Fash + Fit

It was a bit of a risk to combine two different industries and expect a good result. 

Fashion – the word associated with runways, glamour, style trends. 

Fitness – Health, gym, marathons.

They are different so how can I really pitch them to be together? I can explain:

Attitude

Coming back to my previous topic about motivation – who are you training for? For yourself? To impress someone else? If you set up the right and healthy attitude, you train to look good for yourself. You want to look healthy, fit, skinnier or toned – all depends on your personal goals. Now, let’s take Fashion. If you are interested in Fashion, you probably have or aim to have a good sense of style and after important Fashion trends. You pay an extra attention to what you wear when you come out. You are getting ready before an important business meeting. What do you need Fashion for? Same thing again – for yourself? Impress someone at one event? Wear someone glamourous for horse races at Randwick? 

You start with the right attitude. You understand that things you build in life starts from you. If you have ever had an experience to move to another continent when you are a teenager that doesn’t know what she wants, you might come to realisation that you have to build self base before you can build something else in life. I cannot build my life looking at someone’s one – I need to look at what I do. I cannot get impressed by someone’s achievements only – I need to set up something for myself each month to feel I am moving. 

Attitude by @Angela_alina

When you go to the gym, you may notice more and more people are “dressing up” to the gym. Not literally. But trying to wear right sports gear, good active lifestyle brands, etc. Many fitness blogs suggest to wear “cool” gym wear to boost motivation to exercise more. I can definitely see the link between those two. You start with the attitude. You want to see yourself successful, fit, healthy and stylish. It is not a secret that you might be toned and skinny and look quite sexy but if you wear a dress that look like a bag for potatoes on you, your toned body disappears. And, of course, you can buy the most expensive suit from the best Italian designer – it probably looked so gorgeous on the runway – but it looks ugly on you because your body is poisoned with junk food, lack of movement and first signs of ageing.  I like to see and promote more on my page fashion in fitness.

It is not only wear something trendy at the gym but wear Fashion and Fitness within you..

Legendary Wine Diet 🍷

I got to the stage to share one of those iconic diets that has blown up minds of my friends and family. 

It doesn’t sound like it is legit but trust me – whatever I place in this blog, I have personally tested before sharing. 

Red, red wine…

It can be white too as long as it is a dry wine. 

All depends on your preferences but, yes, it is the wine diet!

I got the raw idea of this diet when I had explored it. I would also like to share some other tricks that I missed out when I firstly found this diet. 

Identified benefits and results 

First of all, a quick cheat sheet about DRY wine:

  • It has low to zero carbs according to laboratory research in Washington (sounds good, hey!) 
  • It has zero fat BUT it still contains enough calories to be able to put on weight 
  • It drops your blood sugar level 
  • Your body uses different technique to digest wine
  • Red wine has resveratrol, a plant polyphenol chemical that turn body white fat (“bad/obese fat”) into brown fat that is a healthier option of body’s immune and protective system and easier to be burned
  • Wine has fewer calories than beer or heavy spirits 
  • One bottle of dry wine can contain 570-750 calories – depending on the alcohol percentage 
  • Red wine has more vitamins and minerals than white wine. 
  • Red wine in moderation is good for your heart as it increases HDL cholesterol (“good cholesterol”) and decreases LDL (“bad one”)

The Wine diet can be considered as a separate dieting stream or be trailed as a part of the Mediterranean diet. As you might know the Mediterranean diet is based on the idea of consuming a lot of plant-based food together with some amount of dry wine. 

I have seen positive results of the wine diet for around 3 weeks allowing me to loose 1.5 kg in the first week, 1.1 kg in the second week and 1 kg in my third week. So, the verdict – the diet is working!!! 

Duration of the diet: MUST NOT exceed 3 weeks

Results: 3.6 kg down

Feeling: no craving, starving feeling (if you follow the instructions below)

Enjoying my favourite races with a refreshing glass of Pinot Gris

However, before explaining the algorithm of the diet, I would like to continue with some downsides of the diet. I am not a nutritionist or a school teacher so I am not going to tell simple things about alcohol effect on your body. Any side effects described below are purely related to the wine diet. 

Side Effect to consider

The progression has stopped after 3 weeks due to some side effects of the diet that were not revealed before.

Any dry wine significantly drops your blood sugar level – therefore, you might end up at the kebab or pizza shop after a good night out drinking wine. You feel much hungrier when there is a presence of alcohol in your blood. Your craving is increased to maximum – if you are a person with low self-control, this diet is not the right for you. 

Moreover, as said above, your body uses different technique to digest wine. This is where many people who has described this diet before put the full stop. What does this technique include? How to make this technique work for you, not against you? 

Our body functioning is a very smart system. When it is attacked, it will use all its effort to fight with an “enemy”. Alcohol toxin is an enemy for any body. Therefore, your body will stop ANY digesting activity and stops what it has just been doing to prioritise “work on alcohol toxins”. Which means when you have eaten simple carbohydrates or saturated fats before wine, it will turn them into your white body fat, no matter if you haven’t eaten much before and your body needs that “energy”. When you have eaten similar crap after wine consumption because  your food craving was high, it will also turn into same fat storage. This is how you can gain weight from the wine diet.

HOWEVER, if you eat enough “absorbing” and lean food, it will assist your body to work on toxins and leave the positive results from wine consumption. 

In addition to it, I love my strength trainings that are aimed to reduce my body fat and gain some muscle weight instead. Same procedure here – your muscles stop developing when you have alcohol toxin in your blood as your body needs some time to fight with the new “enemy”.

Avoid rewarding yourself with a glass of wine after a good strength or HIIT training. Try to pick your High intensity trainings when you are not planning to go out for a fair few hours after that (your body recovers muscles differently depending on a number of factors i.e. age, gender, metabolic rate, etc.)

We got to this stage – Wine Diet 1:1 

If you are still reading this and believe it can work for you, here below what I did to have positive results of my wine diet. Please note that the results will gradually decreased and bring your more negative effects than positive so I would not recommend to keep the diet longer than 3 weeks. 

You MUST include a lot of green leafy food and good fats in every day of your diet! Some partition of protein should be included in any main meal of the day.

PART I – Morning 

As I am a morning person, I would typically end of at the gym or run in the morning. Hence, I would it breakfast rich in good carbs, vitamins and minerals. My typical breakfast would be Cocao Oat Bowl that I have described before here 

https://fashfitbox.home.blog/2019/05/18/cocoa-oat-bowl/

 The breakfast meal would include some fruits and fresh fat free yogurt. In that case, my morning tea would include 10-20 gram of peanut butter to fulfil some good fats in my body (Cocoa Oat Bowl is originally almost fat free). If I am after more “proteiny” breakfast option, I would go for egg whites omelette with a plenty of spinach or rocket. My morning tea would include a piece of fruit. 

PART II – Afternoon 

Feel it up with protein – a good piece of grilled chicken, salmon or a sirloin beef steak. I am always a bit flexible with lunch option as long as it has a plenty (up to 30 gram or more) of protein and green leaves – Italian 4 leaves mix is perfect for it. Include some vitamin enriched vegetables such as pumpkin, tomatoes, sweet potato, etc. I love to include 20-30 grams of cheese or 50 grams of avocado to fulfil good fat.

Afternoon tea – something simple, raw, non-carbohydrate food. It can be a piece of cheese or a protein bar. The most important here is to keep it one-stream i.e. good fat or protein, no carbs. It MUST be more filling than morning tea snack. 

PART III – Dinner time

Here we go! Time to crack a bottle of nice Pinot Noir (or different dry wine depending on your personal preference). Instructions:

Have a one-stream food with it so the alcohol toxin doesn’t hit you and your health. Options:

  • Cheese – blue vein, mild cheeses, just as it is, no crackers or carb food
  • Low fat ricotta or cottage cheese with celery and carrot sticks 
  • A piece of chicken, ideally, no more than ¼ chicken

And now you can enjoy your 2-2.5 glasses of wine. After one glass you may notice that your appetite has decreased, however, it is still important to consume some one-stream food (as above) to avoid bad influence of alcohol on your body and future craving feeling. 

Happy Dieting 🙂

***As said, this is the guideline for a healthy option of the wine diet only, no alcohol promotion and irresponsible drinking can be associated with the article.

Research found during trail diet weeks:

Drinking red wine is good for you — or maybe not

Watching your sugar intake? Toast to dry wine.

Drinking a plenty of red wine won’t help you lose weight

Ask the Diet Doctor: Is Red Wine Worth the Calories?

Protect Your Personal Space

We live in the world of constant interaction. 

My life consists of 24/7 unstoppable interaction experience; meeting new people, going on events, communication over social media and, finally, writing the blog which is also a sort of interaction. I have unpublished blog that I keep for myself for now..it is also interaction…with myself. 

Realisation of a big influence of all these social aspects of my life made me become very protective of my personal space. It is that my own world that I keep to myself and not willing to share with anyone.

You say it sounds like another selfish [loud] thought from me. 

Depends how you look at it. 

When you want to stay alone for some time to recharge yourself, shuffle some of your thoughts, go on a long walk and do not really worry to reply on numerous messages; it is the way to come back to people you love and respect, to the rest of the society refreshed, happy and spread your energy and positivity on them. Is it that selfish? 

You shall understand the importance of your own space. 

Collaboration with Adela Catalina and Hari Menon, published on @Angela_alina

This is your mental wellbeing. Do not forget that you are the one in charge of it, not the society. 

People say that your lifestyle and behaviour habits you had when you were a child make the final decision on how you are going to behave when you have grown up. I can see the link here between protection of my own space and the way I was raised. 

When I was little, my family made a big effort to protect me from anything that can hurt me, sometimes not even given me an opportunity to make my own mistakes. However, you cannot avoid mistakes and live in a protected bubble. One day you come out and explore the world, so I did it at the end of my teenage life.  

I was controlled – of course, how can you assist your child to avoid mistakes without controlling their actions? – Typical Russian system of raising the kids.

Therefore, one day I invented wings and flew away. I protect my social freedom from that moment. 

I think it was good timing with everything though. I can see how some of my high school friends who were giving a lot of freedom to explore the world when they were little made them forget to explore themselves. I was not permitted to do many things I wanted to do, and explore something that other teens could do. Therefore, I had enough time to explore myself until I turned 18.

However, there is one thing that I got out of my childhood experience. I won’t let anyone to enter my personal space without my own permission. Only people who respect it can surround me. 

#LoudThoughtsByMe

What do you do to fly?

Just thought to expand my recent Instagram post on the topic about flying. What do you actually do to fly? We are coming back to the inspirational ideas – when I experience lack of inspiration, I actually use this as an opportunity to recognise my real motivation and analyse my driving power.

“Once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.”Leonardo da Vinci 

Obviously, as mentioned, you don’t need a flight ticket to fly up. You just need to find out what makes you feel the power to take off to the sky. Is it the Dream? Is it the Love of your life? Is it the Passion? What is it? This power is like a fuel, you have to keep it up all the time.

This is what I do to keep flying.

At the beginning of each month (or season), I make a list of what I want to achieve or get done. Important: DO NOT go into many details because these details are actually the way of flying. You see the goal and you fly towards it. When you plan every single detail, you kill the flight – you just planned it on a paper; what’s the point of finding the way of flying..

Explore the unknown @Angela_alina

You have to discipline some sort of perseverance. Flying towards your Dreams or Goals is not an easy journey. You will rise and fall. Learn to admit your mistakes; don’t pay much attention on people who dislike you – they will want to waste your time saying that you are useless. However, pay attention to what your mentor or someone close to you say – these people can help you to recognise the mistake and avoid it next time. Surround yourself with supporters.

“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
Douglas Adams 

Many people prefer to cut their wings simply because it is more convenient to be in a comfort zone. When you fly, you often fly against the wind – remember to prepare yourself mentally. Also, note an advantage of it. As said, many people prefer to stay in their comfort zone which means you won’t meet obstacle on your way as such..

“When everything seems to be against you, remember that an airplane takes-off against the wind, not with it.”
Henry Ford 
This is not an easy job. However, the feeling is worth any effort in the world..

I love flying – I can say from my personal experience that it worth your tears and fears..

Go for Green – Dinner Bowls

I have to share this as it seems working. I put on my old jeans today. When I wore them last time few months ago, it was a slight effort to put them on. It was morning and I put them on not thinking much about it. Only on my way to work I realised that they felt pretty loose on me.

I think I can thank my green dinner bowls. The main idea behind is having various greens and light digestive protein together.

As to light digestive protein, you can pick:

  • Chicken – 150 gram
  • White fish – barramundi is great – 120-150 gram
  • Salmon – never go wrong with salmon – 100-150 gram
  • Tofu (for VG or vegans) – 100 gram

Greens..get creative – make a variety. My top favourite is asparagus, spinach, 4 leaf mix, sprouts, zucchini.

Grilled chicken with snow peas, spinach, asparagus and ricotta

Try to avoid overcooking any of the ingredients is my main rule while cooking. All the ingredients are light and easy to absorb by your body. You can add 40-50 gram of smashed avocado and some spices if you like.

I started this type of dinners a few weeks ago and I can the outcome:

  • Less bloating in stomach
  • Feeling more energy to workout next morning
  • No hunger in the morning

Greens help to absorb any bad elements and toxins from your body. Light protein is digested in your body within 2-3 hours which make you sleep better at night.

Cocao Oat Bowl

Breakfast is the most important meal for me. I created this breakfast for myself back that long time ago when I chose healthy lifestyle. When you go to a nice cafe or restaurant, you can find a section “chef’s selection” or “everyone’s favourite” – this breakfast is my “Angelina’s favourite”. 

Interesting to mention that you can play around with some of the ingredients but they all must fall in a healthy category of ingredients that can increase metabolism, provide additional antioxidants or filled with vitamins.

The meal is approximately 350 calories and better be eating after good cardio training for a number of reasons:

  1. It fills up your energy level that you have just spent by amount of good carbohydrates in it
  2. It contains protein to restore your muscles 
  3. It is delicious and chocolatyyyyy – exactly what you need to avoid huge sugar craving 3-4 hours after HIIT training 

One more benefit before I start – it takes 15 minutes to make this one! 

Ingredients:

40 gram quick oats 

2 kiwi fruits

80 gram fresh or frozen berries 

160 gram fat free yogurt (depending on preferences, you can choose full fat one) 

15 gram cocao powder OR 10 gram crashed 90% dark chocolate 

“Angelina’s favourite choice”!

Method (easy AF!)

Boil water for 2-3 minutes, add some berries there (I like to add frozen berries as it is easier to store them).

Peel 2 x kiwi fruits from the skin (personal preference – if you like them with skin, it is up to you) – add to the bowl. Kiwi is a great source of Vitamin C; depending what you like, you can have apples or bananas instead.

Add 40g of quick outs to the boiled water with berries. Wait another 2-3 minutes until ready and berries gave up some flavour to oats (Yum!). Berries are natural antioxidant, oats are great to speed up you metabolism rate.

Add berry oats to the bowl.
Get your favourite yogurt. My personal preference is 160g yogurt pots from Chobani or Danon. They are fat free (I know that it might be not great for someone but I prefer to get good fat from other products throughout the day such as peanut butter). Moreover, these two brands offer yummy flavours and they are natural without adding any sugar. All natural greek style yogurts contain probiotics and filled with at least 15 gram of protein per portion.

Add yogurt to the bowl. Top up with the Cocao powder. Cocao – fantastic for detox and famous for its antioxidant effect. It may also assist with reducing sugar craving in the morning.

And now just mix it. It helps to cool the oats down as well.

Ready in 15 minutes and SOOOOOO delicious
Can be combined with almond milk coffee (add on another 50-60 calories)

Enjoy! If you are drinking coffee in the mornings, almond milk coffee works perfect with it. 


Share your favourite breakfast ideas!

The Power of Colours

Have you ever thought how the colour you chose can influence on people around you? 

You can make first impression within first 7 seconds; when people see your first time, psychologically they will consider you either as a competitor or an ally.

I have few girlfriends that say that they never gone through interviews successfully when they are interviewed by other women. Does it mean that whatever you say on an interview doesn’t matter if you are not in “right” colours? 

It is easier to negotiate deals with opposite sex – as there is no biological competition behind (might be exceptions).

Working on many promotional modelling jobs I wear something red. It does attract males in general (even if your product is oriented on women, you have a big chance to sell them more product than to women because of the natural attraction; the product is just a subject for a chat). It does attract women because they feel your superiority and want to get competitively better. If you sell the product right, women will want to get the product you promote because you look successful in it wearing red (even if you don’t promote a product related to chosen red at all!). I had a chance to prove this theory working for 5 weeks on promotion of Eaoron Skincare.


If you are female interviewed by another female, try to wear “innocent” green, not too sharpy bright but quite natural, shade that is easy to look at. It will give a sense that you are not here to provoke anyone. You show that they are “safe” talking to you. Think why many hospitals choose green painting. Also, think how you feel looking at green nature, for instance.

Pink is actually even more interesting. It is a very misleading colour. It is multipurpose colour. Friends look at you like a cheerful and easy-going person. Competitors look at you like someone irrelevant – good thing here is the fact that they always underestimate you. This has happened to me SOOOO many times: a blondie wearing pink, with volumed eyelashes and quite sparkly shoes and nails…

Advantage is factual: they don’t see it relevant enough to compete with a “pink blondie” giving a perfect access to perform in the Blue Ocean.. 

Pink can be very interesting than you can expect..

I love blue! I would say I TRUST blue! How do you feel looking at deep peaceful ocean from rocks? Does it calm you down? Imagine how deep and old the ocean you are looking at..

When you wear blue, you can see associated with qualities such as reliability, peacefulness and wisdom. I would never wear the one for debates, however, when you need to be persuasive enough..go for blue! 

Create your own Blue Ocean with the colour that empowers your abilities @Angela_alina

From time to time I attend fashion events or places where the audience is quite judgemental – you need to look valued. I have seen my women and men wearing something purple. I use this colour quite rare, not really my colour, however, it gives a good touch of nobility and wealth to the owner. It suits me only as eyeshadow colour due to my green eyes. If you are like me – not quite “purple” person – a great colour substitute is golden. My winning combination is black, red and golden – never let me down yet.

Melbourne shot with Gary Parnell