Live your life with zest…
Hi, I’m Zarah. Welcome to my blog!
I’m a preschool teacher by profession but have been interested in health and wellness for the last 10 years or so. I live in Gordon’s Bay, a little coastal town in the Western Cape, South Africa.
I am currently teaching at an amazing school (started in 2015) which encourages its students to not only excell academically, but to also look after their bodies and environment by eating “God-made” foods, learning to grow and cook their own organic produce, giving back to the community etc. It is so exciting to be a part of teaching (and learning alongside) the next generation, as they gain these invaluable skills needed to survive in our rapidly changing world.
Besides preparing healthy meals and treats, my hobbies and interests include photography (especially nature photography), hiking and spending time outdoors, reading and being creative.
After struggling with various health ailments for many years (including IBS, hormonal and skin problems, constant exhaustion etc), I realized that there was no “quick fix”, and I was not willing to follow the conventional route of medication and “popping pills” each day. I know and believe that I have been created perfectly by a loving God and Father, who has designed my body in such a way to heal itself when given the right nutrition and tools.
One of my mentors, Mary-Ann Shearer once said, “We spend so much time looking after our material things such as our cars, ensuring that they receive the best possible care in terms of the right fuel, oil, regular services etc. but we neglect and abuse our own bodies which have been entrusted to us to look after. How much more important are we than our material possessions?”
Although I do not remember when my health journey exactly began, my beautiful mother definitely planted the seeds early on in life, scrupulously checking the label of each product for preservatives and other “nasties” before adding it to her basket (much to my father’s frustration!)
My passion for following a healthy lifestyle has been fuelled even more over the last few years through reading and researching, attending workshops and meeting various people who have inspired me, such as Mary Ann Shearer.
I am learning to listen to my body, and do not follow a diet but rather a lifestyle, eating plant-based, natural foods, free of preservatives, chemicals, sugar etc. I have also found that eating a diet free of gluten and dairy has had a huge positive impact on my health, with benefits such as increased energy, healthier skin and better digestion. Although I was born in South Africa, my diverse cultural background (mainly of Mediterranean descent) has also had a big influence on the food I was exposed to growing up and my particular palate (I grew up loving ingredients and food such as olives, dolmades, tzatziki, ravioli, baklava, halva, and falafels. Not completely healthy, but delicious!)
I certainly cannot say that I have “arrived” in terms of my health and wellness, but the ongoing journey is an exciting one, and I look forward to learning more with each new day that I am blessed.
My idea behind starting this blog originated after being asked multiple times by family and friends to share some of my favourite recipes and ideas, or give advice regarding health. After emailing recipes back and forth, I thought there must be an easier way to store them all in one place… and so this blog was born! Most of the photos have been captured using my iPhone, but I hope to improve the blog in terms of styling of food and quality of photos as time goes by. Meanwhile, I trust you’ll enjoy the journey with me 🙂
“The food that you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine, or the slowest form of poison”….. choose wisely!
“Then God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree which has fruit yielding seed; it shall be food for you” – Genesis 1:29
Disclaimer: I am no health expert and all the information and recipes I post are the results of my own personal research and experience. This lifestyle works for me, but each person should listen to his/her own body, consulting a registered health/wellness practitioner when necessary. However, I am hoping to study health and nutrition in the near future so as to be better equipped to advise others.