About Me

The Face Behind Lucy & Lentils

Lucy and lentils

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Hi, I'm Lucy and this blog is my way of sharing my food journey, experimenting with delicious ingredients to learn how to cook. I am passionate about living a balanced lifestyle and love to learn new and exciting ways to make simple and affordable meals. I graduated last year in Interior Architecture and work full time so concentrate my recipes on being quick and easy to prepare taking the term 'fast food' and adding a healthy twist. 

Where It All Began 

For those of you who have found my website through my instagram account, it may seem as though I have always eaten well and had a balanced diet but it couldn't be further from the truth. Living on a diet that mainly consisted of pasta, toast, chocolate and cheese, I was trapped into a boring relationship with food, feeling unmotivated and uninspired. I used to live for cheesy chips after a night out with friends, and binge on pizza the next day to cure the hangover.

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My unhealthy lifestyle left me feeling lethargic each day, taking regular naps after lectures and losing concentration when working on projects. I found it difficult to stay focused at university, which affected my interest in my course, and I would quite often go back to my flat and series binge on Netflix like a couch potato. 

Moving back home at the beginning of my second year (due to a sorry case of funds in my bank) really helped me to be creative in the kitchen! With a pantry full of herbs and spices that I wasn't used to in my university kitchen, I was experimenting with new flavours and foods. When back in an environment where eating cheesy chips at 10pm seemed strange, I really noticed how bad my diet had become! Enough was enough, and I decided to really focus on building a healthy diet that would not only help me learn how to do simple things like cook an egg, but to really feed my body with nutritious food. 

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My Inspiration

With influences from people like Deliciously Ella, Natasha Corrett and Madeleine Shaw I began experimenting with nutritious and fresh foods that didn't just look pretty but tasted amazing! My culinary skills to begin with were non existent but with practice ( and lots of kitchen fails)  it became an absolute passion of mine! 

With the healthy eating came a desire for a healthy lifestyle in all areas! I joined the gym thinking I would quit after a week however two years later I am completely addicted! I threw myself into 10k races, with my best friend and so the fitness journey began. I love challenging myself to run faster and further, lift heavier and do that one last push up, which is a fantastic feeling! I can't imagine going back to the lifestyle I had, feeling tired every day and constantly bloated, and replaced it with feeling energised and ready for the next challenge, whether that's a 10k race or completing a project at university. 

Finding an Escape With Cooking

I love cooking, and using fresh ingredients that taste delicious. Being in the kitchen is a stress reliever, a distraction and a therapeutic way of unwinding. The more I research about the benefits of good nutritious food, the more I want to try new things.

Take a look at some of my favourite kitchen creations so far.

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