I started this blog as a way to share my recipe creations and I quickly realised that this, sharing how to be healthy without making it hard, is my absolute passion. I can’t tell you how happy every single person who supports this page through likes, double-taps, emails and messages makes me. Thank you so much for stopping by!
When I was 18 I caught, like many teenagers, glandular fever. After 6 months of deterioration and insane amounts of tests (and medical professionals laughing in my face) I was finally diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome / myalgic encephalomyelitis. For 5 years I was unable to work or leave the house and for almost 4 of those years I was bed bound, often paralysed, struggled to speak, couldn’t lift a glass of water and not even able to read or watch TV.
I am now healthier than I ever was pre-CFS and I really believe that being so severely disabled at such a young age and then recovering is probably the most amazing thing I will ever experience. Life is sweeter, everything is amazing all the time and I can not tell you what an awareness of and appreciation for your body an experience like being super-sick gives you. I feel so lucky every day.
Being so ill also helped me to develop a really strong mind-body connection. Although I don’t believe CFS/ME can be cured with food, I do know that what we eat has a huge influence on how we feel and how our body functions and this was certainly true for me through my illness. It is so important to tune into your body and listen to what it is telling you.
So that’s where my passion for keeping well came from. ‘Healthy, not hard’ is what I am all about. You can read more about this on my philosophy page.
The name ‘Healthy Natty’ came from my husband, M. When I’m eating a big plate of vegetables or munching on fruit while he has a piece of chocolate he always says, ‘Healthy Natty hey?’. It’s not exclusive to my healthy habits – M has also referred to me as ‘Sleepy Natty’, ‘Hyper Natty’ and occasionally, ‘Grumpy Natty’….. but I don’t think any of those would be very compelling reading!
So this is a space for me to share my passion for cooking and finally record my slowly increasing collection of self-developed recipes, but it’s also a place for me to share my inspirations and a little bit of my life and loves through my blog.
Apart from work and keeping healthy through cooking and movement, I also love anything creative (painting, interior design, architecture, photography, writing), animals (I live with two gorgeous ones – Buckley and Munro), being outdoors, travelling, the beach and above everything else – my family, friends and my husband.
I think all food tastes better if cooked whilst sipping on a glass of wine, peanut butter is the ultimate indulgence and there is nothing more satisfying than hearing someone say they love something you’ve cooked then being able to tell them it’s actually really healthy!
Thank you so much for stopping by…