The Fat Kid Inside Advice #1

Summer Tricks and Indulgences

It is impressively hot these days; one can barely step out of a building for a couple of minutes without getting damped and quickly ending up drenched. When temperatures reach this certain plateau where crunching up a finger becomes impossibly uncomfortable, I turn to food and drinks for comfort.

You see, your body is like a machine or a car; you need to take care of what goes in and around it to make sure that it stays in a pristine condition. With all my triathlon training lately I have understood this concept more than ever. My muscles are in a constant state of stress and I limp half the day after a hard work out, during sport sessions I feel like I’ve stuck, prodded and placed in an over and my performance has varied greatly with the type of foods I eat.

This is why I will start talking about supplements in some future post, especially interesting for those who put their bodies through lots of strain and look for ways to help quicken recovery and find a successful daily upkeep.
But for now I want to discuss ways you can keep cool with food and drinks:

 1. Ice Cream, obviously. My pick: Magnum
If you haven’t tried Magnum Ice Cream yet, you are very late to the Party. The international brand was launched last month here in the Philippines and has set the tone in the market in terms of a very successful sales campaign and in the quality that can be expected from products of this low price (only 50Pesos, roughly 1 USD, meaning 3 times cheaper than anywhere else in the world). I know I mostly talk about being healthy and fit, but the worst thing you can do to your body is deprive it for so long and then crash and burn. So indulging from time to time is actually a good thing and is mentally helpful. I go for the creamy vanilla bar coated with rich Belgian chocolates that just brings me to a complete state of general tranquillity where I manage to forget about work, stress and everyday life. I’m transported back to days of simpler times and my childhood. Pick one up at your local convenience store in 3 flavours (Truffle, Almond or Vanilla).

Don’t think about the calories! But if you are obsessed here are easy ways you can work that bar off:

46 mins dancing, 102 mins signing, 82 mins cooking, 186 mins kissing, 46 mins shooting hoops, 26 mins Frisbee, 24 mins beach football, 21 mins breaststroke, 20 mins free-running.
Not too bad ey?

 2. Refreshing Hydration

When it comes to hydration I’m pretty much a purist, because the more you alter the state of water or pure juice the more it takes away from the actual hydration of your body (replacing lost fluids). When it is a scorcher out or if you are doing sports outdoors in this heat, water is your best friend, so take your hand away from artificial juices/sodas and the likes and opt for these less boring water alternatives:

– Flavoured Syrups: It’s very easy to make syrup that you can just mix in with water to give the extra zing. Some good examples that I like doing is, using teas, herbs (mint is a personal preference – boil some clean leaves without the stock until the water is well-flavoured 1cup is to 1 cup. Then add it to natural water until the desired strength is achieved), natural sweeteners (honey, agave, keep it to a tsp per serving), fruits (use oranges, lemons.. cut them up and drop them in ice-cold water)

– Jamba Juice: Jamba Juice is like a saviour to me, seriously. After all my hours spent painfully training under the sun and getting all these different types of really strange timelines, a nice heaping of ice cold frozen fruit turned into a smoothie makes me tingle all over in this 35 degrees c. weather. The menu is quite daunting and all of it is great, but they all contain different ingredients inside. So if you want to stay as healthy as possible, go for the all fruit smoothies, because they contain only fruits (well duh) and are a great carb replenishment; i usually order the five fruit frenzy with a double whey protein (for my recovery) and some boosts (antioxidant, fiber…).  Check them out at Bonifacio High Street, Alabang Center and soon to be in Mall of Asia.

3. Food

To those who don’t know food can actually affect your body core temperature in 3 ways mostly, regulating it, cooling it or warming it up. So if whatever country/weather you find yourself in, now you know what to do if you get too hot or too cold:

– Regulate: wholegrains, black sugars, grapes, honey, pumpkin, sweet potato, strawberries, apples, cherries. Most yellow/orange colour foods help maintain a normal body temp.

– Cooling: sugar (which is why you see a lot of athletes take different forms of sugar during races), processed snacks, green vegetables, tropical fruits, water rich vegetables (cucumber, courgettes..). Green and white foods will cool you down. If not, there is always beer.

– Warming: Alcohol does not help. I learned this the hard way when I was in Siberia. Mostly salty foods or those high in protein (meat, fish, chicken), help a lot in making your body temp rise. Or simply a good glass of red wine.

Heat can be dangerous. Keep Safe. Wear a hat.

What do you do to stay cool?


    1. Michelle April 27, 2012 at 9:48 am

      Have frozen berries. They are the best. :)

    1. Maycee April 27, 2012 at 6:11 pm

      Wow, this is really helpful! :) Thank you Erwan! You inspired me a lot and now, I already know how to cook a lot of dishes! :) Thanks to you! More power to you sir! :>

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    1. cookie April 28, 2012 at 10:33 pm

      i love frozen grapes at the beach! :)

    1. Aubrey April 30, 2012 at 8:26 am

      I shower 2 to 3 times a day and drink lots of water. I drink 2L everyday (I use a 2L soda bottle to measure it) but with this heat, I exceed.

      I buy from my 8-year old brother who sells buko salad and mango ice candies (made by my mother) so with that, I stay cool at the same time I encourage him to be productive during summer breaks.

      By the way, thanks for the information.

    1. sarah April 30, 2012 at 11:28 am

      sponsored post?

      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 3:59 am

        nope :) these things really do help

    1. Hazel April 30, 2012 at 12:45 pm

      great tips!! :) haven’t tried jamba juice yet! i’m living under the rocks! hahaha!

      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:00 am

        i think you do

    1. Dave B May 1, 2012 at 6:37 am

      great info on the effect of food on the body. ;-)

      gelato, soft-serve ice cream, frozen yogurt, strawberry sundae–these are top of the mind lately. but bummer, i have a lingering cough, so i make do with watermelon, lots of it.

      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:00 am

        watermelon works wonders! lots of sugar though

    1. Mara Escoto May 2, 2012 at 6:17 am

      Will visit Jamba Juice in Fort soon! :)

      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:00 am

        go for it :)

    1. Peterasf May 15, 2012 at 7:53 am

      Thanks for some advice. I had only read this blog this May yet I had so many lessons and tips on how to have a healthy lifestyle. I’m only 14 years old. Again, Thanks. :D




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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