from there on in, i was devoted to finding low gi carbs and ways that they could be prepared. instead of thinking negatively about the things i couldn't have (mars bars and pizza were top of the list), i enjoyed choosing healthy meals for myself.
i started cooking for myself in my late teens, and ate super healthy when i lived away from home during my time at uni. then in 2008 i read a book that has truly shaped the way i think about food, and my relationship with it, that book was healthy at 100 by john robbins.
i don't label the way i eat, and i don't limit myself too much. if you were to call me anything i would probably be an organic, wholegrains, flexitarian. i eat fish and eggs, but we drink organic milk and dairy in our house. we strive to eat unprocessed foods, and make almost everything from scratch. i am a constant snacker: i love dried fruit and nuts.
since february 2011, i have been following a low carb lifestyle to help control my type 1 diabetes - after having been on the tudiabetes forums and reading Dr Bernstein's book, Diabetes Solution. i am using lots of grain free and primal diet recipes to keep things interesting, and it's so much fun to prepare and so full of flavour to eat!
thanks to this new diet, i am getting my sugar levels back in balance, and also seeing an improvement in my skin - i had really bad breakouts during my experiments with vegan / raw foods - way too many carbs and fructose for my body's liking i think. well now my skin and eyes are plump and clear, thanks to the big salad i eat every day, and the good proteins and fats i consume.
in the autumn of 2011, i published my first cookbook, Healthy Breakfast Recipes, which is a compilation of my favorite breakfast recipes, filled with fruit, veggies and whole grains. you can see more about the book here.
also, please check out this article: uniqueness & definition which has lots more info about my food journey.
email alissa: notjustapples (at) gmail.com