Ilinca @foodforneurons

22 | UK based🇬🇧 | Foodie & gym addict🥑💪🏻 | ED recovery✨
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@foodforneurons good afternoon lovely people!🥰 i’m just quickly popping in here to tell you that i’ve made those collagen chocolate chip cookies and they are ON FIRE🌋 they’re loaded with protein from the unflavoured @vitalproteins collagen and sweetened only with banana and apple sauce - tell me this isn’t the perfect cookie, i challenge you🐒 so chewy and delicious - and no peanut butter!🤭 and that says a lot considering the fact that i’m obsessed with pb and i almost never go for recipes that don’t have it as a main ingredient😅 (also, my bf said it’s the best thing i’ve ever baked, but he might or might not say that about everything i make🤦🏼‍♀️) .
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we’re heading to Oxford to meet with my boyfriend’s dad, we’re going to see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and i’m so excited😁😁 and snacking on those cookies so hard right now - i was planning on giving some to my bf’s dad, but i’m worried there won’t be any left for him😬 i blame you, @hellospoonful, for coming up with this insanely delicious cookie recipe! (jk, jk, you rock😘)

good afternoon lovely people!🥰 i’m just quickly popping in here to tel...

@foodforneurons hello guys!! i’m just gonna throw an idea out here: what do you think of #tyedietuesday? i mean don’t get me wrong, i love #toasttuesday and #tacotuesday (even if i’m not sure i’ve ever had either a toast or a taco on a Tuesday😩) but i think we need some variation. my boyfriend suggested this and i thought it’s a pretty good idea (he also tyedied my t-shirt for my birthday, isn’t he the sweetest?🥰). i hope you had a fantastic Tuesday!!🧚🏼‍♂️

hello guys!! i’m just gonna throw an idea out here: what do you think ...

@foodforneurons good morning sweet gals!❤️ the key to a fabulous Monday is a big warm bowl of oats - you can quote me on that🤓 i topped mine with peaches, blueberries, @lizisgranolaofficial high protein granola, chocolate chips and a generous drizzle of honey - i’ve just had it, but i’m drooling anyways😩 i hope you have a fantastic day!💫

good morning sweet gals!❤️ the key to a fabulous Monday is a big warm ...

@foodforneurons haaaappy Saturday beautiful people!!🤗 this is my third savoury post in a row, that’s unacceptable!!😫 i’m thinking of baking something special tomorrow, so stay tuned😏 until then, i am proud to show you my go-to post-workout meal - in the past week i have eaten this two or three times😅 it’s packed with protein from the 🐔 & chickpeas 🍝 & extra protein 🧀- and just look at that bed of nourishing veggies🥬 (my love for baked kale has lasted for a month now! will it last for years like my love for oat bowls or will kale become something i avoid cooking like cod? stick around for the exciting answer🤓) .
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something i’m struggling with during summer holidays is the lack of structure. every year it’s the same story -while i’m studying for the exams, i’m thinking with excited anticipation about the end of my examinations. and then i take my last exam and i live for a couple of days in this blissful state of relaxation, reading and watching films all day without feeling any sort of guilt for ‘wasting my time’. it might last a week or maybe two. but then boredom creeps in - a sense of not knowing what to do with my life. i feel utterly lost. what should i do to make the most of this free time on my hand? i feel the pressure to be productive, to keep my mind stimulated all the time. it usually gets better after a month of so - but the creeping anxiety remains there, whispering unkind words to me. .
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how do i make it stop pestering me? i introduce some productivity in my day to day life: i make a to-do list, even if it’s for small things such as shopping or posting on IG. i try different courses online in topics that interest me, stuff i don’t have the chance to dive in during the year because of uni. i start preparing for my next academic year - i make attainable goals every day because there is nothing more satisfying that ticking your to-do list🤸‍♀ .
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you might wander why i share this. i’m not really sure myself, i guess i’ve always felt a bit obsessive with my need to be productive 24/7 and i was afraid of being judged if i tell people the truth. but here i am, confessing to you guys🧘‍♀ i think we shouldn’t be afraid to be ourselves💫

haaaappy Saturday beautiful people!!🤗 this is my third savoury post in...

@foodforneurons happy Friday people!🥳 it’s been quite a long week, am i right? to be honest, most of my days are quite the same during summer holidays🤷🏼‍♀️ i can usually tell you what day it is based on the classes i go to at the gym😂 but i definitely felt this week, with all the flat situation (which, by the way, is almost sorted so we’re happy for that😋). so, to celebrate the end of those mentally exhausting couple of days, i’ve made this little bowl to keep me warm in this horrid rainy weather🌧 initially i wanted to avoid the avo and the beans because i thought everything is too green and i don’t have enough colour variation - but then i realised that’s stupid and i desperately need my avo🥑 and that green is the best colour anyway💚 .
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so here it is, the final product: spinach gnocchi with tuna chunks (cooked medium so that the inside remains a bit raw🤤 THE BEST), avo topped with hemp seeds and some fine beans because we loooove our veggies💚

happy Friday people!🥳 it’s been quite a long week, am i right? to be h...

@foodforneurons happy hump day people!🥰 my life is a bit of a mess right now -  me and my boyfriend have made an offer on a flat in London and now we have to do a lot of paperwork and re-discuss the terms and conditions and arghhhh😩 the discussions have been quite tensed in the past two days - imagining the worst possible scenarios for our future so that we can anticipate whether we will want to end up the agreement earlier is something that makes me very uncomfortable. i don’t live in an imaginary world where everything is perfect, but doesn’t anticipating the worst scenario end up with it happening? i believe in the human ability to make the best of what they have - to find gratitude and happiness in the present moment as long as the courage and desire to do so exists - and i also believe in the human ability to love and forgive and accept. isn’t that enough?💞 .
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you know what they say, a messy bowl for a messy life💁🏼‍♀️ and if they don’t say that, they definitely should! 
#whatsinmybowl : spinach gnocchi from @dellugo, grilled halloumi, smoked trout (it tastes very similar to smoked salmon, but it’s slightly less fatty) and a very generous amount of baked kale with 🥕, 🥒 and 🍅 (the veggie combo i’m obsessed with at the moment)

happy hump day people!🥰 my life is a bit of a mess right now - me and...

@foodforneurons i have a confession to make: sometimes i get intense cravings for baked goods late in the evenings😱 whether it’s for brownies, banana bread, cookies or blondies, those cravings don’t let me think of anything else - they’re very sneaky, i know. i used to deny them with all my being - drink water, try to watch a film to distract myself or even go to sleep to quieten my mind (even if it was like 9pm and i wasn’t sleepy???). but water doesn’t taste like a peanut butter blondie, a film doesn’t smell like heaven and sleep doesn’t melt in my mouth. .
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last night i felt very anxious after dinner - i could tell a craving is slowly building up in me. i was browsing through my saved recipes on IG earlier that day and i stumbled upon @eatwellwithsari ‘s oat blondies - i wanted to bake them, but life got in the way and i didn’t get the chance to. but the blondie pic remained stuck in my head and came back to me in the evening. after an hour of debating whether to bake it or not - it’s late, i’ll change my mind after i bake them, i ate too much today, it’s unnecessary etc - i’ve decided to say stop to the whriling thoughts in my head, put my chef’s hat on and get going👩🏼‍🍳 and so those blondies happened✨ .
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and guess what? i had one and IT. WAS. AMAZING.🥺 do i feel bad today? weeeeell. will i do it again next time? FRICKING YES. i’m struggling very hard to stop thinking about this as ‘giving in’ or ‘losing control’ or ‘being greedy’, but the pleasure i felt eating it can’t possibly be wrong, right??? .
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have a great week everyone!!💗 .
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p.s. ➡️ swipe for the proof that i’m the best flatmate💁🏼‍♀️

i have a confession to make: sometimes i get intense cravings for bake...

@foodforneurons gooood morning people!💗 i shamefully missed the #nationalsmoresday, but i‘m hoping this oats bowl will earn your forgiveness🥺 yesterday i was stuck inside the house because of the shitty weather, so i couldn’t go to the supermarket and buy what is needed for a good s’mores recipe😩  however, i’m celebrating #nationaloatsday today and literally everyday😅 this morning i topped my oats with raspberries, peach slices, dark chocholate chips, granola, honey and peanut butter because on Sundays we’re a tiny bit extra🙌🏼 i was also going to #bodypump later, so i needed all the fuel🏋🏽‍♀️ i hope you’re having a fantastic weekend!!🥰

gooood morning people!💗 i shamefully missed the #nationalsmoresday, bu...

@foodforneurons i’ve been absent from the gram in the past couple of days, but i am back now with a delicious recipe for APPLE PIE PROTEIN BARS🍎 i found some applesauce in the fridge and i had to use it before it went bad. i was looking for recipes online and i found this one and IT IS BOMB🤯 truly the best protein bars i’ve made (my boyfriend approves✅) - they’re so easy to make!! the recipe is from @thebigmansworld - if you’re interested, i can drop it below. have a great Friday my dudes!!💗

i’ve been absent from the gram in the past couple of days, but i am ba...

@foodforneurons day one of my trip to Edinburgh: . ✅ walking: 19km
✅ food: 10 out of 10
✅ stress level: over the roof .
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sometimes i forget how harmful anorexia really is. when i’m in the comfort of my routine, with my gym and my homemade meals, anorexia rarely complains - yes, some days are harder than others, but it’s a cycle i got used to: challenge a bit today, take a break tomorrow. i haven’t been travelling in a while, so i forgot how every meal is a source of frustation and anger - even if i choose the restaurant, even if i walk a lot afterwards. how tired i feel after a day of restlessly moving around, not to see the city, but to ‘burn it off’. how my thoughts are on food and my body rather than the beautiful views around me. how i feel like crying when i see all those foods i’m not ‘allowed’ to eat because i had a huge meal beforehand. how i look at myself in the mirror and could swear i see a belly forming after one day of not working out my abs even if i know that’s impossible. how i ruin my boyfriend’s holiday with my anxieties and silly worries. .
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maybe things will improve today. i freaked out because the breakfast wasn’t enough, took some bites from my boyfriend’s and felt extra full afterwards. but hey, it’s only 11am, so many hours left to make this day amazing!🥰 .
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despite the inner turmoil, i could not imagine a better way of spending my birthday: Edinburgh & The Fringe & my fantastic boyfriend🥺 i hope you all have a good one!!💗

day one of my trip to Edinburgh: . ✅ walking: 19km ✅ food: 10 out of 1...

@foodforneurons raise your hand if you missed my oat bowls🙋🏼‍♀️ i think my feed doesn’t do justice to my love for oats - i literally have a bowl every morning😅 today it was banana, cinnamon, raspberries, a square of 70% dark chocolate (that’s the maximum i can go, everything above is too much🤫), granola and a generous drizzle of honeyyyyyy🐻 .
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i hope everyone has a terrific Sunday!💗

raise your hand if you missed my oat bowls🙋🏼‍♀️ i think my feed doesn’...

@foodforneurons happy Friday peeps!!💗 i don’t know about you, but i love my morning workouts. i am an early bird, so i’m up and ready to smash the day as soon as i have my breakfast and coffee. exercising in the morning is so refreshing, it gives me a push of energy for the entire day💪🏻 now, i never forget to have a post-workout snack ready when i come back home - i used to make everything i could to avoid eating after a workout because ‘all my progress would be lost’🙄 anyway, i made those no-bake protein peanut butter bars from @hellospoonful and THEY ARE ON FIRE🔥 the first bite took me to heaven✨ they are made with oats, flax seeds, chia seeds, peanut butter and plant-based vanilla protein powder, all clean and delicious ingredients. plus the melted chocolate on top🥺 guys, i can’t recommend those enough!! paired with @myprotein chocolate collagen coffee - name a better duo, i’m waiting😩

happy Friday peeps!!💗 i don’t know about you, but i love my morning wo...

@foodforneurons most of the time, i like to make my meals from scratch: i buy uncooked salmon and i season it myself, i get fresh veggies and cook them however i feel like in the moment, i buy bags of uncooked rice and soak them overnight to reduce the boiling time. .
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yesterday, while i was grocery shopping, i saw those pre-cooked wholewheat rice packets and i instantly started craving them. so i took two from the shelf and went on with my shopping. .
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back home. my boyfriend was surprised: Ilinca going for the ‘lazy’ option? i felt guilty for a couple of seconds - maybe i was acting lazy and unlike myself? - maybe i should have just gotten a 500g pack of uncooked rice or even quinoa because it’s ‘healthier’? - maybe i should just go back to my chickpeas pasta and forget about it? .
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well, maybe not. i ignored my boyfriend (he wasn’t ill-intentioned, of course, it’s so easy to get my mind acting stupid when it comes to food) and heated up the rice on the stove. and guess what? i loved every bite of it🤪 .
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it’s so easy to spiral down when you go out of your comfort zone - what if i made a bad decision? what will people think of me? i think the way out of this vortex of negative thoughts is to try and think about yourself - will this make you happy?🙋🏼‍♀️ .
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i know this is a bit silly, it’s just some damn cooked rice, but it got me thinking🤓 
#whatsonmyplate: slightly smoked salmon from @waitrose (i could not recommend this enough!! it adds so much flavour to it!!😩) with pre-cooked wholewheat rice and fine beans😳 .
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i hope everyone has an amazing Thursday!!🥰 and yay for August, my birthday month😬

most of the time, i like to make my meals from scratch: i buy uncooked...

@foodforneurons am i weird for eating all my meals in the same bowl?🤭 i bought this bowl a year ago and i swear, unless i’m having a wrap or a meal out, i use this for both my lunch and dinner🤷🏼‍♀️ BUT i have a different bowl for my porridge!! that’s what i call variation guys🙄 .
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#whatsonmyplate: chickpeas with turmeric, halloumi, shrimps, beetroot smoked hummus and some veggies to finish everything up🍅🥒 .
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i hope everyone has a wonderful hump day!!🤸🏽‍♀️

am i weird for eating all my meals in the same bowl?🤭 i bought this bo...

@foodforneurons is there a better way of spending your Sunday than with some @cookingbykylie lemon cookies and a book? i highly doubt that🥰

is there a better way of spending your Sunday than with some @cookingb...

@foodforneurons i woke up to the sound of rain today. i’ve been in the UK for three years now, but i’m still in love with those rainy days. i suppose it’s not a very popular opinion, but rain really speaks to me. after debating for an hour or so whether to venture outside, i stole my boyfriend’s coat, put on a pair of trainers i knew would get terribly wet and left the house. i’ve decided not to take my headphones or my wallet - i only had my phone with me for emergencies.
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at first i felt anxiety. i could be listening to a podcast and learn something new. i could be listening to some music my friend recommended to me. i could be home, reading the book i want to finish so that i can start the next one. i could make the walk into a shopping trip, i need to get some groceries anyway. i could be more productive. but i pushed it away - i tried to listen to the raindrops on my hood, to observe the stillness of the town. i tried to immerse myself in the environment instead of immersing myself in my own thoughts. and it did the trick. i got home wet and happy. .
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i used to appreciate solitude. i used to go by myself to coffeeshops, get a coffee and spend hours there, writing and reading and thinking. i used to go to restaurants by myself and order a table for one without minding the curious looks of the waiters. i used to plan solo short day trips for the summer when i had too much free time and a desire to explore. now i’m scared to be by myself for very long. i dread the mornings when my boyfriend is working and i’m alone in the house. i try to go to the gym, read, listen to a podcast, bake, clean, go for walks on busy streets - anything that keeps my anxious thoughts away. because once my mind is free to wander, the obsessive thinking creeps back in - how many calories i have eaten, how many calories i have burned, when to have my next snack so as to prevent becoming hungry too early and ruining my routine etc. and once that happens, i sink in further and further down the rabbit hole. .
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i woke up to the sound of rain today. i’ve been in the UK for three ye...

@foodforneurons hello there wonderful people!!🥰 on this sunny Friday i’m sharing with you some of my favourite wrap combos - i struggled quite a bit to take those photos without making a mess in my room but i think you might be grateful i didn’t give up🙈 .
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combo no. 1: smoked salmon, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, cucumber and baked kale🤩

combo no. 2: smoked beetroot hummus (i love @waitroseandpartners), shredded tuna, avocado, cucumbers and baked kale🥳

combo no. 3: riccota, shrimps, scrambled eggs, tomatoes and baked kale🤪 .
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so basically, the rule of thumb is to get a @warburtonsuk high protein wrap and some kale and you simply can’t go wrong🤘🏼 .
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so go and start mixing, friends!💪🏻 and have a lovely day✨

hello there wonderful people!!🥰 on this sunny Friday i’m sharing with ...

@foodforneurons i had a horrible day yesterday. my ED voice was so much louder than usual - i could not think of anything else. i tried all my coping mechanisms, but it was useless, i simply could not stay still. i cried and cried, but the tension and discomfort didn’t go away. so i gave up - i took a two hour walk in the hilly Kenilworth to make it shut up. i listened to the ED voice and walked until it stopped screaming at me and i could only hear its whisper: ‘it’s still less than the gym you skipped today, but whatever, at least you’re tired’. one hour walk with my boyfriend wasn’t enough - i had to go on another one hour walk by myself. and yes, it definitely made me feel better - i could spend the rest of the evening netflix and chilling. but i know i failed. i know i couldn’t resist the discomfort and went back to my obsessive habits. i know the so called happiness i felt afterwards is an illusion anorexia wants me to believe so that i fully accept her back. but i am exhausted - this constant discomfort i feel is eating me alive. recovery is so damn hard- i guess it’s alright to have bad days sometimes🤷🏼‍♀️ .
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sorry for the slightly pessimistic post, but consider it a going-through  rather than an after. i’m in a middle of a 💩 period and i don’t like pretending everything is alright. i’ll probably be fine, but yesterday was part of the process. .
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#whatsonmyplate: oven-baked salmon on a bed of wholewheat pasta mixed with tomatoes, zuchinni, carrots and baked kale🙌🏼 .
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let’s make this Thursday better than yesterday!!🥰🤗

i had a horrible day yesterday. my ED voice was so much louder than us...