Monday, October 13, 2014

Fifty Shades

After like few months of break I decided to return. The past few months have been quite a Fifty Shades up and down and of course with my rainbow summer holiday. I visited 6 countries and had 14 flights in total. And even after that my fear of flights still did not evaporate. But that's a whole different story.
I started feeling bad I forgot my dear blog. So here I am back writing my first post in almost 8 months of break. After my colorful summer holiday I found out with disaster that I had gained some kilos! That must have been due to the all the sweets and chocolate I tried every place I visited. You just cannot resist those! And there was the results - 3-4 kilos on top!
So I started a strict feeding schedule. My friend had a personal schedule made  for her by a bodybuilder. Something that's not in the books and magazines - oh, I like this kind of things. I gave it a try.

It is a low-calories schedule and goes like this

A bit of musli with 0.5% fat milk ( max 1.5%). (I use 0.1%)

Lunch (few options)
150g chicken, + green salad (could be also broccoli, rucola, iceberg salad, anything green) + one loaf of rye bread. (As I do not eat meat I skip the chicken option).


3 boiled eggs and some green salad all mixed up together


1 tuna fish can and some green salad all mixed together + 1 loaf of rye bread


A greek type of salad with cucambers and tomatos as many as wanted+ 100g of feta cheese + 50g corn

Same options like in lunch but without bread.

Snack meals
30g nuts (e.g. almonds or peanuts, but almonds is better)


250g Skyr


1  musli bar (but rarely, one every 3-4 days)

About 2 fruits per day - e.g. 1 banana + 1 apple taken between meals or with the meal.

Focus on low-calories vegetables cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, green salads, iceberg salad, rocket, spinach.

Carrots can be eaten as many as we want during anytime of the day.

Back chocolate (70% or above) can be eaten every few days.

The schedule says chciken or tuna fish as those are low in fats. I replace the chicken with tuna but I bring in salmon fish once in a while instead.

And this should be followed about 1-2 months for loosing 3kg. I ve been following it for 2 weeks already and I feel quite good.
The feeding schedule should be backed up with some sports and cardio, like jogging, cycling, etc. I bought a whole new Nike running outfit and amaaaaazing pink Nike dual fusion running shoes! Fifty Shades of Pink all ready for jogging!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Happy feet

Sometime ago, I wrote a post about how important good shoes get a good arch support and avoid pain and complications. Some people might have too low ....or too high arch... and that causes pain and might get worse if shoes are not good enough. 

So here is my new acquired pair of shoes from Ecco, anti-shock, made by receptor technology....They are so light ...and fit so well to my feet....''like a condom''!  It does not feel like walking but floating....! Since the long hours of standing up in lab....I realize the need of good shoes more then before! My feet indeed started getting pain at the end of the day....

I was wondering between the different types of shoes Ecco does - Biom or ...  Receptor, since the design of the Biom is better...At the end my choice fell on Receptor, since they had long years of use already. Whether the Biom is been on for 2-3 years.....  Also Receptor fits better to my feet, which was the most important at the end.  Happy feet! 

You can also see them here!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Year's Eve apetizer

My New Year's Eve appetizer - 'Gr├Žsgris' in Danish or Grass pork. I usually do not like and do not eat pork and porky dishes....but I was quite tempted by the idea of this dish. It was organic pork fed on grass!
It  was decorated with red beet (yummm) and some cream. I was not mistaken, it was delicious!

I wish Happy New 2014! May this new year be more health-conscious for you 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Penicillin antibiotic

So I am starting my next biology module where I will get do deal with harmful (disease-causing) microorganisms, especially the ones that affect the digestive system of our body. :) Will get some meat from the butcher and analyse it for salmonella. So...pretty soon...or next year... I will get to describe the results from the experiment ;)

In my previous module we were dealing mostly with antibiotics and of course the Penicillin. It was interesting to investigate the effect of Penicillin on different species of bacteria and try to produce some Penicillin during a period of few days. Well unlike Alexander Fleming that discovered Penicillin by chance, I was not that lucky enough to have my production successful. But that's what happens with Penicillin, in our lab you had be lucky to get a production :) So Penicillin is mould - Penicillium....and yes it grows on our food and on our bread especially when we leave it outside for several days. Some people can be allergic to it. Used as antibiotic, it is effective only towards certain types of bacteria, and like most of the antibiotics it is not universal. So that's why it is important to determine what  infection we have and what type of bacteria has caused our infection in order to find the best treatment for it.

Some bacteria are gram-negative which have an outer membrane and that protects them better and makes them more resistant, other are gram-positive that have only one cell wall and more vulnerable. So the gram-positive bacteria are expected to be killed more easily by the antibiotic.
In my experiment I found out that Penicillin was most effective against the gram-positive Micrococcus Luteus and Bacillus Subtilis. It was not effective against Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Enterococcus Faecalis, Staphylococcus Aureus and Serratia Marcescens.

How do this bacteria become resistant to antibiotics then? That's quite interesting and quite complicated to explain for here, but they have certain filaments called 'sex pili' where they can transfer genetic information between eachother and that includes antibiotic resistance.

That's how Penicillin looked like ( the stripe in the middle). Not the most pleasant thing to look at, but quite important :)