Soooooo this blog has been a long time coming! I’ve been contemplating it for over two years now and it’s just one of those things that you really want to do but for some reason keep holding it off as you want it to be perfect. But I’m done with excuses, this is it! It will be a learning curve for sure and even though it’s far from what I wanted my blog to look like, I’m glad I finally started it.
Given the name, I believe it’s quite obvious my blog will be dedicated to FOOD. It won’t be all peanut butter and jelly though! 🙂 For anyone that’s known me for more than 5 minutes knows that I am somewhat obsessed with food. Cooking, baking and reading about food is something I’ve always been really passionate about. My favourite thing about it is probably the emotional aspect of it. Just think about it – how many times has a certain dish taken you for a trip down memory lane to when you were a child or to your favourite summer holiday? Or how many times have you had a bite of something so delicious that you forgot all about the outside world and troubles and just relished the excitement going on in your mouth. No wonder people associate food with happiness so much.
More to the point, in recent years and with the rise of social media, food has become a worldwide obsession with everyone posting pictures of their dirty burgers, group brunches and home-baked goods. It may be annoying to some, but I’ll take food pics over selfies any day! And yes, I am one of THOSE people who love taking pictures of food wherever they go- so sue me!
Apart from being an absolute food-aholic, there’s a bit of a health and fitness freak in me as well and I love to indulge in foods with a healthier feature to them and to which your body responds better. On that note, I am a big proponent of moderation as well as I’ve learnt the hard way what excessive dieting and exercising might do to your body. To give you a quick overview on this, I started dieting when I was in my early teens (I know, if I could slap my teenage-self right now I would) which resulted in me losing a drastic amount of weight, only to gain double back a few months later. And this vicious cycle went on for years, up to a point where I became quite ill and my body basically crashed. I was feeling depressed, did not want to socialise and I started to have severe pains in my joints that kept me awake at night. My skin was in a pretty bad condition and my hair started falling out. My hands and arms up to my elbows were pretty much numb for the first couple of hours in the morning and I had no strength whatsoever so even doing light stretches felt too much for me. That was a clear sign that I needed to make a drastic change in my life.
Because I was dieting, I felt like I couldn’t enjoy good food anymore and would then either eat solely broccoli and steamed fish or go full out on pasta and cheese when I wanted to indulge. This led to me not enjoying food anymore which made me absolutely miserable. So when I decided to put my health first as opposed to physical appearance, and start seeing food again as a friend, not a foe, I started researching more about the health-side of food and how certain foods affect our metabolism and hormones and then trying to apply that knowledge in the kitchen. Seven years down the line, I am still learning and experimenting! I find it so interesting how our bodies react to the same foods differently over time. And I am definitely not a believer in one-size-fits all! There are so many factors contributing to how our bodies respond to certain foods, and not one reacts the same as the other – thus, it is a trial-and-error journey (like everything in life hey).
Whenever I’m developing a new recipe, my aim is to always try and make lush, comforting food that hits the spot and soothes the crave, but has less nasties and fuels your body so it can perform better on a daily basis and at different tasks. Like I mention earlier, I am a fitness freak too and as I do Crossfit at least 5 times a week, I need to fuel my body accordingly and keep it interesting as I don’t want to be stuck with boring meals.
You will mostly find recipes on my blog, from brekkie to dinner ideas to snacks and treats – all with a healthy (er) twist. I will also post tips on meal prepping, holiday baking and hosting dinner parties, with the odd restaurant review, video of me eating (ok, maybe not), food markets, healthy cheap bites and buys etc. – I mean who knows, I’ll play it by ear to be honest 🙂 Like I said, it will be a learning curve-type of process and I intend to enjoy the ride – hope you do to!