One month into my back-to-health journey and it clicked, again – but less loud and more profound.
It’s a lifestyle
And the only thing that matters is how we feel! We count numbers, mix up ratios, go on diets, make changes and alterations – all for one major goal:
to feel better
Having focused on how I feel in the past few weeks I have made a few adjustments that help me stay on track with healthy lifestyle and it feels awesome.
Apart from stopping counting calories and macros after four weeks - although it has been a great learning experience that helped me figure out what I could do better, one other adjustment I made was changing my dinner game. I’ve realized that my weight gain was majorly stress-related and I’ve been coming home and relaxing and decompressing with food, often while watching a show. Nothing wrong with that, unless you do it 5-6 times a week and never skip dessert, and go for seconds, and eat peanut butter with a spoon...or three. And then over time you pack on pounds and feel sluggish and tired.
In this great talk that I shared below (unfortunately it was only recorded in Russian), a few very different, but equally badass and stunning Russian businesswomen share their tips on feeling amazing, fabulous and light.
One major tip that they swear by is not having dinner or having a very light easily-digestible one.
According to them, it allows them to sleep better, burn fat while sleeping (as oppose to store it) and wake up energized and ready to embrace the day. They said it also helps them make decisions with increased agility and relax fully before bedtime. Yes, yes, yes, I thought, this is exactly how I want to feel.
In fact, it is also backed up by science (I always make sure to check any fad claims - health nerd never sleeps). Bingo!
They reference a famous Russian saying – "eat breakfast yourself, share your lunch with a friend and give your dinner to your enemy", which basically means: to feel your best, your biggest meal should be breakfast and then progressively, as the day goes by, you should eat less and less and it will be to your most benefit. I've heard about it all my life but because food is incredibly social (I go out to way too many dinners) and has become sort of an emotional treat (that after-work order of sushi always felt good), I often forgot to practice it.
Now, I am all about those light dinners and continuing to focus on how I feel. The result – a few recipes that I tried and can’t wait to share with you. The recipe I am sharing today is the one my brother actually found - I assigned my 11-year-old monkey who is visiting from Moscow now to pick up a recipe he wants to try out of all my cookbooks and he chose one of the most nutritious one. That was a proud sister moment for me indeed.
RECIPE: Greens Soup
This soup is so refreshing and packs incredible amount of nutrients. Watercress, cucumber, celery…It’s a powerhouse in a bowl. Because it is chilled, it’s perfect on a hot summer day. Hydrating properties of cucumber will brighten up the skin, and protein in hemp and chia will keep you full until bed time. it with a side salad and a bowl of berries for dessert. I am crazy about cherries these days.
Adopted from: Superfood Kitchen
- 6 cups cucumbers
- 1 1/2 cup watercress
- juice of one lime
- 1 stalk celery
- 2 cups of water
- 3/4 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp freeze-dried wheatgrass powder
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 Tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 Tbsp chia seeds
1. Blend cucumbers, watercress, water, celery and lime juice in a blender. My blender is too small so I divided ingredients in half and mixed them with 1 cup of water first and then did the second half of ingredients afterwards with the second cup.
2. Use a sieve over a big bowl and pour the mixture from the blender into the bowl. Press on it to get the most of the juice.
3. Pour the juice into the blender and mix with avocado, chia seeds and hemp hearts.
4. Garnish with desired seeds, greens and serve!
I will update you with weight and stats on a monthly basis from now on. Because it's more about how we feel, and less about the numbers. Would also love to hear from you and your feedback in comments!