Hello! I’m Olivia, a teenage foodie from New Zealand. Plant-based, wholesome food is my jam and that’s what I’ll bring you!
My passion for food
It began when, well – I can’t even remember. The thing is, I’ve been cooking since I could walk! Burning the oatmeal, curdling the chocolate sauce and fighting with my twin sister over who could lick the bowl (and who would be stuck licking the spoon 😳) was my mantra when I was a young spud.
I created my first recipe when I was eight years old. I still remember that day, sitting on my bedroom floor with recipe books (including my brand new “Cupcake Heaven” book that I won from a cupcake contest!!) scattered out in front of me. I really wanted to create a recipe for mini orange, apple and cinnamon puddings. And just that I did. (Well, I didn’t exactly get so far as to physcially making them, but I wrote the recipe down – so I guess that still counts…😹)
I was looking at different cupcake recipes, and combined quantities of flour, butter, sugar and eggs, and added some vanilla extract, orange juice, apples and cinnamon for flavour.
And as for the turning point that make these things puddings as opposed to plain old apple-cinnamon-muffins-with-orange-juice? I didn’t even get that far. But the thing is, I started – and that’s what counts right?Shortly after this episode, me and my sister began alternating between who got to make pudding and who got to do baking each weekend. I remember looking at every single recipe book in the Moore house, bookmarking my faves and doing votes with my family to come to a conclusion of what I would make. It took HOURS, trust me. And this wasn’t just a one-off – it was a weekly event! 😃Since then, I’ve been creating my own recipes and experimenting with others. I remember making a DESSERT LASAGNE (yes, weird, I know…) – I mean, I guess you could make a dessert lasagne taste nice… but not with the huge square sheets of lasagne you get from the supermarket + berry yoghurt + dried fruit (apricots, sultanas, prunes, desiccated coconut), nuts and melted chocolate.
It was the most disgusting thing my tastebuds have ever made contact with.
Fast-forward a couple of years
It’s then when I was about to face a huge turning point in my life. At the age of 11, my health took a huge turn. It didn’t just come as one big hit, it came in little waves. And that’s what made it harder to deal with. (If ya don’t wanna know the whole story, feel free to skip he next few paragraphs!) First of all, my gut decided to go into shut-down mode, basically. I was frustrated, and I was so confused as to why this was happening. After seeing the doctor and taking home some medication, things seemed to improve a little. But in all reality, it was only making things worse. I became obsessed with my medicine as though it was some magic potion that would only work if I had it every day at this specific time, with this precise amount of water. I remember crying at my birthday party because my friend stayed a little later and wanted to play hide and seek during my “medicine time”. I had total breakdowns every time I forgot to take my meds. Things got soooo pedantic, and the more I was on my medication, the more my body depended on it. My health started to deteriorate, so the dosage went up (NOT the right way to go about it!). My parents weren’t so happy about the huge amount of medication I was taking (and neither was I) so I looked for additional, natural ways to get better.
I started packing my own lunches (salads and fruit every day), and drank 3+ litres of water every day. I carried my drink bottle everywhere I went – out on the field for PE, even to our social dancing practices 😱! I soon became super embarrassed at this, because nobody else carried their drink bottle everywhere – but I’d become obsessed. My friends even said I would marry my drink bottle when I was older 😑. Worse of all, I dramatically reduced the amount of food I ate because after all, my digestive system wasn’t functioning so why should I put more food into it to burden it even more? So my food intake went down and down. The doctors gave me more medication that I was to take as well as my current medicine. Again, it seemed like a miracle. My health seemed to improve, but again, it was just taking away my body’s natural independence. I developed circulatory problems, and I had an infected toe which was swollen, flaky, sore and red (seriously; it was BAD) I became an insomniac, and had to take pills and sleeping tea to try and get a little bit of shut-eye. I stopped feeling hungry for so long that I didn’t even know what hunger was. I was bloated constantly, and every day I suffered different pains all over my stomach. Self-esteem and body-image dropped so low that I’m still trying to repair it. I was constantly worrying, constantly stressing.
I became always tired, cold and so negative. There was never a day where I didn’t just cry and cry and cry. I found myself crying in maths, crying at dance, crying at church, crying in my room. I had no personality, and worst of all, I didn’t allow myself to be happy. I recall laughing, only to hear a voice say, “no, you can’t be happy when you’ve got these problems”. My dad showed me this book his parents gave him when he was in a similar mental state to me; “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr Norman Vincent Peale. Let’s just say now, this book was a BLESSING. Seriously. My outlook on life had improved so much. I only realised it once I’d finished reading the book – but looking back, I was so much more happy. I was inspired to improve my health – NATURALLY. After many sessions with the dietitian, pediatrician, and different doctors, I began to slowly reduce my medicine intake.
Except the was a little issue. My body had become soooo dependent on medication that each time I tried to reduce it, my body shut down and refused to respond. I kept trying, slowly and slowly, and I am happy to say that as of one month ago, I am completely free harmful medicine! (I say harmful becasue I could NOT understand so many of the words on the backs of those boxes and bottles of medicine!) Now, I’m still working on regaining back my happiness, my confidence, and my health. But with natural supplements and a vegan lifestyle, I’m 100% sure I’ll rekindle that happiness!
Yes, I went vegan at the end of April
I couldn’t be happier! The fact that I can eat food that doesn’t stuff up my system, as well as stand up for the rights of animals, the environment and the starving families in countries where food is scarce (though doesn’t have to be – I’m talking about the grazing paddocks and crops grown for genetically modified, bred cattle here 😟), just makes sense to me!
My relationship with food has made a lot of amends. Veganism has really been a blessing for me and I feel so much healthier and happier! I may be the only vegan at my school, and yes, I hardly know anyone personally that actually likes the idea of vegan food (especially in New Zealand where we are renowned for our meat, dairy and wool industry), but I hope to introduce more and more people to the vegan lifestyle!
So yes, I am SUPER excited to share my recipes, DIY projects and lifestyle ideas with you
This blog is my passion – creating recipes, taking photos, DIY-ing and writing are some of my greatest hobbies! I’m open to any suggestions you want to see here, because after all, I’m here to help you become a happier, healthier version of yourself (because trust me – food plays a VITAL role in your overall health, mental state and general outlook on life. After learning it myself the hard way, I want to help you skip through to your happiest, healthiest you!). So feel free to sign up to my mailing list, and let’s get on with this!