We know that being healthy is more than exercising 3-4 times a week and being careful about not eating too much sugar. It’s also the little things that you do every day. We made a list of *our* little things. If you have any other ideas or tips, please, let’s make the list bigger. Physical Health Use natural products. From your toothpaste, deodorant, shower gel to beauty products. The industry has evolved enough for us to get what we need without the added chemicals. The brands that we’re using all the time are Jason, AloeDent (which is a fluoride-free toothpaste), Lush (I can’t think aboutRead More →

We just did and never looked back :). That’s the short version. Truth is that it was a good combination of lucky shots later proved as very good tricks, plus a really good dose of willpower. We still consider it one of the best things we’ve ever done for ourselves and we hope quitting at that moment in life was enough to stop any long term damage to our bodies. First of all, we knew the moment will come months before. We planned we’re not going to linger for too long into smoking so that we’re as clean as possible when a child would popRead More →

The Finish lines of 2015 (races and life) 24 February First of all, we got married. Twice. The civil ceremony happened in London, at the Enfield Council on the 24th of February (which for us in Romania is like a Valentine’s Day). It was simple and nice and ended with 6 people having dinner at one of Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants. We were just one month in the weight loss program, so still a bit chubby. 10 May The big fancy wedding happened a few months later in Bucharest, Romania. We celebrated together with all our friends and families in a wonderful location. Ceremony was outside,Read More →

A few weeks ago, we registered for a winter virtual 5k because we couldn’t join any local Christmas themed races. What is a virtual 5k? It’s a race that you can run anytime, anywhere, and you get the medal by post. We joined the one from The Journey To Skinny, called Winter Wonderland. The medals were delivered so we started planning. Where to run? When? The only request from the organizer was to run between the 20th and 30th of December. On the 22nd the Beagles were with some friends, so we decided to make a day out of this event. We had 2 moreRead More →

You woke up one morning and decided to change your lifestyle! Good for you! You’re gonna get healthier, stronger, fitter. Excellent. Everything will take a turn for the better. And you have our support!!! Unfortunately, before it gets better, it gets a little bit worse. Whaaat? But you have to understand it’s normal, it’s just a phase you have to go through and you must not let it discourage you. 1. You will catch a cold. A bad one. I saw this happening to many people, including me. And it absolutely bums you out. You’re trying to get healthier but you get sicker? Yes :(.Read More →

One would naively think that when someone or some company starts to develop and sell a new food product or a chef invents or reinvents some recipe, they actually invest in a lab test that would count the calories based on some complex unknown maths. Well, while there are lab tests behind it, most of the popular foods have had tests done decades ago and industry today still takes advantage of them, without even contributing to the costs of those tests. How do we calculate the number of calories? So you might already know this, if you don’t here it is. Foods are made upRead More →

We had this challenge on a wall in the living room for many months. We tried once in May, but we went on holiday and forgot about planking. Actually no, we didn’t forget, but it was our honeymoon! Why plank during our honeymoon? We tried again in August, but got bored. Having already set 3 challenges for us in October we said “what the hell, let’s add this one too”. Most of all, we wanted to get the paper off the wall, because it was mocking us… every time we were looking at it, it seemed like it was saying “haha, you never finished this”.Read More →

Why?? We’re members of The Running Bug website, and they had a challenge, organized by running gear brand, Ronhill. By running 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 or 31 consecutive days in October, we entered prize draws. Of course, I forgot to log day 19, so I didn’t qualify for anything more than 15 days, but I did run every day. Update: We didn’t win anything. How was it to run every day, for 31 days in a row? A few facts. We ran more than we were supposed to. Of course, you can’t run just one mile a day. This would mean planning routes andRead More →

Probably many weren’t too attracted by chemistry lessons at school, but since what happens in our bodies continuously is pure chemistry, then some base knowledge should be required before reading articles about vitamins, antioxidants and free radicals While oxygen is a life sustaining chemical in general, it also causes oxidising of cells as a regular biochemical reaction (1-2% of the cells are damaged overall in the process). This oxidising is causing cell damage, which can trigger cancer and other degenerative diseases, but more importantly the damaged cells produce a waste formed of their freed molecules that have unpaired electrons. These molecules are called free radicalsRead More →

Going to various places around the world, made it clear to us that each region has a specific set of oils handier than others, so there aren’t really rules that apply everywhere. There’s definitely the economic point of view, some oils cost differently around different parts of the world. There is one thing we don’t do anymore and that is deep frying. This doesn’t mean you should’t do it at all, but try to minimise it to as less as possible. And by that I mean monthly. Or even less than that :). But, you see, if you do own an oil with a highRead More →