Last year before starting Small Steps to Wholefoods, my baby started solids and I thought it was probably time to stop using the fact that I had a baby to be lazy with food for myself! I don’t think our diets were terrible, but we were quite reliant on bread, rice and pasta. And I was enjoying sugar again after being diagnosed with gestational diabetes at 13 weeks pregnant.
My husband bought a Thermomix for my birthday. I had been wanting to make better food choices and making a lot more of our food from scratch, but there are so many conflicting viewpoints out there – I had no idea where to start!Â I started following some Thermomix Facebook pages, including Quirky Cooking, which is where I saw Small Steps mentioned.
Small Steps was exactly what I had been looking for – one place where I could learn everything I needed to know about cooking healthy food from scratch for my family. I didn’t need to go anywhere or know anything about it already, I could sit back in the comfort of my living room and learn about my new interest. It was a no-brainer for me!
Through the program, I learnt so much about healthy wholefood choices. Because it was done over the four weeks, it really helped me retain the information. Now I feel like it’s second nature, although I still enjoy following the pages I was introduced to in the program and learning new things. I’m certainly not perfect with my food choices, but that was something else I learnt – it doesn’t matter. I’m doing the best I can for my family, and we are all benefiting from it.
I loved that many different ways of eating were covered. We weren’t told that any of them were the ‘right way to eat Â – they were all presented to us and we were free to make our own choices. I like some of the ideas of low-carb high-fat and paleo, for example, but I don’t want to commit fully to those lifestyles. The recipes are great though! I watched the videos on raw food and juicing, but didn’t pursue them further. I find a wholefoods diet very rewarding and flexible and am happy to take what I need from the more strict lifestyles.
I have discovered a desire to be a healthier version of myself since participating in Small Steps. Because I had gestational diabetes (as well as PCOS and a family history of diabetes) I need to take care of myself. I also want to set a good example for my daughter. I am currently doing a 12-week challenge with a local gym, which includes meal plans and exercise. I am loving the exercise after many years of putting things off and comfort eating while I was struggling with fertility issues. I don’t ever want to go back to a sedentary lifestyle. I also love making nourishing, wholesome food for my daughter, and she (mostly!) loves it too.
For anyone considering the journey: do it! You’re not committing to any drastic changes, just learning the foundations of a healthier lifestyle. And if you don’t take anything else from it (although I don’t know how that would happen) you will at least get lots of yummy recipes!