I was born and raised in the UK to Egyptian parents. In our household, food was always a big feature – Egyptians love food and love to feed their loved ones! As a family we travelled extensively and my interest in food was nurtured from a very young age. The smell of cooking permanently wafted through our house with traditional, delicious and flavoursome meals always on offer in huge portions! The downside to this rich heritage was that, as a child and teenager, I was overweight and embarked on a series of terrible fad diets consisting of mounds of lettuce leaves, processed meats and salad cream with crispbreads. Needless to say, with little support, limited knowledge and minimal success, my adolescent years were not easy.
Once I “left the nest”…
….I had control over my meals and eating habits. I didn’t cook much whilst living at home but I watched as many a meal was created, seemingly effortlessly. Emulating my home experience, I experimented with new recipes, ingredients and combinations – they weren’t always healthy but certainly, with my youthful enthusiasm – they were inspired!
Cooking from scratch helped me to develop my skills and more importantly, my confidence in the kitchen.
I read more to understand the reasons behind my lack of weight management success. I realised exercise was a key part of a healthy lifestyle and took up Aerobics (all the rage in the early 90s!) and loved it so much that I trained as an instructor. Soon I was teaching classes early morning and evenings alongside a full time job in the City. I continued to cook from scratch, ate smaller meals, avoided snacking and did eventually lose the excess weight.
My weight management journey continued through marriage, 3 children (gaining 3 stone with each pregnancy!), new lifestyles and various business enterprises; creating easy, healthy and tasty meals for my family and friends. My passion for food and its influence on our health and wellbeing grew into a decision to delve deeper into the world of nutrition. I am fascinated with the human body and its ability to heal itself, as well as steer how we feel and behave. Food is a major part of this and my passion is now in sharing this knowledge to help support you to truly thrive in your everyday life.