My health journey has introduced me to many new businesses that really get me excited. I have a terrible sweet tooth, & definitely eat my emotions. ie if I’m feeling happy/sad/excited/depressed/nervous/stressed/any other emotion, I will reach for food. And preferably something sweet, laden with sugar & filled with empty calories. I have been consciously trying to make a change, & one thing I am focused on is only having healthy snacks at home & at the office. It doesn’t always work, but every small step is still a step forward in the right direction.
Grumpy Snacks is a small business that make me laugh out loud when I spotted their social media posts, & I really loved their whole vibe. The owners are easy to talk to, willing to chat & passionate about what they are offering. I am sure you will be as obsessed as I am once you learn more about them!
Tell me a bit more about your business: I am hungry. ALWAYS hungry. In the blink of an eye hungry becomes grumpy. And then no one is safe, especially Tim (my partner). Snacks are the reason our relationship has survived (and why I still have any friends). But the ready-to-eat healthier alternatives are hard to find. This is why Grumpy Snacks was born and why we’ve dedicated ourselves to mastering the art of chickpea roasting. This little legume packs a nutritional punch, and we spent months in our kitchen perfecting the crunch. Our chickpeas are dry roasted. Afterwards they are coated in ethically sourced milk chocolate from Cocoafair OR a small fraction of coconut oil and spices are added to them. We use only natural ingredients and each step has been developed to ensure maximum nutrition is available for absorption. This one’s for the snackers of South Africa. We hope it makes you a little less grumpy too.
What are the health benefits of chickpeas: Healthy source of plant protein and they are high in fibre
Where did your business name come from: We know many people out there who become pretty grumpy when they’re hungry (much like me)! We started Grumpy Snacks cause we wanted to offer a better-for-you snack option to stop the grump!
When will they be launching: Our sea salt dry-roasted chickpeas are currently available in packaging-free form in Nude Foods in Zonnebloem and Nude Foods in Newlands (both Cape Town). Our packaged sea salt and milk chocolate dry-roasted chickpeas are due to be available in select Wellness Warehouse stores countrywide in Feb 2020.
What makes your snacks different to others available in supermarkets: We have strived to seek a balance between achieving delicious taste and preserving nutritional value. In doing so, we have created a better-for-you snack that is really enjoyable, yet doesn’t leave you with that regretful feeling junk food so often does!
Do you have a secret ingredient: Not a secret ingredient per se (we are very transparent about all the ingredients we use cause we believe people should understand exactly what is going into their bodies). But we certainly a secret process that helps arrive at the perfect crunch while preserving as many of the nutrients as possible.
Quote you live by: Bring snacks. Always!
Oh my word you guys – how delicious do these sound? My tummy is literally grumbling just reading through their responses… I adore roasted chickpeas & these just sound like they have created the perfect product.
Let me know in the comments if you have tried them yet! I want your feedback please.
During my quest to health in 2019, I discovered this local business called “Umoya Foods”. I saw how people I admire in the health industry were making use of their products, & I was drawn to their social media presence as well as their offerings. I have realised that our foods these days are not providing the nutrients & goodness that our grandparents could get from simply eating naturally, & it is so important that we supplement. I currently add protein powder & collagen daily, as well as micro-greens & -reds.
And taking into consideration that our bodies need a little bit more TLC than we are currently giving them, Umoya Foods can provide just that!
Tell me a bit more about your products: Umoya Foods is a startup that creates nutritionally valuable products using African Ingredients. Our current focus is amaranth and we have two ranges based on the plant; nutrient boosts and instant amaranth cereals.
Our nutrient boosts are based on amaranth leaf powder which is also known as wild african spinach and is part of the Morogo family. Amaranth leaf is incredibly rich in micronutrients including manganese, magnesium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and iron to name a few. What amaranth does is give you a wholefoods source of micronutrients and helps to increase bioavailability of other nutrients to your body so that you can absorb more nutrients from the foods you are already consuming. The four nutrient boost flavours can be added to smoothies, green juices, breakfast and your everyday meals.
Each mix does have a specific profile: Vital Green: 100% amaranth leaf powder. Great for green juices and adding to pestos, over eggs or even in biscuits to get greens into otherwise green-less meals. A great mix to get your kick of micronutrients. Chocolate Glorious: With cocoa, coconut, chia seeds and hemp seed protein powder this mix is a wonder at curbing those chocolate cravings while giving your body some great fats and proteins! Feisty Baobab Spring: A zingy mix of baobab, ginger and amaranth, Feisty, as we fondly call it is a wonderful post workout mix. Baobab is high in fiber and vitamin C while ginger is a natural anti inflammatory. This mix not only supports your immune system but also replaces electrolytes you lose after working out and helps muscle recovery. A tablespoon blended with apple and avocado is super simple and one of my favourite mixes ever! Turmeric Zen Shine: With Madagascar vanilla bean powder and ground almonds, this is a delicate tasting mix designed to soften the strong taste of turmeric that people aren’t always looking for. Turmeric is an amazing anti inflammatory and antioxidant, and on top of that is known to support brain function which is why it is our ‘recommended’ afternoon pick-me-up! This mix tastes divine in your morning oats or afternoon turmeric latte!
The instant amaranth cereals were launched on the 31st of August and have been thriving ever since! They are based on the amaranth grain which is in fact a seed making it gluten free, naturally high in protein and micronutrient dense. Amaranth grain is one of the ancient grains and is similar to quinoa. We have popped and roasted the grain to create the base of our two cereal flavours; Thrive Cacao and Thrive Baobab. We also added hemp seed powder to both. What we wanted to achieve is an instant cereal that is high quality, free from refined sugars and filled with wonderful interesting and nutritious ingredients! Thrive Cacao: With raw cacao, raw beetroot, cranberries and cacao nibs we think of this as an antioxidant fix which is super textured and turns purple when you add a liquid! Raw cacao is known to be an upper that gives you a kick of mental energy while raw beetroot is known to have detoxing properties. There is no sweetener or sugar in this mix as all the sweetness comes from the cranberries and raw beetroot! Each bite is different with some being rich and chocolatey while others are tangy and sweet with some crunch making for a fun meal! Thrive Baobab: A splendid blend of baobab, cinnamon and ground macadamia nuts! This is our high energy essential fatty acids food fix which will remind you of lemon cinnamon pancakes. Macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acids which are often lacking in western diets and also known to help lower cholesterol. Baobab tastes like lemon sherbet and is specifically high in soluble fibre which acts as a prebiotic therefore feeding your gut microbes while cinnamon is known to help maintain blood sugar levels. The addition of a touch of xylitols gives some sweetness to the mix but if this is not enough then it should be noted that Thrive Baobab and honey is a heavenly combination!
What makes them unique in comparison to other products: Our reason for existence is to support small scale farmers and we have structured ourselves to work directly with growers wherever we can. Our amaranth leaf is grown by a small scale farmer and solar dried on farm using a solar drier that we have designed. This allows the farmer sell to us at premium.
Our amaranth grain and raw beetroot powder is supplied by the Siyazisiza Trust who support over 800 small scale farmers across the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal.
As amaranth is climate appropriate, drought resistant and nutritious, it is valuable all the way from crop stability to food security. These are the long term goals that we are attempting to address.
Simply put, what makes us different is that our products are unique, as there are no other amaranth based products like ours on the market, and our focus on increasing small farmer income at scale drives all our actions.
Where possible we source our other ingredients locally too, although this will grow as we grow and our buying power increases.
What is your personal favourite product: My personal favourite has to be the Thrive Baobab. It is easy, comforting and loaded with micronutrients because of the baobab. And it is so convenient. I often forget about breakfast until 5 minutes before I leave the house, Baobab Thrive takes 30 seconds make and makes be feel like I’m taking care of myself.
My colleague on the other hand is a massive fan of our Feisty mix, she adds it to a smoothie of apple, cucumber and water. Clearly there’s something about that Baobab lemonyness that makes us happy.
What are your most popular products from the public:
On the nutrient boost side it’s an easy tie between our Feisty Baobab Spring and Turmeric Zen Shine. People love how they contrast and often get both! If you have a lot going on then the zing from the ginger and baobab of Feisty is a winner. On the other hand subtler and calmer pick-me-up flavours of the Turmeric Zen are super easy to add to a whole lot of foods like curries, warm milk, oats etc. which I think appeals to people who like being able to use what they buy in different ways.
Why do you encourage people to follow a plant-based diet: I would honestly have to say it depends on the person, the lifestyle and the intent. We are not nutritionists, just people who do a lot of research so prescribing anything is not our thing. What we do encourage people to do is emphasise wholefoods and minimal processing. There’s a lot that is lost by processing and we are aware of that which is what has guided our ingredient choices. Everybody needs treats and meals-on-the-go but getting in all the nutrients your body needs along with that is vital and a VARIETY of wholefoods are the way to get nutrients in easily!
Where did the idea for this business come from: My colleague was researching ways of processing for Amaranth leaf with small-scale farmers in mind. We started exploring how we could sell it to the food ingredient market but then we realised there was no commercial demand for it. So we decided to create a retail brand. These products would need education because although amaranth leaf is traditionally eaten it is known by a variety of other names (morogo, imfino, tepe etc.) and it was not widely commercially available. So we created a range of premium retail products that would bring us the most direct engagement with our market and allows us to start spreading the word. The result of that was the Nutrient Boost range.
Where can people purchase your products from: We are stocked in many of the health food outlets in Johannesburg and you can see a list of our stockists on our website. We are also stocked in some health food outlets in Durban and aiming for the Cape Town market next year. What we say to people who discover us but can’t find our stock in their favourite store is that they should email us the name and we will get on it. They should also make a request to the store owners or managers for our products because that always gets the process moving along a lot quicker. We’re a small team so any retailer nudges are always appreciated!
We are also available on Takealot, search Umoya Foods.
Quote you live by: “Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Anything else you want to add: I think the last thing that we would like the world to know is that we are constantly striving for sustainability. Our inner packaging is compostable and while this is not yet biodegradable first prize, it is a step in the right direction while we wait for accessible biodegradable packaging to hit the SA market. Our outer tubes are recyclable and reusable and what we wanted to do was create packaging that could serve multiple purposes because of its elegance. Finally, through our business we always try to emphasise transparency. To offer this to customers we have a QR code on all of our packaging which can be scanned to see what we are about, who our suppliers are and why we exist.
I love these ease of use of these products, & that they are so proudly South African. Plus they are actively making a difference in the lives of people wanting to get healthy, as well as all of those involved in the farming & production of Umoya Foods.
I am placing my order for these now, & know that I am going to chat to my local health shop to ask them to start stocking them in 2020!
Recently my husband & I began a healthy eating & lifestyle plan, & when I realised just how expensive this was going to be, I literally shuddered. I am having to go to the shops every second or third day to buy fresh fruit & veggies, & these often go vrot before we get a chance to finish them all. I knew there had to be an easier way of doing this. I feel like the big supermarkets often mark up their fresh produce excessively, & these often seem to be at the end of their shelf life too – which means they have a very short life span.
And then, I heard about this amazing company called Veg Out through one of my Facebook groups. Casey will fill a crate with fresh fruit & veggies, & deliver this right to your door! I immediately contacted her, & placed an order with her for the 2 of us. She makes her deliveries every Monday for the week, & I waited in anticipation for our crate of happiness.
I was not disappointed. It was jam-packed with fruit & veggies that we enjoy, as well as a beautiful bunch of flowers to brighten my home. I had also ordered some of her homemade bread which went down an absolute treat! Casey asks if there is anything that you don’t eat/enjoy (no brussel sprouts for me thanks!) & thus you are guaranteed to be able to whip up a healthy, tasty meal with everything she provides. This beautiful lady deserves all the support possible & I can’t wait for you to learn more about her & her business.
How can people get hold of you: firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0826813436
Tell me a bit more about what you do: I started this fruit and veg delivery service to supply great quality produce at prices far below the grocery store price point. I’m passionate about experiencing new foods. trying new recipes and living outside the classic meat & potato meal. Produce gets delivered in crates and is plastic free; with berries and such rather in brown paper bags. I want to be locally responsible, sustainably sourced and reduce my customers overall footprint by minimising their travel and plastic consumption.
Where did the passion for healthy eating come from: having kids; wanting to live longer to know them longer; and give them that better start and relationship with food.
Where do you deliver these crates to: JHB North area; within 5km of Lonehill is free and R25 per 5 km further afield. So R75 for 20km from my house etc.
What are the additional things you do: Peanut butter in glass jars made by a good friend, homemade rusks by my friends mom, homemade bread and natural health bars, so far.
What is the cost of your crates of goodies: 1-2 people is R225 for 7 veg and 4 fruit (x enough for 2 people) and 3-4 is R350. Coming soon I have braai, brunch, juicing and introducing-baby-to-solids boxes.
What is your personal favourite fruit & veg: I love spinach; I have since I used to eat it out the garden as a kid. And strawberries for the win.
Please share your favourite healthy recipe with us: Definitely this one but I add in patty pans and marrows for maximum veg goodness. Even my kids polish it off.
Quote you live by: “Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but you’ve actually been planted” – Christine Caine
Isn’t this a divine business? And such a brilliant idea?
I am all for less strain on our environment, & sourcing local fruit & veggies – & Casey is really helping to make a big difference with this. She is a beautiful soul, with the kindest heart & I cannot WAIT to see her business go to the next level with your support.
Collagen has been a vital in my diet ever since my transplant – I wish I could say for longer, but I never appreciated the benefits until I really needed it. And boy oh boy did I see the results!
It helped my skin get firmer & my stretchmarks to fade; my hair & nails have grown back stronger & healthier; & it has really made a big difference to my tummy issues thanks to all the medication that I am on. If you haven’t yet tried this for yourself, you need to do yourself a favour & go buy a tub right now!
A bit about me – I am a qualified Holistic health practitioner, having studied at the Institute of Natural Health in 2011 after my father passed away in 2010 from Leukaemia. I am a passionate person and believe that my passion is evident is all areas of my life. Not only am I a passionate foodie, I love music and dancing and anything that has the ability to touch one’s soul. But my passion is not limited to mere participation and I believe it shines through most when I interact with others. I believe that my purpose is and has always been to be around people, help them and guide them in all areas of life whether it be health and beauty or just spiritual wellbeing. I am most content when I helps others and this is what drives my passion every day.
My passion to help others was evident from a young age. Even in high school I was helping others. My desire to look after my single mother and younger brother motivated me to make the best of the situation and not only did I work in the retail industry for Clicks, I also embarked on a number of ventures in order to ensure the wellbeing of my family – working as a waitress and selling Tupperware were some of the things I did. My dream has always been to own my own business and determine my own destiny and so, after years of exercising my creative skill by making cakes on a part-time basis, I took the plunge and started Lucy’s Cake creations in 2006 on a full time basis, which is still operational today with a few changes of course.
As is evident, the years have been anything but stress free and this took a strain on my health and a number of health issues- from intense vertigo, muscle pains, rheumatic symptoms, tendinitis (baker’s elbow from repetitive overuse of the same muscles due to years of baking) extreme fatigue, hair loss and plantar fasciitis caused by dancing (teacher Belly Dancing and Zumba) – emanated from years of stress. I then made the decision to take better care of my body, both mentally and physically. After a visit the GP I embarked on a journey to better health- I started gym, initially changed to Low GI lifestyle (including the Banting method) and now undertake gluten free and sugar free baking both for myself and clients.
In July 2014 I launched O Nutricia Banting Products with the primary focus being the distribution of hydrolysed collagen peptides. Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides essential amino-acids required by the body and in the same quantity utilised by the body. Because gelatine is hydrolysed to peptides (smaller particles) they can easily pass through stomach wall, avoiding stomach acid degradation which often destroys much of the proteins in food. The bioavailability is the best. I myself have been consuming hydrolysed collagen peptides and have seen a vast improvement in my health- my hair, nails and skin have vastly improved. Some aches and pains I have experienced have diminished and the conditioning and health my hair has vastly improved. Not only do I have many “new hairs” growing all around the scalp, hair shedding has been vastly reduced and my hair is now longer and stronger. My nails have also seen a positive response and my skin has better hydration, less prominent lines and it much more firmer.
Snapshot of the years
Finished matric 1994 – started full time employment as a Cosmetician at Clicks 1995 and eventually promoted to Regional Cosmetic Manager.
2003-2004 – promoted to Academy trainer National qualification Framework.
2005 – Started Lucy’s Cake Creations.
2006 – Started working at Virgin Active as a Belly Dancing Teacher.
2009 – Became a Zumba Instructor.
2011- Institute natural health:
· Anatomy and physiology
· Essential oils
· Zone therapy – reflexology
· Nutritional and lifestyle coaching
2012 – Institute of natural health
· Baby massage
· Manual lymphatic drainage
· Pregnancy natural therapies
2012 – Translife Centre
· Signs and symptoms of disease
· Su jok therapy
2014 – started baking Paleo baked goods
Why should people be supplementing collagen: Collagen powder can help you meet higher needs due to disease, injury, sports, skin conditions, or appetite loss. It’s crucial to buy a clean product with no artificial ingredients added. Your dosage should provide you with 10000mg of pure collagen hydrolysed peptides like O Nutricia.
What makes your collagen different to others: About O Nutricia Collagen Peptides:
· O Nutricia collagen was established 2013. We have been nitrifying lives for 5 years.
· Nutricia Collagen peptides is 100% Bovine, no porcine
· Best Value collagen in SA R380 for 500g tub Available in capsule form, collagen plus Vitamin C. it is best to take both products as Vit C Is the synergistic partner to collagen. It activates the collagen for better absorption.
· No nasties, no wheat, no gluten, no soya, no flavourants , no colourants, no fake sugars
· It’s recommended to take O Nutricia collagen powder together with our Vit C capsules. Take 3 capsules at night before retiring to bed. O Nutricia Collagen capsules has added Vitamin C. Vitamin C is an essential nutrient, required for replenishing collagen and helps to protect cells from oxidative stress.
Why you need Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps collagen in three ways:
Increases the production of collagen type I and III in the skin.
Activates two key enzymes needed for collagen synthesis.
Releases enzymes that inhibit MMPs (collagen destructors).
A Vitamin C deficiency can stop collagen production.
Why didn’t we add VIT C to our powder? By keeping the powder plain its makes it more versatile.
· Raw material is certified Halaal at source (Brazil)
· Pure hydrolysed collagen peptides. We add no nasties to our product.
· Bioavailability is the best
· Provides 18 amino acids, 9 of which are essential
· Mixes clear dissolves readily in water or your favourite beverage such as tea/coffee
· O Nutricia collagen is versatile. Can be added to food without changing the flavour or texture of the food.
· Serving dose provides the adequate dosage of 10 000mg clinically proven hydrolysed collagen peptides
· Type 1 Collagen and Type 3 – skin, bone, tendon, dentin, organs and fibrous cartilage. Their ultra structure is more densely packed. The main function of Type 1 is resistance to tension. O Nutricia Collagen is a Type 1 and 3 collagen. Type 1 Collagen: Minimize fine lines and wrinkles and improves skin elasticity and hydration. Not only does it help rebuild your muscles, eyes, bones, and spine, it’s also good for strengthening your nails and helping you grow stronger, thicker hair. Type 3 Collagen: Is found in large quantities in your intestines, muscles, blood vessels, and the uterus. It’s most often used with type I collagen for gut healing and to improve skin elasticity and hydration.
· Enviromentally Friendly packaging. We are relentless in our pursuit of excellence. Part of our sustainability initiatives is the reduction of plastic in our products. When you buy O Nutricia Collagen, rest assured that we continuously strive to reduce our plastic footprint as we prepare our products for a rapidly changing environment.
Who would you recommend your collagen for: As a person ages, the collagen levels goes on the decline. This process begins when we are around the age of 30 and accelerates in our 40s – leading to the inevitable visual and noticeable signs of aging. Poor diet and stress along with gut health imbalances are some of the factors causing collagen levels to drop. Collagen is the cement that holds it all together
Collagen is the body’s most important building block and it makes up approximately 30% of the proteins in our bodies. Collagen is the key structural protein that ensures the cohesion, elasticity and regeneration of all our connective tissues, including skin, tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bones. In essence, collagen is strong and flexible and is the ‘glue’ that holds everything together. It strengthens various body structures as well the integrity of our skin. There are many different types of collagen in our body, but 80 to 90 percent of them belong to Type I, II or III, with the majority being Type I collagen. Type I collagen fibrils have enormous tensile strength. This means they can be stretched without being broken.
Different cells in our body tissues are responsible for the production of collagen. The cells use specific amino acids and peptides as building blocks for the production of the large collagen helix structure. This is then organized into the strong fibers that provide structural tissue support, flexibility and the ability to withstand forces.
Gut health issues – O Nutricia collagen contains the amino acids Proline and Glycine that can help heal the damaged cell walls. It does this by closing up the widened holes (seals and heals the protective lining of the gastrointestinal tract). It helps keep harmful toxins (such as gluten, bad bacteria and undigested food) from passing into your bloodstream and causing an immune reaction. O Nutricia collagen is high in the amino acid Glycine which improves digestive health, improves fructose malabsorption, regulates inflammation, protects the mucosal barrier, and improves enterocyte function in the intestinal tract. It protects against systemic endotoxin damage from leaky gut. Glycine also protects the liver and aids in detoxification and bile acid production. Glycine can help increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach which is needed for digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Stress and aging causes the levels of these vital digestive juices to drop. Lowered HCL can contribute to malnutrition including anaemia (a reduction in red blood cell production).
Sports people – Highly bioavailable, safe and pure, O Nutricia provides an essential source of protein to replenish the body’s needs during and after strenuous exercise programs.
Hair fall out– Postpartum hairloss
Hair loss occurs because stem cells in the hair follicles become damaged or lack nourishment to produce new hair. Collagen is a major component in hair growth, because it fights off free radicals that can affect your hair’s texture, growth and thickness. Restoring collagen in the hair follicle can improve hair growth. O Nutricia Collagen can strengthen hair and increase the diameter of individual hairs, giving your hair an overall fuller appearance.
Clients on a low carb/banting and Paleo lifestyle – If you are on a low carb or no carb diet it is important that you ingest O Nutricia collagen supplements. This will help maintain the integrity of your mucosal barrier, improve mucus membrane health in the entire body, protect microbiome diversity and population and maintain proper energy production by the bacteria in your microbiome
Old age – With advancing years, come joint stiffness, brittle bones and loss of muscle mass. Bones, joints and muscles have a common component, which is collagen. Supplementing with 10g per day of O Nutricia can help to maintain the health of tissues and promote mobility.
Arthritis and Gout – O Nutricia collagen acts as a natural anti-inflammatory without causing the side effects.
What is your favourite way to include collagen in your diet: Thankfully O Nutricia is versatile all year round! I love using O Nutricia collagen in the warmer days in
S M O O T H I E S A N D S H A K E S, Iced Coffees and sometimes in a hot beverage like rooibos tea, Spanish orange tea or in my nespresso coffee – bean to cup is best
Where can people buy your products from: From our online shop – Stockists and Agents are listed under stockists on our website.
Quote you live by: Let food be thy medicine and not medicine be thy food
Anything else you want to add: Collagen is a major component in hair growth, because it fights off free radicals that can affect your hair’s texture, growth and thickness. Restoring collagen in the hair follicle can improve hair growth. O Nutricia Collagen can strengthen hair and increase the diameter of individual hairs, giving your hair an overall fuller appearance. I use the O Nutricia powder and our capsules collagen plus Vitamin C which maximizes the benefits of collagen therapy in hair regeneration. Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is temporally stored in the body. It has many benefits on the overall health of the body. Benefits include helping in collagen production that strengthens and maintains elasticity to the skin, bones, blood vessels, muscles and teeth, healing of wounds, reducing hair loss, strengthens nails and enhances the growth of healthy hair.
When is the best time to take O Nutricia Collagen: Use O Nutricia collagen to step up your workout performance, consume collagen within an hour after exercise, just as you would with any other protein. People who did so improved their muscle strength and mass. Timing appears to be critical because your muscles may be able to use collagen better to grow immediately after a workout. On the other hand, if busting hunger is your goal, take satiating O Nutricia collagen in the morning or afternoon, depending on when you tend to get hungriest. Supplementing your breakfast or lunch with a dose of collagen powder (stir it into a smoothie or even water-it’s tasteless) will help take the edge off cravings.
I have seen such a difference in my health since adding this to my diet, & it really is so simple to add it to your meals – coffee, tea, hot water etc; or even into your breakfasts. There is no excuse not to have this in your kitchen cupboards & make it a staple in your diet!
A while back I met the most wonderful person, & I was instantly drawn to her kindness & zest for life. Over time I have been lucky enough to see more of her, & spend time with her & see why people are so attracted to being around her. Izzy is a “celebrity” yet so down to earth & caring. She has had advice for me throughout my journey to health, & always has a little positive message for me. Next month (eeek!) we are actually doing a trail run together to raise funds for Rare Diseases SA, as well as prove to ourselves what we are capable of doing. If you would like to follow this journey, you can follow us here.
Izzy is a fellow Rare Warrior, yet really does not allow this to hold her back or define who she is. She inspires me so much & I knew that I had to do a feature on her so you could be encouraged by this Wonder Woman too.
Tell me a bit more about yourself: I am a simple girl who is just too passionate about the health and fitness industry. Just trying to change peoples lives, with one lifestyle tip at a time.
How did you get into fitness: After studying health coaching, I found it was the next best step. Plus I wanted to learn how to really train properly.
Why do you think taking care of your health is so important: Without health we have nothing, I know as I have been there. There is nothing as painful as not having your health, or loved ones not having their health. We have this one body to live our lives with, we better make that quality of better if we can!
I know you do online coaching, can you tell me a bit more about this: I have slowly started advertising challenges and one on one training online. I coach groups or one on one and am really focusing on growing into weekly group coaching sessions where ladies can sit together around their computers and chat in a live chat room about their concerns and help each other out. I can sit back and give a coaches perspective but sometimes we just need human interaction to help motivate us and give us clearer vision of where we are going.
If someone wants to make a change with their health, what would you recommend for them? Reach out to an expert! Even myself as a coach have used coaches in my life. There is so much contradicting information out there, that if you just have that one person you can rely on weekly it can launch your lifestyle further.
What are some gym products you simply can’t live without? (eg fitbands etc) Haha definitely fitbands! They make such a difference to lower body workouts. I also love my BCAAs, I call it my liquid motivation.
Quote you live by: Everything is always happening for my greatest good.
Anything else you want to add: I try to live in gratitude as much as I can. Life isn’t easy, circumstances can throw you off where you thought you should be but without gratitude you will lose your mind.
Isn’t she gorgeous? And doesn’t she inspire you to be the best she can be?
Izzy, thank you for being you. Thank you for bringing so much joy to us. Thank you for your love & enthusiasm for life. And thank you for allowing me to interview you. I can’t wait for our time away in the bush xx
Since getting out of hospital & actually being able to swallow my food (one of the fabulous symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis is constantly choking on food, & there would often be days where I would go without being able to eat properly) means that I have picked up quite a bit of extra weight. In fact when I went into hospital to have my port & perm cath out, every nurse who saw me & knows me from previously commented on my weight. It was rather embarrassing & has made me very self-conscious about what I look like. I love my food & it has been 15 years since I was properly able to actually enjoy a meal so I have been making up for lost time in a big (excuse the pun!) way.
But, it has been a couple of months of going cray-cray & now I need to settle down & start living a healthier life. So the very first thing I am going to do is start following a healthier eating plan. I am not going to diet as such, as I dread those words & find it is so much easier to break a diet than it is to maintain a healthy way of life.
Whilst on my explorations of what recipes speak to me, & what I should go get to stock up my grocery cupboard (whilst trying very hard to avoid all the Easter eggs & others sugary treats). And then, I found Le Famished Cat – & I was lost for a good couple of hours. My tastebuds were tingling & I knew that I wanted to try some of these for myself. Plus, you guys, she is in South Africa so doesn’t tell you about all these crazy ingredients that are nearly impossible to get hold of!
How did you get into this: A pure love for all things food
What is the main focus of your blog: As the name suggests, I am always hungry and thinking about food. I started the blog to have a space on the internet where I could write and share my recipes and love for all things delicious.
If you have any digestive issues, or are looking to lead a healthier life, then my blog is for you, because almost all of my recipes are either Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan or IBS Friendly.
While I am not a vegan (cannot ever give up eggs), I focus on a healthier plant-forward approach to eating, as well as nourishing gut friendly recipes. Occasionally, you will find some naughty treats – because seriously guys, what is life without chocolate?
Healthy living should not feel like a chore, it should be fun and delicious and I hope to inspire you every day.
I also focus on travel here and there and love to provide my readers with as many practical tips as I can.
Have you always been interested in food: Yes, since I was a little girl – I think my interest was piqued after watching countless Ready Steady Cook episodes on BCC. I would then go into the kitchen and see what I could rustle up with the ingredients on hand. It was only in Grade 11 when I started taking cooking classes at school that I realised I was in love with being in the kitchen. Thinking back, my first real food memory was watching my Sito (granny in Lebanese) make all sorts of Lebanese foods on the weekends – I would often help, but mostly I just wanted to eat what she was making because it always smelled so good.
Where do you get majority of your recipes from: Because of the fact that I only eat certain foods – I create all my own recipes and if they are someone else’s I will credit accordingly
What are a few ingredients that every household should have: Cherry Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, A Mature Cheddar, Peanut Butter, Blueberries, Banana, Sweet Potatoes, Eggs, Fresh Herbs and Avocado. Oooh also coconut milk & almond milk.
What is your favourite shop to visit to get yummy snacks: Checkers have a new range called Simple Truth which is affordable, innovative and healthy. They make fruit gummies and reduced sugar cookies that I love. And their Salted Caramel Coconut Chips are like crack 😊
Fresh Earth also have some yummy healthy baked goods
Quote you live by: Treat others how you would want to be treated & Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.
Don’t these look absolutely divine? And the recipes are really easy to follow as well – even for nerds like myself who can literally only cook the absolute basics. Hopefully one day I can even show you pics of my amazing meals that I have learnt from Cat.
I really appreciate her taking the time to answer my questions & constantly bringing us delicious, healthy recipes. I am a huge fan!