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Sometimes eating a nourishing diet seems much more difficult to achieve than it really needs to be. Between nutritional panels, ingredients lists and additive numbers there is a lot of confusion about what’s in our food. Most of us also have concerns about how processed or contaminated the food we eat may be. There is always new superfood claiming to be the most crucial thing to add to your diet and new eating fads appear yearly. Food intolerances and allergies, Coeliac disease and fructose malabsorption cases are rising with confusion and ‘food-fear’ increasing in turn. How are you supposed to experience the joy of eating with so much confusion surrounding food?
Om Nom Ally is a return to simple and clean wholefood eating. Focused on food that doesn’t come wrapped up in a box, the majority of ingredients here have fallen off a tree or been pulled up from the soil. The recipes here use basic ingredients, organic and unrefined where possible. Real food, real flavour, real health benefits.
The recipes on this blog are also very flexible. We don’t all eat the same diets, either by choice or necessity. The number of people with allergies or food intolerances is increasing, as is the movement towards a primarily plant-based diet. The recipes featured cater to multiple food allergies/intolerances and many are vegan, vegetarian or raw. All recipes feature substitution guidelines for different dietary needs because I want you to be able to enjoy delicious, healthy food!
In short, I’m Ally, a student naturopath living in Melbourne, Australia. I manage the Gluten Free Shop (Sunnybrook Health Store), working full-time, studying full-time and somehow managing to keep my family of five (myself, my partner Kam and our furbabies) alive and thriving.
What’s this Om Nom business?
That would be the greatest meme of all time (in my opinion), with the word ‘nom’ featuring in my own vocabulary a lot. Appropriated from the famous words uttered by the Cookie Monster for the title of this blog, it refers to my love of amazing and delectable food… and cookies.
I’ve looked through your recipes and *gasp* some use packaged products!
Sometimes you want life to be easy. Sometimes I want cooking dinner to be that way too. I mention canned tomatoes or beans in my recipes fairly often, I use the organic kind without BPA lining. I’m a busy woman and I want dinner NOW.
What are you? Vegan? Vegetarian?
I’m not very enthusiastic about using labels to describe how I eat. I believe many people come to ‘own’ a label (much like others ‘own’ a health diagnosis) and can become very restrictive to live up to them.
I eat a balanced, plant-based diet and if you wanted to push for an answer I would call myself a vegivore. As coined by authors at the New York Times Magazine, a vegivore passionately loves vegetables, and gives them a starring role in their meals. My meals are lovingly centered around plant foods and I often see amazing meat dishes and convert to all plant foods, and I do add meat to my vegetable-laden dishes. I mostly eat for health and wealth, gaining a wide range of nutrients while keeping my food budget low by utilising animal and plant-based wholefoods. This is much more important to me than a dietary label.
Why do you label your spelt recipes as being wheat-free?
Every few weeks I get an email informing I’m wrong , that spelt is wheat and I need to relabel my posts. In Australia, spelt is regarded as being wheat-free and is often sold as a wheat-alternative, as they are distinctly different species within the Triticum genus (Triticum spelta and Triticum aestivum). This is also true of khorasan (Triticum turanicum)- it’s also in the wheat family (Triticum), but is not wheat.
Spelt does however contain gluten and is not suitable for person’s with a gluten intolerance or Coeliac disease.
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