Where were you at before starting Small Steps to Wholefoods?
I have always enjoyed cooking, eating and learning about food, and being wheat intolerant since I was 25, I thought I had a pretty good diet full of fresh fruit and vegetables, good fats and protein. But it wasn’t until I had my first daughter that I started to pay attention to exactly what my body was telling me and started making some changes for the better. When my daughter started solids at 5 months of age, I made everything for her from scratch and when she was just over 12 months old, we found out she was wheat intolerant too. This just solidified for me how important it was to continue to educate myself about food and know exactly what it was that was being put in her mouth (and ours). But upon the arrival of my second daughter, I was starting to resent the path I had headed down. It seemed I now had less time to cook with a toddler and a newborn, and because health and nutrition were so high up on my priorities for my family, I found that spending quality time with them was being put second to trying to keep up with the never-ending meal planning and prepping. I was stressed, overwhelmed and for the first time in my parenting life, was starting to question whether feeding my children wholefoods was worth it.
What made you take the plunge?
I stumbled across a Facebook post advertising Lisa’s webinar about a week in wholefoods. I had never even heard of a webinar before and wasn’t familiar with Lisa or her brand, but I registered, and although I didn’t know it at the time, that was my very first small step. I remember sitting there for an hour and a bit listening to Lisa talk about her approach to wholefoods and I was in awe. But the thing that got me was that in the first 15 minutes of that webinar, I had someone that I had never even met before tell me that I was doing a good job. And I didn’t realise how much I needed to hear that! At the end of the webinar, there was no question in my mind that SSTW was for me, so I signed up right there and then!
Did you have an ‘a-ha’ moments in the program?
Definitely, on a daily basis!
So hard to pin-point only one, but it was the interview with Alisha that started to really connect things for me. Gut Health! What an eye opener! Here I was nearly 10 years on from my diagnosis, having eliminated all wheat from my diet and eating what I considered to be wholefoods, but still lacking energy, feeling like every second week I was getting sick with colds and flus, feeling run down and mentally struggling to keep up with the craziness that being a parent entails. So many light bulb moments for me during that interview!
How would you say your life has changed?
My life has changed, my family’s lives have changed……and it’s all thanks to Lisa and her dedication and passion for educating people about wholefoods. She has created a platform for so many amazing souls to share their stories, their tried and tested recipes and their common love of food! Changes continue to happen everyday in our lives! There’s the pantry changes: less packets, less bottled sauces, less refined sugars. There’s the meal planning, the Sunday prepping and the glass jar that now takes pride of place on my kitchen bench filled with spelt sourdough starter! But by far, the biggest change for me is that I enjoy cooking again and whenever possible, my 3-year-old daughter and I make things together. We are sharing my passion for food, but at the same time I know I am teaching her life skills.
Any advice for those who are feeling overwhelmed about food and their family?
As a Mum of two girls under the age of 3, I felt like I was starting to lose myself in it all, and in turn, lose my patience, lose my mind. I was in a constant state of stress and overwhelm about food. SSTW came along at a time in my life when I definitely needed some inspiration and a group of amazing people to support me through the maze that was wholefoods. There were days during the program where I felt overwhelmed by the abundance of information being provided, but it was a different kind of overwhelm to what I had been feeling. Prior to Small Steps, the overwhelming feeling was one of helplessness and hopelessness. I needed one focus point, a place to start, a small step and that is what Lisa provided for me. I related so much to the message she was delivering, she is a Mum, she is juggling the family / work life balance, she keeps things real, her life seems crazy busy, and she’s bloody funny with her blog posts and videos!
So my advice to those who are feeling the same as I was, it’s all about small steps, you should definitely give this one a go!
Anything extra you wanted to share?
SSTW isn’t just an 8 week program. It is an introduction to all walks of the wholefood way of life and it is just the beginning. I cannot thank you enough Lisa for developing SSTW and making it not only about nourishing our bodies with food, but also about nourishing our minds and soul. Surprisingly, my biggest take away from this journey so far isn’t food related – forgive yourself!