Book Of The Month and Beauty Video Inspiration

The book of the month is definitely Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS.  I saw that some of my on-line friends were reading & loving  it, so I’ve decided to give it a go myself. As I am writing this, I’ve read 63%, it is a page-turner, and is easy to read. #GirlBoss is not really about the tips on how to build your business but rather Sophia’s life-story, her experience, and her opinion on certain things; the book is written in a sincere  and entertaining way. GirlBoss book Sophia Amoruso makeup4all #GirlBoss is very inspiring, and I love the fact that it’s about being true to yourself and your identity, and that you don’t have to follow the common path to

Clean And Lean Diaries. Part 4: Conclusions

Here, as promised, is the last post from my Clean and Lean kick-start experience.

Of course, talking about such things without a photo wouldn’t make any sense. Since posting bikini photos – is not really my style (even on my personal social media account where  only people that I know in real life are my “friends”), here is a photo that will give you a general idea of how I look.

Clean And Lean Diaries Marina Makaup4allIt is not a very recent one [I don’t really take photos that often, so couldn’t find anything “brand new”], it was taken several months after my holiday plus some fake tan, this is why I, for once, have that golden glow on my skin, ha. But I  did not really  change that much since that time 😉

But back to this particular Clean and Lean experience. Here are the things that I liked and did not like. Plus, some of my plans for the future.

Also, I’d like to mention, that I am just sharing my  experience, and  not trying to convince anyone in how they should live or what they should eat… 

What I Liked:

Clean And Lean Diaries. Part 3: Week 2. Impressions.

I was very happy that so many of you liked Part 1 of my Clean and Lean experience.  And thank you for contacting me on Twitter and via e-mail, but don’t be shy leaving your comments here, as well 🙂

This time it won’t be so detailed, as there were only four new dishes, that I haven’t featured before.

This week it took less time to prepare everything because I already knew how to cook most dishes, plus I have already bought almost all the ingredients, and organized everything. So I had to make only few grocery shopping trips, to buy some fresh fish or berries. And, yes, I did have free time this week.

clean and lean diaries day 12 breakfast easy eggs florentine with goat's cheeseEggs Florentine with Spinach and Goat’s Cheese

At this point I really got used to such schedule, and didn’t miss or crave anything, like in the first week. I love how everything is organized, and I don’t have to worry about anything: what to buy for dinner, where to eat lunch etc.

Unfortunately, I had some major health issues (which I still need to take care of), so I did end up eating an ice cream to cheer myself up, which was cheating, obviously.  Other than that, I enjoyed most of the meals a lot.

Speaking of ice-cream, that was probably the only thing that I really missed. Any other food? Maybe potatoes, as I love baked, roasted or mashed potatoes, mmm.

Here is the meal plan:

Recipe Of The Month. June 2014: Toasted Rye Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter

In May the Recipe Of The Month was spinach and cottage cheese  pie, and this month I’d like to share a super simple but extremely delicious breakfast recipe  from James Duigan’s Clean and Lean book.

recipe of the month Toasted Rye Bread with Cinnamon Honey ButterToasted Rye Bread with Cinnamon Honey Butter; you could already see this pic on my Instagram

Ingredients (for two serves):

  • 100g raw organic unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Manuka honey
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4 slices rye bread
  • 2 handfuls of almonds

Clean and Lean Diaries. Part 2: Week 1. Impressions

In my first #CleanAndLean post I’ve promised to publish the second part this weekend. But I’ve realized that it’s summer, and a lot of you want to start a new regimen as soon, as possible. So here is part two today…

I did not take photos of every single meal because: a) I don’t carry a good camera with me all the time b) sometimes I was so hungry, that taking photos was the last thing I would think of… But there are quite a few anyway. The menu is also included.

Day 1, Tuesday

I am not gonna lie, today was pretty hard. I usually eat  more for breakfast, and often have toasts, so by the lunch time I was ravenous.   This is why I did end up chewing the salad for almost as many times, as James recommends, enjoying it to the fullest.

Clean and lean Breakfast Poached Eggs with Broccoli, Rocket, Grilled Tomato and Parmesan makeup4allPoached Eggs with Broccoli, Rocket, Grilled Tomato and Parmesan

Later in the day, I had to be away from the office, so couldn’t have my  second snack (berries), so was really looking forward to them. I don’t remember when was the last time I’ve tasted such delicious berries! I never though I could be so grateful for them, ahem.

Unfortunately, dinner got delayed, and I have no idea how I’ve managed to spend 7.3 hours (had lunch at 1 and dinner at 8.30) with berries being my only food. I’ve cheated a bit and bought myself a small orange juice. Well, at least I did not go for the ice-cream that I was dying to get. As for dinner, it was the best chicken of my life. Somehow I was so full that couldn’t finish my portion.

Day 2, Wednesday

I’ve never tried rice milk before, always wanted to, but somehow never did. And, let me tell you, it’s delicious, plus all the nuts, it was good.

I wasn’t starving until lunch, woohoo, maybe this breakfast and snack were more filling, or maybe I am getting used to it? I am also excited that today I am having chicken with salsa and salad with spinach and avocado. Thank God that I love spinach, avocado, and broccoli and eat them a lot anyway, otherwise, I don’t know how I’d be able to stick to this eating plan.

Clean and lean lunch Grilled Chicken Breast with Spicy Salsa and Spinach and Avocado Salad makeup4allGrilled Chicken Breast with Spicy Salsa and Spinach and Avocado Salad

Mince Sauce for sinner was pretty awesome with beef and tonnes of veggies, from courgette and peas to aubergine and celery. Somehow, I couldn’t finish it this time, too. I think, tomorrow, I will make a smaller portion than James suggests.

So far, I’d say that I get less for breakfast and for lunch than I am used to, and more for dinner. Hmmm…

Day 3, Thursday

I woke up