Maxine is a lean mean cooking machine who's blog will have you indulging in your healthiest and happiest self. After many years of struggling with her health, Maxine started to use food as medicine and now shares her creative wholesome recipes on her blog. From cinnamon roll cookiesto chana masala you will feel nourished and inspired by all things food and fitness. We got chatting to Maxine to find out what her plans are now that university is coming to an end ...
Whats the most exciting thing in life right now?
Possibility! I’m just about to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree in English Language from King’s College London and I’m looking forward to venturing into the working world where I can put my energy and focus into a variety of projects I’m passionate about. The uncertainty and possibility of it all is hugely exciting and I can’t wait to see where the next stage of my life takes me.
Whats the first thing you do in the morning to get you ready for the day?
Down a big glass of water. I can’t function before hydrating.
One thing you need in your fridge/kitchen cupboard?
Peanut Butter. I could eat it by the gallon!
Favourite kind of workout?
I have to admit I’m not the biggest cardio fan and would much rather get my sweat on in the weights section but for those oh-so-amazing endorphins, I love a good spin class. There’s just something about the team effort and energy behind riding together in a group that makes you feel so alive and strong!
Do you have a secret talent?
Growing up, I always loved performing and for a number of years trained as a classical soprano alongside my studies. However, this year things have just been too hectic with university and blogging and so unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to sing in a while. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some time to balance my passions again soon.
Ultimate cheat meal?
I don’t believe in the concept of ‘cheat meals’ as it perpetuates an unhealthy notion of certain ingredients labelled as ‘good’ and ‘bad’ for us. My favourite ‘indulgence’ involves anything praline – brownies, ice cream, truffles – total dream!
Do you have a favourite SixtyNinety piece?
The Raspberry leggings - I’m usually an all-in-black girl but I can’t resist a splash of colour to give my workout wardrobe some life.
Full length leggings or capris?
Full length leggings – if I can disguise them as acceptable street-wear then I’m sold!
Favourite studio in London to workout?
Can I say two? I’m a regular at the Psycle studio on Mortimer Street – their classes are so uplifting! But I’m also a huge fan of Barry’s Bootcamp when I want to get my heart REALLY pounding and to feel like I’ve pushed myself beyond my physical and mental capacity.
What goal are you working towards?
Right now I’m excited to be getting back to hosting events for health and fitness enthusiasts in London over the next few months. Meeting new people and bringing together those with a shared passion is one of my favourite things about blogging and having taken 9 months off from event planning in order to complete my degree, I’m feeling really ready to put my energy back into organising events aimed at encouraging people to connect away from the noise of the online world and helping to create some of the wonderful friendships that blogging and social media has given me. These upcoming events will definitely be a little different from the events I’ve previously hosted however so stay tuned!
Do you have any advice for someone wanting to become a blogger?
Find your own voice, stay true to yourself and have patience. These days, the blogging world is saturated with people wanting to voice their passions online but as a result it’s a lot harder to be heard. While drawing inspiration from those you admire is fantastic, it’s so important to let your own character and personality shine through in all your work in order to avoid getting lost in the crowd. Stay true to your principles as this will allow people to connect with your authenticity and, most importantly, be patient! Finding who you are as a blogger takes time and is a continuous process of renegotiation so don’t be afraid to experiment with different styles and genres to discover what best represents you.
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