for me in a day, especially if I work out aswell. And, it keeps me full and satisfied.

It’s not about losing weight fast, it’s about actually losing weight, and you won’t do that if you give up. Therefor, cut yourself some slack, make some switches to the way you eat but keep some things you feel you can’t live without. I love my ice cream, so if I eat a little bit of sorbet instead of ice cream made of cream when I have a craving, I get less sugar and fat in me, but the craving goes away.

Finding smart solutions that work for you is the way forward. We are all different and we need to work with that in mind. Don’t like the things on my lists? Make your own! I am sure you too can find five things to put in a list like I did.

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Crosstrainer

The crosstrainer that started it all

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 8:34

Above is a picture of the crosstrainer that got this whole thing going. It was a birthday gift from my dad that I got about a week ago. I asked him if he would help me get one, and he did. It arrived a few days after my birthday, and I love it.

A crosstrainer might not be the first thing, or the second thing, or the third thing you’d associate with pandas, but I’m going to tell you why it fits so well into my philosophy. I hate going to the gym. I absolutely hate it. Not because it is hard or sweaty to work out whilst there, no, instead my reasons for hating going to the gym is the part where I have to literally go to the gym. It’s not far to the gym from where I live, not at all, but getting dressed, bringing a bag, remembering a padlock, all of that just takes the fun out of my exercise. So I thought to myself, if I can just work out in the comforts of my own home, I won’t have to worry about most of the stuff that comes with going to the gym. I can get out of bed, put on a sportsbra and start my morning exercise. Now isn’t that efficient?

So, by getting myself a crosstrainer (or well, asking for one), I have cut out the boring, annoying part of exercising, and now just have the actual exercising to do. And frankly, I don’t dislike exercising, quite the opposite. I enjoy it. I just needed to find a way to do it without going to the gym, and now I have. My crosstrainer is my new best friend, but I have two rules. I only go on it when I feel like it, and I only stay on it for as long as I like. So far it has proved to pay off, as I have lost one kilogram in 4 days, and have been on the crosstrainer for about 30-40 minutes every day since I got it.

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A panda eating

The Panda Style Fitness

Posted on June 26, 2020 at 8:21

I am not the kind of person that would go out running on the morning of Christmas, even if I had the time and the energy. I am the kind of person that would save that energy for when it was time to eat so that I could eat without getting tired from all the sugar. Although, it wouldn’t matter to me if it did make me tired, because I also like my naps.

No, I am not a panda. I might wish I was sometimes but the truth is I am a human like you. I just have the same mentality as a panda, I like eating and sleeping. Now I bet you’re thinking to yourself one of two things – “wow, that person must be really overweight” or “who doesn’t like eating and sleeping?”. Fact is, I was hoping you’d think those things, because it will make it easier to explain what this blog is about.

Yes, I am overweight. Not by a huge amount, as you might think reding my text above, but a little bit. I want to change that. I want to become fit. Why do I want to become fit? Well, mainly because I don’t want to have to worry about what I should and should not eat.

And yes, many people love eating and sleeping. And that is why I started this blog. This blog is for people who, like me, are lazy and prefer a day on the sofa rather than a day at the gym. In this blog, I will try to share my journey getting fit despite my laziness. I will share my best tips and tricks on how to overcome, or work around, the lazy and panda part of you, so that you aswell can become fit. I call it Panda Style Fitness. The guide to fitness doing what pandas like best, eating and sleeping, and enjoying themselves. It can be done. It shall be done. Are you with me?

Bamboo did not build this body, but other food did. Pandas are my spirit animal, and now it’s time to lose some weight – panda style.

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