Hello Foodies, welcome to my blog. I’m Natasha and I am here on a journey to help make healthy food more appealing and delicious. The term “healthy” seems to have become synonymous with flavorless food. That’s because, often, people think of healthy food as a bowl of plain salad leaves or endless juice cleanses, and not being able to eat much of anything else.
Of course, this is not the case if you take time to educate yourself on tasty alternatives.
I was never a fan of what I thought “healthy food” was. I was the person who always preferred ordering food or takeout because they were a time-saving, tasty alternative. The matter got a lot worse once I moved in with my boyfriend, James, because he too enjoyed a good takeout, so we often spent our evenings stuffing our faces.
As time went on, we never really noticed subtle changes – we started gaining weight, plus we suffered with quite bad skin and felt just generally really run down. We were like these two couch potatoes that had nothing but oil and junk in them. It’s only when we looked back at older photos, as well as our jeans feeling a bit snug, that we realised if we didn’t do something now, it would only get worse.
Food is an essential fuel for our bodies, and bad habits can be tricky to get out of – especially when you’re a choc-a-holic like me. However, we understood that we needed to change our food habits quickly. We started looking for nutritional recipe ideas and beverages, as well as cutting back on food with high sugar and fat contents (that was the toughest part for me). We started cooking more often and I actually ended up quite enjoying the process of creating a meal.
On a more personal level, cooking also made me feel closer to my late mother. I never really realised it at the time but actually, it reminded me of the food she cooked for me as a child – although she handled it with the utmost grace, like moms do! It did start to feel like it came naturally to me, so who knows, maybe it’s in the genes.
The truth is, I hit a point in my life where both me and my partner were working full time, and often enduring late hours, so we struggled to find the motivation to cook when we got home. But since we decided to take a hold of our lives, I have found it really rewarding. So, I thought I’d put a blog together to share my recipes, cooking tips, and the experience of transitioning from ordering from restaurants to cooking at home. I hope by educating ourselves, we can all live a healthier life going forward!