What got me so into healthy food and wellness stuff...
I've always had a mighty appetite and what I would consider a pretty healthy relationship (a long love affair) with food, it excites me and I've always liked the way it can either harm us or benefit our bodies.
About 7 years ago, in my early 20's, I had some shocking digestive pain, my flatties took me to hospital for it, twice! I was told I had Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). Thankfully I had some sweet support and instead of putting up with it (and just taking pain killers) I was referred to a nutritionist to help figure out if it was something I was eating.
I was horrified when they suggested that I eliminate certain foods from my diet to figure out what I might be intolerant to. I didn't know what Gluten was then and actually, it was way more than that, it was a low FODMAP diet - I had no idea, what COULD I eat?
Thankfully for my love of food, I took it in my stride to manage this "diet" (eyes roll) which meant no more flat dinners (or eating out) I was on my own to think up meals that I'd like..
It was grim to begin with, the Gluten Free products then were like chalk formations and when I learned to read food labels (it helped I was studying Food Science) I realised how much extra stuff (crap) was in most food products, that were no good for me either - which ruined all the fun!
It was back when dietary requirements weren't a thing for cafes to consider, like many do now, so it was much easier to avoid eating out.
It wasn't easy, for the first time I had a complex about food, my "special needs" and what others would think - which for sure, caused much self sabotage. Though to be honest, the tummy pains, pregnant bloated tum, diarrhoea, farts, low moods and very low energy - caused more embarrassment and upset.
I remember feeling pretty empowered that it was in my own hands to improve how I felt, just by making different food choices and there is no limit to how great we can feel. Isn't that a relief, we can all do it!
My only hope was a new found love affair for vegetables and fresh (real) foods. I went to the farmers market on the weekend and bought a bunch of fresh vege and gradually got creative, often without recipes. I remember a certain go to veggie stirfry - who knew you could make "noodles" with parsnip if you slice it really thin ('julienne' I believe it's called)!
Food is fun to me, it's here to nourish us and bring us together with those we love. I know for many it's not the way, but it can be if you take it one step at a time, just eat real food and find what foods you like, that's my main approach with my clients.
The food I make isn't fancy, I don't consider it overly skilful or tricky, it's just using good fresh ingredients and presented with a bit of love. I'm not great at following recipes, I prefer looking for inspiration with vegetables as the hero, a protein (meat or not) add some spices, fresh herbs and a few staple pantry items and boom, some weirdo creation that looks the part (insta-worthy even) nourishes my insides and tastes delicious.
My sole purpose is to help others (like you!) to nourish your insides, to have more energy and well, make healthy HAPPEN. So I need to share my tips and tricks in my own way, like it's my own special gift - cause it is, we all have one.
If you try anything I share, please let me know! I love hearing and seeing what you've created and feedback for my recipes.
Thanks so much for reading xx