I’ve always loved food.
My absolute favourite meal? Spag Bol – which my parents blended up for me when I was a baby. (still my favourite, however I now go for the unblended version!)
When I was young I thought … i’d quite like to be a chef, probably down to my dads fantastic cooking, which I am often lucky enough to be the first to taste (thanks dad). I’ve been exposed to all sorts of wonderful experimental, interesting and delicious cooking, inspired by dishes from all around the world.
I started to become interested in healthy eating whilst I was at uni in Newcastle. As many of you probably know, your first year at Uni can be… a little less than healthy!
I remember my cousin face-timing during my first few weeks and warning me about the ‘freshers 14’ … and that 14 pounds arrived very, very easily!
A combination of drinking most nights, getting some sort of greasy food for the way home at 3am, (because what’s a night out without some chicken nuggets!?) and the need for more greasy, easy food the next day filled the majority of my first year. I mainly remember eating boiled eggs and toast, Dominos Pizza, and bucket loads of pasta. Healthy right?!
So within my first year of being at uni I had gained at least a stone and was really unhappy with the way I looked and felt.
In second year my best friend and I decided to go on a diet. We decided to try the 5:2 diet, designed for you to eat normally on five days a week, and restrict yourself to 500 calories on the other two days.
Although this diet was super tough, it was really what kick started my weight loss and helped me to learn that every little choice you make about food is important.
After losing about a stone and a half, me and my uni gals decided it would be fun to start a healthy eating Instagram page, FunFearlessFood. This was just a fun way for us to keep ourselves motivated and share any recipes we’d tried.
Now I’ve graduated, I run FunFearlessFood by myself and post meals I’ve cooked, and new ideas I am trying out. I’m often inspired by world cuisine and I’m always on the lookout for tasty recipes.
I’m now more than three stone lighter than I was in my first year of uni and I am so much happier. I feel better in myself and feel so proud of what I’ve achieved. On my blog you’ll find recipes I’ve tried or created, and lots of other bits about healthy living. I hope you enjoy it!