Hello there, my name is Barb, I’m the creator of this gut-loving space. A big welcome to you, my new friend. As my blog name suggests, I now listen to my gut (after ignoring it for a long time) and that listening has resulted in changes that have transformed my experience of food and life!
First up, I need to share a secret with you; blogging scares me. Every day I ask myself; ‘why do I do this?’ I’ve never regarded myself as a writer. In fact, until I decided to blog, I had always avoided expressing myself in words.
Why blog then? What a good question!
Well, for one thing, I no longer have a stomach ache all day, something I thought was just my lot in life! How I have come to this place is something of a miracle to me. So I simply must share with you what I have learned along my gut healing journey; a journey that is ongoing and unfolding…
Perhaps the reason you’ve found your way here is that you are grappling with some similar issue yourself? Or maybe someone you love is?
I am passionate about the healing power of diet. You could say I’m driven to spread the news. I find it amazing that you and I can heal our bodies simply through food, real food!. For me, that is certainly worth writing about. Don’t you agree?
Stick around, sign up to my newsletter even. If I could make a difference to you, it would be the cherry, on top of my gluten free, grain free, sugar-free cake!
I’m not going to tell you the journey is easy. I don’t have any quick fixes. It’s a slow road, but along the way, you’ll get to know your unique body like no one else can. That self-knowledge is a cool thing; a rewarding souvenir of your healing explorations!
I’ve learned loads, not only about my gut, but about healing foods & how to cook from scratch (without the crap that is). I know what to leave out when it comes to caring for your gut. But I certainly don’t have all the answers.
I need fellow travelers to accompany me on this quest! With your help as well, this journey is bound to be a success. You see, it’s more than personal. It’s global. I’m really worried about the crazy gut-health related pandemic on our planet. I get my knickers in a knot, daily about the food available to us in the supermarkets. Together, though, I reckon we can see change.
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT ME
I spent my 20’s making art, travelling and living with a stomach ache. At 30 I became a graphic designer, fell in love and was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis and depression. (I was obviously still putting up with a stomach ache). Now I’m in my 40’s (aahhh!), I’m married with 2 beautiful children.
Here are my family.
Yay, thank God for my beloved husband and in-house editor. This blog just wouldn’t be without you xx
After putting up with a stomach ache for 20 years I thought it high time something changed. I overhauled my diet. In less than six months I put an end to daily stomach pain. You can learn more about that here.
BORN RECIPE CREATING EXTRAORDINAIRE
My mum likes to share with friends how I insisted on being in the kitchen, making stuff from a young age. I was a far cry from a healthy eater; cakes and desserts were my fancy, but I did have the tenacity to experiment. What I’ve never really admitted, was how experimental I became when un-patrolled.
My best friend Samantha and I made cake concoctions, just to see how they turned out. We took it in turns, eyes closed to randomly point to any ingredient on any page and pop it in the mixing bowl. We baked many crazy creations over a period of YEARS. (sorry mum) Some things even, kind of worked out, but most were thrown over the fence to the cows. (sorry cows)
CREATIVITY AND NECESSITY
I’m a little less random these days, but I still experiment. Now I have chickens to apologise to. Even they turn their beaks aside at the occasional disaster. Between the chickens and my kids I have on hand, some very tough critics but I will never give up experimenting.
To provide the food I want for my family, I have to spend more time in the kitchen than ever before. So, stemming from both experimentation and necessity, my kitchen has become a food workshop. My computer is the hub where I can unite my two interests. That’s what this blog is. A place where I can be both creative and well. If I get a little painting done, then that’s a bonus!