This year in March we took a big step – moved to the country side, in a proper grown ups home, to get away from the noise, crowds and stress of London, if only for a few hours a day. We didn’t plan for this initially, but while on a walk with the dogs we saw an ad that some allotment plots are available for hire. The price per year is almost nothing, so we immediately imagined ourselves eating and bathing ourselves in salads and tomatoes. It was like a vegan dream. The process We called the council and received by email the plan ofRead More →



As the regular readers of my blog will know, I’ve been taking my health very seriously this past couple of months. In ‘Pimping up my Running Sessions’, ‘February Planning’ and “March Planning” I detailed how I have been hitting the gym and smashing my exercise regime. What I haven’t said is how I cool down, which is just as important as exercise to me. So, here’s a cool down plan that I think everyone will enjoy because it involves a lot of lying down and relaxing! Stretch I always stretch at least the main muscles involved in the previous activity. If I went for aRead More →



Since we went vegan, going out to eat is not as straight forward as before. We either do some research beforehand and have a proper meal or go to the first restaurant we can find and have chips with some chips on the side (it doesn’t sound too bad, does it?!). We may also get lucky and find cafes with vegan food and desserts, especially the ones in Shoreditch or central London. And a piece of advice: unless the menu items are clearly marked as vegan, ask. I was surprised a few times by things that looked vegan, but contained cheese. If you’re in theRead More →



A few weeks ago I received a trial pack of Omni Superfood to try out and review. I’m usually reluctant when it comes to products labeled “superfood”, but why not give it a go? The product has 2 versions, male and female, so of course I got the one designed for women. Why use supplements? You know we always promote a healthy diet, rich in fresh fruit and vegetables, wholegrains, nuts and seeds and healthy fats. And of course exercise, for both your body and your mind. But that doesn’t always happen as planned, we don’t eat enough of the good stuff, some minerals areRead More →



After the Oreo weekend, I didn’t panic but I knew I have to get back on track. On Tuesday I was at 54.9kg and my goal weight to win DietBet is 54.4kg. I also wanted to make this weight loss more sustainable, have peanut butter or nuts if I want to, eat dry fruit if I’m in the mood for some, not be afraid of certain foods. Because let’s face it, if I win my DietBet by eating only low calorie foods, after I’m done with it I’m going to put the weight back on. And OMG, it worked! 54.2kg on Sunday morning by beingRead More →



Week 2 was perfect and I was hitting all my numbers in myfitnesspal every day in an effort to reduce the effects of the weekend to come. We had a house guest, so I knew I’m going to eat heavier meals. Just to have an idea of where I’m standing, I weighed myself of Friday morning. 54.1kg, better than my DietBet goal weight. Wow, all my efforts have paid off! On Sunday morning, after our guest left, I weighed myself again. 55.5kg. What a massive difference after just 3 meals. And I said bye-bye to my goal weight (for now). I immediately went back toRead More →



If you’re anything like me, you won’t be in the mood to eat anything when you have a cold. Which is a big mistake because our bodies need help with fighting the terrible state they’re in. So if you can only eat or drink a bit, let that bit be these foods right here. Garlic Help fight bacteria with this small, but mighty food. All you need is 3-4 cloves of garlic. Mince them, add a few drops of olive oil, a pinch of salt and a bit of water. This will make a great dip or sauce for your food. And because you’re sick,Read More →



I remember the panic you feel when you run out of cigarettes at 9pm and the store is closed until the next morning. But I also remember the panic of running out of bread. What will I do if I go hungry? What will I eat? I remember being angry and crying with a cigarette in my hand, but I also remember doing the same with a big bar of chocolate. I even remember eating chocolate while sleeping. Well, not really, cause I was sleeping, but Alin tells me about it sometimes :). I think it’s funny, but it’s also sad. I used to loveRead More →



After conquering the 26.2 miles distance, we started to look back at how we trained, how we prepared for the big day – 1 week or 1 day before, what we learned during the race and how we recovered. Some things worked, some things didn’t, we discovered new brands, we got all sorts of ideas from other runners and we need to write them down before we forget :). The training We got a place in the London Marathon 10 weeks before the event. There’s no such thing as a 10week marathon training plan, the time is too short. So our motto was: “Do whatRead More →



We knew that drinks having ginger as their main ingredient are associated with good health, but we didn’t fancy ginger in particular, so we never used it for anything else other than gingerbread cookies :). We are pretty conservative with foods. Not that we don’t try new ones, but strong spices must be analyzed in detail before liking or hating them, regardless of their health benefits. Eating a vegan diet made us more open to trying new foods, but in general we remain skeptical by default. Ginger shot experience no. 1 Before one of the classes at the FitMiBODY studio, Andreea was offered a ginger shotRead More →