I learnt to cook from a very young age, using basic, fresh ingredients, and cooking ‘from scratch’.Ideveloped an interest in healthy eating asI grew up,and whenI got married and we started our own family, I worked hard to cook wholesome, delicious meals.I studied up on healthy foods.I ground my own grains, baked my own breads, cakes and biscuits, cooked with fresh fruit and veges, and tried to avoid junk food. But despite my efforts to keep us allhealthy, I was constantly fighting exhaustion, headaches, recurring colds, tummy upsets, low blood pressure, and low weight problems. My children also began to have health issues, and it all seemed to point to food reactions and gut issues.
With the help of a naturopath, I worked out which foods were causing the problems, and learnt to replace them with alternatives that our bodies were more easily able to cope with. We began to eat a more wholefood diet, cutting out dairy, wheat, sugar, and over-processed and refined foods as much as possible. We were also more careful to avoid additives, colours and preservatives, and tried to buy mostly organic or pesticide free.
Cooking for food intolerances with four young children is a lot of work, so I was very excited when I first saw a Thermomix in 2003! I knew it would save me a lot of time and money. I bought my first Thermomix in August, 2004, and have used it every day ever since!
Changing to agut-friendly diet built on wholefoods and fresh ingredients has made a major difference to our family’s health. After eating this way for a couple of years, I decided I really wanted to help otherslearn to cook healthy food for their families. Manypeople I talked to were struggling with allergies, intolerances and health issues, and they found the idea of changing their diet overwhelming.Or they thought healthy food was bland and boring. As a busy, homeschooling mum, I couldn’t go and study to become a naturopath or nutritionist, and help people that way (which I would have loved to do), so in 2008 I decided to start a blog to share my recipes, tips and meal plans with others. I wanted to encourage people to get creative with their cooking, using wholesome ingredients to make delicious food that would suit their family’s needs.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be boring. Food intolerances and allergies don’t have to make life difficult. My hope is that‘quirky cooking’ will help to open people’s eyes to the possibility of wholesome food that tastes great, is easy and fun to make, and meets the needs of those with diet challenges.