Hello! I’m Michaela.
Welcome to Naturally Homemade. I’m happy you’re stopping by at my blog where I share recipes that follow a whole foods plant-based diet. This means all my recipes are plant-based, free of refined sugars and oils.
I eat a plant-based diet that avoids any animal products (except honey!). I started eating this way a few years ago after experimenting with many diets, phases of overeating, emotional eating and much confusion about what actually falls under the label “healthy” diet. I was inspired by movies such as ‘Forks over Knives’ and ‘Hungry for Change’. After a lot of research into the topic, I decided to give it a try and it really worked for me: less cravings and overeating, less stomach issues and I never had a cold since.
Plant-based eating in a nutshell is basically avoiding (or minimizing) all kinds of animal products, processed and refined foods. It is more or less a vegan diet without the junk food and refined oils (although I use oil in small amounts). The diet, which is not really a diet but a lifestyle, focuses on eating a great variety of fruits, veggies, especially greens, grains, legumes, nuts and seeds. At first that may seem like there is nothing you can eat anymore of the foods that are standard to the Western diet. But trust me, the more you dig into this lifestyle, the more amazed you will find yourself about all the delicious foods and recipes you haven’t considered before.
To boast health benefits and support my fitness goals, I eat low sugar (meaning sweets, treats and chocolate only on occasion) and avoid oil (which can be challenging when eating out of the house).
Update: Sugar Free 2017. I decided to completely ditch (refined) sugars in 2017. I ate a few more sweets and chocolate during the holiday season and realized again how addicting this stuff is (especially for me). In the beginning, I am satisfied with only a few cookies or a piece of chocolate, but the next day and the days after I feel like I want so much more of this sugary stuff to feel satisfied. Familiar, anyone? I am so tired of feeling like a slave to my body/brain when it comes to sugar and cravings. No more, people!
I did much research into the topic (again) to reminded me again why I usually try to avoid this stuff. If you haven’t, you should google or youtube the term ‘sugar’ in relation to ‘health’ and ‘addiction’. There are so many documentaries out there. It’s eye-opening and shocking what this white poison does to our bodies.
I know going sugar free it will be a challenge, but I am ready to take it on. I cleaned my house from any sugar containing foods and (hopefully) prepared enough for withdrawal situations. I will post an update about my life without sugar every week. You can read more about it here!
I hope I can inspire you with my recipes and make eating a plant-based diet fun and delicious!
To get to know me a bit better, here are 10 random facts about me:
1. I hate the cold. Really, I believe I am the most freezing person there is. I’m the first one to pull out the winter coat and suggest staying inside!
2. I am a true tea person: 5-8 cups+ are what I drink on a regular day…. summers included 😉 On the other hand, I can go days without any craving for coffee.
3. I studied French for nearly 14 years, but I am way more passionate about Spanish which I picked up a few years ago and love 😀
4. I am a total sucker for everything pumpkin – candles, lotions and of course the food: soups, breads, pies you name it…
5. I am a fitness freak and love being active – I seek to be activity every day!
6. I’m not much of a drinker. No fancy cocktail for me, on occasion I enjoy a good wine, and very rarely a good whiskey.
7. My favorite breakfast of all time is oatmeal – sorry pancakes and waffles!
8. I love to travel – my all-time favorite places in Europe are Prague and Barcelona!
9. I do (my best to) not eat junk food or sweets – sadly moderation does not work well for me (cravings, anyone?), so it’s better to ditch these ‘foods’ altogether!
10. I am a fan of the concept of minimalism. I wouldn’t say I’m a minimalist, but I believe in being happier and freer with less (material) things and rather enjoy experiences than buying and consuming tons of stuff that I don’t need. I find there is some truth in the saying “You don’t really own things. The things own you.”