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Not all those who wander are lost.
— J. R. R. Tolkien

Hi there!

My name is Lea and I am currently doing my MA in International Journalism in London. Currently, I am using this blog mostly to blog on a daily basis in order to improve my writing skills and to venture into the crazy world that is the world wide web. After having completed my BA in English Languages and Literatures in 2017 and having worked at a tech startup in Zurich for a while, I am incredibly excited to having taken the next step in my career and life in general: moving to the UK to pursue my dreams.

While I was born and raised in Switzerland, there's nothing I love more than travelling and spending months abroad. Over the years, I've lived in Sydney, San Diego, and China and one of my biggest dreams is to move to a different country for a few years. Since travelling and exploring is such a big part of my life, you'll find lots of travel posts in the Lifestyle section of this blog. 

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When I'm not travelling, working, or studying, you'll probably find me eating food, preparing food, or simply thinking about food. Yes, I'm very much a foodie, and a passionate one at that! I've started my first attempt at a food blog when I was fourteen and I've been writing about nutrition and what I eat ever since. 

As many others, I've had a difficult relationship with food in my teens; I tried too many fad diets, paid too much attention to society's unrealistic expectations, and just never felt like I was enough. My relationship with food improved a lot when I became a vegetarian in 2014 and finally a vegan in 2016. Although I wanted to make this change because of the animals, my mental health also benefited a lot from this step towards more empathy and balance. 

All the recipes you'll find on this blog are fully vegan and while they're based on a healthy, whole food diet most of the time, you can also expect lots of naughty treats. Today, I don't believe in diets anymore. My goal is to feel my best and to fuel my body with loads of nutrients and good stuff - usually that means heaps of whole foods, sometimes that means eating cookies, but it always means deliciousness and happiness. 

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Body image has always been an important topic in my life, as the struggle with food in my teens was accompanied by a deep sense of self doubts and hatred towards myself. I've never felt comfortable in my own skin and felt like people would have to force themselves to like me. To be honest, I'm still struggling a lot in that area. However, I have made it a point this year to focus on body positivity and to actively work on shifting my mindset from doubting myself to being more confident in my abilities. I feel like I've spent too much of my life worrying about what other people think about me, wasted so much energy hating myself. It's time for a change - a big one. 

Finally, I'd like to thank you for taking the time to read some of my posts, for trying out one of my recipes, or for simply having found your way to this blog. I hope this page will bring you as much joy as it does to me. 

Lots of love,

Lea

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Last update: September 2018. For more, check out my instagram @leasina or @theyoungkitchen