Health and Fit Women, Stefanie Jung

 The most powerful experiences are those what you go through on your own, with your body. You learn to get to know yourself, your strength and understand how much power you have to make a positive change. Stefanie is such a inspirational young woman and eating disorder soldier. She is now here to talk about her story and secrets to healthy lifestyle. Also make sure to follow her on Instagram @Steffejung


What made you do it?

When I was 17, I started developing an eating disorder. Within one year, I had gone through phases of being extremely underweight/ restrictive eating to surviving off the binge/purge cycle. I was being self – destructive and unhappy, I knew it. Something needed to change. Thankfully I met my current boyfriend at uni and he gave me the strength and motivation to recover. Inially, I was only working on my mental health with the goal of getting back on a « normal » diet. But I soon realized that this wasn’t the right path for me either. I started educating myself on a wholesome, plantbased diet and slowly learnt to love and nurture my body through food. It has been the most amazing journey and I am astonished every day by the remarkable effect food has on our bodies, both physically and mentally.

I have always been very active, but during my eating disorder phase I was working out with the sole purpose of being skinny. It has taken me a while to step away from my past body ideal and to love my body for how it is. I can now say that I have rediscovered the joy in fitness and am working hard to be the fittest, strongest and healthiest version of myself.

Tell about your workout routine

No day looks the same. I like to mix things up and experiment with different types of exercise. I’m big on running and am a sucker for that runner’s high, but I suffer from really bad shin splints so I need to be extremely careful to not overdue it. I’m doing Kayla Itsine’s BBG already for the second time and love the mix of weight training and HIIT that her programs offer. Then there’s the weight training sessions that I do with my partner, where I focus on a specific body part per workout. On top comes yoga sessions and stretching (for which I wish I had more time).

It comes down to about 3x weight sessions, 2x long runs, 2x Kayla’s HIIT workout plus couple minutes of yoga and stretching here and there. In case you’re wondering, I don’t really do rest days. I’ll give my body a break when I feel like I reaaally need it, but I like to move my body in one way or another every single day.

Mornings are like…

7:15AM Wake up & do coconut oil pulling while I do my facial morning routine with organic skin products

7:30AM Drink a hot lemon tea with cayenne pepper to get my digestion started & a glass of apple cider vinegar with a squeeze of agave nectar and pinch of probiotics

7:40 AM Either do 15 minutes of yoga or 15 minutes of journaling, depending on my mood. If I have more time, I also love to go for a run by the lake, I think it’s the best way to start the day!

8:00 AM Time for breakfast! My go-to meals are a green smoothie or a fruity breakfast bowl filled with super foods (I’m currently obsessed with acai). I also love to have a warming bowl of oatmeal in the colder winter months. If I’m in a hurry, I’ll just grab a green juice en route and have a belated brekky at work.

Kitchen essentials

Uff, such a tough question…There are so many staple items that I adore. If I had to narrow it done to 5, it would probably be the following :

• Spinach – All my smoothies contain spinach, but I also like spinach as salad or even add it into my pancakes (Huh, in pancakes ? Yes, this actually tastes divine!)
• Bananas – Rather self – explanatory, no ? My latest obsession is experimenting with various recipes of nana icream.
• Coconut oil – Life savior, both in the kitchen and the bathroom ! I love cooking with coconut oil, not only because it has a much higher heating point and doesn’t get rancid, but because it adds that special flavor to all my dishes.
• Oatmeal – Maybe this is just the colder winter months speaking, but there is nothing better than a hot & fudgy bowl of fiber goodness. And you can use coconut oil and bananas with it.
• Maca – If I had to choose just one superfood, it would have to be maca. I can honestly say that I feel the positive effect of this hormone balacing powder, especially when it comes to PMS and grumpy moods.

Let’s talk kitchen equipment: I couldn’t live without my Vitamix ! It is by far the most used kitchen equipment in my house and I prepare my smoothies, salad sauces, dips and sweet treats with it. If there is one thing you should invest into for a healthier kitchen, this is it.

Signature Recipe

This would have to be my PB-covered banana with superfoods. I make it when I’m craving a snack and there’s nothing left in the house. It definitely saves the day because…. well, you don’t want to see me « hangry »

Ingredients:
1 banana
Organic peanut butter
Coconut flakes
Pistachios
Cinnamon
Vanilla
Baobab powder
Maple syrup
Directions:
Cut the banana lengthwise (like in the picture), coat it with a thin (or thick for all those PB lovers out there!) layer of peanut butter and simply sprinkle the rest of the ingredients on top. The amount is totally up to you.

What was the biggest learning lesson on your health and fitness journey

Balance, balance, balance. Coming from that background of an eating disorder and emotional eating, it has been extremely hard for myself to figure out the right balance. I am very black/white – minded and am fast to throw the towel if I don’t adhere 100% to a healthy diet. I am almost three years into my « recovery » and I still struggle with this to date. But I am slowly getting there, and learning to no longer let my inner mean girl beat me up if I indulge in one too many chocolate cookies.

Quote to live by…

I don’t really have one particular quote that I live by. But I recently stumbled across one quote that really resonated with me.

You are under no obligation to be the same person you were 5 minutes ago”

It goes along with what I said before about being black & white – minded. The quote reminds me that, even if I had a crappy morning, it doesn’t mean that I have to the ruin the rest of the day for myself because of it.

 

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