Hi I’m Rae and welcome to my blog.
I am a 30 something busy working parent and Im also starting weekend study to achieve my Naturopathic Nutritional therapy degree. I have a gorgeous and crazy 6 year old daughter who I raise with my quirky and fun husband at our home in the UK.
I started this blog after a lot of begging from friends and family to get my recipes online and out there to share with you lovely lot. But what this is all about is a way of life, it’s not a diet. I suffer from anxiety, this is brought on through stress, bad diet and tiredness so looking after myself is really important and it has made me shift my mentality towards food.
I have always been, what I thought was fairly good with my food. At 16 I became a vegetarian, I have always been conscious of what I eat and how its cooked, making sure to get the best out of the nutrients and the benefits they provide but I wasn’t doing a very good job of it.
It was only last year upon the news of my Dad being diagnosed with terminal cancer that things shifted.
I knew my dad was going on a tough journey and I wanted to try and do something tough and challenging to support him and the chemo unit. So I decided to sign up to 8 events over 3 months!! Now when I say events I mean, Duathlons, half marathons, 10k’s, and Triathlons. A really important piece of info here is that I didn’t own a bike, my knees are buggered so running is a challenge, and I couldn’t swim more than 20metres!! I only had 2 months to get into shape and start the events.
I knew that training wouldn’t be enough to get me in shape and keep me going . I knew I had to have the right foods at the right times and it was as I began committing to a new regime I broke those habits of old which I thought were so healthy, little did I know!
After I completed all the events I didn’t want all the hard work to go to waste, I wasn’t able to keep up that training, I had injured myself so things started to slow down and I had to change what I ate again to suit. That is when I found more out about ‘clean eating’
Now I know there are tonnes of ‘fads’ out there but clean eating isn’t a diet, its not a short term thing, it’s a conscious way of selecting and preparing foods to ensure you are limiting the amount of processed foods and increasing the amounts of raw and wholefoods into your body.
So out with the white bread, pasta, white rice, out with the pre-prepared meals and foods. It’s all about cooking as freshly and whole fully as you can but retaining the balance.
I’m not a pure vegetarian/vegan I introduced fish into my diet a while ago and although I don’t have it much, I do include it now and then. I am thinking of changing that and going vegan which I do tend to do most days but I will see how this journey goes.
I still drink, I have fun, and yes I will have the odd takeaway curry or pizza , it really is all about balance and moderation. Keeping the balance is key as we live hectic lives but I hope from this blog you will see that even with me, who sometimes works 50+ hours a week whilst also being a mum and a wife, with a bit of planning and thought you can cook, eat well and feel the benefits.
So enjoy the blog, enjoy trying out the recipes and let me know what you think… feedback is key here as I am living this and feeling the benefits so I want to know if you are too.