1. Tell us who you are and what you do…
I’m Steph of Friendly Little Kitchen. Born and raised in Melbourne, I work full time in Marketing but most of the time I’m just dreaming about food! After being diagnosed with fructose malabsorption a few years ago, I had the daunting experience of changing the way I ate and viewed the world of food. My passion for cooking, baking and eating, along with embracing my new way of eating on a low FODMAP diet, motivated me to start blogging. I share my food journey and recipes on http://www.friendlylittlekitchen.com.
2. What are your 3 tips for someone looking to change their diet to a more healthy wholefoods diet?
- Prepare to plan: To sustain your healthy eating, always plan ahead, take snacks everywhere you go, check menus and call restaurants in advance. Finding meals to suit my intolerances is difficult at the best of times. Healthy foods can be just as difficult to find when you’re on the go. I pack myself lunch and dinners in my small portable esky when I know I may be caught out.
- Find a friend: Get your partner, family member, friend or roomie to join you in the change. Not only will you motivate each other, but it’ll make grocery shopping that much easier and you won’t need to prepare different meals.
- Get inspired: Read wholefood blogs. Use Instagram and Pinterest for daily inspiration. And connect with like-minded people online, you can build up a great support network
3. What are your 3 favourite foods and why?
Spelt Pizza – It took a long while before I realised I could still enjoy pizza on a low FODMAP diet. Spelt flour is an amazing low gluten flour. It’s well-tolerated, even by those limiting their gluten intake, and a much more nutritional alternative to standard wheat flour.
Sweet Potatoes – Is there anything this amazing vegetable can’t do? Roast it, make soup out of it, or even sneak it into your brownies! Versatile and delicious.
Chocolate – Need I say more?
4. When changing their diet to a more wholefoods based diet, people often freak out about not being able to eat their supermarket cereal for breakfast. What is your favourite real food breakfast?
I know that feeling! Weetbix once was my staple breakfast. Now I can’t live without my oats. Every day is a new adventure – overnight oats, porridge, but my favourite is Banana Oatcakes!
5. What do you outside of healthy eating to help your body thrive?
I try to run a few times a week. I was never very active growing up but I find real enjoyment running after a busy day at work. I also try to mix it up with some pilates or yoga when I feel like a change of pace.
6. What is your current favourite recipe that you would like to share?
My Espresso Pancakes are made with protein packed almond meal, and are perfect for an energising start to the day.
Friendly Little Kitchen – Espresso Brownies – http://www.friendlylittlekitchen.com/2014/03/espresso-pancakes.html/caption
Thanks so much Steph for sharing your story!