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Culture Coffee & Donuts, Antwerp

Listen, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do! I might want to lose weight, but that does not mean, I do not feel emotional when I see cake and coffee.

A week ago I saw a friend of mine liking a page on Facebook called: Culture Coffee. When I see the word ‘Coffee’ my brain, eyes, and body start to mingle and I do not know what to do anymore, but thinking about COFFEE! I asked her if she had tried this place and she did, and we decided to pay this place a little visit. Because, after visiting their Facebook page and seeing all this yumminess I did not want to wait any longer.

Basically, this place sells donuts, in any flavor you can possibly imagine, with some cakes, muffins and of course COFFEE! Last Tuesday we finally paid a visit to this place in between two classes, and I loved it! It is huge and has a lot of tables and couches, which I like. My friends and I sat down on a huge wooden table and order some drinks, cake, a wrap and a donut.

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I ordered a hazelnut flavored latte and a Red Velvet bar. When I saw a picture of their cheesecake on Facebook I wanted to try that because cheesecake is my favorite, unfortunately, that day the cheesecake was nowhere to be found (#SadFace). So, I took the Red Velvet cake with a cream cheese frosting and it was DELICIOUS! The hazelnut flavored latte was delicious too (not like the Starbucks lattes with an overdose of syrup), just on top!

If you are in Antwerp, live in Antwerp and want to try a new coffee bar with a great variety in donuts, cakes, and sandwiches, you should definitely try Culture Coffee & Donuts.

Address: Sint-Katelijnevest 52, 2000 Antwerp

Open: 8 AM – 6 PM

Love | Sarah K.

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The benefits of water during the exams (and all times!)

I have been reading a lot of articles these last couple of days, about how I should improve my entire exam period, health wise. I came across an article in a Belgian newspaper about the effects of water on our body/health. As it is in Dutch, some of you will not understand a single word of it, and that is why I am going to recapitulate the entire article for you, because first of all water is quite important in your life AND during the exams, second of all I like to analyse things and try them out for you, for me, for everybody. 
 
Basically, our body consist of 60 to 70% of water and we sweat, breath and urinate moisture, which we need to compensate with enough of our fluid intake. The amount of water we should drink depends on a couple of factors: how active we are; our health; where we live, and what we drink in a day. 
 
A study has shown that in a normal situation, the adult human being needs to drink around 2,5 liters of water per day to keep the water balance in place. This includes our food intake. But, in our Western European climate we only need 1,5 liters of water per day.
 
When I say water, I mean any liquid but when you drink a glass of water versus a glass of Coke, coffee, tea, etc. it will not have the same effect on you. Coffee and tea are slightly diuretic, which results in the need to compensate much more while water is pure hydration/fuel for your body. Alcohol is the most diuretic of them all, so you will need even more water to compensate that. 
 
 
Anyways, I think you get it. A well-hydrated body is healthy and has a better connection to your brain because water fuels the body AND the brain. It helps you function much better because when you are dehydrated you are energyless which results little concentration on whatever you do. Furthermore, as I want to lose weight during my finals, what the article mentioned as well is the more you drink, the more it gives your body the opportunity to burn fat, and is this not what we all want? The other option is to drink two glasses of water before any meal. This creates the illusion of being full and results in eating less, and re-results in losing weight = WIN-WIN! 
 
One last and important point is that the brain shrinks when we work out for at least 90 minutes without hydrating ourselves. This is not what we want, right? We need our brain during the exams, so ladies and gentlemen, drink water whenever you can! 
 
After knowing this all, we will be able to hydrate ourselves well during the entire period of finals. Now, what am I going to do? I am going to try the two glasses of water before any meal; drink as much water during my workout, and watch my “anything-else-but-water” consumption and compensate it with an extra water intake. 
 
I decided to vlog the entire period during finals. Hopefully, you will like it, as much as I am excited to film everything. You will be able to follow me on my water intake this way. I am the kind of person who could forget to drink water once in a while because I am next to never thirsty. So, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel and get my videos from the moment they are up. 😉 
 
Until Next Time, 
 
Love | Sarah K.
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Healthy during exams


Last time I wrote a blog post I was determined to go healthy ALL THE WAY. Unfortunately, I have not tried to be healthy at all. The food that has passed through my mouth is unbelievable! I have not felt this miserable since a long time and I really need to change that, because my exams will start soon and we all know it is not a good idea to feel miserable during that period, and junk food will not fuel my brain, keep me motivated, etc. 

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I made a schedule for my exams: waking up early, study at least 10h a day, take breaks regularly, go to the gym 3 to 4 times a week, etc. The only thing I did not do is a food schedule, which I desperately need. Lots of fruits, veggies, complex carbohydrates, lots of water, tea and coffee. Just before writing this I was watching the news and a nutritionist was talking about complex carbs, that they pass through the digestive system, they are broken down into glucose and they are your brain and body’s primary fuel. Vitamins, fiber, and minerals are what I need to pass through exams. 
This morning I ate something with simple carbs and a café au lait (with skimmed milk), it is okay, as long as I do not exaggerate. I finished half the stuff I had to do for today, which I am happy about. At lunch, I had two slices of spelt bread with shrimps and a little touch of cream (I know it is not good!), but overall everything so far so good. 


My goal is to lose 7 kilos by July 1st, 2015, 1 kilo per week is doable. It should not be difficult to be healthy during the exams, and I want to prove it. Should I blog about it, vlog about? Let me know if you read this. 
 

Until then, 

Love | Sarah K.

PS: I added a picture of brain foods I need during the exams. 🙂 Enjoy! 

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Why is it so hard to lose weight?

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I have been on a diet my entire life! Yes, it is true, I have been on a diet since I was a little chubby girl. According to my mother, I have been chubby since I was 18 months old. And since I can remember, I have visited dietitians since I was 6 or 7 years old.
 
When I turn 12 and puberty started to show, being on a diet finally payed off. I lost some weight and looked (what I thought was) skinny. I actually was not, according to medicine. I was 1m68 and 67 kg for the age of 12/13. But I looked good, my face was even too boney to my taste, but I was wearing EU size 38 in pants and it felt GREAT!
 
Since I was 12 I had gained, lost, gained again, lost again en gained AGAIN! I have never been more than a year without fully NOT complaining about my weight. At the age of 18, I had reached the point where I was at my heaviest. I was depressed, decided to switch schools, had a new job, and my sister had just subscribed to a gym and this was my chance because daddy wanted to pay for the subscription fee.
 
I enrolled, got some personal training for free with my subscription and was determined to lose the weight at any cost. At first it was hard. I was never the sporty type, and suddenly I had to visit the gym 5 times a week. After a couple of weeks, it became my DRUG! 5 to 6 times a week, I was a regular at my gym! Made friends, knew every single person who worked there, I was even closing the gym (almost) every single night. After 4 months of heavy fitness training, clean eating, I had lost 13 kg and a depression. My self-esteem got a boost and I was ready to flirt with the dating scene.
 
I started dating and suddenly did not care about my eating habits anymore. Why is that? Why do girls always lose interest in health once they are off the hook? I regretted. By beginning of 2015, 4 years after I had lost 13 kilograms, I had gained the 13 kilos + 5 extra kilos. I felt like the biggest loser in the world! I, again, decided it was time to change that.
 
My mother swears by a book she bought 20 to 30 years ago, who made her loose weight when she needed to. This book promises you to loose 8 kilograms by eating clean for 21 days and having a break for a week. To encourage me, my mother joined me and we ate clean for 19 days. I had lost 5 kilograms, I was bloody happy, did not need any sweets anymore, I felt great! Till the day I decided I could handle a little treat. Started from that day, it all went wrong. Long story short, I discovered the Military Diet, did lose weight, gained it mostly back after eating “normal” again. Did it 2 to 3 times to speed up the process of “looking good for Pal Mundo Festival”, the event I had planned during Spring Break a month ago. 
 
We are a month later and I have eaten sh*t the entire time! Why is it so hard to lose weight, and keep track? the only thing I have kept is the gym, I have been going to the gym 4 to 5 times a week religiously. Now, I am writing this blog post, while eating chips (yes ma’am, it is the truth!), because I have decided, once more that it is enough! In the first place, I wanted to lose some weight these last months because I had that Festival I had to go to during Spring Break and I wanted to look good in my dress. I had lost these 5 kilograms by the time of the Festival (Pal Mundo in Ahoy Rotterdam, by the way), and I did look good in my dress. By that time I had no restrictions for myself anymore and I kept eating unhealthy things. Now, I don’t have any particular events coming up, I will not go on vacation this year, I have plenty of work and sh*t to finish for school that I will be dragging till at least August 2015. Results? I want to lose weight for MYSELF, take the time to lose it because I want to look good for myself FOREVER, not for a particular event that is coming up. 
 
While I finish up my bag of chips, read my words: from tomorrow May 4th 2015 I will be eating healthy, keep a “diet” of 1300 kcal per day, I will keep track on MyFitnessPal as I did before, I will drink at least 2 liters of water per day and go to the gym between 3 to 5 times a week.
 
Until Next Time,
Love | Sarah K.
 
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