One of our goals for 2018 is to get better at meal planning and meal prepping. Because we cook most of the food we eat, we spend a lot of time in the kitchen and optimizing this will be both time and money saving. Benefits of meal planning 1. It’s budget friendly I dedicate a whole chapter to meal planning in my e-book, The Smart Girl’s Journey to Financial Bliss because it can cut your grocery shopping bill in half. You go to the supermarket with a list of items and the correct quantity you need to make the meals that you considered in advance.Read More →

My weight goes up 3-5 pounds now and then depending on many factors – life changes like moving home, how stressed I am, injury or illness that prevents me from exercising or how well I sleep. But there are three things that for me are a sure thing when it comes to gaining weight. The top 3 things that make me put on weight 1. Boredom This is not much of a problem if I’m at home, there is always something to do. But if I’m at work and for some reason I don’t have an immediate task at hand, the first thing I think aboutRead More →

If you’re not among the few lucky people that get to work from home on a regular basis, it means you have to spend a reasonable amount of time commuting. The average commute for a Londoner is 45 minutes to 1h one way, but there are many people (like us) who decide that their living standards are more important than the distance to the workplace and live much further away. I spend 3 hours commuting on every day I go to London, so doing something useful with those 3 hours is pretty important. Otherwise, they just go to waste. When we were living in London,Read More →

This year in March we took a big step – moved to the countryside, in a proper grown-up 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 of the allotmentRead More →

This is a guest post by Katrina Rice. Thanks, Katrina! Running is one of the best cardio workouts that can be practiced by everybody. But experiencing knee pain while and after running can be due to many different factors. The most common would be misalignment of your femur bone, knee cap stress due to excess weight, uneven platforms, using the wrong shoes, health problems like arthritis, gout, sprains or old injury, and many more. Pain at the front of the knee is the most common pain there is during and after running. It commonly affects teenagers, female and older athletes. In most cases, the painRead More →

A lot of people think that it’s too late for them to make changes to their lives and believe they will just have to live with the regret. But it’s never too late if you want to step up and improve your health. And a lot of people end up in the best health they have ever been. But if you do want to make a difference, it’s time to do it now. After all, so many people say they will make changes tomorrow. But then another bunch of excuses arrive. Here’s why you need to make changes to your life today. You could live a longer lifeRead 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 →

If you have been running, hitting the gym, swimming or focusing on your yoga over the winter months then congratulations you! Everyone knows that exercise is tough and keeping to your routine isn’t always something that comes naturally. Trying to maintain this when the mornings and evenings are darker, it’s freezing cold outside and most of our runs are damp and muddy, deserves a medal! Winter takes it toll on our bodies for a variety of reasons. Lack of natural sunlight means reduced Vitamin D which is a feel good vitamin helping boost our positivity and energy levels. It’s not unlikely we have over indulgedRead More →

My preparation for the South of England Cross Country Championships was going smooth. I have finished my intensive training with a 24km of hard work of keeping myself at the threshold, broke my half marathon PB, and all this gave me the uplifting confidence I needed before the race. But then the unthinkable happened. I picked up a throat inflammation that peaked on Tuesday and Wednesday. I usually try to let the body do its job and not intervene with medication, but this was a case when I was desperate to run the race in my top form. So I topped up with loads ofRead More →

For both Alin and I, the last health check happened four years ago, before moving to London. In Romania you get a mandatory blood test every year, ordered by your employer, so we got to check ourselves regularly. Since this is not the case in the UK and we didn’t have any other issues except for a cold, we haven’t set foot in a consultation room since 2013. After losing weight and recently becoming vegan, we were very curious about a few things – cholesterol, any vitamin deficiency (especially B12), VO2max, male/female specific cancer tests and body fat percentage. For our current lifestyle, these resultsRead More →