The usual morning power walks, followed by green breakfast smoothies, work and evening run/gym sessions.
Every day is pretty much the same;This is when my alarm rings every morning…
Then I get dressed and start my 75 min power walk in the early morning sun
Then I have a green smoothie
And then I got to the office and work
Then I come home, pose a little, remind myself to tidy, and run to the gym
Morning power walk
Followed by a very green smoothie topped with chia seeds
Went to the building site, found my drawing on the floor…
Came home at 19.00 and wanted to sleep, but went to the gym instead and sat on a bench.
(also trained shoulders and biceps, after sitting on the bench for a while)
Day one of the holiday, in photos:
Started the day with a 75 min power walk in the sun before breakfast.
Passed this sweetcorn field, made me want corn on the cob.
Came home and made a smoothie containing avocado (and spinach, kiwi, ginger and chia seeds). It was honestly not very tasty but I assume it is insanely healthy so I drank it.
Then I went to work at the office (from where there are no images), and in the evening I ran to the gym and trained chest.
Then I walked home because I was tired. The detox has made me feel quite weak and I think its time to add some more energy to the diet
All in all, a pretty decent start to the holiday
The architecture project is done and dusted!!
Unless you study architecture or know someone who does, you are unlikely to know exactly what this means.
But it basically implies:
weeks of constant stress/excitement
average sleep reduced to 4 hours per night
a caffeine intake which is far beyond the recommended daily dose
insanely hard work
And then this continues in a cycle until you are so exhausted that you feel drunk 24/7, you gather your last strength, present your project and then you celebrate.
This is pretty much what I have been up to lately.
After the final presentation I slept for 3 days.
I decided that my body needed a complete detox so the past four days I have been living off green smoothies and nuts, hoping to flush the caffeine out of my system.
And today is the first day where I feel ”normal” again, and so therefor this will be day 1 of my holiday. Well, I go back to the office today but only for a couple of weeks and compared to the master project, work seems like holiday
So let 3 months of holiday commence!
You are probably thinking that I have given up.
I have been such a lousy blogger lately but I have been doing some exciting experimenting during this time.
I had a period of about seven weeks where I pretty much completely cut all carbs out of my diet, I also ate no dairy and nothing after 15.00.
Although I was still eating a lot, it was an insanely tough period. I realized that my efficiency in the gym and especially during running, was severely decreased, even though i have to admit it did get easier with time.
Anyway, I then I started adding dairy to my diet again, and after that I have slowly been introducing more carbs. All in all I am still keeping the intake quite low though, but the change in performance is amazing!
I have been really efficient in the gym.
My new routine is a 3 day split; push/pull/legs, and in between I add sessions for cardio and abs. I work out 6 days a week and on my rest days I power walk.
So that was a short summary of the ongoings lately. I will try to update more frequently, mainly because it’s bloody good to be able to look back.
Mix 200g of quark
a few table spoons of coconut milk
1 scoop of pistachio&coconut protein powder
and serve with peanut butter, salted peanuts and almonds.
I am not actually sure if this even qualifies as breakfast, or if it should be filed under heavenly desserts.
Pistachio&coconut protein pancakes
with the controversial, calorie free caramel syrup
toasted, salted peanuts and blueberries.
First of all; I have discovered an incredibly tasty new protein powder.
Pistachio and Coconut.
I have worked my way through quite a few brands and flavors in this department and I think I have come a cross a winner here, or maybe a shared first place with the strawberry white chocolate from scitec nutrition.
Anyway, these pancakes were awesome although I am not completely in love with the calorie free caramel syrup. It tastes somewhat… artificial… surprise, surprise.
Blueberry/peanut combo with the pistachio&coconut pancakes is however FABULOUS!!!
Next time I will probably just swap the syrup for peanut butter.
1 scoop baking protein
1/2 scoop pistachio&coconut protein powder
1 teaspoon psyllium husks
And now I think I have written ”pistachio&coconut” enough times in a single post to qualify for a decent sponsorship by the producer. Perhaps in the shape of a lifetime supply, or something along those lines.
It’s been a nice few days, a lot of sunshine, walks and healthy food.
But now I am leaving this country for a little while. I am taking my summer legs to Venice where I will spend the next two weeks doing architectural stuff and drinking fabulous espresso.
If I can I will blog from there, give you an update on running routes and good coffee shops.
The other day we had 28 degrees over here.
I dumped my books and rushed to the park to hang out in the heat.
I have to share this video with you.
It is absolutely mindblowing!
I got up, got dressed and ran to the gym.
In a sleeveless tshirt, at 7am, THAT’S how warm it is here right now. In April!!
Then I came home and cooked my recent favorite breakfast (have been eating this every morning for the past 2 weeks):
Low carb, high protein chocolate porridge.
Today with a peanut butter- cocoa- coconut topping.
Pretty much carb free, loaded with protein, omega3 and fibers.
AND it’s chocolate.
…which makes it very brown, and we all know that brown food seldom makes a good photo.
So in this case we simply need to look past its lack of beauty, and see to its other qualities; like the fact that it is awesome, for instance.
I took a little break…
I have had some busy times lately and they are far from over, but I will try to update a little more frequently.
I am currently studying for a big exam, closed my eyes for like 5 seconds and all of a sudden 2 hours had passed?! No idea what happened there…
But on the up side; we have summer now!!
Sometimes you realize that you have to take your snowboard, leave the city and go to the hills to spend time with your family.
You have to eat fabulous food, laugh a lot and get some adrenaline kicks. What you require is sunshine, peace and love and absolutely no study, stress, work or blogging.
And then, when this is done, you are a slightly better person.
It is a bit like alchemy for the soul.
This morning I enjoyed a delightful little portion of raw porridge.
1 handful of almonds
1 dl buckwheat
1 tbs chia seeds
1,5 dl water
1 small apple
Rinse the buckwheat thoroughly, then mix all ingredients apart from the apple, and let them soak over night.
Mix in a blender with the apple, and serve what ever way you prefer.
Chili is an ideal Sunday meal.
It is ideal any day of the week but ESPECIALLY on Sundays, when you have time to let it simmer on the stove for hours to get all the goodness out.
Here is my version, and it of course kicks mother flippin’ ass, if you ask me.
3 large yellow onions
5 + 10 garlic cloves
1 stock cube
50 g butter
500g minced beef
1/4 bottle red wine
2 cans of chopped tomatoes
1 kilo of baby tomatoes
1 can of kidney beans
big tbs sambal oelek (chili)
pinch of sugar
Heat a large pot, add butter chopped onions and 5 chopped garlic cloves.
Add spices, stock cube, salt and sugar, then add the meat and let it get some colour. Add the wine and let the alcohol steam off. Chuck in your tomatoes, all of them, and your chili or sambal.
Turn the oven on and put your remaining 10 garlic cloves (or more if you like) on a baking tray, you can leave the skin on.
While the chili is simmering away on a low heat, roast your garlic at 200 degrees for about 12 minutes. Peel the skin off the garlic cloves and add them to the chili. They are now soft and sweet and will add an incredible flavour to the chili!
Let everything boil gently for as long as you can manage to wait, about 2 hours is ideal.
Add the beans, let it all simmer for an other 5 minutes, maybe add one or two extra grated garlic cloves and you are DONE!
Serve with creme fraiche and fresh coriander, ENJOY!!
So buckwheat porridge turned out to be awesome!
1 dl of whole buckwheat
1 tbs chia seeds
2 dl water
0,5 dl milk
tiny tiny pinch of salt
rinse the buckwheat a little first, then mix all ingredients in a pot and slowly cook on the stove at a low heat until you have a nice creamy texture. It takes about 20-30 minutes.
I had mine with nuts, berries, milk and a little honey and it kept me full and happy for ages.
I really recommend you give this lil’ darling a try!
I was in the office all day, which is great but exhausting and it usually results in way too much coffee (5 cups today…), so when I finally got home I was super tired but really hyper on caffeine and the only sensible thing to do was to go for a run.
So that is of course what I did.
And according to my plans I should be sleeping like a baby within 30 minutes.
And this is how I am spending my evening tonight, in case you wondered.
I ordered this funky book and got it today, so now I will indulge in clever interior design for a few hours. I will be back at the office the rest of the week, a well deserved study break, but it means getting up early so tonight I am recharging them batteries!