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Honey Curd Ice Cream

One ice cream to hit your macros and please your inner bear.

If you are an ice cream aficionado like we are, autumn and winter can be a tough time for you. Yes, there are cookies and Stollen, but for some reason it’s almost impossible to find good ice cream in Vienna. All the shops are closed! I don’t get it, why wouldn’t you love some ice cream even on a cold winter day? Well, if no one does it for you, you have to make some yourself.

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Be Boring, Get Shredded – Part 2

Why Exercise Variation Isn’t Always Optimal

During our long flight from Vienna to Tokyo I’ve got a bunch of downloadable magazines for free. Of course I’ve taken some of the fitness related ones even if they are often full of bro-science (=not evidence based crap), but they are a good inspiration for writing blog posts though. One of them was looking really nice: it had a really strong looking woman on the cover, instead of just one of the pretty & skinny girls. I started reading the training and coaching philosophy of this apparently “evidence-based” lady and my jaw dropped as the words “muscle confusion” (=constantly changing the exercises in yourΒ  training plan) as driver for muscle growth were used. Well -spoiler alert- the opposite of muscle confusion is rather a driver for hypertrophy. Let’s see why and where variation may or may not make sense.

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Warming Beef Stew

Easy, comforting and delicious soulfood.

As the weather transitions from mild autumn to cold and rainy winter, I feel the need for something heart warming to eat. A bowl to hug. Where it is difficult to wait for it and you inevitably burn your tongue on the first spoonful. Thankfully this recipe is so simple and flexible, you can easily remember it, change it to your liking and make it your own.

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The Holiday Survival Guide

How to make the best of the greatest season of the year.

Autumn is my favorite season: the days are getting cooler, the sun is gently spending warmth and good mood. The food is changing too, some of my most beloved foods are now in season. Quince, duck, pumpkin, game, chestnuts and grapes make autumn an especially tasty time. It is also the season where the big holidays all around the world are starting, making it hard to progress the weight loss journey. But it’s not impossible, let’s have a closer look. Continue reading “The Holiday Survival Guide”

Be Boring, Get Shredded

Why less variety in your food can help you lose fat

What? Isn’t variety good for your health? Dieticians and health guidelines tell you that if you are going to eat a large variety of different foods you are going to meet your nutritional needs. Well, that sounds reasonable but has also a dark side: the more variety we have in one meal, the more calories we are going to eat. Before explaining why this is the case and what can we do against it, let’s define some terms. Continue reading “Be Boring, Get Shredded”

Red Cabbage With Apples And Chestnuts

An autumn soulfood staple.

For me autumn is red cabbage season. Well, usually also winter is red cabbage season but I am more than happy to start this as soon as possible. Somehow red cabbage makes me happy: it’s beautyful colour brightens up an otherwise mostly dull season. I want to share my favorite recipe with you, that has been time tested and is loved by friends and family. Continue reading “Red Cabbage With Apples And Chestnuts”

Pumpkin Pie Two Ways

I love pumkin pie because my mum used to bake it in the early 90s for HalloweenΒ  even if no one was celebrating it in Milan on those time. It was an original American recipe which she brought back from Philadelphia where she lived in the 70s together with my my dad and older brother. Of course she shared the recipe with me as I moved to Vienna but I had gut issues and was not tolerating grains, eggs and dairy products well. Therefore Stefan and I developed our own version: it is not cut-friendly if you are very low on calories (check the macros) but it is gluten-free and suitable for the vegan folk too. But if you would like to try the real stuff, I’ve included my mum’s recipe too. Oh, and just in case you matter, that’s even lower in kcals πŸ˜‰ Continue reading “Pumpkin Pie Two Ways”