I did the Color run in Paris and here is what happened

The color run by Sephora, a.k.a the happiest 5k on the planet, celebrates happiness and healthiness and all that is colorful in life. So of course i wanted to do it at least once in my life time .

Like our friends the Romans would say, I set mind to purpose and subscribed for the color run in Paris on Sunday April 16th, 2017… I thought it was a good opportunity for me to work on my cardio, given the fact I had to quit running 2 years ago, after my injury on a 24km assault race “Fisherman’s friend strongman run”, which was hosted every year in mantes-la-jolie located in Paris’ suburbs .

However, if you feel that you are in no way athletic or trained, don’t get discouraged. In that case the color run is perfect for you…All you need is your good mood and a smile.

Here is how it went:

D- 15 : We bought our tickets online , we chose the team option because we were more that 4 people. Price tag for the team is 37 euros , individually it’s 45 euros .

D-1: In order to do the race , we had to go beforehand and get our bibs . All you need is your e-ticket and some sort of ID, and you can go get it up to 3 days before the race. We had ours the day before the race . Along with your bib, you get also a goodie bag filled with a Color run t-shirt,a headband, sport cuffs, a rubber bracelet, 2 complementary lavender foot masks from Sephora and some candy.

D-day: We were scheduled in the morning at 9h30, but to be honest i don’t believe they pay much attention if you go on your designated group or later in the day…so if you are late, don’t sweat it!

Nonetheless we did start the run, or should i say the stroll, on the appointed time…

The run starts next to the Seine at hotel de ville and finishes at the Eiffel tour ( Perfect for tourists).The run is 5k and at the end of each kilometer, some volunteers throw a different color on you ( sometimes right in the face , like it happened to me TWICE) . I’m not sure what the powder is made from , but I did get an allergy from it afterwards. Itchy face, teary eyes, skin pealing for 3 days, the whole nine. But all my friends were totally okay…so if your skin is not super sensitive, it’s okay… I even saw some 5 year olds participating in the run.

At the arrival, there was a party waiting for us. Known dj’s from the french radios, stands of frapuccinos from Starbucks, water, photo boots, ball pool and more colored powder…I included some footages so you can relate more to what I’m talking about…

7 days of vegetarian keto diet

I have always been big on keeping a healthy lifestyle and an okay-ish diet. So after a long vacation of more than one month  indulging in all type of goodies back in my mother land Morocco . I decided it was time for a change… a drastic change in my diet that will accompany me through my thirties and years to come. But first let’s test the waters 🙂

Not long ago, i discovered the ketogenic diet, a new low carb high fat diet that is supposed to keep you looking younger, healthier and according to a wide base of fans, its supposed to make you a super human, something about reprogramming your body to start getting energy from your own fat cells… WHAT?!!!! ….YES.. your body becomes fat adapted.

So the diet’s guidelines are pretty straight forward, 50% to 70% of your calories should come from fat ,keep your carbs under 50g (basically leavy greens) and a moderate amount of protein.

Do’s and don’ts

Do Not Eat:

•Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.

•Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.

•Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.

•Tubers – potato, yams, etc.

Do Eat:

•Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc. (i am a vegetarian so it was all about vegetarian patties)

•Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, etc.

•Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, etc.

•High Fat Dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter, etc.

•Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.

•Avocado and berries – raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries

•Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, etc

•Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.

I have never been a strict dieter, so i modified it a little, i added some more veggies and had A LOT of diet coke to curb up my sweet tooth. So here how a day of eating looked like for me.

Brunch : Sauted mushroom, a spinach omelet and a whole avocado

Dinner : Salad or soup and a diet coke because i craved sugar a lot at night time.

Snack  : Salted almonds and get ready for this, one tall coconut milk latte with one extra shot of espresso and sugar free caramel syrup

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Here is a breakdown of my day

Day 1 : I’m feeling great, very motivated to some very needed discipline in my diet… i wake up late, about 1pm and decide to make some brunch , whenever im not working i prefer to sleep in and eat a brunch #bless, go out to starbucks and you know the drill…day one was a breeze, i even went to the gym.

Day 2 : I woke up craving something sweet, i can’t even think straight, looked up a recipe for peanut butter kept friendly cookies and tried it, it tasted awful with stevia and no sugar, i keep my sanity and soldier on, but day 2 was hard

Day 3 : I woke up feeling pretty shitty, i couldn’t move when i woke up, feeling dizzy like if i had low blood pressure, barely looked up what’s wrong with me on the internet, and it turned out it was very commun, its something called “Keto flu”…all i needed was some sodium and magnesium (electrolites) apparently when you are low on glucose you need more sodium, so i had one tea spoon of salt in a cup of water and instantly felt better, later in the day i went and bought some magnesium and a ketostix kit to see if i was in ketosis (state where your body starts burning fat cells).

Ketostix strip tests are strips for urinalysis, that tells you if there is any ketones in your urine, ketones are the result of ketosis that happens when you body is low on glucose for energy.

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Day 4: I woke up just fine , but i am drained of energy to even go for a walk. But my body seems in ketosis, i feel motivated and keep in my diet

Day 5: feeling a little better, and the need for sugar is slowly subsiding.i go out to the movies and had some popcorn, it knocked me out of ketosis for the night

Day 6: i woke up and the first thing i do is to test if im still not in ketosis, yeeeey!!! I am in deep ketosis( but it seems that that is completely normal in the morning when you are on a low carb diet)

Day 7: i woke up completely fine and energised, its the last day, normally this experiment was meant to last, but i was going on vacation again the day after …who am i kidding? right?

Conclusion:

This diet wasn’t easy , just the fact of not eating wheat or rice or quinoa …was for me more difficult than not eating sugar.

But once i got over the keto flu, everything else was okay, especially because I was consuming so much fat, and fat is so satiating ( no hunger at all), and if hungry outside … i can just eat anything like nuts to salted seaweed.

Tadadada….now for the reveal… i lost 2kg (4 lbs) on this diet in one week ( I went to the gym once).This weight loss is huge because i only have 5kg (10lbs) to loose and I find it extremely hard to lose the last kilos.

Would i do it again?…maybe. If i’m desperate enough 😀 … but otherwise I would rather add more fat to my diet and have an over all moderate carb days than being this extreme…

5 hacks to curb sugar cravings

I know for a fact that i have the hardest time going on a diet, because of my overly active sweet tooth…But somehow i still managed to keep my life mostly sugar free… and i think that has a lot to do with the little tricks that i will  be sharing with you today …

You need to cut down sugar for 3 to 7 days so you can condition your body to crave it less, then it becomes way easy…

So without further ado, here is the list of hacks to curb your sugar craving:

1- Eat more fat: 

You might think this is a counter efficient way to lose weight, but it is not! if you are on a diet and you feel like you have to have that sweet taste or you will lose it soon, have some nuts or some peanut butter cookies .This will keep you full for a long time and curb up that sweet tooth.

Free recipe for peanut butter cookies : Mix one egg and some peanut butter with stevia or a sweetener and bake for 15 min.

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2- Have a smoothie

Just throw some strawberry ( low carb fruit) with some iced water and a bunch of spinach( for added nutrition) and add stevia to taste in a blender.

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3- Super yogurt bowl

Basically , a bowl of some fat free plain yogurt with 1 scoop of vanilla or strawberry flavoured whey protein ( i use aptonia in vanilla) , it should taste very sweet because of the protein .But if you are the rebel that i am , add in half a banana or an apple and some chia seeds( you guessed it!! for added nutrition).

I love this one so much that i made it my official post workout snack !

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4-Sugar free candy

Sometimes , all you need is that sweet taste in your mouth, especially if you are used to having desert after your meals. First, you have to identify that you are not hungry and that you are just craving sweets…then all what’s left is to pop a small piece of sugar free candy or even gum in your mouth and voilà…

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5- Diet soda

I know this one is not the most healthiest hack, but it did the trick for me when i was on the keto diet. Wich is very very low carb…just when you need it 😉 . Besides new studies showed that diet drinks are in fact harmless, and don’t interfere with your hormones.

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Keep it healthy everyone ! I hope this was helpful…