This winter I read James Clear’s Atomic Habits where he goes into detail about an entire system for creating better habits and breaking others. I found that it was very similar to what I teach my food coaching clients.Citește mai mult
Information is power, but when it comes to nutrition, there’s so much of it, and so much is garbage, that you might find yourself not knowing who to believe and what is right and wrong anymore.Citește mai mult
Unless you isolate yourself in a cave, refuse to visit your relatives or spend Christmas in a remote place away from all the traditions, chances are you’ll be eating differently for a week or so. And differently usually means heavier meals that lead to some weight gain. We already know this happens because it’s the same every year. But what can we do to lose the holiday weight?Citește mai mult
Are you in search of Christmas gifts ideas for runners? Well, search no more. I’ve come up with a list of gifts for running girls or girls who love different sports, to fuel their passion. Citește mai mult
I get a lot of questions about what intermittent fasting is, if it works, how it’s best to do it, and so on.
It’s definitely been getting a lot more attention in the past years, some people are trying it, and others are getting rich by writing books on it. Has any of this made us healthier or happier overall? Not sure yet.
If you haven’t heard of IF so far and what I’m writing below is mostly news for you, then you’ve either been living in a cave or you’ve successfully managed to become immune to fitness hypes (you’re my idol, in this case).
So what is Intermittent Fasting (IF)? It’s simple: alternating periods of eating with periods of not eating.
I’ve learned a lot since I started running. How to train for a marathon, how be faster on uphills, how to survive when you’re injured and can’t run, what to eat before a race, or during a race, how to convince my mom that it’s safe to run in the mountains, what’s the best recovery, and how to shop for fluorescent shoes are just some examples. But these are the big lessons, the foundations.
Lipsa timpului e una dintre amenintarile cele mai mari pentru sanatatea si silueta noastra. Nu avem timp sa gatim acasa mancarea pentru seara sau pentru a doua zi, la birou, iar multi dintre noi nu avem timp sa ne pregatim nici macar la birou o gustare cat de cat hranitoare. Asa ca de cele mai multe ori cadem in capcana fast food-ului, mancarii comandate in care nu stim ce uleiuri si sosuri s-au folosit sau a snack-urilor cu ingrediente pe care nici macar nu le putem pronunta. Citește mai mult
Isn’t it funny how life gives you an answer right when you need it the most? This year’s Hercules Marathon race in the rusty autumnal hills of Valea Cernei, Romania, was exactly the feeling I had been missing and was looking for.
I’d been feeling tired and not so motivated after my previous race, Maraton Pirineu, in Spain. Actually, this sensation that I don’t really want to train and compete had been going on since after Marathon 3200, in July. I felt like turning the engines a bit off after that one and took a few weeks off from training.
Ice cream. Followed by a second helping.
A bag of crunchy salty stuff – popcorn, roasted salty nuts, things that you just have to finish, no matter how big the bag is.
Packs of sweet crunchy stuff – biscuits, cookies, waffles.
Warm fresh bread and salted butter.
Trigger foods are those that you can’t stop eating. The ones above are my personal examples. Just some of them.
Our brain is wired to love and become addicted to the sweet – fat – salty combo. It’s not our fault, it’s evolutionary. But we can choose what we do about it.
In Romanian, the word routine usually has a negative connotation. It’s most commonly an “ingredient” of phrases that talk about why relationships don’t work, why we hate going back to the office on Mondays, or trying to escape it by booking a nice exotic vacation. It’s almost a synonym with boredom. Citește mai mult
As you probably noticed, most nutrition talk is split between two sides:
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day
- You can skip breakfast and call it IF
Which one is true? What are the benefits of having breakfast every day or skipping it? I’m going to share a bit of my experience on this topic – both personal and from people I’ve coached.
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This blog recently turned 7 years old.
(Mini heart attack break here. Time does fly like crazy.)
I started it after I got my first job in advertising, thinking that if I’m going to work in digital marketing, I might as well practice what I preach and learn by doing.
When it comes to being healthy and to performing our best, our main focus is usually what and how much we eat. However, at least as important as the nutrients we carefully choose in our diets are our water intake and hydration strategies.
You’ve probably heard that we’re made up of water. If you’re an adult male, you’re probably 60% water. If you’re an adult female, you’re around 55% water. And if you’re an infant reading sports blogs, you probably already know you’re 75% water.
But why does it matter?
Intoleranțele alimentare și restricțiile ne învață de obicei să fim creativi când vine vorba de ceea ce mâncăm. Dacă suntem vegetarieni și mai și evităm glutenul și lactoza, atunci misiunea devine mai complicată. Totuși, există ingrediente pe care le putem combina astfel încât să obținem deserturi mai ușoare, mai sănătoase și care se încadrează în meniurile fără zahăr, gluten, lactoză sau produse animale.
Azi îți propun două rețete de deserturi vegane, fără gluten sau lactoză, dar absolut delicioase.
I’m so happy and excited to let you guys know that I’m *finally* starting my Fit Tales newsletter.
There’s too much noise about nutrition. Lots of it is accurate information, and lots of it is crap. I’ll be here to help you figure out what’s what and take better decisions for your health.
I get to read, try, study, analyze, experiment so many things related to nutrition and sports and I can’t possibly share all of them. Through the Fit Tales newsletter it will be easier for me to do a selection of information that is valuable, relevant, and bullshit free.
Make no mistake, this isn’t a one way deal. I’ll count on you to give me feedback, ideas, and tell me what you’re experimenting and learning.
I’m just following the footsteps of several content creators that I admire, especially my friends Cristina Chipurici and Andra Zaharia, who are doing an amazing job with their newsletters – Cristina’s Friday Read and How Do You Know.
What we’ll do here is to work together towards becoming a tribe of like-minded people, willing to learn more about nutrition and exercise.
In every email you’ll get interesting articles, research, personal views on nutrition and sports, things I’ve come across in my experience as a food coach and I think you might find useful, ideas and recipes to try, as well as coaching techniques that we can practice together. Plus, some personal stories of the more vulnerable kind.
Is this for you?
It’s for you if you’re willing to dig deeper and not take all the noise on these topics as being the one and only truth.
It’s for you if you’re willing to be flexible and try different hypotheses without being radical in your beliefs.
It’s for you if you’re not looking for an easy way out. Because, surprise, there isn’t one.
I’m tempted to say that if you’re a radicalist, an 800-calories/day-starve-yourself-to-death type or a know it all, we don’t want you here. But the truth is, we do. I’ll get ready for this challenge so that we can all learn from one another.