As surreal as it feels, in a way, I think that I have always been heading toward something like this. For as long as I can remember, I have loved to read and write. My mum has an intense love of the written word and it’s definitely something I have inherited.
7 years ago, just before I had my first baby, I completed a writing course which covered all aspects of the craft – short stories, poems, plays, articles, novels etc. – and I loved it, but motherhood took over soon after that and I’ve written only very sporadically since then.
But now, I’ve arrived at a point in my life where this feels right, natural. I can’t wait to impart my thoughts, ideas and experiences on the things that have become important to me, I have knowledge of, and I’m passionate about. Whether there’ll ever be another pair of human eyes set sight on these words I’m not sure, but nonetheless, this feels good!
Hi, I’m Leah. I’m 32 years old, mother to 3 beautiful girls and wife to a good man. While I’m listing titles and roles, I’m also a daughter, sister, aunty, friend and now, blogger!
So I guess you’re wondering how Life’s Pantry came to be? I kind of am too! That’s what I love about life – you never know what is around the corner or what doors may open. Since giving up full time work in the financial planning industry to have my babies, I had been unknowingly searching for something I could sink my teeth into. Of course I have my family and the small electrical business I run with my husband which keep me busy, but I yearned to find my passion and start really using my brain again.
Then I began to look more closely at food and clean eating. Quite quickly my curiosity became a keen interest and then I suppose, an obsession! (I heard a quote the other day that made me feel a little better about my developing infatuation; "Obsessed is the way the lazy describe the focused!" I think I'll run with that definition!)
I think my interest gained momentum after a friend (who has since become very dear to me and is now my sidekick in our health and wellness journey) recommended to me, Cyndi O'Meara's book Changing Habits, Changing Lives. O.M.G. Change my life it did! Cyndi is one very smart, passionate and inspiring woman! I have since had the privilege to meet her in person, and I must say, I was completely star struck!
Upon reading her book, I was astounded to learn just how bad the mainstream Western diet is for us and what the food manufacturers do and add to their products in the name of making money, with no regard for the health of the consumer. From there I read Jess Ainscough's book, Make Peace With Your Plate where I discovered more about what is happening in the food industry and the power food has in our lives. After that I was hooked and have devoured any resource I can get my hands on regarding food, health and wellness! There is so much information out there and I have only just scratched the surface of what I can, and hopefully will learn, but I am loving every second of it!
As a result of what I have learned, in the past 18 months I have made major changes to how we eat and live. First the worst of the over-processed packaged food containing numbers and chemicals were booted out of our pantry, never to be invited back! Next I stopped buying breakfast cereals and began to feed myself and my family a much more nourishing and additive-free meal each morning. From there I upped our fruit and vegetable intake and lowered our grain, gluten and sugar consumption. I began making most of the food we eat from scratch and taking more notice of the quality of the products I was purchasing and the way in which they were produced.
If you are anything like I am, you're probably thinking, Ummm, that all sounds a bit confusing and time consuming for my liking... Yep - I know where you're coming from! At times I have definitely felt overwhelmed with all the changes I wish to implement and have struggled with finding the extra time I need to spend in the kitchen on a daily basis. But I just keep reminding myself of why I do it - I want to create the healthiest and happiest life possible for myself and my loved ones. I don't want any of us to become a statistic of the modern-day disease epidemic and I certainly don't want my beautiful girls to be limited in what they achieve in life because of the start they were given. Food is a very powerful tool when managing our health and my family is absolutely worth every second spent reading, researching, preparing, cooking and running around like a crazy person trying to fit it all in! And in addition to that as a motivator - I have grown to simply love it!
There have been a number of other changes and new ways of doing things that we have implemented into our daily lives since beginning our journey which I will write about in the near future. There is also the plethora of hot nutrition topics out there at the moment that I want to touch on too. I have so much I want to impart, share and get your feedback and ideas on, that I don't know where to start!
Stay tuned though - I'm hoping my second blog post will be published really soon, where I'll include my first recipe and some thoughts on the basics of eating well and looking after ourselves.
Thanks for reading!