Body positivity and self love are incredibly valuable to our society. Being different and not having to be ashamed of it are essential: acceptance and tolerance are more important than ever. And is definitely unhealthy to chase (fake) beauty images or to try to look like someone else. But I think there is a dark side to body positivity: being obese is unhealthy! And no, there isn’t such a thing as “healthy overweight”, stop kidding yourself, please!
Let’s talk about the non-scientific stuff first. I love both. I have a cup of tea (caffeine-free roiboos) every day in the morning followed by a cold brew done with 100% Robusta coffee bean Sumatra Ascogo roasted at one of Vienna’s best coffee roasters (Kafferösterei Alt Wien). Once a week we have also our Forza Napoli with a high percentage of Robusta at Nicholas Franze’s cafe. Matcha scores also high on our favorites (check in at Cha No Ma for gorgeous matcha, if you are in Vienna). But is caffeine ok in a healthy lifestyle? And, most important, how much?
Hypertrophy training focuses on getting your muscles to grow. And who doesn’t want to grow? To ensure you spend your time at the gym the most efficient and productive, I compiled the biggest training mistakes for hypertrophy. Read this, think about it, hit the gym and get growing!
Everyone needs protein. Period. It is not just the big muscular gym guy, also you sitting in the chair diligently doing your job or you running a half-marathon or you playing football. Why? Because proteins are the brickstones of our body, they are the catalysators (= enzymes) of our metabolism and are also fuel. To say it in numbers: after water (70%), proteins (18%) are the second main component of human cells. That’s why it may be worth considering adding more protein to your daily food, especially if you are getting serious about living a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Gaining fat is really simple: your energy intake is greater than your energy expenditure. You just eat too damn much! Gaining so much fat, that you are actually classified as overweight or even obese, however is a task that takes a lot of consistency and time (and avoiding to look into the mirror). As many drastic changes, this doesn’t happen overnight. But why do you do this to your body?
But wait, fat makes me fat, right?! Now you should already know the answer: it’s all about the calorie deficit at the end of the day and like carbs, fats are neither good nor bad. Nevertheless, fat is really energy dense: 10 gramms of fat (approx. a tea spoon) have huge 90 kcals. This means that, you should not indulge in those tasty “healthy” low-carb-paleo-keto-raw-gluten free-vegan nut bars if you are trying to lose body fat ;). So what’s the deal with fats, now? Let’s have a closer look through the biochemist’s googles.
Have a look at the picture below if you do not know what a granita is: it’s a delicious Italian dessert with -probably- Arabian roots. We eat it especially in summer but to be honest it is like ice cream: it is always time for it ;-).
But zero calories ice cream? Are you kidding me?
Stefan and I are dieting and especially for me there is no much room for delicious ice cream and generally gorgeous high caloric treats, like dark chocolate and nut butter. This is also the reason why both of them are in the cellar right now 😉 but more about this issue later. That’s why we developped the recipe below.
Long story short: here is the solution for all of you coffee lovers and sweet tooth people: it is refreshing, it is sweet and it teleports you in Piazza Navona in Rome when you eat it. You can use coffein-free coffee too -as we do- so that you can have this treat also in the evening.
Makes two big servings
- three ice-cube trays (each ca. 250 ml water)
- three teaspoons instant coffee (it makes it more fluffy)
- 250 ml tap water
- pinch of salt
- sweetener to taste
- optional: flavours, spices (cinnamon, vanilla, ginger…)
Blend everything in a powerful blender. Enjoy. A lot.
As most if not all of our recipes, it’s a mothership: vary it, experiment with it, make it better and have fun! Of course, let us know how we could do it even better 😉
…with cacao (no zero calories, but awesome)
…with matcha (add a bit more water)
…with the juice and zest of one lemon