I’m Liv! In 2019 (as I write this) I’m a nutritionist (BSc), I’m a social media manager and I’m obsessed with waking up every day happy to be alive and excited for the day ahead. In fact, that is my ultimate measure of success, and although of course I don’t feel like that 24/7, you can be sure that I will do everything in my power to wake up every day like that. And it’s pretty much my driver behind everything. While it may seem a little selfish at first, I know myself well enough to know that if I don’t have that, I don’t have it in me to serve others and bring positivity and good vibes into this universe we’re fortunate enough to be in.
What else? I LOVE being in the kitchen, it’s my happy place and without it, I’m just not ‘me’. I make sugar-free recipes and gut-friendly recipes, I am strict about the ingredients I use and that’s because I know that if I’m not, I won’t be waking up every day happy to be alive and excited for the day ahead. Yes I’ve used this phrase twice in one paragraph, get used to it, because almost everything I do comes down to that purpose.
Where it all began
I’ve always been super into my health and the power of the mind. I used to have green smoothies when I was a young teenager before instagram was even invented, but back then it was the weirdest thing to do, and I wouldn’t tell anyone or let any of my friends see me drinking them (oh how times have changed where now you wouldn’t dare drink a green smoothie without showing all of your followers bahahaha).
But not just food, I was fascinated by the power of the mind from a young age (I was super emotionally aware early on in life, I was a really deep thinker for a kid)… When I was about 14 I went to the book store to buy the famous spirituality book The Power Of Now by Ekhart Tolle. Needless to say I did not understand it at all, but I certainly tried!
So you can see both food and mind have been major parts of my life for as long as I can remember. And I am yet to stop on this journey.
I’ve gone through patches of my life where I was less focused on my health (hello university keg stands and scrumpy hands), I’ve gone through phases where I’ve been overly focused on my health, I’ve gone through phases of my life where I suffered depression-like symptoms (I won’t go into why I refer to it like this now, but briefly, I disagree with the way mental health is talked about and treated), and I’ve gone through phases of my life where I literally feel on top of the world and no person or thing can take me down. Point being… I’m still on a journey, I haven’t reached enlightenment, I haven’t yet reached perfection and I don’t expect to ever reach that because it doesn’t exist. What I am here to do is to share my thoughts, my experiences, my opinions and of course my recipes in the hope that it makes a positive difference in your journey. And if it doesn’t, well to be honest I just like writing them down because I find it therapeutic and it helps me organise my thoughts!
It’s no secret that I love being in the kitchen, especially to whip up a batch of my favourite sweet treats. Not only do I enjoy the creative aspect and find peace in the process of cooking, but I get to eat and share my creations (what’s not to love about that?). Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with the creative process of making beautiful looking (and tasting!) treats.
Food to me is so much more than many people make it out to be these days - you know, the negative energy surrounding it like something that’s going to make you gain weight, something that’s “bad” or “naughty”, something that’s a source of arguments, or bad for the environment.
At its core, food literally gives us our life. In a sense, it’s the closest connection we can have to our environment… Food comes from the earth, we take it in to our bodies, it’s broken down into parts that actually become us (our enzymes, our hormones, our skin, our tissues) and all of those things we require to be alive. How magical! I’d even go a step further, food has the power to give us happiness - mental health is undeniably connected to our diets, and without the correct nourishment, how are we supposed to wake up everyday being our optimal self, and (here I go again) happy to be alive and excited for the day ahead.
So what do I eat?
I generally eat a diet super low in sugar and fairly low in carbohydrates. Why? Simply because this is what works for me. I find I have much more energy this way, less hunger, more mental clarity and a stable mood. For this reason, I’ll always opt for fat over sugar – this means if I’ve got the choice of a cold-pressed green juice or a coconut milk latte, I’ll go for the latter. I’m not anti-fruit or anti-carb at all, in fact, I’m not anti-anything and if you follow me on social media I hope you know this already! As mentioned above, I think there’s enough negative chat and energy around food these days, and I prefer to keep things positive.
Because I share what I eat and why on social media, it’s not at all my intent to tell anyone what to eat. This is actually why I never practiced nutrition in clinic, I have zero interest in telling people what to eat. Firstly because I believe it’s actually more effective to change our mindset and habits around food, since we all pretty much know what’s good and bad. I don’t see the point in telling people that vegetables are healthy and Macca’s isn’t, everyone knows that. The more interesting thing is why people still choose the junk even when they know they’ll regret it. Anyway what I’m trying to say is that this blog is solely a personal account of my experiences, my thoughts and my opinions if asked. It’s not me saying that there is one way to eat (there isn’t) and it’s not me telling you what to do. At the end of the day you can do what you want! It doesn’t really affect me haha.
I keep things mostly based on vegetables, all my meals (#livbowls) start with a heap of green veg as I think this is one of the simplest and easiest things we can do for our health - aside from all the phytonutrients we get, our guts thrive on a diet high in plants, and without a healthy gut we can’t expect to have a healthy brain, so load up the broccoli! I’m a big fan of adequate fats (hello healthy female hormones, satiety and brain health!) and I don’t go a day without olive oil, butter, avo, nuts and coconut, and I love my eggs and oily fish too. But that’s just a small snapshot.
And sweets? Similarly, I stay away from sugar (yes that even includes dates and maple syrup), and instead I stick to whole fruit, stevia, monk fruit and occasionally other sweeteners that don’t spike blood sugar. I generally prefer the natural sweetness of the ingredients I use to come out instead of overloading the palate with loads of sugar. And by this I mean fresh fruit, coconut, cacao, chocolate, these ingredients are naturally sweet and satisfying. This means all my desserts are low carb and keto-friendly.
And what can you expect from me…
I write everything on my blog and often express myself through random instagram stories of things that pop in to my head at that moment. Although I have to warn you, I write like a speak so grammar and spelling mistakes will pop up from time to time, and I often just thought dump on to the page!
All my recipes are gluten-free, sugar-free, low-carb and grain-free. And many are vegan, paleo and dairy-free too. It’s my mission to bring love and positivity back into food, everything from cooking it to shopping for it to talking about it to eating it! And I hope to inspire you to get the same love and satisfactions out of it that I do.
So what now?
I have two amazing recipe eBooks… The first is a mini book filled with my Fat Fudge Treats. When I first started decreasing the sugar in my life, these are the little tasty gems that helped me stop cravings, and eat well with ease (which for me means being satisfied and not consumed by thoughts of food and starvation all day). The second is my sugar-free dessert eBook Create, it has my top 25 show-stopping dessert recipes. Carrot Cake, 4-Ingredient Choc Fudge Cake and Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches are all on the menu!
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