Meet an old friend of mine: Anxiety

Today is not about food. Today is World’s Mental Health Day and I decided to share my story of living with anxiety. I will also share what I’ve been doing to keep it in check and improve the quality of my life.

Sunday brunch at Ethos restaurant – deliciously different

After a week of events, networking and good food, the weekend ended on a high! I was invited to attend a special brunch at Ethos restaurant in Oxford Circus, organised in collaboration with More than Carrots, to have a taste of their new brunch menu. Before I go into the story and the wonderful menu,…

3 key reasons to choose organic products #OrganicSeptember

Organic is not fancy. It’s not just for the wealthy either. I grew up on a farm where my family grew their crops organically in an attempt to save money, not to waste it. This is what I learned first hand from my father and grandfather, who have been growing crops for over 60 years:…

What you need to know when going vegan

There’s a lot of confusion in everyone’s mind today about what lifestyle to lead, what to eat and not to eat, whether fats are the enemy or sugar is, what causes cancer and what prevents it. There’s no right or wrong answer, or at least I don’t want to get into the controversy of discussing…

Make meat a treat, I dare you!

Some of you would’ve noticed on my Instagram account (@mariasvegankitchen) that I have a clear preference for plant-based meals. I love fruit and vegetables, I am fascinated by spices and herbs and clean eating is a way of life for me. I’m not perfect though, chocolate is my Achilles’ heel (isn’t everyone’s?) and will succumb…

When life gives you lemons, turn them into Easter eggs

A couple of months ago I decided I needed to book my first adventure for this new year, as 2016 was so full of new experiences, travelling and the outdoors. So I had to keep it up! And so I did. I booked a wonderful 5-day hiking trip, over the Easter weekend – to the…

5 things you can do to instantly feel happier

I entered my mid 20s with a few embedded thinking patterns that haven’t always worked in my favour: perfectionism, overachieving tendencies and a bit of anxiety. Changing your behavioural baggage, which is created by family, peers, background and education, requires some work, a lot of self-awareness, but it can be done! The great thing about the…

The power of now

And my mind kept going on and on, jumping from one subject to another, keeping me distracted…

But suddenly, it went quiet.

I didn’t hate 2016. Neither should you.

Last week I was sitting on the sofa, in my cosy Bucharest flat, savouring a post-workout treat and contemplating 2016.  Facebook was inundated with jokes and memes about how shit the year was, how many great people we’ve lost and how everything’s changing. While 2016 wasn’t the best, I didn’t hate it. I started the year…

Let’s be more and chase less

I’m 27. Some of you will say I’m so very young, and others will understand I’m basically feeling 30 (which is still young, but quite a milestone for a 20-something year-old). This is the age where you start questioning whether you’re actually going to ‘make it’. And by ‘making it’ I mean – meeting your parents/peers/society’s expectations…

10 New Year resolutions that will rock your 2016

Ah, the excitement of New Year resolutions! Who doesn’t love the opportunity of a fresh start, the promise of a new self and the anticipation of greatness? I sure do. I am the queen of planning and ‘resolutionising’.  But as fun as changing direction every three months is, I do find myself rather confused at the end…

Bake Studio

A while ago I chose to go back to Romania and start my own business. Well, actually to continue what my parents started more than 20 years ago, but run it independently. Here’s the story. I’m pretty sure that many of my friends in London didn’t quite believe I was actually quitting my perfect job to…