Answers To Your Questions Part 2

Feb 8, 2013 by

Readers Questions Part 2


Hello my Lovies,

This is part 2 to the questions you’ve asked me last week on my Facebook. I broke them down in 3 parts, that way I can answer each in detail.  You can find the first part of the questions by clicking here.


  • Tee – What is the best way to lean out? I seem to be stuck, how much cardio after a workout? Can I add another session later n the day or is it too much? I would love to ask how to go to bed earlier so I can get up earlier but somehow I don’t think you’re the best one to ask that? LOL

Tee, your question had inspired a whole article that I’ve wrote for called just like that ” What is the best way to lean out ” But to answer your question in short, yes good old cardio after a strength training session works like magic. I suggest adding 25-30 minutes of moderate to light cardio. I personally don’t recommend adding another workout session later during the day, it’s best to have 1 good intense training session. In order to get more lean we also need to let our body rest, it’s definitely a misunderstanding when people think the more they workout the faster results will come. But without proper rest our body can’t burn fat efficiently.

One thing I also would like to recommend which had helped me to lose some weight last year without overtraining your self is, instead of doing another workout session go for a long walk 1 hour or more. The walk should be brisk but not where you’re feeling tired.


  • Nina V. – What do you think about supplements? ( protein powders, fat burners, meal replacement shakes ). Because I’m 100% against that and I believe you can get ALL nutrition your body needs from good clean diet. I personally only take fish oil for omega 3’s. I would love to know your opinion. It makes me sad when I see an add for fat burning pills where they say: You don’t have to workout and you can eat whatever you want, just eat these twice a day and the fat will melt away. Because there are people out there who believe this and IMHO ruin their bodies with it.

Well, let me tell you right off that I am COMPLETELY AGAINS fat burners of any kind, I also don’t take any protein powders or meal replacements, but I used to before, only to find out they were useless ( at least for me ).

Now, as far as meal replacement go, It’s not my thing either, I prefer real food. I also believe that you can get all your nutrients from real food, and I’m pretty sure it’s the best way. I know that nobody can be in a hurry that much that they can’t grab a handful of nuts and dried fruit, or fresh fruit, or boiled eggs, so being in a hurry definitely isn’t a good excuse to need a meal replacement.

Protein shakes ( this is my personal humble opinion ) – are pure marketing. I’ve actually done some research a while ago and I found out that the myth of 5-6 small meals a day was created by the supplement companies, who want you to drink meal replacements or protein shakes in case you don’t have time to eat a meal ( and in the real world who wold have time to be constantly eating every few hours ). Another thing that I figured out is, a lot of supplement companies sponsor some of the nutrition schools ( if not all ) here in US ( I can’t speak for other countries ), to promote 5-6 meals a day as the right way of eating.  So, once I catch someone in a lie or two, I don’t trust them. But again, just so I don’t get tomatoes thrown at me, I have to mention that for some people 5-6 meals a day works, just not for everyone and definitely not for me.

Meal replacements sometimes can be useful to people who are sick and are unable to eat solid food, only then it can be good depending on the ingredients. But then again, you can use a blender to blend food and give it to people who can’t eat solid food.

There is a double edge sword to this whole thing, because here in US ( and in some other countries as well ) food is grown using pesticides, kettle is shot with hormones and kept in tight spaces without light, and this kind of food is very depleted in nutrients. Unless a person is able to buy fresh organic food and meat, it’s most likely they will be depleted of nutrients. This is where I believe vitamins are crucial now days. So I am not completely agains all of the supplements ( vitamins are also supplements ).  I do eat only organic meat, simply because I want to support farmers who raise animals humanly.  All of the veggies and fruits I eat are organic as well, but even organic produce if it’s not completely fresh loses it’s nutrients daily if not eaten right away.  So by the time the food get’s to our table from farms and supermarkets, it’s already 50% depleted in nutrients.

I’m sure you guys already know that I take L-Carnitine, I also take some basic vitamins for my skin, hair, nails, and a B Complex. I take L-Carnitine because now I don’t eat as much red meat as I used to when I was growing up ( for personal reasons ). I’ve tried to completely cut it out but when I do I feel very sick, low energy and my hair falls out. When I take L-Carnitine it helps to to replace somewhat red meat in my diet. But once in a while I still have to eat it.

So as you see it’s quite the double edge sword, but if you can always eat fresh organic produce there is no need for supplements.


  • Rose Marie S. – What is the secret to be consistent? How can we avoid the stop/start over again over and over process?

The secret is not to overwork your self and not to do more than you should or can. This is why I always make a huge emphasis on REST PERIOD. If you feel tired, listen to your body and take time off, as much as you need without beating your self up and feeling guilty. Lack of motivation mainly happens when we push-over our limits.  If you’ve been training for a while and all of a sudden you lost your motivation, this is the first sign of overtraining. Also, periodization in training is very important, periods of hard intense training needs to be mixed inn with lighter low key training. Another thing is being to strict with your diet, going for long periods of time being too strict and always under eating is another quick way to loss of motivation. Balance with everything is the key to always being consistent.


  • Jana P. – Alcohol vs Fitness, what are your thoughts, do you drink or are you completely abstinent?

I personally don’t drink a lot, a glass of wine here and there but thats about it. Just as I answered the question above, it’s all about balance in life and everything. If you like to go out once and a while and have fun, it’s definitely OK and even good to do. But you can’t be drinking alcohol daily ( maybe a glass of red wine ) but not other things such as vodka, martinis, long island ice tea etc., that is definitely not good all the time, not just because these drinks loaded with sugar and empty calories, but because alcohol weakens your immune system and it has a negative effect on your brain. It also makes you hungry and can give you cravings for junk food. So balance is key.


  • Anna. C – Spiritual Question – Do you believe in Karma? And if so, what’s your opinion on plant based diet like most of the gurus do in their life style?
  • Fitness Question – What means building strength in fitness term for you?
  • Personal Question – You’re going on vacation, which thoughts you left behind?
  • Beauty Questions – Gold, Silver or Diamonds?

1) I think Karma is definitely something a lot of people misunderstand. I believe it exists only in physical plane.  What is Karma? Karma is only Action and Reaction, whatever you release will comeback to you once it makes a full circle. It’s not something you can believe or don’t believe in, kind of like oxygen. We can’t see it, but we’re breathing it and it’s there. Based on the belief of Action and Reaction, I believe Karma is a choice.

2) That’s a very interesting question, building strength in Fitness term to me is definitely Mind Strength First, then Body Strength Second. Because body only follows the mind and not the other way around.  So in Fitness you need both, if we only train our body to be strong and not train our mind to lead the body and be disciplined, pretty soon we’ll lose motivation and hit our limits.

3) I take my thoughts with me, that’s how I always work on my creativity ;).

4) Silver and White Gold, I don’t like diamonds.


  • Jim T. – Nutrition Question – You always seem to have chicken for your meals, do you prepare a large quantity then store in the fridge, or is it always fresh? Do you roast it, boil it? What other ingredients do you use ( herbs, spices ). In short, how do you prepare it?

Mainly I always eat fresh chicken, there are a few occasions where I store it for 1 day, and very rarely 2 days, but usually between me and Miguel we eat the chicken within a day. Unless the chicken is in a soup, I don’t like the taste of it being in the fridge for a few days, so we try to finish it. We never throw away food.

I prepare my chicken with few different spices, you gonna laugh at this one but I love my chicken with Cinnamon :), this is my favorite spice. I also use rosemary, dill on occasions, black pepper, sometimes I buy the spice pack of already mixed spices. Tumeric is another spice I love using, yellow curry is another one I love.


  • Martine D.I’m a late afternoon workout girl ( 4pm ) and now I need to change my schedule because of work, but I know that it’s very difficult for me to workout in the morning, because I am weak and can’t give my max, any suggestions?

Yes I know what you mean, it’s hard for me to workout in the morning as well. I suggest to workout afterwork. Don’t think too much about it cause you’re just gonna get lazy, just knock it out ( as my husband says ).

Everyone can definitely work things out as far as schedule goes, you just have to develop discipline in your mind.


I hope I was able to clear some things up for you guys.



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  • tee_w

    Oooh I inspired a whole article! :). Going to check it out!

  • SuSu

    I’ve learned some things about you in this one. I am curious as to why you don’t like diamonds? I think they are beautful but I do hate how they are mined. 🙁 I was just wondering if it had to do with appearance or more of ethics? I also love cinnamon. It is actually my “secret” ingredient that I add to almost everything!

    • Yep It’s my secret ingredient too 🙂

      I’ve never really liked diamonds, but after I found out how they are mined I didn’t like them even more. I also don’t like them because everyone thinks that they are some kind of a forbidden expensive stone and all women just need to have them, I believe believed people are being brainwashed by the media. I also find diamonds pretty boring looking, I just can’t seem to figure out what the fuss is all about. I like jewelry that’s more raw and fun looking, more alive, handmade. I’ve never seen a diamond in my life that looked alive. And the prices of diamond, I can’t even justify that, I would never wear a ring that costs more than a few hundred dollars, I would feel weird that there are people who can’t even afford to wear shoes and here are rings that cost more than someone’s car. NEEH

      • jt

        I agree with the mining methods… destroying Earth and in some cases mistreating people just to get them.

        The “concept” of a diamond is interesting though: a clump of coal that under extreme pressure has becoome one of the hardest elements on Earth.

        And in a scientific way, they’re interesting too 🙂 Such materials, also gold and others, are “a piece of something that came from very far away”. We’re all stardust anyway… 🙂

        • I like that saying – We’re all stardust anyway! Sounds so poetic 🙂

      • Alice

        I though I was the only one on the Earth who doesn’t like diamonds… Honestly I think many people love them just because they’re the most expensive stone. I read somewhere that diamonds were not very appreciated in the middle ages because they have no color and people liked vibrant colors back then. I agree with you about diamonds looking lifeless!
        I love pearls, there is somewhat magic in them. They don’t need to be cutted in a shape by men, nature makes them so perfectly beautiful.

        I’m curious about the chicken with cinnamon – do you have a recipe or you just put some cinnamon on the chicken? I love cinnamon too, I like spices in general but cinnamon is the one I use the most. By the way I think you may love moghrabiyyeh, it’s a palestinan dish with chicken, chickpeas, large-grain cous cous (you can use rice or any other grain), cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a video recipe on youtube.

        • OMG I love pearls too! I have so many of them, pearls look the best on me, but I love to wear my raw amethyst to bed because it helps me have good dreams.

          With my chicken I just bake it whole and I put salt and cinnamon on top, I put quite a bit of it, but for beginners I definitely recommend a little cinnamon, that way you can get used to the taste.

      • TessuCroft

        You and me both! Not a diamond girl either. If there came a guy, who popped the question with the enormous diamond ring, I would be like “Seriously? Really? Do I look like a diamond girl to you?” =D Not that it would happen or anything. =D

        I wish I could buy organic food. It is so expensive aound here. Just normal, healthy food is driving me to bankruptcy. =D

        • Ha Ha Ha, I’m with you!

          Did you try to look for local farmers produce? It’s not labeled organic but it is a lot cheaper than food in the supermarkets, most local farmers grow their food naturally.

          • I live in a small town; there´s not that much of choice. At summertime there´s a bit better possibilities. Well, at leat my lingonberries (in the freezer) are organic; I collected them by myself. =D

  • Jeanne

    Although I didn’t ask any questions, it was definitely very interesting to read your post. Just wanted to comment om Martine D.’s question (in case she is reading): I used to exercise at 4 PM, and thought it was the best for me! Then I started working later, and had to exercise at about 6 PM. It was a difficult shift since I was pretty tired after work, and had to take a dog for a long walk afterwards and make a dinner.. So, it was always stressful to think about all the things you have to do after the workout. I did morning workout here and there, but always felt “weak” as you say.. But then I decided to change my schedule again, and now I work out early in the morning, straight after getting up. It felt strange in the beginning, but now my body has adjusted, and I feel great after my morning sessions and during them! I think our bodies need time to get used to a new routine. Once they are there, there is no problem with energy levels or anything, they are used to it and ready to work at AM! I have never felt better, and now I have lots of time in the evenings for my doggy 🙂 But that is just my experience 🙂

    • martineduhaime

      Thanks Jeanne. I know that it’s hard to see that I’m not able to do as many push-ups or beat my old times on old workouts (BR) already done ( very frustrating) but I’ll give a try and know that 1 day my body will adapt . I’ll have to be patient

      • Lili Suke

        Hello. the same with me., I used to workout after work, but then my schedule just requried that i started early in the morning. Now i am so so used to it, and I find it to be the best way to start my day. I am full of positive energy and there is something to look for when getting up in the morning:) I am even sometimes getting up at 5:30am, because I want to workout 😀 And I never feel tired before or after:) its a really great discipline and habit to get used to:) good luck

        • martineduhaime

          Thanks Lili Suke. I appreciate what you’ve said and I know that I will need discipline to workout in the morning because I tend to just lay on the couch and wait to wake up.LOL

  • eliza

    great to hear your thoughts!

  • I’m not a diamond girl either…I don’t like shining stuff and its just a crysalline carbon mineral. I’m enjoying reading your answers to the questions. I always laugh when people say the phrase “karma is a bitch” becuase it shows how an ideal gets completely bastardized and mis-interpreted once it gets into popular culture.

    • Ha Ha Ha, I know it’s a very funny expression)) Things are definitely a lot deeper than most can understand, sometimes I look back at my self from several years ago, and I’m like WOW who is this person, I wish I would of known and understood all the things I know now, but at the same time being young and blind did teach me a lot as well.

  • First of all I want to thank you Tati sooo much! You really take time for your loving fit community 🙂 Hope you also could discover or confirm an opinion on few things

    1) every time I read karma I can´t do anything with it. I thought it is taking responsibility for your actions. pretty cool like you said “it´s a choice” . so what ever your choices are it doesn´t matter because you have took responsibility for it 🙂 in case of diet and eating animals you can´t say there is right or wrong- it´s a choice.
    until you follow your instincts your choices are always right. it might falls out of place with your believe system later-anyway the decision you made was right at the moment you made it .
    the clue is no guru in the world make there way to wisdom in not eating animals. there always will be guru who eat meat and not. i was really innocent to believe that there is a connection about this habit.
    thank you Tati for helping me realizing it :*

    2) cool the strength question was the one I was looking for. And I was pretty sure that you couldn´t leave out the mind! 🙂 Like it!

    3) that means you are always yourself where ever you are! ?

    4) haha..I didn´t knew that the silver,gold, diamond question is for everybody Me for myself like Silver the most. My silver snake earrings have some energetic effect for me 🙂 and when it comes to diamonds I´m more the fan of cheap crystal. I remember playing on the street in and my sister found those little crystals in the dirt and collected them 🙂

    Lot of interesting question of all. first one of Tee: can´t agree more..old school cardio works 😉 and I couldn´t find any athlete that got in shape without doing it.

    Have a nice weekend everybody!
    Here in Germany we have our “fifth time of the year” : carnival in cologne 🙂 🙂
    Actually I don´t like the music but the creativity of all people.

    Love, Carol

    • What a beautiful post! There are definitely no right or wrong in life, which ever path we take, were gonna find some kind of lesson, intuition is key, it can lead us when our eyes are blind.

  • Yay, thanks for answering mine! 🙂 Love your opinion about supplements, it is very similar to mine :))

  • KirryKaatje

    About the late night working out. I’m also a late night exerciser. Sometimes I start at 22:00 pm and it can be midnight when I’m done. I do stay up a bit more to process my post workout meal and to let my cortisol drop a bit.

    I have tried to workout in the mornings.. jeez.. what a drag! I’m so lazy and everything feels too heavy. ^^ I just think: my body functions best in this manor and I have noticed that following my own route stabilizes my discipline, so I just do what my body wants: evening of late night workouts. 😀 (I do make sure I get at least 7-8 hours of sleep tho.)