TOKYO 東京

I guess I can do some decent summary of Tokyo based on last 2 days. It is a bit of a cheating from me to write for the first time about the country where I have been about 9 times already, however, considering I have never had an idea to write up a blog before, would be nice to write what I got out from this particular trip.

I tried to look at the trip with fresh eyes – taking just minor knowledge I picked from my Japanese trips in the past.

Currently in the speed train called Shinkansen – travelling between destinations within the country is best by Shinkansen. With the speed up to 234 km/h you can easily get from Tokyo to Kyoto crossing 456.43 km within few hours.

Shinkansen can be at a speed maximum 320 km/h. TIP: pre-book rail pass for the duration of your trip – it will save up a lot of time, energy and money.

Anyways, Tokyo – what can I say? 

To start with, it is a well-known international capital. If you have never been in Japan, the cultural differences can slightly shock you so better to start with Tokyo. There are some international places where you can meet a lot of Germans, English, Irish, Canadians, Russians, etc. International pubs are everywhere in inner Tokyo. We went to the English pub called ‘The Mermaid” to watch a rugby game – felt like somewhere in Europe. 

Get ready to struggle with Tokyo metro. It is complicated to start with as they have a lot of lines and separated train links. Spend some time at a station to figure out the algorithm and it will be easy going forward. 

The best areas to your “touristic” journey would be Ginza (considered to be one of the most luxury shopping areas in the world), Shibuya, Tokyo station – they are designed for internationals – you will find a lot of places with English explanations there. That was our destinations for the day 1.

Arriving at 6:15am, we had to wait a little bit and the shuttle delivered us straight to the Hotel in the amazing DisneyLand. Sheraton provided with an amazing service. I have to mention the fantastic Japanese hospitality below.

We all humans and we all can make mistakes. Japanese people are pretty accurate but also humans (as much as they implemented thousands of robots!). The check in didn’t happen until 3:00pm so we had to leave the bags at lobby and we were promised they would be taken to our rooms as a part of the service. Great – heading to Tokyo Station to explore the area. 

When we got back, we realised the bags were unattended for the whole day. The service staff had some miscommunication. They were extremely apologetic and offered Marriott Bonvoy members benefits i.e. VIP lounge access, complimentary breakfasts, extended check outs and many others. The service was exceptional after that. 

The best thing about Tokyo is the fact that it contains a little bit of everything. If you want some Japanese culture touch, go to Asakusa. Asakusa (浅草) is a district in Taitō, Tokyo, Japan, famous for the Sensō-ji, a Buddhist temple dedicated to the bodhisattva Kannon. There are several other temples in Asakusa, as well as various festivals, such as the Sanja Matsuri. You can also experience Nakamise shopping street there – something similar to Manly or Bondi markets. Many stalls will offer you handmade Japanese souvenirs and treats. Walking all way down the street, you will get to the tea shop where you can watch Japanese special brewing technique and taste some real stuff 🙂 

As to temples, since you are there, you must go to Asakusa’s main attraction is Sensoji, a very popular Buddhist temple, built in the 7th century. The temple is approached via the Nakamise, a shopping street that has been providing temple visitors with a variety of traditional, local snacks and tourist souvenirs for centuries. Pretty much all temples we visited are free of charge.

Being first time in Japan, you will be amazed by their accuracy. If your train is at 12:58pm, it will come and leave strictly at 12:58pm – no early or late. If there is a delay, it will be communicated to you at their earliest convenience. 

FASHION – amazed with the contract. Walking in Ginza and Shibuya, you are walking through posh shopping stores and centers. However, Japanese people are dressing up very modest and reserved. I expected more dressed up people including tourists on the streets – I felt how people were sometimes looking at me because of my “dressing up attire”. Realising that I didn’t use much of the make up – didn’t help – I was still in the centre of attention. I remember when I came to Japan first time and was a teenager, Japanese loved to take pictures of me. I believe they would do it now again but considering I am adult now (lol), they might be hesitant to ask. In general, being a white European with, ideally, blond hair will make you a celebrity there.

I started to capture my adventure in my Instagram stories and was happy to realise I was re-posted by Fashion World Tokyo – feeling I have just gotten unofficial reward of being fashionista in the country of sunrises!

Due to the fact that Japan doesn’t have much of the land, they build the whole new world underground. I would suggest, get out of the stations and take some time to walk on streets from station to station – this is where you will see the country at its fullest and can find interesting places to see and visit. Also, you will be able to experience fascinating architecture contract – huge modern skyscraper will stand behind oldest 6th century temple – it is breathtaking experience if you appreciate excellence and beauty around yourself. 

FITNESS – On the last last day before check out (extended!), I went for a run and managed to run around the whole DisneyLand – incredible destination to do outdoor cardio. I had to head back around 7:40ish am due to humid heat and Japanese starring at the white European running around. Considering Japanese are running in very enclosed clothing, I was not SO dressed (wearing shorts and sports bra) so it could be embarrassing for them. Oh well, had to head back 🙂 

Outdoor running (especially in the morning) is a great way to explore the area next to you. We haven’t gotten to the actual DisneyLand or DisneySea (age problems 🙂 ) but I appreciated the beauty around just exploring the area on my two feet. 

At the end of the trip there will be some time to spend last day in Tokyo and I am aiming for Legendary Kill Bill cafe , Kawasaki suburb to pick up goodies for my Ninja Baby back home and Rainbow bridge. 

Now off to Kyoto!

Ange xx

Japanese Diet by Angie

I am after easy and enjoable diets as I believe in a few things that I follow.

1) Life is too short – enjoy it! Food is an essitial part of it;

2) I used to limit myself with food – felt horrible, got sick often. You need a proper nutrition in life;

3) Anti-social behaviour – when you are on diet, you are trying to avoid going out with friends as they all eat what you have restricted yourslef.

There are more reasons – just a few in the top of my mind.

Since I had started my Japanese trip yesterday (yes, I am here again!), I would like to share my Japanese Diet that I had already unintentionally followed already. When I weight myself after Japan trip(s) for around 10 days, I am normally 2-3 kgs lighter and this all without much effort.

I am here for 14 days tis time so the result should be even better.

THREE MAIN INGREDIENTS TO INCLUDE:

  • Sushi (or preferably sashimi)
  • Green Tea (heaps – 2 litres a day is great)
  • Greens

FEW MINOR WARNINGS:

  • If you are a female, be careful eat TOO MUCH fish IF you are 1) pregnant or 2) about to get pregnant 0r 3) breastfeeding. Many sorts of fish contains mercury that can damage brain development of a baby. Not my words – check this dietitian out – Leslie Beck;
  • Avoid too much soy sauce. It goes together with sushi/sushimi – true story. But the less you can have it, the better for you. One of my next healthy article to be is about consumption salt over sugar (still in production). Long story short here, avoid sodium that is overpacked in soy sauce. From weight perspective, sodium will hold your body weight; from health prospective, it increases your blood pressure. If you have had some, follow up with green tea as it reduces sodium greatly;
  • Fish is great, but mix it up with other Japanese proteins – tofu is yummy, Japanese BBQ worth a million.

Raw fish gives you a lot of required nutrition for protein intake. Having rice in your diet, will give you enough carb energy boost without any saturated fats. Strive for brown rice though, it is healthier, more nutritious and clearly has a lower glycemic index. Finally, greens, go for special Japanese greens that has A LOT OF good items for your metabolic rate – seaweed salad, edamine beans. And sip green tea everywhere. That’s about it !

Of course, you need to try amazing dishes such as tempura, okonominoyaki, udon, ramen, etc. while you are in Japan. The dining here is outstanding and you definitely didn’t try this in any European restaurants that serves Japanese food. Moreover, they have much lesser preservatives that stops your metabolism. Treat yourself with it.

The whole idea of the diet is to eat clean, stay active (don’t be a boring tourist – get out of bus and explore on your feet) and consume solid amount of green tea that is everywhere in Japan (see my previous blog article about coffee and tea in Japan).

I will be back here for some overview of my first Japanese destination – Tokyo shortly xx

Script Writer – Life Creator

It is impressive how you can swim against the tides but still end up where you haven’t planned to be.
I believe that there are things that meant to happen regardless your will.
I believe that it still doesn’t let you to ignore the responsibility for your own life.
Imagine you are a script writer for a Hollywood film 🎞 – would you carelessly let a new movie script to be another fiction rubbish?
What if you are a film director of that rubbish – do you really want to sign your name off for that?
What if you are a producer of that film – you don’t want to invest your money in rubbish, do you?
Imagine you are writing ✍️ a script 📝 for your life – you don’t want this to be a rubbish.
When you have a pen and a paper to write up a script – go after your dreams there, not people.
Right sketch of your script will do its job for you and will cast the right people in your life.
Do not forget that you still hold that pen and paper – you can re-write it when needed. Also, keep in mind that some casts might want to leave your new creation as it’s not part of their plan. But it is the plan for your dreams – well, then you know what you do.
Get in and out – part of your life. Natural flow – the real beauty of life.
Blog is like a mini version of that script – you can create whatever you want and it will attract likes from right people.
I’ll finish this post to start writing my script.

~Loud Thoughts By Me

Make a Magic..with the Water Bottle

Being fitness and healthy lifestyle advocate and ambassador helps me to discover amazing things that support my fitness journey. I have already shared the importance of water consumption in my blog. I have been sent a fantastic gift from one German company called John Hancock – Smart Drinking Flask. My everyday item that I take with me in my hand bag – this magical water bottle.

The button of the bottle cup mainly contains a natural ore called Alps. It is a rare mineral that can react instantaneously when exposed to water and has strong activity, which can help promote blood circulation accelerating metabolism.

Secondly, it might electrolyze water into H + and OH-, OH- Can combine with water molecules to form negative ions, which have strong reducibility. It can help reduce free radicals, weakening alkaline fluids providing an anti-oxidant effect.

Thirdly, it might help water turn into smaller molecular groups allegedly from 5-6. This small molecular group is a good carrier of nutrients with stronger penetration and 30% higher solubility than normal water. It can help dissolve fat, metabolize bowel stool and toxic or harmful substances.

This new German invention is always with me

Finally, Alps ore contain Mg ions that can be absorbed by the human body. Magnesium ions can activate more than 300 enzymes to participate in metabolism, and can be widely involved in the digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats.

So based on the above findings, you can clearly understand why this is my every day choice wherever I am: gym, work, walk, meeting, home. Check out this article too – https://www.abc-7.com/story/40768215/a-new-german-invention-drinking-water-may-have-a-new-effect-on-the-human-body

My everyday fitness plan at the 38X Fitness Manly

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?

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!