Train safe and enjoy the process.
After a long time off the gym, returning to training has its own little risks. You are deconditioned and often overly motivated to make up for lost time, which isn’t the safest combination for returning to your old training plan again. To keep yourself injury free and maximising fun, let’s take a look at what you should and should rather not do.
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With all the fancy trimmings.
It all started with a wonderful, oppulent piece of boar shoulder and the question “what are we going to do with it?” Chantal wanted something with dried plums and I had more of an Asian approach in mind. Luckily both fit nicely together, as plum sauce is a staple of Chinese cooking. We freestyled this recipe, tuned it up with some nice sides and toppings and can proudly attest: gorgeous! Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.
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There is a new trend in the supplement and fitness industry: collagen. The name has a greek rooth: kólla means “glue” and the suffix -gen denotes “producing” as it was used in the past to produce glue out of skin and tendons of slaughtered animals. Now, it is either sold as a powder, hydrolyzed or undenatured, or as one of the components of bone broth and it should help against joint pain, autoimmunity, skin aging, gut issues and more. Even if a big part of the claims are exagerated as usual, there is a bit of truth behind. Let’s have a closer look at it.
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A surprisingly fresh, sweet treat.
The series of desserts with veggies is not finished yet. To summ it up, we already had two pumpkin pies, a root veggie cake, pumpkin poppy crumble and eggplant brownies. These are all earthy, warm, rich flavours which make you feel good in the colder months. But what about sweet, green peas and a bit of white chocolate? Maybe served cold with a spoon of ice cream on the side? I can definitely see this extravagant blondie version as a dessert for a dinner in summer and the colour is simply stunning.
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My personal do’s and don’ts of treating back pain.
I’ve struggled with back pain for years and spent a lot of time researching for ways to relieve my misery. Name a form of treatment and I’ve done it. In this article I want to give my personal experience with what helped me with my back pain and what did not seem to make a difference, so maybe you have an easier time navigating through the treatment jungle.
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Juicy salmon, crispy skin, spicy carrots and no stress.
We should eat more fish, especially fatty fish like salmon, but many people are afraid of cooking it. Like steak, fish is (rightfully) expensive and rather easily ruined by overcooking. Fear no more, I have a super simple and tasty way to juicy, flaky fish, crispy skin and a great side dish all in one! Give it a try and thank me later.
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An innocuous habit with big consequences.
Snacking. It’s just what we do, right? Well, at least that’s what the food industry wants us to believe. And while it is true that at the end of the day energy balance is pretty much the only thing that matters for fat loss and yes, you can fit in those junky snacks and still lose weight, doing so comes with a boatload of problems. So let me explain why snacking is probably the number one habit that is holding you back from attaining your body composition goals.
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Sweet. Sour. Butter. Love.
Last year during Halloween we posted a quite unusual crumble version, namely the Pumpkin Poppy Crumble. We promised to come back with even more crumble recipes and, finally, here we are. There is nothing more seasonal now in late spring than delicious sweet strawberries and a pretty sour pink rhubarb. Add some elderflower scent and crunchy oats to it and I am in heaven.
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Everything you need to quench your thirst for knowledge.
If there is one thing that all the health and fitness professionals seem to agree upon, it is hydration. Usually you hear statments like “drinking water is important” and seemingly random recommendations like “drink 8-10 glasses of water a day”, but nobody explains why it is important and what happens if you don’t drink enough, what you should drink and if guidelines like “8-10 glasses of water” actually make sense for everybody. I wanted to know more, I wanted to jump into the murky waters of hydration and this is what I found. Enjoy!
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Awesome comfort food without blowing your calories.
Oh boy, do I like those meatballs! They feel like cheating with comfort food, but actually have amazing macros, easily fitting into any diet. You can prepare a huge batch of them with little effort and they keep well in the fridge. Give them a try, I am sure you will love them!
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