Dumbbells and Delights

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Delightful Peep of Jan’2018

Meet Maxine Schuiling; she is a wellness blogger over at sugarfreesundays.com
Max is all about wholesome living and shares amazing clean recipes and nutrition tips. You should definitely watch her Insta stories always very informative and fun.
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Tell us a little about your blog (what is the inspiration behind it):
My blog originally started as a platform for me to share my passion for healthy living, as well as the little tips and tricks I was learning along that way that helped me achieve a more balanced lifestyle. I have also always loved cooking and baking, so I thought it would be a nice place to share my recipes as well! While I haven’t actually blogged very much this year, I have mostly been sharing through my Instagram page. I just found it to be a quick and effective way to share not only information, but just the day to day reality of what trying to be ‘healthy’ looks like. And on me, it’s often a big mess! But that is what I love – I would hate to promote a perfect looking life, when no such thing actually exists. 
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How did you get into fitness?
I have always been active in one way or another; I played sport at school and had parents who encouraged physical activity. However, it was only when I started a proper weight training program that I really become passionate about it. I think this was because I totally fell in love with it and enjoyed it so much, that it became an integral part of my life and not a chore I just had to tick off a list. 
 
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You share a lot on nutrition on your blog- what basic food items do you recommend someone should have in their pantry? 
I always like to have my standard healthy baking essentials! This includes coconut flour, oats, protein powder and of course some tinned legumes like chickpeas or kidney beans. Those make the best brownies! Apart from that, you will probably always find a couple tins of tuna, and way too many jars of nut butter.
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What are your day to day routines like?
Ideally, I like to start my day with a cup of bone broth. Admittedly, I don’t always do this, but if I have some in the fridge, I definitely will. I love the way it lines my gut and sets me up for great digestion throughout the day. And then coffee. My morning never quite gets going without it! I just finished my degree last week so my day to day routine has completely changed, but in the past I liked to spend the first 90 minutes of my day working on something that I wanted to see results in. I would do this before even checking my phone. I found it a really great way to maximise productivity, and set a good tone for the day, because by banging out some work first thing, you feel positive and less stressed. And then training wise, I have been training in the evening these past few months as I have just felt that I perform better later in the day. By that time, I have loads of food in me to fuel the session, and I like to use it as a way to destress after a long day. Another routine I try to stick to is just mentally taking note of 3 things I am grateful for before I go to sleep. I usually prefer to write them down, and I may start doing that again, but if I don’t do that I at least like to think of them.
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What is your go to recipe on lazy days that tasty yet nutritional ?
Probably my miscellaneous breakfast bowl! It usually is made up of a base of progurt (protein + yogurt) mixed with some pumpkin or cauliflower. And then I’ll load it up with some berries, goodies that I have baked or some wholesome granolas. It is so quick, absolutely delicious, and totally nutritious. These bowls are forever changing but here is an example of one:

50 SHADES OF BEIGE BREK BOWL WHADUPPPP 😍 . AKA carrot cake brek bowl. 🥕🥕🥕 . AKA accidental instapost brek bowl, . Because I actually had zero intention of posting this, I was just going to put it up on my story but then I tasted it and I was like HOLLLDDDDD UPPPP. This is too good. She’s needs to be immortalized on the feed. . So in this beauty we have a base of progurt, topped with @herbivore_earthfoods gingerbread super cereal (can buy from @faithfultonature), my macrofriendly sugar free carrot cake (recipe is on feed and blog I think), and a peanut butter caramel sauce 🤤 . CARROT CAKE PROGURT: • steamed cauli and pump mashed • grated carrot •10g protein powder •yogurt •cinnamon I warmed my steamed veg up a bit, then mixed it all together 🙌🏼 you can blend the veg first if you want a smoother consistancy. . PEANUT BUTTER SALTED CARAMEL SAUCE • 1 tbsp pb • 3 tbsp hot water • 1/2 tsp xylitol • crack of salt . Combine in a small bowl. Mix until the pb and water have a smooth consistency. Microwave for 15secs x3, stirring each time and adding a bit more water if it gets too thick 👌🏻 . BOOM! Donezos.

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Do you track your progress, if yes what do you use ( a planner, app, notebook)?
I don’t currently track anything and I haven’t for a while because I was just too busy and I didn’t have goals strict enough to warrant the extra time it requires. However, if I ever have time based goals in the future I would use MyFitnessPal to track my nutrition. It is a really effective tool to manipulate body composition and it works well. I also don’t track my workouts because I have no need to. What will knowing the numbers change? I like to focus on enjoying and being present in my workouts, so I prefer to just follow a well thought out program and evaluate progress at the end of each workout block (usually 8 weeks). With all that being said, I think the take home point here is not to get too caught up in the numbers if you don’t have to! It adds stress and over-complicates what is supposed to be an enjoyable and sustainable journey.
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What challenges have you faced in your efforts at becoming healthier?
Oooh there have been many! To start with , there is so much convincing yet false information out there! Magazines, blog and just general advertising have clouded our view of some of the facts, and I just think that this can make trying to find the correct information, as well as implementing it into your life in a practical way, really difficult! For me personally, it was only when I paid attention to evidence based scientists and their work in their respective fields that I really began to feel like things were demystified. Another challenge I faced was falling into the trap of comparing myself and my journey to others. I cannot stress enough how individual each persons journey to a healthier life is! When you compare what you’re doing to what other people are doing, it causes you to doubt yourself, your body, your rate of progress, and just leaves you less happy and more confused. Focus on what makes you feel good, and don’t stress about what other people are doing, or what they might be thinking about what you’re doing. Chances are, they’re not! 
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What tips would you give to someone wanting to get healthier?
Keep it simple, and be consistent! Spend some time doing proper research into whatever you think are your weak points health wise, formulate a game plan, and then stick to it. Don’t be completely inflexible with it and don’t strive for perfection, but aim to make the better choice, most of the time, for a long time. But more practical tips would be to focus on fostering small healthy habits on a daily basis. Start your day with some lemon water, herbal tea, or bone broth. Swop out your refined foods for whole food alternatives. Eat more vegetables, always! Be active in some way every single day, be that a hard training session or a 20 minute walk around the block. And on that note – listen to your body! If you adopt a more mindful way of living and really start to tune into your bodies signals, you will find it easier and easier to make healthy choices for yourself. Do not neglect the mental aspect of this journey, because in my opinion it is absolutely fundamental to it.
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  1. Her recipes look great! Yum!

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